Sound Bites #1: Selena Gomez, The xx and Sam Smith

Hey, what’s going on? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the latest music news in brief! In this edition to kick off the new semester: new music, a new breakthrough, plenty of live acts, and a Photoshop disaster.

SUPER FRESH: Listen to “Wolves,” the new Selena Gomez track featuring Marshmello

Following up on “Bad Liar” and “Fetish,” two singles released in the past several months, Selena Gomez has blessed us yet again with this bangin’ EDM track featuring Dutch producer and DJ, Marshmello.

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After some time off from music, where she surprised her fans by revealing she had a kidney transplant over the summer due to an autoimmune condition called lupus (which is Latin for “wolf,” but we’re not hinting at anything here), Gomez looks set for a jubilant return with this emotional track about love and loss – and also with word that she’s got plenty of new stuff waiting to be released.


The xx will see us in Kuala Lumpur

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In case you haven’t already heard – Britain’s most popular indie pop band of recent times is coming to town! Fresh from their recent nomination for the Mercury Prize – one of Britain’s top awards for new music albums – The xx are bringing their I See You Tour right to our doorstep.

Set for 25 January 2018 at the Malaysian International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MiTEC), we have a feeling that it’s going to be one hell of a show. Get your tickets here.


Sam Smith talks gender identity: “I feel just as much woman as I am man”

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Sam Smith has spoken publicly about his gender identity in a recent interview with the UK’s Sunday Times.

Between talking about his recent singles, “Too Good at Goodbyes” and “Pray,” and spilling the deets about his new album, The Thrill of It All, set for release on November 3, Smith has explained that he does not identify as a cisgendered man, and talks about a fondness for women’s clothing:

“I love a heel. […] There was one moment in my life where I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really.”

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He also dishes out on what we can expect from his new album – his new songs will show to us more of his “growth,” “confidence,” and how much he has evolved from when he first started in music. You go, Sam Smith!


Taylor Swift drops a “Gorgeous” new single

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Fresh from the deeply polarised reactions to her previous singles, Taylor Swift has released “Gorgeous,” another single out of her forthcoming album Reputation.

Unlike “Look What You Made Me Do” and “…Ready For It?”, we’re getting a lot of effervescent joy from this saccharine-sweet, 80s-inspired track – it’s all the proof we need that the old Taylor isn’t dead yet. Is it about her latest boyfriend? We’ll figure that one out in time.


Solange Knowles to magazine after having her hair photoshopped: “dtmh.”

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What were the graphic design team at the London Evening Standard newspaper expecting when they digitally altered the hair of an artist who sang, “Don’t touch my hair / when it’s the feelings I wear”?

Solange Knowles has called them out after they photoshopped her braids on the cover of their weekly lifestyle magazine, ES – a photo that somewhat ironically accompanied a feature article on “body politics” where she spoke about her hair and its personal significance to her, calling hair braiding “its own art form.”

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The writer of the article has since publicly rejected it, explaining that she has done so to get across her “displeasure” at the final, published form of the article, and the Evening Standard has issued a public apology to Knowles.

Some people just never listen, do they?


Laneway Festival, Singapore 2018: details released

Down south in the Little Red Dot, Australia’s gift to the music festival scene returns for its eighth iteration on 27 January, 2018. Set in the lush environs of Gardens by the Bay, and featuring a sumptuous lineup of 15 indie artists – you’ll be breathing the same air as Father John Misty, Mac DeMarco and The Internet to name some – Laneway Festival will quite possibly be the best garden party you’ll ever go to. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Read more and get your tickets here. In the meantime, here’s a little something to tide you over with:


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By Zamir Zainal

I live for 90s alternative rock and Robyn's "Dancing on My Own".

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