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?

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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.

Music Obsessions – March 2019

Music Obsessions

Time is flying by as we head into March and its time to share some more music that I’ve been listening to in the past month. I’m not sure that I have anything particularly new but then I’m still watching The Singer 2019 and that is charging up most of my playlist. Then that inspired to watch Super-Vocal then the other half is charged with this music. Then there’s the random song from movies and soundtracks and such. I do hope you enjoy! 🙂

Perfume – Jason Zhang

As my husband graciously puts it, this guy is like Chinese Charlie Puth. Well, like ten years Puth’s senior probably but the style of music definitely works in the same way. Especially as his song sparked the whole “perfume dance”. You will know what I mean when you watch the video. Its fairly entertaining. There’s a lot of serious music in this music obsessions so I decided to start off on a light and fun mood with this pick which has subconsciously playing in some variety show backgrounds until I heard the song.

She Is My Sin – Neil Gao 高天鹤

As one of three (I think) countertenors on Super Vocal, there is no doubt that this song shows off the perfect mash of modern music and operatic style as Neil Gao shows off his skills and his masterful control of his voice whether using his countertenor range or his normal vocal range. This performance is definitely one of the most unique in the show and showed off this new side of Neil Gao to be one of my faves.

超能守护神 Super Protector -TeamSpark

My Amazing Boyfriend 2 is my main TV series lately. Its so much fun to watch and those 6 episodes released per week truly make me so happy. With that said, the theme song isn’t quite as catchy as the the first but I still really like it a lot. It matches the vibe of the show so much.

雪花的快乐 The Happiness of Snowflakes – 黄子弘凡 Lars &方书剑Shujian Fang&梁朋杰 Pengjie Liang&张超Zhang Chao

The Greatest Show – 刘宪华Henry Lau&郑云龙Yunlong Zheng&张超Zhang Chao&方书剑ShuJian Fang&黄子弘凡Lars&梁朋杰Pengjie Liang

I couldn’t choose so I decided to just do a two in one deal. To be honest, I’d have done a 3 in 1 deal because its so fantastic. The 4 guys in Super-Vocal did two quartets together and they called themselves the 1975 group which was because their average age is 19.75 years old. This one was the latter one and I thought it was pretty good although the first one had more energy and a catchier song, still this one was more poetic. Its nice to see how they’re confidence changed from the first performance to the final one when they were joined by one of the judges, Henry Lau and their more experienced musical actor teammate, Yunlong Zheng. I haven’t watched The Greatest Showman yet (I know, shame on me), but I love the energy and confidence in this performance. Its one of my faves.

心脏 Heart – Super-Vocal Team

Last week’s The Singer 2019 was a nightmare for one of the members of this team and yet, the song they chose is from one of Chinese musicals. I’ve only heard it and never saw it. They do such a great job even with one having a huge flu or bronchitis or something. After watching the Super-Vocal show, I’m actually even more appreciative of their performances. Their voices are truly amazing. I think this quartet is absolutely fantastic.

As an extra…here’s a solo performance by Yunlong Zheng, probably one of my faves from the show:

That’s it for this Music Obsessions!
Few more English songs than I though there was which is great!
What have you been listening to?

Valentine’s Double Feature: Endless Love (2014) & Forever My Girl (2018)

The third Valentine’s Double Feature is here. This time we’re at the Netflix Alphabets E & F. Its very much two selections about enduring love (according to Netflix). I can agree with that. Let’s check it out!

Endless Love (2014)

Endless Love

Director (and co-writer): Shana Feste

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Rhys Wakefield

The story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. – IMDB

I believe the original was in 1980s and then a ton of remakes were done internationally. Hong Kong probably did it twice already with you know enduring love and not the same storyline. Point is, I actually haven’t seen the original and only have a slight memory of the first Hong Kong one (but it might have been a TV series…). I enjoy Nicholas Sparks movies so this falls into that kind of category even if its not from his stories. The story here works.

The issue with this one is that, despite some well-executed sweet moments and that these two are fabulous kissers, Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde just lacked chemistry in most scenes. It was more to do with how they interpreted the dialogue and their conversations often felt very rehearsed and for lack of a better word, wooden. When they didn’t talk though, they chemistry was much more apparent. In fact, in a romance film, I actually like the father roles played by Bruce Greenwood and Robert Patrick better especially the former who took his overprotective father role and just went all the way to the point that I found him frustrating and his role, in my mind, is supposed to be that sort of character that is caught in his corner about something and can’t get out.

Forever My Girl (2018)

Forever My Girl

Director (and screenplay): Bethany Ashton Wolf

Cast: Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, Abby Ryder Fortson, Peter Cambor, Gillian Vigman, Tyler Riggs, John Benjamin Hickey

After being gone for a decade a country star returns home to the love he left behind. – IMDB

Forever My Girl is honestly a fairly generic plot line. Some guy leaves his high school sweetheart at the altar because he was young and dumb and fell out of his life in a small hometown and some event brings him back and he realizes everything he missed and then just as things are starting to work out, something else happens to make him question whether he is good for everyone but of course, being the story that it is, he always comes back and everyone welcomes him again despite his flaws. I sound cynical, I know. But, other than the part that no one questions that he just comes back after ditching two times before, Forever My Girl is pretty good because there are some heartwarming moments throughout that do shine out.

We can see the character grow and Alex Roe does a decent job in this role along with the fact that he and Jessica Rothe do have a ton of chemistry. While their script sometimes isn’t perfect, they do a good job at making it work and being believable. Not to mention this story isn’t just about getting the girl back but also about building his bond again with his father and learning that he has a daughter and building that relationship up as well to be accepted as a dad. On that note, the daughter played by Abby Ryder Fortson is awesome. She was so fun and charming to watch. Forever My Girl definitely turned out better than I expected even if its really for the super sappy romance tolerant viewers.

That’s it for the third Valentine’s Double  Feature!
These things are pairing up better than I expected 😉
Have you seen these films? Thoughts?