Not the same old song
Updated: 2013-07-28 10:21
By Chen Nan (China Daily)
'90s pop queen Chen Ming is finding her return to the scene means adapting to a market that has evolved since her reign's zenith. But she tells Chen Nan she's ready to move into the future.
Chen Ming became a household name for her 1994 album's title song Loneliness Makes Me So Beautiful, which sold more than 1 million copies on the Chinese mainland.
Though the song's pioneering combination of jazz and pop - considered "dark" by many, as Chen recalls - stirred controversy, it swept music charts that year. Her wide vocal range and expressiveness also became her signatures.
The following albums, For You and Happy Hometown, were also chart-toppers. They sold millions.
Chen performed at various events, including the annual CCTV Spring Festival Gala, China's most watched TV show.
But the vocalist has never hosted a solo concert. She'll take the stage in August.
"I had many performance opportunities but didn't take them," the 45-year-old says.
Her motivation for the August gig came from her participation this year on the popular Hunan Satellite TV Station show I Am a Singer.
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