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Album Review: Pharrell Williams - G I R L
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I've learnt to never doubt the power of Lovatics. Ever since watching Demi Lovato live in concert and seeing just how much her fans absolutely adore her, I'll never be able to look at other fans the same way again. 

Recently the singer did a cover of Ed Sheeran's powerful Give Me Love at the iHeart Radio Country Festival and an ardent fan decided to do a mashup of Demi's live version with Ed's studio recorded version. 

The result, is no short of amazing. 

Although the studio track overshadows Demi's vocals at certain parts (probably due to the mixing and dubbing going on), an unusual kind of harmony is created with the two and somehow it works. I do have to say that towards the end, the mashup started to sound slightly messy.

Check the mashup out below and let us know what you think! 

 

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The tenth instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which came in the form of Captain America: The Winter Solider was an absolute game-changer. The sheer magnitude of the events that took place has rocked many a spin-off and its crippling repercussions will no doubt manifest themselves in future films. But even muggles who’re clueless as to what I just said, will surely have noticed the sudden surge of memes that have overthrown other loyal fads with the unanimous declaration of “Hail HYDRA”.

A terrorist organisation at its core, the group’s motto references the myth of the Hydra, stating that "if a head is cut off, two more will take its place" proclaiming their resilience and growing strength in the face of resistance.

With plenty of backstabbing going around, you never really know who you can trust - especially not those who have been constantly whispering in your ear through a façade of inclusiveness and companionship. Don’t be too surprised if your favourite boyband turns out to be stooges of a dictatorial figure bent on world domination of some sort!

 

1. The Chainsmokers

The “Selfie Song” or officially, #SELFIE exploited the rising trend of self-portrait photographs, propagating alarming levels of narcissism and bloated self-importance. To some, it’s “shit-white-girls-say-meets-a-club-remix.” The introduction of yet another mindless viral phenomenon is no doubt a ploy in HYDRA’s larger scheme in reducing the denizens of the world to a pathetic state of self-indulgence.

 

2. Jimmy Fallon

In spite of constantly being the most-watched late night talk show host, a coup against the long-standing Jay Leno was a dubious decision on NBC’s part. Fallon however, stood to gain the most as the newly-instated host of The Tonight Show with an earlier timeslot and the programme’s illustrious history.  Overly enthusiastic about the gig, Fallon is “so nice, so giddy to just be there, so thoroughly un-tortured in the way most comedians (and late-night hosts) are”. Seducing the masses with bubbliness, his debut dance with Will Smith to the history of hip-hop could be signaling an Order 66-like purge.

 

3. Miley Cyrus

Tearing to shreds the image of the virginal Disney princess for eternity, Cyrus has emerged from her Hannah Montana cocoon with her now infamous tongue stuck wide out. Despite popular opinion, Cyrus was not in fact responsible for the invention of twerking but merely revolutionised it and for what purpose? The deterioration of moral values that accompanies such bold acts of indecency will no doubt corrupt and weaken the populations’ moral courage.

 

4. Pharrell Williams

For frequent Spotify users, Pharrell’s blaring advertisement about the advocacy of some sort of happiness movement is not only a constant pain in the butt but sounds too good to be true. There is a limit as to how positive a person can be and the rapper might’ve even been able to get away with the misleading mirage of a joyous utopia if not for his fishy hat. Nice try, HYDRA.

 

5. Pete Wentz

Unable to breach the staunch goodness within Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump, the emo Pete Wentz is not afraid to show his true colours in an attempt to lure him to the Dark Side.

 

6. Taylor Swift

The string of various lovers T-Swizzle is reported to have is not only unfounded but serves to boost the image of a severely wronged girl-next-door without a hint of actual controversy surrounding her. A pretty solid cover to hide the songstress’ actual persona that is as deadly as one Natasha Romanoff, scathing lyrics may not be the only thing she’s proficient at…

 

7. 5 Seconds of Summer

I thought we all agreed that there is no emo revival so why is this bunch suddenly jumping on the pop punk bandwagon?? No amount of skunk hair, Joy Division shirts or even a music video consisting of impressive amounts of underwear and half-naked torsos will convince me that 5SOS is not a Trojan Horse of yet another power-chord driven, self-proclaimed, begging-to-defer rock band. HYDRA’s misplaced intentions of installing sleeper agents have now OFFICIALLY defiled the “sacred” relationship between pizza and the genre. 

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Remember last year when we swooned over Martin Garrix, not only for his good looks but also for his track, Animals? The track got so big in clubs that even shopping malls like Marina Square started playing it too. 

Now, the EDM world spawns a new talent and he comes in the compact form of 10-year-old Aiden Jude. 

At the age where most kids would be struggling with their math homework, the New York based producer spent his time sampling tracks in the lead up to his debut, Tonight

Sounding a little bit like Animals (especially when the beat drops), Tonight sounds like a typical club banger that gets you in the mood for dancing and at slightly over four and a half minutes, it's just about the perfect timing too. Personally, I find this pretty impressive. How could a 10-year-old, who's not even legally allowed to enter clubs, mix a track like this?

So far, YouTube comments have been pretty harsh on Aiden, with some saying that his affluent parents must have paid a ghost producer to mix and dub the track for him. 

Take a listen below and let us know what you think! 

 

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Korean star Ailee took to the stage for her Immortal Song 2 performance covering the late Whitney Houston’s signature song I Will Always Love You to spectacular results.

Everyone tries to take on the massive song, but no one ever seems be do it justice – just take a look at all the Idols and X Factors around the world. Even Beyoncé couldn’t quite make it out unscathed.

It is hard to get excited about the song, unless you are, somehow, able to get Whitney herself to perform it. Ailee, however, was able to channel her inner Whitney and get through to the audience.

The performance and Ailee’s vocals were absolutely perfect, aside from a minor crack at the very end, leaving the audience members and her competitors all on the verge of tears.

Ailee might not have won this episode of Immortal Song 2 – which is a travesty, by the way – but she definitely won our hearts.

Watch the flawless performance below!

 

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The rumor mill has been churning as of late and the most lasts piece of gossip is that Christina Aguilera will be taking a break from The Voice Season 7!

It doesn’t come as particularly shocking news, seeing that baby number two is due sometime in the fall, right when The Voice films. However, with the departure of Cee-Lo Green, can the popular TV show survive the departure of another original judge?

Reports have been swirling around that two pop divas are in contention for Xtina’s spinning red chair – No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani and country singer Jewel.

According to several sources, Gwen Stefani is the producers’ top pick at the moment, but nothing is finalized until an announcement is made by NBC.

Let’s be honest here though, neither possible replacement will be as crazy fun as Christina has been all these seasons. Thankfully, it seems that Grammy-winning singer will be back for Season 8. Phew!

SpinOrBin-ers, tell us are you team Jewel, team Xtina or team Stefani? Let us know!

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