With “Dust My Shoulders Off”, Jane Zhang became the first Chinese singer who hit the top 50 list on iTunes, peaked 46th. At this moment (4.48pm, 11/3/2016), this song still rates No. 51 (http://www.apple.com/itunes/charts/songs/).
As I tweeted, I was stunned by this song and music video at the first time and it’s still a song I won’t regret to listen to one more time. Jane Zhang is quite a mature female singer in China and if I listened the song without knowing it’s her, I would 100 percent mistake it for a new song by an American pop singer.
What’s incredibly amazing is the music video. Because nobody pays for songs since we got Internet, there’s no way to sell a disk of music videos anymore in China unless that guy owns quite a lot of fans. Therefore, no singers treat the music video right since it takes plenty of time and money and ends up with watched by people on Internet for free. However from this video, you can tell how much effort they have put in it. The idea is Jane Zhang singing and dancing as the people in several famous paintings and the switches of scenes are creative enough to make the viewer feel like travelling in the fantasy. I’ve seen a better one of this year but it’s always fantastic to have a music video like this, main character swinging between reality and the world in paintings. By the way the better one mentioned above is “Up & UP” by Coldplay.
No matter what, I do appreciate Jane Zhang’s work and I do look forward to witnessing her achieve more.
(screenshots from “Up& Up”)
(All pictures are screen captured from the music video “dust my shoulders off” by Jane Zhang and “up & up” by Coldplay)