ROBIN THICKE, FAR EAST MOVEMENT, EXO AND JOE FLIZZOW HEAT UP THE STAGE AT MTV WORLD STAGE LIVE IN MALAYSIA 2013

09 SEPTEMBER 2013, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Summary
The annual fever for MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 has hit Surf Beach at Sunway Lagoon last night, but this year’s heat hits an all-time temperature high with a stellar line-up of all-male performers with Robin Thicke, Far East Movement , EXO and Joe Flizzow, who ignited the stage with a collective explosion of R&B, hip-hop and K-pop performances. Even the rain could not dampen and bring down the fever, as VJ Hanli shouted out, “Malaysia, boleh!” to a live audience of about 15,000 fans.

“Live Cut” Premieres Wednesday, 11th September 2013 @ 9pm (TH/WIB), 10pm (SIN/HK/PH), 11pm (MAL)

MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013’s full show premiere on Saturday, 21st September 2013 @ 10.30am (TH/WIB), 11.30am (SIN/HK/PH), 12.30pm (MAL)

MALAYSIA, 9 SEPTEMBER 2013 – The annual fever for MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 has hit Surf Beach at Sunway Lagoon last night, but this year’s heat hits an all-time temperature high with a stellar line-up of all-male performers with Robin Thicke, Far East MovementEXO and Joe Flizzow, who ignited the stage with a collective explosion of R&B, hip-hop and K-pop performances. Even the rain could not dampen and bring down the fever, as VJ Hanli shouted out, “Malaysia, boleh!” to a live audience of about 15,000 fans.

Joe Flizzow opened the night with an energetic performance of five songs (Iller Iller, Untukmu, All Around My World, Havoc and Who Do It Better), which included a collaboration with SonaOne and Altimet on Havoc.

This was followed by EXO who set the audience into a wild frenzy when they glided, danced and howled through throngs of fans during the show-stopping performance. EXO fans have been queuing up since Friday night in anticipation to meet their well-loved artists and were not disappointed as the twelve-member band enjoyed a short chat with grateful fans and expressed their love for Malaysia. Apart from Wolf, the preppy-looking boys also sang History, 365 and Growl, much to the delight of their young fans. MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 is EXO’s first performance in Malaysia as a full-member group and on MTV.

Far East Movement accelerated the already frenzied energy level with a twelve-song medley that kept the audience pumping non-stop (Ain’t Coming Down X Wild Things, Like a G6, Illest, So What, If I was You, Jello, Change Your Life, Rocket, Get Up (Rattle), Rocketeer and Live My Life. Fans sang along with Rocketeer, which they remixed with Alicia Keys’ No One. Staying true to their usual party-fun performances, the four-member band gave a few crowd surprises with J-Splif drumming and keyboarding to iPads adorned on his outfit, while DJ Virman did a part-solo performance when he put on a ‘duck-head’ costume. They climaxed their performance with crowd favorite, Turn Up the Love. Fans went wild when Far East Movement threw a larger-than-life inflatable duck into the ‘pool’ of fans, putting the crowd-surfing duck on the loose amongst fans. The biggest hit was when Prohgress threw himself into a crowd-surf too.

Closing the show, against the backdrop of Sunway Lagoon, was the man of the moment, Robin Thicke, who was accompanied by three female vocalists. He delivered a sexy, soulful and fun performance of nine songs, including Give It 2 U, Take It Easy on Me, Feel Good, Oh Shooter, Lost Without U, Shaking It For Daddy and Blurred Lines.

Thicke encouraged fans to never give up their dreams even if it comes later for some, alluding to his new-found fame that emerged recently. He played an emotionally-charged rendition of Dreamworld in true R&B fashion. Chart-topping Blurred Lines was the obvious audience favorite of his performance, with fans singing alongside with him. He ended with an explosion of fireworks in his final performance with Clique.

Over the last 24 hours, MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 has garnered over 83,000 mentions on MTV World Stage in social media, across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Last night, MTV World Stage trended on Twitter in Malaysia with about 40% of Twitter trends in Malaysia related to MTV World Stage and was the top trend at mid-show.

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 Live in 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.

MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2013 is sponsored by Sunway Group, Xpax and Suzuki, and supported by broadcast partner, Astro. Local radio partners are hitz.fm, ERA fm, MY FM and MIX fm.

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About MTV

MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. Outside of the United States, MTV is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For information about MTV in Southeast Asia, visit www.mtvasia.com.

About Viacom International Media Networks

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, VH1, VIVA, COLORS, Game One and Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 600 million households in 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom.

About Sunway Resort City

Sprawling 800 acres, Sunway Resort City is an engineering tour de force which has garnered global recognition, and is certified by Green Building Index as Malaysia’s first green township. Located just 20 minutes from the nation’s capital of Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Resort City is flanked by over seven million square feet of world class facilities, and attracts some 40 million visitations every year. It comprises an enviable portfolio of more than 7,000 residential and commercial units, in addition to the multi award-winning hospitality, retail, leisure, healthcare and education components. Sunway Resort City is also regarded as a safe city, and continues to stand as the nation’s only integrated resort city epitomising the hallmark “resort living within a city” in which a legion of communities live, work, study, play and shop in a safe and secure environment. Today Sunway Resort City remains as one of Southeast Asia’s most important and preferred tourist destinations.

Sunway Resort City is an ingenious creation of Sunway Group that brims with life, continued vitality and a flourishing ecology. Sunway Group, established in 1974 as a tin-mining company, has now thrived to become one of Malaysia’s most formidable property-construction groups, with a multitude of established businesses in more than 40 locations worldwide. Sunway Group comprises 11 business divisions namely Property, Construction, Hospitality, Retail, Leisure, Commercial, Trading & Manufacturing, Building Materials, Healthcare, Education and Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

About Xpax

Xpax is Celcom Axiata Berhad’s main prepaid brand and represents more than half of Celcom’s total of 10.1 million prepaid subscribers. Xpax is a brand that personifies every minute of one’s time, offering the best value and unbeatable call rate from as low as 2.8 sen per minute. In addition, Xpax is also about empowering the young at heart in experiencing extraordinary and amazing once-in-a-lifetime feelings. Got X Time. www.xpax.com.my.

About Suzuki

Suzuki Motor Corporation designs and manufactures passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), outboard motors, and other products. The Company continuously and vigorously promotes technical cooperation through numerous joint ventures overseas, and its main production facilities are currently located in 20 countries and regions overseas. The established network enables Suzuki to operate as a global organization serving 200 countries and regions.

Suzuki Motor Corporation was first established as Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Co. in March 1920.

Suzuki then entered the motorcycle business with the introduction of “Power Free” motorized bicycle in 1952, and entered the automobile business in 1955 with the introduction of “Suzulight” mini car.

Suzuki is committed to use its amassed technological expertise and all other available resources to help raise the quality of human life in society by promoting corporate growth through manufacture and supply of socially demanded products.

About Hong Leong Bank Berhad

Hong Leong Bank Berhad is one of the leading financial services organisations in Malaysia. With a heritage of more than 100 years, it provides comprehensive financial services covering consumer banking, business banking and trade finance, treasury, branch and transaction banking, wealth management, private banking and Islamic financial services. Its merger with EON Bank Group in 2011 has further embedded its position as a core banking franchise with an expanded distribution network of more than 300 branches across the country.
With a proven track record in value creation and a highly recognised brand, Hong Leong Bank has also been extending its footprint in the region, with branches in Singapore and Hong Kong and a wholly owned subsidiary in Vietnam.  In China, the Bank has a 20% shareholding in Bank of Chengdu Co., Ltd., Sichuan and a consumer finance joint venture. 

Hong Leong Bank is a subsidiary of Hong Leong Financial Group Berhad, the financial services arm of the Hong Leong Group.  Apart from banking, Hong Leong Financial Group is involved in the provision of insurance and takaful, as well as investment banking, unit trust, fund management and stock broking services.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's premier music publishing operations worldwide.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol Records, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, I.R.S., Island Records, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group and Virgin Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company.

About S.M. Entertainment

S.M. Entertainment is a leading entertainment & media group, operating businesses in the fields of music planning, production, distribution, licensing, publishing, and talent management. S.M. Entertainment was the first Korean entertainment company to be listed on the KOSDAQ in April, 2000, and has the largest market share in the Korean music industry. Based on its unique casting, training, and producing system, S.M. Entertainment developed market leading contents by precisely analyzing the music trend, fashion trend, and cultural trend and became a leading entertainment company in Asia. S.M. Entertainment has differentiated its know-how and strategy also for making inroads into overseas market. By creating worldwide cultural icons and contents, S.M. Entertainment stepped into the global market and was the leader in originating the term ‘Korean Wave’ in China and Asia. Top artists such as BoA, TVXQ!, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, f(x), EXO are represented by S.M. Entertainment. S.M. Entertainment’s vision is to become Asia’s top Entertainment & Media Group through its network centering on the culture technology.

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