UGLY BEAUTY press conference recap, 怪美的 Ugly Beauty MV concept & nods to Jolin’s past / Résumé de la conférence de presse d’UGLY BEAUTY, concept du clip d’怪美的 Ugly Beauty et clins d’oeil au passé de Jolin

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🇬🇧 Yesterday a press conference took place in Beijing for the launch of UGLY BEAUTY !

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Jolin cried while recalling her past struggles:

“I used to be called fat, seafood sauce, squid, my facial features were called strange… When I was walking down the street during that time, when people looked at me, I would think that everyone hated me. At that time, although I seemed to be fine on the surface, in fact, my heart was already very unhappy. The cover of the album [note: regular version] actually intends to tell everyone that I have overcome this, so you can too, I think I am very brave.”

Jolin was always feeling that what she was doing was not enough, not perfect enough. She hit rock bottom during the promotion of 花蝴蝶Butterfly, Jolin in 2009. Overwhelmed by work to the point that she even considered retiring, she couldn’t find motivation and meaning anymore.

Jolin revealed that she wants to hold a concert for her 20th anniversary but also show the concept of UGLY BEAUTY‘s entire album on stage.


怪美的 Ugly Beauty MV has finally been released yesterday !
This music video is about all the criticism from media, netizens, and even from herself, that Jolin had to bear for the past 20 years, how it affected her deeply, and the fact that she finally overcame all that and made peace with herself.

It contains lots of nods to Jolin and her career, here we go (sources: Jasper T & Lee Wan Yeow@YouTube):

We can see Whoohoo, PLAY我呸 PLAY MV characters, the bird from 大藝術家 The Great Artist MV, but also MVs from 呸 PLAY (I’m not yours, 美杜莎 Medusa…) & PLAY World Tour introduction video playing on TVs.
“The Supreme Court of Beauty” has been founded in 1980, Jolin’s birth year.
This picture of Jolin has been taken this year, netizens started to say that she lost her abs, that she got fat, that she was neglecting herself…
Jolin is wearing what looks like 愛無赦 Bravo Lover MV’s prisoner outfit. “JT-20181226” can be read on her top (JT = Jolin Tsai, 20181226 = album & MV release date).
愛無赦 Bravo Lover MV
The name of the restaurant: 宜翎海鮮 Yiling Seafood.
宜翎 Yiling is a mix between Jolin’s first name by birth 宜凌 and her “real” first name (her stage first name is 依林 Yilin).
必要之饿, a meaning of starving is a must,
she forces herself to eat as little as possible to lose weight.
Jolin is plunging the salad into the bowl to remove all oil before eating it.
It seems that she used to do that as part of her diet.
Jolin is wearing the “J” hat from Dr Jolin MV.
Dr Jolin MV
Netizens used to say that Jolin would never be pale enough, pretty enough.
That’s why she’s turned into a statue here (Venus de Milo).

The fact that she has arms make her an ordinary statue, however what makes Venus so appealing is her perfect but imperfect beauty (broken body).
Jolin’s Freak Show. She’s wearing an outfit from Dancing Forever World Tour.
It’s a satire of her past stunts. The gymnastics she was doing during her Dancing Forever World Tour were belittled by some people and labeled as “a juggling show”.
About the posters: 1st one on the left refers to her “sausage mouth” (netizens used to say that she had thick lips, so they were calling her “sausage mouth”). The one with the shoe is about the fact that her height was mocked too. “Hamster Jolin” is about the “big cheeks” she was told she had before. The 花蝴蝶 Butterfly and the 大丈夫 Real Man ones refer to the choreographies she performed.
Dancing Forever World Tour (J2)
It might refer to 馬甲上的繩索 Corset’s Rope MV
馬甲上的繩索 Corset’s Rope MV
Ribbon dance from 舞孃 Dancing Diva.
GIFs used by netizens. They thought that this blue outfit was hideous.
Some of the GIFs:
http://www.57gif.com/gif/424959.html
Jolin feeling unconfident about her appearance.
Looks like she has been ridiculed by netizens after her 舞孃 Dancing Diva performance at the opening ceremony of the 18th Golden Melody Awards (2007).
She was said to have a sausage mouth, and her long legs to be fried shrimp.
Performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCLxLxkbLp4
She was mocked by media and netizens because of the dress she was wearing at the 19th GMA on the red carpet. She was called a squid and “Queen of sea food”.
19th GMA red carpet
Jolin is vomiting all the criticism held against her and her work online.
Jolin is holding a whip, it might refer to PLAY World Tour’s 美人計 Honey Trap performance.

Don’t hesitate to watch the MV (over and over) once again, English subtitles are available for both song and dialogue !

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UGLY BEAUTY press conference: album teaser, pre-order version covers, links, and more… / Conférence de presse d’UGLY BEAUTY: teaser de l’album, covers de la version précommande, liens, et plus encore…

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Today a press conference was held in Taipei for Jolin’s upcoming album, UGLY BEAUTY.

Summary:

  • If the pre-order version is not available anymore, we can also buy the official version, which has a more powerful cover according to Jolin. Pre-order version will also come with a red lips sticker.
  • The title song is one of the 6 songs created by Jolin for this album. On December 21st, title song MV will be released along with the song. Director is Muh Chen (PLAY我呸 PLAY, I’m not yours, 大艺术家 The Great Artist, 什么什么 Stand Up MVs).
  • Jolin revealed that she has been self-healing by writing diaries for nearly one or two years. At first she started with painting, and later she decided to write. It is easy to grasp her emotions when writing. When she describes them, she will not be caught by fear. So far she has filled 6 diaries.

    UGLY BEAUTY‘s photobook diary has 200 pages and 132 pictures.

  • On December 22nd, just like she did for 呸 PLAY 4 years ago, there will be a listening session for fans where they will be able to listen to UGLY BEAUTY‘s songs before the official release on December 26th.
  • Sony Music has nothing to do with the new album’s production. It was produced entirely by Jolin and her label.
  • The 11 sets of pictures of the photobook -one for each song- are like paper MVs.

Click on the picture below to access the photo album ↓


Jolin introduced a teaser for the album, and the 4 covers of Weird Beauty pre-order version as well

Teaser

[UGLY BEAUTY] Teaser
Director: Jimi Chou & Fisher Yu
Music: Razor Chiang
Art Director: Zhong Lin & Yii Ooi

UGLY BEAUTY Weird Beauty pre-order version limited to 10,000 copies – 4 covers

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Even fans who will buy Jolin’s album in stores won’t be able to choose the cover they want because it will be hidden by the packaging !

The 200-page photobook/diary contains 132 pictures. There are 11 sets of pictures, one for each song from the album. Jolin describes them as “paper MVs”.

Digital and physical pre-orders will start on December 5th at midnight Taiwan time.

Finally, the full album description has been revealed on online stores !

12/5 Open Pre-order

Weird Beauty Hardcover Edition

Luxury cloth box +200 pages hardcover photobook-diary

4 colors, shipped randomly

It’s not strange, it’s beautiful.

20 years of energy explosion for the end of the year !

Asian pop queen Jolin Tsai latest album UGLY BEAUTY

Breaking the norm of beauty standard

Show tolerance towards the good and evil of this world

2018.12.26 Weird Beauty global release

Jolin’s most honest !

“I thought that if it was not done at 100%, I was nothing.”

Jolin’s most experimental ! Experiment with a variety of different styles, loyal to music intuition, will destroy her own new songs and perfect them again.

Following “呸 PLAY” in 2014, which was a hot topic worldwide and created a classic model of Chinese pop music, Asian pop star Jolin Tsai’s new album “UGLY BEAUTY” will be released in December!

The previous album explored various social issues from her own point of view.

This time, the new work returns to the inner level.

From the constant self-questioning and self-exploration, Jolin finds out that she is facing and embracing her dark and ugly face. The feedback is beautiful ! Jolin explores the “state of mind” and “desire” of human beings through the “feelings” and “outlook” of the theme “UGLY BEAUTY”, breaking the dichotomy between the beauty and ugliness of this world and redefining it!

Jolin, who has been interested in psychology for the past two years, began to dig into the inner world and explore herself through the book of Dr. Jung, psychiatrist.

Jolin said: “In the past, if I was not doing something 100%, I would blame myself a lot, and think I was someone who was not worth mentioning.”

And in this searching process, Jolin unexpectedly discovered that she always thought it was important to want to test things 100%, to prove herself, “I can”, and always neglected her inner feminine power and forgot how to love herself ; through this digging process, the theme of “UGLY BEAUTY” was born for the new album. Jolin said: “The UGLY face for me is part of an emotion. When you start to face it, the feedback you get is very good, more love and empathy, you are able to understand yourself and the decisions you make, it is not easy to criticize yourself and criticize others!” During the birth of the new album, Jolin knew herself through continuous discussion, album production has undergone many times the process of “destroy and perfect”. This new album is introducing Jolin’s journey of “knowing herself”, “feelings” and “outlook”. This is the most “honest” album of Jolin’s career !

Why is the album named [UGLY BEAUTY]?

What is called UGLY BEAUTY, in fact, does not refer only to beauty and ugliness of appearance, but also to the two poles of inner psychological level: good and evil / good and bad / crying and laughing / happiness and sadness / darkness and light / fragility and strength / correct and incorrect …., and what we call “evil”, refers to those emotional traits that we often dislike: jealousy, anger, inferiority, vulnerability, dissatisfaction, etc. Because they know that they don’t fit the ideal aesthetic, they don’t look at it in the dark room, but because they deliberately ignore them for a long time, they will always commit crimes in a variety of different ways, so they self-harm themselves, are inexplicably frustrated, negative, aggressive, angry, conceited, bullying, despising others, etc., what JOLIN wants to express is: only open your heart, to know your inner dark side, to identify it, when it is transformed into various appearances in daily life, you can identify its archetype, and slowly become able to not be swallowed up by these negative forces and learn to get along with them, understand their appearance and necessity. Concerning empathy, it is about understanding what is called “evil”. The next time you see it in others, you can understand each other for the same reason, maybe compare, and not be hurt !

Jolin’s most creative! Participate in the studio in the creation

4 years of production from Taipei to Bangkok and Stockholm

Jolin smashed the way she was making albums in the past, and set up a music writing camp with a new creative mode. She personally participated in the collective creation with musicians and completed the songs of the new album “UGLY BEAUTY”. Jolin personally participated in the creation of the collective “bubble” studio. In addition to going to Bangkok, Taipei and even Stockholm, musicians of the music writing camps from these cities collided and cooperated to mobilize nearly 100 transnational musicians and experienced the interesting process of brainstorming with musicians from different regions in the studio for a week, which not only inspired Jolin, but also made her creative power break out. She has participated in the creation of six songs of the new album in one breath. We’ll not only hear Jolin’s first attempt at creation in the new album “UGLY BEAUTY”, but we’ll also hear “Creativity” and “Jolin’s Most Creative” album! Jolin said: “In the process of free creation, I explored the sound that moved me, and cooperated with different creative camps, it gave me lots of motivation, doing music discussions together, using different language to express what you want. In addition to being very enjoyable and fun, this work should make everyone feel what I feel!”

The new album brings together innovative works from all over the world, and diverse content of the theme “UGLY BEAUTY”. The composition of the new album is “Experimental”, its style is different compared to past albums. Jolin’s instinct of “loyalty to music” is bound to bring more impact and hearing to the Chinese pop music scene! Jolin, who is brave enough to accept the challenge, said: “I just want to try!” During the production of the album, Jolin likes to ask questions and is very curious and aware of the power and influence of women. In this original new album she wanted to explore “what is a woman”. Invested in the process, she found herself to be the best “experimental subject”. Then she began to dig out and explore her inner world, she found out that “emotion” was the key point affecting herself and others. She often asks herself “what kind of woman I am”. Jolin said: “All along I felt that I was lacking something concerning the role of women. Although everyone looks at me like a princess, I always feel that my heart is a man! This kind of conflict is like a whirlpool, so I can’t help but want to study. “

Pre-order design “The mouth of truth” Ugly Beauty who had the final say?

Fashion circle popular photographer Zhong Lin

One of the ten most influential stylists of the new era Yii

Personality split to create Jolin’s 11 strange beauties

In order to fit with the theme of the eleven songs of the new album, she sent a special invitation to fashion circle popular photographer ZHONG LIN and famous stylist Yii who was once named by Gucci and selected by the global fashion industry as one of the top ten influential figures of the new era, to create 11 sets of strange beauty styles for “UGLY BEAUTY”. The pre-order version has been announced, Jolin is wearing the exaggerated “Mouth of Truth” red-lip jewelry, with her hands in a strange position and an innocent look, making the whole picture very impactful, it also echoes the theme of the album, to break the dichotomy between the beauty and ugliness of this world.

This picture has been chosen to be the main one for the album because JOLIN wanted to use various [expressions] to reach and talk with the audience. This is also her understanding of her for the past six years. In 2012, she filmed [I] MV, she looked at herself removing her makeup in through the mirror. She had tears in her heart, and later she realized that she never cared for herself. In the past, she was too concerned about what others said. She did so many things just to get approval from others, but now she is looking at the mirror every time. She can find herself more in her eyes, and remind herself not to live in someone else’s mouth. The mouth represents the many words you want to say which can’t come out, but now JOLIN wants to communicate through her eyes and tell everyone, “I can understand our feelings !”

This sultry “Mouth of Truth” is a work created by Shuting Qiu, a Chinese rookie designer who graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in Antwerp. The eye-catching orange cake dress with the mouth of truth comes from the work of the cutting-edge designer SENSEN LII. He is not only a student of the Royal Academy of Art in Antwerp, but also the winner of VFILES RUNWAY 10 in New York Fashion Week this year. Jolin challenged herself for two consecutive days, and more than 24 hours of non-stop shooting, under the lens requirements of photographer ZHONG LIN who pays attention to the atmosphere and improvisation, in a short time they shuttled through 11 scenes and 11 characters, Jolin said: “Had to split personalities fast, but it was very cool!” Jolin’s new vision of “weird” and “beauty” is bound to cause fans’ commotion.

Limited hardcover edition 10,000 copies

4 covers 200-page deluxe photobook diary

12/5 start pre-order

Play has been released 4 years ago, this time she’s returning to the Chinese music scene and is bringing a new album [UGLY BEAUTY]. Jolin Tsai seems to break once again her own pattern, trying to challenge the negative emotions that Chinese music has rarely touched in the past and the necessary theme of evil, JOLIN once again is advocating to accept different people through music, and is striving to commit to more love, and is letting the outside world look forward to this new work, what is the strange effect of Chinese music ?!

JOLIN latest album [UGLY BEAUTY] Weird Beauty Edition pre-orders will start on December 5th in stores.

This hardcover edition is limited to 10,000 copies and is sold in 4 different colors. It comes with a deluxe cloth box and a 200-page hardcover photobook diary. She spared no efforts so that fans of “sound” and “color” can feel the heart from music to vision. Jolin, who likes to write a diary, is also looking forward to conveying the concept of “sharing the heart” to the fans. She’s looking forward to the fans’ secrets, feelings and stories about “UGLY BEAUTY” in this diary!

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Jolin reveals December schedule on Facebook and album press conference date at the 2018 AFA before her performance / Jolin dévoile son planning pour décembre sur Facebook et la date de la conférence de presse de l’album aux AFA 2018 avant son passage sur scène

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🇬🇧 Today Jolin revealed in a Facebook update her schedule for December related to UGLY BEAUTY, her upcoming album.

Here are the most important parts:

 “3. December 21st: ugly beauty the first single will be sent to your screen ! ! (Make sure that Internet is fine).

6. A certain month of the year: Signings ? ? ? ? ? ? (maybe, maybe…)”

The bad news is, we’re not getting the title song before December 21st.

The good news for fans living in Taiwan is, it looks like she might hold album signings for UGLY BEAUTY !


Jolin also disclosed the date of UGLY BEAUTY‘s press conference on the red carpet at the 2018 ASIA FASHION AWARD today in Taipei, it will be held in Taipei on December 4th !

UGLY BEAUTY will be released on December 26th.


 Jolin performed 4 upbeat songs today at the 2018 AFA:

Setlist
七上八下 Butterflies in my stomach
I’m not yours
愛無赦 Bravo lover
PLAY我呸 PLAY

Video

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Jolin attends GUCCI store opening and tokuyo press conference in Taipei, talks once again about her upcoming album !

On November 1st, Jolin attended the opening of a GUCCI store in Taipei, her sister was there as well.

Click on the picture below to access the photo album !

Jolin revealed that she will give a more precise release date for the album at the end of November !


Today, Jolin attended tokuyo (massage products’ brand)’s press conference in Taipei.

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She assured that her new album’s music style is very different than the previous one, and said that she does not make albums for the sake of getting awards, she records a period of her life.

At the moment the new album’s release date is still scheduled for the end of the year.

Click on the picture below to access the photo album !

On another note, a referendum on same-sex marriage will be held on November 24th in Taiwan, Jolin is very confident !

 

Jolin attends press conference by Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF), shares info about the new album

Jolin has been invited to be the new ambassador of 家扶基金會 Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) for their campaign 無窮世代計劃 Infinity Generation Plan.

She attended the press conference they held in Taipei today where they premiered a video she’s featured in :

A special page has also been opened: http://www.ccf.org.tw/new/endpoverty/

Jolin also disclosed a bit of information about the new album’s progress:

► Half of the songs have been recorded
► The song she recorded with lyrics written by Ashin from Mayday is very good and should be included in the album
► She’s been stuck lately but is very confident.

News report

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The new album is still scheduled for the end of the year, it was stated by Jolin and her agent Tom Wang today.