Jump to content
Forums Rules Staff Themes Leaderboard Quick Links Clubs Awards Member Shop OH! Press
Sign in to follow this  
5201314

Are Xiao Zhan, Wu Lei, Wang Yibo and Cai Xukun the new ‘4 Heavenly Kings’ of Chinese pop music?

Recommended Posts

Posted (edited)

The 80s and 90s was ruled by Hong Kong’s Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Aaron Kwok and Jacky Cheung, before Chinese millennials fell for Jay Chou, Eason Chan, Leehom Wang and David Tao in the 2000s – how does the latest line-up of male singing sensations measure up? 

 

China’s generation Z heavenly kings – Cai Xukun, Wang Yibo and Xiao Zhan. Photo: @xukunofficial/@yibo.85__w/@xiaozhan.daytoy/Instagram

 

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/news-trends/article/3096937/are-xiao-zhan-wu-lei-wang-yibo-and-cai-xukun-new-4

by Celia Ong

 

 

Chinese audiences like to nominate by public decree the four most popular singing idols of a given generation. In the 80s and 90s Hong Kong stars Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Aaron Kwok and Jacky Cheung were regarded as the “four heavenly kings”, and while Chinese millennials are nostalgic about Jay Chou, Eason Chan, Leehom Wang and David Tao, the younger Gen Z generation has a new crop of fresh faces to worship.

 

Below, we take a look at some of the most popular male figures in China today who can each stake a claim to be one of the new kings.

 

 

Cai Xukun

 

 

 

 

 

Cai's popularity exploded in 2018 after he took part in Idol Producer, a reality competition in which he came first, earning him the centre and leader positions in idol group Nine Percent.

In the following year, he brought his One tour to North America and the UK. His EP “Young”, released later that same year, sold an astonishing 12 million copies, topping the sales record of 2019.

Earlier this year, he took on the role of youth representative on iQiyi's Youth With You season 2, alongside well-known mentors such as Blackpink's Lisa.

 

 

 

Wang Yibo

 

 

 

 

Many know Wang Yibo as the star of The Untamed. Beyond his role as an actor, the multi-hyphenate is also the main dancer of Korean-Chinese boy group Uniq, the co-host on popular variety show Day Day Up and a professional motorcycle racer.

He is currently taking part in Street Dance of China season 3, which began airing in July, as a mentor alongside Exo's Lay and Got7's Jackson Wang. He is also expected to star in upcoming dramas The Legend of Fei, Being A Hero and Super Talent.

 

 

 

Wu Lei

 

 

 

Leo Wu Lei, also affectionately known as the “nation’s little brother”, has come a long way since his child star days, having appeared in his first commercial at the tender age of three and his first drama at seven.

After his role in the immensely successful historical drama Nirvana in Fire in 2015, Wu quickly climbed the ladder of fame, making the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in both 2017 and 2019. In recent years, he continued to make headlines with his notable roles in Magic Star, Battle Through the Heavens and Tomb of the Sea.

He is currently studying at the Beijing Film Academy, after earning himself a place in 2018 as the top scorer for his major in the academy’s entrance exam. 

 

 

Xiao Zhan

 

 

Xiao Zhan is undoubtedly one of the fastest rising stars in China after his breakout role in The Untamed last year, where he received widespread critical acclaim for his impressive performance.

His career in the entertainment industry began in 2015 after he took part in the reality programme X-Fire and subsequently debuted in boy group X Nine. Eventually, he gained recognition as an actor after his charismatic roles in Oh! My Emperor and The Wolf.

His newest single Light Spot, released in April this year, has sold more than 38.3 million copies, breaking several records to become the first Chinese single to exceed a billion dollars in sales and the fastest-selling digital track in China, with 25.4 million downloads in 24 hours.

However, over the first half of the year, he has been embroiled in an unfortunate series of scandals involving fans and netizens and has largely remained out of the public eye.

Edited by 5201314

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does Wu Lei release music actively outside of OSTs? The writer probably should have replaced him with Hua Chenyu or even a TFBoys member.

  • Like 2
  • Tea 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, pace said:

Does Wu Lei release music actively outside of OSTs? The writer probably should have replaced him with Hua Chenyu or even a TFBoys member.

I was surprised not to see Huahua as well.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/13/2020 at 4:28 PM, tenxuxi said:

yibo being a king of chinese pop music with 3 singles.. impact

Right? I love Yibo but music is not his main  pursuit. He’s not looking for a music career, he just wants to drop a single whenever he has the time/feels like it. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

interesting info, didnt know Wu Lei before

Edited by SVT TBZ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

They need to reach more of 5 years on the top for being considered like that

Fresh meat (chinese it boys) change the top 4 everytime. And they need to conquire the non fans to reach the legend A tier level.

A few of years ago media compared and called the new 4 Heavenly Kings to EXO-M boys or Li Yifeng, Jing Boran, Yang Yang and Deng Lun. Time will be say if they are really legend A tier figures or teenage trend only.

I think the only name with capacity of catch chinese general public love of the named boys is Wu Lei. About chinese young celebs I think Arthur Chen or Song Weilong have big potential but I don't know about 4 heavenly king level.

Edited by Drama Drama Drama
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Eh? They are too new to say it, people need to calm down on the bandwagon

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.

Back to Top