• Imagine singing a song by your favourite artist, only to have him jump right on stage to join you.

    Visiting a mall in Canada recently, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran heard 13-year-old Sydney Bourbeau singing his hit song, “Thinking Out Loud” and decided to hop on stage to sing with her. Bourbeau was performing as part of an Edmonton Humane Society benefit.

    With a cheeky grin, Sheeran approached the teen and the look on her face when she realised he was the real deal was priceless.

    He shared the mic and sang a few lines with her, before giving her a hug and leaving.

    “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me… I didn’t want to stop (playing), but I wanted to talk to him,” Bourbeau told the Edmonton Journal.

    After the performance, Sheeran’s manager contacted Bourbeau to offer two tickets to the singer’s concert in the city.

    Talk about a dream come true!

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  • We knew this was coming, but Janet Jackson finally announced her upcoming tour, which she’s calling the Unbreakable World Tour.

    The first of the 36 confirmed shows begins August 31st in Vancouver, before traveling through most of Canada and the United States.

    Back in May, Jackson not only hinted at a tour but also new music, and her still-untitled 11th album will come out this fall, while she’s on tour.

    For many fans, a new album is a reminder that it’s been seven long years since her last, 2008’s Discipline. But Janet’s still Janet – a one-word icon known as much for her music as her dancing.

    And earlier today on Twitter, she shared a behind-the-scenes look at her tour’s audition process. 

    Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable tour is sure to pack stadiums, so get your passes while you can. Tickets go on sale June 22nd.

    But if you can’t wait for Jackson to break out your best moves, Yahoo Live is bringing you the year’s biggest dance party – the Electric Daisy Carnival. EDC starts this Friday,

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  • Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

    “I want to pray that we will continue to wear white as long as there is pink, and we will wear white until the pink is gone, and even if the pink is gone we will continue to wear white.”

    The above statement comes not from some sort of ill-conceived advertisement for laundry liquid, but from conservative magician-pastor Lawrence Khong of the Faith Community Baptist Church.

    Khong and his fellow anti-LGBT followers have once again revived the Wear White campaign, positioned as a counter to the annual gay rights rally Pink Dot.

    This vocal conservative group are incensed by what they see as a threat to the “Natural Family” posed by the LGBT equality movement. More than adultery, more than domestic violence and problem gambling, it is for some

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  • If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this picture is priceless!

    Jasmine Milton, an 18-year-old student from Aylesbury, England, recently went out to play fetch with her Siberian husky, Anuko. 

    Thankfully she had brought her camera, because had she have left it at home, she wouldn’t have been able to capture the exact moment Anuko expressed his disappointment when Mitlon pretended to throw the ball. 

    Milton quickly posted the photo on Twitter and it didn’t take long for the pic to go viral. 

    This serious husky was born a little over a year ago, and has been giving “the same look” since he was a pup. 

    “He’s very affectionate and loves attention – typical of the husky breed,” she told BuzzFeed. “He was then and has always been regarded as a ‘gentle giant,’ despite his hostile looks.”

    Aside from Anuko’s stern looks, he’s a source of joy in Milton’s life. She decided to adopt the young pup shortly after she had been treated for depression.

    Anuko is now involved with husky training

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  • Baby Phantom clings to his mama koala as she undergoes life-saving surgery. (Facebook / Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital)Baby Phantom clings to his mama koala as she undergoes life-saving surgery. (Facebook / Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital)

     

    The bond between a mom and her baby is unbreakable, and that’s no different when it comes to koalas. 

    A six-month old koala named Phantom was in his mother’s pouch when they were struck by a car on a highway west of Brisbane, Australia, according to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

    Remarkably, baby Phantom — who weighs only 420 grams — wasn’t injured during the accident but his mother, Lizzy, suffered a collapsed lung. 

    In an incredibly touching turn of events, Phantom clung to his mother, never leaving her side as she underwent surgery at the hospital.

    During the entire operation, the baby koala tightly cuddled his unconscious mother. And with the release of several touching photos, Phantom is now touching the hearts of millions online.

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    The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital posted an update on Lizzy’s condition on Facebook. The mother koala is taking antibiotics and is expected to make a full recovery. 

    “Lizzy is in recovery and we’re happy to say she is doing well,”

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  • Singaporean Jin Chong's video has been featured on Apple's World Gallery. (Screenshot from Apple)

    Remember Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” photography campaign earlier this year?

    Some of the photos from that campaign were selected to be on Apple’s World Gallery and have been blown up. You can even see some of the images on the high walls at the North East Line (NEL) platform of Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.

    This time, Apple has launched a video version of the campaign and has curated some short videos, among them is one by Singaporean Jin Chong.

    The featured 26-year-old video maker shot the video when he came across a scenic view in Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar.

    According to Stuff Singapore, Chong is an engineer who dabbles in casual photography on his free time.

    “The great thing about carrying the iPhone as my primary shooting device when I’m travelling is it’s simple yet so powerful. It’s always ready to capture any moment I encounter with the quick camera access,” Jin shared.

    Watch the video:



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  • Not many people can claim to be able to hold a plank for more than five minutes, much less five hours.

    But this man smashed a Guiness World Record on Saturday (30 May) by planking for over five excruciating hours.

    In an effort to raise money for injured Marines, former U.S. Marine George Hood held a plank for a staggering five hours, fifteen minutes, and five seconds.

    The last record was held by Mao Weidong from Beijing, China, at four hours and 26 minutes.

    The 57-year-old Hood had spent the past nine months training for the record attempt, which he hopes can call attention to the men and women serving in the U.S. military.

    “There are injured Marines that come back from the fight, who have suffered life-altering injuries and the discomfort that I feel right now pales in comparison to that which they feel,” Hood told NBC San Diego during his record attempt.

    Watch the video:

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    Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

    I’ve recently done two things that I’ve rarely, if ever, done before: I watched a Jolin Tsai music video and breached my own savings plan (no more books, Kirsten, you have nowhere to put them!) to buy a graphic novel.

    I only have Singapore to thank for this widening of my horizons; it would never have occurred to me to do either of these things if various government bodies had not done what they did.

    Last weekend the news emerged that Jolin Tsai’s song and music video We’re All Different, Yet The Same could not be broadcast on television and radio. In true Singaporean fashion, this move was reported as not a ban, then as a ban, but only a little bit, because semantics.

    On Saturday, The Straits Times reported that graphic novelist Sonny

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  • The app market is saturated with all kinds of apps that are supposed to entertain or help us in some way. But with so many apps in the market, there are bound to be a few that raise eyebrows.

    Marauder’s Map

    The Chrome extension, dubbed “Marauder’s Map” in a tongue-in-cheek nod to Harry Potter, harvests your friends’ location data to map a history of their movements over time.The Chrome extension, dubbed “Marauder’s Map” in a tongue-in-cheek nod to Harry Potter, harvests your friends’ location data to map a history of their movements over time.

    Although not quite a mobile app, this Google Chrome extension has been causing a stir in the Facebook community. The extension, named after Harry Potter’s magical map, has the ability to track your Facebook friend’s past and present location.

    Marauders Map pulls up the most recent location of a Facebook user via Facebook Messenger. Any messages sent with a location attached is added to the map – yes, that includes locations sent from your Facebook Messenger mobile app.

    It definitely sounds like the perfect tool for a stalker, but why was the extension made in the first place?

    According to the mastermind, who is actually an intern at Facebook, the extension was meant to highlight just how much information we are revealing on popular apps such as Facebook Messenger.

    “We are constantly

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  • For the past three years at least, the rise of Korean pop in the music industry has led to the advent of K-pop role-playing.

    Yes, not only are die-hard fans spending heaps of money on expensive concert tickets and queuing long hours for meet-and-greet opportunities, some of them are also pretending to be their idols.

    These K-pop role-players set up accounts on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr using avatars showing images of K-pop idols and adding bio details that are the same as the actual celebrities. 

    Here are examples of role-players from Singapore. These Facebook users are also members of K-pop role-player groups created on the platform.

    A Facebook screen grab of an account by a Singapore K-pop role-player. A Facebook screen grab of an account by a Singapore K-pop role-player. 

     

    A Facebook screen grab of an account by a Singapore K-pop role-player. A Facebook screen grab of an account by a Singapore K-pop role-player. 

     

    A Facebook screen grab of an account by a Singapore K-pop role-player. A Facebook screen grab of an account by a Singapore K-pop role-player. 

     

    According to Roleplayers Diary, a website dedicated to “International Roleplayers on Twitter”, role-players are people who “portray their idols” through the social accounts.

    They are often misunderstood as fakes or posers of celebrity accounts, even though some of them state clearly that they are only role-playing and do not tell viewers that

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