The Asian Rihanna?

Alisa Galper needs less style and more substance if she is to capitalize on her undoubted vocal skill

The past year has been a momentous one for American-Jewish-Taiwanese singer Alisa Galper. After her win on the Taiwan talent show One Million Star (the island's answer to American Idol ), she was quickly signed by Universal Music Taiwan, who immediately began touting her as "Asia's Rihanna." The comparison isn't too fanciful, and what she lacks in the Barbadian singer's rhythmic ease, she makes up for in range and diversity.

Alisa has spent many months working on her eponymous, bilingual debut — and she definitely has a voice. Her first single, "Hound Dog,"...

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