Could it be that love is truly dead? Back in February, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo fuelled divorce rumours when Chinese media outlets reported that their marriage had been on the rocks, after the actress was spotted without her wedding ring on various occasions. In recent news that shook the whole industry, the K-drama golden couple has finally made their split official.

Barely two years after tying the knot with Descendants of the Sun co-star Song Hye Kyo in October 2017, Song Joong Ki announced that he has officially filed for divorce on 26 June (Wednesday). The actor expressed his stance in a full statement released through his agency, Blossom Entertainment:

“Hello. This is Song Joong Ki. First, I’d like to apologise for delivering this unfortunate news to the many fans who love and care for me. I have begun the process of filing for divorce from Song Hye Kyo. Rather than denouncing one another and arguing over who is to blame, I hope that the divorce process can be wrapped up amicably.

I ask for your understanding in regards to the fact that it is difficult to discuss the details of my personal life, and I will recover from my current wounds and do my utmost as an actor to repay you through great productions in the future.

Thank you.”

Following Song Joong Ki’s announcement, the actress went ahead with her own statement through her agency as well. According to a representative, they cited “differences in personalities” as the main reason for their divorce. The agency continued, “As the two were unable to overcome their differences, they were forced to come to this decision. We respectfully ask for your understanding in regards to the fact that we cannot confirm any further details out of respect for the two actors’ personal lives. Please refrain from making scandalous posts and speculative comments.”

Even though Song-Song couple has come to an end, we wish both Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo all the best!

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Having teased the release for months, it’s fair to say that the wait for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has been a pretty arduous one for fellow Potterheads across the world. Thankfully, fans of the boy wizard need not wait any longer as the mobile game app is set to officially drop on Friday, 21 June.

Developed by Niantic – also known as the creators behind the wildly popular Pokemon Go – in collaboration with WB Games, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be the American company’s first foray into an all-new fandom, allowing players to meet characters from the franchise as well as other magical situations in the real world using the power of augmented reality technology.

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Much like Pokemon Go, players will be assuming a role in the game that has been created as part of the storyline. But instead of a Pokemon trainer, you will be playing as a new wizard recruit who has been scouted to work with the Statute of Secrecy Task Force. This group is formed to help prevent the exposure of the Wizarding community and solve the mystery of the Calamity – a major catastrophic event that hit the Wizarding World and resulted in magical artefacts and creatures scattered all over the world.

There isn’t much revealed about the exact scope of the player’s role, but it’s possible that you will be tasked to search for signs of magic in the real world with the help of iconic Harry Potter characters that you may encounter along your journey.

Here’s the bad news: although the mobile game is set for a 21 June global release date for both Android and iOS users, only United States and United Kingdom have been confirmed for the launch. It’s unclear if the app will follow in the release pattern of its predecessor, which admittedly took quite a while to reach certain countries including Singapore. Though it seems more like a speculation, this concern has been further corroborated with a tweet from their official Twitter account, which asked for fans to stay tuned “as the game goes live in your region soon”.

In the meantime, get your wands (and fingers) ready for download!

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Ed Sheeran's New Album Features Collaborations With All Your Faves

19 Jun 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

This is not a drill: Ed Sheeran just dropped the tracklist to his highly-anticipated new album no.6 Collaborations Project, and we’re not kidding when we say it features all your faves. From Cardi B to Camila Cabello, Eminem to Chance The Rapper, the ‘Perfect’ singer’s upcoming 15-track record certainly has no shortage of star power.

As if the surprise duet of ‘I Don’t Care’ with Justin Bieber wasn’t enough to heighten anticipation, Ed continued to get us hyped up by teaming up with rap heavyweights Chance The Rapper and RnB Rock for ‘Cross Me’. And that’s not all; other notable collaborators includes the likes of music giants Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Khalid, Eminem… the list goes on.

Check out the full tracklist below!

1. ‘Beautiful People’ (Feat. Khalid)
2. ‘South Of The Border’ (Feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B)
3. ‘Cross Me’ (Feat. Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock)
4. ‘Take Me Back To London’ (Feat. Stormzy)
5. ‘Best Part Of Me’ (Feat. Yebba)
6. ‘I Don’t Care’ (Feat. Justin Bieber)
7. ‘Antisocial’ (Feat. Travis Scott)
8. ‘Remember The Name’ (Feat. Eminem & 50 Cent)
9. ‘Feels’ (Feat. Young Thug & J Hus)
10. ‘Put It All On Me’ (Feat. Ella Mai)
11. ‘Nothing On You’ (Feat. Paulo Londra & Dave)
12. ‘I Don’t Want Your Money’ (Feat. H.E.R.)
13. ‘1000 Nights’ (Feat. Meek Mill & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
14. ‘Way To Break My Heart’ (Feat. Skrillex)
15. ‘Blow’ (Feat. Bruno Mars & Chris Stapleton)

Ed Sheeran’s new album No.6 Collaborations Project is out 12 July 2019.

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Unless you’ve been out of touch with the pop culture world, you should have already heard the hype about a certain mobile game that’s bound to break the Internet upon its release. The highly-anticipated BTS World is set to be available for official download come 26 June, accompanied with never-before-seen BTS footages and photos that have been specifically shot for the game.

Though much of the content is still kept hush-hush, game developer Netmarble has dropped quite a number of teasers alongside additional content which have given fans a preview of what to expect come D-day. To get you up to speed, here’s a compilation of all the information released about BTS World thus far.

Players will be role-playing as BTS’ manager

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Perhaps the ultimate dream job for all ARMYs, the main concept of the game is to give players a chance to take on the job as BTS’ manager as they work towards the day of their debut. To achieve that, players are expected to collect different cards that are used to help clear missions. We’re guessing that as the story progresses, you will be required to upgrade the cards to unlock other exclusive content, which includes interactive conversations with the members such as a video call or a group text. If you’re curious and would like to have a test run, you can try out the mini game on their website.

Free gameplay for BTS World might have limitations

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Although it has been marked as a free app, the game does offer in-app purchases in the form of a VIP subscription at USD$4.99 (approximately $6.80). Though it doesn’t explain exactly what the differing benefits are between both options, it’s possible that paying subscribers might have access to more content than the non-paying players such as more interaction with members or level-up opportunities.

There’s more than one BTS story

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In addition to the main story of the mobile game, it seems that ARMYs are in for another treat as the boys take on a different role to tell an alternate story. Leading up to its launch, character profiles for the individual members have been released, which also come with a short behind-the-scenes clip for each of them on YouTube. Though we are not sure how this exactly fits into the mobile game, you have to admit that it’s pretty cute to see the boys dressed up in the outfits of their respective occupations.

The 4 Hertz from BTS World

Judging from what we’ve seen so far, we’re pretty confident that the ‘four hertz’ in question refers to the three audio surprises and eventual release of the app. So far, we’ve seen the release of two singles, ‘Dream Glow’ and ‘A Brand New Day’, which leads us to believe that we will be seeing one last digital track release on 21 June before the game officially debuts on 26 June.

BTS World OST Album

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Yes, you read that right. On top of the mobile game, the boys have recorded songs for an accompanying soundtrack to the app. Although there’s no confirmation on how many songs will be on the album, the pre-order goodies alone are enough to entice any fan. In addition to the CD, fans who’ve pre-ordered will also receive a photobook, a double-sided photo card, a game coupon (which can be used in the app), a lenticular card and a poster. If you’d like to get your hands on one, you can do so via BigHit’s official shop app, Weply.

So, are you all ready to become the new staff of BigHit Entertainment? Just in case you’ve yet to pre-register, you can do so here. Alternatively, you can also pre-order the game on the App Store or the Google Play Store before its launch.

And in case you’ve missed it, here’s a look at what the BTS members are looking for in their prospective managers:

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Move over, millennials – a new class of Gen-Z music trailblazers are set to take over the spotlight with their chart-topping achievements and unstoppable star power. Meet the Z-list.

CROWNING GLORY

Billie Eilish

If you feel like Billie Eilish is everywhere these days, that’s because she is – in all the best places. When 15-year-old Billie first dropped ‘Ocean Eyes’ on Soundcloud a few years back, no one expected the teen wunderkind to amass such a devoted cult following. But boy were we glad she did.

Her claim to fame? Besides her penchant for churning out chart-topper after chart-topper, it’s also her quirky personality and sense of humour that makes her seem so much more relatable. “I’m really weird, and you know what? I like it,” she tells Teen Vogue. “It’s special to me and it’s fun to be weird. I also hope to show people that they shouldn’t care about what others think of them. It’s you and your life. Do what you want.” And that’s exactly what she does – she lives life and makes music on her own terms. The result: a swelling repertoire of work that includes two hugely successful EPs, several viral singles, as well as high-profile collaborations with the likes of Vince Staples and Khalid.

Just when you thought the Billie mania has reached its peak, she drops her long-awaited debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? to much fanfare. An eclectic blend of genre-defying tunes crafted almost entirely by herself and her brother (whom you might know as singer-songwriter and producer FINNEAS), it’s one of those few albums where every track is a standout. Which is why it’s of no surprise that it shot straight to the top of the charts, making Billie the youngest female artiste – who is, for the record, still only 17 years of age – to notch the number one spot since Demi Lovato in 2009.

Just recently, the rising pop star hit yet another career milestone with her first ever Coachella gig, sharing the spotlight with big-name headliners such as Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and BLACKPINK. Fresh off her festival debuts, the young songstress is also in the midst of her When We All Fall Asleep World Tour and we have no doubts that her impending shows will draw massive crowds.

While Billie has yet to fully take over the reigns of her predecessors, it’s clear she has the poise, talent and attitude to go far in her career. And here’s the craziest part: she’s only just getting started.

THE IT GIRLS

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On the other end of the music radar, we have a new batch of young pop mavens poised to lead the next era of K-pop. Made up of five immensely talented ladies with an average age of 18, JYP Entertainment’s new flagship act has since earwormed their way onto the charts with their record-breaking debut single, ‘DALLA DALLA’ – an empowerment anthem that encourages fans to embrace what makes them different.

Unlike TWICE’s usual brand of bubblegum pop, ITZY plays into the lesser-explored girl crush concept that seemingly draws influences from Wonder Girls and Miss A – a formula that works wonderfully in their favour. Besides becoming the fastest K-pop outfit to hit 100 million views on a debut music video, they also achieved the incredible feat of being the quickest girl group to take their first win on a music show. If these numbers are any indication, they are well on their way to becoming the next big thing.

SMELLS LIKE FREE SPIRIT

Khalid

Much like his ‘Lovely’ collaborator Billie Eilish, Khalid’s whirlwind rise to stardom was very much fuelled by the power of the Internet – after all, he’s known as the second most-streamed artiste in the world for a reason. His 2017 debut effort American Teen was an instant hit, drawing in listeners with compelling lyrics that speak to the broody teenager in all of us. But everyone has to grow up some day, which brings us to his much-anticipated follow-up titled Free Spirit.

No longer the young, dumb and broke kid we used to know, the R&B crooner returns with a matured sound that showcases his progression as a songwriter – without losing his authenticity and childlike charms. “I love growing up,” Khalid shares with MTV News. “I can’t wait to see where I’ll be at 25 and what type of music I’m going to make. I know for a fact that I’m gonna be young forever; even if I’m 60, I’ll still have a little pep in my step.” Wherever his next move is, we bet the rest of the world will be watching.

GIRLS MEET MUSIC

Sabrina Carpenter

Sabrina Carpenter needs no introduction. Fans might recognise the Disney darling from the hit series Girl Meets World, but the 19-year-old has been making remarkable moves in her budding music career as well. After lending her voice to several Disney projects, the aspiring singer decided to strike out on her own with her debut album Eyes Wide Open, which successfully marked her transition from teen actress to bonafide pop diva. Plus, she’s got the songwriting chops to boot.

Most of the tracks in her third studio album Singular are co-written by the songstress, allowing her to really come into her own as an artiste. “I’ve been working on the record for the past two years and I really just started to get a greater understanding of what I was capable of,” she explains to Vogue about the creative process behind it. “I wrote the entire thing, so I decided to call it Singular because I want it to embody that confidence of being able to kind of accomplish what you want on your own.” We couldn’t be more proud!

READY TO RULE

Ruel

From busking along the Sydney’s beaches to performing in front of sell-out crowds, the young pop prodigy has come a long way since he was discovered by award-winning producer M-Phazes (“I lost my mind when I heard his voice!”). For a 16-year-old, Ruel’s credentials are admirable to say the least. He boasts numerous self-composed tracks under his belt including his earlier hit ‘Don’t Tell Me’, which was written when he was only 12. He shares, “When I write about something, it helps me figure it out in the process. I want people of all ages, whether they’re 15 or 50, to be able to relate to my songs.”

And it’s safe to say he succeeded in doing just that; Ruel’s debut EP Ready has since chalked up over 100 million global streams thanks to standout singles ‘Dazed & Confused’, ‘Younger’ and ‘Not Thinkin’ Bout You’. Rounding up his already impressive list of achievements is the title of 2018’s Breakthrough Artist by the ARIA Music Awards – and that’s certainly saying something.

LEADERS OF TOMORROW

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Managed by the people behind the world-conquering BTS, Big Hit Entertainment’s second boy group project Tomorrow X Together – aka TXT – looks set to follow in their superstar sibling’s footsteps. Since exploding onto the scene with their feel-good melodies and youthful energy, these fresh-faced lads (with an average age of 17) have already built up a stellar portfolio their counterparts can only dream of.

Not only did they top multiple music charts with their lead single ‘CROWN’, these power rookies also made history as the fastest K-pop group to hit number one on Billboard’s World Albums and World Digital Song Sales Chart. Despite being only two months into their debut, TXT already has their eyes set on the global stage. Besides embarking on their US showcase tour, the quintet is also expected to perform at KCON 2019 NY in July. Only time will tell if they’ll be able to match up to BTS, but we think they’re off to a great start.

BIG PLANS AHEAD

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“Why don’t we make a band?” they thought, and never looked back. Prior to their formation as the Why Don’t We we know today, the boys have already made quite a solo career of their own – with most of them starting out by doing what our generation does best: uploading covers on YouTube. A year and five EPs later, the boys landed a record deal with Atlantic Records, toured with the likes of Shawn Mendes and The Chainsmokers, and sold out shows across the globe.

It’s hard to resist their charms: take one glance at Why Don’t We and you’ll be smitten by their heartthrob-worthy looks, but let’s not forget about the harmonised vocals and addictive choreography that propelled the under-21 fivesome to mainstream consciousness. Even though they’re currently immersed in their 8 Letters Tour, it doesn’t stop them from putting out new music. In an interview with Forbes, Corbyn Besson explains, “I think at the end of the day, our entire career stems from the music and we’re not Why Don’t We without it.” Perhaps that’s the whole reason why fans keep coming back for more.

ALL EYES ON THEM

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After the explosive popularity of Korean survival competition Produce 101 which birthed supergroups I.O.I and Wanna One, their latest all-female lineup wasted no time in following up on the success of their predecessors. Consisting of Korean and Japanese members that came out tops in Produce 48, IZ*ONE has been setting records left and right since their debut – cementing the hybrid group as one of the hottest names in both the K-pop and J-pop game.

And they’ve got the numbers to back them up: their debut record Color*Iz dominated charts in and out of Korea, including the Oricon Weekly Album Chart and Billboard World Albums Chart. Their sophomore release Heart*Iz continued to hit new chart highs, with their latest track ‘Violeta’ bagging a total of seven music show wins. Although they have a short shelf life of only 2.5 years, there’s still plenty of time left till the end of their contracts and we can’t wait to see what else these bright young gems will bring to the table!

Read more about these Gen-Z stars in our latest issue of Teenage Portfolio featuring cover girl Billie Eilish, out on newsstands now!

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