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Alternative Rock Band Kings of Leon Remerges With New Record - 'WALLS'
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Little Mix Proves That They Are The Reigning Queens of Pop With 'Glory Days'
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2016 has been a year full of love and heartbreak. We break down the most iconic couples of 2016. Are you ready?

 

1.     Zayn Malik & Gigi Hadid

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid definitely win the most supportive couple award. On several occasions, they have showed their support for each other through social media or turning up at each other’s events. Remember the time when Gigi wore a “lol ur not zayn malik” t-shirt, or when she ran into Zayn’s arms after he picked up the newcomer award at this year’s AMAs?

 

2.     Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have not had the smoothest relationship. The couple first met on the set of The Last Song and they officially stepped out as a couple at the 2010 Oscars. Throughout the years, they have been on and off, even getting engaged! We truly hope that they’ll be together happily ever after now.

 

3.     Ariana Grande & Mac Miller

Rumours surrounding this pair started months before either of them confirmed their relationship. Ariana Grande was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show when she got grilled about her relationship. At the end, she admitted that she was indeed with Mac Miller. Watch the awkward interview here

 

4.     Meghan Trainor & Daryl Sabara

Earlier this year, Meghan Trainor revealed during an interview that she is down to finding love but just haven’t met the right guy yet. Fast forward to October, Meghan and Daryl Sabara officially went public. He has been accompanying her on tour as seen from her Instagram, they even wrote a couple of songs together. Hopefully, we get to hear some of them soon!

 

5.     Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton

When pop rock meets country, Gwen Stefani first met Blake Shelton when she was added to The Voice’s panel back in 2014. In the middle of 2015, both Gwen and Blake went public with their divorce to formal spouses Miranda Lambert and Gavin Rossdale respectively. It wasn’t until November of 2015 that the couple became official!


Picture Credits: J-14, M-Magazine, meghan_trainor on Instagram, Playbuzz.

With Christmas just around the corner, most of us would have already curated our usual Holiday playlists and are probably lurking on the Internet to find new songs.

If you’ve found yourself constantly stumbling upon Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You during this crucial hunt, you’re not alone.

I mean, this graph says it all.

 

But thank god, there are other versions of the song that just doesn’t include Mariah’s falsettos.

We all need a breath of fresh air, don’t we? So, here are other 5 covers of All I Want For Christmas Is You that you might want to add to your Christmas playlist!

 

1. The Girl and the Dreamcatcher

 

 

2. Fifth Harmony

 

 

3. Tori Kelly & AJ Rafael

 

 

4. Against The Current

 

 

5. She & Him

Photo Credit: Sony Records

As most of you know by now, Coldplay is coming to Singapore next year. And if you're hoping to get one of those tickets by today: bad news. (Cue war flashbacks of Taylor Swift's concert ticketing).

Sports Hub has opened up pre-sale ticketing to Citibank card members at 10am, and allow me to bring you through the eyes of every Coldplay fan...

(It's painful, but BEAR WITH ME):

10.36 am - Most seating categories are sold out. Tried getting tickets at the green cat, but the 'unavailable' sign keeps popping up.

We know that pre-sale tickets are limited, but you got to be joking, right? (Laggy web interface doesn't help either)

But ok - let's keep trying.

10.44 am - Completely. Sold. Out.

Goodbye my will to live. (Sports Hub only allows 4 tickets per card, so you do the math.)

"When you try your best but you don't succeed"

"Could it be worse?"

DO YOU FEEL ME? DO YOU????

And of course, like any desperate fan, you turn to your last resort, and HEY LOOK! 

Viagogo - the place where hoarders and scalpers thrive.

This isn't fu*king Hamilton the musical, guys. 2k and above for couple of Coldplay tickets? HA. HA. HA.

And of course, how can we forget Carousell:

NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. (Username blurred out for anonymity)

(In an interesting twist of events, when I last checked, almost all hoarder listings disappeared. Either Carousell is doing a great job or these hoarders are scared of people coming for their blood.)

 

So here's a very welcome PSA to all hoarders and scalpers:

IF YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN GOING FOR THE CONCERT,  DON'T. BUY. THE. TICKETS.

 

1) You're obviously ruining the experience for all earnest and genuine fans.

2) Imagine wasting almost 500 dollars on a concert you don't even care about, crazy, right? 

3) If you want to make fast money, just sell your soul. More ethical.

 

And if you happen to be Chris Martin or just one of the ticketing authorities reading this, this is what you can do:

Follow Adele's footsteps.

She's setting an extremely commendable example for every huge music artist out there - by tracking down the customers who place orders, she has managed to block 53,000 potential scalpers.

You may think that being international artists just involve the responsibility of performing for your fans, but I am sure you can do something to protect them from getting EXTORTED. The concert business is after all right up your alley.

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Now that's all said and done, there is second pre-sale happening on 20 Nov, 10am to 11.59pm.

Those without Citibank cards, you only have Monday, 21st Nov to buy the general tickets. 

But meanwhile, one golden rule (for all gigs, not just Coldplay):

Don't cave in and buy tickets from resellers.

It's not worth it, and it only fuels this vicious cycle.

Good luck.

Photo credit: SportsHub, Live Nation, Lushington Entertainment, @shashashafique's Twitter

In times like these, aren't you just grateful to be living in Singapore where our worst nightmares include scenarios like our exam timetable clashing with a highly-anticipated concert? Or forgetting to bring cash for band merchandise?

If you still haven't heard, Donald Trump just won the U.S. Presidential elections. What started out as a joke turned into a disastrous reality, at least for US citizens. But of course, the rest of the world did not remain indifferent. If I could capture my reaction to the devastating news, this GIF perfectly does the job… and I’m sure you all felt the same.

In light of this devastating news, American musicians have voiced out their disappointment on Twitter.

 

1. When the most acceptable reaction is to just weep

 

2. When the world just suddenly sucked the optimism out of you

 

3. But came into conclusion that there's no other option but to move forward

 

4. When you realize that only a song can describe how you exactly feel

 

5. Lastly, when the only way to express disappointment is to go outside and protest

 

Photo Credit: Dominick Reuter (courtesy of The Independent), Giphy, @katyperry, @diplo, @snoopdogg, @ladygaga via twitter

Known as one of the most unapologetically sincere bands in the alternative rock scene, The Maine proves their genuineness through a new web series called Miserable Youth: Life through the lens with The Maine.

Now this is not one of those scripted little documentaries we usually find online. Think of a series of vlogs documenting the process of making their new record.

Produced by Tim Kirch, the web series radiates a certain bliss apparent from its aesthetically pleasing editing to the band’s unpretentious aura.

Imagine a group of best friends going on grocery runs together, making breakfast in a family cabin hidden in the woods in Arizona, later gathering in the living room for a daily exchange of artistic ideas for the upcoming album - that’s the kind of rawness The Maine was going for. This aesthetically pleasing imagery was made more zen because of 3-second clips of rustling leaves and sunlight filtering through a tree. If this doesn’t fulfil your weekly artistic craving for anything that just screams, “ART!!!” then I don’t know what will.

The Maine has never failed to make my heart flutter, but seeing their dedication to their craft while discussing philosophical thoughts amongst themselves just strengthens my deep admiration for the band.

Miserable Youth, if not just for the purpose of documentation, is a form of giving back to fans by including them in their entire creative journey.

 

Watch the first episode here:

Photo Credit: @themaineband via instagram