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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!

 

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HAIM is no longer a name in need of an introduction.

The talented siblings are back with a sophomore record, Something To Tell You, continuously proving critics wrong about their musicality and fun personas.

I mean, what would HAIM be if not for Este Haim’s bass face?

HAIM’s artistry does not necessarily capture the essence of catchy melodies or even the perfect intonation, but the band certainly knows how to deliver an appealing vibe. This might be a mixture of vulnerable and honest lyrics or hell, even just a simple yet enthralling bassline (listen to You Never Knew).

The three-piece sister band have smoothly entered the rock scene in 2013 with their well-received debut album, Days Are Gone - leaving fans with a long 4 year wait for their second record. But every single day of the dreaded delay was worthwhile as we now have more HAIM material to devour!

With this, here are 5 songs from Something To Tell You that you should definitely give a listen!

 

1. You Never Knew

 

2. Something To Tell You

 

3. Little Of Your Love

 

4. Want You Back

 

5. Kept Me Crying

 

Photo Credit: Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Rolling Stone, Imgur

I’ve recently noticed a commonality between all of the bands I’ve been listening to… and it’s their devotion to floral aesthetics.

Call me basic, but when I see something that has some sort of a flower on it, I immediately sense a feeling of calmness.

Somehow, there’s an unfathomable vibe being emitted by floral aesthetics that just appeals to the majority of the female population. This instant Sofia Coppola-esque feeling can be compared to the pixie dream-like aesthetic of teenage girls, which might just be the reason why bands are incorporating roses into their style.

We’ve got tour posters, merchandise, and even stage set-ups just begging to be instagrammed, and we’re not even complaining! We dig this shit!

Here are 3 bands you should check out (if you haven’t already) who are drowning in floral aesthetics.

 

The Maine

 

LANY

 

Whitney

 

 

Photo Credit: The Maine via Facebook, LANY via Instagram, Whitney via Instagram and Facebook, @_lupe via Instagram

Kesha pens down a personal essay on Lennyletter detailing the process and inspiration behind her new single, Praying.

Say goodbye to usual mindless lyrical content and catchy melodies, because Kesha unveils her brand new self with a stirring ballad enveloped by her raw vocals. 

Straying away from her initial dollar sign embedded name, Kesha is embodying the true artist that she intended to be. The Tik Tok singer has definitely been on the down low both in the public eye and music scene as she’s gone through major challenges in life.

But the singer is finally back stronger than ever with a brand new single that she dedicates to people who have helped her in the most difficult moments in her life, according to her essay.

Wondering what catapulted Kesha’s sudden change in genre? Here are some quotes from her essay sharing the inspiration behind Praying.

 

"This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you."

 

"It's a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone."

 

"It's also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal."

 

"This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can't control everything — because trying to control everyone was killing me."

 

"I hope this song reaches people who are in the midst of struggles, to let them know that no matter how bad it seems now, you can get through it."

 

Listen to Praying here:

 

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If you're looking for an edgier take on The 1975's mellow hit, Somebody Else, then Circa Waves might just fulfill your dreams.

The indie rock band recently released a studio version of the song a few months succeeding their session for MistaJam on BBC Radio 1.

The cover is definitely far from The 1975's dreamy and melancholic version, as the song now offers a playful vibe made possible by those crunchy guitar riffs.

But the real question remains, do fans approve? We went over to Twitter to find out.

We have die-hard supporters who see nothing but the cover's brilliance.

Of course, there are some who are just not into it.

 

While there are a few who are just generally conflicted.

 

Our verdict? We don't love it, but we also don't hate it. Let’s just say we’re leaning more on the "we can live with it" side of the spectrum.

Let us know what you think of the cover by listening to it here:

 

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Just when we thought Carly Rae Jepsen would give us some time to recover from her well-received banger, Cut To The Feeling, the pop diva has recently performed a majestic set with the 60-piece Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The Canadian singer brought an elegant twist to songs like I Really Like You and Call Me Maybe, as well as her latest hits, Boy Problems, Emotions, and Let’s Get Lost, turning the songs into trance-like film scores.

It’s not everyday that you get to see a pop singer dance along to peppy hits with an orchestra, accompanied by supportive fans who sang along to every song, but Carly did it ever so flawlessly.

There’s really no stopping Carly when it comes to surprising us fans with sensational endeavors, huh?

Watch a bit of the show here:

Or just listen to the full concert here:

 

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Having spent their early years as a band busking in New York, AJR certainly deserve the blazing attention they’re receiving at the moment. Not to mention, opening for acts like The Vamps, Fifth Harmony, and Demi Lovato.

Brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met might have just stumbled into music as a hobby, but the trio have developed an undying passion for their art evident in the massive success of their viral singles, I’m Ready and Weak.

Read more about AJR as they answer some of your burning questions, including being repeatedly compared to Twenty One Pilots and the possibility of playing in Singapore.

 

1. What band names did you consider before deciding on AJR?

We tried ARJ, JAR, and RAJ, but AJR just sounded the best. Also, the letters are alphabetical.

 

2. Most music sites would label your genre of music as “indie pop,” but it also has been compared to Twenty One Pilots' "ukulele screamo" music. Do you think your music could be compartmentalized into a certain genre? If so, what would it be and why?

Nowadays the idea of genre is an amorphous concept. People experiment with many different types of music in order to keep the attention of a schizophrenic generation. We are guilty of this as well. Songs need to keep surprising people in order to stay relevant. I would consider us pop music, but with many other influences.

 

3. We’ve heard that you wrote your hit song Weak in a day. Could you share with us the inspiration behind that song?

While at a show for another band, we saw a sticker that said “The Weaklings”. We thought that it could be an interesting concept for a song. Additionally, the song takes an alternate perspective on strength and confidence, a concept that you hear a lot of on the radio.

 

4. Do you have any other hobbies that you occasionally turn to whenever you experience a “creative block?”

Ryan and Jack are very into film, and jack just completed his first screenplay.

 

5. How has your music evolved from your first album, Living Room, to your latest record, The Click, which was released recently?

On the first album, we focused primarily on melody and production. On The Click, our focus was the lyrics. We wanted to write songs with topics that had never been heard before in pop music. All the songs come from personal stories so we hope that fans can relate to our experiences trying to find ourselves as young adults.

 

6. Name one artist that you’ve opened for in the past years whom you can mostly relate to artistically?

Ingrid Michaelson was an incredible inspiration. Opening for her was one of our biggest learning experiences. She is such a talented songwriter and performer and we were honored when she asked us to feature on her new single, Celebrate.

 

7. Aside from touring, are there any projects that you are currently working on right now?

We are working on a lot of music, writing for other artists and featuring on other records, although we can’t mention names at the moment, we are really excited for these collaborations to drop in the next few months.

 

8. Are there any plans to bring your live music to Asia, specifically to Singapore?

We would love to visit Singapore. We know from social media that we have many fans there. Visiting new countries and experiencing new cultures is one of the best things about touring internationally and to continue the journey in Asia would be great.

 

9. What can we expect from AJR in the next 5 years?

Lots of writing, both for us and for other artists, and lots of touring. We want to keep developing as artists so we can keep offering new things to the industry.

 

10. What advice can you give to aspiring musicians?

Write as much as possible. One of the most difficult things is to figure out who you are as an artist and one of the best ways to do that is to write as many songs as possible, trying to figure out what you can bring to the table, especially if it’ s something unique. 

 

 

Photo Credit: Sony Music Singapore

Back in Singapore for his first solo show, 24-year-old singing sensation Nathan Sykes remains genuine as ever as he sat down with us for a little chat.

With the help of fans from Twitter, we've compiled several "Would You Rather" questions for Nathan that he was already anticipating even prior to the start of our interview.

Embodying a new persona while still trying to grow as an artist, Nathan proves that being true to himself is the most important part of his music.

Certain moments in the interview did manifest how he's just like everyone else - fanboying over Harry Potter or confessing about getting anxious in a room full of strangers.

It's definitely impossible not to like the Starbucks-obsessed lad, especially when enthusiasm and eager passion seep into every word he says.

Watch Nathan Sykes spill sneaky details about his second album, followed by the much-awaited "Would you Rather" challenge!

 

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Paramore's much-awaited comeback is living proof that former teenage bands can still catch up and successfully embody a hipster persona despite already approaching the dreaded age of 30.

The emo-pop band continuously satisfy their fans' cravings with a slightly different genre in their new album, After Laughter. Despite the shift in genres, solid Paramore fans seemed to be less critical about the band's transformation as former drummer Zac Farro has rejoined the band.

With influences from disco, funk, and new wave, the record is jam-packed with frolicking dance anthems just begging to be replayed. Notable basslines and synth accompaniments are also what makes this album an irresistible listen.

But don't be fooled by the upbeat, energetic sound of After Laughter as most tracks deal with themes of life's most philosophical questions.

The 12-track album is the perfect epitome of a flawless transition from alternative rock to indie pop.

With this, here are 5 must-listen tracks from the album:

 

1. Rose-Colored Boy

This song was reportedly about Hayley Williams’ thoughts on Taylor York’s nagging optimism that led Hayley to write the lyrics, “Hey man, we all can't be like you. I wish we were all rose-colored too”.

 

2. Fake Happy

What’s commendable and alluring about this track is it starts with a mellow intro that beautifully progresses to the upbeat verses and chorus. It’s as though it truly encapsulates the meaning of being lonely and having to keep a positive facade, exemplifying what it’s really like to be “fake happy”.

 

3. Pool

Pool is a love song drowned in lyrics about uncertainties in relationships. This is mostly evident in its tug-of-war-like rhythm.

 

4. Idle Worship

A song dedicated to avid Hayley fanatics, Idle Worship reminds us that glorification of celebrities isn't really what it's all cracked up to be - "Be sure to put your faith in something more. I'm just a girl and you're not as alone as you feel."

 

5. Caught In The Middle

Challenged by the inevitable fact of growing old, Paramore breaks down their deepest thoughts about having to leave youth behind. Caught In The Middle revolves around the feeling of distress and hides it in this magnetic banger of a song. 

 

******

What’s your favorite song off the album?

 

Photo Credit: Fueled by Ramen

Attracting a crowd of 50,000 and several big names in the music industry, Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert was a tear-jerking gathering for music fans.

Despite the huge line up of musicians, a police officer stole the show when caught dancing with children during the concert, becoming an unexpected, heartwarming addition to the show.

An endearing act of kindness really does go a long way. There's no better way prove terrorists wrong than to combat violence with the genuine spread of love and unity.

Here's another footage of police officers joining in the fun.

The benefit concert succeeds the terror attack that happened in Grande’s recent show in the city of Manchester.

Aside from the overwhelming turnout, the concert’s roaring success was also evident in the generous donations of the public, raising about £2 million of proceeds for the victims and families of the tragic attack.

 

Photo Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images & One Love Manchester