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6 Things We Learned From Niall Horan's Super Secret Showcase

12 Jul 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Niall Horan’s abrupt stop in ‘This Town’ last week for a highly exclusive, invite-only showcase definitely made the rounds on social media. After all, he’s the first member to stage a solo performance, even ahead of former band member Harry Styles’ concert later this year. Understandably, some Directioners were disappointed at not being able to catch him in action but fret not! We’re sure he’ll be back before long. Ahead, we take you behind the curtain and reveal the highlights of Niall’s super secret mini-gig! 

There’s A New Song Titled ‘On The Loose’

Ushered into the Esplanade Annexe Studio, where the super secret showcase was held, we could already hear the excited titter from fans in the first 2 rows, while the dimmed down lights drew focus to the stage where the Irish singer-songwriter would soon take his place. And the chatter soon turned to barely contained squeals and whoops as Niall Horan strode easily onstage, showing off his easy Irish charm before launching into his 4-song set which included singles ‘This Town’, ‘Slow Hands’ and a cover of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’. Niall’s performance was impeccable, but it was a new track premiered, titled ‘On The Loose’ that received the most hype. Sounding like an early Bryan Adams with a country and blues influence, it was an effortlessly catchy tune to tease us further on his upcoming debut album. Check out a snippet below:

He Made A Room Full Of Grown Men Cry

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Although 4 songs are hardly enough for his fans (and us), Niall made up for it by allowing everyone present to ask him questions via a short Q&A session. Of course, this delighted the fans who were lucky enough to win passes to see him up close and personal, as he shared surprising anecdotes and even greeted fans who couldn’t be there, on FaceTime. And the audience had the privilege of learning one fact about his yet to be titled album: that he made a room full of adult men choke up after listening to a song he recorded. And what was that song, you ask? We have no clue. Niall wouldn’t divulge any more info on the track even after Rozz, the emcee for the night, prodded him about it, leaving us with a gigantic cliff hanger. He did however, share that we’ll hear more about this tearjerking song upon the album’s release (duh). 

He Doesn’t Get Girls As Often As You Think

You’d think that being a member of the biggest boy band in the world would draw the ladies left and right, but apparently not in Niall’s case. When quizzed if he has to try hard for female attention (or if it comes naturally to him), the star bashfully refuted the latter. “I think the Irish charm doesn’t get you as far as people think!” Niall quipped, much to the fans’ disagreement and delight. 

His Upcoming Album Might Have Asian Influences

There still isn’t much concrete information about Niall’s much-anticipated solo album, but he did whet the audience’s appetite by revealing that his backpacking trip across Southeast Asia in early 2016 did help give him inspiration and time to come up with concept and songwriting ideas. Only time will tell what those might be!

There Might Be A Collab With The Lumineers Coming Up

 

Great to see my good friend jer and his lovely band mates @thelumineers yesterday. Always a good laugh .

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Niall might be buddies with everyone, from Katy Perry to Ariana Grande, but when asked who he’d love to collaborate with on his music, he chose his longtime buds from folk-rock band The Lumineers. In fact, Niall even met the lads right after his whirlwind trip in Singapore, so who knows if a new hit is being whipped up in their studio as we speak…

You Might Find Him At The Golf Course

If you’ve noticed Niall increasing penchant of sporting a beret, there’s a good reason for it. He cited the golf course, in addition to his home, as one of the  go-to places he would be to unwind and “chill out” to detract him away from stress. So now you know just where to be if you’d want a glimpse of the charming crooner!

Do you think Niall Horan’s solo album will prove his mettle as a solo artiste? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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11 Pro-Looking Moves For People Who Can't Dance

12 Jul 2017 by Fabian Loo

Not everyone can dance – and that’s a painful truth. But when the bass drops and the infectious hook comes on, it’s hard to deny that inherent desire to groove to the beat. Sometimes, you just want to feel the music course through your body. And bopping up and down like a lifebuoy just won’t cut it. So here are some cool (and relatively easy) dance moves you can pepper into your very own musical number.

Cue the spotlight.

SEVENTEEN

It’s like you’ve snapped your neck while bending over. But you power through, and you let people know that you’re okay.

Backpack Kid

If you’ve ever felt like a pendulum, then this move is for you. Alternate your swinging arms to the front and the back, and you’ve got a winning move that’ll upstage even Katy Perry. Trust us – it has been proven.

PSY

PSY know what’s good when it comes to delivering the next viral dance move. Pretend that you’re unbuckling your belt when you realise there’s more to the buffet spread than you expected. One should never say no to good food.

Lorde

Magikarp comes to mind when seeing Lorde prance aggressively with gusto. It feels like the move ‘splash’, but then again isn’t that just all of us when our #OTP actually ends up together?

WINNER

There’s something about this move that’s … really really cool. It’s like you’re paddling vigorously on your kayak, but you’ve brought your swag along for the ride. Where are you going? It don’t matter when you’re looking this hip.

HAIM

Try walking away in unison. Picture this: you and your friends are strutting off after slaying the last paper in the the examination hall. After all, the actual end of the EOYs calls for a celebration.

Bruno Mars

This one is easy to visualise – you wear a bib, realise it doesn’t look cute on you. So you take it off and fling it away. Cause nothing should cram your style.

TWICE

Grab a friend, and reenact the scene when you realise that that door knock was the pizza delivery guy. It’s hard not to smile when you think of pizza at your doorstep.

Liam Payne

Delivering major JT vibes, Liam shows off his sleek moves and rhythmic new song. Pretend you’re fanning the air after sneakily releasing your fart. What’s that smell? Your air of coolness – that’s what.

BLACKPINK

Think of this move as a celebratory dance for getting over your ex. Shake your arms in triumph, and flip your hair when you find out he’s dating someone less cute. Throw in a goodbye kiss for good measure.

VIXX 

An oldie but a goodie, grab a few friends to complete Vixx’s ‘Chained Up’/’Ring Around The Rosie’ move. We imagine it’ll come in handy when zeroing in on that last free table at the hawker centre. 

Feeling the itch to bust some of these moves? The upcoming Teenage Dance Challenge is the perfect platform to showcase them killer moves. Get inspired by some of the above routines (we promise we won’t tell) or recreate your favourite choreographies. Either way, this challenge will be a great excuse to put on your dancing shoes. So round up your dance crew and signup today.

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5 Up-And-Coming Acting-Dols To Watch Out For In 2017

7 Jul 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

Being able to sing and dance is part of the package of becoming an K-pop star, but when you can act on top of it all, consider us sold. With more and more idols taking the leap of faith into acting, we take a look at the recent crop of young triple-threats poised to become the next big things in K-drama land.

Kim Se Jeong (Gugudan), School 2017

Kim Se Jeong School 2017

It’s been a busy year for the former I.O.I sweetheart, lending her mellow vocals for The Legend of the Blue Seas OST, displaying her emceeing skills on Get It Beauty, etc. But fans will have more to look forward to come July, as Kim Se Jeong is set to make her K-drama debut on School 2017 alongside fellow idol peers SF9’s Rowoon and former SECRET member Sunhwa. Although the Gugudan member has made cameos in the past, we’ve yet to see much of her acting capabilities so here’s hoping her upcoming role will be a promising one!

School 2017 premieres on 7 July.

Jung Chae Yeon (DIA), Reunited Worlds

DIA Jung Chae Yeon Drinking Solo

Like her I.O.I counterpart, Jung Chae Yeon has been fleshing out her acting portfolio since her Produce 101 fame, having flaunted her acting chops with a debut role in Drinking Solo as well as a leading stint in web drama 109 Strange Things. Making her small screen comeback in upcoming supernatural drama Reunited Worlds, the trending darling will be playing the younger version of the lead heroine (Lee Yeon Hee). And it doesn’t hurt that it stars an eye-candy male cast featuring Yeo Jin Goo and Ahn Jae Hyun – all the more reason to watch it!

Reunited Worlds premieres on 19 July.

Cha Eun Woo (Astro), The Best Hit

Astro Cha Eun Woo The Best Hit

Heartthrob alert! While we’ve seen the ASTRO hottie in web dramas To Be Continued and My Romantic Some Recipe, The Best Hit marks his first ever foray into the small screen – and there’s just something about his bad-boy character (who has an odd penchant for cringey dad jokes) that charms the socks off viewers. Fun fact: Cha Eun Woo plays the role of fictional Hallyu star MJ, which is actually another ASTRO member’s stage moniker!

Bonus: Watch Cha Eun Woo and Kim Se Jeong being all romantic with each other on their recent CF together! If you didn’t know better, you’d have totally thought this was a K-drama – and hey, this is one pairing we can definitely get behind.

The Best Hit is available on Viu.

Key (SHINee), The Guardians

SHINee Key The Guardians Lookout

Singer, variety diva, fashion muse and now budding actor… is there anything Key can’t do? After a supporting stint alongside co-star Jung Chae Yeon in Drinking Solo, the talented idol lands another starring role in ongoing thriller drama The Guardians where he plays a genius hacker in a team of justice-fuelled vigilantes. Psst, the SHINee member also gets his very own love line with Kim Seul Gi’s character – bring on the LAN cable chemistry!

The Guardians is available on Viu

Gong Myung (5urprise), Bride of the Water God

5urprise Gong Myung

While his Fantagio labelmate and fellow 5urprise member Seo Kang Joon has been dominating the scene, the 23-year-old is finally taking his turn in the spotlight with a solid repertoire of small and big screen works, including the much-anticipated remake of Bride of the Water God. Taking on the role of wind god Bi Ryum who harbours a one-sided crush on water goddess Moo Ra (Krystal Jung), we can’t wait to see how this unrequited romance will unfold!

Bride of the Water God is available on Viu.

Which idol-turned-actor are you looking forward to the most? Comment down below!

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Justin Bieber Will Be Bringing His #1 Hits To Singapore

7 Jul 2017 by Bryan Yeong

It’s official: the Biebs is finally making an overdue return to Singapore on 7th October at the National Stadium!

We already have the likes of pop heavyweights Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes gracing our shores for gigs in the later part of 2017, but get ready to make a huge calendar marking for the one and only Justin Bieber this October 7th. It’s been 4 years since we were thrilled by his dance moves, shirtless teasing and one spectacle of a show at 2013’s post-F1 Grand Prix concert and our inner Beliebers (you’re guilty of being one – don’t deny it) are madly anticipating his local stop for what’s expected to be his biggest Singapore show yet, as part of his extensive and explosive Purpose Tour.

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The tour has already seen Justin Bieber selling out dates in far-flung corners of the world such as Mumbai, India and Cape Town, South Africa, and we’re relieved he didn’t leave us out from witnessing his #1 hits like ‘Love Yourself, ‘Sorry’ and ‘What Do You Mean?’ performed live. But if there’s anything us fans can possibly cross our fingers for, it’s whether he’ll add his most recent collaborations ‘2U’, ‘I’m The One’ and the certified summer smash ‘Despacito’ to his setlist – although we hope he gets the lyrics for the latter right if he does so…

Justin Bieber Purpose Tour 
Date: 7 October 2017 
Venue: National Stadium 
Tickets: from $148 to $298, VIP packages from $708 to $1898. 

The tickets will be available for purchase on 22 July 2017, while Bkstge Fan Club members, American Express cardholders and StarHub subscribers have exclusive pre-sale access. Full deets available at Sportshubtix. VIP packages will also be available for sale via www.justinbiebermusic.com

Will you be on standby to get your Purpose Tour tickets? Let us know how excited you are in the comments below!

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