The Philippine premiere Filipino singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer Quest is best known for his 2012 hit song “Sige Lang,” which topped numerous charts, garnered various awards, and even became the theme song for the basketball team Gilas Pilipinas. In 2016, Quest was awarded with the Best Inspirational Song for his single “Higher,” and Album of the Year for “Life of a Champion” at the Awit Awards. Early this year, he released a new single called “Permanente” with Kianna Valenciano, and since then, he has been focusing his career on his new album “Dream Awake.”
St. Wolf is an up and coming band who started in 2015. Consisting of members KL Dela Cruz (vocals), Vince Lucero (guitars), Karlo Maglasang (bass) and Bob Sadural (drums), St. Wolf has released remarkable songs such as “Papara,” “Taguan” and “Jealousy.” The band is part of the latest Coke Studio Philippines series.
Keiko Necesario is a singer-songwriter who has been independently creating her own albums and songs. In 2015, she released and produced her very first album, a ten-track compilation called “Through It All.” Her cover of the song “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell was featured on the British TV series “Ackley Bridge” early this year. Keiko’s songs such as “While We Are Young,” “Panaginip” and “Paano Na” among others comprised the original motion soundtrack of “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi” released in 2017.
Leanne & Naara, a rising singer-songwriter duo has been playing since college and was formed in 2012. After releasing their single “Again” in 2016, the song topped the charts on Spotify ranking number one in the Philippines and number twelve in the Global Viral Charts. Since then, they have released new singles including “New York and Back,” “Make Me Sing,” “Rest,” “Destination,” and even their own version of fellow Warner Music Philippine artist Nina’s “Someday.”
Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will be bringing her ‘The Dedicated Tour’ to Manila on October 23 at the New Frontier Theater. Tickets will be on-sale starting August 31 via TicketNet.com.ph and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide. Presented by concert promoter Wilbros Live.
Fans can expect a night full of hits as Carly Rae Jepsen will be performing her chart-topping songs, including “Cut to the Feeling”, “Call Me Maybe”, “Party for One”, “I Really Like You”, “Boy Problems”, “Emotion”, “Run Away with Me” and many more.
After Carly Rae Jepsen released her critically acclaimed album E·MO·TION in 2015, it became “a modern touchstone for a new crop of pop-leaning artists and legacy acts,” as NPR noted, adding “the blast radius of E•MO•TION is expansive.” The album also inspired an abundance of memes — extending the cultural cachet that Jepsen earned from the ubiquity of her Grammy-nominated blockbuster hit “Call Me Maybe” (from her U.S debut album Kiss), which not only climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, sold over 20 million singles worldwide, and was certified Diamond in the U.S., but was referenced by everyone from former secretary-of-state Colin Powell to Cookie Monster.
Jepsen’s new album, Dedicated, retains the joyful, hook-filled feeling of its predecessor. But where E*MO*TION, which featured the platinum single “I Really Like You,” was an ’80s-influenced synth-pop classic that Rolling Stone called “a pop masterclass” and Stereogum called “indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius,” Dedicated has a more ’70s-inspired feel at times (though the album defies categorization as a whole). At one point, Jepsen was sure she was making a disco opus. “The title was going to be ‘Disco Sweat,’” she says with a laugh. “I really bought into it.” But Jepsen had a change of heart thanks to her travels over the past two years, which included writing trips to the Swedish countryside (“It was spring and there were fields of flowers, homemade breads, and kittens running everywhere”) and a beach in Nicaragua, where she surfed and stayed in a cabana-like casita. Then there was an Eat Pray Love-esque solo vacation in Italy. “I had so many songs,” she says. “I needed some space to walk around, reflect, eat pasta, and get to know myself a bit.”
rains and traffic failed to halt Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) for
staging a record-breaking 70+ music showcases in various venues across the
by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) and National Commission for
Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the multi-platform celebration succeeded in its
commitment to offering a broad spectrum of Filipino music talents to a diverse
audience, transforming public spaces such as malls and train stations into music
performance spectacles and curating top-notch performances in bars, concert
halls, theatres, and multimedia outlets.
Railway Jams and busking
kicked off its campaign with Railway Jams,
a series of live music activities in select LRT stations that run from July 4
to 27. Several artist-members from Organisasyon Ng Musikang Pilipino ng mga
Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) performed original material and familiar covers to
entertain commuters from different walks of life. The partnership also
attracted positive reception from the riding public, allowing them to discover
the city’s wealth of music talents and ongoing support for cultural awareness.
precursor to LMP’s week-long celebration, several music venues in Metro Manila
also held open mic and busking sessions that promote upcoming homegrown acts
and underrated music finds. It’s also worth noting that Powerplant Mall and Lucky
Chinatown Mall offered their space to mount music shows aimed to serenade
guests while they dine or shop. One performance in particular proved to be a
standout with its world-class musicality: alt-rock and jazz songstress Cooky
Chua collaborated with The Manila String Machine for a soothing but elegantly
produced number that instantly wowed both the crowd and the curious bystanders
in the mall.
braved the rainy season to catch some of the finest performances at the Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino, resulting
into packed venues and much-buzzed highlights on social media.
alternative rock icon Rizal Underground reunited for a one-night only concert
at the ‘70s Bistro on the opening week of the LMP. The ‘90s hitmakers churned
out their signature anthems “Bilanggo,” “Diskaril,” “Sabado Nights,” to name a
few, and was joined by Eddie Siojo on Betrayed’s punk classic “Never Meant To
Be This Way.”
music fans joined the music soiree at the Batang ‘90s showcase in Historia Bar
on July 31. They were in for a treat as perennial favorites Barbie Almalbis,
Dong Abay, Wency Cornejo, and Color It Red delivered engaging performances that
include their past hits and new material.
of Aegis, the acclaimed Pinoy musical also made a glorious comeback with a
sold-out, two-day run at the Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino. With Rappler praising
the latest iteration for its “abundance of exuberance and joy in the delivery,”
and for remaining truthful to its source material, the Barangay Venezia gang
took the Aegis back catalog to roof-raising highs with yet another round of
awesome song numbers and top-caliber acting.
Aside from ringing the nostalgia dial, the Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino hosted several single, music video and album launches of established and independent local music acts from different parts of the country. The special showcase includes Bulacan indie-pop outfit Blind Stereo Moon, which premiered the music video of their single “Bulalakaw” at the ‘70s Bistro; husband-and-wide tandem A Couple of Notes, which launched their latest single “Sa Piling Mo” at Jess and Pats; and singer-songwriter Benedict Sy and alt-pop collective Approaching Zero, which held their single release party at World’s End and Upperhouse BGC, respectively.
PhilPop 2018 Grand Winner Chud Festejo from Davao City also debuted his newest EP, Laro Laro at Route 196, while PhilPop 2018 runner-up Ferdinand Aragan debuted his latest independently released single” Dinamalayan” on the same venue and date. Both artists raised the bar in terms of live performance and output, coming to terms with their newfound success and evolving as musicians with a more honed perspective in career and songwriting style.
A Memorable Closer
Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino capped off this year’s run with a well-applauded ensemble performance at ABS-CBN’s longest running Sunday variety show, ASAP Natin ‘To. OPM members Bea Lorenzo, Ferdinand Aragon, and Bayang Barrios, were joined by mainstays Regine Velasquez, Inigo Pascual and JM de Guzman on putting a contemporary spin on smash Pinoy hits from the previous decades.
a well-curated music program and a bigger fifth year run, Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino is poised to become a staple
multi-genre festival with longer staying power and undeniable impact. Here’s
hoping for more years of support and love.
is also brought to you by Light Rail Manila Corporation, Ikot MNL, Philippine
Educational Theater Association (PETA), Power Plant Mall, PhilPop, and other
digital, bars and other production partners.
Indie artist, Maria E is set to release her single titled “LMNOP” this August. It will be released through digital platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer.
Maria E (also known as Espie/Maria Espie to her friends and family) is an all-around musician known for her power vocals and songwriting. Since 2006, she has been active in the music scene fronting several bands raiding the underground scene. Influences include Paramore, Urbandub, Sugarfree, Franco, Imago, Fireflight, and many others.
In 2018, she’s taken flight as a solo acoustic artist singing songs about love, hope, and everyday life. With her newest single, Maria E is said to take her music up a notch breaking the boundaries between acoustic and triphop.
“LMNOP is actually a breakthrough song for me. I’ve always been fascinated with exploring different genres. I’ve had my rocker chick phase, electronic hiphop phase, then acoustic, and now I’m trying to combine all of them in one. With LMNOP, I thought that I finally cracked the code! It’s where I want my music to go or what I wanted to sound like. I’m out of words! I’m just super excited with this song!” says Maria E.
In cooperation with FloppyHaus Production, SonicLogo.TV, and Red Button Production, Maria E is set to hold a pre-launch party at Saguijo on August 27 and bar tour at Mang Rudy’s Bagtikan Makati on September 7.
For the very first time, Korean actor and singer Cha Eun Woo will be coming to Manila for CHA EUN-WOO 1st Fan Meeting Tour [JUST ONE 10 MINUTE] in Manila on Saturday, October 26 at the New Frontier Theater. Presented by Wilbros Live.
K-Drama and K-Pop fans will surely be in
for a treat as the Korean superstar is one of the most requested artists to
come to the Philippines. His cute looks and charming personality has definitely
won the hearts of his fans here and abroad.
Cha Eun Woo started as a member of the
popular K-Pop group ASTRO where they debuted with “Hide & Seek” from their
debut EP “Spring Up”, and were subsequently named by Billboard as one of the
best new K-Pop groups in 2016. He also ventured into hosting and acting while
still being a part of ASTRO. The six-member boy group successfully finished its
world tour, The 2nd ASTROAD TOUR [STAR LIGHT] last April 27 that
took them to different cities around the world including Taiwan, Hong Kong
Kong, Thailand and the United States.
In 2018, Cha was cast in the romantic
comedy series “Gangnam Beauty”, his first leading role on television and which
will air locally in the Philippines via Abs-Cbn channel in August 2019. Cha
also currently stars in a historic drama entitled “Rookie Historian Goo
Hae-ryung” playing Prince Yi Rim / Maehwa and airs on MBC and Netflix.
Tickets to CHA EUN-WOO 1st Fan
Meeting Tour [JUST ONE 10 MINUTE] in Manila will be on-sale beginning August 10
via TicketNet.com.ph and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide. For more
information, call TicketNet hotline at 911-5555.
The international record label
has officially welcomed its newest batch of established and upcoming homegrown
music acts as part of the growing family.
Led by award-winning folk-pop act
Ben&Ben, whose debut full-length
album, Limasawa Street recently garnered
universal acclaim and impressive streaming numbers to no surprise, Sony Music
PH’s current roster now includes indie pop-rock outfit the vowels they orbit, young hip-hop prodigy Alex Bruce, folk pop sensation syd
hartha, and Wanderband runner-up Nathan & Mercury. As a collective,
the latest lineup offers a refreshing spin to the dominant sounds of our time
while maintaining a distinctly defined music brand that is at par with global
Top-notch Filipino artists
Ben&Ben, one of the most
streamed Filipino artists of all time, has enjoyed commercial success on radio
airplays, digital streaming and album sales, merchandise and touring. With Sony
Music’s massive reach and impressive multimedia presence, the nine-piece
powerhouse is set to build their growing international portfolio further with their
brand of cross-over, world-infused folk rock that’s taking the country by storm.
Sony PH’s latest signed band
the vowels they orbit peaked at #2 on Spotify Philippines Top 50 Viral Charts
with their debut single “Selos.” The band’s maiden release talks about
“one-sided jealousy,” putting into light a normal situation that one
goes through in a romantic relationship.
Another hard-hitting act to
watch out for is 12-year-old Pinay rapper Alex Bruce, whose first single “Pull
It Off” reached the top 3 of Wave 89.1 charts. One of her songs from the Wish
107.5 Bus guesting in 2018 recently hit more than a million views—a testament
to her growing online portfolio.
Sony Music Philippines is also
looking forward to cultivating the potential of new artists such as singer-songwriter
syd hartha, who made a bold statement via the empowering, feminist anthem “ayaw.”
Her first official single also topped Jam 88.3’s weekly countdown for a week.
Then there’s Nathan & Mercury—a soul-infused alternative outfit who opened
for international music stars such as Honne, Clairo, The Kooks, and Two Door
Cinema Club this year at Wanderland Music Festival 2019 and earned a nomination
at the MYX Music Awards for Favorite Bandarito Performance. The group — which
includes Alex Samonte, Angelo Sison, Daniel Monong and Nathan Huang — fuses
elements of pop and R&B with experimentations on jazz, hip-hop, soul, and
funk, making it almost impossible to box them in a single genre.
Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum selling group Pentatonix announced that they will be visiting MANILA on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Araneta Coliseum for their upcoming tour Pentatonix: The World Tour.
Tickets for Pentatonix: The World Tour in MANILA go on-sale on August 3 via TicketNet.com.ph or Call 911-5555. Presented by Wilbros Live.
Three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix has sold 10 million albums in worldwide consumption and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts almost 17 million subscribers, yielding 4 billion video views. Their 2015 self-titled album is certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard’s 200.
Additionally, nine of their albums reached the top 10 on Billboard’s 200 chart (two albums reaching #1) and received multiple RIAA certifications for multi-platinum, platinum and gold selling albums and singles. Their tracks, “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Hallelujah” were certified platinum, while the Pentatonix original, “Can’t Sleep Love,” was certified gold. The group has had three holiday specials on NBC, released their tour documentary – On My Way Home – in 2015 and appeared in the feature film, Pitch Perfect 2. In October 2017, Pentatonix released a deluxe version of their certified platinum 2016 holiday album, A PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS DELUXE. The following year, in April 2018, Pentatonix released the first collection in the group’s PTX Presents series, PTX PRESENTS: TOP POP VOL. 1, which features 11 PTX-curated modern pop performances, and completed a 39-city North American tour in September. They released their fourth holiday album, CHRISTMAS IS HERE! featuring 12 new Christmas performances in October, alongside their sold-out Christmas Is Here! Tour.
After a 12 year hiatus, Bulacan-based CAFFEINE made a remarkable comeback on stage belting out a tribute cover performance of The Railway Children’s songs at Fete de la Musique 2019 New Wave stage last June 22 in Poblacion, Makati City.
The band also performed their original, STAY, a tribute song dedicated to the new wave generation and the bands that molded the music scene of the 80s.
“We are grateful to all the people who made it possible for us to perform once again and it’s an honor to be part of the line-up of bands playing at the New Wave stage at Fete,” said Enzo Luna, vocalist.
The band is now working on original songs and are planning to make a presence on the Spotify platform.
CAFFEINE is composed of Enzo, Mel Gonzales (bass), Ludwig Valenzuela (drums), Malvin Magnayon (lead guitar), and Emil de Leon (guitar).
Four-piece alternative post-rock band, Fridge, had just released a lyric video for their debut single “This Is Not A Lovesong (But The Most Gorgeously Stupid Thing I Ever Cut In The World)” on Friday, May 31, 2019, and was uploaded on their official Facebook page and official YouTube Channel.
Formed in January 2019, Fridge started playing inside and outside the metro—including one of the biggest music festivals here in the Philippines, Dickies Stage of Rakrakan Festival 2019: 2 Days Of Peace, Love, & Music—and eventually releasing their debut single entitled “This Is Not A Lovesong (But The Most Gorgeously Stupid Thing I Ever Cut In The World)”, which was mixed and mastered by Jam Bumanlag of Nineworkz Productions and with Evil Eye Studios doing their lyric video.
Coming up with the band name wasn’t just about switching from “Ball is Life” to “Food is Life”, but they also mean that every great thing that can make a person happy, specifically food and beer, comes inside the refrigerator, thus them settling on “Fridge”.
Despite having different musical influences as individuals ranging from indie, pop, new wave, math rock, emo, and metal, their common denominator is their love for rock music serving them an advantage to mix and match their own tunes which amazingly blends well on and off the stage.
Fridge is composed of Franz Santiago on guitars and vocals, Mateo Santos on lead guitars, Steve Ducay on bass, and Bryan Estandian on drums.
From the inception of the concept down to the mounting of its historic first, premiere events producers ProMedia Productions vowed to bring a unique musical experience with the first-ever Cinco de Mayhem Music Festival (CDM). A first of its kind, CDM brings together top local artists and DJs in a vibrant and festive celebration of music, culture, art, and community at Vista Mall Daang Hari Open Grounds last Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Forged through the creative partnership of the events company and its actor-musician and now, Creative Director, Alexander Diaz, Cinco de Mayhem stayed true to its promise of mixing the richness of Mexican culture and spirit of celebration and community of the Filipinos.
“Good music and a good party are the core tenets of Cinco de Mayhem when it was first conceived. Not only do we want to bring the festivity of Cinco de Mayo in the Philippines, but we want to elevate it further by bannering Filipino talent. We had visual artists, muralists, award-winning local DJs and musicians that made CDM the best summer event to cap all summer events,” Diaz enthused.
Hyping the musical festivity were DJs Out of Scratch and Dom Go followed by Divine Smith. As nighttime hit, it was the impressive set of Quest that got the crowd singing to hit songs like “Dati” and “Unang Hakbang” with the surprise appearance of Keiko Necessario. DJ Siangyoo, pumped by the dancing MC Chris Ty-Z, kept the crowd jumping followed by the special premiere of CDM’s very own, Alexander Diaz’ music video for “Broken” in a collaboration with Natasha.
The crowd cooled down as songstress Kiana Valenciano showed up with an enchanting set list, leading to the beats of DJs Euric and Nix Damn P spruced up by the country’s first female MC Marga Bermudez. As is expected, it was the young, revolutionary crew of Careless Music Manila that got the crowd jump to their feet as Astrokidd, Massiah,Curtismith, and King WaW performed hits from their first mixtape, along with the special taste of the upcoming release of their second musical outing. James Reid and Nadine Lustre, brought a high-octane set all the more pumped with songs like “Summer”. Deuce followed suit along with the special addition to the lineup courtesy of Red Bull Music 3style champs, headed by its national champion Mark Thompson.
Hosts Luke Thorssen of Team Careless Music Manila and Debbie Then of Magic 89.9 were the night’s hosts keeping everyone’s fun, vibrant spirit in check.
Apart from the exciting lineup of local acts, sumptuous treats from partner concessionaires and drinks brought festival-goers’ spirits pumped while fun games and side activities were set up at the event site from face painting, a Velcro bullseye, giant beer pong, basketball, a Pacman maze and a rodeo bull ride, and Havaianas’ giant slide and inflatables. Large-scale artistic installations courtesy of visual artists Leeroy New and Georjanno Abenoja backdropped the beautiful scenery of the concert grounds along with art group, In Mandala, as spearheaded by Emmanuel D’Aboville(inmandala.com)
“We were thrilled to have a lineup that is so fresh and diverse, but what made the night epic is the coming together of all the elements that made this an unforgettable summer event we have always envisioned—and we are just starting. With this caliber of local acts and this Mexican utopia we have set up for everyone to enjoy is all but a preview of many more CDMs to come,” said Lahaina Mae Mondonedo, Director of Operations.
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