BANDAR SUNWAY, MALAYSIA – 15 July 2012: MTV 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 for fans, celebrities, dignitaries and VIPs in attendance. Demand for passes to the free event was at its highest level ever as pop music took center state in a night of spectacular performances, breath-taking choreography and social media interaction that puts music fans center stage of the star-studded evening.
Attendance at MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012 peaked over 16,000 with thousands of Beliebers, Jaywalkerz, Kamilias and Mizz Nina fans queuing up as early as 7:00am hoping to get a glimpse of their favorite stars or be among the first admitted into Sunway Lagoon. In the days leading up to the event, thousands of fans were tweeting, posting and sharing photos via Instagram, sending #worldstagemy in to overdrive with fans clamoring to see their comments and pictures broadcast across the giant screens that flanked the stage.
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.”
Famous faces weren’t limited to the stage at MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012. Among the local celebrities, dignitaries and VIPs in attendance were Sona One, Linda Jasmine and Que Haidar, the Korean Ambassador to Malaysia His Excellency Mr. Yang Bong Ryull, the Canadian High Commissioner Randolph Mank, members of Malaysia’s royal families including Kelantan’s Yang Mulia Rania Aaliyah Petri Azahar, Crown Prince of Terengganu Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Muhammad Ismail, Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Muhammad Mua’az and Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Fatimatuz Zahra’.
Shot in High-Definition, MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012 will be produced into a 2-hour TV show premiering on MTV SEA channel on Saturday 28 July 2012, 12:30pm (WIB), 1:30pm (SG/HK/PHIL) and 2:30pm (MAL). An hour-long version will also be broadcast later in the year via MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels in over 150 territories, reaching over 600 million households.
MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012 is sponsored by Sunway Resort City, Lenovo, Xpax, Twisties and Hong Leong Bank, and supported by MyCeb of the Ministry of Tourism and broadcast partner Astro.
Article by: MTV Asia via KAvenyou
Photography by: Aloysius Lim and Lucas Lau (MTV Asia)