Cookies (Hong Kong group)
Cookies was a music group in Hong Kong created by Chan Chi Kwong under giant record label EMI Hong Kong and later managed by Paco Wong of then Gold Label Entertainment (now known as Gold Typhoon). The group was formed with nine members in 2002 and was considered an emulation of the Japanese group Morning Musume. However, in 2003, the management contract of Cookies was passed over to Gold Label Entertainment. Once Paco Wong took over the management of Cookies, he made the decision to reduce the number of group members to four. The successfully remaining members were announced on 27 April 2003, and the four members consisted of Stephy Tang, Kary Ng, Theresa Fu, and Miki Yeung (most often referred by the media as Mini Cookies); on the same day, the debut song of Mini Cookies, 「貪你可愛」, was released. Their albums, however, continued to be released under the Cookies name.
Cookies is now considered to be disbanded. Elaine Ho, Gloria Chan, Helena Ma, and Serena Po had left the entertainment industry when the original nine-member group was downsized to four members in 2003. Angela Au went on to become a DJ of Radio Television Hong Kong. Mini Cookies would continue to be active for two years, 2003–2005, until they were arranged to develop solo careers.
On 28 March 2005, the members announced at the autograph session of their 4 in Love album that they have decided to explore solo careers. Although the four members had, at the time, firmly claimed that they were not disbanding, and to date, no official statement of disbandment has been released, the four members have, in reality, rarely collaborated under the name of Cookies ever since they began expanding their respective solo careers.
In 2009, Miki Yeung and Theresa Fu had both decided not to renew with Gold Label Entertainment when their respective management contracts expired. Two years later, in 2011, Kary Ng and Stephy Tang's management contracts had also respectively ended; Ng signed with Cinepoly Records while Tang signed with Hai Run Movies & TV Production Co.,Ltd.in the same year. From 2011 onward, none of the members from Cookies are signed with Gold Typhoon, nor under the same management company as one another.
On 11 August 2010, Angela Au, Elaine Ho, Gloria Chan, and Helena Ma, from the nine-member Cookies, held a concert titled 曲奇Happy2gether音樂會 at Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre. Kary Ng and Miki Yeung, as well as Serena Po, attended as audience members. Au, Ho, Chan, and Ma released a track titled 「拍擋」as the theme song of their mini concert.
On 3 August 2012, Cookies, with the exception of Theresa Fu and Serena Po, appeared as a guest performer at Shine's concert, Shine Again 2012, which was held at Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre. The group performed their debut song 「心急人上」. The appearance of Cookies proved to be nostalgic, as Cookies and Shine had debuted near the same time. Stephy Tang expressed that Theresa Fu was unable to attend because she was filming for a TV drama in Taiwan while Serena Po could not attend, for she was residing in Canada and pregnant at the time. This appearance is closest of having a reunion of the original nine-member Cookies group to date.
On 9 January 2013, Kary Ng held the second show of her second Hong Kong Coliseum concert, The Present Concert 2013, and during the encore portion, Stephy Tang, Miki Yeung, and Angela Au appeared as surprise guests. They had performed the debut song of Cookies, 「心急人上」. Tang had expressed that she had just returned to Hong Kong the morning of that concert night while Au revealed on-stage that the surprise appearance by the three girls was originally the idea of Ng's mother.