I decided the way to celebrate the new release of Andrew Xia Fukuda’s novel Crossing was by showcasing some super talented Chinese male singers. As I’ve mentioned in my review, our narrator is depicted to have some amazing pipes (i.e. his singing will knock you dead) and I figured it’d be a good
Note: The singers I will showcase are mostly based in Taiwan, because TW-music predominates not only all the Chinese songs I listen to, but just, make up a large majority of the music I listen to in general. I heart the Taiwan music scene. (They gave me F.I.R,! ♥ So if you think I'm biased towards Mandopop/rock... YOU'D BE RIGHT. *shot*
I’ll start off with songs sung in English, as I believe those who visit this blog predominantly speak English.
First up, recent Youtube sensation Lin Yu Chun, who can sing like Whitney. Rock on!
Sam Tsui - who sings the most awesome medleys and if he doesn’t win the Glee audtions, THERE IS NO GOD. *
(Unfortunately this is all the English ones I know. Now, onto MANDOPOP~)
My absolutely favourite Mandopop male singer is JJ Lin, who made a name for himself in Taiwan, and hails for Singapore. I am a complete sucker for his ballads.
I’m not big on Wang Lee Hom, but he’s extremely popular, and also, he’s Chinese-American based in Taiwan who made it big in all of East Asia. Gotta give him a shoutout.
And... I apparently can’t talk about Mandopop without someone popping out Jay Chou’s name, so I might as well get him out of the way, even though I’m not a fan of the way he likes to slur his words together. Blah. (His lyrics are ah-mazing though, I'll give it that.)
BOYBANDS. Such as Fahrenheit. I’m no diehard fan, but their songs can be quite catchy.
Mayday. Rock bands FTW. (Thanks to ninefly for helping me pick out the song title)
I actually don’t listen to much Cantopop (okay, I don’t listen to them at ALL...), but I figure it’s not fair for me to go on and on about Mandopop without even at least giving one Cantopop song a nod. So here’s to Hins Cheung, recced to me by one of my very awesome Hong Kong Canadian friends.
And, just for jokes: everyone’s favourite crack Taiwanese song. *giggles like the little girl I am* ETA Replaced with Michelle's rec of Ah Niu's version, which was indeed much better than Richie Ren's. 8D
ETA OMG. Okay, Michelle just helped me point out something glaringly missing in this post: NO MALAYSIAN-CHINESE DUDES SINGING. Which is totally wrong of me, and I will now showcase my favourite based in Taiwan (like usual), Nicholas Teo, to rectify this.
Okay, so I’m finally getting to the part that people actually care about: THE GIVEAWAY. Want to win a copy of Andrew Xia Fukuda’s Crossing? ETAThere are three options on how to enter. Please pick only ONE of the following.
1) Email me at gal novelty [AT] g mail [DOT] com with the subject title: CROSSING, telling me who is YOUR favourite Chinese male singer/boyband/all-male band (it can be one of the guys I named in this post if you were never exposed to the dulcet tones of Chinese men singing, OR a Chinese male singer I neglected to mention here), and you can win yourself a most excellent novel!
2) Leave a comment telling me who is YOUR favourite Chinese male singer/boyband/all-male band. Please also leave your email in the comments so that I can contact you if you've won.
3) Fill out the Form
-Extra entry for linking this giveaway somewhere on the worldwide web, and there’s no limit to how many you can link to.
-Contest ends two weeks from today ie. May 14th 11:59 EST
-Yes you must answer the who is your favourite singer question. I mean, if I am hosting a contest, at least let the entries be interesting for me, right? 8D
* I am actually unsure if Sam Tsui has any Chinese ancestry, but he looks biracial to me and his last name reads very Chinese transliteration to me. I apologize if I’m wrong in my assumption.