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'
Note from Editor: Say hello to Asian Pop Weekly's newest blog series "C-Pop Style Diary", where we'll be sharing unique stylespiration from some of our favourite C-pop artists whom I admire very much! The underlying message I'd like this series to convey is that you don't have to go over the top or spend lots of money to look or feel beautiful-just be yourself! For the girls especially ;)
Singer-songwriter-producer Tanya Chua has always been a source of inspiration for me. Be it through her music, her tastes or her sense of style, her individualism and strong, independent yet overtly feminine attitude always shines through. Of course, in her fashion sense, this is no exception. Having posted many photos of her clad in denim on her Facebook, it seems that the Mandopop songstress is an expert in pairing denim to create outfits that look effortlessly classy with simple touches to create beautiful, coordinated looks. Let's explore a few of them below, shall we?
Revamping the 'white tee and jeans' look
Tanya is one singer who has completely mastered the 'white tee and jeans' look with her own feminine touch. Pairing fitted white tees with simple, funky graphics against stylish denim skinnies with either folds in the cuffs or rips, her look is simple, yet beautiful. Understated yet energetic, Tanya's versatile look is great for day outs, and could even tide you over for dinner at a semi-classy restaurant on a Thursday night (maybe).
Shirts and Shorts (are) allowed
Sticking with high waisted denim shorts, Tanya injects class into even her most staple accessories. With her trusty high-top converses by her side that are pictured in most photos, you can see how they would be a go-to alternative if you're ever worried about what shoes to pair with any denim outfit. Throwing on an interesting top such as the pheasant blouse Tanya has on, or the cropped shirt can create a variety of styles which can accommodate a fun, summery look. To me, Tanya's ensemble is unique as it is sporty, functional, feminine and chic all at once. Now this is a woman who's got her stuff together!
Taking the denim game to the next level, Tanya shows how much difference a patterned shirt with a unique design and a pair of pumps can make so much difference. Note how she tucks in her shirts into the waist of her denim bottoms which neatens and streamlines the look. A last feminine touch is given by adding a pair of elegant heels or pumps to complete the look. The last picture here is my favourite, where she adds a pop of red in her pumps and matching bag to give the look a little more spunk.
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R-Chord is set to release his all new album "Want You To Know" which was produced once again by the awesome Skot Suyama.
This time, the album is based around the concept of R-Chord's rebellious and straight-talking personality.
The album's theme is outlined as such:
"The music world doesn't have absolute blacks or whites.
When hypocrisy is pervasive, when the cruel reality naked,
The core of his world is music.
This is his free determination, his skill"
His album will be released on the 26th of August, and includes many collaborations, this time with Nine Chen, Nine one one, Z-Chen, MJ116 and Jess Lee on 12 high-voltage tracks that are all about the music.
It has been said that the visuals for this particular album are closely themed to reflect R Chord's daily life and show a more toned down, but still edgy image.
His electrifying first single "Braveheart" is out now, listen to it below!
Listen to R-Chord's Album Preview
Listen to R-Chord's "Braveheart" single
Popular host "Butterfly" has truly emerged from her cocoon with a new image that has shocked fans and audiences all over Asia!
The host who initially became popular as a personality on Children's TV shows made the transition into hosting "100% Entertainment" along with Show Lo and Alien Huang as well as members of the band Lollipop F a couple years back, and has been becoming more and more beautiful ever since.
Having admitted to some plastic surgery to enhance her looks, we applaud Butterfly for her candidness!
Signed under Show Lo's artist management company Creativity Entertainment, the pair have been keeping her EP details under wraps for a while, but released her five-track EP on the 19th of August.
Her first single "Sorry for the wait" was produced by famous producer Starr Chen, with lyrics penned by former member of Magic Power Gaga.
In the music video, she can be seen incorporating a handsome mix of Twerk, Hip Hop and Swag into her dance moves, while singing and rapping with the best of them. Now that was unexpected!
Check out her first single below:
Listen to Butterfly's first single "Sorry For The Wait"
A year after the release of his debut album 'Learn to Love", talented balladeer and singer-songwriter Eric Chou is back with his second album titled "What Love Has Taught Us".
After learning to love, he's back to teach us what love has taught him. Makes sense, don't it?
Hot off the presses, his single "How Are You" has become a cult success this summer, having already been covered hundreds of times since its release and attaining over 4 million YouTube hits since.
From what I've heard, Chou has certainly upped his game since the last album. His melodies flow a little more than they did before, and incorporate more sophisticated elements this time around.
As for his vocals, well...heart-meltingly warm and emotive as usual.
However, fans can expect more breakthrough efforts from Chou in this album, as he delves into the EDM genre and works with the likes of EDM/Hip Hop producer Starr Chen on single "Let it go".
Overall, given Chou's track record for some really solid, melodic tracks, I'm super excited to hear the rest of his album!
Listen to Chou's single "How Have You Been"
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