M.I.C. boyband might have released their last song

This beautiful dream is without regrets, so let us never wake.
The promises we’ve made, do you still remember them?
They won’t be forgotten, so let them remain.
Please continue to sing, for the years of our youth.

I was waiting for a MV for this song, but I don’t think they’re going to do that, so here it is. The catchy folk ballad, Years of Our Youth 年华,is penned by ladybros Tan Jianci and Steelo Zhao Yongxin to commemorate the  ten years of M.I.C.’s lives together.

The few M.I.C. fans there still exists probably already know this, but their ten-year-contract ended last December, and it was not renewed.  Tan Jianci and Aero Xiao Shunyao both signed under Wu Xiubo’s acting agency and will most likely focus on acting. The other three remains in Taihe Rye as solo artists. I’m not 100% sure what’s going on with them because they’re all clearly in love as of this weekend, and seem to not rule out them performing together.

Listen to their other two songs from their potentially last EP here and here.

 

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Promo Round-up: The Advisors Alliance Part 2

Out of all the subplots in The Advisors Alliance 2, I’m probably most excited about the showdown between Zhuge Liang (Wang Luoyong) and Sima Yi (Wu Xiubo), as well as the Sima family’s descent into darkness and coup against Cao Wei (that just made me sound sadistic).Growling Tiger, Roaring Dragon will begin airing tonight on Youku.

Character Teasers (playlist):

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M.I.C. Tan Jianci, Xiao Shunyao sign acting deals with Wu Xiubo

Weird out by how brother-like the M.I.C. boys were, Wu Xiubo signed Tan Jianci and Xiao Shunyao on the spot to play his sons.

Wu Xiubo was such a big fan of his family in The Advisor’s Alliance that he signed management deals with all the main male characters.  That’s right, in addition to Wang Dong (who plays his brother and who you might remember opposite Dilraba in Diamond Lover),   Wu Xiubo’s two sons in the series –  M.I.C. boyband’s Tan Jianci and Xiao Shunyao- now have acting management deals!  Don’t worry, they’re still managed by Taihe music-wise.

During the press conference for the drama on June 8th, Wu Xiubo said that they had looked at many actors for the role of the brothers, but none of them had chemistry with each other.  Watching Jianci and Yaoyao eat before their audition, Wu Xiubo  was  struck by how close they were.  “Even by looking from the side, the way they ate and interacted with each other were so much like real brothers. I thought it was so strange,” Wu said.     He then gave them a script to read and hired them on the spot.  So happy to know that M.I.C. still loves each other (especially given the recent Top Combine fallout). 

Following playing Sima Zhao,   Jianci stars as the Emperor to the Sima family,  Cao Pi , in  Tangren’s new Three Kingdoms drama.  Meanwhile, post his Sima Shi gig,  Yaoyao  is currently filming an idol drama with Fan Shiqi.

Congrats, boys! Now please go record your group album already. IT’S BEEN FIVE YEARS.

A kiss for you, a kiss for you, a kiss for all my sons!

[Lyrics] Among the Peach Blossoms

I use the mountains as my canvas,
I control the waterfalls with my paintbrush,
From up to downstream,
the stream carries my flow
So dope it makes the world jealous

The imagery painted in  Among the Peach Blossoms 桃之夭夭 are some of the best so far out of the often rambling Zhao Yongxin. Complete with a rap in literary Chinese, lines sung in the style of Yi folk songs, zhongguofeng-arrangement,  and weird English lyrics,  the song is like a huge smorgasbord  of Zhao Yongxin’s mind.

The song  was inspired by a late-night literary talk show that Zhao Yongxin watched that used the title of the song, 桃之夭夭. He loved the imagery of the word, and so  a few days later,  he called up  buddy  Zhang Jinghao (Yaoband)  and they wrote it in one night. To be honest, Zhang Jinghao probably wrote that best verse since it sounds like his style.

 

See that waterlily emerging out of the water,
Who can resist but fall in love with its reflections in the pond.
The rainbow among the rose-blush* skies,
Can also know the flames of a mortal life*,
Crazy like me.

 

How long must I wait
After the clouds gather and the rain falls, *
After the winds blow and the snow falls, *
Who will lose guard,*

When tomorrow’s moon comes,
Who will share a drink with me.
I pick up my paintbrush, ready to compose,
The ink drops from the paintbrush
The tear drops from the heart-broken man.

 

Among the peach blossoms*
Sailing with the flow
Among the quaint landscapes,
South of the clouds *
I use the mountains as my canvas,
I control the waterfalls with my paintbrush,
From upstream to downstream,
the stream carries my flow
So dope it makes the world jealous *

*cool literary Chinese  rap here*
*too hard to translate *

QED: With you by my side, I can block out the entire world.
I’m a well-endowed man.
I’m rich man, the wise will know.
Excite me more,
Stimulate me more
What time is it?
I don’t care.*!*

* 胭脂 is rouge used as blush/lip cream in ancient China. Can be used to refer to feminine beauty.
*人间烟火 Literally the foods of mortals (as opposed to immortals who are too good for mortal food).
*翻云覆雨 comes from a poem by Du Fu complaining about how  some people’s attitude to relationships are as unpredictable as the weather
*风花雪月 – originally  used to describe vacuous poetry describing the scenery, it was later  used to describe decadent lifestyles and romances. Historically used with a negative connotation, the term has been used positively in recent years.
*翻云覆雨之后风花雪月失守 Knowing M.I.C., I’m going to guess this line is a fancy metaphor for either stormy sex, a relationship where one side got tricked into sleeping with the other one, or both.
*明月几时有 comes from a poem by Su Shi that asks when was the bright moon first created? The poem compare the waning and waxing of the moon to the uniting and separation of people on Earth. I translated it using a very literal take  to make sense of it with the next line.
*桃之夭夭 is a reference to a Zhou dynasty song  in the Book of Songs that compares a bride to the rosiness of the peach blossoms
*Zhao Yongxin is from the province Yunnan, which literally translate to South of the Clouds.
*some  creative license used in translating 世人妒之

*!* As I was translating this last segment, it dawned on me that this entire song could just be about Zhao Yongxin finally getting in the pants of a woman he’s like for a long time, and all that gorgeous scenic imagery could actually just be a fancier metaphor than watering your vase in My Place.

I demand a personal apology from  Zhao Yongxin and  Zhang Jinghao for tricking me.

 

Hero Dog 2 full of puppies, kittens, birds, even some humans

There’s nothing like summer Hunan TV, someone in a rush replaces someone looking pretty. After a series of surprising upsets in the battle for the coveted summer slot, Hero Dog 2 神犬小七2 finally clinched it with its beach setting and cute puppies.

Set to air on the July 17th, the series again tells the story of hero dog Xiaoqi, but now as a rescue dog who befriends a lifeguard (Zhang Yunlong), a hospitality worker (the spunky Wang Yang), and the owner (Wang Yu) at a beach resort. In addition to love triangles between both the humans and the pets, they must also team together to stop a group of smugglers trying to steal artifacts from under the sea.

Plus, a long-waited song from M.I.C. boyband!  The song isn’t their best, and I wish they could’ve used Summer Storm, but  this will  have to do while we wait for the rest of Steelo’s album drops.

Music Monday: MIC Steelo-Z, Lee Seung-hyun for I’m Lala

MIC’s Steelo is back with a new song! The song is a duet with Lee Seung-hyun for Qi Wei’s upcoming drama I’m Lala 我是杜拉拉 (airing this Saturday).  Unlike people like Benji and SJZGloria, I can’t write about music at all, but I love this song already.  Plus, it’s a theme song for a big drama, so big congrats for him!  MV below, full song here.

M.I.C. makes your heart race with new MV

Don't drink and drive.

Jianci reminding you not to  drink and drive.

As the boyband with the most racecars per MV, M.I.C. boyband finally landed a car spokesperson deal with Lannia.    I’m Young and Possible (Although I keep wanting to sing “I’m Kim Impossible” )  is the third version of the song, following the album version and a magic school bus version .  The MV is so pretty that  I’ll forgive the fact that they haven’t released a new group dance song in three years.

In addition, Zhao Yongxin has recently released two other MV’s,  My Own Fault and duet Dying to See You, and Xiao Shunyao released a MV for his drama that may never air, 8848.

M.I.C. comes back in ballad

I'm pretty sure no other boyband in China could pull off this song live.

I’m pretty sure no other boyband in China could pull off this song live. gif cr:Yama Dandan

After two years forever, M.I.C. boyband finally came back as a group for  Only One. The gorgeous future bass r&b song is once again produced by themselves.  This song is so much better than I expected, and really shows how much they’ve matured musically. It perfectly shows off their perfect voices (Yuehan and Yaoyao’s voices won my heart in this song). Even the MV is so clean and beautiful and not filmed while they’re drunk in a club.

The song will be released as a part of their album SOLO, which will be the gift item of their photo book. My inner Chinese music industry fan  died a little on the inside when I read that, and then pre-ordered two copies of their photo album in retail therapy even though I never buy photo albums.

But all the perfection of their voices and faces aside,  the real question is …  Does Tan Jianci have a U.S. driver’s license or can we blackmail them with this MV?
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Music Monday: Theme Songs

This week not only is Zhang Jie back with another pretty theme song, but there are also themes for a string of current/upcoming dramas, including by Momo Wu Mochou, M.I.C., Zhang Bichen, and Tan Weiwei.

Last Week’s winner, Zhang Jie’s Sahā World for Monk Comes Down the Mountain.

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Music Monday: June 8, 2015

This week’s songs almost all come with a new album, so make sure to check out the other songs if you like them!

M.I.C.‘s  CJ Chi Yuehan released his first solo, Wonderful Life. The MV doesn’t have the highest production value, but he’s so pretty in it that I can’t complain.
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