Nick Chou

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Nick Chou
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Chou at the Southern Taiwan University of Technology "Nice Team Night" concert, 2010
Background information
Chinese name 周湯豪
Pinyin Zhōu Tāngháo (Mandarin)
Born (1988-08-02) 2 August 1988 (age 29)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other name(s) Chou Tang-hao
Zhou Tang-hao
Occupation Singer, actor, rapper, dancer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Instrument(s) Guitar
Label(s) Warner Music Taiwan (2008-2010)
Univerises Entertainment Marketing Limited (2008-2013)
Gold Typhoon (2010-2013)
Sun Entertainment Culture Limited (2016–present)
Years active 2008—present
Also known as NICKTHEREAL

Nick Chou (Chinese: 周湯豪; pinyin: Zhōu Tāngháo)[1] is a Taiwanese actor and singer.

In 2010, Chou released his self-titled debut album.[2] He then released his second album, S.N.G, in 2012,[3] as well as appeared in his first drama series, I Love You So Much, as one of the male leads.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Nick Chou's family consists of his parents and himself. His mother, whose name is Billie (比莉), starred in several dramas including They Kiss Again, Love Buffet, and The Rose, while his father, Chou Yu Hou, worked with Vivian Hsu in Angel Heart.[5]

Chou was born in Taipei, Taiwan on August 2, 1988. At the age of fifteen, he went to the United States to pursue his studies.[6] He speaks English, Taiwanese, and Mandarin fluently.[7]

Pre-debut[edit]

When he was eight years old, Chou stood on the same stage with Michael Jackson on one of his concert tours held in 1996.[8] At the age of fourteen, he sang the rap part and was featured on his mother's song, "誰是白癡 (Who is an idiot)".[9] Later on, when he was fifteen, he went to study in America, and he was spotted by a SM Entertainment representative.[6] After hearing the news, his mother flew to America to accompany him in meeting with the company. At that time, he was almost becoming one of the Super Junior members. However, since the contract terms includes a 10-year-long deal, both him and his mother decided to decline the proposal.[10] When asked if he regretted the opportunity, later on, he said:

2008-2010: Debut[edit]

In 2009, Chou was featured in Jolin Tsai's music video, "Real Man", which gained him attention from the media.[11] To prove his popularity, Warner Music set a condition that in order for him to release an album, he should attract at least 3000 fans to attend his debut concert. He won the chance to release an album after attracting 3085 fans on his concert held on July 10, 2010.[12]

He finally released his debut album, Nick Chou (周湯豪), on July 16, 2010 under Warner Music Taiwan.[13] The songs include "Chinese Heart (附心漢)", "Mad Love (愛瘋)", "Wake Up", and "Scolded Me Awake (罵醒我)". Chou also participated in the making of the album. In particular, he penned "Chinese Heart (附心漢)", and composed and arranged the songs "Wake Up", "Love Left (情剩)", and "翻頁作廢".[14]

2011-present: S.N.G and I Love You So Much series[edit]

In 2012, Chou starred on CTS' drama series I Love You So Much as one of the main leads, Chang Shao Feng.[4] The drama, which started on January 29, includes Lan Cheng Long, Lee Chia-Ying, and Qiu Mao Di. Aside from acting in the drama, he also sang the ending song of the series entitled "Yi Wan Fen Zhi Yi De Ji Lu (億萬分之一的機率".

After almost two years since his debut album, Chou released his second album, S.N.G on May 30, 2012 under Gold Typhoon.[3] Once again, Chou participated in the making of the album as he plans to be a singer-songwriter.[15] He personally takes on the composing, arranging, and producing works of the entire album, which he spent a year writing.[16] His record company organized a concert for him at Legacy venue on June 16 since the album had already sold fifteen thousand copies in preorder sales even before its release.[17] In addition, Chou held a mini-concert the night before the release of the album to showcase some of his new songs. His title song, "S.N.G", which stands for "Super Nice Girl", is an R&B song about a search for a girlfriend.[15] Other songs include "This is Your Song", a soothing song that demonstrates Nick's vocal style, the David Ke-penned "Internal Injury", and Maji Maji which is dedicated to Nick's mother.[16]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Track listing
2010 Nick Chou[14]
  • Chinese: 周湯豪
  • Pinyin: Chou Tang Hao
  • Release Date: July 16, 2010
  • Label: Warner Music Taiwan
  • Language: Mandarin
2012 S.N.G[3]
  • Release Date: May 30, 2012
  • Label: Gold Typhoon
  • Language: Mandarin
2016 REAL

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Song OST Network
2012 "億萬分之一的機率" (Yi Wan Fen Zhi Yi De Ji Lu) I Love You So Much CTS

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Da Xiao Lao Qian Zai Zai
2014 Full of Love Nick Short film

Television series[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2012 CTS I Love You So Much Chang Shao Feng
2013 FTV First Kiss Cheng Qian
2014 Dragon TV One and a Half Summer Tang Bo Wen Cameo
2017 EBC Love, Timeless Shi Zhao Yu

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Singer(s) Album
2002 "Who Is An Idiot (誰是白癡)" [9] Billie 滑步向左
2009 "Real Man (大丈夫)" [11] Jolin Tsai Butterfly
2010 "A Flower Among Thorns (荊棘裡的花)" [18] F.I.R. Let's Smile
2013 "Can (能不能)" [19] Coco Lee Illuminate

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2012 2012 Metro Mandarin Awards (新城國語力頒獎禮) Metro Mandarin Idol[20][21] Won
2013 HITO Pop Music Awards (Hito流行音樂獎) Most Promising Singer-Songwriter Gold Award[22] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nick Chou Official Facebook Account".Facebook.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  2. ^ (in Chinese)"湯豪/ 首張同名專輯".G-Music.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  3. ^ a b c Nick Chou. S.N.G. 2012. CD.
  4. ^ a b I Love You So Much. CTS. Taiwan, 2012. Television.
  5. ^ "Nick Chou".Star Count.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  6. ^ a b "Nick Chou Biography".JPopAsia.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  7. ^ "[Spotlight] Nick Chou, from Super Junior to Taiwan".Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  8. ^ HIStory World Tour. Taipei. 1996. Performance.
  9. ^ a b "周湯豪與比莉姐合唱-誰是白癡".YouTube.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  10. ^ a b "[News] Nick Chou: A Supposed To Be Super Junior Member?".Dkpopnews.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  11. ^ a b "蔡依林 大丈夫 華納official HQ官方版MV".YouTube.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  12. ^ "Nick Chou successfully attracts 3000 fans to his debut concert".Cpopaccess.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  13. ^ (in Chinese)"的相關Albums".KKbox.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  14. ^ a b Nick Chou. 周湯豪. 2010. CD.
  15. ^ a b "Nick Chou prepares to release new album and avoids talking about Elva Hsiao".Cpopaccess.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  16. ^ a b "S.N.G (Regular Version)".YesAsia.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  17. ^ "Nick Chou attracts a thousand fans to mini-concert and signing event".CPopaccess.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  18. ^ "F.I.R. 荊棘裡的花-華納official HQ官方版MV".YouTube.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  19. ^ "Coco lee 李玟 能不能 官方 HD MV".YouTube.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  20. ^ "GOLD TYPHOON ARTISTS TOOK THE THUNDER OF METRO RADIO MANDARIN MUSIC AWARDS IN HONG KONG".Gold Typhoon.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  21. ^ "2012 Metro Mandarin Awards Winners".MetroRadio.Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  22. ^ (in Chinese)"2013 hito流行音樂獎 頒獎典禮得獎名單(組圖)".China Yes.Retrieved 2013-07-30.

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