Music video

9m88 releases the black and white clip of “Star”

Taiwanese singer-songwriter 9m88 has released the music video for ‘Star’ from his eclectic second album, ‘9m88 Radio’.

The music video was released on September 13 and sees the Silas Short-produced single performed in black and white as 9m88 wanders around in a glamorous 1940s dream, filled with big hair and glitter as she sings. “I’m so tired / I can’t keep my focus aligned / Taking off my bras and suspenders / I still can’t feel sublime.”

Watch the clip for ‘Star’ below.

9m88 released their second album ‘9m88 Radio’ on August 8th. The album includes previously released singles ‘A Merry Feeling’ featuring Layton Wu and ‘Tell Me’, which involved Sendai-DJ producer Mitsu The Beats, both of which were shared in 2021. The album also notably includes collaborations between American rapper Oddisee and South Korean singer-songwriter and producer SUMIN.

Ahead of the release of 9m88 Radio, 9m88 also released two singles earlier this year: their collaborative cover of Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ with Joanna Wang, and ‘Dear Astrologist’, a collaboration with rapper Kumachan.

In an interview with NME earlier this year before the album was released, 9m88, real name Joanne Tang, shared that the album was meant to break down barriers between her and non-Mandarin listeners. “I try to break down my first impressions – I want to break down my own barriers,” she said, explaining, “I think I’ve done enough to try to fit into this Mandopop scene… To be honest, people outside of Mandarin-speaking areas don’t really know what I’m doing.

9m88’s debut album “Beyond Mediocrity” was released in 2019 and featured a collaboration with Taiwanese singer Leo 王.

The singer is set to join Chinese singer Lay Zhang of K-pop boy group EXO at the upcoming MetaMoon Music Festival in New York at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on November 26. The festival will also feature performances by Asian artists such as Karencici, ØZI and Sury Su, who will be performing in the United States for the first time.