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Super Junior Was Full Of Oppa Charms At Super Show 7 In Singapore

2 Feb 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

If there’s anyone who knows how to put on a good show, it’s Super Junior. Despite being four members down, it didn’t stop the K-pop veteran powerhouses from commanding a 7,500-strong crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. With explosive stage performances, cosplay mayhem and fan service at its maximum, there was hardly a dull moment during the three-hour show. Ahead, we pick out seven highlights of Super Show 7 in Singapore.

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#1 When they gave us the ultimate princess treatment

“This is not a concert,” Leeteuk announced. “Tonight, it’s a reunion between the seven princes and all the princesses here.” Just hearing the last line made a few of us (and even Leeteuk himself) cringe a lil’, but we’d be lying to say we didn’t enjoy being treated like royalty throughout the show. The entire concert revolved around a rather The Great Gatsby-esque concept, peppered with interval VCRs that showcased the SJ boys looking dashing in their fine suits as they went on romantic escapades with their ‘princess’ – aka their beloved ELFs. Call us self-indulgent if you will, but we couldn’t help but feel like we were the leading lady in question at times (who wouldn’t?).

To make their fans feel even more adored, they even went the extra mile of preparing an extended stage that was able to reach the first row of the seating section. It’s not everyday that you get to be so upclose and personal with your favourite stars at such a huge venue, but SJ did just that. Who needs binoculars when you have oppa right in front you, amirite?

#2 When they knew (!) we love a good tease

Super Junior knew exactly what fans want, and they delivered. All decked out in their sparkly jackets, they rolled through the first three songs of ‘Black Suit’, ‘Scene Stealer’ and ‘Mamacita’ effortlessly. Pausing to greet the crowd, the boys did their usual introductions as they slowly started taking off their jackets with a knowing grin. “Isn’t this too sexy?!” exclaimed the other members as Siwon not-so-unintentionally revealed his chiselled physique through his sweat-soaked shirt, much to the delight of all the fervent fangirls.

#3 When they went down the memory lane

As much as we love Super Junior’s recent hits, there’s still a special spot in our hearts for the old-but-gold tracks of yesteryears. As if entering a K-pop time capsule, they launched into a string of unavoidable old-school throwbacks such as ‘It’s You’, ‘Mr. Simple’ and ‘Bonamana’. But what really stole the show for us was when they performed a rock version of their 2009 breakthrough smash ‘Sorry Sorry’, turning the concert into an all-out dance party.

#4 When they transformed into Super Rangers

When it comes to crazy cosplay action, nobody does it better than Super Junior. Avengers? Been there. Frozen? Done that. Just when we thought they’ve exhausted every fictional character imaginable, they took to the stage in full Power Rangers garb as they performed a comedic rendition of ‘Rokuko’. We couldn’t stop cracking up!

#5 When they appeared in Produce 101 uniforms

To say that we were surprised when the members came out donning school uniforms starkly similar to Produce 101 Season 2’s would be an understatement. Although we half-expected them to parody ‘Nayana’ (spoiler alert: they didn’t), they still gave us plenty of laughs with an entertaining performance of ‘Runaway’. “How many of you are students?” they asked, eliciting a chorus of screams as everyone – both the young and well… young at heart – raised their hands in response. To which the boys hilariously called ’em out for deceiving them. 

#6 When the backup dancers took the spotlight

Backup dancers hardly ever get the opportunity to shine especially when it comes to big-scale concerts, but not for Super Junior’s dance team. Not only did they manage to fill the presence of the missing members with their charismatic moves, they were also given the chance to perform a dance medley of ‘U’, ‘Oppa Oppa’ and ‘Can You Feel It?’. After which, the group came out to show appreciation for the hard work of their dedicated crew.

#7 When Leeteuk proposed to ELFs

“I can never forget 13 March 2010, the day I first met Singapore ELFS,” Leeteuk read out a heartfelt letter written for the fans with the instrumental for ‘Marry U’ aptly playing in the background. “Time has passed, but you guys are still by our side. We are forever grateful for your relentless support. We may not be perfect for you, but would you accept our proposal?” It wasn’t even a heartbeat later that Leeteuk’s ‘proposal’ was met with a resounding ‘yes’, before the rest of the members joined the leader onstage for ‘I Do’.

SS7 was no doubt, a super show indeed.

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What was your favourite moment of #SS7inSG? Drop us some love in the comments below!

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Another day, another new meme taking over the Internet. The latest social media sensation that’s all the rage now is inspired by the iconic liner (“Oh well, karma’s a b***h”) on the TV series Riverdale, spawning a viral craze that sees netizens going from drab to fab in seconds with the Cryptex mashup of ‘Antique Gucci’ on blast. Talk about a glo-up!

While we patiently await for the actual Riverdale cast to jump on the bandwagon, we found a whole whack of other equally hilarious memes on the popular Dou Yin app (think of it as China’s answer to Musical.ly and Vine) that deserve the viral treatment just as much – compiled by Twitter user @mel_it_hing. Check out a handful of our favourites:

#1 As long as you’re handsome

This runs a similar vein to the karma meme, featuring a bunch of guys playing around with a filter that distorts their facial features to make them appear ‘ugly’ while lip-syncing to a dialogue that translates to “as long as you’re handsome, you’ll have no problems wooing a girl”. Said man then transforms into a downright attractive dude in the blink of an eye. Voila!

#2 Long legs are better

Short people problems, anybody? This meme is a play on the height difference between someone with “short legs” and those with “long legs”, in which they compete in stretching out their legs on a flight of stairs. How adorable is this?

#3 Hairy situation

We’re pretty sure you’ve seen this one floating around your Facebook feed at some point of time. It starts off with the girls posing and flaunting their lustrous locks, before tucking them behind their ears to reveal their adorable chubby cheeks. We think they still look totally gorgeous though!

#4 Give and take

We just can’t get enough of this hilarious meme, which involves someone giving a spoonful of their own food to the person across the table then scooping up an even bigger portion off the latter’s plate. Don’t you just enjoy watching all the different reactions?

#5 Need a hug?

Take a cue from this aww-inducing meme – walk up to a stranger and ask for a favour, get them to stretch out their arms and clasp their hands together, and off you go swooping into their embrace. Smooth or what?

Give these memes a try and show us how you fare by tagging us on Instagram!

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Happy Birthday Harry Styles! See 24 Of His Best Style Moments

1 Feb 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

Oh, Harry Styles. There are plenty of reasons why we love the Brit heartthrob – from his raspy yet powerful vocals, to his swoon-worthy good looks, right down to his impeccable style and love for Gucci suits. It doesn’t even matter if he’s having a moment with millennial pink or rocking obnoxious polka dots, there’s really nothing the ‘Sign Of The Times’ singer can’t pull off. So what better way to celebrate his 24th birthday than looking back at 24 of his most memorable style moments?

Watch his best looks here:

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Who can resist Harry Styles in his now-signature floral suit? We loved his get-up during his last show here, but this just makes us even more curious what he’d be donning come 3 May 2018! Guess we’ll just have to wait and find out, but meanwhile, don’t forget to get your tickets to his upcoming gig at the Singapore Indoor Stadium – we’re predicting a solid lineup of performances and of course, more outfit changes for your visual pleasure.

Once again, happy birthday Harry Styles!

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2018 Grammys Recap: The Highs, The Lows and The Mehs

31 Jan 2018 by Grace Chen

Hundreds of our favourite artistes gathered in New York City’s prestigious Madison Square Garden for the 60th annual Grammys this year. It was a night filled with jaw-dropping performances, moving speeches and shade-throwing moments. If you’ve missed it, check out our top 2018 Grammys highlights!

Kendrick Lamar Sets The Stage

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Image credit: Getty Images

The night kicked off with an electrifying performance by Kendrick Lamar. Featuring special guests U2 and Dave Chappelle, Kendrick delivered a powerful, politically-charged performance of a multi-faceted medley that included some of his hit tracks from DAMN.

With explosive fireworks, thundering drums and uniformed dancers surrounding him, this performance stood out as, arguably, the best 2018 Grammy performance despite the uber-talented set list for the night. The rapper went on to win five Grammys: Best Rap Performance for ‘Humble’, Best Rap/Sung Performance for ‘Loyalty’ with Rihanna, Best Music Video for ‘Humble’, Best Rap Album for DAMN and Best Rap Song for ‘Humble’.

Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s Show-Stopping Collaboration

The fabulous duo delivered a phenomenal performance of their groovy hit ‘Finesse’, staying true to the vibrant aesthetic of their hit music video and leaving the audience wanting more.

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Bruno Mars eventually emerged as the man of the night as he brought home a slew of trophies. The talented hitmaker won all six awards for which he was nominated, even snatching the three most sought-after: Record of the Year for ’24K Magic’, Song of the Year for ‘That’s What I Like’ and Album of the Year for 24K Magic.

Kesha’s Passionate Performance

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The Grammys was a fantastic platform for musicians to show their support for the Time’s Up movement and Kesha seized this golden opportunity to raise awareness on the matter. The songstress, joined by notable singers such as Bebe Rexha, Cindi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Camila Cabello, sang a soulful rendition of her chilling anthem ‘Praying’. Introducing the powerful performance, Janelle Monáe urged people to work together to end pay inequality, discrimination, harassment and abuse of power in a well-delivered speech.

Blue Ivy Wasn’t Impressed

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Despite all the excitement and talent on stage, Blue Ivy ended up being the talk of the town as she gestured to stop her folks Beyonce and Jay-Z from clapping during Camila Cabello’s speech. Girl knows some real tea!

RiRi Hitting The ‘Gwara Gwara’

The Barbados diva wowed the audience when she did the famous South African dance move ‘Gwara Gwara’, while heating up the stage with her smash hit, ‘Wild Thoughts’.

Alessia Cara’s Heartfelt Speech

The ‘Stay’ singer gave a touching speech after being awarded the coveted title of Best New Artist. “I’ve been pretending to win the Grammys since I was a kid in my shower,” she quipped, before adding on that “there are some incredible artistes out there making incredible music that deserve to be acknowledged”. The equally incredible singer then went on to encourage the audience to “support real music and real artistes because everyone deserves the same shot”.

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Being up against notable artistes such as Sza and Khalid, however, had its drawbacks. Many took to social media to express their dismay on the chosen Grammys winners and Alessia was unfortunately targeted. The talented singer, however, didn’t succumb to the negativity and posted a strong statement defending herself against the haters. You go, girl!

The Sza Snub

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To everyone’s dismay, the soulful songbird was unable to secure any awards in spite of her spectacular performance of ‘Broken Clocks’ and her unofficial title as most-nominated artiste. Here’s hoping she’ll get the recognition she deserves for the 2019 Grammys…

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The skies cleared to make way for what was arguably the annual Laneway Festival’s most subdued, yet genre-bending line up of artists yet. We take you through the highlights of the event’s eighth edition on our shores. 

R&B and hip-hop reigned supreme at Laneway Festival Singapore 2018. And it was a long time coming for ardent fans of the genres, considering Laneway’s previous focus on acts ranging from the hard-hitting Japandroids, electronic Flume to even mainstream radio-hitters The 1975. While this year still saw a mixed bag of rising indie names alongside industry veterans, it was acts like Loyle Carner, The Internet and Anderson .Paak that drew the loudest crowds with their hard beats and smooth jams.

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 The Show Must Go On

Even with a technical glitch right as Anderson .Paak took the stage threatened to put a damp in spirits, the rapper and his backing band The Free Nationals bounced back swiftly and launched into crowd favourites like ‘Heart Don’t Stand A Chance’ and ‘Am I Wrong’ off his stellar album Malibu. His on-stage comeback elicited cheers from many, who were clearly present to catch the buzz-worthy act.

Besides the festival blessing the 10,000-strong turnout with non-stop tunes throughout the day, the weather was also surprisingly clear despite dark, looming clouds and a scatter of drizzle that passed as quickly as it came in the evening. Considering the wet weather conditions of both last year and the festival’s first inception – that many dubbed “Rainway” – the disposition of everyone were firmly kept as sunny as the skies with every other act performing without delays or a hitch.

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Heating Up

Earlier in the day, early birds who joined in the festivities since noon were rewarded with thrilling performances to set the day off on a right note. Australian songstress Amy Shark, fresh off her overwhelming acclaim in her home country, dazzled the crowd with her laid-back pop tunes. Regional pride was also represented, with Indonesian shoegaze outfit HEALS and Malaysia’s pop prodigy alextbh kickstarting things off across the various stages. Kudos to the organisers for also not segregating local acts to a designated stage and slotting them on the main stages as well, with Obedient Wives Club making their anticipated live comeback on the Garden Stage.

Music’s next-big-thing Billie Eilish was met with the warmest reception from the younger audiences, as the predominantly teen attendees flocked to her set with their phones high up in the air. Decked in an oversized sports attire, the sharp-tongued wunderkind proved her mettle as an artist with her addictive tracks including Bellyache’ and ‘Ocean Eyes’. If it’s not enough a sign that bigger things are to come from the young talent, our previous interview with her will further prove that sentiment.

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The Full Monty

What’s a music fest without other complementary highlights? Elsewhere, a visit to the H&M booth saw patrons scoring free makeup products by playing an interactive game. The Strongbow booth was decked out with beds to lie on while sipping on ciders. You could even craft your own fragrance at the Ooh La Lab pop-up space!

But this year also saw reduced lines for F&B, thanks to the seamless incorporation of Uber Eats. A bevy of gastronomical fare lined the Uber Eats Village, which was fully decorated with Instagram-worthy structures and sufficient seating, and was only made better by having the option of ordering from a wide array of options from the phone, and having it delivered to one of three collection points. This dismissed the need for queuing and waiting around, which allowed for greater space in the food village and for many to enjoy the music until their food was notified to have arrived for collection. We’re all for new innovative ways that concert-goers experience a festival, especially when it’s one as effective as this!

With Laneway’s steady evolution in terms of line-up picks, crowd service and accessibility to a fully immersive experience (did we mention there was a super cool Meet and Greet booth too?), it’s safe to say that it’s proven its mainstay as the best festival that Singapore has to offer, and it doesn’t look like that’ll be changing any time soon. Bring on 2019!

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Image credit: Aiksoon Lee / Laneway Festival Singapore

Featured image credit: Alvin Ho / Laneway Festival Singapore

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