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Aretha Franklin has finally released her first major label studio album in a decade, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, covering popular songs such as Adele’s Rolling In The Deep and Alicia Keys’ No One. Of course, she has been doing interviews with various news channels to promote her latest album.

Except when you get a satellite delay, a faulty earpiece, Aretha’s lack of sleep and her general IDGAF attitude that morning, hilarity ensues.

If I could sum up the video with a gif, this would be it.

Key highlights include;

Reporter: You also do a mashup, talk about that.
Aretha: I do a what?

and not forgetting,

Reporter: You’re really the key to touching generations and still staying relevant throughout the years.
Aretha: Ok, and what is it you like to know about that?

Beat the mid-week blues and watch this unintentionally hilarious clip below!

 

Photo Credit: BET

Synonymous with their Interweb famous motto, “Defend Pop Punk”, New Jersey’s Man Overboard is best known for their no holds barred anthems that pack a distinctive punch. Be it declaring their overwhelming adoration for a girl (“She was chillin' looking hot, in her bed smoking pot”) or consequently the lack thereof, the quintet forms quite the emotional mouthpiece.

As a follow up to last year’s Heart Attack, the band has since announced a new five-song EP, Passing Ends that will be released independently on October 28 via Lost Tape Collective.

Temporarily reigning in their tenacious pop punk edginess, a more acoustic approach is adopted for Stood Up and the result is as emotive.

If you want to talk to me then I promise I'll stop begging you to love me.”

Frontman Zac Eisenstein’s wistful tones   speak volumes about the sense of desperation and even neediness when feelings aren’t reciprocated, requiring nothing but a few simple strums and the gentle buzz of distant overdriven riffs. The resentful melancholy is further echoed by the inclusion of mandatory gang vocals led by Nik Bruzzese who chant in unison, “You can take the sweet life and I'll take all the blame.” Honestly, it’s difficult not to imagine the sea of cell phones (or lighters) that will inevitably greet Stood Up.

Hardly the most intricate track but one that tugs at one’s heartstrings all the same wouldn’t you say?

Track-listing:

1. Twenty Years
2. Passing Ends
3. Stood Up
4. Secret Pain (acoustic)
5. For Vince

 

Photo credit: Rise Records

The world first heard American rock outfit Hoobastank’s best-known single, The Reason, 10 years ago. To celebrate the decade-long existence of that track, the one that skyrocketed their careers, here are 10 reasons why The Reason is, was, and will always be a classic!

 

#1. The Reason starts off with the words, “I’m not a perfect person.” The ability to admit one’s flaws is the true mark of wisdom and humility.

 

#2.It’s the perfect love song. Guy meets girl and becomes a better person because of her. Just melts your soul, doesn’t it?

#3. But it’s not overtly cheesy. It knows how to moderate.

 

 

#4. There are life lessons hidden in the song, highlighting the importance of knowledge (But I continue learning), and self-improvement (To change who I used to be).

#5. Tom Jones, the legendary vocalist responsible for Carlton’s jam, It’s Not Unusual, covered The Reason. And any song he covers is an automatic classic.

 

#6. It’s unpredictable. For such a romantic message, it went with the most unrelated plot for its music video – a ridiculously well planned robbery.

#7. And they ended up with Best Rock Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.

 

#8. Did we mention the video also got more YouTube hits than Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech and Barack Obama’s inauguration? (Hoobastank > Historical moments)

 

#9: It was featured in a special finale episode (The Ones With All The Other Ones) of the Friends saga. After all, it’s only the greatest sitcom ever made. It was played over a montage of wedding scenes, which basically boosted its “wedding song” potential.

 

#10: And of course, it is the single that placed Hoobastank on the musical map. Even after releasing a gazillion other songs, nothing came close to being as widespread as The Reason.

Rock out to The Reason live with Hoobastank this November!

Concert Details

Venue  : The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
Date     : November 30, 2014
Tickets : $98 (Standard), $118 (At the door), $188 (VIP includes meet-and-greet)

Tickets available at Peatix and SISTIC.

 

Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the Official Music Blog for Hoobastank Tour in Singapore!

Photo credit: Hoobastank, Quickmeme, Buzzfeed, Tumblr, Thinkpinay

Setting the crowd to over drive, pop diva Jessie J showed us what she is really made of on The Ellen Show! She was on flame, often sashaying away in her exquisite metallic blue outfit which revealed her midriff and whetted the audience with smashing hits Bang Bang and Burnin Up.

Finally there was no form of Booty Shaking and pure music was what we all needed from her! Burnin Up has this hypnotic groove that beckons listeners to get off their feet and to boogie with her. She owned the stage and she felt at ease as she powered her vocals along with thumping beats backed by the drum.

No one would have expected Jessie to be down with a sore throat from that standing ovation performance. She mentioned on Twitter: “Ellen yesterday so much fun. My voice was rusty but I gave it my all."

The British singer’s new album Sweet Talker will certainly be flying off the hook at record shops.

 

Photo Credits: The Ellen Show

We are a generous bunch, here at Spin or Bin Music.

And in case you’re wondering, that number isn’t a typo. We have a whopping 15 pairs of tickets to Hoobastank’s concert in Singapore up for grabs!

The California-based rockers are coming back for a one-night performance at The Coliseum on November 30. And while tickets are selling fast at SISTIC and Peatix, why not get yours from us for the lowest price ever?

 

How it works:

We’ll be giving away a pair of tickets every weekday, for three weeks straight from Oct 20 to Nov 7. Each day, we’ll tweet three questions related to Hoobastank. Answer them on Twitter and you might win yourself some tickets!

 

What you need to do:

1.    Follow us on Twitter.
2.    Retweet this tweet to qualify.
3.    Look out for the questions of the day, starting from Oct 20. (Example: “Your cousin’s wedding falls on the same day as Hoobastank’s concert. You decide to ditch your cousin. What’s “The Reason” you’re gonna give?”)
4.    Answer the questions of the day.
5.    Include hashtag #HoobastankSG.

 

Spin or Bin Music is proud to be the Official Music Blog for Hoobastank Tour in Singapore!

Photo credit: Hoobastank 

Terms & Conditions:
1. Open to Singapore residents only.
2. All entries must be received before 21:00 hours on November 7, 2014.
3. Multiple tweets are allowed but each Twitter account will only be entitled to one winning chance.
4. Representative of Spin or Bin Music will pick one (1) tweet amongst all eligible tweets each weekday from October 20 to Novemeber 7 2014. Spin or Bin Music’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entertained about Spin or Bin Music’s decision.
5. Spin or Bin Music reserves the right to disqualify all entries that do not meet the rules and regulations of the Contest. These include entries submitted with invalid or incorrect information.
6. Winners will receive a tweet/ DM from Spin or Bin Music with further instructions on how to claim the prize.
7. Spin or Bin Music is not responsible for, nor obligated to replace, any lost, stolen, or damaged prize sent through mail.