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Taiwanese Singer Jay Chou Calls for an End to ‘Gangnam Style’ and Growth of Hallyu in China

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2012.12.06 11:30 Mwave Stewart Ho

While K-Pop fever continues to catch on in the world, Taiwanese singer Jay Chou has urged China to resist succumbing to both Gangnam Style and the “Korean wave”.

On December 2, Jay Chou attended Baidu’s 10th anniversary awards ceremony in Beijing where the artist won a number of awards including Best Male Artist, a leader award and popularity award.

According to reports from Taiwanese media afterwards, Jay Chou spoke at the awards ceremony saying, “Because the Korean wave is very strong now, [Chinese music) should avoid getting caught up to by the Korean wave. Because the Chinese wave is tremendous."

He added, "All [Chinese] artists should be united, ′No more Gangnam Style′."

After one member of the press asked him, "So, should we develop ′Jay Chou Style′," Jay Chou responded, " No, no - ′Chinese Style′. The opening song of the ceremony was Gangnam Style again, well - Gangnam Style is funny, but I think we (the Chinese music industry) should strive."

Taiwanese Singer Jay Chou Calls for an End to ‘Gangnam Style’ and Growth of Hallyu in China

Needless to say, his comments brought about a flurry of divided opinions with some agreeing that more attention and focus should be put on the music of Mandarin speaking artists while others criticized his comments as putting nationalistic labels on the universal language of music.

Jay Chou himself received some criticism for his new appearance at the awards ceremony with his blonde-dyed hair and his new, fitter physique, with many pointing out his looks seemed to be copying the current popular looks and trends of other K-Pop idol stars.

Jay Chou, for his part, dismissed those allegations.

Photo Credit: Jay Chou′s Facebook

This article was edited on December 6, 2012 at 3:50 p.m. KST to replace the paraphrase with the full translation of Jay Chou′s remarks.

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