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Earlier this month, we got word the fantabulous K-Pop band The Rose were about to touch ground on Australia! We can now confirm their dates and where they will be playing!
Calling all Australian Black Roses! The boys are coming to us this December. The Rose will be hitting up Australia's eastern coast in Melbourne and Sydney's popular venues 170 Russell and The Metro Theatre respectively. Two concerts means twice the fun!
Written by Mijin and Jhube Veradio
Let's preface this article by stating that we know this video was recorded a year ago. In the transitioning between iMovie and Final Cut Pro, I thought I had lost this footage. But here we are, a year later and still releasing it because Mel Kishida is probably the most down-to-earth Japanese celebrity you could ever meet.
Kishida is a famous Japanese illustrator. His work has been used in light novels, anime and video games. He was in Melbourne, Victoria for Animaga in 2017 to promote his game Blue Reflection and during the interview, you might even hear him mention something about more video games coming in the future!
Blue Reflection was released late 2017 and according to Wikipedia:
"Blue Reflection is set in the Hoshinomiya Girls High School in modern-day Japan, in the middle of summer. The player takes the role of Hinako Shirai, a ballet dancer who injured her knee one year prior to the beginning of the game, and has been unable to dance since then. After meeting with sisters Yuzuki and Lime Shijou, she is given the power to fight as a magical girl referred to as a "Reflector", allowing her to move freely."
We hope you enjoy watching the interview and playing the game.
Written by Siobhan Stollznow
Thanks to Mel Kishida and Animaga
MTV Asia has announced nominations for the 2018 MTV EMAs with Camila Cabello leading the pack. Cabello snagged six nominations including Best Song and Best Video for her chart-topping hit “Havana” featuring Young Thug, as well as Best Artist alongside Ariana Grande and Post Malone, who follow Cabello with five nods each. Drake and Dua Lipa also join the above contenders for Best Artist, scoring four noms each alongside Shawn Mendes, including Best Local Act for all three of their respective home countries.
In Southeast Asia, a total of over 28k votes were cast by fans on Twitter to select the seventh ‘social wildcard’ nominee, Twopee Southside emerge as the seventh nominee to compete for the Best Southeast Asia Act.
The seven nominees for the Best Southeast Asia Act are:
IV of Spades (Philippines)
Joe Flizzow (Malaysia)
Minh Hằng (Vietnam)
Slot Machine (Thailand)
The Sam Willows (Singapore)
and social wildcard winner, Twopee Southside (Thailand).
The inaugural show will air live around the globe from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain. Catch the live broadcast on Sunday, 5 November at 2am (WIB) and 3am (SG/MY) for the red carpet, 3am (WIB) and 4am (SG/MY) for the main show, and across MTV's global network of channels in more than 180 countries and territories. Catch the first encore telecast on the same day at 6pm (WIB) and 7pm (SG/MY) for the red carpet, 7am (WIB) and 8pm (SG/MY) for the main show.
Music fans (AKA YOU) will determine the night’s winners by voting for their favorite artists leading up to the show. Voting is now open at mtvema.com until 3 November at 11:59pm CET.
Want more Asian pop? Head to our live stream right here.
Thanks to Alfred Tan
Edited by: Jhube Veradio
Excitement levels are over 9000 for the upcoming release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which opens in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand on January 24, 2019.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly will be the widest Madman Anime theatrical release ever, with nearly 200 targeted locations expected to show the film across Australia alone and premiere screenings planned for Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.
Three destinies will clash when Goku and Vegeta encounter Broly, a Saiyan warrior unlike any fighter they’ve faced before. Will they have enough strength to protect Earth against this formidable fighter, or have they finally met their match?
Dragon Ball Super: Broly features the return of the titular villain, Broly, who made his cinematic debut in 1993, and has been re-imagined as a darker and more evolved villain. The film features an original story and screenplay by Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama and will be essential viewing for all fans of the franchise, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016.
Madman Entertainment (who are distributing the movie in Australia) CEO and managing director Tim Anderson says: “There is huge buzz all over the world for the release of this film. Goku and the gang are even more iconic and enduring now than ever, and the love for Dragon Ball feels as widespread today as it did back in the golden age of morning cartoon shows.
The previous theatrical release in the franchise, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (2015), tallied over $1.7 million at the ANZ box office. The popularity of the Dragon Ballfranchise continues to increase, with a global cavalcade of toys, merchandise, apparel, home video releases and more. The Dragon Ballgroup of series (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT & Dragon Ball: Super) is collectively one of the fastest growing shows on the AnimeLab SVOD service, with over 8 million active views and counting.
Asian Pop Radio is looking forward to the release of the movie this Summer and we are confident you'll be sitting right there beside us in the cimema! For more information, head to the official website in Australia which is dragonballsuper.com.au
Posted by Jay John
Thanks to Madman Entertainment
Music has played an everyday part in ANDREAH’s life from a very early age. Inspired by her mother and singing in the local church choir, she participated in school music events and joined her first band in Year 6, performing during graduation. ANDREAH took up piano at the age of eight, began singing lessons at ten and starting to write songs with friends ‘for fun’ at thirteen.
By the age of 14 she was writing on her own and teaching herself to play guitar, thus enabling her to develop more songs. At 15, her first serious solo creation was Magic a song based on a personal experience, which she has chosen to share with us all. Her first release and Asia POP 4O’s recent BUZZ track, Best Friend was written as a parting gift to her best friend whose family moved to another country. “I hope my music can help people through rough and difficult times, as it has helped me,” she states whilst providing an insight to her life story, which the young singer/songwriter describes as a somewhat “scary” experience.
ANDREAH’s love for performing, which she embarked on locally several years ago, resulted in an invitation to support The Script in Singapore Hong Kong and Manila in April of 2018. More recently she headlined Singapore’s Heartstrings concert at the Repertory Theatre in August on behalf of the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
She cites both The Script and Ed Sheeran as the driving forces behind her love of songwriting and aspiration to continue performing. “It was simply a dream come true to be up there in front of such large audiences, and I enjoyed every minute,” she shared.
Los Angeles based producer Qura Rankin, who joined her band on stage for these performances, heard ANDREAH sing and believing “she has what it takes if she wants to take it”, offered to record and produce a selection of her early songs.
The two spent some time at Thailand’s Krabi Road studios in April. There is nothing pedestrian about the mood and narrative these first six recordings captured in the most natural of environments. To have recorded so close to home where her songs were written, is an integral part of this narrative.
As an active member of her local school, she enjoys all school activities, playing both soccer and basketball. In 2017, she spearheaded a fundraising talent contest to help build a school in Cambodia and attended its opening ceremony there. Insisting that her priority remains to complete her education and, with exams scheduled later in the year, ANDREAH’s foray into Japan, Australia and European markets will have to wait until mid-2019.
K-Pop group NU'EST W are preparing for a comeback! Everyone is gushing over the news that they are busy filming their upcoming music video and they have plans of releasing the song in mid-November with a guess being on the 11th.
While fans around the world are excited for this comeback, we are also excited for NU'EST to return to being a whole group again when Minhyun returns on the December 31st. He won't be able to be apart of the November comeback, but we're still counting down for big things from them in 2019. This comes after his unique situation from his participation in the reality television series Produce 101 Season 2 and winning his place as a member of Wanna One.
What kind of style are you hoping they will do for this comeback?
Written by: Siobhan Stollznow
Edited by Jhube Veradio
The electro-pop artiste Rozella is back with her latest tune ‘XOXO’.
The Malaysian artist, originally from Borneo, lays down her sultry vocals on a bed of modern pop synths with an 80's drum riff. She has currently amassed 11 New Music Friday playlists on Spotify after 4 days of release of the song. She is one of the very few Malaysians who have been fortunate enough to be featured on the New Music Friday playlist in the US, which is certainly well deserved as the song surpasses the trends led by the likes of Troye Sivan, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ariana Grande. Rozella has fast become a pop princess!
The songstress spoke to us early last year about being the winner of Tiger Jams 2016 and how her past single 'Home to You' was handpicked for an exclusive remix by Scottish synth pop band CHVRCHES. In this podcast the musician speaks to Jay John about, music, life and creating positive body image. Rozella is planning more music to be released in the coming year and the start of 2019. The future is bright for Malaysian bred music.
The latest single 'XOXO' is Rozella’s ode to music. After stepping into the limelight three years ago, her love for songwriting and performing has deepened. This song is a reflection of the joy she feels every time she’s creating music.
“There’s nothing else in the world that I enjoy more than being in the studio and working on music. It’s like a sugar rush for me. When I’m on stage or when I’m songwriting, the whole world disappears and nothing else matters.”
XOXO is available on all digital music platforms.
'XOXO' is playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7.
Written by Jhube Veradio
Thanks to Dex Wong
You may not already know, but Asian Pop Radio take requests almost every hour of the day right across the week and its easy to select your fave song too! New and old, there are a huge list of songs to choose from and you can view our entire library of tracks by heading to asianpopradio.com/request or in this instance, via the search tool below.
Want to hear a track on Asian Pop Radio? Search for your favorite artist or track name click the play button and it could play within the next 15 minutes. Asian Pop Radio is the only Asian pop station in Australia that allows you to choose the playlist in real time, so have a go today!
Note: Requests can not be made during our specialty programs including, 'Boys Hour', 'Girls Hour', 'Newbies@9', 'Top 10 Countdown', 'The Old Skool Show' & 'The Japan Hour'
Why not tune in to our Top 10 Countdown to see if your song is also being requested by other Asian Pop Radio listeners. It may be getting requested enough by our community to make it to our daily countdown. Our Top 10 Countdown airs 8am and 8pm weekdays and is hosted by Asian Pop Radio's music director Trav, aka Skuff Asia. If you like the show, share it with your friends and tell us!
I am honestly proud to call Melbourne my home but I am sure you will sympathise with me, that as a seasoned traveller to the wide and wonderful parts of South East Asia, I usually head home at the end of a trip missing the late night food culture. Places like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand all have such wonderful public outdoor spaces for a late night feed, more often than not, our city is usually 'out like a light' at the time of the evening when so many in Asia are popping out for dinner with friends.
I have so many fond memories of heading out for a night of clubbing in places like Taipei and when the club was about to close ('Funky'.. don't hold it against me) we knew we had a stack of options we could go to in order to boost our energy as the sun was rising. Being in Kuala Lumpur for work and having limited options for a bite at conferences then looking for a late night 'fix' and finding a popular food court in the city that was packed door to door with delicious hot and spicy noodles and tofu dishes to choose from. My trip to Ho Chi Minh City where the streets would be converted each night to a marketplace of Hawker stalls offering everything from local beers to the popular Chè that was being enjoyed by locals.
Thankfully, I feel like my luck is about to change as Melbourne's world renowned Queen Victoria Market embarks on a new Asian inspired late night food offering Wednesdays until October 24. The market has already dabbled in the extremely popular Summer and Winter night markets and have now for a few years, but this time round comes an authentic experience that will please anyone like me that reflects on those fulfilling foodie moments from Asian holidays gone by.
Hawker 88 Night Market brings the tastes, sights and sounds of the Orient to Melbourne’s favourite market. Step under the Market’s iconic sheds and be transported to the streets of Asia to feast on authentic street food from right across the continent, from China to India, Vietnam to Korea, and Malaysia to Japan. More than 20 street food stalls selling traditional dishes such as Malay satay, Filipino barbecue, Indian curries and Korean pork belly. Long communal tables provide the perfect place to share great food with friends and family.
Melbourne’s new independent brewery Brick Lane Brewing Co. are also marking the occasion by creating a special craft beer, fittingly named H88. Made using a Japanese hop cultivar Sorachi Ace, it is a light-bodied lager that pairs perfectly with Asian cuisine. Over six weeks, visitors can explore different regions of the Orient through the five senses to learn more about their cuisine, culture and traditions.
The weekly themes are Mooncake Festival, Durian Festival, Asian Festival, Filipino Festival, Bollywood Festival and Thai celebration. The experience comes complete with the colours and sounds of authentic music and entertainment from each region. Traditional Lion and Bollywood dancers, Malaysian bands, Filipino singers. Those that attended last week would have enjoyed viewing a performance by Melbourne's own AO Crew! There will even be karaoke for those game enough to show off their talent, plus eating competitions for those with the right kind of hunger!
Market-goers can also look on in awe as the professionals demonstrate the crafts of mooncake and noodle making. Inspired by the number eight – the luckiest number in Chinese culture – Hawker 88 Night Market has 88 lanterns hung from the Market sheds, creating an intimate and colourful canopy. You can also shop for weird, wacky and wonderful wares from more than 20 Asian market stalls.
Don't miss your chance to enjoy Hawker 88 Night Market for yourself. Its for only a few more weeks! Asian Pop Radio look forward to supporting the event into the future and celebrating this diverse offering that celebrates Asian cultures and people coming together in the heart of the city.
Want more Asian pop? Head to our live stream right here.
Edited by: Jay John