Here to make Monday a little easier =)
Here to make Monday a little easier =)

Since most Chinese children begin learning English in elementary school it only makes sense to create an English version of “Where are we going? Dad!” theme song.

(I decided to post video counts so you guys don’t freeze your computer trying scroll before the page fully loads – 12 videos)

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(L-R) Edell Ai (爱戴), Angela An (安又琪), Liu Ruiqi (刘瑞琦), Ada Zhuang (庄心妍)

Edell Ai Dai (爱戴) continues with her eastern soul music in her new album Soul Lady, released this month. The first single Linked Hearts (心心锁) combines western soul vocal method with eastern instrumental backtrack to create the unique Edell Ai sound.

Supergirls season one winner Angela An Youqi (安又琪) returns with a brand new EP Crazy Love (大爱). Though the music video for the single Smiling Mask (微笑面具) is beautifully made, but after the YueHua-Pledis project group one would expect Yue Hua Entertainment (乐华娱乐) to begin thinking a bit outside of the box for their MVs.

X-Factor China contestant Richael Liu Ruiqi (刘瑞琦), the one who always come across a cat on her date, released her début EP Intimate Songs (私房歌). The 20-year-old college student composed all 5 songs, including the following single My Room (房间), on this independently released EP. This EP is produced with the help of Ge Fei (格非) of Milk@Coffee (牛奶咖啡) and Pang Kuan (庞宽) of New Pants Band (新裤子乐队).

Ada Zhuang Xinyan (庄心妍) sheds her innocent songstress image and tries out a sexy dance track Loving Beauty is Not a Crime (爱美无罪) in this music video. This single is from her second album Always Thinking of Him (一直想着他) released by Ocean Butterfly (海蝶音乐) late last month.

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(L-R) Chen Chusheng (陈楚生), Ji Jie (吉杰), Mai Zijie (麦子杰), Jason Zhang Jie (张杰)

Returning to his normal self after an unexpected collaboration, Chen Chusheng (陈楚生) reveals another single from his new album I Know You Are Not Far 《我知道你离我不远》. The music video for Beautiful Light is beautiful to watch.

Just when you’re getting bored by all these generic cpop music videos, Ji Jie (吉杰) throws you a curve ball. The single It Hurts, But It Feels Right from his new EP YISCO (彝斯科) is very… interesting and creative.

After a ten-year long absence from the music industry Mai Zijie (麦子杰) is back with a brand new album Streaming Light (流光). The tone and lighting of the music video for Field in the Wind (风中麦田) sought to communicate his longing for the past and hope for the future.

Jason Zhang Jie (张杰) recently made a guest appearance at a JJ Lin (林俊杰) concert – fans are treated to a second round of The Double J Battle during the Chengdu stop of JJ’s tour. Zhang Jie recorded Rebel Attitude (逆态度) for the game Revolution (逆战).

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(R1 L-R) SuperVC (果味VC), Tian Tang Band (天堂乐队)
(R2 L-R) New Pants (新裤子乐队), New Perfume (新香水乐队)

After a three-year long hiatus Super VC (果味VC), one of China’s <a href="“>most successful indie acts to emerge in the last decade, is back with their new album Revelation (启示录). The band teased fans with the full tracklist long before the album’s physical release, asking fans to vote for their favorite based on the name alone. Until the End of the World (直到世界尽头) is the first single from the album, does that mean it won the popularity contest?

Tian Tang Band (天堂乐队) proves that you are never too old for rock n’ roll. The band celebrates their 20 Year Anniversary with the song Forever Yong (永远年轻).

New Pants Band (新裤子乐队), the trio first came together in 1995 as a five member band. Those Without Dream Do Not Bleed (没有理想的人不伤心) is the first single from the band in a long time. The keyboardist Pang Kuan (庞宽) helped to co-produce Lui Ruiqi’s (刘瑞琦) début EP.

With all these old-time rock bands making a return, it’s good to know there are still fresh blood in Chinese (mainstream) rock music. New Perfume Band (新香水乐队) first formed in the early 2000s, but their activities have been minimal. Perhaps that is the reason behind the band’s decision to take part in the reality singing competition Superstar China (我的中国星). Goodbye Youth (再见少年) is perhaps a celebratory song marking the group’s ability to bounce back from those low times.

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(R1 L-R) Hua Chenyu/Bai Jugang/Zuo Li/Zhang Yangyang (Forever Young/怒放), Ou Hao/Nicholas Tse (As The Light Goes Out/救火英雄)
(R2 L-R) Momo Wu/Li Daimo (I Want You/好声音之为你转身), Crystal Liu Yifei (The Four 2/四大名捕2)

Striking the iron while it’s still hot, eeMedia kept the contestants of Superboys 2013 busy with a countrywide tour. Of course some have more activities than others, such as the following four. Hua Chenyu (华晨宇) and Bai Jugang (白举纲) recorded Hi! Freedom (HI!自由) for the movie Forever Young (怒放2013). Zuo Li (左立) and Zhang Yangyang (张阳阳) joined the duo for the movie theme song Goodbye Youth (青春再见), which was first recorded by veterans such as Li Jian (李健) and Shui Mu Nian Hua (水木年华).

Another of the 2013 Superboys being kept busy with soundtrack recording is hiphop- rapper/ cupcake- baker Ou Hao (欧豪). He had the luck of joining Nicholas Tse (谢霆锋) in recording the mandarin version of Greatest Love (爱最大) for the movie As The Light Goes Out (救火英雄).

The Voice of China alumni Momo Wu (吴莫愁) and Li Daimo (李代沫) collaborates for the soundtrack Memories of the Past (取名回忆的时光). This soundtrack is to be used in the upcoming movie I Want You (中国好声音之为你转身) based loosely on the trials and tributes of the contestants from The Voice of China reality series.

The Crystal Liu Yifei (刘亦菲) records her version of Let Go (放下), which is the main theme song to the movie The Four 2 (四大名捕2). The film features Liu Yifei and Deng Chao (邓超) among others.

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5 thoughts on “Music Monday: December 16, 2013”

  1. Yay hehe the Super Boys are back! And I’m surprised that I ended up really enjoying Ou Hao’s rap than the other song by the Super Boys… it’s so cool and powerful :D Whereas Hua Chengyu should instead go for live opportunities, I could barely distinguish his voice from the other dudes.

  2. Thanks so much, Gloria, for this every week! I love Music Mondays, and it’s awesome to be able to discover so many wonderful artist. And yes, Ji Jie’s MV is definitely not run-of-the-mill CPOP. His English pronunciation is also really good- I’m impressed! And, after a quick Google search, found out that he’s Yi, so yay, another Yi singer. :)

    1. Aw thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoy the (bi)weeklies. Feel free to recommend if you ever come across good music I’ve missed =)

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