A good week for ...

Edwin Lee

Sunday, 13 November, 2011, 12:00am

Q&A: Red Force

Chan Siu-ki and Man Pei-tak are familiar faces in the local football scene, but recently they have appeared in a different role. The pair formed a boy band, Red Force, with their South China teammates - Hinson Leung, Lee Wai-lim and Kwok Kin-pong - and released a mini album to raise money for the Po Leung Kuk Football Development Fund.

12 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Table talk takes on touching meaning

Karaoke clubs are about to become much more than places where people sing - often very badly - with the help of a machine which provides words and musical back-up.

Soon customers will be able to play music or games, take photos, order food or even pay bills with several taps on a waterproof touch-screen table surface.

14 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Leung, director of Studio Leung and creative director of HK Honey

1. Runaway - Kanye West

This song has become a bit of a power ballad for me. I listened to it recently, before one of the biggest presentations of my life.

2. Praise Him - Udaipur Convent School Nuns and Students

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Last day to sign up for a karaoke institution

Besides instant noodles and Japanese pornography, karaoke probably has had the biggest cultural impact on Hong Kong of any Japanese invention. Whether their influence is healthy is a different matter. Periodic large-scale karaoke competitions have been held in Hong Kong - in 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2005. For most people, letting the contest series die a quiet death was probably a good idea.

31 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

'Members only' clubs bypass restrictions

Membership has its privileges - especially when it helps 700-odd eating, drinking and entertainment establishments bypass licensing rules and avoid food and hygiene restrictions.

These outlets, which include the city's dominant karaoke chain, operate as clubs under a legal loophole.

17 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Warning over karaoke prices amid label row

Leading karaoke chain Neway, embroiled in legal actions brought by three record labels over alleged copyright infringements, warned yesterday that karaoke-goers would have to pay substantially more for their entertainment because the music companies had doubled the fees they were charging Neway.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Music giant sues Neway over copyright

Warner Music is seeking damages for copyright infringement from Neway Karaoke Box, which runs 23 karaoke bars in Hong Kong. It is seeking an interim injunction to stop Neway playing its songs until the case is resolved. The alleged infringements involve English and Chinese songs by local, Taiwanese and overseas singers.

13 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Tricks of the trade

Modern technology allows tiny cameras to be hidden almost anywhere

'Be careful, his bow tie is really a camera,' Simon and Garfunkel sang in their hit single America almost 40 years ago. These days the camera is more likely to be hidden in a watch, the crack in the door of a karaoke room or even in a Bluetooth headset.

5 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Karaoke pirates arrested in customs swoop

Pirated music videos have been found for the first time packaged for sale with new karaoke players.

The discovery was made when customs officers made surprise raids on four audio equipment shops in Sham Shui Po last week. Four shop proprietors and three sales assistants, aged 18 to 47, were arrested and 30 karaoke players worth about HK$100,000 were seized.

13 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Yelling (Concert DVD)

This DVD is an essential buy for fans of Kay Tse On-kei. Yelling was Tse's first concert, impressively debuting at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Unlike most other local pop singers, more than 90 per cent of the songs performed are her own. It was like a review of her singing career.

9 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Mainland court freezes 3 karaoke firms' assets for copyright abuse

A court has issued a landmark order freezing the assets of three karaoke operators sued by music companies for copyright infringement.

It was the first time a mainland court had taken such a tough stance on enforcement of copyright regulations in the mainland's huge KTV industry, Xinhua reported yesterday.

28 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Thursday Think Tank

1 Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to take control of battle against youth drug use ... that's because Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen is too busy fighting on the dangerous tree front.

2 Plastic bag levy comes into effect ... but some confused people now think you can't use them indoors at bars, karaoke clubs and mahjong parlours.

9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Copyright protection keeps the music playing

The Hong Kong Recording Industry Alliance (HKRIA) has been moving fast since it was set up in October last year. As a not-for-profit copyright management organisation, it has been taking steps to safeguard the legitimate interests of record companies and ensure they receive due recompense for the broadcast, public performance and other usage of sound recordings and music videos.

6 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Big deal

Prepare yourself for the cruising special of the year. Star Cruises will offer a one-night cruise into international waters next Wednesday for the princely sum of 10 cents. The promotion is available only to permanent Hong Kong residents, and includes a one night SuperStar Aquarius cruise for two, originally valued at HK$2,498.

18 Feb 2009 - 12:00am