The MTV World Stage is back!
This year, the MTV World Stage will be held at Sunway Lagoon Resorts in Malaysia once again.
The line up this year is just nuts (in a good way of coz!). We have Justin Bieber, Korean sensations Jay Park + KARA and Malaysia’s own Mizz Nina performing.
There no need to introduce Justin Bieber right? You all know who is he don’t you?
Park Jae Beom is a U.S. born and bred Korean-American singer song-writer, dancer and actor otherwise better known as Jay Park. He was the charismatic leader of South Korean K-Pop boyband 2PM. With his boyish good looks, explosive dance moves and ability to both sing and rap, Jay Park has been highly touted as the next breakout star in the U.S. market. He kick-started his solo career when he surprised fans by posting a cover of B.o.B’s and Bruno Mars’ “Nothin’ On You” in March 2010. The post went viral online, garnering over 5 million views – 1.5 million in the first 24 hours. The song was eventually released as a single, charted at No. 1 on the Korean charts and won Best Web Video at the Mashable Awards. In April 2011, Jay Park released his first mini album, Take a Deeper Look, which sold 50,000 copies within 5 days of release. His first full-length album, New Breed, released in February 2012 was also a major tour-de-force on the charts, with a debut at No. 4 on the Billboard World Album Charts and No. 16 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart. His first solo concert that was held on 3 March 2012 at the Olympic Hall of Seoul Olympic Park sold out in a record 10 minutes. This May, Jay Park is headlining the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2012 (APAHM) tour in the U.S.A. with stops in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Kara, which means “sweet melody” in Greek, is made up of female members Park Gyu Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Goo Ha Ra, Nicole Jung and Kang Ji Young. Combining Euro dance pop, electronic dance and alternative rock, Kara made their debut in March 2007 with the release of their first album The First Blooming. In 2008, they released two mini-albums and three singles – “Rock U,” “Pretty Girl” and “Honey,” which became a No. 1 hit on the M.Net M! Countdown and won the Mutizen award. They returned with their second full studio album, Revolution, in July 2009. Lead single “Wanna” was an instant chart topper and the second single from the album, “Mister,” was an even bigger success with its memorable dance choreography (nicknamed the “butt dance”) that caught on with the public. Upon releasing their third mini-album, Lupin, in 2010, Kara went on to win their first No. 1 awards on M! Countdown and KBS Music Bank respectively. In the same year, the band made their debut in Japan with a Japanese version of their Korean hit, “Mister.” The single exceeded expectations, debuting at No. 5 on the Oricon daily and weekly charts. They were also the first non-Japanese girl group in 29 years to chart in the Oricon Top 10 with a debut single. Achieving their biggest feat yet, their latest hit Japanese single “Jet Coaster Love,” released on 6 April 2011, peaked at No. 1 on the Oricon Daily and Weekly Charts, selling 123,000 copies in its opening week.
Malaysia’s very own Mizz Nina has taken on myriad personas in the span of her career. Her groove-hungry soul and love for infectious beats led her to form First Born Troopz in 1997. But It was during her stint with the seminal Malaysian hip hop group, Teh Tarik Crew (TTC), that her musical career took off with two AIM nominations in 2002 for the group’s full-length album How’s The Level? By 2004, Mizz Nina had under her belt a modeling career, radio shows (Red FM and Fly FM) and two more AIM nominations for Teh Tarik Crew’s sophomore album What’s Next? Mizz Nina released her debut solo album, What You Waiting For, in July 2010 that features local and international collaborations from the likes of Colby O’Donis, Uno and AJ of Pop Shuvit, Noh from Hujan and more. In October 2012, Mizz Nina was presented the Flava Award (Hip hop/R&B) at the Shout! Awards. After her win, she opened for Usher, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber in Kuala Lumpur and went on to represent Malaysia at the New Skool Rules hip hop convention in Rotterdam in April 2011. In May 2011, Mizz Nina released her coveted collaboration with American rapper Flo Rida on the single, “Takeover.” Currently, Mizz Nina is preparing for the release of her new album, Takeover, due 26 May.
Finally, the very important bit: how you can get your hands on tickets! Head over to worldstage.mtvasia.com and play an online game. Even if you don’t score tickets in the game, you can still join a content to win tickets to this concert. You can start trying your luck from 25 May 2012 – 30 June 2012. Details of the contests, terms and conditions are on the MTV World Stage website.
Remember to hashtag all your tweets with #worldstagemy.
[3 July 2012 | Update]
Word is that Justin Bieber will be opening the MTV World Stage this year!
Also, all you lucky people in Kuala Lumpur, there will be a MTV Road Show on 7 + 8 July 2012 at the Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Pyramid Concourse. At the road show, you can win concert and meet & greet passes! MTV VJ Holly and VJ Rich will be there at the road show to play some games and give out meet & greet passes for the MTV World Stage.
Time: 10am – 10pm (Sponsors’ booth promotions)
12pm – 6pm (stage games and giveaways)
MTV World Stage’s sponsors at the road show will also be running booth activities with concert passes. Visitors to Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall can check out these promotions:
Sunway Resort City is offering MTV World Stage passes upon purchase of the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Fun Card. For the enthusiastic shoppers, spending a minimum amount of RM100 from now till 8 July in a maximum of two receipts at the Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall will also enable them to win passes.
Lenovo will be running local contests across Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines where winners will get an all-expense paid package to watch MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012.
Xpax customers can grab free passes on a first-come, first-served basis by sending “MTV” to 28881 and reloading RM60 from now until 10 July 2012, or stand a chance to win passes by downloading selected Call Me tones. Customers who sign up to the all-new Celcom First Voice plans, Celcom Broadband Youth Plan and Celcom Broadband Pro Plan from now until 12 July will also enjoy free passes. This gives Xpax and Celcom customers more advantages to rock at MTV World Stage.
Twisties is offering different challenges via their Facebook fan page. All visitors have to do is ‘like’ the Twisties page to take part.
Hong Leong Bank is offering their first 200 newly approved MTV Credit Card sign-ups a pair of MTV World Stage passes. For their existing customers, the top 50 card members with highest number of swipes will get a pair of passes. Minimum spent for the contest is RM50. Further to this, Hong Leong Bank customers will enjoy up to 20% discount on purchases of MTV World Stage artists’ albums at Rock Corner.
Sponsors’ booths will be open from 10am to 10pm while MTV’s stage games will take place from noon to 6pm.