It’s been more than a year since we last heard from Taylor Swift after her unapologetic rebrand with Reputation – but the queen of pop is back with a new single and music video for ‘ME!’, which features a collaboration with Panic! At The Disco’s frontman, Brendon Urie. If you’re an observant fan, you might notice that her music video isn’t just filled with whimsical elements and adorable cat cameos. In true Tay-Tay fashion, ‘ME!’ has also been peppered with some hidden easter eggs. Here are six that we’ve discovered so far.

#1 Saying goodbye to the Reputation era 


Having embraced the snake moniker she got from the internet, Taylor had adopted this persona which led her to include a rather permanent member of her tour that came in the size of a 63-foot inflatable cobra named Karyn. In the music video, viewers are greeted with the representative snake before it transforms into a group of butterflies – which fans speculated to be a symbolism that Taylor has successfully shed her darker, Reputation-era self and is now ready for a new chapter of her life.

#2 Possible country music collaboration?


Blink and you might just miss the seemingly hilarious wall of baby chick paintings which hints at a possible collaboration between Taylor Swift and country girl group, The Dixie Chicks. If you look closely, you’ll also spot a photo of the band at the centre of the gallery! While nothing has been confirmed yet, it seems that the band in question has also responded with an ambiguous tweet, which further fuelled talk that her upcoming album might see her returning to her former country roots in one of the tracks.

#3 A new member of the Swift family


Shortly before the music video dropped, Taylor had joined her fans in a live chat via YouTube where she announced that she has a secret she’s been keeping for months which can be seen in the video. Though she didn’t explicitly confirm what it was initially, Taylor’s latest social media announcement is the confirmation we need that the pop icon’s hidden secret was the addition of a new furry member to her family (named Benjamin Button), who made a cameo as the kitten she happily accepts from Brendon Urie after rejecting his flowers and engagement ring!

#4 No beef with Dua Lipa


If you noticed a similarity between Taylor’s pantsuit style and Dua Lipa’s wardrobe for ‘IDGAF’, this might be T-Swift’s clever way of squashing any lingering opinions on a supposed feud with the British singer, who had previously picked Kanye West over Taylor during a rapid-fire question game on a talk show.

#5 She is not secretly engaged


After spotting the empty engagement box with ‘No’ spelled in jewelry from ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, fans have theorised that it was perhaps related to her rejecting former flame Calvin Harris’ proposal in real life. Now, after facing multiple tabloid speculations that she’s secretly engaged to her current boyfriend Joe Alwyn, Taylor has publicly responded with a rejection of an engagement ring in her new music video. Guess wedding bells won’t be ringing anytime soon!

#6 Is this the title of her next single?


For the eagle-eyed Swifties, you’d probably have seen the pink neon ‘lover’ sign located just below the unicorn’s head during a scene on the rooftop. Similar to what she did in her music video for ‘…Ready For It?’ where we saw a message that hinted at the follow-up single ‘Gorgeous’ for Reputation, we’re pretty sure this means that the next track of her new album will be called ‘Lover’.

Watch Taylor Swift’s music video for ‘ME!’ below, and see if you can spot any other easter eggs!

More related stories: 25 Sneaky Ways Taylor Swift Called Out Kanye, Katy Perry & More In Her New Music VideoAll The Shade, Drama and Love Inside Taylor Swift’s Incredible ‘Reputation’

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5 Things We Found Out About Korean-American Singer Kevin Woo

25 Apr 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

When the cast of Viu’s all-new original travel show No Sleep No FOMO visited Singapore last month, fans were bummed that Korean-American singer Kevin Woo (who guest starred alongside Paul Foster and Kim Jong Kook in the Hong Kong episode) wasn’t present for the launch party. But FOMO no more; we managed to catch up with the former U-KISS member via an email interview, where he shared more about his 60-hour sleepless adventure – fear-inducing missions, exotic cuisine and all. Here are some fun facts we discovered about Kevin!

#1 He’s a huge fan of Kim Jong Kook

“I’ve grown up admiring his music and I’ve always watched him on the show Running Man,” says Kevin, who has nothing but high praises for Kim Jong Kook. Little did he expect to be teamed up with the one and only Sparta Kook for the Hong Kong episode. When asked about his first impression of his fellow co-host, he shares, “He was everything I expected him to be in person. He was incredibly nice and I was very surprised at his English.” It seems like Kevin is a successful fan after all – they even became friends on Instagram!

Kevin Woo Viu No Sleep No FOMO Hong Kong

#2 He’s ‘frenemies’ with Paul Foster

How was it like to have Paul Foster as a travel buddy? Two words: not human (according to Kevin). “I don’t know how he survived all eight episodes of travelling without sleep,” he exclaims, cheekily adding that he finds the local TV host to be a “great frenemy”. He explains, “Although he’s very competitive when it comes to completing a mission, he’s also very knowledgeable about Hong Kong and took good care of me on and off camera.”

#3 Exotic dishes are not his thing

During the Hong Kong episode, the trio tried plenty of exotic local dishes such as the famous snake soup – which Kevin evidently isn’t a fan of. “I really dislike things that squirm so it was quite a challenge for me,” he recalls. “My heart almost stopped for a second when the owner of the store brought out a real live snake to scare me!”

Kevin Woo Viu No Sleep No FOMO Hong Kong

#4 Next on his bucket list? Bungee jumping!

Their Hong Kong adventure also saw them taking on a series of physical challenges, but these FOMO missions are certainly no walk in the park. Some of the activities included karate training and a trampoline obstacle course, but what Kevin really wanted to try out is bungee jumping. “I’ve always had a fear of bungee jumping, but I’d like to add it to my bucket list.” Go for it, Kevin!

#5 He wants to go on a trip with Eric Nam

It’s no secret that Kevin and his longtime After School Club co-host are pretty chummy, which explains why he would pick Eric Nam to go on a FOMO mission with him if given the opportunity. “I’d like to visit India with Eric. He’s a close buddy of mine and I recall him talking about his trip to India.” We think it’d be an epic episode if this team-up happens — do your thing, Viu!

Photo credits: Viu Singapore

Feeling the FOMO? Catch Kevin Woo on Episode 5 of No Sleep No FOMO on Viu! New episodes air every Friday, 8pm.

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Ever-changing lightstick colours and throngs of fans chanting along to high-tempo beats are clear-cut signs of a Japanese anime song (anisong) concert, generally only seen in Singapore during the I Love Anisong segment at the annual Anime Festival Asia (AFA) convention. Months before the convention is set to return this year, [email protected] played host to one of anisong’s most popular groups – this time, for a solo show.


While Japanese pop-rock duo GARNiDELiA (consisting of vocalist MARiA and sound producer toku) is no stranger to our shores, their stellacage Asia Tour 2019 ”響喜乱舞” (Kyoki Ranbu) show on 13 April was their first solo performance in Singapore as well as the only Southeast Asian tour stop, as remarked by MARiA.

“Since our [Singapore] debut five years ago at AFA, it has been our dream to perform here solo,” she said to the nearly sold-out concert hall. Clearly, fans had been waiting for this moment for a long time – VIP and VVIP tickets, which came with fan benefits such as a hi-touch session and autographed posters, were snapped up within a day, with only scant few general admission tickets left when the pair rolled into town.

And we reckon their popularity is well-deserved. From the start to end of the 90-minute set, petite powerhouse MARiA and the quiet but no less charismatic toku – both decked out in alternative Japanese outfit with hints of traditional elements – kept the crowd up on their feet with infectious earworms such as ‘Tougen Renka’, ‘Rebel Flag’ and ‘Pink Cat’.


It’s a testament to MARiA’s stage presence that all she needed throughout the performance were two backup dancers, who had followed the twosome through their Asian tour to cities like Hong Kong and Beijing. Effortlessly switching between dance props such as umbrellas and flags while belting out high notes song after song, the singer kept fans waving their light sticks (which they manually changed to match the stage lights and song vibes) in tandem to the Eurodance-style tracks throughout the entire night.

toku from GARNiDELiA

This isn’t to say that toku didn’t put out some impressive moves of his own. While the keyboardist in his signature wide-brim hat was mostly stationary during the dance parts, he also made his way to the front with a portable version to jam with MARiA during ‘G.R.N.D.’ – much to the excitement of concert-goers across the hall. His wordless piano key replies during MARiA’s talk-sets were particularly well-received, as the lead vocalist and their fans collectively agreed that he was “kawaii” (cute).

GARNiDELiA Concert

When the pair disappeared off-stage after what was to be their last song, the audience was not ready to let them go. Cries for an encore went on without pause for five minutes, before MARiA, toku and the dancers reappeared in casual clothes to perform the upbeat ‘Aikotoba’ and the banger that propelled them to the forefront of the anisong scene, ‘Gokuraku Jodou’. The duo led fans through a lovely fanchant practice that the crowd performed with great gusto all the way to the last note – a fitting send-off for GARNiDELiA’s first of many concerts to come.

Photo credits: Viola Kam (V’z Twinkle)

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If you missed his Illuminate World Tour in 2017, you’re in luck – Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes is making his return to Singapore as part of the Asian leg of his 2019 headlining tour!

Since his Vine days back in 2013, Shawn Mendes has come a long way from an undiscovered talent to a bonafide megastar. Apart from completing two massive sold-out tours, the 20-year-old has also gained several accolades which include his coveted spot on Time Magazine’s 2018 100 most influential people in the world.

Now, the ‘In My Blood’ singer is heading back to our sunny island for his latest tour in support of his self-titled third studio album, which still has a permanent place in our playlists despite being released last year. Get set for a magical night as this swoon-worthy heartthrob sweeps you off your feet with his chart-topping tunes!


Shawn Mendes: The Tour 2019 Singapore
4 October 2019
Time: TBA
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $88, $128, $148, $188, $228

Tickets will go on sale 2 May, 2pm via, Sports Hub Tix Box Office and all SingPost outlets. But if you’re a ShawnAccess fan, you can get first dibs at the ShawnAccess Fan Presale on 25 April, 10am.

Meanwhile, check out Shawn Mendes’ latest music video for ‘Lost In Japan (Remix)’:

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Music is said to bring people from all walks of life together, but it’s not often that you see a fully inclusive cast of singers all in one song – and even featuring in the same music video.

As part of the National Council of Social Service’s See The True Me campaign for disability inclusion, ‘Fire in the Rain’ presents a colourful mix of local star power and burgeoning talents who overcame obstacles to shine on stage.

We had the opportunity to speak to one of the featured artistes, homegrown rapper ShiGGa Shay, about how it was like working with director Royston Tan, singer-songwriter Don Richmond alongside the ensemble of impaired yet talented performers – which includes visually impaired lead singer Adelyn Koh and rapper Danial Bawthan aka Wheelsmith who has muscular dystrophy – for this meaningful project.

Hi ShiGGa! How did this collaborative effort for ‘Fire In The Rain’ come about?

Director Royston Tan approached me about collaborating with Don Richmond to create something that could change the misconceptions that society has about people with disabilities. I’ve always wanted to be part of a meaningful cause like See The True Me, so I’m really thankful that they roped me in for this project. It’s also been a while since I’ve put out new music.

See The True Me

There’s still a social stigma towards people with special needs that they wouldn’t be able to function normally as others. Having worked closely with Adelyn Koh and the rest – all equally talented at what they do despite their disabilities – how was your experience like working alongside them?

It was inspiring! A lot of people don’t realise the amount of talent and potential that people with disabilities have. I learned a lot while working with them.

See The True Me

Has your perspective in life and music changed after meeting these amazing people?

It has definitely motivated me in many ways. I want to be able to share the stories of persons with disabilities in every way I can. The best way to help would be to help bring awareness and slowly remove the social stigma that society has placed on them.

What do you think youths can do to make society more inclusive towards people from all walks of life?

We should seek to understand them. With a better understanding of our differences, we will realise how much we actually have in common.

If you could spearhead an initiative – be it in music or arts – to include disabled people one day, what would it be?

I would love to work on a project with Wheelsmith. His story is incredible!

See The True Me

What’s a piece of advice you would like to give young aspiring singers who wish to pursue a career in music?

Never lose passion for what you love no matter what other people tell you. Always believe in yourself, follow your dreams, work hard and stay focused.

Watch the full music video for ‘Fire in the Rain’ starring ShiGGa Shay below:

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