Aska Yang

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Aska Yang
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Aska Yang performed at 42nd Golden Bell Awards ceremony in Taipei on 17 November 2007
Chinese name 楊宗緯 (traditional)
Chinese name 杨宗纬 (simplified)
Pinyin Yáng Zōng Wěi (Mandarin)
Origin Republic of China (Taiwan)
Born (1978-04-04) 4 April 1978 (age 36)
Taoyuan, Taiwan, Republic of China
Occupation Singer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Voice type(s) Tenor
Label(s) HIM International Music (2007)
Warner Music Taiwan (2008)
MARS(2010)
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Million Star Gang
Official Website Aska Yang's official website

Aska Yang (traditional Chinese: 楊宗緯; simplified Chinese: 杨宗纬; Hanyu Pinyin: Yáng Zōngwěi; Tongyong Pinyin: Yáng Zong-Wěi) was born on 4 April 1978 in Taoyuan, Taiwan. He is a Taiwanese Mandopop singer. He graduated from the National Changhua University of Education (NCUE), with a major in Guidance & Counseling. During his study at NCUE, he attended singing contests and won some prizes. He is now studying a Master Degree program in the Sports Psychology Department at the National Taiwan Sport University (NTSU).

Music career[edit]

One Million Star (2007)[edit]

Aska Yang debut in Taiwan as a contestant on season one of Taiwanese TV singing contest One Million Star. He sang songs such as "再見我的愛人" (Goodbye My Love), "人質" (Hostage), "背叛" (Betrayal), "新不了情" (New Endless Love).

Nevertheless, the final ten contestants, including Yang, had released two compilation albums, Stars Reunion (星光同學會-超級星光大道10強紀念合輯) and Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (愛.星光精選-昨天 今天 明天) in June and October respectively. He recorded a total of four songs in both albums:

  1. “Because I believe (因為我相信)” – jointly sang with other contestants;
  2. “Betrayal (背叛)” – originally sung by Gary Cao;
  3. “Hostage (人質)” – originally sung by A-mei; and
  4. “Broken Wings (多餘)” – theme song from the movie “Keep Watching (沈睡的青春)”, and it is the first original song of Aska Yang.

Later in the year, he was involved in a tense contract dispute with his manager, Hsu An-chin. Because of the press attention, his name was frequently mentioned in the entertainment news headlines, in a sensational way, throughout the whole year of 2007. For example, he was ranked second in "Person of the Year" by Yahoo!Taiwan[1] and was also listed in a book called "Who’s Who in the ROC, 2007-2008".[2][3]

Debut album & concert (2008)[edit]

After reaching a new agreement with his manager at the end of 2007,[4] his musical career formally started. He released his debut solo album, titled Dove (鴿子), in January 2008, and it became the best-selling album in the first half of the year.[5] The tracks "洋蔥" (Onion), "鴿子" (Dove) and "幸福的風" (Wind of Happiness) are listed at number 1, 5 and 12 respectively on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (Hit-Fm年度百首單曲) for 2008.[6] The track, "鴿子" (Dove) won one of the Top 10 Songs of the Year and "洋蔥" (Onion) won Best Loved Song by Audience at the 2009 HITO Radio Music Awards presented by Taiwanese radio station Hit FM.[7]

His fan base began to expand to other regions like Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.[8] Yang also played his first solo concert in Taipei Arena in May, just four months after the release of his debut album. However, after the solo concert, he was embroiled in conflict with his manager again. The dispute resulted in a sudden pause in his career. In October 2008, Aska Yang formally announced the termination of his contract.

Restart (2009)[edit]

While attempting to resolve the outstanding contract issues by going to court, Aska restarted his music career in early 2009. He held a mini-concert in Taipei on 11 January and also began participating in other performance events, such as TV shows, concerts and musical plays. Outside the entertainment business, he enters the Graduate Institute of Physical Education of National Taiwan Sport University to study for a master's degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Discographies[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

# Album Info Track listing Bonus DVD
1st Dove (鴿子) (CD)[9]
Dove (Commemorate Edition) (CD+DVD)[10]
  1. "讓" (Give Way)
  2. "幸福的風" (Wind of Happiness)
  3. "鴿子" (Dove)
  4. "洋蔥" (Onion)
  5. "重來好不好" (Way back into love)
  6. "One Day"
  7. "誰會改變我" (Who will Change Me)
  8. "存愛" (Save love)
  9. "對愛渴望" (Thirsty for love)
  10. "回憶沙漠" (Recall the Desert)
  11. "你看" (You See)
Dove (Commemorate Edition)
  1. "鴿子" (Dove) MV
  2. "讓" (Give Way) MV
  3. "洋蔥" (Onion) MV
  4. "幸福的風" (Wind of Happiness) MV
  5. "對愛渴望" (Thirsty for love) MV
2nd Pure (原色) (CD)[11]
  1. "底細" (True Love)
  2. "懷珠" (Precious Pearl)
  3. "光影" (Light In The Shadow)
  4. "被遺忘的" (The Forgotten)
  5. "時間神偷" (Thief Of Time)
  6. "饞" (Greed)
  7. "因為單身的緣故" (Because I’m Single)
  8. "前戲" (Prelude)
  9. "唱錯歌詞" (Wrong Lyrics)
  10. "蠻荒情場" (Love Jungle)

Bonus Track

  1. "那個男人" (That Man)
  1. 懷珠 (Precious Pearl) Official MV[12]
  2. 被遺忘的 (The Forgotten) Official MV[13]
  3. 那個男人 (That Man)Official MV[14]
3rd First Love (初愛) (CD)[15]
  1. "其實都沒有" (Nothing At All)
  2. "忘了我" (Forget Me)
  3. "想對你說" (I Wanna Say To You)
  4. "低迴" (Whisper)
  5. "初愛" (First Love)
  6. "沒有什麼不能" (Nothing Is Impossible)
  7. "無邪" (Innocent)
  8. "無常" (Impermanence)
  9. "出走" (Walking Out)
  10. "這一路走來" (Along The Way)
  1. 其實都沒有 (Nothing At All) Official MV[16]
  2. 忘了我 (Forget Me) Official MV[17]
  3. 想對你說 (I Wanna Say To You)Official MV[18]
  4. 這一路走來 (Along The Way)Official MV[19]

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Earliest Release Date Record Label
Star Reunion (星光同學會-超級星光大道10強紀念合輯) 29-Jun-2007 HIM International Music
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow(星光幫 / 愛.星光精選-昨天 今天 明天) 05-Oct-2007 HIM International Music
Indigo Blue From Nan (青出于楠)Duet by : Cong Hao Nan & Aska Yang / Single: My Sun 17-May-2009 Hua Yi Brothers
Love Destiny (愛情自有天意)Qi Wei & Aska Yang, TV series "Love Destiny" theme song duet [20] 23-Jan-2013 Ocean Butterfly Music
Song Not Yet Ended (歌未央)Showcases beauty of Taiwan to promote tourism in Taiwan, selected by TSTA [21] 05-Aug-2013 TH Entertainment

Live albums[edit]

Title Earliest Release Date Track Listing Record Label
Star! Start! Aska Yang Live Concert (Star! Start! 星空傳奇 Live Concert ) 15-Aug-2008 Warner Music Taiwan

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2008:Hito Pop Music Award~ - Aska Yang along with The Million Star Gang won the 「Hito Best New Artists Award」With the 「Million Star Reunion 10 Finalist Special Album」
  • 2008:Hito Pop Music Award - Aska Yang along with The Million Star Gang won the {Best New Artist Award}
  • 2008:5th Annual SuperStar Singers Award~ Aska Yang won { Best New Artist Award}
  • 2008:Singapore Golden Melody Award - Aska Yang won 5 awards including: 「Outstanding New Artist Award」、「Best Male Singer Award」、「Most Popolar New Artist Award」、「Y.E.S 933 Longest Chart Holder Song《Onion》」、「Y.E.S 933 Number # 1 on Top Ten Most Popular Song Chart 《Onion》」
  • 2009: Singapore Entertainment Awards - Aska Yang won 3 awards : Regional Newcomer of the Year Media Award ; Most Popular Regional Newcomer ; Radio 100.3 Most Popular Song ~ Onion
  • 2009: Hito Radio Pop Music Award - 「 2008 Best Top 10 Madarin Songs(05)- Aska Yang (Dove) 」、「 2008 Fan's Choice Award - Aska Yang(Onion)」
  • 2009: 2nd Annual Kiss Apple Top 10 Love Songs Award, won with《Onion》
  • 2010: CCTV<M! Countdown > Universal Pop Music Festival In LuoYang City - HK/TW 2010 Media’s Most Favorite Upcoming Singer’s Award
  • 2011: Elle 20th Anniversary People's Award~ The Greater Chinese Internet Most Favorite Male Artist Of The Year
  • 2011: Beijing Fourth Annual MNSSE Music Billboard Award - Best Album Of The Year: PURE
  • 2011: Third Annual Yahoo! Award『Most Favorite Male Artist Of The Year 』

Major concerts[edit]

Date Title Venue Track listing
29 December 2007 Million Star Gang Joint Concert
星光幫之老師同學會演唱會
National Taiwan University Sports Center
17 May 2008 Aska Yang Star!Start!Live Concert
楊宗緯星空傳奇演唱會
Taipei Arena
21 December 2008 X'mas with Aska Yang The Arkhub@kallang Community Club (Singapore)
11 January 2009 2009 Taipei Mini Concert
楊宗緯不墜演唱會
Riverside Live House
3 April 2010 One Million Star Concert Pearl Concret Theater, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
17 and 18 June 2011[22] Aska's Ego Reflection Live Concert
楊宗緯『宗於自我』音樂會
Legacy Taipei, Taiwan
26, 27 and 28 Aug. 2011[23] Aska's Pure Live Concert
楊宗緯『原色』音樂會
Legacy Taipei, Taiwan

Endorsements[edit]

The Magic School spokesman
Charity
  • 2007.9 : Voice of Taipei (Hit FM) Celebrity hand-painted Signature Net Cap Auction : Aska Yang’s fans club won the highest bidding and raised NT $ 200,000. The money was given to the Chinese Children Home and Shelter Association.
  • 2007.9 : Aska Yang’s fans club donated the net cap to the Taipei Women Rescue Foundation (TWRF) for a live auction in the 20th anniversary of Appreciation Reception. The former chairman of TWRF, attorney Ying-Chi Liao, won the final bid of 300,000 NT dollars, and returned this monumental net cap back to Yang.
  • 2007.9.15 : Aska Yang then offered the cap to National Changhua University of Education for collection. With Yang and his fans' help, TWRF raised a total of 1,290,136 NT dollars, on the day of the Anniversary Appreciation Reception.
  • 2007-09-15 : Spokesman of Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation
  • 2007  : Spokesman of The Magic School[24]
  • 2008-01-18 : Spokesman of the Public Traffic Safety Film Contest Sponsored by PBS Television in conjunction with Ho-Tai Automobile Manufacture.
  • 2008-02-20 : Spokesman of Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation Charity Movie Premiere "Persepolis[25]".
  • 2008-05-17 : Star! Start! Solo Debut Concert at the Taipei Arena : Aska Yang donated his entire income to the victims of the Sichuan earth quake in China.
  • 2008-06-21 : Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation~ 10 years celebration of the Domestic Violence Legislation Act.
  • 2008-10-06 : Aska Yang donated NT$500,000 to the ChuangHua Teacher’s University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
  • 2009-01-23 : Aska Yang donated a “ Love” necklace for the 【Go! Love】 Celebrity Auction event. His necklace raised NT$120,900.
  • 2009-07-27~2009-08-05 : Taiwan Redcross fundraiser for low income children~ Aska Yang’s hand print signature card raised NT$147,532.
  • 2009-08-14 : CTV 「Spread the Love -88 Flood Victims Fundraiser Event」~ Aska Yang and his fans clubs donated NT$1,000,000.00
  • 2009-08-15~2009-08-16 : Taiwan World’s Vision Foundation~ 20th annual Hunger 30hours Fundraiser Event ~ Aska Yang and his fans club donated NT $500,000.
Commercial
  • 2007 Uni-President Cup Triathlon Championship TV advertisement
  • 2007 EZPeer TOGO MP4 player
  • 2008 Pearly Gates~Japanese Golf Designer Name Brand
  • 2008 Spokesman of 2008 Taiwan National Intercollegiate Athletic Games

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2007年度十大新聞人物 第二名楊宗緯" (in Chinese). Yahoo News. 2007-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Who’s Who’ mentions 3,500 Taiwan celebrities". The China Post. 2007-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Tennis star, singer make Taiwan's Who's Who list". Taipei Times. 2007-08-21. 
  4. ^ "婦援會居中協調~楊宗緯與許安進達成和解 簽訂新約!" (in Chinese). ETtoday. 2007-11-05. 
  5. ^ "Jam Hsiao and Aska Yang defeat Yoga Lin on G-music billboard". Yahoo!Singapore News. 2009-01-27. [dead link]
  6. ^ (Chinese) HITO Radio Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart- 2008 (#1 to 50) Retrieved 2011-05-20
  7. ^ (Chinese) HITO Radio 2009 HITO Radio Music Awards winners list 15 June 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-25
  8. ^ "Fans simply love rugged Aska". The Star Online. 2008-04-03. 
  9. ^ Yesasia.com Dove album info 16 January 2008. Retrieved 2011-04-26
  10. ^ (Chinese) Warner Music Taiwan Dove (Commemorate Edition) (CD+DVD) album info 16 January 2008. Retrieved 2011-04-26
  11. ^ Yesasia.com Pure album info 26 August 2011
  12. ^ Universal Taiwan "懷珠" Precious Pearl official MV
  13. ^ Universal Taiwan "被遺忘的" The Forgotten official MV
  14. ^ Universal Taiwan "那個男人" That Man official MV
  15. ^ ChinaDaily.com.cn [1] First Love album info] 29 March 2013
  16. ^ Universal Taiwan "其實都沒有" Nothing At All official MV
  17. ^ Universal Taiwan "忘了我" Forget Me official MV
  18. ^ Universal Taiwan "想對你說" I Wanna Say To You official MV
  19. ^ Universal Taiwan "這一路走來" Along The Way official MV
  20. ^ Ocean Butterfly Music "愛情自有天意" Love Destiny Official MV
  21. ^ TH Entertainment "歌未央" Song Not Yet Ended MV
  22. ^ (Chinese) Legacy Taipei Aska's Ego Reflection Live Concert 17 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-22
  23. ^ (Chinese) Legacy Taipei Aska's PURE Live Concert 26 Aug. 2011.
  24. ^ "這一天,孩子不哭 - 楊宗緯的老師夢" (in Chinese). 張老師月刊. 2008-05-26. 
  25. ^ 台譯苿莉人生

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