Jay Chou: ‘Greatest Works of Art’ Is Star’s Most Ambitious Project

Jay Chou likes to suppose massive. His newest music launch, “Biggest Works of Artwork,” isn’t just the Mando-pop king’s first full-length album after a six-year hiatus. The album’s elaborate, worldwide manufacturing of its eponymous first single and the accompanying music video, options the “cameos” of a few of the greatest names in artwork historical past.

It units Chou up properly for the his subsequent artistic chapter: an artwork movie.

“This music video has obtained a number of good suggestions, together with from the French Vacationer Workplace, so I’ll think about making ready a movie venture that tells a narrative revolving round an artist. I’d direct it too,” Chou advised Selection. Regardless of having appeared in Hollywood movies comparable to “The Inexperienced Hornet” as Kato, superhero blockbusters now not attraction.

“If I had been to make a movie, I might create my very own model of artwork movie. In fact, it’s additionally essential to take the industrial market into consideration,” he stated.

The newfound ambition of the mega pop star—additionally a music composer, producer, actor, and movie and music video director—shouldn’t come as a shock. Chou demonstrated his storytelling and movie directing potential along with his acclaimed 2007 debut “Secret,” and extra just lately by curating a recent artwork public sale with Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.

Gross sales of the 12-track Mandarin album “Biggest Works of Artwork” have already reported nice success since its launch in mid-July. It bought 5 million copies in China throughout its first week, beating the single-region gross sales report set by Adele’s “25,” which bought 3.38 million copies within the U.S. in 2015. Chou’s album additionally bought greater than 200,000 copies within the star’s native Taiwan.

The music video of single has amassed greater than 17 million views on YouTube in three weeks, whereas second single “Nonetheless Wandering” totaled greater than 9.8 million views in two weeks. The newest single, “You Are The Firework I Missed” has recorded practically 3.2 million views simply two days after it was launched on July 27. Media forecasts estimate that gross sales of the album might problem the annual gross sales report of 10 million copies, and put it on observe to be the best-selling album on the planet this 12 months.

The manufacturing of this new album additionally reveals Chou’s ambition to take his artistic profession additional on to the worldwide stage. It sees Chou singing in Mandarin in his signature soulful R&B groove, which frequently incorporates classical music, blues, rock ’n’ roll, up to date pop, and Chinese language sensibility as has been his model since sensational 2000 debut album “Jay.” However the manufacturing of the brand new album and its movies concerned extra worldwide collaborations. Some had been shot within the U.S.

Chou has teamed up with internationally famend Chinese language pianist Lang Lang and award-winning Taiwanese American violinist Ray Chen for the title music “Biggest Works of Artwork,” which is meant to pay tribute to a few of the most essential artists in historical past. Chen performs the violin solo composed by Chou. “I hope to make classical listeners really feel that pop and classical generally is a excellent mixture,” the star stated.

“Once I first heard of this piece, I believed it was actually fascinating as a result of there are parts of classical music mixed with the pop world,” Chen stated in a video interview. “It’s a enjoyable venture to be concerned in.”

Chou directed the time journey music video of “Biggest Works of Artwork,” which is actually a brief movie with a whole plot, and which can have given Chou the arrogance to now pitch for a function movie about artwork.

Shot in Paris on the Samaritaine division retailer, the Mando-pop king disguises himself as a safety guard so as to sneak himself into the historic constructing and play a magic piano that transports him and his associate in crime from current occasions to the Twenties French capital. There he meets a few of the biggest artists of the twentieth century, together with the Surrealists Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, Claude Monet, Chinese language-French painter Sanyu, and Chinese language poet Xu Zhimo.

In Chou’s creativeness, these artists are enchanted by his magic methods and had been impressed to create the classical works which have left a mark within the historical past of artwork – every thing from Dali’s melting clocks in “The Persistence of Reminiscence” (1931), to Magritte’s “The Son of Man” (1964), and Monet’s work of waterlilies.

“On this wild period, because the king of music, I believe I don’t want an image body,” he sings. “My musical notes are all the way forward for artwork.” He additionally encounters a mysterious pianist performed by Lang, who challenges Chou in a music battle.

The plot of the music video entails appreciable analysis into the historical past of artwork, artists, Paris, and magic, the star famous. He additionally fills within the gaps within the story with items of his personal creativeness, and he invents connection between the artists. “You may think about if the literati and artists gathered collectively in that period, what would they be like, drawing one thing for one another?” he requested.

Earlier than embedding himself within the movie, Chou is poised to take his music on the street, because the post-pandemic world opens up. He’s set to take his Carnival World Tour to Singapore in December, adopted by a present in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that has been rescheduled to January, 2023, attributable to COVID delays.

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