Music Monday: Last Monday of 2014

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Good Morning Last Monday of 2014! Thanks idarklight for keeping Music Monday as consistent as possible! Here’s to consistency in 2015! …

Another cute acoustic song to add to my playlist. Really, I should just rename the playlist as My 徐良 Xu Liang. His new album 《我》, a composite of ten duets, features a different female artist on each song, from Guo Jing to Happy Camp’s Wu Xin. Seriously! How does this happen? I Will Be OK features Xiao Yan Zi 李晟 Li Chen.

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Super Boy 2013: Fan, Wei, and Song to Come Back to Stage and Yang Mi is chosen as guest judge!

can you spot the tag-along?
can you spot the tag-along? It’s vampire-hottie Julaiti!

Fan Shiqi, Wei Yining, Song Wei barreled through the competition with flying colors last Saturday, scoring the only three seats on YY’s Revival Competition (which, for those who are unclear what that is, it’s an alternate stage for eliminated Super Boy contestants to compete in order to get revived into the main stage) as finalists. While Fan teams up with Julaiti for a thrilling revisit of boy group EXO’s hit song “History” (personally I enjoyed their cover of EXO’s MAMA more), Wei Yining wins the hearts of Chinese fans with his soulful performances of “Starry Starry Night” from the same-title Taiwanese film and his original piece called “Little Fish”. Finally, Song Wei bursts into the round, making a place on the third and final spot – a surprising, but well deserved 3rd finalist; performing a song called “Runaway Mama”.

Although all three boys will have a showcase performance this Friday on the Super Boy stage for the Top 10 into 6 round, keep in mind that there is only one finalist from YY’s Revival (out of the 3) to compete the main competition for the Top 5+1. Will it be the ever-popular Wei Yining, the fastest-rising-fan-base-hottie Fan Shiqi, or the hardworking-and-rock-n-roll Song Wei?

Yang Mi is this week's chosen V-goddess
Yang Mi is this week’s chosen V-goddess

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Super Boy 2013: Wei Yining’s Original Song Attracts 2 Million Hits in 2 Days

Hm tell me who's cuter, those pandas or me?
Hm tell me what’s cuter, those pandas or my fluffy silver hair which I’ve gelled to perfection?

They say a true man gets himself back up after a fall. Suffering a slight set-back doesn’t seem to deter the popular Super Boy Wei Yining, who has made waves after the judges eliminated him in the Top 66 to 20 advancing round.

Wei Yining, backed by a throng of fans (known as Lime/Qing Ning/青柠), was the reigning champion in last week’s YY Fuhuo (Revival) – which is a stage where all eliminated contestants get a chance to be ‘revived’ based upon a weekly voting process. His latest performance, an original piece called “Little Fish 小鱼“, won him the coveted ‘weekly champion’, which is another step towards his dream of getting into Super Boy’s Top 5+1. The video of the performance garnered over 2 million video hits in 2 days.

With weibo quickly becoming a surefire way to measure popularity in China, Wei’s verified weibo account, among other Super Boy competitors like Fan Shiqi and Yu Menglong, already boast numbers in the 100k and above.

Wei Yining performing “Little Fish” in the second round at YY Fuhuo: (more…)

Super Boy 2013: Second Half of 66 to 20

想唱就唱 我最响亮
想唱就唱 我最响亮

This week we saw the elimination of almost all of the pretty boys, as well as all the “elders”. The most surprising result from this week is the elimination of Wei Yining, who’s vocal isn’t the best but isn’t any less than media’s favorite Zuo Li. I really hope Wei Yining’s popularity will help get him into the Final Top 5 round at the end. The least surprising result is the elimination of Li Xiang’s Han Chengyu, the show producer wouldn’t let one of their own through in case people start saying the show’s fixed.

I still think there should be a serious producer on the judges’ panel, because at the end of the day Super Boy isn’t about finding just a musician or a singer – it’s about finding the next big celebrity in the music industry. Just because you can hold a tune, or can compose, or can dance, or is good looking doesn’t mean you’ll make it. I don’t think people who work in front of the camera can see the celebrity quality as clearly as a producer or other people who work behind the scenes.

There is no real elimination in this year’s Super Boy. Everyone who’ve been eliminated will continue to perform and gain fans through via internet radio and web votes. The person with the most vote at the end will get to PK the Final Top 5 Super Boys. Watch the first night here, and the second night here. Selected performances with comments below. (more…)

Super Boy 2013: First Half of 66 to 20

想唱就唱 我最响亮
想唱就唱 我最响亮

The rule of this round is suppose to be (for each group) 2 minute performance each, one performer, four challengers, one pass, two elimination. But again, the judges didn’t follow the rules and passes more in some groups, or eliminated more in some groups. (though more should’ve have when to the “to be determined” group) Watch the first night here, and the second night here. Selected performances with comments below. (more…)

Super Boy 2013: Xi’an and Chengdu Stops

想唱就唱 我最响亮
想唱就唱 我最响亮

Is it me or are they are really rushing Super Boy 2013? Xi’an, Chengdu, Beijing, and Hangzhou selections were aired in four consecutive days. First up Xi’an and Chengdu.

In Xi’an, judges Laure Shang, Cai Guoqing, and Peng Jiahui (I’m A Singer) requested an extra pass card, making it the first region to pass additional members into nationals. Watch Superboy Liu Xin working his summer job in Xi’an on HNTV’s Official Youtube Channel here. In Panda Town Chengdu, we saw Cai Guoqing being left out in the cold while Chen Kun and Tao Chingying flirts like it’s nobody’s business. I think the judge’s interaction (or maybe it’s just Chen Kun’s perfection) made this episode much more enjoyable. You can watch Chen Kun’s courtship of Tao Chingying on HNTV’s Official Youtube Channel here.
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