EXPIRED: 10/31/09 – Chen Lin, 39, was China’s top selling pop singer, a singer who always sang about trying to find happiness and understanding emotions. Finally, I guess she either couldn’t figure it all out, or figured it out and didn’t like what she found, because she jumped from a 9th floor apartment building in Chaoyang District, Beijing.
She rose to stardom with a 1993 album entitled I Can Never Understand Your Love. It reached the top of the Chinese album charts selling 1.5 million copies. The singles “I Choose What I Want” and “Give up Your Love” were great successes but had an underlying uneasiness.
With “Give up Your Love,” she successfully transformed from a traditional ballad singer into a fashionable female artist, of the kind which you rarely find on the Chinese Mainland. Her songs unveiled the inner world of urban females that lurks disguised underneath an ostensibly carefree exterior. She explored the urban women’s true attitudes towards happiness, something unheard of from Chinese women.
Obviously, she had something to say.
In 1995, she married the singer Shen Yongge, boss of Zhu Shu Entertainment Ltd., but they divorced in 2007. She was married to singer Zhang Chaofeng in 2009, but it was an emotionally messy relationship.