Faye and LYP in Hangzhou

Faye Wong (王菲) and Li Yapeng (李亚鹏) went to Hangzhou on June 6 to visit children injured in the earthquake. Despite appeals by the local government officials to keep media activity to a minimum, the press corps grew as word of the visit got out. (Added 6.7.08: Unable to keep the press at bay, LYP asked that they at least shield the children’s faces in their photos. The first photo in the lineup below, posted 6.6.08, was replaced with a copy that blurs the baby’s face.) LYP asked photographers to When the inevitable question about Faye’s return was raised, LYP’s answer was very interesting: “The main thing now is to do charity. Other things cannot be [pursued] for the time being.” This is definitely not a “no.” This photo of Faye with the recuperating baby shows her genuine warmth and caring. And you can see the same caring in LYP’s face, too. As a couple, they are symbols for the love and generosity of all the people of China.

(Source: ent.ce.cn 7 June 2008 and ent.zjol.com.cn 6 June 2008)

Rare Songs – Valentine’s Radio

“Valentine’s Radio” is one of my favorite rare Faye Wong (王菲) songs. (Click below to listen to Faye’s and Yuming’s version.) It has a dated dance beat, but it’s fun to listen to. It was written and sung by Yumi Matsutōya (松任谷由実 ), who goes by the nickname Yuming (ユーミン). It was the lead track in her album Love Wars, released 25 Nov 1989. For her Queen’s Fellows: Yuming 30th Anniversary Cover Album (rel Dec 2002), she invited Faye to cover “Valentine’s Radio.” Faye sings it in the original Japanese. As far as I know, no video exists for Faye’s version. (Hopefully, someone like Leelee2046 will create a video for it.) On 4 Jan 2008, Sady19871224 uploaded a video of Yuming performing this song. The choreography is really good, and Yuming has a very nice voice. Needless to say, I prefer Faye’s version, but they’re equally good in their own way.

Faye’s version:

Yuming’s version:

Faye Wong’s Ten Best ‘Minor’ Videos – #9

The 9th selection for Faye Wong’s (王菲) ten best “minor” videos is the introduction to the 2003 interview that she had with Dodo Cheng (鄭裕玲, Cheng Yu-Ling, Carol) to promote her last official album, To Love (将爱, Jiang Ai), released in Nov 2003. (Click on the video below.) Adelineshim uploaded this and the entire four-part (part 1, 2, 3, 4) sequence to YouTube on March 10-23, 2006. In Dec 2003, Faye would begin her “No Faye, No Live!” concert series. The fanfare for this promo is awesome. She arrives on a yacht, lined up wth the officers and crew. The landing is crowded with media and spectators. Her walk down the ramp and up the stairway to the entrance of the building is spectacular. With her move to the Sony label comes a new dimension in marketing that blows away all previous efforts. This promo sets a new standard that would be hard to beat for anyone, including Faye’s team. Faye looks fabulous in this video!

See the entire four-part sequence: part 1, 2, 3, 4. The introduction to this series is in selection #1.

Rare Early Videos – Close to You

This is a 1995 Hong Kong TVB video of Faye Wong (王菲) and Sally Yeh (叶倩文, Ye Qianwen) singing “Close to You,” a cover of the Carpenters‘ 1970 chart topper. (The sound quality in the audio, which is below the video, is better.) The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 1963, and it was first released by the Carpenters as a single on 15 May 1970 when Faye was not quite two years old.Sally was born in Taiwan but grew up in Canada. She is noted for being the only person to have won the Hong Kong Best Female Singer award four times. In 1996, she got married and her career went into hold, while Faye’s continued to skyrocket. (Revised 7.12.08: Added 6.6.08: This video is part 2 of a 4-part series.)