Albert Leung

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Albert Leung
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Born
Leung Wai Man (梁偉文)

(1961-12-07) 7 December 1961 (age 58)
OccupationLyricist
AwardsGolden Needle Award
2008 Lifetime Achievement
Chinese name
Musical career
Also known asLam Zik
Origin Hong Kong
GenresCantopop, Mandopop

Albert Leung (born 7 December 1961, Chinese: 林夕; Jyutping: lam4 zik6),[1] is a prolific and award-winning lyricist and writer based in Hong Kong.

Education[edit]

He was educated at the boys school Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College and La Salle College, and graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1984.

Songwriting career[edit]

He has been a Cantopop lyricist since 1985, using the pen name Lam Zik. The Chinese characters for this name, 林夕, written vertically, look like the compound (simplified) character (jyutping: mung, pinyin: mèng), meaning "dream".

He has written over 3500 song lyrics.[2][3][4] He is well known for composing lyrics very quickly. On TVB's show Be My Guest, he admitted that his fastest record for writing the complete lyrics to a song is 45 minutes.

His most noted songwriting partnership is with composer Zhang Ya Dong for Faye Wong,[5] but he has also written with Leslie Cheung, Andy Lau,[1] Miriam Yeung and many others.

He composed the lyrics to the song "Beijing Welcomes You", a six-minute song which was performed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by a panoply of popular Chinese singers, and which proved extremely popular with the Chinese public.[6]

In May 2009 he published a book about his creative work in the previous decade, 曾经—林夕90前后 ('Once–Lin Xi's 1990s from beginning to end').[7]

In November 2019, over thousands of songs written by Leung were reportedly taken down from online music stores in China after voicing support for the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests,[8] after collaborating with a Taiwanese band ‘'Fire Ex.'’ to support the protestors.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andy Lau's new album Coffee or Tea released, sina.com, 2004-08-19 (in English)
  2. ^ "每個人心中都有一首「林夕」:這10大詞神近期作品,哪首最得你心?". The News Lens (in Chinese). August 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  3. ^ "【填詞30年作品逾3500首】林夕作品遭內地封殺 大量香港歌手受影響". 壹週刊 (in Chinese). 22 November 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  4. ^ "數據解讀作詞之王–林夕". 联合新闻网 (in Chinese). Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  5. ^ 林夕與張亞東因王菲而結緣 稱不要總問王菲何時複出 Archived 6 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese), Sina.com, 2009-03-02
  6. ^ "Hanwang: Why is "Beijing Welcomes You" so popular?". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  7. ^ 新书推介 (in Chinese) Sina.com, 2009-05-21
  8. ^ "China scraps over 3,000 songs by HK lyricist Albert Leung for his speech in Taiwan: report". 23 November 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Taiwan rock band Fire Ex., lyricist Albert Leung write HK protest song". 16 November 2019.