Two former-Disney Channel stars dropped their sixth (!) album this past weekend and their growths have never been more evident. We spin both Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus’ new records to see which edges out the other.

Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

Demi is back and ready to roar. Fronted by the take-no-prisoners banger that is ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, Demi’s confidence has evolved into full blown fearlessness this time around. And it seems that getting a Grammy nomination for her 2015 effort, Confident, has spurred the former child star into uncharted territories – both in terms of genre and themes. On the steamy ‘Ruin The Friendship’, she sings “I’m thinking we should cross the line, let’s ruin the friendship” about a will-we-won’t-we friendship, which fans speculate sings about longtime BFF Nick Jonas – an awkward thought considering Demi’s one-time relationship with Nick’s bro, Joe Jonas. Elsewhere on ‘You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore’, her soaring vocal range presents front and center as Demi takes on her past demons head on, before bidding farewell to her previously self-destructive self. 

Demi has proclaimed that this album was influenced by old school songstresses like Aretha Franklin and Christina Aguilera, and she could not have hit vocal bullseye any more accurately. Slow trumpets, slinky piano chords and a guest verse by Lil Wayne on ‘Lonely’ all serve to alleviate Demi’s distinct vocal signatures, defining Tell Me You Love Me as her most honest album yet. A decade after first launching into the music scene, Demi has finally come into her own and has outshone her former-Disney peers as an A-list vocal artist. We’d be surprised if the singer doesn’t receive more Grammy nods to her name in the near future.

Verdict: 4/5

Listen to Tell Me You Love Me on Spotify below:

Miley Cyrus – Younger Now

Yee-haw! Miley returns with a ‘brand new’ sound and image that’s a far cry from her twerk-obsessed persona of the Bangerz era, making us sit up in awe at the nostalgic albeit trippy ‘older Hannah Montana’ vibes she’s bringing to the table. Younger Now shows Miley adorning cowboy hats, acoustic guitars and Elvis-inspired hairdos, walking down the country road. “No one stays the same”, Miley touts on the album opening title track, and perhaps it has never rung truer for her, seeing as Miley’s own public image has seen several changes over the years. And while transitioning from pop to country music has been a recent trend – most noticeably with Lady Gaga and Kesha’s latest albums – there’s an undeniably genuine approach for Miley, as if she has emerged from the tight reins of fame to reclaim her country roots. 

The dreamy first single ‘Malibu’ is an ode to both the therapeutic beach where Miley spent her time re-discovering herself and fiancé Liam Hemsworth. “The sky’s more blue, next to you”, she sings in her signature drawl. The rest of the album plays out like an extensive love letter to Liam, with revealing anecdotes in aptly-titled country-tinged jangles like ‘Week Without You’ and ‘I Would Die Without You’. While we embrace Miley’s romantic side, we can’t help but to miss the outrageous brashness of her ‘We Can’t Stop’ days – one thing’s for sure though, she’s just bein’ Miley. 

Verdict: 3/5

Listen to Younger Now on Spotify below:

Demi or Miley – which new album are you enjoying more? Tell us in the comments below!

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Guess What? Park Seo Jun Is Coming To Singapore In November!

29 Sep 2017 by Johanna Teo

Best known for his role in popular K-drama shows, Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, Fight For My Way and She Was Pretty, the ever-talented Park Seo Jun is coming to Singapore in November as part of his first Asian fan-meet tour! 

 

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Ticketing launch dates and other details will be released next Wednesday, but here’s what we know so far: 

2017 Park Seo Jun LIVE “Guess Who” in Singapore
Date: 04 November 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Resorts WorldTM Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
Ticket price: $248*, $208*, $158* (*exclude $4 ticketing fee)

Will you be going to see Park Seo Jun in action? Sound off in the comment section! 

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13 Things That Only Happen At A Wanna One Fanmeeting

29 Sep 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

For those who casually walked into a Wanna One fanmeeting, you probably wouldn’t even realise they are a rookie group – and to think they are barely two months into their debut. Despite this being their first time performing in Singapore, these fresh-faced wonders showed no signs of newbie jitters as they charmed a full house of adoring Wannables for their Wanna One 1st Fanmeeting in Singapore: Wanna Be Loved.

Teenage was in the crowd and we sussed out the highlights that one could only experience with Wanna One, so those who missed out would know what to expect when the boys are back in town next year (yes, really). Hey, it’s never too early to start preparing!

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1. You’ll witness Daehwi at his savage best.

Don’t be fooled by Daehwi’s aegyo antics; we have still yet to recover from the amount of shade our resident evil maknae threw that night. When the audience was asked whether Daehwi looks cute without makeup, they responded with a collective roar of agreement – to which the 16-year-old straight-up exposed the fans faster than you could say “Burn”. 

2. Then there’s Minhyun folding a T-shirt.

Folding a T-shirt in front of thousands of screaming fangirls… when will your faves ever? During the individual games segment, Minhyun’s penchant for cleanliness was put to the test when he was tasked to deliver a spontaneous live demo of how he folds his T-shirts. New talent acquired?

3. You’ll be blessed with Jinyoung’s vocals.

We couldn’t stop swooning over Jinyoung’s mesmerising vocals when he sang a short verse of ‘Please Find Her’ by The Name, but can you blame us though? Just hit play and you’ll know what we mean. Hey YMC, perhaps it’s time to give the boy more lines in the next album?

4. It’s Reporter Park in the house!

Looks like we’ve got a budding reporter in the making! Woojin was so close to giving the host a run for his money with his hilarious emceeing skills. Now, who says Woojin is ‘no jam’?

5. Fancy some skincare tips from Sungwoon?

The fanmeet momentarily turned into an episode of Get It Beauty when Sungwoon, who’s known for his flawless skin and baby-faced features, was asked to reveal his secret to maintaining a youthful complexion. “I eat a lot, sleep a lot, and drink plenty of water,” says the 23-year-old. “And always wash your face with cold water.” Take notes, everybody!

6. Watch Guanlin turn the stage into a runway. 

“I’ve always wanted to become a model. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity but it hasn’t come yet.” Well, the birthday boy’s wish came true after all! Making his model ‘debut’ right here on the Singapore stage, here’s Guanlin strutting down the makeshift runway in all his 181cm glory.

7. PanWink’s aegyo will be the death of you.

We were half-squealing, half-cringing while watching Jihoon and Guanlin reenact the iconic aegyo scene between Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won from Fight For My Way. Jihoon went first, but God bless the emcee for instructing them to switch roles so fans can get a dose of Guanlin’s aegyo as well. Oh, and we have Daniel internally dying in the background.

8. Jihoon, the new ‘God of Hands’?

How can we ever forget the epic moment when a fan flung a slogan on stage during the encore, which landed right smack on Jihoon’s hand? Daniel aka the original ‘God of Hands’ is shaking.

9. You might end up shipping Daniel and Spidey.

Any Wannable worth their salt would be well aware that Daniel and “anything that has more legs” than him should never coexist. So when the chap was asked what supernatural power he wish to possess, he spared no hesitation in answering that he wants to be Spider-Man because he “isn’t afraid of bugs”. But Daniel… isn’t Spidey classified as a type of insect too?

10. Can you believe Jaehwan actually said that?

Should we even be surprised that Jaehwan – who’s unanimously voted by both his members and fans as the untidiest member in the dorms – would want the superpower to wake up all showered? Stay strong, Minhyun!

11. Oh you know, just Seongwoo being Seongwoo. 

Before you get confused, Guanlin was the real birthday boy (as previously mentioned). But can we please talk about how the members, mostly Daniel, were just casually building a tower of birthday hats on Seongwoo?

12. There will be tears (Don’t cry, Jisung!)

Okay, Jisung didn’t actually cry – but he did get emotional during his farewell speech, which prompted fans to chant “Don’t cry!”. Our leader ain’t called the crybaby of the group for nothing!

13. You’ll probably cry, too.

All these adorable moments aside, it was truly a memorable night for Wanna One and Wannables. The atmospheric was absolutely electric on the fully-packed floors, with fans enthusiastically cheering and chanting along right from the get-go – even during the VCR interludes. Check out this goosebumps-inducing clip of the crowd singing to ‘Always’ in perfect harmony. Psst, you might want to bring tissues the next time Wanna One returns to Singapore!

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Cole Sprouse Might Just Be The Next Top Beauty Vlogger

28 Sep 2017 by Johanna Teo

Actor, photographer and Twitter meme enthusiast, Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse tries his hand at… beauty vlogging?!

The cast of Riverdale must’ve been bored in-between filming for the second season ’cause they decided to record an impromptu, mini beauty tutorial starring none other than Cole Sprouse himself. 

 

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The short clip, which was posted onto Camila Mendes’ Instagram Stories starts out as any other beauty tutorial would. “So today I’m going to be showing you how to put on some blush,” Lili Reinhart (his co-star and alleged beau) smoothly narrates as Cole mimics a sweeping action. “So here’s my product, and I’m going to first start with my lip,” Cole points to his pouted up lips before deciding to apply his imaginary blusher under his eyes and then onto his lips , which led to Lili exclaiming, “Oh! Under my eyes apparently. What am I doing? I’m crazy, oh my God!” 

At the risk of overanalysing this hilariously haywire tutorial, we think Cole might’ve been ‘using’ a multi-tasking beauty product that could be used on both the eyes, cheeks and lips for a trendy monochromatic makeup look. One that he could’ve seen being used in hair and makeup – which we’re betting he’s spent his fair share in, what with being an actor and all. Perhaps there’s a future for him in the YouTube beauty scene after all?  

Whatever it is, we can’t wait to see him and the rest of the crew when Riverdale’s second season airs on 11 October

Would you love to see Cole attempt an actual makeup tutorial? Tell us in the comment section below! 

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BTS' Love Yourself: Her Might Just Be Their Best Album Yet

27 Sep 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

“Army, remember what we say: love myself, love yourself” – was part of the acceptance speech Rap Monster delivered for BTS’ Billboard Music Awards win back in May, but who knew it would be a major spoiler that leads up to their Love Yourself: Her series? Upon release, the album has already sold over 750,000 copies in its first week and chalked up a whopping 60 million views for the music video of ‘DNA’. If that’s not impressive enough, these K-pop trailblazers have also achieved their goal of cracking into the Billboard Hot 100! Guess we can safely say it’s in their DNA to break records.

Their massive success lies in the fact that they let their music speak for itself. “[‘DNA’] is very different from our previous music, technically and musically,” says Rap Monster in an interview with Billboard. “I believe it’s going to be the starting point of a second chapter of our career.” Marking a new era with Love Yourself: Her, the concept draws upon their earlier hip-hop influences and builds up to a fuller, more mature sound served with a dollop of R&B and EDM. What also sets them apart from their K-pop counterparts is that they don’t shy away from taking risks with their lyrics – from an upbeat earworm that playfully disses fans, to a Barack Obama-inspired proverbial bird-flip to the band’s naysayers – and they ain’t sorry about it either.

Ahead, we dissect what each track is all about and how it fares in our books.

1. ‘Intro: Serendipity’

When you called me, I become your flower
As if we were waiting, we bloom until we ache

Similarly to how the ‘Boys Meet Evil’ comeback trailer for Wings featured J-Hope, Jimin gets his two-and-a-half minutes turn in the spotlight in this melodic album opener. Our resident little prince sounds ever so emotive over the stripped-back instrumentation, all atmospheric whispers and smooth falsettos while allowing listeners to really immerse themselves in his vocals.

Jimin’s angelic voice aside, what further piqued our interest is the gender-neutral lyrics – a refreshing twist from the typical heterosexual love songs out there. “The lyrics were based on rare and special things in life, so I thought those feelings transcend genders, cultures and barriers between people,” Rap Monster explains.

2. ‘DNA’

From the day the universe was formed, past infinite worlds
Probably in our past live and in our next lives, we’ll be together forever

You know ‘DNA’ is gonna be an instant earworm when it opens with the grooviest whistle hook ever (fun fact: the whistling was done by Rap Monster and Jungkook!), before letting V’s breathy vocals lead us into an all-out dancefloor assault of club-ready beats and throbbing bass. The mainstream appeal is undeniable, what with its radio-friendly production and universal theme of love, but we gotta give kudos to the band for experimenting with their sound. If anything, Love Yourself: Her is arguably BTS’ most sonically-diverse offering to date.

3. ‘Best Of Me’

You just give me the confidence to myself, that’s all I wanted
There may not be rules between us, but the way to love exists

It’s finally here: the much-hyped surefire smash in collaboration with Andrew Taggart of EDM outfit The Chainsmokers. ‘Best Of Me’ doesn’t strike us as a definite The Chainsmokers tune however – think a watered-down version of ‘Closer’ meets ‘Paris’ – but instead incorporates the boys’ distinct flavour to make this electronic-tinged banger their own. In contrast to its heavy instrumental delivery, BTS serves up their signature dose of positive vibes through the uplifting lyrics, which makes it easy on the ears.

4. ‘dimple’

That dimple is illegal, ille-gal
No, it’s dangerous, so I call you ille-girl ille-girl

BTS had us at “ille-girl”, ’nuff said. Whoever came up with the clever wordplay got our tiny ARMY hearts all fuzzy inside (we’re looking at you, Jin). ‘dimple’ slips further into the romance territory, which borderlines dangerously on corny, but heck – we ain’t complaining. It’s a feel-good slice of pop that’s straight-up fan service material, what’s not to love about that?

5. ‘Pied Piper’

You already have plenty of my pictures in your room
Not one hour, but a year or two flashes by
This song is a reward I give you, good girl

While you’re still swooning over ’em from the last track, these dudes just had to destroy the mood in four minutes flat. But hey, they wouldn’t be BTS if they weren’t trolling, amirite? Easily one of the catchiest songs in the album, ‘Pied Piper’ is a mid-tempo summer jam that would sound right at home in a Calvin Harris record. Don’t be fooled by the funky beat though; the roast is real as the members poke fun at fans who abandon all their responsibilities to chase their idols (“Now stop watching and study for your exams / Your parents and boss hate me)”.

In all seriousness – although it may read as a cheeky dig, it also reflects a deeper issue of the unhealthy fandom culture at hand. And we applaud the boys for speaking up on that.

6. ‘Skit: Billboard Music Awards Speech’

And the Billboard Music Award goes to…BTS!

It felt like just yesterday that BTS was making history on the Billboard stage. Their monumental win was definitely one for the books, and what better way to celebrate the milestone than reliving Rap Monster’s legendary acceptance speech all over again? 

7. ‘MIC Drop’

There’s too many trophies in my hands
It’s too heavy, my hands aren’t enough

While the first part of the tracklist showcases a softer side of BTS, the latter half sees the band going back to their hip-hop roots. Inspired by former President Obama’s famous mic drop, BTS hits back at their haters with this unapologetic follow-up straight after the skit interlude. “[It] was a big moment, so we put ‘MIC Drop’ next because it’s like a flex,” says Rap Monster. “Like, ‘Okay, we’re done. We don’t need to give a sh*t about anything.'” You tell ’em, Rap Mon!

8. ‘Go Go’

I worked so hard and earned my pay, all of it into my tummy
I collect every drop and have fun wasting every drop, I spend it all

We’ve always known BTS for their societal-fuelled lyricism, and it comes in the form of ‘Go Go’ here – a thought-provoking piece that stretches the self-defeating message of YOLO. “It’s about how our young generation are living their lives with low expectations so they are upset with reality,” the leader explains. “We wanted to emphasise to the world that it’s not their choice, but brutal reality that forces people to spend as if there’s no future.”

9. ‘Outro: Her’

I didn’t believe what real love is
I used to say habitually that I want to love
But I found myself

Among all the songs in this album, it’s the closing track that really tugged at our heartstrings. Reminiscent of old BTS vibes, this hard-hitting number lets the rap line take centre stage as they open up about struggling between loving themselves and love others – hence going back to the subject matter of Love Yourself: Her.

Suga’s verse particularly struck a chord with us (“Because within this mask, I am not the guy that you know / I always try my best to be the best for you, I hope you don’t know this side of me”), which can be interpreted as them putting on a picture-perfect image to please fans. We often forget that idols are humans after all, and the fact that they are unafraid to pour their hearts out makes us love them more.

Love Yourself: Her is now available for streaming and purchase, but you don’t want to miss out on the two hidden tracks in the album so be sure to get a physical copy too!

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