[C-Pop] A Trip Down Memory Lane

While listening to Jay Chou & Lara’s duet song “Coral Sea”, it suddenly struck me that it’s actually been 10 years since I fell in love with Chinese pop music. Yep, both Cantonese and Mandarin music.

And no, it wasn’t due to the F4 fever.  My fanaticism actually started because of Cantopop Queen, Faye Wong, who made waves in the gaming fandom with the song “Eyes On Me” in Final Fantasy VIII.  After knowing about her Chinese origins, I then ended up listening to her other songs.

Eventually on Friendster (YES, FRIENDSTER. THAT ANCIENT.), there was this particular account that added me as a friend. The name was Jay Chou, which was accompanied by a really cool photo of him in a concert. After some time, more Jay Chou accounts added me (Jay Chou fan groups actually), probably because of the whole Faye Wong thing in my Profile. After that, an account dedicated to Andy Lau also added  me! So I then started to search about Jay Chou and Andy Lau  and the rest is history.

Along the way, I’ve grown to love other Chinese artists, too, such as Twins, Joey Yung, Coco Lee, TANK, Angela Zhang, S.H.E., Wang Lee Hom, Show Luo, Rainie Yang, Della Ding, Jolin Tsai, etc. But let us not forget, of course, my  all-time favourite: Fahrenheit.

Nowadays, I’m not really into the C-Pop fandom as much as I used to. Growing older really does make you deviate from a few things in your childhood. Despite that, I’d still recommend C-Pop to anyone who’s willing to listen to something new. Chinese pop music is BEAUTIFUL.

Let me just take a trip down memory lane with some of my favourite C-Pop songs during my heydays in the fandom.

One song per artist. Not in particular order of love:

1. Bu Liu – Faye Wong

2. Zhi Dui ni You Gan Jue – Fahrenheit

3. Superstar – S.H.E.

4. Baby Dui Bu Qi – Coco Lee

5. Wu Niang – Jolin Tsai

6. Kiss Goodbye – Wang Lee Hom

7. Ye Qu – Jay Chou

8. Li Xiang Qing Ren – Rainie Yang

9. My Pride – Joey Yung

10. Zhuan Shu Tian Qi – TANK

[Cantopop] Faye Wong’s Comeback Ad Released

Faye Wong’s Comeback Ad Released
Crienglish

An advertisement featuring China’s semi-retired pop queen, Faye Wong, was officially released on the internet on Wednesday. The ad is widely speculated to be the mark of her comeback.

Faye Wong is the spokesperson of a new brand of shampoo that is now available for sale at supermarkets throughout Beijing. The bottles of shampoo come with leaflets bearing the ad that features Wong.

A commercial showcasing the brand will be aired on major TV stations across the country beginning May 20th. In the commercial, the 40-year-old pop icon plays an ancient queen, donning a golden robe similar to that of Gong Li’s in the movie “Curse of the Golden Flower,” a spokesperson from the shampoo company says.

Last month, Faye flew to Thailand to shoot the new ad. Renowned stylists including William Chang, Zing and Elaine Wong were responsible in creating her new look.

The songstress is receiving 20 million yuan for the endorsement deal, outweighing Jackie Chan’s payday of 14 million yuan for endorsing a seperate product line for the same company.

[C-Pop] Faye Wong Sings at Buddhist Event

Faye Wong Sings at Buddhist Event
Crienglish

Mando-pop diva Faye Wong sang a buddhist song “Heart Sutra” during a low-key rehearsal for a buddhist ceremony in the Famen Temple in Shaanxi province of northwest China on Friday.

The pop singer, who halted her successful singing career a couple of years ago, will be the only soloist to perform at the buddhist event in the Famen Temple – one of the top buddhist temples in China. The schedule for the concert is not known yet.

Reportedly, Faye Wong took initiative in a application to sing “Heart Sutra” for the event. She arrived at the Famen Temple a few days ago with her routing being a well kept secret.

During her stay at the temple, the singer met with some of the top monks there to share her learning experience of the sutra, according to a report on the local media hsw.cn.

[Cantopop] Computer technician who leaked Edison Chen sex photos found guilty, faces jail time

Computer technician who leaked Edison Chen sex photos found guilty, faces jail time
Channel News Asia

HONG KONG : In Hong Kong, a computer technician who leaked sex pictures of disgraced pop idol Edison Chen with female stars has been found guilty, and faces a maximum of five years in jail.

Sentencing will take place on May 13.

The celebrity sex photo case was the biggest scandal to hit Hong Kong’s entertainment scene last year.

24-year-old Sze Ho Chun appeared in Kowloon City’s magistracy Wednesday, and was found guilty of stealing, copying and distributing about 1,300 photos showing actor Chen having sex with at least half a dozen women, including several Hong Kong starlets.

In his defence, Sze’s lawyer said that his client was being made a scapegoat by those hiding their involvement in the case. In particular, fellow co-worker Chris Tse and shop owner Terry Ip were both accused of being untruthful witnesses.

But Chief Magistrate Tong Man was satisfied with the evidence put forward by prosecutors, adding that jail time was inevitable, in view of the serious breach of trust.

The lewd images that Sze stole became widely circulated on the Web in late January last year, and he was arrested by police in February.

Chen was forced to quit showbiz and fled the country, going into self-exile in Canada.

Female celebrities including Canto-pop star Gillian Chung, actress Cecilia Cheung and singer Bobo Chan have also been keeping a low profile. – CNA /ls

[Mandopop] Jay Chou breaks Asian celebrity endorsement fee record

Jay Chou breaks Asian celebrity endorsement fee record
Yahoo News

The economy is dipping by the day, but artistes’endorsement fees are still soaring. Recently, Faye Wong was reported to have received about S$4million for her endorsement of a shampoo, breaking the Asian celebrity endorsement fee record. Less than a month after Wong set the record, Jay Chou broke it with $6million received for endorsing a motorbike.

The motor vehicle company said they have been discussing the endorsement deal for more than a year, but started working on it only recently.

“Jay Chou is very cautious about what he endorses and will only agree to it after fully understanding the brand,” the company’s spokesperson said.

Within the contracted period of endorsement, the company will invite Chou to design a series of motorbikes in conjunction with the conceptual elements of his songs.

The commercial will be shot in Beijing in mid-May. The company will also be sponsoring Chou’s China concerts.