Hacken Lee

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Hacken Lee
Hacken lee 01.JPG
Hacken Lee in concert 2013
Chinese name
Pinyin Lǐ Kèqín (Mandarin)
Jyutping lei5 hak1 kan4 (Cantonese)
Birth name
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1967-12-06) 6 December 1967 (age 46)
Hong Kong
Occupation Singer, Lyricist, Actor, TV Host
Genre(s) Cantopop, Occasional Mandopop
Instrument(s) Vocals, Piano, Chinese Drums
Voice type(s) Tenor
Label(s) PolyGram Records (1985-93)
Universal Music (1999–present)
Years active 1985-present
Spouse(s) Emily Lo Suk-yi(2006-present)
Children Ryan Lee Lap-yan, born on (2007-10-22) 22 October 2007 (age 6)
Rex Lee Lik-sze, born on (2010-03-27) 27 March 2010 (age 4)
Influences Alan Tam
Official Website www.hackenleenet.com

Hacken Lee Hak Kan (born 6 December 1967) is a popular Hong Kong-based Cantopop singer and lyricist, actor, Master of Ceremonies, and Association football sportscaster. In 1994, Hacken was crowned the title of "Zero Defect Vocals,"[1] alongside Jacky Cheung who was named "Perfect Vocals" the year before, and is thought by many to be the 5th Heavenly King, as well as the successor of the God of Songs Alan Tam.[2] Known for his crystal-clear and perfect vocals, Hacken has swept away numerous Best Singer awards over the years. Apart from his excellent singing career, Hacken has also been helping numerous non-profit organizations in promoting their work and fundraising for their projects.[3]

Biography[edit]

Early years: 1985-1999[edit]

While Hacken Lee was still studying at Wah Yan College, Hong Kong, he entered the TVB new talent show along with Alex To, William So, Vivian Chow and Grasshopper. He did not get into the top thirty. Hacken won the 1985 Hong Kong 18 District Singing Contest singing "Love in the Fog" (霧之戀), a song made famous by Alan Tam, and was offered a contract with PolyGram Records.[4] The sales of his first EP album "李克勤 (EP)" did not reach the 5,000 mark. In 1988, he appeared in a TVB television series "Teenage No More" (不再少年時). However, due to disputes with PolyGram records, his career took a nose-dive between 1989 and 1991, which indirectly resulted in him not being The Four Heavenly Kings.

In 1992, Hacken released "Red Sun" (紅日), for which he penned the lyrics. His first concert, held at the Hong Kong Coliseum in 1993 was very well received; all the tickets sold out in a couple days.[4]

In 1995 Hacken was involved in various contract disputes with his record company and one of his concerts had a very low turnout. For a time, Hacken had no recording contract and worked instead as a TVB presenter for shows such as the music programme Jade Solid Gold, Miss Hong Kong and numerous sports events, notably soccer. At the same time, he turned to acting and appeared occasionally in dramas for TVB. He record songs for TVB such as the TVB theme song for the 1998 World Cup.[4]

Current career: 1999-present[edit]

In 1999, Hacken signed with Universal Music, his current record company. In 2001 he released songs including "Flying Flower" (飛花), "Feet of Fortune" (前後腳), "I Won't Sing" (我不會唱歌) and "The Grasp of Love" (愛不釋手).

In late 2001 Hacken performed in collaboration with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert series was very well-received, as was a recording released of the series. Hacken's early 2002 concert and its recordings were equally well-received.

He co-starred in the TVB drama Legal Entanglement (法網伊人), which aired around the time of the 2002 concert. The series achieved high ratings and was one of TVB's most popular dramas that year. He won the "Most Favourite Character" award at the 2002 TVB Anniversary Awards for his role in the series. He was appointed the host of the 2002 World Cup and sang the theme song of TVB, which dominated the local charts for some time.

Hacken won the TVB Jade Solid Gold Award three times, twice in succession (2002 and 2003) and another one in 2005.

In 2003, 2004 and 2009, he partnered with Alan Tam in a series of concerts around the world, including multiple shows in Hong Kong and Las Vegas. The concerts were named "Neighbours" (「左麟右李」) which is a play of words with a well known Chinese four-character idiom 左鄰右里 using homonyms 麟 and 李 in the artists' names.

He partnered with Joey Yung for the first time in 2004, in a collaboration better known by another four-character idiom "Urgency cannot afford delay" (刻不容緩), once again a Chinese pun using the artists' names 克 and 容.

Hacken was the first Chinese artist to release a DualDisc. Entitled Hacken Lee Concert Hall (李克勤演奏廳), the DVD side of the disc featured "Making of" footage, while the CD side features live recordings of the songs in Surround Sound.

A sequel CD, Hacken Lee Seoul Concert Hall (李克勤演奏廳 II), was released in November 2006 following the success of the original Concert Hall, which sold over 80,000 copies. All songs in the second Concert Hall disc were recorded live from 28 to 31 August 2006 at the Harmony Theatre, Koyang Culture City Hall, Korea. Many local Korean musicians participated in the recording project, including Kwak Jung "Harpist K" on harp, So Kyoung-Jin on Korean big drum, Jang Hyo-Seok on saxophone, Kim Won-Jin as boy soprano, Kim Hyun-Mi, Jung Hyun-Suk "Joy of Strings" on violin, Kim Hae-Ryeon on viola, and Chung Yu-Young on cello. David Hodges from New York played an antique 1920 bandoneon in the recording. Seoul Concert Hall was released on a CD with an accompanying DVD using high-definition 1080i format.

In 2006, he held a series of sell-out concerts (sponsored by Carlsberg) during the Chinese New Year period at the HK Coliseum, from 28 January through to 5 February.

On 28 November 2006, Hacken married his long-time girlfriend, Miss Hong Kong 1992 Emily Lo Suk Yi. On 22 October 2007 Emily gave birth to their first child, a son Ryan. On 27 March 2010, Emily gave birth to another son,Rex.

Hacken Lee No. 1 Hits was released in 22 November 2007. It contains 4 CDs of his classic hits and his new songs. In 2007, Hacken with his environmental-themed song <花落誰家>, won the song of the year on Jade Solid Gold award. In 2008, Hacken hosted a series of Chinese new year concerts, which featured the new song "Every Day is a Valentine's Day" <天天都是情人節>. His concert series sold out 11 shows in Hong Kong from 8 to 18 February and was followed by a world tour. Hacken was a host for the Beijing Olympics broadcast in 2008, as well as the ambassador of Standard Chartered Marathon and ambassador of the East Asian Games 2009.[3]


Acting career[edit]

Aside from his singing ability, Hacken is also an outstanding actor and one of the most successful singer-turned-actor in Hong Kong. He has appeared in numerous Hong Kong dramas, movies, and commercial advertisements and has also frequented many large-scale charity drives as a guest performer. One of his notable roles as an actor was his role in Legal Entanglement, which won him "Most Favorite Character" award at the 2002 TVB Anniversary Awards.

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Music Awards[edit]

Year Award Honored Work
1989 Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 一生不變
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award 一生不變
1990 Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 眷戀
1991 Jade Solid Gold Best Music Video Performance Award 護花使者
1992 Jade Solid Gold Best Music Video Performance Award 紅日, 舊歡如夢
1993 Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 回首
1994 Jade Solid Gold Best Music Video Performance Award 希望
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Outstanding Artists Award
1995 RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Outstanding Artists Award
1999 Jade Solid Gold Best Composition Award 櫻花
2001 Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 飛花
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Outstanding Artists Award
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Cantonese Releases 港樂克勤 Live
2002 Jade Solid Gold - Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist Award
Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 愛不釋手
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award 愛不釋手
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award 高妹
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Outstanding Artists Award
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Highest Sales for Male Artists Award
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Cantonese Releases 新城唱好音樂大派對
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Cantonese Releases 李克勤情情塔塔演唱會2002
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Best Sales Local Male Vocalist
2003 Jade Solid Gold - Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist Award
Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 我不會唱歌
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award 合久必婚
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award 左鄰右里
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Highest Sales for Male Artists Award
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Cantonese Releases 左麟右李演唱會2003
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Cantonese Releases Custom Made
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Best Sales Local Male Vocalist
2004 Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 空中飛人
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award 空中飛人
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Outstanding Singer Award
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Most Outstanding Male Singer Award
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Highest Sales for Male Artists Award
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Best Chinese Male Artist Award
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Cantonese Releases 左麟右李04'開心演唱會
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Best Sales Local Male Vocalist
2005 Jade Solid Gold - Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist Award
Jade Solid Gold - Most Popular Chinese Song Silver Award 愛可以問誰
Jade Solid Gold - Best Duet Gold Award 刻不容緩
Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 情非首爾
Metro Radio Hits Top Songs Award 情非首爾
Metro Radio Hits Top Songs Award 佳節
Metro Radio Hits Best Creative Album Award Hacken Lee Concert Hall
Metro Radio Hits Top Composer Award
Metro Radio Hits Top Asia Male Singer Award
Metro Radio Hits Most Admired Male Singer Award
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award 情非首爾
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Best Chinese Male Artist Award
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Highest Sales for Male Artists Award
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Cantonese Releases 李克勤 x 容祖兒 壓軸拉闊音樂會
2006 Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 天水‧圍城
Metro Radio Hits Best Asia Singers Award
Metro Radio Hits Top Songs Award 婚前的女人
Metro Radio Hits Top Songs Award 天水围城
Metro Radio Hits Best Creative Album Award "Hacken Lee Concert Hall 1 & 2" (李克勤演奏厅I & II)
Metro Radio Hits Best Advertisement Songs Award 我着十号
Metro Radio Hits Album of the Year Award "李克勤演奏厅II"
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award 天水圍城
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Highest Sales for Male Artists Award
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Local Artistes
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Cantonese Releases 李克勤得心應手演唱會 2006
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Cantonese Releases 李克勤演奏廳
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Cantonese Releases 李克勤演奏廳II
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Best Sales Local Male Vocalist
2007 Jade Solid Gold Song Gold Award - Best Song of the Year 花落誰家
Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 花落誰家
Jade Solid Gold Four Stations Combined Best Song Award 花落誰家
Metro Radio Hits Best Song Award 花落誰家
Metro Radio Hits Best Creative Album Award My Cup of Tea
Metro Radio Hits Best Performance Award
Metro Radio Hits Best Asia Singers Award
Metro Radio Hits Best Song of the Year Award 花落誰家
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award 花落誰家
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Outstanding Singer Award
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award - Ten Best Sales Local Artistes
2008 Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Award 她慈我悲
Metro Radio Hits Best Asia Singers Award
Metro Radio Hits Top Songs Award 她慈我悲
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Outstanding Singer Award
2009 Metro Radio Hits Best Asia Singers Award
Metro Radio Hits Composer Songs Award "Grandma" (嫲嫲)
2010 Metro Radio Hits Best Asia Singers Award
Metro Radio Hits Adapted Song Award "Sinner" (罪人)
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award "Sinner" (罪人)
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Outstanding Singer Award
2011 Metro Radio Hits Original Song Award "Zhuge Liang's Light" (孔明燈)
Metro Radio Hits Best Asia Singers Award
2012 RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Outstanding Singer Award
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award "What is the Reason for Living” (活着為求什麼)
2013 Metro Radio Hits World's Top Song "House of Cards" (紙牌屋)
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Outstanding Singer Award
RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs - Top 10 Gold Songs Award "House of Cards" (紙牌屋)
Chik Chak Ultimate Song Chart Awards - Top Ten Songs Award "House of Cards" (紙牌屋)

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Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1986 - 李克勤(EP)
  • 1987 - 命運符號
  • 1988 - 夏日之神話
  • 1989 - 此情此境
  • 1989 - Purple Dream
  • 1990 - 一千零一夜
  • 1990 - Love
  • 1991 - 破曉時份
  • 1991 - 雨中街頭劇
  • 1992 - 只想您會意
  • 1992 - 紅日
  • 1993 - 一生想您
  • 1993 - Album
  • 1994 - 再見'93 紀念版
  • 1994 - 希望
  • 1994 - 一生何求(國語)
  • 1994 - 就是情歌
  • 1995 - 不懂溫柔(國語)
  • 1995 - Reborn
  • 1995 - Hackenation
  • 1996 - 當找到你
  • 1996 - 尋最
  • 1997 - 情牢 (國語)
  • 1997 - 在克勤身邊
  • 1999 - 一年半載
  • 2000 - 再一次想你
  • 2001 - 港樂.克勤 Live
  • 2001 - 飛花
  • 2002 - 大樂隊
  • 2002 - 情情塔塔演唱會
  • 2002 - 大派對
  • 2002 - 愛不釋手
  • 2003 - 左麟右李演唱會
  • 2003 - Ever Last
  • 2003 - Custom Made
  • 2004 - 左麟右李04開心演唱會
  • 2004 - Smart I.D.
  • 2004 - 空中飛人
  • 2004 - 李克勤x容祖兒壓軸拉闊音樂會
  • 2005 - 愛可以問誰 (國語)
  • 2005 - 李克勤演奏廳
  • 2006 - 李克勤得心應手演唱會
  • 2006 - 我著十號
  • 2006 - 李克勤演奏廳 II
  • 2007 - My Cup of Tea
  • 2007- Hacken Lee No. 1 Hits
  • 2008 - 你的克勤演奏廳演唱會
  • 2009 - Today Special
  • 2009 - 左麟右李演唱會 2009
  • 2009 - Threesome
  • 2010 - 罪人
  • 2011 - 似曾相識
  • 2012 - 在森林和原野
  • 2013 - 復克

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