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Jody Chiang concludes farewell tour with microphone ceremony

2015/09/13 21:39:43

Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) Taiwanese diva Jody Chiang (江蕙) concluded the last of her 25 farewell concerts around the island at Kaohsiung Arena on Sunday with a ceremony to lock away one of her microphones, signaling the end of her singing career spanning more than three decades.

During the ceremony, Chiang slowly placed one of her most precious microphones into a jewelry box that was showered by some 10,000 keys from the rooftop.

The 54-year-old then shut the box and locked it with a key before bowing to the audience.

Microphones have been the most precious tool in her singing career and she wanted to mark the end of her career with the ceremony, Chiang said.

Chiang opened the first of her 25 farewell concerts in Taiwan on July 25 after ticket selling systems were unable to cope with intense demand for her farewell concerts.

Chiang, one of the biggest names on the Taiwanese-language music scene, unexpectedly announced on Jan. 2 that she was putting down her microphone for good with 16 farewell concerts.

Her announcement set off a rush for tickets to the concerts, overwhelming the official ticketing site and ticketing machines at convenience stores around Taiwan during the three-day sale period.

The website of Kham Ticket (寬宏售票) buckled and crashed under the strain of 180,000 users attempting to buy tickets simultaneously.

To cater to upset fans who failed to secure tickets after waiting in line for several hours, Chiang announced on Jan. 16 that she would hold an additional nine concerts at Taipei Arena and Kaohsiung Arena.

An estimated 250,000 people have attended Chiang's 25 farewell concerts between July 25 and Sept. 13 at Taipei Arena and Kaohsiung Arena.

Coming from an impoverished family in Chiayi County, southern Taiwan, Chiang won the Golden Melody Award for Best Female Singer of Taiwanese-language Songs four consecutive times from 2000 to 2003. After that, she stopped entering that competition, citing her desire to encourage younger singers.

She won a total of more than a dozen Golden Melody Awards and became the most successful female singer of Taiwanese-language songs. (Sabine Cheng, Christie Chen, and Evelyn Kao)

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