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K-pop star AleXa dishes on being ‘Back In Vogue,’ her viral pride flag moment

  • K-pop soloist AleXa released her first EP “Girls Gone Vogue” on Nov. 11, a six-song album led by the title track “Back In Vogue.”
  • AleXa spoke with NextShark on Monday to discuss her album, her first U.S. tour and her viral support for the LGBTQIA community.
  • Earlier this year, AleXa won the inaugural season of the Eurovision-inspired competition “American Song Contest,” hosted by Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dog.
  • She debuted as a soloist in 2019 with the track “Bomb” and gained popularity after winning Soompi’s “Rising Legends” contest and competing on Mnet’s “Produce 48.”

Korean American K-pop soloist AleXa is closing out her whirlwind of a year with her first EP, “Girls Gone Vogue.”

In May, the “Bomb” singer won the inaugural season of the Eurovision-inspired NBC competition show “American Song Contest,” beating out over 50 other vocalists with her original hit song “Wonderland” and becoming a household name. 

Japanese singer Ado thought she was being pranked when she snagged role in ‘One Piece Film: Red’

  • Japanese singer Ado first thought she was being pranked after learning that she would be singing the part of Uta in “One Piece Film: Red.”
  • “I really didn’t believe it was true, to the point that I thought that there was a hidden camera somewhere shooting me reacting to a ‘Let’s see how Ado reacts when she first discovers she’s been offered the singing part for Uta’ set up,” she tells NextShark.
  • Her song “New Genesis” (“Shinjidai”), the film’s  theme song, peaked at No. 1 on Apple Music's Global Top 100 in August.
  • “Uta is known as a ‘world-famous songstress’ loved by many [in the film]. I couldn’t believe that this actually became reality,” Ado says about her chart-topping achievement. “It’s the moment when fiction becomes non-fiction, and it’s amazing what happens when animation links up with reality.”
  • Born in Tokyo in 2002, Ado’s introduction to music was through Vocaloid, a singing synthesizer software released in the late 2000s that rose to popularity through the character Hatsune Miku.
  • Following her success, American record label Geffen Records announced its new partnership with the Japanese singer.

Japanese artist Ado, who sings the part of Uta in the hit movie “One Piece Film: Red,” thought she was being pranked after learning that she would be performing the singing voice of the film’s complex antagonist.

In an email interview with NextShark through an interpreter, Ado admits that, initially, she could not believe she would be the singing voice of Uta in this year’s highly anticipated “One Piece” film.

Boy band SB19 ready to spread Filipino music around the world through their first-ever global tour

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  • SB19, a five-member Filipino boy band, has embarked on their first-ever global tour with stops in the U.S., including New York and California.
  • Shortly after making their U.S. TV debut on Friday to perform their first English single “WYAT (Where You At),” the boy band reflected on their journey with NextShark.
  • “The main goal of the group is to put Filipino music on a higher profile or for the Filipino music to be known in the global scene,” says Pablo, the band’s leader and main rapper. “We have the pressure on our backs, but we’re trying to do our best so the whole world can get a good impression of who Filipinos are.”

Top Filipino boy band SB19 is currently on their first-ever global tour with stops in the U.S., including New York and California. As the band settled in New York, they spoke with NextShark about their experiences in the Big Apple. 

SB19 is a five-member Filipino boy band that was trained under ShowBT Philippines beginning in 2016. The band, which consists of Pablo, Stell, Ken, Justin and Josh, debuted in 2018 with their ballad single “Tilaluha.”

Meet BGYO, the P-pop boy band with a sound that’s ‘originally Filipino’

Since their debut in January, the quintet have taken the Filipino music scene by storm, accumulating millions of streams across multiple platforms and becoming one of their home country’s most recognizable P-pop boy bands. 

Diversity has been a key factor in the group’s success, with each BGYO member bringing their unique skills and talents to the table.

From Asian Jim to ‘Blockbuster’ Timmy: Randall Park takes a nostalgic trip as his new Netflix show premieres

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A minute-and-a-half-long appearance on a 2013 episode of “The Office” can leave a lasting impression on viewers, as Randall Park would come to find out. For years, the ghost of “Asian Jim” — who was briefly introduced in one of the show’s iconic prank scenes as an Asian version of John Krasinski’s character — would follow Park around, even when the actor previously admitted at one point to forgetting he’d taken on the role.

For this latest workplace comedy series, however, Park’s appearance is no joke.

‘I only write love songs’: 88rising’s Stephanie Poetri dishes on her love language and new single ‘Breakfast in Bed’

  • 88rising singer-songwriter Stephanie Poetri released her new single “Breakfast in Bed” with American rapper Gnash.
  • The collaboration is the latest in her discography following her EP “oh to be in love” last March. 
  • Poetri spoke with NextShark ahead of the single’s drop and revealed her love languages, favorite breakfast foods and the K-pop girl groups she currently can’t get enough of.
  • She is slated to perform at 88rising’s Head in the Clouds festivals in Manila and in her hometown of Jakarta this December.

“I think people can tell, I can tell that I’m more honest and happier to talk about my own experiences,” Stephanie Poetri tells NextShark over a Zoom call.

The 22-year-old Indonesian singer-songwriter might be best known for her “Avengers: Endgame”-inspired hit song “I Love You 3000,” but she has more than 3,000 ways to express love within her discography and life. 

Jackie Chan reveals he once tried to attack a director with a knife for insulting his mother

  • In an interview with the Chinese talk show “Shidian Talk,” Jackie Chan revealed that he attempted to attack a director with a knife because he insulted his mother.
  • At the time, Chan was working alongside martial arts legend Sammo Hung, who stepped in to stop Chan’s violent outburst.
  • The 68-year-old began his career as a stuntman in the 1980s before he became a superstar in both Chinese cinema and Hollywood. His early days of performing as a stunt double would only earn him 150 yuan (approximately $21 today).
  • In the interview, Chan also reflected on the criticism he received throughout his career and spoke about how he lives today.

Action star Jackie Chan revealed that he attempted to attack a director with a knife because he insulted his parents.

In an interview with the Chinese talk show “Shidian Talk,” the Hong Kong actor and martial artist spoke about an altercation between him and a director, who he did not name, that had gone too far. 

Elena Moon Park is sharing Asian culture through children’s music the whole family can enjoy

Elena Moon Park, a musician, educator and producer based in Brooklyn, New York City, is connecting the Asian diaspora through all-ages music and global cultural exchange.

Having released “Rabbit Days and Dumplings” (2012) and “Unhurried Journey” (2020) – two full albums of original songs and reimagined folk and children’s songs from East Asia –  Elena performs with fellow musicians as Elena Moon Park and Friends for families across the U.S. During quarantine, she even put on virtual “Stay at Home” concerts for schools from her Brooklyn apartment.

Discover Spill tab: the LA-based French Korean indie-pop sensation here to make music and eat cheese

L.A. based French Korean artist Spill tab put on an electrifying performance to kick off Day 2 of the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival, thrilling longtime fans and enticing festival stragglers hypnotized by the sound of her blissful bedroom pop.

Spill tab’s EPs “Oatmilk” (2020) and “Bonnie” (2021) made their way into my playlist as I joined her over 750,000 monthly Spotify listeners in the weeks leading up to ACL. Having just completed her “Big Juicy” tour the day before, Spill tab — who was born Claire Chicha — was scheduled to perform early that Saturday, gracing the Miller Lite Stage just an hour after the festival had opened. I made my way over about half an hour early and found a small crowd of Spill tab fans already there, willingly bearing the sweltering heat of a high-noon Texas sun to be on the rail and watch her conduct sound checks.

’38 at the Garden’: Frank Chi exposes Asian stereotypes and generational trauma in new ‘Linsanity’ documentary

Conflated together yet culturally fragmented, oppressed and rarely acknowledged as so, the AAPI experience can be a frustratingly punishing play on paradoxes. For political strategist and designer-turned-director Frank Chi, the conflict of his career is a similar situation that constrains Asian creatives and dreamers everywhere. 

“When you’re an Asian American storyteller, you’re told two things at the same time, and they’re in direct conflict with each other,” Chi tells NextShark. “The first is that as a storyteller, tell the most personal story you have because that’s the one you know the best. And then the other is that you’re Asian American, your story doesn’t matter.”