heyKaty Perry is currently in the middle of the European leg of her global-trotting Witness: The Tour and is set to conclude it in August later this year, so the era for her fourth major label studio album is technically not over yet. Witness, which dropped today exactly a year ago, is probably the most […]Read More One year later: Could anything have acquitted Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’?
Bionic may have been Christina Aguilera‘s most iconic, failed era, but statistically, it’s nothing compared to its successor two years later, 2012’s Lotus, which was barely an era anyway. But before we begin deflowering Lotus, it’s only fair to highlight certain key events in Christina’s career in between albums. 2011 saw the singer, now past 30 […]Read More ‘Lotus’: When Christina Aguilera’s career further withered (Xploring Xtina Part 5)
Reading Crazy Rich Asians actually left me hungry for more books about my own country of Singapore, so I started with a 2014 book by Cambridge University and Harvard Law School graduate Jolene Tan. A Certain Exposure, the Singaporean author’s debut novel, is described in the blurb as a “classic coming-of-age tale doubled across two vividly […]Read More ‘A Certain Exposure’ is certainly not my idea of exposure to Singapore books (review)
I must’ve come across about Victoria Aveyard’s novel Red Queen at least once or twice since it was published back in 2015. But I never bothered giving it proper attention until around a year ago when it was briefly mentioned in a media law lecture about film rights. I finally read the novel, and I’m pleasantly […]Read More ‘Red Queen’: a member of post-renaissance dystopian royalty (review)
I am not a fan of Shawn Mendes. I barely know the Canadian 19-year old’s music, and I already hate the handful of pop singles I encountered where his pubescent voice yells mediocre hooks. Yes, that includes “Stitches”, “Treat You Better” (“bedder danee caaan!” kills me every time) and even that insufferable duet with Camila […]Read More Shawn Mendes’s self-titled third album is gentle goodness (review)
When “Work” summited the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2016, Rihanna collected her 14th number-one single in the US and surpassed Michael Jackson as the artist with the most fourth-largest number of chart-toppers in the country. Today, she holds tight to that position, behind only The Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (18) and Elvis Presley (17). […]Read More Can Rihanna surpass Mariah Carey as soloist with the most No. 1 hits?
Most articles you encounter online are likely to tell you the same old story: eau de parfums are the strongest, at approximately 10 to 20% of aromatic compounds, followed by eau de toilettes, then eau de colognes. I’m here to tell you the truth about what you really need to know about fragrance concentrations, based […]Read More Eau de what? The truth about fragrance concentrations