Roy Wang

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Roy Wang
王源
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Roy at annual Brand Activity on 30/12/2020
Born (2000-11-08) 8 November 2000 (age 21)
Chongqing, China
Education
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actor
  • columnist

Roy Wang, also known as Wang Yuan (Chinese: 王源; pinyin: Wáng Yuán) is a Chinese singer-songwriter, television host and actor. He was named by Time as one of the 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017.[1] Wang has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2018.[2] He set up his own charity foundation, the Yuan Foundation, that focuses on helping the elderly and children.

Career[edit]

At Roy's 15th birthday concert, he performed his first solo single "Cause of You", which was both written and composed by himself for his fans. The song was officially released in January 2016. Roy's post of this song on Sina Weibo has been re-posted for more than 471 million times.[3] This song was also awarded Top 10 golden songs of Fresh Asia Charts,[4] and Roy won the "Most Popular New Talent" award at the 9th CSC Music Awards for the song.[5]

He released his second single which is written and composed by himself in October 2016, titled "The Best Time", as a gift to his alma mater for Chongqing Nankai Middle School 's 80th Anniversary.[6]

In January 2017, Roy became an emcee for the second season of Zhejiang TV's prime time variety show, "Ace vs Ace" season 2.[7] The show topped the TV ratings in China for the first quarter of the year and was viewed more than 5 billion times online.[8]

In September 2017, Roy joined the cast of Dragon TV's variety show, "Youth Inn".[9]

In October 2017, Roy joined the indie film, So Long, My Son, directed by the leading Chinese auteur Wang Xiaoshuai.[10]

On 24 October, Roy's self-written and composed single "Seventeen" was released for his 17th birthday.[11] He released his first English single, titled "Sleep" on 6 November.[12] On 20 November, Roy released another single titled "Pride", which is dedicated to his mother.[13] In 2018, Roy was cast as the male lead in the xianxia drama The Great Ruler. The drama was on air in 2020.[14]

Roy's first digital album titled "Song For You" was released on 22 January. The proceeds from the sale of the album go to Roy's charity foundation, Yuan Foundation.[15] In February 2018, Roy returned to host "Ace vs Ace" season 3.[16]

In May, Roy was invited to attend Cannes Film Festival as the ambassador of two famous brand L'Oréal and Chopard. He was the youngest Chinese artist to make an appearance at the Cannes.[17]

Roy partnered with Line Friends to create his own line of characters "ROY6".[18] Merchandise based on the characters included apparel, toys, stationary and household items.

In January 2019, Roy was accepted into the Berklee College of Music.

In May 2021, Rolling Stone China Launches With Zhang Chu and Roy Wang on the Cover.[19] Roy's second CD titled "Summer time" was released on 15 December.

Social activities[edit]

On 18 May 2016, Roy was appointed as "Chongqing Civilized Tourism Public Welfare Ambassador".[20]

In December 2016, Roy worked with the UN China Youth group to promote the "Imagine 2030" campaign, which aims at encouraging the young generation in China.[21] He was recognized for his contributions at the closing ceremony by receiving a special award.

Roy was one of the delegates representing China at the 6th United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) youth forum, held in January 2017. He spoke at the event as the representative of the United Nations Imagine 2030 Campaign, calling for equal access to quality education worldwide.[22][23][24]

For a consecutive second year, Roy represented China at the United Nations ECOSOC youth forum held in New York UN headquarters, in his role as UNICEF Special Advocate for Education.[25]

Charity foundation[edit]

On 27 October 2017, Roy announced that he has set up his own charity foundation called "Yuan Foundation" and that the first initiative has been carried out to help elderly with cataract regain their sight.[26] The second initiative was to raise funds for children with Neuroblastoma.[27]

On 5 February 2018, he became a columnist for Global People, a comprehensive current affairs magazine sponsored by People's Daily. In addition, Wang Yuan opened an exclusive column each month known as "Wang Yuan Says". During the anniversary of the Yuan Foundation on October 27, a breakdown of income and expenditure was released, including the income from Wang Yuan's album "Baby", the income from the Global People column, and the income from the live broadcast. The total amount of Wang Yuan's donation was 2414221.46 yuan.

"Yuan Foundation" Events[edit]

Year Title Results
2017 Performing surgery for cataract patients in high-altitude areas of Tibet[28] 200 seniors get their sight back
2017 Dedicated funding for children with pediatric neuroblastoma[29] For the triplet children in Xinxiang, Henan Province, to bear the shortfall of 100,000 yuan in treatment costs, and even spend 40,000 yuan to rent a two-bedroom apartment for the family until the beginning of spring. Five cases have been completed
2018 Second trip to Tibet to help cataract patients 1,444 people were screened, 373 were diagnosed, 21 of whom were unable to undergo surgery for medical reasons, and 352 were finally operated on successfully
2020 Yuan Foundation Tibet Light Walk[30] A total of 900 sets of crystal consumables for subsequent cataract surgery were distributed. A total of 900 patients will be able to see again.
2021 Yuan Foundation Qinghai Light Walk[31] Fund 1 million per year for 3 years on a trial basis to supplement the cost of surgical treatment.To enable cataract patients to achieve a 100% reimbursement ratio of total inpatient treatment costs and zero out-of-pocket costs.

Ambassadors[edit]

  • In 2014, Roy and his teammates were hired by the China Population Welfare Foundation as ambassadors for the "Happy Smile - Helping Children with Cleft Lips and Palates" charity project.[32] He is the "Dream Ambassador" of the "Dream Project", a charity event organized by Mango V Foundation, together with members of the group.[33]
  • In 2016, Roy became the "Chongqing Civilized Tourism Public Welfare Ambassador";[34] On October 10, he became the "Mars Ambassador".[35]
  • In 2017, Roy served as "Chongqing Civilized Tourism Public Welfare Ambassador", "Campus Love Ambassador" and "Campus Public Welfare Ambassador", as well as "UNICEF Youth Education Ambassador".[36]
  • In 2018, Roy served as the "Ice and Snow Sports Promotion Ambassador" and "Winter Olympics Ambassador" of the 23rd Winter Olympics;[37] He was named "China Blue - Ace Public Welfare Ambassador"; In November, he was appointed as UNICEF Ambassador;[38] and served as Wild Rescue GO blue to Blue Public Welfare Ambassador.
  • On November 20, 2019, World Children's Day, a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was held at the UN headquarters in New York to celebrate World Children's Day and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, where UNICEF Ambassador Wang Yuan spoke to call attention to the fact that every child should have the right to education.[39]

Discography[edit]

Roy Wang singing

Albums[edit]

  • Heart(2013)
  • Manual of Youth(2014)
  • Big Dreamers(2015)
  • Our Time(2017)
  • Baby(2018)
  • Yuan (2019)
  • The 400 Blows (EP, 2020)
  • Summer Time (2021)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Pound of Flesh Singer cameo
2016 L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties Dusk one of the Silver Priests
2019 So Long, My Son Liu Xing
2020 My Country My Homeland Xiao Han Starring
2021 1921 Deng Xiaoping
TBA XXX 4

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014-2015 Boys' College Study Room Ma Siyuan TF Teens Go
2016 Noble Aspirations Young Zhang Xiaofan
2016 A Love for Separation Wang Jun Special role
2017 Boyhood Ban Xiaosong Starring
2020 The Great Ruler Mu Chen Protagonist
2022 Bright Gao Yuan Music Planning

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Chinese title
2017 Ace vs Ace Season 2 王牌对王牌 2
Youth Inn 青春旅社
2018 Ace vs Ace Season 3 王牌对王牌 3
2019 Haha Farmer 哈哈农夫
I am a Singer-Songwriter 我是唱作人
2020 Our Songs 2 我們的歌 第二季
2021 The Treasure 谁是宝藏歌手
Game Of Shark 奇异剧本鲨
The Coming One 5 明日創作計劃

Concert Record[edit]

Year Title Location
2015-08-15 TFBoys Fan's Time Beijing, China
2016-08-06 The Trilogy Beijing, China
2016-08-13 The Trilogy Guangzhou, China
2017-08-11 ALIVE FOUR Nanjing, China
2017-08-13 ALIVE FOUR Nanjing, China
2018-08-24 Imagine Beijing, China
2019-08-10 The Fever Shenzhen, China
2019-08-31 Roy Wang 2019 "Yuan" Concert Nanjing, China
2020-08-22 CHUQUWAN ONLINE
2022-04-24 “Orange Skyline" 2022 Mini Live ONLINE

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Fresh Asia Charts Top 10 Golden Songs "Cause of You" Won [4]
9th CSC Music Awards Most Popular New Talent Won [5]
2018 CCTV Global Chinese Music Awards Best Singer-Songwriter N/A Won [40]
Best Chinese Song of 2017 "Seventeen" Won
2020 Weibo Awards Ceremony Trendy Musician of the Year N/A Won [41]

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