Say all you want about them, but there’s no arguing the fact that MOMOLAND’s on top of their game right now.

Just one look at the record-smashing views for their music video of ‘BBoom BBoom’ (a whopping 200 million and counting) and you will know why they are all the rage these days. While their rise to stardom seemingly happened overnight, it wasn’t exactly the most smooth-sailing ride. Pieced together after a cutthroat survival programme, MOMOLAND’s official debut was pushed back due to the lack of fans for their final mission, and they haven’t had much luck in the subsequent years either.

It wasn’t until earlier this year that they successfully found viral fame thanks to their indisputable bop of the century ‘BBoom BBoom’, spawning a new dance craze that got the whole world up on their feet. Following the same formula of bubblegum hooks, quirky charms and colourful aesthetics, the ninesome wasted no time in stepping up the momentum with their equally infectious comeback track ‘BAAM’.

Although the girls were initially concerned whether it would be able to match up to the success of their legendary hit, we doubt they have much to worry about. Their music video has already chalked up a solid 35 million views to date, and it’s only a matter of time before it blows up. In an exclusive email interview, we chat to the girls about expectations, teamwork and future goals.

Hi MOMOLAND! How do you feel about ‘BBoom BBoom’ being such a huge hit on a global scale?
We scored our first crowning glory within a few weeks of promotion for ‘BBoom BBoom’. It felt so surreal and we even started questioning if we really did get the first place and whether it’s true that many people are liking it.

You just made your comeback with ‘BAAM’. Do you feel the pressure to match up to the success of ‘BBoom BBoom’?
Because ‘BBoom BBoom’ has received so much love, we couldn’t help but worry whether ‘BAAM’ would sit well with the listeners this time round. But we feel that this is a fun song that displays our distinct and funky style, so we hope that people will enjoy it as much as ‘BBoom BBoom’!

In your new reality show MOMOLAND’s Saipan Land, you were given 48 hours of free time. How would you spend it?
Jane: I would like to travel with just our members, without the managers. We’ve been to so many places, but it was all for work. It would be nice to go on a trip to open areas like the sea!

JooE: I want to get a driving license when I turn 20 so I can drive around in a car during my solo travels.

Having nine girls in a group is no small number. How do you resolve conflicts?
Daisy: There aren’t really any conflicts between us. I think washing up is probably the biggest concern for us because there are only two bathrooms in our dorm, so we have to figure out who to go first every morning!

JooE has tried out hosting – is there anything the other members would like to venture into?
Hyebin: I would like to appear in an entertainment programme with all nine members! So far, we haven’t had many opportunities to guest on a show together, so it would be great if we could participate in more team activities.

Congrats on your Japan debut! How does it feel like to finally meet your international fans?
Hyebin: It was our first time going abroad for performance schedules, so we were very worried. However, there were a lot more fans than we thought who came to see us, so we managed to end our promotions well. Besides Japan, there will be more overseas schedules ahead so please look forward for it!

This will also be your first time performing in Singapore for HallyuPopFest 2018! Any words for Singapore fans?
Nancy: Although we haven’t been to Southeast Asia yet, we heard that many people love our songs so we really want to check out if it’s true!

Jane: We’ve been doing a lot of music shows and events, but there weren’t many chances for us to do big stages. We’re really looking forward to HallyuPopFest and can’t wait to meet our fans soon!

MOMOLAND will be peforming for HallyuPopFest 2018 on 7 and 8 September at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. P/S: Can’t get enough of the girls? Grab a copy of our latest issue which comes with a poster of MOMOLAND! Out on newsstands now.

You’d have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of the latest dance craze to break the Internet.

Enter the In My Feelings Challenge (also known as the Shiggy Challenge, Kiki Challenge or Keke Challenge), a new viral challenge inspired by one of Drake’s newest bops ‘In My Feelings’. First started by comedian Shiggy, it features people dancing to the meme-worthy Drake track alongside a moving vehicle. The challenge has taken the world by storm and tons of your favourite K-pop idols have since jumped onto the bandwagon – just check out their slick moves below!

J-Hope (BTS)

Bambam and Yugyeom (GOT7)

Ten (NCT) 

Haechan, Mark and Johnny (NCT)


Samuel Kim


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Will you be doing the In My Feelings Challenge? A lil’ self-plug: If you think you can rival these K-dance machines, why not sign up for Teenage Dance Challenge 2018 and show us your best moves? No cars required!

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These Are The Biggest Singapore Concerts You Can't Miss This August

30 Jul 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

Mark your calendars – this August is shaping up to be an exciting month ahead filled with plenty of live gigs to catch. From boy band invasions to large-scale music fests, here are the hottest concerts you’d want to start booking tickets for, stat.


GOT7 2018 World Tour 'Eyes On You' in Singapore

All eyes are on GOT7 this August! Hot on the heels of their recent comeback with the inescapable bop that is ‘Look’, the K-pop seven-member juggernaut looks set on a global takeover with their 2018 world tour and has been achieving phenomenal success across the globe – having sold out their European concerts and even made their US television debut. Next stop on their list? Singapore.

GOT7 2018 World Tour ‘Eyes On You’ in Singapore
Date: 4 August 2018
Time: 4pm
Venue: [email protected] Box Singapore
Tickets: $288, $248, $208, $168, available via Apactix



How often do you get big names like CL, Nick Jonas and Alessia Cara all under one roof? This one-of-a-kind music cum esports festival will see mega pop acts sharing the stage across two days, alongside the first ever ASEAN League of Legends competition that plays host to esports champs from the region as they strive for glory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Hyperplay: ASEAN Esports x Music Festival
4 & 5 August 2018
Time: 12pm (4 Aug), 4pm (5 Aug)
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: Complimentary (fully redeemed)


Halsey Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour

Between her gritty electropop sounds, grungy aesthetics and unapologetic attitude, there’s a lot to love about Halsey. After a stunning performance at F1 2016, the ‘Now Or Never’ diva is set to bring her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour to town, accompanied with a guest appearance by Indonesian R&B songstress Niki.

Halsey Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour
Date: 8 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Star Theatre
Tickets: $78, $88, $118, $138, $158, available via Apactix

Why Don’t We

Why Don't We The Invitation Tour

With their addictive tunes, classic All-American charms and heartthrob-worthy good looks, can you blame us for getting hooked on these dashing lads? And judging from the success of their upcoming sold-out show in Singapore, this rising LA-based quintet is definitely one to watch.

Why Don’t We The Invitation Tour
Date: 13 August 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Gateway Theatre, Main Theatre
Tickets: $98, $128 (sold out)

Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit Live in Singapore

Although the show was previously postponed, the Brit electronic outfit is back – and better than ever. Best known for their massive breakout hits ‘Rockabye’ and ‘Symphony’, the three-piece will be bringing their signature brand of classical and dance music to our sunny island.

Clean Bandit I Miss You Tour
Date: 15 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Star Theatre
Tickets: $68, $108, $148, $188, available via SISTIC

Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon Live in Singapore

It’s time to shut up and dance! 25 countries, five continents and countless sold-out shows later, alt-rock quartet Walk The Moon will be gracing our shores for the second time at [email protected] Box. Get ready to groove along to their infectious headbangers fresh off their 2017 release What If Nothing.

Walk The Moon Live in Singapore
Date: 16 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: [email protected] Box Singapore
Tickets: $65 (NDP special), $118 (standard tickets – sold out), $188 (meet and greet package), available via Apactix

Hwang Chiyeul

Hwang Chiyeul Starry Night 2018 Singapore Concert

If you missed Hwang Chiyeul at his mini concert last May, fret not ’cause the Korean charmer will be returning to our shores to bless us with another night of enthralling tunes – this time, for a full-fledged solo gig.

Hwang Chiyeul Starry Night 2018 Singapore Concert
18 August 2018
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: The MAX Pavilion @ Singapore Expo
Tickets: $118, $178, $238, $298, available via SISTIC

JJ Lin

JJ Lin Sanctuary World Tour

If there’s one concert you have to be at, it’s this one. As if selling out the first two nights of the Singapore leg of his Sanctuary World Tour isn’t enough, JJ Lin further proved his immense popularity by releasing two additional dates – which easily got wiped out in a heartbeat. Can we expect anything less from our Mandopop king?

JJ Lin Sanctuary World Tour
Dates: 15, 16, 18, 19 August 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $148, $228, $288, $348 (sold out)


Paramore After Laughter Tour

Seven years after their last concert here, our favourite rockers are finally back for their long-awaited one-night-only show in Singapore. Armed with a brand new repertoire of upbeat instrumentals and lighthearted synth hooks off their fifth studio album After Laughter, the pop-punk powerhouse is ready to tear up the stage.

Paramore After Laughter Tour
Date: 21 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: [email protected] Box Singapore
Tickets: $168, $178, available via SISTIC

Mike Shinoda

Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic Tour

After the passing of the late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda is making a comeback in the form of his first ever headlining show in Singapore outside his band duties. Look forward to hard-hitting numbers off his latest Post Traumatic EP, as well as well-loved tracks from his 2005 side project Fort Minor.

Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic Tour
Date: 22 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: [email protected] Box Singapore
Tickets: $148, $158, available via SISTIC

Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper Live in Singapore

No stranger to the hip-hop scene today, the Chicago rap prodigy has solidified his status as one of the biggest breakout stars in the past few years. With a Grammy-approved mixtape under his belt and a string of surefire collaborations with the likes of Lil Wayne and Kayne West, a Chance The Rapper gig is one not to be missed.

Chance The Rapper Live in Singapore
Date: 25 August 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: [email protected] Box Singapore
Tickets: $148 (early bird till 10 Aug), $158, available via SISTIC

Which concert will you be attending? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow our Instagram for live updates!

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Sprawled across three days, We The Fest 2018 (WTF 2018) in Jakarta made its mark yet again over the weekend of 20 to 22 July. We highlight the various elements of the impressive weekend we had on the grounds of Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran.

The fifth edition of We The Fest showed that its years of experience in the festival scene has definitely paid off. What began as a one-day event back in 2014 has since evolved to three nights – and for good reason. From its seamless organisation to a cleverly curated lineup and countless side activities that catered to just about anyone, every feature served towards the celebratory spirit. Stepping foot onto the festival grounds, party-goers were first greeted with a bevy of floating, colourful umbrellas that lit up the night sky, and invited one further in to a host of interactions that aimed to include, engage and entertain throughout.


The elaborate setup of We The Fest perfectly complemented the diverse genre of artistes they had in store. Boasting an extensive list of who’s who in a multitude of genres including upcomers Majid Jordan, SG Lewis and Louis the Child, it’s no surprise that the lineup announcements elicited initial responses with a similar abbreviation to WTF from many. Spanning three stages, each night saw heavyweight names bring their A-game, delighting crowds well into the next day.

We The Fest 2018

Day 1’s WTF Stage belonged to modern day rock gods, as former The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., alt-crooner Nick Murphy (Chet Murphy) and pop-folk heartthrob James Bay delivered resounding sets back-to-back. James Bay, in particular, drew loud whoops and cheers from the crowd, especially from the female crowd enthralled by the charmer’s swoon-worthy guitar licks and honey-sweet vocals on songs like ‘Pink Lemonade’ and ‘Hold Back The River’. Indie rockers Alt-J capped off the first night past midnight with newer tracks such as ‘Deadcrush’ and crowd-pleaser ‘Tesselate’ as well.

Our very own local heroes The Sam Willows braved a foot injury of their bassist Narelle Kheng – who performed in crutches no less ­– to put on a stellar show fresh off their latest album release, and proudly represented SG on the second day. Electronic acts like HONNE, Odesza and Petit Biscuit were also strong choices to pack the crowds over the weekend, initiating the colourful mix of audiences to sing along and pull shapes on the makeshift dancefloors.

We The Fest 2018

But it was pop wunderkind Lorde who stole the festival with her electrifying 16-song set, and proved why she rightfully deserves her widespread acclaim as one of the greatest acts of today’s generation. Performing hits off her well-received two albums Pure Heroine and Melodrama, the musical dynamite cosied up to the audience with her intimate stories and eclectic, interpretive dance moves.

And who could ignore the one-two punch of R&B phenoms Miguel and SZA on the third night, who set just the right kind of laidback groove with their slow-burning tunes as the weekend drew to a close.

We The Fest 2018


But music wasn’t the only offering at We The Fest. A stroll around and a transparent box of sponsor H&M quickly drew our attentions and invited us in for a quick browse for fashion accessories to add to our festival garb. Much kudos is deserved for the WTFCON area as well – the vast space held a mini flea market with booths retailing fashion apparel too, such as Dirrty – that even gave complimentary fans of characters like Kris Jenner and Donald Trump just for kicks and to help cool off from the heat.

We The Fest 2018

Festival-goers weren’t left hungry either. In between music sets, many flocked to the Ismaya Food Town’s Eats & Beats Village, and took their pick from different cuisines at the various food booths. The fairy lights and alfresco setting there made for a welcoming respite from the bustling crowds, and provided a perfect spot to sit in anticipation of acts to look forward to.


Committing itself as a fully immersive experience, We The Fest also saw absolutely no dull moment as revellers were thoroughly kept busy with the many exciting areas to get a glimpse of. The aforementioned WTFCON also played host to video game machines where winners could score themselves exclusive prizes, and an illuminated SHVR Party Land box that had local deejays and emcees throwing down beats and dance moves that ignited visitors in joining in.

We The Fest 2018

The introduction of the WTF Skate Park was also a solid addition to the mix, presenting tons of photo opportunities and welcoming bystanders to have a go at skating tricks themselves, complete with cool boards and pads fully provided. The return of previous festival favourite WTF Cinema allowed many to enjoy an exclusive screening of upcoming film The Darkest Minds, as a treat for patrons. 


This year also saw a socially conscious movement becoming an emphasis at the festival. While the primary focus remained to party and soak in the fun, we weren’t allowed to neglect the environment either. Sustainability campaign We The Change’s presence was felt significantly, with many bins strategically placed to encourage people to dump their plastic bottles, which will then be churned into clothing and accessories thanks to their partnership with eco-conscious brands H&M and Danone.

The effort only made for a cleaner festival ground with a more comfortable roaming experience, the need of wading through a typically trash-filled field making a welcome disappearance. The all-inclusive event also showed increasing features to aid disabled and wheelchair-bound visitors, with ramps and handicap washrooms leaving no one behind in the festivities.

We The Fest 2018

With a spectacular three days spent amongst great music, friendly faces and sublime planning, it’s hard not to look back on the WTF 2018 experience without cracking a smile. The vibes all around even served as the backdrop for a couple’s marriage proposal, inducing a picture-perfect moment with gasps of adoration all around. These post-concert fond memories will undoubtedly go down as ones to remember for many – that is, until next year when we make even more of them.

See you at We The Fest 2019!

Image credits: We The Fest

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20-year-old Khalid Donnel Robinson – best known as Khalid – needs no introduction. With a solid repertoire of chart-topping hits such as ‘Location’ and ‘Young, Dumb & Broke’ under his belt, the Grammy-approved pop prodigy has been making a name for himself with his unique brand of dancefloor-ready anthems, retro synth beats and tales of teenage angst.

When he’s not busy churning out tunes for himself, the breakout R&B star can be found rubbing shoulders with music’s biggest names including Calvin Harris, Shawn Mendes, Martin Garrix, Normani of Fifth Harmony and more. And we can’t wait for him to play a couple of these tracks when he swings by for his American Teen Tour this November. Ahead of his upcoming headlining show in Singapore, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite Khalid collaborations to date – all for your listening pleasure.

#1 ‘1-800-273-8255’ with Logic, Alessia Cara

#2 ‘Silence’ with Marshmello

#3 ‘Rollin’ with Calvin Harris, Future

#4 ‘OTW’ with 6LACK, Ty Dolla $ign

#5 ‘Youth’ with Shawn Mendes

#6 ‘Ocean’ with Martin Garrix

#7 ‘Eastside’ with Benny Blanco, Halsey

#8 ‘Love Lies’ with Normani

#9 ‘Lovely’ with Billie Ellish

Khalid will be bringing his American Teen Tour to Singapore at [email protected] Box on 6 November 2018. Tickets will go on sale 26 July, 10am via SISTIC. Priority ticket sales will commence from 25 July, 10am till 26 July, 9.59am for Mastercard card holders and Midas fans.

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