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The excitement stakes have been raised for the release of the latest in the series of 'The Hunger Games' movies - 'Mockingjay Part I'.

Not only is 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' one of the most hotly anticipated movie of the year, the original soundtrack is just as highly anticipated as well - ever since Lorde announced the star-studded tracklist for the soundtrack.

At just 18 years of age, the New Zealand singer-songwriter has curated the entire soundtrack for the new film.

"Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance," she said in a statement.

Lorde's gorgeously smokey vocals are complemented by big, bold production on the first single Yellow Flicker Beat off the original soundtrack.

To celebrate the release of the OST, the gang at Universal Music Singapore have shuffled three sets of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' movie premiums in our direction!
 

And we are giving them away in this fashion:

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “Win exclusive The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie premiums at #SpinorBinMusic! OST out now! http://bit.ly/1uPYIs8

May the odds be ever in your favour. 

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What's better than a new giveaway to kick start your week? We've a couple of amazing giveaways lined up for you and Directioners... get it first! With mammoth thanks to the lovelies at Sony Music Malaysia!

One Direction returns with their highly anticipated fourth studio album, FOUR, featuring the hit singles Steal My Girl and Ready To Run. The band is undeniably one of the hardest working acts in the industry - with new albums out every November in the last four years.

To celebrate the release of FOUR globally this week, we are throwing five copies of the album in your direction.

And guess what?

We know this is never enough for our Directioners. So we managed to dig out another prized 1D item in our store room... A 1D cap! Yes, a lucky winner will win a FOUR album AND a 1D CAP!

Here's what you need to do to qualify:

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “Everybody wanna steal my 1D album! #SpinorBinMusic give me another copy pls! http://bit.ly/1Ar1t6d

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The 2014 MTV EMA is looming!

Dueling queens Katy Perry and Taylor Swift will show down in the Best Female category with some rumors hinting that Katy Perry and Rihanna are plotting to diss Taylor Swift at the show tomorrow!

Katy Perry leads the race with nominations in 7 categories, while Ariana Grande follows closely with nods in 6 categories. Pharrell Williams and 5 Seconds of Summer are each up for 5 awards. One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Eminem, Sam Smith, and Kiesza all received 4 MTV EMA nominations each.



When celebrities attend the 2014 MTV EMA, they get special treatments including a big basket of gifts from sponsors.

And we want you to get pampered as well!

Thanks to our friends from MTV Asia, we are giving away 3 limited edition official MTV EMA goodie bags worth more than USD70!


 

Here's what you gotta do:

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2) Simply tweet the message “I wanna party with #SpinorBinMusic at MTV EMA with an exclusive limited edition MTV EMA goodie bag! http://bit.ly/114gAnw

 

The 2014 MTV EMA will broadcast LIVE on MTV Asia on Monday, 10 Nov 3am and repeat on the same day at  8pm (SG) and 9pm (MY).

The award show will repeat on Saturday, 15 Nov 2pm (SG) and 3pm (MY) as well as Sunday, 16 Nov 6pm (SG) and 7pm (MY)

 

Photo credit: MTV

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Our favourite country pop princess has just unveiled a snippet of her highly anticipated follow-up single to Shake It Off.

Written by Taylor Swift and Ryan Tedder (One Republic) and produced by Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella and Taylor Swift. Welcome To New York is the third song revealed from 1989, Taylor's forthcoming fifth studio album!

Our verdict?

We can totally visualize the fashion montage of Anne Hathaway walking the streets of New York in The Devil Wears Prada. Considering that is one of our favourite movies, not a bad visual. ;)

Listen here and share it with fellow Swifties!

Photo credit: Taylor Swift

Attention, Swifties! To celebrate the release of Taylor Swift's upcoming album 1989 next week (pre-order now!), we are giving away one of the coolest Taylor prize ever assembled! All you have to do to win is connect with us on Twitter and retweet the giveaway accouncement!

The package includes Taylor Swift's official 2015 calendar, a 'Red' t-shirt AND an iPhone sound amplifier!

All thanks to the lovely folks at Universal Music Singapore!


To win, here's what you need to do:
 

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1. Celebrate the release of Taylor Swift’s 1989! #SpinorBinMusic is giving away Official Merch! http://bit.ly/11sUsTN

2. RT to win a #SpinorBinMusic pack incl Taylor Swift 2015 calender & tee! '1989' OUT NEXT WEEK! http://bit.ly/11sUsTN

3. Taylor Swift's 1989 will be out Oct 27! RT to win a MEGA #SpinorBinMusic fan pack. Deets here! http://bit.ly/11sUsTN

4. Gimme the ULTIMATE SWIFTIE prize pack #SpinorBinMusic! Taylor Swift's 1989 - OUT NEXT WEEK! http://bit.ly/11sUsTN


It's that simple! 5 lucky winners will be selected to receive this huge prize pack. Start clearing space on your shelves for this ULTIMATE Swiftie collection!

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Irish outfit The Script have been on Singapore soil for their sold-out concert last year.

And it looks like fans of Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power will get to experience it live again next year!

Midas Promotions has just announced that The Script will return in April next year for their Asia tour.

Famous for their hits Breakeven, Before The Worst and Hall Of Fame and their recent hit Heroes, fans will get to see the Irish rockers live in Singapore as they take over the Singapore Indoor Stadium for one night in April 2015. We are so thrilled to get another opportunity to see one of the finest bands take to the stage as they bring their tour to our sunny shores!


       Date    : April 21, 2015
       Time   : 8pm
       Venue : Singapore Indoor Stadium
       Tickets: TBA

Stalk us on Twitter for ticketing information!

Photo credit: Midas Promotions

The monster single Bang Bang is a classic tale of propelling an underperforming singer back to the limelight.

Bang Bang became a "career re-defining" song for Jessie J, at a point when many critics had considered her career over. With the help of rising stars Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, the single reached a new peak of number three on Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Now that Jessie J's career is back in order, she decided to head back to the studio a few weeks ago and record a rap-less version (aka Bye Nicki).

And then she realized that she really needs all the attention on herself as her upcoming album Sweet Talker is gonna be released in less than 2 weeks. So she sneaked back to the studio one fine night and recorded a solo version (aka Bye Ariana Grande too).

The result?

IT IS FIRE! Jessie J’s vocals sit in perfectly on this solo version!

Listen to the Jessie-only version below!

P.S. The story above is entirely false except the part on Jessie J's vocals - SHE IS REALLY ON FIRE!


Photo credit: Republic Records

We promised you tickets and tickets we hereby deliver!

As you're probably aware by now, the 2nd edition of Shut Up & Listen on October 4 will feature local indie band Monster Cat, Hawaiian multi-instrumentalist Kawehi, Australian punk/metal/rock genre-benders Avastera, Australian alternative rockers Here Come The Cavalry and Australian post-hardcore group Hands Like Houses!

Tickets are still selling here but how could we not share the tickets that are kindly gifted to us by Live! Empire? Well, we have FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS to be precise.

Yes. TEN TICKETS! GOLLY!

So if you're up for a bit of a boogie on October 4 at The Coliseum, just follow these 2 simple steps!

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The Script has been one of our favorite bands ever since their debut album back in 2008. After selling over 20 million records with all 3 albums achieving multi-platinum throughout the world, the Irish band has just released their 4th studio album No Sound Without Silence.

There aren't many bands which we can positively say “I wouldn't skip a single song” but this is completely true for The Script. They hardly let us down and every song is a delight to listen to. This album is no exception, flowing with beautiful riffs and catchy choruses which will have you singing along and dancing around.

Lead vocalist Danny O’Donoghue is probably one of the finest singers of our generation, combined with Mark's beautiful guitar work and Glen's rhythmical drumming and we have here one of the best bands to come out of Ireland and indeed one of the finest examples of modern music to date.

Yes, we just know you wanna get your hands on this new album. That's why, we've teamed up with the fine folks at Sony Music Malaysia to offer up five shiny new copies of No Sound Without Silence to give away to you.

So jump to it! You've got but a week to enter the giveaway! And here's how...

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “I've been pinning for The Script album 'No Sound Without Silence' everyday, every hour!  gimme a copy! http://bit.ly/1unp2GH

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Monday, 15 September 2014 14:08

8 Questions With Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey has received many awards and accolades in recognition of her worldwide success during her long, distinguished career including 5 Grammy Awards. But what sets her apart from her other artists of her era is probably her ability to resonate with fans through her music.

In this interview to promote her upcoming Asia leg of her world tour Me, I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, the humble songbird revealed that she would never proclaim her music is the soundtrack to people's lives. Instead she is happy to write songs to help her fans get through the most difficult times of their lives.

Mariah's influence on many of today's younger pop/soul divas is apparent - she set the template for fresh, young big-voiced pop star with the likes of Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson.

So what's the secret to Mariah's longevity in the music industry? The Elusive Chanteuse shares with us in this intimate interview below.

 

1. Is your talent the reason for your longevity & success in the music industry?

Longevity is something that is very difficult to obtain in this business because a lot of the music business, particularly now, is about trends. And a trend is a trend because it lasts for a moment and then it’s gone. You’re like “You remember when was that. Oh yeah! I remember. That was so much fun.” There are people who transcend trends, and typically they are the people who do have a catalogue of songs that people love or a voice that people have learnt to love over the years. That’s just like embedded in people’s ears, brains and hearts like a soundtrack to people’s lives. To have a career, be successful and maintain success, it is very difficult. It’s just about what you want to achieve and how long you want to keep doing it.

 

2. Do you agree that your music has created the soundtrack to people’s lives?

I would never be the one to say that. I could never say that. People have said thank you to me for writing the songs because it has helped them get through the most difficult time of their lives. As a songwriter, there’s really nothing better than that type of statement.

 

3. Were you born with an innate ability to create and produce music?

I believe that we inherit a lot of things and my mum was an opera singer and did sing jazz. She also did instill a belief in me that this was possible. She named me Mariah Carey as a stage name. I don't have a middle name and I don't think I had a choice. I definitely haven’t accomplished everything that I want to accomplish. There are different facets of the entertainment world and I really want to explore all of them. I just need the right team to be around to make sure that I can just be the creative person and have that vision.

 

4. What is your advice for upcoming artists?

I really think that we never know who’s going to have what type of longevity. It’s really about your commitment to the music and your commitment to your fans and yourself, and how much you are willing to give up of your life to do this because you’re giving up yourself, you’re giving a certain amount of yourself away and that was just inevitable and that’s what I wish and hope to bring forward. There are really a lot of talented people out there…it just depends on how hard and how much they want it.

 

5. You were one of the first artists to feature rap artists in mainstream music. How do you choose your collaborations?

I’m definitely not the first artist to work with rap artists or to work within that genre. I guess because I was known as an artist, I had this cross over appeal where I was on the R&B charts. “Vision of Love” was the number one record on the R&B charts first and then the pop charts, so my base and my heart was always in the R&B world although the hip hop community’s something totally different and as a kid, I grew up loving hip hop and living in New York and feeling the music because it’s some of the most real music that there is as it comes from a place that is the most real in a lot of ways. It was inevitable that I would end up working with rap artists because it’s the music that I love and if you are referring to the record with O.D.B., “Fantasy”, was my dream from the minute I thought about using the Tom Tom Club loop of “Genius of Love”, and that was one of my favourite songs as a child, so when I wrote the song, “Fantasy”, on top of it, I wrote the pop version. The record company, the executives, not all of them were aware and they really didn't understand like my need to do what I wanted to do and I kind of snuck that in. They never really heard O.D.B.’s solo project, and I’m laughing and anyone who has heard it would know why I’m laughing but the topics that he got into were “little…look to the left…to the centre…” and nobody really envision this very kind of innocent girl that I think I know that I actually was (and sort of still am). But they didn't see that collaboration coming and for me it will always be one of my favourites and what it did though was it proved the point to the executives like “Look! You have got to listen to me because I’m the demographic. I’m the person that really listens to the radio, grew up listening to music, to this genre of music and so I still keep up with different artists that I’m intrigued by their music or how they represented themselves and I’m fortunate enough to be able to work with people that I love.”

 

6. To what extend are you involved in the business side of your career?

The business is important because when you put so much of yourself into making an album, you want people to hear it. When you put so much of yourself into making an album, and so it’s something where I try to get creative and try to get involved, and try to work with social media as much as possible because that’s a great connection to the fans and I’m very involved in the business of it all but I think it’s a learning experience for all of us in the music business everyday.

 

7. What is the theme behind your new album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse”?

There isn’t necessarily one theme and that’s why I want people to hear this album as a whole, as an entity, as something that I put every bit of myself into, and each song is a different side of who I am. Some of them there’s a lot of truths that I’m talking about, and some of them are kind of sad or almost too sad, like I call it the misery and we love it and we have to have it. But in a way, I added three new songs that I felt were necessary to complete the journey of this album.

 

8. Do you want to make more films in the future?

Definitely want to make more films. I love working in the independent film world. I have been so blessed to work with Lee Daniels. He is someone who just believed in me and didn't try to categorise me, and so I’m really grateful to him for that, and looking forward to another very exciting project on the horizon that is coming soon.

 

Mariah Carey will perform in Singapore on October 24 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Ticket prices start from S$98, and are on sale at Sports Hub Tix, Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets.

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