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The CHVRCHES camp has been a flurry of activity over the past few weeks.

Apart from being involved in Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 Rescores: Drive (a reinvention of music from the 2011 Ryan Gosling movie), the synth-pop trio has also been recruited to be part of the upcoming instalment of The Hunger Games soundtrack by none other than Lorde. These two projects will see the band featured alongside other phenomenal acts Bring Me The Horizon, The 1975, Kanye West and HAIM.   

Barely a month ago, The Bones of What You Believe celebrated its one year anniversary and already there has been talk of a second record as a follow up to its acclaimed predecessor. As this particular album cycle comes to a satisfying end, Under The Tide - with Martin Doherty on lead vocals duty - is a fitting final single.

Introducing a new mix that differs slightly from its studio counterpart, Doherty is given full reign – adopting a stylistic approach that is closer to his manic onstage presence, dance moves included. Doherty’s breathy vocals add an edge of desperation to the lyrics that hint at the torment of a severed relationship and the fruitfulness of mending such ties. Culminating in a psychedelic cum anime-inspired (Gundam Seed sans robots anyone?) music video, even the constellations point to a very flashy CHVRCHES future as two lovers are separated by what seems to be an apocalyptic outer space and possibly a hyperdrive-related accident.

In an interview with Fuse, bassist Iain Cook commented, “Because it's quite dance-y it has a really nice dynamic. The verses are quite laid back and the choruses are punchy, it gets people jumping up and down. It's a great to play live.”

Luckily enough, Lauren Mayberry and co. will be returning to Singapore this November for a headlining show! How convenient. Meanwhile, check out their latest video below.

 

Photo credit: Rachael Wright

While listening to Taylor Swift’s latest album, 1989, you might have noticed a peculiar song titled Bad Blood, in which Taylor’s lyrics seem exceptionally angry. You might also wonder who it is about, and how it all began. Here are all the answers to your questions!

 

March 23 2013: Katy Perry retweeted a tweet by her former dancer Scott Myrick. The tweet is a comparison of birthday cakes given to him by Katy the previous year when he was on tour with her, and the current one given by Taylor Swift, in which he is on tour with.

The tweet seems to be Katy acknowledging that her former dancer is dancing for Taylor now, although it isn’t very clear what Katy was trying to put across.

 

19 July 2013: Taylor unfollows the three dancers after they have given her notice to join Katy’s Prismatic World Tour.

What could they have possibly done that  pissed off Taylor to the point that she unfollowed them and sent them home from the ongoing tour?

 


September 8 2014: Taylor calls out a female artist she declines to name on a Rolling Stone interview. She calls it the “angriest song on 1989”. She also reveals the title of the song to be Bad Blood.

Taylor revealed the feud “had to do with business” and that “she basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour”, by trying to “hire a bunch of people out from under me”.

Those were some harsh words to whoever has been trying to ruin her tour. Unless you’ve been following the minute details on Twitter last year, you wouldn’t have known or guessed it.

 

September 9 2014: Katy tweeted, indirectly referencing Swift’s Rolling Stone interview. 

For those who have been living in a well all their lives, Regina George is the main character of the hit movie Mean Girls, in which she ruined friendships by talking about girls behind their backs.

This is definitely directed at Taylor. Taylor fits the shoe as she was the one who talked behind her back, to Rolling Stone. It is 100% safe to say it’s Katy that’s been pissing Taylor off now.

 

September 10 2014: News finally broke that Taylor believed Katy has been stealing her dancers, literally. Three of Taylor’s dancers for her Red Tour suddenly gave their notice to join Katy’s Prismatic Tour.

The media also found out that Taylor’s new dancers have been dancing for Katy’s California Dreams Tour and were only dancing for Taylor’s Red Tour while waiting for rehearsals to start from the upcoming Prismatic World Tour.

Poor Taylor probably had not known that, as she probably wouldn’t have hired them in the first place, knowing they would eventually jump ship to Katy’s tour.

This goes in line with what happened a year ago and seems to confirm the authenticity of the events that happened in 2013.

There’s no saying who’s in the wrong here, as Katy knew that her dancers were working for Taylor and that they would be coming back to her. Furthermore, Taylor was not informed of the situation by neither her team, nor by Katy herself.

 

October 27 2014: The world gets to hear Bad Blood for the first time. Lyrics include direct digs at Katy.

1) Cause baby, now we got bad blood: The bad blood here refers to the hostility between Taylor and Katy.

2) You know it used to be mad love: Taylor and Katy used to be friends, from tweeting silly stuff to each other in 2009 to even hugging at award shows! (this was taken at the 2011 AMAs)

3) So take a look what you’ve done: Taylor is putting the blame on their ruined relationship entirely on Katy.

4) Now we’ve got problems / and I don’t think we can solve ’em / You made a really deep cut: Taylor talks about the serious problems that have arisen from the situation which is impossible to overcome

5) Still got scars on my back from your knife: Taylor directly talks about Katy backstabbing her by stealing her dancers.

6) You say sorry just for show: Taylor talks about how Katy is two-faced, only apologizing to her just to save face, not really meaning it.

Well, you get the idea. Taylor blames Katy for their poor relationship now and thinks that they can never ever, ever, ever reconcile.

 

Present Day (October 30 2014): Katy has yet to provide any response to Bad Blood. Perhaps Katy’s already penning down her response in her next album.

Meanwhile, Taylor has sold 600k copies of 1989 in its first 24 hours and is on track to sell a million copies in the US in its first week, making history by being the only person to have three consecutive albums sell more than a million units in its first week.

So who’s really winning here? The answer is painfully obvious.

Which side are you on, #TeamTaylor or #TeamKaty? Let us know!

Photo Credit: HN9, Billboard, iTunes

The Evolution Of Boy Bands

By Nikita Oct 28, 2014

What were your fondest memories of your favourite boy band? The evolution of boy bands has taken a drastic change over the years! 

Remember the good old days when The Beatles satiated a sea of girls for their sudden thirst of vocal driven house with their sultry vocals and fans reaching out to them as they belted out I Wanna Hold Your Hand?

 

Who could ever forget the legendary NSYNC? Often serenading the crowd with I Want You Back and This I Promise You, everyone wanted a piece of Justin Timberlake for his tender falsetto.

Hit makers of I Want It That Way and Show Me The Meaning, they melted the hearts of many girls. Crooning to breakup tunes, Backstreet Boys will remain gold till date!

Every girl would have admitted that at a certain juncture in life they were drawn to a bad boy… presenting to you the bad boys of music- Simple Plan. They spoke out for kids who felt demoralized by their parents for not being Perfect.

Overtime, the image of boy bands evolutionized and girls were going gaga over the Jonas Brothers. They were Burning Up as they screamed SOS when they looked at the JBs in the eye.

Now you may ask who the ultimate boy band is in 2014, a band which leaves every boyfriend saying don’t Steal My Girl. Growing stronger since their time on X Factor, One Direction has taken the world by storm by possessing this electrifying power which draws the girls to them.

There you have it the evolution of boy bands and music! Now do you feel old? 

 

 

Photo Credits: MTV, Sony BMG and Apple Records

Continuing the trend of concert films in recent years, Justin Timberlake will be filming the last two shows of his ongoing tour, The 20/20 Experience World Tour, which has grossed over $200m so far!

The Suit & Tie singer will take the stage at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on the first two days of 2015 and the shows will be directed by none other than Jonathan Demme. The Oscar-award winning director has directed many iconic films throughout his career, including The Silence Of The Lambs.

The performance will serve as the official concert film for Mr. Timberlake and will also be produced by Gary Goetzman of Mamma Mia! fame.

However, will the concert film be as flashy and visually impressive as Beyonce’s On The Run special on HBO or match the success of Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never? Or will the concert film fad fade by then? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Photo Credit: DigitalSpy

Placed by Alternative Press at #3 amongst the 12-tiered echelons of bands deemed the future of metalcore, Bring Me The Horizon has made remarkable progress from their deathcore roots but still, the Sheffield quintet continues to push their boundaries.

December 5 marks another hallmark for the band as they embark on what is very likely their biggest show ever - housed at London’s Wembley Arena. Young Guns, Issues and Sleepwave (Spencer Chamberlain) have since been announced as supports. Perhaps as a lead-up to the monumental date, BMTH has released their first post-Sempiternal banger, Drown.

Upon first listen, an immediate takeaway would be lead vocalist Oli Sykes’ glaring abstinence from his usual screams. Smoothly transitioning between silken croons (think Deathbeds) and raspier, melodic choruses, such a seeming departure has inevitably been a point of contention.

Who will fix me now? Dive in when I'm down? Save me from myself, don't let me drown.”

Having come clean about a previous Ketamine addiction, Sykes’ lyrics reveal the sense of helplessness the frontman must’ve undergone when battling his vice, making the song all the more meaningful.  Such rehabilitation is mirrored by Drown’s music video which sees BMTH in a mock television show setting – with an audience comprised of hospital-gown-bedecked patients whose eccentricities are not unlike those found in the likes of American Horror Story: Asylum.  

The Beatles friendliness aside, Bring Me are a freak show themselves, boasting mutant-like symptoms including invisibility and a raging case Chewbacca-ism that obviously requires attention of the exorcism kind. Sounds nuts? We thought so too. Leave your thoughts about Drown below while you’re at it!

Drown is officially out on 7th December and is now available for pre-order on iTunes.  

 

Photo credit: Metal Hammer