Ariana Grande has done it again.

On 30 November, the unpredictable pop diva has finally dropped her music video for ‘thank u, next’ and we know it’s 2018, but can we just say: IT’S SO FETCH. Chockfull of references to iconic noughties flicks such as Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On and 13 Going On 30, the five-minute music video is a delightful romp of throwback mayhem, unexpected celebrity cameos – Kris Jenner, Troye Sivan, and hold up… is that the actual Aaron Samuels?! – and loads of not-so-subtle details that you probably missed. Let’s break it down point by point, shall we?

#1 Remember the girl who Regina George punched in the face?

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Besides doing God’s work in getting OG heartthrob Jonathan Bennett to reprise his character as Aaron Samuels (someone gotta push back his hair!), Ari also casted Stefanie Drummond, who played Bethany Byrd in Mean Girls – or more famously known as the “army pants and filp flops” girl who got punched by Regina in the face. Only this time round, she “found a guy to propose to me and I broke off an engagement” because “Ariana broke off an engagement”.

#2 Big Sean is so cute, so sweet, and “could still get it”.

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In Ariana’s version of the Burn Book, there’s a page dedicated to her former bae Big Sean, complete with the words “cute”, “sweet” and most importantly, “could still get it”. Well, time to hit her up, @bigsean!

#3 Meanwhile, Ricky Alvarez got friendzoned.

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Hey, at least Ricky’s a “great dancer” and they’ve spent some “good times” together. Friends forever!

#4 She apologised to Pete Davidson.

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On Pete Davidson’s page, a huge “HUUUGE” runs across the bottom – a reference to the long-running BDE joke. Besides reiterating the well-known fact that the Saturday Night Live fella is well-endowed, Ariana also wrote “sry I dipped”, which is a slang for leaving.

So here’s a translation for the uninitiated: sorry dude, I dumped ya.

#5 Ariana Grande is a little bit… needy.

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Channeling her inner high-school queen bee as Regina George, Ariana struts down the hallways of a recreated North Shore High with her gang of Plastics in tow. She rocks a tank top with the words “A Little Bit Needy” on it, a play on the “A Little Bit Dramatic” shirt from Mean Girls. According to Arianators on the Twitterverse, it’s likely to be a track from the upcoming album.

#6 Then there’s Karen Smith already doing her job as a weather girl.

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Ariana’s close friend Alexa Luria plays ditzy airhead Karen Smith, and in case you missed it: she’s pictured holding her chest as she walks down the hallway, a nod to Amanda Seyfried’s ability to tell the weather by feeling her breasts.

#7 Can we talk about Kris Jenner as Ariana’s cool mom?

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Kris Jenner is not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom! When the Plastics were performing the mandatory Jingle Bell Rock dance for their winter talent show, the momager pops out to cheer on Ariana as Amy Poehler’s scene-stealing character in Mean Girls.

#8 Meet the “TUN” cheerleading team!

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In the next scene, Ariana reimagines Bring It On with her very own cheerleading team. Their cheerleader uniforms feature the initials “TUN”, which is an acronym that stands for ‘thank u, next’.

#9 Ariana debuts her newly-chopped mane via a paper cut-out.

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She then transforms into Jenna Rink from 13 Going On 30 as she carries the iconic Barbie Dream House from the 2004 romcom to the front porch. Eagle-eyed fans spotted that one of the paper dolls is a selfie that she posted on Instagram, which showed off her new post-split haircut sans her trademark ponytail.

#10 She drives a Porsche with a license plate that reads “7 RINGS”.

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Finally, Ariana is seen cosplaying as Elle Woods from Legally Blonde as she steps out of a black Porsche, which has a license plate that contains the words “7 RINGS” — allegedly another track from her forthcoming album.

Another fan theory courtesy of Twitter user @CatchMeIfUKenze suggests that it’s in reference to the friendship rings she got with her six best friends. Hmm, what do you guys think?

#11 The political secret behind Ariana’s law school textbook.

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While she’s out studying on the lawn, fans pointed out that the law textbook that she’s reading has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it political message that will make Elle Woods proud. The book is titled “Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy”, which can be seen as Ariana showing support for immigrants seeking refuge in the US.

#12 More BDE references, just because.

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In a conversation with Jennifer Coolidge, who reprised her role as Paulette Bonafonté, Ariana made yet another bold reference to Pete Davidson’s BDE: “I mean, he was really cute you know. It was really big.” And as if that wasn’t enough to add to the shook factor, she also got the UPS guy from Legally Blonde to don a uniform with a badge that says “BDE”.

Watch Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ music video in its full reference-filled glory:

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Your Ultimate Guide To All The Major Concerts Happening In 2019

28 Nov 2018 by Jasmine Ong

With international pop acts like Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran as well as K-pop groups like BTS and BLACKPINK gracing our shores next year, there are plenty of reasons to get excited about 2019. To gear you up for a year of nonstop entertainment, we compiled a list of notable acts that will be bringing their live gigs here!



Seven years after his last visit, Mandopop icon Wang Leehom is making his long-awaited return to Singapore with his ongoing world tour. Expect a night full of familiar hits that would unleash the karaoke crooner in you.

Tickets from $188,



Missed out on Taeyeon when she was in town for HallyuPopFest in September? SONEs can now catch the Girls’ Generation songstress at her first ever full-fledged solo concert in Singapore, where she will dazzle us all over again with her mesmerising vocals.

Tickets from $148,



What better way to start off 2019 than with the boys of BTS? Undoubtedly the most anticipated concert of the year, the world’s hottest K-pop boy band is ready to set the stage ablaze with their chart-topping hits and impressive moves as part of their sold-out concert at the National Stadium.

Tickets are fully sold out, visit for more information.



Having been around for 20 years, Taking Back Sunday has come a long way since their debut in 2002. Bringing their decades-spanning discography to Singapore, fans can look forward to oldie-but-goodie favourites as well as hits from their recent effort Tidal Wave. In addition, the post-hardcore band might also be performing two of their newest tracks from their new compilation album titled Twenty, which drops eight days before the concert!

Tickets from $108,



As part of their debut world tour, YG darlings BLACKPINK will be bringing their unbelievably catchy bangers such as ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’, ‘BOOMBAYAH’ and ‘Whistle’ to our sunny island for the first time ever. Plus, you’ll also get to witness Jennie’s electrifying performance of her solo hit ‘SOLO’.

Tickets from $128,



It took years and years for Years & Years to finally hold their first full-length concert in Singapore, but you bet the wait will be all worth it. Following the release of their highly-successful sophomore record Palo Santo, let the Brit trio take you on an eargasmic journey with their well-crafted tunes such as ‘Sanctify’ and ‘If You’re Over Me’ this coming February.

Tickets from $88,



Hot on the heels of their recent album Politics of Living, Irish quartet Kodaline will be coming to town for yet another spectacular show in March. Fans are guaranteed to have a memorable night rocking out to iconic anthems like ‘The One and ‘Honest’ as well as newer tracks like ‘Brother and ‘Follow Your Fire’.

Tickets from $138,



Get ready to dance the night away with Maroon 5 at their Red Pill Blues Tour in Singapore! Set to be their biggest show yet on our stomping grounds, expect to be swept away by the energy of frontman Adam Levine as he brings the band’s chart-topping discography to life.

Tickets from $98,



Having performed a very special one-off show here in October off her ‘Speak Your Mind’ tour; British songstress Anne-Marie will be making her way back to Singapore to entertain us with her infectious pop tunes in a one-night only performance at the Capitol Theatre.

Tickets from $98,



For those who didn’t manage to score a ticket to Ed Sheeran’s sold-out Divide tour last year, you’re in luck ’cause the ‘Perfect’ singer will be returning for a new headline show at the National Stadium. Limited tickets are still up for grabs, so be sure to snap ’em up before they’re gone!

Tickets from $68,



It seemed like just yesterday when we met up with Troye Sivan while he was here for his very first fan-signing session. This time, the ‘Dance to This’ singer will return with his long-awaited, headlining Bloom Asia Tour in Singapore! To get first dibs on the tickets before everyone else; download the Troye Sivan app for a special Presale access on 10 December at 10am.

Tickets from $98,



Singapore just can’t get enough of Jason Mraz, can we? Having performed here recently in October, the American singer-songwriter will be stepping foot on our sunny island once again with his Good Vibes Tour! Known for his folk-pop sound and all-around positivity, you’re in for a feel-good night with Mr A-Z.

Tickets from $98,

15 & 16 MAY: LAUV ASIA TOUR 2019


As one of the fastest-rising acts on the scene right now, it’s no wonder that tickets to Lauv’s upcoming concert sold out in a flash, and deservedly so. From being the opening act for Ed Sheeran to selling out not just one, but two nights of his own solo show, the pop visionary is certainly one to watch out for.

Tickets are fully sold out. Visit for more information.



No stranger to performing on our shores, it seems like LANY will soon be making their return to Singapore for their Malibu Nights World Tour. The news comes after the release of their latest record Malibu Nights, which is chockfull of synth-pop goodness that we can’t wait to groove along to.

Ticketing details to be announced soon.



The boys are making their highly-anticipated return to Singapore since their last show at Laneway Festival in 2015. As part of their Music for Cars project, this leg of the tour would see The 1975 play not just their current discography but also some new music off their upcoming companion record, Notes on a Conditional Form; which Matt has teased would be released in 2019!

Tickets from $88, visit for more information.

This post will be updated regularly with new announcements, so be sure to bookmark this page and keep checking back for more firsthand deets!

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Fans of Taeyeon have much to look forward to next year, as the Girls’ Generation member just revealed details of her upcoming solo concert in Singapore in January!

Because a five-song set at HallyuPopFest just wasn’t enough to please our SONE hearts, we couldn’t be happier that the K-pop goddess will be making her way back for a full-scale concert. Set to take place at Singapore Expo on 12 January, get ready to belt out to crowd-favourite tracks like ’11:11′ and ‘Fine’, along with fresh tunes from her latest solo record Something New.

Taeyeon Concert in Singapore 2019

Date: 12 January 2019
Time: 6pm
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 1
Tickets: $288, $238, $188, $148

Tickets will go on sale 1 December, 10am via SISTIC. There will also be a pre-sale for IMC Live Global Fans on 30 November, 10am for those who signed up here before 29 November, 3pm.

Meanwhile, check out Taeyeon’s latest music video for ‘Something New’:

More related stories: IU To Hold First Concert In Singapore In Celebration Of 10th AnniversaryBTS Is Bringing Their Love Yourself Tour To Singapore In January 2019

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Barely four months after his whirlwind visit to Singapore to promote Thai film Brother of the Year, the ever-so-hardworking Nichkhun made his way back to our humble shores for his newest project, Wok The World.

A new tvN production in partnership with Viu, the up-and-coming series sees Nichkhun, along with Michelin 3-starred chef Alvin Leung and MasterChef Canada Season 1 winner Eric Chong, embarking on a gastronomic adventure around the world to discover local delicacies. Their first stop? Our very own Resorts World Sentosa, where the trio were tasked to recreate our traditional Lo Hei Yu Sheng and Bak Kut Teh for their debut episode.

In between their shooting schedules, we caught up with the 2PM heartthrob to grill him on everything and anything food – from his favourite local dish, to his ultimate guilty pleasure. Along the way, we also found out that the 30-year-old is rather modest about his cooking skills, because he “always cooks and eats alone” (awww). Hey Nichkhun, you can cook for us anytime.


“I tried carrot cake at Lau Pa Sat today and I really liked it because it reminded me a lot of Thai cuisine as we like to take influences from other Asian regions. It’s a lot like Pad See Ew (stir-fried noodles) and I think I might even be able to recreate it myself. It probably won’t be as good as the one I had at Lau Pa Sat though! (Laughs)”

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“I think it was a Thai omelette, but I ended up burning it (laughs). I thought I needed to heat up the oil so I cranked up the fire until it was really hot and was waiting for it to bubble, but it didn’t. So when I flipped the omelette over, it turned black. It happened when I was still in America, and I was probably around 13 or 14 at that time.”


“Out of all of us, I think I’ve eaten Taecyeon and Jun. K’s tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), as well as Chansung’s ramyun (instant noodles). That’s all they cook! It doesn’t seem like it, but Taecyeon is actually pretty good [at cooking].”

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“How about an onion? Not because of the way it smells, but because there are a lot of layers in an onion. The more you peel it, the more you cry – just like how the more you get to know me, the more you’re going to cry (laughs). There are a lot of layers to me and I can be very adaptable, so I think I’m suited to be an onion.”


“Jellies, gummy bears, chewy candies. I buy a lot of snacks, but I never really eat them except for the sweets. And sometimes, I treat myself to ice cream. I’d take a pint and wolf it down while watching Netflix.”


ME is my first self-composed album and I wanted it to be a gift to my fans, which is why I worked so hard to write all the songs in it. Because without my fans, I wouldn’t be able to get to this point in life and this album wouldn’t have happened. It’s my first attempt at composing so it’s going to need a lot of work, but I hope that my fans will like it.”

Catch Nichkhun in tvN’s latest original production Wok The World, premiering on tvN in Asia and Viu Singapore from 26 November (every Monday) at 10.30pm.

More related stories: 2PM’s Nichkhun Shows He’s The Perfect Oppa Material Both On And Off ScreenLee Junho Shares Favourite 2PM Memories And Plans For 2019

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Known as one of the most famous K-lifestyle festivals, the Korean Brand & Entertainment Expo 2018 (KBEE 2018) opened to throngs of fans waiting to discover new Korean brands as well as meet their favourite K-pop idols.

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Held on 1 and 2 November at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, it was two days of Hallyu goodness at KBEE 2018. Not only were fans able to get upclose and personal with Honourary Ambassadors 2PM’s Lee Junho, Song Ji Hyo, SNUPER and Boy Story at their respective fan events, attendees were also treated to thrilling performances by the various artistes during the opening ceremony.

Amidst the flurry of events, we also managed to catch up with K-heartthrob Junho to talk about his cooking skills, his best 2PM memories and his upcoming plans for 2019. Read on for his full interview.

Hi Junho, welcome back to Singapore! It’s been 10 years since you’ve broke out into the industry, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt as an artiste?

There’s this quote that I’ve always heard from Jun.K and it goes, “You are passionate in your heart and very rational in your head”. As I feel like I’m still learning as I go along, I think it’s very important to be led by your heart with passion but at the same time think rationally to make hard decisions.

You’ve have taken on various roles since making your acting debut. Which has been your favourite so far?

I like everything (laughs). I’ve acted in about seven dramas so far and every moment was very memorable for me. Particularly, [I remember] coming to Singapore to promote for this movie called Cold Eyes back in 2013. Although my character wasn’t one that appeared much in the film, I felt that it was still a very significant role as he played a part in creating tension amongst the characters. It was also my first ever on-screen performance and I view it as a piece that brought me a lot of good luck.

You’ve acted with a lot of notable actors through the years. Are there any actors whom you would like to work with in the future?

I was very lucky in a way. I’ve worked with a lot of wonderful sunbaes from the start and I felt that I’ve gained a lot from this experience. During filming, I learn a lot from different people on set, so as long as I can meet a fellow actor whom I can learn from, it would mean a lot to me.

You played a chef in Wok of Love that debuted onscreen earlier this year. We’re curious – did you have to attend cooking classes for the role?

Yes, I had to attend classes for about a month where I learned how to cut vegetables the right way and picked up other cooking techniques. That’s where I learned how to use the wok as well.

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Do you find yourself cooking more now that you’re equipped with the skill?

The essence imparted from the wok is very important. But when I’m at home, I don’t have all the things to cook with the wok so I wouldn’t really put the skills I’ve learnt to good use outside of the set. I feel that I make pretty decent food with the wok and although I haven’t had a chance to cook for my family yet, I hope to do so someday.

What’s one dish that you will never get sick of?

Stir-Fried Kimchi Rice. I really like fried rice, but I like the fact that there’s kimchi inside as well. It’s one of my favourite dishes!

Two years ago, you were in a drama called Memory. What’s the best memory you’ve had in your career?

Being part of 2PM is my best memory. It’s also the best thing I’ve ever done.

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As we’re nearing the end of the year, what are some of your New Year resolutions for 2019?

To always be healthy, and to continue to being in contact with my fans.

If you could give the other 2PM members a New Year’s resolution you want each of them to fulfill, what would it be?

For Taecyeon, I would want him to constantly work hard as he has just returned from the army. For Jun.K and Wooyoung, don’t be sick. For Chansung and myself, it’s to stay strong. As for Nichkhun, I would also want him to constantly work hard at what he’s doing… because he would be the only one left after the rest of us enlist in the army, so I’d want him to continue spreading the fame of 2PM by himself (laughs).

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Thanks to KBEE Singapore for the interview opportunity with 2PM’s Lee Junho!

More related stories: Nichkhun Reveals Who’s The Best Cook In 2PM2PM’s Nichkhun Shows He’s The Perfect Oppa Material Both On And Off Screen

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