Was that Kris Wu we spotted at Super Bowl 2018?
1. He is the first artist from the mainland to perform at Super Bowl Live
The 27-year-old all-rounder made his global breakthroughs in box-office hits, chart-topping EPs and now as Super Bowl LII Ambassador for NFL China. As the first ever Chinese artist to take the stage at Super Bowl Live last Saturday, the versatile heart-throb knows no limits when it comes to breaking into the Western market on his terms.
2. He made his Hollywood debut in Vin Diesel's xXx: Return of Xander Cage
For those who caught the Diesel-fueled star in xXx's third installment in 2017, you might recall him rubbing shoulders with an unfamiliar Chinese villain — that's Wu for you. Balancing his silver screen ambition with his music career, Wu also rapped to a melodic anthem, 'Juice', alongside co-star Vin Diesel for the film's soundtrack.
3. He is the first and only Chinese artist to hit No.1 on iTunes with the newly released single 'Deserve'
Going beyond mainstream Asian entertainment, Wu finds himself as a reinvented international star with his hip-hop infused track 'Deserve'. Wu teamed up with American rapper Travis Scott for the monumental single that skyrocketed the charts last November. We can call him the musical bridge between the East and the West with the likes of this multi-hyphenate's catchy releases in English, Chinese and even Korean.
4. He played at the NBA All-Stars in 2016 and 2017
Standing at 6'2", the odds were definitely not stacked against Wu when it comes to getting the big orange ball through the loop. Inspired by the MVP basketball player Allen Iverson, Wu picked up basketball as a teen, which then became his gateway to hip-hop culture. Making his way to the NBA All-Star celebrity game roster not once but twice, we can say that Wu's out of our league.
5. He began his career as a member of South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO
The former EXO-M member made it into the South Korean popstar factory back in 2012, achieving international success with their million-seller studio album XOXO. While Wu was guided to the peak of his career in his early 20s, he left the group after the release of their best-selling album of 2014 in South Korea, Overdose.
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