More than $10m spent on Ho's music album

More than $10m spent on Ho's music album
City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee and his wife Ho Yeow Sun, also known as Sun Ho, showed up in court hand-in-hand for the proceedings on 26 August 2013.

SINGAPORE - More than US$8 million (S$10 million) was spent on the album that was supposed to launch pop singer Ho Yeow Sun's career in America - including production fees for rapper Wyclef Jean.

The sum emerged in court on Tuesday as part of minutes from a board meeting of production house Xtron, one of the firms City Harvest Church leaders allegedly used to misappropriate church funds.

The minutes listed expenses for Ms Ho's English-language album, including more than US$1.6 million in production fees for American musician Jean and more than US$1 million for a music video.

The minutes from Nov 24, 2007, were among dozens of documents tendered in court on Tuesday.

They showed that Xtron directors Wahju Hanafi and Choong Kar Weng approved an additional budget of US$2 million to produce Ms Ho's album "in order to get some popular song artistes and singers from USA to be involved in the album".

The directors expected that between two and three million copies would be sold.

But while Ms Ho's singles - such as her China Wine collaboration with Jean - were produced, the album was never released.

Xtron also paid for Ms Ho's travel expenses, noting that she would continue to fly business class for her official journeys as she had a "very busy promotional schedule".

The minutes said that about $200,000 in waived royalties for three of Ms Ho's albums in 2003, 2004 and 2006 was used to build schools in China.


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