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Kris Wu becomes first Chinese singer to make Billboard Hot 100

CGTN | Updated: 2018-06-04 10:20
Like That secured No. 73 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. [Photo/VCG] 

While talking about the differences between Chinese and US hip-hop music, Wu said he wanted to keep it real, instead of sticking to one of the typical themes of drugs and such like.

“I come from a different culture. I didn’t grow up on the streets or anything, so just keeping it real,” he told Nylon Radio. “I think being humble is really one of the greatest parts of Chinese culture.”

Wu made his debut as a member of South Korean boy band EXO, but later dropped out to become a solo singer in China. Besides music, he has also been working with the world’s top directors and actors in movies.

His first Hollywood film “The Return of Xander Cage” debuted in 2017, directed by D.J. Caruso and starring Van Diesel. In another film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” he worked with director Luc Besson, actor Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne.

The young musician has also made his appearance in the realms of fashion and sports. He has collaborated with several luxury brands including Burberry and Bvlgari. He was also invited to the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game for three consecutive years from 2016.

Being a hip-hop music addict himself, Wu also joined a hit variety show “The Rap of China” last year. The show has attracted more attention to the Chinese hip-hop music and has helped to bring the genre from “underground” to the public, according to media outlets.

With all those efforts, Wu said he believes he is already on the way to bringing more exchanges and communications between the East and the West in music.

“Now you’re actually seeing more and more of these Asian artists putting out music globally, whereas before, they would just keep it in the Chinese market,” he said.

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