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.
After a four-year wait, Nick Chou is finally back in the saddle releasing his own album "REAL", featuring a number of sick collaborations with Western DJs such as Nicky Romero, Bassjackers, Borgore, Kronic and Ricky Remedy.
The presence of these experienced DJs lends Nick's album a more slick feel, but it is clear from his self-composed melodies and lyrics that this is more in the vein of his true style, hence the album title "Real".
Incorporating a mix of EDM, Trap, pop, rock, hip hop, ballads and R&B into his 13-song double album, Nick is ready to show the world his real self, not as that packaged idol he was once seen as, but as a true man of music.
While the first half of the album is more sentimental and balladic, the second half is more EDM-focused, and features collaborations with some of the Western music market's biggest DJs.
According to Nick, this is the statement he released regarding his absence from the music scene in past years:
"In these last few years I have never stopped building up my musical career. Been working hard at writing new songs, using musical online platforms, getting to know other DJs and asynchronously writing with them....that allowed this work to slowly have an overall shape. After that, I took my works to look for people who would understand it, in doing so there were many bouts of bitterness and hardship that others didn't know about. Composing is a lonely road, but luckily I can use my Facebook and Instagram to interact with fans, and got a lot of support and confidence from there. Of course, I also received a lot of comments about my position and appearance, but not only did these comments not bring me down, but they instead gave me even more to think about, and made concrete my standards for my music, its variety and attitude. Now I know, this is the road I want to walk!"
Despite all the idol dramas and commercial activities, Nick is now trying and successfully reinventing himself as a singer-songwriter with a sufficient amount of clout. Gaining credibility by writing the theme song "Ga Tao" for the movie of the same name and participating in the behind-the-scenes creative process of rapper Miss Ko's album, this guy is one up-and-comer to watch out for.
Nick Chou-帥到分手So handsome we broke up
Nick Chou-Turn Up
Nick Chou-你是我的菜You're My Type
Wishing you a happy Chinese New Year from Olivia, Mixion, Nick Chou, Tanya Chua, Lala Hsu And miss Ko!
Also wishing all readers a prosperous, happy, wonderful new year ahead! May all your wishes and dreams come true on this day where you reunite with family and friends ! Happy Chinese New Year!
For all music enthusiasts out there : Terry Ty Lin needs your help! As some Kimberley fans may know , Terry Ty Lin was Kimberley's producer for her debut album with Sony Music , but due to internal conflict he has quit. Instead , he has created his own record label called SupaCalaFuturistic. Does the term sound familiar? you've probably heard it in Kimberley's song <Wonderland > I think? "Supacalafuturistic , fresh and clean , like a shower" sound familiar? Anyway. NOT THE POINT. He is a really talented producer and for some reason needs 3000 likes on his facebook page for his new record label. Although he is most well known at the moment for his work with kimberley , other artists such as Lil jay from JPM and Nick Chou who he's worked with have gotten behind this cause and are urging fans to give his page a like!
On the page there are lots of goodies for you if you DO like it.So..heres some reasons you should like the page:
1. Out of the kindness of your heart because you are the most wonderful and charitable person that has ever lived :):)
2.Because youlove terry ty lin and want to support him
3.There are also lots of never before seen demos from Kimberley , Terry , Skot , Ape (back up from Kimberley's Ai ni acoustic video) and even Lil J. (including Skot's original demo version of Ai Ni!!!)
4.It also recommends lots of cool songs that wouldnt necessarily be considered mainstream but are still really worth listening to.
Enough reasons? Go like the page and support terry !! Thanks to all who did it :):)
More about: (tumblr page) http://www.supacalafuturistic.com/
This song isn't actually aprt of any of Ncik's albums up to date , its a song that comes from the soundtrack for a drama that he's in called <I love you so much>. As a side note , very worth watching ! *Ahem* Anyway , when I heard this song I instantly fell in love with it. The flawless producing incorporates a asian twist to Nick's signature hip-hop Rn B style , with extremely cute lyrics. Have a listen!
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