Twins: a history of the teenybop sensation

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 August, 2009, 12:00am

Twins came into being on May 18, 2001, and released their eponymous debut album three months later. Their manufactured songs about school life and teen concerns struck a note with local teenagers and the duo quickly became teenybopper idols.

Although it was generally believed that Chung was recruited by the company's talent manager, Mani Fok Man-hei, while the former was working as a receptionist at the Emperor Group, Chung says she was picked from an EEG audition as was her Twins partner Charlene Choi.

During their first two years, Twins released three EPs and three albums, all of which were successful. Between 2001 and 2003, the artists received more than 70 awards.

Their runaway success encouraged other duos and pop groups to form, including a male version called Boy'z. None of them have managed to rival Twins' success.

The duo also branched out into acting projects, both together and separately. Some of the more successful outings was the vampire flick The Twins Effect (2003) and Prot?g? de la Rose Noire (2004). Rumours of a split arose in 2005 but were quelled with a reunion at the MTV Asia awards the following year.

Since the scandal broke, Chung and Choi have rarely performed in public together although their record label EEG denies the duo has disbanded, saying that both will be appearing at EEG's 10th anniversary show later this year.