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UK music lovers rejoice!

On Singapore’s golden jubilee year and to celebrate the 50th year since Tiger Beer released its first can to the world, Tiger Beer has lined up a slew of events and activities to commemorate this milestone in the nation’s history.

Two international music acts will be performing at Unofficial Official party of SG50 including a 4-piece indie-rock band, The Griswolds. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, this will be the up-and-coming quartet’s first time performing in Singapore.

Tiger Beer is tight-lipped on the other international music act – only revealing that it is a celebrated British alternative band.

Which band could this be? Your guess is as good as ours ;)

In addition to the music performances, Tiger Beer has handed the power in the hands of the people by getting Singaporeans to vote for what they want to see at their party. Some of our favourites which we voted for included a Chili Crab Fountain, Indoor Fireworks and Local music act (Yes! Support local music!)

Head over to their official website to vote now! Voting will close on 19 July and those eligible to win tickets to the party will be notified.

 

Photo credit: Tiger Beer

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We have already confirmed 2 months ago that Taylor Swift is heading our way this year and after teasing us on her Facebook page yesterday morning, the team at AEG Live has this morning revealed the all-important Singapore date (and China) for Taylor Swift's '1989' world tour.

The reigning Queen of music latest album 1989 has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and would be the centerpiece of this massive world tour which started on May 20 in Louisiana, USA.

Keep stalking us here and on Twitter to get the latest update on the CONCERT OF THE YEAR!

 

Concert Details:

Date                : 7 & 8 November 2015
Venue             : Singapore Indoor Stadium
Ticket Prices: $328, $288, $248, $188 and $128

Tickets are available for purchase from 10am on 30 June at Sportshubtix.

Priority sales for AMEX Centurion credit card holders from 25 June at 10am. All other AMEX card holders can purchase tickets from 26 June at 10am.
 

Photo credit: AEG Live

We Came as Romans is a post-hardcore group out of Troy, Michigan that was formed in 2005 when they were seniors in high school.  After several lineup changes, they released their debut album, To Plant a Seed, in 2009 to solid reviews. Featuring thematic, synth-filled choruses along with their heavy vocal screams, WCAR was able to create a unique sound and quickly carved out a healthy fan base, especially among the younger crowd. The band's relentless touring to support this album (alongside acts such as Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive, Of Mice and Men, and more) brought them closer to fans and increased their popularity.

In support of their latest album Tracing Back Roots, WCAR is hitting the road again with a pit stop at our sunny shores.

Concert details:

       We Came As Romans: Tracing Back Roots Tour
       Date: May 20, 2015
       Venue: Neverland II, St James Power Station
       Ticket prices: $70 (April), $80 (May)
       All tickets available here.

And how could we not link you up with this awesome band with free tickets?

Brilliantly, the gang at Inokii has kindly kicked three pairs of tickets in our direction and given we've already got tickets to the show, we’re kicking them all over to you ’cause we know you’d love to rock out with us!

Here's what you gotta do:

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “! Gimme a pair of tickets to catch We Came As Romans LIVE in Singapore! "

Photo credit: Inokii

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3. Multiple tweets are allowed but each Twitter account will only be entitled to one winning chance.
4. Representative of Spin or Bin Music will pick three (3) tweets amongst all eligible tweets. Spin or Bin Music’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entertained about Spin or Bin Music’s decision.
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AC Music Entertainment is bringing US pop songstress Demi Lovato to Singapore and Malaysia for her Demi World Tour! This will be the second time the 22-year-old singer-songwriter will perform in both countries.

Lovatics will be treated to a show full of the starlet’s most recognisable hits, from her debut album to more recent offerings including Really Don't Care, Heart Attack and her rendition of Let It Go from the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack.

Concert details:

       Singapore
       Date: April 28, 2015
       Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hall 601-604, Level 6
       Ticket prices: $228, $168, $128, $98, $68
       All tickets available at Sistic.

      Malaysia
      Date: May 4, 2015
      Venue: KL LIVE @ LIFE CENTRE
      Ticket prices: RM388, RM188, RM138
      All tickets available at Ticketpro.

Now imagine that your favourite pop website - uh huh, that's us - decides to have a giveaway contest whereby you could win one of five double passes to each concert!

Clearly, that's what we here at Spin or Bin Music are doing with the upcoming shows for Demi Lovato - with very big thanks to our friends at AC Music Entertainment!

Here's what you gotta do:

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the respective messages based on your country of residence:

Singapore

Demi Lovato performs in Singapore on April 28! Give me a pair of tickets, please !

Malaysia

"Demi Lovato performs in Malaysia on May 4! Give me a pair of tickets, please ! "

Photo credit: AC Music Entertainment

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4. Representative of Spin or Bin Music will pick ten (10) tweets amongst all eligible tweets. Spin or Bin Music’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entertained about Spin or Bin Music’s decision.
5. Spin or Bin Music reserves the right to disqualify all entries that do not meet the rules and regulations of the Contest. These include entries submitted with invalid or incorrect information.
6. Winners will receive a tweet/ DM from Spin or Bin Music with further instructions on how to claim the prize.
7. Spin or Bin Music is not responsible for, nor obligated to replace, any lost, stolen, or damaged prize sent through mail.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:58

WIN: Ed Sheeran's Autographed 'X' Album

We do love looking out for you, our dedicated readers and pop fans. So when we were given the opportunity to press the flesh with Ed Sheeran during his recent tour in Singapore and Malaysia, naturally we had you at the forefront of our minds.

The awesome team at Warner Music Malaysia have slid a few copies of Ed Sheeran's Grammy-nominated album X our way and we had him sign them just for you!

And we decided that, given Sheerios are rather passionate creatures, we'd open this giveaway to all folks from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines!

An autographed copy of Ed Sheeran's X might be winging its way to your home if you follow these simple steps!

 

Twitter

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “Spin or Bin Music! I'm thinking out loud that I need a signed copy of Ed Sheeran's 'X'!  "

 

Instagram

1) Follow us on Instagram.

2) Repost this image and tell us (in less than 50 words) why you deserve to win a signed copy of Ed Sheeran's 'X' with hashtag #SpinorBinMusicXEdSheeran!

We would be picking winners from both Twitter and Instagram! Get tweeting, and reposting!

Terms & Conditions:
1. Open to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia & Philippines residents only.
2. All entries must be received before 22:00 hours on April 8, 2015.
3. Multiple tweets are allowed but each Twitter and Instagram account will only be entitled to one winning chance.
4. Representative of Spin or Bin Music will pick four winners amongst all eligible entries. Spin or Bin Music’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entertained about Spin or Bin Music’s decision.
5. Spin or Bin Music reserves the right to disqualify all entries that do not meet the rules and regulations of the Contest. These include entries submitted with invalid or incorrect information.
6. Winners will receive a tweet/ DM from Spin or Bin Music with further instructions on how to claim the prize.
7. Spin or Bin Music is not responsible for, nor obligated to replace, any lost, stolen, or damaged prize sent through mail.

Madonna is a living legend, and it feels almost disrespectful to offer anything but praise.

Fortunately, her thirteenth studio album - Rebel Heart - comes as a bold re-affirmation of the Queen of Pop's supremacy in a genre she created and perfected.

You'd think by now, she would've ran out of ideas, but it's safe to say - this little vixen still has some tricks up her sleeves. I've been a loyal fan since the groundbreaking epic, Ray of Light. But she's been writing timeless, infectious pop songs for as long as I've been alive. The 19-track album is her most intimate/reflective album since the highly underrated, American Life.

And my god, how beautiful does she look on the album cover?! Still striking as ever. But enough of that - we know how much you love a good giveaway, so we're not holding back!

To celebrate the album's release, the awesome team at Universal Music Singapore has kindly sent us five sets of AMPed download cards worth $118 each. Each card gives you access to AMPed Premium content including unlimited download of music for 12 months!

To win, here's what you need to do:
 

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply click on all 3 links below and hit retweet!

1. Celebrate the release of Madonna’s 'Rebel Heart'! #SpinorBinMusic is giving away AMPed download cards! http://bit.ly/Mrebelheart

2. RT to win stand a chance in winning an AMPed download card! Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' out now! #SpinorBinMusic http://bit.ly/Mrebelheart

3.  Gimme the AMPed download cards now #SpinorBinMusic! Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' - OUT NOW! http://bit.ly/Mrebelheart


Good luck!

Photo credit: Universal Music

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3. Multiple tweets are allowed but each Twitter account will only be entitled to one winning chance.
4. Representative of Spin or Bin Music will pick five (5) tweets amongst all eligible tweets. Spin or Bin Music’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entertained about Spin or Bin Music’s decision.
5. Spin or Bin Music reserves the right to disqualify all entries that do not meet the rules and regulations of the Contest. These include entries submitted with invalid or incorrect information.
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Written by Nur' Atiqah Najib

The train ride to the concert venue was a juggle between downloading the quintets' latest album, Four, and struggling to distinguish the similar openings of each song so the concert wouldn't sound like one track put on loop. That, as well as not looking like a lost sheep in the expected sea of prepubescent girls, each probably having memorised every song by heart. Exiting the train station, I was greeted by a fan base whom 90% - I suspect - were younger than myself, some even accompanied with parents. Ten points for effort for you Sir/Ma’am, I thought to myself, each time a parent flashes me a dispirited smile. The snaking lines outside the several entrances, most would say attest to the popularity of the group, for which I was served with 25 minutes of waiting time before I was whisked, or rather, pushed into the stadium.

Up and coming local DJ, Lincey delivered for the opening act, serving a mash up of current chart toppers including songs from Styles’ ex beau, Taylor Swift. Following which, an assortment of music videos and misplaced Korean advertisements took over. Local YouTube sensation, Hirzi Zulkiflie, did not miss out on putting a show while waiting, swaying his hips to the tunes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga – a performance that the audiences lapped up. For close to 45 minutes (after the purported start time, mind you) hits from the likes of 5SOS and LMFAO blared, to what I assume, to be hyping up the crowd or in my head, giving young teenagers a taste of an expurgated version of the recently cancelled FMFA. However, as each song faded out, the screams got louder.

After a long time coming, the lights dimmed and the hysteria rocketed to a whole new level (and decibels) I’d never imagined possible. To the ascending introduction of Clouds, a sea of iPhones, tabs and Go Pros surfaced, taping Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne as they took to the stage. Even with considerable height, it was pretty darn hard to take a good look at the lads when you have tiny screens covering your view in every direction. Thankfully, the giant LED screens helped me to avoid the pain of craning my neck and being ambushed in the face with flaying hands and gadgets.

While I have attended concerts and performances that saw more audiences than today, I certainly underestimated what the pain of 30,000 screaming teenagers and pre-pubescent could inflict on your aural senses. I’m surprised that none of the members are partially short on hearing after their countless of shows, meanwhile my ears are still ringing. While the sound system at the newly opened Singapore National Stadium fared well, reverberating and powerful, at times it still drowned out in the cries of the ‘Directioners’. With that being said, the audio engineers have to be careful, as the booming also tended to override the vocals at focal points. Although that obviously didn’t seem to bother the sea of pumping estrogen, who were either screaming or singing along inaudibly. The constant and ever increasing flow of high-pitched screams did not go away from the moment the lads reared their chiseled faces all the way to the last note in the groups’ well-loved “Best Song Ever” with which they wrapped up the night.

The reason I probably traded my free Wednesday night to be sandwiched between sweaty girls half my age, was to answer the curious question of: “Can One Direction sing live?” With the presence of technologies like auto-tune, you can’t blame me for doubting the vocal abilities of musicians in recent years. However, with the 4 and a half years they’ve spent in the industry, One Direction, had certainly time to spare, to polish themselves to be a well-oiled performance machine, singing with as much verve and passion, switching lines between one another effortlessly (risking coming off as overly rehearsed though). A special mention, however, is in order for Horan, who not only caught my eye with his boyish looks, but had clearly developed as a guitarist from his early days in X Factor.

While they demonstrated their vocal capabilities credibly, the appeal of One Direction laid in the harmonious juxtaposition of their personalities (and good looks, duh). With their eclectic mix of haircuts, accents and choice of tattoos, the British-Irish group were undeniably charismatic, mastering the ABCs of providing fan service and ensuring that their fans felt appreciated. Cue: Ear-piercing, migraine-inducing screams. Conversing affably between songs, they were generous with their thanks and compliments for fans, or army, for their fervent and undying (don’t forget hormone-filled) support throughout their musical journey. Not forgetting to mention how “beautiful” of a city Singapore was and how much they loved their fans just as much.

While I may not have left the venue a convert, I am definitely excited to see the direction (lol) that the group is taking with regards to their creative choices. The synth-heavy smash hit single, Steal My Girl, in their latest album, amongst other tracks proves for one that One Direction may just intend to ditch its previous sugary-pop boy band image.

All photos by Anisa Abdul Latiff for Spin or Bin Music

Kelly Clarkson has been gone for a while building a life for herself but while gone has come back with a strong album of great songs - Piece By Piece.

I can already see some of it's singles running their way up to the Top 10 and becoming best-sellers in the near future. The entire album is amusing and rich in lyrics, while the music unquestionably has the true essence of the Kelly Clarkson we have known for years.

Kelegend's voice is what distances her from her pop peer group. She isn't big on image, not big on production, and won't be the one leading teens and others to new trends. What she does is continue to be herself, live her brand and record amazing music.

Now imagine that your favourite pop website – you know the one you visit every single day forever and ever amen - decides to have a competition whereby you could win one of five copies of Piece By Piece! Can you imagine!? With very big thanks to our friends at Sony Music Malaysia, we’re giving you the chance to win a copy!

Here's what you gotta do!

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “This is my heartbeat song & I'm gonna play it. Turn it on ! Gimme a copy of 'Piece By Piece'! "

Photo credit: Sony Music

Terms & Conditions:
1. Open to Singapore, Malaysia & Philippines residents only.
2. All entries must be received before 22:00 hours on March 15, 2015.
3. Multiple tweets are allowed but each Twitter account will only be entitled to one winning chance.
4. Representative of Spin or Bin Music will pick five (5) tweets amongst all eligible tweets. Spin or Bin Music’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entertained about Spin or Bin Music’s decision.
5. Spin or Bin Music reserves the right to disqualify all entries that do not meet the rules and regulations of the Contest. These include entries submitted with invalid or incorrect information.
6. Winners will receive a tweet/ DM from Spin or Bin Music with further instructions on how to claim the prize.
7. Spin or Bin Music is not responsible for, nor obligated to replace, any lost, stolen, or damaged prize sent through mail.

Saturday, 14 February 2015 09:00

WIN: 5 Copies of Charli XCX’s ‘Sucker’!

British chart darling Charli XCX, who first rose to fame via her featured performance on Icona Pop's smash hit I Love It (She hates that song now. FYI.), is on a roll lately.

Her collaboration with Iggy Azalea (Fancy) received two Grammy nominations this year and she followed up with two consecutive solo chart hits - Boom Clap and Break The Rules.

The 22-year-old's latest single Doing It, with Rita Ora making a guest appearance, is all set to follow its predecessors into the upper reaches of the chart.

Charli XCX's sophomore album Sucker is good, solid pop. Some of the songs are foot-tappingly catchy, and others are earworms that are hard to not sing while walking around.

It may be called Sucker, but this album rules.

We love to giveaway good albums here at Spin or Bin Music. So what better way to kick off this Chinese New Year than by giving out five copies of Charli XCX's Sucker. Thanks to the ace team at Warner Music Malaysia!

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “Boom Clap! The sound of my heart when I take part in  giveaway to win Charli XCX's Sucker! Details - "

 

Terms & Conditions:
1. Open to Singapore, Malaysia & Philippines residents only.
2. All entries must be received before 22:00 hours on February 21, 2015.
3. Multiple tweets are allowed but each Twitter account will only be entitled to one winning chance.
4. Representative of Spin or Bin Music will pick five (5) tweets amongst all eligible tweets. Spin or Bin Music’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entertained about Spin or Bin Music’s decision.
5. Spin or Bin Music reserves the right to disqualify all entries that do not meet the rules and regulations of the Contest. These include entries submitted with invalid or incorrect information.
6. Winners will receive a tweet/ DM from Spin or Bin Music with further instructions on how to claim the prize.
7. Spin or Bin Music is not responsible for, nor obligated to replace, any lost, stolen, or damaged prize sent through mail.

Good news Harmonizers! Fifth Harmony has finally released their long-awaited debut studio album Reflection!

For the uninitiated, the girl group was assembled on the 2012 edition of ‘The X Factor’ over in the States and although they didn’t win the competition (they finished third), they were subsequently signed by Simon Cowell to his SyCo label

The latest single from the debut album is Sledgehammer. Co-penned by Ms All About That Bass Meghan Trainor, the track is a thumping electro pop number with a driving bassline that sounds like it comes straight from the biggest pop minds of Europe rather than the United States. Check out our full review of the album here!

And what's better than a new giveaway to chase your Monday blues away? With mammoth thanks to the folks at Sony Music Malaysia!

To celebrate the album's release, we've got five shiny new copies to give away and here's what you've got to do to win one!
 

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “If you could give me Fifth Harmony's latest album right now, it would feel just like a sledgehammer ! "

 

Terms & Conditions:
1. Open to Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia residents only.
2. All entries must be received before 22:00 hours on February 14, 2015.
3. Multiple tweets are allowed but each Twitter account will only be entitled to one winning chance.
4. Representative of Spin or Bin Music will pick five (5) tweets amongst all eligible tweets. Spin or Bin Music’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entertained about Spin or Bin Music’s decision.
5. Spin or Bin Music reserves the right to disqualify all entries that do not meet the rules and regulations of the Contest. These include entries submitted with invalid or incorrect information.
6. Winners will receive a tweet/ DM from Spin or Bin Music with further instructions on how to claim the prize.
7. Spin or Bin Music is not responsible for, nor obligated to replace, any lost, stolen, or damaged prize sent through mail.

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