Charlie Lim: New Universal deal won't compromise my music

Local indie singer Charlie Lim says his new deal with Universal won't compromise his music

WHAT'S NEXT: Expect new music from Charlie Lim in mid-2017.

Some local acts resist the idea of signing on to a major record label for fear that their music will be compromised.

But singer-songwriter-producer Charlie Lim - who inked a deal with Universal Music Singapore that was announced last week- is not one of them.

The 27-year-old told M: "Universal seems to respect and understand what I stand for as an artist, which is why they approached me in the first place. I'm looking forward to see what they can do to help bring my music to the next level."

Known for his melancholic tunes and narrative lyrics, Lim's 360-degree deal entails recording and publishing rights, live shows, endorsements, merchandise and co-management with his current team from music consultancy firm House Of Riot.

The firm also manages indie singer-songwriter Inch Chua and local band The Great Spy Experiment.

He said: "Sarah (Sim), who runs Riot, has been on this journey with me from the start, so there's already a deep sense of loyalty and understanding of how things work with my music. This arrangement will be a mutually beneficial one for all parties because everyone can bring something to the table."

Lim assured fans that everything will stay the same.

The Mothership, his back-up band, will continue to perform alongside him.

"The deal does not restrict my creative control (over my music). Nothing about my music will change. I will still be writing music my way and the lyrics will be just as they have always been.

"I'm thankful that Universal really trusts me to execute my own vision when it comes to songwriting."

He is also not affected by detractors who feel that he's selling out and turning mainstream.

He said: "It's a privilege to have commercial success through writing and playing music...

"But Universal knows that I'm not chasing celebrity or trying to appeal to the lowest (common) denominator... There's no point trying to mould me into something I'm not.

"With Universal, I will have access to more resources and a wider network of contacts that I hope to collaborate with."

Lim, who released a self-titled EP in 2011 and double EP Time/Space last year, will release a new offering in mid-2017.

He declined to comment on it but hopes to include The Mothership more in the production.

He said: "I'm just trying to better myself and top what I've written before."

TNP New Face 2016: Ashley Rita Wong

Ashley Rita Wong, 23

English literature graduate from the National University of Singapore

Ashley first started playing

Dota 2 in 2013 after watching her university hall friends play the multiplayer online game - and has been hooked on it since. She said: "Even after three years, I still learn new things and the game's graphics are absolutely beautiful."

Is there anything else you are obsessed with?

It's a toss-up between animals and gaming; it's really difficult to choose one.What else is interesting about you?

I have joint hypermobility, which gives me unnatural flexibility: I can bend my fingers all the way backwards. I realised I was much more flexible than my friends and I used to gross them out with weird things my fingers can do. It was only recently that I realised what it was called when I was diagnosed with mild Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder where joint hypermobility is a symptom.

What are your biggest pet peeves?

Grammatical errors and people standing on the wrong side of the escalator.

Where is your favourite place to hang out?

Creamier in Toa Payoh. The earl grey lavender ice cream and waffles never fail to make me incredibly happy.

Who do you look to for style tips?

(Social media influencers) Jenn Im, Trishna G. and Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw. Jenn has an incredibly bubbly, down-to-earth and positive personality that is so contagious, and it comes through in her videos and pictures. I came across Trishna's Instagram this year and I want to emulate her no-fuss elegant style when I start a career. Aimee is a drop-dead gorgeous woman who's my local role model (pun intended).

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One Big Happy Family Again?

Cast of F8.

The cast of action flick Fast 8 shared a photo and message on Facebook last week as filming wrapped on the latest instalment of The Fast And The Furious franchise, putting to bed the alleged Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson online feud.

The production team wrote: "For our final #FastFridays post, all of us in the Fast Family wanted to thank you for coming on the ride with us during this epic production."

The drama started when Johnson, 44, had called out unnamed male co-stars for being unprofessional on social media.

Many believed he was referring to Diesel, 49.


Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice star Henry Cavill, 33, shared a photo of what seems to be black armour on Instagram with the caption "#Superman" on Monday.



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Many believe it to be a close-up of an updated costume for the Man of Steel.

Superman, who appeared to be have been killed in Batman V Superman, is slated to be in the Justice League film in 2017.

The dark suit first appeared in The Death and Return of Superman comics, which ran in the 1990s.

In the comics, Superman died and was resurrected, changing him. He wore the black suit as it could absorb the sunlight he needed to regain his strength.


Hong Kong director Benny Chan said his love for martial arts inspired his latest movie Call Of Heroes.

The Hong Kong martial arts action flick - which stars Sean Lau, Louis Koo and Eddie Peng - is set in a civil war-ridden China.

It is about a group of villagers attempting to deliver justice and end the tyrannical reign of a cruel young warlord.

It opens here tomorrow and is rated NC16.

The 54-year-old film-maker said at a press conference in Beijing: "As a child, I always hid inside a blanket and used a flashlight (at night) to read martial arts books by Louis Cha."

Chan said he wanted to create a film that would describe how justice can be implemented despite the difficulties of upholding it.


US actress Ashley Judd, 48, is going back to school.

In a Q&A session on Facebook Live on Monday, Judd announced she has enrolled in University of California, Berkeley's public policy PhD programme.

The highly competitive programme, which starts this fall, only admits two or three candidates each year.

She has a bachelor's in French from the University of Kentucky and a master's in public administration, with a focus on gender equality, from Harvard.

She was ready to "do some good thinking, some rigorous research... and see how I can continue to do my little part to make the world a better place".


US actress Bella Thorne has split from her English actor-boyfriend Gregg Sulkin after a one-year romance, citing their busy schedules as the main reason.

The 18-year-old starlet tweeted on Monday: "Things just didn't end up working the way we had hoped. But I'll always love the bub."

Thorne and Sulkin, 24, hooked up last June after he supported Thorne at the Los Angeles premiere of her MTV series Scream.



Fast Five with Jack Huston

This Brit actor is not banking on his famous surname but is forging out on his own with Ben-Hur
Jack Alexander Huston.


NAME Jack Alexander Huston

BORN Dec 7, 1982 in Norfolk, England

FILMOGRAPHY The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2013), Kill Your Darlings (2013), American Hustle (2013), The Longest Ride (2015), Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016), Ben-Hur (2016)


The English actor has relatives in showbiz.

As the grandson of legendary Hollywood director John Huston, as well as nephew of Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston and actor Danny Huston, it is not surprising that the 33-year-old joined the family profession.

But he wants to forge his own path instead of banking on his surname.

He told The Red Bulletin: "It's very hard to get started in this business, so there is a heck of a lot of disappointment when you start out.

"You're never going to be right for every role, so the ones you are right for are the ones worth fighting for."


His partner of five years Shannan Click was a Victoria's Secret model and face for Guess.

The couple have a three-year-old daughter and a son who was born early this year.

Huston was recently selected to front the men's collection for Tod's Fall 2016 campaign.


Best known for playing the deeply troubled World War I marksman-turned-gangster Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, Huston was the recipient of CinemaCon's Rising Star of the Year Award in June.


Huston is poised for the big time in the reboot of the historical drama Ben-Hur.

In his first lead role, he plays the titular Jewish prince who is falsely accused of treason by his childhood friend, Roman tribune Messala (Toby Kebbell). Cast into slavery, he survives and eventually rises to take his revenge.

Huston said of the role: "It was amazing, a true gift. I have never worked so hard, but you just want to bring your best to something like this... I feel I have never been challenged so much in my career."

To The Red Bulletin, he said: "It was six months of a brutal shot - it was beautiful but I lost 14kg during the shoot to play the slave, and when you see our faces in the chariot races, that's really us in the chariot races, there's no green screen."

Director Timur Bekmambetov said in a Deadline interview that Huston originally auditioned for the part of Messala, but he decided that Huston had the "sympathetic manner and grit to play the title role".


For Ben-Hur, which opens here tomorrow, Huston got to drive a Roman chariot during the one month of pre-production, which included intensive training.

About 86 horses, 20 chariots and a super-sized stadium were required to recreate the iconic scene from the Oscar-winning 1959 film.

Huston told Collider: "It's like Nascar. The first day you are completely convinced you are going to die."





GERARD BUTLER, 300 (2006)



She's a queen with a heart of gold

Former Miss Universe Singapore Eunice Olsen epitomises pageant values through her commitment to advocacy, humanitarian and volunteer work

BEAUTY AND COMPASSION: Eunice Olsen has filled her time with spreading goodwill since being crowned Miss Universe Singapore (left) in 2000.

For the past 16 years, Eunice Olsen has undoubtedly been a Miss Universe Singapore (MUS) winner who walked the talk.

The former beauty queen and all-around do-gooder, claimed the title in 2000 and epitomises the pageant's core values with her unfailing commitment to and passion for advocacy, humanitarian and volunteer work.

Right from the start, Olsen did not want her MUS reign to go by without doing something meaningful.

She got in touch with then-US Ambassador to Singapore Mr Steven J. Green, whom her father worked for. He helped her start volunteering at Toa Payoh Girls' Home (now known as Singapore Girls' Home).

Following that, she got involved with the Kebun Baru Youth Executive Committee and Andrew and Grace Home, where she conducted etiquette and grooming classes for the girls.

Fast forward to today: The 38-year-old bachelorette is a media entrepreneur and executive producer of social enterprise WomenTalk, which she founded three years ago.

Hosted by Olsen, it is an interview series that features the accomplishments of extraordinary everyday "sheroines" from all over Asia.

It was nominated for an International Emmy in the Digital Program: Non-Fiction category in 2014.

Olsen told The New Paper: "MUS was one of the dots in my life that have led me to where I am today. As (the late Apple founder) Steve Jobs said, 'You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards'.

"Every situation in life can be an opportunity if you work hard and make it one, and I'm privileged and very grateful that I've had the support from my family and close friends to turn these dots into opportunities that have led me to where I am today and to what I'm doing now."

This year, Singapore's most prestigious pageant is back in a big way, with new presenter Singapore Turf Club and new imaging partner Canon Singapore on board.

For the first time, TNP will be the pageant's official media partner and co-organiser with the Miss Universe Singapore Organisation.

The winner will receive $10,000 in cash and a Canon camera worth $1,000, among other prizes.

Today is the last day of registration.

In 2012, Olsen went on to design a menstrual hygiene education programme for women and girls in rural communities, working closely with groups in Cambodia and Nepal.

This programme is now used in India and Africa as well.


She occasionally travels around the world for speaking engagements and is still involved in advocacy work on human trafficking.

Oslen also co-produced and acted in a 2014 movie - titled 3.50 - which was about the sex trafficking industry in Cambodia.

She was also appointed goodwill ambassador with World Vision and Habitat For Humanity.

Her last trip with the latter was in 2014, when she led an all-girl team to Kuching, Malaysia to build a house.

She is now a volunteer with the Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore.

BEAUTY AND COMPASSION: Eunice Olsen has filled her time with spreading goodwill since being crowned Miss Universe Singapore (left) in 2000. PHOTOS: WOMENTALK TV, EUNICE OLSEN

On top of her these already-impressive achievements, the multi-hyphenate dabbled in local showbiz for a few years.

Not only was she a host, actress and musician, she also became a Nominated Member of Parliament in 2004.On her brush with non-partisan politics, she said: "Being in the legislature, we had the privilege to be like middlemen, speaking to Singaporeans about issues that mattered most to them, reading about the issues of the day and having the opportunity and platform to raise issues to our Government and policymakers...

"Most importantly, I also learnt the importance of spending time on the ground and assessing needs, something that is imperative and has helped me tremendously with the work I do today."


Olsen was in her final year at National University of Singapore, studying political science and philosophy when she was approached to join MUS by a scout with the organisers.

Olsen has "fond memories" of both the local and international pageant held in Cyprus, where she forged friendships with other contestants.

This is despite having been "really ill" and struggling to juggle teaching piano, studying for her final-year exams and going for MUS rehearsals before the finals itself.

She said MUS is perfect for women who want to "step out of their comfort zone" and use it as a "launch pad to achieve greater things".

"We as MUS winners and contestants have the ability to use the voice we've been given in our own way," she said.

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