Another year, another Coachella – but this year’s edition looks set to be the most exciting one yet.

Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California from 12 to 21 April 2019, the popular music fest features a stellar bill of up-and-coming artistes and must-see crowd favourites, such as Ariana Grande, BLACKPINK, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, The 1975 and more.

While the massive lineup of international acts is enough to send us packing, what really sealed the deal for us is the appearance of BLACKPINK. Known for their infectious earworms such as ‘DDU’DU DDU’DU’, ‘As If It’s Your Last’ and ‘BOOMBAYAH’, the YG four-piece will be the first ever K-pop girl group to perform at the annual extravaganza on 12 and 19 April. More impressively, it’s said that the founder of Coachella even flew over to Seoul to personally extend the invitation to the BLACKPINK girls!

Also joining them on the Coachella stage is Korean indie outfit HYUKOH as well as avant-rock band Jambinai, who will be playing on 14 and 21 April, 13 and 20 April respectively. Other notable acts include Khalid, Zedd, Diplo and Solange, just to name a few.

Check out the full festival lineup here:

Coachella 2019

Which act are you most excited to see at Coachella? Let us know in the comments!

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2018 was no doubt a stellar year in the world of Asian entertainment. Held at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands on 22 December, a star-studded lineup of artistes graced the stage at the inaugural StarHub Night Of Stars event, including Korean leading man Lee Joon Gi and Chinese actress Qin Lan of Yanxi Palace fame – who were the big winners of the night.

The 36-year-old actor took home the Best Male Asian Star Award for his groundbreaking role as a gangster-turned-lawyer in Lawless Lawyer, which went on to become one of the highest rated series in Korean cable television history.

Starhub Night of Stars Qin Lan Lee Joon Gi

What’s an Asian award ceremony without mentioning the biggest drama of 2018, Story of Yanxi Palace? Thanks to her brilliant performance as Fucha Rong Yin, the loveable actress not only won over the hearts of audiences worldwide, but also bagged the crown as Best Female Asian Star Award – truly a title fit for the empress. Taiwanese heartthrob Jasper Liu, who recently starred in the hugely popular film remake of More Than Blue, was also honoured with the Dazzling Star Award.

StarHub Night of Stars ACE

StarHub Night of Stars Cosmic Girls

A couple more awards were being handed out, but the moment that stole the show for us was when K-pop boy band A.C.E went up to receive the Best Newcomer Award. Despite making their debut more than a year ago, it was their first time attending an awards ceremony and being recognised for their hard work.

Leader Jun was visibly emotional as he thanked fans for the award, “Thinking back on our trainee days, we always imagined ourselves standing on a big stage to receive an award. We’re the ones receiving the award, but it’s all because of the love and support you guys have given us since our debut. We’ll work harder to show you a better side of A.C.E in 2019.”

Besides the award presentation, the audience was also treated to enthralling performances by A.C.E as well as Jeong Sewoon and Cosmic Girls, ending the night on a high note.

Check out the complete list of winners:

  • Best Female Asian Star Award – Qin Lan
  • Best Male Asian Star Award – Lee Joon Gi
  • Best Asian Drama OST Award – Jeong Sewoon
  • Most Charismatic Performance Award – Cosmic Girls
  • Best Newcomer Award – A.C.E
  • Favourite Korean Drama Character (Social Voting Award) – Kai (EXO)
  • Dazzling Star Award – Jasper Liu
  • Rising Star Award – Derek Chang
  • Evergreen Artiste Award – Chen Mei Feng
  • Best Host Award – Pauline Lan
  • Best TVB Drama Character – Rebecca Zhu
  • Best TVB Artiste Award – Joe Ma
  • Breakthrough Star Award – Lawrence Wong

Photo credits: StarHub

What a magical night! Who do you think will make it onto the StarHub Night of Stars list this year?

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What better way to kickstart 2019 than some red-hot dating news in K-town? The newest power couple of the year is none other than two of the trendiest idols in the scene, EXO’s Kai and BLACKPINK’s Jennie!

In news that shook the entertainment industry earlier this morning, Korean media outlet Dispatch (a domestic tabloid notorious for its annual tradition of exposing celebrity couples to the public every 1st Jan, the previous victims being BIGBANG’s G-Dragon and former After School member Jooyeon) revealed that the two stars have been dating in secret since October.

Kai Jennie

According to the report, the pair was recently spotted holding hands on a date at a park in Seoul. In addition, Dispatch claims that Kai’s seemingly unassuming Instagram post on 25 November was actually a photo taken by his new bae, Jennie.

Following the shocking revelation, SM Entertainment confirmed that the two indeed have “positive feelings” towards each other – and fans on Twitter exploded over the budding romance. Check out some of the best reactions below:

What else can we say, dude sure knows how to get ’em girls. And in case you didn’t know, Kai and Krystal of f(x) were previously an item. They’ve split in 2017.

For the uninitiated, Jennie just wrapped up promotions for her solo debut track ‘SOLO’. Looks like she ain’t a shining solo anymore!

Gotta thank those Inkigayo sandwiches!

Here’s the TL;DR: BIGBANG’s Seungri, who ironically happens to be Jennie’s fellow labelmate, dished that idols would sneakily scribble down their numbers on the plastic wrap of the famous sandwiches sold at the Inkigayo cafeteria, and pass it on to their crush.

If Jennie not-so-coincidentally naming her puppy Kai isn’t enough to convince you that they are literally a match made in heaven, the BLACKPINK member also owns a teddy bear called Nini, which happens to be one of Kai’s nicknames given by fans.

But that’s not the only thing they have in common; this fan broke it down perfectly.

Not to mention they’re both faces of luxury brands – Kai with his Gucci duds and Jennie, well, is basically a Human Chanel. Name a more powerful duo than #JenKai!

And while most fans are busy showering the new couple with their best wishes, EXO-Ls are the ones asking the REAL question… Welp, guess this clears up the doubts!

Once again, huge congratulations to Kai and Jennie!

More dating news: Song Joong Ki And Song Hye Kyo Reportedly Already Dating While Filming Descendants Of The Sun10 Moments That Prove Lee Sung Kyung And Nam Joo Hyuk Were Dating In Secret

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From Crazy Rich Asians to Noah Centineo, MasterChef glory to S-hook zehzeh, 2018 has been quite a wild (an understatement, really) year. We recap the top headlines that had the world talking in the past months – no tea, no shade, just facts!

#1 GOTTA CATCH ’EM ALL

Pokemon Centre

Get your Poké Balls ready, ’cause Singapore is getting her very own Pokemon Centre! To be situated at Jewel Changi Airport, the spanking new outlet will be the game franchise’s only permanent retail store outside of Japan, and will feature merchandise created exclusively for the Jewel branch – think old-school trading cards, adorable accessories and plushies. Pokémon fans will no longer need to travel far to catch ’em all when it opens in the first half of 2019!

#2 RIHANNA TAKEOVER

Rihanna

We just can’t get enough of Rihanna! Our all-time favourite queen has been hard at work throughout the year – she launched four new Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paints, returned with the all-inclusive Savage x Fenty lingerie collection, and not to mention her surprise visit at Sephora ION Orchard for Fenty Beauty’s anniversary celebrations. Despite of all these, we still want more of RiRi.

#3 CRAZY RICH MADNESS

Crazy Rich Asians

We might be a little biased, but the Jon M. Chu-directed Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) was undeniably the movie of 2018 – from a gratuitous display of our little red dot on the international stage, to seeing fellow Singaporeans on the big screen (shout-out to Pierre Png’s abs). On top of that, the all-Asian cast was a win for racial representation in Hollywood, so it’s hard to not feel a little proud when watching this flick. It has also been confirmed that a sequel to the blockbuster romcom is in the works, so we think it won’t be long before the CRA gang gets back together again.

#4 NOAH CENTINEO FEVER

Noah Centineo

We have nothing but gratitude for Netflix for blessing us with not one, but two movies that featured the perfect specimen that is Noah Centineo. The 22-year-old heartthrob first came into our lives as the swoon-worthy Peter Kavinsky in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, before capturing our hearts all over again as Jamey in Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. Here’s hoping we get to see more of this hottie in 2019!

#5 BABY, ONE MORE TIME

K

It’s hard to keep up with the Kardashian-Jenner clan. In the year of 2018 alone, three of the sisters gave birth to adorable babies. Questionable names aside, it’s time to acquaint yourself with these new and very cute additions to the family: Stormi Webster is the daughter of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott, Chicago West is the latest offspring in the Kim-Kanye union, and Khloe gave birth to True Thompson with husband Tristan.

#6 BLAST FROM THE PAST

Maplestory M

Who could ever forget good ol’ games of yesteryears like Neopets and MapleStory that accompanied us growing up? If you’re a fellow ’90s kid, chances are you’ve spent your time after school earning Neopoints through games like Cheat, or farming for mushrooms to level up in Henesys. We’ve got good news: your favourite childhood games have made a comeback in the form of mobile apps, such as Neopets: Legends and Letters and MapleStory M that are sure to be a hit amongst today’s tech-savvy generation.

#7 HISTORY IN THE MAKING

North Korea-United States

Another historic event that put our humble stomping grounds in the spotlight: the 2018 North Korea-United States Summit, which was hosted at Sentosa Island. In that time, Singapore unexpectedly received the attention of a global audience – queries of where exactly is this ‘secluded island’ spiked, while the ‘dark history’ of our current tourist spot, Sentosa, was drudged up by international media. Who knew that people knew so little of our homeland?

#8 #TEAMYANNY OR #TEAMLAUREL?

Yanny Laurel

This year also saw the legendary poll created by Twitter user @CloeCouture cause rifts between friends, family and everyone on the Internet. Did you hear ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’? Everyone thought they were right – but as it turns out, science didn’t exactly have an answer. Between the ambiguous sound waves and poor audio quality, it was basically impossible to discern. In case you were wondering, we heard ‘Yanny’.

#9 THANK YOU, AVICII

Avicii

The passing of 28-year-old Swedish DJ Avicii came as a shock for the music industry. We lost a bright mind, but it also shed light on important conversations about mental health, depression, and the gruelling effect the music scene has on its artistes. In recent news, the ‘Wake Me Up’ producer’s Avicii: True Stories documentary is revealed to be qualified for Oscars consideration and will also be making a theatrical comeback with showings in New York and LA beginning this December.

#10 THE NAS DAILY EFFECT

Nas Daily

Hands up if you’ve learned more about Singapore from travel blogger Nas Daily than you did from your Social Studies textbook. Known for his popular daily 1-minute video series, the Internet sensation made a total of 14 videos dedicated to our country – citing Changi Airport as the “world’s best airport”, spending a day at a landfill, and experiencing being a Freegan with a local dumpster diver. His trip might be short, but he certainly taught us a lesson or two about how good we have it in this “almost perfect country”.

#11 SALTED EGG, AGAIN

Salted Egg

It’s no secret that we are a predictable bunch; slap on ‘salted egg’ to anything and it’s enough to drive Singaporeans nuts. Case in point: Indomie’s Salted Egg Instant Noodles. Labelled as a premium flavour, demand for the highly-raved ‘curly fried noodle’ reached an all-time high since its release in August. What used to be an Indonesia-exclusive product is now carried by major supermarkets. Food fads may come and go, but it certainly seems like salted egg yolk is here to stay.

#12 A MODERN FAIRYTALE

Royal Wedding

Behold, a wedding so grand it stole the attention of the entire globe. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on 19 May in a royal ceremony that featured famous guests, a sparkly tiara, and a dramatic veil with delicate embroidery that included every flower in the Commonwealth – and that meant a space for our very own national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim. May the Duke and Duchess of Sussex live happily after ever!

#13 KIKI, DO YOU LOVE ME?

In My Feelings

Another year, another viral challenge. Known as the #InMyFeelings Challenge, the Drake-inspired dance craze was first created by comedian Shiggy, who busted out his slick moves to the meme-worthy tune of ‘In My Feelings’. It has since taken the world by storm, with Hollywood heavyweights like Will Smith and DJ Khaled as well as K-pop idols like BTS’ J-Hope jumping onto the bandwagon. The star of the show himself subsequently dropped the long- awaited music video featuring a bevy of celebrity cameos in the closing credits, including the aforementioned stars!

#14 COOKING UP A STORM

Masterchef Singapore

Things are flaming up in the MasterChef kitchen! In the UK edition, a judge made news when he commented that a rendang was lacking in crispiness (which was just outright baffling). The Australian edition saw Singapore-born Sashi Cheliah taking home the winning trophy, thanks in part to his rendition of a chicken lemak dish and pineapple tart with lime ice cream dessert. And riding the MasterChef waves is Singapore’s own inaugural edition of the reality show, where Zander Ng bagged the coveted title after winning over the judges with his five-course banquet. Congratulations to Singapore’s first ever MasterChef!

#15 S-HOOK INFLUENCE

Shook

Marketing 101: think outside the box. For a certain Lerine Yeo, her unique selling tactic has made her quite the sensation on Facebook. By using S-hooks, this enterprising comedienne taught everyone how to maximise holes in a shirt to carry extra items like an umbrella, EZ-link cards and even wanton mee. Thanks to the Internet, the 30-year- old ended up scoring a contract deal with Mark Lee’s company. One thing’s for sure: this won’t be the last you’ll see of her.

#16 THE BTS TAKEOVER

BTS

2018 is, without a doubt, BTS’ year – we’re just living in it. Many K-pop acts have attempted to break into the American market, but none have seen as much success as that of BTS. Vox labelled them as “the band that changed K-pop”, and TIME even gave them a spot on their “25 Most Influential People on the Internet” list. The seven-member juggernaut became the first South Korean band to top the Billboard Artist 100 chart, took to the Times Square, and collaborated with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Steve Aoki and Fall Out Boy, amongst other record-breaking achievements.

#17 MAD FOR PLAID

Plaid

Plaid is now back in style! Although checkered prints have always been a wardrobe staple, there’s no denying the fact that the Cher Horowitz-inspired look is having a huge moment in the fashion world lately. Designer brands like Versace, Michael Kors and Dior began putting their own contemporary spin on the trend, with matching co-ords, unexpected colour pairings and bold silhouettes dominating the runways.

#19 POWER DUO

Beyonce JayZ

Of course, we can’t miss out on the collaborative masterpiece that is Everything Is Love. A creative union between husband-wife duo Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the surprise joint album offers listeners an intimate glimpse into their life, their love and their family. We couldn’t have asked for a better finale to their trilogy of albums, and that’s not forgetting the epic music video of ‘APES**T’ where the power couple rented out the whole of the Louvre in Paris. Cue standing ovation!

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 4.

Did we miss anything out? Comment down below what you think is the hottest tea in 2018!

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