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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

Photo credit: Sony Music

Terms & Conditions:
1. Open to Singapore and Malaysia residents only.
2. All entries must be received before 21:00 hours on September 28, 2014.
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.

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.

Sunday, 14 September 2014 10:00

WIN: Pixie Lott's Rock N' Rose Accessories!

We are big fans of Pixie Lott and not just for her powerful vocal chords and catchy music.

From the chic and simple outfits topped off with a crazy hair accessory or two, Pixie is totally nailing it in the fashion stakes lately.

The singing sex kitten has teamed up with vintage jewellery and headwear brand Rock 'N Rose to create a 22-piece collection of girly yet edgy awesomeness. Prices start at £16 and the collection includes statement headwear, stacked midi rings, layered necklaces and an injection of authentic vintage with limited edition pieces from the 70s!

To celebrate the release of her self-titled album, we are giving away 3 lucky readers one of the accessories below each! All thanks to the team at Universal Music Singapore!

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

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “To celebrate the release of Pixie Lott's self-titled LP,  is giving away Pixie-designed accessories! http://bit.ly/1qTQlZ4

Photo credit: Universal Music

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2. All entries must be received before 21:00 hours on September 21, 2014.
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.
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.

The a cappella wizards Pentatonix proved that they only need strong vocal pipes to sell out all three nights when they performed in Singapore last month.

The five-strong group has been producing YouTube video covers of popular hit songs and has won the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. After winning Season 3 of NBC’s a cappella singing competition “The Sing-Off”,  Pentatonix — its name derived from a musical scale of five notes per octave — has released two albums filled with the group’s covers of Top 40 hits of past and present, as well as a Christmas album and several singles.

The quintet recently announced that their third EP PTX, Vol. III would be released on September 23, 2014 which will include their cover of Ariana Grande's hit song Problem.

We know you can't wait for their new release so thanks to the ever-lovely folks at Sony Music Singapore, we are gonna gift 3 lucky PTX fans an AUTOGRAPHED copy of PTX, Vol. II each! Wow! If that doesn't bring you finer feelings, we don't know what will!


 

Here's how you can win:

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “I got 99 problems but Pentatonix isn't one! Gimme a signed copy of PTX Vol. II #SpinorBinMusic! http://bit.ly/YjWiFf

Photo credit: Sony Music

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If you haven't check Katy Perry's video for her latest single This Is How We Do, I suggest you do so right now. The video, directed by Joel Kefali, offers up eye candy aplenty and paid homage to a number of iconic figures including Yves Saint Laurent, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jordon.

Here's our Top 5 moments of This Is How We Do video:


5. The video gives us so much 80s vibe.

 

4. The twerking ice-cream cone.


3. Mariah Carey-oke (Brilliant!).


2. The Mondrian Moment.


1. Homage to Josie & The Pussycats.


Katy's videos are best when they're fun, colorful, and not too serious. Easily my favorite video of the Prism era.

 

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We are giving away Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour water bottles to celebrate our Favourite Twitter Influencer win at the Singapore Blog Awards!


Yes, KatyCats! We have five sets of the OFFICIAL water bootles to give away! All thanks to Universal Music Singapore!

You want one? You might want to enter the draw! Here's how:

1) Follow us on Twitter.

2) Simply tweet the message “#CongratsSpinorBinMusic on your win at Singapore Blog Awards 2014! Celebrate with them with Katy Perry goodies! http://bit.ly/1uHXIGD

Photo credit: Capitol Records

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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.
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.

The last time Mariah Carey put her high heels on Singapore soil, she was performing at Singapore Grand Prix 2010 and had a much publicised fall during one of her performances. It's been four years and she has since given birth to a pair of adorable twins and released a back-to-basics album, Me. I am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse.

It's been a long wait for devoted Mariah Carey fans, but UnUsUaL Entertainments has just announced moments ago that Mimi is finally heading back to Singapore on October 24 to perform at the spanking new National Stadium.

With a career spanning 20 years and more than 200 million records, this headline tour is guaranteed to be an extravagant pop spectacular!

 

Concert Details

Venue  : Singapore National Stadium
Date     : October 24, 2014
Tickets: $248*, $198*, $168*, $128*, $98* (*excludes $4 booking fee)

 

OCBC card members priority booking from 30 Jul – 3 Aug. Public sales start on 4 Aug.

Tickets available at Sports Hub Tix.

 

Photo credit: Def Jam

I'm so ready for Hilary Duff's comeback. It's been 7 years since Dignity.

The former Disney queen has just released her comeback single Chasing The Sun on iTunes NZ and is creating quite the stir across the blogosphere. Co-written by Colbie Caillat, Toby Gad and Jason Reeves, the instrumental is so summery and gives off feel-good vibes! At first listen, the single is musically similar to Paris Hilton's Stars Are Blind. The synocopated beat is almost identical.

I can see this song getting some curiousity airplay but it is unforgettable, unfortunately. Perhaps a dance remix will save this single?

Boom Clap this is not.

What do you think of Hilary Duff's comeback single? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Photo credits: RCA Records

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

 

Photo credit: Warner Music

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7. Spin or Bin Music is not responsible for, nor obligated to replace, any lost, stolen, or damaged prize sent through mail.

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.

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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. :)

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