Shawn Mendes Prefers Riverdale's 'Varchie' Over 'Bughead'

11 Dec 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Bringing a trail of frenzy and his guitar-licked jams to Singapore recently, our December cover star Shawn Mendes proved just why he’s the ultimate teen phenomenon of today.

Shawn Mendes is the “modern day rockstar” of our generation – a title he proudly relishes during a backstage interview with us before his sold-out maiden gig at The Star Theatre. And any reservations about his insurmountable success despite his age should be firmly chucked at the door. Granted, the Canadian superstar is only 19-years-old, but one look at his mettle as an artist and performer on stage will leave you convinced of his timeless talent. 

Which is why it was expected that upon setting foot into the 5000-strong venue, we were greeted with ear-deafening cheers and an overwhelmingly buzz from a surprisingly diverse crowd. From boyfriends accompanying their starstruck partners, to parents joining in the fun with their diehard offsprings, the Mendes Army was very much in full swing. Shawn took the stage and launched into the recognisable guitar intro of his most recent hit ‘There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back’, where the audience swiftly erupted into a mesmerised party. 

Photo: AEG Presents

Shawn was one with his arsenal of guitars, hitting pitch perfect notes through his catalogue of mostly mid-tempo hits like ‘Life of the Party’, ‘Three Empty Words’ and ‘A Little Too Much’. But it was deeper cuts like ‘Bad Reputation’ – a track he professed as “visually stunning” in our interview, and the pounding ‘Mercy’ that got the sea of awestruck fans even more immersed in his presence, aided by a swirling ring of background lights and video backdrops. 

Photo: AEG Presents

While Shawn kept his on-stage banter to a minimal – save for several shoutouts to the crowd – he knew just how to work his handsome charms to a T. Whether it’s running his hands through his curls, swooping down to the swarming front rows for a quick hi-five, or a simple beaming smile at the end of every song, he betrayed his mere three years of performing experience and worked the stage like a seasoned pro. With an array of awards collected, a devout fanbase, and now evidently a global touring force, is it any wonder that there’re greater things to come from Shawn Mendes in 2018 and beyond?

Read on for our full interview with Shawn Mendes where he talks about his love for Camila Cabello, utter detest for tomatoes, New Year resolutions and more.

This is your first full arena tour and first time in Singapore, how does it feel?

It feels great! There’s definitely a little bit more sense of urgency here in Singapore than there was in Australia and the fans seem really excited so I’m excited. 

What do you think of Singapore so far? Any local food that you’ve tried?

It’s great, I love it here. It’s super westernised. I feel like every person I’ve talked to speaks English. It feels like [I’m] not that far away from home, even though it is so it’s fun. I’ve honestly not tried much local food. I’ve been playing it safe ‘cos I’m scared. If things smell like, what’s that fruit from earlier?, [Durian] I’m never gonna eat it.

You’ve gotten words of wisdom from the likes of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. What’s one piece of advice that you would share with budding musicians that are trying to make it from social media as well?

I would say to do music that you truly believe in and to sing songs that you like to sing, because if you’re singing stuff just because you think that’s gonna make you famous, it’s not gonna work.

You’re now in your last year as a teenager. What’s something you would tell your 13-year-old self back?

I would say to calm down, because it’s going to work out. But I guess you don’t know that when you’re 13, you think everything’s scary.

The world is in love with your friendship with Camila Cabello. You guys aren’t together but do you think she’s girlfriend material?

Oh, absolutely! The next guy that finds her should just wife her up. But I love her, she’s one of my best friends. She has the best sense of humour, and she’s probably, other than me, the most determined person I’ve ever met.

What do you think about her new singles?

I love them! I think they’re amazing. I thought ‘I Have Questions’ and ‘Havana’ were awesome, and ‘Never Be The Same’ is incredible! I heard it a week before it came out and I can’t stop playing it.

Fans on the Internet initially mistook Camila Mendes [from Riverdale] as a ship name for Camila and yourself . Are you a fan of Riverdale? And do you ship Varchie (Veronica and Archie) or Bughead (Betty and Jughead) more?

I think I would ship… Varchie [Laughs] I saw that whole thing about Camila Mendes – it was pretty funny.

You’ve cited Ed Sheeran as one of your biggest music influences. Would you consider collaborating with him? Who else would you like to collab with?

Oh I would love to! We had talked about writing a lot, but he’s always in the opposite side of the world as me. There’s a ton of other artists [I’d love to work with] too. I think Khalid is awesome, and I’d love to work with Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars…

Can we expect a new album from you?

Yeah! That’s what I’m working on right now. I’m writing as many songs as I can write and there will be a third album sooner than later. But I can’t tell you much more about it. Hopefully there will be collaborations, but I can’t say just yet.

You’ve been outspoken before about your thoughts on holding back certain opinions on social media because it can become a negative space, but of course sometimes there’s also nothing holding you back. How do you find the balance and decide what needs to be said and what needs to be reined in and saved as drafts?

That’s a great question. I mean, I don’t think there’s a real method in finding the balance, but I believe that social media is a lot easier when it’s positive thoughts, and sending positive messages because when positivity is put on social media, it explodes to something amazing. But when negativity is on social media, it digs people into a hole and that’s not good. I’d much rather just spend my time putting positive stuff and keeping the negative to myself.  

It’s no secret that you aren’t a fan of tomatoes. Would you rather eat a whole tomato, or lose to an arm wrestling contest with Charlie Puth?

[Laughs] I’d probably rather lose in an arm wrestling contest with Charlie Puth, even though that would never happen.

You’re in your last stretch for your tour dates this year. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve and any 2018 resolutions?

I’m not exactly sure yet. My new year resolution is just to step up my music and release a better album than my last two. 

2017 was a huge year for you – topping music charts, winning awards, your tour… What’s your greatest personal highlight?

That’s a hard question. I think, the tour has been so much fun. Every time I get off stage and the show goes well, whether I’m in Europe, Toronto or in Singapore, it’s really the best feeling in the world. 

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5 K-Reality Shows Where K-pop Stars Reveal Their True Selves

9 Dec 2017 by Johanna Teo

Need something to bingewatch through the weekend? Here are five highly addictive reality TV shows that allow you to get up close and personal with your favourite K-pop stars. 

‘Livin’ the Double Life

One of the most anticipated variety shows, Livin’ the Double Life gives viewers an intimate view into the lives of musicians CL, Taeyang and Oh Hyuk during their off stage moments. In the few episodes that have aired thus far, we’ve seen CL open up about 2NE1’s breakup and her efforts to debut in the US, while Taeyang shared his honest thoughts on BIGBANG and his music career. Through the show, the world gets to know K-pop’s biggest stars outside their flamboyant personas – their fears, insecurities and all.

Triple H Detective Agency 

Created for Cube Entertainment’s new sub-unit, Triple H – HyunA and Pentagon’s Hui and E’Dawn, this reality show focused on HyunA as the group prepped for their official debut. While we initially thought group dynamics might be slightly awkward due to HyunA’s sunbae status, the co-ed group proved to be fun and vibrant. 

Dara TV 

Although Dara TV is technically not a reality show, her v-logs offer fans an unfiltered view into her busy life. Each episode varies in length and content; she could doing vocal exercises in a bathroom before performing at G-Dragon’s concert in Manila one day, struggling with her makeup the next, or filming a beauty show the day after… you get the gist. Trust us, you’ll love Dara even more after tuning in! 


Meant as a one year anniversary gift for BLACKPINK and Blinks, the upcoming reality show sees the members’ dreams coming true: not only are they going to Hawaii for a much-deserved vacation, the girls will also be living in their very own Pink Princess-themed house, where they’ll have to take care of everything on their own. This means cooking, cleaning and doing the laundry. How will the BLACKPINK princesses fare? 

PS: While BLACKPINK TV hasn’t officially aired yet, do keep a look out for it! 

Run, BIGBANG, Scout! 

Filmed specially for the VIPs, the Kings of K-pop head to a campground to spend time together, play games and do normal everyday stuff like buy groceries. There’s just something so fascinating about seeing these mega celebrities doing average tasks that makes this series a must-watch. 

What are some of your favourite reality shows? Share them in the comment section!

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Turns out, Singapore really loves these YouTubers!

The local YouTube scene has seen healthy growth over the years and 2017 is no different. According to statistics shared by YouTube, a total of 4.1 million Singaporeans tuned in to YouTube every month, while watchtime in Singapore grew by 30%. Two major milestones were also reached – Clicknetwork and JianHao Tan each earned the coveted Gold Play Button this year after achieving one million subscribers on their channels! Also revealed was the fact that five of this year’s top 10 trending videos in Singapore were created by three of our very own, namely Night Owl Cinematics, Xiaxue and Butterworks. Here are the top 10 videos that made the list! 

#1 Jake Paul – It’s Everyday Bro (Song) feat. Team 10 (Official Music Video)

#2 Top 5 Tips for NS (Night Owl Cinematics)

#3 7 Types of People at Start of New Year

#4 Logan Paul – Help Me Help You ft. Why Don’t We [Official Video]

#5 想当年 The Songs We Used To Sing | Butterworks

#6 Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect 

#7 Wife Vs Mistress!

#8 ROFL! Golden Buzzer Comedian Makes Judges Can’t Stop LAUGHING! | Semi Final 5 | BGT 2017

#9 Polishing a Rusty Knife

#10 SINGAPOREAN YOUTUBERS ARE HYPOCRITES (Reaction to Jianhao’s Smash or Pass video)

What are some of your favourite YouTube videos from 2017? Share them with us in the comment section! 

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Here's How You Can Access Your Spotify 2017 Listening History

7 Dec 2017 by Johanna Teo

The results are in… and our top listens belong to KOHH, Drake and wayyy too much K-pop. What do your listening habits look like? 

It comes as no surprise that Spotify collects data from its users, from the songs we stream on its platform, our listening habits, and down to what we’re adding to our playlists. And they’re sharing all the info they’ve gathered into one condensed site, ‘2017 Wrapped’ to help listeners relive the songs and artistes they’ve loved the most this 2017. 

By simply visiting this site, Spotify users can find out more about their music consumption, which includes everything from the most streamed artistes and songs, to how many minutes you’ve spent listening to musics, to the number of genres you’ve explored. It gets real detailed.


Apart from showcasing your (maybe embarrassing) song history, 2017 Wrapped also provides a short quiz to see how in tune you are with your musical tastes. Are you truly as indie as everyone thinks you are? Or are you a shower singer with an entire playlist dedicated to melancholic KTV songs? You’ll soon find out. 


Also, Spotify has created ‘Ones That Got Away’, a highly personalised playlist to help you discover new music which the platform thinks you’ll love but have yet to listen to. These fun customised ‘mixtapes’ were created by identifying and studying a group of ‘Tastemakers’ – super active fans who have a penchant for discovering under the radar music –  and aligning their music tastes to other users. The result? A pool of fresh tunes specially customised for your ears only. Alternatively, you could listen to Spotify’s playlist of your top 100 songs – think of it like your very own Billboard top 100 chart.

What were your top tunes of 2017? Share your Wrapped results with us!

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Oh Taylor, look what you made the Internet do.

We already know that the Internet can be petty AF. Ever since Taylor Swift dropped her polarising album that is Reputation – in which she reinvents herself as a darker, more intense version of her American sweetheart self – reactions have swung to both “love it” and “loathe it” extremes. So when a Swiftie posted a tweet asking the Internet to “name a badder b*tch than Taylor Swift”, you can be sure that the Internet spared no expense. 

The tweet, which drew over 12,000 replies, saw unbelievably snide remarks. 

But just when we thought the tweet would go down in negative flames, it morphed into one of the most inspirational clapbacks we’ve ever witnessed. Instead of simply ragging on Taylor, netizens actually started sharing about other badass ladies in history. 

It soon turned into a thread that celebrated countless of under appreciated yet extremely important female figures. 

Such as Dr. Milada Horakova, a politician and freedom fighter. 

Warrior queen Che Siti Wan Kembang

Sally Ride, a brilliant physicist and astronaut who became the first American woman in space. 

Emmy Noether was described by her peers as the “most important woman in the history of mathematics”. 

Of course, we’re all familiar with Marie Curie.

Then there’s Bessie Coleman. The first female aviator of African American and Native American descent, flying schools in the US denied entry to Bessie, so she packed up and went to France, where she achieved her license in a short seven months. 

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman ever to run the Boston Marathon. There was a race official who tried to stop her but he was literally shoved to the ground by Kathrine’s boyfriend. It wasn’t till 1972 that women were officially allowed to participate in the Boston Marathon. 

French Resistance fighter Simone Segouin was only 18 years old when she risked her life carrying out missions (which included de-railing trains and blowing up bridges) against Nazi occupiers. She was present at the liberation of Chartres and Paris in 1944.

Nicknamed the Bandit Queen, Phoolan Devi was a gun-slinging ‘feminist Robin Hood’ who later became a successful politician. 

A pioneer in women’s rights activism, Kate Sheppard led the New Zealand women’s suffragettes movement and helped women gain the right to vote in New Zealand. 

Touted as the “Grandmother of Electronic Music”, Else Marie Pade was the first person in Denmark to start making electronic music. She was also a resistance fighter in an all-female Danish resistance group during WWII. 

Queen Mandukhai was the Khatun of Mongolia. She led and won several great wars – she even fought while heavily pregnant, delivering twin boys during a long battle. 

The coolest thing about this thread is not about the epic takedowns issued against Taylor. It’s about the reemergence of stories about inspirational women, and the reminder that we’re surrounded by badass females, Taylor Swift included. Head over to the original Twitter thread to read more about these awesome ladies! 

Who are some of your inspirational female figures? Share their stories in our comment section!

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