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When it comes to Singapore's National Day Parade, one of its biggest and most anticipated highlights is the NDP theme song of the year.

If you haven't heard this year's theme song, Because It's Singapore!, here you go:

 

And... yep. Let's just say that we hope to hear better for NDP 2018.

Yes, we know we'd never get another Home, but before you lose hope in local music, you shouldn't.

In fact, the local music scene has been flourishing as of late. So, to celebrate Singapore's 52nd birthday, here are 5+2 (or 7) of our favourite songs released by local musicians in 2017!

 

1) The Façade - White

 

2) Jean Tan - Crowns

 

3) M1LDL1FE - Distraction

 

4) TOMGIRL - Heartbeats

 

5) Bakers In Space - Mute

 

6) The Sam Willows - Keep Me Jealous

 

7) LEW - Loved You So

Photo credits: LEW, Yak

"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

In today's music scene where critics lash out at artistes for producing songs that lack substance, British rock band, Catfish And The Bottlemen are one of the few who stand out.

Their rise to prominence can pointed to their music that effortlessly resonate with the teens of today.

Here are 5 of their most relevant songs about modern romance:

 

1. Soundcheck

 

"I raced through soundcheck

Just to meet you on your fag break

And you convinced me

To put life aside and want you"

 

There's nothing quite like a love song about the relationship of a musician who skips soundcheck to meet his lover during her smoke break. 

 

2. Business

"I wanna make it my business

I wanna tolerate drunk you, honey

I wanna make it my problem"

 

You know what they say: "If you can't accept me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best". Business is basically that quote elongated into a 3-minute song. In the second verse, frontman Van McCann sings about finding "a lover who can in peace with my mother and I won't ever let her go", just like the mama's boy that he is.

 

3. Kathleen

Instead you call me up with a head full of filth

And yes, I know

That I'll never acquiesce anything you're thinking

But, let me know when I'm needed home

And I'll come

You can leather me with your lips.

Kathleen tells a story of the push and pull of a toxic relationship that everyone of us are all too well-aware of. 

 

4. Cocoon

Fuck it if they talk

Fuck it if they try and get to us

Cause I'd rather go blind

Than let you down.

Cocoon highlights the challenges of being in a relationship that is everyone else is against of. So what is Van's solution to the disapproval of friends and family? "Fuck it," he says.

 

5. Hourglass

"'Cause I wanna carry all of your children

And I wanna call them stupid shit"

 

Aside from Ewan McGregor, what makes Hourglass so good is how crude it is. I remember the first time listening to it and not being able to believe my ears; how could a song that sounded so sweet on the surface be actually this vulgar? Love it.

TV series Game Of Thrones is finally back for its 7th season.

Even from its first episode, fans have already been divided: those who enjoyed Ed Sheeran's cameo, and those who don't. While some say that Ed's acting was believable and his character was appropriate, others claim that his appearance threw them off. No matter which side you're taking, fans of the TV series can all agree on one thing: its epic theme song. While we tend to skip the intro for other TV series, doing the same for GOT is unthinkable. 

It comes with no surprise that the GOT theme song has its own league of fans who have made their own versions of it. From metal to acoustic, these 5 cover versions of the GOT theme track is sure to bring you into the magical world of dragons and direwolves.

 
 
 
 
 
 

It felt like any other day; our alarms rang as it did every morning and we clicked on the snooze button only to be rudely awaken for the second time that morning five minutes later.

Little did we expect to be shaken wide awake by yet another alarm that day: the news of Linkin Park's lead singer Chester Bennington's death.

Of all recent celebrity deaths, Chester's suicides hits particularly close to home as he is the first singer whose music accompanied most of us through our adolescence. Many of us have the lyrics from their Meteora and Hybrid Theory albums at the back of our fingers and would not hesistate to sing (or scream) along to the songs whenever we come across one.

Chester's death is undeniably heartbreaking and our thoughts go out to his family and the rest of Linkin Park. His suicide comes as a reminder of the importance of mental health and how depression should never be taken lightly. 

As the world mourns the passing of yet another talented rock star, here are 5 live performances that we would like to remember Chester by.

 

1) Crawling (ft Chris Cornell)

It's hard to believe that we lost both Chester and Chris Cornell in a span of a few months. It's even harder to digest the fact that Chester's death came on what-would-have-been Chris' 53rd birthday. In this performance of Crawling, the voices of these two close friends complements each other perfectly. 

 

2) Rolling In The Deep

Many who have attempted to cover Adele's songs tend to butcher them, but Chester's amazing rendition of Adele's Rolling In The Deep puts his raw vocals in the limelight and it is one to behold.

 

3) Burn It Down (ft Kiiara)

Whether you like Linkin Park's latest album, One More Light, or not, this is the last that we would hear from Chester. In a way, the lyrics are like Chester's last words to all of us.

 

4) Numb/Encore (feat Jay-Z)

The collaboration between Linkin Park and Jay-Z in Collision Course was iconic, to say the least. 

 

4) Hallelujah

Less than two months ago, Chester performed a heartwrenching cover of Hallelujah for Chris's funeral. Chris' widow, Vicky, tweeted this upon hearing the news of Chester's death: "Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break any more…..I love you T.

RIP Chester Bennington. You are missed dearly. 

 

Photo credits: Variety

Everyone loves a good family drama; especially one that is petty and blown out of proportion, such as the one between the Oasis brothers, Liam and Noel Gallagher. Think Keeping Up With The Kardashians, with added wit and testosterone. 

The brotherly feud have been going on for years, and was recently reignited again with a burning new passion after Noel started befriending past-enemies, including U2 and Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz. In response, Liam took it on his Twitter page to voice his displeasure, which has got us all like...

At this rate, we don't even care for a Oasis reunion anymore; the brothers are way more interesting when they are at odds.

Here our some of our favourite insults that the pair have hurled at each other.

 

1. Noel: “Liam is … rude, arrogant, intimidating and lazy. He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.”

 

2. Liam (on Noel opening for U2):

 

3. Noel: "I do all the work so it’s only right that I should get the most money. Plus I am the most handsome."

 

4. Liam: "Listen, our Kid's a mouthy fuck too. He said we had a year to come up with a band name and came up with Beady Eye. He had three and came up with the High Flying Turds. I don't know who dressed him but he looks like something out of Westlife."

 

5. Noel: "I read these interviews with him and I don’t know who the guy is who’s in these interviews, he seems really cool, because the guy I’ve been in a band with for the last 18 years is a fucking knobhead."

 

6. Liam: "Noel Gallagher can be a little bitch."

 

7. Noel: "Liam's gotten all religious. It's quite disturbing. He thinks he's Abel for some weird reason. He wrote a new song called "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel." And I thought, "Right, so you think you're Abel. That must make me Cain. Doesn't Cain kill Abel?" But then the first line of that song is "You could be my lover." I'm not too sure about that. That's illegal, innit? It's kind of illegal for two brothers to make love. It's certainly frowned upon."

 

8. Liam (when Noel's High Flying Birds announced their debut album):

 

9. Noel (on his biggest hero): "My mum, because she brought Liam Gallagher up. I mean, fuck me."

 

Last but definitely not least, our favourite of the lot:

10. Liam:

Someone needs give these two their own TV series pronto!

Photo credits: Giphy

Have you ever tried sending DMs to your favourite celebrities?

Unless you are a celebrity yourself, the DM you sent is usually left unseen. Don't be discouraged or take it personal, because most of the time, celebrities are too busy to scroll through and reply the hundreds and thousands of messages they get each day.

However, out of a hundred celebrities who do not look at their DMs, there would always be a gem who does. Here are three singers who are known to reply fan DMs.

 

1. Rihanna

From relationships to coming out, Rihanna doesn't hesitate to give quality life advice to her fans whenever they need it the most. It's no wonder why her Navy is so loyal to her, seeing how the love is reciprocated! She even retweeted our tweet back in 2011!

 

 

 

2. Ariana Grande

Ariana is a total sweetheart and she has her DM replies to back her up. If you're ever looking for someone to celebrate with or just to talk to, Ariana's your girl.

 

 

3. Nicki Minaj

The rapper made an ambitious statement to pay off her fans' education loans if they get all As, and actually did as she promised. So slide into Nicki's DMs with your bank information and who knows - you may just be the next lucky fan to receive a sum of money.

Photo credits: Ny Times

Remember when we wrote about the Hayley Williams' and Chad Gilbert's wedding?

That was in February last year. Fast-forward 16 months later, it has now turned out that what we described as #punkrockrelationshipgoals is no more.

It really makes us wonder: does true love even exist???

The Paramore frontwoman and New Found Glory guitarist met while both their bands were on tour and were together for a whopping 10 years before finally tying the knot in February 2016.

So you could imagine the look on our faces when we first heard the unfortunate news about their split.

Watch this live performance of The Only Exception by Paramore and notice Hayley wearing a New Found Glory hoodie. Watch it and tell us it's not the cutest thing ever.

 

 
The break-up news is just an April Fools' joke that is three months late... right? RIGHT?!

In a deleted post on Chad's Instagram account that was accompanied by a joint statement by the pair, they wrote: "We’ve grown up together and we’ve been beside each other through a lot of goodness and a lot of challenges… Marriage is not for the faint of heart. Love is an absolute risk. And it’s up to each of us to stay hopeful even when the outcome isn’t what we’d originally hoped for."

Our hearts are completely shattered and we can't help but feel frustrated at how reality never fails to detroy good things.

 

Oh well.

 

Photo credits: Giphy, David Bean/Visual Reserve

Rock legends Foo Fighters are finally returning back to our shores after more than two long decades! If you’ve got another confession to make that you still have not gotten yourself tickets to one of the biggest concerts of 2017, we gotchu fam.

After all, it’s times like these you learn to learn to live again, and it’s times like these WE learn to GIVE and GIVE again.

Here’s how you can score 1 out of 3 pairs of tickets in 3 simple steps:

 

1. Follow us on Twitter.

2. Tell us which song you want to see performed live at Foo Fighters concert in Singapore and why

3. Tweet your answer together with the hashtag, #SpinorBinMusicXFooFighters AND concert poster (below)

 

E.g. "Foo Fighters better play EVERLONG because that’s exactly how long I’ve waited here for them! #SpinorBinMusicXFooFighters”

 

The more creative your tweet, the higher the chance of snagging yourself a pair of tickets!

Contest ends on 2 July. Good luck!

 

Concert Details:

Date               : 26 August 2017, Saturday
Venue            : Singapore National Stadium
Ticket Prices : $238* (Standing), $168* (Standing), $238*, $198*, $168*, $128* (*excludes booking fee) 

 

Tickets are now available for purchase at Sportshubtix.

Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the Official Music Blog for the Foo Fighters Tour in Singapore!

 

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Whenever something gets on his nerves, Dave Grohl is never one to hold back his opinion.

Over the years, the Foo Fighters frontman have voiced his distaste over many issues, on top of standing up for the principles that he believes in.

Here are a few examples:

 

1) Glee

Remember back in 2010 to 2013 when TV series Glee was at its peak and got us all excited with their covers? Many musicians lent the show their hit songs for MicKinley High School students such as Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson to sing along to them.

Along with Slash and Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters were one of the handful who were not as excited to jump on the bandwagon.

In fact, Dave Grohl made known his dislike for the series' creator, Ryan Murphy, calling him a 'jerk' for slamming musicians who did not want to be on the show. As for the show itself, Dave admitted that he only watched about 10 minutes of it and that it wasn't his thing. 

 

2) TV Singing Competitions

While I'm personally not a fan of TV singing competitions such as X Factor, The Voice and American Idol, I have never felt that strongly against them before.

However, Dave, who blames these singing competitions for "destroying the next generation of musicians", once made an analogy about them that made so much sense: "Imagine Bob Dylan standing there singing 'Blowin' in the Wind' in front of those judges? 'Sorry, it's a little nasally and a little flat. Next.' "

The bitter truth is that as brilliant as Bob Dylan is, chances are is that he would not be able to make it through these singing competitions if he were to audition for any of them today. Chew on that. 

 

3) "Superficial" Pop Music

It's not fair to make a sweeping statement that Dave hates pop, as he has previously sung the praises of Lorde's Royals, Adele's 21 album and even Psy's Gangnam Style.

So to be exact, what really gets in Dave's luscious locks are sugar-sweet pop songs that hold no substance.

One artiste that he feels is guilty of churning out such 'superficial' tunes is none other than Katy Perry. He noted: "If the Number One song is about your butt, that's a problem." Ouch. 

 

4) Noise Restrictions

Last year, a teen metal band from England, Black Leaves Of Envy, were faced with noise restrictions from their town council following complaints that they were making too much noise in their garage during band rehearsals.

The band appealed to Dave for help and got more than what they hoped for when he responded with an open letter on Instagram, appealing for the council to "reconsider the restrictions put upon the volume of their private rehearsal space".

Read the full letter below:

When the band finally returns to Singapore, you can sure as hell bet that the band would not hold back and submit themselves to the country's tight noise restrictions at the National Stadium. Awesome! 

 

5) Concerts Shorter Than 2 Hours

There's nothing more frustrating than waiting in line for your favourite band for more than 5 hours, only to have them perform on stage for a little over an hour and a half. Back in 2015, Dave slammed new bands and their "little 2-hour concerts", as he continues to perform with his leg still in a cast from an injury earlier that year.

"Here’s our fucking problem. We’ve been a band for 20 fucking years, we have a lot of fucking songs, and then add my big mouth on top of that, and we’re going to be here all night."

So it's safe to say that you can expect a set longer than 2 hours with lots of fan interaction from Dave at the band's upcoming concert in Singapore. Get your tickets to see Foo Fighters on August 26 here!

 

Concert Details:

Date               : 26 August 2017, Saturday

Venue            : Singapore National Stadium

Ticket Prices : $238* (Standing), $168* (Standing), $238*, $198*, $168*, $128* (*excludes booking fee)

 

Tickets available now. 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.

 

Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the official blog for Foo Fighters' tour in Singapore

 
 
(Photo credits: AP Photo, Giphy)
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