THAI-AMERICAN HIP HOP GROUP THAITANIUM TO PERFORM AT MTV WORLD STAGE MALAYSIA 2014



With 9 more sleeps to MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014, which is set to take place at Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon on Saturday, 16 August 2014, MTV, today announced several news highlights ramping up to the highly-anticipated one-night-only outdoor concert. • Thai-American hip hop artist, Thaitanium joins the current performers’ line-up at MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 • MTV announces the new MTV World Stage Insider, 21-year-old Malaysian undergrad, Aric Ting • 2 lucky fans to each win an all-expense paid trip for 2 to 2014 MTV EMA in Glasgow on Nov 9th • Unprecedented fans’ engagement with meet-and-greet spots and new exclusive engagements with artists to be won
THAI-AMERICAN HIP HOP GROUP THAITANIUM TO PERFORM AT MTV WORLD STAGE MALAYSIA 2014


#COOLEST10DAY JOB AS 2014 MTV WORLD STAGE INSIDER GOES TO 21-YEAR-OLD MALAYSIAN STUDENT, ARIC TING


2 LUCKY FANS AT MTV WORLD STAGE MALAYSIA 2014 TO EACH WIN AN ALL-EXPENSE PAID TRIP1 FOR TWO TO 2014 MTV EMA IN GLASGOW ON NOVEMBER 9TH

MTV offers unprecedented fans’ engagement with limited artists’ Meet –and-Greet spots and new exclusive fans’ engagements with artists to be won at the MTV roadshow at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall (Blue Concourse) from 12-6pm on 9 and 10 August and via MTV social media channels

Tweet it: Thai-American hip hop group @Thaitay to join MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 #worldstagemy line-up on 16 Aug!
Tweet it: .@MTVAsia World Stage Insider #COOLEST10DAYJOB job goes to Malaysian student @aricjacobi #worldstagemy #insidews!
Tweet it: Show @MTVAsia & @Xpaxsays your most creative selfie at #worldstagemy to stand a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for 2 to the 2014 @mtvema!

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 6 AUGUST 2014 – With 9 more sleeps to MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014, which is set to take place at Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon on Saturday, 16 August 2014MTVtoday announced several news highlights ramping up to the highly-anticipated one-night-only outdoor concert:
  • Thai-American hip hop group Thaitanium will join the show’s current performers’ line-up consisting of award-winning Billboard Hot 100 hip hop artist, singer-songwriter and record producer, B.o.Bhomegrown international singer-songwriter, Yuna; and Universal Music Group International’s first K-pop idol group, Boys Republic. Thaitanium is expected to perform their latest single, “Wake UP (Bangkok City)”, which features Snoop Dogg, for the first time at the concert.
  • The appointment of 2014’s MTV World Stage Insider, 21-year-old Malaysian undergrad student Aric Ting Sie Yee, who nabbed the coolest ten-day ‘job’ and will join the MTV social media team from today, 7 August, representing fans and introducing them to the MTV Experience from the inside, via regular updates, videos, tweets, and photos of MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014.
  • Amongst the anticipated 15,000 fans at the show will be two lucky fans, who stand to each win exclusive all-expense paid trip1 for two to 2014 MTV EMA to join the 20th anniversary celebrations on November 9thin Glasgow.
  • Unprecedented fans’ engagement at the MTV Roadshow, which will take place on 9 and 10 August at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall (Blue Concourse), where fans can stand a chance to exclusive artists’ meet-and-greet spots, but on-going exclusive artists’ engagement sessions to be won on social media.
Recorded live for global telecast, the show premieres on-air Wednesday, 20 August at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL). It premieres in the Philippines on Friday, 29 August at 10pm. Viewers are advised to check local listings in other markets.
MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 is sponsored by Sunway, Xpax, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Hong Leong Bank and William Grant & Sons, and supported by Tourism Malaysia, music partners,Atlantic Records, Thaitanium Entertainment Inc., Universal Music Group, broadcast partner, Astro, radio partner, hitz.fm and audio partner, Dolby.
MTV World Stage is a global series that bring multi-genre talents with global relevance, telecast to an audience in over 550 million households. Recorded ‘live’ at the most exclusive gigs, world renowned music festivals and unique concert locations from around the world, the series is the ‘front row seat’ for music lovers to experience the biggest artists on the globe without leaving the comfort of their sofas. MTV World Stage Malaysia is part of this platform that delivers the MTV brand experience not only on the ground with MTV fans in Malaysia, but with a global airing in 154 countries across MTV Networks. The Malaysia show is also MTV’s first originally-produced MTV World Stage event globally, which started in 2009.

THAITANIUM
Thaitanium comprises of five proud sons of Siam with different backgrounds – Khanngeon “KHAN” Nuanual, Prinya “WAY” Intachai, Naymyo “DAY” Thant, Jason “BIG CALO” Roth, and Watana “DJAYBUDDAH” Watanachaiyot who are considered to be pioneers of Thailand’s hip hop industry.
KHAN and DAY are Thai nationals by birth, WAY, was born and raised in New York as with DJAYBUDDAH, and the youngest member of the group, BIG CALO was raised in Tampa, Florida.
KHAN and DAY first forged their friendship as a DJ/MC duo hosting jump off house parties in the San Francisco hip-hop scene, where the pair had both emigrated as young teens to pursue their education and to realize their dream to become musicians. While in Bangkok working on his solo album, KHAN made the acquaintance of WAY, then a young upstart Thai-American artist. From this meeting, the idea of a three-man, Thai hip hop group was born in Bangkok, eventually moving to New York in 2000, where their varied regional influences have since been heard in each album produced and released. In 2006, the addition of BIG CALO, WAY’s childhood friend and aspiring rapper, and DJAYBUDDAH, already a prominent DJ in New York City, were both added to the group.
Since then, Thaitanium and its parent label, Thaitanium Enertainment Inc., have produced their first two albums, AA and Thai Riders, which were exclusively self-promoted, launching them to the forefront of the Asia music industry while gaining a huge following in Thailand and the rest of Asia. Their follow up albums, P77 and RAS were subsequently distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, where RAS, aka “Resisting Against Da System” attracted the interest of Grammy, a major player in the domestic Thai entertainment.
For the past 13 years, Thaitanium has been carving out a solid niche and reputation as one of the biggest and most successful hip hop groups in Asia through their unique blend of Thai and New York street sounds. The result has seen Thaitanium perform across Thailand, Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe, Australia and America, where they have been the opening acts for some of the world’s biggest hip hop artists, such as Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Far East Movement, Nas, Sean Kingston, Flo Rida and 50 Cent on his “Get Rich or Die Trying” world tour with Fort Minor.
2010 marked Thaitanium's 10-year anniversary and the release of a double album "Still Resisting", where they worked for the first time with international producers and artists such as the legendary producer DJ Clark Kent and LiL Fame from rap group M.O.P. The individual members of Thaitanium are simultaneously working on a variety of independent projects ranging from clothing lines, acting, modeling, as well as publishing and film.
Their last concert tour took place in four U.S. cities in 2013 and they most recently performed at the Music Tornado Festival in Japan in March this year.
They have received a number of accolades including the “Best Hip Hop Group” award at the Independent Asian Music Awards (AVIMA) 2009 and “Best Group” award at You2play Awards 2012. They were also nominated for “Favorite Artist Thailand” at the MTV Asia Awards 2006.
For more information, visit www.thaitanium.biz.
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2014 MTV WORLD STAGE INSIDER NAMED
Currently an Arts and Communications student at Monash University Malaysia in Bandar Sunway, Aric Ting is also an active social media junkie, who not only runs his own radio show on campus, YouTube 100 Malaysia, but has interned with Groupon Malaysia as its social media representative early this year. In being picked for the US$10,0002 gig, Ting beat a talented pool of entries from across Southeast Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore and emerged the top candidate after a Google Hangout interview process with shortlisted potentials last week. Ting impressed MTV Asia with his creative and wacky social media resume. His role commencement is on 7 August till 16 August.
It was an MTV covert operation as the MTV Asia team along with MTV VJ Alan Wong took Ting by surprise, breaking the news to him at Monash Malaysia. Catch his surprise in the short instavid by the MTV crew.
The MTV World Stage Insider search targets music fans from Malaysia and around Southeast Asia, who already have an active social presence (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Vine, blog). Tagged as not the usual ‘nine-to-five’ role, the hunt for MTV World Stage Insider kicked off through MTV Asia’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter accounts from 3 – 24 July.
Apart from the attractive engagement fee, the MTV World Stage Insider will get to:
  • “Take over” MTV Asia social media channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Have his blog reposted on the MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014’s official site on a dedicated page that also displays relevant content produced by him (if applicable)
  • Have a ‘backstage pass’3 to MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014
  • Connect the MTV Experience with fans
  • The option of a potential MTV internship4 after the 10-day stint
  • The name of MTV on their CV, need we say more?
“I cannot believe I am the MTV World Stage Insider! I’m a huge fan of MTV and all things music… this is the opportunity of a lifetime! What an incredible honor to represent fans to bring them the latest scoop through MTV’s social media platforms! I promise to devote every ounce of my attention, energy and passion to give fans the experience they want to see and hear at MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014. ” said Aric Ting.
“It is important to bring a different type of personality as the MTV World Stage Insider, who can amplify the passion, connect and speak for the fans, and represent us well across MTV’s social media channels. It is no easy task for a 10-day job and the candidate is expected to hit the ground running!” said Paras Sharma, Vice President of MTV & Comedy Central Brands and Digital Media, Viacom International Media Networks Asia. “There were more submissions and certainly more impressive social resumes received this year! It was actually harder to select our candidate this year. Aric stood out as he not only came with the social media know-how, but he stands for many youths out there who are as passionate about their music, unafraid to seek opportunities for themselves, and certainly comes across inspiring. That’s the heart of MTV.”

SHOW MTV AND XPAX YOUR MOST CREATIVE SELFIE TO WIN AN EXCLUSIVE ALL-EXPENSE PAID TRIP FOR TWO TO 2014 MTV EMA IN GLASGOW
2 lucky fans amidst the anticipated turnout of about 15,000 fans at this year’s MTV World Stage Malaysia, will stand a chance to each win an exclusive all-expense paid trip for two to the 2014 MTV EMA for the 20thanniversary celebration in Glasgow on November 9th. Participants are asked to show MTV and Xpax their most creative selfie taken from Sunway Lagoon during the one-night-only outdoor concert on August 16th , hashtag their selfie with #worldstagemy on Instagram along with their customized message of “I wanna be at @mtvema because…”. MTV VJs Alan and Hanli will then announce the winners at the end of the show.
The MTV EMA is MTV’s global celebration of the hottest stars in music, and has a reputation as one of the most sensational music award shows in the world. The global reach of the MTV EMA is unparalleled as it airs across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching nearly 700 million households around the world, as well as through syndication. It features nominees from across genres, recognizes artists from every corner of the world, and brings music fans around the globe together for a unique and incomparable experience. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via more than 200 MTV branded digital media properties.

UNPRECEDENTED FANS’ ENGAGEMENT WITH LIMITED ARTISTS’ MEET-AND-GREET SPOTS AND NEW EXCLUSIVE FANS’ ENGAGEMENTS WITH ARTISTS AT THE MTV ROADSHOW AND VIA MTV SOCIAL MEDIA THIS WEEKEND!
As MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 passes are not for sale, fans who want a final chance at snagging passes can head down to the two-day MTV roadshow hosted by VJs Alan and Hanli, which will be held at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall (Blue Concourse) from 12pm to 6pm on 9 and 10 August. MTV goodies, mystery prizes, and exclusive artist meet-and-greet spots will also be up for grabs at the event.
For fans unable to attend the roadshow, they can also take part in the Meet-and-Greet contest online at worldstage.mtvasia.com. Fans will be able to win passes to the event and a chance to meet their favorite performing artist up-close. Contest ends August 12th.
Apart from passes to be won, fans’ engagement is at an unprecedented level at the MTV roadshow and MTV social media channels for the next 10 days, including:
  • On-ground auditions will take place during the MTV roadshow on 9 and 10 August for Boys Republic’s “Girlfriend” contest, which augments the on-going Boys Republic’s “Girlfriend” Instagram contest. The audience can participate on the spot or check out contenders who stand to get the opportunity to be styled by the group’s stylist and receive a wardrobe to be worn when the winner joins the boys on stage during the concert.
  • B.o.B fans who want to bag a coveted spot to meet with him are invited to log on to worldstage.mtvasia.com for a B.o.B online trivia contest, or head down to the MTV roadshow to try winning meet-and-greet passes.
  • Thaitanium fans can secure their concert passes at the roadshow by showing up with any of the group’s albums and answer an artist-related question. Redemption counter opens from 2:15pm to 3pm and 5:30pm to 6:15pm on Saturday 9 August, on a first-come-first-serve-basis.
  • Yuna fans can send their song dedications via Instagram to #worldstagemy and @yunamusic. Yuna might just give a shout-out to a fan during her live performance of his/her most requested song.
Sponsors and partners will be giving out passes through their own promotions.
For more information, visit worldstage.mtvasia.com.
PROGRAMMING SPECIALS
MTV will also be airing the following artist specials.
MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014: B.o.B
  • Tuesday, 19 August at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL)
MTV World Stage: Yuna
  • Wednesday, 3 September 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL)
MTV Presents: Boys Republic + K-Wave: Boys Republic
  • 13 August at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG), 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG), 12am (MAL)
  • Additional airings of K-Wave: Boys Republic on 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, and 15 August at 4pm (WIB), 5pm (SG), 6pm (MAL)
MTV World Stage: Boys Republic
  • Wednesday, 10 September 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL)
MTV World Stage: B.o.B
  • Wednesday, 17 September 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL)
MTV World Stage: Thaitanium
  • Wednesday, 24 September 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL)
NEWS UPDATES ON SOCIAL MEDIA
In the weeks ahead, fans can follow MTV Asia on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 news updates.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mtvasia
Twitter: @MTVAsia
Hashtag: #worldstagemy
Instagram: mtvasia
B.o.B Twitter@bobatl
Boys Republic Twitter@officialBoysRep
Thaitanium Twitter: @Thaitay
Yuna Twitter@yunamusic