Jacky Cheung and Eason Chan to Collaborate on New Single

By on April 23, 2013 in MUSIC


Two of Hong Kong’s music legends, Jacky Cheung (張學友) and Eason Chan (陳奕迅), will be collaborating together to record a new song for the Hong Kong government’s new social awareness campaign.

Jacky Cheung has been wooing Hong Kong music fans with his smooth vocals and catchy pop hits since his debut in 1984. The singer earned the nickname “God of Songs” (歌神) and remains active in the Hong Kong music industry, revered as one of the “Four Heavenly Kings” (四大天王) of Chinese pop music.

A decade after Jacky’s debut, Eason Chan took the stage in 1995’s New Talent Singing Awards and belted out Jacky’s song “Gazing at the Moon” <望月>. Eason won first place that night and was rewarded with a music career full of solid albums and major music awards. Critics quickly named Eason as the next “God of Songs”, believing he has the talent and potential to follow Jacky Cheung’s legacy.

The two “God of Songs” have shared the stage in the past, and will cross paths once again this year. RTHK radio station DJ Brian Chow (周國豐) revealed on Weibo a photo of Jacky and Eason in the studio. The two are said to be recording a theme song for Hong Kong government’s “Hong Kong: Our Home” campaign. The project aims to promote social awareness and to raise enthusiasm and solidarity among Hong Kong citizens.

According to Brian’s Weibo post, the song is titled “Love of Those in the Same Boat” <同舟之情>. It is written by acclaimed composer Joseph Koo (顧嘉煇), who had penned many classic TVB themes over the years, and Eric Kwok (郭偉亮), a contemporary songwriter who has composed and produced hit songs for artists such as Hacken Lee (李克勤), Charlene Choi (蔡卓妍), and Kary Ng (吳雨霏). The lyricists include Abrahim Chan (陳詠謙) and the late James Wong (黃霑).

It has been further revealed that the song will include four lines from Roman Tam’s (羅文) classic “Under the Lion Rock” <獅子山下>, which may explain the presence of Joseph Koo and James Wong in the credits.

Eason seemed thrilled to join his idol in the sound booth. On Weibo, Brian included a message from Eason describing his experience. “Everyone always said that I am [Jacky’s] successor. This time I am not coming after him, we are actually working together! Seeing him lose himself while recording, I can’t help but sneak a peek.”

Sources: Ming Pao,  www.hkourhome.gov.hk

This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.

11 comments to Jacky Cheung and Eason Chan to Collaborate on New Single

  1. pandamao says:

    im kinda excited to hear the single. 🙂

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    • jayne replied:

      All fans of Cantopop are excited! While the single’s release date was not mentioned, it should be very soon (likely within the next few weeks).

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  2. screwdriver says:

    someone please upload a teaser on YouTube!

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  3. wen wen says:

    is it really Eason is Jacky successor? I think Jacky way better than Eason. Jacky has a powerful voice, he is truly HK music legend.

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    • pandamao replied:

      Of course Jacky is a lot better, he’s been in the industry longer and started off as a very strong singer.

      Eason just needs to adjust his attitude …

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  4. Panzer says:

    Ugh, Eason is nowhere near Jacky’s league both musically and professionally.
    Wish they would have just Jacky singing it. It’s not like he needs anyone to sing with him. A potentially great song ruined.

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  5. WildBerries says:

    Eason is a talented singer. But I don’t think he’s at the stage where I would consider him to be a “legend”.

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    • pandamao replied:

      he’s still very young.

      Jacky wasn’t a legend when Alan Tam and Leslie Cheung were still big in the industry but through time, Jacky became a legend.

      Time will tell if Eason will be consider one of the legends

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      • llwy12 replied:

        Well, so far, I’m not convinced. Both Sam Hui and Jacky were very deserving of the “God of Songs” title and when that title was bestowed on both of them, it was pretty much unchallenged (both were obvious choices for the honor). Eason on the other hand is nowhere close to Jacky’s league and definitely doesn’t deserve the ‘successor’ title, at least not right now (and not in the near future either). Sure, time will tell, but honestly, doesn’t look very promising…

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      • pandamao replied:

        Since neither of us can predict the future, there’s no point in debating on that point.

        I do want to ask, who was able to challenge Eason Chan for the title?

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  6. Phil says:

    I can’t understand why the so many concert runs that Eason has coming up sells out so quickly, even after adding two additional runs on August.

    Eason’s popularity hasn’t eclipsed those of the veterans including Alan Tam and he’s appeared on numerous advertisements including Sungus, Minute Maid and so on.

    Not that I have a rant with Eason, but just can’t figure out how he can outsell all these events quickly. By doing so, he’s dragging his value and worth down further.

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