Joker Xue aka Jacky Xue (薛之谦) is a Chinese actor, singer-songwriter and record producer in mainland China.
- Name: 薛之谦 / Xue Zhi Qian
- English name: Joker
- Profession: Singer and actor
- Birthday: 1983-Jul-17
- Birthplace: Shanghai, China
- Height: 172 cm
- Star sign: Cancer
- Chinese zodiac: Pig
- Blood type: O
- Education: Glion Institute of Higher Education
- Talent agency: Ocean Butterflies
- Boy Hood (2017)
- Men Friend (2017, post-production)
- Mother Like Flowers (2015)
- The Queen of SOP 2 (2012) as Xue Shao Qian
- The Prince of Tennis 2 (2009) as Ren Ruo Cheng
- The 100th Bride (2005) as Li Liang
- Ren Ming Guan Tian (人命关天) (2003) as Ma Xiao Neng
TV Series Theme Songs
- Paper Boat (纸船) - Legend of Awakening (2020)
- Like The Wind (像风一样) - I Will Never Let You Go (2019)
- Just Nice (刚刚好) - Long For You (2018)
- Gentleman (绅士) - Yes! Mr. Fashion (2016)
- It Is Raining (下雨了) - Still Lala (2016)
- Thousand Words (千言万语) - Mother Like Flowers (2015)
- I Know You Know (我知道你都知道) - The Queen of SOP (2012)
- A Few of You (几个你) - The Queen of SOP (2012)
- To Meet You (为了遇见你) - The Queen of SOP (2012)
- I Finally Became Someone Else's Woman (我终于成了别人的女人) - The Queen of SOP (2012)
Xue is known for his hit songs and charisma on stage with his signature musical style, referred to as “薛氏情歌” Xue's Ballads, of which “演员” Actor is the most notable example. Since his 2006 debut, Xue has produced many great hits detailing love's triumphs and woes. His varied style plays with the classic pop pairing of piano and strings, while taking in folk-tinged acoustic guitar and sultry R&B beats. His compositions have also covered other concepts, such as “怪咖” Freak and “违背的青春” Forsaken Youth. He is the most-streamed Mandopop artist from mainland China on Spotify. Xue has also found success on many high-profile TV shows, and is recognized as a popular TV personality for his sense of humor.
Xue has seen his fair share of ups and downs in his life. He was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. When he was four years old, his mother died of heart disease. He studied Hotel Management at Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland, before dropping out to pursue a music career. Xue first came to prominence in 2005, when his outstanding performance at the TV talent competition My Show gained him widespread popularity and earned him a seven-year contract with Shangteng Entertainment. His first few releases were a hit on the charts, but his career went downhill after the record company ran into financial difficulties. Not one to sit by the sidelines, Xue decided to open a hot pot business in a bid to fund his singing ambitions. He also ventured into the fashion world with one label under his belt and dabbled in acting and hosting. His business took off and he used the money he made to fund his career in music.
He married Leixin Gao (m. 2012–2015), then married her again in 2017. They have a son togerher on September 6, 2018.
In 2006, Xue released his self-titled debut album “薛之谦” Xue Zhiqian, and was awarded the Most Popular New Artiste at the 6th Global Chinese Music Awards. The album was a great success and brought about a few major hits, such as “认真的雪” Serious Snow, “黄色枫叶” Yellow Maple and so on, which made him an emerging star in the Chinese music industry.
In 2007, Xue recorded his second album “你过得好吗” How Are You, and was nominated for seven categories at the Beijing Pop Music Awards, which established his reputation as a promising singer-songwriter in his early career.
In 2008, Xue released his third album “深深爱过你” Loved You Deeply. After listening to the song “传说” Legend in this album, Shinji Tanimura 谷村新司 was very impressed by Xue's outstanding composition, and invited him to the Asia Music Festival held in Osaka, Japan.On 25 July, Xue was honored as a torchbearer for the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay.
In 2009, Xue released a compilation album “未完成的歌” Uncompleted Songs, which lists selected tracks from several of his albums, along with three new songs.
In 2012, his long-awaited fifth album “几个薛之谦” Several Of Xue Zhiqian was released. It marked the end of his seven-year contract with “上腾娱乐” Shangteng Entertainment, which went out of business soon after he left.
In 2013, Xue released his sixth album “意外” An Unexpected Journey, under the record company Ocean Butterflies. This album can be seen as Xue's second milestone not only because he finally broke free of Shangteng Entertainment, but it also gained widespread positive reaction from both critics and supporters of his music. The most popular songs from this album are “丑八怪” Ugly and “你还要我怎样” What Else Do You Want Me To Do.
In 2016, Xue produced his seventh album “初学者” Beginner, which became another commercial and musical success. Since then his music has gained wide recognition throughout Chinese-speaking regions. As the lead single of this album, “演员” Actor (Official Music Video) has received over 150 million views on YouTube.
In 2017, Xue released his eighth album “渡” The Crossing, which was well-received by critics, so that Xue secured his established status as a leading singer of his generation. Songs favored by critics from this album include “高尚” Noble and “动物世界” Animal World. In the same year, Xue held his concert tour “我好像在哪儿见过你” I Think I've Seen You Somewhere.
In 2018, Xue released his ninth album “摩天大楼” Skyscraper, and continued his string of success. In this album, songs like “摩天大楼” Skyscraper and “肆无忌惮” Reckless incorporates different musical elements, while “最好” The Best features a more balladic composition. In the same year, he started his “摩天大楼” Skyscraper World Tour. He was the first singer from mainland China to headline the Wembley Arena in London, Sydney Super Dome and several other landmark venues around the world.
In 2012, Xue opened his hotpot restaurant chain Shang Shang Qian Hotpot 上上谦串串香火锅.
In 2015, his own fashion line, Dangerous People, was founded in Shanghai.