Friday, 08 September 2017

IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award 2016

IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award 2016

The 16th IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award was successfully organized by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (Hong Kong Group) Limited (IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Ltd) at Hotel ICON on 11th September, 2017. The Association was privileged to have the support of celebrities as honorable guests, including the Legislative Councilor the Hon MA Fung-kwok, SBS, JP, Dr. Bernard Chan Pak-li, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr. Gary Chan, Chairman of the IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Ltd, Mr. Colin Cheung, Treasurer IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Ltd and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the presentation.  They were joined by Committee members including Ms. Shirley Hughes, Mr. Keyman Luk, Mr. Andy Lai, Ms. Flora Kwong and Mr. Ricky Fung Tim Chee BBS, CEO of the IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Ltd to the kick-off ceremony. The association was pleased that Mr. Elton Yeung, CEO of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Ltd joined the list as guest presenter of awards.

A total of 67 awards were presented to top sales recording artistes from Hong Kong and from the region, for record sales achievement recorded in Hong Kong.  The list of highest accolades went to the following:

The Best Sales Local Male Vocalist – Raymond Lam Fung
The Best Sales Local Female Vocalist – Joey Yung Cho-yee
The Best Sales Mandarin Release – G.E.M. Tang Tsz-kei
The Best Sales Local Group – Twins
The Best Sales Local Live Recording Release – Joey Yung Cho-yee & Hacken Lee Hak-kan
The Best Sales Cantonese Release – Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing
Thanks to the fine collaboration by the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Ltd in their supply of digital sales ranking, the presentation of digital music sales awards under “Ten Best Sales Digital Releases 2016” went smoothly.

On this special occasion when IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Ltd is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, symbolizing its 50 years in driving and witnessing the development of the local recording industry, it is worthy to mention that its 1st Hong Kong Gold Disc Award Presentation introduced in 1977, which was broadcast live by Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB), pioneered annual music award presentations in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Gold Disc Award Presentation was further developed into the annual IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award in 2002. The significance of this Award warranted it being selected as a core event under the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong (HKEE) by Hong Kong Trade Development Council from the year 2005.

To be in tune with the market, the Hong Kong Digital Music Award was introduced in the year 2009. IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Ltd spared no effort in playing its role as facilitator. It introduced the regionally acclaimed Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival (HKAMF) in 2011, sponsored by CreateHK and others including the LIVETUBE and LIVETUBE Music Video Awards 2015.  The 50th Anniversary of IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Ltd would mark the transition of the current sales award format to embrace a widen awards coverage, in particular under legitimate digital music proliferation.
IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award is the only award in Hong Kong based on audited local record sales by a common auditor.  Patrick Wong C.P.A. Limited had kindly accepted to take on this honorable task for many years including the current one.