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Singer Bii Releases “Come Back to Me” for New Taiwanese Drama

We’ve seen EXO and M4M, two korean boy groups that are composed of Chinese boys. Now I introduce to you a Chinese singer who is actually mixed Taiwanese-Korean. This 23-year old’s name is Bi Shujin 毕书尽 and goes by the stage name “Bii“. You may have heard of this guy’s voice, in fact, if you have chanced upon the new teaser for George Hu and Annie Chen’s new drama “Love Around”, its theme song is sung by him! Name another singer who’s tried to interweave Chinese and Korean in one song. This one is titled Come Back to Me.

By the way, does he not look a bit like Lu Han from EXO? Hehe.

Here’s another song by Bii. He collaborated with makeup artist-turned-singer Chen Shi An 陳勢安 on a song called Be Imperative 勢在必行.

Qi Wei in Upcoming Drama “Another Me On Earth”

Who’s excited to see Qi Wei rocking it in a NANA-inspired outfit? I know I am.

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The 26-year old Chinese actress Qi Wei (“Stephy”), who has basically perfected the “strong independent working women” roles, is now playing what seems like a punk singer, which is largely different from her fierce Xiao Rou in Unbeatable and no-nonsense Mo Rou in My Affordable Boyfriend… although, no doubt, she will again leave viewers with a strong, if not memorable performance.

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This attire really suits Qi Wei! – my humble opinion

In promotion for the new series, Qi Wei and her Korean co-star Nathan Lee (from kpop band TAKE) reveal a sexy, intimate MV with Qi Wei’s new ballad called “Us”. For those who are wondering, no the song doesn’t actually say anything like beautiful-boy-kiss-me-softly-whilst-we-bask-in-sultry-lowlight. So yeah, it basically doesn’t make sense, but let’s just go along with it since it’s sexy and probably good for the hype.

Being considered the Chinese remake of the popular Japanese anime and live-action movie “NANA”, Another Me On Earth will presumably follow a similar storyline about two women who share the same name (with almost opposite personalities) who meet each other in a big city and the series will chronicle their friendship and their lives as each chases her dreams. What is really hyping the series is the two songs released as a tease for the series, both sung by the actors in the show, Qi Wei and Danny (his stage name is Dong Lai Dong Wang), respectively. Listen to Danny’s “I Was So Close to Happiness” which is presumably the theme song for Another Me On Earth because it kinda gives you a glimpse of the series!

Damn, that Nathan Lee or whoever is handsome. Honestly, I didn’t know he was a Korean star until I looked at the list of actors for the show. But man, who has heard of a kpop group called TAKE? I swear there are way too many kpop bands to memorize and too many that get replaced by newer and fresher faces. Sad. But at least this guy gets to have some exposure in China! Except whenever I type his name in Google the search results give me Seungri from Big Bang who looks nothing like him…

*(Oh yeah, and when will this air? I have no ideaaaaa. Surprise me, Chinese television. All I know is it will be about 40 episodes)

Akama Miki and Zhang Muyi’s Heartfelt Chinese Cover of “Pretty Boy”

TheYoungTurks recently did a report involving a 24 year old Chinese singer and a 12 year old known model which caught my attention. They are known as Zhang Muyi and Akama Miki (a Japanese-Chinese singer and child model) and have raked up a lot of controversy and support in China over their personal life. Whether or not it is publicity is up for grabs. (If it were, they’re pretty good because this is how I found out their songs) But hey, they did do an amazing rendition of Pretty Boy, so let’s just enjoy the songs in the meanwhile. I have to admit they harmonize very well and Miki’s voice is beautiful. “Pretty Boy” is an English song released in 2002 by Norweign girlband M2M, which was made popular in Asia when M2M revealed a Mandarin Chinese version.

Another great song from the duo (who call themselves ‘Mi2’ after their own names)

I found Mi2’s debut song hilarious… can you count the number of times they said ‘chong’?

M4M Performing LIVE “When You Leave Me”

They have pretty good voices, I kind of prefer this than the kpopized (a.k.a. electronic pop) songs which honestly distracts from the singers’ vocals. Alen and Vinson’s voices just shine in here.

I can’t wait for them to release this song in their album! Someone let me know when the studio version comes out. Comment below or @underratedgems on my twitter. 

Enter M4M: The New Boyband on the Chinese and Korean Pop Scene (SONG + PICS)

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Alen, the main vocalist of M4M

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Vinson is the main dancer of the group

No they’re not another kpop boyband. Well…yes, and no. All the members are Chinese, but like EXO-M, they debuted in both China and Korea. But Chinese boys singing in Chinese = cpop boyband, right?! Anyways, M4M, upon first impression, is like the mature and much less awkward brother of EXO-M. Jimmy & Alen caught my eye on the get-go, because Jimmy reminded me of Jang Geun Suk with his long hairstyle and Alen looks like he came right out of a manga. Right now I can’t decide whether Alen looks like Yamapi, Chen Xuedong, or Michael Zhang. M4M’s debut single is called “Sadness” which was released on March 12th [insert some joke about kpop song titles]. “Sadness” currently ranks #5 in YinYueTai’s music charts.

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Kpop: “Gone Not Around Any Longer” by Sistar19

I kind of wanted to introduce this song like the way most people recommend their friends to new music, like “HEY, you should listen to this!!!! It’s sooo good”. As we all know, kpop has a range that goes from the super bad addictive to the super good addictive. This new song from Sistar19’s singers Bora and Hyorin has it all; incredible beats, catchy lyrics, Sistar19’s signature sexy dancing, and most distinguishing of them all, passionate and with feeling.

In April of 2011, this subunit of the Sistar group, composed of members Hyorin and Bora released an addictive music video that popularized dancing-with-chairs called “Ma Boy”. Nearly two years after the popularity of Ma Boy, Sistar19 came back to the kpop scene with “Gone Not Around Any Longer”, a decidedly more mature/angsty music video about heartbreak. Equally garnered my repeated listens, but this one ranks higher than Ma Boy for me because it is a good listen, with or without the music video. Since this song was released in January, it has been dominating Korean music charts, reaching number one in the month of February.