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Ed Sheeran's New Album Features Collaborations With All Your Faves

19 Jun 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

This is not a drill: Ed Sheeran just dropped the tracklist to his highly-anticipated new album no.6 Collaborations Project, and we’re not kidding when we say it features all your faves. From Cardi B to Camila Cabello, Eminem to Chance The Rapper, the ‘Perfect’ singer’s upcoming 15-track record certainly has no shortage of star power.

As if the surprise duet of ‘I Don’t Care’ with Justin Bieber wasn’t enough to heighten anticipation, Ed continued to get us hyped up by teaming up with rap heavyweights Chance The Rapper and RnB Rock for ‘Cross Me’. And that’s not all; other notable collaborators includes the likes of music giants Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Khalid, Eminem… the list goes on.

Check out the full tracklist below!

1. ‘Beautiful People’ (Feat. Khalid)
2. ‘South Of The Border’ (Feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B)
3. ‘Cross Me’ (Feat. Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock)
4. ‘Take Me Back To London’ (Feat. Stormzy)
5. ‘Best Part Of Me’ (Feat. Yebba)
6. ‘I Don’t Care’ (Feat. Justin Bieber)
7. ‘Antisocial’ (Feat. Travis Scott)
8. ‘Remember The Name’ (Feat. Eminem & 50 Cent)
9. ‘Feels’ (Feat. Young Thug & J Hus)
10. ‘Put It All On Me’ (Feat. Ella Mai)
11. ‘Nothing On You’ (Feat. Paulo Londra & Dave)
12. ‘I Don’t Want Your Money’ (Feat. H.E.R.)
13. ‘1000 Nights’ (Feat. Meek Mill & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
14. ‘Way To Break My Heart’ (Feat. Skrillex)
15. ‘Blow’ (Feat. Bruno Mars & Chris Stapleton)

Ed Sheeran’s new album No.6 Collaborations Project is out 12 July 2019.

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Unless you’ve been out of touch with the pop culture world, you should have already heard the hype about a certain mobile game that’s bound to break the Internet upon its release. The highly-anticipated BTS World is set to be available for official download come 26 June, accompanied with never-before-seen BTS footages and photos that have been specifically shot for the game.

Though much of the content is still kept hush-hush, game developer Netmarble has dropped quite a number of teasers alongside additional content which have given fans a preview of what to expect come D-day. To get you up to speed, here’s a compilation of all the information released about BTS World thus far.

Players will be role-playing as BTS’ manager

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Perhaps the ultimate dream job for all ARMYs, the main concept of the game is to give players a chance to take on the job as BTS’ manager as they work towards the day of their debut. To achieve that, players are expected to collect different cards that are used to help clear missions. We’re guessing that as the story progresses, you will be required to upgrade the cards to unlock other exclusive content, which includes interactive conversations with the members such as a video call or a group text. If you’re curious and would like to have a test run, you can try out the mini game on their website.

Free gameplay for BTS World might have limitations

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Although it has been marked as a free app, the game does offer in-app purchases in the form of a VIP subscription at USD$4.99 (approximately $6.80). Though it doesn’t explain exactly what the differing benefits are between both options, it’s possible that paying subscribers might have access to more content than the non-paying players such as more interaction with members or level-up opportunities.

There’s more than one BTS story

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In addition to the main story of the mobile game, it seems that ARMYs are in for another treat as the boys take on a different role to tell an alternate story. Leading up to its launch, character profiles for the individual members have been released, which also come with a short behind-the-scenes clip for each of them on YouTube. Though we are not sure how this exactly fits into the mobile game, you have to admit that it’s pretty cute to see the boys dressed up in the outfits of their respective occupations.

The 4 Hertz from BTS World

Judging from what we’ve seen so far, we’re pretty confident that the ‘four hertz’ in question refers to the three audio surprises and eventual release of the app. So far, we’ve seen the release of two singles, ‘Dream Glow’ and ‘A Brand New Day’, which leads us to believe that we will be seeing one last digital track release on 21 June before the game officially debuts on 26 June.

BTS World OST Album

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Yes, you read that right. On top of the mobile game, the boys have recorded songs for an accompanying soundtrack to the app. Although there’s no confirmation on how many songs will be on the album, the pre-order goodies alone are enough to entice any fan. In addition to the CD, fans who’ve pre-ordered will also receive a photobook, a double-sided photo card, a game coupon (which can be used in the app), a lenticular card and a poster. If you’d like to get your hands on one, you can do so via BigHit’s official shop app, Weply.

So, are you all ready to become the new staff of BigHit Entertainment? Just in case you’ve yet to pre-register, you can do so here. Alternatively, you can also pre-order the game on the App Store or the Google Play Store before its launch.

And in case you’ve missed it, here’s a look at what the BTS members are looking for in their prospective managers:

More related stories: Local ARMYs Put Up MRT Ad In Celebration Of BTS’ 6th Anniversary In SingaporeAll The BT21 Collaborations Every ARMY Should Add To Their BTS Collection 

Move over, millennials – a new class of Gen-Z music trailblazers are set to take over the spotlight with their chart-topping achievements and unstoppable star power. Meet the Z-list.

CROWNING GLORY

Billie Eilish

If you feel like Billie Eilish is everywhere these days, that’s because she is – in all the best places. When 15-year-old Billie first dropped ‘Ocean Eyes’ on Soundcloud a few years back, no one expected the teen wunderkind to amass such a devoted cult following. But boy were we glad she did.

Her claim to fame? Besides her penchant for churning out chart-topper after chart-topper, it’s also her quirky personality and sense of humour that makes her seem so much more relatable. “I’m really weird, and you know what? I like it,” she tells Teen Vogue. “It’s special to me and it’s fun to be weird. I also hope to show people that they shouldn’t care about what others think of them. It’s you and your life. Do what you want.” And that’s exactly what she does – she lives life and makes music on her own terms. The result: a swelling repertoire of work that includes two hugely successful EPs, several viral singles, as well as high-profile collaborations with the likes of Vince Staples and Khalid.

Just when you thought the Billie mania has reached its peak, she drops her long-awaited debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? to much fanfare. An eclectic blend of genre-defying tunes crafted almost entirely by herself and her brother (whom you might know as singer-songwriter and producer FINNEAS), it’s one of those few albums where every track is a standout. Which is why it’s of no surprise that it shot straight to the top of the charts, making Billie the youngest female artiste – who is, for the record, still only 17 years of age – to notch the number one spot since Demi Lovato in 2009.

Just recently, the rising pop star hit yet another career milestone with her first ever Coachella gig, sharing the spotlight with big-name headliners such as Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and BLACKPINK. Fresh off her festival debuts, the young songstress is also in the midst of her When We All Fall Asleep World Tour and we have no doubts that her impending shows will draw massive crowds.

While Billie has yet to fully take over the reigns of her predecessors, it’s clear she has the poise, talent and attitude to go far in her career. And here’s the craziest part: she’s only just getting started.

THE IT GIRLS

ITZY

On the other end of the music radar, we have a new batch of young pop mavens poised to lead the next era of K-pop. Made up of five immensely talented ladies with an average age of 18, JYP Entertainment’s new flagship act has since earwormed their way onto the charts with their record-breaking debut single, ‘DALLA DALLA’ – an empowerment anthem that encourages fans to embrace what makes them different.

Unlike TWICE’s usual brand of bubblegum pop, ITZY plays into the lesser-explored girl crush concept that seemingly draws influences from Wonder Girls and Miss A – a formula that works wonderfully in their favour. Besides becoming the fastest K-pop outfit to hit 100 million views on a debut music video, they also achieved the incredible feat of being the quickest girl group to take their first win on a music show. If these numbers are any indication, they are well on their way to becoming the next big thing.

SMELLS LIKE FREE SPIRIT

Khalid

Much like his ‘Lovely’ collaborator Billie Eilish, Khalid’s whirlwind rise to stardom was very much fuelled by the power of the Internet – after all, he’s known as the second most-streamed artiste in the world for a reason. His 2017 debut effort American Teen was an instant hit, drawing in listeners with compelling lyrics that speak to the broody teenager in all of us. But everyone has to grow up some day, which brings us to his much-anticipated follow-up titled Free Spirit.

No longer the young, dumb and broke kid we used to know, the R&B crooner returns with a matured sound that showcases his progression as a songwriter – without losing his authenticity and childlike charms. “I love growing up,” Khalid shares with MTV News. “I can’t wait to see where I’ll be at 25 and what type of music I’m going to make. I know for a fact that I’m gonna be young forever; even if I’m 60, I’ll still have a little pep in my step.” Wherever his next move is, we bet the rest of the world will be watching.

GIRLS MEET MUSIC

Sabrina Carpenter

Sabrina Carpenter needs no introduction. Fans might recognise the Disney darling from the hit series Girl Meets World, but the 19-year-old has been making remarkable moves in her budding music career as well. After lending her voice to several Disney projects, the aspiring singer decided to strike out on her own with her debut album Eyes Wide Open, which successfully marked her transition from teen actress to bonafide pop diva. Plus, she’s got the songwriting chops to boot.

Most of the tracks in her third studio album Singular are co-written by the songstress, allowing her to really come into her own as an artiste. “I’ve been working on the record for the past two years and I really just started to get a greater understanding of what I was capable of,” she explains to Vogue about the creative process behind it. “I wrote the entire thing, so I decided to call it Singular because I want it to embody that confidence of being able to kind of accomplish what you want on your own.” We couldn’t be more proud!

READY TO RULE

Ruel

From busking along the Sydney’s beaches to performing in front of sell-out crowds, the young pop prodigy has come a long way since he was discovered by award-winning producer M-Phazes (“I lost my mind when I heard his voice!”). For a 16-year-old, Ruel’s credentials are admirable to say the least. He boasts numerous self-composed tracks under his belt including his earlier hit ‘Don’t Tell Me’, which was written when he was only 12. He shares, “When I write about something, it helps me figure it out in the process. I want people of all ages, whether they’re 15 or 50, to be able to relate to my songs.”

And it’s safe to say he succeeded in doing just that; Ruel’s debut EP Ready has since chalked up over 100 million global streams thanks to standout singles ‘Dazed & Confused’, ‘Younger’ and ‘Not Thinkin’ Bout You’. Rounding up his already impressive list of achievements is the title of 2018’s Breakthrough Artist by the ARIA Music Awards – and that’s certainly saying something.

LEADERS OF TOMORROW

TXT

Managed by the people behind the world-conquering BTS, Big Hit Entertainment’s second boy group project Tomorrow X Together – aka TXT – looks set to follow in their superstar sibling’s footsteps. Since exploding onto the scene with their feel-good melodies and youthful energy, these fresh-faced lads (with an average age of 17) have already built up a stellar portfolio their counterparts can only dream of.

Not only did they top multiple music charts with their lead single ‘CROWN’, these power rookies also made history as the fastest K-pop group to hit number one on Billboard’s World Albums and World Digital Song Sales Chart. Despite being only two months into their debut, TXT already has their eyes set on the global stage. Besides embarking on their US showcase tour, the quintet is also expected to perform at KCON 2019 NY in July. Only time will tell if they’ll be able to match up to BTS, but we think they’re off to a great start.

BIG PLANS AHEAD

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“Why don’t we make a band?” they thought, and never looked back. Prior to their formation as the Why Don’t We we know today, the boys have already made quite a solo career of their own – with most of them starting out by doing what our generation does best: uploading covers on YouTube. A year and five EPs later, the boys landed a record deal with Atlantic Records, toured with the likes of Shawn Mendes and The Chainsmokers, and sold out shows across the globe.

It’s hard to resist their charms: take one glance at Why Don’t We and you’ll be smitten by their heartthrob-worthy looks, but let’s not forget about the harmonised vocals and addictive choreography that propelled the under-21 fivesome to mainstream consciousness. Even though they’re currently immersed in their 8 Letters Tour, it doesn’t stop them from putting out new music. In an interview with Forbes, Corbyn Besson explains, “I think at the end of the day, our entire career stems from the music and we’re not Why Don’t We without it.” Perhaps that’s the whole reason why fans keep coming back for more.

ALL EYES ON THEM

IZONE

After the explosive popularity of Korean survival competition Produce 101 which birthed supergroups I.O.I and Wanna One, their latest all-female lineup wasted no time in following up on the success of their predecessors. Consisting of Korean and Japanese members that came out tops in Produce 48, IZ*ONE has been setting records left and right since their debut – cementing the hybrid group as one of the hottest names in both the K-pop and J-pop game.

And they’ve got the numbers to back them up: their debut record Color*Iz dominated charts in and out of Korea, including the Oricon Weekly Album Chart and Billboard World Albums Chart. Their sophomore release Heart*Iz continued to hit new chart highs, with their latest track ‘Violeta’ bagging a total of seven music show wins. Although they have a short shelf life of only 2.5 years, there’s still plenty of time left till the end of their contracts and we can’t wait to see what else these bright young gems will bring to the table!

Read more about these Gen-Z stars in our latest issue of Teenage Portfolio featuring cover girl Billie Eilish, out on newsstands now!

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Everything We Know About Taylor Swift's New Album 'Lover' So Far

14 Jun 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

The surprises just keep coming. After shaking up the music industry with her comeback track ‘ME!’ featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, Taylor Swift is back in the game to officially announce the arrival of her forthcoming album… and we can’t calm down.

Here’s everything we know about TS7 so far.

Her new album is called Lover.

In typical Taylor Swift fashion, the ‘ME!’ songstress made the grand reveal through a spontaneous Instagram Live session with Swifties, where she unveiled the title of her seventh studio album – aptly titled Lover (well, she’s got a long list of ex lovers after all).

But betcha didn’t know that her album title was actually hidden in the music video of ‘ME!’, which was filled with a ton of easter eggs. In an interview with Independent, she hinted that “you see it once and you hear it twice”. Any eagle-eyed Swifties managed to spot it?

There will be 18 tracks on the album.

T-Swift revealed that Lover will feature a total of 18 tracks, which makes it her longest album yet. 2017’s Reputation had 15 tracks, while 2014’s 1989 had 13 tracks.

It’s a “very romantic” album.

We think it’s safe to say that the old Taylor is truly dead. Leaving her Reputation era behind, she lets her lover instincts take over in Lover. “It’s very romantic and not just simply thematically, like it’s all love songs or something,” she added. “I think you can find romance in loneliness, sadness or going through conflicts in your life. It just kind of looks at those things with a romantic gaze.”

Her second single just dropped.

A month and a half after the release of the Brendon Urie-assisted ‘ME!’, Taylor finally dropped the much-anticipated follow-up single ‘You Need To Calm Down’. An accompanying music video will come out on 17 June, where she will first premiere on Good Morning America before going on YouTube. Meanwhile, check out the colourful lyrical video below:

More collaborations on the way?

Besides new music, the pop star also has a fashion collaboration with British fashion designer Stella McCartney in the works. In the Instagram Live, Taylor revealed that the clothing line will be inspired by the Lover album. “She’s a woman I respect so much,” she said of Stella McCartney. “I respect what she creates and how she creates it. There’s so much whimsy and imagination to the clothing that she designs, and I’ve worn a lot of her stuff recently.”

And there’s more. Just a few days ago, Katy Perry sparked collaboration rumours when she posted and tagged Taylor in a picture of a cookie platter on Instagram. The words “peace at last” are written on top of the plate along with the location tag “Let’s Be Friends” – to which Taylor commented with 13 pink heart emojis. 13. OF. THEM. Need we say more?

The album will be released in August.

The date you’re looking for is 23 August. And it should come as no surprise to ardent Swifties who should’ve known that Taylor’s favourite number is none other than 13. Add up 8, 2 and 3 and you get the magic number. Voila.

Taylor Swift’s new album Lover is available for preorder now.

More related stories: 6 Hidden Easter Eggs You May Have Missed In Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’ Music Video, Did Taylor Swift Just Sing About Her Boyfriend While Throwing Shade At Her Ex?All The Shade, Drama and Love Inside Taylor Swift’s Incredible ‘Reputation’

Just what else can Netflix not do? After dominating our screens for years, the leading video subscription giant is finally dipping its toes into the arena of gaming – one show at a time.

On 12 June, the company announced that they are currently working with some of the world’s most talented game developers to bring your favourite Netflix shows to life in video game form.

Fans of the Upside Down can look forward to Stranger Things 3: The Game (available on Nintendo Switch, XBOX One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, Android and iOS) – an adventure game that is slated to drop on 4 July, coinciding with the premiere of the third season of the show. A new location-based RPG mobile game (available on Android and IOS) is also expected to be released in 2020.

Stranger Things 3 The Game

If you’re familiar with the 1982 classic Dark Crystal, you might know that the film is being adapted into a Netflix Original series and is set to make its debut in August. But that’s not all; it will also be getting its own video game! Titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (available on Nintendo Switch, XBOX One, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac), it’s said to be a turn-based tactics game developed by the same studio behind Stranger Things 3: The Game.

The Dark Crystal Age Of Resistance Tactics

Beyond standalone video games, Netflix also revealed that they will be integrating their original series and films into existing games from partners like Roblox, Ubisoft and Behaviour Interactive later this year – such as the recent Scoops Ahoy easter egg in Fortnite.

Just take all our money, Netflix.

Which series would you want Netflix to make a video game out of? Tell us in the comments below!

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