Thanks to variety shoes Idol Producer and 101 , there’s once more popular boybands and girls outside of TF boys again. Here are some recent MV’s from some of the bigger ones, including Rocket Girls, NEXT, Awaken-F, Sing girlband, and a few solos from Nine Percent and M.I.C. boyband. .
On the girl group side, Chinese-styled EDM group released their latest single Night of Music 夜笙歌 with inspirations from Southeast China. I wish they would release a MV for “Accidentally Time-travelled to Ancient Times一不小心到古代” because that’s probably my favorite song from them after 寄明月.
NEXT’s first MV, Wait a Minute, is a catchy pop acid trip, while Awaken-F’s new song is a folk ballad. I think the thing that surprised me the most is that both actually have great Chinese lyrics that also flows well with the music, something that’s often lacking in more kpop-styled Chinese boyband songs (ex. all of X-Nine‘s recent stuff).
Awaken-F has had several songs out, but this one’s probably my favorite for its zhonggongfeng.
Rocket Girls‘s Calories 卡路里 is catchy and fun if you need a picker-upper while you exercise: Since everyone from Yuehua left, it’ll be their only 11-member MV.
M.I.C. is half-broken up, but here’s the first single from Steelo Zhao Yongxin’s new album. You can buy it on itunes here. The song is co-written by Yaoband’s Zhang Jinghao and it’s very obvious.
Steelo’s other single, Rare Guest 稀客, sounds more signaturely him. How dare he blowdry someone else’s hair after doing it to Jianci in Ladybro.
A bunch of the technically now in a girlband/boyband but really will be solo artists have also released their solos soon after joining their respective bands, such as Cai Xukun’s Pull Up, Wang Ziyi’s AMH, Dai Aojuan’s Grow Up With Me, Chen Linong’s Decoding Game theme song, and You Zhangjing’s Legend of Fuyao insert song.