Taiwanese Mandopop singer-songwriter Jay Chou made his return this week with the release of “Won’t Cry” on Monday (Sept. 16). Featuring Ashin Chen of Taiwanese pop-rock band Mayday, the touching pop ballad is Chou’s first song of 2019, and fittingly saw a lot of love for the popular artist.
“Won’t Cry” features the pair of singers relaying the emotions of lovers who have parted but still care about one another and want to keep up with the other’s life, yearning to be together again. It was released through a music video that shows the start of a sweet romance between a Japanese milk tea shop employee and an aspiring photographer, and shows them on the verge of separating in pursuit of dreams — only to realize that they belong together and not apart.
According to Channel News Asia, Tencent’s Chinese streaming service QQ Music featured error messages on the song’s music video within an hour of its release on Monday night in China as fans flocked to watch the video, and the music video has spent much of the time since its release trending on YouTube. In the U.S., the song has been trending within the top 5 music videos on YouTube, sitting beside the likes of the audio video for Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne, and Travis Scott’s “Take What You Want,” Lil Nas X’s video for “Panini,” and the video for “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)” by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey.
Watch the music video for Jay Chou’s “Won’t Cry” featuring Mayday’s Ashin below.