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This week's video is JULY by Chinese Canadian singer Kris Wu. His real name is Wu Yifan (his birth name was Li Jiaheng but he changed it later) and he is a former member of the Korean/Chinese boyband EXO.

Kris was born in Guangzho in China and lived between there and Vancouver in Canada during his childhood and teen years. He became an S.M. Entertainment trainee in  South Korea in 2008 and joined EXO in 2012.

In May 2014 he left the band and filed a lawsuit against S.M. Entertainment, claiming that he was treated badly by them. (Two other of members of EXO, Luhan and Z.Tao did the same thing). They reached a settlement this July.

In June 2014 Kris released his debut solo single Time Boils the Rain, which was from the Chinese film, Tiny Times 3.0. And in November 2015 he brought out the single Bad Girl. In addition to singing, he acts and his films include Somewhere Only We Know (2015), Mr. Six (2015), The Mermaid (2016), Sweet Sixteen (2016), and upcoming movies, the Hollywood action film XXX: Return of Xander Cage (due for release early next year) and Hong Kong action thriller Europe Raiders (still filming). He also appeared on variety shows both with EXO and by himself, including After School Club on the South Korean channel Arirang TV and Chinese show Happy Camp.

Kris collabrated with Jessica Jung (former Girls' Generation member) and her sister Krystal from Korean girl group (f)x on the single Say Yes, from the Korean/American film Make Your Move which stars BoA and American dancer Derek Hough. His other singles are There Is a Place from Somewhere Only We Know, Greenhouse Girl from Mr. Six, From Now On from Sweet Sixteen and his latest, JULY.

He has also worked with brands such as adidas Originals, Mercedes Benz and Burberry.

JULY is Kris' first English language single and is out now. I like EXO but hadn't heard his solo stuff before and he reminds me of Justin Bieber, both because of his voice and his look in the JULY video. I'd forgotten that he was the Canadian one from the group, so maybe that's why the similarity! This is my current favourite song and I recently bought it on iTunes. :)



 


For more on Kris check out these links:

Official YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChJL-1USNhbwfZa4tj0MrmA/featured

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/galaxy_fanfan/

International FB Fanbase: https://www.facebook.com/WuYiFan.Global/ 

Vogue feature: http://www.vogue.com/13507329/kris-wu-burberry-holiday-party-dressing-celebrity-style/

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