For those who are familiar with Kim Jae Hwan, you’d know that the former boy bander-turned-soloist is best known for his powerful vocal chops from his Wanna One days. But underneath his melodic voice and dreamy guitar skills, it was his cheeky sense of humour that really shone throughout the two-hour show.

Having been to our fair share of K-pop fanmeetings in Singapore, we were half-expecting to be greeted with a galore of finger hearts and cheesy dialogues – you know, the usual fanservice drill. However, what ensued was a highly entertaining display of spontaneous liners and meme-worthy moments that never failed to leave fans (and us) in stitches. Affectionately known as “jjaeni” to fans, the 23-year-old is chatty and affable as he bantered comfortably with the crowd.

Here are some of our favourite quips of the night.

“Merlion? Can it be eaten?”

While getting recommendations from fans on some of the tourist attractions in Singapore, the idol was evidently bewildered about our national icon, Merlion. Upon hearing the explanation that the Merlion is a half lion and half fish, a wide-eyed Jae Hwan exclaimed, “How is it possible? Is it food? Can it be eaten?”

“MBS? I only know MBC.”

When asked if he had ever been to Marina Bay Sands, Jae Hwan responded matter-of-factly that he only knows MBC, a Korean broadcasting company. Well, at least he was being honest!

“I’m not a yoseknam.”

We all know that Jae Hwan loves eating – after all, fans adore his trademark mandu (dumpling) cheeks – but how good is he in the kitchen? The singer replied with a laugh, “There’s this Korean expression called yoseknam, which refers to a sexy guy who can cook. I’m not that guy. I only like to eat.”

“It’s too expensive!”

As an idol who frequently travels overseas for schedules, most of his time is spent in hotel rooms. But like most civilians, Jae Hwan strongly opposes to the idea of raiding the minibar. “You’re not supposed to eat food from the minibar. It’s too expensive!” he exclaimed. “You can get the same item for so much cheaper at the convenience store.” We love a relatable man!

“I ate 50 pieces of kaya toast before the show.”

Unlike other celebrities who are obsessed about chilli crab, it seemed like our classic breakfast staple of kaya toast has managed to win over Jae Hwan’s heart (or in this case, stomach). “I ate about 50 pieces of kaya toast before the show,” he announced, before going on to express his love for kaya toast by acting out a mock commercial, accompanied with an impromptu jingle. Someone get him a kaya toast CF deal!

“Wait for me while counting sheep!”

Trust Jae Hwan to ask the audience to count sheep in between his performances. While most artistes would usually retreat backstage for a change of outfits without saying a word, the unpredictable idol instructed fans to “count sheep until 50” while waiting for him to change his clothes. As expected from our resident meme king!

Meanwhile, BRB while we continue counting sheep till Jae Hwan returns to Singapore for (hopefully) a full concert…

Featured image credit: Unusual Productions

What was your favourite moment of the night? Drop some Jae Hwan love in the comments below!

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5 Things You Need To Know About Rising Pop Star Bazzi

8 Jul 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

If you’re someone who lives and breathes the airwaves, you’d probably be familiar with ‘Mine’, that one viral hit that catapulted American singer-songwriter Bazzi to mainstream stardom and birthed a swelling fanbase of loyal supporters (that includes famous names such as BTS and Camila Cabello). You may know him as the voice behind the breakout track, but how much do you really know about the ‘Mine’ hitmaker?

We caught up with the rising pop star via an email interview to find out some fun facts about him!

#1 One word to describe Bazzi?

“Passionate,” says the 20-year-old singer, who grew up learning how to play the guitar at the age of four in the suburbs of Michigan, before packing his bags for Los Angeles to pursue his music career on a whim – and he never looked back. Since finding viral fame with ‘Mine’, Bazzi has hardly been resting on his laurels, but we’re glad to hear that he’s been enjoying the ride. “It’s been a mixture of non-stop work and fun,” he shares. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

#2 His dream collaborator is J. Cole

Despite being relatively new to the music scene, Bazzi has already teamed up with plenty of notable artistes including Marshmello and Camila Cabello. So when asked about his dream collaboration, he didn’t hesitate to give this talented rapper a shoutout. “I would love to work with J. Cole,” he confesses. “His music is so inspiring and he really pushes the culture forward. He also produces his own music like how I do mine.” One thing’s certain though; it’s sure to be a hit.

#3 He’s written for your fav K-pop acts

Besides his own discography, what you might not know is that the versatile singer-songwriter has also penned a handful of bangers for artistes under SM Entertainment. Some of his recent works include ‘The Eve’ for EXO, ‘Move’ for SHINee’s Taemin and ‘We Go Up’ for NCT Dream. He shares, “I enjoy writing K-pop songs, but I write for whichever artiste I’m writing for at the time. When I write a Bazzi track, the intention is totally different.” Regardless, we love all of his tunes anyway!

#4 He just dropped a new bop in April

If his viral earworm ‘Mine’ isn’t enough to get you hooked on his music, his latest pop anthem ‘Paradise’ might just make you an instant Bazzi enthusiast. “I wanted to write a song that would make you feel nostalgic about a time that made you happy,” he explains about the inspiration behind the track. “Paradise doesn’t have to be a place; you can find paradise in a person, an experience, or a song.”

Well, it looks like we found our ‘Paradise’ in Bazzi!

#5 More Bazzi music is in the works

Bazzi has one busy year ahead! In just a couple of days, he’s set to perform his first ever show in Singapore. Apart from touring, the singer reveals that he’s also working hard on new music so fans certainly have much to look forward to.

We’ll leave you with this iconic Bazzi tweet.

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Special thanks to Hype Records for the interview opportunity!

PSA: Don’t miss Bazzi at his one-night-only concert in Singapore on 17 July at The Star Theatre! Tickets are available here.

Following their sell-out concerts across North America and Europe, Korean hip-hop trio Epik High will be hitting our shores for the Singapore leg of their ongoing world tour.

No stranger to our little red dot, Epik High (made up of Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz) has previously performed here back in 2014 and 2015 – but this marks their first standalone show on our island since their inception, and it’s also their first Southeast Asian stop in the tour.

Longtime fans will not only get to indulge in nostalgic singalongs of the hip-hop sensation’s decades-spanning discography, but also witness pulsating performances of fresh tracks off their latest studio album Sleepless in __________ such as ‘Lovedrunk’ featuring Crush and ‘Eternal Sunshine’ (produced by Suga of BTS).

2019 Epik High in Singapore

2019 Epik High in Singapore
Date: 14 September 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa
Tickets: $128 (Early Bird), $148 (Standard), $228 (VIP)

Tickets will go on sale 15 July, 10am via VIP ticket holders are entitled to a group photo with Epik High, along with priority entry to the venue as well as a poster.

Meanwhile, check out the music video for their latest track ‘Lovedrunk’ starring IU:

If there’s a word that best describes Jay Park, it’s sexy.

Which is why we’re not surprised that the Korean-American rapper decided to name his upcoming world tour after his 2018 track ‘Sexy 4Eva’. Well, it looks like things are about to get even sexier: the 32-year-old is set bring the sizzle to our shores for the Singapore leg of his world tour.

From a former boy-bander who rose back up from the ashes, to a bonafide extraordinaire helming his own independent record label, the AOMG boss’s success story is truly one to admire. And Jay hasn’t slowed down one bit since his entrepreneurial fame; instead, the charismatic rapper has been hard at work on delivering chart-bursting bangers and embarking on tours all over the world – with his latest installment being the Sexy 4Eva tour.

Come September, fans can expect a blistering set of fan-favourite tracks along with fresh tunes off his latest EP Nothing Matters. And with the rap star recently hitting the gym to get rid of his #dadbod, it’s safe to say we can look forward to some solid abs action on stage as well!

Jay Park 2019 World Tour Sexy 4Eva In Singapore
Date: 6 September 2019
Time: TBC
Venue: TBC

Tickets will go on sale 12 July, 10am. Stay tuned for more details!

Meanwhile, check out Jay Park’s latest music video for ‘Feng Shui’:

As one of the biggest brand anchors at Jewel Changi Airport, Skechers Singapore will be having a grand opening of their new brand experience store on 18 July, with Skechers brand ambassadors Justin Huang Minghao and Huang Xinchun of NEX7 (乐华七子) gracing the event!

Set to be the first and largest brand experience store in Southeast Asia, shoppers can expect a renewed retail experience with the most extensive range of Skechers apparel, shoes and accessories along with Jewel-exclusive collections that couldn’t be found anywhere else. What’s more, it’s also the first store in Singapore to offer a customisation zone for customers to personalise their newly-purchase goods.

In celebration of the grand opening, fans of the Chinese talent discovery show Idol Producer (also known as the China version of Produce 101) are in for a treat as Justin Huang and Huang Xinchun of popular C-pop boy band NEX7 are set to make their first official visit to Singapore through a special appearance at the event.

Not only will you be able to meet the boys in real life, some lucky fans may even stand a chance to get up-close with Justin and Xinchun in person! Simply head down to the Skechers store at Jewel Changi Airport to make a purchase and you get to participate in a raffle to be selected as one of the winners.

You can also score posters and Skechers gift vouchers by snapping a picture with NEX7 at the photo zone on level two and posting it on your Instagram or Facebook account – don’t forget to tag @skecherssg and #skecherssg #skechersJewel to be qualified. Until then, be sure to stay tuned to their socials for more details!

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