Selina, Hebe from S.H.E part ways with record company after 17 years

Selina, Hebe from S.H.E part ways with record company after 17 years
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It's official, Taiwanese girl group S.H.E has parted ways with record company HIM International Music.

Selina Jen and Hebe Tian have also followed in bandmate Ella Chen's footsteps, by setting up their own management agencies after their contracts ended on Sept 30.

One of the most popular girl groups in Mandopop, S.H.E accounts for nearly 30 per cent of HIM's earnings, Taiwanese media reported.

Just last month, the trio held a free concert in Taipei to commemorate their 17th anniversary.

During the two-hour concert, they performed hit songs Not Yet Lovers, Tropical Rainforest, Persian Cat and Super Star and others.

S.H.E serenades fans with hits from 17-year career at free concert in Taipei

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    Mandopop's most popular girl group S.H.E pulled out all the stops - and even a baby - at a free concert for fans on Tuesday (Sept 11) amid talk that it is disbanding.

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    Selina Jen, Hebe Tien and Ella Chen reprised their chart-topping songs before an estimated 50,000 fans at the outdoor plaza of the National Theatre and Concert Hall in Taipei.

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    In recent years, Chen and her bandmates - Jen, 37, and Tien, 35 - have not performed together much as they pursue their own career.

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    There were fears that the group would break up after news broke last month (August) that Chen is not renewing her contract with the group's record label, HIM International Music, and would instead be managed by a new company set up by her husband, Malaysian businessman Alvin Lai.

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    In recent years, Chen and her bandmates - Jen, 37, and Tien, 35 - have not performed together much as they pursue their own career.

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    At the concert, the trio were quick to assure fans that their bond was strong.

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    Said Chen: "The three of us really appreciate that we are close as sisters."

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    While the group did not refer to Chen's plan to leave their record label, they ended their 17th birthday concert on an optimistic note.

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    "See you next year," they told their fans as they took a bow.

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    The concert was staged specially to mark the 17th anniversary of S.H.E's launch. On Sept 11, 2001, the trio released their first album, Girls' Dorm.

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    Fittingly on Tuesday, they took fans back to the start of their career, kicking off the two-hour show with Not Yet Lovers, a hit song from their debut album.

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    Fans sang along to other hit songs such as Tropical Rainforest, Persian Cat and Super Star.

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S.H.E reassured fans then, saying: "The three of us really appreciate that we are close as sisters."

The girl group was formed after a singing competition in 2001, with members branching out to pursue successful careers in singing, acting, and hosting.

Now that they've gone independent, it may be harder for fans to see them perform together as a group, as HIM International Music holds the copyright to S.H.E.

minlee@sph.com.sg

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