Gao Xiaosong

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Gao Xiaosong (高晓松)
Born (1969-11-14) November 14, 1969 (age 49)
OriginBeijing, People's Republic of China
Occupation(s)film director, film writer, film producer, composer, songwriter, music producer
Years active1993—present
Associated actsLiu Huan, Na Ying, Steven Ma

Gao Xiaosong (born 14 November 1969) is the current Chairman of Alibaba Entertainment Strategic Committee, co-founder of Alibaba Music Group, is a Chinese-language composer, songwriter, music producer, director, and "Campus Folk" representative.[1][2]

Gao Xiaosong founded Zashuguan Library in 2015 and served as the curator of the library. Zashuguan Library is the biggest private, nonprofit library in China, it has a collection of more than 800,000 books and documents, the majority are published during Qing, Ming Dynasty and Minguo Period.[3]

Gao Xiaosong had been appointed as the Honorary President of Beijing Contemporary Music Academy in 2009. Beijing Contemporary Music Academy founded in 1993, is by far the biggest and oldest music academy in China.[4][1]

Gao Xiaosong has served as an associate of Dept of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, FAS, Harvard since Jan 2018. [5]

Gao Xiaosong was invited to be one of the five jury members of IMAGINIST LITERARY PRIZE 2018.[6]

Chairman, Music Producer and Songwriter[edit]

  • 1988 entered Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, majoring in Radar[7]
  • 1991 Dropped out of Tsinghua University and attended the preparatory course for postgraduate study of film directing in Beijing Film Academy[7]
  • 1993 Issued debut album Collegiate Ballads 1, which won almost all the prizes of pop music that year. In the years that followed, worked as a composer of both music and lyrics, sometimes the producer.[7]
  • Founded Taihe Rye Music Co., Ltd, in 1996, the previous biggest music label in Mainland China till Gao founded Evergrande Music Co., Ltd in 2010
  • Previous Broad Member and Music Director of Evergrande Music Co., Ltd
  • As the founder and most influential musician of Chinese Campus Folk Music, sold 15 million records
  • 1999 Director and music composer of expressionist film Where Have All the Flowers Gone[7]
  • Has been the chairman of two national major music awards since 2011
  • The only Chinese who is abe to hold personal works concert in all the major cities in China and USA. Set box office records in cosmopolitans such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Nanjing and etc.
  • Produced Silence for Na Ying in 2015, topped the music charts in China for two months
  • Produced Jasmine for Celine Dion in 2013
  • Produced Alive for Sa Dingding, which won the BBC Radio 3 World Music Award in 2008 and topped the iTunes world music download
  • Wrote and produced song "Feng Qing Yang(Man with the wind)" for Alibaba founder Jack Ma and mandopop diva Faye Wong. The song created a bid stir among Chinese social network like Weibo and WeChat, it got more than 250 million hits by the first day. The song is also the theme song of Jack Ma's martial arts short movie "Gong Shou Dao". [8][9]
  • Served as the main judge for more than 10 talent shows, such as China's Got Talent, which enjoyed as high as 5.7% viewership
  • Served as the Chairmen of Alibaba Music Group from Jul. 2015 [1]
  • Served as the Chairman of Alibaba Entertainment Strategic Committee from Sep. 2016 [2]

Talk Show Host[edit]

Xiaosong Pedia: Jun 2014- Dec 2016

  • Xiaosong Pedia is a cultural talk show premiered on June 6, 2014 at iQiy. Produced by Gao Xiaosong studio under the iQiyi network, hosted by Gao Xiaosong.[10]
  • During August 2016, as the host of the talkshow, Xiaosong accused a Canadian government-backed tourism organization of trying to censor Xiaosong Pedia.[11][12]
  • Xiaosong Pedia ends in Dec 2016, hundred million Chinese netizens mourn the demise of Xiaosong Pedia. The show received more 900m views during its two-and-a-half-year run.[13]

Morning Call: March 2012- Jun 2014

  • No. 1 online Talk Show in the world; releases every Friday morning at 8 am on Youku (Nasdaq: yoku), swept all the talk show awards in China
  • Iqiyi, the Chinese version of Netflix, beat the old cooperative partner Youku among other competitors and won the bid of airing the show for the next three season at a price of 16 million dollars, highest ever in China for a talk show
  • The show has accumulated viewership of over 850 million, highest in the world; one recent episode has over 40 million hits, has also set the record high
  • Each episode receives 1-2 million RMB sponsorships. Main sponsors include: Infinity, DHL, Lenovo, Samsung, Mini Cooper and Tourism Bureaus from more than 10 countries
  • The show is purchased to play on high speed rails, airports, airlines, high end shuttle buses, national TVs and etc.
  • The scripts of the first 24 episodes have been published. Over 400,000 were sold. The following episodes will be published in 2015.

Today in History: January 2013- December 2013

  • A daily talk show that has highest viewership on Dragon TV, the scripts have been published in China.

Film Director[edit]

Active since 1999

  • Wrote, composed and produced his fifth feature film My Old Classmate, which obtained half of the national gross box office on its first day of release on Friday, April 25, 2014. The film has topped the Chinese national box office for nine consecutive days and accumulated a box office of 80 million USD. The film also ranks top in the hashtag ranking of "Chinese Twitter" weibo (Nasdaq: WB) for weeks, let alone beating other films that had much higher budgets such as Iceman, Captain America, Rio 2, The Demon Within, etc.
  • Directed and composed the music for his fourth feature film My Kingdom, produced by Andre Morgan (the producer of Million Dollar Baby, The Warlords etc.); Action Director was Sammo Hung; Released in September 2011 in China, USA (AMC), Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and etc. The box office in China accumulated to 10 million USD. The film was first runner-up on the box office chart for September 2011.
  • Directed and composed the music for his third feature and first American film Fragile, This Side Up, Keep Dry in 2006, produced by Alain Siritzky and Jean Chalopin.
  • Directed and composed the music for his second feature film Rainbow in 2002, starring Chen Daoming and Li Xiaolu.
  • Directed and composed the music for his first feature film Where Have All the Flowers Gone in 1999, starring Zhou Xun (Best Actress Award, the 15th Paris Film Festival) and Xia Yu (Best Actor, Venice Film Festival 1994).

Novelist & Author[edit]

Active since 2000

  • Published Face on the Wall in 2000 and sold over 180,000 copies
  • Published Like a Song in 2009 and sold over 500,000 copies
  • Books to published in 2014 include two volumes of the scripts Morning Call and 6 volumes of Today in History

Positions in Main Corporations[edit]

  • Owned and run several production houses both in China and the United States
  • Served as a Supervisor Media Industry Development of Sohu (Nasdaq:Sohu) in 2000, one of the biggest website in China
  • Served as a Chief Counselor of Culture Strategy of Sina (Nasdaq:sina) from 2001 to 2002, the number one Chinese portal website
  • Served as the Chief representative of Culture Exchange of Sina in the United States in 2009
  • Served as the Chairmen of Alibaba Music Group from Jul. 2015
  • Served as the Chairman of Alibaba Entertainment Strategic Committee from Sep. 2016


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  11. ^ "Chinese TV host accuses Canada tourism body of censorship".
  12. ^ "Chinese talk show host furious at Canada 'censors' - Lifestyle -".
  13. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times.