As this year comes to a long-needed close, the time has come yet again to compile a list of our top songs for 2018. This task has always been a delicate one; as we aim to choose songs that were chart-toppers while also leaving room for works that have contributed in a positive way to the creativity and diversity of the market. On top of this, I’ve also tried to choose songs that are cohesive and represent a general theme; reflecting on the year that has been. This year, I’ve chosen the theme of mindfulness and reflection. Be it a discussion of the world around us, our inner selves or the passing of time and life. In this year of confusion, despair and misdirection, we are all searching for something real to hold on to. This theme has increasingly resonates with me this year more than ever before, and I hope it strikes a chord with you too.
NO. 10: KELLY YU 于文文 – DIGNITY體面
What top 10 list could be complete without this regional chart-topper? The song which was part of the soundtrack for the movie ‘The Ex File 3: Return of the Exes’ allowed Canadian-Chinese artist Kelly Yu skyrocket to fame since its release in February this year with its moody and atmospheric piano arrangement. Although ballads are often hit-or-miss, Yu’s steady, honest vocals tug on the ol’ heartstrings just so, giving listeners delectable texture to ruminate over time and again.
After a three-year wait, Singaporean songstress Tanya Chua returns to the Mandarin music scene with an all-new album ‘Tanya’s Kisses For You 我要給世界最悠長的濕吻” releasing on the 21st of December.
Accompanying the album is the sultry siren’s first single ‘遺書 Will’. The idea behind this song was the thought: If tonight is my last night, will I have any regrets?
This is a question Tanya has continuously asked herself, and through this song, she hopes for listeners to think carefully about this too.
Check out the lyric video for this tearjerking and mysterious new single here.
Tanya Chua’s new album 我要給世界最悠長的濕吻 is now available for preorder and is officially released on the 21st of December.
Raspy songstress Eve Ai returns with her all-new album ‘垂直活著，水平留戀著’ on the 21st of December.
The album promises ten original songs, all written by Eve herself and produced by critically acclaimed producer George Chen.
Accompanying the news of her upcoming December release is the first single and theme song for her album ‘Forever Young’, which has been praised by fellow songwriters HUSH and Lala Hsu for its beautiful etchings of the human experience.
Full of gentleness and atmospheric piano and strings, it is a song that promises to warm and move your hearts.
Eve Ai’s new album “垂直活著，水平留戀著” releases on the 21st of December 2018.
The prince of drama theme songs back in the day, crooner and songwriter Tank Lu returns finally with a full new album ‘新計劃New Plan’ after a whopping nine years.
Known for his smash hit ballads either sung by himself or by the likes of S.H.E, the singer's last album was released in 2009.
Packed with signature tunes which are bound to move you and fill you with nostalgia, the chart-topping artist promises to wow yet again with an album entirely produced, written and arranged by him.
Going with the flow and taking on the challenge of modernising his songs with EDM, this is a sign of Tank starting anew, with a new plan.
Tank Lu’s latest album ‘新計劃New Plan’ is out now on all digital streaming platforms including KKBOX, Spotify and Apple Music.
By Matt Taylor
The wait is nearly over! Four years since her last studio album, 2014's critical and commercial blockbuster PLAY 呸, the dancing queen of Mandopop Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 has finally announced the release of her 14th studio album UGLY BEAUTY, which will be released on December 26.
Regarding the album title, Jolin expressed that she wanted to use this album to discover the ugliness behind the perfect surface of reality, and show that perfection is not equal to all. Each song will represent a different personality, viewpoint and style.
To create this eleven-track record, Jolin mobilised over 100 different musicians from Taiwan, Thailand and Sweden, and even took a direct role in writing and producing six of the tracks, something she has traditionally shied away from. She said that working with so many different creative people gave her the motivation to play a larger role in the creation of her music, and to her surprise, she actually enjoyed it, and hopes that this comes across to the listener.
One of the most noticeable features of the artwork is the oversized red lips, produced by Chinese designer Shuting Qiu. They are meant to symbolize words which we want to say, but are afraid to.
With hype and anticipation at fever pitch, limited pre-sales across Asia sold out in minutes, with the album receiving a platinum certification in China after only 24 hours. Demand was so high that a second print of pre-orders was arranged after fans vented their frustration on the social media accounts of Jolin's record label.
Since her debut album in 1999, Jolin Tsai has sold over 25 million records worldwide, and is one of the highest selling recording artists of the 21st century in Asia. Her most recent PLAY World Tour 呸世界巡迴演唱會 saw Jolin perform 34 concerts across five countries.
The first single from UGLY BEAUTY will premiere on December 21st, with the album following on December 26th.