Hong Kong Music Legends Perform at New Year’s Eve Concerts

By on January 3, 2013 in MUSIC

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New Year’s celebration events are the best time for artists to make fast and easy money. Hong Kong’s music legends, Jacky Cheung (張學友), Andy Lau (劉德華), Leon Lai (黎明), Aaron Kwok (郭富城), and Eason Chan (陳奕迅) were paid big bucks to perform at New Year’s Eve concerts held in mainland China and Taiwan on December 31.

While Aaron spent his New Year’s Eve in front of over 850,000 fans in Taipei, Jacky, Leon, and Eason chose to welcome the 2013 New Year in mainland China.

Jacky was invited to perform for Jiangsu Television’s New Year’s Eve concert, the most star-studded concert event in the country that night. Jacky was that night’s last performer before the great countdown. He performed several songs, including “Silent Wind Waves” <定風波>, the theme song to the film The Last Tycoon <大上海>. Jacky also performed China’s 2012 Olympics theme song, “China Beats Shake the World” <中國節拍震動世界> with a group of Chinese Olympic gold medalists, including swimming prodigy, Sun Yang (孙杨).

After Jacky’s performance, a star-struck Jay Chou (周杰倫) came on stage to greet Jacky. The hosts exclaimed, “Our two Heavenly Kings are now on stage together! If Jiangsu TV is to continue their New Year’s Eve celebrations next year, and if [JSTV] wants to surpass the accomplishments made this year, what shall we do next year? Who else can we invite?”

Many Taiwanese artists were also invited to perform in the New Year’s Eve concerts in China. Leehom Wang (王力宏) performed at four different events, including those held in Suzhou, Nanjing, Jiangsu, and Shanghai, earning 3.3 million RMB in total. Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) performed at only one concert in Hunan. She pocketed 2.9 million RMB from her 7-minute long performance.

Jacky Cheung’s Performance

Sandy Lam’s Performance

Emil Chau’s Performance

Jay Chou’s Performance

Leehom Wang’s Performance

Show Lo’s Performance

Source: The Sun

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

30 comments to Hong Kong Music Legends Perform at New Year’s Eve Concerts

  1. rain says:

    Eason is no music legend…

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  2. AhQue says:

    but his wife is a legend for shopping

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    • trini replied:

      And drug taking

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  3. jayne says:

    It’s such a rarity for such HK superstars to gather together now. The JSTV New Year show is uploaded on Youtube by the station for everyone to enjoy:

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtFDvh1SGFq95yrff5g3VXrobBK5bBUR5

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    • apple replied:

      Thank you Jayne.

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  4. Lucia says:

    I love Emil Chau’s singing/songs. Who is more famous, Emil Chau or Jacky Cheung?

    Thanks.

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    • jayne replied:

      Lucia,
      Overall, I think Jacky Cheung is more famous. He is also more high profile since he made numerous movies as well. Not only is Jacky talented vocally, he also has a energy that he exerts in all his performances and ability to ignite the stage.

      I love Emil Chau as well. Emil is generally more well loved in Taiwan in the 90s, while Jacky Cheung had competition from the rest of the Four Heavenly Kings in Hong Kong at the time, along with Hacken Lee, Alan Tam and other 90s singers.

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    • LP replied:

      Jacky

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    • Misssy replied:

      I would say Jacky Cheung. .

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      Emil Chau and Jacky Cheung are both highly respected and both can sing with classic songs. But between them 2, I will say Jacky Cheung who is active as an all rounder.

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      • shu replied:

        i dont like emils voice but he have some great songs.not either a fan of jacky but his ’90 songs are so good and addictive to listen.

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    • llwy12 replied:

      Haha…of course Jacky Cheung is more famous (and no, I’m not just saying that because I’m a huge, long-time Jacky fan) – like Jayne said, he’s involved in both music and movies, plus he’s recognized on an international level too (not only in the Asian region, but outside of Asia as well). His vocal talent is pretty much universally recognized but he also has an amazing stage presence that very few artists even come close to (anyone who has heard Jacky sing live probably knows exactly what I mean).

      I like Emil too — he’s another one of those greatly talented singer / songwriters who is way underrated in HK (though glad that he got the recognition he deserved in Taiwan). Definitely have a lot of respect for him as well.

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    • EkinFan replied:

      of course jacky! He’s probably the only asian pop star that can have 3 sold out nights at the ceasar’s palace (well maybe not Sold out but packed crowds) Love his voice and songs

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      • llwy12 replied:

        @Ekinfan: LOL….actually, “Sold out” is correct….the tickets for all 3 nights of the Las Vegas concert (at Caesar’s Palace) were definitely sold out (and all within a week of when the tickets went on sale). Because the tickets sold out so quickly, a lot of fans in the U.S. didn’t get to go, which is why many people were hoping that he would come back to the U.S. again and do another round of shows here like he did during his 2007/2008 concert tour (he made stops in the U.S. several times during that particular concert tour). Unfortunately, it didn’t happen this time around…. :0(

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      • elle replied:

        I went to his concert a few years ago in HK and still remember the vibe he gave when he sang.

        Just when i was recollecting my memory of that concert and talked to my mam how good he was and still is. She reminded me that I also went to a Kelly Chens concert of which I have no impression of it anymore…

        I really want to go see him again.

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  5. Mlove says:

    Booo it’s in mandarin!!! They should have one in Hong Kong Cantonese version. Jacky Cheung looks great with the mustache. Lucky law may may.

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    • jayne replied:

      Mlove,
      Music is universal; you don’t necessarily have to understand all the words in the lyrics to appreciate it.

      My Mandarin listening skills have actually improved slightly after listening to overload of Mandarin songs lately. I find Mandarin to be more melodious than Cantonese when set to music.

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      • Mlove replied:

        Mandarin songs does sounds better. Nowadays, Cantonese songs are horrible. It’s hard to understand their lyrics. Or it’s just me, hahaha.

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      • jayne replied:

        Mlove,
        Many of the Cantonese singers sound like karaoke singers, even if auto-tune is utilized, the voices fail to evoke any true emotions. The problem may be last minute voice lessons right before an album launch.

        “The Voice of China” (equivalent of “American Idol”) has given rise to some idol-type singers that can actually sing. When I heard Summer’s (吉克隽逸) voice, I cried. Her voice is truly beautiful and she has that passionate energy in her performances that each time you hear her sing, you sense her love for music.

        Here is Summer performing Beyonce’s “Halo” (the English pronunciation is a bit off, but she has super strong vocals):

        http://youtu.be/J21VFej0Ub0

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      • cloud9 replied:

        Jayne
        Summer! Wow! She hot
        China Tina Turner
        Love the way she sing “I FEEL GOOD”

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      • clamine replied:

        Jayne:
        Talking about China Talent competition I was awed and so moved by this 12 year old Mongolian boy’s singing.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY7ChkI6c8A

        And also this older man – though his singing was not the best but still his raw emotion in his singing was very moving and his personal experiences brought meaning to his song – 從頭再來.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9665ED3YL0

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      • jayne replied:

        Clamine,
        Those were wonderful clips you shared, tragic personal stories but the old man’s was especially inspiring. For both, music was their solace and allowed them to express those inner sadness. Their singing had conviction and tears, which were able to touch the audience as well.

        Great acting and music should touch the soul.

        This is the kind of conviction and emotion that is unfortunately lacking in many HK actors and singers right now, which makes the audience dismiss them and see only the performances, but feel nothing afterward.

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  6. wen wen says:

    I love Jacky Cheung….love all his songs. he has power in his voice, he is really talented. Been to his concert and it was amazing.

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  7. dd says:

    >Jacky Cheung (張學友), Andy Lau (劉德華), Leon Lai (黎明), Aaron Kwok (郭富城), and Eason Chan (陳奕迅) were paid big bucks to perform at New Year’s Eve concerts held in mainland China and Taiwan on December 31.

    One of these….don’t belong!
    Haha

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  8. Agnes Tan says:

    Jacky Cheung is such a great singer, his performance is so outstanding

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  9. Panzer says:

    Is it me or is Emil Chau wearing a massive hair helmet(wig)? It was hard to see clearly because of all the annoying fast cuts, but there is something strange going on there.

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  10. small says:

    ahem.. why is there a photo of leon but no comment at all by addy? where did leon make his cash on new year eve?

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  11. Cleo says:

    looking at them, it’s hard to believe that Leslie Cheung could ever commit suicide

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  12. Wahaha says:

    The four events Leehom performed at are Chinese Music awards in taipei , his music-man 2 concert in Kunshan , count down show in Nanjing (Jiang su) and his freeshow for fans. He was only get paid for the solo concert and count down concert. He even has to use his own pocket for the freeshow . He didn’t get those amount from all 4 event

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  13. Claudia says:

    What a messy report. Leehom performed at 4 events. True. But they those were 2 solo concerts (December 22nd and 24th) which surely aren’t included in that noticed earning.
    He did the silvester show on TV (for what he got that listed earnings) and a FREE new year’s concert. That’s right, the whole show was free for his fans. They didn’t have to pay a cent for it.

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