When the Foo Fighters set out to create music that’s “sonically bigger than anything we’d ever done”, you can imagine the daunting task that was ahead of the legendary rock band. Not only did they have early highlights like The Colour And The Shape and the Grammy-winning There Is Nothing Left To Lose to contend with; the Foo Fighters constantly seek out a creative myriad of album concepts as can be seen in 2014’s Sonic Highway. So did the band deliver on their ninth and latest record, Concrete And Gold? We vote yes. Here are five reasons why. 

They Went Back To Their Roots

With over 22 years of industry experience under their belt, it seems like the Foo Fighters have already made their mark on anything and everything under the musical umbrella. So where does one venture when trying to make the biggest album of their career to date? Back to the studio, it seems. And with Grammy-winning record producer Greg Kurstin (who has worked with the likes of Adele and Ellie Goulding) no less. Unlike their previous two albums, 2014’s Sonic Highways; recorded in eight iconic studios across the United States over the span of a year, and 2011’s Wasting Light; recorded in a garage, the band leader said that it was “almost experimental to just go back into a studio” – and we gotta say the result (especially on tracks like ‘Run’ and ‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood’) was phenomenal. 

‘Retirement’ Ain’t Got Nothin’ On These Rowdy Rockin’ Grandpas

The first official release from Concrete And Gold was accompanied by a Dave Grohl-directed music video, and boy did we have fun watching them rock it out (literally). Having prematurely aged themselves with the help of prosthetic makeup, we see the band performing for other residents in an oppressive nursing home, only to end up having their sheer rock ‘n’ roll magic spark an uprising between retirees and staff. But perhaps the best part about the entire video was the ending choreography, reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ – the late King of Pop would be proud.

Justin Timberlake Makes It Right

Back when doing album promos for Concrete And Gold, the band said that one of the guests on the album was “probably the biggest pop star in the world”, and while they kept up the ruse for a long time, it was eventually revealed to be Justin Timberlake. According to Dave, the pair met in the studio and Justin asked if he could be on the record, saying “you don’t even have to tell anybody I’m on the record, I just want to be able to tell my friends that I’m on it” –  true to his wishes, JT makes his appearance on the track ‘Make It Right’.

Paul McCartney Is A Badass On The Drums


You heard it here first, guys. The ninth track on the album, ‘Sunday Rain, is an absolute banger – not just for one, but two reasons. First, we see Taylor Hawkins take on lead vocal duties, and boy can the drummer sing. It’s not the first time Taylor has had this particular honour, having had lead vocal credits on ‘Cold Day In The Sun’ from In Your Honour. So what do you do when you need someone to fill in for your drummer? Well, in Foo’s case, you seek the help of the Sir Paul McCartney. And while is usually known for this bassist skills, The Beatles’ legend showed off his knack for the drums, nailing his part in two takes. He apparently hadn’t even heard the song before recording it! As if we needed another reason to admire Sir Paul more than we already do…

Daddy Dave Was Director Grohl For A Day

The second video that the lead singer directed was ‘The Sky Is A Universe’, which featured his daughters Violet and Harper reading through a storybook with the song’s lyrics. And it seemed like Director Grohl got more respect from his co-stars than Daddy Dave! The proud father recently revealed that his little girls “were so good” in taking directions and acting their part during the video, but it was a stark contrast to their behaviour at home when he tries to get them to clean their room before bed or get their homework done, referencing it to “pulling teeth and twisting wrists”. Aww girls, maybe you should consider giving your old man a break every now and then?

Get your first listen of Concrete And Gold here!

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What are some of your thoughts and favourite tracks off Foo Fighters’ latest album, Concrete and Gold? Sound off in the comments below!

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Newsflash: Selena Gomez secretly underwent a kidney transplant operation earlier this year due to complications from Lupus. And the kidney donor was her best friend!  

It’s common knowledge that Selena Gomez suffers from Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that results when the immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. But that fact seems to be constantly overshadowed by the ‘Good For You’ songstress’ other headlines, like when she started dating Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, or when she headed to therapy after a 90-day rehab stint following her Revival Tour cancellation. The latter news led to wildfire speculation that the singer was battling with addiction issues. And Selena had been keeping quiet on the publicity front – unusual behaviour for a singer who recently released two hit singles, ‘Bad Liar’ and ‘Fetish’. 

Turns out, Selena had undergone a kidney transplant operation back in June due to complications from Lupus, and her donor was none other than best friend and ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ actress, Francia Raisa.  


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Revealing the news via an Instagram post which showed Selena and Francia lying side-by-side on hospital beds with their hands intertwined, Selena wrote, “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of.” She went on, “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health.” Dropping hints about possible future works, Selena added, “I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery.”

Francia Raisa and Selena Gomez
Photo: Francia Raisa

Selena was reportedly rushed to the hospital for kidney failure back in May. At that point, Selena was already on the waiting list for a transplant and Selena’s family wasn’t a match despite extensive tests. “And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis,” Selena professed her gratitude for the actress who selflessly stepped up in her time of need. 

Evidently, it’s been a few months since her operation. And judging from how healthy and radiant she looks in recent appearances at New York Fashion Week and on set for an upcoming movie, we’re glad Selena took all the time and privacy measures she needed to recuperate from the invasive surgery. You can find out more about Lupus, from the Lupus Research Alliance website. 

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Ariana Grande is in Singapore and she seems to be hitting up local tourist destinations – starting with an evening stroll at Gardens by the Bay! 

Ariana Grande (aka our September 2017 cover girl and all-round Queen) has arrived in Singapore four days ahead of her F1 Singapore Grand Prix performance on Saturday! Like many other celebrities before her, Ari headed to one of SG’s most famous tourist destinations: Gardens by the Bay. Apart from taking in the gorgeous sights and sounds, the songstress also caught the nightly Garden Rhapsody show – the theme was ‘An Evening of Musical Theatre’ featuring popular musical numbers from The Phantom of The Opera, Les Misérables, Chicago, etc. – and our musical diva totally loved it. 


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Describing the show as “the best 12 minutes of her life”, Ari and crew put on a mini performance of their own and documented it via her IG stories. And we’re kinda surprised nobody caught wind of her little evening visit – although it might be because nobody really goes to Gardens by the Bay on Wednesday nights (or perhaps Ari’s ninja skill are just that good). 

Ariana Grande At Gardens By The Bay

Check out the our compilation video of Ari’s visit to Gardens by the Bay! 

What would you do if you saw Ariana Grande exploring the streets of Singapore? Let us know in the comment section! 

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We can now lay the rumours to rest ’cause it’s official: BTS and The Chainsmokers are collaborating on a song for BTS’ upcoming mini album, Love Yourself: Her! 

ARMYs who are anticipating BTS’ upcoming mini album, Love Yourself: Her now have even more to look forward to with this exciting collab, which sees The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart working with Rap Monster, Suga and J-Hope aka BTS’ rap line on an EDM track titled ‘Best of Me’!

Meeting for the first time back in May at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, BTS (who won ‘Top Social Artist’ at the awards) even hung out with the ‘Closer’ hitmakers ahead of the ceremony. Needless to say, their little hangout session caught the attention of fans worldwide. And with The Chainsmoker’s mysterious promise to “see [BTS] this summer”, it’s no wonder the rumours started about a possible music collaboration between the groups. 

Turns out, BTS and The Chainsmokers have been in close contact ever since! While it has been reported that ‘Best of Me’ would take on The Chainsmokers’ signature EDM style, we’re sure BTS’ musical flavour will come through as well. And with Love Yourself: Her already exceeding 1 million pre-orders in Korea, we can’t wait to hear the mini album when it drops on 18 September!

What are you most looking forward to on BTS’ Love Yourself: Her album? Share your thoughts in the comment section! 

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12 Movies You Can't Miss In September

31 Aug 2017 by Germaine Cheah

From heartwarming tales of overcoming adversities to kickass action sequences that will leave you on the edge of your seats, cinephiles will have plenty of reason to hit the theatres this September!

Logan Lucky 

In Theatres: 7 September

Born and bred in West Virginia, Jimmy and Clyde Logan have suffered a lifetime of things going wrong – Jimmy was a high school football star bound for the NFL until his knee blew out, while Clyde lost his hand during a tour in Iraq. Convinced that his family is cursed, Jimmy hatches an elaborate plan to break the curse – enlisting the help of Clyde and their sister Mellie to rob all of the cash that flows through the Charlotte Motor Speedway on race day. 

Daddy You Daughter Me

In Theatres: 7 September

High school student Do Yeon hates the entire world… except for a certain boy at school, and has been trying to get his attention to no avail. On top of it, she also has a rocky relationship with her father, Sang Tae, a mid-level manager who has worked years for the same company but has never had a promotion. But just when their luck is about to change – Do Yeon’s asked out on a date and Sang Tae finally has a shot at rising through the ranks, a magical force suddenly switches the pair’s bodies. With dad now daughter and daughter now dad, can the duo make it through this life-changing experience?


In Theatres: 7 September

In the town of Derry, Maine during the summer of 1989, kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. Soon after, a group of young misfits and bullied outcasts who call themselves “The Losers Club” are catching glimpses of strange things around town – hallucinations, red balloons and sightings of a creepy clown. Things come to a head when the group squares off against Pennywise, an immortal, shape-shifting clown responsible for murder and brutal violence that dates back to centuries.

Midnight Runners

In Theatres: 7 September

Rambunctious Ki Joon (Park Seo Joon) and bookish Hee Yeol (Kang Ha Neul) are new academy recruits at the Korean National Police University who soon become fast friends. On a night out, the righteous pair witnesses a young woman being kidnapped, but lack of evidence and bureaucratic obstacles halt the authorities’ investigation. Frustrated, the two police cadets then decide to launch their own amateur manhunt, hoping to save the woman’s life before it’s too late. 

P/S: Watch out for our interview with leading man Kang Ha Neul!

The Only Living Boy In New York

In Theatres: 14 September

A would-be fiction writer – if not for a society where the value of highly personalised art is slowly diminishing – recent college graduate Thomas Webb is at a crossroad. Moving into an apartment in New York City, Thomas befriends and seeks advice from his alcoholic yet wise neighbour, W.F. Gerald. Soon, Thomas’ life comes crashing down even harder when he finds out that his father is having an affair. In an attempt to break up the relationship, Thomas finds himself attracted to his dad’s mistress and winds up sleeping with her, setting off a chain of events that makes him question everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family. 


In Theatres: 14 September

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s most secretive project yet, Mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as husband and wife (Age gap? What age gap?), whose tranquil life at their remote country home gets disrupted when an uninvited couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) mistakes for their house as a bed and breakfast, and ends up staying with them. As Darren recently revealed in an interview, “[this film] is closer to Black Swan in spirit than anything I have done in a while” – in other words, be prepared for some seriously harrowing images. 


In Theatres: 21 September

With an iconic photo that captured the hearts of many around the world, Jeff Bauman became the living embodiment of ‘Boston Strong’ after the devastating 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, but his journey to becoming a national hero wasn’t an easy one. Losing both his legs in the blast, follow Jeff’s inspirational story as he tackles months of strenuous physical and emotional rehabilitation, spurred on by the unwavering support from the people around him. 

The Glass Castle

In Theatres: 21 September

Based on the best-selling 2005 memoir, Brie Larson brings to life the story of Jeannette Walls – a young woman who lived much of her childhood as a nomad with her tight-knit albeit eccentric family. When sober, Jeannette’s father is brilliant and charismatic, teaching his children how to embrace life fearlessly. But when drunk, he becomes dishonest and destructive. To add on, her mum hated the idea of domesticity and barely had a hand in raising the family. In spite of all this, Jeannette finds the determination to carve out a successful path on her own terms. 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

In Theatres: 21 September

With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, our favourite secret agents head to the other side of the pond to join forces with an allied spy organisation. In this new adventure that will push the agents to the limit, the two organisations will have to set aside their differences in order to defeat Poppy, a notorious criminal mastermind from the secret group, The Golden Circle. 


In Theatres: 28 September

Curious to uncover the mystery of an afterlife, five medical students plan to stop their hearts for a couple of minutes at a time, triggering near-death experiences that would give them a firsthand account into what happens after the ‘big sleep’. But as their dangerous experiment continues, the students find themselves confronted by manifestations of their childhood sins. What’s worse is that they’re unsure if what they’re facing is real or hallucination…

The Foreigner

In Theatres: 28 September

Jackie Chan continues to lay speculations about his retirement to rest with his latest project, which sees him taking on the role of a retired military commando, Quan, whose past comes back to haunt him when his daughter is killed in a terrorist attack. As he sets out on his relentless search for the identities of those responsible, Quan is led into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official who may or may not have his own secrets to hide.


In Theatres: 28 September

In war-ravaged Kenya, an American Special Forces soldier suffers amnesia after being knocked unconscious during a battle. Later waking up in a jail cell, he meets Nadia, a French foreign aide doctor and finds out that the world has fallen victim to a cataclysmic alien invasion. Teaming up to escape jail, the pair wanders through the battlefield in search of refuge, but bonds are tested when the soldier discovers his true identity. 

The Lego Ninjago Movie

In Theatres: 28 September

By day, young Master Builder Lloyd and his friends are ordinary high school students, struggling with issues any normal teenager would face. But by night, they are gifted ninja warriors, fighting villains and monsters across Ninjago City. Led by Master Wu, the six friends set off on their biggest mission yet – to defeat evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. 

Want to know what else you can watch, read and spin this month? Go grab your September issue of Teenage magazine, out on newsstands now!

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