Justin Bieber has that yummy yum and a ground-breaking achievement. His brand new album Changes has topped the charts once again, no surprises there. With that, Bieber nowOn March 4, 2020 / By Sofea
Justin Bieber has that yummy yum and a ground-breaking achievement. His brand new album Changes has topped the charts once again, no surprises there. With that, Bieber now has 7 albums that crawled up the charts to be #1!
Thank you King and to the entire Presley family. https://t.co/Imc0h50SUG
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 26, 2020
This accomplishment has made Bieber to be the youngest solo artist to have 7 albums all at #1 in the charts. He has surpassed Elvis Presley, the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ who used to hold this title. Presley had released with 7th album Blue Hawaii in 1961 at the age of 26.
Listen to the album yourself if you don’t believe all the reviews here!
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Benjamin Kheng (@benjaminkheng) Following RRILEY’s release of her solo project, another quarter of The Sam Willows is following suit.On March 3, 2020 / By Sofea
Following RRILEY’s release of her solo project, another quarter of The Sam Willows is following suit. Benjamin Kheng took this time from the hiatus of the band to embark on his own musical journey.
Releasing his debut single ‘Wicked’ in December 2019, it was the first time Kheng had threaded the waters alone. His inspiration behind ‘Wicked’ is gospel music and theatre, which is what he experiments with leading up to the new album, out in May 2020. Recorded in Sydney, Australia, Kheng collaborated with producer James Angus for this masterpiece.
‘Find Me’ is the follow-up of his solo career. Sweet and haunting, the love ballad displays Kheng’s soft side. The back-up gospel vocals can raise your goose bumps. It’s that good. With intensifying emotions after every beat, ‘Find Me’ will quickly become your go-to sad song. Listen to the track below!
This month our music scene is facing cancellation and postponement of various acts but fret not! Some concerts are still going on until further notice. Here is aOn March 1, 2020 / By Sofea
This month our music scene is facing cancellation and postponement of various acts but fret not! Some concerts are still going on until further notice. Here is a list of concerts to choose from.
Canadian rapper, singer and songwriter is bringing his world tour to Kuala Lumpur this month! His hit song ‘It’s You’ has charted worldwide, even the US Billboard Top 100. Don’t miss the up and coming artist or you will regret it. Find your tickets here!
Attend a concert for a good cause! The big names of the Malaysian music scene from the 70s & 80s will be serenading you for one night only. It is 10 hours of non-stop music. Get your tickets here!
Malaysian local R&B and hip hop group Ruffedge will be playing at the Petronas Philharmonic Hall in KLCC! Jam out to greatest hits like ‘Tipah Tertipu’ and ‘Bila Rindu’ at the show. For tickets, click here.
Horns up, metalheads! Experience Kawaii Metal first-hand with Babymetal themselves this 27 March! Tickets are selling out quick so don’t wait to get yours. Click here for tickets.
Welsh death metal act Venom Prison will be stopping by Johor Bharu after taking the stage at Download Festival Australia. Their sophomore album was described by Metal Hammer as ‘2019’s most anticipated extreme metal albums’. Don’t miss this opportunity to see them live! For tickets, DM here.
With multiple announcements of cancellation and postponement of concerts here due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, it left us to wonder, just how many more will be cancelled?On March 1, 2020 / By Sofea
With multiple announcements of cancellation and postponement of concerts here due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, it left us to wonder, just how many more will be cancelled? Lucky for us, some shows must go on! Here are a number of concerts you can still catch this month.
Kicking off the trilogy of Singapore Rockfest II are two legendary rock bands Scorpions and Whitesnakes! The show has been moved indoors to The Star Theatre. Grab your tickets here!
You’re in luck Singapore because Yungblud will be playing here for the first time! The British rock solo act has belted 4 nominations at the NME Awards and have shared stages with Travis Barker and MGK. Get your tickets here!
For the second instalment of Singapore Rockfest II, highly anticipated nu-metal powerhouse Slipknot will rock the stage this 24 March! Sharing the stage is American heavy metal band Trivium. This line-up is one of the finest in the scene so don’t miss it for the world! Get your tickets here.
Two metal shows back-to-back! Singapore Metal Mayhem III brings you power-metal legends Testament to the Lion City. Headbang to Cancer and Wormrot too! For tickets, click here!
Dubbed the “Afterfest Party”, Lacuna Coil will be gracing the stage to close Singapore Rockfest II. Don’t miss this chance to catch the Italian metal band live! Get your tickets here!
Lady Gaga has released her new single ‘Stupid Love’ today! The track is the first single off her highly anticipated sixth studio album, Chromatica which will be outOn February 28, 2020 / By Sofea
Lady Gaga has released her new single ‘Stupid Love’ today! The track is the first single off her highly anticipated sixth studio album, Chromatica which will be out later this year. ‘Stupid Love’ is Gaga’s first new solo single since 2017.
The premiere of the song is also accompanied by a music video, shot entirely on an iPhone 11 Pro! Directed by Daniel Askill, the video sees Gaga donned in pink hair at a desert stopping a fight in the alien world. Watch the video below!
Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band was formed in 1992. The band consists of Bennington on vocals, Sean Dowdell on drums, Mace Beyers on bass and Cristin DavisOn February 26, 2020 / By Sofea
Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band was formed in 1992. The band consists of Bennington on vocals, Sean Dowdell on drums, Mace Beyers on bass and Cristin Davis on guitar.
The Phoenix-based band independently released two albums: Wake Me in 1994 and no sun today in 1996. They parted ways in 1998 when with Bennington serendipitously auditioning for Xero, who later became Linkin Park.
In 2017, Bennington announced Grey Daze’s reunion, which would see the band re-working and re-recording a collection of songs they had started two decades earlier. The project was shelved in July 2017 but with the blessing of Chester’s widow, Talinda, and his family, Grey Daze regrouped and finished the album – Amends.
Amends represents an important yet unheard chapter – the origin story of one of modern rock’s most recognisable voices and also a full circle moment along friends. The album, out 10 April 2020, is the fulfilment of a planned Grey Daze reunion that Chester had announced prior to his untimely passing.
With the announcement of the album release, Grey Daze takes fans behind the scenes with an eight-part video series ‘Making Amends’. Watch it below!
The Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne has recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in January 2020. Last year, Osbourne had cancelled multiple tours andOn February 25, 2020 / By Sofea
The Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne has recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in January 2020. Last year, Osbourne had cancelled multiple tours and was in and out of the hospital.
It began early last year when a bad flu had evolved into bronchitis and eventually a full-blown pneumonia. While that was already traumatic enough, Osbourne sustained a fall at home whilst recovering. The fall had unfortunately complicated an old injury from his ATV accident in 2003. As a result, the metal rods placed in his upper back had pushed through crushing his spine.
Osbourne had to undergo 3 spinal surgeries, all of which forced his to cancel his world tours. It was during this time that he found out he had Parkinson’s disease. He also developed blood clots in his legs during recovery. This was a huge set back in Osbourne’s life.
Regardless of his health, Ozzy Osbourne is making a comeback this year. With the release of his new album ‘Ordinary Man’ on 21 February, Osbourne told Kerrang! “making this album is the best medicine I could have had”.
While it is unsure if the Prince of Darkness will be touring this year, Osbourne has made his first appearance after his announcement at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Aided with a walking stick, he posed alongside his daughter Kelly Osbourne on the red carpet. We hope for more good news for the family in 2020.
When we say, “The 1975”, it’s hard to not picture a group of fans screaming in excitement. Their stardom had brought them into an international frenzy. Everyone wantsOn February 23, 2020 / By Sofea
When we say, “The 1975”, it’s hard to not picture a group of fans screaming in excitement. Their stardom had brought them into an international frenzy. Everyone wants a piece of them. Lucky for us, The 1975 visited both Malaysia and Singapore in the past years.
Earlier this month, The 1975 were scheduled to headline Laneway Festival in Australia. However, due to an illness as posted on the band’s official Twitter account, the lead singer Matty Healy was “hospitalised following a bout of serious sickness”. They had unfortunately cancelled their set in Brisbane only hours away.
— The 1975 (@the1975) February 1, 2020
This had upset many fans and Matty Healy himself. He also shared an update on his personal Twitter account, thanking fans for the well wishes. The tweet also held a promise to play the Sydney date of the festival, just one day apart from the Brisbane date.
Guys thank you for all your lovely wishes 🙂 I am alive and well shit just got way too vibey I’m still taking it easy but I’ll see you tonight for maybe quite a calm set which could be nice anyway!! 🥾🌏❤️
— 🥾🌍 (@Truman_Black) February 1, 2020
And it was a promise well kept! Keeping true to his word, Healy came out on stage wearing a hospital gown (with only a black pair of shorts underneath) and a surgical mask while wheeling an IV drip still connected to his hand. If this is not rock n’ roll I don’t know what is. Without delay, The 1975 started the show with “People”. Watch the spectacle below!
Imagine never having heard of the 1975 and someone just showing you this pic.twitter.com/hc14SdbX9K
— Macy 🔆🦋🐀 (@indigopu_ff) February 2, 2020
You may know her as Sandra Riley Tang from The Sam Willows but now she is better known as RRILEY. After the announcement of an indefinite hiatus byOn February 21, 2020 / By Sofea
You may know her as Sandra Riley Tang from The Sam Willows but now she is better known as RRILEY. After the announcement of an indefinite hiatus by the Singaporean band, the keyboardist and vocalist ventured into a solo career.
With the moniker RRILEY, Tang is exploring a different side of herself; the side she has never shown in The Sam Willows. Some may say it’s different but that is just the point – a rebirth. Since her debut last May, she released two singles, ‘Burn’ a pop dynamite and ‘mmm bye’ a sassy sizzle.
This month, RRILEY released a new single ‘Love You Like A’ which dropped on Valentine’s Day. It’s about embracing that queen-esque attitude and being unapologetic about it. Written in Los Angeles, the message it portrays is fierce, independence and a “don’t need no man” boldness.
Listen to the tune here!
Global superstar Sam Smith (pronouns they/them/theirs) announced their much awaited third album along the release of new single and album title track ‘To Die For’ last week. It’s been an incredibleOn February 20, 2020 / By Sofea
Global superstar Sam Smith (pronouns they/them/theirs) announced their much awaited third album along the release of new single and album title track ‘To Die For’ last week. It’s been an incredible weekend with the single appearing in total of 433 Spotify playlists and an audience of 83.3 million!
The new single sees Sam Smith once again team up with collaborator Jimmy Napes and renowned production duo Stargate for this soothing, heartfelt ballad. Opening with a sample from the 2001 cult film ‘Donnie Darko’ the new single sees Sam Smith slow down the tempo with soaring strings and mellow keys.
The announcement of the new single and album comes hot off the heels of recent releases ‘How Do You Sleep’, their cover of Donna Summer’s disco classic ‘I Feel Love’ and Sam’s joint release with Normani Dancing with a Stranger. These tunes have gathered more than 10 million copies, over 2 billion streams and achieve platinum status in 19 countries.
Watch the video below!
Referring back to our little guide of gigs in Singapore earlier this month, 2 out of 8 acts have since announced the postponement of their shows due toOn February 19, 2020 / By Sofea
Referring back to our little guide of gigs in Singapore earlier this month, 2 out of 8 acts have since announced the postponement of their shows due to the coronavirus outbreak; one of which was Kenny G, who took to his Facebook page to announce the sad news. However, fret not as the organisers have rescheduled it to 20 October 2020 instead of cancelling the show! Rest assured, all tickets sold are honoured at the rescheduled event.
The second act to cancel, boy-band extraordinaire 98 Degrees have announced the postponement of their concert via Facebook as well. Hence, fans would now have to wait patiently for the rescheduled show on 19 May 2020 to sing along to their greatest hits. The gig will be held at the same venue, and all tickets sold are still valid.
Regardless of virus updates, the show must go on! While the rest have yet to update us with any devastating news, hopefully none of our other favourite acts will be postponed in the near future. With that said, do be mindful of the necessary precautions when attending a concert.
Due to safety concerns regarding the recent coronavirus, several concerts in Malaysia have taken to announcing their postponement or cancellation on social media. Unfortunately, three out of theOn February 19, 2020 / By Sofea
Due to safety concerns regarding the recent coronavirus, several concerts in Malaysia have taken to announcing their postponement or cancellation on social media. Unfortunately, three out of the seven listed shows in our Live Music in Malaysia guide earlier this month have been affected by such announcements.
Of the three, legendary saxophonist Kenny G, who was set to play at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting on 16 February, has since rescheduled his show to 18 October 2020. If you have made plans to cross the border in hopes of catching him in Singapore, think again as that show has also been rescheduled to October.
Likewise, K-pop sensation Seventeen’s Ode to You World Tour concert has left devastated fans in the wake of their cancellation announcement as the arena show had long been sold out prior to the unfortunate decision by the idol group. Taking to Facebook to deliver the news, promoter iMe Malaysia is offering ticket holders a full refund from TicketCharge.
Last (hopefully) but not least, the king of Mandapop has also decided to join the trend, postponing his Leap Day concert to 22 August 2020. Although that seems like lightyears away, fret not as all tickets are still valid for the August event.
Till any further news is shared, be sure to stay safe during this difficult time, and do not panic!
Tailing the success of their previous $hanghai Mone¥ EP, the German-Chinese producer collective C.O.W. 牛 finally releases their first album with Compost Records! The first single off theOn February 17, 2020 / By Sofea
Tailing the success of their previous $hanghai Mone¥ EP, the German-Chinese producer collective C.O.W. 牛 finally releases their first album with Compost Records! The first single off the record, ‘General Ling’, is an upbeat bilingual anthem that breaks through your virtual monotony. Borne of the digital world and inheriting enough digital traits to break off into its own genre, their album INTERNET embodies just that!
The collective’s trip-hop and atmospheric electronica prove to be more than livewire vibrations; they are a dynamic online and offline philosophical journey. The album mediates internet-inspired elements: EPIC, FURY, LOVE and DRUGS. In the mix, female empowerment and FURY was born through the vocal disruptions and feisty likes of rapper Masia One aka Far East Empress, Supa Mojo and General Ling, in their latest single.
The ‘General Ling’ music video stages a clarion call for listeners to unleash the force within. Not only does this video capture what drives their relatable anger but it also gives it an expression. Introducing the 3 female artists in a mundane setting, they then begin to dream up a glamorous bad-a$$ alter-ego. This becomes a reality after a phone call from ‘da jie’ (or big sister in mandarin) who is the General Ling. It personifies a believe-in-your-higher-self vibe and becoming your best self.
The song is a tribute to the Singaporean member General Ling, who represented the country in the World Beatboxing Championships in Berlin. Rallied by the Singaporean-born-Canadian-raised Masia One and Malaysian Supa Mojo, she is the last of the three to evolve into her fearless ‘da jie‘ self. This mirrors a real-life struggle as she was often underestimated by others as an artist.
Give ‘General Ling’ a listen!
Old Automatic Garbage For Malaysians, OAG (short for Old Automatic Garbage) is a powerhouse; an iconic band that drove the Malaysian alternative rock scene to what it isOn February 11, 2020 / By Sofea
For Malaysians, OAG (short for Old Automatic Garbage) is a powerhouse; an iconic band that drove the Malaysian alternative rock scene to what it is today. They have broken perceptions, charts and given the spotlight to the underground music scene. You might’ve heard of this track called “60s TV”…
Formed in 1992, OAG was one of the pioneers of Malaysian-English alternative rock bands. Back then, Malay music conquered the airwaves. For OAG’S original lineup, coming up with music purely in English was risky, and even more so since they were playing rock n’ roll. Nevertheless, with a to-hell-with-it-all attitude and a hunger to be different, OAG broke into the mainstream division, becoming the first indie band to do so.
Their fame picked up when they were signed to Positive Tone and released their debut album, Old Automatic Garbage in 1994. The album went triple-platinum, and the hit single “60s TV” is still relevant up to this day. It was what any band of the era could only dream of, and the boys from Sarawak did just that. They even went on to winning Best New Artist in the Anugerah Industri Musik, a Malaysian version of the Grammy Awards, in 1996.
Riding the high of their fame, OAG released an EP in 1997 that went gold in only 3 days! EP 67 was the start of their transition from sticking with old skool alternative rock to experimenting with music out of their comfort zone. This has led to the release of albums incorporated with Malay songs, such as Opera Radhi-o Friendly in 2002 and Satelit Ink in 2003. The single “Slumber” also made it to number 1 in local radio charts, breaking through the Malay music scene.
In the midst of it all, though fame sounded sweet, OAG went through multiple line-up changes and hiatuses. Even before Satelit Ink, Muhammad Radhi Razali, better known as Radhi, had become the only constant of OAG. Although the founding members made a promise during the recording of their first record to never include session musicians, Radhi eventually had to resort to finding talents among performing arts students to fill in the gaps. With all the changes and the challenges the rock n’ roll scene in the 90s presented, the stress took its toll and Radhi had no choice but to find solace in drugs.
Having been in and out of rehab, Radhi has been proclaiming that he’s clean over the past years. In March 2019, under the moniker Radhio Radhikal, Radhi released a book on his battles with drug addiction with the title Seksa, dada dan rock & roll. In the book, he revealed that he had been under the influence since he was 15 while back in Sarawak. He also opened up about the rocky chemistry with members of the band, as well as his divorce. With the book and his story, Radhi aims to inspire people to become clean and stay clean.
While everyone was happy that Radhi was in a good place and promoting positivity to the public, no one knew what was happening behind closed doors. In July 2019, news sparked of a second divorce. It was around that time that Radhi’s old habits had relapsed. But when life brings you down, there’s nowhere else to go but up. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Radhi wrote “#ORI” – a happy-go-lucky dance track. “I created #ORI because I want to share the love and inspire others to keep going no matter how hard the road ahead lies. Always be original”, says Radhi.
In 2020, with a clean slate and freshly out of a divorce, Radhi is OAG, and OAG is Radhi. As he has been the only constant of OAG, Radhi is rebranding his brainchild and claiming what is rightfully his. Thereafter, OAG will still be operating as a band by working with session musicians rather than having member musicians on board. To celebrate the new OAG, the A New Beginning tour has since kickstarted in Johor Bahru on 8 February 2020.
The new single “#ORI” will premiere only during the tour, so be sure you don’t miss the unveiling of a new era! Get your tickets here and in the meantime, here’s a little snippet of “#ORI”!
February offers the least number of days in a year. However, the amount of gigs stacked up this month is massive! Get ready to plan your days forOn February 10, 2020 / By Sofea
February offers the least number of days in a year. However, the amount of gigs stacked up this month is massive! Get ready to plan your days for a concert-filled month.
From the promoters that brought you Knocked Loose last month, BNA Youth Booking now brings you the American trash metal band Power Trip Asia Tour 2020! Power Trip will be making their way to Kuala Lumpur on 12 February. Tickets are limited so get yours now here!
BeatleMania is one of UK’s leading tribute act, who has been touring around the world and playing for A-list public figures. This year with the support of the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, and in conjuction with Visit Malaysia 2020, BeatleMania will be taking over Kuala Lumpur for 4 back-to-back shows! What better way to reminisce the best pop band of all time than by catching BeatleMania live? For tickets, contact the numbers available on the poster for each date!
Take a trip up to Genting Highlands to witness the Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G live in concert! This show marks his 4th visit to Malaysia, but hopefully not the last. Word on the street is, Mr. Kenny G himself would often stick around after his performances to meet the fans. Since it’s only two days after Valentine’s Day, surprise your significant other with tickets to the show, which can be found here!
For all K-pop stans: don’t miss Seventeen’s Ode to You world tour live in Kuala Lumpur! Set to happen at Axiata Arena on 22 February, this will be their first arena show on local Malaysian grounds as opposed to their last two visits. (Hurray! More space for us fans to fill up!)
Seventeen is known to hold sold out shows all around the world, so be quick in getting your tickets here.
What better way to spend the extra day this leap year than at a local festival? Gegey Fest is making its way back on 29 February after a long hiatus, and everyone’s favourite local Malaysian underground festival is finally claiming back the throne to “best festival” in the scene.
With affordable tickets and an amazing line-up, what more can you ask for? You can get your tickets by DM-ing them here!
Mongolian rock band The HU is set to perform at The Bee, Kuala Lumpur as part of the Rockaway Showcase! Unique and true to their culture, The HU blends heavy metal with Mongolian throat singing and traditional Mongolian instrumentation. The songs “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem” have more than 20 million plays each on YouTube. Get your tickets here!
Jay Chou will be celebrating 20 years of his career with a world tour, and will stop by in Kuala Lumpur for one day only, on 29 February! With a bigger venue this time around, more fans will get the opportunity to witness the Mandopop king live in action at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil this month. Get your tickets here!
Get ready to be dazzled by musicians of all genres this February! With award-winning groups, classical musicians and even a drag race, amongst others, here is a listOn February 10, 2020 / By Sofea
Get ready to be dazzled by musicians of all genres this February! With award-winning groups, classical musicians and even a drag race, amongst others, here is a list of shows you wouldn’t want to miss!
Prepare to be aca-amazed by the Grammy Award-winning acapella group Pentatonix with vocals like you have never experienced! (Fun fact: the quintet was also featured in the movie that brought acapella to fame, Pitch Perfect.)
Click here to get your tickets now!
Northern Irish band Stiff Little Fingers are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut album Inflammable Material in Singapore on 13 February! Grab your tickets for a trip back in time, and rock out like you did in the 70s!
As part of their Asia Tour 2020, Power Trip will be making their way to Singapore on 15 February! The show will be supported by 5 local Singaporean metal bands, and metal fans are in for a treat with circle pits, wall-of-death and all-around moshing. Early bird tickets have already sold out so don’t sleep on it. Get your tickets here!
The saxophone legend himself, Kenny G will be serenading fans at the prestigious Sands Theatre this 18 February! Don’t miss the one-night-only event with the multiple Grammy Award-winning musician. Surprise your loved ones by purchasing tickets for them here!
Get your dose of nostalgia with the popular boy band 98 Degrees! Live at the Star Theatre on 20 February, it will be a blast from the past in this reunion of a lifetime. Tickets can be found here while stocks last.
Get your glamour on for RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Tour! Happening at the Star Theatre on 27 February, the show will feature past winners and contestants as well as fan favourites. VIP packages have all been sold out, so get your tickets here before it’s too late!
Note: The show is rated M18, and is only available to audiences of 18 years and above.
Potterheads get your robes ready. The Metropolitan Festival Orchestra will perform the music scores live as the 4th movie from the Harry Potter series plays on a 40-foot screen. Experience the movie like never before with these tickets!
Internationally acclaimed pianist-composer Yiruma will be having his second show in Singapore on 29 February! If you’re not familiar with his work, one of his pieces “River Flows in You” was featured in the movie Twilight. Piano enthusiasts, get your tickets here before it’s too late!
Gentle Bones greets us in the new decade with a song laced with wistful questions. Why Do We? shows the constant turnover in Bones’ mind as he navigatesOn February 4, 2020 / By Nookmag
Gentle Bones greets us in the new decade with a song laced with wistful questions. Why Do We? shows the constant turnover in Bones’ mind as he navigates through life, friendships, relationships and the things left half-said.
His latest single, Why Do We? is a song that questions why we perceive intimacy the way we do today. Love is interpreted differently by everyone and sometimes we lose bits of ourselves by buying into the expectations of others or the romanticized and outdated ideals of love, comradeship and friendship that we were sold through the movies and media. It is not because of cluelessness; rather, a lack of sufficient experience to truly understand how much the love we need may differ from the supposed ‘norms’ we see around us. People come and go in our lives but most of the time, it is a lot more complex a situation than it may seem.
Why Do We? plays out a wavering stream of communication that pushes past hurt and idealism. It eventually comes to terms with the conflicting reality of relationships in both its tapering moments and moments of surety.
In the first few seconds of the track, Gentle Bones’ voice quivers through the lyrics with a certain vulnerability. Approaching the chorus, the track slowly lifts into a hazy yet smooth aural scene as his voice drives with more resonance. This is definitely a song that should accompany you when you want to have your thoughts to yourself.
Listen to ‘Why Do We?’ here
If you haven’t been paying attention to the news of late, Australia is currently facing one of the worst bushfires in decades. With the death toll rising, millionsOn January 15, 2020 / By Sofea
If you haven’t been paying attention to the news of late, Australia is currently facing one of the worst bushfires in decades. With the death toll rising, millions of hectares burning, and thousands of homes destroyed, the devastating roar of flames have far exceeded previous Ash Wednesday and Black Friday records to date.
Nevertheless, help comes from all places, expected and unexpected alike. With instances much like the Instagram model selling photos of her in her birthday suit raising AUD700,000 for the Australian bushfire relief, various celebrities and public figures have also stepped in to create awareness and pool funds for aid, both locally (in Australia) and internationally.
Likewise, the rock music scene did more than shy away from providing their contributions to this crisis. Here are some bands that may look scary and play angry music, but have the purest of hearts.
American heavy metal powerhouse Metallica, together with their All Within My Hands Foundation, have pledged AUD750,000 to aid relief efforts in the country. All funds go to the NSW Rural Fire Services and the Country Fire Authority in Victoria. Join them in their crusade and donate to the cause!
We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria. (1/6) pic.twitter.com/XqJAHmN6um
— Metallica (@Metallica) January 8, 2020
Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive has donated AUD50,000 to the Australian Red Cross and WIRES, a wildlife rescue organisation in wake of the bushfires. They have also set up a GoFundMe account for fans, urging them to contribute. “Even AUD0.50 will help”, said frontman Winston McCall in a video posted on Twitter.
In light of the devastating bushfires we’re currently experiencing in Australia we’ve set up a Go Fund Me and donated $50,000. We are calling on all fans around the world, even 50c will help. All proceeds will go to @RedCrossAU and @WIRES_NSW. Stay safe.
– https://t.co/GM869JiOad pic.twitter.com/tJMQLHzvLF
— Parkway Drive (@parkwayofficial) January 9, 2020
According to guitarist and environmental activist Brian May, Queen has been requested to play at a fundraiser to help support the victims of the Australian bushfires. The show, anticipated to mimic the Live Aid benefit gig as seen in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, will be held in Sydney next month as part of The Rhapsody Tour. Nothing is concrete just yet, but we can always hope it will be true.
English rock band Bring Me The Horizon have created an exclusive t-shirt in support of the relief efforts for Australia’s bushfires. Designed with the animals threatened by the wildfire in mind, all proceeds will go to charities that protect these wildlife. You can pre-order the apparel here (international shipping available)!
100% of the profits from this Horizon Supply Co t-shirt are being donated to charities during the Australian Bushfire crisis.
More information on the charities can be found on the product page:https://t.co/X8SagHT2Ps
— Bring Me The Horizon (@bmthofficial) January 10, 2020
Playing last weekend at UNIFY Gathering, one of Australia’s annual music festivals, The Ghost Inside have taken it to Twitter to announce a fundraiser in Melbourne. Held on 8 January 2020 at the UNIFY office, fans enjoyed a meet & greet session with the band and were able to purchase exclusive merchandise, of which a portion of the proceeds went into contributing towards the Australian bushfire relief efforts.
Update: Melbourne (Australia) today! Come say hi from 4-6 over at 24Hundred. We’ll have a few items for sale to raise money for bushfire relief and we’ll be around for photos and hangs. See you later! pic.twitter.com/vFDfqKOfEz
— The Ghost Inside (@theghostinside) January 7, 2020
Following the announcement of their new album “Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them”, Australian metalcore outfit The Amity Affliction will be raising funds for the Australian Bushfire Appeals through pre-orders of the album. They will be giving back AUD1 for every international order and AUD5 for every order made through their official Australian webstore. If you are interested, click here to give the much-anticipated album a listen and support a great cause at the same time! They are also set to play a charity show alongside other notable Australian bands in Melbourne on 20 January.
We’ll be donating $1 from worldwide pre-orders thanks to @purenoiserecs and $5 from orders through our Australian Webstore @24HundredNet to the Australian Bushfire Appeals. Pre-order here: https://t.co/PUMOHOO8rz
— The Amity Affliction (@amityaffliction) January 8, 2020
Australia’s rising pop punk group Stand Atlantic have stepped in with their contribution. All profits from their official merchandise webstore will go to WIRES for a week starting from 10 January 2020. It’s still not too late to snag a shirt or two here!
HALF A BILLION ANIMALS ARE DEAD
100% of the profits from our online store are going to WIRES for the next week bc our country is on fire and our hearts are breaking and we need to do something
— stand atlantic (@standatlantic) January 9, 2020
Fresh from their debut tour in Australia last month, American horror-inspired post-hardcore ensemble Ice Nine Kills have released an exclusive limited-edition t-shirt online. Though only available on their official webstore for 48 hours, all proceeds will go to the Australian Wildfire Relief efforts!
In light of the recent events, we are donating all profits from this limited edition shirt to the Australian Wildfire Relief efforts. Please consider picking one up and helping out our friends down under in this devastating time. Available at https://t.co/LvnUx7tYD7 pic.twitter.com/C2Xo8Zhy2X
— ICE NINE KILLS (@ICENINEKILLS) January 7, 2020
American deathcore band Fit For An Autopsy have stepped up to raise USD6,018 (that’s about AUD8,770!) in just two hours. They had released pieces of leftover merchandise from over the years, some dating back from 2011. The merchandise were sold at discounted prices on their official online store, and all proceeds have been donated to the World Wildlife Fund, as shown in a screenshot photo posted by the band on their Facebook page.
Patrick Miranda, lead singer of the American post-hardcore band Movements, is putting out an unreleased, never-before-heard song from a solo project recorded 4 years ago. The only way to listen to it is to donate AUD10 or more to any one of the long lists of Australian organisations he shared; just show him the receipt, and he will personally email you the song! In less than 24 hours, Miranda had raised over AUD2,000 towards the Australian bushfire relief fund!
To this day, they tell me how much they love that song and how much it means to them. So I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to finally let people hear it.
— 𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤 (@patfriick) January 6, 2020
If you are interested in donating to help our brothers and sisters down under (and the poor defenseless wildlife), hit up any of these links right here!
If you missed out on Jay Chou’s show yesterday, don’t sweat it. While there’s no mandopop heart-throb left to chase this month, follow our trail of breadcrumbs belowOn January 11, 2020 / By Sofea
If you missed out on Jay Chou’s show yesterday, don’t sweat it. While there’s no mandopop heart-throb left to chase this month, follow our trail of breadcrumbs below for an alternative that you can still catch in January 2020!
Scottish singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi will be dazzling Capitol Theatre tonight! Spend your Saturday being serenaded to, and sing-along to the number 1 hit single, “Someone You Loved” plus other amazing ballads. Tickets are still available here so if you have zero plans tonight, here’s one!
Multi Grammy award-winning band Bon Iver is bringing their Asia Tour to Singapore this 17 January at The Star Theatre! The tour is in collaboration with their 2 A Billion campaign, an organisation set to end gender inequality, domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Bon Iver is also teaming up with AWARE, Singapore’s leading women’s rights and gender-equality advocacy group for an online auction. The auction comprises of a pair of tickets to the show and exclusive signed merchandises where all proceeds go to AWARE. Place your bids here and purchase a ticket to the show here!
Icelandic indie folk/pop powerhouse Of Monsters and Men is bringing their Fever Dream Tour to Singapore this 18 January at Fort Canning Park! After a 4-year hiatus, they came back with the release of their third album, Fever Dream last year. Expect music of old and new at the concert. Don’t miss this opportunity to see them live! Click here for tickets.
American metalcore band As I Lay Dying will be making their way to Singapore on 18 January as part of their Shaped by Fire Asia Tour! Playing at The Pavilion, fans of the metal scene are in for a treat. Get your tickets here before it’s too late!
Prior to their double whammy show in Malaysia, the boys of Knocked Loose will be stage-diving headfirst in Singapore! The venue has also been upgraded to *SCAPE The Ground Theatre due to overwhelming response. Catch the American hardcore band by snagging your tickets here before it sells out!
Crown The Empire will be playing in Singapore for the second time on 26 January at Canvas! Spend your Sunday night moshing to heavy riffs and melodic screams before the dreaded Monday repeats. If you missed them the first time they were here, don’t repeat the same mistake twice! Purchase your tickets here.
End the first month of the year with a literal bang! Dance your night away with the electro/house legend Steve Aoki himself at Marquee, Singapore’s largest nightclub. This might be the party of the year, so put on your best party dress and head over to Marquee to cop limited tickets at the door. All online tickets are sold out!
If you are looking for a concert to let your hair down this month, we’ve got you covered! Regardless of your genre preference, pin this in your to-doOn January 6, 2020 / By Sofea
If you are looking for a concert to let your hair down this month, we’ve got you covered! Regardless of your genre preference, pin this in your to-do list and don’t miss out on your favourite acts.
Support your local bands with Atas Angin as they present the second instalment of their ska-indie festival this 11 January at Angkasa Event Space, Kuala Lumpur. Fans can expect fast-track performances filled with fun beats which are made for dancing. Above all, be sure to catch local legends Couple and Shizuka Ben Aman (formally known as Shizuka & The Bad Dreams/Shizuka) at the gig!
For tickets, Whatsapp +60-18-3214490 to purchase.
Also happening on 11 January, Kugiran Masdo (or just Masdo) is launching their sophomore album, “Jalan Abbey”, recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London. Get ready to dive into a 60’s pop music-esque adventure at The Bee, Kuala Lumpur and witness brand new songs from the band first-hand. Click here to get your tickets.
Fun fact: The song “Dinda” is nominated for the 34th “Anugerah Juara Lagu” which will be held next month.
The Scottish singer-songwriter will be performing at KL Live, Kuala Lumpur for the first time as part of his World Tour 2020! Prepare for a soulful show on 14 January, where his mesmerising vocals accompanied by elegant instrumentals will provide you with an enchanting serenade.
We know we can’t wait to witness Lewis Capaldi perform his hit single “Someone You Loved” live. To purchase your tickets, click here!
The best has yet to come for K-pop lovers as YG Entertainment’s latest popular boy group WINNER will be making waves on 18 January at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur! Get your tickets here before it sells out.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance of seeing “Really Really” live!
American hardcore band Knocked Loose has been booked to set fire in Malaysia not once, but twice! Playing shows back-to-back debuting in Johor Bahru followed by Kuala Lumpur, hardcore fans are in for a treat in the first month of the year 2020.
You can find the tickets for both shows here to celebrate the release of their brand new album “A Different Shade of Blue”. The album placed 5th in Kerrang’s Top 50 Best Album of 2019. Do you really want to miss this?
Keeping the music heavy, American metalcore band Crown The Empire is scheduled to perform at The Bee, Kuala Lumpur for the second time on 25 January! Fresh from the release of their 4th album “Sudden Sky”, anticipate new tunes, heavier riffs and fresher screams this time around.
Tickets are on sale here from 11 January 2020.