TO TACKLE the serious problems and shrinking market the music industry is facing, global music giant Universal Music and Taiwan-based Asian music label Rock Records have joined forces. Canto-pop diva Kelly Chen Wai-lam of Universal and Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter Emil Chau Wa-kin from Rock Records, who attended the contract signing ceremony held in Hong Kong last week, welcome the collaboration of the two music powerhouses. Chau hopes elite musicians from the two labels will join hands and find solutions to improve the music industry's situation. 'The market of the music industry turned really bad because of the pressure from pirated CDs,' Chau said. 'And the way music listeners enjoy music is also changing because of the existence of MP3s and CD burners.' Chau is also looking forward to the sparks that will be triggered by musicians due to this joint-venture, while Chen hopes to have more chances to work together with musicians and artists from Rock Records. 'I always appreciated Rock Record's artists. I hope we'll have more opportunities to collaborate and I would like to invite them to write songs for me,' Chen said. After the joint venture, the two companies will have the biggest catalogue of Chinese-language songs.