the chinese pop scene has reached a stalemate, something like 10 years ago, with no apparent talents left. even the likes of jay chou and lee hom have somewhat lost their appeal to the korean acts, who are sexier and are better eye-candy. in short, it is heading nowhere and is in dire need of an injection of new talents.
typical chinese-based composers (all over the world) are all scratching the bottom of the barrel to come out with something refreshing, something that could shock the world and take it by storm. unfortunately, they fail because their bottleneck is still very much limited by their talents and lack of creativity.
to break the stalemate, you need composers who are out of the norm, who don't listen to mass produced chinese ballads (or K-songs) and - this is the key - someone who is westernized enough in their thinking, listening habit, education and upbringing so that they could come out with new melodies and harmonies. in the past, we have tanya chua from singaporea, cheer chen from taiwan and more recently joanna wang, singer songwriters who managed to break the old-fashioned mould and created some sort of new wave for chinese pop. brilliant as they are, they still failed to win the mainstream crowd in a BIG way because their tunes are not BIG enough.
what do we mean by BIG? BIG means it appeals to the current generation and across ages; it appeals to the layman who don't necessary listen too much to music. BIG means it can be used as movie soundtrack. BIG means it can rule the world.
here comes someone, not even pretty but with talents so huge that she raises your eyebrow beyond just "ok. something new" or the typical "oh i see".
she is Qu Wan Ting, a girl from harbin but educated in canada, currently signed to the top music label in canada, netwerk music.