Asian Pop Radio are ecstatic about Minzy's trip downunder this weekend, we can't wait to see her in the flesh! You can read more on Minzy's Melbourne show here. To celebrate we're playing more of our favorite 2NE1 tracks right across the week but did you know that you can also request them yourself via our website and choose the 2NE1 tracks we play? You're the DJ!
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 your favorite 2NE1 track (or any other really) 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'
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Get ready K-Pop fans! This Saturday in the heart of Melbourne city, Coco Saturdays at Baroq House will be graced by K-Pop royalty! Minzy from the former K-Pop group of 2NE1 will be performing live and its pne event you do not want to miss!
Her birth name “Gong Min Ji”, Minzy is K-Pop’s beloved and respected “Queen of Dance”, and she's a multi-platinum global pop sensation from Seoul, South Korea. Her solo EP, 'Minzy Works 01', debuted in 2017 charting to the top of the iTunes global charts. Minzy is celebrated as the best female dancers in K-Pop, with vocals to match, and for her fire-y stage presence. She was 1/4 of the K-Pop female super group "2NE1" as the lead dancer and vocalist before she split from the group in 2016. The multi-talented star has toured sold-out stadium shows around the globe.
Minzy is playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
In May 2009, she debuted alongside 2NE1 with the single "Fire," that reached #1 along with follow-up promotional single "I Don't Care". The group went on with several globally chart topping #1 hits and had led YouTube as the most viewed K-Pop girl group with their single "Fire" amassing 41 million views on YouTube the day of release. 2NE1 went on to sell out arena and stadium tours globally.
Minzy is also very conscious about humanitarian efforts and charitable giving. A portion of her album sales is donated to charity and she participates in concerts, events and causes in Asia promoting various organizations regularly.
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Vxn or vōx narratus (voice story) is an indie singer-songwriter duo formed by Calvin and Nico, both are Indonesian songwriter/performers who have worked and ghost-written records for many artists over the last couple of years. Their genre influence is mainly pop-alt, but that doesn’t mean that they are always stuck in just one genre. Now with the local music movement going forward, they both think that it’s time to show the public their creativity and their musical color.
The boys say, "November Blue is all about that feeling of love and the aching feeling that you feel and have inside your heart when you are missing that special someone in your life". From musical perspective, the song itself has elements of Electro Pop-Rnb. "Just like in life there are some feelings that can’t be described or put into words and those feelings are described with all the vocal fillers in the song, to give you that lovely sad-blue vibes" the duo say.
Vin explains "Vin : “I wrote this song for this one special girl and we are miles apart from each other, we're so different yet so similar, we're so far yet we feel so close, she is in a place unknown yet with
her it always feels like home, I hope she gets the feelings that I try to convey to her, even when
everything eventually fell apart, I hope that the fire would rekindle from the ashes that once
Vin wrote the song in November 2017 and had been working on it for almost a year, to find the right
formula for the song to make sure that it would sound just as he intended it to. "It's quite tricky making a song like this, it's like trying to paint the universe that I have inside my mind into
reality, to enable it to come out in audio form, where hopefully everyone can imagine or feel it the way I see and feel it.”
Sophia Fredskild, 20 year old pop singer-songwriter of mixed Malaysian and Danish parentage has just released her first ever Malay song titled, ‘Menanti Cinta’. Followed up with an English version titled ‘Waiting For Love’, which will be out later this month.
Sophia who grew up in Kuala Lumpur, discovered her love and talent of singing at a young age, when she joined her school choir and participated in school talent shows. Her passion for the arts continued to grow as she started looking for opportunities to get involved in more professional productions. Among the theatre and musical productions she has been involved in are Bites of Delights (Rhythm in Bronze), Seussical Jr. The Musical (Enfiniti Academy) and Sinbad the Musical (KLPac).
Learning to play the guitar on her own, Sophia developed a passion for songwriting at age 13. Penning her first ever song titled ‘Shooting Star’. Her ability to write catchy melodies and lyrics lead her to participate in the Short+Sweet festivals at KLPac and open mic venues around KL, where Sophia showcased her original composed songs in acoustic settings. Her drive to have her original songs produced professionally led her to a chance songwriting collaboration with Malaysian DJ/songwriter/producer Cuurley aka Bo Amir with whom Sophia co wrote the English song ‘Go!’. Published under the music labels, Vicious Records (Australia) and Paranormal Records (Malaysia).
Sophia also released her second English collaboration ‘More Than You See’ earlier this year (read more about the release here in our previous article). A collaboration with Russian DJ/Songwriter/Producer Alexey Dorokhov aka Dorox. Other than music, Sophia has always been active in sports and in her school days balanced her passion for music with her love for playing football and netball, which taught her the importance of commitment and determination in pursuing her singing career. ‘Menanti Cinta’ is the first of many singles that Sophia has in the works to be published in future. With an eventual release of her debut album in the coming years.
'Menanti Cinta' is now playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
Electronic-pop vocalist and producer Rainbow Chan releases her second single of the year, ‘CSR’. Based in Sydney via Hong Kong, she has a super keen eye for global pop culture and continues to make hypnotic and intelligent electronic dance music.
Rainbow Chan took Australia by storm this year after headlining 'The Inner Westival', headlining 'Purple Sneakers Twelfth Birthday' presented by Vivid Sydney & FBi Radio, and joining Client Liaison at their music festival 'Expo Liaison' along the east coast of Australia.
Effortlessly flowing between English, Cantonese and Mandarin spoken word, ‘CSR’ slides into lo-fi club territory that is reminiscent of Chan’s other projects Chunyin and DIN (with Alex Ward). Writing in her mother tongue, Chan turns the dancefloor into a polyvocal space which pushes against the Western gaze. The song is mesmerising and soothing. It's easy to be pulled into a trance and into another universe from her dream-like vocals.
Rainbow Chan is playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
The music video was directed by Chan's long-time collaborator Hyun Lee (director of short film Asian Girls also starring Rainbow Chan). The MV is pure artistry that boldly celebrates contemporary Asian cinematography, fusing Sino-futuristic nightclubs and languishing, tender skylines. Rainbow Chan showcases all of her incredibly sophisticated dimensions she has to offer through her tranquil dance moves, eccentric makeup, and multiple hairclips.
'CSR' is the second tasting from her upcoming LP to be released in 2019 and the follow up to single 'Promises' which saw high rotation on FBi Radio, RTRFM, Edge Radio, regular spins on 3RRR and 4ZZZ and support from online taste-makers including Noisey, Frankie, and Junkee.
Catch Rainbow Chan if you can at hyperurl.co/rainbowchan_CSR
Thanks to Vivian Vo
Edited by Jhube Veradio @jhubeJELLO
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Melbourne-based musician and producer Yeo is back and reminds us to be kind to one another with his hard-hitting track ‘The Comments’. This is his first single of this year, and is already fast rising with popularity online as it has been featured on Spotify's "Release Radar".
Yeo is playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
Yeo is a musical chameleon known for bending genres, continually exploring the dimensions of electronica, pop and R&B, and has been praised as a multi-instrumentalist, in the studio and on stage. We last heard from him when he visited Jenet and Jay John in our studios in 2017.
His new single, ‘The Comments’, is a slow R&B jam about the futility sometimes found in online discussion. Stuck in denial, people often use the shield of the internet to avoid the consequences of their words. The song carefully tailors his fluid singing, harmonies, and whispers together with a powerful message, grounded down with a paced, yet energetic, percussion. The track was recorded in his studio shed, mixed by Andrei Maberley and mastered by Adam Dempsey, and is well put together.
‘The Comments’ is the first taste of an upcoming EP to be released in 2019, following last year’s drip-feed release of 7 singles and the full-length 'Desire Path'. 'Desire Path' was an album feature on Asian Pop Radio, but also appeared on Melbourne's Triple R and PBS, and Radio Adelaide. The album includes the notable single ‘Never Wanted That’ featuring Asta which surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify! The hella talented musician also recently collaborated with Singapore’s Charlie Lim, co-writing and producing ‘Welcome Home’.
Yeo will be debuting ‘The Comments’ his showcase on November 8 at Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík, Iceland.
"The Comments" is everywhere: http://hyperurl.co/thecomments
Thanks to Vivian Vo
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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow lands back on Malaysian shores from today for the 5th year running with a power packed line up of hilarious comedians. Proudly presented by LOL Events, the show this year will feature Australian stars - Mel Buttle & Aaron Chen, an international discovery - Guy Montgomery, whilst incorporating local powerhouses, Shamaine Othman and Prakash Daniel.
Now in it's 20th year, this world-renowned roadshow delivers high-quality, high-intensity laughs in one supremely special show. A vibrant showcase of stand-up, satire and all manner of silliness, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow has had a massive 99 show tour of Australia which ended in July before these audacious comedians is heading for Asia taking in Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Kuala Lumpur.
The show originates from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the third-largest international comedy festival in the world. Established in 1987, it takes place annually in Melbourne over four weeks, typically starting in March and running through to April.
Guaranteeing to be a comedy experience you’ll never forget Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow will hit the stage at Kuala Lumpur's The Platform, Menara KEN TTDI on November 2nd and 3rd (Friday & Saturday) 2018 at 8.30pm. Tickets are available online through Proticket Malaysia at RM 104 (Premium) and RM84 (Economy).
The show is partnered with Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre – Official Hotel Parner and Enrich by Malaysia Airlines - Official Airline Loyalty Partner. Enrich members who purchase tickets for the show will be able to earn Enrich Miles when purchasing tickets online. (Terms & Conditions apply). Lets learn about the line up;
Aaron Chen (AUSTRALIA)
Sydney boy Aaron Chen is a ‘stone cold killer with exquisite mic technique’, delivering fresh, funny and often-absurd comedy. Aaron made his mark in 2017 with his debut solo show entitled The Infinite Faces of Chenny Baby, as well as winning the award for Best Newcomer at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival. Previous to this Aaron had amassed a collection of awards including Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns in 2012 and the Director’s Choice Award alongside a couple of other ‘troubled boys’ in 2016. He has supported international comedian Ronny Chieng on his Live Australian Tour, had a featured role in ABC TV’s Ronny Chieng International Student and has also starred in his very own tonight show, aptly named Aaron Chen Tonight.
Guy Montgomery (NEW ZEALAND)
Guy Montgomery is an award-winning comedian, improviser and screenwriter, best known as co-host of the international smash podcast ‘The Worst Idea of All Time’. (LA Podfest 2015, Now Hear This Fest 2016, over 6 million downloads, features on AV Club, VICE, BBC4, the Guardian (UK) and sold out shows in LA, New York, Portland and San Francisco). A stand-up comedian with a surreal take on the everyday, Guy has won praise and awards in his native New Zealand and across Australia. Guy has featured in Just For Laughs Sydney, the New Zealand Comedy Gala, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and toured with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow across Australia. He has been on TV, the radio and the internet, a genuine triple threat.
Mel Buttle (AUSTRALIA)
Mel Buttle is a hilarious bundle of contradictions, and she’s a package that is rapidly making herself felt across television and the live comedy circuit. Alongside hit live shows, Mel is a seasoned writer with a weekly column in Queensland’s The Courier Mail and TV writing credits including Please Like Me and This Week Live. Mel has also appeared across Australian TV on programs such as The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and The Project and is a regular on New Zealand’s TV3 weekly program 7 Days. In 2015, Mel found out she can have her cake and eat it too scoring the job of co-host on The Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel.
Shamaine Othman (MALAYSIA)
Multi-talented funny woman, Shamaine Othman has been in and around the stage ever since she was 7! Shamaine Othman is a full-time writer, comedian, actor and director in KL. Having studied Performing Arts, her experience in this field is evident with her various remarkable projects, on and off screen.
In 2011, Shamaine dove into the world of stand-up comedy performing regularly in the South East Asian comedy circuit. Making headlines at notable shows and festivals such as Super Kam (1, 2,3 and Ultra), LOL Fest (KL), KL International Comedy Festival and Singapore Comedy Fringe Festival and Comedy Central's - Stand Up, Asia! She’s had the honour of opening for Gina Yashere and Ronny Chieng, and is also a member of sketch comedy ensemble - Projek Disko Baldi and improv comedy troupe – AIIA (Artificially Intelligent : Improvholics Anonymous).
Prakash Daniel (MALAYSIA)
When : 2 & 3 November 2018 – Friday & Saturday (8:30PM)
Where : The Platform, Menara KEN TTDI
Ticket Price : RM 104 (Premium) , RM 84 (Economy)
Tickets are available through https://proticket.com.my/lol-events
Below: Podcast Flashback, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017.
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