The Queen of Vietnamese Hip-hop has made a comeback after 9 years. No tea, no drama, just Suboi, and her mastermind.

Suboi is definitely the dark horse in the Vietnamese music industry. She has been walking on her path, experimenting with various musical genres, and not conforming to the norms and trends of Vietnamese hip hop. The most important thing about rap and hip-hop is that through lyrics, you can speak your mind. And Suboi, after all, shows she has been mastering the truth, the ugly aspects within the society, and the integrity.

I remember watching her rapping to former…


5 months after the release of her 6th album, “Positions", Ariana Grande put out the deluxe version with 5 bonus tracks, keeping the charm of the original work, while adding more fuel to the fun. However, compared with her previous works, “Positions" looks like a step back in which she took the safe route.

While “Sweetener” tackled the defiant joy of being alive, celebrated women and femininity, “thank u, next" took a turn as Ariana dealt with breakups, mental issues, and her own feelings (which can be related in many cases), “Positions" is the love letters to romance, with intimacy…


The K-pop phenomenon’s debut album does not live up to its name.

There is one fact that we can’t deny: K-pop and Korean culture are taking over the world. The distinctive mixture of addictive melodies, choreography, picturesque music videos, and performances are methods that preserve the uniqueness and enhance the impacts of K-pop on a global scale. Many countries have taken the formula of K-pop to restructure their local markets, establishing a new generation of artists with multi-talents, polished aesthetics, and picture-perfect concepts every time they appear or make a comeback in public.

As Western pop music has opened its…


The Australian singer granted us a dance party to light up the dark time.

If we take a look at the Billboard Top 40 these days, most charted songs share a common trait: they are famous from TikTok — the creative platform where teenagers dance or perform challenges to the snippets of those songs. Moreover, with the domination of hip-hop and rap music, we tend to find it easy to jam to the generic beats and words from self-proclaimed studs who cannot stop jabbering about women’s bodies, sex, and drugs. They are songs that we listen to when we are…


The Australian singer quickly returns to music with his new sound.

Under the influence of the pandemic, the music industry seems to halt its power. Many artists chose to delay their comeback while others feel that it is a good time to shower their fans with their new materials. Troye Sivan is not the exception. Exactly 2 years from his critical-acclaimed second album “Bloom”, the singer made a short-but-sweet return with his new melancholic sound called “Easy” as well as announcing his new EP — “In a Dream”, coming out August 21.

In April, Troye Sivan surprised us with the release of “Take Yourself Home”, a folk-inspired ballad with the banging…


Netflix's latest addition “Hollywood" by Ryan Murphy is the fantasy that we all need.

A stellar, good-looking young cast ensemble, glamorous and aesthetic set designs, and a story for the hidden voices are what made “Hollywood” a miniseries that you should binge this weekend.

Set in the post-WWII Tinseltown where every youngster’s dream might become true, as long as they know exactly how to realize it, Ryan Murphy and his team made the dark side of Hollywood appear under the spotlight. Using the same method with the Emmy-winning anthology “Feud: Bette and Joan”, released in 2017, there is a movie…


Looking back after 22 years since the release of Madonna’s seventh record, there are no doubts that this album is the one that everybody has to take a listen once in their lives.

In the midst of the extravaganza of boybands and teen-pop music, The Queen of Pop herself, Madonna, puts out an album that was described as her “Dark Side of the Moon” by Lucy O’Brien from “The Quietus”. “Ray of Light” deserves to be one of the most experimental moments of her discography which also marked an important milestone in Madonna’s career and her personal life.

“Ray of…


The music fandom has always been trying to find #JusticeForBionic. After 10 years, now we realized we have opted out one of the most innovative records in pop music.

In defense of Christina Aguilera’s most experimental record, there are many reasons why we gave it a miss 10 years ago. According to the owner’s words herself: “Maybe it was ahead of its time for certain people”. It was a bold move in the singer’s career, and somehow shaped the music trends that we are listening to on the radio today.

Christina Aguilera’s discography is a roller coaster of changes and…


After 4 seasons, the Spanish series still keeps its charm.

2019 has been a great year for international films when pieces like “Parasite” (from South Korea), “Pain and Glory” (from Spain) or “Portrait of a Lady On Fire” (from France) and so many more were recognized widely, especially in the United States, where the mass audience (still) have not opened up with movies and TV series that are not in English. …


Is it an escape door we all have been waiting to open?

Pandemics are known for taking people on the roller coaster of their own: they upend all of society, take them on the ride of worries, anxiety about fake news, social media and sometimes stupid governance. Meanwhile, art, throughout history, were created during the perilous and dark times. Artists are notorious for depicting to the utmost in times of difficulties. Pictures, songs, movies, etc. were put out just in time the world needs something to rely on and “escape” from reality.

We might think “art is art”, it should…

Gia Bao Huynh Tan

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