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The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, has been an award show staple known for its many surprising wins and recognizing lesser-known talents and at times, launching careers.

Last year’s Best Original Song winner was a complete flub, and the general public was pretty unforgiving to the winner, who won over the crowd favourite, Lady Gaga’s Till It Happens To You.

This year however, saw an all-star lineup including a double entry from La La Land.

 

Can't Stop the Feeling! – Justin Timberlake / Max Martin / Shellback

Easily the most mainstream and recognizable song in this list, Justin Timberlake’s collaboration with Max Martin & Shellback for Dreamworks’ Trolls instantly shot up to the top of the charts. Sure its catchy and it even won a Grammy award but this is nothing quite like Academy Award material to me. After all, Can't Stop The Feeling! is just another radio-friendly summer pop song that we’ve been craving from Timberlake for the longest time.

 

The Empty Chair – Sting / J. Ralph

Written specifically for the documentary film about the life of journalist and war correspondent Jim: The James Foley Story about the fate of Mr. Foley, who got beheaded by ISIS in 2014. While The Empty Chair wasn’t a bad song at all, Sting’s sob song was nothing spectacular and was probably the least likely song to win an Oscar.

 

How Far I’ll Go – Lin-Manual Miranda

Performed by Moana star Auli'i Cravalho, the Lin-Manual Miranda produced and written song generated lots of acclaim for it being less-mainstream while keeping its appeal towards both kids and adults. One of the better Disney songs in recent years, Lin-Manual could have won his first Academy Award tonight. How Far I'll Go? Not far enough to win the Oscar apparently.

 

Audition (The Fools Who Dream) – Justin Hurwitz / Benj Pasek / Justin Paul

Emma Stone’s scene in La La Land that contained this number might have won her her first academy award for best actress but it shockingly fell short of winning Best Original Song. Clearly the most powerful scene of the entire movie, Emma put her everything in her Audition scene, complimented by the stripped-down nature of the track. The only possibility this song lost was probably due to a split-vote between this song and the last nomination in this category.

 

City of Stars – Justin Hurwitz / Benj Pasek / Justin Paul

The recurring motif of the entire movie, City of Stars was performed by both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a duet. It was used in every trailer possible used to promote this movie too, and there was worry among Oscar speculators that La La Land might have sabotaged themselves by submitting multiple songs for the same category. Thankfully, that didn’t happen and the song synonymous with one of the best musicals ever has cemented its legacy as the winner of the coveted Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Although I wouldn’t have been upset if the better song (Audition) actually won.

Photo Credits: La La Land

When it comes to Katy Perry, you either love her or hate her; there's no in-between. 

Judging from the comments for Katy's new radio interview with BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, no truer words have been spoken than those in the statement above. I'm not even kidding when I say going through the comments section is like crossing the parted red sea; on the left, a wave of "Katy is so fun and and friendly!", and on the right, a raging tsunami of "gah, she's so annoying!!!"

Looking as sultry as ever with her blonde bob and flawless smokey-eye makeup, Katy was no less than on-point for her radio interview with host Grimmy. However, things took a turn when Grimmy spotted Ed Sheeran walking pass the studio and who then joined the fun. The moment Ed sat down, the first thing he talked about was how Katy refused to hug him the first time they met. The spontaneous Katy shot back with a rebuttal, saying: "Now that you're Ed Sheeran, it's like, 'put your ballsack on me!'" TMI... but, same. We can't help but applaud and salute her for announcing so proudly what the rest of us have only been but too shy to even admit.

Katy remained in high spirits for the rest of the interview, throwing (friendly) shade at Ed for being so well-loved by everyone. Ed, on the other hand, took a backseat as he let Katy take the limelight. Many comments were quick to flame Katy for "not letting Ed speak", but it's HER interview after all, so I personally did not see any fault in that.

The two bickered like best friends who were seperated for years but finally got to meet and catch up again, it's great. Watch the entire interview below:

 

(Photo credit: BBC Radio 1)

2016 has been a great year for ex-Jo Bro Joe Jonas: his new band DNCE was skyrocketing to Billboard charts, and they even ushered in 2017 with a killer NYE performance.

But behind all that sweet success and recognition, Joe admits to struggling with his own artistry, especially when it comes to his 2011 solo LP, Fastlife.

"I'm very proud of the music that I was able to create, but I think at the time it was a lot of cooks in the kitchen when it came to making the music," Joe quips in a recent interview, "and I'm glad I went through that, because it wasn't what I felt the most comfortable doing."

Being the middle child isn't always easy either. He had to watch his younger brother Nick Jonas in the limelight.

I'm envious at times, watching his artistry and how he went so quickly into creating music and an album. ...it was important to take time to figure out exactly what I wanted to do next... Now we're able to support each other from far.

Moving past any sibling rivalry, Joe continues to enjoy creative success with DNCE. Their latest single, Body Moves, is H-O-T right now. (If you know what I mean.)

Check it out below:

 

Photo credit: AMAs

Watch out Camila Cabello, you're not the only one about to fly solo.

Lauren Jauregui isn't resting on her laurels - she's busting her ass in the studio with electro house veteran Steve Aoki. (Yep, check out that cute polaroid above.)

Ever since releasing the smash hit Just Hold On with ex-1D member Louis Tomlinson, Steve has been on our pop radar - and now we're sensing big things from the new unlikely duo.

This isn't the 20-year-old's first time making waves though: she was featured on Marian Hill's hit Back To Me and she has worked with Ariana Grande's producers.

But Harmonizers, don't panic yet, Lauren's staying with the gang and they're due to release a LP later this year.

And if you haven't already know, they're also performing in Singapore on April 8

But until then, Aoki x Jauregui, take us away!

 

Photo credit: Lauren Jauregui

Debuting a new take on covering songs, The 1975 revives their genre-bending style with Sade's By Your Side.

The British quartet have initially dominated the music scene with their indie rock tunes such as Robbers and Settle Down. Only recently did they venture into more velvety aesthetics present in their Sade cover and was introduced in their latest album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, which won them the Best British Group Award at the Brits 2017

Though usual listeners of the Manchester natives found themselves with reservations about the cover because of its extreme vocal filters, we can’t deny that the romantic soundscape that George Daniel brought into the song still encapsulates the delicate style of The 1975.

As a an avid fan of the band, any cover by The 1975 is enough to fill my daily cravings. It would be interesting to hear original songs with this style hopefully in the near future.

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Here’s By Your Side by Sade:

 

Listen to The 1975’s cover here:

Photo Credit: The 1975 (Facebook)