With Zhang Liyin’s second 2014 comeback highly anticipated by the international music fan community, Korean news site Newsen reported on the soloist’s upcoming promotional activities.
Zhang Liyin’s 4th single “Not Alone” will be released in China and in Korea on the 22nd at noon through various domestic music sites like Melon, Naver Music, Genie etc.
Zhang Liyin released the second part of her music video series today! Her next single, “Not Alone” will continue the story behind EXO’s Tao, f(x)’s Victoria Song, and Song Jaerim’s special relationship.
Zhang Liyin appeared in her first major TV appearance in her “Agape” and “Not Alone” promotions by appearing in an episode of Hunan TV’s Laugh Out Loud. Other guest stars in this episode included Xiaoshengyang and actor Xu Jia.
The show is in a sketch comedy format. Guests rehearse during the show, but generally the episodes are a little more reliant on improv and natural comedic ability than say, Saturday Night Live.
For once, SM Entertainment surprised Zhang Liyin fans.
The soloist’s management agency organized appearances on Korean music shows to help promote her new single “Agape”. Although the song is purely in Chinese and does not have a Korean version, SM Entertainment was able to negotiate appearance slots on MTV The Show, MBC Show Champion, and Mnet MCOUNTDOWN for Zhang Liyin. If you recall, the last time Zhang Liyin appeared on Mnet MCOUNTDOWN, it was for her debut single “Timeless”.
Zhang Liyin and EXO hosted two consecutive concerts in Nanjing mid-August 2014. Although the setlist showed Liyin was to sing only four songs during the two-hour concerts, this is more than the usual two songs she usually gets at SMTOWN concerts. So we should be happy about this. Sort of. We’re trying.
It’s been a couple of weeks since Zhang Liyin released her new single, and we have our first report from Korean news outlet on her success in China. Read our translation of Osen‘s article below.
On iQiYi, it took over at #1 and on the weekly chart, it went up to #2. You can feel the interest from Asian fans towards Zhang Liyin.
After five long years, Zhang Liyin finally has a new music video to promote!
Confused about the story behind her new music video? We have translated the “Agape” single description from Baidu.
“Back Then” (那些年) is one of the two songs listed on Zhang Liyin’s “Agape” single. It is a cover song of Hu Xia’s original “Those Bygone Years” (那些年), a Chinese song released in 2011 for the popular Taiwanese movie You Are The Apple Of My Eye. Various SM Entertainment artists have covered Hu Xia’s song over the years, particularly live in concert or during interviews. Most notably, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun during the group’s fan meeting tour in 2013. However, Zhang Liyin is the first artist under the label to release an official recorded version of the song.
“Agape” (爱的独白) is the first solo single for Zhang Liyin after a five-year hiatus. The song is co-written by Liyin and Taiwanese lyricist Tina Wang. It is based on a real life story of a young child who survived the devastating Sichuan earthquake back in 2008 because he was protected by his mother’s arms.
Zhang Liyin were among notable music guests at Jackie Chan’s “Fly Through The Lives of a Hundred Films” Concert today, including Joey Yung, Leo Ku, Joey Yung, and Super Junior-M. She performed “Agape” and “Set Me Free” as part of the concert setlist. Check out the fancams below!