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SEKAI NO OWARI to sing the theme song for Attack On Titan movie

In one of the most anticipated movie releases this year, producers of Japanese live action movie Attack On Titan has announced that rock outfit SEKAI NO OWARI will be providing the movie theme song for both part 1 and part 2.

Hello Asia! Interview: Erin Miranda (Sydney) talks about her K-Pop Star 4 experience

Hello Asia editor Johnny Au sat down with K-Pop Star 4 contestant Erin Miranda in Sydney recently. Erin had returned from competing in the K-Pop surviver show K-Pop Star 4 where she was a member of the girl group Sparkling Girls. Erin discusses her music background, being in X-Factor Australia, the audition process for K-Pop Star 4, expereinces on the show and future plans.

LUNAFLY performs Super Hero LIVE and acoustic at Canadian Music Week

K-Pop boy band LUNAFLY performs their hit "Super Hero" live and acoustic at the K-Pop Night Out press conference during Canadian Music Week in Toronto. The new four piece lineup of Sam & Yun with new members Jin & Yub performed in Canada for the first time and held a successful showcase during the K-Pop Night Out event later that evening with hip hop acts Verbal Jint & 1llionaire Records and retro disco act Sultan of the Disco.

Hello Asia! New Music Video: Daichi Miura - "Music" (Japan, 2015)

Hello Asia's J-Pop favourite Daichi Miura is back with a sixties-influenced triplet feel, big band horns hits, plenty of pastel and a very sore neck, probably. "Music" is a feel-good ditty channelling a vintage vibe, with a cute MV shot largely from above. Not quite enough of Daichi's signature incredible dancing is present for our liking, but he has us bopping along regardless.

Japan Night brings the best Japanese rock to indigo at The O2 in London

JAPAN NIGHT - MOVE WITH THE MUSIC OF JAPAN announces its first London shows taking place on 10th & 11th July bringing the best talent from Japan to us here at Indigo at The O2. The two fabulous shows coincide with Hyper Japan, which will be taking place on the same dates in The 02.

Music Matters LIVE Photo Gallery: Bravo Taiwan - Switch by Timbre (23.05.15)

While Thursday at Music Matters in Singapore belonged to the Koreans and Friday to the Australians, on Saturday, it was Taiwan's turn, with the event Bravo Taiwan showcasing three fantastic acts from the country: ECHO, IO and MJ116. Johnny Au was there and brings us these photos from the epic night!

Music Matters LIVE Photo Gallery: K-Pop Night Out - Fountain Stage, Clarke Quay (21.05.15)

Hello Asia! headed along to Singapore to enjoy the annual K-Pop Night Out as part of Music Matters Live!. This year, the event focused less on K-Pop and more on the indie music coming out of the region, with electronic outfits IDIOTAPE and Glen Check shining at the event. And then there was Nine Piece Ska band Kingston Rudieska, who pushed through an early power outage to deliver a killer set. Photos by Johnny Au:

Our six favourite discoveries Music Matters Live! 2015 in Singapore

Johnny Au and Larry Heath spent the last week covering the 10th annual music conference and festival Music Matters in Singapore, catching dozens of bands, a pile of talks and eating a whole heap of great food (of which no trip to the region would be complete without). Featuring over 70 bands from more than 12 countries, this event is very much positioned as an opportunity to discover new music from all over the world - and we certainly found a tonne of amazing new acts along the way. But here now, in no particular order, are the six acts that stood our for us the most....

Chris Yee Illustration Series “Mad Love” to Exhibit at the Japan Foundation Gallery in June

The Japan Foundation, Sydney will present Mad Love, a contemporary art exhibition featuring a series of manga-style illustrations by Chris Yee as part of the Japan Foundation Gallery’s Contemporary Art Mini Series from June 11 to July 1.

Music Matters LIVE Photo Gallery: The Aussie BBQ - Beer Market, Clarke Quay (22.05.15)

It was a huge night for Australian music in Singapore when the annual Aussie BBQ - put on by the fine folks at Sounds Australia - took over the Beer Market in Clarke Quay on Friday night. Ten artists from around the country made up the night, kicking things off early with Melbourne's Dru Chen before introducing us to the likes of Angus Dawson and Alice Springs artist Dave Crowe, who performed his keys drenched material with a drummer.

Girls' Generation to perform at New York's first KCON

CJ E&M and Mnet has announced that superstar K-Pop girl gorup Girls' Generation has been confirmed as the first artist to perform at the first ever KCON 2015 in New York.

Music Matters LIVE Photo Gallery: Ft. Thelioncityboy, Dean Ray and Hey Geronimo (20.05.15)

The 10th Annual Music Matters LIVE Festival kicked off last night with acts from Asia and around the world performing all around Singapore. Featured in this photo gallery is Singaporean hip hop artist Thelioncityboy and Aussie acts Dean Ray and Hey Geronimo (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au.

Hello Asia! Interview: Patients (South Korea) discusses 18 and second UK tour

South Korean rock act Patients is embarking their second trip to the UK. Hello Asia's Johnny Au chats with the band's vocalist and bassist, Sumin Jo about their new album 18 and expectations of their second UK trip.

Hello Asia! New Music Video: SHINee - "View" (South Korea, 2015)

The handsome and talented quintet that make up the Korean-Pop idol boy band SHINee have just released their full MV of their highly anticipated smash-hit single, ‘View‘.