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Joey Yung Cho-Yee (Traditional Chinese 容祖兒; Simplified Chinese 容祖儿; Cantonese: Yung Cho-Yee; Mandarin pinyin: Róng Zǔ'ér (born 16 June 1980) is a cantopop singer and actress from Hong Kong. She is an artist of the Emperor Entertainment Group. She won the "Most Popular Female Singer Award" at the year end Jade Solid Gold Awards in 2003 with the help of her hit, "My Pride" and won the same prize in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 thus emerging as one of the premier Cantonese singers in Hong Kong.

She is also a pescetarian.[1]

BiographyEdit

Early careerEdit

When she was attending in Ma On Shan Lutheran Primary School in the 6th grade, she was classmates with Wong Cho Lam.

At age 15, Joey participated in many singing contests, including the Big Echo Karaoke Singing Contest, in which she was given the opportunity to be an artist of Go East Entertainment Co. Ltd.. However, her talent did not win recognition of the company. Go East ended the contract with Joey soon after the song "The First Time I Want to be Drunk," which is the theme song of a movie, was recorded. The song is Joey's only song produced by Go East.

Afterwards, she continued with school while working as a clerk and helped her mother in managing the business of a fashion boutique. She was later introduced to Golden Pony Records Co. Ltd. by an ex-colleague of Go East. Not long after she joined the company, it withdrew its business in Hong Kong. Joey's singing career was once again terminated. A couple of years after, she followed Roman Tam, the godfather of Canto-pop, to learn singing. It was revealed in 2009 that she was a student of Teresa Carpio before she started her singing career.

Joey as a Newcomer (1999–2000)Edit

In 1998/1999, Joey joined Emperor Entertainment Group. Her talent was appreciated and she was sent abroad for training to enhance her singing skills in 1999.

As this was also the same company her mentor Roman was in, she also toured with Roman which helped her gain experience as a performer.

On 30 September 1999, her debut album EP was released. It charted on the IFPI Album Charts (based on sales) for 23 weeks, breaking the record for the most consecutive weeks on the IFPI album chart in Hong Kong, and sold 130,000 copies in Hong Kong alone. In later prize-giving ceremonies held by different media organizations, she won many awards together with Cecilia Cheung, who was regarded as a formidable adversary of Joey.

In January 2000, Joey's apartment was set ablaze. In the same year, she made an appearance in her first movie 'Winner Takes All' and her first TV drama series 'The Green Hope'. That year, she released two CDs, including her second EP, "Don't Miss," and her first studio album, "Who Will Love Me." At the same time, she became the spokesperson of many brands, like Four Seas, the Red Cross, and Netvigator. Her career flourished with her increasing exposure. She held her first concert at the prestigious Hong Kong Coliseum, titled 'Joey Yung's See You Everywhere Live Concert.

Ups and Downs of a Rising Pop Star (2001–2002)Edit

In 2001, she released her first compilation album 'Love Joey', which later on became the Best Selling Album of the Year. This is considered very impressive for a singer that has been around for less than 2 years. She then released two Cantonese albums, All New 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 and began her singing career in Taiwan after she released her first Mandarin album 'Honestly'. By the end of the year though, her career reached a crisis as a result of strained vocal cords and criticism of being plump.

In 2002, she was approved by her company to take a rest while learning dancing and make-up abroad. After two months of rest, she came back to Hong Kong and released her Canto-pop album 'Something About You'. She then became the spokesperson of Nissin and Nikon. At the end of the year, she released her second collection album 'Love Joey II'.

Breakthrough as the newest Pop Queen (2003)Edit

Template:Listen In 2003, her song 'My Pride' (the theme song of the TV commercial for Banyan Garden developed by Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited) became extremely popular amongst the public. In the fad of slimming in Hong Kong, Joey became the spokesperson of a slimming parlor and had her body slimmed, presenting herself with a new sexy image. She held her third concert 'Joey Yung Live Show Up!' at the Hong Kong Coliseum, which pushed her career to even higher heights. At end of the year Joey dominated all the major 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). She also won her first "Best Female Singer Gold" award at the CRHK Music Awards, becoming youngest singer to ever win this award. Following this, she began her worldwide "Show Up World Tour" which included stops in Canada, Australia, U.S., Mainland China, Macau, and Malaysia.

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Nin9 2 5ive - Ten Most Wanted (2004–2006)Edit

In 2004, Joey continued her sexy image with 'Nin9 2 5ive' and her first photo album 'The Real Joey, Glamour in London'. Her photo album was greatly accepted by the public and ran out of stock shortly after its release. Her second album in 2004, 'Give Love A Break', was greatly appreciated by the public as well, breaking the platinum mark with pre-orders alone. Around Christmas, Joey released a Cantonese cover of 'Chihuahua' (a song previously released in English by DJ Bobo) as part of a massive Coca-Cola advertising campaign in Hong Kong. At the year-end music awards won more than 20 awards and received the highest honor award again, The Media Award, which is given to the singer who accumulated the most awards from the 4 music award ceremonies in Hong Kong.

In 2005, Joey 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, spanned eight days in October and November. For the concert poster, Joey exhibited a very daring and sexy image. "好事多為", the concert theme, was sent to South Korea for mixing and re-arranging, resulting in the "好事多為 Reflection Mix". Sponsored by Sony Ericsson, EEG found the top production crew to produce the MV for the theme songs. After the concert, Joey suffered from sore throat owing to a strain in her vocal cord. Several days after, she had to work without chatting with other people in an attempt to help her vocal cord relax. Despite her heavy workload she was able to spend several days receiving acupuncture treatment in Nanjing to have her voice restored. Also, under the recommendation of one of her producers, Joey started to take singing lessons with popular entertainment vocal coach Christine Samson.

By this time her albums sales had surpassed 5 million worldwide, an impressive feat as the average Cantopop album only sell around 100,000 copies. It was also estimated that her income from endorsements alone in 2004 was about HK $10 million. In 2005, she purchased two connecting flats named The Legend at Jardine's Lookout, Hong Kong for HKD $40 million. This investment came to no surprise though considering the fact that she earned HKD $60 million from just last year.

Following the success of the 8-night "Reflection's of Joey's Live Concert," her concert CD/VCD/DVD was certified triple platinum (120,000 copies), quite a rare accomplishment in today's Cantopop industry.

On 27 February 2006, Joey released her tenth Cantonese studio album "Ten Most Wanted". More time was put into the production of this album than any of Joey's previous albums. Joey said she wanted to experiment with new musical styles and work with different musicians. Therefore she worked with renowned musician Mavis Fan, who wrote two songs on the album, Get Fit with Jane Fonda and Torn Tongue (lyrics of both songs written by Yiu Fai Chow).

Close Up (2007)Edit

At the end of December 2006, Joey released her Cantonese album "Close Up". Songs include "Joyful Release" (her first collaboration with Hanjin), her biggest hit last year "Unexpected Splendid Meeting", and her third plug, "One Love One Lesson". The album received good response from the general public, and the first version went out of stock at many online CD stores like Yesasia. It was also reportedly sold out at many stores all over Hong Kong. She released the second version on 26 January, which included a bonus DVD with the music videos for "Unexpected Splendid Meeting" and "Joyful Release".

At the end of January 2007, Neway helped organize a musical for Joey, entitled, "Safari". Joey was touched by the many singers that agreed to perform in the musical—which included Anthony Wong, at17, Hins Cheung, Yumiko Cheng, Vincent Wong, and Sun Boy'z -- and the fans that came out to help make the musical possible.

On 7 July 2007 she performed at the Chinese leg of Live Earth in Shanghai.

Ambassador Joey was selected to be Hong Kong's ambassador of "30 Hour Famine", which is organized by the World Vision. She visited Kenya in March 2007, and shared many of her thoughts about this trip on her blog and on radio interviews.

Joey released her 5th Mandarin album titled "Little" on 5 July. The title track was produced by Jay Chou. The album has received tremendous success, being the most selling mandarin album Joey has ever released.

Glow & In Motion (2008)Edit

Joey held her sixth concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum during the beginning of 2008. The concert was entitled "StarLight", and the theme of the concert was "light". Joey performed a number of dance numbers as well as her famous ballads. The Power Medley, which was a 20-minute intense dance medley of her fast songs, was especially well received. The concert spanned over 10 days, proving her popularity as Hong Kong's most popular female singer. The concert was highly praised, and thus led to a Part II of her Starlight Concert, which spanned over 4 nights, making Starlight 2008 a 14-day concert. In mid Feb, Joey traveled to New York to attend dance lessons, in hope to further improve her dancing skills, and strengthen her reputation as the new dance queen. Joey also sang several official songs for the Beijing Olympics 2008. Her world tour began shortly afterwards, with shows in Malaysia, Canada, USA, mainland China, Singapore, and Macau.

A Time For Us & 10th Anniversary (2009-present)Edit

2009 marks the 10th anniversary of Joey's singing career. To celebrate the occasion, Joey and her company released two albums, a documentary, as well as a mini concert. This includes a Cantonese album and a Mandarin album which were called 'A Time For Us' and 'Very Busy' respectively. Her 10th year anniversary mini-concert "Perfect Ten Live" was held on 4 October 2009 and the tickets for this concert were sold out within 7 minutes. Unlike her past concerts that spanned for days or even weeks, she performed only two shows in one day. "Perfect Ten Live" was more a intimate and exclusive concert, and was held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre's Grand Theatre, where Joey got a Champion in her first major singing contest in 1995. The 'Perfect Ten Live Boxset' was released in December, being divided into 2 versions, the normal and the delux version. The normal version included 2 DVDs for the concert, the Perfect 10 Documentary and a photo album consisting of 20 or so pages; while in the delux version, 2 more CDs of the 'Perfect Ten Live' would also be found and the photo album in this version would also include more photos. Late in 2009, she performed in her 5th Music Is Live Concert with Eason Chan and received commendations from different medias. Joey's efforts in the year is recognised, what she accomplished in the year enabled her to win the Media Award for the 3rd time, after 2003 and 2004 (i.e. Joey won the most number of awards in the four major music awards shows in 2009).

On 29 January 2010, the 10th Anniversary EP known as 'Joey Ten' was released together with the 'Joey Ten Boxset'. This EP consists of 10 different covers (9 for Version 1 and 1 for Version 2) and includes 5 songs. The 'Joey Ten Boxset' includes a photo album, stickers, a thank you card from Joey, a Chofy bookmark, a comic book, a Chofy USB, a DVD and the new EP. The first and second plugs from the EP received very great results in the four major media, one getting a No.1 from all four of them while the other gets No.1 from three of them. The third plug, namely 一直看見天使 (Always seeing an Angel) is a song labelling Joey's character. Despite all the accomplishments Joey succeeded in the past ten years, her faith in love has not faded out.

In 2010, Joey has finished the Starlight Overseas Series in March and she will step on the stage of the Hong Kong Coliseum again in late 2010 for her seventh concert held there.

Discography Edit

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Filmography Edit

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SeriesEdit

ConcertsEdit

Concerts in Hong KongEdit

Date Chinese Name English Name # of shows Venue
6/10/2000 Yes ! 容祖兒不容錯失音樂會 YES! Don't Miss Live 1 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Jockey Club Auditorium
8/29/2000 ~H2O+903 容祖兒

夏水禮音樂會

Joey Yung Live 2000 1 HKCEC Hall 3
11/19/2000 ~H2O+美麗在望慈善演唱會 Beauty Prospective Live 2000 1 Hong Kong Coliseum
10/25-27/01 ~H2O+容祖兒隆重登場演唱會Live Joey Yung Live in Concert 2001 3 Hong Kong Coliseum
6/26/2002 容祖兒903 id Club

拉闊音樂會

Music Is Live 903 id Club Concert 1 HKEC Hall 3
10/16-21/2003 Neway Show Up!演唱會 Neway Joey Yung Live Show Up 6 Hong Kong Coliseum
4/04/2004 新城流行女皇音樂會 Joey Yung 'Feel the Pop' Concert Live 1 HKCEC Hall 3
11/18/2004 壓軸拉闊音樂會

李克勤x容祖兒

Joey Yung X Hacken Lee The Music Is LIVE 903 Id Club Concert 1 HKCEC Hall 3
5/21/2005 新城容我信愛

一唱傾情音樂會

Let Me Believe Love- Joey Yung X Jeff Chang 1 HKCEC Hall 3
10/26-31,11/1-2/2005 Sony Ericsson 容祖兒演唱會2005 Sony Ericsson Reflection of Joey's Live 2005 8 Hong Kong Coliseum
5/12-15/2006 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
9/28/2006 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
1/16/2007 Safari!向祖兒狂呼音樂劇 Safari! 1 HKCEC Hall 3
9/6/2007 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]
8/11/2007 07年拉闊第二場 容祖兒x草蜢 Joey Yung x Grasshoppers Live 1 AsiaWorld Arena
1/25-31,2/1-3/2008 JOHNNIE WALKER KEEP WALKING StarLight 容祖兒演唱會 08 JOHNNIE WALKER KEEP WALKING StarLight Joey Yung Live 08 10 Hong Kong Coliseum
4/12-15/2008 JOHNNIE WALKER KEEP WALKING StarLight 容祖兒演唱會 08 Part 2 JOHNNIE WALKER KEEP WALKING StarLight Joey Yung Live 08 Part 2 4 Hong Kong Coliseum
11/12/2008 容祖兒x黃耀明 祖戀明歌音樂會 Joey Yung x Anthony Wong Live 1 AsiaWorld Arena
04/10/2009 Joey Yung Perfect 10 Joey Yung Perfect 10 Live Show 2 (On the same day) Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
16/11/2009 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
07/03/2010 新城容祖兒我的女皇音樂會 Metro Joey the Queen Music Show 1 AsiaWorld Arena
11/19-28, 12/3-4/2010 容祖兒演唱會 Joey Yung Concert Number 6 12 Hong Kong Coliseum

Concerts/Tours outside of Hong KongEdit

Thank You For Loving Me 2002 (Taipei) - 1 show

Show Up World Tour 2004 - 6 stops

  • Sydney (1 show)
  • Melbourne (1 show)
  • Vancouver (1 show)
  • Toronto (1 show)
  • Genting Highlands,Malaysia(2 shows)
  • Guangzhou (1 show)

Reflection of Joey's Live North American Tour 2006 - 4 stops

  • Atlantic City (2 shows)
  • Las Vegas (1 show)
  • Toronto (1 show)
  • Genting Highlands,Malaysia(2 shows)

StarLight Joey Yung Live Tour 2008-2010 - 10 stops

  • Genting Highlands,Malaysia(2 shows)
  • Toronto (1 show)
  • Atlantic City (2 shows)
  • Reno (1 show)
  • Shanghai (1 show)
  • Macau (1 show)
  • Singapore (1 show)
  • Melbourne (1 show)
  • Sydney (1 show)

AwardsEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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