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  • 17 Aug 2020
      Manila, Philippines [August 14, 2020]: This past weekend, Kenshi Yonezu, performed for Fortnite’s virtual Battle Royale Game, as the first Asian artist ever. During the performance, Yonezu’s name immediately trended at #1 on Twitter Worldwide.The singer-songwriter and music producer also released his 5th studio album, STRAY SHEEP, just days prior. The pre-sales for the album hit 1 million copies, and his music video for “Campanella” is sitting at over 6 million views in less than a week. The album wasted no time taking over the iTunes Charts; skyrocketing to #1 under the J-Pop category in over 30 Countries/Regions, along with garnering various positions within the top 20 All Genres category in 22 Countries/Regions, 6 of which hit #1.In addition, STRAY SHEEP achieved #1 in 54 Countries/Regions under the J-Pop Apple Music Albums Chart.STREAM STRAY SHEEP ALBUM HEREWATCH THE VIDEO FOR “CAMPANELLA” HEREAccording to Billboard Japan, STRAY SHEEP has officially sold 509,127 copies within the first three days of release. This number is the highest initial sales ever since 2008, when Billboard Japan started counting CD album sales for a male solo artist.In addition, the number of shipments of this work has exceeded 1 million.Yonezu shows no signs of slowing down, as he also just debuted a collaboration with UNIQLO. The collection consists of t-shirts featuring his own illustrated designs, available in limited UNIQLO stores in the US and Canada as well as online [here]. More about the albumSTRAY SHEEP consists of 15 songs; including Yonezu’s previously released smash hit “Lemon,” which ranked #1 on Billboard Japan’s annual cumulative charts for 2 years consecutively, making history as the first-ever act to do so. Furthermore, it’s been certified by the Japan Record Association for the fastest to achieve 3 million downloads, and the music video has broken the Japanese record for the most views; sitting at 600 million currently [watch here]. “Lemon” also hit #1 in 64 Countries on the Apple J-Pop Charts.Kenshi Yonezu is no stranger to breaking records and making history; he recently became the first Japanese Artist to hit 5M Youtube subscribers, with music video views reaching over 2.8 billion total, and counting [Billboardarticle here].On July 10th, Yonezu released the music video for “Kanden,” skyrocketed to 1M views in under 2 hours, and it currently sits at 30M. This single is off his upcoming album, and it debuted at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100, blasting in at No. 1 for downloads with 158,572 units after dropping digitally July 6; stated by Billboard. The music video for “Kanden” marks Yonezu’s 13th music video to reach over 100 million views throughout his career.
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  •   Manila, Philippines [August 14, 2020]: This past weekend, Kenshi Yonezu, performed for Fortnite’s virtual Battle Royale Game, as the first Asian artist ever. During the performance, Yonezu’s name immediately trended at #1 on Twitter Worldwide.The singer-songwriter and music producer also released his 5th studio album, STRAY SHEEP, just days prior. The pre-sales for the album hit 1 million copies, and his music video for “Campanella” is sitting at over 6 million views in less than a week. The album wasted no time taking over the iTunes Charts; skyrocketing to #1 under the J-Pop category in over 30 Countries/Regions, along with garnering various positions within the top 20 All Genres category in 22 Countries/Regions, 6 of which hit #1.In addition, STRAY SHEEP achieved #1 in 54 Countries/Regions under the J-Pop Apple Music Albums Chart.STREAM STRAY SHEEP ALBUM HEREWATCH THE VIDEO FOR “CAMPANELLA” HEREAccording to Billboard Japan, STRAY SHEEP has officially sold 509,127 copies within the first three days of release. This number is the highest initial sales ever since 2008, when Billboard Japan started counting CD album sales for a male solo artist.In addition, the number of shipments of this work has exceeded 1 million.Yonezu shows no signs of slowing down, as he also just debuted a collaboration with UNIQLO. The collection consists of t-shirts featuring his own illustrated designs, available in limited UNIQLO stores in the US and Canada as well as online [here]. More about the albumSTRAY SHEEP consists of 15 songs; including Yonezu’s previously released smash hit “Lemon,” which ranked #1 on Billboard Japan’s annual cumulative charts for 2 years consecutively, making history as the first-ever act to do so. Furthermore, it’s been certified by the Japan Record Association for the fastest to achieve 3 million downloads, and the music video has broken the Japanese record for the most views; sitting at 600 million currently [watch here]. “Lemon” also hit #1 in 64 Countries on the Apple J-Pop Charts.Kenshi Yonezu is no stranger to breaking records and making history; he recently became the first Japanese Artist to hit 5M Youtube subscribers, with music video views reaching over 2.8 billion total, and counting [Billboardarticle here].On July 10th, Yonezu released the music video for “Kanden,” skyrocketed to 1M views in under 2 hours, and it currently sits at 30M. This single is off his upcoming album, and it debuted at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100, blasting in at No. 1 for downloads with 158,572 units after dropping digitally July 6; stated by Billboard. The music video for “Kanden” marks Yonezu’s 13th music video to reach over 100 million views throughout his career.
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  • 10 Aug 2020
    MANILA, Philippines – Today, Joji teams up with Diplo on a new collaboration called “Daylight,” the latest single from his highly anticipated new album Nectar, due out on September 25 through 88rising, distributed by 12Tone Music.Just in time for the dog days of summer, this midtempo anthem sets Joji’s lulling vocals against Diplo’s crisp production to create a hazy, shapeshifting aural mirage.The vibrant music video for “Daylight,” directed by Munachi Osegbu (Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” video), finds Joji and Diplo tasting the high life of a boy band: as struggling PAs on a 90s music video shoot.The two daydreamers bumble around the set and ultimately derail the shoot of the young (at heart) pop divas. “Daylight” is the fourth pre-release track from Nectar. It follows Gold-certified single “Sanctuary” and his first 2020 single “Run,” which earned Joji his highest-ever entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and his television debut on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; and second single “Gimme Love” which Complex hailed as "a stickypop anthem with haunting vocals.” Last month, Joji also released a tingly and transformative remix of “Gimme Love” by Channel Tres.On the song, Joji says, “It might be nice for people to hear a song about daylight, especially when we don’t get as much of it as we used to,” and on the collaboration, Diplo says “Joji is one of my favorite artists. I'm lucky he answered my text!”Watch “Daylight” here: https://88rising.lnk.to/Daylight/youtube
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  • MANILA, Philippines – Today, Joji teams up with Diplo on a new collaboration called “Daylight,” the latest single from his highly anticipated new album Nectar, due out on September 25 through 88rising, distributed by 12Tone Music.Just in time for the dog days of summer, this midtempo anthem sets Joji’s lulling vocals against Diplo’s crisp production to create a hazy, shapeshifting aural mirage.The vibrant music video for “Daylight,” directed by Munachi Osegbu (Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” video), finds Joji and Diplo tasting the high life of a boy band: as struggling PAs on a 90s music video shoot.The two daydreamers bumble around the set and ultimately derail the shoot of the young (at heart) pop divas. “Daylight” is the fourth pre-release track from Nectar. It follows Gold-certified single “Sanctuary” and his first 2020 single “Run,” which earned Joji his highest-ever entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and his television debut on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; and second single “Gimme Love” which Complex hailed as "a stickypop anthem with haunting vocals.” Last month, Joji also released a tingly and transformative remix of “Gimme Love” by Channel Tres.On the song, Joji says, “It might be nice for people to hear a song about daylight, especially when we don’t get as much of it as we used to,” and on the collaboration, Diplo says “Joji is one of my favorite artists. I'm lucky he answered my text!”Watch “Daylight” here: https://88rising.lnk.to/Daylight/youtube
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  • 07 Aug 2020
      Singer-songwriter and producer Zack Tabudlo finds renewed perspective on time’s delicate role in shaping your own destiny, setting an ultimatum on fear with his newest single, “Nangangamba,” out this Friday, August 7, on digital platforms worldwide.   On his first release under Island Records Philippines, Zack urges listeners to take ownership of their own feelings: that inaction may shield you from pain, yes, but ultimately it’ll get you nowhere. He brings love songs up a notch, infusing pop and R&B elements to his powerful vocals—a testament to his ever-evolving songwriting and production style. But moreover, it signals a shift on his creative choices in keeping his individual artistry as dynamic as his growth in the music industry. “With these new tracks, I'm sure people who have experienced these would relate so much more… [the latest single] is very different, music-wise and in terms of maturity,” he shares.   Part of this artistic growth is Zack’s experience of writing “Nangangamba,” a song he wrote a year ago. He cites an earlier failed romance as the inspiration behind the song. “I wrote down some lyrics about the things I was going through at the time. I was in a situation where I felt like someone I liked was playing too hard to get, and the song pretty much circles around that idea: that sometimes when we play too hard to get, we lose people who really love us or people who [turn out to] feel the same way.” The process of writing the actual song didn’t take long once the idea set in. “It all started with a melody that popped into my head while I was in class. Every time melodies or ideas pop in my head, I always grab my phone to record them just to make sure I won't forget. But this time, I knew I needed at least a couple of chords on any instrument just to seal the idea. I recorded all the chords I needed using a ukulele. When I got home I went straight to my home studio and finished the production with my vocals and everything. Five to six hours later, ‘Nangangamba’ was born.”   Now finally set to be released, “Nangangamba” unintentionally—and fittingly—became a case of practicing what you preach, as he sings, “Ito na ang pagkakataon / Wala nang pipigil sa’yo / ‘Wag ka nang mahihiya / Sabihin na ang totoo.” In some ways, the lockdown allowed him to reprioritize. “I have a home studio and all the equipment I need. Having all the time in the world made me focus more and be motivated to write lots of songs compared to when I was also studying at the same time.”   Acquiring skills over time also made it possible to avoid tremendous adjustments to recording and producing the single despite limitations during the quarantine. “Just like in my old tracks, I’ve worked on them from top to bottom. I'm the producer, writer, singer, arranger, as well as the mixing and mastering engineer. It was really fun experimenting with different genres and I really like the vibe of each and every song I've been making lately. There are samples I've worked on from scratch with these tracks and I really can't wait for everyone to hear it.”   His latest career step as part of the brand-new Island Records roster excites the multi-disciplinary artist. “Everyone in MCA Music Philippines and Island Records Philippines are amazing… They've been very supportive and very creative when it comes to ideas or projects, and I know I have a very strong team behind me.”   About Zack Tabudlo Zack Tabudlo is a singer-songwriter and producer from Manila, Philippines. He joined The Voice Kids in 2014 and went on to establish his solo career, writing and performing his own music. His first single, “Stay Here,” was released in 2018 and was featured on several Spotify playlists, including “Men of OPM,” “Philippines Viral 50,” and “OPM Says Chillax.” His subsequent single, “Mahal O Biro,” was again included in “Men of OPM” and “Pinoy Love Ballads” playlists. Zack premiered his first single of 2020, the chill-pop track “This Is Love,” in February.  He has also collaborated with several OPM artists, undertaking writer and producer roles. He’s most recently been credited in arranging and producing Carlo Aquino’s single “Balisong” and Sharlene San Pedro’s “Everything Will Be Alright” and “Pusong Naliligaw.”   Now on a fresh path in his career, Zack sets his sights to winning the hearts of his audience both locally and internationally as one of the bold new signees to Island Records Philippines.   Follow Zack on Facebook · Twitter · Instagram
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  •   Singer-songwriter and producer Zack Tabudlo finds renewed perspective on time’s delicate role in shaping your own destiny, setting an ultimatum on fear with his newest single, “Nangangamba,” out this Friday, August 7, on digital platforms worldwide.   On his first release under Island Records Philippines, Zack urges listeners to take ownership of their own feelings: that inaction may shield you from pain, yes, but ultimately it’ll get you nowhere. He brings love songs up a notch, infusing pop and R&B elements to his powerful vocals—a testament to his ever-evolving songwriting and production style. But moreover, it signals a shift on his creative choices in keeping his individual artistry as dynamic as his growth in the music industry. “With these new tracks, I'm sure people who have experienced these would relate so much more… [the latest single] is very different, music-wise and in terms of maturity,” he shares.   Part of this artistic growth is Zack’s experience of writing “Nangangamba,” a song he wrote a year ago. He cites an earlier failed romance as the inspiration behind the song. “I wrote down some lyrics about the things I was going through at the time. I was in a situation where I felt like someone I liked was playing too hard to get, and the song pretty much circles around that idea: that sometimes when we play too hard to get, we lose people who really love us or people who [turn out to] feel the same way.” The process of writing the actual song didn’t take long once the idea set in. “It all started with a melody that popped into my head while I was in class. Every time melodies or ideas pop in my head, I always grab my phone to record them just to make sure I won't forget. But this time, I knew I needed at least a couple of chords on any instrument just to seal the idea. I recorded all the chords I needed using a ukulele. When I got home I went straight to my home studio and finished the production with my vocals and everything. Five to six hours later, ‘Nangangamba’ was born.”   Now finally set to be released, “Nangangamba” unintentionally—and fittingly—became a case of practicing what you preach, as he sings, “Ito na ang pagkakataon / Wala nang pipigil sa’yo / ‘Wag ka nang mahihiya / Sabihin na ang totoo.” In some ways, the lockdown allowed him to reprioritize. “I have a home studio and all the equipment I need. Having all the time in the world made me focus more and be motivated to write lots of songs compared to when I was also studying at the same time.”   Acquiring skills over time also made it possible to avoid tremendous adjustments to recording and producing the single despite limitations during the quarantine. “Just like in my old tracks, I’ve worked on them from top to bottom. I'm the producer, writer, singer, arranger, as well as the mixing and mastering engineer. It was really fun experimenting with different genres and I really like the vibe of each and every song I've been making lately. There are samples I've worked on from scratch with these tracks and I really can't wait for everyone to hear it.”   His latest career step as part of the brand-new Island Records roster excites the multi-disciplinary artist. “Everyone in MCA Music Philippines and Island Records Philippines are amazing… They've been very supportive and very creative when it comes to ideas or projects, and I know I have a very strong team behind me.”   About Zack Tabudlo Zack Tabudlo is a singer-songwriter and producer from Manila, Philippines. He joined The Voice Kids in 2014 and went on to establish his solo career, writing and performing his own music. His first single, “Stay Here,” was released in 2018 and was featured on several Spotify playlists, including “Men of OPM,” “Philippines Viral 50,” and “OPM Says Chillax.” His subsequent single, “Mahal O Biro,” was again included in “Men of OPM” and “Pinoy Love Ballads” playlists. Zack premiered his first single of 2020, the chill-pop track “This Is Love,” in February.  He has also collaborated with several OPM artists, undertaking writer and producer roles. He’s most recently been credited in arranging and producing Carlo Aquino’s single “Balisong” and Sharlene San Pedro’s “Everything Will Be Alright” and “Pusong Naliligaw.”   Now on a fresh path in his career, Zack sets his sights to winning the hearts of his audience both locally and internationally as one of the bold new signees to Island Records Philippines.   Follow Zack on Facebook · Twitter · Instagram
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  • 07 Aug 2020
    Friday, August 7, 2020 — The Itchyworms will be hosting a virtual album launch to celebrate the release of their highly anticipated fifth album, Waiting For The End To Start.A few hours before the 9-track album drops on digital platforms worldwide, the acclaimed pop-rock outfit is set to debut the songs for the very first time through an online listening and live commentary party, which will be streamed live via The Itchyworms’ official Facebook page on August 17, (Monday), from 7:30 pm onwards.Expect a night of fun and entertainment as The Itchyworms perform select cuts from their upcoming release, and promise music listeners to deliver a riveting music experience like no other.About the albumThe Itchyworms’ upcoming studio album, Waiting For The End To Start was conceptualized and recorded with the members of the band confined in their respective homes during the nationwide lockdown.Thematically, the songs are written as a reflection of their individual and collective experiences during the quarantine period. It also inhabits a more adventurous and relentless approach in terms of production and songwriting, which produced captivating end results that music fans will surely love.As Chino Singson, the band’s lead guitarist and back-up vocalist, shares in a statement, “Like any collection of music, it is a record of its time: A snapshot of the artist's reaction to his or her circumstances. But it's a concept album in that our aim was to create art in the midst of a pandemic, to capture our emotions in the music we record, even with the limited recording gear we have at home. So you'll hear amp buzz and imperfect vocals, but for me that's part of the spirit of true rock.”The Itchyworms’ “Waiting For The End To Start” virtual album launch is presented by Sony Music Philippines, GNN Entertainment, and Linya-Linya.
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  • Friday, August 7, 2020 — The Itchyworms will be hosting a virtual album launch to celebrate the release of their highly anticipated fifth album, Waiting For The End To Start.A few hours before the 9-track album drops on digital platforms worldwide, the acclaimed pop-rock outfit is set to debut the songs for the very first time through an online listening and live commentary party, which will be streamed live via The Itchyworms’ official Facebook page on August 17, (Monday), from 7:30 pm onwards.Expect a night of fun and entertainment as The Itchyworms perform select cuts from their upcoming release, and promise music listeners to deliver a riveting music experience like no other.About the albumThe Itchyworms’ upcoming studio album, Waiting For The End To Start was conceptualized and recorded with the members of the band confined in their respective homes during the nationwide lockdown.Thematically, the songs are written as a reflection of their individual and collective experiences during the quarantine period. It also inhabits a more adventurous and relentless approach in terms of production and songwriting, which produced captivating end results that music fans will surely love.As Chino Singson, the band’s lead guitarist and back-up vocalist, shares in a statement, “Like any collection of music, it is a record of its time: A snapshot of the artist's reaction to his or her circumstances. But it's a concept album in that our aim was to create art in the midst of a pandemic, to capture our emotions in the music we record, even with the limited recording gear we have at home. So you'll hear amp buzz and imperfect vocals, but for me that's part of the spirit of true rock.”The Itchyworms’ “Waiting For The End To Start” virtual album launch is presented by Sony Music Philippines, GNN Entertainment, and Linya-Linya.
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  • 07 Aug 2020
     ‘Dissent’ is the brainchild of battle DJ/producer Miaow and singer/songwriter Marc Abaya. Brought about by a mixture of boredom-induced experimentation and reactionary lyricism representing the nation’s collective grief, ‘Dissent’ melds together freshness and familiarity in a 3-minute track that keeps you on edge from the get-go.CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT DISSENT
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  •  ‘Dissent’ is the brainchild of battle DJ/producer Miaow and singer/songwriter Marc Abaya. Brought about by a mixture of boredom-induced experimentation and reactionary lyricism representing the nation’s collective grief, ‘Dissent’ melds together freshness and familiarity in a 3-minute track that keeps you on edge from the get-go.CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT DISSENT
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  • 04 Aug 2020
    Calebral just released their latest music video for their latest single, "Gala" on Monday, August 3, 2020 at their official YouTube channel.Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the video was shoot individually by the band members. "Gala" is directed and edited by their road manager itself, Chie Oronos.
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  • Calebral just released their latest music video for their latest single, "Gala" on Monday, August 3, 2020 at their official YouTube channel.Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the video was shoot individually by the band members. "Gala" is directed and edited by their road manager itself, Chie Oronos.
    Aug 04, 2020 492
  • 04 Aug 2020
    IV of Spades' Zild Benitez opens up about quarantine life and his first solo album2020 threw all our rule books out the window. When the magnitude of the coronavirus crisis struck, everyone in the arts industry struggled to ride it out. Months after the nationwide quarantine announcement, the entertainment industry is still slowly adjusting and coming to grips with the "new normal". Some album releases have been postponed, but some chose to share their music to help them cope together with their fans.It’s been over a year since IV of Spades' studio album "ClapClapClap!" was released to widespread acclaim. But the dedicated trio hasn't stopped just because everything else is on hold. We see Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, and Badjao De Castro use their platforms to promote their quarantine activities. While life has changed for the band in lockdown, Zild found a way to further enhance his craft, revealing what IVOS fans can expect from his upcoming solo album, "Homework Machine".How are you finding life in lockdown?It’s tough and drowning. The hardest part of this lockdown is having no control what’s happening inside my head and my surroundings. It’s hard to handle yourself and your burden for other people who are suffering more. Sleepless nights were normal for my first few months. I think I just have the privilege to use music as an escape for a moment and create songs to have that sense of control back.You are about to release your first solo album. What has been the biggest technical challenge in terms of the whole process of recording and finishing the album?The biggest challenge of doing a record on my own is decision making on small details.  I always know what I want, but I become extremely indecisive when there are two things that I really like. Knowing when to stop isn’t easy as well.Do you think it's possible that the end result would've been better if we weren't in this current situation?I don’t think I would be able to create this record if I didn’t have this leisure of time and privilege. Besides, one of the main reasons why I created this record is to keep myself occupied and avoid extreme ride of emotions.What’s the concept behind this album?Use toy sounds. Write fictional stories. Write personal experiences. Write everything. Write as if tomorrow’s not coming. Create everything at home. Be like a child. Don’t overthink everything.Which was your favorite track to record?Every song that is in the record was once my favorite. But for today, I would say that my favorite is ‘habulan’ since it’s the song that started this record. The song was inspired by Rico Blanco’s, “Bye Bye Na”.You and the rest of IV of Spades have such a loyal fan base, but did you have any reservations at all about releasing a solo album? Does it feel weird to be doing something outside the safety of your band?I really wanted to make something that I haven’t done before, and I think the first thing that came into my mind is creating something all by myself. This self-isolation made me go back to my own cocoon. These past few years was exhausting for me, especially having this awareness that there are a lot of people watching and listening to your work. Honestly, there are times that you tend to forget who you are and start believing what people say they think of you. I can say that I’m starting to know myself once again.I guess we can say we're lucky that technology now makes it easy for us to even create things at home. Will this experience change the way you work in the future?I used to create music at home all the time, but I'm still open to change my process someday. The advantage of creating something at home is you don't have all the gear that everyone is dreaming of. I believe that limitations stir up creativity.Is this lockdown allowing you to be more creative? Aside from music, what else is keeping you going? Like everyone else, I tried learning how to cook. I’m planning to read some of the books that are hiding behind my shelves. I might try to study sign language after releasing this record. Or who knows, I might be a cat wizard.Now that you have one solo album under your belt, are there more to come?I don’t want to put too much pressure on my work. Maybe if there’s an idea from the sky that fits this project, then I’ll do it. If it feels natural, I’ll go for it. If it feels forced, then I'll just sleep."Homework Machine" will be released digitally on July 30, 2020 under Warner Music Philippines.
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  • IV of Spades' Zild Benitez opens up about quarantine life and his first solo album2020 threw all our rule books out the window. When the magnitude of the coronavirus crisis struck, everyone in the arts industry struggled to ride it out. Months after the nationwide quarantine announcement, the entertainment industry is still slowly adjusting and coming to grips with the "new normal". Some album releases have been postponed, but some chose to share their music to help them cope together with their fans.It’s been over a year since IV of Spades' studio album "ClapClapClap!" was released to widespread acclaim. But the dedicated trio hasn't stopped just because everything else is on hold. We see Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, and Badjao De Castro use their platforms to promote their quarantine activities. While life has changed for the band in lockdown, Zild found a way to further enhance his craft, revealing what IVOS fans can expect from his upcoming solo album, "Homework Machine".How are you finding life in lockdown?It’s tough and drowning. The hardest part of this lockdown is having no control what’s happening inside my head and my surroundings. It’s hard to handle yourself and your burden for other people who are suffering more. Sleepless nights were normal for my first few months. I think I just have the privilege to use music as an escape for a moment and create songs to have that sense of control back.You are about to release your first solo album. What has been the biggest technical challenge in terms of the whole process of recording and finishing the album?The biggest challenge of doing a record on my own is decision making on small details.  I always know what I want, but I become extremely indecisive when there are two things that I really like. Knowing when to stop isn’t easy as well.Do you think it's possible that the end result would've been better if we weren't in this current situation?I don’t think I would be able to create this record if I didn’t have this leisure of time and privilege. Besides, one of the main reasons why I created this record is to keep myself occupied and avoid extreme ride of emotions.What’s the concept behind this album?Use toy sounds. Write fictional stories. Write personal experiences. Write everything. Write as if tomorrow’s not coming. Create everything at home. Be like a child. Don’t overthink everything.Which was your favorite track to record?Every song that is in the record was once my favorite. But for today, I would say that my favorite is ‘habulan’ since it’s the song that started this record. The song was inspired by Rico Blanco’s, “Bye Bye Na”.You and the rest of IV of Spades have such a loyal fan base, but did you have any reservations at all about releasing a solo album? Does it feel weird to be doing something outside the safety of your band?I really wanted to make something that I haven’t done before, and I think the first thing that came into my mind is creating something all by myself. This self-isolation made me go back to my own cocoon. These past few years was exhausting for me, especially having this awareness that there are a lot of people watching and listening to your work. Honestly, there are times that you tend to forget who you are and start believing what people say they think of you. I can say that I’m starting to know myself once again.I guess we can say we're lucky that technology now makes it easy for us to even create things at home. Will this experience change the way you work in the future?I used to create music at home all the time, but I'm still open to change my process someday. The advantage of creating something at home is you don't have all the gear that everyone is dreaming of. I believe that limitations stir up creativity.Is this lockdown allowing you to be more creative? Aside from music, what else is keeping you going? Like everyone else, I tried learning how to cook. I’m planning to read some of the books that are hiding behind my shelves. I might try to study sign language after releasing this record. Or who knows, I might be a cat wizard.Now that you have one solo album under your belt, are there more to come?I don’t want to put too much pressure on my work. Maybe if there’s an idea from the sky that fits this project, then I’ll do it. If it feels natural, I’ll go for it. If it feels forced, then I'll just sleep."Homework Machine" will be released digitally on July 30, 2020 under Warner Music Philippines.
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  • 03 Aug 2020
    After reaching more than a million subscribers on YouTube, multi-awarded nine-piece collective Ben&Ben have heeded the call of fans for more exclusive content in the coming days.The acclaimed band has recently announced the launch of their upcoming weekly series, BBTV on July 31, Friday to celebrate this important milestone in their career.“We've been making vlogs that showed our life behind the scenes, but eventually the band and its team came up with the idea,” vocalist and guitarist Miguel Benjamin shares. “Its primary goal is to simply find more ways to connect to people through more varied content.”Extensive Range Of ContentAside from themed music performances and collaborations, expect an intimate look at the band’s more personal and entertaining side as they share their journey of living together under one roof.  “We decided to live together to eliminate or at least greatly lessen the risks involved with working outside,” says Miguel. “We always had the idea of living together in the future to create content and write music, but with the situation now we realized that now was the best time to actually give it a shot.”Ben&Ben also revealed about their plans to drop a “head bang” version of their smash single “Pagtingin,” as well as cover select K-Pop songs in the future.The online series, which airs every Wednesday, will also feature a more extensive range of content for people to connect to, including but not limited to games, competitions, challenges and other forms of entertainment.Sophomore Album Ben&Ben are currently working on the follow-up to their platinum-selling debut album, Limasawa Street, which produced generation-defining songs such as “Pagtingin,” “Fall,” “Araw-Araw,” “War,” and more.Paolo confirms in a statement that one of the reasons for moving in was to start writing for their second album to be released under Sony Music. “We wanted the process to be as organic and as involved as possible, and we're so excited to see what we can come up with where distance and time isn't a hindrance.”New episodes of BBTV will drop every Wednesday of the week on the Ben&Ben YouTube Channel, starting August 5, 2020.
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  • After reaching more than a million subscribers on YouTube, multi-awarded nine-piece collective Ben&Ben have heeded the call of fans for more exclusive content in the coming days.The acclaimed band has recently announced the launch of their upcoming weekly series, BBTV on July 31, Friday to celebrate this important milestone in their career.“We've been making vlogs that showed our life behind the scenes, but eventually the band and its team came up with the idea,” vocalist and guitarist Miguel Benjamin shares. “Its primary goal is to simply find more ways to connect to people through more varied content.”Extensive Range Of ContentAside from themed music performances and collaborations, expect an intimate look at the band’s more personal and entertaining side as they share their journey of living together under one roof.  “We decided to live together to eliminate or at least greatly lessen the risks involved with working outside,” says Miguel. “We always had the idea of living together in the future to create content and write music, but with the situation now we realized that now was the best time to actually give it a shot.”Ben&Ben also revealed about their plans to drop a “head bang” version of their smash single “Pagtingin,” as well as cover select K-Pop songs in the future.The online series, which airs every Wednesday, will also feature a more extensive range of content for people to connect to, including but not limited to games, competitions, challenges and other forms of entertainment.Sophomore Album Ben&Ben are currently working on the follow-up to their platinum-selling debut album, Limasawa Street, which produced generation-defining songs such as “Pagtingin,” “Fall,” “Araw-Araw,” “War,” and more.Paolo confirms in a statement that one of the reasons for moving in was to start writing for their second album to be released under Sony Music. “We wanted the process to be as organic and as involved as possible, and we're so excited to see what we can come up with where distance and time isn't a hindrance.”New episodes of BBTV will drop every Wednesday of the week on the Ben&Ben YouTube Channel, starting August 5, 2020.
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  • 03 Aug 2020
    Manila based progressive metal quintet ORCA released the third single off of their upcoming album ‘The Invitation’ that is set to be released by the end of the year accompanied by a lyric video. The album will be a follow up to their two EPs Creation and Engender released in 2015 and 2017 respectively. This is ‘Flux’ .“There are a lot of ways to define depression. Like walking around with a dark cloud over your head, or a constant fog that will not lift no matter what you do or where you go, it's always there.Some says it's like dragging tons of bricks behind you with no rest. A feeling of a silent motionless room of chaos, debilitating thoughts without a single way to understand how to process anything or to cope with it. The point is, well, everything is pointless when you're inside the storm that we call Depression.Flux describes something that constantly changes, in a passage or movement. When we're in a state of Depression, everything changes even the things that used to be familiar to us.Depression is the death of familiar things and the comfort that it brings. and only few can get out of this constant ordeal.” - Zoren Fernandez, vocalist ‘Flux’ Official Visualizer is available on YouTube: https://fanlink.to/Flux For more information, visit ORCA’s pages:facebook.com/orcamusicphtwitter.com/orcamusicphinstagram.com/orcapilipinaswww.finitefam.com/roster/orca 
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  • Manila based progressive metal quintet ORCA released the third single off of their upcoming album ‘The Invitation’ that is set to be released by the end of the year accompanied by a lyric video. The album will be a follow up to their two EPs Creation and Engender released in 2015 and 2017 respectively. This is ‘Flux’ .“There are a lot of ways to define depression. Like walking around with a dark cloud over your head, or a constant fog that will not lift no matter what you do or where you go, it's always there.Some says it's like dragging tons of bricks behind you with no rest. A feeling of a silent motionless room of chaos, debilitating thoughts without a single way to understand how to process anything or to cope with it. The point is, well, everything is pointless when you're inside the storm that we call Depression.Flux describes something that constantly changes, in a passage or movement. When we're in a state of Depression, everything changes even the things that used to be familiar to us.Depression is the death of familiar things and the comfort that it brings. and only few can get out of this constant ordeal.” - Zoren Fernandez, vocalist ‘Flux’ Official Visualizer is available on YouTube: https://fanlink.to/Flux For more information, visit ORCA’s pages:facebook.com/orcamusicphtwitter.com/orcamusicphinstagram.com/orcapilipinaswww.finitefam.com/roster/orca 
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  • 03 Aug 2020
    The five-piece band is the first-ever act signed by the independent record label during the quarantine period, with the contract signing held via online call in their respective homes. Present during the virtual contract signing were Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, and The Knobs members Jayr Corre (Vocalist/Bass), Marco Corre (Drums), Raffy Corre (Rhythm Guitar) Emman Lopez (Lead Guitar), and Sky Cepe (Keyboards).Universal Records Philippines General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go and The Knobs The Knobs was formed in 2011, composed of members of the Corre family and some close friends. While they have been active for many years, the band had officially set their sights on releasing original compositions after their vocalist/bassist Jayr Corre left his previous band (Eat Bulaga's Music Hero Band). The band cites Rico Blanco, Cueshe, and Silent Sanctuary as some of their musical influences.Their debut single, "Paalam" is a power rock ballad based on Corre's personal experiences about regrets over a previous relationship and seeking out hope for a second chance. With the relatable hugot lyrics, and a Pinoy band sound not often heard in the recent scene, The Knobs hopes to revive the genre and reach a wide audience.Their debut single, "Paalam" is a power rock ballad based on Corre's personal experiences about regrets over a previous relationship and seeking out hope for a second chance. With the relatable hugot lyrics, and a Pinoy band sound not often heard in the recent scene, The Knobs hopes to revive the genre and reach a wide audience.Aside from The Knobs, the record label has also signed emerging talents Gio Marlo and Kemrie, who will be releasing their respective debut singles later this year.Paalam by The Knobs is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under Universal Records.
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  • The five-piece band is the first-ever act signed by the independent record label during the quarantine period, with the contract signing held via online call in their respective homes. Present during the virtual contract signing were Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, and The Knobs members Jayr Corre (Vocalist/Bass), Marco Corre (Drums), Raffy Corre (Rhythm Guitar) Emman Lopez (Lead Guitar), and Sky Cepe (Keyboards).Universal Records Philippines General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go and The Knobs The Knobs was formed in 2011, composed of members of the Corre family and some close friends. While they have been active for many years, the band had officially set their sights on releasing original compositions after their vocalist/bassist Jayr Corre left his previous band (Eat Bulaga's Music Hero Band). The band cites Rico Blanco, Cueshe, and Silent Sanctuary as some of their musical influences.Their debut single, "Paalam" is a power rock ballad based on Corre's personal experiences about regrets over a previous relationship and seeking out hope for a second chance. With the relatable hugot lyrics, and a Pinoy band sound not often heard in the recent scene, The Knobs hopes to revive the genre and reach a wide audience.Their debut single, "Paalam" is a power rock ballad based on Corre's personal experiences about regrets over a previous relationship and seeking out hope for a second chance. With the relatable hugot lyrics, and a Pinoy band sound not often heard in the recent scene, The Knobs hopes to revive the genre and reach a wide audience.Aside from The Knobs, the record label has also signed emerging talents Gio Marlo and Kemrie, who will be releasing their respective debut singles later this year.Paalam by The Knobs is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under Universal Records.
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  • 31 Jul 2020
    Color The Era to release new single "Balang Araw" Color The Era ventures on emotions with his song “Balang Araw”, a song that tackles the desperation of waiting for someone you love to love you back. He embraced his emotional singer-songwriter side which can be felt through the honesty of words and emotions being conveyed throughout the song. Color The Era is the solo project of Ron Pangyarihan. Rooted in late-'90s alternative rock and campfire-worthy soundtracks, Ron Pangyarihan decided to make music from his vulnerable and personal reflections. Armed with an acoustic guitar and his passion to put the naked honesty of his words into sound, he started his solo project Color The Era. Color the Era is the band to watch out for” - UDOU He made his debut with the single “Hanggang Kailan” in May 2019. Immediately after the release of his guitar-driven acoustic rock debut, Pangyarihan captured the attention of prominent record label Viva Records. With just a single song in his catalog, he secured a major record deal and found a home together with the country’s chart-topping acts. He then released his second single “Hindi Ka Na Mahal” in November 2019. Following his passionate and simple acoustics path, Pangyarihan revealed a more stripped back nature of his music with the release of the heart-rending single “Kahit Na Hindi Tayo” in February 2020. Color The Era’s music has been featured in several websites and played in the local radio. Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Spotify
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  • Color The Era to release new single "Balang Araw" Color The Era ventures on emotions with his song “Balang Araw”, a song that tackles the desperation of waiting for someone you love to love you back. He embraced his emotional singer-songwriter side which can be felt through the honesty of words and emotions being conveyed throughout the song. Color The Era is the solo project of Ron Pangyarihan. Rooted in late-'90s alternative rock and campfire-worthy soundtracks, Ron Pangyarihan decided to make music from his vulnerable and personal reflections. Armed with an acoustic guitar and his passion to put the naked honesty of his words into sound, he started his solo project Color The Era. Color the Era is the band to watch out for” - UDOU He made his debut with the single “Hanggang Kailan” in May 2019. Immediately after the release of his guitar-driven acoustic rock debut, Pangyarihan captured the attention of prominent record label Viva Records. With just a single song in his catalog, he secured a major record deal and found a home together with the country’s chart-topping acts. He then released his second single “Hindi Ka Na Mahal” in November 2019. Following his passionate and simple acoustics path, Pangyarihan revealed a more stripped back nature of his music with the release of the heart-rending single “Kahit Na Hindi Tayo” in February 2020. Color The Era’s music has been featured in several websites and played in the local radio. Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Spotify
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  • 31 Jul 2020
    Exclusive: SB19 drops their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Get in the Zone’SB19 pushes the envelope of pop music with the release of their debut full-length album, Get in the Zone, out today on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music.  Mashing together various music influences with top-tier production and global appeal, the nine-track release features six original compositions, along with the EDM version of “Love Goes” and two instrumental songs.Thematically speaking, Get in the Zone maps their creative and personal journey. “It hasn’t been long since we released our debut single ‘Tilaluha,’ but prior to that, we have been training for years already,” says Sejun. “We wanted to incorporate all the things that we have experienced during trainee days into this album by putting all the emotions that we went through into our music. It was an emotional rollercoaster, but we pulled through and we hope that we get to inspire people with our story.”SB19’s first album kicks off with the two-punch knockout of “Alab” and “Go Up”—both chart-topping singles that bask in electronic grooves, pulsating hip-hop rhythms, and technicolored beats. These songs not only exude outsized charisma, but it also showcases SB19’s potential as a phenomenal pop group capable of defying trends and trailblazing a new movement in the international music arena.  Get in the Zone takes a more somber turn with “Tilaluha,” a stripped-down ballad that tackles one’s remorse over reciprocated romance. It’s a refreshing misnomer in a record filled with upbeat jams and shiny pop tunes, and one that blows the roof off, vocal performance-wise.The winsome streak continues with the R&B-infused “Love Goes,” a song that talks about one’s suffering over a lost loved one, and its sequel, “Hanggang Sa Huli,” which allows the broken person to heal and find comfort in a kind of love that lasts a lifetime. The sonically adventurous album also includes “Wag Mong Ikunot Ang Iyong Noo,” a Filipino adaptation of the Korean ‘90s smash “Sarangeun Ya YaYa,” as well as an EDM remix and two bonus tracks.According to Sejun, what sets Get in the Zone apart from other contemporary releases is the collaborative synergy between K-pop producers and Filipino talents, resulting into an exciting yet compelling final product. “It’s a great thing to get all the good traits from Korean and Philippine music/culture, and put them together into one. If you’ll dive deep into it, you’ll find a whole new sound rich in both cultures.”As for the creative process, SB19 members Justin, Sejun, Josh, Ken, and Stell are very hands on when it comes to writing songs and creating melodies. Justin shares, “In this album, we didn’t collaborate with any other artist. We also wrote the lyrics for all the songs ourselves, but we’ve worked with Korean Producers who have also worked with famous artists in Korea already. It was a different experience for each producer since they have different styles, but overall, everything was fun and exciting.”The award-winning band dedicates their new album, Get in the Zone to every single one of their A’TIN fans who have relentlessly supported their music through thick and thin. “All our achievements to date would not have been possible without you,” says Josh. “So in return we will work harder and continue to uplift you with more music and content so that we can give back the love we’ve received from you.”Check out SB19’s Get in the Zone here.
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  • Exclusive: SB19 drops their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Get in the Zone’SB19 pushes the envelope of pop music with the release of their debut full-length album, Get in the Zone, out today on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music.  Mashing together various music influences with top-tier production and global appeal, the nine-track release features six original compositions, along with the EDM version of “Love Goes” and two instrumental songs.Thematically speaking, Get in the Zone maps their creative and personal journey. “It hasn’t been long since we released our debut single ‘Tilaluha,’ but prior to that, we have been training for years already,” says Sejun. “We wanted to incorporate all the things that we have experienced during trainee days into this album by putting all the emotions that we went through into our music. It was an emotional rollercoaster, but we pulled through and we hope that we get to inspire people with our story.”SB19’s first album kicks off with the two-punch knockout of “Alab” and “Go Up”—both chart-topping singles that bask in electronic grooves, pulsating hip-hop rhythms, and technicolored beats. These songs not only exude outsized charisma, but it also showcases SB19’s potential as a phenomenal pop group capable of defying trends and trailblazing a new movement in the international music arena.  Get in the Zone takes a more somber turn with “Tilaluha,” a stripped-down ballad that tackles one’s remorse over reciprocated romance. It’s a refreshing misnomer in a record filled with upbeat jams and shiny pop tunes, and one that blows the roof off, vocal performance-wise.The winsome streak continues with the R&B-infused “Love Goes,” a song that talks about one’s suffering over a lost loved one, and its sequel, “Hanggang Sa Huli,” which allows the broken person to heal and find comfort in a kind of love that lasts a lifetime. The sonically adventurous album also includes “Wag Mong Ikunot Ang Iyong Noo,” a Filipino adaptation of the Korean ‘90s smash “Sarangeun Ya YaYa,” as well as an EDM remix and two bonus tracks.According to Sejun, what sets Get in the Zone apart from other contemporary releases is the collaborative synergy between K-pop producers and Filipino talents, resulting into an exciting yet compelling final product. “It’s a great thing to get all the good traits from Korean and Philippine music/culture, and put them together into one. If you’ll dive deep into it, you’ll find a whole new sound rich in both cultures.”As for the creative process, SB19 members Justin, Sejun, Josh, Ken, and Stell are very hands on when it comes to writing songs and creating melodies. Justin shares, “In this album, we didn’t collaborate with any other artist. We also wrote the lyrics for all the songs ourselves, but we’ve worked with Korean Producers who have also worked with famous artists in Korea already. It was a different experience for each producer since they have different styles, but overall, everything was fun and exciting.”The award-winning band dedicates their new album, Get in the Zone to every single one of their A’TIN fans who have relentlessly supported their music through thick and thin. “All our achievements to date would not have been possible without you,” says Josh. “So in return we will work harder and continue to uplift you with more music and content so that we can give back the love we’ve received from you.”Check out SB19’s Get in the Zone here.
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  • 31 Jul 2020
      The electronic producer teams up with Senara for the breakout jam of the quarantine era.   FRIDAY, 31 JULY 2020, SINGAPORE - Singapore based producer-songwriter Eve Alai has finally released “Pills and Potions,” the lead single of his upcoming debut EP, via indie label Umami Records.   His first release with the international label features a collaboration with Sri Lankan pop artist, Senara, whose sassy but smooth vocal performance serves as a perfect balm to the track’s throbbing pulse.   Not your typical dance track, “Pills and Potions” is ready to bop its way into quarantine parties all over the world with its house-inflected beats, slinky grooves, and gleefully immaculate production. Its somber lyrics about the realities of relationships are in a different vein entirely, but somehow the contrasting effect encourages listeners to dance the pain away.   “I noticed that people love to dance to songs that address situations in love and life that are unfortunate,” Eve Alai takes into account the story behind his happy-sad anthem. “I wanted to create a vibe where people could embrace their sadness and dance at the same time.”   Listen to Pills and Potions by Eve Alai x Senara everywhere at this link: https://www.umamirecords.sg/pills-and-potions/   Lyric Video   About Eve Alai Singapore based producer-songwriter Eve Alai makes dance music fused with timeless melodies, designed to give listeners a sonic experience that will move them emotionally and physically.   Originally from Sri Lanka, Eve Alai completed his degree in music at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. He is currently completing his 6-track debut EP which will be released over the next 12 months.   Instagram 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 thus far has included 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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  •   The electronic producer teams up with Senara for the breakout jam of the quarantine era.   FRIDAY, 31 JULY 2020, SINGAPORE - Singapore based producer-songwriter Eve Alai has finally released “Pills and Potions,” the lead single of his upcoming debut EP, via indie label Umami Records.   His first release with the international label features a collaboration with Sri Lankan pop artist, Senara, whose sassy but smooth vocal performance serves as a perfect balm to the track’s throbbing pulse.   Not your typical dance track, “Pills and Potions” is ready to bop its way into quarantine parties all over the world with its house-inflected beats, slinky grooves, and gleefully immaculate production. Its somber lyrics about the realities of relationships are in a different vein entirely, but somehow the contrasting effect encourages listeners to dance the pain away.   “I noticed that people love to dance to songs that address situations in love and life that are unfortunate,” Eve Alai takes into account the story behind his happy-sad anthem. “I wanted to create a vibe where people could embrace their sadness and dance at the same time.”   Listen to Pills and Potions by Eve Alai x Senara everywhere at this link: https://www.umamirecords.sg/pills-and-potions/   Lyric Video   About Eve Alai Singapore based producer-songwriter Eve Alai makes dance music fused with timeless melodies, designed to give listeners a sonic experience that will move them emotionally and physically.   Originally from Sri Lanka, Eve Alai completed his degree in music at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. He is currently completing his 6-track debut EP which will be released over the next 12 months.   Instagram 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 thus far has included 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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  • 30 Jul 2020
    Filipina rock icon Barbie Almalbis hopes to encourage and inspire listeners to rise above the extraordinary times.  With the official release of “Umagang Kay Ganda,” the third single of her upcoming new album under Sony Music Philippines, the Dahilan singer-songwriter uses her platform to pay tribute to the courage and optimism of the Filipino people.  “The current situation has made so many of us experience such a profound sense of loss, and it has also given us a rare chance to stop and reassess our lives and consider the things that we really value,” the acclaimed pop-rock artist shares. “I hope Umagang Kay Ganda will be a blessing especially to our frontliners. It is our little way to say thank you for the selflessness that they have continually shown and the sacrifices that they have made to help us get through this together.”With the help of constant collaborators, Barbie and her bandmates put a creative stamp in reimagining “Umagang Kay Ganda,” while making sure that its empowering message shines through the intricate arrangement. “Karel and I initially jammed it and he wrote lines for the instrumental section, then we arranged the rest with Nikko on keyboard and Jonard on drums. We were able to record the rhythm section just a few weeks before the lockdown.” As a result, the new version conveys the timeless appeal of the original, while exuding a warmer approach in terms of production details.  Inspiring Music Video  The official release of Barbie Almalbis’ latest single comes with an accompanying music video that brings to light everyday stories of hope and love for the country amidst the global health crisis. Interspersed with scenes of the new normal, the visuals for “Umagang Kay Ganda” also showcase the heroic deeds of our frontliners and several acts of compassion and resilience from ordinary Filipino folks. Barbie adds, “Although some people consider music and visual arts as non-essentials these days, I’ve found that many are actually turning to the arts as a way of coping and feeling connected to others. We want to remind people of the real hope that we have and can hold on to, even as we confront the invisible enemy on a day to day basis. We’ll be able to stand above difficult situations and hurdle these atrocities with the gift of love and compassion.” The music video is also part of Magnolia Dari Creme’s campaign reminding us that in extraordinary times as in the normal times, tomorrow always brings us new chances for a brighter day as long as we are with the ones we love.  
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  • Filipina rock icon Barbie Almalbis hopes to encourage and inspire listeners to rise above the extraordinary times.  With the official release of “Umagang Kay Ganda,” the third single of her upcoming new album under Sony Music Philippines, the Dahilan singer-songwriter uses her platform to pay tribute to the courage and optimism of the Filipino people.  “The current situation has made so many of us experience such a profound sense of loss, and it has also given us a rare chance to stop and reassess our lives and consider the things that we really value,” the acclaimed pop-rock artist shares. “I hope Umagang Kay Ganda will be a blessing especially to our frontliners. It is our little way to say thank you for the selflessness that they have continually shown and the sacrifices that they have made to help us get through this together.”With the help of constant collaborators, Barbie and her bandmates put a creative stamp in reimagining “Umagang Kay Ganda,” while making sure that its empowering message shines through the intricate arrangement. “Karel and I initially jammed it and he wrote lines for the instrumental section, then we arranged the rest with Nikko on keyboard and Jonard on drums. We were able to record the rhythm section just a few weeks before the lockdown.” As a result, the new version conveys the timeless appeal of the original, while exuding a warmer approach in terms of production details.  Inspiring Music Video  The official release of Barbie Almalbis’ latest single comes with an accompanying music video that brings to light everyday stories of hope and love for the country amidst the global health crisis. Interspersed with scenes of the new normal, the visuals for “Umagang Kay Ganda” also showcase the heroic deeds of our frontliners and several acts of compassion and resilience from ordinary Filipino folks. Barbie adds, “Although some people consider music and visual arts as non-essentials these days, I’ve found that many are actually turning to the arts as a way of coping and feeling connected to others. We want to remind people of the real hope that we have and can hold on to, even as we confront the invisible enemy on a day to day basis. We’ll be able to stand above difficult situations and hurdle these atrocities with the gift of love and compassion.” The music video is also part of Magnolia Dari Creme’s campaign reminding us that in extraordinary times as in the normal times, tomorrow always brings us new chances for a brighter day as long as we are with the ones we love.  
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  • 30 Jul 2020
    Sponge Cola has officially signed to Sony Music—the record label that released their debut album, Palabas.To mark this return, the award-winning band drops a new song entitled “Lumipas Ang Tag-araw,” out today on all digital platforms worldwide.Capturing the essence of a belated summer anthem in less than four minutes, Sponge Cola’s latest single soars into the fast lane with verses that turn romantic yearning into an inescapable sing-along, and a power-pop surge that packs a ton of punch.Connection In SeparationThe captivating and relatable lyrics echo the collective frustration of not being with the people we deeply care about and love. But on the other side of the narrative, the song presents an opportunity to weather the insurmountable odds through perseverance and resilience to get through life—thanks to the support and kindness of friends and family. “It's a story of connection in separation, and how we can be a source of comfort for each other during difficult times,” guitarist Armo Armovit adds.Vocalist and guitarist Yael Yuzon fondly recalls the inspiration behind “Lumipas Ang Tag-araw” after driving his wife to work one morning under the new normal. He remembers becoming intensely emotional out of nowhere. “It was a strange feeling: a realization about everything that has or hasn’t happened since Covid-19, which yanked us away from our usual. And at that moment, this bright and happy melody just came to me, then some words and harmonies. When I got home, I fleshed everything out and recorded a demo within a few minutes. I guess I just needed to uplift myself, so I wrote something uplifting-- something that doesn't highlight the struggle everyone has been trying to deal with during the pandemic and the lockdown.” The creative and emotional surge led to writing the initial draft of “Lumipas Ang Tag-araw”—a love song that deals with the struggles of physical connection in the time of pandemic.“Virtual” RecordingThe upbeat pop-rock tune is the first song that the band arranged and recorded in the comforts of their home, without being together in the same place. Armovit shares the challenging process that transpired during the preliminary stages of the recording. “We sent demos and voice memos to each other back and forth, tweaking parts, creating variations, until we all agreed on a final arrangement. Everyone then had to record their own parts at home and send it to a communal online drive for the producer, Angee Rozul, to bring everything together for the final track.”Under normal circumstances, Sponge Cola would usually write the song, arrange it in a rehearsal space, and record it together in a studio. But due to the nationwide lockdown imposed in the previous months, the alternative rock quartet decided to use the time and resources available at their disposal to record individually at their own place. “There was a lot of self-editing because you're not being policed by your bandmates or a producer constantly keeping tabs on possible mistakes or improvements, at least in person,” says Yael Yuzon. “It was all about laying in your parts when the song was passed on to you, and you had the responsibility to keep things right and easy for the next guy to add on to.”Music VideoAccording to Armovit, the lockdown-inspired music video of “Lumipas ang Tag-Araw” takes an intimate look into the fictional and real-life character’s personal worlds—their bedrooms, living spaces, confined homes—and the routine that they’re up to, in hopes of coping with the situation under quarantine. “It was also our first time working under special conditions, where we had to film all the scenes ourselves with our own phones and cameras. I'm very thankful for the help and guidance from King Palisoc, our director, and the creative ideas from his team.”The music video will be released on August 1, Saturday via the band’s official YouTube page.
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  • Sponge Cola has officially signed to Sony Music—the record label that released their debut album, Palabas.To mark this return, the award-winning band drops a new song entitled “Lumipas Ang Tag-araw,” out today on all digital platforms worldwide.Capturing the essence of a belated summer anthem in less than four minutes, Sponge Cola’s latest single soars into the fast lane with verses that turn romantic yearning into an inescapable sing-along, and a power-pop surge that packs a ton of punch.Connection In SeparationThe captivating and relatable lyrics echo the collective frustration of not being with the people we deeply care about and love. But on the other side of the narrative, the song presents an opportunity to weather the insurmountable odds through perseverance and resilience to get through life—thanks to the support and kindness of friends and family. “It's a story of connection in separation, and how we can be a source of comfort for each other during difficult times,” guitarist Armo Armovit adds.Vocalist and guitarist Yael Yuzon fondly recalls the inspiration behind “Lumipas Ang Tag-araw” after driving his wife to work one morning under the new normal. He remembers becoming intensely emotional out of nowhere. “It was a strange feeling: a realization about everything that has or hasn’t happened since Covid-19, which yanked us away from our usual. And at that moment, this bright and happy melody just came to me, then some words and harmonies. When I got home, I fleshed everything out and recorded a demo within a few minutes. I guess I just needed to uplift myself, so I wrote something uplifting-- something that doesn't highlight the struggle everyone has been trying to deal with during the pandemic and the lockdown.” The creative and emotional surge led to writing the initial draft of “Lumipas Ang Tag-araw”—a love song that deals with the struggles of physical connection in the time of pandemic.“Virtual” RecordingThe upbeat pop-rock tune is the first song that the band arranged and recorded in the comforts of their home, without being together in the same place. Armovit shares the challenging process that transpired during the preliminary stages of the recording. “We sent demos and voice memos to each other back and forth, tweaking parts, creating variations, until we all agreed on a final arrangement. Everyone then had to record their own parts at home and send it to a communal online drive for the producer, Angee Rozul, to bring everything together for the final track.”Under normal circumstances, Sponge Cola would usually write the song, arrange it in a rehearsal space, and record it together in a studio. But due to the nationwide lockdown imposed in the previous months, the alternative rock quartet decided to use the time and resources available at their disposal to record individually at their own place. “There was a lot of self-editing because you're not being policed by your bandmates or a producer constantly keeping tabs on possible mistakes or improvements, at least in person,” says Yael Yuzon. “It was all about laying in your parts when the song was passed on to you, and you had the responsibility to keep things right and easy for the next guy to add on to.”Music VideoAccording to Armovit, the lockdown-inspired music video of “Lumipas ang Tag-Araw” takes an intimate look into the fictional and real-life character’s personal worlds—their bedrooms, living spaces, confined homes—and the routine that they’re up to, in hopes of coping with the situation under quarantine. “It was also our first time working under special conditions, where we had to film all the scenes ourselves with our own phones and cameras. I'm very thankful for the help and guidance from King Palisoc, our director, and the creative ideas from his team.”The music video will be released on August 1, Saturday via the band’s official YouTube page.
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  • 28 Jul 2020
    After reaching more than 120,000 views on Facebook in less than a month, UE Jam Sessions’ collaborative song “Lalaban Tayo” is finally available on digital and streaming platforms worldwide via MCA Music, Inc.   Recorded and filmed in the respective homes of participating members during the quarantine, “Lalaban Tayo” was written by Jenny Legaspi as a tribute to the unsung heroes of the pandemic era: the frontliners.   The song also tackles the invaluable dedication and unwavering efforts of the medical workers and volunteers in the thick of the battle against an invisible enemy.      To date, the music video has received acclaim form various media outlets in the country. Business Mirror’s Tony Maghirang praised songwriter Jenny Legaspi’s lyrics, taking note of how it “reflects that feeling of connection with the frontliners who risk their lives on the line for others day in, and day out.” The veteran music writer adds, “It’s the kind of perception that’s a vital shot in the arm. It should fortify every listener’s optimism that brighter days are just around the bend, nearer than what the statistics would make us believe.”   ABS-CBN News Online’s Jackie Dosmanos also commend “Lalaban Tayo” for giving people something to hope for. According to her, the song “came out fighting for its right to be a notch above the plethora of pandemic-related OPM this summer.”   “Lalaban Tayo” was written by Jenny Legaspi, arranged by Choi Felipe, and executive produced by Tommy Tanchanco. It features more than 30 participating singers and artists from the University of the East’s premier music organization.
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  • After reaching more than 120,000 views on Facebook in less than a month, UE Jam Sessions’ collaborative song “Lalaban Tayo” is finally available on digital and streaming platforms worldwide via MCA Music, Inc.   Recorded and filmed in the respective homes of participating members during the quarantine, “Lalaban Tayo” was written by Jenny Legaspi as a tribute to the unsung heroes of the pandemic era: the frontliners.   The song also tackles the invaluable dedication and unwavering efforts of the medical workers and volunteers in the thick of the battle against an invisible enemy.      To date, the music video has received acclaim form various media outlets in the country. Business Mirror’s Tony Maghirang praised songwriter Jenny Legaspi’s lyrics, taking note of how it “reflects that feeling of connection with the frontliners who risk their lives on the line for others day in, and day out.” The veteran music writer adds, “It’s the kind of perception that’s a vital shot in the arm. It should fortify every listener’s optimism that brighter days are just around the bend, nearer than what the statistics would make us believe.”   ABS-CBN News Online’s Jackie Dosmanos also commend “Lalaban Tayo” for giving people something to hope for. According to her, the song “came out fighting for its right to be a notch above the plethora of pandemic-related OPM this summer.”   “Lalaban Tayo” was written by Jenny Legaspi, arranged by Choi Felipe, and executive produced by Tommy Tanchanco. It features more than 30 participating singers and artists from the University of the East’s premier music organization.
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  • 24 Jul 2020
    The vowels they orbit explores emotional intricacies on debut EP Filipino indie pop-rock outfit the vowels they orbit has finally released their highly anticipated EP, ang unang ikot via Sony Music Philippines.With songs that find strength in vulnerability, the band’s major label debut expounds on the complexities of young love from the perspective of someone who has gone through several missteps and recoveries in life. On a thematic standpoint, the lyrics shine a light on certain issues that people tend to avoid in regular conversations: the melancholic “Pasa” recalls a harrowing story of abuse; the light-hearted ditty “Selos” struggles to conceal jealousy no matter how hard the person tries; and then there’s “Kiliti,” a song about finding that perfect someone in an imperfect situation. The 5-track release offers home to fragile beings caught in the throes of love, hoping that they’ll learn from their previous mistakes and come out as better individuals after.According to the band, “all tracks were written in the context of love, but like every other song out there, they all go beyond the intention.” Patch Javier adds, “the latest EP tackles what most relationship journeys look like during [their] firsts.”ang unang ikot, is written, arranged and performed by the vowels they orbit, except for “Selos,” which was penned by Darwin Hernandez—the hitmaker behind chart-topping singles “Torete” and “Sandalan.” The album is produced by Rye Sarmiento, the guitarist of 6cyclemind and Banda Ni Kleggy.About The Band Signed to Sony Music Philippines, the vowels they orbit makes captivating pop-rock anthems laced with discernible hooks and strong melodic instincts. This is evident on their debut single "Selos,” which peaked at No. 2 on Spotify Philippines' Viral 50 charts and No. 1 on Love Radio 90.7 Top 10. The band, composed of Nikka Melchor (Vocals), Jeremy Sayas (Drums), Hannah Dela Cruz (Keyboard), Gene Santiago (Guitars) and Patch Javier (Bass), is managed by Soupstar Music—the home to several established and promising music acts such as 6cyclemind, Teeth, Imago, Sandwich, Pedicab, Moonstar88, Ultra Combo, Gracenote, Banda ni Kleggy, Better Days, the vowels they orbit, and Kurei.the vowels they orbit’s debut EP, ang unang ikot, is now available on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.
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  • The vowels they orbit explores emotional intricacies on debut EP Filipino indie pop-rock outfit the vowels they orbit has finally released their highly anticipated EP, ang unang ikot via Sony Music Philippines.With songs that find strength in vulnerability, the band’s major label debut expounds on the complexities of young love from the perspective of someone who has gone through several missteps and recoveries in life. On a thematic standpoint, the lyrics shine a light on certain issues that people tend to avoid in regular conversations: the melancholic “Pasa” recalls a harrowing story of abuse; the light-hearted ditty “Selos” struggles to conceal jealousy no matter how hard the person tries; and then there’s “Kiliti,” a song about finding that perfect someone in an imperfect situation. The 5-track release offers home to fragile beings caught in the throes of love, hoping that they’ll learn from their previous mistakes and come out as better individuals after.According to the band, “all tracks were written in the context of love, but like every other song out there, they all go beyond the intention.” Patch Javier adds, “the latest EP tackles what most relationship journeys look like during [their] firsts.”ang unang ikot, is written, arranged and performed by the vowels they orbit, except for “Selos,” which was penned by Darwin Hernandez—the hitmaker behind chart-topping singles “Torete” and “Sandalan.” The album is produced by Rye Sarmiento, the guitarist of 6cyclemind and Banda Ni Kleggy.About The Band Signed to Sony Music Philippines, the vowels they orbit makes captivating pop-rock anthems laced with discernible hooks and strong melodic instincts. This is evident on their debut single "Selos,” which peaked at No. 2 on Spotify Philippines' Viral 50 charts and No. 1 on Love Radio 90.7 Top 10. The band, composed of Nikka Melchor (Vocals), Jeremy Sayas (Drums), Hannah Dela Cruz (Keyboard), Gene Santiago (Guitars) and Patch Javier (Bass), is managed by Soupstar Music—the home to several established and promising music acts such as 6cyclemind, Teeth, Imago, Sandwich, Pedicab, Moonstar88, Ultra Combo, Gracenote, Banda ni Kleggy, Better Days, the vowels they orbit, and Kurei.the vowels they orbit’s debut EP, ang unang ikot, is now available on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.
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  • 24 Jul 2020
    SINGER-SONGWRITER JEAN TAN DELIVERS DELICIOUS NEW SINGLE  ‘OAK CHERRY WINE’, PRE-EMPTING UPCOMING EPJean Tan’s latest single “Oak Cherry Wine” sees her continuing strong in a signature, bluesy vein, dropping on 24 July on all major digital streaming platforms via Leeway. This is Jean’s third and final single before the anticipated 5-song EP is released in fall 2020, produced and arranged by Singaporean R&B artist and multi-instrumentalist Dru Chen.So is this just another love song? Definitely not. Though familiar themes of courtship and romance feature like they do in the previous singles, this is perhaps Jean’s most personal release to date. This is an ode to love, but a deeper kind – one that grows better with age, holds steady in both the valley and mountain moments. It is a lettre d'amour to the lover who decides to stay for better and worse, richer and poorer, in sickness and in health.This is after all a song born out of Jean’s own story – her personal health struggles with kidney disease and the man who married her despite the uncertainty of a lifetime together. Perhaps it’s why it feels so powerful despite the simple instrumentation of keys and a couple of guitars. Everything is felt so keenly from the moment Jean whispers 1, 2, 3, 4  in your ear at the start to the soaring, dulcet tones of the chorus: I love you / and it’s funny how / I’ll need you and breathe you / Be with you every moment now…Even in the simplicity of the arrangement, the listener is taken on a journey as the melodies of the two guitars dance around each other like two binary stars. Seventh chords. A walking, no, skipping bass line. An unexpected twinkling of the electric piano right at the end to bring it all home.The song offers endless contrasts and complexity in so few elements that it’s hard not to be intrigued. It is sentimental, but fierce. Sweet but not saccharine. A glass of oak cherry wine, tilted to the lips – bittersweet, familiar, true.Listen to “Oak Cherry Wine” atSpotify:  http://open.spotify.com/album/6JGHcOtPz6FElgJozjJquforApple Music:  https://music.apple.com/us/album/oak-cherry-wine-single/1522550239?ls=1
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  • SINGER-SONGWRITER JEAN TAN DELIVERS DELICIOUS NEW SINGLE  ‘OAK CHERRY WINE’, PRE-EMPTING UPCOMING EPJean Tan’s latest single “Oak Cherry Wine” sees her continuing strong in a signature, bluesy vein, dropping on 24 July on all major digital streaming platforms via Leeway. This is Jean’s third and final single before the anticipated 5-song EP is released in fall 2020, produced and arranged by Singaporean R&B artist and multi-instrumentalist Dru Chen.So is this just another love song? Definitely not. Though familiar themes of courtship and romance feature like they do in the previous singles, this is perhaps Jean’s most personal release to date. This is an ode to love, but a deeper kind – one that grows better with age, holds steady in both the valley and mountain moments. It is a lettre d'amour to the lover who decides to stay for better and worse, richer and poorer, in sickness and in health.This is after all a song born out of Jean’s own story – her personal health struggles with kidney disease and the man who married her despite the uncertainty of a lifetime together. Perhaps it’s why it feels so powerful despite the simple instrumentation of keys and a couple of guitars. Everything is felt so keenly from the moment Jean whispers 1, 2, 3, 4  in your ear at the start to the soaring, dulcet tones of the chorus: I love you / and it’s funny how / I’ll need you and breathe you / Be with you every moment now…Even in the simplicity of the arrangement, the listener is taken on a journey as the melodies of the two guitars dance around each other like two binary stars. Seventh chords. A walking, no, skipping bass line. An unexpected twinkling of the electric piano right at the end to bring it all home.The song offers endless contrasts and complexity in so few elements that it’s hard not to be intrigued. It is sentimental, but fierce. Sweet but not saccharine. A glass of oak cherry wine, tilted to the lips – bittersweet, familiar, true.Listen to “Oak Cherry Wine” atSpotify:  http://open.spotify.com/album/6JGHcOtPz6FElgJozjJquforApple Music:  https://music.apple.com/us/album/oak-cherry-wine-single/1522550239?ls=1
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  • 24 Jul 2020
    Juan Karlos inspires hope and strength amid the pandemic with their latest single, “BLESS Ü” (July 24, 2020 — Manila, Philippines) OPM hit-making band Juan Karlos (stylized juan karlos) channels their inner strength with their newest single, “BLESS Ü,” out on all digital and streaming worldwide this July 24, 2020 (Friday) via Island Records Philippines. The pop-R&B track delves into our collective toughness of spirit during these challenging times and hopes to ease some of our worries and fears.   The song’s uplifting message was something juan karlos strives to bring forth to the public whenever we’re faced with adversity, but more so and critically, during a health crisis with seemingly no end in sight right now. “The song, or at least the idea of it, was already made prior to the lockdown. Basically, it was just on standby. But when the pandemic happened, all gigs were cancelled,” frontman JK Labajo shares. “We thought it’d be a good idea to record something different from the music people are already familiar with from us.” While the circumstances then and now are vastly different, their intentions remain the same: finding hope. “Just hold on tight / For in the end of every tunnel / baby there’s light,” he croons.   The songwriting and recording process for “BLESS Ü” had its fair share of unique, unprecedented challenges. Completing it during the lockdown meant adjusting to several limitations. “Not all of our members have their own home setup so [doing it separately] was just not feasible,” according to JK. “But when the lockdown was lifted, we were able to record it properly.” The band welcomed the experience, knowing that ultimately, the song is bigger than their own. JK hopes for listeners to trust in our ability to overcome and that together, we’ll get through.   In just a few years that the band has been making music, they’re not one to shy away from shedding light on critical and necessary topics, often drawing from their own lived experience. “I’ve experienced depression and anxiety… and it’s really frustrating, the feeling of being down all the time,” JK describes. With “BLESS Ü,” they wanted to offer people going through the same mental health situation some comfort, to “help them feel somehow lighter,” he adds.   In addition, the band pledged part of the revenue streams of “BLESS Ü” to help fund COVID-19 relief efforts, as well as hold a special online fundraising concert to support our countrymen and connect with fans virtually.   “BLESS Ü” also follows the release of the band’s debut album Diwa and the emotionally charged single” Sampaguita,” which emphasizes the hardships faced by OFWs. A lot has changed since the album’s release, but his fearless message on these topics remains embedded in his music.    Music has always been one of the most powerful forms of culture due to its ability to rally people’s spirits. Right now, what we need is a resounding feeling of hope and compassion more than ever. If you believe that this song has that very power, then honey, God BLESS Ü.   About Juan Karlos Juan Karlos is a Filipino band and six-time Platinum awardee signed under MCA Music composed of JK Labajo on vocals and guitar, Jeriko Aguilar on guitar, Louise Bayas on bass, and Gian Hipolito on drums. Formed in 2018, the eponymous band went under several personnel changes and ultimately released their smash hit, “Buwan” in the same year. Frontman JK Labajo shared that his solo music career is currently inactive. Hailing from Cebu, he first gained recognition as a finalist on The Voice Kids Philippines and went on to pursue a career in music and acting. Following the release of his albums under MCA Music, JK (2015) and JKL (2017), he realized that he has to stop settling and commit to what he really wants: to write, produce, and perform his own songs the way he hears it in his head and heart and be part of a band. Juan Karlos aims to “dream big or go home” and to make a mark in OPM and globally. “I want to be able to make a change, a difference,” he said. I want to show people the importance and beauty of music. I'm in music for the art, to earn in order to fund my daily needs and dreams, and for recognition so I can have reach and to be heard.”  
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  • Juan Karlos inspires hope and strength amid the pandemic with their latest single, “BLESS Ü” (July 24, 2020 — Manila, Philippines) OPM hit-making band Juan Karlos (stylized juan karlos) channels their inner strength with their newest single, “BLESS Ü,” out on all digital and streaming worldwide this July 24, 2020 (Friday) via Island Records Philippines. The pop-R&B track delves into our collective toughness of spirit during these challenging times and hopes to ease some of our worries and fears.   The song’s uplifting message was something juan karlos strives to bring forth to the public whenever we’re faced with adversity, but more so and critically, during a health crisis with seemingly no end in sight right now. “The song, or at least the idea of it, was already made prior to the lockdown. Basically, it was just on standby. But when the pandemic happened, all gigs were cancelled,” frontman JK Labajo shares. “We thought it’d be a good idea to record something different from the music people are already familiar with from us.” While the circumstances then and now are vastly different, their intentions remain the same: finding hope. “Just hold on tight / For in the end of every tunnel / baby there’s light,” he croons.   The songwriting and recording process for “BLESS Ü” had its fair share of unique, unprecedented challenges. Completing it during the lockdown meant adjusting to several limitations. “Not all of our members have their own home setup so [doing it separately] was just not feasible,” according to JK. “But when the lockdown was lifted, we were able to record it properly.” The band welcomed the experience, knowing that ultimately, the song is bigger than their own. JK hopes for listeners to trust in our ability to overcome and that together, we’ll get through.   In just a few years that the band has been making music, they’re not one to shy away from shedding light on critical and necessary topics, often drawing from their own lived experience. “I’ve experienced depression and anxiety… and it’s really frustrating, the feeling of being down all the time,” JK describes. With “BLESS Ü,” they wanted to offer people going through the same mental health situation some comfort, to “help them feel somehow lighter,” he adds.   In addition, the band pledged part of the revenue streams of “BLESS Ü” to help fund COVID-19 relief efforts, as well as hold a special online fundraising concert to support our countrymen and connect with fans virtually.   “BLESS Ü” also follows the release of the band’s debut album Diwa and the emotionally charged single” Sampaguita,” which emphasizes the hardships faced by OFWs. A lot has changed since the album’s release, but his fearless message on these topics remains embedded in his music.    Music has always been one of the most powerful forms of culture due to its ability to rally people’s spirits. Right now, what we need is a resounding feeling of hope and compassion more than ever. If you believe that this song has that very power, then honey, God BLESS Ü.   About Juan Karlos Juan Karlos is a Filipino band and six-time Platinum awardee signed under MCA Music composed of JK Labajo on vocals and guitar, Jeriko Aguilar on guitar, Louise Bayas on bass, and Gian Hipolito on drums. Formed in 2018, the eponymous band went under several personnel changes and ultimately released their smash hit, “Buwan” in the same year. Frontman JK Labajo shared that his solo music career is currently inactive. Hailing from Cebu, he first gained recognition as a finalist on The Voice Kids Philippines and went on to pursue a career in music and acting. Following the release of his albums under MCA Music, JK (2015) and JKL (2017), he realized that he has to stop settling and commit to what he really wants: to write, produce, and perform his own songs the way he hears it in his head and heart and be part of a band. Juan Karlos aims to “dream big or go home” and to make a mark in OPM and globally. “I want to be able to make a change, a difference,” he said. I want to show people the importance and beauty of music. I'm in music for the art, to earn in order to fund my daily needs and dreams, and for recognition so I can have reach and to be heard.”  
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  • 24 Jul 2020
    Island Records sets sail on its first home base in Southeast Asia Get to know the international record label’s roster of established and upcoming Filipino acts. Having earned its reputation for building a music empire that housed the discovery and management of today’s most prominent legends and stars in the music industry, Island Records is finally making its way to the local shores with the launch of its first regional headquarters in Southeast Asia.   The British-Jamaican record label is looking to reinforce its position as a global powerhouse and expand its domestic reach via Island Records Philippines, the newest subsidiary based in Manila.   In a recent virtual presser last July 21, 2020 (Tuesday), Managing Director of Universal Music Philippines Enzo Valdez takes pride of the record label’s efforts in trailblazing a new era of music culture. According to him, “Island Records is an iconic label that represents creativity, adventure, and authenticity. It celebrates artistry, individuality, and style, while also amplifying the voice of the artists.”   With the record label’s initiative to give partner artists an opportunity to make history and be part of something big, expect only the best in terms of talent and artistry from its maiden roster of exciting, innovative and fresh new discoveries.   The first six members in the Island Records Philippines’ family continue to take the country by storm as they answer the call to help redefine Original Pinoy Music and stand out in the global music arena with their unique brand and authenticity.   Singer-songwriter and producer Fern and alt-pop outfit One Click Straight push their sound into new music horizons by incorporating indie and electronic sensibilities with heartfelt anthems that connect the personal with the universal. Both Lala Vinzon and Zack Tabudlo reinvent their pop past with impeccable showmanship and stylistic excursion into new musical directions. Over October heralds an easy-listening sound with cleverly crafted lyrics and emotionally resonant appeal that wouldn’t feel out of place in today’s most-streamed mood playlists. To complete the pioneering batch, multi-platinum band juan karlos plans to create an impact in the international and local music markets with the release of his newest single ““BLESS Ü.”   Island Records Philippines’ impressive roster of homegrown acts took the virtual stage on July 23 (Thursday) to give listeners a preview of their new music releases.   The 90-minute digital launch, which was streamed live via MCA Music’s Facebook and YouTube channel, was hosted by top actor and celebrity endorser Tony Labrusca, and also featured several surprise international guests from the Island Records global family such as PUBLIC, Skip Marley, Johnny Orlando, Olivier O’Brien, Keshi, Jack Ross and Banners.   About Island Records More than 61 years from its birth in Jamaica, Island Records maintains its position as one of the world’s legendary record labels, a coveted destination for new and established artists of every description.   Today, Island is home to a varied roster across the world, from U2 to Queen, Elton John to Amy Winehouse. Its unique ethos has provided the platform for launching some of the biggest artists from across the musical spectrum, including contemporary international acts such as Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Mike Posner, Bon Jovi, Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine, The Killers, Nick Jonas, Jessie Reyez, Bishop Briggs, Jack & Jack, Skip Marley, and many more.
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  • Island Records sets sail on its first home base in Southeast Asia Get to know the international record label’s roster of established and upcoming Filipino acts. Having earned its reputation for building a music empire that housed the discovery and management of today’s most prominent legends and stars in the music industry, Island Records is finally making its way to the local shores with the launch of its first regional headquarters in Southeast Asia.   The British-Jamaican record label is looking to reinforce its position as a global powerhouse and expand its domestic reach via Island Records Philippines, the newest subsidiary based in Manila.   In a recent virtual presser last July 21, 2020 (Tuesday), Managing Director of Universal Music Philippines Enzo Valdez takes pride of the record label’s efforts in trailblazing a new era of music culture. According to him, “Island Records is an iconic label that represents creativity, adventure, and authenticity. It celebrates artistry, individuality, and style, while also amplifying the voice of the artists.”   With the record label’s initiative to give partner artists an opportunity to make history and be part of something big, expect only the best in terms of talent and artistry from its maiden roster of exciting, innovative and fresh new discoveries.   The first six members in the Island Records Philippines’ family continue to take the country by storm as they answer the call to help redefine Original Pinoy Music and stand out in the global music arena with their unique brand and authenticity.   Singer-songwriter and producer Fern and alt-pop outfit One Click Straight push their sound into new music horizons by incorporating indie and electronic sensibilities with heartfelt anthems that connect the personal with the universal. Both Lala Vinzon and Zack Tabudlo reinvent their pop past with impeccable showmanship and stylistic excursion into new musical directions. Over October heralds an easy-listening sound with cleverly crafted lyrics and emotionally resonant appeal that wouldn’t feel out of place in today’s most-streamed mood playlists. To complete the pioneering batch, multi-platinum band juan karlos plans to create an impact in the international and local music markets with the release of his newest single ““BLESS Ü.”   Island Records Philippines’ impressive roster of homegrown acts took the virtual stage on July 23 (Thursday) to give listeners a preview of their new music releases.   The 90-minute digital launch, which was streamed live via MCA Music’s Facebook and YouTube channel, was hosted by top actor and celebrity endorser Tony Labrusca, and also featured several surprise international guests from the Island Records global family such as PUBLIC, Skip Marley, Johnny Orlando, Olivier O’Brien, Keshi, Jack Ross and Banners.   About Island Records More than 61 years from its birth in Jamaica, Island Records maintains its position as one of the world’s legendary record labels, a coveted destination for new and established artists of every description.   Today, Island is home to a varied roster across the world, from U2 to Queen, Elton John to Amy Winehouse. Its unique ethos has provided the platform for launching some of the biggest artists from across the musical spectrum, including contemporary international acts such as Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Mike Posner, Bon Jovi, Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine, The Killers, Nick Jonas, Jessie Reyez, Bishop Briggs, Jack & Jack, Skip Marley, and many more.
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  • 24 Jul 2020
     Malaysian Lo-fi Producer OnlyM Teams Up With Asian-American Hip-Hop Artist Blahza On ‘Perfect’  FRIDAY, 24 JULY 2020, SINGAPORE - Malaysian lo-fi producer OnlyM and Los Angeles-based Asian-American hip-hop artist Blahza have collaborated on a brand new single ‘Perfect,’ released via Singapore-based indie label Umami Records.‘Perfect’ envelopes the listener in waves of serene melancholic vibes while it laments the pain and struggles of life and love. Perfect for crying yourself to sleep to, the emotional rap tune wistfully recalls memories of young love with fondness and newfound wisdom. Blahza shares in a statement, “This song is inspired by the relationships I had in high school. Love isn’t perfect, and leaving a relationship is okay if both of the people in the relationship are getting hurt in the process. Sometimes it’s actually selfish to stay in a bad relationship.”“I wrote the melody imagining myself in space. I felt like the very emptiness of space was like the emptiness of a person who has been through a lot in their life. Everybody has to go through feeling empty at some point and that inspired me to do the beat.”, said OnlyM, the 20-year-old bedroom producer from Malaysia. This was his first experience collaborating with another artist. “Blahza perfectly elaborated and delivered the emotion and very chill, sad vibe that I was looking for,” the underrated electronic musician shares.OnlyM and Blahza will be putting out 2 more tracks together this year, and Blahza will be releasing his LP, Sad Songs For Happy People over the next 12 months.Listen to Perfect by OnlyM and Blahza everywhere at this link: https://www.umamirecords.sg/perfect/About BlahzaLos-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 and New Era: Asian Hip-Hop.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.Blahza is currently working on his full-length debut album ‘Sad Songs For Happy People’ slated for release later this year.Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTubeAbout OnlyMMalaysian lofi bedroom producer OnlyM makes music which is a combination of Flume meets Kanye West with a heady dose of chillhop. The 20-year-old started producing and selling beats on social media when he was in high school and used the money to buy his first MIDI keyboard. OnlyM wants his music to be like your coffee in the morning, to get you going and do what you want to do throughout the day while being inspired.Instagram Twitter SoundcloudAbout 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 thus far has included 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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  •  Malaysian Lo-fi Producer OnlyM Teams Up With Asian-American Hip-Hop Artist Blahza On ‘Perfect’  FRIDAY, 24 JULY 2020, SINGAPORE - Malaysian lo-fi producer OnlyM and Los Angeles-based Asian-American hip-hop artist Blahza have collaborated on a brand new single ‘Perfect,’ released via Singapore-based indie label Umami Records.‘Perfect’ envelopes the listener in waves of serene melancholic vibes while it laments the pain and struggles of life and love. Perfect for crying yourself to sleep to, the emotional rap tune wistfully recalls memories of young love with fondness and newfound wisdom. Blahza shares in a statement, “This song is inspired by the relationships I had in high school. Love isn’t perfect, and leaving a relationship is okay if both of the people in the relationship are getting hurt in the process. Sometimes it’s actually selfish to stay in a bad relationship.”“I wrote the melody imagining myself in space. I felt like the very emptiness of space was like the emptiness of a person who has been through a lot in their life. Everybody has to go through feeling empty at some point and that inspired me to do the beat.”, said OnlyM, the 20-year-old bedroom producer from Malaysia. This was his first experience collaborating with another artist. “Blahza perfectly elaborated and delivered the emotion and very chill, sad vibe that I was looking for,” the underrated electronic musician shares.OnlyM and Blahza will be putting out 2 more tracks together this year, and Blahza will be releasing his LP, Sad Songs For Happy People over the next 12 months.Listen to Perfect by OnlyM and Blahza everywhere at this link: https://www.umamirecords.sg/perfect/About BlahzaLos-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 and New Era: Asian Hip-Hop.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.Blahza is currently working on his full-length debut album ‘Sad Songs For Happy People’ slated for release later this year.Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTubeAbout OnlyMMalaysian lofi bedroom producer OnlyM makes music which is a combination of Flume meets Kanye West with a heady dose of chillhop. The 20-year-old started producing and selling beats on social media when he was in high school and used the money to buy his first MIDI keyboard. OnlyM wants his music to be like your coffee in the morning, to get you going and do what you want to do throughout the day while being inspired.Instagram Twitter SoundcloudAbout 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 thus far has included 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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  • 24 Jul 2020
      After reaching more than 120,000 views on Facebook in less than a month, UE Jam Sessions’ collaborative song “Lalaban Tayo” is finally available on digital and streaming platforms worldwide via MCA Music, Inc.   Recorded and filmed in the respective homes of participating members during the quarantine, “Lalaban Tayo” was written by Jenny Legaspi as a tribute to the unsung heroes of the pandemic era: the frontliners.   The song also tackles the invaluable dedication and unwavering efforts of the medical workers and volunteers in the thick of the battle against an invisible enemy.    To date, the music video has received acclaim form various media outlets in the country. Business Mirror’s Tony Maghirang praised songwriter Jenny Legaspi’s lyrics, taking note of how it “reflects that feeling of connection with the frontliners who risk their lives on the line for others day in, and day out.” The veteran music writer adds, “It’s the kind of perception that’s a vital shot in the arm. It should fortify every listener’s optimism that brighter days are just around the bend, nearer than what the statistics would make us believe.”   ABS-CBN News Online’s Jackie Dosmanos also commend “Lalaban Tayo” for giving people something to hope for. According to her, the song “came out fighting for its right to be a notch above the plethora of pandemic-related OPM this summer.”   “Lalaban Tayo” was written by Jenny Legaspi, arranged by Choi Felipe, and executive produced by Tommy Tanchanco. It features more than 30 participating singers and artists from the University of the East’s premier music organization.
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  •   After reaching more than 120,000 views on Facebook in less than a month, UE Jam Sessions’ collaborative song “Lalaban Tayo” is finally available on digital and streaming platforms worldwide via MCA Music, Inc.   Recorded and filmed in the respective homes of participating members during the quarantine, “Lalaban Tayo” was written by Jenny Legaspi as a tribute to the unsung heroes of the pandemic era: the frontliners.   The song also tackles the invaluable dedication and unwavering efforts of the medical workers and volunteers in the thick of the battle against an invisible enemy.    To date, the music video has received acclaim form various media outlets in the country. Business Mirror’s Tony Maghirang praised songwriter Jenny Legaspi’s lyrics, taking note of how it “reflects that feeling of connection with the frontliners who risk their lives on the line for others day in, and day out.” The veteran music writer adds, “It’s the kind of perception that’s a vital shot in the arm. It should fortify every listener’s optimism that brighter days are just around the bend, nearer than what the statistics would make us believe.”   ABS-CBN News Online’s Jackie Dosmanos also commend “Lalaban Tayo” for giving people something to hope for. According to her, the song “came out fighting for its right to be a notch above the plethora of pandemic-related OPM this summer.”   “Lalaban Tayo” was written by Jenny Legaspi, arranged by Choi Felipe, and executive produced by Tommy Tanchanco. It features more than 30 participating singers and artists from the University of the East’s premier music organization.
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  • 20 Jul 2020
    Better Days returns this 2020 with a fresh collaboration in their latest single "Kahit Ano." In times of trouble, true friends are who you often rely on - this is the very message of the song, as it features a collaboration of real-life friends Better Days' lead vocalist Daniel Paringit, Imago's lead vocalist Kiara San Luis, and Ica.   Produced by Gracenote frontwoman Eunice Jorge, the track brings about a light, hopeful vibe, proving that music and friendship can help people through their hardships, especially with heartbreak. Talking more about the song, Kiara says "What makes the song very personal to us is our shared love for music and how we believe in its capability to heal, to bring comfort and to bind people together regardless of what situation we are in." With this refreshing Pinoy acoustic jam, fans from both bands, and Pinoy acoustic tracks are sure to enjoy, especially with the hard times' people may be facing today.  Kahit Ano is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under Universal Records. 
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  • Better Days returns this 2020 with a fresh collaboration in their latest single "Kahit Ano." In times of trouble, true friends are who you often rely on - this is the very message of the song, as it features a collaboration of real-life friends Better Days' lead vocalist Daniel Paringit, Imago's lead vocalist Kiara San Luis, and Ica.   Produced by Gracenote frontwoman Eunice Jorge, the track brings about a light, hopeful vibe, proving that music and friendship can help people through their hardships, especially with heartbreak. Talking more about the song, Kiara says "What makes the song very personal to us is our shared love for music and how we believe in its capability to heal, to bring comfort and to bind people together regardless of what situation we are in." With this refreshing Pinoy acoustic jam, fans from both bands, and Pinoy acoustic tracks are sure to enjoy, especially with the hard times' people may be facing today.  Kahit Ano is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under Universal Records. 
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  • 16 Jul 2020
    Singer-songwriter Mark Oblea is proud to put out his debut album "Panimula," a collection of tracks that he considers a body of work that signifies his start in the music industry.   Mark first garnered attention as a finalist in Pinoy Boyband Superstar, and has since been signed to Universal Records. His biggest track to date includes his rendition of Tabi by Paraluman, which has already earned over 4 million streams on Spotify. "Panimula" serves as Oblea's exploration of different genres as he discovers his sound, as the 8-track album features different sounds, from pop rock, folk pop, to acoustic covers, with hits such as "Langit Pag Nandiyan," "Ulap," "Kabilugan ng Buwan," and songs penned by the singer himself like "Labsong," which features Ice Seguerra. The album also features some production collaborations with hitmaker Ito Rapadas, and Gracenote frontwoman Eunice Jorge. The album currently features the single "Amor," a song Mark penned inspired by a dear friend's "greatest hardbreak." The pop rock ballad, reminiscent of Pinoy banda sounds, takes you through a journey through the joys of love and pains of going through heartaches; Mark notes that the instrumentation itself reflects how heavy this experience can get from beginning to end. Talking more about the song, he says, "just like the lyrics "mabuti na rin siguro ang iyong nagawa" the song is really about learning from past experiences, and accepting that some forms of love can only last for so long."   After his journey towards making this album, there's much to look forward to in this young musician's career. "Panimula" is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under Universal Records.
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  • Singer-songwriter Mark Oblea is proud to put out his debut album "Panimula," a collection of tracks that he considers a body of work that signifies his start in the music industry.   Mark first garnered attention as a finalist in Pinoy Boyband Superstar, and has since been signed to Universal Records. His biggest track to date includes his rendition of Tabi by Paraluman, which has already earned over 4 million streams on Spotify. "Panimula" serves as Oblea's exploration of different genres as he discovers his sound, as the 8-track album features different sounds, from pop rock, folk pop, to acoustic covers, with hits such as "Langit Pag Nandiyan," "Ulap," "Kabilugan ng Buwan," and songs penned by the singer himself like "Labsong," which features Ice Seguerra. The album also features some production collaborations with hitmaker Ito Rapadas, and Gracenote frontwoman Eunice Jorge. The album currently features the single "Amor," a song Mark penned inspired by a dear friend's "greatest hardbreak." The pop rock ballad, reminiscent of Pinoy banda sounds, takes you through a journey through the joys of love and pains of going through heartaches; Mark notes that the instrumentation itself reflects how heavy this experience can get from beginning to end. Talking more about the song, he says, "just like the lyrics "mabuti na rin siguro ang iyong nagawa" the song is really about learning from past experiences, and accepting that some forms of love can only last for so long."   After his journey towards making this album, there's much to look forward to in this young musician's career. "Panimula" is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under Universal Records.
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