Lollipop (Taiwanese Group)

:"This article is about the Taiwanese Mandopop group. For other uses of the term "Lollipop", see Lollipop (disambiguation)."Infobox Chinese-language singer and actor
name = Lollipop



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occupation = Singers, actors, show hosts
genre = Mandopop
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label = Gold Typhoon (EMI Music)
yearsactive = 2006–present
currentmembers = Owodog
Lil Jay
Prince
Fabien
William
A-Wei
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Lollipop is a Taiwanese Mandopop boyband signed under EMI Music, Taiwan. The group consists of six members, all chosen from [Channel V|Channel [V] Taiwan's show 模范棒棒堂 ("Bang Bang Tang", or "BBT"), a show which sought to create new male artists in the entertainment business of Taiwan. In addition to appearing in "Bang Bang Tang" regularly until September 2008, they debuted as show hosts with "Lollipop! Gyashan" (LOLLIPOP! 哪裡怕) of [Channel V|Channel [V] .

Lollipop signed with EMI Capitol Taiwan on December 2, 2006 and released their first solo EP in January 2007. With Gold Label Records' acquisition of EMI Music Taiwan, Lollipop is now signed under the label Gold Typhoon. [cite web|title=The Liberty Times|url=http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2008/new/aug/4/today-show5.htm鄭東漢砸上億港幣 買下EMI] The sextet currently live together in an apartment rented to them by "BBT" show host Fan Fan in Taipei, having moved several times since their debut. [cite web|title=HiNet News|url=http://wastimes.hinet.net/times/article.html?newsid=1477401棒棒堂摸黑搬家 甩不掉跟蹤粉絲] Under company regulations, they are not allowed to have guests or entertain the fans that sometimes gather outside their apartment. [cite web|title=EMI Music Taiwan|url=http://www.emimusic.com.tw/news/view/57] On occasion their neighbours have had to seek the police's help in dispersing the fans. [cite web|title=EMI Music Taiwan|url=http://www.emimusic.com.tw/news/view/686]


=Members [cite web|title=Yahoo! Taiwan Music|url=http://tw.music.yahoo.com/hot/album/artist.html?id=xUu1msATuzypJ5n0005a008JOfficial bios provided by Yahoo! Taiwan] =

Owodog

Stage Name: zh-cp|c=敖犬|p=Áo Quǎn
Real Name: zh-cp|c=莊濠全|p=Zhuāng Háo Quán
Height: 177cm
Birthdate: birth date and age|1982|10|30
Weight: 62kg
Blood type: O

Prince

Stage Name: zh-cp|c=王子|p=Wáng Zǐ
Real Name: zh-cp|c=邱勝翊|p=Qiū Shèng Yì
Height: 173cm
Birthdate: birth date and age|1989|4|14
Weight: 53kg
Blood type: O

LilJay/Brian

Stage Name: zh-cp|c=小傑|p=Xiǎo Jié
Real Name: zh-cp|c=廖俊傑|p=Liào Jùn Jié
Height: 174cm
Birthdate: birth date and age|1986|9|25
Weight: 60.6kg
Blood type: A

Fabien

Stage Name: zh-cp|c=小煜|p=Xiǎo Yù
Real Name: zh-cp|c=楊奇煜|p=Yáng Qí Yù
Height: 172cm
Birthdate: birth date and age|1985|7|5
Weight: 60kg
Blood type: AB

William

Stage Name: zh-cp|c=威廉|p=Wēi Lián
Real Name: zh-cp|c=廖亦崟|p=Liào Yì Yín
Height: 176cm
Birthdate: birth date and age|1985|10|7
Weight: 67kg
Blood type: O

A-Wei

Stage Name: zh-cp|c=阿緯|p=Ā Wěi
Real Name: zh-cp|c=劉俊緯|p=Liú Jùn Wěi
Height: 168cm
Birthdate: birth date and age|1985|10|15
Weight: 60kg
Blood type: Unknown

History

Background

Owodog, Liljay and A-Wei are members of Taiwanese breakdance group Black Angle Crew. [cite web|title=Black Angle Crew|url=http://www.bac.url.tw/index2.htmlBlack Angle Crew's official site.] Shortly after Owodog and Liljay joined "Bang Bang Tang", the crew peformed at 我愛黑澀會, the female version of "BBT" that debuted a year earlier on Channel V. [cite episode
title = 強辯樂團 黑角舞團來踢館
episodelink =
series = 我愛黑澀會
serieslink =
airdate = 2006-09-26
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number =
]

In 2006, Owodog, Prince, Liljay, and Fabien became among the first group of boys to be selected into "Bang Bang Tang" through recommendations and auditions held across Taiwan, the processes of which were shown in the show's first three episodes. [cite episode
title = 男孩徵選北區特集
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2006-08-14
season = 1
number = 1
] [cite episode
title = 男孩徵選中區特集
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2006-08-15
season = 1
number = 2
] [cite episode
title = 男孩徵選南區特集
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2006-08-16
season = 1
number = 3
] They are among the first 20 members of the show, as it officially debuted on August 17, 2006. [cite episode
title = 棒棒堂男孩私密珍藏(上)
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2006-08-17
season = 1
number = 4
] William and A-Wei made their first appearances on "BBT" on the October 13, 2006 episode as part of their auditions during the first round of new selections into "BBT" and were selected to become members of the show. [cite episode
title = 新生徵選會(下)
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2006-10-13
season = 1
number = 45
]

The formation of Lollipop

On November 27, 2006, the episode in which the six members of the group were selected and revealed was aired. [cite episode
title = 邁向演藝聖堂 棒棒堂六男確定!!
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2006-11-27
season = 1
number = 76
] The order in which the members were announced is as follows: Liljay, Prince, Owodog, Fabien, William, and A-Wei. Notably, William and A-Wei's inclusion in the group was determined only moments before the announcements were filmed. The members signed a contract to Channel V, and Dora Ao became their agent. The group, named Lollipop, then officially signed a contract with EMI Capitol on December 2, 2006. Owodog, being the leader in "BBT", was named the group leader as well.

Lollipop first EP "Colorful Lollipop" was released on January 26, 2007, with six different covers, each featuring a member of the group. Four months later, on May 25, a second EP titled "Summer's First Experience" was released along with a photobook compiled with photos taken in Okinawa, as well as a DVD. [cite web|title=EMI Music Taiwan|url=http://www.emimusic.com.tw/news/view/682] Lyrics were written by Liljay and Prince for the song "Summer's First Experience."

Acting and hosting debut

During the summer of 2007, Lollipop made their acting debut in the drama "Brown Sugar Macchiato", a collaboration with Hey Girl. Because of the large number of main characters, fifteen in total, and the many obligations both groups had apart from the drama, the original director quitted after directing five episodes. [cite web|title=Showbiz@China Times|url=http://showbiz.chinatimes.com/Chinatimes/ExteriorContent/Showbiz/Showbiz-Page/0,4434,content+110511+112007062200316,00.html棒棒堂、黑澀會外務多 黑糖瑪奇朵導演氣跑了] Nevertheless, the first episode was aired in Taiwan on July 15, 2007. Later, Lollipop admits on Kangxi Lai Le that the drama had been more of an introduction of the two groups instead of a major acting challenge, as the members were told to act like themselves, and that many subplots were explained only briefly due to the large number of main characters. [cite episode
title = 棒棒堂怎麼可能紅到香港去
episodelink =
series = 康熙來了
serieslink =
airdate = 2007-10-03
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number =
] After thirteen episodes, the drama ended on October 7, 2007. Additionally, an official soundtrack was released with songs from Lollipop and Hey Girl. [cite web|title=EMI Music Taiwan|url=http://www.emimusic.com.tw/music/album/1116]

The same year, Lollipop began hosting their own show "Lollipop Gyashan" (LOLLIPOP哪裡怕) on October 27 until April 19, 2008, when the show stopped airing. [cite episode
title = 小女孩孤單的煩惱
episodelink =
series = LOLLIPOP哪裡怕
serieslink =
airdate = 2007-10-27
season =
number = 1
] [cite episode
title = LOLLIPOP師大夜市大暴走
episodelink =
series = LOLLIPOP哪裡怕
serieslink =
airdate = 2008-04-19
season =
number = 24
]

Official debut album

Their debut album "Gyashan" (zh-cp|c=哪裡怕|p=Nǎli Pà) was released on December 28, 2007. "Gyashan" entered Mandarin charts in the number one position, outselling F4's album "Waiting for You - Await Your Love" (在這裡等你) released the same day. [cite web|title=Taipei Times Online|url=http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2008/01/11/2003396716Album sales (week of December 28th, 2007)] Liljay contributed lyrics to three of the ten songs, cowriting one with Fabien. A solo by Fabien, who composed both the music and lyrics, was recorded as well.

On January 26, 2008, a year after the release of their first EP, they held their debut concert at the Taipei Arena. The concert DVD was released on June 6, 2008, breaking chart records with sales rates of more than 35% [cite web|title=Five Music Online|url=http://www.5music.com.tw/CDTop.asp?top=3&pWeek=200824&sclass=5 Music Taiwan Week 24 chart] . Their DVD has topped the charts for a period of one month since. [cite web|title=G-Music Online|url=http://www.g-music.com.tw/GMusicBillboard6.aspxG-Music Taiwan Week 27 chart] [cite web|title=Five Music Online|url=http://www.5music.com.tw/CDTop.asp?top=3&pWeek=200825&sclass=5 Music Taiwan Week 25 chart]

After "Bang Bang Tang"

Lollipop had been appearing regularly on "Bang Bang Tang" since August 14, 2006. With Channel [V] 's decision to select a new batch of boys and create a second season, Lollipop and most of the other members "graduated" from "Bang Bang Tang" after their last performances as members of the show. [cite episode
title = 畢業升級總評比 (上)
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2008-08-25
season = 1
number = 529
] [cite episode
title = 畢業升級總評比 (中)
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2008-08-26
season = 1
number = 530
] [cite episode
title = 畢業升級總評比 (下)+ 棒棒堂畢業典禮
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2008-08-27
season = 1
number = 531
] Their last official episode aired on August 29, 2008, marking the end of the first season. [cite episode
title = 棒棒堂二軍正選名單公佈 (下)
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2008-08-29
season = 1
number = 533
] In total, they had participated in more than 500 episodes of the show. Since the start of "Bang Bang Tang II", Lollipop has, on several occasions, returned to the show as guests.

In May, earlier the same year, A-Wei, Prince, and Fabien, part of the main cast, began shooting Lollipop's the second drama with members of Hey Girl and "Bang Bang Tang". The drama, called "The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalry", is a wuxia drama set in modern times, which requires the actors and actresses to learn and perform kungfu, sometimes using weapons. Additionally, wire fu and special effects were used upon the cast for qinggong and some fighting scenes. [cite web|title=StarTv.com.tw|url=http://www.startv.com.tw/chs/progmsgdtl.asp?forid=1343&msgid=808&page=2&nouse=336「黑糖群俠傳」功夫偶像劇吊鋼絲讓王子臉色發青 直言收視破十就裸吊] The first episode was released on July 26, 2008 on Star TV Chinese Channel and continues to be aired after the end of the first season of "Bang Bang Tang". Later, Owodog guest starred in the drama, while Liljay and William had minor roles.On October 3, 2008, the original soundtrack was released, the songs of which includes lyric compositions from Liljay and Prince.

After leaving "Bang Bang Tang", William hosts a bikini show called "Wu Di Qing Chun Ke" (無敵青春克) with Taiwanese singer Kenji Wu, while Owodog, Awei, and Liljay host "Na Li Wu Da Kang" (哪裡5打坑) with Hey Girl's Apple and Channel V's VJ Rong Jia.

After talks with Paco Wong, the chairman of Gold Records, Owodog is reportedly going to be starring in a kungfu film with Theresa Fu and a member of The Flowers called 熱血同盟. [cite web|title=Yahoo Movies HK|url=http://hk.movies.yahoo.com/news_detail.html?id=643c24eed29f5badf5ad0e7b0b140b4b敖犬秘密來港傾片約] [cite web|title=881903.com|url=http://www.881903.com/Page/ZH-TW/newsdetail.aspx?ItemId=57939黃柏高:我最偏心吳京!] [cite web|title=The-Sun.on.cc|url=http://the-sun.on.cc/channels/ent/20081010/20081009233232_0000.html傅穎與敖犬親熱恐遭暗殺] The film is set to start filming near the end of Ocotber, 2008 in Beijing. [cite web|title=Yahoo News HK|url=http://hk.news.yahoo.com/article/080914/3/87un.html傅穎被賀軍翔電暈]

Prince and his brother, Mao Di, also a member of "Bang Bang Tang", will be part of the film "Ai Dao Di"(愛到底), which is composed of four short films directed by four different directors. The tentative release date is set on February 14, 2009, Valentine's Day [cite web|title=Sina news|url=http://news.sina.com.tw/article/20080916/838981.html眾星亮相慶祝派對] [cite web|title=Merit Times|url=http://www.merit-times.com.tw/NewsPage.aspx?Unid=97392國片愛到底 4才子合一]

Overseas expansion

Hong Kong

Lollipop visited Hong Kong to promote their television soundtrack Brown Sugar Macchiato on the September 26, 2007. This was their first overseas promotional activity ever since their debut, and a huge fan turnout caused a great commotion at the shopping mall where they were having their meet-and-greet session. [cite web|title=Mingpaoter.com|url=http://www.mingpaotor.com/htm/News/20070927/HK-maa1.htm棒棒堂襲港Fans迫爆7層商場] [cite episode
title = LOLLIPOP香港行特別企劃
episodelink =
series = 模范棒棒堂
serieslink =
airdate = 2006-10-17
season = 1
number = 308
] Lollipop returned to Hong Kong on Christmas to promote their debut album [cite web|title=EMI Music Taiwan|url=http://www.emimusic.com.tw/news/view/944] . On February 1, 2008 they traveled Hong Kong for the third time to guest star in the Cantonese movie "Truth or Dare: 6th Floor Rear Flat 2", and on the 23rd of the same month, performed at Show Luo's concert as guests. On June 1, 2008, the group also participated in a fundraising concert for the Sichuan Earthquake. [cite web|title=Artistes512.com|url=http://www.artistes512.com/layers/newsList of participating performers]

Mainland China

Lollipop visited Mainland China on the March 23, 2008, to promote their debut album. With over 3000 fans, the autograph session was canceled due to safety reasons, as the situation grew out of control. Thus, fans were able to catch only a few glimpses of the group. Nevertheless, Lollipop stayed at the venue and finished signing each album in a separate room. [cite web|title=Channel V|url=http://www.startv.com.tw/chv/msgdtl.asp?msgid=751&page=&nouse=531 棒棒堂挺進內地獻上「第一次」 專輯剛上市馬上缺貨3000粉絲見面會熱情暴動]

ingapore

Lollipop traveled to Singapore on the June 12, 2008, to promote their concert DVD. There was only one autograph session held at a bar in Clarke Quay; thus, the organisers had to give out tickets to limit the amount of fans entering. However, due to the massive fan turnout on the day of the event, there were still more than 100 ticket holders who were banned from entering as the number of people exceeded the estimated amount. Additionally, there were more than 200 fans without tickets waiting outside the bar.

Discography

Albums

Original soundtracks

Dramas

"*Indicates concerts where Lollipop was one of many groups and singers who participated."

Endorsements

Awards

References

External links

*zh icon [http://www.gold-typhoon.com.tw/artist/info/534 Official site by Gold Typhoon]
*zh icon [http://lollipop.woo.com.tw/lollipop/index.html Official Site by Channel V]


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