High school movies have the uncanny ability to make us feel our emotions to the fullest, but who can say they’re not educational too? Here are some life lessons imparted from your all-time favourite teen flicks.

17 Again

17 Again

Lesson #1: It’s never too late to change

Remember when Zac Efron still had his glorious floppy hair of yesteryears? One of his first post-High School Musical roles was the teenage self of a jaded, down-on-his-luck adult struggling with a mid-life crisis. The ‘body- swap’ movie depicts how we might have regrets when we’re older, but Zac’s character redeeming his old ways and appreciating what’s truly important in his life inspired us all to initiate a positive change in our own.

Perks of Being A Wallflower 

Perks of Being A Wallflower

Lesson #2: You don’t need to be an extrovert

Following the life of introverted Charlie (Logan Lerman) in high school, he learns how to deal with his inner battles as he experiences the trials and tribulations of teenage years. With the help of his seniors – played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller – Charlie eventually “accepts the love he thinks he deserves” and made us all feel positively “infinite”.

Easy A

Easy A

Lesson #3: Never give in to gossip

In this comedy classic, Emma Stone stars as Olive who’s the subject of a rumour that spreads across the campus, tarnishing her reputation in the process. As Olive traverses the ups and downs of her newfound image, she soon realises that nobody else’s opinions matter except for the ones closest to her. This serves as a stark reminder that fuelling senseless rumours can prove to be disastrous, and it’s simply best to avoid them in the first place!

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

Lesson #4: Don’t be afraid to speak up

Besides their stance on female empowerment, our favourite Barden Bellas have also stressed several important life teachings. Who can forget Fat Amy embracing her quirks to stand out as an individual, or Becca stepping out of her comfort zone to find her voice? With the third instalment now in full swing on the big screens, there’s no better movie to start your year off with.

John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker Must Die

Lesson #5: Learn to love yourself

Don’t pass this off as another B-grade chick flick – dig deeper and you might be surprised at the lessons it teaches. After being manipulated by resident casanova John Tucker, four girls set out to take revenge to break his heart but end up becoming fast friends instead. While the girl-power foursome experience hilarious hijinks in the process, they also convey important messages about prioritising friendships and loving yourself.

The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen

Lesson #6: Don’t sweat the small stuff

Hailee Steinfeld’s breakout role as Nadine in this coming-of-age dramedy 
relates to many of us, and 
for good reason. Witnessing
 Nadine grapple teenage 
angst, family problems and 
insecurities demonstrated how flawed her character could be – yet it’s how she deals with it that truly matters. By the end of the film, we learn that she’s come to terms with who she is.

This article was adapted from Vol.30 Issue 1 issue of Teenage.

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Countless cups of coffee at Central Perk later and 14 years since they ended its run, it’s finally here! All 10 seasons of the iconic original squad, Friends, are now finally available to stream on Netflix. And in celebration, here’s five of the most beloved episodes you’d want to get into faster than Janice can say, “Ohhh… my…. GOD!” 

#1 The One With All The Resolutions (Season 5, Episode 11)

New year, old laughs. How about starting 2018 (and your Friends marathon) by making a New Year’s resolution alongside the gang for hilarious hijinks? A clear standout of the series, this one saw the six go to great lengths to keep their word on their newly-minted resolutions, which included Rachel keeping a secret and Chandler resisting his usual sarcastic digs. But the episode clearly belongs to Ross and his leather pants fiasco, which proved yet again that nothing makes us laugh quite as hard than this show.

#2 The One Where Ross Finds Out (Season 2, Episode 7)

Friends sure knew how to make us burst into laughter, but they didn’t hold back in tugging at our heartstrings or making us shed a tear or two either. Viewers first got caught up in the whirlwind romance between Ross and Rachel, which started in this episode – sugary sweet dialogue, kisses in the rain and all. Fans would know that their relationship eventually played across the rest of the series until the finale and saw its fair share of highs and lows, making it bittersweet to watch how it all started. No prizes for guessing if they were indeed on a break in later seasons though – that answer will forever be debatable. 

#3 The One Where No One’s Ready (Season 3, Episode 2)

The comedy series has had its significant unique concepts, and this Season 3 highlight fits right into place as one of the top examples. The entirety of the episode takes place within the confines of the apartment, as we bear witness to our favourite group get ready for an event. The jokes come fast and furious throughout the dialogue-driven cut, but come on, it’s Friends, and we can never get enough of their chuckle-worthy quips and clever one-liners.

#4 The One With The Prom Video (Season 2, Episode 14)

The gang revisits an old tape of Rachel and Monica getting ready for their senior prom, which hilariously introduces us to Monica’s “bigger” days and an awkward teenage Ross pining after Rachel already – which results in a surprise ending best kept for your non-spoiler viewing. Elsewhere, Joey and Chandler get into quite a pickle involving a bracelet gift with uproarious results. It’s no wonder that this episode ranks as one of the top favourites among diehard fans, and included as one of  TV Guide‘s “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” list.

#5 The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding (Season 7, Episode 23 and 24)

 

Ok fine, we cheated by considering this two-parter episode as one entry, but we’ll never forget the moment when Chandler and Monica tied the knot. From first keeping their romance under wraps from their friends early on, to finally getting hitched following some internal miscommunication and assumptions, the couple has truly come a long way. The conclusion of the episode – and the 7th season – is arguably one of the sweetest moments, when Chandler’s vows to Monica melted our hearts into a collective “aww”. Keep the tissues close for this one!

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TMA 2017: 6 Iconic Groups That Saved K-pop In 2017

1 Jan 2018 by Teenage

New acts come and go in the ever-competitive idol landscape, but these burgeoning stars have already won over the hearts of K-fans everywhere with their addictive style and dynamic charms. From Red Velvet to TWICE, SEVENTEEN to BTS, meet the reigning leaders of K-pop that owned the year in 2017.

Here are the nominees for TMA 2017 ‘K-pop Group of the Year’:

TWICE

TWICE

Just when you thought nothing could ever top the holy trinity of ‘Like Ooh-Ahh’, ‘Cheer Up’ and ‘TT’, TWICE took over the world with yet another trio of infectious hook- heavy hits in 2017: ‘Knock Knock’, ‘Signal’ and their latest comeback track ‘Likey’. Can we just say, we likey likey likey TWICE!

EXO

Exo

2017 saw EXO continuing their reign as K-pop royalty, and their popularity
 shows no signs of waning. Chart-topping accolades aside, the supergroup has also recently kicked off their EXO Planet #4 – The ElyXiOn world tour in Seoul, which got sold out in just 0.2 seconds! Only EXO, y’all.

BTS

BTS

Since making history on the Billboard stage, BTS has been rapidly making waves across continents. Between collaborations with Hollywood big wigs from the likes of The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki and Desiigner, and even a possible team-up with Zedd, these powerhouses also landed invitations by Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden to guest on their hit talk shows. Global domination? Complete.

BLACKPINK

BlackPink

BLACKPINK is probably the only girl group who could get away with minimal promotions and still make an impact on the K-pop industry. They spent most of the year focused on the Japanese market, but all it took was a digital single – ‘As If It’s Your Last’ – for them to steal the spotlight right back. Now, about that domestic comeback…

SEVENTEEN

Seventeen

Another boy band 
on the fast-track 
to success is SEVENTEEN, whose self-producing appeal has built them a dedicated empire of Carats. After the success of their EDM-tinged banger ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’, the band’s upbeat new single ‘Clap’, off their second full-length album Teen, Age is also nothing short of amazing.

Red Velvet

Red-Velvet

Despite racking up an impressive number of hits, Red Velvet hardly rests on their laurels. 2017 was a jam-packed year for the SM darlings, who welcomed spring with ‘Rookie’, made a summer splash with ‘The Red Flavour’ before rounding it off with the fall-appropriate ‘Peek-A-Boo’.

Full list of TMA 2017 nominees (vote here!)

Local Act of the Year
Gentle Bones
Jasmine Sokko
Sam Rui
Sezairi
Tabitha Nauser
The Sam Willows

Asian Act of the Year
Darren Espanto (Philippines)
G.E.M. (Hong Kong)
Joker Xue (China)
ONE OK ROCK (Japan)
Slot Machine (Thailand)
Yuna (Malaysia)

Best Breakout Act
Camila Cabello
Dua Lipa
Rich Chigga
KARD
NU’EST W
Wanna One

Best Alternative Act
Coldplay
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
LANY
Bolbbalgan4
Epik High

Best Female Artiste
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift
IU
Sunmi
Taeyeon

Best Male Artiste
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar
Shawn Mendes
G-Dragon
Zico

Album of the Year
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Divide – Ed Sheeran
Melodrama – Lorde
Reputation – Taylor Swift
Tell Me You Love Me – Demi Lovato

K-pop Album of the Year
1X1=1 (To Be One) – Wanna One
Holiday Night – Girls’ Generation
Kwon Ji Yong – G-Dragon
Love Yourself: Her – BTS
Palette – IU
The War – EXO

K-pop Group of the Year
Blackpink
BTS
EXO
Red Velvet
SEVENTEEN
TWICE

Best Collaboration
‘1-800-273-8255’ (Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid)
‘Despacito’ (Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber)
‘Swish Swish’ (Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj)
‘Wolves’ (Selena Gomez, Marshmello)
‘Best of Me’ (BTS, The Chainsmokers)
‘Palette’ (IU, G-Dragon)

Song of the Year
‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘Shape of You’ – Ed Sheeran
‘DNA’ – BTS
‘Gashina’ – Sunmi
‘Ko Ko Bop’ – EXO

MV of the Year
‘Boys’ – Charli XCX
‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello, Young Thug
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa
‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ – SEVENTEEN
‘Spring Day’ – BTS

Voting for Teenage Music Awards ends on 3 January 2018. Stay tuned for the results!

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Our picks for the best music videos of the year run the gamut from Charli XCX’s testosterone-filled dreamscape of ‘Boys’ featuring Joe Jonas, Charlie Puth and Khalid, to Taylor Swift channeling snakes and sipping tea in her scathing masterpiece of ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – complete with a dose of good ol’ K-pop theatrics in between.

Here are the nominees for TMA 2017 ‘MV of the Year’:

Spring Day’ – BTS

Picture-perfect scenery set to the sounds of BTS’ ‘Spring Day’ hit close to our hearts, largely due to the subtle symbolism of the boys leaving their youth behind while taking a train to the unknown. We can’t help but to be proud of how far they’ve come!

‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ – SEVENTEEN

There’s something about watching all 13 members of SEVENTEEN whip out their best moves in unison that gets us into
 a tizzy. From the vast desert to sky-high on a rooftop, the boys sure know how to nail a choreography that has since spawned countless dance covers worthy of the original.

‘Boys’ – Charli XCX

When you’ve got the likes of Joe Jones, Charlie Puth and Cameron Dallas flirting with the screen for a music video, it’s hard not to include it in our list of faves. Conceptualised and directed by Charli XCX herself, the tongue-in-cheek video caused quite the positive stir with fans and critics alike.

‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello, Young Thug

Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello firmly establishes herself as a solo
star in her mini-movie for ‘Havana’. The Cuban-born diva acts, sings, and dances her way throughout the unique storyline, showcasing her artistic vision that puts her ahead of her peers.

Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

What’s better than one Taylor Swift? How about multiple Taylors spanning her entire career? Never have we witnessed a music video with such self-awareness, with the Slytherin queen knowing just how to one up her own previous visuals in her most revealing clip yet.

‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa

There were three rules to live by this year to get over your ex, all thanks
to Brit newcomer Dua Lipa. Emoting girl power with pastel colours, the music video for ‘New Rules’ was a declaration of independence and stressed the importance of friendships instead. Feminism done right!

Full list of TMA 2017 nominees (vote here!)

Local Act of the Year
Gentle Bones
Jasmine Sokko
Sam Rui
Sezairi
Tabitha Nauser
The Sam Willows

Asian Act of the Year
Darren Espanto (Philippines)
G.E.M. (Hong Kong)
Joker Xue (China)
ONE OK ROCK (Japan)
Slot Machine (Thailand)
Yuna (Malaysia)

Best Breakout Act
Camila Cabello
Dua Lipa
Rich Chigga
KARD
NU’EST W
Wanna One

Best Alternative Act
Coldplay
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
LANY
Bolbbalgan4
Epik High

Best Female Artiste
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift
IU
Sunmi
Taeyeon

Best Male Artiste
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar
Shawn Mendes
G-Dragon
Zico

Album of the Year
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Divide – Ed Sheeran
Melodrama – Lorde
Reputation – Taylor Swift
Tell Me You Love Me – Demi Lovato

K-pop Album of the Year
1X1=1 (To Be One) – Wanna One
Holiday Night – Girls’ Generation
Kwon Ji Yong – G-Dragon
Love Yourself: Her – BTS
Palette – IU
The War – EXO

K-pop Group of the Year
Blackpink
BTS
EXO
Red Velvet
SEVENTEEN
TWICE

Best Collaboration
‘1-800-273-8255’ (Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid)
‘Despacito’ (Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber)
‘Swish Swish’ (Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj)
‘Wolves’ (Selena Gomez, Marshmello)
‘Best of Me’ (BTS, The Chainsmokers)
‘Palette’ (IU, G-Dragon)

Song of the Year
‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘Shape of You’ – Ed Sheeran
‘DNA’ – BTS
‘Gashina’ – Sunmi
‘Ko Ko Bop’ – EXO

MV of the Year
‘Boys’ – Charli XCX
‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello, Young Thug
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa
‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ – SEVENTEEN
‘Spring Day’ – BTS

Voting for Teenage Music Awards ends on 3 January 2018. Stay tuned for the results!

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2017 was a big year for music, with new earworms dropping from your favourite artistes all year round. From Taylor Swift’s phenomenal music comeback with ‘Look What You Made Me To’ to the ever-so-addictive Latin smash ‘Despacito’ that ruled the airwaves, these are undeniably the hottest tracks of the year.

Here are the nominees for TMA 2017 ‘Song of the Year’:

‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

 Country Tay no more, the pop behemoth staged her musical comeback in the most savage way possible with ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – all twisted melodies and unapologetic lyrics as she presented the ultimate revenge track of the year. We’re lovin’ dark Taylor!

DNA’ – BTS

Leave it to BTS to whistle all the way 
to the American Music Awards, where they impressed the star-studded crowd with their explosive performance of ‘DNA’. Even Jared Leto, Ansel Elgort and our resident cover boy Shawn Mendes fell into their charms, and honestly, who could blame ’em?

‘Shape of You’ – Ed Sheeran

Before ‘Despacito’ took over the charts, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ was all the rage. To date, the dancehall-flavoured ditty still stands as the biggest- selling song of 2017 as well as the most-streamed track of all time. Way to go, Ed!

‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber

Dominating the Billboard Hot 100 for 
16 weeks straight, it’s hard to go a day without hearing this inescapable earworm though the airwaves. Not sure about you, but we’re definitely guilty of pretending we sing fluent Spanish every time it comes on…

‘Gashina’ – Sunmi

Sunmi sure knows how to inspire a dance craze! Making her hotly-anticipated comeback with ‘Gashina’, her signature gun-point move has since caught on among fellow idols, with everyone from EXO to Wanna One to TWICE parodying the choreography.

‘Ko Ko Bop’ – EXO

Who can resist jamming along to
‘Ko Ko Bop?’ The slickly-produced bop was such a hit, that 
it led to a flurry of parodies and even the #KoKoBopChallenge going viral on the Internet. Even Starbucks Korea jumped onto the bandwagon, with the coffee chain’s Twitter account tweeting out lyrics to promote their new offerings.

Full list of TMA 2017 nominees (vote here!)

Local Act of the Year
Gentle Bones
Jasmine Sokko
Sam Rui
Sezairi
Tabitha Nauser
The Sam Willows

Asian Act of the Year
Darren Espanto (Philippines)
G.E.M. (Hong Kong)
Joker Xue (China)
ONE OK ROCK (Japan)
Slot Machine (Thailand)
Yuna (Malaysia)

Best Breakout Act
Camila Cabello
Dua Lipa
Rich Chigga
KARD
NU’EST W
Wanna One

Best Alternative Act
Coldplay
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
LANY
Bolbbalgan4
Epik High

Best Female Artiste
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift
IU
Sunmi
Taeyeon

Best Male Artiste
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar
Shawn Mendes
G-Dragon
Zico

Album of the Year
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Divide – Ed Sheeran
Melodrama – Lorde
Reputation – Taylor Swift
Tell Me You Love Me – Demi Lovato

K-pop Album of the Year
1X1=1 (To Be One) – Wanna One
Holiday Night – Girls’ Generation
Kwon Ji Yong – G-Dragon
Love Yourself: Her – BTS
Palette – IU
The War – EXO

K-pop Group of the Year
Blackpink
BTS
EXO
Red Velvet
SEVENTEEN
TWICE

Best Collaboration
‘1-800-273-8255’ (Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid)
‘Despacito’ (Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber)
‘Swish Swish’ (Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj)
‘Wolves’ (Selena Gomez, Marshmello)
‘Best of Me’ (BTS, The Chainsmokers)
‘Palette’ (IU, G-Dragon)

Song of the Year
‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘Shape of You’ – Ed Sheeran
‘DNA’ – BTS
‘Gashina’ – Sunmi
‘Ko Ko Bop’ – EXO

MV of the Year
‘Boys’ – Charli XCX
‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello, Young Thug
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa
‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ – SEVENTEEN
‘Spring Day’ – BTS

Voting for Teenage Music Awards ends on 3 January 2018. Stay tuned for the results!

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