Lebih Indah

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"Lebih Indah"
Siti Nurhaliza - Lebih Indah Single Cover.png
Single by Siti Nurhaliza
from the album Fragmen
Released 31 August 2013 (Digital)
15 May 2013 (2013-05-15) (First live performance)
Format Digital download
Recorded
Genre Pop
Length 3:54 (Single)
2:18 (Music video)
Label Siti Nurhaliza Productions, Universal Music Group (Malaysia)
Songwriter(s) Ad Samad
Producer(s) Aubrey Suwito
Siti Nurhaliza singles chronology
"Galau"
(2012)
"Lebih Indah"
(2013)
"Jaga Dia Untukku"
(2013)

"Galau"
(2012)
"Lebih Indah"
(2013)
"Jaga Dia Untukku"
(2013)
Music video
"Lebih Indah" on YouTube

"Lebih Indah" (More Meaningful) is a single by Malaysian artist, Siti Nurhaliza. The song is composed by Aubrey Suwito, with its lyric written by Ad Samad. This is her first single from her 16th studio album, Fragmen. Originally intended to be a background song for one of the commercials for her SimplySiti product, it was later promoted as a proper single when it was performed live during her Siti Nurhaliza in Symphony concert in July 2013.

In 2014, the song received two nominations from 2014 World Music Awards in the category of "World's Best Song" and "World's Best Music Video". In the same year, "Lebih Indah" also enabled Siti to win Best Artist (Female) and Best Song (Malaysia) awards from 2014 Anugerah Planet Muzik.

Background and recording[edit]

Originally intended to serve as the background music for the commercial,[1] the song was promoted as a single in August,[2] a month after the performance of the song at her Siti Nurhaliza in Symphony. The song is said to be recorded in 2013 by her in an attempt "to immortalize the spirit and share the trying moments"[a] that she has to endure when she has to take care of her husband after he was involved in a motorcycle accident in New Zealand in December 2012.[3][4]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

A moderately fast pop song, the songs lasts for three minutes and fifty four seconds.[5] "Lebih Indah" is composed by Aubrey Suwito, with the lyrics written by Ad Samad. According to Siti, the song is said to reflect her emotional state when her husband was involved in a motorcycle accident in New Zealand in 2012.[4][6]

Release and promotion[edit]

Prior to the performance of the song during her 2013 3-day Siti Nurhaliza in Symphony residency show on 5 to 7 July, the song was first performed during her special television program for Eid al-Fitr, Konsert Sanggar Lebaran Dato' Siti Nurhaliza[7] on 15 May.[8] One of the commercials for her range of eau de toilettes from her own cosmetic line, SimplySiti, was also used as a medium to promote "Lebih Indah".[1] Prior to its digital download release on 31 August, the song was performed again for another special television program for Eid al-Fitr, "Stailista Unplugged".[2] Apart from "Lebih Indah", her previous single, "Galau" was also rendered in according to the unplugged theme of the program.[2]

Music video[edit]

Background[edit]

The music video was originally produced to promote SimplySiti's range of eau de toilettes - Him, Her and Miss. For the commercial, which was produced by Siti Nurhaliza Productions, Siti employed two actresses and one actor so that each of them represents a single line of eau de toillette. For the male range of eau de toillette (Him), she employed Zain Saidin to represent the range.[9] Zain was chosen to represent the range because of his pan Asian features might help SimplySiti to break the international market, especially the Western Asia market when it is released.[1][10] For Her and Miss, they were represented by Ari and Cha Cha Maembong respectively.[9] A sneak peek of the music video was previewed at the first promotional tour of the eau de toillettes on 11 May.[9] On 30 May, the music video was finally made available on SimplySiti's official YouTube account. The video that was released served as both a music video for "Lebih Indah" and a commercial for the eau de toilettes.[9][10]

Synopsis[edit]

Main characters in "Lebih Indah"'s music video in order of appearance. From top: Zain Saidin, Cha Cha Maembong and Ari. Each character represents a single range of SimplySiti's eau de toilette.[9]

The music video begins with the scene showing the sole male character (portrayed by Zain Saidin) of the music video is driving an Aston Martin car, while his girlfriend (portrayed by Cha Cha Maembong) is sitting next to him and at times peeking out of the front passenger's window to enjoy the journey. While she is enjoying the journey, Zain is having a flashback to the moment when he met with Cha Cha's aunt earlier, whose reflection he saw in the rear-view mirror.

In his flashback, Cha Cha was shown to be showing Zain around her aunt's house. While she was busy explaining to an inquiry made by Zain about a painting, her aunt (portrayed by Ari) from behind was shown to be busy to talking to someone over the mobile phone. Zain immediately lost his focus upon smelling the fragrance that was worn by Ari. Realizing her aunt's presence was interrupting to the personal moments she was having with Zain, Cha Cha immediately tailed her aunt up the stairs which was followed by an argument. During the argument, the phone that Ari was holding was thrown off the floor followed by Cha Cha who is crying is going down the stairs. Zain who has noticed what had happened, went immediately up the stairs to pick the phone up. Unintentionally, their hands touched each other's when Ari was also trying to pick the phone up. While doing so, they finally established a close eye contact with each other before being interrupted by Cha Cha who came back to persuade Zain to leave the house.

After the flashback, the music video resumes back to the scene where Zain is shown to be driving. The music video ends with a scene showing the automobile is passing through a tunnel followed by a bright flash of light, and finally ends with a clip showing the three different ranges of eau de toilette by SimplySiti.

Since the music video was originally produced as a commercial for the new three ranges of eau de toilette by Simplysiti, Siti was only featured as vocals for the main background music. At two minutes and eighteen seconds, the music video is roughly one minute and thirty-six seconds shorter than the original length of the song.

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed in public for the first time in 2013 during the taping of Konsert Sanggar Lebaran Dato' Siti Nurhaliza, her 90-minute special television program for Eid al-Fitr with TV2 on 15 May,[7][8] which was later aired much later on 8 August.[11] In July, it was performed again during her 3-day ( 5 to 7 July) residency show at Petronas Philharmonic Hall, Siti Nurhaliza in Symphony.[6] In August, again in conjunction with the Eid al-Fitr week, she performed an unplugged version of "Lebih Indah" in a special television program for Eid al-Fitr, "Stailista Unplugged" which was aired on 8 August, on TV9.[2] On 5 December, she performed "Lebih Indah" during the 2013 Asian Television Awards at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.[12] On 14 December, as one the performing artists, she performed "Lebih Indah" during the 20th Anugerah Industri Muzik.[13] A week later, on 20 and 21 December, she performed "Lebih Indah" two days in a row during a special fund raising charity concert, "Konsert Destini", organised by Yayasan Destini Anak Bangsa (YDAB) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).[14]

In 2014, on 4 January, as one of the performing artists during the launch of "Tahun Melawat Malaysia 2014" (Visit Malaysia Year 2014), she performed the song followed by a duet with Hafiz Suip with the song Muara Hati.[15] The song was also performed during her two-day Secretaries' Week show, "Lebih Indah Bersama Datuk Siti Nurhaliza" on 15 and 16 April.[16]

Cover versions[edit]

During the final of 2013 Akademi Fantasia, one of the finalists, Aisyah Aziz, covered the song for her second song choice.[17] In 2014, "Lebih Indah" was chosen as one of the audition songs for the female contestants of 2014 Akademi Fantasia.[18]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Fragmen booklet liner notes.[19]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Top 30 Singles Chart Malaysia[20] 7[note 1]

Awards[edit]

World Music Awards[edit]

Year Award Recipients and nominees Category Result Host country
2014[21] World Music Awards "Lebih Indah" World's Best Song Nominated Monaco
Monaco
World's Best Video Nominated

Anugerah Planet Muzik[edit]

Year Award Recipient Category Result Host country
2014[22][23] Anugerah Planet Muzik (Planet Music Awards) "Lebih Indah" Best Song (Malaysia) Won Singapore
Singapore
Best Female Artiste Won

Anugerah Industri Muzik[edit]

Year Award Recipient Category Result Host country
2014 Anugerah Industri Muzik[24][25] "Lebih Indah" Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Female) Won Malaysia
Malaysia
Best Musical Arrangement in a Song Nominated

Format and track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Lebih Indah" – 3:54[5]

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Malaysia 31 August 2013[5] Digital download Siti Nurhaliza Productions, Universal Music Group (Malaysia)
September 2013 Contemporary hit radio

Footnote[edit]

  • Note 1: ^ This single could be charted higher than stated here, since the data by the Music Weekly Asia start to be available much later after the release of the single on 31 August.

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ Original:"mengabadikan semangat dan berkongsi perasaan saat menjaga suaminya"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Farihad Shalla Mahmud (22 May 2013). "Siti ulang konsert di London?". Berita Harian (in Malay). Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Amirul Haswendy Ashari (4 August 2013). "Empat Penyanyi bergabung". Metro Ahad (in Malay). Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  3. ^ Egie Gusman (13 December 2012). "Suami Kecelakaan, Siti Nurhaliza Batalkan Konser di Banjarmasin". Music.Okezone.com (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b Amirah Amaly Syafaat (14 July 2013). "Pengaruh Siti Nurhaliza". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Lebih Indah - Single - Dato Siti Nurhaliza". iTunes Store (MY). Apple. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  6. ^ a b Bissme S. (12 July 2013). "A symphony of sweet notes". The Sun. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b Norliza Mohd Ali (Director) & Mohd Yusni Mohamed Ali (Producer) (2013). Konsert Sanggar Lebaran Siti Nurhaliza (Motion Picture) (in Malaysian). Malaysia: RTM1.
  8. ^ a b Rakaman Konsert Sanggar Lebaran Siti Nurhaliza (Motion Picture) (in Malaysian). Malaysia: RTM1. 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e Haswari Ali (9 May 2013). "Demi Zain Saidin, Dato' Siti Caras Che Ta". Murai.com.my (in Malay). Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  10. ^ a b Dhiya Aizat (12 May 2013). "SimplySiti Lancar Haruman Lelaki". Gua.com.my (in Malay). Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  11. ^ Budiey (29 July 2013). "Konsert Dato Siti Nurhaliza di Lebaran Syawal". Budiey.com.my (in Malay). Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  12. ^ Tan Kee Yun (5 December 2013). "Award Winning Antics: 18th Asian Television Awards". The New Paper. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  13. ^ Bibi Nurshuhuhada Ramli & Faisal Asyraf (19 December 2013). "Thrice the Joy for Hafiz". New Straits Times. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  14. ^ Michelle Gun (23 December 2013). "Konsert Destini capai matlamat". Harian Metro (in Malay). Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  15. ^ Mohd Najib Mohd Nor (9 January 2014). "Selebriti meriahkan TMM 2014". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  16. ^ Bibi Nurshuhada Ramli (13 March 2014). "Siti to thrill Girls Friday". New Straits Times. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  17. ^ Dennis Chua (26 November 2013). "Faizul's journey to success". New Straits Times. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  18. ^ Dennis Chua (13 June 2014). "Back to Original Format". New Straits Times. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  19. ^ Fragmen (liner notes). Siti Nurhaliza. Siti Nurhaliza Productions and Universal Music Group (Malaysia). 2014.
  20. ^ Music Weekly Staff (9 September 2013). "Top 30 Singles Chart Malaysia". Musicweekly.asia. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013.
  21. ^ Media Hiburan Staff (10 January 2014). "Penyanyi Malaysia Tempa Nama Di World Music Awards". mediahiburan.karangkraf.com (in Malay). Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Senarai Pencalonan Akhir Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014". Murai.com.my. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  23. ^ "APM 2014: Siti Nurhaliza dinobat Penyanyi Wanita Terbaik". Astro Awani. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  24. ^ Kosmo! Staff (21 October 2014). "Siti raih pencalonan terbanyak AIM 21". Kosmo! (in Malay). Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  25. ^ Norimy Aimi (7 December 2014). "Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Kuasai AIM 21". Mangga Online. Utusan Karya Sdn Bhd. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.

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