Wang Junkai

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Wang Junkai
TFBOYS 王俊凯 (2015) 4.jpg
Wang in 2015
Background information
Chinese name 王俊凱 (traditional)
Chinese name 王俊凯 (simplified)
Pinyin Wáng Jùnkǎi (Mandarin)
Born (1999-09-21) 21 September 1999 (age 19)
Chongqing, China
Other names Karry Wang
Ethnicity Han
Education Chongqing No.8 Secondary School (重庆市第八中学)
Alma mater Beijing Film Academy
Occupation
Years active 2013–present
Genre(s)
Instrument(s)
Label(s) TF Entertainment (2013–)
Karry Wang Studio (2017–)
Associated acts TFBoys
Website Karry Wang on Sinaweibo

Wang Junkai (simplified Chinese: 王俊凯; traditional Chinese: 王俊凱; pinyin: Wáng Jùnkǎi, born 21 September 1999), also known as Karry Wang, is a Chinese singer and actor. He was a trainee of TF Family since 2010 and debuted as the leader of TFBoys in 2013.[1] He is one of China’s wealthiest people born after 1990, with a personal net worth of 248 million yuan (US$36 million) as of December 2016.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Wang was born in Chongqing, China. In late 2010, he became one of the trainees under the TF Entertainment, and becoming the only trainee later then.[3] Prior to his debut, Wang participated in TF Family's mini album I Don't Want to Change. He has released several cover songs online, and participated in audition programs. In particular, his cover of "Onion" (originally by Aska Yang) received attention and was covered by several news outlets. He officially debuts as a member of TFBOYS on August 6, 2013, at the age of 13 alongside Roy Wang and Jackson Yee.[4]

In 2017, he was enrolled into the Beijing Film Academy after having passed the college entrance examination; which received much media fanfare.[5]

Career[edit]

In 2016, Wang released his first solo single "Ode to A Tree", which he took part in composing.[6] In July, Wang released his second solo single, "Memory in Ferris Wheel" as part of the soundtrack of web series Finding Soul.[7] The OST reached number 1 on the Billboard China V Chart for 3 consecutive weeks.[8] The same year, Wang had a supporting role in Zhang Yimou's film The Great Wall.[9]

He released his third single "Homeward" in January 2017, produced by Li Ronghao.[10] "Homeward" was named as one of the Top 10 Songs at the Fresh Asia Chart Festival 2017. In April, he joined the cast of variety program Give Me Five.[11] The same year, Wang was named as the Chinese promotional ambassador for the film Kingsman: The Golden Circle and released the theme song "Become a Gentleman".[12] In September, Wang released a single titled "Karry On" as part of as eighteenth birthday celebration.[13] He then starred in the Chinese film adaptation of popular Japanese novel Miracles of the Namiya General Store, which premiered in December 2017.[14] He sang the theme song of the film, titled "Train in the Mist" with Li Jian.[15]

In 2018, Wang is set to star in the youth adventure drama Eagles and Youngster.[16] The same year, it was announced that he will star in the fantasy animated film L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 2.[17]

Other activities[edit]

Wang held the Guinness World Record Holder for having "the most reposted Weibo post" in 2015.[18]

In March 2017, Wang was invited by Nike to take part in the design process of the new Air Max sneakers.[19] In June, Wang made his walkway debut for fashion house Dolce & Gabbana during the Men's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan.[20] The same year, Wang became the youngest male celebrity to grace the front cover of Harper's Bazaar and L'Officiel Hommes.[21]

In December 2017, Wang was announced as the global brand ambassador for Swatch.[22] In the same month, it was announced that the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) will work with Visa China and Wang, to bring to the public tailor-made “Galaxy·Karry Wang" credit card.[23]

Social activities[edit]

In March 2017, Wang was appointed as one of the "Special Envoy of Youth Action" for "World Life Day", a joint campaign by the United Nations Environment Programme, International Fund for Animal Welfare and The Nature Conservancy.[24]

On his 18th birthday, Wang announced the set up his own charity foundation - "Kindle Blue Fund". Its first project is to build a library for children who lived in the mountain area.[25]

Discography[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CHN
Baidu Chart
CHN
Billboard V Chart
"样(Young)" 2016
"Memory in Ferris Wheel" (摩天轮的思念) Finding Soul OST
"Ode to A Tree" (树读) N/A
"Homeward" (小棉袄) 2017 N/A
Imperfect Child (不完美小孩) N/A
"Karry On" (焕蓝·未来) N/A
"Become a Gentleman" (冷暖) Promotional song for Kingsman: The Golden Circle
"Train in the Mist" (雾中列车) Namiya OST
"At The Free-Flowing Stream in Zhu Xian" (我在诛仙逍遥涧)[26] 2018 Theme song of mobile game Zhu Xian
"Fulfill Our Generation's Dream" (圓夢一代)[27] N/A
"You're Mine" (我的) TBA
"Awake" (醒着) TBA

Collaborations[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Album Notes
2017 "Proud Youth" 骄傲的少年 Give Me Five theme song with cast members[28]
"China's Dream" 中国梦 N/A with various artists[29]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Pound of Flesh Cameo
Mr. Six
2016 The Great Wall Emperor
2017 Namiya Xiao Bo Lead role
2018 L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 2 Frost Supporting role
2019 Bureau 749

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Noble Aspirations teenage Lin Jingyu Cameo
Love for Separation Li Xiang
Finding Soul Xia Chang'an / 001 Lead role
2017 Boy Hood Wu Tong[30]
2018 Eagles and Youngster Zhang Baoqing

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Give Me Five Cast member
2018 Give Me Five Season 2 [31]
Chinese Restaurant Season 2 [32]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2016 Fresh Asia Chart Festival Top Ten Songs "Young" Won [33]
2017 "Imperfect Child" Won [34]
"Homeward" Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TFBOYS王俊凯幼年经历曝光 组合走红最大功臣" (in Chinese). September 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "TFBOYS: THE BOYBAND BRINGING CHINA'S DREAMS OF SOFT POWER TO LIFE". South China Morning Post. March 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "TFBOYS王俊凯幼年经历曝光 组合走红最大功臣". Guiyang Weekly (in Chinese). September 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "TF家族最年少偶像团体TF BOYS九月正式出道". NetEase (in Chinese). May 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "Teen idol joins millions taking China's grueling gaokao exam". CNN. June 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "王俊凯首支原创单曲《树读》独家首发". Sina (in Chinese). August 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "TFBOYS王俊凯《摩天轮的思念》歌词及在线试听". ifeng (in Chinese). July 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Billboard China V Chart". Billboard. August 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Wang Junkai and 'TFBoys' grab global spotlight". China Daily. October 14, 2016.
  10. ^ "王俊凯发新歌《小棉袄》 李荣浩作词作曲" (in Chinese). January 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "高能少年团正式官宣 网友:真霸屏,鲜肉明星来啦". Tencent (in Chinese). February 13, 2017.
  12. ^ "王俊凯任《王牌特工2》推广大使 献声主题曲《冷暖》". Tencent (in Chinese).
  13. ^ "王俊凯个人新歌《焕蓝未来》首发 成年礼主题曲焕然唱响". Youth.cn (in Chinese). September 23, 2017.
  14. ^ "Keigo Higashino's 'Namiya' adapted into Chinese film". China.org.cn. October 30, 2017.
  15. ^ "李健王俊凯《雾中列车》MV首发 开启时光大门". Sina (in Chinese). December 26, 2017.
  16. ^ "王俊凯主演《天坑鹰猎》 获天下霸唱力挺". Sina (in Chinese). December 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "郭敬明《爵迹2》定档7.6曝预告". Mtime (in Chinese). May 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "TFBoys star Wang Junkai sets social media record as millions repost Weibo update". Guinness World Records. June 22, 2015.
  19. ^ "China state TV consumer-protection show deflates Nike's 'Air' sole claims". Huffington Post. March 20, 2017.
  20. ^ "All the Scions at Dolce & Gabbana's Spring 2018 Men's Show". W Magazine. June 17, 2017.
  21. ^ "王俊凯登《时尚芭莎》封面 9秒卖300万创纪录". China Radio International (in Chinese). August 23, 2017.
  22. ^ "斯沃琪SWATCH宣布王俊凯成为全球品牌形象代言人". Sina (in Chinese). December 29, 2017.
  23. ^ "银行推出王俊凯定制信用卡 卡面由粉丝投票设定". Sina (in Chinese). December 1, 2017.
  24. ^ "China's Young Celebrities Appeal for Wildlife Protection on World Wildlife Day". International Fund for Animal Welfare. March 3, 2017.
  25. ^ "王俊凯成年礼新歌首唱皇冠加冕 父母来信泪洒现场". Sina (in Chinese). September 25, 2017.
  26. ^ "王俊凯2018首支单曲《我在诛仙逍遥涧》酷狗上线". China.com (in Chinese). March 29, 2017.
  27. ^ "王俊凯新歌《圆梦一代》正式发布!". 中国长安网 (in Chinese). May 4, 2018.
  28. ^ "《高能少年团》将播 主题曲《骄傲的少年》曝光". Sohu (in Chinese). April 1, 2017.
  29. ^ "王俊凯关晓彤等唱响《中国梦》 孙涌智策划出品". Sina (in Chinese). December 5, 2017.
  30. ^ "《我们的少年时代》7月9日湖南卫视首播 TFBOYS获奖薛之谦李小璐花式互怼". China Daily (in Chinese). July 5, 2018.
  31. ^ "《高能少年团2》嘉宾定妆照发布 王俊凯杨紫张一山化身西装少年". Zhejiang TV (in Chinese). April 19, 2018.
  32. ^ "《中餐厅2》今晚开播 赵薇王俊凯邀你享中华美食". Sina (in Chinese). July 20, 2018.
  33. ^ "2016年度亚洲新歌榜荣誉名单". Sina (in Chinese). September 27, 2016.
  34. ^ "Fresh Asia Music Chart Winners". Sina (in Chinese). Retrieved October 10, 2017.

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