Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Voice’s DIA FRAMPTON debuts ‘Red’

Album cover
The Voice (NBC) Season 1’s runner-up Dia Frampton returns with a bang through her first full-length album entitled ‘Red’. Fans of the American singer-songwriter will be pleasantly surprised with the new album as Dia projects a completely diverse selection of melodies with her beautifully unique singing voice and stellar songwriting. The album is a stunning collaboration with notable producers and songwriters including Isabella Summers of Florence + The Machine, Tom Shapiro, Kid Cudi, Toby Gad, Chris Seefried, Mark Foster of Foster the People, Julie Frost and Meg White. Dia also proudly acknowledges her sister, Meg, as an instrumental part in the making of the album --- It's fun to write with friends and work with producers, but when I work with my sister, I can just be myself 100%. We are also close enough to say to each other, 'Yeah, that part sucks.' No hard feelings.      
Dia Frampton

Red features ten exceptional tracks such as the upbeat motivational song “Don’t Kick the Chair”, the fast-paced guitar-driven tune “Isabella”, the promising radio-worthy single “The Broken Ones”, the cheery drum beat-heavy track “Good Boy”, the emotionally charged “I Will” featuring The Voice coach/mentor Blake Shelton, the electro-pop tune “Billy the Kid”, the country-inspired bittersweet song “Daniel”, the vengeful “Walk Away”, the anthemic masterpiece “Bullseye” and the heartfelt musical lyrics of “Trapeze”.

Red is an impressive first record for Dia Frampton and a fine follow-up that lives up to the potential she showcased back then. One cannot deny that even though she didn’t win The Voice, she is bound to make a mark in the music industry and stay true to her musical sound and honest songwriting.

Dia Frampton’s debut album RED is out now in CDs exclusively under MCA Music available at Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video or online via

Jessica Sanchez Is Coming

Universal Music Group and MCA Music Inc. got American Idol Season 11 finalist Jessica Sanchez and she now has an album!

Friday, June 29, 2012


He is tagged as the Philippines’ King of Rock and Roll and his music has influenced generations. Legendary guitarist/singer/composer/music icon Ramon “RJ” Jacinto celebrates his 50 fantastic years in music with another milestone, an album entitled “RJ Duets.”

“RJ Duets” is an album of collaborations featuring top Filipino artist like Jose Mari Chan, Rene Garcia of Hotdog, Ely Buendia (Pupil and formerly of the Eraserheads), Raimund Marasigan (Sandwich, Eraserheads), Noel Cabangon, Nyoy Volante, Richard Poon and Sitti as well as international artists John Ford Coley of England Dan and John Ford Coley; John Gummoe of The Cascades, The Ventures, Marty Grebb and Dennis Tufano (formerly of The Buckinghams) and Bobby Kimball of Toto.

This 2 CD collections contains 24 tracks which are as follows: CD 1- “Nights Are Forever” with John Ford Coley, “Dreamin’” with John Gummoe of the Cascades, “Trip To Manila/ Manila”- a medley of RJ’s 1962 hit “Take A Trip To Manila” and The Hotdog’s “Manila” which is a duet with lead singer-composer of Hotdog Rene Garcia, the Jackie Wilson R&B hit “Lonely Teardrops” with Nyoy Volante, “Georgy Porgy” with Bobby Kimball, “Don’t Let Go” with Sitti, “Don’t you Care” with Dennis Tufano and Marty grebb (formerly of The Buckinghams), “Constantly” with Jose Mari Chan, “Rosanna” with Bobby Kimball, “One and Only” with Richard Poon, “My First Day Alone” with John Gummoe of The Cascades and “Sad To Belong” with John Ford Coley.

For CD 2- “Muli” with Sitti, “Bongga Ka Day” with Rene Garcia, “Sabi-Sabi” with former Eraserheads member and Sandwich vocalist Raimund Marasigan, “Nosi Ba Lasi” with Imago’s Aia de Leon, “Afterglow” with Jose Mari Chan, “Sugat ng Puso” with Noel Cabangon, “Ligtas” with Raimund Marasigan, “Hele-hele with Nyoy Volante, the carrier single “Presyo” with former Eraserheads and now Pupil vocalist Ely Buendia, “Missing You” with Richard Poon, “Hey Baby” with Dennis Tufano and Marty Grebb (formerly of The Buckinghams) and the live version of “Bulldog and Yellow Jacket” with The Ventures.

“Music is my gift and blessing from above. It has enriched my life and has gifted me with countless friends. The guitar continues to be my best friend and companion as I journey through life. I don’t know how how I can thank those who have helped me in my 50 year musical career and those who continue to troop to my Bistro RJ weekly for the past 26 years,” RJ said.

Truly this is one album that any music fan shouldn’t miss with its assembly of great songs and artists.

“RJ Duets” is now out in CDs at leading record stores and RJ Guitar Stores nationwide under MCA Music and is presented in cooperation with Businessworld and It is also available online via To download Ramon “RJ” Jacinto’s music on your mobile phones, text RJ to 3456.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Since he released his debut album “I’ll Take Care of You”, Richard Poon changed the music landscape in the country with his own take of the standards, making more people, not just the older generation, appreciate the genre. No wonder he has been tagged as the multi-platinum crooner as his follow-up album “For You” also reached the platinum mark. His third record “I’ll Be Seeing You” also garnered success as it entered the charts of leading retail stores in the country.

Recognizing his achievements through the years, MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines), the number 1 music label in the Philippines gathers his greatest hits via the album “The Crooner’s Songbook: The Best of Richard Poon.” From his official singles to most requested songs during his gigs and concerts, reminisce the old times with Richard Poon’s take on the standards and some originals. 

Songs included in the album are: “All of Me”, “Moon River”, “Blue Moon”, “Portrait of My Love”, “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko”, “The Last Time”, “Way Back Into Love”, “Panalangin”, “You and I”, “Complicated”, “Kahit Di Mo Napapansin”, “I’ll Take Care of You”, “Kumot at Unan”, “That’s All” and “Beautiful As You”.

It also features live versions of the songs “The Way You Look Tonight”, “L-O-V-E” and “All The Way” not found in his previous albums as well as his duets with Soul Siren Nina for “Fever” and Bossa Nova Princess Sitti for “My Eyes Adored You”. 

This spectacular collection also comes with a bonus DVD featuring 8 of his music videos plus minus one of all tracks for an ultimate crooner experience.

Richard still entertains audiences every Sunday as part of the ASAP Sessionistas and is currently having his Philippine Tour scheduled on August 17 at USEP Convention Center, Davao, September 21 at ABL Sports Complex, Kalibo and September 22 at Capiz Gymnasium. He recently toured Ayala Teraces Cebu last May 18, Hotel Del Rio Iloilo last May 25, Koronadal Gymnasuim last June 1, Le Jardin Arnevel General Santos City last June 2 and last June 15 at L’Fisher Hotel Bacolod.

“The Crooner’s Songbook: the Best of Richard Poon” is out now in CD+DVD at leading record stores and online via under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) and is presented in cooperation with Businessworld and To download Richard Poon’s music on your mobile phones, just text RP to 3456.


In anticipation of the upcoming theatrical release of Twentieth Century Fox’s 3D action adventure “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” director Timur Bekmambetov has created a special music trailer featuring multi-platinum alternative rock band Linkin Park.

Bekmambetov recently filmed the band performing the song “Powerless” from their forthcoming album, LIVING THINGS, in Berlin, Germany for this exclusive clip.  Linkin Park’s "Powerless" is featured in the end credits of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

“Linkin Park are extraordinary musical artists who combine genres to create their own sound.  It only seems fitting for us to collaborate with them on this unique film.  It was a privilege to work with them on this music trailer,” commented Bekmambetov.

Added Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn, "Timur showed us the film and we loved it and felt we had a song that would be a great fit with his movie. We were delighted that Timur came to Berlin to shoot us performing it so he could mash it up with film footage in a really unique way.”

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” will be released in local cinemas on July 4.  The song “Powerloess” will close Linkin Park’s upcoming album, Living Things, which is co-produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda and will be released June 26 on Warner Bros. Records.

Visit the Facebook pages for Linkin Park and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” to view the music trailer.

Linkin Park, the award winning band comprises of lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist, Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell, DJ, programmer Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda - lead vocals, keyboards, guitar. The song “Powerless” will close the release of their next album, Living Things, which is co-produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda. 

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, the film is a delightfully revisionist take on the backstory of the 16th President’s life that sees him training to fight a vampiric scourge as he rises through the political ranks of the United States as he secretly slays bloodthirsty vampires by night.

                “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” opens July 4 in 2D and 3D cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

‘Chasing the Sun’ with THE WANTED

THE WANTED charmers Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes are back to make fan girls swoon over the globe again. The British-Irish boy band who brought us mind-blowing singles like “All Time Low”, “Glad You Came” and “Gold Forever” presents us with their latest offering --- a self-titled Special Edition EP called The Wanted. The album comprises material from The Wanted's two studio albums, The Wanted (2010) and Battleground (2011), plus the new songs “Satellite” and "Chasing the Sun". The latter is set to be the theme song for this year’s Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. No other song in the world could have been more apt this rainy season than this hot new single. How could you go wrong with lyrics like ‘When the daylight’s fading, we’re gonna play in the dark till it’s golden again’? --- definitely an awesome tune to break the drizzly weather in Manila.
The Wanted

The Wanted Special Edition EP features ten tracks; all of it is world-class contemporary pop music. The three singles we know already: No. 1 Digital Single “All Time Low”, electro rave thriller “Gold Forever” and the monster Europop summertime No.1, “Glad You Came”. From the exhilarating electro-pop of “Invincible” to the tormented strings of “Warzone” and the throbbing electronics of “Mad Man”, “Chasing the Sun” and “Lose My Mind”, the album twists unexpectedly between both the epic and atmospheric through the soulfully acoustic tune of “Heart Vacancy” and the sheer euphoria of their own brand of future-pop, best summed up in the single “Lightning”.

The Wanted have already achieved four Top Five singles and two Number Ones, been viewed a staggering 30 million times on YouTube and sold over 400,000 copies of their debut album upon its release last October. Watch out as their sensational ditties and undoubtedly good looks will soon rock fan girls over the Philippines.

THE WANTED SPECIAL EDITION EP is out now in CDs exclusively under MCA Music available at Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video or online via