All hail the comeback queen.
By one count, this is pop star Stefanie Sun's third successful comeback. It comes on the heels of some major life changes as she got married in 2011 and gave birth to her son in 2012.
And fans have embraced her latest album, Kepler, as well as her ongoing concert tour which kicked off in Taipei in February. The 20,000 tickets to her two shows at the iconic Taipei Arena were reportedly snapped up in 46 minutes.
Her gig in Singapore on July 5 was also significant as she was the first pop act to perform at the new National Stadium.
Despite losing her voice, it turned out to be a triumphant homecoming as her fans rallied around her, singing along fervently and shouting out encouragement.
She also ruled the Singapore Hit Awards on Nov 7, sweeping five awards, including for Best Album, Best Female Vocalist and Most Popular Female Artiste. For all that, she makes her debut on the Power List.
On how to return from a hiatus with one's popularity undimmed, she says: "The secret is to stop and start for the right reasons. I stopped when I felt like I had nothing to offer and started again when I gained enough ammunition to fire up."
Her first comeback album after a break, Stefanie (2004), won the prestigious Golden Melody Award for Best Female Mandarin Singer. Her second comeback album, It's Time (2011), won the Most Popular Female Artiste award at the Singapore Hit Awards.
She still has that Midas touch for hits. This time round, Angel's Fingerprints logged an impressive six weeks on a local radio station's music chart.
But Sun is not one to rest on her laurels. She says: "I am looking for the next best thing."
This article was first published on Dec 14, 2014.
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