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Remember Taiwanese singer Ou De Yang? The 51-year-old, whose English name is Ocean Ou, was known in the noughties not just for his crystal clear vocals but how he spent years keeping his face hidden from the public.

Instead, he used a cartoon character to front his album covers and music videos because he wanted everyone to focus on his vocals and not his looks.

His biggest hit was, of course, 2003's 'Lonely Northern Hemisphere', which you definitely would have sung at least once in the karaoke or in the shower. 

But did you know that Ou De Yang's life was turned around by that very song?

In 2002, the singer was NT$30mil (S$1.4mil) in debt because of failed investments, and he had to rely on friends and his manager to help him release that track.

And as fate would have it, the tune became a massive hit and Ou De Yang's popularity skyrocketed. Job offers came pouring in and he managed to clear those debts in double quick time.

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