After the release of her highly anticipated debut album 'Beyond Mediocrity 平庸之上', Taiwanese new-gen Jazz/R&B chanteuse 9m88 announces her first solo showcase in Singapore on the 28th of November.
Working in collaboration with local record label Cross Ratio, audiences can anticipate 9m88's signature velveteen vocals and exhilarating performance quality which has led to four sold-out concerts in Taipei.
Having performed all around the globe on prestigious stages such as Summer Sonic (Japan) and Clockenflap (Hong Kong), this fast-rising talent will be performing at Esplanade's Annexe Studio with a full band, promising a unique taste of what the new generation of Mandarin music has to offer.
Tickets are on sale now on Peatix.
Event Title: cross-over x 9m88: Live In Singapore
Date: 28 November 2019, Thursday
Venue: Esplanade Annexe Studio
Doors Open: 7.30PM
Ticketing Platform: https://cross-overx9m88.peatix.com
Ticketing Price: VIP $128 | Standard $98 | Door Sales $118
By Jocelle Koh
After the release of her debut EP earlier this year, Singaporean sweetheart Shelby Wang is on a roll with brand new single 'Escape 落跑'. An electro-funk/R&B inspired track that follows in the vein of previous works such as 'Don't Say Sorry 別再說對不起', the song represents Wang's rapid growth as an artist, presenting a more cohesive and seamless presentation of what makes her music unique.
Rather than dabbling hesitantly, Wang and her team seem more confident in their exploration of new sounds and textures which I wholeheartedly appreciate. Embracing her quirkiness both in the song's arrangement and lyrical content, 'Escape' is a song through which Shelby lays her fears and insecurities out for all to see in the sweet, unassuming way that only she can.
The song is introduced by a groovy guitar hook that continues throughout; giving it a chill, 'slice of life' vibe that undercuts the track's unique atmosphere. Layering on top of that, the track plays with an array of exciting and whimsical elements that are seamlessly interwoven into each other, from the experimental synths to the cutesy piano and jazzy brass.
We also see a slight maturation of Shelby's voice and melodies on 'Escape'. Starting off with an introverted and pondering direction in the verse before transitioning to a soaring chorus, it's the little things that make Wang's songwriting stand out in a crowd. I especially love the way the last note of the chorus unexpectedly directs the pop-esque chorus smoothly back into funky vibes with an unconventional slide on the last note.
Going from a lazy stroll to peaking at an exhilarating jog through the course of the song, I found it especially interesting how Wang has managed to put across her message and theme so succinctly; yet from a perspective that is unprecedented.
Starry-eyed and wanderlust-y but with a hint of gumption, the layers of complexity on this single further cement Wang's USP. This, together with her soothing vocals and brand of meaningful lyricism are more than enough to power her through as she continues evolving as a budding artist.
By Matt Taylor
It seems that Mandopop queen Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 enjoys keeping her fans in suspense - not only did she take four years to follow up her 2014 hit album PLAY 呸 with the 2018 UGLY BEAUTY, but it's been a further ten month wait for fans who have been eager to hear when she would be taking the album on tour.
The wait is finally over. Through a series of posts on Instagram on 20 September where she revealed a selection of tour images captioned with The Feast of the Broken Hearts, Jolin finally confirmed that the UGLY BEAUTY 2019/2020 WORLD TOUR will kick off with a residency at Taipei Arena 台北小巨蛋, with concerts held on 30, 31 December and 1, 3, 4, 5 January, with tickets going on sale 12 October.
Saying that she hopes to "try to break all the rules and bring you crazy sensations" Jolin has been already been planning the tour for several months with the creative team behind tours for global artists such as Katy Perry, and that she aims to bring the album alive visually on stage.
Expect more dates to be announced in Taiwan and beyond in the near future!
By: C.P Ching
Taiwanese singer-songwriter Ariel Tsai 蔡佩軒 recently released an entirely original bilingual track “Till The Morning” with Youtube sensation Kurt Hugo Schneider (KHS).
The song was co-written with and produced by Schneider, even featuring KHS's rarely heard vocals as he sings -nonetheless in Mandarin- on the track.
Interestingly, the duo worked on the song remotely over the phone. Despite being over 6000 miles apart with some laggy-network hiccups, the pair was able to complete the initial recordings in around an hour.
Tsai mentions that the lyrics and the overall concept of the song were inspired by Schneider’s relationship with his fiance Patty. The song depicts the lovers’ relationship from the beginning to falling in love, to finally deciding to spend a lifetime together.
The single which combines light EDM with piano and acoustic elements is full of KHS's uniquely textured style, and marks the start of another chapter for Tsai musically as she attempts to cross borders and expand her music style and boundaries.
Can You Feel The (C-pop) Love Tonight? Three Unmissable Mandopop Renditions Of The Lion King Soundtrack
By: C.P Ching
Lion King Fever is hitting audiences worldwide! Just weeks after its official release, the remake of the popular classic becamethe fourth Disney film to surpass the $1 billion mark in ticket sales for 2019.
The Lion King fever has also inspired artists in the Mandopop scene to create their renditions. With several versions of the theme song (Can You Feel The Love Tonight) already hitting the interwebs.
Notable renditions include an acapella collaboration that features Lara Liang 梁心頤, Joanna Wang 王若琳, Anthony Neely 倪安東, Dawen Wang 王大文, White Chocolate 白色巧克力 and Vicky Sun.
This collaboration is an English acapella, that seamlessly blends the voices of the singers without any instrumental accompaniment.
With the Disney-like voiceovers incorporated at the beginning, this cover sounds like something that could be used in the actual Lion King movie. Especially in the scene where Simba reunites with Nala.
Another rendition garnering the attention of many netizens is the bilingual duet done by Sam Lin & Rose Liu 劉明湘.
This version is accompanied by a piano background played by the talented Sam Lin.
Overall, this version may appeal more to listeners that are looking for a cover with a ballad-feel.
oFinally, the official Chinese version is sung by Chinese pop legend; Jacky Cheung and American music icon; Beyonce.
This version is special as it manages to bring the two musical icons together to collaborate for the first time. It is a bilingual version of the song, that sees Jacky Cheung sings in both Mandarin and English.
Which version of "Can Do You feel the Love Tonight" do you dig the most? Let us know in the comment section below and be sure to cast your vote on our IG Story poll as well.