"Jay Chou" (, born 18 January 1979) is a popular Taiwanese musician and singer specializing in R&B and rap. 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 爸我回來了 "Dad I am Back", domestic violence is mentioned, in 梯田 "Rice Fields", eco-awareness is mentioned, and in 止戰之殤 "Wounds of War", the destructiveness of war is mentioned. Jay's music is popular throughout Asia, most notably Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan. He is also very popular among Overseas Chinese in the United States, Australia and Canada.
Jay Chou was born on 18 January 1979 in Taipei, Taiwan. He was raised by his mother who was a teacher in a high school. Showing interest in music, he began learning to play piano at the age of 3. While he was a third-grade student in elementary school, he developed an interest in cello and had daily cello lessons. His mother took him to concerts to develop his taste for music. When he was 14, his parents got divorced; as a res...