Chinese pop star Jane Zhang broke into the American musical landscape in 2016 with her hit “Dust My Shoulders Off,” but she had already been a staple in the mainland Chinese market for a decade. Born Zhang Liangying in Chengdu, China, she grew up in a single-parent household and had to work to help her mother. With her voice, she would perform at local pubs, where she was exposed to various genres of music, including American country and pop like Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. Those divas proved to be a suitable reference point, as Zhang was able to hit similar high notes. This ability would eventually garner a nickname for the young singer when she entered the national television singing competition Super Voice Girl in 2005.
As Zhang continued to make dents in the international mainstream — she won Best Worldwide Act at the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards after being nominated twice before — she collaborated with Big Sean on “Fighting Shadows,” which appeared on the Terminator Genisys soundtrack. However, it was her work with producer Timbaland that would finally help her break into the American charts. In late 2016, “Dust My Shoulders Off” became the first song by a Chinese artist to enter the U.S. digital download charts. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi
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