Speshow

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Speshow
Speshow.jpg
Speshow cover
Studio album by Show Luo
Released 17 November 2006 (2006-11-17)
Recorded 24 October 2006 (2006-10-24)
Genre Mandopop, Dance
Length 42:59
Language Mandarin
Label Avex Taiwan
Show Luo chronology
Hypnosis Show
催眠Show
(2005)
Speshow
(2006)
Best Show
(2007)
Alternative cover

Speshow is the fourth Mandarin studio album of Taiwanese Mandopop artist Show Luo (Chinese: 羅志祥). It was released on 17 November 2006 by Avex Taiwan.[1] The name Speshow is a pun of 'Special' and his name 'Show', as he hoped it will be special for his fans.[2] This is the last studio album of Show's, released by Avex Taiwan before his move to EMI Music Taiwan.

It was available on pre-order and four editions were released, which includes Speshow (Happiness Hunter MV Celebration Edition) (Speshow 幸福獵人影音慶功版), Speshow (Corner with Love Special Edition) (Speshow 愛*轉角 冠軍特別版) and Speshow (King's Game Live Gold Edition) (Speshow 國王遊戲LIVE黃金版) with 60 minutes of highlight live footage from Show Luo BenQ Speshow Concert at Taipei NanGang101.

Album[edit]

  • The first lead track, "精舞門" (Dance Gate), is a cover of "James Dean (I Wanna Know)" by Daniel Bedingfield. The music video features multiple dance styles and a special chair dance, leading to Show being dubbed "Asia's Dance King"
  • "Twinkle", an up-tempo track is a duet with Japanese singer Kumi Koda (倖田來未) and is Show's first full length English song
  • Simon Webbe, of British boy band Blue fame, rapped in the mid-tempo dance track, "國王遊戲" (King's Game)
  • The track "自戀" (Narcissism) is composed by Show[2] and was used as the DVD preview theme song for Taiwanese film Eternal Summer (Chinese: 盛夏光年). The music video is interspaced with clips from the film featuring Joseph Chang, Bryant Chang and Kate Yeung
  • The romantic ballads "愛*轉角" (Love*Corner) is the ending theme song and "幾分" (How Many Points) is an insert song of Taiwanese drama, Corner With Love (轉角*遇到愛), starring Luo and Barbie Shu, which were not released on the Corner With Love original soundtrack. The music video is interspaced with clips from the drama, featuring Hsu, and concert footage
  • Along with Show, Ariel Lin starred in the music video for "好朋友" (Good Friends) as a runaway bride to her 'good friend' Show Luo

Reception[edit]

The album debuted at number one on Taiwan's G-Music Weekly Top 20 Mandarin and Combo Charts, and Five Music Chart.[3] with a percentage sales of 25.56%, 13.65% and 27.64% respectively. It peaked at number one and charted continuously in the Mandarin Chart for 27 weeks, the Combo Chart for 18 weeks and the 5 Music Chart for 20 weeks.

The tracks, "好朋友" (Good Friends) and "精舞門" (Dance Gate) are listed at number 45[4] and 71 respectively on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (Hit-Fm年度百首單曲) for 2006;[5] as well as both being nominated for Songs of the Year at the 2007 Metro Radio Mandarin Music Awards presented by Hong Kong radio station Metro Info.[6]

The track "精舞門" (Dance Gate) also won one of the Top 10 Songs of the Year at the 2007 HITO Radio Music Awards presented by Taiwanese radio station Hit FM.[7] It was also nominated, along with "幸福獵人" (Happiness Hunter) for Top 10 Gold Songs at the Hong Kong TVB8 Awards, presented by television station TVB8, in 2007.[8]

Track listing[edit]

# Original Title Pinyin English Remarks Length
1. "精舞門" Jing Wu Men Dance Gate 3:44
2. "幸福獵人" Xing Fu Lie Ren Happiness Hunter 3:39
3. "完美型男" Wan Mei Xing Nan Perfect Man 4:24
4. "好朋友" Hao Peng You Good Friends 4:03
5. "幾分" Ji Fen How Many Points insert song of Corner With Love 4:08
6. "Twinkle" feat Kumi Koda and sung in English 3:53
7. "碎碎念" Sui Sui Nian Nagging 4:27
8. "透視" Tou Shi X-Ray Vision 2:57
9. "國王遊戲" Guo Wang You Xi King's Game feat Simon Webbe 3:10
10. "自戀" Zi Lian Narcissism composed by Show Luo 4:08
11. "垃圾桶" La Ji Tong Trash Can 4:25
"愛*轉角" Ai Zhuan Jiao Love*Corner ending theme of Corner With Love and bonus track on Speshow (Corner with Love Special Edition) 4:55

Music videos[edit]

  • "精舞門" (The Dance Gate) MV with a special chair dance
  • "Twinkle" MV - feat Kumi Koda (倖田來未)
  • "好朋友" (Good Friends) MV - feat Ariel Lin - Lin plays a runaway bride, who escapes to her good friend Show's home on her wedding day. However they don't have the courage to face up to their feelings for each other, hence settles for the safe option of being 'good friends'.
  • "幸福獵人" (Happiness Hunter) MV
  • "國王遊戲" (King's Game) MV
  • "自戀" (Narcissism) MV - with clips from Eternal Summer featuring Joseph Chang, Bryant Chang and Kate Yeung
  • "愛*轉角" (Love*Corner) MV - with clips from Corner With Love, featuring Barbie Shu, and concert footage

Releases[edit]

Four versions (excludes pre-order editions) were released by Avex Taiwan:

  • 17 November 2006 - Speshow Preorder Edition (CD) - includes gifts
  • 17 November 2006 - Speshow (CD)[9]
  • 8 December 2006 - Speshow (Happiness Hunter MV Celebration Edition) (Speshow 幸福獵人影音慶功版) (CD+DVD) - includes three music videos and a pass to Show Luo BenQ Speshow Concert [羅志祥 BenQ Speshow 演唱會])[10]
  1. "精舞門" (The Dance Gate) MV
  2. "好朋友" (Good Friends) MV - feat Ariel Lin
  3. "幸福獵人" (Happiness Hunter) MV
  • 12 January 2007 - Speshow (Corner with Love Special Edition) (Speshow 愛*轉角 冠軍特別版) (CD+DVD) - includes a bonus track and three music videos[11]
  1. "愛*轉角" (Love*Corner) - bonus track
  2. "愛*轉角" (Love*Corner) MV - feat Barbie Shu
  3. "自戀" (Narcissism) MV - feat Joseph Chang, Bryant Chang and Kate Yeung
  4. "Twinkle" MV - feat Kumi Koda (倖田來未)
  • 16 February 2007 - Speshow (King's Game Live Gold Edition) (Speshow 國王遊戲LIVE黃金版) (CD+DVD) - includes "國王遊戲" (King's Game) MV and 60 mins of highlight live footage from Show Luo BenQ Speshow Concert (BenQ羅志祥Speshow 演唱會Live精華版) at Taipei NanGang101 on 30 December 2006[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart Name Debut Position Week# / Week Dates of Peak Position Peak Position Percentage of Album Sales at Peak Chart Run
Five Music Taiwan
5大金榜[13]
#1 #47 / 17–23 November 2006 #1 27.64% 20 weeks
G-Music Mandarin Chart, Taiwan
風雲榜 (華語榜)[14]
#1 #46 / 17–23 November 2006 #1 25.56% 27 weeks
G-Music Combo Chart, Taiwan
風雲榜 (綜合榜)[15]
#1 #46 / 17–23 November 2006 #1 13.65% 18 weeks
Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart - 2006
Track name Position
"好朋友" (Good Friends) #45
"精舞門" (Dance Gate) #71

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese) "Show Luo discography" Avex Taiwan. Retrieved 2011-02-03
  2. ^ a b (Chinese) "羅志祥新專輯 Speshow 蓄勢待發 保證讓歌迷驚喜連連" Avex Taiwan. 27 October 2006. Retrieved 2010-10-12
  3. ^ (Chinese) "Speshow 專輯蟬聯三冠王羅志祥開心慶功" Avex Taiwan. 5 December 2006. Retrieved 2010-11-27
  4. ^ (Chinese) "Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart 2006 (#1-50)" HITO Radio. Retrieved 2011-02-12
  5. ^ (Chinese) "Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart 2006 (#51-100)" HITO Radio. Retrieved 2011-02-12
  6. ^ (Chinese) "Metro Radio Mandarin Music Awards 2007 nomination list" Sina.com. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 2011-04-07.
  7. ^ (Chinese) "2007 HITO Radio Music Awards winners list" HITO Radio. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 2011-06-29
  8. ^ (Chinese) "Hong Kong TVB8 Awards 2007 winners list" Sina.com. 16 December 2007. Retrieved 2011-06-29
  9. ^ (Chinese) "Speshow album info" Avex Taiwan. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 2010-10-12
  10. ^ (Chinese) "Speshow Happiness Hunter MV Celebration Edition album info" Avex Taiwan. 8 December 2006. Retrieved 2010-10-12
  11. ^ (Chinese) "Speshow Corner with Love Special Edition album info" Avex Taiwan. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 2010-10-12
  12. ^ (Chinese) "Speshow King's Game Live Gold Edition album info" Avex Taiwan. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 2010-10-12
  13. ^ (Chinese) "2006 Week 47 chart" 5 Music. 17–23 November 2006. Retrieved 2010-11-27
  14. ^ (Chinese) "This links to the current week only - search for 2006 Week 46 at bottom of page" G-Music Mandarin Chart. Retrieved 2010-11-27
  15. ^ (Chinese) "This links to the current week only - search for 2006 Week 46 at bottom of page" G-Music Combo Chart. Retrieved 2010-11-27

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