Chinese pop diva Jane Zhang just released a new English song "Battle Field" and its promotional music video for Zhang Yimou's fantasy epic "The Great Wall" on Tuesday.
A poster of Jane Zhang's promotional song "Battlefield" for Zhang Yimou's "The Great Wall." [Photo provided to China.org.cn]
The newly-wed singer has been attempting to become an internationally popular singer and her company invested US$4 million to make an English album for her. "Dust My Shoulders Off," Zhang's first single from her new English album, a collaboration with American producer Timbaland, was released on her birthday in October and was well-received on the iTunes chart.
"Battlefield" would be her latest attempt to conquer foreign listeners, while director Zhang Yimou chose it as a promotional song because he shared the same goal of making the film "The Great Wall" for international audiences.
The song was composed by King Logan and Maroon 5's keyboardist Paul "PJ" Morton and written by Josiah "JoJo" Martin and Jane Zhang. It was produced by Timbaland.
Promoters for "The Great Wall" previously released another theme song entitled "Bridge of Fate" from pop star Leehom Wang and female rocker Tan Weiwei, which mixed styles of Chinese pop music and traditional Qinqiang -- a folk Chinese opera style from Shaanxi Province.
"The Great Wall," Zhang Yimou's most expensive Chinese-American co-production to date, will hit domestic screens on Dec. 16.