AMBER LIU RELEASES MUSIC VIDEOS FOR “blue” & “vegas” FROM UPCOMING ALBUM “y?”
The Multi-Platinum Artist Delivers Soulful Second & Third Singles From New Project
Global Asian pop superstar Amber Liu released two new singles, “blue” and “vegas,” with accompanying music videos through all digital streaming platforms via EMPIRE. Joining Amber Liu in the Mandarin-language version features famous rapper MaSiWei of the Chinese hip-hop group Higher Brothers. The tracks are the second and third off Liu’s upcoming album and follow the simultaneous music video releases of hit single “neon,” which features Korean-American rapper Peniel of K-pop boy group BtoB in the English-language version. In contrast, the Mandarin-language version features Chinese-born rapper Blow Fever.
The Mandarin version of the “blue” music video showcases Liu playing with a lighter while sitting alone in a dark, graffiti-covered room. With flickering lights in the background, Liu sings as she breaks objects and pours herself another glass of alcohol. The gritty atmosphere adds to the melancholy meaning behind the lyrics. Midway, Liu is joined by MaSiWei as they continue to sing along to the melody. The one-shot production of this video mimics the emotional spiral one feels after experiencing heartbreak.
“vegas,” a catchy love ballad infused with synth-pop beats that keeps the music fresh and relevant, is a departure from Liu’s latest playful and colourful single, “neon.” Throughout the music video, Liu is captured driving through the desert, on the balcony of her hotel room, and prancing around the Las Vegas strip in a compilation of home video-style sequences. With an intimate look into Liu’s world, listeners can connect with the message of the song. Despite the differences in style, “vegas” still stays true to Liu’s rhythmic, pop sound and showcases her ability to appeal to execute various music styles flawlessly.
MaSiWei is a Chinese-born rapper who rose to fame in 2016 with the debut of the Chinese hip-hop group Higher Brothers. Since their debut, the group has received international success, appearing in commercials for Beats by Dre and toured multiple continents. At the start of 2020, MaSiWei released his first solo project “Prince Charming” and most recently released his second solo studio album “Dark Horse.”
After cementing her star power in South Korea as a member of the record-breaking electro- pop-based K-pop girl group f(x), Amber returned to her native California for much of 2018. The move signalled a crossover into new audiences and solo success, with fans and critics raving about her solo body of work. She soon signed with US management company Steel Wool Entertainment and United Talent Agency for US booking before leaving Korea-based SM Entertainment.
Just last year, her EP “X” was released, and she went on to perform on two back-to-back North American national tours, with the most recent being a 24-city tour in early 2020 with rising artists Justin Park, Meg & Dia and Justice Carradine. The megastar kept busy last year outside of music with visual language learning app, Drops, tapping her to teach Korean to K-pop fans and hosted her show, “I’ll Ask The Stupid Questions,” as an original program with international mobile streaming service, Ficto.
Earlier this year, Liu was not slowing down with her international projects when she joined the fourth season of the famous national Chinese TV survival reality series, “CHUANG 2021.” As a mentor, she offers her knowledge of what it takes to be an internationally acclaimed pop idol. The show forms their new Chinese 11-member boy group from 90 contestants who compete to debut into the global market. As a singer-songwriter, she has multiple credits on f(x) hits such as “Goodbye Summer” and her solo hit “Shake That Brass,” which she performed on the “CHUANG 2021” most recently to rave reviews.
ABOUT AMBER LIU
A California native, Amber Liu, was discovered at the age of 15 at SM Entertainment’s global auditions in Los Angeles. Following a move to South Korea, she debuted in 2009 as a member of the female group f(x). The record-breaking electro-pop-based K-pop group quickly became one of the industry’s most popular and award-winning. In 2013, the group became the first K-pop act to perform at SXSW, with the New York Times’s Jon Pareles calling their performance “impeccable.”
f(x) ‘s 2013 album ‘Pink Tape’ was called “one of the best Asian pop albums of all-time,” by Pitchfork and charted #1 on Billboards K-Pop Hot 100 and World Album charts. In 2015, Amber’s first solo release, the critically acclaimed album “Beautiful,” debuted at #2 on Billboard’s World Albums chart.
The title track’s music video released the same day, garnering more than 1 million YouTube views on its first day of release. She has also made a career on television and film, hosting travel and variety shows in South Korea and starring in the American indie film The Eagle and the Albatross.
Praised by the New York Times as the leader of the Higher Brothers, China’s breakthrough hip-hop group, and one of China’s leading rap figures, MaSiWei has released four high-calibre solo mixtapes since his debut at the age of 21, “PEI VOL.1”, “PEI VOL.2”, “PEI VOL.3″ and” AFewGoodKids,” one Higher Brothers mixtape “Higher Brothers,” two full albums with the Higher Brothers “Black Cab” and “Five Stars.”
With “Made in China,” “WeChat,” and several other singles, MaSiWei has repeatedly created a global craze with more than 250 million music streams in total. Starting from the release of their first official album, “Black Cab” with the Higher Brothers in 2017, they have had sold-out tours at home and abroad.
Their single “Lover Boy 88” with Phum Viphurit and KnowKnow became a summer love song phenomenon. After their “Five Stars” album with outstanding hip-hop artists including ScHoolboy Q, Denzel Curry, Soulja Boy, JID became a global hit.
In 2019, the Higher Brothers released the single “Friends and Foes” with Snoop Dogg, and it made them the first Chinese rapper to create the theme song for an American drama with western rappers. With the release of Higher Brothers hit album “Prince Charming” in 2020 and his second solo album “Dark Horse” in 2021, MaSiWei has travelled the world with his music. As part of the Higher Brothers, he is one of the few representatives of Chinese rap in the Western music scene.