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These could possibly be the best love song covers you’ll ever hear. Internet's supercouple Gabriel Conte and Jess Conte have swept the world off their feet with their love story and they are about to again with their new cover EP, Under The Covers.

Here’s a little about them...

Gabriel Conte is an actor and comedian from Miami and he first rose to fame through Vine, where he would post short funny skits. At the same time, he started his YouTube channel, which currently has raked up more than a million subscribers. On the other hand, Jess Conte is a cover artist and beauty guru from Australia. Similarly, she rose to fame through her YouTube channel (or also known as BauerBirds). Last August, the couple started a joint YouTube channel where they post vlogs and pretty much became relationship goals.

Their first ever EP, Under The Covers, features their rendition of five popular love songs including John Legend’s Love Me Now and Andy Grammar’s Fresh Eyes. The couple stripped things back and kept their covers simple (which is all that they need, really!), with a great focus on their amazing voices. Speaking to Billboard, Gabriel and Jess revealed that the entire EP was recorded in just 3 days and that it was the first time they worked in a professional recording studio together.

Overall, I’ll give this EP a 4 hearts out of 5 and I’m excited to hear what they have in store for us in the future. Maybe an original album?

 

 

Picture Credits: Jessandgabriel.com

Time flies. It has been 10 years since the release of these tracks. Remember when these tracks filled our iPods, Walkman or Creative Zen?

 

1.     Umbrella – Rihanna
Who can ever forget the classic line; umbrella, ella ella, eh eh eh?

 
 

2.     Apologize (Remix) – One Republic ft. Timbaland
Sometimes it can be too late to apologise, but it can never get too late to listen to this track again!

 

 

3.     Beautiful Girls – Sean Kingston
The classic American diner setting, complete with the jukebox.

 

4.     Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Another classic line; I keep bleeding, I keep, keep bleeding love!

 

5.     Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
Hey hey, you you, I know that you love this track!

 

6.     Jenny – Click Five
Do you remember secretly wishing you were called Jenny?

 

7.     S.O.S – Jonas Brothers
Is there anything better than looking back at fetus Jonas Brothers?

 

8.     Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie
How does Fergie look as young and beautiful as she did 10 years ago?

 

9.     Low – Flo Rida ft. T-Pain
Besides his debut studio album, this track was also part of Step Up 2: The Street’s soundtrack.

 

10. Thnks fr th Mmrs – Fall Out Boys
Perfect song to end off our list, thanks for the memories everyone!

 

Picture Credits: MTV, Musichel, Eonline

Friday, 13 January 2017 09:35

Classic Ed Sheeran Tunes REMIXED

Ed Sheeran is back from his hiatus and we could not be happier.

He rewarded us with 2 tracks from his upcoming album ÷, announced the tracklist as well as the release date (3 March).

Now that we have marked our calendars, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Through the years, Ed has released a number of chart-topping hits that we all know so well. But, have you heard any of these remixes?

 

1.     Thinking Out Loud – Stryv Remix


 

2.      The A Team – Koan Sound Remix


 

3.     Drunk – Speaker Of The House Remix


 

4.     Photograph – Flin Remix


 

 

5.     Don’t – Don Diablo Remix


 

 

6.     Lego House – Gosling Remix


 

 

7.     Bloodstream – Arty Remix

 

Picture Credits: Singersroom

Friday, 06 January 2017 06:53

New Music Mondays

Every Friday, Spotify compiles an entire list of 50 new tracks that was released in that week. 50 tracks can be a lot to take in, so we break down the good, the bad and the unexpected from this playlist!

Obviously the talk of the town this week was Ed Sheeran. After a yearlong hiatus, Ed is back with a brand new album reportedly titled Divide. He sure loves his math, doesn’t he? He has been teasing us with audio-less snippets on social media since the New Year and has released 2 of the songs, Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill last Friday!

 

Another name that we have been hearing a lot recently is Dua Lipa. She has been on tour with Troye Sivan and even debuted her collaboration with Martin Garrix in Myanmar on NYE. This week’s playlist features Thinking ‘Bout You, which is slightly different from her usual sound. This song features a toned down backing track creating a focus on her voice. She is definitely the one to watch this year!

Scrolling through the list, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia. It has been awhile since Austin Mahone has made the headlines. Remember the days of What About Love or Say You’re Just A Friend? Lady (featuring Pitbull), from his new mix tape For Me + You, features a much more mature sound.

A band that caught my eye (or ears) was Great Good Fine Ok with their song Holding You. Upon hearing the song, the catchy tune immediately drew me in so I had to see what song this was. Definitely need to check them out!

Which is your favourite song from the list? Till next week!


Photo credits: MTV UK, Killer Fashion, Nickelodean, Hear This Daily.

Monday, 02 January 2017 14:17

The Genius That Is - Us The Duo

If you have not heard of Us The Duo, let me introduce them in all their greatness to you. Husband Michael and wife Carissa started off by posting 6-second covers on Vine and then simultaneously started building up their YouTube channel.  They have been regarded as the first ever artists from Vine to be signed to a record label: Republic Records. Till date, they have released 3 albums and a very special EP that was based on stories from fans. At the same time, they continue to do covers of popular songs on their YouTube channel.

It has become a yearly affair that they create a top hits medley at the end of the year; they summed up 18 of their favourite tracks from this year in 3 minutes. Without looking at the description, how many songs can you name?

We’re not too sure what was going on in the introduction when Carissa spilled tea on Michael but they just went straight into the medley. But we know for sure that they absolutely slayed the medley. Every single transition and song was incorporated well and they stuck to their roots; amazing vocals and just piano accompaniment.

 

Picture Credits: SparkLife, Us The Duo on Google+

Saturday, 24 December 2016 09:14

2016’s Music From A-Z

What a year.

Like every other year, so much has happened within the last 12 months. Just think about all the new singers that we have come to know this year or the songs that have been on replay since it was released. Maybe the best way to sum things up is breaking it down from A to Z. 

A.     Adele performed 107 shows in 10 months.

B.     Beyonce has topped has topped Rolling Stone's '50 Best Album of 2016' & '50 Best Songs of 2016' for Lemonade & Formation respectively.

C.    Coldplay’s upcoming 2 shows in Singapore sold out almost immediately upon release. 

D.    Drake’s One Dance is the first ever song to pass 1 billion streams on Spotify.

E.    Ed Sheeran took the stage for the first time since his hiatus at a fundraiser for a children’s hospice. 

F.     Fifth Harmony is now left with 4 members as Camila Cabello departs.

G.    Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton performed their collaboration Go Ahead & Break My Heart for the first time on The Voice.  

H.    Halsey performed Castle for the blockbuster movie, The Huntsman: Winter’s War. 

I.     Instagram queen Selena Gomez will keep her title for another year as she is still the most followed celebrity and has some of the most liked pictures.

J.     Justin Bieber is not Sorry that his music video has topped Vevo's most-watched music videos of 2016.

K.    Kanye West’s Famous music video was recreated by 10 of Instagram’s most famous dogs. 

L.    Lady Gaga embarked on a dive bar tour across America to promote her new album Joanne.

M.   Madonna was awarded Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year.

N.    Niall Horan surprised everyone when he released his first solo track, This Town

O.    Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne are set to renew their vows after affair revelation that happened earlier this year.

P.     Pharrell Williams surprised a group of student performers in New York City; this is what dreams are made out of.

Q.    Queen along with Adam Lambert ended the 2016 Singapore F1 grand prix with a BANG. 

R.    Rihanna won the prestigious Shoe Of The Year award for her Fenty x Puma creepers.

S.    Shawn Mendes ended Justin Bieber’s 6-year best male streak at the Europe Music Awards.

T.    Taylor Swift is the highest paid musician of 2016 as listed by Forbes.

U.    Usher has been honoured with his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

V.    Vampettes are you here? The guys from The Vamps took part in the Mannequinn Challenge in Singapore! 

W.   Wiz Khalifa and Korean star Taeyeon were set to do a performance together at the 2016 MAMA awards but it got cancelled last minute.

X.     X Factor UK winner Matt Terry’s winner’s single, When Christmas Comes Around, is written by Ed Sheeran.

Y.     Youth singer Troye Sivan took home the ARIA awards for 'Song of the Year' and 'Best Video'.

Z.     Zayn Malik released his debut solo album, Mind Of Mine, a year after leaving One Direction. 


Picture Credits: People, Hollywood Life, Showbiz, Vogue and @PUMASouthAfrica on Twitter.

Christmas is just round the corner and if you are still wondering what songs to listen to during this festive season. We have got you covered; here are 5 familiar names that just entered the scene. Enjoy and happy holidays!

 

1.     Cruz Beckham

Although Cruz Beckham is new to the music scene, we definitely have heard of his name since he was a baby. A couple weeks ago he released a cover of Home To Mama, which caught the world by surprise. Since then he had been dubbed as the new Justin Bieber. He continues to charm the world with his single If Everyday Was Christmas.

 

2.     Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves is an American country music star and she has supported renowned acts like Lady Antebellum and Katy Perry on their tours. In fact, she looks a little like Katy Perry! This year, she released her first ever holiday album A Very Kacey Christmas.

 

3.     Nathan Sykes

This guy needs no introduction, from the days of The Wanted to his solo career; Nathan Sykes is pretty much a household name now. Just in time for Christmas, he released a cover of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

 

4.     Chord Overstreet

Famously known as 'Sam Evans' from the TV series, Glee, Chord Overstreet embarked on his music career last year. In August, he released his debut single Homeland and now he is back with an interesting Christmas cover. Usually Christmas relates to winter and snow, but in this song Chord sings about getting a tan and spending time on the beach.

 

5.     Major Lazer

What happens when EDM meets holiday music? Sparks fly! If you didn’t already know, Major Lazer consists of the trio Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire. Their most famous collaboration would be with Justin Bieber, for Cold Water. But now they have teamed up with reggae artist Protoje on this groovy tune.

 

Picture Credits: crazy-frankenstein, Her Campus, ET Online, Los Angeles Times, Headline Planet, Favim, and DJ Mag.

Logging into Twitter a couple nights ago was just heart-breaking, looking at the top trend #RIPJohannah. Johannah Deakin, better known as Louis Tomlinson’s mother, has passed away due to leukaemia. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. This is our tribute to the supermom.

Louis has always been known as the mummy’s boy among the 1D members.

Through interviews and the Year In The Making documentary, we learnt that they were really close and were like best friends. He was there for her and she was there for him.

Johannah has been incredibly supportive of Louis throughout the years. She attended the This Is Us movie premiere in Leicester Square, a number of award shows that 1D has been to and also the charity ball that Louis organised alongside Believe In Magic.

Scrolling through her Twitter and Instagram posts, you can tell that she has always put her children first and is forever supportive of what they have done and achieved. As an avid Directioner, she is like a mother to fandom and we’ll miss her very much!

Louis paid tribute to her with his first solo performance of Just Hold On alongside Steve Aoki.

Stay strong, my friend.

 

Picture credits: @1Dsuniverse, @LT_loverx, @alulawings on Twitter, Mirror & Unreality TV.

Saturday, 03 December 2016 14:57

Feature: Relationship Goals in 2016

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.

Saturday, 03 December 2016 14:04

Biggest Ships That Need To Go Canon In 2017!

2016 is coming to a close. We have had a fair share of celebrity couples getting together and also couples splitting up. We break down the biggest ships that need to go canon in 2017.

 

1.     Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez

After the release of We Don’t Talk Anymore, we were almost certain that they were soon going to get together. There was so much chemistry when Charlie Puth joined Selena Gomez at her show. However in the following months, when asked about Selena, Charlie admitted that they don’t really talk anymore. It is such a pity, but 2017 will be a new year and maybe?

 

2.     Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift

Ed Sheeran has been in Taylor Swift’s squad since 2013 when they collaborated on Everything Has Changed and went on tour together. They have remained the closest of friends throughout the years but we’re thinking maybe they can give it a shot? No doubt, Ed has confessed that he would not date Taylor, as she is too tall.

 

3.     Rihanna & Drake

This is the most talked about moment at this year’s Video Music Awards and this is why they definitely need to get together. There had been rumours that they couple finally went canon after the award show but there had also been rumours that they have broken up. Well, we will never know what is exactly going on but one can hope!

 

4.     Joe Jonas & Hailee Steinfield

From their chemistry in Rock Bottom to Joe Jonas pranking Hailee Steinfield during April Fools’, they have proven to be really close. This is why they are on our list of the biggest ships that need to happen. We do know that Joe has recently been spotted with actress Sophie Turner, but they are just so cool together!

 

5.     Ashton Irwin & Halsey

Their shippers exploded during Halloween when these pictures surfaced online through their Instagram and Twitter accounts. Ashton Iwrin and Halsey have been friends for many years and have been spotted together at several concerts and night outs. Do you want them to go canon?


Picture Credits: Buzzfeed, E!Online, @socially5SOS on Twitter, Forbes.  

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