All you need to know about Kris Wu as he drops his debut album 'Antares'

All you need to know about Kris Wu as he drops his debut album 'Antares'

Asian persuasion

Text: Esther Soh

Editor: Aravin Sandran

Kris Wu began his career as a member of South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO.

Exo's debut studio album XOXO was a runaway success, selling over a million copies. However, in 2014, Wu departed the group as well as its management during the release of their sophomore album, Overdose, citing inhumane conditions. He went on to establish his own agency to steer his acting and solo career ambitions.

He has a legit Hollywood career. 

Wu established his presence on the silver screen with several Chinese box office hits, starting with Somewhere Only We Know in 2015. Since then, he has racked up acting credentials as a villain in the high-speed trilogy xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) opposite Vin Diesel and as a sergeant in Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) alongside supermodel Cara Delevingne. Wu also co-wrote and co-produced 'Juice' for the xXx's soundtrack.

He became the first-ever Chinese artist to reach #1 on the US iTunes Chart with 'Deserve', which features Travis Scott.

Wu has become one of those rarified Asian stars who has crossover appeal beyond mainstream Asian entertainment. Wu found international stardom when his collab with American rapper Travis Scott on 'Deserve' skyrocketed through the US iTunes charts in 2017. The track has since garnered more than a billion streams globally. 

Due on 2 November, his full-length debut album features stateside big-names Rich The Kid and Jhené Aiko. 

Wu's latest single, 'Freedom' features R&B songstress Jhené Aiko. The song's intergalactic scenescape calls to mind Sandra Bullock's 2013 science fiction thriller Gravity with George Clooney, but the latter's shrill chemistry-less crusade replaced with an effortless cruise-control rhythm. From soulful serenade to rapid-fire flow, Wu's vocal delivery makes an irresistible match for Aiko's lush and ethereal voice.

Pre-save Kris Wu's debut album 'Antares' now ahead of its release on 2 November.