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Is Jason Mraz one of our favourite artists? Yes!

Have we been to his last concert in Singapore? Yes!

What's the name of the US singer-songwriter's latest album? 'Yes!'

Jason's had a impressive chart history - His 2003 debut single The Remedy (I Won't Worry) wasn't the massive smash hit it should have been, but he hit big time on Billboard Hot 100 with his 2008 smash I'm Yours and entered the top 10 again with I Won't Give Up a couple of years back.

So how will we react to his newest material? YES! We don't know what it is about Jason Mraz's music but he had us hooked since Day 1 in 2003 with The Remedy. And he's done it again with his latest single Love Someone. His vocals are so wonderfully restrained and warm, telling the tale of an enduring love.

The new album has dropped across Singapore and Malaysia this week and we want to share good music with you (as usual). Thanks to Warner Music Malaysia, we are giving away five copies of this awesome album and winning one of them is as easy as eggs.

Just follow these 2 simple steps and we'll pop you into the draw!

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “Say YES! to Jason Mraz's latest album!  Gimme a copy! http://bit.ly/1mIX0E9

 

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Spin or Bin Music is in the finals for the Best Topical Blog and Favourite Twitter Influencer at the Singapore Blog Awards 2014! This is the 4th year we've been nominated and we're so exited to be part of the distinguished group of finalists!

It has been an especially challenging year for all of us at Spin or Bin Music. As you know, we are not full-time bloggers and music is the fuel for our passion in keeping our social media platforms alive. In the past year, some of us have transitioned from students to full-time working professionals. All of us have our own commitments and the pressure from starting a new job to preparing for major exams can be very stressful at times.

But all of us have one thing in common. We are committed to sharing our thoughts on music with you even if it meant staying up at 2am to deliver these information.

If you enjoy reading, watching, and generally partaking in our blog and Twitter, do cast a vote for us each day. All you have to do is click on the following images and they'll take you straight to the relevant page.

Note: You need to login to Facebook in order to vote.



The winners will be announced on August 16. Wish us luck!

Well if this isn't one of the most exciting tour announcements of the year...

The gang at Singapore GP certainly knows how make an impact first thing on a Tuesday morning. The organizers have just confirmed that Jennifer Lopez will headline at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on 21 September at the Padang Stage. This will be J Lo's second visit to Singapore following the J Lo Dance Again World Tour in 2012.

You can be sure the sexy 44-year-old is gonna turn up the heat at the race circuit with her smoking hot performances!

Concert Details:

       Jennifer Lopez
       Date: 21 September
       Venue: Padang
 

Ticket prices for Sunday start from S$188 available for sale at www.singaporegp.sg

P.S. You would have known this piece of news last week if you have been stalking us on Twitter. :)

Pink Dot, Singapore’s annual public gathering that celebrates freedom to love, has just ended moment ago with the formation of the giant human dot. Since its inception in 2009, the LGBT event has grown from strength to strength with this year's event expected to continue the unbroken string of record participants.

Whether it is sniggering at the transsexual walking past you, or avoiding the seat next to the sissy at the hawker centers, LGBT people have to deal with so much more than their own sexuality.

Let's be open by accepting and respecting each other’s differences. Allow everyone to love freely and without fear.

We at Spin or Bin Music wants to celebrate this occasion with you. Here are the top 5 songs in recent music that celebrates freedom and acceptance in the LGBT community.

1. Lady Gaga - Born This Way


Lady Gaga's 2011 anti-bullying winner Born This Way. The title track from her second studio album quickly claimed the top spot on the Billboard charts and made history as the first number 1 song to contain the word “transgendered” in its lyrics.

2. Katy Perry - Firework


From whipped cream bra to an invisible wonderbra that shoots fireworks! This is Katy Perry’s best video yet with its strong underlining message -  To be who we are and not what others want us to be. It is also telling us to embrace our flaws - because they are what makes each one of us unique.

3. Sara Bareilles - Brave


Co-written by Jack Antonoff of fun., the song is about Sara's gay friend who struggles to come out of the closet. It is positive, uplifting and makes a great statement to “say what you wanna say” in the face of peer pressure.

4. P!nk - Raise Your Glass


Underdog anthems are P!nk’s best trick and Raise Your Glass is her biggest call to arms yet. There’s no denying that when it comes to equality rights, P!nk’s on the LGBT's side

5. Demi Lovato (ft. Cher Lloyd) - Really Don't Care

This may not be Demi Lovato's best video but it was a statement well-made that I can appreciate. Kudos to her for filming the video at the L.A. Gay Pride Parade and driving the message that we should all be who we are.



Till a bigger and better Pink Dot next year!

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At first, I was a bit dissappointed that Lana Del Rey wasn't again working with Justin Parker, Rick Nowels and other producers from the Born to Die and Paradise albums. Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys handles most of the production on Ultraviolence. I love the Black Keys, but upon first listen I felt like Ultraviolence sounded too much like a Black Keys record. But after a few more listens, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the album.

The entire album gives a classic rock of the seventies feel and allows Ms Grant's voice to really stand out. It's her voice that really soars on these dark ballads giving the album it's texture and tone. The opening track, Cruel World, starts the ball rolling with beautiful lyrics and complex vocals. Critics may argue that many of the songs sound alike. But upon a second or third listen they reveal themselves to be quite unique individually as well as working together as a whole. The subtle arrangements of Black Beauty and the more complex West Coast are my two favorites.

We like to share our love for music with you, as always. And fabulously, the folks at Universal Music Singapore have given us FIVE copies of Ultraviolence to give away!

Just follow these 2 simple steps and we'll pop you into the draw!

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “Ooh, baby, ooh, baby, I'm in love with Lana Del Rey's latest album Ultraviolence!  Gimme a copy!

Grab a copy of Ultraviolence on iTunes now!

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The last few years have been a crazy ride for Ed Sheeran. After signing with Atlantic in 2011 following a series of EP releases, he soared onto the British charts that summer with The A Team, which debuted and peaked at #3. Debut album + did even better, securing a #1 debut in September in the United Kingdom.

In a pop landscape dominated by dance tracks that all sound the same, Ed Sheeran returns with a brilliant new set of songs which I'd have to call acoustic hip hop in his sophomore album X. Two of my favourite songs off the album, Photograph and Nina, are co-written by Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid.

Coincidentally, both the soulful love song (Photograph) and super catchy diss track (Nina) were the first two songs the redhead crooner had written for the album!

Now you know we love you and know you have been waiting in anticipation for Ed Sheeran's latest album. So thanks to Warner Music Malaysia, we are going to hook you up with a copy!

We have 5 sets of the redhead crooner's latest album to giveaway! Just follow these 2 simple steps...

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2) Simply tweet the message “I will SING louder to win a copy of Ed Sheeran's latest album X! #SpinorBinMusic! http://bit.ly/1lVYN47

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There's certainly a whiff of familiarity to Guy Sebastian's new single Like A Drum.

The song blends mainstream dance with a slightly organic feel similar to one of Avicii's recent hit Wake Me Up. We can't quite figure out what it is about this song that feels a little insincere for our liking but hey! It's catchy, as the song tittle suggests, like a drum beat!

The Australian singer-songwriter's beautiful, souful voice is his biggest asset and he sings his latest single with passion.

Wanna catch him perform live in person? Well, MTV Asia will be bringing Guy Sebastian to Singapore for an intimate recording of the music series MTV Sessions on Monday, 30 June at 8pm at Resorts World Sentosa’s Waterfront Studio. And we have your tickets to the show! It will be an awesome experience to see the Australian Idol winner perform up close as the show will be recorded live in front of a 200-strong audience!

Spin or Bin Music has got not 1 or 2... But 3 pairs of passes to giveaway!

Here's how you can snag a pair!

1) Follow us on Twitter

2) Simply tweet the message “#SpinorBinMusic! Give me a pair of tickets to catch @GuySebastian perform LIVE at #MTVSessions on 30 Jun! http://bit.ly/UqE8iT

The on-air show premieres on MTV Asia on Friday, 18 July at 10pm (SG).

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After my first introduction to Clean Bandit, I went searching for their other tunes on YouTube and was so impressed with their sound, a bit of a fusion of dance music and classical music. The band's music oozes originality which I hadn't really heard anything like this before and became a bit obsessed with a lot of their other songs too.

Mashing up top notch melodies, crisp and highly addictive dance beats, scintillating string decorations and pristine vocals from a stable of hugely gifted singers and collaborators. Clean Bandit's debut album New Eyes is a heady and winning mix! Their latest single Extraordinary is already making huge waves across the UK!

All this week, we want to share with you some sophisticated dance music that will lift your spirits! Thanks to Warner Music Malaysia, we are giving away 5 copies of New Eyes!

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All the best bands have albums which tell the story of where they were in their careers at the point when they wrote the songs and Ghost Stories is no different.

Coldplay are experts at putting together that long lost art form of an "album" rather than a collection of loosely collected tunes. Pieces of music that you listen to in their entirety because they make more sense that way.

Unlike the albums released by newer artists today, this album doesn't want to order you to crank the volume up and risk breaking your speakers with anthems.

We at Spin or Bin Music want you to sit down, relax, absorb, listen and understand the emoton of this album. We are giving away 5 copies of this incredible album to you! Thanks to Warner Music Malaysia!

Here's how:

1) Follow us on Twitter

2) Simply tweet the message “#SpinorBinMusic Sprinkle some magic on me! Gimme a copy of Coldplay's latest album 'Ghost Stories'! http://bit.ly/RoDD6U

 

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Anthony Chen fronts Tiger Beer's latest campaign Uncage launched a couple days ago which salutes the restless spirits of Asia who go against the norm.

A very deserving ambassador whose story is the epitome of overcoming conventional thinking to create art that inspired millions.

The Ilo Ilo (2013) director who struggled for years to become the acclaimed film-maker he is today is a firm believer that everyone can be inspired to achieve anything, And we can totally relate to that - Spin or Bin Music is a work of passion and we strongly believe that we are able to create something that feels like a gift, giving an idea that spreads, that may improve something for you.

We are uncaged when interacting with you on our social media platforms.

We are uncaged when we know that you appreciate our joys in sharing with you our thoughts on music.

We are uncaged when you are inspired by us and help us continue on when we feel our inspiration or love for music writing to dwindle.

Our blogger Solihin best illustrates his idea of being caged and uncaged....

History classes vs. Warped Tour. Pretty clear which is caged and uncaged.

 

What is your idea of a life uncaged? Submit your pictures of your life #cage and #uncage on the Tiger #Uncage site now!

 

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This post has been sponsored by Tiger Beer, but all thoughts are our own.

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