Jolin Tsai (蔡依林, Pinyin: Cài Yīlín, born September 15, 1980 in Taipei, Taiwan) is a Taiwanese C-pop singer. She studied English at Fu Jen Catholic University (輔仁大學).
Jolin Tsai first broke into the Taiwanese entertainment industry at age 18, winning first place in an MTV singing competition with a cover of the Whitney Houston song "The Greatest Love of All". After her performance, she was signed by Universal Music Taiwan. Tsai released her first single, 和世界做鄰居(我可以) [hé shìjìe zuò línjū (wǒ kěyǐ), "Be a Neighbor to the World (I Can)"] in July 1999. The single was sold in 7-Eleven convenience stores around the island, and was followed by her first full-length album, Jolin 1019, in September 1999. Tsai's girl-next-door image made her a quick favorite among local teenagers, particularly boys, earning her the nickname "少男殺手" [shàonán shāshǒu, "Teenage Boy Killer"].
Jolin Tsai 1019 sold over 400,000 copies throughout Asia, and was released in multiple formats in several countries. Tsai released her follow-up album, Don't Stop, in May 2000. This album spawned several singles which charted highly in the great Chinese market, and marked her rise to fame in the region at large. She also released a book of photographs mainly taken in Hawai'i around this time. By Tsai's third album - Show Your Love - her image had changed to suit her age of 21. The album was soothing, with many new tunes; however, its sales did not match those of her previous two records.
Her fourth album, Lucky Number, still did not manage to return her to the popularity she had previously enjoyed, despite its range of new tracks and styles. She also sang the theme song for the movie Atlantis: The Lost Empire. For a year, due to problems with her record company, she did not release any albums. However, she came out with her second photobook, taken in Thailand, and a song composed by Taiwanese singer-songwriter Jay Chou. Eventually, she managed to sign on with Sony Music, leading to the biggest break of her entire career. Her album Magic [看我七十二變, "kān wǒ qīshíèr biàn"] topped the Taiwanese album charts for three months, and sold more than 300,000 copies in Taiwan alone. This transformation gave her what she needed to make a comeback to the music industry after being gone for almost a year.
Jolin Tsai's sixth album, 城堡 [chéngbǎo, Castle], sold well and became the top album in many Asian countries. This album featured one single, 倒帶 [dǎodài, "Rewind"], written by Jay Chou. On April 25, 2005, she released her seventh album, J-Game, which also topped charts throughout Asia. This album features one song, 獨佔神話 [dúzhàn shénhuà, "Exclusive Myth"] composed by Lee-Hom Wang. Tsai is now a superstar in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia, and she has fans worldwide, including a large fan base in the United States of America. Tsai had a hit with "Love Love Love", a cover of the song "Stop Stop Stop" by Nu Virgos. The lyrics were entirely rewritten in Chinese, except for the words "love love love" in the chorus.
Jolin 1019 (1999)
Don't Stop (2000)
Show Your Love (2000)
Lucky Number (2001)
Magic (看我72變, 2003)
Castle (城堡, 2004)
J1 Live Concert DVD (2005)
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