Every season of ‘The Voice Of China’ consists of a Battle Round where the coaches invite another celebrity singer to be their advisor in the coaching rounds. With past invitees including Coco Lee, Wang Feng, Leehom Wang, Jam Hsia, and Ella Chen, I’d have to say the biggest hype of advisors would happen to be the ones officially announced in last night’s episode of Season 4.
‘Real Hero 真心英雄,’ China’s newest variety show to air July 10th, is a spin-off off of South Korea’s ‘Infinite Challenge’ and ‘X-Man’, where a team of celebrities are given strenuous physical and mental challenges to complete in a short amount of time. Watching the trailer, it seems that the challenges include diving through a pool of plastic balls, parachuting into the sky, a giant tug of war, hamster ball fighting, wrestling, and lots of good ‘ol variety show style drama.
This season’s team features Chen Xuedong, Joe Cheng, Zhang Jie, Zhu Yawen, Tong Dawei, and Yang Kun, with Guo Jingming as a guest star in ep 1. The theme of this show, according to the show creators at Jiangsu TV, is to show the audience what it takes to be a real hero, and how we can be them in our everyday lives.
Take a look at the trailer for the show:
This isn’t the first time JJ Lin has gone out of his way to send his condolences to a grievous disaster by writing a song dedicated to the victims. In 2008, upon hearing about the devastating earthquake that shook Sichuan, he took 2 days without sleeping to compose a beautiful ballad ‘Love And Hope’ in his studio, which he performed with the children of Sichuan.
Last weekend at a water park in Taiwan, a mysterious substance caused a massive fireball to ignite and consume the stage, resulting in the death of one person and the injuries of 500. While many celebrities took to Weibo to send their messages of hope, JJ teamed up with Taiwanese singer and guitarist Wing to compose a beautiful three minute ballad called ‘I Pray For You’ to give encouragement and strength to those affected in the explosion. With both men being Christian, the song ends with a prayer from JJ who asks God to help give strength and ease the suffering of the people. Even to those who aren’t Christian, it’s truly an emotional and touching song, and reminds us all that in times of desperation and injury, we can always turn to music to ease our sufferings.
This may be the breakthrough in the Western music industry Jane Zhang has been waiting for. It was announced a few days ago that Jane Zhang and American hip hop artist Big Sean are teaming up to join the Terminator Genisys soundtrack, a 2015 sci-fi blockbuster film set to release July 1, 2015. The two will be singing the song “Fighting Shadows,”available to download on iTunes on June 30th. Besides allowing Big Sean to be exposed to more fans in China, this is also a great opportunity for Jane, who is now being featured on countless American news articles regarding this collaboration, and sets the record as the first Mainland Chinese artist to sing for a major Hollywood film.
Jolin Tsai ended March on a sharp note with a sexy and alluring photo shoot with Vogue Magazine for their June issue. Besides being on the cover page, stills of her traveling segment to Paris are thrown in the issue as well, with photos and behind the scenes exclusives.
If you don’t count being assaulted by a crazy fan to start off the new year, it’s a great year so far for JJ Lin. On his ‘Timeline’ world tour to promote his latest album ‘Genesis,’ JJ rocked Beijing last Saturday in a 3 hour concert. With a revisit to all his old songs, talking to the audience, and surprises planned by his official fan club, the surprise guest of the concert turned out to be Jung Yong-hwa, the Korean artist JJ paired up with to deliver the song ‘Checkmate.’ The two sang songs including JJ’s top hits ‘Practice Love,’ ‘The Gardens,’ and of course, ‘Checkmate.’ Continue reading
Starting off the week with some old and fresh favorites!
1.A-Lin: 拿走了什么 (What Did You Take Away)
This is a track off her new album《罪惡感》， aka ‘Guilt.” It’s a sad ballad about breaking up and losing your loved one, and A-Lin’s emotional and thick voice delivers it wonderfully.Best listened to on a rainy day. :D Continue reading
JJ Lin just released the MV for ‘Lamando’, a song he wrote for Volkswagen to endorse their newest car.That’s pretty nifty seeing as regular celebrities just do photoshoots- JJ Lin goes ahead and composes an upbeat dance track.
The MV (or should I say car commercial) has quite a lot of stuff going on in it. With a sort of futuristic theme, it involves flashing lights, floating cubes, and a DJ who everyone thinks looks like Pewdiepie from YouTube. JJ shows off his pretty cool dance moves in the first few seconds of the song, but then transforms into a race car driver and proceeds to run into stuff. A zoom-away shot shows us that he’s actually playing a video game, and then when things couldn’t get more confusing, the plot changes to become a love story with a woman’s image flashing through the game console. JJ then bellows “Lamaaaaaandoooo” multiple times, which would make sense if this was a love song, but then we remember that he wrote this song for a car.
Take a look!
Jane Zhang mysteriously dropped out of the ‘I Am A Singer’ competition right before the semi-finals, and the reason for it was unveiled on Jane’s Weibo yesterday.Remember the last time on world tour, I said “I also want to be the best in your hearts.”This is the direction of my hard work! #janezhangbangtheworld# officiallytooktenyears, thank you to all of you guys for always being by my side. @janezhangBANGtheWorldconcert
Jane announced the kickoff of her 2015 world tour ‘Bang The World” yesterday, releasing two very eye catching promotional posters by Chen Man. Continue reading
Singer G.E.M has announced through Weibo her upcoming album, and has already released the first track ‘Long Distance (多远都要在一起)’, which was also previewed at the 2015 CCTV New Year Gala. Today, she released the second track ‘One Way Road (單行的軌道)’, a powerful but also semi-jazzy ballad about not being happy, always stuck on the same one way road and never being able to go anywhere. This is another one of her emotional self-composed and self-written pieces spilling out her emotions and her past experiences with love and relationships. I think that many people can connect with this song and it’s meaning; how it’s so hard to shake off something that’s been stuck with you forever, whether it be a relationship or a conflict. G.E.M always impresses me with her skill in lyrics and music, especially at such a young age of 23. This album is looking very promising.
Listen to the audio here: