Candy Lo

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Candy Lo
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Background information
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
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1974-10-18) 18 October 1974 (age 43)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Lum Lum (nickname)
Occupation Singer, actress
Genre(s) Chinese rock, Cantopop, alternative rock
Label(s) Sony Music [Hong Kong] (1998–2006)
WOW Music (2007-2008)
WhatsUp Music Ltd (2014-present)
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Black & Blue
Website Official website

Candy Lo is a Canto-rock singer-songwriter and film actress from Hong Kong. She has released ten studio albums and three EPs to date.

Career[edit]

1995-1996: Black & Blue[edit]

Prior to going solo, Lo was the lead vocalist in the Hong Kong indie rock band Black & Blue, which released two albums: Hope in Just One Day (1995) containing songs mostly sung in English; and Black & Blue (1996) which was sung completely in Cantonese, a decision made with their record label to make themselves more understandable to fans. Lo wrote all the lyrics to the songs on both albums.

1998-2005: Solo Career with Sony Music[edit]

In 1998, Lo was signed onto Sony Music to launch a career as a solo artist. Her first release under Sony was the EP Don't Have to be...Too Perfect (不需要...完美得可怕) which contained the breakthrough radio-hit "Trash" (垃圾), considered one of her signature songs. Although "Trash" was a fairly mainstream ballad, the rest of the EP showed a continuity with her indie past as part of Black & Blue. Lo would later ditch Keith Chan and Wyman Wong who had a dominant presence on the EP to work with entirely different songwriters and lyricists for her debut album. Released in late 1998, Lo's first full-length solo album was titled Miao, which referred to her love of cats and how "they listen while people sometimes don't."[1]Miao was apparently released to "more than disappointing" album sales and low radio airplay, with producer Kubert Leung remarking that the public had "failed to grasp the concept of the album." [2]

Lo's sophomore album, Getting Closer to Candy Lo (貼近盧巧音) (1999), represented a more conscious attempt to connect with a mainstream audience, while retaining a sense of the unique individualism found in Miao.[2] The album continued to set Lo's music apart from the mainstream. It contained five of her compositions, including the single "Regeneration," (新陳代謝) which was influenced by 70's art rock.[2] Upon release, the album garnered her some comparisons as "Hong Kong's Faith Yang".[3] Art direction for the album was done by William Chang.

A substantially more commercial direction was signalled by the release of 2002's Appreciating the Taste of Life (賞味人間), which gave Lo her first-ever smash hit, "Breakup with Good Intentions" (好心分手). The song topped the charts and won her year-end awards at all four of Hong Kong's major radio and TV stations, making it a career highlight for Lo. A duet version of the song was recorded with Taiwan singer Leehom Wang to accompany the second edition of the album. The song remains one of the most frequently requested songs at Hong Kong karaoke bars to this day.

In May 2003, Lo held her first stadium concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum, True Music 1st Flight Live 2003, performing for two nights. This coincided with the release of the album Candy's Airline (糖果航空), which spawned one of her biggest hits, "Love Triangle" (三角誌), and was followed up later in the year by Flower Talk (花言.巧語) which contained a further hit, "Fall & Blossom" (落地開花).

After a string of radio-friendly albums, Lo released her final album with Sony, Evolution Theory (天演論) in 2005, which returned to her alternative musical roots and is one of her most uncompromising albums to date. Like Flower Talk which preceded it, the album contains lyrics which deal with Buddhist themes.

2007-2011: Process & Retirement[edit]

After a 2-year musical hiatus (during which she appeared in six films), Lo released her 10th studio album, Process, on 10 June 2007, upon joining her new record company "WOW Music". She is the first artist to release a USB flash memory digital album in Asia. Process contained the radio chart-topping hit "Love to the Limit" (愛到不能) and a Mandarin song, "Run Slowly" (走慢點) which was previously available for download at Candy's temporary website http://candylo.hk and saw a hit rate of more than 200,000 before being taken down.

At a concert in 2011, Lo announced her retirement as a singer, though stated that she will continue to produce music behind-the-scenes. She has previously expressed dissatisfaction with the Hong Kong music industry and of having had a "difficult 13 years."[4]

2014 to date: Comeback[edit]

In 2014, Lo signed onto the newly founded label, WhatsUp Music Limited and collaborated with the band Fabel on the single "Self-Love" (自戀自在), which topped two of the four major Hong Kong singles charts and received a nomination for "Best Vocal Collaboration" at the 2014 CASH Golden Sail Music Awards. This was followed-up by the solo single "Pastoral Dream" (田園驚夢) later that year, effectively marking her comeback. In 2015, she released a second single, "The Philosopher" (哲學家).

Acting[edit]

Lo has appeared in numerous films, often as a supporting player in comedies. Notably, she was nominated three times at the 20th Hong Kong Film Awards (2001) for her roles in Tsui Hark's Time and Tide (Best Newcomer, Best Supporting Actress) and Twelve Nights [十二夜] (Best Newcomer). She received further nominations for her supporting roles in Truth or Dare : 6th Floor Rear Flat (六樓後座) in 2004 and Six Strong Guys (六壯士) in 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Lo married Sammy So, lead singer of the band Kolor, in April 2013.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Live Albums[edit]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ iMUSIC (in Chinese)
  2. ^ a b c HK Entertainment News
  3. ^ MTV Taiwan (in Chinese)
  4. ^ [1] (in Chinese)

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