Music Monday: May 11, 2015

Here to make Monday a little easier =)

Here to make Monday a little easier =)

This Monday we bring a bubblegum pop song from cutie Li Yifeng, a disconcerting piece from Laure Shang, a cheerful (?!) break-up song from M.I.C.’s Zhao Yongxin, a comfort food rnb song from Liu Sihan, and a flashback to the past from rap artist Jony J.

A catchy jingle from  Li Yifeng to ward off the Monday tiredness:

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Laure Shang, Fresh boyband for Fashion Weekly

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So what if Fan Bingbing invested in hundreds of gorgeous costumes all for herself and Yang Mi is consistently followed by her group of pretty young fresh blood? Laure Shang has her own personal praise choir.   Not sure if this is really the direction the new Fresh boyband wants to go, but hey, it never hurts to bootlick your boss, especially if you get a fashion magazine cover when you debut.

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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

Random news updates

Drama

  • Trailer for Tang Yan, Yang Rong,  Hawick Lau’s  The Lady & the Liar  here.
  • Zhao Liying, Hawick Lau’s  Secret of the wife to air on Hunan TV in March.
  • Following the Ancient Sword, Huanrui receives approval for another fantasy wuxia series, Kunlun 昆仑, based on the book of the same name.
  • Zhao Liying, Han Dong, and Zhou Fang’s Lovebirds series 错点鸳鸯·戏点鸳鸯 finally to air on satellite on the 20th. While part 1 is a bit all over the place, I’m a big fan of part 2’s Han Dong – Zhou Fang pairing.  After watching part 2 at least three times, I’m so excited for a HD version!

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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]


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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?

Laure Shang composes in four languages for ‘Ode to Doom’

Ode to the doom: Not a horror film.

The former intrepreter Laure Shang continues to use her language skills in her latest album, “Ode to Doom.”    The album, mostly self-composed and self-penned, includes lyrics in mandarin, Cantonese, French and English.     All songs are composed by her, and all non-Chinese lyrics are by her.

The album opens with Before the Doom, a world music piece guest starring the voice of Lamatsultrim.  I think I also hear some Christian chant near the end, but I’m not sure. Anyone know what instruments are used here?   This is followed by Perfect Night, whose psychedelic MV you can watch below:

I also love to just listen to her voice in Quand tu es dans un tunnel/When you’re in a tunnel. Her Cantonese songs tend to be more pop-sounding, including the catchy Predestination 宿命论 and Cageling 鹦鹉.  Atypical/Grim Fairy Tale/格林童话, a mandarin/French song has my favorite lyrics, though.

I’m not a big fan of any of her English songs, including  The FaithLet’s get back to the world, Redemption and Useless Love. In addition, there’s the French songs Construire pour détruire/Create to destroy, J’ ai une histoire à vous raconter/I have a story to tell you, and Ma Bulle/My bubble, whose MV you can watch below from fountainpark723:

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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Laure Shang, language genius?

Laure Shang's mouth speaks so many languages fluently that it doubles as her eyes

Laure Shang's mouth speaks so many languages fluently that it doubles as her eyes

Here’s someone for Rain to look up to – Laure Shang.

Shanghai Media Group’s new English channel did a documentary on the competition singers who represent their cities – Laure Shang@Shanghai, Leona Lewis@London and Jennifer Hudson@LA. In it, Laure Shang shows off her perfect English and raises some valid points about the Chinese music industry.

Laure Shang in A tale of 3 cities: Shanghai, London and LA
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