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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!

 

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1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “Stalking on 's timeline, I'm thinking out loud that I have to win a signed copy of Ed Sheeran's 'X'! "

 

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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!

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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.

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

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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'! "

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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 - "

 

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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 ! "

 

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Comebacks are hard, but Fall Out Boy seem to know how to avoid the risk of a possible failure.

The band choose to borrow from different genres and mix various elements in their latest album American Beauty/American Psycho, in order to craft a sound that is actually their own.

The result is a fine piece of work from the alternative rock heartthrobs that is overflowing with anthems, youth and passion.

Our personal favourite is Uma Thurman which brilliantly juxtaposes the Pulp Fiction actress to The Munsters theme tune - the best FOB has produced in years.

To celebrate the release of American Beauty/American Psycho, we are hosting a swag of giveaway goodness for Fall Out Boy fans! Thanks to the lovely peeps at Universal Music Singapore.

Yes, we are giving away three sets of Fall Out Boy goodness consisting of FOB's brand new album American Beauty/American Psycho, FOB poster, AND a set of FOB nesting dolls!


 

And as always, winning is super-simple!
 

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1. #SpinorBinMusic is giving away FOB swag to celebrate the release of Fall Out Boy's new album! RT to win! http://bit.ly/FOBgiveaway

2. RT to win a #SpinorBinMusic pack incl Fall Out Boy Nesting Dolls! 'American Beauty/American Psycho' album OUT NOW! http://bit.ly/FOBgiveaway

3. Fall Out Boy's new album 'American Beauty/American Psycho' is out now! Win a MEGA #SpinorBinMusic prize pack here! http://bit.ly/FOBgiveaway

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The joining of McFly & Busted has brought happiness to all.

McBusted, one of the most successful bands of 2014, never do anything by halves and their debut album proves just that.

I have always been more of a McFly supporter than McBusted's, but I have happily accepted this new formation as they seem to be having so much fun.

McBusted proved they are great musicians and can write great music on their new album. Air Guitar is probably the best track and has hints of Busted's breakout hit What I Go To School For.

Their success wasn't only based on their old number one singles. They can and they SHOULD have more number ones, they can and they SHOULD be as famous as they used to be at the beginning of their careers, and most of all they deserve recognition, respect, and a chance from all those people who "hate" them only because "they want McFly back".

Thanks to the ever-lovely folks at Universal Music Singapore, we've got 5 copies of McBusted albums to giveaway!

All you have to do to get in the draw for this giveaway is to show us your best air guitar performance!

Sorry, just joking.

Here's what you really need to do:

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2) Simply tweet the message “I'd like to play the Air Guitar for you ! Gimme a copy of McBusted latest album please! "

 

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A new version of Telephone has just leaked on the blogosphere a few days ago. Lady Gaga and Darkchild originally wrote the song for Britney Spears during the Blackout era, but Godney passed on using it for her critically acclaimed fifth studio album.

This new version features clearer vocals from Godney as compared to the previously leaked 2010 demo. Lady Gaga is featured on this demo as well.

I love Godney and her past infectious hits but she only made it this far in the business because of the top notch production in her songs. Her voice is absolute trash. At least in the past decade.

Telephone was a worldwide hit, but not because the song was great. It soared on the charts purely on the Lady Gaga and Beyonce brand. Britney releasing Telephone would not have been half as successful. The single would flop if any other singer released it.

Praise the lord we are still not blind.

 

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 07:42

Top 100 Songs of 2014 on 987FM


As much of a joy as is to whip together the 10 Worst Singles Of The Year list, we at Spin or Bin Music also feel bound by readers to compile the year-end charts which local radios had put together.

Based on our understanding, HOT FM is undergoing a major facelift for 2015 and is doing away with their year-end chart countdown show.

So, let's just get to it. Read on below for 987FM's Top 100 Songs of 2014!

 

100. #SELFIE - the Chainsmokers
99. Believer - American Authors
98. Latch - Disclosure ft. Sam Smith
97. Adore You - Miley Cyrus
96. Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
95. Mmm Yeah - Austin Mahone ft. Pitbull
94. State Of Origin - Benjamin Kheng
93. Perfume - Britney Spears
92. Tennis Court - Lorde
91. Can't Remember To Forget You - Shakira ft. Rihanna

90. Superlove - Dami Im
89. I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora
88. All I Want - Derrick
87. Burn The Bright Lights - The Collective
86. Waves (Robin Schulz remix) - Mr. Probz
85. Good Girls - 5 Seconds Of Summer
84. Don't Tell Em - Jeremih ft YG
83. Find You - Zedd ft Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
82. Try - P!nk
81. Animals - Maroon 5

80. Chocolate - The 1975
79. Drunk In Love - Beyoncé ft. Jay Z
78. Sunshine - Trick
77. Wait On Me - Rixton
76. Do What U Want - Lady Gaga
75. Blame - Calvin Harris ft John Newman
74. Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft Rita Ora
73. Que Sera - Justice Crew
72. Wiggle - Jason Derulo ft Snoop Dogg
71. Wild Wild Love - Pitbull ft GRL

70. All Of The Stars - Ed Sheeran
69. Fireproof - One Direction
68. Breathe - Daphne Khoo
67. Bailando - Enrique Iglesias ft Sean Paul, Gente De Zona & Descemer Bueno
66. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson ft Justin Timberlake
65. Ghost - Ella Henderson
64. Boss - Fifth Harmony
63. Happy Little Pill - Troye Sivan
62. Wild Heart - The Vamps
61. Lost Stars - Adam Levine

60. Centuries - Fall Out Boy
59. First Flight Home - Jake Miller
58. Anaconda - Nicki Minaj
57. Up All Night - Trick
56. Fireball - Pitbull ft John Ryan
55. Somebody To You - The Vamps ft. Demi Lovato
54. Shower - Becky G
53. Birthday - Katy Perry
52. Gladiator - Dami Im
51. Neon Lights - Demi Lovato

50. Save Me - Gentle Bones
49. A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay
48. Steal My Girl - One Direction
47. Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo ft 2 Chainz
46. Love Runs Out - OneRepublic
45. Sing - Ed Sheeran
44. Jealous - Nick Jonas
43. Cool Kids - Echosmith
42. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo
41. Hey Brother - Avicii ft Dan Tyminski

40. Really Don't Care - Demi Lovato ft Cher Lloyd
39. Summer - Calvin Harris
38. You And I - One Direction
37. I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith
36. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz
35. Ain't It Fun - Paramore ft Joy Williams
34. Me And My Broken Heart - Rixton
33. Don't Stop - 5 Seconds Of Summer
32. This Is How We Do - Katy Perry
31. The Monster - Eminem ft Rihanna

30. Young Girls - Bruno Mars
29. Rather Be - Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
28. Stay The Night - Zedd ft Haley Williams
27. Midnight Memories - One Direction
26. Maps - Maroon 5
25. Bang Bang - Jessie J ft Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
24. Unconditionally - Katy Perry
23. Team - Lorde
22. Amnesia - 5 Seconds Of Summer
21. Timber - Pitbull ft Ke$ha

20. Not A Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake
19. Boom Clap - Charli XCX
18. Counting Stars - OneRepublic
17. Superheroes - The Script
16. Fancy - Iggy Azalea ft Charli XCX
15. Dark Horse - Katy Perry ft Juicy J
14. Say Something - A Great Big World ft Christina Aguilera
13. Chandelier - Sia
12. All Of Me - John Legend
11. Stay With Me - Sam Smith

10. She Looks So Perfect - 5 Seconds Of Summer
9. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
8. Story Of My Life - One Direction
7. Until We Die - Gentle Bones
6. Problem - Ariana Grande ft Iggy Azalea
5. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
4. Let It Go - Demi Lovato
3. Happy - Pharrell Williams
2. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
1. Rude - MAGIC!

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Credit: whackybeanz from Zetaboard

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