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Album Review: Bloc Party Gives Us 'Hymns', A Special Album That Indie Rock Has Not Seen In A While
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Album Review: Charlie Puth Manoeuvers His Way To A Signature Style In
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Beyoncé has been staying away from the controversies of the media for the past couple of years and this can be seen in the lack of sit down interviews on the Internet. But with her recent Super Bowl halftime show performance, Queen B took the effort to delight fans with a few words and thoughts about being onstage.

Still keeping silent about her personal life, Beyoncé shares her love for her craft - “It’s my passion. It’s why I breathe. It’s why I dream. I would really strive to keep perfecting and getting better and knowing that I always have room to grow.”

It’s pretty safe to say that Beyoncé is and will always be relevant, despite her “low-key” promotions evident in her sudden album and single releases. As a matter of fact, these strategies might even be the fuel to her success. She has built a name for herself that the word Beyoncé is now being used as a verb, describing things you perceive as perfect and flawless.

 

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Get to know Queen B a little better as she share her unforgettable experience at the previous halftime show.

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All aboard the Carly Rae Jepsen wagon! Well, not everybody, at least. The saccharine-sweet singer appeared in a recent video as a street busker in LA, performing for some spare cash.

But it did not went as well as anyone has hoped...

In the video, Carly busks at Third Street Promenade, an area in LA for many performers who hope to get recognized. But after belting out her signature tracks Call Me Maybe and I Really Like You, Carly managed to make some jaws drop and a decent crowd around her - priceless!

Unfortunately, an afternoon of busking only earned poor Carly 35 bucks. Showbiz ain't all that easy eh?

Either LA peeps are a stingy bunch, or Carly's music is severely underappreciated. Nevertheless, we still love you Carly! Call us, maybe?

Check out the "acoustic music video" below!

 

 

Photo credit: Vulture

 

5 Seconds of Summer. Nuff' said.

If you are in the 5SOS FAM and living in Singapore but still don't have tickets to catch the band LIVE on the 3rd of March, we have absolutely no idea what you are waiting for.

Maybe it's your wallet forbidding you to get those tickets lest there be a huge hole in it. Well, don't worry as we've got your back! Don't we always ;)

We are giving away 5 pairs of tickets to 5 people in the 5SOS FAM! Just follow these easy steps:

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Concert Details:

Date               : 3 March 2016, Thursday
Venue            : The Star Theatre
Ticket Prices : $388 (VIP), $288, $228, $188, $148, $118

Tickets are now available for purchase at SISTIC.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or had no internet for the past few days (or busy preparing for the Lunar New Year), you must have already heard of Beyoncé’s brand new track.

My reaction when there's finally new Beyoncé music:

Titled Formation, the track has been rumored to be on the new album ever since her tour plans leaked last year, which included this very track on the setlist.

Fact: The song was produced by Mike-Will Made It, who also produced this pretty popular track.

All signs point to yet another secret album being recorded and ready to go, possibly complete with a couple of music videos already filmed. Damn girl, couldn’t you at least give Rihanna a change to shine with ANTI?

Didn’t get the entire point of the Formation video? Here’s the gist of it: Police. Brutality.

From the words ‘stop shooting us’ spray-painted on the wall to the police officers lifting their hands in the air and surrendering instead of the other way round, the message of police brutality really drives home.

Props to Beyoncé for using her fame to shed light into a controversial topic like this.

Also, she’s definitely proud of being black, as heard in the first few lines of the track.

“I like my baby hair with baby hair and afros, I like my Negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils.”

Grab the single FREE on Tidal and check out the still-unlisted video for Formation below!

Photo Credit: Beyoncé Contour, TIDAL, YouTube, The Wrap

Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself is the perfect middle finger.

Its purposefully minimalist approach conveys a precise amount of casual indifference the Biebs dedicates towards an especially toxic ex. The deliciously nonchalant swagger the track emanates is rooted then in his seeming lack of trying – to the extent that he can’t even bring himself to actually tell said person to fuck right off.

Halsey on the other hand, is a self-proclaimed “short-haired punk chick” who is not shy to speak her mind, readily gushing about her collaboration with the Canadian superstar in a recent Like A Version session.

Replacing Ed Sheeran-inspired strums with eager Roland beats and the unassuming chirp of keys, Halsey doesn’t quite pull off the same sort of lazy dismissal, with traces of venom inevitably creeping into her more animated performance. She even manages to hum out the weird trumpet solo bit!

The singer-songwriter’s capacity for pathos however, should be acknowledged – exposing her vulnerabilities momentarily during the bridge with nothing but a question (“Was I a fool to let you break these down walls?”) and a piercing stare.                  

Truly spine-tingling stuff. It’s no wonder how Badlands resonated so well emotionally with us last year.

 

Photo credit: Sammy Roenfeldt