It’s truly a pleasant surprise to see how my affection for Vanness Wu has grown over the years. He was the totally forgettable fourth F4 member in Meteor Garden, the one who was greasy and acted way too cool. As an actor he was bottom of the barrel for me, and as as singer he was merely serviceable as the falsetto in the group. Then came his personal epiphany years ago where he found God, quit drinking and smoking, and went on a public chastity vow that has persisted to this day. Whatever happy juice he’s one is working wonders for bringing out the best of his talent. I have been madly in love with his solo albums these past few years, and actually watched both his last two dramas Material Queen and the daily drama Ti Amo Chocolate in part because his songs for those dramas were so kickass. He also has a fabulous eye for collaboration, the theme song from MQ “Is This All” was written by Ryan Tedder of One Republic, while he adorably paired up with Junho from 2PM for “Unbeatable” which was the theme song for Ti Amo Chocolate. I love both songs so much it’ts on my permanent play list, and now his latest single looks to join the rotation. The teaser was just released yesterday for the first single of his new album called “Different Man”. It has a very dubstep beat and Vanness is showcasing his fantastic hoofing skills in the teaser where he integrates Shaolin kungfu moves with hip-hop. The official MV won’t be released until May 20th but he’s done a great job getting interest revved up high. Check out the teaser, some stills from the filming where he dances with handfuls of gold dust, plus a walk down memory lane with some of his addicting songs from the past. Watching the MV for “Is This All” with scenes from Material Queen made me relive the memory of how perfect the first ten episodes of that drama was (absolutely the most stunning TW-drama ever filmed) and how insane and terrible the entire second half turned out. Luckily I forget easily and retain memories of only the good stuff.
Teaser for Different Man:
Vanness Wu featuring Ryan Tedder of One Republic “Is this All” from Material Queen MV set to the drama scenes:
Vanness Wu and Junho from 2PM “Undefeated” from Ti Amo Chocolate: