Jane Zhang

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Jane Zhang
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Zhang at the Migu Music Awards in Shanghai, December 2016
Background information
Chinese name 張靚穎 (traditional)
Chinese name 张靓颖 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhāng Liàngyǐng (Mandarin)
Born Zhang Liangying
(1984-10-11) October 11, 1984 (age 33)
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Occupation
Years active 2005–present
Genre(s)
Instrument(s) Vocals
Label(s)
Website jane.social

Zhang Liangying (simplified Chinese: 张靓颖; traditional Chinese: 張靚穎; pinyin: Zhāng Liàngyǐng; born October 11, 1984), also known as Jane Zhang, is a Chinese singer-songwriter. She debuted her singing career by winning the third place at the Chinese singing contest Super Girl in 2005.[1] The next year she released her debut album The One.[2] Known for her signature whistle register, she was dubbed the "Dolphin Princess".[3]

Biography[edit]

1984–05: Early years and career beginnings[edit]

Zhang was born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China on October 11, 1984. Her father was a driver in a transport company, while her mother was a shop assistant in a department store and is working in a transport company.[4] At the age of 15, her father died and her mother was laid off. She then shouldered the burdens of the family, and went to sing regularly in a local bar Music House.[5] In 2005, she won third place in the Chinese singing contest Super Girl.[6] She then signed a recording deal with Huayi Music.

2006–09: Huayi Music[edit]

After Zhang signed with Huayi, her first extended plays Jane, Love was released in January 2006. The extended plays has sold more than 210,000 copies in China.[7] In September 2006, she sang the theme song "Only for Love" for the Chinese film The Banquet. The song features Chinese pianist Lang Lang, and was nominated a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song.[8] In October 2006, her first studio album The One was released.[9] The album was produced by American record producer Craig Williams and Reid Hyams.[2][10]

In March 2007, she performed in a concert held in Pasadena, California with Japanese musician Kitarō and American musician Gavin Christopher.[11] In July 2007, Zhang recorded the theme song "Light the Passion, Share the Dream" for the 2008 Summer Olympics touch relay with Wang Leehom, Stefanie Sun, and Wang Feng. In the same month, Zhang held a one-off concert in Beijing to promote her second studio album Update. In August 2007, her second studio album Update was officially released. In December 2007, she released her second extended plays Dear Jane.

In October 2008, Zhang recorded the theme song "Painted Heart" for the Chinese film Painted Skin. The song won a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song in the next year. In December 2008, she provided a guest vocals on Taiwanese singer Wang Leehom's "Another Heaven", which appears on Wang's album Heart Beat. In January 2009, Zhang released her third studio album Jane@Music. In May 2009, she made her American television debut on the Oprah Winfrey Show.[12]

2009–14: Universal Music & Show City Times[edit]

Zhang and Gavin Christopher performing "I'll Be There" in Pasadena, March 2007

In 2009, Zhang founded her own management company Show City Times and signed a recording deal with Universal Music.

In February 2010, her fourth studio album Believe in Jane was released.[13] In May 2010, she recorded the Chinese version of the theme song "Wavin' Flag" for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with K'naan and Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung.[14] In August 2010, she embarked on her first concert tour Believe in Jane Tour, reaching Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, and Chengdu. In October 2010, she performed on Asia Song Festival in Seoul, South Korea.[15] In June 2011, she released her fifth studio album Reform.

2014–present: Sony Music & Show City Times[edit]

In July 2014, Zhang announced she has signed with Sony Music, and released her sixth studio album The Seventh Sense. In January 2015, she took part in the season three of the Chinese television program I Am a Singer. In October 2016, she released the single "Dust My Shoulders Off".[16]

In November 2017, Zhang became one of the performers and performed "Dust My Shoulders Off", "808", and "Work for It" at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

On July 4, 2015, Zhang announced her boyfriend was Michael Feng Ke, the CEO of her management company Show City Times, in her concert.[19] On October 8, 2016, they announced their marriage and wedding in Italy on November 9.[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Single[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Starring (2016)
  • Starring II (2018)

Live albums[edit]

Tours[edit]

  • Believe in Jane(我相信) Tour (2010)
  • Personal Look(我的模样) Tour (2011–2012)
  • Bang the World Tour (2015)
  • Jane’s Secret (珍·相) Tour (2018)

Awards[edit]

Year Awards Category Result
2006 Global Chinese Music Awards Best Female Stage Performer[21] Won
9+2 Music Pioneer Awards Best Female Singer Won
Top 10 Songs of the Year – "Light" Won
2007 Beijing Pop Music Awards Best Female Singer[22] Won
Songs of the Year – "Only for Love" Won
Global Chinese Music Awards Top Five Most Popular Female Artistes Won
Outstanding Regional Artiste (Beijing) Won
Best Female Stage Performer Won
2008 Beijing Pop Music Awards Best Female Singer Won
2009 Beijing Pop Music Awards Best Female Singer Won
Songs of the Year – "Painted Heart" Won
ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards Best Female Singer Won
Hong Kong Film Awards Best Original Film Song – "Painted Heart"[23] Won
Global Chinese Music Awards Top Five Most Popular Female Artistes Won
Outstanding Regional Artiste (Beijing) Won
Baidu Entertainment Hot Point Awards Top 10 Songs of the Year – "Painted Heart" Won
Most Popular Film/Television Song – "Painted Heart" Won
Most Popular Female Singer (Mainland China) Won
2010 Asia Song Festival Best Asian Artist[24] Won
Beijing Pop Music Awards Best Female Singer Won
Songs of the Year – "Mulan Star" Won
ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards Best Female Singer Won
China Music Awards Best Female Singer Won
Global Chinese Music Awards Best Female Artiste[25] Won
Top Five Most Popular Female Artistes[25] Won
Outstanding Regional Artiste (Beijing)[25] Won
Best Album – Believe in Jane[25] Won
2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Asian Artist[26] Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Worldwide Act[27] Nominated
Beijing Pop Music Awards Best Female Singer[28] Won
Best Album – Believe in Jane Won
ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards Best Female Singer[29] Won
China Music Awards Best Female Singer Won
Global Chinese Music Awards Top Five Most Popular Female Artistes Won
Baidu Entertainment Hot Point Awards Top 10 Songs of the Year – "If This Is Love" Won
Global Chinese Golden Chart Awards Top 20 Songs of the Year – "I Believe" Won
2012 Beijing Pop Music Awards Best Female Singer Won
China Music Awards Best Female Singer Won
Global Chinese Music Awards Top Five Most Popular Female Artistes Won
Migu Music Awards Best Singer – "Beauty and Bravery" Won
Most Popular Duet Song Won
Baidu Entertainment Hot Point Awards Baidu Music·Most Popular Female Singer of the Decade Won
2013 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Worldwide Act[30] Nominated
Beijing Pop Music Awards Best Female Singer[31] Won
Best Album – Listen to Jane Z Live Won
ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards Best Female Singer Won
Top Chinese Music Awards Best Female Singer Won
Top Chinese Music Awards Most Popular Female Singer Won
RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards Best National Female Artist Won
Migu Music Awards Most Popular Female Singer (Mainland China) Won
Best Female Pop Singers Won
2014 QQ Music Awards Best Female Singer Won
Most Popular Female Singer Won
Global Chinese Music Awards Top Five Most Popular Female Artistes Won
Migu Music Awards Most Influential Female Singer Won
Most Popular Female Singer (Mainland China) Won
2015 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Worldwide Act[30] Won
QQ Music Awards Best Female Singer[32] Won
Best Breakthrough Artist[32] Won
Chinese Music Awards Top 10 Mandarin Albums – The Seventh Sense[33] Won
Migu Music Awards Most Popular Female Singer (Mainland China) Won
Top 10 Songs of the Year – "If This Is Love" Won
2016 QQ Music Awards Most Popular Female Singer Won
Best Stage Performance Won
Global Chinese Music Awards Top Five Most Popular Female Artistes Won
Migu Music Awards Top 10 Songs of the Decade – "If This Is Love" Won
Best Selling Ringback Music Singer of the Decade Won
Top 10 Songs of the Year – "My Dream" Won
Most Breakthrough Singer Won
2017 Red Dot Design Award Best of the Best – "Dust My Shoulders Off"[34] Won
London International Awards Music Video: Animation (Bronze) – "Dust My Shoulders Off" Won
Golden Melody Awards Best Music Video – "Dust My Shoulders Off"[35] Nominated
ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards Best Female Singer Won
China Music Awards Best Female Singer Won

References[edit]

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