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Album Review: Ed Sheeran - x

By Michael Jul 30, 2014

Is it me or does Ed Sheeran have a thing for mathematic symbols? Following his successful debut album +, the genius concept of Multiply, stylized as x portrays Ed's music in a more matured manner. Here he sings about growing up and dealing with all the sucky things he faces in this stage of his propelling career like love, fame, drugs and death. Seems to me he is always drunk in either love or alcohol in most of his new songs. 

I just love opening tracks that connect to the previous album and that is what Ed has cleverly done with One, a stripped-down song talking about the love interest focused in +. Ed unleashes his surprisingly pure falsetto in the Justin Timberlake-inspired Sing as he questions can you feel it? Don't is such a cool track for me because it gives off this new smooth vibe worthy of a top hit. Ed puts his most soulful performance in this song when he strongly warns his love interest don't f*ck with my love. 

There are handful of songs that are quite different from the genre Ed Sheeran is associated with. I admire the fact that Ed is exploring new perspectives with his collaborations with other guys in the industry like Pharell Williams to name one. One of the songs, Photograph, is a heartwarming ballad where his falsetto appears again accompanied by huge OneRepublic-like drums marching on throughout. Ed's rapping verses in The Man reminds me so much of the electropop of The Streets which is a style I greatly indulge in.

As a LOTR fan, I naturally like the folkish I See Fire which was used in the second Hobbit film credits. The well-known All Of The Stars never fails to remind me of the heart-wrenching Fault In Our Stars where this track was featured. It is a touching anthem for all young bloods in our emotional generation.

I have yet to talk about Ed's consistent witty lyricism which he continues in x and it stands out for me in Tenerife Sea. If I was a girl this would be the song that would sweep me off my feet. This song displays his lovely poetry which beautifully describes this track's love interest and comparing her eyes to that of the blue Tenerife Sea. After I heard probably the happiest song on the album, Thinking Out Loud, I wanted to learn the song immediately. It was such a feel good track and I admired how Ed brilliantly constructs a singable melody in front of soothing harmonies. 

Definitely one to put in the music library and listen to when you want to get in touch with your inner self. Multiply truthfully tells the story of Ed Sheeran experience so far and I expect him to stick to his singer-songwriter style in his next release which I can safely predict will be titled after another math symbol. Divided maybe?

Track Cuts: Don't, Thinking Out Loud, All Of The Stars, Tenerife Sea

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The last time Mariah Carey put her high heels on Singapore soil, she was performing at Singapore Grand Prix 2010 and had a much publicised fall during one of her performances. It's been four years and she has since given birth to a pair of adorable twins and released a back-to-basics album, Me. I am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse.

It's been a long wait for devoted Mariah Carey fans, but UnUsUaL Entertainments has just announced moments ago that Mimi is finally heading back to Singapore on October 24 to perform at the spanking new National Stadium.

With a career spanning 20 years and more than 200 million records, this headline tour is guaranteed to be an extravagant pop spectacular!

 

Concert Details

Venue  : Singapore National Stadium
Date     : October 24, 2014
Tickets: $248*, $198*, $168*, $128*, $98* (*excludes $4 booking fee)

 

OCBC card members priority booking from 30 Jul – 3 Aug. Public sales start on 4 Aug.

Tickets available at Sports Hub Tix.

 

Photo credit: Def Jam

I'm so ready for Hilary Duff's comeback. It's been 7 years since Dignity.

The former Disney queen has just released her comeback single Chasing The Sun on iTunes NZ and is creating quite the stir across the blogosphere. Co-written by Colbie Caillat, Toby Gad and Jason Reeves, the instrumental is so summery and gives off feel-good vibes! At first listen, the single is musically similar to Paris Hilton's Stars Are Blind. The synocopated beat is almost identical.

I can see this song getting some curiousity airplay but it is unforgettable, unfortunately. Perhaps a dance remix will save this single?

Boom Clap this is not.

What do you think of Hilary Duff's comeback single? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Photo credits: RCA Records

Adele's 1-year-old son Angelo will be paid a 5-figure sum after the Rolling in the Deep singer sued a British photo agency. Corbis Images UK had documented her son's "milestone moments” and Adele was certainly not pleased with that.

Adele and her husband Simon Konecki sued Corbis Images UK after images of Angelo were sold for publication in British tabloids. She has claimed that her child isn’t public property and therefore the paparazzi has no right to invade his privacy.

Adele’s lawyers sued the agency in High Court in London and won the case. Being a child of a famous person does not make the child a celebrity. However, taking photos of a celebrity’s child in the US is common due to the weak privacy laws there compared to the UK.

According to her solicitor, "These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client's right to privacy."

Despite the incident, Adele is still open to meeting her fans on the streets, although she feels that there must be a line drawn for her privacy. 

Hopefully this serves as a wake-up call for paparazzi - To respect celebrities' privacy in future! 

Should more celebrities take legal action against paparazzi for invading their privacy instead of letting it slide? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo Credit: E! Online

Not only were All Time Low nominees under four categories at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards, the Baltimorean pop punkers had the privilege of headlining Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next to several of the scene’s most prominent, both past and present.

Bagging the Artist Philanthropic Award for their contributions to Rob Dyer’s Skate4Cancer foundation, the quartet pointed out that “There really isn’t a winner of this award - every band out there that’s standing for something, f***ing wins tonight.”

After a shameless, pun-filled introduction by Mayday Parade, ATL’s performance initially led fans on to believe that the quintessential Dear Maria, Count Me In would be belted out. The sudden emergence of Yellowcard’s Ryan Key and Sean Mackin however, saw a blistering medley that kicked off with 2005’s Lights and Sounds. Judging from their awe-struck expressions, members of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra might’ve picked up a thing or two from Mackin whose infamous aerodynamics could start a revolution amongst violinists.

In what must’ve been a pretty full-circle moment for All Time Low, the blitz was rounded off with All Downhill From Here by their newest labelmates and namesake, New Found Glory. Jordan Pundik’s urges assisted by fellow frontman Alex Gaskarth received the crowd reciprocation they deserved to say the least. Pikachu erected out your butt anybody?

 

ATL’s performance of AP’s Song of The Year, A Love Like War featuring Vic Fuentes can also be viewed here!

Photo credit: Alternative Press