It's that time of the year again, when we find out the lucky artists nominated for the Golden Melody Awards - the most prestigious Chinese-language award in the music industry. Check out the complete list of nominations below, and let us know who you think will be lucky on the night!
《 年度專輯獎 》Album of the Year
《 年度歌曲獎 》Song of the Year
《 最佳國語專輯獎 》Best Mandarin Album
《 最佳台語專輯獎 》Best Taiwanese Language Album
《 最佳客語專輯獎 》Best Hakka Album
《 最佳原住民語專輯獎 》Best Indigenous Language Group Album
《 最佳音樂錄影帶獎 》Best Music Video
《 最佳作曲人獎 》Best Composition
《 最佳作詞人獎 》Best Lyrics
《 最佳編曲人獎 》Best Music Arrangement
《 最佳專輯製作人獎 》Producer of the Year
《 最佳單曲製作人獎 》Producer of the Year (Single)
《 最佳國語男歌手獎 》Best Male Mandarin Singer
《 最佳國語女歌手獎 》Best Female Mandarin Singer
《 最佳台語男歌手獎 》Best Taiwanese Language Male Singer
《 最佳台語女歌手獎 》Best Taiwanese Language Female Singer
《 最佳客語歌手獎 》Best Hakka Singer
《 最佳原住民語歌手獎 》Best Indigenous Group Singer
《 最佳樂團獎 》 Best Group
《 最佳演唱組合獎 》Best Duo
《 最佳新人獎 》Best New Artist
《 最佳專輯獎 》Best Instrumental Album
《 演奏類最佳專輯製作人獎 》Best Instrumental Album Producer
《 演奏類最佳作曲人獎 》 Best Instrumental Composer
《 最佳專輯裝幀設計 》Best Recording Package
《 最佳演唱錄音專輯獎 》Best Vocal Recording Album
《 最佳演奏錄音專輯獎 》Best Instrumental Recording Album
《 特別貢獻獎 》Special Contribution Award
The last time I spoke with Diana Wang, she was releasing her first official forage into R&B 'Home' late last year.
In the later part of this year, she broke the Mandopop internet when it was announced that she had joined Khalil Fong's new record label 'FU MUSIC' as their first artist.
I should have known when Khalil praised Wang's songwriting skills when we quizzed him about his album 'JTW-Journey To The West' during our interview last year!
Her second full album 'Poem'; a play on the 「詩」word that appears in her Chinese name as well as a word that recurs in the album's first single '一步成詩' is said to showcase the transition of Diana to her image as a talented composer as well as vocalist.
Like Khalil, Wang's strong Eastern background (she comes from three generations of Peking/Kun Opera performers) as well as her Westernised upbringing; Diana seems to be the perfect fit for FU MUSIC, and has worked closely with the creative team to create her unique blend of East-meets-West R&B.
To Diana, music should not be differentiated by culture, language or time, but is something that exists as naturally as a heartbeat or breath. Thus, she picked up a pen and began turning her thoughts into music through her love for R&B.
During the production of 'Poem', Diana and Khalil were fully present in the decision making process every step of the way, working not only with long-time collaborators Derrick Sepnio and Fergus Chow from the JTW album, but also with famed Hong Kong lyricists Zhou Yao-Hui and C-Jun, as well as Singaporean lyricist Xiao Han and Taiwan's Cui Wei Kai and Jie Nuo Mi.
Wang also had the pleasure of dueting and collaborating with various artists outside of the usual fare including the weird and wacky Joanna Wang, Singaporean R&B crooner Charlie Lim, and even her own mother Wang Lei!
Through this album, and using her culture and roots as a means for finding her identity, Diana wants audiences to witness her process of metamorphosis. Going back to the love of R&B she had as a little girl and using that as a starting point for her reinvention of herself as an artist, Wang's new album is bound to be poetry in motion, recording her thoughts on lifestyle, love and human perspectives.
Diana Wang's new album 'Poem' is now out and can be found in all the usual places. Click on this link to take you there: https://dianawang.lnk.to/poem
Who is Amanda Wu, you might ask? Although you might not recognise her just yet, you'll certainly recognise the projects she's been involved in. A certified child piano prodigy (in 2014 she resided in New York City under the 'Alien with Extraordinary Ability' visa), Wu has most notably performed with Cirque Du Soleil as their first and only Taiwanese musician.
Within the Taiwanese music realm, you might also recognise some of her arrangements from Joanna Wang's album 'The Adventures of Bernie the Schoolboy', as well as some of her works for DJ Shiuan Liu.
The fearless Jazz-Classical pianist singer-songwriter has since set her sights outside of Taiwan, travelling the world with her music.We proudly bring you the premiere of her latest single 'The Chaos of the Earth', from her upcoming EP The Journey On Earth Vol. 2 which drops in April.
Upon first listen, what I liked about the track was that it was sung in Chinese, a brave choice for a musician who wants to share her music with the wider world. Having lived in Montreal previously, within this song Wu wished to paint a picture of a cold Winter's day inspired by the sights she saw there, and that is certainly what I heard.
Using a blend of instruments that created an ephemeral blend of Jazz chords, Chinese melodies and a whirlwind of Classical elements to enhance its feeling of weightlessness, the song is a flurry of sparkling gems that certainly warrants more than one listen. Amanda's voice is a pleasure to listen to too!
Click on the button below to preview her latest track! Keep your eyes peeled for an interview we'll be doing with her soon too!
A big welcome back to songstress Joanna wang who made a long-awaited comeback with the release of her latest album <Midnight Cinema> on the 29th of March.
Joanna has expressed her immense satisfaction with this album, as she was able to take creative control over this album without compromising her ideals. The album is a selection of personal covers with a vintage and Hollywood glam feel to it, but as Singer-Songwriter Khalil Fong points out, there is more of a rebellious side to this album than what is represented on the surface.
Knowing Joanna and the pains that she goes to to make her work not just as a singer but as an artist known, I'm really happy to see her so excited about how the creative process was all her own work, without being shot down by her record company.
Working in Finland with co-producer and arranger Pessi Levanto, the album is definitely something I'd recommend to anyone willing to listen to some great music! It's also been lauded by friends of Joanna such as Lara Veronin and Evan Yo, the latter of which notably said 'if you don't listen to this album, don't bother buying albums anymore'; and I fully second that opinion.
Joanna's been emphasisng how on previous albums she has always had to compromise in order to get her original compositions onto the album, causing her a great deal of heartache due to her need to express her creativity as an artist. Although other artists may be able to deal with the restrictions that record labels may pose on their creativity, I really admire Joanna for her strong headed opposition to this. She's a strong and opinionated person who is extremely talented, which is why I've been supporting her until this day.
I really am proud of everything she's achieved thus far, and am grateful to be able to share in her happiness. It's a fresh start for her, and I hope it heralds even more great, original music from her to come!
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!