Hannah Halim

My name is Hannah, y'know like Hannah Montana. The moniker really works out for me 'cause I'll be doing most of the Music stuff here.
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To Mama, Grandma, Aunties, and “Mr. Mum”

This Mother’s Day, DANamic.ORG writer Hannah Halim pens her thoughts on spending the occasion in Brisbane, away from the Singapore she grew up in. For the past week (or longer) my inbox has basically been spammed with promotional emails for exciting gifts to pamper Mama for Mother’s Day. While I find the bags on offer to be way beyond my daily purchase limit, being 6,150 km away means I can’t even make a surprise breakfast in bed for her. Growing up, I’m lucky that Mama has always been a constant. I guess it’s partly the reason why being away for…
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The Heart Wants Selena Gomez: From Disney To The Indoor Stadium

Remember the time when a baby-faced Selena Gomez was part of the Disney DNA? Back when she was (mildly) overshadowed by (then-) BFFs Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus? Well this Disney child star has come a long way and proves that she deserves to be in the spotlight. Selena Gomez has come a long way since her Disney days. Since starting out on “Barney & Friends”, she showed that she has a knack for music as well as acting. She moved on and shined as the lead in Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” playing the sassy witch-in-training Alex Russo, where…
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Chill Vibes: Kicking It Back With The 1975

After pulling a Houdini on us and disappearing from the social media scene, The 1975 is back with their second album. Sure the album title is a mouthful, but “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It” is an apt description of this beautiful masterpiece. 3 years after their debut self-titled album, this record proves that the wait was definitely worth it. As someone who prioritises Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift on my playlists, The 1975 isn’t at once an obvious choice in my music library. 10 minutes in to the album, however, and…
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5 Laneway Looks For Girls + Where To Get Them!

We’ve already established that St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is where all the cool kids hang out. The vibe is great, the acts are amazing, and the fashion scene is stellar. It’s also the place to go if you’re looking to flaunt your favourite style. If you’re a rookie and have no idea what to wear, take a cue from these 5 types of fashionistas you’ll spot at Laneway 2016. 1) The Boho Goddess The look that you’ll most probably expect to see, fashionistas take inspiration from the Boho Goddess – Vanessa Hudgens. This look is an eclectic mix of floral headbands…
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A Quick Guide For Laneway 2016 Noobs

So the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is just slightly more than a month away! If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically the closest thing to Coachella we’re ever going to get. But really though, it’s a pretty good place to chill to a fresh mix of music and artists from all over the world. If you’re a Laneway noob (like me) and have no clue which acts to look out for, here’s DANamic.ORG’s quick guide to Laneway 2016! For lovers of rock with a touch of local sensibility, check out Cashew Chemists. This local band beautifully melds the…
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Song Of The Week #6 – Miley Cyrus

Each week, the Music vertical spotlights one song – new or #throwback, local or international, and across various genres. Check back every Monday for our curated pick of the week, and drop us an email at [email protected] if you’re a local artist with a new track that you’ll like us to hear!  ::: About 2 months back, wildchild Miley Cyrus announced her free new album at the end of a very eyebrow-raising closing of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). Miley performed “Dooo It!“, the first song from her album “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz“. Although I dig…
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Todrick Hall: YouTube’s Biggest Crossover Star

Generally speaking, mash-ups can either go really good or really bad. It definitely takes skill to be able to weave 2 (or more) songs seamlessly into a totally new track. YouTuber Todrick Hall makes short work of these massive musical tasks , as evidenced by the ridiculously virtuosic projects on his channel. His latest video series, however, are taking things to another level. Titled “4 Rihanna“, the latest video depicts four copies of him singing to some of RiRi’s biggest hits. This comes after similar artist-centric mashes “4 Taylor” and “4 Beyoncé“. BONUS: Read all the YouTuber inside jokes appearing as Instagram comments at…
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Where Are Ü Now: One-Hit Wonders Who Have Disappeared

Welcome to the pop music industry. Sometimes you’re at the top of the charts and sometimes you just fade into the shadows. Over the years there have been so many great tracks from so many artists, but some pay just a one-time visit to the top of the charts. Whether a result of lightning never striking the same place twice, or just poor decisions from management, these viral sensations usually find it extremely difficult to cement their success into a long-term career. Slowly but surely, these one-hit wonders just quietly exited our playlists. But where are they now? These pop culture anomalies are like…
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Directioners VS Beliebers: The Battle For The 13th

If you were creeping on Twitter last Wednesday, you might have noticed a peculiar date among the top trending hashtags. #Nov13 is just blowing up the whole Twittersphere. No, it’s not going to be the end of the world and no, Destiny’s Child are not scheduled for another mini reunion performance (but we can dream, can’t we). Well, it seems that 13 November 2015 is slated for a couple of the biggest album drops of the year. That’s right, kids. A couple. As in, more than one album. The biggest boyband on the planet, One Direction, will be releasing their album…
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