Jacky Cheung’s Top 5 Career Defining Moment
If you grew up listening to Cantopop, you would have definitely heard hits that filled the radio airwaves by Jacky Cheung or also known as 张学友 (Zhang Xue You).Selling more than 25 million records as of 2003, he is regarded as one of the Four Heavenly Kings (四大天王) and has been thought of as the God of Songs of Hong Kong. Jacky has announced that he’s bringing his A Classic Tour to Kuala Lumpur on January 26 – 27, 2018. In anticipation of his coming, let’s take a walk down memory lane to re-visit the top five iconic moments of his career.
1. When he first burst into the music scene
It was at the 1984 Hong Kong 18-District Amateur Singing Contest where we first saw Jacky who would become Hong Kong’s God of Songs in years to come. With his outstanding performance of Michael Kwan’s Fatherland (大地恩情), Jacky beat more than 10,000 contestants to be crowned the winner, earning himself a record label with Polygram Records (now Universal Music Group).
Check out the performances of the song on the show.
2. Winning the Best Supporting Actor award at the 1989 Hong Kong Film Awards
Other than his outstanding performances on stage, Jacky is known for his acting chops. Few years into his singing career, Jacky took on the role of a triad member in As Tears Go By (1988), which won him the said award. Subsequently, Jacky became a regular in the local film industry.
In 2002, his role in Ann Hui’s drama July Rhapsody earned him his first Best Actor Award at the 2002 International Film Festival of India.
Take a look at the trailer of the movie:
3. The release of Private Corner
Private Corner is the singer’s only jazz album to date. The release of this album surprised many fans. During its release, Jacky said that recording the album was like liberating as it allowed himself to indulge in a genre he had come to love, and that it was created without having to worry about sales figures.
The album also showcased Jacky’s musical versatility.
Have a listen to the titular track:
4. Being named as one of the Four Heavenly Kings (四大天王) of Hong Kong
Having achieved record sales of millions across the region in the 1990s, the media gave the title to Jacky as one of the “Four Heavenly Kings” of Hong Kong, along with Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai. The title became synonymous to the stars, and the four would continue to dominate various fields in the entertainment industry.
Among the four, however, Jacky was, and still is, the most active “King” in the music scene.
Take a look at a performance back in 1994, where the four Kings shared the stage:
5. Starring in Snow, Wolf & Lake musical
Completely new to Hong Kong at the time, Snow, Wolf & Lake (雪狼湖) is a Cantopop musical about the tragic love story of a gardener and an heiress.
First performed in 1997, and then 2005, the musical fused classical music and Cantopop. Jacky took the lead role, and the show soon became a sold-out musical not only in Hong Kong, but also in major cities like Singapore, Taipei and Beijing.
Due to the musical, many of the songs from the musical, including Eternal Love (愛是永恆) gained massive popularity.
Have a gander at the first five minutes of the musical to understand its overwhelming success:
You can be assured of an entertaining evening watching Jacky live in concert in Kuala Lumpur when he comes on January 26 and 27 of next year!
The concert ticket is up for pre-sale starting on October 19 at 10.00am on XOX Online Store.
Exclusively for XOX subscribers, all you need to do is top-up a minimum of RM20 between October 10 – 15. You will get an access code via SMS on October 17.
Use the access code to enter the ticket purchasing page to purchase Jacky Cheung’s concert ticket with a 10% discount on XOX Online Store.
So, be quick and enjoy this amazing deal!
For more information, log on to www.xox.com.my