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Despite emerging into the music scene at a young age, Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker proves that nothing’s impossible with ardent passion and persistent grit.

Having supported acts the likes of Rihanna and Justin Bieber, Walker initially started producing music only in his bedroom for the record label NoCopyrightSounds. This then led to the roaring success of his single, Faded, and a series of follow-up singles currently dominating the EDM scene.

 

We spoke to Walker about the symbolism in his music videos, his views on being a DJ, and a whole lot more in the interview below.

 

1. What kind of music did you listen to growing up and how did it influence your music now?

Techno music was my music of preference. That was also part of the reason for me wanting to pursue music production. After watching movies, I also gained an interest for film scores, so that has definitely influenced my music as well. Especially when it comes to melodies.

 

2. How do you choose vocalists for your songs? Is there a main criteria that you follow?

It varies from song to song. For Tired, I was actually presented with the demo vocals from Gavin James to begin with. And for Faded, we ended up going with Iselin Solheim’s vocals, even though she was initially intended for demo only. It was just so great, and went well with the song.

 

3. Prior to your success in the EDM scene, you were interested in computer programming and graphic design. How much did your interests in such areas impact your career in music?

It had a lot to say in developing my visual identity as an artist, and is something that you can find traces from in my artwork, logos, videos, and more.

 

4. The music videos for Alone and Faded start with characters with masks on, which they later take off at the end of the video. Can you explain the symbolism behind that recurring concept?

The mask is not about me wanting to hide my identity. Actually, I wear the mask to symbolize that people are all the same and all equal. For me, anyone could be the person behind the mask, and anyone can achieve amazing things.

 

5. How do you keep track of ideas you randomly get when you're touring?

That’s a good question. I’ll have to record or write them down somewhere, or share the idea with someone else in order to not forget it.

 

6. Can you share with us one song that you adore and wish you could've produced yourself?

My all-time favorite is ‘Time’ by Hans Zimmer.

 

7. Do you prefer to be a member of an audience or playing for a crowd? Why?

I enjoy both, actually. There’s nothing better than being on stage. But I also like to attend a show as a regular fan, especially with some of the artists I like.

 

8. Many EDM producers are drawing the lines between being a DJ and an artist. They think being an artist is more than just about the "drops" in their songs. What element in your music do you think sets you apart from the usual stereotypical impressions of being a DJ?

First of all, it’s important to note that you can still be either a DJ or an artist, without being both. And there’s obviously a lot of artists who don’t DJ, and vice versa. Also, I agree that being an artist is more than just creating drops. The music that is released by the most successful artists today is clearly a testament to that, because they are often complete tracks and not just driven by drops. You can see that on the charts as well, as EDM music has been a part of the top charts in recent time.

 

9. Which festival that you've played at is the most memorable for you and why?

Probably Main Stage at Tomorrowland this year. It was amazing!

 

10. Name 3 musicians that you can't stop listening to right now.

It varies from time to time. But at the moment: Hans Zimmer, Kygo and Armin Van Buuren

 

 

Photo Credit: Rikkard Häggbom

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"Due to unforeseen circumstances..."

We all know how it goes. No exciting news would ever begin with that line.

If you'd ask me, the words "cancelled" and "concert" should never be in the same sentence. Alas, life happens and sometimes things just don't work out as they should.

Here are four highly-anticipated concerts of 2017 that had been unfortunately cancelled:

 

1. Justin Bieber

The most recent concert cancellation goes to Justin Bieber, who cancelled his remaining Purpose tour just 18 days after it was announced that he would be performing in Singapore in October this year.

"Sorry for anybody who feels disappointed or betrayed," he apologised. "Have a blessed day."

Before you hate on Justin, it should not be ignored that the singer had been on tour for the past 16 months and performed at 150 shows. Give him a break.

 

2. Banks

After performing in Singapore for the first time at Laneway 2015, we were all excited for Banks' return in July 2017.

Unfortunately, in March, the alt-R&B songstress had cancelled her Singapore show. However, it does seem that both Banks and concert organizer, Secret Sounds Asia, are keen to work out a concert at a later date.

We're crossing our fingers on that!

 

3. Pitbull

Due to scheduling conflicts, Mr Worldwide a.k.a. Pitbull, could not go worldwide this year. Much to the disappointment of his fans, he cancelled the entire asian leg of his Climate Change world tour.

 

4. Colbie Caillat

Just two days before she was slated to take the stage at The MAX Pavillion, fans were shocked to find out that they would have to make other plans for that night.

When will her fans in Singapore finally be able to watch her sing Try and Bubbly live? Soon, we hope.

 

Photo credits: Getty Images, LA Times

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Sorry, Singapore Beliebers.

Justin Bieber has canceled the remaining dates of his Purpose Tour "due to unforeseen circumstances." based on a statement from his management.

The 23-year-old Canadian popstar had been due to resume his "Purpose" tour with 15 shows across North America and Asia including Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines.

We are still waiting for official statements from the concert promoters but this pretty much sums up what we are feeling right now...


 

Update on ticket refunds (Singapore):

Ticket refunds start from Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – Monday, August 14, 2017. All purchased tickets will receive full refund. Refunds are through original mode of payment via the following methods:


1) Payment by credit card – refund will be automatically credited to the same credit card used for the transaction. It will take 14 business days, from Aug 1, for the credit card refund to be processed.
2) Purchases by cash or NETS – customers are to proceed to Sports Hub Tix with their tickets and photo ID at the address below between Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 to Monday, Aug 14, 2017 for cash refund:

Sports Hub Tix
2 Stadium Walk
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Singapore 397691


Refund Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday and Public Holidays: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM


For more information on refunds, please visit www.sportshubtix.sg or call +65 31587888 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The rumours are indeed true.

In pant-wettingly exciting news for Singapore’s Beliebers, it's been confirmed that Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber will bring his ‘Purpose’ tour to Singapore in October this year.

The teen hearthrob will be showcasing tracks from the album after which the tour is named (his No.1 fourth studio album), along with a few fan favourites and top singles from throughout his earlier career.

Maybe Singapore Beliebers can try and convince him to perform Despacito again? ;)

Concert Details:

Date               : October 7, Saturday
Venue            : Singapore National Stadium
Ticket Prices : $298* (Standing), $258* (Standing), $228* (Standing), $258* (Seated), $228* (Seated), $188* (Seated), $148* (Seated) (*yet to include $4 ticketing fee). VIP packages priced at $1898*, $958*, $708* (*yet to include $4 ticketing fee) will also be available for sale

Ticket sales start from 22 July at 10am. Call 3158 7888 to book or log onto www.sportshubtix.sg.

Tickets also available at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets islandwide.

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2017 is bout to get even better! Justin Bieber has brought his Purpose Tour to North America, South America, Europe, Oceania and the latest we heard…

Southeast Asia!!!

Earlier today Philippines' major concert promoter, MMI Live, announced his show in Manila happening on the 30th of September 2017.

According to Asia Live 365, it looks like Justin has chosen our part of the world to conclude his biggest tour ever and we look forward to more dates being announced soon - A Singapore date looks likely ;)

Are you ready for one of the most highly anticipated concerts? Here’s our little starter pack to get you HYPED!

 

Update: 29 June 2017 -

CONFIRMED. Justin Bieber will be performing in Singapore on Oct 7 (via Wikipedia)


Picture Credits: Teen Vogue, justinbiebergifs on Tumblr, GQ, H&M

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#Aca-awkward…

For all of us, there will be that one or two incidents where someone mispronounces or misspells our name.

Here are the 5 most awkward incidents where our favourite artists’ names get misspelled or mispronounced.

 

#1 – Alex Pall from The Chainsmokers

This would be the most recent case, the guys Alex and Drew appeared on MTV’s Ridiculousness and they decided to change Alex’s name to Adam. Will The Chainsmokers consist of Adam and Drew from now on?

 

#2  - Niall Horan from One direction

On the other hand, this goes way back to the days of when the One Direction boys were on X Factor UK. Oh boy, Niall looks so upset that they got his name wrong. 5 years later, the poor boy’s last name was misspelled during a press event for the band’s fifth album Made In The AM.

 

#3 – Idina Menzel

At the 2014 Oscars, John Travolta was doing so well in his introduction till he reached Idina Menzel’s name where he pronounced something completely different. Oops! He then later went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to explain his blunder. 

 

#4 – Camila Cabello

Although it isn’t clear if Camila Cabello’s name was misspelled in all the 7/27 CD booklets worldwide but it did kick up a little bit of a storm on Twitter. Oh no!

 

#5 - Barbra Streisand

Oh Siri! In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Barbra Streisand revealed that Siri was mispronouncing her name and she called Tim Cook to fix it.

 

Bonus #6 – Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour Merchandise

Well, don’t worry no one has gotten Justin Bieber’s name wrong but his team made a slight mistake by not proofreading his tour merchandise before the first date. Is Justin on his Purpose Tour or Purose Tour?


Picture Credits: Giphy, Buzzfeed

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Remember when Ariana Grande had huge curly blonde hair? Me neither.

But a talented artist called Tronicbox on YouTube was able to make our curiosity come to life with photoshopped images of current popstars as 80s singers. Though that’s not the most exciting thing. Tronicbox remixes pop hits and turns them into 80s style anthems!

A few oldies junkies would usually complain how it was so much “better in the 80s,” as if they were already alive in that era. We really can’t blame them as there were a lot of timeless dance-pop anthems in that decade that we still can still hear on the radio today. But Tronicbox was able to merge these two decades into eargasmic tunes that you're going to feel sorry for snubbing current popstars!

If you’re a fan of the synth-based disco era and some glorious riffs, give these remixes a listen and thank us later!

 

 
 

Photo Credit: TRONICBOX, Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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If the recent Coldplay fiasco has taught us anything, it's that Singaporeans still have a burning, fervent passion for live music. We will beg, holler and petition till The Powers That Be give us what we want dammit – overpriced tickets for an exceptionally mediocre band at a shitty venue.

Even for those less inclined to drink the Coldplay Kool-Aid however, 2017 is already shaping up to be a pretty decent year, concert-wise.

It could be better, we say.

In fact, we DEMAND that these following acts make a date here simply because we can.

 

1. Adele

Holmen: With her announcing the end of her 2016/17 world tour on July 1st, there's a 50/50 chance that she'll drop by Asia in 2017 as she has added a string of Australian dates for the entire month of March.

 

2. Blink-182

Solihin: We now live in a time where Blink-182 is nominated for the very serious, very prestigious Grammy Awards proving once again how dubious and out of touch the Recording Academy can be. If you're anything like me and “just wanna see some naked dudes,” this is what (wet) dreams are made of so the next obvious step would be a celebratory tour around the globe with sights primarily set on Singapore. However unlikely, there's been talk of a Boat.

 

3. Catfish and the Bottlemen

Donwei: Have been watching their live performances a lot lately, which I think is so much better than their studio recordings and would love to see that for myself. They will be in Australia before heading to Japan in January next year so it would be great if they made a stop in Singapore in between haha

 

4. Carly Rae Jepsen

Teejay: I just really dig her latest album. She skipped SG for her Gimmie Love Tour for some reason, but played shows in Japan and Manila.

Solihin: My hopes got significantly raised when some Pitchfork lackey predicted that the Queen of Everything in the Known Universe might be headlining Laneway 2017. E•MO•TION Side B was the equivalent of a Marvel post-credits scene – a glossy leftover coy enough to tease yet another Infinity Gem which will unavoidably have game-changing repercussions for the world of underappreciated pop. Make Singapore great again; reinstate the CRJ monarchy.

 

5. Childish Gambino + Chance The Rapper

Solihin: Ever notice the distinct lack of hip hop and rap artists that actually make the trip here? How come Australia gets all the fun? 2016 was a massive, massive year for these two gentlemen and it would be great if we could be a part of the upcoming one.

 
 

6. Fifth Harmony

Letazia:The girls have talked about coming to Singapore since forever and it is about time that they get their butts here by putting on an amazing show here to thank local Harmonizers for their incredible support and patience all these years.

 

7. Green Day

Holmen: Revolution Radio was a great comeback to form and they've always sold out their shows here. Skipped SG last tour and are playing Australia in May. Asia tour seems likely!

 

8. HONNE

Teejay: They're going to Manila for Wanderland 2017 along with Explosions in the Sky (who's gonna play a show here!) So hopefully, they'll stop by Singapore too!

 

9. John Mayer

Donwei: I hope he comes cuz i love him lol. Also his new album will be released next year so I think it's quite likely that he would go on a world tour, hopefully SG would be included

Michael: The man is a genius and his new album looks like it's gonna be a hit

 

10. Justin Bieber

Xinyi: In 2016, his Purpose Tour came to Asia but only to Japan so he definitely should explore the rest of Asia and come to Singapore. He will be doing the Australian leg in March 2017 so since he already travelled to this part of the world. He should stop by Asia too. Plus, the last we saw him was before the whole shenanigans and it will be good to watch the new Justin live.

 

11. Lady Gaga

Joey: With her new album Joanne out, she’s gotten a lot of rave reviews and returned back to the mainstream. She is most likely headlining Super Bowl 2017, but a world tour isn't exactly out of the question.

 

12. Little Mix

Letazia: Little Mix had a sold out show in Singapore for their Get Weird Tour this year and have mentioned Singapore several times in interviews saying that it was one of their favourite countries that they have visited on tour. Since their latest album Glory Days just got released, it is only right for them to make another trip back!

 

13. Radiohead

Holmen: One of the greatest bands ever has yet to extensively tour Asia yet. 2017 is largely empty besides a couple of European festival dates.

Michael: Because they are a world acclaimed band that has never played in Singapore, unfortunately for diehard fans (I think they haven't been to Singapore)

 

14. Sia

Joey: (It would be amazing to watch her and Maddie Ziegler live) – but it is super unlikely she will come since her recent Nostalgic for the Present Tour just ended in early Nov in North America.

 

15. Troye Sivan

Xinyi: He did Asia (but only South Korea and Japan) this year on his Blue Neighbourhood Tour. It will be great for him to come back as a singer as he came as a YouTuber for Fanfest 2014. He was one of the biggest names then, definitely proving he has what it takes to sell out a show in Singapore.

 

16. The Vamps

Xinyi: They came to Singapore pretty much unannounced a few weeks ago to do some promos (with Spotify, 987FM etc.) but did not do any public appearances or shows. So I think we deserve something. On their website, they did say Asia will be covered in Sep-Oct 2017.

 

17. The 1975

Teejay: They came this year for laneway but that was prior to the release of their latest album. It would be cool to hear more songs from "i like it when you sleep" live other than their initial singles.

Solihin: I Like It When The 1975 Comes To Town For Their Songs Are So Groovy Yet Emo Enough For Me To Say “Fuck that, get money” Ironically

 

Photo credit: ROSEWOOD, Dimitrios Kambouris, Rommel Demano, Jeff Hahne, Frazer Harrison, Ramona Rosales

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Thursday, 17 November 2016 14:08

Best Dupes For Iconic Red Carpet Looks

Award season is fast approaching.

Besides anticipating the wins, another huge aspect would be fashion. In some cases, fans get so inspired by their favourite singers that they replicate their outfit on their own.

Here are some iconic dupes!

 

1.     Taylor Swift at the 2016 Grammys

This superfan is extremely talented! Her Instagram account shows off the various dupes that she has made, including Taylor’s 1989 tour outfits and a few other iconic outfits.

 

2.     Beyoncé at the 2015 Met Gala

Beyoncé stunned everyone with this super intricate dress that looks quite impossible to replicate. But, this high school student decided to replicate the dress for her prom. If she did not win Prom Queen, there has to be a glitch! She revealed that there were 2,000 hand-placed crystals on the extravagant piece.

 

3.     Katy Perry at the 2014 Grammys

Girls, do you remember playing dress up when you were younger? This 4-year-old has nailed it! Her mother and her create iconic red carpet looks out of construction paper and scarves. See them here! How cute is she?

 

4.     Video Music Awards Throwback

MTV’s Drag Race cast turned up at this year’s Video Music Awards in outfits that have been worn by Lady Gaga, Sia, Britney and many more. How many can you remember?

 

5.     Beyoncé at the 2016 Country Music Awards

Well, this might not be the most accurate dupe but great effort to the fan that made this with Foot Loops and Marshmallow. See more replicas here

 

Bonus: Justin Bieber’s Iconic Photo-shoot

Pugs can do it too! Internet famous Doug The Pug recreated Justin Bieber’s iconic photo-shoot. The question is who is cooler?


Picture Credits: @teatimetay13 on Instagram, Refinery29, @iamindianross on Instagram, E!News, @2sisters_angie on Instagram, @rupaulsdragrace on Instagram, Mashable, Glamour

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What a week it has been! The 2016 American Music Awards nominations have been released and Drake has definitely dominated the entire list. Also, see how Justin Bieber’s waxwork has gotten an upgrade!

 

1.     5 takeaways from Nathan Hartono post-Sing! China

One, besides Milo Peng, Nathan Hartono also fancies a bowl of hearty Bar Chor Mee. (PS: During his interview with Toggle, he revealed that his usual order is mee pok, chilli and vinegar)

Two, the singer was challenged by 987FM to perform his final performance on Sing!China (which was a medley of Moonlight in the City and Woman Flower), but in English

Three, Milo has gotten in touch with him and hosted a meet and greet session yesterday (15 Oct).

Four, he shared a throwback picture of him at the 2005 Teenage Icon Awards. 

Five, his favourite Jay Chou songs are 最長的電影 and 擱淺.

Despite coming in second in the competition, Electricity singer Nathan Hartono has no doubt won our hearts and support. Here are 5 reasons why. 

 

2.     Drake dominates the 2016 American Music Awards nominations

Drake leads the pack with 13 nominations including the 3 most prestigious categories; Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year and Video of the Year. He has broken the record for the highest number of American Music Awards nominations in a year. Michael Jackson previously held the record with 11 nominations in 1984.

Click here for the full list of nominations. 

 

3.     Justin Bieber gets an upgrade

Sometimes, wax figures are the closest way fans can interact with their idols. No one else does this better than Madame Tussauds, the company has been creating wax figures of the famous decades ago. Their latest addition to their flagship museum in London features A SHIRTLESS JUSTIN BIEBER. Can life get any better?

His original wax figure (which was created back in 2011) got an upgrade and was remodelled after his stage look. The biebs is known for performing shirtless especially on his current tour, Purpose World Tour.

 

4.     Niall Horan performs ‘live’ for the first time

That’s the first time I am doing this on my own.” – Niall Horan after his debut performance on The Graham Norton show

Soon after the release of This Town, Niall Horan revealed that he would be making his television debut on UK’s The Graham Norton Show. During his time on the talk show, Niall treated the audience with the first ever performance of his debut track, This Town.

He also spoke a little more about his 8-week backpacking trip in Asia and what he gets up to when he goes home to Mullingar.

Here is a snippet from his interview on the show.

 

 

Picture credits: Seow Bei Yi for The Straits Times, Nathan Hartono on Facebook, STcom on Twitter, Billboard, 953 Fresh Radio, Madame Tussauds London, PA Images

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