November 3, 11am CET, Seville, Spain – Jasmine Sokko, the rising singer/producer signed to Warner Music Singapore, wins the Best Southeast Asia Act award at the 2019 MTV EMA. This marks a historic win with Jasmine Sokko being the first Singaporean artist to win an MTV EMA award. This announcement for the Best Southeast Asia Act award came ahead of the award ceremony that will be held tonight on November 3, 2019 at Seville, Spain at FIBES Conference & Exhibition Centre of Seville, Spain at 9pm CET (November 4, 4am SGT) with Jasmine Sokko in attendance.
As a first time nominee, Jasmine Sokko has emerged as the fan favourite in the Best Southeast Asia category, ousting Jannine Weigel (Thailand), Moira Dela Torre (Philippines), Rich Brian (Indonesia), Yuna (Malaysia) and Suboi (Vietnam) and brought home the first win representing
Singapore for this year’s ceremony. Past nominees representing Singapore in the Best Southeast Asia Act category includes: Olivia Ong (2013), Stefanie Sun (2014), The Sam Willows (2015, 2017, 2018) and Gentle Bones (2016).
Says Jasmine Sokko, “I still can’t believe this is happening! I’m thrilled, over the moon, beyond grateful and above all, I feel so undeservingly loved. To everyone who voted, thank you all a million. To my label family at Warner Music, thank you for believing in me. To MTV Asia and MTV EMA, thank you for this award.
Sometimes I look back and can’t believe how much have happened in the past year.
I always believe that it’s important to challenge the status quo. Just because nobody has done something before, doesn’t mean it’s not possible. The past year has made me foresee a future in the Singapore music scene that I want to be a part of building.
May the ceiling of mine today be the floor of tomorrow’s generation.”
As part of many firsts, Jasmine Sokko is also the first Warner-signed Asian artist to bring this award for Southeast Asia. Simon Nasser, managing director of Warner Music Singapore who signed Jasmine Sokko to the label, is also in Seville, Spain to attend the award ceremony.
Says Simon Nasser, “Passion and belief are what drive both the label and the artist to work hand-in-hand to create milestones. I’m so amazingly proud of what Jasmine Sokko has achieved and her musical output is incredible. This shows that our artists can go global and together, we can make it work. I hope this sets a fresh new momentum for all Singaporean artists to continue working on their craft and aim for the global stage.”
Making her mark in 2016 with her debut single “1057,” Jasmine Sokko first signed to Warner Music Singapore in 2018 and has since released two chart-topping career-defining singles – “HURT” and “TIRED”. In 2019, she also made her first foray into the China market, with her debut Mandarin single “SHH” released on September 5 with Warner Music China. The singer/producer is currently working on more new music and both Mandarin and English releases are in the pipeline.
The 2019 MTV EMAs is one of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world and will broadcast to MTV channels globally on Sunday, November 3 at 9pm CET from FIBES, Conference & Exhibition Centre of Seville, Spain. In Asia, the awards ceremony will broadcast live on MTV Asia on Monday, 4 November 2019, starting with the red carpet premiere at 2.00 AM (WIB), 3.00 AM (SG/MY/PH), and 4.00 AM (MY – Astro). This is followed by the main show at 3.00 AM (WIB), 4.00 AM (SG/MY/PH), and 5.00 AM (MY – Astro). The 2019 MTV EMAs will also be live-streamed on the MTV Play app.
Catch the primetime encore telecast on the same day, 4 November, with the red carpet at 7.00 PM (WIB) and 8.00 PM (SG/My/PH), and the main show at 7.50 PM (WIB) and 8.50 PM
Hosted by Becky G, the awards ceremony also features performances by Warner artists such as Ava Max, Dua Lipa and Green Day.
24 September 2019 – IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, today released the Music Listening 2019 report, which examines the ways in which music consumers aged 16 – 64 engage with recorded music across 21 countries.
- Music listening is up. Respondents typically spend 18 hours per week listening to music – up from 17.8 hours in 2018. This equates to about 2.6 hours – or the equivalent of listening to 52 three-minute songs – daily.
- Most people (54%) identify as ‘loving’ or being ‘fanatical’ about music. Among 16 – 24-year-olds, this rises to 63%.
- Older age groups increasingly embrace audio streaming services. Engagement with audio streaming globally is strong, with 64% of all respondents accessing a music streaming service in the past month – up by about 7% over 2018. The highest rate of growth for engagement is in the 35 – 64-year-old age group, with 54% of that group accessing a music streaming service in the past month (+8% on 2018).
- Copyright infringement remains a challenge for the music ecosystem. 27% of all surveyed used unlicensed methods to listen to or obtain music in the past month, while 23% used illegal stream ripping services – the leading form of music piracy.
Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said: “This year’s report tells an exciting story of how fans are increasingly engaging with music. At a time when multiple forms of media vie for fans’ attention, they are not only choosing to spend more of their time listening to – and engaging with – music but they are doing so in increasingly diverse ways.
“The enduring partnership between record companies and artists is the bedrock on which this growing, exciting global world of passionate music listeners is built. Record companies work with their artists to help connect them with fans around the world.
“The report also highlights that the availability of music through unlicensed methods, or copyright infringement, remains a real threat to the music ecosystem. Practices such as stream ripping are still prevalent and return nothing to those who create and invest in music. We continue to coordinate world-wide action to address this.”
The full report is available at https://www.ifpi.org/downloads/Music-Listening-2019.pdf
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