He came, we saw, he conquered. Ed Sheeran braved an arm fracture recovery to delight his Singapore fans across two nights of his sell-out Divide Tour.
Sheerios in Singapore were left in nail-biting anticipation just weeks ago, upon news of his tour cancellation and postponement of several dates following a cycling accident that caused him to have both hands in casts. To our relief, Ed pulled through for his Singapore dates, marking the first Asian stops on his return to the road since the mini-hiatus, performing packed double shows at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last weekend to a total crowd of 20,000 – four times more than the size he pulled the last time he played here in 2015.
Not having his hands functioning at 100% would certainly mark a significant setback for any of Ed’s live shows, considering a major aspect of his prowess lies in his guitar-strumming melodies. Equipped with just a loop pedal and video backdrops on symmetrical LED screens, the maestro commanded the stage with his solo presence through newer hits ‘Dive’ and ‘Galway Girl’, while also not neglecting earlier fan favourites like ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and ‘Bloodstream’.
Ed kept to spontaneous moments of banter with the audience, encouraging everyone to stand up and dance however they’d like, and jokingly singled out dads and boyfriends who accompanied their female companions that might be bored. His cheeky British humour evidently shone through, and balanced out quieter, emotional tunes such as ‘Happier’ and ‘How Would You Feel’ – both of which got the fervent crowd either in tears, hugging their partners, or swaying arms proudly in the air. It’s a testament to his penchant for producing romantic love songs that hits all the right spots, and coupled with his boy-next-door charm, prove to to be an irresistible combo.
It seems it’ll be a couple of years before he heads back for a concert following his next album, but if Saturday was any indication, there’s clearly no signs of stopping his propelling momentum as one of today’s biggest and brightest stars.
Featured & body images: AEG Presents
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Another day, another dating rumour. No stranger to ‘dating scandals’ that follow his every interaction with the opposite sex, G-dragon’s love life has been a hot topic amongst fans and netizens alike since his debut. And between eagle-eyed netizens sleuthing their way through suspiciously similar social media posts to hackers leaking photos from GD’s private IG account, there’s no wonder his list of dating scandals is impressively long (and detailed) for an Korean celebrity. We break it down.
Ahn So Hee
HeeDragon erupted from the ‘WonderBang’ era back in 2007 when BIGBANG and Wonder Girls had frequent collaborations onstage starting with a ‘Lies’ and ‘Tell Me’ medley. While there were countless of ships including TOP x Yoobin and Sunye x Taeyang. While none of them gained much steam, HeeDragon became one of GD’s oldest dating rumours – with longtime VIPs swearing that their relationship was an “open secret” – thanks to matching outfits and accessories, as well as the time GD allegedly gave SoHee a pink laptop which was inscribed with his initials.
Rumours of #Jiko surfaced in 2010, and in the five or so years before the unofficial “ending” of their on-again, off-again relationship (we say unofficial because both parties strongly denied the rumours), G-dragon and model Kiko Mizuhara were spotted hanging out on many, many occasions and in many different countries. From going to amusement parks, to attending GD’s concert to holidaying together to partying with their friend groups to displaying skinship in public, it was impossible for fans to dismiss the possibility that they were dating.
Although they had met each other at a photoshoot back in early 2016, rumours of G-dragon and Japanese model Nana Kotmatsu only surfaced in May that year after his private Instagram was hacked, and photos of Nana and GD hanging out were leaked. Their “relationship” was short-lived however, as it was soon revealed that Nana was dating a Japanese actor.
Photos: Instiz, Ready Made Is
Mostly based off Instagram activity and social media similarities, the Taeyeon x G-Dragon shipping has to be the most unrealistic of the lot (sorry TaeGon shippers!). Needless to say, both SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment have quickly debunked the rumours which started after Jiko’s demise, and Taeyeon x Baekhyun’s actual breakup back in 2015.
Another far-fetched rumour that was quickly quelled, the Sulli and G-Dragon pairing started this year after fans spotted the two sporting similar jewellery and riding in first-class seats on the same airline. With regards to YG Entertainment’s clarification, they said, “We personally asked G-Dragon, and he said, as he laughed, that the rumors are false and make no sense.”
Goo Hara’s friendship with G-dragon was put under the microscope after photos of their group hangout at Lotte World amusement park, along with idols like Ga In and Sulli, surfaced. This came after she (and the same celebs mentioned earlier) were present at G-dragon’s PeaceMinusOne fashion exhibit in Paris. While Goo Hara quickly denied all rumours, we imagine their next interaction might have been a tad awkward…
The latest celebrity to be linked with G-dragon, the pair’s unexpected friendship caused much stir online. Rumours first started circulating when a video of them using the Kwai app was accidentally posted up online – which led to netizens digging through and analysing similar social media posts, showing that GD and Jooyeon were indeed hanging out quite frequently at different locations. With that being said, Jooyeon has since stepped out to deny said rumours, and netizens have stated that Jooyeon was friends with GD’s manager, which explained their close friendship.
Last but certainly not least, the Daragon ship is definitely the longest sailing one – since 2005 to be exact, even before Dara became a trainee at YGE. However, the ship was only solidified after GD’s Heartbreaker album after GD and Dara performed ‘Hello’. In the 12 years since, there have been countless “evidences” ranging from couple wear-like outfits, teasing social media interactions, suspicious song dedications and even a prank where GD seemingly “kissed” Dara’s head while escorting her to a waiting vehicle after a group dinner. More recently, the label-mates stirred up a frenzy when Dara was a guest at G-dragon’s Act III, M.O.T.T.E ‘Moment of Truth The End stop in Manila and Kuala Lumpur. While YGE and the artistes themselves have denied the rumours, this doesn’t stop applers from shipping Daragon nonetheless.
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Is the old Taylor truly dead? We take a deep breath and sink into Taylor Swift’s 6th and possibly most controversial album yet to find out. Are you ‘…Ready For It?’
Heads up – if you’re looking for a Taylor Swift album to cry to and get over your ex with, this isn’t it. Go listen to ‘White Horse’ or “All Too Well’ for that because you won’t find that within Taylor’s defiant new album. That’s right, for quite possibly the first album in her musical career, she’s no longer singing heartbreak anthems about being jilted by a former lover. Instead, she’s either throwing her affection at new squeeze Joe Alwyn, or knives at critics’ and frenemies’ attempts of trying to tear her down. We take a listen to the 15 gripping cuts to see exactly what self-professed “New Taylor” has up her sleeves this time around.
…Ready For It?
Taylor kicks off her brand new image with a bold profession of love for her new man, spilling tea within the first 30 seconds of the song. “Younger than my exes but he acts like such a man”, she proudly sings before cooing her delight at her newfound romance over a heavy industrial-electro beat. Coming off as the distant cousin of the similarly-futuristic ‘Bad Blood’ clip, the Tron-inspired music video might not quite fit the song’s flirty theme. But the single sure is an explosive way to open the album. “Let the games begin” indeed.
Who it might be about: Other than an one-liner allude to ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris, the track is just the first of many love letters to come about Joe Alwyn.
End Game (Feat. Ed Sheeran and Future)
“I swear I don’t love the drama, it loves me!”, Taylor declares on the first song on the collection that tackles the album’s title and theme. But make no mistake – even when she’s singing about her “big reputation that precedes her”, she still ties it back to being hopeful that her famous fling won’t be judging her based off what he’s heard about her. He shouldn’t though – especially when Taylor’s enlisted killer testimonial verses from rapper Future and Ed Sheeran for this brazen R&B track. Can you imagine this trio killin’ it in a potential music video?
Who it might be about: “It’s like your eyes are liquor / it’s like your body is gold”. Yup, Taylor’s likely still swooning over Joe Alwyn.
I Did Something Bad
Remember when Taylor said “Old Taylor is dead”? The first sign of her R.I.P. status comes apparent on this dark jam. She cheekily questions her haters’ views of her past mistakes by unapologetically asking “why’s it feel so good?” before a scattering trap drop. Oh, and the line “They’re burning all the witches, so light me up” is so ridiculously clever, expect it to be the next overused Instagram caption following ‘Blank Space’s “But darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream” by millennial Swifties.
Who it might be about: With her love-hate relationship with the media, we can’t think of anyone in particular she’s aiming the song at other than her harshest critics.
Don’t Blame Me
A simmering synth lures us into Taylor’s lair of temptation with lyrics like “For you, I would cross the line / I would waste my time”. Echoes of a coy Taylor is cranked up to overdrive and moving effect, calling to mind the likes of Imagine Dragons or AWOLNATION’s alt-pop sensibilities. In fact, the seductive track wouldn’t be out of place as a sequel to her equally racy track ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ with ZAYN from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack either.
Who it might be about: There’s only one person Taylor would consider her baby these days so…
Venturing into further unfamiliar musical territory is ‘Delicate’, a trop-pop ditty that lightens the mood from the previous tracks and jolts you into an undeniable head-bop. Taylor captures the uncertainty of a budding romance with intense accuracy by second-guessing innocent actions and dreaming up fairy tale scenarios over bubbly, laid-back synths. And by the time the repetitions of “isn’t it?”s draw the feel-good track to a close, don’t be surprised if you catch yourself in a smile. Awww, Taylor!
Who it might be about: Joe Jonas. Just kidding, it’s definitely about Joe Alwyn, again.
Look What You Made Me Do
Guns! Games! Crimes! The first single from Reputation is still Taylor at her utmost savage. The haunting track still sounds as fresh as it did when it was first released back in August, and perhaps summarises her present-day narrative most perfectly. We’d be sleeping with one eye open if we were any of Taylor’s adversaries – just sayin’.
Who it might be about: Everyone who’s crossed her previously, from Kim Kardashian to Katy Perry, Kanye West to squad-haters. We even wrote back in August all the ways she called them out in the music video,
So It Goes…
Taylor sings about falling in love on this dreamy number. While it doesn’t stand out upon first listen quite like the prior tracks, there are still golden glimpses of her usual ingenuity like “You did a number on me / but honestly baby who’s counting?” and her restrained approach of her vocals.
Who it might be about: Considering it’s about a new romance, we’re guessing… Joe Alwyn?
We all got an early listen to this unabashed declaration of a crush – complete with the butterflies, jealousy and shameless compliments that come along with having one. “You’re so gorgeous!”, Taylor gasps wide-eyed in infatuation, channelling all our inner thoughts upon seeing that eye-candy walk past. It’s a cheeky, yet honest take on a feeling everyone can relate to, and when it features her cats and a triangle’s “ding”, how could anyone dislike this track?
Who it might be about: Joe Alwyn. But we’re so glad she delivered an anthem for us to apply it for anyone we might be crushing on too.
Producer Jack Antonoff’s influence is front and centre on this love story gone wrong. But comparisons to Bleachers’ track ‘I Wanna Get Better’ aside, the song differs in its narrative about a doomed romance. “I wanted to leave him / I needed a reason”, she laments, before hopping into the title’s getaway car and pursuing a new relationship before fully leaving a previous one. Call it unethical, but we’re all for this dramatic heist that plays in a similar vein to one of her best songs to date, 1989‘s ‘Style’.
Who it might be about: Overlapping romances could only mean one thing: Taylor was infamously noted for jumping from Calvin Harris into the arms of Tom Hiddleston, making Tom the man behind the wheel.
King Of My Heart
The stirring drums from ‘Out Of The Woods’ make a welcome comeback on ‘King Of My Heart’, backed to Taylor proclaiming her devotion to her love. By now, it’s apparent that she’s head over heels in admiration for her man, as she ditches the high life for her idea of luxury: his lips.
Who it might be about: Taylor is undoubtedly the current Queen of Pop, and Joe Alwyn’s the king of her heart.
Dancing With Our Hands Tied
The only other love song on Reputation that doesn’t touches on Joe Alwyn is seemingly here, with references to dancing through avalanches, invisible lockets and inklings of a bad ending over a electo-pop instrumental.
Who it might be about: A love gone to waste, we say this is about her whirlwind summer 2016 romance with Tom Hiddleston.
‘Dress’ is a slow burner with lyrics so sensual, it apparently made Taylor’s mom Andrea leave the room during one of Reputation‘s Secret Sessions to avoid feeling embarrassed. The lines in topic are likely the chorus of “Only bought this dress so you could take it off”, which verges on NC16 terrain and serves as yet another reminder that Taylor is all grown up.
Who it might be about: It’s not exactly about Joe, but rather, her passion for him – which reveals enough while still leaving us dying to know more.
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Not since Red‘s ’22’ have we heard Taylor so relentlessly in-your-face poppy until now. Taylor’s squad-parties of the past play setting to this playful track upon its first verse, before taking a sharp turn by the second one to aim shots at nemesis Kanye West. Alluding to her caught-on-camera phone call conversation with the rapper, she snarls “Friends don’t try to trick you/Get you on the phone and mind-twist you” and cuts off what remaining fake friendships she’s had.
Who it might be about: Her overplayed beef with Kanye West and how Kimye backstabbed her. We’re guessing a second reconciliation is out of the question?
Call It What You Want
“They took the crown but it’s alright”, Taylor shrugs in ‘Call It What You Want’. It seems the turbulent year she had amidst media-created scandals that’s documented in earlier songs of the album is finally done affecting her. People might call her a liar and take swings at her character, and she’ll simply retreat into her safe haven of Joe Alwyn- shaped familiarity.
Who it might be about: The world’s obsessive opinions on her love life. But Taylor doesn’t care, she wants us to know she’s living her best life.
New Year’s Day
To end off an album chock full of hard-hitting numbers and up-tempo hits can be tricky, but the stark contrast of this piano-driven ballad works. ‘New Year’s Day’ takes an intensely intimate look at Taylor’s life that people don’t see – the aftermath of a grand party or the comfortable silence at the back of a cab. The unassuming track tugs at heartstrings when you least expect it, with Taylor flipping the focus back at her fans whose own reputations and self-esteem might get hurt by the harsh realities of growing up.
Who it might be about: “But I stay when it’s hard or it’s wrong or we’re making mistakes”, she shares, offering another life lesson realised when you step back and listen to the big picture. She isn’t just singing about her own reputation this whole time; she’s singing about how we view the world and how the world sees us back. And that even in the worst of times, it’s important to be true to oneself.
VERDICT: From the lack of media interviews to her resistance against being seen in public, Taylor Swift’s take on this album speaks louder than words and loudest in its most consistent body of work yet. Once dreaming of fairy tale dreams, this is Taylor embracing the dark side of adulthood with sharp observations, impeccably honest songwriting and an evolution in sound. And with a predicted first week sales of 2 million copies in the US alone – the most in history – Reputation is proof that while Taylor can be invincible, she’s also after all, only human.
Get Taylor Swift’s Reputation on iTunes now. What is your favourite track? Tell us in the comments below!
With his swoon-worthy good looks and down-to-earth personality, it’s no wonder everybody just couldn’t get enough of Park Seo Jun. In town as part of his ‘Guess Who?’ fanmeeting tour, the Fight For My Way actor certainly lived up to his title of the ‘nation’s boyfriend’ as he charmed a crowd full of adoring fangirls (and boys). From holding an impromptu fansign onstage to personally whipping up a meal for lucky fans, it’s hard not to fall in love with the 28-year-old.
#1 He has a way with words.
Pickup lines ain’t got nothing on our resident heartthrob. “What’s that on your face? Handsomeness!” yelled a fan in the audience. Blushing at the unexpected comment, the actor sheepishly replied with wit: “Ah, I forgot to take off my handsomeness today.” Such a tease – and this was just one of the many hilarious banters that night. Read on!
#2 He’s a total sweetheart.
The chap might’ve claimed that he’s not good at selfies (“I just take a lot of photos and pick the best one!”), but we beg to differ after seeing his attempt at taking one right on the spot, which were presented as exclusive signed polaroids to six lucky fans. Not only were they able to take a piece of him home, they were also given the ultimate fan service treatment by the actor himself even though he was not obligated to – giving the sweetest hugs, posing for selfies and even letting them record videos of him onstage. Now, can you blame us for being smitten?
#3 And quite the gentleman.
During the first games segment, it was a dream come true for one lucky fan as she interlocked hands with Park Seo Jun for a good 40 seconds (yes, we counted) while the latter escorted her all the way to the side of the stage – not forgetting to take an individual selfie and giving her a big hug before sending her off, much to the envy of everyone else present. What a gentleman!
#4 Yes, he can actually sing.
Sure, we all know Park Seo Jun’s a great actor – but who knew he could belt out a tune just as well? Showcasing his soothing vocals, the multi-talented lad serenaded the crowd with a live rendition of the OST ‘Come Into My Heart’ from his 2014 drama Witch’s Romance, and boy can he hold those notes! Just what else can Park Seo Jun not do?
#5 He’s also a domestic god…
He acts, he sings, and now he makes pasta? Talk about perfect husband material! Chef Park impressed the audience with his culinary skills when he whipped up a romantic meal for two lucky fans right in front of them – one of them jokingly retorted that “it needs more salt” while the other animatedly exclaimed that it was “the best pasta” she ever had. Although we didn’t have the privilege to sample his creation, it’s safe to say it looked pretty legit!
#6 … with plenty of aegyo.
We’ll be honest, this was the moment we were all waiting for. One of the forfeits of the previous game was to reenact the famous aegyo scene between Ae Ra and Dong Man in Fight For My Way – the struggle was real as he attempted to shake off his embarrassment, but he managed to pull it off in the end. Watch the aww-inducing clip below and try not to squeal. Ae Ra would be so proud!
Nothing’s more attractive than a man who’s passionate at what he does, and Park Seo Jun is a testament to that. Sitting down to discuss his thoughts about Fight For My Way, he expresses: “I believe everyone at that age would face similar problems [like Dong Man]. I’m really thankful that I’m pursuing acting as a career because this is what I want to do, but I hope you guys can also start thinking about your own lives. If you set your mind to something, don’t be afraid to do it.”
Photo credits: Unusual Entertainment
It was a night to remember indeed – what were your favourite #ParkSeoJuninSG moments? Comment down below!
It seems like just yesterday that BTS was making history on the Billboard stage, and these K-pop trailblazers are here to tear up the American music scene yet again. Between joining forces with Desiigner for an epic remix of ‘MIC Drop’ and gearing up for their performance debut at the 2017 American Music Awards, the Korean supergroup has also received a love call from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, with executive producer Andy Lassner reassuring that “it’s gonna happen” (inserts jungshook.jpg). Still don’t believe us?
Well, the queen has spoken. Whether or not BTS will make an appearance is still up in the air, but it’s never too early to start hyping up our favourite boys. Here are 6 ARMY-approved things we would totally love to see on the show – dance-offs, scare pranks and all.
While we couldn’t be more psyched to watch the boys perform their latest smash hit at the AMAs, just imagine how lit their entrance segment would be if BTS kicked off the show with ‘DNA’. We can already see Ellen breaking out into the full routine and J-Hope challenging Ellen to a dance-off. Hey dance line, looks like you’ve got competition!
With EXO spawning a series of viral challenges (#KokobopChallenge anybody?), the BTS-inspired Go Go Challenge is the latest trend to blow up over the Internet – and who better to slay the moves of ‘Go Go’ than the one and only Ellen? Eighth member of BTS, confirmed.
Y’all might be familiar with Ellen’s penchant for scaring the pants off her guests – not even Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and David Beckham were spared – so there’s a good chance that BTS will likely become the newest victims of her masterful pranks. We don’t know about you, but we’re particularly looking forward to Jin and J-Hope reactions. Get ready for the memes!
#4 When Mr. Worldwide Handsome strikes
I honestly can’t wait to see ellen’s reaction when jin flies a kiss to her saying “yeah you’re genius you’re angel I’m handsome” #ARMYxAMAs
Should we expect anything less when Jin is basically a kiss-blowing emoji come to life? Dude’s worldwide handsome, after all. Let’s just hope Ellen can survive his endless bombardment of winks, finger hearts and dad jokes…
#5 Suga busting out Shakespeare-esque English
[bts on ellen]
namjoon: yeah i’m the only one who can speak english fluently so y-
yoongi: mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell
As Rap Monster is the sole member fluent in the language, the pressure is no doubt on the leader to take charge of the conversation and sometimes act as the translator, so we do hope there will be an interpreter onsite to help the poor guy out. All seriousness aside, the other members aren’t so shabby at the language themselves (we’re counting on you, Suga)!
#6 Powerful people supporting each other!
omg i just realized if bts do go on ellen and she finds out about UNICEF chances are she’s going to donate to their campaign pic.twitter.com/SdNd8N3lOJ
As if we needed more reason to love BTS, they’ve partnered up with UNICEF on the #ENDviolence campaign to commemorate their latest album Love Yourself: Her. With Ellen being a huge advocate of human rights herself, it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness about the cause and cement themselves as a socially-conscious K-pop act. To the world and beyond!
What else do you hope to see if BTS x The Ellen happens? Fire away in the comments box below, ARMYs!