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Critics don't bother singer

WEARING a bright red robe-like dress, a white suit and smoky dark eye makeup, multilingual singer Laure Shang (Shang Wenjie) performed at the opening ceremony of One Young World Summit, a global youth leaders' forum in Zurich, Switzerland, in early September.

She performed Bob Geldolf's hit song "This is the World Calling," as well as "Amazing Life," the summit's theme song - the original version is a Chinese song called "This is the Way I Am," which is on Shang's new album.

After winning the popular Super Girl TV talent show in 2006, the Fudan University French major quit her job at a French in Shanghai and pursued her dream to be a singer. But instead of her music and singing ability, most of the attention she has received has focused on her flamboyant outfits.

Shang, 29, has frequently appeared in fashion magazines such as "Elle" (China version) with outlandish clothing and glam-gothic makeup. She was dubbed "China's Lady Gaga" by the public for her jaw-dropping style. Some said these "imitations" were only done to get attention.

She later responded that she viewed these looks as artistic creations that draw from a spirit of experimentalism. She also called for the encouragement of creativity in China.

She seems to have little concern about her critics. "How can you be a person that everybody likes? It's an interesting question, but also a silly one," she once wrote on her mircoblog on

Her latest album "In" was released in late August. She wrote the lyrics and music for five songs on "In" and collaborated with other musicians on another two songs.

After the One Young World Summit, the singer spoke to Shanghai Daily.

Q: You wrote most of the songs on "In." How does the creative process work?

A: I have not had professional music training so it's a gradual process to try and write my own songs. I first started about a year ago and I took my work to my colleague and then made changes. The new album took about a year to conceive and to put into the format as it is now.

Q: What do you do when you get inspired?

A: When I have some instant feelings, I'll write down short notes in English, French or Chinese. After a while some melodies will come up and I'll record them and then after a short while I'll put them in order to make a complete song.

Q: How do you spend your leisure time?

A: When I'm at work I have to go out and talk to different people so when there's a break, I prefer to stay at home and have a good rest.

Q: Do you use social networks and how often do you read comments from fans and other commentators?

A: I usually don't have much time to read most of the comments. I've heard enough of what people have to say about me and don't get too excited or flattered by praise nor discouraged by criticism.


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