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FAHRENHEIT…

Fahrenheit (traditional Chinese: 飛輪海; pinyin: Fēi Lún Hǎi) is a Taiwanese vocal quartet boy band who has been active in Asia since 2005. The group consists of four members: Jiro Wang, Wu Chun, Calvin Chen, and Aaron Yan. They are managed by Comic International Productions (可米國際影視事業股份有限公司). The group’s music is distributed by HIM International Music in Taiwan, by WOW Music in Hong Kong[1] and by Pony Canyon in Japan. Fahrenheit are often associated with their seniors, S.H.E, who are also under HIM International Music.Contents

Background

Fahrenheit first gained minor recognition around late 2005 when their first altogether series, KO One, was broadcasted on television in Taiwan. Wu Chun joined the group later in late 2005. On December 28, 2005, Fahrenheit officially became a vocal quartet boy band.

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 Chun 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.

Aaron Yan

Aaron Yan was born in Taiwan, but moved to Connecticut, U.S 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 (安室愛美惠).

Calvin Chen

After Calvin Chen graduated from one of the top high schools 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. Calvin Chen comes from a very traditional family, where his father, at first, disapproved of his career as an idol. It is rumored that Calvin Chen was going to be on “Guess Guess Guess” in 2001, because of getting first place in a singing competition, however, he had to return to Canada and therefore, did not attend the show. After returning to Taiwan, Calvin Chen further pursued a his education in a Taiwan university.

Jiro Wang

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 Pawnshop No.8 (第8號當舖) and I Love My Wife (安室愛美惠). Then Comic Productions approached him, and gave him the supporting role of Ah Jin (金元豐) in ‘It Started with A Kiss’. That was where he was grouped with Aaron, Calvin and Wu Chun.

Wu Chun

Wu Chun was born in Brunei and is of Chinese descent (whose ancestors originally descended from Fujian province of China). He graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining Fahrenheit, Wu worked as a model for Yilin in Taiwan and Diva Models in Singapore. He was introduced to the entertainment industry during a trip to Taiwan at around mid-November 2005. A television producer discovered him during this trip, and recommended him to play the lead male role of Tokyo Juliet, which Wu accepted.

Discography
Further information: Fahrenheit discography
Studio albums
1st Fahrenheit (飛輪海 首張同名專輯) – 2006
2nd Two-Sided Fahrenheit (双面飛輪海) – 2008
3rd Love You More and More (越來越愛) – 2009
4th Super Hot (太熱) – 2010
Japanese singles
1st Stay With You (飛輪海首張日文單曲) – 2008
2nd Treasure (飛輪海第二張日文專輯) – 2008
3rd Only You (飛輪海第三張日文專輯) – 2009
DVD
Fahrenheit’s Fantasy World Tour Taipei Special (飛輪海想入飛飛演唱会旗艦場) – 2010

Film career

Similar to their seniors F4, each member of Fahrenheit has first gained recognition in participating in certain idol dramas.

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.

Wu Chun, however, was heading towards 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 Jiro 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[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] Ratings-wise, Hana-Kimi was dominant for each of its 15 episodes, ending off with a finale that averaged around 5.98.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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).[14]

On March 17, 2008, a press conference was held to announce that Wu will be filming a movie, Butterfly Lovers (武俠梁祝) with Charlene Choi, the other half of popular Hong Kong group, Twins.

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 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. Aaron and Guigui have receive a best on-screen couple award, fans like them together as Guilun. 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.

Also, three out of four members made a special appearances in the threequel of the series KO One and The X-Family; K.O.3an Guo. In the year of 2010, Aaron has filmed two series: Love Buffet (愛似百匯) with Calvin both as male leads, and Gloomy Salad Days with Serena Fang.

Chun has signed a contract to play in the Taiwanese incarnation of the robotic manga Absolute Boyfriend, filming is intended for three months.

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