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MEET: Kris Wu – Movie Star Turned Chart-Topping Artist

Posted on May 01, 2018

You need to know this global superstar.

You may have seen him grace your screen across every social media platform or heard his hyped track “Deserve” with Travis Scott, but there is so much more in store for Kris Wu. Born in Guangzhou, China, Kris has built an empire for himself that reaches virtually every continent. Having just signed a huge deal with Universal Music, Interscope Geffen and Island Records, 2018 is set to be a huge year for the global superstar. 

Photo: Kris Wu performing
Photo Courtesy of Kris Wu | Instagram

Billboard described his tune, “Deserve” as a “trap-laden banger built to be played in clubs around the world.” His other songs,“July”, “B.M.”, “6,” and “Juice,” also follow this recipe which lead them to become viral hits and build his fanbase around the world.

To date, Kris Wu is the only Chinese artist to ever reach #1 on the US iTunes chart with”Deserve” which also has over 1 billion streams online. 
Photo: Kris Wu with Migos
Photo Courtesy of Kris Wu | Instagram

But not only can we look forward to hot new tunes from Kris, he’s starred in campaigns for some of the highest profile fashion houses like Burberry. Becoming the first non-British person to represent the brand. Luxury car makers Mercedes-Benz also sought out Kris to become the face of the campaign around their Smart Cars – even creating a Kris Wu Limited Edition Smart Car.

Considering the names that have associated themselves with him, it’s safe to say that Kris Wu’s influence is huge and is steadily on the rise.  

Justin Bieber Kris Wu NBA
Photo Courtesy of umusic | Instagram

If you caught the NBA All-Star Game this past February, you might have seen Kris Wu hanging out with Justin Bieber, playing together on the same team!

Photo: Kris Wu & cast of Valerian
Photo Courtesy of Kris Wu | Instagram

He’s also an established actor in China and has played the lead role in several major films that hit #1 at the box office. His movies Mr. Six and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back were some of the highest-earning Chinese films of all time in that country. With his success in China, Kris made the leap over to Hollywood, debuting in the film xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planet which also starred Rihanna.

Circling back to the huge deal that he’s just signed, we are so excited for the music that’s to come from Kris Wu in the near future. Because if what he’s already given us is a glimpse into what he has in store, then we’re in for a treat.

Check out his new single “Like That” right here:

Excited for Kris Wu’s upcoming projects? Let us know in the comments below or over on twitter @umusic.