Edmond Leung

The Cantopop singer Edmond Leung was born in British Hong Kong on November 5, 1971. Initially intending to become a professional soccer player, he shifted his focus to singing during the late-1980s, when he became one of two finalists in 1989's New Talent Singing Awards. Leung earned a record deal with Capital Artists following the competition and later released his full-length debut, Thinking of You, Waiting for You, in 1991. As the decade progressed, he became a teen idol, celebrated for his piano-driven pop ballads like "Thinking Too Much," "Blooming Flowers in 3000 Years," and "A Man in the Closet." He also recorded several popular duets with fellow Cantopop vocalist Miriam Yeung, including "Get Lost/Cheating" and "Big Excitement." The Best, his first greatest hits compilation, was released in November 1994 and became Leung's first record to earn double-platinum status. The Best also marked the beginning of a long line of Top 10 albums on the IFPI Hong Kong Group chart, with To Love Someone Else and Holding You Feels So Good peaking at Number 8 and Number 6, respectively, in 1995. The platinum-selling Breathe topped the same chart one year later, with the album's title track winning a Top 10 Song Award from the Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation. One year later, Steal Kisses also went platinum and won the IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award, while the follow-up releases Best Friend (1997) and Edmond 002 (1998) both went gold. While starring in films like 2002's Troublesome Night 15 and 2015's Full Strike, Edmond Leung maintained his popularity as a pop star well into the 2000s and 2010s, winning another Top 10 Song Award for 2011's "Asking Why Once and Again" (from the album #20) and branching into Mandopop with albums like 2014's Queen's Covers.

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