Bibi Zhou

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Bibi Zhou
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Background information
Chinese name 周筆暢 (traditional)
Chinese name 周笔畅 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhōu Bǐchàng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Chau1 Bat1 Cheung3 (Cantonese)
Ethnicity Han
Origin China
Born (1985-07-26) July 26, 1985 (age 32)
Changsha, Hunan, China
Nationality China
Occupation Singer, songwriter, actress
Genre(s) Pop, R&B
Instrument(s) Vocals, piano, drums, violin, guitar
Voice type(s) Contralto
Label(s) EE Media, Yuelin, Gold Typhoon, Yuehua
Years active 2006–present
Alma mater Xinghai Conservatory of Music

Zhou Bichang (simplified Chinese: 周笔畅; traditional Chinese: 周筆暢; pinyin: Zhōu Bǐchàng), also known as Bibi Zhou, is a Chinese singer, songwriter, and actress. She debuted her singing career by winning the second place at the Chinese singing contest Super Girl in 2005. The next year she released her debut album Who Touched My Violin String. She debuted her acting career by featuring in the 2006 Chinese films McDull, the Alumni and The 601st Phone Call. In 2014, she won an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Worldwide Act.[1] In 2015, she won a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Chinese Act.[2]

Life and career[edit]

1985–2005: Early years and career beginnings[edit]

Zhou was born to parents Zhou Zhongzhan and Lu Yuanyuan in Changsha, Hunan, China on July 26, 1985. Her father was a government agent, while her mother was a Chinese folk music teacher. At the age of six, she and her family moved to Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. She attended Yuanling Elementary School, Gangxia Elementary School, Fuhua Elementary School, and Futian High School. In 2002, she majored in non-classical music at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. In the same year, she released a song titled "How I Miss You" on the internet. In 2005, she took part in the Chinese singing contest Super Girl, and eventually won the second place at the contest.

2006–2007: Who Touched My Violin String[edit]

In March 2006, Zhou signed a recording deal with Chinese record label Yuelin Music. In the same time, she released her first studio single titled "Swan", which was included in her first extended play titled Bibi released in June 2006. The extended play followed by her debut studio album titled Who Touched My Violin String released in August 2006. In the same year, she featured in two Chinese films, McDull, the Alumni and The 601st Phone Call. In March 2007, she attend the Encore Program at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California, United States to take singing classes.

2007–2008: Now and Wow[edit]

After she finished her courses at Musicians Institute, Zhou returned to China and prepared for her next studio album. In the same year, she also graduated from Xinghai Conservatory of Music with a bachelor's degree. In December 2007, she released two studio albums Now and Wow at the same time. In April 2008, she featured the theme song "Beijing Welcomes You" for the 100-day countdown of the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the same month, she joined the public benefit campaign 56 Ethnic Groups, One Dream as a young ambassador alongside with Hong Kong singer and professional swimmer Alex Fong.

2009–2012: Time, I, Fish, Light, Mirror, and Black Apple[edit]

In January 2009, Zhou signed a recording deal with Gold Typhoon. In July 2009, she released her fourth studio album Time. The album was released in mainland China as well as Taiwan. In June 2010, she released her fifth studio album I, Fish, Light, Mirror. The album topped the album sales chart for one week in Taiwan. In May 2011, she launched a fashion brand Begins with Lin Zijun and Cheng Yang. In November 2011, she released her sixth studio album Black Apple.

2012–present: Unlock[edit]

In October 2012, Zhou signed a recording deal with Yuehua Entertainment, and opened her own studio at the same time. In May 2013, she released her seventh studio album Unlock. She also embarked a concert tour titled Unlock Tour. In early 2014, she appeared on the Chinese singing competition I Am a Singer (season 2). In November 2014, she won an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Worldwide Act. In January 2015, she held a public benefit concert Begins to Love Concert. In March 2015, she won a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Chinese Act.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

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Filmography[edit]

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