MTV announced six-member boy band B.A.P (which stands for Best, Absolute, Perfect), will be the first K-pop act to be featured in its music series MTV Sessions. The group, consisting of Bang Yong Guk, Zelo, Him Chan, Dae Hyun, Young Jae, and Jong Up will perform a number of songs specially selected for the live recording set to take place on Thursday, 11 September at 8pm at Resorts World Sentosa’s Waterfront Studio and passes for the recording will be given out on MTV’swebsite from Saturday, 9 August. MTV Sessions: B.A.P premieres on MTV Asia onThursday, 25 September at 7pm (WIB), 8pm (SG), 9pm (MAL) and 11pm (PH) with additional content available at www.mtvasia.com/mtvsessions. It premieres in Thailand on Friday, 10 October at 8pm. MTV Sessions: B.A.P is ignited by Xpax, and in partnership with Resorts World Sentosa Singapore.
Known for their hip-hop influenced hits such as “One Shot,” “Warrior” and “Power,” B.A.P recently released their first full-length studio album, First Sensibility and fourth mini album B.A.P Unplugged 2014 in February and June respectively. Upon its release, First Sensibility topped Billboard’s weekly World Albums chart and ranked within the Top 10 spots of iTunes’ Hip-Hop Albums chart in nine countries.
MTV Sessions: B.A.P will be their second MTV performance after they held their first live recording in MTV's iconic Times Square studio for B.A.P Live in NYC in May last year. This will be B.A.P’s fourth visit to Singapore after they performed a concert in May as part of their B.A.P Live On Earth 2014 Continent Tour which saw them play 20 concerts in four continents Europe, Oceania, America and Asia.
“We are really thrilled to return to Singapore for MTV Sessions! Unlike the concerts we’ve held, this is going to be a different experience for us and the fans because it’s an intimate performance where everyone can see us up close and interact with us,” says Zelo.
From 9 August till 29 August, fans who wish to catch the live recording of B.A.P’s exclusive showcase on 11 September can visit www.mtvasia.com/mtvsessions to take part in an online contest to win passes.
MTV Sessions is recorded live in front of a 200-strong studio audience. It is a series of music shows that allow music lovers the rare opportunity to watch the latest and upcoming international and regional artists showcase their craft live in an intimate setting. Besides performing their own songs, the artists also perform covers and remixes of their favourite songs produced exclusively for MTV. Fans get to learn more about the work and life of these artists who will share their music and personal stories in MTV Sessions which follows a casual and revealing style. Artists that have been featured on the show previously include James Morrison, Greyson Chance, Russian Red, Ming Bridges, The Temper Trap and Guy Sebastian.
MTV Sessions is shot at Resort World Sentosa’s Waterfront Studio, a purpose-built TV studio located at the waterfront of the 49 hectare mega-resort. Fully treated for the best acoustic performance with state-of-the-art technology, and equipped with the latest in audio, lighting and full HD camera systems, the studio space is optimal for production recordings with a live audience.
On January 26, 2012, B.A.P, consisting of Bang Yong Guk, Zelo, Him Chan, Dae Hyun, Young Jae, and Jong Up, debuted with their first single album ‘WARRIOR’ and held an unprecedented debut showcase at Jang-Chung Gymnasium in Korea filling the 3,000 seat venue to capacity on January 28, 2012. Within a week of debut, B.A.P ranked at the 10th place of Billboard World Album Chart for two consecutive weeks.
Since debuting, B.A.P has been the focus of global attention with a solid presence on Billboard World Album Chart and iTunes Top 10 Hip-Hop Album Chart as well as K-pop charts in Germany, Malaysia, and Taiwan. They've consistently ranked on Twitter's world trends and accumulated over 3.2 million followers, with Bang Yong Guk being nominated for the 2013 Shorty Awards, celebrating those influential in social media. To date, B.A.P have amassed over 63 million YouTube views through their official music videos alone, with millions more on 'making of', special content and live performances.
To cement their rising popularity B.A.P was picked as ‘The Strongest Newcomer’ by MTV-K and by Grammy as 'Best of 2012' alongside PSY, making them the only two Asian artists to make the list. B.A.P's 2012 awards include numerous 'rookie' (newcomer) wins including the prestigious ‘Rookie of the Year’ at Melon Music Awards and 27th Golden Disk Awards. Throughout 2013 they continued this winning spree with accolades from Seoul Music Awards and Gaon Chart Awards, as well as various international awards show wins.
A mere 14 months after debut, B.A.P embarked on their PACIFIC tour covering 4 major U.S cities, as well as shows in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. They proved their power with the fans with every date of the tour being sold out in a matter of hours.
While the world's dominant Asian and American music markets keep an eye on B.A.P, the group also broke another record to reach #1 on the German Asian Music Chart for 8 months. B.A.P has remained on their charts for a staggering 20 consecutive months.
With the title track ‘1004 (Angel)’ from their first full-length album ‘First Sensibility’ released on February of 2014, B.A.P won the first place at three of music ranking programs in Korea. And the album also topped Billboard’s weekly World Albums chart and ranked within the Top 10 spots of iTunes’ Hip-Hop Albums chart in nine countries. Also, the diversity of tracks in this album got lots of compliments worldwide including Billboard.
And just one year after B.A.P LIVE ON EARTH PACIFIC TOUR IN 2013, B.A.P branched out farther than before as they make their way across Europe and Oceania in addition to America and Asia, which they've visited with their last tour. The twenty concerts in 4 continents named B.A.P LIVE ON EARTH CONTINENT TOUR 2014 allowed them to get up close with approximately 100,000 BABYs throughout the world, imprinting B.A.P to one of top K-POP artists.
Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 8PM (Doors open at 7PM)
Venue: Resorts World Sentosa Waterfront Studio
For more information: please visit the official website at http://web2.mtvasia.com/microsite/mtvsessions-bap/