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Charice Pays Tribute To Whitney Houston [VIDEO]

February 15th, 2012 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

Never been a big fan of Charice. Those big pipes just didn’t fit such a little dimply pipsqueak and the whole package gave me a certain vertigo. But she’s grown up a lot, as you can see here:

There’s something chilling about this. Not because it’s so damn good–though that it is–but because Charice is 19 going on 20, the same age as Whitney when she signed with Clive Davis and Arista Records. When I chewed on that fact a little, the phrase “ships passing in the night” popped in my head. I didn’t remember that the phrase originated in a Longfellow poem until I looked it up, but it’s eerily appropriate:

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

RIP Whitney. Without your voice, there’s darkness, and then silence.

Thank you, @BasseyworldLive

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ROCK OF ASIAN: UA’s Cover Album, Kaba

July 7th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

I have no idea why I didn’t become a fan of Japanese ingenue/art/lounge/dirty-voiced singer UA (a chosen name that means both “flower” and “kill” in Swahili) at some point over the last decade and a half of her career. I say with honesty that I regret it. I hate myself for it. I’m annoyed to just be discovering her just now, simply because she just released a covers album to celebrate her 15th anniversary, and it’s fucking amazing. Lord knows I respect a brilliant cover—especially when the material being covered is the kind of stuff that seem far too difficult, important, or obscure to do justice.

On Kaba, UA applies gritty, raw, funky vocals to songs of all those varieties, both Japanese and American. For the English speakers, she tackles a track that perhaps too many people know intimately, “Under the Bridge,” yet breathes new life and a unique motivation into the words originally penned from rock bottom in 90s Los Angeles. She also modernizes Radiohead’s “No Surprises,” simplifies Björk’s “Hyperballad” and shakes up Aretha Franklin’s “Day Dreaming.”

The album is available via download on iTunes, and you can also listen to samples free on Battlestar Records’ site. I’ve included a few teasers of the aforementioned songs below, though. Enjoy!
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Oh Whitney, You Betta Work

April 14th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

Here’s Whitney Houston, perhaps the greatest singer that ever was, in one of the great moments of her career:

And here’s that wacky crackhead trying to sing her own hit last night.

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March 25th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

Happy birthday to honorasian Elton John, who turned 63 today!

Why Hardass Asian ladies love Elton:

* He, like all grownup Asian ladies, loves bedazzled evening outfits.

* File Under: Easy Listening

* 5 Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. (Who cares if you don’t watch the Tonys? It’s an award!)

* A distinct love for tiny dancers.

* Five important words: Was friends with Princess Diana.

* He turned those piano lessons into somethin‘!

* Guaranteed to rally for karaoke.

* He gives songs as gifts. And by jove, H.A.L.s love presents!!!


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ROCK OF ASIAN: Lydiajojo

October 21st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Why we approve of YouTube darling Lydia Jo:

  • Though she’s got about a jillion videos of her singing on the Internets, she’s smart enough to set her social networking profiles to private and keep her junk to herself (Good girl!).

  • With her cute hair flip, baby cheeks, and funky earrings, she kinda vibes like a modern Claudia Kishi.
  • She loves family. Try to resist this performance with sis and bro. TRY TO RESIST! (Also, props for roping in siblings… no easy task):

  • She is a very talented singer.

[YouTube: Lydiajojo's Channel]
[via Urlesque]

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Katy Perry’s Asian?

July 28th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Fact: Asians love Josh Groban.

It all goes back to Groban’s version of “You Raise Me Up.” “YRMU” is a siren song to our people–vaguely religious, anthemic, treacly, referencing nature–”mountains” and “stormy seas”–and perfect for karaoke (and by “perfect” I mean perfect for butchering, given some of its tricky high notes).

Michelle Kwan skated to it.

A Japanese version of it was the theme song to a 2007 anime series called Romeo x Juliet.

Filipina teen singing phenom and Oprah-favorite Charice Pempengco recorded it for her second album, My Inspiration, which was released in May of this year.

Shoot, even my parents sang it with their Chinese choir a few years ago (um, speaking of butchering).

So, I’m not saying Katy Perry, who’s been linked with Josh Groban, is Asian or anything…

But I think it’s really really weird that she stole my mama’s tattoo.

[via Gawker]

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February 9th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Rin on the Rox (aka Erin and Roxanne)

Occupation: Pinaysian singing sensasians

Known for: Covering contemporary Pop and R&B heavyweights like Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, and Rihanna, racking up over 2 million views on YouTube, recording in a bathroom for better acoustics, becoming a household name when they appeared on Ellen last week.

We have to admit that we love Rin on the Rox in part because they remind us of us. Not because of how they look (they’re way younger and cuter). And certainly not because of how they sing (we wish). But because they’re two giggly best friends just doin’ their thing.

Thanks, Sally!

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June 10th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Phuong Vy

Hails from: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Occupation: Vietnam Idol 2007 winner

Why She’s a Babe: Cuz she’s Vietnameasy on the eyes! And when she’s in heavy makeup, the 20 year-old singer kinda looks like a drag queen, which we think gives her an edge. Also, we love her cute round nose and how she’s unafraid to flaunt it in photos.

Check out Phuong’s Idol performances on YouTube.


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April 10th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Happy 58th birthday to Japan’s favorite Korean-born singer, Akiko Wada! We love the many countries you call home, the fact that you are the voice of Koopa in Super Mario Bros., and your incredible ability to rock such a sweeeeeeet haircut (it takes a good face).

Let the rest of your year be like a pretty song.


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March 20th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Happy 42nd birthday to Bollywood legend Alka Yagnik! May you hear only beautiful songs on your special day.


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ROCK OF ASIAN: David Jordan

February 13th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Sure, you could argue that the UK’s new golden boy David Jordan has an unhealthy appreciation for Justin Timberlake’s pops and Lenny Kravitz’s locks… but hell, my friend jRu and I love a pretty guy that can sing, dance, and remind us more of Prince than anyone right now besides, well, Prince.

Set the mood with his funky new album (entitled: “Set the Mood”–get it?) or just see more Jordan here.

xo, jRu!

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January 17th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Happy 36th birthday to hottie Japanese singer Ken Hirai! Looks like that Anti-Asian cream works for both sexes, cuz you don’t look a day over 19, baby.


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