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!
Best singles of the year
《告白氣球Love Confession》周杰倫 Jay Chou
《年輪說Traces of time in love》楊丞琳 Rainie Yang
《我們的總和The sum of us》艾怡良 Eve
《大風吹Wind blows 》草東沒有派對 No Party For Cao Dong
《離心力Centrifugal force》楊乃文Naiwen Yang
《天真有邪Spoiled Innocence》林宥嘉 Yoga Lin
《蹦孔Jump Hole》伍佰 Wu Bai & China Blue
草東沒有派對 No Party For Cao Dong
問樂團 Guess What
動力火車 Power Station
火星電台 Planet Radio
Best Male Mandarin Artists
周杰倫 Jay Chou
林宥嘉 Yoga Lin
Khalil Fong 方大同
Best Female Mandarin Artists
魏如萱 waa wei
Miss Ko 葛仲珊
Best Mandarin Bands
草東沒有派對 No Party For Cao Dong
雞蛋蒸肉餅Egg and meat pancake
蕭敬騰 Jam Hsiao's LION 獅子合唱團
吉那罐子 楊淑喻 Gina's Can
The Chairman董事長樂團 feat 劉福助
《JTW西遊記》Journey to the West-Khalil Fong
《飛行器的執行週期》The Silent Star Stone-Guo Ding
《說 艾怡良》Say-Eve Ai
《自傳》History of Tomorrow-Mayday
《末路狂花》Run! Frantic Flowers!- Waa Wei
《萬松嶺》Million Songs Hill- Jun Xu
Best Taiwanese-language Male Singer
羅時豐 Luo Shi-Feng
廖士賢 Sam Liao
賴銘偉 Yuming Lai
謝銘祐 Hsieh Ming-You
李英宏 aka DJ Didilong
Best Taiwanese-language Female Singer
Best Taiwanese-language album
《釘子花》Ding Zi Hua-Wubai & China Blue
《舊年》Olden days-Hsieh Ming-You
《台客電力公司》Taiko Electric Company
《董事長的少年時代》The youth of the Chairmen-Chairman band
艾怡良 Eve Ai
五月天怪獸 Mayday Monster
草東沒有派對 No Party for Cao Dong
魏如萱 Waa Wei
謝銘祐 Hsieh Ming-You
黃建為 Jacky Huang
吳青峰 Wu Tsing-Feng
伍佰 Wu bai
艾怡良 Eve Ai
五月天阿信 Mayday Ashin
草東沒有派對 No Party for Cao Dong
謝銘祐 Hsieh Ming You
陳主惠 Chen Zhu Hui
方大同 Khalil Fong, JTW西遊記 JTW Journey To The West杜凱、戈非 Du Kai, Ge Fei
荒井十一Huang Jing Shi Yi
For Aboriginal and Hakka awards + Best soundtrack, Best arranger awards see full list: http://www.nownews.com/n/2017/05/16/2524419
Resident bad-boy and legend in the lores of Chinese Rock music, XTX a.k.a Xie Tian Xiao（謝天笑）will be bringing his husky vocals and uniquely Chinese blend of repressed Grunge Rock to American shores in April this year with the help of promoters Modern Sky.
Xie will be stopping off at Seattle (12th), San Francisco (13th), Palo Alto (15th), Los Angeles(16th), Philadelphia (18th), Chicago , Boston(19th) and New York City(23rd) on his 11-day tour, from the 12th to 23rd of April 2017.
Coming to prominence in the Mainland music scene around the mid 1990s when he formed Rock band 'Cold-blooded Animal冷血動物', he is known as one of the fathers of Chinese Rock for being the fifth rocker to hold concerts at the Beijing Workers' Stadium and the Shanghai indoor stadium. This places him alongside other greats such as Wang Feng汪峰 and Cui Jian崔健.
Who is Amanda Wu, you might ask? Although you might not recognise her just yet, you'll certainly recognise the projects she's been involved in. A certified child piano prodigy (in 2014 she resided in New York City under the 'Alien with Extraordinary Ability' visa), Wu has most notably performed with Cirque Du Soleil as their first and only Taiwanese musician.
Within the Taiwanese music realm, you might also recognise some of her arrangements from Joanna Wang's album 'The Adventures of Bernie the Schoolboy', as well as some of her works for DJ Shiuan Liu.
The fearless Jazz-Classical pianist singer-songwriter has since set her sights outside of Taiwan, travelling the world with her music.We proudly bring you the premiere of her latest single 'The Chaos of the Earth', from her upcoming EP The Journey On Earth Vol. 2 which drops in April.
Upon first listen, what I liked about the track was that it was sung in Chinese, a brave choice for a musician who wants to share her music with the wider world. Having lived in Montreal previously, within this song Wu wished to paint a picture of a cold Winter's day inspired by the sights she saw there, and that is certainly what I heard.
Using a blend of instruments that created an ephemeral blend of Jazz chords, Chinese melodies and a whirlwind of Classical elements to enhance its feeling of weightlessness, the song is a flurry of sparkling gems that certainly warrants more than one listen. Amanda's voice is a pleasure to listen to too!
Click on the button below to preview her latest track! Keep your eyes peeled for an interview we'll be doing with her soon too!
Zooey Wonder amongst SXSW performers to have Visa cancelled at the last minute; removed from 2017 Taiwan Beats Lineup [Opinion]
2017's SXSW Festival an annual Tech, Music and Film festival held in Austin, Texas seems to have become just the perfect situation for Trump's executive travel ban order to play out in disastrous form on the world stage.
Seen to be the largest international festival of its kind, each year artists and creative types flock to the event for an opportunity to showcase their works. However, this year Trump's travel ban, nicknamed 'the muslim ban' for its effect on those with nationality or dual nationality of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen has caused quite a stir, first with punk band Told Slant dropping out of the festival due to a clause in the performers' contract which threatened deportation of artists. Last week, Italian band Soviet Soviet was also denied entry and was unable to participate in the festivities.
Yesterday (13th March), three other bands announced that they would not be attending SXSW due to members having Visa issues; namely Yussef Kamal, United Vibrations and post hardcore band Massive scar Era.
In an unprecedented move, on the 11th of March Taiwanese indie singer-songwriter Zooey Wonder joined the ranks of SXSW artists who had been denied entry into the U.S. when her ESTA was revoked at the last minute upon arrival at the airport.
Slated to perform at the Taiwan Beats showcase which has been held at SXSW for the past two years, Wonder was meant to perform alongside new and promising artists such as Hello Nico, Matzka, DJ Question Mark and Jade Eyes.
Due to the AIT (American Institute in Taiwan) being closed on the weekends, Wonder has of yet not received an explanation for why her visa was revoked.
Although Taiwan is not on the list of countries who are affected by this travel ban, the quick succession of visa revokes, some of which directly associated to Trump's stringent policies hint at the same being the case for Wonder.
Of the dramatic turn of events, Wonder took to her Facebook page. In one part, she expresses her feelings at the visa revoke, saying:
"Although at the time I was really disappointed, but after returning from the airport and resting for a day, I've got my focus back and am preparing now for the next two concert tours. Thank you everyone for your care, this album and concert will be great on your ears and eyes. Other than there being many surprising special guests, you can also expect many different performance formats, hope everyone can see my perseverance and growth in the last few years".
Being denied upon her first trip to America, this must have been a blow for Zooey. However, I believe with her prowess and unique musical style, her voice is resilient in the winds of change and will make its way around the world no matter how or when.
Check out Zooey's Folktronica/Ambient sound here:
Zooey Wonder’s ‘Wonderland’ album will be released in March 2017. She will be playing to crowds at Taichung Legacy on the 10th of March, 18th of March at Kaohsiung’s Warehouse, and on the 22nd of March at Taipei Legacy.
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.
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