K-pop group GOT7 lead member Jackson Wang, 25, has something new for his fans. Based in South Korea, the Chinese rapper, singer and dancer released his newest solo single “Bullet to the Heart” via Western and 6th on September 24, 2019.
A soulful pop record that pairs minimalist instrumentation and galvanizing 808s with Jackson’s distinct voice and emotionally entangled lyrics, “Bullet to the Heart” highlights the artist’s steadfastness in the face of pain and hardship.
To coincide with the single, Jackson has also released the music video for “Bullet to the Heart” today. Directed by Daniel Cloud Campos, whose credits include Zedd, Paramore, and Panic! at the Disco, among others, the music video compliments the inner-struggle of Jackson’s lyrics — as represented by an enigmatic femme fatale figure who has captured Jackson’s attention and exudes control over his feelings.
Jackson explains “Listeners might analyze the song as a love story. It is, but it’s also applicable to much more than romantic love. We always face different obstacles in life. No matter how successful you are, hardships are still going to keep coming like an endless cycle; they will keep torturing you on this journey to success. A perspective that I am trying to portray is that when your passion and dedication to something are so strong, they can hold a large amount of power over you! So powerful that you are willing to repeat this endless cycle, willing to accept the torture. I believe we are able to endure and accomplish anything because love overcomes everything”
At the age of 13, Jackson started pursuing his passion in music, which led him to sign with South Korea’s top multinational entertainment company and record label JYP. This astonishing feat has allowed Jackson to perform and tour with GOT7 to present day. While Jackson had success as an Olympian fencer prior to his musical endeavors, he realized how deeply his passion and dedication was to his artistic craft, thus rejected many athletic offers to ivy league universities. Jackson has quickly built a fan base in Asia and North America, selling out major arenas including The Forum in Los Angeles and Barclays Center in New York with GOT7. When Jackson started focusing on his solo career in 2017, his first pop hit single “Papillon” quickly topped Billboard China’s V Chart and landed a #1 spot in QQ music. The music video for “Papillon” gained over 27 million views in just 48 hours, stirring fandom with over 59 million fans and making “Weibo’s Hot Topic List”. Shortly after, his single “Okay” landed the #1 spot on the iTunes Chart in four countries and made him the fastest Chinese artist to reach 10 million views on VEVO.
As a believer in the power of music, Wang attests that music changes emotions and connects all cultures around the world. In addition to working with Grammy nominated artists such as GoldLink and household names like Gucci Mane, Jackson has amassed a cult following that exceeds 35 million fans across social platforms. Jackson has pierced the cultural zeitgeist as the face of lifestyle brands such as Fendi, Armani, Adidas, Pepsi, Ray-Ban, BMW and VIVO.
This past year, the 25-year old artist, writer and composer has immersed himself in the creative process. Other chart topping singles that display his writing, composition and arrangement ability include, “Different Game” featuring Gucci Mane, which reached #1 on the US iTunes Hip-hop/Rap Chart and “Fendiman” which transcended both musical and cultural heights as the first record from a Chinese artist to chart #1 on the US iTunes Single Chart and Pop Chart.
Stream or download “Bullet to the Heart” here. Here is the music video: