08 Mar 2004
10 Mar 2004
尾場加唱的"靜夜的單簧管"和第二次encore的"Almost Over You"未知會否收錄，
News from Singapore : Asian celebs now want to write too
posted by Fei
The Electronice New Paper
THEY'RE SINGERS, ACTORS, COMPERES...
By Wendy Teo
ELVA Hsiao wants to teach you pilates. Fish Leong is hoping you will peep into her diary, and Tony Sun wants to tell you about his Ambition.
But what all of them really want you to do, is to buy their book.
Singing, acting, hosting - that's not enough these days. More and more celebrities are jumping into the inkpool in the hope of adding 'writer' to their multi-hyphenates.
While celebrity pictorials have been around for decades, the current trend for celeb book publishing is towards meatier stuff, that is, more than just beautiful pictures.
Celebs are now peddling anything from their life stories to short essays or whimsical doodles when they were bored.
But increasingly, they are turning to the topic closest to their hearts - beauty, slimming and health.
Bowie Tseng and her mother's cookery book on herbal soups did so well that they came up with a sequel, and even went on to have their own TV show, Bo's Lucky Soup.
Both Tang Na and Elva were so inspired by their weight loss after taking up yoga and Pilates respectively, that they decided to share it with the masses.
Then there's Jacelyn Tay, who is hoping to turn into a health guru with her upcoming book.
Whether it's a text-heavy autobiography, a glossy pictorial or a guide to beauty and health, celeb books are big business.
Kinokuniya Bookstore, which declined to reveal sales figures, says the books are consistently among their top three selling Chinese genres.
It started to import such books about three years ago, when the Meteor Garden and F4 fever hit town.
In fact, assistant department manager Yeo Bee Leng remembers customers loitering outside the bookstore before opening hours, just so that they could be among the first to lay their hands on Jerry Yan's pictorial book Amphibian.
And to date, the F4 singer's book is still their overall best-seller.
Ms Yeo says the sales of the books are tied to the popularity of the stars.
Like boy band of the moment 5566.
Tony Sun's autobiography Ambition is selling like hot cakes while Zax Wang's I Hate Zax (a semi-autobiography) was sold out when we visited Kinokuniya last week.
DRAMA TIE-IN BOOKS POPULAR
TOO Other books fast flying off the shelves include the drama tie-ins like The Rose and Westside Story, as well as pictorial books of model-turned-actors Jerry Huang and Brian Zheng.
And publishing houses like Sharp Point Publishing in Taiwan are churning them out to meet the demand.
Sharp Point, which is behind the 5566 books, Fish's My Better Half and Zhang Shanwei's semi-autobiography Doing It My Way, is a major player.
It places such importance on celebrity books that it even has a department dedicated to the genre, which is headed by Mr Cong Changyu.
He told The New Paper: 'Five years ago, only a few celebrities came out with books, and we were one of the few companies publishing them. But in the last couple of years, the competition has become a lot more fierce...'
But are these books just riding on the celebrities' fame?
Mr Cong claims it's not. 'Selling books is not like selling CDs. People might buy CDs on impulse just because they like the singer, but people won't do that with a book.'
Local publishing house Marshall Cavendish International (formerly known as Times Publishing) is producing two celeb books. One is a cookery book by singer Sandy Lam, and the other is Jacelyn's beauty book.
Its spokesman said: 'It shouldn't be all hype for nothing. We knew that Sandy had an interest in cookery and she is quite a good cook.
'As for Jacelyn, she's sharing her beauty secrets with her fans. If Jacelyn was ugly, then there might be a problem. But she's so beautiful, so I'm sure it helps in terms of her credibility.'
But not all publishing houses are fighting to get to the stars.
Said Mr Denon Lim, of local publishing house Lingzi Media: 'It's like a passing fad, with the lasting period tied to the celebrities' fame. We prefer to publish books that will enjoy staying power on the shelves.'
He added that the costs for such books is much higher compared to the usual literature because celebrities are involved. Thus the profit margin is actually quite narrow.
Ms Liang Wern Ling, Chinese publications manager with Global Publishing, also warned of the risks: 'Not everyone can write, whether they are celebrities or not. So a lot of guidance is needed.
'And in a way, it's actually a risky business for celebrities. Showbiz is a volatile industry, just one rumour may be enough to cause a celebrity's popularity to tumble. So relying on popularity alone to sell books is not a wise thing to do.'
But what do the fans, who pay for these books, really think?
Accounts assistant Catherine Lai, 24, was never much of a reader. But she started reading some books, such as Brian Zheng's, after watching the idol drama The Rose.
And while she doesn't see the books as exploitation of fans' adoration, Ms Janice Ng thinks that it is.
The full-time tuition teacher feels that the books are expensive, and she's also doubtful how truthful the celebrities' autobiographies can be.
'After all, they have to make it marketable, so they might just put in whatever they think people want to read.'
But Ms Ng agreed that fans will still buy the books anyway.
Admin assistant Christine Ng puts it most bluntly.
'I know that the books are out to take fans' money, especially the pictorial books. But you know what? I'm still a willing party.'
Next, comic book for 5566
TAIWANESE hot boy band 5566 will soon have its own comic book series, says the quintet's manager, Mr Suen Te Rung.
He said: 'It was an idea during our annual career plans discussion. Last year, it was also during such discussions that we came up with the idea for Tony, Jason, Zax and Sam to come up with their separate books. I always feel that celebrities should be well-rounded, and it's just another step up for the boys.'
Mr Suen disagreed that the books also served to pad up the boys' coffers.
'We are selling content, not fame. Maybe some other people are doing that, but we are not. Why else would we also think of setting up a scholarship programme in Singapore?'
The boy band plans to set up a scholarship programme by July or August, to encourage their largely student fan base to study harder.
According to Mr Suen, it will be open to 5566 fans from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines and Indonesia.
I'm not selling books to earn money'
By Chang May Choon
FISH Leong has published her first book, My Better Half, but you won't find her face in it.
She herself had insisted on 'no photos!'
'There are so many celebrities publishing pictorial books now... I don't want people to say that I'm selling books to earn money,' she told The New Paper when she was in town recently for album promotions.
Hers is a self-drawn picture book filled with her reflections on her personal life.
A YEAR TO PRODUCE
The book, launched in January this year, took a year to produce as Fish took it upon herself to choose the pictures - including her apartment in Taipei and an abstract self-portrait - and passages from her four sketch books.
The idea came from showbiz veteran Chang Hsiao-yen, who flipped through her books during her talk show, Swallow Time, and was suitably impressed.
Fish said she usually doodles and pens her thoughts when she's alone, or during breaks in between promotional activities.
She hopes it can help her fans to understand her better, she said.
'It's also a record of my life.
'When I'm old and can't walk anymore, I can take it out to read what I was thinking about in my youth.'
posted by Tony
of the concert photos, I like this one most (see pic below), maybe it's because
her hair style, reminded me of her City Rhythm days, my favorite period of
Sandy's musical career. I am also a Barbra Streisand fan, this photo of her is
from the 1987 Nuts motion picture sound track insert, what a coincident hey,
both of their hair style, angle of head tilted and the facial expression are
very similar! I thought I would share that with
01.明報周刊 #1843 (張學友封面)
03.壹周刊 #731 (趙薇封面)
文章標題 : 倫永亮搶鏡 林憶蓮谷胸做配角
竟然說第一場完 show 後及慶功宴上憶蓮的藍色透視衫是翻著
他們要求 O.T. 補水
即使要延開包以正 unplugged 環節也要港樂答應才可成事
原來尾場最後的 rundown 在 "Almost Over You" 後
只是觀眾以為港樂只會 encore 一次
沒有再喊 encore 就離場了
he attended 4th show (7th March)........ i met him at the airport and said
very good for that show.
now he in Malaysia!
李宗盛 十年回顧暫別 演唱會 2 VCD
04. 如風往事 -李宗盛 盧冠廷
05. 再回首/憑著愛 -李宗盛 盧冠廷
11. 當愛已成往事 -李宗盛 林憶蓮
12. 夢醒時分 -林憶蓮
13. 問 -林憶蓮
14. 這樣愛你對不對 -李宗盛 林憶蓮 ＜－－從未收錄
01. 不必在乎我是誰 -林憶蓮
02. 春雨 -林憶蓮
03. Hero -林憶蓮
04. 忙與盲 -周華健
05. 我是一只小小鳥 -李宗盛 周華健
06. 飄洋過海來看你 -李宗盛 周華健
07. 寂寞難耐 -李宗盛 周華健
08. 讓我歡喜讓我憂 -李宗盛 周華健
09. Danny s Song -李宗盛 周華健 林憶蓮 盧冠廷 ＜－－從未收錄
3CD + 1 DVD
11 Mar 2004
provided by Donna
12 Mar 2004
轉貼自大陸論壇 remix 的貼文
posted by RICARDO
陳輝陽Demo Collection Volume 1//Favorites
歌迷Tony提出，這首歌的歌詞，靈感可能來自Barry Manilow 1978年的hit歌"Copacabana"，
I've always thought the lyrics of Chicago Story were very well written. I
love how it sets the scenes, described the characters and then entailed the story, a
"Chicago Story"! I also have known about Barry Manilow's 1978 hit
Copacabana, a very popular disco song, but I never really pay much attention to the words, until one day, I heard it and I realized how familiar it all
sound, and it didn't take me long to think of Sandy's song, here's the lyrics of Copacabana, you be the judge.
Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
with yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
she would merengue and do the cha-cha
and while she tried to be a star
Tony always tended bar
across the crowded floor, they worked from 8 til 4
they were young and they had each other
who could ask for more?
At the copa (CO!) Copacabana (Copacabana)
the hottest spot north of Havana (here)
at the copa (CO!) Copacabana
music and passion were always in fashion
At the copa.... they fell in love
His name was Rico
he wore a diamond
he was escorted to his chair, he saw Lola dancing there
and when she finished, he called her over
but Rico went a bit to far
Tony sailed across the bar
and then the punches flew and chairs were smashed in two
there was blood and a single gun shot
but just who shot who?
At the copa... she lost her love
Her name is Lola, she was a showgirl,
but that was 30 years ago, when they used to have a show
now it's a disco, but not for Lola,
still in dress she used to wear,
faded feathers in her hair
she sits there so refined,and drinks herself half-blind
she lost her youth and she lost her Tony
now she's lost her mind
At the copa... don't fall in love
don't fall in love
What do you think?
14 Mar 2004
posted by SherryLu
posted by Shiuto