Elva's released her new album, once again bursting with confidence and exuberance! This time around, she's expressing it by telling her fans and listeners to be brave and to dare to love. basically, being brave in chasing love is the look that she's going for, and I'm supporting her all the way on this one. Go Elva!
Check out her four seductive and bold singles : Shut up and kiss me, Dare to love, Love Strikes and Love Detention.
Elva Hsiao: Sugar and Spice
Elva was the first artist that introduced me to electronic dance music within the chinese music scene. Before her, it wasn’t really something that I was really interested in, but she is definitely one of the artists that have had a huge impact on my tastes in music. I must admit, I am quite a late starter as an Elva fan, but my first impression of her, before I even got to know about her music, was her striking and unsettling sense of confidence that she exuberates. At first I have to say it really put me off from taking the first step to listen to her music, but that has actually become one of the main features of her both as an artist and as a person which I really respect.
Elva cannot be described in any way, shape or form as shy. She is the one artist in the music industry that really helped me to learn that you don’t need to act masculine to be a strong independent woman. I can truthfully say that no other artist in the music industry does it as well as Elva; being a confident , immensely successful , and independent artist who is most definitely feminine. Her role in both the fashion industry and the music industry I feel is important for women everywhere , showing off her style in a daring mix of feminine and masculine.
Furthermore, she is totally unafraid to be herself , and has the courage to try a lot of new elements within her music which I would never have thought of. She knows and understands her voice so well as an instrument, and is able to experiment with it, bringing so many new textures to her voice and to her songs. She is also unafraid to say what she has to say and is completely honest in terms of her views of society and in terms of her personal matters.
Being the first artist ever to confess to having plastic surgery is a big deal, but she didn’t apologise for doing it, she didn’t say that she let her fans down or any of that jazz. She took her stance and refused to back down, saying she had no regrets in doing it. And through this, she teaches her fans that sometimes, you have to make decisions not for others, but for yourself. And when no one else is on your side, you have to be the one who stands up for yourself, to call all the haters out, and do what you need to do.
She challenges topics such as cheating and dieting within her lyrics, and I was most impressed with her song <瘦瘦瘦>(diet diet diet) which portrays so accurately the struggle that many women have with their weight issues , and the pressure that is put on women to lose weight. Her deep sense of spirituality and her faith in god is also something that impacts greatly on fans, spiritual or aethist.
Overall, she’s not just some sweetie pie with a pretty face; Elva is one of my role models because for me, she is the epitome of courage, confidence and bravery. I think there’s a lot more spice in her than what you see on the surface!
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Instead of the typical biography style-stuff that everyone pushes out about these artists, I would just like to give my opinion within this series of posts on why these are some of my favourite artists on the music scene, in terms of their personality, their voice, and their musical ability. Hopefully it helps people to understand more about these artists, and how each and every one of them has their own niche that makes them unique in their own way. Some of these artists may be veterans in the business, and I’m doing this to remind fans and listeners alike of their unique abilities.
Some of the short articles I will be doing/will be coming up shortly are:
-wang leehom: The heart wants what the heart wants
-elva Hsiao: Sugar and Spice
-anthony neely: The sniper
-Yen-J: Killing me softly with his creativity
-Gary Chaw: Honesty is the best policy
-David Tao: Golden Boy
-Hebe : The Dark Horse
-William Wei: The nice guy
-Genie Zhuo: not your average sweetie pie
-Rachel liang: Consistency is key
These are in no particular order, but I hope you enjoy these little introductions that I'll be providing for these artists! Stay tuned, as the first in this series will be coming out very soon!
It is my pleasure to let you know that I have opened a facebook page for Asian pop weekly so that you can be updated even more conveniently with the latest news about your favourite singers and albums! As facebook is my main source of information, I'll mainly be sharing news from the official websites of artists and providing short translations if I can about events they may be having or perhaps new albums that might be coming out soon. There are also lots of promising new singers and bands who use facebook as their main source of interaction , so I think it would make it a lot easier to introduce them to you guys!
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For rainie yang's current concert , she is putting together a showcase all about the queens and princess of the chinese music industry. She has released a new single called <Love Voyage> , which is a delightful mashup of all the greatest Love songs of our generation-by female singers of course. They include the hits of jolin Tsai , Karen Mok , Rene Liu , Tanya Chua and Elva Hsiao , Fish Leong , Angela Chang and more. Can you guess which ones are in it?
She has also released a second single , which is her cover of Faye Wong's 1997 hit , <暗湧>.