News Roundup 7/12/09 – 7/24/09

Argh I waited too long to post this…massive pileup of news. This was such a headache to all get in here.

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BOBO was kept busy recently with the release of their show, NONSTOP, and celebrated their two year anniversary with the release of a new photo diary that I’ve already added to my list of goodies to buy. They also wrote loving speeches to each other.

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Gold Typhoon Launches Their Newest Artists

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On  ‘Bai Fen Bai’ last week, host Show Luo introduced two of his company juniors who are debuting around the same time, but with two different appeals. Chang Yunjing is the winner of the first season of Taiwan’ s Super Idol. Blue Bird Flying Fish is a pop duo  made up of Sichuan boys (this is my 512 related reference in this post). They are all under Gold Typhoon, the powerhouse company that covers the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong with artists from each region.

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Anson Hu sings for Ethan Ruan; Yan Peiyi no longer buck-toothed

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Ethan Ruan and Wang Chengyang

Along with  the no-longer “buck-toothed” and never “ugly”  Yang Peiyi, Anson Hu sings the theme songs for Ethan Ruan’s movie New “Boy Jia Li.” Produced by SMG, New “Boy Jia Li” is a children’s movie based on the book of the same name.  When Ethan Ruan’s character, the class teacher, goes to work at a TV station, Jia Li’s seventh grade class is without a leader. The class also becomes involved in a conflict with the neighboring class. As the classes learns to get along, Jia Li grows up and Ethan Ruan finds a love of his own.

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BOBO’s perfect duet

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Who needs girls in a duet?

Elle : Earlier, you guys both said you liked sweet cute girls. Would you ever fight over the same girl?
Jing (steals mic): Jiejie*older sis*, let me tell you, that will never happen! Once, we were singing Male KTV, and Baozi *little meat bun aka Fu Xinbo* saw that the MTV was about two xiongdi*brothers aka bff’s* fighting over a girl, and was he mad! He was angry about it the whole night. It cracked me up….if he can’t even accept a MV like that but was very serious and very mad about it, how could that ever happen in real life?

Elle China’s special “double” edition included an article on the two perfect duos of Huayi- Yu Quan and BOBO. Forgive me for not putting up Yu Quan’s interview, who’s far ahead of BOBO in terms of singing and composing, but they have no fangirls to scan their stories. Expect more BOBO friendship cuteness in the Baidu awards post coming soon.
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New Year Galas Wrap-up

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CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala has become one of the symbols of the Lunar New Year in China and one of the most extravagant shows that CCTV puts on every year. Jay Chou’s performance was probably the most anticipated event of the night. It consisted of three generations of singers – folk singer Song Zuying, Jay and 9-year-old genius Hou Gaojunjie- singing a blend of Song Zuying’s “Spicy Girls” and Jay’s “Herbalist Manual.” Apparently, singing with Song Zuying has been a dream of Jay.

Update: Jay also said that he has already invited Song Zuying to sing in a duet with him. He says he wants to compose a duet just for her.

Herbalist Manual and Give you a Eastern  jasmine

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Taiwan Lifts Its Restrictions on Mainland Entertainers

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Anson Hu a month ago became an exception to Taiwan's rule that no mainlanders could give solo concerts in Taiwan...now he'll be one of the many.

The company that brought Na Ying and Faye Wong to fame is ready to present it’s newest mainland superstar – Huang Yali, an energetic 19-year-old. Taiwanese companies have recently been increasingly signing on mainlanders, from rock bands such as Fusion and AOK to pop stars like Jade Liu. This is probably in light of the fact that after Taiwan’s changed presidents this past year, things have begun changing with respect to Mainland-Taiwan relations, including a suggested lifting of restrictions on mainland artists activities in Taiwan.

This finally became reality recently:
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Xue Zhiqian is the first to be nominated for all major awards of Chinese Pop Music Ceremony

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Xue Zhiqian is the first person to be nominated for all six of the major awards given by the Chinese Pop Music Ceremony in one year, including “best original composer,” “best album,” “best male singer,” “most popular singer,” “best album producer,” and “Golden song of the year” for both “Legend” and “Deeply in love with you,” which you can read about here and here.

Legend/Chuan Shuo, music and lyrics by Xue Zhiqian:

Cfensi’s comment: I love that part@3:22!

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New Year with the stars

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Wang Leehom, Jolin Tsai, SJ-M, Mayday, Fish Leong, Zhang Liyin, Rene Liu, and the entire ee media family will all spend New Year’s Eve on Hunan tv and ctv’s new year countdown concert. Rumored guests include the new and original F4 as well as David Beckham. Continue reading

Anson Hu Will Go Red in 2009 with his New EP

I couldn’t bear to leave Wind and Cloud’s song as the first post on this blog, so here’s some real quality for everyone. Having successfully become the first mainlander to give a solo concert in Taiwan, a real step forward, Anson’s now taking it back, way way back to when China could actually be called communist without Karl Marx turning in his grave. It will be the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PROC in 2009 and Anson will be releasing an EP entitled Red Songs to coincide with this.

This particular song seems particularly popular with the masses. Hear it sung by Zong Xiaolin & alan (duet) , Han Hong, Zhang Jie, and Zha Xi Dun Zhu (very contemporized). All of them are absolutely amazing singers, and it’s a treat to hear them sing a song that allows them to show off their voices. These are all live except for the Han Hong one, since that’s an MV. It is kind of funny to hear them singing about Mao though.

Say what you will about those propaganda-filled times, but they produced some awesome music, before music became too decadent for the masses of course. Which reminds me of one I’ve been looking for a while…does anyone know what the song played during the beginning of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress was?


Anson Hu, Farenheit, and Karen Mok at Asian Song Festival

The three representatives from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong respectively were all winners at the annual Asian Song festival, held in Korea, where everyone is a winner and the “Best Asian artist”. Not very interesting I know. The real story is Calvin’s hair. How did he end up looking like this:

when he could look like this? I’ll never understand boyband fashion stylists.

And yet it’s completely mesmerizing. I can’t stop looking at his head.

As for Anson, I can’t even find picture proof that he was at this thing. Maybe he was too embarrassed to be surrounded by idol groups spanning across all of Asia. Or he knew he just couldn’t compete. Both may be true.