Peter Noic and Jenet Michelle have started their new podcast video series YouTube called ‘The Asian Conversation’!
In their first episode, the duo talk about EXO’s recent comeback, BlackPink collaborating with Dua Lipa, a potential collaboration between TWICE and Cardi B, NCT 127 on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, the Boy Story Debut, KCON in Thailand and iKON's concert in Melbourne! The audio-visual project is jam packed with insightful thoughts and plenty of laughs.
In the second episode, they dive straight into the feels talking about family values, reminiscing about their first loves, and their romantic encounters. All of these feels are based from the movies ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved’ where they also mention about how there is finally an Asian presence in the western entertainment industry. They also talk about the collaboration between John Legend and Wendy (from Red Velvet).
South Korean indie group The Rose are making time to visit Australian Black Roses (their fandom name) in December. While the groups music is not played a great deal on Australian radio. Kpop fans have been determined to take the time to get to know them and they have been blown away by their talent!
The Rose is made up of 4 members, with each member being represented by a certain colour of rose. Their leader is Kim Woosung (English name: Sammy) who is from Los Angeles. He is the lead vocalist and electric guitarist and he represents the white rose which means pure.
Keyboardist and acoustic guitarist Dojoon (English name: Leo) is from Busan and characterises the red rose which is associated with passion and enthusiasm. He is also a former DSP Media trainee. Dojoon lived in New Zealand for 5 years and is one of the 2 English speaking members. Their drummer and Rapper, Hajoon (English name: Dylan), is also from Korea and is represented as the blue rose, which portrays miracles. He is also skilled at mimicking people.
Finally, The Rose maknae and their bassist and visual of the group, Jaehyeong (English name: Jeff), is from Pohang, South Korea, but grew up in Samcheok. He is represented by the pink rose, which stands for happiness and romance. He is the 'mum' of the group.
The Rose is playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
The Rose was formed after Dojoon and Jaehyeong were busking at Hongdae and swiftly became friends. Jaehyeong then met Hajoon and began busking together. At the same time, Dojoon was a trainee at DSP Media, but after leaving the company he quickly joined the two and they beaome a trio called "Windfall". The official line-up of all four members being secured after Dojoon recruited his friend Woosung and this quartet was officially named "The Rose". They are called The Rose "to show music that coexisted with the beauty of flowers and sharpness of thorns" as explained by Woosung.
In 2016, the band entered J & Star Company, a little known independent operation. Their official mainstream debut was on August 3rd, 2017 with "Sorry". This became their debut song and has become an impressive piece to introduce them to the K-Pop industry. Billboard named this song one of the best Korean Pop songs of 2017.
"Sorry" is about the regrets of a separated relationship. The track is influenced by British-pop and was produced by all four members. This may be when their fans started getting interested in them as the beginning of the song features Woosung’s unique raspy voice.
They made their following comeback with their second single "Like We Used To" which appears on their first mini album "Void". This song evokes the story of the four members and how things changed throughout their musical journey, but like most of us, from time to time we revisit the memories we hold dear. The music is much gentler with an acoustic start, then slowly it is lapped with drums and bass but it is not as heavy as their debut song.
Their next single "Baby", which is also their title song in their album "Void", depicts the frustration about a romantic relation or not having a relationship at all which speaks out to all of the fans that can or cannot have a relationship.
Finally, they bring their latest comeback with their second mini album named "Dawn". The Rose have returned after 6 months with songs that have a sentimental meaning to them. The title track "She's In The Rain" begins with a lovely guitar introduction and slowly adds thick layers of bass and drum. This song was indeed for their fans, yet allows new listeners to appreciate and hear each instrument delicately used in the song and throughout the album.
The Rose debuted their first world tour "Paint It Rose", which concluded in February, saw the boys play multiple sold out shows across Europe. Following the success of this, they announced their tour to North and South America which would include New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico in May until 1st June. They also performed in Brazil in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in June.
My Music Taste then noticed that other countries were asking for The Rose to perform in their cities. So after hearing their fans request, Australia was announced! They will be performing at Melbourne on December 6th and in Sydney December 9th.
Black Roses are you ready for these guys to rock your day and make amazing memories between us and the band?
The Black Eyed Peas long anticipated seventh studio album, Masters of the Sun Vol. 1, was finally released on October 26th. This is their first album in almost eight years and their first album without Fergie, the group's staple vocalist for more than 15 years, leaving wil.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo as the remaining members of the group.
There was much speculation over the last couple of years that Fergie would be replaced by many musicians. Nicole Scherzinger was originally approached to join the Black Eyed Peas in the early 2000's, but was forced to decline because she was a member of the girl group Eden's Crush (and much later, The Pussycat Dolls). Wil.i.am again considered Filipino-American Scherzinger in an interview this year with the UK's Daily Star stating:
âAnything Nicole asked me to do I would do it, though. I love that girl. We have a chat group called 'Black Eyed Peas family'. It has nothing to do with making music or money. Itâs about friendship. Itâs the three of us and Nicole. Itâs about family. Nicole is Black Eyed Peas. She is family.â
Korean rapper CL came out to perform with Black Eyed Peas and sang "Where Is The Love?" at the huge music festival "SUMMER SONIC 2017" in Japan. This sparked wildfire rumours CL would be replacing Fergie as the lead singer that year. While this didn't exactly come to fruition, CL was busy herself: writing the theme song for "My Little Pony: The Movie", joining Mark Wahlberg in her first feature film as a Hollywood actress in "Mile 22", and performing at the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.
Instead, both Nicole Scherzinger and CL feature on this album!
CL shares her stunning rapping skills in the track 'DOPENESS'. She shows no fear when she raps her verse, even after the three original members of BEP, showing she still is The Baddest Female! In the music video, CL is the leading femme fatale of a glamorous crime gang. They own sports cars, motorbikes, gold chains, and reek of DOPENESS. This collaboration is solid gold. Her home country and her fans should absolutely be proud of her.
Nicole Scherzinger features on the tenth track on the album, "WINGS". It comes to no surprise she is a fantastic singer. Her singing style is different to how she normally sings as a powerhouse pop vocalist. She is more jazzy, seductive, and whimsical, as she is heard skipping around the boys rapping verses, the popping beats, and slow electric piano.
"I am going to work hard to make her known international." These were rapper apl.de.ap's words in 2013 after successfully recruiting into his team Jessica Reynoso in the first-ever season of "The Voice of the Philippines." Since her appearance on the Filipino singing competition, Reynoso has been signed a contract with BMBX, owned by apl.de.ap. She has appeared at different music festivals internationally, and she has been tapped to perform the American national anthem at numerous NBA games. She now joins the Black Eyed Peas on their international Masters of the Sun Tour. Although uncredited, Jessica Reynoso lends her gorgeous singing talents on many tracks to their latest album.
The new album overall borrows drum beats and synth riffs from hip-hop music of the 80s and 90s. The throwback-vibes of vinyl record scratching is prevalent, especially in the tracks "CONSTANT" and "DOPENESS". They are odes to this era of music, while also adding the Black Eyed Peas' famous flavour of robotic effects on wil.i.am's vocals. Masters of the Sun Vol. 1 is a wonderful record that goes back to their roots when the Black Eyed Peas first started as an alternative hip-hop/rap group, rather than their pop albums (which I still do love). The album is political, soul-taking, and much needed in today's society. It's refreshing music as we don't hear this genre of music on mainstream radio anymore.
Masters of the Sun Vol. 1 is available on all digital platforms and good music stores.
Written by Jhube Veradio @jhubeJELLO
Singaporean musician KHAi has recently dropped his debut single, “Strange”, a song about infatuation and unrequited love.
The up-and-coming singer-songwriter Khairul Ridzwan is the mastermind behind KHAi. He has been performing his original material since 2014, finding solace in song-writing and channelling his views on life and love in lyrics that are earnest and raw, alongside guitar melodies that mirror his honest and grounded view of the world.
KHAi is a familiar face at open mics around Singapore and as a busker along the streets. The musician has been lucky enough to play his original compositions at the Singapore Garden Festival, Singapore Night Festival, as well as Esplanade’s Red Dot August series.
KHAi is playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
KHAI's debut single is "Strange", a deceivingly happy song about moving on with life. It's a perfect single for people who are about to face a big change, like students moving on from high school into tertiary studies, or perhaps two people who are having doubts on their relationship. Whatever your interpretation of the song, KHAi will soothe your soul with his smooth and flawless vocals.
"The night I wrote ‘Strange’, I pulled an all-nighter just thinking about all of the opportunities that I’ve let slip out of my hands. The main reason was just because I was afraid of the outcome. Writing ‘Strange’ was my way of admitting to myself that it’s okay to be afraid.”
From drawing sonic inspiration from the likes of Frank Ocean, to writing about his day-to-day experiences and perilous late night thoughts, KHAi explains,
“I’ve always been in awe of Frank Ocean’s approach to music where he paints what he’s feeling sonically into his listeners’ ears. I tried to do the same for ‘Strange’. Whatever goes on under the vocals, were all carefully thought out in order to recreate the anxiety and excitement of falling in love.
It’s okay to be afraid. The songs I write… Remind me of the good and bad in my life that I’ve been through. It’s a personal memo for me, a self-reminder.”
The music video for "Strange" documents KHAi’s life and music in a very retro, old school home-video format, and ties in to the song's message that it's ok to be afraid.
“In my MV, it shows me being surrounded and supported by my closest friends as I embark on my music career. It’s a reassuring music video about knowing and trusting that the people you love will always be there to catch you when you fall.”
KHAi believes that his debut single is as real as it gets, if not more:
“To be honest with you, there are millions of songs written about love. Instrumentally, Strange doesn’t fit in today’s general pop sound. But the one thing that I think sets strange apart from the rest is that it really is more than a song that’s just about love. It’s a song about facing your fears. Everyone’s afraid of something.”
Following the release of his previous chart-topping ballad ‘It’s You’, the evocative songster Sezairi switches gears for his freshest earworm – ‘Mirage’.
Since it's release, 'It's You' has garnered over
2 million streams online and acquired GOLD certification. Apple Music had the song featured in a special playlist representing Singaporean musicians aptly titled 'Songs Of A Nation' alongside Tabitha Nauser, Charlie Lim, and many more.
Lyrically, this latest single showcases Sezairi exploring the complex theme of figmental fixation and what it means to believe in something that may not actually exist outside of the imagination. Obsession is a big underlying message throughout the song with the singer/songwriter himself further explaining:
“We all have times in our lives where we become hyper-obsessed with something that we think will complete us. I kinda wanted to demonstrate that sometimes, what we think is good might not necessarily be the case. Especially when attraction is involved”.
Sonically, the nifty musician finds a new approach to his familiar sound. He gives his vocal chords quite a workout when he lifts the melody into the higher octaves, and elevates our spirits with his own echoes calling back to him. Embedded are beautiful layers of synths and sound effects that mimic how our brains work as machines blended perfectly to the beat. Sezairi worked with producers/writers Brooke Toia (Adelén, Favorite Child) and Harry Sommerdahl (Carrie Underwood, BoA, Westlife) on ‘Mirage’.
Sezairi has been busy promoting his new music, having recently graced the stages of Pink Dot 2018 and SHINE Festival 2018, just to name a few. Keep a lookout for his EP dropping soon and playing onto Asian Pop Radio's livestream playing Asia-wide hits 24/7!
Thanks to Alfred Tan
Edited by Jhube Veradio @jhubeJELLO
Korean-American rapper, DJ, and producer Yaeji will be hitting up Australian dance floors for the very first time this summer.
As well as the already-announced Meredith Music Festival, Yaeji will perform at The Studio, Sydney Opera House on Saturday 1 December; in Melbourne at Max Watt’s on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 December; and at Brisbane’s The TBC Club on Saturday 8 December. Unfortunately, we are being tantalizing as all of her feature performances have already sold out. I don't know about you, but I'm constantly refreshing the Facebook event pages hoping someone couldn't get their annual leave off work to party with her in Melbourne.
Described by Pitchfork as “house music’s most exciting new voice”, the multi-talented songstress adds to a massive twelve months! She's already seen her release of ‘EP2’ (the follow-up to her self-titled 2017 debut 'EP1'), appear on the cover of FADER, score a spot on the BBC Sound of 2018 longlist, and land spots on the Sónar and Coachella festival line-ups!
Her music is whimsically tailored as she sets the beautiful late-night, hard-hitting nightclub scene in NYC combined with her sultry and laidback vocals. Yaeji merged her club influences with songwriting and hazy raps, resulting in global breakout singles “Drink I’m Sippin On” and “Raingurl”, which see her effortlessly alternate between Korean and English vocals. The music video for the single "Drink I'm Sippin On" was released on 88rising's YouTube channel in October 2017, quickly gaining over a million views in two weeks. EP2 marks Yaeji’s ascendance as a singular and leading voice in dance, hip-hop and avant-pop music.
Her own version of Drake’s “Passionfruit”, which premiered at a famed Boiler Room set last year, saw Yaeji begin her ascent to stardom in the underground scene. Her songwriting avoids party clichés and instead acts as an invitation into an intimate world where cultural identity and self-reflection are explored through dreamlike house productions that morph from whispery confessionals to dancefloor burners.
Yaeji is one of the most exciting young artists on the global stage, now splitting her time between
New York and Seoul. When at home in Brooklyn, she continues to host her ‘Curry in No Hurry’
dance nights, at which she serves up homemade Korean curry for friends – and fellow producers. This is to enhance the sensory connection between eating and listening, but let's be real, everyone loves curry, especially when it's made by a superstar.
Yaeji. You won't forget her name.
LISTEN to Yaeji here: EP1 | EP2
YAEJI | 2018 TOUR DATES
Brought to you by Penny Drop & Chugg Entertainment
Saturday 1 December – The Studio, Sydney Opera House
Wednesday 5 December – Max Watt's
Friday 7 December – Meredith Music Festival
Saturday 8 December – The TBC Club
For more information:
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Thanks to Nicole Stringer
Edited by Jhube Veradio @jhubeJELLO
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