TFBOYS (aka The Fighting Boys — how the heck do these Chinese entertainment companies come up with these kind of “creative” names?? Well, at least it’s still better than HIT-5’s name >.>) is probably the youngest idol group debuted up to date in the mainland Chinese entertainment market. The boys are born in the new millennium and before their debut, they have trained since they were at the age of five or six. Contrary to the popular belief that this idol group is a replica of the popular K-pop idol group, EXO, this group is actually a tribute to the popular Taiwanese idol group of the late 80s to the mid 90s, Xiao Hu Dui. Actually, I don’t really get this whole “fandom war” going on amongst the Chinese EXO and TFBoys fans because the two groups have totally different concepts. Also, I’m not sure if it’s the fan war with the EXO fans that caused it or just because of TFBoys’ concept (ie. some people see them as the Chinese version of One Direction or Justin Bieber…but this perspective pretty much could be applied to any male idol groups of the East-Asian countries) , but this idol group has quite a bit anti-fans. Usually, the anti-fans situation is more common amongst female idol groups (because in the eyes of obsessed fan girls, these female idols are vixens trying to seduce their oppas). Unfortunately, these boys’ fans are usually young and naive enough to take the troll baits and thus, the fandom war continues. Other than the anti-fans, they have quite a squeaky-clean image (well, they should at this age — I’d be worried if they didn’t @_@).
Like many of the noona clover fans out there , besides the potential danger of being labelled as a “pedobear” (even though we’re not — seriously!! @@), I think it’s quite heart-warming and strangely satisfying to watch over these boys as they grow up each year, making better and better achievements in the entertainment industry without losing their boyish innocence. I’m also glad that their managing company is concerned about their school and personal life (such as the need to give them space to grow up, more or less, like normal teenage boys) and so most of their activities takes place during the summer break. During school days, they are obligated to study well and like always, be good role models to the younger kids. It’s no wonder their fan base is growing at an exponential rate each year since their debut. Well, to be fair, the growth rate of their fan base has much to do with their management company taking advantage of social media tools such as YouTube, Facebook, and etc.
As these boys are in still in puberty, voice changing and difficult in vocal control are inevitable. However, I think with even these factors taken into account, they are doing pretty well. For example, the following are just some of their individual performance showcasing their vocal ability (all are cover songs):
A song that he sang, dedicated to his baby brother.
Ugh…YouTube removed these videos. Go YouTube for his solos, clovers!
Now, for some group activities (the group’s own songs):
1) The main of their 2014 (second) mini-album. The title is roughly translated as “The Youth Manual”.
2) Part of their 2014 mini-album as well, called “Lucky Symbol”.
3) Their debut song, I believe, “Heart”.
4) Part of their first mini-album “Love, Go”.
5) Their 2015 New Year performance. This would give an indication of their stage performance up to date. They did a few performances in this video.
As a noona fan, unfortunately I would have to wait until they mature a bit in order to for them to have a more mature musical concept (aka not nursery rhymes).