Jolin Tsai (蔡依林, Cài Yī Lín, born on September 15, 1980) is a Golden Melody Award winning Taiwanese Mandopop singer.
She was introverted and shy as a child, her mother realized early on that she had great academic potential, so she enrolled her in Japanese-style math lessons, which she completed ahead of schedule. Her academic abilities enabled her to enroll at Jingmei Girls' High School and later, Fu Jen Catholic University.She majored in English Literature at the University, a Taiwanese university popular for its English flavor. During her childhood years, she developed an interest in singing and experimented with different vocal techniques after listening to the songs of popular female singers such as Teresa Teng and Faye Wong.
Tsai first started out by taking part in an MTV singing competition at the age of 18. She won the top prize at the competition with her rendition of Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All". She was then signed by Universal Music.
In 2002, she signed with Sony Music and got the biggest break of her whole career. At Sony Music, the first single released was the track "Spirit Of The Knight", which became a big hit and led to the highly anticipated release of her album Magic. The album turned out to be a smashing success, topping the Taiwan album charts for three full months and selling more than 300,000 copies in Taiwan alone. The album has sold over a million copies in Asia. The album boasted many of her most well-known singles, including the hit dance song that brought her back to the top of the charts "See My 72 Changes" (看我72变, kàn wǒ qī shí èr biàn), a song which has been suggested to have been named after The Monkey King's 72 transformations.Other songs from the album, such as the hit "Prague Square" (布拉格广场,bù lā gé guǎng chǎng) were penned by fellow Taiwan mega star Jay Chou (周杰伦, Zhōu Jié Lún). The new image she presented for this album was more playful and sexy than before and her music became more dance-oriented. This transformation gave her what she needed to make a comeback to the music scene after being gone for almost a year.
In early 2006 it was announced that Tsai would be leaving Sony BMG, the record company that helped elevate her to superstar status, and joining EMI Capitol.Her first album with Capitol, Dancing Diva was released on May 12, 2006. This album became Tsai's biggest album yet, selling over 2 million copies in Asia. At the 2006 MTV Asia Awards she performed her hot new single "Dancing Diva"（舞娘，wǔ niáng）with elements of yoga and using various props including a ball and a ribbon. She also won the Style Award during the ceremony, demonstrating the influence she has in Asia.