Battle of the mumbling, Zhong Guo Feng composers!
While most people know that Jay Chou’s Fragrant Rice song was leaked along with his entire album not many know that Hou Xian, the singer who made a splash with his first album Antique Play!, had his main song for his second upcoming album “leaked” around the same time.
Back in 2005 when he made his debut, Mainland singer, Hou Xian caught the attention of anyone who actually found out about his album, 1) Because his style was similar to Jay 2) His songs were GOOD. After a four year wait since his last album he’s finally releasing something new, around the same time as Jay. As always the song has a very strong use of Chinese instrumentals, which Jay sometimes uses but is a must for Hou Xian who’s integration of RnB with the classic Chinese sounds is flawless.
Jay Chou – Dao Xiang (Fragrant Rice)
Compare the two and tell me what you think! Personally I think neither are the best singers, but I was a lot more excited for Hou Xian because it’s been I believe two full full years since his last release, an album with three measly songs. I think Jay Chou would be happy to hear that Hou Xian is back since Jay is all about spreading Chinese music to the world, and Hou Xian’s albums are always chock full of that unique Chinese flavor. Besides, Hou Xian can’t really compete with Jay’s music which went up into space with China’s 3rd manned crew in the Shenzhou 7 trip that recently completed its journey and spacewalk. Now that’s music globalization.
Both Albums release in October!