Category Archives: Cheer Chen

Association of Music Workers of Taiwan Annual Awards

Every year, the Association of Music Workers of Taiwan name their ten best albums and songs of the previous year. Usually these come out before the Golden Melody Award nominations, but some years (like last year) we wait anxiously for … Continue reading

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21st Golden Melody Awards Nominations

I missed this coming out on Friday, though that’s not terribly shocking since my nifty Google Alerts have gone haywire given all the Google trauma here lately. Plus I spent all day yesterday at the Shanghai Expo (forget what anyone … Continue reading

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“Fat Mum Rises”?

In January, some sort of “Golden Melody Awards Committee” – which is not, I believe, actually affiliated with Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards – named their ten best Mandarin (and Cantonese, etc.) albums of 2009. I though this list was particularly … Continue reading

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2009: Total Girl Power Year

Yeah, I absolutely didn’t realize it at the time. But I was just trying to think of my 10 favorite Mandopop album purchases from the last year, and I came up with (in no particular order): 1. Cheer Chen (陳綺貞), … Continue reading

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The Association of Music Workers in Taiwan is showing painfully bad judgment

Oh, this is bad. Really bad. So, so, SO wrong. The Association of Music Workers in Taiwan has released its annual list of the top ten Mandopop albums and songs released in 2008. The problem is that they’re really wrong. … Continue reading

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I <3 Taipei

You know, I love China. I really do. I live in a city that’s neither too big nor too small, but close enough to Shanghai for an escape to all things western if I really need it (mostly, I go … Continue reading

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The economic impact on Mandopop?

So if you read a lot of news in the US (or anywhere else, I imagine), it’s all about the economic crisis. Now normally, I try not to think about it. But finally it is starting to hit where it … Continue reading

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Beginning the catch-up

…and I’m back from my extended hiatus. I was looking at the calendar, and I’ve been in a new city every two days for the last three weeks. Basically I feel like a pop star, but without all the adoring … Continue reading

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Mandopop History

I flitted away all weekend in Brussels drinking beer and visiting museums and historic sites… okay, mostly drinking beer… hey, there’s really good beer in Belgium… and now I’m off again to head back to my current home base in … Continue reading

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On to a new year…

First of all, Happy New Year! We’ve got a few hours yet before midnight hits here in the American midwest, but of course the countdowns have already come and gone in Asia, and we are decidedly in the year of … Continue reading

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