How did $23 million help advance singer Ho Yeow Sun's music career in the US?
Ho Yeow Sun, 42, popularly known as Sun Ho, is married to Pastor Kong Hee, 45, founder of City Harvest Church. The couple have a 7-year-old son, Dayan.
Kong is currently facing charges of alleged misuse of at least $23 million of church funds to finance his wife's singing career in the US.
A "Crossover Project", started in 2002 by the couple, was set up to use Ho's secular music to connect with people and reach out to non-Christians, local media agencies reported.
Since news of the charges against Kong and four others broke, two of Ho's music videos for dance tracks "China Wine" and "Mr Bill", released in 2007, have been widely circulated on social media.
In comments posted on the videos hosted on YouTube, netizens slammed the videos for its content and Ho's provocative dance moves.
Many questioned how the controversial videos could be "reaching out to non-Christians".
In "China Wine", Ho can be seen gyrating to the music with back-up dancers, dressed in a low-cut, midriff-baring top and micro-shorts.
Ho collaborated with noted rapper-producer Wyclef Jean on both singles.
The singer was based in the US between 2003 and 2010, reported The New Paper, where five of her English singles released made it into the top 10 of Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs.
But according to a Straits Times on Wednesday, doubts were cast that Ho made it just on talent alone.
One senior music executive interviewed by the paper said the Billboard dance chart is based on airplay and not sales.
"You can just pay to promote yourself to get radio stations to play your songs," said the executive, who remained anonymous.
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