Friday, August 30, 2013

ONE DIRECTION ROCKS THE RED CARPET FOR “THIS IS US” WORLD PREMIERE

One Direction band members Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson rocked the red carpet for the recent world premiere in London of “One Direction: This Is Us” 3D documentary.
Directed by Morgan Spurlock, the movie follows the five-member boy band who were put together in 2010 by music maestro Simon Cowell on the U.K. version of The X Factor after early exits as individuals.
The band went on to come in third on that year's show, and Spurlock's film follows them as they go on to become what myriad U.K. outlets have described as "global sensations."
Cowell earned his own teenybopper adulation when he arrived at the event, introduced to the crowd as the person who made the hysteria possible.
Sporting Ray Ban Aviators on the red carpet, Cowell said he "felt like a father" as the band members walked amid the screaming fans, referencing the recent media frenzy about him becoming a dad. "It's like a dream come true," Cowell said, as the crowd's screams threatened to drown him out.
Spurlock said the premiere was the biggest movie event he had ever been to, let alone the largest event for any movie he has been involved in. "This is the greatest movie premiere I have ever been to in my life," he said.
He also joked that he was the "sixth member" of the band and that he was "ready to step in" before singing and dancing to the band's hit "She's Not Afraid."
Styles and his bandmates described the movie as showing them "the way they really are."
 “One Direction: This Is Us” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ASIA’S ACOUSTIC SWEETHEART SABRINA RELEASES ACOUSTIC PLAYLIST

MCA Music Release


Sensational multi-Platinum songstress SABRINA – dubbed ‘Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart’ – has just released her newest EP of soothing acoustic covers-- Acoustic Playlist. It features seven of the hottest songs of the moment, reinvented with Sabrina’s trademark acoustic stylings. The EP is now available for online download through Smart Music or iTunes.

 

With her soft touch and sweet voice, the Acoustic Playlist EP includes SABRINA’s fresh interpretations of current hit songs “Just Give Me A Reason” (Pink), “Clarity” (Zedd), “Titanium” (David Guetta feat. Sia), “Girl On Fire” (Alicia Keys), “Diamonds” (Rihanna), “When I Was Your Man” (Bruno Mars), and “Daylight” (Maroon 5).

 

Acoustic Playlist follows a string of best-selling records for SABRINA. Her I Love Acoustic series of albums, which features soothingly reworked acoustic covers of contemporary pop hits, has achieved multi-Platinum status across several Asian countries and allowed SABRINA to garner a massive fanbase throughout the region. SABRINA enjoys tremendous support from music-lovers in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Korea.

The latest release in the I Love Acoustic series, I Love Acoustic 5, included the hit single “Terrified”, a duet with fellow OPM superstar Christian Bautista. Preceding that, SABRINA released her concept album Acoustic Love Notes, a collaboration with popular TV/radio personality Joe D’Mango that went on to achieve Gold certification in Indonesia. Her first release of 2012, I Love Acoustic 4, has reached Double-Platinum status in Indonesia. With total record sales exceeding 175,000, Sabrina is truly one of the brightest stars in OPM.

Make sure to download a copy of Acoustic Playlist by SABRINA today, through Smart Music and iTunes and in CDs at leading record stores released by MCA Music in cooperation with LINE.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Christian Bautista renews with Universal Records

Universal Records online release
 
Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista has renewed his contract with Universal Records last August 14 at Romulo’s CafĂ©, Quezon City. Present during the signing are (L-R) UR Operations Manager Peter Chan, STAGES President Audie Gemora, UR General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, Christian, UR Executive Vice President Ramon Chuaying, STAGES Head of Talent Management Carlo Orosa and UR Music Production Head Ito Rapadas.

Christian is soon to start work on his next album, set for release next year. The multi-awarded singer has done his bestselling albums with Universal Records – Romance Revisited (4x Platinum), A Wonderful Christmas (Diamond), First Class (Platinum).
Christian is currently seen on GMA’s musical variety show Sunday All Stars, series With A Smile and will soon play Prince Charming in Resorts World’s Cinderella, opposite Karylle.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

EXPERIENCE THE BAND'S LIFE ON THE ROAD IN “ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US”

Columbia Pictures release
 
Global superstars, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson introduce to you their big screen debut: TriStar Pictures' “One Direction: This Is Us.”
Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures
More than just a filmed concert and tour documentary, this is a chance to get up close and personal with the world’s biggest band. Filmed while the guys were taking their world tour to arenas around the globe -- from Mexico to Japan to London’s famed O2 arena -- the movie mixes high-energy performance footage, candid interviews, and behind the scenes footage to offer a one-of-a-kind perspective into the talent, hard work and mischief that goes into being One Direction. It’s a remarkable story of humble origins, an unprecedented rise to fame and a fan-driven phenomenon that enabled One Direction to conquer the world.
The film is directed by Academy Award-nominee Morgan Spurlock and produced by Simon Cowell, Adam Milano, Spurlock, and Ben Winston.
In the summer of 2010, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson entered Britain’s biggest talent show “The X Factor,” as talented individual artists. At the boot camp stage of the competition “X Factor” judge Simon Cowell offered the guys the opportunity to stay in the competition as a group.
“I saw five solo artists who were five solo stars, but would be stronger in a group, it was that simple,” says Cowell. “I liked each of them individually, and something made me think they would work really well as a group.”
Calling themselves One Direction, they were immediate sensations. A group of talented and cheeky guys who immediately captured a nation of young girls. They didn’t look or sound pre-packaged, they just exuded talent, friendship and charisma both on and off stage.
Says Cowell, “Right from the get-go, if I’d be honest … I was very much of the attitude, ‘I’m not gonna tell you what to do. You can probably tell me what to do,’ you know? ‘You’ve got to sort it out for yourself, ‘cause I think you’re smart enough.’ And that’s always been the way it’s worked with these boys. I had this just amazing confidence in them.”
Fans responded in their thousands, flooding social media, waiting for hours outside TV studios, and voting the boys through each round of the competition through to the grand final. Though they came in third overall on the show – narrowly missing the record deal awarded the first prize winner – the boys knew instinctively that this was not the last the world would see of One Direction.
That instinct to stay together instantly paid off. The band signed to their “X Factor” mentor Cowell’s record label, Syco Records and quickly got to work recording their debut album whilst performing across the UK and Ireland on the X Factor Live Tour. A book chronicling their experience on the road – Forever Young – went straight to number 1 on The Times Best Seller List. The album, meanwhile, was coming together with a stellar team of writers and producers, from Steve Mac (Westlife, Leona Lewis) to Rami Yacoub (Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys) and Red One (Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez).
The band’s debut album, Up All Night, released in October 2011, was an instant smash; a feat forecast by the fact that their first single, What Makes You Beautiful, had already become the biggest single pre-order in Sony Music’s history. In the United States, the boys sought North American success with a string of appearances and performances that not only turned What Makes You Beautiful into an iTunes hit, but led Up All Night to a feat never before achieved by a British band: entering the Billboard chart at number one with their debut record. With three MTV Video Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award (for Favorite UK artist), and three MTV Europe Music Awards (including Best New Act and Best UK & Ireland Act), it truly seemed there was no stopping their rise to the top.
The band’s sophomore album, Take Me Home turned 2012 into a banner year for the boys, hitting the top of pre-order charts in 50 countries. The album’s first single, Live While We’re Young, went straight to No. 1. All in all, Take Me Home topped the charts in 37 countries. The Take Me Home tour, which continued into 2013, was a global sellout, taking Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis to Europe, North America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
In July, they released Best Song Ever, a track written specifically for the film. The fun and cheeky video for the song (Directed by Ben Winston) broke records on VEVO with 12.4 million views in one day, making it the most viewed debut video ever on the platform.
Cowell says, “What I’ve loved about working with the boys is that they haven’t taken anything for granted, and they still appreciate and still are in awe of what’s going on. They’ve survived, and they’ll continue to survive because first of all, they’re smart, and secondly they understand their audience and respect their fans. They’ve matured really, really quickly.”
During the tour, though, the notion of a film came together, giving the boys a chance to conquer an entirely different medium.
 
Opening across the Philippines on August 28, “One Direction: This Is Us” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Friday, August 16, 2013

NEW KATY PERRY SINGLE “ROAR” LAUNCHED ON MAGIC 89.9 ON DEMAND


“Roar”, the latest single from iconic pop singer Katy Perry, premiered for local audiences today on ON DEMAND with Boom and Carla of Magic 89.9. It is the lead single from her forthcoming album Prism and her first release through MCA Music Inc. (Universal Music Philippines). The long-awaited launch of Perry’s brand new single was met with great excitement by MCA Music personnel and members of the Katy Perry Philippines fan club in attendance.

The #ROAR Philippines’ Champion Single Launch took place at 11:30 a.m. at the Magic 89.9 studio. “Roar” marked the hit maker’s first release since the commercially lauded 2012 reissue of her record-breaking album Teenage Dream so, naturally, the excitement was palpable in the moments leading up to the launch. When the song was finally played, it elicited a rousing round of applause from the Magic 89.9 staff, MCA Music employees, and Katy Perry Philippines fan club members who looked on in the studio. ON DEMAND hosts Boom and Carla were similarly enthusiastic about the new track and felt compelled to play it a second consecutive time.  


The launch was followed by giveaways of

Katy Perry T-shirts and bracelets courtesy of Katy Perry Philippines as the DJs continued to play Katy Perry tunes.

 

Katy Perry is one of the biggest names in today’s pop music scene, having sold an incredible 10 million albums and 70 million singles worldwide. Her 2008 breakout album One of the Boys spawned the hit songs “Hot n Cold”, “Waking Up In Vegas” and the #1 single “I Kissed A Girl”, went on to sell more than 5 million copies worldwide, and earned Perry her first two Grammy Award nominations. Her 2010 follow-up, the Billboard #1 Teenage Dream, sold more than 2.6 million copies in the US alone. The album’s first five singles (“California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, and “Last Friday Night”) all claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, setting a record for female artists. Teenage Dream’s 2012 reissue also set the record for the most multi-platinum singles from one album, with an astounding eight singles selling over 2 million copies in the US. The album and its singles earned Perry a total of seven Grammy Award nominations, in addition to winning “International Album of the Year” at the 2011 Juno Awards.

 

Make sure to check out Katy Perry’s hottest new single, “Roar”, now available for digital download via Smart Music and iTunes. Brought to you by MCA Music in collaboration with LINE and Katy Perry Philippines.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

WICKED Original 2003 Broadway Cast Recording OUT NOW!

Wicked Media Release

Decca Broadway proudly presents the Original 2003 Broadway Cast Recording of WICKED, Broadway's most talked about new musical, exclusively distributed under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines). The box office record-breaker has already grossed over $10 million. The score was written by Stephen Schwartz (Broadway's Pippin, Godspell), libretto by Winnie Holzman (TV's My So-Called Life) and based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. Hit songs from the musical include “Defying Gravity”, “Popular” and “For Good”. The musical is a prequel to the legendary classic, THE WIZARD OF OZ.

WICKED explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba. One witch, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED’s Original Broadway Cast Recording stars Tony Award® winner Kristin Chenoweth (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown) as Glinda, Idina Menzel (Rent) as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Tony® and Oscar® Winner Joel Grey (Cabaret) as The Wizard. The album features an essay by novelist Gregory Maguire, original colored photos from the show and a complete libretto.

It has also been announced that WICKED Worldwide is bringing ‘Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster’ to Manila. Presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, 105.9 Radio High and Concertus, in cooperation with WICKED Worldwide, Stephen Schwartz's "Wicked: The Untold Stories of the Witches of Oz" begins to weave its magic beginning January 22, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Tickets are already available at www.ticketworld.com.ph.

WICKED: A NEW MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is now available online via Smart Music http://www.smart.com.ph/music or iTunes http://smarturl.it/Wicked2003ph. Also available in CDs at Astroplus, Fully Booked and Odyssey Music & Video.
 
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

OFFICIAL PHILIPPINE LAUNCH OF KATY PERRY’S NEW SINGLE “ROAR”


Celebrated pop icon Katy Perry’s newest single, entitled “Roar”, is scheduled to take over the airwaves tomorrow in a highly anticipated launch. The lead single from her forthcoming album Prism and her first release under MCA Music Inc. (Universal Music Philippines), “Roar” promises to live up to the hype and continue in Perry’s habit of dominating the pop world with her irresistible melodies and edgy style.

With a fanbase as large as Perry’s – she is the second-most-followed person on twitter with over 40 million followers – a great deal of buzz has surrounded Roar’s release. The single marks the hitmaker’s first release since the commercially lauded 2012 reissue of her record-breaking album Teenage Dream. If the song’s name is any indication, Roar will showcase Perry’s fierce and fiery side. Artwork for the single was recently unveiled on August 8th, followed by a series of teaser videos revealing short snippets of the new song.

 
Katy Perry is one of the biggest names in today’s pop music scene, having sold an incredible 10 million albums and 70 million singles worldwide. Her 2008 breakout album One of the Boys spawned the hit songs “Hot n Cold”, “Waking Up In Vegas” and the #1 single “I Kissed A Girl”, and went on to sell more than 5 million copies worldwide. Singles “I Kissed A Girl” and “Hot n Cold” earned Perry her first two Grammy Award nominations. Her 2010 follow-up, the Billboard #1 Teenage Dream, was met with even greater success. Selling more than 2.6 million copies in the US alone, the album’s first five singles (“California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, and “Last Friday Night”) all claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, setting a record for female artists. Teenage Dream’s 2012 reissue also set the record for the most multi-platinum singles from one album, with an astounding eight singles selling over 2 million copies in the US. The album and its singles earned Perry a total of seven Grammy Award nominations, in addition to winning “International Album of the Year” at the 2011 Juno Awards.

 
 Following a string of smash hits, Perry’s latest effort is sure to come roaring out of the gates. Brought to you by MCA Music, in collaboration with Smart Music, LINE, and Katy Perry Philippines.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Beautiful: The Latest From Mariah Carey


Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold and a ground-breaking career total of 224 #1 Billboard hits, including an unprecedented 18 #1 Hot 100 singles, the most of any solo artist in history. Mariah's brand new single, "#Beautiful," collaboration with Miguel, has won critical raves and is already #1 in over 30 countries. "#Beautiful" is the lead single from Mariah's new album (Island Def Jam Music Group). With her world renowned voice and her award-winning songwriting, producing, and longevity, Mariah has earned her place at the top of music's pantheon. As a singer/songwriter/ producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard's Artist of the Decade Award, the World Music Award for World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium, and BMI's Icon Award for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few.

 


Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S. and one of the oldest in the world. The Orchestra has always played a leading role in American musical life, championed new music, and appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries around the globe, including the historic visit to Pyongyang, DPRK, earning the 2008 Common Ground Award for Cultural Diplomacy. Concerts are broadcast weekly on the radio program The New York Philharmonic This Week, streamed on nyphil.org, and telecast annually on public television. Having made almost 2,000 recordings since 1917, the Philharmonic continues to self-produce recordings, available as downloads. Wide-ranging education programs include the Young People’s Concerts, School Partnership Program, and Learning Overtures. In 2009 Alan Gilbert became Music Director, succeeding musical giants such as Mahler and Toscanini. The New York Philharmonic gives an annual series of free Concerts in the Parks throughout the boroughs of New York City, presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

 

Watch out for the upcoming album of MARIAH CAREY exclusively under MCA Music in cooperation with SMART, Live More! 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!

Friday, August 9, 2013

SOLENN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “DIVA


RECEIVES PLATINUM AWARD FOR FIRST ALBUM

 

Clearly, there is no stopping the multi-hyphenate Solenn Heussaff from being one of the most in-demand celebrities in local showbiz. From commercial endorsements, TV shows, movies, she dabbles again with one of her facets, music, via a new single “Diva” off her upcoming sophomore album “SOS.”

 

Shown in photo L-R: MCA Music OPM Marketing Manager Mark Bonifacio, Solenn Heussaff, MCA Music A&R Manager Kiko Guevarra and AdProm Coordinator Arlene Garcia
“Diva” features one of the country’s promising hiphop artist Ron Henley, whose YouTube videos like “Biglang Liko” have reached more than 13 million views. The song, composed by Ferdie Marquez and produced by Francis Guevarra, talks about divas who consider themselves more important than others and those who are demanding and fussy. Solenn relates to the song as she had encountered some “divas” especially in showbiz.

 

The single was recently launched at variety show “Sunday All Stars” where Solenn was surprised by executives of MCA Music- OPM Marketing Manager Mark Bonifacio and Artist & Repertoire Manager Kiko Guevarra, with a Platinum Award for selling more than 15,000 copies (physical and digital combined) for her debut album “Solenn”. Her first album produced the hits “Fire”, “It’s Our First Time” and “Torn”.

 


 

Solenn’s sophomore album “SOS” will be available on Smart Music and iTunes on August 26 and on CDs on September 2. Aside from “Diva” the album will include compositions by rock icon Ely Buendia and collaborations with hiphop artist Klumcee, The Morning Episodes and American producers WeRWolvz.

 

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About MCA Music Inc. (Universal Music Philippines)

MCA Music, Inc. (Universal Music Philippines) is part of Universal Music Group, the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's premier music publishing operations worldwide.


Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol Records, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, I.R.S., Island Records, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group and Virgin Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division, and Bravado, its merchandising company.

Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

LINDSEY STIRLING Live! at AYALA MALLS this August 2013


Imbued with unmistakable vibrancy, Ayala Malls continues to be a premium entertainment destination that features world-class performances both from local and international artists. Its continuous and sincere efforts to offer only the best lifestyle experience resonate with its goal to constantly bring joy to all its valued shoppers. This August, get ready for another musical pleasure as the incredibly talented violinist Lindsey Stirling is set to perform at your favorite Ayala Malls.

Lindsey is a classically-trained violinist from Gilbert, Arizona who is known for her beautifully-choreographed violin performances. Lindsey started making a name in YouTube where she performed original compositions and cover songs from video game soundtracks. Her unique musical genre paired with her impressive dance moves instantly captured a good number of fans who were enthralled with her performance. But the 26-year old artist gained her mainstream popularity as she joined the fourth season of America’s Got Talent where she became a quarter-finalist. The same competition gave her the title as the Hip Hop Violinist.

Being voted off in America’s Got Talent didn’t stop Lindsey to pursue her love for music. In fact, this gave her an inspiration to start composing. As a motivational speaker in her spare time, Lindsey muses, “The same reasons I was told I wouldn’t succeed are the reasons people travel hundreds of miles to see me now,” she laughs. “Because it’s different. Because it’s something you haven’t seen before.” Just months ago, Lindsey was signed to Lady Gaga’s management company Atom Factory.

Lindsey’s self-titled debut album exclusively distributed under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) features 12 original tracks including viral smashes “Crystallize”, “Shadows”, “Elements” and “Electric Daisy Violin”. Her song ‘Crystallize’ was the eighth most-viewed video on YouTube last year, racking up an incredible 67 million views and over 2.5 million subscribers (Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI). With her fan base now spreading across Europe, America, Russia and Asia, Lindsey’s debut album has sold 150,000 copies in the United States, and has gone Gold in Germany (over 100k sold) and Switzerland.

Let her music tug your heart strings and be blown away with her beautiful performance on August 17 at 7 PM in Greenbelt 3 Park and on August 18 at 6 PM in Alabang Town Center Commercial Mall.

More than just a shopping destination, Ayala Malls remains the best venue to enjoy unforgettable world-class performances.

Lindsey Stirling’s self-titled debut album is now available in CDs at Astroplus, Fully Booked and Odyssey Music & Video or online via Smart Music http://www.smart.com.ph/music or iTunes http://smarturl.it/lindseystirlingph.

Carly Rae Jepsen Live In Manila! Media Conference

2012 was a breakthrough for Carly Rae Jepsen with her landslide hit "Call Me Maybe". Now, there's probably no one in the planet who doesn't know how to sing a few lines of the song.  Her single was sold in 47 countries and it already gathered millions of views in Vevo. I am very selective in choosing music but I admit I find her songs infectious besides Call Me Maybe, there's This Kiss and Good Time with collaboration with Owl City.
 
Now, she's here in Manila for a concert on July 7, 2013. When asked what are her plans while she's in the Philippines, she plans to do shopping which is her addiction, meet some local artist/s and try out some Pinoy food.
 
"My exposure to music came from my parents. She can listen to Jodi Mitchell and make a transition to Madonna. Carly Rae also has a background in theater and besides her music career, she also doing other projects like the 25th anniversary of Disney's The Little Mermaid which is why she had her hair dyed red.
 
Here are some things you don't know about Carly Rae Jepsen. She had her style of haircut like in her album photo since she was four years old. She is also an avid reader. "I am such a nerd", Carly says. She has a book club called Nerdy Girls Book Club. She also has a sweet tooth. She likes ice cream and she can bake her own muffins.
 
Catch Carly Rae Jepsen's concert at Araneta Center tonight.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sam Concepcion is Infinite in new album

Singer-dancer-actor Sam Concepcion has spent 10 years in the industry to perfect his craft as a performer. Now, after almost a decade, Sam is all set to showcase his versatility in his latest album Infinite, produced by Universal Records.
“The album is a preview of the many things I do as a performer,” says Sam. “In this album, you’ll see me dabble in different genres.”
Sam adds that he is also thankful that he was given the chance to collaborate with the most prolific recording artists in the country – Billy Crawford, Christian Bautista, JayR, among others.
The album’s single No Limitations, composed by Billy Crawford, is an upbeat tune that highlights Sam’s versatility as a vocalist. The song topped the mymusicstore.com charts for five straight weeks. The futuristic music video, directed by Jake Soriano, will premiere soon on MYX and also features the beautiful Solenn Heusaff.
Christian penned the song Love, Love, Love for Sam. Sam and Christian were both discovered STAGES when they worked together 10 years ago in the musical The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Rescue You, previously recorded as a Christian-Sam duet, is now a solo song rendered by Sam.    
JayR and Sam performed a duet in the album – I’m The One, where both of them showcased their R&B influences.
Sam also records his version of Mahal Na Mahal Kita, an OPM ditty given a more contemporary feel.
Singapore-based composed Tat Tong contributed There’s No Me (Without You).
Sam gives a welcome surprise in the inclusion of modern-anthemic song Di Ka Nag-iisa, a collaboration with up and coming band Runmanila.
Infinite also includes bonus tracks Panalangin and Kontrabida – both songs are lifted from Sam’s landmark projects last year (the movie IdoBidooBidoo and the 2012 PhilPop, where Sam’s entry won 2nd place).
Infinite Tracklist:

 

  1. No Limitations
  2. I'm The One
  3. She Drives Me Crazy
  4. Mahal Na Mahal
  5. Di Ka Nag-iisa
  6. Rescue You
  7. There's No Me (Without You)
  8. Love, Love, Love
  9. Panalangin
  10. Kontrabida

Monday, August 5, 2013

CELEBRATE THE DISCO ERA VIA 'THROWBACK MANILA'

One ultimate 'throwback event' is set to conquer Manila on September 27 (Friday) as "Throwback Manila: A Vinyl Disco Experience" spins back the vinyl disco records of the 70s, 80s and 90s that will not only revive the memories of the carefree days of yesteryears but also reintroduce the classic dance songs to the younger generation.

Produced by 8 Circles Events Management, "Throwback Manila: A Vinyl Disco Experience" which will be staged at the NBC Tent at The Fort, Taguig City, will bring back together for the first time eight of the most famous DJs and icons of the disco generation--Jon Tupaz, Lopie Guzman, Boyet Sison, Martin Porta, Manolet Santos, Bobby Nolasco, Arnel Castillo and Tito Jante.

Guaranteed to be a glittering night of fun, reminiscing, and making of new fantastic memories, "Throwback Manila: A Vinyl Disco Experience" will open through explosive dance performances highlighting moves popularized in the hottest discos in Manila like Faces, Stargazer, Euphoria, Mars, Rumors etc. Also, expect an elaborate lighting system that will throb to the beat of the music along with iconic disco elements like mirror balls and ledges. Disco Fashion of the 70s, 80 and 90s will also dominate the scene.

Get those disco outfits ready for an unforgettable 'throwback trip' that everyone would enjoy! Don't miss "Throwback Manila: A Vinyl Disco Experience" on September 27, 7PM, at  NBC Tent at The Fort, Taguig City.

For inquiries and ticket purchase, contact Ticketworld at 891-9999 and www.ticketworld.com.ph; call 0915-6216512, or email
welovethrowback@yahoo.com.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

ZEDD ANNOUNCES FALL MOMENT OF CLARITY TOUR


Santa Monica, CA —   As German wunderkind Zedd's track "Clarity" continues to explode, the 23-year-old artist/producer/songwriter is announcing The Moment of Clarity Tour, a massive fall trek that'll take him from Montreal to Los Angeles. The 26-date North American jaunt launches August 28th and wraps October 3rd, featuring a set at New York's Electric Zoo fest plus gigs everywhere from Austin to Alberta, with additional dates to follow.


Says Zedd, “For the past six months, I’ve been working on a light and visual show for my tour. We've built tons special content and improved the production day by day, step by step. With the Moment of Clarity World Tour, I want to capture this moment and present it to my fans around the world!" 


"Clarity," the title track from Zedd's debut album, is swiftly becoming the song of the summer. The track, which features Foxes, has been certified gold and continues to steadily climb the charts, already hitting #13 at Top 40 and #9 on iTunes so far.  Jessica Sanchez performed the hit on the season finale of Glee, and it was featured prominently on The Voice. The official video for "Clarity" has racked up more than 14 million YouTube views —if you're one of the few who hasn't seen it yet, watch
HERE.  

 

Zedd's huge 2013 is only halfway through, and he's already turned out must-see performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, been named an MTV Artist to Watch, been called "the breakout DJ star of 2013" by Billboard, and headlined Ultra Music Festival and MTV's Woodie Awards. He'll be performing at HARD Summer 2013, Outside Lands, and all the following fall tour dates. Check out Zedd's tour preview video HERE.

 

ZEDD FALL 2013 TOUR DATES

*with support from Oliver and Alex Metric*

 

 

August 28                    Boston, MA                                         HOB

September 1               New York, NY                                     Electric Zoo

September 3               Atlanta, GA                                         Tabernacle

September 4               Charleston, SC                                   Music Farm

September 5               Orlando, FL                                         HOB

September 6               Miami, FL                                            Fillmore

September 7               Tampa, FL                                          Ritz Ybor

September 9               Nashville, TN                                      Marathon Music Works

September 10             Cincinnati, OH                                                Bogart's

September 11             Rochester, NY                                                Main Street Armory

September 12             Toronto, ON                                        Sound Academy

September 13             Detroit, MI                                           Royal Oak

September 14             Milwaukee, WI                                                The Eagle Ballroom

September 15             St. Louis, MO                                      Pageant

September 17             Dallas, TX                                           South Side Ballroom

September 18             Austin, TX                                           Emo's East

September 20             El Paso, TX                                         Buchanan's

September 21             Phoenix, AZ                                        5th and Madison Events Center

September 24             Denver, CO                                        Ogden Theater

September 26             Calgary, AB                                        Flames

September 28             Vancouver, BC                                   Commodore

September 29             Seattle, WA                                         Showbox Sodo

September 30             Spokane, WA                                      Knitting Factory

October 1                    Boise, ID                                             Knitting Factory

October 2                    Portland, OR                                       Roseland Theater

October 3                    Eugene, OR                                        McDonald Theater

 

More dates will be announced soon.

 

"...his talent is extraordinary" – The New YorkTimes

 “With ‘Clarity,’ Zedd just aced his freshman LP test.” – Associated Press

“Clarity is a game-changer and, in our eyes, the biggest dance debut since Justice’s †.” Elektro

CLARITY by ZEDD available online via iTunes exclusively under MCA Music in cooperation with SMART, Live More! 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!

Defy and Define The Times: William Elvin's Musicalienation show

Last July 2, I was invited to witness the launch of William Elvin, singer/composer and founder of an independent recording label, Happy Mousey Records. I became a fan on the spot. His music is something I can listen to in my private time.
 
If you are a fan of the theater, you probably heard his music scores and now, get the chance to hear him live on August 29 7PM at Opera House: 3657 Bautista st., Palanan, Makati. Here's your chance to get a copy of his first album, DisConTechNoDisContent: The Musicalienation Of William Elvin for only 250 Pesos.
 
For more details, check out the event over Facebook. For more music-related events and album releases and interview coverage, follow @Mark_Templar on Twitter.