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6 Asian players who could light up Russia

His nickname may sound a little haughty but it may not be so far from the truth this season. Regular viewers of the English Premier League would not be surprised that Son has made the top of this list. He’s just completed a remarkable season with Tottenham Hotspur, where they have finished third, above the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Son was one of the team’s stars, clocking in 27 starts for the team and scoring an impressive 12 goals. He’s gone from the fringes of the squad just tw

4 World Cup 2018 Lessons To Build Successful Teams | Leaderonomics

What are some stand-out lessons we can learn after the dust has settled on the Group Stages? But what has been the recipe of those that were successful? Or the folly of those that have not been so far? Is it just a matter of having players of more superior pedigree? If so, how would you explain the result Mexico got against Germany? Given it’s a team sport (Cristiano Ronaldo may wink to that), we thought it would be timely to look back at the group stages to see what lessons we can take from
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6 reasons why JAIE is the artiste you need to discover today

There’s a sense you get with JAIE that she’s not making music from or for a specific place, but that she’s making music as a citizen of the world. This largely comes from her being so well travelled (she’s lived in New York, Copenhagen and Berlin amongst other places). There’s a worldliness and spunk about her that’s missing from so many bedroom artisans. But who is the mysterious belle behind the songs? And why is she even making music? Her answer, “I’ve never felt the same connection to other
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4 reasons why Hyper Rich could win the Neymar Jr's Five world finals

Naavin did weigh in that a lot still needs to be done for Malaysian football to properly compete on the international stage, “We have to be intentional in developing our players physically and mentally from the grassroots.” However as mentioned before, the tournament is very much a tournament to unearth unknown stars so it’s less about the effectiveness of our training regime and sports science and more about how many of our boys and girls are out there every evening kicking a ball around a fiel
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Viona - "Srikandi"

Takahara Suiko is like an atom bomb that was dropped on to our unsuspecting music scene. Since debuting with her band of musical misfits and gypsies The Venopian Solitude, she has been on a warpath to effect and re-orientate the status quo. Her music is in-your-face, quirky and blood-and-guts honest. But the most important thing is that she would have no qualms with making you feel uncomfortable if it means being herself. And people have bought into her Kool-Aid, given that it’s an absolute
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6 Malaysian Bands with Quirky Band Names

What’s in a name? In the case of bands, it could be a lot. From Toad the Wet Sprocket to Dogs Die In Hot Cars, band names are very much an essential part of band-lore. One could argue Death Cab for Cutie’s meteoric rise could be initially equally attributed to their zany name, as much as their delicious indie pop sound. It’s never certain though. Just look at Coldplay. Nobody’s going to be rushing to attribute their world-conquering antics to their tepid moniker. But we can all agree an ‘interesting’ name can get you noticed. And more importantly, what is the story behind how they got those names to begin with? Wouldn’t you want to know how Jaggfuzzbeats came to deciding on their name? As such, we tracked down a few Malaysian bands to find out just what is the story behind their zany band names.

3 ways Introverts can stand out more in an Extrovert’s world

It’s not easy being an Introvert in this world. After all, the tenets of modern society requires one to not be constantly alone and inward but to reach out and connect. It has become accepted by introverts the world over that if they want to excel in the working world, they would need to stretch out their more extroverted attributes. The common misconceptions remain, that introverts are not as sociable as extroverts or not as expressive. This definition is not accurate if we are using MBTI as a measuring stick. The only difference between an introvert and extrovert is what activity energises or drains them. An introvert can be as sociable or even more socially apt than an extrovert – it just takes more energy out of them.

Amrita Soon - "24 Years"

Singer-songwriter Amrita Soon is clearly a whimsical creature. One only needs to roughly comb through her blog entries to clearly see that. She talks about experiences like being able to hear her audiences’ conversations while she’s playing or about missing her brother’s laughter because she’s been too busy. But mostly, it’s in the way she talks about music, like it’s not just a large part of her existence, but the reason for it. This is after all a girl who at the tender age of 15, paid her
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9 Malaysian Hardcore Bands You Have to Check Out

Much like most musical genres these days, division lines can be drawn pretty intricately on hardcore music. Initially a more aggressive offshoot of punk rock borne out of the streets of Southern California with pioneers such as Minutemen and Black Flag, the genre, much like most genres, has gone through metamorphosis over the years. It has branched out to sub-genres such as metalcore (an amalgamation with metal) up to Nintendocore (look that one up).

Noh Salleh - "Sarawak"

It was legendary lyricist E.Y. Harburg who once said that, “Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought”. Within the first few notes of Noh Salleh’s gorgeous “Sarawak”, your thoughts are transported poignantly to another time and place. Of maharajas breezily making their way across padi fields on their elephants while large hand-held fans are waved beside their faces to help them brave the tropical sun. Of maidservants slowly making their way back to palaces w

Malaysia: Bittersweet - "Inspire Desire"

To call Bittersweet Britpop revivalists would be somewhat incorrect because to them, it never went away. In their world, Damien Hirst remains the artist extraordinaire, Justine Frischmann is the belle of the ball and Oasis is still the loudest band in the world. The single “Inspire Desire” is their latest love letter to Suede. If you think that’s blatant labeling, then pause this song’s music video at 2:31. Bittersweet has never been apologetic about their allegiances. The rich tube-driven g
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7 Malaysian band artistes who have gone solo

They say that it’s always lonely at the top, which makes you wonder what would possess the frontman of one of the most popular bands in these parts, one that consistently sells out shows and records, to record and release a solo album. Yet that is what Noh Salleh of Hujan did recently with his solo album ‘Angin Kencang’. But wait, doesn’t he already write all the songs for Hujan? “I guess I wanted to try something on my own,” says Noh, “I’m a big fan of SORE (Indonesian band) and I’ve always dreamt about writing retro French-style pop songs but singing in ‘bahasa’ Nusantara. That’s not really Hujan.
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10 local directors who impacted Malaysian cinema

Today marks the 8th death anniversary of much-loved film director Yasmin Ahmad. Her loss was one that was felt by all Malaysians. If you did not resonate with her brilliant films, you would definitely have been touched by her moving festive-themed ads for Petronas. The growing mainstream interest in Malaysian films since the mid-2000s can be attributed to her 2005 film ‘Sepet’, a simple interracial love story that captured the hearts and minds of Malaysian viewers from all walks of life. Here are a list of directors who, like Yasmin, have in one way or another made an impact on Malaysian cinema.
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8 Malaysian films and when to watch them

Films capture moods and feelings probably in a way no other medium could. We watch comedies to cheer ourselves up during sad moments and we watch fantastical blockbusters to get away from the mundanity of life. If you’ve just broken up, it’s probably best to avoid ‘The Notebook’ for awhile. Films can make us feel things we never knew we could. That’s why we love them, because there is always a film for every mood or moment we have. Here’s a list of local films and when we think you should be watching them.
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6 wrong ideas people have about record producers

Record producers are always credited with the success of an album. However, do you know what is it exactly that they do to make that happen? Just what is it about the world-renowned producers such as Mark Ronson (Adele, Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse) and Rick Rubin (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Aerosmith), that have huge artistes all over the world clamouring to work with them? The internet describes them as ‘being the person that oversees and manages the sound recording of a band or performer’s music.’ They are the ones who gather musical ideas for an album and work with the artiste to help improve the lyrics and arrangements of the songs. If they have enough clout, they can even strongly suggest how a guitar riff should be played, or how a piece of lyric should be delivered.
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15 Years of Urbanscapes in Malaysia

Urbanscapes rather loftily dubs itself as ‘Malaysia’s creative arts festival’, but the truth is, not many would argue against it. The first edition played host to just a couple of hundred guests but recent editions have seen thousands filling up venues all across the Klang Valley to get a piece of the action. 15 years is a long time for almost anything these days, and for Urbanscapes to still be generating buzz after all these years speaks volumes about its influence on the Malaysian creative ar
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6 Malaysian Stars Who Made It Big On Their Own

There are many Malaysian artistes that have made it to the international stage but some of them have had to work hard on their own and earn that success through sheer determination. No government sponsorships, no help from friends in high places. Just constantly plugging away without giving up while being powered by their obvious talent. Here, we’ve listed 6 artistes that have had international success by the merit of their own grit and toil, which in turn makes us feel even prouder that they carry the birth flag of our country.
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7 Greatest Moments for the Malaysian Football Team

Malaysia is a footballing mad country, and few would disagree. People shuffle off to sports bars, ‘mamaks’ and the comfort of their couches on weekends just to catch the latest EPL and European matches. In that same breath, these same football crazy fans would love to have a national football team they can be proud of. Malaysia has not always impressed in the international stage, but there have been some wonderful, celebration-worthy moments. We’ve listed 7 below.
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The 6 Malaysian Hip Hop Crews You Need To Know

Crews are an essential part of the hip hop experience. Most hip hop artistes worth their salt have a crew to back them up. An artiste’s crew acts as a petri dish for germinating ideas, collaborations and rhymes. It’s what hip hop is all about. A solid crew can really move and shake the scene. Just look at Odd Future. It’s no different here in the hot and humid Malaysian hip hop scene. But do you know the main crews that rock the scene in these parts? We list a few essential ones to get you started.
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