What do you get when you cross K-pop with Mandopop? Why, you get Bii, of course. The Taiwanese-Korean popstar sprang loads of surprises, just as he promised, during his first overseas concert – Bii My Love Live In Malaysia 2015 – held at Stadium Negara last Saturday night.
He showed off his linguistic ability by singing in four languages, did a spot of sexy dancing, collaborated with all his labelmates in various musical genres from rock to pop, played the guitar, and even wrote a brand new song for his fans at the show.
Opening his show in a white outfit with a gold jacket, Bii emerged with the greeting “Annyeong Haseyo” (Hello in Korean), looking every inch the dashing prince of pop that Asian music fans have come to love.
After playfully declaring that he was gifted in languages, Bii proceeded to prove it by rocking it out in four languages: Mandarin, English, Korean and Japanese.
Songs included his own Bellucia, Justin Timberlake’s Like I Love You, Bruno Mars’ When I Was Your Man, South Korean indie rock band The Breeze’s Mweo-ra-hal-gga (How Do I Say This?), and Japanese rock band One OK Rock’s Wherever You Are.
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter, who made his debut in mid-2010, had to take a hiatus to fulfill his mandatory military service in Taiwan from 2011 to 2012.
Although he has barely clocked three years in the industry since that ended, he has already managed to released three albums (his latest being Action Bii), and stage an overseas solo concert.
Also known to Chinese-speaking fans as Bi Shu Jin, Bii’s Korean name is Pil Seo Jin.
A casual jam session with Taiwanese band Lao Ding led to a selection of his easy listening Mandopop hits like I Wanna Say, By My Side, Wo Men Zai Ai Zhong Man Bu (Strolling In The Path Of Love), and Wo Ai Ni Bu Hui Gai Bian (My Love For You Will Never Change).
In return for all the love from his fans in Malaysia, Bii composed a brand new song in his native Korean titled B-A-B-Y, complete with cute dance steps.
And, in true K-pop fashion, Bii cooed to his supporters that the song title was actually an acronym for “Bii Always Be Yours”.
Needless to say, that led to another bout of frenzied screaming from fans, who were out in full force.
Another highlight of the night was when Bii engaged in a spot of flirty dancing during his duet with Miu Chu on Trouble Maker, the award-winning K-pop hit by 4minute’s Hyuna and Beast’s Hyunseung.
Bii also performed with with Malaysia-born Andrew Tan, while Taiwanese idols Ian Chen and Dino Lee delivered a five-song set as they demonstrated their musical prowess on the violin, guitar and grand piano.
Closing the show with their popular English song Everything Changes, the Four Knights of Eagle Music (Bii, Tan, Lee, Chen) took to the stage with fellow labelmates Chu and Lao Ding.
Later re-emerging for an encore, the usually cool singer could barely hold back his tears when fans started to demonstrate their love with handheld banners with the words “Bii Together, Bii Forever” as he crooned Ni Gei Wo De Ai (The Love You Gave Me).
All in all, Bii delivered some 30 songs in the energetic two-and-a-half-hour-long gig, and it was certainly a night to remember as the heartthrob Bii combined K-pop and Mandopop to give his fans the best of both worlds.