Taeyang's White Night Is An Eargasmic Record Of Love And Heartbreak

25 Aug 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

At long last, the wait is over – Taeyang’s third studio album White Night has finally dropped and it’s everything we ever wanted, and more.

Three years since heating up the airwaves with Rise, the BIGBANG vocal powerhouse is back to set the charts ablaze with his newest musical offering, and boy does he deliver with aplomb. In what’s perhaps his most sonically intriguing record to date, White Night offers the man’s usual fare of slick R&B hooks, punchy choruses and atmospheric synths, but it’s Taeyang’s expressive vocals – which sounds right at home no matter what genre he goes for – and lovelorn lyrics that really grab you by the throat relentlessly till the last note.

And judging by how the vocalist has snagged the #1 spot on Billboard‘s World Albums chart and the Apple iTunes album charts in over 23 countries respectively, White Night is definitely an album to put on repeat – for days when you’re in the mood for love. 

1. ‘White Night’

Kicking things off with this psychedelic stomper of an opener, ‘White Night’ launches into a progressive frenzy of electronic grooves and trancey rhythms that you’ll soon find yourself bopping along to. Despite clocking in at a little over a minute long, it’s as good as a tune as the longer cuts – and sets the stage for the epicness that’s to come.

2. ‘Wake Me Up’

“Is it love? / If I want this moment to last forever,” he croons earnestly over lush strings and fuzzy beats in this confessional ballad, before quickly building to a dancefloor-ready chorus. True to its lyrics, we certainly don’t wish for this song to ever end.

3. ‘Darling’

Taeyang’s stripped-back vocals take centre stage in this piano-driven piece, showcasing what he does best in the most intimate way possible. “The whole world is telling me that nothing lasts forever / Darling darling you, you’re my everything,” he sings, clearly out to tug at our heartstrings and hey, we’re okay with that. 

4. ‘Ride’

Picking up the momentum, ‘Ride’ is a classic slice of R&B that wouldn’t be too out of place on Taeyang’s previous releases – yet it still manages to sound fresh on first listen. 

5. ‘Amazin’

The party’s just getting started! Hit replay on this slow-burner of a club banger, backed by a ridiculously catchy hook that’s almost impossible to get out of your head.

6. ‘Empty Road’

Putting his vulnerability on display, he pours his heart out: “Because I miss you so much / Now it’s an empty road with nothing in it.” There’s just something about this heartbreaking number that makes Taeyang – solo superstar aka one-fifth of the biggest K-pop boy band – actually feel human.

7. ‘Naked’

At first glance, this might seem like your typical ballad – but Taeyang kicks it up a notch with a fist-pumping, synth-laden chorus that deserves to be blasted at full volume.

8. ‘Tonight’

‘Tonight’ is one of the most anticipated tracks of this album, and we could totally see why. “It’s no fun to drag it out anymore yeah? / Let’s get to the point,” Taeyang woozily declares over a languid bass line, before Block B’s Zico swoops in with a killer rap verse – bringing a thematic closure to the eight-track masterpiece that is White Night.

Taeyang’s White Night is now available for purchase and streaming.

Can we expect anything less from Taeyang? Before you go off to put the entire album on loop, don’t forget to tell us which is your favourite track in the comments below!

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In town recently amidst a whirlwind tour schedule, Bebe Rexha gave us the inside scoop on finding success and working with One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson.

Blondes really do have more fun. Just ask hit-machine Bebe Rexha, who has two singles to her name burning up the charts currently. Following breakthrough success with rapper G-Eazy on their 2015 runaway smash ‘Me, Myself and I’, Bebe switched hair colour to the lighter side, and since then, has seen a slew of smash hits follow in line. Besides being one of today’s most sought after pop stars, the lively femme fatale is also a bonafide songwriter and a rising fashion icon. Read on to find out how Bebe is doing it all and more.

Hi Bebe! What’s the best thing about your fans in Asia?

Bebe: I think the best thing about Asia and my Asian fans is that they’re so kind, and so respectful. I love the food here and I’ve never been to Asia [before] so I think my favourite thing so far of this whole trip has been seeing this culture and its really exciting and I love it!


I’m not the one to love.

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Congrats on all the success with the new EP All Your Fault: Pt 2. We also hear rumours about a Part 3 with songs like ‘Bed’ and ‘Naughty’? Could you share the scoop on that?

Bebe: I’m not sure yet exactly on what I want to do and I don’t wanna throw a date out there. But I am working on some new music and I do have some songs that are already finished. I possibly may do a part 3 or I may put an album out but there will be more music coming soon in the next 2-3 months.

Your new single ‘The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)’ is blowing up. If you could dance with anyone in the world, who would it be?

Bebe: I would dance with my grandfather. He’s dead but I really loved him so much and I would love to have a dance with him, even though I remember he was a really bad dancer. I would probably do a simple waltz or something – a grandad dance.

The song has also evolved to become a self-empowerment anthem. What’s one feature about yourself that you’re not embarrassed about?

Bebe: That I have a big butt… and I cannot lie! (Laughs)

‘Back To You’, your single with Louis Tomlinson is also huge right now. What’s it like working with Louis and how did the song come about?

Bebe: He reached out to me, and they had the song kinda already done. I knew One Direction and how big they were, and I was a little scared cos I didn’t know how it was gonna turn out; I was really nervous to meet him. Honestly it was the best decision I ever made. I listened to the song and immediately loved it and I knew there was something special about it and I feel like it resonated with me because I remember being in relationships where I’m like “oh my god I love this person but I can’t be with you, but I have to go back to you” and I felt like everybody goes through this. Working with Louis in general, it’s fun and easy and there’s no stress or egos. It’s super chill and we were just having fun. We filmed the video in his hometown Doncaster. It’s interesting, and I get it. He’s always wearing track suits and he is that kinda guy – laidback and chill.

If you could go back in time and tell teenage Bebe one thing, what would it be?

Bebe: I think if I told teenage Bebe that I was going to be performing at the Teen Choice Awards with Louis Tomlinson, and then travelling to Asia and seeing Singapore, Beijing, Jakarta and other countries, I think 16-year-old Bebe would be screaming and peeing her pants. I’d tell her to take a chill pill, and everything is going to work out just fine.

You’ve already achieved so much this year. What’s the next thing you hope to achieve in 2017?

Bebe: I think I’d like to find balance in my life – in my personal life and in my music life. I think that in the last 11 years being in the music business, I think my journey’s been interesting because it’s been this constant grind. And I think that I’m starting to see it pay off, but I also see now that life is much more than just numbers on a chart or how much money you have. I think life is about the people around you and happiness and success is not always what you think it is. I think right now, I want to find a way on how to manage being in the music business and being happy and being balanced, and sharing my success with the people that I love.

Featured image: Dennis Leupold/Warner Music Singapore

Stay tuned for our full video interview with Bebe! Listen to All Your Fault: Pt 2 below:

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This Is Why Alan Walker Hides His Face From The Public

24 Aug 2017 by Bryan Yeong

We speak to the man behind mammoth EDM hits ‘Faded’ and ‘Sing Me To Sleep’, and uncover more from the rising hitmaker.

Alan Walker might have yet to become a household name in the international DJ scene like Calvin Harris or Diplo, but perhaps he prefers it that way. For starters, he unapologetically thrives from the comfort of anonymity, preferring to wear a mask and black hoodie in his music videos and onstage performances. And the reason for his unique take on his attire of choice? “It has become a part of my uniform. I wear it to symbolize that people are all the same and all equal. I like to believe that anyone could be the person behind the mask, and anyone can achieve amazing things.”, he shares with us.


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His classic ensemble has already caught on with his fans, affectionately named ‘Walkers’, that deck themselves out in similar garb as the Norwegian producer devotedly. And despite not having an instantly recognisable face, his social media following amassed is certainly significant. Thanks to behind the scenes photos of his tour adventures, documents of his explosive live sets and clips of remix videos, his Facebook and Instagram accounts boast close to 2 million followers each, concrete proof of his rising stardom. “One Walker from China even brought me a book which included every single post about me from social media. She had literally printed all of my posts from social media and pasted them into the book. I was speechless, that’s crazy!”, he revealed, on what’s the craziest thing a fan has done for him.


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It’s safe to say that the 20-year-old wunderkind has already been fully inducted into the EDM family as well, becoming fast friends with the likes of Steve Aoki and naming Kygo, Martin Garrix and Tiësto as “true inspirations”. But his focus continuously remains firmly on the music. “[My proudest remix] is probably my remix of either Sia’s ‘Move Your Body’, or Coldplay’s ‘Hymn For The Weekend’ and I wouldn’t mind collaborating with a Top 40 artist as long as it fits the song”, he shares. His decision to release singles over an album is also for good reason. “I might do either an EP or an album one day. [But] personally, I think it’s more beneficial to release singles and continue your name in that way. Especially now, when the market is more or less driven by singles and not albums. And I would say that it has worked out fine for me so far”. 


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And it seems it might not be long before we get the opportunity to catch him light up our shores again. Following a jubilant set at last year’s Zoukout Festival which saw the DJ leaping off the deck amidst his chart-topping singles, he promises that it’ll be sooner rather than later before fans can catch him in action. “I promise that I will be back! I don’t know when, but I definitely will be back there!” he guarantees. We’ll hold you to your word Alan, and grab a black mask while we’re at it.

Watch Alan Walker’s latest video for ‘Tired’ featuring Gavin James below:

Featured image: Rikkard Häggbom/RCA Records

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WATCH: Indie Band LANY Dishes On 'Good Girl' Celebs

22 Aug 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Indie-pop band LANY graced Singapore for an intimate, sold-out show earlier this month, and we caught up with the trendsetting trio before they proved they’re a live force to be reckoned with.

It’s not usual for an artist to sell out their first outing here – unless they’re in the leagues of Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran – but three-piece American band LANY did just that. Granted it wasn’t a stadium-scale show, but the feat alone is an attest to the band’s appeal.

Photo Credit: Marcus Lin / Secret Sounds Asia

For 90 minutes, LANY enthralled the sizeable audience with their palatable brand of synth-heavy alt-rock sound with songs like ‘The Breakup’ and ‘Flowers on the Floor’ – both cuts from their latest self-titled debut album. But a true sign of long-term loyalty from their legion of supporters was the fervent response to the band’s music even from their infant years – early EP tracks like ‘Made in Hollywood’ and ‘Like You Lots’ drew equally loud cheers. Diehard fans even showered the charming musicians with flowers – a staple at most LANY gigs, and an ode to the band’s affiliation for floral aesthetics in their brand. 

With a fanbase ever-growing attributed by strong word-of-mouth and catchy indie-pop tunes, LANY looks set to be the breakout act of 2017, and follow the achievements of similar indie triumphs like The 1975, Chvrches and Bastille to become a staple on both Spotify playlists and future concert listings here. 

Photo Credit: Dominc Phua / Secret Sounds Asia

Before LANY rocked the stage with their presence, we had the privilege to sit down with the laidback lads to chat about everything from their friendship with Halsey to their impressions upon meeting each other for the first time. We even quizzed them on their knowledge of all things flowers, acronyms and ‘good girls’ – to hilarious outcomes.


Is LANY your new favourite band of 2017? Let us know in the comments! For more of LANY, pick up a copy of the August issue out on newsstands now!

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Blank Space + Snake = ? Get ready guys, Taylor Swift is definitely up to something. 

If you haven’t already heard, Taylor Swift caused much Internet buzz when she went on a literal social media blackout last Friday. While the ‘Bad Blood’ songstress had already been lying low online, (except for updates bestowing birthday wishes on her world famous besties), Taylor wiped all the content off her social media accounts – which sparked off netizen reactions ranging from alarm at her sudden disappearance, to anticipation for possible future music aka ‘TS6’.

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And in a bold move that could only be testament to Taylor Swift’s shrewd social media brilliance, she uploaded a single post on Monday (before anyone could get bored of speculating about her blank spaces): a 10-second video cryptically depicting what appears to be a snake’s tail flickering back and forth.


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Taylor Swift has been associated with the snake, particularly the snake emoji, for awhile now. According to Urban Dictionary, a snake is “someone who you think is sincere and really nice, but then turns out to be a backstabber”. Ever since the whole Calvin Harris/’This Is What You Came For’/Nils Sjöberg pseudonym debacle, and the whole Kanye West ‘Famous’/ Kim Kardashian Snapchat leak, haters had been flooding Taylor’s social media pages with the snake emoji.

With that being said, it’s kinda understandable (and predictable) why the Internet exploded and went into complete furore over what Taylor’s mysterious clip could mean. Ranging from a possible T-Swift cameo on Game of Thrones, to an impending space adventure, to her opening the Chamber of Secrets. 

 But to be honest, the most likely theory is that Taylor will be dropping new music. Her 6th album to be exact, which Swifties have been eagerly waiting for since 2014’s 1989. 

And with a little Internet sleuthing, here are what Swifties have come up so far about the imminent #TS6. 

#1 Greeting card worthy lyrics

With Taylor releasing the snake vid moments before the eclipse happened, @DaleSwift speculates that the lyrics “It feels like we crossed paths at exactly the right time and place” could be from an upcoming single!

#2 A song title that transcends time

@TaylorSwiftNOW dug up this page on song app Genius, that reveals a song titled, ‘Timeless’ that’s registered “underneath Taylor’s Name” on ACE Repertory. And if you head to www.timeless.com, you’d see the words: Timeless, coming soon. Disclaimer: while the website exists, other netizens claim that it has been registered since 2005, and might be a case of #FakeNews

#3 25 August release date

This tweet is self-explanatory. It’s amazing how dedicated Swifties are at uncovering information, especially in such ‘blink or you’ll miss it’ cases. And with Taylor’s past albums dropping in August, we wouldn’t be surprised if she really releases music this Friday! 

#4 Impending music videos!

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Now, this one we’re most excited about. Tumblr users @wildestgiraffe and @shiftyswift‘s eagle eyes spotted that both Taylor’s Vevo and main YouTube channel shows more videos that can be viewed, with her Vevo listing 77 videos (with 73 viewable) and her YouTube having 141 videos and only 140 viewable. This can only mean one thing: #TS6 is definitely coming! 

While we waited with bated breath for Taylor to finally drop her new music and reveal the deal behind the snake, this clever tweet sums it all up: 

Watch this (not so blank) space for more #TS6 updates as they hit the Internet! 

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