ONE FM Food Fight

What makes ONE FM DJs go 'mmm'? They slug it out with their favourite culinary discoveries of the week

Winner!

Elliott Danker

ONE FM's #1 Breakfast Show

Weekdays 6am to 10am

"The creamy Superman's Pasta Crevettes Carbonara ($28.90) is an appropriate meal for the current Batman V Superman craze. The dish is an enjoyable treat for both the eyes and tummy."

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe
L1-03, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands


Andre Hoeden

ONE FM's #1 Breakfast Show
Weekdays 6am to 10am

"There's no guilt indulging in this Red Grouper Steamboat ($25). It was so yummy I had it twice this week. Generous serving of veggies and all things healthy. I'm trying their pork chops next."

Jin Wee Restaurant
928, East Coast Road


Cheryl Miles

The Escape Plan with Shan and Cheryl

Weekdays 4pm to 8pm

"The seven-course Spring degustation menu ($168) includes a seafood plating of lobster cracker, rare Spanish carabineros prawn and Scottish bamboo clam. Served with sea salt foam and prawn gel."

Rabbit Stash Restaurant
Wangz Hotel Rooftop


Desiree Lai

9-5 No Repeat Workday
Weekdays 10am to 1pm

"Expect meals with a local twist. The Steak & Chinchalok ($21) is a beautifully-cooked steak topped with its own blend of spicy chinchalok, pickled onions and potatoes."

Redpan
#02-03/04, Marina Square


Shan Wee

The Escape Plan with Shan and Cheryl

Weekdays 4pm to 8pm

"The ribs are good but this was the true revelation: Gula melaka creme brulee ($8.80) with coconut ice cream."

Naughty Nuri's
#01-84, Capitol Piazza


Shaun Tupaz

ONE FM's #1 Breakfast Show

Weekdays 6am to 10am

"The Refinery Waffle ($12) - a plate of buttermilk vanilla waffles laden with strawberries, sea salt caramel ice cream and crushed pistachio - is a must-try."

The Refinery
115, King George's Avenue, #01-02


Jill Lim

The One FM Reality Check

Weekdays 8pm to midnight

"The Green Chili Cheese Burger has crazy good flavour per mouthful. And this place serves Kickapoo over Mountain Dew. I was sold. There's a lunch deal: A burger, fries and drink for $20."

MEATliquor Singapore
99, Duxton Roard


Must-see MVs

US actress Hailee Steinfeld is caught up in an emotional whirlwind in new music video

HAILEE STEINFELD - ROCK BOTTOM (FEAT. DNCE)

Like in every normal relationship, US actress-singer Steinfeld goes through highs and lows with her exceedingly hot beau.

One minute it's a bed of roses and the next, it's a complete nightmare.

It's an emotional whirlwind for Steinfeld who laughs, cries, screams and fights all in a span of three and a half minutes.

Spoiler alert: It all ends well for her.


 

NICK JONAS - CLOSE (FEAT. TOVE LO)

This starts off creepy, with US singer Nick Jonas being dragged across the floor by an invisible force, mouthing the words of the song, before up-and-coming Swedish singer Tove Lo magically appears in front of him.

She, too, is dragged across the floor towards him and then away from him, the threads of their clothes unravelling with each movement.

The pair then perform a dance of passion, writhing together before he lifts her off the ground and pulls her close for a steamy kiss.

Is it me or did that escalate really, really fast?


ZAYN - BEFOUR

What would former member of UK boy band One Direction Zayn Malik's life be like if he was just a regular 23-year-old?

This MV gives us a peek into a slice of that hidden reality.

Together with other millennials in their 20s, he goes for a drive in an unflashy car, waits for his pals as they get haircuts and then grabs some late-night snacks at a diner.

How shockingly normal.

 

Overrated drama Descendants Of The Sun saved by soundtrack

Soundtrack, not lead actors, saving grace of overrated drama Descendants Of The Sun

BLAH: Army captain Yoo Si Jin (Song Joong Ki) and doctor Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo), spend most of the episodes flirting with each other and flaunting their good looks.

Descendants Of The Sun, South Korea's hottest TV drama right now, is overrated to the max.

It is pure fluff, with a simplistic storyline that relies heavily on its delectable cast to bring in the eyeballs.

There, I've said it.

Taking an unfavourable viewpoint on something so massively popular comes with its inevitable risk: Song Joong Ki's army of enraged female fans probably want to wallop me now.

The 16-episode Korean military-themed romance series, which airs on KBS World (StarHub TV Ch 815) every Wednesday and Thursday at 8.50pm, is a ratings winner across Asia. It is also available on free streaming platform Viu.

In China, the Ministry of Public Security even issued a warning on microblog Sina Weibo, cautioning against an unhealthy obsession with the show's hunky male lead Song.

My main beef with the drama is its callous waste of resources.

For a production boasting such a high budget - it was filmed in Greece and features gorgeous landscapes - the two protagonists, army captain Yoo Si Jin (Song) and doctor Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo), spend most of the episodes flirting with each other and flaunting their good looks.

Instead of focusing on the couple's frothy romance, I feel the writers could have gone deeper into each character's motivations, desires and complex emotions while they're on their respective peacekeeping and medical overseas missions.

To me, the saving grace of Descendants Of The Sun is its official soundtrack. While the thin plot leaves me cold, I must say the music is excellent. Every song is epic, melodic and suitably melodramatic.

It helps that the artists who contributed to the soundtrack are all bona fide vocal powerhouses - as opposed to idols who can't sing - such as Korean-American Yoon Mi Rae, balladeers K.Will and Gummy, and female pop duo Davichi.

Yoon's Always, the most recognised tune from the soundtrack, has "classic" stamped over it, with its sweeping piano parts and subsequent build-up to an arena anthem.

I foresee it becoming as loved as Baek Ji Young's Don't Forget, the theme song of 2009 espionage drama Iris.

Davichi's This Love is equally amazing, with its tender, emotive quality.

I also like the fact that it is played mostly in scenes featuring Descendants Of The Sun's second leads, Jin Goo and Kim Ji Won.

Both are great actors who, given a better script, can outshine the two Songs any day.

Unique Himiko in Esplanade arts fest

LIFELONG PARTNERSHIP: Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi likens his cello to a child, “so you have to take care of your cello”.
Kotaro Nakamura as Himiko.
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'I'm 100% Korean'

Despite troubles with Korean record label, singer-actress Megan Lee wants to return to Korean entertainment industry

Moving on from a roller-coaster lawsuit involving her first record label, Korean-American singer-actress Megan Lee returns to the small screen with the second season of Nickelodeon's K-pop-inspired musical-comedy Make It Pop.

The 20-year-old had sued Korean record label Soul Shop Entertainment for contract nullification in 2014, citing mismanagement and verbal abuse.

The company is headed by Korean singer Kim Tae Woo, a member of popular K-pop boy band g.o.d, active in the early 2000s.

The court ruled in Lee's favour in March last year and Kim said a month later that Soul Shop would terminate her contract.

Lee was in town for a meet-and-greet session and to promote Make It Pop 2, which airs on weekdays at 6pm on Nickelodeon (StarHub TV Ch 314/Singtel TV Ch 240).

POSITIVE: (Above) Megan Lee (pink hair) starring in Nickelodeon’s K-pop-inspired musical-comedy Make It Pop. PHOTO: STEPHEN SCOTT/ NICKELODEON

She told M yesterday: "These were unfortunate things that happened in the past, but when I was signed with the label, I was able to learn how to play the guitar and write songs.

"I can still say that I have tons of respect for Kim and there are no hard feelings on my side. I try to look on the positive side of things."

Lee even hopes to return to the Korean entertainment industry in the future.

She said: "I went through a lot in Korea, but I really love the culture and I love doing music there. I'm 100 per cent Korean and I would like to keep in touch with my roots."

STAR

In Make It Pop, Lee plays the free-spirited Sun Hi, a high school student who embarks on a coming-of-age journey with other members of her band XO-IQ (Erika Tham, Louriza Tronco and Dale Whibley).

Her character also aims to be a K-pop star.

"Sun Hi is like 10,000 Megans combined into one. She's fun, outgoing and very colourful," said Lee.

Contrary to popular belief, acting came before singing, said Lee, who was born and brought up in Los Angeles.

She has been appearing in independent films, commercials and TV series since she was 10. When she was 14, she started a YouTube channel where she became well-known for her covers of The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars and Good Day by Korean singer IU.

She said: "I still try to make time to film my YouTube videos. I think it is a great way for me to connect with my fans and it is more intimate than TV."

In 2014, after taking part in Korean reality TV singing competition MBC Star Audition - Birth Of A Great Star, Lee debuted her K-pop singles 8dayz and Ready For Love, a track from Korean drama Fated To Love You.

Her favourite K-pop act is girl group 2NE1, whom she met in 2011 when she won a contest with her cover of 2NE1's single Lonely.

"2NE1 got me started into K-pop. Nowadays, I really like (boy band) Block B and the ballad singer Ali," said Lee.

Despite being a celebrity herself, Lee is not spared the craze over hit Korean drama Descendants Of The Sun.

She said: "There's like a bajillion Korean celebrities, so it's so hard to choose one dream guy. But I recently started watching Descendants Of The Sun and (lead actor) Song Joong Ki is amazing."

 

 

Happy Easter everyone! #happyeaster #MEGatron #SunHiNation

A photo posted by M E G A N L E E (@hellomeganlee) on

 

After spending a week in Singapore, Lee declared she loves our country so much, she "could live here", even embracing our sweltering humidity.

She said: "I feel that the weather opens my pores and my skin feels so good.

"Singapore is like Asia's melting pot and the food is amazing. There's also a mall everywhere I go. It's awesome."

She has fallen for a local water chestnut drink that she has been raving about on her Instagram page.

She said: "I thought that it was so peculiar. I've never drunk anything like that before. But I've been drinking it almost every day, it is almost like water to me."

J-rock girl group Scandal turn to pop

J-rock all-girl quartet Scandal are loving their unabashedly pop-oriented sound and use of auto-tune on new studio album Yellow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cRp7hKJiY4
SCANDAL: (From far left) bassist Tomomi Ogawa, drummer Rina Suzuki, guitarist Mami Sasazaki and frontwoman Haruna Ono.

While today's pop charts are dominated by pumping electro beats and artists who auto-tune their vocals to perfection, such recording studio wizardry has generally been shunned by rock stars.

To many musicians, auto-tune - despite having been used for nearly two decades across songs of different genres - is still associated with massive over-production and "selling out".

In an e-mail interview with M, J-rock all-girl quartet Scandal begged to differ.

On the spunky Japanese foursome's latest single Sisters, 27-year-old singer-frontwoman Haruna Ono's auto-tuned robo-voice kicks off the upbeat track's opening bars for a good 20 seconds, then comes back on sporadically in the verse and chorus.

Most of Scandal's fans have taken to Sisters well, but on Scandal Heaven, the band's largest English-language online forum, there were netizens who expressed disappointment at the girls' decision to use auto-tune.

Guitarist Mami Sasazaki, 25, explained that using auto-tune was never about pandering to commercial tastes, but to reach out to more music lovers.

OPPORTUNITY

"It seems that auto-tune is one of the methods that can create an opportunity for people who are not accustomed to our rock style of music to give us a listen," she said.

"These days, there are many bands who introduce digital effects or EDM (electronic dance music) into their music.

"I believe to make new music, you need to dabble in various sounds."

Scandal, also comprising bassist Tomomi Ogawa, 25, and drummer Rina Suzuki, 24, released their seventh studio album, Yellow, earlier this month. It is available on iTunes.

Yellow is chockful of summery, cheerful tunes like Sisters, Stamp! and Love Me Do and is unabashedly pop-oriented, a departure from the group's heavy garage rock sound on their best-known hits Shunkan Sentimental and Shoujo S.

Sasazaki said that at the beginning, Yellow "wasn't meant to be" a pop album.

"We just knew that we wanted a 'happy' taste in our new album," she said. "Based on that feeling, we created happy melodies and lyrics spontaneously."

Ono added: "All the songs on Yellow were written by the four of us.

"Overall, the album has a very pop and funky feel. We really enjoyed recording Yellow and we hope everyone can bask in a happy atmosphere while listening to it."

Ogawa told M that while her all-time favourite bassist is Flea from US rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers, she was "inspired greatly" by US singer Cyndi Lauper as well as reggae legends Bob Marley and Phyllis Dillon during the recording of Yellow.

Scandal, who last played in Singapore in May last year, are returning to our shores for a concert in June.

MADE WAVES

Last year, they also made waves with their first international tour that included stops in the UK, France, Germany, Mexico and the US.

"That was a very fruitful tour," recalled Ogawa.

"Fans in Mexico were especially excited at our concert, it was as if they were watching a football game!"

Suzuki hopes that come June, Singapore fans will turn out in full force.

"We are planning to show you not only a great performance, but also our wonderful costumes," she teased.

We just knew that we wanted a 'happy' taste in our new album. Based on that  feeling, we created happy melodies and lyrics spontaneously.

- Guitarist Mami Sasazaki

 


 

FYI

WHAT Scandal Tour 2016 "Yellow"

WHERE The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa

WHEN June 4, 8pm

TICKETS $98 to $398 from Sistic (www.sistic.com.sg or 6348-5555)

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