After Taiwanese veteran singer Fei Yu-ching retired from showbiz late last year, the popularity of his classic song “Yi Jian Mei,” literally “a twig of plum blossoms,” has surged worldwide in recent months. The 1983 hit even won the top spot on Spotify in Norway and New Zealand and the second spot in Finland and Sweden.
It all started with a video, as Chinese entertainer Zhang Aiqin, nicknamed “Egg Brother,” posted a clip of him singing the chorus of the song. After the clip was reposted to major social media, the song has gone viral on the Internet as foreign netizens try to sing the Chinese lyrics “xue hua piao piao, bei feng xiao xiao,” which literally means: the snowflakes are falling and the north wind is blowing.
Fei’s manager responded that the 65-year-old singer was surprised about this, saying Fei has felt blessed before and after retirement but has no plan to stage a comeback, despite the global sensation.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. plum blossom phr. 梅花 (mei2 hua1)
2. chorus n. 副歌、合唱 (fu4 ge1, he2 chang4)
3. go viral phr. 爆 (bao4 hong2)
4. lyric n. 歌詞 (ge1 ci2)
5. snowflake n. 雪花 (xue3 hua1)
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