Yonghwa gets to work in 'Checkmate' MV feat. JJ Lin
CNBLUE's Yonghwa suited up and got to work for the music video for "Checkmate" featuring JJ Lin!
Following "Mileage" and title track "One Fine Day", "Checkmate" is the third song from Yonghwa's first debut album 'One Fine Day' to come bundled an MV. Yonghwa and Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin collaborated on the track's composition and lyrics, and both singers star in the MV as well.
Check it out above, and let us know what you think!
JJ Lin experiences 27-hours of MV filming with Yonghwa
Local musician JJ Lin was previously revealed as the only foreign collaborative artiste on CNBLUE’s Yonghwa’s solo album, One Fine Day. The duo worked together on ‘Checkmate’, a trilingual track that gives a strong pop-rock vibe and has lyrics in English, Mandarin and Korean.
After performing the song on Korean weekly programme Music Bank with Yonghwa on January 23, JJ was revealed to have shot the music video while in Korea as well, which will be released on his official YouTube channel on January 30. ‘Checkmate’ will also be included in the repackaged version of JJ’s new album, Genesis.
Speaking of his music video filming experience in Seoul, the 33-year-old revealed that he was rushed for hair and makeup preparations immediately after touching down and had to finish eating while being primped by the team.
JJ added that he and Yonghwa embraced each other warmly once they met, sharing that the crooner texted him to check on his well-being with questions such as whether he had eaten and advice to pile on the layers because of the cold despite being unable to receive him personally at the airport.
The concept of the music video is said to be that of the struggles faced by white-collar workers. The title ‘Checkmate’ came from their perception that life is like a game of chess; or even the feeling of being a pawn in the larger scheme of things. JJ shared that they hope that the song will serve as a form of inspiration to those who feel powerless while repeatedly doing the same things day after day, adding that thinking out of the box could serve as a way out for those who felt that way.
Feeling thankful and sorry towards JJ for carving time out from his hectic promotional schedule to fly to Seoul, Yonghwa prepared a feast of Korean rice cakes, blood sausages and boiled fishcakes to warm JJ up at night while the latter was taking a rest.
Filming for 27 hours continuously in the frigid cold was a challenge for the team, especially when temperatures dipped to -8 degrees in the morning, where they were slated to stand on the rooftop of a 25-storey building in suits.
JJ chuckled, “It was so cold that my nose started running without me knowing it,” adding that the crew rushed to the duo with jackets and warm coffee once the director shouted ‘Cut!’, only to scurry away just before the cameras continued to roll.
Taiwanese multi-hyphenate Jay Chou accepted the offer to go on the new season of Chinese singing programme, The Voice of China, as a mentor, making it his first appearance on a reality singing programme in his career. He would also be the youngest mentor on the show.
Earlier in 2012, the 36-year-old had received love calls from the show’s producers before the its debut. However, Jay turned down the offer, citing reasons like ‘being stringent when considering offers from a music competition programme’ and ‘would only consider the offer when he is more mature’. Jay was also tied down with a busy schedule then.
However, Jay frankly spoke about his thoughts of the show recently. “I have always been watching this show closely as many of the mentors on the show are my close friends. Their excellent performance on the show has led me to have confidence in the show.”
It was also speculated that A-Mei, a mentor on the second season of the show, kept in close contact with Jay and was essential in his decision to accept the offer this time.
Jay is expected to be paid NT$7.5 million (approximated S$320,000) for each episode of the show, racking up a total of NT$110 million (approximately S$4.719 million) from filming for three months.
When asked about his thoughts on being a mentor, Jay replied, “I believe it is important to perform on a good stage to find your muse. The entertainment industry is increasingly trying and it is very difficult for newbies to stand out from the rest now. Thus, I hope I would be able to discover newbies with potential and help them to become successful.”
Apart from Jay, it was also rumoured that other distinguished singers like Jonathan Lee, Jacky Cheung and Leehom Wang were also invited as mentors for this season.
'Running Man's Kim Jong Kook asked whose name tag he'd take off first between Yoon Eun Hye and Angelababy
In a recent interview in China to promote the premiere of his starring Chinese movie 'Hurry Up Brother' (movie version of the Chinese variety show based on 'Running Man'), Kim Jong Kook was asked about Angelababy and Yoon Eun Hye.
When asked, "How do you think it'd be to film 'Running Man' in the same team as Angelababy?" he replied, "I've always been awkward and uncomfortable being in a team with female members. However, I think if I were to work with Angelababy, other people would be envious."
Another question was, "If there were both Angelababy and Yoon Eun Hye, whose name tag would you take off first?". He replied, "That's a hard question," but continued wittily, "If we were filming in China, I would first take off Yoon Eun Hye's name tag and if we were filming in Korea, I would first take off Angelababy's name tag."
In addition, he said, "After I finished filming, the Korean members talked a lot about the Chinese members. The members said after seeing Angelababy, 'She comes out pretty in pictures, but she's also pretty in person.'"
Yuri remarks on future acting gigs and Girls' Generation's new album
As she is currently in MBC's variety show, 'Animals,' Yuri stated, "I have fun and enjoy filming a variety show all the time. I am filming it with a happy heart. The pandas are really cute."
In relation to acting, she said, "I have a lot of interest in acting, so as long as I get the chance, I intend to meet everyone through a good production. If there are any good productions in Hong Kong with the many good directors, I'm of the mind to appear whenever, so I ask for a lot of interest."
For her plans this year, Yuri said, "2014 was quite a dynamic year for Girls' Generation. If I were to have a goal or dream in 2015, it'd be to try hard to put on Girls' Generation's best stage with this album. If there's a good production, I also want to meet a lot of fans as an actress."
Sunny says her kidneys aren't good and she's talented at cooking ramen
On the January installment of JTBC's 'Everybody,' Girls' Generation's Sunny appeared on the show to talk about various things, such as cooking ramen!
Kim Jong Kook asked, "Does Girls' Generation eat ramen, too? How do you cook it?" to which Sunny replied, "We're the type to follow the directions as is."
Shin Bong Sun added, "Even ramen requires some cooking skill, no? Even the same recipe can be different depending on the person. Who makes the best ramen?" Sunny answered, "All of us cook it well. When it comes to cooking skill, I have that. I'm confident about that."
The show also talked about appearances as Sunny stated, "I easily get bloated. My kidneys aren't good. When I'm tired, the skin under my eyes easily bloats, so I call them exhaustion pockets."
She gestured towards Kim Jong Kook, saying, "You also have a bit of exhaustion pockets today," to which he said, "I always have them."