Xiao Zhan, born on October 5, 1991, in Chongqing, China, is a multi-talented artist who has left an indelible mark in the world of music and acting. From his early life to his meteoric rise to fame, let’s delve into the journey of this remarkable individual.
Passion for the Arts
From a young age, Xiao Zhan displayed a profound passion for the arts. He dabbled in painting and played the violin, showcasing his artistic inclinations early on. His educational journey led him to the Modern International Art Design Academy at Chongqing Technology and Business University.
During his university years, he actively participated in extracurricular activities, serving as a member of the class literary committee and the school choir.
In 2012, Xiao Zhan, along with his friends, established a photography studio, where he assumed the role of the main photographer. Post-graduation in 2014, and prior to his debut in the entertainment industry, he honed his skills as a photographer and graphic designer.
X Nine and Solo Debut
Xiao Zhan’s foray into the world of music began in 2015 when he participated in the reality TV show “X-Fire.” Undergoing rigorous training to become an idol, he emerged as one of 16 contestants. Additionally, he participated in the program “Teen Channel” by Tencent.
His debut took place in 2016 when he joined the group “X Nine” alongside eight other members, securing the position of main vocalist. The group released their debut mini-album, ‘X玖’ (X Jiu), in September 2016.
One of the highlights of Xiao Zhan’s music career came on April 25, 2020, with the release of his digital single ‘Spotlight’ (光点). This track soared to unprecedented heights, becoming the highest-selling digital single of all time in China, with over 54 million copies sold. Remarkably, it even earned a place in the Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling digital track in China.
In a global move, on November 18, 2022, ‘Spotlight’ was officially released as ‘Made to Love’ on the iTunes platform. It swiftly climbed the ranks, securing the No. 2 spot on the Worldwide iTunes Song Chart and No. 4 on the European iTunes Song Chart within hours of its release.
Xiao Zhan’s acting career has been just as impressive as his music journey. In 2016, he co-starred with Wang Yuwen in “Super Star Academy,” portraying Fang Tian Ze. This series garnered a staggering 1.68 billion views on the Tencent platform.
His breakthrough role came in 2019 with “The Untamed,” a Xianxia drama based on the novel “Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation.” Xiao Zhan’s portrayal of the complex character Wei Wuxian garnered immense acclaim, contributing significantly to the series’ popularity.
In February 2021, Xiao Zhan graced the screens in “Douluo Continent,” an adaptation of Tang Jia San Shao’s celebrated book series. His role as Tang San, a wielder of dual martial souls, resonated with audiences, making the drama a massive success in China.
March 15, 2022, marked the debut of his highly anticipated drama, “The Oath of Love.” Broadcasting on Hunan Television and Tencent Online Platform, simultaneously captivated international audiences through WeTV and Tencent Video. In this latest endeavor, Xiao Zhan continues to captivate viewers with his incredible talent and versatility.
Xiao Zhan’s journey from an aspiring artist to a multifaceted star serves as an inspiration to many. With his passion, dedication, and boundless talent, he has undoubtedly made an indomitable mark in the world of entertainment.
As fans eagerly anticipate his future endeavors, Xiao Zhan’s star continues to shine ever brighter in the entertainment galaxy.
Happy birthday, our shining star, Xiao Zhan!