Faye Wong in 1990

Faye Wong (王菲) wasn’t always a megastar. There was a time when she was just one of many rising young stars in the Hong Kong entertainment scene, and this early period in her career is captured in this video. [7.12.08: This video is no longer available on YouTube.] The video was shot in 1990 when Faye was 20 or 21 years old. At the time, she went by the name Wang Jing Wen (王靖雯), Wong Jing Man, and Shirley Wong. She switched to “Faye Wong” with her breakthrough album, Coming Home, released in Aug 1992. Her early albums, Shirley Wong (Nov 1989), Everything (June 1990), and You’re the Only One (Dec 1990), demonstrate her peerless vocal talents but don’t have the originality and creative force that are the hallmarks of her later albums. She enjoyed some popularity, but she hadn’t yet broken through the barrier that would, in a few short years, establish her as arguably the best Chinese singer, male or female, of all time.


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