Also because the company was facing a financial crisis then, they were not able to invest funds into promoting Xue. As the 7-years contract with SUM Entertainment was coming to an end, Xue invested his time into making his own means and not relying anymore on the company. He did so by establishing his own businesses, which includes a hotpot restaurant (上上谦官方微博) and 2 apparel brands called UUJULY and Dangerous People (Dangerous People Taobao Page). His hard work paid off when his hotpot restaurant received well responses and has now expanded to have 5 branches in Shanghai.
By building up his businesses, he was able to use the profits to completely devote to music. In 2013, he produced his 6th album, An Unexpected Journey (意外). In 2015, Xue signed a contract with Ocean Butterflies International and released a 3-song concept EP, Gentleman, which was met with universal acclaim (8.4/10 on Douban, which is considered a very good achievement). Joker achieved success in his 2016 comeback, which can be seen from his participation in over 50 variety programs solely in 2016 (as of August 2016), with various roles such as program judge, host (MC) and guest. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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