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.
Who’s excited to see Qi Wei rocking it in a NANA-inspired outfit? I know I am.
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.
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)
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.
To see more screenshots from the mv, Alen-centric…
I wanted to get this up right after I saw the trailer…
In the first scene with our four leads getting ready to perform behind the curtain on a stage almost resembles a certain Jingle Bells dancing scene from Mean Girls… probably not intentional, but just sayin’…
Two things I take from this: lavish, very very grand (just like readers of the novel said it should be – designer bags, fancy clothing, mansions – those kinds of superfical things and yet totally nice to look at) and obvi, lots of pretty! There’s really not a lot of story revealed from the looks of the first trailer, but so far so good. And I like the first person narration thing going on throughout the teaser.
I’m currently watching Hello Gorgeous (华丽一族) and Our Love (爱的创可贴 which actually means Love’s Bandage). Both TV series fall squarely into idol drama territory, which means a predictable storyline, incredibly attractive people, or (usually) both. I’m finding that I am fastforwarding a lot of Hello Gorgeous and a little less with Love’s Bandage so I’m considering recapping the latter to share the light fun tone of this series with everyone 🙂
Even with its filler scenes and 2-dimensional characters (though female lead Li Xin Ru is doing a pretty good job), Hello Gorgeous has managed to sustain my interest with its breathtaking soundtrack; its perfectly placed instrumentals, theme song and insert songs distracts you from noticing many of the flaws in the story. Check them out below!
The first one is my favorite, sung by female lead Li Xin Ru and played in emotional/sentimental scenes: