To Love (Faye Wong album)

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To Love
Faye Wong To Love.jpg
Studio album by
Released7 November 2003 (2003-11-07)
Recorded2003
Genre Mandopop
Length56:31
Label Sony Music
Producer
Faye Wong chronology
Faye Wong
(2001)
To Love
(2003)
Be Perfunctory
(2015)

To Love (Chinese : ; pinyin :Jiāng'ài) is the tenth Mandarin studio album (nineteenth overall) by Chinese recording artist Faye Wong. [1] Released on 7 November 2003, it was Wong's first album to be released under Sony Music Asia. It contains thirteen tracks, ten in Mandarin and three in Cantonese. Wong wrote the music and lyrics for three songs, the title track "To Love", "Leave Nothing" (不留) and "Sunshine Dearest" (陽寶), as well as the music for "April Snow" (四月雪). To Love remains the singer's last original album to date. [2]

Contents

Background and release

"All-In" versions were issued with the music videos on VCD and DVD. These versions had a different cover with a portrait of Faye Wong printed in black on a red background. Before the album's release, the Cantonese version of the title track "In the Name of Love" (假愛之名), with lyrics by Lin Xi, was banned in some areas such as mainland China and Malaysia because the lyrics mentioned opium. [3] [4] Interviewed in December 2003, Wong said that she preferred her own Mandarin version of the song, which made no reference to drugs. [5]

Songs

Wong said that her favourite track was "MV", written by Nicholas Tse with whom she had an on-off romance. She admitted that her song "Leave Nothing" was a reflection of her love life, but declined to identify the other persons referred to in the lyrics. [5] The album also includes "Passenger" (乘客), a cover of Sophie Zelmani's "Going Home". Asked about the pattern of 2-character titles for the songs, Wong said that this was not important, but reflects a modern habit of abbreviating things in everyday speech. [5]

Reception

To Love was more successful than her previous self-titled album, both financially and critically. It sold more than one million copies in Asia within a week of its release, half of those within China. Afterwards, she held numerous successful concerts for over a year; ticket sales in Hong Kong set a new record. [5] Taipei Times called it a mixture of "saccharine pop and daring avant-garde". [6]

Accolades

Awards and nominations for To Love
OrganizationYearCategoryResultRef.
Channel [V] Awards 2003100% Perfect AwardWon
IFPI Hong Kong Sales AwardsTop 10 Best Selling Mandarin AlbumsWon
Chinese Music Media Awards2004Top Ten Chinese AlbumsWon
Golden Melody Awards 2004 Best Pop Vocal Album AwardNominated

Track listing

To Love track listing
No.TitleUnofficial translationLength
1."Jiāng'ài" ( )"To Love"4:09
2."Kōng Chéng" ( )"Desolate City"4:59
3."Bù Liú" ( )"Leave Nothing"4:23
4."Měi Cuò" ( )"Beautiful Mistake"4:02
5."Chéngkè" (乘客)"Passenger"4:40
6."Yáng Bǎo" ( )"Sunshine Dearest"4:06
7."Xuán Mù" ( )"Carousel"4:13
8."Sìyuè Xuě" (四月 )"April Snow"4:28
9."Yè Zhuāng" ( )"Concealed Night"4:35
10."Yān" ()"Smoke" / "Cigarette"4:15
11."MV" 3:35
12."Gá Oi Jī Mèhng" ( )"In the Name of Love"4:09
13."Fā Sih Líuh" ( )"Withered Flower"4:38

Tracks 1–10 are in Mandarin, and the last three are Cantonese. Tracks 12 and 13 are Cantonese versions of tracks 1 and 5 respectively.

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2003)Peak
position
Malaysian Albums (RIM) [7] 2
Singaporean Albums (RIAS) [8] 3

Sales

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
China500,000 [5]
Summaries
Asia1,000,000 [5]

Release history

RegionRelease dateLabelFormat(s)
TaiwanNovember 7, 2003 Sony Music CD+VCD (first batch of limited hardcover edition)
CD (paperback version)
Hong KongSony Music Hong KongCD
SingaporeSony Music Entertainment Singapore
MalaysiaSony Music Entertainment Malaysia
Cassette
ChinaShanghai Audio & Video Publishing HouseCD (hardcover version)
CD (lite version)
Cassette
South KoreaDecember 12, 2003 Sony Music Entertainment Korea CD
TaiwanMay 7, 2004Sony MusicCD+DVD (All-in Special Collection Edition)

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