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Taiwan's Mavis Fan Follows Her Own Yellow Brick Road [Aug. 24th, 2011|01:30 pm]
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While my recent trip to Taiwan could only be described as a crash-course in the country's music sector, I had had the pleasure to see Fan Xiaoxuan, aka Mavis Fan, perform a year earlier at MIDEM with her band 100%. I immediately became a fan of the "Little Witch of Music" for her ability to straddle pop and rock influences and spot-on vocals into a seamless high-energy sounds.
Mavis has come a long way though and climbed many hurdles to arrive where she is today. Thrust into fame in the mid-90s as a "sweet girl" pop star for the children's market, her records sold over a million copies each, maker her an idol for an entire generation of children. But as happens with so many young pop star, she faced a crisis of following her typecast role or venturing off to follow her own voice. Luckily for us, this Dorothyesque singer chose to chart her own unique (and some times muddy) path down the yellow brick road as you'll see from this video.
By Eric de Fontenay
Read more at http://china.musicdish.com/

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Pet Conspiracy 2011 Summer World Tour - China, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia [Aug. 21st, 2011|06:29 pm]
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Beijing electro-punk quartet Pet Conspiracy (宠物同谋) are in in the middle of their 2011 Summer Tour, having just performed at Singapore's Baybeats Music Festival. The worldwide month-long tour kicked off on Aug. 8th in Qingdao, China at the the Ark Beach Music Festival, followed by performances at the Lethargy Festival and Rote Frabrik on August 12-13 in Zurich, Switzerland. The schlock and dance punk band will then jet off for a gig at The Annexe Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, followed by closing concerts back in China at Hangzhou's Code Space and Shanghai's Himalaya Festival (August 27-28 respectively).
Pet Conspiracy recently released their latest full-length album Chongwu Tongmou (宠物同谋). The quartet (Huzi, Edo, Mary & Fiona) first introduced the band's new sound to Beijing fans at Tango 3F (formerly Starlive) on June 4th and in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena's Muse Mixing Room on June 25th. Online Chinese video network Niurenku created a short video expose maching clips from their Beijing release party and the music video to their single "Beyond."
http://china.musicdish.com/

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Fix You - Music Matters for Japan [Aug. 18th, 2011|12:21 pm]
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Not many people can forget March 11, 2011, when an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck off the east coast of Japan, creating a tsunami which caused massive devastation and loss of life. But In the worst of times, the best of humanity often makes an appearance. This was definitely the case when, during the 6th annual Music Matters conference/festival which was held in Singapore in May, 49 artists from 18 countries came together to give of themselves to raise funds for relief efforts. In just 36 hours, a song for Japan was conceptualized and completed from start to finish. All proceeds from the track, their rendition of Coldplay's "Fix You," featuring an all-star ensemble, has now been released globally, directly benefiting the Japanese Red Cross & Peace Boat.
The video is a strong reminder to us all than man is at his best when nature is at its worst, and that hope, love, and goodwill cannot be shattered. Individuals can donate directly at http://www.jrc.or.jp/eq-japan2011/
or http://peaceboat.jp/relief/

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MusicDish*China Launches Music Video Competition For Chinese Bands [Aug. 5th, 2011|03:24 pm]
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MusicDish*China announced the launch of a new music video competition for independent Chinese artists and bands. Open to bands from the mainland, Hong Kong/Macau as well as Taiwan and Singapore, the competition will offer them the opportunity to have their videos promoted on the MusicDishTV platform as well as by Chinese music portal Sohu (http://tv.sohu.com/music/). Bands can enter the competition at http://china.musicdish.com/musicdishtv/
"I originally launched MusicDish*China after having been exposed to the vibrant indie music scene in China, particularly Beijing," said MusicDish*CHina founder Eric de Fontenay. "Now we have an opportunity to share the best of that talent with music fans across the world with this competition."
Running between August 2-24, four winning music videos will be selected for online promotion campaign through MusicDishTV, which has promoted over 300 music videos through video sharing platforms, social networks, web communities and blogs, as well as featured and promoted on Sohu's music video portal.

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"Ocean Midi Festival 2011" Coming Soon! [Aug. 2nd, 2011|06:13 pm]
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China's No.1 outdoor music festival Midi Festival continues to spread music and dreams across the nation. From August 4th to 7th, the Ocean Midi Festival will be held at the Olympic Water Park in Rizhao, Shandong Province! Midi is touring in Beijing, Shanghai, Rizhao and Zhenjiang this year - this frequency has broken the record amongst any music festival brand in China!
The upcoming Ocean Midi Festival has not only invited such leading characters in China's rock world as Cui Jian, He Yong and Tangchao; it will also feature some of China's hottest new bands like Miserable Faith, Brain Failure and Twisted Machine. In addition, the reknowned 2008 Mercury Prize nominee British Sea Power will also rock the Midi on August 5th. Meanwhile, some famous Chinese folk singers including Zhang Weiwei, Guo Long, Chuan Zi, Zhou Yunpeng, Hao Yun as well as bands from Hongkong and Taiwan will also join the stage.
Apart from the rock stages, this Ocean Midi Festival will also set up an e-stage! Midi Festival is the first music festival in China to ever include an electronic music stage. This year, more than 30 artists from the best electro bands in Beijing and Shanghai will gather at Midi. Techno, House, Drum &Bass, Funky, Electro, Dubstep... The various styles demonstrate the fast development of China's local musicians and predict the explosion as a trend of electronic music in China.

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Nippon Columbia Releases The Complete Theme Songs Of The Super Sentai Series Collection [Aug. 2nd, 2011|05:00 pm]
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Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd. announces the worldwide release of “SUPER SENTAI SERIES Theme Songs Collection” Volumes 1 - 7, available everywhere digitally July 20th. All seven albums contain the opening and ending theme songs from the complete “35 Super Sentai Series,” and follow up the release of “Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger” in early March.
“Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger” and these seven new releases were, like much of Nippon Columbia’s children oriented content, being illegally downloaded in Japan, overseas, and by users of free internet-based video sharing services. Nippon Columbia has battled this issue by digitally distributing the content worldwide, first beginning with the “Super Sentai Series” theme songs, and now expanding to include the “SUPER SENTAI SERIES Theme Songs Collection” Volumes 1 – 7.
In 1975 “Himitsu Sentai Gorenger” was introduced to television as a superhero after the smash hit “Kamen Rider.” Since then, Super Sentai has broadcasted a new series every year, with the exception of “Gorenger” which was broadcasted for two years. Each series featured multiple heroes, clad in colorful uniforms, who fight to create justice and defeat the enemies.
The“Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger” series saw its last broadcast in 2011 and commemorated the 35th anniversary of the Super Sentai Series. This global release of all seven albums is dedicated to Super Sentai fans all over the world.
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Chinese Songwriters Are Mad and They Ain't Going To Take It Anymore [Jul. 22nd, 2011|03:21 pm]
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A fair amount of fuss was made regarding Music Copyright Society of China's (MCSC) announcement that it had reached an licensing agreement with Baidu, China's top online infringer of copyrights. MCSC even announced that they had received their first royalty payment from China's largest search engine (Yes, Baidu is like merging Google with the old Napster). Finally, a major breakthrough that should please everyone, especially Chinese songwriters, right?
Not quite. On the same day MCSC made their announcement, famous chinese songwriter and producer Xiaosong Gao posted an open letter on his sina blog titled "A letter to my colleagues of the Chinese Songwriters Copyright Alliance." He was joined by several songwriters such as Xiao Ke and Yadong Zhang in launching the Chinese Songwriters Copyright Alliance (CSCA) a couple of days earlier to fight the egregious copyright infringement by Baidu and negotiate on behalf of songwriters not represented by MCSC. Within days, CSCA soon attracted hundreds of new members.
Xiaosong Gao established MaiTian Music, which used to be China's largest record label, and now lives in the Los Angeles where he works in film and music sector. He also served as Director of Entertainment for SOHU.com, one of the most popular portals in China. So Gao certainly has a stake in what happens in China on the copyright front, the credibility to speak out and understanding of China's online market.
By Eric de Fontenay
this article was co-written with Xingyue Peng

Read more at http://mi2nmusicpr.livejournal.com/50565.html

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MusicDish*China Brings Rock Band Pale To Chinese Social Media [Jul. 19th, 2011|11:57 am]
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The media was abuzz last week with news of Radiohead's entry into China's social media universe on the very popular Twitter-like site weibo. But they are not the only band making the plunge into Chinese SMS. Houston-based rock band Pale recently started building their brand in China through MusicDish*China.
"As a result of the Chinese government blocking most western social media sites, often referred to as the Great Firewall, western bands have absolutely no presence in China, no way to build a fanbase in the world's largest music market," said MusicDish founder Eric de Fontenay. "You literally need to go to them and, for independent bands not fortunate enough to share in Radiohead's fame, start from scratch building that fanbase. And just as in the West, DIY music marketing starts with social media."
MusicDish launched Pale's digital entry into China with a premiere of their extended music video "Catastrophic Skies" on Mogo, the largest original music video platform in China. MusicDish started by focusing on douban, China's main music sites where they have a label page, and weibo which they use to interact with their growing fanbase. In addition to their douban artist page where fans can read their bio and updates in Chinese as well as songs and videos from their album, MusicDish also recently set them up with on Taiwan and Hong Kong's major platforms for indie music, Indievox and Alive Not Dead respectively.
http://site.douban.com/pale/
http://weibo.com/paleinchina
http://blog.sina.com.cn/paleinchina
http://www.indievox.com/pale
http://www.alivenotdead.com/PaleinChina
http://china.musicdish.com

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Rock Band IO - Making The Leap From Canada To Taiwan [Jul. 7th, 2011|03:42 pm]
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I had the opportunity to sit down with the members of IO, a Taiwan indie band originally formed in Vancouver, Canada. The band relocated to Taiwan because it is "the launchpad for music in China and central focus of Chinese media."
IO admits that, "Musically speaking, the culture in Taiwan is very different. The way we speak, the content that we speak of, and the way we express ourselves onstage is very different than the way we'd do it in Vancouver. But our music is a merging of the Canadian and Taiwanese styles. When you perform in Vancouver, they clap for you no matter what - it's all about how well you sing and play. The way Chinese people look at music is less about the sound and more about how the content affects that body and emotions. You must connect with them with your message. The fans are much more demanding in Taiwan, which keeps us thinking and strategizing more for the crowd."
"We used to write songs that we thought was cool, but now we write more things that our fans can identify with, and then begin incorporating other elements that we like. Our goal is to bring more of the Vancouver sound to the people here in Taiwan, and we hope that it will one day be cool here too." IO is also keeping an eye on the pop scene in Malaysia, which is still playing mostly 90's pop.
By Eric De Fontenay
Read More at http://china.musicdish.com/

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PlanetRox Hong Kong China FINAL [Jun. 30th, 2011|03:26 pm]
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We are delighted to announce that these FIVE bands are now in the finals of Planetrox China:
Shotgun Politics
Noughts and Exes
Retox'D
Eli
The3Think
ONE of these five bands will win this “once in a lifetime” opportunity to fly to Quebec, Canada in September 2011 to participate in Envol et Macadam Alternative Music festival. This festival has been running for over 15 years and in 2011, some of the headlining acts including Rise Against and Flogging Molly.
PlanetRox China Final 2011
Saturday 9th July 2011
Backstage, 1/F., 52-54 Wellington st. Central
10pm – 1am
HK$120 (including one beer)
Special guests: F.B.I.
More information, please view the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111308065620217&view=wall

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