Author: Gab Diaz

Started blogging about music thru Flipclan.com an urban music and lifestyle blog. He is a purebred hip-hop music writer who is open to learning more about other music genres.

James Reid entered mainstream consciousness when he was first introduced in the teen edition of “Pinoy Big Brother” back in 2010. Four years and a movie (plus its soundtrack) later, the Filipino-Australian heartthrob now has a newly-released self-titled debut album under his own name with Viva Records. The CD showcases a couple of originals and a pair of covers, one of which is James Reid’s take on the popular Michael Jackson tune “Rock With You.” James Reid recently said in an interview that he prefers music to acting, saying that music “gives him more flexibility to express himself artistically.” Not…

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Universal Records first partnered with the Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPop) for the production of the festival’s 2013 commemorative album. The partnership proved to be a beautiful one as it yielded hits like Dati (performed by Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Quest), Sayo Na Lang Ako (Karylle), Araw, Ulap, Langit (Christian Bautista), Sana Pinatay Mo Na Lang Ako (Kimpoy Feliciano), Segundo (Yael Yuzon), among others. This year, PhilPop and Universal Records team-up again in the production of the new commemorative album, which features some of the most respected and promising recording artists in the country. QRUSH ON YOU: song…

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Viber, the leading free instant messaging application in the country, now comes up with another thrilling party at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on June 11, 2014. Tagged as #OneVibePH, this event aims to integrate Philippine modern culture to modern music and to encourage Filipino pride in terms of music and its artistry, food and culture bringing altogether in one big event. Dubbed as Viber’s “most challenging event” this year, the company tapped experts in their respective field — Domini Primero of Driven Manila and Stephen Ku of Eventscape to mount the said event. In an interview, Primero announced…

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Singers-TV personalities-Musical Theater stars Christian Bautista and Karylle reunite to host the 2014 Philstage Gawad Buhay for the Performing Arts Awards Night this June 6, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines. Christian Bautista and Karylle headlined musicals West Side Story, Rama Hari, and Cinderella. They were also the stars of international TV musical The Kitchen Musical, which aired over 20 countries around the world. Christian and Karylle also starred in numerous shows here and abroad, and were perennial partners in ASAPbefore. They also did a few TV specials together. Philstage is the only alliance of professional performing arts organizations in the Philippines. Its members include Ballet…

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Will it be a band, a boyband, or a solo act? Getting a crack at becoming the next Original Pilipino Music (OPM) star are the top six finalists of “Dreams Get Real,” a music talent search organized by McJIM Classic Leather. The six acts will battling it out in the grand finals on June 30 are Archetype, CK Arca, Dream of Pearl, Fifth Dynamics, JBK and Neo Domingo. On their way to the grand finals, the Top 6 have recorded and released their debut singles in radio stations nationwide. They will also be featured in MTV Pinoy for the month…

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Often mistaken for Korean pop stars, Filipino boyband 1:43 (read as “one forty-three”) has released a brand new EP #KalyePop, giving the term KPop a different dimension. The album has been released under MCA Music. “#KalyePop or KPop is our humble contribution to the rebirth of the local music industry. We hope that our new musical direction will advance our mission of winning back the Filipino audiences to Original Pilipino Music (OPM),” says the group’s spokesman Anjo Resurreccion. According to their band manager Chris Cahilig, the idea of producing a #KalyePop for 1:43 has been in his mind since he…

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On May 30, 2014 Jack Daniel’s Philippines gives music fans all over the metro a reason to head out of their homes and worktables for a celebration of local independent music experienced through Jack Daniel’s. Come over and enjoy yourselves from 6pm onwards at Capitol Commons Pasig for the JD INDIEFEST. Have a drink or two of Jack as you let your spirits soar to the music of the noteworthy local independent acts in the country today. Performing in the must see event of the late summer are the top 21 bands from the brand’s ongoing music campaign, Jack Daniel’s…

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Xian Lim’s sophomore album “XL2” has come out via Star Records. “My second album is extra special and literally too personal because it carries three of my original songs. Recording them really made the process more exciting and emotional at the same time. Because it gave me the chance to set the standards and put my full emotion in my renditions,” the Kapamilya heartthrob turned singer explains. Among Xian’s original songs included in the album is “Kung ‘Di Sa Iyo,” one of the official theme songs of the ABS-CBN drama series “Ina Kapatid Anak” where he and Kim Chiu paired…

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After a long break from releasing new music, the country’s R&B princess Kyla has released her latest album “Journey.” She has proved to be one of the most uniquely talented recording artists of her generation since her debut in 2000. “I have come from a long journey to finally release a new album again and I can say, it feels to great to be back. This new album brings so much excitement and fulfillment in my career that now I have a family of my own, I’m back to what I love doing the most—singing and recording songs for my…

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Quench your undying thirst brought about by summer in Drink Up Philippines, the country’s first alcohol festival focusing on local craft and international beer, handcrafted cocktails and quality wines, this coming May 24 at the Forum, BGC. Expect to discover over 150 types of alcoholic concoctions with their fine roster of local bars and breweries, while Manila’s finest mixologists help you get the good kind of buzz. “Drink Up has a very interesting mix of bars, speakeasies and breweries from all over the Philippines joining us at the festival. We also have the best home grown music talents performing at…

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