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Her mother (now deceased) was a singer and her father a mining engineer. They moved with her older brother to Hong Kong when she was 18 and she began to take singing lessons. Her teacher introduced her to Cinepoly Records, where she first recorded under the name Wong Jing Man and was given the English name Shirley Wong for three albums. She sang predictable Cantopop and was unsatisfied with her career and eventually left for New York to carve her own identity, returning several months later. Given more creative freedom, she favoured the sounds of R'n'B in her new releases and also started writing her own songs. Her quirky sense of fashion and on-stage antics were often compared to Bjork's. In 1994 she reclaimed her real name and released the self titled "Faye Wong". The album had no cover but a blank white casing and booklet. It cemented her attitude towards music & media, Wong was all about music and did not care for frills and publicity. Her cover of "Dreams" by The Cranberries set her aside from the ballad-crooning Cantopop industry dominated by male singers. In 1995 she released "Restless", with 8 original works by Wong and 2 in collaboration with the Cocteau Twins. This album is widely considered by fans and Wong herself as her best work and most artisically ground-breaking as one song is purely instrumental and 4 sung in a jibberish language invented by Wong. She left Cinepoly in 1997 and was signed to EMI for a record amount. She worked with Cocteau Twins again, who wrote two songs for her first EMI release, "Faye Wong". After 5 albums with EMI she is currently signed with Sony Records. Her first Sony release "To Love" has earnt her nominations in Best Album, Best Female Artist, Best Song, Best Producer, Best Lyrics and Best Arrangment.She married Dou Wei, the former lead singer of Black Panther, one of China's first successful metal groups. They had a daughter but subsequently divorced. She has been romantically linked on and off again with Nicholas Tse Ting-fung, the bad boy of Cantopop 11 years her junior, since June 2000. Their first breakup was in March 2002 when Tse paired off with Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi, but he and Wong reconciled four months later. Other big Hong Kong entertainments names have been mentioned, including Anita Mui Yim-fong in May 2003, Mui's agent Marianne Wong in November 2003, and on Wong's part, fellow Beijing native and Hong Kong superstar Leon Lai Ming.Wong is known for being aloof with media and fans, skipping out awards ceremonies, and can be considered the Björk of Asia with regards to both her singing and acting careers. She won the Best Actress award at a Swedish film festival for her role in Chungking Express, her first major feature film. in 2003 she won the Best Actress award in Hong Kong for Chinese Odyssey 2002. She will appear in Wong Kar-Wai's next Cannes Film entry "2046". Unlike most Asian entertainers, acting is a secondary vocation compared to her unique pop sensibilities, becoming successful with both Chinese and non-Chinese audiences, singing primarily in her native Mandarin.








Faye Wong was born on August the 8th in 1969. Her mother was a singer and her father a mining engineer. During childhood, as a past time, she sang Chinese songs and later developed a growing talent and interest in the field of music. She moved from Beijing to Hong Kong and decided to pursue her potential, where she began taking singing lessons after each school day.She began her career at the age of eighteen years old, when she was introduced by one of her singing teachers. Cinepoly took interest in her, and decided to contract her. In 1989, Faye Wong released her first studio album, which was self titled after her "Shirley Wong" name. It was changed for complications that audiences would have a problem with a singer who's first name meant "Queen" in English. Her first album would pull out one hit, "However That Day". The following year, the albums "Everything" and "You're The Only One" would hit the market.At this point, she was very unsatisfied with her career and decided to move to New York to take time off. There, she studied music and literature. She would often wander the streets, where nobody would notice her. During this time, she was highly inspired by bands outside of Asia. This period would highly affect Faye Wong's future in musical sound and eventually shatter her R&B only image. Writing music for her upcoming album, she decided to release one more album. In 1992, Faye Wong's career would take a drastic change.She returns from New York and releases "Coming Home" under her favored name, Faye Wong. An album that shook the Canto-Pop music scene forever, and put Faye at the top of the charts. Her song, "Easily Hurt Woman", would become a phenomenal success. This album also had other popular hits such as "Miss You Night And Day", "Romantic Storm", and her first professional studio English song "Kisses In The Wind".Some audiences doubting her success, she would smash the charts once again with her "No Regrets" album the following year. Proving to doubters that she is here to stay with the extremely popular title song, "No Regrets".In 1994, she took an important step in her career and sang her first album entirely in Mandarin titled "Mystery". Her song "I'm Willing" once again blew the charts to the roof and is a very popular song among Fayenatics. During the height of the success of "Mystery", she began a liking for a band called the Cocteau Twins. This band would highly influence Faye's sound and taste in music. That same year, she would star in her second film role in Wong Kar-Wai's explosive "Chungking Express" film. Her first film role was in "Beyond's Diary", which really didn't get Faye recognized as an actress. Soon after, Faye released her new album titled "Random Thoughts", which featured two covers songs by her newest favorite band the Cocteau Twins. One of which was featured in "Chungking Express", and the other song in the film was a cover song of Cranberries "Dreams". All featured on the "Random Thoughts" album. To close the year off she released "Sky", and "Ingratiate Oneself". She shocked the music scene with her first rap song "Exit", a song that nobody ever expected Faye to actually do. Faye would become so popular at this point that she went into hiding from the press from time to time.This would not stop Faye however from releasing her album "Di-Dar". In 1996, she took full creative control with her album titled "Restless". An album which has become one of the most favored and beloved albums by both fans and Faye Wong personally. She composed and wrote seven songs herself. Featuring three songs with sounds by Faye, and one instrumental song. An extremely risky, but ultimately very popular move made by Faye.Faye then made a switch of record labels. She decided to move over to EMI to release her newest albums. She released her second self-titled album in 1997. Featuring a ton of chart hits. She would continue her successful career contracted under EMI with 1998's "Scenic Tour" album, with a very popular cover art.Faye would grab the attention of Japanese music composer Nobuo Uematsu the following year. Nobuo Uematsu, who is best known for his work with the Final Fantasy series, decided to contract Faye to do the theme song "Eyes On Me" for "Final Fantasy VIII". Saying that Faye's voice is very suitable for the mood of the game. "Eyes On Me" garnered her international success, especially in Japan and North America, in which began a whole new generation of Fayenatics.Her "Lovers And Strangers" album released in the same year of 1999, and presented many new fans to another important album in Faye Wong's career. Featuring the song she did with Pepsi, and as well several other hits, "Lovers And Strangers" is another album of hers that has received worldwide attention. Like some sort of angel sent down from heaven, Faye then released her "Fable" album. She composed and co-produced the first five songs on the album.Faye would once again appeal to the Japanese audience with her "Separate Ways" single, featuring the theme song to the short lived Japanese show she was apart of. That same year came her third self-titled album and was her last studio album with EMI. She also took the time to be apart of Jeff Lau's "Chinese Odyssey 2002", which was produced by Wong Kar-Wai. Doubting her acting ability, Faye does not take acting as seriously as some other people. She assures fans that her music career is a lot more important to her than acting. With each passing film that she continues to make, Faye continues to improve her skills in acting. "2046" and "Leaving Me, Loving You" adding assurance to that fact.In 2003, Faye got contracted with Sony to release her new album "To Love". Which became an instant hit. She is currently in the process of working on her next album, and as well upcoming film features she's currently involved in.