As part of the YOUTHx festival, the annual extravaganza wrapped up on a high note with Hyperplay 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium – headlined by international artistes such as CL, Alessia Cara, Nick Jonas as well as our very own The Sam Willows.

With such an impressive gathering of big-name acts, what could go wrong? Well, plenty. A broken leg, mic issues, body-shaming trolls… you name it. But despite the hiccups along the way, it didn’t stop our stars from delivering a solid show. What ensued was a heartwarming outpour of support from the crowd that truly brings out the spirit of our youth community.

The Sam Willows

The Sam Willows

In the span of their career, homegrown quartet The Sam Willows has accomplished many things – from releasing hugely successful albums, to headlining at major festivals around the world. And our local darlings can now add another milestone to their name with Hyperplay, being the first performers to kick off the highly-anticipated event. They certainly didn’t come empty-handed, as they treated us to a medley of their biggest hits including ‘Take Heart’, ‘All Time High’ and ‘Papa Money’.

What really impressed us however was Narelle, who braved a leg injury to stand on stage. At some point, the pink-haired badass even tried to take part in the choreography with the help of the other members. Major respect!



CL was clearly the buzz of the night, for good (and bad) reasons. While en route to Singapore, the former 2NE1 member was captured at the airport looking like she packed on a few pounds – which is deemed as ‘unacceptable’ in K-pop standards where idols are expected to have stick-skinny bodies. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t long before CL made headlines for her sudden weight gain. But we can’t help but wonder, what’s the big deal?

We don’t know about you, but we think our resident Baddest Female looks just as gorgeous and confident with a chubbier bod. And she clearly embraces her larger frame, putting her newfound curves in full display as she booty-popped and twerked her way through an electrifying 13-track set. Blackjacks and GZBs in the audience were also nothing but supportive, enthusiastically swaying and crooning along to her familiar hits which included a couple of nostalgic 2NE1 throwbacks like ‘Can’t Nobody’, ‘Falling In Love’ and ‘I Am The Best’.

Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara

There’s nothing more frustrating for a singer than having to deal with a faulty mic, especially at the start of your performance. But Alessia Cara handled it like a true professional, determinedly singing into the mic and hyping up the crowd while waiting for the music to come on. She was quickly ushered away shortly after, before bouncing back on stage as if the technical mishap didn’t just happen.

This was Alessia’s first time performing in Singapore, but she showed no signs of nervousness and managed to hit all the right notes perfectly. Drawing us in with her powerhouse vocals and magnetic charisma, the Canadian songstress brought the atmosphere to an all-time high with standout tracks like ‘Wild Things’, ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ and ‘Stay’. But what stole the show for us was her emotional rendition of ‘Growing Pains’, where she left us with a little reminder we never knew we needed. “I want you to know that you’re perfect no matter what you do. This song is a reminder to love ourselves, and love one another. Remember, you’re not alone.”

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas

The party was just getting started! And if there’s anyone who knows how to have a good time, it’s Nick Jonas. Bursting on stage in a rad pink bomber, the American heartthrob thrilled fans with a killer repertoire of sizzling pop numbers including ‘Chains’, ‘Levels’ and ‘Jealous’. Just when we were about to get fully immersed in his charms, a little bird told us that a certain Bollywood diva was somewhere in the front rows cheering on her beau – and it was honestly the cutest thing ever.

Although we didn’t manage to find Priyanka Chopra in the crowd, eagle-eyed fans spotted the newly-engaged lovebirds snuggling up at a nightclub after the show. Aww!

Image credits: Hyperplay/MTV Asia

What was your favourite moment of the night during Hyperplay? Tell us in the comments below!

Skechers D’Lites 3.0

K-pop girl group Red Velvet is no stranger to our sunny island, having performed in Singapore previously for the Shilla Beauty Concert last November. Local Reveluvs have been patiently waiting for the quintet to hold their own solo concert here, and it seems like their wish will finally be granted.

After two sold-out shows in Seoul on 4 and 5 August, it was announced that the girls will be heading overseas for their REDMARE tour. Initial reports stated that they will be starting off in Bangkok on 8 September, followed by Taipei and Singapore. More locations will be revealed later on.

This tour announcement comes right on the heels of their recent upbeat anthem ‘Power Up’, which has since earwormed its way to the top of the charts with their refreshing vocals, infectiously catchy hooks and addictive choreography. If there’s anything Red Velvet is known for, it’s their penchant for churning out inescapable summer smashes – think ‘Red Flavour’, ‘Dumb Dumb’ and ‘Ice Cream Cake’ – and they certainly didn’t disappoint with their latest comeback. We can’t wait to belt out to their biggest hits when they come to town!

Red Velvet 2nd Concert [REDMARE] in Singapore


Red Velvet 2nd Concert [REDMARE] in Singapore
20 October 2018 (Saturday)
The Star Theatre
$288, $248, $208, $168

Tickets will go on sale 8 September, 10am via APACTIX. For more information, just hit up the folks at One Production here!

Meanwhile, check out Red Velvet’s latest music video for ‘Power Up’:

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Skechers D’Lites 3.0

Nearly a year since China’s very own Crystal Liu Yifei was unveiled as the titular star of Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan, Walt Disney Pictures has finally announced that production is officially underway – and dropped a stunning picture of the Chinese actress looking dashing in a red suit and sword in tow.

Mulan tells the iconic tale of a fearless young woman who disguises herself as a man to join the military in order to protect the nation from the Northern Invaders. The 30-year-old is no stranger to the martial arts scene, with notable roles in The Return of the Condor Heroes, The Forbidden Kingdom, The Assassins and more. And from the looks of it, our resident heroine is all geared up for battle. 

Long-time Disney fans who expect to see Li Shang in the movie will be terribly disappointed however; in our beloved captain’s place is a fellow solider named Chen Yonghui, who will be played by New Zealand actor Yoson An. Not much details are revealed about the character yet, but what we do know is that he’s a new recruit to Commander Tung’s unit and will be the new love interest of Mulan. Aside from our main leads, the film also features a star-studded cast such as Donnie Yen of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fame, who will be taking on the role of Mulan’s mentor Commander Tung. Other names include Gong Li, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei Pei, Nelson Lee, Chum Ehelepola and Utkarsh Ambudkar.

Mulan will open in US theatres on 27 March 2020.

JCube Scream Fest 4

We were half-expecting The Weeknd to hold his concert on a weekend, but hey, we’re not complaining – our little red dot is lucky enough to be included in his first ever Asia tour after all. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, best known as The Weeknd, will be hitting the road on an 8-country trek across the Southeast Asia region and will be swinging by Singapore on 5 December (Friday) for a one-night-only show.

Having taken over the airwaves with an endless string of chart-topping hits – think ‘Starboy’, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and ‘The Hills’, the R&B star is ready to conquer our shores with his infectious dancefloor bangers and smooth grooves. Ticketing details have yet to be announced at press time, but one thing’s for sure: it’s gonna be wild!

The Weeknd Asia Tour 2018

Meanwhile, check out his latest music video for ‘Call Out My Name’:

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Skechers D’Lites 3.0

You see your favourite stars on the headlines and hear your favourite tracks on the airwaves – but what people don’t see is the whole team of people who work behind the scenes to bring an artist’s creative vision to life. And nobody knows it better than the people behind Homeground Studios, home to locally-based producer duo Jason Gelchen and Tan Ming Jie.

Founded as a space for artistes to hone their craft in the comfort of their own home, this audio production house boasts a solid clientele of Singapore’s biggest names, including Gentle Bones, Jasmine Sokko, The Summer State and more. We hung out with Jason and Ming Jie to find out more about their decision on taking the route less travelled.

HomeGround Studios

How did the idea of Homeground Studios come about?
Jason: It came to me when I was watching a baseball game, and something the commentator said really resonated with me. He was announcing that the winning team did exceptionally well because they were playing on their home ground. That was when it hit me. I wanted to build a space where music can be freely expressed and created in comfort. Hence, the inception of Homeground Studios.

Describe your current role and walk us through a typical day at work.
Ming Jie: As a composer and arranger, I write music and provide musical direction for artistes and corporate clients.

Jason: For me, I’m the studio engineer and music producer. There’s never a typical day at work – some days, I’ll be working on mixes and post-production edits, while other days could be spent solely on recording.

Instead of being a recording artiste, you took the unconventional route of going behind the production. What made you want to pursue this path?
Ming Jie: I started out as a performing artiste! Through time, I’ve realised that I’m more comfortable positioning myself as a composer and producer rather than an artiste, thus it’s where I am at today.

Jason: I actually wanted to be a bassist at first, but I came to a rude awakening when the boss of the studio I interned at previously told me to quit bass because, to quote, “I suck”. To get over it, I buried myself in studio work for hours non-stop. I realise now, in retrospect, that it was the universe’s way of guiding me towards music production. My love for production has only grown since then and it just feels like the right fit for me.

What’s a lesser-known fact you wish people would know about those who work behind the scenes, like yourselves?
Jason: That there are way more people working behind the scenes for your favourite artistes than you think. Just Google any Drake record.

Ming Jie: We don’t get to see a lot of the outside world. It gets quiet and lonely at times.

What are some of the sacrifices you’ve made in the pursuit of music?
Jason: My bedroom, for a start! It has become our studio now and I basically sleep on the floor. I’d put in a hustle hashtag somewhere if I could, but I don’t regret it. I’m blessed to be able to pursue something I love as a career and any personal sacrifices are worth it.

You’ve worked with plenty of local acts. Who was your favourite artiste to work with?
I love everyone, but Jasmine Sokko and Josh from The Boris Suit are definitely my favourites. They are always down for trying new ideas or just having fun experimenting musically with me.

What are your would know about those thoughts on the local who work behind the music scene today?
Jason: I feel that today’s local music scene is still small with a lot of space and potential for growth. In the future, I’d like to see more collaborations between artistes.

Ming Jie: We’ve definitely evolved a lot since the time our pioneers pushed forth the Singapore music movement. I hope more artistes can find their own sound and never be afraid to push creative boundaries.

What ’s a piece of advice you would give budding musicians or producers?
Ming Jie: Be patient with yourself, always be open to new knowledge and trust in your professional judgement.

Jason: Stay humble and stay hungry! Never lose sight of why you started doing music in the first place. This is also my open invitation to drop me a DM on Instagram (@jasongelchen) if you need advice.

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 3, out on newsstands now.

Stay in tune with Homeground Studios on their socials (@homegroundstudios)!

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