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Jolin Tsai

Taiwanese dancer and singer Jolin Tsai, dubbed as "Asia's Dancing Queen," has a diverse dancing repertoire with her pole dancing, ribbon dancing, and gymnastic styles. Her first album "Jolin 1019" was released in 1999 and sold over 400 thousand copies within a year. She won the Best Mandarin Female Singer at the 18th Golden Melody Awards and Best Song of the Year at the 24th Golden Melody Awards.

Ms. Tsai first started her singing career by taking part in an MTV singing competition at the age of 18. She won the top prize at the competition with her rendition of Whitney Houston's #1 hit "Greatest Love of All." She was then signed by Universal Music.

In July 1999, her first single "Living With the World" (和世界做鄰居) was released. It was sold in convenience stores and was a tremendous success, which led to the release of her first album "Jolin 1019" in September 1999. At that time, she was promoted as "The Girl Next Door," and was an instant hit with teenagers, earning her the title "Teenage Boy Killer." Jolin 1019 ended up selling more than 400,000 copies in Asia. With the success of her first album, she released her second album in May 2000, "Don't Stop."

She changed her image in her third album "Show Your Love." The album was considered more mature and soothing but it did not sell as well as her previous two albums. Her fourth album "Lucky Number" also failed to match the sales of her first two albums.

In 2002, Ms. Tsai signed with Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) and got the biggest break of her whole career. Her first single with Sony Music "Spirit Of The Knight" (騎士精神) became a big hit that led to the highly anticipated release of her fifth album "Magic" (看我72變). The album topped the Taiwan album charts for three months. More than 300,000 copies were sold in Taiwan alone, and over a million copies were sold in Asia.

Her sixth album "Castle" (城堡), released in 2004, was just as popular as "Magic" and became a top album in many Asian countries. Just as with Magic, many songs on this album were written by Jay Chou, her rumored boyfriend at that time. Between Castle and her next studio album, Ms. Tsai released a remix album of her most popular dance songs called "J9 New + Party Collection."

In 2005, her seventh album "J-Game" was released and became the longest running album on the Taiwanese album charts with over 1 million copies sold throughout Asia in just a little over a month. The album featured many more hip-hop influenced tracks than before, though it retained the dance pop and love ballads in her previous albums.

After the release of J-Top, her first album with EMI Music Taiwan "Dancing Diva" was released in 2006. This album became Ms. Tsai's biggest album yet, selling over 2 million copies in Asia. Her second album with EMI Music Taiwan, titled "Agent J" (特務J), was released in 2007.

She moved to Warner Music Taiwan in 2009 and released her 10th studio album "Butterfly." A year later she followed that success with her 11th studio album "Myself."

Her 12th studio album "Muse" gathered the combination of art, pop and music portrayed through on how a girl should act and stand out in our modern society. She is currently working on her latest album that is set to be released at the end of 2014.

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