Jay Chou and Whitehead
China's creative advance into novelty.
Will it be cultural as well as musical?
Will it be loyal to the world, too?
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About Jay Chou
"Jay Chou, known as the "King of Mandopop" - a Taiwanese musician, singer, producer, actor and director who has won the World Music Award four times. He is well-known for composing all his own songs and songs for other singers. In 1998 he was discovered in a talent contest where he displayed his piano and song-writing skills. Over the next two years, he was hired to compose for popular Chinese singers. Although he was trained in classical music, Chou combines Chinese and Western music styles to produce songs that fuse R&B, rock and pop genres, covering issues such as domestic violence, war, and urbanization.
Globalized Pop Music
"The current globalization of mass entertainment is due in large part to the influence of American pop culture. The music industry in Asia in particular has been affected by the juxtaposition of American pop culture with traditional East Asian musical instruments and genres.
Why is Jay Chou is so popular in China?
His music is rich and complex, combining Chinese and American idioms.
"Chou's compositions are loosely categorized as pop music. While many of his works fall into contemporary, R&B, rap, and rock rock genres, the term "Chou Style" (Chinese: 周氏風格; pinyin: zhōu shì fēnggé) has been popularized to describe his trademark cross-cultural music and his insistence on singing with slurred 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 has very good marketing and a clean public image.
"Between the music, the films, and the advertisements, Jay Chou is a megastar, and his music is wildly popular everywhere from cars to KTV halls across China. But perhaps some of the reason he has been able to maintain his popularity for so long in China is that he works to make sure that his public image is clean. He does not smoke, drink or party, and while his music emphasizes individualism, he also often expresses a reverence for filial piety that makes him popular even with the older generations that don't much care for his music. Chou is largely unknown outside of Mandarin-speaking circles because he sings only in Chinese. In fact, before he took the role of Kato in the Hollywood film The Green Hornet, he reportedly couldn't speak much English."
He satisfies three cultural needs in China today: the need for intimacy, the need for individuality, and the need for cultural pride.
The need for intimacy is felt by everyone in every society. It takes as its primary focus romantic love In China this need is more pronounced because, for the last eighty years, Chinese were taught that they should subordinate emotions associated with romantic love to love of the nation. Now, since the opening thirty years ago, things have changed. And along the way the need for intimacy has resurfaced, along with a need for individuality and cultural pride. Jay Chou speaks to all these needs -- all the while sounding Chinese.
Sounds Like Chinese
China Daily USA
Updated: 2008-07-14 15:28
"The music style of "Zhong guo feng", popularized by Jay Chou, has reversed the music market in China which was full of western style music.
Is Jay Chou a constructive postmodernist?
In China a constructive postmodernist is someone who seeks to combine the best of traditional Chinese culture with the best of modern Western culture into uniquely Chinese way of living that is good for China and good for the world. Rather than worshiping all things modern and Western, the constructive postmodernist takes pride in traditional Chinese wisdom. And rather than worshiping all things Chinese, the constructive postmodernist learns from other cultures and feels a sense of loyalty, not only to China, but to the world as a whole. The constructive postmodernist is both Chinese and cosmopolitan in outlook. National pride and world loyalty are his or her guiding ideals.
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