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
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.
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter-producer Khalil Fong has recently announced his biggest project to date-the opening of an independent music and visual arts label called FU MUSIC.
Given Fong's personal heritage which sees him identifying with both Eastern and Western cultures, he's decided to use FU MUSIC as a means to "bring a multicultural experience to the scene by fusing together Chinese and Western influences, while adhering to the highest of production values".
Fong labels FU MUSIC as a new platform to help nurture and develop like-minded artists and talents, in order to create infinite potential for creativity and innovation.
He's started his company off by launching a Fringebacker Crowdfunding campaign introducing the concept of their unique East-West artistic experience to audiences, while also using it to raise funds for the campaign.
Fans are able to purchase from a range of wares created by Khalil and his team, including digital thank you cards, humorous ringtones featuring Khalil himself, the usual mugs, T-shirts, all the way up to procuring a VIP Table at FU MUSIC's official launch.
The campaign has amassed considerable success since its debut, clocking in over $37,000USD raised by almost 2000 backers.
As a passionate supporter of Asian representation in the media as well as harnessing a vested interest in riding the gaps between Eastern and Western cultures, I'm all for this campaign! Are you?
Watch the FU MUSIC trailer:
Dizzy’s not giving up on C-pop just yet! And I’m so glad that she hasn’t! Back with her all-new single “Stray Love”, her fresh new sound weaved through seductive vocals are definitely a burst of fresh air for the C-pop industry. Collaborating with Luke B. Skywalker Tsui, a songwriter Khalil Fong frequently works with, Dizzy aka. Dominique Tsai shows that she doesn’t do things by halves with her new song “Stray Love”, a cool mix of EDM and hip hop and a badass music video to match. Resident eye candy Sunny Wang, Dominique’s fiancee is just icing on the cake for the retro-themed game-inspired music video directed by Ares Wu. Also check out her collab with MJ116 '02' below!
Download the english version of 'Stray Love' here.
Liked our Sunshine Collection series and missed out on our Facebook Post series? Now introducing our next themed series, the #PioneerSelection! This time around, we'll be entertaining you with four songs by four different artists; all of whom have made a major contribution to the Chinese music industry in one way or another. Let's take a look, shall we?
First up, we have my one and only Leehom Wang (I know he's married, but a girl can only dream..), and his song <龙的传人>(Descendants of the Dragon), which was a complete game-changer for the music scene in Taiwan. Not only did it turn many heads with its out-there sound, it created new and innovative possibilities for the industry, with Leehom proposing his own brand of 'chinked-out' music, encouraging asians everywhere to be proud of their heritage, and their identity. Leehom is definitely one of the reasons I began to think more deeply about my identity as an asian, and also one of the people who inspired my passion for Chinese music! So he is definitely number one on my list! Got any recommendations of your own? Let us know in the comments below, and don't forget to support us by liking our Facebook page!
As for the second part of Asian Pop Weekly's#PioneerSelection, where we introduce to you a collection of songs by some of the pioneers of the Taiwanese music industry! Today's pioneer is the legendary Jay Chou! Before his arrival on the music scene, there was no one like him, and more than a decade on, there is still no one who has reinvented chinese music the way he has. His unique fusion of chinese traditional music, classical music, hip hop and his fast-talking vocal style creates an atmosphere like no other; in his song <简单爱>, it's simplicity reflects the epitome of simple love in a way that has yet to be challenged by any song since then.
Now that we've introduced the two greats of the late 90s (Leehom and Jay Chou), it's time to move forward a few years. Flash forward to 2006, and the emergence of 16-year old Khalil Fong, a kid from Hong Kong with big dreams, and a real talent for music. His music, influenced by the likes of R n B and Soul artists such as Babyface and Michael Jackson introduced a fusion that was never before seen in the taiwanese music industry. Dubbed 'Soulboy', throughout the years Khalil has experimented with a large number of genres, including Soul, R n B, hip hop, Blues and Funk and has emerged with a truly unique and recognisable style that can be heard from a mile away. Today, we're introducing a throwback to his first hit, <爱爱爱>, the song which threw the entire music industry into a tizzy with its' funky tunes and soul-infused arrangements. Feeling inspired yet? I sure am.
This time, we're shaking things up a little with an artist who has recently rocked the music scene with her unique and innovative rapping style. That's right, we're talking about last year's Golden Melody Award Winner for Best Newcomer Miss Ko! In recent years, she's been putting out her own unique rap style and collaborating with the likes of Amber An, Khalil Fong, and Shi Shi. She's the newest in-rapper Fo Shizzle! Okay, sorry for the bad trash talk, but she's seriously awesome. Take a listen to her single <Hey DJ> which will get you grooving like there's no tomorrow!
Thanks for reading the last part in our #PIoneerSeries! Do you have any Pioneers to share with us? There are so many more that I could think of who should be shared, including the likes of David Tao, Tanya Chua, Stefanie Sun and Joanna Wang. Who would you like to be featured? Tell us in the comments below!
A place where you can get quick updates on your favourite Asian Artists! If you have any updates as well feel free to share them with me!
** If there are any particular lyrics/pinyin from artists that you would like up here don't hesitate to just comment on any of the posts!