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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!

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Singer. Icon. Super Diva.

Mariah Carey has commanded the Billboard Hot 100 history like no other solo artist; making her one of the biggest pop stars of all time. Whether you have been mesmerised by her jaw-dropping vocal range (back in the day), or simply for her set of golden globes, you have to tip your hat off to this songbird for staying relevant in today’s pop culture.

As of late, she prefers if you call her…The Elusive Chanteuse.

As we get ready to welcome The Elusive Chanteuse to our shores in conjunction with her Me. I Am Mariah tour, let us take a look at 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Mariah. Oops, I meant to say… The Elusive Chanteuse.

#1. Mariah Carey got her name from the Paint Your Wagon musical; after the song They Call the Wind Mariah. Who cared about having a middle name when you had a mother who knew her baby girl was set for stardom.

#2. Music is in the blood. Her mother, Patricia, was a mezzo-soprano New York City opera singer and a vocal coach. The mother-daughter duo even collaborated on a track from her Merry Christmas II You album.

 

#3. In school, Carey was nickname “Mirage” because she often cut classes. Naughty, naughty!  

#4. In true Cinderella fashion, Carey got her big break in 1988 when she handed her demo tape to a music label executive, Tommy Mottola, during an event. Impressed with her voice, Mottola pursued her for weeks until he eventually found her and signed her to his record label.

#5. Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola got married on June 5, 1993 but later divorced in 1998. Sources say she became a vegetarian while being married to Mottola.

#6. Her song One Sweet Day, which featured R&B group Boyz II Men holds the record of being longest-running No. 1 song in history – that’s a whopping 16 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100!

#7. Mariah has a lambily (lambs + family). That is the term she uses to call her loved ones, friends, and fans.

#8. She was awarded Worst Actress from the Razzie Award for her role in 2001’s semi-autobiographical movie Glitter. She later redeemed herself with a 'Breakthrough Performance Award' at Palm Springs Film Festival for her role in Precious.

 

#9. Her daughter’s name, Monroe Cannon, was inspired by her favourite actress – the late Marilyn Monroe, while her son, Moroccan Scott, was named after the location in which Nick Cannon proposed to her. Scott is Nick Cannon’s middle name.

#10. Mariah and her now-separated husband would have sex to her music. He even masturbates to it. “Why not? Sometimes you gotta be reminded of what’s at home… When you hear Mariah playing it’s going down,” said Cannon during an interview with Howard Stern. Er... TMI?

Bonus fun fact:

Nick Cannon once admitted that whenever a disagreement occurred, Carey would remind him that she is the biggest-selling female recording artist of all time in order to win an argument. Oh snap!

 

Mariah Carey is slated to perform at Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, on Oct 22, and at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Oct 24. Tickets are available via TicketCharge (Malaysia), Sports Hub Tix, Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets (Singapore).

 

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We’re all familiar with The Reason – that’s no surprise. But what about the truckload of other tracks?

Fronted by Doug Robb, this four-piece Californian rock outfit seemed to have disappeared from the face of the Earth after hitting the height of their fame. They, on the other hand, never left.

In fact, Hoobastank’s 10-year career spawned five albums. Although, most of which are severely underrated. Allow me to list the top five songs that should be played on loop, other than The Reason

 

#1: So Close, So Far

If this is your first time listening to So Close, So Far, then I don’t know what you’ve been doing for the past decade of your life. Released two albums after The Reason, it demonstrates how the band has maintained their flair for composing addictive tunes.

 

#2: Lucky

Going back to the album that did it for Hoobastank, The Reason, let’s look at another track from that golden era. Lucky transitions from delicate acoustic verses to heavy amped-out choruses. This means we’re offered the best of both ends of the alternative rock spectrum.

 

#3: Let It Out

From the same album came this number, enveloped in distortion. It epitomises the musical essence of teenage angst – the kind that’s rooted in aggression, more than poignancy that is.

 

#4: Born To Lead

From their third record, Every Man for Himself, this single sports grungy, army-centric influences. Surprisingly, a hint of falsetto from Doug still manages to crawl its way in. Kudos to them for getting a former US marine sergeant to voice the drill commands.

 

#5: This Is Gonna Hurt

Fast forward a few years and we’re here with the first single from album number five, Fight or Flight. It warns it’s going to hurt, but all we’re getting is full-on ear candy. After all these years, they still sound like the band we first fell in love with.

Witness these songs live this November during Hoobastank’s concert in Singapore.

Concert Details

Venue  : The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
Date     : November 30, 2014
Tickets: $78 (Early bird), $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!

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With 2 months left on the calendar and the deadline for next year’s Grammy awards closing, we round up the albums we are looking forward to before 2014 comes to an end.

 

5) Charli XCX Sucker (December 12, 2014)

2014 has been a very good year for Charlotte, better known by her stage name Charli XCX. From singing the catchy, unforgettable hook of Iggy Azalea’s Fancy to having her first solo single peak in the top 10 of Billboard, she’s been a household name for anyone who isn’t living in a cave. Collaborating with Stargate (frequent Rihanna producer) & Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, we cannot be any less excited for her sophomore album.

 

4) Kendrick LamarTBA (TBA)

Kendrick Lamar’s debut major label album was hailed by many as a hip-hop classic for years to come. With such a good album, there is too much pressure and hype for a follow-up. While many of his peers has featured on new songs (e.g. Nicki), he has remained on the low, only recently dropping the fantastic i. We know what Kendrick is capable of, but the questions remains. Will he be able to top good kid, m.A.A.d city?

 

3) Kanye WestTBA (TBA)

The follow-up to 2013’s critically-acclaimed Yeezus is apparently “like a pair of Timberlands”. “Like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. It's not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it's not the ruggedness of just ‘Hip Hop Hip Hop Hip Hop.'” according to longtime collaborator Malik Yusef. That’s all we know for now, oh and Kanye West also held a listening party for his album so it’s wrapped up. We can only wait and see…

 

2) Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint (November 24, 2014)

It has been two years since Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up dropped and ever since, Nicki Minaj has been popping up with guest verses everywhere. It was only on the latter half of this year when she finally released new original music, from the mellow Pills n Potions to the (VEVO) record-breaking, massive hit Anaconda. With two very polarizing singles, we wonder what we can expect from The Pinkprint.

 

1) Taylor Swift 1989 (October 27, 2014)

Hailed as Becky Taylor’s first true pop album, she’s straying away from her country roots for catchy radio-friendly songs she’s best remembered for. Apart from her disastrous love life of course. With Shake It Off being similar to the pop songs we’ve heard on Red, it’s a strong sign of what is to come and we are gonna love it. When has Taylor put out a bad album anyway?

 

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We all have that list of abominable songs stuck at the back of our heads that we’d kill to see burn in hell. But do these sentiments coincide with those of the creators and musicians? Take a look at the seven artists who have expressed hatred for their own songs, and see if you agree.

 

1. Charli XCX, I Love It

She has every reason to hate this mind-numbingly irksome dance track, which was given away to Icona Pop. There’s a reason why they play it in clubs – drunken people can’t perceive proper sounds. They’re also a tad deaf, which explains the constant yelling of nonsensical rubbish. If they were sober, they’d probably echo Charli’s own words, “I Love It is one of the most annoying songs in the world... (From Digital Spy interview)”

 

2. Radiohead, Creep

This one’s escapes my understanding completely. Lead singer Thom Yorke thought it was “crap”; guitarist Jonny Greenwood tried to mess his parts up during recording by “(hitting) the guitar hard – really hard”; and this is the song that gave them colossal fame! Instead of playing it in concerts, they would retort, “F*** off, we’re tired of it.” As it turned out, they didn’t like how most “fans” of theirs were only fans of Creep, rather than Radiohead. Fair enough, I guess. 

 

3. Oasis, Wonderwall

Another case of a similar scenario, frontman Liam Gallagher was upfront in an MTV interview about being unable to “f***ing stand that f***ing song”. “Every time I have to sing it I want to gag,” he continued. “You go to America and they’re like, ‘Are you Mr. Wonderwall?’ You want to chin someone.” Well, of course! One does not simply replace someone’s name with someone’s song title. That’s plain ignorant. I’d be compelled to chin that person too.

 

4. Madonna, Like A Virgin

“I’m not sure I can sing Holiday or Like A Virgin ever again. I just can’t – unless somebody paid me, like, $30 million or something,” confessed the 56-year-old icon to New York radio station Z100. While I fail to see the horror in revisiting that groovy 1984 hit, perhaps non-virgin Madonna has simply outgrown it.

 

5. Miley Cyrus, Party In The USA

According to The New York Post, the wrecking ball populariser specifically requested for the DJ not to put on Party In The USA during a private Topshop party. Other numbers like Can’t Be Tamed, however, were permitted for the playing. Honestly, if she’s going to cut a track of hers out of her life, it should be the vomit-inducer, We Can’t Stop.

 

6. Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven

Many have celebrated Stairway To Heaven as “one of the greatest rock songs of all time”. But lead vocalist Robert Plant, it’s just “that bloody wedding song”. “I’d break out in hives if I had to sing that song in every show. I wrote those lyrics and found that song to be of some importance and consequence in 1971, but 17 years later, I don’t know. It’s just not for me,” he said to LA Times. Oh, who cares about social/musical/political/emotional relevance?!

 

7. Guns N’ Roses, Sweet Child ‘O Mine

Again, one of the most iconic songs that introduced current rock heads to the revolutionary genre, and Slash calls it a “fluke”, a “joke” even. He told Guitar for the Practicing Musician, “I was sitting around making funny faces and acting like an idiot and played that riff… I hated that song because it was so stupid at first.” Thank goodness, all that eventually turned into love.

 

Which songs do you think are worthy of resentment? Tell us! (Unless you’re thinking about Creep or Sweet Child ‘O Mine – because I just might chin you.) 

 

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