Hot off the press without further ado, here's your basic survival guide for who was nominated at all the award categories at the 27th Golden Melody Awards!
Album of the Year
-Village Besieged /Foothills Folk LLC
-All Nominated Titles of Best Album in Mandarin
-All Nominated Titles of Best Album in Taiwanese
-All Nominated Titles of Best Album in Hakka
-All Nominated Titles of Best Album in an Aboriginal Language
Song of the Year
-Love Confession《Jay Chou’s Bedtime Stories》/ JVR Music International Ltd.
-Traces of Time In Love 《Traces of Time In Love 》/EMI Records And Entertainment Limited
-Peng-Kung《Ding Zi Hua》/Universal Music Taiwan Ltd.
-The Sum of Us 《Talk About Eve》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-Tough《history of Tomorrow》/ B'IN MUSIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
-Simon Says《The Servile》/Rocksurf
-Centrifugal Force《 CENTERIFUGAL FORCE》/Asia Muse Entertainment
-Spoiled Innocence《Sell like hot cakes》/HIM International Music
Best Mandarin Album
《JOURNEY TO THE WEST》/ Fu Music Limited
《The Silent Star Stone》/Universal Music Taiwan Ltd.
《Talk About Eve》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
《history of Tomorrow》/ B'IN MUSIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
《run! frantic flowers!》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
《Million Songs Hill》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
Best Taiwanese Album-Ding Zi Hua/Universal Music Taiwan Ltd.
-Taipei Didilong / Kao Muziq Co. Ltd
-REBORN/ FIRE ON MUSIC CO., LTD.
-Chiu nien /KAWA Music Co.Ltd
-TaiKo Electro Company / The Hu Music Studio
-The boyhood of chairman/D.G.S.Marketing
Best Hakka Album-The Golden Age/ sincerely music
-Mosaic Of The Night/ Foothills Folk LLC
-Smiley Universe/ Taipei Hakka Affairs Commission
-The Funky Song For Tung Blossom/ Feeling Good Music Co. Ltd.
-Wo ba jiang hai lu wo ma jiang si xian/ t-rex music
Best Aboriginal Album-Yaangad /katatepan Cultural Studio
-Tracing the River of Life/Wind Music
-Long-Ger /Long-Ger Longer Story Album /Good Collection Studio
-vavayan /ELEVENZ PRODUCTION & PUBLISHING CO., LTD.
-Sadu Kata Buan/ DRUMBOAT MUSIC
Best Music Video-Chai《Chang and Lee》/ Anlemouse Production Company (Director: Peng Jhun-yi、Zhu Qi-guang 、Chang Hsi-an )
-Bedtime Stories 《Jay Chou’s Bedtime Stories》/ JVR Music International Ltd. (Director: Jay Chou)
-Mercury Records《The Silent Star Stone》/Universal Music Taiwan Ltd. (Director: Huang Chieh-yu )
-Love Yourself《DAY BY DAY》/ HIM International Music Inc. (Director: Bill Chia )
-Tough《history of Tomorrow》/ B’in Music Co. Ltd. (Director: Muh Chen )
-Dust My Shoulders Off《Jane Zhang Dust My Shoulders Off》/ Melody Media -Music Co. Ltd./ (Director: Liao Jen Shuai )
Best Composer-Guo Ding/The Fog Space《The Silent Star Stone》/Universal Music Taiwan Ltd.
-Eve Ai/The Sum of Us 《Talk About Eve》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-Mayday Monster/Here, After, Us《history of Tomorrow》/ B'IN MUSIC -INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
-No Party For Cao Dong/Simon Says《The Servile》/Rocksurf
-Waa Wei/only you《run! frantic flowers!》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-Hsieh Ming-Yu/Hsia- pu ワルツ《chiu nien》 /KAWA Music Co. Ltd.
-Europa Huang/Centrifugal Force《 CENTERIFUGAL FORCE》/Asia Muse Entertainment
Best Lyricist-Qing Feng Wu/Traces of Time In Love《Traces of Time In Love 》/EMI Records And Entertainment Limited
-Wu Pai/Peng-Kung《Ding Zi Hua》/Universal Music Taiwan Ltd
-Guo Ding/The Fog Space《The Silent Star Stone》/Universal Music Taiwan Ltd.
-Eve Ai/The Sum of Us 《Talk About Eve》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-Mayday A-Shin/ Almost Famous 《history of Tomorrow》/ B'IN MUSIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
-No Party For Cao Dong/Wimpish《The Servile》/Rocksurf
-Hsieh Ming-Yu/ Pi-ka Luggage《chiu nien》 /KAWA Music Co.Ltd
Best Arrangement-Hung Cheng-wen; Jen Chung-chiang /Na emaalrup / Hunter 《Yaangad 》 /katatepan Cultural Studio
-Wu Pai & China Blue / Peng kung《Ding Zi Hua》/Universal Music Taiwan Ltd.
-Xian-Zhe Zhan/ Bad Check《Talk About Eve》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-Ellen Joyce Loo/Darling/Imperfections /Rockmui Ltd.
-Huang ching shih yi; Derrick Sepnio; Fergus Chow/izuwa 《vavayan》 /ELEVENZ PRODUCTION & PUBLISHING CO., LTD.
-Howe Chen /You Made My Day 《You Made My Day 》/ Asia Muse Entertainment
Best Album Producer-IO Chen/《Yaangad》 /katatepan Cultural Studio
-Khalil Fong；Derrick Sepnio 《JOURNEY TO THE WEST》/ Fu Music Limited
-Tu Kai; Ko Fei /《Mr. Miss》/ STEVE MUSIC STUDIO
-Mayday/《history of Tomorrow》/ B'IN MUSIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
-George Chen/ 《run! frantic flowers!》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-Huang ching shih yi /《vavayan》 /ELEVENZ PRODUCTION & PUBLISHING CO., LTD.
Best Single Producer-George Chen/Traces of Time In Love 《Traces of Time In Love 》/EMI Records And Entertainment Limited
-Huang ching shih yi /Jia Jia song feat. Ilid Kaolo /Suming《Still Missing》/B'IN MUSIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
-Mayday Masa/ Still Missing《Still Missing》/B'IN MUSIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
-Huang Chien-wei ; Chen Chun-hao / Centrifugal Force《 CENTERIFUGAL FORCE》/Asia Muse Entertainment
-Dakanow/ Aka Pacici Take It Easy《Long-Ger Longer Story Album》/Good Collection Studio
-Sandee Chan/Every day is a miracle《Day by day》/ HIM International Music
-Howe/You Made My Day 《You Made My Day 》/ Asia Muse Entertainment
Best Male Mandarin Vocalist-Jay Chou/《Jay Chou’s Bedtime Stories》/ JVR Music International Ltd.
-Khalil Fong《JOURNEY TO THE WEST》/ Fu Music Limited
-Guo Ding/《The Silent Star Stone》/Universal Music Taiwan Ltd.
-Crowd Lu/What a Folk !!!!!!/ Team Ear Music
-Yoga Lin/《Sell like hot cakes》/HIM International Music
-Namewee/《Cross Over Asia》/ The Dow Cultural & Creative Co.
-Dwagie/《Hard Knock》/ Kung-Fu Entertainment
Best Female Mandarin Vocalist-Eve Ai/《Talk About Eve》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-Jia Jia/《Still Missing》/B'IN MUSIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
-Waa Wei/《run! frantic flowers!》/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-Ellen Joyce Loo/《Imperfections》/ Rockmui Ltd.
-Naiwen Yang/ Centrifugal Force《 CENTERIFUGAL FORCE》/Asia Muse Entertainment
-Miss Ko/《Queen of Queens》/ Universal Music Taiwan Ltd.
Best Taiwanese Male Vocalist
-Daniel Luo / 《Daniel Luo –Love is so painful CD+DVD》/ SHANG HAO RECORD CO.,LTD
-Liao Shih-Hsien /《The Door》/ Dmile Music Co.Ltd.
-Wu Pai/《Ding Zi Hua》/Universal Music Taiwan Ltd.
-Aka DJ / Taipei Didilong《 Taipei DiDi Long 》/ Kao Muziq Co. Ltd
-Yuming Lai/Bottom of My Heart / ROCK RECORDS CO.,LTD.
-Hsieh Ming-Yu / 《Chiou nien》 /KAWA Music Co.Ltd
Best Taiwanese Female Vocalist
-Elly Chang/ 《Elly Chang - Sound of the wind》 / Water Music
-Maya/《Singing to myself》 /Water Music
-Olivia Tsao/《A song of Missing》/ ATIME ARTIST MANAGEMENT CO.,LTD.
-Huang Fei/《Twin Flowers》/ Millions Entertainme Co., Ltd
-Sasha Li /《The Age of Innocence》/ ROCK RECORDS CO.,LTD.
Best Hakka Vocalist-UrbanCat /《The Golden Age》/ sincerely music
-Misa x Underground Stream/《Mosaic Of The Night》/ Foothills Folk LLC
-Robin Tseng /《Shepherd Boy》/ Feeling Good Music Co. Ltd.
-Wei Ru Chen/《Wo ba jiang hai lu wo ma jiang si xian》/ t-rex music
Best Aboriginal Vocalist-Sangpuy/《Yaangad》/katatepan Cultural Studio
-Cemelesai Pasasauv /《ZEMIYAN》/ Han Guang Creativity Art Co., Ltd
-T-ai Siao-chun/《Tracing the River of Life》/Wind Music
-Long-Ger /《Long-Ger Longer Story Album》/Good Collection Studio
-ABAO (Aljenljeng)/ 《vavayan》/ELEVENZ PRODUCTION & PUBLISHING CO., LTD.
-Tulbus Mangququ/《Sadu Kata Buan》/ DRUMBOAT MUSIC
Best Musical Group-FLUX /《FLUX Pluralism》/Hove Entertainment
-Mayday/《History of Tomorrow》/ B'IN MUSIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
-No Party For Cao Dong/《The Servile》/Rocksurf
-GDJYB/《vol.2 GDJYB 2359 BEFORE TOMORROW》/ HER
-LION/《LION》/ Warner Music Taiwan
-Gina"s Can / 《The Funky Song For Tung Blossom》/ Feeling Good Music Co.
-The Chairman /《The boyhood of chairman》/ D.G.S.Marketing
Best Vocal Collaboration-Guess What Vocal Band/《 Guess What - ONE》/ Opus Music Studio
-Power Station: YU Chiu-hsing ; YEN Chih-lin《Power Station 20th》/ HIM -International Music Inc.
-Astro Bunny：Cha chia-wen；Nu /《Loneliness will be over, away and gone》/ -Ascents Media Entertainment
-Mr. Miss：Tu Kai; Ko Fei /《Mr. Miss》/ STEVE MUSIC STUDIO
-Grasshopper : Tsai Yi-chih; Tsai Yi-chieh; Su Chih-wei/《Music Walker》/MEDIA ASIA ENTERPRISE LIMITED Taiwan Branch
-RADIO MARS：Huang Shao-feng; Tseng Yu / RADIO MARS/ Feeling Good Music Co. Ltd.
Best Newcomer-FLUX /《FLUX Pluralism》/ Hove Entertainment
-Mr. Miss / 《Mr. Miss》/ STEVE MUSIC STUDIO
-No Party For Cao Dong/《The Servile》/Rocksurf
-SHIO /《Abstract Painting》/ NeverFall Inc.(Taiwan Branch)
-Erika/《I Am Erika 》/ Warner Music Taiwan
-GONG/ 《GONG》/ Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
Best Instrumental Album-Cin Cinema/CinCin Lee Production Ltd.
-ALL KINDS OF GOOD/ELEVENZ PRODUCTION & PUBLISHING CO., LTD.
-Fade to Blue/Trees Music & Art
-SEDAR /Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-07 Sessions/Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
Best Album Producer-CinCin Lee/ Cin Cinema/CinCin Lee Production Ltd.
-Martin "Musa" Musaubach/ALL KINDS OF GOOD/ ELEVENZ PRODUCTION & PUBLISHING CO., LTD.
-Chung Shefong/Fade to Blue/Trees Music & Art
-Sedar Chin/ SEDAR/ Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-Lawrence Ku/PROPER UP!/ Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
Best Composer-CinCin Lee/Taipei Andante《Cin Cinema》/ CinCin Lee Production Ltd.
-Martin "Musa" Musaubach/ ALL KINDS OF GOOD《ALL KINDS OF GOOD》/ELEVENZ PRODUCTION & PUBLISHING CO., LTD.
-David Chen/ Fade to Blue《Fade to Blue》/Trees Music & Art
-Sedar Chin/ Arboreal Tunnel （feat. Richard Bona）《SEDAR》/ Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd.
-Tseng-Yi Tseng/ Call It Anything《Kind of True》/Mission Formosa
Best Album Graphic-Gelresai/Yaangad/ Katatepan Cultural Studio
-Lo Wen-tsen/ Village Besieged/ Foothills Folk LLC
-Starr Chen; Hsu Ting Ho; Rookie; John Yu; kitsunemene; MoMo; Summer Lee/ -Welcome To The Next Level/ X Entertainment
-Xiao Qing-Yang Studio/When will we meet again/ Ya Wen Music Studio Ltd.
-Rivers Yang；Aaron Nieh/ Cin Cinema/ CinCin Lee Production Ltd.
Best Vocal Recording Album AwardYaangad／katatepan Cultural Studio
( Recording Engineers: Sun Tien-chih／Main Mixing Engineers: Sun Tien-chih／Main Mastering Post-Production: Ted Jensen)
JTW Journey to the West／FU Music Limited
( Recording Engineers: Derrick Sepnio、Jeff Li／Main Mixing Engineers: Phil Tan、Ken Lewis、Jaycen Joshua、Tony Maserati、Dave Pensado／Main Mastering Post-Production: Chris Gehringer)
#MWHYB／Universal Music Taiwan Ltd.
( Recording Engineers: Brian Paturalski、Ken Lewis、tye、Enik Lin／Main Mixing Engineers: Brian Paturalski、Ken Lewis、tye、Enik Lin／Main Mastering Post-Production: James Cruz)
( Recording Engineers: Wang Yung-chun／Main Mixing Engineers: Lin Cheng-chung／Main Mastering Post-Production: Chris Gehringer)
Flow／Rock Records Co., Ltd.
( Recording Engineers: Chen Chih-hsiang、Yeh Yu-hsuan、Jim Lee、John Hermanson、Lin Po-chien、Chen Yi-lin、Li Yueh-sung／Main Mixing Engineers: Fan Nai-kang、Li Yueh-sung、Jim Lee／Main Mastering Post-Production: Michael D.)
Best Instrumental Recording Album AwardCin Cinema/ CinCin Production Ltd. ( Recording Engineers: David Santiago、Yang Min-chi／Main Mixing Engineers: Yang Min-chi、Cheng Kuei／Main Mastering Post-Production: Yang Min-chi、Cheng Kuei)
Ice Fantasy Original Soundtrack/ Warner Music Taiwan Ltd. (Recording Engineers: Frank Cunningham、Antonio Oliart、Chenao Wang、Jorge Velasco／Main Mixing Engineers: V.K、Shinnosuke Miyazawa／Main Mastering Post-Production: Suen Chung-shu)
SEDAR／Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) Ltd.
( Recording Engineers:Li Yueh-sung、Ma Li、Hsu Teng-man、Goh Hotoda、Wang Yao-wei、Larry Williams、Gary Grant、Dustin Higgns、Richard Bons、Chris Parks、Brendan Muldowney、James Genus、Chin Su-feng、Scott Henderson、Chia Yi-nan、Alain Caron、Julian Miller／Main Mixing Engineers: Goh Hotoda、Ma Li／Main Mastering Post-Production: Bob Ludwing)
Tseng-Yi Tseng Symbiosis Trio-Chromatics／Symbiosis
( Recording Engineers: Yu Chia-lun／Main Mixing Engineers: Yu Chia-lun／Main Mastering Post-Production: Jeff Lipton)
Kind of True／Mission Formosa
( Recording Engineers: Tommy Cavalieri／Main Mixing Engineers: Tommy Cavalieri／Main Mastering Post-Production: Tommy Cavalieri)
Jury AwardSheng-xiang band 《Village Besieged 》
Special Contribution AwardCHI, LU-HSIA (CHI, CHIU-YING) 、CHANG, YU-SHENG
A little late, but better late than never, right? First of all, I’d like to wish all Asian Pop Weekly readers a very happy new year (Chinese New Year was just over so I consider myself only slightly late with this greeting)! As things have been hectic over the last couple of years, loyal readers may notice that the Asian Pop Weekly website has settled into a stable rhythm of posts such as news articles, lyric translations, interviews and album reviews, but I feel like it’s time to step things up a notch in terms of the amount of feature articles available on this site. So my resolution this year is to keep APW going strong, and to add a little pizzazz to our content just to spice things up.
In lieu of such a statement, I figured that I might as well start off with one of those ‘listicles’ which are so popular at the moment, a listicle of my top 10 C-pop songs of 2016 recommended especially for ABCs (individuals of Asian heritage living in Western regions), or basically for any English speakers who are interested in learning more about Chinese music. While some of these songs may not be the biggest C-pop hits of 2016, they’re nevertheless a great selection of tunes, mostly by artists with offerings friendly to the international market which will certainly be a pleasure for your ears. So without further adieu, let’s get into it!
For fans of Mandopop Queen A-Mei, her rearrangement of her 1996 hit ‘Sisters’ was released this year, and acts both as a hit of nostalgia for those of us who lived through the C-pop Golden era of the 1990s-early 2000s, but that’s not all the song’s about. A-Mei expressed that she mulled over the idea of revamping the song for years before she decided to take the plunge, and given her reputation as an avant-garde, rule-breaking artist, this song was more than just a commercial money-grabbing scheme. Opting this time to go with a simple acoustic guitar arrangement, A-Mei’s effortlessly clear and sweet voice envelops ones’ earbuds as she delivers a message for society, one of hope, love and solidarity. Listen out for her beautiful spoken message near the end of the song. Nostalgia and a real heart-warming message that would not be lost on listeners given how 2016 turned out.
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter-producer Khalil Fong has recently announced his biggest project to date-the opening of an independent music and visual arts label called FU MUSIC.
Given Fong's personal heritage which sees him identifying with both Eastern and Western cultures, he's decided to use FU MUSIC as a means to "bring a multicultural experience to the scene by fusing together Chinese and Western influences, while adhering to the highest of production values".
Fong labels FU MUSIC as a new platform to help nurture and develop like-minded artists and talents, in order to create infinite potential for creativity and innovation.
He's started his company off by launching a Fringebacker Crowdfunding campaign introducing the concept of their unique East-West artistic experience to audiences, while also using it to raise funds for the campaign.
Fans are able to purchase from a range of wares created by Khalil and his team, including digital thank you cards, humorous ringtones featuring Khalil himself, the usual mugs, T-shirts, all the way up to procuring a VIP Table at FU MUSIC's official launch.
The campaign has amassed considerable success since its debut, clocking in over $37,000USD raised by almost 2000 backers.
As a passionate supporter of Asian representation in the media as well as harnessing a vested interest in riding the gaps between Eastern and Western cultures, I'm all for this campaign! Are you?
Watch the FU MUSIC trailer:
Dizzy’s not giving up on C-pop just yet! And I’m so glad that she hasn’t! Back with her all-new single “Stray Love”, her fresh new sound weaved through seductive vocals are definitely a burst of fresh air for the C-pop industry. Collaborating with Luke B. Skywalker Tsui, a songwriter Khalil Fong frequently works with, Dizzy aka. Dominique Tsai shows that she doesn’t do things by halves with her new song “Stray Love”, a cool mix of EDM and hip hop and a badass music video to match. Resident eye candy Sunny Wang, Dominique’s fiancee is just icing on the cake for the retro-themed game-inspired music video directed by Ares Wu. Also check out her collab with MJ116 '02' below!
Download the english version of 'Stray Love' here.
Liked our Sunshine Collection series and missed out on our Facebook Post series? Now introducing our next themed series, the #PioneerSelection! This time around, we'll be entertaining you with four songs by four different artists; all of whom have made a major contribution to the Chinese music industry in one way or another. Let's take a look, shall we?
First up, we have my one and only Leehom Wang (I know he's married, but a girl can only dream..), and his song <龙的传人>(Descendants of the Dragon), which was a complete game-changer for the music scene in Taiwan. Not only did it turn many heads with its out-there sound, it created new and innovative possibilities for the industry, with Leehom proposing his own brand of 'chinked-out' music, encouraging asians everywhere to be proud of their heritage, and their identity. Leehom is definitely one of the reasons I began to think more deeply about my identity as an asian, and also one of the people who inspired my passion for Chinese music! So he is definitely number one on my list! Got any recommendations of your own? Let us know in the comments below, and don't forget to support us by liking our Facebook page!
As for the second part of Asian Pop Weekly's#PioneerSelection, where we introduce to you a collection of songs by some of the pioneers of the Taiwanese music industry! Today's pioneer is the legendary Jay Chou! Before his arrival on the music scene, there was no one like him, and more than a decade on, there is still no one who has reinvented chinese music the way he has. His unique fusion of chinese traditional music, classical music, hip hop and his fast-talking vocal style creates an atmosphere like no other; in his song <简单爱>, it's simplicity reflects the epitome of simple love in a way that has yet to be challenged by any song since then.
Now that we've introduced the two greats of the late 90s (Leehom and Jay Chou), it's time to move forward a few years. Flash forward to 2006, and the emergence of 16-year old Khalil Fong, a kid from Hong Kong with big dreams, and a real talent for music. His music, influenced by the likes of R n B and Soul artists such as Babyface and Michael Jackson introduced a fusion that was never before seen in the taiwanese music industry. Dubbed 'Soulboy', throughout the years Khalil has experimented with a large number of genres, including Soul, R n B, hip hop, Blues and Funk and has emerged with a truly unique and recognisable style that can be heard from a mile away. Today, we're introducing a throwback to his first hit, <爱爱爱>, the song which threw the entire music industry into a tizzy with its' funky tunes and soul-infused arrangements. Feeling inspired yet? I sure am.
This time, we're shaking things up a little with an artist who has recently rocked the music scene with her unique and innovative rapping style. That's right, we're talking about last year's Golden Melody Award Winner for Best Newcomer Miss Ko! In recent years, she's been putting out her own unique rap style and collaborating with the likes of Amber An, Khalil Fong, and Shi Shi. She's the newest in-rapper Fo Shizzle! Okay, sorry for the bad trash talk, but she's seriously awesome. Take a listen to her single <Hey DJ> which will get you grooving like there's no tomorrow!
Thanks for reading the last part in our #PIoneerSeries! Do you have any Pioneers to share with us? There are so many more that I could think of who should be shared, including the likes of David Tao, Tanya Chua, Stefanie Sun and Joanna Wang. Who would you like to be featured? Tell us in the comments below!
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** If there are any particular lyrics/pinyin from artists that you would like up here don't hesitate to just comment on any of the posts!