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Have you ever hung out at a friend's house just to play with their dog? Or go up to every dog you see to give it a pet and stare longingly at it as it walks away into the distance?

If you are dog deprived, not to worry, we've got you. To usher in the year of the dog, here are 10 celebrities and their four legged best friends to fuel your desire of wanting your own!

Who knows, you might be needing that extra push to visit the shelters today. A furry angel awaits you. 

 

1. Joe Jonas and Winston 

Instead of lifting weights, DNCE member Joe Jonas lifts his English Bulldog, Winston, after a long walk. Would totally give him scratches and a good massage. 

 

2. Nick Jonas and Elvis 

Does this get any more heartwarming? Elvis, the ever loyal best friend, entered Nick's life when he was only 16, and they went through ups and downs together. 

 

3. Zendaya and Noon

The best Christmas present anyone could ever have, Noon brightened Zendaya's life after her dog of 11 years, Midnight, passed away in 2015. Noon might look like a mini Midnight, but the little pup has his own style. Make sure to follow Zendaya's instagram for more of him!

 

4. Louis Tomlinson and Clifford 

Not sure who is cuter to be honest. Whether it's a stressful day or kicking back with a couple of beers, Louis' labradoodle, Clifford, is always by his side. It pretty much makes me have cardiac arrest everytime Louis posts an instagram picture of them together.

 

5. Ryan Reynolds and Baxter 

Being a famous filmstar is a roller coaster, but Ryan Reynold's golden retriever, Baxter, keeps him grounded since day one. When he's not filming, the two bond together at the park, who wouldn't want a friendship like that?

 

6. Kylie Jenner and Norman, Bambi, Ernie and Penny

We all know Kylie's dogs are the most important in her life. When her Italian Greyhounds Norman and Bambi "accidentally" had puppies, she welcomed them without hesitation, and are part of the family already. The more the merrier, right?

 

7. Bebe Rexha and Bear Rexha 

Bear Rexha might be one of the most pampered dogs out there. Well, not dethroning Paris Hilton's dogs of course. This little puppy follows Bebe everywhere, touring the world and living in luxury, and most of all, getting all the love from her human. Is it possible to be jealous of a dog? 

 

8. Tom Holland and Tessa 

Whoever says Bull terriers are monsters, are monsters themselves. The bond between Tom and his Staffordshire Bull terrier, Tessa, can definitely vouch for that. Who could resist those innocent eyes and selfless character?

 

9. Cara Delevingne and Leo

Named after Cara's zodiac sign, Leo the husky is the definition of gorgeous. A beautiful person with a beautiful dog? My eyes are blessed with the sight.

 

10. Ariana Grande and Toulouse

Fans of Ariana know that Toulouse is one of the OGs. Having been featured on her snapchats and instagram posts and even been to modelling shoots, Toulouse can debunk any stereotype of a sheltered dog being less worthy than any other dog. 

 

Photo Credits: DailyMail, StarsChanges, Zendaya/Instagram, Louis Tomlinson/Instagram, Entitymag, Popsugar, Bebe Rexha/Instagram, Tom Holland/Facebook, CelebBuzz, Ariana Grande'Instagram

Singaporeans use the popular dating app Tinder for plenty of reasons. Chief among them is the quest for “strictly friends!!” and to sate a seemingly voracious appetite for Din Tai Fung. God forbid you pursue true love or worse – consensual casual sex.  

Whatever your lewd intentions may be, there are two universal rules to getting a match on Tinder. 1) Be attractive. 2) Don’t be unattractive. To normies, this almost always translates into attempts at pleasing the eye on a platform that inherently enables a culture centred on the cosmetic. There is however, a threshold for swiping left on yet another highlight reel of strategically scenic, oh so unique 35mm photographs and that’s where we come in.

Beauty as they say is in the eye of the beholder and it was our hope to single out the most eligible singles on Tinder strictly based on the songs they chose to flaunt on their profile. It would be nothing short of a decisive blow against societal expectations as we believed we could finally prove that appreciating good music was enough to score you a date. After all, wearing your heart – or in this case, subjectively good anthems – on your sleeve is attractive, right?

Instead, the only conclusion we could draw after sifting through what seemed like Spotify’s Top Hits Singapore playlist was the fact that an overwhelming abundance of users (mostly men) had opinions itching to see the light of day. All we had to do was steer these nuggets of knowledge in the right direction. These gentlemen readily brandished strong thoughts about the current state of contemporary music and so we tapped into this precious resource, probing them with questions only a true connoisseur could provide the answers to. So, shoot, shag or share a BTO?

Hi Darren. You’re my first super like! How important is taste in music to you?

hahahahaha. not important but it’ll be nice to be with someone who has similar tastes.  I super liked u cos i’m curious on what your music taste are 

So you like the Foo Fighters but you also paid money to be at Ultra. Wtf?

i went to ultra because i like to party but i also love the foo fighters, i went for their concert too!  i mean there’s nothing wrong in liking different genres right?

Wise words. Do you think rock music is dead though?

nah it’s not dead. it's just that the younger generation prefer pop more. but rock will never die.

Hi Charmaine. Are you aware that XXXTENTACION was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and domestic battery by strangulation amongst other things?

Huh?

Your Tinder anthem by the rapper XXXTENTACION? He allegedly abused his partner.

Oh that one. I didn’t notice.

So… Denis Stoff. Yay or nay?

Nay. I’m a whore-snop. Stoff was a major step back for the band. Made them sound shitty. The Black should’ve been titled “Sit Down and Scream”

Interest me

Hello Ulil (u lil piece of shit). You’re a “producer” so you probably know what’s good. What’s good?

I can’t say what’s good or not, it depends on people

Hi Randy. Is Rich Brian better than Rich Chigga?

thats a no form me darlin

So you’re saying that Brian should have kept his original, racially offensive name?

yes he should’ve kept his racially offensive name

Cool. Any chance you’re one of those straight Chinese boys who think it’s cool to use the N-word freely?

no i dont use nigger freely, its just not smth i'd say. its not in my common words to describe people list

Right. Rich Brian and 88Rising claim to be flying the “Asian” flag but I think that’s problematic because they don’t seem very inclusive. Would “orient” flag be a better description?

why would “asian” flag not be considered inclusive

So far, 88Rising includes only musicians of Chinese, Korean and Japanese descent. Also, the name kind of speaks for itself.

Hi Vicky. From your experience, how would you describe the average of Singaporean’s taste in music?

Hey! Mainly EDM from what I’ve seen!

Sooo… Kinda meh, basic even? 

Yes.

My music taste is A1. Anyone that says anything else is wrong.

Oh hi Zikry. Do you think that people should want to go with you just because of your amazing taste?

Yes.

So what are some songs that to you reveal bad taste?

Boy band songs and songs from pre-teens. They are a complete turn off.

You’d swipe left on someone just because One Direction etc. is their anthem?

Depends if there are other songs on their profile that can redeem them.

Hey there, Nudge. The new Fall Out Boy is Not GoodTM. Do you agree?   

I wouldn’t say that it’s not good… but it’s just different. They have to adapt to the suit trend of the times. It’s still awesome music by them.

So are you saying that artists do need to drastically change their sound?

Drastically?? They always have been a pop punk group. They are just more inclined to pop nowadays. FOB although inclined to pop… they have still have the punk feel within their music. Especially the lyrics.

Hi Ryan. Is it safe to say that you’re a man who wholeheartedly loves the Canadian rock band Nickelback?

Wholeheartedly I wouldn’t say that but I do like some of their songs.

Do people give you shit for liking Nickelback?

Nope never actually. Why tho?

Somepeople think they’re a joke band and enjoy making jokes about them, I believe. What would you say to the haters?

Well people are entitled to their opinions and it is their prerogative whether or not to poke fun at them. I have nothing to say to these people as I believe that haters do not deserve attention to anyone so why waste my precious time and energy on them?

So Smash Mouth, eh?

Hello to you too, Ian. Has having an objectively good taste in music helped you find your significant other?

Not really. Actually it made me more selective and choosy. Like I met this cute girl and we clicked then I found out she listened to Justin Bieber and I was like crying I’m kinda more toleratable now

Right, because at the end of the day isn’t taste in music just another arbitrary if not elitist form of judgement?

Hmm I don’t think so. Taste in music can lead to compatibility. Especially culturally and entertainment habits. Compatibility could lead to better conversations though not guaranteed.

 

Photo credit: The Weinstein Company

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard a good song in public only to leave the place not knowing the artist or even the title!

While a show in itself is an undeniable highlight of a concert, there are some of us who treasure pre-show moments where we’d try to make sense of the crowd we’re going to be spending the rest of the evening with.

It also happens that these moments involve sudden music discoveries that set the mood before the actual show, which leads me to the "epiphany" that concert promoters should start pre-show playlists!

Why would you need a playlist if you can just Shazam songs you like, you may ask?

Well, while it’s arguable that music discovery should remain unplanned, it is almost always a better experience to jam along with a song that I am familiar with. Plus, it's never a bad idea to get your adrenaline running as warm up before show.  

I understand that my obsession with documentation and organization is one that is not shared by everyone, but isn’t just nice to have a collective set of songs you can easily refer to in the future?

If you’re ever wondering what triggered this "realization," LAMC Productions had a good set of songs prior to Foster The People's show just less than a couple of weeks ago.

Here are some songs I’ve discovered at the gig:

 
 

 

Photo credit: Pixabay

The End of the F***ing World is the latest Netflix series to hit our screens and, god, are we obsessed with it.

The show’s originally based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel of the same title. But its undeniable appeal stems from its gruesome yet paradoxically light-hearted storyline coupled with its nostalgic soundtrack.

There’s nothing like the brilliant mix of sadistic scenes and feel-good old school music that fills the void that is my heart.

Whether you’re feeling like slow-dancing alone in your room or jamming to a jukebox hit, these are some songs to put on repeat.

 

Keep On Running

 

At Seventeen

 

Why Can’t I Touch It?

 

Come Back

 

Never

 
 
 
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Bonus: Walking All Day

Blur’s Graham Coxon is set to release his original soundtrack for the show later this month. You know it’s going to be good!

 

Photo credit: Netflix

If you still haven’t heard, indie pop band Foster The People will be back in Singapore on 30th January!

While we’re all looking forward to hearing Pumped Up Kicks (our ultimate Secondary School jam) again live, songs from Sacred Hearts Club are ones that you wouldn’t want to miss.

One could do a quick Google search for the setlist, but aside from the usual hits, there’s no harm in hoping for the band to play some underrated gems at their Singapore show, right?

With that, here are 3 Foster The People songs we wish they’d play live (because there’s no harm in wishful thinking):

 

I Love My Friends

This bass-driven track would undeniably be the perfect dance anthem for those in the chill zone.

 

Ruby

The band might have already played this melodic single the last time they were here, but it seems like they took it out their recent setlists.

 

Nevermind

You can’t go wrong with this underrated gem, especially with its high cinematic, “slow-dance” potential.

 

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