Ten Chinese Albums to Brag About
2004 – Ding Wei – Dear Ding Wei (亲爱的丁薇)
Here comes another diva. Ding Wei is really not one of the names that get often talked about online… let alone in English. There’s really very little information on her, and I can’t even remember how I came about her music, but thank the gods for it.
Her last album, Dear Ding Wei, released back in 2004, is a mix of pop with classical music elements and electronic influences — sometimes more influenced by classical music due to Ding Wei’s background. Since then, she has mostly focused on working on music for film and, if I’ve been informed correctly, as a judge on one of the several Chinese music competitions.
You can listen to all of Ding Wei’s album on Xiami.
2005 – Leehom Wang – Heroes of the Earth (蓋世英雄)
Who is more apt than Leehom Wang to break this divalicious list? After all, I know I’ve seen a quote by Ding Wei herself stating that Leehom’s the only one with true talent in the current commercial music scene. And boy does this guy have talent.
In his 11th album, Leehom takes Heroes of the Earth to levels out of this world when he combines genres like Chinese opera with hip hop and rap, then moves on to Peking opera and combines it with R&B. And, pfft, of course Leehom can be commercial pop too. This is, after all, to this date, his best-selling and most popular album.
Actually, a lot of Sony Music’s content is gone from Xiami, but you can still try streaming from there — if you’re lucky, it’d be back up. Otherwise, Leehom Wang is listed in several other streaming services.