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January 28, 2013  | by: Joanne Wu
Flickr (Michael Boon)

Flickr (Michael Boon)

 

Produced and funded all on her own, Arden Cho released her first official 9-track album, My True Happy, via iTunes on January 22, 2013. Previous to this release date, she’s been starring in several guest roles in television shows and movies. But more specifically, she’s more known for her weekly YouTube videos on her channel.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time.  Her songs draw from her own inspirations and experiences. Listening to it, you can feel the time, heart, and money being poured into this passion-filled project. You can tell that she uses her music as an outlet to heal her broken relationships, and learn to let go. Sound familiar?

Who else do you know that uses their music to heal from broken relationships?  Who else invests her whole heart into her album, who makes their music so transparent that it lets you see right into their soul? Listening to Cho’s album, the first thought that came in my mind was “this sounds exactly like an Asian Taylor Swift!”

Listen for yourself, her new music video for “I’m The One To Blame:”

Doesn’t she have a country-esque voice? And her MV takes us through a story, similar to this Taylor Swift’s video. 

See the similarities? A) A music video that tells a story, B) that helps us understand the vulnerable state in which the artist goes through, and C) makes the perfect breakup song!

Also similar to TSwift, she has the reputation  for being America’s sweetheart, the girl that you would hate to see get hurt (by a guy anyone). No matter what she did, we would always give her the benefit of the doubt.

Just reading the song titles, you can tell what her album is about.

Flickr (Michael Boon)

Flickr (Michael Boon)

  1. My True Happy: This is generally self-explanatory. Finding her “true happy.”
  2. Better Off: She’s generally “better off” without that guy.
  3. Over You: Anyone remember Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together?”
  4. Memory: Even though she’s completely “over [him],” she’ll always remember the feelings/moments that he shared with her. I’m sure we can all relate to that!
  5. I’m The One To Blame: Coming to terms with her breakup? Realizing that it’s not just his fault, but hers as well (for pushing him away)?

The last 4 sounds like a more happy-go-lucky feel.

6. With You: Sounds like she’s met a new man in her life?

7. Don’t Run: “Don’t Run” from love. Go and get what you want, you deserve it. You deserve to get your “true happy,” Arden Cho!

8. Baby It’s You: Pretty self-explanatory. Realizing that whenever she close her eyes, the guy she wants is right there in front of her.

9. Didn’t Know: Sounds like she friendzoned the guy, but now she realized that this man could possibly be the man of her dreams.

Finishing that 9-track album, it feels like I just watched her entire life story as a movie. Listening to her lyrics is like reading her diary! Isn’t that what people say about Swift too? Besides these obvious similarities between the two, I just love her voice and the lyrics that any girl can relate to. And she produced and funded this all by herself!? Now, that is brilliant! Will you be supporting her, and buying her amazing album on iTunes?

What do you think? Could Arden Cho possibly be the next Taylor Swift? 

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