11.02.18

Lay Zhang Chats His Single, "Namanana""

Lay Zhang is a renowned Chinese singer, dancer and actor, gained popularity for being the member and lead dancer of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo. He is best known for his leading role in the films, Kung Fu Yoga and Unexpected Love. He has also earned acclaim for his television roles as Er Yuehong in The Mystic Nine, as Yan Xiaolai in Operation Love and Zhang Rui in The Golden Eyes. He joins BUILD to talk new music!

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>>> WHAT A WAY TO END OUR WEEK HERE ON THE BUILD SERIES. WE ARE JOINED TODAY ON THE SHOW BY AN ABSOLUTE GLOBAL SUPERSTAR. 410,000 PEOPLE BOUGHT HIS NEW SINGLE NAMANANA WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR IT WAS RELEASED. AND HE IS JOINING US TODAY OFF THE RELEASE OF HIS FIRST US ALBUM. PLEASE LET'S GIVE A WARM BUILD WELCOME TO LAY ZHANG.

>> THE SCREAM SAYS IT ALL. LAY ZHANG, EVERYBODY.

>> HI, GUYS. GLAD TO SEE YOU GUYS.

>> I LOVE YOU!

>> HI. HI.

>> YOU HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS HERE.

>> YEAH, IT IS AMAZING. ITS UNBELIEVABLE!

>> IT CRACKS ME UP BECAUSE I HEARD YOU SAY THAT YOU FIRST STARTED DOING THE SOLO STUFF, YOU WERE NERVOUS THAT NO ONE WOULD SUPPORT IT. YOU GUYS SUPPORT IT, RIGHT? [ CHEERS ]

>> THANK YOU.

>> AND THEN IN THE SAME INTERVIEW, YOU SAID ONCE YOU REALIZED THAT, YOU KNOW, THE FANS WOULD SUPPORT IT, YOUR NEXT WORRY WAS THAT WHETHER YOUR MUSIC AND YOU AS AN ARTIST WOULD MEET THEIR EXPECTATIONS. SO HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE MUSIC RIGHT NOW?

>> IT DEPENDS ON YOU GUYS. YEAH. ITS GOOD? OKAY. I ALWAYS TRY MY BEST. I ALWAYS TRY MY BEST. I MAKE LIKE NAMANANA LIKE A TRAINING STREET VERSION OF THE SOUND BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE MUSIC BE PERFECT SO YEAH, HE EVERY DAY JUST DO IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. SO HOPE YOU GUYS LIKE IT. [ CHEERS ]

>> YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MANTRA, I UNDERSTAND, RIGHT? IS IT TRY HARD, WORK BETTER? OR TRY --

>> YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

>> I'M PROBABLY BUTCHERING IT RIGHT NOW.

>> IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME. I LIVE BY THIS.

>> YOU TALK ABOUT 23 DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF NAMANANA. YOU ALSO PRODUCED THIS RECORD.

>> OF COURSE. I'M MUSIC PRODUCER. [ CHEERS ]

>> LAY, YOU SAY OF COURSE. A LOT OF ARTISTS AS TALENTED AS YOU, DON'T PRODUCE THEIR OWN MUSIC. YOU DO IT ALL.

>> I TRY, YEAH. NAMANANA AND GIVE ME A CHANCE, BOTH IS BY MYSELF, YEAH.

>> WOW! NOW, DO I HAVE THE STORY RIGHT, NAMANANA COMES FROM LION KING? A LITTLE BIT?

>> YES. NAMANANA DOESN'T HAVE A MEANING. IT IS NOT A REAL WORD. I MADE IT. AND I WAS INSPIRED FROM THE ANIMATION LION KING. HAKUNA MATATA, YOU KNOW. CAN WE SING IT? \M\M

>> YOU KNOW THEY ARE REMAKING THAT MOVIE. YOU MIGHT NEED TO DO THE SOUND TRACK. JUST SAYING, DISNEY. SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT WITH IN RECORD. 22 SONGS. AND YOU DID IT HALF IN ENGLISH, HALF IN CHINESE. WHOSE DECISION WAS THAT? WHERE DOES THAT DECISION COME THAT YOU WANTED TO DO HALF IN ENGLISH AND HALF IN CHINESE?

>> BECAUSE SO I WANT TO COME U.S. MARKET. AND SO I WANT TO USE ENGLISH AS RESPECT THE COUNTRY AND CULTURE. AND CHINESE IS, YOU KNOW, I MADE M-POP. I WANT TO SHARE MY MUSIC IN U.S. AND I WANT TO SHARE CHINESE CULTURE IN M-POP TO ALL OVER THE WORLD.

>> THIS IS TOUGH QUESTION BUT OUT OF THE 22 SONG, DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE?

>> OF COURSE, NAMANANA IS MY FAVORITE SONG. AND BEFORE NAMANANA, IT WAS GIVE ME A CHANCE. AND MAPO TOFU.

>> YOUR MUSIC VIDEOS ARE WORKS OF ART. DON'T YOU AGREE? THESE ARE BEAUTIFUL. CAN YOU TELL US THE BEHIND THE SCENES STORIES OF THE VIDEO WE JUST WATCHED RIGHT NOW, THE NAMANANA VIDEO?

>> NAMANANA VIDEO IS CRAZY. OH, MY GOSH. WE WENT TO AUSTRALIA AND WE WATCH A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL PLACE. WE HAVE A DESERT. WE HAVE A DESERT. WE HAVE A PINK LAKE. WE HAVE AN OCEAN. SO BEAUTIFUL.

>> BEAUTIFUL.

>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

>> AND THEN DO I HAVE THIS RIGHT, YOU WORKED WITH BAZZI ON ONE OF THE SONGS?

>> GIVE ME A CHANCE.

>> WHICH IS MY FAVORITE. I LOVE ALL THE SONGS, BUT THAT ONE I PLAY THE MOST. HOW DID YOU FIRST MEET OR COME INTO CONTACT WITH BAZZI?

>> HE IS A YOUNG, TALENTED GUY. VERY GOOD WORKING.

>> AND A LOT OF FANS ARE HAPPY WITH HOW MANY GENRES WE'RE HEARING THROUGHOUT THIS RECORD. YOU USE A LOT OF DIFFERENT SOUNDS. FOR A FAN WATCHING RIGHT NOW THAT HASN'T HEARD THE RECORD YET, WHAT SORT OF GENRES CAN WE EXPECT WHEN WE LISTEN TO IT?

>> JUST CAN MAKE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT IS M-POP. M-POP IS BASICALLY USE CHINESE TO SING A SONG AND PLUS ANOTHER COUNTRY'S LANGUAGE PUT TOGETHER AND HAVE A LOT OF GENRE, HAVE A LOT OF GENRE. AND PUT THE DIFFERENT THING TOGETHER AND GET A MIXED MANDARIN POP.

>> THAT IS EXCITING. YOU STRIKE ME AS AN ARTIST LISTENS TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF YOU MUSIC. WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO THESE DAY, DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE SONGS OR ARTISTS THAT YOU LISTEN TO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

>> I HAVE LOTS BEFORE I THINK  -- LOTS. I THINK AMERICA HAS A LOT OF GOOD ARTISTS. I LIKE DRAKE, I LIKE JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. I LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON. YEAH. AND I LIKE JASON DERULO.

>> AND YOU MENTIONED MJ, MICHAEL JACKSON. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS, YOU ARE THE ONLY ARTIST FROM THE CHINA REGION TO BE FEATURED ON THIS MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE SPECIAL. SO CONGRATULATIONS. THAT IS HUGE.

>> YEAH. YES. SORRY. SO EXCITING. IT IS AMAZING, YEAH. I'M VERY -- IT IS MY HONOR TO BE A PART OF IT. AND I'M SO HAPPY TO JOIN THE PROJECT. I WILL DO MY BEST. AND OH, MY GOSH, I CAN'T EXPLAIN WHAT I FEEL, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING? OH, MY GOSH. YES.

>> WE HAD SOME PEOPLE FROM THE CROWD CALLING YOU THE BEST DANCER ALIVE.

>> NO, NO. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. OH, MY GOSH.

>> THAT WAS A NEW MOVE HE JUST INVENTED. DO YOU THINK ABOUT MICHAEL WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT DANCERS THAT YOU RESPECT AND YOU IDOLIZE? MICHAEL JACKSON WAS A TREMENDOUS DANCER.

>> YEAH, RESPECT.

>> DEFINITELY. THAT IS AMAZING. YOU HAVE SO MANY FANS BOTH IN THE STUDIO BOTH OUT ON THE STREET, WE'LL GET SOME FAN QUESTIONS IN JUST A LITTLE BIT. BUT WE HAVE ONE FAN ACTUALLY RIGHT HERE THAT I -- I HAVE TO INTRODUCE THIS A LITTLE BIT. I ASKED TWITTER, YOU'RE VERY POPULAR ON TWITTER --

>> OH REALLY? OH THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

>> AND I GOT TO -- LET ME EXPLAIN IT FIRST. SHE, SHE'S JUMPING THE GUN. YOU GOT TO PLAY HARD TO GET. BUT I ASKED YOUR FANS, I SAID WHAT SHOULD I ASK LAY WHEN HE STOPS BY THE SHOW ON FRIDAY. AND ONE PARTICULAR FAN SAYS ASK HIM IF HE WILL MARRY ME. AND I SAID YOU NEED A MARRIAGE LICENSE FOR THAT AND SHE SAID THAT IS NOT A PROBLEM. AND I SAID ALL RIGHT, SHOW UP WITH A MARRIAGE LICENSE. SO LET'S LOOK AT THIS. FIRST OFF, YOU ARE A VERY EAGER FAN. SECURITY! I'LL HELP YOU. GIVE ME THIS MIC. NOW, WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT RIGHT HERE? LET'S SHOW OUR FRIENDS AT HOME.

>> ARE YOU SERIOUS?

>> MY NAME IS YASMINE. I KNOW WE JUST MET! BUT IM YOUR FUTURE WIFE. IT SAYS WILL YOU MARRY ME. YES OR YES. I DON'T TAKE REJECTION VERY WELL. BUT I'M OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS IN THE BRACKET. MAYBE LIKE GET MARRIED LATER. YOU KNOW, JUST ANYTHING THAT WE CAN COME UP WITH NOW. YEAH.

>> OH, MY GOSH.

>> I ALSO BROUGHT YOU A RING.

>> OH, MY GOSH. OH, MY GOSH. [ SCREAMS ]

>> I'LL HOLD IT FOR HIM UNTIL YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND. THAT WAS AWESOME. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

>> I'M FROM KENYA. HAKUNA MATATA IS SWAHILI THAT’S SPOKEN IN KENYA.

>> THAT COULD BE YOUR FIRST DANCE AT THE WEDDING. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. BUT HOW CAN I ANSWER THIS QUESTION.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT, TAKE THE WEEKEND TO THINK ABOUT IT. IT IS A BIG DECISION. YOU JUST MET.

>> I WANT TO BE A RESPONSIBILITY MAN, YOU KNOW.

>> RIGHT. EXACTLY.

>> SO LET ME THINK ABOUT THIS QUESTION SERIOUSLY.

>> EXACTLY. EXACTLY.

>> WELL, AS I JUST SAID, WE HAVE AMAZING FANS HERE IN THE STUDIO AND WE ALSO HAVE FANS OUTSIDE. AND SHANNON AND ROB ARE OUTSIDE. THEY’RE OUR BUILD UP HOSTS. THEY WERE HANGING OUT THERE BY THE LIMO. SO I THOUGHT IT IS KIND OF -- IT IS NOT FAIR THAT WE ARE ALL OUT THERE, WE SHOULD BRING A FAN INDOORS. SHANNON, ROB, CAN YOU HEAR ME? FIRST TIME WE'RE DOING THIS. WE'LL TRY TO GO OUTSIDE LIVE. WE CAN HEAR YOU.

>> WE CAN HEAR YOU.

>> HEY, WE CAN HEAR YOU JUST FINE. HEY LAY! HEY KEVAN! HOW ARE YOU DOING? WE'RE OUTSIDE. IT'S BEEN CRAZY OUT HERE.

>> THEY LOVE THE PROPOSAL.

>> IT GOT ABOUT 90 DEGREES OUT HERE. EVERYONE IS GOING CRAZY.

>> WELL, YOU KNOW, WE THOUGHT THERE IS ROOM FOR ONE MORE IN THE STUDIO. SO WE ARE HERE AND WE THOUGHT SINCE YOU TOLD US EARLIER --

>> YOU HAD CHOKED ON A FRENCH FRY. YOU BASICALLY RISKED YOUR LIFE TO BE OUT HERE. SO WE CAN BRING YOU IN IF THAT IS OKAY. ALL RIGHT. COOL. LET'S BRING HER IN. COME ON IN.

>> SHE'S COMING IN. THAT IS EXCITING.

>> ARE YOU SO EXCITED?

>> YES, I'M LITERALLY --

>> WE'VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE, SO WE CAN SEE IF WE GET THIS DONE. IN THE MEANTIME, WHILE SHE MAKES HER WAY IN, LET'S GO TO -- YOU KNOW WHAT, SHE IS RIGHT HERE. IS SHE GOING TO MAKE HER WAY IN? THIS IS LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, FOLKS. ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

>> HI.

>> OUR LITTLE BABY.

>> SHE IS LIKE HOLD MY PHONE, I'M ON BUILD. WHAT IS YOUR NAME? TENZAN?

>> YEAH, I'M FROM NEW YORK.

>> DO YOU KNOW LAY?

>> YES, OF COURSE I KNOW LAY! WHY WOULD I BE WAITING FOR FOUR HOURS FOR SOMEBODY I DON'T KNOW.

>> WELL, YOU MADE IT INSIDE. DO YOU WANT TO ASK LAY A QUESTION OR ANYTHING?

>> YES. SO HE JUST CAME OUT WITH HIS NEW AMERICAN ENGLISH ALBUM. I WANTED TO ASK HIM WHAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROMOTING IN CHINA, KOREA AND THE U.S. IS?

>> OKAY.

>> I'M SORRY.

>> YEAH. EVERY DAY WORK IN CHINA, RIGHT? EVERY DAY I WORK IN CHINA. AND DOING DRAMA AND REALITY. AND I WANT TO -- YEAH. I USE THE REST OF THE TIME TO MAKE MUSIC. AND IF I FINISH WITH THE DRAMA AND REALITY, AND I CAN MAKE AN ALBUM COMES OUT TO MAKE, AND THIS IS MY CHINESE JOB. AND IN KOREA, I SHOOT EVERY DAY. WORK WITH MY MEMBERS. AND AMERICA IS FIRST TIME. SO I HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT THIS.

>> DON'T WORRY, WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

>> ALREADY GOT A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL ON THE BOOKS.

>> YEAH. I WILL THINK ABOUT THIS QUESTION. YES.

>> YOU SAY THAT -- WOULD YOU LIKE A HIGH FIVE OR SOMETHING FROM LAY? IS THAT COOL? CAN YOU GIVE HER A HIGH FIVE?

>> YEAH, OKAY. THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

>> THERE YOU GO. WE HAVE A ROOM FULL OF JEALOUS FANS NOW. WATCH OUT. AGAIN, YOU ARE SO POPULAR AROUND THE WORLD THAT WE WANTED TO GET SOME FAN QUESTIONS FROM HOME. WE HAVE A BUNCH TO GET TO. BUT LET'S TOSS TO ONE RIGHT NOW AND SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO KNOW.

>> IF YOU WERE TO GIVE SOMEONE ADVICE OF LIFE OR HOW TO START SOME WRITING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

>> WHAT IS YOUR ONE PIECE OF ADVICE OR MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE ON HOW TO LIVE LIFE OR HOW TO --

>> YES. I THINK WORK HARD IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR MY LIFE.

>> RIGHT, WORK ETHIC.

>> AND NEVER GIVE UP. AND CATCH MY DREAM. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. YOU CAN DO IT. AND I WANT TO -- YOU GUYS LIVE A LIFE THAT YOU ARE PROUD OF.

>> I LIKE THAT. I LIKE THAT. LET'S GET TO OUR NEXT FAN QUESTION. THAT WAS THE FIRST GOOD ONE. LET'S SEE WHAT THE NEXT ONE IS GOING TO BE?

>> HEY, LAY AND KEVAN. MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS WILL YOU COME TO CANADA FOR A CONCERT? YOU HAVE LOTS OF FANS HERE.

>> I LOVE THIS, COME TO MY HOMETOWN. YOU ARE A BUSY GUY. BUT HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO CANADA IN THE PAST?

>> I REALLY WANT TO GO. AND IF I HAVE A CHANCE, IF YOU GIVE ME A CHANCE TO GO CANADA TO MAKE A CONCERT, OH, MY GOD, IT IS AMAZING, YEAH.

>> WORRY ABOUT THE WEDDING. YOU HAVE A WEDDING TO PLAN.

>> I HAVE A FAN EVENT IN NEW YORK. YEAH. AND THE PLAYSTATION TIMES SQUARE. VERY FAMOUS PLACE, YEAH?

>> YEAH, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF TIMES SQUARE. I'M SURE YOU ALL ARE GOING, RIGHT?

>> HOPE YOU CAN COME AND HANG WITH ME. YEAH.

>> THAT IS AMAZING. MOST ARTISTS, THEY CAN'T EVEN GO THERE TO PLAYSTATION THEATER. IT IS A VERY LARGE VENUE. THEY CAN'T EVEN RUN IT UNLESS THEY ARE DOING A SHOW. BUT YOU ARE DOING A COOL FAN EVENT. AND IT IS FREE. YOU GOT YOUR STREET TEAM RIGHT HERE PROMOTING YOU.

>> AND I'M SO EXCITED TO BE HERE AND THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND LOVE. BECAUSE OF YOU GUYS, I CAN BE LAY ZHANG, YEAH.

>> HI!

>> ITS TURNING INTO A MEET AND GREET.

>> WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME LEFT, BUT I WANTED TO GET TO MORE FAN QUESTIONS. AND A BELATED CONGRATULATIONS. THIS QUESTION COMES FROM ONLINE FROM DEVIN. HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU HEARD THAT NAMANANA CHARTED SO HIGH ON THE BILLBOARDS? \M IT'S UNBELIEVABLE \M

>> BECAUSE OH, MY GOSH, YEAH, I REALLY APPRECIATE AND -- IT IS HARD TO SAY. BECAUSE OH, MY GOSH. YEAH. I NEVER GIVE UP. I WILL MAKE A VERY GOOD MUSIC FOR YOU GUYS TO THANK ALL OF YOU. YEAH.

>> AWESOME. ALL THAT HARD WORK PAYING OFF. CONGRATULATIONS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> IT WAS HISTORIC.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THIS QUESTION COMES FROM MUFFIN, WHICH I'M HOPING IS A USER NAME.

>> IT’S A CAKE?

>> A LITTLE PIECE OF MUFFIN ASKED THIS QUESTION.

>> I LIKE THAT.

>> MAYBE THEY HAD CREATIVE PARENTS. WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR AN ASPIRING DANCER? YOU ARE SUCH A TALENTED DANCER. WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR DANCING?

>> FIRST I THINK IT IS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. YOU CAN DO IT. JUST DON'T GIVE UP AND TRY EVERY DAY, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, AND DO OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AND ONE DAY YOU WILL GET YOUR GOAL AND DREAM IN. YOU CAN BE A VERY GOOD DANCER.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> BALANCE ALWAYS IS VERY IMPORTANT. YEAH.

>> ALL RIGHT. WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH, LAY. AGAIN, THE ALBUM OUT AND AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE. IT IS OFF TO A SUPER HOT START AND THE FAN EVENT AS YOU CAN SEE ON STAGE RIGHT HERE, THIS IS GOING DOWN TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6 IN TIMES SQUARE. ABSOLUTELY HUGE, GUYS. AND WHAT IS THIS?

>> I PREPARED MY ALBUM TO YOU.

>> FOR ME? LAY!

>> YEAH. IT IS HARD TO GET.

>> YEAH.

>> HARD TO GET.

>> IS THAT REALLY FOR ME?

>> YES.

>> LAY! THANK YOU SO MUCH, MAN. DUDE, THAT IS AMAZING. GUYS, ONE MORE TIME FOR LAY ZHANG. \M\M \M\M \M\M \M\M \M\M \M\M \M \M\M

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