[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

[C-Drama] Faye Wong to make a comeback as Goddess of Mercy in Journey to the West?

Channel News Asia

CHINA : After two years of negotiations and preparations, filming will finally commence on Chinese producer Zhang Jizhong’s TV adaptation of the Chinese classic “Journey to the West”.

Spanning 50-episodes, the mega TV series is estimated to cost $100 million to produce, and filming is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

During a recent interview, Zhang indicated that the four main characters – Monkey King, Tripitaka, Pigsy and Sandy – would not be played by big name celebrities but by experienced and established actors.

The interview also further fuelled rumours that Chinese singer Faye Wong was in talks to star as the Goddess of Mercy. When asked if Wong was going to be in his adaptation, Zhang seemed surprised and repeatedly asked, “Who said that?”

Zhang did not deny nor confirm the rumours, saying he has not made a decision although he is definitely considering her for the role.

Zhang also revealed that his adaptation of “Journey to the West” will see several actors playing the many different incarnations of the Goddess of Mercy which includes a bearded male version.

According to sources, the final decision lies with Wong. The 40-year-old singer apparently feels that she personally does not resemble the Goddess of Mercy and is hesitant to accept the role although Zhang feels otherwise.

Considering Wong’s strong Buddhism beliefs and a deep, personal friendship that she shares with Zhang, chances are high that she will agree to play the coveted role.

– CNA/nc

[Cantopop] Faye Wong’s Comeback Ad Released

Faye Wong’s Comeback Ad Released

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

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.

[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.