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Tension is a Taiwanese R&B/pop group, signed by EMI Taiwan. The band consists of 5 members - Brian Fong, John Baik, Jimmy Hung, Andy Lee, and Raymond Hu. They were discovered during a performance at a local bar in Los Angeles by Taiwanese artist/producer David Tao. A record contract was offered to them a few months after, which sent them all to Taiwan as one of the first Asian-American groups to hit the market. Their first record album, Smart released in 2001, sold over 200,000 copies in a few months, giving them the highest first-week album sales during its release. After their success of touring and promoting their first album, they headed back to the states to work on their second album. While Tension was recording their next album, a legal dispute was placed against their first record label, Shock Records, making the group place a hold on its production. Their second album, Gotta be Your Man, was released in 2003. Tension received Best Album and Best Hit Single at the Singapore awards, and they were nominated at Golden Melody Awards[better source needed] for Best Group. They signed with record label, EMI, for their 3rd album, Planet love, which was pushed for an early release a few months after. They also recorded a compilation album titled "Story".
As it was said in a TV show per Jimmy Hung, they have disbanded already. 2. After the disbandment, they still kept in close contact, though some of the members are in Taiwan and in America. The reason for the said disbandment was also stated by Jimmy Hung; he said that their music company, EMI wanted them to sing cover songs from Korean and Japanese boy bands which they did not agree on because almost all 5 of their members are composers. He also stated, the reason why they are in the music industry is to create original music and not use other music. In the end after their contract expired, they decided not to renew it, and continue pursuing their dream in a different way.
Tension participated in the first Yellow Ribbon Charity Concert in Singapore in 2004. Brian specially recomposed the melody of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" to A Capella version for the official launch of the Yellow Ribbon Project and Yellow Ribbon Fund on 2nd Oct 2004.