🇬🇧 Last night, the 2019 Golden Melody Awards were held in Taipei, Taiwan !
Jolin was nominated in 7 categories, and won an award in two of them:
Album of the Year Award* UGLY BEAUTY – WON
*This category has no language limitation, every album nominated in every “Best Album” category (Mandarin, Hakka, Taiwanese, Aboriginal)was nominated in this one.
“Thank you to the fans who’re shouting out for me. I never think I can become one of the excellent albums. I wanna thank my team. When making this album, I explained a lot about what I want to express. All the years, this is the album that I spend the most time to understand me. As a female, when you have an opinion, you want to say something from your heart, you need to say it bravely, make your decision bravely. This is what I’ve found in this album, my true self. Thank you to Tom Wang and Rain Hsu from Eternal. When making the album, we are supporting, encouraging each other and exchanging opinions. I cant believe I’m in this career for 20 years, thank you Ms Ke for believing in me and has given me lots of resources. Thank you, my friends, for giving me lots of support, and my fans thank you! Also my team, I felt sorry for Grass Jelly Production for not getting the Best Music Video. They spend maximum effort on me, really thank you all of them behind the scenes. And also my production team, Razor Chiang, Howe Chen, Starr Chen, OZI, they’re really supporting me, I truly thanks them for real. Thanks! I love y’all!!!!!!”
Jolin Tsai, acceptation speech for Album of the Year English translation by jolinmuse@Twitter
“Ugly Beauty was unique in its style. Taiwanese society has experienced different kinds of sorrow over the past year. A lot of albums have expressed it in a melancholic way, but Jolin Tsai’s album healed the public in an entertaining and enjoyable way. It took the jury two rounds of voting to declare “Ugly Beauty” Album of the Year.”
陳珊妮 Sandee Chan, President of the Jury
Song of the Year Award 玫瑰少年 Womxnly– WON
“Really thank you Razor Chiang and my scandal internet friend Ashin, this song is full of life. Thank you Hou Chi-Jian (Director of the Yeh Yung-Chih documentary from PLAY World Tour and of We’re All Different, Yet The Same MV), for introducing me the story of Yeh Yung-Chih. Yeh reminds me that in any situation, I might be the minority. Making me be more empathy to love everyone around me. This song is dedicated to him and also everyone who thinks that you got no chance or no one chooses you. You must remember, you choose yourself, support yourself! Thank you!”
Jolin Tsai, acceptation speech for Song of the Year English translation by jolinmuse@Twitter
🇬🇧 It was announced only yesterday that a dance video would be provided for 玫瑰少年 Womxnly !
Jolin explained why she decided to release a dance video before the official MV:
“When I first started writing (the song), I wanted to show the beauty of my body. When I heard the arrangement, my body could not help but sway. It made me enjoy dancing in an instant. It’s like the body is emitting the language it wants! Love yourself is respecting your body’s intuitions and reactions. “
She asked Ryan Parma, a director from LA who already collaborated with Korean singer CL for Hello B+tches, to film the dance video.
It took 10 hours to film Jolin and her 14 international dancers in a sequence shot (long take). They rehearsed for 3 days before the shooting.
The meaning of 玫瑰少年 Womxnly‘s lyrics is only expressed by the choreography. The dance video is also showing Jolin’s acting and performing skills !
Jolin expressed her gratitude on Instagram to the dancers, choreographer, and director:
On January 15th, Jolin has been interviewed by POP radio.
Jolin’s new song “甜祕密 Sweet Guilty Pleasure” is talking boldly and explicitly about lust. She thinks that this is healthy and does not have to be taboo. She said that many people do not know their own body, they rely on guessing, and exaggerated acting. “How can I feel comfortable ?” Jolin said: “There must be much more educators to teach everyone, only then there will be much less sexual violence.”
“惡之必要 Necessary Evil” was preset right away as the opening song when it was still in the demo stage.
“甜祕密 Sweet Guilty Pleasure” was the first song of the album to be recorded. After adjusting the arrangement several times, Jolin added a sense of speed, to complete the feeling of being in ecstasy, the song has a hidden meaning that she wants to bring to the fans.
Jolin originally only wanted to release the album digitally. Afterwards, in order to provide fans the feeling of opening a physical version, CDs have been produced. Radio anchor said: “I own all your albums physically, how could I be missing this one ?” Seeing that he and her fans were madly obsessed with physical albums, Jolin said: “I’m very envious of your desire to grab things, if it was me I could forget about it right away”. She laughed and said that she was not interested in grabbing things. But she feels that it’s like being enthusiastic like a child, and that sharing on social networks is also kind of fun too.
Jolin shared a discovery she made after an improvisation course she took: “You don’t have to sing so high, you don’t have to sing so loudly, I can move myself.” She confided that she used to blindly pursue singing technique when she had insufficient self-confidence. “Because skill equals to good singing, it is equal to be the best female singer.” It was like this until she found her most comfortable and unrestrained style, then she dared to use her own voice on the new album. She hopes to bring positive messages to fans through the album, just like hearing a speech somewhere, you can get an upward boost.
“Big sister talks about UGLY BEAUTY !”
“Big sister talks about UGLY BEAUTY !” That’s the name of the video uploaded on Jolin’s Youtube channel, she’s explaining the songs’ meaning in the video’s description. Translation below !