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  • 05 Jun 2020
    Singapore pop artist Dominic Chin has released BETTER, the fifth single of his 7-track debut EP License To Cry, via indie label Umami Records. BETTER is a poppy, free-spirited song about the joys of being high on love. Dominic Chin shares: “This song is inspired by love! There’s a quote that says ‘falling in love is the best high without breaking the law’, and I fully agree! The whole chorus talks about how flowers smell better, time passes much slower, the sky is BLUE-ER. How you don’t ever want time to stop when you’re with the person you love.” Fun, playful melodies accompany Dominic’s beautiful and infectious vocals, leading up to unapologetically brash and compelling choruses which he proudly belts out. “I felt like it needed a quirky aspect too, and that's why I sang ‘You-you-you’ with a slight yodle. AND I love showing off my whistling skills. I have been practicing for years, finally I can properly show it off!” shared Dominic. Dominic Chin invites us to embrace the unbridled joy and warmth that emanate in his song: “Sometimes we are afraid to love because we are afraid to be hurt, and we don't say what we feel as much, we don’t communicate enough. Let this song be a dedication to your significant other. Being in love is scary but it’s one of the most beautiful things in the world for humans to experience. ‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.’” A music video follows this release, as well as a custom Instagram AR filter, which fans can use to get the same “hearts on face” makeup (without the mess) as seen in Dominic’s music video and album art. The rest of Dominic Chin’s EP will be released in the second half of 2020, leading up to his debut show at the Esplanade Singapore on 21 August. About Dominic ChinSingapore pop artist Dominic Chin creates music with his distinct voice and a blend of electro-pop, soul and r&b. Fuelled by life and all its awkward contradictions, Dominic writes songs from the heart that resonate deeply with his audience. The 24 year old singer-songwriter from Singapore started covering songs on YouTube in 2010, and his channel has more than 9200 subscribers and 1.3M views. After the viral success of You First Believed, a tribute song he wrote for Singapore founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 2014, he was compelled to start writing more originals. He released his first single CLSE2U in 2018, followed by SHY, HERE and AWARE, and his songs have been featured on major Spotify editorial playlists including ‘Electro Mix’ and ‘Singapore’s Top Acts’.
    568 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Singapore pop artist Dominic Chin has released BETTER, the fifth single of his 7-track debut EP License To Cry, via indie label Umami Records. BETTER is a poppy, free-spirited song about the joys of being high on love. Dominic Chin shares: “This song is inspired by love! There’s a quote that says ‘falling in love is the best high without breaking the law’, and I fully agree! The whole chorus talks about how flowers smell better, time passes much slower, the sky is BLUE-ER. How you don’t ever want time to stop when you’re with the person you love.” Fun, playful melodies accompany Dominic’s beautiful and infectious vocals, leading up to unapologetically brash and compelling choruses which he proudly belts out. “I felt like it needed a quirky aspect too, and that's why I sang ‘You-you-you’ with a slight yodle. AND I love showing off my whistling skills. I have been practicing for years, finally I can properly show it off!” shared Dominic. Dominic Chin invites us to embrace the unbridled joy and warmth that emanate in his song: “Sometimes we are afraid to love because we are afraid to be hurt, and we don't say what we feel as much, we don’t communicate enough. Let this song be a dedication to your significant other. Being in love is scary but it’s one of the most beautiful things in the world for humans to experience. ‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.’” A music video follows this release, as well as a custom Instagram AR filter, which fans can use to get the same “hearts on face” makeup (without the mess) as seen in Dominic’s music video and album art. The rest of Dominic Chin’s EP will be released in the second half of 2020, leading up to his debut show at the Esplanade Singapore on 21 August. About Dominic ChinSingapore pop artist Dominic Chin creates music with his distinct voice and a blend of electro-pop, soul and r&b. Fuelled by life and all its awkward contradictions, Dominic writes songs from the heart that resonate deeply with his audience. The 24 year old singer-songwriter from Singapore started covering songs on YouTube in 2010, and his channel has more than 9200 subscribers and 1.3M views. After the viral success of You First Believed, a tribute song he wrote for Singapore founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 2014, he was compelled to start writing more originals. He released his first single CLSE2U in 2018, followed by SHY, HERE and AWARE, and his songs have been featured on major Spotify editorial playlists including ‘Electro Mix’ and ‘Singapore’s Top Acts’.
    Jun 05, 2020 568
  • 05 Jun 2020
    As part of the initiative to forge regional ties with likeminded artists in Asia, Indonesia’s very own Ardhito Pramono will be joining forces with acclaimed Filipino band, Ben&Ben, and Singaporean alt-pop artist, Benjamin Kheng for a star-studded virtual show.     Aptly titled, From His Backyard, Online #HappyConcert with Ardhito Pramono and Friends, the first online concert in Indonesia to feature local and international artists, will happen on June 8, 2020 (Monday) at 9 PM (Philippine time) via Loket.    The digital show will highlight special collaborative performances and live sessions from his latest EP, Craziest Thing Happened In My Backyard. Released this year, Ardhito’s fourth mini-album pertains to the “backyard” as a metaphorical place to keep good and bad memories, secrets, opinions and ramblings; hence, coming up with songs that “talk about darkness with a twist of cheerful music.” His new single “Here We Go Again / Fanboi”was released on YouTube last June 3, 2020 via a lyric video that sees the Indonesian star performing amidst beige curtains.     Prior to the upcoming digital show which will be streamed live next week, Ardhito Pramono and Ben&Ben have recently collaborated on video-sharing platform, TikTok. Their paper towel challenge, which featured a snippet of Ardhito’s new song, “Here We Go Again,” broke records as one of the most viewed team-ups that featured Asian artists on the app, amassing 47.8 million views in less than 2 months.   About Ardhito Pramono Born on May 22nd 1995, Ardhito Pramono garnered instant success with the release of his self-titled debut album. In 2019, he won Best Vocal Jazz Artist on Anugerah Music Indonesia, and bagged endorsement deals with big brands such as Biore, Teh Javana, Bintang Marina. This year, the “wonder boy” crooner starred in the box office hit, Nanti Kita Cerita Tentang Hari Ini. He also dropped his critically acclaimed EP, Craziest Thing Happened In My Backyard last February 2020 via Sony Music.      
    634 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • As part of the initiative to forge regional ties with likeminded artists in Asia, Indonesia’s very own Ardhito Pramono will be joining forces with acclaimed Filipino band, Ben&Ben, and Singaporean alt-pop artist, Benjamin Kheng for a star-studded virtual show.     Aptly titled, From His Backyard, Online #HappyConcert with Ardhito Pramono and Friends, the first online concert in Indonesia to feature local and international artists, will happen on June 8, 2020 (Monday) at 9 PM (Philippine time) via Loket.    The digital show will highlight special collaborative performances and live sessions from his latest EP, Craziest Thing Happened In My Backyard. Released this year, Ardhito’s fourth mini-album pertains to the “backyard” as a metaphorical place to keep good and bad memories, secrets, opinions and ramblings; hence, coming up with songs that “talk about darkness with a twist of cheerful music.” His new single “Here We Go Again / Fanboi”was released on YouTube last June 3, 2020 via a lyric video that sees the Indonesian star performing amidst beige curtains.     Prior to the upcoming digital show which will be streamed live next week, Ardhito Pramono and Ben&Ben have recently collaborated on video-sharing platform, TikTok. Their paper towel challenge, which featured a snippet of Ardhito’s new song, “Here We Go Again,” broke records as one of the most viewed team-ups that featured Asian artists on the app, amassing 47.8 million views in less than 2 months.   About Ardhito Pramono Born on May 22nd 1995, Ardhito Pramono garnered instant success with the release of his self-titled debut album. In 2019, he won Best Vocal Jazz Artist on Anugerah Music Indonesia, and bagged endorsement deals with big brands such as Biore, Teh Javana, Bintang Marina. This year, the “wonder boy” crooner starred in the box office hit, Nanti Kita Cerita Tentang Hari Ini. He also dropped his critically acclaimed EP, Craziest Thing Happened In My Backyard last February 2020 via Sony Music.      
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  • 05 Jun 2020
    Diskaril is composed by rapper, Kjah in collaboration with Yeng Constantino and Raymund Marasigan. The song was also produced by Raymund Marasigan. The song is about someone who's life always gets derailed because of unexpected circumstances.  
    634 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Diskaril is composed by rapper, Kjah in collaboration with Yeng Constantino and Raymund Marasigan. The song was also produced by Raymund Marasigan. The song is about someone who's life always gets derailed because of unexpected circumstances.  
    Jun 05, 2020 634
  • 05 Jun 2020
    Naantala - Moonstar88’s latest track, is truly a song of its time. Written by Sandwich frontman Raymund Marasigan, it speaks of opportunities and experiences derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ambient track captures mounting uncertainties and tensions during these bleak times, and yet is ultimately a song of hope—that soon, the clouds will part to let the sunshine through.
    1465 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Naantala - Moonstar88’s latest track, is truly a song of its time. Written by Sandwich frontman Raymund Marasigan, it speaks of opportunities and experiences derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ambient track captures mounting uncertainties and tensions during these bleak times, and yet is ultimately a song of hope—that soon, the clouds will part to let the sunshine through.
    Jun 05, 2020 1465
  • 02 Jun 2020
    Despite the lockdown during this pandemic, Ben&Ben still sees the positive side. One thing is to be more creative and think of how we can move forward. It’s time to start this new reality, somehow a good thing but can also be challenging.Award-winning Filipino band, Ben&Ben will drop their new single, “Lifetime” on June 4 (Thursday) via Sony Music.The intricately produced, folk-pop ballad was written as a response to a fan’s YouTube comment on their hit song “Pagtingin,” which to date, has amassed more than a hundred million streams on YouTube and Spotify combined. The fan, who goes by the alias of “Anne Jou,” shared her story of regretting not being able to express her feelings because she was afraid to lose the friendship. It's the first song that was recorded individually by the band in their own respective closets which is something new to them. They also added that the process was more efficient and faster than the usual recording as they have their own phase to record their parts individually. It only shows that they always want to give their best and share their music with their fans whatever the limitations are. “Lifetime” was mixed by the veteran sound engineer JP Verona, and mastered by Grammy Award-winning Leon Zervos (Pink, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Beastie Boys, and Willie Nelson). It was written by Miguel and Paolo Benjamin, and recorded and produced by the band itself.  “Lifetime” will be released on all digital platforms worldwide on June 4, (12 midnight, Thursday).Here is Ben&Ben's Lifetime in wordsWas there a lifetime waiting for usIn a world where I was yours?Paper planes and porcelainSmell of rain through the window paneand the sight of youOh, you were a good dreamI was scared to lose you thenBut secrets turn into regretsBuried feelings growOh, you were a good dreamWas there a lifetime waiting for usIn a world where I was yours?Was it the wrong time? what if we triedGiving in a little moreTo the warmth we had beforeTangled with another's eyesNever mind, you were never mineglimpse of me and youOh you were a good dreamWas there a lifetime waiting for usIn a world where I was yours?Was it the wrong time, what if we triedGiving in a little more?I'd spend a lifetime waiting in vainJust to go back to the way we were beforeWas it the wrong time? what if we triedGiving in a little more?To the warmth we had beforeWas there a lifetime waiting for us?All this time, I have been yours
    559 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Despite the lockdown during this pandemic, Ben&Ben still sees the positive side. One thing is to be more creative and think of how we can move forward. It’s time to start this new reality, somehow a good thing but can also be challenging.Award-winning Filipino band, Ben&Ben will drop their new single, “Lifetime” on June 4 (Thursday) via Sony Music.The intricately produced, folk-pop ballad was written as a response to a fan’s YouTube comment on their hit song “Pagtingin,” which to date, has amassed more than a hundred million streams on YouTube and Spotify combined. The fan, who goes by the alias of “Anne Jou,” shared her story of regretting not being able to express her feelings because she was afraid to lose the friendship. It's the first song that was recorded individually by the band in their own respective closets which is something new to them. They also added that the process was more efficient and faster than the usual recording as they have their own phase to record their parts individually. It only shows that they always want to give their best and share their music with their fans whatever the limitations are. “Lifetime” was mixed by the veteran sound engineer JP Verona, and mastered by Grammy Award-winning Leon Zervos (Pink, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Beastie Boys, and Willie Nelson). It was written by Miguel and Paolo Benjamin, and recorded and produced by the band itself.  “Lifetime” will be released on all digital platforms worldwide on June 4, (12 midnight, Thursday).Here is Ben&Ben's Lifetime in wordsWas there a lifetime waiting for usIn a world where I was yours?Paper planes and porcelainSmell of rain through the window paneand the sight of youOh, you were a good dreamI was scared to lose you thenBut secrets turn into regretsBuried feelings growOh, you were a good dreamWas there a lifetime waiting for usIn a world where I was yours?Was it the wrong time? what if we triedGiving in a little moreTo the warmth we had beforeTangled with another's eyesNever mind, you were never mineglimpse of me and youOh you were a good dreamWas there a lifetime waiting for usIn a world where I was yours?Was it the wrong time, what if we triedGiving in a little more?I'd spend a lifetime waiting in vainJust to go back to the way we were beforeWas it the wrong time? what if we triedGiving in a little more?To the warmth we had beforeWas there a lifetime waiting for us?All this time, I have been yours
    Jun 02, 2020 559
  • 02 Jun 2020
    International phenomenon and China’s top idol LAY (Lay Zhang) heads straight to No. 1 on iTunes Top Albums Philippines with the release of his latest EP, LIT.   A two-part release featuring six songs each, LIT also peaked at the summit of the iTunes Top Albums chart in 14 countries.     Stream Lit, Yixing (his Chinese name), and Zhang (his surname), immediately became trending topics on Twitter Philippines following its release on digital and streaming platforms worldwide.   All the tracks in the EP are co-written by LAY himself, ensuring his message and story is clearly instilled in each song. He has worked with producer heavyweight Murda Beatz (Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, Drake) on the latest release, which strongly holds a backbone in modern hip-hop with an enjoyable sound, never done before.     For this first part of the album, the hit-making team integrated familiar Chinese instruments and cultural metaphors with the soul of “Western music” and top-notch modern production techniques, mixing English and Mandarin lyrics in every song. The EP instantly grabs your attention from beginning to end. Each song has a rhythmic flow, entrancing vocals, and bass-heavy beats delving into the new “pop meets urban” sound.   Through the tunes, LAY explores the concepts of solitude, arrogance, self-confidence, loyalty, resolution and courage. These six songs blend very ancient musical elements and concepts with the modernity of contemporary pop. From the lyrics, to the production, be prepared for an emotional and auditory journey. The focus track for the EP is the booming anthem and title song “LIT” and the already released hit song, “Jade,” showcases a combination of traditional “peking opera” and Chinese instruments. The cutting-edge production for songs like “Eagle,” “H20,” “Fly,” and “Soul” will give you an extremely refreshing journey through passionate lyrics showing a whole new blend of music.     On the same day that LIT was released, LAY also dropped the cinematic music video that bears the same title via Zhang Yixing Studio. The world-class visuals amassed more than 1.5 million views and counting, and peaked on YouTube trending videos in the Philippines at No. 14.     About the Artist LAY received tremendous success this year garnering international attention after joining forces with Steve Aoki and will.i.am for the hit cross-cultural collaboration Love You More, reaching #1 on the QQ Music China chart.   LAY first debuted in the music industry as a member of EXO. He became a household name in Asia and one of the most beloved stars in the region with a loyal 49 million followers on Weibo and over 11.8 million followers on Instagram. As a solo artist, LAY’s career has skyrocketed to becoming the highest-ranked Mandopop star on Billboard 200 chart and the first Chinese artist to enter the iTunes Top 60 in the US with his third album NAMANANA.     Outside of music, he is a powerhouse in the acting world of TV and film and hosted multiple top-rated reality shows in Asia. Last year, LAY released the digital EP titled Honey and its title track of the same name. The EP reached over 1.87 million digital sales in just three minutes after its release on QQ Music in China. The pre-order for Lay Zhang’s new digital album LIT went live on China’s QQ Music platform, and 9 certification records were instantly broken as it went live. The digital album surpassed 1.5 million pre-orders within 7 minutes and 19 seconds of launch, locking in the #1 position on QQ Music’s daily and weekly album sales chart.   LAY’s new EP, LIT is now available on all streaming and digital platforms worldwide. Watch the music video of its title track on YouTube.
    614 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • International phenomenon and China’s top idol LAY (Lay Zhang) heads straight to No. 1 on iTunes Top Albums Philippines with the release of his latest EP, LIT.   A two-part release featuring six songs each, LIT also peaked at the summit of the iTunes Top Albums chart in 14 countries.     Stream Lit, Yixing (his Chinese name), and Zhang (his surname), immediately became trending topics on Twitter Philippines following its release on digital and streaming platforms worldwide.   All the tracks in the EP are co-written by LAY himself, ensuring his message and story is clearly instilled in each song. He has worked with producer heavyweight Murda Beatz (Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, Drake) on the latest release, which strongly holds a backbone in modern hip-hop with an enjoyable sound, never done before.     For this first part of the album, the hit-making team integrated familiar Chinese instruments and cultural metaphors with the soul of “Western music” and top-notch modern production techniques, mixing English and Mandarin lyrics in every song. The EP instantly grabs your attention from beginning to end. Each song has a rhythmic flow, entrancing vocals, and bass-heavy beats delving into the new “pop meets urban” sound.   Through the tunes, LAY explores the concepts of solitude, arrogance, self-confidence, loyalty, resolution and courage. These six songs blend very ancient musical elements and concepts with the modernity of contemporary pop. From the lyrics, to the production, be prepared for an emotional and auditory journey. The focus track for the EP is the booming anthem and title song “LIT” and the already released hit song, “Jade,” showcases a combination of traditional “peking opera” and Chinese instruments. The cutting-edge production for songs like “Eagle,” “H20,” “Fly,” and “Soul” will give you an extremely refreshing journey through passionate lyrics showing a whole new blend of music.     On the same day that LIT was released, LAY also dropped the cinematic music video that bears the same title via Zhang Yixing Studio. The world-class visuals amassed more than 1.5 million views and counting, and peaked on YouTube trending videos in the Philippines at No. 14.     About the Artist LAY received tremendous success this year garnering international attention after joining forces with Steve Aoki and will.i.am for the hit cross-cultural collaboration Love You More, reaching #1 on the QQ Music China chart.   LAY first debuted in the music industry as a member of EXO. He became a household name in Asia and one of the most beloved stars in the region with a loyal 49 million followers on Weibo and over 11.8 million followers on Instagram. As a solo artist, LAY’s career has skyrocketed to becoming the highest-ranked Mandopop star on Billboard 200 chart and the first Chinese artist to enter the iTunes Top 60 in the US with his third album NAMANANA.     Outside of music, he is a powerhouse in the acting world of TV and film and hosted multiple top-rated reality shows in Asia. Last year, LAY released the digital EP titled Honey and its title track of the same name. The EP reached over 1.87 million digital sales in just three minutes after its release on QQ Music in China. The pre-order for Lay Zhang’s new digital album LIT went live on China’s QQ Music platform, and 9 certification records were instantly broken as it went live. The digital album surpassed 1.5 million pre-orders within 7 minutes and 19 seconds of launch, locking in the #1 position on QQ Music’s daily and weekly album sales chart.   LAY’s new EP, LIT is now available on all streaming and digital platforms worldwide. Watch the music video of its title track on YouTube.
    Jun 02, 2020 614
  • 02 Jun 2020
    After the release of her rendition of FrancisM's Cold Summer Nights (with Elmo Magalona), singer-songwriter Kurei returns with a relaxing original track suited for the hot summer days spent at home.      In 'Sunset,' the young musician lends her soothing vocals in a track about young love that seeks no bounds. Written by Darwin Hernandez, the tracks exudes a vibe that is "longing, fearful yet hopeful," that which is reminiscent of a roadtrip during a long summer's day. The alt-pop track gives a relaxing and melancholic feel, bouncing off of the easy-listening songs that Kurei has been putting out. The track is released ahead of her debut EP later this year.     Sunset is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, and all streaming platforms.  
    617 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • After the release of her rendition of FrancisM's Cold Summer Nights (with Elmo Magalona), singer-songwriter Kurei returns with a relaxing original track suited for the hot summer days spent at home.      In 'Sunset,' the young musician lends her soothing vocals in a track about young love that seeks no bounds. Written by Darwin Hernandez, the tracks exudes a vibe that is "longing, fearful yet hopeful," that which is reminiscent of a roadtrip during a long summer's day. The alt-pop track gives a relaxing and melancholic feel, bouncing off of the easy-listening songs that Kurei has been putting out. The track is released ahead of her debut EP later this year.     Sunset is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, and all streaming platforms.  
    Jun 02, 2020 617
  • 31 May 2020
    Grunge-hearted local rock and roll band GIN RUM AND TRUTH is set to release their second single “Kalayaan”, which depicts a journey towards a place free from limits, barriers, and fears – a place of promising times where we are free to be with the people we love. Now, more than ever, given our hardships and struggles, there is some peace in knowing that freedom can never be lost. “Kalayaan” will be a part of the band's debut album under Warner Music Philippines, which will also include songs featuring RAZORBACK's Tirso Ripoll and other surprise guests.You can listen to the song on June 12 on the band's Spotify page, here.Follow Gin Rum and Truth on: Facebook:     www.facebook/com/ginrumandtruthYoutube:     www.youtube.com/ginrumandtruthInstagram:     www.instagram.com/ginrumandtruthTwitter:     www.twitter.com/ginrumandtruthContact:  (09177) 557-5945
    716 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Grunge-hearted local rock and roll band GIN RUM AND TRUTH is set to release their second single “Kalayaan”, which depicts a journey towards a place free from limits, barriers, and fears – a place of promising times where we are free to be with the people we love. Now, more than ever, given our hardships and struggles, there is some peace in knowing that freedom can never be lost. “Kalayaan” will be a part of the band's debut album under Warner Music Philippines, which will also include songs featuring RAZORBACK's Tirso Ripoll and other surprise guests.You can listen to the song on June 12 on the band's Spotify page, here.Follow Gin Rum and Truth on: Facebook:     www.facebook/com/ginrumandtruthYoutube:     www.youtube.com/ginrumandtruthInstagram:     www.instagram.com/ginrumandtruthTwitter:     www.twitter.com/ginrumandtruthContact:  (09177) 557-5945
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  • 18 May 2020
    Monday, 18 May 2020 — Rico Blanco has finally dropped the official music video for his new solo single in four years.   With various footages taken here and abroad, the visuals for “This Too Shall Pass” take a closer look at how the pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill.     Given the unprecedented uncertainty and challenges that COVID-19 poses, the video doubles as a tribute to the unsung heroes and frontliners leading the fight against an invisible enemy, showing us the true meaning of bayanihan in times of crisis.   Intercut with scenes of the “new normal” from around the globe, it also depicts the alt-rock icon performing the song at the confines of his home: devoid of flashy production designs and envelope-pushing concepts, but framed with an underlying message of resilience and hope.   Positive Reception Two weeks earlier, “This Too Shall Pass” was released on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide under Sony Music.   The massive anthem has received critical acclaim from various publications in the country. MYX Philippines praised his work for giving listeners “a sense of reassurance, something we all need given the current situation.” Bandwagon Asia called the song an “ode to the light of the human spirit in dark times,” while GMA News described it as “a perfect source of inspiration.”     An Initiative for COVID-19 Response and Relief To help fund the collective COVID-19 response in the Philippines, Rico Blanco is waiving his artist royalties for the music video of “This Too Shall Pass,” and Sony Music Philippines will be donating 100% of the net global proceeds to www.puhon.ph for the first 6 months of release.   Puhon means “hopefully” in Visayan. The site contains inspiring stories and messages of encouragement to people at the frontline of fighting the pandemic.   Using the tagline #MakeHopeViral, to date, the site has raised P4.6M for personal protective equipment (PPEs) & nutrition support for frontline healthcare workers, COVID-19 testing kits, and relief goods for daily wage workers. Other SME Philippines artists with messages of support & encouragement on the site are SB19, Zelijah, Dionela, Nathan & Mercury, Alex Bruce, Ace Banzuelo & syd hartha.     The music video of Rico Blanco’s “This Too Shall Pass” is now available on YouTube and all other video platforms worldwide.    
    2306 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Monday, 18 May 2020 — Rico Blanco has finally dropped the official music video for his new solo single in four years.   With various footages taken here and abroad, the visuals for “This Too Shall Pass” take a closer look at how the pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill.     Given the unprecedented uncertainty and challenges that COVID-19 poses, the video doubles as a tribute to the unsung heroes and frontliners leading the fight against an invisible enemy, showing us the true meaning of bayanihan in times of crisis.   Intercut with scenes of the “new normal” from around the globe, it also depicts the alt-rock icon performing the song at the confines of his home: devoid of flashy production designs and envelope-pushing concepts, but framed with an underlying message of resilience and hope.   Positive Reception Two weeks earlier, “This Too Shall Pass” was released on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide under Sony Music.   The massive anthem has received critical acclaim from various publications in the country. MYX Philippines praised his work for giving listeners “a sense of reassurance, something we all need given the current situation.” Bandwagon Asia called the song an “ode to the light of the human spirit in dark times,” while GMA News described it as “a perfect source of inspiration.”     An Initiative for COVID-19 Response and Relief To help fund the collective COVID-19 response in the Philippines, Rico Blanco is waiving his artist royalties for the music video of “This Too Shall Pass,” and Sony Music Philippines will be donating 100% of the net global proceeds to www.puhon.ph for the first 6 months of release.   Puhon means “hopefully” in Visayan. The site contains inspiring stories and messages of encouragement to people at the frontline of fighting the pandemic.   Using the tagline #MakeHopeViral, to date, the site has raised P4.6M for personal protective equipment (PPEs) & nutrition support for frontline healthcare workers, COVID-19 testing kits, and relief goods for daily wage workers. Other SME Philippines artists with messages of support & encouragement on the site are SB19, Zelijah, Dionela, Nathan & Mercury, Alex Bruce, Ace Banzuelo & syd hartha.     The music video of Rico Blanco’s “This Too Shall Pass” is now available on YouTube and all other video platforms worldwide.    
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  • 18 May 2020
    Thursday, May 14 2020 — After the massive hype surrounding 2gether: The Series, its official soundtrack featuring the music of Thai crossover sensation Scrubb, continues to dominate streaming platforms such as Spotify with an average of four to six entries a day on the Philippines Viral Top 50.Their back catalog, which features previous hits, “ขอ (Wish),” “ทุกอย่าง (Everything),” “รอยยิ้ม (Smile),” and “ใกล้ (Close),” has consistently charted on the local digital and streaming services for more than a month. Its success in the Philippines and the Asian region is propelled by the publicity it received from the smash series, which currently airs on Thailand’s GMM 25 and Line TV, as well as the YouTube account of GMMTV.“The author is one of our fans who started writing this story as an online fiction inspired by our songs,” recalls Scrubb’s Torpong “Ball” Chantabubpha on how their infectious set of melodic guitar pop tunes made its way to the Original Soundtrack (OST) of the Boys Love (BL) hit. “Then it got published as a book. Finally, the series came out, which encouraged more people to listen to our songs. We have to thank Jitti, the author, for putting our songs in the original story and making all of these things happen.”Scrubb’s songs have somehow aided in championing a narrative that supports the unique romantic experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. Their involvement in the official soundtrack of a pop culture behemoth encourages visibility and representation in mainstream media, which has long shunned stories that go against societal norms. “As an artist, we have no specific audience,” shares Muey Thawatpon Wongbunsiri, the other half of Scrubb. “Our songs are our diaries. It’s a way for us to keep the good memories from that period of time. I think the listeners can also relate to the song as they face similar situation or atmosphere. We are happy when anyone can enjoy and get inspired by our song no matter who they are.”Aside from their contribution to the 2gether soundtrack, the Smile duo has recently released their new single “ธรรมดา (Everyday)” earlier this year with a music video directed by prolific filmmaker Domu.To date, the folk-pop duo has been receiving offers to play a number of shows abroad from international promoters. Ball adds, “Our plans to tour outside Thailand are forced to stop because of COVID-19 outbreak. At the moment we are writing, rehearsing, and preparing to be back on stage once again once this pandemic is finally over. We also hope that we’ll get a chance to be there and play for our fans in the Philippines soon.”   The songs from the official soundtrack of 2gether: The Series, which prominently feature the music of Scrubb, are now available on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music.
    757 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Thursday, May 14 2020 — After the massive hype surrounding 2gether: The Series, its official soundtrack featuring the music of Thai crossover sensation Scrubb, continues to dominate streaming platforms such as Spotify with an average of four to six entries a day on the Philippines Viral Top 50.Their back catalog, which features previous hits, “ขอ (Wish),” “ทุกอย่าง (Everything),” “รอยยิ้ม (Smile),” and “ใกล้ (Close),” has consistently charted on the local digital and streaming services for more than a month. Its success in the Philippines and the Asian region is propelled by the publicity it received from the smash series, which currently airs on Thailand’s GMM 25 and Line TV, as well as the YouTube account of GMMTV.“The author is one of our fans who started writing this story as an online fiction inspired by our songs,” recalls Scrubb’s Torpong “Ball” Chantabubpha on how their infectious set of melodic guitar pop tunes made its way to the Original Soundtrack (OST) of the Boys Love (BL) hit. “Then it got published as a book. Finally, the series came out, which encouraged more people to listen to our songs. We have to thank Jitti, the author, for putting our songs in the original story and making all of these things happen.”Scrubb’s songs have somehow aided in championing a narrative that supports the unique romantic experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. Their involvement in the official soundtrack of a pop culture behemoth encourages visibility and representation in mainstream media, which has long shunned stories that go against societal norms. “As an artist, we have no specific audience,” shares Muey Thawatpon Wongbunsiri, the other half of Scrubb. “Our songs are our diaries. It’s a way for us to keep the good memories from that period of time. I think the listeners can also relate to the song as they face similar situation or atmosphere. We are happy when anyone can enjoy and get inspired by our song no matter who they are.”Aside from their contribution to the 2gether soundtrack, the Smile duo has recently released their new single “ธรรมดา (Everyday)” earlier this year with a music video directed by prolific filmmaker Domu.To date, the folk-pop duo has been receiving offers to play a number of shows abroad from international promoters. Ball adds, “Our plans to tour outside Thailand are forced to stop because of COVID-19 outbreak. At the moment we are writing, rehearsing, and preparing to be back on stage once again once this pandemic is finally over. We also hope that we’ll get a chance to be there and play for our fans in the Philippines soon.”   The songs from the official soundtrack of 2gether: The Series, which prominently feature the music of Scrubb, are now available on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music.
    May 18, 2020 757
  • 18 May 2020
    R&B-Pop performer TALA is ready to make her 2020 music comeback with her newest single "control." The young singer-songwriter shows a new facet of her musical talent, as she explores a groovy synth-pop style in this new track, all while retaining her irresistible songwriting.   Talking more about the song, she says "the song is about being in the vulnerable space between a platonic friendship and a romantic relationship, and choosing to let your guard down." As TALA approaches a new era of her music, fans are sure to be delighted with what else is in store for the year to come. control is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records.  
    1016 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • R&B-Pop performer TALA is ready to make her 2020 music comeback with her newest single "control." The young singer-songwriter shows a new facet of her musical talent, as she explores a groovy synth-pop style in this new track, all while retaining her irresistible songwriting.   Talking more about the song, she says "the song is about being in the vulnerable space between a platonic friendship and a romantic relationship, and choosing to let your guard down." As TALA approaches a new era of her music, fans are sure to be delighted with what else is in store for the year to come. control is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records.  
    May 18, 2020 1016
  • 11 May 2020
    It was a light and happy Mother’s Day all over the world last Sunday. But one certain Mother’s Day greeting post in Instagram took the hearts of many and well… shattered them to pieces.    View this post on InstagramHappy Mothers Day we Love You.A post shared by JAY CONTRERAS (@jaycontr3ras) on May 9, 2020 at 11:21pm PDT An Instagram post from Kamikazee’s vocalist Jay Contreras greeting his wife for 11 years a happy Mother’s Day was simple but sweet. But what crushed their fans was when Sarah Abad left a comment on Jay’s post saying, “It may not be the same between us, but ill be forever grateful for giving me 2 wonderful angels. Thank u.” She was referring to their two lovely children, Kidlat Caia and Isla Eunan. Aside from the comment Abad left, her photos were also already deleted from Contreras’ Instagram feed. In the meantime, their cause of break-up has not been yet confirmed. 
    41810 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • It was a light and happy Mother’s Day all over the world last Sunday. But one certain Mother’s Day greeting post in Instagram took the hearts of many and well… shattered them to pieces.    View this post on InstagramHappy Mothers Day we Love You.A post shared by JAY CONTRERAS (@jaycontr3ras) on May 9, 2020 at 11:21pm PDT An Instagram post from Kamikazee’s vocalist Jay Contreras greeting his wife for 11 years a happy Mother’s Day was simple but sweet. But what crushed their fans was when Sarah Abad left a comment on Jay’s post saying, “It may not be the same between us, but ill be forever grateful for giving me 2 wonderful angels. Thank u.” She was referring to their two lovely children, Kidlat Caia and Isla Eunan. Aside from the comment Abad left, her photos were also already deleted from Contreras’ Instagram feed. In the meantime, their cause of break-up has not been yet confirmed. 
    May 11, 2020 41810
  • 11 May 2020
    Events production team Finite Fam has taken their support to the local and international music scene another notch higher as they present their brand-new project, the FINITE ZINE! According to the team, this is in light of the worldwide pandemic that has currently dismantled productions, gigs, concerts, and the likes from being held for the safety of its attendees. This zine serves as a continuous promotion for artists despite not being able to get up on stage for a while.On Sunday, Finite Fam launched their very first issue of their zine which features interviews of rising acts around the globe such as Andy Cizek, Ariel Lumanlan, Isotopes, Kampon, Trophy Knives, and more. Expect loads of insightful interviews and more in the upcoming issues of the Finite Zine. Read on!You can download the Finite Zine or view it online for free in Finite Fam’s website here.
    593 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Events production team Finite Fam has taken their support to the local and international music scene another notch higher as they present their brand-new project, the FINITE ZINE! According to the team, this is in light of the worldwide pandemic that has currently dismantled productions, gigs, concerts, and the likes from being held for the safety of its attendees. This zine serves as a continuous promotion for artists despite not being able to get up on stage for a while.On Sunday, Finite Fam launched their very first issue of their zine which features interviews of rising acts around the globe such as Andy Cizek, Ariel Lumanlan, Isotopes, Kampon, Trophy Knives, and more. Expect loads of insightful interviews and more in the upcoming issues of the Finite Zine. Read on!You can download the Finite Zine or view it online for free in Finite Fam’s website here.
    May 11, 2020 593
  • 11 May 2020
    SUD may have found themselves releasing music at a strange time—in the middle of a pandemic lockdown—but the hard-working band didn't let that slow them down. Following the release of "Baliw" in 2019, a single that garnered millions of streams and has been featured on national TV, SUD is set to tell more of their stories now through acoustic soul. Ahead of their upcoming album release later this year, Sud released the new single "Sagutan" under Warner Music Philippines last May 1 as its carrier single. Nothing sounds better than a love story except when talented people turn that emotion into good music, as SUD tend to do. Sud described the narrative of the song as the beginning of a love story. "Sagutan" tackles the feelings of two people and the uncertainty that comes with it. It's a duet between vocalist Sud Ballecer and bassist Raisa Racelis, who both co-wrote the song with drummer Jimbo Cuenco. The verses take the listeners inside the heads of two potential lovers who have been in constant conversations with each other. It eventually leads to the admission of feelings. Similar to their previous work, "Sagutan" continues the five-piece act's streak of producing relatable rock music—playing their familiar alt-pop sound, while mixing it with more generic rock formats. The new single is a well-rounded example of Sud's trademark ballad style reaching a new high in their string of achievements. Going into detail on the making of the single, production, and recording was done in The House of Billy Gaga studio, with Emil Dela Rosa as the engineer. As soon as the song hit the airwaves, premiering exclusively on RX 93.1, the response was nearly immediate. The song is an expertly-written track that’s easy to sing along to, even on first listen. It's neither overwhelming nor boring; definitely a good choice for a carrier single. It makes a good release that's sure to excel on the radio. "Sagutan" is now on Apple Music, iTunes Store, and Spotify. Head over to their Facebook page for the links. Watch “Sagutan” lyric video on Youtube.
    854 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • SUD may have found themselves releasing music at a strange time—in the middle of a pandemic lockdown—but the hard-working band didn't let that slow them down. Following the release of "Baliw" in 2019, a single that garnered millions of streams and has been featured on national TV, SUD is set to tell more of their stories now through acoustic soul. Ahead of their upcoming album release later this year, Sud released the new single "Sagutan" under Warner Music Philippines last May 1 as its carrier single. Nothing sounds better than a love story except when talented people turn that emotion into good music, as SUD tend to do. Sud described the narrative of the song as the beginning of a love story. "Sagutan" tackles the feelings of two people and the uncertainty that comes with it. It's a duet between vocalist Sud Ballecer and bassist Raisa Racelis, who both co-wrote the song with drummer Jimbo Cuenco. The verses take the listeners inside the heads of two potential lovers who have been in constant conversations with each other. It eventually leads to the admission of feelings. Similar to their previous work, "Sagutan" continues the five-piece act's streak of producing relatable rock music—playing their familiar alt-pop sound, while mixing it with more generic rock formats. The new single is a well-rounded example of Sud's trademark ballad style reaching a new high in their string of achievements. Going into detail on the making of the single, production, and recording was done in The House of Billy Gaga studio, with Emil Dela Rosa as the engineer. As soon as the song hit the airwaves, premiering exclusively on RX 93.1, the response was nearly immediate. The song is an expertly-written track that’s easy to sing along to, even on first listen. It's neither overwhelming nor boring; definitely a good choice for a carrier single. It makes a good release that's sure to excel on the radio. "Sagutan" is now on Apple Music, iTunes Store, and Spotify. Head over to their Facebook page for the links. Watch “Sagutan” lyric video on Youtube.
    May 11, 2020 854
  • 11 May 2020
    After the release of their debut EP "LOVELUSTLOSS," the Good Kid$ are back to groove it up this 2020 with their latest single "No Lovin." The upbeat track brings back the funk and soul, as the rapper-producer duo throw it back to their earlier 'groovy' days, highlighting what they do best in production and writing about youthful experiences. Talking about the song, rapper Gaby Singson says "Often times, we can treat people poorly even if they have shown genuine interest towards us. This song conveys how much past experiences such as those have helped me grow into the person I am today." With its groovy sound, relatable lyrics, and the Good Kid$ magic, folks are in for another good time with this new release.No Lovin is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under mustard music.
    694 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • After the release of their debut EP "LOVELUSTLOSS," the Good Kid$ are back to groove it up this 2020 with their latest single "No Lovin." The upbeat track brings back the funk and soul, as the rapper-producer duo throw it back to their earlier 'groovy' days, highlighting what they do best in production and writing about youthful experiences. Talking about the song, rapper Gaby Singson says "Often times, we can treat people poorly even if they have shown genuine interest towards us. This song conveys how much past experiences such as those have helped me grow into the person I am today." With its groovy sound, relatable lyrics, and the Good Kid$ magic, folks are in for another good time with this new release.No Lovin is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under mustard music.
    May 11, 2020 694
  • 10 May 2020
    Manila, Philippines -- In the face of uncertainty and panic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, heavy metal band Slapshock delivers a hopeful message to all front line workers and fans in isolation in the new song “Sana Pag Gising.” Slapshock vocalist Jamir Garcia says, “The song started nung mga nakikita ko yung frontliners na hindi man lang nila mayakap ang mga anak nila so, yung song ay nasa perspective ng isang frontliner at tungkol sa hirap at dasal nila-- na sana pag gising tapos na ‘to lahat.” Slapshock is known for the band’s heavy music and angsty lyrics but during these difficult times, the band created a brand new song they felt resonated now in the hope of turning the word ‘fear’ into positive. Jamir said, “Mahirap mag-rock out dahil nangingibabaw yung emotions and burden to know na maraming nahihirapan at nagdadasal.” After taking inspirations from our modern-day heroes -- medical workers, policemen, and volunteers -- Jamir wrote the song and passed it to his bandmates while they are all in their respective quarantines. “I think that’s what makes it good with Slapshock, we don’t have to be conscious about being heavy. We just want to deliver what our emotions dictate and give hope for everybody na sana matapos na to,” Jamir adds. Jamir together with Lee Nadela (bass guitar), Lean Ansing (guitar), Jerry Basco (guitar) and Chi Evora (drums) took advantage of the digital technology and collaborated separately in their respective studios/homes-- sending audio and video files back and forth until “Sana Pag Gising” came into reality. “The band has been around for 23 years and we didn’t want this situation to hinder us from working hard, being creative and getting the message out there—sana pag gising bumalik sa dati ang lahat.“ Watch Slapshock’s new song “Sana Pag Gising” is available on their digital platforms: Facebook: www.facebook.com/slapshock.official Youtube: www.youtube.com/slapshockpilipinas Instagram TV: @slapshock_official
    9984 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Manila, Philippines -- In the face of uncertainty and panic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, heavy metal band Slapshock delivers a hopeful message to all front line workers and fans in isolation in the new song “Sana Pag Gising.” Slapshock vocalist Jamir Garcia says, “The song started nung mga nakikita ko yung frontliners na hindi man lang nila mayakap ang mga anak nila so, yung song ay nasa perspective ng isang frontliner at tungkol sa hirap at dasal nila-- na sana pag gising tapos na ‘to lahat.” Slapshock is known for the band’s heavy music and angsty lyrics but during these difficult times, the band created a brand new song they felt resonated now in the hope of turning the word ‘fear’ into positive. Jamir said, “Mahirap mag-rock out dahil nangingibabaw yung emotions and burden to know na maraming nahihirapan at nagdadasal.” After taking inspirations from our modern-day heroes -- medical workers, policemen, and volunteers -- Jamir wrote the song and passed it to his bandmates while they are all in their respective quarantines. “I think that’s what makes it good with Slapshock, we don’t have to be conscious about being heavy. We just want to deliver what our emotions dictate and give hope for everybody na sana matapos na to,” Jamir adds. Jamir together with Lee Nadela (bass guitar), Lean Ansing (guitar), Jerry Basco (guitar) and Chi Evora (drums) took advantage of the digital technology and collaborated separately in their respective studios/homes-- sending audio and video files back and forth until “Sana Pag Gising” came into reality. “The band has been around for 23 years and we didn’t want this situation to hinder us from working hard, being creative and getting the message out there—sana pag gising bumalik sa dati ang lahat.“ Watch Slapshock’s new song “Sana Pag Gising” is available on their digital platforms: Facebook: www.facebook.com/slapshock.official Youtube: www.youtube.com/slapshockpilipinas Instagram TV: @slapshock_official
    May 10, 2020 9984
  • 08 May 2020
    After entering Spotify’s Philippine Viral 50 with their single ‘Alingawngaw (Acoustic)’ in 2019, Bulacan-based band Blind Stereo Moon returns with a new single ‘Candle Lights.’Composed Julie Samonte, Dave Cruz, Juliane Bagay Cruz, and John Heris Suarez, Blind Stereo Moon’s sound is reminiscent of the 90s alternative/indie pop tradition with dreamy vocals and gentle melodies, rhythmic acoustic and electric guitars, steady beats and melodic bass lines, fused with ambient keyboard elements. Their influences include The Sundays and Moonpools & Caterpillars of the 90s combined with John Mayer and Jason Mraz of the early 2000s.Under Bulacan’s independent music representation Darkus Music (led by Ace del Mundo of Orange & Lemons), Blind Stereo Moon’s journey has resulted to nine (9) official releases, media features on Rakista Radio, Rappler, ABS CBN’s One Music PH, the Wish FM Youtube channel, and Manila Bulletin and presence in major local music festivals such as UP Fair, Fête dela Musique Indie Stage, and Red Ninja Year 10 Fest. Their tracks were also featured on Spotify editorial playlists such as Pinoy Indie Mix, OPM Says Chillax, Acoustically OPM, and Chillax sa Gabi.Their new single ‘Candle Lights’ is Blind Stereo Moon’s audacious attempt at combining their signature playful sound with even groovier drumsand bass, funkier electric guitar sounds, and breezier 80s-inspired synthesizers to depict the euphoria of a modern-day candlelit dinner.Listen to ‘Candle Lights’
    1029 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • After entering Spotify’s Philippine Viral 50 with their single ‘Alingawngaw (Acoustic)’ in 2019, Bulacan-based band Blind Stereo Moon returns with a new single ‘Candle Lights.’Composed Julie Samonte, Dave Cruz, Juliane Bagay Cruz, and John Heris Suarez, Blind Stereo Moon’s sound is reminiscent of the 90s alternative/indie pop tradition with dreamy vocals and gentle melodies, rhythmic acoustic and electric guitars, steady beats and melodic bass lines, fused with ambient keyboard elements. Their influences include The Sundays and Moonpools & Caterpillars of the 90s combined with John Mayer and Jason Mraz of the early 2000s.Under Bulacan’s independent music representation Darkus Music (led by Ace del Mundo of Orange & Lemons), Blind Stereo Moon’s journey has resulted to nine (9) official releases, media features on Rakista Radio, Rappler, ABS CBN’s One Music PH, the Wish FM Youtube channel, and Manila Bulletin and presence in major local music festivals such as UP Fair, Fête dela Musique Indie Stage, and Red Ninja Year 10 Fest. Their tracks were also featured on Spotify editorial playlists such as Pinoy Indie Mix, OPM Says Chillax, Acoustically OPM, and Chillax sa Gabi.Their new single ‘Candle Lights’ is Blind Stereo Moon’s audacious attempt at combining their signature playful sound with even groovier drumsand bass, funkier electric guitar sounds, and breezier 80s-inspired synthesizers to depict the euphoria of a modern-day candlelit dinner.Listen to ‘Candle Lights’
    May 08, 2020 1029
  • 08 May 2020
    Over the week, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has crowdsourced through social media for beneficiaries of their NCCA Cash Assistance Program, in which they are given a total budget of P63.8 million in addition to their initial budget of P4 million.     They have been giving guidelines for application for each artist in every field: theater, visual, architecture, music, literature, language, research, film, dance, and cultural work. This is in line with the simultaneous cancellation of events during the past 2 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it serves as an aid to freelance workers who have no employer to seek help from and/or those who have no employee benefits.   The criteria for beneficiaries are as follows: 1. Not under an employer-employee relationship 2. No regular income 3. Working freelance 4. No source of income due to the ECQ   Further instructions and deadlines are posted on NCCA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NCCAOfficial/  
    788 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Over the week, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has crowdsourced through social media for beneficiaries of their NCCA Cash Assistance Program, in which they are given a total budget of P63.8 million in addition to their initial budget of P4 million.     They have been giving guidelines for application for each artist in every field: theater, visual, architecture, music, literature, language, research, film, dance, and cultural work. This is in line with the simultaneous cancellation of events during the past 2 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it serves as an aid to freelance workers who have no employer to seek help from and/or those who have no employee benefits.   The criteria for beneficiaries are as follows: 1. Not under an employer-employee relationship 2. No regular income 3. Working freelance 4. No source of income due to the ECQ   Further instructions and deadlines are posted on NCCA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NCCAOfficial/  
    May 08, 2020 788
  • 07 May 2020
    In the tough times we are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, frontliners are often overlooked "silent heroes" who work tirelessly to keep society functioning despite collective struggles.    With this comes "Life In Your Hands," a tribute song featuring Artists for Silent Heroes, that recognize and highlight the important role our 'silent heroes' play in our every day lives.        Coming together to pay tribute are some of the biggest artists in the Universal Records Philippines and PolyEast Records rosters: Martin Nievera, Christian Bautista, Ebe Dancel, Julie Anne San Jose, TJ Monterde, Eunice Jorge of Gracenote, Tutti Caringal of 6cyclemind, Kyle Juliano, Janina Vela, Kiara San Luis of Imago, Daniel Paringit of Better Days, Kurei, Sassa Dagdag, Drei Rana, Selena Marie, and Raffy Calicdan.    The song (written by Chito Ilagan , Therese Marie Villarante, Ito Rapadas, and Njel de Mesa; produced by Ito Rapadas and arranged by Rye Sarmiento) makes use of the classic Auld Lang Syne as its backing track, modernized and given lyrics apt to the world's situation today. With gratitude in their hearts and the song's calming and reassuring lyrics, the song hopes to give further thanks to the silent heroes of our world today.   Life In Your Hands is a project of Universal Records led by its Chairman and President Dr. James G. Dy, Executive Vice President Ramon Chuaying, General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, and PolyEast Records with its General Manager Jesmond Chua and Finance Director Sharon Dy-Law. The project is made in cooperation with Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. and Filipino Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Inc., proceeds are for the benefit of Chinese General Hospital and Medical Arts frontliners.   Life In Your Hands is now available for purchase on iTunes and streaming on Spotify and all platforms starting May 6, 2020 under Universal Records.  
    687 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • In the tough times we are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, frontliners are often overlooked "silent heroes" who work tirelessly to keep society functioning despite collective struggles.    With this comes "Life In Your Hands," a tribute song featuring Artists for Silent Heroes, that recognize and highlight the important role our 'silent heroes' play in our every day lives.        Coming together to pay tribute are some of the biggest artists in the Universal Records Philippines and PolyEast Records rosters: Martin Nievera, Christian Bautista, Ebe Dancel, Julie Anne San Jose, TJ Monterde, Eunice Jorge of Gracenote, Tutti Caringal of 6cyclemind, Kyle Juliano, Janina Vela, Kiara San Luis of Imago, Daniel Paringit of Better Days, Kurei, Sassa Dagdag, Drei Rana, Selena Marie, and Raffy Calicdan.    The song (written by Chito Ilagan , Therese Marie Villarante, Ito Rapadas, and Njel de Mesa; produced by Ito Rapadas and arranged by Rye Sarmiento) makes use of the classic Auld Lang Syne as its backing track, modernized and given lyrics apt to the world's situation today. With gratitude in their hearts and the song's calming and reassuring lyrics, the song hopes to give further thanks to the silent heroes of our world today.   Life In Your Hands is a project of Universal Records led by its Chairman and President Dr. James G. Dy, Executive Vice President Ramon Chuaying, General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, and PolyEast Records with its General Manager Jesmond Chua and Finance Director Sharon Dy-Law. The project is made in cooperation with Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. and Filipino Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Inc., proceeds are for the benefit of Chinese General Hospital and Medical Arts frontliners.   Life In Your Hands is now available for purchase on iTunes and streaming on Spotify and all platforms starting May 6, 2020 under Universal Records.  
    May 07, 2020 687
  • 04 May 2020
    Following her first solo release, ‘Know What I Want’ last December 2019, August Wahh returns with a triumphant new single that is steeped in sophisticated warmth. ‘Elated’ navigates the nuances of carrying on with life with a recovered sense of identity and purpose. “I wrote Elated as a reminder to myself and to others that no matter what you've been through, the goal is to rise above situations that made you feel small - by accepting where you've been and the journey you’re on, even if you don't know where you’re going,” the neo-soul singer-songwriter shares. “It's a reminder to own yourself and live life to the fullest.” With crwn’s suave beats and jazzy sonic touches, August Wahh’s ‘Elated’ makes a great case for both easy casual listening and soulful rumination. “The song was basically written on the spot,” the Sahara singer says. “crwn had a beat he played, and I wrote along it. On the same day, we recorded Elated.” As accidental magic goes, the spur-of-the-moment recording birthed an empowerment anthem that finds refuge on timelessness and global appeal. At a time when some of her contemporaries have chosen to embrace conventional approaches to songwriting, August Wahh channels her energy towards promoting self-worth as part of her personal mantra. She asks rhetorically “does it matter where I go?” whilealsoguaranteeing to own every decision she makes, tackling the age-old question with emotional openness and introspection. August Wahh’s new single “Elated” will be out on streaming and digital platforms worldwide on April 30, 2020. Watch the YouTube lyric video here.
    608 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Following her first solo release, ‘Know What I Want’ last December 2019, August Wahh returns with a triumphant new single that is steeped in sophisticated warmth. ‘Elated’ navigates the nuances of carrying on with life with a recovered sense of identity and purpose. “I wrote Elated as a reminder to myself and to others that no matter what you've been through, the goal is to rise above situations that made you feel small - by accepting where you've been and the journey you’re on, even if you don't know where you’re going,” the neo-soul singer-songwriter shares. “It's a reminder to own yourself and live life to the fullest.” With crwn’s suave beats and jazzy sonic touches, August Wahh’s ‘Elated’ makes a great case for both easy casual listening and soulful rumination. “The song was basically written on the spot,” the Sahara singer says. “crwn had a beat he played, and I wrote along it. On the same day, we recorded Elated.” As accidental magic goes, the spur-of-the-moment recording birthed an empowerment anthem that finds refuge on timelessness and global appeal. At a time when some of her contemporaries have chosen to embrace conventional approaches to songwriting, August Wahh channels her energy towards promoting self-worth as part of her personal mantra. She asks rhetorically “does it matter where I go?” whilealsoguaranteeing to own every decision she makes, tackling the age-old question with emotional openness and introspection. August Wahh’s new single “Elated” will be out on streaming and digital platforms worldwide on April 30, 2020. Watch the YouTube lyric video here.
    May 04, 2020 608
  • 04 May 2020
    Friday, 01 May 2020 — After a four-year hiatus in making songs of his own, Rico Blanco returns with a rousing new anthem to help us deal with the uncertainty of the times.This Too Shall Pass is Rico Blanco’s first solo single in four years, as well as his first under Sony Music Philippines. The song was written from a place of discomfort and fear, witnessing how the much louder tremor of pandemic anxiety instantly changed our lives and left us with little time to mourn and move forward.With frontliners risking their lives with little protection, people going hungry, and the social order crumbling to pieces, Rico felt powerless by the situation. Hence, he had to forego his difficulties of living alone and coping with his own emotional troubles, as there was work to be done. He shares, “My efforts are little in light of a pandemic like this. As big as my imagination is for this song, I also feel that it’s not enough. But it’s what I can do and contribute as a musician.” This Too Shall Pass succeeds in repurposing music’s mission: Outside of its function as an entertainment fodder and a way to escape, it carries the resilience of the human spirit. In darkness, it shines brighter.The big, sprawling pop tune is his most personal to date, which he struggled over the course of two weeks to finish, and almost did not. “Some songs are anchored on truth, but they are wrapped and adorned in a lot of romanticized thoughts,” he shares. “This song is real, inwards and also outwards; it’s something that I really want to tell every single person. I wasn’t able to give a message to the frontliners, and I feel very guilty about this. I needed to finish this, and I want them to hear this. I know each one of us is going through something. I wrote this song as my way to reach out.”With sonic elements that span continents and a carefully honed production which he supervised himself, Rico’s latest single defies convention with a global sounding opus that incorporates musical dispatches and personal anecdotes. From samples of his nieces laughing culled from a family chat group to his attempt to blur the cultural lines by incorporating European techno, hip-hop beats, Asian riffs, Afro chanting, and Pinoy fiesta in a seamless, genre-bending extravaganza, This Too Shall Pass is ambitious in scope and sound design, but its heart is for the people who need light and love.There’s a sliver of joy in finding one of the most prolific artists emerge from a long silence. As Sony Music’s GM Philippines and VP Business Development Asia, Ms. Roslyn Pineda sums it up: “Music is important – we all know this.  But never more so than when we are faced with uncertainty, because it is then that the power of music becomes unquantifiable, almost limitless.  Music can make you feel you’re not alone. Music can save you from despair.  And so it is with a song like This Too Shall Pass.  It is so relevant to the times that it becomes a declaration, a prayer, a mantra -- all rolled into one.”Rico Blanco’s “This Too Shall Pass” is now available on all digital platforms worldwide. Watch out for the music video to be released soon.
    2319 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Friday, 01 May 2020 — After a four-year hiatus in making songs of his own, Rico Blanco returns with a rousing new anthem to help us deal with the uncertainty of the times.This Too Shall Pass is Rico Blanco’s first solo single in four years, as well as his first under Sony Music Philippines. The song was written from a place of discomfort and fear, witnessing how the much louder tremor of pandemic anxiety instantly changed our lives and left us with little time to mourn and move forward.With frontliners risking their lives with little protection, people going hungry, and the social order crumbling to pieces, Rico felt powerless by the situation. Hence, he had to forego his difficulties of living alone and coping with his own emotional troubles, as there was work to be done. He shares, “My efforts are little in light of a pandemic like this. As big as my imagination is for this song, I also feel that it’s not enough. But it’s what I can do and contribute as a musician.” This Too Shall Pass succeeds in repurposing music’s mission: Outside of its function as an entertainment fodder and a way to escape, it carries the resilience of the human spirit. In darkness, it shines brighter.The big, sprawling pop tune is his most personal to date, which he struggled over the course of two weeks to finish, and almost did not. “Some songs are anchored on truth, but they are wrapped and adorned in a lot of romanticized thoughts,” he shares. “This song is real, inwards and also outwards; it’s something that I really want to tell every single person. I wasn’t able to give a message to the frontliners, and I feel very guilty about this. I needed to finish this, and I want them to hear this. I know each one of us is going through something. I wrote this song as my way to reach out.”With sonic elements that span continents and a carefully honed production which he supervised himself, Rico’s latest single defies convention with a global sounding opus that incorporates musical dispatches and personal anecdotes. From samples of his nieces laughing culled from a family chat group to his attempt to blur the cultural lines by incorporating European techno, hip-hop beats, Asian riffs, Afro chanting, and Pinoy fiesta in a seamless, genre-bending extravaganza, This Too Shall Pass is ambitious in scope and sound design, but its heart is for the people who need light and love.There’s a sliver of joy in finding one of the most prolific artists emerge from a long silence. As Sony Music’s GM Philippines and VP Business Development Asia, Ms. Roslyn Pineda sums it up: “Music is important – we all know this.  But never more so than when we are faced with uncertainty, because it is then that the power of music becomes unquantifiable, almost limitless.  Music can make you feel you’re not alone. Music can save you from despair.  And so it is with a song like This Too Shall Pass.  It is so relevant to the times that it becomes a declaration, a prayer, a mantra -- all rolled into one.”Rico Blanco’s “This Too Shall Pass” is now available on all digital platforms worldwide. Watch out for the music video to be released soon.
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  • 04 May 2020
    FRIDAY, 1 MAY 2020, SINGAPORE - 17-year-old Singaporean electronic producer Foxela and singer-songwriter Chelsea Cara have released their brand new single ‘wanted you so bad’ today via Singapore indie label Umami Records.     Chelsea decided to write the song after experiencing rejection from someone she really liked. “I tried to show the dilemma I was facing and the painful choices I had to make,” the alt pop singer-songwriter shares, “I had all these emotions I was trying to make sense of.”   “Am I building a wall just to break it / am I strong enough to hold it down / but with one look, oh no you got me now”, sings Chelsea, building up to Foxela’s cathartic instrumental drop. She channels her frustrations with a delicate but soulful performance that feels at home with the song’s tropical house-inspired production.      “The drop is definitely my favourite part of the song”, shares Foxela, “I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone and I’m really happy with the result.”   ‘wanted you so bad’ is the second single the 2 classmates have worked on together, the first, ‘Live On’, was released earlier this year. Foxela will be keeping up the prolific pace of his work through 2020, with a new release planned for every month, including upcoming collabs with Dr. Boomy, DNAKM and Tyraz.   ‘wanted you so bad’ by Foxela and Chelsea Cara is available everywhere at this link: https://ffm.to/wantedyousobad   About Foxela The alias of 17-year-old Singaporean electronic producer Nigel Quah, Foxela is a non- Grammy-winning artist, crafting music with a blend of future bass, future house and a touch of pop. At the age of 17, Foxela became the youngest Singaporean to reach a million streams on Spotify.   Nigel ventured into the realms of music production at the tender age of 9, sharing his older sister’s Macbook when she didn’t need it for school. Since starting the Foxela project in 2016, his prolific pace has led to more than 40 releases already under his belt. In 2019, he released As You Do, which reached #13 on Spotify’s official Singapore Viral 50 chart, surpassing Billie Eilish and BTS, both of whom have yet to respond to his offers for a collaboration. This was followed by Wild Love which has more than 330K streams on Spotify.   Foxela has also been featured on various Spotify editorial playlists such as Top Hits Singapore, Singapore’s Top Acts, Electro Mix and Party Life.   “His is a sound that is informed by the titanic sweep of the spectrum of electronic music, where 'dance' is only a signifier and not the endgame.” - Hear65 (SG)   “With well over a dozen tracks under his belt, it is safe to say that you can expect more from this talented up-and-coming producer in the near future.” - Orange Magazine (PH) About Chelsea Cara A bright new upcoming talent hailing from Singapore, Chelsea Cara debuted in 2020 with her first feature, ‘Live On’, with Foxela and brittle bear. She is an aspiring singer-songwriter who mainly writes pop songs while exploring other genres such as r&b and lo-fi. Writing songs from her own personal experiences, she wishes to touch and inspire young hearts through her music.      
    570 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • FRIDAY, 1 MAY 2020, SINGAPORE - 17-year-old Singaporean electronic producer Foxela and singer-songwriter Chelsea Cara have released their brand new single ‘wanted you so bad’ today via Singapore indie label Umami Records.     Chelsea decided to write the song after experiencing rejection from someone she really liked. “I tried to show the dilemma I was facing and the painful choices I had to make,” the alt pop singer-songwriter shares, “I had all these emotions I was trying to make sense of.”   “Am I building a wall just to break it / am I strong enough to hold it down / but with one look, oh no you got me now”, sings Chelsea, building up to Foxela’s cathartic instrumental drop. She channels her frustrations with a delicate but soulful performance that feels at home with the song’s tropical house-inspired production.      “The drop is definitely my favourite part of the song”, shares Foxela, “I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone and I’m really happy with the result.”   ‘wanted you so bad’ is the second single the 2 classmates have worked on together, the first, ‘Live On’, was released earlier this year. Foxela will be keeping up the prolific pace of his work through 2020, with a new release planned for every month, including upcoming collabs with Dr. Boomy, DNAKM and Tyraz.   ‘wanted you so bad’ by Foxela and Chelsea Cara is available everywhere at this link: https://ffm.to/wantedyousobad   About Foxela The alias of 17-year-old Singaporean electronic producer Nigel Quah, Foxela is a non- Grammy-winning artist, crafting music with a blend of future bass, future house and a touch of pop. At the age of 17, Foxela became the youngest Singaporean to reach a million streams on Spotify.   Nigel ventured into the realms of music production at the tender age of 9, sharing his older sister’s Macbook when she didn’t need it for school. Since starting the Foxela project in 2016, his prolific pace has led to more than 40 releases already under his belt. In 2019, he released As You Do, which reached #13 on Spotify’s official Singapore Viral 50 chart, surpassing Billie Eilish and BTS, both of whom have yet to respond to his offers for a collaboration. This was followed by Wild Love which has more than 330K streams on Spotify.   Foxela has also been featured on various Spotify editorial playlists such as Top Hits Singapore, Singapore’s Top Acts, Electro Mix and Party Life.   “His is a sound that is informed by the titanic sweep of the spectrum of electronic music, where 'dance' is only a signifier and not the endgame.” - Hear65 (SG)   “With well over a dozen tracks under his belt, it is safe to say that you can expect more from this talented up-and-coming producer in the near future.” - Orange Magazine (PH) About Chelsea Cara A bright new upcoming talent hailing from Singapore, Chelsea Cara debuted in 2020 with her first feature, ‘Live On’, with Foxela and brittle bear. She is an aspiring singer-songwriter who mainly writes pop songs while exploring other genres such as r&b and lo-fi. Writing songs from her own personal experiences, she wishes to touch and inspire young hearts through her music.      
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  • 27 Apr 2020
    Discover and share new music, be active, and get involved in our local music scene and community. Anywhere you go, in just a tap from your fingertips!Rakista Radio App brings you closer to artists and fans around the world! You can join our community, build your profile, and register as an artist or as a fan to discover and share music. You can also request and send your own music and share it with new people you can meet and match based on your music taste! Browse and get the latest updates from our events, news, polls, and forums today!Everything is just one tap away now so what are you waiting for? Be part of the community and download the Rakista Radio App now!Rakista Radio App Link: https://bit.ly/2yKT0lvRakista Radio YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2zpkPjH 
    1532 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Discover and share new music, be active, and get involved in our local music scene and community. Anywhere you go, in just a tap from your fingertips!Rakista Radio App brings you closer to artists and fans around the world! You can join our community, build your profile, and register as an artist or as a fan to discover and share music. You can also request and send your own music and share it with new people you can meet and match based on your music taste! Browse and get the latest updates from our events, news, polls, and forums today!Everything is just one tap away now so what are you waiting for? Be part of the community and download the Rakista Radio App now!Rakista Radio App Link: https://bit.ly/2yKT0lvRakista Radio YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2zpkPjH 
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  • 24 Apr 2020
    Christian Bautista and Janine Teñoso have released the official music video for their recent collaboration "Bukas Wala Nang Ulan," which serves as a tribute video for multiple groups and individuals affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The video showcases various photos and videos of frontliners and survivors of COVID-19 in the Philippines, showing both the hardships and sacrifices of those battling the disease at the front lines, and the joys of how people are coming together as one community despite the hardships.   Although it is still early on into the pandemic, the video also features some triumphs of early survivors - showing hope that we can all surpass the situation, just as the song highlights.  Released on Tuesday, the music video also serves as a call to action for relief efforts, with parts of the streaming proceeds to be donated to Philippine Red Cross' Quezon City Chapter. Additionally, Universal Records has partnered with Help From Home (http://helpfromhome.ph), a coordination hub that connects individuals and institutions to those most in need: frontliners and communities at risk. Just like the song that plays throughout, its accompanying visuals are sure to uplift spirits and share some relief at the times we are facing today.  Bukas Wala Nang Ulan is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records. Janine Teñoso appears on the track and video courtesy of VIVA Records.
    842 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Christian Bautista and Janine Teñoso have released the official music video for their recent collaboration "Bukas Wala Nang Ulan," which serves as a tribute video for multiple groups and individuals affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The video showcases various photos and videos of frontliners and survivors of COVID-19 in the Philippines, showing both the hardships and sacrifices of those battling the disease at the front lines, and the joys of how people are coming together as one community despite the hardships.   Although it is still early on into the pandemic, the video also features some triumphs of early survivors - showing hope that we can all surpass the situation, just as the song highlights.  Released on Tuesday, the music video also serves as a call to action for relief efforts, with parts of the streaming proceeds to be donated to Philippine Red Cross' Quezon City Chapter. Additionally, Universal Records has partnered with Help From Home (http://helpfromhome.ph), a coordination hub that connects individuals and institutions to those most in need: frontliners and communities at risk. Just like the song that plays throughout, its accompanying visuals are sure to uplift spirits and share some relief at the times we are facing today.  Bukas Wala Nang Ulan is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records. Janine Teñoso appears on the track and video courtesy of VIVA Records.
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