Amid a global pandemic, South Korean boy band Up10tion are offering some cheer with their ninth mini-album Light Up.
The group were formed in 2015 with 10 members, but this work is promoted with only seven of them. Two members - Kim Woo-seok and Lee Jin-hyuk - are focusing on other projects, while leader Kim Jin-wook is taking a break due to health concerns.
While the album generally sticks to tried-and-tested K-pop formulas, there are some well-constructed numbers such as the mid-tempo, well-harmonised Dawn and the exhilarating Stop The Clock.
The head bop-inducing opening track Light is filled with catchy hooks, with lyrics such as "Take out your trapped heart/So that I can be the light that will surround you".
Nothing groundbreaking here. But in uncertain times, playing it safe imparts a sense of familiarity and comfort.
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WEIBIRD WEI LISTEN TO ME ONLINE CONCERT
Taiwanese singer-songwriter Wei Li-an (above), who also goes by WeiBird, will perform an online concert tonight.
The 33-year-old's most recent album, Sounds Of My Life, was released in April, with numbers such as See You On Monday and Cat Republic.
The show can be viewed on the KKBox app. Non-members can sign up for a KKBox account and stream the concert during the 14-day free trial period.
WHEN Today, 8pm
ADMISSION Free, only available to premium and trial members
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MARIA CORDERO AND LI LAI HA LAUGH AND SING ONLINE CONCERT
Hong Kong entertainers Maria Cordero (above, right) and Li Lai Ha (above, left) held an online concert on Oct 11, which was broadcast on YouTube and Facebook.
Cordero, affectionately nicknamed "Fat Mama" by her fans, has acted in movies such as Gangs '92 (1992) and 97 Aces Go Places (1997), while Li has appeared in musicals and TVB dramas Come On, Cousin (2014) and The Man Who Kills Troubles (2019).
During the show, which lasted more than two hours, the pair sang Mandarin classics such as The Moon Represents My Heart and The Evening Primrose, as well as Cantonese favourites such as Friend Of Mine.
To watch the show, go to bit.ly/3muabeV.