The biggest news this week? Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announcing last Friday that they’re in a relationship. The two got close while filming The Empress of China (武媚娘传奇), though they didn’t portray a couple in that drama. This is the first time in her 19-year-long career that Fan Bingbing has publicly admitted that she was dating someone.
Their fairly low-key approach to announcing that they were dating — they simply uploaded a photo of them on Weibo with the caption “Us” — has been replicated throughout the Weibosphere in the few days since. Most of the usage has been tongue-in-cheek, such as Jiro Wang with the Incredible Hulk and a random netizen who somehow got actor Lee Pace to hold up fake marriage certificates with her.
Anyway, congratulations to Fan Bingbing and Li Chen, and I hope they don’t let all the rumors about their past relationships drag them down.
Brighten your Monday up with a fun tune from Aarif Rahman, a cute family zoo song from Fan Weiqi, a powerful rock ballad from A-mei, songs of friendship from RTA Xu Hao X Zhu Yuanbing, Ma Haisheng and M.I.C.‘s Tan Jianci.
A-mei sets fire to the patriarchy in her epic song and MV Matriarchy 母系社會
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:
If there’s anything better than one Wang Leehom, it’s four Wang Leehoms. Here he is poking fun at himself in a recent photoshoot for L’Officiel Hommes.
You! You! You! It’s not polite to point like that!
Leehom also randomly started posting sheet music for his songs, starting with “Your Love” (你的愛), the title track from his new album. If you play violin, viola, cello, or bass, and have been dying to learn how to play his music, check out the link!
If you want to fanservice right, the least you could do is get rid of the blanket.
Watching Xiaoxin chase an over-hyper Jianci around the stage while carrying a 50 pound dog was totally worth getting up early and sitting through a hour of terrible lives.
M.I.C.‘s Zhao Yongxin and Tan Jianci finally performed their duet Bestie/Ladybrolive, this time remixed with Xiaoxin’ solo Super Daddy. Both songs are written and produced by the ridiculously talented Xiaoxin and arranged by Elemum Chau. Someday, Xiaoxin, I’ll hold my own award ceremony and you’ll get best producer.
Live below, English translation of lyrics, and more photos below the cut. Let’s be honest, the best part was Bass’ wtf face the entire time.
M.I.C. Boyband vs M.I.C. Girlband, who’s prettier?
M.I.C. boyband is so amazing that they’re the best in every competition they enter, be it music or dance or even Peking opera. For pop-Chinese Opera crossover show Guo Se Tian Xiang, they trained under Hu Wen’ge, a third-generation disciple of the master singer Mei Lanfang. As usual, they had the best programs on the show. Full mp3 versions for download here.
Their arrangements really made the show for me. M.I.C. became heavily involved in designing their own programs, and had learned so quickly that by episode 6, they were able to design the entire performance, including the opera parts, by themselves. This is exemplified in their cover of Wang Leehom‘s Mistake in the Flower Fields 花田错, where even Yaoyao’s rap blends flawlessly into opera. Compare it with Zhang Yuan’s version last season and see how much more coherent this version sounds. Xiaoxin’s last line sounds like it could’ve came from Hu Wen’ge himself:
Next is their most artistically Peking Opera performance, featuring the opening scene comes straight from the actual Opera itself. It was praised for being one of the most professional acts on the show. Continue reading →
“Ladybro, u got a ladybro.” Not that ladybro. The kind where you have overnight sleepovers and do each other’s make-up. M.I.C.‘s Steelo-Z and JC-Tan (XiaoXin and Jianci) redefine ladybro as male BFF’s in their cute new MV.