“Love in the Buff” Brings Fame to Wanting Qu

The current best-selling album in Hong Kong is not by a Hong Kong native, but by Wanting Qu (曲婉婷), a 28-year-old singer-songwriter hailing from Vancouver, Canada. Her debut full-length music album, Everything in the World, debuted at number one on Hong Kong’s IFPI album charts, and remained on the top spot for three weeks. Her best-selling single “Drenched” was the number one on iTunes charts for weeks before it was surpassed by Pakho Chau’s (周柏豪) “Death Row” (斬立決) earlier this month.

It was not an overnight success for Wanting. Born in Harbin, China in 1983, Wanting migrated to Vancouver, Canada for her tertiary education in 2000. Going against her parents’ wishes, Wanting insisted on studying music theory over business, and became estranged from her mother for many years. To pay for her tuition, Wanting spent two years working as a cleaner in various business institutions.

After winning a singing competition in 2004, Wanting formed a band, The Wanting Band, in 2005, and performed in small concerts around the country. In 2009, Wanting signed with Canada’s Nettwerk Music Group, the company that helped launched the careers of Avril Lavigne and Coldplay. Wanting is the first Chinese musician to sign with Nettwerk, and released her first compositional work, the self-titled Wanting EP, in August 2010 in mainland China.

In 2011, while Pang Ho Cheung (彭浩翔) and his cowriter, Jody Luk (陸以心), were going through a writer’s block for their script of the Love in a Puff <志明與春嬌> sequel, Love in the Buff <春嬌與志明>, a demo version of Wanting’s Drenched was playing on repeat mode n a Beijing café they were working at. They became inspired by the song, and finished off the script with the lyrics of Drenched in mind. Afterwards, they contacted Wanting and selected Drenched to be the theme song of Love in the Buff. The song, as well as the movie, became an instant hit. Wanting also contributed a second song, You Exist in My Song in the Love in the Buff soundtrack.

Wanting recalled, “I was not very familiar with the Chinese industry. I was suspicious at first because I didn’t know who Pang Ho Cheung was, so I secretly went online to check him out.”

Within one month of release, Love in the Buff earned close to $28 million HKD in the Hong Kong box office, and is currently the highest-grossing Chinese-language film in Hong Kong.

In the coming months, Wanting will focus her career in Hong Kong, and is currently preparing for her mini-concerts that will be held in Hong Kong and mainland China this September.

Listen to Wanting Qu’s “Drenched”

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Source: Sun.on.cc, nownews.com

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  1. absolutely loved her album. it’s one of the few i don’t skip any songs!

    1. Pandamao,
      I like Wanting’s “You Exist in my Song” (我的歌声里) the most.

      1. that’s definitely a fave too on my list. great soulful voice 🙂

  2. brilliant!!!! love her tone (the sound of her voice). 🙂

  3. Really superb!! And she is singing TOTALLY LIVE!!! WOW!!! Took my breath away!!!!

  4. Thanks Jayne for this article!! I love the movie!!
    n yup, love this song too but never thought it was sang by a Chinese! Gonna get her album!!! SUPERB!!!

  5. Drenched sounds good. Btw, a lot of singers have released their albums in August (Eason Chan, Bondy Chiu, Prudence Liew, etc.) I personally love Bondy Chiu’s latest audiophile album “Chanteur” the best, and next comes Eason’s 3mm…

  6. She has a really unique voice. And best of all, she writes her own songs, just like Taylor Swift!

  7. This sounds like a good review of her music. I think I will go check her out. I earlier saw her album in stores and at first glanced I thought it was Kelly Chen!

  8. I adore her voice. Heard a song of hers on the radio and I just had to shazam her out n she is just awesome! nice post, Jayne!

  9. Not much of a vocalist but I give her credit for creating her own music, which is so rare in the Asian music scene.

  10. Like the rhythm of her songs, but can’t understand what she is singing.

  11. I was listening to her album a few weeks ago. Great to learn more about her!

  12. Wanting? LOL is that even a name 🙂

    Her voice is pretty good and she is a professional i.e a songwriter/singer who has studied music theory. HK music industry really need talents like her in order to survive.

    Wannabe singers from TVB like Fale & Co. are killing the city, LOL

  13. A really talented young lady and will go far in the music world!Lovely song, lovely singer, thanks Jayne.

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