Li Zhi (singer)

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Li Zhi
Born (1978-11-13) November 13, 1978 (age 44)
Years active1995–2019
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese李志
Simplified Chinese李志

Li Zhi (born November 13, 1978) is a mainland Chinese music artist who was banned from People's Republic of China in April 2019. According to the China Daily newspaper published in 2015, Li was a music artist who sold out his concert tickets quickly. His 2014 New Year concert I/O sold out all 3,600 tickets in 13 minutes.[citation needed]

Early life and career[edit]

Li was born to a rural family. He became a professional singer in 1995. Before 2018, Li had not signed with any studios. He also restrained from getting himself involved in TV shows and popular media. On October 23, 2018, Taihe Music's Weibo official account announced that Li Zhi will be partnering.[1]

Defender of Artists' Copyright[edit]

Li is known as a defender of artists' copyright. He had filed lawsuits against music platforms Xiami Music and Kuwo Music. In 2017, Li publicly accused the Chinese version of TV show Roast (produced by Tencent) of using his song without permission. In 2018, Li filed lawsuits accusing the Tencent Video-produced show The Coming One violating his copyrights when Li's music was used in the program without his legal approval. Li asked for 3 million yuan in compensation.[2] The court agreed with the copyright infringement. However, the TV show did not apologize for the copyright violation and Li was compensated with an amount below what was expected.

334 Tour[edit]

  • "334 Tour" or "334 Plan" was a plan that Li will tour to 334 cities in 12 years and perform his music live from 2017-2029. It was announced February 20, 2019.
  • Two days later, February 22, 2020, Li Zhi's team officially announced that the Sichuan tour was canceled due to Li Zhi's health situation. the night before his first concert, Li posted on Weibo a photo of his medical wristband saying that he had to cancel his performance due to medical conditions.
  • 18,000 of Li's tour tickets were refunded.

Banned from People's Republic of China[edit]

  • Li made references to June 4, 1989 (1989 Tiananmen Square protests) and Tiananmen Square in his songs.
  • According to The Paper's report on April 4, the Sichuan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism announced that, due to "misbehavior," the government had called off "an unnamed famous singer's planned tour of 23 concerts" in the province.[3]
  • Li's artist's tour was cancelled and his social media accounts including Weibo were blocked. His music was removed from all platforms in China. Key words associated with Li are also blocked from the public view.[4]
  • A Chinese central government directive ordered all social media websites delete audio or video content relating to five of Li's songs.[5]
Album Year Number of Songs in Album

(The Forbidden Game)

2004 9

(Mr. Van Gogh)

2005 9

(Has Man a Future)

2006 10

(In Love with Nanjing)

2009 9 + 7

(Hello Zhengzhou)

2010 10
F 2011 9
1701 2014 8
8 2016 9

(Through Every Sad Street)

2016 8
这个世界会好吗 (2015 版本)

(Has Man a Future (2015 Version))

2015 1

(No One out on the Street)

2009 16

(108 Keywords)

2013 7 + 9

(Three and Four)

2014 11 + 10
i/O 2015 11


2015 10


2016 11
李志北京不插电现场 2016.5.29

(Lizhi Unplugged Live in Beijing)

2016 12

(Lizhi, Band and Orchestra)

2017 12

(Li-Zhi Jazz and Unplugged 12 Songs)

2018 12

(Li-Zhi Band and Orchestra II)

2018 9


  1. ^ "A New Chapter of Li Zhi". (in Chinese (China)). Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  2. ^ Amar, Nathanel. "What's Happening with Li Zhi (and Cui Jian)? An Update on Online Music Censorship and Chinese Rock". Scream For Life (in French). Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  3. ^ "Where is Li Zhi? Outspoken Folk Musician Seemingly Scrubbed from Internet". RADII | Culture, Innovation, and Life in today's China. 2019-04-14. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  4. ^ "Singer disappears as China tightens grip ahead of Tiananmen anniversary". South China Morning Post. 2019-06-02. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  5. ^ Beach, Sophie (2019-04-21). "Minitrue: Delete Songs, Documentaries, Trailers". China Digital Times. Retrieved 2021-12-19.