By Matt Taylor
It seems that Mandopop queen Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 enjoys keeping her fans in suspense - not only did she take four years to follow up her 2014 hit album PLAY 呸 with the 2018 UGLY BEAUTY, but it's been a further ten month wait for fans who have been eager to hear when she would be taking the album on tour.
The wait is finally over. Through a series of posts on Instagram on 20 September where she revealed a selection of tour images captioned with The Feast of the Broken Hearts, Jolin finally confirmed that the UGLY BEAUTY 2019/2020 WORLD TOUR will kick off with a residency at Taipei Arena 台北小巨蛋, with concerts held on 30, 31 December and 1, 3, 4, 5 January, with tickets going on sale 12 October.
Saying that she hopes to "try to break all the rules and bring you crazy sensations" Jolin has been already been planning the tour for several months with the creative team behind tours for global artists such as Katy Perry, and that she aims to bring the album alive visually on stage.
Expect more dates to be announced in Taiwan and beyond in the near future!
Singapore-based music journalism and awards platform Freshmusic SG have this year embarked on an even more ambitious pull for their yearly awards ceremony; this year inviting over 30 music industry professionals (including Asian Pop Weekly) to participate in the judging festivities.
Opening up the awards this year also to Southeast Asian and any Chinese heritage acts, big winners this year were Sandy Lam and Eli Hsieh, who took home awards for Best Female and Male Singer respectively. Both also had works that made it into the top ten album and singles of the year.
Check out the full winners’ list below:
Best Album of the Year 年度最佳專輯：
《0》 Sandy Lam 林憶蓮
Top Ten Albums of the Year 年度10大專輯：
《0》Sandy Lam 林憶蓮
《Alice 愛麗絲》Eli Hsieh 謝震廷
《Fade to Exist 垂直活著 水平留戀著》Eve Ai 艾怡良
《In Other Words 換句話說》HUSH
《Nothing Is Under Control》Yoyo Sham 岑寧兒
《Ugly Beauty》Jolin Tsai 蔡依林
《Cassa Nova 半熟王子》Sunset Rollercoaster 落日飛車
《Refining Clouds 煉雲 原聲帶》Anpu 安溥
《Liu Ting Zhuo 劉庭佐》John Stoniae 知更
《Pán 盤》Prairie WWWW 落差草原WWWW
Top Song of the Year 年度金曲:
〈Forever Young〉Eve Ai 艾怡良
Top Ten Singles 年度10大單曲:
〈Forever Young〉Eve Ai 艾怡良
〈Waves Wandering 浪流連〉Eggplantegg 茄子蛋
〈All The People We Love 我所深愛的人們〉Tizzy Bac
〈Tears 小星星〉Eli Hsieh 謝震廷
〈Us 我們〉Eason Chan 陳奕迅
〈Fibres 纖維〉Sandy Lam 林憶蓮
〈Don’t Cry Don’t Cry〉Waa Wei 魏如萱
〈A Note To My Fifty-Year Old Self 給五十歲自己的備忘錄〉Ardor Huang 流氓阿德
〈Missing You To The Moon And Stars 披星戴月的想你〉Accusefive 告五人
〈Kites/Clouds 風箏/白雲〉John Stoniae 知更
Most Improved 年度大躍進: Shi Shi 孫盛希《Shi’s Journey 希遊記》
Best EP 最佳EP: Deca Joins 《Go Slow》
Best New Group 最佳新團體: Bisiugroup 美秀集團 《King Of Light電火王》
Best Newcomer 最佳新人: ØZI 《ØZI The Album》
Best Vocal Group 最佳演唱組合: O-KAI Singers 歐開合唱團 《Some People Say 南方靈魂》
Best Band 最佳樂團: Tizzy Bac 《Him 知人》
Best Male Singer 最佳男演唱人: Eli Hsieh 謝震廷 《Where Are We Going? 愛麗絲》
Best Female Singer 最佳女演唱人: Sandy Lam 林憶蓮 《0》
Watch the Awards Presentation Here:
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 reigning Queen of Mandopop Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 released the MV for Life Sucks 消极掰, the third MV from her wildly successful 2018 album UGLY BEAUTY, on March 12.
Life Sucks is a realistic and relatable social empowerment anthem, refuting the idea that life is entirely positive, and that it's okay to feel that the world is against you and validates the desire to stew in your negativity for some time.
After all, if you can't take time to reflect on the bad, how can you truly appreciate the good?
The video provides a birds-eye perspective of Jolin and a number of people from all walks of life - from boxer to office worker - giving the impression that all these people are weighed down by the troubles in their life.
Following Jolin's encouraging words, they are all finally able to stand up and move on. A visual treat (as we have come to expect from Jolin); the video even appears to channel mid-00s Kylie Minogue .
Watch the video for Life Sucks below.
Mandopop goddess Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 releases the second music video for her new album 'UGLY BEAUTY 怪美的', this time for the track 'Hubby 腦公'.
The song, produced by Starr Chen and OZI is by far the most snap-happy track on the album, so what better song to create a Hong Kong film-style music video for?
Featuring the presence of world-class Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng as the goddess of love and Chinese actor Kai Zheng as the comical love interest, the video borrows from a vintage Hong Kong aesthetic and pays homage to their vibrant film scene through recreated scenes on the television Jolin watches in the video, as well as through the direction of the video in its entirety.
Spoken both in Cantonese and in Mandarin, the visuals truly bring the tongue-in-cheek nature of the song to unimaginable levels of awesomeness. Lobsters or dresses and rubber chickens on tuxedos, Tsai is revamping the fashion scene in her own way alright.
Watch the MV below!