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Joker Xue (simplified Chinese: 薛之谦; traditional Chinese: 薛之謙; pinyin: Xuē Zhīqiān, born 17 July 1983) is a Chinese singer-songwriter and record producer.

Joker Xue
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Native name
薛之谦
Born (1983-07-17) 17 July 1983 (age 35)
ChinaShanghai, China
NationalityChinaChinese
Alma materGlion Institute of Higher Education
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2005–present
Notable work
Actor, Ugly
Home townShanghai
Spouse(s)
Leixin Gao (m. 2012–2015)
Leixin Gao (m. 2017)
Children1 son
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Musical career
GenresMandopop
InstrumentsGuitar, Piano
LabelsTaihe Music Group
WebsiteYouTube
Spotify
iTunes

Xue is known for his hit songs and charisma on stage with his signature musical style, referred to as “薛氏情歌” Xue's Ballads, of which “演员” Actor is the most notable example. His compositions have also covered other concepts, such as “怪咖” Freak and “违背的青春” Forsaken Youth. He is the most-streamed Mandopop artist from mainland China on Spotify. Xue has also found success on many high-profile TV shows, and is recognized as a popular TV personality for his sense of humor.

Xue has seen his fair share of ups and downs in his life. He was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. When he was four years old, his mother died of heart disease. He studied Hotel Management at Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland, before dropping out to pursue a music career. Xue first came to prominence in 2005, when his outstanding performance at the TV talent competition My Show gained him widespread popularity and earned him a seven-year contract with Shangteng Entertainment. His first few releases were a hit on the charts, but his career went downhill after the record company ran into financial difficulties. Not one to sit by the sidelines, Xue decided to open a hot pot business in a bid to fund his singing ambitions. He also ventured into the fashion world with one label under his belt and dabbled in acting and hosting. His business took off and he used the money he made to fund his career in music.

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Music careerEdit

In 2006, Xue released his self-titled debut album “薛之谦” Xue Zhiqian, and was awarded the Most Popular New Artiste at the 6th Global Chinese Music Awards.[1] The album was a great success and brought about a few major hits, such as “认真的雪” Serious Snow, “黄色枫叶” Yellow Maple and so on, which made him an emerging star in the Chinese music industry.[2]

In 2007, Xue recorded his second album “你过得好吗” How Are You, and was nominated for seven categories at the Beijing Pop Music Awards,[3] which established his reputation as a promising singer-songwriter in his early career.[4]

In 2008, Xue released his third album “深深爱过你” Loved You Deeply. After listening to the song “传说” Legend in this album, Shinji Tanimura 谷村新司 was very impressed by Xue's outstanding composition, and invited him to the Asia Music Festival held in Osaka, Japan.[5] On 25 July, Xue was honored as a torchbearer for the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay.[6]

In 2009, Xue released a compilation album “未完成的歌” Uncompleted Songs, which lists selected tracks from several of his albums, along with three new songs.

In 2012, his long-awaited fifth album “几个薛之谦” Several Of Xue Zhiqian was released. It marked the end of his seven-year contract with “上腾娱乐” Shangteng Entertainment, which went out of business soon after he left.[7]

In 2013, Xue released his sixth album “意外” An Unexpected Journey, under the record company Ocean Butterflies.[8] This album can be seen as Xue's second milestone not only because he finally broke free of Shangteng Entertainment, but it also gained widespread positive reaction from both critics and supporters of his music. The most popular songs from this album are “丑八怪” Ugly and “你还要我怎样” What Else Do You Want Me To Do.

In 2016, Xue produced his seventh album “初学者” Beginner, which became another commercial and musical success. Since then his music has gained wide recognition throughout Chinese-speaking regions. As the lead single of this album, “演员” Actor (Official Music Video) has received over 150 million views on YouTube.

In 2017, Xue released his eighth album “渡” The Crossing, which was well-received by critics, so that Xue secured his established status as a leading singer of his generation.[9] Songs favored by critics from this album include “高尚” Noble and “动物世界” Animal World. In the same year, Xue held his concert tour “我好像在哪儿见过你” I Think I've Seen You Somewhere.

In 2018, Xue released his ninth album “摩天大楼” Skyscraper, and continued his string of success. In this album, songs like “摩天大楼” Skyscraper and “肆无忌惮” Reckless incorporates different musical elements, while “最好” The Best features a more balladic composition. In the same year, he started his “摩天大楼” Skyscraper World Tour. He was the first singer from mainland China to headline the Wembley Arena in London, Sydney Super Dome and several other landmark venues around the world.

Other venturesEdit

In 2012, Xue opened his hotpot restaurant chain "上上谦串串香火锅" in Shanghai, with five branches all in prime locations.

In 2015, his own fashion line, Dangerous People, was founded in Shanghai.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

# Year Title Track Listing
9 2018 Joker 怪咖
Track Listing Lyricist Composer
1 摩天大楼 Skyscraper Joker Xue 唐汉霄
2 怪咖 Freak Joker Xue Joker Xue
3 肆无忌惮 Reckless Joker Xue 张洢豪
4 狐狸 The Fox Joker Xue 周以力
5 天份 Talent Joker Xue Joker Xue
6 最好 The Best 小寒/廖慧明/郭顶 林淇玉/郭頂
7 醒来(Live)Awake (Live) Joker Xue/岳云鹏 Joker Xue
8 哑巴 The Mute Joker Xue/汪苏泷 Joker Xue/汪苏泷
9 那是你离开了北京的生活 That's Life After You Left Beijing Joker Xue 方毅
10 违背的青春 Forsaken Youth Joker Xue Joker Xue
8 2017 The Crossing 渡
Track Listing Lyricist Composer
1 动物世界 Animal World Joker Xue 郭顶
2 暧昧 Ambiguous Love Joker Xue Joker Xue
3 像风一样 Like The Wind Joker Xue Joker Xue
4 高尚 Noble Joker Xue 周以力
5 骆驼 Camel 甘世佳 郭顶
6 别 Don't Joker Xue Joker Xue
7 火星人来过 The Martians Were Here Joker Xue 韩星洲
8 背过手 Hands Behind the Back Joker Xue Joker Xue
9 渡 The Crossing Joker Xue Torbjørn Brundtland/Svein Berge
10 我害怕 I'm Afraid Joker Xue Joker Xue
7 2016 Beginner 初学者
Track Listing Lyricist Composer
1 初学者 Beginner Joker Xue Joker Xue
2 刚刚好 Just Right Joker Xue Joker Xue
3 我好像在哪见过你 I Think I've Seen You Somewhere Joker Xue Joker Xue
4 演员 Actor Joker Xue Joker Xue
5 绅士 Gentlemen Joker Xue Joker Xue
6 一半 The Half Joker Xue 李荣浩
7 小孩 Child 郭顶 郭顶
8 Stay Here Joker Xue Peter Krafft
9 花儿和少年 The Flower & The Youngster 文雅 Joker Xue/高阳
10 下雨了 It's Raining Joker Xue Joker Xue
6 2013 An Unexpected Journey 意外
Track Listing Lyricist Composer
1 丑八怪 Ugly 甘世佳 李荣浩
2 意外 An Unexpected Journey 杨子朴 杨子朴
3 你还要我怎样 What Else Do You Want Me To Do Joker Xue Joker Xue
4 有没有 Is There 郭顶 郭顶
5 潮流季 Fashion Seasons 林晓珂 郭顶
6 等我回家 Wait For Me To Come Home Joker Xue Joker Xue
7 我想起你了 I Thought Of You Joker Xue 高阳
8 其实 Actually Joker Xue Joker Xue
9 方圆几里 Miles Around Joker Xue Joker Xue
10 方圆几里(吉他版)Miles Around (Guitar version) Joker Xue Joker Xue
5 2012 Several Of Xue Zhiqian 几个薛之谦
Track Listing Lyricist Composer
1 我知道你都知道 I Know That You All Know 甘世佳 Joker Xue
2 几个你 Several of You Joker Xue Joker Xue
3 伏笔 Foreshadow 郭顶 郭顶
4 为什么 Why Joker Xue Joker Xue/罗开元
5 我终于成了别人的女人 I Am Finally Somebody Else's Woman Joker Xue 高阳
6 敷衍 Perfunctory Joker Xue Joker Xue/高阳
7 我们爱过就好 It's Fine As We Once Loved Joker Xue Joker Xue/高阳
8 楚河汉界 Chu-Han War Joker Xue/李文壅 Joker Xue
9 为了遇见你 In Order To Meet You 廖莹如 陈耀川
4 2009 Uncompleted Songs 未完成的歌(A Compilation of Old and New)
Track Listing Lyricist Composer
1 未完成的歌 Uncompleted Songs (New) 甘世佳 Joker Xue
2 我的雅典娜 My Athena (New) Joker Xue Joker Xue
3 传说 Legend Joker Xue Joker Xue
4 马戏小丑 Circus Clown 罗开元 Joker Xue
5 你过得好吗 How Are You Joker Xue Joker Xue
6 红尘女子 Red Dust Woman Joker Xue Joker Xue
7 Memory Joker Xue Joker Xue
8 倾城 Allure 甘世佳 Joker Xue
9 我们的世界 Our World Joker Xue Joker Xue
10 给我的爱人 To My Lover Joker Xue Joker Xue
11 爱的期限 Time Limit of Love 甘世佳 Joker Xue
12 黄色枫叶 Yellow Maple Joker Xue Joker Xue
13 认真的雪 Serious Snow Joker Xue Joker Xue
14 爱我的人 谢谢你

Thank You Those Who Love Me (New)

江孝华 高阳
3 2008 Loved You Deeply 深深爱过你
Track Listing Lyricist Composer
1 传说 Legend Joker Xue Joker Xue
2 深深爱过你(前世)Loved You Deeply (Forelife) Joker Xue Joker Xue
3 Let You Go 文雅 E-Tribe
4 给我的爱人 To My Lover Joker Xue Joker Xue
5 我们的世界 Our World Joker Xue Joker Xue
6 流星的眼泪 Shooting Stars' Tears Joker Xue Joker Xue
7 星河之役 Milky Way Battle 陈耀川 Garden
8 深深爱过你(今生)Loved You Deeply (This Life) Joker Xue Joker Xue
9 梦开始的原点 Origin of the Dream 陈耀川 Joker Xue
2 2007 How Are You 你过得好吗
Track Listing Lyricist Composer
1 苏黎世的从前 Once Upon A Time In Zurich Joker Xue Joker Xue
2 你过得好吗 How Are You Joker Xue Joker Xue
3 爱情宣判 Love Verdict Joker Xue Joker Xue
4 朋友你们还好吗 Friends How Are You Tomo Joker Xue
5 爱的期限 Time Limit of Love 甘世佳 Joker Xue
6 马戏小丑 Circus Clown 罗开元 Joker Xue
7 倾城 Allure 甘世佳 Joker Xue
8 丢手绢 A-Tisket, A-Tasket 梁思成 梁思成
9 续雪 Continued Snow 甘世佳 Joker Xue
10 你过得好吗(伴奏)How Are You (instrumental)
1 2006 Xue Zhiqian 薛之谦
Track Listing Lyricist Composer
1 王子归来 The Prince is Back Joker Xue Joker Xue
2 认真的雪 Serious Snow Joker Xue Joker Xue
3 红尘女子 Red Dust Woman Joker Xue Joker Xue
4 爱不走 Love Doesn't Leave 苟伟 苟伟
5 快乐帮 The Happy Gang 张鹏 郑伟
6 我的Show My Show 易家扬/成金 刘伟
7 黄色枫叶 Yellow Maple Joker Xue Joker Xue
8 钗头凤 Shantou Feng 甘世佳 Joker Xue
9 Memory Joker Xue Joker Xue
10 我的Show(伴奏)My Show (instrumental)

MVEdit

Year Album MV
2018 怪咖 摩天大楼 Skyscraper
怪咖 Freak
肆无忌惮 Reckless
天份 Talent
最好 The Best
那是你离开了北京的生活 That's Life After You Left Beijing
违背的青春 Forsaken Youth
2017 渡 The Crossing 动物世界 Animal World
暧昧 Ambiguous Love
像风一样 Like The Wind
高尚 Noble
骆驼 Camel
别 Don't
渡 The Crossing
我害怕 I'm Afraid
2016 初学者 初学者 Beginner
刚刚好 Just Right
我好像在哪见过你 I Think I've Seen You Somewhere
演员 Actor
绅士 Gentlemen
一半 The Half
小孩 Child
Stay Here
下雨了 It's Raining
2013 意外 丑八怪 Ugly
意外 An Unexpected Journey
你还要我怎样 What Else Do You Want Me To Do
有没有 Is There
其实 Actually
方圆几里 Miles Around

SinglesEdit

Year Title Lyricist Composer
2018 Express My Heart 了表心意 Joker Xue Joker Xue
2016 Long Time Ahead 来日方长 常石磊 常石磊/袁娅维

Concert ToursEdit

2018-2019 摩天大楼 Skyscraper World Tour (23 Shows)
# Year Date City Venue
1 2018 14 July   Beijing Workers' Stadium
2 28 July   Shenzhen Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre (Stadium)
3 11 August   Chengdu Shuangliu Sports Centre
4 26 August   Foshan Century Lotus Stadium
5 8 September   Hangzhou Yellow Dragon Sports Center (Stadium)
6 21 September   Changsha Helong Sports Center Stadium
7 30 September   Macau Cotai Arena
8 6 October   Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium
9 7 October
10 3 November   Vancouver Thunderbird Sports Centre
11 6 November   Toronto Paramount Fine Foods Centre
12 9 November   San Jose San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
13 11 November   Los Angeles Dolby Theatre
14 17 November   Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
15 2019 14 February   Penang SPICE Arena
16 16 February   Kuala Lumpur Axiata Arena
17 10 March   London Wembley Arena
18 1 April   Melbourne Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
19 7 April   Sydney Sydney Super Dome
20 4 April   Auckland The Trusts Arena
21 13 April   Taipei Taipei Arena
22 14 April
23 19 May   Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Arena
2017 我好像在哪见过你 I Think I've Seen You Somewhere Tour (10 Shows)
# Date City Venue
1 22 April   Dalian Dalian Sports Center
2 29 April   Shenzhen Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre
3 20 May   Qingdao Guoxin Gymnasium
4 3 June   Guangzhou Guangzhou International Sports Arena
5 10 June   Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai)
6 17 June   Beijing Cadillac Arena
7 24 June   Wuhan Wuhan Sports Center
8 9 July   Kunming Kunming International Convention & Exhibition Center
9 15 July   Nanjing Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre
10 22 July   Chongqing Chongqing International Expo Centre
2008 谦年传说 Qian Nian Chuan Shuo Concert (1 Show)
# Date City Venue
1 20 December   Shanghai Shanghai International Gymnastic Center

FilmographyEdit

Micro moviesEdit

Year English Title Chinese Title Role
2019 Mung Bean Man 绿豆侠 Mung Bean Man 绿豆侠
Fo Xi Wan Jia 佛系玩家 Sanzang 三藏
2018 San Da Gan Dao Fu 三打干道夫 Xue Youxia 薛游侠
2017 Memory Cleaner 记忆清除者 Joker Xue 薛之谦
Ji Qing Si She Joker Xue 机情四摄薛之谦 Joker Xue 薛之谦
2017 Zai Jian Mei Hao 2017 再见美好 Lanmei 蓝莓
2016 Cinderalla 黑童话:灰姑娘 The Prince
2013 Right Besides You 最熟悉的陌生人 Yang Xi 杨曦
Happiness 真幸福
2011 Ai Bin Fen 爱缤纷 Wang Haozhe 王浩哲

Feature filmsEdit

Year English Title Chinese Title Role
TBD A-Test: The Love Adventure A测试之爱情大冒险 Wang Xiaocong 王小聪
2017 What a Day! 有完没完 He Ping 和平
2011 East Meets West 东成西就2011 Doctor
2011 Music Arena 音乐江湖 Chen Hao 陈浩
2010 The University Days of a Dog 一只狗的大学时光 Qi Jun 齐俊
2005 Perhaps Love 如果·爱
A Bright Moon 一轮明月 Wang Dayong 王大勇

Television seriesEdit

Year English Title Chinese Title Role
TBD Men, Friends 男人帮·朋友 Gao Yi 高益
2017 Boyhood 我们的少年时代 Tao Xi 陶西
2015 Mother Like Flowers 妈妈像花儿一样 Zhang Laifu 张来福
2012 The Queen of SOP 胜女的代价 Xue Shaoqian 薛少谦
2009 The Prince of Tennis 加油!网球王子 Ren Ruocheng 任若成
2006 Lao Niang Jiu 老娘舅之那小子真帅 Han Liu 韩柳
Ma La Jiao Shi 麻辣教师 Lennon 列侬
2005 Loving You Is Really Not Easy 爱你真的不容易 Luo Dazhuang 罗大壮
2005 The 100th Bride 第100个新娘 Li Liang 李亮
2004 Romantic Crystal Love 水晶之恋 Jacky
2003 Life Concern 人命关天 Ma Xiaoneng 马小能

Major television showsEdit

Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
2018 Hi! Sing 嗨!唱起来 Episode 11
Mars Intelligence Agency Season 4 火星情报局 第四季 Cast
Golden Song Season 2 金曲捞之挑战主打歌 Cast
Unlimited Song Season 无限歌谣季 Cast
Shake It Up 新舞林大会
2017 The Coming One Season 1 明日之子 第一季 Mentor
Masked Singer Season 2 蒙面唱将猜猜猜 第二季
Mars Intelligence Agency Season 3 火星情报局 第三季 Cast
Golden Song 金曲捞
2016 Mars Intelligence Agency Season 1 火星情报局 第一季 Cast
Mars Intelligence Agency Season 2 火星情报局 第二季 Cast
The Collaboration 作战吧偶像 Cast
Sing! China Season 4 中国新歌声 第四季
2012 Shake It Up Season 1 舞林大会

ReferencesEdit

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