Way before Jay Chou was a private jet-taking, luxury penthouse-owning pop king performing to sold-out crowds, he was just one of the many fresh-faced crooners trying to make it big in the music industry. 

Sure, his debut album was a smash hit, even bagging him the Best Pop Vocal Album at the Golden Melody Awards in 2001. But according to the now 41-year-old, he was far from famous. 

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