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Eric Chou
周 興 哲
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Chou performing in 2015
Born 22 June 1995 (1995-06-22) (age 26)
Nationality Taiwanese
Other names
  • Chou Hsing-che
  • Zhou Xingzhe
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 2014–present
Labels Sony Music Taiwan
Eric Chou
Traditional Chinese 周興哲
Simplified Chinese 周兴哲

Eric Chou (Chinese: 周興哲; pinyin: Zhōu Xīngzhé, born 22 June 1995) is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter. Chou has been dubbed by the Taiwanese media as "king of the lovelorn people" for his ballads such as "How Have You Been" and "The Distance of Love".

Early life

Born and raised in Taiwan, Eric Chou moved to Boston, USA, when he was 12 years old, and returned to Taiwan when he was 18. In the United States, Chou attended Fay School and Northfield Mount Hermon School. He has a younger brother named Jimmy/James and an older brother named Alex (周予天) who is also a singer-songwriter.

He has been playing classical piano since he was young. Due to his passion for music, Chou loves composing. His inspiration for songwriting comes mainly from movies and the experiences of him and his friends.

Career

Chou was scouted by his entertainment company when he performed onstage and sang at his uncle's wedding.

At 19, he debuted with My Way to Love , a self-composed album featuring eleven tracks, in December 2014. He released his studio album What Love Has Taught Us (愛,教會我們的事), consisting of 10 songs, in August 2016.

Chou has also performed for Rock On! 2017, the largest countdown party in Singapore, on 31 December 2016.

Chou released his third studio album, "The Chaos After You" on 15 December 2017, which consists of 10 tracks.

He then released his first EP on 10 January 2019, and had his first concert tour for the year. The concert was first kicked off in Taipei.

To raise funds for the COVID-19 pandemic, Eric Chou will donate all proceeds from a new remake of "Forever Beautiful", sung together with other Asian Sony artists.

Discography

Extended plays

Album information Track listing
Freedom
  • EP
  • Released: 10 January 2019
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd

Albums

Album information Track listing
My Way To Love
  • Studio Album
  • Released: 19 December 2014
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd
What Love Has Taught Us
  • Studio Album
  • Released: 5 August 2016
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd
The Chaos After You
  • Studio Album
  • Released: 15 December 2017
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd
Freedom
  • Studio Album
  • Released: 24 December 2019
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd
When We Were Young
  • Studio Album
  • Released: 7 January 2020
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Ltd

Filmography

Film

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2016 Love, Meet again 又見麵,幸福的味道 A-zhe Short film

Television series

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2014 The Way We Were 16個夏天 Himself Cameo; episodes 4, 10, 14, 16
2018 The Elfin's Golden Castle 小妖的金色城堡 Lin Nanyi Webseries
2019 Girl's Power 女兵日記女力報到 Himself Cameo

Television shows

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2018 Chao Yin Idols 潮音战纪 Himself Idol Partnership Reality Show

Tours and concerts

Concert tours
  • This Is Love (2016-2017)
  • 22 TWENTY TWO (2017)
  • 22 Plus (2018)
  • How Have You Been (2019)
  • How Have You Been Deluxe (2021)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 5th Global Chinese Golden Chart Awards Best New Artist (Bronze) Eric Chou Won
2016 Hito Music Awards Most Popular New Artist (Male) Won
2017 12th KKBOX Music Awards Artist of the Year Won
2018 Hito Music Awards friDay Digital Song "The Chaos After You" Won
Most Appealing Artist Eric Chou Won
2019 14th KKBOX Music Awards Artist of the Year "The Chaos After You" Won
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