Jay Chou's face used in Cantopop group gig poster

HONG KONG • Jay Chou's company has confirmed that it complained about the use of the Mandopop king's image in posters for Cantopop group Tat Ming Pair's concerts - which have now been taken down from subway stations in Hong Kong, said Ming Pao Daily News yesterday.

One half of Tat Ming Pair is singer Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, who has suffered setbacks in his career after backing the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests in 2014. Tat Ming Pair's March shows in Hong Kong also suffered a lack of sponsorship.

The concert poster shows a gallery of faces, similar to the iconic cover of the 1967 Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Entertainers Eric Tsang, Stephen Chow, Eason Chan, Leon Lai, Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng and Tony Leung Chiu Wai are believed to be among the faces, some of which are composite photos, said Apple Daily.

Chou's company, JVR Music, said it was protecting the rights of the singer, whose portrait had been altered and used for publicity without prior notice or consent.

Wong had not named Chou in earlier remarks. He said one person on the poster had jobs in China and did not want to be affected by being associated with Tat Ming Pair.

Chou has toured in the mainland and is a coach on the television contest Sing! China.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2017, with the headline 'Jay Chou's face used in Cantopop group gig poster'. Print Edition | Subscribe