Monday, May 22, 2017

VIXX release 4th mini-album ‘Shangri-La’

Press release

VIXX is praised as a “concept idol group” for the edgy ideas presented in all their albums. Their fourth mini-album ‘Shangri-La’, the band’s interpretation of “Oriental fantasy”, was released on May 15th.


The original title in Korean (Do Won Kyung) means "the peach blossom land" –an ethereal utopia isolated from the outside world just like Shangri-La. VIXX presents the image of Shangri-La with their music, visual design, performance and music video, creating a picturesque atmosphere of beauty and mystery.

VIXX’s concept photos have been used as elements in an Oriental painting. In celebration of the band’s 5th anniversary, the album is designed based on the concept of anniversary. The members’ birth flowers and birthstones have been incorporated into the album design to create an Oriental look, taking the whole album to another level. Members can be seen dressed in suits with an Oriental twist, revealing surreal and flamboyant visual effects.

Following ‘Fantasy’ and ‘The Closer’, title track ‘Shangri-La’ is the another collaboration between VIXX and Devine-Channel, a much sought after production team both at home and abroad. In addition, the band reunited with internationally renowned choreographers Keone & Mari, who previously presented a unique and powerful choreography in ‘Fantasy’. This time choreographer Yu Jung Wan was invited to join the team; by incorporating fans into the dance, a strong Oriental atmosphere has been successfully created.

Ready to embody the concept of Oriental fantasy, VIXX worked with their dream team again and created exciting sparks together, making the album a highly anticipated release. Costumes with Oriental elements and poetic Korean lyrics have created a dreamy and mysterious image. In the teaser trailer of their latest music video, a fantastical world view has been revealed, making it even more anticipated.

A combination of title track and other sophisticatedly-arranged songs, the tracklist includes collaborations with many top-selling Korean and international artists. ‘INTO THE VOID’ is a future bass song filled with darkness, a style which only VIXX can perfectly interpret. ‘Black Out’ is an upbeat deep house song accented with heavy bass, highlighting the fashionable side of VIXX. RAVI is involved in the music and lyric writing of ‘1,2,3,4,5’, an R&B song with rich emotion. ‘To Us’ is a synth modern rock song featuring ballad-style lyrics.

To celebrate its 5th anniversary, VIXX revealed an epic return plan including an album release, a concert and an exhibition. The ‘VIXX LIVE FANTASIA DAYDREAM’ concert was held in Jamsil Indoor Stadium from May 12th to the 14th. Another show will be played on June 11th at Busan KBS Hall. As a witness of the band’s major events in the past 5 years, exhibition ‘VIXX 0524’ will kick off at Ara Art Centre on May 24th, the band’s debut anniversary, and end on June 4th.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Christian Bautista Gives Sneak Peek to New Album with ‘Kapit’

Press release

(May 18, 2017, Manila Philippines)  “It’s a song about holding on despite the many hardships of any relationship,” says the award-winning balladeer as he shares his inspiration behind ‘Kapit’, his newest single under Universal Records, which he recently released via online streaming.

Co-written by Christian himself together with Bryan Lotho of Sonic State Audio Productions, ‘Kapit’ offers a glimpse of what is next for Asia’s Romantic Balladeer, who is currently working on his new album, his first studio album since his platinum record Soundtrack, which was launched in 2015.

Already regarded as one of the premier and most sought-after balladeers of his generation, not only in the Philippines but also in Southeast Asia, Christian’s passion for music remains as strong as ever as evidenced by the work he is putting in in his new album.

Despite his busy schedule juggling his acting career (he is currently taping episodes for the Philippine remake ofMy Love from the Star) and his first love, Christian, a certified hit-maker with eight platinum albums under his belt, is bent on continuing what he does best – giving his loyal fans songs that will forever touch their hearts.

Unlike his previous albums, which feature mostly remakes of classics and popular soundtracks and theme songs of movies and telenovelas, Christian regards the new album as some sort of self-rediscovery and a new phase in his already stellar music career.

“This album is a journey to find my next music path, a challenge to write more songs and to continue writing songs for others” says Bautista, who is fresh from his stint at the recent ASEAN meeting held in Manila, where he sang the annual regional convention’s theme song.

The new album, which is set for release very soon, will contain mostly original songs including ‘Kapit’ and is sure to make music fans fall in love with Christian’s soothing voice and legendary song-writing prowess. All songs in the new album will be co-written and co-produced by Christian Bautista himself with the help of Universal Records.

 ‘Kapit’ is now available for download and online streaming on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Spinnr, Deezer and Amazon Music.  Fans of Christian Bautista can also watch the music video of ‘Kapit’, directed by Miggy Tanchanco and shot in Solaire Resort and Casino, on YouTube and Christian Bautista’s official Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/ChristianBautistaOfficial.

Christian Bautista's new single #Kapit now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon and Spinnr🎧

For more details, please visit Universal Records Philippines Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Page: 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Super Pop Con 2017

Press release

GET READY FOR A SUPER K-POP EVENT THIS JULY 2017
Mission I: Super Pop Con 2017
Brought to you by KIRIN, in partnership with LUMOS E&M and All Access Productions

It’s not even half of the year and more exciting surprises are coming for Filipino K-Pop fans across the country. This July, experience a one of a kind K-Pop show that’s heart stopping and super action packed as KIRIN, in partnership with LUMOS E&M and All Access Productions bring you another K-Pop concert that you will never forget.

Mission I: Super Pop Con 2017 is happening on July 7, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. This show brings some of the hottest K-Pop groups in one super event, including B1A4, B.A.P, BTOB, Pentagon & VIXX

This event is brought to you by KIRIN, who is currently working on a special project with the local party – PDP Laban, in creating more awareness on drug rehabilitation through creating free rehabilitation & renewal centers across the country. This event will help spread awareness on this cause and making this event more than just a super K-Pop concert.

Make sure to tag us and find more news and updates about this super event by using the hashtag “#SuperPopConPH2017


To know more about this exciting event, make sure to following All Access Productions on these social media sites:

Twitter: @allaccessprodph
Instagram: @allaccessproduction

Monday, May 15, 2017

The CompanY releases their 27th album Nostalgia2

Press release

(May 14, 2017, Manila Philippines) Asia's premiere vocal group, The CompanY releases their 27th album Nostalgia2 featuring their rendition of pop classics, mostly from the very colorful decade the '80s, To celebrate the album release The CompanY will perform the songs from the album and more at Maybank Performing Arts Theater of BGC Arts Center in the Fort Taguig on May 27 (Saturday) at8:00pm with special guests Reuben Laurente and Zsaris.


Pre-order exclusive concert pass and Nostalgia 2CD Bundle for only PHP 500.

Inquire through VIBER/TEXT only at 09178523184 from May 5 to May 22. Limited Seats Available.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

LOVE SONGS IN “EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING” OFFICIAL TRAILER 2





Press release

Music is everything. Check out the Official Trailer 2 of the new romantic drama Everything, Everything featuring songs from the original motion picture soundtrack. The trailer includes the songs “Stay” by Zedd & Alessia Cara and “How Did We” by Skylar Stecker.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon, Everything,Everything stars Amandla Stenberg (Rue inThe Hunger Games) as Maddy and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) as Olly. The film also stars Ana de la Reguera (Sun Belt Express) and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls).

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

Opening across the Philippines on June 21, 2017Everything, Everything distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select international territories by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bangtan Boys Spreads Their Wings on Twitter

Press release

Over 3.4 million Tweets for #BTSWingsTourManila


8 May 2017, MANILA - Korean boy band Bangtan Boys or popularly known as BTS (@BTS_twt) held a two-day concert here and just like their previous concert last year, it was spectacular. Held at SM Mall of Asia Arena last May 6-7, Filipino fans went all out to give their love and full support for their #BTSWingsTourManila concert. There was over 3,4 million Tweets related to the concert (6-8 May 2017).

Twitter was the first  place where Filipino fans  expressed their excitement about the group’s concert tour in Manila. Even before the concert began, fans were giddy with excitement. Here are the top Tweets from the two days#BTSWingsTourManila concert.


Eager fans waited patiently for hours for the group to arrive at the Manila airport. Using #MabuhayBTS, Twitter was a significant platform for Filipinos to share their heart-warming welcome messages for the group.

Even though a majority of Filipino fans don’t speak Korean, they know the songs by heart and sang  wholeheartedly with BTS during their concert performance.

If the fans had full of surprises for the group during the concert, BTS also surprised them. One of the group members Jin, showed his love for the army of fans when he wrote ‘Mahal Kita’ in a piece of paper and showed it in the middle of their performance.

The surprise didn’t end there. BTS showed their appreciation for everyone who watched their concert and sent a thank you message using Filipino language. The group spoke the language so well that fans almost forgot that they are not native speakers. The concert goers captured that unique moment and shared it on Twitter.

To be updated with the group’s latest concerts and projects, follow their Twitter account: @BTS_twt or @BTS_bighit.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

My Musical Experience of PPO Sunset at Makiling

Classical music is considered for the ones with cultured taste. I am also considered one but I have only few favorite selections. I was already oriented by another blogger about his experiences in Phil. Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) Sunsets at Makiling and it got me intrigued.


PPO usually has their performances at Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) but they also have yearly performances at Tanghalang Maria Makiling at National Arts Center. I am drawn by the idea of PPO playing classic selections at the foot of the Mount Makiling as the sun sets in the horizon.

Usually, performances at CCP are for the rich because they are costly. But this is the time where CCP gives to the community quality performances for free in one of their outreach performances outside the Metro.

Each year, PPO Sunsets at Makiling have different selections and themes. But this time, it is about opera. Just like you, I am one of those people who do not have opera in their music selections in their devices but the purpose of this is to orient people about the arts including opera.

Mr. Andrew Fernando is the vocal director of the event. I got to meet him years ago because of common acquaintances at church. For the first time, Mr. Fernando said, that PPO will perform for students who studied and trained for opera. Not the professional ones and they are also diverse because they come from different schools besides UP and UST Conservatories.

Usually, opera is done in closed auditoriums and stages because opera singers are trained to sing even without microphone. Mr. Fernando said that the acoustics of the venue is good but since it is open air atmosphere, it requires breaking their discipline by using microphones.

But what I didn’t expect was that the classical selections played during the program are familiar to me because they are used as musical scores in movies or TV shows many times. The most familiar was the one they performed on encore which was “The William Tell Overture” which is associated in popular culture as “The Lone Ranger theme”.

I am glad I was able to experience this in the Los Banos atmosphere at the foot of Mt. Makiling. What I like about this setting was that you don't need to dressed up formally like in CCP. You just enjoy the outdoors and picnic with the family while the music is playing. There must be something magical with the place that has an effect for the performances held here. I admit I learn something new with classical and opera music and I could develop my taste with this.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Maestro Heminigildo Ranera. The PPO Sunsets Concert is brought to you by C.C.P. and the Filipinas Opera Society. This is the 2nd concert of the Imelda Ongsiako Cojungco Concert Series. For more CCP events, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.