The bad news is that Xue Zhiqian‘s upcoming album is actually a compilation album. Which means Incomplete Song and My Athena are the only new tracks, whereas the 12 other tracks are old. But for him it’s probably better that he doesn’t put out all that effort into composing for an actual album.
Because there’s too many new releases and too much competition.
In addition to the ones I mentioned earlier Anson Hu announced he would release his new album in December and newly married Peng Tan announced he’d be releasing an acoustic album, with 5 old and 4 new tracks, although he notes that his style has changed. BOBO, (who just went on Happy Camp!) is now also expected to release their album in December, since most of the recording has been done.
And KenT‘s releasing an EP? He’s a great Zhong Guo Feng singer-songwriter from Guangdong that released his 1st album last year that I never posted on, but enjoyed nevertheless. It had a couple Cantonese tracks too. So I guess the mainland male artists decided it would be fun to just duke it out this winter. I’m so pissed at their companies.
There’s also lots of singles being released. A-One just released a fifth track, Chocolate, from their 2nd album. Still no info from their company on when the album is coming out, but hopefully it’s not in December. Wang Zhengliang…the first artist signed under Jane Zhang’s own company, Show City Music, also performed a new song he composed. The rumor is that Supergirl Pan Chen may also join Show City.
Speaking of Supergirls, many, many of them released singles, not to mention almost all the individual MVs are out from the Supergirls 2009 Top 10 compilation album. We’ll probably do a separate post on those. Oh…and this probably isn’t what most people want to hear, but Zeng Yike is getting her own album in December. Yep. Optimistically speaking though, I’d rather she be the one with a hastily-made album than the other girls; indeed it would seem more effort is being put into Jiang Yingrong, who’s getting special training.
Interestingly, Tang Yan, the actress from Chinese Paladin 3 is also recording a single. Why? No idea. Maybe it’s a themesong.
As for movies and drama…everyone is on their own for this month because 1) I’ve stopped watching the lengthy, time-consuming medium of drama and 2) there are too many movies for me to keep up with, and the big upcoming blockbusters are posted on other sites.
I’d really like to do an overall post on Chinese cinema and how much it’s changed in just one year, along with a “holiday movie guide” but those are time consuming posts, and I have no time. Maybe during winter break? Right now it’s hard enough for us just keep up with the Chinese music companies’ “let’s release all at once” idiocy. *Sigh* The companies will probably learn to avoid releasing together and avoiding competition soon, but right now, they haven’t.