Taiwanese tune strikes a familiar chord with Duffy

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 March, 2009, 12:00am

Welsh singing sensation Duffy had Hong Kong at her mercy on Friday at her concert at the AsiaWorld Arena, but earlier in the day the 24 year-old, who dominated the recent Brit Music Awards, had something of an epiphany. At a press conference at the W Hotel, it was pointed out that her single Warwick Avenue bore a striking resemblance to a song called Small Town Stories by the late Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng Li-jun.

'I have heard about it as well,' Duffy (born Aimee Anne Duffy) said. 'I was in Japan in October and I met some people from Hong Kong and they told me that it was so similar to a Chinese song. I need to hear it, I still haven't heard it.'

At that point, a local reporter sang two lines from Teng's tune to Duffy. Hearing the similar melody, the singer appeared sincerely amazed.

'Oh my god, it is giving me goose bumps,' she said wide-eyed.

'Maybe that's why I have [had] this vague connection with Hong Kong since I was a kid. I have no idea. I really want to listen to that Chinese song now. Maybe I have heard it in my past life or something,' she joked. 'I've always felt that Hong Kong would be really special. And on my first impression of Hong Kong, I am completely blown away.'

Now, we got her begging for mercy?