William Chan

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William Chan
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Background information
Chinese name 陳偉霆 (traditional)
Chinese name 陈伟霆 (simplified)
Pinyin Chén Wěitíng (Mandarin)
Yale Chàn Wáihtìng (Cantonese)
Jyutping Can4 Wai5ting4 (Cantonese)
Born (1985-11-21) November 21, 1985 (age 32)
Hong Kong
Alma mater Yew Chung International School
Occupation
Years active 2004–present
Genre(s)
Label(s) Emperor Entertainment Group
Associated acts Sun Boy'z (2006–2008)
Ancestry Yunfu, Guangdong, China

William Chan Wai-ting (simplified Chinese: 陈伟霆; traditional Chinese: 陳偉霆; pinyin: Chén Wěitíng), born 21 November 1985) is a Hong Kong singer and actor. In 2003, he participated in New Talent Singing Awards and won several awards. He was then signed under Emperor Entertainment Group. He began his singing career by joining Cantopop group Sun Boy'z in 2006 and left the group in 2008 to pursue a solo career, releasing his debut solo album in the same year. Since then, he has released a total of 7 albums and 6 singles.

Since 2013, he gradually shifted his career focus to mainland China. He is known for his roles in television series Swords of Legends (2014), Legend of Zu Mountain (2015), The Mystic Nine (2016) and Lost Love in Times (2017); and the film Genghis Khan (2017).

Music career[edit]

2003–2006: Debut with Sun Boy'z[edit]

In 2003, William participated in the International Chinese New Talent Singing Championship Hong Kong regional finals and won several awards.[1] He was then signed by Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG) as a new talent and started appearing in TV shows as a host.

In 2006, William joined Sun Boy’z, a Cantopop boy group created by EEG, together with Steven Cheung and Dennis Mark and started adopting a dance-singer persona. The trio has recorded three albums in 2006 and 2007, but disbanded in 2008.

2008–present: Solo career[edit]

After the disbandment of his group, William began his solo career.[2] In September 2008, William released his first solo album Will Power, and won the Most Popular Male Newcomer award at the 2008 Hong Kong Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation and Best Prospect Award at the RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards.[3] The following year, William released his second solo album Warrior.[4] He also participated in Dragon TV's dance program Let's Shake It.[5]

From 2010 to 2013, William released four more albums, namely Do You Wanna Dance (2010), Heads or Tails (2010), WOW (2011) and Pop It Up (2013).

In 2015, William released his first EP titled Waiting. This is also his first Mandarin album. Waiting was a commercial success and achieved platinum certification in sales.[6] The same year in November, he released his self-composed single "1121".[7]

In 2016, William released the single "Plan W", which topped local music charts and reached ten million downloads in 12 hours.[8] On August 27, 2016, William embarked on his first solo tour Inside Me which kick-started in Beijing.[9] It was subsequently held in the cities Shanghai, Nanjing, Chongqing and Guangzhou.[10]

Acting career[edit]

2009–2013: Beginnings in Hong Kong[edit]

In 2009, William made his big screen debut in crime thriller Overheard.[11] He was cast in his first lead role in Hi, Fidelity (2011), which was showcased at the 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival.[12]

William then starred in the Hong Kong-Chinese film As the Light Goes Out (2013), which won him the Best Supporting Actor award at the Macau International Movie Festival for his performance.[13]

2014–2015: Breakthrough in Mainland[edit]

In 2013, William began to shift his career focus to Mainland China. He filmed his first Chinese drama, The Four, an adaptation of Woon Swee Oan's novel Si Da Ming Bu.[14] The drama was aired on Hunan TV in 2015.

Subsequently, he starred in the fantasy action drama Swords of Legends.[15] It was a huge success and topped viewership ratings and online views in China.[16][17] The popularity of Swords of Legends shot William to fame in China,[18] and he won the Most Popular All-Around Artist and Media's Most Anticipated Actor awards at the 6th China TV Drama Awards.[19] The same year, William starred in the comedy film Golden Brother and won the Best Young Actor award at the China Image Film Festival for his performance.[20]

William then starred in his first period drama, Legend of Fragrance alongside his Swords of Legends co-star Li Yifeng.[21] The same year, he took on his first television leading role in the fantasy wuxia drama Legend of Zu Mountain.[22]

2016–present: Mainstream popularity[edit]

In 2016, William starred in the tomb-raiding drama The Mystic Nine, which serves as a prequel to the popular web drama The Lost Tomb by Nanpai Sanshu. The Mystic Nine achieved success, placing first in television ratings and setting a record for the most online views garnered in a day, and has accumulated over 10 billion views.[23] William gained a surge in popularity for his role as Fo Ye,[24] and was named the "Person of the Year" at the iQiyi All-Star Carnival.[25] The same year, he starred alongside Jessica Jung in the romantic comedy film I Love That Crazy Little Thing and featured in Guo Jingming's fantasy blockbuster L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties.[26][27]

In 2017, he starred in the historical fantasy drama Lost Love in Times and headlined the war epic film Genghis Khan.[28][29] He has also been cast as the male lead in upcoming modern romance drama Only Side by Side with You[30] as well as crime action drama Age of Legends.[31]

Other activities[edit]

In 2016, William was appointed as the first Chinese ambassador of the NFL China.[32] In 2017, his wax figure dressed up as his role in The Mystic Nine was added to Madame Tussauds Shanghai.[33]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title
2008 Will Power
2009 War-ri-or 戰士
2010 Do You Wanna Dance
2010 Heads or Tails
2011 WOW
2012 Pop It Up
2015 Waiting (EP) 等等

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Notes
2010 "What Is The Trend" 什麼是潮流 with Gillian Chung
Mandarin version called "In The Scene"
2015 "1121"
2016 "Confession" 表白
2016 "W Project" W 企划
2017 "Fascinated" 着迷

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Album Notes
2012 "Got Borrow Got Return" 有借有还 Triad OST
Waiting
2013 "The Brave" 勇者 As the Light Goes Out OST with Nicholas Tse & Hong Zhuoli
2014 "Peers" 两同行 Swords of Legends OST
2015 "Waiting Silently" 无言守候 The Four OST
"Sweet Aftertaste" 回甘 12 Dao Feng Wei 2 theme song with Nicholas Tse & Yu Quan
2016 "I Really Want to Hug You" 好想抱着你 The Love of Happiness OST
"My Clan" 我门 The Mystic Nine OST
"Love! Love! Aloha" I Love That Crazy Little Thing OST with Jessica Jung
"Run For More" 酷跑 Tian Tian Ku Pao theme song
"Perfect Day" 完美這一天 Cook Up a Storm OST with Nicholas Tse, Leo Ku, Joey Yung, Twins, Raymond Lam & Hacken Lee
2017 "Because of You" 因你 Lost Love in Times OST

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role
2009 Overheard 竊聽風雲 Zu
Trick or Cheat 愛出貓 Xue Junhui
Split Second Murders 死神傻了 Ke Le
Seven 2 One 關人7事 William
2010 Beauty on Duty 美麗密令 Qin Lang
Ex 前度 Chen Yunping
All About Love 得閒炒飯 Mike
Lover's Discourse 戀人絮語 Ah Bao (young)
2011 Hi, Fidelity 出軌的女人 Bill / Ben
2012 Triad 紮職 Ah Ting
2013 Hardcore Comedy 重口味之毒菇求愛 Ah Jie
2014 As the Light Goes Out 救火英雄 Zhang Wenjian
Golden Brother 男人不可以窮 Xue Keyong
2015 Lost in Wrestling 五行攻略 Ruo Nan
2016 I Love That Crazy Little Thing 那件疯狂的小事叫爱情 Jiang Yang
L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹 Nether
2017 The Founding of an Army 建军大业 Triad boss (Cameo)
Genghis Khan 战神纪 Temüjin
2018 The Bombing 大轰炸 Cheng Ting

Television series[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role
2014 Swords of Legends 古剑奇谭 Ling Yue
2015 Legend of Fragrance 活色生香 An Yichen / Wen Shiqing
The Four 少年四大名捕 Zhui Ming
Legend of Zu Mountain 蜀山战纪之剑侠传奇 Ding Dali / Ding Yin
2016 Edge of Happiness 缘来幸福 He Han
The Love of Happiness 因为爱情有幸福 Su Kaiwen
The Mystic Nine 老九门 Zhang Qishan / Foye
2017 Lost Love in Times 醉玲瓏 Yuan Ling
2018 Only Side by Side with You 南方有乔木 Shi Yue
Age of Legends 橙红年代 Liu Ziguang

Television variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2003 Disney Happy Saturday TVB Pearl
2004-2006 Viva Club Disney
2009 Hole in the wall TVB Jade
2009 TVB children's day TVB
2010-2011 Big Boys Club
2015 Chef Nic Season 2 Zhejiang TV
2017-2018 Hot Blood Dance Crew iQiyi

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 5th Macau International Movie Festival Best Supporting Actor As the Light Goes Out Won [13]
2014 6th China Image Film Festival Best Young Actor Golden Brother Won [20]
6th Macau International Movie Festival Best Supporting Actor Nominated
6th China TV Drama Awards Most Anticipated Actor by the Media Swords of Legends Won [19]
Most Popular All-Rounded Artist Won
iQiyi All-Star Carnival Most Popular Actor N/A Won [34]
2015 21st Shanghai Television Festival Swords of Legends Best Supporting Actor Nominated
17th Huading Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
iQiyi All-Star Carnival Most Popular Idol N/A Won
2016 iQiyi All-Star Carnival Person of the Year N/A Won [25]

Music[35][edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation New Artist Award N/A Won
Yahoo!Asia Buzz Awards New Forces Award N/A Won
Metro Radio Hits Awards New Singer Award N/A Won
Best Dance Song "Taxi" Won
2009 Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation Best New Male Singer (Gold) N/A Won
26th Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation Most Popular New Male Artist (Gold) N/A Won
31st RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards Most Promising Singer (Gold) N/A Won
IFPI Music Sales Awards Most Commercially Valuable Male Newcomer N/A Won
Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation Best Improvement Award N/A Won
Metro Radio Hits Awards Best Adapted Song "Today I Finally Know I Am Wrong" Won
Best Dance Singer N/A Won
Most Popular Singer N/A Won
2010 27th Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation Best Revision Song "Today I Finally Know I Am Wrong" Won
Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation Best Dance Singer N/A Won
Best Dance Song "Do you wanna dance" Won
2011 28th Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation Outstanding Performance Award (Gold) N/A Won
9+2 Music Pioneer Awards Most Popular Duet Song "In the Scene" (with Gillian Chung) Won
Hot Trend Dance Singer Award N/A Won
Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation New Artist Award N/A Won
Best Dance Singer N/A Won
Best Dance Song "Baby Don't Cry" Won
9th CNTV's Music King Hit Global Chinese Music Award Best Dance Song "LOVE U2" Won
Metro Radio Hits Awards Best Dance Singer N/A Won
Best Dance Song "Baby Don't Cry" Won
2012 29th Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation Best Singer-Songwriter (Bronze) N/A Won
Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation Asian Dance Singer Award N/A Won
Metro Radio Hits Awards Best Dance Singer N/A Won
Best Dance Song (Gold) "Queen" Won
2015 iQiyi All-Star Carnival Annual Music Grand Award N/A Won
Elle Style Awards Hot Trend Trans-boundary Singer of the Year N/A Won
2016 IFPI Music Sales Awards Top 10 Best Selling Singers N/A Won
Top 10 Best Selling Albums (Mandarin) Waiting Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "陈伟霆脱离Sun Boy'z单飞 拍MV狂舞跳凹的士顶". Netease (in Chinese). June 20, 2008. 
  3. ^ "图文:颁奖礼--陈伟霆获最有前途新人奖(金奖)". Sina (in Chinese). January 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ "组图:陈伟霆发新专辑蜕变成蝶 造型性感惹争议". Sina (in Chinese). July 18, 2009. 
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Preceded by
Deep Ng 吳浩康
New Talent Singing Awards - Hong Kong Regional Finals winner
2003
Succeeded by
Keith Wong 王琪 (王凱駿)