Faye’s Press Conference 19 July 2010

In a press conference in Beijing, 19 July 2010, Faye Wong (王菲) celebrates the advance ticket sales for her comeback concerts, which reached 18,880,000 yuan. Faye will take the stage on October 29, 30, and 31, and November 5 and 6 at the Beijing’s Wukesong Stadium.  The Chinese words in the fourth photo below read: “Faye Wong 2010 tour.” (Sources for info and photos below: Reuters, China Daily, Agencies, Zhengzhou, Netease 7.20.10)

Update 7.19.20: Faye’s red and black outfit is apparently, on the one hand, a tribute to the passing of Dai Sicong, Faye’s teacher, and, on the the other, a symbol for the beginning of a new phase in her career. Reporters thought, at first, that Faye was barefoot. They later realized that she was wearing flat, nearly transparent shoes.

Update 7.19.20: According to Mr. Yang, the ticket agent, the remaining tickets are now middle-priced (Source: Beijing News, Sina.com, 7.20.10).

Update 7.19.20: As usual, Faye didn’t have much to say at the press conference. Her greetings to the media and fans was a simple, “It’s been a long time.” When asked about ticket sales and if she had any tips on how to get them, she replied, “No ticket tips.” When asked to comment on the 18.8 million dollars in ticket sales, she replied, “Is that data correct?” When asked if there’s a relationship between the style of the posters and the modeling that she’s doing for Celine and Elle, she replied, in a small voice, “No.” And that was all she had to say. (Source: Information Times, Netease 7.20.10)

Faye’s reticence and totally honest replies are legendary, and this is no exception. She doesn’t talk for the sake of filling up the silence. If she has nothing to say, she remains quiet. And this is why we love her so much. She doesn’t fake it, nor does she play up to the media to win their favor. She’s always true to herself and says what she thinks and feels.

New rumors are beginning to spread in the media, as they always do with a blitz like this one. The latest is that Katie, Faye’s manager, has confirmed that Faye will tour the Mainland next year, 2011, and will, at the start of the tour, release a new album for the comeback series. (Source: China Entertainment Network News, 7.19.10)

Katie Confirms Faye’s 2010 Concerts

Katie Chen  (陈家瑛 Chen Jiaying) confirmed yesterday that preparations for Faye Wong’s (王菲) 2010 concerts are progressing. She said that the Shanghai concert is scheduled for November at the Pudong Expo Performing Arts Center, and the plan is for five performances. The Beijing concert will be held at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium. Katie said the concert details will be worked out after the Spring Festival. Re the reputed high cost of tickets, she said that ticket sales haven’t begun and that the price “has nothing to do with us. The price is set by the organizers.” (Source NetEase 2.9.10 and 022net 2.10.10)

Will Faye Attend Chen Kun’s Feb 4 Concert?

On 4 Feb 2010, Chen Kun (陈坤 aka Aloys) will hold his first ever concert in Beijing’s Chaoyang Gymnasium. Since Faye Wong (王菲) is a good friend, there’s a possibility that she and Li Yapeng (李亚鹏) may attend. However, considering the logistical nightmares that her appearance might generate, she may decide to stay away. Hopefully, they’ll be able to find a secure way to get her in and out of the arena. The first photo below is from 10 Feb 2009; the middle three from 21 May 2008; the last from 23 Dec 2009.

Faye and Yan at Wedding

Faye Wong (王菲) and Li Yan (李嫣) at the wedding of Wang Xue Bing (王学兵) and Sun Ning (孙宁) on 16 Oct. 2009. The event was held at Beijing’s East Third Ring Road. Yan caught the bouquet thrown by the bride.


Faye Shopping in HK – 3 Aug 2009 Photos

On 3 Aug 2009, Faye Wong (王菲) was in Hong Kong, presumably to shop for clothing to celebrate her 40th birthday, on Aug 8. Reports indicate that she’ll be getting together with her good friends, including Carina Lau (刘嘉玲) and Vicki Zhao  (赵薇), on the 8th, in Beijing, to celebrate. (Sources ent.QQ and Tencent entertainment 8.4.09)
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Faye Wong – June 2009 Photos

The long drought of life without Faye Wong (王菲) photos is finally over! Recently, in Beijing, Faye and her entourage drove to a nearby shopping area and entered the Chaoyang Apple Store. Apparently, Faye and other stars visited here often because the clerks didn’t seem surprised and went about their business. Perhaps because of the economic crisis or the hot weather, the shop was quite empty. Faye was there for about a half hour, looking at mobile phones and audio players. She browsed very carefully, sometimes asking the staff questions. Finally, Faye bought an iPod MP4 player and a BOSE audio player. (Source Sohu Entertainment and YNET.com 6 July 2009)


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Faye Wong at the Blue Harbor in Mid-April

This is a faxed photo of Faye Wong (王菲) and a friend at the Blue Harbor restaurant in Beijing, enjoying a cup of coffee. This is the first new photo of Faye we’ve seen for quite a while. According to the source, it was taken within the last few days.

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More photos added 16 April 2009:

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More photos added 16 April 2009:

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Faye Wong on 7 March 2009

On 7 March 2009, Faye Wong (王菲) and Li Yapeng (李亚鹏) were photographed at Beijing’s Da Wang Road. Earlier, before meeting up with Faye, LYP and Ma Jia (马葭), his manager, had tea at a hotel restaurant.

(Source: Netease Entertainment, Blog.Tom)

Faye Celebrates Spring Festival

On the eve of the Beijing CCTV Spring Festival Evening Show, Faye Wong (王菲) stepped out of a Mercedes-Benz at around 10:30PM and entered the Szechuan House restaurant. A short while later, she emerged, accompanied by Eason Chan (陈奕迅) and Joey Yung (容祖儿), who came to the entrance to see her off. In parting, Faye said to them, “Come on ah! I wish you a successful performance.”


(Source Fun.hsw 5 Feb. 2009)

Faye – New Year’s Eve 2008

Faye Wong (王菲) celebrated New Year’s Eve with three girl friends at Beijing’s Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue nightclub, GT Banana. Earlier, she was with Li Yapeng (李亚鹏) at the Chaoyang District 9 Theater. She and her friends left for the nightclub while her husband remained at the theater.

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‘Beijing Welcomes You’ Live – 2008 Olympics

Here’s a live video of “Beijing Welcomes You” (北京欢迎你), supposedly performed on 8 August 2008, during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, according to the YouTube data, the video was uploaded on 16 May 2008, nearly three months before the opening ceremony. I’m not sure why there’s a discrepancy. This was either a staged performance prior to the actual event or the upload date is somehow incorrect. Regardless, the video quality is excellent, and we see the large group of popular Chinese singers from around the world, each taking a quick turn at the mike. The scene is beautiful, lavish, and we see Na Ying, Jackie Chan, Karen Mok, Nic Tse, Eason Chan, Joey Yung, and many other stars. But without Faye Wong (王菲), it’s like a Christmas tree without a huge star on the top.

(Source: from a video uploaded to YouTube by libraever on 16 May 2008)

Faye and LYP on Her Return

nov27_231On November 27, Faye Wong (王菲) left Beijing’s Capital Airport at 09:00am. She landed at  Chengdu’s Shuangliu Airport at noon for a brief stopover and, five hours later, arrived at Lhasa’s Gonggar Airport. At Capital Airport, a reporter, a middle-aged man, asked when she will reappear in a concert, and Faye Wong’s answer was, “For the time being, I have no such intention.

In Chengdu, Faye met up with her husband, Li Yapeng (李亚鹏), who flew in from Guangzhou, where he was shooting a film. Together, they flew to Lhasa. (Source Qingdao News 28 Nov 2008.)

200811292351309d077On the 29th, in Guangzhou, after his return from Lhasa, LYP was asked by the media when Wang Fei would resurface. He smiled and said, “You should ask her. Why do you ask me?” However he said afterward, “Actually, I’m also anxiously awaiting her return. As her fan, I’m also anticipating the time when she resurfaces.” A reporter asked whether Faye sang for him at home. He replied, “She sings at home for her daughters.” (Source Netease/Ent163 29 Nov 2008.)

Both Faye’s and LYP’s answers leave the door wide open for Faye’s eventual return. Faye’s “for the time being” is an exceptionally strong indicator that she has not retired and is definitely considering a return. The question is not if but when, and only Faye really knows the answer. She’ll return when she’s ready. And for fayenatics, that’s good enough. But we hope it’ll be sooner rather than later.

Faye and Zhang’s Dec 20 Concert

Netease (21 Nov 2008) reports a strong likelihood that Faye Wong (王菲) will appear in Zhang Ya Dong’s (张亚东) December 20 concert in Beijing’s Olympic Sports Center (奥体中心). Other stars mentioned in connection with the event are Hackberry (朴树), Li Yuchun (李宇春), Sandy Lam (林忆莲), Anthony Wong (黄耀明), and Joey Yung (容祖儿). More than likely, she will participate as a spectator, sitting in the audience. However, the hope is that she will actually perform on stage. If this report is credible, I believe we’re seeing the first steps in Faye’s eventual return to the stage. However, it’s too early to tell if this report is accurate.


Faye Wong Shopping on October 13

These are photos of Faye Wong (王菲) out shopping on Oct 13 at a “high-end shopping mall” near the Great Point Road in Beijing. This is how the reporter described Faye: “[she was in] a black dress, but wearing red stockings and carrying a red packet, very trendy and eye-catching.”

Sources QingDaoNews (10.27.08) and Netease Entertainment.

Rare Video – Faye Wong at a Small Club in 1997

It was evening on Valentine’s Day, 1997, at the Nianhua Club in Beijing. The punk rock group 69, with its lead singer Peter, was performing. What makes this night special is that the super star, Faye Wong (王菲), is in the audience. The quality of this video is poor, but it’s still a marvelous opportunity to see Faye in a crowd, just hanging out. This video is from a YouTube upload by Texasdaveodell on 16 Jan 2008. The YouTube version is much longer. However, this segment includes all the scenes in which Faye appears. According to Texasdaveodell’s notes, Wang Fei often came to the early punk clubs with Dou Wei [窦唯] and his sister Dou Ying [竇穎] those years.” He describes Faye in this video: “Wang Fei has dark short hair, smoking a cig at the table very close to [the stage].”

Related article: Faye and Dou Wei 14 Feb 1997

Rumor – Faye to Perform with Na Ying?

Every so often, we hear rumors that have the ring of truth simply because they seem highly probable. All the parts seem to fit. And this is one. Tianshannet reported today (10.21.08) that Na Ying’s (那英) new album release will be accompanied by concerts in places such as Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai sometime in October, November, or December. The truly intriguing part of this story is the claim that Faye Wong (王菲) will appear at one of the concerts as a guest star. Even if this is pure speculation on an imaginative journalist’s part, it still seems plausible that these two “sisters” would plan to appear together. And just as Na Ying reintroduced Faye to the mainland audience back in 1998, it seems fated that she would again reintroduce Faye to the same audience a decade later. The video below is one of my all-time favorites. It’s a duet of Faye and Na Ying singing “Meet in 1998” at the CCTV Spring Festival Gala show. It would be fantastic to see them perform this song together once more.

“Meet in 1998” – duet with Na Ying

Tianshannet photo 10.21.08

Abortion Rumors Continue

Recent (September) photo of Faye Wong (王菲) at an airport in Hong Kong. Rumors continue of Faye aborting her fetus. According to Zaobao.com, Faye, on Sep 9, with the help of close friend Brigitte Lin (林青霞 Lin Ching-hsia) and Carina Lau (刘嘉玲 Liu Jialing), visited a well-known Hong Kong gynecologist, Liang Shude (梁淑德), about complications with her pregnancy. And, on the 13th, followed up with an abortion.

(Source Zaobao.com, 20 Sep 2008; updated 9.23.08, Southern Weekly 9.24.08)

Faye at the Olympics on Aug 23

Look for a media frenzy when Faye Wong (王菲) shows up to watch the women’s volleyball gold medal match on Saturday, August 23, at 8:00 PM in Beijing’s Capital Indoor Stadium. (Shanghaiist.com reports an Aug 24 date for the final.) She’ll most probably be there with her close friend Carina Lau (刘嘉玲 Liu Jia Ling).

The Chinese team’s best matches are coming up:

  • August 14, 8:00 p.m. v. Japan (Capital Indoor Stadium)
  • August 16, 10:00 a.m. v. USA (Beijing Institute of Technology)
  • August 18, 8:00 p.m. v. Italy (Capital Indoor Stadium)

(Source: CCTV.com 8.13.08, Shanghaiist.com 7.16.08)

Faye Wong’s July 31 Birthday Celebration

Carina Lau (刘嘉玲 Liu Jia Ling) flew to Beijing on Thursday, July 30, to celebrate Faye Wong’s (王菲) birthday with Faye and other close friends, including Na Ying (那英) and Hu Jun (胡军). On the 31st, they gathered at a restaurant close to the Museum of Fine Arts. Eastday/Sina report that the location is “in the depths of an alley, very remote.” They sat at two tables, and feasted on old Beijing-based dishes such as gong tingcai, duck, fish, and rice. After their meal, at around 21:00, the party moved to a different locaton, a karaoke bar, a four-story establishment with luxurious private dining rooms. Although they weren’t allowed into the 4th story room where the party was being held, reporters claim to have heard Faye’s distinct voice, singing a duet with Na Ying.

Confirmed – Faye’s Pregnant

In this photo snapped by a fan on 2 Aug 2008, Faye Wong (王菲) appears to be as thin as ever. However, according to sources such as CQnews.net, Sina.com, and Jun-Jun’s blog in China Economic Net, Faye’s manager, Katie Chen  (陈家瑛 Chen Jiaying), confirmed reports of the pregnancy on Aug 5 in a 3:00PM interview. In the photo, Faye and Li Yapeng (李亚鹏) are enjoying a leisurely stroll through an art gallery in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone, unhampered by the hordes of paparazzi that usually converge on them whenever they step out.

Added 8.9.08 (source Sing Tao Global Network 8.8.08):

Rumor – Faye’s 40 Days Pregnant

This rumor is so prevalent that it’s tough to ignore — Faye Wong’s (王菲) been pregnant for the last 40 days. According to sources such as Sina.com, her pregnancy is in response to Li Yapeng’s (李亚鹏) desire for a son. They have two daughters, Tong Tong (竇靖童 Dou Jingtong) and Li Yan (李嫣). Tong Tong’s father is Dou Wei (竇唯), Faye’s ex. Faye will be 39 in a few days, and if this rumor is true, pundits fear a difficult pregnancy.

Other news – Carina Lau (刘嘉玲 Liu Jia Ling) flew to Beijing on Wednesday, July 30, to celebrate Faye’s birthday with Faye and other close friends, including Na Ying (那英) and Hu Jun (胡军), on the 31st. Faye’s actual birthday is on Aug. 8.

Update 8.5.08: According to CQnews.net (8.6.08), Faye’s manager, Katie Chen  (陈家瑛 Chen Jiaying), confirmed reports of the pregnancy on Aug 5. (BTW, time discrepancies between this blog and China sources are a result of differing time zones.) Re questions about China’s one-child policy, the response, according to at least one report, is that Faye is a Hong Kong national.

Update 8.6.08: Katie’s confirmation at 3PM on Aug 5. (Source Jun-Jun’s blog in China Economic Net)

Faye Wong the Icon for China’s 20-somethings

Looks as though the rest of the world is going to learn who Faye Wong (王菲) is. With the international media gradually turning its eye on Beijing for the summer Olympics that will open this coming Friday, August 8, Faye will probably be a subject of countless articles even if she remains hidden from public view. She is so much in the consciousness of the Chinese people that the foreign press won’t be able to ignore her.

Here’s an eye-catching example from today’s (Aug 3) Sunday Times: “Today’s twentysomethings, inspired by their peers in America . . . , get to invent themselves from scratch, and the result is a sense of self even more advanced than that of their fortysomething sisters. While the icon of the generation above is the beautiful, restrained actress Maggie Cheung, theirs is the singer and actress Faye Wong, a contrary, pixie-like character who has become one of the most successful Chinese entertainers of all time” (Jessica Brinton, “Going Olympic: On the eve of the Beijing Olympics, we profile young Chinese women who are out to rule the world“).

Video of Faye on July 24

Video of Faye Wong (王菲) and family at Beijing International Airport on the 24th. Li Yapeng’s (李亚鹏) in the background. Most of the video is devoted to LYP’s altercation and the aftermath, but this portion at the 01:59-02:08 mark, about 9 seconds worth, is focused on Faye. For a related article, click here.

Fayve Concert Photos – 001: Beijing 2004

Here’s a photo of Faye Wong (王菲) that I haven’t seen before. It looks as though it was taken at one of the concerts in her “No Faye, No Live!” tour in 2004. [Added 7/28: According to Leelee2046 (see comment) , this photo may be from Faye’s Beijing concert, held on 28 August 2004, the fifth stop on her tour, following performances in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Chengdu.] With this photo, I’m beginning a series on “Fayve Concert Photos.”  I’ll be numbering them for reference purposes. The numbers don’t imply any sort of ranking. If you have links to other great concert photos that you’d like to share, please post a comment. I’m also interested in any info that you might have about the concert in which this picture was taken. Please post a comment if you can help. Thanks in advance.

(source: CRI Online)

Added 7/28: According to Leelee2046 (see comment) , this photo may be from Faye’s Beijing concert, held on 28 August 2004, the fifth stop on her tour, following performances in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Chengdu.

Conflict Resolved – Faye & Family Back in Beijing

Based on various reports, the conflict between Li Yapeng (李亚鹏) and the Hong Kong reporters involved in the incident at Bangkok International Airport on the 23rd has been resolved. Faye Wong (王菲), Li Yapeng, and the rest of the family returned to Beijing in the afternoon of the 24th. In Bangkok, as the videos show, LYP was interviewed by airport security. The reporters, too, were interviewed. One report claims that the journalists apologized. Another that both sides apologized. And still another that no one apologized but both sides acknowledged wrongdoing. In one report, LYP says that he didn’t apologize, but that “If he encounters a similar problem in the future, he would choose a more suitable way to resolve it.” In any event, the criminal case appears to be closed.

(Both videos added to YouTube by Fayeconnie on 24 July 2008.)

8-8-08 – A Lucky Day for Chinese

The AP and BBC are both reporting in today’s news (21 June 2008) that Chinese couples in Beijing are lining up in the thousands to register to wed on 8 August 2008 — the 8th day in the 8th month in the 8th year of the millennium. The Chinese believe that the number 8 brings good fortune, so it’s not by accident that this day, when day-month-year are in alignment, was also chosen for the opening day of the Beijing Summer Olympics. And of course, as all fayenatics are aware, the 8th of August is also Faye Wong’s (王菲) birthday! The icing on the cake would be for Faye to perform in the opening day ceremonies of the Olympics. Talk about a lineup of good fortune symbols IF she decides to participate: Faye was born in Beijing, and, on her birthday, she’d be starring in the August 8 opening day ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. You can’t get any luckier than that!

A baby picture of Faye Wong, who was born in Beijing on 8 August 1969.

Faye on Her Way Back to Beijing

Faye Wong (王菲) caused quite a stir this past week when she showed up at the Hangzhou Xiaoshan airport to check in for her return flight to Beijing. Media and fans who were lucky enough to be there immediately got their cameras out and started shooting. The reporters mentioned her stylish silk dress, Mercedes-Benz, brandname luggage and bags, shades, etc.

Faye and Teresa – Where Comes the Wind

To fully understand Faye Wong’s (王菲) history, we first have to grasp Teresa Teng’s (鄧麗君, Deng Lijun) place in the ’70s and ’80s Asian pop scene. In short, Teresa ruled. She was the inspiration for aspiring young singers, and Faye was no exception. Thus, on 15 June 1985, when 15-year-old Faye released her first album in China, the title track was taken from one of Teresa’s hits, “Where Comes the Wind” (風從那裡來). To place this event in perspective, we could say that Faye’s first album and the first track on that album are directly linked to Teresa. In fact, most of the tracks are covers of Teresa’s songs. To listen to Faye and Teresa’s versions, click on the audio icons below.

As we listen, though, I realize it’s nearly impossible to resist comparing the two. Thus, we have to remember that, in 1985, Faye was barely into her teens and her voice was still maturing, while Teresa was already in her prime when she recorded this song. Also, and perhaps more importantly, the production resources available to both were vastly different, with Teresa enjoying a huge advantage. What Faye had access to in Beijing in 1985 couldn’t compare to Teresa’s resources in Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong. Ten years later, in 1995, when Teresa tragically dies from a severe asthma attack, Faye is poised to become the diva of Asia and the inspiration for youngsters who dream of becoming pop stars. Judging from the countless numbers of novices who try to cover Faye’s songs, I think we can safely say that Faye is following in Teresa’s footsteps in serving as an inspirational model

Faye’s version

Teresa’s version

Note: Other posts in this series:Faye and Teresa – 1,000 Words, 10,000 Phrases

Those Flowers – A Mystery?

Pu Shu (树) released “Those Flowers” (那些花儿, Na Xie Hua Er) in September 2003 and since then it’s been one of the most popular modern Chinese ballads ever. It seems everyone, pros and amateurs alike, has performed and recorded it. YouTube is filled with homespun covers. It doesn’t come close to the number of imitators for Faye’s “Eyes on Me,” but the numbers are way up there. Some refer to it as China’s version of the early-1960s American folk classic “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” Musically, I think “Those Flowers” is far, far better. It’s a beautiful ballad — one of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard. And a major reason is its simplicity. This is one song I don’t get tired of listening to.

The audio for Pu Shu’s version is below (D). It was ripped from a YouTube video of his live version, uploaded by Zuoricxzhyf on 14 Oct 2007. There’s also an MV, added to YouTube by Hisashilx on 24 Sep 2007.

A number of Faye’s “Those Flowers” videos are available on YouTube. All are amateurish fan recordings of poor quality, and of the ones that I found and viewed, all but one are from Faye’s 2004 Beijing concert. An example is Adelineshim’s YouTube addition of 11 Mar 2007. The exception is Fayechan’s 5 Dec 2007 YouTube upload, which is from the 21 May 2004 Shanghai concert.

There’s also an audio only version (see A below, “studio” version). I found it on Wubing’s Always There for You blog. A similar audio version is available on Imeem, uploaded by Kai M in Apr 2008. These are similar to the audio-only video, which I found at tv.mofile.com.

Of the three major Faye versions, A is far superior in quality.

Now, for the mystery. I’m not 100% sure that A, the studio version, is sung by Faye. The reason is the difference in quality. If she never entered a studio to record it, then it must’ve been professionally taped during one of her live performances in China. (It has to be China because “Those Flowers” wasn’t included in concerts outside of China.) Yet, as you’ll see when you listen to A, the background is absolutely silent. You don’t hear the audience at all. If this feat can actually be accomplished via sound engineering, then I’d have no doubts. But can it? You’d think some audience noise would seep in. The other alternative is that Faye actually did record this song in a studio but it was never released. However, I haven’t seen or heard any proof of this.

Some fayenatics believe that A is actually a cover by Fan Fan (Fan Wei Chi, 范玮琪). However, if you listen to Fan Fan’s MV (uploaded by Addie5101 on 9 Aug 2006) and live video (uploaded by Hahahehe168 on 23 March 2008), you can hear a huge difference. A is definitely not Fan Fan.

I’ve listened to other female covers of “Those Flowers” on YouTube, and the only videos that come close to A are Faye’s. If you listen to the Beijing version, you may not be totally convinced. But if you listen to the Shanghai version (B), you may be. I’m about 99% convinced that A is sung by Faye, and if it was recorded live, then it was the Shanghai concert.

Listen and see what you think. If you have any information that can help us decide, one way or the other, if A is Faye’s, then please add a comment.

A. This audio-only (“studio”) version is technically the best of the bunch, but is it Faye?

B. Faye’s live Shanghai concert version — sounds very similar to A.

C. Audio of Fan Fan’s MV version — doesn’t sound like A at all.

D. P u Shu’s live version.

Added 8.4.08:

E. Another version of Faye’s live performance submitted by Wubing 8.4.08.

[Added 10.8.08Those Flowers – No Longer a Mystery!]

Faye Wong and LYP Visit Earthquake Victims

On 1 June 2008, International Children’s Day (国际儿童节), Faye Wong (王菲) and Li Yapeng (李亚鹏) visit children, injured in the earthquake, in a Beijing Hospital. Tong Tong accompanied them but isn’t in the photos. The children were brought here for medical treatment provided by the SmileAngel foundation (嫣然天使基金, Yan Ran Angel Fund). In the photos, LYP is carrying gifts for the children they’re visiting, two 14-year-olds and a 5-year-old. (Source: Sohu.com)

Rare Songs – Don’t Break My Heart

Faye Wong (王菲) sang this song, “Don’t Break My Heart” (click below to listen), at her Tokyo concert on March 11-12, 1999, at the Budokan. It’s in this rare-songs series because it’s not included in any official releases. I like this song on its own merits but moreso because of its historical significance. It was first recorded by the Black Panther (黑豹, Hei Bao) in 1991. (See the photo below; also, click below to listen.) The leader and lead singer is Dou Wei (窦唯), Faye’s future husband (1996-99). (Second from the left in the photo below.) I actually prefer his version to Faye’s. It’s a little more rock solid. He left the band shortly after this, the band’s first release. At the time, in the late-80s and early-90s, when Faye was forming her musical tastes, Beijing was the hotbed of Chinese rock and the most popular Chinese band was the Black Panther. And the best known and most talented member was Dou Wei. The group leaned toward pop rock, and Dou Wei established himself as China’s pioneer of alternative music. IMHO, the man’s a musical genius. His influence on Faye’s overall development is immeasurable. I’d really like to see them collaborate once again in future Faye releases. Together, they make musical magic.

Faye Wong’s “Don’t Break My Heart” (1999)

Dou Wei’s “Don’t Break My Heart” (1991)

(source: Wikipedia, blog.xj163.cn, http://www.mtime.com, http://www.famouschinese.com, http://www.songtaste.com)

[Added 11.1.08] Click here for a video version of “Don’t Break My Heart.”

[Added 07.26.09] This audio rip may be a bit better.

Star Moms Organizing – Faye’s on Their A List

A group of stars who are also mothers are organizing to visit the Sichuan earthquake area to provide firsthand support to the thousands of young children who are orphans. The contact list includes: Faye Wong (王菲)、Na Ying (那英)、Wu Junru (吴君如)、Yuan Yongyi (袁咏仪), and XU Xi-tai (徐熙娣). (Source msn.ent.ynet.com, 26 May 2008).

Comment: Whether Faye will participate is up in the air. She has stated in the past week that she won’t visit the disaster area because of the confusion that her presence might cause. Interfering with the work of the relief crews is the last thing she wants to do, and her high profile media presence might do just that. Still, I’m sure that she wants to go and is weighing the pros and cons. Her presence would definitely draw invaluable media attention to the plight of the survivors, especially the orphans. However, seeing the impact of her presence at relief events in Beijing and Hong Kong, she has to be concerned that the overwhelming media presence might hamper relief efforts. It’s a tough call. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Faye Wong’s Ten Best ‘Minor’ Videos – #6

Updated 4/9/14
6. This Faye Wong (王菲) video, part of the “Music Is Live” concert series featuring various singers, was recorded live on 24 Nov 1999 at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center. It features the Beijing pop punk band Catcher in the Rye and Zhang Ya Dong (張亞東), who collaborated with Faye on many of her hit songs. (Faye, Zhang, and lyricist Lin Xi [林夕] are often referred to as the “iron triangle.”) This YouTube video, uploaded by Adelineshim in June 2006, is in 6 different segments numbered 2-7. The first was omitted because Faye is absent. Three of the songs are from Faye’s Sep 1999 album, Lovers and Strangers: the title track, “Spectacular,” and “Postman.” The fourth, “You’re Happy So I’m Happy,” is from Faye Wong 1997. Zhang and Faye do “Lovers and Strangers” together. I like this video because it places Faye in her roots, Beijing pop and punk rock bands. Faye is at home in this informal jeans and T-shirt setting, and the whole video gives us a completely different look at Faye, one in which she’s not a distant and sophisticated diva but a girl-next-door pop rocker. The video quality of these uploads isn’t great, but we still get a sense of the creative imaging that’s gone into it. This is more a visual than an audio treat, but it’s still mesmerizing. Faye’s image here is a little tougher, cooler, and we begin to understand how this look carries over into her more mainstream diva concerts.

Faye appears at the 7:25 mark and sings her first song at 9:18.

ADDED 5/26: Faye is a superstar at this point in her career, yet she is perfectly content to blend in and let others grab the spotlight during the interview segments. This quiet and humble nature is a major part of the Faye Wong mystique. Yet the cameras aren’t fooled. Their focus throughout is Faye. Even when others are gabbing into the mike, Faye is the prominent focus through the lens. The camera angles and the wide assortment of images of Faye demonstrate exactly why she is a model without equal. She’s not only beautiful but intriguing from any and every angle, under all lighting conditions. You literally can’t get a bad shot of Faye. As I said earlier, this video is a visual delight.

See “10 Best Minor Videos” in the right sidebar for links to the other selections. The introduction to this series is in selection #1.

Faye Wong’s Ten Best ‘Minor’ Videos – #5

5. In this 1999 video, a YouTube upload by etcmail2047 about a year ago, Faye Wong (王菲) sings two English songs, “Top of the World” and “Please Mr. Postman,” which were big Carpenters hits in the early-mid 1970s. The performance isn’t especially memorable since this is a duet with a guy who can’t sing in front of a noisy studio audience. However, I’ve selected it as number 5 because of its historical significance. Some fans aren’t aware that Faye released at least three albums in Beijing before she moved to Hong Kong in the late-80s and began recording with Cinepoly, launching her career in 1989 with the release of Shirley.

In 1999, Faye was already a megastar, but in 1985, she was relatively unknown. Her very first album on the mainland, Enchanting Kaler, was released on 1 March 1985 when Faye was 15 years old. This is the album that includes the two Carpenters hits. It also includes a Japanese song, “Destiny,” and the title track, “Enchanting Kaler,” in English. She uses the stage name Miss Charm at this early phase of her singing and modeling career. I’ve included a link (click on the album cover thumbnail) to a site that sells the CD. However, I’m not doing this to encourage you to buy it. This is just a means to provide more info about Faye’s early years. The 1985 release is primitive in terms of recording technology and arrangements, and Faye’s voice hasn’t matured yet, but the energy and spirit are unmistakably Faye. By all means, get it if you’re a Faye fan who wants to learn all there is to know about her, but if you’re primarily into Faye for the quality of her music, then I’d suggest skipping this as well as the other two pre-Hong Kong CDs.

See “10 Best Minor Videos” in the right sidebar for links to the other selections. The introduction to this series is in selection #1.

Lucky Fans Got to Shake Faye Wong’s Hand

On 18 May 2008, after performing in the Beijing CCTV earthquake relief show, which ran a marathon four hours, from 8PM to midnight, Faye left the building and headed for the family van, which was parked outside. Faye’s part of the show was the highlight and didn’t go on until 11:30PM. Thus, she had had a very long day and must have been tired. She sang “Wishing We Last Forever” (但愿人长久) with Eason Chan (Chen Yi Xun, 陈奕迅), Faith Yang (Yang Nai Wen, 杨乃文), and Aniu (阿牛). When she entered the car, the driver told her about a large group of fans who had waited nearly five hours to get a glimpse of her. They were holding banners identifying them as Faye’s fans, and when they saw her, they shouted her name to get her attention. Faye asked the driver to pull up close to the group and to lower the window. She wanted to acknowledge them, in appreciation for their vigil. The fans went wild and immediately surrounded the car, competing with one another to shake Faye’s hand through the open window. (See the photos below.) When a male fan shouted, “Ah Faye, you must return!”, Faye nodded without hesitation, saying “Good! Good!” Shortly thereafter, Faye and the fans said their goodbyes and the van drove off. [Source: Newcnsnews, 22 May 2008]

Comment: I’m not sure how much credence we can give to this report, but if it’s true, then we could conclude that a comeback is not out of the question. I guess it’s all in the way we interpret Faye’s “Good! Good!” reply to the fan’s question. Does it simply mean “I’m glad you want me to return”? Or does it mean more?