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Kehlani Was Sweet, Sexy And Savage At Her Singapore Debut Show

31 May 2018 by Nicole Chan

At only 23, the bold R&B songstress hailing from Oakland has already achieved a multitude of successes for her youthful age – from lending her honeyed yet fierce vocals to ‘Gangsta’ from Suicide Squad: The Album, to earning a Grammy nomination for her record-breaking debut album SweetSexySavage. And now, for the first time ever, she brings her renowned tour of said album to the shores of Singapore!

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Despite the concert being held at the scaled-down event space at [email protected] Box, Kehlani still managed to put on a phenomenal show equivalent to a full-fledged concert at a stadium. With her infectious energy and rockin’ dance moves accompanied with the synchronised flashing lights, the vivacious singer kept her dedicated audience grooving along to hit after hit throughout the set. Albeit a short (but sweet) one-hour, she made it one heck of a night to remember as she performed almost the entire catalogue of her latest record. Fans bopped to her catchy, head-banging smashes such as ‘CRZY’ and ‘I Wanna Be’, while singing along to the more soulful, pared-down numbers like ‘Hold Me By The Heart’ and ‘Honey’. 

Photo by Alvin Ho | LAMC Productions

Wrapping up the show on an emotional note, Kehlani affirmed that “if y’all got arenas out here, one day I’ll play ’em and that means when I play the biggest venue in Singapore, I’m going to remember this one. So if you’re at this show, this is history.” And when the day comes, you can be there to say “we were here first”.

Image credits: Aloysius Lim & Alvin Ho for LAMC Productions

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The boys of SEVENTEEN just seem to get bigger and bigger every year, and they certainly show no signs of stopping. Hot on the heels of their second full-length effort TEEN, AGE (oh hey, Teenage says hi!), the K-pop hit machine is set to embark on their IDEAL CUT concert tour in June, including a hotly-anticipated stop in Singapore!

Last September, SEVENTEEN put up a stellar show for their Diamond Edge tour at the smaller-scale Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre. But this year, the 13-member group is finally getting the arena treatment they rightfully deserve at the Singapore Indoor Stadium! It’s no surprise that tickets to their three-day concert in Seoul were all snapped up in a flash, but judging from the massive turnout in Singapore last year, we have no doubts that the local Carats will be out in full force this time too.

2018 SEVENTEEN CONCERT 'IDEAL CUT' in Singapore

2018 SEVENTEEN CONCERT ‘IDEAL CUT’ in Singapore
Date: 21 September 2018
Time: TBC
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium

Ticket details have yet to be revealed, but it’s not too early to start saving up! Stay tuned for more information.

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Plenty of big-name acts have rocked the Singapore F1 Grand Prix stage over the last decade, but 2018’s edition looks set to be the biggest one yet. 

Now in its 11th year, the annual night race extravaganza boasts a mammoth bill of major artistes performing across the three-day event, including Mandopop legend Jay Chou, pop diva Dua Lipa, EDM star Martin Garrix and more. Aside from Jay Chou, there are also other Asian acts worth checking out such as Japanese rock band Sekai No Owari, Indonesian folk-pop duo Stars and Rabbit and Chinese DJ Lizzy Wang.

For those looking to soak up the local vibes, our very own homegrown favourites M1LDL1FE, MYRNE and Joanna Dong – who will be reuniting with her Sing!China mentor Jay Chou on stage – will also be repping the 65 during the action-packed weekend. 

Here’s the complete entertainment lineup:

Headliners

  • Jay Chou (14 Sep, Zone 4 Padang Stage)
  • The Killers (15 Sep, Zone 4 Padang Stage)
  • Liam Gallagher (15 Sep, Zone 4 Padang Stage)
  • Martin Garrix (16 Sep, Zone 4 Padang Stage)
  • Dua Lipa (16 Sep, Zone 4 Padang Stage)
  • Simply Red (16 Sep, Zone 1 Village Stage)
  • The Sugarhill Gang (15 Sep, Zone 1 Village Stage | 16 Sep, Zone 4 Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)
  • Sekai No Owari (15 Sep, Zone 4 Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)
  • Young Fathers (15 Sep, Zone 4 Downtown | 16 Sep, Zone 1 Sunset Stage)
  • Björn Again (14 Sep, Zone 1 Village Stage | 15 Sep, Zone 4 Esplanade Outdoor Theatre | 16 Sep, Zone 1 Sunset Stage)

Support acts

  • Abby Simone
  • Afro Celt Sound System
  • Bonesthemachine & Drewdollaz
  • Boys in the Band
  • Crystal Moon
  • EATMEPOPTART
  • EMONIGHTSG
  • House Gospel Choir
  • Joanna Dong
  • Lizzy Wang
  • MYRNE
  • Stars and Rabbit
  • The Bucket Boy – Matthew Pretty
  • Two Gentlemen

The Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2018 is happening from 14 to 16 September. Tickets are available here – grab ’em before they’re gone!

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K-pop fanatics unite: Touted as the largest K-pop music festival to hit the region, the first-of-its-kind HallyuPopFest 2018 will be bringing together “an unprecedented number” of the hottest Hallyu acts to town this September.

Happening from 7 to 9 September 2018, fans can look forward to three days of K-pop goodness along with an exciting array of festival activities during the inaugural music extravaganza. While the complete lineup of performers has yet to be unveiled at press time, the organisers at Singapore-based firm H.A.H. Entertainment promises “a strong base of fan favourites peppered with a few new faces”. We can’t wait already!

[UPDATED]

Here’s the lineup so far:

#1 BTOB

BTOB HallyuPopFest 2018 Singapore

#2 Soyou

Soyou HallyuPopFest 2018 Singapore

#3 Gugudan

Gugudan HallyuPopFest 2018 Singapore

#4 Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher HallyuPopFest 2018 Singapore

#5 MYTEEN

MYTEEN HallyuPopFest 2018 Singapore

#6 Apink

Apink HallyuPopFest 2018 Singapore

#7 Eric Nam

Eric Nam HallyuPopFest 2018 Singapore

This post will be updated as more information is revealed.

Which K-pop act would you like to see at HallyuPopFest 2018? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mention Eric Nam and you would think of the Korean-American heartthrob as the perfect boyfriend straight out of a romantic K-drama. But is he, really?

And we don’t blame you: who wouldn’t fall for someone who literally went out of his way to greet fans at the airport when he was in town for dal.komm COFFEE’s first anniversary celebrations? But beyond his sweet-natured personality, we saw him as a hard-working musician who stays true to his craft and yearns to break out of his comfort zone. Gone is the “nation’s boyfriend” we used to know – Honestly-era Eric Nam is unafraid to express himself and take risks with his new music, which just made us love him even more. Ahead, the charming crooner opens up about his ambitious new record, his image change and more during the press conference.

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On his new album Honestly

“As this is my first album in a little over two years, it took a lot of time and hard work to put it all together. I want to call it a piece of art that really showcases a different side of my music as well as my personality, and stories that are a bit different from what I’ve been telling before.”

On his radical image change

“In Korea, people think of me as the sweet, romantic and nice guy-next-door who’s like the perfect boyfriend material. Which is fine – I appreciate it, but it had me in a box where I wasn’t able to do things outside of it. Honestly is a departure from that, so there are no romantic songs in this album at all. It took a lot of me, in convincing, fighting and demanding things I’ve not done before, to be able to move into a new area of music.”

On the blood, sweat and tears that went into the album

“As an artist, you have to stay true to the kind of stories you want to tell your audience and show development as you go on in your career. I don’t want to feel stuck or stalled creatively, so there was a lot of frustration. I cried as I made this, blood was probably involved when I had small scruffs here and there, there were a few instances when I got into an accident too… Nothing permanently damaging though so it’s all good.”

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On being honest in his lyrics

“You know how songs are typically like ‘I love you so much’ or ‘I’m so sad now because we’re done’, right? But there aren’t a lot of songs that talk about the process of breaking up because nobody wants to talk about it, and those are the kind of emotions I wanted to put into this album. When I first played it in Korea, people are doubtful about it but I think once they start listening to the lyrics and looking into the mirrors, they will eventually understand the message behind it and feel like they can relate to it.”

On a possible collaboration with Khalid

“We’ve known each other for two years now and have been talking about it for a while, but he’s been so busy lately and everyone wants to work with him so it might be hard. Hopefully something may come out of it soon!”

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On his love for coffee

“My day doesn’t start until I had a cup of coffee. Depending on the day, I’ll usually have four to six cups of coffee. I’m pretty dependent on coffee – although I don’t get headaches or withdrawals, I tend to feel very lethargic if I haven’t had my dose of caffeine for the day.”

On his virgin durian experience

“Last September, I came to Singapore for a TV show and tried it then. I’m very in between; I do like the sweet one but I don’t fancy the bitter one… I don’t want to say love, but I’m learning to enjoy durians.”

Listen to Eric Nam’s latest album Honestly, out now.

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