5 Upcoming Chinese Remakes To Watch After Meteor Garden

19 Sep 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

So you’ve just finished binging all the episodes of Meteor Garden, and now find yourself struggling to fill the F4-shaped void in your heart. As much as we ache for a sequel so we can find out how’s life like for newlyweds Dao Ming Si and Shan Cai – which most likely won’t happen anytime soon – we know it’s time to move on. To help you cure your post-Meteor Garden blues, here are some upcoming Chinese adaptations to watch out for.

#1 Corner With Love

Corner With Love Chinese Remake

Who could ever forget the Taiwanese romcom classic that is Corner With Love? Bringing to life the iconic characters of Qin Lang (Show Lo) and Yu Xin Lei (Barbie Hsu) are actors of-the-moment Song Wei Long and Shen Yue, which will mark the latter’s second Barbie role after her stint as Shan Cai in Meteor Garden. It’s no secret that Shen Yue has impeccable chemistry with all of her leading men till now, so we can’t wait to start swooning over these budding onscreen lovebirds (sorry Dyshen shippers).

#2 Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

A coming-of-age sports drama featuring Lee Sung Kyung as a happy-go-lucky weightlifter and Nam Joo Hyuk as your typical tsundere swimmer, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is one of those feel-good shows that you can watch for hours on end and never get bored.

When news of a Chinese remake first came out, speculations swirled that Shen Yue will be taking on the role of Kim Bok Joo, but her manager was quick to put an end to the rumours. Other dream castings include Guan Xiao Tong, Zhao Lu Si and our very own Eleanor Lee, daughter of local actress Quan Yi Fong. We don’t know about you, but we think Eleanor Lee and her The Big Boss costar Huang Jun Jie can give our OG couple a run for their money.

#3 Misaeng

Original Glory Misaeng Remake

One of the most successful and highly-rated Korean dramas to date, the 2014 series depicts the story of an aspiring go player played by Im Si Wan, who’s thrown into the cold reality of the corporate world. Titled Original Glory, the new remake is set to air in 2019 with a total of 42 episodes and stars Bai Jing Ting as the titular character.

#4 Prince of Tennis

Prince of Tennis

Prince of Tennis needs no introduction. First started as a Japanese manga series, it has since spawned various adaptations including an anime series, stage musicals, video games and two Chinese dramas. Nabbing the role of tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen is Peng Yu Chang, and we couldn’t think of a better actor to do the character justice than Peng Peng. We’re basically seeing double!

#5 Nodame Cantabile

Cantabile Youth Remake

The 2014 Korean adaptation of Japanese manga Nodame Cantabile set the bar pretty high, so we’d be lying if we said we don’t have high hopes for the upcoming Chinese remake. The music-themed romance drama (titled Cantabile Youth) is said to have a total of 60 episodes, with Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun taking on the roles of Chiaki and Nodame.

Which Chinese remake are you looking forward to the most? Tell us in the comments below!

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Interview: SEVENTEEN Just Wants To Sing For Their Fans

19 Sep 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

SEVENTEEN needs no introduction. In just three short years, the rising K-pop juggernaut has fast become the world’s newest boy band obsession, and it’s easy to see why they’ve been expanding their well-established fandom of Carats at such rapid speed.

Aside from their deliriously catchy hits, knife-point choreography and boyish good looks, it’s their undeniable love for fans that made them so likeable, even for the casual K-pop bystander. Remember the time when they displayed their fans’ photos on the screen during their goodbye stage for ‘Pretty U’? Or when they shared adorable hand-drawn notes to express their gratitude during their third anniversary?

Even through this quick-fire Q&A we’ve conducted with SEVENTEEN ahead of their upcoming IDEAL CUT concert, it’s obvious that they do everything with their beloved fans in mind – just try counting the amount of times ‘Carats’ appeared.

Hi SEVENTEEN! Having celebrated your third anniversary recently, what has been the most memorable moment for you since debut?

Seungkwan: The most memorable moment for us was when we became #1 on the charts! I also remember having our very first fanmeeting with our Carats, which was especially memorable too.

You’ve recently dropped your fifth EP You Make My Day. What sets it apart from your previous releases?

Mingyu: When we work on our albums, we would always try to be more SEVENTEEN than ever before, in a way. We make sure to put our thoughts and expressions into our works.

Your single ‘Thanks’ is dedicated to Carats. What are you the most thankful about to your fans?

DK: We want to thank all our Carats who have been loving and supporting us all the time. Our Carats are indispensable and more important than anything else, which is why we dedicated the song to our fans.

What song would you like to recommend to those who are new to SEVENTEEN?

Joshua: I would like to recommend our debut song ‘Adore U’ and our latest track ‘Oh My!’. If you’ve been listening to us from our debut days till now, perhaps you will see how we’ve improved and start keeping up with our music.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

S.Coups: I hope all our members will stay healthy when we are on tour. We would like to show the best sides of ourselves and share memorable moments with our Carats. Thank you!

Can’t help but swoon over ’em? Be sure to catch SEVENTEEN when they’re in town for their IDEAL CUT concert in Singapore on 21 September 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets are still available here!

P/S: Don’t forget to grab a copy of our latest issue featuring SEVENTEEN as the cover boys, before they’re gone from the newsstands!

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18 K-pop Bops Of 2018 That You Can't Resist Dancing Along To

18 Sep 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

As we’re nearing the end of the year, it’s fair to say 2018 has blessed us with plenty of addictive K-pop bops. Think BTS’ Nicki-Minaj-assisted ‘Idol’ that recently made its debut on the America’s Got Talent stage, or Pentagon’s ‘Shine’ that got everyone and their mothers addicted to the shoot dance. In case you need more additions to your K-pop playlist, here are some of our favourite chart-topping earworms of 2018 so far. We dare you to try not dancing along as you scroll down this list!

#1 ‘Idol’ – BTS


#3 Shine’ – Pentagon

#4 ‘Love Scenario’ – iKON

#5 ‘BAAM’ – Momoland

#6 ‘My Flower’ – JBJ

#7 ‘Dance The Night Away’ – TWICE

#8 ‘My Pace’ – Stray Kids

#9 ‘Always You’ – ASTRO

#10 ‘Latata’ – (G)I-DLE

#11 ‘Black Dress’ – CLC

#12 ‘We Go Up’ – NCT Dream

#13 ‘Power Up’ – Red Velvet

#14 ‘Everyday’ – Winner

#15 ‘Boomerang’ – Wanna One

#16 ‘Egoistic’ – Mamamoo

#17 ‘Oh My’ – SEVENTEEN

#18 ‘Lullaby’ – GOT7

 Have a favourite song that didn’t make it on the list? Comment down below so we can stan ’em too!

P/S: Why dance along to these infront of your screen when you can channel your inner dancing machine at Teenage Dance Challenge 2018? Last call for registrations – sign up here if you haven’t!

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It seems like just yesterday that IU burst on stage with her fresh-faced charms and sugary sweet tunes. Fast forward to now, the 25-year-old is known as one of the most successful artistes in the K-pop scene today. The multi-talented singer-songwriter will be embarking on a concert tour to celebrate her 10th year of debut, alongside UAENAs all around the world!

IU will be heading to seven cities across the Asia region, including Singapore this December! Be prepared to be swept away by her soothing vocals as she treats us to an eargasmic repertoire of all her biggest hits within her decade-spanning discography. It’s been more than a year since she dropped her own solo material – her last body of work being her 2017 10-track album Palette, before teaming up with Zico on their latest collaboration of ‘SoulMate’. But with news of an upcoming album in the works, chances are we might just be the first ones to get a sneak peek of her new tracks!

IU Concert Singapore 2018 

2018 IU 10th Anniversary Tour Concert <이지금 dlwlrma> In Singapore
15 December 2018
The Star Theatre
Tickets: $268, $228, $188, $148

Tickets will go on sale from 13 October, 10am via APACTix. As we await for more details, check out the music video of ‘SoulMate’ with Zico:

It’s a hot afternoon in Singapore, but we’re in the midst of someone effortlessly cool. Perhaps it’s the way he’s adorned in an orange silk shirt that looks like it can go from bed to runway. Maybe it’s how his platinum blonde hair glistens under sunlight by the window. Or maybe it’s because he’s simply Troye Sivan.

At all of 23-years-old, the YouTuber turned pop sensation is all grown up; embracing his brink of adulthood with fervour. Since his musical debut in 2015 – with the understated and introspective Wild EP and Blue Neighbourhood album – Troye Sivan has catapulted to teen pop royalty status alongside the likes of Lorde, Dua Lipa and Shawn Mendes, and became one of the bold faces at the forefront of an increasingly pro-LGBTQ pop culture generation.

On the aggressively sensual singles ‘My My My!’ and ‘Bloom’, Troye charges forth musically and visually with guns ablazing, declaring he’s got “his tongue between a lover’s teeth” and throwing aside inhibitions for devil-may-care dance moves. But just where was this inner confidence hiding all along? “Honestly, a lot of it comes from the fans. I meet the most incredible people every single day who just inspire me,” he says with an earnest grin. “You know, they’ll tell me their story of where they come from or what they’re going through, and I see them just like continuing on? And I really just pull from there.”

While it isn’t his first visit to Singapore – the Aussie lad previously visited with fellow YouTubers like Tyler Oakley as part of 2014’s YouTube Fan Fest – it’s the first time he’s dropping by as Troye Sivan, The Pop Star. His gradual ascent to superstardom unsurprisingly warranted a fan frenzy everywhere he went during his Singapore stint, which included an intimate fan signing session and album listening party.

But a very public bike ride around the city documented on his Instagram stories proved that fame hasn’t gotten to his head, instead embracing ‘normalcy’ as much as possible. In fact, he tells us that he much prefers to keep a low-profile (he cites RuPaul’s Drag Race and Thai food as the “perfect night in”) – an eyebrow-raising choice of lifestyle coming from one of music’s youngest and fastest-rising musicians. It’s a trait he shares with close friend Ariana Grande as well; their kinship and similar perspectives on growing up under the scrutiny of the public eye captured succinctly on their latest collaboration ‘Dance To This’ – a laidback anthem celebrating anti-celebrations.

It’s these offbeat choices that set Troye apart from his peers. Even his monochrome album cover for Bloom caused a minor buzz online as fans questioned its stark contrast to its album title. “Honestly, the first thing that popped into my head was that The Devil Wears Prada quote where [Miranda Priestly] is like, ‘Florals for spring, groundbreaking’ and I thought maybe I should try and steer away from the obvious,” he explains. “The album feels like such an accurate capture of where I’m at in my life [currently], and I really wanted to capture what I look like right now so that when I’m like 30, I can go back and listen to the album and be like, oh yeah, this was that time in my life.”

The songs off Bloom are equivalently honest and accurate as they flesh out Troye’s deepest thoughts in between the lines. On the melancholic ‘What A Heavenly Way To Die’, he longingly chimes “Because forever is in your eyes / But forever ain’t half the time”; while the feral confessional ballad ‘Animal’ holds nothing back, professing “An ode to the boy I love / I’ll die to care for you”.

It seems that Troye’s steadfast decision to live his complete truth has led to even more doors opening in what is already a tremendous year for him, which includes performing to a crowd of 60,000 alongside Taylor Swift, and countless magazine covers.

Come November, he would be in the middle of his anticipated trek around the world on the Bloom Tour, and marking his first adult foray into the world of film (well, he did play young Wolverine in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine). His blue eyes widen in excitement while describing his upcoming role: “The film is called Boy Erased. It’s about a boy who gets sent to a gay conversion therapy camp, where they basically try to turn kids straight. It’s based on a true story and I think the movie is going to be really, really powerful and important.”

It’s safe to say that 2018 is a year of growth for Troye Sivan, as he continues to tackle new projects in his ever-expanding resume. And in that growth lies the constant underlying message of acceptance and positive change, proving that he isn’t just in bloom; he’s full on blossoming into the perfect role model for the new generation.

Get Troye Sivan’s new album Bloom here.

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