Wang Feng (singer)

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Wang Feng
Chinese name 汪峰
Pinyin Wāng Fēng (Mandarin)
Origin China
Born (1971-06-29) June 29, 1971 (age 43)
Beijing, China
Occupation Singer-songwriter, composer
Genre(s) Chinese rock
Label(s) Rock Forward
Years active 1997–present

Wang Feng 汪峰 (born Beijing, China; June 29, 1971) is a Chinese rock musician and composer.[1] He was the founder and lead singer of the band No. 43 Baojia Street (named after the street address of Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music). He also composed the music for Wang Xiaoshuai's 2001 film Beijing Bicycle.

After two albums "No. 43 Baojia Street" (1997) and "No. 43 Baojia Street 2" (1998), he signed a solo contract with Warner Music Beijing Co., Ltd. The third album "Fireworks" (2000) was the beginning of his solo career. With a number of songs like "Flying Higher" (《飞得更高》) (2004), and "Blooming Life" (《怒放的生命》) (2005) on his following albums, Wang Feng entered the media spotlight and became popular in Mainland China. His 2009 album "Belief Flies in the Wind" won him an award as the Most Popular Male Singer on the Chinese Mainland at the Channel V's 14th Chinese Music Awards.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wang Feng was born and raised in a musical family.[2] Under Wang's father's command, Wang started practicing violin when he was five years old. He entered the middle school attached to the Central Conservatory of Music at the age of eleven. Wang did not understand the purpose of playing violin, or why he had to stay home practising while other kids of his age could play outside. At the age of 14, for the first time in his life, Wang realized the beauty of music through a piece composed by Tchaikovsky. After that experience, Wang decided to pursue music for the rest of his life.

By the age of 17 Wang started listened to Rock music. Wang studied in the Chinese Central Conservatory of Music majoring in violin and viola. In his college years Wang joined the Chinese Youth Orchestra and performed overseas. In his senior year in college (1994), Wang and his friends formed the band No. 43 Baojia Street.[1]

Career[edit]

With No. 43 Baojia Street[edit]

Wang Feng and the band No. 43 Baojia Street (鲍家街43号) made their first album in 1997, three years after it was formed. During these three years the band practiced in a basement in the college and performed in local clubs and bars. To comply with his father's will and to have a stable income, Wang took the offer of the vice concertmaster of the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra.[3][4] However Wang quit the job after a year even with a promotion of the concertmaster position, and put himself completely into Rock music. In the beginning, the band was sponsored by "Xiao Wei" (nickname), an alumnus of the Central Conservatory of Music. Xiao Wei's sponsorship allowed the band to practice and perform. They gradually built up their reputation in Beijing, which led the band to a record deal from Beijing Jingwen Record Co., Ltd on May 31, 1997.[5] The band was not profitable under Xiao Wei's sponsorship. Wang couldn't even pay his rent at that time.[1] The record deal with Beijing Jingwen Record was an opportunity for the band to officially enter the music business and to solve the money issue. Xiao Wei understood the benefit of the deal for Wang Feng and the whole band. He terminated the sponsorship himself and left Beijing.

Later that year the band made their first studio album, No. 43 Baojia Street (1997).[1] This album included songs like "Little Bird" and "Good Night Beijing", which became famous afterwards. One year later the band made their second album, No. 43 Baojia Street 2 - Storm Approaching (1998). While the albums were sold in the market, the economic issue of the band and Wang himself did not resolve. In other words, the band was not making a profit. Wang decided to terminate the contract with Beijing Jingwen Record. In 2000, the Warner Music Beijing Co., Ltd found Wang Feng and offered him a record deal but not the whole band. Wang signed the contract and put out the album Fireworks' (2000) in the same year.[1] The songs from this album were made before the band broke up.

Solo Years[edit]

With Warner Music and Feng Sheng Music[edit]

During his years with Warner Music, Wang had the boost of his career. Three albums were made, including Fireworks (2000), Love is a Happy Bullet (2002), and Crying while Smiling (2004). The song Flying Higher, which became very popular in mainland China after release, was included in the album Crying while Smiling. Wang also took care of the entire soundtrack of the movie Beijing Bicycle (2001).[6] In July 2005, Wang ended the five-year contract with Warner Music and started his own independent record label "Feng Sheng Music" (Feng Sheng is the Chinese translation for Feng's voice). In the same year, Wang released his fourth studio album "Blooming Life" (2005). The song Blooming life, same as the name of the album, became famous quickly after the album was released and became the most downloaded ringtones in some regions in mainland China.[1] In the same album, Wang included another two famous patriotic pieces, Our Dream (《我们的梦》) and I Love You, China (《我爱你,中国》). Our Dream became the Beijing Olympic Top 10 Golden Songs; I Love You, China was considered a gift for the success of Shenzhou 6, the second human spaceflight of the People's Republic of China. In 2006 Wang was awarded the Pepsi Chart "Best Male Singer in Mainland China".[1]

With MusicNationGroup[edit]

In May 2007, Wang made a new record deal with the Hong Kong media company MusicNationGroup.[7] One month later, Wang released his fifth studio album Brave Heart (2007). Wang claimed to be very satisfied with his work in this album, however one of the tracks, Gone Crazy, was forced to be taken out by the authority.[8] During the time the album was released, some people on the Internet claimed that the hit song Brave Heart was a copy of the song Crazy from the Canadian pop-punk band Simple Plan. Wang's response was, "I don't need to copy other people's work. It's just as simple as that. No need to do that at all."[8]

In 2009, after two years since the last album, Wang came back with the Belief Flies in the Wind (2009). The album brought Wang many awards. The song In Spring became No.1 on the 23rd of the Chinese Music Chart. In September, the song Light took the No.1 place again on the 32nd of the Chinese Music Chart. On Nov. 12th, the song When I Miss You won the No.1 on the 42nd of the Chinese Music Chart. On the 9th Global Chinese Music Awards, the song In Spring won the Best Lyrics award. Wang Feng himself won the Best Producer, and the album Belief Flies in the Wind won the Best Album.[9] In an interview with Changjiang Business Journal, Wang claimed that "This album is meant to let everyone to understand the true rock music. It's not about what the majority like or what's popular. I'm making mainstream rock music, and that's what I stand for."[10]

With Rock Forward[edit]

In 2011, after being signed to Rock Forward Entertainment, Wang Feng released ‘Life Asks for Nothing’, the first ever double album in Chinese rock history, which phenomenally topped a wide variety of charts and earned him nationwide critical acclaims on the major Chinese music awards. The same year saw Wang Feng became the first ever Chinese artist who held concerts in grand stadiums twice a year, which again has proved that he is one of very few Chinese rock musicians who enjoy commercial success and mainstream recognition without discarding the famously rebellious roots. His uncompromisingly keen passion for life and independent spirit have radically altered the parameters of Chinese rock scene and have left a deep mark on Chinese popular culture for him as the true inspiring voice of his generation.

In 2013,Wang Feng became a coach in “The Voice of China” season 2,with Na Ying, Harlem Yoo, Amei Chang.

Concerts[edit]

  • 2004-9-17 Wang Feng Beijing Exhibition Center Theater Concert
  • 2005-12-31 Wang Feng Cross New Year Concert
  • 2008-1-19 Wang Feng "Beijing Beijing " Concert
  • 2009-8-13 Wang Feng Kunming Unplugged Concert
  • 2009-12-24 "Flying high" Wang Feng Shenzhen Unplugged Concert
  • 2010-04-10 "Belief" 2010 Wang Feng Beijing Concert
  • 2011-03-26 Wang Feng Shanghai Concert
  • 2011-04-16 "Belief in spring" 2011 Wang Feng Beijing Concert
  • 2011-11-06 “Belief” 2011 Wang Feng Ordos Concert
  • 2011-11-19 “Belief” 2011 Wang Feng Chengdu Concert
  • 2011-11-03 “Belief in spring”2011 Wang Feng Shenzhen Concert
  • 2011-12-10 Wang Feng Wanshida Center Concert
  • 2012-01-02 Wang Feng Shanghai Concert

Wang Feng “Existence” China Tour

  • 12.09.02 Beijing, Worker’s Stadium 40,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 04.13 Tianjin, Tianjin Arena 10,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 04.19 Wuhan, Guanggu Arena 10,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 04.30 Hangzhou, Huanglong Arena 10,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 05.11 Guangzhou, Guangzhou Arena 10,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 05.18 Xian, Shaanxi Stadium 30,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 05.25 Fuzhou, Fujian Stadium 30,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 06.09 Zhengzhou, Zhengzhou Exhibition Center 20,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 06.15 Shenzhen, Shenzhen Bay Stadium 30,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 06.29 Jinan, Shandong Stadium 30,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 10.19 Chengdu, Chengdu Arena 30,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 10.26 Hefei, Hefei Stadium 30,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 11.09 Shanghai, Shanghai Stadium 30,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 12.07 Taiyuan, Shanxi Stadium 30,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 12.21 Nanjing, Olympic Arena 10,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !
  • 12.28 Nanning, Guangxi Stadium 10,000 Tickets SOLD OUT !

Discography[edit]

No. 43 Baojia Street (鲍家街43号)[edit]

No. 43 Baojia Street (《鲍家街43号》) (1997)

No. 43 Baojia Street 2 - Storm Approaching (《鲍家街43号 2 - 风暴来临》) (1998)

Studio Albums[edit]

Fireworks (《花火》) (2000)

Love is a Happy Bullet (《爱是一颗幸福的子弹》) (2002)

Crying with Laughter (《笑着哭》) (2004)

A Blooming Life (《怒放的生命》) (2005)

Brave Heart (《勇敢的心》) (2007)

Belief Flies in the Wind (《信仰在空中飘扬》) (2009)

Life Asks for Nothing (《生无所求》) (2011)

Movie Soundtrack[edit]

Beijing Bicycle (《十七岁的单车》) (2001)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "汪峰 (Wang Feng)". Baidu Baike. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Wang Feng's road to rock". People's Daily Online. 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  3. ^ "汪峰自曝曾没钱交房租 将重组"鲍家街43号" (Wang Feng admit there was no money to pay the rent, will be re-structuring "43 Baojia Street")" (in Chinese). NetEase. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  4. ^ "汪峰:从小提琴手到摇滚歌手 (Wang Feng: From violinist to the rock singer)" (in Chinese). Shanghai Digital Century Network. 2003-11-12. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  5. ^ "公司简介 (Company Profile)" (in Chinese). Beijing Jingwenchangpian Communications Limited. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  6. ^ "Beijing Bicycle (2001)". IMDb. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  7. ^ "汪峰已签约"大国文化" 成郭富城师弟 (Wang Feng has been signed to "Country Culture" with Aaron Young)" (in Chinese). NetEase. 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  8. ^ a b "访谈:汪峰坦言面对抄袭传闻 称中国摇滚在进步 (Interview: Weng Feng)" (in Chinese). Sohu Entertainment. 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  9. ^ "第九届全球华语歌曲排行榜获奖名单揭晓 (Ninth Global Chinese Music Awards Announced)" (in Chinese). Tom Entertainment. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  10. ^ "汪峰:我要做的是主流摇滚乐 (Wang Feng: I'm Making Mainstream Rock Music)" (in Chinese). NetEase. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2011-01-02.