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Mayday puts limit on number of albums still to come

2012/06/24 15:11:54

Taipei, June 24 (CNA) A member of Taiwanese rock band Mayday said Saturday at the Golden Melody Awards that the group intends to make only two more albums because it wants to emulate the Beatles, which he said released 10 albums during their run.

"According to Mayday's plan, this is our third to last album," the band's vocalist Ashin said of the band's eighth album, "Second Round," during his acceptance speech after the band won the Best Album Producer award.

"The Beatles released 10 albums over their career, so that thought has gradually grown in our hearts," he explained later.

A smiling Ashin told fans not to worry, however, "because it will still take around six years to reach this goal."

The band has long idolized the Beatles. A song on their fifth album was called "John Lennon," in which they expressed their admiration for the British rock band and their dream to be called "The Beatles" of the ethnic Chinese world one day.

The band was the big winner at Saturday's Golden Melody Awards, scooping up six major awards, also including Best Mandarin Album, Best Band, Best Music Arranger, Best Composer and Best Song of the Year.

The only award the group was nominated for but did not win was for Best Lyricist.

The six-award haul evened Taiwanese pop diva A-mei's record set in 2010 for number of awards won. No other album before A-mei's "AMIT" had ever won six Golden Melody honors.

Formed in the late 1990s, the band is known for its student band roots and for capturing the spirit of Taiwanese youth during that time period.

Lee Yueh-chi, convener of the judges, said Mayday's album "Second Round-No Where" received an overwhelming majority of votes in the Best Album category. It received 16 votes, compared with two for the second-place finisher.

He said Mayday's music arrangement and album production skills give people a feeling that it is "not only a band, but an outstanding music symbiosis."

Mayday beat its rivals in the categories of Best Album, Best Band and Best Song of the Year in the first round of voting. The winners in the award ceremony's 24 categories were selected after up to three rounds of voting by the judges.

After the last prize of the evening -- for Best Album -- was announced, each band member pulled a banana from his pocket and started eating it to symbolize the long-lasting friendships within the group.

The Golden Melody Awards, now in their 23rd year, were held at Taipei Arena.

(By Christie Chen)