Hong Kong Music: The competition of big-name singers, and the presence of record company giants
Prove the Tao in writing.The Hong Kong music scene has always had a strong star.It is not only on top of the entire Chinese music industry, but can even sweep the film industry.A simple example.At the ’90s TVB Hit Awards.The winners of the most popular singer award, The Heavenly King and the Queen of Heaven, attracted more attention than the annual golden Statue of Emperor Queen.And behind the singer.From singer packaging, song production to marketing, and then to concert and award operation.The tussle between the record giants is everywhere.But don’t assume that big names rely on packaging alone.Because the world is contingent.It’s not very common.Song god Sam Hui.And the three queens and queens of the 1980s, namely Alan Tam, Leslie Cheung, Chan Bailiang and Anita Mui.The record companies involved in the singer’s peak period include Polygram, Warner, Huaxing, EMI and DMI records.They were the absolute biggest names of their generation.Among them Sam Hui and Alan Tam in polygram from one life.Anita Mui made her debut in China Star Records and reached her peak. After that, she switched to Music in 1997 and culture in 2001.Leslie cheung made his debut in Polaris Gold in 1979. After several years of no success, he moved to China Star in 1983 and gradually reached the peak. He began to compete with Alan Tam, and then returned to Polygram again.In the same year, Chen baiqiang made his debut at EMI and moved to Warner The following year.In terms of sales, As a cantonese singer, Sam Hui was the biggest selling album in his family, or “Sold” in 1978, which sold 550,000 copies in Southeast Asia.Alan Tam followed suit, with his third album going quadruplinds and his 1988 Cantonese album Confused going seven platinum.Leslie cheung transferred to Hua Xing, released the album “Leslie” broke four platinum, began to closely follow Alan Tam, in 1987 joined Xinyi Bao (polygold subsidiary company), released “Summer Romance'87”, sales broke seven platinum.Chen baiqiang’s early album sales were hovering around the platinum number, then joined DMI records in 1986, 1988 released the album Silent, Sound, sales of five platinum.Music awards.Alan Tam is the strongest, Leslie cheung is the second, Anita Mui is the third, Chan Baiqiang is not good for personal reasons.In terms of awards, Polygram undoubtedly has the upper hand.Take the top ten hit songs as an example.During the tan-cheung contest, Alan Tam did not mention that Leslie Cheung won four awards, including two most Popular Male singer and one Golden Song award, which were also won when he was under Polygram.The short “Tan Zhang Hegemony” ended.The more brief “vacuum” in music was fleeting.In 1992, the “Four Heavenly Kings” were crowned, crushing a host of contemporary singers.Compared with the “three Kings and one Queen” in the last decade, they have extended their influence to the entire Chinese-speaking world, and no one can match them.Many people always reverse the logic of things.These people believe that the coronation is a kind of artificial manipulation, the four are just lucky of The Times.But the truth is just the opposite, the fact is that these four men with indisputable strength, spawned the arrival of the “King of Heaven”.Data speaks for itself.Jacky Cheung and Aaron Kwok created unprecedented sales records before they were crowned king.One is the first Cantonese album to break through quadruplinds sales, in the whole Cantonese music circle, they are the only two people to do, respectively “Smile” and “Dance, Love, Sing”;The other is a mandarin-speaking collection of “Please Bring My Emotions Home”, which has achieved quadruple platinum sales in Hong Kong, a feat only Aaron Kwok has achieved in the entire Chinese music scene.Meanwhile, Andy Lau and Leon Lai each have four platinum selling Cantonese albums.They are “True Self” and “Yes Love is Fate.”And at their peak.The record companies involved are Huaxing, Polygram, Warner and Yi Neng.But here’s the funny thing.Early Huaxing records almost equal TVB affiliate.The record company was the only one that had a shot at all four of them.Backed by TVB, Huaxing held the first “Rookie Singing Contest” in 1982, and Anita Mui was the singer who stood out.Leslie cheung also signed with Huaxing in the same year.But a lot of people do not know, the same year Jacky Cheung also participated in this competition, but pounce silent, until two years later to participate in 18 districts amateur singing contest just shine brilliantly, join polygold.In 1985, wireless artist Andy Lau signed a contract with China Star, launched his first album, sales failed, the next year transferred to EMI.In 1987, the rookie contest third dawn signed a contract with China Star, waiting for three years to send records, in 1990 by dai Sicong force to polygram.In 1991, plan to return to Hong Kong development of Aaron Kwok signed a contract with China Star, his situation is more complex.The mandarin album was released in UFO, while the Cantonese album was released in Huaxing. This interlacing also left a hidden danger later. During the period of Huaxing, three Cantonese albums and one greatest hits were released.In 1993, having settled his contract dispute, Kwok moved to Warner.Did not retain Jacky Cheung and Andy Lau excused, after all, in those days 2 people still did not show great potential, but of dawn “cold bench” and Guo Fucheng leave, it is Completely China Star “go off” hold completely not to take seriously, especially Guo Fucheng.In those days, Guo Fucheng, by Taiwan flying saucer force, has been popular throughout the whole Asia.However, after returning to Hong Kong, in addition to the sales volume of the first Cantonese album and selected old songs, the promotion and resources of the subsequent albums were completely not up to speed, especially the last album “Merry Christmas” before leaving Hua Xing, was completely ignored, and even seemed to make up the numbers.Subsequently Guo Fucheng turns warner and promotion one elder brother, become warner and treasure gold contend with the most heavy weight weight, wait for sufficient 15 years.Bao Lijin excavated Jacky Cheung, red dawn in both hands, Andy Lau and Guo Fucheng entered Warner early or late.At this point, the Hong Kong music industry entered the era of “two male” recording industry.Huaxing began to crack for survival, very different from the 1980s.The game between the two giants.Take the top ten best songs Award ceremony as an example, you can see at a glance.From the beginning of the Polygram crushing the group, to Warner and Polygram gradually mutual victory and defeat, and then to 1999 was acquired polygram all lines.The trajectory of big-name artists also mirrors the ebb and flow of power among record companies.In fact, it should be an old saying.It’s gold. It glows everywhere.Instead of complaining.It’s better to look at yourself.