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Joanna Wang Ruo-lin released her debut bilingual album, Start From Here, in 2008, when she was 20. It was a huge success, selling more than 200,000 copies across Taiwan, Hong Kong and the mainland.
It seemed Wang was on a fast track to musical fame, but despite her success, she says: "I hated my first album".
"I really did, there was so much I wanted to do creatively and the album was the antithesis of everything I ever wanted to do, it was sappy, empty, and most of all, completely lacking in all things wonderful and imaginative," says the 24-year-old husky-voiced musician. "Sadly, there was really not much freedom. Working with a parent and a major label can be very tough and emotionally turbulent."