By: C.P Ching
After 17 years since the original Meteor Garden first aired in Taiwan, the rebooted version of the iconic idol drama officially broadcast on July 9th, 2018.
Many had high hopes for this new series but after it’s initial episodes, several fans found the plot to be rather absurd and laughable compared to the previous version.
For instance, there is a scene where the male lead (Dao Ming Si) invites the female lead (Shan Cai) to his mansion to offer her an opportunity to be his girlfriend. He makes a pitch and lists the benefits that she would receive.
In the previous version, the benefits included a large monthly allowance, a platinum visa card, and a personal chauffeur.
Meanwhile, in this new version, the benefits include gaming tokens, snacks, and drinks. Viewers thought this was ridiculous as those are things she is fully capable of buying herself.
Aside from that, viewers believe the overall plot of this current version is moving too fast. With iconic scenes like Hua Ze Lei (second male lead) doing a handstand already appearing and the "kiss scene" anticipated to appear much earlier than expected.
This has prompt a trend of reactions online, with netizens expressing that the new Meteor Garden is their “Source of laughter” for the summer.
Even though the content is quite laughable, the amount of buzz and chatter around this new drama shows how deep of an impression the original Meteor Garden has left upon its' audience, even after almost 17 years.
Meteor garden is now available for viewing on Netflix, Mango TV, and other selected regional broadcast worldwide.
By Matt Taylor
It was the end of an era as early last month, beacon of Taiwanese independent music iNDIEVOX announced that from the end of August, it would be focusing solely on its role as a ticket provider, and that its music store and download service would cease to exist.
Since its founding in 2008 by Po-chang Wu 吳柏蒼 (who is also the lead singer of psychedelic Taiwanese rock band ECHO), the website quickly gained a reputation for its unique perspective on independent music and the way it could be promoted to an audience in Taiwan and beyond, and was a pioneer in how it distributed digital music.
iNDEVOX powered indie musicians, labels, live venues and festivals to come together in a digital space, and collaborate to assist in the promotion and accessibility of Taiwanese indie music, and worked to bring independent music from the underground into the centre of popular culture. In a world where streaming giants such as KKBox, Spotify and Apple Music have monopolized the market and come under intense scrutiny for their method of sharing profits with artists and labels, iNDIEVOX was not only an early entrant, but was much fairer, with artists and independent labels not only having the ability to create their own online store, but also have complete control over the price point, manage personal information, and check sales and reception of music in real time - the latter being a pioneering concept in the late 00’s.
With more than 5000 musicians/labels/event using the site to connect with audiences, A unique visitor base often exceeding 100,000 on a weekly basis (60% of these being between 18-34 years old), over 350,000 members which consist of 143 names from labels, 6,000 artists and 121 event organizers, iNDIEVOX was the largest digital downloads and tickets marketplace of indie music in Taiwan.
There are several factors which have resulted in this unfortunate decision. As far back as 2015, Wu was highlighting the difficulties faced by iNDIEVOX, even saying then that a greater focus on commerce was likely in iNDIEVOX’s future. The difficulty in making money from a streaming service was only enhanced as this method of music consumption gained popularity, and industry heavyweights such as KKBox and Spotify constrained the space of iNDIEVOX. Alongside this, some critics have felt that in recent years the independent music scene in Taiwan has reached a saturation point, which in turn has led to a greater disinterest in hunting for new music, which has likely had a significant impact on iNDIEVOX.
From the very beginning, the mission statement of iNDIEVOX was to both instil a passion for indie music and create a supportive environment within which it could grow. From the flourishing success of Taiwanese indie music both domestically and overseas, it’s safe to say iNDIEVOX was successful in this mission, and that the importance of independent music in Taiwan’s music scene is a direct legacy of iNDIEVOX. The music scene will be poorer for its absence.
Outstanding Contribution Award 特別貢獻獎
Julie Su - 蘇芮
Joy Kuo - 郭宗韶
Song of the Year 年度歌曲獎
“He-R" – Crowd Lu 魚仔 - 盧廣仲
Best Album of the Year 年度專輯
C’mon In~ – Eason Chan 陳奕迅
Best Mandarin Album 最佳國語專輯獎
The Inner Me – LaLa Hsu 心理學 - 徐佳瑩
Music Video of the Year 最佳音樂錄音帶獎
“Left Behind" – aMEI (Director: Lo Ging-Zim) 身後 - 張惠妹 (導演 - 羅景壬
Best Mandarin Male Singer 最佳國語男歌手獎
Eason Chan – C’mon In~ 陳奕迅
Best Mandarin Female Singer 最女人歌手獎
LaLa Hsu – The Inner Me 心理學 - 徐佳瑩
Band of the Year 最佳樂團獎
The Chairman – The Offering 祭 - 董事長樂團
Best Duo or Group 最佳演唱組合獎
MJ116 – Big Thing 幹大事 - 幹大事
Best New Artist 最佳新人獎
EggPlantEgg – Cartoon Character 卡通人物 - 茄子蛋
Creator Awards (Non-Instrumental)
Composer of the Year 最佳作曲人獎
Crowd Lu – “He-R" (Performed by Crowd Lu) 魚仔 - 盧廣仲 （演唱者 - 盧廣仲 ）
Lyricist of the Year 最佳作詞人獎
Song Dongye – “Guo YuanChao" (Performed by Song Dongye) 郭源潮 - 宋冬野（演唱者- 宋冬野）
Arranger of the Year 最佳編曲人獎
Phil Wen – “Grim Reaper" (Performed by Janice Yan) 閻羅王 - 溫奕哲（演唱者 - 閻奕格）
Best Album Producer最佳專輯製作人獎
Jonathan Lee – Still an Outlander (Performed by Li Jian Qing) 仍是異鄉人 - 李宗盛（演唱者 - 李劍青）
Best Single Producer最佳單曲製作人獎
Lin Sheng Xiang – “To Have, or Not to Have" (Performed by Lin Sheng Xiang) 有無 - 林生祥 (演唱者 - )
Hokkien Language Awards
Best Hokkien Album最佳台語專輯獎
Cartoon Character – EggPlantEgg 卡通人物 - 茄子蛋
Best Hokkien Make Singer 最佳台語男歌手
Ricky Hsiao – Cheers 人生我敬你一杯 - 蕭煌奇
Best Hokkien Female Singer 最佳台語女歌手獎
Elly Chang – Elly Love You 艾莉,愛你 - 張艾利
Hakka Language Awards
Best Hakka Album 最佳客語專輯獎
The Dirt Road – Ayugo Huang 黃泥路 - 黃連煜
Best Hakka Singer 最佳客語歌手獎
Qiulin – Da Ling Jiao Xia 2 大嶺腳下2 - 秋林
Indigenous Language Awards
Best Indigenous Album 最佳原住民語專輯獎
Naomi – CMO Group 直美 - CMO樂團
Best Indigenous Singer 最佳原住民歌手獎
Seredau – Infection 渲染 - 桑梅娟
Best Instrumental Album 最佳專輯獎
Happened, happening – Yuying Hsu許郁瑛, Alex Sipiagin, Donny McCaslin, Boris Kozlov, Donald Edwards
Best Instrumental Album Producer 最佳專輯之所人獎
Yuying Hsu許郁瑛 – happened, happening (Performed by Yuying Hsu, Alex Sipiagin, Donny McCaslin, Boris Kozlov, Donald Edwards)
Best Instrumental Composer 最佳作曲人獎
BabyC – “Mangrove" (Performed by BabyC, Zeng Cheng, Filmorchester Babelsberg) 紅樹林 - 鍾興民 (演唱者 - Filmorchester Babelsberg, 曾誠, 鍾興民)
Best Album Package Designer最佳專輯裝幀設計獎
Godkidlla – Brothers Shouldn’t Live Without Dreams 兄弟沒夢不應該 - 廖俊裕
Best Vocal Recording Album 最佳演唱錄音專輯獎
Home (III) (Andrew Chu, Lin Si Tong, Craig Burbidge, Plamen Penchev, A-Mon, Luantan Ascent, Recording Engineers; Craig Burbidge, Mixing Engineer; Andrew Chu, Mastering Engineer)家III - 羅大佑
Best Instrumental Recording Album最佳演奏錄音專輯獎
happened, happening (Mike Marciano, Recording Engineer; Dave Darlington, Mixing & Mastering Engineer) happened, happening - 許郁瑛、AlexSipiagin、 Donny McCaslin、 Boris Kozlov、Donald Edwards
Sodagreen Frontman Wu Qing Feng Releases Solo Disco-Inspired Single 'Everybody Woohoo' Featuring 9m88
Sodagreen frontman and singer-songwriter extraordinaire Wu Qing Feng has taken advantage of the band's hiatus, starting his own production studio and releasing his first ever solo single called 'Everybody Woohoo'.
The single incorporates some of the signature songwriting qualities that have featured so prominently in Sodagreen's works; namely the creation of an atmosphere that is both passionate and full of murky mystique. However, at the same time Qing Feng has incorporated many fresh elements into this new single of his, which he hand picked from 15 choices for his first EP of the same title.
What came out of the songwriting and arrangement process which Qing Feng handled from start to finish was 'Everybody Woohoo', a retro disco-style single which brings you back to the 1970s but adds a special touch lent by Qing Feng's clear vocals full of abandon.
'Everybody Woohoo' also featured up-and-coming Jazz/R&B singer and indie darling 9m88, who is a perfect fit for the song given her penchant for retro visuals and music, as well as her sweet and dulcet pipes.
Initially, the idea to collaborate came from a day in the studio where Qing Feng brought up 9m88's music to his producer Will Lin. His team thought she was a perfect match, and thus brought her on to add yet another layer of intrigue to this new track.
Qing Feng's EP includes 3 remix versions of the song as well as the original, done by the likes of Dizparity and Oberka. These tracks are not available anywhere online, but are included with the purchase of the physical EP.
'Everybody Woohoo' is now available on all major streaming platforms and is available for ordering on Books.Tw.
After much anticipation, Hip-Hop/Trap artist ØZI has finally released the first single from his upcoming debut album called 'Diamond'.
The highly anticipated release; which comes after a string of hit songs the high-flying newcomer has participated in including 'Walk Til We Fly走到飛' and ‘搏起Lift Up' as well as several viral singles of his own; has already broken over 200K on its YouTube music video and has kicked up a flurry of buzz over the singer's upcoming album.
'Diamond' touches on ØZI's desire to add his own new sound to the Mandopop industry, describing it as indestructible as a diamond, infusing elements of trap, gospel and the signature hip-hop sound of the 808 machine to give listeners the hit they need to listen time and again.
His spitfire raps and amazing visuals make for a attention-grabbing first single, coming just as the singer announces the release of his first debut album simple titled 'ØZI :The Album' which drops on the 4th of July.
The album boasts ten original tracks from the 21 year-old including previous hits such as 'Me Instead' and 'Paradise Island' as well as various other never before seen tracks. The future is certainly shining bright for this young artist!
'ØZI : The Album' drops on the 4th of July and is now available for pre-order on Books.TW, 5music and Jia Jia Records.
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