When a scholarship student is accepted to an elite graduate school program, she encounters a world run by good-looking, rich boys that she has never experienced before. Zoey Taylor (Dawn Morrow) is a talented dancer from a middle-class family who receives a full scholarship to attend the exclusive Ellison University, a school catering to the rich and famous. There, she meets Liam Montgomery (Joseph Almani) and his entourage of wealthy, good-looking friends, known as the F4, who rule the school by fear and coercion. Despite her best efforts to steer clear of the F4, Zoey finds herself entangled with the bad boys in unexpected ways. Can she survive her new school environment?
Boys Before Friends, also known as "Between Boys and Friends", is the highly anticipated American remake of the popular Japanese manga "Hana Yori Dango", which spawned "Boys Over Flowers" starring Lee Min Ho in Korea, Meteor Garden (Taiwan) and similar remakes in other Asian countries. To make the series more accessible to American audiences, the storyline moves from a high school to a very exclusive graduate school and features a much more multiracial cast.
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Friends is the 14th studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on June 24, 1968 through Capitol Records. The album is characterized for its calm and peaceful atmosphere, which contrasted the prevailing music trends of the time, and for its brevity, with five of its 12 tracks running less than two minutes long. It sold poorly, peaking at number 126 on the US Billboard charts, the group's lowest US chart performance to date, although it reached number 13 in the UK. Fans generally regard the album as one of the band's finest. As with their two previous albums, Friends was recorded primarily at Brian Wilson's home studio with a lo-fi production style. The album's sessions lasted from February to April 1968 at a time when the band's finances were rapidly diminishing. It was written, performed, or produced mainly by brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson with Al Jardine. Some of the songs were inspired by the group's recent involvement with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his Transcendental Meditation practice. It was the third consecutive album to credit “the Beach Boys” as producer instead of Brian, and the first to feature songs from Dennis. One single was issued from the album: “Friends”, a waltz that reached number 47 in the US and number 25 in the UK. Its B-side was the Dennis co-write “Little Bird”. In May, the group scheduled a national tour with the Maharishi, but it was canceled after five shows due to low ticket sales and the Maharishi's subsequent withdrawal. To recuperate from the album's poor sales, the band quickly released the standalone single “Do It Again”. The song was a self-conscious throwback to the group's early surf songs, and the first time they had embraced the subject matter since 1964. It reached the US top twenty and became their second number one hit in the UK. Friends was the last LP in which Brian was credited on most of the tracks until 1977's The Beach Boys Love You. According to a Mojo retrospective, the group's remaining fanbase reacted to Friends with the abandonment of “any hope that Brian Wilson would deliver a true successor to his 1966 masterwork”, Pet Sounds. Despite the failure of the Maharishi tour, the band remained ardent supporters of him and his teachings. Dennis contributed more songs on later Beach Boys albums, eventually culminating in a solo record, 1977's Pacific Ocean Blue.
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Friends was recorded primarily at Brian Wilson's home studio in Bel Air from late February to early April 1968. In author Jon Stebbins' description, the album “reflects the peaceful and quietly centered aura” that the band had gained from their introduction to Transcendental Meditation. Bruce Johnston described the album as a conscious attempt to make something “really subtle ... that wasn't concerned with radio”. Retrospectively, the album may be viewed as the final installment in a consecutive three-part series of lo-fi Beach Boys albums. Columnist Joel Goldenburg believes the lightly produced album was the closest the group ever came to sunshine pop, a genre they had influenced but never fully embraced. It was the first Beach Boys album not to consistently have Brian as primary composer, the first to feature significant songwriting contributions from other group members, and the first released in true stereo. The album was written, performed, or produced mainly by the Wilson brothers with what Stebbins terms “a strong assist” from Al Jardine. Jardine remembered how he still “felt that [Brian] had a lot to offer. ... We wrote [most of the Friends music] at his house right under that beautiful stained glass Wild Honey cover window.” The few tracks where Brian served as primary author contained his usual composing trademarks, such as unexpected harmonic changes, descending stepwise progressions, and unusually structured musical phrases. The LP has a relatively short length; only two of its 12 tracks last longer than three minutes, and five run short of two minutes. Stephen Desper was recruited as the band's recording engineer, a role he would keep until 1972. Session musicians were used more than on Smiley Smile and Wild Honey, but in smaller configurations than on the Beach Boys' records from 1962 through 1966. Subject matter ranges from Transcendental Meditation to bearing children and “doin' nothin'”. Rolling Stone's Jim Miller characterized Friends as a “return to Smiley's dryness, minus the weirdness”. Musicologist Daniel Harrison said Miller's observation was only true of “Meant for You”, and that the remaining songs “have few of the formal or harmonic quirks of the earlier album, though there is no lack of clever and interesting effects, such as the bass harmonica line in 'Passing By' or the repetitive monophonic organ line in the break of 'Be Here in the Morning.'” The group's influences, according to rock critic Gene Sculatti, seemed to derive “primarily from Pet Sounds, Smiley Smile, Wild Honey, and little else. The characteristic innocence and somewhat childlike visions imparted to their music are applied directly to the theme of the album: friendships. As usual, the lyrics tend to be basic, yet as expressive as they need to be; words, like individual voices or instruments, are all part of the larger whole of music”. From February 29 to March 13, the band tracked “Little Bird”, “Be Here in the Mornin'”, and “Friends”. After Love returned from his retreat, they began recording “When a Man Needs a Woman”, “Passing By”, “Busy Doin' Nothin'”, “Wake the World”, “Meant for You”, “Anna Lee, the Healer”, and “Be Still”. Sessions concluded with “Transcendental Meditation” on April 13. Leftover tracks from the sessions include “Untitled #1”, “Our Happy Home”, “New Song” (unofficially known as “Spanish Guitar”), “You're As Cool As Can Be”, a cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's “My Little Red Book” and an early version of “All I Wanna Do”. “Our Happy Home” was described by music journalist Brian Chidester as “a short, bouncy riff that maintains the gentle air of the Friends sessions”. “New Song” contains a melody that was recycled for “Transcendental Meditation”. “You're As Cool As Can Be” is an instrumental of unknown authorship that features an upbeat piano melody played by Brian. “All I Wanna Do” was later reworked for their 1970 album Sunflower.