Showing posts with label Song. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Song. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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

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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.

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Get ready to immerse yourself in a divine musical experience as WATERWALK RECORDS releases their new worship compilation album, "Sambahan".

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Music label WATERWALK RECORDS has recently unveiled a new compilation album aimed at promoting faith-based entertainment artists to the modern streaming audience. The album is packed with powerful declarations of love, worship, and faith.

Entitled SAMBAHAN, is a new record that boasts 11 awe-inspiring tracks that showcase the talents of various worship leaders from different Christian churches and congregations.

SAMBAHAN is more than just an album; it's a project that embodies the spirit of collaboration and connection. The record features original Tagalog worship songs, written and composed by members of the KONEKOLAB Worship fellowship - a group of church-based songwriters. The tracks are then performed and interpreted by worship leaders, creating a diverse and dynamic collection of music.

Jungee Marcelo, the main producer and A&R of the label responsible for SAMBAHAN, describes the project as a product of the KONEKOLAB "worship" endeavor. “SAMBAHAN is a compilation of original Tagalog worship songs written and composed via the KONEKOLAB Worship fellowship of Church-based songwriters, and interpreted by worship leaders.”

“The concept was developed within the KONEKOLAB ‘worship’ endeavor —- a convening of like-minded music artists who ‘connect and collaborate’ in an unconventional lab setting,” Jungee added.

SAMBAHAN is not only a celebration of music but also a celebration of the power of faith and community. It's a reminder that no matter our backgrounds or beliefs, we can come together to create something beautiful and inspiring. With its uplifting lyrics and dynamic arrangements, SAMBAHAN is a must-listen for fans of Christian music and beyond.

According to Marcelo, the songs were pitched to WATERWALK Records, and eventually got the greenlight of the executives. He considers the project a blessing as it is created for the sole purpose of glorifying the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He reveals, “The plan is to release one song every week in a compilation aptly entitled SAMBAHAN. Initially, it was dubbed as ‘Worship’ but Sony Music Philippines head Roslyn Pineda thought it was better to come up with a project title in Filipino since all the songs are in the local lingo. We ended up with the nomenclature ‘SAMBAHAN’ which in essence has three distinct context definitions: a. act of worship, b. communal worship, liturgy, c. a place of worship.”

Marcelo, who also happens to be the founder of KONEKOLAB, narrates that SAMBAHAN initially started when he posted an invitation to a group of grassroots, Church-based songwriters back in December 2022 for a collaborative take on a worship song. What was initially a one-time endeavor grew into more work being submitted by participants in the pool, with Marcelo having to filter the choices down to forty participants. The Lord, as Marcelo recounts, provisionally led him to selecting 40 potential songwriters and divide them into 10 teams, 4 per team.

“The late evenings and early mornings of December were invested in daily online songwriting collab-turned-mentoring sessions, a team at a time, rotating in shifts,” he shares enthusiastically. “By the end of December, the songs were finally completed --- praise God for His wisdom and enabling.”

Containing music styles that naturally complement each individual and communal preferences, SAMBAHAN features themes that adhere to the overall concept of worship. The songs were produced by Jungee Marcelo himself, and were arranged with each musician providing personal inputs to enhance the overall sound texture of the material, resulting into a wonderfully crafted piece of worship offering.


Check out the SAMBAHAN Tracklist:

1. “MANLILIKHARI” by Gianne Hinolan
2.  “O AMING DAKILA” by James Reyes
3.  “KARANGALAN NAMIN” by Poleane Carmen & Keyl Mizpah
5.  “YAHWEH TANGGULAN” by Dana Algabre
6.  “SUMASALANGIT” by Judah Vibar
7.  “SAMO” by Nicole & Carlo
8.  “SA ‘YONG SAMYO” by Sheena Lee
9.  “UNANG NAGMAHAL” by Louie Anne Culala
10. “PAGDULOG” by Cherise Katriel
11. “SAMBAHAN” by Lee Simon Brown
“SAMBAHAN” is out now on all digital music platforms via WATERWALK RECORDS.

For more updates on the new tracks, artists, and upcoming events, please follow:

WATERWALK RECORDS: Facebook | Instagram

Saturday, August 27, 2022

BGYO Elevates the Excitement on "Darna" OST "Patuloy Lang Ang Lipad"

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Old Darna OST out, New Darna OST in! BGYO joins this generation’s Darna in her flight against great danger with the group’s rousing rendition of “Patuloy Lang Ang Lipad,” the main theme song of the new ABS-CBN Entertainment series, “Mars Ravelo’s Darna.”

Gelo, Akira, JL, Mikki, and Nate’s latest P-pop offering conveys the excitement and confidence in the program’s titular character, Darna played by Jane De Leon, who embodies heroism, love, and compassion for the people of the fictional Nueva Esperanza.

Released a day before “Darna” simultaneously premiered on television and online last August 15, the soundtrack has already earned over 136,000 streams on Spotify and almost 100,000 views on YouTube. It also charted as the leading song on iTunes in the Philippines, Singapore, UAE, and Saudi Arabia immediately after release.

BGYO performed the track in a live performance on “ASAP Natin ‘To” featuring the powerhouse cast of “Darna.”

Kapamilya singer-songwriters Angela Ken, Trisha Denise, SAB, and Lian Kyla penned the lyrics of “Patuloy Lang Ang Lipad” with ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo who also produced the song.

The series meanwhile continues to be the talk of the town with viewers anticipating Darna’s challenging fights against Extras in the coming episodes and her growing friendship with Brian Robles (Joshua Garcia).

Produced by ABS-CBN’s JRB Creative Production unit, “Darna” airs weeknights at 8 pm on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, CineMo, and TV5. It is also available on iWantTFC and TFC.

BGYO’s “Patuloy Lang Ang Lipad” is available on various digital streaming platforms. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram or visit

Sunday, January 30, 2022

News From J-Pop queen Hikaru Utada with Another pop masterpiece with eighth studio album, Bad Mode

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News from JPop! We're sharing something new from the JPop scene. 

J-Pop queen Hikaru Utada makes an impactful return with the digital release of her eighth studio album, Bad Mode on January 19, Wednesday—the same date as her birthday.

Delivering yet another pop masterpiece with sophisticated edge, the global superstar solidifies her iconic status with a string of envelope-pushing jams such as “One Last Kiss,” the theme song to EVANGELION:3.0+1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME; “PINK BLOOD,” the soundtrack to anime drama To Your Eternity; and “Face My Fears,” which was written and produced by Hikaru Utada alongside chart-topping producers Skrillex and Poo Bear—to name a few.

Utada’s new record contains four bonus tracks and three new songs, including self-titled “BAD MODE,” “Kibunja Naino (Not In The Mood),” and “Somewhere Near Marseilles.” The former is a euphoric electro-pop tune that is characterized by breezy melodies and soaring vocals, a quality that is rampant throughout her latest release. Its music video, directed by Joe Conner (Sam Smith’s” Pray” and Coldplay’s “Everglow”), is set to premiere during her online concert, "Hikaru Utada Live Sessions from Air Studios.”

Hikaru Utada’s new studio album, Bad Mode will be available on CD format (February 23), and on vinyl format (April 27). Following its release, the best-selling Japanese singer-songwriter and producer will be reissuing all her beloved classic albums on limited-edition vinyl: First Love, Distance, and DEEP RIVER, will drop on March 10, while ULTRA BLUE, HEART STATION and Fantôme will be available for the first time on vinyl this April 27, as well as an encore pressing of the Hatsukoi vinyl.


Bad Mode was introduced last month with lead single “Kimini Muchuu,” which was recorded with frequent collaborator and producer A.G. Cook—a renowned PC Music producer who has done incredible work with international stars Charli XCX, Hannah Diamond and SOPHIE.

Check out the track list of Bad Mode here:

02. Kimini Muchuu (Main Theme for TBS Friday Night Drama Saiai)
03. One Last Kiss (Theme Song for EVANGELION:3.0+1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME)
04. PINK BLOOD (Main Theme for Anime Series To Your Eternity)
05. Time (Main Theme for NTV Sunday Drama Bishoku Tantei Akechi Goro)
06. Kibunja Naino (Not In The Mood)
07. Darenimo Iwanai (SUNTORY Tennensui CM Song)
08. Find Love (Featured in SHISEIDO's Global Campaign "POWER IS YOU")
09. Face My Fears (Japanese Version) / Hikaru Utada & Skrillex
(Opening Theme for Action Role-Playing Game KINGDOM HEARTS Ⅲ)
10. Somewhere Near Marseilles
11. Beautiful World (Da Capo Version)
(Theme Song for EVANGELION:3.0+1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME)
12. Kireina Hito (Find Love)
13. Face My Fears (English Version) / Hikaru Utada & Skrillex
(Opening Theme for Action Role-Playing Game KINGDOM HEARTS Ⅲ)
14. Face My Fears (A.G. Cook Remix)

Hikaru Utada’s new album, Bad Mode is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music.

Monday, September 20, 2021

From "Pinoy Ako" to "Pinoy Tayo," Rico Blanco Reimagine PBB Hit Theme Song

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Rico Blanco, one of the OPM icons, unifies Filipinos through a spin of the hit Pinoy Big Brother theme song "Pinoy Ako". Renaming it to "Pinoy Tayo" This is after 16 years the song was first heard and eventually became an anthem of empowerment for many Filipinos.

Rico’s special anniversary version of the Orange and Lemons original “Pinoy Ako” will serve as the official theme song of the upcoming "Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Kumunity Season 10."

“It’s such an honor to do the song. Just what it stands for. The original version is so well-loved,” he said. “This is a chance to rediscover it.”

Now with vibrant elements of Filipino ethnic sound, “Pinoy Tayo” is a composition of ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo, Clem Castro, and Rico, who also produced the remake while Jonathan served as the surpervising producer.

Rico detailed his inspiration in making the new version. “Tinanong ko ang sarili ko ‘ano ba 'yung ako’ and I put in all the small elements that my songs had throughout the years,” he shared.

“Excited ako about that happiness na mabibigay ng kanta. It’s a very bright, upbeat song, and I kept that from the original version,” he added.

Aside from being this year’s PBB theme song, “Pinoy Tayo” will also serve as the lead single in the expansive 25-track album that will celebrate the music of Jonathan in the last 20 years.

The multi-awarded songwriter and producer remains in awe of how the song has become a statement on Pinoy pride and how it continues to uplift the spirits of generations of Pinoy audiences.

“I’m grateful to hear people saying that this song has become part of the soundtrack of their lives,” Jonathan shared. “As I embark on my 20th anniversary in the music industry this year, an icon, a legend who I look up to helped me kickstart the celebration by re-imagining this song with his genius.”

Jonathan also spoke about what the song “Pinoy Tayo” means to him. “Ito yung gusto naming ibigay sa audience na mapagaan man lang ang pinagdadaaanan nating lahat at magbigay ng hope at inspirasyon individually and as a nation. And also to remind us na maraming reasons pa rin to celebrate ang ating pagiging Pilipino,” he said.

Meanwhile, “Pinoy Big Brother Kumunity Season 10” has opened auditions for aspiring adult housemates age 20 to 40 years old until September 30. Just download the Kumu app and create an account. Upload a one-minute Kumu clip, introduce yourself, and explain why you deserve to become a housemate. Don’t forget the hashtag #PBBKUMUADULTS.

Be empowered with the reimagined track “Pinoy Tayo,” out on music streaming platforms worldwide. For more details, like Star Music on Facebook ( and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

Thursday, July 22, 2021

New From Inigo and Moophs, Good Vibes in the New Song “ARAW MO”

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Here's something new from the Island! 

Island pop artist Inigo Pascual and record producer Moophs are sharing more good vibes through the catchy song “Araw Mo,” their first all-Filipino track collaboration.

To be released this Friday (July 23), “Araw Mo” is about hope for the future and the love that inspires that hope.

Inigo’s performance of the latest Tarsier Records release aims to bring out fervor and excitement as he sings along to the groovy anthem, "Ito ang araw mo (This is your day!)"

Meanwhile, Moophs spoke about his excitement on producing a Tagalog song for Inigo.

“I’m glad Inigo picked me to produce this for him. I don’t usually do Tagalog songs so this was cool to do,” shared the Tarsier Records label head. “It made me try some things in the music that I wouldn’t normally do and I was able to channel OPM vibes a bit more deliberately.”

Aside from Inigo, Moophs has collaborated with several OPM artists this 2021, including Bugoy Drilon for “Tied” and “Shipwrecked,” GIBBS for the 70s pop-rock song “Angel Baby.”

Last month, Inigo released his first international album, “Options,” which includes his collaborations with Moophs such as “Catching Feelings” and “Always.”

Bring out some good vibes by streaming “Araw Mo,” out on digital music platforms starting Friday (July 23). For updates, follow Tarsier Records on its socials media accounts @tarsierrecords.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

H.E.R. Bares Soul on New Album, Back Of My Mind

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It's interesting that Filipinos, whether they are half, are creating names in the music scene. So, I'll be sharing this new story from a PR about this Filipina-American R&B artist who just recently released an album.  So, continue the reading and get to know her songs. 

We’re halfway through 2021, and Filipina-American R&B sensation H.E.R. (who is halfway to EGOT status), has not let her foot off the gas! The Grammy and Academy Award winner has finally released her highly-anticipated full-length album, Back of My Mind, via MBK Entertainment/RCA Records.

Clocking in at 21 tracks, Back of My Mind includes a star-studded lineup of guest features by Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae, Lil Baby, Thundercat, Yung Bleu, DJ Khaled, Bryson Tiller, and YG.   Producers Hit-Boy, Kaytranada, Cardiak, Rodney Jerkins, DJ Camper, and more provide lush and repeat-worthy productions, leaving adequate space for the four-time Grammy Award winner’s pristine vocals (and guitar shredding skills) to shine throughout. R&B at its core, Back of My Mind showcases H.E.R.’s unique versatility as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

“This collection of songs comes from feelings and thoughts that I’ve had in the back of mind,” says H.E.R. “That’s where I live sometimes. Some things I talk about in my music and other things I may have been afraid to say or admit. I’m finding freedom in being truthful with expression.”

H.E.R. kicked off 2021 in the most stellar of ways by winning two Grammy Awards - Song of the Year for “I Can’t Breathe” and Best R&B Song for her contribution to Robert Glasper’s “Better Than I Imagined,” plus an Academy Award for her powerful song “Fight For You” from the Warner Bros. Pictures’ film Judas and the Black Messiah.  Her recent show-stopping performance with Chris Stapleton on the CMT Music Awards was proceeded by equally impressive performances on the Billboard Music Awards with DJ Khaled and The Migos, iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Elton John Tribute, Oscars: Into The Spotlight special, Super Bowl LV, and more.  

Currently gracing the cover of Variety, H.E.R is starring in her own special episode of Amazon’s Prime Day Show, featuring music from the new album. On June 21, iHeartMedia will host the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with H.E.R. featuring an exclusive performance and an intimate conversation with Angie Martinez. The event will stream on the FOXSOUL YouTube channel and, and broadcast across iHeartMedia’s R&B, Rhythm and select Hip Hop radio stations at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

The dynamic performer will return to NYC’s Rockefeller Center on June 25 for her second Today Show summer concert, followed by performances at the BET Awards on June 27, and her first-ever concert with the LA Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl on August 13 & 14.

Listen to Back Of My Mind and stay tuned for more exciting news from H.E.R.

Back Of My Mind track list:
01 We Made It
02 Back of My Mind feat. Ty Dolla $ign
03 Trauma feat. Cordae
04 Damage
05 Find A Way feat. Lil Baby
06 Bloody Waters feat. Thundercat
07 Closer To Me
08 Come Through feat. Chris Brown
09 My Own
10 Lucky
11 Cheat Code
12 Mean It
13 Paradise feat. Yung Bleu 14 Process
15 Hold On
16 Don’t
17 Exhausted
18 Hard To Love
19 For Anyone
20 I Can Have It All feat. DJ Khaled & Bryson Tiller
21 Slide feat. YG
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H.E.R.’s Back Of My Mind is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via via MBK Entertainment/RCA Records/Sony Music.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Bradley Holmes Returns with Single "TAKBO"

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It's interesting to hear voices that you once have heard and somehow acquainted with the quality of voices. So, it's glad to hear his voice again. Singer, songwriter, and actor Bradley Holmes, who was branded as "The Rocker Dad" in the reality singing contest "The Voice Philippines Season 2 in 2014, returns with a new single "Takbo."

The song "Takbo" is the composition of Lester Ramos, who also wrote some few of the songs and one of it was sung by "X Factor UK" finalist Alisah Bonaobra "Tayo Pa Rin." To watch the official lyric video of the song visit YouTube channel of Rider PH Studios (

Bradley continues to perform regularly online via Kumu. His previous release was the song "Damhin."

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, Kitchie Nadal, Johnoy Danao, Ebe Dancel, and Bullet Dumas Co-Headline a Kumu Digital Concert Entitled ‘ALPAS’

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When was the last time I heard a live concert? Well, I think it has been two years already. I missed the sound, I missed the noise and most of all I missed attending live events. 

Thankfully, technology is friendly enough to get through us right before the pandemic that is why after realizing that we won't be having physical concerts and events for a time being, technology pave way for a new norm of enjoying music. 

Get ready for a night of soaring anthems and classic sing-alongs as kumu live and GNN hold a virtual concert featuring some of the finest Filipino singer-songwriters of all time.

Dubbed ALPAS, the digital show not only aims to bring live performances for the streaming public, but also promises music fans to experience a semblance of ‘concert’ normalcy in an intimate, stripped-down setting.

Renowned alternative/pop-rock/folk icons Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, Kitchie Nadal, Ebe Dancel, Johnoy Danao and Bullet Dumas mark their first time to co-headline a show together, performing as both solo artists and collaborators. The six music acts are also set to perform as a group in a special medley number arranged and produced by award-winning musical director, Ronaldo Tomas.

With new security and health protocols in place, the virtual showcase will be shot at the outdoor area of Conspiracy Garden Café, an iconic music venue that is home to several music greats and independent bands, and in Madrid, Spain where Kitchie Nadal is currently based.

As expected, Nadal is excited to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, and has all the great words to say about the upcoming online show. “I’m excited to work with the artists that I admire in the music industry. It’s an opportunity that I wouldn’t want to miss.” Barbie Almalbis explains that this is as close to playing for a live audience, and that performing in Conspiracy again makes her feel nostalgic. “I’m more than happy to share the stage with the artists that I look up to, and hopefully, the energy and enthusiasm would resonate with the music fans once they see it on the virtual screen. It’s something that we’ve worked hard for.”

Aia, Barbie and Kitchie (ABK) have staged a sold-out, collaborative concerts at the Music Museum in 2016 and 2017, and held a benefit online show in 2020 to raise funds for the employees of indie music venues in Metro Manila. Ebe, Johnoy, and Bullet (3D) on the other hand, have performed as 3D, and went on to headline three, sold-out concerts: twice at the Music Museum in 2015 and 2016, and at the Kia Theatre in 2018. These concerts were organized and produced by GNN.

Bullet Dumas admits that he missed performing, and that ALPAS came at the right time when everyone needs a source of entertainment to keep them going while public life is on lockdown. “I haven't performed in an actual show since early pandemic,” the young music virtuoso shares in a statement. “People in the live events industry are barely surviving, so this opportunity from KUMU and GNN means a lot to me. And I know how a simple show can move people especially in this crazy era of our lives.”

Johnoy Danao admits that this is the very first time since 2020 that 3D will be reunited together, and he wouldn’t want to miss it for the world. He’s also looking forward to working with Aia, Barbie and Kitchie on this special project. “It’ll be the first time that all of us are performing together, so I think that’s something to look forward to.”

When asked about what makes ALPAS worth watching despite the lack of an actual “live” audience, Aia De Leon takes pride in what the virtual concert stands for especially in the time of pandemic. “ALPAS is your connection to something real. When the songs hit home, this is your connection to the memory as well as the future promise of the live gig experience.”

Ebe Dancel echoes Aia’s sentiments, stressing the importance of music in forging a sense of community amidst the most challenging of times. “People, in my opinion, will always need music. As much as we miss the live audience, this will have to do for now. Someday, somehow, we will all see each other again.”

ALPAS: A Digital Concert is set to premiere on June 5, 2021 from 6pm onwards. Tickets to ALPAS are now available for purchase via kumu, with a price of P499 for general admission. For details on how to buy tickets, go to this site:

Monday, May 31, 2021

KZ AND BGYO Collaboration Brings Light and Joy in “FEEL GOOD PILIPINAS”

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Interesting and feel-good news for us!
“Asia’s Soul Supreme” KZ Tandingan and rising P-Pop boy group BGYO composed of Mikki Claver, JL Toreliza, Akira Morishita, and Gelo Rivera joined forces to encourage Filipinos to spread light to all through ABS-CBN’s “Feel Good Pilipinas” dance video and music video.

First revealed last Friday (May 7) on various ABS-CBN platforms, the two releases of “Feel Good Pilipinas” videos hoped to inspire Filipinos to find ways to be happy and connect with each other despite the challenges we are facing in this pandemic.

The lyrics of “Feel Good Pilipinas” were penned by Lawrence Arvin Sibug and Robert Labayen of ABS-CBN Creative Communication Management (CCM) while the music was composed by Thyro Alfaro and Francis Salazar. Maria Lourdes Parawan, also of CCM, provided the English translation.

The dance challenge, on the other hand, was choreographed by “Pinoy Big Brother” alumnus and dance master Mickey Perz.

For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

EZ Mil's Song "Panalo," Why It Became So Popular?

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Aside from my idol, Gary V, I'm in all praises to the King of Pinoy Rap. The very first artist who made rap with real Filipino flavor - Francis M. The Pinoy Rap wouldn't be as it is today without the name Francis M. After that first shout of that iconic line 'Mga Kababayan!' It became the starting point of Pinoy Rap History. And like what they say, the rest is history.

Now, let's get into this new and viral Pinoy Rapper who's making a buzz in the music scene. Not only here in the Philippines, but probably, the world.

The Beginning

A few days after the release of his guesting in Wish Bus USA, the uploaded video went boom, massively, with its views, in other words, it went viral. People started talking about the video first, and then everyone starts asking who this rapper is. Who is EZ Mil? Pronounced as letter E and letter Z with the Mil.

The Music

Hearing the intro of the song actually reminded me of my elementary days. The Folk dances that we used to study and practice at school. Fortunately, I'm also one of the dance troops that moves my feet into folk dances. So the music is familiar, and probably every Pinoy students know the melody.

The Singer

Honestly, I don't know EZ Mil was, not until I started looking for his background. And thanks to technology and the internet, it is much easier to check pieces of information that happened decades ago. What I have heard, EZ Mil is the son of the lead vocalist of a band in the 90s. Paul Sapiera, the leader and vocalist of the band called Rockstar.

Side info about the band, they made a few song hits in the past. 


The Lyrics

After hearing the song of EZ Mil "Panalo," it somehow brought me back in time when I first caught  the song "Mga Kababayan Ko." Not just because both of the songs started with the same phrase, 'Mga Kababayan,' but because of the Filipino flavor infused with the song.

To understand the impact of the song "Panalo" by EZ Mil, I will try to evaluate the lyrics from a perspective of a fan and a true-blooded patriotic Pinoy. In simple term will dissect the song and its lyric, why it hit everyone bullseye right into the heart. But before anything else, I just want to say that I am not a musician or a composer, but I'm just a person who appreciates music and the arts. All the observations you'll be reading here are all my thoughts about the song, so be gentle on your criticism, thank you.

So, let start!

I managed to divide the lyrics into three parts, one is words used or wordplay; the second is history and experience; and lastly, the feeling of patriotic and delivery.

  • Word used or wordplay

Like what I mentioned earlier, the phrase 'Mga Kababayan!' is similar to the first line of Francis M's song "Mga Kababayan Ko." From that two words, it is simply a phrase of calling. Calling out to all Filipinos out there. Then it is added with a touch of sincerity that makes everyone listen. Another word is about color, in Francis M's song, he used kayumanggi or brown color, which is the Pinoy skin color, while in EZ Mil he uses the phrase 'kahit anong kulay ng balat,' which basically explains that now it is not just Kayumanggi, but there are other Pinoy skin colors.

What's more interesting is that he manage to incorporate three languages in one song, Tagalog, English, and Ilocano.

It's really interesting how EZ Mil came up with the idea of mixing these three languages in one song.

For Pinoys who grew up in provinces learning to speak and write two or more languages is not impossible. A good example is if your mother is a Waray native and your father is an Ilocano native, you can learn both of their languages.

  • History and Experience

The lyrics are well described because it is based on experience. A story that only he can deliver. If you have watched 'Slumdog Millionaire,' well, it is something like that, he can deliver it well because he is present in that situation. Bits of historical facts like the thing about Spain and also the truth about the line 'pusang sinaing.'

  • The feeling of Patriotic and Delivery

The lyric wouldn't be complete without the delivery. The bits of anger in every word show the conviction of how he appreciates being Pinoy in his heart. One line that really describes him as being patriotic and is probably touched the souls of other Pinoys, "Despite any turmoil, I'll be proud of my soil."

So, these are just what I have observed and I know others have tried to interpret the song and I also did watch one of the videos where EZ Mil described every line of the song, so what I just did is something different. But in all, there are just a few lines that trigger everything to be listened to by every Pinoy - KABABAYAN, KULAY NG BALAT, and PILIPINO.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Confirmed Jojo Mendrez Will Sing the Revival Song of Julie Vega's "Somewhere In My Past"

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After a few decades, Julie Vega's debut single "Somewhere In My Past" will finally be revived. If you're one of the 80's generations you'll probably remember that this song was composed by Doc Mon del Rosario and sung by Julie Vega. Remember that the composer, Sir Mon, is very meticulous when it comes to this particular song, and no wonder it took decades before it was given a chance to be sung again by someone else. This time the great passionate voice of the Revival King, Jojo Mendrez, captured the essence that Doc Mon is looking for.

So, what were the criteria considered in picking the singer who will sing this song? One is the quality of voice - one that possesses a high level of competency as a singing artist and the next one, which is a hidden criteria, is the personality of the artist - he or she should be a likable person even outside the song. And it was clear that Jojo Mendrez possesses these criteria. 


The announcement made a noise on social media and everyone gave their congratulatory messages to Jojo Mendrez. So, who is Jojo Mendrez will he is just one of the awardees of the PMPC Star Awards for Music - Best Revival Song of the Year with his rendition of "Handog." 

Remember that just a few weeks ago I published an article about Jojo Mendrez's visit to Julie Vega's grave. It was probably a sign that he is destined to make the revival. The song is expected to be released before Valentine's Day, so they will probably going to start recording one of these days. This will be under Star Image Artists Management and will be released digitally via Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, and Deezer.

Congratulations Jojo Mendrez!

Monday, January 4, 2021

Jojo Mendrez Pays Respect to Julie Vega's Grave

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There's no heavy downpour of rain that will stop the Revival King, Jojo Mendrez in visiting and paying respect to Julie Vega's grave, which happened on January 3, 2021, at the Loyola Memorial Park. 

Surprising and interesting, does this visit of Jojo Mendrez is an indication that he has been chosen to revive the song "Somewhere in My Past," which was popularized by Julie Vega? Or probably, he simply wanted to visit since, like many, the singer-actress is idolized by the Revival King? Whatever the reason for this visit I'm sure it is very interesting. 

Aside from entertaining some of these questions, it can really be assumed that Jojo was really chosen to sing the famous song of the '80s. The visit could also be indicative of gratefulness to the singer-actress, or out of respect to the 80's famous teen star, to ask blessings of permission to revive her beautiful song. 

Only Jojo knows the real score, while the creator of the song, Mon del Rosario, has not yet confirmed anything yet, after the auditions for the rebirth of the song. The Revival King still did not elaborate on whether he was given the green light to revive "Somewhere in My Past". 

Take note that there were five (5) names that were shortlisted by Mon del Rosario to do the remake of the song "Somewhere in My Past". It is believed that these names are big names in the recording industry. So, to whoever will sing the song is still a mystery for now. So, how about you? Who do you think will have the voice to revive the song "Somewhere in My Past?"

Monday, December 7, 2020

Kiara, Shawntel, Jem and Lie Created The Song "Connected Na Tayo" as PBB Connect's Official Soundtrack

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Four of the former housemates collaborate together to come up with the newest official soundtrack of this year's Pinoy Big Brother season. Kiara, Shawntel, Jem, and Lie wrote and sang the official soundtrack of “PBB Connect” which was titled “Connected Na Tayo.”  According to them, they created the song during the pandemic. 

Kiara shared her experience working on the song during the pandemic. “Isang karangalan po talaga na makapagsulat or makagawa (ng song for PBB). Even just singing the theme song of PBB is a great opportunity na for us, for me. Kahit magkakalayo-layo kami, si Shawntel that time nasa Baguio, si Jem sa Pampanga, magkasama kami ni Lie, pero connected pa rin talaga kami doon sa song,” she shared.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

“Sige, I-cover Mo Lang! Project” attests to 6cyclemind’s enduring appeal

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I think this is one great way to make music go beyond the boundaries of time and era. So, in to make this happen an initiative to introduce the younger listeners to the generation-defining anthems that conquered the airwaves for almost two decades, Sony Music Philippines and 6cyclemind finally released the special compilation, Sige, I-cover Mo Lang! Project last, October 28 (Friday), on Spotify and other streaming platforms worldwide.

More importantly, it brings a great opportunity for new artists to breakout in the music scene.

The covers record, which features shortlisted entries from music fans remaking select hits from 6cyclemind’s acclaimed pop-rock catalog, contains three tracks that were rearranged and given a fresh new spin to contrast or complement with the band’s distinct sound.

Released as digital singles a few months earlier, Bianca’s “Biglaan” and Twenty-Nine Eleven’s “I” took creative liberties in terms of arrangement and interpretation, but retained the original’s melodic sensibilities as a way to preserve and recognize its timeless appeal.

To date, Bianca’s version of “Biglaan” has racked up 1.6 million streams on Spotify, while Twenty-Nine Eleven’s version of “I” has amassed more than 3 million streams on the same platform.

Payapa Project, composed of Dan Billano (Vocals), Jepoy Almario (Percussion), Tatit Escolano (Guitars), Choi Gonzales (Bass) and Raf Gonzales (drums), completes the trifecta of releases from the Sige, I-cover Mo Lang! Project. The alternative rock outfit, through their vocalist’s powerful voice, was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to render their own version of “Kasalanan,” a chart-topping song from the album, Project 6cyclemind. Their infectious take officially drops today as the third and final single of the tribute compilation.

These songs are now re-released into a music video format helmed by the band’s manager and sixth member Darwin Hernandez. The final versions of the cover tunes were recorded at Backdoor Recording Studio, and were produced by 6cyclemind and Soupstar Music.

Sige, I-cover Mo Lang! Project is now out on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Kyle Echarri Now A Singer-Songwriter of His Latest Single "I'm Serious"

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Is he really serious? Well, during the online media conference, Kyle Echarri showed and shared how serious he is about his craft. One proof that he is serious is that he's levelling up his singing career by not only singing but also crafting his own songs. 

A more mature Kyle Echarri was presented during the mediacon of his latest single release titled “I’m Serious,” which he wrote and produced under Star POP.

This project marks the young actor-singer’s first solo music project as a singer-songwriter and music producer. Label head Rox Santos served as the supervising producer of Kyle’s upcoming album which will include “I’m Serious.”

“I really wanted to let people feel who Kyle really is, so what I did was write all the songs in this album,” he teased.

“I’m Serious” is a straightforward love song in which a guy looks for a way to ease the girl’s worries by committing his faithful love only for her. It expresses deep affection for a special someone while also convincing her of his decent intentions.

Kyle said he wrote the song to address assumptions about him being a “chickboy.” “For me, the best thing to do now is just spread positivity and love to one another. When something negative was thrown at me, I guess I translated it into something positive. I just really wanted to spread love to everyone,” he explained.

Before the song’s official drop, 15 lucky fans who won Star POP’s contest on Twitter got first dibs on hearing the track via a virtual fan meet and listening party last Wednesday (September 9).

Kyle finished in the Top 6 of “The Voice Kids” season 2 in 2015. His most recent collaboration is with 16-year-old Singaporean talent Haven for the dreamy track “Imagine.” In 2018, the “Kadenang Ginto” breakout star released his hit song “Pangako,” which climbed to the top spot of iTunes PH’s Top 100 Songs Chart upon its release.

Trust real love and listen to Kyle’s new song, “I’m Serious” on various digital streaming platforms. For more details, follow StarPOP PH on Facebook ( and on Instagram (@starpopph). For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Maris Racal's 'Not For Me' Shows An Introspective Side of Her

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This blog have been on tail on Maris Racal's stories, most especially during their Marnigo days, and we can say that her musical talent is interesting, whether she goes alone or with a partner. So, now we've got another story to share about Maris and this is about her newest single which is something to check out. She did create a name for herself and she has been one of the breakout young actresses of her generation. Maris Racal has successfully dabbled in writing her own songs and challenging industry expectations with her intimate and refreshing take on pop music. From penning the chart-topping confessional “Ikaw Lang Sapat Na” to collaborating with Rico Blanco on the city pop-influenced ditty “Abot Langit,” Racal is surprisingly an effective chronicler of love anthems for the modern age—a guitar-toting songstress known for balancing commercial appeal with artistic integrity. 

Bursting with youthful fervor and charismatic edge, Maris Racal’s latest single “Not For Me” stretches her introspective side of music-making to interesting places, while retaining the accessibility of her recent crossover hits. Her resounding confidence translates perfectly into the musical output, but it’s her conversational and matter-of-fact songwriting style that earns the stripes, revealing a degree of self-assuredness that comes with experience.

Inspired by Britpop acts such as Aqualung and folk-pop chanteuses like Lily Allen and Regina Spektor, Racal wrote “Not For Me” not so much for intriguing unconventionality, but as an outlet to express herself in a way that feels truthful and inherently raw. The driving piano chords and the soaring arrangements give her storytelling a more authentic spin, lending it an effortless breeziness while making sure it doesn’t lessen the emotional impact of the song.

With “Not For Me” putting a spotlight on her songwriting strengths, Maris Racal explores the complexities of romantic uncertainty with a surprisingly nuanced approach—unfiltered, no longer afraid of possibilities, and ready to own the moment.

“Not For Me” is out now on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Israeli Singer-Songwriter VANNA Releases Official Music Video for 'Let Me Fall'

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Israeli singer-songwriter VANNA released a music video for her latest single titled 'Let Me Fall' via Umami Records.

Directed by award-winning independent filmmaker Matan Balalty and French-Israeli artist Noémie Dahan, the music video was shot at the Beit Talal In Jaffa and features four professional contemporary dancers.

Produced by Roy Avital of Tel Aviv based indie-electronic trio Garden City Movement and mastered by Matt Colton (James Blake, Muse, Coldplay), Let Me Fall is an ambient-folktronica song about letting yourself fall completely in love, and embracing the vulnerability that comes along with that. “When you fall in love, you expose yourself to getting hurt. It’s an endless paradox. When you let someone enter your inner world, you’re allowing them to gently break down your walls and then amazing things can happen.”, shares VANNA, “I was scared that one day I’d lose this feeling, and when it really happened I felt so alone trying to move on. This is the risk you take for falling in love.

‘Let Me Fall’ by VANNA is available everywhere at this link:

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ben&Ben to release a song inspired by a fan’s heartbreaking story

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One of the best stories to tell, heartbreaking stories. It's not that you're interested in the background of the story but because it's about and it's about your heartbreak.  Award-winning Filipino band, Ben&Ben will drop their new single, “Lifetime” on June 4 (Thursday) via Sony Music.

The intricately produced, folk-pop ballad was written as a response to a fan’s YouTube comment on their hit song “Pagtingin,” which to date, has amassed more than a hundred million streams on YouTube and Spotify combined.

The fan, who goes by the alias of “Anne Jou,” shared her story of regretting not being able to express her feelings because she was afraid to lose the friendship.

“…instead of telling him what I actually felt, I hid and buried my feelings. And you know what happens to feelings that are buried? They grow. The like I felt for him became love. I wrote poems, songs. After 8 years, I attended his wedding [last] January. And guess what? The world is really overly-cruel. Before his wedding, he thanked me for being his best friend and told me that before he met the girl he got married to, he loved me first. For 5 years. But he was also scared of losing me so he just decided to keep it. I was shocked and I slightly had anger towards the world. We didn't know that if only one of us dared to make a move, a lifetime was waiting for us. So people, while you can, please express how you really feel so that in the end you won't regret anything.”

The nine-piece collective decided to make song inspired by a fan’s online confession—a proof of how powerful and moving words can be, when shared from a place of earnestness and raw honesty.

Notwithstanding the technical limitations and struggles in recording brought about by the pandemic, Ben&Ben pulled through in a few days and finished the song in their respective homes with just their instruments and a studio software.

The intimate recording session led to what is “Lifetime” now: an emotionally affecting song that leaves us wondering, what could have happened if we only mustered the courage to admit our feelings to the person we’re pining for, regardless of the outcome?

“Lifetime” was mixed by veteran sound engineer JP Verona, and mastered by Grammy Award-winning Leon Zervos (Pink, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Beastie Boys, and Willie Nelson). It was written by Miguel Benjamin and Paolo Benjamin, and recorded and produced by Ben&Ben.

Ben&Ben’s “Lifetime” will be released on all digital platforms worldwide on June 4 (12 midnight, Thursday).

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Kim Chiu Learns Her Lesson and Expresses through Her Single “BAWAL LUMABAS (THE CLASSROOM SONG)”

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It's interesting that Kim Chiu fires back with something interesting for her fans and to everyone with the criticisms thrown at her for her viral classroom analogy statement and this is through her newest feel-good single “Bawal Lumabas (The Classroom Song)” released under Star POP.

“Okay lang magkamali. I learned my lesson. Now, let's celebrate!" Kim said on what message the track hopes to send out.

Over the past week, the Kapamilya actress’ statement in which she tried to compare the terms of ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal to the rules in a classroom spawned various memes and even dance remixes.

Instead of sulking, however, she came up with this song, which admittedly pokes fun at her confusing statement in its chorus, but also embraces the blunder that she made as a learning experience in its entirety.
v It also promotes positivity by reminding listeners that when faced with a personal or social crisis, the only way to turn it around is to fully accept it, respect others’ opinions, and move forward as a better person who has learned his lesson.

A product of an accidental collaboration, the words, and music of “Bawal Lumabas (The Classroom Song)” was written by Kim, Adrian Crisanto, and Squammy Beats, with back-up vocals by Chir Cataran and vocal arrangement by ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo. Squammy Beats also mixed, mastered, and produced the song.

Kim’s new single follows “’Wag Kang Bumitaw,” an inspirational song that dropped a day after her birthday last April 19.

Don’t let your mistakes stop you from being a better version of yourself! Listen to Kim’s “Bawal Lumabas (The Classroom Song)” on ABS-CBN Star Music’s YouTube channel and Star Music’s Facebook page. For more details, like StarPOP PH on, and follow it on and Instagram (@starpopph). For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit

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