Jay Chou Overview

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Jay Chou grew up in Linkou Linkou, Taipei , Taipei County, Taiwan. Both his parents were secondary school teachers: his mother Ye Hui Mei ( ) taught fine arts while his father Zhou Yao Zhong ( ) was a biology instructor. His mother noticed his sensitivity to music and took him to piano lessons at the age of three. Meanwhile, he found himself a job as a waiter. Without his knowing, his friend had entered both their names in a talent show called Super New Talent King. Chou played the piano accompaniment for his friend, whose singing was described as "lousy". Although they did not win, the show's host Jacky Wu—an influential character in Taiwan's entertainment business—happened to glance at Chou's music score and was impressed with its complexity. Wu hired him as a contract composer and paired him with the novice lyricist Vincent Fang ( ). The following year, Chou was cast as a supporting character in the worldwide release of Curse of the Golden Flower, starring international Chinese stars Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li, giving Chou his brief but formal introduction to non-Chinese-speaking countries. In February 2007, he finally fulfilled his childhood dream of being a director in Secret Secret (2007 film) , in which he also played the main character. In March 2007, his eight-year contract with Alfa Music ended. Chou, his manager Yang Jun Rong, and lyricist Vincent Fang co-founded a new record company, JVR Music (which is an acronym for 'J'ay, 'V'incent, Jun 'R'ong) through which Chou will continue his music career and fulfill his goal of fostering new singing talent.
Musical style

Chou's compositions are loosely categorized as pop music. While many of his works fall into contemporary R&B Rhythm and blues , rap hip hop music , and rock rock music genres, the term "Chou Style" ( ) has been po***rized to describe his trademark cross-cultural music and his insistence on singing with relaxed enunciation. Taipei Times once described the meaning of "Chou Style": "In what has become the archetypal Chou style, Taiwan's favorite son blends pop, rap, blues and a smorgasbord of esthetic elements of world music to create his dream-like never-never land ..." He regularly fuses traditional Chinese instruments and styles with R&B or rock to form a new genre called "Zhongguo feng" ( ), some of which are written in the Pentatonic Scale as opposed to the normal seven-note scale (Diatonic Scale Diatonic scale ) to accentuate an oriental style. Besides his own culture, he also incorporated Spanish guitar Flamenco guitar in "Red Imitation" ( ), American techno/electronica electronic music in "Herbalist's Manual" ( ), rap with subtle classical music undertones in "Reverse Scales" ( ), and Bossanova Bossa nova style in "Rosemary" ( ), to name a few. Sound effects from everyday life are frequently woven into his music, such as bouncing ping pong balls, touch tone phone dialing, helicopter blades, dripping rain, and radio static noise (concrete music). His formal musical training is evident by the use of classical textures Musical texture in his compositions. For example, counterpoint was used in "Perfection" ( ) and "Sorry" ( ), while polyphony can be found in "The Wound That Ends War" ( ) and "Twilight's Chapter Seven" ( ).

Chou's albums have been noted for the lack of change compared to his earlier works, yet he firmly stated that he will not alter his style: "They say I've been standing still ... but this is the music I want, and I don't see what I want by moving ahead." which he also insisted will not change; however, recently he has adopted clearer pronunciation for certain songs, particularly more traditional "Zhongguo feng" songs, such as "Faraway" ( ) and "Chrysanthemum Terrace" ( )..In his 8th album,he decided to try a new genre,Cowboy Is Busy,a country music song.


Strictly speaking, Chou is more often a singer-composer than a lyricist. Several "regulars" write the lyrics for most of his music, but the content and style is unified with his own personality and image, covering a diverse range of topics and ideas. Vincent Fang accounts for more than half of the lyrics in his albums, helping to establish an important element in Chou's music: the use of meaningful, imagery- and emotionally-rich lyrics, sometimes written in the form of ancient Chinese poetry with reference to Chinese history or folklore. In addition to writing romantic hits, he also touches on war, the Bible Holy Bible , sports, and martial arts. Vivian Hsu is a singer herself and has helped with Chou's earlier hits, while Huang Jun Lang ( ) is noted for his work surrounding unusual themes (such as a detective story and chess game). Chou himself has written lyrics for many love ballads, but has also discussed societal ills such as drug addiction in "Coward" ( ) and loss of the rural countryside to urbanization in "Terrace fields" ( ). Domestic violence discussed in "Dad, I am back" ( ) received a great deal of commotion since he was the first to bring up this taboo subject in Chinese music, which helped solidify his status as a pioneer and a unique pop singer capable of approaching serious issues. In the songs "Maternal grandmother" ( ) and "Listen to your mother/Listen to Mama's words" ( ), he voiced his high regard for family values. He addressed personal issues about his failure to enter university in "Split" ( ), his resentment towards the paparazzi in "Besieged From All Sides" ( ), and highlighted the importance of individuality in "Po***r Imitation" ( ). "Rice Aroma/Paddy Fragrance" ( ), a song from his 9th album Capricorn Capricorn (album) encourages people not to give up their dreams even when facing difficulties in life.


Chou began as a songwriter for other singers and continued this area of work even after he debuted his own career in singing. He has composed frequently for Jolin Tsai, Landy Wen, and occasionally for other Taiwanese singers such as Coco Lee, S.H.E, Vivian Hsu, Leehom Wang, Will Liu, Valen Hsu, and Hong Kong pop stars Edmond Leung, Gigi Leung, Jordan Chan, Edison Chen, Karen Mok, Leo Ku, Eason Chan, and Joey Yung, as well as a one-time collaboration with Howard Su. He has also written for singers outside of his generation—over one dozen songs for his mentor Jacky Wu, later also for Taiwanese singer Jody Chiang, and Hong Kong singers Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Lui Fong ( ), Aaron Kwok, and Kenny Bee. He initiated the band Nan Quan Mama in 2004, selecting band members and overseeing their album production. The group has been noted for sounding too similar to their mentor; as a result, Chou has reduced his involvement in the band, but continues to help increase their exposure to mass audiences by inviting them as guests performers for his own concerts and music videos.
He has performed live duets with Landy Wen, and former girlfriend news anchor Patty Hou, but only two studio recordings of duets have been formally placed in his own albums: "Coral Sea" ( ) in 2005 with Lara Veronin (of Nan Quan Mama) and "Faraway" ( ) in 2006 with Fei Yu-Ching, who began his career in the 1970s. Besides working with singers, Chou's longest-running collaboration is with lyricist Vincent Fang, as they both started their careers in the music field in 1998. The compilation album Partners ( ) featured 12 songs, each consisting of Chou's musical and Fang's lyrical compositions. Fang has written the words to than more 40 of Chou's songs, was the chief editor of Chou's book Grandeur de D Major ( ), and is now Chou's business partner (together with Chou's manager JR Yang) for the record company JVR Music. Jay Chou was also featured in Cindy Yen's (袁詠琳) song "Sand Painting" (畫沙) released in October 2009.
Movie career

Chou formally entered the film industry in 2005 with the release of the movie Initial D Initial D (film) (頭文字D). He has since acted in three other movies, directed one film and more than a dozen music videos. Chou, who once said "I live because of music", ventured into movies because he felt the need for a new challenge. As fans have grown concerned that movies will compromise his music career, Chou has repeatedly reassured that movies are a source of inspiration and not a distraction; at the same time, he realizes the need to balance both careers and maintain his place in the music field to garner the continued support of fans.


in January 2008
Entry into acting was an unexpected move for Chou. In 2005, Chou's first role as the lead actor in Initial D Initial D (film) served two purposes: to launch his acting debut, and to increase his exposure to Japanese audiences. This film is based on the Japanese comic Manga Initial D, where Chou played Takumi Fujiwara, a gifted touge racer who is quiet and rarely shows expression. Some reviewers criticized his bland acting while others felt he performed naturally, but only because the character’s personality closely mirrored his own. His performance in Initial D Initial D (film) won him Best Newcomer Actor in Golden Horse Awards Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards. Chou’s second film was Curse of the Golden Flower (2006). As a supporting character, he drew much of the attention of Chinese reporters; Chou’s involvement in this movie was announced in its own press conference, separate from the meeting held for Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, and the other actors. Chou portrayed Prince Jai, the ambitious second eldest prince and general of the Imperial army whose personality epitomizes Xiao (孝), the Chinese virtue of filial piety. In this internationally-released film, North American audiences saw Chou for the first time. According to Chinese movie critics, comments about his acting ranged from "lacks complexity" to "acceptable," but was critically praised by Western reviewers. His performance in Curse of the Golden Flower was nominated Best Supporting Actor in the Hong Kong Film Awards. In the 2008 film Kung Fu Dunk, Chou portrayed a kung fu Chinese martial arts student and dunking Slam dunk prodigy, and the film earned over ¥ Renminbi 100 million (US$ United States dollar 14.7 million). Chou was cast to portray Kato Kato (The Green Hornet) in The Green Hornet The Green Hornet (2010 film) , directed by Michael Gondry and slated for release in December 2010, after Hong Kong actor Stephen Chow withdrew from the project.


featuring Chou as a director for the first time.
Chou's acquired his first directing experience in 2004 through music videos. He initially experimented with a song by the group Nan Quan Mama titled "Home" ( ) where he was involved throughout the entire process from research to editing. After learning the difficulties of being a director, he refused to direct again even at the request of his record company. However, his interest resurfaced again as he directed music videos for 4 of the 12 songs in own album November's Chopin in 2005, and later television advertisements. By 2006, he had taken responsibility for the storyboard, directing, and editing of music videos for all his songs.

In February 2007, Chou finally directed his first movie Secret Secret (2007 film) . The story he wrote is based loosely on his relationship with a high school girlfriend, with a plot focused on music, love, and family. He stars as the lead actor of the film with Kwai Lun-Mei‎ as the female lead, and Hong Kong veteran actor Anthony Wong Anthony Wong Chau Sang as Chou’s father. Despite previous experience in filming music videos, Chou admits that movies are more challenging due to storyline and time constraints.

Book: Grandeur de D Major

Chou published his first book titled Grandeur de D Major ( ) on November 25, 2004. This 200-page book features a prologue written by his family, friends, and co-workers; the main section is a compilation of his personal attitudes, philosophies, and recollections of childhood experiences along with pictures from his music videos, many of which have never been released; and lastly, a list of the artist's major awards, musical and lyrical compositions, and discography. For the usually low-profile singer, this book revealed his personality and convictions that has served as the basis of his musical and public image. He demonstrated a strong appreciation of family values with an especially deep connection with his mother and maternal grandmother. His confidence and dedication towards music is evident as he dedicated 2 out of 7 chapters to music: the current state of the industry, his composition methodology, and the importance of individualism to his success in music. This pride is contrasted against his modesty and self-assessed naivety about many aspects in life, particularly regarding relationships and marriage.


In contrast to the United States where a negative connotation is placed on celebrities who endorse commercial products ("selling out"), in Asia, acquiring endorsement contracts with major brands are positive testaments of star-status. Chou has been a spokesperson for po***r brands such as Pepsi List of Pepsi spokespersons (2002–2007), Panasonic (2001–2005), Motorola (since 2006), M-Zone/China Mobile (since 2003), Levi's (2004–2005), Deerhui (sporting goods, since 2003), and Metersbonwe Group (casual wear, since 2003), Colgate (2004–2005), po***r computer game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002), science and nature magazine National Geographic (2005). To maximize the celebrity branding effect, advertisements are nearly always linked to his music and TV commercials are occasionally directed by him. Recently, Jay is promoting Sprite Sprite (soft drink) with Angela Chang. In the commercial, he can be seen performing magic tricks.
Public image

Despite living under continual media scrutiny, Chou's public image has changed little over the years as he emphasizes individuality as his "personal philosophy". In his music, this is also evident as he fuses Chinese and Western styles and explores topics unconventional for a pop singer, which have been described as "authentic" and "revolutionary". The media describes a hard-working perfectionist who is occasionally regarded as competitive and a "control freak". but also points at his musical talent modest, and views filial piety as "the most important thing". In-line with his aim to present a positive image, he is a non-smoker, non-drinker, and does not go to nightclubs. Government officials and educators in Asia have awarded him for his exemplary behaviour, designated him a spokesperson in the youth-empowerment project "Young Voice" in 2005 and an anti-depression campaign in 2007, His lyrics for two songs has been incorporated into the school syllabus to inspire motivational and filial attitudes. In November 2007, Chou was criticized for attending the funeral of Taiwanese gang leader Chen Chi-li to console Chen's son Chen Chuhe, whom Chou met while filming Kung Fu Dunk.


From the launch of his music career in 2000, Jay Chou has won more than 350 singer, singer-songwriter, and producer awards in Asia. The highly coveted Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan awarded "Best Album" for his debut CD Jay Jay (album) (2000) in 2001, and five awards (including "Best Album", "Best Composer", and "Best Producer") in the following year for the album Fantasy Fantasy (Jay Chou album) (2001). However, failure to win "Best Album" for three consecutive years has left him disheartened with award ceremonies. Although he continues to win more than 20 awards per year from various organizations in Asia, Chou has stated he will rely more on album sales as an indicator of his music's quality and po***rity. In 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, he was awarded Best-Selling Artist in China by World Music Awards for the albums Common Jasmin Orange, Still Fantasy and On the Run On the Run (Jay Chou album) .

Response to the news media and paparazzi

As with other stars, Chou has expressed a strong dislike of the paparazzi. In the early years of his career, unwanted attention by the media was usually dealt with by avoidance. In-line with his quiet nature, he frequently wore baseball caps and hoods while lowering his head and evading eye contact during interviews. He openly calls the paparazzi "dogs" and tabloids "dog magazines", as shown in his lyrics for "Besieged From All Sides" ( ). The media have also accused Chou of evading compulsory military service by feigning to suffer from ankylosing spondylitis. Later that year he was acquitted after providing the relevant medical records and letters from the army confirming a lawful exemption from draft dated before the start of his music career.

Despite constant harassment and stalking by the media, he does acknowledge that not all media attention is unwelcome. Coverage by international journals and news agencies such as Time Time (magazine) , and Reuters
At the end of 2009, he was included on JWT's annual list of 100 Things to Watch in 2010.


It is difficult to estimate the size and global spread of Chou's fanbase. Jay's fanbase originated and grew extensively in his native country, Taiwan. The Mandarin-speaking po***tions of Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Mainland China make up a significant percentage of Chou's fans. Despite rampant piracy Copyright infringement issues in this region of Asia, particularly in mainland China, every album Chou has released so far has surpassed 2 million sales. According to Baidu, the most po***r internet search engine in mainland China, Chou is the number one searched male artist in 2002, 05, 06 and 07.

In Hong Kong, he has been the best-selling Mandarin artist for the past 4 years. According to a 2004 survey in five Chinese urban centers for children ages 9 to 14, 1 in 6 named Chou as their favorite idol; he was also reported as the favorite singer of youths aged 8 to 25 in a study conducted in seven Asian countries (2006). He has a solid fanbase throughout Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Currently, Chou remains largely unknown outside of Asia, except in cities with large Chinese immigrant po***tions such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, London, and Sydney. He has held concerts in major venues such as the Acer Arena (Sydney - July 3, 2009), MGM Grand (Las Vegas—December 25, 2002), and Galen Center (Los Angeles—December 24, 2007). His intention to increase his prominence in the Western world beyond Chinese audiences is clear. In 2006, Chou composed and sang the theme song for Fearless Fearless (2006 film) , a movie released in major theatres in most English-speaking countries, though the impact to his fame has been minimal. His role in Curse of the Golden Flower (limited release) marks his acting debut in North America. Despite having a supporting but important role in the story's plot, the North American version of the official posters only featured a view of his back, greatly contrasting the Asian versions where his face and name were clear and placed between the leading actor and actress. Although Chou is still far from being well-known to English audiences, this movie has brought him international exposure.

Chou has won the Favorite Male Artist of the 20th Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan. He did not attend the event to collect the award because he was on tour in Mainland China at the time.{{Infobox Artist Discography
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Studio albums

* Jay Jay (album) 周杰倫同名專輯 (November 7, 2000)
* Fantasy Fantasy (Jay Chou album) 范特西 (September 1, 2001)
* The Eight Dimensions The Eight Dimensions (album) 八度空間 (July 19, 2002)
* Ye Hui Mei 葉惠美 (July 31, 2003)
* Common Jasmin Orange 七里香 (February 3, 2004)
* November's Chopin 十一月的蕭邦 (November 1, 2005)
* Still Fantasy 依然范特西 (September 5, 2006)
* On the Run On the Run (Jay Chou album) 我很忙 (November 2, 2007)
* Capricorn Capricorn (album) 魔杰座 (October 14, 2008)
* 10th Studio album (May, 2010)

Live albums

* The One Concert Live (Includes Eight Dimensions MV VCD) (October 28, 2002)
* 2004 Incomparable Jay Concert Live 無與倫比演唱會 2004' (January 21, 2005)
* Jay 2007 The World Tours Concert Live CD+DVD (January 30, 2008)


* Partners—Music by Jay Chou and lyricist Vincent Fang (April 26, 2002)
* Initial J: Jay Chou's Greatest Hits Initial J (Jay Chou album) (August 31, 2005)
* Secret 不能說的秘密(August 14, 2007)
* Kung Fu Dunk (the theme song "Hero Chou 周大俠") (January 2008)

Extended plays

* Fantasy 范特西 Plus EP (December 21, 2001)
* Hidden Track 尋找周杰倫 EP (November 11, 2003)
* Fearless 霍元甲 Huo Yuan Chia (January 27, 2006)
* Curse of the Golden Flower 黃金甲 (December 11, 2006)

Other works

* Nun-chuks Nun-chuks (song) 雙截棍 Shuang Jie Kun—Single (April 9, 2002)
* Neoprint 大頭貼—Single, no official release
* JIII MP3 Player—MP3 player endorsed by Jay Chou featuring songs from Initial D movie Initial D (film) , three old demos and a personal message from Jay (June 26, 2005)
* Qian Shan Wan Shui 千山萬水—Official song for the Beijing 2008's Olympic Games 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony (May 2008)




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