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Music Update
« on: March 02, 2013, 01:44:23 AM »
Talk all you want about the latest and trendiest music including artist (OPM or international) here.

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2013, 01:53:05 AM »
Jed Madela Releases Debut Album Under Star Records


World singing champion Jed Madela feels nothing but excitement about the launch of his debut album titled “All Original” released by his new recording label Star Records.

“It’s my first full project with Star Records, it is also my first all-original album,” said Jed. “We have put so much work into it that the very moment I heard the final tracks, I am already looking forward to sharing it with everyone who has been supporting my music.”

“All Original” features songs, which according to Jed, are new and far from usual. “Everything sounds different and the songs express different feelings. Actually, each one can be a potential single on its own,” said Jed, who is set to celebrate later this year his 10th anniversary in the music industry. “Of course, the signature ‘high note ballads’ wil be in the album but there are tracks that will make the listeners wonder if it is really me singing.”

True to its title, Jed’s first album under Star Records features 10 original tracks including his carrier single “Ikaw Na,” composed by Soc Villanueva; “Wish,” composed by Jonathan Manalo and co-written with Garlic Garcia; “When Love Once Was Beautiful,” composed by Genevieve ‘Biv’ De Vera and Raizo Chabeldin; “Dito Lang,” composed by Francis ‘Kiko’ Salazar; ”Ipinapangako Ko,” composed by Christian Martinez; “Sa Habang Buhay,” composed by Wilson John Escaner; “Dalangin Ko,” composed, arranged, produced, recorded, mixed and Mastered by Jimmy Antiporda; “Will Forever,” composed by Jungee Marcelo; “Home To You,” composed by Trina Belamide; and Jed’s very own composition titled “Tanging ikaw.” The album also contains bonus mixes of ‘Wish’ and ‘Dito Lang.’

Apart from his latest album, the first Filipino champion of the prestigious World Championship of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) shares another milestone to his career as he was recently hailed as the first Filipino to be inducted into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame in Hollywood. Jed is the first Grand Champion Performer of the World to be awarded the treasured Achievement Award and inducted into the elite Performing Arts Hall of Fame that will have a live worldwide webcast on July 19.

Jed’s “All Original” album will be launched in “ASAP 18″ this Sunday (March 3) and will soon be available on record bars nationwide for only P350.

For more information visit Star Records’ Facebook fanpage at www.facebook.com/starrecordsphil or follow @starrecordsph on Twitter.

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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2013, 06:25:55 PM »
Princess launches ‘Acoustic Princess II’


Manila, Philippines – PRINCES Velasco is back with a new set of acoustic-flavored pop music in “Acoustic Princess II,” her latest release under the Vicor Music label.

PRINCESS VelascoIn her new album, a sequel of sorts to 2011’s “Acoustic Princess,” the singer covers favorites such as Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Maroon 5’s “Pay Phone,” Nicki Minaj’s “Starships,” Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts,” J.Lo’s “Dance Again,” Owl City and Carly Jae Repsen’s duet “Good Time,” and The
Wanted’s “Glad You Came.”

Princess has mall tours on March 8 at Harbor Point in Subic, then at SM Malls on March 2 at SM Cebu, March 15 at SM Fairview, March 23 at SM Baguio, and March 24 at SM Bicutan.

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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2013, 02:58:34 AM »
Boy Band 2PM On Career Plans, New Korean Album And 'Balut'
By JONATHAN M. HICAP


MANILA, Philippines - It's been close to two years since boy band 2PM released their last Korean album in 2011 and they said they're currently working to finish a new album, telling fans to be prepared to be blown away.

2PM revealed this and more when they held the press conference recently at the historic Manila Hotel for their first ever Philippine concert “What time is it” Live Tour 2013 held Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Since 2011, 2PM has focused on the Japanese music market and their first Asia tour. Their hard work paid off when their latest Japanese album "Legend of 2PM" topped Japan's Oricon, HMV and Tower Records charts.

"It's our second album in Japan. It's called the 'Legend of 2PM.' We've launched it and we actually got the first place on the Oricon chart. It's a very prestigious chart. It's our first time getting the first place. We are very glad and thankful. The reviews and fans' response are very good," 2PM said.

Fans are clamoring for 2PM's new Korean album and the boy band said it would be entirely different from the last one.

"We still have our upcoming Korean album to be released very soon. Be prepared for your mind to be blown," they promised.

After the presscon, Manila Bulletin and five other media outlets held an exclusive interview with 2PM where the boys answered personal questions, revealed plans for the future and talked about the Philippines.

I asked 2PM if their promoting in the Japanese market and doing their Asia tour were part of the group's long-term career plan to go beyond Korea.

Taecyeon said it's always been their dream to perform in other countries.

"I'll say not everything is according to plan. You know how situations can change every time. We always dreamed about moving to some other countries and actually doing performances. We started our Asian tour last year. This is our second Asian tour. It's started way before then. Focusing on the Japanese market and Korean market, as far as we see it, we're expanding our horizon so that not just Asia but maybe Europe, maybe America. If there's a chance or possibility that we can succeed in some other continents then we'll be running right towards where the stages are," he revealed.

When 2PM debuted in 2008, they were described as "Beastly Idol." Do they consider themselves as Beastly Idol until now?

"'Beastly Idol' was given to us by our fans, so we love it. I think the fans gave us the name because of stage concepts, acrobatic performances and the fact that we like to work out. But we are more 'gentle' rather than a 'beast' in real," they said.

During the exclusive session with 2PM, Nichkhun said they will keep their image as "Beastly Idol."

"It's been really hard because people expect us to [remove] our shirts and stuff. We have to keep in shape all the time. It's kinda pressuring a little bit but, I mean, we're the only group in the industry that has this name, the Beastly Idol. We're really honored to have this title. We're gonna keep it and we're gonna work hard to keep it. We're gonna stay firm and fit," he said.

On what types of songs will be included in the new Korean album and if the members will write songs for the album.

"Most of us are singer-songwriters actually  right now. We're actually preparing. We're gathering the songs and from the looks of it, it's gonna be dynamic, different from before. It seems like we have upgraded our levels as not just idols but more like matured men, artists. It's gonna be somewhat [have a] different feel from what we usually gave before. It's gonna be easy to understand, we'll gonna get right to the point where it's like [when] you hear it, you exactly know 'Oh, this song is good.' [The album will be released] soon," said Taecyeon.

When asked what's the first thing he did or wanted to do when 2PM arrived in Manila, Nichkhun said he wanted to try the street food and see what "balut" looks like.

"Balut" is a famous Filipino food, which is a boiled fertilized duck egg.

"I like to walk the streets of Manila and eat the street food. I'd really like to see what 'balut' really looks like. I don't know if I can eat it. I heard it's really good for you," Nichkhun said.

Jun.K said he wants to try "halo-halo," a Filipino dessert of shaved ice, evaporated milk and boiled fruits. It is similar to South Korea's "patbingsu."

With their busy schedule, 2PM said they had only one official holiday to date. They usually meet their families if they're not working.

"Sometimes we do have no time to sleep. So when we have time, we usually go meet our family and sleep at home. There was only one official holiday for 2PM until now. We all did what we wanted such as traveling, spend time with family. Junho went to Africa as volunteer during holiday to spend some quality time. We were very proud of Junho and were touched by his experience," 2PM told Bulletin Entertainment.

When asked which part of Korea they would recommend to fans to visit, Jun.K said Daegu (his hometown); Wooyoung said Busan (his hometown); Junho replied Everland Resort (Korea's largest theme park); Nichkhun said Jeju Island; and Taecyeon said Namsan Tower, or N. Seoul Tower, in Seoul.

Top 3 items that 2PM members carry in their bag all the time: Jun.K - wallet, earphone, pen; Wooyoung - laptop, pencils; Junho - tablet, vitamins; Nichkhun: picture of his family, first-aid kit and candies; and Taecyeon: tablet PC, wallet and contact lenses.

Jun.K and Wooyoung tried to speak in Filipino when the members were asked to say their messages to fans.

Jun.K  said, "Mahal ko Filipinos. Mahal ko Philippines."

"Mahal kita," said Wooyoung.

Nichkhun said it was their second time to visit and he apologized to 2PM fans in the Philippines that their plan to visit the country took so long.

"This is my second time in the Philippines and [it's] really great to be back. I'd like to say sorry, first, to the Hottests for taking so long to be here...Thank you guys for always waiting and loving us. Thank you," he said.

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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2013, 03:23:36 AM »
Clifford Allen Estrala nasa Pilipinas para magpromote ng album
Written by : Vinia Vivar


Nasa Pilipinas  ngayon ang Asia’s Singing Sensation na si Clifford Allen Estrala para mag-promote ng kanyang debut album titled Only in my Dream.

Sa mga hindi naka-kaalam, makulay ang life story ni Clifford bilang isang OFW singer kaya nga na-feature ito sa Maalaala Mo Kaya noong 2010 na ginampanan ni Erik Santos.

Naka-base sa Macau si Clifford since 2007. Nagpunta siya sa nasabing bansa as a tourist dahil sa imbitasyon ng isang kaibigang member ng isang banda na nagtatrabaho roon.

“Habang nagkakanta ako sa Macau , nag aaply naman ako ng work sa Venetian Hotel Casino para magkaroon ako ng working visa. Bawal kasi magtrabaho sa Macau kung turista ka. Na-hire ako sa Venetian Nov 24, 2007 as a housekeeping. Pero andyan parin mga guesting ko paglabas ng Macau,” kuwento ni Cliffor.

Isang beses ay ininterbyu raw siya nina Kara David para sa OFW Diaries ng GMA-7 at dito raw siya nagsimulang makilala sa Pilipinas at sa ibang bansa man. Mas lalo siyang nakilala nang ma-feature ang life story niya sa MMK.  At doon na nagsimula ang kanyang singing career. 

Ngayo ay natupad na ang dream niya na magkaroon ng sariling album na mapapakinggan ng ating mga kababayan. Nakataka siyang magkaroon ng mall tour starting on March 3, sa SM Rosales, Pangasinan.

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2013, 03:39:25 AM »
One Direction to record the official 2013 Red Nose Day charity single!


The world’s biggest pop band, One Direction, have teamed up with the UK charity, Comic Relief, to record the official 2013 Red Nose Day charity single, creating their own unique take on the Blondie classic ‘One Way Or Another.’

 

The single is produced by Julian Bunetta, and will available as a download starting 17th February, 2013.

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day, the charity Comic Relief’s biannual fundraising event. Originally launched on BBC1 on Christmas Day 1985, the idea for Comic Relief was to make the public laugh with specially commissioned sketches and routines while simultaneously highlighting and raising money for the then crippling famine situation in Ethiopia. Before long Red Nose Day was created, a charity telethon that brings together the cream of UK comedy and entertainment for one night of fundraising – the first Red Nose Day in 1988 raised an incredible £15million.

Since then, Comic Relief has gone from strength to strength raising over £600million to date for those in need in Africa and in the UK, with Red Nose Day becoming one of the biggest charity events on the British calendar. This year’s event takes place on Friday 15th March 2013.

In January this year the band visited Africa to see for themselves why much needed money has to be raised, and also witness first hand the amazing work Comic Relief do.

One Direction will forgo any royalties due to them and therefore will not receive any payment in connection with this charity single.

In just over 14 months One Direction have sold over 15 million records globally. They have taken home a BRIT Award, 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 3 Teen Choice Awards and 3 MTV European Music Awards. Their second album ‘Take Me Home’ has to date reached No.1 in over 35 countries. This Spring, the band will begin their sold out World Tour in the UK, which includes a massive nine shows at London’s O2 Arena. The band will document this journey and give fans a behind the scenes look into their lives with the release of their 3D concert film on August 23, 2013 in the UK, directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me).

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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2013, 01:22:58 AM »
Daniel Padilla's mom to release own CD
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MANILA, Philippines -- After her son Daniel Padilla scored a hit album, comebacking actress Karla Estrada is also heading to the recording studio for her own CD.

Appearing on "KrisTV "aired on Tuesday, Estrada admitted that she asked the help of her son to promote her album to his fans.

"Nag-revive ako ng 'Lean on Me.' Sabi ni DJ (Padilla's nickname), 'Ma, sino ba ang bibili ng album mo?' 'Eh di yung mga fans mo. I tweet mo na sila ngayon ha,'" Estrada said.

Apart from the album , Estrada is also busy with the series "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw" with Kris Aquino, Anne Curtis and  Robin Padilla.

Estrada also took the chance to promote the upcoming movie of her son "Must Be... Love" with Kathryn Bernardo, which opens in theaters on March 16.

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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2013, 03:09:56 PM »
Isabelle de Leon: The actress is now also a singer-composer


HEART-WARMING and lyrically clever – Isabelle de Leon arrives with a debut album under PolyEast Records, laden with elements of folk, rock and pop into her unique signature sound.

“Music has always been a part of me as a kid – it has kept me going. I write songs to tell stories, I sing because I want to share it,”  she says.

Former award winning child actress Isabella De Leon, she now wants to be known as Isabelle De Leon. And, she can also add the titles Singer/Songwriter to her resume, as she wrote all the music and lyrics to the six songs in her album, LoveZone released last month.

The still doe-eyed Isabelle describes the radio single “1 Week To Move On” as “dealing with the raw emotions around heartbreak” all infused in a melodic pop-rock hook. Her guitar-driven narrative “Feelingero” fits in gentle humor in young love, while “Friend Zone” speaks of unrequited love. “Magtatago ako sa init ng iyong yakap” – is the line that says it all in her comforting track “Sa Yakap Mo.” Isabelle goes playfully poetic yet inspirational in “Alice Wonders” and “Pag-ibig Ko’y Sayo” speaks of unconditional love.

Now, 18-year old Isabelle continues to write songs from her heart and plays several musical instruments as inspired by her musician dad who taught her to play the guitar, bass, drums, piano and harmonica. Her sound is wordly, a fusion of not only her upbringing but also exhibits the diversity of her influences like The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Carpenters, Led Zeppelin, Steven Tyler, Robbie Williams, U2, Coldplay, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Adele, Enya and Noel Cabangon.

Poised to be the next big PolyEast Records talent, Isabelle is out to prove herself as an artist with an album that has as much substance as her colorful young life experiences, formidable songwriting chops and prodigious skill with her instruments.

She brings together two things that are essential in an artist: the ability to relate to people’s daily lives and the power to express emotions in new and powerful ways. “I want to sing songs I have a real connection to. Songs that have moved me or those who’ll be listening to my music – be it love in all its grandeur or love lost. Isn’t it a relief when you hear songs that say exactly what you feel?,” she asks.

“LoveZone” is now available in the market released by PolyEast Records for P200. Isabelle would also like to thank Pony, Hairshaft Salon and Outdoor Products for the support.

Meanwhile, Isabelle would never set her acting ability aside. Her manager, Arnold Vegafria, is readying Isabelle for more mature roles apt for such an arresting beauty like her. While Duday (her name in Daddy Didodu with Vic Sotto) has stuck with her, people will surely soon forget that when she assumes new roles, starting with one in Jessy Mendiola's reprising of Maria Mercedes on ABS-CBN.

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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2013, 03:11:31 PM »
Crooner Richard Poon joins Universal Records


Richard Poon has released multi-platinum albums over the years, making him the country’s premiere Big Band Crooner. This 2013, Richard has decided to make a bold move – to return to pop and join Universal Records, the country’s largest independent record label.

Richard joins Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, Billy Crawford, JayR in the elite roster of Universal Records of prime male singers.

Shown in the picture are album producer Ito Rapadas, UR General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, Richard Poon, and Erickson Raymundo, talent manager of Richard.

Richard’s first album with Universal Records will be out in a few weeks.

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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2013, 03:13:12 PM »
Kean Cipriano juggles music and acting
By Allan Policarpio


Callalily’s Kean Cipriano is one of the few OPM band frontmen today who has one foot in show biz. In between performing and creating new music,

the 25-year-old lead vocalist finds time to do acting projects for both television and film.

Kean’s band has so far released four studio albums (“Destination XYZ, “Fisheye,” “Callalily” and “Flower Power”) since bursting into the music scene as one of the breakout OPM groups of 2006, with their hit single “Stars.”

His filmography isn’t too shabby either, having starred in films both in the mainstream and indie scenes such as “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank,” “The Reunion,” “Praybeyt Benjamin,” “Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi” and “San Lazaro.”

On TV, meanwhile, Kean landed a major role in TV5’s drama series “PS I Love You” in 2011.

What’s in store for Kean this year?

We’ll just do what we do, which is performing and writing new music and material. I also have other plans, but I don’t want to reveal them just yet. As for acting, it’s still early to tell. But it will come.

How do you juggle music and acting?

I’m just really blessed to have a good management firm (Soupstar Entertainment). When they tell me I have a gig or a concert, I go to the venue and perform my heart out. When they tell me I have a taping, I go to the set and do my best.

How would you compare acting and performing on stage?

I consider both as performance. The difference is that concerts are live—anything can happen. There are no cuts, change of lights or retouching like in TV or film.

Do you want to do another indie film?

Why not? If I can give justice to the material, I’ll commit and give my all.

How do you find show biz so far?

Show biz has always been very good to me. And if they need me in a particular project, I’ll do it. But Callalily is my priority.

What are your expectations for the music industry this year?

I’m not Nostradamus, but I feel that 2013 is going to be a really good year for music.

I think the rock scene will be thriving because of all the young bands coming out with fresh sounds and new albums, as well as the old dogs continuing to create new material.

What’s your best and worst experience on the Ginuman tour?

The band and I have a lot of memorable experiences, good and bad. But I prefer not to share the terrible ones! We always try to be positive. We don’t care about what our detractors think … for as long as we create good music.

The best thing is probably seeing and being warmly welcomed by our fans. It’s a great feeling when your music reaches different provinces in the country and different places all over the world.

What about the girls?

Oh, we would love to meet them all! Some of them approach us and tell us how much they love our music, or that we had a good performance—nothing more!

Do you prefer playing in a large or small venue?

I get nervous regardless of venue, but more so in smaller places. In an intimate setting, eyes frequently meet. You get to see everything.

You see whether some people are not listening. But nervousness is my friend—it helps me perform better.

How would you describe your latest album “Flower Power”?

The songs talk about real stories from real people. I like the album’s energy.

What can we expect in terms of sound?

We incorporated a lot of new elements. We added HandSonic percussions and synthesizers. And this is the first album where I played the guitar during recording.

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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2013, 01:55:55 AM »
Yeng Constantino has a new look, sound
By Allan Policarpio
Philippine Daily Inquirer



Yeng Constantino has come a long way—music and style-wise—since bursting onto the scene in 2006. Watching her perform during her recent album launch, it’s quite hard to imagine that this sleek, red-haired performer onstage used to be the dowdy young lass inside the “Pinoy Dream Academy” house.

While her music retained the pop-rock vibe of her past work, Yeng’s new songs “B.A.B.A.Y.,” “’Di Pa Huli,” “Hahanapin Kita,” “Josephine” and “Sandata” sound noticeably funkier with trippy synths and touches of electronica.

New 10-track record

These are just five of the nine songs Yeng composed for her new 10-track record aptly titled “Metamorphosis” (Star Records).

After six years in the industry, Yeng said it’s about time she explored new things. And while admittedly daunted by experimenting with her music, the singer-songwriter acknowledged that there’s no other way for her to move forward than step into the unknown.

“I took it as a challenge and as an adventure. I really wanted to impart something new to the listeners and not do the same things over and over again,” she told the Inquirer. “I’m really excited. I believe that if the artist is excited, the fans will feel the same way.”

Yeng related that her reinvention of sorts was inspired by pop icon Madonna and rocker friend Raimund Marasigan, who also produced her album. “Madonna changes her image with every album she releases. I also admire Kuya Raimund, who isn’t afraid to go out of the box and come up with new sounds,” she said.

She continued: “I don’t want to limit myself. I’ll go where my music takes me.”

The 24-year-old musician is still uncertain on how to describe her new sound. Anyway, it’s more about enjoying the music than defining it, she pointed out.

More than the technical side of making music, Yeng said  the most important piece of advice given to her by Raimund, who she considers her mentor and biggest music influence, “is being true to yourself.”

“I used to think that my compositions were corny, so I was really embarrassed to show them to him,” she related. “But Kuya Raimund would push me and say, ‘Mas corny ’yung nagpapanggap (Being pretentious is more corny).’ As long as you’re sincere with what you do, just go for it.”

Yeng also found out that everything doesn’t have to be perfect when it comes to recording songs. All the vocals in her new album, she said, were recorded in one go so the songs won’t sound “too manufactured.”

“I freaked out because I wasn’t used to it. But Kuya Raimund said he wanted the raw emotions to pierce through. And listening to the album, I think I’ll have to agree!” Yeng said.

Aside from Raimund, another musician who helped a lot in her songwriting was famed composer Vehnee Saturno. Since she wasn’t formally trained in guitar, Yeng admitted that her knowledge of chord progressions was limited, which, in turn, hampered her range in songwriting.

“Sir Vehnee told me to try creating songs without the guitar; just let the melodies fly. It worked for me,” she said.

 

Living the dream

As a child, all Yeng ever wanted was to perform onstage. And now she’s living the dream. “I record albums, I do s hows and I’m able to talk with legends of Filipino music as if they were my friends. It’s an amazing feeling,” she said.

And while her singing career made her financially stable, Yeng stressed that no amount of money can match the feeling of seeing people sing her songs back to her. “I love sharing my music. And it makes me want to cry when I see people relate to my music,” she said.

Asked what other things she wants to pursue in the future, Yeng said: “I want to learn how to dance hip-hop. I also want to try theater someday. But right now, honestly, there’s nothing more I can ask for.”

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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2013, 01:57:51 AM »
Vice Ganda Releases 'Karakaraka!' Single


The first single off Vice Ganda's debut album with the Kapamilya record label Star Records has been released.

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The ABS-CBN record label on Wednesday released online a video showing the lyrics of "KaraKaraka!" offering the first taste of the "It's Showtime" host's dance-themed single.

The song, which features rapper Smugglaz, is characterized by loud techno beats and is notably more electronic-oriented compared to Vice Ganda's earlier records.

In a video also released Wednesday by Star Records, Vice Ganda announced that "KaraKaraka!" is now available to download via the online store mymusicstore.com.ph.

Th EP "KaraKaraka" is the comedian-host's first project under the Kapamilya record label. He released his debut album "Lakas Tama" in June 2011 under Vicor Records.


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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2013, 12:52:43 AM »
The artist behind YouTube hit Buko
 (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 14, 2013


MANILA, Philippines - Jireh Lim (photo) is one artist to watch out for. His accumulated views in YouTube have reached a staggering 10 million and his song Buko (short for Buhay Ko) has reached over eight million views.

He has attracted the attention of netizens around the globe when his self-uploaded music videos had gone viral, creating for him an audience that has transcended the cyber world, into traditional media where Buko is currently in MXY Top 3 spot after entering the countdown last Jan. 28. Radio has also picked up on this phenomenon and the song hit No. 1 in Lucena, Palawan, Cotabato, Cagayan, Pampanga and Metro Manila Radio Station PinasFM and more.

Having no official release of the single, radio stations were forced to download the YouTube track and play it over the airwaves despite its demo quality due to public demand.

A music major from the University of Sto. Tomas, his live gigs are equally impressive. Jireh took on his passion early on in his life. He started playing guitar at 13 when found inspiration from the older students from school, who hung around playing and singing.

He befriended them, learned from them and soon enough, Jireh found his element. Since then, he has played guitar every single day of his life.

Jireh grew up in Dasmariñas, Cavite, and presently shuttles back and forth from the US where his mom resides, and Manila, where the rest of his family lives.

“I started writing songs when I was 16. The first song I have ever written is called Stars Fade and remains my favorite to this day, “he says. “I am not good in expressing my feelings upfront, so I grab a pen and paper instead and there I pour my emotions.”

Just like any other artist, Jireh writes about experiences of other people, too. He finds it fulfilling that he is able to elicit a smile through his music and feels amazing when he is able to make their pain go away.

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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2013, 11:12:42 PM »
Special night for Michael
    Published : Friday, March 15, 2013
    Written by : Remy Umerez


A MONTH from now, April l6 to be exact, 17-year old Michael Pangilinan will have another dream come true. It will also be a memorable night for his manager and concert producer Jobert Sucaldito who will be celebrating his nth birthday at Zirkoh Morato.

It will be a twin bill event. To celebrate the occasion, a special concert headlined by Michael, Duncan Ramos and Carlo Aquino will be held at Zirkoh, a place almost like a home for Michael.

Michael's debut as a recording artist via a CD Lite will also be launched. Maker of hits, Vehnee Saturno has written two very specials songs for Michael entitled Bakit Pa Ikaw and Saksi Ko.

Saturno, who is one of the judges in TV5's Kanta Pilipinas, has so much faith in Michael as someone who will really go places.

He says, “'I have never seen someone so young and so full of determination and yet so cool. When he joined X Factor in 2011 and was warned, ‘Handa ka bang matalo?,’  he took it more of a challenge and auditioned. Malamang kung iba ‘yan eh umatras na."

Michael's failure to become one of the finalists (but was included in the Top 20) made some viewers wonder if the teener from Pulilan, Bulacan was a victim of favoritism.

The saying "when it rains, it pours" applies to Michael whose interpretation of the emotion- filled Dance With My Father remains hard to beat. It is about father and son relationship.

2013 is one full of productivity for Michael whose love for cars (he drives his Mitsubishi which he bought with his own money) has been a passion aside from singing.

He is now a semi-regular of Party Pilipinas as well as co-hosting Walang Tulugan. In between are countless provincial shows making him one of the most traveled entertainers.

With the magic touch of Jobert Sucaldito, Michael is no longer a frozen delight.

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Three OPM acts to watch out for
 (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 15, 2013


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MANILA, Philippines - There are three Original Pilipino Music (OPM) acts that you must watch out for. Young, talented and oozing with mass appeal, they are a glimpse of the future of the Philippine music industry.

We’re talking about rock band Letter Day Story, balladeer-songwriter Myrus and boy band 1:43 (pronounced as “one forty-three”). These three, who are all managed by public relations expert Chris Cahilig, have been making waves across all media platforms.

Letter Day Story, composed of rockers Aldrick “Dex” Yu, John Oliver “Oli” Agustin, Chrisanthony “Not” Vinzons, and Emil Joseph “EJ” Arabit, won the Best Rock/Alternative Recording trophy at the 2012 Awit Awards for its song Save Me. The band won over the other nominees, who are all more established bands and solo artists.

Letter Day Story’s latest digital single, Maiwang Mag-isa, written by Agustin is currently receiving a lot of airplay over radio stations nationwide.

Earlier, Letter Day Story also won at the 2010 Awit Awards for its song Martilyo, which they recorded with Gloc-9, also for Best Rock/Alternative Recording.


The band has recorded 11 singles that all made it to the Pinoy MYX Countdown.  It has released three albums namely Sulat Aral Kuwento, Sama-Sama and Breakaway all from Sony Music. Likewise, the band has endorsed brands including Revicon Forte, Mossimo, Vans and AXN.

Letter Day Story has appeared in such TV shows as Umagang Kay Ganda, Unang Hirit, Music Uplate @ ABS-CBN and has performed in major shows organized by MTV, MYX, and Alliance Francais (Fete dela Musique).

Myrus, who delighted listeners with his remake of the ’70s love song Sayang (originally by Claire dela Fuente), has reinvented himself from being a romantic balladeer into a sought-after singer-songwriter.

Last year, Myrus has released a critically-acclaimed album titled Wanted: Just Alive featuring his original compositions Pusong Lito and Sige Na Nga. An intriguing song about being torn between two beloved, Pusong Lito became a monster hit and was named as the No 5 most popular OPM song in 2012 by the Philippine Music Charts. It was also used as a soundtrack of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Teen Edition on ABS-CBN and its official music video and lyric videos has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube so far.

In a few weeks, the public will hear three of Myrus’ compositions as soundtracks of the most anticipated primetime soaps on ABS-CBN. His original composition for his co-talents 1:43, Sa Isang Sulyap Mo is one of the soundtracks of Coco Martin’s new fantaserye Juan dela Cruz while Pusong Lito and his new hit single Hiling is included in Angeline Quinto’s romantic comedy soap, Kahit Konting Pagtingin.


Myrus is also an effective and dedicated advocate of the local music industry. He earned everyone’s respect as an OPM activist during his stint as the project head of Tunog Natin. In December, Myrus was declared as a UH Morning Star by the GMA 7 morning show, Unang Hirit.

Myrus is acclaimed as “The Sentimental Prince of OPM” because of his romantic flair and smooth vocals. He has won prestigious awards including a Gold Record for his debut album Love Cycle under Sony Music, an ASAP 24K Artist Award, the Top Entertainment Award for Best R&B Artist and nominations in the 2010 Awit Awards and the First Philippine Radio Music Awards.

1:43 (One Forty-Three) is currently the hottest and most popular boy band in the Philippines, and it has steadily and impressively expanded its fan base in just two years.

The 1:43 hit, Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, has topped numerous year-end music charts of 2012 and the song’s music video was hailed as one of the Most Viral Videos of 2012 according to YouTube Philippines. To date, its official music video, reposts and lyric videos have received over 30 million views on YouTube. It is also one of the most downloaded songs in MyMusicStore, Videokeman, iTunes Philippines, and Sun Cellular and ranked No. 2 in the Philippine Music Charts tally for 2012, next to Gloc-9’s Sirena.

The best thing about 1:43 is that the band is living proof that Filipino talents can successfully hold its own against the K-Pop fever. Its mass appeal led to guestings in ASAP, KrisTV and in Sarah G. Live!, to name a few. 1:43 have been declared as one of the UH Morning Stars of the GMA 7 morning show, Unang Hirit.

Composed of Anjo Resurreccion, Goldmon Aquino, Kent Malunda and Yuki Sakamoto, 1:43 has recorded two albums — Time for Love and Sa Isang Sulyap Mo — under MCA Music and were included in OPM compilation albums Tunog Natin: Songs from Home and 40 Most Requested Love Songs. It has been nominated twice in the Awit Awards for Best Christmas Song and Best New Group.

The boys of 1:43 are expected to duplicate their success in 2012 with the chart-topping single Halika Na and a line-up of product endorsements.

With the popularity of foreign musical acts in the Philippines, it’s inspiring to know that there are still original Filipino acts like Letter Day Story, Myrus and 1:43, who are going strong and holding up high the banner for OPM.