Million hits for boy band
Following the launch of the nine-girl Canto-pop group Cookies, a nine-boy band, Aunties, was born recently.
Aunties are the brainchild of the video-making group UMovie.net. They made their debut appearance at a variety show organised by the group at the Jockey Club Auditorium of Polytechnic University last Saturday night.
'Aunties are so popular! We're really surprised!' one of the founders of the video group, Buffet, said.
Featuring band performances, video clip screenings and award presentations, the variety show aimed to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Web site (UMovie.net) - which was launched on February 14 last year. The evening also celebrated the Web site getting more than one million hits within 18 months.
As well as releasing the Aunties' music video - a take-off of Cookies' Sum Gap Yan Sheung, the nine 'actors' who played the Aunties wore white shirts, dancing and singing on the stage. Everyone burst into laughter and cheered and clapped the nine performers.
Famous local comedy director Lee Lik-chee was a special guest at the show and presented some of the awards.
Buffet said the response from the audience went beyond all expectations. 'It's a dream! I never thought the response would be that good.'
The original plan was to hold the show at a 250-seat venue, but as the response was so good it was moved to a venue that could accommodate 1,000 people, Buffet said.
The Web site and the group, which was started by three PolyU students, gained popularity through their fans watching their funny shorts and forwarding the Web site via e-mail. The hit rate of the site has increased from a few hundred a day to 10,000.
In fact, the Web site's hit rate has grown so much that there have been technical problems, so the server sponsor has stopped sponsoring the boy band.
'We're now negotiating with other server providers,' Buffet said. 'If, in the worst case, we can't find another company to sponsor us, we'll have to pay for the server fee which is about $3,000 a month.'
The band members are seeking new sponsors through their Web site.