Joker Xue (simplified Chinese: 薛之谦; traditional Chinese: 薛之謙; pinyin: Xuē Zhīqiān, born 17 July 1983) is a Chinese singer-songwriter and record producer.
Xue is known for his hit songs and charisma on stage with his signature musical style, referred to as “薛氏情歌” Xue's Ballads, of which “演员” Actor is the most notable example. Since his 2006 debut, Xue has produced many great hits detailing love's triumphs and woes. His varied style plays with the classic pop pairing of piano and strings, while taking in folk-tinged acoustic guitar and sultry R&B beats. His compositions have also covered other concepts, such as “怪咖” Freak and “违背的青春” Forsaken Youth. He is the most-streamed Mandopop artist from mainland China on Spotify. Xue has also found success on many high-profile TV shows, and is recognized as a popular TV personality for his sense of humor.
Xue has seen his fair share of ups and downs in his life. He was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. When he was four years old, his mother died of heart disease. He studied Hotel Management at Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland, before dropping out to pursue a music career. Xue first came to prominence in 2005, when his outstanding performance at the TV talent competition My Show gained him widespread popularity and earned him a seven-year contract with Shangteng Entertainment. His first few releases were a hit on the charts, but his career went downhill after the record company ran into financial difficulties. Not one to sit by the sidelines, Xue decided to open a hot pot business in a bid to fund his singing ambitions. He also ventured into the fashion world with one label under his belt and dabbled in acting and hosting. His business took off and he used the money he made to fund his career in music.