5 K-Reality Shows Where K-pop Stars Reveal Their True Selves

9 Dec 2017 by Johanna Teo

Need something to bingewatch through the weekend? Here are five highly addictive reality TV shows that allow you to get up close and personal with your favourite K-pop stars. 

‘Livin’ the Double Life

One of the most anticipated variety shows, Livin’ the Double Life gives viewers an intimate view into the lives of musicians CL, Taeyang and Oh Hyuk during their off stage moments. In the few episodes that have aired thus far, we’ve seen CL open up about 2NE1’s breakup and her efforts to debut in the US, while Taeyang shared his honest thoughts on BIGBANG and his music career. Through the show, the world gets to know K-pop’s biggest stars outside their flamboyant personas – their fears, insecurities and all.

Triple H Detective Agency 

Created for Cube Entertainment’s new sub-unit, Triple H – HyunA and Pentagon’s Hui and E’Dawn, this reality show focused on HyunA as the group prepped for their official debut. While we initially thought group dynamics might be slightly awkward due to HyunA’s sunbae status, the co-ed group proved to be fun and vibrant. 

Dara TV 

Although Dara TV is technically not a reality show, her v-logs offer fans an unfiltered view into her busy life. Each episode varies in length and content; she could doing vocal exercises in a bathroom before performing at G-Dragon’s concert in Manila one day, struggling with her makeup the next, or filming a beauty show the day after… you get the gist. Trust us, you’ll love Dara even more after tuning in! 


Meant as a one year anniversary gift for BLACKPINK and Blinks, the upcoming reality show sees the members’ dreams coming true: not only are they going to Hawaii for a much-deserved vacation, the girls will also be living in their very own Pink Princess-themed house, where they’ll have to take care of everything on their own. This means cooking, cleaning and doing the laundry. How will the BLACKPINK princesses fare? 

PS: While BLACKPINK TV hasn’t officially aired yet, do keep a look out for it! 

Run, BIGBANG, Scout! 

Filmed specially for the VIPs, the Kings of K-pop head to a campground to spend time together, play games and do normal everyday stuff like buy groceries. There’s just something so fascinating about seeing these mega celebrities doing average tasks that makes this series a must-watch. 

What are some of your favourite reality shows? Share them in the comment section!

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Turns out, Singapore really loves these YouTubers!

The local YouTube scene has seen healthy growth over the years and 2017 is no different. According to statistics shared by YouTube, a total of 4.1 million Singaporeans tuned in to YouTube every month, while watchtime in Singapore grew by 30%. Two major milestones were also reached – Clicknetwork and JianHao Tan each earned the coveted Gold Play Button this year after achieving one million subscribers on their channels! Also revealed was the fact that five of this year’s top 10 trending videos in Singapore were created by three of our very own, namely Night Owl Cinematics, Xiaxue and Butterworks. Here are the top 10 videos that made the list! 

#1 Jake Paul – It’s Everyday Bro (Song) feat. Team 10 (Official Music Video)

#2 Top 5 Tips for NS (Night Owl Cinematics)

#3 7 Types of People at Start of New Year

#4 Logan Paul – Help Me Help You ft. Why Don’t We [Official Video]

#5 想当年 The Songs We Used To Sing | Butterworks

#6 Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect 

#7 Wife Vs Mistress!

#8 ROFL! Golden Buzzer Comedian Makes Judges Can’t Stop LAUGHING! | Semi Final 5 | BGT 2017

#9 Polishing a Rusty Knife

#10 SINGAPOREAN YOUTUBERS ARE HYPOCRITES (Reaction to Jianhao’s Smash or Pass video)

What are some of your favourite YouTube videos from 2017? Share them with us in the comment section! 

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Here's How You Can Access Your Spotify 2017 Listening History

7 Dec 2017 by Johanna Teo

The results are in… and our top listens belong to KOHH, Drake and wayyy too much K-pop. What do your listening habits look like? 

It comes as no surprise that Spotify collects data from its users, from the songs we stream on its platform, our listening habits, and down to what we’re adding to our playlists. And they’re sharing all the info they’ve gathered into one condensed site, ‘2017 Wrapped’ to help listeners relive the songs and artistes they’ve loved the most this 2017. 

By simply visiting this site, Spotify users can find out more about their music consumption, which includes everything from the most streamed artistes and songs, to how many minutes you’ve spent listening to musics, to the number of genres you’ve explored. It gets real detailed.


Apart from showcasing your (maybe embarrassing) song history, 2017 Wrapped also provides a short quiz to see how in tune you are with your musical tastes. Are you truly as indie as everyone thinks you are? Or are you a shower singer with an entire playlist dedicated to melancholic KTV songs? You’ll soon find out. 


Also, Spotify has created ‘Ones That Got Away’, a highly personalised playlist to help you discover new music which the platform thinks you’ll love but have yet to listen to. These fun customised ‘mixtapes’ were created by identifying and studying a group of ‘Tastemakers’ – super active fans who have a penchant for discovering under the radar music –  and aligning their music tastes to other users. The result? A pool of fresh tunes specially customised for your ears only. Alternatively, you could listen to Spotify’s playlist of your top 100 songs – think of it like your very own Billboard top 100 chart.

What were your top tunes of 2017? Share your Wrapped results with us!

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Oh Taylor, look what you made the Internet do.

We already know that the Internet can be petty AF. Ever since Taylor Swift dropped her polarising album that is Reputation – in which she reinvents herself as a darker, more intense version of her American sweetheart self – reactions have swung to both “love it” and “loathe it” extremes. So when a Swiftie posted a tweet asking the Internet to “name a badder b*tch than Taylor Swift”, you can be sure that the Internet spared no expense. 

The tweet, which drew over 12,000 replies, saw unbelievably snide remarks. 

But just when we thought the tweet would go down in negative flames, it morphed into one of the most inspirational clapbacks we’ve ever witnessed. Instead of simply ragging on Taylor, netizens actually started sharing about other badass ladies in history. 

It soon turned into a thread that celebrated countless of under appreciated yet extremely important female figures. 

Such as Dr. Milada Horakova, a politician and freedom fighter. 

Warrior queen Che Siti Wan Kembang

Sally Ride, a brilliant physicist and astronaut who became the first American woman in space. 

Emmy Noether was described by her peers as the “most important woman in the history of mathematics”. 

Of course, we’re all familiar with Marie Curie.

Then there’s Bessie Coleman. The first female aviator of African American and Native American descent, flying schools in the US denied entry to Bessie, so she packed up and went to France, where she achieved her license in a short seven months. 

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman ever to run the Boston Marathon. There was a race official who tried to stop her but he was literally shoved to the ground by Kathrine’s boyfriend. It wasn’t till 1972 that women were officially allowed to participate in the Boston Marathon. 

French Resistance fighter Simone Segouin was only 18 years old when she risked her life carrying out missions (which included de-railing trains and blowing up bridges) against Nazi occupiers. She was present at the liberation of Chartres and Paris in 1944.

Nicknamed the Bandit Queen, Phoolan Devi was a gun-slinging ‘feminist Robin Hood’ who later became a successful politician. 

A pioneer in women’s rights activism, Kate Sheppard led the New Zealand women’s suffragettes movement and helped women gain the right to vote in New Zealand. 

Touted as the “Grandmother of Electronic Music”, Else Marie Pade was the first person in Denmark to start making electronic music. She was also a resistance fighter in an all-female Danish resistance group during WWII. 

Queen Mandukhai was the Khatun of Mongolia. She led and won several great wars – she even fought while heavily pregnant, delivering twin boys during a long battle. 

The coolest thing about this thread is not about the epic takedowns issued against Taylor. It’s about the reemergence of stories about inspirational women, and the reminder that we’re surrounded by badass females, Taylor Swift included. Head over to the original Twitter thread to read more about these awesome ladies! 

Who are some of your inspirational female figures? Share their stories in our comment section!

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What’s up with the Queen of Instagram? 

Putting a public Instagram account on private seems like no big deal – except when it’s Selena Gomez, aka Instagram’s most followed person ever. Apart from the time she disabled her account after it was hacked, and when she laid low while recuperating from her kidney transplant, Selena has left her feed largely untouched. Which is why fans are starting to worry about the songstress after she quietly put her 130-million following account on private on Tuesday. 

This action follows a couple of head-scratching Instagram Story updates. Selena, who’s currently on a promo run in London had first posted this video with the words “I need some alone time” emblazoned across her selfie. 

The next day, the ‘Wolves’ songstress uploaded a screenshot of a specific portion of her cover story interview with Billboard – in which she was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year – along with a heated caption. 

That particular section is actually Billboard’s introduction to the story, where the writer started off by describing her surroundings. 

“There’s a five-foot teddy bear sprawled across the kitchen floor in Selena Gomez’s North Hollywood home. “I know, I know,” says Gomez, rolling her eyes, acknowledging that the stuffed animal doesn’t quite blend with the trio of armchairs nestled in the inviting, marble-accented nook. “It was a gift, and at first I thought, ‘This is so ridiculous, I can’t wait until I give it away to another person.’”

We aren’t exactly sure what went down, but this outburst comes at an odd time; Selena had just thanked Billboard on social media for giving her the accolade, and just days before, had given a heartfelt acceptance speech at their Billboard Music Awards 2017. Could she not have read the story before then? Why is she choosing to call Billboard out now? Surely this is all a huge misunderstanding… 

Whatever the reason, fans took to Twitter to express their concern for Selena. 

This Selenator makes a good point too.  

With 130 million followers under her IG belt, we’re sure Selena’s subtle change of privacy won’t affect most people. And that she’ll be back in no time. 

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