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The phrase “two is better than one” rings truest when it comes to musical duets and collaborations, those, in particular, that involves powerhouses and industry toppers. Here are a few that should’ve already joined forces a million years ago:

 

1. One Direction X 5 Seconds of Summer

They’ve already toured the world together. The next natural step should be a collaboration, right? According to 5SOS bassist Calum Hood in an interview with Bop, they’re “two completely different bands” thus a group duet may not work. Well, if they tried meshing their styles together, who knows? It might be magic. Plus, they’d be doing the prepubescents a huge service.

 

2. Eminem X Iggy Azalea X Macklemore

White rappers unite! Okay, that might have come off as a tad racist. But just imagine the possibilities. The legendary Slim Shady, the Australian stereotype-smasher, and the indie Same Love artiste… sky’s the limit.  

 

3. Taylor Swift X Lorde

Is there even a need to explain? Aside from the fact that they’re besties who once coordinated their outfits, their musical styles (although slightly dissimilar) might blend into a whole new concoction of ear candy – especially with Swift shifting into more alternative territories.

 

So, what say you on these dream collabs? Which artistes would you want to see collaborate?

 

Photo credit: Twitter, Taylor Swift/Instagram, Gossip We Love

If Nick Jonas Was A Teacher…

By Angela Nov 07, 2014

He’s showed us his jealous side. He’s showed off his bulging guns. And now, he’s giving us a lesson.

Former curly-haired child Nick Jonas has been releasing a string of irresistible tracks lately and his latest single, Teacher, is no exception.

The disco-meets-RNB grooves are proving to be too seductive to handle, and judging by his previous singles, his upcoming self-titled effort should be one to get excited for!

While we daydream about the sweet treats awaiting us on Nick’s album, we can’t help but wonder what lessons the musical hunk would teach if he became a teacher…

 

#1. The Acquirement of Bombshells

He may not be a George Clooney or Brad Pitt, but the boy sure knows how to score hot chicks… real hot chicks. I’m talking about the most beautiful woman in the country, Olivia Culpo (pictured below), 2012’s Miss USA.

 

#2. Self-scratching: The Head, Neck and More

There is a right and a wrong way of relieving an itch yourself, especially when it concerns the regions above the shoulders. But clearly, Nick has got it down pat, and scratching oneself has never been sexier.  

 

#3. Family Business Management

Despite the eventual split of The Jonas Brothers, the band did have a good run, bringing millions of Disney-loving teens to their knees. The secret? Knowing how to turn your brothers into colleagues and managing a band like a business.

 

Check out Teacher below!

 

Photo credit: Nick Jonas/Instagram, Dominic Chan/WENN

It may not be their first time visiting this little red dot, but in case post-grunge outfit Hoobastank didn’t have enough time previously to fully soak in the Singaporean sun, we’ve compiled a must-do list for the boys to start off with.

 

#1. Start an impromptu acoustic session in the MRT train.

It’s not every day that you’d witness live music in the humble cabins of an MRT train… much less one courtesy of the Hoobastank lads.

 

#2. Undergo a durian taste test.

It’s become the protocol for all visiting celebrities. Will Hoobastank be pro-durian or anti-durian? My money is on the former. After all, their name says it all (#CrankTheStank).

 

#3. Experience the finger lickin’ goodness of hawker centre food.

Nothing represents local food better than our good old hawker fare. From the Old Airport Road Food Centre to the joint at Maxwell, the Californian rock stars can take their pick.

 

#4. Learn a little Singlish!

And incorporate the exceptional “language” into one of their songs. In fact, how about going Singlish for a bit at the concert too?

 

#5. Hold a secret get-together with a group of Hoobafans.

(See: Taylor Swift)

 

#6. Visit a KBox and sing karaoke to their song, The Reason.

It’s the perfect excuse to go insensibly out of tune for their classic hit.

 

#7. Write a few verses about Singapore!

It’ll be our anthem – the only song that’ll surpass The Reason.

 

This writer hopes Hoobastank will check these 7 things off their list this November when she joins the band for a time of head banging.

 

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!

 

Photo credit: Traveler Folio, Year of the Durian, Tiffany Yong, Mithunonthe, Getty Images, Hoobastank

For better or worse, the Grammy Award-winning Taylor Swift is a perpetual newsmaker – be it stealing headlines after accidentally topping the Canadian iTunes charts with 8 seconds worth of static or receiving largely unwarranted flak for “screwing with” a Rhode Island coastline.

Over six years have passed since the singer-songwriter was first approached by Scott Borchetta at Music City’s illustrious Bluebird Café and as the First Lady once put it, Swift “has rocketed to the top of the music industry but still keeps her feet on the ground.” However in the face of her inherent girl-next-door approachability, naysayers have been devoutly aplenty; nit-picking her songs’ subject matter, choice of rumoured paramours and chastising her faux earnestness.            

Such is the inescapable fate of a multi-platinum, globally-recognised musician who only now is beginning to spread “straight-up pop star” wings with her upcoming album, 1989. If 2011’s exceptional hater-bashing anthem or more recently, the syrupy-sweet Shake It Off won’t convince you to cut her some slack, perhaps the following might. 

 

1. The evolution of the Taylor Swift sound

Growth is integral to any artist and Swift’s soundscapes have aged gracefully since we were first attuned to the raw delicacy of Teardrops On My Guitar. From what we’ve heard, 1989 is living up to be a defining record for the Fearless songstress. It’s even more exciting when she ropes in Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff (whose Strange Desire is a retro synth-pop wonderland) with “baked goods and needlepoints.” The result is the sprawling Out of the Woods, with its clear nods to thumping ‘80s pop influences. Sorry country music – it’s not you, it’s Taylor Swift.

 

2. She is a feminist

In an age where gender equality has been increasingly thrust into the spotlight, there isn’t a better time like the present for Swift to optimise her fame and flex her feminist muscle. Aided by her BFF status with Girls star and creator Lena Dunham, the 24 year-old has been on a warpath recently – hitting back at cynics who insist that she only writes songs about her ex-boyfriends. “No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They're all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.” Moreover, she only has praise for Emma Watson’s timely He for She address, supporting the necessity of understanding feminism through role models (a role she now embodies) and dissociating it with negativity like her younger self once evasively implied.  

"She runs her own company, she's creating music that connects to other women instead of creating a sexual persona for the male gaze, and no one is in control of her. If that's not feminism, what is?" - Lena Dunham 

 

3. Her fan treatment game is on point

What is a diva without a fervent base of support? Only with Taylor Swift, the feeling is reciprocated to the best of her abilities. Remember that one time she crashed a fan’s bridal shower? Or when she casually treated a particularly lucky one to chipotle on her seventeenth birthday? When Swift isn’t embracing her alter ego of Becky (a running gag that dates back to 2012) she’s learning their language of Tumblr-speak or lurking the wide corners of Instagram to comment on an enchanting pastry that managed to catch her eye. Not only has the “public relations genius” stepped up her social media game, she has played a gracious (albeit slightly creeper-esque) host of the #1989secretsessions listening parties. Held in the singer’s various living rooms across the globe, such an endeavour is a testament to Swift’s willingness in opening her life up to her listeners whom she (aptly) treats as friends.

 

4. Exquisite taste in music and (many) cool friends

Official pop album or not, Ms. Swift has exhibited an eclectic taste in music throughout the years alongside ever-expanding circles of pals. Aside from her recent sublime Vance Joy cover, she claims to have listened to Fall Out Boy in her freshman year of high school when she and O.G. bestie Abigail Anderson used to drive around (presumably terrorising the neighbourhood). This respect for the Chicago band (amongst other pop punk acts) has translated into catwalk collaborations and a guest spot on the Red Tour. Similarly, Swift’s network of friendships is so extensive that multiple infographics have popped up, detailing the intricacies of Young Hollywood with her as the epicentre. One only has to pay a visit to her Instagram to catch a glimpse of the wondrous adventures she gets into.

 

5. Cats

Like their mistress, Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson are (grouchily) propelled into the world of fame excess, with each compromising stance ruthlessly captured on camera by a ubiquitous paparazzo – their caretaker. But Swift’s passion for felines does not halt there. Here are several exhibits that depict such symptoms. How dare anyone pick on such an unassuming cat lady?!

"I taught Olivia how to take selfies with her tiny paw and she’s getting super good at it." (taylorswift.tumblr.com)

 

 

Making erratic and impulsive decisions as a result of missing my roommate.

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

 

This is a good example of what I typically wear on planes, in front of lots of other people who all have eyes.

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

 

 

Trying to sign lithographs. Dealing with critters. #shehasnorespect #olivia #1989

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

 

Photo credit: Sammy Roenfeldt, Big Machine Records, MTV, Michael Rozman

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!

Photo credit: Hoobastank, Quickmeme, Buzzfeed, Tumblr, Thinkpinay