Janice Vidal

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Janice Vidal
Janice2007-1.jpg
Chinese name 衛蘭 (traditional)
Chinese name 卫兰 (simplified)
Pinyin wèi lán (Mandarin)
Jyutping wai6 laan4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Chinese, Filipino, Korean
Origin Philippines
Born (1982-04-13) 13 April 1982 (age 32)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Janice, Wei Lan (衛蘭), Ming Lok Tai (明樂蒂), Renee
Occupation Singer
Genre(s) Cantopop, Hong Kong English pop, soul, jazz, blues, R&B
Instrument(s) Vocal
Label(s) A Music
Years active 2005–present
Official Website www.amusic.com.hk

Janice M. Vidal, often credited as "Janice", is a Cantopop, Hong Kong English pop, Jazz, and R&B singer based in Hong Kong. She is the twin sister of singer Jill Vidal.

Debuted in 2005, Vidal performs in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese although she knows Tagalog, French and Korean as well.

Biography[edit]

Vidal was born on 13 April 1982 in Kowloon, Hong Kong. She is of mixed parentage with a Filipino father with ancestry in Cebu, Philippines and a Chinese Korean[clarification needed] mother from Seoul, South Korea. As a Hong Kong singer, Vidal adopted the Chinese name Wei Lan (衛蘭). She is often credited mononymously as Janice.[1] In the past she also work as a bar singer[2] by names such as "Renee" prior to her debut album in 2005 and "Ming Lok Tai" (明樂蒂) in an EEG singing competition in 2000[citation needed]. As of 2009, her father resides in Hong Kong, while her mother resides in South Korea.

Her singing is widely accepted by fans in Hong Kong, as of 21 November 2010, she is the only female singer occupied 2 spots in the top 10 of MOOV forever chart (the only other singer is Justin Lo), they are "離家出走" (Run Away from Home) currently number 1 and "愛才" (Love Talent) currently number 6.[3]

She admitted in a radio interview that she cannot read Chinese and uses English Romanization to help her pronounce words that she sings in the recording studio. In an interview with South China Morning Post in 2009, she states that she has converted to Buddhism about 6 years prior to that interview.[4] She has since become Christian along with her sister Jill, following her sister's scandal in Japan.[5]

Music career[edit]

In her first concert, Vidal stated that she was signed by Amusic around 2003. At the time Leon Lai thought that her Cantonese was not good enough, and initially asked her to work as an office assistant.[6]

During the winter of 2004, Vidal started catching the media's attention by covering one of Lai's classic hits "Long Distance" (情深說話未曾講) in English. The cover song quickly became a hit. Some fans initially thought it was an overseas singer who was covering one of Lai's classic hits, but were surprised to find out the singer was an unknown Hong Kong rookie. Since it was Christmas, her first song was swiftly followed by a Christmas version of another Lai cover "Bu Ke Yi Shi" (不可一世), sung in Cantonese. The Cantonese cover of "Long Distance" (情深說話未曾講) was aired on radio in Spring 2005 for the first time.

By April 2005, Vidal had become known as a mysterious singer who sung several cover versions of Leon Lai's songs, but whose face has never been shown in public. After roughly six months of radio publicity and building public anticipation, her face was finally unveiled when her debut album "Day & Night" was released on 13 April 2005. Fellow Cantopop singer, Justin Lo, was one of the main producers for this album, and it soon became a hit. On 25 November 2005, Vidal released her second album "My Love".

Vidal won all the (female) newbies singers awards in 2005 that were awarded by Hong Kong media. They were Commercial Radio Hong Kong (CRHK) 2005 Best Female Newbies – Gold, RTHK 2005 Best Female Newbies – Gold, TVB 2005 Best Female Newbies – Gold and Metro Radio I-Tech Metro Best Newbies 2005 (unranked). In mid-December 2005, she was placed fifth for Commercial Radio 2's 2005 Favorite Female Singer Award. She obtain Bronze in the Best Female singer category for 2006.

Vidal held her first concert series in Hong Kong from 29 March to 1 April 2007, as part of her four-night stint at Hong Kong Coliseum. It was called "My First Concert."

Vidal's fourth studio album, titled Serving You, was released on 27 November 2008. On 21 December during the press conference for Lai's new album Is Me, Lai announced that Serving You had sold more than 150,000 units.[7]

Vidal's fifth studio album, titled Morning, was released on 3 July 2009 and is her first English album composed of original compositions.

Janice (right) posing next to her own wax figure (left) in Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

From 28 April 2007 to 13 May 2007 Madame Tussauds Hong Kong organised "Madame Tussauds – Your Celebrity Choice for this Summer" competition with an aim to select new wax portrayal to be displayed in Madame Tussauds museum[8] Vidal won the competition in May and her wax portrayal started to display in the glamour section on 18 July 2007. The statue is dressed in a green ballet dress used during "My First Concert" which Vidal had donated.[9]

Janice Vidal released her first Greatest Hits Selection + New Songs compilation disc on 27 November 2009, which comprises hit songs from her 5-year singing career – featuring 34 songs and 17 Music Videos.

In April 2010, Janice won the highest record sales award (female artist) at the 2009 Hong Kong IFPI Awards ceremony. In addition, her albums 《SERVING YOU》 and 《WISH》 were also awarded with the top 10 best selling Cantonese albums of 2009.

Janice released her new Cantonese album called Love Diaries, which was released before her second concert "Fairy Concert 2010" at the Hong Kong Coliseum on 16 and 17 October. She also held her first MOOV live concert on 11 July 2010, where she performed five new songs from her new album as well as older classics with new arrangements. The song with JW, "What Men Believe" (男人信甚麼) has won her the best song of the year in TVB 2010 Jade Solid Gold Music Award.

Discography[edit]

Release Date Album Name Languages CD Type Recording Music Label
2005-04-13 Day & Night Cantonese, English 1 Audio CD Studio AMusic
2005-05-26 Day & Night (2 CD Special Version) Cantonese, English 2 Audio CD Studio AMusic
2005-11-25 My Love Cantonese, English, Mandarin 1 Audio CD Studio AMusic
2006-11-21 Do U Know Cantonese, English 1 Audio CD + 1 DVD Studio AMusic
2008-11-27 Serving You Cantonese, English 1 Audio CD Studio AMusic
2009-07-03 Morning English 1 Audio CD Studio AMusic
2009-11-27 WISH Cantonese, English 2 Audio CD + 1 DVD Studio AMusic
2010-02-05 WISH (2nd Version) Cantonese, English 2 Audio CD + 1 DVD Studio AMusic
2010-10-27 Love Diaries Cantonese, English, Japanese 1 Audio CD + 1 DVD Studio + Live AMusic
2010-12-06 Fairy Concert 2010 Cantonese, English, Japanese 2 DVD + 2 Audio CD Live AMusic
2010-12-30 Fairy Concert 2010 (Blu-Ray) Cantonese, English, Japanese 2 Blu-Ray Disc Live AMusic
2010-12-30 (expected) Fairy Concert 2010 (2nd Version) Cantonese, English, Japanese 2 DVD Live AMusic
2012-08-17 3000 Day and Night Concert 2012 Cantonese, English 2 Audio CD Live AMusic
2012-12-21 Imagine Cantonese 1 Audio CD Studio Amusic

Filmography[edit]

Release Date Title Chinese Title Role
2006, Nov A Melody Looking 緣邀之音 Janice
2007, Jul The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Cantonese translation) 時をかける少女 Makoto Konno
2010, 2 Sep Frozen 為你鍾情 "穎"(Wingz)

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Concert[edit]

Year Date Title No of Shows Location Sponsor
2007 29 March – 1 April My First[12] 4 Hong Kong Coliseum Hang Seng Bank Credit Card
2007 30 September My First[13] 1 Guangzhou (Canton) Budweiser
2008 1 May My First 1 Stadium Merdeka Celcom X-Pax
2008 8 Nov Magic Live Concert – Janice Vidal[14] 1 Star Hall in Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre The Community Chest of Hong Kong
2010 16–17 October Fairy[15] 2 Hong Kong Coliseum IDA

Awards[edit]

HK Music Awards
Year Date Awards
2005 26 Dec Metro Radio I-Tech Metro Newbies Award
2006 1 Jan Commercial Radio Female newbies of the Year – Gold Award
2006 Jan 16 TVB Best New Female Singer – Gold Award
TVB Top 10 Song:Run Away from Home
TVB Best Performance-Silver
TVB Four Media Best Performance Award-Gold
2006 23 Jan RTHK Best New Female Singer – Gold Award
2006 Jan Sina Music Best Female Newbies – Gold Award
Sina most listen Duets – "24"
2006 Apr IFPI Hong Kong – 2005 Ten Best Sales Local Artistes
IFPI Hong Kong – 2005 Most Sales Female Newbies [16]
2007 1 Jan Commercial Radio Best Female Singer – Bronze Award
2007 Metro Radio Best Female Singer
Metro Radio Karaoke Hit Song:My Love My Fate
Metro Radio Hit Song:Run Away from Home
2007 29th (2008) RTHK Top Ten Singers 2007
2007 29 Jan Sina Music No 3 Most listened – "離家出走" (Run Away from Home)
Sina Music Direct Most listened Program – Janice x Jill new Album
2008 30th (2009) RTHK Top Ten Singers 2008
2008 Metro Radio My Most Admired Female Singer
Metro Radio Hit Song:Doesn't Matter
2010 30 Jan 32nd (2009) RTHK Top 10 Song Award – "就算世界無童話" (If The World Has No Fairy Tales)
32nd (2009) RTHK Vocalist Award (Commonly known as Top 10 Singer, was awarded to more than 10 singer in 2009)
2010 26 Jan 2009 Sina Music Most Listened 20 – "就算世界無童話" (If The World Has No Fairy Tales)
2009 Sina Music Most Listened Album – "Wish"
2010 7 Apr IFPI Hong Kong – 2009 Ten Best Sales Releases, Cantonese – Serving You
IFPI Hong Kong – 2009 Ten Best Sales Releases, Cantonese – Wish
IFPI Hong Kong – 2009 Ten Best Sales Local Artistes
IFPI Hong Kong – 2009 The Best Sales Local Female Vocalist[17]
2010 29 Dec Metro Radio Hit Song: "愛在天地動搖時" (Love while the world is shaking)
Metro Radio Hit Duet Song: "男人信甚麼" (What Men Believe) – With JW
Metro Radio Best Female Singer
Metro Radio Best Song: "男人信甚麼" (What Men Believe) – With JW
Other Awards
Year Date Awards
2005 Yahoo Search Popular Awards: Most Increase
2005 PM Popular Talented New Female Stars
2005 PM Readers Choice Song: Big Brother
PM Readers Choice Duet: 24
2005 Road Show Respected Newcomer

Music pop chart[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
RTHK Chinese Pop CRHK 903 Ultimate / Foreign Metro Radio Pop Chart JSG Billboard MOOV Chart
2005 "In Love Again" - - - - -
2005 "一夜傾情" - - - - -
2005 "不可一世" (Not For Life) - 10 - - -
2005 "情深說話未曾講" (Deep Loving Words Unspoken) - 9 10 - -
2005 "大哥" (Big Brother) 3 4 4 9 -
2005 "十個他不如你一個" (Ten of him can't compare to you)" 1 2 2 7 -
2005 "一埸誤會" (Misunderstanding) - 12 - - -
2005 "今夜你不會來" (You Won't Come Tonight) 1 11 2 3 -
2006 "心亂如麻" (Messy Heart) 1 4 1 - -
2006 "My Love My Fate" 1 1 1 - -
2006 "愛才" (Love Talent) 1 7 1 1 1
2006 "離家出走" (Run Away from Home) 1 (2 wks) 1 1 1 1
2007 "深愛" (Deep Love) 1 1 2 - 4
2007 "愛你還愛你" (Love You Still Love You) 1 3 1 - 2
2007 "我為何讓你走"(衛蘭 & 黎明 合唱) 14 - 3 - -
2007 "快樂地圖Let's Go" 1 - - - -
2007 "童夢 (feat.光良)" (Children's fairytale) 3 12 1 1 -
2007 "無所謂" (Doesn't Matter) 3 9 3 1 3
2008 "雜技" (Acrobatics) 1 2 1 - 1 (3wks)
2008 "如水" (Like Water) 1 1 1 (3wks)
2008 "主角愛我" (Main character loves me) 1 (2wks)
2008 "陰天假期" (Cloudy Vacation) 3 13 1 1 2
2008 "就算世界無童話" (If The World Has No Fairy Tales) 1 (2 wks) 2 1 1 1 (6 wks)
2009 "My Cookie Can" 3 5 3 7
2009 "愛深過做人" (Love is harder than life) 1 1
2009 "999"
2009 "Rainbows" 1 2
2009 "Please" 1
2009 "Wish" 1
2009 "心有不甘" (Unwilling Heart) 1 1
2009 "殘酷遊戲" (Cruel Game) 3 16 1 1 1
2010 "唯愛人間" (Only Love Human World) 3 14 2 4
2010 "男人信甚麼" (衛蘭 & JW 合唱) (What Men Believe) 1 10 1 1 1 (5wks)
2010 "溫差" (Temperature Difference) 10 9 1 (3wks)
2010 "2012" 9 3 1
2010 你的女人 (Your Woman)
2010 Wonderland (衛蘭 & 24 Herbs 合唱) 2 4
2010 愛在天地動搖時 (Love while the world is shaking) 2 1 1
2012 愛沒有假如
2012 他不慣被愛
2012 街燈晚餐 1
2013 我們的故事 3
2013 情人甲(合唱版) 13 13
2013 You Go I Go 1 3
2014 錯過你 3 1
Total number of No. 1 singles 14 4 10 7 7

HK Record Merchant (香港唱片商會) Album Sales Chart

Year Album Peak
2005 Day & Night 1
2006 My Love 1
2006 Do U Know 1
2008 Serving You 1
2009 Morning 3
2009 Wish 2 (3wks)
2010 Love Diaries 2

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References[edit]

  1. ^ All Janice Vidal albums are credited mononymously as "Janice".Vidal, Janice (2005, 2006). CD Album booklet. Hong Kong: Amusic. pp. cover.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ [1], Star Words – Interview, East Weekly 303 Edition Book B, Retrieved on 20 July 2010
  3. ^ Moov forever chat, MOOV, Retrieved on 24 November 2010
  4. ^ Janice Vidal (2009). Twins effect inspires Janice Vidal (衛蘭) (interview footage). Hong Kong: South China Morning Post. 
  5. ^ Janice: Except God, I trust Leon the Most (Traditional Chinese), Oriental Daily, Retrieved on 8 July 2010
  6. ^ Janice forgive her mother not attending her concert (Simplified Chinese), Ta Kung Pao, Retrieved on 16 October 2007 via Google cache
  7. ^ " Is Me" press conference Retrieved 22 December 2008
  8. ^ Janice Vidal Overwhelms Competition in "Your Celebrity Choice for this Summer" Madame Tussauds Set to Bring Summer Freshness To Hong Kong This Season, Madame-Tussauds of Hong Kong, Retrieved on 30 July 2007
  9. ^ Janice Captures the Spirit of Summer at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Madame-Tussauds of Hong Kong, Retrieved on 30 July 2007
  10. ^ "Janice Vidal". imdb.com. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Janice Vidal". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Janice first concert press conference amusic.hk Retrieved 30 August 2007
  13. ^ Budweiser Janice My First Canton amusic.hk Retrieved 17 September 2007
  14. ^ Magic Live Concert (Traditional Chinese) amusic.hk Retrieved 26 September 2008
  15. ^ "SheIsJW" (in Traditional Chinese). Amusic. Retrieved 9 July 2010 
  16. ^ IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award 2005, IFPI Hong Kong, Retrieved on 20 July 2010
  17. ^ IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award 2009, IFPI Hong Kong, Retrieved on 8 July 2010
  18. ^ "Major Music Charts in Hong Kong" (in Chinese). Musichk.org. Retrieved 3 February 2007 

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