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This are a few of the songs that have been repeatedly played by me since the start of this year , and are some of my favourite songs that I would like to share with you! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
01. 洁癖(cleanliness)-Yen-J feat. Mayday
02.等等(Wait a little)-Olivia Ong
03.势在必行(Be Imperative)-Andrew Tan vs. Bii
04.好的情人(A good lover)-Yen-J
06.越来越爱(Love you more and more)-A-Fu
07.存在的力量(A present strength)-Miu
08.Easy Come and Easy Go-Tanya Chua Feat. Mc Hotdog
10.幸福了然后呢-(Happiness and then what)-A-Lin
11.醒了(Im awake)-Dai Ailing
12.以后要做的事 (The things we want to do in the future)-JJ Lin
13.修炼爱情(Practice Love)-JJ Lin
14.我在想(Im thinking)-Olivia Ong
16.一念之间(An idea)-David Tao
17.忘了我(Forget me)-Aska Yang
18.爱立刻(Love instantly)-Khalil Fong
19.marry me: Vanness Wu
20.不化装舞会(Dancing without makeup) -Olivia Ong
First of all , Congratulations to all the female nominees for the golden melody awards ; there is no doubt that all of them (Sandy Lam , G.E.M , Jolin Tsai , Lala Hsu and Jia Jia) are well-deserving of the award! However , I was disappointed when a few of my favourite albums of the year and the artists behind them were not nominated for this award. lets take a look!
Nominee #1: Rainie yang
Now , the entire music industry has been rocked by Rainie Yang's changes especially since the release of her 2011 Album <Longing> , and in 2012 the release of her album <wanting happiness> shows her kicking everything into full gear. She even put in the effort to learn a new singing style which is very hard to master , and has been praised by friends in the industry alike for her effort and hard work. Each and every single one of the songs in her new album is well crafted , and full of her own ideas. Although her whispery singing style in this album may be soft , it loses in no way to other powerhouses by creating a heightened sense of emotion within the listener in every song. I have thoroughly enjoyed her new album and see no reason why it was not nominated. So well done Rainie for a wonderful album ; it's not much but I hope she realises that in the heart of all her fans she has made them very happy with her music !
Nominee #2: A-Lin
The media too have been all over the fact that A-lin was not nominated this year , and I totally agree with them. Long has talented powerhouse A-Lin gone unnoticed for critical acclamation despite the slew of golden hits that she has produced over the years ; and I am disappointed to report the same this year. I was especially excited to listen to this album after hearing that she penned lyrics for 3 or 4 of the songs and had input in writing some of them herself as well! Her vocals are always perfect in every single way , but this album I feel is different in that I can her HER-who she is coming out in this particular album. This album has created a much more intimate feeling than her previous albums , especially because of her penning of some of the lyrics , but just the way it was made I can see the love and effort put into it. For example , the demo clip for <woman in love> ; at the end of it as they sing together I can actually hear a smile in her voice ; so everytime I hear it , it creates another dimension to the song which makes me really happy. Although some of her lyrics aren't perfect as she herself has admitted , they are perfect in expressing the emotions that she feels , such as the loss of a friend in <purple rain> , where at the end I can almost see her crying as she stands there in the recording studio singing into the microphone. All these little details in every one of the songs makes it such a special and intimate album for me , and I am bewildered as to why she was not considered for this years' awards. So well done A-Lin ; you definitely have my vote!
Nominee #3: Bai An ANN
I guess Bai An and Jia Jia are two of the most talked about newcomers ; having been counterparts to each other since debuting at the end of last year at the same time. Congratulations to Jia Jia for being nominated for the best female mandarin singer at this year's awards , but I also feel that Bai An too has a unique and special talent that should not be underestimated. From the first time I heard <是什么让我遇见这样的你〉, I've been enraptured under ANN's spell. Some may say she sounds like Stefanie Sun , but I for one have never seen a person so unique in their personality , singing style or ideas before. She truly follows her own path and I really respect that about her. Each and every song in her album is a true gem with bai An herself writing all the lyrics and melodies. Like A-Lin ; many of her songs reveal to the listeners parts of herself such as the aforementioned song , and also many of the others. I feel that she deserved to be nominated as much as any of the nominees as I continue to be enthralled by her voice and her words with every single listen.
Nominee #4: Lara Liang
Out of all the female singers who I thought should have been nominated , Lara was the one I was most deeply saddened by when hearing that she wasn't nominated. Despite being Jay Chou's protégé in a way and being under his company JVR Music , I feel that lara hasn't been largely publicised and it really is something that I feel is very sad , as her album was one of the best that I had listened to in 2012 , or even one of the best albums ever. her concept of freedom that she used within the album taught me a lot using her own playful , simple yet meaningful style of lyrics which I have always appreciated. Each of the songs were beautifully crafted and every single one of them contains a lot of heart and a lot of emotion. The versatility of her voice in this album is too to be commended , as the way that she creates atmospheres and emotions with her voice is truly a wonderful talent which is very unique to her , despite her doll-like vocals. There really isn't nothing more to say ; she is a wonderful artist with her own ideas and things that she has accomplished within her album and I am really proud to be a fan because of the amazingness that is her second album. It is such a shame , but I really do recommend her album <free spirit> to readers who haven't yet heard of her!
A-Lin has recently released her newest album called <幸福了然后呢>(We're happy , what next). The first single of the same name , written by popular producer Skot Suyama has reached the tops of the KKbox charts with its rock infused balladiness.
Her second music video and single to be released is called <好朋友的祝福>(The blessings of a good friend) , one that the ballad goddess pulls off perfectly.
Her third single , <920> is a collaboration with close friend and labelmate , the talented singer songwriter producer Xiaoyu. The lyrics are written by A-Lin , with the melody by xiaoyu.
Interesting fact: The <920> signifies the date of A-Lin's birthday , and is Xiao Yu's birthday present to A-lin. The pinyin of nine , two and zero in chinese follows the pinyin of the words <I love only you>(jiu ai ni).
This is also one of my favourite songs from her album , called <wen rou lei le> (gentleness has become weary) , juxtaposing simplicity with the richness of her voice.
The song <Purple rain> is another one of her collaborations with producer Skot Suyama , in which she wrote the lyrics. it is said that she wrote the lyrics for a very dear friend who is no longer with her , and although she says that it is not a piece of work that she is 100% happy with , the raw emotion that is present within the song is so pure and real that it cant help but draw each and everyone of us into the song with her.
<Woman in Love> is a single on which A-Lin collaborated with fellow label mate singer-songwriter Xiao Yu and is a refreshing take on a R n B piece with lyrics also written by A-Lin herself.
Hi all , this is going to be a new addition to Asian pop weekly's nuggets of news blog . I was just listening to the radios top 40 and just thought , why don't I create my own top 40 of my favourite most recent songs to share with you guys? So I did ! These songs are constantly on my Now Playing list and I hope you guys appreciate them too. song translations are available next to each song!
Asian pop weekly's top 40 (December 2012)
01.白安：是什么让我遇见这样的你 (bai Ann : what is it that allowed me to find you)
02.张韶涵：淋雨一直走 (Angela Chang: walking in the rain)
03.严爵；火上加油 (Yen-J: add oil to the fire)**
04.郭静：我们都能幸福着 (Claire kuo: we can all be happy)
05.梁心颐：不敢哭 (Lara liang:afraid to cry)
06.萧敬腾：爸爸 (Jam Hsiao : Pa Pa)
07.小宇：再一次 (Xiao Yu: one more time)
08.王力宏：十二生肖 (Wang leehom: 12 zodiacs)
09.方大同：爱立刻 (Khalil fong: love instantly)
10.杨丞琳：离开动物园 (rainie yang : leaving the zoo)
11.韦礼安：印象派 (William Wei: impressionist)
12. 张云京：小女孩 (Jing Chang: little girl)
13.梁文音：黄色夹克 (Rachel liang: yellow jacket)
14.S.H.E:还我 (S.H.E: give it back)
15. dream Girls: Dying for Love
16.曹格：谁来陪我唱完这首歌 (Gary chaw:who will accompany me to finish singing this song)
17.梁心颐，Gary yang：黑色静态 (Lara liang , Gary yang: black static state)
18.杨丞琳：想幸福的人 (rainie yang: wanting happiness)
19.林宥嘉：I wish you love (yoga Lin: I wish you love)
20.黄美珍：途中 (Jane Huang: journey)
21.家家：忘不记 (jia jia : unforgettable)
22.A-Lin:幸福了 然后呢 (A-Lin: we are happy what next)
23.倪安东：Wake Up (Anthony Neely: Wake up)
24.林凡：痛痒 (freya lin: their primary concern)
25.曲碗廷：drenched (Wanting Qu: drenched）
26.梁文音：心里的孩子 (Rachel liang: the inner child)
27.范玮琪：宝贝我们都不哭 (Fan fan: baby we both shouldn't cry)
28.梁静茹：爱久见人心 (fish leong : love will reveal a persons heart)
29.S.H.E:心还是热的 (S.H.E: heart is still warm)
30.王心凌：变成陌生人 (Cyndi Wang: becoming strangers)
31.蔡依林：我 (jolin tsai: me)
32.严爵：单细胞 (Yen-j: unicellular)
33.韦礼安：累 (William Wei: tired)
34.萧敬腾：Marry Me (jam hsiao: marry me)
35.陈芳语：爱你 (Kimberley Chen: love you)
36.曹格：不好吗 (gary chaw: is this not good?)
37.萧亚轩：Super Girl (elva hsiao: super girl)
38.wanting qu:在我歌声里 (wanting qu: in my voice)
39.周杰伦：明明就 (jay Chou: its obvious)
40.mixion:爱你为什么 (mixion: why do I love you)
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