It’s Dua Lipa and BLACKPINK in your area! After powering through a sold-out concert in Singapore last Friday, the ‘IDGAF’ pop diva flew straight to South Korea for the Seoul leg of her tour on 6 May – performing yet another solid show in front of a massive audience, which included a couple of famous faces such as BLACKPINK’s Jennie and Lisa!
Remember when Jennie mentioned that ‘New Rules’ was her favourite song of the moment during a live session last September? Here’s a throwback:
Jennie from BLACKPINK says She is still obsessed with Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’ & wants to make a cover @DUALIPA (Sep 27, 2017)
Fast forward to today, the BLACKPINK member is seen posing for a picture alongside her fellow bandmate, Lisa, with the queen of ‘New Rules’ herself – talk about a total “senpai noticed me” moment! The iconic photo is now Dua’s most-liked post on Instagram to date, with over 1 million hearts and counting.
However, the BLACKPINK girls weren’t the only K-pop stars in attendance – JYP darlings Suzy and Somi were spotted as well. The former also uploaded a photo of the two together, along with her banner and autographed album. Dua even left a comment and followed the former Miss A member, making them mutuals on Instagram! Fangirl goals or what?
In other news, BLACKPINK’s in the midst of preparing for a comeback on 22 June 2018. Hey papa YG, how does a Dua Lipa collaboration sound?
Our teenage-angst hearts are crying hard, but we’re dancing harder: Paramore is coming back to town! Seven years after their last show on our shores in 2011, the American rockstars are finally returning to Singapore to stage a full-fledged concert on 21 August at [email protected] Box.
Even though they’ve been through several lineup changes and musical style shifts since we last saw them, we have no doubts that Hayley, Taylor and Zac will deliver an equally, if not more, explosive set as usual. Apart from their catalog of smash hits like ‘Still Into You’ and ‘Ain’t It Fun’, expect to jam out to recent bangers off their fifth studio effort After Laughter including ‘Hard Times’, ‘Fake Happy’ and ‘Rose-Colored Boy’.
Paramore Live in Singapore 2018 Date: 21 August 2018 Time: TBC Venue: [email protected] Box Ticket prices: $168
Early bird tickets will go on sale from 3 to 5 May at $158, while standard tickets will go on sale from 6 May at $168 via www.sistic.com.sg – get ready to snap it up!
Meanwhile, check out their latest music video for ‘Rose-Colored Boy’:
From ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ to ‘I Don’t Care’, ‘Uma Thurman’ to ‘Champion’, Fall Out Boy has undeniably transformed into one of the biggest rock bands of the current era. Throughout the course of their near two-decades long career, the quartet has brought us on the journey through quite a few interesting moments – here are our favourites.
#1 They Actually Have A Guinness World Record To Their Name
You best believe it, the Chicago natives are world record holders! Back in 2008, Patrick and Pete set out on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for most interviews conducted by a duo in a 24-hour period. The number they had to beat was 57, which they did within 10 hours. But ever the overachievers, they decided to carry on for as long as they could and ended up busting out a whopping 74 interviews that were between eight to 20 minutes long, taking breaks only to eat or use the bathroom.
#2 They Ventured Where Our Four-Legged Counterparts Would Only Go
Yup, Joe Trohman once slept in a dog cage – well, it was more like a little cat nap, really. The reason is unknown, but it was documented on an old DVD. In an interview with Rock Sound back in 2013, the guitarist explained: “It wasn’t a night. It was, like, five minutes at the most and then put on a DVD. You can spin that story any way you want when it’s on film, you know? And I was also 17. Do a lot of 17-year-olds spend a lot of time in a dog cage? I think they do!” No, Joe, we’re gonna have to go with “No”.
#3 They Were Victims Of ‘Eating Your Own Feelings’
We are all no strangers to that feeling during award shows when the person we were rooting for didn’t win in their nominated category. For most of us, we’d just shrug it off and move on with our lives. But when you’re Patrick Stump, that doesn’t apply. At their first-ever GRAMMYs, the frontman got so angry over Kanye West’s Late Registration not winning Album of the Year that he stormed out of the ceremony and consoled himself with a Subway sandwich. We’re just glad he didn’t pull a Kanye by going on stage to disrupt U2 during the latter’s acceptance speech…
#4 They Once Gave Fans More Than What They Bargained For
Going back to their early days during the 2007 Honda Civic Tour, the band wanted to raise awareness for blood drives by giving fans a chance to win posters that were signed with a mixture of their blood in the ink. Speaking on their decision in a behind-the-scenes video, Patrick explained: “These disasters don’t last just a year, there are still people living in the aftermath of the tsunami and the aftermath of Katrina. It’s in times of low publicity on blood drives that people really need blood.” We know it was for a good cause, but we can’t help but think that there were other more effective – and less painful – ways to raise awareness for blood drives, but hey, to each their own.
#5 They Proved That Hanging Out At The Arcade Has Its Benefits
so i’m at a q&a with fall out boy and someone just asked them why they chose to collab with namjoon and this is what pete had to say about it omg pic.twitter.com/m6BHaBKAhJ
One of the biggest surprises FOB fans got towards the end of 2017 was the release of the ‘Champion’ remix, which was done in collaboration with RM of K-pop boyband BTS. Not surprisingly, the lit track gave rise to questions of how the team-up came to be. Well, it turns out we have Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) to give thanks to! During the birthday party for Pete’s son at an arcade, the bassist was witness to a large group of people who were at the same arcade to watch RM play DDR. Unsure of who RM was, the band got to digging and the rest is history.
Fall Out Boy’s set to take the stage at [email protected] Box for their M A N I A tour on 30 April 2018. If you haven’t yet gotten your tickets, head on over to Sistic to score yours now!
All your favourite ’80s and ’90s era cult classics are returning to air! From dark tales of witchcraft to action-packed adventures, here’s a new crop of reboots and spin-offs coming out this year to tickle your nostalgia fancy.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
What is it about? Brought back by the producers of Riverdale, its affiliation with Archie Comics jolts a brand new adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Not much is known about the show yet, but we hear this spinoff will adopt a much darker interpretation than the former lighthearted series. One thing’s for sure though, Kieirnan Shipka and Ross Lynch are looking totes adorable as Sabrina and Harvey!
When is it airing? 2018 – 2019
Tune in on: Netflix
The Magic School Bus Rides Again
What is it about? The freshly animated series of the original 1994 series is set to return with its second season this April. With a new Ms. Frizzle, the ridding of Phoebe and a wardrobe revamp for the former characters, the renewed plot sure has fans gripping onto their seats in anticipation.
When is it airing? 13 April 2018
Tune in on: Netflix
What is it about? The OG Murphy Brown, aka Candice Bergen, will be making a comeback after a two-decade drought from her witty humour. And she ain’t alone – the whole gang are all getting back together again in the newsroom, including Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud. Bring back the ’90s, baby!
When is it airing? 2018 – 2019
Tune in on… CBS
ReBoot: The Guardian Code
What is it about? Popular 1994 television showReBoot comes back to life after its seven-year run. Unlike its previous animated series, the Guardians are characterised as tech-savvy superheroes ready to protect the world. Expect a cool mix of explosive live action and CGI magic in this upcoming reboot!
When is it airing? Currently airing
Tune in on: Netflix
Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling
What is it about? A spin-off of the 1993 Nickelodeon series Rocko’s Modern Life, this one-hour special sees Rocko and his pals settling down in the modern-day O-Town. With its original creator Joe Murray back to helm its reboot, it’s safe to say we can look forward to humour as sharp and pepped-up as it used to be!
When is it airing? 2018
Tune in on: Nickelodeon
What is it about? The long-running 90s sitcom just premiered its tenth season this March! A peak into the everyday lives of a typical working-class American family, the 65-year-old star delves into everything from Trump and his tax bills, to the fancy lives of the Kardashians – all while maintaining her trademark honesty and snarky personality.
Listen up, folks: we’ve got a new power duo in the house, and it’s none other than Gentle Bones and MYRNE (also known as Joel Tan and Manfred Lim). As two of the most buzzing names in the local music scene, the R&B singer-songwriter and up-and-coming producer teamed up for their new collaborative album B4NGER PROJECT – an epic 10-track record filled with banger after banger.
Ahead of their album launch, we caught up with the twosome to find out more about their new music. While they mostly maintained an air of seriousness when talking about their craft, there were also moments where they let their demeanour slip once in awhile. Who knew Gentle Bones is a BIGBANG fan and MYRNE is a domestic geek at heart? Oh, and forget Gentle Bones and MRYNE – call ’em the Kampong Kias.
How did the B4NGER PROJECT come about?
Gentle Bones: We first met around five years ago when I just put out my first single ‘Until We Die’. He then asked if he could do a remix of it and the rest was history. I also managed to get him to remix Geniuses & Thieves, which he did a killer job on. But it wasn’t until last March that we decided to sit down together and come up with some songs of our own, which led to ‘JU1Y’ and we started from there.
What makes this collaborative album different from your personal releases?
Gentle Bones: We came to work on this album with the whole idea that we didn’t want it to sound like our previous releases. We wanted to try stuff that’s totally unfamiliar, and when we realise that what we both found unfamiliar came together as a really nice product, we just go in from there.
MYRNE: For me, my style leans more towards the EDM route – the standard formula of build up, drop and chorus. But in this album, every single track is totally different from each other so you’d probably find something you like in there. We haven’t really heard this kind of music in Singapore before either.
How was it like working with Sam Rui in ‘VODKA’?
MYRNE: We’re friends and we’re all in the same place musically. She’s great; a total R&B heartbreak queen. We like to hang out, drink kopi and write songs together. One day, we wrote this song which we found super moody and R&B, and we felt like Sam would kill it. So she came over, wrote the hook in an hour and we just fell in love with it.
Spill a secret about each other that people don’t know about you yet!
Gentle Bones: For Manfred, he looks like a ladies’ man – and actually, he can be – but deep down he’s very domesticated.
MYRNE: It’s the same with Joel. He seems like a super cool dude on the surface, but he really cares about his family and loved ones.
Can you guess what are each other’s musical guilty pleasures?
MYRNE: [Joel] looks like the kind of guy who will listen to JJ Lin or something.
Gentle Bones: I love JJ Lin, ever since I was a kid! He also mentioned me in one of his interviews before (laughs). For Manfred, he’s very into the local rap scene – like ShiGGa Shay, I think people don’t give him enough credit. We’re both big fans of him!
What’s an unpopular opinion you have about the local music scene and what would you like to see more of?
Gentle Bones: I would like to see more people to just try. I’ve seen a lot of younger artistes that come up and immediately get torn down by the immediate circle of fans, so if more people could just start out and go for it, I think it would be nice.
What are the top three things on your musical bucket list for 2018?
Gentle Bones: Firstly, to put out this album–
MYRNE: Oh congrats, it’s done (laughs).
Gentle Bones: Probably play more shows overseas… I would also love to go back to Korea to perform. I was there for the Asia Song Festival in Busan back in 2016, and we did an acoustic performance at one of the cafes in Seoul. We got to visit the labels and met a producer who produced for a few of the K-pop boy bands. We hung out at his studio and you get to see the way the industry works. It’s really interesting.
We just had to ask – any K-pop artistes that are on your radar recently?
MYRNE: Personally, I would love to get DEAN to feature in a song if I had the chance to collaborate with him on this album, something like ‘5HE DGAF’.
Gentle Bones: Yeah… I’m a big BIGBANG fan since I was primary six. I love listening to their music, especially Taeyang’s.
Lastly, if you could come up with a duo name, what would you call yourselves?
Gentle Bones: Uh… Ubin Boy.
MYRNE: Or how about Kampong Kias?
Gentle Bones: Actually, that’s better. We should call ourselves that!
Thanks to Universal Music Singapore for the interview opportunity!
Gentle Bones and MYRNE will be performing for THE BANGER PROJECT SHOW at The Pavilion, Far East Square on 27 April, 8pm to 10pm. Don’t forget to get your tickets to the show here!