Friday, October 6, 2017


Press release


Pre-Order Voicenotes:

“’Attention’ has become one of the biggest pop anthems of 2017...
If the rest of VoiceNotes follows suit, fans have a lot to look forward to.” – COMPLEX

Today, Multi-GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter/producer Charlie Puth has officially unveiled his new single “How Long,” which is available now at all music retailers and streaming services. Download/StreamHERE. “How Long” marks the second single released from Puth’s highly-anticipated sophomore album,VoiceNotes, and the follow-up to 2016’s RIAA Platinum certified debut album, Nine Track Mind. Puth has also announced the release date for VoiceNotes, which arrives January 19th and is available now for pre-order HERE.

How Long” was solely produced by Puth and written with collaborators Jacob Kasher (Attention) and Justin Franks (See You Again). With Puth as the sole producer on “How Long,” he’s giving fans another taste of the tone he’s setting for VoiceNotes. Puth announced the album title VoiceNotes during a visit to the TODAY show earlier this summer; watch him explain the meaning here.

Next week, Puth will celebrate his forthcoming album with yet another run of high-profile national TV performances supporting his RIAA Platinum-certified summer smash single Attention,” with appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowThe Late Late Show with James Corden, and The Talk.

Attention was released earlier this year and went on to become Puth’s first No. 1 at US Pop Radio, holding the top position four weeks in a row, in addition to peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it also remained for three weeks straight. After earning RIAA Platinum certification less than 16 weeks after its release, “Attention” is officially Puth’s most successful single to date. The official video has also become Charlie’s highest performing solo video to date, reaching nearly 500 million views.

Both written and produced by Puth, “Attention” has garnered critical praise with the NY Times declaring it “a savage takedown rendered in pinpoint 1980s soft-soul haze smacked hard by glossy funk,” whileBillboard touted it as “a polished, groove-injected first taste from his upcoming sophomore album.”

Since the release of “Attention,” Puth has performed the single on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,The Voice, during Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and as part of The TODAY Show’s Citi Concert Series. “Attention” went on to be remixed by several major artists, including two massive remixes by David Guetta and KYLE. Throughout the reign of Attention this summer, Puth joined Shawn Mendes on the road for an arena tour, and saw fans filling the entire room each night, singing along to every song he performed during his opening set.

Along with the pre-order of VoiceNotes comes the arrival of exclusive VoiceNotes merchandise bundles which are available now at Puth’s official online store. Packages include an autographed VoiceNoteslithograph, limited to 300 worldwide, as well as a free VoiceNotes sticker for the first 250 physical orders. Also included are “Soundwave” rose-gold bracelets and pullover hoodies.

New Jersey-born multi-Platinum and multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist, songwriter, and producer Charlie Puth catapulted to superstardom in 2016 at light speed. He maintained this perpetual motion with the now RIAA Platinum-certified 2017 single “Attention,” which The New York Times called “a savage takedown rendered in pinpoint 1980s soft-soul haze smacked hard by glossy funk.” The song cracked 3 million Spotify streams in just a week, and its sexy music video racked up over 3 million views in under 24 hours.

Puth’s RIAA Platinum-certified first album NINE TRACK MIND made a remarkable chart debut upon its 2016 release, hitting #5 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums Chart, fueled by the 2x RIAA Platinum-certified top 40 smashes, “One Call Away” and “Marvin Gaye (featuring Meghan Trainor),” as well as the 3x RIAA Platinum-certified “We Don’t Talk Anymore (featuring Selena Gomez).” A worldwide phenomenon, the album reached #1 on iTunes charts in 28 countries around the globe.

Puth fully exploded onto the music scene as a songwriter, producer and vocalist on Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” the emotional tribute to Paul Walker in “FURIOUS 7.” The song has officially entered the history books as one of the decade’s biggest singles, topping Billboard’s Hot 100 for a stunning 12 weeks and has become YouTube’s “second most popular video of all-time” with 2.1 billion-plus views. It won two BillboardMusic Awards, a Critic’s Choice Award for “Best Song,” a Hollywood Film Award, 2 Teen Choice Awards, a Golden Globe® Award nomination in the category of “Best Original Song” and three GRAMMY® Award nods, including the prestigious “Song of the Year.”



Thursday, October 5, 2017

HK Cellist Ray Wang Plays Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D Minor with the PPO

By Michele T. Logarta

INTERNATIONAL cellist and renowned music teacher Ray Wang  has always loved French composer Edouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor for its charm and demands on musical technique. 

          But Wang’s attachment to the Cello Concerto is more a sentimental one. 

          “It's a piece I love both for its tone and personal reason. Because I played this Concerto a lot with my mother when I was learning it at a younger age,” Wang, whose father also played the cello, explained.

          Wang will play this piece with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) on October 13, 8 PM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. 

          Wang expressed the hope that Filipino music lovers will come and listen to the Cello Concerto that has long played second fiddle to the composer’s most famous work for the violin, "Symphonie Espagnole".

          “Perhaps it will attract those who know about his violin concerto and also wish to hear more of his music and come away finding out more (about the) Spanish style of this French composer,” Wang said. 

          Wang’s October performance marks his second with the PPO since 2013 and yet another, in a series of past collaborations, with PPO Music Director Yoshikazu Fukumura.

          “I am excited to be invited back to perform with the PPO,” said Wang.  “PPO is a great Orchestra and I remember the Orchestra as a happy ensemble with spirit. I also have some colleagues from the days when we worked together with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. I also look forward to seeing some of my former students again in October.”

           “I met Maestro some time ago when he conducted the HK Philharmonic Orchestra and remained in touch. I played for him for quite a number of concerts back then.  Beethoven’s "Choral Fantasy" still remains my fondest memory,” Wang recalled.

          Wang has performed in musical centers and festivals in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. His performances have taken him also to Chicago, Cremona, Florence, Havana, Ho Chi Minh City, London, Luxembourg, Manila, New York, Saarbrucken, Segovia, Vancouver and Verona. In addition to being an active performer of chamber music, he is also a sought after soloist who has performed with conductors and orchestras such as Yang Yang, Krzysztof  Penderecki, Macau Orchestra, Solistas de La Habana, Cellistra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra and the Guang Zhou Symphony Orchestra.

          Wang is a founding member of the Hong Kong Virtuosi Society. He describes the group as an ensemble comprised of friends that got together to play chamber music with mixed instruments---such as sextet, octet and Nonet and mixed with winds and strings. 
“Occasionally we also invite conductors to do demanding works such as chamber version of the Mahler's Symphony and Strauss' "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme". It's a self-funded group and therefore we often play only at the invitation of others,” Wang added.

         Wang also serves as a music faculty member of the Baptist University and Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He has taught at many schools including Fu Jen Catholic University of Taiwan, National Taiwan Normal University, Tainan University of Technology, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Singapore and Music Conservatories in Beijing, Giangzhou, Shanghai and Wuhan in China.

          He is the Head of Junior Music Department and Senior Lecturer in Strings at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  Wang has had many students who later went on to win top prizes in international competitions and establish successful careers.

          Students today are much better informed with learning material, Wang said. “So, the demand of technical ability can be obtained with much better access and understanding. What I share with students are the demand of disciplines, time management and to also develop a broader repertoire base. I am fortunate to have the background of playing first desk of a symphony orchestra and chamber music groups, which adds to the variety of choices to students."

          More than his knowledge and mastery of the cello, it is probably his love for the instrument that infuses his teaching and performance practice. 

          “Truly speaking, I grew up with the cello because my father was a cellist. I wasn't a perfect child and practicing is what I learned to enjoy at a much later time. I am glad that I didn't drop it…” Wang recounted.  “Practicing makes me love it (the cello) more these days versus learning to play it at a younger age. It's like one can learn to use the same word for different times and phrases.”

For concert tickets, please call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 and Ticketworld at National Bookstore at 891-9999.  For inquiries and subscriptions to the PPO 2017-2018 performance season, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-1125 local 1806.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Press release


Mercury Prize nominee, Ed Sheeran, has announced his new single Perfect’ and you can watch the accompanying lyric video here:

A personal favourite of Ed’s and fans alike, ‘Perfect’ -  a modern-day ballad and yet another pristine example of the troubadours’ timeless storytelling -  is the fourth official single to be released from Ed’s record-breaking third studio album ‘÷’ (pronounced “divide”) and has already accumulated over half a billion streams to date! Released in March, the LP continues its reign as the UK’s most-streamed AND biggest-selling album of the year thus far, with over 2.2 million UK sales in just six months (OCC). Globally, the album has surpassed 10 million sales, holding 84 x Platinum and 10 x Gold certifications across the world. Furthermore, as of this week, ‘Shape of You’ has officially become the most-streamed track of all time on Spotify with 1.318 billion streams, overtaking Drake’s ‘One Dance’!

26-year-old Sheeran, who recently took home ‘Artist of the Year’ at the VMA’s, is nominated for three Q Awards this year including ‘Best Track’, ‘Best Solo’ and ‘Best Act In The World Today’- the awards will take place at London’s Roundhouse on October 18 (vote here). Ed will be heading out on a sold out, 19-date UK stadium tour in May/June 2018 that’ll include four nights at Wembley Stadium.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Press release

This festival’s name is familiar to K-Pop fans in the country as it was first held last September 2013 with iconic acts such as SHINee, EXO-K and Dal Shabet as part of the lineup. K-POP Republic is finally returning this 2017, bigger and better, an event K-POP fans all over should definitely look forward to.

K-POP Republic 2 is happening this October 28, 2017 at the Circuit Event Grounds. Not only will fans get to see their favorite groups perform LIVE - there will be various activities and games that fans can get to participate in. Yes, that’s 1 day of K-Pop festivities for everyone.

Kicking off this year’s K-Rep2 lineup are 2 of the hottest groups in the K-Pop scene today - NCT127, Cosmic Girls (WJSN), G-Friend and N.Flying. More exciting things are yet to be announced so make sure to stay tuned.


Ticket prices for K-Pop Republic 2 are the following: SVIP Standing and Seated for PHP 10,000.00,  VIP for PHP 6,500.00, Gold for PHP 3,500.00 and Silver for PHP 2,000.00. Tickets will be available through SM Tickets and Ticketnet, online and through the outlets.

For provincial and international fans, you may also purchase your tickets through the following links from All Access Productions.

K-Pop Republic 2 is brought to you by HM Entertainment and All Access Production together with TV Daily, Sports Today and LUMOS E&M.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017


Press release




Atlantic Records has announced the label debut album from multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/ songwriter Kelly Clarkson. “MEANING OF LIFE” arrives everywhere on Friday, October 27th.

“MEANING OF LIFE” is available for pre-order beginning today accompanied by instant grat downloads of “Move You” and the album’s first single, “Love So Soft.” Both tracks are also available today at all digital music retailers and streaming services. “Love So Soft” is also joined by an epic companion video, directed by Dave Meyers (Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott).

Clarkson – who is currently on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s popular “Fall Music Preview” – will celebrate “MEANING OF LIFE” tomorrow morning with a special live performance of both “Love So Soft” and “Move You” on NBC’s TODAY Show Citi Concert Series. A busy slate of additional TV appearances will be announced soon. Clarkson will also return to NBC next year in her new role as coach on the eagerly awaited new season of The Voice, set to premiere in February 2018.

“MEANING OF LIFE” is the album Kelly Clarkson was destined to make with Atlantic Records, a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label’s classic canon. For her eighth studio album – and follow-up to 2015’s chart-topping “PIECE BY PIECE” – Clarkson united a stellar team of top songwriters and producers to collaborate on her Atlantic debut, among them past collaborators Jason Halbert, Jesse Shatkin and GRAMMY® Award-winning “Producer of the Year” Greg Kurstin as well as first time collaborators Mick Schultz, The Monarch and Nick Ruth among others.

Kelly Clarkson is among the most popular artists of this or any other era, with over 100 #1 Billboardsingles and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of American Idol’s inaugural season. Clarkson’s debut single, “A Moment Like This,” followed and quickly went to #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100,” ultimately ranking as the year’s best-selling single in the U.S. “THANKFUL,” Clarkson’s 2003 debut album, made its debut atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200 on its way to 2x platinum certification from the RIAA.

“BREAKAWAY” arrived in 2004 and truly affirmed Clarkson as a major pop force via such blockbuster singles as “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Since U Been Gone,” the latter of course a chart-topping worldwide #1 smash as well as a 2x platinum certified GRAMMY® Award-winner for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.” The album remains Clarkson’s most successful to date, currently certified 6x platinum by the RIAA for sales exceeding 6 million. “BREAKAWAY” has been followed by a series of platinum and gold certified album releases, including 2007’s platinum certified “MY DECEMBER,” 2009’s “ALL I EVER WANTED,” 2011’s platinum certified –GRAMMY® Award-winning – “STRONGER,” 2013’s platinum certified Christmas album, “WRAPPED IN RED,” and 2015’s “PIECE BY PIECE.”

Clarkson is without doubt one of pop’s top singles artists, with 17 single releases now boasting multi-platinum, platinum, and gold certifications around the world, including such global favorites as “Miss Independent,” “Because Of You,” “Mr. Know It All,” “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” “Heartbeat Song,” and “My Life Would Suck Without You,” the last of which holds the Billboard “Hot 100” record for the biggest chart leap in a single week, from #97 all the way to #1.

One of the most honored artists in music history, Clarkson has received a truly stunning array of awards and nominations, among them three GRAMMY® Awards including two for “Best Pop Vocal Album” – the first artist to ever twice win that award. In addition, Clarkson has won 12 Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and one Country Music Association Award. The first artist to top each ofBillboard’s pop, adult contemporary, country, and dance charts, Clarkson has made countless TV appearances, including performances during the 14th season of American Idol – the first ever week of competition dedicated to a previous winner’s discography.

Alongside her incredible musical career, Clarkson has ventured into a variety of film and television projects, including a memorable turn as musical legend Brenda Lee on NBC’s 2003 series, American Dreams. As if all that weren’t enough, Clarkson made her literary debut in 2016 with the best-selling children’s book, River Rose And The Magical Lullaby (HarperCollins). This year will see the release of Clarkson’s follow-up, River Rose And The Magical Christmas, to be published October 24th by HarperCollins.

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