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(Hong Kong, 28 February 2018) The Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival (HKAMF), organised by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (Hong Kong Group) Limited [“IFPI (Hong Kong Group)”], is returning for its eighth consecutive edition. The IFPI (Hong Kong Group) has received the staunch support from Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as the lead sponsor and help from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) as the supporting organisation in its persistent support for the local music industry by organising HKAMF 2018 as a cross-market platform for Asian recorded music and media outlets. Details of HKAMF 2018 were announced at a press launch today.

The music show of HKAMF 2018 will be held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) on 23 March. It will feature performances by top recording stars from eight Asian regions, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and new to list, Vietnam. Budding recording artistes from Asian regions such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand will compete for three coveted titles, namely the HKAMF 2018 Asian Supernova Award, the HKAMF 2018 Best Vocal Performance Award and the HKAMF 2018 Best Stage Performance Award, on the same stage. The Organizer is pleased to have the opportunity to invite former Asian Supernova Award contestants, M.I.C. from Mainland China and Kewei Tay from Singapore to return to this year’s HKAMF as star performers after they have established great fame.

The theme of HKAMF2018 is “Music in one Asia +”. The great strides that the Asian pop-music scene has made in recent years are under the limelight all over the world. Given the opportunity of having Asian recording artistes converge in Hong Kong for performances and exchange of ideas, the organiser expands the coverage of Asian music include Vietnam this year at HKAMF 2018, for a greater diversity in music genre and an enlarged market coverage.  The music business forum this year will be dedicated to exploring this new market and is entitled “A New Page for Asian Music – The Vietnamese-pop Scene”, where music professionals meet to exchange and share ideas in building Asia as one music market.  The forum will be held on 22 March 2018 from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. at the Moonlight Theatre, FILMART, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and will be open for registration.  Interested practitioners may visit for more details.

HKAMF 2018 is the mega music event in Asia. Its music show will feature performances by top recording artistes from eight Asian regions, namely Phibian (Wang Hao) and CJ Swag (Chi Yuehan) from the Chinese boy band M.I.C. from Mainland China, Supper Moment from the host city Hong Kong, Lala Hsu from Taiwan, Mika Nakashima from Japan, BTOB from Korea, Kewei Tay from Singapore, Jannine Weigel from Thailand and Noo Phước Thịnh from Vietnam. Budding recording artistes competing for the Asian Supernova Award are: Huang Yuli from Mainland China, Lydia Lau from Hong Kong, Sway from Taiwan, Anly from Japan, MINSEO from Korea, The Façade from Singapore, Priscilla Abby from Malaysia and Keng Tachaya from Thailand.  Music celebrities from the regions will adjudicate the Supernova Award.  They are Mr. Xu Yi from Mainland China, Mr. Schumann from Hong Kong, Mr. Chen Chien Ning from Taiwan, Ryosuke "Dr.R" Sakai from Japan, Mr. Nam Tae Jeong from Korea, Mr. Taz Tan from Singapore, Mr. Darren Choy Khin Ming from Malaysia and Mr. Savasdi Navavongs from Thailand.

Aside from the Asian Supernova Award and relevant awards, the HKAMF 2018 Top Viewers’ Choice award will also be presented at the show. Audience could cast their votes via their mobile phones to support their favored contestant at the Asian Supernova competition. The contestant with the highest scores in the voting will receive the HKAMF 2018 Top Viewers’ Choice award.

HKAMF 2018 receives staunch support from music industry associations from participating regions in Asia, namely China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association (“CADPA”), Recording Industry Foundation in Taiwan, IFPI Taiwan (“RIT”), Recording Industry Association of Japan (“RIAJ”), Recording Industry Association of Korea (“RIAK”), Recording Industry Association (Singapore) (“RIAS”), Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (“RIM”) and Thai  Entertainment Content Trade Association (“TECA”).

Mr. Gary Chan, Chairman of the organising committee of HKAMF 2018, said on the press launch that the HKAMF is increasing in significance for artiste development in each Asian region as well as for music cross flow, echoing what labels and artiste management have always strived at. We noted higher involvement by these communities in their nominations of quality budding recording artistes. We also noted that different pop-music cultures had been promoted at HKAMF; and by adding Thailand to join HKAMF in the year 2015, and Vietnam to HKAMF 2018, our mission has become clearer. We are driving a Belt and Road mission in popular music.

Ms Fiona Lam, Assistant Head of CreateHK also attended the press launch today to show the Government’s support for the Hong Kong music sector. While congratulating on the successful organisation of HKAMF 2018 and expressing her gratitude to the IFPI (Hong Kong Group) for joining the Government in developing Hong Kong’s music sector, she also wished the local contestant for the Asian Supernova Award, Lydia Lau, a good show at HKAMF.

The Hong Kong music sector has always been very supportive of the HKAMF. Recording artistes who attended the press launch on 28 February include Supper Moment, Hong Kong’s own star performer at the HKAMF; Lydia Lau, the Hong Kong contestant for the Asian Supernova Awards, as well as local recording artistes from various music labels. They include Reve, Staries, Mannyan Lam, Bingo, Loretta Poon, Yu Chun Tung, Jack Yeung and Adam Ip. Together, they will help to draw the contestant performance order at the Asian Supernova Contest.

The HKAMF 2018 show event is to be held on 23rd March 2018 at Hall 5B&C of the HKCEC from 7:30 p.m. The live broadcast will commence from 8:00 p.m. sharp. As with past editions, HKAMF 2018 is pleased to receive wide support from traditional media and new media. Radio Television Hong Kong will support HKAMF 2018 as Host Broadcaster to videotaping the show event and to provide the live programme to all other broadcasters. Major TV broadcasters in Hong Kong including RTHKTV 31 and 32, ATV, iCable, RTHK Radio 2 will live broadcast the show, with ViuTV to broadcast the event at a later date. Other local media that are supporting HKAMF2018 include Commercial Radio, MetroInfo, and the music magazine Headlines Best Buy.

This year’s event also receives the support of the following overseas media partners, namely Fairchild Television from Canada, Golden TV from Taiwan, MBC+ from Korea, MCOT from Thailand, Space Shower TV from Japan as well as StarHub and Channel V from Singapore. Local TV networks that have extended their support to HKAMF 2018 internationally include TVBA from Australia, TVBUSA from the United States, as well as New Zealand’s World TV, TVB Anywhere. WEBTVASIA from Malaysia will carry the programme.

The public may also show their support to the HKAMF 2018 by attending the show as audience on 23rd March 2018. Free tickets are open for online registration at from 00:00:00 on 5th March 2018 to 23:59:59 on 7th March 2018 (Hong Kong time). Each person can only register once. The organiser will then conduct a computer random draw of 1,650 winners under the witness of auditors from Patrick Wong C.P.A. Limited. The result will be published on on 12th March 2018. Winners may collect 2 tickets each by coming to the office of IFPI (Hong Kong Group) on 17th or 18th March 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Trade Promotion Competition Licence Number: 50208). More details are available at Music fans may also visit HKTDC Facebook, or stay tuned to the broadcasters’ programmes from RTHK’s Radio 2 and Commercial Radio’s CR2 as well as information on The Club Facebook with respect to the promotion of HKAMF 2018 for free tickets to be given out.

The Organizer wish to extend its gratitude to CreateHK and Trade Development Council (TDC) for their continued support since the inception of HKAMF, and to thank the sponsors at this year’s event including the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Ltd., NEWAY CEO, The Club, Target Insurance, L’hotel Island South and Patrick Wong CPA.

Enquiries can be made to the organiser at: