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Aaron Kwok Fu-shing became a star literally overnight after his handsome face wowed audiences in a TV commercial in 1990. That same year, he released an album that sold over a million copies. Kwok has been dubbed the “King of Stage” due to his catchy dance moves.
Anson Lo Honting rose to fame after appearing in ViuTV’s popular adaptation of the Japanese drama Ossan’s love in 2021. The fact that he’s also a member of boy band Cantopop Mirror – and an awesome dancer – means nothing can stop his meteoric rise to stardom.
Alan Tam Wing-lun began his career as a member of The Wynners. After the group disbanded in 1980, Tam became one of Hong Kong’s best-selling solo artists. Still joking he is “still 25”, the singer is still active on the showbiz scene today.
everyone says that Andy Lau Tak-wah is the hardest-working star on the canto-pop circuit. With more than 160 films and 60 albums to his credit, the actor-singer has become one of Hong Kong’s most popular entertainers since entering show business in 1981.
Andy Hui Chi On is a pop singer and film actor. Recognized for both his on-screen performances and his musical talent, he has won numerous music awards and was named one of the city’s top ten young people in 2005 for his contribution to music and film. Hong Kong.
Born: 1963 Died: 2003
With a melancholic contralto voice, a charismatic stage presence and an ever-changing image, Anita Mui Yim-fong, who died of cervical cancer in 2003, was Hong Kong’s biggest canto-pop singer. To this day, she is affectionately referred to as the “Hong Kong girl”.
Twins – composed of Gillian Chung Yun-tung and Charlene Choi Tsoek-jin – are the most successful female Cantopop duo in the history of the genre. Together, they defined a new generation of dedicated young Cantopop fans who grew up on their extraordinary success in music and movies.
Eason Chan Yik-shun won first place at the 1995 New Talent Singing Awards, launching his career in music. He has enjoyed great success since releasing his debut album in 1996, with a string of best-selling albums and sold-out concert tours.
faye wang is blessed with one of the finest singing voices in the music industry, not only in Hong Kong but also in mainland China. Starting out as Shirley Wong Ching-man singing mainly Cantonese songs, she had a major breakthrough when she returned from studying music in the United States with the best-selling album Go home (1994). Dropping her stage name, Wong Fei, or Faye Wong, was born.
Twins – made up of Gillian Chung Yun-tung and Charlene Choi Tsoek-jin – are the most successful female Cantopop duo in the history of the genre. Together they defined a new generation of dedicated young Cantopop fans who grew up on their extraordinary success in music and movies.
Gin Lee a Malaysian-Chinese singer, made a huge impression on Cantopop fans in Hong Kong when in 2010 she was invited to take part in The Voice 2, a singing competition in the style of a reality TV show broadcast by TVB. Since then, she has released many more hits which have earned her a well-deserved place in the music industry in Hong Kong and the region.
Hacken Lee Hak-kan is a veteran of the Cantopop scene. Enrolled after winning a singing competition in 1985, he released his first album while still in high school. He was later compared to Alan Tam Wing-lun, who later became a pivotal figure in his career.
Hins Cheung King-hin is a Guangzhou-born singer who started his Cantopop career in Hong Kong. With his boy-next-door charm and talent for music, Cheung established himself as one of canto-pop’s most popular singer-songwriters after moving here in the early 2000s.
Jacky Cheung Hok-yau entered the music industry by winning the 18-Hong Kong District Amateur Singing Contest in 1984. The entire 90s was the peak of Cheung’s career and each album had several hits. He also earned the nickname “God of Songs” for his vocal talents.
Janice Vidal is widely recognized as one of the most gifted singers in Cantopop history. In 2017, she was voted No. 1 in an online poll to find the singer with the most beautiful voice, beating superstars such as Eason Chan Yik-shun, Joey Yung Cho-yee and the late Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing.
Joey Yung Cho-yee has won numerous awards since her debut in 1996. She ranked 63rd on the 2014 Forbes China Celebrity 100 list, making her the most influential Hong Kong-based singer that year.
Kay Tse On-kay was discovered by composer and lyricist Adrian Chow Bok-yin during his winning turn at a University of Hong Kong singing competition in 2002. The two have a successful singer-producer partnership which has resulted in a number of popular songs that were socially conscious and refreshingly different from the typical Cantopop market love ballads.
Kelly Chen Wailam became a Cantopop idol from the start when her debut solo album drunk lover (1995) became a commercial success. She went on to release numerous other hit records and held many sold-out concerts before taking a step back from her illustrious career in 2012.
Keung to is arguably the most popular member of the boyband Cantopop Mirror. Keung joined Hong Kong broadcaster ViuTV’s reality talent competition king maker in 2018 – and won. He went on to become the youngest artist to win two coveted awards on the Cantopop stage – My Favorite Male Singer and My Favorite Song – at Commercial Radio’s Ultimate Song Chart Awards in 2021.
Leo Ku Kui-kei is both a popular singer and a television and film actor. He is the ultimate Mr Nice Guy in showbiz and has won over 60 music awards from commercial radio, RTHK and Metro Radio during his career.
Leon Lai-ming tried his hand at the 5th New Talent Singing Awards in 1986 and landed a recording contract, but it took him four years of coaching before releasing his debut album. He has now enjoyed a career in show business that dates back more than three decades.
Born: 1956 Died: 2003
Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing was one of the most prominent pioneers who shaped Cantopop’s identity in the 1980s. of a career that spanned more than two decades.
Miriam Yeung Chinwah finished third in the 1995 New Talent Singing Awards competition and has since released hit after hit and over 40 albums. She has won numerous music awards over her decades-long career and is also a highly regarded actress, appearing in over 30 films.
Sammi Cheng Sauman began his journey in the entertainment industry by finishing third in the New Talent Singing Championship in 1988. Since then, his talent has flourished. She has released countless albums and won numerous awards, cementing her reputation as one of Cantopop’s greatest.
Sandy Lam Yiklin began her career in showbiz as a radio DJ before becoming one of this city’s top pop singers in the 1990s. One of the hardest working artists in the industry, Lam is equally well known on the Mando-pop scene after his 1990 hit Back home without you.
Associate creative director Marcelo Duhalde
Text by Kevin Kwong
Edited by Tom Eves