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BLACKPINK Came, Conquered And Won Hearts At First Singapore Concert

18 Feb 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

Okay, let’s get this straight: BLACKPINK is huge. And by huge, we’re talking about their ability to command a 9,500-strong crowd at their sell-out concert in Singapore as part of their 2019 World Tour [IN YOUR AREA].

If that’s not enough to prove their rising popularity, the K-pop quartet had just made their U.S. TV debut merely days prior to the show. In yet another history-making move, the girls are also set to perform at Coachella later this year, making them the first Korean female act to play at the legendary music fest. For a barely three-year-old group to achieve success on such a global scale, there’s really no doubting their immense star power at this point. And we can definitely see why from the amount of BLINKs in attendance at their Singapore show last Friday, which enveloped the entirety of Singapore Indoor Stadium in a sea of heart-shaped lights with their hammer-bongs.

“It’s our first time in Singapore and it’s way better than I’d imagined. So many of you are here to see us!” Rose exclaimed in delight at the massive turnout. Despite their limited discography that consists of no more than nine songs, the ladies of BLACKPINK made up for it with their exuberant performances, top-notch stage presence and truckloads of fan love throughout the two-hour show – which inevitably left us yearning for more.

But as much as we’re in favour of quality over quantity, we certainly hope the four-piece will be back with a fuller repertoire of songs that will do them justice during their next visit (which they hinted could be anytime soon). Till then, relive the highlights with our review below!

#1 When they served us some solid live vocals

We’ve been to our fair share of concerts to know that not all acts perform live due to the sheer intensity of their choreography (and that’s perfectly okay in our books, FYI), but BLACKPINK proceeded to prove naysayers wrong with their flawless vocal capabilities – all while effortlessly slaying the dance routines on stage. Take that, haters!

#2 When Lisa and Rose swapped roles with each other

In an adorable attempt to showcase their vocal versatility, we spotted Lisa playfully passing the mic to Rose during her rap portion of ‘DDU-DDU DDU-DU’ – to which the latter nailed the part perfectly. Shortly after, Rose sought revenge by letting Lisa take over her high note. Even though the pair was merely goofing around, it couldn’t hurt to imagine the members changing up their roles for real one day.

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#3 When they showed that they’re shining solo

Although Jennie’s the only member with a solo release (aptly titled ‘SOLO’) thus far, the other girls also got their moment in the spotlight with their own individual stages: Jisoo with a soaring cover of the Zedd-assisted ‘Clarity’, Lisa with a sizzling dance performance of Jason Derulo’s ‘Swalla’, and Rose with an enthralling mash-up of Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’/Park Bom’s ‘You And I’/Taeyang’s ‘Only Look At Me’. Here’s hoping that Papa YG will grant the rest of ’em their well-deserved solo debuts soon!


#4 When they channeled their inner Wonder Girls

Both top-tier girl groups in their own right, BLACKPINK hit us right in the feels when they delighted the audience with a nostalgic cover of Wonder Girls’ 2008 hit ‘So Hot’. What else can we say, we love queens supporting queens!

Coming from YG, most people would probably expect them to perform a 2NE1 track but imagine our surprise when they paid tribute to the former JYP outfit instead. Hey, perhaps we can expect a Girls’ Generation cover at the next concert?


#5 When BLINKs dedicated a birthday song for Rose

It was Rose’s birthday a few days ago on 11 February and local BLINKs decided to surprise the 22-year-old with a birthday song during the encore. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as loud as they expected it to be. After several attempts, Rose finally heard it and showed her gratitude by cutely thanking fans. Guess the project was a success after all!


#6 When they reciprocated the love with tons of fan service

After finishing up their ending ments, the members launched into an emotional rendition of ‘Stay’ during the encore stage – and boy, did they indulge BLINKs with some heart-fluttering fan service. From picking up support banners to noticing fans in front rows, the night was made more memorable thanks to BLACKPINK. Our favourite moment? When Jennie bent down to comfort a crying fan, despite being teary-eyed herself.

We’re not crying, you’re crying.

Featured image credits: YG Entertainment

What was your favourite moment of #BLACKPINKinSG? Drop some BLINK love in the comments below!

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What You Missed At The Captain Marvel Singapore Press Conference

17 Feb 2019 by Jasmine Ong

On 14 February, we met up with stars Brie Larson, Gemma Chan, Samuel L Jackson as well as directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck of Captain Marvel at their only promotional stop in Asia.

Finally making their way here after the epic announcement in January, the cast and directors of Captain Marvel were all smiles as they greeted members of the media that had gathered excitedly awaiting their arrival. Despite the morning call, everybody looked bright and fresh-faced as they took their seats, ready for the onslaught of burning questions from the floor.

Seen as a breakthrough in the otherwise male-dominated MCU, Captain Marvel is the universe’s first standalone film for a female superhero, helmed by a directing duo that includes their very first female director. Though it is a pretty big deal to achieve equal representation in the MCU after over 20 films, both the creators and stars are all hoping that this will amount to more than that. 

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In order to prep herself for her big Marvel debut, actress Brie Larson underwent nine months of intense training which comprised of weightlifting, meditating and martial arts to build her mental and physical strength, while finding a way to lend credit to the authenticity of the character.

Talking about the off days she would have during her training that reminded her of Carol Danvers, Brie said, “I’ve gone through training crying and begging for it to stop, but all of that is what Carol is. When I see that montage of her over the years getting back up, I feel like that was a hundred percent my experience.”

But that was not all those training sessions were for Brie, who also found time to share videos of her newfound strength with her co-star Samuel L Jackson. “When you’re pushing a Jeep up a hill for 60 seconds, I think you’re allowed to brag about it,” she added with a laugh.

Fellow co-star Gemma Chan also had to undergo strenuous physical training in preparation for her new role, which is notably worlds apart from her previous stint as Astrid Leong-Teo in hit film Crazy Rich Asians. As such, having to portray the character of Minn-Erva, a member of the Kree Starforce, is definitely not a walk in the park for the British actress. “I had to start kickboxing and sniper training. My ongoing concern was trying not to accidentally hit myself in the face with my own rifle as the one I had practiced with was a bit shorter than the one used in the film,” shared Gemma with a sheepish smile.

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As the first MCU film to be released after the loss of the late Stan Lee, Samuel L Jackson conveyed his continued admiration and gratitude for the OG creator (and included a jovial remark about his iconic cameos). “He might still be in every Marvel movie that we shoot,” he quipped. “If they scanned him as much as they scanned us, he’ll be in a lot of movies.” While it was expected to be a passing comment, Brie took the opportunity to fill us in on the insider context, “What he is trying to say is that whenever we put on a costume, we will need to go into this room with a hundred cameras for a 3D scan of our body to create like a hologram.”

However, before she could continue with her seemingly harmless explanation, Samuel cut her off with a hushed “I don’t think they are supposed to know that,” and the pair launched into a playful banter where Brie eventually accepted responsibility for letting slip classified information with a resigned, “Well, the Marvel ninjas are going to come after me now!”

Although the questions thus far have been kept purely related to the upcoming film, there’s simply no way of ignoring the elephant in the room. Taking one for the team, a brave soul asked if Captain Marvel would indeed play a pivotal role in Thanos’ defeat in the next film, Avengers: Endgame. As everyone waited with bated breath for her response, Brie simply broke into a knowing smile and ended off with this epic response, “Yeah, good luck. That is a really good question that I absolutely cannot answer, but more power to you for asking.”

Touché Brie, touché.

Photo credits: Jasmine Ong

Captain Marvel opens in cinemas 7 March 2019.

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2019 has barely begun, but concert announcements are already starting to roll out. Just this month alone, we’ve gotten news that not just one, but three rising girl groups are set to make their way to Singapore in the coming months.

As part of their Lovelyz 3 of Winter World tour, K-pop sweethearts Lovelyz will be performing in Singapore for the first time ever. Having made their debut in 2014, the Woolim girl group has been gradually earworming their way to everyone’s hearts with their bubblegum tunes and girl-next-door appeal. Fan benefits are also aplenty – besides a guaranteed high-touch for everyone, you might also get the opportunity to take group photos as well as receive exclusive selfie polaroids and signed posters from the Lovelyz members. Can local Lovelinus get any luckier?

Just days after, fans can get ready to welcome Dreamcatcher back to our shores, who will be embarking on their Southeast Asian tour titled Invitation from Nightmare City. Hot on the heels of their recent comeback with ‘Piri’, the charming ladies of Dreamcatcher will be here to enthral fans with their addictive blend of horror movie-esque stylings and rock-heavy elements that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

That’s not all – GFriend has also dropped dates for their upcoming 2019 Asia Tour, which includes Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Taipei and of course, Singapore. Known for their string of bright melodies and upbeat dance numbers like ‘Me Gustas Tu’, ‘Rough’ and their recent hit ‘Sunrise’, fans are in for an electrifying time with the girls of GFriend.

Fellow fanboys (and girls), it’s time to start saving up!

Lovelyz 3 of Winter World in Singapore

Lovelyz 3 of Winter World in Singapore
Date: 17 March 2019
Time: 6pm
Venue: [email protected] Box
Tickets: $218 (VIP), $158 (Cat 1), $88 (Cat 2)

Tickets will go on sale 23 February 10am via www.apactix.com.

DREAMCATCHER Invitation from Nightmare City in Singapore

DREAMCATCHER Invitation from Nightmare City in Singapore
Date: 22 March 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Gateway Theatre
Tickets: $208 (VIP), $88 (GA)

Tickets are now available on www.apactix.com.

GFriend Asia Tour 2019

GFriend 2019 Asia Tour
Date: 20 July 2019
Time: TBC
Venue: The Star Theatre

Ticketing details to be revealed at a later date.

Which of these K-pop girl groups do you stan? Tell us in the comments below!

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14 Rom-Coms To Binge-Watch This Valentine's Day

13 Feb 2019 by Jasmine Ong

Love is in the air as the most romantic day of the year fast approaches! Instead of squeezing with the rest of the crowd, why not get cosy in the comfort of your home with a good flick or two? In honour of 14 February, here are 14 romantic comedy delights that will get you into the mood for love.

#1 13 Going On 30

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Before it became one of the iconic references in Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ music video, 13 Going On 30 was the ultimate rom-com of the early 2000s. After her 13th birthday party goes awry, Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) wanted nothing more than to become an adult ASAP. Her wish becomes a reality when she wakes up the next morning, all grown-up with a successful life and career. As she navigates this confusing new chapter of her life, she realises that being an adult isn’t all that she had imagined it to be. What ensues is a poignant lesson in love, heartbreak and what it means to be careful for what you wish for.

#2 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Currently in its fourth and final season, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend comprises of musical numbers and endearing characters in an exaggerated yet incredibly engrossing plot about a young woman who leaves her successful life in New York, in order to find happiness with her ex-boyfriend in his suburban hometown. Instead of an easy reunion like she had hoped for, she is met with countless obstacles which forces her to re-evaluate her actions going forward, as she tries desperately to rekindle romance with the man of her dreams.

#3 Crazy Rich Asians

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There’s no better time to relive the box office hit Crazy Rich Asians than on Valentine’s Day. Identify the familiar local sights as you follow Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) on her trip to Singapore with her beau Nick Young (Henry Golding) for his best friend’s wedding. Little did she know that the discovery of Nick’s background is going to be the least of her worries when she sees how complicated their relationship can get amidst the gap in their social class.

#4 How I Met Your Mother

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Although the ending of How I Met Your Mother will forever be marked as one of the worst ones in TV history, there’s no denying that it’s also one of the funniest sitcoms ever made. Each episode begins with a senior Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) and his kids as he recounts the memories he shares with his friends Marshall (Jason Segal), Lily (Alyson Hannigan), Robin (Cobie Smulders), and Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) before the final encounter with his soulmate.

#5 Jane The Virgin

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Comprising all the elements of a solid telenovela and more, Jane The Virgin takes place in Miami where a young, devout Catholic woman gets her life turned upside down when a gynaecologist makes a serious medical mishap that renders Jane (Gina Rodriguez) with a bun in the oven. Just as her family and boyfriend are ready to take this accidental pregnancy as it is, Jane learns the identity of the baby’s biological father which not only complicates the situation but also her feelings.

#6 Love

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Created by renowned rom-com extraordinaire Judd Apatow, Love brings Gus Cruikshank (Paul Rust) and Mickey Dobbs (Gillian Jacobs) together after a chance encounter that leads them on a journey to figure out what ‘love’ really means. Despite having wildly different personalities, their new connection may be just what they need to bravely explore the euphoric and embarrassing moments of being in a romantic relationship.

#7 Love, Simon

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If you’re looking for something that would give you all the feels, Love, Simon is the one to watch. Though he may look like every other high school student, Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) is actually hiding a big secret. When a fellow classmate unintentionally discovers his private email exchange with a crush, Simon is reluctantly blackmailed into helping his blackmailer get close to a girl. With his life-changing secret hanging in the balance, Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he ruins his chances at a happily ever after.

#8 Man Seeking Woman

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Spanning three seasons, Man Seeking Woman centers around Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) who struggles to find love after getting dumped by his longtime girlfriend. With the help of his successful older sister Liz (Britt Lower) and best friend Mike (Eric Andre), Josh goes on a desperate search to find ‘the one’ – where he encounters exaggerated and literal extremes that depict the highs and lows of different relationships.

#9 New Girl

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What can you do after a rough breakup? That’s what New Girl Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) thinks about before she decides to move in with three single guys who are all looking for a roommate. Despite their initial reluctance, she managed to win them over with her awkward yet upbeat personality, forming an unlikely bond amongst them that would eventually lead to a blossoming romance with one of the boys.

#10 The Big Sick

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Before Kumail Nanjiani became one of Hollywood’s funniest comedians, he was an American graduate student struggling to cope with his Pakistani culture despite his Western-influenced mindset. Inspired by his own real-life romance, The Big Sick chronicles the interethnic relationship between him and his wife as they learn to tackle cultural differences with each other.

#11 The Mindy Project

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Meet Mindy Lahiri, a slightly self-obsessed but often relatable young, successful OB/GYN who hopes to become a more well-rounded woman. Drawing inspiration from the creator’s mother, The Mindy Project explores how she balances her personal and professional life along with unexpected romantic complications that the universe might throw at her.

#12 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Unrequited romance doesn’t usually have a potential of turning into a nightmare, unless you’re Lara Jean in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. As someone who experiences intense feelings whenever she sees her crush, Lara Jean (Lana Condor) uses letter-writing as her form of release. Unfortunately, her life gets turned upside down when she learns that the letters are sent out to her past crushes including her arch nemesis’ boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). To avoid further embarrassment, she finds herself an unlikely ally, which eventually turns their mutual agreement into something more than a friendship.

#13 When We First Met

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Would you travel back in time to change your fate if given the opportunity? When We First Met tells the story of Noah (Adam DeVine), who uses an unexpected photobooth time machine to return to the past. He attempts to fix things on the night he spent with Avery (Alexanda Daddario), the girl of his dreams, before he really loses her for good.

#14 Valentine’s Day

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Quite possibly the best movie to sum up the day of romance, Valentine’s Day features a star-studded cast (which includes Taylor Swift in her big screen debut) in an anthology of relationships between couples and singles as they try to navigate through the pressures and expectations of 14 February. Happy Valentine’s Day!

More related stories: Bring K-Dramas To Life With These Date-Worthy Outfits For Valentine’s Day5 Ways To Get A Korean Drama Worthy Date

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From the misogynistic comment left by the president of The Recording Academy, to Ariana Grande pulling a ‘thank u, next’ on the ceremony, it has certainly been quite a controversial build-up to the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Though there might have been some pre-conceived notion about how this year’s award show was going to be like, the Grammys still managed to impress in their efforts to present an all-inclusive night with a diverse group of performers, presenters and winners. For those who missed out on the glitzy action, here are five groundbreaking moments that are sure to go down in Grammys history.

#1 Make Love Not War

On top of being an extravagant stage production with colourful sets and dozens of dancers that celebrate the eclectic Hispanic culture, the opening performance featuring Camila Cabello, J Balvin and Ricky Martin also saw a subtle anti-political message in the form of a newspaper prop that read, ‘Build Bridges Not Walls’. In the current racially divided climate of America where tensions are at a high over the demand for a border wall, it’s heartwarming to see artistes advocate for the moral good of society.

#2 The Future Is Female

Since the rise of the ‘Me Too’ movement, there has been an increase in females advocating for one another in attempt to stamp out the unfair patriarchal system. In hopes of spreading a positive message for women, Grammys host Alicia Keys made an empowering move in her opening monologue as she was joined on stage by strong female role models – Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama – to share their thoughts on how music has helped to develop their true selves. That very moment was significant in creating a way to acknowledge the freedom of expression, as well as a woman’s ability to celebrate who she truly is no matter what others think or say.

#3 BTS Makes Grammy History

In addition to already being one of the hottest boy band in the industry, the septet also made history as the first group of Korean celebrities to be invited to the Grammy Awards as presenters. Not only were the boys representing their country in custom suits by Korean designers, they were also there as reps for international musicians with a dream. Who knows, they might just return to the Grammys in the future for yet another groundbreaking moment as nominees and performers!

#4 Spotlight On Mental Health

It’s not too often that you see someone make a poignant speech that resonates with society today. While accepting the award for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance for herself and her A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga took the opportunity to address mental health and the seemingly pervasive grip it has on talents within the music industry. Since the loss of many talented musicians in recent years, her speech couldn’t have come at a more fitting time. Though she hadn’t been on stage for long, her words were enough to leave us a reminder that if we see somebody that’s hurting, we should not look away.

#5 She Makes Money Move

Having gained a massive following since her stint on Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2015, the no-nonsense Bronx native has now evolved from a reality TV star into a bonafide rap sensation. Despite being in a predominantly male category where no solo female rapper has ever won Best Rap Album since Lauryn Hill’s win in 1996, Cardi B has truly proven that she’s a force to be reckoned with. The ‘Money’ songstress made history as she picked up the coveted accolade for her debut album Invasion of Privacy, earning her a well-deserved seat among hip-hop’s greatest.

What was your favourite moment of 2019 Grammys? Tell us in the comments below!

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