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For better or worse, 2017 has witnessed a surge in popularity for trap-leaning hip hop and the embrace of rappers as the new rockstars in full force.

The fallout from the genre is everywhere, ranging from the obnoxious prominence of hypebeast culture to your uncannily lacklustre Top 40 blockbuster. While this fad might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there are some creations however, that should be universally scorned.

We could tell you we didn’t enjoy roasting these sorry excuses for music but then we’d be lying!  

 

10. Young and Menace - Fall Out Boy

Teejay: I seriously don’t get why everyone is trying to sound more techno these days. Fall Out Boy disappoint us yet again with this migraine of a song, proving that they’ve certainly strayed away from their well-loved previous efforts, Save Rock and Roll for instance. The song’s constant change in dynamics doesn’t make it as “listenable” as you’d want it to be, unfortunately.

 
 

9. Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift

Aside from the subliminal Mean Girls reference and the objective superiority over its Katy Perry counterpart, Swish Swish (though that’s not saying much), it takes a certain degree of effort to relate to New Taylor’s isolationist and ultimately unlikable plane of existence. The pettiness and whole reputation concept is dated and simply tacky at this point. The only thing LWYMMD furthers is Swift’s streak for less-than-memorable lead singles much to her detriment, not that it matters.   

 
 

8. Bon Appetit - Katy Perry

Xinyi: There is a fine line between being provocative and derogatory. This song definitely crossed the innuendo line for me, in fact listening to the track made me slightly uncomfortable. Let’s not even talk about the music video… Lyrically, lines like “Got me spread like a buffet”, “Well I'm open 24” and “I'm on the menu” were overly cringey and just derogatory. This song was a step worse than her previous song Birthday from Prism with even more explicit food innuendos.

 
 

7. Thumbs - Sabrina Carpenter

Linda: The instrumental rips off Sam Sparro's Black & Gold, but watered down to Britney at her most generic. Much worse are the fake-deep, directionless lyrics- she lists down ways people undermine themselves without actually engaging with the subject matter. Instead, she speaks from a cynical distance - “That's just the way of the world.” I'm fine with mediocre societal critique if it still comes from a genuine place (e.g. Alessia Cara), but in this song, not only does she lack insight, she doesn't touch upon about how a broken world actually makes her feel - just a cynical smirk that takes pride in “seeing through things.” The fact that this smug commentary is coming from a privileged teen makes this x100 more annoying. Girl, the reason why you're not like those people you're describing is because you're rich, white and attractive.

 

 

6. Paris - The Chainsmokers

Teejay: This generation’s obsession with everything EDM led to hyping up songs that don’t even deserve to be on the charts. A particularly bad song can get away with a catchy beat, but this one doesn’t even fall into that category. It has an anti-climactic chorus that leaves you hanging and lyrics that could be written by teenagers on spring break.

 

 

5. Meant to Be - Bebe Rhexa ft. Florida Georgia Line

I’ll be honest – I plucked this one right out of Singapore’s Top Hits on Spotify just for sticking out like a sore thumb and boy did I strike gold. For a song about letting go and following the natural order of things, this cliché-driven, cross-genre collaboration comes across as painfully forced – an  unabashedly commercial enterprise much like that sweet product placement spot that does not go unnoticed. Yeah alright be simultaneous but not like, hitchhiking simultaneous…

 

 

4. Shape of You - Ed Sheeran

Donwei: There are some songs that you don't care much for and there are others that you detest with a burning passion. For me, Shape Of You definitely belongs to the latter group. This single triggers me on so many levels and it doesn't help how overplayed it is. While it would be unfair to say that Ed Sheeran should go back to making generic love songs (which he is great at!), there surely are other ways to diversify his music portfolio.

 
 

3. Swish Swish - Katy Perry

Letazia: This single was really disappointing, kinda expected more from Katy. I don't really know what to say about this single but I think the fact that Katy Kats were underwhelmed by this song says a lot.

Solihin: Can confirm, even a Nicki Minaj verse and her throwaway encouragement to “Get it together, Katy” could not salvage this weak-ass attempt at a Taylor Swift diss track. Receipts? Yes, I’d like one so I could get a refund for every time I heard a lethargic basketball metaphor.

 
 

2. Thunder – Imagine Dragons

Just when you thought that the Grammy popularity circle jerk this year actually didn’t turn out to be that terrible, The Recording Academy just had to acknowledge the gigantic deuce in the room by nominating it for Best Group Performance. How is popular stadium rock band Imagine Dragons still considered innovative or even alternative in any shape or form when they have the gall to let loose such a mind-numbingly dumb track. Bad song. Bad! Not good!!

 
 

1. Gucci Gang - Lil Pump

Linda: I can forgive off-beat rapping if the rapper has charisma or sharp punchlines – sadly Lil Pump doesn't have any of those either. I guess Soundcloud rappers are inherently divisive with their monotone, dead-eyed rapping, but I think such a style can be effective in evoking a kind of sickening bleakness (see: XO TOUR Llif3). Gucci Gang stops short of such a feeling due to its boring flow and half-assed delivery over a typical, skeletal beat. It's also pretty weird hearing a 17-year-old (yes, that's his actual age) rap "My bitch love do cocaine, ooh". Dude needs to go back to school.

 

Photo credit: Holger, Interscope Records, Rich Fury, Dimitrios Kambouris

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Saturday, 02 December 2017 07:19

12 Gifts Every Fandom Needs This Christmas

The season of giving is upon us once again.

If you are thinking of what gifts to get a fandom-obsessed person, you have come to the right place. Put aside the usual CDs, biographies and posters, we have got some interesting finds for you.

Regardless of whom they idolise, we’re sure you will find something suitable here!

 

1.     Pins - For the ones that like it subtle.

Beyonce Lemonade Pin | One Direction Pin Set | Drake Pin

 

2.     Iron Ons – For the ones that like to jazz up their outfits.

Justin Bieber Patch | Sia Patch | Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You Patch

 

3.     Stickers – For the ones that want to spice up their life.

Spice Girls | Fifth Harmony | The 1975

 

4.     Phone cases – For the ones that cannot keep their hands off their idols.

Shawn Mendes | Maroon 5 | Ariana Grande

 

5.     Notebooks – For the busy ones.

Selena Gomez | Troye Sivan | Rihanna

 

6.     Totebags – For the ones that love shopping.

Sound of Music | Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour | Taylor Swift’s Squad

 

7.     Mugs – For that morning tea or coffee.

Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk | Mariah Carey | Justin Timberlake

 

8.     Figurines – For the ones who love collectibles.

Shakira | Amy Winehouse | The Beatles

 

9.     T-shirts – For the ones that aren’t afraid to tell the world.

Harry Styles | Shawn Mendes | Halsey

 

10.Keychains – For the ones who never wish to lose their keys.

David Bowie | Troye Sivan | Kanye West & Kim Kardashian

 

11.Socks – For the ones that are always on their toes.

The Rolling Stones | Steve Aoki | Big Bang

 

12.Earrings – For the ones that like to keep music by their ears.

5SOS’ Safety Pin | Drake | Justin Bieber

 

Happy Holidays!


Picture Credits: Giphy, Lyashenko - Freepik.com

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A few bands might have cancelled their shows or even skipped Singapore during their Asia tour this year, but we can’t deny that we’ve also been blessed with a range of memorable concerts in 2017.

But what exactly makes a concert memorable? It’s not just the music anymore, it’s the overall experience made possible by fellow audience members, the lighting, the pyrotechnics, the stage presence, and even the venue.

Read what our writers had to say about their top concerts of 2017!

*Click the images to read our concert reviews!

 

Teejay: “While Glass Animals’ set at Laneway Festival can't exactly be counted as a concert, their show was still exhilarating from start to finish – we’ve got a fantastic setlist in addition to their kaleidoscopic stage setup and their wild gimmicks (pineapple inflatables being thrown around). This was one of those rare moments where I’m grateful to be standing in the middle of the moshpit instead of my usual front spot because the infectious energy of the crowd made listening to Glass Animals’ music live such an unforgettable and euphoric experience.”

 

Leo: “The UK quartet's return to Singapore was easily the top arena show of the year. The rainbow of lights on the audience wristbands, cannon-fired confetti, inflatable balls, and pyrotechnic fire displays make the entire experience a kind of sensory overload. With a setlist spanning from their breakout hit Yellow to recent collaborations with The Chainsmokers and Beyoncé, Coldplay's performance was a pure spectacle and proved why they are still pop heavyweights.”

 

Letazia: “This was the girlband's first time performing in Singapore. Since they were still on their 7/27 tour, I was very impressed that they were able to adapt and change the arrangements to their songs in such a short amount of time considering that they had just lost one band member.”

 

Teejay: “Honne’s dreamy soundscapes created such an atmospheric ambience in the tiny Esplanade Annexe Studio. The lack of energy onstage was sort of given because of the duo’s assumed introverted nature. But their songs undoubtedly sounded flawless live. Toss up a bit of mellow lighting in there and you’ve got yourself a spiritual experience.”

 

Solihin: “As one of the few bands from The Scene™ whose music I can safely get behind even after more than a decade, The Maine's sound blossomed beautifully with Lovely, Little, Lonely. Third time's the charm as they say and this is a hardworking group who makes making music and touring look easy.”

 

Donwei: “Deryck Whibley is an amazing frontman and really knows how to put on a show and work a crowd. Sum 41's concert here in August is possibly the most interactive and energetic one I've ever been to, not that I should expect any less of these pop punk veterans. Despite initially hating the idea of travelling to Jurong East for the gig, I actually really liked Zepp@BIGBOX as a concert venue!”

 

Solihin: “No fancy light shows. No surprise musical guests. Just two hours plus of solid rock and also some roll. Only Dave Grohl and company could ever convince me to pay actual money for a seat at the National Stadium, still leave me completely floored and wistful for a bygone era that not many seem fit or overly keen on inheriting. Dad rock forever.”

 

Donwei: “Mew's gig is at the SOTA Concert Hall is possibly one of the smallest most intimate concerts I have ever attended and in my opinion, was pretty damn near perfect. The atmosphere, psychedelic visuals and music complemented each other flawlessly, and I could only wish that there were more concerts like this in Singapore.”

 

Letazia: “Ed Sheeran's voice was pure perfection. The concert had a mix of upbeat songs and slow chill ballads. Other than the obvious fact that Ed has an incredible voice, his rapping skills are out of this world. The set was very well designed too. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER.”

 

Xinyi: “It’s just Harry innit? Styles hung up his boyband shoes to put on rockstar boots for his second visit to Singapore. The mix of slow-sentimental tracks in between high-energy rock out songs created the perfect mood. The biggest star of the show was his pure voice and how versatile he was, performing every track spot on. The moment the show ended, I was already anticipating his show next May.”

 

*****

What’s your favorite concert of 2017? Share them with us in the comments section below!

 

Photo credit: Unusual Entertainment, Upsurge Productions, Aloysius Lim, Live Nation Lushington SG, @aa_fiq via Twitter, Symmetry Entertainment, Ariffin Jamar for The Straits Times, Moonbeats Asia, Alvin Ho for LAMC Productions, Spin or Bin Music

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On 18th October, a few days after he posted about his bicycle accident, Ed Sheeran had some unfortunate news to share regarding his Asia tour, which was supposed to commence this weekend in Taipei:

AEG Presents Asia also posted the news on Facebook, with details of the posptponed concerts:

While Singapore's shows on 11th and 12th November are still in place, the dates are only a week after the postponed shows in Hong Kong, which looks a little concerning to us. Given the serious nature of Ed's injuries, one extra week isn't a lot of time for rest and recovery. His injuries (fractures in right wrist and left elbow) are truly unfortunate considering how he plays the guitar live during his concerts. 

Fingers crossed for a swift recovery before his show in Singapore!

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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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

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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

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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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