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C-pop, aka Chinese Pop it's awesome, too! 87 replies to this topic Started by strawberryjam , Jan 27 2010 05:12 AM · 

#31 strawberryjam

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 02:04 PM

Sorry, 3rd post in a row. I hope someone is reading. :hahaha:

This time only came back to say I'm head over heels in love with G.E.M. She is like a really fun idol. :thumbsup:

My favorite songs on her album were composed by her or co-composed by her. Remember, she's just 19 years old! All the songs linked so far were not composed by her.

Also, while she comes off as cool in all her PVs, she acts sooooo cute in real.
G.E.M. doing goldfish faces :lol:
One of the expressions was perverted goldfish. :lol:
Good to Be Bad (Goldfish Version)
It's actually really good in it's own right. She plays the piano version of the song.

#32 strawberryjam

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:11 AM

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If you're even a mild fan of Cpop, you will at the very least know Jay Chou. He's really embarrassing to a lot of Westerners like us though due to his works such as Green Hornet and Initial D and Slam Dunk Live Actions. :hahaha:

HOWEVER, this does not change the fact that he has some really good songs. He's actually really highly regarded. He really paved the way for a lot of styles in Chinese music. For one, he made rap not laughable and another, he created a unique musical style that fuses all kinds of genres of music, like rap, Chinese opera, Chinese traditional instruments all in ONE SONG. And made it sound damn good. To add to this, he trained in classical music and looks up to Chopin. :thumbsup:

Here's some of my favorite songs by him:

The Youth That Ends War
A rap song with really pretty piano. I really love the mood from the piano. And you know, like a decade ago, a song like this couldn't and wouldn't have existed in Cpop. Rap just never sounded good in Chinese until Jay.


Huo Yuan Jia
This was the theme song for the movie Fearless starring Jet Li. This is just one of those songs that Jay fuses Chinese and Western music. He raps. When he sings those high notes, it's actually Chinese opera singing. And there's Chinese instruments. And electric guitar. And lots of epicness.

#33 KawaiiYankee

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 09:31 AM

OK, something much more modern now. This is much more in the vain of American music/Avex/K-pop this time.

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Artist: G.E.M. / 鄧紫棋
Album: My Secret (2010)
Language: Cantonese (Hong Kong)
Genre: Pop, r&b, I guess

G.E.M. is a 19 year old singer-songwriter. She sounded like a foreigner to me, one of those overseas Chinese that return to HK to become famous. But it's actually caused by a shrinkage in her left jawbone. In the PV below, she actually reminded me of Jun Jun a little. Click to watch the MV please!

Good to Be Bad
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I like this girl but my favoritesong with her is "Mascara"

The Song

#34 strawberryjam

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 02:44 PM

I like this girl but my favoritesong with her is "Mascara"

The Song

I decided to listen to her 1st album over the weekend. I loved just about every track including Mascara.
My favorite on the album was A.I.N.Y Ai Ni!
(Music starts at 00:50, beware PV isn't that great, lots of making out for some reason. :hahaha: )

GEM is having a contest on her blog. You have to comment on her blog and if it gets the most likes, you get a signed single. I may try it, but don't have too much hopes. However, there is a winner every week, not sure how many weeks she is going to do it for.

#35 KawaiiYankee

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 06:34 PM


I like this girl but my favoritesong with her is "Mascara"

The Song

I decided to listen to her 1st album over the weekend. I loved just about every track including Mascara.
My favorite on the album was A.I.N.Y Ai Ni!
(Music starts at 00:50, beware PV isn't that great, lots of making out for some reason. :hahaha: )


Listned to the song
it's good
really good

#36 strawberryjam

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 11:15 AM

I'll be posting G.E.M. wall and Rainie Yang blog translations on my site.

G.E.M. recently released a preview of a new PV. Anyways, what's awesome about it is there's a youtube star that's famous for making reviews about G.E.M. videos...and he got to appear in the PV!

BTW, I looked up more info on the producer/sometimes song writer of G.E.M. He's an Austrian guy. :rofl: He used to be in a band and then went to LA to do his music stuff, now he focuses on HK acts.

#37 KawaiiYankee

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 01:29 PM

Love your translations

#38 strawberryjam

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 09:11 AM

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Genie Chuo / 卓文萱 (facebook)
Taiwanese / Mandarin Pop
20 January 1986 (1986-01-20) (age 25)

Oxygenie of Happiness
Girly rock song

Castle of Love
Happy pop song. This song samples from another song.. it's not a modern song, one of those songs everyone knows. There's a dumb dance break in the PV, but luckily it's not there in the mp3.

#39 KawaiiYankee

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 03:32 PM

^love castle of love

#40 strawberryjam

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 09:28 AM

No more descriptions. This is my spam youtube thread. That's all.

Tizzy Bac - Tennessee Cha Cha

Queen Big Shark - Hello! Passengers

#41 Petit Melon

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 09:02 PM

No more descriptions. This is my spam youtube thread. That's all.

Tizzy Bac - Tennessee Cha Cha

Queen Big Shark - Hello! Passengers


THESE SONGS. ALL OVER MY FACE.

Is their other stuff like this?

#42 aine

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 11:02 PM

If you liked G.E.M.'s Good to be Bad featured a few posts earlier, be sure to check out my remix of the song in the Fan Made section. :whistling:


THESE SONGS. ALL OVER MY FACE.

Tizzy Bac has a few more gems like that.

Give Cherry Boom a try if you liked the above. I like to label them as Progressive Idol Girlband Rock Metal if anyone asks me. :D/

Cherry Boom - Dear Prince

Cherry Boom - The Coming of the Dark

Cherry Boom - Sweet Morning

Cherry Boom - I Wanna Rock

#43 Petit Melon

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 11:53 PM

I would like to say thank you for introducing me to that band because I absolutely adore them.



#44 aine

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 11:58 PM

My pleasure. But all credit for discovering them goes to Strawberry. =3=

#45 strawberryjam

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:18 AM

Man, seriously 2 awesome concert performances by GEM:

Good to be bad
AINY

They both have epic endings. And ofc, there's live band. For Good to be bad, I really liked that.. they actually extended the song and just made it more awesome. The band's guitarist is her producer, so think if it was like MM had Sharan Q playing at their concerts. He helps GEM writes some songs, but she writes many solely on her own (AINY).

I just can't describe it, but this is like my favorite concert of all time. :hahaha: GEM is SOOO good at giving bone chilling performances. The band put effort and didn't just play it how it's all like on the CD.

GEM rocking to extended instrumental with band, OMG! :wub: And GEM belting it out in AINY. :wub:



Also, a song written by GEM when she was 13.
It's a ballad, nonetheless a good one.
After this song, she has such a adorable MC. She talks about how this is the song that helped her become an artist and she never thought it would be that way. She wrote it because she had a crush on a school mate. :wub: And she hopes that this song will inspire everyone to do their best. Even a little step is already a step to towards your dreams. She didn't want this concert to be a one night experience for everyone, but an inspiration to everyone overall. :wub:

Sorry for the fan girling.

#46 Petit Melon

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:57 PM

The sound cuts out midway through. Posted Image Sucks because those were awesome from what I got to hear.

#47 strawberryjam

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:07 PM

YAY someone watched. But the halfway part is just the same video repeated without sound. I don't know why that youtube uploader messed up.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:49 PM

Awesome! But why did they keep cutting away to the drummer when she was on the stripper pole? :dammit:

Here's a good related video, also: GEM performing AINY while on piano.

Sorry for the fan girling.

Nonsense! That's what got me to watch these. :wub:

#49 Petit Melon

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:33 AM

Sorry for the fan girling.

Nonsense! That's what got me to watch these. :wub:


Right, I couldn't resist such a strong rec! It was live too and me lurve lives. Those were impressive to say the least~ especially the encore on the piano. She still had a strong voice <3

I'm watching the rest of the concert now~

#50 strawberryjam

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:36 AM

:weeeh:
Torrent if you'd like. It doesn't have the encore. I can give you my own rip if you want. :tongue:

She gives meaningful MCs too which I feel obligated to translate and have aine subtitle. :lol:

#51 Petit Melon

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:56 PM

Bumping because the torrent dl took FOREVER and I was just now able to watch it. :hahaha:

That was an awesome concert. Great costume changes, a consistent vocal performance throughout, and she's rather easy on the eyes lol. I'm jealous how pretty she is~ There's this experimental vocal lead in in the middle that is really cool/interesting and the intersecting of the backstage cuts with the concert was nice too.

Joking aside, it's a great concert that all lovers of live performances should watch. She reminds me of a competent Christina Aguilera: a petite girl with a monster voice and great production. (actually I don't know if she's short she looks short though :P)

#52 Shoujo Q

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:58 PM

I just found this on YouTube. I like it! But I can't read a thing besides Ella and Bad Girl. Anyone want to help a girl out? Posted Image

#53 NekoKai

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:41 PM

I just found this on YouTube. I like it! But I can't read a thing besides Ella and Bad Girl. Anyone want to help a girl out? Posted Image


Here's the pinyin based off of the lyrics in the video description, did you want a translation as well?

Spoiler


#54 strawberryjam

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:46 PM

Bumping because the torrent dl took FOREVER and I was just now able to watch it. :hahaha:

That was an awesome concert. Great costume changes, a consistent vocal performance throughout, and she's rather easy on the eyes lol. I'm jealous how pretty she is~ There's this experimental vocal lead in in the middle that is really cool/interesting and the intersecting of the backstage cuts with the concert was nice too.

Joking aside, it's a great concert that all lovers of live performances should watch. She reminds me of a competent Christina Aguilera: a petite girl with a monster voice and great production. (actually I don't know if she's short she looks short though :P)

YAY I AM SO GLAD YOU TOOK THE TIME TO WATCH IT! Sorry, late response. :hahaha: You should have told me it was taking long. I think I should upload it to Jpopsuki and spread this to the masses! :danceman:

I guess she could be like a Christina Aguilera? She certainly admires a lot of Western artists, especially Michael Jackson, it seems like. Her cover of Wanna be startin' something isn't like anywhere close to the original.. of course, he's hard to top. But she blew Rihanna out of the water at least. :dance: I guess she also sang Lady Marmalade which also makes her like Christina. I don't like the original song too much, so her cover doesn't do much for me either.

And yeah, they did put a lot of effort. She had different hair for each costume change. I think half of them were wigs which is interesting. Oh yeah and the one weird song with no words was a song her fans picked. She asked what they wanted her to sing on facebook and that's what they picked and she felt they were SO cruel, but she said it fit her mood still. :lol:

Her English is pretty good, it's falling short of perfect. Not that it matters, I doubt they'd push her outside of a Chinese speaking country. :cryalot: Which is too bad. She is SUPER talented.

Oh and ONE DAY, I'm gonna subtitle her videos on her youtube channel.
There was a super cute video of her receiving an award for AINY. And she went on saying how she'd be just a girl singing in the bathroom without her fans. And she's just a common nobody with a bread bun shaped face. :lol: GOD SO ADORABLE.
She doesn't act like a stuck up diva. She just acts so humble towards her fans. :cryalot:

There's this experimental vocal lead in in the middle that is really cool/interesting and the intersecting of the backstage cuts with the concert was nice too.

Mind giving me the time marker? :dance:


Oh and PQ. Ella is from the group S.H.E., a Taiwanese girl group. They're all right. I like their songs, but I wouldn't say I LOVE THEM. Ella is talented though. She actually writes songs! Ella is the tom boy though. Totally used to make fun of her for having a mustache. :hawhaw:

#55 strawberryjam

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 10:24 AM

GEM came out with a new album already called Xposed. :danceman:
Unfortunately, I like this album less than MySecret, her previous album. But she penned a lot of the songs herself and is experimenting, at least.

Stand out tracks:

WHAT HAVE U DONE
rock-ish, Lady Gaga like outfits..

潛意式的殘酷 (don't ask me to romanize it..)
I think she wrote this one herself. And there's orchestra. (No PV)

不存在的存在
Another one of her creepy, eery building up songs. It's got piano AND guitars. :tongue: (No PV)

OH AND THE OTHER SINGLE which I don't care too much about:
Someday I'll Fly
Vanessa Carlton like song. I honestly thought it was gonna be awesome considering the awesome beginning where she does something drastic.. At least she looks pretty in the PV. Thought I should link it though considering it's actually the lead single... uhg.

She's still promoting the album so not all the PVs are out yet. I'll link them as they come out if her management pics the good songs. :hahaha: Which probably won't happen. They nearly never pick her songs as the singles. :cryalot:
She had a concert in the U.S. in Reno, Nevada with same stuff from the concert I previously linked a couple months ago. She actually was planning one in the South as well and East Coast. But they got canceled due to contract issues with the artist she was touring with. Hopefully, they'll plan more in the future as a leg of her new tour for this album which will be even better! :thumbsup:

And a live of WHAT HAVE U DONE. Her voice feels so good to hear live. :wub:

And GEM and Jason Mraz singing Lucky. I don't know this song, but it's super cute how nervous she is. Probably the closest she'll get to having Western recognition.

edit:
3rd single already OH BOY with PV. I also don't like this song even though she co-wrote it. Why'd they have to pick this song... At least she looks cute in the blue wig..

#56 strawberryjam

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 12:24 PM

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Jolin Tsai is releasing a new album on September 14th called MUSE. She looks super hot in the above photos. :weeeh: The pink blonde really looks good on her. :wub:
Here's a link to the lead single, The Great Artist.
The video sucks really bad in a laughable way. The ending is wtf. But I like the song a lot. And she looks great. Except for when her hair is painted over. :hahaha:

#57 Petit Melon

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:45 PM

Yeah, I didn't like the video much either, aside from the fashion outfits. They gave Jolin the worst one for her dance sequence in the beginning! :(

I'm looking forward to her album and she's rocking those covers. :wub:

#58 strawberryjam

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:46 AM

2nd single: Dr. Jolin

God, this PV is so awful. It's really obvious what she's trying to convey. But please..
Can they get someone less retarded to do her PVs? She has the money, just blows it on all the wrong things. The song is alright. She has a lot of dancey songs on the album, not so many ballads which is sooo unlike most Chinese albums.

And another thing, Jolin is having a concert in Europe and it's not in friggin' PARIS!
It's in London and she's having it in Wembley which is HUGE. The capacity is 90,000. I honestly don't know if other Asian artists have had such a big concert outside of Asia. I'm really worried it's gonna be half empty. I would have really liked to go if I knew ahead of time because she puts on expensive lives, has had live bands, and most of the time doesn't release them on DVD.

#59 Ap2000

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:37 AM

2nd single: Dr. Jolin

God, this PV is so awful. It's really obvious what she's trying to convey. But please..


The boobies ? :whistling:

She's got a really nice voice too !

#60 aine

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 10:51 PM

OMG GEM ACTUALLY USED MY REMIX!!1!one :omg:

Well, not her, but the crew covering her live in Vancouver... BUT, she mentioned it on her fb:

這是最後一個在溫哥華的訪問視頻要分享給你們!這個有點特別,因為它的背景音樂用的是我們"Good to be Bad" Remix比賽的其中一個作品哦:Good To Be Bad (distant city mix) by stnm

:danceman:

This is the closest to stardom that I'll ever be. 8o

It only took me a year to notice... :hahaha: Actually I only found it by total accident. We finally received our Limited Edition copy of eXposed today (I'll spam photos here soon because it's amazing) and started poking on yt searching for videos of GEM's overseas concerts, thinking how nice it would be if she performed in Europe, and that came up. A few seconds into the video we're like, hold on, that sounds familiar.

Berry thinks I'm not happy because I'm not jumping with joy about it getting recognition, but I'm just at too much of a loss of words. :cryalot:


My original remix thread is here btw.