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Full press conference
Today a press conference was held in Taipei for Jolin’s upcoming album, UGLY BEAUTY.
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Jolin introduced a teaser for the album, and the 4 covers of Weird Beauty pre-order version as well
[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
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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