Kimi in the MV for Window of Dreams on his upcoming album
Releases from mainland female Chinese artists were spread out throughout this year, but a considerable portion of the male side seem to have waited until the last minute to release, causing an massive pileup of both albums from the soloists to the boybands, ranging from pop to grunge. Despite the spectrum in musical styles, this still can’t be good for the artists, nor the companies involved which I listed alongside the artists, and as you can see, there’s a lot.
Yu Haoming – eeMedia
KeNT – ? (EP)
Jacky Xue Zhiqian – Universal/SMG
Anson Hu Yanbin- Gold Typhoon
Kimi Qiao Renliang – Chengtian (Orange Sky Entertainment)
Chen Kun – ?
Peng Tan (four new songs/acoustic album)- Tai Rye Music
Xie Tian Xiao – Thirteen Month Records
Li Jian – ?
Sha Baoliang –
The first ever Strawberry Music Festival came to a close in China on May 3rd, in Tongzhou Canal Park in Beijing. The festival was sponsored by China’s largest indie music label, Modern Sky and had some big names, and an interesting mix of artists. There was indie headed towards mainstream pop (AOK band) and mainstream headed towards more indie (Joanna Wang), indie going even more indie (Cao Fang) and artists that are supposedly pop but haven’t released anything so you can’t be sure (Amu of Superboys fame.)
Cao Fang, an indie singer who gained some international recognition when a cute GE commercial used her song, “In Summer”, and was played over and over again in the Olympics, has said she would participate in the Strawberry Music Festival in Beijing, marking one of her first public performances for 2009.
Music awards can be given out rather liberally in the Greater Chinese-speaking region, and sometimes, it’s simply a popularity contest. But the Music Media Awards has always been classy, always recognized some of the best talent out there, and this time they gave the recognition not to idols, not to mainstream talent, but to some of the best indie. There’s nothing wrong with mainstream popular music, but it’s still pretty nice to see these artists get recognition at a major awards event. In honor of this, I’ll be adding some of the winner’s songs to the music box on the main page.