Coming to Singapore by popular demand, K-pop girl group gugudan will be staging a live show on our shores come 27 September.
Thanks to popular Korean music survival show, Produce 101, most K-pop fans would’ve already heard of gugudan, Jellyfish Entertainment’s latest K-pop girl group even before the 9-outfit band’s debut back in 2016. And even with their rookie status, the girls have quickly rose to fame with their debut mini album, ‘Act. 1 The Little Mermaid’ and follow-up record, ‘Act.2 Narcissus’ which was released earlier this year.
Now, Dear Friends (gugudan’s official fandom) will be able to meet these up-and-comers on our sunny shores, through their first ever ‘gugudan Live Show In Singapore’! A joint effort between MyMusicTaste and Jellyfish Entertainment, fans can look forward to gugudan hits like ‘Wonderland’ and ‘A Girl Like Me’, amongst other exciting performances.
gugudan Live Show in Singapore 2017
Date: 27 September 2017 Time: 7:30pm Venue: The MasterCard Sands Theater Tickets: Ultimate Package $218, gugudan Package $158, A Reserve $88, B Reserve $68 Pre-sale tickets will be available on 22 August (Tuesday) at 4pm via one-time use promo codes. Public sales will commence on 24 August (Thursday) at 4PM.
For tickets and more information, head to www.mymusictaste.com
Sorry Descendants of the Sun fans: while Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo’s love have blossomed on the set, it seems like our favourite onscreen couple turned real-life lovers have no plans of having a Song-Song reunion on screen anytime soon.
With the wedding bells ringing, it comes as no surprise that Song Joong Ki would inevitably be met with a barrage of questions about his wife-to-be. All smiles during the press conference for The Battleship Island star tour in Singapore, he revealed: “Working with [Song Hye Kyo] in the future is something I have to give more thought to. I think it would be challenging because work is work, so it might be a little tough to work on the same production.” Oh well, Descendants of the Sun marathon anybody?
On a happier note, the Korean heartthrob also mentioned that he would be inviting The Battleship Island director Ryoo Seung Wan along with his co-stars Hwang Jung Min and So Ji Sub to his wedding, which will be taking place at The Shilla Seoul on 31 October. Ahead of the nuptials, Song Joong Ki was in town to promote his new blockbuster wartime flick, which sees him reprising the role of a heroic soldier after charming the socks of everyone – even Song Hye Kyo – in Big Boss fashion back in Descendants of the Sun.
In The Battleship Island, the 31-year-old portrays a special forces agent who is dispatched by the Korean Liberation Army to a labour camp on Japan’s Hashima Island (known as Battleship Island) during World War II. “If you count the number of years I’ve served national service in Korea as well as playing the role of a soldier in Descendants of the Sun and The Battleship Island, I’ve been living the life of a soldier for about five years now,” he quips, drawing laughter from the media crowd. “So it has become something natural to me. Besides, I’ve been sporting short hair after serving the army so I could comfortably immerse myself into the role.”
Even so, he admitted taking on this film does come with its challenges, particularly having to lose weight in order to depict the role of malnourished captive labourers. One can’t help but ask: who is the most likely to possess the best survival skills among the three actors?
It was a clear win for Song Joong Ki, who “recently served his national service so the skills from the training are fresh in his memory” according to So Ji Sub – to which the actor cheekily agreed “because I’m the youngest”.
We can’t wait to see Captain Yoo back in action!
Catch The Battleship Island, staring Song Joong Ki, So Ji Sub and Hwang Jung Min in theatres on 17 August.
Keeping up with your favourite stars – from Kim Kardashian to Justin Bieber and even Ansel Elgort – just got a lot easier with their official emojis.
We’ve all been there at some point – trying to find that one emoji to convey the most abstract of thought, only to be disappointed after scrolling through the whole library. If you’re anything like me, then you would have days when you’re feeling as agonised as Kim Kardashian’s meme-worthy breakdown; or moments when you need to dish out Justin Bieber’s motivational quote of ‘never say never’. So instead of actually having to type your thoughts out painstakingly, won’t it be easier to just send a celebrity emoji straight to your friend? Yep, you heard it right. Kim Kardashian is not the only celebrity with an official emoji collection, and here’s a list that we’ve rounded up to help you keep up with these stars.
Image credit: KIMOJI
For a personality as colourful and diverse as Kim Kardashian herself, having her own library of emoji seemed like the a natural thing to do. Immortalised in caricature are some of her iconic expressions and scandals, which will undoubtedly make any chat much livelier and animated. With over 500 emojis, stickers and GIFs, you’ll be surprised at how often a crying Kim can actually be considered a valid response.
It seems like Justin Bieber might be indulging in his pre-pubescent boy-next-door charm back when he first started with his this line of emojis, which is more adorable than grungy. And interestingly, many of his cartoon stickers and icons draw on his past experiences – such as that one time he was charged for egging his neighbour’s house, or that other time when he announced that he would stop taking pictures with fans – and pokes fun at it (he also pokes at his abs in a shirtless icon – yes, you’re welcome).
Just like her shocking revelation about the time she dated Kanye West, the collection of emojis by Amber Rose is both bold and unapologetic. You’ll find yourself getting acquainted with situations you never knew was possible, like leaping out of a cake in a bikini, or twerking on the edge of a pink vehicle. Perfect for unpredictable situations and everything else under the sun.
You don’t know it yet, but Ansel is slowly creeping into your life, one mobile screen at a time. You’re probably already re-watching The Fault in Our Stars, or hitting the replay button to his steamy music video ‘Thief’. And now, you can send (spam) his animated expressions to all your friends. “I constantly send stupid selfies to my friends making funny emoji-like expressions, so then I came up with this crazy idea … ANSELFIE! ANSELFIES are emojis! Made by yours truly!” said the heartthrob. Well, thank you Ansel, thank you.
ANSELFIE – emojis by Ansel, developed by Jonah Kaner, $2.99, available on the App Store.
Image credit: GAGAmoji
Mother Monster’s gag-worthy emoji collection ranges from designs that’ll steal budding musicians’ hearts, to homage-esque hashtags and cut-outs to honour the Grammy-winning songstress. To quote the meme: “YAAAAAAAAAAAAAS GAGA YOU LOOK SO GOOD”.
GAGAmoji, developed by House of Gaga Publishing, $1.99, available on the App Store.
What are your favourite emojis to use? Express yo’ self in the comments section!
The Sundown Festival, which celebrates the best of Asian music, returns for its eighth outing with local acts taking over the spotlight!
Happening on 5 August 2017 at the City Beach Resort, there’s no better way to get into the festive National Day cheer than immersing yourself with the very best of Singapore’s music scene. In anticipation of the concert, the Teenage team caught up with three of the acts –Derrick Hoh, FARRAGO, and Jack & Rai.
How does it feel to be headlining the first all-Singaporean lineup of Sundown Festival?
I feel incredibly excited! I’ve been pushing local music to everyone I’ve worked with throughout my music career and to be able to be part of this year’s line-up is extremely exciting for me.
Any homegrown acts that have caught your eye recently?
Ling Kai! We touched base recently, and I’ve been a secret admirer of her work. Her music is very different from what I do but I love that untamed nature of her music – it’s very refreshing. Hopefully we can work together in the future!
What can we expect from your upcoming live showcase at the Esplanade?
It’s going to be extremely intimate. Besides debuting my new singles, I am going to have many close interactions with my fans. Since my last showcase, my life was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride and I can’t wait to share these experiences with my fans on stage.
What’s next in the pipeline for you?
I’ll be busy filming a drama in Singapore and working on brand new singles for myself. I’ll also have multiple releases in the coming months as a songwriter, with songs I penned for some great artists. Unfortunately, I can’t disclose them now but stay tuned to my social media channels to get the latest updates.
This isn’t your first time performing on the Sundown stage. As a headlining act, how does it make you feel this time round?
The organisers of Sundown Festival have been good to us over the years. It’s great to be asked back and we are looking forward to playing to people who may not have heard our music yet.
What are three songs off your discography you think a first-time listener should definitely check out.
‘Hissy Fit’, ‘Traffic Lights’ and ‘Trilby Hats and Sunflowers’.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
That is extremely hard to answer as a group. We all have very different tastes in music, hence the name of the band. Some examples – Toto, Slayer, Dream Theater, Beck, Brian Wilson, No Doubt, Courtney Love and Stevie Wonder. Confusing, right?
What’s next in the pipeline for you?
It’s time to get recording again. Some new material is ready to be worked on and hopefully we can step up to another level. Unfortunately, the studio we recorded our album at has closed its doors so we are still trying to figure the logistics out. That is the plan in the next few months. Pete, are you reading this?
What are your thoughts on the current music scene and how has the landscape changed from when you first started out?
The scene is really vibrant now, as compared to when we first started in 2002! Digital music production has allowed more musicians to record their own material and put it out there, so we’ve actually seen quite a surge of young musicians being heard online, plus NAC’s Noise Programme has also provided a pretty consistent platform to showcase some of these acts live.
Any homegrown acts that caught your eye recently?
Plenty! More recently, we’ve seen acts like LEW, Shak, Stopgap and Take Two (now known as M1LDL1FE) and we totally enjoy the music they are creating.
If you could turn back in time and have a conversation with Jack & Rai circa 2005, what would you say to them and how would they respond?
Present: Guys, you really need to start writing and releasing more of your own material, make music videos, get on Youtube and do more of your own stuff!
2005: Got it, bros! We’re working on it progressively!
Present: *roll eyes*
You guys are known to have great teamwork, but when was the last time you guys disagreed on something?
The last time? Probably on which song to play next in our set, which usually results in a blank stare and then one of us quickly reacts to jump into the intro of the song he wants to play!
Catch the Sundown Festival 2017 on 5 August at the City Beach Resort, Labrador Park. Tickets from $15, Sistic.
A week after cancelling his Purpose World Tour, Justin Bieber takes to Instagram to share a very important message.
Justin Bieber has constantly been in the news since the cancellation of his Purpose World Tour. In those seven days alone, he hit the headlines multiple times – accidentally running into a paparazzo with his pickup truck, unleashing backlash from fans for wearing Purpose merch, and drawing flak from fellow musicians for cancelling said tour. And there’s been tons of gossip and speculation about Justin’s true reason for backing out of the tour.
Turns out, it’s pretty simple. Taking to Instagram to share a heartfelt post (in a snapshot of a word document), Justin addresses fans directly, telling them how grateful he has been for this journey with them, that “learning and growing hasn’t always been easy but knowing I’m not alone has kept me growing”.
He continues by ‘fessing up how he has “let his broken relationships dictate the way I acted toward people and the way I treated them”, and that he has let “bitterness, jealousy and fear run my life”. JB adds, that he’s aware that “I’m never gonna be perfect, and I’m gonna keep making mistakes but what I’m not gonna do is let my past dictate my future…” and that he “wants to be a man that learns from them and grows from them”.
Offering more insight on why he cancelled his tour, JB continues, “Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be sustainable. I want my career to be sustainable but I also want my mind, heart and soul to be sustainable.”
The fact that he admits outright the need to take time off his intense and very hectic schedule (years of back-to-back touring for 150 shows across 6 continents!) is very important. While it seems like a no brainer that everyone would need to take breaks from time to time to focus on themselves and their wellbeing, the fact is that many fail to acknowledge this, much less practice it.
And even though most people aren’t multimillionaires with legions of fans, JB’s situation is highly relatable. Living in a fast-paced society with endless deadlines to meet and commitments to juggle, burn out seems inevitable if we don’t learn how to slow down. Learn to be okay with setting time aside to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, be like JB – take all the time you need to relax and recharge.
Like he puts it: “THIS MESSAGE IS IS VERY GRAMMATICALLY INCORRECT BUT ITS FROM THE HEART. BUT I THINK THERES SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT IMPERFECTIONS!!” (sic)
Featured image credit: Billboard
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