We can now lay the rumours to rest ’cause it’s official: BTS and The Chainsmokers are collaborating on a song for BTS’ upcoming mini album, Love Yourself: Her!
ARMYs who are anticipating BTS’ upcoming mini album, Love Yourself: Her now have even more to look forward to with this exciting collab, which sees The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart working with Rap Monster, Suga and J-Hope aka BTS’ rap line on an EDM track titled ‘Best of Me’!
Meeting for the first time back in May at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, BTS (who won ‘Top Social Artist’ at the awards) even hung out with the ‘Closer’ hitmakers ahead of the ceremony. Needless to say, their little hangout session caught the attention of fans worldwide. And with The Chainsmoker’s mysterious promise to “see [BTS] this summer”, it’s no wonder the rumours started about a possible music collaboration between the groups.
Turns out, BTS and The Chainsmokers have been in close contact ever since! While it has been reported that ‘Best of Me’ would take on The Chainsmokers’ signature EDM style, we’re sure BTS’ musical flavour will come through as well. And with Love Yourself: Her already exceeding 1 million pre-orders in Korea, we can’t wait to hear the mini album when it drops on 18 September!
What are you most looking forward to on BTS’ Love Yourself: Her album? Share your thoughts in the comment section!
From heartwarming tales of overcoming adversities to kickass action sequences that will leave you on the edge of your seats, cinephiles will have plenty of reason to hit the theatres this September!
In Theatres: 7 September
Born and bred in West Virginia, Jimmy and Clyde Logan have suffered a lifetime of things going wrong – Jimmy was a high school football star bound for the NFL until his knee blew out, while Clyde lost his hand during a tour in Iraq. Convinced that his family is cursed, Jimmy hatches an elaborate plan to break the curse – enlisting the help of Clyde and their sister Mellie to rob all of the cash that flows through the Charlotte Motor Speedway on race day.
Daddy You Daughter Me
In Theatres: 7 September
High school student Do Yeon hates the entire world… except for a certain boy at school, and has been trying to get his attention to no avail. On top of it, she also has a rocky relationship with her father, Sang Tae, a mid-level manager who has worked years for the same company but has never had a promotion. But just when their luck is about to change – Do Yeon’s asked out on a date and Sang Tae finally has a shot at rising through the ranks, a magical force suddenly switches the pair’s bodies. With dad now daughter and daughter now dad, can the duo make it through this life-changing experience?
In Theatres: 7 September
In the town of Derry, Maine during the summer of 1989, kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. Soon after, a group of young misfits and bullied outcasts who call themselves “The Losers Club” are catching glimpses of strange things around town – hallucinations, red balloons and sightings of a creepy clown. Things come to a head when the group squares off against Pennywise, an immortal, shape-shifting clown responsible for murder and brutal violence that dates back to centuries.
In Theatres: 7 September
Rambunctious Ki Joon (Park Seo Joon) and bookish Hee Yeol (Kang Ha Neul) are new academy recruits at the Korean National Police University who soon become fast friends. On a night out, the righteous pair witnesses a young woman being kidnapped, but lack of evidence and bureaucratic obstacles halt the authorities’ investigation. Frustrated, the two police cadets then decide to launch their own amateur manhunt, hoping to save the woman’s life before it’s too late.
P/S: Watch out for our interview with leading man Kang Ha Neul!
The Only Living Boy In New York
In Theatres: 14 September
A would-be fiction writer – if not for a society where the value of highly personalised art is slowly diminishing – recent college graduate Thomas Webb is at a crossroad. Moving into an apartment in New York City, Thomas befriends and seeks advice from his alcoholic yet wise neighbour, W.F. Gerald. Soon, Thomas’ life comes crashing down even harder when he finds out that his father is having an affair. In an attempt to break up the relationship, Thomas finds himself attracted to his dad’s mistress and winds up sleeping with her, setting off a chain of events that makes him question everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family.
In Theatres: 14 September
Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s most secretive project yet, Mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as husband and wife (Age gap? What age gap?), whose tranquil life at their remote country home gets disrupted when an uninvited couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) mistakes for their house as a bed and breakfast, and ends up staying with them. As Darren recently revealed in an interview, “[this film] is closer to Black Swan in spirit than anything I have done in a while” – in other words, be prepared for some seriously harrowing images.
In Theatres: 21 September
With an iconic photo that captured the hearts of many around the world, Jeff Bauman became the living embodiment of ‘Boston Strong’ after the devastating 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, but his journey to becoming a national hero wasn’t an easy one. Losing both his legs in the blast, follow Jeff’s inspirational story as he tackles months of strenuous physical and emotional rehabilitation, spurred on by the unwavering support from the people around him.
The Glass Castle
In Theatres: 21 September
Based on the best-selling 2005 memoir, Brie Larson brings to life the story of Jeannette Walls – a young woman who lived much of her childhood as a nomad with her tight-knit albeit eccentric family. When sober, Jeannette’s father is brilliant and charismatic, teaching his children how to embrace life fearlessly. But when drunk, he becomes dishonest and destructive. To add on, her mum hated the idea of domesticity and barely had a hand in raising the family. In spite of all this, Jeannette finds the determination to carve out a successful path on her own terms.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
In Theatres: 21 September
With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, our favourite secret agents head to the other side of the pond to join forces with an allied spy organisation. In this new adventure that will push the agents to the limit, the two organisations will have to set aside their differences in order to defeat Poppy, a notorious criminal mastermind from the secret group, The Golden Circle.
In Theatres: 28 September
Curious to uncover the mystery of an afterlife, five medical students plan to stop their hearts for a couple of minutes at a time, triggering near-death experiences that would give them a firsthand account into what happens after the ‘big sleep’. But as their dangerous experiment continues, the students find themselves confronted by manifestations of their childhood sins. What’s worse is that they’re unsure if what they’re facing is real or hallucination…
In Theatres: 28 September
Jackie Chan continues to lay speculations about his retirement to rest with his latest project, which sees him taking on the role of a retired military commando, Quan, whose past comes back to haunt him when his daughter is killed in a terrorist attack. As he sets out on his relentless search for the identities of those responsible, Quan is led into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official who may or may not have his own secrets to hide.
In Theatres: 28 September
In war-ravaged Kenya, an American Special Forces soldier suffers amnesia after being knocked unconscious during a battle. Later waking up in a jail cell, he meets Nadia, a French foreign aide doctor and finds out that the world has fallen victim to a cataclysmic alien invasion. Teaming up to escape jail, the pair wanders through the battlefield in search of refuge, but bonds are tested when the soldier discovers his true identity.
The Lego Ninjago Movie
In Theatres: 28 September
By day, young Master Builder Lloyd and his friends are ordinary high school students, struggling with issues any normal teenager would face. But by night, they are gifted ninja warriors, fighting villains and monsters across Ninjago City. Led by Master Wu, the six friends set off on their biggest mission yet – to defeat evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.
Want to know what else you can watch, read and spin this month? Go grab your September issue of Teenage magazine, out on newsstands now!
Bastille’s return to our shores for a concert this August saw an evening filled with powerhouse performances and smooth liners – which fans would be familiar with considering they’re no strangers to the local audience. Here are our favourite moments from that stellar gig.
Recently revealing that their Wild Wild World Tour was a way for him to embrace and showcase his inner film geek, it should come as no surprise that Bastille’s show encompassed a cinematic aesthetic that was as evocative as the lyrics they were singing.From the pre-show political satire video, to the part where Dan sang in sync with a projection of a female politician who was delivering the song as if she was doing a press conference – complete with “David Cameron-esque hand gestures and Trum-like flailing”, the entire setup was entertaining, amusing and at times, slightly uncomfortable. “It’s our way of nodding towards the omnipresent media and the mad, post-truth world of politics that we all live in at the moment”, Dan revealed in a 2016 interview. But truth be told, boldly using their art to invoke conversation about the current political situation is also what makes Bastille one of the most #woke performers around today.
Dan Smith Is Now Dan(ce) Smith
Whether you’ve had to opportunity to watch the band live, or even just from scrolling through online videos of their other gigs, you would probably have noticed that Dan Smith’s dance moves are just as much the highlight of the show as the singing is – and the Singapore gig was no different. But as confident as he looked constantly prancing and darting around the stage with his awkward turtle dance moves, the frontman also couldn’t help but apologise for his moves, cheekily adding “As you probably have noticed, I’m potentially the worst dancer on the entire planet”, to high-pitched screams and cheers from around the crowd. Hey, who else is up for calling Dan Dance Smith from now on?
They Make It Incredibly Personal
You might be used to just watching a band perform on stage without any sort of interaction, but that’s just not Bastille’s style. In fact, fans would know that Dan Smith running into the crowd (regardless the size of the venue) has become a band tradition of sorts. It’s rare to see an act of Bastille’s popularity get so intimate with their fans, but we’re pretty sure that’s what makes them so endearing to their huge following. Just check out what happened when the lead singer made his way through the crowd at The Star Theatre. To say we were shook during that moment would be an understatement.
It has been less than two weeks since B.A.P wrapped up the Singapore leg of their Party Baby World Tour, and we’re still reeling from the two-hour madness that went down on 18 August. Killer performances and mandatory fan service aside, we’ve got more reasons why we just can’t stop raving about the adrenaline-filled night – Singlish shenanigans, alphabet fails, lost in translation moments and more.
#1 When B.A.P shook us with their live vocals
Seeing B.A.P has pretty much become a yearly ritual for the Teenage team, but if there’s one thing that remains constant about these guys, it’s that they never fail to put up a kickass show. More impressively, we all know how tough their choreographies are, but it’s amazing how they could belt out those notes effortlessly – 100 per cent live, we kid you not – while slaying the moves on stage. Lip syncing? What’s lip syncing when it comes to B.A.P?
#2 When they tried their hand at Singlish
Of course, no concert banter is complete without ’em taking a stab at our unique slang, amirite? Seemingly well-versed in our colloquial language – after all, it’s already their sixth visit to Singapore – the boys took turns showing off their adorable attempts at Singlish, which ran the gamut from the basic shioks and alamaks to borderline coarse terms courtesy of *cough* Jongup *cough*…
Himchan gave us all a good laugh when the lad got confused over the concert venue’s seating plan. “Why isn’t there any row Z?” the 27-year-old questioned, feeling even more baffled at the fact that there were people all the way at the back but none of them were from Z. Fun fact: MasterCard Theatres Grand Theatre actually goes from rows A to W, then AA to OO for the first floor. Can’t blame him though, even we were caught off guard at first!
Bonus: Daehyun launching into an impromptu rendition of the alphabet song, and failed cutely. (#YouTried!)
#4 When a lucky fangirl stole the show
One of the highlights we were all looking forward to was the boys picking out the best-dressed BABY in the crowd. A fan who sported “the same hairstyle as Yongguk” caught the eye of Himchan, and we gotta say, she’s got our nod of approval.
Hilarity ensues when the fan, who introduced herself as Anna, quipped that her favourite member wasn’t present on stage (aka Jongup, who was prepping for his solo performance). She then went with Daehyun for the special segment – sharing love shots and all – but couldn’t resist declaring her love for Jongup, causing the former to sulk like a kicked puppy. Jongup and Zelo appeared shortly after, swooping in for a hug with her before disappearing again backstage.
#5 When B.A.P called out the translator
When they say lost in translation, we certainly didn’t expect it to get as real as this. The assigned translator of the night, who’s a native Korean, seemed new to the job and was struggling to keep up with the translations. At one point, he appeared to have spaced out in the midst of translating Youngjae’s message, causing fans to crack up and a bewildered Youngjae to exclaim, “Why are you laughing? Is there a problem? I’m being serious!”
Understanding the situation belatedly, B.A.P decided to invite the translator up on stage. While giving the nervous chap encouragement, the cheeky members also didn’t forget to engage in some good-natured teasing with him. And ever the sweetheart, Daehyun praised him for his good looks and asked if he has a girlfriend (aww). Fortunately, the rest of the concert went a lot smoother after that.
“We’re going to release a new album in Korea. You’ve not heard it yet, but [do all of you] know about it?” Himchan asked. We half-anticipated B.A.P to give a sneak peek of it, and they did… sorta. When asked to sing a little of their new song, Daehyun teased fans by prompting them to count down, only to open and close his mouth. Nonetheless, Himchan added that “it’s a good song” and asked fans to “look forward to it”. We definitely are!
B.A.P will be making a comeback with their seventh single album Blue on 5 September.
#7 When one encore ain’t enough
An encore is a given when it comes to concerts, but TWO encores? When will your faves ever?
Just when the audience thought it was over and started getting up to leave after the ‘encore’, B.A.P returned for another surprise encore – dressed in T-shirts and armed with water guns – causing fans to scramble back to their seats to soak in the last moments. They ended the night on a heartwarming note with ‘With You’, the members tearing up as they bid their final farewells.
Now, it’s truly goodbye. Till next year, B.A.P!
Image credits: IME Singapore, TS Entertainment
BABYz, what was your favourite moment of the night? Comment down below!
From Madonna and Britney’s raunchy moment in ’03, Lady Gaga’s shocking performance in ’09 and even Miley’s wild child antics onstage in 2015, the MTV VMAs have always been a jaw-dropping affair. Not so much for this year’s edition, which uncharacteristically paled in comparison.
Hosted by Katy Perry who doled out mum jokes and awkward dance moves all around, what VMAs lacked in excitement, it made up for in cringe. Nonetheless, we’re soldiering on to bring you the best highlights from the otherwise mundane award show.
“And, also, I just want to show all my [exes] that I’m out here killing the game. I told you I was gonna do it. You didn’t believe me. Now look at you sitting there, watching me, looking good.”
Score one for Girl’s Trip actress Tiffany Haddish. Taking her airtime as a chance to not only share an inspirational speech, Tiffany also used it to savagely drag her exes for their lack of faith. Her celebratory dance and snipes won the hearts of viewers, who took to Twitter to share their love for the sassy comedian, swooning over how she would’ve been a better host. Ouch.
Lorde’s Interpretive Dance
What would Lorde do if she fell sick before a huge performance? As the world found out during the VMAs, Lorde would choose to dance. Opting for a strong, ‘the show must go on’ attitude, the quirky songstress strode onstage and showed off her interpretative dance skills instead of delighting the audience with her kick-ass vocals. As expected, not many could appreciate her act, but kudos to her for at least trying.
Kendrick Lamar’s Performance
The VMAs kicked off with an adrenaline pumping medley of Kendrick Lamar’s latest hits like ‘DNA’ and ‘Humble’. The crown of flames in his ‘Humble’ music video is probably what inspired the fiery performance – a netted backdrop decorated with fire and a dancing ninja on fire, literally. Lamar definitely deserved to win all 6 of his VMA awards!
This year’s VMAs saw celebrities tackling serious subject matters like the recent social and political happenings in America, and Paris Jackson was one of them. The award presenter for the Best Pop Video Award delivered an impassioned speech where she called out “nazi, white supremacist jerks”. “I’m seeing a lot of love and light here tonight already, a lot of diversity and a lot of potential power,” the actress and model began. “You know, if we all put our voices together, do you realize the difference we would make? If we were to all stand up, united, as one, our impact would be huge, believe me, huge. And that’s not fake news.” Her points are totally valid – there’s no room in our world for discrimination, negativity and hate. Preach, Paris!
A proud recipient of the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Pink took the opportunity to dedicate an empowering speech to Willow, her 6-year-old daughter who felt “ugly” because “she looks like a boy”. Sharing her own experience of how people opted for the “you look too masculine” or “you look a boy” type of insults when trying to make fun of her, Pink firmly stated that she refused to change who she was to please others – and she continues to be a best-selling artiste nonetheless. “So baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel and the shell, and we make a pearl.” Wise words indeed.
‘Camila’ Jumping Off the Stage
It’s no secret that Fifth Harmony’s definitely sick of people asking them about former member Camila Cabello, which made their red carpet interview with MTV host Charlemagne (who had the audacity to ask them if they’d gift Camila their Best Dance award if they won) so deliciously awkward. While the girls took it in stride, with Normani smoothly stating that they’d give it to their choreographer if they won, Fifth Harmony kinda made a statement of their own by arranging for a fake Camila to jump off stage just before they launched into a fierce performance of ‘Down’. Now, stop asking Fifth Harmony about ‘she who will not be named’, k?
Cardi B’s Performance
Cardi B slayed her performance of ‘Bodak Yellow’ on the pre-show stage in her diamond encrusted leotard and matching $10,000 knee high boots, making us certain that this up-and-comer should’ve had a slot of her own during the main ceremony.
Look What Taylor Did
Taylor Swift won more than just the Best Collaboration award this year. Without even showing up, she became one of the night’s most talked about by premiering the music video of ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, an over 4-minute long vid filled with petty metaphors and sly references to her various celebrity rivals and romances – a brilliant maneuver on her part. And as a bonus, Taylor completely upstaged longtime nemesis Katy Perry without even lifting a finger.
Alessia Cara Removes Her Make Up
Alessia Cara took #NoFilter to a whole new level by stripping down to the bare essentials midway through her performance of ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’. Unfazed by the crowd, the hit songstress freed her natural hair, wiped off her makeup and pulled apart her elaborate outfit to ‘reveal’ the real Alessia, and confidently struts down the stage like a perfect embodiment of her song lyric: ‘You’re beautiful just the way you are/ you don’t have to change a thing‘. Her ‘walk the talk’ approach is both refreshing and inspirational, and we appreciate Alessia’s efforts in spreading positive messages through her art.
One of the most important and relevant performances of the night, Logic, Khalid and Alessia Cara teamed up for a powerful performance of Logic’s suicide-prevention anthem, ‘1800-273-8255′. Midway through the song, which is named after America’s national suicide prevention hotline, 50 suicide-attempt and loss survivors took to the stage wearing shirts emblazoned with the hotline number as well as the message “you are not alone’.
And as Kesha, who introduced their performance said, “It has been said that if you knew who walked beside you, you could never experience fear or doubt again. Every so often, a rare and important song and video comes along that lets us know how true that is… Whatever you are going through, however dark it may seem, there is an undeniable truth and strength in the fact that you are not alone.” Artistes like Logic, who take a stand and use their voices to spread awareness and encourage constant conversation about mental health, is just what the world needs.
What are your favourite moments from MTV VMA 2017? Let us know in the comments!