Singapore-based music journalism and awards platform Freshmusic SG have this year embarked on an even more ambitious pull for their yearly awards ceremony; this year inviting over 30 music industry professionals (including Asian Pop Weekly) to participate in the judging festivities.
Opening up the awards this year also to Southeast Asian and any Chinese heritage acts, big winners this year were Sandy Lam and Eli Hsieh, who took home awards for Best Female and Male Singer respectively. Both also had works that made it into the top ten album and singles of the year.
Check out the full winners’ list below:
Best Album of the Year 年度最佳專輯：
《0》 Sandy Lam 林憶蓮
Top Ten Albums of the Year 年度10大專輯：
《0》Sandy Lam 林憶蓮
《Alice 愛麗絲》Eli Hsieh 謝震廷
《Fade to Exist 垂直活著 水平留戀著》Eve Ai 艾怡良
《In Other Words 換句話說》HUSH
《Nothing Is Under Control》Yoyo Sham 岑寧兒
《Ugly Beauty》Jolin Tsai 蔡依林
《Cassa Nova 半熟王子》Sunset Rollercoaster 落日飛車
《Refining Clouds 煉雲 原聲帶》Anpu 安溥
《Liu Ting Zhuo 劉庭佐》John Stoniae 知更
《Pán 盤》Prairie WWWW 落差草原WWWW
Top Song of the Year 年度金曲:
〈Forever Young〉Eve Ai 艾怡良
Top Ten Singles 年度10大單曲:
〈Forever Young〉Eve Ai 艾怡良
〈Waves Wandering 浪流連〉Eggplantegg 茄子蛋
〈All The People We Love 我所深愛的人們〉Tizzy Bac
〈Tears 小星星〉Eli Hsieh 謝震廷
〈Us 我們〉Eason Chan 陳奕迅
〈Fibres 纖維〉Sandy Lam 林憶蓮
〈Don’t Cry Don’t Cry〉Waa Wei 魏如萱
〈A Note To My Fifty-Year Old Self 給五十歲自己的備忘錄〉Ardor Huang 流氓阿德
〈Missing You To The Moon And Stars 披星戴月的想你〉Accusefive 告五人
〈Kites/Clouds 風箏/白雲〉John Stoniae 知更
Most Improved 年度大躍進: Shi Shi 孫盛希《Shi’s Journey 希遊記》
Best EP 最佳EP: Deca Joins 《Go Slow》
Best New Group 最佳新團體: Bisiugroup 美秀集團 《King Of Light電火王》
Best Newcomer 最佳新人: ØZI 《ØZI The Album》
Best Vocal Group 最佳演唱組合: O-KAI Singers 歐開合唱團 《Some People Say 南方靈魂》
Best Band 最佳樂團: Tizzy Bac 《Him 知人》
Best Male Singer 最佳男演唱人: Eli Hsieh 謝震廷 《Where Are We Going? 愛麗絲》
Best Female Singer 最佳女演唱人: Sandy Lam 林憶蓮 《0》
Watch the Awards Presentation Here:
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
Hot off the heels of her debut EP 'Kintsugi', Singaporean singer-songwriter and jack of all trades Adia Tay has added to the immersive story surrounding the body of work, premiering a stunningly curated music video for second single 'Kabukicho'.
The 'Kabukicho Love Hotel' inspired video is directed by Adia herself who comes from a film school background. Given the fact that the mesmerising single was inspired by the very same movie, it makes sense that the aesthetics for the music video follow in similar footsteps.
Of her film school background and how that inspired her interest in visualising her music, Adia says:
"My time spent in film school has made such an impact on the way I’ve thought about my music. In a sense, I feel the message of “Kabukicho” is not sufficiently put across with just a song though the song is complete in itself...Time in film school gave me a love for very real stories captured on screen by auteurs and cinematographers who work their asses off presenting and amplifying life in its truest form...I wanted the MV to tell a very real story that would carry a deep filmic quality, and not just be a montage of striking visuals."
A critically-acclaimed film released in 2014 which tells the story of individuals whose lives revolve around a seedy love hotel in Kabukicho, Tokyo; Adia explains why she was so inspired by the film; both in terms of its message and the way it was captured visually, and how this translated into her music and visuals.
"The film “Kabukicho Love Hotel” has impacted me in such a deep way- from the film’s very real stories (there are multiple story lines in the film following the various characters), to the wonderfully performances, and of course, the very striking imagery... I include most of the main characters (we dressed them as closely to the characters in the film) and present a remake of some of the most beautiful parts of the film. My cinematographer came up with the great idea to include me in it to tie the various scenes together- Which is why I appear as a voyeur and hotel staff here...It’s a film that captures the deep complexities of humanity and love."
From the song's light, meandering yet thoughtful pace to the strikingly unique and Japanese-inspired visuals that can be seen throughout the music video, 'Kabukicho' is a homage in the best way possible, preserving messages in a transformative and unique way.
'Kabukicho's music video is available on YouTube, with the single available on all streaming platforms as part of Adia Tay's EP 'Kintsugi'. Be sure to follow Adia on her Facebook or Instagram for more information.
After the post-rock band’s last song “Thanks for Saying Goodbye”, the story has taken an interesting twist with Goose我鳥’s new single “San Tao”.
With fresh, juicy riffs that seem to ripen at the anticipation of new beginnings, the lyrics tell a whole different story altogether.
The song tells the story of ex-lovers who have parted ways sadly and dramatically; closing a door on this chapter of their lives-only for it to be reopened again immediately after a sick joke which is very telling of Goose’s quirky sense of humour.
Nevertheless, the juxtaposition of the sweet, light arrangement and jaunty melody against the unfortunate events outlined in the lyrics is refreshing to hear, just as the bitterness of the peach skin allow one to enjoy the sweetness of its flesh even more.
The lesson in all of this, according to Goose, is that there is more to life than just romantic relationships. Such as spending time with friends, family, and beloved pets. True that!
Goose 我鳥’s new single “San Tao 三桃” is now out on all major streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and KKBOX. Listen below!