2019 has barely begun, but concert announcements are already starting to roll out. Just this month alone, we’ve gotten news that not just one, but three rising girl groups are set to make their way to Singapore in the coming months.

As part of their Lovelyz 3 of Winter World tour, K-pop sweethearts Lovelyz will be performing in Singapore for the first time ever. Having made their debut in 2014, the Woolim girl group has been gradually earworming their way to everyone’s hearts with their bubblegum tunes and girl-next-door appeal. Fan benefits are also aplenty – besides a guaranteed high-touch for everyone, you might also get the opportunity to take group photos as well as receive exclusive selfie polaroids and signed posters from the Lovelyz members. Can local Lovelinus get any luckier?

Just days after, fans can get ready to welcome Dreamcatcher back to our shores, who will be embarking on their Southeast Asian tour titled Invitation from Nightmare City. Hot on the heels of their recent comeback with ‘Piri’, the charming ladies of Dreamcatcher will be here to enthral fans with their addictive blend of horror movie-esque stylings and rock-heavy elements that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

That’s not all – GFriend has also dropped dates for their upcoming 2019 Asia Tour, which includes Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Taipei and of course, Singapore. Known for their string of bright melodies and upbeat dance numbers like ‘Me Gustas Tu’, ‘Rough’ and their recent hit ‘Sunrise’, fans are in for an electrifying time with the girls of GFriend.

Fellow fanboys (and girls), it’s time to start saving up!

Lovelyz 3 of Winter World in Singapore

Lovelyz 3 of Winter World in Singapore
Date: 17 March 2019
Time: 6pm
Venue: [email protected] Box
Tickets: $218 (VIP), $158 (Cat 1), $88 (Cat 2)

Tickets will go on sale 23 February 10am via www.apactix.com.

DREAMCATCHER Invitation from Nightmare City in Singapore

DREAMCATCHER Invitation from Nightmare City in Singapore
Date: 22 March 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Gateway Theatre
Tickets: $208 (VIP), $88 (GA)

Tickets are now available on www.apactix.com.

GFriend Asia Tour 2019

GFriend 2019 Asia Tour
Date: 20 July 2019
Time: TBC
Venue: The Star Theatre

Ticketing details to be revealed at a later date.

Which of these K-pop girl groups do you stan? Tell us in the comments below!

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14 Rom-Coms To Binge-Watch This Valentine's Day

13 Feb 2019 by Jasmine Ong

Love is in the air as the most romantic day of the year fast approaches! Instead of squeezing with the rest of the crowd, why not get cosy in the comfort of your home with a good flick or two? In honour of 14 February, here are 14 romantic comedy delights that will get you into the mood for love.

#1 13 Going On 30

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Before it became one of the iconic references in Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ music video, 13 Going On 30 was the ultimate rom-com of the early 2000s. After her 13th birthday party goes awry, Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) wanted nothing more than to become an adult ASAP. Her wish becomes a reality when she wakes up the next morning, all grown-up with a successful life and career. As she navigates this confusing new chapter of her life, she realises that being an adult isn’t all that she had imagined it to be. What ensues is a poignant lesson in love, heartbreak and what it means to be careful for what you wish for.

#2 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Currently in its fourth and final season, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend comprises of musical numbers and endearing characters in an exaggerated yet incredibly engrossing plot about a young woman who leaves her successful life in New York, in order to find happiness with her ex-boyfriend in his suburban hometown. Instead of an easy reunion like she had hoped for, she is met with countless obstacles which forces her to re-evaluate her actions going forward, as she tries desperately to rekindle romance with the man of her dreams.

#3 Crazy Rich Asians

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There’s no better time to relive the box office hit Crazy Rich Asians than on Valentine’s Day. Identify the familiar local sights as you follow Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) on her trip to Singapore with her beau Nick Young (Henry Golding) for his best friend’s wedding. Little did she know that the discovery of Nick’s background is going to be the least of her worries when she sees how complicated their relationship can get amidst the gap in their social class.

#4 How I Met Your Mother

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Although the ending of How I Met Your Mother will forever be marked as one of the worst ones in TV history, there’s no denying that it’s also one of the funniest sitcoms ever made. Each episode begins with a senior Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) and his kids as he recounts the memories he shares with his friends Marshall (Jason Segal), Lily (Alyson Hannigan), Robin (Cobie Smulders), and Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) before the final encounter with his soulmate.

#5 Jane The Virgin

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Comprising all the elements of a solid telenovela and more, Jane The Virgin takes place in Miami where a young, devout Catholic woman gets her life turned upside down when a gynaecologist makes a serious medical mishap that renders Jane (Gina Rodriguez) with a bun in the oven. Just as her family and boyfriend are ready to take this accidental pregnancy as it is, Jane learns the identity of the baby’s biological father which not only complicates the situation but also her feelings.

#6 Love

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Created by renowned rom-com extraordinaire Judd Apatow, Love brings Gus Cruikshank (Paul Rust) and Mickey Dobbs (Gillian Jacobs) together after a chance encounter that leads them on a journey to figure out what ‘love’ really means. Despite having wildly different personalities, their new connection may be just what they need to bravely explore the euphoric and embarrassing moments of being in a romantic relationship.

#7 Love, Simon

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If you’re looking for something that would give you all the feels, Love, Simon is the one to watch. Though he may look like every other high school student, Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) is actually hiding a big secret. When a fellow classmate unintentionally discovers his private email exchange with a crush, Simon is reluctantly blackmailed into helping his blackmailer get close to a girl. With his life-changing secret hanging in the balance, Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he ruins his chances at a happily ever after.

#8 Man Seeking Woman

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Spanning three seasons, Man Seeking Woman centers around Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) who struggles to find love after getting dumped by his longtime girlfriend. With the help of his successful older sister Liz (Britt Lower) and best friend Mike (Eric Andre), Josh goes on a desperate search to find ‘the one’ – where he encounters exaggerated and literal extremes that depict the highs and lows of different relationships.

#9 New Girl

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What can you do after a rough breakup? That’s what New Girl Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) thinks about before she decides to move in with three single guys who are all looking for a roommate. Despite their initial reluctance, she managed to win them over with her awkward yet upbeat personality, forming an unlikely bond amongst them that would eventually lead to a blossoming romance with one of the boys.

#10 The Big Sick

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Before Kumail Nanjiani became one of Hollywood’s funniest comedians, he was an American graduate student struggling to cope with his Pakistani culture despite his Western-influenced mindset. Inspired by his own real-life romance, The Big Sick chronicles the interethnic relationship between him and his wife as they learn to tackle cultural differences with each other.

#11 The Mindy Project

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Meet Mindy Lahiri, a slightly self-obsessed but often relatable young, successful OB/GYN who hopes to become a more well-rounded woman. Drawing inspiration from the creator’s mother, The Mindy Project explores how she balances her personal and professional life along with unexpected romantic complications that the universe might throw at her.

#12 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Unrequited romance doesn’t usually have a potential of turning into a nightmare, unless you’re Lara Jean in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. As someone who experiences intense feelings whenever she sees her crush, Lara Jean (Lana Condor) uses letter-writing as her form of release. Unfortunately, her life gets turned upside down when she learns that the letters are sent out to her past crushes including her arch nemesis’ boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). To avoid further embarrassment, she finds herself an unlikely ally, which eventually turns their mutual agreement into something more than a friendship.

#13 When We First Met

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Would you travel back in time to change your fate if given the opportunity? When We First Met tells the story of Noah (Adam DeVine), who uses an unexpected photobooth time machine to return to the past. He attempts to fix things on the night he spent with Avery (Alexanda Daddario), the girl of his dreams, before he really loses her for good.

#14 Valentine’s Day

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Quite possibly the best movie to sum up the day of romance, Valentine’s Day features a star-studded cast (which includes Taylor Swift in her big screen debut) in an anthology of relationships between couples and singles as they try to navigate through the pressures and expectations of 14 February. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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From the misogynistic comment left by the president of The Recording Academy, to Ariana Grande pulling a ‘thank u, next’ on the ceremony, it has certainly been quite a controversial build-up to the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Though there might have been some pre-conceived notion about how this year’s award show was going to be like, the Grammys still managed to impress in their efforts to present an all-inclusive night with a diverse group of performers, presenters and winners. For those who missed out on the glitzy action, here are five groundbreaking moments that are sure to go down in Grammys history.

#1 Make Love Not War

On top of being an extravagant stage production with colourful sets and dozens of dancers that celebrate the eclectic Hispanic culture, the opening performance featuring Camila Cabello, J Balvin and Ricky Martin also saw a subtle anti-political message in the form of a newspaper prop that read, ‘Build Bridges Not Walls’. In the current racially divided climate of America where tensions are at a high over the demand for a border wall, it’s heartwarming to see artistes advocate for the moral good of society.

#2 The Future Is Female

Since the rise of the ‘Me Too’ movement, there has been an increase in females advocating for one another in attempt to stamp out the unfair patriarchal system. In hopes of spreading a positive message for women, Grammys host Alicia Keys made an empowering move in her opening monologue as she was joined on stage by strong female role models – Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama – to share their thoughts on how music has helped to develop their true selves. That very moment was significant in creating a way to acknowledge the freedom of expression, as well as a woman’s ability to celebrate who she truly is no matter what others think or say.

#3 BTS Makes Grammy History

In addition to already being one of the hottest boy band in the industry, the septet also made history as the first group of Korean celebrities to be invited to the Grammy Awards as presenters. Not only were the boys representing their country in custom suits by Korean designers, they were also there as reps for international musicians with a dream. Who knows, they might just return to the Grammys in the future for yet another groundbreaking moment as nominees and performers!

#4 Spotlight On Mental Health

It’s not too often that you see someone make a poignant speech that resonates with society today. While accepting the award for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance for herself and her A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga took the opportunity to address mental health and the seemingly pervasive grip it has on talents within the music industry. Since the loss of many talented musicians in recent years, her speech couldn’t have come at a more fitting time. Though she hadn’t been on stage for long, her words were enough to leave us a reminder that if we see somebody that’s hurting, we should not look away.

#5 She Makes Money Move

Having gained a massive following since her stint on Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2015, the no-nonsense Bronx native has now evolved from a reality TV star into a bonafide rap sensation. Despite being in a predominantly male category where no solo female rapper has ever won Best Rap Album since Lauryn Hill’s win in 1996, Cardi B has truly proven that she’s a force to be reckoned with. The ‘Money’ songstress made history as she picked up the coveted accolade for her debut album Invasion of Privacy, earning her a well-deserved seat among hip-hop’s greatest.

What was your favourite moment of 2019 Grammys? Tell us in the comments below!

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Everybody’s talking about SKY Castle – and by everybody, we mean everybody from your grandmother to your next-door neighbour who just can’t get enough of the hit series. Touted as the highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history, the record-breaking JTBC show has successfully dethroned several fan-favourites including Reply 1988, Goblin and even the recent Memories of the Alhambra. So what exactly is the hubbub all about?

For the uninitiated, SKY Castle chronicles the lives of four elite households living in the luxurious estate that is Sky Castle in suburban Seoul – where their children’s academic success means more than anything else. In a world that constantly puts pressure on one’s grades, it’s a breath of fresh air to see a plotline that discusses the harsh realities of Korea’s cutthroat educational system.

Even though the drama has already ended, it left us with plenty of notable life lessons and memorable words of wisdom that we will never forget. From Han Seo Jin’s snarky quips to Woo Joo’s heart-fluttering antics, here are some of SKY Castle’s smoothest one-liners that all students can use in everyday life.

#1 When a new students gets transferred to your class:

“Welcome to this miserable abyss.” – Cha Seo Joon 

#2 When you’re eating with your crush and you lowkey want to impress him/her:

“Here’s a donkatsu for you!” – Hwang Woo Joo

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#3 When someone at school starts a nasty rumour about you:

“I’ll rip your lips off.” – Han Seo Jin

#4 When your mom just can’t stop nagging, aegyo is the way to go:

“Mom, it seems like Princess Elsa has casted her spell.” – Cha Seo Joon

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#5 When you attempt to study at the last minute:

“I’m getting through at an amazing pace, but I don’t get a word.” – Jin Jin

#6 When your parents try to compare your results with your classmates:

“We can’t compete in good faith if we consider our friends as enemies and our school as a battlefield.” – Cha Ki Joon

#7 When your parents ask how today’s exam went:

“You have to trust me.” – Kim Joo Young

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#8 When your best friend is upset that they flunked their test:

“We are not alone in this world.” – Lee Sue Im

#9 When people doubt your abilities, this is the perfect clap back:

“Who cares whether they acknowledge you or not? I just want to be happy.” – Cha Se Ri

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How many of these quotes do you relate to? Let us know if you’ve watched SKY Castle in the comments below!

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The Real Meaning Behind BTS' Red Carpet Looks At The 2019 Grammys

11 Feb 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

When news broke out that BTS would be making their Grammys debut, we couldn’t help but wonder what the K-pop icons would be wearing on the legendary red carpet. Decked out in crisp black tuxedos, their surprisingly modest fashion choice might raise a few eyebrows at the start – but there’s an even deeper message behind it.

Prior to their appearance for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, the boys of BTS met up with A-list designer Kim Jones in Los Angeles, which led to speculations that the seven-member group would be collaborating with Dior for the red carpet. And with their penchant for rocking bold ensembles from the likes of Gucci and Saint Laurent, ARMYs were pretty much convinced that they would be clad in big-name luxury brands. But what fans didn’t expect was all the members showing up in matching black tuxedos – the classic, All-American silhouette that nobody can go wrong with.

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BTS 2019 Grammys

At first look, one might think that they were trying to play it safe with the traditional combo, especially at a large-scale awards ceremony like the Grammys; but it was later revealed that the band has enlisted two South Korean designers to craft their red carpet get-up. Jin, RM, Suga, Jimin, V and Jungkook were dressed in customised suits by JaeBaek Couture, while J-Hope wore a contemporary piece from Kim Seo Ryong’s menswear label.

While most stars would usually opt for established designers and renowned fashion houses, BTS did the unthinkable by showing off their Korean pride on an international platform. And may we remind you of the fact that “every designer is lining up to dress them”, as said by the red carpet hosts themselves. Well aware of the impact that they have in helping to shaping the entertainment industry, they effectively made use of their influence to shine the spotlight on lesser-known domestic names – and we couldn’t be more proud.

Even though they didn’t bag an award, it’s safe to say that BTS has rightfully won the Grammys.

Photo credits: Getty Images

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