The 2017 Singapore Grand Prix saw three nights of electrifying music performances amidst breakneck speed race car action. From hit covers to EDM-filled live DJ sets, we bring you the highlights from the weekend!

With a stellar lineup of chart-topping performers spread across the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix weekend, it was important not to miss out on any of the acts that entertained the surroundings of the track pit. It was the 10th year anniversary of the race celebrated on our shores after all – and with the onslaught of talented local and international names brought in this year, they certainly pulled out all the stops.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 15:  Sam Rui performs during the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at  on September 15, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

Rising R&B star Sam Rui proved that very point – a strong contender among the weekend lineup of homegrown acts, Sam mesmerised all the same with her breathy vocals and effortless stage swagger. Fresh off the release of her debut album Season 2, it was her addictive, spot on delivery of ‘Better’ that drove the crowd into a tizzy.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 15:  OneRepublic perform during practice for the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at  on September 15, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

(Photo by Brendon Thorne/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

Friday night was capped off with an emotionally-charged set by alt-rockers OneRepublic, who previously graced our shores back in 2013 on their own headlining tour. Sporting a fedora and a denim jacket, frontman Ryan Tedder set the mood right from the get-go, launching into early hit singles ‘Stop And Stare’ and ‘Secrets’, before pumping up the 50,000-strong crowd with ‘Kids’. Ryan might most famously be the face of OneRepublic, but he didn’t let anyone forget he’s also a bonafide hitmaker for fellow stars, and surprised with piano-driven covers of songs he’s had a hand in writing – including Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Happier’ – as he stripped off his jacket due to the intense humidity. 

 

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Ariana Grande put on hands-down the best vocal performance of the weekend, albeit having to whittle down her full Dangerous Woman Tour setlist to a jam-packed 60 minutes. Still, the petite beauty brought her A game, belting out whistle-high notes with ease, transitioning through four outfit changes, and even re-enacting her stationary bike-riding scene from the ‘Side To Side’ video onstage. The hour-long set was also the most the public saw of the elusive star in Singapore, despite our September cover girl arriving four days prior to her gig, as she remained largely impossible to be spotted in public by fans during her stay here. It’s not like it mattered to her throngs of Arianators, with many wearing their Ari pride with bunny ears in the crowd as they sang in unison to hits like ‘One Last Time’, ‘Focus’ and ‘Into You’. 

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 16:  The Chainsmokers perform on the Padang Stage at the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at  on September 16, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Singapore GP via Getty Images )

(Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Singapore GP via Getty Images )

Amongst veterans like Duran Duran and Seal taking the stage at multiple locations, it was EDM fans who were rewarded the most. Saturday signalled the first of two post-race dance parties, with The Chainsmokers helming the decks with their signature brand of fast-tempo crowd pleasers like ‘Roses’ and ‘Paris’. Both members hyped up the Padang stage with air jumps, fist pumps and timely pyrotechnics, but it was admittedly a slight letdown whenever Drew took over to sing – he used a heavy backing track that drowned out any live vocals. They undeniably fared better at the consoles, and got everyone into a singalong rap frenzy with a surprise remix of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble’. World-class performers they’re yet to be, but trust The Chainsmokers to know how to truly throw a #lit party.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 17:  Calvin Harris performs during the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at  on September 17, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Singapore GP via Getty Images )

(Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Singapore GP via Getty Images )

Consider The Chainsmokers simply a teaser for the the main event of Calvin Harris on closing night. The Scottish DJ arrived in style behind a levitating triangular deck, although fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the suave DJ had to stretch their necks as his face was mostly hidden by the shadows. Perhaps he wanted to focus attention to the music instead. His set saw old classics like ‘Bounce’ and ‘Sweet Nothing’ scattered between newer jam ‘Slide’ and hip-hop favourite, J-Kwon’s ‘Tipsy’. An odd exclusion? Calvin’s massive current hit ‘Feels’, that many were fervently waiting to singalong to. 

We’re all for the inclusion of EDM acts in future F1 lineups, but nothing comes close to the exhilarating feeling of watching a legendary finale live act such as Rihanna or Bon Jovi (headliners from past years). Perhaps with the annual affair recently announced to be renewed for another four years, subsequent lineups will find the right balance of genres to solidify the Singapore Grand Prix not only as our leading sports event, but also as the quintessential music extravaganza. Bring on 2018 and beyond!

Who was your favourite act at the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix? Tell us in the comments below! For more about this year’s lineup, pick up a copy of our September issue out on news stands now! 

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When the Foo Fighters set out to create music that’s “sonically bigger than anything we’d ever done”, you can imagine the daunting task that was ahead of the legendary rock band. Not only did they have early highlights like The Colour And The Shape and the Grammy-winning There Is Nothing Left To Lose to contend with; the Foo Fighters constantly seek out a creative myriad of album concepts as can be seen in 2014’s Sonic Highway. So did the band deliver on their ninth and latest record, Concrete And Gold? We vote yes. Here are five reasons why. 

They Went Back To Their Roots

With over 22 years of industry experience under their belt, it seems like the Foo Fighters have already made their mark on anything and everything under the musical umbrella. So where does one venture when trying to make the biggest album of their career to date? Back to the studio, it seems. And with Grammy-winning record producer Greg Kurstin (who has worked with the likes of Adele and Ellie Goulding) no less. Unlike their previous two albums, 2014’s Sonic Highways; recorded in eight iconic studios across the United States over the span of a year, and 2011’s Wasting Light; recorded in a garage, the band leader said that it was “almost experimental to just go back into a studio” – and we gotta say the result (especially on tracks like ‘Run’ and ‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood’) was phenomenal. 

‘Retirement’ Ain’t Got Nothin’ On These Rowdy Rockin’ Grandpas

The first official release from Concrete And Gold was accompanied by a Dave Grohl-directed music video, and boy did we have fun watching them rock it out (literally). Having prematurely aged themselves with the help of prosthetic makeup, we see the band performing for other residents in an oppressive nursing home, only to end up having their sheer rock ‘n’ roll magic spark an uprising between retirees and staff. But perhaps the best part about the entire video was the ending choreography, reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ – the late King of Pop would be proud.

Justin Timberlake Makes It Right

Back when doing album promos for Concrete And Gold, the band said that one of the guests on the album was “probably the biggest pop star in the world”, and while they kept up the ruse for a long time, it was eventually revealed to be Justin Timberlake. According to Dave, the pair met in the studio and Justin asked if he could be on the record, saying “you don’t even have to tell anybody I’m on the record, I just want to be able to tell my friends that I’m on it” –  true to his wishes, JT makes his appearance on the track ‘Make It Right’.

Paul McCartney Is A Badass On The Drums

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You heard it here first, guys. The ninth track on the album, ‘Sunday Rain, is an absolute banger – not just for one, but two reasons. First, we see Taylor Hawkins take on lead vocal duties, and boy can the drummer sing. It’s not the first time Taylor has had this particular honour, having had lead vocal credits on ‘Cold Day In The Sun’ from In Your Honour. So what do you do when you need someone to fill in for your drummer? Well, in Foo’s case, you seek the help of the Sir Paul McCartney. And while is usually known for this bassist skills, The Beatles’ legend showed off his knack for the drums, nailing his part in two takes. He apparently hadn’t even heard the song before recording it! As if we needed another reason to admire Sir Paul more than we already do…

Daddy Dave Was Director Grohl For A Day

The second video that the lead singer directed was ‘The Sky Is A Universe’, which featured his daughters Violet and Harper reading through a storybook with the song’s lyrics. And it seemed like Director Grohl got more respect from his co-stars than Daddy Dave! The proud father recently revealed that his little girls “were so good” in taking directions and acting their part during the video, but it was a stark contrast to their behaviour at home when he tries to get them to clean their room before bed or get their homework done, referencing it to “pulling teeth and twisting wrists”. Aww girls, maybe you should consider giving your old man a break every now and then?

Get your first listen of Concrete And Gold here!

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What are some of your thoughts and favourite tracks off Foo Fighters’ latest album, Concrete and Gold? Sound off in the comments below!

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Newsflash: Selena Gomez secretly underwent a kidney transplant operation earlier this year due to complications from Lupus. And the kidney donor was her best friend!  

It’s common knowledge that Selena Gomez suffers from Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that results when the immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. But that fact seems to be constantly overshadowed by the ‘Good For You’ songstress’ other headlines, like when she started dating Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, or when she headed to therapy after a 90-day rehab stint following her Revival Tour cancellation. The latter news led to wildfire speculation that the singer was battling with addiction issues. And Selena had been keeping quiet on the publicity front – unusual behaviour for a singer who recently released two hit singles, ‘Bad Liar’ and ‘Fetish’. 

Turns out, Selena had undergone a kidney transplant operation back in June due to complications from Lupus, and her donor was none other than best friend and ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ actress, Francia Raisa.  

 

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Revealing the news via an Instagram post which showed Selena and Francia lying side-by-side on hospital beds with their hands intertwined, Selena wrote, “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of.” She went on, “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health.” Dropping hints about possible future works, Selena added, “I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery.”

Francia Raisa and Selena Gomez
Photo: Francia Raisa

Selena was reportedly rushed to the hospital for kidney failure back in May. At that point, Selena was already on the waiting list for a transplant and Selena’s family wasn’t a match despite extensive tests. “And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis,” Selena professed her gratitude for the actress who selflessly stepped up in her time of need. 

Evidently, it’s been a few months since her operation. And judging from how healthy and radiant she looks in recent appearances at New York Fashion Week and on set for an upcoming movie, we’re glad Selena took all the time and privacy measures she needed to recuperate from the invasive surgery. You can find out more about Lupus, from the Lupus Research Alliance website. 

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Ariana Grande is in Singapore and she seems to be hitting up local tourist destinations – starting with an evening stroll at Gardens by the Bay! 

Ariana Grande (aka our September 2017 cover girl and all-round Queen) has arrived in Singapore four days ahead of her F1 Singapore Grand Prix performance on Saturday! Like many other celebrities before her, Ari headed to one of SG’s most famous tourist destinations: Gardens by the Bay. Apart from taking in the gorgeous sights and sounds, the songstress also caught the nightly Garden Rhapsody show – the theme was ‘An Evening of Musical Theatre’ featuring popular musical numbers from The Phantom of The Opera, Les Misérables, Chicago, etc. – and our musical diva totally loved it. 

 

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Describing the show as “the best 12 minutes of her life”, Ari and crew put on a mini performance of their own and documented it via her IG stories. And we’re kinda surprised nobody caught wind of her little evening visit – although it might be because nobody really goes to Gardens by the Bay on Wednesday nights (or perhaps Ari’s ninja skill are just that good). 

Ariana Grande At Gardens By The Bay

Check out the our compilation video of Ari’s visit to Gardens by the Bay! 

What would you do if you saw Ariana Grande exploring the streets of Singapore? Let us know in the comment section! 

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We can now lay the rumours to rest ’cause it’s official: BTS and The Chainsmokers are collaborating on a song for BTS’ upcoming mini album, Love Yourself: Her! 

ARMYs who are anticipating BTS’ upcoming mini album, Love Yourself: Her now have even more to look forward to with this exciting collab, which sees The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart working with Rap Monster, Suga and J-Hope aka BTS’ rap line on an EDM track titled ‘Best of Me’!

Meeting for the first time back in May at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, BTS (who won ‘Top Social Artist’ at the awards) even hung out with the ‘Closer’ hitmakers ahead of the ceremony. Needless to say, their little hangout session caught the attention of fans worldwide. And with The Chainsmoker’s mysterious promise to “see [BTS] this summer”, it’s no wonder the rumours started about a possible music collaboration between the groups. 

Turns out, BTS and The Chainsmokers have been in close contact ever since! While it has been reported that ‘Best of Me’ would take on The Chainsmokers’ signature EDM style, we’re sure BTS’ musical flavour will come through as well. And with Love Yourself: Her already exceeding 1 million pre-orders in Korea, we can’t wait to hear the mini album when it drops on 18 September!

What are you most looking forward to on BTS’ Love Yourself: Her album? Share your thoughts in the comment section! 

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