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Kris Wu becomes first Chinese singer to make Billboard Hot 100

CGTN | Updated: 2018-06-04 10:20
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Chinese-Canadian musician Kris Wu recently become the first Chinese artist to make the Billboard Hot 100 when his new single “Like That” reached number 73.

Before that milestone, the song, which was released on May 18, had topped iTunes overall and its hip-hop charts for 93 hours as of the end of last month.

The young artist, who spent over two years preparing for his new album, told Nylon Radio recently that he wants to become the “Jackie Chan of music” and “to bridge the East and West” with his music.

In the past two years, Wu has released several singles, including “July, “Juice” and “Deserve,” with which he cooperated with US musician Travis Scott and which topped the iTunes chart within two hours of its release.

Wu said earlier that he usually works for months in the studio with the world’s top musicians while preparing for a new album.

“There are already enough songs to make an album, but I have been trying to refresh the list in the hope that every song could be of the same quality with the title track,” he once said in an interview.

After making the Billboard Hot 100 entry, the 27-year-old artist spoke about his Chinese heritage on his official Weibo account.

“I’m very proud as a Chinese,” he said. “I have Chinese blood in my veins and will have the whole world hear Chinese music. That’s what I’ve been doing all the time.”

In fact, Wu has always cited his Chinese identity while promoting his new songs overseas.

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