Tsai Chin (singer)

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Tsai Chin
Tsai Chin in concert, 2008.
Born (1957-12-22) 22 December 1957 (age 66)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Years activefrom 1970s
SpouseEdward Yang (1985–1995)
AwardsGolden Melody AwardsBest Female Mandarin Artist

Musical career
Hokkien pop
LabelsUFO Records label, Warner Music (1984–1996), Universal Music Group (from 2007)

Tsai Chin (Chinese: 蔡琴; pinyin: Cài Qín; Wade–Giles: Ts'ai4 Ch'in2; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chhoà Khîm) is a pop and folk singer from Taiwan. Tsai sings in both Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkien.

Music career[edit]

Tsai's hits include "Forgotten Times" (《被遺忘的時光》), "Just Like Your Tenderness" (《恰似你的温柔》), "The Last Night" (《最後一夜》), "Reading You" (《讀你》) and "The Spirit of Your Eyes" (《你的眼神》). The peak of her popularity in Taiwan was from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, but she remains popular in Mainland China.[1]

Tsai's albums Tsai Chin Live 2007 and Golden Voice were recognized with a "Top-10-Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year" award at the 2007 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards, presented by the Hong Kong branch of IFPI.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Tsai was married to Taiwanese director Edward Yang from 1985 to 1995. Tsai was featured alongside Hou Hsiao-Hsien in Yang's 1985 film Taipei Story.


Year Album Label Remarks
1980 《出塞曲》 HAI SHAN
May 1981 《秋瑾》 HAI SHAN
Sept 1981 《你的眼神》 HAI SHAN
Sept 1982 《一千個春天》 四海
Sept 1982 《再愛我一次》 HAI SHAN
Nov 1982 《藍色的夢》 HAI SHAN
March 1983 不了情 HAI SHAN
May 1983 《昨夜之燈》 HAI SHAN
Nov 1983 《世界名曲專輯》 HAI SHAN
April 1984 《此情可待》
1986 《蔡琴個人演唱會精選》 14 –16 Oct 1983 HK AC Hall Concert
March 1986 《傷心小站》(HEARTBREAK STATION)
Dec 1986 《飛向未來》 UFO GROUP
Sept 1987 《第一種聲音》 UFO GROUP
Nov 1987 《時間的河》 UFO GROUP
Dec 1987 《美就是心中有愛》 UFO GROUP 中華民國小姐選拔特別專輯
1988 《人生就是戲》(LIFE IS A SHOW) UFO GROUP
Dec 1990 《回到未來》~國語懷念老歌 UFO GROUP
Dec 1990 《回到未來》~台語懷念老歌 UFO GROUP
Dec 1991 《太陽出來了》 UFO GROUP
July 1992 《你不要那樣看著我的眼睛》 波麗佳音
Sept 1993 《一曲成名-輝煌時代》 UFO GROUP
Jan 1994 《新感情舊回憶》 DIEN JIANG
July 1995 《Late Night Show》 DIEN JIANG
Jan 1996 《民歌蔡琴》 DIEN JIANG
Feb 1996 《情歌蔡琴》 EMI
June 1996 《飄浪之女》台語專輯 DIEN JIANG
July 1997 《傻话 心太急》《Rush》 DIEN JIANG
Feb 1998 《答案》 Rock Records 與萬芳合唱單曲
Sept 1998 《原聲帶》 WARNER
Feb 1999 《音樂大世紀-歌癮十五年》 UFO GROUP UFO ARTISTS
Sept 1999 《精選蔡琴》 EMI
Sept 1999 《沒有男人的房子不算家》 WARNER 【天使不夜城】歌舞劇原聲帶
March 2000 《機遇》 GODOT THEATRE 【淡水小鎮】原聲帶
June 2000 《To Encounter》 ZRUDEN
Sept 2000 《花天走地》 Universal Music
Feb 2001 金片子【壹】- 天涯歌女 ZRUDEN
Feb 2001 金片子【貳】- 魂縈舊夢 ZRUDEN
July 2001 《橘子紅了》 ZRUDEN
Sept 2001 《Continue》 ZRUDEN
Jan 2002 《蔡琴一起走來香港演唱會Live》 BETTER
Aug 2002 《Mesmerized》蔡琴懷舊精選 WARNER
Sept 2003 《情盡夜上海回憶錄》 GODOT THEATRE 【情盡夜上海】雋永老歌歌舞劇
Feb 2004 《Best of The Best》 WARNER
March 2004 《抒琴時間》 WARNER
July 2004 《Under The Moon Light 2004》 廣州天藝
May 2005 《一千個春天》【經典復刻版】 music543.com
April 2007 《不了情2007經典歌曲香港演唱會》 UNIVERSAL
Oct 2007 蔡琴《金聲演奏廳》 UNIVERSAL
Nov 2008 不悔 UNIVERSAL
Aug 2009 愛像一首歌 UNIVERSAL
April 2010 如夢令 擎天娛樂
Aug 2013 全新飛翔 Sony Music
Oct 2014 Reunion(OT:Ça va pas changer le monde) Sony Music

In popular culture[edit]

Tsai's song "Forgotten Times" (《被遺忘的時光》) is featured prominently in the 2002 hit Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs as a recurring element of its story line, and also in its sequels. Besides serving to elucidate the theme of the films, the song plays an important plot function in chronologically connecting various elements of the story.[3]


  1. ^ Liu, Lyla (7 October 2022). "Taiwan's legendary singer Tsai Chin to perform at Cloud Gate Theater | Taiwan News | 2022-10-07 13:55:00". Taiwan News. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  2. ^ IFPI Hong Kong 2007 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards winners list Archived 2 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 19 April 2011
  3. ^ CRI (22 February 2006). "Taiwan Music Legend Tsai Chin". Women's Foreign Language Publications of China. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

External links[edit]

  • (in Chinese)