Faye Wong
Hong Kong actor-singer
Faye Wong
Faye Wong is a highly successful and influential Chinese singer-songwriter and actress who is usually referred to as a diva. Early in her career she briefly used the stage name Shirley Wong (王靖雯). Born in Beijing, she moved to Hong Kong in 1987 and rose to stardom in the early 1990s by singing ballads in Cantonese. Since 1995 she has recorded mostly in her native Mandarin, often combining alternative music with mainstream Chinese pop.
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China's smog threatens health of global coal projects
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Fayen Wong SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A choking smog across much of northern China threatens not just the health of local residents, but also of major coal projects globally that are still on the drawing board. With China's coal demand the primary driver for a slew of mine investments over the past decade, this trend could derail a list of capital intensive coal projects from Australia to Indonesia and Mozambique. Even without the environmental drive, new railways from mines to ports, falling investment in coal-fired generation and slowing power demand growth could see China's miners export some of their surplus output at competitive prices, hitting regional miners and the viability of new projects. "China is kicking its coal addiction," said Chen Yafei, vice-director at the China Coal Research Institute.
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China's latest manned spacecraft lands safely after mission: Xinhua
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's latest manned spacecraft landed safely on Wednesday morning after a 15-day mission to an experimental space lab, the country's latest step towards the development of a space station, the official Xinhua news agency said. The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft was launched on June 11 with three astronauts onboard from a remote site in the Gobi desert in China's far west. (Reporting by Lu Jianxin and Fayen Wong; Editing by Michael Perry)
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Quora: Which Next-Gen Console Will You Buy?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Faye Wang, I didn't want to answer this question until I saw the Xbox one and PS4 myself. Last week, I got to try out the Xbox One and PS4 on E3. And I gave some thought after their press conferences, and my choice is: Xbox One Yes, I'm fully aware of all the negative comments about Xbox One, the "always on" feature, the "No used game" restrictions, the "non-game focused" TV features, the "if you don't have internet, stick with Xbox 360" PR nightmare ... Everyone seems eager to mark Xbox One the loser of the next gen console war. But the thing is, I don't buy consoles because I want to make some point, I'm just a normal consumer, and I buy the product that fits my situation and satisfies my needs. And for this reason, I would buy a Xbox One over PS4. Now let's see ... Always on: that won't be a problem, I have really good internet. Unless I'm away on business trip or vacation, I'm always on. No used games: ...
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Quora: How Did Hong Kong Get Its Name?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
This question originally appeared on Quora. By Faye Wang Hong Kong is phonetic translation of the city name 香港 based on Cantonese pronunciation. The name literally means "Spice harbor" or "fragrant harbor." There're a couple of speculations as to why the harbor was named: 1. There's a small stream running through Hong Kong and surrounding area which provides sweet and clear drinking water to the residents. The stream was called "fragrance river" 香江, and Hong Kong received the name as the harbor city. 2. The most possible reason the harbor was named as such probably comes from the fact it has been a major harbor for agarwood, its oil, and resin to be transported from Guang Dong province to northern Chinese provinces. Guang Dong province had always been famous for its agarwood and byproduct. Agarwood has been used in making fragrances, as part of herbal medicine (for internal and external use), added to wine or liquor, or crafted into expensive decoration pieces at home ...
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Iron Ore-China rebar hits 1-1/2 week top; iron ore restocking eyed
Reuters.com - over 4 years
* Iron ore prices on track for biggest monthly drop since Oct * Steel mills may return to market for restocking * Buying expected to be limited to small volumes (Recasts, updates Shanghai rebar price) By Ruby Lian and Fayen Wong SHANGHAI, July 30 (Reuters) - China rebar futures hit their highest in more than a week on Monday, after dropping for the previous three weeks, while iron ore prices will find support as steelmakers stock up on the key raw material following its 2-1/2 y
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图文:天后在汉没闲着看见盗版“hold不住” - 搜狐
Google News - over 5 years
旁边,还印有“faye wong”、“因为爱情”等字样。记者推断,这张图片极可能是一张海报或唱片封面。王菲将盗版照上传微博后,粉丝们纷纷转发,并晒出更多盗版照,连赵薇也来调侃,“哈哈哈,今天看到最可乐的画面!菲常搞笑
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Malaysians are richer than Americans - Sin Chew Jit Poh
Google News - over 5 years
Hugely popular Chinese artiste Faye Wong has recently set a record in Malaysia, with the most expensive ticket for her upcoming concert selling at RM1080. A total of 2000 tickets were sold out within two hours. Malaysian fans can afford a concert
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'All I have is my voice' - China Daily
Google News - over 5 years
Her partnership with Faye Wong, one of Na's best friends, at 1998's CCTV Spring Festival Gala, helped her expand her career in Hong Kong and Taiwan. She became the first singer from the mainland to sign a contract with a Taiwan record company and was
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Weighty expectations - China Daily
Google News - over 5 years
In her limited spare time, Ji enjoys reading and singing karaoke. "Yeah, I like singing. But mostly, I sing only when I am in a room alone. I don't want to scare others," joked Ji, whose favorite singer is Faye Wong
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31 éves Lene Marlin - Hölgyfórum.hu
Google News - over 5 years
... ezer példányban fogyott, ám távol-keleti turnéjának köszönhetően Taiwanon és Kínában nagysikerű koncerteket adott. A lemez ázsiai verzióján egy bonusz szám is helyet kapott: a Still Here a népszerű kínai énekes, Faye Wong egyik dalának feldolgozása
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Funpack song incident disappointed me: Beatrice Chia - AsiaOne
Google News - over 5 years
The showbusiness industry veteran, who counts writing plays and organising concerts for big names like Faye Wong among her talents, said she put all her heart into co-organising NDP 2011. However, the furore over the funpack song wasn't something she
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Inilah Selebriti Cewek Mandarin Paling Tajir dan Populer (I) - Suara Pembaruan
Google News - over 5 years
Faye Wong sukses melakukan comeback pada tur konsernya tahun ini. Total ia menggelar 13 konser, dan semua konser tersebut selalu dipadati penonton dengan tiket yang terjual habis. Pendapatannya diyakini mencapai 118 juta yuan atau sekitar US$ 18,2 juta
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Faye Wong to perform in S'pore in October - AsiaOne
Google News - over 5 years
SINGAPORE - Faye Wong will be in town in for a one night only concert on October 29. M1 Limited (M1) has 400 pairs of tickets up for grabs to the songstress' gig at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Starting from 11 July to 10 August 2011, M1 customers
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Shahid- Asia's sexiest vegetarian - Smash Hits
Google News - over 5 years
Singer Faye Wong has been crowned Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Woman. Other popular contenders include Kareena Kapoor, model-turned-Hollywood hottie Maggie Q and Mongolian singer Nominjin, Taiwanese actor Blue Lan, Super Girl Jane Zhang,
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Faye Wong's comeback tour arrives in Changsha - Xinhua
Google News - over 5 years
BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Pop diva Faye Wong's comeback tour recently arrived in Changsha, the capital city of central China's Hunan Province. Wong sang for two nights over the weekend at Hunan International Conference and Exhibition Center,
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Shahid Voted Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Man - NDTV.com
Google News - over 5 years
Singer Faye Wong has been crowned Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Woman. Other popular contenders included actors Kareena Kapoor and R. Madhavan, model-turned-Hollywood actress Maggie Q and Mongolian singer Nominjin, Taiwanese actor Blue Lan,
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Faye Wong named in Tse-Cheung marriage rift - Straits Times
Google News - over 5 years
CANTO-POP queen Faye Wong has been dragged into the Nicholas-Cecilia drama, major Chinese dailies reported. Cecilia Cheung recently broke her silence about her marital rift and said her husband was a 'fake'. The actress said: 'How fake is Nicholas Tse?
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Chinese singer, Bollywood star named Asia's sexiest vegetarians - Monsters and Critics.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Hong Kong - Chinese singer Faye Wong and Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor were named Thursday as Asia's sexiest vegetarians after a poll attracting tens of thousands of votes. Beijing-born Wong, 41, and Kapoor, 30, beat fierce competition from around the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Faye Wong
  • 2014
    Age 44
    On 21 September 2014, Katie Chan confirmed that Wong and Nicholas Tse resumed dating after they had gone their separate ways 11 years prior.
    More Details Hide Details Chan refuted rumors that Wong was pregnant with Tse's child. In August 2006, Li published a thousand-word public online letter, "Gratitude (感謝)", on his Sina.com blog. The letter served as an outlet for their gratitude towards all concerned parties, and confirmed rumours their daughter was born with a congenital cleft lip. He expressed their reason for seeking medical treatment in California: due to the severity of Li Yan's cleft, the special reconstructive surgeries she needed were not available in China. Citing a South American folk tale, Li described his daughter as a special child and her cleft as a mark of an angel. The couple has since established the Smile Angel Foundation to assist children with clefts. On 26 December 2006 Wong made her first public appearance since 2005 at the foundation's inaugural fundraising ball. She opted not to speak or sing, but her new composition "Cheerful Angel" (愛笑的天使) debuted at the event as the official theme song of the charity. At the second fundraising ball on 8 December 2007, Wong mentioned that although she would not return to her music career in 2008, she would consider it afterwards. However, she sang and produced an electronica-infused version of the Diamond Sutra for the event. For the foundation's publicity event on 27–28 November 2008, Wong and her husband visited children in Tibet who are in various stages of recovery after being cured with the help of the charity.
  • 2013
    Age 43
    The female protagonist in the 2013 Chinese film Beijing Flickers was prototyped after Wong, according to director Zhang Yuan.
    More Details Hide Details Zhang remembered when he shot his 1993 hit Beijing Bastards with Dou Wei, Wong as Dou's girlfriend would visit the set every day. Japanese director Shunji Iwai had explained that the titular pop-star character of his 2001 film All About Lily Chou-Chou was conceived after attending a Faye Wong concert. Wong's name was also mentioned in the 2003 Japanese film The Blue Light as one of the protagonist's favourites. China's 2007 spacecraft Chang'e 1 played Faye Wong's version of "Wishing We Last Forever". The following setlists only include songs published in the concert albums, not all songs performed throughout the tours.
    On September 13, 2013, Wong and Li announced that they had divorced.
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    In May 2013, Wong and Li topped the inaugural "China Celebrity Philanthropist List" compiled by the China Philanthropist magazine, which used a methodology designed to measure a celebrity's positive influence on charitable donations. On May 19, 2013, Faye sang four songs in a memorial concert celebrating Teresa Teng's 60th birthday, with a portion of the concert proceeds going to the charity.
    More Details Hide Details The concert is notable in that Wong's first song in the concert, Li Bai's "清平調", is a duet with Teng planned 18 years prior, using vocals from Teng released posthumously for the first time.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    In a 2011 "most popular celebrity in China" marketing study she was also ranked in the top 5.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, a government web portal conducted an online poll on The Most Influential Chinese Cultural Celebrity in the Past 60 Years; out of 192 candidates, Wong received over 7 million votes, second only to the deceased Teresa Teng from Taiwan, Wong's own personal idol. Chen Tao, a China Radio International DJ, compares Wong's influence in the Sinophone world to Madonna's in America: "She represents a certain era of pop music, a certain trend, and a vision of being unique." Beijing-based scholar Wang Dong also believes Wong's popularity reflects a social phenomenon broader than entertainment itself, as people identify themselves through Wong due to her image of being unique. In the 2010s, fans have started Faye Wong-themed small businesses in Beijing and Wuhan. Wong probably also has more Western fans than most of her C-pop peers, collectively referred to as "Fayenatics". Songs or albums specifically paying tribute to her include:
    In January 2011, appearing for the first time with her husband on a talk show, Wong told host Yang Lan that the past 5 years of her married life has been "very steady, very satisfying".
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  • 2010
    Age 40
    However, during her recent Comeback Tour from 2010 to 2012, she ended with "Flower of Paradise" (彼岸花), a song from the album Fable (2000).
    More Details Hide Details She has given concerts in North America and Australia as well as many venues in East and Southeast Asia, including charity concerts. She is to date the only C-pop artist to have performed four times in Tokyo's Budokan. The key features of her four major concert tours are set out below. Dutch scholar Jeroen Groenewegen credits Wong's mass appeal to some of her perceived "cool" traits including autonomy, androgyny and childishness. The part of Faye Wong's personality that resonated most with her audiences is her independence and her courage to be different. As she wrote for the lyrics of "No Regrets", Katie Chan, Wong's agent, once said "Faye does whatever she wants. it's really quite a miracle that she became a success." In addition, Faye Wong is seen and thus idolised by many as a woman willing to sacrifice for love. In 1994, on one of the many trips to Beijing to see Dou Wei, Hong Kong paparazzi from Next Magazine followed her and tracked her down. The photographs taken, showing her entering an unhygienic community toilet in a narrow hutong to dump urine – in sharp contrast to the modern and glamorous lives Hong Kong celebrities led – caused quite a stir, with some in Cinepoly fearing that her diva image would be tarnished. But many were impressed. That piece from the tabloid moved me... Such a famous female celebrity, willing to do that, and she only had a 2-day break (from work), most of that time must have been spent traveling.
    In 2010, Sina Weibo users discovered Wong's microblog under the account "veggieg ", and unveiled a Faye Wong who is open, talkative and surprisingly funny with her use of cyberlanguage and puns.
    More Details Hide Details As of April 2014, the account has over 23 million followers. The focus of Faye Wong's concerts has always been on her vocal performance. She seldom dances or speaks to the audience, and there are generally no supporting dancers. There were two exceptions to the latter in the 1994–95 live concerts; first, many dancers joined Faye on stage for the lively song "Flow Not Fly". In the second half, Faye and a line of male dancers were menaced by a giant mechanical spider overhead during the song "Tempt Me". Another trademark is her unconventional fashion on stage. Her 1994 concerts were memorable for dreadlocks and extremely long sleeves, as well as for the silver-painted tears. Her 1998 concerts saw her sporting the "burnt" cheek makeup, the "Indian chief" look, and the soleless strap-on boots. At the start of her 2003 concerts her headgear was topped by an inverted shoe supporting a very long feather, and her makeup for that concert went through several changes of painted eye-shades.
    She does not attend music awards, nor was she involved in the promotion of her comeback concert tour, which was held in many different cities across Asia from October 2010 to June 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Her main concerns are Buddhism, charity and her own family. in November 2010.
    In April 2010, the China Social Sciences Press recognised Wong as one of the 13 "richest souls" in China.
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    Later in July 2010, she first announced a series of comeback concerts starting from 29 October 2010 onwards, namely 5 in Beijing and another 5 in Shanghai.
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    Her return was clearly marked in February 2010, when she performed at the CCTV New Year's Gala watched by over 700 million people, covering Li Jian's ballad "Legend".
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  • 2009
    Age 39
    In May 2009, Wong appeared in an ad for "Royal Wind" shampoo, sparking speculation that it would be the first step in her comeback.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2009, a compilation of 3 CDs and 1 DVD was released by Universal Music and sold very well in the public. In recent years, Faye Wong completed an extensive concert tour, but is otherwise relatively inactive in the music industry. She has not announced any intention to produce further studio albums, although she has made occasional releases of a few singles.
  • 2008
    Age 38
    The honour eventually went to Liu Huan.) She did, however, voluntarily perform for causes she truly cared about: she sang "Wishing We Last Forever" in May 2008 at a CCTV fundraising event for Sichuan earthquake victims, and "Heart Sutra" in May 2009 for a Buddhist ceremony at the Famen Temple.
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  • 2005
    Age 35
    In May 2005 her agent Katie Chan (陳家瑛) confirmed to press that Wong was "resting indefinitely".
    More Details Hide Details Two months later she wed actor Li Yapeng, and their daughter was born in the following year. In the four years that followed, Faye Wong would not return, ignoring Live Nation's offer of 100m-HKD, and even rejecting the 3m-yuan offer for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony on her birthday - the Beijing native was the unanimous choice of netizens, receiving over 63% of the tens of millions of votes cast in a CCTV online poll.
    In January 2005, during the last concert of her tour, the usually reticent Faye Wong left a quote that left her fans wondering: "If I ever retire from showbiz, I hope you all forget about me."
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    Following her second marriage in 2005 she withdrew from the limelight, but returned to the stage in 2010 amidst immense interest in the Sinophone world.
    More Details Hide Details Hugely popular in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, she has also gained a large following in Japan. In the West she is perhaps best known for starring in Wong Kar-wai's films Chungking Express and 2046. While she has collaborated with international artists such as Cocteau Twins, Wong recorded only a few songs in English, including "Eyes on Me" – the theme song of the video game Final Fantasy VIII. Wong is known to be reserved in public, and has gained a reputation for her "coolness". In Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture, Jeroen de Kloet characterised her as "singer, actress, mother, celebrity, royalty, sex symbol and diva all at the same time". The daughter of a mining engineer and a revolutionary music soprano, Wong Fei was born in Beijing in the midst of China's Cultural Revolution. She also has an elder brother named Wang Yi (王弋). As a student, Wong already was involved in singing and attracted interest from several publishers. On occasions, the school had to hide her artistic activities from her strict mother, who as a professional saw singing as a dead-end career.
  • 2004
    Age 34
    After ending a May–December relationship with Nicolas Tse, Wong began dating Mainland television actor Li Yapeng in 2004 in Beijing; their wedding took place in July 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Around the time of her wedding, her manager confirmed that she might take an indefinite break from the entertainment business. Their daughter, Li Yan, was born on 27 May 2006.
    At the 2004 Golden Melody Awards, she was awarded Best Female Artist after being nominated many times.
    More Details Hide Details Her acceptance speech, in which she quipped "I've known that I can sing, therefore I will also confirm this panel's decision," was controversial to the local Taiwanese media.
  • 2003
    Age 33
    For her Sony album To Love (將愛), released in November 2003, she recorded 13 tracks, 10 in Mandarin and 3 in Cantonese.
    More Details Hide Details She wrote the music and lyrics for 3 songs, the title track "To Love", "Leave Nothing" (不留), "Sunshine Dearest" (陽寶), as well as the music for "April Snow" (四月雪). Before the album's release, her Cantonese song "The Name of Love" (假愛之名), with lyrics by Lin Xi, was banned in some areas such as mainland China because the lyrics mentioned opium. According to interviews, she said that she preferred the Mandarin version of the song (the title track); she had penned these lyrics herself, and they made no reference to drugs. She also recorded "Passenger" (乘客), a cover of Sophie Zelmani's "Going Home". The album became more successful than her previous self-titled album, both financially and critically. Afterwards, she held numerous successful concerts for over a year.
  • 1999
    Age 29
    They divorced in late 1999 with Wong claiming the rights to the daughter and waiving child support.
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    The video game Final Fantasy VIII was released in Japan in February 1999, for which Faye Wong recorded the ballad "Eyes on Me" in English.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first time that a Japanese video game featured a Chinese singer for its theme. The "Eyes on Me" single sold over 335,620 copies in Japan and 500,000 worldwide, making it the best-selling video game music disc to that date, and winning "Song of the Year (Western Music)" at the 14th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards. When the game was released in North America later that year, the theme song became very popular among gamers in the West; while it was not a mainstream hit there (as Wong had no desire to explore these markets), she gained many fans who were not previously familiar with her music. In March, she held two concerts in Nippon Budokan, with tickets for the first show on 11 March being sold out in one day and an extra show added on 12 March; she was the first Chinese singer to perform in that venue. Earlier in the year, Pepsi-Cola had made Wong a spokesperson, and after these concerts she shot the promotional music video for "Spectacular" (精彩), which Pepsi used in commercials.
    Together with Lovers & Strangers and the compilation album Wishing We Last Forever, it gave Faye Wong 3 albums in the Singapore top 10 selling Chinese albums of 1999, making her one of the best selling artists in Singapore in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details In Japan, the album sold close to 90,000 copies in the first three months after its release.
  • 1998
    Age 28
    Thanks to this exposure, in late 1998 Wong finally held her first concert in her native Mainland China, and continued her tour in 9 cities.
    More Details Hide Details Sing and Play (唱遊) was released in October, and contained four songs composed by Faye: the opening track "Emotional Life", "Face", "A Little Clever" and "Tong" (both written for her daughter, the latter produced by Dou Wei). Amongst other songs were "Give Up Halfway" (sung both in Mandarin and Cantonese), which was one of the more commercially successful tracks from the album, along with the successful ballad "Red Bean" (紅豆). It was the best selling Chinese album in Singapore in 1999.
    Na had been a regular at the annual CCTV New Year's Gala, the highest-watched TV show in Mainland China, and she invited Wong to do a duet with her on the upcoming show in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The collaboration by the "Mainland Diva" and "Hong Kong Diva", titled "Let's Meet in 1998", became an instant hit and arguably the most played song in Mainland China that year.
  • 1997
    Age 27
    In 1997 singer Na Ying signed with EMI and struck a lasting friendship with Wong.
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    Wong's old company Cinepoly, which retains the copyright on her previous records, released a Mandarin compilation at the same time in 1997 to counteract her new EMI album (and indeed outperformed it).
    More Details Hide Details Later, Cinepoly would release two compilations each year to compete with Faye's new releases, a tactic which has come under fire from her international fans. Faye Wong did not sell well in Hong Kong, but did quite well in Taiwan and mainland China. Although Wong had garnered some popularity with her 4 previous Mandarin albums, it was really this sweet yet slightly alternative album which had the Mainland Chinese audience listening. Her profile began to rise sharply in Asia.
    Her first album with EMI was Faye Wong (1997) (王菲), released in autumn 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Critics expecting another artistic breakthrough after 1996's Restlessness found – much to their dismay – a much more inoffensive and commercially oriented musical album. Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins wrote two original compositions for the album, but only one, "The Amusement Park" (娛樂場), was used. This release included an acoustic cover of the Cocteau Twins' "Rilkean Heart", renamed "Nostalgia" (懷念). This album is filled with feelings of lethargy, languor and disengagement, yet most of the tracks sound warm and sweet, as opposed to those piquant self-centered ones before her motherhood. Reporters noticed that she began to smile more often in public and was not as icy or aloof as before. However, the album was released during the Asian financial crisis which swept East and Southeast Asia.
    Wong signed for the recording giant EMI in 1997 after her first daughter was born, in a contract worth HK$60 million (approx.
    More Details Hide Details US$7.7 million), to release 55 songs in five albums. While most of her earlier albums were sung in Cantonese, Wong has since sung almost exclusively in Mandarin, her mother tongue, although she recorded Cantonese versions of a couple of songs in each of her last four albums with EMI to please her Hong Kong audience. Having gone through a period of experimentation, Wong stated that she wished to make "music that I like. I do not care if others don't, though I would be delighted if they do".
  • 1996
    Age 26
    In June 1996, the couple married.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter, Dou Jingtong (竇靖童, meaning "child of Dou and Jing" Wong's given name Jingwen) was born on 3 January 1997. The baby's voice appears in the song "Tong" on the 1998 album Sing and Play (唱遊), as well as the title track of the album Lovers & Strangers (只愛陌生人) released in 1999.
    Then in 1996–97, she recorded ten original songs in Cantonese all written by lyricist Lin Xi (林夕) and various composers, such as Wong Ka Keung, Adrian Chan, and Chan Xiao Xia, before her departure from Cinepoly.
    More Details Hide Details After her contract with Cinepoly expired, the company released eight of these songs in the two subsequent EPs entitled Toy (玩具) and Helping Yourself (自便). Although the EPs contained new songs—ballad hits like "Undercurrent" (暗湧), "Date" (約定), and "On Time" (守時)—and were welcomed by fans, they received lukewarm critical responses. The other two songs were included in later compilations; the last to be released was "Scary" (心驚膽顫) in 2002.
    1996 saw the release of what many would consider her boldest and most artistically coherent effort to date, Fuzao (浮躁), usually translated as Restless or Impatience.
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  • 1995
    Age 25
    In 1995, she released Decadent Sounds of Faye (菲靡靡之音), a cover album of songs originally recorded by her idol Teresa Teng, one of the most revered Chinese singers of the 20th century.
    More Details Hide Details A duet with Teng was planned for the album, but unfortunately she died before this could be recorded. Decadent Sounds sold well despite initial negative criticism, and has come to be recognised as an example of imaginative covering by recent critics. In December, she released her Cantonese album Di-Dar which mixes an alternative yodelling style with a touch of Indian and Middle Eastern flavour. This album was a success, partly because it was so different from the mainstream Cantopop music, but—ironically—a couple of very traditional romantic songs topped the charts.
  • 1994
    Age 24
    As Wong had covered their work in 1994, she had established a remote working relationship with them—even laying down vocals for a special duet version of "Serpentskirt" on the Asian release of the group's 1996 album, Milk And Kisses.
    More Details Hide Details Although the album was Wong's personal favourite, the response from Hong Kong and Taiwan was less supportive. Many fans who enjoyed her previous three Mandarin albums turned their back on Restless, which they considered to be too alternative and self-absorbed. There were few ballads which were radio-friendly and some became disenchanted with Faye's experimental style of recording. However, hardcore fans, known as Fayenatics, adored the album and it became a cult hit. Wong has not released another fully artistic album since. After the release, Wong became the second Chinese artist (after Gong Li)—and the first Chinese singer—to be featured on the cover of Time magazine. From 1993 to 1995, Cinepoly released an EP of Wong's songs each year: Like Wind (如風), Faye Disc (菲碟), and One Person, Two Roles (一人分飾兩角).
    Besides two Cantonese albums in 1994, Wong released two other albums in Mandarin in Taiwan, Mystery (迷) and Sky (天空).
    More Details Hide Details The runaway hit "I'm Willing" (我願意) in Mystery became her trademark hit in the Mandarin-speaking communities for years, and has been covered by other singers such as Gigi Leung, Sammi Cheng and Jay Chou. Sky was seen by fans as a successful amalgam of artistic experimentation and commercialism. While her hits in Hong Kong were noticeably alternative, her two Mandarin albums were more lyrical and traditional. Critics generally credit Taiwanese producer Yang Ming-huang for their success. Four best-selling albums in Cantonese and Mandarin, a record-breaking 18 consecutive concerts in Hong Kong, and a widely acclaimed film (Chungking Express) made Faye Wong the most eminent female Hong Kong singer in the mid-1990s. Meanwhile, her distaste for the profit-oriented HK entertainment industry became more and more apparent. She was frequently in touch with the rock circle in Beijing. Given her somewhat reticent and nonchalant personality, she would sometimes give terse, direct, and somewhat unexpected answers when asked personal questions by the HK media.
  • 1993
    Age 23
    In 1993, she wrote the Mandarin lyrics for her ballad "No Regrets" (執迷不悔) which led many to praise her as a gifted lyricist.
    More Details Hide Details In February, it became the title track to her album No Regrets. No Regrets features soft contemporary numbers, a few dance tracks and two versions of the title ballad: Wong's Mandarin version, and a Cantonese version (lyrics by Chen Shao Qi). Her next album 100,000 Whys (September 1993) showed considerable alternative music influences from the West, including the popular song "Cold War" (冷戰), a cover of "Silent All These Years" by Tori Amos. Faye has named the Scottish post-punk group Cocteau Twins among her favourite bands, and their influence was clear on her next Cantonese album, Random Thoughts (胡思亂想). Her Cantonese version of The Cranberries' "Dreams" was featured in Wong Kar-wai's film Chungking Express, and gained lasting popularity. Besides covering songs and learning distinctive vocal techniques, Wong recorded her own compositions "Pledge" (誓言), co-written with ex-husband Dou Wei, and her first and only spoken-word song "Exit" (出路), which expresses some of her pessimism about the future.
  • 1992
    Age 22
    The cover for Coming Home prominently shows the name "Faye", and from then on she changed her stage name back to "Wong Fei". In 1992–93 she also starred in TVB shows such as File of Justice II (壹號皇庭II) and Legendary Ranger (原振俠).
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    The 1992 album Coming Home incorporated R&B influences and was a change in musical direction from the more traditional Cantopop fare of her earlier albums.
    More Details Hide Details One song by her of this time was "Fragile Woman", a cover of a Japanese song "Rouge" originally composed by Miyuki Nakajima and sung by Naomi Chiaki. (Thanks to Wong's cover, this 1972 song–in different language versions–would in the early 1990s become a huge regional hit in Thailand, Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia and even Turkey; the most popular English version was titled "Broken-Hearted Woman".) Coming Home also included her first English-language number, "Kisses in the Wind". Wong stated in a 1994 concert that she very much liked this song, after which various websites listed it as her personal favourite; however, in a 1998 CNN interview she declined to name one favourite song, saying that there were too many, and in 2003 she stated that she no longer liked her old songs.
  • 1991
    Age 21
    Frustrated with her career decision, in 1991 she travelled to New York City for vocal studies and cultural exchange.
    More Details Hide Details Because it was a hurried decision, she also ended up missing the registration deadline for her classes in New York. Faye Wong explained in 1996, Wong returned to Hong Kong and found a new agent in Katie Chan, who would remain her agent for the next 2 decades. The next album, Coming Home, would prominently feature on the cover the English name "Faye", a homophone to her given Chinese name, and the word "Jing", a reference to her hometown Beijing.
  • 1989
    Age 19
    As a result, Cinepoly asked Wong to change her "Mainland-sounding" name to a "sophisticated" stage name Wong Jing Man. (Her English name was to be "Shirley".) In 1989, her debut album Shirley Wong sold over 30,000 copies and helped her win bronze at the "Chik Chak New Artist Award".
    More Details Hide Details Two more albums (Everything and You're the Only One) followed, similarly featuring many cover songs by artists from the US and Japan. However, they sold worse than her debut album, despite relentless promotions by the company. Many in Hong Kong perceived her to be "backwards", lacking personality.
  • 1987
    Age 17
    In 1987, after being accepted to Xiamen University for college, she migrated to Hong Kong to join her father, who had been working there for a few years.
    More Details Hide Details The plan was for her to stay there for a year to fulfill the permanent residency requirement, and go to a university abroad thereafter. However, since Wong didn't know a word of Cantonese, the language spoken in the British colony, she experienced great loneliness. Following a brief modeling stint, she began singing lessons with Tai See-Chung (戴思聰), who was also from Mainland China and had previously tutored Hong Kong superstars Anita Mui, Andy Lau, Leon Lai and Aaron Kwok. Under Tai's tutelage, the 19-year-old signed with Cinepoly Records after winning third place in an ABU singing contest in 1988. It was a risky move on the part of Chan Siu-Bo, Cinepoly's general manager, since Mainlanders were stereotyped as "backwards" in Hong Kong.
  • 1985
    Age 15
    Despite her mother's opposition, Wong released 6 low-cost cover albums from 1985 to 1987 while still in high school, all in the form of cassettes, mostly consisting of songs by her personal idol, iconic Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng.
    More Details Hide Details For the last of these early recordings, the producer Wei Yuanqiang chose the title Wong Fei Collection, intending to show that he recognised a distinctive talent in the teenager.
  • 1969
    Born on August 8, 1969.
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