Phoenix Legend

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Phoenix Legend
Origin Inner Mongolia and Hunan, China
Genres Chinese popular music
Members Yang Wei Ling Hua (杨魏玲花)
Zeng Yi (曾毅)

Phoenix Legend (simplified Chinese: 凤凰传奇; traditional Chinese: 鳳凰傳奇; pinyin: Fènghuáng Chuánqí) is a Chinese popular music duo, consisting of female vocalist Yangwei Linghua (杨魏玲花) and male rapper Zeng Yi (曾毅).

Their music blends folk music with rap and hip hop elements and has a wide appeal with fans all over. In May 2012 Phoenix Legend was reported in the China Daily as having sold more than 6 million albums in China since 2005, and 10 songs from four of their albums have recorded one billion online hits.[1]

Their song "On the Moon" (Chinese: 月亮之上; pinyin: Yuèliàng Zhī Shàng) brought them national attention after they performed it on the television show Star Boulevard.

Their song "Fly Freely" (自由飞翔) has also been placing high on Chinese download charts.

In 2009 the duo had a major hit song entitled The Most Dazzling Folk Style (最炫民族风) (also translated as the Hottest Ethnic Trend). This song has been downloaded more than 100 million times through cell phones and websites in China. The same year they joined the Art Troupe of the Second Artillery Corps, with the duty of entertaining soldiers in the People's Liberation Army's nuclear weapons units.[2]

In 1999 the duo first formed a group called Cool Fire, singing mostly Korean and American pop songs. Songwriter He Muyang heard Ling's voice on TV in 2003 and rewrote Above the Moonlight, a sentimental song he wrote in 1999 for the duo. In 2004, the group signed a contract with Peacock Bluehead and the song became a hit in 2005, after the group toured more than 20 universities in China.

Songwriter Zhang Chao has also written three popular songs for the group, including The Most Dazzling Folk Style and Moon Over the Lotus Pond.

The duo has also been gaining recognition outside China. The Most Dazzling Folk Style (最炫民族风) was used by cheerleaders during a NBA Houston Rockets game in April 2012 and also become an internet sensation after being remixed and re-edited by fans.

Ling's husband Xu Mingchao (徐明朝) is in charge of promoting the duo's songs.

Discography[edit]

  • April 15, 2005—Above the Moon (月亮之上)
  • July 7, 2007—Good Fortune As You So Desire (吉祥如意)
  • May 27, 2009—Most Dazzling Folk Style (最炫民族风)
  • June 22, 2010—Moonlight over the Lotus Pond (荷塘月色)
  • August 31, 2012—China's tastes (中国味道)

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