about apw live
This is a project my sister and I have been discussing lately, and we've decided to collaborate and provide you guys with some covers of our favourite songs for your listening pleasure! It's also a great way for me to get my lyric translations out there, and great fun, so why not?
I love listening to covers because it's a way for me to relax; being an album reviewer, listening to songs becomes more than just listening to the melody and enjoying it. It's a continual analysing of each and every component of the song; the arrangement, the melody, the lyrics, the vocal technique, the concept and how it all fits together. With listening to covers for me I love that it's simple and brings everything back to basics, just enough to allow me a taste of the initial enjoyment that I got from that certain song, as well as allowing me to widen my horizons in terms of how the song can be altered to make it different, or maybe even better in some ways.
A big thank you goes out to my wonderful sister who's been collaborating with me on this project and encouraging its development from day one. She's an extremely talented guitarist both in mainstream and classical technique and I am honoured to collaborate with her on many, if not all of the APW live projects that we will be putting out on the Asian Pop Weekly youtube channel.
She's currently part of this reputable guitar ensemble; check it out if you're keen! : https://www.facebook.com/guitarstrophe
Also don't forget to like, share and subscribe if you like our first video and rendition of Kimberley Chen's <Ai Ni>(Love you): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmdH2pvg7tgcjveDUIKfSig
On our new Youtube page we'll also be uploading awesome lyric videos with our translations to make reading the translations that much easier for you guys. Don't forget to check out the origianl cover art for each of our works too! So far, feast your eyes and ears on Bai Ann's <What is it that let me meet you> and G.E.M's <Bubble> lyric videos!~
We really hope you enjoy this new addition to our score of projects; please support us by liking, sharing and subscribing to our channel!
Love, Asian Pop Weekly creator Jo
For those of you who don't know, its rising star and soon-to-be mandopop princess Kimberley Chen's 20th birthday today! Despite her only being in the business officially since her debut album in 2012, she's achieved an astounding level of popularity that is unrivalled by any other newcomers that I've seen so far. I'm proud to say that I've been a fan of hers since before she even debuted officially; and recalling the first time I heard her sing live, I was absolutely blown away by her powerhouse vocals. Definitely, as the title goes, I really did fall in love with her music before she was the new pin-up girl for the new era of mandopop. But unlike how her song <I loved you before it was cool> goes, I did end up investing a lot in her music (mostly hope for her success), and was rewarded with amazing results.
With Kimberley, there's a sense of juxtapositioning that makes her music so appealing to listeners always; the promise of something new and different, but yet always confident in its ability to please and amaze.Of course, a large part of this is thanks to her creative team including producer Terry Lee, Victor Lau, Skot Suyama, Lil J (from JPM) to name a few, but what I feel really makes her and her music so popular is the sense of spontaneity that exudes from her always.
Her producer Terry Lee is always lauding her for her sense of spontaneity that helps them to get an album put together much more smoothly, and it's clear in her music; the way she sings - a sense of creative freedom and a carefree attitude that sets her and the atmosphere within her music apart from the rest. But Kimberley plays a bigger part in her own success than many realise. Who do you think wrote the bridge part for the hit song "爱你“(Love you)? For me, it represents a fusion of Kimberley's creativity, spontaneity and pitch-perfect vocal technique in a one-minute long section which cannot be replicated by any other singer, other than Kimberley herself. Can you even imagine Jolin Tsai trying to sing that bridge? Don't think so.
And for her latest hit <分手说爱你>(breaking up to say I love you), it was her who gave this song a chance and breathed life into it, making it her own unique Kimberley anthem.This girl knows what she likes, and what she doesn't. She gets straight to the point and isn't afraid of letting other people know of her opinions, and I really respect her for that. I hope that she continues to have great successes along her path as an artist, and that she has a very happy birthday on this special day. You're awesome Kimberley!
If you've been looking for some fresh,new sounds to get your hands on, this is what you've been waiting for. Victor Lau, an all-rounder singer-songwriter-producer who's worked closely with pal Terry Lee and Kimberley Chen will be releasing his new album on the 17th of April.
What makes him different is this new fusion of rock-pop in his first single <谁关了阳光>(Who closed off the light), and his versatile and unique vocals. With the resonance of David Tao, the melismatic technique of Wang Leehom and the power of Li Sheng Jie, this guy's not someone you want to miss out on hearing.
Addicted from the first listen; I have a good feeling about this guy.
Support him by liking his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/victorlauofficial
The fans of Kimberley Chen will be excited to know that she's released her second album <Kimbonomics> on the 25th of December! After the success of the first, fans should be expecting something bigger and better with Kimbo's collaboration with producer Skot Suyama who wrote Ai Ni and also producer Terry Tye Lee as well as some of Kimberley's friends such as Jay from JPM and even Anthony Neely!
She knows how to keep a good thing running, and after the success of her Ai ni acoustic cover on youtube (garnering over 4 million hits), she's been releasing many more for a number of songs on her album including <Good Girl赶快爱> featuring guitarist White Chocolate and also another for <分手说爱你>(breaking up to show I love you). Congrats to kimbo for reaching over a million hits on youtube for <Breaking up to show i love you>! I've heard that the videos were made on nothing more than a few favours from friends and a love from music, and I really respect that.
I especially love the acoustic covers, as they leave more to her voice and the stripped down quality lends something really different to each song! Keep it up Kimberley and this coming era really will be yours!
After the long await, pint sized powerhouse Kimberley Chen has finally announced the release of her latest album with a short teaser of her very first single, <Good Girl赶快爱>. Her new album is announced to be released on the 24th of December , and is named <Kimbonomics>. Hoping to see some new works from producer Terry , and I've also heard that singer and friend Anthony Neely has also had some collaborations on Kimberley's new album !
Kimbo's single has now aired on HIT FM for the first time and actually features a rap done by JPM's xiao Jie, a great combination indeed!