Zhang Liyin made her first live appearance since announcing her new management agency on Weibo. Today is her debut anniversary; it has been 11 years since she debuted on September 9, 2006, with the single “Timeless”. As a gift for fans, the company arranged for Liyin to hold a brief live streaming session with fans to celebrate the special day.
After over a decade of being an artist under SM Entertainment, Zhang Liyin announced this week that she had signed with talent management agency, Show City Times. To get a better idea of Liyin’s career outlook in her new company, we have compiled some of the best fan reactions to Liyin’s latest news.
Before we can begin, however, we must write a disclaimer to say that none of the staff members at Chocolyn are actually very familiar with the Chinese music industry. Most of what we know is from extensive research on Wikipedia and Weibo. We would love to get more insight from fans who follow the Chinese entertainment industry. If you’re one of these fans, please don’t hesitate in reaching out! We are currently looking for Chinese-English translators and writers.
It’s official! Zhang Liyin updated her Weibo biography page today to announce her new management company.
After a few days of fan speculation, Liyin updated her Weibo about page to officially show that she is now a part of the Beijing-based talent management company, Show City Times (少城时代). Their most well-known artist is singer-songwriter Jane Zhang. It was announced earlier this year that Liyin’s contract with her former agency, SM Entertainment, ended in April.
It’s been a quiet few months.
As mentioned in our previous update, Zhang Liyin’s contract with SM Entertainment officially ended sometime in April 2017. Since then, Liyin has moved back to Beijing – she held a permanent residence there during the 2008 I Will promotions – with her mother to develop this new stage of her music career. There have been far and few social media updates from Liyin, but we’ve managed to scrape together a couple of minor updates.
The rumours are true! Zhang Liyin took time on her birthday to host a live video streaming event with fans, during which she confirmed that her contract with SM Entertainment will end this April 2017.
It’s been a long ten years for Zhang Liyin and her fans. During the live chat, she thanked fans who have supported her throughout the years, particularly fans who have been by her side since she first debuted with “Timeless”. As a gift, perhaps, she sang a short clip of “Timeless” in Korean for fans chatting on the live stream.
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Zhang Liyin hosted two live video streaming events in the month of November to chat live with her fans. During the two live sessions, she answered questions from fans about her current situation in Korea.
Her first live video chat occurred November 6th, followed by a second video chat a couple weeks later on November 20th. We will be summarizing both video chats in this article.
An article unexpectedly showed up on NetEase today, speaking about Zhang Liyin’s current situation in China. It quotes a Weibo post from Liyin’s good friend as well as several comments from Chinese netizens.
I hope Zhang Liyin can return home to develop her career – that wish can only be understood literally. Any meaning extending to “company froze her” sort of speculation, I cannot afford the public responsibility (repercussions).
Zhang Liyin returned home this summer for a performance in her hometown of Chengdu, Sichuan. She performed “Rose In My Heart” – from her performance on China’s Immortal Songs – and her own cover of “Rolling Curtains”.
She’s alive! Zhang Liyin was invited to the SMTOWN Live in Taiwan concert, and she performed two songs as part of her performance: “Agape” and “Not Alone”.
The concert tour stop was a part of the SMTOWN Live World Tour IV held between August 2014 and July 2015.