PoPINIONS: WILL STREAMING SERVICES & MAJOR LABELS DRIVE THE FUTURE OF THE SINGAPORE MUSIC SCENE?

Attended the inaugural session of Spotify Talks, where a panel consisting of Calvin Wong (Warner Music), Tan Chee Meng (Spotify), Sunita Kaur (Spotify), Linying (Artist) and, Kevin Foo (Foundation Music) discussed the topic “Looking Beyond the Music”. As we sat listening attentively to the thoughts and opinions of the panellists, Continue Reading

PoPINIONS: HOW TO MAKE SINGAPORE-MADE MUSIC AN INTEGRAL PART OF SINGAPOREAN LIFE

This article is meant to be read together with this one. Folks in Singapore love music. Just not music made in Singapore. According to the findings of PWC’s latest Global Entertainment and Media Outlook, Singapore’s music market was worth US$73m in 2016, up 3.1% from the previous year. Not only that, Continue Reading

PoPINONS: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY HAS BEEN CHANGED IRREVERSIBLY BY TECHNOLOGY SO WAKE UP IT’S NEVER GOING BACK TO WHAT IT WAS BEFORE.

I have been listening to rock music since I was an early teen. Back then, my access to rock music was via vinyl, cassette and 8-track mainly. This access was limited by one thing – money. In order to get access to the music, you had to pay for it! Continue Reading

PoPINIONS – PLAGIARISM OR COINCIDENCE?

There are only 12 notes in the chromatic scale. So, how original can a pop song truly be? Recently, Sam Smith got into legal trouble for his hit song “Stay With Me” (co-written by Smith, James Napier and William Phillips) for its similarities with Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” (co-written Continue Reading

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MUSIC… OR NOTHING Being involved in the music scene in Singapore is all about what one makes of the situation. Compared to a mere five years ago, there are many opportunities to fill your time with life-enriching activities. You just know where to look… On Thursday (21st August) I met up Continue Reading

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SHOULD ROCK MUSIC BE SUPPORTED BY GOVERNMENTS? Back in 1965, a band called The Canadian Squires released a single called “Leave Me Alone”. That was a big mistake. In the mid-60s, Canadians did not appreciate music made-in-Canada. According to writer Ritchie Yorke, the question on the lips of most Canadian Continue Reading