Will S’porean music go regional?


Staff member

What a year 2015 was for local music. Singer-songwriter Joel Tan, who goes by the moniker Gentle Bones, became the first Singaporean artiste to sign a “360-degree-deal” (where the company gives more support in return for more revenue) with a major label, Universal Music Singapore. Sony Music also announced that they had signed deals with local acts The Sam Willows, Sezairi Sezali and Trick.

This year also saw the establishment of the non-profit Musicians’ Guild, which not only boasts of musicians such as Stefanie Sun and Dick Lee as its members, but also aims to support the careers and professional development of musicians.

There was also a bumper crop of music releases, with offerings from the likes of Tanya Chua, who returns with her new album Aphasia; ShiGGa Shay, who released his eponymous debut full-length album; Inch Chua, whose four-month stay in Pulau Ubin culminated in the EP Letters To Ubin; and The Sam Willows, who dropped their debut album Take Heart (with tracks so catchy the band became the first South-east Asian act to break into Spotify’s global viral 50 chart).

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