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Jay Chou’s ‘Greatest Work of Art’ music video is finally out

After almost two years, Jay Chou finally released their latest music video titled The greatest works of artwhich was filmed in Europe (specifically Paris) and it couldn’t be a more apt representation of Jay Chou’s personality and preferences.

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It’s riddled with an enchanting fusion of ancient and modern sounds – something the Taiwanese singer is known for doing with some of his other hits like Ju Hua Tai and Qing Hua Ci. Except that this time, it won’t be with zithers and oriental-sounding lutes. Instead, think of something more Chopin-esque.

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Here’s a fun little tidbit: the clip also contains plenty of scenes of King Mandopop performing magic tricks during his adventure through time – another one of his favorite pastimes (as seen on his Netflix reality show, J-style travel).

The music video begins with him sneaking into an old theater and playing a beautiful renaissance-style grand piano, which then transports him back in time to where most of the music video will take place – but that’s not to say. any old grand piano.

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Photo: Jay Chou/youtube

This vintage grand piano dates back to 1872, and here’s the dropper – it costs over a million dollars.

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Photo: Jay Chou/youtube

Jay Chou did not initially purchase the piano when he came across it at a flea market in Paris (where he was looking for old musical instruments and material for the music video) due to the high price. But after trying out the piano and even creating a melody on the spot, he probably thought it was too good a find to pass up.

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To create an authentic, old-school sound, the singer also bought a 1950s microphone and transported his other recording equipment to the Palais Garnier opera house (founded in 1875!) to record his voice.

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Safe to say that when he said he was going to create music that sounded like it was from the last century, he really meant it.

To build on the entire theme of the music video, the song’s lyrics reference some of the greatest influences on arts and culture from previous centuries like Chopin, Van Gogh and Salvador Dali.

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You can watch the music video for Greatest Works of Art (which is arguably also one of this year’s greatest works of art) here.

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