Yes, it’s real. SM Entertainment soloist, Zhang Liyin – the first-ever Chinese female artist to debut from their company – will finally release a new single after a five-year hiatus.

We have compiled news from this new release into one article. Enjoy!

From SM Entertainment’s website:

SM’s talented R&B singer, Zhang Liyin will be coming back with her third single, “Agape”. She will be releasing her music video at noon on the Chinese portal site, Baidu where fans who have been waiting will see it.

The title song, “Agape” will have a beautiful piano melody and Liyin’s sorrowful vocals blend well with the ballad and the lyrics are self-composed for her hometown, Sichuan, in honour of the 2008 earthquake.

In particular, on the 26th, the online video site, iQiyi and on SM’s official YouTube channel, the teaser for “Agape” was loaded, featuring f(x)’s Victoria and EXO’s Tao, and actor, Song Jaerim garnering attention from fans and heightening the expectations for the new song and video.

In 2006, Zhang Liyin debuted with “Timeless”, “I Will”, “Moving On” as well as various other songs, releasing them both in China and Korea as she enjoys popularity in all of Asia. In the beginning of this year, she participated in SM The Ballad’s second album Breath alongside EXO’s Chen for the Chinese version of the title song and had Chinese activities.

Zhang Liyin will be attending CCTV’s Global Chinese Music Chart and Anhui’s Mad for Music for her first “Agape” comeback promotions.

A couple of screenshots from the front pages of iQiyi and SM Entertainment’s company website:

SM Entertainment Website

iQiyi Website

Although Liyin has been gone from the Chinese music industry for a very long time, her new single was well-received:

“Agape” was also released on Korean music stores:

Melon Website

Genie Website


Wendy has been a fan of Zhang Liyin since 2007, when she was introduced to "Timeless" by a friend. Since then, she has led and organized activities for Zhang Liyin fans all over the world. Aside from Zhang Liyin, she is also an avid fan of Rachel McAdams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Real Madrid, and Toronto FC.

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