Following his two sold-out shows in November last year, the talented Ed Sheeran is back to serenade us with another headlining stadium show that you will not want to miss.
It seems like just yesterday when Ed visited our sunny shores and we’re stoked to hear that he is coming back again next year with his biggest live show in Singapore! Unlike his previous two shows where he played to a whopping crowd of 20,000, Ed’s upcoming concert will be held at the National Stadium which can hold about 50,000 concertgoers.
Ed Sheeran 2019 Asia Tour in Singapore Date: 26 April 2018 Time: 8pm Venue: National Stadium Tickets: $68, $98, $158, $248 (seated), $158 (standing)
The members of veteran K-pop sensation Highlight are many things: singers, dancers, producers, actors… the list goes on. But after their recent appearance at the media conference for The Shilla Duty Free’s 4th anniversary celebrations, we think they should really consider adding ‘best brand ambassadors’ to their resume.
In town to grace the celebratory event as the appointed face of the global duty free store, the quartet (sans leader Doojoon who’s currently serving military service) had us in stitches with their hilarious attempts at promoting Shilla with every opportunity they get. It’s been two years since Singapore fans last saw them at their 2015 fanmeeting, but we’re glad to see that they’re still the same goofy boys we know and love from their early BEAST days. Besides their ambassador duties, they also didn’t forget to talk a bit about their music, brotherhood and keeping in touch with Doojoon. Read on for more highlights!
#1 When Dongwoon basically claimed they are immortal
Looking sharp in well-tailored suits, the Highlight members were all smiles for the media conference as they answered the barrage of media questions effortlessly. Despite being in a more serious setting, it didn’t stop maknae Dongwoon from his cheeky ways. “First of all, I would like to congratulate The Shilla Duty Free for their 4th year anniversary,” he addressed the crowd. “I’m very thankful to join them on this special occasion, and I hope that we can be with them until their 400th year.” Talk about taking brand loyalty to another level!
#2 When Junhyung confessed he gets inspiration for songs from Shilla
As the genius producer of the group, there’s no doubting Junhyung’s solid composing chops. So where does the multi-talented idol get his inspiration from? “I usually get my inspiration from my daily life, but today, I think I will get my inspiration from The Shilla Duty Free instead,” he began with a straight face (but ended up failing spectacularly and surrendering to a fit of laughter). Oh Junhyung, #YouTried.
#3 When Yoseob credited Shilla for his ever-so-youthful appearance
Known for his baby-faced charms and youthful-looking appearance, we can’t help but wonder how does the 28-year-old take care of his skin. His secret? Yup – you guessed it. “Probably because of The Shilla Duty Free,” he exclaimed. “I regard it as a gift from my parents, but if I were to put in any effort, it would be done at The Shilla Duty Free.”
#4 When Kikwang expressed his interest in becoming Shilla’s CF model
Kikwang has landed his fair share of acting roles throughout the years, such as his recent small-screen comeback in horror romcom Lovely Horribly alongside Park Si Hoo and Song Ji Hyo (second male lead syndrome, anybody?). When asked about a role he wishes to take on in the future, the budding actor already had the perfect answer in mind. “I’d like to act in a commercial with The Shilla Duty Free, with all of us wearing suits. It would be just like a movie!”
#5 When they didn’t forget to give Doojoon a shoutout
It looks like we weren’t the only ones missing Doojoon, who was absent at the media conference due to army obligations. We spotted Junhyung shyly raising his hands when the emcee asked if anybody misses the leader (awwww). The rest of the members also made sure to reassure fans that they’ve been constantly keeping in touch with their leader. Yoseob added, “We’re not in a situation where we can communicate both ways so we can’t keep in touch often, but we always send him a lot of letters.” We sure hope Doojoon’s doing well in the military!
What was your favourite moment during the Shilla press conference? Drop oppas some love in the comments below!
Having escaped the clutches of cancellation (thanks to the huge fan support on social media), fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine were left stunned when Chelsea Peretti, who plays fan favourite Gina Linetti, announced that she would be leaving the show during its sixth season. Described as the Paris of people and quite possibly the best character of the series, here are nine reasons why we will miss this fabulous emoji extraordinaire Gina Linetti.
#1 She Doesn’t Always Need Words to Express Herself
While Gina may be known mostly for her snarky one-liners, she is also great at expressing her opinions about her precinct colleagues without words. No wonder she is the human form of the ‘100’ emoji!
#2 She Single-Handedly Caused a Ban
Let us never forget how the ‘Gina Incident’ became the sole reason why Captain Holt banned headphones at Nine-Nine.
#3 She is the Jill of Many Trades
From being an administrator at Nine-Nine, to a dancer with Dance-y Reagan, and even an entrepreneur selling stolen police badges – there’s nothing this woman cannot do. We had hoped to see more of her moonlighting stints in season six, but could one of these roles become the reason why she leaves the precinct?
#4 She is a Confidence Guru
There is no one else in the series that has reached a level of confidence quite like Gina Linetti. We will miss her unabashed behaviour which never fails to make us laugh and secretly hope that we could replicate a tenth of her self-belief.
#5 She Entertains with Metaphors
No one does metaphors like Gina Linetti. Instead of using boring examples, Gina comes up with her own relevant pop-culture references. We still can’t get over that Little Mermaid metaphor she used to describe Jake and Charles.
#6 She Comes Up with the Best Insults
Say what you will about Gina Linetti but that girl is a beast when it comes to insults. Even if they do come off as slightly hurtful or offensive, we cannot deny that they are often hilariously accurate when they are directed at Charles.
#7 She is the Queen of Bold Honesty
There are times that we wished we could be as boldly honest as Gina. Her ability to call someone out or voice her unfiltered opinions feels like something we should adopt as a tribute to one of television’s greatest characters.
#8 She Gives Great Pep Talks
Remember the time when Gina stepped up to give Captain Holt a pep talk before he went out as a pigeon? We do. It was one of the rarer moments where we got to see her get real for a second before switching back to her lack of self-awareness.
#9 She is 100% relatable
Of all the characters in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gina Linetti is the one character that has since evolved into a spirit animal we never knew we needed. From her relatable phone addiction to her incredible frankness, she is us in so many ways because isn’t Gina Linetti a state of mind?
What’s your favourite Gina Linetti moment in Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Let us know in the comments below!
Since her appearance on hit reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race (RPDR), American drag queen Shangela has evolved into a bonafide superstar with a huge fan base. From her surprise addition to the season three contestants to her shocking elimination on All Stars 3, here are eight moments when Shangela left us all shook.
#1 First queen to ‘death drop’ on RuPaul’s Drag Race
Before Laganja Estranja’s death drop entrance on RPDR season six, Shangela was the first queen to introduce the death drop during her lip-sync performance which not only shook co-judge Michelle Visage, but also all of us watching. Needless to say, this iconic move eventually became a staple in the show whenever queens are up for elimination.
#2 Popping out of a box in a surprise reveal
Following Shangela’s elimination from RPDR season two, viewers thought that it was the last time they’d be seeing her… until a mysterious pink box appeared in the werk room in season three. It turned out that RuPaul had added Shangela as the surprise 13th contestant!
#3 The new and improved Shangela
The main qualm most RPDR fans had with Shangela was that the diva did not have enough experience doing drag during her season two and three appearances. But when Shangela appeared as a contestant seven years later on All Stars, everything about her (especially her makeup) had significantly changed for the better, instantaneously making her the fan favourite of the season.
#4 Shangela’s comedy-gold portrayal of Mariah Carey
As part of the main challenge of this episode, the queens had to each embody an iconic pop diva while performing a tribute live medley of RuPaul songs. Shangela was given the role of Mariah Carey, which she brilliantly and hilariously played from rehearsals till the actual performance in front of RuPaul and the judges.
#5 Recreating an iconic Beyonce moment for a runway challenge
If you are not watching RPDR for the drama, then you’re probably watching for the stunning costumes these queens make. For her runway challenge ‘Flower Power’ in All Stars 3, Shangela left the judges gagging with her smart recreation of Beyoncé’s pregnancy photoshoot — which also gave her the win for the challenge.
#6 Not even a controversial fat suit can stop Shangela
During one of her lip sync performances, Shangela made a controversial move by coming out in a fat suit which offended some viewers, but made for a genius strategy to win. Not only did she leave everyone in stitches,but it also won her a place in the finals.
#7 When Shangela lost All Stars 3
Despite everything that she has achieved in the season, Shangela still lost in what is now known as the biggest upset in RPDR’s herstory. While we have seen many other queens dive straight into the waterworks and conspiracies, Shangela’s calm and accepting demeanour shows just how much of a trooper she is and why her fan base just keeps on growing.
#8 Shangela’s Game of Thrones look
Throughout All Stars 3, Shangela has often referred to herself as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. While we always thought it was a referral to her personality, but consider our wigs snatched when she appeared at RuPaul’s Drag Con 2018 in this glorious get-up befitting the mother of dragons.
Don’t miss RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favourite at her own live show, Shangela Is Shook (R18) in Singapore on 12 December 2018! Tickets at $78, visit SISTIC for more information.
Half-expecting Alessia Cara to be in the blue oversized suit she’s so often donned in her recent music videos and live performances for our interview, we were pleasantly taken aback to be greeted by the petite 22-year-old in an all-black getup – a stark contrast from her usual girl-next door look.
“I rarely ever wear all black. This is like my first time in a while that I’m saying that. Like wow, I feel very fashionable today,” she tells us with a grin after we compliment her matured wardrobe choice of the day, her quiet sense of confidence betraying her age. But nothing should come as a surprise from Alessia, however. The wunderkind had a wildly successful 2017 with the Zedd-collab ‘Stay’ – a bold departure in sound from her R&B roots – and even beat out the likes of Khalid and SZA to score her first Grammy win for Best New Artist earlier this year, proving to critics and fans alike that she’s set to be a mainstay in music’s current landscape.
Ahead of the release of her sophomore album The Pains Of Growing in the coming months, we sat down with the ‘Growing Pains’ songbird and find out that she’s actually just like one of us.
Hi Alessia! Is there anything that’s stood out for you in Singapore so far?
Hmm… I think just like the city itself and wherever we are. It’s beautiful – the greenery is gorgeous, the nature is beautiful, and the buildings are so modern. It’s a very good mix of city and wildlife.
Great performance at Hyperplay! You were amazing when you bounced back from the technical issue with the microphone.
Thank you! It was really amazing ’cause that can go wrong very fast. A lot of people in other places would probably “booo” me, but they were so supportive of me like “we can’t hear you but it’s okay”, you know? I felt so bad for them because it was my first time performing here, but thankfully, everything was fine afterwards and they were so nice about it. The fans [in the audience] were very sweet.
So, Best New Artist at the Grammys this year. Congratulations.
Thank you very much.
Was it a huge relief or validation for you to win, and with that established, what’s the next dream you want to follow up with?
I guess it’s hard ’cause that was a dream of mine for a long time, but I feel like it doesn’t end there. I wanna put out more albums and just keep getting better as a songwriter and as a singer, and hopefully it would be another Grammy for an album one day. That would be another dream; it’s not even about acknowledgements or accolades, it’s just being able to put out music that I’m proud of. That’s the goal.
You came out at such a young age with important messages similar to Lorde and Avril Lavigne previously, who both have very powerful points of views from a female. Did you always know that having positive messages was going to be a huge part in your music?
I’ve always wanted to be somebody who’s a voice for different people, whether it’s spreading positivity or even just writing about honest things that people could connect to because I feel like there aren’t a lot of positive voices around sometimes. When I was younger, I gravitated towards women who were speaking positively; it made me feel like I was one of them. So I figured if I’m given a platform, I wanna say something good. I wanna do good in the world. I don’t wanna be greedy and be like “oh, like I’m famous, I don’t care about anyone” you know? That just wouldn’t make sense to me.
“If I’m given a platform, I wanna say something good. I wanna do good in the world.”
Something that’s going to be honest is your new album, The Pains Of Growing. What’s something you think listeners are going to be surprised to hear on your album that they’ve not heard before?
I think they’ll be surprised to hear me talk about myself as personally as I am on this album. I rarely talk so much in-depth about myself or what I’m going through, so they’ll hear a lot of that. I think they may be surprised to hear certain kinds of sounds in there as I’m experimenting a little bit with different genres. So that’ll be cool.
You’ve also mentioned that your upcoming record is incredibly personal. What’s your mindset knowing that these “journal entries” are going to take on so many different meanings to people around the world?
I feel like the process is kind of scary because you almost forget like people are gonna hear it, especially the more personal ones. I guess my mindset when I’m writing them is honestly just getting feelings out and saying what I feel like I need to say, whether it’s for myself or for other people. Once a song serves a purpose for me, I release it so that it can hopefully serve a purpose for other people. If it makes people feel close to me or feel like they have someone to relate to, then it’s great. That’s why I do it.
You’re more of an introvert than many singers who come across as extroverts. What advice do you have to share with youths out there who are naturally more shy, but feel like they’re pressured by society to be more outgoing?
If that’s who you are, then that’s who you are. I mean it’d be different if you’re scared and you want to get there – then I would say just put yourself out there and sometimes you have to push your boundaries in order to get to a place where you’re comfortable. You have to be uncomfortable in order to feel comfortable. But if that’s who you are and you’re happy being that, then don’t let anyone tell you that you have to be loud and talkative. You’re you for a reason. And it’s fine.
“You’re you for a reason. And it’s fine.”
Comparing to when you first debuted with ‘Here’ in 2015, how differently do you see fame now?
Man, it’s so hard. I feel like fame is oddly kind of isolating, which is weird because you’re around so many people and a lot of people know who you are. Once people try to put you on this level, then you just kind of start feeling alone up there and you’re like “why am I up here when we’re all people”, you know? It’s a strange concept. I think the separation of a screen or a radio makes people forget that you’re just like everyone else. But I’m getting used to it now. I just try to find moments that are normal throughout my day in order for me to feel normal because when you’re in this setting (of doing an interview), it’s lights and cameras on you all the time and it’s easy to feel like, “whoa, am I an alien? What’s going on?”.
By the way, ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from Disney’s Moana is such a fun song.
Well, we were wondering: if you could be any Disney Princess, who would you be and why?
Oh, this is tough. I used to really love Princess Jasmine ’cause she was just so cool but then well, she’s not a Disney Princess. I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland too because she’s able to think things into existence in her own little world and I always kinda felt like my imagination was like that and sometimes I wish I could run away to another world. So, maybe Alice!
BONUS: Watch Alessia Cara guess her famous celebrity friends (feat. Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Drake and more) based on their childhood pictures in our exclusive interview!
Special thanks to Universal Music Singapore for the interview!