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I know I skipped last week, sorry about that. I just had to focus on school projects for a while.
The chosen song for this week is 追尋年少的光 by Yoga Lin and Yisa Yu.I believe the title of the song translates to Chasing Youth, but I am not 100% sure. I just know that if you type in Chasing Youth by Yoga Lin & Yisa Yu on YouTube, the music video will pop up. This song is an original soundtrack for the 2019 Chinese drama River Flows To Youwhich stars Ma Tian Yuand Zheng Shuang.
It was a random recommendation on YouTube, and I was captured from the first listen. To me, this song has a trance-like feel because, by each minute, it gets more enticing to listen to. I believe that the instrumentals play a massive role in that aspect. Another great thing about this song is Yoga Lin and Yisa Yu. They are both remarkable vocalists. I know that I always praise the singers for my featured songs, but this is different. I am even uncertain on the right word to use in describing how they sound, so all I can say is that their voices literally melt into each other.
My favourite section of the song is the short harmonization they do at the 1:47-minute mark of the video inserted in this post, right before Yisa starts her verse.
I could not resist the temptation to share such a beautiful piece with you all. So I sincerely hope that 追尋年少的光(Chasing Youth) by Yoga Lin and Yisa Yu will meet the taste of many readers. Also feel free to let me know if you enjoyed listening to it and even if you did not, that is fine. Just leave your thoughts. 💕💕💕
The chosen song for this week is Kalank by Arijit Singh. It is the title track for the 2019 Indian Hindi-language period film, Kalank. The main stars of the film are Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt.
I have not seen the movie yet, but I have listened to the entire soundtrack. Every song for the film is impressive, but the title track by Arijit is too beautiful to describe with words. Arijit Singh has one of the most enchanting voices I have ever heard. Every song from him just blows my mind. Recently, whenever I feel like listening to Indian film songs, Kalank is always my first pick. And my continuous replay of the song is quite unhealthy😂😂😂. In my head, I am just like this girl better listen to something else right now, is this the only song you know?😂😂😂
My favourite part of the song starts from the 3:47-minute mark of the video I inserted on this post. The continuous singing of “Main tera, main tera” till the end of the song is what makes me replay it. I cannot just listen to it once and be satisfied, I need to take it in a few more times before I let go. It is such an emotional and divine piece.
I know that it might seem odd to some that I am featuring an Indian song but just to clarify, I intended to include Indian films and songs from the beginning. I started watching Indian movies way before I even knew about Korean dramas or Kpop, so it definitely has to be included on my blog. I hope that everyone can take some time and listen to this song because you will come to love it. Also if you need the English translation, here is a video I found –
The chosen song for this week is “The First Night” by Ben featuring Kim Won Joo of 4MEN. Lee Eun Young known by the stage name Ben is a South Korean singer. She was initially a member of the South Korean band BeBe Mignon from 2010 to 2011. Her first solo album – “147.5” was released on October 2012. “147.5” was a compilation of sad ballads with string and piano arrangement. She has also recorded a good number of soundtracks for South Korean films and drama.
The chosen song for this week is a single track which was released in 2018.
I really love Ben, she always serves vocals on all her songs and also never fails to get her listeners to emotionally connect with her music. Currently, she is one of my top OST queens. Another plus to this song is Kim Won Joo. All members of 4MEN never disappoint. Apart from them all have great voices, they are also really great at blending their sounds perfectly well with other singers.
“The First Night” has been on my Spotify playlist since its release, but it became a more recurring play this week. It is a lovely song, and I really love the melody of the chorus. Ben and Kin Won Joo voices blend beautifully to create the perfect harmony. And even though this song is about the emotions felt on the first night of a breakup, I still love listening to it before going to bed because it calms me.
I hope that you all enjoy listening to “The First Night” as much as I do.
It has officially been summer for a while now and just like I did during winter with My Winter Playlist, I have created a summer playlist. On a regular, my favourite genres of music are RnB, soul, neo-soul, hip-hop, but occasionally I do dabble into trap, country and rock. During summer, I practically listen to anything, so far as it is groovy and upbeat.
So here is my summer playlist created for you all to enjoy, and as always I added short previews for each song.
#. Mamamoo – gogobebe
I absolutely adore Mamamoo, not just for their music but also for their quirky personalities. They are a fantastic group, and I always look forward to their comebacks. If you do not listen to Mamamoo already, you should because they are a vocal powerhouse that never disappoints on both upbeat and ballad tracks.
#. LAY – Bad
I already mentioned the EP – Honey by Lay in a previous post. If you have not read that post already, go check it out – Song Of The Week: LAY – HONEY. ‘Bad’ is my second favourite song from the EP, and I have been listening to it on repeat. So hopefully, you all enjoy it like I do.
#. WayV – Take Off
WayV was the group I wrote about in my most recent star showcase. If you have not read that post already, here is the link – Star Showcase: WayV. They are currently my favourite male pop group. ‘TakeOff’ is a great upbeat song, and so I had to have it on this playlist.
#. I.O.I – Whatta Man
I discovered I.O.I’s version of ‘Whatta Man’ while searching for the original by Salt ‘N’ Pepa. Usually, I am very skeptical about remakes, but this was done so well, and I like that they brought their own originality to the piece. I hope you all enjoy listening to this song and also check the original version by Salt ‘N’ Pepa if you have not heard to it before.
#. MOMOLAND – BAAM
So far, this is the only song from MOMOLAND that I have listened to. This is because I do not really enjoy overly cute concepts. But once in a while, I make an exception for amazing songs like ‘BAAM’. My favourite part of the song is definitely the rap section.
#. BTOB – Blowin’ Up
I LOVE BTOB. They are currently on the top of my list for Korean boy bands. Every single member brings something unique to the group. Their rappers are amazing, but my main man is Ilhoon. Also, this is another vocal powerhouse because all of the vocalists could be mains. Their voices are so beautiful. I groove a lot to ‘Blowin’ Up’, so it has to be on this playlist.
#. VaVa, Ty., Nina Wang – My New Swag
I am so glad that this song was featured as a soundtrack for Crazy Rich Asians. I would have been missing out on a rare gem if I did not watch that movie. It is a perfect case of the old and new coming together to form a fantastic blend. The entire song scream genius. Of course, I love VaVa and Ty.’s rap, but Nina Wang blessed my ears with the Chinese opera section, that for me is the best part of this song. Also, it has a great beat, so what else do I need in a song? Pure Perfection.
#. Ailee – Room Shaker
Ailee did not come to play with anyone on her recent album: butterFLY. ‘Room Shaker’ is such a great party song. She is such a vocal queen, and I am always here for her. Currently, she is having issues promoting her album, but I sincerely hope that everything works out well for her because she deserves the best.
#. G.Soul – You
Honestly, Korean agencies need to manage and promote their solo artists better because people keep on missing out on such gems. I am okay with the fact that he left JYP Entertainment to join H1GHR MUSIC. Other similar artists like Crush, Dean, Sam Kim, Zion.T are out there, but he seemed so hidden (sorry I just had to rant a little). I am glad that I discovered him because he is a beautiful vocalist.
#. BANG YONGGUK – YAMAZAKI
No words can describe the epicness of this song. I am so sad that I cannot find it on Spotify but no worries, I will just continue listening to it on YouTube. Fair warning: the music video for this song is quite graphic, you will also get a notice before the video starts. With that said, let me just state the fact that BANG YONGGUK is AMAZING. The beat on this goes hard🔥🔥. Guys, please listen to this song in 8d, I promise that you will love it even more.
#. NCT 127 – Simon Says
Most people tend to feel that NCT 127’s music is too trippy, but I personally think that their sound is very futuristic. Once I hear a song from any NCT group, I can tell that it is them because of how distinct their music style is. Sometimes it takes me a few listens to really get into the groove of the song, but after then, it becomes a steady bop. I love ‘Simon Says’. This song never fails to energize me, and I find myself playing it on repeat for a long time.
#. Triple H – Feel
I was really into this group, and I am so sad about the messed-up situation that went down. But that will not stop me from enjoying their music. I love every single song that Triple H released, but for this playlist, I decided to stick with ‘Feel’ becauseit never fails to hype me up.
#. SUNMI – Heroine
The first song I ever heard from Sunmi was ‘Full Moon’, and I have been in love with her music since then. I decided to add ‘Heroine’ to this playlist because of how perfect it is for a summer road trip. It is such a perfect sing-along song.
#. ITZY – DALLA DALLA
For me, ‘DALLA DALLA’ is the perfect balance between the cute Vs. the hardcore concept. I really love it and plus it promotes an essential message, which is to love yourself and that it is okay to be different. All the members of the group really shined throughout the song, and I am looking forward to checking out their comeback song ‘ICY’.
#. EXO – Ko Ko Bop
Summer is not officially summer without EXO’s ‘Ko Ko Bop’. I really love when Kpop songs add in some trap or EDM elements because it guarantees a sick beat. Anyways, EXO never disappoints, and this is just one of their long list of songs that are perfect for summer.
#. CHUNG HA – Gotta Go
Chung Ha was born to be a star. She just has something about her that draws in the viewer’s attention. ‘Gotta Go’ is my favourite song from her. The chorus for this song is very addictive, so I always attempt to sing along.
#. KARD – RUMOR
K.A.R.D is the best group to play during summer. Almost all their songs have that standard summer groove vibe to it, and even their latest release ‘BOMB BOMB’ is lit. I showcased it recently as a song of the week, check out that post here – Song Of The Week: K.A.R.D – BOMB BOMB. ‘RUMOUR’ made this playlist because I wanted to go with a more laid back tune from them.
#. Gen Hoshino – Family Song
This is another great road trip song or a perfect tune to end a gathering with friends. I discovered this song from the Japanese drama: Overprotected Kohoko. The song speaks about wishing happiness and smiles to everyone and praying that such feelings last for a long time in their lives. Even though they might be feeling sad now, it is only a bridge to their coming joy. I hope you all enjoy listening to this song, and I wish that everyone reading this post will have a reason to smile for a long time.
#. Millic, Fanxy Child – Paradise
This is one of the grooviest songs I have heard in the longest time. I just cannot help but to sing along to the chorus and also attempt to mouth some of Penomeco’s part because his verse is straight FIRE. Millic did his thing with the production of this song. Also, the other members of Fanxy Child (Crush, Dean and Zico) brought their A-game. In conclusion, the entire song is TOO GOOD.
#. Jackson Wang – Papillon
Aite Aite Aite Aite Aite, You got me feeling like a, Feeling like a Papillon. Only one word can be used to describe this song – LIT🔥🔥. Jackson just has this deep voice that does wonders for my ears, and he blessed me with this song. So that is all I have to say, NEXT.
#. Bii – Be Your Light
AWWW BII. I already spoke about my love for Bii in my first ever star showcase on this blog. Here is the link to that if you want to check it out – Star Showcase: BII. I just love the progression of this song. It starts off very soft with just Bii singing, but then you get a full choir for the chorus. That perfect build-up creates a hopeful feeling. Bii’s vocals on ‘Be Your Light’ is beautiful, he always gives me the best music. I might be doing a short review of his latest album, so keep an eye out for that post.
#. Jay Park, Cha Cha Malone – Feature
Every playlist to me must have at least one or two impressive RnB tracks for it be complete. And who else could provide that perfect song? ‘Feature’ by Jay Park & Cha Cha Malone is such a smooth song, and both singers served vocals on this track. So I hope you guys enjoy it.
#. HA SUNG WOON – BLUE
While reviewing the drama Her Private Life, I mentioned that ‘Think of You’ by Ha Sung Woon is one of my favourite OSTs. I also stated that although I did not know much about him, he is a great singer. So recently, while doing a little research on him, I discovered ‘BLUE.’ It is a great song, so I just had to have it on this playlist.
#. DEAN – Bonnie & Clyde
This song is such a masterpiece. Dean always releases excellent music, and that is why the music video for ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ deserves way more views than it has currently. He is a vocal king, so people need to stop taking naps on his music and fully get on the Dean train.
Now I know I listed hip-hop as one of my favourite genres, but honestly, I was not always into rap music. I just could never get into the grove of Western hip-hop. I only started listening to rap music after I discovered the Korean hip-hop scene. And then from there, I was able to find one or two American rap artists that actually suits my taste. This song ‘EUNG FREESTYLE’ is on the top of my list for Korean hip-hop songs.
#. SOMI – BIRTHDAY
SOMI really did great on this song. For a debut song, it actually slays. I really love whenever she says “oops, you’re not invited, yea you’re not invited”. I also think the bridge towards the end of the song is lovely. Even though I do not really follow her, I am happy that she was finally able to debut. I hope you all enjoy listening to ‘BIRTHDAY’ as much as I do.
#. DAY6 – I Wait
Day6 is definitely one of my top Korean bands, and ‘I Wait’ is a very addictive song. I love how the song starts out with a very soft tone and then keeps building up towards the powerful chorus. That just made the entire track more appealing to hear. Also, Day6 has an impressive set of vocalists. I really feel that they are an underrated group and totally deserve more exposure. I hope that with time, more people will discover them because they make fantastic music.
#. HEIZE, Dean – Shut Up & Groove
Here is another addictive song. After hearing it for the first time, the chorus was stuck in my head for days. I found myself singing “shut up & groove” EVERYWHERE I WENT TO😂. For real, the song goes hard. Heize is a fantastic artist, and of course, Dean always slays me with his vocals. So yes, it has to be on my summer playlist.
#. BAEKHYUN – UN Village
Okay BAEKHYUN, I see you. This song just makes me do that grovy sway from left to right while nodding and snapping my fingers. Like for real, this song is legitly too good. The music video should have more views by now but who knows what drug YouTube is on again😒. Anyways I really love ‘UN Village’, it is a beautiful song, and the album: CITY LIGHTS gets an A+ from me. Excellent solo debut.
#. Taemin – Want
Are words even needed to describe the awesomeness that is LEE TAEMIN? He is a full, packaged artist. From his dancing to his voice and even his looks. He gets a solid 100% in all departments, JUST SAYING. ‘WANT’ is another one of his great releases. Also, the video for this song is pure art, plus the choreography💕. Like DAMN, HE DID THAT.
#. BOBBY – HOLUP!
Another song that goes hard. Bobby is an amazing rapper, and he really did great on this song. ‘HOLUP!’ is such a party song. I love that included the other IKON members in this track. You can hear their voices towards the end of the song.
#. Red Velvet – RBB (Really Bad Boy)
I might not be the biggest fangirl of Red Velvet, but I still love them. And I also know that a good number of people feel that their songs are not always the best, but I am not of their opinion. I really really love all the songs they have released so far including their lastest comeback song ‘Zimzalabim’. It is definitely not my favourite song from them, but it is still good. Anyways I chose ‘Really Bad Boy’ for this playlist because I have been listening to it on repeat.
#. BLACKPINK – Don’t Know What To Do
This is the ultimate summer song. ‘Don’t Know What To Do’ is actually my favourite song from their latest album: Kill This Love. I have to render some well-deserved praise to Rose and Jisoo because they both sound beautiful on this track. I also enjoy listening to ‘Kick It’ and funny enough the title track ‘Kill This Love’ is not my go-to on the album.
#. Simon Dominic, ONE, G2, BewhY – Who You?mon Dominc
I need ONE to release more music. I am glad that he decided to leave YG Entertainment and has plans to set up his own one-person agency. At least now, he can focus more on his music. I still love Jung Jae Won the actor, but I have been missing One the rapper for way too long. Anyways, Simon Dominic, G2 and BewhY also went in on this track, everyone brought their A-game. Try listening to this song with a speaker because the beat on the chorus section is legit🔥🔥. Also if you guys have not watched Show Me The Money, then go check it out because it is actually a cool show.
#. Eric Nam – Honestly
As always, Eric Nam brought his perfect vocals and blessed me with a great summer song. My best part of ‘Honestly’ is the section right before the chorus, he just sounds beautiful. No words can describe what his voice does for me. I hope you all enjoy listening to this song.
#. Gallant, Tablo, Eric Nam – Cave Me In
Yesss, another song with Eric Nam. His voice on this is so smooth. In fact, the entire song is too groovy. Gallant did well when choosing artists to feature on this track. Also the genius rapper Tablo. His verse is so real on this song. The choice of words in all his songs are always so brilliant. It makes me feel like he is reciting a poem.
#. Lu Han – On Fire
Okay, we are heading over to China again. Random thought – I feel Luhan and Bii look alike in a way. Back to the main topic – Luhan brought the heat on this song, it is a complete BOP. I am glad that all the Chinese members that left EXO have been doing well for themselves. Luhan has been killing both the music and the acting game, and I wish him more success.
#. TVXQ – The Chance of Love
The OGs, TVXQ. They are just two, but they sound better and even dance better than most groups with a vast number of members. ‘The Chance of Love’ is an excellent song from them. That “oooh oooh oooh” is so soothing to my ears and the rest of the song also showcases impressive vocals. So I just had to have it on my summer playlist.
#. Jun. K – THINK ABOUT YOU
Like I mentioned already, every playlist to me must have at least one or two impressive RnB tracks for it be complete. And here is my second top on the list after ‘Feature’ by Jay Park & Cha Cha Malone. Jun. K snatched my wig and threw it all the way to Mars with this song. Vocals, dance and visuals, everything was 100%. My favourite section of this song is the bridge, he really took it up to another level there. The music video for ‘THINK ABOUT YOU’ definitely deserves more than 4.2 million views. People need to stop sleeping on such incredible artists.
#. Song Bingyang – U Make Me Strong
This is such a beautiful song from Song Bingyang. I discovered it while watching the Chinese Drama: Moonshine and Valentine, which I listed as one of my top 10 dramas for 2018. If you will like to see that post, here is the link – MY TOP 10 DRAMAS FOR 2018. ‘U Make Me Strong’ is a great song with an excellent beat as well and it always gives me an uplifting feeling whenever I listen to it. So I decided to end my summer playlist with this song.
Of course, there are many other summer songs, but these listed songs were chosen according to my personal preference. Also, I am sorry about the length of this post. I had way too many songs in mind, and I just could not shorten it be less than this listed 40.
Feel free to leave me your own summer song suggestions in the comment section. Also If you were intrigued by the previews and would like to hear the full versions, here is a link to the YouTube playlist I created – YouTube Summer Playlist
The chosen song for this week is Honey By Lay. Zhang Yixing, known by the stage name Lay or Lay Zhang, is a Chinese singer-songwriter, dancer, music producer, and actor. He officially debuted in 2012 under SM Entertainment as a member of the Kpop group EXO. His career as a solo singer began formally in October 2016 with the release of his song – “What You Need?”. He then made his official solo debut with his first EP – Lose Control on October 28, 2016.
Honey is the title track from Lay’s third EP. The EP which is also titled “Honey” has a total of four songs including a Chinese version of Honey.
I had seen the teaser for the music video of Honey randomly while scrolling through YouTube, and I planned to check out the full MV once it dropped. But of course, me being me, I totally forgot. Thankfully a channel I subscribed to, posted a reaction video, so I finally remembered to check it out. After listening to Honey, I was hooked and also found myself in awe of LAY’S BEAUTY😍😍
My favourite part of the song is whenever he says, honey. He says it so softly, but it hits hard. Also his dancing, like damn son, he did not come to play as always. He is such a fantastic dancer. So I have been watching the music video on repeat because I cannot get enough of the song’s beat, visuals and dance.
I also really like the song “Bad” from the same EP, but Honey still remains the best for me. I hope you all enjoy listening to this groovy track.
Hello everyone, recently I made the decision to try my best in posting more often. So to stay on track with that, I am bringing back the star showcase segment. For today’s showcase, I will be introducing you all to the Chinese pop group WayV. Now I know a few of you might already know about them, but I still wanted to put this on here for anyone else that has not heard about WayV.
WayV is the fourth sub-unit and China-based unit of the Hallyu localization project group NCT (Neo Culture Technology). The group was first introduced on August 13, 2018, as NCT China. On December 31, 2018, SM Entertainment announced that the group will officially debut with the name WayV /WeiShen V. WayV is managed by SM Entertainment’s Chinese label called Label V. The group made their official debut on January 17, 2019, with the release of a digital EP – The Vision, which had three songs. They then released their first official album – Take off on May 9, 2019.
WayV consist of seven members: Kun, Ten, Winwin, Lucas, Xiaojun, Hendery and Yangyang.
Stage Name: Kun
Position: Leader & Main Vocalist
Groups: NCT U, NCT & WayV
Birth Name: Qian Kun
Born in: Fujian, China
Date of Birth: January 1, 1996
Height: 176cm (5’9″)
Blood Type: B
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Spoken Languages: Mandarin & Korean
Nicknames: Kun-ge, Little Kun Kun, Xiaodan, Dandan
Education: Beijing Contemporary Music Institute
Kun was first introduced to the public through S.M Rookies, and he featured on the Chinese version of NCT U’s single – “Without You.” He officially debuted in 2018 as a member of NCT. Jason Mraz’s song “I Won’t Give Up” was what inspired him to become an artist. He is also an excellent chef.
He really does a great job leading the six other extra dorks in WayV. I also live for the bickering between him and Ten. Ten and the youngest member, YangYang never fail to remind of his status as the oldest in their group. I just find their interactions to be downright hilarious.
Stage Name: Ten
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper & Lead Vocalist
Groups: NCT U, NCT & WayV
Birth Name: Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul
Chinese Name: Li Yong Qin
Born in: Bangkok, Thailand
Nationality/Ethnicity: ethnically he is Chinese, but his nationality is Thai
Date of Birth: February 27, 1996
Height: 170cm (5’7″)
Blood Type: A
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Spoken Languages: Thai, English, Korean & Mandarin
Nicknames: TNT (Ten), Dandy, Ten on Ten, Cute Devil
Education: Shrewsbury International School
Digital Singles: Dream in a Dream & New Heroes
Ten officially debuted in 2016 as part of NCT U with the single “The 7th Sense”. He also participated in the dancing survival show Hit The Stage. The song that inspired him to become an artist is “Blue Lights” by Jorja Smith. FUN FACT – he has a fear for fruits, so he never eats them.
This is my ultimate NCT bias right here. I JUST LOVE HIM. I did not take notice of him when he first debuted, but after watching Hit the stage, I was attached. I really want him and every member in WayV to gain success in their career.
Education: Secondary School of Beijing Dance Academy & The Central Academy of Drama
WinWin specializes in Traditional Chinese Dance, he is the most flexible member of NCT. He has a fear of heights and dislikes skinship. He made his official debut with NCT 127 in 2016. He was inspired by EXO’s “Growl” to become an idol.
I noticed that he is freer and talks more while promoting as a member of WayV. I guess that he feels more comfortable promoting in his own country and plus he can now speak in a language he is more familiar with. Also thankfully with their first album, he got more lines and screen time than he usually got while in NCT 127 or NCT U. I really want SM Entertainment to put him out there more because he has the potential.
Stage Name: Lucas
Position: Main Rapper, Sub-Vocalist, Center & Lead Dancer
Groups: NCT U, NCT & WayV
Birth Name: Wong Yuk Hei
Born in: Hong Kong, China
Nationality: Chinese-Thai (His father is Chinese, and his mother is Thai)
Date of Birth: January 25, 1999
Height: 183cm (6’0″)
Blood Type: O
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Spoken Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean & light fluency in English / Thai
Nicknames: Lucas Bieber, Fitness King, Foodcas, Kaka, Bowcas
Education: TWGHs Yow Kam Yeun College
He is known for his cheerful and happy-virus personality. He appeared in Ten’s “Dream in a Dream” MV and was inspired to become an artist after listening to Dean’s “I’m Not Sorry.” He made his official debut with NCT U in 2018. He also debuted as a model in October 2018 and walked the runway for Kye Brand.
When I first saw him in NCT U’s song “Boss,” I was like okay he is good looking, and that was it. But thankfully with WayV, I got to see a different side of him. He is really caring and very supportive of his members and the management team that takes care of WayV.
Stage Name: Xiaojun
Position: Main Vocalist
Groups: NCT & WayV
Birth Name: Xiao Dejun
Born in: Guangdong, China
Date of Birth: August 8, 1999
Height: 173cm (5’8″)
Blood Type: A
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Spoken Languages: Mandarin & Korean
Nicknames: Childish Kid, Junjun
Education: Shanghai Theatre Academy
His life motto is “Being complacent will result in loss, being humble will bring benefits.” He is a very emotional person and always full of positive energy. All his favourite foods are green tea flavoured. He writes and composes his own songs, and he made his official debut in 2019 with WayV. He also participated in the Chinese survival show X-Fire.
He is definitely my bias-wrecker in the group. His voice is just so soothing, and he is occasionally the only normal one among the extra dorky individuals in WayV. He still shows his silly side once in a while. I just love the vibe he gives off.
His life motto is “Work hard to create the future.” His favourite colour is pink. He made his official debut in 2019 with WayV.
First thing I noticed about him is that he seems to really admire Ten and they also look-alike. He is also Ten’s one and only Chinese teacher. Hendery and YangYang should never be left in the same space for too long because their silliness combined is unstoppable.
Stage Name: YangYang
Position: Main Rapper, Sub- Vocalist, Dancer & Youngest Member
Groups: NCT & WayV
Birth Name: Liu Yangyang
Born in: Taiwan, China (lived in Dusseldorf, Germany for most of his life)
Nationality/Ethnicity: ethnically Chinese but his citizenship is Taiwanese-German
Date of Birth: October 10, 2000
Blood Type: O
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Spoken Languages: German, English, Mandarin, Korean & light fluency in Cantonese/Spanish
Nickname: He does not have a nickname because everyone assumed that YangYang was actually his nickname. He likes to be called YangYang or Xiao Yang (which means Little Sheep)
YangYang’s favourite colour is Red. As a kid, his dream was to become a racer. He made his official debut in 2019 with WayV.
Although being the youngest, he seems to be really confident and bold in whatever he does, and I love that trait. He loves teasing Kun-ge about his age, and he is also a dork. It seems like all NCT members are always extra, but I still love them.
That is my brief introduction for each member. To see a more detailed profile with some fun facts about each member, use this link: WayV Members Profile / Detailed
I also follow a fan channel that uploads English subbed videos of all their other activities that are not posted on their official YouTube channel, so here is the link to that channel: WayV Subs – fan channel
Okay, now that I am done giving out all the essential links, it is time to tell you all how I came to love WayV.
Initially, when I heard that NCT was going to be having a Chinese sub-unit, I was super excited because of the group’s line-up. I was really looking forward to their debut. Unfortunately, their EP – The Vision which had two new songs – “Dream Launch” and “Come Back,” and a Chinese version of “Regular” did not grab my attention. Because there are already two versions of Regular (English and Korean), so I felt that another version was not necessary. That aside, the boys did great in all songs, but the repetition of Regular killed the excitement for me.
Later on, I stumbled upon Ten and WinWin’s Performance of “Lovely” by Billie Eilish, so I decided to actually spend some time and watch all the videos on WayV’s official YouTube channel to form an actual opinion about the group. So I began with the Rainbow V project. Now I have always loved Ten because he is a fantastic dancer, singer and just a very talented individual altogether but by watching Rainbow V, I got to appreciate the other members as well. By the end of all the performances, I was drawn to their talent, dedication and hilarious personalities. Finally, the initial excitement was back. I was pumped and ready for their first album release.
Below is a little teaser of the final performances from the Rainbow V project. To see the full Rainbow V project, simply go to their official YouTube channel. All the clips come with English subtitles. Here is a link: WayV Official YouTube Channel
Currently, my favourite songs from this group’s minimal discography are: Take Off, DreamLaunch, Let Me Love You and Come Back. And that is all I have for this showcase. If you already listen to WayV, then please continue to show them your love and support. And if this is your first time hearing about them, then go check them out with all the links I have provided.
The chosen song for this week is Bomb Bomb by KARD. KARD is a South Korean co-ed group managed under DSP Media. The group consist of 4 members: J.seph, BM, Somin and Jiwoo. KARD officially debuted on Jul 19, 2017, with the EP Hola Hola. Bomb Bomb is KARD’s latest single which was released on March 27th of this year.
This song is my new party, anthem. I have been jamming to it on repeat. My favourite part of the song is the pre-chorus. I love how smooth that section of the song is because it really works as a nice build-up into the super upbeat chorus. Thumbs up to Somin and Jiwoo for their stunning vocals on that section. I also enjoyed the energy that was put into the actual chorus, shout-out to BM for that. He was the centre, and he really brought his A-game and killed it.
To me, this is just a simple feel-good song, and that is why I wanted to share it with everyone.
I really hope you all enjoy this song as much as I did. Till my next post, BYE
So I finally decided to bring back my weekly music specials.
The chosen song for this week is Stars and Moon by Ivy Shao. The music and lyrics for this song were written by Victor Lau, and the singer is the Taiwanese actress Ivy Shao. Stars and Moon is an official soundtrack for the Chinese drama Sweet Combat. The show stars Luhan (former EXO member) and Guan Xiaotong as leads (fun fact: the lead actors are actually a real couple).
From the very first time I heard this song being played in the drama, I was intrigued. Stars and Moon is a very emotional song. It speaks about hope and the zeal to never retreat. This was the emotion I got from the song even before searching up the English lyrics. Here is the translation for Stars and Moon:
The star is scared that once she blinks, the moon will disappear and be gone
The moon holds her hand and promises to stay by her side
The star and the moon agree to always accompany each other
Illuminating the world together
Until the day that the moon suddenly goes back on his promise
The star hangs on the horizon. The moon is no longer there
She does not wish to cry and chooses not to fall
The star no longer yearns. She decides to illuminate the world alone
Shining in the night without the moon
On dark nights without you (I’ll keep on shining)
My favourite part of this song is definitely the chorus. I just love the message that no matter what you go through, you have to believe in yourself and keep on moving. Ivy always impresses when she sings. She might not have the most powerful voice, but she sure knows how to spark emotions from her audience.
I look forward to hearing more songs from her because she is astounding both as an actress and a singer.
That is my short write-up for this song. Till my next post, take care
My very own winter playlist created for you all to enjoy, and I also added short previews for each song.
#. 1415 – When It Snows
This song was recommended by a friend, and she got me to quickly watch the music video for it because Nam Joo Hyuk features as the main character for the video. It was my first time listening to 1415. After my first listen, I went on to check out their other releases. It is a very calm and soothing song, so I wanted to share it with you all. Hopefully, you enjoy it like I did.
#. 1415 – I Am Blue
Yes, another song from 1415. They are amazing, and I hope that they get the recognition that their music deserves. I am Blue is a more upbeat song compared to When It Snowsand the instrumentals on this song is absolutely beautiful.
#. Zion. T, Lee Moon Sae – Snow
Hands down, this is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever listened to. I expect nothing less from Zion. T, he is an amazing artist. Also, the fact that he featured Lee Moon Sae, a well recognized older generation singer in the Korean music scene made this song even more beautiful. If you have never listened to anything from Lee Moon Sae, I recommend the song Whistle.
#. Primary, OHHYUK, Lim Kim – Gondry
Ohhyuk’s voice in every song I have heard from him continuously takes me by surprise. When I first listened to Gondry, I was completely in awe. No matter how many times I listen to this song, I keep on asking myself how someone can be blessed with such an amazingly rich set of pipes. It is not really the notes but rather the emotion that his voice adds into each song. I honestly hope that you all come to appreciate his voice and music just like I do after listening to this song.
#. Yang Da Il, Hyolyn – And Then
Yang Da Il caught my attention with his soundtracks from Korean dramas like Hospital Ship and Bride Of The Water God. But I was still never compelled to check out his actual songs. I came to know of this particular song through Spotify radio, and I was so mad at myself for such a late discovery. Also, with a feature like Hyolyn, who has a really enchanting voice, this turned out to be such a tasteful and relaxing song.
#. Primary, OHHYUK – Island
This is such a laid back song for me. Whenever this song plays, I find myself just snapping my fingers and rocking my head from side to side, then I body glide through the trancelike chorus. It is quite an odd dance if seen in person, but that is just me being me. So do let me know what sort of moves this song ignites from you.
#. John Park – Thought Of You
The only song I knew from John Park before this month was My Best, which features Huh Gak. I never dived further into the discography of both singers until this month. So this song is one of my recent findings. I absolutely enjoy every minute of listening to Thought Of You. It is such a feel-good song, and it lightens up my mood.
#. MISIA, HIDE (GReeeeN) – Ainokatachi
This happens to be one of the first Japanese songs I listened to that was not from an anime. Sometime last year, I decided that I would like to hear what Japan’s music scene had to offer. So with my search, I came across Mika Nakashima and then she led me to discover MISIA. I really love this song because of the hopeful and uplifting atmosphere that it exudes. I have since then discovered other Japanese songs that I enjoy once in a while.
#. Jia Jia – Happiness Coming
Happiness Comingwas featured in the Taiwanese drama Rock ‘n’ Road. This is a very calm and steady song, it gives off the feeling of not wanting to give up and hoping for the best no matter what. When I first heard this song, I was in a bad place, so I really needed that message. I am so happy that I discovered Jia Jia through this song because she is an awesome singer and really great at conveying emotions.
#. John Park – Smile
Another John Park song that soothes my soul, it is so soft and cozy. The way he starts the song with such a low register is really captivating. It is the perfect winter song to play while warming up by the fireplace with a cup of warm french vanilla. I specifically stated french vanilla because I do not drink coffee, and I am also not the biggest fan of hot chocolate. Anyways Smile is a great cafe mood song. I hope you all enjoy it.
#. Eddy Kim – When Night Falls
When Night Fallsis the first soundtrack for the Korean drama While You Were Sleeping. I hardly know anything about the singer Eddy Kim, but I acknowledge that he has a lovely voice. I really love the slight whispering/falsettotone that he uses during the chorus of the song. It felt like he was speaking directly to me, and I always enjoy that personal feeling in any song.
#. Akdong Musician(AKMU) – Way Back Home
I absolutely adore Akmu, they have their own unique style. I tend to appreciate such stand-out artists more. I have listened to all their albums, but Winter is my favourite season-themed album. So if you have not listened to this album already, do check it out and I promise that you will not be disappointed. I decided to add the song Way Back Home to my playlist because it is one of my favourite songs from the album.
#. Bii – I Will Miss You
I already wrote about my love for Bii in a previous post and if you have not read that, here is a link – Star Showcase: BII. I Will Miss You perfectly showcases why I love Bii. His songs are so soothing and very easy to remember. Majority of his songs have a really catchy melody that stays stuck in your head for days. Plus he has a beautiful voice to back that up, so I cannot help but love this artist.
#. Ra. D – Just Missing You
Now the drama for which this song is associated with is quite gloomy. When I first watched the drama Just Between Lovers, I was too focused on the story to notice any of the original soundtracks. I only came to realize the beauty of this song just recently. This is such a well-arranged piece of music, most especially the chorus. I could not help but sing along with the few English lyrics I could understand, and I plan to check out the artist because I AM REALLY IMPRESSED.
#. Akdong Musician(AKMU) – Live
Another great song from Akmu. Live is my number one song from the album Winter. I sincerely admire the brother and sister duo, Lee Chan Hyuk for his songwriting skills and Lee Su Hyun for her vocal talents. Right from the time I saw them in the Korean audition program, Kpop Star, they have never produced a bad song. Like I said their style is unique so not everyone might get right into it, but that aside, they are amazing together.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Beautiful Tomorrow
If you do not know of the vocal prowess that is Park Hyo Shin, please waste no more time. I advise that you start with his song, Wild Flower. This guy is a vocal beast and never fails to wow his listeners. His music is really touching. He tends to release songs that reflect his life experiences, so that makes it more relatable. This particular song Beautiful Tomorrow is a powerful and smooth ballad and the entire song is accompanied only by a piano.
#. South Club – Hug Me
Right from his time as a member of the Korean pop group Winner to when he became the main singer for the Korean band South Club. Nam Taehyun has always been one of my top vocalists. He has such a soft and smooth voice. This song Hug me is really comforting, but you can still feel the hint of sadness in his voice. I am not certain about the kind of guitar that was used in this song, but South Club definitely has great talents among them.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Breath
Another great song from the master himself. His album I am A Dreamer has a great set of songs to enjoy. My favourites, according to preference, are Wild Flower, Breath, Home, and Beautiful Tomorrow. This is another solid ballad from Park Hyo Shin. The message of the song is amazing, so I hope you all enjoy this song as well.
#. Paul Kim – Me After You
I seem to always find the good songs so late. I need to get my game together and seek out more treasures like this song. This is another beautiful and well-produced piece. Paul Kim’s delivery on this song is charming. Me After Youis a great love song and I absolutely enjoy listening to it.
#. Noel – How About You
If you are not aware already, Noel is actually a ballad group consisting of four equally amazing singers. Their voices are so alluring, and I always find myself playing their songs on repeat. They are quite older in the Korean music scene and have earned the well-deserved respect and recognition from other artists. How About You is a great release from them, so I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well.
So there it is, this is the end of my list, but I am sure there many other songs that ooze coziness for this cold winter season. So feel free to leave me your song selections in the comments. To hear the full versions of any of these listed songs Here is a link to the YouTube playlist I created –YouTube Winter Playlist
Artist Info: Code Kunst is a South Korean composer and music producer signed under AOMG. His music fits within the Hip-hop, Rap, and Rnb genre. So far he has released three studio albums and has two songs that feature Lee Hi. The one I am reviewing today is titled X and the other song which was released just recently this year is titled XI (they both seem to enjoy playing with roman numerals).
X by Code Knust(featuring Lee Hi) is a track from his third studio album Muggle Mansion which was released in 2017. It tells the story of a lady who is fed up with her boyfriend’s lifestyle and all his broken promises. She is sure that it is time to move on and be with someone else but still finds herself attached to the relationship. Her boyfriend later realizes his mistakes and tries to apologize, but it might be too late.
Review: Lee Hi is one of my favourite soloists, so when I see her name on anything, I know that there is a high chance of me loving it. She really has a beautiful soulful voice, and over the years she has grown as an artist. I just wish that she was given a chance to release more music. Anyways she really did great on this track. I enjoyed the subtle changes in her vocal tone during certain parts of the song.
I really love the beginning of the song, it is quite trance-like. No hard beat was introduced at the very beginning, so we get to enjoy Lee Hi’s voice for a full minute, and then we get a super groovy beat throughout the rest of the song. I also enjoyed the pre-chorus section and the background notes by Lee Hi during the chorus. Music-wise, I believe that this song is a well-produced piece, so a big thumbs up to Code Kunst.
The only thing that threw me off a little bit was the structure of the English lyrics. I am not too sure if it was a style Code Kunst was going for, but most of the English words to me did not seem adequately structured. It all just felt like random phrases, so the connection between sentences was off. Now I read a comment under a lyric video for this song that said they were using African-American Vernacular. I could still understand the lyrics, but I always felt off.
Other than that, It was a well-produced song, with a fantastic melody and Lee Hi mesmerized me with her vocals as usual. So I will recommend you guys to give it a listen. Unfortunately, I cannot provide a link this time around because there is no official music video for this song. So try searching for an audio version on Youtube, Spotify or Apple music. Hopefully, you enjoy it.
Hello guys, so for today I will be introducing you all to one of my favourite Taiwanese artists ever, Bii. Initially, when I planned this segment, it was called Artist Of The Week OR Actor/Actress of the week depending on the content. But after much thought, I decided to simplify it as Star Showcase.
Anyways back to Bii.
Bi Shu Jin popularly known as Bii is a Taiwanese singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born on July 7th, 1989, to a Taiwanese father and Korean mother. His Korean name is Pil Seo Jin. He was born and raised in South Korea and only learned how to speak Mandarin after relocating to Taiwan. Bii was always interested in music and in high school, he was the lead singer for his school’s band. At age 17, he was scouted by one of the biggest Korean management companies(SM entertainment), but his mother rejected the idea of him being a singer. Later on, he relocated to Dongguan, China, to stay with his father and pursue his musical career. The stage name Bii stands for “Be, I, I,” referring to his dual personas.
I discovered Bii through the Taiwanese TV series Love Around. The opening song for the series is the title track from Bii’s second album, which was released in 2013 and this was the song that shot him to fame. I absolutely fell in love with his voice on first listen, and he broadened my music horizon. Because before hearing him sing, I only listened to Korean songs outside of my regular English songs, but he became an exception. After gaining much popularity in 2013, many of his self-composed songs have been featured as soundtracks for various Chinese and Taiwanese TV series. A few of such dramas include Someone Like You, Bromance, Prince of Wolf, Sweet Combat, Better Man, Princess Jie You, Love Cuisine, Memory Love, etc.
So far Bii has released 1 EP and 5 albums. The EP titled “Bii” and the first album titled “Bii Story” featured Korean and Mandarin songs and were both released in 2010. The second album “Come Back to Bii” was released in 2013, the third album “Action Bii” was released in 2014, the fourth album “I’m Bii to the Double I” was released in 2016 and his latest album ” Bii Your Light” was released in 2017. He also released a single in 2018 titled “Scars.” I love the fact that he adds his stage name to all his album titles, I wonder what the next one will be called.
As for his career as an actor, he is entirely new in that department. He had a few guest roles in Taiwanese TV series Someone Like You, Love Around and Zhong Wu Yan. His first primary role was as a supporting cast in Taiwanese hit series, Bromance and last year he got to be the lead for the Taiwanese movie, About Youth.
I am looking forward to how he grows his acting skills with time, but currently, I am more attracted to him as a singer.
My most listened songs from him are -You’re gone, -Bii You Light, -Back In Time, -Love More, -I Wanna Say, -Epochal Times, -I Will Miss You, -Come Back To Me, -I Know, -All You Did, -I Will Be By Your Side and -A Fearless Tomorrow. These are just the few that I always replay. On a regular, I listen to every song on all his albums.
If you would like to have a listen of the songs I mentioned, simply search on YouTube, Spotify or any other international music streaming app. If you would like to know more about Bii, then go ahead and watch some of his interviews and shows. I will attach a link to an international English fan channel on YouTube where a few of such videos can be found.
So there it is guys, that was just a little intro to my favourite Taiwanese artist, Bii. I will be doing more of this star showcases on a bi-weekly schedule, so stay tuned to find out about the other actors, actresses, and artists that I love.
Tempo was released by Korean pop group Exo, as part of their 2018 comeback album titled; Don’t Mess Up My Tempo. I am not really into Exo, so I only check out their title tracks, and I definitely have the specific songs I love from them. When I first heard this song, I did not take any interest in it, but I recently watched a reaction video for it and decided to give it a second listen. I guess the second time was the charm needed to allow me to appreciate the song more.
My favourite part of the song is the little Capella (Acapella) section they had towards the end of the track. I felt that their voices really shined throughout that section. It also made the song more groovy. So a thumbs up to Exo for blessing my ears.
There is only one word I can use to describe this song, and that is – Smooth.
First of all, I was never a big fan of Eric Nam, but recently he has been serving me sweet vocals on various tracks, and I am here for it. This particular song from him just served as a cherry on top to all his other releases. I have replayed this song numerous times on YouTube and then added it to my playlist; and repeated it some more. Since the official publication of the song, I have listened to it every day. YES, I AM OBSESSED.
My favourite section of this song is the chorus, the way he sings. I am no music expert, so I can not point out the exact technique he uses during the chorus. I give him a 10/10 for blessing my ears.
The Song You Picked Saves Me by A-lin and J.Sheon is an original soundtrack from the Taiwanese TV series Memory Love, which starred Andy Chen and Mandy Wei. The drama on its own was quite cute and fun to watch. I am not going to discuss the show because I will be posting a review soon.
The Song You Picked Saves Me was featured as the opening soundtrack for the TV series. Now if you do watch Taiwanese series, you would know about the lengthy openings. Some could last for 2 minutes or more, so I skip such parts. But in the case of Memory Love, I never once skipped it because of how good the song was.
The song begins with a light introduction of the beat and A-Lin singing the main melody for the first 0.32 seconds but without any lyrics. She starts singing with actual lyrics at the 0.33 seconds mark. While she sings, J.Sheon breaks in a few times. The chorus then brings both their voices together in sweet harmony. The second verse goes over to J.Sheon and just like the first A-Lin breaks in once in a while. What I really enjoyed about this song is that it was not just about the featured singer doing their verse and then disappearing. The way J.Sheon came in and out of the song really gave it a unique flavour and both singers shined vocally.
The melody for the chorus was easy to pick up and fun to sing along to. It was my first time listening to anything from A-lin and J.Sheon, but I absolutely loved it and immediately added it to my Spotify playlist. The track really has an old school r&b vibe to it. So if you’re down for that kind of music, then you’re going to loveeee it. And even if you’re not into RnB, you should check it out and see if it piques your interest.