29 Januari 2009

Jay Chou

周杰倫 (Jay Chou)

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Chinese name 周杰倫 (Traditional)
Chinese name 周杰伦 (Simplified)
Pinyin Zhōu Jiélún (Mandarin)
Origin Taiwan
Born January 18, 1979 (1979-01-18) (age 30)
Linkou, Taipei County, Republic of China (Taiwan)
Other name(s) President Chou (周董)
Occupation Singer, musician, songwriter, record producer, rapper, director, and actor
Genre(s) Mandopop, R&B, hip hop, pop rap, pop, rock, Country pop
Instrument(s) Piano, violin, cello, guitar, drum, guzheng, erhu, pipa, harmonica, bass guitar
Label(s) Sony BMG Asia (2008–present)
JVR Music (2007–present)
Alfa Music (1999–2007)
Years active 2000–present
Parents 周耀中 (father)
葉惠美 (mother)
Influenced Nan Quan Mama
Official site jay2u.com

Jay Chou pertama kali memasuki industri musik ketika dia tampil di sebuah acara pertunjukkan sebagai seorang pianist dengan temannya. Walaupun pertunjukkan mereka tidak luar biasa,produser melihat lyrics yang dibawakan oleh Jay dan memutuskan untuk memberinya kesempatan. Awalnya dia disewa menulis lagu untuk orang lain, termasuk Vivian Hsu, dan Jolin Tsai. Walaupun banyak lagu yang dibuatnya terkenal, namun banyak orang yang tidak sadar bahwa itu adalah lagu ciptaannya.

Tahun 2000, Jay diberi kesempatan untuk memproduksi albumnya sendiri. Dia merilis album "Jay", dimana banyak orang yang terkejut dan albumnya langsung menjadi hit. Albumnya mendapat perhatian besar diantara Chinese International-Community Speaking (termasuk China daratan, Taiwan, Hongkong, Malaisya, Philiphina, Singapura, Indonesia). Ketika album keduanya "Fantasi" telah dirilis, dia telah siap menjadi satu diantara bintang pop yang top di China. Dia sangat sukses sampai album ketiganya ,"Eight Dimensions".

Tahun 2005, Jay memerankan peran penting dalam film Initial D sebagai Takumi Fujiwara dimana merupakan manga populer di Jepang. Jay juga mendapatkan penghargaan untuk pendatang terbaru terbaik pada 42nd Golden Horse Award untuk perannya di Initial D. Filmnya sukses besar dan pertunjukkan perdananya di Taiwan, China, Hongkong, Singapura, Malaisya, Thailand, Jepang, dan negara-negara barat berjalan baik. Selebriti terkenal lainnya dalam film ini juga bermain dengan baik, seperti Anne Suzuki, Stephen Yung, Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Chapman To, dan Anthony Wang.

Jay telah merilis album terbarunya "November's Chopin" pada tahun 2005. Jay merilis album terbarunya EP "Huo Yuan Jia" yang termasuk theme song untuk film terbaru "Jet Li" yang berjudul "Fearless"(Huo Yuan Jia).

Ada rumor bahwa Jay akan membintangi film baru yang berjudul Slam Dunk. Baru-baru ini Jay akan bermain dan menyanyikan lagu penutup pada film baru arahan sutradara Zhang Yimou, yang berjudul menjadi "City of Golden Armor"

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Other works

Movie career

Chou formally entered the film industry in 2005 with the release of the movie Initial D (頭文字D). He has since acted in three other movies, directed one film and more than a dozen music videos. Chou, who once said "I live because of music",[38] ventured into movies because he felt the need for a new challenge. As fans have grown concerned that movies will compromise his music career, Chou has repeatedly reassured that movies are a source of inspiration and not a distraction; at the same time, he realizes the need to balance both careers and maintain his place in the music field to garner the continued support of fans.


Entry into acting was an unexpected move for Chou.His high school English teacher thought he was capable of very few facial expressions,and the director of Hidden Track (2003, a movie in which Chou had a cameo role) said that his strong individualistic personality will not make him a good actor. In 2005, Chou's first role as the lead actor in Initial D served two purposes: to launch his acting debut, and to increase his exposure to Japanese audiences.[44] This film is based on the Japanese comic Initial D, where Chou played Takumi Fujiwara, a gifted touge racer who is quiet and rarely shows expression. Some reviewers criticized his bland acting[45] while others felt he performed naturally, but only because the character’s personality closely mirrored his own.[46][47] His performance in Initial D won him Best N

ewcomer Actor in Golden Horse Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards.[48][49] Chou’s second film was Curse of the Golden Flower (2006). As a supporting character, he drew much of the attention from the Chinese reporters; Chou’s involvement in this movie was announced in its own press conference,[50] separate from the meeting held for Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, and the other actors. Chou portrayed Prince Jai, the ambitious second eldest prince and general of the Imperial army whose personality epitomizes Xiao (孝), the Chinese virtue of filial piety. In this internationally-released film, North American audiences see Chou for the first time. According to Chinese movie critics, comments about his acting ranged from "lacks complexity"[51] to "acceptable,"[52][53] but was critically praised by Western re

viewers.[54][55][56][57][58] His performance in Curse of the Golden Flower was nominated Best Supporting Actor in the Hong Kong Film Awards.[59] For his third movie, he is the lead actor and director for Secret;he also composed all the songs from this movie. In this film,he played a piano genius, that fell in love with a girl from the past. Another movie, Kung Fu Dunk was also released in 2008.


Chou's acquired his first directing experience in 2004 through

music videos. He initially experimented with a song by the group Nan Quan Mama titled "Home" (Chinese: ; pinyin: jiā) where he was involved throughout the entire process from research to editing. After learning the difficulties of being a director, he refused to direct again even at the request of his record company.[38] However, his interest resurfaced again as he directed music videos for 4 of the 12 songs in own album November's Chopin in 2005,[60] and later television advertisements.[61][62] By 2006, he had taken responsibility for the storyboard, directing, and editing of music videos for all his songs.[39] It is unclear how the public appraises his work, since music videos are rarely the subject of critical review; however, director Zhang Yimou said that Chou's directing abilities may surpass his own in the future, after viewing several of Chou's music videos.

In February 2007, Chou finally directed his first movie Secret. The story he wrote is based loosely on his relationship with a high school girlfriend, with a plot focused on music, love, and family.[64] He stars as the lead actor of the film with Kwai Lun-Mei‎ as the female lead, and Hong Kong veteran actor Anthony Wong as Chou’s father. Despite previous experience in filming music videos, Chou admits that movies are more challenging due to storyline and time constraints.this movie was released in July 2007.

Book: Grandeur de D Major

Chou published his first book titled Grandeur de D Maj

or (traditional Chinese: D調的華麗; simplified Chinese: D调的华丽; pinyin: D diào de huálì) on November 25, 2004.This 200-page book features a prologue written by his family, friends, and co-workers; the main section is a compilation of his personal attitudes, philosophies, and recollections of childhood experiences along with pictures from his music videos, many of which have never been released; and lastly, a list of the artist's major awards, musical and lyrical compositions, and discography. For the usually low-profile singer, this book revealed his personality and convictions that has served as the basis o

f his musical and public image. He demonstrated a strong appreciation of family values with an especially deep connection with his mother and maternal grandmother. His confidence and dedication towards music is evident as he dedicated 2 out of 7 chapters to music: the current state of the industry, his composition methodology, and the importance of individualism to his success in music. This pride is contrasted against his modesty and self-assessed naivety about many aspects in life, particularly regarding relationships and marriage.


In contrast to the United States where a negative connotation is placed on celebrities who endorse commercial products ("selling out"), i

n Asia, acquiring endorsement contracts with major brands are positive testaments of star-status.[66][67] Chou has been a spokesperson for popular brands such as Pepsi (2002–2007), Panasonic (2001–2005), Motorola (since 2006), M-Zone/China Mobile (since 2003), Levi's (2004–2005), Deerhui (sporting goods, since 2003), and Metersbonwe (casual wear, since 2003), Colgate (2004–2005), popular computer game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002), science and nature magazine National Geographic (2005).[68][69] To maximize the celebrity branding effect, advertisements are nearly always linked to his music and TV commercials are occasionally directed by him.

He acted as the tourism ambassador for Malaysia in 2003.

Studio albums

Date Released Album Name Sales in Asia

November 7, 2000 Jay 周杰倫同名專輯 No data
September 1, 2001 Fantasy 范特西 No data
July 19, 2002 Eight Dimensions 八度空間 No data
July 31, 2003 Ye Hui Mei 葉惠美 2–3
August 3, 2004 Common Jasmin Orange 七里香 3–4
November 1, 2005 November's Chopin 十一月的蕭邦 2.5+
September 5, 2006 Still Fantasy 依然范特西 3+
November 2, 2007 On the Run 我很忙
October 14, 2008 Capricorn 魔杰座[114]

27 Januari 2009

Utada Hikaru

Nama lengkap : Hikaru Utada

Nama lengkap (dalam aksara Jepang) : 宇多田ヒカル

Nama Panggilan : Hikki

Tanggal Tempat Lahir : 19 Januari 1983 di New York City

Tinggi badan : 158cm

Golongan Darah :A

Gender : Female

Race or Ethnicity : Asian
Sexual orientation : Straight
Occupation : Singer

Nationality : United States
Executive summary : J-Pop crossover singer

Father: Teruzane Utada (producer)

Mother: Keiko Fuji (musician)

Husband: Kazuaki Kiriya (photographer, m. 2002)

High School: The American School, Tokyo
University: Columbia University (dropped out)

Hobby - Literature will always be my thing. Books are assets to be treasured - I keep every book I read, and they now take up more space than my clothes.
- Hot and spicy seasonings and condiments
- Snapping pictures, without warning, of friends when they're having hungovers or snoozing.
- Late-night web-crawling. I learned of a few cool sites from an EMI recording engineer --- [Modern Living] and [otogaiworld] are definitely worth checking out, especially in the wee hours.

adalah penyanyi Jepang yang terkenal. Lagu-lagunya telah berkali-kali menduduki peringkat pertama dalam tangga lagu Oricon. Ia dikenal luas di negara lain berkat single "First Love". Mantan suaminya, Iwashita Kazuhiro (yang lebih dikenal dengan nama Kazuaki Kiriya) adalah seorang sutradara. Menguasai alat musik gitar dan piano, Utada telah merilis empat album dalam bahasa Jepang. Pada tahun 2005 dia mencoba karir international dengan sebuah album berbahasa Inggris berjudul Exodus di bawah nama "UTADA".

Fakta lain

  • Kalau sedang suntuk, Hikki akan berendam atau beryoga di rumahnya.
  • Hikki tidak menyukai parfum, namun ia suka aroma wijen dan cuka.
  • Hikki ingin jadi manga-ka, jika ia tidak menjadi penyanyi.
  • Hikki tidak terlalu mahir membaca peta, karena itu ia sering tersesat
  • Hikki menjadi artis termuda dan satu-satunya penyanyi wanita Jepang yang pernah diundang untuk konser live Unplugged di MTV.
  • Utada Hikaru tercatat sebagai pembayar pajak terbesar nomor dua di Jepang setelah Ayumi Hamasaki.
  • Utada Hikaru menduduki posisi ketiga untuk penyanyi wanita dengan penjualan tertinggi.
  • Utada Hikaru juga menduduki posisi pertama sebagai artis jepang dengan album #1 yang penjualan minggu pertamanya selalu menembus angka 500.000. Tercatat Hikki memiliki telah memiliki 5 album dengan prestasi tersebut ( dengan kata lain, seluruh albumnya )
  • Hikki pernah menjalani operasi untuk mengangkat tumor di ovariumnya. Ia sempat down ketika pers Jepang memberitakan ini. Ia merasa seperti 'anak sekolah yang tidak ingin sekolah lagi karena dipermalukan'. Hal ini sempat membuat khawatir fans karena tiba-tiba semua jadwal penampilannya di berbagai acara TV dibatalkan.
  • Hikki terpilih menjadi role-model untuk berbahasa Inggris oleh murid-murid di Jepang
  • Hikki juga pernah mencapai nilai maksimal untuk permainan Tetris
  • Semasa bersekolah, Hikki pernah melompat 2 grade karena seluruh nilainya mendapat A


  • [28.01.1997]Close to You - sebagai Cubic U
  • [xx.xx.1997]I'll Be Stronger - sebagai Cubic U
  • [09.12.1998]Automatic / time will tell
  • [17.02.1999]Movin' on without you
  • [28.04.1999]First Love
  • [10.11.1999]Addicted To You
  • [19.04.2000]Wait & See ~Risk~ (Wait & See ~リスク~)
  • [03.06.2000]For You / Time Limit (For You / タイム・リミット)
  • [16.02.2001]Can You Keep A Secret?
  • [25.07.2001]FINAL DISTANCE
  • [28.11.2001]traveling
  • [20.03.2002]Hikari (; Cahaya)
  • [09.05.2002]SAKURA Drops / Letters (SAKURAドロップス / Letters)
  • [29.01.2003]COLORS
  • [21.04.2004]Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro (誰かの願いが叶うころ; Saat harapan seseorang terwujud)
  • [03.08.2004]Easy Breezy
  • [14.09.2004]Devil Inside
  • [21.06.2005]Exodus '04
  • [28.09.2005]Be My Last
  • [17.10.2005]You Make Me Want to Be a Man
  • [14.12.2005]Passion
  • [22.02.2006]Keep Tryin'
  • [22.11.2006]Boku wa Kuma (ぼくはくま; Aku adalah beruang)
  • [28.02.2007]Flavor Of Life
  • [29.08.2007]Beautiful World/Kiss & Cry
  • [20.02.2008]HEART STATION/Stay Gold
  • [21.05.2008]Prisoner Of Love
  • [xx.xx.2009]Come Back To Me