Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) Jay Chou (周杰倫) has been ranked as the most popular pop singer in Taiwan on two major music streaming platforms Spotify and LINE Music in 2019.
As the record label industry has felt the pinch of emergent digital technology with sales plunging, music streaming platforms have become the major channels connecting artists with their audiences and have deeply altered audiences' listening habits.
The work of Chou, 41, who has been very active in the Mandarin song arena in ethnic Chinese society, is the most-streamed in Taiwan on Spotify, making the singer the most popular in the local market in that music streaming site last year, beating counterparts from South Korea, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
Since launching his first album -- "Jay" -- in 2000, Chou has released 43 albums. In addition to being a popular pop singer, Chou is also a composer and producer, and has also kicked off an acting career.
He has won many honors, including best male mandarin singer, best composer, best producer and best album of the year in the Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan's version of the Grammies.
In addition, he has won several awards outside Taiwan, including the Best-Selling Chinese-Speaking Artist titles in the World Music Awards in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
South Korean pop group BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, grabbed second spot on the list of Spotify, which entered the Taiwan market in 2014. Taiwanese diva Jolin Tsai, British singer Ed Sheeran, and Hong Kong's Gloria Tang Tsz-kei, also known as GEM, were in third, fourth and fifth spot.
Among the top five Taiwanese singers or groups on the Spotify list, Chou was placed in the top spot, followed by Jolin Tsai, Mayday, Eric Chou and rapper singer OSN Gao.
In terms of the most popular pop groups in the Taiwan market regardless of nationality, BTS topped the Spotify list, ahead of Mayday, Taiwanese independent band EggPlantEgg, California rock band Maroon 5, and hip pop group MJ116, according to the music streaming platform.
On the Spotify most-streamed albums in Taiwan in 2019, OSN's "#osnrap," Jolin Tsai's "Ugly Beauty," Canadian singer Shawn Mendes's "Shawn Mendes," Ed Sheeran's "No. 6 Collaborations Project," American singer songwriter Billie Eillish's "When we all fall asleep, where do we go?" all made the list.
As for LINE Music, which entered the Taiwan market in July 2019, Jay Chou also topped its list of the most popular male singer in Taiwan, ahead of Singapore's J.J. Lin and Eric Chou, and Taiwan's Hsiao Huang-chi and Nine Chen.
GEM topped the LINE Music female singer list, followed by Jolin Tsai, Mongolian singer Shirley Chen, Taiwanese singer A-lin, and Malaysian singer Fish Leong.
Meanwhile, the LINE Music's most popular group list was led by Mayday, Nine One One, MJ116, South Korea's Twice -- one of whose members is Taiwanese Chou Tzu-yu-- and The Last Day of Summer 831.