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  • 25 Jan 2021
    Art of Bodybending is debuting a new vintage swing jazz sound in her new single Roses on My Piano.The singer-songwriter has titillated us for the past year with her signature style, which involves the concealment of a sad story inside an entertaining, poetic, and astoundingly sexual allegory.“I call it a sexuallegory!” she laughs during the interview. “Roses on My Piano is my last love letter to my one and only love that I have to say goodbye to. That’s the piano. Growing up, my parents were absolutely anti-art and wouldn’t let me sing, dance, or even let me near instruments. But I wanted to do piano so bad, and in first year high school, I saved up all my lunch money instead of eating lunch to save up enough for piano lessons, and then I would sneak out of school to take them at a nearby mall".Poor AoBB got caught though, and her parents took her ATM card and watched her every move to make sure she wouldn’t pull any artistic rebellion again. “I ran away from home eventually at 15”, she recalls, “but all my energy and expenses were spent initially on survival, of course, and I was never able to complete my piano training. Then I started getting modeling and dancing gigs, and here I am now, as Art of Bodybending. It took a few years for me to find the guts to go back to music, my true love, and here we are now, with my music releases, but my dream of playing the piano has long passed me by. There are so many years of dedication, hours of practice, funds for lessons, that I can no longer get back. I’ve already been building my career in my other art forms too, so I can’t just give all that up to go back to this. It really breaks my heart."But always one to choose sharing joy over sadness, AoBB has cleverly wrapped her broken heart in a feel-good, vintage swing jazz song about… “F***ing a pianist!” In her own words, as she laughs so hard that she slides lopsided on her chair.“I’m saying goodbye to an old dream by transposing the love I had for the piano into love for a hot pianist, for everyone’s entertainment. The song has a lot of cheeky one-liners and was written along with choreographies, to help me transition from my old dream to my new reality. I may have always wanted to be a pianist, but now I’m a performer and songwriter that can make a crowd have fun, singing with a bunch of my talented musician friends, and really, that’s not a bad place to end up with at all. Roses on My Piano is a homage to my past that transitions into a celebration of my present, so I can finally move on.”The song itself is a nod to the past and a herald to the future. It sounds like it came from one of your grandma’s old vinyl records, but once you listen closely, it’s obvious from the lyrics that this was written by a woman in the 2020’s who is way ahead of her time.“I loved creating that paradox. The sound is so traditional that you could call it antiquated, but the lyrics are very progressive, inspiring listeners to break from the world that they’re used to. That’s the gift I want to give to my audience, and it’s also a gift to myself, since I love swing music more than anything, and that’s the kind of song I want to make, regardless of modern times or marketability. And the greeting card of that gift which is the lyrics says to everyone, especially women, you can just ask for what you want.”The lyrics of Roses on My Piano are about a woman who tells a guy that she’s into him, and tells him exactly what she wants him to do to her — which involves graphic sexual acts, cleverly presented by puns and figurative language that is truly a treat to listen to.“When I write my songs, I like to use the things we’re most ashamed of. Things like sex, fetishes and dark, dirty deeds. Then I narrate these in the most witty, entertaining and lighthearted way that I possibly can, to shake away people’s fear of bringing up these things. I really want to break the stigma around these topics so people can start to discuss them openly, and express their desires safely without being judged. No matter how much society conditioned us to find these things shameful, the thing is everybody thinks about it, feels it, and has a ton of questions about it. I just think the world would be a better place if we validated what we wanted, and actually asked for what we wanted. If everybody did that, everybody would also listen to someone who asks for what they want. Whether they choose to give someone what they asked for is up to them, but what’s important is that person is heard and aware that they deserve to desire.”Art of Bodybending’s Roses on My Piano comes out on January 15. Have fun enjoying the catchy swing and amusing lyrics, and on a deeper level, appreciate the meticulous weaving of layers this singer-songwriter has achieved in immortalizing her childhood and past music influences, entertaining the crowd, and sharing radical new messages on self-worth all in a 4-minute song. This groundbreaking artist brings a whole new meaning to the term triple threat.Traditional Dances with the Radical in Art of Bodybending’s New Music Video 2020 may have not been a good time to shoot a full-feature music video, but that didn’t stop Art of Bodybending from defying all odds to keep a promise to herself. Bearing its result is the launching of her first ever music video for her new single, Roses on My Piano. Early in 2020, AoBB was on the verge of a pivotal year after releasing her first EP. She was even able to perform a live concert for her fans, singing her compositions while dancing on a pole, mere weeks before the lockdown started and changed everything for musicians.But instead of seeing the times as a setback, AoBB took it as a new pathway to establish her music career.“Doing a music video is the most crucial thing I could do for myself as a musician. It’s really the only medium that would do my artistry justice. I’m also a performance artist, dancer, actress and playwright, and all of these elements are present when I create my music - they’re all just so ingrained in me,  I couldn’t remove them from my music if I tried. It would be unfair to my audience and  myself to settle for audio, so I decided that video would be the perfect fit for me to show everyone the whole picture - literally!”During a lockdown that restricted live music and gatherings, how did this singer-songwriter manage to shoot a mini-movie of a music video in the middle of all the chaos?“I asked." said the multidisciplinary artist.It wasn't as easy as it sounded, however, as Art of Bodybending recalls the initial hesitations of doing so. “I really wasn't sure if people would be willing to take on a project this big since times were so hard and restrictions were so heavy, making people extremely cautious. Logistically, there were so many things unavailable to us, but I mustered the courage to ask everyone I possibly could for DIY equipment, an available venue, and my musician friends to record the song and star in the music video. It took me a whole year of saving up and waiting out times of ECQ and case spikes, but I found that if you had a solid concept and approached like-minded people with sincerity and passion, you'll find a lot of support from those with the desire to create art".The Roses on My Piano MV is set to a 1960's live music TV show, one where AoBB acts as the villain of the story, playing the vocalist who wreaks havoc on the TV set using ad libs that are a tad more raunchy than what was accepted on TV during that time period.“The song is my tribute to the double entendres of 1960's television. Back then, TV time was a family affair, so if there were sexy jokes on a show, they would have to make sure they were double entendres so the adults would get it, but the kids would not. But the character I wrote is angry about the suppression. She longs for change, so she goes about it by causing a disruption on the media - but in all the wrong ways.”She added, “As a result of my antagonist’s actions, my band splits up into two factions – the conservative and the liberal. I created the storyline so that each of my characters would have a polar opposite on the other side.” The conservative guitarist gets furious about my crazy antics, while the liberal bassist makes fun of him. We also have a perverted drummer who is very into my double entendres, along with a religious trumpeter who is begging the Lord to get him out of this situation!”I provoke the band even more until they start a big fight, as part of my evil plan to get the pianist — the star of the show — out of the way, so the spotlight can be mine. But it backfires, because… the pianist is taking the high road. He's the hero who doesn’t retaliate to my provocations. Instead, he shows acceptance, giving me the space to be who I am while standing his ground, so he can be part of the jam between people with completely different viewpoints, but the same love for art and music. “The message I want to share is that we can make the decision to coexist even with those who share opposite beliefs, and influence their community to do the same so there can be peace. The outcome is so much more unique when we collaborate with each other, respecting each other’s differences and fusing them into an artwork that hasn’t been done before.” (PR)Watch Roses on My Piano here:
    51 Posted by Arci Sagaysay
  • Art of Bodybending is debuting a new vintage swing jazz sound in her new single Roses on My Piano.The singer-songwriter has titillated us for the past year with her signature style, which involves the concealment of a sad story inside an entertaining, poetic, and astoundingly sexual allegory.“I call it a sexuallegory!” she laughs during the interview. “Roses on My Piano is my last love letter to my one and only love that I have to say goodbye to. That’s the piano. Growing up, my parents were absolutely anti-art and wouldn’t let me sing, dance, or even let me near instruments. But I wanted to do piano so bad, and in first year high school, I saved up all my lunch money instead of eating lunch to save up enough for piano lessons, and then I would sneak out of school to take them at a nearby mall".Poor AoBB got caught though, and her parents took her ATM card and watched her every move to make sure she wouldn’t pull any artistic rebellion again. “I ran away from home eventually at 15”, she recalls, “but all my energy and expenses were spent initially on survival, of course, and I was never able to complete my piano training. Then I started getting modeling and dancing gigs, and here I am now, as Art of Bodybending. It took a few years for me to find the guts to go back to music, my true love, and here we are now, with my music releases, but my dream of playing the piano has long passed me by. There are so many years of dedication, hours of practice, funds for lessons, that I can no longer get back. I’ve already been building my career in my other art forms too, so I can’t just give all that up to go back to this. It really breaks my heart."But always one to choose sharing joy over sadness, AoBB has cleverly wrapped her broken heart in a feel-good, vintage swing jazz song about… “F***ing a pianist!” In her own words, as she laughs so hard that she slides lopsided on her chair.“I’m saying goodbye to an old dream by transposing the love I had for the piano into love for a hot pianist, for everyone’s entertainment. The song has a lot of cheeky one-liners and was written along with choreographies, to help me transition from my old dream to my new reality. I may have always wanted to be a pianist, but now I’m a performer and songwriter that can make a crowd have fun, singing with a bunch of my talented musician friends, and really, that’s not a bad place to end up with at all. Roses on My Piano is a homage to my past that transitions into a celebration of my present, so I can finally move on.”The song itself is a nod to the past and a herald to the future. It sounds like it came from one of your grandma’s old vinyl records, but once you listen closely, it’s obvious from the lyrics that this was written by a woman in the 2020’s who is way ahead of her time.“I loved creating that paradox. The sound is so traditional that you could call it antiquated, but the lyrics are very progressive, inspiring listeners to break from the world that they’re used to. That’s the gift I want to give to my audience, and it’s also a gift to myself, since I love swing music more than anything, and that’s the kind of song I want to make, regardless of modern times or marketability. And the greeting card of that gift which is the lyrics says to everyone, especially women, you can just ask for what you want.”The lyrics of Roses on My Piano are about a woman who tells a guy that she’s into him, and tells him exactly what she wants him to do to her — which involves graphic sexual acts, cleverly presented by puns and figurative language that is truly a treat to listen to.“When I write my songs, I like to use the things we’re most ashamed of. Things like sex, fetishes and dark, dirty deeds. Then I narrate these in the most witty, entertaining and lighthearted way that I possibly can, to shake away people’s fear of bringing up these things. I really want to break the stigma around these topics so people can start to discuss them openly, and express their desires safely without being judged. No matter how much society conditioned us to find these things shameful, the thing is everybody thinks about it, feels it, and has a ton of questions about it. I just think the world would be a better place if we validated what we wanted, and actually asked for what we wanted. If everybody did that, everybody would also listen to someone who asks for what they want. Whether they choose to give someone what they asked for is up to them, but what’s important is that person is heard and aware that they deserve to desire.”Art of Bodybending’s Roses on My Piano comes out on January 15. Have fun enjoying the catchy swing and amusing lyrics, and on a deeper level, appreciate the meticulous weaving of layers this singer-songwriter has achieved in immortalizing her childhood and past music influences, entertaining the crowd, and sharing radical new messages on self-worth all in a 4-minute song. This groundbreaking artist brings a whole new meaning to the term triple threat.Traditional Dances with the Radical in Art of Bodybending’s New Music Video 2020 may have not been a good time to shoot a full-feature music video, but that didn’t stop Art of Bodybending from defying all odds to keep a promise to herself. Bearing its result is the launching of her first ever music video for her new single, Roses on My Piano. Early in 2020, AoBB was on the verge of a pivotal year after releasing her first EP. She was even able to perform a live concert for her fans, singing her compositions while dancing on a pole, mere weeks before the lockdown started and changed everything for musicians.But instead of seeing the times as a setback, AoBB took it as a new pathway to establish her music career.“Doing a music video is the most crucial thing I could do for myself as a musician. It’s really the only medium that would do my artistry justice. I’m also a performance artist, dancer, actress and playwright, and all of these elements are present when I create my music - they’re all just so ingrained in me,  I couldn’t remove them from my music if I tried. It would be unfair to my audience and  myself to settle for audio, so I decided that video would be the perfect fit for me to show everyone the whole picture - literally!”During a lockdown that restricted live music and gatherings, how did this singer-songwriter manage to shoot a mini-movie of a music video in the middle of all the chaos?“I asked." said the multidisciplinary artist.It wasn't as easy as it sounded, however, as Art of Bodybending recalls the initial hesitations of doing so. “I really wasn't sure if people would be willing to take on a project this big since times were so hard and restrictions were so heavy, making people extremely cautious. Logistically, there were so many things unavailable to us, but I mustered the courage to ask everyone I possibly could for DIY equipment, an available venue, and my musician friends to record the song and star in the music video. It took me a whole year of saving up and waiting out times of ECQ and case spikes, but I found that if you had a solid concept and approached like-minded people with sincerity and passion, you'll find a lot of support from those with the desire to create art".The Roses on My Piano MV is set to a 1960's live music TV show, one where AoBB acts as the villain of the story, playing the vocalist who wreaks havoc on the TV set using ad libs that are a tad more raunchy than what was accepted on TV during that time period.“The song is my tribute to the double entendres of 1960's television. Back then, TV time was a family affair, so if there were sexy jokes on a show, they would have to make sure they were double entendres so the adults would get it, but the kids would not. But the character I wrote is angry about the suppression. She longs for change, so she goes about it by causing a disruption on the media - but in all the wrong ways.”She added, “As a result of my antagonist’s actions, my band splits up into two factions – the conservative and the liberal. I created the storyline so that each of my characters would have a polar opposite on the other side.” The conservative guitarist gets furious about my crazy antics, while the liberal bassist makes fun of him. We also have a perverted drummer who is very into my double entendres, along with a religious trumpeter who is begging the Lord to get him out of this situation!”I provoke the band even more until they start a big fight, as part of my evil plan to get the pianist — the star of the show — out of the way, so the spotlight can be mine. But it backfires, because… the pianist is taking the high road. He's the hero who doesn’t retaliate to my provocations. Instead, he shows acceptance, giving me the space to be who I am while standing his ground, so he can be part of the jam between people with completely different viewpoints, but the same love for art and music. “The message I want to share is that we can make the decision to coexist even with those who share opposite beliefs, and influence their community to do the same so there can be peace. The outcome is so much more unique when we collaborate with each other, respecting each other’s differences and fusing them into an artwork that hasn’t been done before.” (PR)Watch Roses on My Piano here:
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  • 22 Jan 2021
    In a span of five years, Paper Satellites have been churning out tropical-infused indie rocksongs that certainly had its rickety charms, most prominent of the bunch is “Golden Age”—a brash, unapologetic anthem that calls back to the days when Arctic Monkeys’ Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and Twin Door Cinema Club’s Tourist History were the jam.     Fast forward to 2021, the promising quartet from East Manila continues to ride the familiar train with a dancier, more groove-oriented approach. “Towns,” their latest single under Lilystars Records, balances pop’s pleasure principle with their penchant for guitar-driven hooks, synth-noodling pipes, and big, ecstatic choruses. “Sound-wise, we took inspiration from various guitar-based artists such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Two Door Cinema Club, and a bunch of other bands with ‘Club’ in their names,” says vocalist and guitarist Jyle Macalintal. “It was also inspired by the music one hears from small town festivals.”   According to the band, “Towns” started as a demo helmed by Jyle, whose love for tropical house beats and electronic pop music clearly operates within the track’s sonic spectrum. Jyle adds, “from a production standpoint, it also has a lot of percussive and synth elements that pushes the song’s festive vibe forward. We were trying to achieve that for a more contemporary-sounding appeal.”   Lyrically, the song deals with childhood nostalgia and outgrowing certain relationships in the past despite the fond memories that it left behind. Quoting the band’s statement, “Town” was penned at a time when Jyle was still living in Angono, Rizal. “It’s about witnessing childhood friends move out of town for work, and move on with their respective lives. It’s a sad reality that some of us had to endure, but it’s part of growing up. We just have to accept it for what it is: a piece of nostalgia, a living memory, an inspiring chapter that’s fun to reminisce from time to time.”   “Towns,” is the first material that Paper Satellites wrote, recorded, and produced during the pandemic. With the guidance of their new record label, Lilystars Records, the indie quartet is currently on the preliminary phase of their first full-length album, which they described as “intimate musings from the lens of a young adult trying to navigate a world that’s completely untapped and unfamiliar.”Jyle shares, “Expect a lot of songs and content coming out from us. Despite the pandemic, we are coming back strong and we’re pretty excited to share new material that we hope our listeners would like.”       Paper Satellites’ “Towns” is out now on various streaming platforms worldwide via Lilystars Records. (PR) 
    76 Posted by Arci Sagaysay
  • In a span of five years, Paper Satellites have been churning out tropical-infused indie rocksongs that certainly had its rickety charms, most prominent of the bunch is “Golden Age”—a brash, unapologetic anthem that calls back to the days when Arctic Monkeys’ Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and Twin Door Cinema Club’s Tourist History were the jam.     Fast forward to 2021, the promising quartet from East Manila continues to ride the familiar train with a dancier, more groove-oriented approach. “Towns,” their latest single under Lilystars Records, balances pop’s pleasure principle with their penchant for guitar-driven hooks, synth-noodling pipes, and big, ecstatic choruses. “Sound-wise, we took inspiration from various guitar-based artists such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Two Door Cinema Club, and a bunch of other bands with ‘Club’ in their names,” says vocalist and guitarist Jyle Macalintal. “It was also inspired by the music one hears from small town festivals.”   According to the band, “Towns” started as a demo helmed by Jyle, whose love for tropical house beats and electronic pop music clearly operates within the track’s sonic spectrum. Jyle adds, “from a production standpoint, it also has a lot of percussive and synth elements that pushes the song’s festive vibe forward. We were trying to achieve that for a more contemporary-sounding appeal.”   Lyrically, the song deals with childhood nostalgia and outgrowing certain relationships in the past despite the fond memories that it left behind. Quoting the band’s statement, “Town” was penned at a time when Jyle was still living in Angono, Rizal. “It’s about witnessing childhood friends move out of town for work, and move on with their respective lives. It’s a sad reality that some of us had to endure, but it’s part of growing up. We just have to accept it for what it is: a piece of nostalgia, a living memory, an inspiring chapter that’s fun to reminisce from time to time.”   “Towns,” is the first material that Paper Satellites wrote, recorded, and produced during the pandemic. With the guidance of their new record label, Lilystars Records, the indie quartet is currently on the preliminary phase of their first full-length album, which they described as “intimate musings from the lens of a young adult trying to navigate a world that’s completely untapped and unfamiliar.”Jyle shares, “Expect a lot of songs and content coming out from us. Despite the pandemic, we are coming back strong and we’re pretty excited to share new material that we hope our listeners would like.”       Paper Satellites’ “Towns” is out now on various streaming platforms worldwide via Lilystars Records. (PR) 
    Jan 22, 2021 76
  • 19 Jan 2021
    Rakista Radio's very own "Request A Song" is now back online. Due to some technical problems with our internet connection - Converge, the service for our "Request a Song" was not available and working for these past few weeks, and we apologize for the inconvenience.Today, you can now again request your favorite songs via website and via app. Just search for a song (can be local or foreign) and click request.Artists & fans can now also request their own songs. Also, every week we will release our Top 10 most requested songs and it will be posted on our official social media pages (Rakista Radio and Rakista).
    450 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Rakista Radio's very own "Request A Song" is now back online. Due to some technical problems with our internet connection - Converge, the service for our "Request a Song" was not available and working for these past few weeks, and we apologize for the inconvenience.Today, you can now again request your favorite songs via website and via app. Just search for a song (can be local or foreign) and click request.Artists & fans can now also request their own songs. Also, every week we will release our Top 10 most requested songs and it will be posted on our official social media pages (Rakista Radio and Rakista).
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  • 15 Jan 2021
    Pale Waves kick off 2021 with their new single ‘Easy’, premiered last night, January 14, 2021, as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, and the third track to be taken from the band's forthcoming second album "Who Am I?" set for release on February 12 via Dirty Hit.Pale Waves’ frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie describes ‘Easy’ as “a song about how love can change your whole entire perspective on life itself. It’s saying ‘being in love with you is so easy, you finally make sense in my life because nothing did before". The video, directed by James Slater, is a gothic romantic brought to life. A Tim Burton-inspired wedding built around one of the main lines of the chorus, “you keep the lights on for me”. Baron-Gracie says “I wore a wedding dress throughout and we shot the video in an old abandoned church. I’m really inspired by the gothic medieval aesthetic and at the time I was thinking of the video I was watching a lot of Tim Burton films whose creativity really inspires me.”‘Easy’ follows on from the band’s comeback single ‘Change’ which garnered huge support from Radio with it currently sitting on the Radio 1 B List, DSP’s and the likes of The Guardian who commented “Pale Waves are back with a banger!”. Following ‘Change’ was the release of ‘She’s My Religion’ - another deeply personal single for Heather, who wanted to represent a same sex relationship between two women in its true form without hiding behind the cliches of over sexualization or playful experimentation. The video was directed by award-winning filmmaker and photographer Jess Kohl and filmed in the UK countryside with Heather’s real-life partner Kelsi Luck. Who Am I? was recorded primarily in Los Angeles alongside producer Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Sigur Rós),  before the Coronavirus lockdown in 2020 forced the making of the album to go virtual, with Heather and drummer Ciara Doran remaining in LA and the rest of the band returning home to record their parts in their bedrooms. The album acts as the Pale Waves manifesto - inspiring inclusivity, self-discovery, and the notion of being whoever the hell you want to be. On the making of the album, Heather says “for me, music and art is for people not to feel so alone and isolated. I want to be that person my fans look up to and find comfort in.”Formed of frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie (she/her); drummer Ciara Doran (they/them); guitarist Hugo Silvani (he/him) and bassist Charlie Wood (he/him), Pale Waves released their debut album My Mind Makes Noises in September 2018, by which time they had already won the NME Under The Radar award, made the BBC Sound Of 2018 shortlist and toured with fellow Dirty Hit label mates The 1975. When the album charted at 8 on the UK album chart, Pale Waves were seen as more than a breakthrough act and one of the most important emerging indie-pop bands in Britain.
    233 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Pale Waves kick off 2021 with their new single ‘Easy’, premiered last night, January 14, 2021, as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, and the third track to be taken from the band's forthcoming second album "Who Am I?" set for release on February 12 via Dirty Hit.Pale Waves’ frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie describes ‘Easy’ as “a song about how love can change your whole entire perspective on life itself. It’s saying ‘being in love with you is so easy, you finally make sense in my life because nothing did before". The video, directed by James Slater, is a gothic romantic brought to life. A Tim Burton-inspired wedding built around one of the main lines of the chorus, “you keep the lights on for me”. Baron-Gracie says “I wore a wedding dress throughout and we shot the video in an old abandoned church. I’m really inspired by the gothic medieval aesthetic and at the time I was thinking of the video I was watching a lot of Tim Burton films whose creativity really inspires me.”‘Easy’ follows on from the band’s comeback single ‘Change’ which garnered huge support from Radio with it currently sitting on the Radio 1 B List, DSP’s and the likes of The Guardian who commented “Pale Waves are back with a banger!”. Following ‘Change’ was the release of ‘She’s My Religion’ - another deeply personal single for Heather, who wanted to represent a same sex relationship between two women in its true form without hiding behind the cliches of over sexualization or playful experimentation. The video was directed by award-winning filmmaker and photographer Jess Kohl and filmed in the UK countryside with Heather’s real-life partner Kelsi Luck. Who Am I? was recorded primarily in Los Angeles alongside producer Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Sigur Rós),  before the Coronavirus lockdown in 2020 forced the making of the album to go virtual, with Heather and drummer Ciara Doran remaining in LA and the rest of the band returning home to record their parts in their bedrooms. The album acts as the Pale Waves manifesto - inspiring inclusivity, self-discovery, and the notion of being whoever the hell you want to be. On the making of the album, Heather says “for me, music and art is for people not to feel so alone and isolated. I want to be that person my fans look up to and find comfort in.”Formed of frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie (she/her); drummer Ciara Doran (they/them); guitarist Hugo Silvani (he/him) and bassist Charlie Wood (he/him), Pale Waves released their debut album My Mind Makes Noises in September 2018, by which time they had already won the NME Under The Radar award, made the BBC Sound Of 2018 shortlist and toured with fellow Dirty Hit label mates The 1975. When the album charted at 8 on the UK album chart, Pale Waves were seen as more than a breakthrough act and one of the most important emerging indie-pop bands in Britain.
    Jan 15, 2021 233
  • 15 Jan 2021
    (Naha, Japan — January 15, 2021) Following the recent declaration of State of Emergency for the central area in Tokyo, Japan, the Music Lane Festival Okinawa 2021 (Music Lane Okinawa) and Trans Asia Music Meeting 2021 has been rescheduled to February 20 and 21, 2021.   According to a statement released by organizers, the decision to postpone the festival follows the recent rising cases of the COVID-19 in different parts of Japan. “Although Okinawa is not included in the State of Emergency, there are many artists and audiences participating from Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures. In addition, the spread of infection in Okinawa Prefecture is becoming more prominent again… We felt that pushing the festival to be held in these circumstances could cause inconvenience and trouble to the participating artists, audiences, and all the staff members.”     The announcement was made formally last week to the Japanese audience. Originally slated for January 16-17, the Music Lane Okinawa was set to be the debut edition of the multinational music showcase festival that will feature a hybrid format, combining live performances from Japanese artists and pre-recorded live sets from participating international artists from other parts of Asia, including KRNA, She’s Only Sixteen, and syd hartha from the Philippines who will be joining legendary Japanese acts Shonen Knife and Sunny Day Service from Japan.   “We should not lose the opportunities for the artists in Okinawa/Japan and Asian countries to be introduced internationally, and we strongly believe that we must continue the music and the entertainment,” the statement continues.   The festival organizers assure that the festival will proceed as planned in the new schedule dates. In addition to the previously announced participating artists, the full lineup now consists of 75 music acts from Asia, (40 domestic and 35 international). The new additions to the lineup include Japanese acts, Hashiken, Tonchi Pickles, Chiemi Jones, Saki Kowan (Shocking Momoiro), 8bit, Milk&Cookie, onoway, Ruki Sato, THE QUESTIONS, VERONICA VERONICO,  Kokoro to Kotoba, Hitomi Shimabukuro, the you, and omni sight.   The live performances will take place at Sakurazaka Theater, Sakurazaka Central, and more venues in Naha City, as well as, Music Town Oto-Ichiba, 7th Heaven Koza, Remy’s, and other venues in Okinawa City. The pre-recorded sets are free for everyone to watch, while on-site ticketed events can be enjoyed by Japan-based music fans when they purchase advance tickets at the Music Lane Okinawa website.
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  • (Naha, Japan — January 15, 2021) Following the recent declaration of State of Emergency for the central area in Tokyo, Japan, the Music Lane Festival Okinawa 2021 (Music Lane Okinawa) and Trans Asia Music Meeting 2021 has been rescheduled to February 20 and 21, 2021.   According to a statement released by organizers, the decision to postpone the festival follows the recent rising cases of the COVID-19 in different parts of Japan. “Although Okinawa is not included in the State of Emergency, there are many artists and audiences participating from Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures. In addition, the spread of infection in Okinawa Prefecture is becoming more prominent again… We felt that pushing the festival to be held in these circumstances could cause inconvenience and trouble to the participating artists, audiences, and all the staff members.”     The announcement was made formally last week to the Japanese audience. Originally slated for January 16-17, the Music Lane Okinawa was set to be the debut edition of the multinational music showcase festival that will feature a hybrid format, combining live performances from Japanese artists and pre-recorded live sets from participating international artists from other parts of Asia, including KRNA, She’s Only Sixteen, and syd hartha from the Philippines who will be joining legendary Japanese acts Shonen Knife and Sunny Day Service from Japan.   “We should not lose the opportunities for the artists in Okinawa/Japan and Asian countries to be introduced internationally, and we strongly believe that we must continue the music and the entertainment,” the statement continues.   The festival organizers assure that the festival will proceed as planned in the new schedule dates. In addition to the previously announced participating artists, the full lineup now consists of 75 music acts from Asia, (40 domestic and 35 international). The new additions to the lineup include Japanese acts, Hashiken, Tonchi Pickles, Chiemi Jones, Saki Kowan (Shocking Momoiro), 8bit, Milk&Cookie, onoway, Ruki Sato, THE QUESTIONS, VERONICA VERONICO,  Kokoro to Kotoba, Hitomi Shimabukuro, the you, and omni sight.   The live performances will take place at Sakurazaka Theater, Sakurazaka Central, and more venues in Naha City, as well as, Music Town Oto-Ichiba, 7th Heaven Koza, Remy’s, and other venues in Okinawa City. The pre-recorded sets are free for everyone to watch, while on-site ticketed events can be enjoyed by Japan-based music fans when they purchase advance tickets at the Music Lane Okinawa website.
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    ZAYN’s third studio release Nobody is Listeningmakes history once again as it debuts at No. 1 on iTunes Philippines Top 100 albums chart a few hours after its release.Co-written by ZAYN, the project highlights his R&B influences and showcases deeply personal lyrics. Nobody is Listening sees ZAYN in complete creative control, from designing the album cover art to his sound, he has created a moment in music that is all his own.The album contains the previously released singles “Vibez” and “Better,” both of which were embraced by fans and critics alike, with Wonderland proclaiming ZAYN was here to “save 2021” with the release of “Vibez” and Billboard calling “Better” a “straightforward R&B track, expressing love in spite of disagreement and designed to showcase one of the most skilled voices in modern pop.”  The latter single has accrued over 105 million streams across all platforms, and upon release the video received a half a million views in the first 10 minutes.ZAYN’s critically acclaimed debut album Mind of Mine saw him become the first male solo artist in the world to simultaneously chart at #1 on the UK and US album charts in the first week of release. The album's lead single “Pillowtalk” hit #1 in 68 countries around the world and was recently included in Billboard’s “Songs That Defined the Decade” list.His follow up, Icarus Falls, captivated fans and garnered over 5 billion worldwide streams across all platforms in less than a year, a staggering feat for any artist. Alongside his solo success, ZAYN has also collaborated with a variety of artists, including Taylor Swift and SIA and most recently lent his vocals on “Trampoline” with Shaed, which received an iHeart Music Award for “Best Remix.” Alongside building a reputation as a world class music artist, ZAYN has become one of music’s biggest fashion icons. He has graced the cover of every major magazine from Highsnobiety to Vogue. In addition to being named “Most Stylish Man” at the GQ Man of the Year awards, he also was awarded “New Artist of the Year” at the American Music Awards and “Top New Artist” at the Billboard Music Awards. Nobody is Listening was released via RCA Records.Listen to Nobody is Listening:https://smarturl.it/NILTrack Listing for Nobody is Listening: Follow ZAYN:Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTubeZAYN’s Nobody is Listeningis out now on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music. (PR)
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  • ZAYN’s third studio release Nobody is Listeningmakes history once again as it debuts at No. 1 on iTunes Philippines Top 100 albums chart a few hours after its release.Co-written by ZAYN, the project highlights his R&B influences and showcases deeply personal lyrics. Nobody is Listening sees ZAYN in complete creative control, from designing the album cover art to his sound, he has created a moment in music that is all his own.The album contains the previously released singles “Vibez” and “Better,” both of which were embraced by fans and critics alike, with Wonderland proclaiming ZAYN was here to “save 2021” with the release of “Vibez” and Billboard calling “Better” a “straightforward R&B track, expressing love in spite of disagreement and designed to showcase one of the most skilled voices in modern pop.”  The latter single has accrued over 105 million streams across all platforms, and upon release the video received a half a million views in the first 10 minutes.ZAYN’s critically acclaimed debut album Mind of Mine saw him become the first male solo artist in the world to simultaneously chart at #1 on the UK and US album charts in the first week of release. The album's lead single “Pillowtalk” hit #1 in 68 countries around the world and was recently included in Billboard’s “Songs That Defined the Decade” list.His follow up, Icarus Falls, captivated fans and garnered over 5 billion worldwide streams across all platforms in less than a year, a staggering feat for any artist. Alongside his solo success, ZAYN has also collaborated with a variety of artists, including Taylor Swift and SIA and most recently lent his vocals on “Trampoline” with Shaed, which received an iHeart Music Award for “Best Remix.” Alongside building a reputation as a world class music artist, ZAYN has become one of music’s biggest fashion icons. He has graced the cover of every major magazine from Highsnobiety to Vogue. In addition to being named “Most Stylish Man” at the GQ Man of the Year awards, he also was awarded “New Artist of the Year” at the American Music Awards and “Top New Artist” at the Billboard Music Awards. Nobody is Listening was released via RCA Records.Listen to Nobody is Listening:https://smarturl.it/NILTrack Listing for Nobody is Listening: Follow ZAYN:Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTubeZAYN’s Nobody is Listeningis out now on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music. (PR)
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