28 December 2012:
想問爲什麽，我不再是你的快樂。(This post is meant to be a musical one, so it would be best if you would listen to the songs / videos as suggested with headphones or earpieces. Try, also, to finish listening to the song / video before going on to read the preceding text.)
I was searching for some Campus Superstar 2013-related stuff when I saw this video.
I'm sure most know who they are: Fahrenheit, one of the most famous boybands a few years ago. After watching the whole thing, there was some kind of sadness within me. I realised some things.
Firstly, where is Fahrenheit now? They are more or less spilt, no longer as a group. Yet years ago, I read reports saying that they would stay forever as a boyband. If I'm not wrong, Wu Chun (吳尊) was the first to go solo with certain TV productions.
Next was Jiro Wang (汪東城). Then the remaining two, Calvin Chen (辰亦儒) and Aaron Yan (炎亞綸), also had TV productions. At that time, however, they weren't that separated yet. I remember a Taiwanese drama serial called Momo Love (桃花小妹) which featured three of them (without Wu Chun) as its leads. (By the way, I did enjoy the show.)
But as of last year and this year, Fahrenheit seems really to have spilt. In June 2011, their record company HIM International Music announced that Wu Chun would be leaving the boyband officially. The three of them would continue to work as Fahrenheit.
However, things didn't really seem very good after that. Jiro Wang released his solo album on August 2012. In October of this year, Aaron Yan also released his solo album, after releasing an Extended Play in March 2011.
Fahrenheit has never released an album ever since September 2010.
I don't know if the members of Fahrenheit would really get back together and release another album, but I really don't think so anymore. For fans out there, maybe it's time to get used to more solo albums from the three and Wu Chun.
As a consolation, they do sound alright when solo. Maybe this is what works best for them; to spend their early twenties as a team together fighting it out in the music industry, then spending their thirties and beyond going solo since they have the abilities.
I wonder ... would the four of them, any of them, remember today's date? 28 December 2005: that's the date they were officially released and announced to the world. Today would mark their seventh annieversary, but what are they all doing now?
The second thing I realised after watching the first video was that artistes basically have the job of making us audiences happy. Of course, they need our support, and we normally support them if they have talent or looks.
The stage that Fahrenheit was standing at (in Mediacorp) wasn't very big, neither very small. The four of them delivered the song together, using hand gestures and various actions to 'look cool'. There's no way you could not hear the audience screaming.
More accurately, they were Fahrenheit's fans. Fahrenheit definitely would appreciate how the fans support them, as with any artiste. According to Maslow's hierachy of needs, this can be considered under the second-highest tier of 'esteem'.
Some people want fame; they want to be recognised. In turn, they have to do something or another - in this case singing. To put it bluntly, it's something like a transaction. Of course, there's nothing wrong with this kind of transaction.
The third thing I realised - or rather wondered - would be: 'If Fahrenheit is going to stage a comeback, would there be as many fans?'
Nowadays, KPop seems to be the in thing. Previously, you were 'cool' if you liked bands like Fahrenheit, Mayday and etc. (Of course, there's also the Western alternative of Coldplay, Maroon 5 and etc.) Now, the 'Eastern side' has changed to become that of KPop.
There are so many KPop groups around now; I don't even bother keeping track. Girls in Singapore - guys even - are going crazy over all the groups.
I guess one has no choice but to accept that Chinese music is on the decline and Korean music is definitely gonna be the hit for a very long time. No wonder Jay Chou recently rallied fellow Chinese music artistes to not lose out to KPop. (And some extreme KPop supporters took it that he was condemnning KPop. -.-)
The fourth thing is about Campus Superstar 2013. Someone from my previous school got in.
DISCLAIMERI have no official right - be it as a judge or a professional of some sort - to criticise anyone. I am simply expressing my own opinion. Also, I definitely am not trying to smear anyone.
Personally, I do not think she should have got selected into the final 12. I have watched certain audition clips (hers included). I feel that she is not as good as some other people who participated. Maybe, though, that she underperformed in the clip, but impressed the judges for the two subsequent auditions.
Nevertheless, I shall watch the TV series and listen to its unplugged version. We shall see how things go from here.
This is my first time making a musical post. If you have fully experienced (i.e. watched the videos at only the right time and read all the text) this post and like the style, do tell me in one way or another. I would love to make more of such posts if possible.