26 May, 2023Print
Steve Aoki And JJ Lin Collaborate On Electrifying Anthem “The Show”New Single And Music Video Out Today As Inaugural Release From 88rising’s New Partnership With Steve Aoki, Fluxgen
Steve And JJ's Iconic Status In Their Respective Genres Is An Embodiment Of The Major Force Energy This Label Will Become
From Left to Right: JJ Lin, Steve Aoki
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May 26, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA) - 2x-Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist, producer and DJ Steve Aoki, has joined forces with chart-topping international sensation JJ Lin to create a stellar new track that energizes and motivates to never give up on the hustle, aptly titled “The Show.” The single is the first release from FLUXGEN, a new partnership between Steve Aoki and 88rising, the pioneering music company representing the best of Asian talent. Supported by the unique identity of 88rising and Steve Aoki, FLUXGEN is a space encouraging invention, experimentation and unexpected sounds working in tandem. Including recorded music, live events and more, this genre-bending space serves as a platform for collaboration. One that challenges the traditional notion of a record label.
In the essence of the phrase “the show must go on,” the Singaporean triple threat singer-songwriter, record producer and multi hyphenate entrepreneur JJ Lin sings on “The Show” of powering through hard times with the lyrics, “Guess I’m getting on with the show,” which is paired with a pounding beat and anthemic rise in Aoki’s signature style that always brings the crowd to their feet.
“The Show” arrives with a colorful music video filmed in JJ Lin’s home country of Singapore, and directed by Edgar Estevez (Ice Spice, Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Doja Cat, Wiz Khalifa) and Jon Primo of Blank Square. In the video, Aoki and JJ Lin find themselves amid an array of dancers and glowing visuals inspired by the vibrancy of Singapore. The video ends with a fireworks finish above the Singapore skyline, boasting the ultimate party vibe. The jellyfish seen in the video were also designed based on the jellyfish of the legendary S.E.A Aquarium. Several scenes used AI-generated textures which were created using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.
Steve Aoki shares, “Music has the power to unite us, to inspire us, and to ignite our passion. 'The Show' is a testament to the relentless spirit of chasing our dreams and never giving up. Together with JJ Lin for our second collaboration, we've created a sonic experience that pulsates with energy and resonates with the desire to keep pushing forward. Get ready to embrace the spotlight and let the music take you on a journey you won't forget."
JJ Lin says, “Working with Steve is always so fun and easy, it’s like being in a ring with him where we exchange punches each time. First time he drops me a crazy remix for my single ‘Not Tonight,’ and this time I lend my vocals in ‘The Show.’ It’s a song that coincides with my 20 years since debut, and talks about the ups and downs of being in show biz, and finding strength to keep true to one’s heart in this complicated world. Every time I work on an English number, it’s such a fresh experience, I would say, keep the collabs coming! I’m also excited that we are featuring the retro-futuristic version of my hometown, Singapore, into the visuals for the music video.”
JJ Lin has created a name for himself through years of powerful live shows and engaging performances that generated a dedicated international following. His popularity soared throughout Asia with his consistent release of award-winning chart toppers throughout his illustrious career of 20 years, making him one of the most sought-after artists worldwide.
Coined “The Walking CD” by netizens for his incredible live performance and expansive vocal range, JJ has completed 136 tour stops and clocked over 100 million views for his virtual concerts. The best-selling Chinese act has accumulated an impressive 120 billion streams on major music platforms worldwide. He also broke new frontiers as the top Asian artist (5th in the global ranks) in the Global Concert Pulse ranks in 2023. Meanwhile, Steve Aoki, who centers every one of his artistic endeavors on creativity and community, is likewise known for his relentless touring and global following, taking the stage more nights of the year than not. He is also a Guiness World Record holder, as the “Most Traveled Musician in One Year,” a title he’s held since 2012. Together on “The Show,” their energy is palpable and the track sounds as though it’s direct from the front row of the stage.
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88rising is a pioneering global music and media company representing the best of Asian talent. Since its inception, 88rising has paved the way for many music industry firsts: the first to have an Asian artist top the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts, Spotify’s Weekly Global Albums chart and enter the top 10 on Mediabase’s Top 40 chart, the first to launch an all-Asian radio channel in North America, and the first and only record label to have a main stage slot at Coachella. 88rising is also most notably the first company to launch an Asian-centric music festival in the United States, Head in the Clouds Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with powerhouse promoter Goldenvoice. The flagship festival expanded globally, for the first time, to Jakarta Indonesia and Manila Philippines in 2022. Previously, in 2019, 88rising was awarded Label of the Year by NetEase, one of the largest music streaming platforms in China. With over 160 million followers across global social media platforms and over 50 billion total streams and views, 88rising’s global influence is undeniable.
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ABOUT JJ LIN:
JJ Lin is a Singaporean singer-songwriter who emerged to award-winning success with his 2003 debut, Music Voyager. His popularity soared throughout Asia with his consistent release of award-winning chart toppers throughout his illustrious career of 20 years, making him one of the most sought-after artists in the region.
Coined "The Walking CD" by netizens for his stellar LIVE performance and expansive vocal range, JJ has completed 136 tour stops and clocked over 100 million views for his virtual concerts. The best-selling Chinese act has accumulated an impressive 120 billion streams on major music platforms worldwide. Ever the versatile performer, JJ's music collaborators include Steve Aoki, Anderson .Paak, Anne Marie, Jackson Wang, Jason Mraz, MAYDAY, Luis Fonsi, Ayumi Hamasaki, and Hiroshi Fujiwara.
Having kickstarted his JJ20 World Tour with sold-out stadiums in Asia last November, JJ wrapped up the North American leg of his tour with 9 shows in North America across California, New York, Washington, and Toronto in early 2023. A leading pioneer, he is the first Mandopop singer to hold an arena-sized concert in Seattle and sell out two consecutive nights at the New York Barclays Center - setting a record for the Chinese music scene. JJ most recently completed sold-out shows in Hong Kong, Australia, Paris and London this quarter with the JJ20 World Tour hitting 26 shows and counting so far. He also broke new frontiers as the top Asian artist (5th in the global ranks) in the Global Concert Pulse ranks in 2023.
The JJ20 World Tour continues with many more tour stops to come in the second half of 2023.
On top of his world tour, JJ released his brand-new 15th album “Happily, Painfully After” in April 2023 to celebrate his 20th anniversary in showbiz. He also looks forward to launching "The Show" in May, his latest collaborative track with Steve Aoki. The duo first worked together in 2020 on 'Not Tonight (Tomorrow Sounds Good Steve Aoki Remix),' an electronic dance track included in JJ's “Like You Do” EP.
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ABOUT STEVE AOKI:
Counting nearly 3 billion music streams to his name, Steve Aoki is a true visionary. Billboard described the 2x-GRAMMY-nominated music producer, artist, fashion designer, entrepreneur, NFT futurist and Dim Mak Records founder as “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world.” A Guinness World Record holder for the “Most Traveled Musician in a Single Calendar Year,” Aoki has performed at nearly every top festival around the world, including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock Festival, Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy Carnival. In 2022, Aoki also graced recent covers of Entrepreneur Magazine, Electronic Musician, and Adweek as their “Visionary of the Year.”
As a globally successful cross-genre solo artist, Aoki has collaborated with an impressive list of varied artists, including BTS, Maluma, Snoop Dogg, Linkin Park, blink-182, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz and Daddy Yankee, on top of having released three Platinum singles, six Gold singles, and over ten Top 10 radio records. After unveiling four Neon Future albums, Aoki recently released HiROQUEST: Genesis, featuring collaborations with Taking Back Sunday, Mod Sun, Kane Brown and more.
Aoki approaches each new endeavor with the same sense of dedication he’s put into his past achievements, including the Grammy-nominated Netflix documentary I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2016) and his memoir BLUE: The Color of Noise (2019). In 2012, he also founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION to support organizations in brain science and its research. His influential record label Dim Mak, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021, is known for being a launching pad for the careers of prominent acts like Bloc Party, The Chainsmokers, Bloody Beetroots, The Kills, Zedd and Diplo. Most recently, Aoki created the A0K1VERSE, an NFT membership community, powered by the Passport, that welcomes his fans to both virtual and real-world experiences. Aoki is also executive producer for “American Hiro,” a series in development with FX Networks directed by Jon M. Chu, chronicling the life of his father, Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, the legendary entrepreneur and daredevil businessman who created the Benihana empire. In whatever space Steve Aoki enters, the multi-hyphenate innovator continues to set trends and inspire creativity on a global level.
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