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It’s been seven years since The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的> star Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞) debuted his first performance on television. The 27-year-old, who made his debut through the singing competition The Voice 2 <超級巨聲2> in 2010, took the backseat after stars like Alfred Hui (許廷鏗) and James Ng (吳業坤) shot to popularity.
Reaching a bottleneck in his singing career, Hubert decided to try out acting—he made his first major supporting appearance in 2016’s Blue Veins <殭>, followed by a second male lead performance in last year’s hit drama The Exorcist’s Meter. The theme song “I Was Here” <到此一遊> successfully put Hubert back in the market. “I Was Here” became a city hit, earning a Gold Song Award at the JSG Awards last year.
It’s been over a year since Hubert last attended a prominent music awards ceremony, and he was grateful for the chance to rejoin his peers in music ceremonies again. “It was definitely a huge booster,” said Hubert. “I’ve always wanted the chance to attend all music awards shows. I keep a normal mindset for all of them—the most important thing, for me, about making music is that they are well-liked by fans. Winning would be great of course, but my point of getting into music was not for the awards, but for the ability to communicate through my music, and send the message I want to send. My initial heart and ambition never changed. I still want to be an impactful singer.”
Asking if Alfred’s departure from The Voice Entertainment had given him more promotion opportunities, Hubert said, “I am always questioning myself, but it’s true that I’ve gotten more ambitious. I cannot control these circumstances—all I can do is do my part and do my best. I’m giving myself credit this year for being able to break out of the box.”
Hubert has been providing his voice to TVB theme songs since 2010, but The Voice winner said he wants the opportunity to perform his own original songs. “Honestly, most people know me through [TVB] theme songs, but I really want my music to become part of me. I am definitely grateful for the opportunity to sing theme songs—after all, not all of us have that opportunity, but I would love to achieve more balance so the audience can know more about the kind of music I can do.”
The 27-year-old said he dreams of performing at the Hong Kong Coliseum, and makes it a goal for himself to perform on the HK Coliseum stage before he turns 30 years old. As for his own concert dreams, he said, “I don’t want to hold my own concert before I’m ready.”
Hubert is thankful for his slow burn to fame. “I know I won’t be ready for [fame]. I don’t think I’m still ready, because we all need time to learn and improve. I’m now much more mature than I was before, and I’m enjoying this slow improvement.”
He shared that when he first joined the industry, he never thought about acting. “I was immature. I only wanted to sing, but singing and acting actually do go together. [Acting] teaches you how to work with other people as a team.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
The overwhelming success of TFBOYS has produced a growing number of boybands in Mainland China. The youngest boybands to crop up are BOY STORY and YHBOYS, whose members are on average 12 years old. The new boybands hope to replicate the success of TFBOYS and meet the demands of China’s growing tween market.
With the members of TFBOYS’ Karry Wang (王俊凯), Roy Wang (王源), and Jackson Yee (易烊千玺) turning 18 years old this year, the boys are already pursuing more mature music styles and released their own solo singles. Karry, Roy, and Jackson have also ventured into acting in dramas to broaden their entertainment careers.
BOY STORY’s K-Pop Influence
BOY STORY is the first Chinese young hip-hop group to be launched by NCC Ent., A joint venture between Tencent Music Entertainment Group and Beijing-based JYPE China.
Training one year in South Korea, the members of BOY STORY all have strong dancing and rapping skills. The style of their music videos are fused with heavy K-pop influences. BOY STORY is currently led by 13-year-old Hanyu, and the youngest is 10-year-old Shuyang. Xinlong, Zeyu, Zihao, and Mingrui are the other members.
The release of singles, “How Old R U” and “Can’t Stop”, have helped BOY STORY gain fans across Asia. Fans are stunned by BOY STORY’s performance abilities and believe they are one of the most promising young boybands to emerge.
YHBOYS Catches Hollywood’s Attention
YHBOYS has succeeded by following TFBOYS’ music style. YHBOYS’ member, Zhang Minghao (張銘浩), is even noted to resemble Roy Wang. They gained the support of Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) and Han Geng (韓庚), which helped boost their recognition levels outside of China.
YHBOYS were asked to sing the promotional song for the Mainland Chinese release of Transformers: The Last Knight. As the only Chinese popstars to attend the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, YHBOYS made their fans proud.
The seven members of YHBOYS have a promising future. When they are not studying for school, they are busy practicing their singing and dance routines. The excited boys believe that they will even outdo TFBOYS!
BOY STORY’s “HOW OLD R U”
YHBOYS’ “Dreams” 梦想加油
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.
Since its release last year, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi‘s catchy reggaeton-pop song “Despacito” has topped charts in 47 countries. Hoping to push his song to new heights in Asia, Luis invited JJ Lin (林俊傑) to collaborate in a new Mandarin version, which was released last week.
The Mandarin lyrics were modified to be less explicit than the original Spanish version, which spoke of a sexual relationship.
JJ had a mutual friend with Luis who introduced them. Although they had discussed to create an original song together, the pair finally decided to release a Mandarin version of “Despacito” due to its popularity. JJ said, “Music is a fun way to break boundaries. This collaboration set up a cultural bridge.”
“Despacito” Mandarin Version featuring JJ Lin
Does this mean we’ll also get a Cantonese version?
[MV] Tia Ray’s “Breakup”
Tia Ray (袁婭維) lends her soulful voice to the latest rendition of singer JC‘s hit single “Breakup” <說散就散>. As the theme song to Mainland Chinese movie The Ex-Files: The Return of the Exes <前任3：再見前任>, Tia’s rendition has been climbing the music charts since its release.
Hong Kong singer JC’s original release of “Breakup” in 2016 had stunned fans with her strong vocals and emotional depth, while Tia’s new rendition is tender and haunting.
MV of “Breakup” by Tia Ray
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