Eason Chan

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Eason Chan
Eason getalife.jpg
Chan at his Get a Life concert in 2006
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1974-07-27) 27 July 1974 (age 39)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) God of Songs (E-Son), King of Pop
Occupation Musician, record producer, actor, entrepreneur
Genre(s) Cantopop, Mandopop
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, drums, accordion, harmonica, violin, piano,keyboard, saxophone, trumpet
Voice type(s) Tenor, Falsetto
Label(s) Cinepoly Records (2004–present)
Music Plus (2000–2004)
Capital Artists (1995–2000)
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Hilary Tsui
Children Constance Chan
Influences Danny Chan, Jacky Cheung, Alan Tam, Hacken Lee
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chan.

Eason Chan (陳奕迅; Chan Yick-shun) is a prominent male singer in Hong Kong's music industry. Eason Chan has been praised by Time magazine as a front runner in the next generation of Cantopop. He is considered by media to be Hong Kong's third "god of song" after Samuel Hui and Jacky Cheung.[2][3] In 2012, Time Out Hong Kong crowned Chan as the "King of Asian Pop".[4] Chan is ranked #6 in the 2013 Forbes China Celebrity Top 100 List.[5][6]

His Cantonese album U87 was listed in 2005 by Time magazine as one of "Five Asian Albums Worth Buying".[7] Eason Chan was the big winner at the prestigious Golden Melody Awards in 2003 and 2009. In 2003, he won "Best Male Singer" and "Album of the Year awards" for his work in Mandarin album "Special Thanks To...". In 2009, Chan won "Album of the Year" again for his work in Mandarin album "Don't Want to Let Go".

Biography[edit]

Chan, born in Hong Kong, went to England to study when he was 12. He attended St. Joseph's kindergarten, St. Joseph's College in Hong Kong, Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire, England and later Kingston University, studying architecture. Chan returned to Hong Kong before the completion of his degree to participate in the 1995 New Talent Singing Awards Competition in which he won first place. Immediately after his victory, Capital Artists signed a contract with him, ending his future career as an architect while launching his successful career in music.[1]

Chan married his longtime girlfriend Hilary Tsui (former TVB actress) in 2006. His daughter Constance Chan was born on 4 October 2004. Constance Chan's name was given by Eason's good friend and famous songwriter Wyman Wong. Chan gave up smoking after the birth of his daughter. He reportedly did it for Constance and the health of his voice. However, in 2007, he admitted in his concert that he has resumed smoking due to stress from his then ongoing "Moving on Stage" world tour.

On 9 December 2009, Eason carried the 2010 Olympic Torch through the downtown of Montreal, effectively becoming the only person of Chinese descent to carry both the Summer and Winter Olympic torch.

Career[edit]

Eason Chan in 2008

Eason Chan is a frequent winner of Asia's music awards. He is the second non-Taiwanese singer after Jacky Cheung to win Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards. He won "Best Male Singer" in 2003 and "Best Album" twice in 2003 and 2009. He has won the prestigious Hong Kong's Most Popular Male Singer Award twice, in the year 2006 and 2007.[8] He also won his first Asia Pacific's Most Popular Singer Award in 2007, and again in 2008. His album U87 (The name of the album came from his favourite microphone), released in 2005, has been recommended by Time Magazine as one of the five best Asian albums worth buying.[9] U87 also won the top sale of album (non-concert, non-collection category) in Hong Kong in 2005.[10] He was Hong Kong's highest selling male artist in 2002, 2003 and 2007. He has been one of Hong Kong's top selling artists for all years starting from 2000.[11] His concert DVD Get a Life was the highest selling album of 2006.

Eason Chan has been praised by critics and fellow musicians alike as one of the top singers of his generation. Since the very beginning of his career, Eason has been one of the favourites to lead the new generation of Cantopop.[12] He has been described as a breath of fresh air in the HK music scene.[13][14] Over the last ten years, Eason Chan emerged as the leading male singer of his generation, fulfilling his role as an innovator and a leader in the HK music scene, winning prestigious awards one after another.[15][16][17] Eason Chan has also been successful in his work in the Mandopop scene.[18][19] He has won numerous awards in both Mainland and Taiwan, most notably Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards. "Admit It" was another notable work of Eason Chan, which led to a nomination for Golden Melody Awards' Best Male Singer; the award was ultimately won by Gary Chaw. Next year, he was again nominated for Golden Melody Awards' Best Male Singer(for his work in Mandarin album "Don't Want To Let Go"), the award went to Jay Chou. However, Eason won Album of The Year for "Don't Want To Let Go".

Eason Chan has been named by Chinese critics as the next God of Songs (歌神) after Jacky Cheung.[20][21] However, Eason has more than once clarified that he wishes to build his own name instead, and not just be the successor of Jacky Cheung.[22][23] There is a duet called 天下太平 sung by Chan and Jacky Cheung in the album Perfect Match by Albert Leung,Ronald Ng (伍樂城) released in April 2006. Chan and Cheung have collaborated on other occasions as well. They sang a duet of Cheung's 頭髮亂了 in a fundraising campaign for SARS victims in 2003.

Chan not only sings but also plays a variety of musical instruments including piano, violin, accordion, harmonica, bass, guitar and drums. He frequently showcases his musical talent by incorporating instruments into his live performances. Chan is also a song-writer who has written many songs, some included in his albums.

In 2009, Eason Chan performed in "PAX Musica 2009" in Tokyo. He sang seven songs including a Japanese song by Koji Tamaki called "Mr. Lonely". This was his first time performing in Japan publicly. After that, Japanese Musician Ikuro Fujiwara openly praised Chan for his stage charisma and expressed hope to collaborate with Chan in the future. Eason Chan plans to promote his musical works in Japan in 2010.

In 2011, Eason Chan released a new album titled "Stranger Under My Skin" on 22 February.[24] Released in November, Chan's latest album titled "?" features a piano performance by his seven year old daughter.[25]

In 2012, Chan released the 《...3mm》Cantonese album on 10 August 2012. Followed by a remix version of the album, titled 《...3mm Remix》releasing on 8 November 2012.[26] It is an album by Eric Kwok and Jerald Chan in composing music, including the number one songs "End"(<<完>>) and "Heavy Taste"(<<重口味>>) At the same time, Chan became a boss, where he opened a music production company, EAS Music.

In 2014, he received Honorary Doctor of Arts degree for accomplishments in the Cantonese music industry from Kingston University where he studied architecture before entering the entertainment industry.[1]

Songs written by Eason Chan[edit]

  1. 時代曲 (with 江港生) (from the album 陳奕迅)
  2. 那一夜有沒有說 (from the album 與我常在)
  3. 反高潮 (from the album 我的快樂時代)
  4. 同聲一哭 (duet with Anita Mui) (from the album I'm So Happy of Anita Mui)
  5. 你會不會 (from the album Special Thanks To...)
  6. 給蕭邦寫過的歌 (sung by Sammi Cheng) (from the album 愛是... of Sammi Cheng)
  7. PG家長指引 (sung by Edmond Leung) (from the album PG家長指引 of Edmond Leung)
  8. 呼吸困難 (sung by Edmond Leung) (from the album Music Is The Answer of Edmond Leung)
  9. 下週同樣時間 (再見)(from the album 打得火熱)
  10. 溫室效應 (from the album 打得火熱)
  11. 怪物 (from the album Shall We Dance? Shall We Talk)
  12. 衝口而出 (with 王雙駿) (from the album The Easy Ride)
  13. 改造人 (sung by Nicholas Tse) (from the album 幸福)
  14. 我也不會那麼做 (from the album 反正是我)
  15. 沒有你 (from the album 反正是我)
  16. 落花流水 (with Eric Kwok) (from the EP Life Continues)
  17. 大得太快 (from the EP Life Continues)
  18. 戀愛盲 (Sung by Edmond Leung) (from the album The Story of June of Edmond Leung)
  19. 新生活 (from the album 新生活)
  20. 2001太空漫遊 (with 陳輝陽) (from the album Shall We Dance? Shall We Talk)
  21. Namasgar你好嗎 (from the album OST 十二夜十二首)
  22. 解藥 (from the album What's Going On...?)
  23. 粵語殘片 (With C.Y. Kong) (from the album What's Going On...?)
  24. 白色球鞋 (With C.Y. Kong) (from the album 認了吧)
  25. 兄弟 (duet with Andy Lau) (from the album Listen To Eason Chan)
  26. 乜嘢啫 (from the album Listen To Eason Chan)
  27. 狂熱革命 (with Davy Chan) (from the album Listen To Eason Chan)
  28. 換季 (sung by Hacken Lee) (from the album Today Special of Hacken Lee)
  29. 沙龍 (from the album H3M, namely Hyper Horrendous Hybrid Maniac)
  30. 給你 (from the album 5/F Blissful)
  31. 習慣説 (from the album 3MM, namely3 Married Man)
  32. 床頭床尾 (from the album The Key)

Theme Concerts[edit]

Main article: Eason Chan concerts

Chan has held five major theme concerts at the famous Hong Kong Coliseum starting from 1999, a proof of his enduring popularity and his status as one of Hong Kong's most beloved singers. His first series of concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum, a total of four Eason's 99Big Live concerts, came four years after his debut in 1995. Even today, that amount of time is considered short for a singer to gain the general approval and public support needed to perform at such a prestigious venue. Two years later in 2001, Chan held a series of nine The Easy Ride concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum under the wing of his second record company, Music Plus. In 2003, he again held a series of seven The Third Encounter concerts with the support of Music Plus. In the spring of 2006, after a year of rest and another change of record company, Chan held his fourth theme concerts, a total of nine Get a Life concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum. A year later, Chan broke his own record while holding his fifth series of concerts named Eason's Moving on Stage. During October and November 2007, he completed a total of 16 hugely successful Chan's Moving on Stage1 concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum.[27] As of January 2008, Chan has held 45 concerts at Hong Kong Coliseum.

Eason Chan began his Moving on Stage World Tour in Feb 2008. The already completed stops include: Taiwan,[28] United States,[29] Canada, Australia, Guangzhou,[30] Shanghai,[31][32] Malaysia, Macau, Singapore, Kunming, Tianjin, Chongqing, Beijing, Shenzhen, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hangzhou. His following stops were Guiyang, Beijing, Foshan and Guangzhou. Eason Chan's Moving on Stage World Tour ended with Eason Chan's Moving on Stage 26 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (16 August 2009).[33]

Months after his Moving On Stage Concerts came to a finish, Chan began another tour in Mainland China, called "Ninety Minutes of Bliss". Instead of playing at grand venues, Chan began this tour hoping to get closer to his fans by playing at smaller venues. He completed two concerts in Nanjing and three more in Shanghai before and during Christmas 2009. Two more concerts were held in Beijing on 29 and 30 May 2010.

In between his tour, Chan held his sixth record-breaking Theme Concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum for a total of 18 concerts, scheduled from 20 March to 6 April 2010. This new series is called Duo Eason Chan 2010 Concert (《DUO陳奕迅2010演唱會》).

After the May "Ninety Minutes of Bliss" concerts in Beijing, Chan went to Europe for his first ever European Tour scheduled for three cities, London on 3 May, Manchester on 6 May and Rotterdam on 8 May. The venues for the three concerts were respectively, Royal Albert Hall, Manchester Apollo and Ahoy Rotterdam. Tickets to his London and Manchester concerts were each sold out within hours of ticket release. Chan is the second singer after Roman Tam to perform in the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.[34]

At Eason Chan's concert in Beijing on 29 September 2011 at the Beijing Workers' Stadium, Faye Wong made a special guest appearance, surprising many as Wong has previously never accepted any invitation to appear as a special guest at another singer's concert; this was the first time that she broke her "rule," and she gave her "first" to Eason Chan.[35]

Continuing his Duo Eason Chan 2010 ConcertWorld Tour, Chan made his second appearance in London,the O2 Arena on 23 April 2012.[36] He became the first Asian artist playing in the O2 stage, making a record that the concert was sold out in 20minutes to 12,000fans, where Chan found it was surprising and was thankful to have so much international support.[37][38]

Musicals[edit]

On 18 and 19 August 2005, Chan performed the musical Wrestling with God (人神鬥), the second programme of Love Music Tour 05 organised by Netvigator. He was the actor and producer. Stars featured in the show included famous comedian Jim Chim (詹瑞文), Cantopop singer Wilfred Lau (劉浩龍), Taiwanese talented singer Mavis Fan (范曉萱), Best Supporting Actress Winner of the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards Josie Ho (何超儀), pop duo at17 and Soler. The story was about the competition among different angels (played by the featured stars) to protect the only man alive in the world (played by Eason Chan). The secret guest, veteran singer George Lam (林子祥), played Chan's late father. The audience were impressed by the performers, who told the story through song and dance.

Charity work[edit]

Eason Chan has been Orbis International's Sight Ambassador in HK since 2006. He has travelled to India and Sichuan, China, visiting kids and elders with visual impairment, in an effort to raise funds for Orbis.[39] Eason has also been an active participant in HK's fundraising campaigns such as the 2003 fundraiser for SARS victims and the 2008 fundraiser for Sichuan Earthquake victims.

On 7 July 2007 Eason performed at the Chinese leg of 'Live Earth' in Shanghai.[40]

Controversy[edit]

Eason was reported commenting on an aspect of Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki's performance after she had finished her Hong Kong concert on 7 April 2007. He remarked that Ayumi Hamasaki might have been lip-syncing in her concert; this statement enraged many of her fans as lip-syncing is highly frowned upon in Asia. They threatened to not buy Eason's CD and wanted him to apologise for his words. Soon after, Grasshopper, a respected Hong Kong singing group, backed Eason's comments. Eason's label, Cinepoly Records, did not comment on this incident. Hamasaki's record label and reporters quickly came to her defence, stating that she did not lipsynch but that the sound system had been specially flown in from Japan which accounted for the high quality of sound.

Private life[edit]

Eason married his long-time girlfriend Hilary Tsui (徐濠縈) in 2006. Their daughter Constance (陳康堤) was born in 2004. In August 2013, he announced during a performance that he has bipolar disorder.[41]

Music awards statistics[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio Album[edit]

  1. Eason Chan 陳奕迅 (Cantonese, 1996)
  2. Tear 一滴眼淚 (Mandarin, 1996)
  3. Always With Me 與我常在 (Cantonese, 1997)
  4. Preparation 醞釀 (Mandarin, 1997)
  5. My Happy Time 我的快樂時代 (Cantonese, 1998)
  6. New Life 新生活 (Cantonese, 1998)
  7. God Bless Lover 天佑愛人 (Cantonese, 1999)
  8. Wedding Blessing 婚禮的祝福 (Mandarin, 1999)
  9. Happiness 幸福 (Cantonese, 1999)
  10. Nothing Really Matters (Cantonese, 2000)
  11. Some Like it Hot 打得火熱 (Cantonese, 2000)
  12. 68'29' (Cantonese, 2000)[42]
  13. Shall We Dance? Shall We Talk! (Cantonese, 2001)
  14. It's Me 反正是我 (Mandarin, 2001) – Nominated for "Best Male Singer" in Golden Melody Awards, Harlem Yu was the winner
  15. The Easy Ride (Cantonese, 2001)
  16. Mixed Up (2001)
  17. Special Thanks To... (Mandarin,2002) – Won "Best Male Singer" & "Best Album of the year" in Golden Melody Awards, he is the only singer to win these two awards in the same year
  18. Five-star home 五星級的家 (Cantonese, 2002)
  19. The Line-Up (Cantonese, 2002)
  20. Black. White. Gray 黑白灰 (Mandarin, 2003) – Nominated for "Best Male Singer" in Golden Melody Awards, Sky Wu was the winner
  21. Live For Today (Cantonese, 2003)
  22. Seven 七 (Mandarin, 2003)
  23. I Had a Great Time (No release)
  24. U87 (Cantonese, 2005) – Recommended by Time Magazine as one of the five best Asian albums worth buying
  25. How 怎麼樣 (Mandarin, 2005)
  26. Sound & Sight (2005)
  27. Great 5000 Secs Vol.1 and 2 (2005)
  28. Life Continues... (Cantonese, 2006)
  29. What's going on...? (Cantonese, 2006)
  30. My Great Age 我的最好時代 (Cantonese, 2006)
  31. Admit It 認了吧 (Mandarin, 2007) – Nominated for "Best Male Singer" in Golden Melody Awards, Gary Chaw was the winner
  32. Listen To Eason Chan (Cantonese, 2007)
  33. Soliday (Cantonese, 2008)
  34. Don't Want To Let Go 不想放手 (Mandarin, 2008) – Won "Best Album of the year" & nominated for "Best Male Singer" in Golden Melody Awards, Jay Chou was the winner
  35. H³M (Cantonese, 2009)
  36. 5/F Blissful 上五樓的快活 (Mandarin, 2009) – Nominated for "Best Male Singer" in Golden Melody Awards, David Tao was the winner
  37. Time Flies (Cantonese, 2010)
  38. Taste the Atmosphere (Cantonese, 2010)
  39. Stranger Under My Skin (Cantonese, 2011)
  40. ?(Mandarin, 2011)
  41. ...3mm (Cantonese, 2012)
  42. The Key (Cantonese, 2013)
  43. rice & shine (Mandarin, 2014)

Filmography[edit]

Eason Chan is a notable actor who has starred in multiple box office hits. Chan started to act in films in 1997. He has starred or co-starred in over 20 films so far. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by Hong Kong's Golden Film Awards in 2000 for his role in Lavender. In 2005, he was nominated for Best Actor by Hong Kong's Golden Bauhinia Awards for his work in Crazy N' The City. In 2008, He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards for his work in Trivial Matters.

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Preceded by
Harlem Yu 庾澄慶
Golden Melody Awards Best Male Mandarin Artist
winner
2003
Succeeded by
Sky Wu 伍思凱