Meet Jane Zhang, The Recently Married Chinese Pop Star On The Verge Of Global Takeover!
It’s time to get familiar with Jane Zhang!
The 32-year-old Chinese pop star, who first rose to fame after competing in 2005′s massively popular all-girl TV singing competition Super Girl, is on the verge of global takeover thanks to the release of her debut US single “Dust Off My Shoulders,” which was produced by hit-maker Timbaland.
Jane also recently tied the knot to Michael Feng Ke, the CEO of Show City Times – her management company – at a castle in Italy on Wednesday (November 9).
JustJared caught up with Jane to talk about the gorgeous wedding, the rising success of her English debut, and what we can expect from her in 2017.
JJ: Congratulations on recently tying the knot. Did you go anywhere for your honeymoon? Were there any mishaps on your wedding day?
Thank you! I had previous engagements in both China and the United States, so we have to delay our honeymoon probably until next year. Everything went well during the wedding. It was perfect. If I must nitpick something from my wedding though, it would be the weight of the [Tony Ward] wedding dress, but I wouldn’t mind wearing it for the rest of my life because it was an absolutely gorgeous dress.
JJ: Your song “Dust My Shoulders Off” has started to take off in the US. How did this collaboration with Timbaland come about?
I was working with J-Roc on a track in L.A., and Timbaland‘s manager was also there in the same studio. After hearing my music, he really liked it. And because Timbaland was also in town at the time, his manager was able to set up a meeting where I got a chance to show Timbaland the song I was working on. That’s how we connected.
Jane Zhang – ‘Dust My Shoulders Off’ (Official Video)
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JJ: The music video is very art-driven. How did you come up with the idea?
I wanted something very unique, so I asked [creative director] Outerspace Leo to provide me with some ideas. We have a longstanding work relationship! After a few meetings, I decided to go with this art concept because it expresses the core message of ‘Dust My Shoulders Off’, that everyone has their own problems, no matter who you are, real or fictional.
JJ: What was your favorite part of the video?
My favorite part of the video was doing the shoot of the Van Gogh self-portrait and The Scream. I even made the fake nose myself for the Van Gogh makeup; a lot of my fans didn’t even recognize that it was me.
JJ: How’s your album coming along? Is Timbaland going to executive produce the entire album?
We finished all the mixing for the album and we are still working on more music videos. And yes, Timbaland is the executive producer on the entire album, which will be out early next year. We have some really amazing features, you will find out more in the near future!
JJ: Who are your favorite US singers of today? Are you obsessed with any American TV shows? Favorite U.S. actors?
Mariah Carey will always be my favorite. Favorite TV shows are Blacklist, House of Cards, 2 Broke Girls and Vampire Diaries. Favorite U.S. actors are Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey, Dwayne Johnson and Angelina Jolie.
JJ: Being on Oprah in 2009 gave you a huge platform. Why did you wait until now to break into the US market?
I didn’t think I was ready to release an English album in 2009.
JJ: Are you on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook? How can US fans keep up with you and your new music?
JJ: What are you doing for the Christmas holiday? Do you and your family/friends have any time-honored traditions that you carry out every holiday season?
Unfortunately, I’m usually performing during the Christmas holidays!