The Next 1D? Meet The New Generation Of Rising Boy Bands

13 Jul 2018 by Julia Yee

It seems like just yesterday that we had One Direction ruling the pop scene. Three years later, a new wave of boy bands is taking the world by storm. With their infectious tunes and heartthrob-worthy good looks, it’s only a matter of time before these up-and-coming acts take over the 1D-shaped void in everyone’s hearts.



Members (left to right): Zion Kuwonu, Edwin Honoret, Nick Mara, Brandon Arreaga, Austin Porter

An American-Canadian quintet brought together by Simon Cowell, the bulk of PRETTYMUCH’s appeal undeniably comes from their retro R&B swag – head-to-toe streetwear, Michael Jackson-esque moves and all. Steering away from manufactured pop hooks, their smooth Latin jams are what sets the band of brothers apart. And get this: these multi-talented dudes not only sing and dance, but are also an extremely artsy bunch – just take a look at their Instagram. Guess you could say they’re PRETTYMUCH the whole package!

Songs to listen to: ‘Summer on You’, ‘No More‘, ‘10,000 Hours’

Why Don’t We 


Members (left to right): Jonah Marais, Corbyn Besson, Zach Herron, Jack Avery, Daniel Seavey

From their pitch-perfect harmonies to their all-American charm, there’s nothing about Why Don’t We that doesn’t scream stan-worthy. Ditching over-the-top choreography, they opt for subtle displays of group dynamics such as the occasional synchronised dance moves. Sound-wise, the band’s groovy synth beats and inescapable hooks are sure to get you hooked on first listen. Just check out their official Spotify playlist for the perfect party mix!

Songs to listen to: ‘Talk’, ‘Hooked’, ‘Trust Fund Baby’

New Hope Club 


Members (left to right): George Smith, Blake Richardson, Reece Bibby

Donning vintage patterns and nostalgic jean jackets, the lads of New Hope Club fit right into a ’90s boys-next-door aesthetic. Their gorgeous sense of style, coupled with gentlemanly charms and energetic stage presence, is enough to rival even the most experienced of musicians. But they aren’t exactly your cookie-cutter boy band stereotype; unlike their all-vocalist counterparts, frontman Blake sings lead, accompanied by George on guitar and Reece on bass. Much like their mentors from The Vamps, the British trio straddles the line between a modern boy band and a 20th century rock outfit, paving the way for new kinds of all-boy acts.

Songs to listen to: ‘Medicine’, ‘Fixed’, ‘Perfume’

 In Real Life


Members (left to right): Sergio Calderon, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Michael Conor, Brady Tutton

In 2017, five hopefuls emerged as winners of the American reality music competition show Boy Band – going on to sign with Hollywood Records and building their fanbase, starting from YouTube. And considering the amount of hard work these boys put in to get to where they are today, In Real Life deserves all the recognition they could get. Despite coming from contrasting backgrounds, their differences only made their brotherly bond all the more endearing.

Songs to listen to: ‘Tattoo’, ‘Eyes Closed’, ‘How Badly’

Citizen Four


Members (left to right): Connor Boatman, Mikey Fusco, Carson Boatman, Austin Percario

Consisting of a former X Factor contestant, a dancer from America’s Best Dance Crew, and two brothers with a shared love of music, Citizen Four is a band chockfull of talent. Originating as a cover act on YouTube, the collective has since undergone several member swaps, but their diverse mix of characters is what keeps them going strong. Watch long enough, and you’ll begin to see how each of their signature traits complement the others perfectly: witty Austin, polished Mikey and dreamy Connor – all kept grounded by big brother Carson.

Songs to listen to: My Name (Say It)’, ‘Want You Back’, ‘Testify’

Which boy band has caught your eye? Show ’em some love in the comments below!

First it was Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. Now, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are reportedly engaged after a mere month of dating – sorry Jelena and Shailey shippers!

It all started when Biebs first met 14-year-old Hailey Baldwin backstage at The Today Show. Sparks flew and what followed was a whirlwind of “we’re just friends” encounters – having breakfast, attending a baking class, getting matching tattoos and even going on a tropical vacation together. It wasn’t until January 2016 that Biebs made it sorta Instagram-official with a picture of them locking lips, adding on that the supermodel is “someone I really love” in an interview with GQ a month later.


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In that same interview, it’s also worth noting that the ‘Sorry’ crooner stated: “What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry? If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it’s always gonna be damaged. It’s really hard to fix wounds like that. I just don’t want to hurt her.” Well, it looks like Justin is now ready to take their relationship the next level – and he’s going all the way. Rumour has it that the 24-year-old allegedly popped the big question to Hailey during their trip to the Bahamas over the weekend, and from the looks of the Bieber fam’s not-so-subtle social media posts, it’s safe to assume that wedding bells are ringing.


@justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!

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It seems like just yesterday that we were crying over Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez getting back together, and swooning over Shawn Mendes and Hailey Baldwin looking utterly OTP-worthy on the Met Gala red carpet. Oh, how times have changed!

At this point, neither Justin or Hailey have since confirmed the reports (hey, Biebs did wear a wedding ring to troll the paparazzi after all).


It’s official: the pop star has finally confirmed his plans to wed his “love of my life” in a lengthy Instagram post. As if it’s not already heart-fluttering enough, the husband-to-be even revealed that they got engaged on 7 July: “We got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT!” Now, BRB while we spam refresh on Hailey’s page for a picture of her huge diamond ring.

Congratulations to the lovebirds!

More related stories: 8 Power Couples That Stole The Show At The 2018 Met GalaJustin Bieber & Selena Gomez Are Hanging Out Again And The Internet Can’t Handle It

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When K-pop groups are not busy perfecting their own routines and discography, they are most likely jamming out to other hits in the practice room. Don’t believe us? Just check out this list of K-pop dance covers by none other than your favourite idols.

#1 ‘Love Scenario’ – iKON by The Ark


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Arguably one of the hottest tracks of the year so far, it’s no wonder ‘Love Scenario’ is so popular amongst fellow idols – but leave it to The Ark to show how you do dance covers right. The now-defunct group is known for their on-point renditions of boy group routines, particularly their BTS-approved cover of ‘Boy In Luv’. Although they’ve since parted ways, it’s great to see the former members getting back together to do what they do best.

#2 ‘BBoom BBoom’ – Momoland by TARGET

TARGET may be new to the scene – having just made their debut earlier this January – but these fresh-faced lads are already giving their peers a run for their money. This electrifying cover of Momoland’s viral banger ‘BBoom BBoom’ in double speed glory is enough to make you swoon over them. Who knew one could make the comical shuffle dance look so darn cool?

#3 ‘Hello B*tches’ – CL, ‘MIC DROP’ – BTS, ‘Hate’ – 4minute by (G)I-DLE

If there’s one rookie group to watch out for this year, it’s (G)I-DLE. Bursting onto the scene with their badass attitude and girl crush vibes, these fierce femmes are clearly not to be messed with – watch ’em kill it on the streets with this impeccable mashup.

#4 ‘MOVE’ – Taemin by Chungha

 Is it just us or is Chungha the female version of the SHINee member? We couldn’t think of a better person who can do Taemin’s sensual body rolls and hip sashays justice than our resident dance queen. Girl’s literally oozing with liquid grace!

#5 ‘The Eve’, ‘Diamond’, ‘Call Me Baby’ – EXO by UNI.T

UNI.T members Euijin and Suji showed their love for EXO with a slick dance medley of ‘The Eve’, ‘Diamond’ and ‘Call Me Baby’. Putting their own spin to the routines, the duo displays a sense of fluidity as they effortlessly pull off the powerful choreography.

#6 ‘Black Suit’ – Super Junior by NCT Dream

The Dreamies are all grown up! Busting out move after move in perfect synchronisation, NCT’s youngest unit certainly did their seniors proud with their explosive cover of ‘Black Suit’.

#7 ‘No.1’ – BoA by SEVENTEEN

From boy band remixes of EXO to GOT7, to girl group medleys of Mamamoo to Red Velvet, SEVENTEEN never fails to impress with their dynamic performances. And they prove that they’re still on top of the cover game with the BoA classic, ‘No.1’.



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Although the BIGBANG member uploaded it just for laughs, you can’t deny that dude still got those grooves. Hey BLACKPINK, perhaps you could consider recruiting Seungri as the fifth member? P/S: Watch till the end.

Think you can do better than ’em? Channel your best K-pop moves at the upcoming Teenage Dance Challenge 2018! Registrations are open from now till 10 September.

More related stories: 8 Electrifying K-pop Dance Covers To Get You Movin’11 Pro-Looking Moves For People Who Can’t DanceLocal Dance Crew Shares What It’s Really Like Pursuing A Dance Career In SG

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Just when we’ve barely gotten over the news of iKON coming to town for their 2018 Continue Tour, YG Entertainment just had to drop another bomb that their counterparts WINNER will also be making their way to Singapore for their 2018 Everywhere Tour.

Similar to iKON’s touring schedule, WINNER will be starting off in Seoul on 19 August – a mere day after iKON’s concert – before heading to other parts of Asia including Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

It’s safe to assume that iKON and WINNER will be staging back-to-back concerts in every country, but perhaps the biggest dilemma for fellow YG fam stans is the ka-ching so y’all better start saving up. We’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want to miss one for the other, and what are the chances of them making surprise appearances at each other’s shows? Make it happen, YG!


WINNER 2018 Everywhere Tour in Singapore

WINNER 2018 Everywhere Tour in Singapore 
Date: 3 November 2018 
Time: 6pm 
Venue: The Max Pavilion, Singapore Expo
Tickets: $268, $228, $188, $148

Tickets will go on sale 10 August, 10am via SISTIC. Package deals for both iKON and Winner concerts are also available at $388, $328, $268 and $198.

Meanwhile, enjoy some WINNER visual and ear candy in the form of their latest track ‘Everyday’:

More related stories: iKON Set To Perform In Singapore On Their First World TourGOT7 Officially Announces World Tour, Including Singapore Date In AugustSEVENTEEN Will Be Getting Their Own Stadium Show In Singapore This September

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There’s definitely no shortage of music festivals during this concert-heavy couple of months, but with a stellar three-day (!) line-up and plenty of other elements in the realm of fashion and arts to see, We The Fest 2018 (WTF 2018) in Jakarta looks set to be the definitive one on your radar.

Thinking of heading overseas for a quick getaway with your best mates and catching some of the world’s best music acts? Then you ought to seriously consider WTF 2018, happening between 20 to 22 July at the Jakarta International Expo. The fifth edition this year will see the likes of electronic acts such as Odesza and Petit Biscuit, alternative rockers Alt-J and The Neighbourhood, female game-changers Lorde and SZA, as well as guitar hero James Bay. Local favourites The Sam Willows also join the fray on Day 2 of the festival!

Before the festivities, we highlight three headliners that we can’t wait to throw our hands up to later this month.


Lorde WTF 2018

Ella O’Connor might be only 21 years old, but she’s already earned two Grammys to her name and is currently on her second worldwide tour that will see her cap off the second night of WTF on a high. Better known as Lorde, the enigmatic songstress defied any assumptions of a sophomore slump, when her second album Melodrama notched highs on many critics’ best of 2017 lists, and even scored a coveted Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. With stirring tracks like ‘Green Light’, ‘Royals’ and ‘Liability’, expect nothing short of greatness from Lorde’s first ever live performance in Southeast Asia.



As part of their ongoing Asia tour, ODESZA is set to light up WTF with their explosive live set. The dynamic electronic duo has garnered heaps of praise for tracks like ‘Higher Ground’ and ‘Late Night’, and a devout fanbase eager to lose themselves in their tunes. Their latest album A Moment Apart was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at this year’s Grammy Awards too, and there’s no doubt that these guys will prove just why they deserve that honour later this month.


SZA WTF 2018

Is there anyone else whose rise has been so captivating to watch than SZA? Pronounced “Sizza” (not “SAR” or “ZHA”), the R&B songbird SZA has been making quiet but deadly moves on her ascent to the top of the music scene. First gaining notice from collaborations with Rihanna and Chance The Rapper, SZA has blossomed into her own, stunning critics and fans alike with her debut album Ctrl, alongside statement guest spots on singles with Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar. Boasting sultry vocals, pensive lyrics and slow-burning beats, SZA’s music is bound to take listeners on an unforgettable journey.

Check out the full lineup here. Tickets and travel packages for WTF 2018 are available for purchase on www.wethefest.com

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