ONLINE CONCERT REGISTRATION
A Weekend Concert by Hong Kong’s Comedy and Singing Superstar Andy Lau Tak-wah drew a record 350 million viewers on Douyinthe mainland chinese sister company of ICT Tac. The concert lasted two hours and drew 100 million viewers in the first 30 minutes, with tens of millions more by the end. The numbers broke Lau’s previous record on the platform, which he set in July last year during a concert to celebrate his 40 years with the company. The South China Morning Post said the record numbers had been inflated by a recent wave of nostalgia for canto-pop or contemporary music in the Cantonese language, although the newspaper also notes that Lau performed a few classics in Mandarin as well.
Disney+ will begin airing the first season of “Pink Lie” an unscripted Korean reality show. The concept involves a group of young single people, each with a lie that makes them extremely difficult to find love, placed in a house for the sole purpose of finding love. Produced by CJ ENM, the show is branded as a original star. “Pink Lie” is hosted by Super Junior’s Kim Heechul, Lee Sunbin (“Work Later, Drink Now”), Song Wonseok (“Business Proposal”) and YouTube influencer Ralral. The streamer is ramping up its Korean content and will go live on Thursday with “The Zone: Survival Mission,” a variety show featuring Yu Jaeseok, Lee Kwangsoo, and Kwon Yuri in a range of hilarious and unexpected situations.
Toei-Animationit is “One Red Piece” became the highest-grossing film in Japan for the current calendar year. As of September 4, 2022, marking 30 days after its release, the franchise film has grossed $94 million (13 billion yen). It is the ninth highest-grossing locally produced anime film in Japan, just behind “Jujutsu Kaisen 0”, released in December and grossing 13.75 billion yen. Currently, 21st overall, behind “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “One Piece Red” should enter the top twenty within the week.
BOY BAND BORN
Hybe Japan Labelsa subsidiary of Hybe Corporation, supporting K-Pop sensation BTSwill launch their first Japanese idol group &Crew on December 7, 2022. The nine members of the new act were all winners of the “& Audition – The Howl” talent show which had its final episode on Saturday. Their names are K, Fuma, Nicholas, EJ, Yuma, Jo, Harua, Taki, and Maki. Their latest mission songs, “Melody” and “Running with the pack” are already available on streaming platforms.
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