Monday, March 12, 2007

Best of Golden Rock - March 5th to 11th

From Monday, March 5th, to Sunday, March 11th, these are the most notable news in Asian Entertainment (not gossip, though, mind you).

- it does count as numbers, but not really. Despite the recent health show scandals in Japan, 47% of Japanese people still believe in expert testimony on health shows, according to a survey on the Daily Mainichi news. In fact, only 67% of those people who believed the "natto=diet" correlation (which sparked the scandal) found out that it was false. Which means 1/3 of those people who watched that show is experiencing some heavy cognitive dissonance right about now.

- Hoga News found the final result for the opening weekend of that Genghis Khan movie, and it's actually a flop! It may've opened at number 1, but it only brought in 197 million yen (and at some 480 screens, that's only a 410,000 yen per-screen, which rounds down to about $3500). That can't be good for everything else under it.

- Hong Kong music review blog 3C Music has a damning report on the possibility that a new song on new Gold Label princess Stephy Tang's album may be copied from famed composer Joe Hisashi. The site has quite a few posts mentioning these possible frauds in Hong Kong music, and as many many people know, hit producer Mark Lui is the biggest perpetrator. Examples include (just play the little play button under the main entry in Chinese to listen to a comparison)

Jill's "Funny Jealousy" vs. Vitamin C's "Graduation"

Jill's sister Janice's "I Love when I Want To" vs. The Coors' Breathless

Alex Fong Lik-Sun's "Large Small Heart" (Obviously an over-literal translation and by no means reflect the actual meaning of the name) vs. Ekin Cheng's "The Era of Love"

Of course, Mark Lui is not the only one - Mark Lui's protege Justin Lo's "Headline News" (sang by a less talented guy in the crapfest Love@First Note) has been known to combine TWO sources (only one is in this post though): The Stylistics' "You Make me Feel Brand New" and Bondy Chiu's "Joy-seeking" (I knew that chorus sounds familar!), and Even Eason Chan's "Bad Habits" seem to resemble Rufus Wainwright's "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk."

It even happened to Joey Yung, and according to this report, this is the response by manager Mani Fok:


"Regarding the issue of copyright, the copyright holder company of the song has already been defunct for years, so there's no problem."

Someone on a forum that broke the news said there's no music in Hong Kong, just an entertainment industry, I'm inclined to agree.

Then again, it's not like America's music industry isn't similarly derivative:

Usher's Yeah vs. Chris Brown's Run It.

The Frays' Over My Head vs. How to Save a Life (holy shit, it's the same chorus!)

I do have an example for Japan, but I can't find the necessary clips on Youtube, so let's just say that they do it too.

- Another Hong Kong, littleoslo, has a line-up of bad album covers from Mainland Chinese CDs. Don't worry about the captions, some of them are funny anyway.

- Dave's Trailer Page has a nice 7-minute clip of Spiderman 3. It looks interesting, despite it being more of the same stuff.

- I was happy when MTV started the MTV Chi network, although I had no idea how they were going to pull it off (I would've done a MTV East Asia to combine Korean, Japanese, and Chinese pop together, but that's just me). And I never found out how they made it work because they never managed to put it on cable in San Francisco, and now it's shutting down for good. Like the AZN TV network, MTV has announced that it will shut down operations of the MTV World Division (this does not include its subsidiaries in other parts of the world) at an yet-to-be-determined time.

I say their biggest mistake was that they couldn't roll it out to large Asian-American communities and college campuses, so people who actually wanted to watch it couldn't. Of course, I don't work in cable, but even if they couldn't get that type of plan ready before they started, then they failed before they even started operations.

- Oricon talks about this season's Japanese dramas, and The Flower Boys'
(Again, I know what the official title is, it's just my name to mock them) popularity seem to reach almost every age group surveyed (except people in their 40s, who rate it second). Not so fortunate is Karei Naru Ichizoku, who find its biggest fans in those 30 and above (given its grand 70s rich family epic background, that's not a surprise), and of course, the most consistent performer of the bunch is Haken no Hinkaku, who find itself in the high 70s among all age groups. With all these dramas ending this upcoming week, it should be interesting to see just how top will they go. Haken No Hinkaku will see itself at 3rd for sure, but will the flower boys beat out the steel-producing/bank-swallowing family?

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