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‘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. 

88rising announces Head in the Clouds Manila lineup

  • 88rising announced on social media on Sunday that one of the upcoming Head in the Clouds (HITC) music festivals will take place on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at the SM Festival Grounds in Paranaque City in the Philippines’ Metro Manila region.
  • The Manila lineup includes acts such as NIKI, Jackson Wang, Joji, Rich Brian, MILLI and special guest Zedd, among many others. 
  • Tickets will go on sale starting this Wednesday at 10 a.m. Manila time.
  • 88rising will also host a HITC Jakarta music festival on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. 

88rising recently announced that one of the upcoming Head in the Clouds (HITC) music festivals will take place in Paranaque City in the Philippines’ Metro Manila region.

Taking place on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at the SM Festival Grounds in Paranaque City, the upcoming festival’s lineup was announced on 88rising’s social media accounts on Sunday. Several acts including Jackson Wang, Joji, Rich Brian, MILLI and special guest Zedd are set to perform.

NIKI concert review: A nostalgic Friday night party with ‘NICOLE’

  • Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI is currently on her first-ever solo North American tour, which will conclude in Los Angeles on Oct. 22.
  • The 88rising artist stopped at the Showbox in Seattle on Sep. 9.
  • Her tour shares its name with her newly released sophomore album “NICOLE.”

For 88rising star NIKI, performing at festivals such as Head in the Clouds and Coachella in front of thousands of adoring fans has become routine and almost expected in her meteoric ascension.

To that end, it would be easy to chalk up the Seattle stop of her “NICOLE” tour as yet another standard performance. However, the 23-year-old vocalist hosted something akin to a stripped back Friday night party with her bandmates and hundreds of friends she has never met.

Joji releases new song ‘YUKON (INTERLUDE)’ and announces new album ‘SMITHEREENS’

  • Japanese Australian singer Joji released his new song “YUKON (INTERLUDE)” and announced his forthcoming album “SMITHEREENS” on Friday. 
  • The song is a follow-up to his viral June single “Glimpse of Us,” while “SMITHEREENS” will be his latest album following his 2020 sophomore album “Nectar.”
  • “SMITHEREENS” shares its name with Joji’s upcoming tour starting in September in Palo Alto, California, and concluding in October in Atlanta. 
  • Joji recently performed a DJ set under the stage name YEBI LABS for 88rising’s Head in the Clouds music festival last weekend.

Japanese Australian singer Joji released his new song “YUKON (INTERLUDE)” and announced his upcoming album “SMITHEREENS” on Friday.

“YUKON (INTERLUDE)” was written and produced by Joji and is a follow-up to his viral June single “Glimpse of Us,” which became his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The single is reportedly a primer for “SMITHEREENS,” which will be his latest album following his 2020 sophomore album “Nectar.”

NIKI releases short film shot in only 5 days

  • Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI dropped her first-ever short film “But I’m Letting Go” on Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music on Friday.
  • The film follows the story of NIKI as the character “Nicole” and Peter Adrian Sudarso as “Ben,” the same couple from NIKI’s other music videos “High School in Jakarta,” “Oceans & Engines” and “Before.” 
  • NIKI released her sophomore album “Nicole” on Aug. 12.
  • She will headline her first solo North American tour starting in September in Vancouver.

Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI released her first short film “But I’m Letting Go” on Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music on Friday. 

The film, which has a runtime of a little less than 30 minutes, is directed by Isaac Ravishankara and stars NIKI as “Nicole” and Peter Adrian Sudarso as “Ben.” Eagle-eyed NIKI fans will recognize Ravishankara from NIKI’s previous music videos “High School in Jakarta,” “Oceans & Engines” and “Before.”

NIKI pulls out of Head in the Clouds festival after COVID-19 diagnosis; Keshi joins lineup

  • Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI announced via Twitter on Tuesday that she tested positive for COVID-19.
  • She will be pulling out of 88rising’s Head in the Clouds music festival this weekend as a result.
  • Vietnamese American R&B artist Keshi has been added to Saturday’s lineup.
  • The full list of set times for the festival’s performers was announced on social media on Tuesday. 
  • A livestream of the event will be available via the Amazon Music App, Amazon Prime Video and Amazon’s channel on Twitch.
  • NIKI will embark on her first solo North American tour starting in Vancouver on Sept. 8.

Coming off the heels of the recent release of the album “Nicole,” Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI tested positive for COVID-19 and had to pull out of 88rising’s Head in the Clouds music festival slated for this weekend.

The “High School in Jakarta” vocalist announced her withdrawal on Tuesday via Twitter. She apologized to her fans, writing, “I’m SO very sorry to disappoint, those of you who know me know i cannot STAND not following through with a commitment & and I was truly looking forward to putting on the best show for you all this year.”

‘I’m always going to be me no matter what country I’m in’: BIBI chats artist authenticity and Camp McDonald’s collab

South Korean singer-songwriter BIBI has been a busy bee this past year.

Back in January, the Feel Ghood Music artist collaborated with former IZ*ONE member Yena on the track “Smiley.” In April, she joined 88rising for their superstar set at Coachella, where she performed “Best Lover,” one of the tracks included in 88rising’s “Head In The Clouds Forever” EP. Last month, she was featured in CHUNG HA’s song “Crazy Like You” from the latter’s second studio album “Bare&Rare.”

NIKI revives songs from her YouTube channel for new album ‘Nicole’

  • Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI released her highly anticipated 12-track album “Nicole” on Friday.
  • The album features previously released songs “Before, “Oceans and Engines” and “High School in Jakarta.”
  • It also marks the return and reimagining of old original songs NIKI took down from YouTube after being signed.
  • NIKI’s short film “But I’m Letting Go,” which will be released on Amazon Music and Prime Video on Aug. 18, features a storyline inspired by her own life.
  • She is set to join the lineup of headliners at this month’s 88rising Head In The Clouds music festival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  
  • Starting on September 8 in Vancouver, NIKI will go on her first solo North American tour.

Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI released her highly anticipated album “Nicole” on Friday.

The album contains 12 songs in total and features three previously released ones: “Before,” “Oceans and Engines” and “High School in Jakarta.” The entire album was written by NIKI and notably acts as a showcase of original songs she took down from her YouTube channel, previously named nzee24, after being signed. 

88rising announces Head in the Clouds festival in Jakarta

  • 88rising took to social media today to announce the dates and venue for the upcoming Head in the Clouds music festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • The event will take place on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at Jakarta's Community Park PIK2.
  • The Asian-focused music company previously made plans to host a festival in Jakarta, but these plans were canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
  • An official lineup announcement has yet to be announced, but an 88rising tweet from March hinted at possible appearances from Indonesian singer-songwriter Niki and Indonesian rapper Rich Brian. 
  • 88rising’s Head in the Clouds at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, will take place later this month on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.

88rising took to social media today to announce the dates and venue for the upcoming Head in the Clouds music festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

The event will take place on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at Jakarta’s Community Park PIK2.

Jackson Wang performs unreleased tracks ‘Drive It Like You Stole It’ and ‘Blue’ from upcoming album

  • Soloist and Got7 member Jackson Wang gifted fans during the 2022 K-pop Masterz in Manila show on Friday with performances of two unreleased songs, “Drive It Like You Stole It” and “Blue,” from his upcoming “Magic Man” album, which is set to be released on Sept. 9.
  • Fellow Got7 member Bambam also performed at the event alongside former 2NE1 member Sandara Park.
  • In addition to the unreleased tracks, Wang also performed two other songs from the album: his pre-release “Blow” and his newest song “Cruel,” which was released last week.
  • Wang will perform at 88rising’s Head in the Clouds music festival this month.

Chinese singer and producer Jackson Wang debuted unreleased songs “Drive It Like You Stole It” and “Blue” from his upcoming album “Magic Man,” which drops on Sept. 9. 

Wang, fellow Got7 member Bambam and K-pop boy group Treasure performed on Friday at the 2022 K-pop Masterz in Manila show held at the Mall of Asia Arena. Former 2NE1 member Sandara Park also appeared at the event and joined Bambam on stage. 

Jackson Wang shows off something ‘Cruel’ in new single release

  • Soloist and Got7 member Jackson Wang released his new single “Cruel” on Thursday.
  • “Cruel” is the second single following “Blow” to be released in anticipation of Wang’s 10-track album “Magic Man,” which has a Sept. 9 release.
  • Wang choreographed the music video for “Cruel” and participated in its movement and creative direction alongside choreographer Vinh Nguyen and director Rich Lee.
  • The Chinese artist will perform at 88rising’s Head in the Clouds music festival next month.

Chinese singer and producer Jackson Wang dropped his fiery new single “Cruel” on Thursday and announced a Sept. 9 release date for his highly anticipated 10-track album “Magic Man.” 

“Cruel” is the second single from the forthcoming album to be digitally dropped following “Blow” in March. Earlier this month in Thailand, Wang gave a live performance with Thai rapper Milli to debut “Mind Games,” another track on the upcoming album. “Magic Man” is produced by Wang, Daryl K and Henry Cheung.

Jackson Wang, Rich Brian and Niki to headline 88rising’s 2022 Head in the Clouds festival

  • Asian-focused music company 88rising announced the lineup for its upcoming Head in the Clouds music festival yesterday.
  • Headlining the festival are Jackson Wang, Rich Brian and Niki.
  • The festival returns to Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.
  • 88rising is collaborating with GoldenVoice, which has helped put on Coachella, and 626 Night Market as the festival’s food curators.
  • Other artists performing at the festival include Joji (DJ set Yebi Labs), Jay Park, Bibi, Chung Ha, Milli, and a joint set of Audrey Nuna and Deb Never.

Asian-focused music company 88rising announced the lineup yesterday for its annual Head in the Clouds music festival, with Niki, Rich Brian and Jackson Wang as headliners.

The superstar-packed festival will also showcase 88rising artist Joji (DJ set Yebi Labs), Korean American rapper Jay Park, K-pop artist Chung Ha, Korean singer Bibi, Thai rapper Milli and a joint collaboration between Audrey Nuna and Deb Never, just to name a few.