SHOWS FROM MTV WORLD STAGE LIVE IN MALAYSIA 2012
World Stage Live In Malaysia 2012 at Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon smashed all attendance records as over 16,000 people flocked to see global superstar Justin Bieber, K-pop sensations Jay Park and Kara, and local singer-songwriter Mizz Nina perform live. Demand for passes to the free event was at its highest level ever as pop music took center stage in a night of spectacular performances, breath-taking choreography and social media interaction that puts music fans center stage of the star-studded evening.
As a countdown commenced to signify that the show was about to start, the decibel levels skyrocketed as worldwide superstar and #1 recording artist Justin Bieber opened the show by emerging from center stage and kicking off the night with his smash hit, “Baby.” Being Bieber’s only Southeast Asian stop, the screams could be heard from Subang to Kuala Lumpur as he enthralled fans with performances of “All Around the World” and “As Long As You Love Me,” followed by acoustic performances of “Die in Your Arms,” “Be Alright” and “One Time.” The tempo picked back up with “Never Say Never” and the set closed with “Boyfriend,” the first hit single off of Believe, Bieber’s newly released full-length album that catapulted to #1 in 30 countries across the world in its first week of release including Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.
Park Gyu Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Goo Ha Ra, Nicole Jung and Kang Ji Young – better known as Korea’s mega girl-group, Kara — were next to take the stage, marking their first-ever live Malaysian appearance. Their set kicked off with “Step” accompanied by ten dancers and set a high-energy tone that carried straight into performances of “Jumping,” “Lupin,” and “Honey,” and “Let It Go”. Kara finished up their set with their history and dance craze making hit “Mister,” the single that put Kara in the record books as the first non-Japanese female group to break the Top 10 in Japan’s Oricon charts in over 29 years.
Malaysia’s own Mizz Nina was the next for MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia, opening her set with “Just Do It” and then going into “Takeover” and “Hit Me Up.” After a quick wardrobe change, Mizz Nina commanded center stage with performances of “Rentak Yang Sama,” “With You” and “Summer Burning,” then finishing her debut on the World Stage with a call to music fans all over the world to sit up and take notice of Malaysia’s homegrown talent with “What You Waiting For?”
The finale of the night belonged to Jay Park, who kicked off his set with “AOM and 1llionaire.” Showing fans why the U.S. born and bred Korean-American singer, songwriter and dancer consistently tops the charts, he kept the crowd captivated with “Abandoned” and a Korean version of “Know Your Name.” Slowing things down, he then performed the ballad “Carefree,” followed by medleys of “Nothing” and “Girlfriend,” as well as “I Got Your Back” and “Star.” Park’s female fans swooned to his sexy rendition of “Turn Off Your Phone” and “Do What We Do,” before picking the tempo up for a show-stopping dance number, and then bringing MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia to a close with a spectacular rendition of “Body2Body.”
With worldwide album sales in excess of 15 million units, over 43 million Facebook followers and more than 22 million Twitter followers, Justin Bieber is a global phenomenon in today’s pop culture and the social media scene. The 18-year-old Canadian comes from humble beginnings by posting homemade videos online before being discovered by his manager Scooter Braun.
U.S. born and bred Korean-American singer song-writer, dancer and actor Park Jaebeom, otherwise better known as Jay Park, 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.
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?
In this special episode of The MTV Show, we take you on an exclusive journey into World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012. Watch the scenes, sights and sounds covered from the spectacular concert. Look out for some never seen before behind the scenes footage too.