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  • 07 Sep 2020
      After considering the suggestions of their music fans and conducting a careful deliberation process with their management team, Ben&Ben have finally named their official fandom, “Liwanag.”   The folk-pop outfit chose the Filipino equivalent of its previous fan club moniker, Lights as a reminder that “we can be bearers of hope in these dark times.”   The initiative also celebrates the community’s unwavering bayanihan spirit and optimism to advocate for meaningful change and unity through music, despite the challenges that the nation is currently facing.   Below is the official statement:  "Liwanag" is the new, official fandom name of Ben&Ben! We have heard your suggestions. We want to honor our Filipino heritage, at higit sa lahat, kayo ang Liwanag namin. #BenAndBenLiwanagFandom.   Follow "Liwanag": FB: https://www.facebook.com/BenAndBenLiwanag/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bb_liwanag
    137 Posted by Rakista Radio
  •   After considering the suggestions of their music fans and conducting a careful deliberation process with their management team, Ben&Ben have finally named their official fandom, “Liwanag.”   The folk-pop outfit chose the Filipino equivalent of its previous fan club moniker, Lights as a reminder that “we can be bearers of hope in these dark times.”   The initiative also celebrates the community’s unwavering bayanihan spirit and optimism to advocate for meaningful change and unity through music, despite the challenges that the nation is currently facing.   Below is the official statement:  "Liwanag" is the new, official fandom name of Ben&Ben! We have heard your suggestions. We want to honor our Filipino heritage, at higit sa lahat, kayo ang Liwanag namin. #BenAndBenLiwanagFandom.   Follow "Liwanag": FB: https://www.facebook.com/BenAndBenLiwanag/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bb_liwanag
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  • 04 Sep 2020
    (profile fromhttps://www.facebook.com/AwitAwards/photos/a.132528886943797/1434642690065737/?type=3)(photo from Awit Awards official Facebook page)https://scontent-sin6-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/109770690_1394854247377915_435519537393427792_o.png?_nc_cat=109&_nc_sid=dd9801&_nc_ohc=K2KVNCKLOxQAX8oegRs&_nc_ht=scontent-sin6-2.xx&oh=6c57a4e6ff6e11363c99cbe0bdb34bf9&oe=5F7957AE 33rd Awit Awards, that has been giving recognition to Filipino Artists since 1969, pushed through amidst pandemic, as they announced the winners on their official Facebook page and YouTube channel last August 29.Warner Music Philippines, being impeccable as they are, once again conquered the virtual stage with their talent, IV of Spades’ CLAPCLAPCLAP and Bawat Kaluluwa, bagging the major awards for the ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Record of the year’During the livestream, Keiko Necesario and Zild Benitez hyped the netizens, together with the country’s exceptional artists on the aforementioned event.WMP’s clever tactics, songs, and album releases showed off on their triumph as they spontaneously maintained their spots on music charts and featured playlists on YouTube and Spotify.According to them, there are lots of music to be released and people should stay tuned for more surprises by the end of the year.For more updates, follow them on their official Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.https://www.facebook.com/warnermusicph/https://twitter.com/WarnerMusicPHhttps://www.instagram.com/warnermusicph/?hl=en
    193 Posted by Arci Sagaysay
  • (profile fromhttps://www.facebook.com/AwitAwards/photos/a.132528886943797/1434642690065737/?type=3)(photo from Awit Awards official Facebook page)https://scontent-sin6-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/109770690_1394854247377915_435519537393427792_o.png?_nc_cat=109&_nc_sid=dd9801&_nc_ohc=K2KVNCKLOxQAX8oegRs&_nc_ht=scontent-sin6-2.xx&oh=6c57a4e6ff6e11363c99cbe0bdb34bf9&oe=5F7957AE 33rd Awit Awards, that has been giving recognition to Filipino Artists since 1969, pushed through amidst pandemic, as they announced the winners on their official Facebook page and YouTube channel last August 29.Warner Music Philippines, being impeccable as they are, once again conquered the virtual stage with their talent, IV of Spades’ CLAPCLAPCLAP and Bawat Kaluluwa, bagging the major awards for the ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Record of the year’During the livestream, Keiko Necesario and Zild Benitez hyped the netizens, together with the country’s exceptional artists on the aforementioned event.WMP’s clever tactics, songs, and album releases showed off on their triumph as they spontaneously maintained their spots on music charts and featured playlists on YouTube and Spotify.According to them, there are lots of music to be released and people should stay tuned for more surprises by the end of the year.For more updates, follow them on their official Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.https://www.facebook.com/warnermusicph/https://twitter.com/WarnerMusicPHhttps://www.instagram.com/warnermusicph/?hl=en
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  • 04 Sep 2020
    #VansMusiciansWanted is NOW OPEN!  Submit your original music by Sep 30th and get a chance to share the stage with Anderson .Paak with all the dream prizes supported by Universal Music Group, Spinnup, Fender, global music platform playlisting and more. Just go to VANS.COM/MUSICIANSWANTED and let the world hear your music.  For more details, you can follow us at @vansphilippines and @rakistaradio on Facebook and Instagram. #Rakista #RakistaRadio #VansPH
    416 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • #VansMusiciansWanted is NOW OPEN!  Submit your original music by Sep 30th and get a chance to share the stage with Anderson .Paak with all the dream prizes supported by Universal Music Group, Spinnup, Fender, global music platform playlisting and more. Just go to VANS.COM/MUSICIANSWANTED and let the world hear your music.  For more details, you can follow us at @vansphilippines and @rakistaradio on Facebook and Instagram. #Rakista #RakistaRadio #VansPH
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  • 28 Aug 2020
    The hunt is on! Vans opens wider doors for starting musicians all over the globe. If you’re an amateur that is yet to step up, Vans Musician Wanted 2020 is waiting for you. To audition simply submit music to http://vans.com/musicianswanted  VMW started their journey since 2015 invites fresh, vigorous, and Off-the-Wall musicians from all genres to share their music to the world, earn Vans product, opportunity to have their music distributed worldwide, chance to be featured on Spotify and Apple playlisting, live guesting and more.  Aside from that, undiscovered artists will also have a chance to perform on bigger stages—including the House of Vans in Mexico and share the stage with Anderson Paak. Other opportunities like contract with Vans Philippines, Rakista Radio performance guesting, and more! Let the world hear your music. Join now! 
    1005 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • The hunt is on! Vans opens wider doors for starting musicians all over the globe. If you’re an amateur that is yet to step up, Vans Musician Wanted 2020 is waiting for you. To audition simply submit music to http://vans.com/musicianswanted  VMW started their journey since 2015 invites fresh, vigorous, and Off-the-Wall musicians from all genres to share their music to the world, earn Vans product, opportunity to have their music distributed worldwide, chance to be featured on Spotify and Apple playlisting, live guesting and more.  Aside from that, undiscovered artists will also have a chance to perform on bigger stages—including the House of Vans in Mexico and share the stage with Anderson Paak. Other opportunities like contract with Vans Philippines, Rakista Radio performance guesting, and more! Let the world hear your music. Join now! 
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  • 28 Aug 2020
      Award-winning singer-songwriter and former General Luna frontwoman Nicole Asensio is back home with Warner Music Philippines. Nicole has devoted fans and a successful career, with General Luna hits under her belt, a solo album, songwriting awards, and unreleased tracks waiting to see the light of day. And this year feels like the perfect time for the "schizoprano"'s return to form with her new single, “Silong”.   “’Silong’ is a song I gave up on many times because it wouldn’t lend me an ending. It is also the only original song in my upcoming album that I did not predominantly write the lyrics for, instead I focused on the melody and being involved in instrumentation ideas with my bandmates. Nicole’s new material, initially written in English and had five rewrites, is a delicate topic as it took a while until it was finished. “One early summer afternoon, I was cleaning up my old hard drive and found 49 unfinished songs and poems. This happened to be on top of the list so I decided to give it another shot. But I wouldn’t take the lead on the lyrics for this one. I sent the melody to Itchie Montilla, an ex-member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and he sent back a draft of his lyrics. I edited them a bit and then called my trusted band barkada to come over.”   Nicole Asensio got Michael Alba on drums, Karel Honasan on bass, Ira Cruz on Guitar, Nikko Rivera on keys, Michael Guevarra on saxophone, Lester Sorilla on trumpet and a few more friends. “The arrangement was a group effort. Michael A. And Michael G., being the intelligent musical tricksters, did some interesting arithmetic in the bridge and only then was the melody adjusted. We had the arrangement, and quickly set a schedule to record. No plans to release, just record for fun. We booked in Wildgrass studio, and because my musical family keeps growing, we added more elements, adding Isla Antinero on trombone, Ted Amper on Cello and Jobri Cimafranca on violin, with strings arrangement done by JC Magsalin who did a few of my orchestra arrangements for the first solo album and for live events.”   In the middle of “Silong”’s production, Nicole admitted that she started doubting herself even more. As the group worked on “Silong”’s arrangement, Nicole also took this time to regain her self-confidence. “I asked seasoned producer and performer Moy Ortiz to help me out with my singing, because truthfully, I was at a point where I lost all confidence, and he stuck it out with me ‘til the nth take.” For back vocals, she only had a few friends in mind. “The Honasan’s are a respected musical family and again, this song is like a family recipe with my friends in music, it was only right to ask Yosha Honasan (Karel’s wife). She along with amazing alto Pauline Lauron, and my mom, Iwi Laurel (I’m so lucky to have her on this), took the backup spots towards the end of the song, just to give it the filling in we were looking for. And that was it. Recording was done. And from that day I began writing again, incessantly, recording again, two more singles recorded and three more music videos shot just a couple weeks after. I felt some sort of motivation again.”   “Everything was set for January 2020. Then Covid happened.” To pass the time, Nicole wrote more songs, shot quarantine music videos for online releases, collaborated with other artists, and did fundraiser shows to keep herself sane. Upon returning to Warner Music Philippines (WMP) as a solo artist, she began writing, producing and recording her second album set for release this year. WMP was her ex-band General Luna’s label which released their self-titled debut record back in 2010. “Sometimes we can’t just play God and call out what’s meant to be and what isn’t because our plans have worldly limitations, and who knows, there may be a better plan that awaits if we choose to faith over fear. Let’s see how this goes as I dig through my hard drive of 48 more unfinished pieces. 2020 isn’t over yet.”   “Silong” comes out on August 28, 2020 under Warner Music Philippines. You can follow Nicole Asensio’s social media pages for more updates.
    163 Posted by Rakista Radio
  •   Award-winning singer-songwriter and former General Luna frontwoman Nicole Asensio is back home with Warner Music Philippines. Nicole has devoted fans and a successful career, with General Luna hits under her belt, a solo album, songwriting awards, and unreleased tracks waiting to see the light of day. And this year feels like the perfect time for the "schizoprano"'s return to form with her new single, “Silong”.   “’Silong’ is a song I gave up on many times because it wouldn’t lend me an ending. It is also the only original song in my upcoming album that I did not predominantly write the lyrics for, instead I focused on the melody and being involved in instrumentation ideas with my bandmates. Nicole’s new material, initially written in English and had five rewrites, is a delicate topic as it took a while until it was finished. “One early summer afternoon, I was cleaning up my old hard drive and found 49 unfinished songs and poems. This happened to be on top of the list so I decided to give it another shot. But I wouldn’t take the lead on the lyrics for this one. I sent the melody to Itchie Montilla, an ex-member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and he sent back a draft of his lyrics. I edited them a bit and then called my trusted band barkada to come over.”   Nicole Asensio got Michael Alba on drums, Karel Honasan on bass, Ira Cruz on Guitar, Nikko Rivera on keys, Michael Guevarra on saxophone, Lester Sorilla on trumpet and a few more friends. “The arrangement was a group effort. Michael A. And Michael G., being the intelligent musical tricksters, did some interesting arithmetic in the bridge and only then was the melody adjusted. We had the arrangement, and quickly set a schedule to record. No plans to release, just record for fun. We booked in Wildgrass studio, and because my musical family keeps growing, we added more elements, adding Isla Antinero on trombone, Ted Amper on Cello and Jobri Cimafranca on violin, with strings arrangement done by JC Magsalin who did a few of my orchestra arrangements for the first solo album and for live events.”   In the middle of “Silong”’s production, Nicole admitted that she started doubting herself even more. As the group worked on “Silong”’s arrangement, Nicole also took this time to regain her self-confidence. “I asked seasoned producer and performer Moy Ortiz to help me out with my singing, because truthfully, I was at a point where I lost all confidence, and he stuck it out with me ‘til the nth take.” For back vocals, she only had a few friends in mind. “The Honasan’s are a respected musical family and again, this song is like a family recipe with my friends in music, it was only right to ask Yosha Honasan (Karel’s wife). She along with amazing alto Pauline Lauron, and my mom, Iwi Laurel (I’m so lucky to have her on this), took the backup spots towards the end of the song, just to give it the filling in we were looking for. And that was it. Recording was done. And from that day I began writing again, incessantly, recording again, two more singles recorded and three more music videos shot just a couple weeks after. I felt some sort of motivation again.”   “Everything was set for January 2020. Then Covid happened.” To pass the time, Nicole wrote more songs, shot quarantine music videos for online releases, collaborated with other artists, and did fundraiser shows to keep herself sane. Upon returning to Warner Music Philippines (WMP) as a solo artist, she began writing, producing and recording her second album set for release this year. WMP was her ex-band General Luna’s label which released their self-titled debut record back in 2010. “Sometimes we can’t just play God and call out what’s meant to be and what isn’t because our plans have worldly limitations, and who knows, there may be a better plan that awaits if we choose to faith over fear. Let’s see how this goes as I dig through my hard drive of 48 more unfinished pieces. 2020 isn’t over yet.”   “Silong” comes out on August 28, 2020 under Warner Music Philippines. You can follow Nicole Asensio’s social media pages for more updates.
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  • 28 Aug 2020
    Los-Angeles based Asian-American rapper Blahza releases his first solo single ‘Bandz’ under Umami Records today, August 28 (Friday), on all digital platforms worldwide.   The latest single follows his previous collaborations with Singaporean electronic producer Xinister on ‘Break’ and with Malaysian lo-fi producer OnlyM on ‘Perfect.’   On the sparse, trap-influenced track, Blahza rhymes about hustling in life, minding your own business, and keeping your cool when the chips are down. Blahza shares the story behind ‘Bandz:’ “The hook is about not worrying about what another person has. And when you don’t have it yourself don’t hate - just go out and get it for yourself.”   According to the Umami Records hip-hop artist, the first verse was written to document his struggles and humble beginnings, trying to make a fortune out of hard work and perseverance. He lays down the second verse with details about his romantic preference, seamlessly changing subjects like a pro. Blahza says, “When the beat played the hook came to me instantly, I felt the message so clearly when I was writing it. The cadence is so catchy.”   ‘Bandz’ is the lead single from Blahza’s upcoming EP, Sad Songs For Happy People, scheduled for release in 2021. Blahza also has several collaborations dropping later this year.   Listen to Bandz via Umami Records: https://www.umamirecords.sg/bandz/   About Blahza Los-Angeles based Asian-American hip hop artist and producer Blahza makes music with a larger than life sound about his afflictions, aspirations, and accomplishments, inspired by the American counterculture of the late 1960s and music from the early 2000s.   Blahza recorded, mixed and mastered Blueface’s record ‘Next Big Thing’ in 2018. In 2019, Blahza opened for Members Only at the first stop of their album tour, and released his EP ‘Bloom’. Blahza has been featured on major playlists including Spotify’s Beats & Rhymes, New Era: Asian Hip-Hop, Border Beats and 都会の空と音楽と.   Born and raised in Van Nuys, of Chinese and Puerto Rican parents, Blahza grew up surrounded by music and diversity. He fell in love with rap music and especially how it bridged different cultures.     Facebook · Instagram · Twitter · YouTube   About Umami Records Umami Records is a Singapore-based indie record label founded in 2013. Much like the “5th taste” reputation of its namesake, the label strongly believes in discovering new, interesting sounds that run underground and away from the mainstream. The label’s tight-knit, curated roster includes releases from Linying, The Steve McQueens, brb., Evanturetime, CampFire, Martin Baltser, Phoria, Oriental Cravings, and more.   UmamiRecords.sg · Instagram · Facebook · Twitter · YouTube
    168 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Los-Angeles based Asian-American rapper Blahza releases his first solo single ‘Bandz’ under Umami Records today, August 28 (Friday), on all digital platforms worldwide.   The latest single follows his previous collaborations with Singaporean electronic producer Xinister on ‘Break’ and with Malaysian lo-fi producer OnlyM on ‘Perfect.’   On the sparse, trap-influenced track, Blahza rhymes about hustling in life, minding your own business, and keeping your cool when the chips are down. Blahza shares the story behind ‘Bandz:’ “The hook is about not worrying about what another person has. And when you don’t have it yourself don’t hate - just go out and get it for yourself.”   According to the Umami Records hip-hop artist, the first verse was written to document his struggles and humble beginnings, trying to make a fortune out of hard work and perseverance. He lays down the second verse with details about his romantic preference, seamlessly changing subjects like a pro. Blahza says, “When the beat played the hook came to me instantly, I felt the message so clearly when I was writing it. The cadence is so catchy.”   ‘Bandz’ is the lead single from Blahza’s upcoming EP, Sad Songs For Happy People, scheduled for release in 2021. Blahza also has several collaborations dropping later this year.   Listen to Bandz via Umami Records: https://www.umamirecords.sg/bandz/   About Blahza Los-Angeles based Asian-American hip hop artist and producer Blahza makes music with a larger than life sound about his afflictions, aspirations, and accomplishments, inspired by the American counterculture of the late 1960s and music from the early 2000s.   Blahza recorded, mixed and mastered Blueface’s record ‘Next Big Thing’ in 2018. In 2019, Blahza opened for Members Only at the first stop of their album tour, and released his EP ‘Bloom’. Blahza has been featured on major playlists including Spotify’s Beats & Rhymes, New Era: Asian Hip-Hop, Border Beats and 都会の空と音楽と.   Born and raised in Van Nuys, of Chinese and Puerto Rican parents, Blahza grew up surrounded by music and diversity. He fell in love with rap music and especially how it bridged different cultures.     Facebook · Instagram · Twitter · YouTube   About Umami Records Umami Records is a Singapore-based indie record label founded in 2013. Much like the “5th taste” reputation of its namesake, the label strongly believes in discovering new, interesting sounds that run underground and away from the mainstream. The label’s tight-knit, curated roster includes releases from Linying, The Steve McQueens, brb., Evanturetime, CampFire, Martin Baltser, Phoria, Oriental Cravings, and more.   UmamiRecords.sg · Instagram · Facebook · Twitter · YouTube
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  • 28 Aug 2020
    Ron Pangyarihan unfurls a wistful tale of hope with his acoustic version of his single “Balang Araw”. The pulse is set by the light strumming of the acoustic guitar accompanied by strings - both adding to the song’s raw, stripped-back feel. The lyrics are emotionally sung about the hope of being loved back by the one you love. This acoustic track comes perfectly with the rainy season. The ‘Hanggang Kailan’ singer is celebrating his first anniversary with Viva Records. He signed with Viva Records exactly a year ago today. Pangyarihan is spending his time working on music during this lockdown.
    485 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Ron Pangyarihan unfurls a wistful tale of hope with his acoustic version of his single “Balang Araw”. The pulse is set by the light strumming of the acoustic guitar accompanied by strings - both adding to the song’s raw, stripped-back feel. The lyrics are emotionally sung about the hope of being loved back by the one you love. This acoustic track comes perfectly with the rainy season. The ‘Hanggang Kailan’ singer is celebrating his first anniversary with Viva Records. He signed with Viva Records exactly a year ago today. Pangyarihan is spending his time working on music during this lockdown.
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  • 28 Aug 2020
    Ready yourself for a collision of worlds and genres as local grunge band Gin Rum and Truth (GRT) collaborates with ’Metal Barbie’ Trish Reyes!   Gin Rum and Truth (GRT), is bringing hard rock intensity back on the map. GRT is spirited, headstrong, and willing to give their all on the stage to give any crowd a memorable show. Bound in brotherhood and strong ties of friendship, GRT never fails to awe audiences with their performances.   With “I Got The Flu”, the song that held the Top 5 slot on Jam 88.3’s year-end countdown a few years ago, GRT  brings in their usual grunge-rock intensity in full-force. As the former frontwoman of the metal-electronica band, EVEN, Trish Reyes, lends her vocals to the track in a duet with GRT’s own, Yok Tano, “I Got The Flu” bridges their complementing styles in a single song. Filled with the intense and spirited riffs, the resonating guitar leads, and the vocal rasps GRT is known for, along with Trish’s equally spirited and soulful vocals, the song is packed with excitement and strength by putting these elements in full blast.   “I Got The Flu” captures the human desire of wanting and craving for something that you can never have. The band brought about this message by making the song as hard-hitting and as true as can be. Composed by GRT’s own drummer, Inigo Mortel, “I Got The Flu” is a track that would definitely make you swing as you listen.   “I Got The Flu (feat. Trish Reyes) is Gin Rum and Truth’s third release under music label, Warner Music Philippines and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all digital streaming platforms on August 28, 2020 (FRIDAY)!   “I Got The Flu”’s official music video, as well as its performance videos will be out soon!   For updates about the song and the band, you can visit Gin Rum and Truth’s official pages here: Spotify:  https://tinyurl.com/GRTspotify Facebook: www.facebook.com/ginrumandtruth YouTube:  www.youtube.com/ginrumandtruth Instagram:  www.instagram.com/ginrumandtruth Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ginrumandtruth     LISTEN, FOLLOW & SHARE! WARNER ROCKS - OPM
    143 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Ready yourself for a collision of worlds and genres as local grunge band Gin Rum and Truth (GRT) collaborates with ’Metal Barbie’ Trish Reyes!   Gin Rum and Truth (GRT), is bringing hard rock intensity back on the map. GRT is spirited, headstrong, and willing to give their all on the stage to give any crowd a memorable show. Bound in brotherhood and strong ties of friendship, GRT never fails to awe audiences with their performances.   With “I Got The Flu”, the song that held the Top 5 slot on Jam 88.3’s year-end countdown a few years ago, GRT  brings in their usual grunge-rock intensity in full-force. As the former frontwoman of the metal-electronica band, EVEN, Trish Reyes, lends her vocals to the track in a duet with GRT’s own, Yok Tano, “I Got The Flu” bridges their complementing styles in a single song. Filled with the intense and spirited riffs, the resonating guitar leads, and the vocal rasps GRT is known for, along with Trish’s equally spirited and soulful vocals, the song is packed with excitement and strength by putting these elements in full blast.   “I Got The Flu” captures the human desire of wanting and craving for something that you can never have. The band brought about this message by making the song as hard-hitting and as true as can be. Composed by GRT’s own drummer, Inigo Mortel, “I Got The Flu” is a track that would definitely make you swing as you listen.   “I Got The Flu (feat. Trish Reyes) is Gin Rum and Truth’s third release under music label, Warner Music Philippines and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all digital streaming platforms on August 28, 2020 (FRIDAY)!   “I Got The Flu”’s official music video, as well as its performance videos will be out soon!   For updates about the song and the band, you can visit Gin Rum and Truth’s official pages here: Spotify:  https://tinyurl.com/GRTspotify Facebook: www.facebook.com/ginrumandtruth YouTube:  www.youtube.com/ginrumandtruth Instagram:  www.instagram.com/ginrumandtruth Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ginrumandtruth     LISTEN, FOLLOW & SHARE! WARNER ROCKS - OPM
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  • 27 Aug 2020
    During the virtual presser attended by members of the press last August 26, 2020 (Wednesday), The OPM Archive Foundation has announced its official plans to collect Filipino music memorabilia and champion digital archiving in a time that needs preservation of cultural artifacts.   Heading the OPM Archive Foundation are the “next gen” members of the group, Moy Ortiz, President; Krina Cayabyab, Vice President; Dinah Remolacio, Treasurer and Chevy Salvador, Secretary, while the more senior members will stay on as board members and advisers.     The archive is a separate entity from Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) in that it will serve as a foundation that collects and documents not just the actual original Filipino music, but also narratives, photographs, music sheets and press releases. Originally, the term “OPM” referred to the inclusive period from the 70s to 80s when a rich influx of new and modern sounds, melodies, lyrics, singers and musicians flooded the airwaves, and even the theater, with original dance musicals as “Rama Hari” and “Tales of the Manuvu”. Among the familiar and popular voices that emerged, aside from Celeste Legaspi’s were Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro, Sampaguita, Mike Hanopol, Florante, Freddie Aguilar, Leah Navarro, Didith Reyes, just to name a few.     The archive, however, for the purposes of music research and study for future generations, shall extend its borders to the precedents of this era, the 60’s, and extend to the present, and hopefully can be sustained into the future, for the identification and recognition of music development. The accompanying narratives will seek to contextualize the music in its specific social relevance that defined each period, and perhaps identify continuity to the next period.   Plans for the OPM Archive gave rise before the lockdown, when the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), where the archive was to be housed, was ready to receive the hard copy donations. With the lockdown, FHL head, Suzanne Yupangco and the archive group agreed to go digital. This does not, however, preclude the collecting of hard copies once the quarantine period is over. There is nothing like seeing the original “in the flesh”. While each hard copy donation will be digitized, the original copies will also be preserved through actual preventive conservation, knowing how digitization alone can be prone to obsolescence because of evolving digital formats.   Music plays a major role in peoples’ lives. It is something everyone cares about. And the archive hopes to ensure that the musical gems it documents and collects will live on from generation to generation, so children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren can appreciate, learn from, and perhaps someday, revise, improvise, follow or change approaches to music.   The archive is now open for digital collection, and is open to the public for donations. Just log on to opmarchive.com.   The launch of the OPM Archive is an initiative of founding members of OPM, led by its founder and first president, Celeste Legaspi, with Girlie Rodis, Tats Rejante Manahan, Lyca Benitez Brown, next generation members, Moy Ortiz, Chevy Salvador, Dinah Remolacio and Krina Cayabyab.
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  • During the virtual presser attended by members of the press last August 26, 2020 (Wednesday), The OPM Archive Foundation has announced its official plans to collect Filipino music memorabilia and champion digital archiving in a time that needs preservation of cultural artifacts.   Heading the OPM Archive Foundation are the “next gen” members of the group, Moy Ortiz, President; Krina Cayabyab, Vice President; Dinah Remolacio, Treasurer and Chevy Salvador, Secretary, while the more senior members will stay on as board members and advisers.     The archive is a separate entity from Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) in that it will serve as a foundation that collects and documents not just the actual original Filipino music, but also narratives, photographs, music sheets and press releases. Originally, the term “OPM” referred to the inclusive period from the 70s to 80s when a rich influx of new and modern sounds, melodies, lyrics, singers and musicians flooded the airwaves, and even the theater, with original dance musicals as “Rama Hari” and “Tales of the Manuvu”. Among the familiar and popular voices that emerged, aside from Celeste Legaspi’s were Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro, Sampaguita, Mike Hanopol, Florante, Freddie Aguilar, Leah Navarro, Didith Reyes, just to name a few.     The archive, however, for the purposes of music research and study for future generations, shall extend its borders to the precedents of this era, the 60’s, and extend to the present, and hopefully can be sustained into the future, for the identification and recognition of music development. The accompanying narratives will seek to contextualize the music in its specific social relevance that defined each period, and perhaps identify continuity to the next period.   Plans for the OPM Archive gave rise before the lockdown, when the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), where the archive was to be housed, was ready to receive the hard copy donations. With the lockdown, FHL head, Suzanne Yupangco and the archive group agreed to go digital. This does not, however, preclude the collecting of hard copies once the quarantine period is over. There is nothing like seeing the original “in the flesh”. While each hard copy donation will be digitized, the original copies will also be preserved through actual preventive conservation, knowing how digitization alone can be prone to obsolescence because of evolving digital formats.   Music plays a major role in peoples’ lives. It is something everyone cares about. And the archive hopes to ensure that the musical gems it documents and collects will live on from generation to generation, so children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren can appreciate, learn from, and perhaps someday, revise, improvise, follow or change approaches to music.   The archive is now open for digital collection, and is open to the public for donations. Just log on to opmarchive.com.   The launch of the OPM Archive is an initiative of founding members of OPM, led by its founder and first president, Celeste Legaspi, with Girlie Rodis, Tats Rejante Manahan, Lyca Benitez Brown, next generation members, Moy Ortiz, Chevy Salvador, Dinah Remolacio and Krina Cayabyab.
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  • 26 Aug 2020
    Just months after the release of their debut album, Singaporean R&B trio brb. returns with a brand new single,“my type”— out on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide this Friday, 21 August 2020.   Beyond the suggestive title, “my type” alludes to navigating the feelings that come with loving someone. Messages of acceptance and understanding are accompanied by a wistful chorus set against a tropical beat that is sure to leave you bopping.   Steeped in radiant electronic beats and soulful production, brb.’s latest jam brims with experiments gone right. But make no mistake: it’s a song that grapples with optimism—the kind that surges with both finesse and adrenaline, but delivered with the occasional oddity that we’ve come to experience from the alt-R&B group’s previous material.    “We hope to introduce a different energy into our upcoming releases. Our EP relationshit was rather somber and we wanted to write happier songs this time round. We’re excited for you to hear what we have in store this year.”   “my type” is taken off brb's upcoming sophomore EP which is slated for release in 2021.   Facebook Instagram
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  • Just months after the release of their debut album, Singaporean R&B trio brb. returns with a brand new single,“my type”— out on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide this Friday, 21 August 2020.   Beyond the suggestive title, “my type” alludes to navigating the feelings that come with loving someone. Messages of acceptance and understanding are accompanied by a wistful chorus set against a tropical beat that is sure to leave you bopping.   Steeped in radiant electronic beats and soulful production, brb.’s latest jam brims with experiments gone right. But make no mistake: it’s a song that grapples with optimism—the kind that surges with both finesse and adrenaline, but delivered with the occasional oddity that we’ve come to experience from the alt-R&B group’s previous material.    “We hope to introduce a different energy into our upcoming releases. Our EP relationshit was rather somber and we wanted to write happier songs this time round. We’re excited for you to hear what we have in store this year.”   “my type” is taken off brb's upcoming sophomore EP which is slated for release in 2021.   Facebook Instagram
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  • 26 Aug 2020
    PhilPop, the country's premier songwriting competition, has officially unveiled its top 6 finalists from the Visayas and Mindanao cluster. With #MusicBreakingBorders as its newest tagline, the music institution sets its sights in promoting top-notch Filipino compositions on a scale that’s never been done before: by going global and forging regional ties. Carefully handpicked from thousands of submissions, the first batch of finalists from PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 recently graced the online media presentation last August 24, 2020 (Wednesday).   In no particular order, the finalists from the Vis-Min cluster include: Visayas: Jerika Teodorico – “Ayaw Na Lang” (Cebu City, Cebu) Noah Alejandre and Reanne Borela – “Suyo” (Ormoc City, Leyte) Michael Catarina – “Hinungdan” (Cebu City, Cebu)   Mindanao: John Cadeliña  – “Akong Bililhon”(Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur) Christian Chiu – “Kasadya” (Corandal City, South Cotabato) Sherwin Fugoso – “Pahuway” (Jabonga, Agusan del Norte)   According to PhilPop Executive Director Dinah Remolacio, the entries underwent multiple rounds of selection process until Top 3 per clusters were handpicked. “We wanted our process to be inclusive so the decision making involved local and international representatives from Warner Music, representatives from our regional partner for each cluster, and representatives from PhilPop,” Remolacio shares in a statement.   The selection committee is headed by Festival Chair and PhilPop Musicfest National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, as well as Foundation Board Members, adjudicators, partners, and Warner Music Philippines Executives such as PhilPop Musicfest Foundation President Victorico P. Vargas, Festival Co-Chair and PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Board Member Noel Cabangon, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Executive Director Dinah A. Remolacio, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Lead Adjudicators Jungee Marcelo and Trina Belamide, Warner Music Philippines Managing Director Ian Monsod, MinPop Musicfest Director and Mindanao Cluster Partner Jeremy Sarmiento, and Kadasig Founder and Visayas Cluster Partner Jude Gitamondoc.   PhilPop is currently wrapping up its adjudication process for the remaining clusters namely: North Luzon, South Luzon, and Metro Manila. The finalists representing the remaining regions will be announced next month.   In terms of the selection of finalists from the Mindanao Cluster, MinPop Musicfest Director Jeremy Sarmiento takes pride of how the top three finalists took inspiration from various sources, yet their songs sounded truly ‘Mindanaoan’ in terms of cultural context and identity. Sarmiento also cited the importance of regional representation, and how this platform helps in introducing different stories and diverse experiences through music. “There's no better way to achieve that than giving an opportunity to those in the regions to tell their own stories. Representation provides a reflection of each of their languages, ideals, feelings and that's what we ultimately need to understand each other better, the uniqueness of the Filipinos, expressed through songs.”   Kadasig Founder and Visayas Cluster Partner Jude Gitamondoc is also optimistic about their official picks for the Visayas cluster, citing diversity and universal appeal as two of main reasons that make these songs a standout in the competition. “I think the songs chosen to represent the Visayas are a great representation of the region,” says Gitamondoc. “We have an electronic-infused track, another one that's soulful, and another that's folksy. That pretty much shows how varied the musicality is in the Visayas. We are at the center of the country. We are a melting pot of cultures, influences, and ideas.”   PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. This year's PhilPop is co-presented by SMART, MERALCO, and MAYNILAD, with official partners, Warner Music Philippines, Kadasig, and MinPop.
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  • PhilPop, the country's premier songwriting competition, has officially unveiled its top 6 finalists from the Visayas and Mindanao cluster. With #MusicBreakingBorders as its newest tagline, the music institution sets its sights in promoting top-notch Filipino compositions on a scale that’s never been done before: by going global and forging regional ties. Carefully handpicked from thousands of submissions, the first batch of finalists from PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 recently graced the online media presentation last August 24, 2020 (Wednesday).   In no particular order, the finalists from the Vis-Min cluster include: Visayas: Jerika Teodorico – “Ayaw Na Lang” (Cebu City, Cebu) Noah Alejandre and Reanne Borela – “Suyo” (Ormoc City, Leyte) Michael Catarina – “Hinungdan” (Cebu City, Cebu)   Mindanao: John Cadeliña  – “Akong Bililhon”(Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur) Christian Chiu – “Kasadya” (Corandal City, South Cotabato) Sherwin Fugoso – “Pahuway” (Jabonga, Agusan del Norte)   According to PhilPop Executive Director Dinah Remolacio, the entries underwent multiple rounds of selection process until Top 3 per clusters were handpicked. “We wanted our process to be inclusive so the decision making involved local and international representatives from Warner Music, representatives from our regional partner for each cluster, and representatives from PhilPop,” Remolacio shares in a statement.   The selection committee is headed by Festival Chair and PhilPop Musicfest National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, as well as Foundation Board Members, adjudicators, partners, and Warner Music Philippines Executives such as PhilPop Musicfest Foundation President Victorico P. Vargas, Festival Co-Chair and PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Board Member Noel Cabangon, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Executive Director Dinah A. Remolacio, PhilPop Musicfest Foundation Lead Adjudicators Jungee Marcelo and Trina Belamide, Warner Music Philippines Managing Director Ian Monsod, MinPop Musicfest Director and Mindanao Cluster Partner Jeremy Sarmiento, and Kadasig Founder and Visayas Cluster Partner Jude Gitamondoc.   PhilPop is currently wrapping up its adjudication process for the remaining clusters namely: North Luzon, South Luzon, and Metro Manila. The finalists representing the remaining regions will be announced next month.   In terms of the selection of finalists from the Mindanao Cluster, MinPop Musicfest Director Jeremy Sarmiento takes pride of how the top three finalists took inspiration from various sources, yet their songs sounded truly ‘Mindanaoan’ in terms of cultural context and identity. Sarmiento also cited the importance of regional representation, and how this platform helps in introducing different stories and diverse experiences through music. “There's no better way to achieve that than giving an opportunity to those in the regions to tell their own stories. Representation provides a reflection of each of their languages, ideals, feelings and that's what we ultimately need to understand each other better, the uniqueness of the Filipinos, expressed through songs.”   Kadasig Founder and Visayas Cluster Partner Jude Gitamondoc is also optimistic about their official picks for the Visayas cluster, citing diversity and universal appeal as two of main reasons that make these songs a standout in the competition. “I think the songs chosen to represent the Visayas are a great representation of the region,” says Gitamondoc. “We have an electronic-infused track, another one that's soulful, and another that's folksy. That pretty much shows how varied the musicality is in the Visayas. We are at the center of the country. We are a melting pot of cultures, influences, and ideas.”   PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. This year's PhilPop is co-presented by SMART, MERALCO, and MAYNILAD, with official partners, Warner Music Philippines, Kadasig, and MinPop.
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  • 25 Aug 2020
    Alternative rock icon Rico Blanco spreads love and positivity amidst difficult times on his new single, “Happy Feelin”—out today, August 25, on all digital platforms worldwide.     On his second release this year under Sony Music, the award-winning producer and singer-songwriter delivers a bright, upbeat number that soars with an inescapable chorus and a rockabilly vibe.   For someone who has spent a career pushing pop music to exciting new places, Rico Blanco succeeds in releasing a diverse selection of tunes that blends crossover appeal with an adventurous edge. Count “Happy Feelin” as the latest addition to his winning streak: a finger-snapping, retro-leaning bop that finds Blanco dialing down his sonic ambition for something that resembles a big ball of sunshine.     “Happy Feelin” is the second song written and produced by Blanco in his home studio during the lockdown period. It’s the follow-up single to “This Too Shall Pass,” which was released on the first week of May 2020.  
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  • Alternative rock icon Rico Blanco spreads love and positivity amidst difficult times on his new single, “Happy Feelin”—out today, August 25, on all digital platforms worldwide.     On his second release this year under Sony Music, the award-winning producer and singer-songwriter delivers a bright, upbeat number that soars with an inescapable chorus and a rockabilly vibe.   For someone who has spent a career pushing pop music to exciting new places, Rico Blanco succeeds in releasing a diverse selection of tunes that blends crossover appeal with an adventurous edge. Count “Happy Feelin” as the latest addition to his winning streak: a finger-snapping, retro-leaning bop that finds Blanco dialing down his sonic ambition for something that resembles a big ball of sunshine.     “Happy Feelin” is the second song written and produced by Blanco in his home studio during the lockdown period. It’s the follow-up single to “This Too Shall Pass,” which was released on the first week of May 2020.  
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  • 21 Aug 2020
    Get your ears ready as local grunge band Gin Rum and Truth releases their hit single ‘I Got The Flu’ on Spotify and all digital streaming platforms this Friday, August 28, 2020!What’s there to be excited about? Well aside from being the Top 5 track a few years back on Jam 88.3’s year-end countdown, ‘I Got The Flu’ is also a collaboration with one of the queens of the metal scene today; and it is none other than the ‘Metal Barbie’, Trish Reyes!Formerly known as the frontwoman of metal-electronica band EVEN, Trish is now the main vocals of experimental rock band ÆSTERIA (Aesteria) and hits the screams at metal band Oremuz. In ‘I Got The Flu’, fans will get to hear Trish’s different side as she abandons her usual growls and switches it to a more chill and passionate approach on the mic.According to Gin Rum and Truth, the track ‘I Got The Flu’ delivers a message about wanting something we can’t have, and how that desire leaves us craving for more—and it really isn’t a lie. Composed by their drummer Inigo Mortel, they captured this kind of yearning and turned it into a hard-hitting, rock-and-roll and grunge hybrid track which will absolutely make you move to the tune.Also, better watch out for its official music video and performance videos soon! It may be sooner than you think.For up-to-date notifications for ‘I Got The Flu’, visit Gin Rum and Truth’s official pages:Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/GRTspotifyFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/ginrumandtruthYouTube: www.youtube.com/ginrumandtruthInstagram: www.instagram.com/ginrumandtruthTwitter: www.twitter.com/ginrumandtruth  
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  • Get your ears ready as local grunge band Gin Rum and Truth releases their hit single ‘I Got The Flu’ on Spotify and all digital streaming platforms this Friday, August 28, 2020!What’s there to be excited about? Well aside from being the Top 5 track a few years back on Jam 88.3’s year-end countdown, ‘I Got The Flu’ is also a collaboration with one of the queens of the metal scene today; and it is none other than the ‘Metal Barbie’, Trish Reyes!Formerly known as the frontwoman of metal-electronica band EVEN, Trish is now the main vocals of experimental rock band ÆSTERIA (Aesteria) and hits the screams at metal band Oremuz. In ‘I Got The Flu’, fans will get to hear Trish’s different side as she abandons her usual growls and switches it to a more chill and passionate approach on the mic.According to Gin Rum and Truth, the track ‘I Got The Flu’ delivers a message about wanting something we can’t have, and how that desire leaves us craving for more—and it really isn’t a lie. Composed by their drummer Inigo Mortel, they captured this kind of yearning and turned it into a hard-hitting, rock-and-roll and grunge hybrid track which will absolutely make you move to the tune.Also, better watch out for its official music video and performance videos soon! It may be sooner than you think.For up-to-date notifications for ‘I Got The Flu’, visit Gin Rum and Truth’s official pages:Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/GRTspotifyFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/ginrumandtruthYouTube: www.youtube.com/ginrumandtruthInstagram: www.instagram.com/ginrumandtruthTwitter: www.twitter.com/ginrumandtruth  
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  • 21 Aug 2020
    After the successful release of the lockdown inspired song Where Were You (When the World Stopped) in May 2020, Mark Read of the UK/ Norwegian band A1 launches his follow up single Smile Again on digital music platforms.       Co-written with legendary British songwriter Russ Ballard ("Since You’ve Been Gone", "God Gave Rock & Roll to You") Arno Spires and Christian Ballard (Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera)     This empowering upbeat track with its uplifting Tropical House vibes and inspirational lyrics, celebrates the coming out of a dark place and facing the world again with a smile. According to Mark, “Smile Again" is a positive song which was actually conceived and partially written a number of years ago, when he was a full time songwriter, writing for different artists. At that time, his female friend was going through a really difficult phase in her life and it was also around that time when people really started opening up about mental health and challenging it as a taboo subject, which shouldn’t be the case. It’s good thing that people are opening up much more today than ever before, and they’re being more supportive to each other in difficult times. This was the inspiration behind the song then, and it applies even more so now.      When asked if  "Smile Again" will be a source of hope, solace and source of support to listeners out there, Mark replied “100%! As I get older I feel making music is less about selling albums and having number 1 hits and more about connecting with people. Over the years I’ve had so many amazing messages saying how our songs helped them through difficult times and that really is the power of music and what I feel I’m on this earth for, whether it’s with thought provoking or fun uplifting songs that make you want to smile and dance.”      The message of the song has indeed triggered the brilliant #SmileAgainChallenge idea as fans on social media from all over the world have been posting smiley photos and nominating friends and family members they would like to see Smile Again. This is how they show their love and support for the new song. Likewise, hundreds of people are already using the border for their social media DP.  
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  • After the successful release of the lockdown inspired song Where Were You (When the World Stopped) in May 2020, Mark Read of the UK/ Norwegian band A1 launches his follow up single Smile Again on digital music platforms.       Co-written with legendary British songwriter Russ Ballard ("Since You’ve Been Gone", "God Gave Rock & Roll to You") Arno Spires and Christian Ballard (Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera)     This empowering upbeat track with its uplifting Tropical House vibes and inspirational lyrics, celebrates the coming out of a dark place and facing the world again with a smile. According to Mark, “Smile Again" is a positive song which was actually conceived and partially written a number of years ago, when he was a full time songwriter, writing for different artists. At that time, his female friend was going through a really difficult phase in her life and it was also around that time when people really started opening up about mental health and challenging it as a taboo subject, which shouldn’t be the case. It’s good thing that people are opening up much more today than ever before, and they’re being more supportive to each other in difficult times. This was the inspiration behind the song then, and it applies even more so now.      When asked if  "Smile Again" will be a source of hope, solace and source of support to listeners out there, Mark replied “100%! As I get older I feel making music is less about selling albums and having number 1 hits and more about connecting with people. Over the years I’ve had so many amazing messages saying how our songs helped them through difficult times and that really is the power of music and what I feel I’m on this earth for, whether it’s with thought provoking or fun uplifting songs that make you want to smile and dance.”      The message of the song has indeed triggered the brilliant #SmileAgainChallenge idea as fans on social media from all over the world have been posting smiley photos and nominating friends and family members they would like to see Smile Again. This is how they show their love and support for the new song. Likewise, hundreds of people are already using the border for their social media DP.  
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  • 21 Aug 2020
    Singapore pop artist Dominic Chin has released ALONE, the 6th single from his upcoming debut EP License To Cry, via Singapore indie label Umami Records. In this deeply personal song, the singer-songwriter lays bare his struggles with anxiety disorder. “Dear don't let me go, let me go tonight,” he pleads desperately in the chorus, accompanied by a minimalist, gentle electro-pop beat that gives the track its melancholic, intimate vibe. ALONE takes a step back from the dance floor and finds a way to reflect on life decisions cautiously, without resorting to self-sabotage. “The song is about my anxiety order and how it affects all the relationships in my life,” Dominic Chin shares in a statement. “Finding love and peace with good healthy relationships but feeling tremendously undeserving of it, resulting in me wanting to sabotage the relationship. The song talks about feeling conflicted about my relationships, being totally defeated and yearning for some help while I fight my battles with feeling disorientated by all that is going on in my mind.” The acclaimed Singapore-based artist also clarifies that ALONE is not a song meant to uplift anybody. “It’s a song to let people who struggle with anxiety issues like me to know that they are not alone, and that I too struggle with it on a day to day basis and I’m still here.” Dominic Chin’s debut EP License To Cry is scheduled for release on 9 October 2020, followed by his debut show at the Esplanade Singapore on 26 December 2020. About Dominic ChinSingapore based pop artist Dominic Chin creates music with his distinct voice and a blend of electro-pop, soul and r&b. Fuelled by life and all its awkward contradictions, Dominic writes songs from the heart that resonate deeply with his audience. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Singapore started covering songs on YouTube in 2010, and his channel has more than 9200 subscribers and 1.3M views. After the viral success of You First Believed, a tribute song he wrote for Singapore founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 2014, he was compelled to start writing more originals. He released his first single CLSE2U in 2018, followed by SHY, HERE, AWARE and BETTER, and his songs have been featured on major Spotify editorial playlists including ‘Electro Mix’ and ‘Singapore’s Top Acts’. About Umami RecordsUmami Records is a Singapore-based indie record label founded in 2013. Much like the “5th taste” reputation of its namesake, the label strongly believes in discovering new, interesting sounds that run underground and away from the mainstream. The label’s tight-knit, curated roster includes releases from Linying, The Steve McQueens, brb., Evanturetime, CampFire, Martin Baltser, Phoria, Oriental Cravings, and more.
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  • Singapore pop artist Dominic Chin has released ALONE, the 6th single from his upcoming debut EP License To Cry, via Singapore indie label Umami Records. In this deeply personal song, the singer-songwriter lays bare his struggles with anxiety disorder. “Dear don't let me go, let me go tonight,” he pleads desperately in the chorus, accompanied by a minimalist, gentle electro-pop beat that gives the track its melancholic, intimate vibe. ALONE takes a step back from the dance floor and finds a way to reflect on life decisions cautiously, without resorting to self-sabotage. “The song is about my anxiety order and how it affects all the relationships in my life,” Dominic Chin shares in a statement. “Finding love and peace with good healthy relationships but feeling tremendously undeserving of it, resulting in me wanting to sabotage the relationship. The song talks about feeling conflicted about my relationships, being totally defeated and yearning for some help while I fight my battles with feeling disorientated by all that is going on in my mind.” The acclaimed Singapore-based artist also clarifies that ALONE is not a song meant to uplift anybody. “It’s a song to let people who struggle with anxiety issues like me to know that they are not alone, and that I too struggle with it on a day to day basis and I’m still here.” Dominic Chin’s debut EP License To Cry is scheduled for release on 9 October 2020, followed by his debut show at the Esplanade Singapore on 26 December 2020. About Dominic ChinSingapore based pop artist Dominic Chin creates music with his distinct voice and a blend of electro-pop, soul and r&b. Fuelled by life and all its awkward contradictions, Dominic writes songs from the heart that resonate deeply with his audience. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Singapore started covering songs on YouTube in 2010, and his channel has more than 9200 subscribers and 1.3M views. After the viral success of You First Believed, a tribute song he wrote for Singapore founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 2014, he was compelled to start writing more originals. He released his first single CLSE2U in 2018, followed by SHY, HERE, AWARE and BETTER, and his songs have been featured on major Spotify editorial playlists including ‘Electro Mix’ and ‘Singapore’s Top Acts’. About Umami RecordsUmami Records is a Singapore-based indie record label founded in 2013. Much like the “5th taste” reputation of its namesake, the label strongly believes in discovering new, interesting sounds that run underground and away from the mainstream. The label’s tight-knit, curated roster includes releases from Linying, The Steve McQueens, brb., Evanturetime, CampFire, Martin Baltser, Phoria, Oriental Cravings, and more.
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  • 20 Aug 2020
    Filipino three-piece band Nobody’s Home reinvents ‘80s nostalgia with modern synth-pop sheen on their debut single “12:00 (Midnight)”—out today on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music.Plumbing greater heights with pulsating synth melodies and cinematic flourishes, the indie rock trio’s maiden song evokes the hallmarks of a generation who grew up on Back To The Future and Dungeons and Dragons, while setting its sights on darker, more subdued production. According to Eon Buendia, the song revolves “around the idea of separation and someone comparing themselves, thinking they're nothing but a burden on their partner who seems to be of importance.”Drummer and co-songwriter Moon Cairo Peralta also shares the reason behind their latest song: “It’s called ‘12:00 (Midnight)’ because midnight for us signifies that odd time between the day before and the next day to come. The time where everything around you seems calm which gives way to the anxiety that comes crawling in. It talks about starting may be right back where you started from or anew even if you have no idea it’s already started.”“12:00 (Midnight)” started out as a gauzy instrumental piece produced by Moon Cairo Peralta. Cairo points out, “I was inspired by listening to a lot of the bands who used synths in the 80s. With writing Midnight in particular, I wanted to incorporate synths that’ll establish the overall mood and groove of the production.”The young musician sent the track to Eon Buendia, who wrote the lyrics and melodies, and to Justin Punzalan, who added guitar lines that according to him, “were placed in a way that it would complement instead of overpower not just the vocals but the track itself.”The end result mirrors the three-piece collective’s thrilling retro-futurist experimentation, while careful not to sacrifice the incredible pop sensibilities that define their signature sound.“12:00 (Midnight)” is their first single as an artist under Sony Music Philippines. Eon stresses that the band is very excited and looking forward to working with the major record label. “We feel that at this point in our lives, we should grab every opportunity for us to showcase our talent and message through a platform everyone is familiar with.”
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  • Filipino three-piece band Nobody’s Home reinvents ‘80s nostalgia with modern synth-pop sheen on their debut single “12:00 (Midnight)”—out today on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music.Plumbing greater heights with pulsating synth melodies and cinematic flourishes, the indie rock trio’s maiden song evokes the hallmarks of a generation who grew up on Back To The Future and Dungeons and Dragons, while setting its sights on darker, more subdued production. According to Eon Buendia, the song revolves “around the idea of separation and someone comparing themselves, thinking they're nothing but a burden on their partner who seems to be of importance.”Drummer and co-songwriter Moon Cairo Peralta also shares the reason behind their latest song: “It’s called ‘12:00 (Midnight)’ because midnight for us signifies that odd time between the day before and the next day to come. The time where everything around you seems calm which gives way to the anxiety that comes crawling in. It talks about starting may be right back where you started from or anew even if you have no idea it’s already started.”“12:00 (Midnight)” started out as a gauzy instrumental piece produced by Moon Cairo Peralta. Cairo points out, “I was inspired by listening to a lot of the bands who used synths in the 80s. With writing Midnight in particular, I wanted to incorporate synths that’ll establish the overall mood and groove of the production.”The young musician sent the track to Eon Buendia, who wrote the lyrics and melodies, and to Justin Punzalan, who added guitar lines that according to him, “were placed in a way that it would complement instead of overpower not just the vocals but the track itself.”The end result mirrors the three-piece collective’s thrilling retro-futurist experimentation, while careful not to sacrifice the incredible pop sensibilities that define their signature sound.“12:00 (Midnight)” is their first single as an artist under Sony Music Philippines. Eon stresses that the band is very excited and looking forward to working with the major record label. “We feel that at this point in our lives, we should grab every opportunity for us to showcase our talent and message through a platform everyone is familiar with.”
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  • 20 Aug 2020
    MANILA, Philippines – Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) continues its commitment to promoting Filipino music in varied forms and functions through its maiden online edition.Considered as the first digital music festival in the country, LMP brings the stage at the comforts of your home with an inclusive and diverse programming that fits the new normal setup.The virtual festival is slated to take place from August 19 to 28, 2020, featuring a multi-format showcase spanning music performances, busking sessions, single and album launches, concerts, workshops, creative webinars, talks, and more.Enduring OptimismThis year’s celebration sets its sights on the theme, “Musikang Pinoy. Buhay At Ipagpatuloy,” as a response to the Philippine music industry’s enduring power to rise above extraordinary times and hurdle the challenges of the pandemic with the spirit of bayanihan.“Now on its 6th year, though it is still in its infancy, LMP is continuously building a strong foundation in the creation of a tradition that would instill in the consciousness of every Filipino to, not only patronize, but embrace, love, and live our own music,” LMP Festival Director and OPM Board Member Noel Cabangon shares in a statement.Presented by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), PhilPop Music Foundation, and Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), the annual music festival is part of the local government’s ongoing pledge to promote and develop the local music industry through the creation of Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP), which was granted by the Presidential Proclamation 933 in 2014.Multi-format ShowcaseThe music celebration will kick off with #LMP2020Launch, a virtual press conference happening on August 19, and will continue with #TugtuganNewNormal, which will be streamed live on OPM’s Facebook page from August 22 to 28. Under this newly revamped format, up and coming artists are given the opportunity to perform their material, launch their new singles and albums, and interact with a live audience.Expect a variety of performances with #LMP2020Sessions, a special initiative of LMP to highlight regional music acts from North and South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.LMP will be mounting music workshops and webinars for aspiring music industry professionals, amateur musicians, and music fans. Learn from the top industry figures about different topics like songwriting, history of pop, and many more. Guest speakers include Ebe Dancel and Jazz Nicolas for Songwriting Workshop, Marlon Barnuevo for Home Recording Workshop, Tina Dumlao and Mr. Ryan Cayabyab for History of Pop OPM, Bian Orenciana of Believe Digital and Ian Monson of Warner Music Philippines for Digital Marketing for Music Artists, and PETA for Let's Get Creative Webinar.A digital press conference for the launch of OPM Archive will also take place on August 26, as well as an open mic competition where anyone can submit OPM covers. Wrap up your virtual festival experience with world-class performances courtesy of #LMP2020GrandFinaleConcert. The online event will be headlined by some of your favorite Filipino music acts: Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, The Itchyworms, This Band, Bayang Barrios at Ang Nilayagan, Clara Benin, Lara Maigue, and Aikee.For more details about the LMP’s digital music festival, visit its official website.
    390 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • MANILA, Philippines – Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) continues its commitment to promoting Filipino music in varied forms and functions through its maiden online edition.Considered as the first digital music festival in the country, LMP brings the stage at the comforts of your home with an inclusive and diverse programming that fits the new normal setup.The virtual festival is slated to take place from August 19 to 28, 2020, featuring a multi-format showcase spanning music performances, busking sessions, single and album launches, concerts, workshops, creative webinars, talks, and more.Enduring OptimismThis year’s celebration sets its sights on the theme, “Musikang Pinoy. Buhay At Ipagpatuloy,” as a response to the Philippine music industry’s enduring power to rise above extraordinary times and hurdle the challenges of the pandemic with the spirit of bayanihan.“Now on its 6th year, though it is still in its infancy, LMP is continuously building a strong foundation in the creation of a tradition that would instill in the consciousness of every Filipino to, not only patronize, but embrace, love, and live our own music,” LMP Festival Director and OPM Board Member Noel Cabangon shares in a statement.Presented by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), PhilPop Music Foundation, and Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), the annual music festival is part of the local government’s ongoing pledge to promote and develop the local music industry through the creation of Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP), which was granted by the Presidential Proclamation 933 in 2014.Multi-format ShowcaseThe music celebration will kick off with #LMP2020Launch, a virtual press conference happening on August 19, and will continue with #TugtuganNewNormal, which will be streamed live on OPM’s Facebook page from August 22 to 28. Under this newly revamped format, up and coming artists are given the opportunity to perform their material, launch their new singles and albums, and interact with a live audience.Expect a variety of performances with #LMP2020Sessions, a special initiative of LMP to highlight regional music acts from North and South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.LMP will be mounting music workshops and webinars for aspiring music industry professionals, amateur musicians, and music fans. Learn from the top industry figures about different topics like songwriting, history of pop, and many more. Guest speakers include Ebe Dancel and Jazz Nicolas for Songwriting Workshop, Marlon Barnuevo for Home Recording Workshop, Tina Dumlao and Mr. Ryan Cayabyab for History of Pop OPM, Bian Orenciana of Believe Digital and Ian Monson of Warner Music Philippines for Digital Marketing for Music Artists, and PETA for Let's Get Creative Webinar.A digital press conference for the launch of OPM Archive will also take place on August 26, as well as an open mic competition where anyone can submit OPM covers. Wrap up your virtual festival experience with world-class performances courtesy of #LMP2020GrandFinaleConcert. The online event will be headlined by some of your favorite Filipino music acts: Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, The Itchyworms, This Band, Bayang Barrios at Ang Nilayagan, Clara Benin, Lara Maigue, and Aikee.For more details about the LMP’s digital music festival, visit its official website.
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  • 18 Aug 2020
    Dropping an album at this time is a gift and a gamble. If you're following Keiko Necesario on social media, you can see that she's been busy promoting and virtually performing since the start of the year. Even quarantine can't stop her from putting the finishing touches on her upcoming album, "Ready, Let Go". To mark the next step toward her new sound, Keiko drops her second single, "Dangerous"."Dangerous" unfolds with wistful electronic beats, while still exhibiting Keiko's popular folk sound and the raw elegance of her voice. The song details the common dilemma of whether or not you should tell somebody how you feel, but with this unease comes the chance to analyze our innermost feelings. "I wrote ‘Dangerous’ out of a concept; that the idea of loving someone you feel like you weren’t supposed to fall for can be treacherous," Keiko said about the track. "It’s like getting stuck in the middle of a decision because doing something about it might mess things up, yet not doing anything about it might mess you up. It’s a frustrating place to be in so I had to write about it in a manner that would describe exactly what that’s like. Even from the line on the verse 2, 'Though I’m damned if I don’t and damned if I do', it already says a lot about what the song is trying to express. It feels like no matter what decision you make, you’re sure there’s just no way to win."The song was written in different timelines, but Keiko came up with "Dangerous" back in 2018 at her former management’s house. She continued, "I remember the chords and the melody were born with a different first line and concept as well but as I went back and forth with the writing process, a different story hit me. There was a time when one of my artist friends, Quest, was doing a studio lockdown for his album and he invited me and another friend to just be there with him. I decided to finish some of my songs for the upcoming album so I did. It was in 2019 when I knew that the song was done. The demo and the majority of the arrangement for "Dangerous" were recorded and conceptualized in London at the Dairy Studio. I’m amazed I got to record here because apparently, one of my favorite bands and one of my influences, Florence + the Machine, recorded there and the piano that we used for this song was the same piano that the lead used for their songs."With "Ready, Let Go" slated for release in September, "Dangerous" sees the singer-songwriter breaching genre barriers, giving us another taste of things to come. Speaking about her new musical style, Keiko said, "I think it was my growth that led (still leads) me to change. As an artist, it’s an important process to go through—reinventing based on who you are at the exact moment of a season in your life. That’s how you get to still be authentic while you are changing. It was back in 2017 when this realization hit me. I was writing songs for my ESCAPE EP at the time, and I could hear the new sound in my head which I eventually called electro-folk. Folk is always going to be a huge part of who I am and that’s something I don’t wanna lose in the middle of my progress."Keiko started writing music at an early age, and this new album just shows how much she has grown as a singer-songwriter. "Music, to me, is like a twin sister; I’d say I grew up with it as it was just naturally there with me all the time," she shares. "I’ve been singing my whole life and I was in 3rd grade when I could really remember the first full song I’ve written and it was just non-stop ever since; funny how they were all about romantic love back then coming from a kid who had absolutely no clue about what it really was at the time. But all is well as I’ve come to know more and more about music through the years, and the love grew more and more, too."“Dangerous” is the latest single off "Ready, Let Go", her upcoming album with Warner Music Philippines that will be distributed digitally in September 2020. Follow Keiko Necesario and Warner Music Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and virtual performances.
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  • Dropping an album at this time is a gift and a gamble. If you're following Keiko Necesario on social media, you can see that she's been busy promoting and virtually performing since the start of the year. Even quarantine can't stop her from putting the finishing touches on her upcoming album, "Ready, Let Go". To mark the next step toward her new sound, Keiko drops her second single, "Dangerous"."Dangerous" unfolds with wistful electronic beats, while still exhibiting Keiko's popular folk sound and the raw elegance of her voice. The song details the common dilemma of whether or not you should tell somebody how you feel, but with this unease comes the chance to analyze our innermost feelings. "I wrote ‘Dangerous’ out of a concept; that the idea of loving someone you feel like you weren’t supposed to fall for can be treacherous," Keiko said about the track. "It’s like getting stuck in the middle of a decision because doing something about it might mess things up, yet not doing anything about it might mess you up. It’s a frustrating place to be in so I had to write about it in a manner that would describe exactly what that’s like. Even from the line on the verse 2, 'Though I’m damned if I don’t and damned if I do', it already says a lot about what the song is trying to express. It feels like no matter what decision you make, you’re sure there’s just no way to win."The song was written in different timelines, but Keiko came up with "Dangerous" back in 2018 at her former management’s house. She continued, "I remember the chords and the melody were born with a different first line and concept as well but as I went back and forth with the writing process, a different story hit me. There was a time when one of my artist friends, Quest, was doing a studio lockdown for his album and he invited me and another friend to just be there with him. I decided to finish some of my songs for the upcoming album so I did. It was in 2019 when I knew that the song was done. The demo and the majority of the arrangement for "Dangerous" were recorded and conceptualized in London at the Dairy Studio. I’m amazed I got to record here because apparently, one of my favorite bands and one of my influences, Florence + the Machine, recorded there and the piano that we used for this song was the same piano that the lead used for their songs."With "Ready, Let Go" slated for release in September, "Dangerous" sees the singer-songwriter breaching genre barriers, giving us another taste of things to come. Speaking about her new musical style, Keiko said, "I think it was my growth that led (still leads) me to change. As an artist, it’s an important process to go through—reinventing based on who you are at the exact moment of a season in your life. That’s how you get to still be authentic while you are changing. It was back in 2017 when this realization hit me. I was writing songs for my ESCAPE EP at the time, and I could hear the new sound in my head which I eventually called electro-folk. Folk is always going to be a huge part of who I am and that’s something I don’t wanna lose in the middle of my progress."Keiko started writing music at an early age, and this new album just shows how much she has grown as a singer-songwriter. "Music, to me, is like a twin sister; I’d say I grew up with it as it was just naturally there with me all the time," she shares. "I’ve been singing my whole life and I was in 3rd grade when I could really remember the first full song I’ve written and it was just non-stop ever since; funny how they were all about romantic love back then coming from a kid who had absolutely no clue about what it really was at the time. But all is well as I’ve come to know more and more about music through the years, and the love grew more and more, too."“Dangerous” is the latest single off "Ready, Let Go", her upcoming album with Warner Music Philippines that will be distributed digitally in September 2020. Follow Keiko Necesario and Warner Music Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and virtual performances.
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  • 17 Aug 2020
    After releasing her rendition of the Sponge Cola hit "Tuliro," singer-songwriter Issa Rodriguez makes returns to the scene with the release of a feisty new original track "Wag." Showcasing her knack for songwriting and ability to bend genres, Rodriguez fights back against any form of hate and online harassment in this empowering track that advocates for self-expression and pride in one's self.  Talking more about the message of the song, Issa says "I wrote Wag because I see how people leave demeaning comments on other people's posts without any basis other than their preferences. I wanted this song to be a message to both the people who tend to bring other people down, and to those who are discouraged by other people's comments about them or their craft. As cliche as it may sound, kindness starts within, so we have to learn how to be resilient, stand up for what we believe in, without hurting people in the process." In the times we face today online and off, listeners will surely relate to the timely lyrics, as they're also infused with some elements of hip-hop. https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0FygbI2pyYOmGT2pzYuNKL Wag is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under mustard music.
    176 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • After releasing her rendition of the Sponge Cola hit "Tuliro," singer-songwriter Issa Rodriguez makes returns to the scene with the release of a feisty new original track "Wag." Showcasing her knack for songwriting and ability to bend genres, Rodriguez fights back against any form of hate and online harassment in this empowering track that advocates for self-expression and pride in one's self.  Talking more about the message of the song, Issa says "I wrote Wag because I see how people leave demeaning comments on other people's posts without any basis other than their preferences. I wanted this song to be a message to both the people who tend to bring other people down, and to those who are discouraged by other people's comments about them or their craft. As cliche as it may sound, kindness starts within, so we have to learn how to be resilient, stand up for what we believe in, without hurting people in the process." In the times we face today online and off, listeners will surely relate to the timely lyrics, as they're also infused with some elements of hip-hop. https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0FygbI2pyYOmGT2pzYuNKL Wag is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under mustard music.
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  • 17 Aug 2020
    Manila, Philippines, August 13, 2020 — ADHD represents the vicious-affective cycle experienced by artist, jaye in his bygone days as a hustling DJ. The four symptoms that make the acronymed A-D-H-D cycle are: Attention, Depression, Hit, and Dip. These were the formulaic-four that spun the cycle led headfirst by intoxication and party highs. All jaye could yearn for at the end was escape from its cyclical gravity. The genre-fluid single was recently released on 31 July - but that was just the shallows. Today, jaye drafts audiences into a rip-tide of immersive experiences with a powerful interactive Music Video.Inspired by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” jaye starts off at the deep end experimenting with the deconstruction of song and video structure to come up with the time-space defying Music Video (MV). The free-form MV is fitted much like Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch which gives users an illusion of control. Audiences get to choose their own adventure from four options (Attention - Depression - Hit - Dip) whilst vicariously living through experiences adapted from jaye’s own memories. The first chapter ends in two options (Ascend and Descend) and from there the viewer controls the narrative, or at least that’s what they think.The postmodern video is a hands-on representation of the true viciousness of the ADHD cycle. Viewers will feel the same burden that jaye did as he realized that partying did not empower him; rather, it proved a great hindrance to his mental health and life.jaye’s MV is a psychedelic cyberpunk microcosm with nostalgic video game elements and hair-raising horror features. Parts of the MV are also interwoven with the MVs from his former future-past releases via meta space-time warps.With command of the concept, “the game of life”, jaye will release an 8-bit 2D Instagram filter game called HIT which will allow users to continue to engage with his Super Mario-esque hellscape (as seen in the MV). Fans will have to blink to shoot oncoming enemies with lasers in a side-scrolling virtual landscape, soundtracked by the ‘Hit’ section of the ADHD track. Prizes will be given away to those with high scores.This track comes after the stratospheric success of previous singles 'TOMORROW’ and ‘DEJAVU’. Both Music Videos received over half a million Youtube views after just one month, no doubt owing to their conceptual depth and edge. 
    115 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Manila, Philippines, August 13, 2020 — ADHD represents the vicious-affective cycle experienced by artist, jaye in his bygone days as a hustling DJ. The four symptoms that make the acronymed A-D-H-D cycle are: Attention, Depression, Hit, and Dip. These were the formulaic-four that spun the cycle led headfirst by intoxication and party highs. All jaye could yearn for at the end was escape from its cyclical gravity. The genre-fluid single was recently released on 31 July - but that was just the shallows. Today, jaye drafts audiences into a rip-tide of immersive experiences with a powerful interactive Music Video.Inspired by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” jaye starts off at the deep end experimenting with the deconstruction of song and video structure to come up with the time-space defying Music Video (MV). The free-form MV is fitted much like Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch which gives users an illusion of control. Audiences get to choose their own adventure from four options (Attention - Depression - Hit - Dip) whilst vicariously living through experiences adapted from jaye’s own memories. The first chapter ends in two options (Ascend and Descend) and from there the viewer controls the narrative, or at least that’s what they think.The postmodern video is a hands-on representation of the true viciousness of the ADHD cycle. Viewers will feel the same burden that jaye did as he realized that partying did not empower him; rather, it proved a great hindrance to his mental health and life.jaye’s MV is a psychedelic cyberpunk microcosm with nostalgic video game elements and hair-raising horror features. Parts of the MV are also interwoven with the MVs from his former future-past releases via meta space-time warps.With command of the concept, “the game of life”, jaye will release an 8-bit 2D Instagram filter game called HIT which will allow users to continue to engage with his Super Mario-esque hellscape (as seen in the MV). Fans will have to blink to shoot oncoming enemies with lasers in a side-scrolling virtual landscape, soundtracked by the ‘Hit’ section of the ADHD track. Prizes will be given away to those with high scores.This track comes after the stratospheric success of previous singles 'TOMORROW’ and ‘DEJAVU’. Both Music Videos received over half a million Youtube views after just one month, no doubt owing to their conceptual depth and edge. 
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  • 17 Aug 2020
    Rising Filipino-American artist Dominic Fike has just released his highly-anticipated debut album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong, via Columbia Records. The album includes the previously-released singles "Chicken Tenders," and "Politics & Violence," which Pigeons & Planes called "one of his best songs yet," and arrives after his video FIGHT OR FLIGHT, where he jumped off a plane and previewed the album opener "Come Here."    What Could Possibly Go Wrong was initially delayed in light of the protests that have spread across America, which Fike addressed in addition to detailing his own history with police brutality in a powerful essay he shared with fans. He also spoke with Brockhampton's Kevin Abstract for a conversation that further contextualizes the forthcoming album, as well as appeared in Anderson .Paak's "Lockdown" video that poignantly addresses the protests and current political climate.   The attention on Dominic Fike has steadily grown since the release of his EP Don't Forget About Me, Demos, via Columbia Records in 2018. From that initial release, he's continued to rise as one of his generation's most enigmatic pop stars.   Last year, his hit single "3 Nights" reach #1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in September. He also collaborated with Omar Apollo on "Hit Me Up" and "Phone Numbers," the latter of which he performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Kenny Beats and saw an Aidan Cullen-directed music video featuring Halsey.   Dom also appeared on the covers of BRICK and Notion Magazine in addition to marquee features in The FADER, Interview Magazine etc. in addition to touring the the world on his sold out Rain or Shine tour.   Listen to What Could Possibly Go Wrong above, see album details below, and stay tuned for more from Dominic Fike coming soon. Cover Art   Dominic Fike What Could Possibly Go Wrong Columbia Records July 31, 2020   1. Come Here 2. Double Negative (Skeleton Milkshake) 3. Cancel Me 4. 10x Stronger 5. Good Game 6. Why 7. Chicken Tenders 8. Whats For Dinner? 9. Vampire 10. Superstar Sh*t 11. Politics & Violence 12. Joe Blazey 13. Wurli 14. Florida   Connect with Dominic Fike: Instagram | Twitter
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  • Rising Filipino-American artist Dominic Fike has just released his highly-anticipated debut album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong, via Columbia Records. The album includes the previously-released singles "Chicken Tenders," and "Politics & Violence," which Pigeons & Planes called "one of his best songs yet," and arrives after his video FIGHT OR FLIGHT, where he jumped off a plane and previewed the album opener "Come Here."    What Could Possibly Go Wrong was initially delayed in light of the protests that have spread across America, which Fike addressed in addition to detailing his own history with police brutality in a powerful essay he shared with fans. He also spoke with Brockhampton's Kevin Abstract for a conversation that further contextualizes the forthcoming album, as well as appeared in Anderson .Paak's "Lockdown" video that poignantly addresses the protests and current political climate.   The attention on Dominic Fike has steadily grown since the release of his EP Don't Forget About Me, Demos, via Columbia Records in 2018. From that initial release, he's continued to rise as one of his generation's most enigmatic pop stars.   Last year, his hit single "3 Nights" reach #1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in September. He also collaborated with Omar Apollo on "Hit Me Up" and "Phone Numbers," the latter of which he performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Kenny Beats and saw an Aidan Cullen-directed music video featuring Halsey.   Dom also appeared on the covers of BRICK and Notion Magazine in addition to marquee features in The FADER, Interview Magazine etc. in addition to touring the the world on his sold out Rain or Shine tour.   Listen to What Could Possibly Go Wrong above, see album details below, and stay tuned for more from Dominic Fike coming soon. Cover Art   Dominic Fike What Could Possibly Go Wrong Columbia Records July 31, 2020   1. Come Here 2. Double Negative (Skeleton Milkshake) 3. Cancel Me 4. 10x Stronger 5. Good Game 6. Why 7. Chicken Tenders 8. Whats For Dinner? 9. Vampire 10. Superstar Sh*t 11. Politics & Violence 12. Joe Blazey 13. Wurli 14. Florida   Connect with Dominic Fike: Instagram | Twitter
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  • 17 Aug 2020
      Coming off of his collaboration "Habangbuhay (with Leanne & Naara)," multi-platinum singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon is back with more new music to lift spirits up during this uncertain period the world is facing.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iZNqpJ1GEY   In Pag-ibig, Cabangon continues to explore new musical styles, while retaining his knack of composing heartfelt lyrics. This time around, he focuses on the hope that can stem from love for one another - as inspired by the uplifting stories stemming from the ongoing pandemic.    Along with this comes the inclusion of spoken word/rap into the mix, as accompanied by an equally uplifting verse from Aikee ("Dota O Ako").     Talking more about the song, he says "This song calls out to every one of us not to be defeated by this unseen enemy, but rather encourages everyone to be vigilant and informed by truth, that together we may find strength to withstand and endure this battle."   Pag-Ibig - Noel Cabangon, Aikee   Pag-Ibig by Noel Cabangon (feat. Aikee) is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under Universal Records.
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  •   Coming off of his collaboration "Habangbuhay (with Leanne & Naara)," multi-platinum singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon is back with more new music to lift spirits up during this uncertain period the world is facing.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iZNqpJ1GEY   In Pag-ibig, Cabangon continues to explore new musical styles, while retaining his knack of composing heartfelt lyrics. This time around, he focuses on the hope that can stem from love for one another - as inspired by the uplifting stories stemming from the ongoing pandemic.    Along with this comes the inclusion of spoken word/rap into the mix, as accompanied by an equally uplifting verse from Aikee ("Dota O Ako").     Talking more about the song, he says "This song calls out to every one of us not to be defeated by this unseen enemy, but rather encourages everyone to be vigilant and informed by truth, that together we may find strength to withstand and endure this battle."   Pag-Ibig - Noel Cabangon, Aikee   Pag-Ibig by Noel Cabangon (feat. Aikee) is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under Universal Records.
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  • 17 Aug 2020
    Ice Seguerra is back to tug at our heartstrings with his rendition of the Joey Ayala song "Walang Hanggang Paalam." Ice lends his voice to this haunting song about the uncertainties in taking a risk and falling in love.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsy89YpL1H0   The studio track was created as a way to bring the original to a new audience, especially after receiving good responses during Seguerra's live shows. With the undeniable hugot proven through any of Seguerra's tracks, he hopes to bring the same emotion and heart in this new track.  Walang Hanggang Paalam   Walang Hanggang Paalam is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon Music.
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  • Ice Seguerra is back to tug at our heartstrings with his rendition of the Joey Ayala song "Walang Hanggang Paalam." Ice lends his voice to this haunting song about the uncertainties in taking a risk and falling in love.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsy89YpL1H0   The studio track was created as a way to bring the original to a new audience, especially after receiving good responses during Seguerra's live shows. With the undeniable hugot proven through any of Seguerra's tracks, he hopes to bring the same emotion and heart in this new track.  Walang Hanggang Paalam   Walang Hanggang Paalam is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon Music.
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    Manila, Philippines, August 14, 2020 — Toronto-based artist Sabby Sousa taps into something nostalgic and exhilarating on her new single “Emerald”—out today on all digital platforms worldwide.Despite its openness to tackle a romantic relationship gone astray, the smooth R&B song inhabits an optimistic headspace that values emotional maturity over impulsive demeanor.With her syrupy vocals complementing the track’s atmospheric sonic backdrop, Sabby remembers her past relationship fondly, setting aside bitterness for a peace of mind. “I had gone through a breakup and didn't want to write anything sad or angry,” the teen-pop sensation shares. “I wanted to remember what it felt like in those moments and hold them close. It reminded me that not all relationships are meant to last forever. What lasts forever is the memories you make. So live life to the fullest.”Unlike her viral bop “Cream n’ Frosting,” which hit more than two million streams on all music platforms and landed on Spotify Viral 50 charts in the Philippines and Malaysia, Sabby’s smoky new track establishes her more introspective side as both a singer-songwriter and a vocalist.This time, she mines a wistful narrative straight from a journal entry: confessional in form and function, but also hopeful in the way it was written and delivered. “There's a lot of electric guitar and synths that make the song so dreamy,” Sabby Sousa adds. “I would definitely say, it's a lot different to previous songs as it marks the beginning of a new sound for me.”“Emerald” is produced by House of Wolf, a rising French-Canadian electronic duo who has worked with the likes of Cheat Codes and Carlie Henson.Recorded in August last year, the infectious jam sounds like a star turn from a young artist who is now ready to take the spotlight and make a lightning strike, one more time.
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  • Manila, Philippines, August 14, 2020 — Toronto-based artist Sabby Sousa taps into something nostalgic and exhilarating on her new single “Emerald”—out today on all digital platforms worldwide.Despite its openness to tackle a romantic relationship gone astray, the smooth R&B song inhabits an optimistic headspace that values emotional maturity over impulsive demeanor.With her syrupy vocals complementing the track’s atmospheric sonic backdrop, Sabby remembers her past relationship fondly, setting aside bitterness for a peace of mind. “I had gone through a breakup and didn't want to write anything sad or angry,” the teen-pop sensation shares. “I wanted to remember what it felt like in those moments and hold them close. It reminded me that not all relationships are meant to last forever. What lasts forever is the memories you make. So live life to the fullest.”Unlike her viral bop “Cream n’ Frosting,” which hit more than two million streams on all music platforms and landed on Spotify Viral 50 charts in the Philippines and Malaysia, Sabby’s smoky new track establishes her more introspective side as both a singer-songwriter and a vocalist.This time, she mines a wistful narrative straight from a journal entry: confessional in form and function, but also hopeful in the way it was written and delivered. “There's a lot of electric guitar and synths that make the song so dreamy,” Sabby Sousa adds. “I would definitely say, it's a lot different to previous songs as it marks the beginning of a new sound for me.”“Emerald” is produced by House of Wolf, a rising French-Canadian electronic duo who has worked with the likes of Cheat Codes and Carlie Henson.Recorded in August last year, the infectious jam sounds like a star turn from a young artist who is now ready to take the spotlight and make a lightning strike, one more time.
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