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The 1975 Returns To Singapore For Their 2019 Asia Tour

10 Dec 2018 by Jasmine Ong

This is not a drill: the boys of The 1975 are finally making their long-awaited return to Singapore with their upcoming Asia tour in 2019!

Since their last appearance at the 2016 Laneway Festival, fans of The 1975 have been eagerly waiting for news of their return and it seems like our patience has paid off. On 10 December, the pop-rock quartet announced dates for the Asian legs of their upcoming tour in support of their recent album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Starting next September, the band will be playing shows in Seoul, Hong Kong, Manila and Bangkok before swinging by Singapore for a one-night-only concert on the 16th.

Aside from popular tracks off their discography so far, Singapore fans can also expect to be treated to live versions of The 1975’s new companion record, Notes On A Conditional Form – which frontman Matt Healy previously teased that it would be released sometime in 2019.

The 1975 Music For Cars Tour in Singapore 2019

The 1975 in Singapore 2019
Date: 16 September 2019
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Star Theatre
Tickets: $88, $108, $128, $148

Tickets will go on sale 14 December (Friday), 10am via www.apactix.com. Now/Live members can purchase tickets ahead of public sales from 13 December (Thursday), 10am till 11.59pm.

Meanwhile, check out The 1975’s latest music video for ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’:

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14 Upcoming Blockbuster Korean Dramas To Watch In 2019

9 Dec 2018 by Jasmine Ong

From the popular romantic comedy What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, to the critically-acclaimed Journey To The West spinoff A Korean Odyssey, 2018 had its fair share of notable blockbuster dramas. As we welcome a brand new year, it’s time to refresh your watch list with a fresh slew of highly-anticipated series featuring a star-studded ensemble of Hallyu’s brightest stars. Here are our top picks.

#1 Abyss

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Starring: Park Bo Young

What it’s about: Since the success of 2017 hit drama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Park Bo Young will be making her return to the small screen in the upcoming tvN production, Abyss. It follows a beautiful female prosecutor and an average-looking man who, after a mysterious incident, alters their luck with appearance to become that of a common-looking woman and a handsome man. While it’s still not certain who will be her fellow costar, we’re hoping that he would create as strong a chemistry as she had with Park Hyun Sik!

Abyss is slated to air in the first half of 2019.

#2 Asadal Chronicles

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Starring: Song Joong Ki, Kim Ji Won, Jang Dong Gun

What it’s about: Set in the fictional ancient kingdom of Asadal, the upcoming historical drama chronicles the turbulent romance between two cursed lovers as they navigate power struggles within the capital. Taking on the leading roles are former Descendants of the Sun costars Song Joong Ki and Kim Ji Won, alongside veteran actor Jang Dong Gun. With such a solid premise and star-studded roster of Hallyu names, Asadal Chronicles look set to be one of the top blockbuster dramas in 2019.

Asadal Chronicles is slated to air in the first half of 2019.

#3 Dazzling

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Starring: Nam Joo Hyuk, Han Ji Min

What it’s about: Arguably one of the more intriguing plotlines in the 2019 line-up, Dazzling tells the tale of how different people utilise their allotted time in life. Filled with age-swapping and time-bending elements, you will be treated to a seat-gripping mix of comedy and romance between Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo’s Nam Joo Hyuk and Familiar Wife’s Han Ji Min, who both live in the same moment but have different perceptions of their time.

Dazzling is slated to air in the first half of 2019.

#4 Dear Citizens

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Starring: Choi Si Won, Lee Yoo Young, Kim Min Jung

What it’s about: Having just recently announced that the Super Junior member has been cast as the male lead, Dear Citizens has now found their female leads in Lee Yoo Young and Kim Min Jung. Dubbed as a comedic criminal drama, it’s centred on swindler Yang Jung Kook, who gets married to a police officer and ends up getting into a series of unplanned incidents which result in him becoming a member of the National Assembly.

Dear Citizens is slated to air in March 2019.

#5 Item

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Starring: Ju Ji Hoon, Jin Se Yeon

What it’s about: Adapted from a popular webtoon of the same name, upcoming fantasy drama Item will mark Ju Ji Hoon’s long-awaited return to the silver screen in three years. With the addition of female lead Jin Se Yeon, the action-packed series revolves around the unlikely alliance between a prosecutor and a highly-skilled criminal profiler, as they set out to uncover the secrets of seemingly supernatural objects that possess special powers of protection.

Item is slated to air February 2019.

#6 Kingdom

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Starring: Ju Ji Hoon, Ryu Seung Ryong, Bae Doona

What it’s about: With a follow-up installment in the works even before the premiere of season one, Kingdom is gearing up to be an acclaimed series you don’t want to miss. Helmed by a stellar cast of seasoned actors, the epic blockbuster takes you back to the Joseon period where a mysterious plague that threatens the kingdom, turns out to be an unprecedented epidemic of zombies.

Kingdom is slated to air on 25 January 2019.

#7 Love Alarm

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Starring: Kim So Hyun, Jung Ga Ram, Song Gang

What it’s about: Literally the stuff of every hopeless romantic’s dream, Love Alarm is exactly what it sounds like – an app that alerts you if there’s a secret admirer within 10 metres of your reach. Sparks started flying around high school student Jojo, who gets tangled in a complicated love triangle with two of her fellow classmates courtesy of the dating-equivalent app.

Love Alarm is slated to air in 2019.

#8 My First First Love

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Starring: Ji Soo, Jung Chae Yeon, Jung Jin Young

What it’s about: This coming-of-age story will see Ji Soo, Jung Chae Yeon and Jung Jin Young navigate their adolescent lives in pursuit of aspirations, love and friendship. Despite having never thought that they’d be dealing with the idea of dating in university, the threesome unknowingly gets involved in a love triangle. Seeing as this is yet another drama where Ji Soo has to compete for a girl’s affection, we’re hoping that he finally gets the girl here!

My First First Love is slated to air in 2019.

#9 Romance is a Supplement

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Starring: Lee Jong Suk, Lee Na Young

What it’s about: Making her much-anticipated comeback after nine long years, Lee Na Young will join Lee Jong Suk in the romantic comedy Romance is a Supplement, which follows the lives of two 30-something employees in a publishing company. Fans of Lee Jong Suk ought to tune in, as this is likely to be the actor’s last project before he enlists into mandatory military service.

Romance is a Supplement is slated to air in the first half of 2019.

#10 So I Married An Anti-Fan

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Starring: Choi Tae Joon, Choi Soo Young, Hwang Chan Sung

What it’s about: Previously adapted from the 2016 Chinese film of the same name starring EXO’s Chanyeol, the bestselling novel So I Married An Anti-Fan is getting a drama remake with leads Choi Tae Joon and Choi Soo Young of SNSD fame. It follows a female magazine reporter who turns into a crazy anti-fan of a male K-idol after he seemingly ruined her life, but through bewildering circumstances, the pair ends up having to live together under the same roof. Despite their efforts to give the other party a hard time, they can’t help but fall for each other…

So I Married An Anti-Fan is slated to air in 2019.

#11 That Psychometric Guy

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Starring: Park Jin Young, Shin Ye Eun, Kim Dasom

What it’s about: With the announcement that the GOT7 member was in consideration for the romantic-thriller, it has now been confirmed that Jin Young and fellow JYP labelmate Shin Ye Eun (whom you might recognise from the hit web drama A-TEEN) will be taking on their very first lead roles. That Psychometric Guy revolves around a young man blessed with the strange ability to uncover a person’s secret with a touch, who crosses paths with a mysterious girl who pretends to lead a perfect life.

That Psychometric Guy is slated to air in the first half of 2019.

#12 The Man Who Became King

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Starring: Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Se Young

What it’s about: Hwayi’s Yeo Jin Goo and A Korean Odyssey alum Lee Se Young have joined forces to bring the critically acclaimed 2012 film Gwanghae to the small screen. Yeo Jin Goo takes on the challenge of playing both the king and the clown, while Lee Se Young steps into Han Hyo Joo’s shoes as the Queen Consort. What ensues is a Joseon-era love story that transcends class, law and appearances.

The Man Who Became King is slated to air 7 January 2019.

#13 Touch Your Heart

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Starring: Lee Dong Wook, Yoo In Na

What it’s about: Reuniting once again as our soon-to-be new OTP in Touch Your Heart, Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na will portray a successful lawyer and an actress whose career gets negatively affected following a nation-wide scandal. In hopes of clearing her name, she uses a pseudonym and gets hired as the cold-hearted lawyer’s secretary. After their previous heart-wrenching romance in Goblin, we sure hope that our favourite on-screen couple will get their well-deserved happy ending!

Touch Your Heart is slated to air in January 2019.

#14 Vagabond

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Starring: Lee Seung Gi, Bae Suzy, Shin Sung Rok

What it’s about: Rounding up our list is the spy, political thriller Vagabond with Lee Seung Gi and Suzy. In their first collaboration since Gu Family Book, Lee Seung Gi plays a stuntman who unexpectedly gets involved in a national incident that has him determined to uncover the country’s deep-rooted corruption. This gets him directly involved with Suzy, who is a national intelligence spy on a covert operation. Partially filmed in Morocco and Portugal with action-packed sequences and adrenaline-pumping stunts performed by both leads, Vagabond promises a nail-biting plot that is going to have us all on the edge of our seats!

Vagabond is slated to air in 2019.

Which upcoming K-drama are you planning to catch? Tell us in the comments below!

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ARMYs have had many reasons to celebrate lately, but Ed Sheeran might have just given them one more. A few weeks back, the ‘Perfect’ singer-songwriter hinted about a potential team-up with BTS after divulging that the boys might be “messing with” a song that he wrote recently. And it seems like a BTS x Ed Sheeran collaboration is really happening!

On 5 December, Suga took to Twitter to share a mysterious photo of a music composition titled ‘ED SHEERAN ST ROUGH’ along with the not-so-subtle caption that sent fans into a frenzy: “Hmm… this is for you @edsheeran”. Well, guess it’s now Twitter-official!

We all know that the BTS members are huge fans of the Brit star – and Ed Sheeran admired their music just as much, even commenting that their latest effort Love Yourself: Answer is a “cool album” on Instagram Story. And really, it’s only a matter of time before we get a killer collaboration out of these two equally amazing artistes.

Since exploding on the US circuit, the Korean supergroup has gone from rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers at award shows, to making music with big-name artistes such as The Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy and Nicki Minaj. And now, we have Ed Sheeran to add to their impressive roster of surefire collabs.

By this point, it’s no secret that everything BTS touches turns to gold – just take their recent work with Steve Aoki on the EDM banger ‘Waste It On Me’ for instance, which climbed to the top of the charts soon after its release – so we wouldn’t be surprised if this upcoming collaboration is an instant hit. BTS and Ed Sheeran on one track, what more can you ask for? 

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It’s time to mark your 2019 calendar: Troye Sivan will be making his Singapore concert debut on 3 May 2019 at The Star Theatre.

The Bloom Tour follows the release of his similarly titled sophomore album and marks his first solo concert here, after brief appearances on our sunny island for meet-and-greets (read our recent interview with Troye Sivan here).

Only 23 years old, it’s hard to wrap your head around just how accomplished the Aussie pop star is. Before he was cranking out hit singles and stealing the hearts of young boys and girls everywhere, the South African-born singer was a viral YouTube personality who easily chalked up over 27,000 subscribers in his first five years (which, back in 2007, is a pretty impressive statistic).

But of course, these days, most know him for his infectious electronic dance-pop bangers that are no strangers to top spots in music charts. More recently, he’s pushed out instant faves from his latest record Bloom, like ‘My My My!’, ‘The Good Side’, and ‘Dance To This’ featuring bestie Ariana Grande. FYI, Troye also had a cameo in Ari’s iconic music video for thank u, next – do yourself a favour and watch it.

Troye Sivan The Bloom Tour In Singapore 2019

Troye Sivan The Bloom Tour Singapore 2019
Date:
3 May 2018
Time:
8pm
Venue:
The Star Theatre
Tickets: 
$168, $148, $128, $108, $98

Tickets will go on sale 11 December (Saturday), 10am via www.apactix.com. Live Nation members can purchase tickets ahead of public sales from 10 December (Friday), 10am till 11.59pm. Alternatively, there will also be a fan presale on the Live Nation presale day, so be sure to download the Troye Sivan app for special access.

Meanwhile, check out Troye Sivan’s music video for ‘Bloom’:

A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.

Ariana Grande has done it again.

On 30 November, the unpredictable pop diva has finally dropped her music video for ‘thank u, next’ and we know it’s 2018, but can we just say: IT’S SO FETCH. Chockfull of references to iconic noughties flicks such as Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On and 13 Going On 30, the five-minute music video is a delightful romp of throwback mayhem, unexpected celebrity cameos – Kris Jenner, Troye Sivan, and hold up… is that the actual Aaron Samuels?! – and loads of not-so-subtle details that you probably missed. Let’s break it down point by point, shall we?

#1 Remember the girl who Regina George punched in the face?

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Besides doing God’s work in getting OG heartthrob Jonathan Bennett to reprise his character as Aaron Samuels (someone gotta push back his hair!), Ari also casted Stefanie Drummond, who played Bethany Byrd in Mean Girls – or more famously known as the “army pants and filp flops” girl who got punched by Regina in the face. Only this time round, she “found a guy to propose to me and I broke off an engagement” because “Ariana broke off an engagement”.

#2 Big Sean is so cute, so sweet, and “could still get it”.

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In Ariana’s version of the Burn Book, there’s a page dedicated to her former bae Big Sean, complete with the words “cute”, “sweet” and most importantly, “could still get it”. Well, time to hit her up, @bigsean!

#3 Meanwhile, Ricky Alvarez got friendzoned.

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Hey, at least Ricky’s a “great dancer” and they’ve spent some “good times” together. Friends forever!

#4 She apologised to Pete Davidson.

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On Pete Davidson’s page, a huge “HUUUGE” runs across the bottom – a reference to the long-running BDE joke. Besides reiterating the well-known fact that the Saturday Night Live fella is well-endowed, Ariana also wrote “sry I dipped”, which is a slang for leaving.

So here’s a translation for the uninitiated: sorry dude, I dumped ya.

#5 Ariana Grande is a little bit… needy.

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Channeling her inner high-school queen bee as Regina George, Ariana struts down the hallways of a recreated North Shore High with her gang of Plastics in tow. She rocks a tank top with the words “A Little Bit Needy” on it, a play on the “A Little Bit Dramatic” shirt from Mean Girls. According to Arianators on the Twitterverse, it’s likely to be a track from the upcoming album.

#6 Then there’s Karen Smith already doing her job as a weather girl.

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Ariana’s close friend Alexa Luria plays ditzy airhead Karen Smith, and in case you missed it: she’s pictured holding her chest as she walks down the hallway, a nod to Amanda Seyfried’s ability to tell the weather by feeling her breasts.

#7 Can we talk about Kris Jenner as Ariana’s cool mom?

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Kris Jenner is not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom! When the Plastics were performing the mandatory Jingle Bell Rock dance for their winter talent show, the momager pops out to cheer on Ariana as Amy Poehler’s scene-stealing character in Mean Girls.

#8 Meet the “TUN” cheerleading team!

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In the next scene, Ariana reimagines Bring It On with her very own cheerleading team. Their cheerleader uniforms feature the initials “TUN”, which is an acronym that stands for ‘thank u, next’.

#9 Ariana debuts her newly-chopped mane via a paper cut-out.

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She then transforms into Jenna Rink from 13 Going On 30 as she carries the iconic Barbie Dream House from the 2004 romcom to the front porch. Eagle-eyed fans spotted that one of the paper dolls is a selfie that she posted on Instagram, which showed off her new post-split haircut sans her trademark ponytail.

#10 She drives a Porsche with a license plate that reads “7 RINGS”.

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Finally, Ariana is seen cosplaying as Elle Woods from Legally Blonde as she steps out of a black Porsche, which has a license plate that contains the words “7 RINGS” — allegedly another track from her forthcoming album.

Another fan theory courtesy of Twitter user @CatchMeIfUKenze suggests that it’s in reference to the friendship rings she got with her six best friends. Hmm, what do you guys think?

#11 The political secret behind Ariana’s law school textbook.

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While she’s out studying on the lawn, fans pointed out that the law textbook that she’s reading has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it political message that will make Elle Woods proud. The book is titled “Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy”, which can be seen as Ariana showing support for immigrants seeking refuge in the US.

#12 More BDE references, just because.

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In a conversation with Jennifer Coolidge, who reprised her role as Paulette Bonafonté, Ariana made yet another bold reference to Pete Davidson’s BDE: “I mean, he was really cute you know. It was really big.” And as if that wasn’t enough to add to the shook factor, she also got the UPS guy from Legally Blonde to don a uniform with a badge that says “BDE”.

Watch Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ music video in its full reference-filled glory:

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