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US pop duo MKTO - made up of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller - first rose to fame via their debut single Thank You and quickly followed that up with the infectious hit Classic.

Thankfully, that energy is present throughout the duo’s debut album. In fact, most of MKTO's 11 tracks are radio friendly. The collaboration with Ne-Yo, Could Be Me, is the strongest moment on the album with its smooth R&B beats, besides previous single Classic.

We have to admit that many of the songs are fairly non-adventurous. However, consistency is undervalued in the pop industry and if there is one word to describe this album, ‘consistent’ would be it! Simply put, this is a credible debut album for the ex-Nickelodeon stars!

And of course, we'd best let you know that the glorious Sony Music team has kindly given us a 10 copies of the album to give away to you. So here's how you win one.

 

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet this message "#SpinorBinMusic! Please gift me a copy of MKTO's debut album! Could it be me?  http://bit.ly/1gUh0wz".

Good luck!

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:00

8 Questions With Up-And-Coming Band R5!


California pop rock outfit R5 is one of the hottest up-and-coming bands around. Combining catchy hooks and relatable lyrics with unique melodies and polished vocals, the young musicians exploded onto the scene in 2009 with their debut EP Ready Set Rock. R5 -Ross Lynch (of Disney Channel's Austin & Ally), Riker Lynch (of FOX's hit tv-show Glee), Rocky Lynch, Rydel Lynch, and Ellington Ratliff - just got off their European tour and is getting ready to release a full length album later this year. We tracked down the talented band and asked them about their upcoming album, music inspirations, and Asia tour plans.



What is your favorite song off your latest album Louder? Why?
Riker – (I can’t ) Forget About You – It's one of the strongest songs on the album and I remember hearing it for the first time and I thought Yeah!  We got something special here.

Rydel – Love Me Like That – Because it’s mine!  And it’s a fun change, it’s great to surprise everyone when a girl starts singing lead in the middle of the album

Rocky – Ain’t No Way We’re Going Home – Because live it jams hard!

Ratliff – One Last Dance – It reminds me of songs I listened to when I was little.  And I really like the lyric content.

Ross – If I Can’t Be with You – Because of the lyrics.
 

What can we expect with the new record coming out this year?
We’d say it’s a little more mature than Louder, but it will still have the fun, positive R5 vibe, and that summer, beachy vibe that we do with all R5 stuff.  We are really excited about it and still lots of work to be done!



What inspired your passion for music? Who is your biggest music inspiration?
Our biggest inspirations U2, Beatles, Rolling Stones….Walk The Moon, Maroon 5, Neon Trees
Riker wanted to be Michael Jackson and Elvis – that’s what kind of what started it initially.  Once we moved to California, Rocky taught himself how to play guitar and we used to watch Fall Out Boy videos and they really inspired us to start really pursuing music.


Team Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez or Ariana Grande?
Gotta support Demi Lovato!!


Your latest music video (I Can't) Forget About You features the band members being in different kinds of crazy adventures while in Japan. How was it like filming the video?
Rydel – Filming the video in Japan was amazing!  Once we saw the final product, we were extremely thrilled, even though it was very last minute that we decided to film in Tokyo – but it turned out amazing.  But I will tell you it was extremely cold when we filmed it, but everyone was so cool and we loved Japan!


Do you guys play tour pranks on each other or the other bands?
We stage bomb our brother pretty much every night – he DJ’s for us and plays on stage before we go on – we run out there and do crazy stuff and dance.  One time for Ratliff’s birthday we toilet papered his drum set before the encore of LOUD.


You guys are quite young to already be dominating the music scene. How do your family and friends feel about your rapid rise to success in music?
Ratliff – I find that any time I talk to my family and my families friends they all say how weird it is to see me being admired by so many people and travelling the world and they are really happy and excited for me.

Riker – Our friends and family are so supportive,, we are very lucky to have such love and support


Any plans to tour around Southeast Asia?
Heck Yes!  We definitely want to get to Southeast Asia.  If not this year , Definitely next year!  Hope to see you guys soon!

 

Listen to the full interview here!

 

Photo credit: Universal Music

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So instead of a regular interview with a celebrity, we switch things up a little by interviewing one of Spin or Bin Music's pionners - Manfred Kueh!

 

What is your role at Spin or Bin Music? What do you enjoy most?
I am the social media person at Spin or Bin Music. I enjoy reviewing concerts, interviewing artists and most of all, meeting celebrities!
 
What is your current job? What are your roles and responsibilities?
I got an internship at Sony Music Singapore. I am in charge of marketing/promo and social media.
 
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It is very relevant in my current job as it is music related and my experience at Spin or Bin Music definitely helped me to score an internship with a major record label like Sony Music.
 
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Good English writing skills, able to plan and coordinate promotional campaign across media platforms and have a strong understanding of current music trend and culture.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to embark on a similar career path?
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After seeing the sizzling video with Rihanna, I thought this album would be a rip-roaring dancefloor non-stop party. I. Was. Wrong.

With Shakira, her first English-language release since 2009, the Colombian goddess has delivered an appealing album that is a real showcase for her vocal prowess. Jumping from the Brazil-inspired dance-floor-ready track Dare (La La La), to the epic pop rock of Empire, to the country twang of the Blake Shelton-assisted Medicine, the album showcases Shakira's cross-genre versatility and her utterly beautiful voice.

My favourite song from the album - Chasing Shadows. Written by Pop's Most In-Demand songwriter Sia and co-penned by Fernado Garibay, the electro-pop masterpiece has been on repeat on my iTunes since writing this article thirty minutes ago.

Can’t remember to buy it on iTunes? Don’t worry - there’s still hope when you stalk us, as always.

Spin or Bin Music is giving away 10 copies of Shakira. Thanks to Sony Music Singapore and Malaysia!

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I love Foster the People's Torches - just like most of you. It was such a fresh indie-pop record and it was one of my favorite albums of 2011. When FTP announced that they were releasing new materials, I was scared that they would go through a sophomore slump with their new album, Supermodel.

It was unfounded.

At first listen, I am unconsciously looking for something familiar and comforting to latch on to. This didn't happen with Supermodel. But the more I listened and opened up to their new music, the more my appreciation grew. It is unique and dynamic, well crafted and extremely different.

This is a diverse set of songs that shows just how great of a songwriter and singer Mark Foster is. From incredibly catchy and danceable to just plain beautiful, the songs on this album deliver. I expect that this one will stay with me for awhile.

To celebrate the release of the album, the fine, friendly teams at Sony Music Singapore and Malaysia have kindly gifted us ten copies to in turn gift to you. And we make it so damned easy for you to win. Here's how...

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It's an unfair world.

Remember Kinder Eggs? The chocolate which got every kid in the household excited with a surprise toy in the egg?

It did achieve its objective - To deliver an emotional experience. So much so that my sister and I had to fight over the surprise toys sometimes.

Chupa Chup has outdone its competitor with this latest piece of news. Apparently, a 16-year-old boy in Argentina became a millionaire overnight when he unwrapped his lollipop to reveal an unexpected surprise - An uncut diamond worth between 1-2 million dollars!

Did the CEO accidentally drop a diamond in the mixer at Chupa Chup's factory?

Watch the video below!

 


Can I be your friend, Antonio?

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Update: 1 April, 2014

Chupa Chups has confirmed today that it has released a series of extremely limited edition, 50-carat precious stone lollipops into its worldwide distribution. These precious lollipops worth hundreds of thousands of dollars have been distributed randomly across the world as part of a marketing campaign to surprise and delight customers everywhere.

Please excuse us while we run to the nearest store to grab our precious. Thanks.

After scoring the soundtrack to the animated film "Despicable Me", Pharrell Williams found himself on three of the biggest hits of 2013. The first of which was Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, followed by his appearance on Daft Punk's Get Lucky and his song Happy. The Daft Punk connection led to Williams being offered a recording contract with Columbia to record his sophomore effort G I R L. This time around, Williams eschews rapping for singing but has noticeably toned down the sexual content.

The album only features 10 tracks but they all fit perfectly with the theme of the album, which means no fillers! In this time of very dark music, this record serves as a breath of fresh air by giving you a genuinely happier group of tracks and doesn't follow the sheep in the music industry.

If you have been a fan of Pharrell since N.E.R.D. and are aware of his extensive archive of work, you will appreciate the sound on this album.

And of course, we love our readers, so we'd best let you know that the glorious Sony Music team has kindly given us ten copies to give away to you. So here's how you can win one.

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When The Fray first came on to the seen almost 10 years ago, critics called them a cheap Coldplay knock-off. Now with four albums to their name they have proved the naysayers wrong.

There is a lot of negativity and critics have called their latest album Helios 'Not a Fray record.' We disagree - The fact that they are doing what bands like The Beatles did throughout their careers is what makes them one of the best bands in the industry right now. This sound is much different from their previous albums, which were amazing as well. Helios is a blend of the recognizable Fray vocals, but added is a bit of a rock edge and a little new wave thrown in. While there are many bands out there using the now neo-new wave sound, The Fray makes it their own in Helios.

And of course we want to make sure our loyal Twitter followers get a copy. So, with thanks to Sony Music Singapore and Malaysia, we've got ten copies to give away!

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Having teased us with not one but FOUR snippets of his new single on Instagram, Calvin Harris finally drops his new club anthem Summer moments ago.

The effervescent floorfiller added much hype to this release by featuring himself on vocals for the first time since his multi-million selling hit single Feel So Close!

Despite the beat drop being predictable and sounding like Under Control, the first verse is the best thing ever. Those violins/strings! Holy crap.

I am beyond ready for some of this Summer in my life right now.

 

Photo credit: Columbia Records

I've been a White Lies fan since the beginning - their 2009 How To Lose A Life remains one of my favorites. 2011s Ritual was a change and an addition of more electronics to their sound. Well on their latest album Big TV, the band does everything in perfection and created one of my favorite albums of 2013. Big TV meets at both ends of their previous albums and sounds like them but bigger - a lot bigger, big choruses, and even catchier then ever. There are a number of stand-out tracks, my favorite being Mother Tongue.

I attended their showcase in Singapore at a private Burberry event last year and was totally mesmerized by their sound.

For those who didn't manage to catch their private showcase, fret not!

The English post-punk band is performing a full live show at TAB on 22 March in Singapore! Tickets are priced at S$78 and are selling at www.tab.com.sg!

So how could we possibly not team up with our wonderful mates at Midas Promotions and Universal Music Singapore to offer up TWO pairs of tickets each bundled with White Lies' latest album Big TV?!

All you gotta do is...

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