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Asian artists set to shine at Music Matters Live 2014

Music, Digital and Social Media Matters are back in Singapore in May and the first Asian artist announcement for the Music Matters Live with HP program is out!

Hello Asia! Opinion: Plastic K-Pop Perfection

Plastic Surgery has always gathered a great deal of press, mostly on the negative side, because of it’s controversial nature. Has plastic surgery built the KPOP industry we have grown to love today?

K-Pop sisters Jessica & Krystal to star in their first reality show “Jessica & Krystal”

K-Pop sisters Jessica (Girls' Generation) and Krystal (f)x will be starring in their first reality show titled Jessica & Krystal to screen on 6th May.

Hello Asia! @ SXSW 2014: A Taste Of Japan Nite With Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum

Japanese all girl punk band Jungles From Red Bacteria Vacuum is an off shoot of the group Red Bacteria Vacuum that toured Big Day Out in 2011. Here is a snippet of their high energy performance at Japan Nite showcase at SXSW 2014.

Hello Asia! @ SXSW 2014: A Taste of Japan Nite with Mayu Wakisaka

Japanese singer/songwriter Mayu Wakisaka gave an outstanding performance at the Japan Nite showcase at SXSW 2014. Here's a snippet of her opening track at the showcase.

Hello Asia! @ SXSW 2014: A Taste of Seoulsonic with Love X Stereo

A snippet of South Korean electro rock act Love X Stereo performing at the Seoulsonic showcase at SXSW 2014. Love X Stereo has been busy hitting the showcase circuit with an appearance at CMJ last year.

Hello Asia! New Music Video: Block B - "Jackpot" (Korea 2014)

Block B

Korean idol class clowns Block B have dropped the video for their new track "Jackpot". The video is a circus-themed sensory assault of colours full of Block B's signature silliness and swagger. The song is a hodgepodge genre mashup, as so many K-Pop tracks were in the last year, with a heavy cabaret verse, a pumping dance-soul chorus and a bunch of tempo and feel changes.

Hello Asia! New Music Video: Akdong Musician - "Melted" (Korea 2014)

Akdong Musician

South Korean sibling duo Akdong Musician have released their stripped back track "Melted" under YG Entertainment, the second from their debut record Play. With a serious and mature sound and video to match, belying the age of the young artists, "Melted" is an emotive and raw guitar and piano composition.

Hello Asia! Live Review: David Choi + Jason Chen - Ormond Hall, Melbourne (11.04.14)

YouTube stars David Choi and Jason Chen touched down in Melbourne for a sold out one night only performance at Ormond Hall last Friday night. Both performers, hailing from the United States, are famous in the world of YouTube, collectively acquiring close to 300 million views through their beautiful music, artistic covers, and smooth, sweet-sounding vocals. Through the power of the networking platform, both David and Jason have seen their music take them across the globe, with strong fan-bases in such countries as Singapore, Malaysia, China, Italy and Spain. 2012 was the last visit David made to Australia, promoting his latest album, Forever and Ever. However, this time called for a more intimate affair, giving fans the rare opportunity to get up and close with the popular YouTubers in this double bill concert.

Event Review: Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Melbourne Showgrounds (13.04.14)

Who knew that Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion would become cult hits? That Doctor Who would be inspiring conventions fifty years on, that Japanese anime and manga would impact Western youth and that nerds and geeks all over the world would become the cool kids on the block? Perhaps in contemporary times the very people who don’t try to be mainstream are the ones who become hugely popular. We have become enamoured of those who are truly passionate about their interests because there’s a sincerity in that which inspires curiosity in a great number of us.

Hello Asia! IFF 2014: The Films of Indonesian Film Festival 2014

The 9th Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) is upon us and the team from Hello Asia! showcases the nine films showing at the festival.

SMASH! to host Australian Preliminary Round of World Cosplay Summit 2015

The World Cosplay Summit Australia has moved to a new home and SMASH! (Sydney Manga and Anime Show) is the new host to the 7th Australian Preliminary Competition for World Cosplay Summit (WCS) 2015.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Jay Chou - Allphones Arena (11.04.14)

Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou brought his Opus Jay world tour to Sydney. Lavish stage production highlighted an enjoyable evening. Hollee Gavin brings you these pictures from the concert.

Hello Asia! Korean News Weekly: 13th April 2014

In This Issue: A round up of the best entertainment news from South Korea for the week ending 13th April 2014.

Hello Asia! @ SXSW 2014: A Taste Of Seoulsonic With No Brain

South Korean punk rock band No Brain performs a snippet of their hit song Soju Hanjan (A Glass of Soju) at the Seoulsonic Showcase at SXSW 2014.