Stars Pay Tribute at Chen Lin’s Memorial Service


Yang Kun again dueting "Two People's World" with Chen Lin at the memorial

I had never heard of Chen Lin, but that’s my own ignorance and loss. She was clearly loved and well known by those in the Chinese music industry and the memorial for her was extremely touching. Those who attended included Yang Kun, Han Hong, Na Ying, Sha Baoliang, Li Quan, Zhang Yadong, two fellow Sichuan singers – Jane Zhang and Tan Weiwei, and many many others. Everyone sang for her.

Jane Zhang singing  at the memorial, Chen Lin’s song – Hold Me Tight, Don’t Leave

She had such good songs…how did I not know of her? Credits to Janefever@TY, who has the lyrics in the description box

Jane’s is the only one I found at youtube and I don’t know how to upload Sina/Sohu vids.

The Sina vids are viewable here, and their main page for Chen Lin is here. The Sohu ones are here , and their main page for Chen Lin is here. The original MV for the duet with Yang Kun is below the cut.

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Return of the Golden Age Singers?


After Chen Lin’s death, there was a general sense of loss amongst the mainland community over the “Golden Age” singers, the singers from the 90s. However Na Ying,   after a 7-year break suddenly released her new single, called Love’s Journey which she first revealed at the 2009  Mid-Autumn show and will be one of the big  draws of her upcoming New Years concert. Na Ying, also Faye Wong’s best friend, is one of China’s most famous artists and perhaps the symbol of the “Golden Age” singers. Her return was a very welcome, comforting thing for many.

This is not from the same era, but Age of Water and Wood have been  going strong early 2000s despite some member changes, and used their success to help other singer-songwriters like Wang Zheng emerge. And this new song and beautiful MV are so befitting for this time, post-Chen Lin’s suicide.

Age of Water and Wood  –  The Meaning of Life MV

There seems to be a lot of music releases converged in the next few months whether they be the younger soloists, newer indie artists, or the boybands. But with how warmly Han Hong’s return was welcomed along with the excitement over Na Ying’s comeback it’s nice to know that the Golden Age singers are welcomed whenever they feel like returning.

Singer Chen Lin Falls to Her Death

Yesterday this was all over all the news portals.  Pop singer Chen Lin, 39, known for hits in the 90s, apparently leaped from an apartment in Beijing to her death. The singer from Chongqing, Sichuan rose to fame in the early 90s with her hit album, “I Can Never Understand Your Love” that sold 1.5 million copies. The reasons are unclear and she had only remarried earlier this year . I’ve never heard of  her, but all the same  the suicide is shocking and saddening. And it was almost a year ago, that the suicide of Li Chunning, One Million Star contestant occurred. Seeing how people can struggle against the feeling of having no other alternatives at different places in their life, both  the inexperienced and experienced stages,  is incredibly humbling and sad, and something that I hope that others would not have to face, and if they do I fervently hope they would choose another path. RIP Chen Lin.

Chen Lin – Ai Le Jiu Ai Le