Music Obsessions – October 2019

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A month sure flies by as we get to October! There’s been a decent amount of music that I’ve liked and discovered and its going to be a longer list than usual. Its all some fun songs and a nice mix of different genres so hopefully you’ll find something that you like as well!

See You In My Dream 偷偷看你 – Jeric 陳傑瑞

I’m a crazy person with ridiculously bad attention span so Love is Deep only has 4 episodes and I never got around to finishing it (got to add that back to my to-do list). That aside, they did have a midway change in their theme song in the second half to this very adorable song that caught my ears at the first line of lyrics and the fun tune. The lyrics translated: There’s Tow kinds of love, you’re either a cat or a dog, you’re born the sticky-type or proud and need little attention.” So freakin’ adorable, right? Turns out after I saw this video that the singer Jeric actually had a small role here that appeared in a few episodes.

If Only – AMei 張惠妹 & Qiyuan Zheng & Pan Dong

I’ve taken a little break from Super Vocal 2 to let it pile up a few more episodes and I’m not a huge fan of the Mango TV app as it also casts really poorly on Chromecast so this song is from a few episodes ago. This song was originally a collaboration between AMei Zhang and Andrea Bocelli. They changed into a trio and then added in some dialogue and whatnot. People say that Qiyuan Zheng has bad English and breaks the song but I love his voice and it just melts me regardless of whatever accent. If Only is my go-to song this past month whenever I’m under huge stress or not feeling too positive. Love it so much!

Love You 3000 愛你 3000 – Will Pan 潘瑋柏 (feat. 黃旭Boom & 肖恩恩Sean T)

Will Pan has vanished a few years from the scene (at least it feels that way) and its pretty nice to see him coming back. He was always known for his super fun upbeat songs. This time, he collaborates with Boom and Sean T (people that I’ve never heard of) and the style here is pretty nice. Its very smooth and fun.

Won’t Cry 說好不哭 – Jay Chou 周杰倫 & Mayday Ashin 五月天阿信

Trending #1 on Youtube INTERNATIONALLY, if you were on Youtube for the week of this song’s release, you might have seen it on the front page of your feed. I couldn’t be happier to see Jay Chou and Mayday’s Ashin’s collab have better success than that. They are two of my favorite singers and this song is really awesome. The music video is done really well also. I say it all the time. Everyone has their dominating domain, in Jay Chou’s case, music, singer and music production is where he is at his best!

前程似錦 – 陳立農 Leo Chen &李現 Xian Li

I never knew that movies did songs to celebrate the end of the filming but this might be the first time and its for this upcoming movie with Xian Li and Leo Chen (when this post releases, he will be now called ex-Nine Percent member as their contract for the group ended in early October…sadly). Either way, the song is happy and fun and has some nice snippets of their filming process that is great adveristing because now I can’t wait for the film’s release, so maybe eventually get to see it here. Two of Xian Li’s works (Love O2O: The Movie & Tientsin Mystic) has been on Netflix so I’m crossing my fingers that Netflix will pick this one up also.

No Accidents 沒有意外 – KUN 蔡徐坤

Its probably no coincidence that a few of the Nine Percent members have been showing up more frequently with new projects of late. No Accident has been out for a while but Kun promoted it recently on Happy Camp as a new song on his album. I don’t follow Kun a lot as his singles before didn’t quite work for me but this one though, definitely does. He could work a little on the falsetto more but overall, this is a nice song. He did the lyrics for this one and its written pretty well actually, which shouldn’t be a surprise since during Idol Producer, he did show some production skills also.

Soldier at War – Ben Wiggins (from Anna and the Apocalypse)

I’m going to be lying if a lot of music from Anna and the Apocalypse isn’t topping my play list right now. In the heart of what I could find on YouTube and the Halloween month going on right now, here’s one with zombies performed by Ben Wiggins called Soldier At War and happens to be one of the songs that I like quite a lot.

That’s it for this  Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to on repeat?

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Music Obsessions – September 2019

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Another month as passed by. Its been a very odd month since it feels like I haven’t quite found a ton of new music but then there’s been some interesting finds at the same time. Its been quite random or related to whatever I’ve been watching and such.

好好說 – Sammi Cheng 鄭秀文

If we were to talk about a singer that I’ve adored for a long time, it has to go to Sammi Cheng who inspired a lot of my own love for pop music in terms of female singers especially for Cantonese pop music. This song is for her upcoming movie which I hope to get a chance to see as I like a few people in the cast as well but I absolutely love this song. The lyrics and her singing and everything: still love her even after so very long (we’re talking almost two decades).

谁都别吝啬 – R1SE

I was a bit skeptical of R1SE or lets say, Produce Camp but this group has really made its mark as its been associated with a lot of different songs for TV shows and having their own music and such. Its definitely nice to be on the Tencent platform or to have come out of a show on the Tencent platform. Adding into their own singing abilities, its a group that works. As much as I like this song, I do hope that they all get to find their place as a few of the boys in this group are quite good at the overall music production from lyrics to music. Hopefully, they’ll get a chance to flex those skills. For now, their music is always a constant fun and energetic company.

Bad Guy – Billie Eilish

Its taken a few listens but I’ve been into this song lately. The video is a bit weird in my opinion but hey, the song is quite fun. I’m not sure whether its going to be a permanent thing in my playlist but this past month, its been quite entertaining to have on and keeping the energy level high.

The Coming One 3 Highlights
White – Rohar Ye & Tian Yi

漂浮群岛 – 张颜齐 & 洪一诺

The Coming One 3 is done but I can’t get over the collabs show they did. That episode was my favorite and these two performances above are my absolutely faves.  I’m doing it as a unit because they are simply highlights from the show. Both of them didn’t end up winning in the end but these two girls are my faves of the competition. Rohar Ye is my absolute fave right from her first song so I’m hoping she continues tackling the rest of the colors and make them into songs while still making other songs true to her style because I’m totally down for it. She’s different and its very indie and I’m not sure the audience she’s aiming for will easily accept it but I sure hope she still finds a way. On that note, White is a great song. She’s done Blue and Black at this point during the competition.

我還是沒改變 I’ll Never Change – 大壯 DZ

DZ has come out with three singles at this point, I think. And all of them are really good. They remind me a lot of the really nice days of music when songs were filled with well-written lyrics as well as nice ballads/tunes. Its one of the reason why I like DZ and his work so much. Three for three is not easy and I hope that he keeps making music and keeps such a high quality.

忘情森巴舞 -草蜢 Grasshopper

I really wanted to add in this one for this round-up even if this time feels a tad heavy. Hong Kong has been on my mind a lot lately and being a long-time fan of Grasshopper since I was young, I wanted to share something from the 80s that always makes me happy to listen to. Its very dated but hey, its been playing on repeat these days on my playlist. Grasshopper members may all be in their 50s but they really remind us of staying young at heart as they still give great performances full of energy and pull of their dances and stuff well still.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to lately?

Music Obsessions – August 2019

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A month has gone by in a flash! Its time for the next Music Obsessions. Due to not a whole lot of time this month to go through a lot of music and such, most of the music here is from Chinese dramas which I’ve really loved. Its still some good music since I’ve been listening to it on repeat.

Let’s check it out!

追尋年少的光 – Yoga Lin & Yisa Yu
(River Flows To You Main Theme)

I have to get back to River Flows to You next but the main theme is one that I love. The duet portions and the vocals of these two singers are really great. They work well together. Its a classy duet and there’s this whole waltz element to it that appeals me.

Nameless Generation 無名之輩 – Xueran Chen
(Go Go Squid Main Theme)

Motivating and positive, the main theme for Go Go Squid is all about the inspirational elements of the TV series about youth and fighting hard to get make your dreams come true hence why Nameless Generation. Both the lyrics and the tune is really great. This one has scenes from the show but its the official music video version.

Milk & Bread 牛奶麵包 – Andy Yang
(Go Go Squid End Theme)

The sweet song pick is the side theme of Go Go Squid. I already said that I’m obsessed with the show and this ending theme is so cute and fun. The lyrics are adorable and well, the romance in Go Go Squid is a ton of fun as well.

Aliens – Chenyu Hua

Chenyu Hua is a pretty big deal in China and while I’ve never really listened to a lot of his stuff until recently because of a reality TV show, I’m starting to see why he has so much success. A lot of it has to do with his more experimental ways to do music and trying to break out of norm. He has a pretty good style to go with it. Aliens is a really good song.

Don’t Wait Anymore – Justin Huang & Meiqi Meng

I’m a fan of the Step Up series no matter how stupid the whole franchise has gone. To my surprise when I was looking at some of the music videos newly released, I realized that Step Up 6 or as they call it a spinoff of Step Up has landed and its made in China and you can watch it on Tencent site for a little money. I haven’t looked further than that into it but maybe if it ever lands on some rental site, I’ll give it a go since I do like the girl in it who happens to be the singer in this song. At the same time, I’m a big fan of Justin who is part of Nine Percent and does some decent rapping.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
Lacks a bit of diversity but next month will change it a little when I have more time to look through some other songs and such!

What have you been listening to on repeat?

Music Obsessions – July 2019

We’re at the next Music Obsessions! Passing the halfway point and its been a fun month of discovering a lot of new music and whatnot, mostly inspired by the variety shows and TV series that I’m watching. There’s quite the mix here from rap to pop to boy groups to upbeat and fun. Hopefully you will have fun and discover something new!

Let’s check it out!

別叫我達芬奇 Don’t Call Me Da Vinci – Lil Ghost 小鬼

Kicking off one of the members of Nine Percent’s single that came out in April (I think). Because of Beautiful Youth, I had a new appreciation for his talent since he didn’t quite appeal to me when I was watching Idol Producer. While I’m not exactly into his rap style, I like this one a lot. Its been on my mind a lot and its very catchy. Not to mention, after watching Beautiful Youth, I like his personality so I’m looking forward to see what other music he comes up with.

3201公里 3021 Miles- 费启鸣 Qiming Fei

Talking about Beautiful Youth, this is one of the songs for the show sang by one of the members. Ever since watching Lipstick Prince, QiMing Fei has been on my radar. He has a really nice voice except he hasn’t quite had a lot of original work yet. He does mostly covers but this one is an original song and its really nice. The perfect road trip song, I’d say.

Rule Breaker – Nine Percent

Because of Idol Producer and Beautiful Youth, its without question that they have some link to the Nine Percent music and showcase a few of their songs. In the process, I discovered this one which I like quite a bit. Its upbeat and highlights on all of their strengths as both dancers and singers and rappers. So far, I’d have to say that this group is pretty well-rounded talent as one of the groups to come out of these boy band training camps/competition although I’m not sure the concept behind why the group disbands after a certain time frame (which is in October of this year, I think).

R1SE – R1SE
(MIB: International Promo Song for China)

The most recent group to come out of these training competition things is R1SE from Produce Camp. I was a tad skeptical about this show at the beginning but I’m going to admit that while I think a few of the members have some training to be more well-rounded in their skills, there are some that are quite impressive. Plus, they do have the attitude for it. They’ve only been a group for a little while and have this one song which is being used as the China promotional song for MIB International, which you can’t expect anything less when you have Tencent being the production unit for the show in the first place. Still, its an upbeat song with some badass-ness to it.

Let’s Shut Up & Dance – Jason DeRulo, Lay Zhang, NCT 127

Man, it seems Idol Producer has really gotten into me lately. The host of Idol Producer is Lay Zhang and he was at the MET gala lately and after some more research, he was actually in a collaboration with Jason DeRulo and and such. Its pretty awesome because he’s very talented, especially in the dancing area. Plus, his songs are always a ton of fun and really catchy like Sheep and Namanana. His latest song is Honey which I like but still getting into it.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
I have a lot of new music so I bumped some of it to the next round-up (since I’m sure music is the lesser priority in the coming month).
What have you been listening to lately?

Music Obsessions – June 2019

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Its the first weekend of a new month and that means time for this month’s Music Obsessions! Its been a fun and colorful month to say the least. There was a lot of music that I discovered and some new artists that I’m following.

Hot Blood – KALEO

Its been a while since I’ve listened to Kaleo. I love their style a lot and it was when I went to Brasserie Elements (recap HERE) that I heard this song and it is really awesome. It was then that I introduced my husband to Kaleo (at least the songs that I had already known) and then we went on to look for some other songs as well to dive further into their work.

你,好不好? How Have You Been? – Eric Zhou 周興哲

While I’ve known of Eric Zhou for a while in the Chinese music industry, I haven’t really heard much from him however this song was picked as a performance vocal song list in Produce Camp 2019 so I went to listen to the original and have been absolutely in love with it. The lyrics and the tune itself is really good.

工筆 – Awaken-F

The newest song from Awaken-F is really good. It has that ancient Chinese music instruments sort of usage but also keeps it very soothing and energetic. I like this stuff every once in a while and to be honest, I can see this as part of some TV series set in ancient China soundtrack.

作為怪物 As A Monster- 李宇春 Chris Lee x 吳青峰 Qing Feng Wu

My favorite song and the most recent release in this batch of music obsession. This one has all the elements that I love. I had never listened to Chris Lee before but I’m definitely sold on her voice. Its really unique and matching with Qing Feng Wu’s voice, it works so well and they have similar styles in their music. Its more indie but this one is so fun and addictive.

Where Do You  Go – Shaun Frank (feat. Lexy Panterra)

It feels like a while since I’ve shared some electronic music but I like Shaun Frank’s music ever since I heard Heaven so I was intrigued right away. This one didn’t disappoint at all. I like the video and I like the energy of the song in general.

FIREMAN – Produce Camp 2019 Original Production Performance

And a little extra bit..since I don’t usually share anything from these variety competition show things except as little ending pieces. However, in their specialty performances which was separated in dance, vocal and original production categories, one of the two teams doing original production not only completed a completely original song but also managed to deliver a great performance called Fireman. Really talented! I like this song a ton.

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
What have you been listening to on repeat?

Music Obsessions – May 2019

Welcome to the next Music Obsessions!

Its been a long and tough month with a lot of music by my side. There were quite a few new discoveries and I really had a lot of fun just listening to a lot of new stuff. However, I’m keeping it fairly constricted here to keep things on track plus, some of the music I’ll leave for next month if its still on my list. 😉

Evidence 證據 – 楊乃文 Naiwen Yang

The Singer 2019 revealed me to Naiwen Yang who is a Taiwanese singer more in the indie vein. Her music is pretty good and while she isn’t the more popular choice in the competition, this song that she performed is really good. The lyrics and the vibe of it all is the style that I personally like.

Expose 揭穿 – 黄子韬 Z. Tao

My recent obsession in terms of TV series has to be The Brightest Star in the Sky. Its about to end but the last few weeks watching it is just great. Plus, it tells the story of a singer trying to be recognized for his talent and not just his appearances. I feel like there’s a lot of similarities to the main male lead in reality however, it shows off a lot of his own music outside of his EXO days which is where he started with Kris Wu. One of my fave songs in the TV series is this one.

两人份美好 – 李俊毅 (Ending theme of “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”)

The other series I’m really into these days is Put Your Head On My Shoulder, a series spinoff from A Love So Beautiful (review) which adapts another story from the original source’s author. I love the ending theme a lot. Its cute and fun and they did a music video with snippets of the series which I think is worth sharing.

Wait a Minute – 乐华七子NEXT

I’ve been going back to check out how some young groups and celebrities started off from last year’s Idol Producer show and while the winners of the show ended up being Nine Percent boy group. One of the entertainment companies, Yuehua Entertainment ended up putting together their 7 competitors who made it pretty far in the show into their own group, which is pretty awesome since they are each very talented in their domain, whether vocal, rap or dance but also quite well-rounded to be able to do a decent job in their other areas as well. Either way, this song is fun.

装模作样 Pretending – 摩登兄弟刘宇宁 Liu Yuning

So..I’m not watching this series but I like the singer, Yuning Liu who sings this one and because of that, I like the song, the lyrics and the rhythm of it all. There isn’t a huge reason behind it. I found this song randomly and spontaneously.

That’s it for this music obsessions!
What have you been listening to lately?

Music Obsessions – April 2019

Music in the past month has been such a huge part in my life. I’ve done quite a bit of discovering and its been linked to a lot of other stuff like TV series and variety shows and whatnot. There’s some English and some Chinese songs even if all of the selections have been mostly released in Hong Kong/China. Its a nice variety and actually had these few songs locked into this obsessions post well before the month ended bumping everything else to next month because these songs are still on repeat.

LOVE BATTLE – MIKE ANGELO

I’ve talked about Mike Angelo before in a What’s Up post as I was watching TV series simultaneously where he plays the leading man. With that said, he has been around on variety shows and whatnot but I’ve truly dived into what he’s done this past month. I like the TV series he chooses to do and I also like his music quite a bit plus, he has improved his Mandarin a ton. While this is an English language song, the energy and beat in it is pretty great. I can’t say the same for the lyrics but this is one of those songs that I like a lot for the feeling of song and the energetic vibe from it. It’s really cool.

SHAPING 塑造 – NICHOLAS TSE 謝霆鋒 FEAT JACKSON WANG 王嘉爾

With all the singles that Nicholas Tse has been dropping, I keep wondering whether he is gearing up for a new album at some point. That would be awesome. Fangirling away here! Its been the longest fangirl phase I’ve had for anyone. He’s a great actor but I love him for his music so its even more awesome that in this music video, he goes back to how I’ve always imagined him in the more rock vibe and jamming on his guitar. I love the video and I love the song.

WE WERE DANCING – MIKE ANGELO

While Mike Angelo’s Mandarin isn’t really good, its improved a lot and the fact that he’s taking the step to make Chinese songs is really quite impressive. With that said, the video is a lot of fun. The beat of the music and the moves are really good. There are super over the top kind of moments but I think because Mike is such a charming guy that it works. Immense amount of joy whenever I hear this one and watch the video.

WISH – FEI QI MING 费启鸣

QiMing Fei came to my attention when I saw him in Lipstick Prince and I think the thing that stands out the most about him is on that show was his really great voice. When I went looking up more stuff, I found a few songs and this one is my favorite one.

Disguise 偽裝 – DZ 大壯

I had shared a previous song from DZ before. This guy is truly fantastic as both having a very unique voice but also the lyrics that he writes has so much meaning to it. Its one of those rare things that have mostly gotten lost over modern music. It really resonated with me from the first stanza. Truly a one of a kind singer and lyricist and I look forward to seeing what else he puts out.

想你了 Thinking of You – SNH 48 Jingyi Ju 鞠婧祎 (Mr. Swimmer Opening Theme)

The TV series that I had watched along with My Amazing Boyfriend 2 with Mike Angelo starring in was Mr. Swimmer. I’ll share the TV binge on Mr. Swimmer at some point (the backlog for TV is ridiculous at this point that I don’t know when anything will be done). This show had its good and bad elements but the opening theme is absolutely awesome plus the lyrics are super cute and the rhythm is very nice.

To Be Your Love – Fiction Guo 郭俊辰 (Accidentally in Love OST)

Consider this my March obsession in terms of TV series! Netflix needs to acquire a few more of these or green light a season 2 for this show. This song is really fantastic: lighthearted and cute. I don’t have the English translation of it but its on Netflix and if you watch the series there, its all translated (subtitles 😉 ) Either way, this is the main theme however, this is the version in the show sang by the male lead. Its been on my mind for a long time so I couldn’t leave it out!

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
Some really awesome music! I know that I’m starting to do a lot of Chinese music!
But then, you all are capable of finding other music whereas I’d like to highlight some Chinese music which might not have an entry point for some. 

However, if you interested in finding an entry point for Asian music, I would love for you to head over to Asian Cinema Film Club’s blog as they share a monthly mixtape segment. You can find it HERE.