Tanya Chua, Cyndi Wang and Karen Mok Bag 3 Awards Each At Singapore's Global Chinese Golden Chart (GCGC) Awards
The 2019 Global Chinese Golden Chart Awards kicked off to a great start Tuesday night at the Capitol Theatre, welcoming cream of the crop performers from all across the Greater China region to participate in the festivities.
Hosted by local radio station UFM 100.3, the night started off with a performance by local polished indie unit Neko Highway performing popular hit "阿五A-Wu". The all-girl band later was presented with the Bronze award for Best Newcomer.
With performances by indie darling Ann Bai, R&B - pop artist Xiao Bing Chih, Cyndi Wang, Tanya Chua and more, the audiences and livestream viewers were wowed with a selection of new songs such as Singaporean singer-songwriter Boon Hui Lu's tear-jerker '親愛的" and Ann Bai's "讓我逃離平庸的生活 Escaping the Mediocre Life", as well as oldies-but-goodies such as Cyndi Wang's unforgettable '當你' and Chua's 'Beautiful Love'.
Truly a night to remember for local fervent fans of Mandopop presenting just a taster of what the contemporary scene has to offer while paying homage to greats past and present.
Check out the full awards list below:
Check out the livestream of the event here.
Karen Mok 莫文蔚 Brings Last Big Pop Concert To Singapore; Announces Future Forages Into Musical Theatre
By Jocelle Koh
Resplendent in a flowing red summer dress, Hong Kong Diva Karen Mok took to the stage at a press conference at Singapore's Capitol Kempinski hotel to chat about the upcoming Singapore stop on her 25th anniversary tour 'The Ultimate Karen Mok Show'.
Said by Mok to be the "last pop concert tour" she's ever going to do before moving onto new musical pursuits; as per the wordplay on the tour's name, the youthful veteran says that she's pulling out all the stops on her final hurrah.
As the creative director of this world tour, Mok says that she has always had ideas since she was a little girl, and the stage has always been her choice of platform to execute them on.
From including a fusion of western and oriental elements into her performances to incorporating localised elements into each stop of her tour such as noodle-pulling, Mok says: "everything signature, things that won't be done again in the future (will be included in this concert)".
As for what the seasoned world-class performer has planned for after what she calls her "last big pop concert", the hardworking performer says that she will never retire, and has plans to expand her career to creating a Chinese form of musical theatre.
When asked why this is something she's passionate about, Karen shared about her passion for challenging herself and for the artform itself:
“Well I think it’s the most challenging of all the different kinds of performing arts because musically you have to be able to sing, and dance, and dance, and do it live - every night (laughs), that is quite tough. And also because during my years in London i would go watch a lot of musicals and I actually even auditioned for Miss Saigon, so it’s kind of like something on my wish list."
As for why she's particularly interested in creating a Chinese form of musical theatre, the pioneer once again looks to her roots for creative direction.
“I feel that for our industry here, we really should have our own form of … musical theatre, because just like how London has the West End and New York has Broadway, I think … Greater China is big enough to have our own version of Broadway. So I hope i’ll be able to do something to make this happen one day.”
Musical theatre or on the pop circuit, Karen Mok has never been someone to follow the trend, but to lead it with grace and strength. So as she closes the door on this chapter and opens the next, what better way to pay homage than to be part of the Singapore stop of her tour, or the next closest one to you?
THE ULTIMATE KAREN MOK SHOW IN SINGAPORE
Date: 15 June 2019 (Sat), 8pm
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $228, $198, $168, $138, $108 (excludes booking fee)
Booking Hotline: +65 3158 7888
Also available at Singapore Indoor Stadium and all SINGPOST Islandwide
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
Celebrating her 25th anniversary in the entertainment industry, veteran Hong Kong superstar Karen Mok 莫文蔚 is returning to the centre stage with new single Slowly Like You 慢慢喜歡你.
Slowly Like You 慢慢喜歡你 is the second release from her as yet untitled seventeenth studio album, slated for release later in 2018. The concept of the song is rather than being overwhelmed by a fast romance, falling slowly in love with someone is more romantic, and allows for greater time to appreciate the intricate details of each other, in turn allowing for a deeper love. By taking our time, we can savour the time with our loved ones, walking together into old age.
The video, directed by Chen Yin-jung 陳映蓉, embodies the journey of love within a family in a specific moment in time. One on hand, you have a young couple who are about to cement their love through marriage. On the other, you have their parents, who through small interactions are able to convey their deep love and connection to their partner.
The track is a collaborative effort, written by Li Ronghao 李榮浩 and produced by Arai Soichiro 荒井十一. Karen has been friends with Arai since they met backstage at her 2009 Back to Karen Mok World Tour 回蔚莫文蔚巡迴演唱會, and he was the executive producer for her most recent album, 2014’s Departures 不散不見, for which she was nominated for three Golden Melody Awards, including Best Female and Best Mandarin Album. Not just collaborative partners, Karen and Arai enjoy a close and warm friendship. According to Karen, this is because they have similar views about the process of creating music.
Li Ronghao & Arai have been close friends for over ten years, so when Karen confided that she was a big admirer of the singer-songwriter, Arai wasted no time in reaching out to him, and Li ended up playing guitar on several songs on Karen’s last album. Li even joined Karen on stage in Beijing on her 2015 world tour.
Evidently, Karen, Arai & Li are a powerful creative force which have the capability of creating critically and commercially successful projects.
Prior to the release, both Karen and Li had been teasing fans on Facebook for days, uploading videos using the slow motion function as a representation of the song. Every video was captioned with ‘because slowly is the best reason' (因為慢慢是個最好原因).
Karen Mok is a legend in the Chinese music world. Over her illustrious 25 year career she has released sixteen albums, starred in over fourty films, and is referred to by fans as the Queen of Love Songs 情歌天后.
Taiwan's pride and joy, superband Mayday are back and ready to release their latest album <Her Story> on the 26th of June. But wait...What's so different about this album? The fact is that NONE of the actual band members will be performing in the album at all! Instead, they will be represented by a slurry of female artists who will weave their stories through Mayday's most classic hits, creating their own renditions of Mayday's songs.
Here's what their little blurb for the album says:
她的故事，我的五月天 Her stories, Our Mayday
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
Yesterday, Today, Mayday...
10個女生10首女聲 10 Girls 10 women's voices
Day by Day, coming soon...
From what I can hear, I know that Lala Hsu, Fish Leong, Jia Jia, Waa Wei and Karen Mok are among those who are involved in this project, but apparently out of everyone who has listened to the audio trailer, no one has been able to correctly identify every single female voice within the album.
Track Listings for the album have already been released:
0:00 生命有一種絕對 Life has a kind of definite
0:14 盛夏光年 Eternal Summer
0:32 離開地球表面 Leaving the edge of the earth
0:46 溫柔 Gentleness
1:09 你不是真正的快樂 You are not really happy
1:26 我不願讓你一個人 I can't bear to leave you by yourself
1:41 如煙 Smoke
1:52 愛情萬歲 Long live Love
2:12 我心中尚未崩壞的地方 A place in my heart that hasn't collapsed
2:32 突然好想你 Suddenly thinking of you
Well, I'm going to take on that challenge and have another crack at it! What are some of your thoughts on the singers of the ten songs? Let us know in the comments below!