Just for fun: K-pop & Mandopop collaborations we’d like to see

Mandopop Kpop
Mandopop Kpop
11 Mar 2015

Mandopop Kpop

After five years as the leader and main vocalist of CNBLUE, Jung Yonghwa is finally having his moment in the spotlight with the release of his solo album One Fine Day on 20 January.

His one-man show debut is highlighted by a series of collaborations, including one with JJ Lin for the song ‘Checkmate’. The two were first acquainted in 2013 when CNBLUE hit Taiwan, where JJ is currently based, for their world tour, and when Yonghwa requested for JJ to be included in his record, the latter gladly accepted.

Their trilingual track, like its title might suggest, has a very badass, we’re-going-to-war feel, with fierce guitar riffs and the two singers belting their hearts out in Korean, Mandarin and English. While the music video has yet to see the light of day, we’re anticipating something of epic proportions – maybe something with a black-and-white checkerboard backdrop and a few life-size chess pawns à la Harry Potter? (Just a very obvious, off the top of the head guess.)

This pleasant surprise of a cross-cultural collaboration isn’t the first time Korean and Chinese heavyweights have joined forces in the music scene (G.NA and Aaron Yan teamed up last year, and H.O.T’s Kangta and Vanness Wu even formed an official duo in 2006), but it’s one that’s especially exciting for JJ’s fellow Singaporeans. You go, homeboy!

On the note, we put our imagination caps on to think of other K-pop and Mandopop stars we’d like to see hit the stage or put out a single together:

Note: This list was put together in good fun!

Ailee & A-Mei
Ailee & A-Mei
11 Mar 2015

Ailee & A-Mei

All we can say about this partnership if it ever comes to pass, is that we’ll be bracing ourselves for a never-ending slew of goose bumps when these powerhouse divas bring their A game (alphabetical pun intended) to the stage together with their impossibly high and impossibly solid notes – and they’d better do it in skin-tight glittery frocks and manes of lush curls. It will be like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston for ‘When You Believe’ all over again.

Super Junior KRY & F.I.R.
Super Junior KRY & F.I.R.
11 Mar 2015

Super Junior KRY & F.I.R.

It was their upbeat dance track ‘Sorry Sorry’ that kicked off the K-pop renaissance, but Super Junior has also churned out a slew of beautiful slow songs, shouldered mainly by heavenly-voiced trio Kyuhyun, Ryeowook and Yesung. Adding Faye Chan’s gentle but potent timbre, Ian Chen’s melodic keys and Real Huang’s fierce guitar to the mix would let the boys dabble in a more aggressive pop-rock style (compared to their comparatively milder ballads), and perhaps we’ll even see them trading their suits and cardigans for a more laidback rocker look in leather jackets and ripped jeans.

CL & Miss Ko
CL & Miss Ko
11 Mar 2015

CL & Miss Ko

Yo, Chae-rin and Christine* in the house! Taiwan isn’t exactly known as a place of many lady rappers, but they do have their very own Missy Elliot: New York-born Miss Ko, who is known for her unique style of combining English and Mandarin rhymes. Likewise, fabulously ferocious 2NE1 leader CL, who went to international schools, frequently drops English into her Korean cantos as well. Can someone introduce these two bad gals to each other and chuck them into a recording studio to churn out rapid-fire, multilingual stanzas of female badassery already?

*CL and Miss Ko’s real names respectively

G-Dragon & Jay Chou
G-Dragon & Jay Chou
11 Mar 2015

G-Dragon & Jay Chou

The newly-married King of Mandopop and BIGBANG’s swagalicious leader have something in common: they are both – and we mean this in a good way – ah bengs of the highest quality, with style, substance and scads of talent rolled up into an out-of-this-world and one-of-a-kind package. We kinda want to see the both of them duke it out in a rap battle, purely for the sake of artistic endeavours, of course; the last thing we want is a fandom war, and everyone knows that they are both securely at the top of their game.

Akdong Musician & Crowd Lu
Akdong Musician & Crowd Lu
11 Mar 2015

Akdong Musician & Crowd Lu

Imagine going to an outdoor unplugged acoustic session on a sunshiny day (okay, perhaps not in Singapore’s humid weather), with your surroundings permeated by the soothing sounds of Crowd, Lee Chanhyuk and Lee Suhyun’s vocals and two guitars as they serenade viewers with a happy, upbeat playlist (we’re signing up with mats, drinks and sunglasses at the ready as soon as the announcement is made). Plus, don’t you think Crowd could very well be the third Lee sibling, what with his resemblance to Chanhyuk with his smiley eyes, huge glasses and mop of bangs?

Lee Hyori & Jolin Tsai
Lee Hyori & Jolin Tsai
11 Mar 2015

Lee Hyori & Jolin Tsai

One is a queen diva known for sexy-slash-playful videos that sometimes tackle social issues, and the other is… a queen diva known for sexy-slash-playful videos that sometimes tackle social issues (just check out Hyori’s ‘Bad Girls’ and Jolin’s ‘Play’). So why haven’t these accomplished, respected goddesses of Hallyu- and taimei­-dom not hooked up for a sizzling musical alliance of intense glares and some serious girl power? After all, Jolin already has the “Japanese Madonna” Namie Amuro ticked off her collaborations checklist.

f(x)’s Amber & S.H.E’s Ella
f(x)’s Amber & S.H.E’s Ella
11 Mar 2015

f(x)’s Amber & S.H.E’s Ella

In addition to the fact that they are both the tomboys of their groups and the possibility of Amber’s rapping and Ella’s strong alto being an interesting combination, we have a feeling that, language barriers notwithstanding, their happy-go-lucky and outgoing personalities would make them an absolute riot together on variety shows.

K. Will & Gary Chaw
K. Will & Gary Chaw
11 Mar 2015

K. Will & Gary Chaw

These two purveyors of soulful ballads have long charmed listeners with their rich tones and emotional performances, and we can only imagine the gut-wrenching effect a harmonious clash of their talents on a loved-and-lost lament will bring. Whatever it is, we can see it becoming the go-to anthem for heartbroken individuals everywhere. 

Boyfriend’s Kwangmin and Youngmin & By2
Boyfriend’s Kwangmin and Youngmin & By2
11 Mar 2015

Boyfriend’s Kwangmin and Youngmin & By2

We’ll be seeing double times two if these sets of same-faced siblings ever grace a music video together, which makes the perfect premise for a mini version of a quirky romantic comedy: one brother from Boyfriend and one sister from By2 (say, Kwangmin and Miko) meet and fall in love without knowing that the other also has a twin. Hilarity ensues when Kwangmin keeps flirting with Yumi thinking she is Miko, and Miko keeps trying to cosy up to Youngmin thinking he is Kwangmin, until the truth is revealed to them in the end, and Youngmin and Yumi also get smitten by one another. Hey, it could be cute enough for the cheesiness could work!

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