Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) held a press conference on November 20 to promote the release of his Mandarin EP, It’s a Long Story <說來話長>.
Getting his start in the entertainment industry as a singer, Kevin has put his music goals on hold for the past seven years to focus on his acting career. Although there is demand for a music comeback, his busy filming schedule denied any opportunity.
When Kevin signed with record label EEG in February of 2012, he had plans to release a full-length album within the same year. Despite best efforts, the project was forced to take a back seat while Kevin juggled successive mainland drama offers. Some also claimed that EEG had purposefully delayed the album’s release, causing a rift between the two parties.
Kevin denied these accusations at the press conference yesterday, saying that he maintains a good relationship with EEG. “It couldn’t be helped because my schedule was full. If we continued to wait [for free time] we probably will not be able to release the disc before my contract expires, so we are releasing an EP (Extended Play) instead of a full album.”
It’s a Long Story was officially released on November 13 and features five tracks. A celebration of Kevin’s twentieth year in the industry, the album is filled with nostalgia and longings for past love. The production team further explored these themes in two music videos shot in Taiwan’s beautiful countryside.
To add a more personal touch, Kevin put his cousin Vivian Wong (王賢詠) in charge of the music videos and promotional photography. Some took this act as proof that EEG does not favor Kevin, giving him only a limited production budget. Kevin defends his record label and finds the gossips ridiculous. “My cousin is an amateur photographer who produces quality work, so I asked her to help me out at promotional events. EEG has ample resources. I don’t understand why these reports exist at all.”
“It’s a Long Story” <說來話長> Mini Movie
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“The Regret of Happiness” <幸福的遺憾> Mini Movie
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“No 75826” <號75826>- Audio Only
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“Returning to the Scene of Love” <回到愛的現場>- Audio Only
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Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.