TFBoys (or The Fighting Boys) is a mega-hitting boyband that has captured the hearts of the nation. The band launched 2013, when the three members were about 13 years old.
Notable for their very broad fan base, they’re equally adored by young kids, high schoolers, and – famously – middle-aged women, who seem to have developed a real mother instinct for them.
The music has been described as bubble gum pop, with energetic beats and positive messages about how to believe in yourself and deal with being young – their greatest hit is called “Manual of Youth”.
Their fame is often attributed to their image of cuteness, and they sing, dance, act in films, and participate variety shows all over Chinese TV, including of course the prestigious New Year Gala.
Now, as they’re soon off to college, some media complain that they’re not that cute anymore. Aw.
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