Somebody hold us – BTS just dropped the ultimate bomb on us by announcing the upcoming concert dates for the Asian leg of their Love Yourself world tour, and it seems like our prayers are finally being answered. Start saving up fellow ARMYs, ’cause our favourite boys will be heading to Singapore this January!
On 10 October, the seven-member K-pop supergroup announced that they will be performing a two-night show in Taoyuan, Taiwan this December, before making their way over to Singapore in January, Hong Kong in March and Bangkok later on in April. Other Asian dates have yet to be announced.
As soon as the news is out, local organisers One Production also confirmed that the band will be holding their highly-anticipated concert at the 55,000-seat National Stadium – a mega upgrade compared to their 5,000-capacity gig as part of their The Red Bullet concert at The Star Theatre five years ago. To add on, BTS is the first ever Korean act to stage their own solo concert at the prestigious venue. Look at how far they’ve come!
BTS World Tour Love Yourself in Singapore Date: 19 January 2019 Time: 7pm Venue: National Stadium
After what seems like forever, K-pop behemoth EXO is making their hotly-anticipated comeback with their fifth studio album Don’t Mess Up My Temp0 on 2 November.
EXO is no stranger to experimenting with different genres and concepts with every comeback – whether it’s serving up reggae-EDM vibes with ‘Kokobop’, or going full-on swagger mode with the hip-hop banger ‘Overdose’ – and now we’re getting an entire album dedicated to the rock genre. Bikes, bad boy vibes and leather jackets? We’re digging that.
As if EXO-Ls aren’t losing their heads already, it’s been confirmed that Lay will be participating in the Chinese version of this new release, making it the first album to feature all nine members since their third studio album Ex’Act in 2016. At the news of the long-awaited OT9 reunion, it didn’t take long for fans to get extra riled up for their domestic return.
First things first, we’re no longer going kokobop.
Who could ever forget the Taiwanese coming-of-age classic that launched the careers of Michelle Chen and Kai Ko, all while stirring the hearts of everyone across the world back in 2011? With its record-breaking success and the surge of remakes recently, we couldn’t help but wonder if You Are The Apple Of My Eye will also be getting its own reboot. And we’ve got good news: there’s now a Japanese version of the Giddens Ko-directed flick titled Ano Koro, Kimi Wo Oikaketa (Those Years, We Went After You).
Led by Yasuo Hasegawa, the highly-anticipated remake stars rising actor Yuki Yamada (Mischievous Kiss, Strobe Edge) and Nogizaka46 member Saito Asuka (Sakuran, Shoujo no Miru Yume) as protagonist Mizushima Kosuke and heroine Hayase Mai respectively.
Although no one can possibly take the place of Kai Ko and Michelle Chen’s iconic roles as Ko Ching Teng and Shen Chia Yi, we can’t deny that the casting team did an impeccable job at replicating their Japanese counterparts – it’s almost as if we’re looking at a parallel universe. Just check out their uncanny resemblance!
While the original story begins in 1994, the new version will be taking place in the 2000s instead. The setting has also been changed to Japan, but we’re glad to know that the production crew has kept most of the plot in place which means they have a lot of hype to live up to. Some scenes were even filmed in Pingxi, Taiwan for an additional dash of nostalgia. For the uninitiated, You Are The Apple Of My Eye chronicles the decade-spanning romance between a straight-A student and the resident class clown as they navigate adolescent angst and growing pains.
The film has since been released on 5 October. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if it will eventually make its way to local cinemas…
What does f(x), DAY6 and Apink have in common? Besides earning fame as mega-successful celebrities in their own right, these hard-working stars have also made their personal debut on YouTube – showing fans a different side of themselves beyond their onstage personas. Here’s a list of idols who are killing it in the YouTube game and deserves a follow, stat!
Why you should subscribe: With a channel name like What The Pineapple, it’s hard not to hit the subscribe button. Her OG WTP videos consists of viral challenges, crazy mukbangs and occasional Q&As. But what really impressed us was her iconic diss video above, where she addresses her haters in the most savage way yet. We truly stan an unbothered queen!
It wasn’t until recently that the f(x) member sprung back to action after taking a short break from YouTube, and began sharing more of her self-produced mixtapes, song covers and behind-the-scenes footages. She hasn’t forgotten her comical roots however, making sure to include a sprinkling of entertainment value for her longtime viewers – such as the recent carpool karaoke madness you can check out here.
Why you should subscribe: When Jae is not busy rocking out with his band, the DAY6 vocalist can be found goofing around on YouTube with his fellow idol pals including 2PM’s Nichkhun, f(x)’s Amber (yay, YouTube buddies!) and CLC’s Sorn. With his witty and outgoing personality, you’ll never be bored of his meme-worthy content and hilarious antics. Sadly, the social media extraordinaire has declared The End Of JaeSix due to DAY6’s recent comeback schedules, but fret not – we smell a season two coming up very soon!
Why you should subscribe: Since parting ways with 2NE1, Dara has been keeping her beloved Blackjacks updated on her activities through her YouTube channel, DARA TV. Known for her quirky charms and down-to-earth attitude, she brings us along on her schedules and vacations via a series of vlogs – giving us an intimate look into her day-to-day life. Our favourite video? Her recent trip to Singapore, where she vlogged herself doing touristy things like enjoying chilli crab, visiting the USS, taking the Singapore Flyer etc. Come back soon, Dara!
Why you should subscribe: Can’t get enough of Apink? Fans of Bomi will be stoked to know that the K-pop sweetheart has opened up her own YouTube channel adorably named Bbom Bbom Bbom, where she regularly uploads videos to communicate with fans – whether it’s taking us through her skincare routine, showcasing her hidden culinary skills, or even unboxing fan gifts on camera. In one of her latest videos, she introduced a fresh take on nail art: turning falsies into intricate, monochromatic designs. Perhaps it’s the start of a new nail art trend?
Why you should subscribe: If you’re into all things K-beauty, the AKMU darling is your go-to girl. Her channel has everything you could ask for: makeup tutorials, fashion hauls, dieting tips, daily vlogs… the list goes on. We especially love her festival makeup tutorial, where she gets all glammed up with this gorgeous sparkly look that’s perfect for the upcoming music fests. Oh, and did we mention she also does ASMR and slime videos? Just another reason for us to love her!
Why you should subscribe: Former MBLAQ vocalist turned Internet personality G.O and girlfriend Choi Ye Seul literally scream couple goals. On their joint YouTube channel O.Y Couple Story, these lovebirds upload heart-fluttering videos of them going on fun dates, hanging out with friends and more. Try spotting a certain MBLAQ member making a cameo in their recent video above!
Which K-pop idol do you wish to see opening up their own YouTube channel? Let us know in the comments below!
Who doesn’t love a good scare? It’s that time of the year when a galore of horror flicks are added to the feature lineup in cinemas for the Halloween season. Here’s a list of new and soon-to-be releases that will haunt you all the way till the end of 2018.
The Nun (Now showing)
Touted as the darkest film in The Conjuring Universe, a Catholic priest with a haunted past along with a novice, are sent by the Vatican to investigate the mysterious death of a young nun in Romania. Instead, they uncover the abbey’s unholy secret which leads them to confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun (which you may recognise from The Conjuring 2). What ensues is a battle between the good and the evil as they try to contain the demonic entity.
Hell Fest (27 Sep)
It’s all fun and games till somebody gets hurt… or killed. A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground where he decides to terrorise a group of friends on their night out. Unenthused about what they had seen previously, the group soon realises that the fake murders were actually real, prompting them to make their escape only to get hunted down one by one until the night is over.
Mara (27 Sep)
Criminal psychologist Kate is assigned to a strange case where the wife of a man had murdered him in his sleep. The only witness to the crime was their eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. As Kate digs deeper into the case, she discovers the mystery of an ancient demon that kills people in their sleep. She begins to experience the same petrifying symptoms as the other victims and has to fight through this chilling nightmare to save herself and Sophie before it’s too late.
Sabrina (27 Sep)
A doll maker and toy company owner, Aiden lives happily with his wife Maira and niece Vanya, who also happens to be their adopted daughter. As Vanya struggles to deal with the loss of her birth mother, she decides to play Charlie’s Pencil to summon the spirit of her late mother. Strange things start to happen in the household, especially with the Sabrina doll that has set its sight on Maira.
Ghost Wife (11 Oct)
This is not your typical love story. Nard, is a girl in high school who falls in love with a senior, Mac. When Nard discovers that she is pregnant, Mac’s mother forces him to cut all contact with her by sending him to study abroad. Nard’s mother persuades her to have an abortion, of which she didn’t survive. Now back for revenge, Nard haunts the apartment complex where she used to live as well as the man she used to love.
Apostle (12 Oct)
Travel to 1905 with Thomas Richardson, who goes to a remote island to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult that has demanded a ransom for her safe return. It soon becomes clear that the cult will regret the day they had baited Thomas to their island, as he digs deeper into their secrets and lies on which the commune is built, unravelling the frightening truth they’ve kept hidden.
Halloween (18 Oct)
Lock your doors and hide – Michael Myers is back. Set forty years after the original Halloween film, the notorious slasher is in prison for his killing spree in 1979, while his adversary Laurie Strode has turned into a paranoid survivalist. Since her narrow escape on Halloween night four decades ago, Laurie is now ready for her final confrontation with Michael in Haddonfield when he coincidentally escapes from prison.
Zombiepura (25 Oct)
What would you do if you’re trapped with zombies? That’s a dilemma that a lazy reservist soldier and his tough commander face when a mysterious virus breaks out in their isolated army camp. Together, they have to strive to survive the zombie infestation and learn what it means to be real soldiers.
Suspiria (2 Nov)
Susie Bannion travels to a world-renowned dance company in Berlin where she quickly becomes the artistic director, Madame Blanc’s, favourite dancer. After a series of mysterious student disappearances, Susie, along with her new friend Sara and an elderly psychologist, find out that the school may be harbouring dark secrets that could kill them all.
Overlord (8 Nov)
On the eve of D-Day in 1944, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission that is vital to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their intended target, they begin to realise that there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than just a simple military operation. Soon, they find themselves fighting against supernatural forces that turn out to be a part of a Nazi experiment.
Slender Man (27 Dec)
You’ve probably read the creepypasta story, and now, witness the horror come to life. In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of teenage girls – fascinated by the creepy internet lore, Slender Man – attempt to prove that he doesn’t actually exist. But when their friend mysteriously disappears, the girls decide to summon him with a ritual. They soon start to experience supernatural occurrences that could only lead them to believe that the story is real and they are being haunted by none other than Slender Man.