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CJ E&M's film "Parasite" won four Academy Awards. Directed by Boon Joon Ho. Photo courtesy of CJ E&M. Music Press Asia.
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Korea’s CJ E&M Oscar Win Signify Korean Film Industry Going Global

As we eavesdrop our way, wiggling through the crowds of Broadcast Asia and Asia TV Forum (ATF) last year, we caught a rumour in the wind. Perching high on our radar, Korea seems to be emanating a rather unusual tone ever since the birth and evolutionary journey of Korean pop culture and its global reach. At that time, some of our more senior colleagues were still wondering and looking to answer the question on why the demand for Korea’s popular culture has surged so drastically over the last decade, and…

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“Stumps, Alder Lake, Nisqually River, Washington” by Hal Gage, United States of America, Shortlist, Open, Landscape (Open Competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards.
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Sony World Photography Awards 2020 Launched New Category: Environment

Now in its 13th year, the Awards’ Professional competition rewards a remarkable body of work for technical excellence and a fresh perspective on contemporary subjects. A new Environment category has been introduced this year in recognition of the growing importance of this topic in both fine art photography and photojournalism. Over 345,000 images from 203 territories were submitted across the…

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Asia's Best Music Albums: 21-30. Music Press Asia.
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Asia’s 50 Best Music Albums of 2019: 21-30

21A-Lin – OST (Original Sound Track)This OST compilation has made it onto this list just because A-Lin sings and writes some of the most heart rendering romantic songs in Mandarin and Taiwan history. Down to earth and yearning her crisp voice has been the trademark to her success today. A Kind of Sorrow, the theme song of film ‘More Than…

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Jacob Arabo's Opera Collection plays 120 notes from Nino Rota's song from The Godfather.
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Jacob & Co. Opera Collection Ode To Ford Coppola’s The Godfather

Jacob Arabo is one in a million when it comes to creating gaudy timepieces, the ones that take your breath away. Blending the Swiss mechanical prowess of watchmaking and music boxes, Arabo’s latest Opera collection by New York-based luxury jewelry and watch brand Jacob & Co., has one last element to put into the final touches: to include Nino Rota’s…

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Phum Viphurit from Thailand is set to perform his latest hits "Lover Boy" at Monsoon Festival Hanoi. [Music Press Asia]
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Monsoon Festival Returns To Hanoi For Its Fifth Edition

Monsoon Festival in Hanoi returns with its fifth edition with a unique line-up to impress the locals and visiting contingent. Set to take place at Imperial Citadel of Thang Long from November 1 – 3, the festival celebrates a diverse musical selection of artists and musicians from Ireland, Denmark, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, the United States, and more. Don’t miss Phum…

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Kumolo Bumi is a Javanese dance piece choreographed by Rury Nostalgia. Photo credit The Jakarta Post.
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Padneçwara Celebrates 43rd Anniversary, Performs Kumolo Bumi

The Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (GKJ) played host to the Padneçwara dance company’s dance piece Kumolo Bumi on Oct 11 and 12. Choreographed by Rury Nostalgia, the love story depicts an ancient Persian battle of two princesses: Kelaswara from the kingdom of Kelan and Adaninggar from China. Celebrating the dance company’s 43rd anniversary, Kumolo Bumi (Gem of the Earth) is a…

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Who’s the Music Behind Tarantino’s Latest Film?

Music Press Asia discovers some of Quentin Tarantino’s music executives and professionals selected for his latest film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, which has recently grossed $USD357.6 million. Following a bidding war to distribute the film, the grand assignment eventually went to Sony Pictures replacing Tarantino’s long time partner Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Set in 1969 Los Angeles’ changing…

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[Music Press Asia] Michelle Yeoh calls for other environmentalist ambassador. Photo credit: National Geograaphic
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Michelle Yeoh Calls For More Environment Ambassadors

This month we continue with our efforts of raising awareness of the environment contributing our “NATURE” segment to a 2009 documentary film made by National Geographic in cooperation with FINAS (National Film Development Corporation Malaysia). Among the Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh is a poignant film that shows how Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (also known as Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary)…

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Malaysia Agong Joins Cabinet In Rendition of Francisca Peter ‘Setia’ Ahead Of National Day

For the first time in National Day history, Malaysia’s head of state, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah along with Cabinet Ministers recorded a special video — a rendition of Francisca Peter’s song titled ‘Setia’ — in conjunction with the 62nd Merdeka (National) Day celebrations. Written by former Information Minister and the late Tan Sri Dato…

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Music Press Asia: OlaBola The Musical is set to Merdeka-tour Malaysia to celebrate Merdeka (Indepedence) Day on August 31.
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Enfiniti Productions OlaBola The Musical On Merdeka Tour Nationwide

Can the power of sports movies stand a chance on the music and entertainment scene in Malaysia, and further? Drama revolving sports — whether one is physically (a sportsman) or mentally (an onlooker) associated to it — with the advent of television, is undeniably a worldwide phenomena. Football, perhaps the most televised sports in our generation, arouses in the human…

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