Taiwanese-Canadian popster BAER is back with her unabashedly tongue-in-cheek brand of pop as seen in her latest single 'Needy Bih'.
A shortened form of the word 'Needy Bitch', BAER got the inspiration for the song when her boyfriend made her promise not to continuously text him while he was away spending time with family over the Christmas holidays.
Branded with BAER's signature 'Made in Taiwan' audio at the beginning of the track, being needy has never sounded as good as it does in this track, which BAER describes as an "anthem for all the princesses around the world".
"Even when we already have it all, trust that we will always need MORE!" is the theme of the song, a relentless flow of synths, beats against BAER's sugary sweet vocals and honest lyrical style.
"Needy Bih" is now out on all major streaming platforms, check out BAER's pages on Facebook and Instagram for more information.
Mandopop goddess Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 releases the second music video for her new album 'UGLY BEAUTY 怪美的', this time for the track 'Hubby 腦公'.
The song, produced by Starr Chen and OZI is by far the most snap-happy track on the album, so what better song to create a Hong Kong film-style music video for?
Featuring the presence of world-class Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng as the goddess of love and Chinese actor Kai Zheng as the comical love interest, the video borrows from a vintage Hong Kong aesthetic and pays homage to their vibrant film scene through recreated scenes on the television Jolin watches in the video, as well as through the direction of the video in its entirety.
Spoken both in Cantonese and in Mandarin, the visuals truly bring the tongue-in-cheek nature of the song to unimaginable levels of awesomeness. Lobsters or dresses and rubber chickens on tuxedos, Tsai is revamping the fashion scene in her own way alright.
Watch the MV below!
By C.P Ching
Hip-Hop and R&B singer J. Sheon kicks off 2019 with a new song "That Fire" (燎). It is a specifically-tailored track in collaboration with music streaming platform MyMusic and racing mobile game; Garena Speed Field.
This special collaboration anticipates to wow it’s listeners with an addictive beat along with a catchy dance tune.
In addition to that, J.Sheon posted an update on his Instagram account announcing a few updates including the premiere of "That Fire" exclusively available on MyMusic followed by a full launch of the song on other full digital platforms on 1/24.
Furthermore, we can anticipate more new music from J. Sheon shortly after that.
By Matt Taylor
Pioneer of Taiwanese hip-hop music Dwagie 大支 has always been expected to do the unexpected, and this trend continued on Wednesday, January 9 as he decided to surprise upload a freestyle rap onto YouTube, with a corresponding casual video of him in the recording studio.
During a recording session, Dwagie says he was asked by a friend if he had met any women recently. Sending Dwagie’s creative juices flowing, he decided to wax lyrical about his recent miscellaneous escapades not by writing a song, but by freestyling his thoughts on a record called Spicy Taiwanese Sister 辣台妹.
In what is certain to be a surprise, the song was brought up on social media by none other than the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文. In a Facebook post, she mentioned that she had seen the phrase across her social media and had been wondering why. In an interesting move, she decided to re-contextualise what we typically think of as spicy (typically used to mean hot or attractive), saying that it is an attitude with which one carries themselves, and that this spice can be interpreted as fiery and passionate. Whilst she herself is peaceful, when it comes to Taiwan, both herself and all Taiwanese people have a fire and passion, and suggested the new terminology of Group of Passionate Taiwanese 辣台派 .
This isn’t the first time that Dwagie and President Tsai have collaborated in some form. In 2017 President Tsai was featured in the chorus of Dwagie’s English-language song Light Up Taiwan 點亮台灣, a song designed to introduce foreign music listeners to Taiwan’s culture and history.
See below for the video for Spicy Taiwanese Sister 辣台妹.
Esplanade Singapore's Huayi Festival Presents Julia Wu, Yoyo Sham, Wonfu & The Freshman in 2019's in::Music collective
The Esplanade in Singapore has been a huge driving force for diversifying the Mandopop tastes of Singaporean/Southeast Asian audiences through their annual Huayi festival, bringing Mandarin artists both established and newer to the fore and giving them a chance for their talents to shine.
This year, their in::music showcase collective brings a diverse collection of Mandarin pop artists from Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and even Australia!
In hour-long showcases, Asian-Australian R&B darling Julia Wu吳卓源 and indie pop songstress Yoyo Sham岑寧兒(of 追光者Lightrunners fame) are set to perform on the 23rd of February. Both bilingual artists; with Wu and Sham brought up in Australia and Canada respectively, one can expect particularly special interactions given their ability to speak both in Mandarin Chinese and in English.
On the 24th, Singapore's very own homegrown folk-pop duo The Freshman插班生 will be holding their first concert in two years as they return from touring with Heavenly King Jacky Cheung 張學友 as backup vocalists. Taiwanese indie veterans Wonfu 旺福 will also be performing on the 24th, bringing their quirky indie-folk offerings and promising a night of humour and freewheeling imagination for fans both old and new.
So spoilt for choice this February! Which act are you most interested in checking out?
Get tickets for the Huayi Festival from Esplanade's Box Office or SISTIC outlets. Alternatively, one can also purchase tickets through their website www.esplanade.com/huayi . See you there!