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Beyoncé and Coldplay are the newest target of the rising Tumblr-centric social justice warriors seeking to end all social injustice with a singular post on Tumblr.
Filmed in Mumbai, India during the country’s Holi Festival, Coldplay and Beyoncé filmed the music video for Hymn For The Weekend, probably my personal favourite off A Head Full Of Dreams.
The video is vibrant, colourful, and obviously serves its purpose of promoting the unlikely pairing’s Super Bowl performance as well as the beauty of India itself.
Sounds simple eh? Sadly, the cruel people of the internet are making this to be a bigger deal than it actually is, accusing the ‘whitest band in the world’ (someone actually said this) and Mrs. Carter for appropriating Indian culture.
How is it appropriating if the band actually got real Indian people to appear in the video as well as filming it on site, right in India? It’s not like they hired white actors and filmed the video in a studio in Hollywood right?
Furthermore, a real Bollywood actress by the name of Sonam Kapoor also appeared in the video. Beyonce was also wearing traditional clothing with other woman that are actually part of the culture there. What’s the big deal again?
Apart from the enraged Tumblr army attempting to come for the duo, some people tried to lighten up the situation.
Obviously, Coldplay aren’t the first act to be accused of appropriating culture.
From Iggy Azalea’s Bounce…
… to Selena Gomez’s Come & Get It…
… to Coldplay & Rihanna’s hit single Princess of China, almost every other A-lister has been accused of appropriating culture.
Now I don’t know how everyone let this slide because… since when do the Chinese have Kimonos as part of their culture?
Watch the stunningly shot video for Hymn For The Weekend below and let us know if its cultural appropriation or not!
Photo Credit: YouTube, Entertainment Focus
Zayn, oh Zayn. I guess going solo really opened up your mouth, although music's just one of the ways. In a recent interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Zayn revealed quite a bit about that moment he decided to leave:
"I think I always wanted to go, from the first year. I never really wanted, to be there, like, in the band. I just gave it go because it was there at the time and then when I realized the direction we were going in - mind the pun - with the music, I instantly realized it wasn't for me."
Well... that is actually understandable, considering most of 1D's music caters to the teeny-bopper category. (I admit though, their music has evolved maturely.)
Okay, that's not the point, but - doesn't that sound like an ex-boyfriend lamenting about how he hated being in his previous relationship?
Zayn continues, "I realized I couldn't put any input in, I couldn't give my opinion on this or not because it didn't fit the grain of what we were as a band and what we represented. That's when it became frustrating for me."
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Now that sounds like every ex-boybander woe. Zayn, you're not the first.
"When I was leaving the band they didn't want me to leave, but they couldn't talk me out of it at that point. I already made my mind up." So that was the final nail in the coffin.
Now the cat's out of the bag, are you in the Zayn camp or not? The 1D fandom seems to have split sides about this, and his latest single has been trending for more than a day now.
My personal take - Pillowtalk isn't wildly different from any 1D music, and Zayn's been throwing shade at his ex-boyfriends ever since he left. He'll definitely need more than that single to woo some of us over.
Check out the full interview here:
Photo credit: Beats 1
Between The Vamps performing in Singapore and Zayn releasing his first solo track (and music video), we have pretty much got you covered this week.
True or False?
James Mcvey channelled his inner tourist self while performing in Singapore.
Well, you probably already know that The Vamps played their first show in Singapore! But let’s take a look at their concert outfits.
Brad went for a long sleeve patterned shirt, black skinny jeans and black boots. Pretty sure he regretted his choice of shirt once he stepped on stage, Singapore’s hot and humid nature was just not forgiving that night.
James channelled his inner tourist self by spotting an ‘I LOVE SG’ shirt, his signature ripped jeans and sneakers. Great choice of top I must say! *winks*
Connor kept it simple that night; he went for a khaki vest top, black skinny jeans and sneakers. Loving the guns on display!
Tristan went for a plain white t-shirt, bright red jeans and red sneakers. Keeping it colourful yet simple.
Here is Teejay’s review of their spectacularly loud concert.
True Or False?
Louis Tomlinson’s son is called Choncobar?!
When the news of Louis’ son arriving came out, Directioners got a little bit too excited. They started coming up with name suggestions and we have found the funniest of the lot.
We were definitely asking ourselves what even is Choncobar? Maybe it was inspired by a chocolate bar or coco crunch?
Directioners are pretty known for trending the most random things. I guess when Sydney Rain trended, the world got a little bit confused as to it being that it is raining in Sydney or?
At last, Louis announces the name of his son. Freddie Reign Tomlinson.
True or False?
ANTI was accidentally released before it was due to.
It has been highly rumoured that Rihanna will be releasing her new album, ANTI, extremely soon. But it came 2 days earlier than expected. Tidal, a new music streaming service, accidentally released the album and eagled-eye-fast-fingered fans managed to download the full album right away.
After the excruciating long wait, Rihanna finally drops her new album. But was it worth the wait? Find out here!
True Or False?
Gentle Bones was detained in Indonesia for almost 100 days.
As we all know, Gentle Bones unfortunately had to cancel his first headline show in Singapore which was supposed to take stage last December. The public did not really know why it was so. The reason was only revealed when the team returned to Singapore. Apparently, Gentle Bones along with Jesse Epstein were opening acts for Kila Grannis on her Asia Tour and they had issues with performance licenses and permits, which resulted in their passports being taken.
Thankfully, everything was settled and the team is safely back in Singapore! This week, Universal Music Singapore announced that Gentle Bones first headline show has been rescheduled for 10th of June 2016! We can’t wait!
4 Things We Learnt about Zayn Malik from his music video for Pillow Talk.
1. Zayn looks really good with his white hair.
2. #ZIGI has definitely gone cannon.
3. Zayn probably loves pop of colours. The video features shots of bright flowers among the pretty dark and monotone scenes.
4. Zayn likes kaleidoscopes. The video features many scenes where it seems like we are looking through a kaleidoscope.
We've all heard it at least once from either our parents or teachers before: "Why you so smart can memorise lyrics but cannot memorise your social studies/history/geography notes HUH???" (Errr, 'cher, maybe if your classes were actually as interesting and catchy as Eminem's songs, I would have been able to pass my exams with flying colours lor...)
The early 2000s was a great time for rap and as a primary school kid then, I was really, really into the genre. Below are five of my all-time favourite rap music from the past decade. I could even adapt that famous Alan Rickman (RIP Sir) quote: "When I'm 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I'll be rapping along to Where Is The Love. And my family will say to me, 'After all this time?' And I will say, 'Always.'" If you know the lyrics to all of them, you and I could probably be BFFs (please be my friend, we can have rap battles all the time).
However, as awesome and as it may feel and as proud as I may be of myself to have these lyrics still at my finger tips, I can't help but feel like I'm turning into an old fart! Why? Because -REALITY CHECK- the following tracks were released more than 10 years ago.
1. Where Is The Love? - The Black Eyed Peas (2003)
2. Hey Ya! - Outkast (2003)
5. Get Back - Ludacris (2004)
From the start of Rihanna’s career in 2005 with Music Of The Sun to 2012’s Unapologetic, Rihanna has released an album annually.
Rihanna remained silent throughout 2013 to 2015, with the exception of several buzz singles (FourFiveSeconds, Bitch Better Have My Money, and American Oxygen).
2014 also saw Rihanna executively producing the soundtrack for Dreamworks' Home. Still no new album was in sight, nor was Rih willing to divulge any details regarding the album.
Then titled R8, rumours ran rampant in 2014 after she left long-time label Def Jam, leading to many thinking the album was scrapped entirely and re-recorded.
2014 was also the year it was revealed that she has rejected tracks tons of tracks written for her. From Sia’s Cheap Thrills…
To Grimes’ Go…
And even an untitled track with Calvin Harris & Tinashe.
Fast forward an entirely later, when she revealed the official artwork and title of the album in Los Angeles, ANTI.
Work, a reggae-pop song featuring Canadian rapper Drake, was suddenly premiered on radio on 27th of January, taking everyone by surprise. Little did everyone know what Rihanna had in store for them.
One day later, ANTI is finally released as a surprise on TIDAL, for the low price of $0.00. Yeap, Rihanna has decided to give out her brand new album for free (While stocks last).
The album is exceptional and probably Rihanna’s most focused project ever. Even Rihanna penned almost every track on the album, something almost unheard of coming from her. Also, she threw in an amazing cover of Tame Impala's New Person, Same Old Mistakes, titled as Same Ol' Mistakes on the record.
The laidback vibes, mature lyrics and polished production was a sharp contrast from the rather rushed and generic releases of Unapologetic and Talk That Talk. Rihanna also seems to be straying away from the mainstream sound, with no strong single audible upon first listen of the album.
So was the wait worth it?
If we’re gonna get such a high quality record, yes it is. We're willing to wait another three years for the follow up, Riri!
Photo Credit: Popcrush, Rihanna, CelebsLA