“Faraway” (千里之外) by Jay Chou (周杰倫), ft. Fei Yu Ching (費玉清). 2006.
Taiwanese producer and singer-songwriter Jay Chou is one of the most influential musicians in the contemporary Sinophone music world, known for blending elements of pop, R&B, rock, and hip-hop into his compositions. “Faraway”, one of Chou’s most well-known singles, is a poetic love song that fuses a mellow, contemporary sound with traditional Chinese musical elements, often referred to as “Zhongguo feng” (中國風), or “Chinese style”.
The chorus of “Faraway” features well-known Taiwanese singer Fei Yu Ching, whose singing career began in the late 1970s. Fei and Chou’s duet produces a melding of Fei’s classical singing style with Chou’s rawer sound. The music video is set in 1930s Shanghai, and dramatizes the emotional falling out between a young actress and her lover, played by Chou himself. Chou’s cross-genre, time period-spanning single became one of, if not the most popular, Chinese songs of 2006, and its soaring melody and poignant lyrics remain instantly recognizable to Chinese people around the world.