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5 Things That Only Happen At An ONE OK ROCK Concert

27 Jan 2016 by Chew Hui Ling

After touring the world for a whole whack of kickass shows, our fave rock warriors have finally descended upon Singapore for the last stop of their 35xxxv Asia Tour on 23 January – and it’s arguably the most insane neck-snapping, throat-ripping mayhem we’ve been to in awhile. If you had the chance to see ONE OK ROCK in full swing, take our word for it: you wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.

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#1 You never miss a beat.

Not even when you’re standing in line. We’ve attended plenty of gigs before, but this undoubtedly takes the cake for the lengthiest queue ever. While approximately 5,000 turned up, almost a quarter of the ticket-holders were still stranded outside when the show started at 8pm on the dot. And the most amazing thing happened: we witnessed an entire stampede of fans running uphill to the beat of ‘Take Me To The Top’ and ‘Memories’ while belting out the lyrics in pristine harmony (us included). Missed the first three songs, but at least we got an epic workout!

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#2 You’ll unconsciously turn into a metalhead.

These guys are living proof that music truly has no boundaries. Anyone who has been in a mosh pit would agree that part of the magic is the feeling of bliss when you stand in a crowd of fellow metalheads, because all you really care about is simply having a good time jamming out as one united fam. Stranger, who? Here, everybody from the casual concert-goer to the hardcore die-hard could be seen swaying, hand-clapping, headbanging and wolf-howling in synchro as if they were sucked into a rhythmic trance. Which, too, took us forever to break out of – not that we mind.

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#3 There will be eye-blinding singalongs.

ONE OK ROCK isn’t just about hard-edged beats, heavy-metal screamo and thundering riffs – there’s also the slower, soul-baring numbers that occupied a special place in our hearts. One of the highlights of the night was when the band winded it down for ‘Heartache’ and ‘Wherever You Are’, and the crowd lit up the pit with their phones’ flashlights and started softly crooning along to every single word. It was a beautiful sight.

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#4 Taka’s voice. ‘Nuff said.

To say that we were utterly blown away by the sheer vocal prowess of ONE OK ROCK’s legendary anchor Takahiro Moriuchi was a severe understatement – the lead singer wondrously blazed his way through the crushingly intense set list with no signs of lip-syncing. Although Taka’s glass-shattering range is hard to beat, the frontman also has his melodic moments when he really draws us in with his heartfelt delivery. Of course, he couldn’t have done it without Toru, Ryota and Tomoya backing him up.

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#5 You might go home with a sweaty towel or two.

Perhaps you might land yourself a Toru-drenched tank top, or even a pair of Tomoya’s personal drumsticks – regardless, you can be sure they’ll never leave without giving us a piece of themselves. Indeed, in true rock spirit, the members whipped the crowd into a complete frenzy when they began ripping off their clothes onstage and flinging ’em to the front row during the encore. Lucky peeps!

Photos: Aloysius Lim and Alvin Ho of Amuse Entertainment/LAMC Productions

Can’t get enough of ONE OK ROCK? We’ve got a short interview with Taka in our February ’15 issue so be sure to check it out!

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Miss Bangerz Engaged Again?

20 Jan 2016 by Venetia Sng

It looks like the pair (Miam? Liley?) is back together again after a 2 year split! Miley Cryus was spotted hanging out with Liam Hemsworth in Australia over the New Year’s holiday. Chris Hemsworth’s wife (future sister-in-law?), Elsa Pataky, even posted a photo of them hanging out at the Falls Festival.

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And Miley was seen returning to New York with a huge rock on her ring finger! The ring has an uncanny resemblance to her previous engagement ring to Liam in 2012. Plus the girl ain’t hiding! She is showing it off by posting a few shots of herself and the ring on Instagram.

 

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The previous engagement ring.

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Though the pair have yet to confirm the relationship, we are all aboard on the Miley-Liam ship!

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Alien Huang Isn't Who You Think He Is

19 Jan 2016 by Chew Hui Ling

In the true words of Alien Huang, “No matter what kind of person you perceive me to be, I’m not who you think I am.” From breaking out of the idol mold (fun fact: he started out as a member of boy bands HC3 and Cosmo in the early 2000s!) to carving out a burgeoning career all on his own, the singer has came a long way to becoming the multifaceted artiste he is now. Yet despite his best efforts, it’s inevitable that people still harbour some sort of misconception towards him. In an exclusive interview, we sat down with the Taiwanese megastar to separate fact from fiction once and for all.

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Photo: Rock Records Singapore

Fiction: An A-lister wannabe?
Fact: Far from it. His latest self-titled album ALiEN is proof that the singer has truly escaped the shadows of his peers, and is definitely not one that fits the norm. “Perhaps why I’m called Alien is because I have a different mindset from everyone else. This album is a symbolisation of breaking myself apart and resurrecting into a new brand of Alien Huang.” And his hard work shows – his musical flair and lyrical maturity shine in every self-composed track in this record, and we think he deserves every bit of recognition for his talent. Who’s to say the dude’s a wannabe now?

Fiction: Still hung-up over Rainie Yang?
Fact: That was over a decade ago, and we’re pretty sure the lad has dated other girls after breaking up with his high school sweetheart. The next question on everybody’s mind: is the 32-year-old seeing anyone currently? He admits, “Honestly, I haven’t had the chance to meet new people. But if I happen to find someone who has similar interests as I do, I’ll have no qualms settling down with her.” He then pacified fans by stating that he’ll “most likely marry after 35”. Three more years to go before he gets rid of his bachelor status!

Fiction: Only likes pretty girls?
Fact: We reckon the music video for ‘My Friends’ is enough to put the kibosh on things. “It was fun wearing uniforms again and reliving the memories [with Ou Han Sheng, Shiou Chieh Kai, Wesley Chia, and Xie Kun Da]. In the MV, we all had a crush on the most attractive girl in school. But as we grow up, you realise that the pretty ones might not actually be your ideal type, and the plain Janes might just end up being your cup of tea. You never know.”

Fiction: Friendship stuck in a superficial rut?
Fact: You might’ve heard about the rumours running rampant about the apparent tension between him and his (ex?) best bud, but don’t let hearsay cloud your judgement – it’s a well-known fact in showbiz that Alien is an incredibly loyal pal. He further asserts on his definition of ‘brothers’: “If we’re brothers, it’s only natural for us not to be selfish towards each other. I’m the type of person who would give 100 per cent of myself in a friendship.” When piqued about his absolute last straw, he had a long mull over it before giving us this heart-tugging answer: “Someone who hurts me with a bad intention.” Ouch…

We don’t know about you, but we have a newfound respect for Alien Huang after our chat with him. Keep doing what you’re doing!

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3 Things The Boys From JTR Will Do For You

15 Jan 2016 by Rachael Lim

Swedish boy band, JTR, is made up of three brothers, John Andreasson, Tom Lundbäck and Robin Lundbäck. They appeared on the fifth season of The X Factor Australia and finished seventh. Their debut album, Touchdown, was promoted by the band’s debut single, Ride which later included their latest single Centre of Everywhere, in a 21 track album, Touchdown (Asian Edition). 

As said by John, ‘Centre of Everywhere’ is a big song that has great meaning to it. It means no matter wherever you might be, whether you’re in the dessert or lost in the woods… if you’re with the right person, you’ll feel like you’re in the centre of the world.

But is that all that JTR can think about or do when it comes to love? Here’s what we think these swoon-worthy lads will do for their girls: 

#1  Fulfill Your Wanderlust Dreams

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Who wouldn’t want to travel around the world and escape from reality for just a little while. Well, for the brothers of JTR, they would love to take you on a trip or two around the world if you were their special girl.

Other than travelling in style with Tom’s private jet or Robin’s sailing boat, can we just talk about John’s idea of getting his helicopter driving license and flying the both of you to a nice mountain to enjoy beautiful scenery from the top? That’s a ton of sincerity and love there.

#2  Make You Smile In No Time

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Feeling down from a tough day at school? No worries, the trio will get into seriously wacky stuff to turn your frown into a smile.

John would do some fun stuff while Robin would provide you with a chocolate fix as it works for him whenever he’s upset. If all else fails, Tom’s fart jokes will be the last resort. Although, it’s probably the weirdest way to cheer you up but who knows, it might just work!

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Plus, if they were to make use of their fantastic vocals to cheer you up, you can expect Robin to sing A Whole New World or I’m Sexy and I Know It and John with a classic tune from the 80s, I Just Called To Say I Love You.

#3  Take you on an Asian Gastronomic Journey

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The boys of JTR are a huge fan of Asia. On top of the list of places you want to travel to, you can expect yourself to go on a gastronomic adventure with them in Asia. Be it savoring a plate of amazing chicken rice in Singapore or a good plate of yaki soba in Japan, you are sure in for some finger licking goodness. Just remember not to feed them with the raw vegetables when you are on a date at a Korean BBQ restaurant. They are not fan of it, especially Tom and Robin.

Did we mention that Robin loves KFC too? 

Check out JTR’s latest single, Centre of Everywhere in the link down below. 

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8 Moments Our Hearts Were Broken By Professor Snape

15 Jan 2016 by Arissa Ha

While Alan Rickman stood out for his numerous works in both film and theatre, one of his most notable role was as Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series. We pay tribute to the actor who turned our hearts around – from the most hated professor at Hogwarts, to the most loved. We raise our wands, potions and butterbeer to you sir, RIP. 

#1 When the love of his life died

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#2 When he chose to protect Harry without anyone’s knowledge

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#3 When he protected the trio from being mauled

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#4 When he showed everyone that he never stopped loving Lily

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#5 When he had to kill Dumblebore even though he didn’t want to

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#6 When he revealed that he’s the Half-Blood Prince

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#7 When he instructs Harry to take his tears to the Pensieve

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#8 The words he uttered before dying

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And then everything started making sense to Harry. 

Here’s Alan Rickman’s goodbye letter to Harry Potter

I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel [Radcliffe], Emma [Watson], and Rupert [Grint] from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.

These children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.

It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.

– Alan Rickman

Now if you would excuse us, let us continue grieving.

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Which are your favourite Snape moments? Share them with us. 

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