“Past Progressive”: Jane Zhang English album is out !

2019, April 27th.

It ‘s been a really long time from the previos album of Jane Zhang (The Seventh Sense, 2014), but we can say it was worth the wait ! Today the “Key Voice of ChinaJane Zhang, after a private life path made of ups and downs and a career path that instead led her higher and higher in the Olympus of Chinese music and over again to the fore on the international music stage, comes out surprisingly, really without any announcement, with the long-awaited full English album. “Past Progressive” is the new Jane Zhang English album basically thought for the international music market.

Past Progressive Jane Zhang English album

Jane Zhang – Past Progressive album cover

The “Past Progressive” concert in Macao

The announcement of the release of “Past Progressive“, this is the name of the album, is given by the media just as Jane holds a magnificent concert at the Ballroom of the Wynn Macau Palace in Cotai, Macao. The concert, a sort of unscheduled event also announced as a surprise during this month of April, had exactly the title of “Past Progressive” (过去进行时) but no one had linked this name to the album of which it wasn’t known yet the release date, and for which in recent years it has earned Jane the nickname “Miss coming soon” assigned to her by some of her fans.

Here the full concert video

“Past Progressive” the new English album by Jane Zhang

As repeatedly stated by Dolphin Princess herself, the album is composed of the English songs gradually released as singles in these years.

In addition, however, many unpublished ones also appear. Six new musical pearls including two titles that we at Jane Zhang Italia had long announced (“Think Like A Man” and “Balance Me Out“) composed and produced with the Texan Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, winner of ben 8 Grammy Awards.

The other four surprise titles are “Body First“, “Roll The Dice“, “Black Market” and “Love Story“.
A total of 16 tracks ranging between classic pop, trap, R&B, Hip-Hop and EDM.

Among the songs already known to international audiences we find:

Past Progressive Jane Zhang English album

Jane Zhang – “Past Progressive” concert. 2019.04.27 Macau

Jane’s growth behind “Past Progressive”

To announce the release of her album on Weibo, the leading Chinese social network where Jane Zhang counts the stratospheric figure of 43 million followers, the singer wrote:

5 years, 1889 days, almost 700,000 kilometers of flight: before these 16 songs, breaking all sorts of difficulties and intransigence, came to your listening, they were evaluated and sung countless times in my head, in my heart, and from my lips.
Every time a song is heard it’s as if a re-creation of the past took place, and every time a song is sung again, it’s perfected. Thank you for waiting for me, and thank you for making me what I am now ! 

Past Progressive Jane Zhang English album

And talking about her personal and professional growth path, and what this new album means for her, Jane says:

Every time I record a song, it means that I learned a way of expressing myself that I didn’t know before and a way of looking at what surrounds me that I didn’t perceive before. Sing, learn, experiment, this is my “Past Progressive”. Welcome to my five years of experience.

This is precisely the key to reading two significant images posted by Jane on her personal Weibo profile:
the first shows the number 1889 (the days since the release of his previous album) with the Latin phrase “Temet nosce” at the bottom, whose meaning is “Know thyself“.
The second one contains the following dedication:

For
      All that I have been
      All that I am
      All that I’m yet to be

Past Progressive Jane Zhang English album

In a recent email interview at Billboard Radio China Jane talked about the process of making the new album as a process of constantly learning and growth:

That is like having two selves: one is me in the real arena, while the other tries all new things without borders, and switches at different times.

And also:

Compared to repeating the same work, the process of making this album makes every day more fulfilling, giving myself more enthusiasm, motivation and goals for music. The 16 songs you hear are about my work and life. It was my biography of music, and is Past Progressive.

“Past Progressive”: the new “Reform” by Jane Zhang

While listening “Past Progressive” the great musical path undertaken by Jane and the resulting change are evident. It seems to be in front of another Reform. Jane touches many different styles and makes them her own. “Past Progressive” is thought for an English-speaking audience and mainly targets the consensus in the United States, but it doesn’t “emulate” the US trendy music, it rather does immersing herself in the music, navigating the deep waters of the various styles, to then emerge dominating the waves so well that a listener unaware of who the artist is, can only be naturally convinced that the singer is American.

Past Progressive Jane Zhang English album

2019.04.27 Macau – Jane Zhang on the stage of “Past Progressive” concert

“Past Progressive” tracklist

Below is the tracklist of “Past Progressive”:

01. Body First (2018.01)
02. Pull Me Up (2018.01)
03. Work For It (Remix, feat. Migos) (2016.11)
04. Battlefield (2016.11)
05. 808 (2016.02)
06. Work For It (2015.12)
07. Fighting Shadows (feat. Big Sean) (2015.04)
08. Think Like A Man (2015.03)
09. Black Market (2015.03)
10. Dust My Shoulders Off (with Timbaland) (2014.09)
11. Adam And Eve (2014.09)
12. Roll The Dice (2014.08)
13. Lady Killer (2014.06)
14. Angels And Harmony (with NE-YO) (2014.02)
15. Love Story (2014.02)
16. Balance Me Out (2014.02)

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Past Progressive Jane Zhang English album

“Past Progressive” album is online

Past Progressive” by jane Zhang is available on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

At the time of writing the album has already entered the US iTunes Pop Album Chart and occupies the 21st ranking.

For a taste of listening to all 16 tracks here the official album sampler and to follow the music videos of the songs previously released as singles.

Good listening and good vision!

Jane Zhang’s new songs lyrics

Title Lyrics
Body First

Lyrics: Antony Williams
Music: Cassandra Ströberg, Fanny Hultman

Try a new body, I
Stayed up all night, looking for something
Looking for someone who
Last longer than a night
I’m searching for purpose
From bar to bar, getting the numbers
But nothing ever sticks

Only you, only you
Only you get to me
Been with the others and I’ve always felt like leaving them
Only you, only you
Only you pleasure me
And I’m lovin’ how you make it feel so easy yeah

Want you as my company, my company
Cuz I love how you put my body first
Would you be my company, my company
For more than tonight, by my side

Want you as my company, my company
Cuz I love how you put my body first
Would you be my company, my company
For more than tonight, by my side

Body first, yeah (first)
Put my body first (first)
Body first, yeah (first)
(First)

You read every move so well
No need to talk, know what I want
It’s like I touch myself
You’re like no one else
Don’t care if the lights are on
I usually do but never with you
We take it as it comes
Sleepless until dawn

Only you, only you
Only you get to me
Been with the others and I’ve always felt like leaving them
Only you, only you
Only you pleasure me
And I’m lovin’ how you make it feel so easy yeah

Want you as my company, my company
Cuz I love how you put my body first
Would you be my company, my company
For more than tonight, by my side

Want you as my company, my company
Cuz I love how you put my body first
Would you be my company, my company
For more than tonight, by my side

Body first, yeah
Put my body first
Body first, yeah
Put my body first

Want you as my company, my company
Cuz I love how you put my body first
Would you be my company, my company
For more than tonight, by my side

Want you as my company, my company
Cuz I love how you put my body first
Would you be my company, my company
For more than tonight, by my side

Body first

Think Like A Man

Lyrics: Jim Beanz, Jane Zhang
Music: Jim Beanz, Jane Zhang

Said sorry a thousand times
Then go tell another lie
Never meant to do you wrong
Don’t know why she’s playing on your phone

I never meant to do it
I know I put you through it
No matter what I say
You don’t trust me anyway
You know that you’re my baby
I know you probably hate me
What goes around comes back around
And that’s okay

I should break your heart
I should make it hard
Would that hurt you over and over again
If I played your games
Would you feel the same
Boy, how does it feel when I think like a man?
(Think like a man, oh)

You stay home and I’ll go out
I was with the fellas, what you talking ’bout?
Baby, I don’t even know his name
Don’t be so jealous, it wasn’t me
It wasn’t me

I never meant to do it (do it)
I know I put you through it (through it)
No matter what I say
You don’t trust me anyway (trust me anyway)
You know that you’re my baby (baby)
I know you probably hate me (you hate me don’t cha)
What goes around comes back around
And that’s okay

I should break your heart
I should make it hard (so hard)
Would that hurt you over and over again (over again, over again, yeah)
If I played your games
Would you feel the same (would you feel the same)
Boy, how does it feel when I think like a man?
(Think like a man, oh)

Black Market

Lyrics: Jane Zhang, Jim Beanz
Music: Jane Zhang, Jim Beanz

If I told you my love is a drug
Would you be rolling me up
And keep me inside of your lungs
Or would you be dialing 9-1-1

What are you scared
I told you, you shoulda be prepared
Your money is no good in here
Get it get it cling cling

And I told you that I’m worth it
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
And I told you that I’m worth it
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

I got paper all on my name
I got paper all on my name
On that boulevard that I hang
Love it love it underground

Why
Try
To find love like mine
When you know it’s one of a kind
(I say)
Why
Try
To find love like mine
When you know you’ll only find it on a

Black market
Black market
On a black market
On a black black market

If I told you my love is a gun
Would you get all of your people to run
Or maybe we can have a little fun
Bang bang bang bang

Baby now you can’t keep me at your heel
Just put your bullet inside of my clip
Honey I [?] up inside of this watch
Nobody hang hang hang like we

And I told you that I’m worth it
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
And I told you that I’m worth it
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

I got paper all on my name
I got paper all on my name
On that boulevard that I hang
Love it love it underground

Why
Try
To find love like mine
When you know it’s one of a kind
(I say)
Why
Try
To find love like mine
When you know you’ll only find it on a

Black market
Black market
On a black market
On a black black market

Black market
Black market
On a black market
On a black black market

Hoping baby wanna ride
I know she’s hoping that I’m rich
I feel her digging through my pockets
Hope she’s blinded by my wrists
Take her to an island
Tattoo love across the eyelids
Get addicted, she can’t fight it
Roll my weed and she light up
Pull my car around, they park it
Split my switches in the carpet
Trying to feel like this is awkward
To the spot, go on a [?]
What’s the topic, bet I profit
Picture perfect, gonna crop it
Easy [?] spittin’ knowledge
When I get it and I got it
The black market

Black market
Black market
On a black market
On a black black market

Roll The Dice
Lyrics: Jane Zhang, Jim Beanz
Music: Jane Zhang, Jim Beanz
Let’s lay it on the table
Not the one to gamble with my heart
So why you try to force me to play?
You should know I’m way too stable
And I’m not gonna tear my world apart
For such a dangerous game

Baby every time I give it head up, let you invade my head
It’s like I just wanna let you, but I don’t expect you to stay
And every time that I think about every word that you say
You show me how much I don’t wanna be safe

So I roll the dice
So I roll the dice

Put your money where your mouth is
We can go all in if you want
I’m feeling lucky (feeling lucky), I’m feeling lucky (feeling lucky)
And it just might be the last shot
Keep it one thousand
Give me everything or not at all
Give it to me (give it to me), give it to me (give it to me)
If you want to hit the jackpot

Baby every time I give it head up, let you invade my head
It’s like I just wanna let you, but I don’t expect you to stay
And every time that I think about every word that you say
You show me how much I don’t wanna be safe

So I roll the dice
So I roll the dice

Love Story
Lyrics: K.Briscoe, Jane Zhang
Music: K.Briscoe, Jane Zhang
Sweet like a melody
Warm like your touch
That’s never enough
I’ll give you my honesty
Just to be in your heart
Wherever you are

When I see you I
Light up like the sun
Thinking about forever
You could be the one
Hold me in your arms
Never let me go
I swear that before we know

We’ll fill the pages of our love story
I can get lost in, get lost in
Filling up the pages of our love story
I can get lost in, get lost in
You
I can get lost in
You
I can get lost in
You
I can get lost in
You
I can get lost in

Some call it destiny
Some say it’s meant
But we’ll never end
You’re the one that will always be
So close to my heart
Never too far

When I see you I
Light up like the sun
Thinking about forever
You could be the one
Hold me in your arms
Never let me go
I swear that before we know

We’ll fill the pages of our love story
I can get lost in, get lost in
Filling up the pages of our love story
I can get lost in, get lost in
You
I can get lost in
You
I can get lost in
You
I can get lost in
You
I can get lost in

So lost in your love
I’m all in my feelings
I don’t want to rush
So let me enjoy you, I adore you

So lost in your love
I’m all in my feelings
I don’t want to rush
So let me enjoy you

I want more to feel the pages of our love story
I can get lost in, get lost in
I’m filling up those pages of a love story
I can get lost in, get lost in
We can fill the pages of a love story
I can get lost in, get lost in
Filling up the pages of our love story
I can get lost in, get lost in
You
I can get lost in
You
I can get lost in
You
I can get lost in
You
I can get lost in
You

Balance Me Out

Lyrics: K.Briscoe
Music: K.Briscoe

Balance me out
Balance me out
Balance me out
Balance me out

I’m in love with you
Know what to do
Help keep me cool
Sweet baby

I must confess
I’m such a mess
But you ease the stress
Sweet baby

I know your love won’t stop
So, I’m winning
When I’m over the top
Oh but you’re chillin
Because you’ll never change
Boy Imma see this through
Yeah, Imma opened up to you
Up, cuz you’re the truth

Boy, you balance me out
Yeah, you balance me out
Boy, you balance me out
You balance me out
Yeah, you balance me out

Balance me out
Yeah
Balance me out
Yeah
Balance me out
Yeah
Balance me out
Yeah

My attitude gets you confused
But still you choose me baby
You even the scale and you can tell
I’m overwhelmed with my baby

I know your love won’t stop
So, I’m winning
When I’m over the top
Oh but you’re chillin
Because you’ll never change
Boy Imma see this through
Yeah, Imma opened up to you
Up, cuz you’re the truth

Boy, you balance me out
Yeah, you balance me out
Boy, you balance me out
You balance me out
Yeah, you balance me out

Balance me out
Yeah
Balance me out
Yeah
Balance me out
Yeah
Balance me out
Yeah

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