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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

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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:

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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

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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

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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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In light of the recent US Presidential debates, trolls have emerged from their caves to humour us once again with memes that found their way into our Facebook feeds.

Clips from the debate dubbed with popular karaoke songs seem to be more pleasing to the ears than Trump’s irrelevant insults. So, we’ve compiled the best 3 Trump vs. Clinton "Sing Offs" for your amusement.

 

Presidential debate or a nostalgic throwback to the 80s?

 

Still a better tandem than Troy and Gabriella...

 

If that’s no enough, there’s also a Chinese version:

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My deep admiration for Daniela Andrade started when I was an “innocent” Secondary 3 student still oblivious of what’s to come - ADULTHOOD. I spent a great amount of time watching her covers on YouTube and being constantly blown away by her originals, particularly this one. So needless to say, when I finally got to stand right in front of her on Monday night as she sang songs she has only written in her bedroom a couple of years ago, I realized how surreal life can be sometimes.

It was an evening so breathtaking, it’s almost impossible to put into words, which makes it also slightly disappointing with the show's small turnout. Everyone needs to experience being in the presence of Daniela’s mesmerizing vocals!

For a YouTuber who gained popularity through song renditions, one would assumed that Daniela would play more of the songs she covered online. But I guess the 24-year-old wanted a different take on her live shows.

The crowd was serenaded by songs from Daniela's EPs, Things We’ve Said and Shore, both of which included songs she performed that sparked familiarity to solid fans. But despite the strong resonation of emotions through songs like Digital Age and Bright Blue, the crowd remained utterly silent - perhaps fans unconsciously knew that the only way to fully immerse themselves in Daniela’s music is to give their fullest attention.

We did have some attention seekers, constantly shouting irrelevant responses to Daniela's questions, but the positivity she radiated in the room was enough to make the audience maintain their full composure even for just a couple of hours during her set.

It was an intimate gig not just because of the small crowd, but mostly because of Daniela looking so effortlessly beautiful under neon coloured lights and as she sang songs like Creep and Crazy, which moved every part of our being. Though I would’ve wished to hear her version of I Will Follow You Into The Dark live, those covers still tugged my heartstrings.

Alternating between an acoustic and electric guitar, Daniela introduced us to a newly written song called Sugar that might be included in her upcoming album. Daniela’s occasional attempt at small talk while trying to tune her guitar filled this constant alternation.

Every song she played with either guitars never fail to give the audience a sense of satisfaction, almost a kind of relief and a heavy sigh that released tension from our tired souls.

She later played more originals, one of which still lingers in my mind is Badly Programmed, a song inspired by an awkward conversation in a social gathering and consisted of her usual effortless yet mind-blowing falsetto notes.

There is nothing more genuine than an introvert trying to play a show in front of a live audience consisting of fans she only used to communicate with online.

An ironic take on life, I must say.

The gig was as solemn as it could get and I have never felt such an authentic connection between a musician and her audience. Daniela's kind-hearted and unpretentious personality radiated through her soulful and delicate vocals, and god, do I just want to be her friend.

 

Photo Credit: The Gathering Asia, @willsputra, @gravityplay, & @jimnin via Instagram