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!
As this year comes to a long-needed close, the time has come yet again to compile a list of our top songs for 2018. This task has always been a delicate one; as we aim to choose songs that were chart-toppers while also leaving room for works that have contributed in a positive way to the creativity and diversity of the market. On top of this, I’ve also tried to choose songs that are cohesive and represent a general theme; reflecting on the year that has been. This year, I’ve chosen the theme of mindfulness and reflection. Be it a discussion of the world around us, our inner selves or the passing of time and life. In this year of confusion, despair and misdirection, we are all searching for something real to hold on to. This theme has increasingly resonates with me this year more than ever before, and I hope it strikes a chord with you too.
NO. 10: KELLY YU 于文文 – DIGNITY體面
What top 10 list could be complete without this regional chart-topper? The song which was part of the soundtrack for the movie ‘The Ex File 3: Return of the Exes’ allowed Canadian-Chinese artist Kelly Yu skyrocket to fame since its release in February this year with its moody and atmospheric piano arrangement. Although ballads are often hit-or-miss, Yu’s steady, honest vocals tug on the ol’ heartstrings just so, giving listeners delectable texture to ruminate over time and again.
By Matt Taylor
The wait is nearly over! Four years since her last studio album, 2014's critical and commercial blockbuster PLAY 呸, the dancing queen of Mandopop Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 has finally announced the release of her 14th studio album UGLY BEAUTY, which will be released on December 26.
Regarding the album title, Jolin expressed that she wanted to use this album to discover the ugliness behind the perfect surface of reality, and show that perfection is not equal to all. Each song will represent a different personality, viewpoint and style.
To create this eleven-track record, Jolin mobilised over 100 different musicians from Taiwan, Thailand and Sweden, and even took a direct role in writing and producing six of the tracks, something she has traditionally shied away from. She said that working with so many different creative people gave her the motivation to play a larger role in the creation of her music, and to her surprise, she actually enjoyed it, and hopes that this comes across to the listener.
One of the most noticeable features of the artwork is the oversized red lips, produced by Chinese designer Shuting Qiu. They are meant to symbolize words which we want to say, but are afraid to.
With hype and anticipation at fever pitch, limited pre-sales across Asia sold out in minutes, with the album receiving a platinum certification in China after only 24 hours. Demand was so high that a second print of pre-orders was arranged after fans vented their frustration on the social media accounts of Jolin's record label.
Since her debut album in 1999, Jolin Tsai has sold over 25 million records worldwide, and is one of the highest selling recording artists of the 21st century in Asia. Her most recent PLAY World Tour 呸世界巡迴演唱會 saw Jolin perform 34 concerts across five countries.
The first single from UGLY BEAUTY will premiere on December 21st, with the album following on December 26th.