King of Chinese music - Jay Chou Wallpapers - Singing Concert and Album
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Jay Chou ( Born Jan.18, 1979) is a popular Taiwanese musician and singer specializing in R&B and rap. Also known as the King of Chinese music, he is known for combining both Chinese and Western musical styles to produce a fresh sound that is quite unlike what is produced in mainstream Taiwanese pop, and also for his unique lyrics which touch on various issues. For example, in "Dad I am Back", domestic violence is mentioned, in "Rice Fields", eco-awareness is mentioned, and in "Wounds of War", the destructiveness of war is mentioned. Jay's music is popular throughout Asia, most notably Taiwan.
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Chou's compositions are loosely categorized as pop music. While many of his works fall into contemporary R&B, rap, and rock genres, the term "Chou Style" has been popularized 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" ( literally "China wind"), some of which are written in the Pentatonic Scale as opposed to the normal seven-note scale (Diatonic Scale) to accentuate an oriental style. Besides his own culture, he also incorporated Spanish guitar in "Red Imitation", American techno/electronica in "Herbalist's Manual" , rap with subtle classical music undertones in "Reverse Scales" , and Bossanova style in "Rosemary" , to name a few. Sound effects from everyday life are frequently weaved into his music, such as bouncing ping pong balls, touch tone phone dialing, helicopter blades, dripping rain, and radio static noise. His formal musical training is evident by the use of classical textures 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." To demonstrate his point, he named his 2006 album Still Fantasy after his 2001 album Fantasy. His use of relaxed enunciation has been criticized as "mumbling" which he also insisted will not change; however, recently he has adopted clearer pronunciation for certain songs, such as "Faraway" and "Chrysanthemum Terrace"