KKBOX is a kind of Taiwan Napster, and the most popular music subscription service in Taiwan. It recently released its digital music charts for 2008, giving us an indication of what were the most popular songs in Taiwan for last year.
Jay Chou (周杰伦 Zhou Jielun) topped the singles chart with Where's the Promised Happiness? (说好的幸福呢). It was the second single from his album Capricorn (魔杰座), which incidentally also topped KKBOX's album chart.
In second place was Claire Guo (郭靜 or Guo Jing) with the title track from her second album The Next Dawn (下一個天亮). At third position, the Jay Chou influenced pop group Nan Quan Mama (南拳妈妈) with the single Rainy Day (下雨天). Fourth place went to newcomer Xiao Yu (小宇), who began his music career writing song arrangements and providing backing vocals before releasing his debut album last year. Rounding off the top five was Sam Lee ( 李圣杰 Li Shengjie), a ten year veteran of the Mandopop scene with yet another of his love song specialities, A Brief Encounter (擦肩而過).
KKBOX's Top 5 Single Downloads in 2008
1. Where's the Promised Happiness? - Jay Chou
2. The Next Dawn - Claire Guo
3. Rainy Day - Nan Quan Mama
4. Finally Said It Out Loud - Xiao Yu
5. A Brief Encounter - Sam Lee