Two of our favorite Asian American artists are going on tour and we love to see it! Vietnamese singer Thuy is bringing out Filipino rapper/producer P-Lo on the east coast leg of her “Girls Like Me Don’t Cry” tour. Previously, the Bay Area native originally took Filipino singer Ashley Mehta on the first leg of the traveling performance series.
Thuy and P-Lo will kick off the tour in Dallas, Texas on March 6 before wrapping things up in Chicago, Illinois on March 22. You can buy tickets for the tour here!
Photo Courtesy of Thuy’s Instagram
Thuy’s latest release narrates the painful and unfortunate side of womanhood that some experience. “Playing Tricks” comes with an accompanying music video that tells the story of a young mother-to-be who unexpectedly loses her child. Thuy shared her sentiments on the song’s themes in a statement: “Sometimes, your mind can play tricks on your heart and get in the way of something special, but this song is a reminder to believe in love and what’s real.”
The track’s YouTube page also shares a powerful message: ““playing tricks” highlights the story of a young woman and her journey as an expecting mother. touching on relationships, womanhood, and family, the short film shines a light on the painful journey a young couple must work through all while displaying the strength of women within the family dynamic.
Watch the short film/music video below.
Thuy and Rini connect for the Vietnamese and Filipino collaboration we all needed! “Trust” is a catchy R&B song that has last song syndrome written all over it. The music video casts cute couples, most notably Thuy’s parents, sharing their story with viewers.
Thuy took to YouTube to share a message about the song: “trust is something u build with another person. u spend time growing and learning each other, and somewhere along the way, the goal is to become two pieces of a greater whole. through the journey of love and relationship building, u find pieces of urself in others and the commonalities u share. “trust” is about finding yourself in another person. It’s about knowing their flaws, and helping them work through them with love because they are helping you do the same.”
Watch the music video below.
Before Asian Pacific American Heritage Month comes to a close, there are artists you should know about to keep the pride going. These artists have been on our playlist and we're here to share them with you. Check out the list below of rising APA artists to watch!
THUY: the Vietnamese singer-songwriter from the Bay Area is following her dreams as a soulful R&B artist inspired by the 90's era. After getting a glimpse of the music industry, she traded her pursuit in medicine and looked towards becoming a musician to inspire others.
ELLA JAY BASCO: the Filipino-Korean singer and actor who you may have seen in Birds of Prey is gearing up to release her upcoming album starting with the single, "Eye to Eye" and her latest release "Bubble Tea." She is also the niece of actors Dion and Dante Basco.
ASHLEY MEHTA: the Filipino-Indian R&B artist is starting to take the music scene by storm. She melds pop, R&B, hip hop and electronic music creating an ebullient, yet unique sound. Also from the Bay Area, Ashley takes pride in melding her music and cultures together.
KIYOMI: the Filipino-Japanese Bay Area born artist is a breath of fresh air with her music. The young artist has managed to rack up nearly 1 million plays across all digital streaming platforms with her sound filled with R&B, pop, and a sprinkle of your favorite genre.
BOHAN PHOENIX: born in China and immigrated to America at 11-years old, he was unable to speak English. When he found hip-hop, Bohan Phoenix was able to learn the language quickly by rapping along. Today, he meshes his cultures in his music by including both Mandarin and English lyrics to reflect his dual identity.
MIYACHI: New York based, Japanese-American rapper blends hip-hop sensibilities with East and West collaborating with Jay Park, Yameen, and more. His music takes aim at Asian-American stereotypes and flow it effortlessly over boom-bap and trap-laden instrumentals.
AUDREY NUNA: the New Jersey singer and rapper is best for her singles, "damn Right" and "Comic Sans" featuring Jack Harlow. Taking a break from NYU's Clive Davis Music Institute to focus on music, her sound can be described as a combination of the pop, R&B, rap, and trap genres.
LIKKLE JORDE: reggae artist from O'ahu Hawai'i is setting the tone for island music with his authentic sound. His love for reggae music started at an early age and since then crafted his own sound. He was recently nominated for an Island Music Award.
SATICA: the Cambodian-American singer and songwriter performs sleek pop music infused with electronic textures and R&B/soul. Her sound is influenced by Bon Iver, Lykke Li, Frank Ocean, and Panic! At the Disco. She's collaborated with Manilla Killa, AOBeats, BLKNZ, and Kiana V.
KELANDY: singer-songwriter from Honolulu, Hawai'i creates music inspired by a mix of Soul, Reggae, Pop, and Rock. His dynamic sound is matched with catchy lyrics, smooth voice, and island sounds.
ANA VEE: This female artist is bringing an emerging style of island music. Her hit song "HAWAII" has topped charts and became the #1 shazamed song in Honolulu. Her music reflects the idea of self-empowerment as a young women living life on her own terms.
Dominic Fike is gearing up to hit the stage this summer with two recent line-up announcements from Outside Lands and Something In The Water.
Fike first hits the stage at DC's Something In The Water Festival from June 17th-19th. The stacked bill includes Fike alongside acts from all genres of music like Chole x Halle, Calvin Harris, BLXST, Usher, Tyler the Creator, Dave Matthews Band, Pharrell & Phriends, and more they have yet to announce. Tickets go on sale on April 30th. For more details check out their website.
On August 5th Fike heads to San Francisco for Outside Lands which will be held at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The festival features a star-studded headlining cast consisting of Green Day, Post Malone, and SZA. Additional acts announced also include Thuy, Weezer, Jack Harlow, Phoebe Bridgers, Illenium, Lil Uzi Vert, Kali Uchis, Disclosure, Mitski, Anitta, Polo & Pan, Pusha T, Mac DeMarco, and many more.
“We are ecstatic to unveil this year’s lineup, which is one of the most dynamic and diverse we’ve ever had," says Allen Scott, co-founder and co-producer of Outside Lands "Last year's festival was not only a cathartic experience, but a much-needed celebration for the Bay Area and beyond."
Three-day tickets for the festival are available now via the official website.
If you don't know who thuy is yet, it's time to get familiar. The rising R&B singer/songwriter has amassed over 28 million streams on her debut EP "i hope you see this" and has over 2.2 million monthly streams on Spotify alone. Her new track "inhibitions" has j released in March, and this time she teamed up with one of our fave hitmakers and vibe curators, P-Lo.
|“‘inhibitions’ is a fun and playful song letting someone know that they are the only one who does it for them.” says thuy. “There may be a lot of people or interests who come at me and take their shot but at the end of the day those other people can’t do it like them. So they are the only one you want to give your attention to.”
This track will be featured in her deluxe version of her EP "i hope you see this," slated for release this Spring 2022. She's also headed out on Tour this May and will be hitting the stage at the 2022 Outside Lands Festival. Check out the "inhibitions" Music video below featuring some familiar faces like the Next Kidz, Johnny Maxwell, and Nico Blitz below.
Make sure to stream the new track here and get familiar with thuy's music below.
|The vibrant R&B artist of Vietnamese descent is determined to stand out in the world of pop music. She grew up surrounded by music and at the age of 9, knew she wanted to be a pop star. However, with no exemplars to look up to who looked like her, thuy traded her musical hopes for a career in medicine. After a few lacklustre years in the medical field followed by a chance visit to a studio, thuy finally saw what a professional career in music could look like.
Since then, the now Los Angeles-based artist has released several records showcasing her angelic vocals, skilful songwriting, and modern R&B stylings. Having amassed over 85 million global streams across her catalogue and garnered support from premier international publications including Billboard, Paper and Harper’s Bazaar, Thuy proves that her celestial voice and knack for earworm melodies are here to stay.
Currently, her Top 10 Streaming Markets worldwide include Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.