SINGAPORE - Home-grown singer JJ Lin has refuted rumours that he is the man suspected to have started a Covid-19 cluster after travelling from Singapore to China's Fujian province.
On Friday (Sept 10), the health authorities from Fujian's Putian city reported that six people from Xianyou county in Putian have tested positive for Covid-19, including a man identified as Lin X. Jie, who returned to China from Singapore on Aug 4.
Several Chinese netizens speculated that the man could be JJ Lin, as his Chinese name is Lin Junjie, with some even digging out information that the singer's ancestral home is in Fujian.
But the 40-year-old singer was quick to set the record straight, albeit indirectly. On Friday night, he posted on his Instagram, Facebook and Weibo accounts photos he took in Singapore with his friends.
He wrote in English: "The night riders again", and added the Chinese caption: "Enjoying the time when we can go and cycle."
Lin's Instagram and Facebook posts stated that he and his friends were at Lau Pa Sat food centre, while his Weibo post set his location as Singapore, something which he seldom does for his posts on the Chinese social media platform.
On Saturday, Lin posted a photo of himself wearing a face mask, as he wrote in English: "I could do this all day…". He added in Chinese: "Good health is the key to achieving the ideal state."
His posts led to several comments from his fans, who asked when he would fly to China to hold another concert, while some urged him to stay safe and healthy.
Some netizens also urged people not to jump to conclusions, with some noting that Lin had posted a video showing him getting his second Covid-19 vaccination jab in Singapore on Aug 20.
In this Chinese name, the family name is Lin.
Wayne Lim Junjie (simplified Chinese: 林俊杰; traditional Chinese: 林俊傑; pinyin: Lín Jùnjié; born 27 March 1981) better known by his stage name JJ Lin, is a Singaporean singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Lin launched his musical career by releasing his debut album, Music Voyager (2003). Lin has received three Golden Melody Awards, including one Best New Artist and two Best Mandarin Male Singer.
JJ Lin was born to an ethnic Kim-mûiHokkien family (Minnan ethnicity) in Singapore and studied at Jing Shan Primary School [zh], Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Saint Andrew's Junior College before completing his National Service. Lin's family consists of his brother, father and mother who have a background in Chinese Classical Music, hence influencing the artist's music. Furthermore, his brother was a major influence in his career choice.
In addition to Mandarin, Lin also sings in English, Hokkien (his native dialect) and Cantonese using romanized pronunciation system, and has released his songs in Cantonese. In Taiwan, he was awarded the Best New Artist award at the Golden Melody Awards.
After completing his national service, Lin signed with Ocean Butterflies International, which launched the then 22-year-old Lin's debut album in 2003. In 2011, Lin signed a new contract with the record label Warner Music Taiwan.
He is well known for his songwriting and singing skills. He wrote songs for various musical artists while he was still a trainee under Ocean Butterflies under his mentors, Billy Koh and Sunkist Ng. In total, he has written over a hundred songs for other artists. His notable compositions include "Remember" (記得) for Taiwanese singer A-Mei, A-Do's "Let Go" (放手), Harlem Yu's "What's Wrong With You?" (幹嘛你看不爽我), Cyndi Wang's "When You" (当你), Vivian Hsu's "Smiling Eyes" (爱笑的眼睛), and Comic Boyz's "Heart of Superman" (超人心).
In Singapore, he was selected to perform the remixed version of "Home", the theme song of the National Day Parade in 2004. Lin has sold 1 million copies in less than a week and is extremely successful throughout Asia.
In July 2007, he broke a Guinness record by signing 3,052 CDs in 2 hours and 30 minutes. During the signing, he was not allowed to drink or eat. The average time for him to sign a CD was 2.7 seconds.
In May 2008, he performed at the CCTV charity event The Giving of Love, dedicated to helping victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Lin also donated a large sum of money to the rescue efforts and composed a song "Love and Hope" (Chinese: 愛與希望; pinyin: Ài Yǚ Xī Wàng) commemorating the tragedy.
In February 2008, Lin released a compilation album entitled Waiting for Love (Chinese: 期待爱; pinyin: Qīdài Ài). It has selected tracks from several of his albums spanning from his debut album to 2007's West Side. Later in October of that year, his sixth album, Sixology (Chinese: 陸; pinyin: Liù), was released, and it sold 280,000 copies in a week.
His own fashion line, SMUDGE, was opened in Singapore during 2008 Christmas with an unofficial launch. The store's official launch was on 13 March 2009.
In May 2009, Lin won three awards at the 14th annual Composers and Authors Society of the UK (Compass) Awards Presentations, a ceremony that honors performers in the music scene. It was held at the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore. He was honored with the Top Local Artiste of the Year award, which is given out to Singaporean artists who generated the highest royalty earnings for the year. In that same year, Lin won the Singapore Youth Award.
In 2009, his singing career was put on hold due to his voice being damaged by acid reflux and flu, as well as his hectic touring and recording schedules. His poor health forced him to return to Singapore to recover and receive treatments. He released the seventh album, Hundred Days, on 18 December 2009.
In May 2010, Lin performed in America for the first time at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Concert Tour (APAHM).
In June 2010, Lin performed together with American singer Sean Kingston at the opening concert of the Marina Bay Sands to thousands of invited VIPs guests. But both were absent at the inauguralYOG Opening Ceremony. Lin's eighth album, She Says (她說), was released on 8 December 2010.
Lin's ninth studio album, Lost N Found (學不會) was released on 31 December 2011. A preview of his 9th album was made available on 12 December 2011 on various Chinese internet radio channels.
Lin's tenth anniversary album, Stories Untold (因你而在) was released on 13 March 2013. A compilation of micro films were released in conjunction with the album, serving to expand the stories behind the songs. He worked with a few notable people on the album, including Ashin, Harry Chang (张怀秋), and his older brother Eugene Lim (林俊峰). He also started his world tour "Timeline" in July 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Lin co-wrote the song "Dreams" with Goh Kheng Long and Corrinne May and performed the song live during the grand finale at the Chingay Parade on 27 and 28 February 2015.
One of his recent ventures in the world of music was a duet with Ayumi Hamasaki, for the latter's music video, "The Gift" (and as of 27 April 2015, has about 1,882,459-page views).
In 2015, he was selected to perform the National Day Theme Song, "Our Singapore", which was composed by Dick Lee. His experimental debut album From M.E. to Myself was released on 25 December 2015.
On 7 July 2016, Lin released "If Miracles had a Sound", a 96-minute music documentary created over the course of 455 days, taking place throughout studios in the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The theme song of the documentary, "Infinity and Beyond" (超越无限) was released on 21 June 2016.
On 19 December 2017, JJ Lin posted on his Instagram page that the past two years "had not been easy" and that he had been "searching constantly for a clear direction", needing a "shelter for the soul, a 'SANCTUARY'". He "penned songs and finished his Message in a Bottle album", which was released on 29 December 2017. At the same time, he and his team and "shared a common vision, starting on project "SANCTUARY" and built the space from ground zero." In early 2018, he announced his "Sanctuary" concert tour began in Shanghai on 17 March. In 2019, he released The Story of Us (Chinese: 将故事写成我们), and actress Wu Jinyan starred in the music video.
In January 2020, Lin released a song "I'll Stay With You" dedicated to the medical staff in Wuhan, China, who were working hard to save patients infected with COVID-19.
Lin has appeared in various advertisements for brands such as Sprite, Durex, Dota 2, Beats and Cornetto Royale.
He is also a tourist ambassador for Singapore. He was also involved in an anti-drugs event as an ambassador, in Taiwan. The theme song for this event is "Baby Baby", which is from his album Westside.
On 14 August 2015, Lin was selected to be the advisor for Team Harlem Yu on The Voice of China (season 4).
On 4 November 2016, Lin joined the variety show "Dream Voice" as one of the mentors alongside A-mei Zhang, Jam Hsiao, Hebe Tian, and Yu Quan. He stayed on as a mentor for the second season of the show, which was released in October 2017, and the third season, which was released in October 2018.
In 2017, Lin established Team Still Moving under Gunfire (Team SMG), a professional esports team. Initially focused on Arena of Valor, Team SMG has expanded itself into other games such as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in 2018, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in 2020 and Dota 2 in 2021.
In 2019, he took part in the Chinese food travelogue show, Chef Nic.
On 24 February 2021, Lin performed a medley of songs ("A Whole New World", "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", "Let It Go" and "Embark") to commemorate the official launch of the digital streaming service Disney+ in Singapore, which launched a day earlier on the 23rd.
Main article: JJ Lin discography
- Just JJ World Tour (2006–2007)
- I Am World Tour (2010–2011)
- Timeline World Tour (2013–2015)
- Sanctuary World Tour (2018–2021)
Awards and nominations
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SHANGHAI - Singapore singer JJ Lin has issued a swift rebuttal to nasty talk about him in the wake of the scandal over Chinese-Canadian singer Kris Wu, who was recently arrested over rape allegations.
Late on Sunday (Aug 1), Lin's agency JFJ Productions posted on a legal statement on microblogging site Weibo, to slam those who had spread malicious rumours about Lin. The statement listed 28 online accounts which carried the allegations.
The statement, from Shanghai Jiuze Law Firm, said: "The aforementioned Internet accounts have maliciously published/spread false statements against Mr JJ Lin through ways such as slander and insults. Some of them have continued to launch personal attacks against Mr Lin in a deliberate attempt to lower his social status."
It urged the account users to delete all such statements and to stop spreading false statements about Lin.
The legal firm said it has been authorised by Lin, 40, to collate evidence and will take legal actions immediately.
This comes after the Beijing police said on Saturday that they had detained a Canadian by the surname of Wu, 30, on suspicions of rape.
While the police did not identify Wu by his full name, the performer has been embroiled in a scandal after Chinese influencer Du Meizhu, 18, accused him of having sex with her while she was unconscious.
She said on Weibo in July that Wu invited her to his house at about 10pm on Dec 5 last year on the pretext of looking for a leading actress for his music video.
More than 10 people were at the gathering, playing board games and drinking alcohol until about seven the next morning. Du stayed on at the singer's home after the rest left. The two then had sex.
Some online media in China previously claimed that Wu had mentioned the names of other male celebrities in an attempt to protect himself, with Lin and Taiwanese-American singer Will Pan among these celebrities. There were also claims that Wu, Lin and Pan had hung out together.
Pan's agency posted a legal statement on Monday refuting such talk, as it called for the deletion of malicious posts and a public apology.
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