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 February 12, 2015 at 8:28 pm / in News

Beck Gets Last Laugh As Album Sales Skyrocket After Kanye Diss

Do you remember that time when Kanye West crashed Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video in 2009? You know, that time he grabbed the microphone out of the startled teen’s hands and aired his objections. “I’m sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” Well it almost happened again but the result this time […]

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by / on February 12, 2015 at 10:15 am / in Music Business

Rhapsody Continues Growth And Climbs To Over 2.5 Million Subscribers

As more people begin to use music streaming services, the paid subscription service has reported a 60 percent growth in its user numbers. Rhapsody, the company which helped pioneer the subscriber pays model in the music streaming industry has reported an unprecedented jump in user numbers. In April last year, the service had 1.7 million users but now, despite operating in […]

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by / on February 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm / in Events, Lists

THE LIST: Who were the big winners at the 2015 Grammy awards?

Well another year of Grammys has wrapped up and unless you’ve been living under a rock you’d have heard all about Kanye West almost pulling another “imma let you finish” on Beck, Madonna still not realizing she’s older than your grandmother and Rhianna wearing what looked to everyone else to be a giant birthday cake as a dress. But despite […]

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by / on February 10, 2015 at 11:43 am / in News

Mandopop Singer Jay Chou Marries For The Second Time In Three Weeks

Just a few short weeks since their regal wedding ceremony in Selby Abbey, Yorkshire, singer Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan have just held a second wedding in the luxury hotel W Taipei.   The ceremony was reported to be for his elderly maternal grandmother, who was unable to take the flight to England for the couple’s ceremony last month. Aged in […]

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by / on February 4, 2015 at 7:25 pm / in Dance / Electro, Events, News

‘Sexy Activities’ Lead To Cancellation Of KaZantip Music Festival in Cambodia

The organizers of popular Eastern European music festival KaZantip just can’t seem to catch a break. The festival, which has already had to shift location twice in the past two years, was due to be held in Cambodia for the first time, but local tourism officials are pulling the plug before the event even begins due to the festivals corrupting influence on […]

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by / on February 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm / in News

Jimmy Fallon Assembles An All-star Cast For A Capella Rendition Of ‘We Are The Champions’

Jimmy Fallon has made his fair share of celebrity friends over his years hosting his late night TV show and the full strength of his star power was on full display last night when he assembled a crack squad of musicians to perform a special rendition of ‘We Are The Champions’. In order to commemorate the New England Patriots victory in the […]

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by / on February 3, 2015 at 1:06 pm / in News

Taylor Swift Moves To Trademark ‘This sick beat’ and other ‘1989’ lyrics

Taylor Swift’s latest album ‘1989’ was the best-selling album of 2014, and now she has taken action to prevent eager money-makers from profiting from her songs.

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by / on February 3, 2015 at 10:49 am / in Music Charts, News

Katy Perry Gets New Tattoo To Commemorate Her Superbowl Performance

Katy Perry’s half time show at the XLIX Superbowl had it all. From animatronic tigers, digital stage effects, dancing sharks and big name musical guests like Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot, Katy Perry’s performance almost outshone the action on the field.

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by / on January 29, 2015 at 1:28 pm / in Artists / Bands, Releases

Mark Coles: KROM’s “Mama Blue” is classic blues for the modern age

Cambodian blues act KROM are making waves internationally with award winning BBC broadcaster Mark Coles playing their newest single Mama Blue” on his world music show, offering glowing praise of their latest offering.

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by / on January 22, 2015 at 10:59 am / in News

What music do cheating partners listen to? The answers may surprise you

Does your musical preference influence your propensity to cheat? New research has come forward that may indicate that this may indeed be the case.   The crew at Spotify released a study back in April which attempted to settle the argument about which musical genre had the most loyal fans once and for all. Arming themselves with data they extracted from their […]

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by / on January 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm / in Music Charts, Pop

Taylor Swift earned more than $1 million per day in 2015

If you needed a reason to feel worse about your depleted bank account and maxed out credit cards then consider this for a second. Taylor Swift has earnt more than $1 million per day across 2015 and has earned a whopping $317 million so far this year.

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by / on January 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm / in Artists / Bands, Music Charts

Mandopop King Jay Chou Marries Model/Actress Hannah Quinlivan In Fairytale Wedding

Taiwanese media outlets have revealed that Chinese pop superstar Jay Chou has married long time girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan in England on the eve of his 36th birthday.

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by / on January 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm / in Videos

Someone has mashed up ‘Bad Blood’ & ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ and it is amazing

It was probably always going to happen but we just didn’t expect it to be so soon. Some hero on the internet has spliced together Madonna’s latest single ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ with Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ and the result is incredible.

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by / on January 18, 2015 at 9:05 am / in News

Peter Hook sues New Order for ‘many millions of pounds’ in unpaid royalties

Just two days after their incredible performance at Clockenflap, New Order have come back down to earth with the news that former bandmate Peter Hook is suing his former bandmates after accused them of “pillaging” the band’s name and leaving him well out of pocket.

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by / on January 17, 2015 at 9:48 am / in News, Rock

Mac Demarco To Play Intimate Shows In Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia

Mac Demarco, the scraggy haired troubadour from Canada, with his gap toothed smile and carefree demeanour has cemented himself as the clown price of indie rock over the course of his three records. He’s also just commenced a whirlwind world tour that will see him touching down in Australia, North America and Europe playing at major international festivals like Coachella in addition to […]

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by / on January 16, 2015 at 5:23 pm / in RnB / Soul

Chris Brown Has Probation Revoked… Is He Headed To Jail Again?

Chris Brown has gotten himself in trouble with the law yet again. According to The Huffington Post, Brown has again had his parole revoked when it was revealed that he attended a concert where a gun battle broke out resulting in 5 people being shot.

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by / on January 16, 2015 at 9:33 am / in Events

The 2015 Grammy Awards Performers List Just Keeps Getting Bigger

Veteran rockers AC/DC and seven time Grammy Award winning diva Madonna will join a slew of young stars in performing at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards that will take place on February 8th.

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by / on January 16, 2015 at 8:34 am / in Artists / Bands

Lenny Kravitz Booked For Exclusive Performance In Malaysia

Superstar Lenny Kravitz has been booked to perform at the after race performance for the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix (F1) on March 29.

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by / on January 15, 2015 at 7:07 pm / in Lists, News

The Top 8 Absolutely Worst Songs Of 2014

We tend to clutch onto our favourite songs of any given year and whist 2014 had it’s share of great music, there was no shortage of songs to make your ears bleed. Here are the eight culprits that we won’t be remembering 2014 for. 

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by / on January 15, 2015 at 4:21 pm / in News, Rock

Foo Fighters drop a surprise new EP ‘Cecilia’ … and it’s completely free!

A countdown clock on the Foo Fighter’s website clicked down to zero last night at which point the rockers dropped a free EP of new songs in honour of the victims involved in the Paris attacks.

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