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If you haven’t already heard, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco recently landed a lead role in the Broadway show “Kinky Boots”.

As expected, we’ve had P!ATD fans who would eagerly wait at the stage door to ask for autographs and apparently scream at Bredon’s face, like what most teenage fangirls do.

But it seems like the screaming is taking a toll on Urie’s mental well-being that he decided to stop greeting fans at the show.

While I understand that most fangirls would preferably express their excitement through piercing squeals, it is worth mentioning that Urie also deserves to be treated as a normal human being and not just a mere celebrity that only exists for our entertainment.

Also, give the guy a break! He’s trying to immerse himself in a different art form and should be respected the same way as other musical theater actors. The fact that he was already kind enough to meet fans and sign P!ATD merchandise at a Kinky Boots show manifests how much he appreciates their support.

Zack Hall, a friend of Urie, explained the situation in a tweet.

So, the next time you cross paths with a famous person, try striking a conversation or asking for a picture politely. But definitely refrain from screaming things like "HAVE MY BABIES!" in their face.

 

Photo Credit: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

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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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Brendon Urie's one adrenaline-pumped singing junkie.

Even during the last few hours of 2016, the frontman of Panic! At The Disco was still rocking it out on Dick Clark's New Year Eve stage, belting out the first few verses of "Victorious".

Armed with killer beats, tight skinny jeans and incredible vocals (as usual), P!ATD delivered a stellar performance - thankfully, without any technical malfunction or sabotage behind-the-scenes.

Although 2016 ended on a good note for the band, Brendon reveals in a Billboard interview that he's already working hard for 2017:

Whether I’m writing a lyric or making a beat, every day I’m doing something. I never really stopped working, so I’m curious to do the sort of Frankenstein method now and see if I can pull all of these things to kind of jigsaw puzzle this [next] album.

To tease the rest of us, Brendon also mentioned that he would be diving into non-music ventures in this year. 

He added cheekily, "We'll see how dangerous I get." 

To fuel the excitement further, check out the band's performance below!

 

 

Photo credit: Fuse!

Published in Music News
Friday, 16 December 2016 05:31

Spotify's Top Artists Of 2016

 

Spotify has revealed 2016's top artists and we're thrilled to see so many of our favourites make it to the lists.

Here are some of our favourites and more notable picks!

 

Drake

Drake's love life this year may not flourished as well as he probably would've hoped (with Rihanna in particular), but at least his numbers of Spotify are! The rapper was crowned as the world's most streamed artist and his album, Views, that was dropped in April was also the most streamed abum of the year. And how many times was 2016's top hit a.k.a. One Dance streamed? 970 million times. 

 

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande emerged as the most streamed female artist in Singapore and second in the world just behind Rihanna!

 
 

Twenty One Pilots

I can't even begin to describe how proud I feel of Twenty One Pilots for being the 4th most streamed artist in the world. Their 2015 album, Blurryface, also deservingly made it as one of 2016's most streamed albums!

 

Fifth Harmony

How apt is it that Fifth Harmony is 2016's 5th most streamed female artist in both Singapore and across the globe???

 

ZAYN

The stats have proven that Zayn is on the right direction for going solo. The ex-One Direction member was named as the year's top breakout artist!

 

Rihanna

Rihanna is 2016's was not only the top R&B artist, but also the most streamed female artist in the world with over 2.5 billion streams to her name!

 

Panic! At The Disco

I would say that it's been a long time since Panic! At The Disco deviated from their roots in the emo genre, so the fact that they were this year's top emo artist probably shows that many people have been reminiscing of the early 2000s this year!

 
 
Here's my top artists and tracks of 2016! 
 
 
What about yours? 
 
(Photo credit: Rolling Stone, Billboard)
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Saturday, 29 October 2016 15:12

5 Times Panic! At The Disco Won At Halloween!

From their track off their Vices & Virtues album that is titled Nearly Witches, to the extensive use of costumes in every single music video that was ever released throughout their 11-year career, there is no doubt that Panic! At The Disco is heavily influenced by the celebration of Halloween.

Here's a list of times when they showed their love for this special occasion!

 

1) When they were so excited for Halloween that they made a song and music video about it

 

 

2) When the band performed at a concert in their Halloween costumes

 

 

3) When they were featured in the special edition soundtrack of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

 

4) When Brendon Urie and his wife, Sarah Orzechowski, pretty much nailed #RelationshipGoals with their Halloween costumes over the years

 
 

5) When literally ALL their MVs were made with the sole purpose of creating new halloween costume ideas

 
 
 
 
 

(Photo credits: Tumblr)

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For some of you, you have just completed your first or second week as a university freshman. How has the experience been?

For me, daunting but filled with excitement.

This is how I would describe it.

Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus
“Welcome to the land of fame (brains), excess, whoa! Am I gonna fit in?”
“My tummy's turnin' and I'm feelin' kinda homesick”

Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots
“Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol' days,”
“When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out.”

Now on with the top 4 stories from this week!

 

1.     5 Amazing Years Of Little Mix

The girls of Little Mix celebrated their 5-year anniversary last week by pouring their hearts out on Instagram and Twitter. Their team even put together this throwback video, which may leave you in tears. In these 5 years, Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jesy have topped many charts with their songs and took their tours around the world.

In conjunction with their anniversary, their team has created this playlist on Spotify with their top tracks from the past years. The playlist included Wings, which is their debut single from DNA and hits like Black Magic and Secret Love Song, which took the world by storm.


 

2.     Little Monsters Listen Up! Lady Gaga Announces New Single

A few days ago, Lady Gaga took to Instagram to post 12 individual pictures which when put together would depict her new single title, Perfect Illusion. Lady Gaga has not released a single for a while now; her last single Till It Happens To You was released last September.

Perfect Illusion will be out in September.

 

3.     Singapore Gets A Piece Of Kanye West

Kanye West surprised the world when this Tweet was posted.

The Famous singer was going to open up 21 pop-up stores selling his Life Of Pablo merchandise and Suntec City Tower 1 happened to be one of the locations chosen. According to The Straits Times, fans started queuing up as early as 2am on Friday morning even when the store only opens at noon.

For those who did not get a chance to enter the store, here is a look inside the store.

 

 

4.     American Rock Bands Take Over Singapore!

It has been a good week for Singaporean fans of Weezer and Panic! At The Disco, both bands took the stage at Suntec City Convention Centre on 15 and 16 August respectively. Find out what happened during the Weezer’s concert from Donwei and Panic! At The Disco’s concert from Teejay!

By the way, you can always refer to our gig guide to stay updated with all the concerts happening in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.


Picture Credits: Mirror, Telegraph, Lady Gaga on Instagram, Kanye West, Deadpress, Gigwise.

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As I try to recall the brilliance I’ve been presented last night, I can’t help but come up with the cliché pun of finally panicking at the disco. But Panic! At The Disco’s Singapore show ensued not just a certain panic. It came with the majestic feeling of an overdose of satisfaction that I’m sure everyone in the room has experienced.

For a moment, I was reminded of how it feels to be 16 and excited again. As soon as the lights went out and Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time started playing, murmurs turned into electrifying energy that I’d perfectly compare with a full cardio workout.

There is no doubt that Brendon Urie, the last remaining original member of P!ATD, is an ultimate performer. Despite playing mostly new songs, which I’m more of a fan of, he brought an authentic stage presence that fans of all ages enjoyed.

I was surrounded by female teenagers who prior to the start of the show nervously discussed A levels and having tests the next day. The same fangirls also pushed me towards the barrier, bringing me right in front of lead guitarist Kenneth Harris whose riffs I admired from a short distance.

As I continued to sway along the waves of young fans, the euphoric crowd started to get a little out of hand for my miniscule body to handle. A guy started screaming, “THIS IS A MOSHPIT!!!” as he elbowed people in front of him not exactly for the intention of having a good time and enjoying the music, but somehow to just show off his “wild side.” Bro, take it down a notch, will ya?

But the night was so euphoric that no one even bothered to pay attention to the aforementioned attention-seeker. All eyes were on Brendon who after belting out songs like Hallelujah and LA Devotee turned to the keys and played one of my favorites, Nine In The Afternoon. The most anticipated cover though, is the one Brendon wished he had written himself – Bohemian Rhapsody. If Freddie Mercury was alive, he would give P!ATD more than just a pat on the back for their flawless execution.

Gushes ensued one more time as Brendon took his shirt off, blessing everyone’s eyes with the presence of his half naked and sweaty body. In no way am I promoting double standards nor do I support objectification, but I do confess gushing over the majestic sight along with other fangirls.

Brendon might be doing shows for around 12 years now, but the class act still hasn’t lost the drive of bringing smiles (and tears) to his fans. More than that, he is an artist with a heart. How does a person come up with such enthralling hooks, deliver it live on the other side of the world and still be so grounded? Of course, he hasn’t done all of it himself. But Brendon, devoid of any pretentious formalities, genuinely thanked everyone for coming. “It’s more than what we expected,” he told us over heartwarming giggles.

I'm sure majority of the audience would have wanted to hear New Perspective and Northern Downpour live, but we really can't complain. Still, everything felt right. P!ATD finished off with Victorious and in that moment I’m pretty sure my soul already left my body.

If there’s anything I’ve gotten from that gig last night, aside from a rejuvenated soul and a backache, it’s the realization of how strongly strangers can bond over music. Nothing feels better than being in a mosh pit, staring at a band with deep admiration, and singing along to songs you’ve only repeatedly played in the bus. Shall I say, it's a hell of a feeling though?

******

“We're feeling so good. Just the way that we do.”

 

Setlist
Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
Vegas Lights
The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
Hallelujah
Time To Dance
Emperor’s New Clothes
Girls/Girls/Boys
LA Devotee
Ready To Go
Nine In The Afternoon
Bohemian Rhapsody
Golden Days
Miss Jackson
Crazy=Genius
Death Of A Bachelor


Encore
I Write Sins Not Tragedies
This Is Gospel
Victorious

Photo Credit: @nicshields via Twitter, Aloysius Lim, LAMC Productions

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When Warner Bros. dropped the first official trailer for Suicide Squad early this year, the sequences of the grittily humorous flick were leashed by very well-utilised snippets of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Matching the action and snappy dialogue beat for beat, the famously erratic anthem (roughly divided into initial piano balladry and Brian May’s headbang-mandatory riffs) was the perfect tonal accompaniment for a film about a diverse cast of loose cannon criminals coerced into doing some honest-to-god superhero work.

Suicide Squad: The Album will feature a roster similarly jam-packed with huge names that make for an unorthodox team-up.  

Top of the track list is Panic! at the Disco’s cover of the aforementioned Queen classic – a regular spectacle incorporated into their live set now fully realised on record. To say we’re thrilled that Brendon Urie’s pipes were captured for this would be an understatement.

While label mates twenty one pilots have already managed to clog up the comment sections with their contribution, Heathens, the OST also promises other original songs from the likes of Skylar Grey, Kehlani and most prominently, the Art Angel herself, Grimes.

Interestingly enough, collaboration appears to be the name of the game with Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign and X Ambassadors all crammed into one song and Action Bronson, The Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach and Mark Ronson on another. Skrillex and Rick Ross’s Purple Lamborghini on the other hand, is reporttedly set to star Jared Leto (of 30 Seconds To Mars fame) in full Joker garb.

The inclusion of Eminem’s Without Me is a nice nod to the music video which saw the rapper dressed as Robin the Boy Wonder (and Dr. Dre as Blade), adding more fuel to the already roasting Death in the Family fire.

With legendary composer Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight trilogy, Batman v Superman, Sherlock Holmes) retiring from the “superhero business,” the Suicide Squad soundtrack does seem like a breath of fresh air, just weird enough to achieve mission success for Task Force X.

 

Suicide Squad: The Album tracklist:

1. Purple Lamborghini – Skrillex & Rick Ross
2. Sucker for Pain – Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons (with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors)
3. Heathens – twenty one pilots
4. Standing in the Rain – Action Bronson & Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys) (feat. Mark Ronson)
5. Gangsta – Kehlani
6. Know Better – Kevin Gates
7. You Don’t Own Me – Grace (feat. G-Eazy)
8. Without Me – Eminem
9. Wreak Havoc – Skylar Grey
10. Medieval Warfare – Grimes
11. Bohemian Rhapsody – Panic! at the Disco
12. Slippin’ Into Darkness – War
13. Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
14. I Started a Joke – ConfidentialMX (feat. Becky Hanson)

 

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

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If one day you were to become a tentacle monster who could eat anyone in this world and shapeshift to become that person, who would you choose to be?

In this video, Sara Quin from Tegan And Sara said that she used to fantasize being English singer-songwriter Phil Collins when she was younger. Paramore's Hayley Williams, on the other hand, chose Queen's Freddie Mercury. For me, I would chose to embody Taylor Swift just because. 

However, in Panic! At The Disco's latest music video for Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time, it was Brendon Urie who was seduced and devoured by a tentacle monster before shapeshifting into him. I think Brendon's a great choice for the monster would have no problems finding its next victim (I volunteer as tribute!!!). I guess Brendon Urie being a demon really explains how he is so alluring and too perfect to be human.

Watch the music video below:

 

Photo credit: Warner Music

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Rejoice, rejoice, oh avid Panic! At The Disco Fans!

If you’ve been drowning in schoolwork or just feeling unmotivated, then Brendon Urie’s interview with Rock Sound might just give you a little push.

Here is a glimpse into the mind of the musical genius that is Brendon Urie. His powerful vocals is not the only thing that led him to success. It’s his undying perseverance and willingness to get up back up despite failures that made him the man that he is today – Yes, our smol bean has been through a lot including getting bottled on stage and eventually passing out.

We know there’s still a couple of months to go before Panic! At The Disco’s Singapore show, so why not keep the hype going for the mean time and stalk Brendon.

It’s not everyday that you get to hear the man himself share personal experiences about his love and passion for music, amirite?

Watch the video HERE:

Photo Credit: upsetmagazine

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