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Antares
Kris Wu – Antares.png
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)
Length46:41
Language
Label
Producer
Singles from Antares
  1. "Deserve"
    Released: October 12, 2017
  2. "Like That"
    Released: May 18, 2018
  3. "Freedom"
    Released: September 14, 2018

Antares (Chinese: 安塔爾) is the only studio album by Chinese rapper and singer Kris Wu, released on November 2, 2018, through Ace Unit Culture Media.[1] The album was preceded by the singles "Deserve" featuring Travis Scott, "Like That", and "Freedom" featuring Jhené Aiko.[2][1] "Coupe" featuring Rich the Kid was released as an instant grat along with the album pre-order.[2] The songs "Tough Pill" and "Hold Me Down" are the only songs on the album to be featured in both English and Mandarin versions.[3]

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Traditional Chinese characters

Traditional Chinese characters

Traditional Chinese characters are one type of standard Chinese character sets of the contemporary written Chinese. The traditional characters had taken shapes since the clerical change and mostly remained in the same structure they took at the introduction of the regular script in the 2nd century. Over the following centuries, traditional characters were regarded as the standard form of printed Chinese characters or literary Chinese throughout the Sinosphere until the middle of the 20th century, before different script reforms initiated by countries using Chinese characters as a writing system.

Kris Wu

Kris Wu

Wu Yi Fan, known professionally as Kris Wu, is a Chinese-born Canadian former rapper, singer, actor and model, and convicted serial rapist. He is a former member of South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo and its subgroup Exo-M under SM Entertainment, before leaving the group in 2014. Wu was active as a solo artist and actor in Mainland China, and had starred in several number-one box office hits including Mr. Six and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, which are among the highest-grossing Chinese films of all time in China. He made his Hollywood debut in XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

Deserve (song)

Deserve (song)

"Deserve" is a song recorded by Chinese-Canadian singer and rapper Kris Wu featuring American rapper Travis Scott. It was released on October 12, 2017, through Ace Unit Culture, as the first single of Wu's debut studio album Antares (2018). The song was written by the performing artists and produced by Louis Bell. A music video for the song was directed by Colin Tilley and released on October 16, 2017.

Travis Scott

Travis Scott

Jacques Bermon Webster II, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His stage name is the namesake of a favorite uncle combined with the first name of one of his inspirations, Kid Cudi.

Like That (Kris Wu song)

Like That (Kris Wu song)

"Like That" is a song recorded by Chinese-Canadian rapper and singer Kris Wu, released on May 18, 2018, through Ace Unit Culture, Interscope, Universal Music China and Go East, as the second single from his debut studio album Antares.

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo is an American singer and songwriter who embarked on her music career contributing vocals and appearing in several music videos for R&B group B2K. In an effort to promote Aiko and cultivate a following for her, she was marketed as B2K member Lil' Fizz's cousin; she is not actually related to him. In 2003, Aiko was set to release her debut album, My Name Is Jhené, through her labels Sony, The Ultimate Group and Epic; however, the album was never released, and Aiko asked to be released from the label in order to continue her education.

Rich the Kid

Rich the Kid

Dimitri Leslie Roger, professionally known as Rich the Kid, is an American rapper. He released his debut studio album, The World Is Yours, on March 30, 2018. His second studio album, The World Is Yours 2, was released on March 22, 2019, and his third studio album, Boss Man, on March 13, 2020.

Background

Along with the announcement of the album on the Complex radio show Open Late hosted by Peter Rosenberg, Wu stated on the show that he named the album for the star Antares, which means "heart of the scorpion", and in Chinese translates to "heart of the dragon".[4] Wu also set the release date for November 2, four days before his birthday on November 6.[5]

Chart manipulation accusation

Upon release in the United States, seven songs from Antares were in the top ten on the American iTunes Store, blocking songs like Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next", which was released the following day.[6] Wu was accused by Grande's manager Scooter Braun of using bots to boost his sales numbers. Braun later apologized via an Instagram post, stating after a conversation with Wu, that the irregulation in sales were most likely done through impatient Chinese fans using VPN's to access the album earlier.[7] Antares ultimately debuted at number 100 on the Billboard 200, earning 8,000 album-equivalent units, 5,000 of which were pure sales.[8]

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ITunes Store

ITunes Store

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her four-octave vocal range has received critical acclaim, and her personal life has been the subject of widespread media attention. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including two Grammy Awards, one Brit Award, one Bambi Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and 30 Guinness World Records.

Thank U, Next (song)

Thank U, Next (song)

"Thank U, Next" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande. It was surprise released on November 3, 2018, through Republic Records, as the lead single from her fifth studio album of the same name (2019). Written by Grande, Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét, along with its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson, and Michael Foster, "Thank U, Next" is a celebratory ode to Grande's failed relationships, following her highly publicized breakup with then-fiancé Pete Davidson. Considered a modern cultural phenomenon, the song's title and its lyrics spawned several catch phrases and online memes.

Scooter Braun

Scooter Braun

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Instagram

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Billboard 200

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Album-equivalent unit

Album-equivalent unit

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Track listing

Antares track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Antares"
3:06
2."November Rain"
3:13
3."Coupe" (featuring Rich the Kid)
Nelson3:14
4."Tough Pill"
3:32
5."We Alive"
  • Wu
  • Oshunrinde
  • Krystin Rook
  • Monroe Watkins
  • Feeney
  • WondaGurl
  • Frank Dukes[b]
3:03
6."Selfish"
  • Wu
  • Nelson
Nelson3:15
7."Tian Di" (天地)
Dun Deal P.Kaldone [b]3:36
8."Freedom" (featuring Jhené Aiko)
4:24
9."Explore"
  • Wu
  • Mario Jefferson
  • King
  • Simmonds
  • Krystin Rock
  • Monroe Watkins
  • Kris Wu
  • R!O & Kamo
2:59
10."Like That"
  • Wu
  • Jeffrey Smith
  • Vernon Smith
  • Roberts
  • Bell
3:48
11."Hold Me Down"
  • Wu
  • Bell
  • Simmonds
  • Owens
  • King
Bell2:59
12."Deserve" (featuring Travis Scott)
  • Kris Wu
  • Bell
  • Beazy Tymes
3:02
13."Tough Pill" (Chinese version)
  • Wu
  • Bell
  • Owens
  • Landis
  • Simmonds
  • King
  • Kris Wu
  • Bell
  • Roofeeo
3:32
14."Hold Me Down" (Chinese version)
  • Wu
  • Simmonds
  • Owens
  • King
  • Kris Wu
  • Bell
2:59
Total length:46:41

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • "Hold Me Down" is titled "Hold Me Down – English Version" on digital platforms.
  • The Mandarin version of "Hold Me Down" is titled "Hold Me Down – Chinese Version" on digital platforms.

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Wu Yi Fan, known professionally as Kris Wu, is a Chinese-born Canadian former rapper, singer, actor and model, and convicted serial rapist. He is a former member of South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo and its subgroup Exo-M under SM Entertainment, before leaving the group in 2014. Wu was active as a solo artist and actor in Mainland China, and had starred in several number-one box office hits including Mr. Six and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, which are among the highest-grossing Chinese films of all time in China. He made his Hollywood debut in XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

WondaGurl

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Ebony Naomi Oshunrinde, professionally known as WondaGurl, is a Canadian record producer, songwriter and record executive. WondaGurl has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Pop Smoke, Travis Scott, Jay-Z, Drake and Kanye West.

Frank Dukes

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Murda Beatz

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Rich the Kid

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Dimitri Leslie Roger, professionally known as Rich the Kid, is an American rapper. He released his debut studio album, The World Is Yours, on March 30, 2018. His second studio album, The World Is Yours 2, was released on March 22, 2019, and his third studio album, Boss Man, on March 13, 2020.

Louis Bell

Louis Bell

Louis Russell Bell is an American record producer, vocal producer, songwriter, and mixing engineer. Bell's work includes production for Post Malone, Camila Cabello, Halsey, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, 5 Seconds of Summer, Taylor Swift, Juice Wrld, DJ Khaled, Kanye West and Frank Dukes among others. A producer and writer specializing in various genres, Bell has 18 US top 10 hits to his credit, including eight number ones, all since 2018. Billboard called Bell's impact on the top of the charts "historic" and labeled him "pop's most prolific, accomplished and untethered freelancer of 2019".

Dun Deal

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Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo is an American singer and songwriter who embarked on her music career contributing vocals and appearing in several music videos for R&B group B2K. In an effort to promote Aiko and cultivate a following for her, she was marketed as B2K member Lil' Fizz's cousin; she is not actually related to him. In 2003, Aiko was set to release her debut album, My Name Is Jhené, through her labels Sony, The Ultimate Group and Epic; however, the album was never released, and Aiko asked to be released from the label in order to continue her education.

FKi 1st

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Like That (Kris Wu song)

Like That (Kris Wu song)

"Like That" is a song recorded by Chinese-Canadian rapper and singer Kris Wu, released on May 18, 2018, through Ace Unit Culture, Interscope, Universal Music China and Go East, as the second single from his debut studio album Antares.

Personnel

Performance

Production

  • Kris Wu – executive production, production (tracks 4, 9, 12–14)
  • WondaGurl – production (track 1 and 5)
  • Murda Beatz – production (track 2)
  • Brian Lee – production (track 2)
  • Bryan Nelson – production (tracks 3 and 6)
  • Louis Bell – production (tracks 4, 11–14)
  • Roofeeo – production (tracks 4 and 13
  • Dun Deal – production (track 7)
  • P.Kaldone – production (track 7)
  • FKi 1st – production (tracks 8 and 10)
  • R!O & Kamo – production (track 9)
  • Track Bangas – production (track 10)
  • Beazy Tymes – production (track 12)
  • Frank Dukes – additional production (tracks 1 and 5)
  • Rex Kudo – additional production (track 8)
  • Smitty – co-production (track 10)

Technical

  • Ray Charles Brown Jr. – engineering (tracks 7 and 10), recording (track 8)
  • Claudio Cueni – mastering (track 8)
  • FKi 1st – mixing (track 8)

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Kris Wu

Kris Wu

Wu Yi Fan, known professionally as Kris Wu, is a Chinese-born Canadian former rapper, singer, actor and model, and convicted serial rapist. He is a former member of South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo and its subgroup Exo-M under SM Entertainment, before leaving the group in 2014. Wu was active as a solo artist and actor in Mainland China, and had starred in several number-one box office hits including Mr. Six and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, which are among the highest-grossing Chinese films of all time in China. He made his Hollywood debut in XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

Rich the Kid

Rich the Kid

Dimitri Leslie Roger, professionally known as Rich the Kid, is an American rapper. He released his debut studio album, The World Is Yours, on March 30, 2018. His second studio album, The World Is Yours 2, was released on March 22, 2019, and his third studio album, Boss Man, on March 13, 2020.

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo is an American singer and songwriter who embarked on her music career contributing vocals and appearing in several music videos for R&B group B2K. In an effort to promote Aiko and cultivate a following for her, she was marketed as B2K member Lil' Fizz's cousin; she is not actually related to him. In 2003, Aiko was set to release her debut album, My Name Is Jhené, through her labels Sony, The Ultimate Group and Epic; however, the album was never released, and Aiko asked to be released from the label in order to continue her education.

Travis Scott

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Jacques Bermon Webster II, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His stage name is the namesake of a favorite uncle combined with the first name of one of his inspirations, Kid Cudi.

WondaGurl

WondaGurl

Ebony Naomi Oshunrinde, professionally known as WondaGurl, is a Canadian record producer, songwriter and record executive. WondaGurl has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Pop Smoke, Travis Scott, Jay-Z, Drake and Kanye West.

Murda Beatz

Murda Beatz

Shane Lee Lindstrom, known professionally as Murda Beatz, is a Canadian record producer. He has produced hit singles like "Butterfly Effect" by American rapper Travis Scott, "Back on Road" by American rapper Gucci Mane, "Nice for What" by Canadian rapper Drake, "Motorsport" by American rap trio Migos, and "Fefe", which was a collaboration between Murda, American rapper 6ix9ine, and Trinidadian-born rapper Nicki Minaj.

Louis Bell

Louis Bell

Louis Russell Bell is an American record producer, vocal producer, songwriter, and mixing engineer. Bell's work includes production for Post Malone, Camila Cabello, Halsey, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, 5 Seconds of Summer, Taylor Swift, Juice Wrld, DJ Khaled, Kanye West and Frank Dukes among others. A producer and writer specializing in various genres, Bell has 18 US top 10 hits to his credit, including eight number ones, all since 2018. Billboard called Bell's impact on the top of the charts "historic" and labeled him "pop's most prolific, accomplished and untethered freelancer of 2019".

Dun Deal

Dun Deal

David Maximillian Cunningham, known professionally as Dun Deal, is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper. He is best known for producing A$AP Mob's hit single "RAF", Young Thug's single "Stoner" and Migos' single "Hannah Montana". Cunningham has also worked with Gucci Mane, Usher, Trey Songz, Future, Drake, Rich Homie Quan, and Kevin Gates, among others. He is signed to Artist Publishing Group.

FKi 1st

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Trocon Markous Robert Jr., better known by his stage name FKi 1st, 1$T or 1st Down, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, and record producer. He is a member of the production and songwriting team FKi.

Track Bangas

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Frank Dukes

Frank Dukes

Adam King Feeney, better known by his former stage name Frank Dukes, is a Canadian musician, record producer, and songwriter. A prolific producer, he has worked with artists including Camila Cabello ("Havana"), Post Malone and The Weeknd. Following a two decade production career, he retired as Frank Dukes in 2021 to pursue his own music and art as Ging.

Smitty (rapper)

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Charts

Chart performance for Antares
Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Digital Albums (ARIA)[9] 25
French Digital Albums (SNEP)[10] 121
US Billboard 200[11] 100

Source: "Antares (album)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antares_(album).

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