Few can match Joey when it comes to breaking Cantopop records. Our girl’s been breaking records since her debut. Joey’s debut EP released in 1999 still holds the record for spending the most weeks on IFPI Hong Kong’s sales chart at 23 weeks. A year later at age 20 she broke the then-record of being the youngest female singer to hold a concert at the prestigious Hong Kong Coliseum. Though the record has since been broken twice, it is unlikely anyone will beat Joey’s record crushing 10 JSG ‘Most Popular Female Singer’ and CRHK ‘Ultimate Female Singer Gold’ wins. Say all you want about record company politics, when all four major media outlets bestow their top awards on you for over a decade, you simply cannot deny Joey’s influence and success. And with Joey’s latest extended play, the record breaking diva is adding another round of pop chart records under her name.
Yesterday, Hong Kong internet celebrity and Joey super-fan 高登天后瓊姐 or ‘Kingjer’ posted on social media the above image celebrating the many records Joey’s newest EP broke. The following are the notable pop chart records broken by Me, re-do:
- The only album released in the 21st century (2000 and after) to have its singles spend a cumulative 14 weeks (or more) at #1 across Hong Kong’s four major pop charts. (Interesting note: the all-time record holder is Jacky Cheung’s 1995 album 過敏世界, the album containing Cheung’s original version of 這麼近那麼遠, with 19 cumulative weeks)
- Most cumulative weeks at #1 across Hong Kong four major singles charts for songs from a single female pop album
- The only album in Cantopop history in which all tracks are #1 songs
- Most cumulative weeks at #1 on CRHK’s ‘Ultimate Billboard’ radio song chart (4 weeks – tying the record set by the plugs off Eason’s 2005 album U87)
- 樂觀 is the only song from a female artist to spend two weeks at #1 on CRHK’s ‘Ultimate Billboard’ chart in the 2010s
Apologies for the lack of updates! Real life got a bit busy for my fellow admins and I so we were not able to update the blog. With that in mind, please don’t mistaken the lack of activity on JG Blog as being reflective of Joey’s activity. In fact, the beginning of 2015 has been relatively busy for Joey after what was a quieter year in 2014. Indeed, we have quite a bit to recap…so please bear with us!
The first update we have to cover is of course the release of Joey’s fifth EP, ‘Me, re-do’. The album art is heavily influenced by 1980s Japanese record covers, continuing a theme seen in the plugs released last year. The EP contains four tracks and can be considered a concept album, following the ‘four somethings’ a bride should wear that is considered lucky in western culture.
As the EP’s ‘something new’, Joey enlisted the help of one of Hong Kong’s top up-and-coming musicians Janet Yung (though Janet herself has been a long time writer and bandmate for Joey) to write the first plug, 天然呆. Meanwhile second plug 樂觀, penned by J-pop veteran Mayumi Itsuwa, and her latest plug 飄紅, which stars Hong Kong film icon Petrina Fung – the ‘Shirley Temple of Hong Kong’ – in its music video, is considered the album’s ‘something old’. Despite the already star-studded list of icons associated with this project, the biggest name of course is the ‘god of song’ himself, Jacky Cheung. As the EP’s ‘something borrowed’, Joey sang a cover of Jacky’s 1995 hit 這麼近那麼遠, with the living legend making a cameo himself in the music video. Finally the album shoot’s blue background rounds up the concept as the project’s ‘something blue’
[Hacken Lee & Joey Yung Live in Hong Kong 2015]
The second but equally, if not even bigger, update we have to cover is Joey and good-friend Hacken Lee’s double headlining gig at the Hong Kong Coliseum this September. The two first paired up for what was one of the most memorable ‘Music is Live’ concerts ever back in 2004. Eleven years later, the duo is taking it to the big stage in what is probably the biggest concert event of the year. Last week the poster leaked, a month before the scheduled pre-order date, along with reports of illegal fake ticket sales. Pre-sale tickets will be made available on Joey’s birthday, June 16th, and a new duet is expected to be released around the same time. For now the series will run September 11-18, though additional dates will more than likely be added later.