Friday, 15 August 2014

[Official Media Release] Thai-American Hip Hop Group Thaitanium To Perform At MTV WORLD STAGE MALAYSIA 2014

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[Official Media Release] Thai-American Hip Hop Group Thaitanium To Perform At MTV WORLD STAGE MALAYSIA 2014
#COOLEST10DAY JOB AS 2014 MTV WORLD STAGE INSIDER GOES TO 21-YEAR-OLD MALAYSIAN STUDENT, ARIC TING



16 AUGUST 2014, KUALA LUMPUR – Everyone, there’s no need to wait anymore! MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 is happening today! It is set to take place at Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon today (Saturday, 16 August 2014). Let’s take a look at the highlights for the highly-anticipated one-night-only outdoor concert:

  • Thai-American hip hop group Thaitanium will join the show’s current performers’ line-up consisting of award-winning Billboard Hot 100 hip hop artist, singer-songwriter and record producer, B.o.Bhomegrown international singer-songwriter, Yuna; and Universal Music Group International’s first K-pop idol group, Boys Republic. Thaitanium is expected to perform their latest single, “Wake UP (Bangkok City)”, which features Snoop Dogg, for the first time at the concert.
  • The appointment of 2014’s MTV World Stage Insider, 21-year-old Malaysian undergrad student Aric Ting Sie Yee, who nabbed the coolest ten-day ‘job’ and will join the MTV social media team from 7 August onwards, representing fans and introducing them to the MTV Experience from the inside, via regular updates, videos, tweets, and photos of MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014.
  • Amongst the anticipated 15,000 fans at the show will be two lucky fans, who stand to each win exclusive all-expense paid trip for two to 2014 MTV EMA to join the 20th anniversary celebrations on November 9th in Glasgow.

Recorded live for global telecast, the show premieres on-air Wednesday, 20 August at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL). It premieres in the Philippines on Friday, 29 August at 10pm. Viewers are advised to check local listings in other markets.

MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 is sponsored by Sunway, Xpax, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Hong Leong Bank and William Grant & Sons, and supported by Tourism Malaysia, music partners, Atlantic Records, Thaitanium Entertainment Inc., Universal Music Group, broadcast partner,Astro, radio partner, hitz.fm and audio partner, Dolby.

MTV World Stage is a global series that bring multi-genre talents with global relevance, telecast to an audience in over 550 million households. Recorded ‘live’ at the most exclusive gigs, world renowned music festivals and unique concert locations from around the world, the series is the ‘front row seat’ for music lovers to experience the biggest artists on the globe without leaving the comfort of their sofas. MTV World Stage Malaysia is part of this platform that delivers the MTV brand experience not only on the ground with MTV fans in Malaysia, but with a global airing in 154 countries across MTV Networks. The Malaysia show is also MTV’s first originally-produced MTV World Stage event globally, which started in 2009.

THAITANIUM


Thaitanium comprises of five proud sons of Siam with different backgrounds – Khanngeon “KHAN” Nuanual, Prinya “WAY” Intachai, Naymyo “DAY” Thant, Jason “BIG CALO” Roth, and Watana “DJAYBUDDAH” Watanachaiyot who are considered to be pioneers of Thailand’s hip hop industry.

KHAN and DAY are Thai nationals by birth, WAY, was born and raised in New York as with DJAYBUDDAH, and the youngest member of the group, BIG CALO was raised in Tampa, Florida.

KHAN and DAY first forged their friendship as a DJ/MC duo hosting jump off house parties in the San Francisco hip-hop scene, where the pair had both emigrated as young teens to pursue their education and to realize their dream to become musicians. While in Bangkok working on his solo album, KHAN made the acquaintance of WAY, then a young upstart Thai-American artist. From this meeting, the idea of a three-man, Thai hip hop group was born in Bangkok, eventually moving to New York in 2000, where their varied regional influences have since been heard in each album produced and released. In 2006, the addition of BIG CALO, WAY’s childhood friend and aspiring rapper, and DJAYBUDDAH, already a prominent DJ in New York City, were both added to the group.



Since then, Thaitanium and its parent label, Thaitanium Enertainment Inc., have produced their first two albums, AA and Thai Riders, which were exclusively self-promoted, launching them to the forefront of the Asia music industry while gaining a huge following in Thailand and the rest of Asia. Their follow up albums, P77 and RAS were subsequently distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, where RAS, aka “Resisting Against Da System” attracted the interest of Grammy, a major player in the domestic Thai entertainment.

For the past 13 years, Thaitanium has been carving out a solid niche and reputation as one of the biggest and most successful hip hop groups in Asia through their unique blend of Thai and New York street sounds. The result has seen Thaitanium perform across Thailand, Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe, Australia and America, where they have been the opening acts for some of the world’s biggest hip hop artists, such as Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Far East Movement, Nas, Sean Kingston, Flo Rida and 50 Cent on his “Get Rich or Die Trying” world tour with Fort Minor.

2010 marked Thaitanium's 10-year anniversary and the release of a double album "Still Resisting", where they worked for the first time with international producers and artists such as the legendary producer DJ Clark Kent and LiL Fame from rap group M.O.P. The individual members of Thaitanium are simultaneously working on a variety of independent projects ranging from clothing lines, acting, modeling, as well as publishing and film.

Their last concert tour took place in four U.S. cities in 2013 and they most recently performed at the Music Tornado Festival in Japan in March this year.
They have received a number of accolades including the “Best Hip Hop Group” award at the Independent Asian Music Awards (AVIMA) 2009 and “Best Group” award at You2play Awards 2012. They were also nominated for “Favorite Artist Thailand” at the MTV Asia Awards 2006.

For more information, visit www.thaitanium.biz
  

Currently an Arts and Communications student at Monash University Malaysia in Bandar Sunway, Aric Ting is also an active social media junkie, who not only runs his own radio show on campus, YouTube 100 Malaysia, but has interned with Groupon Malaysia as its social media representative early this year. In being picked for the US$10,000 gig, Ting beat a talented pool of entries from across Southeast Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore and emerged the top candidate after a Google Hangout interview process with shortlisted potentials last week.



Ting impressed MTV Asia with his creative and wacky social media resume. His role commencement is on 7 August till 16 August. It was an MTV covert operation as the MTV Asia team along with MTV VJ Alan Wong took Ting by surprise, breaking the news to him at Monash Malaysia. Catch his surprise in the short instavid by the MTV crew.

The MTV World Stage Insider search targets music fans from Malaysia and around Southeast Asia, who already have an active social presence (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Vine, blog). Tagged as not the usual ‘nine-to-five’ role, the hunt for MTV World Stage Insider kicked off through MTV Asia’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter accounts from 3 – 24 July.

Apart from the attractive engagement fee, the MTV World Stage Insider will get to:
  • “Take over” MTV Asia social media channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Have his blog reposted on the MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014’s official site on a dedicated page that also displays relevant content produced by him (if applicable)
  • Have a ‘backstage pass’ to MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014

Connect the MTV Experience with fans
  • The option of a potential MTV internship after the 10-day stint
  • The name of MTV on their CV, need we say more?

“I cannot believe I am the MTV World Stage Insider! I’m a huge fan of MTV and all things music… this is the opportunity of a lifetime! What an incredible honor to represent fans to bring them the latest scoop through MTV’s social media platforms! I promise to devote every ounce of my attention, energy and passion to give fans the experience they want to see and hear at MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014. ” said Aric Ting.

“It is important to bring a different type of personality as the MTV World Stage Insider, who can amplify the passion, connect and speak for the fans, and represent us well across MTV’s social media channels. It is no easy task for a 10-day job and the candidate is expected to hit the ground running!” said Paras Sharma, Vice President of MTV & Comedy Central Brands and Digital Media, Viacom International Media Networks Asia. “There were more submissions and certainly more impressive social resumes received this year! It was actually harder to select our candidate this year. Aric stood out as he not only came with the social media know-how, but he stands for many youths out there who are as passionate about their music, unafraid to seek opportunities for themselves, and certainly comes across inspiring. That’s the heart of MTV.”

SHOW MTV AND XPAX YOUR MOST CREATIVE SELFIE TO WIN AN EXCLUSIVE ALL-EXPENSE PAID TRIP FOR TWO TO 2014 MTV EMA IN GLASGOW



2 lucky fans amidst the anticipated turnout of about 15,000 fans at this year’s MTV World Stage Malaysia, will stand a chance to each win an exclusive all-expense paid trip for two to the 2014 MTV EMA for the 20th anniversary celebration in Glasgow on November 9th. Participants are asked to show MTV and Xpax their most creative selfie taken from Sunway Lagoon during the one-night-only outdoor concert on August 16th , hashtag their selfie with #worldstagemy on Instagram along with their customized message of “I wanna be at @mtvema because…”. MTV VJs Alan and Hanli will then announce the winners at the end of the show.

The MTV EMA is MTV’s global celebration of the hottest stars in music, and has a reputation as one of the most sensational music award shows in the world. The global reach of the MTV EMA is unparalleled as it airs across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching nearly 700 million households around the world, as well as through syndication. It features nominees from across genres, recognizes artists from every corner of the world, and brings music fans around the globe together for a unique and incomparable experience. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via more than 200 MTV branded digital media properties.



Published by WLJack. (official press release from VIMN ASIA COMMS to wljack.com)

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