G.E.M. (singer)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tang.
G.E.M.
G.E.M. Laughing.jpg
G.E.M. performing at the X.X.X. Live World Tour in 2015
Chinese name 鄧紫棋 (traditional)
Birth name Gloria Tang Shi-wing
鄧詩穎 (Traditional)
邓诗颖 (Simplified)
Dang6 Si1 Wing6 (Cantonese)
Dèng Shīyǐng (Mandarin)
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 24)
Shanghai, China
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
  • dancer
  • actress
Genre(s)
Instrument(s)
Voice type(s)
Label(s) Hummingbird Music
Years active 2008–now
Official website geteverybodymoving.com

Gloria Tang Tsz-kei (simplified Chinese: 邓紫棋; traditional Chinese: 鄧紫棋; pinyin: Dèng Zǐqí; Jyutping: Dang6 Zi2 Kei4; born Shanghai, China, August 16, 1991) is a Chinese-Hongkonger singer-songwriter. She is better known by her stage name G.E.M., an acronym for Get Everybody Moving.[1] She made her music debut in 2008 with the self-titled EP GEM. She has since become one of Hong Kong's best-selling musical artists, winning IFPI Hong Kong's Top Selling Female Artist award in 2012.[2]

G.E.M. gained popularity in Greater China after her appearance on Hunan Television's programme I Am a Singer in 2014.[1] Her fan base also extends to the United States, Canada, Australia, and Southeast Asia; the same year, she won the Favorite Asian Act award at the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. In 2015, she was ranked eleventh in Forbes' China Celebrity List.

In 2016, she concluded a two-year world tour titled X.X.X. Live, and was the only Asian artist featured in Forbes' 30 Under 30: Music shortlist.[3]

Biography[edit]

1991–2008: Early life and debut album G.E.M.[edit]

Gloria Tang Sze-wing was born in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong at the age of four.[4] She grew up with a musical background, with her mother being a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, her uncle playing violin, her grandfather playing saxophone in an orchestra, and her grandmother teaching her how to sing. She appeared on Educational Television in Hong Kong at the age of seven,[5][6] at which age she was already writing songs and entering school singing competitions. At the age of thirteen she achieved grade eight in piano.[7]

In 2006, she won first place in a competition titled "Spice it Up" and caught the attention of Tan Chang, her now-manager, who offered her a contract with Hummingbird Music. She thus became a professional singer at the age of 16. She graduated from Heep Woh Primary School and True Light Girls' College in Yau Ma Tei, with a HKCEE score of 21 points.[8] She went on to attend the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, but dropped out during the first half of 2009 due to conflict with her musical career.

Her debut EP, GEM, was released in 2008. She won several awards for the album, earning the nicknames '巨肺少女' ('girl with giant lungs') and '巨肺小天后' ('young diva with giant lungs'), for her vocal range and covers of Whitney Houston and Beyoncé songs.[9]

2009–2010: 18...[edit]

In May 2009, G.E.M. traveled to Los Angeles to record her first full-length studio album, 18..., with Hummingbird Music co-founder and producer Lupo Groinig. That year, she visited Toronto and Richmond Hill in Canada for a mini-concert and held an autograph session in Pacific Mall.[10] She also appeared in two feature films, Love Connected (保持愛你) and Trick or Cheat (愛出猫). Between 20–22 November. G.E.M. held her first concert, 18 Live, at the Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre Star Hall (香港國際展貿中心). The concert featured guests including Jan Lamb (林海峰),[11] who worked with G.E.M. for the song "食煙飲酒講粗口", and Justin Lo (側田),[12] who sang "合唱歌" ("Sing Together") with G.E.M. at the concert.

In 2010, she promoted the Taiwanese edition of 18... in Taiwan[13] and returned to Los Angeles to record her next album, My Secret.[14] The album was recorded over ten days in Santa Monica. During her time in Los Angeles, G.E.M. also made an appearance at the US Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Long Beach as a youth ambassador for Project Kaisei.[further explanation needed][14]

G.E.M performing in Shanghai in 2012[15]

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

In May 2011, G.E.M. played three shows at the Hong Kong Coliseum, becoming the youngest Hong Kong female soloist to do so. She performed a further five shows at the same venue in September and toured in eight countries for the Get Everybody Moving tour.

In June 2012, she performed alongside Jason Mraz and Khalil Fong at the iTunes Live concert in Hong Kong, singing a duet of "Lucky" with Jason Mraz. Her third studio album, Xposed, was officially released in July. Its lead single "What Have U Done" charted at number one on all four major pop charts in Hong Kong.

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

G.E.M. began her X.X.X. Live World Tour in April 2013 with five shows at the Hong Kong Coliseum, going on to play a total of 73 dates in arenas including The Forum in Los Angeles and Wembley Stadium in London. In May, she became the youngest ever nominee for the Best Mandarin Female Singer award at the 24th Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan.

In January 2014, she appeared on the Hunan Television program "I Am A Singer" and became a household name in China after her song "Bubble" (from the Xposed album) became a hit. That year, she was nominated alongside Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Shila Amzah and many more for the World's Best Female Artist award at the World Music Awards, and was also nominated for Best Mainland China & Hong Kong Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

G.E.M. performing in Shanghai in 2015

In November 2015, she was the face of the Chinese launch of Apple Music, releasing the studio album Heartbeat with music videos accompanying all ten tracks. Upon its release, she dominated the iTunes charts in China. To date, G.E.M.'s songs have been played over 9.8 billion times on Kugou, a music platform in China.

In 2016, she appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30: Music lists in both the United States and China.[3] She collaborated with the Coalition Against Bullying for Children & Youth (CABCY) for a campaign against bullying and performed at the QQ Music Awards Ceremony in Shenzhen in March.

G.E.M. is billed to voice the lead role in the upcoming animated film Charming, due for a late-2016 release, alongside Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale, and Avril Lavigne.[16][17]

Freelance Tour[edit]

In 2012, G.E.M. released a series of episodes of a "Freelance Tour" during which she embarked on a series of paid work experience stints in different industries, as she became a full-time singer at 16, and had never worked prior to that. The first episode was aired on 24 February, with G.E.M. working at a juice stand in Causeway Bay.[18] In subsequent episodes, she assumed the roles of a weather anchor for Asia Television Limited, a domestic helper,[19] a professional motorcyclist, an excavator,[20] a salesperson,[21] an editor, and an educational officer for the World Wildlife Fund at Mai Po Nature Reserve.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2009 Love Connected
保持愛你
Ah Yee (阿儀) Guest
Trick or Cheat
愛出猫
Herself Lead actress
TBA Charming Sleeping Beauty Filming

Voice role

Hollywood debut

Discography[edit]

Main article: G.E.M. discography

Studio albums:

Charted singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
RTHK Chinese Pop Chart CRHK Ultimate 903 (903專業推介) Metro Radio Pop Chart 997 (新城勁爆本地榜) JSG Billboard (勁歌金榜) MOOV Chart (MOOV 本地榜) KKBOX HK (香港KKBOX本地榜) KKBOX TW (台灣KKBOX華語榜) QQ CHINA
2008 "等一個他" The One 3 2 - - 38 - - -
"Where Did You Go" 1 2 4 2 5 - - -
"睡公主" Sleeping Beauty 4 - - 1 7 - - -
2009 "回憶的沙漏" (國) Sandglass - 20 - - 23 - - -
"All About U" 1 3 2 6 1 (2 wks) - - -
"Game Over" 1 2 1 2 2 - - -
"食煙飲酒講粗口" (林海峰 & G.E.M.) - 13 - - 5 - - -
"A.I.N.Y" ("愛你") (國)A 1 - - - 4 1 42 -
2010 "想講你知" Gotta Say It 11 5 3 - 9 - - -
"寫不完的溫柔" (國) - - - - 17 36 29 -
"合唱歌" (側田 & G.E.M.) 1 10 3 - 5 3 - -
"Good to Be Bad" 3 8 1 3 5 4 - -
"Get Over You" 3 1 4 2 1 2 - -
"Twinkle II" 2 - 2 - - 67 - -
"亞莉亞蒂之歌" Arrietty's Song - - 11 - 1 4 - -
2011 "我的秘密" My Secret 5 - - - - 5 73 -
"The Voice Within" 11 - 1 - 24 15 - -
"寂寞星球的玫瑰" The Rose 3 - - - 53 32 - -
"Say it Loud" - - 2 - 73 75 - -
2012 "Someday I'll Fly" 1 2 1 - 7 5 - -
"What Have U Done" 1 1 1 1 3 13 - -
"OH BOY" - - - - - 40 - -
"奇蹟" Miracle - - - - - 34 - -
"泡沫" Bubble - - - - - 1 5 1
"失真" Blur - - - - - 72 - -
2013 "下一秒(我們就要死掉)" Waiting - - - - - 82 - -
"潛意識的殘酷" (Inception) - - - - - 92 - -
"你把我灌醉" (Intoxicated) - - - - - 1 - 3
"偶爾" (Sometimes) - - - - - 2 - 1
2014 "喜歡你" (Like You) - - - - - 1 1 1
2015 "多遠都要在一起" (Long Distance) - 8 1 - - 1 1 1
"單行的軌道" (One Way Road) - - 1 - - - 93 1
"新的心跳" (Heartbeat) - 3 3 - - - - -
"瞬間" (Moment) - - 3 - - - - -
"再見" (Goodbye) - - 10 - - - - -
2016 "來自天堂的魔鬼" (Away) - - 1 - - - - -
有心人 - - 19 - - - - -
給你的歌 Song For You - - 7 - - - - -
- - style="text-align:center;" - - - - - -

A charted May 2010 in Taiwan & Went to No. 1 in KKBOX Hong Kong in September 201
B Bolded Word refers to no.1 single
C * represents the song(s) is/are still on chart

Charted albums[edit]

Year Album HKRM (香港唱片商會)[22] China(Sino-chart)[23]
2008 G.E.M. (EP) 1
2009 18... 1
2010 My Secret 1
2012 Xposed 1 23
2013 BEST OF 2008–2012 2 1
2015 Heartbeat 1

Concert tours[edit]

Get Everybody Moving (2011–2012)[edit]

Get Everybody Moving
Tour by G.E.M.
Associated album My Secret
Start date April 14, 2011 (2011-04-14)
End date December 2, 2012 (2012-12-02)
Number of shows
  • 9 in Asia
  • 3 in North America
  • 1 in Oceania
  • 13 total
G.E.M. concert chronology

Get Everybody Moving was the first worldwide concert tour by G.E.M. Launched in support of her second studio album, My Secret, the tour began on May 14, 2011 in Hong Kong and concluded on December 2, 2012 in Guangzhou. She was the youngest singer to hold five concerts in the Hong Kong Coliseum.[24]

Shows[edit]

Date Location Venue Note
14 May 2011 Hong Kong Hong Kong Coliseum 16 May 2011 (additional show) ;Part 1
27 August 2011 Australia
Sydney
Sydney Entertainment Centre
9 September 2011
to
10 September 2011
Hong Kong Hong Kong Coliseum Part 2
15 October 2011 China
Guangzhou
Guangzhou Gymnasium
22 October 2011 Macao CotaiArena
16 December 2011 Canada
Vancouver
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
19 December 2011 Canada
Toronto
Hershey Centre
21 April 2012 China
Fatshan
Foshan Lingnan Pearl Gymansium
29 April 2012 China
Guangzhou
Henry Fok Stadium Part 2
26 May 2012 United States
Reno
Reno Ballroom
2 December 2012 China
Guangzhou
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Part 3

Philanthropy[edit]

Year Participation/event
2008 RTHK's Solar Project
2009 "Angel of Hunger" for World Vision's 30-Hour Famine
"Cheerleading Ambassador" for RTHK's Children Storytelling Competition
Ambassador for HKFYG's JSDC
2010 Ambassador for the Cervical Cancer Prevention Alliance
Promotional Ambassador for Disney's Tracking for Stitch
Promotional Ambassador for the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong (JCIHK)'s 35th Youth Translation Competition
Ambassador for The Hong Kong and China Gas Company's Low-Carbon Photography
Youth Ambassador for Project Kaisei
2011 Youth Ambassador for the Changing Young Lives Foundation
2012 Ambassador for ATV's 《 ATV2012感動香港人物推選 》
RTHK's Solar Project
定向大師 for The Salvation Army's《 救世軍定向日 》
2013 Ambassador for WWF (Hong Kong)
Heifer International Hong Kong Limited's Shake To Feed
Ambassador for《 全港中學生"寫作樂"計劃 》
Ambassador for SINA's《 新浪四川暖冬行動"第三季 》
2014 Ambassador for《 一翅都唔食"護鯊行動 》
2015 Founder of Alibaba Hummingbird Music's《 童年的節奏 》
Bazaar China's Bazaar Gala

See also[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. 
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  15. ^ "G.E.M.邓紫棋热波音乐节开唱 用上海话问好(图)". 腾讯娱乐 X特步. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  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. ^ "G.E.M. 秘撈Tour" 第一站 – 果汁檔. YouTube. 24 February 2012. 
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  23. ^ 《sino-chart》
  24. ^ (stinglife), stinglife. "G.E.M. 唱入 紅館 史上 最young 年底 開 紅館騷 @ 娛樂八掛大放送★ :: 痞客邦 PIXNET ::". 娛樂八掛大放送★ (in Chinese). Retrieved 2016-06-17. 

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