VIBE Launches "Urban Asia Vol. 1" Hip Hop and Rap Compilation Series
VIBE magazine teams with Hong Kong based B2 Music to launch a new "Best of Asian Hip Hop" series. The first of its kind, "Urban Asia Vol. 1" includes hits from top Chinese superstars Jackson Wang, Higher Brothers and Edison Chen, as well as bangers from India, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Mongolia. This series captures the new Urban Asia Movement at its best.
VIBE, the global leader in hip-hop and R&B news, business and lifestyle announced today the launch of the first in a series of compilation albums featuring the hottest hip-hop and rap music from across Asia, in connection with VIBE’s Hong Kong-based partner, B2 Talent Asia. The compilation album, VIBE presents Urban Asia Vol. 1, is to be released worldwide on May 9th.
VIBE presents Urban Asia Vol. 1 features many of the region’s leading music stars, including Higher Brothers from China, Thai hip-hop pioneers Thaitanium, Raja Kumari and Divine from India, as well as artists from Mongolia, Bangladesh, Korea and Japan. The 15-song project contains four exclusive tracks, including “Youth Anthem” featuring China’s Boss X and “Can’t Breathe” featuring K-Pop idol Jackson Wang from Got7.
“We are excited to launch this album series with our partners at B2,” said Datwon Thomas, Editor-In-Chief of VIBE. “Through these compilations, worldwide fans will be able to follow the developments and growth for the hip-hop genre in the Far East, one of the fastest growing - and most exhilarating - markets in the world.”
Jonathan Serbin, Head of Asia for Billboard, stated, “The diversity of rap and hip-hop in Asia is astounding. From local dialects to cross-border collaborations with international stars, the region is producing an exciting range of music. This series will provide exposure to the world-class artists developing in this part of the world.”
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About B2 Holdings Ltd.
B2 Holdings Ltd. is a Hong Kong-based talent management company, record label and entertainment advisory firm. B2 represents established and emerging Asian talent, as well as Western talent and music management companies seeking opportunities in the Asian market. Additionally, B2 Music, B2’s record label, focuses on presenting the best Asian music to an international audience. See www.b2talentasia.com.