Eason Chan Yick Shun (born 27 July 1974) is a Hong Kong singer and actor. Chan was ranked sixth in the 2013 Forbes China Celebrity Top 100 List.
In 2006 Chan's Cantonese album U87 was named one of Time magazine's "Five Asian Albums Worth Buying". Chan has won a number of Golden Melody Awards. In 2003, he won Best Mandarin Male Singer and Best Mandarin Album for Special Thanks To.... In 2009, he won Best Mandarin Album for Don't Want to Let Go. Chan won his second Best Mandarin Male Singer award in 2015, for the album Rice and Shine. In 2014, Chan's net worth was HK$100 million. In 2018, Chan was named Best Mandarin Male Singer for the third time – the most of any singer (tied with Johnny Yin) – for the album C'mon In~.
Chan was the most-streamed artist in Hong Kong on the Spotify music streaming platform from 2016 to 2020.
Chan was born in Hong Kong on 27 July 1974. Chan went to England to study when he was 12. He attended St. Joseph's kindergarten and St. Joseph's College Primary School in Hong Kong, Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire, England and later Kingston University, studying architecture. He also trained in vocals at the Royal Academy of Music, where he received Grade-8 vocal certifications. Chan returned to Hong Kong before the completion of his degree to participate in the 1995 New Talent Singing Awards Competition, winning first place on July 16, 1995. Hong Kong-based record label Capital Artists signed a contract with him, ending his future career as an architect while launching a career in music.
Chan has won a number of Asian music awards. He is the second non-Taiwanese singer, after Jacky Cheung, to win Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards. He won "Best Male Singer" third, in 2003, 2015 and 2018, and "Best Album" twice. In 2003, 2009 and 2018. He also won Most Popular Male Singer in the Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation twice, in 2006 and 2007. He also won his first Asia Pacific's Most Popular Singer Award in 2007, and again in 2008. His album U87, named after his favourite microphone and released in 2005, was labeled by Time magazine as one of the five best Asian albums. U87 was the top selling non-concert, non-collection category album in Hong Kong in 2005. He was Hong Kong's highest selling male artist in 2002, 2003 and 2007. He has been one of Hong Kong's top selling artists every year since 2000. His concert DVD Get a Life was the highest selling album of 2006.
Chan has been praised by critics and fellow musicians alike as one of the top singers of his generation. Since the very beginning of his career, he has been one of the favourites to lead the new generation of Cantopop. He has been described as a breath of fresh air in the HK music scene. Over the last ten years, Chan has emerged as the leading male singer of his generation, fulfilling his role as an innovator and a leader in the HK music scene, winning prestigious awards one after another. Chan has also been successful in his work in the Mandopop scene. He has won numerous awards in both mainland China and Taiwan, most notably Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards. His album Admit It was nominated for Golden Melody Awards' Best Male Singer; although it was ultimately won by Gary Chaw. Next year, he was again nominated for Golden Melody Awards' Best Male Singer, for his work in Mandarin album "Don't Want To Let Go", although the award went to Jay Chou. However, Chan won Album of The Year for "Don't Want To Let Go".
Chan has been named by Chinese critics as the next God of Songs (歌神) after Jacky Cheung. However, Eason has more than once clarified that he wishes to build his own name instead, and not just be the successor of Jacky Cheung. Chan and Cheung have sung a duet together, titled 天下太平, on the album Perfect Match by Albert Leung and Ronald Ng (伍樂城), released in April 2006. Chan and Cheung have collaborated on other occasions as well. They sang a duet of Cheung's, 頭髮亂了, in a fundraising campaign for SARS victims in 2003.
Chan plays several instruments in his live concerts, including the piano, the guitar, the harmonica, and the accordion. Chan is also a songwriter.
In 2009, Chan performed in "PAX Musica 2009" in Tokyo. He sang seven songs, including a Japanese song by Koji Tamaki called "Mr. Lonely". This was his first time performing in Japan publicly. Japanese Musician Ikuro Fujiwara praised Chan for his charisma on stage and expressed hope to collaborate with Chan in the future. Chan planned to promote his musical works in Japan in 2010.
In 2011, Chan released a new album titled "Stranger Under My Skin" on 22 February. Released in November, Chan's latest album titled "?" features a piano performance by his seven-year-old daughter.
In 2012, Chan released the 《...3mm》Cantonese album on 10 August 2012. Followed by a remix version of the album, titled 《...3mm Remix》releasing on 8 November 2012. It is an album by Eric Kwok and Jerald Chan in composing music, including the number one songs "Finish" (<<完>>) and "Heavy taste" (<<重口味>>). At the same time, Chan opened his own music production company, EAS Music.
In 2014, he received Honorary Doctor of Arts degree for accomplishments in the Cantonese music industry from Kingston University, where he studied architecture before entering the entertainment industry.
In 2015, Chan released the Cantonese album Preparing (準備中) which contain the number one song "Unconditional" (無條件). Chan received multiple awards for the work.