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 March 11, 2015 at 10:28 am / in Artists / Bands, News

Robin Thicke, Pharrell Ordered to Pay $7.3M After Jury Finds They Copied Marvin Gaye’s Song

A jury has found that Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams noticeably copied classic Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song ‘Got to Give It Up’ in creating their hit song, ‘Blurred Lines’ in 2013. Gaye’s children have been awarded $7.3 million for copyright infringement on their father’s song, putting to rest more than a year of legal battles between the artists and Gaye’s estate.

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by / on March 6, 2015 at 11:42 am / in Buzz, Videos

Ed Sheeran Gets ‘Dirrty’ With Christina Aguilera

Ed Sheeran has dropped by BBC Radio 1’s studios to a deliver an unlikely but brilliant cover of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Dirrty.’

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by / on March 5, 2015 at 2:51 pm / in Music Charts

How Much Is A Smash Hit Song Really Worth To The Artists That Create It?

What’s the true financial value of a number one smash hit to the artists that create it? Well thanks to court proceedings lodged by the children of Marvin Gaye against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I, we may have just found out the answer to that question.

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by / on March 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm / in Artists / Bands, News

Future Music Festival Asia 2015 In Doubt As Police Reject Application Over Drug Concerns

The future of Future Music Festival Asia is up in the air as Livescape, the concert organizers for the festival, submit an appeal to the Minister for Home Affairs to hold the event after their application was rejected for a second time.

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by / on March 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm / in Pop, Videos

Watch The Evolution Of 20 Years Of K-Pop In 8 Minutes

A group of university students from Wheaton College in Illinois have come together to perform at their annual campus-wide Lunar New Years Festival with an incredible homage to K-pop over the past 20 years.   The group came together to celebrate their Korean heritage and pay tribute to the growth of the Korean pop music genre over the past two […]

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by / on March 4, 2015 at 11:55 am / in Pop

Why Won’t Taylor Swift Discuss Katy Perry?

Although she gave previously hinted that her song Bad Blood was about fellow chart topper  Katy Perry, Taylor Swift has refused to confirm rumours of a celebrity feud saying Perry is one topic that she won’t be opening up about.

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by / on March 3, 2015 at 6:21 pm / in Interviews, News

Interview: Will Robinson from The Isan Project

We took a moment to have a chat with Will Robinson, the executive producer and creative force behind the Isan Project. The group have aimed to fuse Western and Thai sounds into a pop format and seems to be working, with their latest single ‘Nana’ shooting to the top of the Thai charts.  

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by / on March 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm / in News

2NE1 And BIGBANG Named Winners In The ‘YouTube Music Awards’

The latest results in the YouTube Music Awards 2015 have again shown the increasing global interest in K-pop music with Korean acts 2NE1 and BIGBANG snagging two of the illustrious awards.

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by / on February 26, 2015 at 3:44 pm / in Interviews

Interview: The Big Questions with Thaitanium

When Thaitanium first was formed in 2000 there’s no way they could have imagined that they were to ignite a cultural revolution, bringing a regional focus to a hip hop scene in Southeast Asia that had never previously existed. Fast forward to today and they have amassed more than sixteen years of performing under their belts, have 2 million followers on […]

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by / on February 19, 2015 at 1:59 pm / in Videos

Charli XCX Has Transformed ‘Shake It Off’ Into a Punk Track

BBC Radio 1 has a long standing tradition of having visiting pop artists perform a cover of one of their contemporaries and has led to some amazing results like when 30 Seconds to Mars covered Kanye West or Haim covered Beyonce. Sometimes…. well sometimes they don’t turn out so well.   This time around Charli XCX, has delivered, offering up […]

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by / on February 19, 2015 at 10:29 am / in Events

KaZantip Cancelled (Again) – But This Time It’s ACTUALLY Cancelled

Hundreds of revellers have been left disappointed Cambodian authorities to revoke the license for notoriously hedonistic festival KaZantip to operate just 24 hours before it was supposed to start.   Ticket holders arrived at the bridge to Koh Puos island ready to commence their festivities only to be met with disappointment as police had erected a 2 meter high metal barricade, preventing […]

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by / on February 19, 2015 at 8:18 am / in Artists / Bands, Pop

Super Junior Set For Special Singapore Performance In May

Fans of boy band Super Junior will be delighted to hear that they’ve just announced a special performance to take place in Singapore on 1 May. Organized by ONE Production, the show is to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.   Super Show 6 commenced in South Korea last year on September 19 before touring through several parts of […]

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by / on February 18, 2015 at 5:41 pm / in News

Pharrell Williams To Release ‘Happy’ Children’s Book

Creative force of nature Pharrell Williams is due to add another feather to his generally oversized hat later this year. The Grammy Award winning artist has just inked a deal with Putnam Books to release four children’s books due for release on September 22.

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by / on February 18, 2015 at 4:17 pm / in News

Afroman Arrested For Punching Female Fan During Performance

Once upon a time, way back in 2001, there was a guy called Afroman who used to get high and managed to forge an entire career on the back of an anthem for stoners across the world. Following that fleeting 15 minutes of fame and 26 further albums that few people paid much attention to Afroman is finally back in […]

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by / on February 18, 2015 at 3:02 pm / in News

Maroon 5 Announce Exclusive Philippines And Singapore Shows

It didn’t take Maroon 5 long after the release of their fifth studio album V to announce their world tour (just a single day!) but they sure did take their sweet time in announcing their Asian tour dates.

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by / on February 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm / in Asian Pop Chart, Music Charts

Katy Perry Announces 2015 Manilla Performance

  American pop sensation Katy Perry is returning to Manilla on May 7 as part of her latest worldwide tour. The stop in Asia is in support of her latest album Prism which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 100 before she takes off to Europe and South America.

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by / on February 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm / in Album Reviews, Releases

REVIEW: The Cambodian Space Project – I’m Unsatisfied

It’s always intriguing when you click on a band’s Facebook page and of their 10,000 odd followers, you have 4 friends from different countries of origin and with wildly divergent music tastes that all ‘like’ their music. So began my foray into Cambodian Space Project and ironically enough, the first single that I am to hear from the band is also […]

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by / on February 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm / in News

Did Ariana Grande Steal Idea For Her Latest Video From Australian Indie Band SAFIA?

Australian indie band SAFIA have claimed that the concept for Ariana Grande’s video for her single One Last Time was copied from their video.

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by / on February 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm / in News

Lady Gaga Announces Engagement To Taylor Kinney

Lady Gaga has just confirmed her engagement via Instagram to Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney after he proposed to her on Valentines Day. It’s pretty easy to see why Lady Gaga gave an emphatic yes to Kinney’s, 33, proposal after he presented her with a massive heart shaped diamond ring which she showed off earlier today. He gave me his […]

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by / on February 12, 2015 at 9:55 pm / in News

Cambodian Governor Reverses Decision, Allows Kazantip Festival To Go Ahead

Just days before cancelled notorious Eastern European festival Kazantip  was organized to begin, a last minute reversal of decision means that the festival can again take place on Sihanoukville’s Koh Puos island.   The announcement is in contradiction to a previous statement made by Provincial Governor Chhit Sokhom where he advised the festival, booked to begin on 18 February, would not be able to go ahead […]

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