Albert Leung

Albert Leung (born 7 December 1961, Chinese: 林夕; Jyutping: lam4 zik6),[1] is a prolific and award-winning lyricist and writer based in Hong Kong.

Albert Leung
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Born
Leung Wai Man (梁偉文)

(1961-12-07) 7 December 1961 (age 58)
OccupationLyricist
AwardsGolden Needle Award
2008 Lifetime Achievement
Chinese name
Musical career
Also known asLam Zik
Origin Hong Kong
GenresCantopop, Mandopop

EducationEdit

He was educated at the boys school Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College and La Salle College, and graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1984.

Songwriting careerEdit

He has been a Cantopop lyricist since 1985, using the pen name Lam Zik. The Chinese characters for this name, 林夕, written vertically, look like the compound (simplified) character (jyutping: mung, pinyin: mèng), meaning "dream".

He has written over 3500 song lyrics.[2][3][4] He is well known for composing lyrics very quickly. On TVB's show Be My Guest, he admitted that his fastest record for writing the complete lyrics to a song is 45 minutes.

His most noted songwriting partnership is with composer Zhang Ya Dong for Faye Wong,[5] but he has also written with Leslie Cheung, Andy Lau,[1] Miriam Yeung and many others.

He composed the lyrics to the song "Beijing Welcomes You", a six-minute song which was performed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by a panoply of popular Chinese singers, and which proved extremely popular with the Chinese public.[6]

In May 2009 he published a book about his creative work in the previous decade, 曾经—林夕90前后 ('Once–Lin Xi's 1990s from beginning to end').[7]

In November 2019, over thousands of songs written by Leung were reportedly taken down from online music stores in China after voicing support for the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests,[8] after collaborating with a Taiwanese band ‘'Fire Ex.'’ to support the protestors.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Andy Lau's new album Coffee or Tea released, sina.com, 2004-08-19 (in English)
  2. ^ "每個人心中都有一首「林夕」:這10大詞神近期作品,哪首最得你心?". The News Lens (in Chinese). August 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  3. ^ "【填詞30年作品逾3500首】林夕作品遭內地封殺 大量香港歌手受影響". 壹週刊 (in Chinese). 22 November 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  4. ^ "數據解讀作詞之王–林夕". 联合新闻网 (in Chinese). Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  5. ^ 林夕與張亞東因王菲而結緣 稱不要總問王菲何時複出 Archived 6 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese), Sina.com, 2009-03-02
  6. ^ "Hanwang: Why is "Beijing Welcomes You" so popular?". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  7. ^ 新书推介 (in Chinese) Sina.com, 2009-05-21
  8. ^ "China scraps over 3,000 songs by HK lyricist Albert Leung for his speech in Taiwan: report". 23 November 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Taiwan rock band Fire Ex., lyricist Albert Leung write HK protest song". 16 November 2019.