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Chinese singer Qu Wanting reveals how life has changed for her after her hit debut album "Everything In The World", and shares her thoughts on her new album "Say The Words".
SINGAPORE: Celebrities get to enjoy the adoration of their fans, but also have to deal with nasty comments from people who don’t like them very much.
It’s a price they all have to pay for fame, and Chinese singer Qu Wanting, who shot to stardom on the back of her hit debut album “Everything In The World”, is no exception.
“When I got more popular, people started to think they know me. But they don’t know the real me. They probably saw me on a magazine or got a glimpse of me on the television.
“They judge me based on my appearance or what I say. When I speak English sometimes, it’s because it is the easiest way to express my thoughts.
“But people think I am this cocky American-born Chinese or a pretentious person. I’m not!” said an exasperated Qu.
“And when I was standing up for my songs and intellectual property, some people didn’t understand and start attacking me.”
“After some time, there was so much anger that I wanted to vent!” said Qu, her hands curling into fists.
“The good thing about my art is I can use it to express my emotions, and I wrote it into a song.”
That song is “STHU” (Shut The Hell Up), a track from her recently-released sophomore album “Say The Words”, which traces her musical journey so far.
“Some people like to talk trash … It’s time to tell them to stop! You don’t know me! Just shut up!
“It’s a song you can sing when you are getting really fed up!” said Qu with a laugh.
"You can sing along with the song when you are upset and you’ll feel better."
Woman of few words
While Qu was quite chatty when she met the media during her recent visit to Singapore, the 30-year-old singer said she usually isn’t much of a talker, and tries to convey whatever she wants to say through her songs.
“During a countdown concert in Guangzhou, I said onstage I really don’t like to talk, because I put everything I want to say in the music, and I’d like to share my music with the audience.
“That must have annoyed the show’s director, because I was supposed to sing three songs and speak for a minute in between each of them,” said Qu cheekily.
Qu is a woman of few words, and believes that it is also why her debut album, “Everything In The World”, didn’t quite turn out like she wanted.
“The first album doesn’t fully express my ideas. When I was making my first album … I was more uptight, so I was afraid of telling my producer what I want.
“I kept waiting until right at the end to tell him what I think, because I am always willing to give things a try. But by that time it was too late to go back,” said Qu.
Things were very different with “Say The Words”.
“The producer (for ‘Say The Words’) gets me. He knows my art and he would try to bring out my best. He told me ‘You’re my boss. Tell me what you want.’
“When I left Los Angeles after working on the album for four months, I was crying so hard on the plane as it started to speed up on the runway,” said Qu sheepishly, explaining that she felt sad the happy days of recording “Say The Words” were over.
Still, the completion of her album represents the beginning of a new journey for her – Qu will soon embark on a concert tour that will take her to various cities in Canada and the US.
“It’ll be nine people on a bus. We’ll spend the month together going from city to city!” said Qu excitedly.
“I’ve never done something like this before!”
Apart from the tour, Qu said she is also focusing on recovering from an injury that she suffered last year.
“I hurt my waist while learning to dance for an earlier music video,” said the Vancouver-based singer.
“Now, I can’t wear heels, can’t run and can’t exercise. I hope I get well this year!”