Superstar pianist Lang Lang performed with his wife, Gina Alice, at the ‘Singles Day’ show in Shanghai. The show celebrates China’s largest online shopping day of the year, on 11 November, and was created by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.
Lang Lang and Gina Alice began their performance at the ‘Singles Day’ show with a duet arrangement of the Chinese traditional ‘Jasmine Flower’ before accompanying Chinese singer, songwriter Chris Lee, who rose to fame after winning Super Girl, China’s version of The X Factor, in 2005. Other artists on the show, which was viewed by over 300 million people, included Taylor Swift.
‘Singles Day’ is the world’s biggest shopping day of the year – the annual 24 hour event generates more revenue than the online sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. The event first became popular in China as a day for single people to celebrate being single and buy gifts for themselves but is now popular with people of all relationship statuses and across all age groups.
More than $1bn was spent in just over one minute of trading during yesterday’s ‘Singles Day’. At the end of the event gross merchandise value, a figure that shows sales across Alibaba’s shopping platforms, was 268.4 billion yuan (around $38.3 billion) – almost a 26% rise from last year’s figure of 213.5 billion yuan (nearly $30.5 billion). Alibaba’s new record was achieved despite a slowing Chinese economy, rising competition from domestic rivals, and concern that Chinese consumers may be reluctant to buy US brands because of tensions and a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
Yesterday’s ‘Singles Day’ show featured a host of top celebrities including Lang Lang, Gina Alice, Taylor Swift, and Chinese singer, songwriter Chris Lee.
Lang Lang and Gina Alice
Lang Lang is one of the world’s biggest classical stars. He has sold millions of albums, topping classical charts and achieving simultaneous mainstream success, and given sold-out performances at concert halls across the globe with all the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. His most recent album Piano Book, a collection of pieces that first inspired Lang Lang to play the piano as a child and led him on his path to international stardom, is the best-selling classical album worldwide released this year. Lang Lang will release Piano Book – Encore Edition, a new deluxe digital version of Piano Book featuring six new additional tracks, on Friday 15 November.
Lang Lang married German-Korean classical pianist Gina Alice Redlinger in June. Gina Alice started to learn piano when she was four years old and is a graduate of the Hamburg University of Music. She has performed at the Berliner Philharmonie and with a number of orchestras in China including the Shenzhen, Shenyang, and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras.
Lang Lang’s Piano Book – Encore Edition will be released on 15 November and can be pre-ordered here.