After taking the world by storm with their second full-length album Malibu Nights two years ago, LANY is back! With brand-new album Mama’s Boy out later this year,On June 22, 2020 / By Sofea
After taking the world by storm with their second full-length album Malibu Nights two years ago, LANY is back! With brand-new album Mama’s Boy out later this year, the indie-pop trio explores beyond dream-pop love songs and late-night car ride tunes.
On 30 April 2020, everything was deleted from their official Instagram page and later, the announcement of Mama’s Boy was put up. With snippets of childhood home videos, hurricanes in Oklahoma and past concert footages, it is evident that album No. 3 will be different.
But just how different will Mama’s Boy be? All thanks to Universal Music Singapore, Nookmag was invited to be a part of LANY’s virtual press conference where frontman Paul Klein gave us a first-hand insight of the album.
Here is what we know: ‘good guys’ is LANY’s first single since 2018. If you look closely, a new element was introduced – an acoustic guitar in a LANY song! Don’t be surprised if you hear more of it in the new album because according to Klein, “there’s a lot of acoustic guitar on this album.”
Klein also revealed the involvement of a cello in the next single (he did not disclose the date of the release, unfortunately). He says, “We’re introducing a lot of new elements. I think this whole album is kind of a testament to us being able to change, and evolve, and grow and progress. And you know, we all are under the conviction and belief that this is our best album yet. We’re just kind of waiting for the world to calm down and get back to a place where we can put things out and eventually go back on tour!”
The name ‘LANY’ was formed by the union of the abbreviations ‘LA’ for Los Angeles and ‘NY’ for New York. But, not one of them are from there. “Mama’s Boy is a return or a revisited love to our roots and for our roots. I think geographical identity is so important when it comes to being in a band. That’s one thing honestly that we’ve just kind of been lacking to a certain degree. None of us are from California. We are all from the middle of nowhere in the middle of the country. And I think growing into that, becoming confident in that and being cool with that and comfortable with that is part of growing up and maturing,” says Klein.
Good guys may never win but the guys from LANY will take over the world. Listen to ‘good guys’ here!
Following the success of his EP Skeletons in 2019, singer-songwriter Keshi (real name: Casey Luong) is the guy to follow in 2020. He was also named “essential newOn June 12, 2020 / By Sofea
Following the success of his EP Skeletons in 2019, singer-songwriter Keshi (real name: Casey Luong) is the guy to follow in 2020. He was also named “essential new artist for 2020” by NME. His follow-up EP bandaids was released on 24 March 2020. Unfazed by the global pandemic, Keshi was one of the few who braved the storm and released new materials.
And luckily, he did! The 5-track EP is what the world needs right now. It’s sombre, heart-breaking, and a perfect soundtrack for a rainy #StayHome day. It’s the soundtrack of quarantine! Listen to his discography of EPs to witness the growth of his music, currently ending with bandaids.
He mentions, “They [all his EPs] are all through a similar vein. I’m constantly learning and trying to grow myself as an artist because as an artist, as Keshi, I feel like he’s only been around for like a couple of years now. I mean, since 2017 around that time and I’m still learning how to be creative in that regard. So, trying to basically find my steps into my debut album. But it’s definitely like a maturation, you know? Every step I’m learning different ways to sound fuller or like, more concise in my writing or more honest. But everything always is as honest as it can be. So, yeah!”
Climbing up fast on the lo-fi hierarchy, Keshi began his musical journey in 2017. At the time, he was a registered nurse who devotes his time to making music on his off days. Uploading the tunes on Soundcloud, Keshi became an internet stardom. After only 3 years, he has more than 2 million listeners on Spotify alone.
Give bandaids a listen today!
Born Alexander Glantz, the Chicago native is the sole creative force behind Alexander 23 –he writes, records and produces his music while designing artwork and merch and animate videos!On June 10, 2020 / By Sofea
Born Alexander Glantz, the Chicago native is the sole creative force behind Alexander 23 –he writes, records and produces his music while designing artwork and merch and animate videos! Alexander 23 has been writing and recording music since the age of 12. He spent his teenage years in bands to refine his music skills before deciding to be a one-man show.
In March 2019, he made his debut with ‘Dirty AF1s’ which premiered as Apple Music’s Bop of the Week and landed on Spotify’s highly-coveted New Music Friday playlist. Later in the fall, he shared his debut EP I’m Sorry I Love You, a soulful personal body of work that has come to define his music.
Now, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alexander 23 recently released a new self-produced track ‘IDK You Yet’ which is climbing the Singapore charts. He wrote the song in self-isolation and uploaded a demo to TikTok on a whim. Immediately, fans began clamouring for the track’s official release.
“This song is about filling a void in your heart,” Alexander says. “I think especially with everything that’s going on in the world right now, people are feeling incomplete. I know I am.”
Fill your void with ‘IDK You Yet’ here!
Violette Wautier had made a name for herself in the music scene when she gave an audition to remember for Season 2 of The Voice Thailand in 2013.On June 7, 2020 / By Sofea
Violette Wautier had made a name for herself in the music scene when she gave an audition to remember for Season 2 of The Voice Thailand in 2013. Since then, it is all uphill for her music and acting careers.
Wautier began her journey recording original songs for several films and television series. She then explored acting, going on to winning Best Supporting Actress for her performances in Heart Attack (2015) and A Gift (2016). In a few short years, Wautier rose to become a familiar face in the Thai entertainment industry. As of 2020, she has released chart-topping singles, acted in numerous projects and landed several product endorsements contracts!
In 2018, Wautier had decided to release her first English single, ‘Drive’. Not long after, ‘Smoke’, her second single, was released. To date, the music video for ‘Smoke’ has crossed over 60 million views on YouTube. The single is also ranked No. 1 on the Apple Music Chart in eight countries, including Singapore and Malaysia, at the time of release.
Now, be prepared because Wautier is back with a brand new single ‘I’d Do It Again’ and an all-English album which will be dropping sooner than you think. ‘I’d Do It Again’ tells a tale of broken promises, heartbreak and love. Just a week after the release of her new single, the ‘I’d Do It Again’ MV has crossed over 1 million views to date!
When there’s little to look forward to in this unprecedented time, Lady Gaga presents the world with Chromatica – her sixth studio album and a brand new one inOn May 29, 2020 / By Sofea
When there’s little to look forward to in this unprecedented time, Lady Gaga presents the world with Chromatica – her sixth studio album and a brand new one in 4 years. Let Lady Gaga’s powerful vocals and upbeat synth drive you out of that #StayHome funk.
Chromatica’s current single is ‘Rain On Me’ an exclusive collaboration between Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. The duet is Spotify’s biggest debut of 2020, reaching #1 on the Global charts. Yes, that includes Singapore. Not only that, it also set a record for the most single-day streams from an all-female collaboration in Spotify history!
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 28, 2020
In just mere hours prior to the release, Lady Gaga pulled a Beyoncé and surprised her Little Monsters by dropping the collaboration with BLACKPINK called ‘Sour Candy’ unexpectedly! The tweet received more than 33,000 retweets and more than 45,000 likes within minutes. Among other high-profile stars featured on the album is Sir Elton John who lent his voice in ‘Sine From Above’.
Listen to Chromatica here!
Don’t miss the star-studded, one-night-only livestream event featuring more than 50 big names of the Asian entertainment industry. A collaboration between WebTVAsia and YouTube, all proceeds will benefitOn May 27, 2020 / By Sofea
Don’t miss the star-studded, one-night-only livestream event featuring more than 50 big names of the Asian entertainment industry. A collaboration between WebTVAsia and YouTube, all proceeds will benefit UNICEF Asia in the efforts of preventing COVID-19 in vulnerable children. It is part of the #Reimagine global campaign to task the global community to #Reimagine a better world for children post COVID-19.
The 4-hour livestream will begin at 8pm local time on 27 May 2020 (tonight). The diverse line-up includes Beabadoobee (Philippines), Fariz Jabba (Singapore), Yung Raja (Singapore), Apink’s Jeong Eun-Ji (South Korea), Zizi Kirana (Malaysia), Lisa Surihani (Malaysia), Sam Tsui (US) and more!
The show will be hosted by UNICEF Regional Ambassador for East Asia and Pacific, Choi Swoon and co-hosted by Boy William, Ranz & Niana, Priscilla Abby, HaoRen and Vanessa Reynauld. While the charity concert is a one-night-only exclusive event, the donation campaign will continue until 27 June 2020.
Just when you thought you have lost Chester Bennington of Linkin Park forever, you hear his voice again in brand new songs. Before Linkin Park, he sang forOn May 26, 2020 / By Sofea
Just when you thought you have lost Chester Bennington of Linkin Park forever, you hear his voice again in brand new songs. Before Linkin Park, he sang for Grey Daze, American grunge rock band that would give birth to the most iconic frontman of all time. With Bennington’s untimely passing, the group’s plans to return were put on hold, until now.
Thanks to Universal Music Singapore, Nookmag had a once in a lifetime interview with Sean Dowdell, Grey Daze’s drummer and founding member. We discussed the past, present and future of Grey Daze.
When you started Grey Daze, it was in 1992 and Chester Bennington was a teenager at the time. Can you tell us more on how the band started?
Sure! 1992, we were forming our first band. Chester [Bennington] was 15, I was 17. We had been mutually introduced through a mutual friend named Chris Hewlett. He said he knew a kid that sounds just like Eddie Vedder [of Pearl Jam]. We should try him out. Chester showed up to rehearsal a couple of days later and he literally came in. You know, when he first walked in the room, he was this little scrawny kid, had these little tiny glasses and this awkward curly hair and did not look like a Rockstar at all. And then he sang on the microphone and he was amazing, and he blew us out of the gutter, and he made us feel bad about judging him by the way he looked when he walked in the door and that’s why I tell that story. It holds us accountable for pre-judging people.
As soon as Chester sang, we knew we wanted him in the group, and we asked him “When can you start?” and he said, “I have to ask my dad”. So, we drove over to his house, we got his dad’s permission and, you know, we started rehearsing 2 to 3 days a week and started writing songs and that’s how it started in the early days. We played our first show probably 4 to 5 months after the band formed. Mostly cover songs. And then we did our first record in 1994. It was called Wake Meand we did our second record in 1997. We signed a record deal with Real Records. We worked on it for an entire year. Right when we were supposed to listen to the mixes and start working on releasing the record, we were told that the record label lost their funding and basically, they weren’t going to give us the masters, so we had to record a new record and we did.
We figured it all out and we went and recorded it at the Conservatory Recording Arts at Tempe, Arizona and recorded No Sun Today and that came out in 1997. Then in 1998, we signed a small production deal with Warner Brothers, and we were supposed to do a 4-song demo. We did a tune up show at one of the local clubs called the Big Fish Pub and unfortunately some of us had developed big egos, some of us had developed drug problems and it just all kind of came to a culmination in 1998 and we ended up getting into a big fight after the show and we all kind of parted ways and the band broke up.
But our attorney, Scott Harrington, who doesn’t get any credit was smart enough to realise that Chester had a lot of talent and he reached out to Chester and said “Hey I’m working with this band in LA called Xero. Why don’t you do a demo for these guys and see if they like it” and they did. So, then he drove out there and did a live audition and then he joined the band. Well, Xero ended up becoming Linkin Park.
And then Chester and I hadn’t talk for a couple of years until 2002. We had reunited, he called me on the phone when he found out our guitar player Bobby Benish had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and the prognosis wasn’t good. He wasn’t expected to live much longer. Chester called me and said “Hey man, we need to clear the air here. We’re best of friends and I’m sorry for what I did.” And I said, “I’m sorry for what I did.” And then literally I think I went out to LA next weekend after not talking to him for a few years.
I went up on stage the next weekend so we picked right back up where our friendship left off and then 2003 we became business partners in a company called Club Tattoo and we played in a bunch of side bands and tinkered with putting Grey Daze together several times over the decades. Once in 2002 we were doing it, once in 2007 and then finally in 2016 he called me, and we were discussing some business. We were talking about putting together a big party for our company and he said, “You know I’ve been thinking about that and I want to put Grey Daze back together for that party.” And that’s how it started.
So that’s how the current Grey Daze started?
Yes. So, we brought Cristin Davis on the guitar. Once we decided to do that, we had to work out the logistics of Chester’s touring and his commitment to Linkin Park and so we decided in late 2016 that we were going to do our reunion show. And as once we started doing that, we started to have promoters calling us all over the world wanting us to play. Then we had this conversation, [Chester] said “I really miss having a rock band on my own, I miss playing with you. Let’s do this full out.” And then so we started talking about how we could go back and re-record all these old songs we had because we had some really great songs.
So, I want to say in February of 2017, I went on started working on 3 of the songs in the studio with the producer named Sylvia Massy and we would go back and forth in email and phone calls. So, Chester would go on the phone, he’d be in Europe or whatever, and I would send him a track and say, “What do you think of this?” and he will say “Ah, I think we need to do this or that.” We started coming up with “Hey we need to modernise these songs a little bit, so they don’t sound dated”. We started talking about having programming and synths and keyboards and pianos and to bring it into a little bit more relevancy in today’s music world. Something that his fans would be able to digest a little bit easier and something that fans of any rock group would be able to understand in today’s music arena. That’s how we came to modernising these tracks.
And then unfortunately, in July  Chester passed away and everything got put on hold. Then about 6 to 8 months passed, I decided I want to finish the record. It’s something that Chester was very passionate about, we were talking a lot about it before he passed away. We were on the phone working through things literally 2 [to] 3 times a week. Right up to time to time he was supposed to come [over]. He had just come off the road. He did a weekend in Sedona [Arizona] with his family. He was supposed to fly back to LA to do a TV commercial with State Farm or something like that and then he thought he was going to drive down to Sedona and we were all going to meet up in Phoenix that Saturday and then we were starting Grey Daze rehearsal on Sunday. And he passed away that, I think it was Thursday, Wednesday or Thursday so, that’s how into doing this he was.
When we lost him, all got put on hold. Like I said, about 6 [to] 8 months past and we decided to finish the record. Once we did that, once we went in the studio and pick these different producers to work with, we literally said, “You know, we’re going to start over. We’re going to strip his vocals down, we’re going to strip the music down away from his vocals on every single song and we’re going to work on an arrangement of his vocal tracks. Make them sound as good as we can and then we’re going to build the song around his vocal track on every single song” and that’s what we did. I think we came up with something very special by doing it that way.
Can you tell us more about the production of Amends?
Sure! So, we literally re-wrote every single song from the ground up around his vocals. We chose 5 different producers so we can work on multiple songs at the same time and we can get a different feel for different tracks. Like, the track ‘B12’ we worked with a producer named Alex Aldi. We brought Head and Munky from Korn to work on that song with us and that song is probably the most aggressive song on the album. It sounds like a Korn and Grey Daze mashup. It’s very aggressive. Then we brought in a singer named LP who sings a duet with Chester on a song called ‘Shouting Out’ and it’s beautiful. it’s soft. It’s probably our only pop song on the record, it’s beautiful. We brought in Chris Traynor to play on ‘Soul Song’. There’s a definite heavy driving chorus on that song and he plays in a band called Bush. So, we brought in different people to work on different aspects to give us different characteristics for each song that we were looking for and it was an amazing process to go forth with. One of the reasons why it took 2 and a half years to finish this record was because we had a very painstaking process to strip these down to nothing and we had to work with what we had. We can’t go back and say “Hey, Chester can you add a vocal here” I mean, that wasn’t an option. So, we literally had to build the songs with what we had, and I think we did, I think we created a masterpiece, I really do.
So, with the [release of the] album, it’s pushed back because of the current pandemic, how do you feel about that?
I’m fine with it. I mean look, I understand people are disappointed with it but the best way that I can describe it is this, nobody wants to throw a party in the middle of a hurricane. You know, nobody wants to come to your house when there’s a hurricane happening and that’s what’s happening all around the world. There’s a gigantic hurricane happening all over the world so let’s just time out, let’s get through this pandemic stuff and then we’ll celebrate properly what we think is a very important musical thing. And you know, it’s not just our decision. We had problems, you know, the manufacturers stopped making the record, our distribution stopped shipping records. Our supply chain is completely interrupted. Everyone in work with the record label has to work from home. It’s not just a “hey, we’re going to push this off just because”. I mean, there’s so many logistical reasons as to why we did it but the main one was just it doesn’t feel right trying to release it in the middle of this craziness.
In the future, or once the pandemic is over, are there any works on having a tour to promote Amends? And if so, who would you say would be the frontman for the band?
No, we would not do that. The whole reason why we want to release this music was because of our friend Chester. We did the album entirely in tribute and to honour our friend and it would feel very disingenuous for us to finish it and then say, “Here’s our new singer!” That doesn’t feel right to me. Or Cristin. Or Mace. None of us feel like that’s the right way to do it. As far as the tour goes, the only type of tour I would do is maybe a talking tour where I go to different countries and do interviews like this in person and let people ask questions and get to know us on that level. That seems interesting, I would do that.
Yeah and that would be really different, and it would change how everyone sees what a tour is.
Yeah and you know, we could play the music but not live-play the music and as far as a live show goes the only way we would do a live show is if we did it in tribute where we would bring in some different singers who love Chester and they would do a tribute show in honour of Chester. That’s the only way we would do it live.
With the current pandemic, people all around the world has been trying out new things and learning new skills so, how have you been spending your time in quarantine?
Well, I run a 5k every morning. I have been writing a book. I have 7 companies I’m doing remodels on in Arizona. 3 of them in Arizona. I am promoting this album. I am working 10 to 12 hours almost every day right now, working more than I have in a long, long time. So, I have a lot of projects. A lot of people are like “Oh, I’m going to sit and watch Netflix for the next 2 months.” First of all, it doesn’t even interest me but second of all, I’m a very busy person. My mind is always moving forward, trying to figure “I always want to be better. I always want to create.” And those things drive me. And it drives a lot of people crazy around me because they say I don’t know how to turn my mind off. And I understand that but it just how it works. I always want to do something better, different, fun.
After Amends, will we have other albums from Grey Daze, and would it be with Chester’s songs as well?
Yes, we have at least enough material to do one, if not, two more albums with Chester. So, yeah, we’re good so long as… Well, the band has this opinion. If Amends is received well and you guys love it then we’ll do another one. If it’s not and no one cares, then we won’t! But, from what I’m seeing, it seems like a lot of people are loving it so very likely that we would be doing another record real soon.
Can you tell us more about the song ‘Soul Song’ and how did you guys get Chester’s son to be a part of the video?
For ‘Soul Song’, we used two different producers, Esjay Jones and Lucas D’Angelo. They helped us write the song in the current format, brought in a guest guitar player named Chris Traynor, he plays in a band called Bush. We worked together really, really well with him in the studio and I think we really captured a side of Chester that was really special, in that moment we had. As we were working through some of these songs in the studio, I got an idea, you know Chester never got a chance to record with his children. He never got the chance to do that. So, that’s something we can give back to Chester. We can connect that for him. So, I reached out to all of his children and Jaime jumped to the chance and said “Yeah!” Came in, he sings backing vocals in the chorus with his dad. After we finished, he said, “You know, I really liked to produce a music video for you guys.” And we said “Yeah, yeah okay cool.” As we were talking about releasing ‘Soul Song’, the label wanted us to do the video. I said, “You know, Jaime really wants to do a video for the band.” It makes a lot of sense for him to do the video that he sang on with his dad. So, that’s really how that kind of came about. And then we just gave it to him and said, “Do your thing! You create it, you create treatment. Take the meaning of the song that you feel is yours and create the video.” And we gave him the carte blanche to do what he wants to with it.
So, he did everything on his own?
Well, so, there was another guy named Mark Silverstein that did all of the production side of it and all those filming. But he worked with Jaime and Mark did the entire ‘Making Amends’ series, I don’t know if you’ve seen it – the documentary that we did. So, it was Mark and Jaime who did it and yeah, they did it together! They went to Sedona, to Chester’s cabin, which was his favourite place in the world, and they filmed the video there. That was the last time Chester was with his family was in that cabin.
That’s beautiful. One last question, before the album is released will be see another new single coming out?
Amends will debut on 26 June 2020.
Get ready for a major throwback because Robbie Williams is reuniting with Take That for a one-off virtual charity concert! They aim to raise funds for Nordoff RobbinsOn May 25, 2020 / By Sofea
Get ready for a major throwback because Robbie Williams is reuniting with Take That for a one-off virtual charity concert! They aim to raise funds for Nordoff Robbins and Crew Nation which helps to support touring crew members during this unprecedented time.
The special event will take place on 29 May 2020 at 8pm ET (30 May 2020 at 8am local time) streaming on the Compare the Meerkat Youtube channel and Facebook page. Wherever you are in the world, come together in the comfort of your own home and support the cause. This reunion is not one to miss!
Since Williams’ departure from Take That in 1995, a full concert with Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald is a dream one can only wish. Though it is unsure whether former bandmate Jason Orange will be joining the show. Last month, Williams and Barlow shocked the fans when they livestreamed a virtual duet of the song ‘Shame’.
Jeremy Zucker is no stranger to producing hit tracks. His breakout single ‘comethru’ is Gold certified and has over 1 billion streams. His ground-breaking EP Summer put himOn May 24, 2020 / By Sofea
Jeremy Zucker is no stranger to producing hit tracks. His breakout single ‘comethru’ is Gold certified and has over 1 billion streams. His ground-breaking EP Summer put him on the map as the singer-songwriter and producer with a multitude of talent. On 17 April 2020, he released his first full-length album love is not dying.
Growth, heartache and hauntingly honest. Those are the words to describe love is not dying. It takes you through Zucker’s journey in the most genuine way. “Summer [the EP] was written sort of coming out of college and so love is not dying was written coming off my first real full-length tour and so it’s really me coping with a lot of changes that having this career brought to my life. A lot of changes were relationships, people and experiences that I had over this past year and a half. That really have changed a lot about my life and a lot about how I see the world,” says Zucker.
love is not dying was in its entirely, a one-man show. Zucker wrote and produced the album himself in his Brooklyn abode. Except for the song ‘not ur friend’, though co-written, was still produced by Zucker himself. He says, “[This album] became of a more personal experience. Personal in sense of songs that I was writing were less “songs” and more me writing my own experiences and my memories and my feelings and stuff so I would say this project was, the writing was way more personal than anything I have ever done in the past.”
The album takes you to a different world. A world of ‘love and death’ where you find beauty at the “end of the world” – much like the feeling you will get when you reach the end of this album. It brings you to face feelings that you may not realise you have suppressed. And at the end of it, with ‘Oh, Mexico’ – it makes you realise that you have a lot of growing up to do as he sings “I tried to be myself but still, I’ve got some room to grow.”
Even the cover art has a deeper meaning behind it. The shooting star, according to Zucker, is “something that you wish on and everybody looks up and see then looks in awe and wonderment. When you think about what a shooting star is like a piece of debris like going into the atmosphere and burning up and you know a big enough shooting star could like actually hit the earth before it burns up and so that’s sort of the significance of the shooting star in the album art. That idea and that feeling that something that look so beautiful could actually be this horrifically dangerous life-ending thing is another one of those connection between love and death,” he proclaims.
The tunes will leave you heartbroken – but before it ends, you’ll heal again. Take on the journey into Jeremy Zucker’s soul and give love is not dying a listen.
Imagine waking up to Megan Fox one morning and suddenly she puts pink duct tape over your mouth. That’s what happened in Machine Gun Kelly’s music video forOn May 23, 2020 / By Sofea
Imagine waking up to Megan Fox one morning and suddenly she puts pink duct tape over your mouth. That’s what happened in Machine Gun Kelly’s music video for his newly released pop punk tune ‘Bloody Valentine’.
Watch as Fox takes hostage of the rapper-turned-singer, tortures him with doughnuts and eventually electrocuting him with a pink hairdryer. It’s modern day rock n’ roll, comical and downright steamy. The track is part of MGK’s forthcoming pop-punk album Tickets to My Downfall produced by the legendary Travis Barker of Blink-182.
MGK (real name: Colson Baker) and Fox met while filming a crime thriller ‘Midnight in the Switchgrass’ in March this year. Dating rumours are spreading like wildfire after the two were spotted hanging out in LA. Fox has also revealed the separation from her husband Brian Austin Green before she left for filming. Is Fox MGK’s real life ‘Bloody Valentine’?
The Princess and Prince of Pop have made your dreams come true! Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber finally released a single together after years of promising a collaboration.On May 19, 2020 / By Sofea
The Princess and Prince of Pop have made your dreams come true! Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber finally released a single together after years of promising a collaboration. All thanks to Scooter Braun’s SB Project, the new charity single ‘Stuck With U’ will benefit the First Responders Children’s Foundation, funding grants and scholarships for the children of first responders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sticking to the current situation, the music video was self-recorded in quarantine! Not only does it feature Grande’s new beau Dalton Gomez and Bieber’s wife Hailey, watch out for cameos from your favourite tween pop stars. Among those are Demi Lovato, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Chance the Rapper and more!
To make things even more special, the power duo had also released the instrumental for fans to record their ‘quarantine moments’ – and some even made it into the video! The sweet ballad debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart this week, taking reign of the chart sweeping all competition.
Watch the Mötley Crüe biopic film ‘The Dirt’ like you have never before. The American Heavy Metal icons have announced a special livestream watch party for fans toOn May 14, 2020 / By Sofea
Watch the Mötley Crüe biopic film ‘The Dirt’ like you have never before. The American Heavy Metal icons have announced a special livestream watch party for fans to enjoy at home. Streaming on 15 May 2020 at 4pm Pacific Time (16 May 2020 at 7am local time), join the band, the actors who portrays the band and surprise guests on Netflix.
The virtual watch party will be equipped with an exclusive live commentary on Twitter with the hashtag #stayhomesweethome. The movie which stars Douglas Booth (Nikki Sixx), Iwan Rheon (Mick Mars), Colson Baker aka Machine Gun Kelly (Tommy Lee) and Daniel Webber (Vince Neil) was released in March last year. Based on the autobiography by the band and Neil Strauss of the same name, the movie highlights more than just the 80s rock n’ roll scene. Go deep into their hedonistic lifestyle and life-changing events. Fair warning, this movie is rated R.
— Mötley Crüe (@MotleyCrue) May 1, 2020
Mötley Crüe is set for a massive tour in the US with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in June 2020. However, it is still unsure if the tour will go on during this pandemic. They took it to their Instagram page to announce that an official update will be out in 1 June 2020.
Universal Music Group’s (UMG) global DIY digital distribution service, Spinnup, has launched in South East Asia! Spinnup aims to help independent artists be heard by fans andOn May 12, 2020 / By Sofea
Universal Music Group’s (UMG) global DIY digital distribution service, Spinnup, has launched in South East Asia! Spinnup aims to help independent artists be heard by fans and A&Rs around the world. Created to give artists the means to easily distribute their music to the biggest music platforms, Spinnup also connects new talent with UMG’s unrivalled labels worldwide.
Having signed 80 artists and counting across Europe and the US, Spinnup now has a dedicated local team headquartered in Singapore to support, discover and sign the best new talent in South East Asia. Spinnup Singapore has already begun marketing and artist outreach.
One such artist is 17-year-old Singaporean, singer- songwriter, Shye, who was one of the 14 artists featured on the UMG-released ‘Stay Home’ single last month. This multi-lingual stay-at-home anthem features an impressive line-up of Universal Music, Def Jam and independent artists.
Shye’s latest single ‘Too Well’ distributed by Spinnup, was released on 1 May 2020 and was instantly added to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Taiwan. Shye was also the featured cover artist on Spotify Singapore’s Rising 65 playlist.
Due to the current condition of the global pandemic, Spinnup is on a mission to support the independent artist community. Echoing the message in ‘Stay Home’, Spinnup has launched Creators United – an initiative to give artists a sense of connection and channel their all into new music while staying at home. The project combines all-new content for artists in lockdown, a Spinnup Community Facebook Group, and a series of livestream programs.
To welcome users to the platform, artists in South East Asia can also benefit from a free single release for a limited time, allowing them to distribute their new music worry- and fee-free using the code SPINNUPSG.
Spinnup Singapore is keen to further tap into the local independent music community by partnering with music schools, universities and polytechnics to introduce Spinnup to aspiring and upcoming artists. They will also feed into Universal Music Singapore’s University Ambassador Program which will see UMG University Representatives scout local talent for Spinnup, champion the service at their institutions, and pitch Spinnup artists to college and local media.
YUNGBLUD is a force to be reckoned with. Since his introduction to the world all those years ago, he rose to stardom with his unapologetic-themed pop-rock anthems andOn May 8, 2020 / By Sofea
YUNGBLUD is a force to be reckoned with. Since his introduction to the world all those years ago, he rose to stardom with his unapologetic-themed pop-rock anthems and eccentric antics. Fresh from the ride of his EP The Underrated Youth released last year, YUNGBLUD aka Dominic Harrison from Doncaster, England is ready for a new era.
The latest single ‘Weird!’ was released with the announcement of “the optimistic era of YUNGBLUD”, said Harrison. He continues “When I first started my career, I was so angry because the world I grew up around didn’t want to know me, didn’t want to accept me, didn’t want me to belong in it. So, I almost figured out I had to build a world to myself. I realised after this whole process of meeting these people [the fans], how could I be angry?”
Writing the track during a ‘weird’ time in his life, it was planned to be released on a later date, but due to the ongoing situation where everyone is in a weird point of life, it seems fitting to release it now, and thankfully he did! The track is undoubtfully a masterpiece of rock n’ roll optimism the world needs right now.
With vivid colours, trippy visuals and lots of dancing, the music video was shot in quarantine with his best mates in an Airbnb in Los Angeles. It was made “for a 100 quid, we shot on an iPhone, we bought an iPhone mount and a statue of Jesus, and then throw in a little bit of rock n’ roll energy and there we go!” exclaimed Harrison excitedly.
Aiming to connect with the Black Hearts Club (his fanbase) during this pandemic, he has set up “a rock n’ roll SNL” series called ‘The YUNGBLUD Show’ with special guest appearances. He has also teamed up with YouTube to create ‘Stay Home With: YUNGBLUD’, an intimate look at his life in quarantine. If you were bummed about the cancellation of his show in Singapore earlier this year, anticipate new dates once all this is over because YUNGBLUD will perform in the Lion City and he is excited to meet you all.
The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ banks a fourth week at No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart this week. He makes it a full month at No.On May 5, 2020 / By Sofea
The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ banks a fourth week at No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart this week.
He makes it a full month at No. 1 as his album ‘After Hours’ holds the top spot of the tally for a fourth straight week. It has refused to budge from the top spot since its debut at No. 1 a month ago. It is the first album to notch four consecutive weeks at No. 1 since Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ spent its first five weeks at No. 1 in 2018 (13 July – 11 August 2018).
‘After Hours’ is now one of five albums to spend at least four total weeks at No. 1 since 2018. It has earned 75,000 equivalent album units in the United States in the week of 16 April 2020, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Media.
With the ongoing global pandemic, face masks are an essential. There was even a shortage of face masks once upon a time ago due to panic buying. AsOn May 4, 2020 / By Sofea
With the ongoing global pandemic, face masks are an essential. There was even a shortage of face masks once upon a time ago due to panic buying. As it is a part of us today, why not turn it into a fashion statement? The rock scene has released merchandises that are beyond the boring ol’ t-shirts. Rock band face masks are the ‘in’ thing now.
The band that made our dreams come true with their comeback has released the ‘Desert Screening Device’ Face Mask in light of the coronavirus pandemic. All proceeds go to the band’s crew as all of their international tours are cancelled.
Joining the gang is none other than the band that was scheduled to headline Singapore Rock Fest this year. While we couldn’t get a T-shirt as the show was postponed, we can now rock these Slipknot logo face masks. 100% of the proceeds generated will go to MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.
You can now rock your look with a Black Sabbath face mask. These face masks were styled to resemble the band’s 1971 album Master of Reality. All proceeds will go to MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.
Metal powerhouse Pantera is offering their fans a chance to don on the band’s logo face mask. Featuring the band’s iconic logo in red, you can even rock this mask after the global pandemic.
When you purchase The Doors’ face masks you will get not one, not two, but three face masks! The 3-pack bundle set features the band’s classic logo with one of them on a tie-dye patterned fast mask. 100% of the profits will be donated to the World Health Organisation. You can pre-order the mask here!
These face masks were sold out when American Nu-Metal band launched them on their official merch store. Luckily, they have re-stocked them and are waiting for you to get a piece. All the proceeds of the face masks will go to Global Giving’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Old-school post-hardcore band Thursday have followed suit and released their face masks. What sets them apart from others is that they have repurposed their band merchandise to make them! The first batch were donated to frontline medical workers and essential personnel. The second batch can be purchased here.
As these face masks are made from fabric, they do come with a disclaimer. Please follow the CDC guidelines on how to utilise them during this time. Stay safe and #StayHome, everyone!
Post Malone’s ‘Circles’ breaks the record for the most weeks spent in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as it logs a 34th frame in theOn April 30, 2020 / By Sofea
Post Malone’s ‘Circles’ breaks the record for the most weeks spent in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as it logs a 34th frame in the region.
The track, which tallied three weeks at No. 1 (one each in November, December and January), rebounds from No. 7 to No. 6 on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based survey dated in the week of 2 May 2020. ‘Circles’ surpasses the mark that the rapper-singer had already shared via his Swae Lee collaboration ‘Sunflower’ which clocked in 33 weeks.
As ‘Circles’ has completed all 34 of its weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10, dating to its arrival at No. 7 on the 14 September 2019-dated chart, it passes Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ for the most weeks tallied in the region from a song’s debut. To-date, ‘Circles’ has drawn 2.9 billion in cumulative radio airplay audience and 732 million U.S. streams as well as sold 457,000 downloads.
‘Circles’ additionally becomes the first title to have spent 30 weeks in the top 10 on Billboard’s mainstream top 40-based Pop Songs airplay chart. The song previously led the list for 10 weeks.
Universal Music Group brings together 14 talented Singaporean artists to create ‘Stay Home’ – a touching track that drives the message of strength in unity to show support forOn April 22, 2020 / By Sofea
Universal Music Group brings together 14 talented Singaporean artists to create ‘Stay Home’ – a touching track that drives the message of strength in unity to show support for nationwide efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. The single features 14 artists which includes Charlie Lim, Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba, ShiGGa Shay, Alif, ABANGSAPAU, Tosh Rock, Iman, Aisyah Aziz, Shye, Zadon, YAØ, Hashy and Dee Kosh.
‘Stay Home’ conveys a powerful message that social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. This project highlights how music can be kept alive through digital means and collaborations made possible through technology. With music being a universal language, this project aims to give Singaporeans comfort through the voices of the 14 artists and motivation to stay strong through the song’s lyrics.
Calvin Wong, CEO of Universal Music South East Asia quoted, “We are most excited about this initiative, which showcases the passion of the artists and music executives who worked together cohesively in record time to create an amazing body of work. We are proud of these 14 artists who represent the new generation of Singaporeans who are stepping up to today’s challenges. I would also like to thank all our media partners for giving this song the biggest exposure possible”.
Inspired and in collaboration with Malaysia’s version of ‘#JanganKeluar’, a single that was released in response to their country’s MCO initiative, ‘Stay Home’ is a re-interpretation of the song for Singaporeans. While keeping to the original song, the Singapore version has completely re-structured all the melody lines and chorus to inject its own brand of creativity, transforming it into a rendition unique to Singapore. The artists wrote, recorded, and filmed the single and music video from home, completing the project within a short span of 11 days.
The song also features four different languages including English, Mandarin, Malay & Tamil celebrated in our multi-racial society. The music video showcases how these artists have been keeping themselves busy at home and hope to encourage more people to play their part in making the Circuit Breaker a success by committing to staying at home.
‘Stay Home’ will be released by Universal Music Singapore at 9am on Friday, 24 April 2020. The song will be available on all key streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and KKBox at 9am alongside Mediacorp radio stations and MeListen between 9 – 10am. The official music video will premiere at 8pm that same day on YouTube along with a live chat, giving Singaporeans the chance to interact in real-time with the 14 artists involved with the project.
From her hometown in Auckland, New Zealand, breakthrough popstar Stella Bennett, aka BENEE, seems unfazed to the success coming her way since releasing her debut EP last summer. AsOn April 21, 2020 / By Sofea
From her hometown in Auckland, New Zealand, breakthrough popstar Stella Bennett, aka BENEE, seems unfazed to the success coming her way since releasing her debut EP last summer.
As of now, her tale is one of eye-watering statistics and achievements – close to ten million TikTok videos made to her latest single, hundreds of millions of streaming numbers, the most added song on U.S. Top 40 radio and a collection of platinum records in her home country.
Not even six months since the release of her second EP of 2019 STELLA & STEVE, it has garnered knockout reviews. Breakthrough track ‘Supalonely’ is a slice of upbeat and original pop – like its creator, a little exotic and cheerfully odd. The song hits like a ray of sunshine, jammed to the hilt with personality and punctuated by BENEE’s verbal tics.
“I had broken up with my boyfriend,” recalls BENEE. “I wanted to twist the fact that I was sad and irritated about the relationship ending, so I wrote the song poking fun at myself.” Self-deprecation comes naturally to BENEE, expressed through her playful personality both on stage and online, an explosive riot of randomness that makes her all the more intriguing. However, if we can’t pin Stella down, who is this STEVE?
“From as early as I can remember, Steve is the name I’ve always given weird objects or things that I’d find or animals,” she laughs, recalling growing up in suburban Auckland, where she still lives in her childhood home. “And Steve is the name of my car!” BENEE stands on top of Steve on the artwork for her latest EP.
In general, she’s a beacon of positivity, even in the darkest of times. She’s a homebody – as chilled in person as her music; the cool girl with her bandwagon of Steves who’s quietly taking over the globe.
For the first time ever, two of Singapore’s most prolific singer/songwriters, Gentle Bones and Charlie Lim, have come together to pen bittersweet melody, Two Sides. This is theOn April 21, 2020 / By Nookmag
For the first time ever, two of Singapore’s most prolific singer/songwriters, Gentle Bones and Charlie Lim, have come together to pen bittersweet melody, Two Sides. This is the third of ten singles Gentle Bones has planned for release this year, continuing after the light and playful tracks, Why Do We? and Be Cool.
On top of that, Two Sides is releasing under brand new label, Yung Lee Records (YLR), helmed by Gentle Bones. This is an exciting debut for YLR amidst the glooming climate of 2020. Written and produced jointly by Gentle Bones and Charlie Lim, the song represents the two sides in every relationship.
“Joel has a strong sense of melody which made writing and producing this song quite effortless,” explains Charlie. “I believe we’ve come up with a song that perfectly addresses our struggles of the duality we face in both our personal relationships and our strive to touch people with our music,” Bones continues.
With Bone’s soothing bedroom vocals and Charlie’s smooth, jazzy tones, the two artists want to convey a perspective of heartbreak and longing. It is an ode to those going through difficult times with loved ones; showing them that on both sides, there are some things that only an honesty with self, one another and time can heal.
Two Sides starts off with a distinct, lilting beat which introduces the listener to a hopeful but tender mood. Having been a fan of each other’s works for many years, Gentle Bones and Charlie Lim utilised their shared love for late 90s/early 2000s boy bands by putting their own stamp on it. It is through this sound that listeners were able to enjoy the artists’ beautiful meld of vocal harmonies, designed to bring us on a journey of nostalgia.
Providing some insight into the song’s message, Charlie Lim shares, “A lot of the lyrics came from a place of frustration with someone, but also knowing there’s a reason why things happen the way they do and why people are the way they are.” Gentle Bones chimes in with, “It all stems from love and a bit of heartbreak to arrive at an understanding that we are all one with our differences.”
True to the artists’ vision, Two Sides serves as an epistle for the lovelorn and lonely, to come together in this trying time where empathy and forgiveness hold currency.
Listen to ‘Two Sides’ here