Taiwan – After a long wait of slightly more than 2 years since Y4 – Love x Pi, Yen-J finally released his 5th album Y5 titled “Thanksgiving (一直给)” on 21st July 2015. In hopes to thank his fans, pre-order autograph sessions were held at Taipei and Kaoshsiung (before his label-mates Magic Power’s OURS’ concert on 18th July) prior the official release. The official autograph sessions kick started in the first week of August in Taichung, Tainan and Taipei.
Before we continue, you may want to have a sneak ‘peek’ of the songs in the album. Click here to watch the album preview.
At the pre-order autograph session in Kaohsiung, Yen-J revealed that his album pretty much sums up what he had been doing and you can probably get to know more about him through his songs. As the album title suggests, Y5 “Thanksgiving” is how Yen-J gives back to his supporters.
Yen-J probably never runs out of surprises. In fact, he was rather soft-spoken and shy back when he held his album promotions in Singapore. Despite the fact, Yen-J was rather hyperactive with numerous hand gestures that even the emcee of the Kaohsiung pre-order autograph session, Fifi, questioned him on this matter. He humorously replied that he drank too much black coffee prior the event. Nevertheless, it’s not a bad thing after all. His change can also be seen through the songs in the album.
Another hot topic discussed during the album release was the album cover. It was said to be drawn by Japanese artiste Tatsuhiro Horikoshi, titled “Smiling Friend”. Showing a hidden face behind a palm with with a smiley face drawn but surrounded with blood-stained plasters. Perhaps is the best pictorial form of expressing what Yen-J hopes to convey through the current album, goes along well with the track “Something” which Yen-J explained that it sounded like upset in Chinese (伤心 – shang xin).
This concept also became the idea for the pre-order only gift for the fans – a set of stickers as shown above which was also signed on during the autograph sessions.
Left: MAGIC POWER’s Leader Kai Kai, Right: Yen-J
Partners in crime? Maybe just bromance.
Being a special guest at Magic Power’s OUR’s concert in Kaohsiung, Kai Kai did not spare Yen-J from embarrassment by asking him to explain his album “Thanksgiving” in a cheeky way. Not long after this duo made it to one of the hottest topics discussed in Taipei. Yen-J made a promise at one of the autograph sessions that if his album ranked first on the music charts for three weeks in a row, he’ll share a photo of himself practicing at home. As seen on the photo on the left, the minimised photo is originally posted by Yen-J to fulfill his promise. Whereas the larger photo was a posted by Magic Power’s Kai Kai in response to Yen-J’s half bare photo update.
“Something” is the OST for the latest Taiwanese family drama “Bitter Sweet (军官。情人)”
In one of the songs titled “Lightly (轻轻)”, you’ll be surprised to hear a new voice by B’in Music’s newly signed talent, PEACE, who also made an appearance in the music video. Born in Taiwan, PEACE was in California from the age of 4 to 12. Trained in vocal singing and dancing, PEACE is no doubt an all rounder. Get to know more about her at her Facebook page. (link below)
Link: PEACE’s Facebook page
If you happen to be in Hong Kong at the end of the month, don’t miss Yen-J’s “Thanksgiving” concert in Hong Kong.
Date: 21st August 2015 (FRI)
Venue: E-Max, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre
Ticket Price: HKD480
Ticketing website: click here
What’s your favorite song by Yen-J? Let us know in the comments section below!
Article by Xuan Lin @ KAvenyou.com