Crowd Lu

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Crowd Lu
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Crowd Lu in February 2018
Background information
PinyinLú Guǎng Zhòng (Mandarin)
Born (1985-07-15) July 15, 1985 (age 33)
Tainan, Taiwan
Other namesLu Kuang-chung
Lu Guangzhong
OccupationSinger, songwriter, actor
Years active2007–present
Genre(s)Acoustic, Mandopop, Rock and Roll
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Influenced byWhitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men
Awards
Golden Melody Awards
20th Best New Artist
Best Composer 2009

Crowd Lu, (traditional Chinese: 盧廣仲; simplified Chinese: 卢广仲; pinyin: Lu Guangzhong; born 15 July 1985) is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor. He is also referred to as Vitas Lu after making a parody of the song Opera No. 2 by the Russian singer Vitas, having the ability to hit the same high notes.[1] Due to a serious car accident in his first year at Tamkang University, Lu learned to play guitar during his hospitalization. The following year, Lu won first prize for musical composition and solo performance at Tamkang University and proceeded to once again take the gold in composition and become the crowd favorite at National Chengchi University.

In 2009, Lu won Best New Artist and Best Composer at the 20th Golden Melody Awards.[2]

Early life[edit]

Crowd Lu was raised in a household rich with culture and focused on the arts in Tainan City, Taiwan. His mother was a lover and collector of Western jazz records, which sparked a similar—if not greater—musical interest within Lu at a very young age. The glimmer of Lu's talent was apparent as he would belt out the songs of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson only after listening to them once or twice. Lu's grandmother also contributed to his musical versality. His grandmother was a fan of local Taiwanese dramas and would sing theme songs from these dramas to Lu and his sister to coax them to sleep. It was most likely at this time that Lu developed his signature style- carefree, sincere, and youthful.

After graduating from the Tainan Guangming High School in 2003, Lu moved north to Taipei to attend Tamkang University. Although he intended on majoring in electrical engineering, due to his near fatal car accident, Lu was forced to switch his major to Spanish Literature.

Career[edit]

In his freshman year at Tamkang University, Lu was run over by a bus and suffered severe injuries in both legs. As a result, Lu spent months in the hospital, during which he picked up the guitar and experimented with musical composition. The following year, Lu won first prize for musical composition and solo performance at a Tamkang University singing contest and proceeded to once again take the gold in composition and to become the crowd favorite at a similar contest at National Chengchi University. Lu caught the eye, and ears, of prominent music record producer Zhong Cheng Hu, and, with Zhong, produced three singles. Of them, "Good Morning, Beautiful Dawn!" appeared on the Taiwan Musical Society's Top Ten Singles in 2007. By mere word of mouth, Lu sold 15,000 CD's of his singles.

In late 2006, for a little more than a year, Lu toured all of Taiwan, hopping from diners to universities, and created a huge following, especially among university students.

In 2008, Lu ended his tour with 100 concerts and, on May 25, came out with his first CD 100 Ways of Living. Filled with the simple honesty of everyday life, 100 Ways of Living topped the charts and altered the course of the heavily Mando-pop musical industry and taste in all of Asia dramatically.

On August 23, 2008, Lu had his own first official concert, only 88 days after his hit CD came out.

In 2009, Lu's albums Seven Days (七天) and Live in Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) were both awarded one of the Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year at the 2009 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards, presented by the Hong Kong branch of IFPI.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Track listing
100 Ways of Living
一百種生活
Track listing
  1. 早安, 晨之美!
  2. Que te pasa 你在幹嘛?
  3. 一百種生活
  4. PAZ
  5. 好想要揮霍
  6. 別殺我
  7. Boring
  8. 我愛你
  9. 無敵鐵金剛
  10. 校園美女2008
  11. 寂寞考
  12. 破氣球 (When I Fall in Love)
Seven Days
七天
Track listing
  1. OH YEAH!!!
  2. 七天
  3. Tomato
  4. 愛情習作
  5. I No
  6. 開心餐廳
  7. 吉米寶貝
  8. 風雨
  9. A
  10. 最寂寞的時候
  11. 聽見了嗎?
  12. 再見勾勾
Slow Soul
慢靈魂
Track listing
  1. 別在我睡著的時候打電話給我
  2. 慢靈魂
  3. 港邊男兒
  4. 不想去遠方
  5. 就像白癡一樣
  6. 蚊子
  7. 藍寶
  8. 再見了, 阿法迪斯
  9. After Dinner
  10. 梅西好朋友
  11. 壞掉了
Guitar
有吉他的流行歌曲
Track listing
  1. 調音
  2. 有吉他的流行歌曲
  3. 口水流下來
  4. jam 1
  5. 只有夜來香
  6. 歐拉拉呼呼
  7. jam 2
  8. 把我踢開
  9. 燃燒卡洛里
  10. 校園歌手
  11. jam 3
  12. 一個便當
  13. 清晨巴士
What a Folk
Track listing
  1. Happy Chakra
  2. 4.95m² Dream 一坪半
  3. Smart Phone I 手機仔(一)
  4. Song of Summer 夏天的歌
  5. Moonlight Note 月光備忘錄
  6. Sleep Here Tonight 今天睡在這裡
  7. Kind Glasses 善良的眼鏡
  8. Smart Phone II 手機仔(二)
  9. Wedding Ring 結婚鑽戒
  10. June & July 星座愛情故事之巨蟹座可不可以繼續說愛
  11. Trust Myself 一定要相信自己

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year English title Mandarin title Role Notes
2017 Q Series: A Boy Named Flora A 植劇場-花甲男孩轉大人 Cheng Hua-chia / Cheng Shuang

Film[edit]

Year English title Mandarin title Role Notes
2013 Campus Confidential 愛情無全順 Otaku
2014 Big Hero 6 大英雄天團 Baymax Voice, Taiwanese version
2016 Hang in There, Kids! 只要我長大 Backpacker

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 20th Golden Melody Awards Best Composer "100 Ways of Living" Won
Best New Artist 100 Ways of Living Won
Best Arrangement "Good Morning, Beautiful Dawn!" Nominated
2017 28th Golden Melody Awards Best Male Vocalist – Mandarin What a Folk!!!!!! Nominated
2018 53rd Golden Bell Awards Best Leading Actor in a Television Series A Boy Named Flora A Won
Best Newcomer in a Television Series Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crowd Lu Jump to: navigation, search as Vitas LIVE
  2. ^ Taipei Times.com Crowd Lu double winner at Golden Melody Awards 28 June 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-16
  3. ^ IFPI Hong Kong 2009 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards winners list Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-04-19

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