Fan spends 1 mln yuan to release Faye Wong's album

By Zhang Rui
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How crazy and capable can one fan be? A Chinese fan recently spent his own money, amounting to a stunning one million yuan (US$157,300), to release an album for his idol Faye Wong.

The cover art of Faye Wong's "new" album. [Photo /]

The pop diva hasn't released a studio album in more than a decade except for several hit movie theme songs. However, one of her fans found a way to release a new album for her by collecting 10 of her lost old songs with nods from Wong's management and record label.

Xie Qi, a 19-year-old fan, compiled the album and raised one million yuan from his parents and other interested investors for the project. He is currently a student studying in Canada, but he even started a company called Restless Music to do the project.

The 10 songs, sung in Cantonese, were recorded in 1996 at Hong Kong-based Cinepoly Records and were going to be released as one intact album. At that time, Wong was going to end the contract with Cinepoly and would be moving to her new label EMI. In 1997, when EMI was putting out Wong's new album "Faye Wong," Cinepoly had to rival the release by dividing the last 10 new songs submitted to them by Wong into two EPs (every EP includes 4 new songs) and they included two other new songs in greatest hits albums.

The album was never released in full but was dismembered in pieces, which made fans feel disappointed for years. Thanks to Xie's efforts, the new album "Be Perfunctory" will be released on Nov. 13, which pieced the original album together.

Xie got the publishing rights from Cinepoly, now under Universal Music Group, and approval from Wong's management, which made the album authentic rather than a bootleg. Though Wong's representatives didn't want this album to be released again, they were persuaded by Cinepoly Records and the sincerity of Xie.

The youngster also discussed the tracklist order and promotional materials including the title of the album with the record label and Wong's representatives. He even contacted famous Japanese photographer Meisa Fujishiro for rare photos of Wong during the time of the record’s original recording, when she did a photo shoot for Japan's Switch Magazine. The photos are rare given the fact that Wong didn't take many photos during the time that she was pregnant.

The album will only be released in Hong Kong due to the restriction of publishing rights. Xie said to the media recently that at least 100,000 copies have been sold during the presale phase.

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