Super Junior M’s Zhoumi Made A Solo Debut?
Super Junior was known as the group with the largest number of members when they debuted back in 2005. Due to their large number of members (formerly 13 members), the agency decided to divide the group into subunits. The most popular subunit is Super Junior M, which emphasized its promotion and market in China. The group originally comprised a Chinese member from the main group, Hankyung, and two additional Chinese members, Henry and Zhoumi. Although the group itself is not currently active, its Chinese members are focusing on their solo careers. Hankyung chose to leave the company in 2009 and Henry chose not to renew his contract in April 2018. What about Zhoumi?
Zhoumi was born on April 19th, 1986, in Wuhan, China and debuted as a member of Super Junior M in 2008 as the main vocalist. After joining the ballad group SM The Ballad in February 2014, he was said to make his solo debut with an album titled Rewind in the same year. How was his solo debut? How was the album? In this article, Channel-Korea will provide you with a detailed rundown of everything about Zhoumi’s solo debut and his album Rewind.
Solo Debut With Rewind
After working as a member of Super Junior M for six years, Zhoumi got the chance to make a debut as a solo artist. On October 27th, 2014, the agency, SM Entertainment, released a teaser image via their official Twitter account, indicating that they would debut a male solo artist. It was unrecognizable because the guy in the image is looking down and he has put his head between his arms.
— SMTOWN (@SMTOWNGLOBAL) October 27, 2014
However, some fans had speculated about who it was. They also made a comparison of Zhoumi’s width of his arms and also the birthmark on his left knuckle. A few hours later, it was then confirmed by the agency that Zhoumi would be the next solo artist who will make a debut and they released the first teaser image.
On October 29th, the agency released another teaser image with a similar look like the first one, looking away from the camera with a serious look.
He officially debuted as a solo artist on October 31st, by releasing the album titled Rewind. Because he is basically Chinese he concentrated on the Chinese market: he would be focused on it and release the tracks in Chinese and make the Korean version for a few songs including the title track. It was said he would promote the album in South Korea and China simultaneously. In an interview with The Celebrity magazine, he confessed that he was happy about his solo debut that he almost burst into tears as he saw the teaser banners on portal websites and buses. He also claimed that he was the first Chinese artist to launch a solo career in Korea.
The music video was released in two versions: Chinese and Korean. The Chinese version featured the former Chinese member of EXO, Tao (who was still an EXO member at the time and is now known as Z.Tao), and the Korean version featured EXO’s Chanyeol. The teasers for both versions were released on October 30th. The music video is about Zhoumi reminiscing his time with his ex-girlfriend.
Chinese Version Featuring Tao
For the Chinese version, he chose to make a collaboration with the EXO’s Chinese rapper, Tao. It starts with Zhoumi inside a car, then when the song starts, he is shown snapping his hand while saying, “Rewind” several times. He looks handsome with his suit while dancing to the song. Just like the title, it involves rewinding some clips to before he breaks up with his girlfriend. We can also really enjoy the catchy “rewind” hand gesture. In the middle, Tao appeared from a car when his rap part comes. At the end of the video, we can see the shirtless Zhoumi rewinding to before he entered the room.
Korean Version Featuring Chanyeol
For the Korean version, he chose to collaborate with EXO’s Korean rapper, Chanyeol. It is not much different from the Chinese music video. In the middle, it’s Chanyeol who appears in front of a car when his rap comes.
The album was released online on October 31st, 2014, and physically on November 3rd, 2014. The genre of the album is a mix of R&B, ballad, and upbeat songs each of which portrays Zhoumi’s strong voice. The album consists of a total of 6 songs, plus 2 songs in a Korean version. The Chinese versions of the songs were all written by Zhoumi himself with the help of other artists. The Korean version of “Rewind” was written by Lee Yoo-jin and Oh Min-joo, while its Chinese version was written by Zhoumi, Zhou Weijie, and EXO’s Tao.
Here is the list of the songs completed with the full credits!
(feat. Chanyeol of EXO)
|Lee Yoo-jin, Oh Min-joo (Jam Factory)||Daniel “Obi” Klein, Jakob Mihoubi, Rudi Daouk||03:32|
|2||Why (Color Blind) (Korean Ver.)||Jeon Gan-di||Hayley Aitken, Olof Lindskog, Caesar & Loui||Yoo Han-jin||03:33|
|3||Without You||Zhoumi||Steven Lee||Im Gang-wook, Im Chae-seop||03:39|
(爱上你) (feat. Victoria of f(x))
|Zhoumi||Jo Yong-hoon, Lee Jae-myung||03:45|
(feat. Tao of EXO)
(feat. Tao of EXO)
|Zhoumi, Zhou Weijie, Tao||Daniel “Obi” Klein, Jakob Mihoubi, Rudi Daouk||03:32|
|8||Why (Color Blind)||Zhoumi||Hayley Aitken, Olof Lindskog, Caesar & Loui||Yoo Han-jin||03:33|
For the Hong Kong version, Zhoumi added a special track, “Lovesick” in Cantonese version. The Cantonese lyrics were written by Vicky Fung.
They also released a highlight medleys video of the album for both versions on SM’s official YouTube channel.
The album peaked at number 5 on the Gaon Album Weekly Chart and number 12 on the Gaon Album Monthly Chart. It also peaked at number 12 on the Billboard World Album. Meanwhile, the title track “Rewind” (feat. Chanyeol) peaked at number 161 on the Gaon Chart (Korea) and number 5 on the Billboard World (US). On Baidu Chart (China), the Chinese version of “Rewind” featuring Tao peaked at number 17 and the other track, “Loving You” (feat. Victoria), peaked at number 13. The physical sales reached a total of 8,676+ sales recorded by Gaon.
If you are curious about the album, let’s check out the unboxing video below!
Music Show Performance
According to Soompi, Zhoumi did a photo shoot and interview with BNTNews in 2015. When asked about his solo debut, he confessed that it was hard for him because he had to fill the stage all on his own. He also added that when he recalled his first solo stage, he thought that he screwed it up and hoped to do better in his next album. Is it true though? Let’s check out his live performances below!
His stage debut was on MBC Music Core on November 1st, 2014. He performed the Korean version of “Rewind” and it was featuring Amber of f(x) instead of Chanyeol.
He finally made a performance with Chanyeol on SBS’ Inkigayo on November 9th, 2014.
He also made a performance of the Chinese version of “Rewind” featuring Tao through SBS’ The Show on November 4th, 2014.
What do you think about the performance? Who is your favorite feature among them? Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section below!
At the end of 2018, Zhoumi released a single track “寂寞煙火” (The Lonely Flame), on December 19th, which he was responsible for composing and writing the lyrics of the song. On December 27th, he dropped the music video for the song.
He also released the Japanese version of the song on May 6th, 2019, making it his first Japanese song. On the same day, he held a fan meeting presented by ELF-Japan titled Zhoumi Fanmeeting 2019. He posted about it the day after on his personal Instagram account (@zhouzhoumi419).
Recently, he posted about someone’s wedding that turned out to be his fellow co-worker from The Show program. He also said that it was a great time since it had been a long time since they had last gotten together.
Zhoumi managed to make his solo debut and even released his second album in 2016. We surely hope to see him release another solo album. Let’s keep supporting him and look forward to his upcoming activities in the future!