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Indie pop duo collaborates with singers of 1980s and 1990s

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2018-10-31 07:46

Good Meimei band, Qin Hao (right) and Zhang Xiaohou, is one of the most popular duos in China.[Photo provided to China Daily]

It happened when they were drinking coffee on a sunny morning in Taipei. "This is Chyi Yu. Oh my God," Zhang Xiaohou and Qin Hao said to each other.

That was how the two singer-songwriters from Chinese pop duo, Good Meimei, met their idol, the veteran Taiwan singer Chyi Yu, for the first time early this year.

"I was too excited to talk to her," recalls Qin. "She smiled warmly, spoke softly and wore a long, bohemian style dress-just like how she used to look on television."

The duo spent the day with Chyi, who is 61 now and rarely appears on stage these days. She led them on a walk around Taipei, showing the duo her favorite record store while sharing stories about her early days trying to make it as a singer.

The meeting was part of a collaborative project between Chyi and Good Meimei, which brought together the three singers to perform one of Chyi's most popular songs, Barcarolla.

The song, which was released on Aug 20, was one of 10 songs on the duo's new album, titled Dream Chaser.

Released online on Oct 17 under Tencent Music Entertainment Group's QQ Music and Kugou streaming sites, the album features 10 classic pop songs by 10 female Taiwan singers, each of whom perform one of their songs with the duo.

Besides Chyi, the pop duo has also invited stars like Michelle Pan Yueh-yun, Winnie Hsin and Cyndi Chaw to perform their hits, including Sunset Red, Try to Forget and The Most Romantic Thing.

Thanks to the latest recording technology, they also fulfilled their dream of performing the popular song, Dream Chaser, with the late Taiwan singer Fong Fei-fei (1953-2012).

"All the 10 female singers were some of the most popular stars during the 1980s and 1990s. We grew up listening to their songs," says Qin.

During the past 15 months, the duo traveled back and forth from Beijing to Taipei to visit the singers and discuss ideas for developing new arrangements for their songs.

"It was more than about just singing the songs. We are big fans. When we recorded the songs together in the studio, the atmosphere was nervous, excited and surreal," adds Zhang.

In the summer of 2017, when the pop duo's manager Xi Tao came up with the concept for the new album, both Qin and Zhang initially rejected the idea immediately.

"It sounded like an impossible mission. They are big pop stars and some of them have withdrawn from the limelight for many years. There were so many problems that needed to be solved, such as securing permission from their record companies, dealing with copyright issues and figuring out how to rearrange these classic songs," says Qin.

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