Chengtian (Orange Sky’s) Entertainment’s two young Shanghainese stars, singer Kimi Qiao Renliang and actress Tang Yan appeared in a smaller magazine, World Life in a simple shoot. China really needs more youth-oriented magazines since right now the magazines reuse the same well-established stars. Or perhaps I should say, China needs more famous youths that can sell magazines. Right now, the younger group of talent are largely unknown to the general populace, but perhaps that will change.
Kimi is set to release an album, including the themesong he did for Windows 7 China release (In China there’s nothing you can’t have a themesong for!), which is certain to boost his visibility. Tang Yan, having shown a very solid start in acting, is next starring in the much anticipated Chengtian-finaced HK film Storm Warriors II , and she’s also supposed to appear in one of Kimi’s MVs. Chinese companies are really getting the hang of cross-promotion.
Kimi actually spoke quite eloquently at an interview conducted at Windows Launch 7 about his music, praised the artists he admired like Crowd Lu, Huang Yida, Peng Tan, and most interestedly, he said Chengtian Entertainment has a band now, Beijing-based “Cheng Band”. Whether it’s band for him or a separate band is unclear, but he excitedly talked about being able to sit around and talk about making music again with a group of artists again.
Kimi performing the Windows 7 themesong on Tian Tian Xiang Shang on short notice. He was basically grabbed out of the Tokyo International Film Festival and flown over to do this appearance. One of Yu Haoming (who hosts Tian Tian Xiang Shang)’s fans sent his pictures over to his baidu bar, where his fans were shocked because they still thought he was in Tokyo. Usually guest appearances are known in advance so fans can be there at the taping to support their idols.