Candy Lo

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Candy Lo
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Chinese name 盧巧音 (traditional)
Chinese name 卢巧音 (simplified)
Pinyin Lú Qiǎo Yīn (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lou4 Haau2 Jam1 (Cantonese)
Birth name 盧巧音
Ancestry Zhongshan, Guangdong
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1974-10-18) 18 October 1974 (age 39)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Lum Lum (nickname)
Occupation Singer, actress
Genre(s) Chinese rock, Cantopop, pop rock, alternative rock, alternative pop
Label(s) Sony BMG (1998–2007)
WOW Music (2007–present)
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Black & Blue
Official Website Official website
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lo.

Candy Lo is a Canto- rock singer-songwriter and actress from Hong Kong. She has released nine studio albums, over forty singles, two compilations, one live album, and one EP with Sony Music to date. On 11 June, she released her first EP on her new label WOW Music.

Biography[edit]

Pre-solo period[edit]

Before going solo Candy Lo was the lead vocalist in Hong Kong based rock band Black & Blue. Before the band released any material, they used to perform independently of Black & Blue as a band as well.

In 1995 Black & Blue released their first record titled Hope in Just One Day. A year later, in 1996 they released their second album eponymously titled Black & Blue. The former contains songs mostly sung in English while the latter is completely in Cantonese. Stepping away from English and singing completely in Cantonese had been a decision made in concordance with their record label so as to make themselves more understandable to fans. Lo wrote the lyrics to their songs herself.

Solo career[edit]

In 1998 Candy Lo was signed to Sony Music, thereby starting her solo career. Her first release under Sony was an EP called Bat Seui Yiu...Yun Mei Dak Ho Pa (不需要...完美得可怕; Unnecessary To Want...Perfect Can Be Terrible). For this record she won a Golden Award[1] in the same year. The style of this release continued on from her Canto-rock past with Black & Blue. In winter 1998, Candy released a second record called Miao, the title of which refers to Candy's love of cats and how "they listen while people sometimes don't."[2] The album did not sell as much copies as expected. Producer Kubert Leung blamed the public, who "failed to grasp the concept of the album".[3]

Lo's third album, Tip Gan Lou Haau Yam (貼近盧巧音; Get Close To Candy Lo), released in 1999, set itself apart from the mainstream music that year by adding a philharmonic orchestra to her mix of rock and pop.[4]

In 2000 Candy Lo again released 2 records, Sik Fong (色放; Colour Release) and Muse.

In July 2001 Candy Lo released Fantasy. Fantasy contained the radio hit "Dou Cheung Bat Yap" (刀枪不入; Rigid Way of Thinking) as well as "Naap Haam" (呐喊; Scream), the theme song for the movie Final Fantasy. Lo's first compilation album titled Hei Fun Lyun Oi (喜歡戀愛; Like To Love) was also released in the year.

The release of her 2002 album Seung Mei Yan Gaan (賞味人間; Appreciate The Taste of Life) marked Candy's career with her first smash hit "Hou Sam Fan Sau" (好心分手; Break-Up With Good Intentions) in which she collaborated with fellow singer Leehom Wang.

On 26 April 2003 Tong Gwo Hong Hung (糖果航空), also known as Candy's Airline, was released. In that same year Candy released a concept album titled Fa Yin Haau Yu (花言.巧語; Flower Talk), which combined mellow as well as more upbeat tunes with a classical hint to them.

Three months later Candy Lo released True Music 1st Flight Live 2003, a collection of live renditions of songs released between 1998 and 2003 plus a few covers such as Wong Jim's "Mong Gei Ta" (忘記他; Forget Him), made famous by Teresa Teng. All of these were performed during a concert in Hong Kong.

Tin Yin Leun (天演論; Evolution Theory) released in 2005, was the last album she recorded before parting company with Sony.[5] It is less mainstream than her previous two albums.[6] However, like Flower Talk, this album deals with spiritual issues such as the uncertainty of the future in "Dik Tok Bong Dik Sap Fong Gu Neung" (敵托邦的拾荒姑娘; Junk Girl of Dystopia) and departure in "Sung Wan Ging" (送魂經; Sutra For Seeing Souls Off).

On 11 June 2007, Candy Lo released her 10th album "Process" after joining her new record company "WOW Music". Candy Lo is the first artist to release USB flash memory digital album in Asia. Process contained radio hit "Oi Dou Bat Dang"(愛到不能; Love Until The Limit). Her Mandarin song "Zou Man Dian" (走慢點; Run Slowly) was available for download at Candy's temporary website http://candylo.hk, where it had a hit rate of more than 200,000.

On October 2008, Candy released her third EP titled 'L'. The EP contains three tracks, namely "Te Bie Pin Du" (特別頻度; Special Frequency), "Bu Neng Chu Peng De Yu" (不能觸碰的雨; Untouchable Rain) and "Hu Shen Fu" (護身符; Talisman). All songs are sung in Mandarin.

As an actress[edit]

In 2000, Candy started acting by playing a minor role in the drama What is a Good Teacher (自從他来了) directed by Hong Kong actor and director Francis Ng. Later that year she was nominated[7] three times for a Hong Kong Film Award (HKFA) for her role in Time and Tide (directed by Tsui Hark) (順流逆流) and Twelve Nights (十二夜).

In 2002, Lo played a pregnant advertising executive named "Godzilla" in If You Care... (賤精先生) and in the same year as Kung Fu fighter in Yuen Biao's No Problem 2 (沒問題2), a collaboration between Hong Kong and Japan. That year, she also appeared in The Eye, a horror movie directed by The Pang Brothers which was also released in the United Kingdom and the United States.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Live Albums[edit]

Filmography[edit]

[9] [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "预告:Candy卢巧音佛山歌迷见面会" (in Simplified Chinese). RadioFoshan. 12 August 2004. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  2. ^ iMUSIC (Chinese)
  3. ^ HK Entertainment News
  4. ^ MTV (Chinese)
  5. ^ inkui (Chinese)
  6. ^ iMUSIC (Chinese)
  7. ^ HKFA Nominations 2000
  8. ^ LOVE HK FILM.com
  9. ^ "Candy Lo". imdb.com. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Candy Lo". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 

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