A blow to BABYMETAL fans who have been waiting for the trio to come to the Sydney leg of Good Things Festival this week, organisers have announced that those under 18 to have previously purchased tickets to the long awaited event will no longer be able to attend the shows.
In an email earlier this week to those who had purchased tickets to the Sydney event the organisers wrote; "A message to our Sydney Under 18 ticket holders, Good Things Festival has some bad news for you. Patrons under the age of 18 will no longer be able to attend the Sydney event. Good Things Festival believes that live music and festivals are for everyone but unfortunately the NSW state government does not share the same view."
The email continued, "Even though it is not against the law, NSW police have imposed multiple impediments, including excessive police presence and exorbitant fees, making it impossible for us to allow anyone under 18 to attend the event. Sadly, we're not the only festival to be hit with this as representatives of the NSW state government have threatened to shut down music festivals they believe don't meet their standards."
The organisers of Good Things Festival explained that they had tried all measures to reach an agreement, exhausting all options including bringing in lawyers to try and come to an understanding. "Sadly, the NSW police are enforcing significant costs for over policing the event which is not only wasting police resources, but it also has a significant impact on the experience for all of the festival patrons and making it impossible for the event organisers to allow under 18’s to attend."
The Good Things Festival Promoter & General Manager Chris O’Brien said, “We have been working around the clock for months to try and ensure the event goes ahead as planned, but we have seen unprecedented opposition to the event from the police and the government. The experience for all customers was going to be impacted. We have had to make the very difficult decision to turn the event to over 18’s only to avoid Under 18’s been forced to watch bands behind a 1.8m high chain wire fence.”
The email to fans further explained, "The Good Things Festival directors and site managers have a combined wealth of over 100 years’ experience running major events and the biggest festivals across the country and have never experienced such resistance for under 18’s to attend an event, let alone allowing an event to be staged at all. We wish we were able to bring you better news, but unfortunately this matter is out of our hands and we must move forward holding the event for patrons 18+ and over."
Good Things organisers have made a statement that all ticket holders under the age of 18 will be contacted and refunds issued. Melbourne and Brisbane events are not affected by this and are scheduled to run as normal.
Read more on the festival line up and event dates in each city below.
Media Release by: Janine Morcos
Edited by: Jay John
Songstress Evelyn Feroza releases her first original single featuring QSound titled “Close Your Eyes”. Available on various digital platforms and on Asian Pop Radio from today, the widely anticipated release by Evelyn have been waited on patiently by many. The song written in 2017 by the 26-year old speaks about a person’s conscience and personality. “Part of the lyrics sings ‘Breathe and I’ll let you touch me’, talks about you listening to your conscience, your inner self and what action do you want to take based on that,” says Evelyn.
'Close Your Eyes' featuring MTalent Asia’s QSound, is one of the world's most dynamic & versatile trombonists’. He says, “It has been a dream to work to with Evie ever since I saw her singing in Taps bar in 2013. I was mesmerized by her talent and command of the stage. What was an even greater surprise to me, was discovering how great of a songwriter Evie is. She has a special energy with music. I hope we can collaborate on many more projects in the near future.”
“This is a feel-good track. I want people to remember that when they listen to my song,” Evelyn Feroza
The music video of the track was launched on the 9 of November 2018 and the event was held at ATASbyBijan, celebrated by close friends, family and members of the media who had the opportunity to be the first few to view the music video for 'Close Your Eyes'. The video's oficial release followed one day after on 10 November 2018 and was directed by Brad Hogarth and produced by Jamie Popham truly captures the essence of the song, portraying Evelyn in the many personalities and characters the audience might be able to relate to.
Singing professionally since 2013, the release of this first single brings a mixture of emotions for Evelyn. “People know me as a dynamic person. They know me as the girl who sings covers. Releasing my first original, it’s nerve-wracking because I do not want to disappoint those who have been supporting me from day one. I want them to see my versatility in terms of the songs I create, sing and write.”
Evelyn Feroza is now playing on Asian Pop Radio - streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
“Close Your Eyes” is produced by Bruce Leroy, mixed by Paul Morrison, published by MVQ MUSIC Sdn. Bhd. The track is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Joox. Read more about the artist by clicking below.
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Written by Darren Teh
Edited by Jay John
Asian Pop Radio's team member Siobhan Stollznow has gone under the knife in South Korea.
She live-streamed her story over on her Twitch profile and bravely shared her experiences going through consultations with her doctors, the laser surgery itself, and her recovery afterwards.
It is not uncommon for people to travel to Korea to improve their eyes with LASIK/LASEK/ICL. In fact, it's advantageous to have surgery in that country as the doctors there are very confident and have high success rates as they do it quite often.
Of course, everyone is different, and we encourage everyone to properly do their research and consult with your doctors before any drastic surgery (just like Siobhan has - she's a smart cookie!)
Written by Jhube Veradio
Forget everything you know. You've never seen an act like this. So unpredictable, yet so relatable. So diverse, yet so undivided. YETI PACK. An alternative Hip-Hop/Rap quartet who certainly aren't cut from the same cloth but somehow interweave their styles to create bopping tunes with killer bars that both awe and amuse.
Introducing 'Broke AF'. The song follows the comedic story of 3 guys dealing with their problems, mostly of the female kind, that arise from not having sufficient money. Majority of people are under the impression that rappers are more often than not extremely rich but that isn’t true. YETI PACK and J.SON play on how rappers are often seen dining at fancy restaurants and shopping at designer boutiques. “We wrote this song to deviate from the regular, overused braggadocio of modern-day trap/drill music. Our producer suggested we let loose, take ourselves a little less seriously, write a banger that the fans could laugh at and vibe to at the same time. Art is supposed to be fun.” YETI PACK explain.
YETI PACK are playing on Asian Pop Radio - streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
J.SON: “This whole song came about when I decided to make a beat for fun while waiting for Afro Junior and YELLO to arrive at the studio. The moment they reached, I played the beat for them and they vibed to it straight away. We decided on “Broke AF” to be the concept as at that point in time, every one of us was broke and we wanted to speak on the funny situations that could happen from having no money.”
Written by Alexandria Osland
Edited by Travis Skuff
Ask Filipinos who the top two divas in the Philippines are and they will absolutely answer these iconic singer-actresses: Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez and Asia's Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo!
Regine and Sarah G are currently the PH's standard-setter for a Filipina dreaming to be a singing superstar. The former started to dominate the music industry in 1984 after she won in "Ang Bagong Kampeon" while the latter rose to fame when she was hailed grand champion in "Star for a Night" in 2003.
Fact: Regine Velasquez is the host at the singing-reality show where Sarah Geronimo won.
Artistry and longevity at their finest, the reign of these two queens remains regal and unstoppable until today. They set records and remarkable contributions to the Asian entertainment industry. Velasquez won the 1989 Asia Pacific Song Contest in Hong Kong. She released megahit albums including "R2K" and "Listen Without Prejudice", making her the "Best Selling Artist of All Time in the Philippines" according to Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI). The music video of her single "In Love With You" was hailed as MTV Asia's "Video of the Decade". She also staged various sold-out concert and turned a renowned movie actress.
The Popstar, on the other hand, reaped various local and international awards including from MTV Europe Music Awards, Big Apple Music Awards, Daf Bama Music Awards and Golden Panther Music Awards. She is the first Filipino to win at World Music Awards, Classic Rock Awards and MNET Asian Music Awards, and first Asian winner at International Song Contest: The Global Sound. She was the title-holder of "Best Selling Debut Album" for her 2x Diamond "Popstar: A Dream Come True" album and "Best Selling Local Concert in Philippine History" for her 15th showbiz anniversary concert.
Regine Velasquez and Sarah Geronimo are both playing on Asian Pop Radio - streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
Both under VIVA Records, Regine and Sarah had already worked with each other in various projects like concerts, recordings, corporate events and entertainment campaigns. However, Filipinos had long been waiting to see them together on one stage in one television network.
On November 18, 2018, the dream collaboration of the two legendary divas happened on Filipino TV network ABS-CBN that set the world's long-time running musical variety show "ASAP Natin To!" on fire. They sang together on Geronimo's internationally featured and chart-topping "Isa Pang Araw" and Velasquez' hit and powerful song "Hugot".
Regine recently signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN after several years of being apart of it's rival network GMA. Sarah has been a loyal "Kapamilya" artist on ABS-CBN. Pinoy fans are now expecting more projects together. Who knows? The two legends could be the judges on "Idol Philippines" or they perhaps they could work together in "The Voice of the Philippines"?
Written by Daryl Basmayor
Edited by Jhube Veradio
I was lucky enough to have the chance to meet 1/4th of 2NE1, my all time favourite girl group on Saturday. I mean, it would’ve been more lucky if I had been able to see her while she performed, but alas, I’m merely a 5’11 girl who had to compete against 6ft fanboys with iPhones. SPOILER: I lost!
First of all, Minzy looked like a goddamn goddess. There were a lot of people for the meet and greet from 10.30pm - a lot of them. Most of her fans were waiting in line for a good 40 mins before making their way down stairs to the VIP lounge area for a super quick photo opportunity. I must say, Minzy herself was super lovely, and the staff made it super efficient and ensured everyone got through.
The red satin jumpsuit (which probably cost more than my week's pay) was perfect for the venue and the vibe of the club. She performed at Baroq House, which is located just across the road from Melbourne Central.
For the amount of people that came to see her, I feel the venue was a little on the small side. There was no elevation for her to perform on so people in the back where unable to see her in action. The set itself was only 3 songs, 2 of her solo tracks from her latest stuff and a personal favourite of mine, 2NE1's "Go Away".
Much like her outfit, her voice was flawless and was very easy to sing along with. She did come out for an encore for "I Am The Best", but the songs the DJ was playing throughout the night made it hard to get super into. For the price tag, I thought she may have performed a few more tracks as the night progressed. All in all, it was a great opportunity to see her in my hometown, I just wished there was more.
Sony-Kartel artist Alif and SonaOne have release a collaborative single and music video. When Alif and SonaOne get together on a song, the magic is, well, obvious. Between the both of them, the multi-hyphenate rapper and rapper-producer have amassed enough awards and accolades befitting their status as two of the biggest artists in Southeast Asia. ‘Obvious’, is the first-ever proper collaboration between the two close friends and Sony-Kartel signees and serves as a showcase of their infectious collective chemistry as well as a testimony of each artist’s show-stopping charms.
Jointly produced and written by Alif and SonaOne, Obvious received world class mixing from Jimmy Cash at Cha Ching Studios North Hollywood, California and was mastered by two-time Grammy Nominee Chris Athens at Chris Athens Masters Austin, Texas.
‘Obvious’ is significant for two main reasons: For one, it marks the first official collaboration between the two artists. SonaOne’s dashingly swaggering flow and Alif’s killer pop instincts unite in incredible ways. The song is a glorious display of Asian talent pushing the envelope – and itself – to create something remarkable.
But ‘Obvious’ isn’t just about style – the essence of the track lies in its empowering message. “We initially wrote this song as an ode to a woman's self-confidence. The more we explored the subject, we realised the message was greater and applied to all walks of life”, Alif and SonaOne said of the song’s context, adding that, “sometimes people get too caught up with what people around them think that they forget to see what's in front of them, or cant realise the little things about themselves that could seem obvious to others”.
'Obvious' is playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
‘Obvious’ is a timely and timeless transmission. Together, Alif and SonaOne have produced an antidote for insecurity, self-doubt and superficiality. The song’s uplifting power was also felt by its music video director, Nasri Lian, who had this to say about how he approached its visual treatment: “The lyrics of the track inspired me to treat it as gold, not just another music video to fill up the shelves”. Inspired by the song, Lian sought to bring out the best from its makers.
In ‘Obvious’, Alif and SonaOne are prophets of positivity in a climate of distraction. You’ve heard it before but this time it’s true: This is for the culture.
Thanks to: SONY Music Singapore.
Edited by: Cassandra Breadsell.
The Philippines is among those nations very much open to foreign pop culture influences especially in music. Hence, western artists are consistently dominating music charts and digital stores. Even K-Pop songs are often heard in radio and music channels! The negative impact is, some Filipinos who are drawn too much to these influences would even belittle local singers and recording artists.
Is Original Pilipino Music (OPM) still alive?
Surely OPM is still alive - striving to maintain its glow. Thanks to the dedicated song writers and artists like Sarah Geronimo, Yeng Constantino, Gary Valenciano, and more. They are truly untiring and devoted. Yet, due to the changes and foreign influences, they are now already facing the greater challenge in upholding OPM.
One of the struggles is finding ways to urge listeners (especially the millennials) to patronize a song. Afterall, they are the ones to decide whether a released single is a hit or a flop. The impact of the song title is an essential ingredient therefore. Is it catchy enough? Could it already strike the very soul of a person even before he or she plays it? Or could the title provide meaning to them considering its length even without hearing the lyrics?
It might sound funny but most OPM songs released with "sound repetitions" in their titles have turned into hits. Is it luck? Or is the artist's lone star power just the key?
Here are six notable OPM songs with "sound repetitions" in their titles released between 2010 to 2018:
1. "Ikot-ikot" by Sarah Geronimo
Released on July 22,2013, "Ikot-ikot" is a hit song written by Thyro Alfaro and served as the lead single of her platinum album Expressions. It added a new flavor to her musicality when she shifted from the ballad style of music to a mixture of pop, r&b and dance. It featured in the World Music Awards and was even nominated for the "World's Best Song" category against other international songs on 2014 but failed to win. Instead, she bagged the "Best-Selling Filipino Artist" award, a category only given to 20 artists from several countries in the world. It won "LSS Of The Year" at Rappler Social Media Awards and "Best R&B Recording" at Awit Awards which is the PH counterpart of Grammy. In 2017, CNN Philippines included the song at their "25 Best Filipino Love Songs" list.
2. "Hanap-hanap" by James Reid ft. Nadine Lustre
It is the 2nd carrier single (released January 2015) in the Filipino-Australian singer-actor's 2nd studio album Reid Alert. On November 2016, it became third most viewed song on YouTube behind "Gayuma" by Abra and "Ikaw" by Yeng Constantino. It is written by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana who are also composers of some of Sarah Geronimo's hits and internationally awarded songs. Recording it with his girlfriend Nadine Lustre made the song more meaningful.
3. "Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako" by KZ Tandingan
It is the grand winner at 2014's Himig Handog Pinoy Pop Love Songs, a multimedia songwriting and music video competition in the Philippines. It is written by Edwin Marollano, winning "Best Song" in the said competition.
4. "Titibo-tibo" by Moira Dela Torre
The song is written by Libertine Amistoso and is also a grand winner at Himig Handog in 2017. It swiftly dominated music charts like iTunes, Spotify and Billboard Philippines. It is used in the soundtrack for ABS-CBN's hit tv series "Sana Dalawa Ang Puso".
5. "Hinahanap-hanap Kita" by Daniel Padilla
It is originally recorded by Filipino rock band Rivermaya in 1997 for their 3rd album Atomic Bomb. In 2012, the Filipino actor recorded his version and it was released as his 1st digital single. It instantly turned into a hit. Later on, his self-titled album was released. The song is also used in the soundtrack for the hit TV series "Princess And I" which stars both Padilla and his real-life girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo.
6. "Dahan-dahan" by Maja Salvador
"Dahan-dahan" is included in Maja Salvador's first-ever music album Believe under Ivory Music and Video. The fact that she was only popular as sn actress and dancer before signing a recording contract added to the hype when she released "Dahan-dahan" in 2014. It turned into smash-hit and charted in many different music charts in the Philippines. The music video has already reached more than 15M views.
Look out, Minzy fans of Queensland! You now have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Minzy at HOTA, Home of the Arts.
Minzy is KPOP’s beloved and respected “Queen of Dance”, and a multi-platinum global pop sensation from Seoul, South Korea. With over 2.5m followers on Instagram, this event gives you guys a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to meet Minzy this Saturday 17 November 2018, out on the Gold Coast.
Minzy is celebrated as the best female dancer of K-Pop, with vocals to match and a fiery stage presence. She was 1/4 of the Kpop female super group 2NE1 as the lead dancer and vocals before she split from the group in 2016 and toured sold-out stadium shows around the globe.
Her appearance in the Gold Coast comes right after her show at Coco Saturdays in Melbourne. However, this time fans will join Minzy at HOTA for a more intimate presence as she performs a couple of her hits, and shares truths about her career journey. Fans can then have the opportunity to get a photo with Minzy. The event will be hosted by Asian Pop Radio's friend Andy Trieu (get a photo with him, too! Tell him we said hi).
Minzy is playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
This is Minzy’s first time to the Gold Coast and she is excited to meet the fans, check out Australian and local fashion designer stores and hopefully, she will have time to hug a Koala.
Fans must register now for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with Minzy at HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast, but get your registration in quick, as there are limited tickets!
THE EVENT DEETS:
Minzy Fanmeet Live on the Gold Coast
17 November 2018
HOTA, Home of the Arts
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise.
10am - 11:30am
Tickets: This is a FREE event but there's a limited capacity.
Find more info at: https://hota.com.au/events/minzy-fan-meet-live
Famous K-Pop girl group G(I)-dle have recently released a new song as part of the exhilarating League of Legends game franchise.
League of Legends (LoL) is a game where two teams battle it out with magic to become victorious. The MMORPG is extremely popular in Korea, with new appearances from Korean characters with the most popular being Ahri. To celebrate these characters, they each have gained new cosmetic skins. These were premiered alongside an animated music video with the music sung by G(I)-dle, and American singer-songwriters Madison Beer and Jaira Burns.
Do you enjoy LoL? Are you a fan of G(I)-dle? Check out this song!