Aside from being big summer blockbusters, one other thing that Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts have in common is their Singapore connection.
That connection is found in their Mandarin theme songs, which were written by singer-songwriter and producer Hubert Ng, composer, lyricist, producer, and mixing engineer Max Lee, and songwriter, producer, arranger, and vocalist Pang Jia Cheng alongside Malaysia's Khoo Jin Han. The tracks are attached to theatrical versions of the films in Mainland China.
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While international versions of Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse feature an original soundtrack from American producer Metro Boomin, the Chinese version of the animated film comes with an exclusive track titled '纵横宇宙 (Zong Heng Yu Zhou)'. Featuring vocals from Chinese singer Lu Han, who was formerly from the K-pop group EXO, the number climbed to the top spot on QQ Music's 飙升榜 chart on 30 May.
Performed by rapper GAI周延, '比肩而战 (Bi Jian Er Zhan)' accompanies the Chinese release of the seventh film in Hollywood's live-action Transformers film series. Besides writing the song, Ng — the founder of local media agency Bertyverse — and Lee also produced and provided backing vocals for it respectively.
The two tracks are the latest additions to Bertyverse's impressive portfolio, which also includes collaborations with K-pop outfit XODIAC, Avex Trax's Japanese group lol, and Chinese boy group DREAM4.