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Hello Asia! Music Video: Sheila On 7 "Lapang Dada" (Indonesia, 2014)

Veteran Indonesian band, Sheila On 7 released a positive song inviting listeners to gracefully accept and learn from all events in life. Titled "Lapang Dada" that translates to sincere and heartfelt acceptance, it is composed by band member Eross. Inspired by his personal relationships with his father and son, the medium tempo song is simply layered with electric guitar. And the music video? It perfectly portray the essence of "Lapang Dada". See it for yourself.

Hello Asia! New Music Video: Soulvibe "Tak Bisa Menunggu" (Indonesia, 2015)

Indonesian band Soulvibe induces contemporary urban pop culture, sound and fashion into their new single titled "Tak Bisa Menunggu". As part of their 4th album production, band explores, experiments and combines dance, funk and soul music into the basic concept of their work. "Tak Bisa Menunggu" has apparent influence of 1980s and 1990s sound with a modern pop twist, which is accurately presented in the music video. Soulvibe effortlessly sway their fans away with catchy beats and vocal.

Hello Asia! Interview @ SXSW 2015: Dwagie (Taiwan) talks about his showcase, collaborating with the Dalai Lama and NAS

Hello Asia! editor Johnny Au met up with Taiwanese rapper and song-writer Dwagie in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2015. Dwagie discussed what made him want to carry out his messages through hip-hop, saying that he has enjoyed the genre since he was young. “I can use hip-hop as a channel to change society and the world,” he explained, seeing his job as motivation for him to change the world for the better.

Running Man cast holds a press conference in Hong Kong for Race Start! Season 3: RM Special Tour in Asia

Today 3rd of July, the full cast of Running Man held a press conference at the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel for Race Start! Season 3: RM Special Tour in Asia, the full cast of seven participants including Yoo Jae-suk, Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Ji-hyo, GARY, HAHA and Ji Suk-jin appeared together to announce the details of the Race Start Asia Tour. The following question and answer session is shown below.

Hello Asia! Interview @ SXSW 2015: ECHO (Taiwan) talk about the changes in SXSW, touring, new recordings and more!

Johnny Au recently had a chat with Taiwanese psychedelic rock band ECHO at SXSW 2015. The band attended SXSW in 2011 and now they're "...getting more familiar with the festival. It's easy to get into the mood...". ECHO talk about the changes in SXSW, favourite performer of the night, and plans on releasing new recordings for the rest of the year.

Hello Asia! Interview @ SXSW 2015: Pirates Canoe (Japan) talk about their tour and future plans

Hello Asia! editor Johnny Au had a chat with Japan based Americana roots band Pirates Canoe during SXSW in Austin, Texas. The group discuss the places they had toured just prior to attending SXSW, including their experiences in Nashville which is known to be the home of the Americana roots genre. They also speak about their previous albums and EPs and what makes their most recent album special.

Hello Asia! New Music Video Review: Tiger JK - "I Know" (South Korea, 2015)

As a pioneering hip-hop artist, Tiger JK has long defied conventional approaches and expressions in his music - building his very own hip-hop brand, and contributing to the growth of Korean hip-hop industry. Hence known as the godfather of Korean hip-hop, he lives up to his reputation once again with his latest music video release for I Know.

B1A4 announces summer comeback schedule

Joining the Kpop summer comeback wave is boy group B1A4, as they release their schedule for their comeback promotions in August.

Perfume to release ‘Perfume World Tour 3rd’ DVD and Blu-Ray

J-Pop girl group Perfume will release their new ‘Perfume World Tour 3rd’ on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 22nd. The release contains footage from the last stop of their 3rd world tour, the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York. Check out the cover, trailer, tracklist and order details below!

Bonnie Pink announces 20th anniversary live tour

Japanese singer Bonnie Pink has announced a Japanese live tour, ‘BONNIE PINK 20th Anniversary TOUR 2015’, in celebration of her 20th anniversary since debut.

Arashi to hold five-stop dome tour

Japanese idol group veterans Arashi will be holding a five-stop major dome tour for the fourth consecutive year this November.

Leessang to make comeback after three years

Korean hip-hop duo Leessang have announced they will be making a comeback after a three-year hiatus this July.

Perfume to hold 3rd dance contest to celebrate 10th anniversary

J-Pop girl group Perfume will be holding a dance cover contest as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations this July. The dance cover contest will be held on the third day of their 10-day Perfume Anniversary 10days 2015 PPPPPPPPPP commemorative event and will be judged by the members themselves! If you think you have what it takes to win, we have all the details below.

Hello Asia! Interview: Perfume (Japan) talk about their 10th anniversary dance cover contest

J-Pop girl group Perfume talk about their 10-year anniversary and their commemorative dance cover contest for fans. The girls of Perfume will be judging the contest themselves and see dance as a special way of connecting with their fans worldwide and a fun way to thank them for their ongoing support.

Hello Asia! New Music Video: SuG - "teenAge dream" (Japan, 2015)

Hello Asia's oshare kei favourites SuG are all about walls of sound contrasted with gentle ambient sections in their latest offering "teenAge dream". The music video is very light and soft compared to their previous release "black" and features one long steadycam shot following silver-haired singer Takeru.