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  • 16 Mar 2018
        The Chongkeys Signs Under Warner Music Philippines   The Chongkeys is now up for a new game. Yesterday, March 15, 2018, the band officially became a part of Warner Music Philippines’ growing family. Ian Monsod and Joey Valverde, the people behind Warner Music Philippines, officially welcomes Johan Lugtu and Benjie Estanislao as they formally signed their contract. The Chongkeys is composed of Benjie Estanislao, Johan Lugtu, Dennis Baylon, Mark Marquez, along with their percussionists Emil, Andrei, and JR. They are known for their hits like Gabi ng Lagim, Diksyonaryo, and Tignan Mo. Don’t forget to stream their music via Spotify.            By Iel Dazo  
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  • 13 Mar 2018
      Rising OPM band Better Days, composed of Daniel Paringit (Vocalist and Lead Guitar), Rosner Mabuti (Pianist), and Gelo Cabigon (Bassist), launched their music video for their hit debut single ‘Sige Lang’ on March 7, 2018 (Wednesday). The single was recently featured as Barangay LS FM 97.1 ’s most wanted song of the week. This, together with their other single ‘Nararamdaman’ are already highlighted on multiple Spotify Playlists, including ‘I Love You Sabado,’ ‘Pinoy Love Ballads,’ ‘New Music Friday Philippines,’ ‘Relax Tayo,’ and ‘Philippines Viral 50’ with both songs having over 200,000 plays in only a month. Among their growing number of gigs, they have already been included in various major events such as Rakrakan Festival 2018: Pinoy Muna! and UP Fair 2018: Elements. The premiere of Better Days’ ‘Sige Lang’ Music Video happened on March 7, 2018 (Wednesday) at 70s Bistro, Anonas, Quezon City, which also showcased live performances from Better Days, Hilera, Banda ni Kleggy, Where’s Ramona, and Stellar. The video was likewise launched on the Number 1 Music Channel MYX last weekend and is currently drawing raves. Better Days’ two singles, ‘Sige Lang’ and ‘Nararamdaman’ are now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Spinner, and Amazon. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @betterdaystour and on Facebook at facebook.com/betterdaystour
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  • 05 Apr 2018
    On this day in 1994, rock icon Kurt Cobain committed suicide inside his home in Seattle, Washington in 1994. On March 4 of that year, Cobain was taken to hospital in a coma. It was officially stated as an accident but many believe it to have been an unsuccessful suicide attempt or heroin overdose. He reluctantly checked into a rehabilitation clinic in Los Angeles at the end of March, but was said to have fled after only a few days.On April 8, Cobain's body was found in his home. In his arms was a shotgun, which had been fired into his head. Near him laid a suicide note written in red ink. It was addressed to his wife Courtney Love and his daughter Frances Bean Cobain. On his suicide note, he quoted Neil Young’s lyric that it was “better to burn out than to fade away.”
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  • 05 Jan 2018
      Sponge Cola is back with an interesting pair of songs to close out 2017 and at the same time open 2018. Fresh off their latest hit “Bahaghari," the band is set to release “Tempura" and “Kunwari."   Universal Records proudly launches "Kunwari" alongside "Tempura".   Bassist Gosh Dilay penned the bittersweet “Kunwari," that despite being a lighthearted song, deals with something everyone is all too familiar with: unrequited love. Framed by Dilay's trademark Filipino, “Kunwari” emphasizes the push and pull between being eager risk takers, and safe calculated people when it comes to love.   Both “Tempura" and “Kunwari” are available on all digital platforms!
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This Day In Music


1966, The first session of what would become The Beatles album Revolver started in the evening at Abbey Road studios London, with the recording of the basic track of a new John Lennon song 'Tomorrow Never Knows.'

1967, The first master tape of The Beatles new album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was made. The song order on side one is different from the final product at this point, the last five songs on that side being initially ordered as follows: ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’, ‘Fixing a Hole’, ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Getting Better’, and ‘She's Leaving Home’. The Beatles had specified that there were to be no gaps between songs - a unique idea at the time.
 
1968, Cliff Richard sang 'Congratulations' the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest held at the Royal Albert Hall London, winning second place behind the entry from Spain.
 
1968, Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.
 
1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack of Mike Nichols' movie The Graduate. The film boosted the profile of the folk-rock duo and on the strength of the hit single 'Mrs. Robinson', the soundtrack album rose to the top of the charts.
 
1971, The Rolling Stones launched their own record label, 'Rolling Stones Records', with Atlantic Records, (after their recording contract with Decca Records expired). The first album to be released was Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka in 1971, and is widely credited with being the first world music LP.
 
1973, David Bowie released 'Drive-In Saturday' which became a Top 3 UK hit. The lyrics name-checked Mick Jagger ("When people stared in Jagger's eyes and scored"), the model Twiggy ("She'd sigh like Twig the wonder kid"), and Carl Jung ("Jung the foreman prayed at work").
 
1974, The California Jam 1 festival took place in Ontario, California, featuring The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Earth, Wind & Fire, ELP, Black Oak Arkansas and Seals & Croft. Over 200,000 fans attended.
 
1979, Rod Stewart married actor George Hamilton's ex-wife Alana Hamilton in Beverly Hills, California. The couple had a daughter, Kimberly, and a son, Sean. Alana and Rod Stewart divorced in 1984
 
1985, UK singer, songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan won a lawsuit against his manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties and was awarded $2 million.
 
1987, Roger Waters' lawyers issued a statement that Roger believed himself to be the creative driving force behind Pink Floyd and therefore he would contest the use of the name by anyone else and any former members of Pink Floyd.
 
1998, Wendy O. Williams former singer of The Plasmatics died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Williams was known for her wild stage theatrics which included blowing up equipment, near nudity and chain-sawing guitars. In January 1981 police in Milwaukee arrested her for simulating sex on stage, later that same year in Cleveland, Ohio Williams was acquitted of an obscenity charge for simulating sex on stage wearing only shaving cream.
 
1998, American country singer Tammy Wynette died aged 55. She scored 12 hit singles including 'Stand By Your Man', and sold over 30 million records world-wide, married five times and once filed for bankruptcy. Known as the first lady of country music. Wynette had the 1991 hit with The KLF 'Justified and Ancient' which became a No. 1 hit in eighteen countries.
 
1999, An all star tribute to singer, songwriter Johnny Cash took place in New York City with Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak and U2 all performing for the TV special.
 
2000, An all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City featuring performances by Elton John, Bryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Richard Thompson, k.d. Lang, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
 
2000, Eighties pop star Steve Strange lead singer of Visage - was arrested after stealing a £10.99 Teletubbies doll in Bridgend, south Wales. He was given a suspended jail sentence after being caught on a shoplifting spree stealing cosmetics and clothes from High Street stores. Strange was already on bail for stealing a £15 ladies' jacket from Marks and Spencer in Cardiff when he was arrested.
 
2004, Guitarist and singer Niki Sullivan, died suddenly of a heart attack, at his home in Independence, Missouri aged 66. Sullivan was one of the three original members of Buddy Holly's backing group, The Crickets. He co-wrote a number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs Buddy recorded over his brief career.
 
2006, Eminem filed for divorce from his wife Kim less than three months after the couple re-married. Eminem first married his high school sweetheart Kimberly Scott in 1999. He fantasised about her death in his 2000 hit 'Kim' and their first marriage ended the following year. The couple remarried on 14 January 2006. Eminem was seeking joint custody of their 10-year-old daughter Hailie Jade Scott.
 
2009, PRS for Music announced that the money made by UK artists overseas increased by £20m ($29.45) in 2008, with British talent earning almost £140m ($206.23) in 2008. It said international tours by UK acts including The Police, Coldplay, Elton John and Iron Maiden had boosted income. Four of the top 10 bestselling albums globally were by British artists, Coldplay's Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends was the bestselling album, with 6.8 million copies sold, while Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy was fourth with her debut album Rockferry, Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse were sixth and seventh respectively.
 
2016, American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler, Merle Haggard died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, California. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound. Haggard scored over 10 US Country No.1 albums during his career.