Music Monday: May 5, 2014

Music Monday 2014

I’m back! I realize the last time I posted anything was back in February. So… Lets ease back into Music Monday again. But first I would like to introduce two new discovery of sort. 1) Music Radio Billboard Chart and 2) CCTV Global Music Chart.

Music Radio Billboard Chart has been around for a few years, but the webpage was never that visually appealing. The chart is now separated into Mainland, TW/HK, and new releases. Then there’s CCTV’s brand new “live” music performance program Global Music Chart first aired in March. While not all the performances are for new songs, but I’m not going complains about finally having a show dedicated to musical performance and promotion. Like its counterparts (Music Station/Inkigayo) a winner is crowned at the end of each episode based on SNS votes, text, and audience votes. I hope they include digital and physical sales later to promote legal music download/purchase.

Speaking of music award, it’s music awards season again! Yinyuetai held their 2nd annual award show a few weeks ago. The award show itself wasn’t all that interesting, basically anyone who decided to attend got an award, but there were some great performances. QQ Music held their first music awards show this year. Finally the all important Music Radio Annual Top Billboard Charts and The Chinese Music Awards 全球华语榜中榜, which were both held in late April.

Project WAO – We Are One

Women As One - Against Abuse
Women As One – Against Abuse

Four of the biggest female singers in cpop, hailed from four different regions of cpop, came together for Project WAO theme song. The song titled We Are One or Women as One features A-Mei (张惠妹), Na Ying (那英), Sandy Lam (林忆莲), and Tanya Chua (蔡健雅). The charity concert for Project WAO was held this last weekend in support of abused women and young girls.


Music Monday:Februrary 17, 2014

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

Starting the lunar new years with another unexpected collaboration, GOOD NIGHT MY LOVE (penned and composed by Wei Chen) is a special Valentine’s Day duet performed by Vision Wei Chen 魏晨 and Laure Shang Weijie 尚雯婕. The music video follows Wei Chen from street to street, store to store, looking for the perfect gift for this Valentine. [MR]


Music Monday: February 3, 2014

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

Thank goodness for snow day or I might not be able to do Music Monday again. I do apologize for skipping two (?) weeks of Music Monday. But I’m going to make it up to you guys with some great music in this week’s Music Monday =)

This week Su Xing makes a comeback with a new single, Jimmy Lin sings to his son Kimi, Ding Dang reminding you BBJQ will air sometime this year, and many more.

Let’s start with David Cui 崔龙阳, a Beijing-based grass root musician studying at the University of International Relations (yea…), released his first album 《Hello!》. The music video below is for the English single Mirror, first released in 2012.


The X-Change Show Quietly Returns


If one day my dreams are drenched in the storm,
Will you return to lend a hand?
If one day I can no longer continue forward,
Will you spend a warm afternoon by my side?
If I were to ask you a question,
Will you be startled from your dream of a mother’s embrace?
If you were living in an unfamiliar home with strangers,
Will you use kindness as your guide?
If this is the future of a nation,
Will you let him rest without fears?

The X-Change Show 变形计 on HNTV has to be the first of its kind in modern Chinese television (correct me if I’m wrong). It is not a competition based reality show, there is no real script, though I’m sure there are plenty of mentoring that goes on behind the scenes. The show is actually on its 7th season this year, but I only begin watching it last year. From weibo it seems like at least one of the city kid from last season still periodically visits the village he lived in. What makes this show even more special (as if it can be anymore special) is that CCTV, which like to pretend HNTV doesn’t exist, began airing reruns of this show last year on CCTV-2.

Premises and the second part of this exchange is below the cut.

Cindy dubs for Despicable Me 2, tours Hollywood

Minion, minion, on the wall, who’s the most lovable of them all?

What’s cuter than Agnes and minions? Agnes, minions, and Cindy (and Deng Chao)!  Deng Chao and Cindy dubbed the voices for Gru and Agnes respectively for the mainland dub of Despicable Me 2, Universal Studios’ most profitable film in history and one that was universally reported by the West as having been banned in China because the minions looked like Jiang Zemin…

As a part of the dubbing, Cindy, along with dad Tian Liang and mom Ye Yiqian, were also invited to visit Hollywood, including a tour of Universal Studios.   More cute photos from the Hollywood tour and the press conference below the cut.

While dad and mom are kept low-key with reused outfits, rumor has it Cindy’s in Valentino Haute Couture.


Music Monday: January 6, 2014

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

Every time I finish Music Monday I tell myself “I will do this over the weekend next time.” But next time comes around and I’m still doing it on Monday… *hanging head in shame*

Here’s a peace-offering – The CD version of the smoke covered collaborative song by Zhang Liang 张亮 and Tiantian 天天(张悦轩) I am Not An Idol 我不是男神, written for him by Ning Huanyu.

(12 videos below the cut)

“Let’s Get Married” Says He Jie


Before the end of 2013, He Jie and her new hubby, actor He Ziming, released their wedding ceremony video set to He Jie’s new single Let’s Get Married 我们结婚吧. The couple did a traditional wedding clothes photoshoot (is it a traditional Yi (彝) wedding outfit?) a while back.

Watch the beautiful music video below and more wedding photoshoot below the cut.


Blonde Bombshell Ma Tianyu

Yes. Diva Ma Tianyu has arrived

It’s been three years since Ma Tianyu 马天宇 has released any new music; his last EP Soliloquize 自言自宇 was in 2010. And as we all know from previous experiences, Ma Tianyu love surprising us with new concepts in his music video. In this music video for Bystander 世界之外 Ma Tianyu dyed his hair blond.

Ma Tianyu kept himself busy during these past three years filming dramas such as Xuan Yuan Sword 轩辕剑之天之痕, Young Detective Dee 少年神探狄仁杰, Legend of the Ancient Sword 古剑奇谭, a time-traveling wuxia drama The Duet 四手妙弹, and a republic era Shanghai drama by Han Xue Workshop Ladies Home 淑女之家, (Han Xue 韩雪/Chen Xiang 陈翔/Mao Xiaotong 毛晓彤) just to name a few.