Category Archives: Mandopop

The Grammys theory of the GMAs

Okay, it’s pretty fun to see Mayday in the Wall Street Journal. It’s only fair, you know, since Mayday has name-checked Wall Street twice in their songs (“Noah’s Ark” and “Good night, Earthlings”). Nothing in the post-GMA news has surprised … Continue reading

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I know I have complained a lot about Ashin’s fashion sense…

… but in this appearance at Richie Jen’s concert, his choice of ensemble is clearly the best. (Is that suit painted on?)

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It’s “Friday”!

If you dabble in any form of U.S.-based social media, you probably did not miss the terrible, totally manufactured “pop” song “Friday,” by American teenager Rebecca Black. It’s formulaic, auto-tuned to death, and (some would say) a fine example of … Continue reading

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Important news in Mandopop trends

Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first. I’m declaring that the reign of the vampires is officially over in the Mandopop world. It was fun for a while – well, some songs were more fun than others – but … Continue reading

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Golden Melody Awards Results

Well, my hopes for a Cowboy shutout were dashed, but other than that, I see good things. “Jonathan’s Song” was widely and appropriated celebrated, Suming came away with a prize (though not quite as many as I’d hoped), and Cowboy … Continue reading

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Proof: patience is rewarded

Whoa, how on earth did I miss this? The once illustrious Fahrenheit has fractured! It seems that one fourth of the boy band – though once 3/4 of your members are hovering around age 30 surely that moniker has got … Continue reading

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“Jonathan’s Song (给自己的歌)”

Alright, I am more than a little obsessed with this song. Jonathan Lee’s song for himself is the most nominated song at the Golden Melody Awards this year: it’s up for song of the year, best lyricist, best composer, and … Continue reading

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Chen Hsin-hung, Idolmaker

Ashin has always spent a lot of his time writing for other people, and this year is no exception. This month it’s in the news that he has written and produced the lead single off of Mainland singer Jing Boran’s … Continue reading

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Random Chinese Music Factoid of the Week

I did not figure this out until I listened to Suming’s album. First of all, I love Suming. After all, he was the man who (with Totem Band) gave us this: “Over There I Sing” was a breakout hit for … Continue reading

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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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