Li Yuchun combines modernity with her Sichuan roots

Updates  of LI Yuchun’s best music for leg day Music Monday

Some Chris Lee / Li Yuchun MV’s from her latest album and imo her best performance yet of her last album.  I love how much Mahjong and Hotpot appears in all her photoshoots and MV’s lately.

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Assassins has the first decent boyband debut in forever

Ever since Seven Sense, I’ve been waiting for a good zhongguofeng boyband, and the debut of Assassins / Men With Swords 刺客团  delivered.  The MV-song combo is easily one of my favorites from a Chinese idol group in a long time. The  zhongguofeng elements work well within the music arrangement and MV without seeming dated, something even Seven Sense couldn’t do this well. 

Delicious 舌尖美味 is written by the members  Li Wen, Wang Yaochen, Ruan Zeyi, Fang Yifei (names in order of solo parts in the song).

Music Monday: Cutest of Xianzi


What Did I See In You 看走眼 is the last of Xianzi’ adorable MV’s, a surprisingly chirpy song scolding her playboy boyfriend (who irl is her husband’s former roommate).

Here’s a throwback to singer Xianzi, known for her distinct vocals and cute songs back at the peak of Taiwanese mandopop.   The Guangxi native has since then moved back to the mainland and got married to ex-Top Combine member Li Mao . Unfortunately she now seems to mostly be singing boring Tan Xuan OST’s. 

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Zhongguofeng girlband Seven Sense is back

Known for their zhongguofeng dances, girlband Seven Sense is probably mainland’s most popular girlband in the past decade.

Girlband Seven Sense 七朵组合  is back with new single Green Snake 青蛇, a homoerotic reinterpretation of the Legend of the White Snake, whose romance began with borrowing an umbrella.  Although it’s been three years and they’re two member down, their new release is still a  signature Zhongguofeng pop song and dance with a practice room MV that’s more promising than their actual MV. At least it’s an improvement on their previous MV’s. 

What do you think? Will they stay this time?    

 

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Yaoband’s album teaser is all I’ve ever wanted

Publishing this before the actual album is out because I’m scared the album won’t live up to the teasers.

pipa X hard dance ✓
kunqu opera X future bass ✓
Triple pun  and triple entendre ✓
my favorite ancient Chinese novel  ✓

Every detail of 耀乐团 Yaoband’s  new album teasers is tuned to perfection.   Reflections in a Garden 镜花园  is an upcoming concept album inspired by Flowers in the Mirror 镜花缘, a nineteenth century fantasy novel known for its explorations of various dystopias.

The first teaser opens in a garden.  The music opens with future bass, then goes to guzheng  as the teaser reads “Disturb the waves by washing one’s clothes in the milky way, clean oneself of star dust.”  The metaphor uses several wordplays. Disturb (波动) can also refer to the plucking of a zither instrument such as the guzheng, clothes can also mean baggage, the characters for the milky way literally mean silver river, and dust is often used to indicate mortality in Chinese.

 The song then samples  a line from The Peony Pavilion segment  A Walk in the Garden, “Without visiting the garden, how could I have known such beauty ? 不到园林,怎知春色如许. ”  The opera’s protagonist then falls asleep in the garden and meets and falls in love with her otp in a dream.   The teaser reads “Searching for a dream of the past  to meet oneself in parallel universes.” 

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Music Monday: June 12, 2017

Stranger in the North – Namewee ft Wang Leehom

Malaysian singer Namewee adds to the countless songs about the dream chasers  lost in the strange allure and fog of the Northern Capital (Beijing). I don’t think Leehom has ever lived in Beijing, but who can complain about him.

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Watch Hebe Tian, Jing Boran as Beauty and the Beast

Watch Hebe Tian and Jing Boran in their rendition of the classic Beauty and the Beast theme song for the upcoming live-action film. The translations are very non-literal and almost sounds more like a translation of Sun and Moon, but at least they both look gorgeous.  Also, if you haven’t heard, Disney’s live-action Mulan is set for a Nov. 2018 release date and is expected to begin filming in April. No news on Sony’s version yet.

SNH48’s Ju Jingyi sings for The Bodyguards

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Getting in formation for their Beyoncé cover.

There’s nothing like summer on the TV, someone in a rush replaces someone looking pretty. After a series of surprising upsets in the battle for the Hunan TV summer slot,  The Bodyguards 麻辣变形计 (official title: Hot Girls) is now advertising itself to overtake the next spot.  We’ll see who comes out to the up soon, but meanwhile, here’s the opening theme from SNH48’s Ju Jingyi.