Articles by: Luke James
A passionate music enthusiast, Luke has worked in and around various aspects of the music industry for the past 15 years. He is currently based in Bangkok working as the editor of Music Weekly Asia, dispensing the latest in music news, reviews and interviews across all of Southeast Asia.

by / on September 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm / in News

Freddie Mercury has asteroid named after him to commemorate 70th birthday

To mark what would have been Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday, the enigmatic frontman has had an asteroid named after him.

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by / on September 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm / in News

Reason for LCD Soundsystem’s shock Asian tour cancelation revealed

Earlier last month Asian fans were devastated to hear the news that LCD Soundsystem, arguably the biggest name on the lineup, had pulled out of the Hong Kong festival. But it’s not all bad news for LCD lovers.    Clockenflap first announced the news via their Facebook page, revealing that LCD Soundsystem had canceled all their upcoming dates in Asia and Australia, […]

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by / on August 31, 2016 at 12:06 pm / in Music Charts

Linying signs with Universal Music Singapore, announces details of debut EP

  Singaporean pop upstart Linying just can’t seem to do anything wrong. She became the first Singaporean female singer-songwriter to perform at the recent Summer Sonic festival in Japan. Her 2015 debut single ‘Sticky Leaves’ amassed more than 1 million plays on Spotify alone. She has a slew of upcoming dates across Asia, Europe and Australia, and collaborated with Singaporean pop royalty […]

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by / on August 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm / in Interviews

Interview: BRAIDS drummer Austin Tufts was held against his will and extorted in Vietnam, still loves the country

Young, accomplished and incredibly talented Canadian art rock band BRAIDS were originally slated to traverse the Pacific Ocean to perform just three shows in Japan last month. Luckily for the rest of Asia, that three date run turned into a ten date mini tour that saw them play everywhere from Shanghai to Singapore across 16 days, giving Asian audiences the […]

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by / on August 30, 2016 at 12:27 pm / in Live Music

Red Hot Chili Peppers choose unlikely Asian support act for UK tour

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers have been lighting up stages all across Europe on their latest tour, most recently performing at Leeds festival to a sold out audience. But it’s their latest choice of special guests that has got fans scratching their heads.

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by / on August 29, 2016 at 2:16 pm / in Live Music, Music Charts, News

American rockers Yo La Tengo are Bangkok bound

New Jersey indie darlings Yo La Tengo are set for Bangkok – the latest indie act to visit the city as part of the Singha Light Live Series.

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by / on August 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm / in Festivals, News

Scorpions, Wolfmother and Taking Back Sunday headline Malaysia’s reprised Rockaway Festival

It’s been three long years since the last Rockaway event was held in Malaysia but it seems like it was worth the wait.

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by / on August 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm / in Festivals

Kodaline to headline inaugural LaLaLa festival in Indonesia’s West Java

If you didn’t already have enough of a hit list of festivals across Southeast Asia like Vietnam’s Quest, Hong Kong’s Clockeflap, Thailand’s Wonderfruit or Singapore’s Neon Lights, Indonesia has just been announced as the new home for LaLaLa festival.

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by / on August 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm / in Festivals

The top 7 reasons you have to get to Vietnam’s Quest Festival

Vietnam’s Quest festival is bringing their particular blend of magic to Ba Vi for their 2016 edition, dropping a first round lineup of 20 acts covering a diverse range of musical styles from hip hop to house, folk to funk and psychedelic to psy trance.  

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by / on August 19, 2016 at 10:52 am / in Music Charts

Why is Sia is being sued $2.1 million dollars by her own fans?

We’ve all been to show before where the act hasn’t lived up to the hype… Whether they don’t play your favorite songs, play a short set, most people take it in their stride and accept that sometimes life is full of little disappointments…   Well, not in Israel.    As NY Daily News reports, many punters, who paid 344 Israeli Sheqels […]

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by / on August 18, 2016 at 8:24 pm / in Music Charts

Sezairi announces Singapore tour in secret venue and mission to save stray cats.

Sezairi’s infectious new track ‘Fire To The Floor’, the lead single from his self-titled album, has been lighting up the airwaves, claiming the #1 spot on Singapore Viral 50 chart and #4 on the Philippines Viral 50 chart. And now Singapore fans can hear his new songs live for the first time. 

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by / on August 18, 2016 at 5:55 pm / in Live Music, News

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox adds Singapore date to Asian tour

After a successful 2015 Asian tour,  Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is returning to Singapore, adding a performance in the Lion City to their previously announced Kuala Lumpur show.

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by / on August 18, 2016 at 3:57 pm / in News

Pete Tong, Alesso and Skrillex are heading to China for IMS Asia-Pacific

The first speakers for International Music Summit have been announced, with international heavyweight producers Skrillex, Alesso and Pete Tong and a host of regional taste-makers heading to Shanghai for the two day conference.

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by / on August 18, 2016 at 11:52 am / in News

New study confirms going to gigs officially makes you happier

A new study has found that attending concerts regularly can positively impact how you feel about your life and make you feel happier.

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by / on August 16, 2016 at 11:27 pm / in Festivals

Paradise Island adds new acts, reveals earlybird tickets are almost sold out

Things just keep getting more exciting at the Paradise Island Festival camp. Following their explosive announcement that they’ll be bringing De La Soul, Goldie, LTJ Bukem, Maribou State and more to idyllic Koh Samui, they’ve topped up their lineup with even more exciting talent.   The beefed up lineup now consists of the previously mentioned headliners along with Mala, Mad […]

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by / on August 16, 2016 at 7:48 pm / in News

2016 Mnet Asain Music Awards to return to Hong Kong this December

The most significant music festival and awards ceremony in Asia will be returning to Hong Kong on December 2nd according to an industry source at the AsiaWorld-Expo centre.

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by / on August 15, 2016 at 7:23 am / in Music Charts

Ed Sheeran Placed On Vocal Rest After Asian Tour

British pop sensation Ed Sheeran has been placed on vocal rest by doctors and instructed to use a whiteboard to communicate between performances.  

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by / on August 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm / in News, Pop

Confessions of a failed 90’s boyband

Kevin Yee, one sixth of now defunct boyband Youth Asylum has opened up on a Reddit AMA, dishing the dirt on exploitative record label practices and giving unique insight into the harsh realities of being part of a boyband that never quite made it.

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by / on August 12, 2016 at 7:54 pm / in Music Charts

The Top Entries for “Project Aloft Star, amplified by MTV” are in

The top entries for Aloft Hotels’ third Asia Pacific edition of “Project Aloft Star, amplified by MTV” are in and it’s not just the entrants that have the chance to score big. Voters stand a chance to win up to US$1,000!

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by / on August 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm / in Festivals

Music Matters assemble incredible international line-up for Asia’s premier independent music festival

If you’re in Singapore between September 12-15 and don’t have any plans, you do now.

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