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Album Review: Tegan And Sara Keep The Synthpop Train Chugging With 'Love You To Death'
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Album Review: Ariana Grande's Potential Is Getting More & More Realised With 'Dangerous Woman'
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Album Review: Yuna Shines In Her Most Confident Work With 'Chapters'
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Move aside Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston shippers (and haters), Tswizzle is about to fill your feeds, yet again, with an exciting mystery book!

The upcoming book is wittily titled, Taylor Swift: Girl Detective and The Secrets of The Starbucks – inspired by Taylor's famous misheard Blank Space lyrics, “all the lonely Starbucks lovers” that was actually supposed to be “got a long list of ex-lovers.”

While most of us will just roll our eyes at those petty misheard lyrics, writer Larissa Zageris and illustrator Kitty Curran decided to team up and create a mystery novella.

If you’re ever wondering what else inspired the novella, yes, it’s Nancy Drew. The illustrator shares, “Her [Taylor Swift] publicity is focused more on her own derring-doishness and accomplishments than her sex appeal, much like a modern day Nancy Drew.”

However, since the book is still being funded on Kickstarter, we’ve only gotten to know a few details.

The plot revolves around Taylor Swift playing a detective who helps solve a mystery about a New York City actress receiving threatening message on her skinny mocha Starbucks drink.  Brilliant, huh?

To make it more exciting, Taylor is joined by her girl squad, which from the illustration shows the likes of Lorde, Lena Dunham, and Selena Gomez.

The whole plot might not be as overwhelming as Jessica Jones’, but from the looks of it, it might just involve some ass-kicking.

 

Photo Credit: kittycurran (tumblr)

Being a student in Singapore is demanding enough. Just imagine being a Singaporean fangirl balancing homework, standardized exams, and most importantly, keeping up with music news.

20-something-year-olds might have already experienced at least one of these during their secondary school days.

So, let’s give it up for current students who are still going through these 5 struggles.

 

1. Skipping class just to wait in line for hours

No elaboration needed, I'm assuming we're all guilty of this. *Coughs* JC days.

 

2. Not succeeding in skipping class, so you have to rush to the venue right after school

Sometimes, life happens and you become an adult. You get into University and realize that skipping class means missing out on 1/8 of the syllabus. So you just have to plan your moves strategically and prioritize.

 

3. Bringing a set of clothes to change into because you just can’t wear a school uniform at a concert (according to an unwritten rule)

I personally have not experienced this, but I’ve seen several fans who frantically rush to the bathroom just to change into their concert attire. It’s a hassle, since you still need to carry your backpack and notes with you for the entire show, but absolutely worth it.

 

4. Deciding whether to buy merchandise first or to run for a good spot at the moshpit

If you buy merchandise before the show, you will definitely end up carrying it all throughout the set, hence depriving you of the full concert experience. But if you decide to buy merchandise later to get in front of the pit, then you might just be left with useless merchandise because everything else is sold out. I don’t have a tip for this. You just have to weigh out which is more important to you.

 

5. THE SWELTERING HEAT

Shows don’t always happen in air-conditioned venues, and when they don’t, you’re doomed. However, it’s a unique experience to dance and be marinated in your own sweat for at least 2 hours.

Photo credit: Aloysius Lim for Live Nation Lushington SG, Giphy

If you’re one of those people who look forward to Capital FM’s annual Jingle Bell Ball, then you surely can’t miss out on the Summertime Ball!

Personally, I get more hyped up for the Jingle Bell Ball because of the Christmassy feels, but you simply can’t ignore a mid-year music celebration.

The Summertime Ball 2016 line up consisted of exciting acts such as Little Mix, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, and more. Though Zayn Malik backed out because of an anxiety attack, the celebration still seemed to be as electrifying as ever – well, at least for us Singapore Internet lurkers who are deprived of such huge events. But don’t fret, we’re here to share our top 5 picks!

 

Lukas Graham – 7 Years

The newcomer seems to have such a natural stage presence that makes everything he does so authentic and genuine. I don’t know about you, but Lukas Graham can produce such a light atmosphere despite the lack of stage props and dancers. His voice has all the power.

 

Ariana Grande – Problem

I’m torn between this and her Bang Bang performance, but either way, her vocals sound as flawless as ever.

 

Craig David – Fill Me In / Where R U Now

Craig David’s back... and we're all glad he is because he totally OWNED this mashup! Raw vocals, effortless rapping, and some light drizzle? The live audience were definitely in for a treat.

 

Years & Years – King

Years & Years has got to be one of the most underappreciated bands today, but frontman Olly Alexander was able to maintain a vibrant ambience with his ethereal vocals (and cute dancing).

 

Little Mix – Hair

What can I say? Our Queens slayed it again, as usual. The quartet were in full force following Jessy’s injury and the choreography gave a more energetic feel despite the less thrilling version of the single. The album version captures more of the Little Mix essence, in my opinion.

Photo Credit: capitalfm

Matty Healy and Adam Hann of The 1975 have been friends since highschool. However, you’ve probably questioned how time built such a strong bond between the two buddies who each have such polarizing personalities. We have the egoistic Matty and the introverted Adam – or as what Matty calls him, “Hann.”

There’s something about two band members who always hang with each other that makes you go “awww…” But there’s a bigger part of you that automatically search for more evidence of their sweetness.

That’s what I did, and I’m glad I did it.

Here are 5 signs that show Matty Healy and Adam Hann’s undying BROMANCE:

 

1.     They support each other on social media

 

2.     They support each other live

 

3.     They watch Game of Thrones together (like best buds do)

 

4.     They tease each other on snapchat

5.     They OWN live radio performances as a tandem! (A MUST-WATCH!)

 

Photo Credit: chvngeofhevrt (tumblr), 1975adam (instagram)

Rihanna may be a well-known popstar, but the 28-year-old artist proved that she’s just like any of us in her interview with author and director Miranda July.

Reading an article about a conversation between two artists might seem intimidating. However, July’s flawlessly woven narrative style writing reflected so much of Rihanna’s down-to-earth personality that it just makes the article look like a transcribed conversation between two childhood friends.

More than anything, July was able to naturally incorporate rather personal questions into the interview, making us realize some things the public probably didn’t know about Rihanna.

 

1.     She googles random things, like any of us.

"... I will be sitting around Googling childbirth.’

 

2.     Her solid work ethic is her secret to success.

"I used to feel unsafe right in the moment of an accomplishment — I felt the ground fall from under my feet because this could be the end. And even now, while everyone is celebrating, I’m on to the next thing. I don’t want to get lost in this big cushion of success.’’

 

3.     She prefers wise guys.

‘‘I’m turned on by guys who are cultured. That’ll keep me intrigued. They don’t have to have a single degree, but they should speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history or certain artists or musicians. I like to be taught. I like to sit on that side of the table.’

 

4.     She prioritizes her family and work (before dudes).

‘‘Guys need attention. They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work — but I will not give it to a man right now.’’

 

5.     She still experiences racism.

 "... It’s [racism] the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations.’’ 

 

 

Photo Credit: Craig McDean