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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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It has come to our attention that Blink 182 and Linkin Park will be co-headlining a minitour under the moniker Blinkin Park. If that piece of news doesn't excite you yet, maybe this video would:

 

As we've seen from the likes of McBusted (McFly + Busted), the formation of supergroups are ALWAYS a good idea, and a win-win for everyone.

The bands involved get to collaborate on new material together and fans get treated to said material.

And so, we think that these 3 supergroups have to be formed too...

 

1) Little Harmony / Fifth Mix

 

Discussions about the collaboration of this X-Factor supergroup has been going on for ages and we think that it really does need to come true ASAP. 

 

2) Fall Out Disco

 

A post shared by Fall Out Boy (@falloutboy) on

 

 

 

Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy may be long-time labelmates who have collaborated and performed together before, but that was way back and these two bands NEED to come together again.

In the Instagram video above, it is revealed that Brendon Urie was one of those under the furry llama costumes in Fall Out Boy's new music video for Young and Menace.

Could this be a possibility that the two are collaborating again? We can't wait to find out!

 

3) 5 Seconds Of Vamps

Do we even need to spell out why we think this supergroup needs to happen?

 

Photo credits: inquisitr, Planet Radio, Pinterest

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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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It's that time of the year again when we spend hours going through our photo albums and sobbing at the mere thought that the best concerts that happened this year only exist in our memories and can only be accessed through our screens.

Unless someone actually invents a working time machine, we won’t be able to relive those psychedelic concert moments. But for now, we’ll have to make do with some reminiscing.

Immortalizing these special gigs through words and a bunch of pictures is what we're here for. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the best concerts* in 2016 picked by our very own Spin or Bin Music writers!

*Click the images to read our concert reviews!

 

Donwei: "Floor Jansen's impeccable vocals set a whole new benchmark for live shows for me. Nightwish was also my first metal concert so that was a cool experience since the crowd gave off a different vibe from what I was used to. There was this young mum in front of me who was carrying her sleeping son (probably still in kindergarten and idk how he managed to sleep during the concert). When the band started playing 'Storytime', the mum woke him up (cuz apparently that's his fav song) and put him on the floor where he just started jumping and screaming along to the song lol"

 

Donwei: "I've never listened to their music before but soon became a fan after going for their concert. I think it's so easy to underestimate them for their young ages and for the genre that they are categorised in but wow Brad Simpson really does have great stage presence. It also helped that we got to meet them for the interview and that they are total qts!!!"

 

Teejay: "Though The 1975's SG gig wasn't really for a solo tour, seeing my favorite band the second time around at Laneway was beyond surreal. I got to meet fellow 1975-obsessed fans and saw the band's stunning neon-themed visuals for the first time! Also, I saw Ross Macdonald again, which made it even more memorable."

 

Letazia: "They basically took the roof off The Star Theatre with their AMAZING vocals. I know that they are great singers but after watching them LIVE in concert, I can most definitely say that they don't just sing their songs but they PUT ON A SHOW for their fans, making sure that the ticket was worth every cent to watch them SLAY their performances."

 

Letazia: "This girl's vocal range was absolutely INSANE. And to think that she sounded so incredible even though she was not feeling her best. SAY WHAT. Yes, she's a super talented singer-songwriter that is so underrated in this music industry. I think that once you attend a Jessie J concert, there is no denying of all the talented bones in her body. And her interactions with her fans are the cutest!"

 

Donwei: "And also while I wouldn't say that Panic! At The Disco's concert was the BEST, it felt pretty surreal to see Brendon Urie in the flesh after fangirling and being obsessed over him and the band all through my sec school and poly days. Now it feels like I can finally close that chapter haha."

 

Teejay: "Queen and Adam Lambert's set was mind-blowing in so many ways. Hearing songs from my childhood in real life while drowning in my own sweat was one of the most memorable experiences ever. You know the show was good when you caught yourself picturing that exact moment in slow motion while it's happening. Let's also add the fact that there was golden confetti falling down on the crowd while I was exiting the moshpit. It was so memorable that here I am romanticizing the whole gig all over again."

Holmen: "It's been a dream come true to witness one of the most influential rock bands in the world put on a show worthy to be named one of the best ever performances to take place at the Singapore GP ever. Adam Lambert also gave a better vocal performance than his stint at the New Year's Eve show at the Floating Platform this year."

 

Solihin: "There is something truly purifying about being vulnerable against the onslaught of Mother Nature while attempting (still) to make the best of your gloriously muddy festival experience. An event that trumps the infamous "Rainway" of 2010, the sophomore edition of Neon Lights should be praised not only for its continually diverse attractions but also for managing to foster a sense of communion free of irony. Ok but seriously, the vouchers have gotta go, though."

*****

 

Is your favorite concert of 2016 on our list? Share it with us!

 

Photo Credit: LAMC Productions, Alvin Ho for Laneway Festival & Singapore GP Singapore, Cherlynn Lian / Laneway Festival Singapore, Neon Lights, Live Nation Lushington SG (facebook)

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Missing the recent VMAs already?

Don't worry - we've got your back. We've dug up photos from the 2006 VMAs and all we can say is, you're in for a treat.

Grab your tissues as well - some bands are going to reunite and it will just make you wish you were watching the show a decade ago. 

 

6. Thnks Fr Th Mmrs

Fall Out Boy - boy oh boy. Remember Pete's pet monkey? And remember how chubby Patrick Stump was?! I miss all them so much, especially before the hiatus.

 

5. Don't Cha Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Us?

The Pussycat Dolls - also known as the sex symbols of 2006. If you didn't have their hits as your ringtone back then, you're doing it wrong.

 

4.  Her Hips (Still) Don't Lie

Shakira is pictured here with Wyclef Jean, rocking the classic hit OF ALL TIME. Like Shakira, the song never gets old.

 

3. The Queen Does What She Wants

 Queen Bey is still as dramatic and incredible as ever. (How does she keep this up? What is her secret?!) She's stunning in her outfit as she descends from the ceiling during her performance of Ring The Alarm.

 

2. Get Ready To Panic

Diehard fans will clearly recall this as the moment where Panic! At The Disco won Video Of The Year for I Write Sins, Not Tragedies. *weeps into a tissue*

 

1. (Gerard) Way To Go

Look at that goth emo band. My Chemical Romance, thank you for making us cry into our pillows and make our heart ache for the past decade.

 

 

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Photo credit: Bryan Bedder / Evan Agostini / Scott Gries / Getty Images

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Remember the very first time you laid your eyes on the Pokemon Go trailer? 

 

1) Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out

 

It was as though your prayers to turn back time to the good old days are finally answered as a wave of nostalgia hit you.

Then came its release. Though not in Asia, we lived through the gaming experience vicariously through video gameplays of others. 

 

2) Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime

It was all so exciting!

Then came the strange stories... Expat fired from his job over the game? Dead bodies found and traffic accidents caused while searching for Pokemons? 

 

3) Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up 

Doesn't matter. Ain't nothing is gonna get between you and the game, especially when rumours about it being finally out in Singapore in 48 hours made its round on social media...

 

4) Panic! At The Disco - Ready To Go

Boy were we ready to leave our homes to catch some Pokemon. However, 48 hours later, it turned out that the rumours were false...

 

5) Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)

The latest news also tells us that Pokemon Go is probably going to take a lot more time than desired to arrive on our shores.

 

6) Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait

So that leaves us with no other choice but to continue our wait. Unless...

 

7) One Direction - One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)

You're gonna get it on your phone one way or another - a quick search on google would give you results of several articles to help you get the app ASAP! 

Photo credit: Vulcan Post

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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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This year’s edition of the annual Coachella Music Festival is no doubt one of the strongest lineups in a long time, although there seems to be a shortage of female acts headlining each night don't you think?

Acts that definitely won the tough crowd over included Sufjan Stevens, Sia and even Chris Stapleton, who seemed to not fit in anywhere on the bill.

Coachella’s also known for its stacked list of surprise guests on top of its already amazing lineup. Here’s some of the biggest surprise guest appearances this weekend:

 

Calvin Harris – We Found Love (Feat. Rihanna)

Literally everyone saw this coming, but since Rihanna already came out as a surprise guest for Calvin Harris in 2012 at the very same festival, people were skeptical they would see a repeat. Rihanna came out and did We Found Love … and it’s glorious.

Other artists that made an appearance at Calvin Harris’ Sunday headlining set included John Newman and Big Sean.

 

Disclosure – Omen (Feat. Sam Smith)

Disclosure has featured many high profile artists in their latest album, including an artist they helped launch to stardom, Sam Smith. Of course, Sam wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to perform Omen and Latch at one of the largest festivals in the world.

Other guests that appeared at Disclosure’s set included Alunageorge and the one and only Lorde.

 

Halsey – New Americana (Feat. Brandon Urie)

Panic! At The Disco frontman (now only man) Brandon Urie came out to a crowd of screaming girls as he sang New Americana as a duet with Halsey to cap off an excellent debut by the rising star. Also, a performance of I Write Sins? Count me in.

 

Zedd – True Colors (Feat. Kesha)

Kesha’s first live stage performance since her on-going legal battle with Dr Luke (that isn’t going too well for her), she made her grand return singing True Colors and took everyone by surprise with her insane vocals. Even Zedd was so blown away he left the track intact while Kesha worked her magic. #FreeKesha

Photo Credit: MTV

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As we have seen from previous years, the line-ups of Japan's Summer Sonic Festival usually makes a pretty good gauge of those would also be performing in Singapore. Here's the festival's latest line-up for 2016, which was posted on 10 March:

And with that, we can't help but make some predictions of our own based on this list! (Please take our predictions with a grain of salt and don't get your hopes too high, because we don't want an angry mob hunting us down with their pitchforks should the predictions end up not coming true. Ha ha.) Here are some of them:

 

Prediction #1: Panic! At The Disco

Following the news of Weezer performing in Singapore on 15 August, we can't help but wonder if Panic! At The Disco would be heading for our shores too. If you were to ask me, the chances seem pretty damn high. The two bands announced that they would be touring together this summer from June onwards, so when we compare their upcoming tour dates... 

The only difference we see here is Singapore's stop for Weezer, which is missing from Panic's. So unless the band's only performing in other parts of Asia, we're placing our bets and crossing our fingers that a concert for Panic! At The Disco in Singapore would be announced either sooner or later!

 

Prediction #2: Radiohead

After an extended period of inactivity, Radiohead is finally back with plans to tour Europe later this year, along with a stop in Japan for Summer Sonic. This has spread high hopes amongst their fans in Singapore, especially since they have never played here before. We reckon that having them as the headliner of the 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix in September would provide a stage big enough for the band! So please, Radiohead, don't leave us high, don't leave us dry.

 

Prediction #3: The 1975

What's the probability of The 1975 returning within less than a year after Laneway, amirite? Well, Chvrches have done it before when they performed in Singapore twice in 2014, so why can't The 1975 too? Their second studio album was also released after Laneway, so we think that the new material totally justifies another concert!

 

Prediction #4: James Bay

I may not have any concrete reasons for my prediction for James Bay to grace our shores, but what I know is that I would really, really love for him to do so. Moreover, I tend to believe that James Bay is generally well-liked within the country as I don't know a single person with any extreme negative feelings towards him. A mere mention of his name also seems to be able to get people swooning, which I hope at least one concert promoter in Singapore would have noticed already. 

 

Prediction #5: Two Door Cinema Club

While Two Door Cinema Club has been relatively inactive in the recent years, an update on their Facebook page on New Year and a newly-created Instagram account show that the trio are finally getting things going again! The last time they were here was back in 2013, so it's about time they returned, don't you think?

 

Prediction #6: Charlie Puth

 

Even a month after its release, Charlie Puth's debut album, Nine Track Mind, is still going strong on the iTunes top 100 albums chart. In addition, three of his tracks, One Call Away, Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor) and We Don't Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez) are on the iTunes top 100 songs chart. Also on Spotify's Top 50 in Singapore, One Call Away garners a daily play of more than 18,000 times in Singapore alone, as well as We Don't Talk Anymore with more than 10,000 daily plays. These numbers speak for themselves regarding the popularity of his music within Singapore, and therefore leads us to believe that plans should be made for Charlie Puth to perform here before/after his gig in Summer Sonic too!

 

If you're still not convinced how Summer Sonic's line-up should be any indicator of the upcoming concerts in Singapore, let's take a look at the festival's line-ups over the previous years:

2015:

Acts who also performed in Singapore in 2015
August: Pharrell Williams (F1), Imagine Dragons, Kodaline, Sheppard, Cody Simpson, Zedd
Other months: Mew (March), The Script (April), Clean Bandit (November)
*** Passion Pit was supposed to perform in August too but their concert was later cancelled. 

 

2014:

Acts who also performed in Singapore in 2014
August: Pentatonix
Other months: Phoenix (Janurary), Mogwai (February), Ellie Goulding (June), The 1975 (July) 

 

2013:

Acts who also performed in Singapore in 2013
August: Metallica, Fall Out Boy, Stereophonics, Pet Shop Boys 
Other Months: Two Door Cinema Club (January), Alt-J (January/Laneway), Carly Rae Jepsen (May/Singapore Social Concerts), One Ok Rock (November), Mew (November/Camp Symmetry)

 

Photo credits: Summer Sonic Festival, Shutterwall, Diymag, SXSW

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Slated to be released early next year on 15 January 2016, Death of A Bachelor is Panic! At The Disco's fifth studio album and the first after the departure of ex-drummer and founding member, Spencer Smith. So far, the band has given us a sneak peek into their forthcoming album through four singles. Some hits, some misses. Here's how I rank them:

 

#4. Victorious (2nd single)

 

Cute video with a cute message about celebrating life's little victories, but for a lacklustre song. 

 

#3. Emperor's New Clothes (3rd single)

The music video for The Emperor's New Clothes is by far the most artistic and visually appealing one out of all that they have released for their new album. I love how it is a continuation from This Is Gospel, which is from their previous album. The song, however, is just a 'meh' for me.

On the same day of the music video release, it was confirmed that Dallon Weekes is no longer an official member of the band, but just a touring member for this record. It's so strange how I used to know every single thing (EVERY. SINGLE. THING) about this band back in their prime, but now I can't even keep up with who's in the band and who's not. Or is it just a one-man show now? I don't even know. 

 

#2. Hallelujah (1st single)

 

I consider their music video for Hallelujah by far the worst one that the band has ever put out. Cheesy camera work + really bad effects = ugh. Fortunately, the song is a total earworm and really grows on you. It also managed to debut at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It's nothing compared to chart-topping artistes like Taylor Swift or Adele, but it is worth highlighting that it is the band's second highest after I Write Sins Not Tragedies, which was 9 years ago, back in 2006. Hallelujah.

 

#1. LA Devotee (4th single)

 

LA Devotee is amazing. It was love at first sight sound. It is everything I dream of from this talented band. Before this, I was still not entirely impressed by their previous three efforts. Hallelujah was good, but it didn't exactly wow me. LA Devotee, on the other hand, really blew me away. After listening to the first chorus, I already had the repeat button clicked. There's no music video for this single yet but hopefully they do make one because I would looooove to see it.

 

Photo Credit: Panic! At The Disco

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