Mice Love Rice
"Mouse Loves Rice" (simplified Chinese: 老鼠爱大米; traditional Chinese: 老鼠愛大米; pinyin: Lǎoshǔ Ài Dàmǐ) is a 2004 Chinese pop song written by a then unknown music teacher Yang Chengang (杨臣刚) which gained popularity across Asia via the Internet after being posted online. The original free online version was sung by Yang's friend Wang Qiwen (王啟文).
Music and lyrics
One of the song's attractions is a catchy music hook around the lyric "I love you, loving you / As mice love rice".
"Mice Love Rice," was one of the first notable download hits in China, at the same period as "Lilac Flower" by Tang Lei and "The Pig" by Xiangxiang. "Mouse Loves Rice" became a hit in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Chinese cover versions
In Hong Kong, the Emperor Entertainment Group bought the license for redistributing in the local market and the lyrics of the Mandarin song were rewritten into a Cantonese version, except for the famous motif of the song which remains in Mandarin. The song was sung in Cantonese by Twins, a Hong Kong-based two-girl band. In Singapore, recording company Play Music won the rights to marketing the song in Singapore, and they released a single of the track as sung by Jocie Kok (郭美美). Yang's song has been sung by many other Chinese artists, and Xiang Xiang (香香), another mainland Chinese singer who issued an English translation afterwards, of dubious grammatical accuracy.
There is also an unofficial "sequel" to the song "The Mouse No Longer Loves Rice" (老鼠不再爱大米) written by Chen Yipeng.
"Mouse Loves Rice" has also inspired other songs throughout the world including Sarang Haeyo (사랑해요, "I Love You") by Korean singer Lee So-Eun (이소은), Nezumi ha Kome ga Suki (ねずみは米がすき, "Mice Love Rice") by Japanese artist Karen Miyama, two Khmer versions by Cambodian singers Chhet Sovan Panha and Preap Sovath, "Cause I Love You" by the Australian boy band North (band)", and Chuột yêu gạo by Vietnamese singer Thanh Thảo.
- Shermon So, J.Christopher Westland Red Wired: China’s Internet revolution 814312274 2010 p.167 "In 2004, 26-year-old Chinese singer Yang Chengang posted “Mice Love Rice,” a song he had composed a few years earlier, online for people to freely download. Yang was a nobody at the time, but people were attracted by the song's catchy ..."
- Harper's - Volume 314, Nos 1880 to 1884 p.67 2007 "A song called "Mice Love Rice," which had been posted online by an unknown lounge singer and music teacher named Yang Chengang, became a national mantra: "I love you, loving you/ As ...""
- Beijing Review 2006 - Volume 49 - Page 7 "Some songs have received more than 10 million hits for downloading, including "Mice Love Rice," sung by Yang Chengang, "Lilac Flower" by Tang Lei and "The Pig" by Xiangxiang. They are fairly popular everywhere in China now."