Fahrenheit (飛輪海; Fēi Lún Hǎi) is a Taiwanese boy band that has achieved success in the last five years in Asia. The group consists of four members: Aaron Yan, Wu Chun, Calvin Chen, and Jiro Wang. They are managed by HIM International Music. They are also managed by WOW Music in Hong Kong. Fahrenheit are often associated with their seniors, S.H.E.
Derived from the definition of Fahrenheit, each of the four members represents a season or temperature that corresponds with their different personalities. Calvin Chen represents spring, warm; Jiro Wang represents summer, hot; Wu Zun represents autumn, cool; and lastly, Aaron Yan represents winter, cold. Each of the four members also has his respective temperature represented on the Fahrenheit scale: Calvin Chen is at 77 degrees, Jiro Wang is at 95 degrees, Wu Chun is at 59 degrees, and Aaron Yan is at 41 degrees. Each of their temperatures are separated by 18 degrees. Average height 182cm.
Wu Zun was born and raised in Brunei for most of his life, later graduating with distinction at RMIT, in Melbourne, Australia. He was introduced to the entertainment industry during a trip to Taiwan around mid-November 2005. A television producer, who happened to be the boyfriend of the elder sister of Ella (from S.H.E.), discovered him during this trip, and recommended him to play the lead male role of Tokyo Juliet, which Wu Zun accepted.
Aaron Yan was born in Taiwan, but moved to New York at a young age. He later returned to Taiwan for high school and college. He attended the Chinese Culture University, majoring in Journalism but later switched universities and majors in his third year. He is currently on a study hiatus due to work commitments. Around early 2005, Comic producers had been searching for elite bloggers around the web. They discovered Yan, who, at that time, was really popular online, and thus recommended him to audition for a role in a drama. Yan thought it was a fraud at first, but after several tests, he realized that it was true. He was given a small role in I Love My Wife (Template:Lang) and was later asked to be in It Started with A Kiss.
After Calvin Chen graduated from high school in Taiwan, he further pursued his college education in Canada, where he completed his Masters degree in Economics at University of Victoria. He entered a pageant-like competition called Sunshine Boyz in Vancouver and won first place with a free ticket to Taiwan and a contract with a music company.
In 2000, Jiro Wang started to work after graduating from Taiwan's Fu-Shin community college, and did part-time jobs wherever he could, such as commercial modeling. BMG, the label that signed him, planned to package him with Jay Chou and Jordan Chan to form a boy band called 3J, but because of 9/11, BMG's stocks crashed and the 3J plan was scrapped. He later joined the army for 2 years, and came back around 2003. Since he was still popular around Taiwan, he was given two roles as a guest-star in The Pawnshop No.8 (Template:Lang) and I Love My Wife (Template:Lang). Then Comic Productions approached him, and gave him the supporting role of Ah Jin (Template:Lang) in 'It Started with A Kiss'. That was where he was grouped with Aaron, Calvin and Wu Chun.Fahrenheit first gained minor recognition around late 2005 when their first altogether series, KO One, was broadcasted on television in Taiwan. Because it felt awkward to have only three members in a boy band,
Wu Zun joined the group later in late 2005. On December 28, 2005, Fahrenheit officially became a vocal quartet boy band.
Rise to stardomEdit
Before Fahrenheit released their first album on 28 September 2006, they gained minor attention as singers from contributing in several Taiwanese drama soundtracks. Their popularity immediately rose after the soundtracks were released, but was only limited to Taiwan and Mainland China. After their first album was released, their fan base had extended to Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia and the rest of Southeast Asia . Overseas fans such as from North America and Europe are also getting more familiar with them.As soon as announcements for their debut album pre-order was released on August 30, 2006, the album broke past 10,000 copies. After its release in September 15, 2006, the album entered the G-music charts and was ranked #2. It was less than 1% below Jay Chou's Still Fantasy album, which came out two weeks prior to the release. Fahrenheit's album sold passed an impressive 80,000 copies in Taiwan within the first month. Ultimately on the G-music Mandarin Charts their album was ranked 11th for the top 20 of 2006 and stayed in the charts for 17 weeks. Their primary song, or zhuda (主打; zhǔ dǎ}}) song, I Have My Youth (我有我的 Young, Wo You Wo De Young) was on Hong Kong's Global Rhythm List as the Top 16th song for weeks. Their duet with Hebe of girl group S.H.E also won them several popular awards. Fahrenheit was also the first new foreign boy band to have won third place for Best Group at Hong Kong's TVB8 Awards. Although unable to defeat their seniors S.H.E and Twins, who had won first place and second place respectively, they have beaten Hong Kong's local boy bands such as Sun Boy'z and Soler. In less than a year, Fahrenheit has already won eight awards. Despite the outburst of winning multiple awards, there had been debates where fans disagreed with the awards that they have won. The most debated topic was when Fahrenheit won HITO Music Awards 2007's Best Male Group award, arguing that Fahrenheit is too inexperienced to have won the award.
Popularity and successEditWith the help of starring in popular dramas, Fahrenheit has been the fastest moving boy band
and has quickly gained their status as one of the top boy bands of the year in Taiwan. Within a year, they had already debuted in over 30 different magazine covers all over Asia. They make frequent appearances in Taiwan's Play and Color magazine covers. After their predecessors F4, they are the second Taiwanese boy band to hold a concert in Indonesia with only just one album released. They already held two mini concerts: one in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia on March 31 and one in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong on April 19. Also, they held 2 concerts sponsored by Watsons Water at the end of September 2007: one in Hongkong on September 28, 2007 and one in Guangzhou on September 29, 2007.
Fahrenheit attended to an opening ceremony for their new music label in Hong Kong, WOW Music, at Times Square, Hong Kong, on April 19, 2007, the same evening where they held their mini concert in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. They also attended with fellow label mate Tank as well as with other popular artists like Candy Lo and Mavis Fan. More than a thousand fans showed up at the mall, the majority being Fahrenheit's fans. There were fans who faced danger and climbed on roofs, cars, narrow roads, etc. to catch a glimpse of them. Some fans also fainted and were stepped on due to the number of people. Over fifty security guards and ten policemen had to appear at the venue to protect Fahrenheit as well as the other artists. There were also some fans who rented vans to chase after Fahrenheit's vans. Some fans also became victims of car accidents because of this. At their mini concert in Hard Rock Cafe, the organizers had to cut down Fahrenheit's performance because the fans were going overboard and out of control. Fahrenheit expressed that they do not want their fans to do anything dangerous. Fahrenheit's company explained that if fans do not correct this behavior they will cut some of Fahrenheit's future trips to Hong Kong.
Ever since Fahrenheit's meteoric rise to stardom, HIM has been giving quite a bit exposure for Fahrenheit, such as promoting the group in two of S.H.E's major concerts in Taipei, Singapore and Malaysia where they were seen performing their duet with Hebe as well as their own songs. Ever since their exposure had hit the Hong Kong market their company does not want to miss this chance for more promotion for the group and is currently organizing Fahrenheit's first major concert in Hong Kong in September at the HKCEC. It was reported that they are originally going to hold a concert in Hong Kong's renowned coliseum, Hong Kong Coliseum, but because all of the performances slots are full, they have to move their concert to a different venue. The director of WOW Music expressed that Fahrenheit is currently slated for performing in the HKCEC for two to three nights. In the winter of 2008 they will debut in the Hong Kong Coliseum. as part of their All-Asia Concert. During their All-Asia press conference for the release of their second album in Hong Kong, it was revealed that plans for the All-Asia Concert were in the works. Confirmed concert stops include Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Towards the end of October, Fahrenheit had their Fantasy Tour stop at Taipei Arena on 2 nights being 24 October 2009 and 25 October 2009.
Fahrenheit's songs mainly fall into the bubblegum pop and pop ballad category. However, songs like Teachable Child (孺子可教 Ru Zi Ke Jiao) and Love's Arrived (愛到 Ai Dao) are intended for a light R&B approach. Songs similar to The Secret of Immortality (不死之謎 Bu Si Zhi Mi) and Superb (出神入化 Chu Shen Ru Hua) are leaning toward the pop rock and rap genre, where they displayed their ability to rap and harmonize well.
Their much anticipated second album, Two-sided Fahrenheit, was released on January 4, 2008. The new album saw the four employ more advanced harmonizing techniques as well as some progression from bubblegum pop to more mature ballads, such as Ten Thousand Joys (一萬個快樂 Yi Wan Ge Kuai Le). Nonetheless, the band's youthful energy was retained in songs such as the opening song for the drama Romantic Princess, New Home (新窝 Xin Wo), which is a duet by Fahrenheit and their seniors S.H.E. On the album Little VIP (小小大人物 Xiao Xiao Da Ren Wu) is the Disney theme song for 2008.
Often criticized for the lack of character in their music, Fahrenheit finally moved towards carving a more distinct musical style with their third album, Love You More & More (越來越愛 Yue Lai Yue Ai) which features a new maturity that is brought out by rock ballads like the main track, Lonesome Sprint (寂寞暴走 Ji Mo Bao Zou) and Stay With Me (留下來 Liu Xia Lai)， of which the latter was written by Monster, the lead guitarist of popular Taiwanese band, Mayday. The album also features Artery (動脈 Dong Mai), theme song of The Clue Collector (霹靂MIT), Shining Star (恒星 Heng Xing), theme song of Rolling Love (翻滾吧！蛋炒飯) and the ending song of upcoming drama ToGetHer (愛就宅一起) featuring Jiro and Rainie Yang, The Love of Silence (默默 Mo Mo). The album is completed by slower ballads that showcases the quartet's improved vocals and chemistry in harmonization.
Fahrenheit is also currently preparing for their fourth album, which is to be released in August 2010. However, due to Aaron Yan's upcoming drama, Love Buffet, and Fahrenheit's upcoming world tour, there have been some conflicts with the album, postponing the date of release from January to August.
|Album #||Album Information||Copies sold||Peak Position|
|1st||Fahrenheit (飛輪海 首張同名專輯)||#2|
|2nd||Two-Sided Fahrenheit (双面飛輪海)||#1|
|3rd||Love You More and More (越來越愛)||#1|
- October 12, 2006: Fahrenheit: First Self-Titled Album, Wild Day Out Special Edition (飛輪海首張同名專輯 帥酷神迷影音超值版)
- November 27, 2006: Fahrenheit: First Self-Titled Album, Final Collectible Edition (飛輪海首張同名專輯 王者魅力終極私藏版)
- March 23, 2007: Fahrenheit: First Self-Titled Album, Top Celebration Edition (飛輪海首張同名專輯 至尊慶功版) - Mainland China Limited
- April 24, 2007: Fahrenheit: First Self-Titled Album, Spring Limited Edition (飛輪海首張同名專輯 春日別注限定版) - Hong Kong Limited
- November 21, 2007: Fahrenheit: First Self-Titled Album (飛輪海首張同名專輯) - Japan Limited
- February 1, 2008: Two-sided Fahrenheit, Asia No.1 Edition (双面飛輪海 亞洲全勝慶功版)
- January 8, 2010: Fahrenheit's Fantasy World Tour Taipei Special (飛輪海想入飛飛演唱会旗艦場）
Soundtrack contributions/ Other songsEdit
|Album #||Album Information||Tracks Contributed|
|1st||KO One Original Soundtrack (終極一班 電視原聲帶)
||1. Wandering Alone (一個人流浪 Yi Ge Ren Liu Lang)|
2. "Teachable Child" (孺子可教 Ru Zi Ke Jiao)
|2nd||Tokyo Juliet Original Soundtrack (東方茱麗葉 電視原聲帶)
||1. Only Have Feelings For You (只對你有感覺 Zhi Dui Ni You Gan Jue) – feat. Hebe Tien|
2. To Own (佔有 Zhan You)
|3rd||Hana-Kimi Original Soundtrack (花樣少年少女 電視原聲帶)
||1. Really, Really Like You (超喜歡你 Chao Xi Huan Ni)|
|4th||The X-Family (終極一家 電視原聲帶)
||1. Superb (出神入化 Chu Shen Ru Hua)|
|5th||C.C. Lemon theme song||1. C.C. Lemon|
|6th||Romantic Princess opening song (公主小妹片頭曲)||1. New Home (新窩 Xin Wo) feat. S.H.E|
also referred to as Heart Nest by many fans
|7th||米奇节目嘉华||1. Little VIP (小小大人物 Xiao Xiao Da Ren Wu)|
referred to as Small Yet Significant Character by many fans
|8th||Mengniu Yogurt song||1. Sweet & Sour (酸甜 Suan Tian)" & S.H.E|
|9th||Taisun Xian Cao Mi song||1. Do Re Mi|
|10th||Fahrenheit Japanese single (飛輪海首張日文單曲)||1. Stay With You|
|11th||Fahrenheit Second Japanese single (飛輪海第二張日文專輯)||1. Treasure|
|12th||Fahrenheit Third Japanese single||1. Only You|
|13th||Mysterious Incredible Terminator Opening Theme||1. Artery 动脉|
|14th||ToGetHer Opening and Ending Theme||1. Love You More and More 越来越爱 (Opening)|
2. Silently 默默 (Ending)
|15th||Momo Love Ending Theme||1. Hen An Jing 很安静|
|16th||BLEACH4 (Only in Taiwan)||1. Xin Sheng 新生|
Appearances in other albumsEdit
|Album #||Album Information||Tracks Contributed|
|1st||Play||2. Thank You for Your Gentleness (謝謝你的溫柔 Xie Xie Ni De Wen Rou)
12. Always Open (inclusive for the preorder edition)
|2nd||我的電台 FM S.H.E||15. Sweet and Sour (酸甜Suan Tian)|
Jiro Wang was the first discovered among the four, appearing as a small character in The Pawnshop No. 8 and a supporting role in It Started With a Kiss as Ah Jin. Closely tracing his popularity that It Started With a Kiss has given him, his company decided to give him the lead role for KO One as well as Calvin Chen and Aaron Yan for they were discovered around that same time. After KO One aired, HIM International Music decided that it was time for Fahrenheit to release their first studio album to fulfill fans' requests. Wang and Yan reprised their roles in It Started With a Kiss's sequel, They Kiss Again. Also Jiro Wang and Wu Chun starred in the Taiwanese TV series Hana Kimi.
Wu Chun, however, was heading toward a different road. The last to join Fahrenheit, Wu starred in a separate drama with Ariel Lin, a manga-based drama titled Tokyo Juliet. Following the success Tokyo Juliet has brought him, he was soon chosen to star in Hanazakarino Kimitachihe (Hana-Kimi) along with fellow band member Wang and S.H.E member Ella. Wu also guest starred in KO One, but had a very short appearance. Wu also stars in the drama Romantic Princess, alongside Calvin Chen
Hana-Kimi's pilot episode started off strong, posting a rating of 3.05 Until the premiere of Show Luo and Barbie Xu's Corner With Love, Hana-Kimi was the ratings king in its time slot. Barbie Xu bet that Corner With Love's first episode would reach a ratings zenith of 2.9; however, she was off by quite a bit, as Corner wound up with a mere 2.81, peaking at around 3.25. Corner With Love proved to be no match for Hana-Kimi in subsequent episodes, as the latter drama's ratings broke 5.0 by its twelfth episode. Ratings-wise, Hana-Kimi was dominant for each of its 15 episodes, ending off with a finale that averaged around 5.98. In light of Hana-Kimi 's success, reports claimed that Selina and Wu would be acting in the sequel to It Started With a Kiss as a couple. However, the director of the sequel stepped out and rebunked the rumor.
In a report at Liberty Times, it was confirmed that Wu would be starring in a new manga-based drama alongside Angela Chang. Calvin would also slated to take part as the second male lead in the drama. Filming for this drama, eventually confirmed to be Romantic Princess (公主小妹), began in early May. Romantic Princess has since premiered in Taiwan with a rating of 3.33 for its pilot episode. It was broadcast weekly and ended its run after 13 episodes. Its ratings remain constantly in the 3-4 range, edging out its main competitors, Sweet Relationship starring Vic Zhou and Bull Fighting starring Mike He and Hebe Tian.
The other members of Fahrenheit were also busy with their own filming commitments. Following the success of KO One is its sequel, The X-Family (終極一家). Jiro, Aaron and Calvin reprised their roles as Da Dong, Xiao Yu and Ya Se Wang respectively whilst taking on new roles in this new drama set in a separate dimension. Wu guest-starred and only appeared in the last two episodes of the 55-episode long drama. Shooting for The X-Family started in June, 2006, and ended in April, 2007. The drama has since enjoyed a full run on GTV, showing every Monday to Friday, and has recently concluded. Its popularity led to a slew of follow ups, including an online game as well as an original soundtrack that was promoted in numerous Asian countries.
Idol dramas aside, it was also reported in various Chinese sources that Wu will be starring in a new Hong Kong-based film with Gillian Chung of Twins. Another report claimed that Wu is currently preparing for a new drama directed by actor/director Stephen Chow. On April 27, 2007, the media announced that Alex Fong will take Wu's place in the new Hong Kong film, Bathing Beauty (出水芙蓉). However reports claiming a future project with Chow is still unconfirmed.
Jiro Wang has finished filming GTV drama, Rolling Love (翻滾吧！蛋炒飯) and ToGetHer with Rainie Yang and George Hu. After being cast as second male lead for a few of his drama series, the youngest member of Fahrenheit Aaron Yan finally stars as the main lead in the GTV drama Mysterious Incredible Terminator (霹靂MIT). Wu is involved in yet another idol drama, Hot Shot (篮球火), acting alongside established artists, Show Luo (Alan Luo) and Jerry Yan.
Aaron Yan was initially contracted to star in another upcoming drama, Momo Love, alongside his co star of Mysterious Incredible Terminator, Gui Gui. Filming began for the show, but was put on hold due to Fahrenheit's album promotion. The show is scheduled for a 2009 release, but due to Aaron's company only wants him to take part of one drama, his role in Momo Love was given to Jiro Wang and Gui Gui's part was given to actress Cyndi Wang. Currently, Aaron is filming a series called Love Buffet (愛似百匯) with Calvin as a second male lead, who will also be a part of Momo Love. Also, three out of four members are make special appearances in the threequel of the series KO One and The X-Family; K.O.3an Guo.Aaron Yan's upcoming drama with Hebe Tian will begin in November with Wu Chun.
- February 14, 2007: Fahrenheit Photo Notebook (酷愛飛輪海 / 寫真手札)
- June 20, 2007: Fahrenheit: First Photo Album (飛輪海寫真集: 海角一樂園)
- November 16, 2007: Fahrenheit First (飛輪海寫真集: Fahrenheit First) - Japan Limited
- September 4, 2009: The Beginning, Fahrenheit (飛輪海:原点)
- 2006-2010: Master Kang's 3+2 Crackers (PRC)
- 2006: Heme: Man Simple (Taiwan)
- 2006: Honey-Fruit and Vegetable Juice (Taiwan)
- 2007: OraLabs Ouboshi SPF15 Vanilla Flavored Chapstick (Taiwan)
- 2007: 7-11 - with S.H.E (Taiwan)
- 2007-2008: C.C.Lemon (Taiwan)
- 2007: Cadanro (PRC)
- 2007: Taisun Freeze (Taiwan)
- 2007-2008: Taisun Xian Cao Mi (PRC)
- 2007-2008: Ai Lian Jin Shi (Taiwan)
- 2007: Hong Kong Disneyland: Mickey's Summer Blast (Hongkong)
- 2007: Watsons Water (Hongkong)
- 2007: Watsons Water (PRC)
- 2008-2010: Mengniu Yogurt - with S.H.E (PRC)
- 2008-2010: Canon (Malaysia)
- 2008: Gatsby (PRC)
- 2008-2010: Taiwan Tourism Bureau
- 2009-2010: Coca-Cola
- Gatsby - Wu Chun and Calvin Chen 2008
- Gatsby - Jiro Wang and Aaron Yan 2008
- 蒙牛酸酸乳 - Fahrenheit and S.H.E 2010
- Canon Ixus 210IS 2010
- Watsons Water 2008
- Taiwan Tourism 2008
- 7-Eleven - Aaron Yan, Jiro Wang and Hebe Tian 2008
- 蒙牛酸酸乳 - Fahrenheit and S.H.E 2009
- Coca-Cola 2010
- Coca-Cola 2009
- Canon Ixus 130IS 2010
- Canon Ixus 100IS, 110IS, 95IS, 80IS 2009
- C.C.Lemon 2008
Aaron Yan's injuryEdit
In the later months of 2006 when the quartet were busy preparing for their debut album, the youngest member, Aaron Yan, tore a ligament in the knee while filming a dancing shoot for their music video "I Have My Youth", also known as "Wo You Wo De Young" (我有我的YOUNG). Aaron had to be brought to the hospital to do surgery. He was hospitalized for well over three weeks. For four months the other three members of Fahrenheit had to attend to overseas album promotions and functions without the presence of Aaron. The Taiwanese media then composed rumors saying that Aaron was a disadvantage for the group and that he was dragging the group behind, which would cause disbandment. More rumors surfaced saying that HIM was planning to dispose Aaron so Fahrenheit could become a group of three instead of four, therefore complementing more with the prefabricated trio S.H.E. However, Fahrenheit stepped out and confirmed that Aaron is still in the group despite his inconvenient condition. To prevent more rumors from happening, as soon as Aaron was available he appeared more often in the future promotions with the other members, clearly seen using crutches.
Frankie Kao files lawsuitEdit
In mid-January when the boy band Fahrenheit were guests on the Chinese program, Super Winners (超级大赢家), fans had filed complaints toward the host, Frankie Kao, for his disrespectful and careless attitude towards Fahrenheit and their fans. Fans listed their arguments, criticizing Kao for being contemptuous; before the program was to be recorded Fahrenheit and their fans had to wait for over two hours because Kao had to practice his dance for the opening ; when Aaron Yan accidentally had his eyes burnt by fireworks, Kao completely ignored his injury and continued on with the program. When fans began to worry and cry, he became annoyed and screamed at the fans to shut up. Fans also complained that when Fahrenheit was dancing, Kao had caused them to NG many times and therefore they were required to dance several more times. Fans witnessed an extremely exhausted Jiro Wang, who was almost to the point of collapsing after the dancing. The ill Wu Chun was also a victim; fans had witnessed Kao requiring Wu to do health-risking activities when Wu was sick with a fever.
After reports of Kao being disrespectful to new comers like Fahrenheit had been released, Kao immediately filed a lawsuit against the producer of the program, saying that the producer of the program "did not edit the production fairly" and was "destroying his image."  Kao demanded 100 Million Renminbi as retribution for the damage it would cause on his image. However, after the episode of the program was aired, Kao canceled the lawsuit because he was satisfied with the result.
Hacked Online AccountsEdit
Recently, HIM Comic Productions announced that online accounts of members Aaron, Jiro, Calvin, and Chun have been hacked. It was recently discovered by the company that Wu Chun's Yahoo and Wretch account, Aaron's Wretch account and MSN account, Jiro and Calvin's MSN accounts have been hacked. The company has already sent out a warning and apologies to all the fans who could be receiving offensive or virus-infected mails from any of the Fahrenheit members' accounts. This was already evident in Aaron Yan's last blog post where he mentioned things about privacy and hacked e-mails. Currently, Fahrenheit's blogs are in an idle state and the layout and some photos were altered or removed.
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