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Karrabin, Queensland, Australia, 2012/12/05 - Australian singer 'Hazza,' has released his first official Chinese song after gaining 10 million hits on Chinese YouTube equivalents.
The song,'Let Go,' is a collaboration between Hazza and well known lyricist, Wu Huan, who has written and co-produced numerous No.1 hits in Mainland China. Let go has received radio airplay in Hong Kong and Mainland China and was featured on Australian television programmes including Today Tonight, Sunrise and SBS World News.
Hazza (Harry Harding) is a 22 year old, Brisbane born singer and television presenter, currently based in Guangzhou, China. After gaining 10 million hits on Chinese equivalents of YouTube, Hazza was invited to take the role of host of GDTV's 'Face Time' talk show program.
In June of 2011, Hazza completed his Linguistics degree at Griffith University, where he majored in Chinese and Korean. Shortly after graduating, Hazza began to record covers of popular Chinese songs, using his laptop and a basic microphone, and posting them on Chinese websites. After receiving media attention in China (Phoenix television as well as various regional television stations), Hazza travelled to Beijing to appear on various television shows as well as meet with record labels. In January 2012, Hazza was asked to stay on as host at GDTV and also began to work with a local recording studio where he recorded various cover tracks, finally recording his first single,'Let Go.'
In May 2012 he was also named 'Most Popular Internet Celebrity 2011' by 56.com, China's largest video sharing website.
Hazza's videos have also become extremely popular on Chinese social networking sites such as Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of twitter, where he currently has over 30,000 followers.
As the Chinese economy grows at such a staggering rate, the significance for Australia is not just economic change but also cultural change. Hazza's efforts in China represent a step forward in bridging the cultural gap between China and Australia. Hazza is the first Australian singer to release an original single in Mandarin Chinese on such a large scale.