88rising share Head In The Clouds Forever compilation

April 22 2022


Photo by Zhong Lin

Under the desert sky, 88rising assembled some of the greatest Asian artists across countries and generations for an electrifying once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Over the weekend, 88rising – the pioneering and internationally-renowned music and media company amplifying Asian talent and culture – wrapped their historic Head In The Clouds Forever performance on Coachella’s main stage. The 80-minute ensemble performance was the first time in Coachella’s history that a record label has been given an official performance slot to showcase artists.

88rising assembled some of the most iconic Asian artists from around the world and across generations. Artists included (in order of appearance): Warren Hue (Indonesia), MILLI (Thailand), BIBI (Korea), NIKI (Indonesia), Rich Brian (Indonesia), HIKARU UTADA (Japan), Jackson Wang (China), and CL & 2NE1 (Korea). A full setlist from the show is available below; click HERE to read more about each of the participating artists.

The program notably featured the long-awaited return of the “Queens of K-Pop” 2NE1, who reunited for the first time on stage in 7 years to perform their seminal hit “I AM THE BEST.” The set also highlighted “J-pop royalty” HIKARU UTADA in their first-ever festival performance. Head In The Clouds Forever was supported by an inspiring cast of dancers, featuring choreography from world-renowned dance crew The Kinjaz and Madison Olandt. Symphonic sounds from a 15-piece orchestra also amplified NIKI’s performance, and immersive visuals directed by multi-disciplinary visual artist Curry Tian and Daniel “Cloud” Campos effortlessly tied the program together.

Head In The Clouds Forever also premiered never-before-heard music live on stage. To commemorate this incredible moment, 88rising has released a companion compilation also titled Head In The Clouds Forever, available now on all streaming services. The project includes ‘froyo (feat. Warren Hue)‘ by Rich Brian and BIBI, ‘T‘ by Hikaru Utada and Warren Hue, and ‘Best Lover‘ by BIBI.

In addition to their presence at the festival, 88rising is hosting a weekend-long celebration in the desert at their very own Cloud Mansion and boasting musical acts such as Luna LiWarren HueYeek, and Shotta Spence. The gathering is sponsored in part by HondaAmazon MusicJohnnie Walker, and Year Of, 88rising’s new hard seltzer brand.

Stay tuned for new surprises ahead from 88rising’s main stage performance during the festival’s second weekend.

Head In The Clouds Forever is out now via 88rising, buy/stream is HERE.

Head In The Clouds Forever Tracklist
1. ‘Best Lover’ – 88rising, BIBI
2. ‘froyo’ (feat. Warren Hue) – 88rising, BIBI, and Rich Brian
3. ‘T’ – 88rising, Hikaru Utada, Warren Hue

Head In The Clouds Forever Setlist
Freestyle #4 (Warren Hue)
RUNAWAY W ME (Warren Hue)
HANDSOME (Warren Hue)
Demo Star (Warren Hue)
Lazy Susan Freestyle (MILLI)
Mirror Mirror (MILLI)
Sudpang! (MILLI)
Mango Sticky Rice (MILLI)
Bad Sad Mad (BIBI)
Kazino (BIBI)
The Weekend (BIBI)
Best Lover (BIBI)
Intro (NIKI)
Drive On (NIKI)
Sempurna (NIKI)
Split (NIKI)
Gospel (Rich Brian)
Froyo (Rich Brian)
Glow Like Dat (Rich Brian)
Drive Safe (Rich Brian)
Vivid (Rich Brian)
Simple and Clean (HIKARU UTADA)
Face My Fears (HIKARU UTADA)
Automatic (HIKARU UTADA)
100 Ways (Jackson Wang)
Cruel (Jackson Wang)
Blow (Jackson Wang)
California (Warren Hue, Rich Brian, and Jackson Wang)
Spicy (CL)
Chuck (CL)
Hello Bitches (CL)
I’m The Best (2NE1)

ABOUT 88rising

88rising is the pioneering global music & media company representing the best of Asian talent. 88rising was the first company to launch an Asian-centric music festival in the United States (Head in the Clouds Music & Arts Festival – now in its fourth year), the first to have an Asian artist top the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and Spotify’s Weekly Global Albums chart, and the first to launch an all-Asian radio channel reaching all of North America. In 2021, 88rising executive produced and curated the soundtrack to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Marvel Studios’ first Asian-American superhero. In 2019, they were 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 40 billion total streams and views, 88rising’s global influence is undeniable.