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If Disney channel original movies were your jam back in the 2000s, this is for you.

For these 3 classic movies, they truly had a special place in our hearts. We love the movies, the music and even the books for some. Not only did these movies form part of our childhood, but they also kick-started the careers of the pop stars of today.

Get ready for some feels and relive your childhood now!

 

High School Musical 3

When we think of Disney channel original movies, this franchise is bound to be on the top of the list. A decade ago, the third part of the series hit theatres worldwide and it definitely left a lasting impression on many of us. Whether we were team Sharpay or team Gabriella, it didn’t matter at the end. We admired their amazing friendship and that they were able to pursue a degree of choice after graduation. They were the original definition of #SquadGoals!

 
 
 

Camp Rock

It has been a whole 10 years since Camp Rock first aired on Disney Channel; it has also been 10 years since we first heard of Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers. The cast has definitely kept busy since ever – some pursuing a career in music and others continuing in film. This movie was more than catchy tunes and good-looking stars, it also taught us to aspire and that no dream was too big or too crazy.

 
 
 

The Cheetah Girls: One World

If girl squads were a thing is in 2000s, The Cheetah Girls will most probably top the list. The world was so obsessed with the girl group that they even released a clothing line, perfumes and dolls to name a few. From New York City to Barcelona to India, we’ve been through it all with the girls. In 2008, the third and final instalment of movie trilogy was released. Unfortunately, the group did not manage to end the era with a full team as Raven-Symone decided to pull out.

 

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A blast from the past.

How old were you in 2008? What were you doing in 2008? Were you listening to any of these albums or singles in 2008? Music has evolved drastically since the 2000s, whether it got better or worse that’s debatable. Most of the artists below had their heydays back in the 2000s but a few are still going strong today.

Take a trip down memory lane and look at 18 albums and singles that will turn a decade old this year!

 

ALBUMS

19 – Adele

Titled after her age at that time of release, 19 marked the start of it all for Adele. However, for many of us her second album, 21, was the one that really caught out eyes with the likes of Rolling In The Deep and Set Fire To The Rain.

One Of The Boys – Katy Perry

Filled with chart topping hits like I Kissed A Girl, Waking Up In Vegas, Thinking Of You and Hot n Cold. This was the album that catapulted Katy’s career to where she is today.

Good Girl Gone Bad – Rihanna

With this album, we saw Rihanna transform from having an innocent image to the edgy pop star we know her as. This album also includes some of her classic hits like Umbrella, Don’t Stop The Music and Shut Up and Drive.

Breakout – Miley Cyrus

This was Miley Cyrus breaking out of her Hannah Montana shell. Being the first album not related to her character Hannah Montana, Miley was able to put in more of her personality and elements of rock music – rather different from Hannah Montana’s music.

The Fame – Lady Gaga

This album kick-started Lady Gaga’s career with the likes of Poker Face, Just Dance and Paparazzi. Those were also the days where she was known to be over the top and eccentric. Lady Gaga would turn up on a red carpet in a meat-dress or in an incubator.

The Block – New Kids On The Block

They were heartthrobs back in the late 1980s and 1990s, and this album marked the band’s comeback in 2008. Songs like Summertime, Single and Dirty Dancing flooded the radio airways and we just couldn’t get enough of them.

Fearless – Taylor swift

We’re sure everyone is familiar with chart toppers like Love Story and You Belong With Me. This album marked Taylor’s international breakthrough to become the global superstar we know her today as.

I Am… Sasha Fierce – Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s two-disk album was quite a showstopper, with hits like Single Ladies, Halo and If I Were A Boy. From then till now, Beyoncé is still a force to be reckoned with and that’ll continue for a long time.

Circus – Britney Spears

We know Britney for her over the top productions and insane sets when it comes to her live shows; you never know what you’ll get with her. The title of this album encompasses the whole idea and the songs definitely live up to what they stand for.

 

SINGLES

Viva La Vida – Coldplay

The opening bars are so distinct and unique to this song that you cannot forget.

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Are you still listening to this track today? This is one that’ll stay in our playlist for a very long time.

Fall For You – Secondhand Serenade

Didn’t we all try to learn this song on the guitar?  It was probably the love song of 2008.

4 Minutes – Madonna

Jumping from one car to another, dancing around in a grocery store and oh ya trying to save the world…

So What – P!nk

P!nk has challenged so many boundaries in music even till today. She’s right, so what she is a rock star.

Leavin’ – Jesse McCartney

This is bringing back so many memories; do you remember having this song on your Walkman, IPod or Creative Zen?

When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls

As the lead single off their album Doll Domination, this track was a hit among fans from all over the world.

Burnin’ Up – Jonas Brothers

These boys, heartthrobs in the late 2000s! This song brought back so many memories from their music and TV series, good times.

Crush – David Archuleta

Crush recently made a comeback after a fan tried to sing all the parts of the song in a viral video on YouTube.  

 

Bonus: Beyonce and Jay Z’s wedding

Music’s most talked about couple tied the knot in April of 2008 in a super-intimate ceremony.

Did any of these bring back memories for you? Share them with us!


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If you're a harmonizer, this is our Christmas gift to you.

It is universally agreed that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. The spirit of giving with thankful hearts in the company of loved ones is something to be cherished.

So this Christmas, we decided to gift Fifth Harmony fans a specially curated playlist. This playlist consists of songs and covers by the multiplatinum-selling girl group Fifth Harmony. Over the years, they have never failed to bring the joy of Christmas to everyone with their angelic voices.

It is no different this year as they brought us the new majestic track Can You See from, The Star, an animated comedy film that tells the true story of Christmas. One song is definitely not enough to fill the entire holiday season, so here's a compilation of Fifth Harmony's best vocals to accompany you this Christmas.

 

1. Can You See

 

2. All I Want For Christmas Is You

 

3. Silent Night

 

4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

 

5. Christmas Medley

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It’s not everyday that you get to hear a mixtape solely dedicated to the legendary Beatles. But thanks to the World Wide Web, a 52-year-old Christmas disc by Paul McCartney himself is available online for us to devour.

Paul McCartney wittingly made his fellow Beatles bandmates a Christmas mixtape in 1965 called Unforgettable.

There were reportedly only three copies made, one for each of The Beatles.

In the tape, McCartney plays a jolly and enthusiastic DJ as he introduces a list of songs by the likes of The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and Nat King Cole.

"It was a very free, formless time for me... So I would sit around all day, creating little tapes,” McCartney told author Barry Miles.

Indeed, what McCartney deemed as an experimental hobby turned out to be a rare treasure for Beatles fans.

Listen to the 18-minute wonder here:

 

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The very concept of a home-grown Korean pop (K-pop) act might sound oxymoronic to anyone completely insulated from that particular hyper-polished, acronym-dominated world. Coupled with the Internet’s insistence on ridicule, the premature death of BEAUNITE (aka #BEAUNTIE) – a local 13 member girl group with capitalistic, cartoon-like plans of world domination – could probably be seen from a mile away. Schadenfreude aside, this was a sign that the genre had finally attained peak cultural penetration by transcending into meme territory and provided an excellent opportunity for those unschooled to educate themselves about the forces behind this flaming trash heap of a debut.

For instance, it was news to a K-plebeian like yours truly that reality shows are part and parcel of being in a South Korean “idol” group which in turn is distinct from the definition of a K-pop “artist.” BEAUNITE falls under the former (or at least is inclined to) which panders to the more cosmetic aspects of society that rewards superficiality over talent. Slumming it and toiling as a “trainee” is mandatory, say K-pop gatekeepers who expect their idols to be nothing less than jacks of all trades on top of conforming to narrow beauty standards, of course. There is nothing new about fans vocally expressing discontent with the purported misrepresentation of their genre (or in this case, their country as well) but BEAUNITE’s presumptuous lack of content and prior experience explains the unanimous uproar against them.

We’d love to say we were declined a comment after reaching out to the group’s representatives but we knew better than to assume that actual adults (let alone Singaporean helicopter parents) were actively supporting this endeavour. Instead, we turned to Linda, our newly-minted K-pop correspondent to shed some light on this recent development.            

S: As our resident K-pop expert, what do you think of BEAUNITE’s “debut”?

L: They seem to be a harmless bunch of Koreaboos* who have their heads a little too far up in the clouds. People take issue with the “K-pop” branding - the fan community has gatekeeping tendencies and gets offended when a non-Korean group with no prior training (the average idols trains for years under their company before getting to debut) claims the label. You might have heard of EXP Edition, a K-pop group that only consists of Caucasian members. They garnered negative reactions from K-pop fans and the Korean public for similar reasons stated above.

S: So can K-pop exist outside of Korea?

L: The industry has developed strong global ambitions in the last decade - many groups promote in Japan, where Korean members learn Japanese and release music exclusively in the language. I've actually seen this used as a defence for EXP Edition: if Japan can accept a Korean group releasing music in Japanese, why can't Korea accept a non-Korean group doing K-pop?

There's also EXO, one of the most popular K-pop groups. They debuted with a concept where they have 2 subgroups, EXO-M and EXO-K: 6 members sing in Korean while the other 6 (4 of them Chinese) sing the same song, but in Mandarin. The Chinese members of EXO-M were still considered K-pop idols since they were backed by a Korean company. This leads me to believe that a Korean company somehow has to be involved in order for a fully Singaporean group to be validated as a legitimate K-pop act. Simply appropriating K-pop elements like what BEAUNITE appears to be doing isn't going to work, with or without high production value.

S: What should BEAUNITE’s next step be?

L: BEAUNITE shouldn't be discouraged from pursuing their passions for music/dance, but they should do away with the K-pop group label. There is nothing wrong with covering K-pop dances, but when you publicly designate yourself as the official maknae** of the group, or adopt a fake Korean name, you should probably reflect on your life choices. Their Koreaboo syndrome is a result of an ever-growing Hallyu*** craze here – there's a line between appreciating a culture and fetishizing one, and many K-pop fans here definitely belong to the latter. Still, it's sad to see really young girls being the target of so much hate.

Well, one thing’s for sure – I sure hope Xuan, the self-proclaimed meme queen, can at the very least appreciate the fact that she had a hand in creating a late but definitely great viral phenomenon.

 

Photo credit: BEAUNITE

*A non-native Korean who is obsessed with Korean culture to the point where they denounce their own national/native identity and proclaim that they are Korean. These people typically start off as K-Pop fans, but some Koreaboos also start off as StarCraft II or League of Legends fans since they are very famous competitive sports in South Korea. The word “Koreaboo” itself comes from the term “weeaboo”; a non-native Japanese person who is obsessed with Japanese culture.

**Maknae is a common Korean term used by older people, generally young adults, to refer to the youngest in a group. It's often used as a title in place of their name.

*** “Korean wave” or “Korean fever,” it refers to the sudden increase in popularity of South Korean culture around the world in the last ten years largely due to the Korean entertainment industry boom and the popularity of kdrama and kpop.