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Musical Career[edit]

S.H.E. released their first album on September 11, 2001 called Girls Dorm, in memory of the girls’ prior living quarters. Although the CD sold an impressive 150,000 copies for a debut band, they were noted for singing off-key during their first live performance. At this point, they referred to themselves as “S.H.E. Girl Friends”; however, they became simply S.H.E. by the release of their second album Youth Society on January 29, 2002 which sold 250,000 copies. The third album Genesis (August 5, 2002) had a sales of 180,000. On [date], N-age (type of company) appeared in their music videos and sponsored their first concert held in Tainan, attracting 20,000 fans.

Year 2003 was hindered by setbacks and interuptions. On January 23, 2003, they released their fourth album which featured only 4 new titles while the remainder was a compilation of their previous works. They held a concert on April 19, jointly with Power Station and Z-Chen, where S.H.E was featured only as the opening act to make way for Power Station. At the height of the SARS epidemic (wikilink?), Hebe displayed fever-like symptoms on April 16 during a trip to Singapore. Since Hebe and Ella traveled together, both were quarantined for 2 weeks. Ella was injured on July 29 while performing a stunt for Happy Sunday and did not resume work until January of next year.

Their fifth album release for Super Star on August 22, 2003 despite her injury and sold 2500,000 copies in Taiwan alone. This album included the trio’s first pop/rock song which stayed on the top 4 in Singapore’s YES 93.3 for 10 weeks in a row.

Their next album Magical Journey (February 6, 2004) was marketed as two versions: Magical Version and Journey Version. The former sold over 1.5 million copies in Asia. Later that year on September 4, they began their first major tour (Fantasy Land Tour), starting in Taipei, Taiwan (attendance 25,000) and ending in Genting Highlands, Malaysia. The tour’s 13 concerts earned over $22.4 million (NTD). In August (?), S.H.E. became involved in the ongoing political debate over the sovereignty of Taiwan after being reported to claim they were not Chinese but Taiwanese. HIM International denied these rumours.

Due to their busy tour schedule, they did not release an album so far that year that but contributed to the Reaching for the Stars soundtrack which sold only 50,000 copies. On November 25, they finally released Once Upon A Time. The CD sold more than 1 million copies, with a record-breaking 50,000 in pre-orders, overshadowing the rival girl group Twins (Hong Kong) which sold only 800,000 copies of their first Mandarin album in Taiwan. The album debuted on the G-music Chinese language album charts at #1, retained that position for four consecutive weeks, and stayed on the charts for a total of 13 weeks. The music video for “Don’t Want to Grow Up”, the title track of this album, costed over $1 million (NTD) in production, hiring extras from Brazil, the United States and Russia, and moved 100 trees to produce a forest. The song won Song of the Year at Hong Kong’s TVB8 Awards.

On July 21, 2006 S.H.E. released Forever, their ninth album, selling 150,000 copies within a week. It is a compilation of older works and 4 new songs, including 3 that are soundtracks from old TV drams. This album includes many collaborative works with other artists in the Chinese pop music industry. The song "Solo Madrigal" (獨唱情歌) was a duet between Selina and Tank (what are they?), one that was initially recorded for the latter artist's debut album. Hebe and new labelmates Fahrenheit (what are they?) sang “Only Have Feelings For You” in the soundtrack Tokyo Juliet, which won several awards including Taiwan's Best Duet Song at the 2006 Sprite China Music Awards. Jay Chou (who is this?) composed "Electric Shock" for S.H.E. In S.H.E.’s second major concert tour during the summer of 2006, the Perfect 3 World Tour, they were commended for their perseverance, dancing choreography, and hitting the correct notes.