Antoni Gaudí was an architect from Catalonia, who belonged to the Modernisme movement. He was famous for his unique style and individualistic designs; as an architecture student at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura in Barcelona from 1873 to 1877, Gaudí achieved only mediocre grades, but he did well in his "trial drawings and projects." After five years of work and schooling, Gaudi qualified as an architect in 1878. As Elies Rogent signed Gaudí's degree he declared, "Qui sap si hem donat el diploma a un boig o a un geni. El temps ens ho dirà." Gaudi began to plan and design. He remained affiliated with the school his entire life. Dates refer to the period. Designs of buildings that were not, or at least not realised during the architect's life. Dates refer to the period. Seven buildings are included in UNESCO's World Heritage Site No. 320bis, Works of Antoni Gaudí, all of them located in the Province of Barcelona: Parque Güell Palacio Güell Casa Mila Casa Vicens Nativity Façade and Crypt of the Sagrada Familia *Other parts of the Sagrada Familia, including the Sagrada Família Schools, are included in the buffer zone of the 5th part of the WHS site.
Casa Batlló Crypt at the Colònia Güell Buffer zone includes part of the Colònia Güell and the Torre Salvana Media related to Buildings by Antoni Gaudí at Wikimedia Commons Media related to Antoni Gaudí i Cornet at Wikimedia Commons
Faye Wong is a Chinese singer-songwriter and actress referred to as "the Diva" in the Chinese-speaking world. Early in her career she used the stage name Shirley Wong. Born in Beijing, she moved to British Hong Kong in 1987 and came to public attention in the early 1990s by singing in Cantonese combining alternative music with mainstream Chinese pop. Since 1994 she has recorded in her native Mandarin. In 2000 she was recognised by Guinness World Records as the Best Selling Canto-Pop Female. Following her second marriage in 2005 she withdrew from the limelight, but returned to the stage in 2010 amidst immense interest. Hugely popular in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore, she has gained a large following in Japan. In the West she is best known for starring in Wong Kar-wai's films Chungking Express and 2046. While she has collaborated with international artists such as Cocteau Twins, Wong recorded only a few songs in English, including "Eyes on Me" – the theme song of the video game Final Fantasy VIII.
Wong is known to be a "diva with few words" in public, has gained a reputation for her "cool" personality. In Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture, Jeroen de Kloet characterised her as "singer, mother, royalty, sex symbol and diva all at the same time". Wong's daughter Leah Dou is a pop singer; the daughter of a mining engineer and a revolutionary music soprano, Wang Fei was born in Beijing in the midst of China's Cultural Revolution. She has an elder brother named Wang Yi; as a student, Wong was involved in singing and attracted interest from several publishers. On occasions, the school had to hide her artistic activities from her strict mother, who as a professional saw singing as a dead-end career. Despite her mother's opposition, Wong released 6 low-cost cover albums from 1985 to 1987 while still in high school, all in the form of cassettes consisting of songs by her personal idol, iconic Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng. For the last of these early recordings, the producer Wei Yuanqiang chose the title Wong Fei Collection, intending to show that he recognised a distinctive talent in the teenager.
In 1987, after being accepted to Xiamen University for college, she migrated to Hong Kong to join her father, working there for a few years. The plan was for her to stay there for a year to fulfill the permanent residency requirement, go to a university abroad thereafter. However, since Wong did not know a word of Cantonese, the language spoken in the British colony, she experienced great loneliness. Following a brief modeling stint, she began singing lessons with Tai See-Chung, from Mainland China and had tutored Hong Kong superstars Anita Mui, Andy Lau, Leon Lai and Aaron Kwok. Under Tai's tutelage, the 19-year-old signed with Cinepoly Records after winning third place in an ABU singing contest in 1988, it was a risky move on the part of Chan Siu-Bo, Cinepoly's general manager, since Mainlanders were stereotyped as "backwards" in Hong Kong. As a result, Cinepoly asked Wong to change her "Mainland-sounding" name to a "sophisticated" stage name Wong Jing Man. In 1989, her debut album Shirley Wong sold over 30,000 copies and helped her win bronze at the "Chik Chak New Artist Award".
Two more albums followed featuring many cover songs by artists from the US and Japan. However, they sold worse despite relentless promotions by the company. Many in Hong Kong perceived her to be "backwards". Frustrated with her career decision, in 1991 she travelled to New York City for vocal studies and cultural exchange; because it was a hurried decision, she ended up missing the registration deadline for her classes in New York. Faye Wong explained in 1996, I visited museums and sat at cafes. There were so many confident-looking people, they didn't care. I felt I was like that too, independent and a little rebellious, but in Hong Kong I lost myself. I became like a machine, a dress hanger. I had no sense of direction. Wong returned to Hong Kong and found a new agent in Katie Chan, who would remain her agent for the next 2 decades; the next album, Coming Home, would prominently feature on the cover the English name "Faye", a homophone to her given Chinese name, the word "Jing", a reference to her hometown Beijing.
The 1992 album Coming Home incorporated R&B influences and was a change in musical direction from the more traditional Cantopop fare of her earlier albums. One song by her of this time was "Fragile Woman", a cover of a Japanese song "Rouge" composed by Miyuki Nakajima and sung by Naomi Chiaki. Coming Home included her first English-language number, "Kisses in the Wind". Wong stated in a 1994 concert that she much liked this song, after which various websites listed it as her personal favourite; the cover for Coming Home prominently shows the name "Faye", from on she changed her stage name back to "Wang Fei". In 1992–93 she starred in TVB shows such as File of Justice II and Legendary Ranger. In 1993, she wrote the Mandarin lyrics for her balla
Cherie is the 2004 debut album by the French pop and dance music artist Cherie. The single "Betcha Never" was featured in the 2003 film Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. "I'm Ready" "Say You Love Me" "Older Than My Years" "It's Your Love" "I Believe In You" "Betcha Never" "Body, Soul, & Heart" "I Belong" "Fool" "Rush" "Promise" "My Way Back Home" "I'm Ready" "Older Than My Years" "Betcha Never" Natasha Bedingfield co-wrote the "Betcha Never" song with Dave James and Alan Ross, featured the animated film, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. "Betcha Neva" was covered by Thai singer Tata Young on her album "Temperature Rising". It was covered by Jennifer Rush on her "Now Is The Hour" album