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The Most #Lit Moments From Coldplay's AHFOD Tour In Singapore!

3 Apr 2017 by Germaine Cheah

The much hyped about Coldplay concert has come and gone but the memories from those nights will forever remain. As we bid farewell (for now) to the band as they carry on with the rest of their A Head Full Of Dreams tour, here are some of the wondrous, technicolour moments that we’ll relive on loop till Coldplay comes back. 

When They Paid Tribute To The Late David Bowie

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The world collectively mourned when the great Ziggy Stardust passed away last January, and the boys paid tribute to the legend by performing Bowies’ hit ‘Heroes’. David Bowie aside, tributes were also paid to Prince and George Michael, legends who had passed on in 2016. While it was a sombre and touching moment, it was also one of triumph – reminding the audience that “we can all be heroes, even if it’s just for one day”.

When They Showed Support For The LGBTQ Community

It’s no secret that Chris Martin and the rest of the guys are avid supporters of the LGBTQ community and their human rights, and that support continued during their performance of ‘Viva La Vida’. At first sporting the Singapore flag from the back of his pocket, the singer soon spotted an audience member holding up a rainbow flag, and quickly made the switch. It might have only been a small and simple gesture, but it was one that spoke volumes. 

When Will And Jonny Sang Lead On ‘Don’t Panic’

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We all know of the vocal prowess that is Chris Martin, but the frontman let go of the reins and allowed guitarist Jonny Buckland and drummer Will Champion have their turn on lead vocals when they performed ‘Don’t Panic’. While the duo helps out with backing vocals from time to time, it was refreshing to hear their voices front and center  – because boy oh boy do they sound absolutely amazing. We’re in love!

When They Stayed True To Their Word 

When the band asked for fans to upload which song they would like see performed on Instagram, requests were uploaded by the masses, and many were left wondering which song(s) would make the cut. Alas, it turned out to be Til’ Kingdom Come (31 March 2017) and In My Place (01 April 2017) – they even played the video clip of the fan who sent in the request for both songs, we can only imagine how smitten they must have been! It was an amazing moment, and fans were savouring every bit of it.

 

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Bonus: Having made a mistake during ‘Til’ Kingdom Come’, Chris requested for the band to redo the chorus, but not before pleading to the audience to not upload the error on YouTube. “Let’s maintain the illusion of professionalism”, the lead singer said. Sorry Chris, if it’s not YouTube, then it’ll have to be Instagram – social media beckons!

When Marriage Proposals Were Made

A Coldplay concert wouldn’t be complete without a marriage proposal, and the Singapore crowd didn’t disappoint! During their performance of ‘Fix You’, a fan got down on one knee and proposed to his lady love, to the cheers of other audience members nearby. Accompanied by the perfect backdrop, the aww-inducing moment will definitely be one to remember. Congratulations to the happy couple!

When They Composed A Song Just For Singapore

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While this only happened on the second night, it was still a super nice gesture to have the band dedicate a special impromptu track just for us. Clearly inspired by the deafening support of the audience, Chris showcased their love back to the crowd, singing “Singapore, Singapore, Singapore / We’ve played here four times before / But the way the crowd they roar / Means we’re gonna play here a helluva lot of times more“. Sounds like a promise, Chris – one we’re intending to have you keep!

Featured image: Aloysius Lim/Live Nation Lushington SG

A huge thanks to Coldplay for a magical two nights of laughs, tears, song and dance in a kaleidoscopic wonderland. We hope to see you soon!

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Talk about Lee Joon Gi and ‘kkotminam’ would probably be the first come to mind. After all, the Hallyu heartthrob is arguably the Godfather of all flower boys (The King and the Clown, anybody?) – and even has the nod of approval from fellow Scarlet Heart Ryeo co-star Kang Ha Neul, who voted him as the most prince-like amongst the cast. But before you think the actor is anything like his prince charming characters, the 34-year-old is quick to reassure you that he’s far from it. Or is he?

We beg to differ, after meeting him when he was in town for the press conference of his [Thank You] Asia Tour as part of the HSBC Women’s Championship Music Festival. The Korean star was full of cheeky antics as the cameras flashed away at his galore of finger hearts and adorable poses. But when it’s time to be serious, he spared no time in snapping back into professional mode and tackling the questions that came firing up. Here are some of the highlights you’d missed on out!

ON BEING LABELLED AS A HOLLYWOOD STAR

 

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“I’m a little embarrassed to call it a Hollywood debut because it wasn’t a major role, but more of a special cameo. I still have a lot to work on and a long journey to go, but the entire experience was a really enjoyable one. I see it as a blessing and I’m very honoured to be part of the production. Till this day, I still keep in touch with director Paul Anderson and told him to keep me in mind for future works. I’d always drop hints to him (laughs). He joked that perhaps he could create a reboot chapter to Resident Evil where I come back as a zombie or something!”

ON BEING A VETERAN ACTOR ON SET

“I had so much fun filming with the cast of [Scarlet Heart Ryeo]. Most of the actors are at least 10 years younger than me, so I was a little concerned that there might be a generation gap at first. But when the cameras started rolling, we interacted so well together and the chemistry was great. They also brought a lot of refreshing angles and creativity to the set, which was something we all could learn from.”

ON TAKING THE ACTION PLUNGE

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“It’s part and parcel of being in action scenes to have minor injuries here and there. As much as I’d like to pull off those stunts myself, I put in ample preparation in order to prevent any potential accidents from occurring. The most dangerous action scene I could recall was from Two Weeks, where I had to be put in threatening situations such as falling into the river, being in car accidents… That was when I thought I should be really careful, if not the investors who have put in money into the production and the fans who have spent time supporting it would all go to waste.”

ON BEING THE PRINCE OF THE GROUP

“I think it’s the opposite. My character as Wang So had the least prince-like traits. In fact, I was really inspired by Kang Ha Neul’s role as the Eighth Prince because he portrayed how a prince should be like perfectly on the show. He has a warm and impressive side to him that Wang So lacks, so I wouldn’t say I’m more ‘princely’ than Kang Ha Neul.”

ON THE FOURTH PRINCE AS A 21ST CENTURY HERO

“If Wang So had a chance to be transported forward in time, I feel that he’d still be a very good-looking character. But because of his aggressive personality, he probably wouldn’t be able to fit into the modern culture very well. He’s the kind of guy who likes to be in control and take the lead, and there’s also an inconsiderate side to him… so he may not be in harmony with the people around him. Nevertheless, I think he’d still be as charming as ever. (Laughs)” 

Verdict: Lee Joon Gi’s definitely not your typical actor, but one thing’s for sure: whether he’s saeguk prince, an action hero, or a modern-day gent, he’d be an absolute charmer regardless of his roles. And we look forward to seeing more dynamic sides of him in the future!

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New Songs To Get Addicted To In March

8 Mar 2017 by Bryan Yeong

With new music releases from pop juggernauts like Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran already on repeat, 2017 seems like another #lit year in the music scene. We recommend new tracks you need to put on your playlist ASAP.

1. Lorde – Green Light

It’s been an arduous 4-year wait since the last album from 20-year-old Ella Yelich-O’Connor, as we watched her win Grammys, become inducted in the Swift Squad and end her long-term relationship with photographer James Lowe. But it’s so worth it. ‘Green Light’, the first single from the singer’s upcoming album Melodrama, opens with her moody, distinct voice over a haunting piano background, before unexpectedly switching keys and bursting with a drum loop and borderline EDM chorus. The instant earworm is a track best heard to be believed, and will have you craving for the summer release of the rest of her new music. 

Watch Lorde lose her inhibitions in ‘Green Light’ below:

 2. Coldplay – Hypnotised

While rumours have been swirling about the legendary band’s future and possible disbandment, we still have their two sold-out shows in Singapore at the end of this month to look forward to! And will-they-won’t-they aside, you’d be glad to know Chris Martin and co. still have some treats up their sleeve for us adoring fans. ‘Hypnotised’ is the second song released from their forthcoming Kaleidoscope EP – following recent party anthem ‘Something Just Like This’ with The Chainsmokers – marking more unheard tracks on the way. While the sparkly, emotional ballad certainly hypnotises, it’s nothing original from our favourite Brit heroes. 

Check out trippy scenic views of nature in the lyric video:

3. Little Mix – No More Sad Songs (Feat. Machine Gun Kelly)

Is it just us or is Little Mix totally killin’ it right now? After recently scooping up Best British Single for ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ at the BRIT Awards, the awesome foursome have also announced their next single to be Glory Days track ‘No More Sad Songs’ – but a new version featuring guest vocals from rap’s resident bad boy Machine Gun Kelly! The song opening’s uncanny resemblance to David Guetta’s ‘This One’s For You’ aside, the track is an absolute banger. MGK’s attitude-filled verse takes the song to another level from its original, indicating another smash in the works for Little Mix. Look out for the cowboy-themed music video as well soon!

 4. B.A.P. – Wake Me Up

Part rock, part rap; the boys of B.A.P are fully back with their new single ‘Wake Me Up’. Driven by a synth-heavy thumping beat, the song marks a return to form as a full group with Bang Yong Guk finally making his comeback following a hiatus. The track is one of three new songs released off the band’s new Rose single album, available right now!

Watch the riotous video for ‘Wake Me Up’:

5. Iggy Azalea – Can’t Lose (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert)

Aussie’s fanciest rapper might have had a quiet past year sans guest judging on The X Factor Australia, but Iggy Azalea is ready to step back into the rap game and claim her throne. Featuring up and coming MC Lil Uzi Vert, Iggy Iggs proves she still has her winning attitude, spitting rhymes over a new track aptly titled ‘Can’t Lose’. Released as a surprise teaser to fans from her highly anticipated upcoming album Digital Distortion, it’ll whet our appetite for new music in the meantime.

Which other artists are you waiting for new music from? Tell us your most anticipated comeback in the comments below!

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8 Bizarre Oscars 2017 Moments That Made The Internet Go ?!?!

1 Mar 2017 by Germaine Cheah

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have seen or heard about that major flub at the 89th Academy Awards. But apart from that shocker of an ending, we recap the other moments that left us scratching our heads.

#1 And The Oscar For Best Picture Goes To…?

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In the most epic of fails that will outlive us all (yes Steve Harvey, your Miss Universe snafu is finally overshadowed, you can breathe a sigh of relief now), the wrong film was announced as the winner for the prestigious Best Picture award. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were apparently given the wrong envelope and initially announced La La Land as the winner, – and the producers only realised the mistake while the cast and crew were in the middle of their thank you speeches. La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz then announced that Moonlight had actually won the top honour, and that was how we were gifted the most historic Oscar blunder of all time. 

In case you missed it (or just want to relive the moment), watch the video of the mixup below:

Cringe, right? We gotta give props to the La La Land team for handling it with such grace, but Moonlight was way more deserving of the Oscar, and we’re super glad it went their way. 

#2 Nicole Kidman’s Seal-like Clapping

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Some of the best viral memes circulating the web comes from award shows, and the Oscars did not disappoint when Nicole Kidman was filmed applauding for her peers with a bizarre clap looking like a circus seal. It was unsettling to say the least, but perhaps she was trying to clap in a way that would avoid hurting her fingers from the rings she wore? We need answers, Nicole! 

#3 That Tour Bus Gambit

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Perhaps one of the most head-scratching moments of the show was when Jimmy Kimmel brought a group of random tourists into the Dolby Theatre to meet some of the biggest names in Hollywood. What followed was a painfully awkward few minutes where it felt like we were looking at a ‘zoo exhibit’ with the A-listers on display. However, we loved that the celebrities took the awkwardness in their stride and gave these tourists perhaps one of the best days of their lives! 

#4 Jimmy Kimmel Not Knowing How Twitter Works

President Donald Trump was the butt of many of Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes throughout the award show, but the highlight would have to be when the host sent a couple of tweets to the Commander-in-Chief – including one that said “#merylsayshi”, mocking Donald Trump’s comments about Meryl Streep’s acting career and her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. But the hilarious moment was quickly followed by an awkward one when the host was looking at Trump’s Twitter account and questioning why his tweet didn’t appear on the feed – oh Jimmy, do you not understand how Twitter works? 

#5 Suicide Squad Is Now An Oscar Winning Film?

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Look, we’re not trying to diss Alessandro Bertolazzi and his team for the wonderful makeup and hairstyling that was done on Suicide Squad, but let’s face it – it’s totally weird that the film (which was subpar if we’re being totally honest) can now be introduced as an “Academy Award-winning film”. 

#6 Candy Dropping From The Ceiling

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Keeping with the tradition of feeding his award show audiences food during the ceremony, Jimmy Kimmel decided to parachute little bags containing candy and popcorn (it was an award show dedicated to the movies after all) down from the rafters. It was a novel idea, and it was fun seeing the celebrities freak out over the food, but albeit unnecessary – send the candy our way perhaps?

#7 Casey Affleck’s Undeserving Oscar Win

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This was the second time after the Golden Globes that Brie Larson had to hand Casey Affleck an award, and she was not having it. Brie, who had won an Oscar for her portrayal of a sexual abuse survivor, refused to clap for Casey (who was accused of sexual harassment) as he gave his acceptance speech. Supermodel and resident Twitter queen, Chrissy Teigen was also caught snoozing on hubby John Legend’s shoulder during his speech. 

#8 That Lion King Reenactment 

While it may have seemed cute on paper, Jimmy Kimmel received a great deal of flak when he lifted Lion star Sunny Pawar in front of the entire audience in an effort to recreate the iconic scene when Rafiki lifts Simba up into the air in The Lion King. We all know how adorable Sunny is, but it definitely was a move that didn’t sit right with the rest of the Internet. 

What were some of your most shocking moments of the Oscars? Did you approve of the winners or were the other nominees more deserving? Sound off in the comments below!

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