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Friday 18 July 2014

Jennifer Hudson and B.O.B to Perform with Boys Republic at MTV World Stage Malaysia on 16 August 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 17 JULY 2014MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced via its various social media channels in Asia, the addition of Grammy® Award-winner, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress, Jennifer Hudson, and award-winning Billboard Hot 100 hip hop artist, singer-songwriter and record producer, B.o.B to its line-up of performers for MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014. The show, which will mark its 6th year in Malaysia, currently includes homegrown international singer-songwriter, Yuna; and Universal Music Group International’s first K-pop idol group, Boys Republic.

Recorded live for global telecast, the one-night-only outdoor concert is set to take place at Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon on Saturday, 16 August 2014. The show premieres on-air Wednesday, 20 August at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG) and 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG) and 12am (MAL). It premieres in the Philippines on Friday, 29 August at 10pm. Viewers are advised to check local listings in other markets.

Both Jennifer Hudson and B.o.B are no strangers to MTV as they have both performed at the MTV VMAs, while B.o.B has also performed at MTV EMAs.

MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 will be Hudson’s first visit to Asia. Most recently, she released 2 singles – “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” (features T.I.) with production by Pharrell, and “Walk It Out” (features Timbaland), where the latter continues to climb the Urban AC and Urban main radio charts in the U.S.. Her highly anticipated new album, JHUD, will be Hudson’s third studio album and is scheduled to be released in 2014. Hudson has described the album as more “upbeat” than her previous material, while showcasing different expressions of herself as an artist, a girl and a music lover. For the album, she has worked with Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, RedOne, R.Kelly and others.

MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 welcomes B.o.B’s return performance in Asia, since he was last in the region in 2012. B.o.B was also selected to be an MTV International Push Artist in 2010 and has gone onto top Billboard and International charts over the past four years. B.o.B is already planning a major world tour for 2014, to come in the aftermath of Underground Luxury’sDecember 17 release. Additional producers and guests on the LP include T.I., 2 Chainz, Juicy J, DJ Mustard and Chris Brown.

Set to welcome an expected live audience of about 15,000 fans, MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 is sponsored by Sunway, Xpax, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Hong Leong Bank and William Grant & Sons, and supported by Tourism Malaysia, music partner, Universal Music Group, broadcast partner, Astro, radio partner, and audio partner, Dolby.

MTV World Stage is a global series that bring multi-genre talents with global relevance, telecast to an audience in over 550 million households. Recorded ‘live’ at the most exclusive gigs, world renowned music festivals and unique concert locations from around the world, the series is the ‘front row seat’ for music lovers to experience the biggest artists on the globe without leaving the comfort of their sofas. MTV World Stage Malaysia is part of this platform that delivers the MTV brand experience not only on the ground with MTV fans in Malaysia, but with a global airing in 154 countries across MTV Networks. The Malaysia show is also MTV’s first originally-produced MTV World Stage event globally, which started in 2009.

Jennifer Hudson

The Chicago-born and -based singer came from a big singing family background, where she grew up in the choir. At age 7, she already knew the dream she was going to pursue.

Hudson rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American idol and there has been no turning back. As an actress, she starred in her film debut, “Dreamgirls” with Beyonce, for which she gained worldwide acclaim and garnered 29 awards in 2006, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe. She also appeared in other films like “Sex and the City” and “Winnie Mandela”.

As a singer, Hudson won her first Grammy Award for her debut album,Jennifer Hudson in 2008, which peaked at number two on the Billboard albums chart. The album spawned the hit single “Spotlight”, which also topped the Billboard Hot R&B/ Hip-hop chart in 2008, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with sales exceeding a million copies worldwide. Hudson was nominated for four categories and won the Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album in 2008.

Hudson has performed at the Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy Awards, The Oprah Winfrey Show and at the White House.

Her second album, I Remember Me was released in 2011, with three tracks co-produced by Alicia Keys, was then seen as a new introduction of Hudson. . It was placed at number two on the Billboard Aabums charts and was certified gold by RIAA, producing the hit, “Where You At”. By February 2012, Hudson had sold over 1.28 million albums and 2.23 million singles in the U.S. In 2013, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Born in Georgia, B.o.B a.k.a. Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., was convinced by his brother to begin rapping at the age of ten, after they heard DMX’s debut “It’s Dark” and “Hell Iz Hot”. B.o.B mimicked his idol with his early raps before developing his own style as a teenager. By 15, B.o.B trained himself to play the piano and at 19, he taught himself how to play the guitar, a hallmark of his live performances.

After making his introduction onto the mixtape circuit in 2007, B.o.B gained his first pieces of national exposure and acclaim appearing on MTV News’ “Mixtape Monday” as well as XXL Magazine’s coveted Freshman cover which highlighted raps top rookies of the year. The following year, Bob officially joined his friend and mentor T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records.

Under his mentor’s tutelage, B.o.B quickly rose to fame after his debut studio album, “The Adventures of Bobby Ray” was released in April 2010. The album reached number one on the U.S. Top 200 album charts and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA. The album also spawned the multi-platinum, career cornerstone singles like “Nothing on You” (features Bruno Mars) – reached number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom, “Airplanes” (features Hayley Paramore of Paramore) – topped several music charts, and “Magic” became his third top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In the summer of 2010, B.o.B opened for Jay Z and Eminem’s historic “Home & Home” stadium tour. Later that year B.o.B was named the ninth “Hottest MC in the Game of 2010” by MTV, on MTV’s annual list.

B.o.B released his second studio album, “Strange Clouds” (2012), which not only debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, but spawned six singles, four of which charted exceptionally well internationally. The album’s lead single “Strange Clouds (features Lil Wayne)” became his fourth top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. “So Good” and “Both of Us (features Taylor Swift),” all certified as Platinum by RIAA.


MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 passes are not for sale and may be won by fans through an online game at With the announcement of new performers, the online contest has been extended till 31 July. Fans can also follow the hashtag #worldstagemy for contest tips and updates.

Residents of Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore will have the chance to win all-expenses paid trips to attend the event. Contest terms and conditions are available on the website.

Sponsors and partners will be giving out passes through their own promotions.


In the lead-up to the event, MTV will also be airing the following artist specials.

My Celeb: Yuna + MTV Hits: Yuna
16 July at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG/HK), 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG/HK), 12am (MAL)
6 August at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG), 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG/HK), 12am (MAL)

MTV Presents: Boys Republic + K-Wave: Boys Republic
23 July at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG/HK), 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG/HK), 12am (MAL)
13 August at 6.30pm (WIB), 7.30pm (SG), 8.30pm (MAL) and repeats on the same day at 10pm (WIB), 11pm (SG), 12am (MAL)
Additional airings of K-Wave: Boys Republic on 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, and 15 August at 4pm (WIB), 5pm (SG), 6pm (MAL)


In the weeks ahead, fans can follow MTV Asia on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 news updates.

Hashtag: #worldstagemy
Instagram: mtvasia
Jennifer Hudson Twitter:
B.o.B Twitter:
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About MTV

MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. Outside of the United States, MTV is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information about MTV in Southeast Asia, visit

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