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Apple Music: Best 100 songs of 2020

And another 100 from Singapore

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In a feed full of Spotify Wrapped, Apple Music also has their own take with their best songs that defined 2020.

Some of the artists and songs in this specially-curated lineup are as follows:

The 100 Best Songs of 2020

Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

Wasn’t satisfied with this year’s summer season? Listening to this track (or watching it) will make you high especially with Harry’s refreshing vocals together with the vintage-like VHS aesthetics that go well with the vibe of the song.

Say So by Doja Cat

It may be one among the songs that went viral because of TikTok challenges, but Doja Cat has got all it takes to claim a spot in the Best 100 for its refreshing song paired with glitz and retro.

WAP by Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion


A song in the hit list that got all the eyes and ears for its suggestiveness. Just a reminder to protect your eyes from all the 3.6 Billion TikTok #WAPChallenges out there.

Lovesick Girls by BLACKPINK

BLACKPINK continues to dominate the international music scene with their latest comeback track that’s more intimate and heartbreaking compared to their previous loud-pop releases. BLACKPINK surely is the revolution because they’re the only Korean act in this year-end lineup.

Know Your Worth by Khalid, Disclosure

If you’re up for some chill vibe, Khalid’s track released last March is something you would want to play whenever your enjoying a company with yourself, or a loved one. It would even be more enjoyable while driving around.

mirrorball by Taylor Swift

One of the most played tracks from Taylor Swift’s folklore album. This track is perfect to cherish the whimsical winter season of 2020.

Therefore I Am by Billie Eilish

Running around several stores inside Target all by yourself surely is an adventure and listening to Billie’s latest single surely felt like one, too.

Intentions by Justin Bieber feat. Quavo

If you’re tired of hearing Yummy, listening to Justin Bieber’s Intentions will make you feel empowered — especially if you’re a woman who’s struggling a lot now.

positions by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande’s latest track may not be as hyped up as thank u, next and no tears left to cry but we all know she has a solid following for being at the top third spot. One thing is for sure, God is a woman.

Blinding Lights by The Weeknd

On the first spot is The Weeknd’s single that sure made the hit especially because of the overall interest in synth-wave and city pop.

You can listen to each and every song in this playlist below.

Singapore’s Top 100 Favorites

Just like Singapore’s diverse society, their Top 100 song playlist mostly consists of a Western, Mandarin, and Korean hits that weren’t really limited to this year’s releases.

Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

This worldwide hit collaboration between Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello is still being played around Singapore — and we’re not surprised because its catchy tune and lyrics are timeless.

Psycho by Red Velvet

Although released by end of 2019, this is considered by many as one of 2020’s best K-Pop releases of all time. Red Velvet will truly make you Psycho-tic with this hypnotic and eargasmic comeback track. #PsychoSOTY

Memories by Maroon 5

Maroon 5 is one of the music pioneers in this age — and Memories is one among their many songs that hit once more. Its majestic rhythm paired with lyrics of inspiration has undoubtedly left a mark in a lot of Singaporean Apple Music users this year.

Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Singaporeans aren’t getting tired of listening to this two-year-old soundtrack from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s film ‘A Star Is Born’ and it shows the superiority of the duo as they sing with their hearts’ content.

eight by IU feat. Suga

Another favorite from the GadgetMatch team is a collaboration between the popular Korean singer-songwriter-actress IU and BTS’ Suga. Every ballad might make you feel sad but listening to this single reminds us that there will always be rainbow at the end of the storm.

Graveyard by Halsey

A song so lit that it might even make the flames in your relationship burn further. Stop sleeping on Halsey’s music or else you might go straight into the graveyard.

Wannabe by ITZY

Listed also as one among the K-Pop songs for women empowerment, Wannabe is a strong title track by ITZY with powerful vocals and choreography that surely hit Singapore’s most-listened tracks of 2020.

What’s Wrong by Eric Chou

A truly heartwarming song by a popular Taiwanese singer that will surely make you feel you’re in love all over again.

Dynamite by BTS

There are honestly a lot of BTS songs in Singapore’s Top 100 list for 2020 but Dynamite has got to be one of their recent mostly-played K-Pop songs out there because it’s a jam you shouldn’t miss out.

Dance Monkey by Tones and I

On top of the list is this hit track by Tones and I that will surely make you dance all-day and all-night long once you pump it up to your loud speakers or earphones.

Get a taste of what Singaporeans’ music taste is like by clicking this playlist:

Other playlists

Apple Music also has a specialized Top 100 Songs Global playlist that runs for five and a half hours.

With Apple Music’s special Live Lyrics feature, it became helpful for most listeners as they can sing the song perfectly with the right lyrics on screen. Here are the songs with the most read lyrics this 2020:

Finally, a special playlists for songs that were asked 9.2 billion times through Shazam.

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Netflix working on live-action Gundam movie

Helmed by the director of ‘Kong: Skull Island’

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If you like movies featuring giant robots, you’re gonna like this latest development — Netflix, working with Legendary Pictures, is set to make a live-action Gundam movie.

The live-action Gundam movie will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts who also called the shots for Kong: Skull Island. Other than the fact that it’s happening and who’s directing it, there are no details yet. Clearly, the project is still in its very early stages. It’ll be curious to see which one from its wealth of source materials will the team behind the live-action film pull from.

Legendary Pictures is the same company responsible for the Pacific Rim movie franchise as well as the “Monsterverse” movies featuring Godzilla and King Kong.

h/t: The Verge

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Netflix unveils official casting for the Korean adaptation of ‘La Casa de Papel’

Featuring Korea’s top talents

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A few full moons ago, we heard Netflix is about to release a Korean adaptation of the popular Spanish Original Series La Casa de Papel, also known as Money Heist. We even made hilarious suggestions on who’s going to perform the role of Arturito.

The Heist comes to Korea! Netflix announces the Korean adaptation of its Spanish original series #LaCasaDePapel 💸

And we all know who’d be the perfect Arturito 😅

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But, no more guessing. Netflix has just announced the official casting for the Korean Original Series. The show will feature Korea’s top talents including Yoo Ji-Tae from The Swindlers as the Professor, Kim Yunjin from Seven Days, Ode to My Father as Seon Woojin, an inspector at Task Force Team. (Think: Raquel Murillo.)

The Korean adaptation of La Casa de Papel — which will launch globally as a Netflix Original Series — centers around members of the gang recruited by the Professor. It will be similar to the well-loved series, complete with hostages, and a Task Force Team tackling the heist.

More details are yet to come, but one thing is certain. The show’s creators will breathe new life into the familiar storyline to global audiences with 12 episodes. And we’re all aboard the hype train.

The Korean adaptation is directed by Kim Hong-Sun, written by Ryu Yong-jae, Kim Hwan-chae, and Choe Sung-jun. Meanwhile, BH Entertainment and Contents Zium serve as the production companies.

The official cast

Gang Members: Yoo Ji-tae (“The Professor”), Park Hae-soo (“Berlin”), Jeon Jong-seo (“Tokyo”), Lee Won-jong (“Moscow”), Kim Ji-hun (“Denver”), Jang Yoon-ju (“Nairobi”), Park Jung-woo (“Rio”), Kim Ji-hun (“Helsinki”), Lee Kyu-ho (“Oslo”)

Task Force Team: Kim Yunjin (“Seon Woojin”), Kim Sung-o (“Cha Moohyuk”)

Hostages: Park Myung-hoon (“Cho Youngmin”), Lee Joobeen (“Youn Misun”)

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Netflix new anime features Record of Ragnarok, Resident Evil

And many more titles

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Anime fans will have their fill as Netflix is serving a bountiful anime buffet in the following months. Staying true to their announcement at the all virtual AnimeJapan 2021 event months back, more titles are coming our way.

During the virtual stage event, Netflix announced the upcoming worldwide release of Record of Ragnarok (premiering June 2021), an anime adaptation of the hugely successful manga of the same name. The story about the epic fight for the fate of humanity will join an ever expanding slate of anime, including previously announced titles like the comedic, slice-of-life series The Way of the Househusband (premiering April 8, 2021) or the popular RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness (premiering later this year).

Here’s everything that’s coming soon that you should watch out for:

Record of Ragnarok
Global Premiere Date — June 2021

Record of Ragnarok is the story of 13 gods from across the globe and 13 of the world’s most notable humans fighting it out in one-on-one battles to decide the fate of humanity.  Based on the manga created by Azychika, Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui, an earnest battle of transcendental rage begins!

  • Based on a manga by Azychika, Shinya Umemura, Takumi Fukui
  • Director: Masao Okubo
  • Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
  • Character Design: Masaki Sato
  • Music: Koji Takanashi
  • Animation Production: GRAPHINICA
  • Voice Cast: Miyuki Sawashiro, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Tomokazu Seki, Hikaru Midorikawa, Wataru Takagi

Yasuke
Global Premiere Date — April 29, 2021

In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.

  • Director, Creator, Executive Producer: LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters)
  • Character Design: Takeshi Koike
  • Music & Executive producer: Flying Lotus
  • Animation Production: MAPPA
  • Voice Cast (Yasuke) & Executive Producer: LaKeith Stanfield

EDEN
Global Premiere Date — May 27, 2021

Thousands of years in the future, a city known as “Eden” is inhabited solely by Artificially Intelligent robots whose former masters vanished long ago. On a routine assignment, within the depths of the city, two maintenance robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe– that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.

  • Director: Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Producer: Justin Leach
  • Character design: Toshihiro Kawamoto
  • Concept design: Christophe Ferreira
  • Screenplay: Kimiko Ueno
  • Background art director: Clover Xie
  • Music: Kevin Penkin
  • Animation Production: CGCG

The Way of the Househusband 
Global Premiere Date — April 19, 2021

Feared among the yakuza as “The Immortal Dragon”, Tatsu is a legend of the underworld with an impressive number of defeated rival gangs under his belt. However, hoping to wash his hands of his past, Tatsu gets married and devotes himself fully to the way of the househusband by diligently undertaking the cooking, cleaning, washing and grocery shopping each day. On the other hand, there’s one person who’s not happy about Tatsu’s new domestic life — his tough, former yakuza underling, Masa. As Tatsu tries his best to pursue the way of the househusband, one assassin after another tries their hand at taking him out!

  • Based on a story by Kosuke Oono
  • Director: Chiaki Kon (Nodame Cantabile, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal)
  • Series Composition: Susumu Yamakawa
  • Theme Song performed by UchikubiGokumonDoukoukai
  • Opening song, Shufu no michi / ending song, ”Kiwami”meoto kaido
  • Animation Production: J.C.STAFF
  • Cast: Kenjiro Tsuda, Shizuka Ito, Kazuyuki Okitsu

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness 
Global Premiere Date — 2021

In 2006, there were traces of improper access to secret Presidential files found in the White House’s network. American federal agent Leon S. Kennedy is among the group invited to the White House to investigate this incident, but when the lights suddenly go out, Leon and the SWAT team are forced to take down a horde of mysterious zombies. Meanwhile, TerraSave staff member Claire Redfield encounters a mysterious image drawn by a youth in a country she visited, while providing support to refugees. Haunted by this drawing, which appears to be of a victim of viral infection, Claire starts her own investigation. The next morning, Claire visits the White House to request the construction of a welfare facility. There, she has a chance reunion with Leon and uses the opportunity to show him the boy’s drawing. Leon seems to realize some sort of connection between the zombie outbreak at the White House and the strange drawing, but he tells Claire that there is no relation and leaves. In time, these two zombie outbreaks in distant countries lead to events that shake the nation to its very core.

  • Original Work/Production/Supervision: Capcom Co., Ltd.
  • Full 3DCG animation production: Quebico
  • Production: TMS Entertainment

 

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