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Just when we thought Carly Rae Jepsen would give us some time to recover from her well-received banger, Cut To The Feeling, the pop diva has recently performed a majestic set with the 60-piece Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The Canadian singer brought an elegant twist to songs like I Really Like You and Call Me Maybe, as well as her latest hits, Boy Problems, Emotions, and Let’s Get Lost, turning the songs into trance-like film scores.

It’s not everyday that you get to see a pop singer dance along to peppy hits with an orchestra, accompanied by supportive fans who sang along to every song, but Carly did it ever so flawlessly.

There’s really no stopping Carly when it comes to surprising us fans with sensational endeavors, huh?

Watch a bit of the show here:

Or just listen to the full concert here:

 

Photo Credit: Erik Madigan Heck for TIME

 

Remember this?

That was Singapore-born singer Natalie Ong WOW-ING the judges at her X Factor Australia audition. Even though her journey on the talent competition was cut short after the first live show that did not stop her from pursuing her dream. She recently released her first ever-single Get Gold and it made us feel like proud parents!

In this Instagram post, Natalie spoke about how the song came about. In collaboration with Josh Wei (who has worked alongside other local acts like Gentle Bones and Linying), they pitched the song to the National Youth Council and all together it was produced.

Get Gold depicts Natalie’s journey from her X Factor Australia days till today, she has fixated her mind on pursuing her dream and nothing will get in her way. Through the song, she also hopes to inspire fellow youths to chase their dreams no matter what.

 

We’re excited to hear what the future holds for you, Natalie! All the best!


Picture Credits: Natalie Ong on Instagram

Whenever something gets on his nerves, Dave Grohl is never one to hold back his opinion.

Over the years, the Foo Fighters frontman have voiced his distaste over many issues, on top of standing up for the principles that he believes in.

Here are a few examples:

 

1) Glee

Remember back in 2010 to 2013 when TV series Glee was at its peak and got us all excited with their covers? Many musicians lent the show their hit songs for MicKinley High School students such as Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson to sing along to them.

Along with Slash and Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters were one of the handful who were not as excited to jump on the bandwagon.

In fact, Dave Grohl made known his dislike for the series' creator, Ryan Murphy, calling him a 'jerk' for slamming musicians who did not want to be on the show. As for the show itself, Dave admitted that he only watched about 10 minutes of it and that it wasn't his thing. 

 

2) TV Singing Competitions

While I'm personally not a fan of TV singing competitions such as X Factor, The Voice and American Idol, I have never felt that strongly against them before.

However, Dave, who blames these singing competitions for "destroying the next generation of musicians", once made an analogy about them that made so much sense: "Imagine Bob Dylan standing there singing 'Blowin' in the Wind' in front of those judges? 'Sorry, it's a little nasally and a little flat. Next.' "

The bitter truth is that as brilliant as Bob Dylan is, chances are is that he would not be able to make it through these singing competitions if he were to audition for any of them today. Chew on that. 

 

3) "Superficial" Pop Music

It's not fair to make a sweeping statement that Dave hates pop, as he has previously sung the praises of Lorde's Royals, Adele's 21 album and even Psy's Gangnam Style.

So to be exact, what really gets in Dave's luscious locks are sugar-sweet pop songs that hold no substance.

One artiste that he feels is guilty of churning out such 'superficial' tunes is none other than Katy Perry. He noted: "If the Number One song is about your butt, that's a problem." Ouch. 

 

4) Noise Restrictions

Last year, a teen metal band from England, Black Leaves Of Envy, were faced with noise restrictions from their town council following complaints that they were making too much noise in their garage during band rehearsals.

The band appealed to Dave for help and got more than what they hoped for when he responded with an open letter on Instagram, appealing for the council to "reconsider the restrictions put upon the volume of their private rehearsal space".

Read the full letter below:

When the band finally returns to Singapore, you can sure as hell bet that the band would not hold back and submit themselves to the country's tight noise restrictions at the National Stadium. Awesome! 

 

5) Concerts Shorter Than 2 Hours

There's nothing more frustrating than waiting in line for your favourite band for more than 5 hours, only to have them perform on stage for a little over an hour and a half. Back in 2015, Dave slammed new bands and their "little 2-hour concerts", as he continues to perform with his leg still in a cast from an injury earlier that year.

"Here’s our fucking problem. We’ve been a band for 20 fucking years, we have a lot of fucking songs, and then add my big mouth on top of that, and we’re going to be here all night."

So it's safe to say that you can expect a set longer than 2 hours with lots of fan interaction from Dave at the band's upcoming concert in Singapore. Get your tickets to see Foo Fighters on August 26 here!

 

Concert Details:

Date               : 26 August 2017, Saturday

Venue            : Singapore National Stadium

Ticket Prices : $238* (Standing), $168* (Standing), $238*, $198*, $168*, $128* (*excludes booking fee)

 

Tickets available now. Call 3158 7888 to book or log onto www.sportshubtix.sg.

Tickets also available at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets islandwide.

 

Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the official blog for Foo Fighters' tour in Singapore

 
 
(Photo credits: AP Photo, Giphy)

They just keep coming, don't they?

Music fanatics in Singapore have certainly been burning multiple holes in their pockets because of the multitude of musical acts making a stop to our sunny island to share with us what exactly it's like partying LIVE to their music.

Just when we thought that 2017 couldn't get any better with English singer-songwriter Passenger, British rock band Coldplay and multi-platinum selling girl group Fifth Harmony, it did.

If you have been keeping up with all the concert announcements for the past few months, you would have noticed that our little red dot has turned into a popular destination for all the talented musicians in the world to bring their tour to.

It has certainly been very overwhelming to keep track of who is coming, when and where they are performing, and finally deciding which concerts to eventually spend our limited money on.

In stressful times like this, don't worry because we got your back. We have complied a list of the 11 concerts we are most looking forward to, so just refer to this in times of uncertainty! (that is if you trust our recommendations ;)


1. Britney Spears

When: 30 June | Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium

 

2. The xx

When: 25 July | Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium

 

3. Bastille

When: 14 August | Where: The Star Theatre

 

4. All Time Low

When: 17 August | Where: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa

 

5. Foo Fighters

When: 26 August | Where: National Stadium

 

6. OneRepublic

When: 15 September | Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit (F1)

 

7. Ariana Grande

When: 16 September | Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit (F1)

 

8. The Chainsmokers

When: 16 September | Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit (F1)

 

9. Ed Sheeran

When: 11 & 12 November | Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium

 

10. Harry Styles

When: 23 November | Where: The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre

 

11. Shawn Mendes

When: 9 December | Where: The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre

 

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Having spent their early years as a band busking in New York, AJR certainly deserve the blazing attention they’re receiving at the moment. Not to mention, opening for acts like The Vamps, Fifth Harmony, and Demi Lovato.

Brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met might have just stumbled into music as a hobby, but the trio have developed an undying passion for their art evident in the massive success of their viral singles, I’m Ready and Weak.

Read more about AJR as they answer some of your burning questions, including being repeatedly compared to Twenty One Pilots and the possibility of playing in Singapore.

 

1. What band names did you consider before deciding on AJR?

We tried ARJ, JAR, and RAJ, but AJR just sounded the best. Also, the letters are alphabetical.

 

2. Most music sites would label your genre of music as “indie pop,” but it also has been compared to Twenty One Pilots' "ukulele screamo" music. Do you think your music could be compartmentalized into a certain genre? If so, what would it be and why?

Nowadays the idea of genre is an amorphous concept. People experiment with many different types of music in order to keep the attention of a schizophrenic generation. We are guilty of this as well. Songs need to keep surprising people in order to stay relevant. I would consider us pop music, but with many other influences.

 

3. We’ve heard that you wrote your hit song Weak in a day. Could you share with us the inspiration behind that song?

While at a show for another band, we saw a sticker that said “The Weaklings”. We thought that it could be an interesting concept for a song. Additionally, the song takes an alternate perspective on strength and confidence, a concept that you hear a lot of on the radio.

 

4. Do you have any other hobbies that you occasionally turn to whenever you experience a “creative block?”

Ryan and Jack are very into film, and jack just completed his first screenplay.

 

5. How has your music evolved from your first album, Living Room, to your latest record, The Click, which was released recently?

On the first album, we focused primarily on melody and production. On The Click, our focus was the lyrics. We wanted to write songs with topics that had never been heard before in pop music. All the songs come from personal stories so we hope that fans can relate to our experiences trying to find ourselves as young adults.

 

6. Name one artist that you’ve opened for in the past years whom you can mostly relate to artistically?

Ingrid Michaelson was an incredible inspiration. Opening for her was one of our biggest learning experiences. She is such a talented songwriter and performer and we were honored when she asked us to feature on her new single, Celebrate.

 

7. Aside from touring, are there any projects that you are currently working on right now?

We are working on a lot of music, writing for other artists and featuring on other records, although we can’t mention names at the moment, we are really excited for these collaborations to drop in the next few months.

 

8. Are there any plans to bring your live music to Asia, specifically to Singapore?

We would love to visit Singapore. We know from social media that we have many fans there. Visiting new countries and experiencing new cultures is one of the best things about touring internationally and to continue the journey in Asia would be great.

 

9. What can we expect from AJR in the next 5 years?

Lots of writing, both for us and for other artists, and lots of touring. We want to keep developing as artists so we can keep offering new things to the industry.

 

10. What advice can you give to aspiring musicians?

Write as much as possible. One of the most difficult things is to figure out who you are as an artist and one of the best ways to do that is to write as many songs as possible, trying to figure out what you can bring to the table, especially if it’ s something unique. 

 

 

Photo Credit: Sony Music Singapore