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Today is the birthday of this actress, singer, TV host and yoga instructor.


别恋 (Google translation: Farewell Love by 坣娜 (Tang Na).






Song was released in 1998 and is collected in Tang's 10th solo album of the same name. It is also her last solo album. Do not know who is/are the songwriter/s.



Tang Na (born 12 January 1966), Taiwanese actress, singer, TV host, yoga instructor and founder of TangYoga.

Her father ran a cheongsam tailor shop but the business is not that good. Life was really miserable for the family of seven. In order to learn ballet, Tang started to work at age 14 to pay the ballet tuition fees. She managed to become a singer and was paid NT4,000 a month to sing 40 minutes each day. But she never wanted to be an entertainer, so she gave all the money she earned to her father.

Tang Na studied tourism while in school. She was not used to interacting with people which the tourism industry required and had a tough time finding a job. On the other hand, her sister’s friend is a dancer. It happened that her agency was getting new recruits to sing and Tang auditioned for it and passed the audition. She is the only person who is not a student of an artiste school that was employed.

In 1986, she released her debut album 告别临界. Donna's first movie was directed by Hong Kong action film superstar 王羽 (Wang Yu). She is the female lead. Later, she was the second female lead in the period drama 还君明珠 (Returning the Pearl) and she became popular in Taiwan.

In 1988, she represented Taiwan and went to Japan to participate in the CBS/SONY "Asian International Newcomer Competition". The original competition stipulated that there was only one champion, and a participant from mainland China was appointed as the champion. But because of Tang's outstanding performance, the judges agreed that an exception should be made to elect another champion. So Tang became the other champion of the competition, and it was the only time where there is a tie in the competition. After winning the award, she released two singles in Japan. Back to Taiwan, she released the albums 那年的情人好冷 (The Lover That Year Was Cold), 周末别来找我 (Don't Come to Me on Weekends), 教我一点点 (Teach Me A Little) from 1988 to 1991.

From 1992 to 1993, she was in mainland China to act in 武林奇缘. In 1996 that TV series was shown as 情定少林寺 in Taiwan by CTV. The TV series was the ratings champion in Taiwan. But as the show was shown by CTV, Tang Na was banned from TTV and CTS. She could not plug for her new albums nor sing her songs on these two TV stations.

After the 1993 Golden Bell Awards ceremony, Tang Na drove back home. Her car was struck by a car driven by a drunkard on her way back. Her spine was deformed, internal organs were shifted, and she had multiple fractures in her body. She was rushed to the emergency room but because the hospital does not have a bed for her, she was admitted to another hospital the next day. After being in a coma for two days, she finally regained consciousness. After half a month, she was discharged from the hospital and went home to recuperate. After a month of recuperating, she reluctantly continued to work as she still suffered from headaches. She also could not remember her lines while filming back then.

She joined Jushi Records in 1994 and released her first album there 抱紧一点 (Hold A Little). She was nominated for the Golden Melody Award "Best Mandarin Female Singer".

In 1995, she changed her surname from 堂 to 坣 (the characters have the same pronunciation and meaning). She also released the album 奢求 (Extravagance). An MV was filmed for the song of the same name. The MV was noted for having a plot that ties in with the song setting a precedence for Taiwanese MVs.

In 1996 and 1999, she released the albums 自由 (Freedom) and 解药 (Antidote) respectively. The MV for Freedom was voted "the world's most popular Chinese music video" by Choice Awards. It is the first Taiwanese MV to obtain this international award. The following year, with "Freedom", she was again nominated for the Golden Melody Award for Best Female Singer in Mandarin.

In 1998, she shot ten MVs and a musical film of the same name for the 别恋 (Farewell Love) album, becoming the first person to shoot a mini music film in Taiwan.

After 2000, due to the injuries suffered from the 1993 car accident, she reduced her performances and used yoga to heal herself. After many years of practice and study in yoga, she began to teach yoga formally and became a well-known yoga instructor. She had also published several yoga books, becoming the first Taiwanese artiste to publish such books. In recent years, she had begun to sing again.

On 25v December 2016, during an exclusive interview, she said with a smile that she seemed to be the protagonist in a disaster film because since she was a child, there have been challenges of all kinds. She stated "I have lived in a very unstable family since I was a kid. I can only say that God and my parents gave me a natural ability. I am very stable, and can look at things sensibly and objectively."
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Today was the birthday of this English composer.


Warsaw Concerto by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Piano by Daniel Adni. Conducted by Kenneth Alwyn. Composed by Richard Addinsell.






The Warsaw Concerto is a short work for piano and orchestra by Richard Addinsell, written for the 1941 British film Dangerous Moonlight, which is about the Polish struggle against the 1939 invasion by Nazi Germany. In performance, it normally lasts just under ten minutes. The concerto is an example of programme music, representing both the struggle for Warsaw and the romance of the leading characters in the film. It became very popular in Britain during World War II.

The concerto is written in imitation of the style of Серге́й Рахма́нинов (Sergei Rachmaninoff). The film's director had originally wanted to use Sergei Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto, but this idea was either forbidden by the copyright owners or was far too expensive. Thus Addinsell wanted the piece to sound as much like Rachmaninoff as possible. And although it is at the heart of Dangerous Moonlight, the Concerto is never performed complete in the film but rather revealed piecemeal.

The piano part was played by Louis Kentner, a fine British musician known for his performances of Franz Liszt, but he had insisted that there be no on-screen credit, for fear that his participation in a popular entertainment would harm his classical reputation. He lost his qualms when the recording sold in the millions and he even asked for royalties (they were granted). Ultimately the Warsaw Concerto was such a hit that it made the then unusual journey from movie screen to concert hall. It initiated a trend for similar short piano concertos in the Romantic style, which have been dubbed "tabloid concertos".



Richard Stewart Addinsell (13 January 1904 – 14 November 1977) was an English composer, best known for film music, primarily his Warsaw Concerto, composed for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight (also known under the later title Suicide Squadron).

Richard Addinsell was born in Woburn Square, London, to William Arthur Addinsell, who was a chartered accountant, and his wife, Annie Beatrice Richards. The younger of two brothers, Addinsell was educated at home before attending Hertford College, Oxford, to study Law but stopped after just 18 months. He then became interested in music.

In 1925, he enrolled at the Royal College of Music but lasted only two terms before leaving, again without obtaining any formal qualification. By this time Addinsell was already collaborating with Noel Gay, among others, in an André Charlot Revue. More work for Charlot in 1927 was followed in 1928 by a collaboration with Clemence Dane on Adam's Opera at The Old Vic. In 1929, he completed his informal education by touring Europe to visit major theatrical and musical centres such as Berlin and Vienna.

In 1932, with Clemence Dane, he wrote the incidental music for the Broadway adaptation of the combined Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Eva Le Gallienne, starring Josephine Hutchinson. In 1947 it was revived, starring Bambi Linn.

The Warsaw Concerto was written for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight and continues to be a popular concert and recording piece. The film-makers wanted something in the style of Sergei Rachmaninoff but were unable to persuade Rachmaninoff himself to write a piece. Roy Douglas orchestrated the concerto. It has been recorded over one hundred times and has sold in excess of three million copies.

Addinsell also wrote the short orchestral piece Southern Rhapsody, which was played every morning at the start of TV broadcasts by the former Southern Television company in the south of England from 1958 to 1981.

As was common with film music until the 1950s, many of Addinsell's scores were destroyed by the studios as it was assumed there would be no further interest in them. However, recordings of his film music have been issued since his death, often reconstructed by musicologist and composer Philip Lane from the soundtracks of the films themselves and conducted by Kenneth Alwyn or Rumon Gamba.

He collaborated from 1942 with Joyce Grenfell for her West End revues (including Tuppence Coloured and Penny Plain) and her one-woman shows. He also wrote for West End musical revues directed by Laurier Lister, including Airs on a Shoestring.

He regularly composed at the piano, providing other creative musicians such as Roy Douglas, Leonard Isaacs or Douglas Gamley with broad indications for their full orchestrations Orchestral works composed (or adapted) for the concert hall include The Invitation Waltz (1950), the Smokey Mountains Concerto (1950) and The Isle of Apples (1965).

Addinsell retired from public life in the 1960s, gradually becoming estranged from his close friends. He was, for many years, the companion of the fashion designer Victor Stiebel, who died in 1976.

Addinsell died in Brighton in 1977 aged 73. His cremation took place at Golders Green Crematorium on 18 November 1977.
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Today is the birthday of this Estonian vocalist and former model.

Posting this video mainly because of the building.


Be With You by Triinu Kivilaan.






This song was released as a single in 2008.



Triinu Kivilaan (born 13 January 1989 in Viljandi, Estonia) is an Estonian vocalist and former model, best known as a former member of the popular girl* group Vanilla Ninja. She had been modeling for several years when she replaced Maarja Kivi on bass in the group in 2004, having met the other members of the group a year earlier. A key factor, allegedly, in her being selected to join the group was the similarities between her and Kivi's appearance. Kivilaan was (by several years) the youngest member of the group, and continued with her education despite Vanilla Ninja's busy schedule.

When Kivilaan joined the group, Vanilla Ninja had already been chosen to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Kivilaan's arrival jeopardised Vanilla Ninja's participation in the Contest, as she was only 15 years old, and after the appearance of young participants such as 1986 winner Sandra Kim, the Eurovision had set an age requirement that all participants must be at least 16. Kivilaan initially claimed to be 17 years old, but the Swiss selectors doubted this and discovered her true age. For a while it looked like the group would have to withdraw, but the fact that Kivilaan would reach her 16th birthday four months before the Contest meant that the European Broadcasting Union allowed the girls to compete.

Kivilaan would eventually leave Vanilla Ninja in December 2005, with the other three members (Lenna Kuurmaa, Katrin Siska and Piret Järvis) deciding to continue as a trio. The reasons given by the group when announcing the decision was that Kivilaan had left by "mutual consent", and that creative differences were the main reason for her leaving.

During her time in the group, Triinu only played a bit part in Vanilla Ninja's songs, despite her replacing the group's original lead singer. Kivilaan mostly only provided backing vocals and basic instrumentation during live performances, and was essentially separated from the other three members during their semi-final and final performances at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Kivilaan also only appeared sparingly in the group's music videos, with the exception of "When The Indians Cry", in which she was featured prominently.

After leaving Vanilla Ninja, Triinu expressed a desire to return to the music industry once she completes her studies, as a solo artist. She released her only solo album, Now and Forever, in 2008.
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Today is the birthday of this Japanese singer, actress, and video jockey.


スワロウテイル バタフライ - あいのうた (Swallowtail Butterfly - A Love Song) by Chara.






"Swallowtail Butterfly - A Love Song" is a song by Chara, released under the name Yen Town Band. It was the lead single from Montage, a concept album released for the 岩井俊二 (Iwai Shunji) film スワロウテイル バタフライ (Swallowtail Butterfly) (1996) that also starred Chara. This song was used as the theme song for the film.

The single debuted at #31 on Oricon's singles charts. Two months later, after the release of the film and album, the single managed to reach #1.

The song was written by 小林武史 (Kobayashi Takeshi), in collaboration with Chara and film director Iwai Shunji.



綿引美和 (Watabiki Miwa) (born 13 January 1968), better known by her stage name Chara, is a Japanese singer, actress, and video jockey.

Chara grew up in Kawaguchi, Saitama. She started learning the piano from age four and starting composing songs in elementary school. In her first year of elementary school, she performed a song she had written, サヨナラ (Goodbye), at a school piano recital.

She originally received her nickname Chara in junior high school, after a teacher called her this. She was so well known by this name that even some of her friends did not know her real name. She continues to use this name as she believes it brings out her inner child. After finishing high school, Chara went to Tokyo to a vocational school, majoring in music and specialising in piano. However, she dropped out one year into her two-year degree.

From 1984 onward, she worked as a keyboardist in several different unsigned bands. During this time, she found part-time work as a roller-skating waitress. In 1988, to get a chance to sing her own compositions, she decided to become a band vocalist instead.

She debuted in 1991 with the single Heaven. Later in November released her debut album Sweet. The album was not very successful, only reaching No. 64 on Oricon's album charts.

Chara's career gained more momentum after her first tour, Chara Live "Sweet" in May 1992. She became a radio personality for the FM Yokohama, with her own radio show 横浜チャラ町8-4-7 (Yokohama Chara Machi 8-4-7), and her second album, Soul Kiss, won the 1992 Japan Record Award for best rock/pop album from a new artist. The album reached No. 14 on the album charts.

In 1993, she starred in many different commercials (or had her songs featured in them), including commercials for Suntory, Shiseido, Marui and Snow Brand ice creams. Her single 無人島に私をもっていって・・・ (Take Me to a Deserted Island...), the song used in the Shiseido campaign, was her first top 100 charting single, reaching No. 66. The resulting album, Violet Blue, debuted at No. 4 on the charts. Her 1994 album, Happy Toy, riding on the success of her first top 50 single あたしなんで抱きしめたいんだろう? (Why Do I Wanna Hug Him?), also debuting at No. 4.

In spring 1994, she filmed the Shunji Iwai film Picnic, in which she played a mental patient. The film would not be released for another two years. She starred aside 佐藤忠信 (Sato Tadanobu), whom she married in 1995. Chara took a short break from music, releasing the compilation album, Chara the Best Baby Baby Baby XXX, and giving birth to her first child.

In February 1996, Chara began filming her second film for Iwai, titled Swallowtail Butterfly. She played Glico, a slum pros with musical aspirations. Chara recorded the soundtrack for the movie, collaborating with Mr. Children music producer Kobayashi Takeshi to create a Beatles-esque sound. The music was released under the name Yen Town Band, the name of the band Glico forms in the film. The film was a massive hit, propelling Chara to stardom. Both the concept album, Montage, and the theme song reached No. 1 on Oricon charts. Her performance awarded her a Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role nomination. The film won the Most Popular Film award.

Chara's fame soared, as shown by her next album Junior Sweet. The main single from the album, やさしい気持 (Kind Feelings), was a big hit, selling over 520,000 copies and became her second-biggest hit. The album was certified by the RIAJ as selling over 1,000,000 copies.

Her 1999 album, Strange Fruits, saw some success, debuting at No. 3 and selling over 300,000 copies. Chara teamed up with Judy and Mary vocalist Yuki to release a special single called 愛の火 3つ オレンジ (Fire of Love, Three, Orange). This song is Chara's third-biggest hit, selling over 230,000 copies.

In late 2001, Chara released music as the drummer of the twin-drum all-girl* rock band, Mean Machine, alongside Yuki, Swallowtail actress 伊藤歩 (Ito Ayumi), 1980s musician ちわきまゆみ (Chiwaki Mayumi) and former funk/rock band Jagatara singer/dancer Yukarie.

More information on Chara here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chara_(singer)
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Today is the birthday of 伍佰 (Wu Bai).


牵挂 (Lingering) by 伍佰 & China Blue (Wu Bai & China Blue)






Song is written by Wu Bai. Song was released in 1994 and is collected in Wu Bai & China Blue's second album 浪人情歌 (Wanderer's Love Song).



吳俊霖 (Wu Chun-lin; born 14 January 1968), better known by his stage name Wu Bai, is a Taiwanese rock singer, songwriter and actor. He formed the band Wu Bai & China Blue with Dean Zavolta (drums), 余纪墉 (keyboards) and 朱剑辉 (Chu Chien-hui)(bass guitar), while Wu himself is the lead guitarist and vocalist of the band. Dubbed "The King of Live Music", Wu is considered to be one of the biggest pop music stars in East and Southeast Asia.

Wu was born in Suantou, Lioujiao—literally "Garlic Village"—in Chiayi County in south-central Taiwan. His father was a retired Taiwan Sugar Corporation worker and his mother a betel nut vendor, and he had two younger brothers who died in a car accident. His nickname Wu Bai, meaning "five hundred," derives from several stories, none of which can be proven to be fact: one story says the name came from his early academic success when he scored 100 points on each of five examination subjects when he was studying at middle school. However, an interest in music in his teenage years led to a decline in his academic performance and he failed to pass the university entrance examinations. Another story says he used to charge 500 Taiwan Dollars for his early concerts.

Wu is one of the biggest rock stars in Mandarin-language music markets, including Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. His music is also known in Japan, the United States, Canada, Australia and Ireland. He also has released a number of works performed in Taiwanese Hokkien. Throughout the years, he held numerous sold out concerts in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong and has performed in North America as well. His albums have won many awards and have topped the sales charts.

He writes almost all of his own songs for his albums and also writes for many popular artists including 刘德华 (Andy Lau), 周华健 (Wakin Chau), 莫文蔚 (Karen Mok), 苏慧伦 (Tarcy Su), and 徐若瑄 (Vivian Hsu). His guitar-driven rock music differs from that of many Mandopop or Cantopop stars and, with his Taiwanese Mandarin accent and rough looks, he projects an image of an archetypal 台客 (Taiwanese punkster) in his music and film roles.

Wu left Chiayi County for the capital of Taipei in the late 1980s and worked in a number of menial jobs. One of those jobs in a music shop led to the formation of his first band, Buzz, which soon broke up.

Wu debuted in 1990 in a compilation album 完全走调 with the song 小人国. The song was credited to his real name, Wu Chun-lin.

Dean Zavolta describes the formation of Wu Bai & China Blue noting that the members originally "played for different bands up until about 1991, after which [Chu Chien-hui] and I began jamming together with the eventual idea of forming a newer, fresher, and original rock band...Then one day, he called me up and asked me if I would mind filling in for a one-off gig with himself and a guitarist named Wu Bai...Something just clicked between us. Both the music and the chemistry we had were fantastic. What really helped us though, was that when we first came out, Taiwan—along with other Asian countries—was ready for an Asian rock band that played live music."

Wu Bai & China Blue debuted with two songs on the Taiwanese-language 少年吔,安啦! (Dust of Angels) Soundtrack in 1992 which were credited to his real name, Wu Chun-lin, and featured Chu Chien-hui and Dean Zavolta credited as China Blue. The same year, Pony Canyon Taiwan released Wu's first album, 爱上别人是快乐的事 (Loving Others is a Happy Thing), a solo effort credited to Wu, and featuring each of the three other current China Blue members on at least one song but without the group being mentioned by name. All subsequent albums as of 2007 have been credited to Wu Bai & China Blue.

Wu's initial releases were followed by performing live at pubs throughout Taiwan, notably Sleeping Earth in Taipei and, upon its closure, Live A Go-Go. As his fan base grew, "Friday with Wu Bai" became a weekly event for many listeners, especially college students. Based on this increasing popularity, Wu was given a contract with Rock Records' Mandala Works, which released his second album 浪人情歌 (Wanderer's Love Song) and accompanying music videos. Sales were limited but Wu's following continued to grow due to his live performances.

In January 1996, Wu Bai & China Blue brought their powerful live show to Hong Kong for the first time to great success and Wu began to be known as Taiwan's "King of Live Music." Later that year they released the smash hit album The End of Love, which, propelled by the hit single 挪威的森林 (Norwegian Forest), sold over 600,000 copies and was honored by the China Times and the United Evening News as one of the year's Top 10 albums. The album also ranked in the Top 20 Music Videos on television's Channel [V] and was nominated by MTV for the best music video of the year.

In June 1998, after representing Taiwan Beer in its new television commercial, Wu also appeared in a Chinese movie 美丽新世界 (A Beautiful New World), playing the part of a street singer. He also wrote and sang the title song for the movie.

In 1999, Wu had a small role in 征婚启事 (The Personals), a motion picture with good box office sales. That November, Wu released a Mandarin album, 白鸽 (White Dove), and started a tour of three cities in Taiwan. He held six sold-out concerts in a gigantic tent called "Super Dome", which was also a ground breaking event for the Taiwanese concert scene. The album and the concerts were the first big events after Taiwan's devastating earthquake, which comforted so many people. As a result, Wu was voted as the most popular singer of the year, and also rank number three as the Man of the Year, outranking the President of the Republic of China Lee Teng-hui.

In the year 2000, Wu wrote and sang the theme song for the 霹雳 (Pili) movie 圣石传说 (Legend of the Sacred Stone). This time his backing music had a full orchestra, and the lyrics were written in Classical Chinese.

Between March and April, Wu Bai and China Blue held three concerts in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. In Singapore, the Strait Times' headline after the concert was "King of Chinese Rock", in Malaysia, the media headline was "Cult Master arrived, all congregation bowed." and in Hong Kong, the whole audience stood up in a stadium that has rules against standing during concerts. After these phenomenal successes, Wu sang at Taiwan's new president's inauguration, Singapore's National Day concert, and Japan Fukuoka's Music Festival. In Fukuoka, Japanese audiences all stood up to enjoy the concert even though they likely did not understand the lyrics.

Wu has also appeared in 徐克's (Tsui Hark) 2000 movie 顺流逆流 (Time and Tide) as the lead actor, and also wrote two songs for the soundtrack.
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Today is the birthday of Angelo Notari.


Canzona passaggiata. Composed by Angelo Notari. Sergio Portilla Arriola (soprano recorder), Maria Eugenia Codina (Viola da Gamba), Yana Piachonkina (harpsichord).






Angelo Notari was born on 14 January 1566 in Padua, Italy.

Before leaving Italy for England he was a member of the Venetian Accademia degli Sprovisti (with the nickname ‘Il Negligente’) and had contributed a piece to his fellow-Paduan Nicolò Legname’s book of canzonets (1608).

When he came to England he found a station with the household of Prince Henry in either 1610 or 1611 and by 1618 was in service to Prince Charles who became King Charles II in 1625. Notari remained in the King's service, at least tangentially, as a member of the "Lutes and Voices" until Notari's death.

He is deemed by some to have been a spy to the Spanish court singing at the Spanish Ambassador's Christmas service in 1622.

Notari's most important work was his "Prime musiche nuove" which was published in 1613. It contains monodies, canzonettas, and variations on one of Rore's madrigals. The book is important because through it Notari introduced advanced Italian methods to England. He was also a compiler of Italian monodies.

Notari passed away in December 1663 in London.
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Today is the birthday of this Spanish singer.


Solo Tu Sonrisa (Just Your Smile) by Rosa López.






Song was released in 2020.



Rosa María López Cortés, (born 14 January 1981, Láchar, Granada, Spain), is a Spanish singer. She came to fame in 2001 as part of the Spanish reality television talent show Operación Triunfo, which she won. She represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. She has subsequently released seven studio albums, a DVD and several singles.

She has won awards on several occasions throughout her musical career. These include the 2003 Cadena Dial Award for "Best Artist of the Year" and the Antena de Oro 2006.

Rosa María López Cortés was born in Peñuelas, Láchar (Granada) on 14 January 1981. She was raised in the town of Peñuelas with her three brothers.

Rosa started singing at weddings, baptisms, communions and celebrations for the people of Granada over the weekends with her younger brother at the piano and her father. She was a member of several orchestras, and later created the Trio Roxa.

In September 2001, Rosa auditioned for new reality-show Operación Triunfo and she was selected to enter the show's academy. On 22 October 2001, at the age of 20, she became one of the 16 contestants of the first season of Operación Triunfo. One of the prizes of the competition was to become the Spanish entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. Soon nicknamed "Rosa de España" ("Rose of Spain"), she won the competition on 11 February 2002 with 26.6% of the votes, in a finale that achieved a record audience of 10,680,000 viewers and a share of 58.8%.

From 4 April to 1 June 2002, the 16 participants of Operación Triunfo toured 27 cities in Spain with 600,000 tickets sold, performing sold-out concerts at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona and the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid. TVE 1 aired the Bernabéu Stadium concert, becoming the most watched concert in Spain, with 5,136,000 million viewers and a 39.5% share. The re-run of this concert on 9 July resulted in 3,174,000 million viewers and a 27.9% Share.

Once proclaimed the winner of Operation Triunfo, López began her musical career by signing a three-album deal with Sony BMG Music, RCA Records and Vale Music. She starred in several TV spots like Todos contra el fuego for the Ministry of the Environment (along with fellow Operación Triunfo contestants), and for New World Jewels, the latter with a two-year deal.

On 25 April 2002 she released the namesake studio album Rosa. The album was commercially successful selling over 500,000 copies in Spain, and her first single, "Europe's Living a Celebration", topped the hit list of radio Los 40 Principales. With "Europe's Living a Celebration", she finished in the 7th position at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn.

On 29 October 2003, López released her second album Ahora, with a dance-pop style. The album was a commercial success and exceeded sales projections reaching number one twice in the official albums chart; its lead single "La esencia de tu voz" topped Los 40 Principales' hit list.

On 16 November 2004 she released her third album, Ójala, which was intended to be a small gift for her fans by singing Christmas songs and new songs written for the occasion. In 2005 López decided to take a sabbatical year.

In 2006, Rosa López undertook a new stage of her professional career, having lost 40 kilos of weight, with a modern image and more mature themes. In early 2006 she participated in the dancing talent show Mira quién baila (Spanish version of Strictly Come Dancing), where she was proclaimed winner of the season. On 30 May she launched her fourth studio album Me siento viva with dance-pop sounds that represented a major change from her previous works.

During 2007, she debuted as an actress in the theatre play La menegilda, and also appeared in several TV series and television adverts.

More information on López here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_L%C3%B3pez
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Today is the birthday of 冯庆聪 (Jimmy Fung)


不生不死 (my lousy translation: Not Alive Nor Dead) by Fabel.






Melody by Jimmy Fung. Lyrics by 钟铭熙. The song is collected in Fabel's 2013 debut album We Are One.



Fabel was previously named as ISoFeel and is a duo from Hong Kong. The duo is made up of lead vocalist 卢祝君 (Lolo) and composer/arranger/keyboardist Jimmy Fung.

The duo broke up on 31 December 2019.

Lolo and Jimmy met in the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education. Fung heard Lolo in a singing contest in 2007 and invited her to join his graduation project. They started producing music and performing in 2008.

In 2011, Lolo went to study in Ireland and Fung went to study in England. They would go to Berlin to perform whenever both of them are on school vacation.

They released their debut album, We Are One in 2013 and won the Bronze Award from TVB8 for Best Newcomer.

While singing, Lolo had to work on another job as the income from singing is not enough.



Jimmy Fung, better known as J1M3, is an independent songwriter and producer. He was a former member of Fabel (previously known as ISoFeel). His breakthrough as a songwriter was the song 阿猫阿狗 (Google translation: Cat and Dog) which he wrote for 陈奕迅 (Eason Chan) in 2013.
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Today is the birthday of Aria C Jalali.


Bohemia With A Sea by Aria C Jalali.






Song was released in 2007 and is collected in Jalali's EP, Postmodernism!



Jalali was born on 14 January 1987.

Railcars is a San Francisco-based shitgaze project of Aria C Jalali. For the project's initial release, Jalali teamed up with Xiu Xiu front man Jamie Stewart to produce his follow up EP "Cities vs Submarines" in 2008 (released on Gold Robot Records). Jalali has said he will not be teaming with Stewart again to produce his next album, "Cathedral with no eyes," due to logistical reasons, namely Stewart's move to North Carolina. Railcars' music is described as having "pastel-coloured vocals suitably warped, but with a low-cut frenetic backdrop surrounding them."

Jalali had released an album and an EP before forming the Railroads project.
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