JJ Lin nabs top two spots in UFM100.3 song chart

UFM100.3 listeners cheering the announcement of the U1000 Music Countdown Chart rankings.
UFM100.3 listeners cheering the announcement of the U1000 Music Countdown Chart rankings. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Songs by Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin took the top two spots in this year's U1000 Music Countdown Chart, while a song from the popular Chinese drama series, Story Of Yanxi Palace, finished in third place.

Lin's Little Big Us was No. 1, followed by another of his songs, Twilight.

In third place was Chinese singer Lu Hu's The Sound Of Snow Falling, the closing theme song of Yanxi Palace.

The chart is SPH Radio station UFM100.3's list of top 1,000 songs.

It is part of the radio station's annual campaign to identify listeners' favourite Mandarin pop songs of the year.

This is the chart's seventh edition. The results were announced yesterday at Capitol Singapore's outdoor plaza, where a crowd of more than 4,000 UFM100.3 listeners gathered to cheer and sing along as the final rankings were announced.

Chinese singer Tia Ray's Be Apart took fourth place, and Chinese singer Kelly Yu's Decent clinched the fifth position.

 
 

Also in the top 10 were A-Lin's A Kind Of Sorrow, Hebe Tian's A Little Happiness, Jay Chou's Love Confession, Liu Wen-cheng's Drizzle In March and Dave Wang's A Game A Dream.

UFM100.3's assistant programme director Christie Ng, also known as Xiaozhu, said: "U1000 has always been the people's chart. They like the songs, they nominate and vote. The songs usually reflect what is trending currently."

She pointed out that it came as no surprise that local actor Aloysius Pang's song, Black Tears, was among the 2,000 shortlisted songs this year.

Pang died in January after a military training accident.

"His final ranking of 137 shows he is deeply loved and missed by Singaporeans," she said.

She added that the number of nominations and votes this year broke all records.

"U1000 is gaining momentum every year. If this continues, we may need the Singapore Indoor Stadium for our finale countdown one day."

UFM100.3's assistant music director Hu Tianpei said: "It is not surprising that the soundtracks of movies and TV series did well this year."

Mr Hu expects Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou, Hong Kong singer Eason Chan and Singaporean songbird Stefanie Sun to perform well in next year's chart.

"Chou is expected to release a new album and go on tour soon, while Chan has been focusing on producing music that he believes in," he said.

"Next year will be Sun's 20th year in showbiz, and that will definitely bring about a wave of memories."

To view the full list of songs on the U1000 Music Countdown Chart, visit www.ufm1003.sg/u1000

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2019, with the headline 'JJ Lin nabs top two spots in UFM100.3 song chart'. Print Edition | Subscribe