There’s been a flurry of news and tidbits the past couple of weeks in the fandom. The most surprising part of it all was Zhang Liyin winning an award for her soundtrack on the film Sword and Fire.

On November 9, it was announced on Weibo that “Ashes of Time” won third-place at the 5th Annual VIP Music Chart Awards in the “VIP Hot Original Song” category. This is the first award Liyin has won since leaving SM Entertainment back in 2017.

It has been a quiet year for Zhang Liyin. After releasing two new soundtrack songs earlier this year – “Answer” and “Ashes of Time” respectively – it went quiet in terms of new content. But on September 15, it was announced on Weibo that Liyin had recently signed with Chinese artist management agency Beijing S.W. Culture Media.

There was a flurry of excitement amongst fans on Weibo after it was announced on the company’s Weibo. The news was a pleasant surprise after many months of silence. We mentioned previously that there was fan speculation that Liyin had actually left her previous company, Show City Times, last year, but there had been no proof.

While we do not know the full extent of Liyin’s new contract with Beijing S.W. Culture Media, the future does look promising.

Just a month after the release of “Answer”, Zhang Liyin released another soundtrack song. “Ashes of Time” (时间的灰) is a theme song for the Tencent movie, Sword and Fire. The movie was released on the same theme song release date as the theme song, January 10, 2020.

Like “Answer”, “Ashes of Time” was recorded and filmed in late April 2019. You can see photos from her time in the recording studio here in our photo gallery. Similar to “Answer”, “The Ashes of Time” was produced by Chen Qinyang and Perfect Youth OST.

After over a year of silence on the music front, Zhang Liyin surprised fans with new music yesterday. Our female soloist dropped a short music video for the song “Answer” (答案) on Weibo early on the morning of December 4, 2019. The song is an interlude for the Chinese television drama, The Remedy (漫长的告别), currently streaming on Youku.

As is typical of most music videos for Asian drama soundtracks, the music video features scenes from The Remedy as well as footage of Liyin singing in the recording studio. From her Chinese fans’ social media posts, we know that Liyin filmed the music studio scenes back in April 2019.

Over a year after the release of her duet with Henry Huo, “Answer” (答案) is the interlude song for Chinese television drama, The Remedy (漫长的告别). The song and the music video was recorded and filmed in late April 2019, but was not released to the public until December 4, 2019.

The music producer on this single, Chen Qinyang, reposted a comment on Liyin’s Weibo that Liyin helped produce this song. However, she is not credited as a producer, so we can assume it was as an assistant only.

It’s been a while since we last updated Chocolyn, but we have good news to share today! We are opening up public access to a photo gallery containing image files from throughout Zhang Liyin’s career.

This photo gallery has been a work-in-progress the past two years – and even now, it’s still a work-in-progress – but with the amount of work that’s been put in so far, I feel that it’s good enough to be shared to the public.

Zhang Liyin made her first public appearance since leaving SM Entertainment in 2017 and joining her new management agency Show City Times. The TV singing competition, Singing Choice (声音的抉择), allowed up-and-coming artists to compete for a chance to work with the lead judge, Li Quan.

For Liyin’s performance, she sang a contemporary R&B-style version of Wen Zhang’s “The Clouds from My Hometown” (故乡的云). Originally released in 1984, it is considered a classic in Chinese music.

It’s been a quiet year for Chocolyn and Zhang Liyin.

Since returning to China back in the spring of 2017, we have not heard much from her. We know that she visited her hometown and she visited relatives, but on the career front, it’s been relatively quiet.

Her new management company, Show City Times, was dealt with a serious blow to their artist roster last summer when their most successful artist, Jane Zhang, left the agency. We have no idea how this will affect Liyin’s career at the company.