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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Simple Plan. Jet Lag plan.

what will american/canadian or any high profile bands from the west(after few albums out)do in planning their comeback, when the oceans now seems like filled with spunky new school of fishes in the sea?

They, either hit them all head strong,spent all the money with fancy producers or glossy music video? or put a new style,trying to look young and still arousing to the younger demographic? trying to claim back the throne or come out with a new album for a world tour-to a new territories that never had intentions to stop by during other previous albums?(Asians seem still hungry for everything blondie and blue eyes right?)

In Simple Plan case,i really love their mgmt plan to do an album, worldwide tour and release a single with collaborations from artistes from different continents. Their single "jet lag" not only features few collaborators that will hit different language territories. They selected french, mandarin, and bahasa. Aiming countries that will pickup the singles as radio play.

The original english version of the single feature collaboration with Natasha Bedingfield for north american and other english speaking territories. They group release glossy music video to acompany the ear catchy duet song, that talk about the longing feelings of two lovers in long distance relationship.

For French speaking countries, the group collaborate with French Canadian rock chick Marie Mae, French Star Academy 2nd runner up.The bilingual single featured Simple Plan with english and french language lyrics with the same theme. Actually i prefer this french-english version than the english version :) . The initial video were shot at the same location as the original english version.

For bahasa speaking countries that will hit brunei,singapore, indonesia and malaysia, the group collaborate with indonesian rock group "kotak" . Tantri, the female lead vocalist of the band were choosen among many other singers in the region. The video were shot with the same theme, this time Tantri decided to add a cheerful colour to the longing song :)

For chinese speaking countries, the band selected "kelly Cha" radio host/singer from China to do the honour to the "jet lag" song.

Somehow not all singers from other continents have the honour to record a single with the official music video, for example Vanessa Amerossi from Australia although was selected to perform with the band during the tour in Australia only have the honour to perform with the band on stage.

Although the band latest album "get your heart on!" debut at #52 with 9,000 copies sold, they certainly has the collaborations has certainly place the band right back on the chart elsewhere. Enough to be notice by new fans and remembered by their existing fans.

Simple Plan is now out with their latest single "Astronaut" :)

Official Website: http://www.simpleplan.com/

Monday, January 9, 2012

The new stylish Anggun

Anggun is definitely still one of my favourite asian singer so far. Back in the days, during the released of her album "snow on the sahara", and "chrysalis" i always wanted to see her in better clothes and better stage presentation. Cause during that phase, her live stage performance usually her and microphone, or maybe sometimes, in additional to the live band, a piano for her solo acoustic songs.

Realising its hopeless, to have a high hopes to see her shedding her comfortable image at that time, to the extend i remember in one of her press interview she quoted saying that she wouldn't be suitable performing her song with  group of dancers cause she belief that wouldn't add substance to her song.

For clothes, During the past two album its normal seeing her wearing same clothes in two or three occasion,"simple" is her theme at that time, Anggun started to experiment with beautiful designers clothes after the release of "luminescence". She started to wear designers clothes,shoe and accessories not only in her music videos but also during live performance and concerts.

I attended her concert in KL during her promo showcase for "Elevation" when the audience doesnt not only anticipate her vocal and stage performance, but also wanting to see what she's gonna wear on stage. True enough during that showcase in Hotel Istana she came up on stage as stylista with a microphone and a live band behind her.

Anggun transformation as an international performer now has almost complete, european and asian market has embrace her,her album sold millions within asia and europe. Last year, She has been elected to represent France for Eurovision Song contest in 2012.A rare honour for Indonesian born, French citizen like her. Although she still may just be known in America to only selected adoring fans who happened to noticed her talent, it will be a matter of time, with the right album for Anggun to make her second try after "snow on the sahara" to be accepted in the north american music scene. Check out the two video below and watch the transformation of Anggun :)

Anggun performing "la neige Au Sahara" on live stage in 1998.

Anggun performance "la neige Au sahara" on live stage in 2011.

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