6: Eason Chan
Hailed as a leader in the next generation of Cantopop singers, Eason Chan presents a friendly face with genuine talent. “He’s a neighbourhood idol. His look and character are very amicable and very down to earth,” says pop music expert and former CR2 radio host Wong Chi-chung. “On top of that, he can sing a really awesome range of songs.”
The ex-architect found fame after winning a new talent singing competition in 1995, after which he was signed by Capital Artists. Quickly swept to the top of Hong Kong’s pop ranks, Chan has gone on to win a multitude of awards, including Most Popular Male Singer Award four times in a row, from 2005 to 2008. He also has the distinction of being the only non-Tawainese singer, other than Jacky Cheung, to win Taiwan’s Golden Melody Award.
But while the likes of big Cantopop stars such as Leung and Leon Lai are aloof and socially inaccessible, Eason is like a friend who has made it. His lyrics are about everyday subjects that we all can relate to, and he delivers them on stage as if he means every word.
And Wong has another reason to like Chan: “He loves to talk. He can talk forever on anything – he’s famous for that.”
Recommended listening: U87 (2005)