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Upon first glance at the title of Demi Lovato's latest single, you'd expect a slinking, sultry R&B jam, perhaps a track following the footsteps of Selena Gomez's later releases. 

But Sexy Dirty Love has turned out to be a fresh dose of synthpop goodness, pulsating with funky basslines and throwback disco touches. While the lyrics are adult-themed, the song's brand of 'sexy' opts for an euphoric rush over a sensual flavor, as evident in both the punchy production and vocal delivery where Demi belts the lyrics with power and zeal. 

As the 3rd single off her upcoming album Tell Me That You Love Me, Sexy Dirty Love has a markedly different style from the R&B trap song Sorry Not Sorry and the gospel-influenced Tell Me That You Love Me. It helps to further showcase her range and we're definitely looking forward to hear what else her album has to offer when it comes out on 29 September!

Listen to Sexy Dirty Love on Spotify below:

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Or rather Ally did.

Fifth Harmony recently visited the Billboard headquarters to promote their self-titled studio album and to play a friendly game of good old Pictionary.

The drawing game consisted of song titles from their latest album as well as their previous ones. Songs like Bridges and Angel were easily guessed by the girls but when it was Ally Brooke's turn to guess what Normani Kordei was drawing, she just couldn't get it.

Anticipating a song from their new album, Ally thought that the doodle illustrated songs Don't Say You Love Me or He Like That which were all incorrect.

Even after Normani wrote 7/27 beside her doodle of scribbles on a human figure indicating that the song was from their previous album, Ally was completely clueless. In frustration, Ally blurted out "write you a cheque" to which the other girls started to burst out in uncontrollable laughter.

Would anyone buy Write You A Cheque on iTunes? Cos' we know we would ;)

 

Photo Credit: Billboard

Liam Payne and Zedd Drop A Big Surprise in London!

By Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:00

Liam Payne of One Direction and Zedd hit the hottest spots in London for an impromptu live performance of their collaborative single Get Low, in a video released on 19th September.

The music producer commented in the description: “Liam and I decided to go to London and surprise fans with a street performance of Get Low. We both wore backpacks with speakers. Liam had a mic and I had a little keyboard. We went to the most public places we could imagine to perform this with cameras following us.” The duo managed to steal the eyes (and hearts) of the passersby indeed, as the video features visibly starstruck spectators dancing and singing along- some lucky fans even managed to snag a selfie with the pair!

To be perfectly honest, the song itself is serviceable at most, it does little to differentiate itself from the run-of-the-mill tropical house track. However, after watching the dance number dial up the energy levels of the crowd this effortlessly, it's hard to deny one thing: Get Low does what it wants to do very well.

Watch Liam Payne and Zedd deliver a blast of a performance below:

 

 

Photo Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA

5 Albums That Will Turn 10 In October!

By Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:00

If you're in the mood to walk down memory lane and into the streets of nostalgia, then this post is definitely for you.

In the month of October, these five albums will be turning 10 years old. Yes, that's the typical age of a Primary 4 kid.

These five albums are made up of some of the biggest hits of 2007 too. Let's see if you still remember the lyrics to the songs:

 

1. We The Kings - We The Kings

Other than the classic Mr Brightside by The Killers, We The Kings' Check Yes Juliet is one of the other few songs that would never fail to bring major #throwback feels. We The Kings' self-titled debut album was released on 2 October 2007. Feel old yet?

 

2. Matchbox Twenty - Exile on Mainstream

After coming out of a 4-year hiatus in 2007, pop-rock band Matchbox Twenty reunited and released Exile on Mainstream on 2 October 2007, the same day We The Kings debuted their first album. Shortly after the band finished touring in 2008, they went into yet another hiatus.

 

3. Cobra Starship - ¡Viva la Cobra!

Before the iconic purple hoodie was associated to Justin Bieber, it was Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta's thing. ¡Viva la Cobra! is Cobra Starship's second studio album and was produced by Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump.

 

4. Britney Spears - Blackout

Released on 25 October 2007, Blackout is Britney Spear's fifth studio album. The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, and consists of some of Britney's most memorable singles, such as Gimme More, Break The Ice and Piece Of Me, all of which she performed during her concert in Singapore back in June.

 

5. Soulja Boy Tell'em - Souljaboytellem.com

Before there was the Whip/Nae Nae, there was the Soulja Boy. Only a true 90's kid would remember the dance.

BTS Enters A New Era with 'DNA'

By Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:00

Reigning K-pop boy group BTS have dropped their highly anticipated single DNA, fresh off their latest mini-album Love Yourself: Her. Having described their new album as a ‘turning point’ and gluing their sights onto the Billboard Hot 100, it is clear that the group holds high ambitions for this comeback. But does their new single live up to the fanfare?

Despite being a ‘K-pop song’, DNA’s composition echoes the trends that have been dominating the Top 40 in the States. Starting off with a syncopated beat comprising of whistles and acoustic guitar strums, the EDM-inspired track gradually gets layered with more elements- such as those subtle countermelody flourishes- before it launches into a ‘chorus’. Or rather, a pseudo-chorus, for the song continues to build up before it explodes with a flurry of electro synths and distorted vocals. 

The use of the "pop-drop", which has been popularized by artists like Diplo and The Chainsmokers, makes DNA a natural hit with the current Western palate even if it is sung in Korean (the song has already reached Top 5 on US iTunes within a day of its release). BTS elevate the track above generic territory by injecting their unique colors, with personality-filled moments such as the back and forth raps between members Jungkook and Suga. Lyrically, the love song carries fatalistic overtones (All of this is not a coincidence/ Cuz we’re the two who found the destiny) that are further evoked through the trippy cosmic imagery in the must-watch music video.

DNA is the start of an exciting new era for BTS: it is the announcement of their mission to stake their claim onto international charts, to cement their presence in the global spotlight. Check out their music video (which features super sick choreography) below. 

 

P.S. Stay tuned for an upcoming review of their album Love Yourself: Her!

Photo credit: Def Jam Japan

You might have heard of Rami Malek from his starring role in Mr Robot, but the rising star continuously proves his acting prowess as Freddie Mercury for an upcoming biopic.

We get it. Malek’s build is slightly smaller than Mercury’s.

But there is no doubt that Malek really does resemble Queen’s frontman quite a bit. Just toss in a little imitation of Mercury’s signature moves and mannerisms onstage, and he’s good to go!

Of course, this was all captured in a sneaky video posted by U.K. publication The Sun.

In the video, Malek was filmed recreating Queen’s famous performance at Live Aid charity concert in 1985. 

Here’s the original performance by the legendary band.

The resemblance is uncanny, eh?

This certainly made us even more eager to see Malek’s take on hit songs like Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, and Bohemian Rhapsody!

 

Photo credit: Entertainment Weekly

This September, we're in for a treat for not just one, but TWO unexpected collaborations. These collaborations are particularly exciting as both go beyond genre and even language! Let's take a look:

 

1. Chainsmokers x BTS

Pop-EDM duo The Chainsmokers are no strangers to K-pop, having  previously revealed themselves as fans of K-pop groups such as 2NE1 and Big Bang. They also previously announced that they were looking to collaborate with a K-pop artist that "shares the same vision" as them. It looks like they have found the one they have been looking for in boy group, BTS.

It was recently confirmed by The Chainsmokers' management that one-half of the duo, Andrew Taggart, worked with the rappers of BTS and will be credited as a co-writer on the song, Best Of Me, which will be part of BTS'sforthcoming album, Love Yourself: Her which will be released on 18 September.

What thrilling news for fans of both groups! We're sure that it's gonna be a big hit and a chart-topper for sure.

 

2. Foo Fighters x Justin Timberlake

As unlikely as it is, it's a funny story how this collaboration came to be: Justin Timberlake dropped by while Foo Fighters were recording in the studio and liked what he heard. After hanging out with Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, a couple of times, Justin one day drunkenly asked if he could sing on the band's upcoming record, Concrete and Gold.

"I'm telling you - this guy's going somewhere," Dave jokingly commented on the experience. However, before we expect a whole chorus of Justin's smooth vocals, the rock band revealed that the pop star only has a part in the "la la la's" in one of their tracks, which Dave noted that he "nailed it".

Well, no matter how small Justin's part was, we're still just as stoked to listen to it! Concrete and Gold will be released on 15 September and we can't wait to see what this unlikely pair has in store for us!

 

Photo credits: Koreaboo, Kevin Mazur/AMA2013/WireImage

Who will emerge victorious? 

Liam Payne recently visited the Late Late Show to talk about his new life as a father and exactly why he decided to name his son a particularly unconventional name.

Before his designated segment, Corden was casually telling the audience why he thinks that boy bands are better than solo artists. He reckons that wearing similar outfits, having cool dance choreographies and harmonies are so much cooler than boring old solo artists.

Lo and behold, Liam Payne appears out of nowhere to challenge Corden's claim. It's ironic to say the least as Payne is currently on hiatus from his boy band, One Direction, and pursuing a solo music career.

Payne and Corden continuously throw shade at each other while belting out hits by solo artists as well as boy bands respectively before coming to a conclusion that there can be a world where the two can successfully coexist.

 

Photo Credits: TooFab & BillBoard

A ring on the ring finger is all it takes.

Fifth Harmony recently dropped their surprise music video for Deliver, the fourth visual representation from their self-titled studio album.

The singing quartet donned black gowns, gloves, diamond jewelry and shorter hair styles while channeling some seriously amazing Beyoncé vibes.

As the music video approached the end, Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke motioned to place a diamond ring on her ring finger as she closed the song with the last word. That action caused many to do a double take, rewinding the last part of the video as it looked like the 24-year-old was hinting to the fans that she recently got engaged.

However, after further examination and analysis, it was concluded that the singer is not engaged as it was the right ring finger that she placed the ring on. In addition, the fans were not able to figure out who she got engaged to if she actually did as there are currently no romantic interests present in the pop star's life.

 

Photo Credits: YouTube

Statement or Shade?

MTV's annual Video Music Awards is always known for its over-the-top flavour to reflect the culture of music videos in today's time and age.

From the unconventional red carpet outfits to the iconic on-stage performances, every single VMA has gone down in the history books as the award show to remember.

This year's VMAs was no different especially for multi-platinum selling girl group Fifth Harmony and their mash-up performance of Angel and Down.

In the beginning of their performance, it was clear to the audience that there were five silhouettes on stage. But soon after the beat kicked in, the middle astronaut jumped backwards and fell off the stage as the remaining members of Fifth Harmony continued with the performance. As a result, many have attributed the stunt as the girl group throwing shade to former band member Camila Cabello.

However, Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke made it clear on Good Morning America the next day saying, "We get asked all the time if we are getting a fifth member. We wanted to show the world in an artistic way that, hey, the four of us are Fifth Harmony, and we're stronger and better than we've ever been."

Many supportive fans also wanted to point out the fact that the fifth astronaut was not thrown off the stage by the girls, symbolising that Cabello willingly left the group to pursue her solo career.

 

Photo Credit: 29Secrets

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