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G.E.M.
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G.E.M. performing during the X.X.X. Live Tour, January 2015
Background information
Chinese name鄧紫棋 (traditional)
Chinese name邓紫棋 (simplified)
PinyinDèng Zǐqí (Mandarin)
JyutpingDang6 Ji2 Kei4 (Cantonese)
BornTang Sze-wing
(1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 27)
Shanghai, China
Other namesGloria Tang
OccupationSinger, songwriter, actress
Years active2000–present
NationalityHong Kong
Genre(s)MandoPop, R&B, rock, Cantopop
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, piano, drum
Voice type(s)Mezzo-soprano
Label(s)Hummingbird (2008-present), Forward (2008-2012), Sony (2014-2019), TVB (2019-present), Voice Entertainment (2019-present)
Manager(s)Hummingbird (2008-present), TVB (2019-present), Voice Entertainment (2019-present)
Websitegeteverybodymoving.com

Gloria Tang Tsz-kei (simplified Chinese: 邓紫棋; traditional Chinese: 鄧紫棋; pinyin: Dèng Zǐqí; Jyutping: Dang6 Zi2 Kei4; born 16 August 1991), also known by her stage name G.E.M. (an abbreviation of Get Everybody Moving),[1] is a Chinese singer-songwriter and actress, widely known for her vocal range and stage presence. She made her debut in the Hong Kong music scene with the release of her self-titled EP G.E.M. in 2008. This was followed by the release of 2009's 18..., 2010's MySecret and 2012's Xposed, which won the Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award for the Best Sales Local Female Vocalist.[2] Her 2nd-place finish in the 2014 edition of Chinese singing competition program I Am a Singer gained her immense fame and popularity in Greater China in addition to her native Hong Kong.[1] In the same year, she won a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Asian Act. In 2015, she released the critically acclaimed Mandopop album Heartbeat, and was ranked 11th on the Forbes China Celebrity 100. In 2016, she became the only Asian artist featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30.[3]

Life and career[edit]

1991–2008: Early years and career beginnings[edit]

G.E.M. was born in Shanghai, China, and moved to Hong Kong at the age of four.[4] She grew up with a musical background; her mother is an alumnae from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, her grandmother wch, her grandfather was a saxophonist, and her uncle was a violinist. G.E.M. started to write songs at the age of thirteen. She featured in a performance on Hong Kongelevision (Hong Kong)|Educational Television]] at the age of seven.[5][6] She achieved ABRSM's piano grade 8 at the age of thirteen.[7]

In 2006, G.E.M. won the champion in the singing competition titled Spice It Up, and caught the attention of Chang Tan, who offered her a recording deal with Hummingbird Music. She then became a professional singer at the age of 16. She graduated from Heep Woh Primary School and True Light Girls' College with a score of 21 points in HKCEE.[8] In 2008, she attended Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, but dropped out in 2009 due to her decision to focus on her singing career.

2009–2010: G.E.M., 18..., and My Secret[edit]

G.E.M. performing during the X.X.X. Live Tour in Hong Kong, January 2015

In October 2008, G.E.M. released her debut self-titled EP G.E.M. which included two Mandarin songs and three Cantonese songs. She won a series of awards for the album, and was dubbed "Girl with Giant Lungs" and "Young Diva with Giant Lungs" for her vocal range.[9] In May 2009, G.E.M. traveled to Los Angeles to record her first studio album, 18..., which was released in October 2009. In November 2009, she held her first concert 18 Live Concert at Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre, and the concert featured special guests including Jan Lamb and Justin Lo.[10][11] In the same year, she also held a concert in Toronto.[12] In 2010, G.E.M. went to Taiwan to promote the album 18...,[13] and returned to Los Angeles to record her next studio album, My Secret, which was released in October 2010.[14]

2011–2012: Get Everybody Moving Tour and Xposed[edit]

In May 2011, G.E.M. performed a three-day concerts titled Get Everybody Moving Tour in Hong Kong Coliseum, and became the youngest Hong Kong female artist to perform in the venue. She then performed another five concerts in the same venue in September and embarked a concert tour in eight countries.

In June 2012, she performed alongside Jason Mraz and Khalil Fong at the iTunes Live in Hong Kong, and sang "Lucky" with Jason Mraz. Her third studio album, Xposed, was released in July 2012. The lead single, "What Have U Done", peaked number one on all four pop music charts in Hong Kong.

2013–2015: X.X.X. Live Tour, I Am A Singer, and Heartbeat[edit]

G.E.M. performing during the X.X.X. Live Tour in Shanghai, May 2015

G.E.M. embarked on her X.X.X. Live World Tour in April 2013, in support of her third studio album, Xposed. The tour started with five shows in Hong Kong Coliseum, and ended with a show at Wembley Arena in London, which is also her debut show in Europe. There was a total of 73 shows in 4 continents. In May, she became the youngest nominee ever of Golden Melody Award for Best Female Vocalist Mandarin, with her album Xposed. In June, she released a cover of Chinese smash hit Intoxicated, which was played for 15 million times on QQ Music within a week.

In January 2014, she appeared in the Chinese singing competition I Am a Singer (season 2), and her second-place finish gained her immense popularity and fame in Greater China. In the same year, she earned a World Music Award nomination for World's Best Female Artist and an MTV Europe Music Award nomination for Best Mainland China & Hong Kong Act.[15] On February 10, 2015, JJ Lin published the official music video for his song 《手心的薔薇 Beautiful》featuring G.E.M., which has garnered 43 million views on YouTube. In November 2015, she appeared on the cover of China's Apple Music, and released her studio album Heartbeat with music videos of all ten tracks in the album. The album topped the iTunes chart in China. So far, her songs have been played over 9.8 billion times on KuGou, a music platform in China.

2016-Present: G-Force and Queen of Hearts Tour[edit]

In 2016, she appeared on the list of Forbes 30 Under 30 (Music),[3] being the only Asian musician on the list. In the same year, she was asked to voice a lead role in the animated film Charming, alongside Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale, and Avril Lavigne.[16][17] She also performed at Heroes of Remix(Chinese: 盖世英雄) that same year, singing EDM versions of songs such as Like You 《喜欢你》 and The Brightest Star In The Night Sky 《夜空中最亮的星》, among others. In September 2016, she released her photobook 25 Looks and an EP, which includes four remix songs. In November 2016, she earned an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Mainland China & Hong Kong Act. On December 29, 2016, G.E.M. released the Chinese theme song for the science fiction film Passengers (2016 film) titled "Light Years Away" 《光年之外》, which she also performed on several occasions, including NASA 2019 Breakthrough Prize. Lyrically, similar to the plot of the film itself, it speaks of a doomed love. The music video has over 120 million views on YouTube and 1-billion on KuGou (Chinese: 酷狗音乐) as of May, 2018.

In May 2017, G.E.M released her first documentary G-Force, which was directed by Nick Wickham. In April 2017, she embarked on her Queen of Hearts World Tour. On 21 October 2017, Namewee (Chinese: 黃明志; pinyin: Huáng Míng Zhì), a Malaysian Chinese hip hop recording artist and composer, published a video featuring her in a cover of his song Stranger In The North 《漂向北方》(KTV Version), which had received widespread popularity, where she sings the chorus which was originally performed by Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter Leehom Wang. As of May 2018, the video has amassed over 20 million views on YouTube. At the 13th Annual KKBOX Music Awards on 21 January 2018, G.E.M. and Namewee together sang "Stranger In The North"《漂向北方》immediately after she sang "Goodbye"《再見》and "Light Years Away"《光年之外》for her 2018 KKBOX Artist Of The Year award-winner performance.[18]

On 18 August 2018, her Queen of Hearts World Tour has called for an end for part 1 of the tour and she announced the part 2 tour will hold in 2019 with more new songs. On 21 August, the music video, "TIK TOK" was released and reached 5M views with 12 days. The music video reached over 10M views with only 22 days which is the fastest music video for G.E.M. reaching 10 million views. On 4 November, G.E.M. was invited to perform the song “Light Years Away” and served as on-stage presenter in the Breakthrough Prize.[19] On 19 November, she was selected as the BBC 100 Women.[20]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2009 Love Connected 保持愛你 Ah Yee
2017 G.E.M.: G-Force 一路逆風 Herself Documentary
2018 Charming 白馬王子 Sleeping Beauty Voiceover

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2009 Trick or Cheat 愛出猫 G.E.M.

Variety show[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2014 I Am a Singer 我是歌手 (第二季) Contestant
2015 The Amazing Race 2 (China) 极速前进中国版2 Contestant
2018 The Rap of China 中国新说唱 Judge
The Next Top Bang 中国梦之声·下一站传奇 Fixed cast

Tours[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "IFPI HK 2012 Awards". IFPI HK. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "30 Under 30 2016: Music". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  4. ^ "G.E.M. in Taiwan" (in Chinese). Retrieved 27 October 2010.
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  8. ^ "HKCEE 21 Points" (in Chinese). Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  9. ^ 巨肺少女 (in Chinese). Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  10. ^ G.E.M.勁呻完騷變咕喱 (in Chinese)
  11. ^ 一連三場的處女演唱會..終於完滿結束了!… | 鄧紫棋 Gem Tang – G.E.M. Blog. Gem-tang.xanga.com (23 November 2009). Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  12. ^ "Mini-Concert in Canada" (in Chinese). Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  13. ^ "18... Taiwanese Edition" (in Chinese). Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  14. ^ "Recording in Los Angeles and Project Kaisei" (in Chinese). Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  15. ^ http://awardsandwinners.com/category/world-music-awards/world-music-award-for-world%E2%80%99s-best-female-artist/ 2014 World Music Award Winner and Nominees
  16. ^ "Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy, Ashley Tisdale & G.E.M. Team for 'Charming' Song". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  17. ^ "Avril Lavigne, Demi Lovato, And Fall Out Boy Are Collaborating on a Prince Charming Song". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  18. ^ "13th KKBOX Music Awards" (in Chinese). 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  19. ^ "Silicon Valley's Breakthrough Prize Announces Musical Performer and presenters for live ceremony celebrating science on Sunday, November 4". breakthroughprize.org. 30 October 2018.
  20. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2018: Who is on the list?". BBC. November 19, 2018.

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