The ending theme song of When Heaven Burns <天與地>, Young Ignorance <年少無知> performed by Bowie Lam ( 林保怡), Moses Chan (陳豪), and Kenny Wong (黃德斌), climbed onto the Jade Solid Gold music charts in January. The unprecedented popularity of the song exceeded expectations and caused Bowie’s exposure to soar through the roof! When Heaven Burns was considered to be a miraculous drama, exciting passionate discussions in Hong Kong. May the classic lines and Rock and Roll never die! TVB deferred to public pressure and even uploaded 29 episodes of the drama online to allow for free viewing!
Bowie, Moses, and Kenny’s hit single, Young Ignorance, captured the imagination of the public. One of the lyrics lines, “If we can choose our destiny” bespoke of everyone’s thoughts. Although the song was a huge winner in online awards, TVB unfortunately did not place the song in high regard. The song did not win any music awards at the 2011 Jade Solid Gold Music Awards. A netizen complained angrily that Bowie, Moses, and Kenny’s song should have received a “Golden Melody Award” instead of Raymond Lam’s (林峰) Chok song!
Although the ending theme song of When Heaven Burns was neglected at the year-end JSG Music Awards, it entered the top 5 spots in the latest JSG Music charts in its first week! Normally, the JSG Music Charts only featured songs by TVB’s contracted artists. Since Bowie Lam was a free agent, it was thus shocking to see his song on the JSG Music Charts.
The producer of the JSG music program, Mak Chun Tung (麥鎮東), acknowledged that this violated normal guidelines and thus, will only allow the song to remain on the charts for 1 week. Mr. Mak said, “Everyone, please do not be so sensitive! The [music video] was prepared three weeks ago, to help promote the series.” (When Heaven Burns already finished airing!) “Yes, we realize that the efforts are late!”
In fact, Bowie, Moses and Kenny’s song entered the top 20 spots on the Chik Chak Music Charts last month, proving that TVB was indeed slow as pork oil, which was typical of their normal responses!
Regarding TVB’s unprecedented allowance in featuring Young Ignorance on the JSG music program, Bowie said sarcastically, “I should say thank thank you!” He noted, “I do not know from which village the law came from! That proves that a slight change has taken place, which is a good thing!” (They said that they wanted to help promote When Heaven Burns!) “The drama has finished airing; they are still promoting?! Everyone has calculated when it will finish airing.”
Although signing a contract with Toyotomi Performing Arts Company, Bowie still possessed the ability to film TVB dramas. Asked whether he will participate in War and Beauty 2 <金枝慾孽II>, Bowie said that Virginia Lok (樂易玲) had invited him to film the drama upon which he had reserved space on his filming schedule. However, no one followed up afterward, thus Bowie will ignore the matter.
The Final Victory of Public Pressure
Considered to be a groundbreaking drama, When Heaven Burns was produced by Jonathan Chik (戚其義) and written by Zhou Xuming (周旭明). Although the series failed to attract the housewife audience and suffered bad ratings, When Heaven Burns generated hot discussions. Due to cannibalistic and arcane political themes, When Heaven Burns was banned in mainland China. who were suspected of political metaphors block. With the access closed, netizens bonded their strength together, thus boosting the ratings of the finale episode. The online world also highly praised the drama. Although When Heaven Burns has finished airing, the dialogue and classic scenes were still savored by the audience. Due to public pressure, TVB made an exception and allowed viewers to watch the entire 29 episodes of When Heaven Burns on the myTV website.
Source: Oriental Daily
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