Jay Chou's new album receives bad reviews on Chinese site - before it's released

The highly anticipated project is Jay Chou's first studio album in six years.
PHOTO: Weibo/Jay Chou

BEIJING - Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou's new album has received a low rating of 5.3 on Chinese review website Douban, even though it has not been officially released.

Chou, 43, announced in June that his long-awaited album, whose title is believed to be The Greatest Work, would be out on July 15.

The highly anticipated project is his first studio album in six years, since 2016's Jay Chou's Bedtime Stories.

The Mandopop star disclosed further on Friday (July 1) that he would be debuting a new music video on July 6.

However, fans from China discovered that his new album had already been reviewed on Douban on Monday.

The rating was as low as 5.3 in the beginning, rising to 5.8 and then 7.5 eventually.

More than half of the so-called reviews gave the album a five-star rating, and there were even a few reviews which gave it a one-star rating, claiming that Chou has run out of ideas in his new album.

The rating was as low as 5.3 in the beginning, rising to 5.8 and then 7.5 eventually. PHOTO: WEIBO

Douban took to Chinese social media platform Weibo on Monday evening, apologising for allowing users to review an unreleased album and blaming it on a "software bug".

"We have turned off the ratings and cleared all the reviews," it said.

Douban also promised that similar errors would not occur again.

The issue even caught the attention of China's official People's Daily on Monday, which commented on Weibo that there is a need to stop the disorderly fandom culture.

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