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Kun (坤) is a Chinese rapper and singer under Kun's Studio. He is a former member of the boy groups NINE PERCENT and SWIN-S.

He made his solo debut on December 15, 2017 with the digital single "I Wanna Get Love".

Early life[]

Kun was born on August 2, 1998 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang but partially spent his childhood in Hunan with his grandparents and later grew up in Shenzhen, Guangdong. During his time in elementary school, he was chosen to be the principal's assistant and student union's president and various essay writing competitions. During this time, Kun was elected as a candidate for TFBOYS, but decided to focus on his academics as his parents thought that he was too young to enter the world of entertainment. After graduating he moved to Shenzhen to complete junior high school at Nashan Experimental High School. Around the age of 16, he studied at Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, California, United States.

Career[]

2015-2016: Super Idol, SWIN-S[]

In 2015, Kun was confirmed as a contestant on Anhui Television's survival show Super Idol, becoming a member of Team RED-X. In October of 2016, he debuted in the boy group SWIN-S under Pelias Entertainment.

2017: Legal dispute with Pelias[]

On February 10, 2017, Kun filed a lawsuit against Pelias Entertainment for poor treatment and the right to terminate his contract.[1]

2018: Idol Producer, and debut in NINE PERCENT[]

In January 2018, he was confirmed as an independent trainee contestant on iQiYi's reality survival show Idol Producer. During the show's finale, he was revealed to have ranked 1st overall with 47,640,887 votes, thus making him a member and center of NINE PERCENT.

Soon after the broadcast of Idol Producer, Pelias filed another case in March 2018, to countersue Kun for the breach of contact, asking that he pay the company 1.1 million RMB for liquidated damages and compensation for their losses.[2] Meanwhile, Pelias demanded for Kun to continue to abide by the terms in the contract, allowing the former to be entitled to 70% of the income Kun earns from dramas, endorsements and variety shows.

2019: Ambassador of China and Jamaica, new songs, NINE PERCENT's disbandment & solo tour[]

On January 10, Kun was awarded the title of "China and Jamaica's Goodwill Ambassador" by the Jamaican Embassy in Shanghai, China. With this honorable title, Kun called on mutual cultural exchanges between China and Jamaica. He said that he hopes to become a positive role-model for the younger generation.

On January 18, the first episode of Cai Xukun's Unfinished, a documentary series initiated by Weibo, was released. This short video series spans across various themes close to his heart and is expected to run for 12 episodes. The next day, Kun released an artistic music video for "Wait Wait Wait", directed by Dave Meyers. The award-winning director and his international team created a highly cinematic and storytelling music video using a series of symbolic elements, to allude to the message behind the song.

On February 2, 2019, the dispute with Pelias Entertainment ended with Kun winning the lawsuit.[3]

On February 18, 2019, he released his first Chinese single "No Exception".

On March 1, Kun officially announced the dates for his first solo tour "KUN ONE North America/U.K. Tour 2019" to bring his music to fans in Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London from April 4 to April 12, 2019.

On October 6, 2019, NINE PERCENT officially disbanded and on October 12, they held their farewell concert in Guangzhou.

2020: Youth With You[]

In the beginning of January 2020, it was announced that Kun would be the Youth Representative of iQiyi's Youth With You 2. It is the third season of Chinese survival show Idol Producer.

2023[]

In June 16, 2023, Kun attended the unveiling of two wax statues in his likeness at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Hong Kong.[4]

Discography[]

Chinese[]

EPs[]

  • 1 (2018)
  • Young (2019)
  • Phenomenon (2023)

Special EPs[]

  • Kun 2023 Art Lab Live (2023)

Digital singles[]

  • "I Wanna Get Love" (2017)
  • "No Exception" (2019)
  • "Hard To Get" (2019)
  • "Rebirth" (2019)
  • "Lover" (2020)
  • "Mi" (2021)
  • "Hug Me" (2022)
  • "Spotlight" (2023)

Special singles[]

  • "Rebirth (Original mix)" (2020)

Remix singles[]

  • "Hug Me (Remix)" (2023)

Collaborations[]

  • "山河无恙在我胸" (with China Philharmonic Orchestra) (2020)

OSTs[]

  • "The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang" ("一起笑出来" with Jackie Chan) (2019)

English[]

Digital singles[]

  • "Wait Wait Wait" (2018)
  • "Bigger" (2019)
  • "Home" (2020)
  • "Ride or Die" (2024)

Concerts[]

World tour[]

  • KUN ONE North America/U.K. Tour 2019 (2019)
  • Kun 2023 World Tour (2023)

Filmography[]

Movies[]

  • Lock Me Up, Tie Him Down (2014)

Dramas[]

  • Half a Fairytale (Hunan Satellite TV, 2012)
  • I Won't Get Bullied by Girls (Youku, 2017)

Survival shows[]

  • Up! Juniors (Sohu TV, 2012) - contestant
  • Super Idol (Anhui TV, 2015) - contestant
  • Idol Producer (iQiYi, 2018) - contestant
  • Youth With You 2 (iQiYi, 2020) - representative

Awards and nominations[]

Main article: Awards and nominations received by Kun

Gallery[]

Promotional[]

References[]

Official links[]

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