K-pop songstress Taeyeon has always been known to wear her heart on her sleeve, especially when it comes to being honest with her fans. Halfway into the set at her first ever solo gig on our sunny shores, the Girls’ Generation member stood beneath the lone spotlight, looking at the audience like she wasn’t quite sure what to say.
“I don’t really like to talk about the past,” she said to the crowd of adoring fans, visibly emotional as her voice began to break. “There are many things waiting for me so there’s no time to think about the past, because what has passed won’t come back again, right?” She laughed, “I’m so emotional today, maybe because it’s the last concert [of the tour].”
Despite Taeyeon’s candid display of emotions, we’d like to point out that never once did she let her feelings get the better of her. Instead, she channelled her grief into what she does best: singing her heart out in a performance that was equal parts powerful and emotive. Of course, fans were nothing but supportive as they cheered her on. Her initial nerves quickly dissipated as she let her polished vocals take over, snapping back into professional mode as if nothing had happened.
After powering through the rest of the songs, she addressed the crowd during the encore: “There’s a New Year’s resolution I made. I wanted to make this year one where I could experiment and try a lot of things. But now that I think about it, I want to spend more time learning how to better control my emotions and make a ‘me’ that I can be happier with.”
“I’m a bit fearful because I feel like I’m drifting here and there, but I think that this is also an aspect that I have to overcome,” she continued with a warm smile on her face. “Many of you are here for the one person that is me, and I feel the responsibility to work hard and become a better version of myself. A lot of fans say they would listen to my songs whenever they have a hard time. I want all of us to be happy.”
On that night, we saw her as more than just the kid leader from South Korea’s biggest girl group. Beyond her glitzy costumes and elaborate stage theatrics, it was Taeyeon in her rawest, most vulnerable self. Very few singers would dare to bare their hearts in front of thousands, much less in a K-pop concert where dialogues are usually rehearsed and passed off as time-filling banter.
We don’t know about you, but that just makes us love her even more.
In the post-apocalyptic world of Bird Box, a mysterious force decimates the world’s population. Only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. In search of the one place downstream that may offer sanctuary, those wishing to survive must prevail a treacherous river, blindfolded. In addition to running away from the invisible yet haunting entity, it’s also about managing fellow survivors who are emotionally-charged in a time of despair and chaos. Take important tips from our favourite Netflix characters on how to best survive an apocalypse.
“Friends don’t lie.” – Eleven from Stranger Things
The intense friendship of Will, Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Eleven is the core of why the team gels so well and why it’s much greater than the sum of its parts. While it’s difficult to trust the people around you in times of distress, stay astute and learn to identify the ones who have your interest at heart from the ones who are ready to manipulate you for their own advantage. Assemble your team and be a trustworthy team player – you’ll be able to reap the benefits of combining complementary strengths of fellow survivors and work collectively for a chance at survival.
“That is gonna eat slowly away at your health, your will and your sanity.” – Aunt Hilda from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Food scarcity is one key concern of an apocalyptic situation like Bird Box, but eating healthy in dire circumstances is equally as important, as the always-dependable witch Aunt Hilda would advise. The next time you raid a supermarket, be sure to stock up on healthy food options such as the zero-calorie beverage option, bottled water (fun fact: humans can go without food for a month but not more than three days without water), nuts (they are a good source of antioxidants), and honey (it has long shelf-life and will likely outlast the apocalypse).
“We don’t always get what we want.” – Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events
Times of adversity will make even the kindest, most gracious person on the planet want to lose their cool. When fending off an entity that is practically invisible yet perpetually lurking, it’s easy to lose your temper at a fellow survivor who is testing your patience and or not pulling his weight. As Count Olaf rightfully points out to the Baudelaire children, whom he so wishes to possess, we don’t always get what we desire in life, much less at a time of an apocalypse. So never lose yourself in the midst of chaos. Suck it up and live it up – you’re going to be in it for awhile.
“There is power in the dark.” – Christian Keene from Insatiable
As the saying goes, light shines brightest in the darkness. And while it seems nearly impossible to conjure optimism at a time of tribulation, the ability to focus on the positive and avoid dwelling on the negatives will go a long way in sustaining you through an apocalypse. Be the shining beacon and illuminate the way for fellow survivors to follow as you strive for safety!
“Let’s be open-minded.” – Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye
The food and wine expert of the Fab 5 and an extraordinaire in helping helpless guys in the kitchen, Porowski is also an advocate of love, staying true to yourself and keeping an open mind in all areas of life. Staying open-minded will also help keep you nimble to changes in environment – a valuable trait in keeping up with the harsh and fast-changing apocalyptic scenarios. Embrace differing viewpoints, and your fellow survivor may have a better way to navigate while blindfolded!
“We eat a bag of dirt, pass it in a kiddie pool, and move on.” – Kimmy Schmidt from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
While Kimmy didn’t mean the second part of the sentence as a metaphor, we can certainly take a leaf of positivity and courage out of her book. Learning to move on and move on fast in a scenario fraught with curveballs could possibly be the best antidote to surviving an apocalypse.
Do you think you have what it takes to survive the apocalypse? Take this quiz to find out!
Now that you’re all geared up for battle, it’s time to conquer Bird Box on Netflix (if you haven’t already). Happy watching!
You know you’ve hit it big when you’re getting your own line of official dolls modelled after you. Yes, you’ve read it right: the boys of K-pop phenomenon BTS will soon be available in doll form in a newly announced collaboration with Barbie manufacturer Mattel.
On 7 January, the toymaker shared on Twitter that they will be partnering up with BTS’ record label Big Hit Entertainment to introduce a series of dolls, collectible figures, games and more as part of the deal. The first range of dolls is set to be launched globally this summer and will be fashioned after the iconic looks from their ‘IDOL’ music video – think eye-popping ensembles in vibrant colours, flamboyant prints and quirky patterns.
While ARMYs around the world were thrilled to hear the news, there are some fans who remain skeptical about the dolls’ appearance (well, the One Direction dolls were a bit of a hot mess if you ask us). Will they look like the Asian versions of Ken? Do they come with different sets of Gucci suits? Are they able to change hair colours with every comeback? So many questions!
Not much details are revealed as of now, but Mattel did reassure fans via Twitter that they are not Barbie or Ken dolls, but “a new line of Mattel dolls”. Let’s just hope that Mattel does BTS justice with this one.
Meanwhile, start saving up ARMYs!
What are your thoughts on the BTS dolls? Yay or nay – tell us in the comments below!
Before the likes of Cardi B and Drake took over our Spotify playlist, fellow 90s kids were jamming out to iconic singles from Backstreet Boys, Westlife and S Club 7 on our humble walkman player. Fast forward to now, we’re celebrating the 19th birthday of these throwback gems from the golden year of 2000. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and hit rewind on nostalgic tracks that turn 19 this in 2019.
#1 ‘BEAUTIFUL DAY’ – U2
Before they became known as the artistes of the annoying album in your iTunes list, U2 had produced the infectious rock tune ‘Beautiful Day’ which won them a Grammy for best song of the year.
#2 ‘BYE BYE BYE’ – N’SYNC
Nothing can get more pop than ‘Bye Bye Bye’ from the boys of N’Sync. This song not only catapulted them to the top of the charts but also showcased their creative moves, which ultimately won them three awards at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Choreography.
#3 ‘CAN’T FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT’ – LEANN RIMES
If you’re not familiar with the 2000 film Coyote Ugly, then perhaps its unforgettable theme song might jog your memory. Since becoming a worldwide phenomenon back then, LeAnn had recently reimagined the pop ballad as part of her EP that was released in June last year.
#4 ‘GRADUATION (FRIENDS FOREVER)’ – VITAMIN C
We’ve all had this song played at our graduation at least once. Combining the use of classical music and meaningful lyrics, this heart-tugging track never fails to remind us of our fondest school memories.
#5 ‘IF YOU’RE GONE’ – MATCHBOX TWENTY
With heartfelt lyrics inspired by his wife, frontman Rob Thomas didn’t have any intention to include this pop-rock number on their second studio album. But he’s probably glad that he did, as the positive reviews made it an instant chart-topper upon its release.
#6 ‘IN THE END’ – LINKIN PARK
As one of Linkin Park’s signature tracks and every angsty teenager’s go-to emo song, ‘In The End’ has received countless accolades which includes coming in second as Billboard’s most played rock song of the decade. We repeat, DECADE.
#7 ‘I’M LIKE A BIRD’ – NELLY FURTADO
Filled with empowering lyrics that easily made it one of the most critically acclaimed songs, this first single off her debut album undeniably cemented Nelly Furtado’s legacy in the music industry, with a Grammy for best female pop vocal performance to boot.
#8 ‘IT’S MY LIFE’ – BON JOVI
Predicted by Bon Jovi himself to be a hit, this relatable rock anthem had been packaged with a touch of their signature 80s glam metal in an effort to introduce the band to a younger audience, while retaining their legion of already-loyal fans.
#9 ‘MY LOVE’ – WESTLIFE
Another boy band that had conquered the top of the pops in 2000, ‘My Love’ was Westlife’s second single off their second studio album that resurfaced recently as a cover by Korean-American singer Eric Nam on Immortal Songs 2.
#10 ‘NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE’ – S CLUB 7
Officially chosen as the BBC Children in Need song in 2000, this pop ballad had not only peaked at the top of the UK Singles Chart but was also the ninth best-selling single in Britain in the same year.
#11 ‘OOPS!…I DID IT AGAIN’ – BRITNEY SPEARS
As one of the pop diva’s most iconic bops, ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ consistently remained at the top of the charts and has since spawned numerous remixes, features and covers through the years.
#12 ‘ROCK DJ’ – ROBBIE WILLIAMS
In spite of the controversial music video that was deemed gory, this award-winning dance-pop single was still a commercial success – making it Robbie’s third number-one hit since leaving his former band, Take That. Take that, critics!
#13 ‘SHAPE OF MY HEART’ – BACKSTREET BOYS
Released as the lead single off their fourth studio album, ‘Shape of My Heart’ went on to debut at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and broke the boys’ previous music video record on MTV’s TRL for longest running number-one song.
#14 ‘SHE BANGS’ – RICKY MARTIN
Before the world remembered this song as the one William Hung infamously sung at American Idol, ‘She Bangs’ was the track that reaffirmed Ricky Martin’s success as a bilingual musician. Not only did the English version skyrocket to number one, his Spanish rendition also landed him a Latin Grammy Award!
#15 ‘STRONGER’ – BRITNEY SPEARS
Described as musically and lyrically innovative, this empowering dance-pop track was lauded by critics for good reason. Oh, and did you know that the director for her music video back then is the same as the one Taylor Swift has worked with recently?
#16 ‘THE REAL SLIM SHADY’ – EMINEM
Listed as NME’s 500 greatest songs of all time, this was probably the first song that garnered widespread attention as a diss track towards celebrities. Following its release in 2000, the popularity of ‘The Real Slim Shady’ has led to several covers and parody songs all over the world.
#17 ‘TRY AGAIN’ – AALIYAH
Having landed her first movie role opposite Jet Li in Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah also lent her voice for the soundtrack in ‘Try Again’. Combining her sultry vocals and the futuristic beat, the smash hit went on to secure her legacy before her unfortunate fatal accident in 2001.
#18 ‘WHO LET THE DOGS OUT’ – BAHA MEN
Though it’s been identified as one of the most irksome songs with its repetitive lyrics, this familiar tune was still able to become a global sensation after appearing in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie.
#19 ‘YELLOW’ – COLDPLAY
This melancholic-upbeat ballad was responsible for thrusting Coldplay into the spotlight since its release 19 years ago. Apart from consistently nabbing the number one spot on music charts, it has been covered by various artistes including a recent version in Mandarin for Crazy Rich Asians.
How many of these songs can you remember? Tell us your favourite tracks in the comments below!
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:
Which act are you most excited to see at Coachella? Let us know in the comments!