On November 15, 2022, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed LAY (Lay Zhang) for an intimate conversation moderated by Emily Mei discussing his rising career, latest music, creative process, and more. Following the conversation, LAY performed. Global Spin Live is held in conjunction with GRAMMY.com as a live event extension of the popular online series, Global Spin, showcasing Global Music artists.
LAY (Lay Zhang) is a multi-talented Chinese artist, producer, singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, fashion muse, and philanthropist. He is China’s current top #1 idol becoming the highest-ranked Mandopop star on Billboard200 chart and the first Chinese artist to enter the iTunes Top 60 in the U.S. with his third album NAMANANA. His big screen debut was the romantic-comedy film Ex-Files 2 and he won the Best Movie Original Soundtrack at 16th Top Chinese Music Awards for the film. His first solo single What U Need? debuted at #4 on China V Chart and Billboard’s World Digital Songs. His EP Lose Control stayed at #1 on Billboard’s China V Chart for 6 weeks in a row, reached #1 on the Gaon Album Chart, and reached #4 on Billboard’s US World Albums Chart. His second album Lay 02 Sheep broke five records on QQ Music, reaching Diamond Record in 9 hours and 11 minutes. His third album NAMANANA debuted at #21 on Billboard 200, ranking first on World Albums and Independent Albums chart. In 2019 he released a digital EP titled Honey and its title track of the same name in June. The EP reached over 1.87 million digital sales in just three minutes after its release on QQ Music in China. In 2019, LAY was invited as China’s Promotional Ambassador to attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. He reached unprecedented success when tickets for the concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China had sold out in eight seconds, while the stop in Nanjing, China had its tickets sold out in twenty-five seconds. He debuted in the music industry as a K-Pop idol with best-selling group EXO and as a solo artist has sold more than 13 million albums worldwide. He recently released his EP West to critical acclaim and went out on his solo headlining world tour, Grandline 2: Infinite Lands.