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By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2018-05-05 09:05

Yuan Yawei tries to enjoy her creative space and tempo. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Her new album, which was recorded in China and the United States, brings together international musicians, including Grammy-winning songwriter-producer Oak Felder and August Rigo, who wrote and produced for Justin Bieber and Chris Brown.

Speaking about the album, Felder, who produced four songs for Yuan's new album, says: "I didn't really have any expectations. I didn't really know what to expect.

"But one thing I didn't expect was for her to understand the R&B culture as well as she does. Felder said that he thought that there was going to be more of an explanation process but it wasn't. She just knew what to do right off the bat.

"But I'm not surprised. She's very talented. Extremely talented. I'm fortunate to have worked with her," he says.

Separately, Rigo, who produced a song titled Lucky Rain - featuring Hong Kong-born and South Korea-based rapper Jackson Wang - for Yuan's new album, says: "She's got an amazing voice. And I really like her energy. You can tell that she knows what she's doing. But there's like a humble confidence about her."

As for Yuan, she insists that despite the current music scene, which sees only new singles come out, she still wants to release a full-length album because she is confident about her music.

"I am not in a hurry to become famous overnight because of one particular song. I want people to digest the whole album for weeks, months or years," she says.

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