Kenji Wu

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Kenji Wu
Kenji Wu@Taipei New Year's Eve Party 2011.JPG
Kenji Wu at Taipei New Year's Eve Party 2011
Born (1979-10-18) 18 October 1979 (age 41)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
OccupationSinger, songwriter, actor, television host, director
Years active2000–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 吳克群
Simplified Chinese 吴克群
Musical career
Also known asWu Kei-chun
Wu Kequn
Genres Mandopop
InstrumentsGuitar, piano
Labels Pourquoi Pas Music (2019–present)
Warner Music Taiwan (2014–2017)
Sony Music Taiwan (2013–2014)
Seed Music (2004–2012)
Virgin Records (2000)

Kenji Wu (traditional Chinese :吳克群; simplified Chinese :吴克群; pinyin :Wú Kèqún; born 18 October 1979) is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter, actor and director. [1] [2]

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Early life

Wu was born on 18 October 1979 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. [3] When he was six, he moved to Argentina, but came back to Taiwan to compete in MTV Taiwan's "New Artist Fight Game". [2]

He attended the National Taiwan University of Arts [3] majoring in theater.

Career

After competing in the "New Artist Fight Game" competition in 2000, he was subsequently signed to Virgin Music. [2] Within half a year, [4] Wu released his debut album Tomorrow, Alone (一個人的Tomorrow). [5] Despite the involvement of top producers, the album received lukewarm response and weak sales. [4] However, this gave him opportunities to act in Taiwanese drama such as Peach Girl and Moonlight Forest. [2] [4] During his time acting, he continued to perform songs he wrote and composed at pubs. [4]

With an intense passion for music, Wu made a comeback to the music industry in November 2004 with a self-titled album, released by Seed Music. [2] All ten songs in the album were written by him. Critics around Asia gave highly positive reviews. The hit song Wu Ke Qun cleverly incorporated the impersonations of well-known singers such as A-do, Leehom Wang, David Tao, Jay Chou, Fei Yu Ching, Emil Chau and Shin band. The song demonstrated Wu's determination to be a unique singer in his own right. In Hong Kong, it peaked at the 7th spot out of 20 in RTHK's Chinese chart for the week of 20–26 February 2005; [6] however, the song did poorly in Singapore, debuting at 19th position on Y.E.S. 93.3 FM's chart for the week of 9–15 January 2005, [7] and remained on the chart for only 2 weeks.

He returned in October 2005 with a new album titled The Kenji Show (大頑家 – 吳克群), [3] also released by Seed Music. Working on a theme of having fun, the album comprises songs with his style of simple yet intriguing lyrics. Songs like "Da She Tou" (literally "Big Tongue") and "Bu Xie Ji Nian" rose to hit charts and were popular among students mostly. He has nominated for the best Chinese male singer in Taiwan at the 2006 and 2007 Golden Melody Awards, [2] but the award went to Leehom Wang and Korean-born singer Nicky Lee, respectively.

In 2006, Wu released a new album entitled A General Order (將軍令) [3] and again, all songs were written by Wu himself showing his creativity. This time he experimented with the Chinese music style, therefore the title song was written in that way. Other Chinese style songs including "Peaked You And Me" and "Champion" as well as the hit ballad "Cripple" are featured on this album. Wu will also be featured on a track on Hakka-Pac's album called Doing it Chikan Style. He also had a cameo appearance in Brown Sugar Macchiato .

In 2008, he release the album Poems For You (為你寫詩), [3] in which he composed all the songs. This album was number one on the sales chart for 7 weeks. All of the five MVs that were released from this album were ranked in the top 10 in two of the largest KTV chains, thus breaking a record.

Aside from writing songs only for his own albums, he also composed and produced songs for other popular singers. He wrote "Ai Ku Gui" for Maggie Chiang, "Sha Gua" for Landy Wen, "Nan Ren Nu Ren" for Valen Hsu and A Mu Long, and "Da Ming Xing" for the superboys Yu Hao Ming and Wang Yue Xin.

In 2010, he released his eighth studio album Love Me, Hate Me (愛我 恨我) under Seed Music. [8] The track "沒關係" (No Relations) is listed at number 24 on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart (Hit-Fm年度百首單曲) for 2010. [9]

Discography

  1. A Lonely Tomorrow (一個人的Tomorrow) (2000)
  2. First Creative Album (吳克群) (2004)
  3. The Kenji Show (大頑家) (2005)
  4. General's Command (將軍令) (2006)
  5. Poems for You (為你寫詩) (2008)
  6. Love Me, Hate Me (愛我 恨我) (2010)
  7. Parasitism (寄生) (2010)
  8. How To Deal With Loneliness? (寂寞來了怎麼辦?) (2012)
  9. On The Way to the Stars (數星星的人) (2015)
  10. Humorous Life (人生超幽默) (2017)
  11. I Am Listening (你說 我聽著呢) (2020)

Selected compositions

Filmography

Television series

YearEnglish titleOriginal titleRoleNotes
2001 Peach Girl 蜜桃女孩Kazuya Tojigamori
Sunshine Jelly陽光果凍
2002Moonlight Forest月光森林Chang Ching
2003 The Rose 薔薇之戀Mao Ji's friendCameo
2005The Doctor 大熊醫師家HimselfCameo
2007 Brown Sugar Macchiato 黑糖瑪奇朵HimselfCameo
2011 Love Recipe 料理情人夢Fu Yong-le
2015Heart of Steel鋼鐵之心JimmyCameo
2016Golden Darling原來1家人DavidCameo
2018Age of Rebellion翻牆的記憶HimselfCameo
2019 The Legends of Monkey King 大潑猴Tianpeng

Film

YearEnglish titleOriginal titleRoleNotes
2003Rain Coat雨衣 / 7–11之戀ChihAlso known as Love at 7–11
2008The Fatality絕魂印Ho Shih-jung / Asanee
2012Million People萬人•迷KevinShort film
2014 The Old Cinderella 脫軌時代Kang Shao
2016 70 80 90 708090之深圳戀歌Liu Mingzhe
2017 Hanky Panky 大釣哥Chang Shih-pang
2018Crazy Little Thing為你寫詩Chen ShijieAlso as director [10]

Television show

YearEnglish titleOriginal titleNotes
2008Unbeatable Youth無敵青春克Host
2013Celebrity Battle全能星戰Participant

Music videos

As director

YearSong titleArtist
2006"The Genius of Drama 戲劇天才"Himself
2008"Hold My Hand 牽牽牽手"
"Love Hurts 愛太痛"
2009"Closer Hearts 把心拉近"

Appearances

Song titleArtist
"Legend 神話" Valen Hsu
"Meet Another Person 遇見另外一個人"
"In a Wink 轉眼" Penny Tai
"On What Grounds 憑什麼" Qu Ying
"What Time Is It There? 你那裡幾點"Ginny Liu
"In Your Heart 留在誰心裡" Maggie Chiang
"Missing You, Again 我又想起你"
"Gentleness of Both Hands 雙手的溫柔"
"Must Meet Again 要再見"Cindy Chen
"Only If You Can Remember Me 只要你想起我"

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Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2006 17th Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Male Singer The Kenji ShowNominated
2007 HITO Radio Music Awards [13] Most Popular Singer-songwriter (popular vote)N/AWon
Singapore Hit Awards 2007 Most Popular Male ArtistN/ANominated
18th Golden Melody Awards Best Composer"A General Order"Nominated
Best Mandarin Male Singer A General OrderNominated
2015 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Taiwanese Act N/ANominated
2016 The 4th V Chart Awards Best Singer-songwriter of the YearN/AWon

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