Sad news was announced this week as K-Pop group Boys Republic are in an "indefinite hiatus". They are made up of members Onejunn, Sunwoo, Sungjun, Minsu and Suwoong who debuted in 2013 with "Party Rock", but have come to the end of their time together.
The group have released some very popular songs over the years including: You Are Special, Video game, Dress Up, The Real One, Hello and Get Down. All of their albums have been lots of fun, with a very notable MV for Video Game, where one of the members is sporting a fabulous double hat. This is the best photo we can find for now, but you get the idea!
Or you can just watch the MV below to relive this amazingness in its entirety:
Please feel free to express and vent all your emotions in our comments below the article. We will read every one and sob quietly into our pillows.
They have one more special event planned before they all go their separate ways, which is a small concert entitled âThe End..andâ. Fans can apply through their official Daum Cafe.
DATE: Sunday the 30th September at 7pm.
APPLICATIONS OPEN: 13th of September at 8pm
Crazy Rich Asians. The film is a delightful take on the rom-com genre, mainly because its entire cast is of Asian descent. It is a story by an Asian (novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan), brought to the screen by mostly Asians (director Jon M. Chu) and marketed by Hollywood to hopefully an audience more diverse than just Asians and those of their persuasion.
I am an Asian person. My early years growing up in Asia was spent watching a variety of films with great Asian characters. Characters with varying degrees of emotions, tastes, power, skills and complexity. I am now also an Asian migrant in a western world. My formative years as a migrant involved watching a variety of films with tragically represented Asian characters. Characters that are mostly, over-the-top martial artists, unsexy nerds, self-absorbed restaurant owners, kooky grocery store and laundromat owners etc. That I live through films is one issue. That I feel like society has a distaste for Asians by watching those films is another issue. So it is with great trepidation and excitement that I sat myself in the dim lights of the cinema and allow myself to be enthralled by the lights for 2 hours. And boy did it enthralled the sh*t out of me.
The film revolves around the effervescent Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), who is successful and rich in her own right, in a somewhat progressive Cinderella story with her prince charming, an affable Nick Young (Ken Golding). It is an effective romantic tale between the two leads, but the love story I was more concerned with is the layers of romance the characters have with their individual and contextual culture and heritage.
It explores the complex relationships between both leads and their mothers, and in the now infamous mah-jong scene, stamps the invariable differences between eastern and western upbringing. Both maternal figures show great strength and sacrifice, but the main difference is how they allow their children to exemplify those strengths and sacrifices in the world. Nick’s mother, Eleanor (played by the legendary Michelle Yeoh), is stoic and serious. She reminds me of my mother and of stereotypically many other Asian mothers I know, that emphasises the importance of family unity and strength in spite of their own happiness. Rachel’s mother, Kerry (Tan Kheng Hua), on the other hand, is affectionate and warm. And her approach that the family is richer by sharing in the pursuit of one’s own happiness echoes the western mantra I came to adopt and loved as a migrant.
The connection to food is also palpable. Food found outside of one’s own ethnic geographical origins are often left wanting, is a pale imitation and usually reduced to stereotypes that pleases the palates of the locale majority. Rachel’s family has a simpler and uncomplicated perspective to food which may be a result of the above, and also of their middle class status. Nick’s family connection to food however is, steeped in tradition and can be highly complex and political. It is not just the high brow nature of their appetite (for food and for all other things), but food is used as both bait and weapon. Whilst my family did not gather to make dumplings and make thinly veiled threats at each other like the Young family did, it was used to charm and extort. But love for family and food can be heartwarming, like when my mother and grandmother made me food in case I got hungry on my flights, as how Rachel’s mother did.
Whilst both families show great longing and respect to traditional recipes, it is refreshing to see both Rachel and Nick share food on screen without judgement and with full of wanton abandonment (excuse the pun). Food should be universal. This is a great reflection of the current generation and its attitude towards global citizenship, in this increasingly multiculturally exposed world.
I am touched by how Hollywood has taken interest in representing East Asian’s cultural and economical specificity. The film captures the richness of Chinese culture and did not demonize Asia’s rising economical power. In fact, it is glorified with exquisite sets and costumes, and humanizes it by allowing Asian men and women of power to be seen on screen, mostly looking relaxed and sexy. Having said that, the leads and supporting characters battle with love, euphoria, jealousy, disappointment and heartbreak as any other character of any other ethnic origin would on screen. The film incorporates all your standard rom-com staples i.e. funny best friend, mean mean girls, sassy gay confidant, breathtaking makeovers, swooning love declarations and of course, fireworks (in all sense of the word) at the finale. The only real difference is, the characters are Asian.
Whilst television is making ground in recent times with Asian representation (think Fresh Off the Boat, Kim’s Convenience, the Family Law etc), it is one of the few major mainstream film productions to do so. The last great Hollywood film with predominantly Asian characters in my opinion, is the Joy Luck Club, which this film is now so feverishly being compared to. Whilst that was a drama feature, which usually comes with the license to be able to explore more serious issues, Crazy Rich Asians isn’t a drama. It is a comedy purely for farcical entertainment. The former was a film made at a different time. However, both films are not made for too different an audience. Everyone. And I daresay, most people enjoyed it. It’s making money. There will be a sequel. It’s got a 93% RottenTomatoes fresh rating. If you’re not into rom-coms, I just can’t imagine how you would not possibly like this film.
Jaguar Jonze crafts songs of melancholic beauty woven with gun slinging guitar lines and a strikingly rich, yet intimate voice. Born in Japan to a Taiwanese mother and Australian father, Jaguar Jonze is as eclectic as her cultural upbringing oozing influences by the likes of Portishead, The Last Shadow Puppets, Nick Cave and Angel Olsen.
Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, the project stems from the mind of Deena Lynch (Queensland Music Award’s Most Promising Female Songwriter 2016). With the help of a band behind her, Jonze chisels a dark and dynamic soundscape without compromising her dulcet voice that transmits raw, intense emotion.
Jonze has spent the last 2 years between bunkering in a basement of Brisbane and a studio in the concrete jungle of Jakarta to harness a body of work that is nostalgic yet distinctive. From here comes Jonze’s debut single ‘You Got Left Behind’ – a driving, upbeat song suspended delicately above a breathtakingly haunting undercurrent.
“'You Got Left Behind' is about a few things - namely growing up and seeing people have a resistance to do so. With that came the torment of watching loved ones fall into a cycle of self-victimisation, self-harm and self-medication. I wrote the song around the time I was drawing a particular piece for my artistic project, Spectator Jonze.” Jonze says.
Her debut single ‘You Got Left Behind’ is out now and from this weekend can be heard on Asian Pop Radio. In support of the release, Jaguar Jonze will be performing shows in Australia and South East Asia where she will also showcase some of her forthcoming musical catalogue.
Infused with gun slingin’ country riffs, delicate string sections, and sounds reminiscent of Jonze's oriental background, ‘You Got Left Behind’ is driving, upbeat, and a real journey. The track was recorded in between Out With The In Studios with Hugh Middleton (Mid Ayr, Trouble with Templeton) and Jaguar Jonze's own home. Also mixed by Alex L'Estrange (Mid Ayr) in the UK and mastered by Steve Fallone of Sterling Sound in the US.
Despite being yet to make her live debut, Jaguar Jonze has already performed at Singapore’s Music Matters Festival this week gone, as well as the International Indie Music Festival in Indonesia.
Her first steps include showcases across Music Matters in Singapore, a single release party at The Foundry in hometown Brisbane and International Indie Music Festival for Pekan Raya in Jakarta, Indonesia.
An enigmatic yet vulnerable songwriter, Jaguar Jonze delivers defiant ferocity through smoky vocals that shift between fragile and forceful and a mature musicality that provides sweetness through dissonance.
Recent Shows Dates
Friday, 7th September – Wednesday 12th September 2018
Music Matters Live Festival
Clarke Quay, Singapore
Friday, 14th September 2018
Single Launch Show @ The Foundry
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Upcoming Tour Dates
Wednesday, 26th September – Monday, 1st October 2018
International Indie Music Festival
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A conceptual electronic pop music act based around sugar-rush inspired adrenalin, pop!SUGAR makes its debut with lead single, Taste The Rainbow together with a lyric video on their Youtube channel. Evident from the title and album art of the debut single, Taste The Rainbow is a song inspired by the multicolored candy known as Skittles.
Despite being the new kids on the block, pop!SUGAR signals an able and versatile group set to join the top rung in the contemporary pop music space. Charged with waves of suave glitches, electronic & ethnic elements, their production marries these components harmoniously with plenty of energy to spare.
“One of the main reasons why we even started pop!SUGAR was to spread positivity and happy music on the internet. With all the rapid technological advancements and accessibility, everyone who owns a smart device gets to share their feelings and opinions freely. Progress is definitely a great thing. But with that, there has been a steady increase in hateful messages, comments and cyber bullying activities in recent years. We strive to be that part of the internet that fights off negativity with uplifting tunes and lighthearted melodies. A little online happy pill.” explains pop!SUGAR
Taste The Rainbow definitely sets the tone for what is to come by the production group
Tune in to Asian Pop Radio from today to hear the track, vote for it in our Top 10 Countdown and remember to share this post with your friends on your socials to support this new independant musical outfit.
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Written by: Jay John
This September, you'll be able to experience the music of one of the world’s most renowned video games in the Australian premiere of Final Symphony: Music from FINAL FANTASY®. Featuring the work of conductor Eckehard Stier and Katharina Treutler on piano, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will be bringing one of the worlds favorite video game franchises to life on stage!
Following sell-out concerts across the globe, Final Symphony features the celebrated music of composers Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu. The MSO will perform the award-winning music of FINAL FANTASY VI, VII and X under the masterful baton of conductor Eckehard Stier.
Final Symphony offers a new orchestral concert experience, not just for gamers, but for lovers of beautiful music interpreted in a unique artistic manner.
Here's your chance to win a double pass!
How would you like to win a double pass to Final Symphony on a night of your choice? It's easy!
Tell us why you would like to go along in the comments section below this article and two of our favorite comments will be chosen.
Be funny, be intelligent, get a little emotive, however you choose to enter is up to you, but do it before 11:59 pm on Wednesday 19th of September. We have x 2 double passes to give away thanks to the good people at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Experience the music of FINAL FANTASY as you've never heard it before; without the screens and in full symphonic surrounds this September.
“Although there are many game music concerts nowadays, what makes Final Symphony so different is how the original music is interpreted more freely, in an artistic manner. It offers something really new that’s not just for game fans.” says composer Nobuo Uematsu.
Book your tickets now via the MSO website and secure your seat at one of the two sessions on Friday the 28th of September or Saturday the 29th of September. Remember to type 'APR' into the promotional code field to save yourself 10% off the cost of tickets. Gaming fans should not delay, this is one event that is going to go off. You don't want to miss out.
Asian Pop Radio is thankful to have the support of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more details to come on this exciting event.
Final Symphony © & ℗ 2013-2018 Merregnon Studios. Licensed by Square Enix.
FINAL FANTASY is a registered trademark or trademark of Square Enix Group Co., Ltd.
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Written by: Jay John
Oxfam, local partners ready to respond as “highly threatening” Typhoon Mangkhut nears Philippines;
Oxfam and its local partners are on high alert and ready to respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Typhoon Ompong, if needed. The Philippine Government considers the huge typhoon to be “highly threatening” and that a request for international assistance might be considered.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimates that 4.3 million people live in the projected path of this destructive storm. Oxfam’s Country Director of Oxfam in the Philippines, Maria Rosario Felizco, said that Oxfam and its partners, Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) and Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), were ready to assist any emergency response by providing services such as clean water, sanitation and hygiene, cash programming and emergency food.
“Oxfam and its partners have a strong response capacity in the Philippines with a team of experienced responders on the ground,” Ms Felizco said. “Oxfam and our local partners are committed to working closely with the government and other humanitarian actors to mitigate the impacts of Typhoon Mangkhut. Oxfam will be deploying staff to join the emergency response teams of HRC and CDRC.
“We’ve just sent emergency responders to travel to northern Luzon with CDRC, and we expect to send another team over the coming days to join HRC. Our joint assessments will be looking at the different contexts, needs and priorities of men, women, and the most vulnerable people living in areas most likely to be affected by the typhoon,” Ms Felizco said.
Typhoon Mangkhut is predicted to make landfall in the northern tip of the main island of Luzon tomorrow morning, and has been packing devastating wind gusts of up to 250 km/h, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
“We are very concerned about the potential for landslides, due to the mountainous terrain in northern Luzon, and flooding from the expected heavy torrential rain,” Ms Felizco said.
“Mangkhut is also projected to bring heavy rain over western Luzon, and we are concerned about the communities who are still dealing with the aftermath of ‘habagat’ - the storm-enhanced southwest monsoon rains from July to August.”
The state weather bureau also reported that this could be the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year.
Donations to Oxfam Australia’s emergency responses around the world can be made at: www.oxfam.org.au/icf
Written by: Media Release - Oxfam Australia.
Famous game Overwatch has recently released a new map. For all of you gaming fans out there, you can now play on the new map called “Busan”!
Sporting both the traditional and modern side of Busan, you can fight your way to victory in true Korean style! Some fans are even saying that the map looks better than the city in real life! What do you think? Tell us in the comments below!
Overwatch players will be happy to know that the Korean character D.Va also got a buff (or in non-gaming terms - she became stronger with Brigette getting a nerf - meaning she became like a nerf gun, more useless than a real gun in the online gaming world).
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YouTuber BlameTheController has made a very helpful video to show all of this to you:
This is not the first game to feature a city from South Korea, with other games such as Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege having a level that is set in Seoul, as well as another game from the Rainbow Six franchise that is exclusively released in Korea. We love Overwatch’s diversity!
The new maps on Overwatch are available to play now on PC, PS4, and XBox One.
Written by: Siobhan Stollznow
Jasmine Sokko has recently come back with an amazing upbeat track titled 'Hurt'.
This song is in a different style that Jasmine has usually released, but we are sure the fans will love this electronic pop banger. While the music video is not going to be released until some time in early October, we are sure the visuals will be stunning!
We have some super amazing photos from the MV shoot just to tickle your interest:
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Personally, I love the song! I would have to agree with other people in the comment section when they say that this is a really good song to just put on and listen to. You can just listen to this beat and let your mind just drift away, so try not to listen to it when you are working otherwise you won’t be working towards the end of it!
The new song 'HURT' takes Jasmine Sokko on a new music journey as she ventures full-on into electronic pop territory with a new visual look as well. Incredibly, the song received 80,000 streams on Spotify in the first week it was released! Once the MV comes out, we are sure many more will follow - it's just so good!
Listen out for the new track on Asian Pop Radio by downloading our APP or listening here via the website. In the meantime, you can listen to the official audio stream on YouTube:
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Below: Jasmine speaks to Asian Pop Radio, early 2017
HyunA and E’Dawn will be parting ways with Cube Entertainment. 😭😭😭
On September 13, the agency revealed through an official statement, “Cube Entertainment has decided to remove HyunA and E’Dawn [from the company].”
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This comes a month after dating rumours of Hyuna and E’Dawn broke out, where Cube Entertainment denied it, saying that the news was “groundless”. However, the couple had stepped up to say otherwise. Yonhap News revealed that Hyuna and E’Dawn had personally admitted that they’ve been dating for 2 years. A source said that the idols wanted to publicly acknowledge the relationship so they “could confidently stand in front of their fans”.
However, we cannot confirm this is the reason why the entertainment company decided to part ways with the two artists.
The statement continues, “When managing our artists, the company has worked with faith and trust in each other as the main priority. After much discussion, the judgment was made that it is not possible to recover the faith with the two artists HyunA and E’Dawn, so their removal has been decided.”'
“We sincerely thank the two artists and their fans who have been with us until now,” Cube Entertainment concludes.
This leaves boy group Pentagon with nine members instead of the original ten. Less than a few hours after the news broke, someone had the nerve to change their Wikipedia entry.
Nevertheless, Asian Pop Radio wish both Hyuna and E'Dawn, and Cube Entertainment the best with their future endeavours and hope they continue making great music!
Source: Soompi, Naver
Written by: Jhube Veradio @jhubeJELLO
MUSIC KITCHEN are a Malaysian composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist duo consisting of PREM D and SID. They are self-described as a “Multi-Genre” duo who have stepped into the world of music to unleash tracks with unique flava that gets you hooked!
Their single "Call The Police" is a great summer tune. The track showcases laid back vocals from singer Akram mixed with tropical island beats that send you to somewhere in Ibiza. The song itself has a nice progressive build-up before the beat drops in bridge. The lyrics are super catchy, with Akram singing "Call the police / Call 'em, I call them / The girl is a thief / She stole my heart" as an ode to a girl he's fallen in love with, but who has disappeared from his life.
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The boys have been super busy performing at heaps of notable events! Most recently at the Malaysian Independent Live Fusion Festival, Publika's MAPFest during Earth Hour, and #BrownPeopleMusic at the Heavens and Hell bar in Bangsar. You can expect them to rise up in their career and straight to the top. Catch them performing at upcoming events and gigs!
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Check out the music video for their single "Call The Police" with Akram!