For those who missed out on The Chainsmokers at the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix, you’ll be glad to know that the EDM powerhouse will be heading back to our shores for a full-fledged stadium show this August as part of their World War Joy tour!

After a string of multi-platinum hits that catapulted them to global stardom, the Grammy Award-winning duo released their latest album Sick Boy which features the Kelsea Ballerini-assisted ‘This Feeling’. In February, The Chainsmokers also dropped a collaboration track with 5 Seconds of Summer called ‘Who Do You Love’ and it has also been announced that they will supporting the band on their North American tour starting this September – shortly after the Singapore leg of their own tour.

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The Chainsmokers World War Joy Live In Singapore 2019
Date: 21 August 2019
Time: 8pm
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $128 – $248

General ticket sales begin on 10 May, Friday from 10am onwards across all SportHubTix channels. If you’re a Live Nation member, you can purchase tickets ahead of the public on 8 May, Wednesday from 10am till 11.59pm. Citi Card members will also have priority access to presale tickets from 6 May (10am) to 7 May (11.59pm).

Meanwhile, hit replay on all the top The Chainsmokers hits right here:

More related stories: Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris And The Chainsmokers Totally Lit Up The F1 WeekendYour Ultimate Guide To All The Major Concerts Happening In 2019

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It’s official: this is BTS’ world, we’re all just living in it.

Just when you thought BTS couldn’t get any bigger, the K-pop supergroup never fails to surprise us by setting new records left and right. Their latest achievement: the ‘Top Group’ award at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), beating out the likes of pop icons Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Panic! At The Disco and Dan + Shay.

“Thank you ARMY! We still can’t believe that we’re here with so many great artistes. This was only possible because of the little things we shared together; the BTS and ARMY power, right? We’re still the same boys from six years ago, we still have the same dreams, we still have the same thoughts. Let’s keep dreaming the best dreams together.” – RM, BTS

Besides making history as the first ever Korean act to bag the coveted honour, the septet also took home their third consecutive trophy for ‘Top Social Artist’. Other contenders in the running for this year’s edition included Ariana Grande, Louis Tomlinson as well as fellow K-pop counterparts EXO and GOT7. Check out the full list of winners here!

Meanwhile, the boys kept themselves busy by rubbing shoulders with their favourite artistes at the BBMAs: Tori Kelly, Becky G, Ciara and of course, Drake, whom they’ve repeatedly named as one of their dream collaborators.


But we must say, the real winner of the night has got to be Halsey. Not only does she share envy-inducing friendship bracelets with the BTS boys, she also performed their latest hit single ‘Boy With Luv’ alongside the members at their debut BBMAs stage. If this ain’t friendship goals, we’re not sure what is.

Huge congratulations to BTS as well as the other BBMAs winners!

More related stories: BTS Is Back With A Halsey Collaboration For Their Comeback SingleAlbum Review: BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona Marks The Beginning Of A New Chapter

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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 

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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!

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#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!”

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#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.

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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’.

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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.

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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).

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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)

More related stories: Sekai No Owari On Going Global, Cultural Differences And Childhood Secrets, ONE OK ROCK Talks International Success And Breaking Asian Stereotypes

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