Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"President" Jay Chou - the Taiwanese singer that does it all

No, that's not Harold and he's not going to White Castle.

Meet Jay Chou - a Taiwanese musician, singer, composer, film producer, actor, director, and major heartthrob. This man does it all, and does it well. In fact, this man is such a boss in China, that they have nicknamed him "President Chou".

He has won the World Music Award four times, and is well-known for not only composing all his own songs, but songs for many other Chinese singers as well.

He regularly fuses traditional Chinese instruments and styles with R&B or rock to form a new genre called "Zhongguo feng", which literally means "China wind", sometimes written in the Pentatonic Scale as opposed to the normal seven-note scale (Diatonic Scale) to accentuate an oriental style. He has also incorporated other sounds from around the globe, including Spanish guitar, American techno/electronica, Rap, classical music, and Bossanova style, to name a few. Chou combines many music styles to produce songs that fuse R&B, rock and pop genres, covering issues such as domestic violence, war, and urbanization.

In 2000 Chou released his first album, titled Jay, and since then he has released one album per year (except in 2009), selling more than 28 million albums worldwide up to 2010! His music has gained recognition throughout Asia, most notably in regions such as Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and in overseas Asian communities, winning more than 20 awards each year.

He also won the "Best Newcomer Actor" in the Golden Horse Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards for his work in film. He directed music videos for 4 of the 12 songs in own album, "November's Chopin" in 2005, and by 2006 he had taken responsibility for the storyboard, directing, and editing of music videos for all his songs.

Daaaaamn! Talk about a man who is on his hustle!

Jay Chou, will you marry me?

Check out this dope Martial Arts inspired music video where he raps with his signature easy, smooth flow. And of course, he directed the video and acts and dances in it...Be still my heart!

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