This was an abruptly announced entry into the packed December release schedule. Chen Kun is known mainly as an actor, but he worked his way through college by singing in bars, and has previously released two albums, Osmosis (2004) and To Come True Once Again (2006). Now after a very busy and successful year in films and television, he’s releasing his third album. Previously he had a mellow, rnb/jazz sound (his favorite genre), but the direction here seems completely different.
A reason for the change in style could be that he now has an award-winning production team from all over the Greater China region behind him. Included in that team is one of Faye Wong’s producer, and it’s been said he might share a stage with Faye Wong during his comeback. I never pay attention to Faye Wong rumors because they usually never materialize into anything and lead to disappointment, but just the thought made me smile. Since he there does seem to be much more money being spent on his new album, hopefully there will be as many MVs released as for his 2006 album, for which he had three MVs, all nicely shot.
The first single: Qiang Wei Xing.
I’ve wanted him to release an new album for so long and so much that sometimes I wished he would just quit acting, but then I probably would have missed his acting too much. But right now I’ve already spazzed myself out at the realization of him releasing a new album (he really didn’t give much warning). There’s so many December releases I don’t even know which direction to look anymore. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Hopefully some of them push their release dates back.
These are some of the pictures; I was too tired to upload them all. The rest are here.
Oh, and I’m not sure if anyone else enjoyed this performance enough to care, but rorolind@yt put up a HQ version of Chen Kun singing Ying Shan Hong, his lastest performance. I think I really enjoyed the performance because there’s so many shots of women in the audience that I can empathize with. There’s a fine progression of facial expression there, from first distracted, to listening attentively, to singing along, to looking like they can’t wait to just eat him up. Good job cameraman.