Universal Music Asia

anggunnews.com – Today Anggun announced she signed with Universal Music Asia for a one-of-a-kind pan-Asian recording deal. Anggun’s highly anticipated new English album is expected to be released in November 2017, followed by a tour in (South East) Asia. The first single of the upcoming album is expected this fall and the release date of the album will be announced shortly.

George Ash, President, Universal Music, Asia Pacific said: “Anggun is without doubt an incredibly talented artist. Throughout her career, she has been lauded not only in Asia but around the world, proven by the fact that she is the best-selling female Southeast Asian artist outside of Asia.
She has countless international accolades and her work on Asia’s Got Talent will lay the foundations for future generations of artists. We are very proud to be working alongside her on her much-anticipated forthcoming English album and look forward to an exciting year ahead.”

Anggun herself said: “I am so proud to partner with Universal Music Asia on this new album. The team is truly amazing and dedicated to both music and artists.
I have been working very hard on my new English album, writing songs while having short breaks during my extensive tour across France & Belgium over the past few months.
I’m really excited to showcase several collaborations with some of the most talented songwriters and producers I have ever met and worked with. This is probably my best album so far and I can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Beside the announcement of having signed a deal with Universal Music Asia, she also confirmed being a judge on Asia’s Got Talent again: ouest-france.fr/pays-de-la-loire/nieul-sur-lautise-85240/anggun-j-adore-voir-les-reactions-du-public-5155485.
Which Asia’s Got Talent already hinted on several times.

The second half of 2017 is going to be awesome!!!

Diaspora Indonesia

anggunnews.com – The first of July, the Indonesian Diaspora Network (IDN) organized the fourth congress of Indonesian Diasporas (CID-4) in Jakarta. Being an Indonesian Diaspora herself, Anggun attended the congress to speech and perform.

An impression of her speeching:

She performed three songs, accompanied by Christian Kretschmar on piano:
– Bayang-bayang Ilusi
– Mimpi
– Snow on the Sahara

Enjoy the video:

And Barack Obama was there too speeching, a shot of them together:

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Concerto di Natale

anggunnews.com – This year, Anggun was invited for the fifth time to sing at Concerto di Natale.

Concerto di Natale

Dressed by Jean Paul Gaultier, she sang four songs, the first one was together with Anna Tatangelo, Rebecca Fergusson and Deborah Lurato, called Hallelujah.

The second song was The Christmas Song, written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé.

And accompanied by Andrea Griminelli, she sang La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful)

To close the whole concert, all artist sang Happy Xmas (War Is Over).

What would Christmas be without great music! ❤

Café de la Danse

anggunnews.com – While touring France, Anggun did three concerts in Paris in Café de la Danse. Fans from all over France but also from Belgium, The Netherlands and England came to see her perform on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Cafe de la Danse(photo by Martin Cox)

Café de la Danse

Café de la Danse is a theater in Paris which can hold up to 500 people.

Concert

The concert started with Sasha doing the supporting act. After that Anggun entered the stage and entertained the audience with a huge list of songs:

  • La rose des vents
  • Je suis libre
  • C’est écrit
  • Mon capitaine
  • Aucune différence
  • Tu nages
  • Quelques mots d’amour
  • À nos enfants
  • Est-ce que tu viendras
  • Née quelque part
  • Face au vent
  • La neige au Sahara
  • Perfect world
  • Etre une femme
  • Cesse la pluie
  • Cargo
  • Nos vies parallèles
  • Un de toi

A lot of fans uploaded fragments of the songs/concert, we combined the best of them into a summary of the concerts with over an hour of great music. Enjoy!

COP22 Climate Show

Anggunnews.com – November 7-18, 2016, the United Nations Climate Change Conference took place in Marrakech (Morocco). As part of that, November 14th, a Climate Show was organized with some famous performers, Anggun included.

She wore a stunning white outfit by Indonesian designer Norma Hauri.

COP22 Climate Show

Together with Youssou N’Dour, Anggun sang 7 Seconds, a duet they did in 2009 too.
On piano is Georgian concert pianist Khatia Buniatishvili.

Youssou N'Dour and Anggun

Beside the duet with Youssou N’Dour, Anggun also sang two French songs of herself: La Neige Au Sahara and Cesse La Pluie. She brought Olivier Freche to play guitar.

After her performances, Anggun was shortly interviewed by the host about her being Goodwill Ambassador for Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations since 2009.
She calls her self “la chanteuse météo”, refering to her performances of La Neige Au Sahara and Cesse La Pluie.

Collaboration with Kotak

Anggunnews.com – It is no secret that Anggun is a fan of Tantri (Syalindri), the vocalist of Kotak. And Tantri is also a huge fan of Anggun since she was a kid.

When Anggun was asked, who her favorite singer from Indonesia is, she did not doubt saying that it is Tantri. She really wanted to sing with her since 2010.
And last week (September 23, 2016), they released a duet in Bahasa Indonesia. It’s called Teka-Teki. The rock ballad song will be featured on Kotaks upcoming album.

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You can download the song from iTunes or you can listen to the song on Spotify Indonesia.

The lyrics:

Seluruh hatimu teka-teki
Yang takkan bisa kumengerti
Senyuman manis di bibirmu
Beri harapan semu
Kuingin tau siapa di hatimu
Apakah itu aku
Sampai kapankah kuharus menunggu
Jawaban dari kamu
Aku dan kamu juga tau
Bahwa aku inginkan kamu
Tetapi mengapa dirimu
Menggantungkan hatiku
Kuingin tau siapa dihatimu
Apakah itu aku
Sampai kapankah kuharus menunggu
Jawaban dari kamu
Gila kau buat aku jadi gila
Katakanlah apa isi hatimu
Kuingin tau siapa di hatimu
Apakah itu aku
Sampai kapankah kuharus menunggu
Sampai kapankah kuharus menunggu
Jawaban dari kamu
Jawaban dari kamu

Support the artists by buying and downloading the song legally!

Chiave Della Città – Florence

anggunnews.com – On September 23, 2016, during the Festival Del Cinema D’Indonesia in Florence (Italy), Anggun received the Chiave Della Città (Key of the City award) from the mayor Dario Nardella. The awarding was held in Palazzo Vecchio.

Anggun and Dario Nardella

The Key of the City is a historical award given to people of importance to the city. During the middle ages the key was truly the key to a gate to enter the city. Since gates no longer serve a purpose, the given key is a symbolic one, given to honorable guests of a city.

Later that evening, Anggun sang an acoustic version of Snow On The Sahara together with Riccardo Mori on guitar at the Cherubini Conservatorium in Florence. Afterwards she was given an painting of herself.

Madame Tussauds Bangkok

Anggunnews.com – Anggun has joined the ranks of world class artists! Today she revealed her wax figure at Madame Tussauds Bangkok. July 1st, Anggun announced it herself but already months before that, she went several times to London to get measured in every way. It took about six months to get a statue with the right hair color, distance between the eyes, size of the nostrils, etc.

Madame Tussauds Bangkok

Anggun - Madame Tussauds

The announcement video:

Anggun is the first Indonesian female and artist to be immortalised by Madame Tussauds. Beside Anggun, the first president of Indonesia, Soekarno, is also present in wax.
Anggun and Soekarno

The wax figure is placed in a dedicated room with a Asia’s Got Talent setting. Anggun is placed in sitting position behind the judges desk. Clothing and accessories are designed by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier. And, of course, the shoes are from Christian Louboutin.

Anggun and Anggun

The wax figure was live revealed by Anggun herself:

Enigma – The Fall Of A Rebel Angel

Anggunnews – About two weeks ago Enigma tweeted a too obvious hint of the last vocal feature on the new album The Fall of a Rebel Angel. Too obvious because there was so much information, it could only be Anggun who was joining the album.
Enigma - The Fall of a Rebel Angel

Enigma

Enigma is a German music project founded in 1990 by Romanian-German musician and producer Michael Cretu. Cretu already released several albums before he conceived the idea of a New Age project resulting in the first album MCMXC a.D. in 1990. The album became a worldwide success, also because of the hit single Sadeness (Part I)

In the past

Anggun was already featured on an earlier album of Enigma, namely the 4th album Metamorphosis from 1998.
Enigma -  Metamorphosis

On Metamorphosis she participated in two songs: Snow On The Sahara and By The Moon.

The Fall of a Rebel Angel

The album is scheduled to be released on November 11th, 2016 by Republic Records. But a first single will already be released on October 10th, 2016, which is “Sadness (Part II)” with vocals of Anggun. People who pre-order the album get the song downloaded that day.

Michael Cretu outlining the journey to release:

The artwork by German artist Wolfgang Beltracchi:
Enigma - The Fall of a Rebel Angel (artwork)

The album will be sold in four versions: standard, limited deluxe (2 disc), limited super deluxe (includes signed picture) and vinyl.
The tracklist of the main disc includes 3 songs featuring the vocals of Anggun:

  1. Circle Eight (featuring Nanuk)
  2. The Omega Point
  3. Diving
  4. The Die Is Cast (featuring Mark Josher)
  5. Mother (featuring Anggun)
  6. Agnus Dei
  7. Sadeness (Part II) (featuring Anggun)
  8. Lost in Nothingness
  9. Oxygen Red (featuring Anggun)
  10. Confession of the Mind
  11. Absolvo
  12. Amen (featuring Aquilo)

Beside Anggun, Enigma collaborated with Brazilian singer-songwriter Mark Josher, Israeli folk band Nanuk and English electro-pop duo Aquilo.

The trailer of the album:

Get your copy from their website: enigmaspace.com/newalbum.

Holiday season

Anggunnews.com – Holiday season has started for lots of people. Before another busy period of touring and other activities will start, Anggun went to her favorite holiday spot: Bali. Staying at Sahana Villas first and at The Edge with her whole family after that, we’re sure she had a great time!

Sahana Villas

Sahana Villas Bali

Sahana Villas Bali

The Edge

The edge Bali

And finally a happy summer face with Kirana on the left…
Happy summer face

(photo credits: Angguns instagram)


Anggun News will be enjoying the tropics for a few weeks too so updates and news will be less frequent. Enjoy your holidays!