Shanghainese Singer Huang Ling tugs at your heart with a Suzhounese tune . Her voice is probably the embodiment of the tender, soft sounds of Wu-Yue dialects and I’m fine if she never sang in mandarin again.
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
While we wait for all the ancient dramas to air in the upcoming month and year, here are some melodic Zhongguofeng songs from Jane Zhang, Huang Ling, Han Hong, and Ye Yiqan to alleviate the pain:
Jane Zhang sings the beautiful theme “Wordless Epitaph 无字碑” for The Empress of China, written by Aarif Lee and penned by Fang Wenshang. The lyrics kind of makes me more concerned that this is going to feature a selfless Wu Zetian doing everything for the sake of a narrowly-defined version of love (because of course she’s doing everything for the glory of the Tang, that’s why she overthrew it and started her own dynasty).
Huang Ling’s seductive voice joins Vae as a fox spirit for his latest ZhongGuoFeng MV from his new album, Why not just drink tea 不如吃茶吧. Huang Ling’s voice is always beautiful, and Vae’s production qualities has definitely increased tenfolds since joining OceanDisk, but just as impressive is the gorgeous watercolor MV’s from Vae’s entire album. Directed by JP Huang, the MV’s use a watercolor palette combined with lots of nature scenery and visual techniques to match Vae’s music style.
Huang Ling ft Vae in 惊鸿一面. The MV is probably my least favorite of the three, but it has my favorite song: