You know what, Vanness Wu‘s first single “Different Man” off his new album is really really awesome. It’s not awesome because he’s shirtless in half of the video, or because I am secretly a purveyor of dance music despite writing about dramas. It’s awesome because it sounds fantastic and comes from the heart. Good music can’t get better than this. The full album isn’t dropping until early June but the full MV for “Different Man” was released this morning and is racking up the views quickly. That’s no surprise since Vanness has been doing a heck of a job hyping up his new album all over Taiwan and I couldn’t be happier for him. When I say this song comes from the heart, the lyrics and the subject matter is really describing Vanness himself and how he learned to love without being self-absorbed and became a different man. It has very strong Christian iconography in the MV which I applaud Vanness for weaving into because he really is very devout about his faith. Rumors are abounding that he’s planning to tie the knot with his long-time non-entertainment industry girlfriend Arissa, with a ring spotted on her finger recently and the two of them becoming even more public with their trips abroad and even posting pictures of with each other on their social networks. I like that Vanness has stayed cool and hip in his entertainment style even as he’s embraced a very conservative lifestyle because really the two needn’t be contradictory or exclusionary. I’m tired of dance music being brainless or hip-hop being about negative lifestyle choices. On a side note, when I first watched the MV I thought the leading lady in it was Tiffany Hsu, which would be a neat reunion for him and his second female lead from Autumn’s Concerto. But on closer watch its not Tiff though she looks remarkably similar. Vanness has an eye for picking striking leading ladies, that’s for sure.
Vanness Wu “Different Man”: