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The Most Uplifting Moments From The One Love Manchester Concert

5 Jun 2017 by Johanna Teo

Returning to Manchester on Sunday just 2 weeks after the Manchester Arena bombings, Ariana Grande staged the One Love Manchester benefit concert alongside a star-studded lineup to raise funds for the victims of the terror attacks.  

The over three-hour long televised event followed in the wake of the London attacks, but that didn’t stop both the performers – including the likes of Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas and more – and the resilient 50,000-strong audience from turning out to pay tribute. Here are the most inspiring, uplifting and tearjerking moments from the concert, which ultimately raised more than $13 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. 

“Don’t go forward in anger. Love spreads.” 

Scooter Braun took the stage with a powerful message from Adam, a 15-year-old survivor of the attack. Despite still being in the hospital and having lost his best friend, Olivia, Adam told Scooter: “Make sure you tell them: Don’t go forward in anger. Love spreads.” Scooter added: ” I want to thank you once again for coming out tonight and answering that call that hatred will never win, that fear will never divide us because on this day, we all stood with Manchester.” 

‘Don’t Dream It’s Over” 

Back in 2015, Miley Cyrus invited Ariana to Happy Hippie Backyard Sessions, where they sang ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’. After Miley Cyrus’ performance was confirmed, Twitter requests flooded through for the duo to perform that very same cover, and they delivered. The intimate yet powerful show of solidarity cemented what the night was about: spreading love, courage and joy through music. 

Musicians sending love

Many artistes who could not perform at the benefit sent their love and messages of support through a series of touching videos. Stevie Wonder and David Beckham were the first to appear in solo videos, while Sir Paul McCartney, Demi Lovato, Halsey, Camila Cabello, Kendall Jenner and more shared their words and pledged to “Stand With Manchester”. Like Stevie Wonder said: “We all know that love is truly the key, I don’t care what ethnicity you are, what religion you are – we all know that love really is the way. So anyone that tries to make anyone think that things of destruction have anything to do with God or Allah, they are a lie.” Powerful words indeed. 

‘Where Is The Love?’

One of the most apt performances of the night, Black Eyed Peas stepped up and performed global hit, ‘Where Is The Love’ with Ariana. Despite Will.i.Am receiving criticism about his blunders during the performance (he repeatedly referred to the Manchester crowd as London), we would like to say that his heart is in the right place. As Will.i.Am sings-shouts, “We will not be separated!”

‘My Everything’  

When the Parrs Wood High School choir took the stage and performed a beautiful rendition of Ariana’s ‘My Everything’, there wasn’t a dry eye left in the house. Their performance was made even more impactful as some of the choir members were present at Ariana’s Manchester Arena concert. Midway, Ariana came onstage and hand-in-hand with 12-year-old soloist Natasha-Rose Seth, they finished the song – that was when the waterworks truly started. 

Switching Sides (By Side)

Before performing ‘Side to Side’ – a number that might have seemed inappropriate under these circumstances, Ariana shared her experience meeting Olivia Campbell’s mum who not only told her not to cry, but that “Olivia would’ve wanted to hear the hits”. With that being said, Ari and her crew changed up the entire setlist only a day before the concert to reflect that fun and lighthearted energy that would truly honour her young fans. 

“I encourage you to choose love even when it’s difficult.”

Spreading the message of universal love further, Katy Perry started her performance with a mass bonding exercise. “Touch the person next to you, make human contact. Tell them ‘I love you’, look into their eyes and tell them – do it, everyone.” She added, “I encourage you to choose love even when it’s difficult. Let no one take it away from you”, before delving into an acoustic version of ‘Part of Me’, followed by the ever-empowering ‘Roar’. 

Dancing Policeman & Children

While an emotional Justin Bieber was performing and making the crowd chant ‘Love’ in unison, a policeman and a group of kids started dancing hand-in-hand. The latter understandably was a major highlight for everyone watching, with Twitter users talking about how this moment portrayed the true spirit of Manchester. 

‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ 

Mancunians breaking out into a spontaneous rendition of Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ after a nationwide minute of silence for the Manchester terror attacks has made the classic an unintentional symbol of Manchester’s resilient spirit. Hearing the 50,000-strong audience sing along with Coldplay’s Chris Martin was unlike any other – the band followed up with ‘Fix You’ and man, was it a cathartic moment. 

Rivals Unite

As dusk fell, the stadium crackled with an electrically charged atmosphere that wouldn’t be out of place at a rock concert. Then, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher strode onstage and dove headfirst into his set. An even bigger surprise than his appearance (Liam initially wasn’t able to make it due to a prior gig) – his duet with Coldplay! Despite having a longstanding rivalry with the band, Liam and Chris put aside their musical differences and literally embraced onstage during ‘Live Forever’. 

‘One Last Time’ 

As many would know, Ari’s ‘One Last Time’ has taken on new meaning altogether in the wake of the attack. Gathering onstage with the rest of the artistes, Ariana delivered an emotional performance while the crowds sang and danced along. Bravely holding it together, Ari choked back tears as she reiterated her love for Manchester and her gratefulness to everyone for turning up. 

‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ 

Closing the One Love Manchester benefit with a tearful rendition of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, Ari soulfully belted out the The Wizard of Oz classic as the crowd swayed and cried along. 

Watch the full concert here: 

In the face of troubling and fearful times, we urge everyone to stand strong, and love with an open heart. It will be difficult not to lash out in anger, but moments like these serve to show that the world is a big and beautiful place; one that has no room for evil, nor for those who respond with hate. Love is the key and love will not be silenced – we stand together. 

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All The Movies You Should Watch This June

1 Jun 2017 by Johanna Teo

From the empowering tales of Wonder Woman to the mystical thrill of The Mummy, June’s movie roster is packed with blockbuster potentials and hidden gems. Here’s a complete list of movies to watch out for (literally) this month. 

Now Showing: Wonder Woman

DC Comics’ leading lady takes centerstage in the male-dominated world of superheroes. After a scene-stealing role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot brings the iconic Amazonian warrior to life in her standalone film – sword and shield in tow. It’s a win-win for both DC diehards, as well as for young girls around the world to have an empowering female superhero role model. Expect action-packed sequences, girl power and hints of what’s to come in Justice League later this year. 

03 – Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry

Perfect for anime lovers, Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry follows Natsu and the wizards of the Fair Tail Guild who are tasked with retrieving the stolen Dragon Cry – a magic artefact with the power to destroy the entire world. As the motley crew infiltrate the Kingdom of Stella, Natsu undergoes a dangerous transformation as his dragon slayer instincts awaken. 

08 June – The Mummy

Buried alive 2,000 years ago beneath the sands of Egypt after killing her father and attempting to claim the throne for herself, Princess Ahmanet’s ancient tomb is discovered by the American Army and reopened in our current day. Awakened once again, Ahmanet brings with her a vindictive grudge that has only grown over the years, unleashing a reign of terror that none of humanity has ever witnessed before.

Didi’s Dream

A struggling actress vs her superstar sister – Didi and Chunmei are as different as night and day, whether it’s physique, personality or career success. In her bid to prove her worth, Didi goes to extreme lengths, resulting in hilarious consequences. Starring Dee Hsu aka Xiao S and Lin Chi-ling in Kevin Tsai’s directorial debut, try spotting familiar faces like Shen Yu Lin and Chen Han Dian. 

Colossal  

A down-on-her-luck party girl finds herself hitting rock bottom when her boyfriend, who has had enough of her partying ways, kicks her out of their apartment. Returning to her hometown with dreams of starting anew, Gloria realises that she has a connection to a Godzilla-like monster rampaging through South Korea – but will she be able to figure out why her existence has a Colossal impact on the fate of the world?

15 June – Despicable Me 3

As an agent of the Anti-Villain League, and a loving husband and father to Lucy and his three girls, Gru was happy with his relatively normal life. But with the arrival of former ’80s child star Balthazar Bratt along with his obsession with world domination, as well as having to deal with sibling rivalry when he meets his long-lost charming and more successful twin brother Dru – will our favourite ‘villain’ be able to prevail through it all?

The Wall 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena star in this deadly psychological thriller as two American soldiers who are pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall separating them. With the sniper taunting their every move, their situation slowly turns into a game, and their fight for survival becomes as much a battle of the will to survive as it is a battle of lethally accurate marksmanship.

22 June – Transformers: The Last Knight 

After the events of Transformers: Age of Extinction, a war between the humans and the Transformers breaks out in the absence of Optimus Prime. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English Lord and an Oxford professor to save our world from destruction. Spoiler alert: it has also been revealed that the film has a connection to the King Arthur (specifically Merlin) legend, so be sure to watch out for the appearance of the ‘Once and Future King’!

29 June – The House 

What do you do when you accidentally destroy your daughter’s college fund? Start an illegal basement-located casino to earn the money of course! With Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in the cast, you’ll never be short of side-splitting moments throughout the movie. 

Which movies will you be watching this June? Share your top picks in the comment section!  

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6 Ways Celebs Are Putting Their Money To Good Use

31 May 2017 by Bryan Yeong

It’s not all about “the money, money, money” as some famous faces show, having taken it upon themselves to use their time, wealth and influence towards something of greater importance instead – helping the less fortunate. We take a look at some of today’s celebrities whose hearts are as big as their careers.

Nicki Minaj


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When it comes to philanthropy, Nicki is truly – to quote her recent single ‘No Frauds’ – “the generous queen”. Most recently, the chart-topping rapper took to Twitter to connect with some of her fans, asking them to back up their good grades with proof and DM-ing her their bank account details, before paying off their outstanding school loans. An official charity for tuition and student loans is also in the works, Nicki spilled. So in case you’re in need of extra funds for your upcoming Uni course, Nicki might just come through! 

Chris Martin (Coldplay)

 
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The demand for Coldplay’s live shows know no boundaries – don’t forgot how willing we were to shell out our savings for sold-out tickets to their Singapore show earlier this year. But if you want to meet the rock gods in the flesh, you’ll just have to splurge more, all for a good cause. The band is known to favour rewarding coveted meet and greet sessions to fans who donate or bid on charity instead of simply purchasing them, working with non-profit organisations such as Cash For Kids, a UK children’s charity and Charity: Water, which aims to bring clean water to developing countries. Mad props to Chris & Co. for bringing a little bit of ‘Paradise’ to those in need!

The Kardashians/Jenners


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Charity is not likely the first thing you’d associate headlines with Hollywood’s It family and brand, but the Kardashian/Jenner clan are doing more good than you realise. Last Christmas, the family surprised Red Eye, a non-profit organisation for the Skid Row district in Los Angeles, by donating 100 gourmet meals to poor and homeless people, without releasing any news about it to the media. It was only revealed to the public by the charity’s founder, overwhelmed by the thoughtful gesture. This isn’t the first time the sisters have proved their hearts of gold either. The women also previously donated over $50,000 worth of clothing to Red Eye, and have also contributed $250,000 to aid cancer research in honor of Kim, Kourtney and Khloe’s late dad who passed on from the illness. 

Chris Hemsworth


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Turns out Chris Hemsworth is a real-life superhero too. The resident good guy relentlessly gives back to society and his fans, when he offered an exclusive opportunity for the latter to walk at The Huntsman: Winter’s War red carpet last year and meet him, if they donated a minimum of $10 to the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACM) – a charity from his home country. Other significant instances of the hammer-wielding hero flexing his philanthropic muscles include raising $30,000 for ACM by auctioning off his own TAG Heuer watch and showing tremendous support for Opportunities for Life, a fundraiser for water and sanitation projects in underdeveloped countries.

Ian Somerhalder

 
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Taking his stand against the cruel ivory trade – the illegal trading of ivory tusks most common among elephants – is The Vampire Diaries‘ Ian Somerhalder. The actor joined forces with wildlife charity, WildAid to shed light and promote awareness on the pressing issue. “If people made the physical connection [with] these beautiful intelligent animals, I think people would really feel differently about when they think about taking this tusk and what it means to kill them”, he mentioned in an interview with Daily Mail. Besides continuously  donating to different charities, he’s also gone on to set up his own foundation, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which promotes animal protection and the conservation of resources. 

 John Cena


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Add ‘Philanthropist’ to John Cena’s growing résumé that includes professional wrestler and actor. Besides winning championships and gaining fans with his self-deprecating sense of humour, the popular WWE star is also known for his giving ways, becoming the first ever celebrity to grant 500 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and his constant initiations to donate to charity. You gotta love John for breaking sports and charity records!

Who’s your favourite charitable celeb? Share with us in the comments section below!

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Quiz: What Type Of Binge-watcher Are You?

29 May 2017 by Teenage

If you aren’t a serial binge-watcher, chances are you know someone (or many, many people) who are. After all, armed with a solid Internet connection and endless shows to stream (Netflix, anybody?), the drama world is your oyster. With that being said, did you know that there’s more to binge-watching than simply tuning in? For example, some people can’t do without a mid-show snack; others prefer their sessions with a binge-watching companion. After analysing viewing data from 20 over countries over six months, the guys at Netflix will tell you what type of binge watcher you are with this quick quiz.  

What type of beverage do you prefer while binge-watching?

A) Freshly brewed tea or orange juice
B) A nice, cold refreshing soda
C) I can sneak a gulp of mineral water
D) I’ve sunk too deep into my bed, I will only get out if I’m dying of thirst
E) Hot chocolate

What food will you have while binge-watching?

A) A bowl of cereal or sandwich
B) Whatever’s in my lunch box
C) Uh.. Can’t eat on public transportation..
D) The furthest I will walk is to the door, so pizza delivery of course!
E) Open fridge. Close fridge. 10 minutes later, re-open fridge with lower expectations

What type of shows do you binge-watch?

A)I always love a good laugh (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jane the Virgin)
B) I want lots of drama! (Narcos, Man to Man)
C) I like to be kept on suspense (Breaking Bad, Stranger Things)
D) I want to sit through many, many episodes (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black)
E) I prefer to learn new things through shows (Chef’s Table, Planet Earth)

Which type of companion do you prefer to join your binge?

A)I’m the only person who binge watches upon waking up…
B) Anyone in class who loves the same show I’m watching
C) There’s already a lot of people on the train
D) My best buddies!
E) Alone or someone who doesn’t doze off easily

What is your preferred binge-watching platform?

A) TV (I like to get ready while I binge!)
B) iPad (I like to eat or get on the treadmill to exercise and watch during my free time!)
C) Phone (I like to download offline and watch on the go)
D) Xbox (I like to toggle between a game and show! Got to cram in as much entertainment as I can)
E)Laptop (I’m a traditional binger, nothing is better than bingeing in bed)

If you’ve answered mostly A’s, you’re the early bird!

The Sound Of Your Heart Netflix
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Ah, the early bird gets the worm! Your eyes are already on the next episode as soon as they are open from a good night’s sleep. What’s the brightest way to start your day for the morning binge watcher? Comedy, of course! Funnily enough, Netflix data shows that comedy sees a 34% increase in watching worldwide around 7AM. Watching The Sound of Your Heart or Master of None would definitely give you a good start to the morning.

If you’ve answered mostly B’s, you’re a lunchtime binger!

Man to Man Netflix

It doesn’t matter if you’re at school or at work on a weekday, you binge watch as soon as you have your lunch box open. Across the world, Netflix data shows that drama accounts for nearly half (47%) of global viewing between 12PM and 2PM (an increase of 5% compared to the rest of the day). Try Man to Man or Sherlock for the perfect side dish.

If you’ve answered mostly C’s, your eyes are peeled – even on the move!

Stranger Things Netflix

Travel binger? No problem. You have all your favourite Netflix shows downloaded onto your phone and you can binge offline as you journey home between school or work. Netflix data shows that workers in India continue on the 5PM ride home too with drama titles. Add a dash of thriller and you get Stranger Things and Designated Survivor.

If you’ve answered mostly D’s, you show no mercy on weekends!

Orange Is The New Black Netflix

Aren’t weekends wonderful? You have all day to binge on your favourite shows back to back through multiple seasons without hindrance. Long-running shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black is of no challenge to you. Bring on the marathon!

If you’ve answered mostly E’s, you’re the night owl!

Tales By Light Netflix

Snuggled into your warm blanket, you love binge-watching late into the night. Globally, Netflix data shows that 15% of streaming happens between midnight and 6AM and even rises as high as 21% in Japan and South Korea. Documentaries see a 24% increase during this time! You can be sure to learn a few things from Planet Earth and Tales by Light.

So, what type of binge-watcher are you? We’re giving away 6 three-month Netflix subscriptions! To win, head to this link and fill in the form there – may the binge-watching begin!

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Less than a month away from his debut solo showcase here in Singapore, we spoke to former The Wanted (TW) member – Nathan Sykes – on surprising reactions he gets when people hear him sing, the food he wants to try in Singapore and the possibility of a future TW reunion.

We’re very excited for your debut solo performance in Singapore, can you give us a little teaser as to what we can expect from the show?

Nathan: Yeah, absolutely. It’s gonna be my debut solo performance in Singapore at A Rooftop Affair on 17 June 2017, which is really exciting. I absolutely love coming to Singapore, it’s one of my favourite places on the planet. I’m gonna do a really stripped back, intimate vocal performance, there’ll be lots of fan interaction and it’s going to be very laid back. I’ll be doing songs off my debut album, Unfinished Business, with a few songs on the piano and the guitar – we’re just gonna have fun. 

You were last here three years ago in 2014. Was there something you wanted to do then but couldn’t, and are hoping to get the opportunity to do now?

Nathan: I don’t think it’s anything I necessarily wanted to do back then, but just to come and see old faces and see new faces. That really excites me, seeing people that supported The Wanted and people who didn’t support The Wanted, but now support me. I think meeting all these people and catching up with them, that’s the really exciting part. Oh actually, I do also want to visit Gardens by the Bay, I’ve been told that it’s the most incredible place so I’m hoping I can check that out ’cause I wanted to go last time but we didn’t get a chance to. 

Singaporeans are known for our love for food, is there any particular dish that you’re looking forward to trying?

Nathan: Everyone talks about durian… I’ve never tried it. Is it nice?

It’s an acquired taste…

Nathan: That’s what everyone says! It always makes me nervous when people say that (laughs). But you know what, I think there’s always amazing food in Singapore. Like wherever you go, there’s always incredible food, so I’m very excited just to eat. 

Most of your music videos have been pretty tame, but you went for the mature route in ‘Give It Up’. Do you think former boy band members feel the need to give fans something different in order to shed their ‘boy band’ image?

Nathan: I wouldn’t necessarily say that we do it to shake the boy band image, but music videos are a way of telling the story of the song. I always take music videos on a video by video basis. For example, with ‘Over and Over Again’, I wrote the video treatment on the same day that I wrote the song, and it just tells the story. Same with ‘Famous’, so I didn’t see a reason to change that with ‘Give It Up’, it’s just maybe a bit of a risqué storyline. So I don’t think it’s about shedding the boy band image, but rather to just mature and grow as artists through our writing and through our music.

You’re fairly active when it comes to interacting with your fans on Twitter (@NathanSykes), how important is it for you to maintain that connection with your fans?

Nathan: I think it’s always important. Social media’s brilliant especially when you do a show, you can go online straight after and thank people for coming, see if they had fun, etc. And I think it’s the little touches like that that make a really big difference. Social media can be used in the wrong way, especially when people can hide behind a computer sometimes and say mean things. But social media can be used very differently for an artist and when you’re interacting with your fans, it can really bring out the positive side of social media and I think it’s important that people do that. 

There have been people who have said that they didn’t expect such a big powerful voice to come out of you when they first see you perform. How does it feel to be able to surprise people like that?

Nathan: (Laughs) Yeah, it’s always nice to surprise people and it’s always nice to hear people complimenting my vocals. I think specifically coming from a boy band, people wouldn’t expect me to be releasing the style of music that I’m releasing now, and writing the songs that I’m writing now. I’m writing songs that showcase my voice, and I find it quite funny sometimes when I see someone that has never heard me sing before and didn’t know my music and they’re literally go “wait, what?” – it’s really fun to surprise, and hopefully impress people at the same time.

Speaking of boy bands, The Wanted members have all been pursuing different paths. But do you think you’ll try your hand at something different (e.g. Jay McGuiness with his dancing), or just stick to singing?

Nathan: I was very proud of Jay when he did BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, and his dancing was absolutely amazing. I was so surprised,  so it’s always nice to see Jay doing well ’cause he’s just the nicest person and he was working so hard on that so that. As to whether or not I’ll do something like that, you’ll never know what’s around the corner. Obviously, I’m incredibly passionate about my song-writing and about music, but at the end of the day, I like entertaining people, and if there’s various ways that I can do that, you’ll never know what’s quite gonna happen. I’d never say no to the right opportunities. 

We gotta ask, do you guys ever talk about a band reunion? 

Nathan: No, not really. Cause I think everyone’s really happy at the moment, and as far as I know, everyone’s got stuff that they’re really excited about and that they’re working really hard on. And everyone’s kind of growing in different ways. That doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s never going to be a conversation about doing something together in the future. But it is important to not mislead people because it’s unfair when you do that. So it is important for me to say that there hasn’t been that particular conversation, everyone’s just very excited for each other and where their different paths are taking them. 

The Wanted (credit MTV)

Have you started working on the second album yet? If so, any hints on when we might hear new material from you?

Nathan: Yes, I have! I’ve been in the studio, well I’m always writing, especially when there’s stuff going on in your life that you need to write about – and I’ve had quite a lot so I needed to write. So yeah, I’ve been in the studio and it’s been a very exciting few months because of the music that I’ve been writing. As for when you guys can hear new material, I think as soon as I’ve got it ready, you guys will be able to hear it. But I don’t think it’s gonna be too long, which is really exciting. 

We definitely can’t wait to see what Nathan has in store for us in the future! In the meantime, check out how you can redeem tickets to watch Nathan perform at MyVillage’s ‘A Rooftop Affair’ on 17 June 2017 here!

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