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A classic homecoming

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2018-10-11 07:00
Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong pop star. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In 1993, 4 million copies of Cheung's album, The Goodbye Kiss, were sold in Asia and, so far, he has nearly 70 albums under his belt, which have cumulatively sold more than 60 million copies worldwide.

His career hit a rough patch in 1988, when his Cantonese album, Dream in Grief, sold less than 10,000 copies and a year later, the singer started to act in films to make ends meet. However, it wasn't all that bad, winning two "best supporting actor" awards-first at the 8th Hong Kong Film Awards for his role in As Tears Go By (1989) and later receiving the Golden Horse for his role in Swordsman in 1990.

Unlike in his younger days, which were governed by tight schedules for recording and releasing albums and acting in movies, Cheung now concentrates on his music performance and his family life.

He likes being expressive on stage and enjoys the limelight, but after that, he returns home and lives a simple life, spending time with his family and watching TV dramas.

"We thank our family ancestors for the good things that happen, such as a successful career. I am lucky because I love performing and I have a talent for it," says Cheung. "People asked me, 'What's next after you finish the 15 shows in Hong Kong?' Well, I still want to tour, and I still have new ideas. I think about singing on stage forever, but I guess it depends on the definition of forever."

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