Lu Han (鹿晗，born 20 April 1990), better known by the mononym Luhan, is a Chinese singer and actor. He is a former member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO and its sub-group EXO-M, having terminated his contract with S.M. Entertainment and left the group in October 2014. That year, he was ranked the sixth most popular entertainment star in China by China National Radio.
Luhan is active in China as a solo artist and actor. He released his solo debut album, Reloaded in 2015; and has starred in several box office hits such as 20 Once Again (2015), The Witness (2015) and Time Raiders (2016). In 2017, he made his drama debut in Fighter of the Destiny.
Luhan was born on April 20, 1990 in Haidian, Beijing. He graduated from Beijing Shida Middle School and attended Beijing Haidian Foreign Language Shi Yan School before leaving for South Korea to attend Yonsei University as an exchange student. He majored in Applied Music at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.
In 2008, Luhan unsuccessfully auditioned for JYP Entertainment at their global audition in China. In 2010, while studying in Seoul, he was scouted while in Myeong-dong by an S.M. Entertainment representative who recommended he audition for the company; after which he became a trainee under the agency.
Along with Tao, Chen, and Kai, Luhan made his first televised performance at the SBS Gayo Daejeon on December 29, 2011. Following this appearance, he was the second member of EXO to be officially introduced, as one of the four Chinese members of the group and its Mandarin-language sub-group EXO-M.
On October 10, Luhan filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to nullify his contract and effectively left EXO.
Luhan often contributed to the soundtracks of movies he participated in. He sung the theme song for 20 Once Again, titled “Our Tomorrow”. The music video of the song surpassed 1 million views in 47 minutes, setting a new record. He then released a rendition of “Tian mi mi” for the film Comrades: Almost a Love Story. Director Peter Chan is said to have asked Luhan to participate due to his gentle and clear voice as he felt it would be effective in expressing the emotions of the song.
Luhan first announced his solo album in July 2015, where he will collaborate with famous producer Djemba Djemba. This is also Djemba’s first time producing an album for an Asian artist. The same month, he collaborated with David Tao in a bidding song for the 2022 Winter Olympics held in Beijing.
Luhan’s first digital album Reloaded I was released on September 10, 2015 via QQ Music charts. It sold 880,000 copies on the first day, the highest recorded sales number on the first day of official release. Reloaded I also reached over one million sales on QQ Music, setting the record for fastest digital album sales. In November, he released the single “Medals”, which also serves as the OST for the 2015 film The Witness. Medals topped the V Chart as well as Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first Mandarin single to top the latter. In December, he released “Deep”, a promotional song for the Chinese version of Kungfu Panda 3.
Luhan’s first studio album, Reloaded was released on December 14, 2015. The album topped the Tower Records chart in Japan, and became the only album from mainland China to enter the Top 5 of Taiwan’s G-Music year-end chart. Reloaded sold over 3 million copies and was also certified platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, becoming the first album in mainland China to do so.
Luhan attended the QQ Music Awards, winning the Best Digital Album of the Year for Reloaded as well as the Best Male Singer of the Year. He then embarked on his first solo concert tour, the “Luhan Reloaded: 2016 Luhan 1st China Tour”. The tour traveled to Beijing on March 26, Guangzhou on April 2, and Shanghai on April 9. The same month, he won the Al-round Artist of the Year and Media Recommended Album of the Year awards at the Chinese Golden Charts Awards; and the Album of the Year and Artist of the Year awards at the 4th V Chart Awards. He is also the first Chinese singer to achieve a double platinum record, having sold over 2 million copies of Reloaded I.
On October 21, 2016, Luhan unveiled his third digital album Xperience with the track “Catch Me When I Fall”. The song is jointly produced by Santell, whom participated in Luhan’s first solo album Reloaded, and the Picard Brothers, a French producer team who has crafted songs for Diplo and Chris Brown.
On December 27, 2016, he published his fourth digital album Xplore, containing the tracks “Winter Song” and “Skin to Skin”. “Skin to Skin’ is Luhan’s second English-language song, and incorporates various genres such as R&B, Future Bass, Electro and House. The album has surpassed 3 million digital copies since its release.
On February 21, 2017, Luhan unveiled his fifth digital album Venture with the songs “What if I Said” and “Roleplay”. He participated in writing the lyrics for the track “Roleplay”, which details his own experience in dealing with harassment from the paparazzi. The album received acclaim from both critics and listeners, and sold over 1 billion digital copies.
Luhan made his film debut in the 2015 film 20 Once Again, the Chinese remake of the Korean hit movie Miss Granny. It topped box office charts and broke records to become the highest-grossing Korean-Chinese co-produced film. For his performance, he won the “Newcomer of the Year” award at the Beijing International Film Festival, as well as the “Most Popular Actor” award at the Beijing College Student Film Festival. The same year, he joined the cast of Hurry Up, Brother, a spin-off from the original South Korean variety program Running Man. Luhan then starred opposite Yang Mi in the crime thriller The Witness, a remake of the 2011 Korean movie Blind.
In 2016, he starred in the fantasy-action-adventure film Time Raiders, based on the online novel series Tomb Raiders. The film premiered on August 5 and topped box office charts, becoming the biggest summer hit of 2016. He then featured in The Great Wall, a historical epic directed by Zhang Yimou.
In 2017, Luhan starred in his first television drama Fighter of the Destiny, a fantasy wuxia series based on the novel of the same name. The same year, he was cast in the youth sports drama Sweet Combat alongside Guan Xiaotong.
On August 5, 2014, Luhan became the Guinness World Record holder for the “Most Comments on a Weibo Post.” He subsequently broke his own Guinness World Record for Most Comments on a Weibo Post in September 2015.
In 2015, he named as the 37th highest-earning celebrity in China by Forbes.
In 2016, Luhan was featured on Business of Fashion’s “BOF 100” rankings, becoming the only Chinese celebrity to make it onto the ranking and was given the title “Most Anticipated Chinese Star”. He also became the first celebrity born after 1990 to be named the “Artist of the Year” by China Newsweek.
The same year, he set a second Guinness World Record for the “Largest gathering of people wearing antlers” at the 2016 LuHan Reloaded China Tour, in Beijing, China。
Luhan is one of the most in-demand brand ambassadors in China, particularly among the younger generation. His endorsement ranges from local products such as Oppo mobile phones and Baidu interactive maps to international ones like Puma and Cartier SA; of which he is their first Asian endorser.
On December 1, 2015, Luhan was announced to be the official China ambassador of Star Wars. He released a single titled “The Inner Force”, which is the official Chinese promotional theme song for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
From 2015 to 2016, Luhan appeared on the cover of more than 20 magazines. He became the first Chinese celebrity to grace the covers of Elle China, GQ Style, Forbes China, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. He broke the record for having more than 200,000 people buy out a 20,000 limited edition run of a magazine cover in one second.
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