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I’m not gonna lie.

I’ve laughed at all the memes and expressed my annoyance over Ed Sheeran’s cameo on Game of Thrones more times that I can count over the past two days.

People were hilarious, we can’t deny that fact.

Sheeran’s scene as a Lannister soldier certainly had an impact on my overall enjoyment of the episode, just like any other millennial who is eagerly following today’s pop culture scene.

Just when you thought you were fully immersed in the fantasy world of Westeros, a familiar face pops up, suddenly reminding you that the show is in fact fictional - way to ruin the sense of escapism there!

Unfortunately, this is not Hannah Montana meets The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. People these days don’t get excited about crossovers anymore.

But after hearing about his sudden disappearance from Twitter due to the mockery, I realized that Sheeran was just a normal fan who wanted to be on his favorite show. I mean, LET THE GUY LIVE!!!

Despite the backlash, Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa has Sheeran's back, even complimenting his performance – "In the world of the show, he did a lovely job, and he looks like he belongs in that world."

We also have other GoT fans who supported the scene, saying that it was an essential part of the storyline.

 

So, there you go! Please remember to be kind to one another, especially to Ed Sheeran. The lad tried, for goodness’ sake!

 

Photo Credit: HBO

Published in Featured
Saturday, 03 June 2017 08:31

Most EPIC Artist And Fan Collaborations

Behind every successful man artist is a woman fanbase.

Throughout the years, there have been some pretty epic artist and fan collaborations. We have got music videos featuring fans; single artworks designed by fans and the craziest of them all – fans pouring ice on their idols.

Here are the top 5 collaborations that have gone down in history.

 

All Time Low’s Missing You

What could be better than being featured in All Time Low’s music video for Missing You, this video gets close and personal with some of their most dedicated fans.

 

Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off

As Taylor said it herself, “It hurts how adorable it is!”. Just imagine being invited to a secret location for a secret event, and then learning that you will be featured in one of Taylor Swift’s music video. How amazing!

 

One Direction’s History

One Direction’s last single before the hiatus, this is a little bit of a bittersweet one. The track basically depicts the band’s journey throughout the years alongside directioners. The coolest part? Their producer actually got a group of fans into the studio to record the chorus.

 

Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl

How cool would it be to have Ed Sheeran take over your town for a day to shoot his music video for Galway Girl? Ed went all the way to Galway, Ireland for the shoot and his fans lined the streets around the area to catch a glimpse of their idol.

 

Little Mix’s Power

There are many ways fans can express their love for the idols, one way being fan art. The girls of Little Mix decided to feature Taylor’s (@pezthirlou_ on Twitter) artwork as their single artwork for their latest single Power.

 

Bonus: Liam Payne’s Ice Bucket Challenge

As part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, One Direction’s Liam Payne got a couple of fans to help him out. Life goals right there, being able to pour ice over your favourite idol.

 

 

A post shared by Liam Payne (@liampayne) on

 

Simply put, #Goals!


Picture Credits: Daily Mirror & Alternative Press

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to be a famous singer/songwriter like Ed Sheeran, well here's your chance because YouTuber/musician John Fassold is going to teach you.

Since the release of his video, How EVERY Chainsmokers Song Is Written last month, YouTuber/musician John Fassold has gained a large fanbase by releasing a series of videos showing people how every song by any specific artist is written.

Though these videos are meant to be funny and just for the purpose of entertainment, they're actually surprisingly accurate. In each of the videos, John takes you step by step through the process of how a song is written, from the song title, to the melody, and then the lyrics.

Some of the videos are filmed via Snapchat so it's just a bunch of 10 second mini videos put together and towards the end of some of the clips, you can hear John giggling as he tries to come up with new lyric ideas.

His latest video is a tutorial on How EVERY Ed Sheeran Song Is Written is pretty on point. He sticks to the mathematics concept for the album title, and nails the relatable lyrics that Ed Sheeran is famous for. 

Check out the video for How EVERY Ed Sheeran Song Is Written down here:

 

Photo Credits: The State Press

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Tickets for Ed Sheeran concert in Singapore and Malaysia were sold out in less than an hour.

And naturally, fans who didn't manage to get tickets were unhappy.

So instead of ranting on allegations that a Singapore Sports Hub staff looted 220 tickets or how much the tickets are sold on Carousell at ridiculous prices, we decided to prepare 5 tips for you when trying to buy tickets online for the next hot gig (i.e.: Foo Fighters on August 2).

 

1. Mentally prepare yourself

A simple step. Convince yourself that you WILL get those tickets no matter how insane things get. Be positive!

 

2. Recruit a team

Now to get tickets online, you will have to keep refreshing the sales page like there's no tomorrow because server traffic will be nuts and it will be EXTREMELY difficult to get into the site. Either that or you'll be redirected to the cursed virtual waiting room to enter the purchase page.

To get yourself onto that page the quickest, you'd want as many family members or friends helping you on this so that there are higher chances of entering the page.

But remember, you have to let your team know specifically which tickets you're going for. 

 

3. Don't be greedy

Make sure you only buy what you need and not any more - reselling is NOT COOL! Also, once one of your team is on the payment page, the first thing you gotta do is to get the rest of the team to close their pages so that it will be easier for other people to get in as well - you don't want to hold up server traffic. Be considerate.

 

4. Have your credit card on hand

When you finally get onto the page to select your tickets and enter your details, make sure you already have your card with you so you don't have to dig into your wallet to find the right card to use. Some purchase pages give you 15 minutes to fill in your details, while others only give you 10, so instead of taking the time to look for your card, use that time to enter all your details correctly and double check your purchase.

 

5. Safety is KEY

It might seem like the payment process is taking FOREVER to get through and you can't wait to get to the confirmation page by reloading the page to help move it along. DO NOT refresh the page once you've submitted your card details or you'll be paying twice the amount. Just be patient because safety is number one. When you do get your e-tickets for printing, you also have to resist all urges to post pictures of them online because it is possible for someone else to steal your ticket.

 

Bearing all this in mind, hopefully your next online ticket purchase will go slightly smoother and maybe you just might get those tickets!

 

Photo Credits: BuzzFeed, YouTube, eBay, Ho Kang Tao

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Dear ticket reseller,

Remember me? We last met earlier this year at Coldplay's ticket sales. I was hoping you've had your fill then, and yet, here we are again. For Ed Sheeran, no less.

Mothership says you're "entrepreneurial". I can already tell that the author of that article is a really nice person, for I could think of 10 other adjectives that are far less kind to describe you. 

Maybe you think I'm overreacting; that this is all but a first-world problem. After all, all that I'm missing out on is a concert, right?

 

 

I wonder if you've ever cried yourself to sleep, accompanied only by music that seem to understand you perfectly.

I wonder if you've ever gone through a heartbreak so bad that could only be described by the lyrics of your favourite song.

I wonder if you know how it feels like to finally get the chance to meet the artiste whose music was there for you when no one else was, only to have that very chance taken away by someone lusting after a quick buck. 

Oh well, I guess you don't really care for music, do ya?

 

 

I now see that you're insatiable. So while I hope that paths never cross again, it is inevitable that we'll meet again soon. I wonder when that'll be; at the end of this year, or maybe early next year, maybe?

Till then, I hope your week is as wonderful as you are. 

Love, 

An Ed Sheeran fan

 

Photo credit: AFP, Viagogo, Carousell

Published in Music News (Singapore)

A few months ago, the GRAMMYs paid a tribute to the pop group Bee Gees and it recently aired on national TV in the US.

The tribute show: Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees, was kicked off by Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town and Andra Day with a medley of Stayin' Alive, Tragedy, How Deep Is Your Love, and Night Fever.

 

The show was in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Saturday Night Fever Bee Gees soundtrack and it saw many award winning artists come together to perform the Bee Gees' hit songs.

Here are a few of them:

 

Tori Kelly - Tragedy

 
 

DNCE - Night Fever

 
 

Keith Urban - To Love Somebody

 

These were just a few of the many performances on that show. Other artists that took part in this tribute included Panic! at the Disco, Ed Sheeran, Stevie Wonder, and even Barry Gibbs himself!

Barry, the last surviving member of Bee Gees, took to the stage to perform Jive Talkin', You Should Be Dancing, and the finale together with the rest of the ensemble for Stayin' Alive.

I think this tribute was a huge success just by the fact that 20th century and 21st century artists come together to celebrate timeless music. It's absolutely wonderful to witness because it's a reminder that despite the time changes and evolution of people's lives, music will always be a common connection that everyone shares, and that old music is still Stayin' Alive to remind us of the roots of music and its olden culture.

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Here's the full list of artists and performances who were a part of this tribute:

Medley: Stayin’ Alive, Tragedy, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever – Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, Andra Day
To Love Somebody – Keith Urban
Massachusetts – Ed Sheeran
Lonely Days – Panic! At the Disco
Tragedy – Tori Kelly
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – John Legend & Stevie Wonder
Islands In The Stream – Kelsea Ballerini & Thomas Rhett
Immortality – Celine Dion
Night Fever – DNCE
If I Can’t Have You – Demi Lovato
More Than A Woman – Jason Derulo & Tavares
How Deep Is Your Love – Little Big Town
Love So Right – Andra Day
I Just Want To Be Your Everything – Nick Jonas
Too Much Heaven – Pentatonix
Emotion – Katherine McPhee
Jive Talkin’ – Barry Gibb
You Should Be Dancing – Barry Gibb
Stayin’ Alive – Barry Gibb & Ensemble

 

Photo Credits: Grammy, Heavy, JustJared

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I'm sure you've seen tons of mashups and medleys on YouTube but a lot of them are probably artist medleys or mashups of a similar genre.

BUT what if you took modern pop + rock + pop punk + 90's pop + electro music and merged them all together in a 3 and a half minute long video. Doesn't seem that possible, does it? Well, you stand corrected as YouTube singer/musician Roomie has done just that and quite successfully, I might add.

You might know Roomie as the "One Guy, 43 Voices" guy. Well, he does more than just voice impressions! In his latest video, he took 5 songs of different genres by Ed Sheeran, Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Daft Punk and Robbie Williams and mashed them up really nicely.

This mashup consists of Ed's Shape of You, P!ATD's Victorious, FOB's Centuries, Daft Punk's Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, and Robbie's Let Me Entertain You.

Watch it here and embrace his talent!

 

Photo Credit: clarin

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Ed Sheeran, the world's most beloved crooner, might be making our generation fall in love with his romantic melodies and lyrics at the moment. But this talented red-head is more than just a romantic wordsmith.

One dark evening, when I was spending a good hour scrolling down my Facebook feed, I stumbled upon TheKosmic8's page and saw a video. Though, it wasn't like any other night, mind you. It was the time our dear Eddy (that's what I call him now) made me laugh so hard I felt like the luckiest gal in the world. They say you should find a man who makes you laugh, don't they? I guess this is why everyone is smitten with Eddy.

Here is a visual evidence of my uncontrollable laughter in gif form, to spare you all from my beastly sounds.

TheKosmic8 makes parody videos of musicians by removing the original music and dubbing them with hilarious sounds. If you need a bit of cheering up and don't get easily offended by humorous mockery, you need to watch his videos.

Without further ado, here's the brilliant video that made my night extra special (the good part starts at 3:55).

 

Photo Credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images

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After the recent release of Ed Sheeran's new album, Divide, there have been HEAPS of of people attempting to cover his new songs. Some covers are basic, some are slightly more extravagant and some even have a heavier (talking punk/rock) twist on them.

Well one of the simpler covers was done by this Australian singer, Adrian Wilson. This acoustic cover of Castle On The Hill is very straightforward, comprising only of guitars and the basic kick of a drum. The thing is, Adrian nails the vocals, including the falsetto harmonies in the chorus. His gentle vocals are perfect for a song like Castle On The Hill.

It is so well excuted that despite its simplicity, it manages to carry the nostalgic vibe behind the original song quite effectively. 

I think it's possibly one of my favourite covers of Ed's new songs.

Check it out here and see if you agree!

 

Photo Credits: Adrian Wilson (YouTube)

Published in Music News

May we know where to audition?

Ed Sheeran recently made an appearance on the TODAY show to announce that he is planning to create a new boy band.

When asked why he chose to make such a move in his career, the multi-platinum recording artist mentioned that he has written a lot of songs that are just too pop-sounding to keep for himself. However, he added that the collection songs would be perfect for a boy band to release instead.

The singer-songwriter is unsure if this would be a successful venture on his part so he has declined any attempt at documenting the process but would rather let the success of the potential boy band speak for itself.

 

Photo credit: HelloGiggles

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