#PopVultures Podcast: The Jay Chou podcast pop quiz and deep dive

#PopVultures Podcast: The Jay Chou podcast pop quiz and deep dive

How did a shy and nondescript songwriter become one of Mandopop’s biggest stars? The #PopVultures discuss Jay Chou’s career and legacy with the help of superfan Vanessa Liu.

#PopVultures Ep 48: The Jay Chou podcast pop quiz and deep dive

36:18 mins

Synopsis: The Straits Times examines the ins and outs of pop culture in the Asian entertainment and Hollywood scene. 

In their long-awaited deep dive on Jay Chou, the #PopVultures Jan Lee and Yeo Sam Jo invite Vanessa Liu to come on and talk about the reigning Mandopop king.

Aside from being their friend and colleague, Vanessa is a superfan of the Taiwanese A-lister who once threw a Jay Chou-themed party complete with Love Confession balloons. Together, the trio live out their Fantasy and explore their Simple Love for Jay Chou, his musical legacy and some of his best songs.

They also trace Jay Chou’s colourful backstory – from his childhood to how he got discovered – and look back on his fulfilling creative partnerships with Taiwanese host Jacky Wu and lyricist Vincent Fang, as well as his romantic history with pop princess Jolin Tsai and now-wife Hannah Quinlivan.

Finally, Sam Jo pits Jan against Vanessa in a trivia game of all things Jay Chou. Feel free to play along if you’re a fan, and stay tuned till the end to find out who loses and has to take on the notoriously difficult rap from Jay’s song Nunchucks.

Here’s a quick look at what they cover:

  1. How did Jay Chou become Jay Chou? (3:02)

  2. The many phases of Jay Chou’s music career (8:25)

  3. Our favourite Jay Chou songs (11:01)

  4. Jay Chou’s professional and personal relationships (15:38)

  5. Jay Chou’s legacy (25:04)

  6. Trivia time! (25:49)

Produced by: Jan Lee (janlee@sph.com.sg), Yeo Sam Jo (yeosamjo@sph.com.sg) & Vanessa Liu (liuxyv@sph.com.sg)

Edited by: Adam Azlee

Subscribe to #PopVultures Podcast series and rate us on your favourite audio apps:

Channel: https://str.sg/JWad

Apple Podcasts: https://str.sg/JWaA

Google Podcasts: https://str.sg/Ju47 

Spotify: https://str.sg/JWaP 

Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg

Follow Jan Lee on Instagram: https://str.sg/Jbxc

Read Jan Lee’s stories: https://str.sg/Jbxp

Discover more ST podcast series:

Asian Insider Podcast: https://str.sg/JWa7

Green Pulse Podcast: https://str.sg/JWaf

Health Check Podcast: https://str.sg/JWaN

ST Sports Talk Podcast: https://str.sg/JWRE

Life Weekend Picks Podcast: https://str.sg/JWa2

Bookmark This! Podcast: https://str.sg/JWas

Lunch With Sumiko Podcast: https://str.sg/J6hQ

Discover BT Podcasts: http://bt.sg/podcasts

Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts!

News Related


Posthumous Bourdain film raises questions about using data after death

By RNZ Several leading opposition politicians in Fiji have been arrested following their criticism of government moves to amend land legislation. The National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad, Sodelpa ... Read more »

Animation boom in this year's National Youth Film Awards

The news that Prince Harry is writing “an intimate and heart-felt memoir” is yet another stinging blow for the Royal family. After the “truth bombs” that he and Meghan lobbed ... Read more »

Actress Tien Niu, ex-wife of actor Alex Man, meets up with ex-actress Hsieh Ling-ling

Mumbai: Captain Fresh, a tech-enabled business-to-business seafood marketplace, has raised $12 million in a Series A funding round led by venture capital firm Accel. The company will use the money ... Read more »

Transgender equality, better data ethics are both human right issues: Lisa van Ginneken

On July 20, the main admission in the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service is ready, and many will then start looking for student housing. The Consumer Council warns against accepting ... Read more »

Pikas survive winter using a slower metabolism and, at times, yak poop

Winter on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is unfriendly to pikas. Temperatures across the barren, windy highlands routinely dip below –30° Celsius, and the grass that typically sustains the rabbitlike mammals becomes ... Read more »

Harvey Weinstein transferred to Los Angeles for new trial

A 2020 photo shows Harvey Weinstein arriving for his court hearing on sex crime charges in New York. NEW YORK (AFP) – Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been ... Read more »

Restaurants v Covid-19: The fight for survival in Singapore's F&B scene

Until Aug 18, or perhaps for longer, diners are banned from eating places. SINGAPORE – After a year of pivoting and scrambling while being hammered by the effects of the ... Read more »

Can we cancel 'cancel culture'?

Calling people out for problematic acts — like sexual harassment or racist comments — can lead to them being cancelled. (Shutterstock) Alexi McCammond’s journalism career was rapidly ascending. She was ... Read more »

Pandemic has teens feeling worried, unmotivated and disconnected from school

Students nearing the end of high school worried about their schoolwork and education more than younger students. Shutterstock When the COVID-19 pandemic started, many U.S. teens were more worried about ... Read more »

How we covered the real assassination of Gianni Versace

Editor’s note: Gianni Versace was killed 24 years ago on July 15, 1997. Here, USA TODAY reporter Maria Puente recalls covering the case. This story was originally published in 2018. ... Read more »

Book review: The Woman In The Purple Skirt is a quirky tale of obsession

The Woman In The Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura won the Akutagawa Prize in 2019, the year it was published. The Woman In The Purple Skirt By Natsuko Imamura, translated ... Read more »

Trending Food: 8 National Day-inspired creations

Cat & the Fiddle’s locally-inspired Singaporean Breakfast kopi-o cheesecake. SINGAPORE – The National Day Parade may have been postponed, dining in banned and social gatherings curtailed, but do not let ... Read more »

This butterfly is the first U.S. insect known to go extinct because of people

It’s been roughly 80 years since the Xerces blue butterfly was last spotted flitting about on pastel wings across coastal California sand dunes. But scientists are still learning about the ... Read more »

Paris start-up sees a future for lab-grown foie gras

(From left) Gourmey co-founders Victor Sayous, Nicolas Morin-Forest and Antoine Davydoff in Paris on July 19, 2021. PARIS (AFP) – It is the quintessential French delicacy, but increasingly targeted by ... Read more »

Star black designer Virgil Abloh gets bigger role at LVMH

Virgil Abloh was hired by LVMH in March 2018 to create menswear collections for Louis Vuitton. PARIS (REUTERS) – Virgil Abloh, fashion’s highest profile black designer, is getting a bigger ... Read more »

Life Weekend Picks Podcast: Daycation a quick escape minus the overnight stay

In this week’s episode of Life Weekend Picks, travel correspondent Clara Lock talks about the rising trend of daycations. Life Weekend Picks Ep 132: Daycation a quick escape minus the ... Read more »

Ask The Vet: Rabbits need space to roam, guinea pig with nasal discharge

In general, rabbits can be kept in cages, playpens and enclosures with appropriate bedding. In this fortnightly column, veterinarians from the National Parks Board answer questions about pet health and ... Read more »

Film Picks: Saint Maud, The King Of Staten Island, Gunpowder Milkshake

Morfydd Clark in Saint Maud (left) and Pete Davidson in The King Of Staten Island. Saint Maud (M18) 85 minutes, available on Netflix, 4 stars Just added to Netflix is ... Read more »

Pterosaurs may have been able to fly as soon as they hatched

Pterosaur hatchlings may have been able to fly right out of the shell — although the flight of those ancient baby reptiles might have looked a bit different from that ... Read more »

Events and listings: Food, festivals, talks

SINGAPORE – Check out takeaway and delivery deals, get safety tips on exercising for older adults at a virtual seminar, or have fun at Universal Studios Singapore’s Tropical Thrills attraction. ... Read more »

Food Picks: Korean fare at Huluruk Myeon House, Teck Ee Seafood's zichar dishes

Grilled pork jowl from Huluruk Myeon House and yam ring from Teck Ee Seafood. SATISFYING ZICHAR DISHES Myfavourite dish from Teck Ee Seafood is fish head curry ($23 for small, ... Read more »

Major cinema chains in S'pore ready to return to phase 2 Covid-19 curbs

Mr Mark Shaw, director of Shaw Organisation, said all Shaw Theatres outlets are ready to meet the guidelines. SINGAPORE – Three major cinema chains have told The Straits Times that ... Read more »

Arts Picks: Women's wear at Sun Yat Sen memorial hall, Rudolf Nureyev's costumes at Alliance Francaise

The 14 costumes on display at the Alliance Francaise are part of Charles Jude’s private collection. Modern Women Of The Republic: Fashion And Change In China And Singapore Women’s fashion ... Read more »

International snacks to munch on during 2021 Olympics, from naan chips to green tea mochi

If you’re planning a watch party for friends, or just want to get a little fancy with the family, it’s time to ditch the potato chips and abandon your comfort ... Read more »

Academy Museum to open with Wizard Of Oz

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – There’s no place like home: and the Academy will finally open the doors to its very own Hollywood film museum in Los Angeles with live screenings ... Read more »

New restaurants in Singapore make the best of a stressful situation with dining in off the table again

Firangi Superstar in Craig Road is also going through its first experience of having no diners on the premises. SINGAPORE – New restaurants are feeling the heat from the changing ... Read more »

Arts companies 'blindsided' by new restrictions postpone shows

SINGAPORE – Performing arts shows are on hold once more as Singapore returns to phase two (heightened alert) from July 22. Wild Rice’s ongoing Fag Hag and upcoming Don’t Call ... Read more »

At The Movies: Gunpowder Milkshake offers loads of Americana, dollop of stylish action

Still from the film Gunpowder Milkshake. Gunpowder Milkshake (M18) 115 minutes, opens on Thursday (July 22), 3 stars It would be easy to dismiss this “gun action in a fantasy ... Read more »

Actress Zheng Shuang says sorry for surrogacy scandal, denies tax evasion claim

On July 19, 2021, actress Zheng Huang offered an apology in a post on Weibo, sparking an almost instant reaction from her former boyfriend Zhang Heng. SHANGHAI – Chinese actress ... Read more »

Hot Bods: Gymnastics rings, calisthenics and spin

Entrepreneurs William Yoong (left) and Yang Jiamin. SINGAPORE – Meet this week’s hot bods, entrepreneurs William Yoong, 27, and Yang Jiamin, 29. William Yoong, 27 Entrepreneur Height: 1.75m Weight: 65kg Exercise regimen ... Read more »

Prince Harry will publish a memoir in late 2022

Harry said he was writing his memoir “not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.” LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Britain’s Prince Harry is writing ... Read more »

Space Jam: A New Legacy beats Black Widow to top North American box office

Space Jam: A New Legacy sees basketball star LeBron James team up with the animated Looney Tunes crew. LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – The Tune Squad ruled over the court and ... Read more »

'I quit!' says Britney Spears in furious Instagram post

Britney Spears has been pleading with a judge in Los Angeles to free her from the years-long conservatorship largely governed by her father. LOS ANGELES (AFP) – In a furious ... Read more »

Chinese actress Qin Lan celebrates birthday with 6 Takeshi Kaneshiros

A photo shows Qin Lan with six staff members wearing masks of Takeshi Kaneshiro, with her looking ecstatic and holding her face in her hands. SHANGHAI – Chinese actress Qin ... Read more »

Generation COVID: pregnancy, birth and postnatal life in the pandemic

Looking to the future: Charley and her baby daughter. James Clifford Kent, Author provided What was it like to be pregnant, to give birth and to look after a baby ... Read more »

Tokyo Love Story actress Honami Suzuki divorces husband of 23 years

Japanese actress Honami Suzuki has divorced her husband comedian Takaaki Ishibashi (left). TOKYO – Japanese actress Honami Suzuki, known for her role in the classic television series Tokyo Love Story ... Read more »

Japanese film-maker Hosoda tackles anime's problem with girls

Belle is animation director Mamoru Hosoda’s riposte, a spectacular dive into the roller-coaster emotional life of a shy adolescent girl called Suzu. CANNES (AFP) – Mamoru Hosoda has a bone ... Read more »

Menu for Eid al-Adha may change, but excitement stays the same

Eid al-Adha commemorates a sacred sacrifice, but many people are adapting their feasts to changing seasons, laws and tastes. LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (NYTIMES) – It was still pitch black when Ms ... Read more »

US rapper Biz Markie dies aged 57

Biz Markie had experienced health issues in recent years related to type 2 diabetes. NEW YORK (AFP) – American rapper, DJ and producer Biz Markie, who shot to fame with ... Read more »

Where to get free ice cream on National Ice Cream Day Sunday, plus deals at Dairy Queen, McDonald's and more

Here’s a reason to all scream for ice cream Sunday: free scoops. Businesses nationwide are offering not just free ice cream, but specials, discounts and contests in honor of National ... Read more »