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Chen Kun and Yuan Quan sponsor a jewelry brand in style at an event, with Yuan Quan in white riding a horse, and Chen Kun giving her a ring, like a modern day prince and princess, except that pretending to marry was really awkward for them. Normally I wouldn’t care, but it’s two actors that I like, both of which whom actually have really nice singing voices and I’ve long wished they would collaborate in something like a musical. They will be working together, but instead will be in a HK film.
Lots of women releasing albums this time, and with many representing a first for these ladies. alan‘s Mandarin debut album under avex, Orient of the Heart, Ariel Lin‘s first album, Blissful Encounter, Bibi Zhou‘s first album under Golden Typhoon, Time, Linfair’s Christine Fan Weiqi ‘s F ONE, her ninth album , Valen Hsu‘s My Love Journey 1Km and finally Janice Wei released an English album Morning.
Representing both the guys side, and cantopop, was HK’s underrated singer-songwriter Pakho Chau, who released a “Best-Of” album, Follow, that had four brand new tracks, including the hit Lovin You that shows off his voice. He did some arranging on this album as well. Dear Jane also released a Cantorock album, XOXO.
Huang Yali‘s second and prettier MV came out. Poor Yali isn’t doing very well in Taiwan, partly I think due to the lack of exceptional songs in her album. Who knew that eeMedia could produce better albums than Linfair? But congrats to Bibi Zhou for kicking the curse where mainland artist don’t do well in Taiwan – she got second on G-Billboard’s weekly chart, even though her album didn’t show off her voice.
On July 4th Wei Chen had a fan meet, to the delight of those who missed his voice because he had been stuck for the past few months filming some dumb drama. The H.Born boys, who are sponsored by My Startown, a Chinese UFO-like site that also sponsored the event, helped with mcing the fanmeet and played games with the fans as well.
CRIEnglish had an interesting article about the way rock influences fashion in China, particularly in Beijing, both the capital of the country, and the rock capital. It gives shoutouts to some of the more well known rock bands in China, and music festivals like the Electronic Music Festival that was held earlier this year and attracted more than 10,000.
^Visual Rep of their new song’s title
Boy and Girl Group released a single, Nan Zou Nv You from their new CD that’s to hit in August. Their last single, the Christmas Meng Huan Qi Yuan, was strangely addicting, and I was hoping for something similar this time. It’s not quite, but like Meng Huan Qi Yuan, Qi Wei is penning the lyrics. She’s getting special tutoring on lyric writing from Vincent Fang.
Also, apparently all my wishes for a boyband/girlband in China to release something quickly is being twisted in a sick sick way. “Idol Girls” 9-member girlgroup released a single. They are excepted to “debut” in August, revealing how they look then.
Cotton Candy won season 2 of Jie Jie Gao Sheng aka Mix-box. Congratulations to them!
Nepheliad subbed Top Combine‘s Behind the Story appearance. Watch it at youtube here. Warning: it’s sad.
A new Water Margin (Outlaws of the Marsh) TV series has started production. Now officially all of the Four Great Chinese Classics are in production. Good thing is, one of the scriptwriters is Ning Caishen, the guy behind My Own Swordsman, so at least the dialogue should be witty and funny. It will cost around 1 million yuan per episode.
The first trailer for BOBO Jing Boran, Yang Zi and Eva Huang Shengyi’s A Tribute to Stephen Chow came out. Yang Zi is prettier, the drama seems fun, but the over-use of regional dialects and humor probably own’t appeal to most non-Chinese.
Deng Chao for Di Ren Jie (one of the four big Hua Yi productions) is getting a lot of attention for his character’s mysteriousness, unlike the known historical figures played by Andy Lau (Di Renjie), Carina Lau (Wu Zetian) and Li Bingbing. He plays an albino with a genius for cracking cases but few other details of his character have been released. For this role, special attention was given to his looks. I’ll be so sad once he stops filming and ditches the blond hair.
For everyone who hated the old teaser posters of Sophie’s Revenge, here’s a new one! *link fixed* The colors are nicer, but I think the first teaser was more interesting.
Cong Haonan‘s theme song for Tracing Shadow is released. The song is ok, the voice is nice, and even though the styles are different, I can’t help but think: Downgrade from Jane Zhang.