Universal Music Greater China (UMGC), a division of Universal Music Group, stated Thursday that it has signed Sunnee, a former member of fashionable Chinese idol group Rocket Girls 101, which disbanded earlier this week.
Sunnee, a Thai singer of Chinese descent whose full Mandarin title is Yang Yunqing, is the primary of the previous 11-person group to signal with a serious music label. She will launch her debut solo album later this 12 months, and a single known as “By Your Side” on Friday, which she calls “a reflection of my gratitude to [my] fans’ support over the years.”
A consortium led by China’s Tencent Holdings purchased 10% of Universal Music Group from France’s Vivendi SA for $3.four billion final December.
Rocket Girls 101 have been shaped out of the Tencent Video music actuality present “Produce 101” in 2018. Their track “Calorie,” a fat-shaming earworm about find out how to shed pounds with a purpose to turn out to be a viral web star, peaked at quantity 4 on the Chinese charts and was utilized in comedy “Hello Mr. Billionaire,” China’s twelfth highest grossing movie of all time. They disbanded on the finish of their stipulated two-year contract.
Sunnee, 23, was beforehand a member of lady group A’N’D underneath Okay-L Entertainment. She got here in eight on “Produce 101,” incomes her a spot within the group. has greater than 18 million followers on China’s Twitter-like Weibo social media platform, and is a model ambassador for MaxFactor, Calvin Klein, and Dove, amongst different worldwide manufacturers.
The announcement was made in a digital press convention out of Shanghai on Wednesday night.
In a press release, Sunnee stated that she felt “privileged” to have the ability to collaborate with UMG’s producers and track writers. “What I want to express through music is becoming clearer and clearer,” she stated.
UMGC chairman and CEO Sunny Chang known as Sunnee a “one-of-a-kind artist, and a true representative for Generation Z,” whereas the corporate’s managing director Garand Wu praised the singer’s “uniquely personal style,” saying he hoped to introduce her to new markets exterior China by way of Universal’s world community. “As a Thai-Chinese musician, she’s inspired by both C-Pop and Southeast Asian pop music, adding rich expressiveness to her music.”