Join asian pop weekly's huge christmas giveaway by filling out quick survey!(runs 14-25th december 2017)
Ho ho ho! As christmas rounds the corner, Asian Pop Weekly is here to add that little C-pop flair to your festivities. To thank you all for your support over the years, we’re celebrating with a HUGE giveaway featuring 8 prize packs! All you have to do to enter is fill out our 1-minute survey (links in image above, button below and hyperlinked here) and you’ll be automatically entered in the draw! Even if you’re not interested in the giveaway I still hope that you’ll fill out our survey, your feedback means a lot to me and would really help in the future progress of some very exciting projects we have coming up! Greetings of the season, and good luck!
Asian Pop Creator Jocelle
1-J. Sheon 2017 debut self-titled album
2-Lara Liang梁心頤 2016「Where Do We Go」autographed EP & Poster
3-Limited edition ‘A-Lin’ 2017 Postcard pack (6 pcs)
4-Show Luo羅志祥 3 album set (Best Show/Trendy Man/舞法舞天) + autobiography寫真集
5-Rainie Yang楊丞琳 2009 limited edition半熟宣言photo book + Claire Kuo郭靜 heart-shaped post-it notes
6-Da Mouth大嘴巴 「首部曲First Episode」compilation album + 万凸3 (One Two Three) GMA award-winning album (2010)
7-Wonfu旺福 青春舞曲 Dance of Youth (2007) GMA-nominated album + Anthony Neely倪安東 ‘The Soul Of Bread’ coaster
8-Kenji Wu吳克群 2010 ‘愛我恨我Love Me Hate Me’ album + Amber An安心亞2011 惡女‘Evil Girl’ debut album
A closer look at the prizes
GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS
-Giveaway period: 14th December-25th December 2017
-As long as you fill out the survey, you will automatically be included in the giveaway.
-Seven giveaway winners will be chosen through a lucky draw.
-One response per person. Participants who try to enter more than once will be disqualified. If you'd like more chances at winning the giveaway, send the survey to friends and get them to fill it out too!
-Winners will be announced on the 5th of January 2018, and prizes sent out around end January.
Indie darling- turned- songstress Lala Hsu has announced the upcoming release of her long-awaited new album 'Psychology心理学' after a three-year wait.
The album will begin pre-order on the 5th of December, and will be released officially on the 27th of December.
Working with known producers and musicians such as George Chen, Chen Jun Hao and Starr Chen, the new album is said to be a deep awakening of Lala's most innermost thoughts.
This is well expressed through the first single 'The Prayer言不由衷', a collaboration between Lala and this years' Best Female Mandarin Artist Eve Ai, who is known for her personal and deep melodies and beautiful writing style.
As one of the earliest songs selected and recorded for this album, 'The Prayer' was also one of the hardest to record. When Lala first heard the demo for this song, the lightly sentimental melody and simple yet elegant lyrics truly moved her.
At that time, she was going through a period of loss and directionless, yet 'The Prayer' moved her sensitive heart. At that moment, all her unanswerable questions seem to have calmed, and allowed her to be surrounded by warmth, becoming a song that Hsu would turn to in her darkest of times.
Since this song meant so much to her, being able to bring to life this song in the best way possible became one of Lala's biggest issues, and she was time and again unable to go into the studio to record, because she was worried that she would not be able to breathe life into this song in the right way.
It was oNly until recording for the album had reached its midpoint that Lala finally went into the recording studio to record this song, hoping that her voice could give everyone all that she was trying to express. Of the experience, she says: "This is a song I listened to over and over as a way of speaking to myself, just like I've entered experiment after experiment and then finally coming up with a true experience. I hope this song that can heal me can also heal everyone else."
To Hsu, the song is not only a prayer of greeting for those who you love, but also as a way of praying for yourself, and loving yourself. Using nuanced and subtle changes in the gentle arrangement, 'The Prayer' has created the most beautiful setting for Lala's album.
'The Prayer' by Lala is out now on YouTube and all the usual places. Her new album 'Psychology' will be released on the 27th of December.
Legendary Taiwanese Hip Hop Label KAO! INC. Bringing Unique Taiwanese Cool To New York & LA This November
As the world is slowly getting more of a taste for Taiwanese music, what better time than now for a wave of the Taiwanese indie scene's best to enter the North American market?
A big player in the Taiwanese indie hip hop scene is none other than legendary Hip Hop label KAO! Inc. founded by Dela Chang. The label has produced for some of the hip hop scene's best and most critically acclaimed artists, such as Miss Ko, Soft Lipa, and DJ Didilong, who have all been highly appraised and nominated multiple times at the prestigious Golden Melody Awards for their efforts.
Now, the entire label which currently consists of Soft Lipa, GorDoN, DJ Didilong and Leo Wang are bringing their offerings from Coast to Coast-such is the name of their tour as they tour LA and NYC, holding shows on the 19th (LA) at the Echoplex and on the 22nd (NYC) at the Highline Ballroom.
The crew will not only be performing some of their cult favourites, such as SoftLipa's 'About Little Bear' and DJ Didilong's 'Didilong of Taipei', but also previewing some new yet-to-be released tracks for Western audiences. Get tickets for the NYC show here.
Still not convinced to catch the show? Check out the profiles of the five artists below...
In his long-awaited comeback, Mandopop king Wang Leehom builds on his previous experimentation with EDM sounds, releasing part 1 of 2 for his new digital album 'A.I. Love'. The first song on the two-song EP is the self titled first single 'A.I. Love', which since its release has been hotly debated over by netizens, who either seem to love or hate the song. As a hardcore Leehom fan and music journalist, I decided that now would be as good a time as ever for me to weigh in on the debate.
Starting off by unpacking the song lyrics, Leehom's voice; auto-tuned into a somewhat eerie manner comes in, chanting 'ethics attain ethics'; a play on the similar pinyin of those words in Chinese. In doing so, Leehom is already using the intricacies of the Chinese language to make a point. Both the words 'ethics' and 'attain' have the words 'dao de' in them in Chinese; ethics meaning 'dao de 道德' and attain meaning 'de dao得到'. Leehom uses their similarities; singing them in sequence to demonstrate the thin line that exists between ethics and attainment of success.
We see this particular play on words appear again leading up to the chorus ; and Leehom borrows the same technique for the chorus, singing 'A.I. Love(Ai)' repeatedly. This time, the play on words occurs between A.I., an English short-form for artificial intelligence and '愛Ai', the Chinese word for love. The wordplay works on two levels; first of all subtly reinforcing Wang's ongoing engagement with 'East meets West' themes within his music, and secondly making a statement on what he sees as the tug and pull between a reliance on digital technology at large (so much so that we use it to create sentient beings like ourselves) and real human emotions of love and concern; not only in a romantic sense but also in a general sense of stewardship and solidarity.
He touches on both these types of love in his verses, which feature heavy use of satire to hammer his point home. For example, in his first verse he sings:
'Inject a vaccine and you'll grow immunity/congratulations, you're now immortal/everyone wants a perfect lover/to give a shoulder massage at any time'
Leehom's use of satire here is almost palpable, and is clearly a critique on the concept of people using man-made means to become immortal; as well as the concept of an artificially created perfect lover. In his second verse, he uses satire again but moves his focus to how artificial intelligence and technology can be used in harmful and destructive ways, singing:
'Artificial Intelligence has finally perfected love/Just don't challenge it in go/No longer worry about the world's problems/it will colonize Mars'
Taiwanese Waves returns to Central Park’s SummerStage in 2017, Showcasing Taiwan’s Vibrant and Multicultural Music Scene to New York
What happens when music from one of Asia’s foremost cultural centres is displaced in a concrete jungle like New York? One can only know for sure by attending the Taiwanese Waves event at New York’s legendary SummerStage venue on the 29th of July.
After the success of last year’s showcase which drew the biggest crowd recorded in SummerStage’s 30 year history, Taiwanese Waves is back again this year, featuring award-winning Taiwanese artists such as Sangpuy, FireEX, Berry J and Dadado Huang.
Boasting three of Taiwan’s uniquely skilled musical acts, Yen expressed that this years’ showcase is focused on showcasing Taiwan’s diverse set of cultures.
“Both New York and Taiwan are made up of many diverse cultures. This year we are bringing three sets representing three styles and three languages, Mandarin, Taiwanese and Puyuma.”
Listen to Taiwanese Waves 2017 Artists
This years’ lineup will not just be performing in Mandarin, but also in the other dialects and languages that are native to Taiwan. Performing this year are Sangpuy, the winner of Taiwan’s 24th Golden Melody Awards in Indigenous Music, indie folk legends Berry J and Dadado Huang and FireEX, the band behind runaway hit ‘Island’s Sunrise’.
Showcase organiser Mia Min Yen spoke to us about her intention behind organising the performance, revealing her passion for crossing cultural barriers and encouraging diversity. In particular, given her Taiwanese heritage she describes her motivation to share their music as her means of giving back:
“I am proud of the music from my hometown, it is the roots of how I got into the music scene; that is why I want to share it with the whole world. It is same as if you took a good photo and you want the whole world to see it; or you read a good book, and you want everyone around you to read it. I'm sharing what I am passionate about… Good music crosses (cultural) boundaries. It is just a matter of when and where you get to exposed to that music." Thus, I would like to create this platform/an opportunity for people in the west to hear, to see, to have a taste of what music in the east sounds like.”
Indeed, given the success of last years’ showcase, this years’ is sure to wow audiences and provide them with an even greater insight into Taiwan’s music beyond its bubblegum exterior.
This event is hosted by Taiwanese Waves, Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Tourism, Fubon Cultural and Educational Foundation, Teresa Teng Foundation, McSam Hotel Group, China Airlines, On-Line Entertainment and multiple local businesses in New York.
Taiwanese Waves will be held at SummerStage in New York (Rumsey Playfield, Central Park (East 69th St, New York) at 6PM on the 29th of July. Entrance is free.
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