Daniel Chan

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Daniel Chan
Daniel Chan 2014.jpg
Chan at a fundraising event after the 2014 Kaohsiung gas explosions
陳卓揚 (Traditional)
Can4 Coek3joeng4(Cantonese)

(1975-09-03) 3 September 1975 (age 43)
OccupationSinger, songwriter, actor
Years active1994 – present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese陳曉東
Simplified Chinese陈晓东
Musical career
Also known asXT, Tung Tung
OriginHong Kong
GenresCantopop, Mandopop
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
LabelsPolyGram Records (1995–1998)
Universal Music Group (1998–2007)
EC Music (2007–2008)

Daniel Chan Hiu-tung (born 3 September 1975) is a popular Hong Kong singer, songwriter, and actor. He is most notable as one of the young talents in the 1990s music scene.

Early life[edit]

Daniel Chan Hiu Tung was born into and grew up in an unhappy family. His parents were divorced when he was still a child. He is the first of two sons in his family. At the age of 12, Chan studied in Hong Kong at California International (USA) School. After graduating high school at 18, he returned to Hong Kong to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. His uncle is Natalis Chan Pak Cheung, a famous singer in 80s.[1]



Born in Hong Kong, Chan began his singing career in 1994 as a promising talented young singer. In 1995, Chan were guided by Master Tai Si Ching—a famous Hong Kong vocal instructor who helped him receive recording contracts from Universal music group. At the same time, he achieved "The most popular male singer of the year 1995" with the first album "Fly With Me". From the beginning of joining Hong Kong entertainment, he leapt to fame thanks to his handsome appearance and his photogenic and baby face (Daniel Chan Hiu Tung was selected as one of the 19 handsomest Hong Kong actors in 2010 by CNN Television channel).In addition, He owned a sweet voice and a composed talent. Within two years, he became one of the hottest pop idols in the 1990s with his best-seller albums and prestigious music awards.[1]

His golden age lasted between the middle 1990s and early 2000s. This prince of Canto-pop considered as the heir of four Hong Kong heavenly kings including: Jacky Cheung, Leon Lai, Andy Lau and Aaron Kwok. He was also the leader among 4 Hong Kong princes of Canto-pop. He received many music awards of Cantopop and Mando-pop such as: Best singer, best album, best song, the most popular male artist ... .[1]

In 2000, following the death of his manager Rebecca Leung, he began changing his singing style.[1][2]

In April 2003, Daniel left Universal music group after 8 years. In this period of time, he released the featured albums including: Open Up The Sky, Fly With Me, Sentimental Remix, U R My Only Love, Heart Touch, Holiday, Electric Joy EP, Feeling, I want to be, Don't mention at all, Happier than me ...[1]

Unfortunately, after that, between 2005-2006, the relationship between him and his teacher -Tai Si Ching shattered. Both of them claimed that they altogether ceased to meet. Onwards, his career went down.[1]

Until 2008, Daniel returned Hong Kong music science with the album titled "Love moments" afer 5 years of being absent. He organised a mini concert "Love moments" to broadcast his new album in Hong Kong. His style music was stronger than before partly. The album assembled his best song collection and some new songs.[1]

After nearly three years of being absent from the music scene, he released his 11th Chinese album So Hot in early September 2011. Chan is a Buddhist.[1][3]

Until now, he released approximately 40 albums including 26 Cantonese albums and 12 Mandarin albums. His well-known songs including: Guess guess guess, You re my only love, Hua huo chai, Zai hu ni gan shou, Understand your everything, Shen Mo Xi Yin, Guitar, Psychedelic, ai ni duo ni, ai yi tian duo yi tian, ten thousand years, Happier than me, Aquarius, want to know your feeling ... .which are favorited by youngsters and music lovers.[1]


As for his movie career, he took part in many films since 1994. In 1996, he played the character Wang Wen Jun from the movie " Hu-Du-Men" which helped him receive the best newcomer nomination in the 16th Hong Kong film awards. He had opportunity to collaborate with the famous superstar Josephine Siao and Anita Yuen in his first movie.[1]

However, his most impressive role is teenager Shum Chi Hong (Shen Zhi Kang) in "First love unlimited". It's the most well-known teen movie in Hong Kong in the 1990s, paired with Gigi Leung - his lover on screen. The film released at the spring of 1997, which created a fan fever from Hong Kong young admirers. His pure and lovely image along with long and soft hair made him become the idol for millions of girls in Hong Kong. Gigi Leung and Daniel Chan considered as one of the best couples in Hong Kong cinema back then. Especially, the couple looks like a twin, very similar.[1]

After that, he performed in the big budget Chinese New Year movie alongside Stephen Chow in The Lucky Guy in 1998, together Shu Qi, Sammi Cheng, Stephen Chow ...Later he starred in the film A War of No Desire where he acted as Francis Ng's brother in 2000. At the same time, he shot For Bad Boys Only, with famous ators :Ekin Cheng, Louis Koo, Shu Qi ... .[1] Chan is however most well known for his appearance as an actor in the movie First love unlimited (1997) with Gigi Leung as one of the best couple, Feel 100% II (2001 -as Hui Lok, went with Nikki Chow, Eason Chan and Miriam Yeung ) and the resulting TV series Feel 100%.

Personal life[edit]

He experienced many love relationships from 15 years old onwards. It is said that he dated with his screen lover - Gigi Leung in the 1990s when they collaborated with each other in "First love unlimited". However, his most memorable love is with Cecilia Cheung. They claimed as a couple in 2000. Immediately, they were opposed strongly by public opinions. As a result, they broke up regrettably in 2001. Nevertheless, they are still best friends after breaking up until now.[1]

At the end of 2014, he got married with a Taiwanese young nurse. They have 2 daughters now.[1]



Year Title
1995 打開天空 / Open Up The Sky
1995 與我高飛/Fly With Me
1996 了解你的所有 / Understand Your Everything
1996 Sentimental Remix
1996 U R My Only Love
1996 Daniel Chan 1997
1997 在乎你感受 / Care About Your Feelings
1997 心的接觸 / Heart Touch
1997 心理游戲 / Mind Games
1997 Electric Joy EP
1998 AVCD
1998 Holiday
1998 拉闊音樂現場演唱大碟 / Music Is Live
1998 新舊樣本12首 / 12 new and old songs / Xin Jiu Yang Ben 12 Shou
1999 暖情精選 / Warm Love
1999 質感 / Feeling
2000 狂熱份子現場演唱大碟 /903 Live Concert 2000
2000 黑色領帶 /Hei se ling dai / Black tie
2000 Modern Age
2001 不必說感謝 / Don't mention at all
2002 從未忘記 / Never forget
2002 百分百感覺 原聲 / FEEL 100% OST
2002 I Want To Be(陳曉東唱作+自選情歌集) /I Want To Be Daniel Chan Chang Zuo + Zi Xuan Qing Ge Ji
2008 Best Hits In Danieland
2008 Love Moments


Year Title
1997 心有獨鐘 / The Heart Already Knows
1998 感覺貼心 / Close To Heart
1998 我比誰都清楚 / Wo Bei Shei Dou Qing Chu
1999 風一樣的男子 / Feng Yi Yang De Nan Zi
2000 比我幸福 / Happier than me
2000 天亮說晚安 / Bonne nuit en aurore
2001 我要的只是愛 / What I need is love
2002 東國度 / Best Of Daniel Chan
2003 Perfect Love
2008 星空夢遊 / Sleepwalking to space
2011 So Hot
2014 Circle



Year Title Role
1994 Golden Gate Doo-wop singer
1996 虎度門 / Hu-Du-Men Wang Wen Jun / 王文俊
1996 飛虎雄心2傲氣比天高 / Best of the Best Chan Xiao Tung / 陳曉東
1997 初戀無限TOUCH / First love unlimited Shum Chi Hong (Shen Zhi Kang) / 沈志康 paired with Gigi Leung
1998 行運一條龍 / The Lucky Guy Li De Nan / 李得男
2000 愛與誠 / The War Named Desired Fang Long Jun / 方龍俊
2000 Bad Boy特攻 / For Bad Boys Only Tin-ngai
2001 百分百感覺2 / Feeling 100% II Xu Le / 許樂
2001 蘋果咬一口 / Except a Miracle Chen Lan Yu / 陳藍雨
2002 停不了的愛 / Loving Him Xiao Dong / 小東
2002 我的美麗鄉愁 / Far From Home Jack
2004 海角情緣 / Feroipenme-T Wen Shan / 文山
2010 A面B面 / The Double Life
2010 終極匹配 / The Perfect Match Lao Zhuai / 老拽
2010 愛情36計 / Ai Qing San Shi Liu Ji
2011 幸存日 / Together
2012 孩子不坏 / We Not Naughty Liu CK
2012 家辦囍事 / Starts Good Ends Good
2012 绣花鞋 / Blood Stained Shoes
2012 捨身技 / High Kickers
2012 Catching Monkey
2013 綁架大明星 Kidnapping of a Big Star
2015 天亮·分手 Dawn Break Up
2016 Money and Love

TV Series[edit]

Year Title Role
1996 殭屍福星 / Night Journey Liang Dong / 梁東
2001 新楚留香 / The New Adventures of Chor Lau Heung Emperor / 皇帝
2002 百分百感覺 / Feel 100% Jerry
2002 百分百感覺之冬日戀曲 / Feel 100% II Jerry
2003 男女字典 / 20/30 Dictionary
2004 倩女幽魂 / Eternity Ning Cai Chen / 甯采臣
2004 一千個秋天 / Yi Qian Ge Qiu Tian Nan Feng / 南風
2005 香粉传奇 / Xiang Fen Chuan Qi Lin Yi Ruo / 林一若
2006 海的誓言 / Hai De Shi Yan Ou Yang Zheng / 歐陽正
2006 硯道 / Yan Dao Xiao Fei / 蕭飛
2007 聊齋奇女子 / The Fairies of Liaozhai Gu Xiang Ru / 顧相如
2011 拜金女王 / Material Queen Yan Kai Ming / 嚴凱銘
2013 [愛情急整室] / Love SOS Han Tian Yu / 韓天宇
2013 蘭陵王 / Prince of Lan Ling Emperor Wu of Northern Zhou / 北周武帝宇文邕[4] with Ariel Lin co-starring
2014 加油爱人/ 幸福爱人 / Brave lover/ Happy lover Zhang Han Yu/ 张瀚宇



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  2. ^ "Chan talks work, not love". New Straits Times. 1 June 2000. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  3. ^ "组图:娱乐圈明星信佛知多少". QQ News. 27 February 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
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  5. ^ "Daniel Chan". imdb.com. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Daniel Chan". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 20 April 2010.

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