Since her debut eight years ago as part of K-pop girl group Apink, Jeong Eun Ji has branched out to become a bit of a Jill of all trades, adding actress, songwriter and solo artiste to her list of accomplishments.

Which is probably why it comes as no surprise that her years in the industry has garnered her a large local fan following, who turned up in full force on the night of 9 June to support the songstress at her debut concert in Singapore. Despite helming the stage as a solo act, Eun Ji didn’t take long to prove that she was more than capable to handle the two-hour long show on her own. From her stellar OST covers to live band performances, here are five moments that made us stan the vocal queen.

#1 When she showed just how much of a powerhouse vocalist she is

Though it’s already well known that Eun Ji has a perfect set of pipes, this fact was reiterated the moment she took the stage. Not only was she more than well-prepared with a setlist full of fan favourites, there were also songs that showed off her unbeatable vocal prowess. Accompanied by a live band, Eun Ji set her sights on making it an unforgettable night for local Pandas, and boy were we blown away by her impeccable performances!

#2 When she became the queen of fan service

If there’s one thing that fans usually look forward to from their favourite K-pop idols, it’s the fan service – and nobody does it quite like Eun Ji. During a short break in between her performances, the singer brought out a box that contained requests and questions that fellow Pandas had written before the concert started, where she gladly indulged their every whim. Be it granting us sexy poses, doing an adorable Mashimaro impression or performing a duet with a lucky fan, Eun Ji delivered them all with ease.

#3 When she covered songs in both English and Mandarin

Besides serenading the crowd with her own songs, Eun Ji had a couple of surprises up her sleeves as well, which included cover songs by English and Chinese artistes. One in particular was ‘那些年’, the soundtrack of the 2011 hit film You Are the Apple of My Eye. Having only performed this song in Taiwan and Hong Kong, Eun Ji had added this track to the setlist as a surprise gift for Singapore Pandas who definitely enjoyed every minute of it.

#4 When she brought back memories of beloved K-dramas

What makes a good K-drama aside from the obvious factors? Well, it’s the music. As a vocalist who has lent her voice to a couple of OSTs, Eun Ji gave us major throwback feels as she delighted the audience with flawless renditions of familiar tunes from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and Goblin.

#5 When she made our day with her exuberant personality

Part of what makes Eun Ji such a joy to watch, is her bubbly and humorous personality that sets her apart from the rest. Not only did she engage in playful banter with the fans, she was also incredibly comfortable in front of the crowd. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the Apink darling is so well-loved amongst fans. Not only does she feel like someone you’ve known for a long time, but she also has a way of making you feel constantly engaged during her show, even without external theatrics or high energy dance numbers.

Given the success of Jeong Eun Ji’s first solo concert here, this definitely won’t be the last we will see of her. And who knows, maybe she might just invite five other special guests to join her here the next round!

Feature image credit: Jasmine Ong

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NCT 127 Announces Singapore Date For Their First Ever World Tour

10 Jun 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

Get ready, NCTzens! Local concert organiser One Production just dropped the news that NCT 127 will be heading to Singapore for their first world tour NEO CITY: The Origin.

Since kicking off their tour in Seoul back in January, the K-pop outfit has gone on to perform an ambitious string of arena shows in North America and Europe – and they show no signs of losing steam as they continue their trek towards global domination. There’s no doubting their burgeoning popularity in Asia either; the Bangkok leg of their tour that is set to take place this June, was sold out in a matter of minutes. Their next stop to conquer? Singapore!

Slated to perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium come July, NCT 127 will be bringing the house down with a fiery mix of fan-favourite hits such as ‘Cherry Bomb’, ‘Fire Truck’ and ‘Limitless’ as well as new tracks off their latest EP We Are Superhuman.

NCT 127 WORLD TOUR ‘NEO CITY SINGAPORE The Origin

NCT 127 WORLD TOUR ‘NEO CITY SINGAPORE – The Origin
Date:
20 July 2019
Time:
5pm
Venue:
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $288, $248, $208, $168

Tickets will go on sale 23 June, 12pm across all SportsHubTix ticketing channels. Singtel customers can enjoy an exclusive pre-sale on 22 June, 10am to 11.59pm.

Meanwhile, check out the music video for their latest comeback track ‘Superhuman’:

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There were plenty of reasons to anticipate this year’s Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019, especially with its star-studded lineup of legendary acts such as Cardi B, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse set to take the F1 Night Race stage.

We’ve got bad news, however: the race promoters have just announced that Cardi B had to regretfully cancel her scheduled performance due to “a major rescheduling of her September and October tour”. Earlier this month, the ‘Press’ rap star had reportedly cancelled a number of upcoming shows in order to “recover from plastic surgery”, including the Manchester music spectacle Parklife Festival that just concluded this weekend.

But the show must go on! Taking her headlining slot is none other than American singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani, who will be bringing an epic set of crowd-favourite hits to the Padang Stage on 21 September. This marks her long-awaited return to our shores more than a decade after her last appearance here, where she performed to a sold-out crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as part of her 2007 The Sweet Escape tour.

The Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019 will be taking place from 20 to 22 September at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Tickets to catch Gwen Stefani’s concert and the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019 start from $188 for a single-day Saturday ticket and $278 for a three-day ticket. For more information, head over to www.singaporegp.sg

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It’s no secret that K-pop supergroup BTS has a huge presence here in Singapore – how else were they able to play out a sold-out crowd of 45,000 at the National Stadium back in January? As much as we are in awe of the septet’s massive popularity, there’s no denying the sheer dedication of Singaporean ARMYs either. Case in point: investing in a MRT ad banner.

Walk pass the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and you might notice seven gorgeous lads who found themselves a temporary home in one of the advertisement panels – which is actually a fan support project organised in celebration of the group’s 6th year anniversary on 13 June. The craziest part? This is just the first part of the project.

While fan support projects have become an increasingly common practice within the local K-pop community (think fanchants, fanmade slogans and cup sleeve events), it’s a first for fans to purchase a full-blown billboard for a Korean act in one of the busiest spots in town. Although subway ads for idol birthdays or anniversaries are dime a dozen in Seoul, putting up an ad in our very own MRT stations isn’t exactly cheap. In fact, it could probably amount to thousands of dollars depending on its duration – but Singaporean ARMYs proved that there’s strength in numbers.

To make the upcoming anniversary a memorable one, a group of BTS diehards decided to pool together their funds to bring the ambitious yet meaningful project to life. Naysayers might dismiss this as just another foolish fangirl antic, but this marks a significant milestone for both the group and the fans – after all, they are the first ever fandom to buy out an entire MRT banner. And for that alone, you gotta give ’em major credit.

Their efforts paid off. Fans were delighted to see the billboard in its full glory, and many flocked down to snap a picture for keepsake.



Even non-ARMYs were impressed!

Say what you want about ARMYs (or K-pop fans in general) at the end of the day, but their dedication in showing genuine support for their idols is undeniably admirable.

In the meantime, the BTS advertisement will be up from now till 3 July so be sure to pop by the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and show the boys some love!

Featured image credit: jkookiety @ Twitter

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More often than not, video games are what keeps people up at night – whether you are attempting to complete a game in one go, ranking for the best prizes or simply too excited to put it down – it is the undisputed fact of life. One game company, however, is hoping to debunk that mindset once and for all through the famous Pokémon franchise’s latest smartphone app in the works, Pokémon Sleep.

Before delving into the intriguing dreamscape of this yet-to-be-released game, one must understand that this isn’t just another game to Pokémon’s mother company Nintendo. The wildly popular Pokémon Go had taken the world by storm and got even the most reclusive gamers to get out of their rooms and hunt for wild Pokémon – and while the hype for that has died down somewhat, there are still dedicated communities for the game, so much that recent Pokémon Go events such as the Safari Zone reel in a good amount of visitors.

After creating a fitness lifestyle app through Pokémon Go, the company then turned towards another important health necessity: sleeping. Of course, Pokémon Sleep isn’t the most imaginative name, but we reckon it gets the point across easily, even if it did spawn a number of memes.

So, what details have been released so far? During the 2019 Pokémon Press Conference in May, it was revealed that the app will be used in conjunction with a new device known as Pokémon Go Plus+. This device is able to track one’s sleeping habits using Bluetooth, as long as the user’s smartphone is placed next to them in bed. Based on the analytics, your gameplay experience will then be adjusted according to your sleeping patterns. This means you’ll soon be able to wake up with Pokemon every morning – who knew sleep could be so entertaining?

The game remains still shrouded in mystery for now, but as it aims to be released in 2020, more information will be sure to surface soon – maybe even as close as during the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the world’s largest video game industry trade event.

Meanwhile, Pokémon Go had celebrated the news by announcing a higher appearance rate of the rare sleeping Snorlax – the Pokémon best known for sleeping the day away. Go catch ’em snores!

Watc the 2019 Pokémon Press Conference here:

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