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 January 13, 2015 at 10:41 am / in News

Meghan Trainor To Perform In Her First Singapore Show This April

After reigning supreme on the music charts for months last year, Meghan Trainor has just announced she’ll be playing an exclusive performance at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa on Apr 23.   Meghan has wrote her own song at the tender age of seven and exploded into the public’s consciousness with the success of her hit song […]

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by / on January 10, 2015 at 4:55 pm / in Music Charts

What Dating Advice Did J-Lo Give Meghan Trainor?

Meghan Trainor spills the beans on what dating advice she got from J.Lo and talks about her potential new boyfriend with a famous connection! The past 12 months have been a pretty wild ride for Meghan Trainor. She was catapulted into the spotlight on the back of her infectiously grooveable single “All About That Bass” and her follow up single “Lips are […]

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by / on January 9, 2015 at 8:20 am / in Artists / Bands, Asian Pop Chart, Buzz, News

Is Chinese Pop Star Wanting Qu Dating The Mayor Of Vancouver?

Could it be true that Chinese pop star Wanting Qu is dating Vancouver Mayor Greg Robertson? Well according to a post in on Monday from respected city hall journalist and columnist Frances Bula, the two are indeed an item. Quick to note that ‘this is not gossip’, she reported on her blog that according to ‘extremely reliable sources’ the two […]

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by / on January 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm / in Events, News

Coachella Announces Star Studded 2015 Lineup

The dazzling jewel in America’s music festival crown has just announced their 2015 lineup and boy does it look amazing. Headlining the festival’s three evenings are AC/DC, Jack White and Drake whilst a dazzling array of other performers are set to keep pretty much any music fan happy across the 3 day festival. As has become customary, the annual music […]

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by / on January 8, 2015 at 3:13 pm / in News

BigBang’s Seungri attends football match with Kim Lim, daughter of Singapore billionaire Peter Lim

Following a New Year’s eve spectacular in Singapore at Float @ Marina Bay, BigBang’s Seungri recently attended a football match in Spain with the Kim Lim, the 23 year old daughter of Singapore billionaire Peter Lim.   The football club, Valencia FC, is owned by Mr Lim and K-pop star Seungri was invited by the family to attend. Throughout the match Seungri and […]

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by / on January 8, 2015 at 1:59 pm / in News

Monster Sues Beats By Dre Over Alleged ‘Fraud and Deceit’

Monster is alleging that Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine knowingly and unfairly cut Monster out of the equation

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by / on January 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm / in Artists / Bands, Hip Hop, Interviews

Iggy Azalea: Criticism of me ‘has 100,000 percent to do with the fact I have a vagina’

Never far from the spotlight, Iggy Azalea has seen her fair share of scandal over the past few months. Whether it’s her feud with Eminem over rape lyrics in his songs or defending her music from claims of cultural appropriation from Azealia Banks and Q-Tip, it seems there’s been more of a spotlight on her than on her music.   In […]

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by / on January 8, 2015 at 10:16 am / in News

Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Photo Shoot Sets The Internet Ablaze

2014 was a busy year for the Biebs. On the back of a suspected DUI in Miami and drag racing allegations his jet was held at a New Jersey airport for smelling like pot. Finally in In June, a four-year-old video surfaced showing Bieber singing the N-word… In between his tumultuous love life, there is no question that Justin Bieber […]

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by / on December 23, 2014 at 7:42 am / in Asian Pop Chart, Pop

Ed Sheeran Wants YOU To Be In His Next Film Clip

Ever wanted to dance, sing, draw or mime your way into fame? Well Ed Sheeran may be just the man you want to talk to. Ed Sheeran dances like he was born to in his ‘Thinking Out Loud’ film clip but this ginger crooner wan’t necessarily blessed with all those moves without a bit of hard work. Like anything worthwhile in […]

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by / on December 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm / in Artists / Bands, Videos

Olly Murs and Demi Lovato Perform A Beautiful Rendition Of Their UK Single ‘Up’

Demi Lovato has teamed up with English singer-songwriter Olly Murs to perform an acoustic rendition of his new single ‘Up’ that is due for release on January 4, 2015.   The heartfelt rendition captures the raw emotion of the slick pop-rock production and features a powerful chorus allowing the vocal depth of the duet to shine. The acoustic version is gaining […]

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by / on December 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm / in Asian Pop Chart, News, Releases, Southeast Asian Chart

Taylor Swift Still The Undisputed Queen Of Pop In Asia

It’s been 7 weeks since its release and Taylor Swift’s newest album  1989 continues its dominant run as Asia’s most downloaded album. Her latest song Blank Space has retained the number one spot across South-east Asia, being the most downloaded song on iTunes through Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore,  Vietnam and Cambodia. In the Philippines and Thailand Blank Space is the second most downloaded […]

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by / on December 18, 2014 at 11:07 am / in Fashion, News

Rihanna’s Got A New Day Job… At Puma

Rihanna has been announced as the creative director at sports firm PUMA and will be the public face of the women’s training collection from January 2015. Continuing a long tradition of celebrity endorsements of fashion lines and labels, Rihanna has taken on the role as PUMA’s global ambassador for Women’s Training and will bring her own eclectic flair and stylish […]

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by / on December 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm / in Artists / Bands, Lists

The 9 Reasons You Should REALLY Attend Wonderfruit Festival

Whether it is gravity defying aerial artists taking to the skies around you, sensual belly dancing displays and capoeira masters plying their trade around you, or climbable feats of architecture, the festival encourages participation and exploration of the space for a truly immersive experience.

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by / on December 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm / in News

K-Pop Superstars EXO Big Winners At MNET Music Awards

It has not been a year without controversy for EXO. The famed Korean-Chinese super-group has been marred by legal problems with EXO-M’s leader Kris and Luhan both reportedly launching lawsuits against their management to have their contracts nullified and leaving the group.   But despite a tumultuous year, the now 10 man group have emerged as the big winners of […]

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by / on December 3, 2014 at 11:15 am / in Artists / Bands, Lists

The Top 10 Wealthiest Musicians In The World

No-one said that the music industry was an easy one to crack but for some of these artists, it has been rewarding… VERY rewarding. Take a peek at the net worth of the top 10 wealthiest  musicians in the world.

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by / on November 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm / in Asian Pop Chart, News

Zhang Jie Awarded International Artist Of The Year at 2014 American Music Awards

Famed Chinese celebrity and pop star Zhang Jie, also known as Jason Zhang, has been presented with the first ever International Artist Award at the 2014 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in LA. The 42nd annual awards ceremony is the world’s largest fan voted award show, celebrating the best in pop, rock, rap/hip hop, soul, and country music.   “Hey […]

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by / on November 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm / in Events, News

Slash Set For Exclusive Malaysia Performance In 2015

One of the most enduring legends in rock music and the former lead guitarist for iconic hard rock band Guns n’ Roses, Slash, is set to play an exclusive show in Malaysia early next year. The show is scheduled at Surf Beach in Sunway Lagoon in Pataling Jaya on February 14.   The top hat adorned guitar virtuoso is returning […]

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by / on November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm / in Indie / Alternative, Metal / Hard Rock, News

Saigon International Music Week Set To Light Up The City

Saigon Sound System and Loud Minority are pleased to present the first ever Saigon International Music Week, starting on 26th of November. Dedicated music and arts space Cargo Bar will play host to a number of international acts, playing across four dates between November and early December.   To kick the event off , platinum selling English indie rock band The […]

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by / on November 20, 2014 at 6:24 am / in Apps, News

Uber and Spotify Announce Partnership

Two of the most exciting new technology start-ups have announced an exciting partnership allowing users to listen to their own customized playlists through the stereo whilst being driven to their destinations.   From tomorrow, Uber users with premium accounts (sorry cheapskates!) will be able to connect via Bluetooth into their cab’s music system and choose what gets played in their ride. So […]

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by / on November 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm / in Pop, Southeast Asian Chart, Videos

How Taufik Batisah turned a simple hashtag into a surprise smash hit

These days, there’s no telling where your next piece of inspiration is going to come from but in Taufik Batisah’s case, what started out as a video to his fans on Instagram quickly become an internet sensation. Back in June, whilst on his way to meet some fans to break fast during Ramadan, the Singapore Idol winner uploaded a video onto […]

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