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The familiar tears are back.

It's been about 3 months since the beautiful Christina Grimmie tragically passed on. Since her death, family, friends and fans have paid their tribute to her through song and heartfelt messages.

And just when we thought that we had gotten over her sudden passing, the Cimorelli sisters decided to cover the late songstress' track With Love. Tears that we thought we had left behind started to well up our eyes as we watched yet another honest tribute to a kind soul who has not been forgotten.

Before Cimorelli started to belt out their perfect harmonies, the oldest of the 6 sisters also named Christina mentioned how Grimmie was such a kind and caring person, one who served as a role model for them while they were living in Los Angeles. The sisters further elaborated in the description box that Christina is one of their favourite YouTubers, artists and overall human beings who they had the honour of sharing a stage with over the years.

 

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Back and better?

It's been quite a while since The X Factor UK 2016 has premiered across the world. And after watching the audition episodes that have already been aired, we realised that this is the year where many of the contestants who have previously auditioned in the past have chosen to make a come back.

Obviously it takes a lot of courage to audition in front of a panel full of celebrity judges, and we cannot even begin to imagine what it is like to do that once again knowing that you have failed at some point in the previous round. These contestants are living testaments to the fact that when life gets you down, all you have to do is to pick yourself up and try again.

The big question now is: are they better? Has their hard work in those years being away been all worth it?


1. Gifty Louise

Gifty first appeared on The X Factor last year but she unfortunately lost her voice and was eliminated as a result. This year, she decided to prove the judges that she has what it takes with her performance of Mary J. Blige's No More Drama.

 

2. Janet Grogan

Janet made it to the 6 Chair Challenge back in 2014 in Simon's category but was swapped out in the final round. Simon totally regretted his decision and actually tweeted out that he had made a mistake of losing Janet. Simon's tweet served as motivation for Janet to come back to show everyone what she's capable of with her rendition of Zayn Malik's Pillowtalk.

 

3. The Brooks

The identical twin brothers first made their X Factor appearance 2 years ago and made their way to Judges Homes in Louis' category before getting eliminated. They are back now to show that they have some unfinished business to take care of with their performance of Naughty Boy's Runnin' (Lose it All).

 

4. Emily Middlemas

Emily first auditioned in 2014 when she was just 15 but was eliminated for being too young. Hoping to impress the judges, Emily is back to prove a point with her performance of Stevi Wonder's Master Blaster.

 

5. Anelisa Lamola

Anelisa's first audition was 9 years ago. She was just a little girl back then, and now she is a woman who is back and determined to show the judges how far she has come and to prove that she is worthy of the title of The X Factor winner with Aretha Franklin's (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

 

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They are back, and definitely better than ever. We seriously can't wait to see them go further than they did before on this X Factor journey. All the best y'all!

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If you think that all the musical instruments in the world have already been invented, think again.

Kurt Hugo Schneider and Kina Grannis have collaborated once again but this time, for something extremely mind-blowing and definitely something a normal person would have never ever thought about.

Our favourite musical YouTubers covered Sia's hit Cheap Thrills by playing the track entirely on a bicycle. The sounds were produced by the spinning rotation of the gears, hitting different parts of the bicycle with drumsticks as well as ringing the bicycle bell. And we have to say that they did a really swell job at doing so because it really sounds like the original backing track.

It takes a really creative and innovative person like Kurt to come up with such a cool concept of taking an ordinary day-to-day transportation vehicle and treating it as a musical instrument. We are totally mind-blown by this idea and we absolutely cannot wait to see what these geniuses have in store for us in the near future.

 

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No, seriously?

The X Factor alumna Bea Miller dropped the lyric video of her latest single yes girl back in August and after waiting for about a month, we finally have its official music video to accompany the empowering song.

Clothed in a knitted sweater, Bea can be seen in a white room with hands attached to the walls pulling on the loose threads of that sweater. Portraying the right balance of vulnerability and strength is probably never easy, but these two elements were captured so beautifully in this music video. Therefore, we believe that this MV deserves an award for what it has made us feel.

However, we found it pretty strange that a lot of the people commenting were more concerned over the ruined sweater rather than the concept of the song/video. Comments ranged from complimenting the cute sweater, to pitying the destroyed sweater, to even asking where to purchase a similar sweater that Bea donned in the video.

Come on people... we think you are missing the point here. But we have to admit that these comments were definitely entertaining in their own ways.

 

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Debatable is the word.

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj are definitely no strangers to the MTV VMAs stage. The duo have previously teamed up for the moonman stage back in 2014 for Jessie J's big hit Bang Bang so the chemistry came very naturally this time round for Ari's latest single Side To Side.

The pop princess can be seen in the beginning of the performance working out in what seems like a spin class with the rest of her dancers. The concept sounds great to match the later released music video for the song but we cannot even begin to imagine how hard it is to be riding a stationary bike while belting out a song LIVE.

It seems like even the princess of pop is still human. Ariana sounded pretty breathless as she struggled to carry the tune to the first half of her song. But kudos to her for redeeming herself in the later half where she and her pal Nicki totally SLAYED, reminding us that they are forces that we definitely don't want to mess around with.

 

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Pretty please!

Amidst their highly successful Summer Festival Tour, Queen + Adam Lambert will be stopping by our shores to perform at The Singapore Grand Prix on the 17th of September at The Padang Stage (zone 4).

While waiting for their arrival, we decided that we're gonna have a little fun with this and pretend that we have some sort of control over the setlist of that night. Remember the keyword here is PRETEND. But we can always imagine right?

So here are 3 songs that we hope Queen + Adam Lambert will perform at The Singapore Grand Prix.


1. Another One Bites the Dust

With every set, we believe that it is important to have at least one song that sounds a little strange lyrically yet something that everyone is able to groove to and just have a good time!

 

2. Somebody To Love

Do we even need to explain this song choice? The way Adam Lambert hits those notes is done so flawlessly time and time again that we are sure Freddie Mercury would've been so proud of him.

 

3. We Will Rock You & We Are The Champions

The concert would probably not be complete without the iconic tunes where everyone would be clapping along in unison while belting out those golden lines.

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There you have it, the 3 songs (okay, maybe 4 since the last is a mashup of two) we are really hoping to witness LIVE by the legends themselves! Are any of your favourite songs on this list? Do let us know what song you are crossing your fingers over by leaving us a tweet!

 

Concert Details:

Date : 17 September 2016, Saturday
Venue : Singapore Grand Prix - The Padang Stage (zone 4)
Ticket Prices : $168


Tickets are now available for purchase at Singapore GP.


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Pure genius?

Homegrown band The Sam Willows have just released their brand new mashup cover of Cold Water by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber & MØ and Same Old Love by Selena Gomez.

First of all, can we all just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the place that they filmed at? The quartet shot this cover when they were together on top of Wentworth Falls Blue Mountains in New South Wales. It turns out that they went to Sydney for a songwriting camp and decided to take a trip to the Blue Mountains to shoot this beautiful cover.

The mashup of the two songs is very interesting as it takes two very different perspectives and combines them together like a conversation. Cold Water talks about being there for someone even though this person has drifted apart while Same Old Love expresses the annoying feeling of the constant back and forth with someone.

And it just so happens that these two songs are sung by Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez respectively. Coincidence? If not for this cover, we wonder if we would have ever connected the dots...

 

Photo Credit: @thesamwillows on Instagram 

What can we say? The wait was torturous but it was worth it for so many reasons.

Like many concerts in Singapore, an overly enthusiastic crowd will start to form outside the concert venue hours before showtime. And the attendees of Selena Gomez's Revival World Tour were no exception to this phenomenon.

Okay, maybe it was not much of a phenomenon because Cornetto was giving out free ice cream cones. So you do the math: Singaporeans + free things. Yup, we figured you knew the answer too. Other than the complimentary treats, long lines were formed both at the merchandise booth as well as in front of the backdrop to take pictures with Selena's colourful head. Because let's be real, that was probably the closest Selenators will ever get to the queen herself without M&G passes.

And just when you thought that those were the longest lines you will ever see that night, you couldn't be more wrong. When the doors opened at 7pm, the LONGEST line started to form from the entrance of the stadium all the way to the bridge and back! The snake line was inevitable because security was REALLY REALLY TIGHT that night. It was not your typical "poke stick in bag" kind of security check. Every single concert-goer had their bags THROUGHLY checked and had to go through a FULL BODY CHECK by having the beeping sensors swiped from their necks down to their toes by security.

Security was probably stricter than you have ever experienced at concerts held in Singapore because of the numerous attacks around the world especially after Christina Grimmie's tragic sudden passing. And because of the strict security checks, we missed the entire opening act of homegrown singer Gentle Bones. We are sorry mate. More than half of the night's crowd was still queuing very impatiently outside while the singer performed his set. Well, we found this video online of him performing his latest single Geniuses & Thieves if you would like to check it out.

Overly excited, the crowd started to scream and stand on their feet even before the newly turned 24-year-old singer appeared on stage to start off her show with a intro version of Revival. She followed her set with previous hit singles like Same Old Love as well as Come & Get it before proceeding to belt to Sober.

After which a video montage of SelGo looking like a model started to play and the crowd went crazy for some reason. Maybe it was the anticipation for the costume change which Sel changed into a black leather pants and what looked like drapes on her body. With that killer outfit, she sang Good For You along with the crowd who sang at the top of their lungs as though they didn't need them for breathing purposes. Survivors was a spectacle to watch as the dancers were ON POINT and you can't help but attempt to try and dance along.

To bring us back in time, Gomez did a throwback with Slow Down and Love You Like A Love Song which she didn't sing most of the chorus. It really puzzled us as to why she only sang the verses of the song.

Selena mentioned that the next song requires a little crowd participation and introduced the ultimate crowd-favourite, Hands To Myself! She probably didn't have to ask us to snap along and we would have gladly done so by ourselves anyways. "I mean I could but why would I want to" was the LOUDEST line sang by the Selenators that very night. It was sang (or rather shouted) with such great volume to the point that we couldn't even hear Selena singing it.

Another video montage was played and this time, the songstress walked out wearing a long simple black dress with her hair done in a low ponytail to sing Who Says. She described the song when she was a lot younger and being 24 now, she felt that she needs this song more than she did back then. She continued to say that she feels so fortunate that a girl like her from Texas is about to live out her dreams thousands of miles away from home.

Her piano lessons definitely paid off as Sel played it so well while singing one of her favourite worship songs Transfiguration. She took us to church and back man! She made a smooth transition into Nobody before we performed a new song Feel Me for everyone. #privilege

After new material was presented, the band started playing Mexican music as two HUMONGOUS roses started to sprout from the ground until it reached the ceiling. THAT WAS SO STRANGE but Selena came out wearing this black translucent body suit with a silver strip singing Me & My Girls followed by Me & The Rhythm that made everything not that weird after all. Body Heat ended with everyone dancing their way backstage, leaving one very talented dancer and an electric guitarist who totally rocked out and left their hearts on stage.

Covering Eurythmic's Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Gomez rocked out to it in an orange ensemble while assuring the crowd that she'll come back to Singapore again and urging everyone to dance it all out before everyone goes home. The bubble of joy introduced the next song Kill Em With Kindness as one that has got her through so much. The choreography with the orange exercise balls was so cool and everyone was basically in awe of the whole spectacle.

The show ended with a dance party to I Want You To Know before Selena Revival-ed her way off stage. And that was it. The crowd was definitely not impressed with how the show ended because it just stopped so abruptly. WE NEED MORE or rather, the ending could have been grander and more spectacular than just walking to the back of the stage before disappearing.

In conclusion, we really enjoyed ourselves and Selena's presence with of course, the hits. We just felt that the backing track was too overpowering and kind of over-shadowed everything else. And Singapore was blessed with the new outfits, that's basically what the rest of the world said.

We love you Selena, please come back soon as you promised! (:

Setlist:

1. Revival (Intro)
2. Same Old Love
3. Come & Get It
4. Sober
5. Good For You
6. Survivors
7. Slow Down
8. Love You Like A Love Song
9. Hands To Myself
10. Who Says
11. Transfiguration (Hillsong Worship Cover)
12. Nobody
13. Feel Me
14. Me & My Girls
15. Me & The Rhythm
16. Body Heat
17. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Eurythmics cover)
18. Kill Em With Kindness
19. I Want You To Know
20. Revival

Photo Credit: smg-news, @nadiaquilla, @selenagomezcansing, @tcheriset on Instagram, @gomezswifts, @therevivaltour on Twitter

Wait what, does that mean she's impersonating herself?

The legendary Céline Dion made a guest appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and of course when such a powerhouse is in the building, you gotta play a few rounds of Wheel of Musical Impressions with her!

Her eccentric personality shone through as she impersonated some of the best-selling recording artists like Cher, Rihanna, and Sia to little fun tunes like Frère Jacques, Row Row Row Your Boat and Hush Little Baby respectively. She even chipped in when it was Jimmy's turn to give her best impersonation of the late king of pop.

As we all know, the Wheel of Musical Impressions is such an iconic segment of the show where other singers have impersonated the My Heart Will Go On singer. And since Céline is such a fan of the segment, she got annoyed when Jimmy was explaining the mechanics of the game to her. Céline had obviously watched Ariana Grande's spot on impression of herself.

In between talking about other things and not wanting to record the iconic Titanic song, she impersonated Ariana's impression of her on the show. Let's just say, IT WAS HILARIOUS and creepily accurate. She went on to express her love for the pop princess' talent. And like the song, she went on and on about Ari's short stature. Oh Céline!

 

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Remember Only The Young?

Former band members Charlie George and Parisa Tarjomani of the previously existing band Only The Young have reunited to cover We Don't Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez.

It has been quite some time since the 4-piece band have gone their separate ways in November of 2015 after they finished in seventh place on the eleventh series of The X Factor back in 2014. What we find truly saddening is that the band had been together for what seemed forever before they competed in the singing talent competition. It felt as though not winning the competition or rather not getting signed to a record label failed to keep them together, as though their love for music and friendship was not enough.

After the group announced their split, they have gone on to venture on several different projects individually. But we figured that since Parisa and Charlie have been friends for the longest among the four, they decided to reunite to collaborate on a cover together. And the song choice was rather fascinating and interesting altogether.

"We Don't Talk Anymore" sounded like a subliminal message to their ex-band members. Like hey, we used to live together and do everything together, but it's no longer the same till the point that we don't talk anymore because of a public fallout on Twitter. Well, we could be wrong about this interpretation. But it just seems like there is more than meets the eye of this particular song choice.

 

Photo Credit: itv & YouTube