Note from Editor: Say hello to Asian Pop Weekly's newest blog series "C-Pop Style Diary", where we'll be sharing unique stylespiration from some of our favourite C-pop artists whom I admire very much! The underlying message I'd like this series to convey is that you don't have to go over the top or spend lots of money to look or feel beautiful-just be yourself! For the girls especially ;)
Singer-songwriter-producer Tanya Chua has always been a source of inspiration for me. Be it through her music, her tastes or her sense of style, her individualism and strong, independent yet overtly feminine attitude always shines through. Of course, in her fashion sense, this is no exception. Having posted many photos of her clad in denim on her Facebook, it seems that the Mandopop songstress is an expert in pairing denim to create outfits that look effortlessly classy with simple touches to create beautiful, coordinated looks. Let's explore a few of them below, shall we?
Revamping the 'white tee and jeans' look
Tanya is one singer who has completely mastered the 'white tee and jeans' look with her own feminine touch. Pairing fitted white tees with simple, funky graphics against stylish denim skinnies with either folds in the cuffs or rips, her look is simple, yet beautiful. Understated yet energetic, Tanya's versatile look is great for day outs, and could even tide you over for dinner at a semi-classy restaurant on a Thursday night (maybe).
Shirts and Shorts (are) allowed
Sticking with high waisted denim shorts, Tanya injects class into even her most staple accessories. With her trusty high-top converses by her side that are pictured in most photos, you can see how they would be a go-to alternative if you're ever worried about what shoes to pair with any denim outfit. Throwing on an interesting top such as the pheasant blouse Tanya has on, or the cropped shirt can create a variety of styles which can accommodate a fun, summery look. To me, Tanya's ensemble is unique as it is sporty, functional, feminine and chic all at once. Now this is a woman who's got her stuff together!
Taking the denim game to the next level, Tanya shows how much difference a patterned shirt with a unique design and a pair of pumps can make so much difference. Note how she tucks in her shirts into the waist of her denim bottoms which neatens and streamlines the look. A last feminine touch is given by adding a pair of elegant heels or pumps to complete the look. The last picture here is my favourite, where she adds a pop of red in her pumps and matching bag to give the look a little more spunk.
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Alas, it's Awards season again in Taiwan! The inaugural 27th Golden Melody Awards which have come forth this year are full of nominees who truly deserve to be standing on that coveted stage and holding that statuette. But who made it into the final list of nominees? Read on to find out!
Chang and Lee
Susu (Su Yun Ying)
Best songs of the year
“Don’t Give Up” Suming
“Matriarchy” Amit (A-mei Zhang)
“Twilight” JJ Lin
“That Evening It Rained” Sodagreen
“Little Luck” Hebe Tien
Chang and Lee
Nine one one
Best Hakka album
“Time for Surprise” Wing Luo
“At the foot of Tai Ling” Qiu Lin
“Stranger” Huang Tsi-Hsuan
Best Aboriginal album
“Freedom journey” CMO band
“Migration” Wu Hao-en
“Songs Of The Tamalakao Tribe”/Tamalakao
Best Taiwanese album
“Voices Entering Village” Shi Wenbin
“Columbia” Jacky Chen
“Chang and Lee” Chang and Lee
“Warm Warm Love” Jiang Hui Yi
“Taiwanese New Wave” Huang Shan Liang
Best Mandarin Album
“Swing Inc.” Peggy Hsu
“Charlie” Eli Hsieh
“Amit 2” Amit
“Aphasia” Tanya Chua
“Winter Endless” Sodagreen
“Infinite” Bear Guy
Best Taiwanese Male Singer
Best Taiwanese Female Singer
Best Male Mandarin Singer
Best Female Mandarin Singer
Su Yun Ying (Su Su)
Amit (A-mei Zhang)
Special Contribution Award
Huang Ying Ying
Best Music Video Award
“Eternal Summer” (Director: Su Jian Yi)
“If The Same Pain Was Downloaded Twice” (Director: Tan Zong Pan)
“I’m Not Yours” (Director: Chen Yi Ren)
“I Am Alive ft. Jason Mraz” (Director: Liu Geng Ming)
“I Want To Know Your Everything” (Director: Chen Hong Yi)
Best Composer Award
Jacky Chen/ ”Black Island” (Artist: Jacky Chen)
Tanya Chua/ “Aphasia” (Artist: Tanya Chua)
JJ Lin/ “Twilight” (Artist: JJ Lin)
Wu Tsing Feng/ “A Rainy Evening” (Artist: Sodagreen)
Jerry C/ “Little Luck” (Artist: Hebe Tien)
Best Lyricist Award
Hsieh Ming-Yu/”A Life’s Song” (Artist: Jacky Chen)
Wu Hsiung/ “Dismantle” (Artist: Chang and Lee)
Chen Sa/ “Matriarchy” (Artist: Amit)
Wu Tsing-Feng/ “Happy Gorgeousness” (Artist: Sodagreen)
Wu Tsing-Feng/ “You Raised Your Right Hand To Mark ‘Here’” (Artist: Sodagreen)
Best Arranger Award
Jacky Chen, Chen Ju Hao, Jakub Kubi Groos, Ao Di, Li Da Wen/ “Would You Be My Girl” (Artist: Jacky Chen, Dwagie)
Hsu Yu-Ying, Lu Law-Ming/ “A Letter For Tim Bolton” (Artist: Peggy Hsu)
Hsiao Zhao/ “Searching Deep Seas” (Artist: Li Jian)
Chang Shi-Lei, An-Dong/ “Living Is The Best Death” (Artist: Tanya Chua)
Sodagreen, Li Wei-ZHe/ “Happy Gorgeousness” (Artist: Sodagreen)
Best Album Producer Award
Peggy Hsu, Wang Xi Wen/ “Swing Inc.” (Artist: Peggy Hsu)
Adia, Amit/ “AMIT 2” (Artist: Amit)
An Dong, Tanya Chua/ “Aphasia” (Artist: Tanya Chua)
JJ Lin/ “Experimental Album Me n Myself” (Artist: JJ Lin)
Lin Wei-Zhe/ “Winter Endless” (Artist: Sodagreen)
Best Single Producer Award
Shuo Hsiao/ “Have You Eaten” (Artist: Shuo Hsiao)
Eli Hsieh, Tsai Jung Hoon/ “Lamp” (Artist: Eli Hsieh)
Hsiao Zhao/ “Searching Deep Seas” (Artist: Li Jian)
Chen Jian Qi/ “Practice Losing” Artist: One Fang
Chen Jian Qi “Darling” Artist: Julia Peng
Best Album Cover Award
Wu Jian-Long/ “Chang and Lee”
Lee Wei-Ming/ “Principles that never die”
Huang Jia-Xian/ “Mr. Hormone”
Fang Hsu-Zhong/ “Vu Vu Reggae”
Zhao Yi-Xiang/ “GIGO”
Nie Yong-Zhen/ “For Miss Qiu Yueyun”
Best Recording Album Award
“New Heartbeat”/ Recording Engineers: Peter Roberts, Lupo Groinig, Strawberry/ Main Mixing Engineers: Richard Furch, George Dum/ Main Mastering Post-Production: Reuben Cohen
“Light Freezing”/ Recording Engineers: Li You, Bao Ru Yi, Zhang Bo, Yan Chung Kun/ Main Mixing Engineers: Howie, Joe Hirst/ Main Mastering Post-Production: Ray Stuff
“AMIT 2”/ Recording Engineers: Chen Wen Chun, Chen Zhen Fa/ Main Mixing Engineers: Fan Nangang/ Main Mastering Post-Production: Joe LaPorta
“Aphasia”/ Recording Engineers: Kyle Hoffman/ Main Mixing Engineers: An Dong, Richard Furch/ Main Mastering Post-Production: John David
“Fall In Love With Yourself”/ Recording Engineers: Zhou Chi Hao, Ye Yu Hsuan/ Main Mixing Engineers: Wang Jun Jie/ Main Mastering Post-Production: Chris Gehringer
Best Backing Recording Album Award
“The Arti: The Adventure Begins/ Film Soundtrack” / Recording Engineers: Yang Min Qi, Li Zhao Yang, Wu Rong En, Lin Xiao Qin, Zhu Jing Ran, Chen Yi Lin, Ko Zhong You, Jiang Song Song, Yang Bang Hao/ Main Mixing Engineers: Yang Ming Qi, Craig Burbridge, Wang Jun Jie (Little K), Simon Li/ Main Mastering Post-Production: Sun Zhong Shu
“Simple Life”/ Recording Engineers: Kyle Cassel/ Main Mixing Engineers: Dave Darlington/ Main Mastering Post-Production: Dave Darlington
“My Own Room”/ Recording Engineers: Todd Carder, Pat Noonan (The Bunker Studio)/ Main Mixing Engineers: Brian Montgomery, Wei Yu Xian/ Main Mastering Post-Production: Systems Two Recording Studio
“SEMIFUSA Namesake Album”/ Main Mixing Engineers: Yu Jialun/ Main Mastering Post-Production: Jeff Lipton, Maria Rice
The queen of my heart is finally back with her latest album Aphasia (Which means unable to speak). This time, it features ten songs composed by herself and written by lyricist Xiao Han entirely, to create something which is unlike anything Tanya has ever done before. Given the quality of the works Miss Chua has previously produced, I'm sure this latest album of hers is no exception.
Working together with a multinational creative team who bring influences from both Eastern and Western cultures, this time Tanya wants to put aside all the love songs and focus on creating music that is tied intimately to modernity and how technology has caused us to close off our lives and our emotions from the rest of the world.
Tanya says "This album doesn't have angels anymore, just devils, everyone has unknowingly walked into a cold world, losing interactions and communications between people."
Her words were in reference to her last album "Angel vs Devil", reflecting on a poignant link between the huge turnabout change in her music since we last heard from her.
In doing so, Tanya experiments with experimental electronic music to try and reflect upon the growing distance and disconnectivity we feel. In other words, Tanya's latest album represents the cold reality we live in, where we've lost our voices through a disinterest in interacting with others and a reliance on technology.
Feeling depressed, yet intrigued like I am? Check out her first two singles below. The album is out in stores now.
Tanya Chua-Strange Species
Wishing you a happy Chinese New Year from Olivia, Mixion, Nick Chou, Tanya Chua, Lala Hsu And miss Ko!
Also wishing all readers a prosperous, happy, wonderful new year ahead! May all your wishes and dreams come true on this day where you reunite with family and friends ! Happy Chinese New Year!
No , the title isn't a nod to another scandalous thing that a celebrity's done; the only scandal here is Tao not releasing an album for 8 years! The acclaimed and popular television host and singer has just released her new album <Really>(真的假的) and has the backing of several of the most talented artists in the industry, such as Aboriginal powerhouse A-Mei, songstress Tanya Chua , the Beautiful Ms Jolin Tsai , Jay Chou and S.H.E among others.
But this is proving to be the mother of comeback albums, featuring a duet with Khalil Fong himself,<是爱>(It's love) who is known for his selectiveness in performing duets with female singers.
She's also released two other singles , <I don't approve>（我不祝福) and the Title track for her album <真的假的>(really) which are definitely worth checking out. Welcome back Matilda!
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