It’s back! MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012 is set to return to the Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon on 14 July with a line-up featuring Justin Bieber, multi-award winning Korean pop sensations Jay Park and Kara, and our very own singer-songwriter pop princess Mizz Nina.
Yes I admit – I’m a fan of Korean girl groups! Which guy doesn’t like a bunch of hot Korean girls singing and dancing?
Here’s some info on Kara:
Kara, which means “sweet melody” in Greek, is made up of female members Park Gyu Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Goo Ha Ra, Nicole Jung and Kang Ji Young. Combining Euro dance pop, electronic dance and alternative rock, Kara made their debut in March 2007 with the release of their first album The First Blooming. In 2008, they released two mini-albums and three singles – “Rock U,” “Pretty Girl” and “Honey,” which became a No. 1 hit on the M.Net M! Countdown and won the Mutizen award.
They returned with their second full studio album, Revolution, in July 2009. Lead single “Wanna” was an instant chart topper and the second single from the album, “Mister,” was an even bigger success with its memorable dance choreography (nicknamed the “butt dance”) that caught on with the public. Upon releasing their third mini-album, Lupin, in 2010, Kara went on to win their first No. 1 awards on M! Countdown and KBS Music Bank respectively.
In the same year, the band made their debut in Japan with a Japanese version of their Korean hit, “Mister.” The single exceeded expectations, debuting at No. 5 on the Oricon daily and weekly charts. They were also the first non-Japanese girl group in 29 years to chart in the Oricon Top 10 with a debut single. Achieving their biggest feat yet, their latest hit Japanese single “Jet Coaster Love,” released on 6 April 2011, peaked at No. 1 on the Oricon Daily and Weekly Charts, selling 123,000 copies in its opening week.
U.S. born and bred Korean-American singer song-writer, dancer and actor Park Jaebeom, otherwise better known as Jay Park, was the charismatic leader of South Korean K-Pop boyband 2PM. With his boyish good looks, explosive dance moves and ability to both sing and rap, Jay Park has been highly touted as the next breakout star in the U.S. market. He kick-started his solo career when he surprised fans by posting a cover of B.o.B’s and Bruno Mars’ “Nothin’ On You” in March 2010. The post went viral online, garnering over 5 million views – 1.5 million in the first 24 hours. The song was eventually released as a single, charted at No. 1 on the Korean charts and won Best Web Video at the Mashable Awards.
In April 2011, Jay Park released his first mini album, Take a Deeper Look, which sold 50,000 copies within 5 days of release. His first full-length album, New Breed, released in February 2012 was also a major tour-de-force on the charts, with a debut at No. 4 on the Billboard World Album Charts and No. 16 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart. His first solo concert that was held on 3 March 2012 at the Olympic Hall of Seoul Olympic Park sold out in a record 10 minutes. This May, Jay Park is headlining the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2012 (APAHM) tour in the U.S.A. with stops in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
With worldwide album sales in excess of 15 million units, over 43 million Facebook followers and more than 22 million Twitter followers, Justin Bieber is a global phenomenon in today’s pop culture and the social media scene. The 18-year-old Canadian comes from humble beginnings by posting homemade videos online before being discovered by his manager Scooter Braun. After being signed by LA Reid to Island Def Jam under the Universal Music Group, Justin Bieber released his debut album, My World 2.0, in 2010 which saw hit singles “Baby,” “One Time,” “Somebody To Love” and “One Less Lonely Girl” hitting the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Aside from his musical achievements, Justin Bieber also had a successful concert-movie “Never Say Never” that was released internationally and out-grossed Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” at the box office in 2011. To date, Justin Bieber has won various awards such as Artist of The Year, Breakthrough Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Male and Album at the 2010 American Music Awards, Best Push Act and Best Male at the 2010 MTV EMA and Best Male Video for “U Smile” at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2012, Justin Bieber brought home a Billboard Music Award for Social Artist of the Year.
After making it to the June cover of Forbes magazine, Justin Bieber is currently preparing to release his highly anticipated studio album titled Believe. “Boyfriend,” the first advance single off the album, set a record for its No. 1 debut on iTunes in 32 countries. The clip generated over 8 million views in its first 24 hours of release, and has garnered over 44 million views to date. Believe is scheduled for release on 19 June 2012.
Stand a chance to win passes to the show on http://worldstage.mtvasia.com starting 25 May 2012.
MTV Asia is arranging to give away passes as instant wins to participants through multiple game sessions every day. For participants who did not get an instant win, they can still have a chance to win passes by submitting via the website, a write-up in 250 characters or less, on why they should attend MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012.
Residents of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and The Philippines will have the opportunity to win a paid trip to attend MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012.
Online contest starts 25 May and ends 30 June 2012. Contest T&Cs will be available on the website.
MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012 will be produced into a 2-hour TV show premiering on MTV SEA channel on Saturday 28 July 2012, 2:30pm (Malaysian time).