Capricorn (Jay Chou album)

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Capricorn
Capricorn (album) cover2.jpg
Capricorn cover
Studio album 魔杰座 by Jay Chou
Released 14 October 2008 (2008-10-14)
Genre Mandopop
Length 43:57
Language Mandarin
Label Sony Music Taiwan
Producer JVR Music
Jay Chou chronology
2007 the World Tours
周杰倫2007世界巡迴演唱會
(2008)2007 the World Tours2008
Capricorn
魔杰座
(2008)
The Era
跨時代
(2010)The Era2010

Capricorn (Chinese: 魔杰座; pinyin: Mó Jié Zuò) is Taiwanese Mandopop artist Jay Chou's ninth Mandarin studio album. It was released on 14 October 2008.[1] by JVR Music and distributed by Sony Music Taiwan. The album is based on his zodiac sign, Capricorn and his interest in illusion. Like Chou's previous album, On the Run, this album was also leaked on the internet prior to the scheduled release date.[2]

"稻香" (Rice Aroma) the first lead track was released for airplay on 22 September 2008. The second lead track is "說好的幸福呢" (Promised Happiness), with the music video directed by Chou and co-stars Chou and Taiwanese actress Chen Kuangyi. The other lead track, "蛇舞" (Snake Dance) is a duet with Lara Veronin, the lead female vocalist of Taiwanese band, Nan Quan Mama. The music video for "花海" (Ocean of Flowers) features Taiwanese actor Baron Chen, whom co-starred with Chou in Kung Fu Dunk.

Reception[edit]

The album broke Chou's previous record for pre-order sales, with more than 90,000 copies ordered.[3] To thank the fans for their support, JVR Music decided to include gifts of Capricorn poker cards and calendar. This inclusion was cited to be the reason for the delay of the release date to 14 October 2008.[4] On the day of its release 887,000 copies were shipped across Asia.[5]

The tracks "稻香" (Rice Aroma), "給我一首歌的時間" (Give Me the Time of a Song) and "說好的幸福呢" (Promised Happiness) are listed at number 3, 17[6] and 56 respectively on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (Hit-Fm年度百首單曲) for 2008.[7]

The track, "稻香" (Rice Aroma) won one of the Top 10 Songs of the Year at the 2009 HITO Radio Music Awards presented by Taiwanese radio station Hit FM.[8]

In 2009, the album was nominated for eight awards at the 20th Golden Melody Awards[9] It was awarded Best Song of the Year for "稻香" (Rice Aroma), Best Music Video for Chou for "魔術先生" (Mr. Magic) and Best Male Mandarin Artist for Chou for his work on this album.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Jay Chou.

CD
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "龍戰騎士" (Lóng Zhàn Qí Shì Dragon Rider) Vincent Fang 4:31
2. "給我一首歌的時間" (Gěi Wǒ Yì Shǒu Gē Dè Shí Jiān Give Me the Time of a Song) Jay Chou 4:13
3. "蛇舞" (Shé Wŭ Snake Dance, feat Lara Veronin) Jun-Lang Huang (黃俊郎) 2:54
4. "花海" (Huā Hăi Ocean of Flowers) Hsiao-Li Ku (古小力), Ling-Jia Huang (黃淩嘉) 4:24
5. "魔術先生" (Mó Shù Xiān Shèng Mr. Magic) Vincent Fang 3:47
6. "說好的幸福呢" (Shuō Hăo Dè Xìng Fú Nē Promised Happiness) Vincent Fang 4:16
7. "蘭亭序" (Lán Tīng Xù Orchid Pavilion) Vincent Fang 4:13
8. "流浪詩人" (Líu Làng Shī Rén Wandering Poet, feat Gary Yang) Vincent Fang 2:49
9. "時光機" (Shí Guāng Jī Time Machine) Vincent Fang 5:11
10. "喬克叔叔" (Qiáo Kè Shū Shū Uncle Joker) Jun-Lang Huang (黃俊郎) 4:16
11. "稻香" (Dào Xiāng Rice Aroma) Jay Chou 3:43
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "稻香" (Dào Xiāng Rice Aroma)  
2. "給我一首歌的時間" (Gěi Wǒ Yì Shǒu Gē Dè Shí Jiān Give Me the Time of a Song)  

Music Videos[edit]

  • "稻香" (Rice Aroma) MV
  • "給我一首歌的時間" (Give Me the Time of a Song) MV
  • "說好的幸福呢" (Promised Happiness) MV - feat Chen Kuangyi
  • "魔術先生" (Mr. Magic) MV
  • "花海" (Ocean of Flowers) MV - feat Baron Chen

Track contents[edit]

"Dragon Rider" 龍戰騎士
Composer Jay Chou
Lyricist Vincent Fang

"Dragon Rider" 龍戰騎士 (Lóng Zhàn Qí Shì) The rap-rock song begins with a string instrument introduction, then jumps to the main rock part. In this track, the verses are rapped and sung, and the chorus is sung. Instruments include electric guitar and synthesizer.

Leaked Versions[edit]

Prior to 1 October, the airplay version of Rice Aroma (稻香), featuring voiceover commentary by Jay Chou, was widely available for download on mainland Chinese websites.[11] Various track demos were also available for download.

On 1 October, the entire album was leaked and instantly became widely available for download on Chinese websites. The album-leaks featured full-length non-demo MP3 files, unlike the previous leaks, and being of high quality with no sound edits. (Chinese sites are known to "tag" prerelease music files with a spoken voiceover of a website name, to state "ownership".) The leaked album totaled at 101MB, uncompressed (with each file at 320kbit, 44100 Hz Stereo).

The leaked album featured false, alternate song titles, which were created by the sites that hosted the leaked files, and are different to the official song titles.

  1. 魔杰座 Capricorn (Mó Jié Zuò)
  2. 女儿红 Red Daughter
  3. 东方之殿 Eastern Palace
  4. 红楼梦中 Within the Dream of the Red Chamber (Hóng Lóu Mèng Zhōng)
  5. 失恋的青蛙 Love-lorn Frog
  6. 失落非主流 Lost Non-Mainstream
  7. 从新爱 Start to Love
  8. 大灌蓝 Big Slam Dunk
  9. 达芬奇的画布 Da Vinci's Canvas
  10. 小丑 Clown
  11. 稻香 Rice Aroma (Dào Xiāng)

JVR Music has filed a police report against the leakage.[12]

Charts[edit]

Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart - 2008
Track name Position
"稻香" (Rice Aroma) #3
"給我一首歌的時間" (Give Me the Time of a Song) #17
"說好的幸福呢" (Promised Happiness) #56

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Melody Awards
Year Number Award Nomination Result
2009 20th Best Song of the Year "稻香" (Rice Aroma) Won
Best Mandarin Album Capricorn Nominated
Best Music Video Jay Chou for "魔術先生" (Mr. Magic) Won
Best Composer Jay Chou for "稻香" (Rice Aroma) Nominated
Best Lyricist Jay Chou for "稻香" (Rice Aroma) Nominated
Best Arranger Chung Hsing-min (鍾興民) for "魔術先生" (Mr. Magic) Nominated
Best Producer Jay Chou Nominated
Best Male Mandarin Artist Jay Chou Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Chinese) JVR Music Capricorn album info 14 October 2008. Retrieved 2011-04-25
  2. ^ "Capricorn hasn't even come out yet, but it's been pirated, 11 songs are available for download online, JVR Music have not verified whether the leak is real" (in Chinese). Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  3. ^ 周董新專輯預購破9萬 刷新樂壇預購記錄!音樂無國界 周董用音樂和魔術征服歌迷 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  4. ^ ""Capricorn" to be released 14th October, JVR Music throws in more goodies!" (in Chinese). Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  5. ^ JVR Music - "Capricorn" Asia Pre-Order sales hit a record of 887,000 copies - Translation
  6. ^ (in Chinese) HITO Radio Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart- 2008 (#1 to 50) Retrieved 2011-05-20
  7. ^ (in Chinese) HITO Radio Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart- 2008 (#51 to 100) Retrieved 2011-05-20
  8. ^ (in Chinese) HITO Radio 2009 HITO Radio Music Awards winners list 15 June 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-25
  9. ^ (in Chinese) GIO, Taiwan 20th Golden Melody Awards nomination list 18 May 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-24
  10. ^ (in Chinese) GIO, Taiwan 20th Golden Melody Awards winners list 26 June 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-24
  11. ^ Sample Sogou listing. All listings prior to 1 October are radio recordings.
  12. ^ JVR Music file police report on leaked songs (Translation of original article from Apple Daily 【苹果日报】)

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