Tuesday, October 7, 2008


JVKV is a popular boy band. The group began in the Taiwanese drama ''Meteor Garden'' as F4 with members Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu, and Vic Zhou. They have also attained popularity in other countries in Asia, such as Japan and the Philippines.

Musical career


The ''Meteor Garden'' series is an adaptation of the Japanese shōjo manga series, ''Boys Over Flowers'' . Yan plays the lead role of Dao Ming Si, an extremely arrogant and rich university student who meets his match in the poor but proud girl, Shan Cai - played by Barbie Xu. Zhou, Wu and Zhu play his friends Hua Ze Lei, Mei Zuo, and Xi Men respectively. The four boys were the most popular and handsome boys at the university; they were recognised as the group named the "Flower Four", hence the title: F4.

''Meteor Garden'' was released in Taiwan in 2001 and turned the leads into stars virtually overnight. In 2002 ''Meteor Garden'' was released in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and in the Philippines in 2003. The series was smuggled into Mainland China in 2002 despite an official ban by the authorities there on its showing due to its emphasis on power and materialism. A sequel, ''Meteor Garden II,'' was shot in Spain later and released in 2002. The success of "Meteor Garden" is notable because it has launched the idol drama craze.

In 2001, F4 became a boyband and signed a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment. Together they have released three albums, ''Meteor Rain'', ''Fantasy 4ever'', and "Waiting for You Here". In 2002, F4 sang the cover of "Can't Help Falling in Love" included in the Asian version of Walt Disney's ''Lilo & Stitch'' soundtrack. The version of this song is sung by A*Teens, which is a cover of the 1961 Elvis Presley hit of the same title. They also made the Mandarin cover of Yo Te Amo by Chayanne.

F4 has been sponsored by Pepsi, and Samuel & Kevin. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau appointed members of F4 as Tourism Ambassadors on March 9, 2007. Their "Wish to See You in Taiwan" campaign involves filming a television advertisement and a drama series filmed on tourist locations. As tourism ambassadors, F4 members also invited its overseas fans from South Korea and elsewhere to visit Taiwan.


On April 29, 2007, ''Meteor Garden'' producer Angie Chai announced that the group would no longer be known as F4. The change in name stemmed from copyright-related issues. Japanese publisher Shueisha, who owns the copyright to ''Boys Over Flowers'' allowed the group to use F4 as its band name in 2001. However, as Japan had filmed and aired its own live action versions of the popular manga, with its own cast of four, the publisher felt that there may be confusion over the name in different countries. Due to this conflict, the group was renamed JVKV using the first initials of each of the group's members. According to the producer, the members are listed in the new name by the order of their birth dates from oldest to youngest, thus Vanness Wu's name appears before Vic Zhou's.

Despite rumours of disbanding, JVKV released their third album, , on December 28, 2007. Their third album still bore the name F4, not JVKV.

Solo projects

JVKV are also concentrating on their solo careers in acting and music.

Wu has focused more of his attention on movies and music. He released his 2nd album titled "V.Dubb" in April of 2007, five years after his first album, "Body Will Sing". He's been in numerous music videos, "Ai Cuo" with Wang Leehom, Chinese version of "Crazy in Love" with Beyonce and Coco Lee's "Hip Hop Tonight". He has also been involved with several big-screen movies such as "Kung Fu Fighter", "Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon", and "Dragon Squad" just to name a few.

In August 2004, Yan came out with his first solo album titled, 'The First Time' . He's acted in Taiwan drama series "The Hospital" and made a movie, Magic Kitchen 魔幻廚房 .

Zhou has come out with 3 solo albums, "Make a Wish" , "Remember I Love You" , and "I'm not F4" , not to mention, he has acted in at least one drama series every year since his first break in 2001 with the exception of 2003. Within the last year, he will also be coming out with 2 movies, "Linger" and "Tea Fight."

Chu, known to love food and cooking, came out with his own cook book, "Delicious Relations" in 2006 after starring in a string of idol dramas. He has also starred in at least one drama every year since 2001, with the exception of 2005. That year, he came out with his own solo album, "On Ken's Time." He has filmed 3 movies to date. In a recent interview with F4, Chu has mentioned that he is growing increasingly more interested in music.

Three of the four will be acting in "Wish To See You Again." Vic Zhou and Ken Chu will be starring in it, while Vanness will have a guest appearance in a few episodes. Due to scheduling conflicts, Jerry Yan will not be starring in it and instead, Kingone Wang will be playing the part that was initially intended for Jerry. Instead, Jerry Yan is filming a series in Taiwan alongside Wu Chun of Fahrenheit and Show Luo, called "Hot Shot" which will be released in the summer of 2008. The series is based around basketball and the boys' competition on court. This series is highly anticipated due to the star status of the 3 male leads.


''流星雨 '' -
# 流星雨 - Sung by
# 我是真的真的很愛你 - Sung by
# Here We Are - Sung by
# 誰讓你流淚 -Sung by Vanness
# 為你執著 - Sung by
# 第一時間 - Sung by
# 要定妳 - Sung by
# 你不愛我愛誰? -Sung by Vanness
# 愛不會一直等妳 - Sung by
# 最特別的存在 - Sung by

''Fantasy 4ever'' -
# 絕不能失去你 - Sung by
# 煙火的季節 - Sung by
# 愛的領域 - Sung by
# 一個人的冬季 - Sung by
# 晴天 - - Sung by
# 當你是朋友 - Vanness and Ken Zhu
# 我愛你 - Sung by
# 只有我 - Sung by
# 心理測驗
# 怎麽會是你 - Sung by
# Ask For More - Sung by
# Can't Help Falling in Love - Sung by

''Waiting for you 在這裡等你'' -
# 體驗
# 在這裡等你
# 你是我唯一的執著
# Listen to your heart
# 殘念
# 愛不停止
# 白
# 七天 - 吳建豪
# 無所謂
# 我沒有辦法離開你

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