Wednesday, July 31, 2013

HAYLEY WESTENRA’s Gift for the Royal Baby

“Sleep On” from Hayley’s new album “Hushabye” ---

Composed for the Royal Couple’s Newborn Baby Boy



July 24, 2013 --- Congratulatory messages are flooding in from around the world to mark the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son, the third in line to the throne (From BBC UK). In line with the celebration, the biggest selling classical artist of the 21st century Hayley Westenra has teamed up with royal wedding composer Paul Mealor for an album of lullabies dedicated to Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s newborn.


The track Sleep On (Listen here: from Westenra’s latest album “Hushabye” was specially written by Paul Mealor and world renowned composer Brendan Graham (lyricist for ‘You Raise Me Up’). Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge personally chose Mealor’s music for their wedding back in 2011. Westenra, who has performed for the Prince of Wales, said: "Paul and I got together to work on a song called Sleep On in honour of William and Kate's new arrival as it's such a joyous occasion which we can all celebrate."


Hushabye”, released under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines), comprises a careful selection of music that will calm and soothe both children and adults alike. Westenra’s voice compliments the considered orchestration, with acoustic guitar, piano, flute and warm strings, creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. This album includes bedtime favourites such as Hushabye Mountain and Twinkle Twinkle, alongside timeless classics that reach beyond the realm of lullabies, like Dream A Little Dream of Me and All Through the Night.


“Sleep On” Lyrics


The world out there

The heavens all to sleep

And I am here

A watch with you to keep


Sleep on... sleep on... sleep deep and sleep strong

Sleep on... sleep on... the road of life is long

I whisper a prayer, may your path be clear

Sleep on


May you be wise

In answer to your call

May you still rise

If ever you should fall


Sleep  on... sleep on... sleep deep and  sleep strong

Sleep on... sleep on... the road of life is long

I whisper a prayer, may your path be clear

Sleep on… sleep on... sleep on!



HAYLEY WESTENRA’s "HUSHABYE" is now available in CDs at Astroplus, Odyssey Music & Video and Fully Booked or online via iTunes or Smart Music | For more information about this release, visit  
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Album Pre-Order Moved to August 19th by Audience Demand; ARTPOP Album/App Available Worldwide November 11th

Pop Icon to Perform at 2013 VMAs


(New York – July 30th) – Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning artist Lady Gaga has announced that the first single from her long-awaited forthcoming album/app ARTPOP is "Applause", and has released its single artwork shot by Inez & Vinoodh. "Applause" will be available worldwide beginning August 19th, and is the first single from the pop icon's highly anticipated fourth studio album/app ARTPOP, which will hit stores around the world on November 11th through Streamline/Interscope Records.


Due to popular audience demand, the pre-order for ARTPOP will also now arrive on August 19th - two weeks earlier than previously announced. Fans who visit iTunes on August 19th will be able to purchase the single "Applause" and pre-order their copy of ARTPOP with just one click. The single will also be available at digital retailers across the globe at the same time, and CD pre-orders will be available at and other select retailers.


Lady Gaga is set to perform "Applause" for the first time at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on August 25th.




LADY GAGA came to prominence following the release of her debut studio album The Fame (2008), which sold over 15 million copies worldwide.  Her contributions to the music industry have garnered her numerous achievements including five Grammy Awards amongst fifteen nominations, a record setting thirteen MTV Video Music Awards of twenty-six nominations and the estimated sale of 24 million albums and 90 million singles worldwide. She has travelled the world on numerous tours including 2008's The Fame Ball, 2009-2011's The Monster Ball and 2012-2013's Born This Way Ball. An HBO television special titled Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden earned an Emmy Award amongst its five nominations.  Her third studio album, Born This Way, broke the iTunes record for the fastest rise to the # 1 on release day. In 2013, Time Magazine named her the second most influential person of the decade. With over 2.2 billion combined views of all her videos online, Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living people in social media with over 5 million likes on Facebook and over 39 million followers on Twitter. She is also a global activist and philanthropist, having been an outspoken supporter of many important issues including LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS awareness, body image issues, and youth empowerment. In 2011, she launched her own Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering youth and creating a kinder and braver world. She also recently built & launched a social network just for her fans, Lady Gaga is the only artist in the digital era to top the 5 million sales mark with her first two hits.


Watch out for Lady Gaga’s new single APPLAUSE and album ARTPOP exclusively under MCA Music in cooperation with Smart Music and LINE.  

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


John Newman, the spectacular soul singer whose vocals propelled Rudimental’s single “Feel The Love” to #1 in the UK, has finally released the lead single from his forthcoming debut album. “Love Me Again” is the perfect showcase for Newman’s uniquely retro voice and well-honed songwriting abilities, rightfully catapulting the talented singer into the spotlight.

Topping UK iTunes’ daily sales chart on the day of its release, “Love Me Again” shows off Newman’s raspy, soulful vocals on top of a rousing mix of percussion, lush strings, brass and piano. Since its release, it has ascended to the #1 spot on the UK singles charts. The song’s driving rhythm and festive instrumentation belie its true meaning, which is powerfully expressed through the singer’s soul-baring voice – according to Newman, the song is a real-life plea for an ex-girlfriend to forgive his unfaithfulness. With its musical and emotional impact, “Love Me Again” is definitely one track that will have you falling in love with Newman’s energizing musical stylings again and again. Get a copy now on Apple’s iTunes store.

Growing up in the small town of Settle, North Yorkshire, John Newman fell in love with music after discovering his mother’s old soul records. Eschewing a life of loitering and petty crime, he quickly embraced his new passion and began DJing parties and writing his own material at home in a small cupboard under the stairs. After studying at the Leeds College of Music, he started to build up a strong following with his instantly recognizable voice. He was a featured vocalist on Rudimental’s invigorating single “Feel The Love”, which became a #1 hit in the UK. Since then, he has decided to launch his own solo career. With a #1 single already under his belt as a solo artist, Newman is off to a brilliant start and is certainly a name to watch in the coming years.

The #1 hit single “Love Me Again is now available on iTunes. Make sure to download your own copy today, brought to you by MCA Music, in collaboration with SMART and LINE.

Monday, July 29, 2013


MCA Music Release

Avicii – the superstar producer/DJ behind dance floor favorites such as “Fade Into Darkness”, “Seek Bromance” and, of course, the ubiquitous smash hit “Levels” – is at it again. His newest release “Wake Me Up!”, which serves as the lead single from his forthcoming debut studio album #TRUE, is destined to seize the attention of music-lovers and club-goers the world over.

“Wake Me Up!” represents a new stylistic direction for Avicii. Featuring a bluegrass-style guitar riff, syncopated handclaps, and country-inflected vocals by Aloe Blacc, the song exemplifies Avicii’s innovative and experimental blending of house music with acoustic instruments and seemingly unrelated musical genres. The result is an irresistible and incredibly stimulating dance track that lies comfortably between Mumford & Sons and the Swedish House Mafia. Unsurprisingly, the single was a worldwide hit, reaching the #1 spot in thirteen countries and #5 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs. In the UK singles charts, it became the fastest selling single of 2013 so far, moving approximately 267,000 copies in its first week. Just over a month since its release, “Wake Me Up!” has sold over 1,113,641 singles worldwide with no signs of slowing down. The single can be purchased via the Apple iTunes store – get a piece of the action today.

#TRUE, Avicii’s first full-length studio album, promises to deliver plenty of ground-breaking musical experimentation in the vein of “Wake Me Up!”. Collaborators include vocalist Aloe Blacc, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger, and country artist Mac Davis. According to Avicii himself, the album is about “showing the endless possibilities of house and electronic music” and incorporating “influences you wouldn’t expect”. If “Wake Me Up!” is any indication, the album will do just that. #TRUE is due for release on September 17th of this year.

Avicii began producing songs and remixes in his bedroom at the age of 18. With influences such as the Swedish House Mafia, Eric Prydz and Daft Punk, his melodic house sound quickly gained a massive following within the dance music scene. Following collaborations with several prolific producers, including the iconic DJ Tiesto, he burst onto the mainstream with the 2011 megahit “Levels”. The single reached the #1 spot in several countries, as well as the UK Dance charts and Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs. Since then, he has released a slew of notable tracks. He pushed the boundaries with the experimental track “X You”, which was created using the submissions of 4,199 producers from 140 countries, making it the world’s largest musical collaboration.

 “WAKE ME UP” by AVICII is now available online via iTunes and Smart Music exclusively under MCA Music in cooperation with SMART and LINE - a new communication app which allows you to make FREE voice calls and send FREE messages whenever and wherever you are, 24 hours a day!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Introducing Bastille

Bad Blood is the debut studio-album by British band, Bastille. It features the singles "Overjoyed", "Bad Blood", "Flaws", "Pompeii", "Laura Palmer" and "Things We Lost in the Fire".
Included in their debut album is their best-selling single “Pompeii” --- the most successful international release to date, debuting at number two and became the group's first top five hit. It also gave Bastille their first number-one single, charting atop the charts in Scotland and Ireland.
The album was recorded in London, UK; produced by Mark Crew and Dan Smith.
Upon its March release this year in the band’s native United Kingdom, Bad Blood debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart. The album has spawned five singles so far, with a sixth scheduled for release in September. “Flaws” saw the group break into the Top 40 for this first time, charting at #21 on the UK singles charts. Meanwhile, “Pompeii”, the fourth single lifted from the album, achieved massive popularity, debuting at #2 in the UK and #1 in both Ireland and Scotland. The stirring percussion and extraordinarily catchy melody, along with front man Dan Smith’s refined vocals, make “Pompeii” addictively listenable. The single’s music video has already attracted an incredible 28 million views. “Pompeii” is available as a digital single on the Apple iTunes store - download a copy now.

Bastille first emerged in 2010 and subsequently built up a strong following of fans, earning them a feature in The Guardian as “New Band of the Day” in July of 2012. The following month, they performed at the revered Reading and Leeds music festivals, before embarking on their Overjoyed Tour in October. 2013 was a big year for Bastille as they supported the ultra-popular band Muse on their world tour and headlined their first festival, Sea Sessions in Ireland, in addition to releasing Bad Blood in the UK.
Keep your eyes open for the album Bad Blood by Bastille, coming to the Philippines soon!
Watch out for “BAD BLOOD” album by BASTILLE exclusively under MCA Music in cooperation with SMART Music and LINE - a new communication app which allows you to make FREE voice calls and send FREE messages whenever and wherever you are, 24 hours a day

CAPITAL CITIES “Safe and Sound” #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs

The sensational indie-pop twosome Capital Cities – composed of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian – released their phenomenal hit single “Safe and Sound” to international audiences this year. An undeniably satisfying blast of electronic dance pop, the single is a must-hear for music lovers everywhere.

“Safe and Sound” highlights the duo’s immense talent for creating incredibly catchy melodies infused with strong electronic elements. With a sing-along-inspiring chorus and a contagious trumpet hook, backed up by the classic sound of an analogue synthesizer and a driving kick drum, the track is irresistibly danceable and can be downloaded here through iTunes. In 2011, the single was featured in a promotional video for Big Blue Test, a website dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for diabetes patients. On June 6 of this year, the band performed the song on Conan with Conan O’Brien, in their very-first TV appearance. The rousing performance showcased the band’s exhilarating sound as well as their electrifying stage presence, eliciting a tremendous response from the audience – watch the video here. Climbing to #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs and the German Singles chart, “Safe and Sound” has also been featured in a commercial by telecom giant Vodafone.

When Merchant and Simonian first got together as a musical pair in 2008, it wasn’t as the Capital Cities we know today. Instead, they partnered up as jingle-writers, producing memorable advertising tunes for major multinationals such as Honda, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart. Their proven natural ability to produce infectious hooks turned out to be a major advantage when they formed Capital Cities in 2010. “Safe and Sound” stands as a testament to their extraordinary pop sensibilities.

The smash hit “Safe and Sound” is now available online via iTunes, proudly brought to you by MCA Music, in cooperation with SMART Music and LINE.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wala Pang Titulo by Ron Henley Album Launch

Promising hiphop artist and rapper Ron Henley launches his debut album, Wala Pang Titulo at Nation Bar & Grill in Quezon City last July 24, 2013. The album is composed of a six-track original songs all written by Mr. Henley himself.

First discovered in a noon time variety show by the late Master Rapper Francis M., he took Ron under his wing to give him a break in the music industry. I was given a dose of his music who performed with his girlfriend who also had a duet in one of the tracks. I find his songs will appeal to the younger audience as it also appeals to me.
Biglang Liko was one of his breakaway hits. The song is already two year old song. To master his craft, he does freestyle rapping sessions everyday. It is no wonder that Ron Henley is handled by the same management as Abra. The songs he wrote were his reflections from his obstacles and past experiences.
When asked about the cover album design, Ron says that it simply reflects his obstacles and how he overcome it. He also adds being an avid gamer also influenced the cover art. I got to ask him some questions in private.
Who would you like to collaborate/work with in the future?
Paraluman, Join The Club,  and Solenn Heusaff.
We just had this year's State Of the Nation Address. If you were the president of the Phils., what laws you would like to implement?
I would legalize marijuana. Most are not aware that there are health benefits. It is legal in Latin America. Improve our economy and system like the traffic and cigarettes that are contradicting to what the lawmakers are doing.
The question was also asked to the late Francis M. and you both had the same answer. Do you have regular gigs?
For now, it is just mall tours to promote the album.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

SELENA GOMEZ debuts new solo album

Birthday Girl Selena Gomez Turns 21 on Album Release Date


New Music Video to 2nd Single “Slow Down” OUT NOW


Local Selena Fan Clubs to host Fan Parties on July 27



23rd July, 2013 | Manila, Philippines – The Hollywood Records’ artist Selena Gomez has just released her first and brand new solo album, “Stars Dance,” last July 22. It is no coincidence that Selena’s birthday falls the day before the international release date. The 21 year old multi-platinum selling artist is seen partying with her friends and crew on a video posted on her YouTube account --; backed up by the song “Birthday”, an EDM-inspired track included in her new album.


Aside from album release, the sultry and vampy music video to her second single “Slow Down” was also revealed just a few days before the album debut. The video generated more than three million views since its premiere on Vevo.  


Stars Dance” is Selena’s fourth album overall as she had previously released three albums with her band Selena Gomez & the Scene, which began a hiatus in 2012. The new album counts Britney Spears, Shakira and Skrillex as major musical influences. The album is rooted stylistically in garage house, EDM, and dub step, while also containing strong elements of techno, disco and teen pop genres. The lead single "Come & Get It", released April 2013, peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Selena’s first top ten hit on the chart.


Come July 27 (Saturday, 10:00 am onwards), Filipino fan clubs of Selena Gomez (Selena Gomez Philippines and Selenators Philippines) will be hosting fan parties at Astrovision, TriNoma and Odyssey, SM Megamall to celebrate the release of “Stars Dance”. Fun activities, exclusive freebies, merchandise and raffle prizes await all attendees of these events.

SELENA GOMEZ “STARS DANCE” album is now available in CDs at Astroplus, Odyssey Music & Video and Fully Booked or online via iTunes or Smart Music , exclusively under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) | For more information, visit

Monday, July 22, 2013

Nat King Cole Revisited

New Albums from


GEORGE BENSON’s Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole

After four years of touring and developing "An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole," the legendary George Benson makes his most inspired album: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. The recording is one of the most meaningful of Benson's career and is a testament to the spirit of Cole's timeless body of work. Benson's heartfelt renditions of some of Cole's greatest songs with Nelson Riddle arrangements and the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra are complemented by duets with Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and rising star Judith Hill, along with a special collaboration with multi-GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. As a dream project for Benson, this album is a love letter to Cole and a tribute in gratitude for his deep musical inspiration.  It also demonstrates how uniquely suited Benson is to recreate and interpret these timeless treasures. Highlights on the album include an adaptation of Nelson Riddle’s arrangement of “Just One of Those Things,” with a signature Benson vocal/guitar scat solo, and Benson’s reading of the original chart of “Nature Boy,” which he previously interpreted and made and a pop hit in the late 70’s.  The album also contains stunning duets with Idina Menzel on “When I Fall In Love,” and Judith Hill on “Too Young,” as well the incomparable trumpet work of Wynton Marsalis on a fresh new arrangement of “Unforgettable.” The album begins with a rare recording of “Little Georgie Benson” (age 8) singing “Mona Lisa” which stemmed from a singing contest Benson won and the award was the opportunity to record a song at a recording studio. Benson began singing Nat King Cole songs as a child in Pittsburgh and this recording not only shows his incredible range and musicality at the time but also the depth of admiration Benson has had for Cole from such a young age.

·         George Benson “Inspiration” EPK -


En Español by NATALIE COLE

Yes--or in this case, sí­-Natalie Cole's first album in Spanish includes a duet with her late father. And like "Unforgettable," the song that won a Grammy Award in 1992 and foreshadowed today's holographic performance trend, the black-tie rumba "Acercate Mas" ("Come Closer to Me") will pluck at heartstrings and transport fans of Nat "King" Cole-in this case to '50s Havana, where he learned to sound out the lyrics for Cole Español, the first of his three Spanish recordings. “Natalie Cole en Español” features some of the same numbers covered on those historic albums, and other romantic evergreens familiar to international audiences. Andrea Bocelli joins Cole on "Besame Mucho." Produced by Latin hitmaker Rudy Perez, the set also includes contemporary classics: Juan Luis Guerra's enduring '90s hit "Bachata Rosa"-featuring the superstar Dominican artist-and "Oye Como Va."

·         Natalie Cole “En Español” EPK -

GEORGE BENSON’s "INSPIRATION" and NATALIE COLE’s "EN ESPAÑOL" are now available in CDs at Astroplus, Odyssey Music & Video and Fully Booked or online via iTunes or Smart Music! | For more information about this release, visit  


The Legendary Composer & Songwriter

Celebrates his 85th Birthday with the release of

“Anyone Who Had a Heart: The Art of the Songwriter”



This year, legendary composer and songwriter Burt Bacharach celebrates his 85th birthday with the release of a “Anyone Who Had A Heart: The Art of the Songwriter” --- a 40-track, 2-CD set with various artists performing his memorable writing collaborations. The complete collection is also available on iTunes ---


Dating from his first pop hit on the charts and especially his work with longtime writing partner and lyricist Hal David, who helped the duo create an amazing streak of classics, to those songs of recent years when Bacharach ventured out on his own to write with Carole Bayer Sager and Elvis Costello among others, the collection celebrates the work of Bacharach and how the combined efforts of talented songwriters, majestic melodies, unforgettable lyrics and great vocalists can yield timeless pop classics and be interpreted in unique ways.


Along with Lennon and McCartney, Burt Bacharach is one of the most celebrated and legendary song-writers of the twentieth century. His work is recognized around the globe and the respect he has from his peers and fans alike has made him a true living legend.




1. I Say A Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin) 
2. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (B.J. Thomas) 
3. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Dusty Springfield) 
4. Waiting For Charlie To Come Home (Etta James) 
5. The Story Of My Life (Marty Robbins) 
6. The Look Of Love (Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66) 
7. A House Is Not A Home (Brook Benton) 
8. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)(Christopher Cross) 
9. Baby It's You (Smith) 
10. Tower Of Strength (Gene McDaniels) 
11. Magic Moments (Perry Como) 
12. Take A Broken Heart (Rick Nelson) 
13. Wishin' And Hopin' (Brenda Lee) 
14. Don't Make Me Over (Sybil) 
15. Any Day Now (Elvis Presley) 
16. Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa (Gene Pitney) 
17. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Isaac Hayes) 
18. Love's (Still) The Answer (Ronald Isley) 
19. Anyone Who Had A Heart (Dionne Warwick) 
20. What The World Needs Now (Jackie Deshannon
1. What's New Pussycat? (Tom Jones) 
2. Alfie (Barbara Streisand) 
3. Make It Easy On Yourself (The Walker Brothers) 
4. This Guy's In Love With You (Herb Alpert) 
5. Message To Michael (The Marvelettes) 
6. One Less Bell To Answer (The Fifth Dimension) 
7. Walk On By (Gloria Gaynor) 
8. Trains And Boats And Planes (Astrud Gilberto) 
9. Let The Music Play (Diana Ross & The Supremes) 
10. You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)(The Stylistics) 
11. Wives And Lovers (Jack Jones) 
12. Love Is My Decision (Chris De Burgh) 
13. Keep Me In Mind (Patti Page) 
14. On My Own (Patti Labelle And Michael McDonald) 
15. Nikki (Burt Bacharach) 
16. My Little Red Book (Manfred Mann) 
17. Overnight Success (Gladys Knight & The Pips) 
18. Toledo (Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach) 
19. That's What Friends Are For (Kevin Eubanks) 



"Anyone Who Had a Heart: The Art of the Songwriter" is now available in CDs at Astroplus, Odyssey Music & Video and Fully Booked or online via iTunes | For more information about this release, visit  


Thursday, July 18, 2013

History of The Eagles DVD Hits 7X Platinum in Canada!

July 15, 2013 -- During the hotly anticipated Canadian leg of their History of The Eagles tour, American rock band The Eagles received a 7x Platinum Award from the team at Universal Music Canada for their DVD of the same name. The History of The Eagles DVD has been number one in Canada since it was released ten weeks ago.

As the title would suggest, the tour’s shows have featured songs from across the band’s extensive catalogue and sees the more recent Eagles line-up reunited with Bernie Leadon who originally left the band in 1975. History of The Eagles is a meticulous creation featuring rare archival material, concert footage, and never-before-seen home movies that explore the evolution and enduring popularity of one of the world’s biggest-selling and culturally significant American bands.

Famous for their all-time hits such as “Hotel California”, “I Can’t Tell You Why”, “Desperado”, “New Kid In Town”, “Life in the Fast Lane”, “Lyin’ Eyes” and so much more, American rock band The Eagles have already sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, earned five No. 1 U.S. singles and six GRAMMY® Awards. Their current North American tour has sold out venues in over 20 states in the US as well as in Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec in Canada.

History of The Eagles under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) is now available on Deluxe DVD, Standard DVD or Blu-Ray at participating Astroplus/Astrovision, Odyssey Music and Video and Fully Booked record stores nationwide. | For more information about this release, visit