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  • 18 May 2020
    Monday, 18 May 2020 — Rico Blanco has finally dropped the official music video for his new solo single in four years.   With various footages taken here and abroad, the visuals for “This Too Shall Pass” take a closer look at how the pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill.     Given the unprecedented uncertainty and challenges that COVID-19 poses, the video doubles as a tribute to the unsung heroes and frontliners leading the fight against an invisible enemy, showing us the true meaning of bayanihan in times of crisis.   Intercut with scenes of the “new normal” from around the globe, it also depicts the alt-rock icon performing the song at the confines of his home: devoid of flashy production designs and envelope-pushing concepts, but framed with an underlying message of resilience and hope.   Positive Reception Two weeks earlier, “This Too Shall Pass” was released on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide under Sony Music.   The massive anthem has received critical acclaim from various publications in the country. MYX Philippines praised his work for giving listeners “a sense of reassurance, something we all need given the current situation.” Bandwagon Asia called the song an “ode to the light of the human spirit in dark times,” while GMA News described it as “a perfect source of inspiration.”     An Initiative for COVID-19 Response and Relief To help fund the collective COVID-19 response in the Philippines, Rico Blanco is waiving his artist royalties for the music video of “This Too Shall Pass,” and Sony Music Philippines will be donating 100% of the net global proceeds to www.puhon.ph for the first 6 months of release.   Puhon means “hopefully” in Visayan. The site contains inspiring stories and messages of encouragement to people at the frontline of fighting the pandemic.   Using the tagline #MakeHopeViral, to date, the site has raised P4.6M for personal protective equipment (PPEs) & nutrition support for frontline healthcare workers, COVID-19 testing kits, and relief goods for daily wage workers. Other SME Philippines artists with messages of support & encouragement on the site are SB19, Zelijah, Dionela, Nathan & Mercury, Alex Bruce, Ace Banzuelo & syd hartha.     The music video of Rico Blanco’s “This Too Shall Pass” is now available on YouTube and all other video platforms worldwide.    
    1286 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Monday, 18 May 2020 — Rico Blanco has finally dropped the official music video for his new solo single in four years.   With various footages taken here and abroad, the visuals for “This Too Shall Pass” take a closer look at how the pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill.     Given the unprecedented uncertainty and challenges that COVID-19 poses, the video doubles as a tribute to the unsung heroes and frontliners leading the fight against an invisible enemy, showing us the true meaning of bayanihan in times of crisis.   Intercut with scenes of the “new normal” from around the globe, it also depicts the alt-rock icon performing the song at the confines of his home: devoid of flashy production designs and envelope-pushing concepts, but framed with an underlying message of resilience and hope.   Positive Reception Two weeks earlier, “This Too Shall Pass” was released on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide under Sony Music.   The massive anthem has received critical acclaim from various publications in the country. MYX Philippines praised his work for giving listeners “a sense of reassurance, something we all need given the current situation.” Bandwagon Asia called the song an “ode to the light of the human spirit in dark times,” while GMA News described it as “a perfect source of inspiration.”     An Initiative for COVID-19 Response and Relief To help fund the collective COVID-19 response in the Philippines, Rico Blanco is waiving his artist royalties for the music video of “This Too Shall Pass,” and Sony Music Philippines will be donating 100% of the net global proceeds to www.puhon.ph for the first 6 months of release.   Puhon means “hopefully” in Visayan. The site contains inspiring stories and messages of encouragement to people at the frontline of fighting the pandemic.   Using the tagline #MakeHopeViral, to date, the site has raised P4.6M for personal protective equipment (PPEs) & nutrition support for frontline healthcare workers, COVID-19 testing kits, and relief goods for daily wage workers. Other SME Philippines artists with messages of support & encouragement on the site are SB19, Zelijah, Dionela, Nathan & Mercury, Alex Bruce, Ace Banzuelo & syd hartha.     The music video of Rico Blanco’s “This Too Shall Pass” is now available on YouTube and all other video platforms worldwide.    
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  • 18 May 2020
    Thursday, May 14 2020 — After the massive hype surrounding 2gether: The Series, its official soundtrack featuring the music of Thai crossover sensation Scrubb, continues to dominate streaming platforms such as Spotify with an average of four to six entries a day on the Philippines Viral Top 50.Their back catalog, which features previous hits, “ขอ (Wish),” “ทุกอย่าง (Everything),” “รอยยิ้ม (Smile),” and “ใกล้ (Close),” has consistently charted on the local digital and streaming services for more than a month. Its success in the Philippines and the Asian region is propelled by the publicity it received from the smash series, which currently airs on Thailand’s GMM 25 and Line TV, as well as the YouTube account of GMMTV.“The author is one of our fans who started writing this story as an online fiction inspired by our songs,” recalls Scrubb’s Torpong “Ball” Chantabubpha on how their infectious set of melodic guitar pop tunes made its way to the Original Soundtrack (OST) of the Boys Love (BL) hit. “Then it got published as a book. Finally, the series came out, which encouraged more people to listen to our songs. We have to thank Jitti, the author, for putting our songs in the original story and making all of these things happen.”Scrubb’s songs have somehow aided in championing a narrative that supports the unique romantic experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. Their involvement in the official soundtrack of a pop culture behemoth encourages visibility and representation in mainstream media, which has long shunned stories that go against societal norms. “As an artist, we have no specific audience,” shares Muey Thawatpon Wongbunsiri, the other half of Scrubb. “Our songs are our diaries. It’s a way for us to keep the good memories from that period of time. I think the listeners can also relate to the song as they face similar situation or atmosphere. We are happy when anyone can enjoy and get inspired by our song no matter who they are.”Aside from their contribution to the 2gether soundtrack, the Smile duo has recently released their new single “ธรรมดา (Everyday)” earlier this year with a music video directed by prolific filmmaker Domu.To date, the folk-pop duo has been receiving offers to play a number of shows abroad from international promoters. Ball adds, “Our plans to tour outside Thailand are forced to stop because of COVID-19 outbreak. At the moment we are writing, rehearsing, and preparing to be back on stage once again once this pandemic is finally over. We also hope that we’ll get a chance to be there and play for our fans in the Philippines soon.”   The songs from the official soundtrack of 2gether: The Series, which prominently feature the music of Scrubb, are now available on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music.
    330 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Thursday, May 14 2020 — After the massive hype surrounding 2gether: The Series, its official soundtrack featuring the music of Thai crossover sensation Scrubb, continues to dominate streaming platforms such as Spotify with an average of four to six entries a day on the Philippines Viral Top 50.Their back catalog, which features previous hits, “ขอ (Wish),” “ทุกอย่าง (Everything),” “รอยยิ้ม (Smile),” and “ใกล้ (Close),” has consistently charted on the local digital and streaming services for more than a month. Its success in the Philippines and the Asian region is propelled by the publicity it received from the smash series, which currently airs on Thailand’s GMM 25 and Line TV, as well as the YouTube account of GMMTV.“The author is one of our fans who started writing this story as an online fiction inspired by our songs,” recalls Scrubb’s Torpong “Ball” Chantabubpha on how their infectious set of melodic guitar pop tunes made its way to the Original Soundtrack (OST) of the Boys Love (BL) hit. “Then it got published as a book. Finally, the series came out, which encouraged more people to listen to our songs. We have to thank Jitti, the author, for putting our songs in the original story and making all of these things happen.”Scrubb’s songs have somehow aided in championing a narrative that supports the unique romantic experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. Their involvement in the official soundtrack of a pop culture behemoth encourages visibility and representation in mainstream media, which has long shunned stories that go against societal norms. “As an artist, we have no specific audience,” shares Muey Thawatpon Wongbunsiri, the other half of Scrubb. “Our songs are our diaries. It’s a way for us to keep the good memories from that period of time. I think the listeners can also relate to the song as they face similar situation or atmosphere. We are happy when anyone can enjoy and get inspired by our song no matter who they are.”Aside from their contribution to the 2gether soundtrack, the Smile duo has recently released their new single “ธรรมดา (Everyday)” earlier this year with a music video directed by prolific filmmaker Domu.To date, the folk-pop duo has been receiving offers to play a number of shows abroad from international promoters. Ball adds, “Our plans to tour outside Thailand are forced to stop because of COVID-19 outbreak. At the moment we are writing, rehearsing, and preparing to be back on stage once again once this pandemic is finally over. We also hope that we’ll get a chance to be there and play for our fans in the Philippines soon.”   The songs from the official soundtrack of 2gether: The Series, which prominently feature the music of Scrubb, are now available on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music.
    May 18, 2020 330
  • 18 May 2020
    R&B-Pop performer TALA is ready to make her 2020 music comeback with her newest single "control." The young singer-songwriter shows a new facet of her musical talent, as she explores a groovy synth-pop style in this new track, all while retaining her irresistible songwriting.   Talking more about the song, she says "the song is about being in the vulnerable space between a platonic friendship and a romantic relationship, and choosing to let your guard down." As TALA approaches a new era of her music, fans are sure to be delighted with what else is in store for the year to come. control is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records.  
    534 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • R&B-Pop performer TALA is ready to make her 2020 music comeback with her newest single "control." The young singer-songwriter shows a new facet of her musical talent, as she explores a groovy synth-pop style in this new track, all while retaining her irresistible songwriting.   Talking more about the song, she says "the song is about being in the vulnerable space between a platonic friendship and a romantic relationship, and choosing to let your guard down." As TALA approaches a new era of her music, fans are sure to be delighted with what else is in store for the year to come. control is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records.  
    May 18, 2020 534
  • 11 May 2020
    It was a light and happy Mother’s Day all over the world last Sunday. But one certain Mother’s Day greeting post in Instagram took the hearts of many and well… shattered them to pieces.    View this post on InstagramHappy Mothers Day we Love You.A post shared by JAY CONTRERAS (@jaycontr3ras) on May 9, 2020 at 11:21pm PDT An Instagram post from Kamikazee’s vocalist Jay Contreras greeting his wife for 11 years a happy Mother’s Day was simple but sweet. But what crushed their fans was when Sarah Abad left a comment on Jay’s post saying, “It may not be the same between us, but ill be forever grateful for giving me 2 wonderful angels. Thank u.” She was referring to their two lovely children, Kidlat Caia and Isla Eunan. Aside from the comment Abad left, her photos were also already deleted from Contreras’ Instagram feed. In the meantime, their cause of break-up has not been yet confirmed. 
    39873 Posted by Mikaela Foronda
  • It was a light and happy Mother’s Day all over the world last Sunday. But one certain Mother’s Day greeting post in Instagram took the hearts of many and well… shattered them to pieces.    View this post on InstagramHappy Mothers Day we Love You.A post shared by JAY CONTRERAS (@jaycontr3ras) on May 9, 2020 at 11:21pm PDT An Instagram post from Kamikazee’s vocalist Jay Contreras greeting his wife for 11 years a happy Mother’s Day was simple but sweet. But what crushed their fans was when Sarah Abad left a comment on Jay’s post saying, “It may not be the same between us, but ill be forever grateful for giving me 2 wonderful angels. Thank u.” She was referring to their two lovely children, Kidlat Caia and Isla Eunan. Aside from the comment Abad left, her photos were also already deleted from Contreras’ Instagram feed. In the meantime, their cause of break-up has not been yet confirmed. 
    May 11, 2020 39873
  • 11 May 2020
    Events production team Finite Fam has taken their support to the local and international music scene another notch higher as they present their brand-new project, the FINITE ZINE! According to the team, this is in light of the worldwide pandemic that has currently dismantled productions, gigs, concerts, and the likes from being held for the safety of its attendees. This zine serves as a continuous promotion for artists despite not being able to get up on stage for a while.On Sunday, Finite Fam launched their very first issue of their zine which features interviews of rising acts around the globe such as Andy Cizek, Ariel Lumanlan, Isotopes, Kampon, Trophy Knives, and more. Expect loads of insightful interviews and more in the upcoming issues of the Finite Zine. Read on!You can download the Finite Zine or view it online for free in Finite Fam’s website here.
    246 Posted by Mikaela Foronda
  • Events production team Finite Fam has taken their support to the local and international music scene another notch higher as they present their brand-new project, the FINITE ZINE! According to the team, this is in light of the worldwide pandemic that has currently dismantled productions, gigs, concerts, and the likes from being held for the safety of its attendees. This zine serves as a continuous promotion for artists despite not being able to get up on stage for a while.On Sunday, Finite Fam launched their very first issue of their zine which features interviews of rising acts around the globe such as Andy Cizek, Ariel Lumanlan, Isotopes, Kampon, Trophy Knives, and more. Expect loads of insightful interviews and more in the upcoming issues of the Finite Zine. Read on!You can download the Finite Zine or view it online for free in Finite Fam’s website here.
    May 11, 2020 246
  • 11 May 2020
    SUD may have found themselves releasing music at a strange time—in the middle of a pandemic lockdown—but the hard-working band didn't let that slow them down. Following the release of "Baliw" in 2019, a single that garnered millions of streams and has been featured on national TV, SUD is set to tell more of their stories now through acoustic soul. Ahead of their upcoming album release later this year, Sud released the new single "Sagutan" under Warner Music Philippines last May 1 as its carrier single. Nothing sounds better than a love story except when talented people turn that emotion into good music, as SUD tend to do. Sud described the narrative of the song as the beginning of a love story. "Sagutan" tackles the feelings of two people and the uncertainty that comes with it. It's a duet between vocalist Sud Ballecer and bassist Raisa Racelis, who both co-wrote the song with drummer Jimbo Cuenco. The verses take the listeners inside the heads of two potential lovers who have been in constant conversations with each other. It eventually leads to the admission of feelings. Similar to their previous work, "Sagutan" continues the five-piece act's streak of producing relatable rock music—playing their familiar alt-pop sound, while mixing it with more generic rock formats. The new single is a well-rounded example of Sud's trademark ballad style reaching a new high in their string of achievements. Going into detail on the making of the single, production, and recording was done in The House of Billy Gaga studio, with Emil Dela Rosa as the engineer. As soon as the song hit the airwaves, premiering exclusively on RX 93.1, the response was nearly immediate. The song is an expertly-written track that’s easy to sing along to, even on first listen. It's neither overwhelming nor boring; definitely a good choice for a carrier single. It makes a good release that's sure to excel on the radio. "Sagutan" is now on Apple Music, iTunes Store, and Spotify. Head over to their Facebook page for the links. Watch “Sagutan” lyric video on Youtube.
    453 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • SUD may have found themselves releasing music at a strange time—in the middle of a pandemic lockdown—but the hard-working band didn't let that slow them down. Following the release of "Baliw" in 2019, a single that garnered millions of streams and has been featured on national TV, SUD is set to tell more of their stories now through acoustic soul. Ahead of their upcoming album release later this year, Sud released the new single "Sagutan" under Warner Music Philippines last May 1 as its carrier single. Nothing sounds better than a love story except when talented people turn that emotion into good music, as SUD tend to do. Sud described the narrative of the song as the beginning of a love story. "Sagutan" tackles the feelings of two people and the uncertainty that comes with it. It's a duet between vocalist Sud Ballecer and bassist Raisa Racelis, who both co-wrote the song with drummer Jimbo Cuenco. The verses take the listeners inside the heads of two potential lovers who have been in constant conversations with each other. It eventually leads to the admission of feelings. Similar to their previous work, "Sagutan" continues the five-piece act's streak of producing relatable rock music—playing their familiar alt-pop sound, while mixing it with more generic rock formats. The new single is a well-rounded example of Sud's trademark ballad style reaching a new high in their string of achievements. Going into detail on the making of the single, production, and recording was done in The House of Billy Gaga studio, with Emil Dela Rosa as the engineer. As soon as the song hit the airwaves, premiering exclusively on RX 93.1, the response was nearly immediate. The song is an expertly-written track that’s easy to sing along to, even on first listen. It's neither overwhelming nor boring; definitely a good choice for a carrier single. It makes a good release that's sure to excel on the radio. "Sagutan" is now on Apple Music, iTunes Store, and Spotify. Head over to their Facebook page for the links. Watch “Sagutan” lyric video on Youtube.
    May 11, 2020 453
  • 11 May 2020
    After the release of their debut EP "LOVELUSTLOSS," the Good Kid$ are back to groove it up this 2020 with their latest single "No Lovin." The upbeat track brings back the funk and soul, as the rapper-producer duo throw it back to their earlier 'groovy' days, highlighting what they do best in production and writing about youthful experiences. Talking about the song, rapper Gaby Singson says "Often times, we can treat people poorly even if they have shown genuine interest towards us. This song conveys how much past experiences such as those have helped me grow into the person I am today." With its groovy sound, relatable lyrics, and the Good Kid$ magic, folks are in for another good time with this new release.No Lovin is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under mustard music.
    302 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • After the release of their debut EP "LOVELUSTLOSS," the Good Kid$ are back to groove it up this 2020 with their latest single "No Lovin." The upbeat track brings back the funk and soul, as the rapper-producer duo throw it back to their earlier 'groovy' days, highlighting what they do best in production and writing about youthful experiences. Talking about the song, rapper Gaby Singson says "Often times, we can treat people poorly even if they have shown genuine interest towards us. This song conveys how much past experiences such as those have helped me grow into the person I am today." With its groovy sound, relatable lyrics, and the Good Kid$ magic, folks are in for another good time with this new release.No Lovin is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under mustard music.
    May 11, 2020 302
  • 10 May 2020
    Manila, Philippines -- In the face of uncertainty and panic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, heavy metal band Slapshock delivers a hopeful message to all front line workers and fans in isolation in the new song “Sana Pag Gising.” Slapshock vocalist Jamir Garcia says, “The song started nung mga nakikita ko yung frontliners na hindi man lang nila mayakap ang mga anak nila so, yung song ay nasa perspective ng isang frontliner at tungkol sa hirap at dasal nila-- na sana pag gising tapos na ‘to lahat.” Slapshock is known for the band’s heavy music and angsty lyrics but during these difficult times, the band created a brand new song they felt resonated now in the hope of turning the word ‘fear’ into positive. Jamir said, “Mahirap mag-rock out dahil nangingibabaw yung emotions and burden to know na maraming nahihirapan at nagdadasal.” After taking inspirations from our modern-day heroes -- medical workers, policemen, and volunteers -- Jamir wrote the song and passed it to his bandmates while they are all in their respective quarantines. “I think that’s what makes it good with Slapshock, we don’t have to be conscious about being heavy. We just want to deliver what our emotions dictate and give hope for everybody na sana matapos na to,” Jamir adds. Jamir together with Lee Nadela (bass guitar), Lean Ansing (guitar), Jerry Basco (guitar) and Chi Evora (drums) took advantage of the digital technology and collaborated separately in their respective studios/homes-- sending audio and video files back and forth until “Sana Pag Gising” came into reality. “The band has been around for 23 years and we didn’t want this situation to hinder us from working hard, being creative and getting the message out there—sana pag gising bumalik sa dati ang lahat.“ Watch Slapshock’s new song “Sana Pag Gising” is available on their digital platforms: Facebook: www.facebook.com/slapshock.official Youtube: www.youtube.com/slapshockpilipinas Instagram TV: @slapshock_official
    8890 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Manila, Philippines -- In the face of uncertainty and panic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, heavy metal band Slapshock delivers a hopeful message to all front line workers and fans in isolation in the new song “Sana Pag Gising.” Slapshock vocalist Jamir Garcia says, “The song started nung mga nakikita ko yung frontliners na hindi man lang nila mayakap ang mga anak nila so, yung song ay nasa perspective ng isang frontliner at tungkol sa hirap at dasal nila-- na sana pag gising tapos na ‘to lahat.” Slapshock is known for the band’s heavy music and angsty lyrics but during these difficult times, the band created a brand new song they felt resonated now in the hope of turning the word ‘fear’ into positive. Jamir said, “Mahirap mag-rock out dahil nangingibabaw yung emotions and burden to know na maraming nahihirapan at nagdadasal.” After taking inspirations from our modern-day heroes -- medical workers, policemen, and volunteers -- Jamir wrote the song and passed it to his bandmates while they are all in their respective quarantines. “I think that’s what makes it good with Slapshock, we don’t have to be conscious about being heavy. We just want to deliver what our emotions dictate and give hope for everybody na sana matapos na to,” Jamir adds. Jamir together with Lee Nadela (bass guitar), Lean Ansing (guitar), Jerry Basco (guitar) and Chi Evora (drums) took advantage of the digital technology and collaborated separately in their respective studios/homes-- sending audio and video files back and forth until “Sana Pag Gising” came into reality. “The band has been around for 23 years and we didn’t want this situation to hinder us from working hard, being creative and getting the message out there—sana pag gising bumalik sa dati ang lahat.“ Watch Slapshock’s new song “Sana Pag Gising” is available on their digital platforms: Facebook: www.facebook.com/slapshock.official Youtube: www.youtube.com/slapshockpilipinas Instagram TV: @slapshock_official
    May 10, 2020 8890
  • 08 May 2020
    After entering Spotify’s Philippine Viral 50 with their single ‘Alingawngaw (Acoustic)’ in 2019, Bulacan-based band Blind Stereo Moon returns with a new single ‘Candle Lights.’Composed Julie Samonte, Dave Cruz, Juliane Bagay Cruz, and John Heris Suarez, Blind Stereo Moon’s sound is reminiscent of the 90s alternative/indie pop tradition with dreamy vocals and gentle melodies, rhythmic acoustic and electric guitars, steady beats and melodic bass lines, fused with ambient keyboard elements. Their influences include The Sundays and Moonpools & Caterpillars of the 90s combined with John Mayer and Jason Mraz of the early 2000s.Under Bulacan’s independent music representation Darkus Music (led by Ace del Mundo of Orange & Lemons), Blind Stereo Moon’s journey has resulted to nine (9) official releases, media features on Rakista Radio, Rappler, ABS CBN’s One Music PH, the Wish FM Youtube channel, and Manila Bulletin and presence in major local music festivals such as UP Fair, Fête dela Musique Indie Stage, and Red Ninja Year 10 Fest. Their tracks were also featured on Spotify editorial playlists such as Pinoy Indie Mix, OPM Says Chillax, Acoustically OPM, and Chillax sa Gabi.Their new single ‘Candle Lights’ is Blind Stereo Moon’s audacious attempt at combining their signature playful sound with even groovier drumsand bass, funkier electric guitar sounds, and breezier 80s-inspired synthesizers to depict the euphoria of a modern-day candlelit dinner.Listen to ‘Candle Lights’
    560 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • After entering Spotify’s Philippine Viral 50 with their single ‘Alingawngaw (Acoustic)’ in 2019, Bulacan-based band Blind Stereo Moon returns with a new single ‘Candle Lights.’Composed Julie Samonte, Dave Cruz, Juliane Bagay Cruz, and John Heris Suarez, Blind Stereo Moon’s sound is reminiscent of the 90s alternative/indie pop tradition with dreamy vocals and gentle melodies, rhythmic acoustic and electric guitars, steady beats and melodic bass lines, fused with ambient keyboard elements. Their influences include The Sundays and Moonpools & Caterpillars of the 90s combined with John Mayer and Jason Mraz of the early 2000s.Under Bulacan’s independent music representation Darkus Music (led by Ace del Mundo of Orange & Lemons), Blind Stereo Moon’s journey has resulted to nine (9) official releases, media features on Rakista Radio, Rappler, ABS CBN’s One Music PH, the Wish FM Youtube channel, and Manila Bulletin and presence in major local music festivals such as UP Fair, Fête dela Musique Indie Stage, and Red Ninja Year 10 Fest. Their tracks were also featured on Spotify editorial playlists such as Pinoy Indie Mix, OPM Says Chillax, Acoustically OPM, and Chillax sa Gabi.Their new single ‘Candle Lights’ is Blind Stereo Moon’s audacious attempt at combining their signature playful sound with even groovier drumsand bass, funkier electric guitar sounds, and breezier 80s-inspired synthesizers to depict the euphoria of a modern-day candlelit dinner.Listen to ‘Candle Lights’
    May 08, 2020 560
  • 08 May 2020
    Over the week, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has crowdsourced through social media for beneficiaries of their NCCA Cash Assistance Program, in which they are given a total budget of P63.8 million in addition to their initial budget of P4 million.     They have been giving guidelines for application for each artist in every field: theater, visual, architecture, music, literature, language, research, film, dance, and cultural work. This is in line with the simultaneous cancellation of events during the past 2 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it serves as an aid to freelance workers who have no employer to seek help from and/or those who have no employee benefits.   The criteria for beneficiaries are as follows: 1. Not under an employer-employee relationship 2. No regular income 3. Working freelance 4. No source of income due to the ECQ   Further instructions and deadlines are posted on NCCA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NCCAOfficial/  
    391 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Over the week, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has crowdsourced through social media for beneficiaries of their NCCA Cash Assistance Program, in which they are given a total budget of P63.8 million in addition to their initial budget of P4 million.     They have been giving guidelines for application for each artist in every field: theater, visual, architecture, music, literature, language, research, film, dance, and cultural work. This is in line with the simultaneous cancellation of events during the past 2 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it serves as an aid to freelance workers who have no employer to seek help from and/or those who have no employee benefits.   The criteria for beneficiaries are as follows: 1. Not under an employer-employee relationship 2. No regular income 3. Working freelance 4. No source of income due to the ECQ   Further instructions and deadlines are posted on NCCA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NCCAOfficial/  
    May 08, 2020 391
  • 07 May 2020
    In the tough times we are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, frontliners are often overlooked "silent heroes" who work tirelessly to keep society functioning despite collective struggles.    With this comes "Life In Your Hands," a tribute song featuring Artists for Silent Heroes, that recognize and highlight the important role our 'silent heroes' play in our every day lives.        Coming together to pay tribute are some of the biggest artists in the Universal Records Philippines and PolyEast Records rosters: Martin Nievera, Christian Bautista, Ebe Dancel, Julie Anne San Jose, TJ Monterde, Eunice Jorge of Gracenote, Tutti Caringal of 6cyclemind, Kyle Juliano, Janina Vela, Kiara San Luis of Imago, Daniel Paringit of Better Days, Kurei, Sassa Dagdag, Drei Rana, Selena Marie, and Raffy Calicdan.    The song (written by Chito Ilagan , Therese Marie Villarante, Ito Rapadas, and Njel de Mesa; produced by Ito Rapadas and arranged by Rye Sarmiento) makes use of the classic Auld Lang Syne as its backing track, modernized and given lyrics apt to the world's situation today. With gratitude in their hearts and the song's calming and reassuring lyrics, the song hopes to give further thanks to the silent heroes of our world today.   Life In Your Hands is a project of Universal Records led by its Chairman and President Dr. James G. Dy, Executive Vice President Ramon Chuaying, General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, and PolyEast Records with its General Manager Jesmond Chua and Finance Director Sharon Dy-Law. The project is made in cooperation with Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. and Filipino Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Inc., proceeds are for the benefit of Chinese General Hospital and Medical Arts frontliners.   Life In Your Hands is now available for purchase on iTunes and streaming on Spotify and all platforms starting May 6, 2020 under Universal Records.  
    370 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • In the tough times we are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, frontliners are often overlooked "silent heroes" who work tirelessly to keep society functioning despite collective struggles.    With this comes "Life In Your Hands," a tribute song featuring Artists for Silent Heroes, that recognize and highlight the important role our 'silent heroes' play in our every day lives.        Coming together to pay tribute are some of the biggest artists in the Universal Records Philippines and PolyEast Records rosters: Martin Nievera, Christian Bautista, Ebe Dancel, Julie Anne San Jose, TJ Monterde, Eunice Jorge of Gracenote, Tutti Caringal of 6cyclemind, Kyle Juliano, Janina Vela, Kiara San Luis of Imago, Daniel Paringit of Better Days, Kurei, Sassa Dagdag, Drei Rana, Selena Marie, and Raffy Calicdan.    The song (written by Chito Ilagan , Therese Marie Villarante, Ito Rapadas, and Njel de Mesa; produced by Ito Rapadas and arranged by Rye Sarmiento) makes use of the classic Auld Lang Syne as its backing track, modernized and given lyrics apt to the world's situation today. With gratitude in their hearts and the song's calming and reassuring lyrics, the song hopes to give further thanks to the silent heroes of our world today.   Life In Your Hands is a project of Universal Records led by its Chairman and President Dr. James G. Dy, Executive Vice President Ramon Chuaying, General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, and PolyEast Records with its General Manager Jesmond Chua and Finance Director Sharon Dy-Law. The project is made in cooperation with Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. and Filipino Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Inc., proceeds are for the benefit of Chinese General Hospital and Medical Arts frontliners.   Life In Your Hands is now available for purchase on iTunes and streaming on Spotify and all platforms starting May 6, 2020 under Universal Records.  
    May 07, 2020 370
  • 04 May 2020
    Following her first solo release, ‘Know What I Want’ last December 2019, August Wahh returns with a triumphant new single that is steeped in sophisticated warmth. ‘Elated’ navigates the nuances of carrying on with life with a recovered sense of identity and purpose. “I wrote Elated as a reminder to myself and to others that no matter what you've been through, the goal is to rise above situations that made you feel small - by accepting where you've been and the journey you’re on, even if you don't know where you’re going,” the neo-soul singer-songwriter shares. “It's a reminder to own yourself and live life to the fullest.” With crwn’s suave beats and jazzy sonic touches, August Wahh’s ‘Elated’ makes a great case for both easy casual listening and soulful rumination. “The song was basically written on the spot,” the Sahara singer says. “crwn had a beat he played, and I wrote along it. On the same day, we recorded Elated.” As accidental magic goes, the spur-of-the-moment recording birthed an empowerment anthem that finds refuge on timelessness and global appeal. At a time when some of her contemporaries have chosen to embrace conventional approaches to songwriting, August Wahh channels her energy towards promoting self-worth as part of her personal mantra. She asks rhetorically “does it matter where I go?” whilealsoguaranteeing to own every decision she makes, tackling the age-old question with emotional openness and introspection. August Wahh’s new single “Elated” will be out on streaming and digital platforms worldwide on April 30, 2020. Watch the YouTube lyric video here.
    305 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Following her first solo release, ‘Know What I Want’ last December 2019, August Wahh returns with a triumphant new single that is steeped in sophisticated warmth. ‘Elated’ navigates the nuances of carrying on with life with a recovered sense of identity and purpose. “I wrote Elated as a reminder to myself and to others that no matter what you've been through, the goal is to rise above situations that made you feel small - by accepting where you've been and the journey you’re on, even if you don't know where you’re going,” the neo-soul singer-songwriter shares. “It's a reminder to own yourself and live life to the fullest.” With crwn’s suave beats and jazzy sonic touches, August Wahh’s ‘Elated’ makes a great case for both easy casual listening and soulful rumination. “The song was basically written on the spot,” the Sahara singer says. “crwn had a beat he played, and I wrote along it. On the same day, we recorded Elated.” As accidental magic goes, the spur-of-the-moment recording birthed an empowerment anthem that finds refuge on timelessness and global appeal. At a time when some of her contemporaries have chosen to embrace conventional approaches to songwriting, August Wahh channels her energy towards promoting self-worth as part of her personal mantra. She asks rhetorically “does it matter where I go?” whilealsoguaranteeing to own every decision she makes, tackling the age-old question with emotional openness and introspection. August Wahh’s new single “Elated” will be out on streaming and digital platforms worldwide on April 30, 2020. Watch the YouTube lyric video here.
    May 04, 2020 305
  • 04 May 2020
    Friday, 01 May 2020 — After a four-year hiatus in making songs of his own, Rico Blanco returns with a rousing new anthem to help us deal with the uncertainty of the times.This Too Shall Pass is Rico Blanco’s first solo single in four years, as well as his first under Sony Music Philippines. The song was written from a place of discomfort and fear, witnessing how the much louder tremor of pandemic anxiety instantly changed our lives and left us with little time to mourn and move forward.With frontliners risking their lives with little protection, people going hungry, and the social order crumbling to pieces, Rico felt powerless by the situation. Hence, he had to forego his difficulties of living alone and coping with his own emotional troubles, as there was work to be done. He shares, “My efforts are little in light of a pandemic like this. As big as my imagination is for this song, I also feel that it’s not enough. But it’s what I can do and contribute as a musician.” This Too Shall Pass succeeds in repurposing music’s mission: Outside of its function as an entertainment fodder and a way to escape, it carries the resilience of the human spirit. In darkness, it shines brighter.The big, sprawling pop tune is his most personal to date, which he struggled over the course of two weeks to finish, and almost did not. “Some songs are anchored on truth, but they are wrapped and adorned in a lot of romanticized thoughts,” he shares. “This song is real, inwards and also outwards; it’s something that I really want to tell every single person. I wasn’t able to give a message to the frontliners, and I feel very guilty about this. I needed to finish this, and I want them to hear this. I know each one of us is going through something. I wrote this song as my way to reach out.”With sonic elements that span continents and a carefully honed production which he supervised himself, Rico’s latest single defies convention with a global sounding opus that incorporates musical dispatches and personal anecdotes. From samples of his nieces laughing culled from a family chat group to his attempt to blur the cultural lines by incorporating European techno, hip-hop beats, Asian riffs, Afro chanting, and Pinoy fiesta in a seamless, genre-bending extravaganza, This Too Shall Pass is ambitious in scope and sound design, but its heart is for the people who need light and love.There’s a sliver of joy in finding one of the most prolific artists emerge from a long silence. As Sony Music’s GM Philippines and VP Business Development Asia, Ms. Roslyn Pineda sums it up: “Music is important – we all know this.  But never more so than when we are faced with uncertainty, because it is then that the power of music becomes unquantifiable, almost limitless.  Music can make you feel you’re not alone. Music can save you from despair.  And so it is with a song like This Too Shall Pass.  It is so relevant to the times that it becomes a declaration, a prayer, a mantra -- all rolled into one.”Rico Blanco’s “This Too Shall Pass” is now available on all digital platforms worldwide. Watch out for the music video to be released soon.
    1711 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Friday, 01 May 2020 — After a four-year hiatus in making songs of his own, Rico Blanco returns with a rousing new anthem to help us deal with the uncertainty of the times.This Too Shall Pass is Rico Blanco’s first solo single in four years, as well as his first under Sony Music Philippines. The song was written from a place of discomfort and fear, witnessing how the much louder tremor of pandemic anxiety instantly changed our lives and left us with little time to mourn and move forward.With frontliners risking their lives with little protection, people going hungry, and the social order crumbling to pieces, Rico felt powerless by the situation. Hence, he had to forego his difficulties of living alone and coping with his own emotional troubles, as there was work to be done. He shares, “My efforts are little in light of a pandemic like this. As big as my imagination is for this song, I also feel that it’s not enough. But it’s what I can do and contribute as a musician.” This Too Shall Pass succeeds in repurposing music’s mission: Outside of its function as an entertainment fodder and a way to escape, it carries the resilience of the human spirit. In darkness, it shines brighter.The big, sprawling pop tune is his most personal to date, which he struggled over the course of two weeks to finish, and almost did not. “Some songs are anchored on truth, but they are wrapped and adorned in a lot of romanticized thoughts,” he shares. “This song is real, inwards and also outwards; it’s something that I really want to tell every single person. I wasn’t able to give a message to the frontliners, and I feel very guilty about this. I needed to finish this, and I want them to hear this. I know each one of us is going through something. I wrote this song as my way to reach out.”With sonic elements that span continents and a carefully honed production which he supervised himself, Rico’s latest single defies convention with a global sounding opus that incorporates musical dispatches and personal anecdotes. From samples of his nieces laughing culled from a family chat group to his attempt to blur the cultural lines by incorporating European techno, hip-hop beats, Asian riffs, Afro chanting, and Pinoy fiesta in a seamless, genre-bending extravaganza, This Too Shall Pass is ambitious in scope and sound design, but its heart is for the people who need light and love.There’s a sliver of joy in finding one of the most prolific artists emerge from a long silence. As Sony Music’s GM Philippines and VP Business Development Asia, Ms. Roslyn Pineda sums it up: “Music is important – we all know this.  But never more so than when we are faced with uncertainty, because it is then that the power of music becomes unquantifiable, almost limitless.  Music can make you feel you’re not alone. Music can save you from despair.  And so it is with a song like This Too Shall Pass.  It is so relevant to the times that it becomes a declaration, a prayer, a mantra -- all rolled into one.”Rico Blanco’s “This Too Shall Pass” is now available on all digital platforms worldwide. Watch out for the music video to be released soon.
    May 04, 2020 1711
  • 04 May 2020
    FRIDAY, 1 MAY 2020, SINGAPORE - 17-year-old Singaporean electronic producer Foxela and singer-songwriter Chelsea Cara have released their brand new single ‘wanted you so bad’ today via Singapore indie label Umami Records.     Chelsea decided to write the song after experiencing rejection from someone she really liked. “I tried to show the dilemma I was facing and the painful choices I had to make,” the alt pop singer-songwriter shares, “I had all these emotions I was trying to make sense of.”   “Am I building a wall just to break it / am I strong enough to hold it down / but with one look, oh no you got me now”, sings Chelsea, building up to Foxela’s cathartic instrumental drop. She channels her frustrations with a delicate but soulful performance that feels at home with the song’s tropical house-inspired production.      “The drop is definitely my favourite part of the song”, shares Foxela, “I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone and I’m really happy with the result.”   ‘wanted you so bad’ is the second single the 2 classmates have worked on together, the first, ‘Live On’, was released earlier this year. Foxela will be keeping up the prolific pace of his work through 2020, with a new release planned for every month, including upcoming collabs with Dr. Boomy, DNAKM and Tyraz.   ‘wanted you so bad’ by Foxela and Chelsea Cara is available everywhere at this link: https://ffm.to/wantedyousobad   About Foxela The alias of 17-year-old Singaporean electronic producer Nigel Quah, Foxela is a non- Grammy-winning artist, crafting music with a blend of future bass, future house and a touch of pop. At the age of 17, Foxela became the youngest Singaporean to reach a million streams on Spotify.   Nigel ventured into the realms of music production at the tender age of 9, sharing his older sister’s Macbook when she didn’t need it for school. Since starting the Foxela project in 2016, his prolific pace has led to more than 40 releases already under his belt. In 2019, he released As You Do, which reached #13 on Spotify’s official Singapore Viral 50 chart, surpassing Billie Eilish and BTS, both of whom have yet to respond to his offers for a collaboration. This was followed by Wild Love which has more than 330K streams on Spotify.   Foxela has also been featured on various Spotify editorial playlists such as Top Hits Singapore, Singapore’s Top Acts, Electro Mix and Party Life.   “His is a sound that is informed by the titanic sweep of the spectrum of electronic music, where 'dance' is only a signifier and not the endgame.” - Hear65 (SG)   “With well over a dozen tracks under his belt, it is safe to say that you can expect more from this talented up-and-coming producer in the near future.” - Orange Magazine (PH) About Chelsea Cara A bright new upcoming talent hailing from Singapore, Chelsea Cara debuted in 2020 with her first feature, ‘Live On’, with Foxela and brittle bear. She is an aspiring singer-songwriter who mainly writes pop songs while exploring other genres such as r&b and lo-fi. Writing songs from her own personal experiences, she wishes to touch and inspire young hearts through her music.      
    280 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • FRIDAY, 1 MAY 2020, SINGAPORE - 17-year-old Singaporean electronic producer Foxela and singer-songwriter Chelsea Cara have released their brand new single ‘wanted you so bad’ today via Singapore indie label Umami Records.     Chelsea decided to write the song after experiencing rejection from someone she really liked. “I tried to show the dilemma I was facing and the painful choices I had to make,” the alt pop singer-songwriter shares, “I had all these emotions I was trying to make sense of.”   “Am I building a wall just to break it / am I strong enough to hold it down / but with one look, oh no you got me now”, sings Chelsea, building up to Foxela’s cathartic instrumental drop. She channels her frustrations with a delicate but soulful performance that feels at home with the song’s tropical house-inspired production.      “The drop is definitely my favourite part of the song”, shares Foxela, “I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone and I’m really happy with the result.”   ‘wanted you so bad’ is the second single the 2 classmates have worked on together, the first, ‘Live On’, was released earlier this year. Foxela will be keeping up the prolific pace of his work through 2020, with a new release planned for every month, including upcoming collabs with Dr. Boomy, DNAKM and Tyraz.   ‘wanted you so bad’ by Foxela and Chelsea Cara is available everywhere at this link: https://ffm.to/wantedyousobad   About Foxela The alias of 17-year-old Singaporean electronic producer Nigel Quah, Foxela is a non- Grammy-winning artist, crafting music with a blend of future bass, future house and a touch of pop. At the age of 17, Foxela became the youngest Singaporean to reach a million streams on Spotify.   Nigel ventured into the realms of music production at the tender age of 9, sharing his older sister’s Macbook when she didn’t need it for school. Since starting the Foxela project in 2016, his prolific pace has led to more than 40 releases already under his belt. In 2019, he released As You Do, which reached #13 on Spotify’s official Singapore Viral 50 chart, surpassing Billie Eilish and BTS, both of whom have yet to respond to his offers for a collaboration. This was followed by Wild Love which has more than 330K streams on Spotify.   Foxela has also been featured on various Spotify editorial playlists such as Top Hits Singapore, Singapore’s Top Acts, Electro Mix and Party Life.   “His is a sound that is informed by the titanic sweep of the spectrum of electronic music, where 'dance' is only a signifier and not the endgame.” - Hear65 (SG)   “With well over a dozen tracks under his belt, it is safe to say that you can expect more from this talented up-and-coming producer in the near future.” - Orange Magazine (PH) About Chelsea Cara A bright new upcoming talent hailing from Singapore, Chelsea Cara debuted in 2020 with her first feature, ‘Live On’, with Foxela and brittle bear. She is an aspiring singer-songwriter who mainly writes pop songs while exploring other genres such as r&b and lo-fi. Writing songs from her own personal experiences, she wishes to touch and inspire young hearts through her music.      
    May 04, 2020 280
  • 27 Apr 2020
    Discover and share new music, be active, and get involved in our local music scene and community. Anywhere you go, in just a tap from your fingertips!Rakista Radio App brings you closer to artists and fans around the world! You can join our community, build your profile, and register as an artist or as a fan to discover and share music. You can also request and send your own music and share it with new people you can meet and match based on your music taste! Browse and get the latest updates from our events, news, polls, and forums today!Everything is just one tap away now so what are you waiting for? Be part of the community and download the Rakista Radio App now!Rakista Radio App Link: https://bit.ly/2yKT0lvRakista Radio YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2zpkPjH 
    809 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Discover and share new music, be active, and get involved in our local music scene and community. Anywhere you go, in just a tap from your fingertips!Rakista Radio App brings you closer to artists and fans around the world! You can join our community, build your profile, and register as an artist or as a fan to discover and share music. You can also request and send your own music and share it with new people you can meet and match based on your music taste! Browse and get the latest updates from our events, news, polls, and forums today!Everything is just one tap away now so what are you waiting for? Be part of the community and download the Rakista Radio App now!Rakista Radio App Link: https://bit.ly/2yKT0lvRakista Radio YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2zpkPjH 
    Apr 27, 2020 809
  • 24 Apr 2020
    Christian Bautista and Janine Teñoso have released the official music video for their recent collaboration "Bukas Wala Nang Ulan," which serves as a tribute video for multiple groups and individuals affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The video showcases various photos and videos of frontliners and survivors of COVID-19 in the Philippines, showing both the hardships and sacrifices of those battling the disease at the front lines, and the joys of how people are coming together as one community despite the hardships.   Although it is still early on into the pandemic, the video also features some triumphs of early survivors - showing hope that we can all surpass the situation, just as the song highlights.  Released on Tuesday, the music video also serves as a call to action for relief efforts, with parts of the streaming proceeds to be donated to Philippine Red Cross' Quezon City Chapter. Additionally, Universal Records has partnered with Help From Home (http://helpfromhome.ph), a coordination hub that connects individuals and institutions to those most in need: frontliners and communities at risk. Just like the song that plays throughout, its accompanying visuals are sure to uplift spirits and share some relief at the times we are facing today.  Bukas Wala Nang Ulan is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records. Janine Teñoso appears on the track and video courtesy of VIVA Records.
    475 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Christian Bautista and Janine Teñoso have released the official music video for their recent collaboration "Bukas Wala Nang Ulan," which serves as a tribute video for multiple groups and individuals affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The video showcases various photos and videos of frontliners and survivors of COVID-19 in the Philippines, showing both the hardships and sacrifices of those battling the disease at the front lines, and the joys of how people are coming together as one community despite the hardships.   Although it is still early on into the pandemic, the video also features some triumphs of early survivors - showing hope that we can all surpass the situation, just as the song highlights.  Released on Tuesday, the music video also serves as a call to action for relief efforts, with parts of the streaming proceeds to be donated to Philippine Red Cross' Quezon City Chapter. Additionally, Universal Records has partnered with Help From Home (http://helpfromhome.ph), a coordination hub that connects individuals and institutions to those most in need: frontliners and communities at risk. Just like the song that plays throughout, its accompanying visuals are sure to uplift spirits and share some relief at the times we are facing today.  Bukas Wala Nang Ulan is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records. Janine Teñoso appears on the track and video courtesy of VIVA Records.
    Apr 24, 2020 475
  • 24 Apr 2020
    Looking back at 2017 and the roaring year it proved to be in terms of song releases, we heard an obvious move back to acoustic guitar and ukulele hits, and funky disco. Sometime in the shift, we got introduced to IV of Spades that—over the course of little time—managed to grow a huge following with their effortless disco bops. IV of Spades have been earning their stripes in the scene for a few years now, but they always give their fans something to look forward to. Instead of clogging the internet with a glut of releases, the band is prudent about the material they put out. Their new single "Sariling Multo (Sa Panaginip)" has just been released under Warner Music Philippines and we recommend that you put it on repeat. On releasing a new record in the midst of a pandemic, Zild Benitez said, "It was strange at first but I do think that music helps some people to get through rough times." "I don’t see anything strange about releasing music during these times. If anything, people have clung themselves more to music and arts as entertainment and comfort lately," Blaster Silonga added. “Sariling Multo (Sa Panaginip)” offers a neat reintroduction to IV of Spades' music, with a more rock-heavy instrumentation and an obvious departure from their previous tracks. Thematically, it explores letting go of old hurts, facing your demons, and being true to yourself. "It was one of the songs that started the upcoming album. Sonic State Audio (Christopher and Bri) mixed, mastered, and engineered this song. We’ve been working with them since 2017," Zild explained in an online interview. Taking their time proved to be a worthwhile endeavor. Despite having a limited discography, every IVOS release still strikes a chord in their old and new followers' hearts. The music itself is definitely enough to warrant a play. IV of Spades built a following with their multi-dimensional game plan. Though part of their distinctiveness, particularly their outfit and personal branding, is a gimmick, there's no denying that it works through equal advantages in musicianship, electronic production, and songwriting. With their earlier releases reminiscent of the old Manila Sound and the music they (or their parents) grew up with, IV of Spades continues to bring something different within the local landscape. That method fits in with their strategy to win over fans with their live performances, and enjoy the IVOS experience.
    795 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Looking back at 2017 and the roaring year it proved to be in terms of song releases, we heard an obvious move back to acoustic guitar and ukulele hits, and funky disco. Sometime in the shift, we got introduced to IV of Spades that—over the course of little time—managed to grow a huge following with their effortless disco bops. IV of Spades have been earning their stripes in the scene for a few years now, but they always give their fans something to look forward to. Instead of clogging the internet with a glut of releases, the band is prudent about the material they put out. Their new single "Sariling Multo (Sa Panaginip)" has just been released under Warner Music Philippines and we recommend that you put it on repeat. On releasing a new record in the midst of a pandemic, Zild Benitez said, "It was strange at first but I do think that music helps some people to get through rough times." "I don’t see anything strange about releasing music during these times. If anything, people have clung themselves more to music and arts as entertainment and comfort lately," Blaster Silonga added. “Sariling Multo (Sa Panaginip)” offers a neat reintroduction to IV of Spades' music, with a more rock-heavy instrumentation and an obvious departure from their previous tracks. Thematically, it explores letting go of old hurts, facing your demons, and being true to yourself. "It was one of the songs that started the upcoming album. Sonic State Audio (Christopher and Bri) mixed, mastered, and engineered this song. We’ve been working with them since 2017," Zild explained in an online interview. Taking their time proved to be a worthwhile endeavor. Despite having a limited discography, every IVOS release still strikes a chord in their old and new followers' hearts. The music itself is definitely enough to warrant a play. IV of Spades built a following with their multi-dimensional game plan. Though part of their distinctiveness, particularly their outfit and personal branding, is a gimmick, there's no denying that it works through equal advantages in musicianship, electronic production, and songwriting. With their earlier releases reminiscent of the old Manila Sound and the music they (or their parents) grew up with, IV of Spades continues to bring something different within the local landscape. That method fits in with their strategy to win over fans with their live performances, and enjoy the IVOS experience.
    Apr 24, 2020 795
  • 23 Apr 2020
    After deciding to go the independent route with Asintada, a management and production team headed by his wife Thea Gomez Pollisco, Gloc-9 sets the table for music projects that strike a balance between uncompromised vision and crossover appeal.The acclaimed hip-hop figure has released new singles that create uplifting artistic statements through socially relevant songs. “Sampaguita,” his latest collaboration with accomplished young singer-songwriter Juan Karlos Labajo, proved to be as successful as his previous classic hits, smashing out of the gate with more than a million views in less than a month. “When Gloc-9 decided to become independent, he made it clear to work on projects that matter to him on a personal level, and at the same time, promote awareness on the plight of the underprivileged Filipinos through his musical platform,” Thea reveals in a statement.To their advantage, the recent releases garnered positive reception from music fans. The music icon’s recent performance with fellow rapper and songwriter Flow Gon Wish 107.5 bus debuted at No. 1 on YouTube’s trending videos chart, reaping more than 6 million views as of today’s update. His captivating performance of “Halik” currently sits inside the video streaming chart’s Top 20 for a third week in a row—a blockbuster feat that adds value to his growing legacy as a successful hip-hop artist approaching his third decade in the game. Another video of Gloc-9 is also making rounds on YouTube’s trending videos chart. His 24 bars rap challenge peaked at No. 4 with more than a million views in less than a week of its release. Taking dexterity to the next level, the award-winning rapper impressed listeners with a soul-baring wordplay over a Flip D beat.“Gloc-9 proves that even with challenges that stem from his newfound DIY leanings, there are solutions to impart your passion, and by using the online platform, the local rap and hip-hop music industry is still reaching out to the fans and followers, providing entertainment and positivity in a time of uncertainty,” Asintada’s Thea Gomez Pollisco shares. “This goes to prove what Gloc-9 has always been saying: inspiration and learning can come from all directions.”At present, the prolific artist is actively involved in raising funds for both the frontliners and the urban poor communities through various charitable institutions and artist initiatives. He is also set to release a bunch of new singles and collaborations soon under his own management and production outfit, Asintada—which is home to several music acts such as Shanti Dope, JKris, Lirah, and Sandiwa. 
    486 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • After deciding to go the independent route with Asintada, a management and production team headed by his wife Thea Gomez Pollisco, Gloc-9 sets the table for music projects that strike a balance between uncompromised vision and crossover appeal.The acclaimed hip-hop figure has released new singles that create uplifting artistic statements through socially relevant songs. “Sampaguita,” his latest collaboration with accomplished young singer-songwriter Juan Karlos Labajo, proved to be as successful as his previous classic hits, smashing out of the gate with more than a million views in less than a month. “When Gloc-9 decided to become independent, he made it clear to work on projects that matter to him on a personal level, and at the same time, promote awareness on the plight of the underprivileged Filipinos through his musical platform,” Thea reveals in a statement.To their advantage, the recent releases garnered positive reception from music fans. The music icon’s recent performance with fellow rapper and songwriter Flow Gon Wish 107.5 bus debuted at No. 1 on YouTube’s trending videos chart, reaping more than 6 million views as of today’s update. His captivating performance of “Halik” currently sits inside the video streaming chart’s Top 20 for a third week in a row—a blockbuster feat that adds value to his growing legacy as a successful hip-hop artist approaching his third decade in the game. Another video of Gloc-9 is also making rounds on YouTube’s trending videos chart. His 24 bars rap challenge peaked at No. 4 with more than a million views in less than a week of its release. Taking dexterity to the next level, the award-winning rapper impressed listeners with a soul-baring wordplay over a Flip D beat.“Gloc-9 proves that even with challenges that stem from his newfound DIY leanings, there are solutions to impart your passion, and by using the online platform, the local rap and hip-hop music industry is still reaching out to the fans and followers, providing entertainment and positivity in a time of uncertainty,” Asintada’s Thea Gomez Pollisco shares. “This goes to prove what Gloc-9 has always been saying: inspiration and learning can come from all directions.”At present, the prolific artist is actively involved in raising funds for both the frontliners and the urban poor communities through various charitable institutions and artist initiatives. He is also set to release a bunch of new singles and collaborations soon under his own management and production outfit, Asintada—which is home to several music acts such as Shanti Dope, JKris, Lirah, and Sandiwa. 
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  • 23 Apr 2020
    Award-winning and best-selling Latin American group, CNCO has officially dropped their highly anticipated new single called “Honey Boo,” featuring Natti Natasha.The reggaeton-infused banger is the first song off the teen group’s upcoming third album, and was written by all members, alongside Patrick Ingunza and co-producers Daniel Rondon and Rafael Rodru. “We originally recorded it that long ago too,” CNCO’s Joel Pimentel shares in a statement. “However, the time was never right to release it. Then this January we had the idea to re-record the song and put it out as our next official single. The idea to add Natti Natasha came from a Q&A she did on Twitter where fans asked if she would like to collaborate with us, and she said yes!”As huge fans of the Dominican pop superstar, the chart-topping group didn’t hesitate to invite Natasha to be part of the track. “She happened to be in the studio when we sent over the material,” CNCO Richard Camacho reveals. “In just 24 hours, she finished her lines. 4 days later, we were in Puerto Rico shooting the video. It was that fast.”On its first week of release, the music video for “Honey Boo” peaked at No.1 on YouTube Trending Videos chart worldwide, surpassing 2 million views in less than 24 hours. The Joaquin Cambre-helmed visual follows the multi-platinum Latin boyband as they play billiards, dance in basketball courts, and tour the scorching streets of Puerto Rico.“It's a fun and light song,” Camacho describes the global hit turned TikTok viral smash. “We just want to bring joy to the world and make people want to get up and dance.”About the groupIn just four years, CNCO has become one of Latin pop's most influential and prolific hitmakers. With two No.1 albums under their belt, the group has garnered numerous awards including: Latin American Music Awards, Premios Juventud (Youth Awards), Billboard Latin Music Awards, Premio Lo Nuestro, Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards), iHeartRadio Music Awards, Kids Choice Award and a Teen Choice Award.With over 3 billion cumulative streams, 6.5 billion total music video views, 12 GOLD and PLATINUM certifications in the U.S. alone and countless sold out shows, their influence can be felt in nearly every corner of the globe. “Honey Boo” is now out on various streaming and digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music.
    330 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Award-winning and best-selling Latin American group, CNCO has officially dropped their highly anticipated new single called “Honey Boo,” featuring Natti Natasha.The reggaeton-infused banger is the first song off the teen group’s upcoming third album, and was written by all members, alongside Patrick Ingunza and co-producers Daniel Rondon and Rafael Rodru. “We originally recorded it that long ago too,” CNCO’s Joel Pimentel shares in a statement. “However, the time was never right to release it. Then this January we had the idea to re-record the song and put it out as our next official single. The idea to add Natti Natasha came from a Q&A she did on Twitter where fans asked if she would like to collaborate with us, and she said yes!”As huge fans of the Dominican pop superstar, the chart-topping group didn’t hesitate to invite Natasha to be part of the track. “She happened to be in the studio when we sent over the material,” CNCO Richard Camacho reveals. “In just 24 hours, she finished her lines. 4 days later, we were in Puerto Rico shooting the video. It was that fast.”On its first week of release, the music video for “Honey Boo” peaked at No.1 on YouTube Trending Videos chart worldwide, surpassing 2 million views in less than 24 hours. The Joaquin Cambre-helmed visual follows the multi-platinum Latin boyband as they play billiards, dance in basketball courts, and tour the scorching streets of Puerto Rico.“It's a fun and light song,” Camacho describes the global hit turned TikTok viral smash. “We just want to bring joy to the world and make people want to get up and dance.”About the groupIn just four years, CNCO has become one of Latin pop's most influential and prolific hitmakers. With two No.1 albums under their belt, the group has garnered numerous awards including: Latin American Music Awards, Premios Juventud (Youth Awards), Billboard Latin Music Awards, Premio Lo Nuestro, Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards), iHeartRadio Music Awards, Kids Choice Award and a Teen Choice Award.With over 3 billion cumulative streams, 6.5 billion total music video views, 12 GOLD and PLATINUM certifications in the U.S. alone and countless sold out shows, their influence can be felt in nearly every corner of the globe. “Honey Boo” is now out on various streaming and digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music.
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  • 23 Apr 2020
    It's impossible not to talk about COVID-19 with the pandemic keeping us indoors. News is almost inescapable but in the thick of the gloom, musicians do their best to heal with us. Instead of playing on stage, they serenade us from their living room couches or inside home studios. Most of the studio work were stripped away for intimate solos. Songwriters perform alone with their instruments, or are occasionally virtually joined by their bandmates. Either singing covers of familiar tunes, or writing about the human spirit, a slew of songs has gone out to ride the wave of interest.     In times of collective hurt, we turn to songs. We find comfort in music and lyrics, and the sense of belonging that they impart. Ironically, the lockdown has already produced countless moments of togetherness. Clips of people singing from balconies and windows have gone viral. Neighbors singing political anthems have also made the rounds. These communal efforts bear a primal purity, demonstrating the power of music to unify.   Hip hop and R&B singer Quest hopes to raise awareness with his latest track 'Rise'. "The idea was to do an on the spot song writing with my Team Quest during our fund-raising live stream to #FightCOVID19. We ended up creating an anthem. So, please sing with us. Words are powerful. We are powerful. Let's all be beacons of hope during this season and let us all unite to rise to the occasion," he shared in his Youtube link description. According to him, 100% of his royalty from 'Rise' will be given to PGH Medical Foundation.       Since the pandemic, artists have covered or written songs ranging from cautionary to uplifting. As the cultural sector struggle to adjust to the 'new normal, our affinity to music proves unhampered. Songs and video clips continue to pour, constantly paying tribute to our front-liners. In our own little ways, we want to thank our medical professionals, sanitation workers, drivers, delivery guys, grocery employees, restaurant workers, and those in the forefront of keeping discipline. Thank you for your courage and dedication. Thank you for rising to the call of duty and selflessly working for the people.
    325 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • It's impossible not to talk about COVID-19 with the pandemic keeping us indoors. News is almost inescapable but in the thick of the gloom, musicians do their best to heal with us. Instead of playing on stage, they serenade us from their living room couches or inside home studios. Most of the studio work were stripped away for intimate solos. Songwriters perform alone with their instruments, or are occasionally virtually joined by their bandmates. Either singing covers of familiar tunes, or writing about the human spirit, a slew of songs has gone out to ride the wave of interest.     In times of collective hurt, we turn to songs. We find comfort in music and lyrics, and the sense of belonging that they impart. Ironically, the lockdown has already produced countless moments of togetherness. Clips of people singing from balconies and windows have gone viral. Neighbors singing political anthems have also made the rounds. These communal efforts bear a primal purity, demonstrating the power of music to unify.   Hip hop and R&B singer Quest hopes to raise awareness with his latest track 'Rise'. "The idea was to do an on the spot song writing with my Team Quest during our fund-raising live stream to #FightCOVID19. We ended up creating an anthem. So, please sing with us. Words are powerful. We are powerful. Let's all be beacons of hope during this season and let us all unite to rise to the occasion," he shared in his Youtube link description. According to him, 100% of his royalty from 'Rise' will be given to PGH Medical Foundation.       Since the pandemic, artists have covered or written songs ranging from cautionary to uplifting. As the cultural sector struggle to adjust to the 'new normal, our affinity to music proves unhampered. Songs and video clips continue to pour, constantly paying tribute to our front-liners. In our own little ways, we want to thank our medical professionals, sanitation workers, drivers, delivery guys, grocery employees, restaurant workers, and those in the forefront of keeping discipline. Thank you for your courage and dedication. Thank you for rising to the call of duty and selflessly working for the people.
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  • 23 Apr 2020
    Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, and Kitchie Nadal are teaming up with GNN (formerly known as Gabi Na Naman Productions) and Smirnoff Mule for a special digital concert to raise funds for the employees and workers of live music venues in Metro Manila.Happening on May 1, Friday at 8:00 pm, the Facebook show will serve as the third installment of their critically acclaimed, sold-out concert, Secrets and will be streamed live on the trio’s official Facebook page.  The initiative is part of the alternative rock icons’ ongoing efforts to help the music community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a primer to GNN’s 5th anniversary celebration.“Deprived of operating to serve people with live entertainment, music venues have temporarily shut down, and are struggling to manage their overhead expenses,” says Gabi Na Naman Productions’ Milley Habito, one of the executive producers of Secrets III: An Online Concert featuring Aia, Barbie and Kitchie. “Thanks to the girls, we’ll be given a chance to cover some of the funds needed to support employees and workers of independent music venues and bars. We cannot imagine a vibrant, bustling music scene without these people who have dedicated their lives in helping run the gigs. The waiters, cooks, kitchen helpers, cashiers, parking attendants, food servers, tech guys, security personnel and other employees deserve our help too.”Some of the confirmed beneficiaries include independent music venues such as Route 196, Mow’s, Saguijo Café & Bar, Jess and Pat’s, ‘70s Bistro, 123 Block, Social House and more to be announced. The star-studded fundraiser and concert will also feature never-before-heard collaborations among the three award-winning singer-songwriters, as well as individual performances featuring their Greatest Hits and rarities.  
    410 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, and Kitchie Nadal are teaming up with GNN (formerly known as Gabi Na Naman Productions) and Smirnoff Mule for a special digital concert to raise funds for the employees and workers of live music venues in Metro Manila.Happening on May 1, Friday at 8:00 pm, the Facebook show will serve as the third installment of their critically acclaimed, sold-out concert, Secrets and will be streamed live on the trio’s official Facebook page.  The initiative is part of the alternative rock icons’ ongoing efforts to help the music community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a primer to GNN’s 5th anniversary celebration.“Deprived of operating to serve people with live entertainment, music venues have temporarily shut down, and are struggling to manage their overhead expenses,” says Gabi Na Naman Productions’ Milley Habito, one of the executive producers of Secrets III: An Online Concert featuring Aia, Barbie and Kitchie. “Thanks to the girls, we’ll be given a chance to cover some of the funds needed to support employees and workers of independent music venues and bars. We cannot imagine a vibrant, bustling music scene without these people who have dedicated their lives in helping run the gigs. The waiters, cooks, kitchen helpers, cashiers, parking attendants, food servers, tech guys, security personnel and other employees deserve our help too.”Some of the confirmed beneficiaries include independent music venues such as Route 196, Mow’s, Saguijo Café & Bar, Jess and Pat’s, ‘70s Bistro, 123 Block, Social House and more to be announced. The star-studded fundraiser and concert will also feature never-before-heard collaborations among the three award-winning singer-songwriters, as well as individual performances featuring their Greatest Hits and rarities.  
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  • 24 Mar 2020
    ANNOUNCEMENT: With only a month left, our team has given their hearts and hardwork towards Rakrakan Festival 2020: Peace, Love, and Music. We’ve been closely monitoring updates regarding COVID-19 these past few weeks and despite our best efforts, we have to declare once again that Rakrakan Festival 2020 will be POSTPONED until further notice.As much as we want to rock it out with you guys this April 25, your health and safety is of utmost importance to us. We will be moving Rakrakan Festival 2020 yet again on a later date, hopefully with more surprises! Stay on the lookout for updates but in the meantime, keep yourselves safe, healthy, and stocked up in this time.Please KEEP your tickets because it will still be VALID on the new date.Again, thank you for your patience and undying support for local music, arts, and culture! Don’t let COVID-19 ruin our event, let’s beat it together and make 2020 rockin’ again \m/#RakrakanFestival #PeaceLoveMusic #RHBMuziklaban
    1271 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: With only a month left, our team has given their hearts and hardwork towards Rakrakan Festival 2020: Peace, Love, and Music. We’ve been closely monitoring updates regarding COVID-19 these past few weeks and despite our best efforts, we have to declare once again that Rakrakan Festival 2020 will be POSTPONED until further notice.As much as we want to rock it out with you guys this April 25, your health and safety is of utmost importance to us. We will be moving Rakrakan Festival 2020 yet again on a later date, hopefully with more surprises! Stay on the lookout for updates but in the meantime, keep yourselves safe, healthy, and stocked up in this time.Please KEEP your tickets because it will still be VALID on the new date.Again, thank you for your patience and undying support for local music, arts, and culture! Don’t let COVID-19 ruin our event, let’s beat it together and make 2020 rockin’ again \m/#RakrakanFestival #PeaceLoveMusic #RHBMuziklaban
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  • 13 Mar 2020
    Following the dreamy single “Comment,” which debuted early this January 2020, Barbie Almalbis continues to perfect her signature, swoony alt-pop sound with incisive introspection on her second single.“Iyong-iyo,” the latest track off her upcoming fourth studio album, tackles a story of strength, perseverance, and faith amidst insurmountable odds. The melodic pop tune is inspired by how the Tabing Ilog hitmaker’s cook found peace from surrendering everything to God during a very difficult time to bouncing back with another chance at life.Almalbis recounts:“This song is about Esperanza ‘Bing-Bing’ Maaño, our cook, who’s been in our family for a long time and even married our driver, Dandy. She suddenly fell very ill last year due to a diabetes complication and her medicines were not working. Needless to say, it was such a troubling time for her and everyone who loved her as her future seemed uncertain. She was brought to the hospital and had to undergo amputation surgery, and she shared that it was during this time that her faith in God became more real. While being wheeled into the operating room, she had many fears but suddenly felt peace as she surrendered everything to God. Thankfully, she had a successful surgery and recovered well, and after months of rehabilitation, she learned to walk again with a prosthetic leg.”Barbie Almalbis co-wrote “Iyong-iyo” with her partner Martin Honasan, who also shares songwriting credits on previous singles “Comment” and Tigre.” Bing-Bing’s determination and humility inspired the husband-and-wife tandem to write and produce the song.Recording of the track was done by sound engineer Magic Montano at Yellow Room Studios, formerly known as Tracks Studios in San Antonio Village, where most of the Barbie’s Cradle albums are made. “We had Nikko Rivera on keyboard, Jonard Bolor on drums, and Rommel dela Cruz on bass,” shares Almalbis about the musicians who contributed significantly in the recording process. “The main rhythm section was recorded live, and we did overdubs for vocals and guitars. I also recorded backing vocals at my home studio.”Barbie Almalbis’s “Iyong-iyo” is now out on various streaming and digital platforms worldwide via 12 Stone Records. It’s the second single off heras-yet-untitled album to be released this year. Stream it below!
    518 Posted by Mikaela Foronda
  • Following the dreamy single “Comment,” which debuted early this January 2020, Barbie Almalbis continues to perfect her signature, swoony alt-pop sound with incisive introspection on her second single.“Iyong-iyo,” the latest track off her upcoming fourth studio album, tackles a story of strength, perseverance, and faith amidst insurmountable odds. The melodic pop tune is inspired by how the Tabing Ilog hitmaker’s cook found peace from surrendering everything to God during a very difficult time to bouncing back with another chance at life.Almalbis recounts:“This song is about Esperanza ‘Bing-Bing’ Maaño, our cook, who’s been in our family for a long time and even married our driver, Dandy. She suddenly fell very ill last year due to a diabetes complication and her medicines were not working. Needless to say, it was such a troubling time for her and everyone who loved her as her future seemed uncertain. She was brought to the hospital and had to undergo amputation surgery, and she shared that it was during this time that her faith in God became more real. While being wheeled into the operating room, she had many fears but suddenly felt peace as she surrendered everything to God. Thankfully, she had a successful surgery and recovered well, and after months of rehabilitation, she learned to walk again with a prosthetic leg.”Barbie Almalbis co-wrote “Iyong-iyo” with her partner Martin Honasan, who also shares songwriting credits on previous singles “Comment” and Tigre.” Bing-Bing’s determination and humility inspired the husband-and-wife tandem to write and produce the song.Recording of the track was done by sound engineer Magic Montano at Yellow Room Studios, formerly known as Tracks Studios in San Antonio Village, where most of the Barbie’s Cradle albums are made. “We had Nikko Rivera on keyboard, Jonard Bolor on drums, and Rommel dela Cruz on bass,” shares Almalbis about the musicians who contributed significantly in the recording process. “The main rhythm section was recorded live, and we did overdubs for vocals and guitars. I also recorded backing vocals at my home studio.”Barbie Almalbis’s “Iyong-iyo” is now out on various streaming and digital platforms worldwide via 12 Stone Records. It’s the second single off heras-yet-untitled album to be released this year. Stream it below!
    Mar 13, 2020 518
  • 10 Mar 2020
    The long wait is over for Filipino fans of sensational duo BABYMETAL as the arrival of the world-renowned Japanese act is imminent. For the very first time, the kawaii pop metal band will be performing in Manila at PULP SUMMER SLAM XX: JUDGEMENT DAY, sharing the stage with Heavy Metal legends Iron Maiden on May 16, 2020 at the Mall of Asia Arena.“Please fasten your neckbrace to headbang,” warns members MOAMETAL and SU-METAL as they take us on a galactic odyssey during their latest era as a world-renowned act. Having just released their brand new album Metal Galaxy last October 2019, this new era is as exciting as it is unpredictable with the duo carrying all past experiences forward on a continuing journey towards greatness and domination.With the release of Metal Galaxy, BABYMETAL have been named as the first Asian act to ever top the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. In an exclusive interview in PULP Magazine’s latest issue, SU-METAL gushes over this feat: “I was genuinely surprised! This album was a very new challenge for us. We’re very glad and happy to hear that a lot of people are enjoying the album.”On sharing the stage with IRON MAIDEN at the SLAM, MOAMETAL expresses her excitement: “I always wanted to have the opportunity of being on the same festival lineup as them so I can’t wait for this festival!” “This is our first time going to the Philippines so we can’t wait to meet our fans waiting for us there,” adds SU-METAL, who sure looks forward to what’s sure to be an otherworldly first experience for both the band and their loyal, passionate fans in the country.Truly one of a kind, BABYMETAL have indeed made a name for themselves with a unique brand of Metal, as proven by the success of their third and latest album. The Philippines is in for a full BABYMETAL experience at PULP SUMMER SLAM as the duo sets off a cosmic phenomenon that would leave everyone reeling from the impact.BABYMETAL will be arriving at full force and they will SEE YOU AT THE SLAM. Catch BABYMETAL along with IRON MAIDEN, DEATH ANGEL, DRAGONFORCE, and KING 810. Tickets to PULP SUMMER SLAM XX: JUDGEMENT DAY, happening on May 16, 2020 at the Mall of Asia Arena, are on sale at SM Tickets outlets nationwide and online (www.smtickets.com), as well as via AirAsia RedTix. Tickets are priced as follows:  VIP SEATED — P12,000VIP PIT — P10,000LOWER BOX — P8,000REGULAR PIT — P6,000GENERAL ADMISSION — P3,500Ticketing charges apply.Stay tuned for #PSS20JudgementDay updates and further information by following PULP SUMMER SLAM and PULP Live World on all social media platforms, or by visiting pulp.ph and pulpsummerslam.com. #SeeYouAtTheSLAM!
    1033 Posted by Mikaela Foronda
  • The long wait is over for Filipino fans of sensational duo BABYMETAL as the arrival of the world-renowned Japanese act is imminent. For the very first time, the kawaii pop metal band will be performing in Manila at PULP SUMMER SLAM XX: JUDGEMENT DAY, sharing the stage with Heavy Metal legends Iron Maiden on May 16, 2020 at the Mall of Asia Arena.“Please fasten your neckbrace to headbang,” warns members MOAMETAL and SU-METAL as they take us on a galactic odyssey during their latest era as a world-renowned act. Having just released their brand new album Metal Galaxy last October 2019, this new era is as exciting as it is unpredictable with the duo carrying all past experiences forward on a continuing journey towards greatness and domination.With the release of Metal Galaxy, BABYMETAL have been named as the first Asian act to ever top the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. In an exclusive interview in PULP Magazine’s latest issue, SU-METAL gushes over this feat: “I was genuinely surprised! This album was a very new challenge for us. We’re very glad and happy to hear that a lot of people are enjoying the album.”On sharing the stage with IRON MAIDEN at the SLAM, MOAMETAL expresses her excitement: “I always wanted to have the opportunity of being on the same festival lineup as them so I can’t wait for this festival!” “This is our first time going to the Philippines so we can’t wait to meet our fans waiting for us there,” adds SU-METAL, who sure looks forward to what’s sure to be an otherworldly first experience for both the band and their loyal, passionate fans in the country.Truly one of a kind, BABYMETAL have indeed made a name for themselves with a unique brand of Metal, as proven by the success of their third and latest album. The Philippines is in for a full BABYMETAL experience at PULP SUMMER SLAM as the duo sets off a cosmic phenomenon that would leave everyone reeling from the impact.BABYMETAL will be arriving at full force and they will SEE YOU AT THE SLAM. Catch BABYMETAL along with IRON MAIDEN, DEATH ANGEL, DRAGONFORCE, and KING 810. Tickets to PULP SUMMER SLAM XX: JUDGEMENT DAY, happening on May 16, 2020 at the Mall of Asia Arena, are on sale at SM Tickets outlets nationwide and online (www.smtickets.com), as well as via AirAsia RedTix. Tickets are priced as follows:  VIP SEATED — P12,000VIP PIT — P10,000LOWER BOX — P8,000REGULAR PIT — P6,000GENERAL ADMISSION — P3,500Ticketing charges apply.Stay tuned for #PSS20JudgementDay updates and further information by following PULP SUMMER SLAM and PULP Live World on all social media platforms, or by visiting pulp.ph and pulpsummerslam.com. #SeeYouAtTheSLAM!
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