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“It started with somebody else's story, it ended with me finding my way back to myself.”

Camila Cabello’s self-titled solo debut album (previously titled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving) is finally upon us and Camilizers from all around the world cannot get enough of it. Naturally, they took to Twitter to express their love and reaction to the 11-track record.

 

 

In her Instagram post, Cabello described the highly anticipated album as the soundtrack to her 2016 and that all the tracks on the album stood for special memories in her life. As fans, we might not have fully understood what she went through but this album aims to give us a sneak peek into her struggles and victories.

Through her lyrics, we gained an insight into what she’s been through in the past few years. We couldn’t help but realise how relatable some of the lines and how they also depicted a little bit of our own lives.

 

1.     “Just one hit of you, I knew I'll never be the same”

From Camila’s opening track, Never Be The Same, this line embodies the times we meet someone so significant that our lives change. Whether it was a friend that you’ll hold dearly for life, or a mentor that you’ll always turn to for advice, they created such an impact on you that you will never be the same.

 

2.     “Yeah, suddenly, it all came back, it all came back”

We found this line in All These Years and thought it depicted all those times memories (good, bad and downright embarrassing) flooded back to us.

 

3.     “She loves control, she wants it her way”

As the chorus of She Loves Control goes, everyone is sometimes a control freak or at least we know people in our lives that love to be in control. In school, there’s always that one person that loves to take charge and make decisions for group projects. At work, there’s always that one person that insists on doing things their way.

 

4.     “Got me feelin' like, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh”

This is of course from the album’s lead single, Havana, an ode to her hometown. This line pretty much sums up how we feel when we meet our crushes and idols, doesn’t it?

 

5.     “But loving you had consequences”

Known as the most personal and tear-jerking track on the album, Consequences shed a light into Cabello’s struggle. It’s true everything in life has consequences, it is then up to us whether to embrace them or to let them bring us down.

 

6.     “Every time I let somebody in. Then I find out what they're all about”

As the chorus of her promotional single Real Friends goes, this line talks about the times we put our trust in people but later realise that they aren’t who they seem to be. Maybe they had motives?

 

7.     “Something's gotta change, but I know that it won't”

From Something’s Gotta Give, we couldn’t help but relate this to all the times we get stuck in situations and can’t seem to find a way out. Then, the only resolution to is wait things our or to start the change ourselves.

This album marks the beginning of a new chapter for Cabello and we can’t wait to see what the future has in stored for her!


Picture credits: Camila Cabello on Twitter, Billboard, Giphy, Pinterest

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If Disney channel original movies were your jam back in the 2000s, this is for you.

For these 3 classic movies, they truly had a special place in our hearts. We love the movies, the music and even the books for some. Not only did these movies form part of our childhood, but they also kick-started the careers of the pop stars of today.

Get ready for some feels and relive your childhood now!

 

High School Musical 3

When we think of Disney channel original movies, this franchise is bound to be on the top of the list. A decade ago, the third part of the series hit theatres worldwide and it definitely left a lasting impression on many of us. Whether we were team Sharpay or team Gabriella, it didn’t matter at the end. We admired their amazing friendship and that they were able to pursue a degree of choice after graduation. They were the original definition of #SquadGoals!

 
 
 

Camp Rock

It has been a whole 10 years since Camp Rock first aired on Disney Channel; it has also been 10 years since we first heard of Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers. The cast has definitely kept busy since ever – some pursuing a career in music and others continuing in film. This movie was more than catchy tunes and good-looking stars, it also taught us to aspire and that no dream was too big or too crazy.

 
 
 

The Cheetah Girls: One World

If girl squads were a thing is in 2000s, The Cheetah Girls will most probably top the list. The world was so obsessed with the girl group that they even released a clothing line, perfumes and dolls to name a few. From New York City to Barcelona to India, we’ve been through it all with the girls. In 2008, the third and final instalment of movie trilogy was released. Unfortunately, the group did not manage to end the era with a full team as Raven-Symone decided to pull out.

 

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2017 might not have been the best year for some of us – concerts got cancelled, pop icons released seemingly disappointing singles, and lastly, we lost American musician Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

But since we’re approaching the year of the dog this coming Chinese New Year, it’s high time to reflect on music legends who were born in the year of this Chinese zodiac.

Known for their good character and ability to empathize with human emotions, like all dogs do, these music legends have made their mark in the music industry during the past few decades. Certainly, music that we’re listening to now would not be the same if not for these icons.

Let’s listen to some overlooked songs by these 5 music legends born in the year of the dog.

 

Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935) – A Mess of Blues

The King of Rock and Roll proves that he also got the chops for the blues in this mellow underrated song.

 

Freddie Mercury (September 5, 1946) – Let Me Live

This underrated Queen track opens with hair-raising harmonies and leads the listener to an awe-inspiring adventure from start to finish.

 

David Bowie (January 8, 1947) – Moonage Daydream

I first discovered this song in the film Frances Ha and it has been my one of my go-to dance anthems, despite its dark lyrics.

 

Prince (June 7, 1958) – Darling Nikki

The song might not have topped the charts allegedly because of its sexual lyrical content, but Darling Nikki remains to be a well-loved track with Rihanna even covering the song during her 2011 Loud tour.

 

Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958) – Speechless

Give this sentimental ballad the listen it deserves this year and indulge yourself in a stirring 3-minute wonder.

 

Photo credit: Richard E. Aaron & Peter Still (Getty), Reuters, Roger Marshutz (MPTV) & DAGMAR

Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons graced Singapore with a thunderous 105 minutes set at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last night as part of their Evolve World Tour. This would mark the group’s third visit to Singapore – after 2015’s Smoke + Mirrors Tour at the same venue and 2016’s Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix gig.

The spectacle of strobe lights, multi-coloured lasers and LED screen panels at the main stage illuminated frontman Dan Reynolds’s powerful voice so well. No doubt, the spotlight was cast primarily on him but his backing band didn’t seem to mind. However, Reynolds did take some time to appreciate his backing band amidst acoustic songs played at Stage B.

The sold-out strong crowd went through a rollercoaster of emotions, with feel-good tracks like On Top Of The World, empowering tracks like It’s Time and Demons and also sombre tracks like Bleeding Out.  

Here are our 5 standout moments of the night!

 

1.     Dan Reynolds’s Empowering Speeches

In between tracks, Reynolds took the time to shine a light on topics that have in recent years come up for discussion. For a start, he emphasised the importance of equality, spreading peace and love. Before going into Yesterday, he urged everyone to just live in the moment and that’s the most important. Just before Demons, Reynolds shared with the audience his personal experience with depression and empowered the crowd to not be afraid of judgement.

 

 

2.     Yesterday

This track brought the audience closer to the guys of Imagine Dragons. Sometimes, we get caught up with everything that’s happening or we worry too much about our future that we forget to live in the moment. The crowd roared after each line and it was almost like we’re all putting our past behind and only looking straight ahead.

 

3.     Demons

This track was magical for two reasons – what the song stood for and how the crowd lit up the entire arena. In light of recent tragic incidents, raising awareness about depression has become a hot topic. Demons does exactly that, it empowered everyone to not be afraid of judgement and to always speak out. Amidst the performance, the sold-out strong crowd lit up the entire arena with their phones. That was a sight to remember!

 

 

4.     The acoustic set at Stage B

A little bit of a shift from lasers and thumping tunes, the Las Vegas rock band toned things down for a couple of acoustic songs. First of all, they set everyone’s heart racing when they went through the standing pen to get to and fro Stage B. This gave concertgoers at the back a good glimpse of the band as they belted out tunes like Bleeding Out and Amsterdam.

 

5.     Radioactive

Close to eight minutes of a percussion masterpiece. The track begins with the band along with Reynolds playing on various percussion instruments, before the vocals actually start. Of course, the classic deep breath after “breathing in the chemicals” happens and the crowd erupts. Towards the end of the track, the band goes in for another percussion interlude and that marked the end of their third show in Singapore.

 

 

Picture Credits: Live Nation SG, Yasminedennis on Instagram and Ashok Kumar.

A blast from the past.

How old were you in 2008? What were you doing in 2008? Were you listening to any of these albums or singles in 2008? Music has evolved drastically since the 2000s, whether it got better or worse that’s debatable. Most of the artists below had their heydays back in the 2000s but a few are still going strong today.

Take a trip down memory lane and look at 18 albums and singles that will turn a decade old this year!

 

ALBUMS

19 – Adele

Titled after her age at that time of release, 19 marked the start of it all for Adele. However, for many of us her second album, 21, was the one that really caught out eyes with the likes of Rolling In The Deep and Set Fire To The Rain.

One Of The Boys – Katy Perry

Filled with chart topping hits like I Kissed A Girl, Waking Up In Vegas, Thinking Of You and Hot n Cold. This was the album that catapulted Katy’s career to where she is today.

Good Girl Gone Bad – Rihanna

With this album, we saw Rihanna transform from having an innocent image to the edgy pop star we know her as. This album also includes some of her classic hits like Umbrella, Don’t Stop The Music and Shut Up and Drive.

Breakout – Miley Cyrus

This was Miley Cyrus breaking out of her Hannah Montana shell. Being the first album not related to her character Hannah Montana, Miley was able to put in more of her personality and elements of rock music – rather different from Hannah Montana’s music.

The Fame – Lady Gaga

This album kick-started Lady Gaga’s career with the likes of Poker Face, Just Dance and Paparazzi. Those were also the days where she was known to be over the top and eccentric. Lady Gaga would turn up on a red carpet in a meat-dress or in an incubator.

The Block – New Kids On The Block

They were heartthrobs back in the late 1980s and 1990s, and this album marked the band’s comeback in 2008. Songs like Summertime, Single and Dirty Dancing flooded the radio airways and we just couldn’t get enough of them.

Fearless – Taylor swift

We’re sure everyone is familiar with chart toppers like Love Story and You Belong With Me. This album marked Taylor’s international breakthrough to become the global superstar we know her today as.

I Am… Sasha Fierce – Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s two-disk album was quite a showstopper, with hits like Single Ladies, Halo and If I Were A Boy. From then till now, Beyoncé is still a force to be reckoned with and that’ll continue for a long time.

Circus – Britney Spears

We know Britney for her over the top productions and insane sets when it comes to her live shows; you never know what you’ll get with her. The title of this album encompasses the whole idea and the songs definitely live up to what they stand for.

 

SINGLES

Viva La Vida – Coldplay

The opening bars are so distinct and unique to this song that you cannot forget.

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Are you still listening to this track today? This is one that’ll stay in our playlist for a very long time.

Fall For You – Secondhand Serenade

Didn’t we all try to learn this song on the guitar?  It was probably the love song of 2008.

4 Minutes – Madonna

Jumping from one car to another, dancing around in a grocery store and oh ya trying to save the world…

So What – P!nk

P!nk has challenged so many boundaries in music even till today. She’s right, so what she is a rock star.

Leavin’ – Jesse McCartney

This is bringing back so many memories; do you remember having this song on your Walkman, IPod or Creative Zen?

When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls

As the lead single off their album Doll Domination, this track was a hit among fans from all over the world.

Burnin’ Up – Jonas Brothers

These boys, heartthrobs in the late 2000s! This song brought back so many memories from their music and TV series, good times.

Crush – David Archuleta

Crush recently made a comeback after a fan tried to sing all the parts of the song in a viral video on YouTube.  

 

Bonus: Beyonce and Jay Z’s wedding

Music’s most talked about couple tied the knot in April of 2008 in a super-intimate ceremony.

Did any of these bring back memories for you? Share them with us!


Picture credit: Genius, People and glorfindels on Tumblr