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  • Bolbbalgan4 Mini Album - Seoul
    Soul-stirring spring melodies
    May 3, 2022 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    We all enjoy Bolbbalgan4's spring jams – like Bom, Some, Travel, Hug – so it's sad that we didn't hear any spring-themed releases from her in the past two years. This year, Ji Young finally brings some sweet and lighthearted songs that put us in a lovey-dovey mood during the blossoming season. Our dreamy journey to Seoul sets off with first track Love Story, a modern rock number with high-teen spirit. Love Story cutely conveys the dreamlike feelings of a person in love: "It feels like the stars in the night sky are pouring down / Oh god please this is not a dream." The singer-songwriter captures a budding romance that first started in Seoul in the title track Seoul (Track 2). Refreshing and... [read more]
  • We Made a Beautiful Bouquet (2021) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
    Love blooms and love withers
    April 30, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Screenwriter Sakamoto Yuji has spearheaded a long list of hits and classics for Japanese television over the years, from Last Christmas to Mother to his most recent My Dear Exes. He's not the most prolific of TV writers, but basically every drama he touches is guaranteed quality. Sakamoto, however, rarely writes for the silver screen. His last film outing before 2021's We Made a Beautiful Bouquet was the 2007 film extension of the hit Saiyuki series, and his most representative film remains 2004's Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World. We Made a Beautiful Bouquet reteams Sakamoto Yuji with director Doi Nobuhiro after the excellent 2017 series Quartet. Encapsulating the different... [read more]
  • F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers The Series Boxset (DVD) (Ep. 1-16) (End) (Thailand Version)
    Is this the best Boys Over Flowers adaptation?
    April 19, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    I had my doubts when F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers was announced. As much of an all-time favorite Hana Yori Dango may be, many aspects of Kamio Yoko's classic shojo manga story, which began serialization in the early 90s, don't hold up great without rose-tinted glasses. When I tuned into F4 Thailand, it was more out of the usual curiosity about how this latest cast and version would hold up against past adaptations. I didn't expect it would turn out to be one of the best Boys Over Flowers dramas. GMMTV churns out glossy youth romance dramas, so the studio is in comfortable territory with F4 Thailand. The story is the same old one that we know too well. Poor but lionhearted schoolgirl Gorya... [read more]
  • Brother Beat [Type A] (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Edition) (Japan Version)
    Fun, funny and funky
    March 31, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Last year was a standout year for Snow Man. Snow Mania S1 was the second highest-selling album of 2021 on Oricon's year-end chart, and all three of their singles ranked in the year-end top five, with million-seller Grandeur coming in first. The three singles, ranging from powerful (Grandeur) to refreshing (Hello Hello) to emotional (Secret Touch), also showed the Johnny's group's ability to comfortably take on different styles. Snow Man continues strong this year with Brother Beat, which is delightfully different than their previous singles. Snow Man's sixth single Brother Beat is a bright, mischievous and upbeat jam that looks and sounds more like something out of the Johnny's WEST canon.... [read more]
  • WEi Mini Album Vol. 4 - Love Part.1 : First Love (FALLING IN LOVE Version)
    Loveliness Overload
    March 31, 2022 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    From debut single Twilight to All or Nothing and Bye Bye Bye, WEi has pulled off various concepts in their first album trilogy. Out of all the concepts they've tried, I still think that cute, bubbly music and fashion style suit them the best, like DOREMIFA from IDENTITY: First Sight. This time, the boys finally reveal their high-spirited and youthful vibe by singing stories about first love in their fourth mini-album Love Part.1: First Love. Love Part.1: First Love sets its dreamy and romantic mood with Dae Hyeon's Britpop-style BLOSSOM (Track 1) that compares first love to the blossoming season. They shyly confess to a crush in the feel-good title track Too Bad (Track 2): "This... [read more]
  • BTOB Vol. 3 - Be Together (Random Version)
    Be Complete, Be Together
    February 26, 2022 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    2022, the year to celebrate BTOB's tenth debut anniversary, becomes even more meaningful with their promise to Be Together in their first group comeback in four years. As always, BTOB radiates warmth and positivity through their beautiful singing in their third full-length album, Be Together. Starting with the piano Intro: The Trace (Track 1), Be Together takes us to a dreamy world with sounds of nature that calm minds. Flexing both their vocal timbres and abilities, BTOB romantically confesses that they will sing for Melody until time stops in lead single "The Song" (Track 2) penned by Hyun Sik! The sentimental ballad touches hearts and evokes memories, especially with the lyrics that... [read more]

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10 Hong Kong Singer-Songwriters You Should Know
Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
Cantopop is dying? Not anymore. Cantopop may not be as widely known and popular as it was in the 90s and early 2000s, but it's made a comeback in recent years thanks to the rise of not only popular Hong Kong idols like MIRROR but also talented singer-songwriters who deserve more recognition from pop music audiences. Let's take a look at ten Hong Kong singer-songwriters that you should know! YOYO SHAM Yoyo Sham began drawing notice in the early 2010s for her airy, soulful vocals as a backup singer. She earned the endorsement of pop titans Jonathan Lee, Eason Chan and Sandy Lam early on in her career, and released her first self-penned Mandarin EP 4-6pm in 2011. Her first full-length album... [read more]
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