Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Filipino Boy Band SB19 Debuts on THE FIRST TAKE!

7:08:00 AM

The latest episode of the YouTube channel THE FIRST TAKE features the Filipino boy band SB19.

Episode 449 marks SB19's first appearance on THE FIRST TAKE. The five-member group gained international recognition as the first Southeast Asian artist nominated for Top Social Artist at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.

SB19 will perform their hit song “GENTO,” known for its catchy phrase and unique dance moves on TikTok. The song conveys the message that small efforts lead to success, and this special version is available exclusively on THE FIRST TAKE.

“It was a true first take, so we were very nervous and overwhelmed, but it was fun and an amazing experience,” SB19 shares. “Above all, we are grateful for this opportunity and for being able to represent the Philippines by performing our song here. We are honored to showcase our music and culture to the world through THE FIRST TAKE.”

THE FIRST TAKE is a Japanese YouTube channel that invites top singers and artists from all over the world to perform a song recorded in one take. Videos on The First Take are filmed in a studio, with shots of the performing artist and a microphone, set to a background that is usually white.

SB19 on the other hand, is the first Southeast Asian group and the first Filipino to be invited in the influential music media outlet. After the initial announcement, HALA THE FIRST SB19 skyrocketed at No. 1, 2, and 35 of X’s trend list in the Philippines, Japan, and Worldwide, respectively.

Aside from this recognition, the Philippines' five-member boy group also recently bagged a nomination for Favorite Asian Act in the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

SB19’s performance airs at 9 pm today, Manila time via THE FIRST TAKE’s YouTube channel. Watch it here.


THE FIRST TAKE is a YouTube channel that clearly captures the performance of musicians and singers performing in a single take. With the concept “capture the take. This moment. This sound. THE FIRST TAKE. It only happens once,” THE FIRST TAKE presents pure music in overwhelming quality with no exaggerated performance.

The channel started on 15 November 2019 and has now hit 9.69 million subscribers (as of 7 June 2024). Total views have exceeded 1.4 billion, and contents have been viewed from over 220 countries and regions around the world. Growing as a comprehensive music platform, new initiatives have been launched and become viral contents. THE FIRST TAKE INTERNATIONAL features international music stars such as Harry Styles, Avril Lavigne, V from BTS, Jason Chan and Jolin Tsai, having them to give their 1TAKE performance exclusively on the channel.

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Saturday, June 8, 2024

BINI's 'Salamin, Salamin' True Meaning Exposed!

7:55:00 AM

The girl group, BINI, has brushed off allegations that their hit song "Salamin, Salamin" promotes witchcraft. This controversy erupted after a religious content creator claimed to have evidence that the song was linked to dark practices. However, BINI members were quick to dismiss these claims, clarifying the true, endearing nature of the song.

BINI Colet couldn’t help but laugh when she saw the post, mentioning that the group often encounters amusing interpretations of their music. "Actually, nakita ko po yung post na yun, nakakatawa po, pero mas meron pa po nakakatawang post bukod dun. Natatawa na lang po kami kasi may nabubuo na po silang kwento sa mga kanta namin," she said. (Actually, I saw that post; it's funny, but there are even more funny posts besides that. We laugh about it because they are creating a story in our songs.)

Meanwhile, BINI Maloi confidently labeled the claims as "fake news" and reiterated that "Salamin, Salamin" is simply a good song. "Fake news po. Hindi po witchcraft ang ‘Salamin, Salamin.’ Maganda lang po ‘yung song,” she affirmed. (It’s just fake news. ‘Salamin, Salamin’ doesn’t promote witchcraft. The song is just nice.)

The misunderstanding likely stems from the song’s use of the phrase "mirror, mirror on the wall," reminiscent of the evil queen’s line from the Snow White fairy tale. The phrase might evoke images of magic and witchcraft, but the lyrics of "Salamin, Salamin" are far from sinister. Instead, they tell a tale of a girl’s longing for her crush to notice her, wrapped in the relatable context of youthful infatuation and hope.

The song's lyrics express a common teenage experience: the uncertainty and excitement of a crush. Lines like "Mahiwagang salamin kailan ba niya aaminin, Kaniyang tunay na pagtingin" (Magic mirror, when will he admit his true feelings) capture the mix of hope and anxiety familiar to anyone who has ever had a crush.


In another part of the song, the lyrics go, "Mirror mirror on the wall, Please tell my prince charming I'm waiting for his call," reflecting a timeless theme of waiting for reciprocated affection. This mirrors the sentiments of many teens, making the song universally relatable across generations.

BINI’s charm lies not just in their catchy tunes but in their ability to connect with their audience on a personal level. Their fans, known as BLOOMS, have warmly welcomed the group and their music. Songs like "Born to Win," "Lagi," "Pantropiko," and more have cemented their place in the hearts of listeners, resonating with themes of empowerment and resilience.

"Salamin, Salamin," like many of BINI’s hits, showcases the group’s talent for blending contemporary pop with relatable narratives. Despite the recent misunderstanding, the song continues to gain popularity for its catchy melody and heartfelt lyrics.

Adding to their rising fame, BINI is set to dazzle their fans with a three-day solo concert, BINIverse, from June 28-30 at the New Frontier Theater. This event promises to be a spectacular showcase of their talent and an unforgettable experience for their fans.

As BINI continues to rise in popularity, their songs remain a testament to their artistic vision and connection with their audience. Misunderstandings like the recent witchcraft allegations only highlight the cultural impact of their music, sparking conversations and drawing more listeners to explore the true meanings behind their lyrics.

In the end, BINI’s "Salamin, Salamin" is not a song of witchcraft but a charming ode to the emotions that accompany a crush. Their music captures the essence of youthful longing and the magic of hoping for love, proving that BINI’s songs are here to stay, captivating hearts and minds with their relatable themes and catchy beats.

Join BINI at their upcoming BINIverse concert to experience their music live and see firsthand why they have become a beloved sensation. Don’t miss out on what promises to be an extraordinary event celebrating the music and talent of BINI.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Darren Espanto's Latest Single and Upcoming "D10" Concert

5:53:00 AM

Darren Espanto, the singer who stole hearts as a young contestant on "The Voice Kids Philippines," is set to celebrate a major milestone in his career. On June 1, Espanto will take the stage at the Araneta Coliseum for his highly anticipated "D10" concert, marking ten years of remarkable achievements in the music and entertainment industry.

Darren's journey began in 2014 when he wowed audiences with his powerful voice and captivating stage presence on "The Voice Kids Philippines," finishing as a runner-up under the mentorship of Sarah Geronimo. Since then, Darren has grown into one of Asia's most beloved pop artists, known for his wide vocal range and emotive performances.


The "D10" concert promises to be a spectacular event, celebrating Darren's decade-long career with a mix of his biggest hits and new songs. Fans can expect an unforgettable night filled with music, memories, and heartfelt moments. Darren’s talent has not only earned him a loyal fanbase but also numerous awards and platinum albums, solidifying his status as a pop icon.

In preparation for the concert, Darren released his latest single, "Hanggang Kailan," which has already garnered significant attention and praise. The song showcases Darren's growth as an artist and his ability to convey deep emotions through his music. "Hanggang Kailan" is a poignant ballad that speaks of longing and hope, resonating deeply with listeners.


“I wanted to create something that would touch people's hearts,” Darren said about his new single. “'Hanggang Kailan' is very special to me, and I hope it becomes special to my fans too.”

As Darren continues to evolve as an artist, he remains dedicated to his craft, consistently delivering powerful performances and relatable music. His versatility extends beyond singing, as he has also ventured into acting, earning praise for his roles in the film "The Hows of Us" and the series "Lyric and Beat." Currently, Darren stars in the ABS-CBN primetime series "Can’t Buy Me Love," playing the character Stephen, which has further showcased his talents.

The upcoming "D10" concert is set to be a milestone event in Darren's career. Fans can expect to hear a mix of his classic hits, such as "Dying Inside To Hold You," "In Love Ako Sa’yo," and "7 Minutes," along with new tracks, including "Hanggang Kailan." The concert will also feature elaborate stage designs, stunning visuals, and guest performances that promise to elevate the experience.

Tickets for the "D10" concert are now available and can be purchased through Ticketnet outlets and Prices range from P427 for general admission to P8,004 for platinum seats, ensuring that fans from all walks of life can join in the celebration.

Darren’s influence extends beyond music and acting. He has become a role model for many young artists, demonstrating that hard work, passion, and dedication can lead to extraordinary achievements. His journey from a young contestant on a talent show to a celebrated artist is a testament to his talent and perseverance.

"I am incredibly grateful for the support of my fans over the past ten years," Darren shared. "This concert is my way of thanking them for their unwavering love and encouragement. I can't wait to celebrate this milestone with everyone."

In addition to his concert, Darren has exciting plans for the future. He is set to release more new music later this year, continuing to push the boundaries of his artistry. Fans can look forward to fresh sounds and innovative projects as Darren continues to evolve and grow as an artist.

For those who have followed Darren's journey from the beginning, the "D10" concert is a chance to reflect on the incredible moments and milestones that have defined his career. For new fans, it’s an opportunity to experience the magic of Darren Espanto live and witness his undeniable talent.

Don’t miss out on this monumental event. Join Darren Espanto on June 1 at the Araneta Coliseum for a night of music, celebration, and unforgettable performances. For more details and updates, follow Star Music on social media and visit the official ABS-CBN website.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Muri's latest single "Afternoon" a teaser for her EP

11:24:00 PM

The Ransom Collective’s Muri will soon release “Afternoon,” the first song from her debut EP, which is coming out this year.

The Filipino singer and violinist shared the release date and song title on her social media.

Muriel Gonzales said “Afternoon” is about her own experiences as a young woman dealing with work and life problems by herself, in a country far from home.

“I’ve been working on this song for quite a while,” she admits. “Without revealing too much about the creative and thought process behind Afternoon, I actually find it freeing to open up about being vulnerable and share a piece of myself through songwriting. Sometimes, expressing what you really feel helps you gain a deeper understanding of yourself as a person and as an artist. Making the entire track was both a journey and a reflection. I can’t wait to share it with the rest of the world.”

Currently based in London and Paris, Muri is working on her solo EP, with plans to perform her new material in Europe and Asia sometime this year.

Muri is best known for her work with indie folk collective The Ransom Collective as a violinist and singer. As a solo artist, she has earned a nomination for Wishclusive Contemporary R&B Performance of the Year at the prestigious Wish Awards and Favorite Female Artist at the 35th Awit Awards for her pre-debut 2022 single “Letters.” In the subsequent year, she collaborated with electronic producer LUSTBASS on a remix of "Thunder," which garnered a nomination for Best Remix Recording at the 36th Awit Awards, the Philippines' equivalent of the Grammys.

James Reid's New Emotional Ballad 'Hurt Me Too' Hits Streaming Platforms

11:17:00 PM

Filipino music superstar James Reid has once again captivated fans with his latest single, "Hurt Me Too," marking his debut project under Sony Music Entertainment. This emotional ballad delves deep into the theme of heartbreak, showcasing Reid's talent for combining raw emotion with compelling storytelling.

With a career spanning over a decade, James Reid has become a key figure in contemporary pop and R&B music in the Philippines. His chart-topping records, sold-out tours, and successful brand campaigns have made him a household name. But it’s his ability to balance commercial success with artistic integrity that truly sets him apart.

In "Hurt Me Too," Reid presents a stripped-down ballad that hits hard emotionally. The song, produced by Tim Marquez, finds Reid at his most vulnerable, reflecting on past heartbreak with a mix of fondness and pain. "I wrote the song three years ago together with Seth Reger, an artist from LA," Reid shares. "He really helped me tap into these emotions that I didn’t even know I was feeling at that moment."

Reid's exploration of heartbreak in "Hurt Me Too" marks a significant shift in his musical direction. Known for hits like "Cool Down," "Turning Up," and "16B," Reid's previous work has often leaned towards upbeat, feel-good tracks. However, this new single introduces a more introspective side of the artist.

"For this next album I’m working on, I wanted to focus on the core of who I am as a songwriter with minimal but intentional music production," Reid explains. "Hurt Me Too is like a palate cleanser for me in a way that it introduces a change in sound and direction."

The heartfelt tune is complemented by a music video directed by Elena Virata, a close friend of Reid's. "The concept was simple but powerful, focusing on unreleased emotions and frustrations," he adds. The video’s simplicity allows the song's emotional depth to shine through, creating a poignant visual experience for listeners.

James Reid's music has always resonated with fans due to its authenticity and relatability. His ability to connect with listeners on a personal level is evident in his extensive catalog, which includes popular tracks like "Right There," "On Top," and "The Life." These songs, much like "Hurt Me Too," showcase his knack for blending heartfelt lyrics with memorable melodies.

Reid's journey in the music industry began with his win on the reality show "Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010." This victory catapulted him into the limelight, leading to a successful career in both music and acting. Over the years, Reid has continued to evolve as an artist, consistently pushing the boundaries of his craft.

Joining Sony Music Entertainment is a significant milestone for Reid, aligning him with other prominent Filipino artists such as SB19, Ben&Ben, and Clara Benin. This partnership is expected to further elevate Reid's career, providing him with new opportunities to reach a global audience.

Reflecting on his career, Reid expresses gratitude for the support he has received from fans and collaborators alike. "I’m grateful for the journey and the growth I’ve experienced over the years," he says. "Each song, each album is a part of my story, and I’m excited to share this new chapter with everyone."

As "Hurt Me Too" gains traction on digital music platforms worldwide, fans are eagerly anticipating Reid's upcoming album. This next phase promises to delve deeper into his personal experiences, offering listeners a more intimate glimpse into his life and emotions.

James Reid’s ability to convey profound emotions through his music is a testament to his talent as a singer and songwriter. "Hurt Me Too" is not just a song; it’s a reflection of his journey, his struggles, and his growth. It’s this authenticity that continues to endear him to fans, old and new.

Reid's work stands out for its enduring impact. His songs have the power to evoke memories, inspire reflection, and provide comfort. With "Hurt Me Too," James Reid reaffirms his place in the music industry, proving that true artistry lies in the ability to touch hearts and minds.

James Reid's "Hurt Me Too" is available now on all digital music platforms. As he continues to explore new themes and sounds, one thing remains certain: James Reid is an artist whose music will continue to resonate for years to come.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Yeng Constantino Unveils "Babala", Exhales A Different Yeng After 17 Years

6:55:00 AM

Yeng Constantino, a name resonates to everyone in the Philippine music scene, has embarked on yet another musical venture, captivating audiences with her latest single, "Babala." After 17 remarkable years in the industry, Constantino continues to evolve, staying true to her roots while fearlessly exploring new musical territories.

"Babala" serves as a testament to Constantino's unwavering commitment to authenticity and growth. In a recent interview, she shared insights into the inspiration behind the song, stating, "I hope na pag narinig ng mga tao 'to, it will also help them release 'yung negative na nararamdaman nila, the same way nung nasulat ko 'tong kantang 'to."

The lyrics of "Babala" echo Constantino's raw emotions, delivering a powerful message of warning and empowerment. Through her distinct blend of heartfelt vocals and poignant storytelling, Constantino invites listeners to confront the complexities of human relationships and emotions.

Constantino's journey in the music industry has been nothing short of remarkable. From her breakout hit "Hawak Kamay" to the timeless anthem "Ikaw," she has consistently struck a chord with audiences, earning praise for her sincerity and relatability.

With "Babala," Constantino once again proves her prowess as both a singer and a songwriter, captivating audiences with her emotive performance and thought-provoking lyrics. As she continues to evolve and push boundaries, one thing remains certain: Yeng Constantino's music will always resonate deeply with listeners, serving as a source of inspiration and empowerment for years to come.

KDrama Sensation 10CM Heads to Manila for Closer to You Concert

6:34:00 AM

South Korean singer and songwriter 10CM, also known as Kwon Jung-Yeol, is gearing up to captivate Manila with his upcoming Closer to You Asia tour. Scheduled for August 31st at the New Frontier Theater in Cubao, Quezon City, this concert promises an unforgettable evening of indie pop melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

Having made waves in the Korean music industry, 10CM's music transcends borders, particularly through its inclusion in various KDramas. From "Crash Landing On You" to "Start Up," his songs have become synonymous with emotional storytelling and captivating narratives, earning him a devoted fan base both in South Korea and abroad.

In a recent interview, 10CM shared insights into his creative process, revealing that his inspiration often stems from childhood memories and personal experiences, particularly those of love and longing. "When writing a song, I draw from my own life experiences and emotions," he explained. "It's about connecting with listeners on a deeper level, sharing stories that resonate with their own experiences."

Known for his down-to-earth demeanor and genuine passion for music, 10CM remains committed to delivering an authentic and intimate concert experience for his fans. With a setlist comprising fan favorites and KDrama hits, attendees can expect to be swept away by his soulful vocals and poignant lyrics.

During a recent guest appearance at TJ Monterde's sold-out concert, 10CM treated the audience to a medley of his KDrama hits, offering a taste of what's to come in his upcoming Manila concert. From ballads to upbeat anthems, his versatile repertoire ensures there's something for everyone to enjoy.


Reflecting on his journey as an artist, 10CM expressed gratitude for the recognition he has received, including awards from Melon Music for Best Collaboration and Best Folk and Blues. However, his greatest joy lies in connecting with audiences through his music, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared emotions.

As he prepares to embark on his Closer to You Asia tour, 10CM extends an invitation to fans to join him on a musical journey filled with nostalgia, emotion, and authentic storytelling. With tickets available through Ticketnet, now is the perfect time to secure your spot for an evening of unforgettable music and memories.

In addition to his musical pursuits, 10CM has also expressed a genuine interest in Filipino culture, eagerly sampling local cuisine and even learning a few Tagalog words. His genuine enthusiasm for connecting with fans on a personal level further underscores his status as a beloved figure in the music industry.


So mark your calendars and don't miss the opportunity to experience the magic of 10CM live in Manila. Whether you're a longtime fan or discovering his music for the first time, his Closer to You concert promises to be an evening of pure musical bliss.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

The Decision Behind BINI's Three-Day Solo Concert: A Strategic Move or Fan Appreciation?

11:45:00 AM

The announcement of BINI's first solo concert at the New Frontier Theater sent waves of excitement through the P-pop community. However, what truly caught the attention of fans was the unexpected decision to extend the concert series to three days, marking a significant departure from the initial plan of a single-day event.

For many, the question arises: Why did BINI choose to expand their solo concert to three days? Was it a strategic move to capitalize on their soaring popularity, or simply a gesture of appreciation for their dedicated fanbase, the Blooms?

According to industry insiders, the decision to add two additional dates to BINI's solo concert was a carefully calculated move aimed at accommodating the overwhelming demand for tickets and ensuring that as many fans as possible could experience the magic of BINIverse.

Since bursting onto the scene, BINI has amassed a devoted following, affectionately referred to as the Blooms, who have stood by the group through every milestone and achievement. Recognizing the importance of their fans' support, BINI and their management team made the bold decision to extend the concert series, allowing more Blooms to be part of this historic moment in the group's journey.

Moreover, the expansion of BINI's solo concert aligns with their overarching goal of connecting with fans on a deeper level and creating memorable experiences that resonate long after the final encore. By extending the concert to three days, BINI aims to foster a sense of inclusivity and belonging among their diverse fanbase, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to witness their electrifying performances firsthand.

Additionally, the decision to hold a three-day concert reflects BINI's commitment to pushing boundaries and challenging conventions in the ever-evolving landscape of P-pop music. By breaking away from the traditional one-day format, BINI is setting a new standard for solo concerts in the industry, proving that when it comes to delivering unforgettable experiences, the sky's the limit.

As fans eagerly await the arrival of BINIverse, one thing is clear: the decision to extend the concert series to three days is not just a testament to BINI's popularity, but also a testament to the unwavering bond between the group and their dedicated fanbase. Whether it's a strategic move or an act of appreciation, one thing is certain: BINIverse is set to be an unforgettable celebration of music, passion, and the unbreakable connection between BINI and their beloved Blooms.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Selos by Shaira, Understanding Its Virality

8:47:00 PM

Sometimes it takes just the right blend of emotion, melody, and relatability to ignite a global phenomenon. Such is the case with Shaira's cover of "Selos," originally penned by Lenka as "Trouble is a Friend." Despite being a cover, Shaira's rendition has captured hearts and sparked a wildfire of attention, transcending borders and languages.
The magic of "Selos" lies not just in its catchy beat, but in its ability to resonate deeply with listeners, both locally and internationally. Shaira's subtle infusion of her own style breathes new life into the song, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in its story, regardless of whether they understand the lyrics.

Thoughts Behind the Sensation

1. Emotional Resonance: One of the key reasons "Selos" has struck a chord with audiences worldwide is its universal theme of jealousy and unrequited love. The song delves into the raw emotions of longing and heartache, tapping into experiences that many can relate to on a personal level.

2. Catchy and Accessible Lyrics: The simplicity of the lyrics makes "Selos" easily accessible to a wide audience. With straightforward verses and a memorable chorus, listeners find themselves effortlessly singing along, even if they don't comprehend the Filipino language.

3. Personal Connection: Shaira's heartfelt delivery adds a layer of authenticity to the song, making listeners feel as though they are experiencing the emotions firsthand. Whether it's the pang of jealousy or the ache of unreciprocated affection, "Selos" captures the essence of human vulnerability.

4. Musical Arrangement: Despite the melancholic undertones of the lyrics, the upbeat musical arrangement injects a sense of energy and optimism into the song. This juxtaposition of emotions creates a compelling listening experience that resonates long after the music fades.

5. Cultural Impact: In addition to its musical appeal, "Selos" has become a cultural phenomenon, sparking conversations and spawning countless covers and adaptations across various platforms. Its widespread popularity serves as a testament to the song's ability to transcend cultural barriers and touch the hearts of people around the world.

Insightful Lyrics and Impactful Lines

"Sa twing nakikita kong magkasama na kayo Naiinis ako’t nasisira ang araw ko"

These opening lines immediately draw listeners into the narrative, painting a vivid picture of the singer's inner turmoil as she witnesses her love interest with someone else.

"Kahit di namn tayong dalawa Ay lagi na Lang pinagseselosan siya Bakit ba siya at Bakit di na Lang ako?"

This refrain encapsulates the core theme of the song—feelings of jealousy and longing for someone who is seemingly out of reach. It's a sentiment that many can empathize with, adding to the song's universal appeal.


Personal Touch

As an avid listener and music enthusiast, experiencing the rise of "Selos" has been nothing short of captivating. It's remarkable how a song, through its melody and lyrics, can evoke such powerful emotions and transcend linguistic barriers.

Shaira's rendition of "Selos" not only pays homage to the original but also breathes new life into the song, captivating audiences with its infectious energy and heartfelt delivery. It's a testament to the transformative power of music, reminding us of the beauty and universality of human emotions.

In all, "Selos" by Shaira stands as a testament to the enduring power of music to touch hearts, spark conversations, and unite people from all walks of life. Its meteoric rise to fame serves as a testament to the song's undeniable charm and universal appeal. As it continues to captivate audiences around the globe, "Selos" reminds us of the profound impact that music can have on our lives, transcending language and culture to forge connections that resonate on a deeply human level.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

From Takedown to Comeback: Shaira's "Selos" Returns Legally

9:00:00 PM

A beat that transcend beyond boundaries. Mindanao's beloved singer and "Queen of Bangsamoro Pop," Shaira, is set to reclaim the spotlight as her hit song "Selos" makes its comeback on streaming platforms. The recent takedown of "Selos" sparked discussions surrounding copyright concerns, particularly its resemblance to Australian artist Lenka's 2008 track, "Trouble Is A Friend."

Acknowledging the similarities, Shaira and her agency, AHS Productions, swiftly initiated talks with Lenka's team to secure a cover license for "Selos." These conversations paved the way for the song's imminent return, with no legal repercussions faced by Shaira or her production team.

In a heartfelt video shared on her Facebook account, Shaira expressed gratitude to her supporters and emphasized the significance of this resolution not only for her but also for fellow Bangsamoro artists and the Filipino community at large.

"Selos" enthusiasts can now rejoice as the song prepares to once again grace their playlists. Shaira's journey highlights the importance of legality in acquiring cover licenses, ensuring that artists can share their talents without legal constraints.

Amidst the negotiations, Shaira also took a moment to extend her appreciation to Lenka, whom she regards as an idol. The smooth communication between the two camps underscores the importance of respectful collaboration within the music industry.

As "Selos" returns to the airwaves, fans eagerly anticipate experiencing its captivating beat once more. Through adherence to legal protocols and respectful engagement with fellow artists, Shaira continues to inspire with her music, fostering a community of creativity and collaboration.

Lenka's catalog, which includes hits like "The Show," "Heart Skips A Beat," and "Everything At Once," serves as a testament to the power of musical expression, transcending geographical boundaries to captivate audiences worldwide.

As Shaira's journey unfolds, her resilience and dedication serve as a beacon for aspiring artists navigating the complexities of the music industry. With "Selos" back in action, the stage is set for Shaira to share her unique sound with an even broader audience, spreading joy and inspiration one melody at a time.

Monday, March 25, 2024

SB19's Josh Cullen & Rapper Al James Collab: 'Yoko Na'

10:33:00 PM

P-Pop sensation Josh Cullen and acclaimed rapper Al James have joined forces for their latest hit single, "Yoko Na," now available through Sony Music Entertainment.

The lyrics of "Yoko Na" delve into the unspoken sentiments amidst a relationship's decline. It recognizes the bittersweet reality that even the most promising love can falter, despite earnest efforts to salvage it.

The song embodies the essence of a summer anthem, featuring catchy rap verses from both artists, a memorable chorus, and a dynamic arrangement fusing contemporary hip-hop and R&B elements with emotive undertones.

Producer Brian Lotho, collaborating with Josh, skillfully captures the song's essence with unwavering determination. He enhances its authenticity by incorporating unique sound effects like shattering bottles and flipping tables, adding depth to the portrayal of irreparable heartbreak.

Don't miss out on "Yoko Na," a poignant musical journey through the complexities of love and loss, brought to life by two talented artists.

“Well, Yoko Na is like the product of a soul-baring session with my producer, Brian Lotho,” Josh Cullen explains. “For this particular jam, we traded cliched love stories with messy, real-life situations that ordinary people encounter on a daily basis: the frustrations and struggles from past relationships, and somehow confronted it with a more mature take. It's a song that's raw, honest, and straight from the heart.”

The partnership came to fruition after realizing that Al James’ style of laid-back rapping somehow fits the demo that Brian and Josh have been working on for months. Josh admits that he mustered the courage to ask the viral hitmaker to be part of the track despite the short notice. Luckily, Al James said yes and sent his verse a few days ahead of the deadline.

When asked about how Al James is as a collaborator, he said nothing but praise for the Pa-umaga act.

“He’s very chill. He submitted the reworked track ahead of time and recorded his parts in less than an hour. I really admire his level of professionalism. After that, we just bonded instantly and went on a food trip.”

Josh Cullen and Al James’ “Yoko Na” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Alex Bruce's Empowering Anthem 'SWOOSH': Perfect for Women's Month

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Filipino rapper Alex Bruce delves into themes of resilience, achievement, and empowerment with her latest single "SWOOSH," released through Sony Music Entertainment.

Timely for International Women’s Month, the energizing hip-hop track carries a weighty beat and a powerful message. Originally crafted for a campaign by NIKE, a global activewear brand, in collaboration with FIBA, where Bruce serves as an ambassador, the song champions the spirit of 'Just Do It!'

In Bruce's words, "SWOOSH" embodies the ethos of NIKE's iconic slogan, urging individuals to take action in all aspects of life. Beyond mere lyrics, the track stands as an anthem, celebrating determination, self-belief, and seizing opportunities.

The young rapper unveiled "SWOOSH" during a halftime performance at FIBA 2023, marking a significant moment in her career. Reflecting on the experience, Bruce reminisces about the thrill of showcasing her artistry to a global audience. She particularly highlights the camaraderie shared with her fellow performers, including the dynamic ATEAM dancers, whose vibrant energy enhanced the show's impact.

“Performing at the FIBA halftime show was ‘the’ experience,” the BLING artist fondly shares. “Not only was I thrilled to be showcasing my artistry on such a huge stage, but I was also super excited to be joined by the amazing talents of ATEAM—sixteen dancers whose energy and passion added extra flavor and dimension to the performance.”

“SWOOSH” was produced for her by GOODSON and SHAQUIRO. Alex also vouched for her frequent producers’ level of talent and range and credited their mutual respect as one of the grounding elements that made the success of the collaboration possible.

“Plus, I am friends with them, which makes the working environment more fun and conducive to ideas,” Alex Bruce shares.

“SWOOSH” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Josh Cullen of SB19 Releases "Get Right" Remix ft. Yuridope

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P-Pop sensation Josh Cullen has teamed up with Filipino rapper Yuridope for the official remix of “Get Right.”

The collaboration between the two artists was seamless, as they brought their unique styles together to revamp the song with energy and passion. Their goal was clear: to elevate the beat, amplify the verses, and deliver a performance that rivaled the original.

“When I thought about doing a remix for 'Get Right' with a local artist, Yuridope immediately came to mind,” said SB19's lead rapper and vocalist. “He's not just talented; he's authentic. And his verse? It was like magic, effortless and impactful.”

The remix project was a joint effort with versatile producer Cursebox, who added a fresh perspective to the original track, helping Josh realize his creative vision. The outcome is a dynamic fusion of genres that pushes the boundaries of production forward.

Josh recounts, “Cursebox deconstructed the beat, experimenting with sounds and rhythms to breathe new life into the track. Throughout the process, we provided feedback, ensuring the arrangement aligned with our vision. In the end, Cursebox's unique touch added depth to the song, elevating it to new heights while respecting its roots."

Serving as a gateway to bridge the gap between hip-hop enthusiasts and his captured market, the reimagining of “Get Right” provides an exciting opportunity to introduce new elements to the music while also inviting fans from different genres to experience Josh’s sound in a fresh light.


Josh adds, “This collaboration opens doors to new connections and possibilities, enriching our musical journey and expanding our reach. And with this remix, we're kicking off a larger journey, pioneering a unique sub-genre I'd like to call ‘hip-pop,’ which promises to bring even more innovation and excitement to the music scene.”

“Get Right” finds the SB19 rapper and vocalist embracing his music journey while navigating the challenges of making a dent in a highly competitive industry as a solo act. The original version was written and helmed by Josh Cullen himself, with collaborators Ocho the Bullet and UK-based indie icon No Rome assisting with the production.

Josh Cullen and Yuridope’s remix of “Get Right” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Sony Music Entertainment PH & Off The Record Elevate Filipino Music Globally

11:00:00 AM

Sony Music Entertainment (SME) Philippines and Off The Record, a Manila-based indie record label known for supporting Filipino artists, have teamed up in a new partnership to boost and showcase Filipino music.

In this collaboration, SME Philippines will spread Off The Record’s music collection worldwide and collaborate on strategies for marketing, media exposure, artist growth, brand alliances, and synchronization.

Off The Record was founded by industry expert Ricky Ilacad, who has kickstarted the careers of major alternative, pop, and crossover artists over the past twenty years. Ilacad established the label to leverage his tried-and-tested experience to nurture Filipino talents and enhance their opportunities in the ever-changing global music landscape.

"We're excited to partner with Off The Record," said Roslyn Pineda, General Manager of Sony Music Entertainment Philippines. "Ricky Ilacad has a strong history of success in the music business, and we share his dedication to fostering outstanding Filipino talent. Together, we'll open up remarkable chances for artists and revamp the music industry."


The partnership comes at an exciting time for both SME Philippines and Off The Record. Off The Record has recently enjoyed success with releases from newcomer Ica Frias (“Oh Honey”) and breakthrough band Paham (“Ganid”). Autotelic’s Josh Villena also brought his A game to the label’s growing roster of eclectic acts with the release of “Hello” via his music alter-ego totâ. SME Philippines continues to be a leading force in the Philippine music industry, with a roster of top artists, including Ben&Ben, SB19, and O SIDE MAFIA.

Ricky Ilacad, CEO of Off The Record, said: "I've always believed that Filipino music has the potential to take the world by storm. With SME Philippines as our partner, we will be able to provide our artists with the resources and support they need to achieve international success. We are excited to embark on this journey together and help Filipino music reach new heights. This time, we’re going global without leaving home.”

Together, SME Philippines and Off The Record are poised to make a significant impact on the global music scene. The partnership is a testament to the growing popularity of Filipino music and the commitment of both companies to nurturing and promoting Filipino talent.

New releases in February 2024:

YMP Cash – “Life” :: February 2, 2024
Here+Now – “Still Alive” :: February 2, 2024
Lee Noynoy – “Sasaluhin Kita (Acoustic)” :: February 16, 2024

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Denise Julia & DENȲ debut sultry R&B jam 'don't matter'

10:31:00 PM


Two rising stars in the Filipino R&B scene, Denise Julia and DENȲ, have joined forces to release their latest single, "don't matter," under Sony Music Entertainment.

This collaboration marks the first time the two artists have worked together on a music project. Denise Julia revealed in a recent Instagram post that the idea of collaborating had been brewing for three years, back when they were both aspiring musicians trying to break into the industry.

The track, produced by J. Greg, Duaneinsane, and Denise Julia, and co-written by Denise Julia and DENȲ, features a smooth, soulful groove over which the two artists trade verses effortlessly.

With "don't matter," Denise Julia and DENȲ showcase their talent and chemistry, delivering a sultry and laid-back jam that is sure to resonate with fans of R&B music.

With Denise Julia’s powerhouse vocals blending perfectly with DENȲ’s sensual coos in the most exciting way possible, the song transforms into a charming, sing-along bop that’s centered on empowerment, freedom, and self-love—three virtues that triumph over the prospect of everything going wrong in a leap of faith.

The arrival of “don’t matter” comes off the heels of the duo’s recent accomplishments for their music releases: Denise Julia becoming the most streamed Filipino female artist for several months, thanks to the enormous success of her 2023 EP, Sweet Nothings (Chapter 1), and DENȲ reaching more than a million monthly listeners on Spotify on the strength of her acclaimed crossover album, LOVES7AGE.

A week ago, Denise Julia dropped the music video of her new single “Sugar n’ Spice.” Helmed by award-winning filmmaker Samantha Lee, the visuals depict sweet sapphic moments that a lot of adolescent queer women can relate to, regardless of category and experience. To date, the music video has racked up nearly four hundred thousand views on YouTube in less than a week, and has peaked within the top 10 of the video sharing platform’s ‘Trending for Music’ charts.

DENY on the other hand, has wrapped up 2023 with a record-breaking milestone. Her new album, LOVES7AGE was a hit among fans and critics and even yielded memorable hits such as “Alam Ko Na,” a collaboration with Just Hush and Third Flo’, and the Arthur Nery-featured “Sabik.”

Both OPM darlings have set their personal bests on creative and commercial terms while maintaining their individuality in an overly saturated and hyper-competitive musical landscape.

Denise Julia and DENȲ’s “don’t matter” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Bitter Sweet Love: James Arthur's 5th Studio Release

1:34:00 PM

In his latest record, James showcases his musical prowess with tracks like ‘A Year Ago’, ‘Blindside’, and ‘Just Us’, among others. The album, titled Bitter Sweet Love, presents thirteen pieces of top-notch music, marking James's return to peak form.

The singles from the album have been gaining traction on radio waves for months. James recently made appearances on popular TV shows like Sunday Brunch and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on BBC 1. Additionally, he delighted fans with acoustic sets during in-store performances across the UK.

James embarked on a journey to find the right producers for his album. After trying out various collaborators, he found his match in Steve Solomon, known for their successful collaboration on the 2016 hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’. Steve joined James in L.A. for the final touches, and later, they completed the album at Miloco Studios in South London. The result is a mature and deep collection of songs, showcasing James's exceptional songwriting skills.

2024 will also see a major world tour, in which multiple dates including UK arenas, sold out instantly, including London’s Wembley Arena, with The O2 now added. This was then followed by the announcement of a massive homecoming show at Middlesborough’s Riverside Stadium on Saturday 8th June 2024. This will be James’ biggest headline show to date and will see him joined by special guests McFly and Lauran Hibberd.

James is one of the world’s biggest streaming artists, with over 38 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. James has scored 4 top 10 albums, with 2016’s Back From The Edge hitting the Number 1 spot and over his career has collaborated with the likes of Anne-Marie, Sigala, Rudimental, Marshmello & many more.

‘Say You Won't Let Go’ became his breakthrough hit in the US. It was officially the UK's most streamed song in 2016 and has gone on to be enjoyed via 4 billion streams while the song's official video has achieved 1.5 billion views on YouTube. Earlier this year, the track became his first RIAA Diamond Single with 10 million certified units – making James one of just 100 recipients of an RIAA Diamond Single certification in the programme's history.

Other huge hit singles include: ‘Impossible’, ‘Can I Be Him’, ‘Sun Comes Up’, ‘Naked’, ‘Empty Space’, ‘Rewrite The Stars’, ‘Falling Like the Stars’, ‘Train Wreck’ and ‘Lasting Lover’, which are all certified platinum records. The song ‘Cars Outside’ off the new album is currently becoming another global hit for James.

James Arthur’s fifth studio album, ‘Bitter Sweet Love’ is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

CFDC's Nutrition Concert at The Manila Hotel

1:05:00 PM

Valentine's Day, a cherished celebration for many, brings with it the allure of romance. Each February, singers and balladeers take the stage, serenading audiences with love songs to ignite passion. However, with this romantic feels, a unique concert will be staged, one that transcends love to advocate for Filipino children. Here are the details.

Teaming up with The Manila Hotel, the Children’s First One Thousand Days Coalition (CFDC) is hosting a dinner concert. The aim? To generate funds for non-governmental organizations dedicated to combating malnutrition among Filipino infants during their critical early years, from conception to their second birthday.


Dubbed "The Greatest Love of All," this pre-Valentine concert is set for Feb. 9, 2024, at 6 pm, taking place at The Manila Hotel's Tent City. The lineup features prominent figures such as former Press Secretary Atty. Mike Toledo, former Executive Secretary Atty. Salvador Medialdea, and The Manila Hotel President and former Senator Joey Lina.

Joining them on stage will be a talented ensemble including Beverly Salviejo, Nina Campos, Jenny Sugay, Rachelle Rule, Rachel Verns, Pam Esquivel, Bobby Alvarez, Egay Rubiano, Jeffrey Panado, Egay Banaag, and the Adeodatus Children’s Choir (Baseco) accompanied by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra. Steering the musical direction is Rodel Colmenar, while George Sison-Tagle and Paul Dizon oversee the concert's overall direction.


CFDC member organizations include Rotary International, Lions Club International, Kiwanis International, Junior Chamber International, The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, The Fraternal Order of Eagles - Philippine Eagles, Knights of Columbus, Knights of Rizal, Save the Children Philippines, World Vision Philippines, Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, Philippine League of Government and Private Midwives, Crusade Against Violence, and many more.

In tandem with government, the CFDC was formed to confront a serious problem troubling the Philippines: malnutrition during a child’s First One Thousand Days of Life – a very critical period when the impact of poor nutrition can be profound, long-lasting, even irreversible.

Thus, The Greatest Love of All is not merely an entertainment spectacle but a collaborative initiative to generate funds for the nutrition program of NGOs in the barangays. The CFDC welcomes everyone to participate in this meaningful cause, helping make the nutrition efforts a success and contributing to the goal of fostering “smarter, stronger, taller” Filipinos.

For more information on tickets and sponsorships, please contact John Gacutan at 09620668526 or +632 85270011 extension 1006.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Pops Fernandez Marks 40 Years in Showbiz with "Always Loved" Concert

10:59:00 PM

Pops Fernandez is set to commemorate her 40th year in the entertainment industry with a two-night concert entitled "Always Loved" at the Theatre at Solaire in Paranaque City on February 9 and 10, 2024. It's a chance for fans to join in the celebration of her four-decade-long career.

In a recent statement, Pops shared her thoughts on reaching this incredible milestone, saying, "I actually did not expect myself to be in the business this long. I usually say 10 years is okay, but here we are, I lasted this long. There are so many things that happened to me, my life and career."


The concert promises a blend of nostalgia and contemporary beats, featuring special guests who have played significant roles in Pops' illustrious music career. While she's keeping the guest list under wraps, she did spill the beans about the involvement of Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano, who have been pivotal figures in her singing journey.

Reflecting on her solo performances, Pops mentioned, "I didn't enjoy it all til I got separated. It was easy for me to perform with Martin because he was there, now I realized I had to perform on my own."


Despite the challenges, Pops found her groove, and the "Always Loved" concert promises to be a testament to her enduring passion for music and performance. She shares, "For the concert, I will do a new fast song, something current, and you'll also see me perform 'Get it Poppin!', a song that may get appreciated by the new generation."

For those itching to witness this extraordinary celebration, grab your tickets from the Ticketworld website or Solaire. It's your chance to see why Pops Fernandez remains the revered Concert Queen in 2024.

Pops encapsulates the essence of the concert, saying, "At the end of the day, gusto ko nag-e-enjoy lang yung audience ko. Ito yung two nights na pagpasok mo, let’s just have fun. Bawal mag-isip. Para kang nanood ng pelikula for one and half or two hours. Mag-e-enjoy kayo. Makaka-relate kayo sa mga kakantahin ko." So, what are you waiting for? Secure your seats and get ready to be part of this musical celebration!

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