‘Jay Chou is a Workaholic,’ says Taiwanese Singer Devon Song

Jay Chou is, without an iota of doubt, one of Asia’s most popular celebrity, and his fame is a proof of commitment, hard work, perseverance and vision.

Image: Jay Chou

The Taiwanese musician released his debut album titled “Jay” in 2000, the same year his image in the entertainment industry recorded huge success.

He’s known as an actor, a songwriter, film producer, record producer and director.

Jay’s music is popular in many regions within and outside Asia; he’s a household name in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Australia and the United States of America.

The 38-year-old has an enviable career with resounding success in all ramifications, having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

Image: Jay Chou

On May 20, the multiple award-winner held a show in Nanjing, where he met with Devon Song, a member of Taiwanese band Nan Quan Ma Ma.

Song later spoke with Toggle about the workaholic Jay, who he said, never stops working even though it seems he has achieved all there is the entertainment world.

“He just finished a concert for 5,000 fans an hour ago, and he still has a concert on May 21,” said the adoring 38-year-old lead vocalist who’s building a career in Jay’s footsteps.

Nan Quan Ma Ma is a group of four musicians [3 males and a female] from Taiwan. Song is Jay’s close pal and has featured in many of the music icon’s videos.

“He was still composing at 5 am,” Devon said of the time he dozed off in his buddy’s room only to wake up to some melodies from the star’s guitar. He admits Jay is an embodiment of hard work and success.

Jay Chou has held a total of six tours and has so far performed in front of over 10 million concertgoers.

He featured as Li in Hollywood’s blockbuster “Now You See Me 2” which was released in 2016.

After his high school graduation, Jay suffered sports injury which exempted him from the mandatory military service. However, the setback took him through another path in life; he worked as a waiter.

Interestingly, his mother wanted him to be a teacher but not until one of his friends registered their names in a talent show tagged “New Talent King” in 1998.

Image: Jay Chou

Although Jay’s group failed to win at the competition, he played the piano admirably well while his friend was described as a “lousy” singer.

There at the event, Jacky Wu, an influential name in Taiwan’s entertainment industry, picked interest in the star and hired him as a composer. That was the stepping stone to what has since become an enviable career.

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