A-mei, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli perform 'If Only' duet

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Photo courtesy of Universal Music Taiwan

Photo courtesy of Universal Music Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) A duet entitled "If Only," by Taiwanese pop diva Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹), also known as A-mei, and Italian pop tenor and crossover artist Andrea Bocelli will feature on Bocelli's new album set to be released Oct. 26, A-mei's music production company said Thursday.

However, "If Only" will be available on digital music services in September, before the official launch.

Bocelli's popular recordings include his breakthrough smash "Time To Say Goodbye" with Sarah Brightman and "The Prayer," another famous duet with Celine Dion.

Bocelli, who has been blind since the age of 12 as a result of congenital glaucoma and a blow to the head while in goal during a soccer game, is releasing the new album to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Bocelli's music production team decided to invite A-mei to sing the duet after hearing her music online and contacting her music production company.

Because "If Only" will be recorded in three languages -- Italian, English and Mandarin Chinese, A-mei spent about one month learning Italian, focusing on the proper pronunciation of the lyrics, to make her performance as good as possible, her company said.

Bocelli's music producer praised A-mei's singing voice as perfect in a letter to the Taiwanese artist, adding that their voices go together well and support each other.

In light of A-mei's performance of the song, Bocelli's music production team invited the Taiwanese pop singer to sing the world debut of "If Only" with the Italian singer during the celebrity concert Celebrity Fight Night, to be held Sept. 6 in Italy.

A-mei has already left for Italy to prepare for the performance.

(By Sabine Cheng and Evelyn Kao)

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