In a move to spread Olympic and winter sport spirit across the country and to promote its own bid, Beijing’s Olympic committee has released 10 tunes that are certain to be the songs of Winter 2022, highlighted by a performance by pop sensation and all-around Renaissance man Jackie Chan.
What Beijing may lack in snow or winter sports culture, it certainly makes up for in self-promotion. According to the Global Times, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games Bid Committee shifted through a “plethora” of submissions before unveiling the 10 most outstanding yesterday to kick off Olympic Music Week.
The star-studded list of performers includes Singapore’s first celebrity anti-drug ambassador, who recorded the (Olympic) stadium anthem “Wake Up Winter.” Proving himself worthy of his title as dean of his very own arts academy, Chan discussed the song with the media, lecturing that it imparts two messages: spreading world peace through the promotion of Olympic values and stoking the flames of China’s newfound passion for winter sports.
The lyrics were written by veteran Chinese Olympic songwriter Wang Pingjiu, who also worked with Chan on “Welcome to Beijing” in 2008. Chan also recorded the inspiring one-year countdown song to the 2008 Summer Olympics “We Are Ready.” Only thing the guy likes more than Olympics is a good cheek rub.
“Wake Up Winter” was also reportedly part of the soundtrack for the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) visit to Beijing in March, so it’s no wonder they left impressed.
Other performers include: veteran pop singer Sun Nan, young heartthrob Lu Han and solo singer Tan Jing. Most of the other song selections seem to play on themes of cold weather and love. We are partial to Kang Zhuqing’s “Pursuing a Dream of Snow.”
Even before the release of these 10 hits-to-be, Beijing was considered to be the favorite over its only rival Almaty, Kazakhstan. While the joint bid made by Beijing and China’s smog capital Zhangjiakou in Hebei has some worried, it doesn’t seem like small problems like air pollution and a shaky human rights record are of much concern to the IOC. The committee will announce their decision for 2022 host city in July at a session in Malaysia.
Here’s a montage of the 10 chosen songs. Tell us your favorite. We honestly can’t choose.
If the shorts clips aren’t enough, here’s the full song “Wish” performed by Beijing Kang Le Li Elementary School Choir:
And if that somehow is still not enough for you, all of the songs are now available on the official website of the bid committee.
Your move, Almaty!
by Alex Linder
[Images via CRI]