Since her debut album in 2012 titled "Home Girl", resident Sweetie pie Sharon Kwan has stayed quiet for the last four years, before finally releasing her second album "Blossom 2.0".
Releasing her first album when she was only 16 and now as a 20-year old, this second album's theme and name signifies her growth as a person, and her blossoming into a beautiful young lady!
In this album, Kwan hopes to reflect upon the different possibilities that are open to a 20 year old girl. Having participated in "The Voice of China" under the tutelage of Mandopop King Jay Chou, he has also put in a few good words for her by recommending her to try singing fast songs rather than her usual balladic or easygoing sound.
She took up his suggestion in this album, by releasing the song "Luv Me Luv me" which wowed audiences with her 180 degree change in appearance and her even more electrifying youthful energy.
Also for this second album, Kwan has honed her songwriting chops by participating for the first time in the songwriting process. Due to her increased involvement in the creative process, Kwan was inspired and thus has two self-composed songs in this album; "Shhh" and "Go away, Mother F*cker".
Once again working with the godfather of R & B and mentor David Tao as the producer for Kwan's album, being able to produce works which meet his high criteria is a feat in itself!
In these four years, Sharon wishes to now show her fans that she has grown a lot, not just as a person, but also in terms of her skills, transforming herself into a professional artist who can sing, dance, play musical instruments, and self-compose songs!
So proud of her for taking this next step, and can't wait to listen to her whole album!
Listen to Kwan's single "Single happiness" here
Listen to Kwan's single "Luv me Luv me" here
Four amazingly creative remixes of Western songs by Asian Artists (Sharon Kwan, Lara & Esther Veronin, MC Han & Pierre Liu, ONE OK ROCK)
I've always loved listening to covers-especially Asian artists covering English songs for some reason-guess it might have something to do with the fact that it makes me feel that they're opening their music to a much larger audience by doing so. But lately as the market has become saturated by overdone, nondescript covers, I've begun to look out for people who not just 'cover' but recreate these popular Western hits in a way that cuts through the clutter and makes an impact.
This is a collection of four recently-done covers that come together really well I feel. Although they may be far-reaching in genre, from Jazz to Hip Hop to Acoustic, they all have one similarity-that they are truly able to make something this different which allows audiences to see the song in different, yet complete perspectives. Because that's what music is all about, no?
Sharon Kwan-Bang Bang (Jazz)
The fact that this was a Jazz cover of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's hit single "Bang Bang" caught my attention immediately. Taking the original high-energy 1960s big-band sound and whittling it down to nothing more than a Jazz drum and lazy, strolling chords on the piano, this is a transformation that works 100% and is a refreshing change from the normal covers I've seen plastering my feed. Sharon Kwan's vocals lend themselves perfectly to the song too; her sweet and soft croonings that cut right through the sleepy arrangement are what really makes the song pop, stringing you along with every seductive whisper and high note.
Lara & Esther Veronin-Let it go (Jazz version)
Sisters Lara and Esther Veronin are no strangers to the Jazz scene, having performed regularly at the Brown Sugar for the past couple of years. But one of their most outstanding arrangements was the innovative use of Jazz in remixing cult hit Frozen's "Let it go". Although a little rough around the edges vocal-wise (this was the only version of their performance I could find), the beauty lies in how well Lara's resonant vocals pair off against Esther's soothing mellow timbre. Coupled with jazzy, wintry chords on the piano, this is truly a cover which is totally different from the original, yet retains the initial feeling of winter that it promises.
MC Han & Pierre Liu-Stressed Out (remix)
Singing reality show One Million Star contestant Pierre Liu has been working with newbie rapper MC Han as of late, and here they are collaborating on a remix of Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out". A solid arrangement that holds weight yet pays homage to the original, what really caught my attention was the fact that MC Han entirely changed the lyrics of the rap part to something much more relatable to his own experiences, before sleekly linking back to that chorus everyone is familiar with. From being a song about nostalgic moments in the past, Han has fast-forwarded the song's context to his present, touching on issues such as reality kicking in and the pressure of achievement. A great turnaround!
ONE OK ROCK-A Thousand Miles
I have been absolutely in love with this cover ever since the moment I heard it. For those of you who aren't familiar with J-Rock band ONE OK ROCK, they're usually known for their high-octave rock tracks which usually involve a lot of screaming and head banging. But what others may not know is that the boys are equally adept at sitting down and stripping back to the basics, as they show so finely in their rendition of Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles". Armed with an acoustic guitar, clean piano chords and chirpy tinklings on the Xylophone and chimes, the boys take Carlton's original hit which featured wide jumps in energy in many sections of the song (Eg. And I miss you/And now I wonder) and take things down a notch. Instead of the almost cheesy, abrupt stops between passages in the song, the boys have instead replaced them with seamless transitions with the help of the piano filling the gaps, the guitar steadying and mellowing out the entire feel of the song while the xylophones pay homage to the track's signature optimism.And as for lead vocalist Taka's vocals...let's just say if he sang this song to me I'd marry him right on the spot. Perfection!
First of all, I would like to wish each and every reader a very Happy Valentines' day! Be it by yourself or with a loved one, Valentines day is a day where you show love not only to your partner, but also to your family, and your friends!
Today I'll be sharing some songs with you that go through different aspects of love, such as romance, a first love, a confession etc... , so I hope you like this special playlist!
Sharon Kwan-First Love
Well, from the title I think it's pretty obvious which aspect of love this song is trying to represent. It's a kind of shy love; bittersweet but at the same time pure and innocent. I'm sure many of you have experienced this feeling, and have many memories of this kind of love!
This is a surprising choice even for me, but it seems that many people are using this song to confess their love to their prospective other halves! And so far, they seem pretty successful too! (I think.) Anyway, I hope this song gives you enough energy, courage and bravery to go up to the person that you like and confess how you feel to them. So go on, what are you waiting for? Dawen sends you the best of luck!
To me, this is the perfect song that represents feelings of romance in general. So this one is for those of you who have recently been successful in your love exploits, and are able to feel the exhilarating, bubbly warmth that exudes from being in L-O-V-E. 'Nuff said. Have a listen!
Claire Kuo-The beauty of being single
Those of you out there who are jealous that you don't have anyone this Valentines' day, don't be! Take some time out to love yourself, and treat yourself! Sit back, relax and be happy. Relationships ain't all that it's cut out to be anyway-why do you think there are so many break up songs? Having no one holding you back, being independent and able to make decisions by yourself is really an infinitely important advantage, so hold on to it and treasure it while you can!
Well that concludes my Valentines' Day playlist (sorry it's pretty short). But I hope that these songs help you in some way or another, to feel the love and happiness that you should on Valentines day! Happy Valentines' Day from Asian Pop Weekly!
Andrew yeh is the lead singer for the band The Aurora Lights , which was only formed a few months ago. But he himself has made a name for himself writing songs for some of the greats in the music industry , including the likes of Yoga Lin , Christine Fan (Fan Fan) , Sharon Kwan, Landy Wen and good friend Lara Veronin. From what I know, he's moved around a lot between Beijing, Taiwan and America all his life, and studied at the Berklee college of Music in America , specialising in songwriting. After finding his streetvoice page, his songs and his voice are extremely easy on the ear, and he has an unique sound, an eclectic mix of light and darkness and seems equally proficient in bringing a selection of these emotions out through his music. His lyrics, in english or in chinese are beautifully written, with a beautiful imagery behind them.(See 'Falling Behind' or Lara's 'Goodnight' written by him)
Songs that Andrew has written:
Lara Veronin: 'Goodnight' and 'Everything'
Sharon Kwan: 天气预报Weather Report
Yoga Lin:想念Missing you
Christine Fan:从小到大 When I was younger until now
The stripped down quality of The Aurora Light's works as a collective band is also promising (but sadly there wasn't much thus far) and I hope that you can support both Andrew and The Aurora Light!
Here is the version of the song Andrew wrote for Yoga arranged by The Aurora Lights!
To celebrate christmas day , here are a bunch of christmas wishes or covers of christmas carols to get all of you in a christmassy mood! First up is Lin yi ting's newest single , which is called <平安夜>(Silent Night). It's in fact an original song written around the idea of christmas. Hope you enjoy it!
Next up : Enjoy CIndy Yen's beautiful sultry vocals as she plays the piano and sings <Have yourself a merry little christmas>!
And also Christmas Wishes from Jay Chou himself!
Sharon kwan is quite popular for her covers on youtube , and this time she's doing a mashup of a few christmas songs , including <We wish you a merry christmas>.a chinese version of <silent night> and <Santa Claus is coming to town>. Great to have on your Christmas playlist!
And last but never ever least , a hand-written christmas greeting from Khalil himself to his fans all over the world! If you join his official website as a member(it's free!) khalilfongfanclub.com , you can get many perks , such as being emailed this handwritten message from khalil !
Hope this post made your christmas day even brighter with wishes of peace , happiness and goodwill! Merry Christmas from Asian Pop Weekly!!
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