She declared there that she has been very busy with the new album’s promotion, she’s tired and caught a cold as well. As a consequence, she intends to get rest for 2 weeks at the end of January. She will celebrate Chinese New Year (February 5th) with her mom in Taipei.
Jolin hopes to shoot all MVs this year and also start the new tour before the end of 2019.
徐熙娣 Dee Hsu (aka 小S Xiao S) will appear in 紅衣女孩 Lady In Red MV ! She declared: “I’m under pressure !” And added: “Actually, I regret a bit taking this role, for this work, I am now starting to eat hard-boiled eggs !” She keeps asking her staff: “How do I look ?”, and after listening to everyone’s praise, her confidence comes back: “The old lady is fighting !”
Jolin’s agent, Tom Wang, stated: “Thank you for your concern. Xiao S has always been an artist that Jolin likes very much. We are also looking forward to great work happening!”
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 !
*“Standard Chartered Taipei Charity Marathon” is the biggest and the most visually-impaired (VI) runners participated marathon in Taiwan. The major difference which sets Standard Chartered Taipei Charity Marathon apart from others is its good cause of visually impaired caring. For the past 6 years, Standard Chartered Bank has cumulatively donated NT$60 million through the race event and found job placements for around 500 visually impaired in Taiwan. The theme of 2019 is “Be Fearless”. Text from https://scbmarathon.com/
A couple of days ago, Jolin posted these pictures on Weibo, revealing her style for 腦公 Hubby MV !
A picture of her with Chinese actor Zheng Kai* also surfaced on Weibo, looks like he will be the “Hubby” ?
腦公 Hubby will be the third music video of UGLY BEAUTY. Its director is Jeff Chang (特務 J Agent J MV, 電話皇后 Phony Queen MV).
*Zheng Kai, also known as Ryan Zheng, is a Chinese actor and television personality. He graduated from Shanghai Theatre Academy Performance Institute in 2008. Zheng is best known for being a cast member in the variety show Keep Running. He is also known for starring in films So Young, My Lucky Star, Personal Tailor and Ex-Files. Text from Wikipedia.
Jolin has been interviewed yesterday by UFO radio.
She stated that 7 MVs are scheduled at the moment: 玫瑰少年 Womxnly, 你也有今天 KARMA (choreography scheduled, script is being written), 甜祕密 Sweet Guilty Pleasure (already filmed), 如果我沒有傷口 Vulnerability, 腦公 Hubby (already filmed), 消極掰 Life Sucks, and 惡之必要 Necessary Evil.
Nothing yet for 紅衣女孩 Lady In Red, 愛的羅曼死 Romance, and 你睡醒再看 Shadow Self…
UGLY BEAUTY‘s 2nd music video will be 甜祕密 Sweet Guilty Pleasure, and the 3rd one will be 腦公 Hubby !
Jolin’s dog Whoohoo also celebrated his 11th birthday on set !
There is no information at the moment about the MV director or its release date.
Jolin recently gave an interview for her new album UGLY BEAUTY, here’s a summary:
► About 惡之必要 Necessary Evil “Everyone should face their emotions. 惡之必要 Necessary Evil is the summary of UGLY BEAUTY. Nothing is absolutely good or bad, but there is a bit of horror to face what you are afraid of, so there is a terrible atmosphere in the arrangement. I tell you: be ready to go down to the dark and see yourself.”
► Jolin has been keeping a diary for 2 years “When I feel distressed, I talk to myself by writing a diary. I think it is a good and safe place to vent, because I don’t need to be afraid of others misunderstanding me.”
► About 玫瑰少年 Womxnly, her commitment for the LGBT community, and marriage equality in album 呸 PLAY “I feel that freedom of the body is a right, everyone needs to give space and choice to anyone. Girls do not have to be feminine, boys do not have to be masculine. […] And PLAY World Tour video about Rose Boy (Yeh Yung Chih) left a deep impression on me.”
► About her favorite photoshoot for the album 消極掰 Life Sucks (the one with the blue dress from the limited edition) for its wide range of expressions.
► About feedbacks on UGLY BEAUTY “I am actually only curious about feedbacks on 惡之必要 Necessary Evil, because I like it very much, I think it is very fresh, it is darker, and it is different from everyone’s impression of me […]. I like to scare everyone (laughs).”
► About UGLY BEAUTY MVs “I hope that every song will get a music video. Because that’s the direction I’m going for when I’m searching for lyrics. When I see the lyrics, there is a picture in my mind, I will want to materialize them.”
► About the new Tour “I haven’t thought of the script yet, but I believe that I should be able to play different things. It should be more visually stimulating than PLAY World Tour.”
► About 甜祕密 Sweet Guilty Pleasure “I am very selfish, I want both.” (A partner with beautiful body and soul)
► About 腦公 Hubby “My image of my husband is that I can be myself in front of him regardless of how I look.”
► About cakes “To be honest, I haven’t made a cake in a year and a half, just to make the album”.
► About UGLY BEAUTY “I’ll give this album 100 points of course, because I committed myself fully to it, and in all honesty I have done my best”.
► About retirement “I think that this day will come sooner or later, there is just no way to predict when. But I believe that even if I don’t sing in front of an audience, I will still like to sing in private, but not for a living.”
🇬🇧 Yesterday Jolin held a listening session in Taipei for media and 10 lucky fans. They were able to listen to 6 songs off the album: 惡之必要 Necessary Evil, 怪美的 Ugly Beauty, 玫瑰少年 Womxnly, 如果我沒有傷口 Vulnerability, 腦公 Hubby, and 甜秘密 Sweet Guilty Pleasure.
What fans have to say: Jolin’s voice is very low, the song is very depressing. Its style is even more “special” than 怪美的 Ugly Beauty’s. Described as “hardcore hip-hop”. It’s about the inner dark side and intends to tell the reason why a girl becomes “evil”…
What Jolin has to say: This is a style never seen before in her discography. After all the criticism on her performance at the Golden Horse Awards, Jolin chatted once about it and about women with novelist Li Weijing. After apologizing for this performance, she received love from everyone. The evil woman is not the one who wants to use violence and shoot with a gun. She may be emotionally traumatized and explore her fragile side, just like the villain of a fairytale. This song summarizes in a condensed way the content of the whole album. It is a way to go to her own dark side and face the most vulnerable one. “I want to say that I am evil, I am here”, “Who is the evil girl”, “I am so cold, so I am beautiful”
怪美的 Ugly Beauty (we already know that one).
Lyrics: Ashin from Mayday / Jolin – Music: Razor Chiang
What fans have to say: the lyrics are comforting after Taiwan’s referendums results (Taiwan said “no” to marriage equality). EDM, sad melody.
What Jolin has to say: she hopes to use this song to let everyone discover and learn to respect people who are different. It’s a mix between a mid-tempo and an uptempo. Jolin started to write the lyrics and asked Ashin to fill up the blanks. It was so well-written that Jolin said to him “I felt illiterate reading your words”. The song is about learning to love our body and respect it, and also respect others’ bodies. “You are not guilty”, “The world is guilty”, “Which rose will have no thorns” “The best revenge is beautiful” and “The most beautiful thing is to start counterattack”.
What fans have to say: A love song never heard in Jolin’s discography. Ballad blending blues and gospel. The chorus is very moving. It’s about arming yourself in love and accept yourself.
What Jolin has to say: The more you’re in love, the more you lose courage, and you are easily hurt. Jolin’s love song is a way to make yourself comfortable, instead of taking someone else’s song to become someone else. “When you are strong and praised by everyone” “Is it enough to be your opponent?”
Lyrics: Li Ruo Jun
What fans have to say: A song that explores desire, and a young woman’s heart. A very lively song, similar to You Gotta Know. Cute pop-rock song.
What Jolin has to say: The idea for the song came from Korean dramas and love movies. When she watches them, Jolin wants to replace the female lead’s face by hers. She’s still looking forward to finding her “other half”, but she doesn’t feel lonely when she’s alone at home: “It is a kind of happiness to be able to get along with yourself.” Jolin wants to replace 今天你要嫁給我 Marry me today with this song and create a choreography for it. “I want to call you a hubby hubby” “Every minute, every second, hubby, hubby, hubby” “My hubby opens my mind”.
甜秘密 Sweet Guilty Pleasure
Lyrics: A Di Zai – Music: Jolin / Olof Maarten Lindskog / Hayley Michelle Aitken / Johan Per Konrad Moraeus
What fans have to say: EDM. Explores desire, it’s a straightforward sex song, no innuendos. Pastry is also used as a metaphor for sex. A suitable background music to make love !
What Jolin has to say: Jolin values every part of the body, so she couldn’t ignore the “sex” part. “How long have you not looked at the mirror, have you touched your body, and found out where you like to be touched?” “Everyone feels desire, it’s not unusual, it’s not shameful, I’m almost 40 years-old !”
Jolin also revealed that she didn’t want to release a physical version for this album. Sony Music Taiwan advised her to do so, by telling her that she was still very beautiful and could still sell physical CDs.
Jolin stated several times this past year that she couldn’t see the appeal of CDs anymore, she doesn’t even have herself a CD player at home.