Joey Yung

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yung.
Joey Yung
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Yung at the CRHK Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation 2013
Chinese name 容祖兒 (traditional)
Chinese name 容祖儿 (simplified)
Pinyin Róng Zǔ'ér (Mandarin)
Jyutping Jung4 Zo2-ji4 (Cantonese)
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1980-06-16) 16 June 1980 (age 36)
British Hong Kong
Other name(s) Joey
Cho B (祖B)
Jo-Jo (祖祖)
Essien (艾辛)
Joey Essien (容艾辛)
Occupation Singer, actress
Genre(s) Cantopop, Mandopop, dance-pop, jazz
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar
Voice type(s) Lyric Mezzo-soprano
Label(s) EEG, Rock, Avex
Associated acts
Ancestry Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Education Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Diploma in Tourism
Official website

Joey Yung (traditional Chinese: 容祖兒; born 16 June 1980 in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong singer and actress signed to Emperor Entertainment Group. Since her musical debut in 1999, Yung has won numerous awards, including the prestigious JSG 'Most Popular Female Singer' and 'Ultimate Best Female Singer – Gold' awards a record-breaking nine times, thus emerging as one of the foremost Cantonese singers of all time. She was ranked 63rd on the 2014 Forbes China Celebrity 100, making her the most influential Hong Kong-based female singer that year.[1] In 2014, she reportedly earned HK$80 million (US$10.3 million).[2]


Early life and career[edit]

Joey Yung was born on 16 June 1980 in Hong Kong. She attended Ma On Shan Lutheran Primary School, where she was sixth-grade classmates with Wong Cho-lam. Hong Kong actress Priscilla Wong also attended the same school.

At the age of fifteen, Yung competed in the Big Echo Karaoke Singing Contest, and was subsequently signed by Go East Entertainment Co., Ltd. As an artist under Go East, she recorded the song "The First Time I Want to be Drunk" as a theme song for a film, but did not gain much recognition and left the company shortly after.

She continued to attend school while working as a clerk and helping her mother to manage a fashion boutique. Later, an ex-colleague from Go East introduced her to Pony Canyon. However, not long after she joined the company, Pony Canyon withdrew its business in Hong Kong and her musical career was again cut short.

1998–2000: Debut and Who Will Love Me[edit]

In 1998, Yung signed with the Hong Kong record label Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG), where her talent was recognised. In 1999 she was sent abroad for training and began to receive singing lessons from Teresa Carpio and the late Roman Tam, who she accompanied on concert tours to gain experience as a performer. By that point, she had graduated from the Bachelor program at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education with a diploma in Tourism.

On 30 September 1999, she released her debut EP, EP 1 Joey. It sold 130,000 copies in Hong Kong and remained on the IFPI Album Charts for 23 weeks, breaking the record for the most consecutive weeks on the chart, previously held by Jacky Cheung's 1992 album 真情流露.

In February 2000, Yung's apartment in Happy Valley was destroyed in a fire.[3] That year, she made her first film appearance in Winner Takes All, and her first television drama appearance in The Green Hope. She also released her second EP, titled EP 2 Don't Miss, and her first studio album, Who Will Love Me. At the same time, she fronted campaigns for several brands including Four Seas, the Red Cross, and Netvigator, and held her first concert, Joey Yung's See You Everywhere Live Concert, at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

2001–2002: All Summer Holiday, Solemn on Stage, Honestly, Something About You, One Person's Love Song, and compilation albums[edit]

In 2001, Yung released her first compilation album Love Joey, which became the Best Selling Album of the Year, followed by two Cantonese albums, All Summer Holiday and Solemn on Stage. In November she held her second live concert and first concert series, H20+ Solemn on Stage Joey Yung Live in Concert 2001 at the Hong Kong Coliseum. She launched her singing career in Taiwan with the release of her first Mandarin album Honestly.

In 2002, she travelled abroad for two months to undergo dancing lessons and other training, returning to Hong Kong to release the Cantonese album Something About You. She then became the spokesperson of Nissin and Nikon. On 11 October, she released the Mandarin album One Person's Love Song, and at the end of the year, she released her second compilation album, Love Joey 2.

2003: My Pride, Lonely Portrait, award recognition and world tour[edit]

In 2003, Yung's became well known for the song "My Pride (我的驕傲)" (the theme song of the TV commercial for Banyan Garden developed by Cheung Kong Holdings), released on 25 March on the album of the same name. That year, she became the spokesperson of a slimming parlor, losing weight and presenting a new image. She released the album Show Up! on 30 September and held her third concert Show Up! Live at the Hong Kong Coliseum. On 17 December, she released the Mandarin album Lonely Portrait (獨照). At end of the year, she dominated all the major Hong Kong music awards ceremonies, winning a handful of prestigious awards including the JSG 'Most Popular Female Singer' award (making her the second youngest singer in history to have won this prize, the youngest being Anita Mui) and the 'Gold Song- Gold' award (金曲金獎) at the JSG Best Ten Music Awards Presentation for "My Pride". She also won her first 'Best Female Singer- Gold' award at the CRHK Music Awards, becoming the award's youngest ever recipient, and the Media Award for the artist who had accumulated the most awards from the four music award ceremonies in Hong Kong. Following this, she began the Show Up World Tour, which included dates in Canada, Australia, the United States, Mainland China, Macau, and Malaysia.

Joey Yung concert in 2006

2004–2006: Nin9 2 5ive, Give Love a Break, Bi-Heart, Ten Most Wanted, and Jump Up – 9492[edit]

In 2004, Yung released her the studio album Nin9 2 5ive and her first photo album The Real Joey, Glamour in London. The photo album was well received by the public and sold out shortly after its release. Her second album in 2004, Give Love a Break, was also a commercial success, breaking the platinum mark with pre-orders alone. At the end of the year, Yung released a Cantonese cover of "Chihuahua" (a song previously released in English by DJ BoBo) as part of a Coca-Cola advertising campaign in Hong Kong. At the year-end music awards, she won over 20 awards and received the highest honour award again, the Media Award. It was estimated that for 2004, her income was HK$60 million, including her income from endorsements alone amounting to HK$10 million.

In 2005, Yung released her third compilation album, Love Joey 3, as well as a new Cantonese studio album, Bi-Heart. Her fourth major concert, Reflection of Joey's Live Concert, spanned eight days in October and November. The concert's theme song, "好事多為", was mixed and re-arranged in South Korea, resulting in the "好事多為 Reflection Mix". EEG was sponsored by Sony Ericsson for the theme song's music video. Following the success of the concert, its CD/VCD/DVD was certified triple platinum, selling 120,000 copies, and Yung's album sales surpassed five million worldwide, an impressive feat in the Cantopop industry (in which an average album will sell around 100,000 copies). However, Yung suffered from strained vocal cords and had to work for several days without talking in an effort to relax her vocal cords. She also spent several days receiving remedial acupuncture treatment in Nanjing, and took singing lessons under vocal coach Christine Samson, known for teaching corrective singing techniques to many Cantopop singers. That year, she purchased two connecting flats named named "The Legend" at Jardine's Lookout, Hong Kong, for HK$40 million.

On 27 February 2006, Yung released her tenth Cantonese studio album, Ten Most Wanted. According to Yung, the album was more experimental and had higher production values than her previous albums. She worked with Mavis Fan for two songs on the album; "Get Fit with Jane Fonda" and "Torn Tongue", both of which had lyrics by Yiu Fai Chow. On 21 July, she released a Mandarin album, Jump Up – 9492.

2007–2009: Close Up, Little Little, Glow, A Time For Us, Very Busy, and tenth anniversary[edit]

At the end of 2006, Yung released the Cantonese album Close Up to commercial success, selling out at stores over Hong Kong as well as online CD stores. A second version of the album was released on 26 January 2007, containing a bonus DVD with music videos for the songs "Unexpected Splendid Meeting (華麗邂逅)" and "Joyful Release (心花怒放)". Around the same time, Yung held a concert organised by Neway with appearances from other artists such as Anthony Wong, at17, Hins Cheung, Yumiko Cheng, Vincent Wong, and Sun Boy'z.

In 2007, she became Hong Kong's ambassador of the World Vision 30 Hour Famine campaign and visited Kenya in March. On 5 July, she released her fifth Mandarin album, Little Little, with the title track produced by Jay Chou. It became her best selling Mandarin album yet. On 7 July, she performed at the Live Earth concert in Shanghai. On 7 November, she released another album, Glow.

In early 2008, Yung released her fourth compilation album Love Joey 4, and held her fifth concert titled StarLight Live over ten days at the Hong Kong Coliseum. During the concert she performed "The Power Medley", a 20-minute intense dance medley of her fast-tempo tracks. The concert's success led to a four-night extension. In February, Yung travelled to New York City with the hope of improving her dancing skills. That year she sang a number of official songs for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and began a world tour shortly afterwards with shows in Malaysia, Canada, the United States, Mainland China, Singapore, and Macau.

The year 2009 marked the tenth anniversary of Yung's career with EEG. To celebrate the occasion, two albums (A Time For Us and Very Busy) and a documentary were released and a mini-concert (Perfect Ten Live at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre's Grand Theatre, where Yung won her first major singing contest in 1995) was held on 4 October, with tickets for the two shows selling out within seven minutes. The "Perfect Ten Live Boxset" was released in two versions in December: the normal version included two concert DVDs, the Perfect 10 documentary, and a photo album; while deluxe version contained two more CDs from Perfect Ten Live and more photos. Towards the end of the year, Yung performed at the concert Music Is Live with Eason Chan, and won the Media Award for the third time (having previously won the award in 2003 and 2004).

2010–2012: Joey and Joey and Moment[edit]

On 29 January 2010, the 10th Anniversary EP titled Joey Ten was released together with the Joey Ten Boxset. The EP consisted of 10 different covers (9 for Version 1 and 1 for Version 2) and five songs. The Joey Ten Boxset included a photo album, stickers, a thank you card from Yung, a Chofy bookmark, a comic book, a Chofy USB, a DVD and the new EP. Three songs were promoted from the EP and all charted at number one on three or more charts. In March, Yung concluded her StarLight Tour with two final shows in Sydney and Melbourne. On 20 August, she released another EP, Airport, and in November she began her Number6 concert, which was her sixth major solo concert held at the Hong Kong Coliseum.

In 2011, Yung took a break for the first time since 2002 and travelled around the world. She stated that she would be focusing on the Mandarin-language market for the immediate future, recording a new Mandarin album and carrying out promotions in Taiwan and Mainland China. On 26 April 2011, Yung became the first Chinese female singer to perform at London's Royal Albert Hall and the third Chinese singer overall, after Eason Chan in 2010 and her mentor Roman Tam in 1979. This was her first concert in Europe. On 23 September 2011, Yung released her 21st studio album, Joey & Joey. From the album, the song "13:00 (13點)" took the number one spot on three of the four major Hong Kong music charts, and the songs "Forest of Flowers (花千樹)" and "Wallpaper (牆紙)" were number ones on all four charts. Joey & Joey became the highest-selling local album of the year. Yung also starred in the film Diva, produced by Chapman To, who hoped that the film would showcase Yung's potential as an actress.

During the first half of 2012, she continued to tour with her Number6 concert in Macau, Reno, Atlantic City, and Toronto. In July, she released her seventh Mandarin album Moment, from which she promoted the songs "Right Time (正好)", "Smoke and Mirrors (霧裏看花)", and "Greater Vigor (加大力度)". That year, she sang the theme song "Serial Drama (連續劇)" for the TVB show The Hippocratic Crush, and received a total of fourteen awards at the four major awards ceremonies.

2013–present: Little Day[edit]

In May 2013, Yung released her first single of the year, "View in a New Light (另眼相看)". On 29 June, she performed the last date of her Number6 world tour in Resorts Word Sentosa in Singapore. On 15 August, she released the album Little Day, which went 4x Platinum. She followed the album up with two compilation albums, the Hopelessly Romantic Collection (released 3 December)[4] and the All Delicious Collection (released 20 December).[5]

Between December 2013 and October 2015 she performed with the Ageas Joey Yung in Concert 1314 tour, beginning at the Hong Kong Coliseum and going on to hold dates in China, Malaysia, and the United States. In 2015, Yung performed in concert with Hacken Lee, and in April she released the EP Me, re-do.

In 2016, Yung appeared alongside Hacken Lee on Chinese television series I Am a Singer.


Main article: Joey Yung discography



Solo concert series[edit]

  • Joey Yung Live 2000 (~H2O+容祖兒美麗在望慈善演唱會)
Date City Country Venue Notes
  • Joey Yung Live in Concert 2001 (~H2O + 容祖兒隆重登場演唱會2001)
Date City Country Venue Notes
25 October 2001 Hong Kong China Hong Kong Coliseum 1st solo ticket sales concert & 1st time usage of a 4-sided stage
26 October 2001
27 October 2001
  • Neway Joey Yung Live Show Up (容祖兒演唱會2003)
Date City Country Venue
16 October 2003 Hung Hom China Hong Kong Coliseum
17 October 2003
18 October 2003
19 October 2003
20 October 2003
21 October 2003
20 August 2004 Sydney Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre
22 August 2004 Melbourne Hisense Arena
9 November 2004 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
14 November 2004 Rama Casino Rama
4 March 2005 Genting Highlands Malaysia Arena of Stars
5 March 2005
22 August 2005 Guangzhou China Guangzhou Gymnasium
16 July 2005 Shenzhen Bao'an Gymnasium
  • Sony Ericsson Reflection of Joey's Live (容祖兒演唱會2005)
Date City Country Venue
26 October 2005 Hong Kong China Hong Kong Coliseum
27 October 2005
28 October 2005
29 October 2005
30 October 2005
31 October 2005
1 November 2005
2 November 2005
14 November 2006 Toronto Canada Casino Rama
23 November 2006 Atlantic City United States Mark G. Etress Arena
24 November 2006
25 November 2006 Las Vegas Mirage Events Center
27 April 2007 Genting Highlands Malaysia Arena of Stars
28 April 2007
  • JOHNNIE WALKER KEEP WALKING StarLight Joey Yung Live (StarLight 容祖兒演唱會08)
Date City Country Venue
25 January 2008 Hung Hom China Hong Kong Coliseum
26 January 2008
27 January 2008
28 January 2008
29 January 2008
30 January 2008
31 January 2008
1 February 2008
2 February 2008
3 February 2008
12 April 2008
13 April 2008
14 April 2008
15 April 2008
27 July 2008 Genting Highlands Malaysia Arena of Stars
28 July 2008
27 September 2008 Atlantic City United States Mark G. Etress Arena
28 September 2008
3 October 2008 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
11 November 2008 Reno United States Peppermill Reno
24 December 2008 Shanghai China Shanghai Indoor Stadium
9 March 2009 Macau China CotaiArena
18 April 2009 Singapore Singapore The MAX Pavilion@
Singapore Expo
26 March 2010 Melbourne Australia Hisense Arena
28 March 2010 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
  • Joey Yung Perfect 10 Live 2009 (容祖兒Perfect 10 黃金十年演唱會)
Date City Country Venue
4 October 2009 Hong Kong China Hong Kong Cultural Centre
4 October 2009
  • NOKIA Joey Yung Concert Number 6 2010 (諾基亞Nokia容祖兒演唱會第六回 2010)
Date City Country Venue Notes
19 November 2010 Hong Kong China Hong Kong Coliseum
20 November 2010
21 November 2010
22 November 2010
23 November 2010
24 November 2010
25 November 2010
26 November 2010
27 November 2010
28 November 2010
3 December 2010
4 December 2010
26 April 2011 London United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall
13 August 2011 Guangzhou China Tianhe Stadium
7 January 2012 Macau China CotaiArena
31 March 2012 Reno, Nevada United States Peppermill Reno – Tuscany Events Center Due to the snow/traffic, Joey wanted to wait for all the audience to arrive, so the concert started a half an hour later prior to the scheduled time
7 April 2012 Atlantic City Mark G. Etress Arena
8 April 2012
10 April 2012 Toronto Canada Casino Rama
20 October 2012 Genting Highlands Malaysia Arena of Stars
29 June 2013 Singapore Singapore Compass Ballroom@
Resorts World Sentosa
  • Ageas Joey Yung in Concert 1314 (富通保險1314容祖兒演唱會)
Date City Country Venue Notes
21 December 2013 Hong Kong China Hong Kong Coliseum
22 December 2013
23 December 2013
24 December 2013
25 December 2013
26 December 2013
27 December 2013
28 December 2013
31 December 2013
1 January 2014
2 January 2014
3 January 2014
4 January 2014
5 January 2014
6 January 2014
20 December 2014 Uncasville, Connecticut United States Mohegan Sun Arena 1st stop of 1314 Tour
27 December 2014 Las Vegas, Nevada United States MGM Grand Garden Arena
23–24 January 2015 Macau China CotaiArena
1 August 2015 Guangzhou, China China Guangzhou Gymnasium
3 October 2015 Genting Highlands Malaysia Arena of Stars
17 October 2015 Foshan, China China Foshan Lingnan Mingzhu Gymnasium

Other concerts[edit]

Date(s) Chinese name English name No. of shows Venue
10 June 2000 Yes ! 容祖兒不容錯失音樂會 YES! Don't Miss Live 1 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Jockey Club Auditorium
29 August 2000 ~H2O+903 容祖兒
Joey Yung Live 2000 1 HKCEC Hall 3
19 November 2000 ~H2O+美麗在望慈善演唱會 Beauty Prospective Live 2000 1 Hong Kong Coliseum
26 June 2002 容祖兒903 id Club
Music Is Live 903 id Club Concert 1 HKEC Hall 3
4 April 2004 新城流行女皇音樂會 Joey Yung 'Feel the Pop' Concert Live 1 HKCEC Hall 3
18 November 2004 壓軸拉闊音樂會
Joey Yung X Hacken Lee The Music Is LIVE 903 Id Club Concert 1 HKCEC Hall 3
21 May 2005 新城容我信愛
Let Me Believe Love- Joey Yung X Jeff Chang 1 HKCEC Hall 3
12–15 May 2006 容祖兒 姚珏 莫拉維亞交響樂團音樂會 One Live One Love Concert 2006 (with Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra) 4 Hong Kong Coliseum
28 September 2006 加洲紅 黃金組合音樂會 容祖兒x古巨基 Joey Yung X Leo Ku Juicy Lemon 1 HKCEC Hall 3
26 January 2007 Safari!向祖兒狂呼音樂劇 Safari! 1 HKCEC Hall 3
11 August 2007 07年拉闊第二場 容祖兒x草蜢 Joey Yung x Grasshoppers Live 1 AsiaWorld Arena
6 September 2007 甜蜜蜜2007邓丽君金曲交响演唱会 Joey Yung 2007 Best of Teresa Teng Concert Live 1 北京世纪剧院
12 November 2008 容祖兒x黃耀明 祖戀明歌音樂會 Joey Yung x Anthony Wong Live 1 AsiaWorld Arena
16 November 2009 903id club 拉闊音樂會 容祖兒X陳奕迅 Music Is Live Joey Yung X Eason Chan 1 HKCEC Hall 5BC
7 March 2010 新城容祖兒我的女皇音樂會 Metro Joey the Queen Music Show 1 AsiaWorld Arena
24 April 2010 亞洲巨星NOW翻天成都演唱會 1 成都體育中心
22 August 2010 永明金融呈獻:新城邁向20聲光綻放音樂會 1 HKCEC Hall 5BC
27–29 August 2010 香港旅遊發展局呈獻:香港夏日流行音樂節 1 Hong Kong Coliseum
18 August 2011 永明金融呈獻:新城20聲光綻放音樂會 1 HKCEC Hall 5BC
14 November 2011 Joey & Joey 新城容祖兒音樂會 Metro Joey & Joey Music Show 1 HKCEC Hall 5BC
9–14 February 2012 騰訊微博:Concert YY 黃偉文作品展 Concert YY 6 Hong Kong Coliseum
11 May 2012 903id Club 拉闊音樂會 許志安 x C AllStar x 容祖兒 Music Is Live Andy Hui X Joey Yung X C AllStar 1 HKCEC Hall 5BC
21 July 2012 QQ音樂MOMENT首唱會 MOMENT Tour – Guangzhou 1 廣州白雲國際會議中心
24 August 2012 MOMENT台灣河岸留言音樂會 MOMENT Tour – Taiwan 1 河岸留言西門紅樓展演館
4 September 2012 新城數碼‧巨星靚聲音樂會 1 HKCEC Hall 5BC
19 September 2012 動感十年我的"容"耀 容祖兒、洪卓立東莞音樂會 Joey Yung X Ken Hung Live in Dongguan 1 東莞玉蘭大劇院
4 January 2013 ONE DAY黃韻玲作品群星演唱會 1 上海大舞台
31 March 2013 繼續寵愛‧十年‧音樂會 Miss You Much Leslie 1 Hong Kong Coliseum
11 June 2013 新城唱好女皇‧唱將音樂會 1 HKCEC Hall 5BC
26 September 2013 容祖兒 摩音符 Moov Live 廣州音樂會 Joey Yung Moov Live in Guangzhou 1 廣州星海音樂廳交響樂演奏廳


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 2013 Forbes China Celebrity List". Forbes. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Louis Koo is 2014's highest-earning celebrity". Yahoo! News Asia. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Apartment fire scare for singer". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2016-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Hopelessly Romantic Collection by Joey Yung on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-05-04. 
  5. ^ "All Delicious Collection by Joey Yung on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Joey Yung". Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Joey Yung". Retrieved 5 April 2010. 

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