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We came. We fought. We conquered. (Well, at least some lucky people out there.)

With Coldplay's ticket sales being dubbed as an "unprecedented" event, it's safe to say that their two shows in Singapore might just be the most awaited concert in 2017. I mean, the last time we've experienced this kind of intense hoarding was during Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson's shows in our tiny island. 

While it did take me three tries before finally scoring a ticket (thanks to a really dedicated friend who managed to get through the virtual waiting room), the experience definitely wasn't a smooth one. I've spent hours lurking on the concert event's page on Facebook, scrolling down desperate fans' pleas, finding strength in the fact that I'm not the only one stuck in the virtual waiting room. 

Though it's pretty understandable that most people who didn't get tickets are pissed, some of them decided to turn their despair and disappointment into hilarious posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are 10 hilarious posts that perfectly sum up our emotions during the Coldplay ticket sales:

 

1. When this guy accurately depicts our feelings about the Virtual Waiting Room

 

 

2. I mean, it's another reason why 2016 is just not a good year

 

 

3. You realize how tough the ticket sales battle was when it's comparable to Singapore's education system

 

 

4. When you just turn to Coldplay for consolation 

 

 

5. When you spend more hours in the Virtual Waiting Room than you can ever stay still in a lecture (DUDE, 4 HOURS???)

 

 

6. When even Chris Martin is disappointed

 

 

7. When some people are just trying to lighten the mood

 

 

8. When you realize that resellers are selling one ticket equivalent to your entire tuition fees

 

 

9. When you know someone just had to say it... even though it's downright brutal

 

 

10. But at the end of the day, you realize that despite the struggle, it brought fans together

 

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With just almost a year succeeding the release of their previous album, Get Weird, Little Mix proves that 2016 isn’t as bad as everyone thinks it is. Along with a successful tour, the hardworking girl-group delivers a rhythmic pop record, Glory Days, that is reminiscent of their adorable quirks and emotional heartaches.

Channeling their feisty attitudes, Little Mix delves straight into the topic of romance with Shout Out to My Ex. Dubbed as the new dance anthem for the brokenhearted, the well-received track speaks so much of the quartet’s advocacy that being single is not entirely synonymous to being miserable.

Following the topic of love is a song devoid of it. Little Mix belts out their dilemmas in F.U., a fiery ballad accompanied by enthralling chord progressions and the girl’s signature harmonies. What follows this is a jazzy track called Oops featuring one of this generation’s most melodically creative artists, Charlie Puth. Puth’s harmonious trademark is evident in the song’s soft-hearted and captivating melody, both encapsulating the type of sound one needs to hear for a little rejuvenation. If not the best, Oops remains to be one of those songs you should play on repeat.

You Gotta Not marks the end of the melodic intensity in the album. However, the vibrant jingle still falls under the "catchy category" with it's intense beats and sassy lyrics that seem to mock the girls' previous lovers - "I don't get paid to babysit no one."

With Little Mix' authenticity, it's not a surprise that the record still includes sentimental tracks like Your Love and Nobody Like You, despite their desire for it to represent independence and the ultimate "girl power."

Glory Days maintains an energy and vigor incomparable to any pop albums released this year. It satisfied our cravings for fun dance-pop music in a world full of "indie wannabes". This is prood that Little Mix have mastered the art of what constitutes a feel-good pop record in their five years in the industry.

For whatever endeavor they've experienced, the girl-group still manifests an aura that is true themselves and delivers it to like-minded fans through their unapologetically fun music.

Listen to the album here:

 

Track Gems: Oops, Shout Out to My Ex, You Gotta Not, F.U. 

 

Photo Credit: musicweekly.asia, Syco, and Columbia records

With Christmas just around the corner, most of us would have already curated our usual Holiday playlists and are probably lurking on the Internet to find new songs.

If you’ve found yourself constantly stumbling upon Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You during this crucial hunt, you’re not alone.

I mean, this graph says it all.

 

But thank god, there are other versions of the song that just doesn’t include Mariah’s falsettos.

We all need a breath of fresh air, don’t we? So, here are other 5 covers of All I Want For Christmas Is You that you might want to add to your Christmas playlist!

 

1. The Girl and the Dreamcatcher

 

 

2. Fifth Harmony

 

 

3. Tori Kelly & AJ Rafael

 

 

4. Against The Current

 

 

5. She & Him

Photo Credit: Sony Records

While it might not seem that big of a deal to turn 20 for the rest of us, because, well, who wants to grow old? Lorde thought that it was a great time to reminisce the last teenage year through a Facebook post.

Here’s our favorite thought-provoking bit from her post:

“All my life I’ve been obsessed with adolescence, drunk on it. Even when I was little, I knew that teenagers sparkled. I knew they knew something children didn’t know, and adults ended up forgetting.”

Poetic and moving, the note becomes a vague evidence of what’s instore for her upcoming album - a record highly anticipated by desperate fans who have been waiting for three years for its release. While it mostly captures her immense gratitude, she chose to stay silent about the topic and left little hints of what’s to come.

Still, here’s what we know about Lorde’s sophomore album so far:

 

1. Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff is involved in the process

The two have been spending quite some time making music in NYC together.

 

2. It will probably carry the topic of heartache and relationships

"My heart broke. I moved out of home and into the city and I made new friends and started to realize that no-one is just good or bad, that everyone is both."

 

3. It will be an emotional rollercoaster ride

"I was reckless and graceless and terrifying and tender."

 

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Are you as excited for the new album as we are? What are you most looking forward to?

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In times like these, aren't you just grateful to be living in Singapore where our worst nightmares include scenarios like our exam timetable clashing with a highly-anticipated concert? Or forgetting to bring cash for band merchandise?

If you still haven't heard, Donald Trump just won the U.S. Presidential elections. What started out as a joke turned into a disastrous reality, at least for US citizens. But of course, the rest of the world did not remain indifferent. If I could capture my reaction to the devastating news, this GIF perfectly does the job… and I’m sure you all felt the same.

In light of this devastating news, American musicians have voiced out their disappointment on Twitter.

 

1. When the most acceptable reaction is to just weep

 

2. When the world just suddenly sucked the optimism out of you

 

3. But came into conclusion that there's no other option but to move forward

 

4. When you realize that only a song can describe how you exactly feel

 

5. Lastly, when the only way to express disappointment is to go outside and protest

 

Photo Credit: Dominick Reuter (courtesy of The Independent), Giphy, @katyperry, @diplo, @snoopdogg, @ladygaga via twitter

Known as one of the most unapologetically sincere bands in the alternative rock scene, The Maine proves their genuineness through a new web series called Miserable Youth: Life through the lens with The Maine.

Now this is not one of those scripted little documentaries we usually find online. Think of a series of vlogs documenting the process of making their new record.

Produced by Tim Kirch, the web series radiates a certain bliss apparent from its aesthetically pleasing editing to the band’s unpretentious aura.

Imagine a group of best friends going on grocery runs together, making breakfast in a family cabin hidden in the woods in Arizona, later gathering in the living room for a daily exchange of artistic ideas for the upcoming album - that’s the kind of rawness The Maine was going for. This aesthetically pleasing imagery was made more zen because of 3-second clips of rustling leaves and sunlight filtering through a tree. If this doesn’t fulfil your weekly artistic craving for anything that just screams, “ART!!!” then I don’t know what will.

The Maine has never failed to make my heart flutter, but seeing their dedication to their craft while discussing philosophical thoughts amongst themselves just strengthens my deep admiration for the band.

Miserable Youth, if not just for the purpose of documentation, is a form of giving back to fans by including them in their entire creative journey.

 

Watch the first episode here:

Photo Credit: @themaineband via instagram

Deviating from her usual eccentricity and loud demeanor, Lady Gaga releases what is deemed her most personal album yet. With every track blanketed in personal stories, it seems like Mother Monster has left her old self behind and is going through a new kind of reinvention with her fifth album Joanne. This is evident in the minimalistic album art covered in pastel colors and a simply styled Gaga that encapsulate a more straightforward record – again, far from her previous incarnations which were begging for mindbending interpretations.

Despite the range of genres incorporated in Joanne, that solid pop sound that Gaga has associated with herself is one recurring theme in the album.

Joanne radiates an unexpected twist as the song Diamond Heart starts off with a slow tempo that reaches a climax just before the chorus. This was followed by the catchy A-YO, covered in heavy basslines, which beautifully compliments Gaga’s deep husky voice. With the song's potential to be the next dance-rock anthem, it’s no surprise that it has reached no. 1 in the Billboard charts. That badass guitar interlude is also worth a mention!

The genre-defying songstress proves that she’s more than just her quirky (sometimes, terrifying) costumes and loud music. We’re not able to appreciate her vocal prowess that often, but when she does let it out, it comes out as immaculate as ever. The velvety track, Joanne, proves just that as it leaves us with a pang of nostalgia with Gaga's flawless delivery.

This unblemished execution continues on with less angst and more emotions, as Gaga cuts deep into our souls with Million Reasons.

Another notable chord progression is the intro in Sinner’s Prayer. What Gaga has achieved in this song is another level of incorporating a Black Keys-like aesthetics into a country sounding tune.

Ending this genre-bending journey is a musical theatre-inspired track, Just Another Day, that Gaga herself labelled as "New York-Glam-Pop." 

With the variety of melodies packed in just one album, there is no doubt that Joanne would bring listeners a wide range of emotions in its most authentic form and with this, it's safe to say that Lady Gaga has certainly outdone herself without much exaggeration.

 

Track Gems: A-YO, Million Reasons, Hey Girl

 Photo Credit: Interscope Records

Dubbed as being their most diverse album yet, OneRepublic’s Oh My My seems to confuse both new and old listeners. We have a concoction of themes going on, mimicking an amalgamation of different pop rock tunes that we’ve been hearing on the radio - from Two Door Cinema Club’s dance-punk sound to Kodaline and Imagine Dragon’s alternative rock melodies.

The fourth studio album opens with Let’s Hurt Tonight, a track carrying that familiar OneRepublic melody one just can’t describe. It’s soul stirring, but not in a way that makes you heartbroken. It follows a mellow acoustic opening that transitions into Ryan Tedder’s moving falsettos, almost giving off the same vibe as their song What You Wanted.

The band’s desire for experimentation apparently seeps into the third song Oh My My, accompanied by techno beats and heavy bass lines. This propels us to similar sounding tracks like Kids and A.I., which to my surprise, did not come out as a disappointment. It’s not easy to pull off a varied tracklisting and OneRepublic did just that.

Finishing off this kaleidoscopic theme is yet another track, Heaven, straying from the initial acoustic opening. The deluxe version of the record joins this variety as it ends with another original, a country-like track, The Less I Know.

Despite the album’s vague imitations, confusing theme, and some disappointing feedback, OneRepublic doesn’t seem to mind, as long as they're able to deliver authentic stories that’s true to themselves. The band did mention that they wanted to encapsulate humanity in this incarnation, which somehow explains the diverse theme. After all, humans are never static.

 

 

Track Gems: Let’s Hurt Tonight, A.I., Human, Born

Photo Credit: Interscope Records

Just when we thought 2016 is finally done with its heart-stopping surprises, a little British band might just visit us again this year!

Yup, you’ve read that right. The Vamps might be coming back to Singapore next month and we’re so psyched!

Now we don’t want to assume anything, but we’ve noticed some strong signs lurking on the Internet about their next visit to our sunny island.

The charming quartet recently released a book called The Vamps Our Story: 100% Official and they seem to be doing some promos these past weeks. Are we finally getting to hear All Night live? Is an Asian book signing actually happening? We sure hope so, but for now, here are some clues!


 

EVIDENCE #1: The Vamps manager, Joe O'Neill hinting something on Twitter:

 

EVIDENCE #2: James McVey posting a picture with Filipino actress Liza Soberano taken during their Asian tour. TAKE NOTE OF THE CAPTION!

 

Photo Credit: onthefloorforconnorball (tumblr), tiger beat, @joemanager via Twitter, @iamjamesmcvey via Instagram

 

In my attempt to maintain the novelty of The 1975’s Somebody Else, I’ve turned to YouTube to search for different renditions of the song.

YOU JUST CAN’T HAVE TOO MUCH OF THE 1975!

Of course, there are covers which did not really do the song justice, but there are several notable ones that evoked the same emotions as the original. With this, we’d like to share our top 5 must-hear covers of The 1975’s Somebody Else.

 


Jodie Mellor

 

There's more than just to Jodie Mellor than her pretty face. Let's just say her effortless guitar playing and angelic voice gave the song a melodic twist.
 

 


Toby Randall


If you're digging some flawless ad-libs and soft mellow beats, Toby Randall is your man.

 
 
 


Dodie Clark


Dodie Clark's rendition of Somebody Else might have had some parts which turned out to sound almost like spoken word, but I guess that's how she channels her FEELS.

 

 


VÉRITÉ


VÉRITÉ's electropop take on the song is a must-hear for every fan who's craving to hear more of an upbeat version - definitely a unique cover that's far from the usual keys and guitar accompaniment that we usually find on YouTube.

 

 


Ebony Day


Ebony Day's creative take on executing the song based on a girl's perspective wouldn't have been more ethereal if not for her raw and delicate vocals.

 

 

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