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When it comes to Singapore's National Day Parade, one of its biggest and most anticipated highlights is the NDP theme song of the year.

If you haven't heard this year's theme song, Because It's Singapore!, here you go:

 

And... yep. Let's just say that we hope to hear better for NDP 2018.

Yes, we know we'd never get another Home, but before you lose hope in local music, you shouldn't.

In fact, the local music scene has been flourishing as of late. So, to celebrate Singapore's 52nd birthday, here are 5+2 (or 7) of our favourite songs released by local musicians in 2017!

 

1) The Façade - White

 

2) Jean Tan - Crowns

 

3) M1LDL1FE - Distraction

 

4) TOMGIRL - Heartbeats

 

5) Bakers In Space - Mute

 

6) The Sam Willows - Keep Me Jealous

 

7) LEW - Loved You So

Photo credits: LEW, Yak

"Due to unforeseen circumstances..."

We all know how it goes. No exciting news would ever begin with that line.

If you'd ask me, the words "cancelled" and "concert" should never be in the same sentence. Alas, life happens and sometimes things just don't work out as they should.

Here are four highly-anticipated concerts of 2017 that had been unfortunately cancelled:

 

1. Justin Bieber

The most recent concert cancellation goes to Justin Bieber, who cancelled his remaining Purpose tour just 18 days after it was announced that he would be performing in Singapore in October this year.

"Sorry for anybody who feels disappointed or betrayed," he apologised. "Have a blessed day."

Before you hate on Justin, it should not be ignored that the singer had been on tour for the past 16 months and performed at 150 shows. Give him a break.

 

2. Banks

After performing in Singapore for the first time at Laneway 2015, we were all excited for Banks' return in July 2017.

Unfortunately, in March, the alt-R&B songstress had cancelled her Singapore show. However, it does seem that both Banks and concert organizer, Secret Sounds Asia, are keen to work out a concert at a later date.

We're crossing our fingers on that!

 

3. Pitbull

Due to scheduling conflicts, Mr Worldwide a.k.a. Pitbull, could not go worldwide this year. Much to the disappointment of his fans, he cancelled the entire asian leg of his Climate Change world tour.

 

4. Colbie Caillat

Just two days before she was slated to take the stage at The MAX Pavillion, fans were shocked to find out that they would have to make other plans for that night.

When will her fans in Singapore finally be able to watch her sing Try and Bubbly live? Soon, we hope.

 

Photo credits: Getty Images, LA Times

 

Remember this?

That was Singapore-born singer Natalie Ong WOW-ING the judges at her X Factor Australia audition. Even though her journey on the talent competition was cut short after the first live show that did not stop her from pursuing her dream. She recently released her first ever-single Get Gold and it made us feel like proud parents!

In this Instagram post, Natalie spoke about how the song came about. In collaboration with Josh Wei (who has worked alongside other local acts like Gentle Bones and Linying), they pitched the song to the National Youth Council and all together it was produced.

Get Gold depicts Natalie’s journey from her X Factor Australia days till today, she has fixated her mind on pursuing her dream and nothing will get in her way. Through the song, she also hopes to inspire fellow youths to chase their dreams no matter what.

 

We’re excited to hear what the future holds for you, Natalie! All the best!


Picture Credits: Natalie Ong on Instagram

They just keep coming, don't they?

Music fanatics in Singapore have certainly been burning multiple holes in their pockets because of the multitude of musical acts making a stop to our sunny island to share with us what exactly it's like partying LIVE to their music.

Just when we thought that 2017 couldn't get any better with English singer-songwriter Passenger, British rock band Coldplay and multi-platinum selling girl group Fifth Harmony, it did.

If you have been keeping up with all the concert announcements for the past few months, you would have noticed that our little red dot has turned into a popular destination for all the talented musicians in the world to bring their tour to.

It has certainly been very overwhelming to keep track of who is coming, when and where they are performing, and finally deciding which concerts to eventually spend our limited money on.

In stressful times like this, don't worry because we got your back. We have complied a list of the 11 concerts we are most looking forward to, so just refer to this in times of uncertainty! (that is if you trust our recommendations ;)


1. Britney Spears

When: 30 June | Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium

 

2. The xx

When: 25 July | Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium

 

3. Bastille

When: 14 August | Where: The Star Theatre

 

4. All Time Low

When: 17 August | Where: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa

 

5. Foo Fighters

When: 26 August | Where: National Stadium

 

6. OneRepublic

When: 15 September | Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit (F1)

 

7. Ariana Grande

When: 16 September | Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit (F1)

 

8. The Chainsmokers

When: 16 September | Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit (F1)

 

9. Ed Sheeran

When: 11 & 12 November | Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium

 

10. Harry Styles

When: 23 November | Where: The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre

 

11. Shawn Mendes

When: 9 December | Where: The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre

 

Photo Credits: NBC, Global Times, College of William and Mary, @itsqueenbritney-blog-blog, @coachella, @ryantedder, @brok3n-sanity, @demente-ocasional, @light-in-my-soul. @ohbabyyeah, @wegotthatgoodlove on Tumblr

Dear ticket reseller,

Remember me? We last met earlier this year at Coldplay's ticket sales. I was hoping you've had your fill then, and yet, here we are again. For Ed Sheeran, no less.

Mothership says you're "entrepreneurial". I can already tell that the author of that article is a really nice person, for I could think of 10 other adjectives that are far less kind to describe you. 

Maybe you think I'm overreacting; that this is all but a first-world problem. After all, all that I'm missing out on is a concert, right?

 

 

I wonder if you've ever cried yourself to sleep, accompanied only by music that seem to understand you perfectly.

I wonder if you've ever gone through a heartbreak so bad that could only be described by the lyrics of your favourite song.

I wonder if you know how it feels like to finally get the chance to meet the artiste whose music was there for you when no one else was, only to have that very chance taken away by someone lusting after a quick buck. 

Oh well, I guess you don't really care for music, do ya?

 

 

I now see that you're insatiable. So while I hope that paths never cross again, it is inevitable that we'll meet again soon. I wonder when that'll be; at the end of this year, or maybe early next year, maybe?

Till then, I hope your week is as wonderful as you are. 

Love, 

An Ed Sheeran fan

 

Photo credit: AFP, Viagogo, Carousell