Wanting Releases Sophomore Album 'Say The Words;' Already #1 In China And Across Asia
This week, Vancouver-based, Chinese-born singer/songwriter Wanting has released her sophomore album, Say The Words. Within 24 hours of its Universal Music China release in Asia (via a licensing deal with Nettwerk), the album, which Wanting co-produced with Grammy-award winning producer Ron Aniello, debuted at #1 on iTunes China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia. Additionally, “Love Ocean,” the lead single in Asia, shot to #1 on QQ, a Beijing based music streaming service boasting more than 780 million members.
With Say The Words, Wanting takes her piano-swept pop melodies to the next level, introducing elements of jazz and hip-hop on such tracks as Latin-groove tinged “Time, My Friend” (featuring Far East Movement), retro-soul “Exit This Way” and empowering rock-pop anthem “STHU.” Rounding out the album are two breakout ballads, “Love Ocean” and “When It’s Lonely,” sung in her native Mandarin, and upbeat “Us Under The Sunshine,” in both Mandarin and English.
Listen To “Time, My Friend” (Featuring Far East Movement):
In Canada, the CBC exclusively premiered Say The Words last week and also recently hosted Wanting at their studio in Vancouver, where she debuted the new material in front of a live audience.
Watch Wanting Perform “Us Under The Sunshine” Live At The CBC:
Wanting’s 2012 debut album Everything In The World exploded last year in Asia. Smash single “You Exist In My Song” raked in more than 100 Million combined video views, was the #1 radio single in China for 8 consecutive weeks and received over 10 awards. The album itself was certified 6x Platinum and received 15 Best New Artist Awards across Asia. Wanting closed out 2012 with a performance on The China Central Television New Year’s Gala, viewed by an estimated audience of 700 million. Earlier this year, Wanting, who has been based in Vancouver for the past several years, was named the city’s first-ever Tourism Ambassador To China.
Wanting will continue to support her new album in Asia until she returns to North America for tour dates in early 2014. Stay tuned for more information.
Say The Words Track Listing (* Sung In Mandarin):
1. Time, My Friend
2. Love Ocean*
3. Us Under The Sunshine*
5. Joker Needs Laughter Too
6. When It’s Lonely*
7. Sing For You
8. Love Struck Me Down
9. My Little Friend
10. Exit This Way
11. Life Is A Struggle
12. Say The Words
13. Time, My Friend (Featuring Far East Movement)