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F4 Band

LabelsSony Music Taiwan (2001-2007)
WebsiteSony Music Taiwan
MembersJerry Yan
Vanness Wu
Ken Chu
Vic Chou

F4 (Flower Four) or JVKV is a Taiwanese boy band consisting of Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu, and Vic Chou. The group F4 was formed in 2001 after the Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden that they starred in was widely successful. Together they have starred in several Taiwanese drama series and released three albums, Meteor Rain (2001), Fantasy 4ever (2002), and Waiting for You (2007).

In 2007, due to copyright issues, the group changed its name to JVKV, using the descending age of the initials of its members.[1] Other than their home country, Taiwan, they have also attained popularity in other parts of Asia, such as the Philippines, mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea.


2001: Formation and Meteor Garden

The group formed as a result of the success of a Taiwanese drama series, Meteor Garden. The series is an adaptation of the Japanese sh?jo manga series, (Hana Yori Dango). Yan plays the lead role of Dao Ming Si, an extremely arrogant and rich university student who meets his match in the poor but proud girl, Shan Cai. Chou, Wu and Chu play as his friends Hua Ze Lei, Mei Zuo, and Xi Men, respectively. In the series, the four guys identify themselves as a group called "Flower Four", or often shortened as F4.

Meteor Garden was released in Taiwan in 2001 and turned the leads into stars virtually overnight.[2] In 2002 Meteor Garden was released in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and the Philippines in 2003. It was also released in some place of Europe. The series was aired on Xing Kong channel, and was later remade in China. A sequel, Meteor Garden II, was shot in Spain later and released in 2002.

2001-03: Musical venture, Meteor Rain, and Fantasy 4ever

In 2001, F4 became a boy band and signed a record deal with Sony Music Taiwan. In the same year they released their debut album, Meteor Rain, and in the following year they released Fantasy 4ever. The album includes the Mandarin version of "Can't Help Falling in Love" that they recorded for the Asian version of Walt Disney's Lilo & Stitch soundtrack,[3] a Mandarin version of "Yo Te Amo" by Chayanne, and a Pepsi advertisement theme song "Ask For More".

In 2003, they embarked on an Asian tour to support Fantasy 4ever, and went on an unannounced hiatus afterwards as the members began to focus on their solo careers.

2007-08: Waiting for You and name change to JVKV

On April 29, 2007, Meteor Garden producer Angie Chai announced that the group would no longer be known as F4. The change in name stemmed from copyright-related issues. Japanese publisher Shueisha, who owns the copyright to Hana Yori Dango allowed the group to use F4 as its band name in 2001. However, as Japan had filmed and aired its own live action versions of the popular manga, with its own cast of four, the publisher felt that there may be confusion over the name in different countries.[4][5] Due to this conflict, the group was renamed JVKV using the first initials of each of the group's members. According to the producer, the members are listed in the new name by the order of their birth dates from oldest to youngest, thus Vanness Wu's name appears before Vic Chou's.[1]

Despite rumours of disbanding,[6] JVKV released their third album, Waiting For You, on December 28, 2007.[7] Their third album still bore the name F4, not JVKV. F4 were the first foreign artists to hold 7 consecutive concerts in Japan.

2013: Jiangsu TV's Spring Festival

In January 2013, the group was confirmed to perform at Jiangsu TV's Spring Festival in China along with Harlem Yu.[8] The performance was taped in Beijing on January 30, 2013,[9][10] and was aired on February 10, 2013. It was their first performance together in four years. During the show, they hinted that they were going to have a concert tour in China, which did not come to fruition.


Stage name Birth name Date of birth
English Chinese Romanized Chinese
Jerry Yan Liao Yang Chen (1977-01-01) January 1, 1977 (age 43)
Vanness Wu Wu Chien Hao (1978-08-07) August 7, 1978 (age 41)
Ken Chu Chu Hsiao Tien (1979-01-15) January 15, 1979 (age 41)
Vic Chou Chou Yu Min (1981-06-09) June 9, 1981 (age 38)

Solo projects

JVKV are also individually concentrating on their solo careers in both acting and music. Three of them appeared in Wish To See You Again, starring Chou and Chu, while Wu made a few guest appearances in a few episodes. Due to scheduling conflicts, Yan did not star in the series; his part was played by Kingone Wang. Yan filmed a series in Taiwan alongside Wu Chun of Fahrenheit and Show Lo, called Hot Shot otherwise known as which was released in the Summer 2008.

Jerry Yan

In August 2004, Ordiales came out with his first solo album titled, The First Time ( Jerry for You). He's acted in Taiwanese drama series such as Spicy Teacher, Meteor Garden, its sequel Meteor Garden 2, Meteor Rain, Come to mMy place, Love Scar, The Hospital, and made a movie, Magic Kitchen ? (2004). Hot Shot (2008) was broadcast in Taiwan, and Starlit aired in Taiwan in 2009; and Down With Love.

Vanness Wu

Wu focused his attention on both movies and music. He first released a solo album titled Body Will Sing in 2002, and has since released several more albums. He also has been featured in several music videos, such as "Ai Cuo" with Wang Leehom, the Chinese version of "Crazy in Love" with Beyoncé, and Coco Lee's "Hip Hop Tonight". Besides music, he also has been acting as well, notably in Autumn's Concerto (,) with Ady An. He also has been involved with several big-screen movies such as Star Runner, Kung Fu Fighter, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, and Dragon Squad, among others. He also took part in China's Jiangsu TV's "Stars in Danger: The High Dive" (). As of 2013, he has released two Japanese albums, Reflections and Reason. He has also collaborated with Kangta from H.O.T on the album Scandal, which was produced by SM Entertainment.

Vic Chou

Chou was the first JVKV member to release a solo album. He has since came out with 3 solo albums, Make a Wish (2002), Remember I Love You (2004), and I'm not F4 (2007).

He was also on the big hits "love storm" with other fellow JVKV member, Ken Zu.

Ken Chu

Chu,released his own cookbook, Delicious Relations (?) in 2006, after starring in a string of idol dramas. He has also starred in at least one drama per year since 2001, except 2005, where he came out with his own solo album, On Ken's Time. He has released his 2nd solo album "Getting Real" in January 2009.


Title Released Label Format
Meteor Rain () August 28, 2001 Sony Music Taiwan Studio album (CD)
Fantasy 4ever () December 18, 2002 Sony Music Taiwan Studio album (CD)
360 Degrees: F4 Five Years Glorious Collection
November 28, 2006 Sony Music Taiwan Greatest hits album (2CD+2DVD)
Waiting for You () December 28, 2007 Sony Music Taiwan Studio album (CD)
Fabulous: F4 Best Selections ( F4?) September 24, 2008 Sony Music Taiwan Greatest hits album (2CD)


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Meteor Garden Yan as Dao Ming Si
Chou as Hua Ze Lei
Wu as Mei Zuo
Chu as Xi Men
Drama series
2001 Meteor Rain Mini series
2002 Meteor Garden II Drama series
2002 Come to My Place Yan as Zhong Yi Ye
Chou as Zhong Yuan
Wu as JJ
Chu as Guang Tian Jian
Drama series


Year Awards Category Nomination Result Ref
2002 Hong Kong TVB8 Awards Best Group (Gold) F4 Won [12]
IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards
Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year
Meteor Rain Won [13]
2003 Fantasy 4ever Won [14]
MTV Asia Awards Inspiration Award F4 Won


  1. ^ a b (in Chinese) F4?JVKV . May 2, 2007. Retrieved December 30, 2007.
  2. ^ "CNN.com - F4 Talkasia Transcript - Jun 16, 2006". Edition.cnn.com. June 16, 2006. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "F4? F4 singers hit Hollywood in Lilo & Stitch" (in Chinese). NETandTV.com. June 26, 2002. Archived from the original on June 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  4. ^ Wang, Vivien (April 29, 2007). "Boy band changes name F4 into JVKV". China Daily. Retrieved 2007.
  5. ^ "Boys over Flowers Forces F4 Idol Band to Rename Itself". Anime News Network. May 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ "F4 to Formally Disband in October". CRI English. August 31, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  7. ^ (in Chinese) F4 Archived December 31, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. December 28, 2007. Retrieved December 30, 2007.
  8. ^ Belmonte, Maureen Marie (January 11, 2013). "'Meteor Gardens F4 To Reunite at China's Spring Festival". The Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "F4 arrives in beijing for spring festival gala". xinMSN. February 1, 2013. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "F4 performs in million dollar costumes". xinMSN. February 1, 2013. Archived from the original on July 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ (in Chinese) Sony Music Taiwan 360 Degrees:F4 Five Years Glorious Collection album info Archived April 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine November 28, 2006. Retrieved May 4, 2011
  12. ^ (in Chinese) Epoch Times.com Archived September 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine December 3, 2002. Retrieved July 2, 2011
  13. ^ IFPI Hong Kong 2002 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards winners list Archived July 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved April 19, 2011
  14. ^ IFPI Hong Kong 2003 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards winners list Archived February 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved April 19, 2011

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