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Taken at: Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines

It was an awesome concert. Of course, I’m talking about EXOrDium in Manila!

It was a feast for both the ears and the eyes. I was thankful for the voices of DO, Chen, Baekhyun, and Suho. I was glad that Kai and Xiumin are up and dancing. I couldn’t get enough of Chanyeol’s onstage antics.

The production was awesome. The technology was used to create fantastic stage lighting, backdrop, and texture.

I was present the last time they were here. This time, I got seats closer to the stage. And they were so close! The next time, I’ll probably get closer seats.

Beauty and the Beast

I am highly anticipating the live action movie of Beauty and the Beast. Belle is one of my favorite Disney princesses because she’s strong and she didn’t start the moving looking for somebody to love.

So, to keep up with the hype, Disney has released the Beauty and the Beast theme song sung by Ariana Grande and John Legend.

What can I say?

I have no qualms with Ariana and John Legend. They’re two great singers. The version has become very modern.

But.

I still loved the original. There is magic in the quality of not having to belt everything out as opposed to what Ariana and John did. It made the moment of the ‘ball’ so special, so romantic, so heartfelt, so climactic and so real.

A story was unfolding in that dance. Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson told it very well.

If you’re missing the original, here it is.

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Taken at: UnionBank Plaza in Pasig City, Philippines

Three reasons to celebrate today:

  1. EXO’s Coming Over album – this is an exclusive album in Japan. Japanese is very soothing to the ears.
  2. Tickets to West End’s touring production of Wicked
  3. Tickets to ExorDium in Manila – EXO’s third concert and my second. Glad to have gotten great seats care of a friend.

#OutofOz

Okay. This is coming a little later than when it’s supposed to.

The official Wicked Musical Youtube Channel released for renditions of iconic songs from the Wicked musical. This is to honor Wicked’s producer David Stone at the Second Stage Gala.

The first of which is a toned down version of Defying Gravity featuring Aaron Tveit and Rachel Tucker. I loved it. Except for the final part where it was anticlimactic.

The next video was a more country version of I’m Not That Girl with Rachel Tucker and Kara Lindsay. To be honest, I didn’t like the version. It removed all of the feels from the song.

The third is Aaron Tveit’s version of Popular. It was the most genius choice of the four. Although not as perky, he had the correct feels in there.

The last is something worth noting. Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel hasn’t performed any Wicked song together for 12 years. It was just a sentimental choice for them to sing For Good. No complaints. No comments. It was heart-warming and emotional.

 

NCT U

Last April 9 and 10, SM Entertainment released their newest group – NCT U, a sub-unit of a much bigger NCT. NCT or Neo Culture Technology will have groups based in different parts of the world – South Korea, South East Asia, and Latin America to name a few.

The first two singles of NCT U are:

To be honest, I liked Without You better than 7th Sense. It has a more unique feeling to it and does not remind me of other boy groups. I’m excited to see how all the whole NCT pans out and how they will hold concerts including all of their members.

Crosswalk

Crosswalk is a single by Jo Kwon of the South Korean boy group 2AM. It features Suho of another group named EXO. The song is also the second song released under the collaboration of JYP Entertainment and SM Entertainment. The first one being Dream (Bae Suzy of Miss A and Baekhyun of EXO).

The song is just melancholic. It tells a story of a love that never was and the what ifs that comes with it.

I loved the production of Dream better because we got to hear both artists sing. And, I know that Suho has a lovely voice and a wide vocal range. He could have helped in the singing.

Anyway, I couldn’t wait for the other songs to come out.

EXO: Lightsaber

There’s just too much happiness in the world.

In 2015, the highly-anticipated Star Wars movie was released. Accompanying it are a dozen of promotional stars and videos from all over the world. One thing to note is that EXO is one of those in contract to promote the movie.

So, here’s a collaborative effort from Disney, the current home of Star Wars, and SM Town, the handlers of EXO.

Star Wars fans who are also KPop fanatics have a lot to celebrate this season.