Law Enforcement Team of Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism: No “substitute live singing or performance” was found at Mayday Shanghai Concert

After verification, it was found that the 8 Mayday concerts held in Shanghai in November 2023 did not involve the use of pre recorded songs or music as a substitute for live singing or performance, as referred to in the above regulations.

Last December, the Mayday concert “lip syncing” sparked heated discussions, with differing opinions on whether lip syncing existed. Some netizens acknowledge the evaluation results of Weibo bloggers and criticize Mayday for deceiving fans and viewers; Some people also question the blogger’s identification method, stating that judging authenticity based on “accurate singing is fake singing, and inaccurate singing is true singing” may not be logically reasonable, and the authenticity of the material is also questionable. There is no consensus on which is true or false at the moment.

After the law enforcement team of the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism intervened in the investigation, netizens continued to pay attention. Recently, the law enforcement team gave an exclusive interview to reporters, discussing the entire process of how to regulate, obtain evidence, and determine this concert.

Question 1: Last May, the Shanghai concert caused controversy. How did the Law Enforcement Team of the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism manage these concerts?

Answer: During the 8 Mayday Shanghai concerts held from November 11-13, November 15-16, and November 18-20, 2023, the Law Enforcement Team of the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism strengthened the management of the performance site in accordance with the management mechanism of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s large-scale commercial performances. Multiple cultural law enforcement personnel at the city and district levels are arranged to supervise the entire process in the sound control area, verify the information of actors and performance programs on site, supervise the singing and performance behavior of the performance organizers by sending dedicated personnel, and make records for future reference. The recording content includes the names of actors, bands, and tracks, as well as the basic information of the singing and performance process, and is signed and confirmed by the person in charge of the performance organization and the supervisory personnel.

Question 2: How did you conduct verification after “lip syncing” sparked online discussions?

Answer: After discovering the heated discussion about “lip syncing” online, we immediately took measures to investigate and inquire about the organizers of the performance, the venue of the performance, and the on-site sound controller. We obtained the entire video and audio content of the on-site law enforcement recorder, as well as the on-site supervision records of the organizers, and conducted a comprehensive investigation.

Question 3: Is there lip syncing? How did you identify it?

Answer: According to Article 26 of the Implementation Rules of the Regulations on the Management of Commercial Performances, lip syncing and lip syncing refer to the behavior of actors using pre recorded songs and music instead of live singing and performance during the performance process. After obtaining relevant evidence and materials, we immediately followed the standard process for verification and invited social experts to participate in discussions. We analyzed the video and audio materials of the entire performance, on-site video and audio, and provided professional opinions. After verification, it was found that the 8 Mayday concerts held in Shanghai in November 2023 did not involve the use of pre recorded songs or music as a substitute for live singing or performance, as referred to in the above regulations.

Question 4: There have been some updates to the online video, have you paid attention to it?

Answer: Yes, the Bilibili uploader who accused “lip syncing” released another video on March 7th this year, stating that “when identifying lip syncing, the audio source was not confirmed” and “as a private individual, the identification result does not have legal effect”, which sparked heated discussions at the time. Later, this video was also deleted by him.

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