Music Monday: June 12, 2017

Stranger in the North – Namewee ft Wang Leehom

Malaysian singer Namewee adds to the countless songs about the dream chasers  lost in the strange allure and fog of the Northern Capital (Beijing). I don’t think Leehom has ever lived in Beijing, but who can complain about him.

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Music Monday: May 25, 2015

Here to make Monday a little easier =)

Here to make Monday a little easier =)

I’ve been listening to too much indie recently and haven’t been able to find a way to embed them (Xiami!!! Expand to the U.S. already!) , so most of the songs are theme songs this week, including ballads by Zhou Bichang, Aska Yang, and S.H.E.  Rounding up the group are a song from Zhou Ziyan‘s debut album and electric rock from Yaoband‘s new album.

But more importantly, here’s an awesome cursing song, Death Comes Early for the Handsome 长得帅死得快,  for Detective Di Renjie 名侦探狄仁杰 aka the only good new series this year so far.

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Lunar New Year Performances Round-Up

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Remind me why she haven’t been in any ancient dramas lately?

 

My picks.   Note that I have no music tastes and most choices are purely based on prettiness. Hence why Tong Liya gets photos but no links to the performance, because the rest of the show must have switched costume and stage designers.

For the first time ever, the local channels completely overwhelmed CCTV in every aspect. Better songs, dances, stage design, and even funnier and less misogynist skits.

 

Best Song-Stage Combo:  While you’re still young by Hua Chenyu
CCTV designers should be taking notes from the simple but so effective stage design for this.  Also, I can’t believe this song wasn’t popular before.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m5mL7Pgyck

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I Am A Singer All-Stars: Season One vs Season Two

Finalists from both seasons of I Am A Singer return to the stage to duel it out, with a surprise twist.

Finalists from both seasons of I Am A Singer return to the stage to duel it out, with a surprise twist.

Have I just not been paying attention all this time, or are those sponsored beverages a lot more prominent in this episode? I don’t even know what they are. But I want to drink them.

This special episode pit the finalists of the first I Am A Singer 我是歌手 season against the recently concluded second season finalists. Season one finalist Huang Qishan, who appeared in last week’s finale, was absent in this episode and was instead replaced by Laure Shang. (Oh, I’m sure she had a very good reason for not being there.)
Just to note, some performances have not been uploaded onto HunanTV’s official YouTube channel. We’ll try and work our way around that.

The format differed slightly from previous I Am A Singer episodes. Instead of the usual free-for-all sing-off, season one and season two singers were paired together and went head-to-head in solo rounds. Some match ups were good. Some could have been better. The show started with a good one. Continue reading

“Singing with Kids” potentially the best singing competition of the season

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Not going to lie, this is so far my favorite competition of the year so far.

The kids version of the Voice, with the four judges (Yu Quan, Aska Yang, and Chen Ming)  pressing a button to build a “rainbow bridge” for the kids they want, and then the kids picking the one they want as a coach.  In addition to lots of adorable kids, great singing, the interaction between the coaches are also extremely cute.   Some highlight performances of the show far.  “Singing with Kids” airs on Golden Eagle Cartoon every Sunday.  You may also catches glimpses of the performances on Taiwan’s CTV, which has been airing the show through “news clips” in a similar fashion as “I am Singer.”

Wang Ruizhuo is no doubt one of the teachers’ favorites. Aska Yang has already proclaimed her to be a future queen of music. Listen to her cover of a true queen, Stephanie Sun’s “Dreams never fall.”

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YinYueTai’s 1st Awards Show

Look! It's Chinese, It's English, it's bilingual logo!

Look! It’s Chinese, It’s English, it’s bilingual logo!

Yinyuetai have been steadily gaining love from fans since it’s opening in 2009 due to its high definition MVs and reliance. The legal music video promotion site have also gained much support from music professionals; not only are the MVs legally uploaded by the company, but fans can also use the site to share fancams of their favorite eye-candy. After realizing the popularity of the weekly/monthly V-Chart ranking among fans, yinyuetai decided to have a REAL award show (where artists actually go on stage and perform and accept awards in front of fans!)

In a music award show the performance is always the best part! So let’s start off with some cute and pretty fluffs:

Popu Lady, who were probably present to represent their shijie S.H.E (Best Group Award for TW/HK region) performed Lady First from their debut EP. The performance by the ladies is followed by the equally pretty boys from TimeZ and the party boys from MIC. Continue reading

“I am Singer” finale round-up

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The three-hour music extravaganza made headlines across the strait, but whose performance captured your heart?

The finale for “I am Singer” is every bit as awesome as it was expected to be, with some really amazing collaborations.The finale is probably the first mainland singing competition to be aired live both in mainland and Taiwan, not to mention in live-streamed in theatres across China. Actually, the show has been reported so much in the Taiwanese media that some politicians are warning of the show as a brain-washing tool.

Here are some of idarklight’s favorite performances of the night. There are a few misses, but overall the  show was great. You can watch HD versions of all the episodes as well as collections of the individual singer’s performances on YouTube.

First up is Tan Weiwei and Zhou Xiao’ou‘s folk meets rock No party unended. Tan Weiwei really pwn’ed everyone as soon as she opened her mouth.

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“I am singer” to air live in theatres across China

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Who are you rooting for?

 

Boasting some of cpop’s most wellknown singers and state-of-the-art sound systems, the 3-hour finale of music competition  “I am singer” will be also be airing live in movie theatres across China on Friday night.

In addition to established musicians and competitors Yu Quan, Aska Yang, Huang Qishan, Terry Lin, Winnie Hsin, Zhou Xiaoou and Peng Jiahui, there will also be guest duets from Jam Hsiao, Deng Chao, Tan weiwei, Li Quan, Emil Chau, The One, Shunzi. Former contestants Laure Shang, Paul Wong of Beyond, Sha Baoliang, Chen Ming, and siblings  Qi Qin and Qi Yu will also perform.

Will you be watching live? Who are you rooting for? What have been your favorite performances from the show?

Celebrity microblogger, Liang Huan, ranks Chinese singers

Almost 20 years since her passing, is Teresa Teng still the best Chinese singer?

Last week, Liang Huan 梁欢, who is probably a man, compiled a list of Chinese singers on her his Weibo, allocating points in increments of five, alongside some brutally honest criticism (e.g., Jolin Tsai: “dance moves accompanied by bad vocals”). Since then, her his post has been retweeted—or the Weibo equivalent—tens of thousands of times. Some fans, notably those of Han Geng, have derided the low scores of their idols.

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Preview and Stills from Qi Wei’s Upcoming Drama “Love Destiny”

First rule of thumb in idol dramas: if you’re the well-to-do daughter of a well-to-do businessman, it’s probably too good to be true. Especially if you’re Qi Wei.

In Love Destiny (爱情自有天意), Qi Wei stars as Cheng Xi, the daughter of the president of Landscape Corporation. In reality, though, her last name is Tang and her real father is the owner of a small restaurant. Due to an accident more than twenty years ago, she got mixed up with Tang Zheng (Malaysian actor Melvin Sia), although I’m not really sure how…? Anyway, this, of course, leads to all sorts of trouble when twenty years later, the now grown-up children meet and fall in love.

I wish I could provide a more informative synopsis, but the trailer is pretty much just people dramatically yelling at each other, while dramatic music plays in the background, so it’s not of much help there. Love Destiny is set to begin airing on February 11th, and it’s helmed by Taiwanese director Chen Hui-ling (Autumn’s Concerto, Material Queen), so at the very least, we’ll be getting a lot of prettiness. Check behind the cut for the recently released preview and for a lot of stills.
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