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Just when we all thought that Carly Rae Jepsen is done proving critics wrong about being a one-hit wonder, the pop singer recently released a mind-blowing collection of unreleased tracks from the album Emotion. But despite the not-so-brilliantly named collection entitled, Emotion: Side B, Carly’s efforts to channel her inner junkie and quirkiness makes the EP far from mundane.

Songs that others would have thought as not good enough to make the cut actually has equal potential as those that did - it’s the perfect mix of pre-internet retro vibes and 21st century pop.

Carly had her full armour on when she said she wanted her latest record to be an embodiment of Cyndi Lauper’s 80's synth-based music. Side B perfectly captures the sweet nostalgia of that era with catchy tunes like Store and First Time.

But Carly knows how to serve a full platter with the semi-emotional Cry, which blends mellow beats with lyrics that somehow suggest a form of uncertainty and unrequited love - “I never really know when he'll be leaving, and even with hello I hear goodbye.” Whatever the inspiration is, it was transformed into a groovy track that any pop fan would dig.

Hipsters who deem themselves allergic to mainstream pop could be easily lured into the magic that is Carly Rae Jepsen’s new music.

Do yourself a favor and have a listen:

Track Gems: Store, First Time, Higher, Body Language

 

Photo Credit: Hazel & Pine, 604, School Boy, & Interscope Records

It’s already been 3 years since I was first blown away by PentatonixEvolution of Beyoncé video, but in just a span of those short years, the quintet was able to gain their well-deserved worldwide recognition.

If you haven’t already heard, the a cappella group that once invaded our Facebook newsfeeds with their music evolution covers on YouTube is returning to Singapore for F1 Grand Prix!

Pentatonix’ enthralling melodies are just the cherry on top. With their flawlessly coordinated medleys, one wouldn’t even notice that their songs don’t involve any instruments. 

I don't know about you, but I'm one of those people who starts tearing up when presented with brilliant musical performances. Hence, seeing that by just watching one of Pentatonix' videos from my computer already pulled my heartstrings, I'm sure I'll be bawling my eyes out during their set. I guess there's just something about flawlessly coordinated medleys that hit me right in the gut (watch Misbehavin' below and you'll understand).

But of course, we don't want to be the only ones having fun, here are 5 performances that you can't miss at F1 Singapore Grand Prix!

 

Misbehavin'

 
 
Can't Sleep Love
 
 
Cracked
 
 
On My Way Home
 
 
Daft Punk

The Grammy Award-winning act is playing TWO sets in September and we just can't wait!

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Concert Details:

Date : 17, 18 September 2016
Venue : Esplanade Outdoor Theatre (Zone 4), Village Stage (Zone 1)
Ticket Prices : From $168


Tickets are now available for purchase at Singapore GP.

Photo Credit: A Arthur Fisher for Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation

Yes, he's in a boyband and he’s British. But those aren't really reasons why you should love James McVey of The Vamps.

Spreading hate on the Internet is a common hobby among millennials, but James is utilizing various social media platforms such as YouTube and Twitter to create awareness on gender equality.

Unlike most popstars these days, the 22-year-old artist is using his fame to make the world a better place. In this case, he recently chose to work with HeForShe campaign to promote and end gender equality. 

For those who are new to this advocacy, James clears up his opinions on the issue by speaking up on his YouTube channel.

From the video, he explains how there needs to be an end in the usage of sexist and derogatory phrases such as, “Boys don’t cry” and “Man up!” Speaking from his personal experience as a male student who grew up in England, he shares, “Being strong or brave isn’t specific to a gender.”

Feminism, contrary to it’s false portrayal in most of today’s pop-centric media, is about the inclusion of both genders. While it does promote female empowerment, it also encapsulates breaking male stereotypes that James passionately wants to advocate.

It truly is humbling to see a male artist start a conversation about things he deeply cares about. We can see that his passions lie not only on music, but also educating the masses through charity work.

 

Photo Credit: Shirlaine Forrest for Getty Images, @TheVampsJames & @HeForShe via Twitter

What more do we need in life other than All Time Low covering a pop hit? Nothing else, really.

All Time Low has recently covered the Selena Gomez hit song, Hands To Myself, and of course it sounded more emo with Alex Gaskarth’s raspy punk vocals.

We’re not complaining though! In fact, we think it’s even better than the original and it seems like Alex himself had fun doing the cover by adding a little more jive to the song.

But since we all know that fact, here are the 3 times Alex Gaskarth made us swoon over the cover:

 

When he moves onto the second verse like…

MAN, THE FEELS!!!

 

That smirk.

I know you blushed.

 

"Can’t keep my hands to myself…"

*Gushes* Oh that sweet voice.

 

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Watch the cover here:

Photo Credit: SiriusXM Hits 1 (Facebook), Giphy

If you're one of those gig-goers who often choose fashion over comfort, it's time to change the game, my friend.

Lucky enough, we've got Halsey to look up to not just for her dreamy tunes but also for her effortless (and really comfortable) style!

Don’t worry, all of these outfits are achievable and of course you'd want to be able to mosh in Singapore's humid weather. We're all about casual clothing here!

Halsey's Singapore show might still be a couple of weeks away, but it's never too early to plan for her highly-anticipated set

Here are 5 Halsey-inspired outfits for every concert-gal that you can rock at the Singapore Grand Prix 2016!

 

1. For The Conservative Gal

 

2. For The "I Want To Be Demure But Also Edgy" Gal

 

3. For The "Cute On The Outside, Aggressive On The Dancefloor" Gal

 

4. For The "Almost Hippe But Not There Yet" Gal

 

5. For The "I Just Wanna Head-bob At The Side And Pretend I Know This Song" Gal

 

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Halsey will perform at Singapore Grand Prix on September 18. For more details on the entertainment acts and prices, click here

Photo Credit: Polyvore, lookingforhalsey & twdhalsey on tumblr, lauryn on pinterest, halseyupdates.com, blog.siriusxm.com

 

With utter anticipation for the much–awaited follow up to Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, the singer-songwriter’s latest album, Blonde, received nothing but praises from fans both old and new.

Preceding the release of Blonde is a visual album called Endless, which I initially thought was the only material Frank Ocean was going to deliver. But we were gifted with more mellow beats in the 17-track wonder, Blonde.

The album involves the continuous intersection of neo soul and dream pop – which are two terms that perfectly encapsulate Frank Ocean’s music.

We've got songs like Ivy, which has it’s own Drake-esque vibes and Mac Demarco’s signature 80's riffs.

But one of the most popular tracks off the record, Self Control, embodies the heartwarming melodies of RnB accompanied by the sweet sound of an acoustic guitar. It’s a mixture of all things wonderful with solid chord progressions at unexpected intervals and dreamy riffs.

The interlude, Good Guy, got me at “You text nothing like you look,” which was inspired by a blind date Frank Ocean had with a guy at a gay bar. Blonde, if not just for it’s euphonic theme, captures honest lyricism and of course, the inclusion of queerness in music that is usually not often talked about.

Despite the long wait, it is evident that this album took years of craftmanship to include sophisticated artistry with not a hint of pretentiousness. Listening to Blonde is almost comparable to the calming hues of a pediatrician's clinic - one that would make anyone feel safe and secure.

So, do yourself a favor and play this album on repeat.

 

Track Gems: Self Control, Nights, Ivy, Pink + White, Solo

 

Listen to Self Control here:

Photo Credit: Boys Don’t Cry

With hooks similar to the soundtrack of early 2000s movie Freaky Friday and association with self-confessed punk rockers 5 Seconds of Summer, Hey Violet are on their way to the pop-punk scene. However, the newcomers are still in the process of a defining sound that would set them apart from the long-gone emo phase they seem to be going for - both aesthetically and musically. But their latest EP, Brand New Moves, is good enough for now.

The EP opens with Brand New Moves, a song that can certainly draw one’s attention through it’s playful basslines though still incomparable to the band’s most successful single, I Can Feel It.

The pop punk influence is evident in the whole five-track EP with songs like Fuqboi, which is a reminiscent of the aforementioned emo phase. Lead vocalist Rena Lovelis sings about fuckboys as “the stain on your heart's reputation.” - the new anthem for the young and “brokenhearted.”

Pure, a more synth-based song ends the short journey through Hey Violet’s new originals. The last two songs is a stripped version and a Nomekop remix of the first track Brand New Moves, which I think the EP would do better without.

With 3 original songs, Brand New Moves serves as a cliffhanger for new fans who have been captured by their slightly harsh teenage daydream style.

 

Photo Credit: Hi or Hey Records

Did you miss Imagine Dragon’s Smoke + Mirrors in Singapore last year? Well, don’t fret! The lads are back to party with us in September at Singapore Grand Prix 2016!

Whether it’s making your heart jump with intense beats or giving you that fuzzy feeling with their sweet melodies, Imagine Dragons has it all.

So like any other show, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 5 songs you should play on repeat and a little taste of what they would sound like live before their Singapore gig next month!

 

Trouble

 

 

On Top of the World

 

 

Shots

 

 

Demons

 
 
 
It’s Time
 

 

Imagine Dragons will perform at Singapore Grand Prix on September 18. For more details on the entertainment acts and prices, click here

Photo Credit: abegmusic, billyssportsgrill

As I try to recall the brilliance I’ve been presented last night, I can’t help but come up with the cliché pun of finally panicking at the disco. But Panic! At The Disco’s Singapore show ensued not just a certain panic. It came with the majestic feeling of an overdose of satisfaction that I’m sure everyone in the room has experienced.

For a moment, I was reminded of how it feels to be 16 and excited again. As soon as the lights went out and Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time started playing, murmurs turned into electrifying energy that I’d perfectly compare with a full cardio workout.

There is no doubt that Brendon Urie, the last remaining original member of P!ATD, is an ultimate performer. Despite playing mostly new songs, which I’m more of a fan of, he brought an authentic stage presence that fans of all ages enjoyed.

I was surrounded by female teenagers who prior to the start of the show nervously discussed A levels and having tests the next day. The same fangirls also pushed me towards the barrier, bringing me right in front of lead guitarist Kenneth Harris whose riffs I admired from a short distance.

As I continued to sway along the waves of young fans, the euphoric crowd started to get a little out of hand for my miniscule body to handle. A guy started screaming, “THIS IS A MOSHPIT!!!” as he elbowed people in front of him not exactly for the intention of having a good time and enjoying the music, but somehow to just show off his “wild side.” Bro, take it down a notch, will ya?

But the night was so euphoric that no one even bothered to pay attention to the aforementioned attention-seeker. All eyes were on Brendon who after belting out songs like Hallelujah and LA Devotee turned to the keys and played one of my favorites, Nine In The Afternoon. The most anticipated cover though, is the one Brendon wished he had written himself – Bohemian Rhapsody. If Freddie Mercury was alive, he would give P!ATD more than just a pat on the back for their flawless execution.

Gushes ensued one more time as Brendon took his shirt off, blessing everyone’s eyes with the presence of his half naked and sweaty body. In no way am I promoting double standards nor do I support objectification, but I do confess gushing over the majestic sight along with other fangirls.

Brendon might be doing shows for around 12 years now, but the class act still hasn’t lost the drive of bringing smiles (and tears) to his fans. More than that, he is an artist with a heart. How does a person come up with such enthralling hooks, deliver it live on the other side of the world and still be so grounded? Of course, he hasn’t done all of it himself. But Brendon, devoid of any pretentious formalities, genuinely thanked everyone for coming. “It’s more than what we expected,” he told us over heartwarming giggles.

I'm sure majority of the audience would have wanted to hear New Perspective and Northern Downpour live, but we really can't complain. Still, everything felt right. P!ATD finished off with Victorious and in that moment I’m pretty sure my soul already left my body.

If there’s anything I’ve gotten from that gig last night, aside from a rejuvenated soul and a backache, it’s the realization of how strongly strangers can bond over music. Nothing feels better than being in a mosh pit, staring at a band with deep admiration, and singing along to songs you’ve only repeatedly played in the bus. Shall I say, it's a hell of a feeling though?

******

“We're feeling so good. Just the way that we do.”

 

Setlist
Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
Vegas Lights
The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
Hallelujah
Time To Dance
Emperor’s New Clothes
Girls/Girls/Boys
LA Devotee
Ready To Go
Nine In The Afternoon
Bohemian Rhapsody
Golden Days
Miss Jackson
Crazy=Genius
Death Of A Bachelor


Encore
I Write Sins Not Tragedies
This Is Gospel
Victorious

Photo Credit: @nicshields via Twitter, Aloysius Lim, LAMC Productions

Upon hearing the theme song for Netflix’s Stranger Things for the first time, I couldn’t help but compare it with Twenty One Pilots’ Implicit Demand For Proof (which is impeccable). So, I questioned the Internet, like any fan would do, “WHY AREN’T THEY MAKING A SOUNDTRACK OUT OF THIS BRILLIANT 80’s-ESQUE CREATION?”

But since I hopped onto the Stranger Things bandwagon pretty late, I never had to wonder any longer. The first volume of the Stranger Things soundtrack was released a few days ago and was crafted by Kyle Dixon and Michael Strein of the band SURVIVE.

The mix of eerie synth-based melodies is the perfect study playlist for all hustlers and fans of the 80’s distinct sound, which most would deem old school.

 

The latest Netflix sensation also has a Spotify playlist, which includes the show’s revival of The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go.

 

What can we say? Old school music back! Thanks to Stranger Things and of course, our darling Winona Ryder.

Photo Credit: hitfix.com, cinepop.com