What’s the difference between one and four?
In the first year of their stardom, Chris Lee and He Jie, once best friends from the Sichuan Music Conservatory, won 1st and 4th respectively in Super Girls.
Four years later, March 2009 –
For her birthday, Chris Lee held her annual Why Me concert in Guangdong with soldout tickets and a sea of yellow.
Two weeks later, on He Jie’s birthday, He Jie announced that she would leave EE Media.
Why such different outcomes?
In honor of He Jie, the cute “Jie Baobao”, and both myself and Cfensi’s favorite Supergirl alumni, this is a look into eeMedia’s flaws. Btw – don’t take anything out of here without also posting its companion piece coming soon.
This is the performance that drew me into cpop. Hopefully, He Jie’s musical dreams are only hibernating and will make a comeback soon.
Other than lawyer Zhou Junwu, who single-handedly(?) caused the three biggest crisis in EE Media history, the first problem of EE Media is its rumor mill. It’s infamous for producing unwarranted rumors to generate news. While this works for individual events (ie. Meteor Shower), it ultimately ruins the overall image of the company and its artists. One of the reasons He Jie gave for leaving was the fact that she has more rumors than songs, something unfortunately true for many artists under EE media.
EE Media also has way too many artists to digest. Despite having Hunan TV as its backdrop, it only has a certain amount of screentime to fill. Instead of one artist going on five shows, there are five artists going on one show. In the end, none of them really gets noticed. That’s why He Jie and Chen Chusheng leaving, though sad, is a good thing for the other members of EE Media.
He Jie went into EE Media like a tomboyish dork…
To me, EE Media’s biggest flaw is its hierarchical system. What EE Media needs is capitalism. EE Media, supposedly, actually has one of the best payment system for its artists, which is to say they’ll live reasonably comfortable lives under EE Media. However, how EE Media spends its portion is largely unfair. Whereas in other companies, what one artist earns, the money is often reinvested into that artist’, EE Media spends mostly on who it wants to promote. While this is essential for new artists, EE Media forgets that it is not the ultimate decider in who the consumers wants. Think of Jang Ri In or Han Xue, both of whose companies spent tons of money on their promotions but both of whom has yet to make it big as of now. EE Media, coming from a voter-decided competition, should keep that its that type of democracy that has made it. Changing the company to a government controlled system where the way to be popular is to make the head liking you, not the people, is a big mistake.
…and left looking like this blond, emo-looking girl wondering why of all the tomboyish Super Girls, all in different companies including eeMedia, she had to be the one forced to change her image into someone sexier, more girly
He Jie isn’t fully innocent, either. She was a tomboy. However, she had no ideas of her own nor firm positions. She was changed by EE Media, but the change was authorized by her. Compared to Li Yuchun and Jane, who both knows who they are and who they want to be. And I was quite disappointed by the fact that instead of seeking self-improvement whilst waiting for her next album (ie. learning composing and the piano like Wang Yuexin or magic like Fu Xinbo), she just sat around in her room, posting up increasingly depressing pictures of herself in dreary black. Emoness isn’t exactly the road to success and it’s not something that a lawsuit can solve. And really, how could she let herself be tricked into believing that lawyer?
Her lawsuit is expected to last for at least 6 months. What’s to become her after that, no one knows.