David Pomeranz finds his way back to Manila

Catch David Pomeranz on these dates and venues - the Heritage on Dec. 19, Airport Casino Filipino on Dec. 20, Pavilion on Dec. 21, Iloilo on Dec. 22, Angeles on Dec. 27, Olongapo on Dec. 28 and Tagaytay on Dec. 29.

Press Release

Every Filipino loves embracing the magic of love, and international multi-platinum singer-songwriter David Pomeranz knows this by heart. This affinity with the Filipino people was highlighted in a string of special Holiday shows billed "The Magic of Christmas,” which kicked off at Casino Filipino Bacolod on Dec. 13. He also performed to multitude of fans at the Casino Filipino branches of Cebu (Dec. 14), Davao (Dec. 15).

He will take the concert tour at the Heritage on Dec. 19, Airport Casino Filipino on Dec. 20, Pavilion on Dec. 21, Iloilo on Dec. 22, Angeles on Dec. 27, Olongapo on Dec. 28 and Tagaytay on Dec. 29.

Regarded as one of the most successful songwriters and recording artists in the international music scene, David’s songs have sold over 35 million copies worldwide and his musical projects have earned him a total of 18 Gold and Platinum records with hits "Got To Believe In Magic" and "King And Queen Of Hearts."

In 1999, he captured the hearts of the Filipinos with the release of the phenomenal single “Born For You,” included in the compilation album "Born For You - His Best and More."

As a loving tribute to his fans, David has a special surprise for fans who will attend his live shows – a special CD You’re The Inspiration which includes some of the most-loved romantic songs interpreted by David.  It can be downloaded over atwww.mymusicstore.com.ph.

The songs in the album are All Out Of Love, As Long As He Needs Me, Have I Told You Lately, I’ll Be Over You, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Now And Forever, The Search Is Over, These Dreams, To Be With You, What Matters Most, and the title track You’re The Inspiration.

In the Philippines, David is being managed by Medianation, alongside Marvin Agustin, Aiza Seguerra.

David is also set to star in a string of shows for February in the Philippines.

For more updates follow @medianationinc and like the FB Page www.facebook.com/medianationinc.

"The World from the Side of the Moon" by Phillip Phillips

Here's a debut album from season 11 AI (American Idol) winner, Phillip Phillips. Songs include his collaboration and his winning piece "Home"

He collaborated with David Ryan Harris on "Tell Me a Story", which he described as his favorite song in the album and the one he is most proud of. Other songwriters he collaborated with include Greg Holden and Drew Pearson who wrote his coronation song "Home". After the success of this song, Phillips indicated that the album will have a couple of songs similar to "Home".

He wrote with his brother-in-law Benjamin Neil "Drive Me", a song he had originally wanted to be his coronation song. His girlfriend Hanna Blackwell also contributed lines to the lyrics on the bonus track "Take Me Away". All but three of the tracks on the main album were written or co-written by him, with four of the songs he wrote himself.

The album title, The World from the Side of the Moon, come from the lyrics of the first song on the album, "Man on the Moon." 

Phillips described it as the experience of watching himself in a DVD of the whole Idol season someone gave him, "so I was kind of watching myself from a whole different world that no one else really knows. It’s interesting to see how it happened and so fast. That's how I picked the title: I felt like I watched myself grow and this whole album is representing where I am."

Read Rolling Stone's story about Phillip's debut album:

Phillip Phillips Calls His Own Shots on Debut Album
'American Idol' winner takes charge on 'The World From the Side of the Moon'

Read it here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/phillip-phillips-calls-his-own-shots-on-debut-album-20121119#ixzz2Cv8uRh00 
Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook"

Check out Phillip Phillips “HOME" music video via VEVO

Get Phillip Phillips “The World from the Side of the Moon" album available via ITUNES
iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/ph/album/world-from-side-moon/id575739051

Get Phillip Phillips “The World from the Side of the Moon" album available via MYMUSICSTORE
MyMusicStore.com.ph - http://www.mymusicstore.com.ph/album/1072912/The-World-From-The-Side-Of-The-Moon.html

Relive the Greyson Chance Experience - December 2 at Trinoma

Catch Greyson Chance and relive the experience happening on December 2, 4pm at Trinoma Park, Level 4, Trinoma Mall.

Greyson Chance - "Take My Heart" live performance

Check out the recording of Greyson Chance’s newest single “SUNSHINE & CITY LIGHTS” on YouTube:

Check out the making of Greyson Chance’s music video “SUNSHINE & CITY LIGHTS” on YouTube:

Get Greyson Chance’s new single “SUNSHINE & CITY LIGHTS” on iTunes:

Get Greyson Chance’s latest EP “TRUTH BE TOLD PART 1” on iTunes:

Get Greyson Chance’s new single “SUNSHINE & CITY LIGHTS” on MyMusicStore:

Get "Sunshine & City Lights" as your mobile ringback tone, FREE/5 days for Smart and Globe, and for only P5/5days for Sun Cellular subscribers!

Text SSCL to 2728 (SMART)
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Text 5495054 to 2300 (SUN)

For more information on Greyson Chance, please visit MCA MUSIC’s official social media sites:

The Brewer Boys cover of Christmas Song / Mistletoe

Wish to meet the Brewer Boys and feature it on my blog soon :)

Meanwhile, here's their cover of Christmas Song / Mistletoe :) ENJOY!!!


Pre Order Rihanna's Upcoming Album - Unaplogetic on iTunes Philippines

You may now pre-order RIHANNA's upcoming album, "UNAPOLOGETIC", on iTunes Philippines! https://t.co/JZ0zSqeM

Expected release date: NOVEMBER 19

Press Release






(Oct. 31, 2012 – New York, NY) Worldwide superstar Rihanna, currently dominating global charts with “Diamonds,” the fastest-rising single of her career to date, and the first single from UNAPOLOGETIC, her upcoming 7th studio album for Island Def Jam in just seven years - arriving in stores worldwide on Monday, November 19th -  now announces the launch of her unprecedented “777” tour on Nov. 14th.
A group of die-hard fans from the Rihanna Navy fan club and a traveling international press corps of over 150 journalists representing 82 countries will be taken aboard a chartered Boeing 777 twinjet to 7 shows in 7 days in 7 countries.  Working with global sponsor, HTC Corporation, the “777 Tour" will host an intimate gig in each of 7 cities—including one in the UK co-sponsored by River Island — marching toward the November 19th release date of UNAPOLOGETIC.

To commemorate the arrival of UNAPOLOGETIC, two different Limited Edition D2C deluxe box sets are up for pre-sale to members of the Rihanna Navy, exclusively at the RihannaNow.comwebsite: the DIAMONDS BOX and the DIAMONDS EXECUTIVE PLATINUM BOX, carrying amazing never-before-released Rihanna images, art and custom-made accessories. UNAPOLOGETIC will go up for pre-order at iTunes on November 6th.

Meanwhile, “Diamonds,” with 94 million combined radio audience in the U.S. (Greatest Gainer/Streaming & Airplay), jumps to #5 on the Hot 100, to become Rihanna’s 23rd Top 10 hit on the chart.  “Diamonds” debuted four weeks ago with #1 postings at iTunes in 27 countries, and Top 5 iTunes in 55 countries. On November 10th, Rihanna will perform 'Diamonds' on theSaturday Night Live stage, her fourth time as musical guest.

Rihanna – the “#1 Person On Facebook” with over 62 million Likes – has sold over 37 million albums and 146 million digital tracks worldwide, and currently holds the record as the top-selling digital artist of all time.  The recipient of six Grammy Awards® and seven Billboard Music Awards, she was named the world’s #1 social media star by Forbes, with over 2.9 billion views on YouTube/VEVO, the most ever for any female artist, and over 26 million Twitter followers.  In addition to her 11 Hot 100 #1 singles and [now] 23 Top 10 singles, she also has 18 #1 singles on the Billboard Dance Club Song Charts.

RIHANNA’S brand new single DIAMONDS is available online via iTunes or www.MyMusicStore.com.ph

Greyson Chance Truth be Told Part 1- Live in Ayala Malls on November 11

15 year old American teen pop singer-songwriter and pianist GREYSON CHANCE will be here in Manila for a series of concerts and promotions in Ayala Malls.

He shall be delighting fans with his enthralling voice and amazing talent as he performs at the Ayala malls on November 11, 2012. Catch him at Market! Market! Activity Center at 2:30 pm and TriNoma Activity Center at 6:30 pm, and get a chance to meet and greet him after every show! For more information, visit www.ayalamalls.com.ph

GREYSON CHANCE TRUTH BE TOLD PART 1 PHILIPPINE TOUR is presented by Ayala Malls and MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines). Official Residence: InterContinental Manila. Media partners: MYX Music Channel (The No. 1 Music Channel in the Philippines), 97.1 Barangay LS FM (Tugstugan Na!), The Philippine Star, BusinessWorld, HerWord.com, Total Girl Magazine, Manila Concert Scene and Philippine Concerts.

Former Rivermaya frontman Jason Fernandez starts anew in Panimula

The former lead vocalist of Rivermaya is now making his own music.

Press Release

For Jason Fernandez, leaving Rivermaya is one of the most difficult decisions he has made in his lifetime. The said step tested not only his faith, but also his courage to continue his passion for music. Luckily, he has supportive friends and colleagues to encourage him to continue doing what he is destined to do – sing, make music and entertain.

Jason’s new album Panimula is an emotional, musical testimony to his challenging, yet fulfilling journey as a musician.

Produced by Jason and with the support of his new band Sta. Maria, Panimula, under Ivory Music and Video, boasts of having six tracks and one bonus track.

“I have been working on this album for the past year, and I am very proud with how everything turned out,” says Jason. “The wait is definitely worth it. The album follows my journey as a musician.”

When asked what the public can expect from the album, Jason quips that its sound will show his musical influences, including his former band Rivermaya.

“It is undeniable that Rivermaya and its music made me evolve not just as a musician, but also as a human being. The group has taught me a lot, and this album will prove that,” says Jason. “I will forever be grateful to Rivermaya for the opportunity and the lessons that they have imparted to me.”

The album contains songs about hope, lost love, life, and inspirations.

The album’s first single, the anthemic Maria challenges the listeners to rethink their ways and further highlights the versatility of Jason’s vocals.

Panimula also includes a collaboration between Jason and Pop-rock Princess Yeng Constantino in the sweeping ballad Panaginip.

Jason Fernandez is being managed by Orion Entertainment. For inquiries and bookings, please call 0916-4140358 or email olrac1023@gmail.com.

Price: PHP250.00


Follow Jason on Twitter: @JasonStaMaria

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jason-Fernandez-Sta-Maria-/123962841088051?ref=ts&fref=ts

Noel Cabangon scores Gold for Tuloy Ang Byahe

After only two months after release, Noel Cabangon’s Tuloy Ang Byahe has scored a Gold Record Award. The album, produced by Universal Records, is a follow-up to the highly-successful Byahe album which spawned a Double Platinum Record Award.

Universal Records Managing Director Kathleen Dy-Go awarded Noel during the launch of his latest single Kailan, also included in the album.

Tuloy Ang Byahe includes Noel’s rendition of OPM classics originally recorded by icons Smokey Mountain, Leah Navarro, VST and Company, Dulce, APO, Freddie Aguilar, Florante, Rey Valera, Hotdog, Zsa Zsa Padilla, among others.

Recently, Noel’s Panaginip album swept the Star Awards for Music and Catholic Mass Media Awards.

Noel is being managed by Orion Entertainment. For inquiries and bookings, please call 0916-4140358 or email olrac1023@gmail.com.

Christian Bautista’s X Class earns rave reviews; three shows this weekend

Asiansation Christian Bautista did not lie when he said that his 19th anniversary concert is his biggest, best concert to date. Backed with perhaps the best in the industry, Louie Ocampo as Musical Director, Rowell Santiago as stage director, and STAGES as producer, Christian proved that he is indeed the most important male singer of his generation.

X Class boasts of Christian’s finest live performance in his 10-year-old career with able support from his guests Jordan Bautista, Myke Salomon, Ikey Canoy, Zia Quizon, and Alodia Gosiengfiao. During the first two nights of the show, Christian was joined by no less than Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez and international star MiG Ayesa.

This weekend, Megastar Sharon Cuneta (12th) and Pop Diva Kuh Ledesma (13th) will join Christian. Special guests are lined-up on the 14th, which promises to touch the heartstrings of everyone who will watch.

The production is undeniably world-class, which further highlights STAGES capabilities to mount magical stage presentations. The whole concert was fusion of magic, technology, artistry and passion for the arts. STAGES, which is also celebrating its 15th year, is one of the premiere events management companies in the country.

Christian’s dedication is evident in all the production numbers of the concert – the magical Could It Be Magic, the victorious I’m Already King, the action-filled Live And Let Live, the colorful Colour Everywhere, the touching Broken Vow, the futuristic Unphotographable, and the crowd-pleaser mash-up of Somebody That I Used To Know/ Oppa Gangnam Style, among many memorable points.

Undeniably on a class of its own, X Class is definitely this year’s best concert.

Creed Live in Manila on November 11, 2012 (SMART Araneta Coliseum)

NOVEMBER 11, 2012 AT 8PM

Ticket Prices:
Patron A Standing - PHP5,500
Patron B Reserved - PHP5,900
Lower Box Center - PHP4,500
Lower Box Side - PHP3,800
Upper Box A - PHP2,500
Upper Box B - PHP1,500
General Admission - PHP800
+ 6% Ticketnet Service Charge

For ticket inquiries, call Ticketnet: 02-911-5555 or buy online here:

For VIP and Meet and Greet passes, call: 0929-2603399 or 02-921-8883.

How Kimpoy Feliciano found his way back home online

Four years ago, online heartthrob Kimpoy Feliciano’s family decided to migrate to Dunedin, New Zealand. Just like any kid in his situation then, he had no choice but to oblige in his family’s decision to move to a new place, away from his other family, friends, and classmates.

Luckily, social media has bridged the gap between Kimpoy and his loved ones in Manila and Bulacan. Through sites like Tumblr, Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter, he has reconnected himself to the Philippines without being physically present in the country.

“It was very hard for me when my family decided to move to Dunedin. I had to leave everyone behind. When we left for Dunedin, it was one of the saddest days in my life,” says the 19-year-old Kimpoy, who is currently a second year Business Management Student in University of Otago. “Who would have known that because of that sadness, I would connect to more people in the Philippines? Talagang everything happens for a reason and I am blessed that I have friends from everywhere now. Talagang no boundaries.”

Being the ever-playful Kimpoy, his antics did not only capture the appreciation of his friends, it also earned him more Filipino friends.

The support of these new friends made Kimpoy one of the most influential Filipinos on Twitter, according to social media analytics site Klout.com. He ranked third in the survey, where he is the lone non-TV star.

He also bagged the 2012 Globe Tatt Awards’ Thought Mover Award for his nuggets of wisdom.

He was adjudged number one Youtube Leader in the 4th Annual Shorty Awards, besting other local and international celebrities. The awarding was held in New York, USA.

“It is really heartwarming to know that I have developed these friendships. Amazing po talaga how internet can bridge the gaps between people from different locations,” adds Kimpoy. “I really feel blessed to have everyone supporting me.”

Aside from his activities online, Kimpoy also became part of the New Zealand cast of the musical Miss Saigon.

“I am really a dancer, more than a singer, but I can also sing,” clarifies Kimpoy. “Friends know I love to sing and dance,”

Kimpoy is on a 10-day stint in Manila. He is recording an album for Universal Records, which is Kimpoy’s way of thanking all his friends for their love and support.

He is also scheduled to guest on different shows.

Kimpoy is being managed by Orion Entertainment. For inquiries, please email olrac1023@gmail.com.

Paulo Avelino treats fans with When She Cries

 Award-winning actor Paulo Avelino has a lot to be thankful for - acting recognitions, a phenomenal TV series, slew of endorsements. However, for Paulo, he considers his throngs of fans his biggest blessing.

As a means of thanking those people who selflessly loves him, Paulo has just released his first single – his own rendition of the hit When She Cries., which was one of the biggest hits of the 90’s.

“This is a gift to all my fans,” says Paulo. “I want to give all of you (my fans) this song.”

He singles out the line “I pray this time, I can be the man that she deserves”  as his promise to his fans that he hopes that he is deserving of all their love and support.

Paulo admits that he never dreamt of being a recording artist, but he is thankful to Universal Records for entrusting to him this project.

Follow Paulo Avelino on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mepauloavelino

DOWNLOAD Paul Avelino's "WHEN SHE CRIES" Full song here: http://www.mymusicstore.com.ph/music/paulo-avelino/464458/When-She-Cries.html

The Wanted Live in Manila! September 14, 2012

 The Wanted Live in Manila! September 14, 2012, 8pm | NBC Tent Fort Bonifacio Taguig City ‘



Sam Concepcion shares first screen kiss with Tippy Dos Santos in IDoBidoo Bidoo

Teen heartthrob Sam Concepcion admits that Unitel’s comedy-musical IDoBidoo Bidoo is his biggest career break, and he is ultimately grateful that he has the promising Tippy Dos Santos as his leading lady. The movie, which features the iconic songs of the Apo Hiking Society, is topbilled by the entertainment industry’s most respectable names Gary Valenciano, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid, and Eugene Domingo and is directed by box-office director Chris Martinez.

“Tippy and I have been friends since way back. We represented the country in a festival in Korea when we were kids, and last year, we were first paired in Peter Pan. I was Peter to her Wendy,” recounts Sam. “This is such a big break and I am thankful that I have Tippy by my side to support me.”

In the movie, Sam plays Rock Polotan, who has impregnated his girlfriend Tracy Fuentebella (Tippy). Conflict starts when their families come into the picture- the affluent Fuentebella Family (Zsa Zsa and Gary) and the poor yet musically-inclined Polotan Family (Ogie and Eugene).

IDoBidoo Bidoo marks Sam’s crossover to doing more challenging and mature roles, as he was required to do his first onscreen kiss in the movie.

“Being in the business for so long, I know some people’s perception of me is that I’m still 12 or 13, but thankfully, I was blessed with this movie that I get to make people realize that I am already a grown-up,” shares the teen heartthrob. “Working with Tippy has always been a breeze. We have this rapport that comes from years of friendship.”

Asked about the kiss, Sam says “when we did the scene, I was already Rock who is madly in love with Tracy. So, it was ok. The more memorable parts are the minutes before and after the take.”

Tippy adds, “this is my first movie, so the kissing scene made me really nervous, but because it is Sam, with direk Chris as our director, everything turned out well and romantic.”

Tippy was a seasoned, yet young theater actress before showbiz discovered her. She has appeared in TV shows like Idol, Shoutout, Growing Up, among others.

Sam and Tippy are grateful that Tony Gloria and Unitel Pictures entrusted this project to them.

“Unitel brought numerous cinematic gems like Crying Ladies, La Visa Loca, and the songs of APO mirror the history of the Filipino people, until now, we can’t believe that we were tapped to be a part of this landmark movie,” gushes Sam. “This is a movie that every Filipino family should watch.”

IDo Bidoo Bidoo starts showing this August 29 in cinemas nationwide.

Gloc-9 releases biggest album MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata

Premiere rapper Gloc-9 is mighty proud of his forthcoming release MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata, his first under Universal Records.

I have worked very hard for this album,” says Gloc-9. “Before, I would record albums for about two months. For MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata, it took me around six months.”

He adds that he is ultimately satisfied with the album, which includes collaborations with some of the biggest names in the industry – Chito Miranda, Bamboo, Ebe Dancel, Jay Durias, Billy Crawford, Maychelle Baay of Moonstar 88, among others.

I have always been fond of stories of other people,” adds the rapper. “This album contains various stories from people from all walks of life.”

Gloc-9 admits being super proud of the album’s single Sirena, which talks about the story of a responsible gay man. The song also features Ebe Dancel.

I think this is the first time that a song about a gay man is presented in a first person’s point of view,” explains Gloc-9. “I worked very hard on this song for it not to be offending to anyone.”

The music video of Sirena also boasts of Boy Abunda’s participation.

The rapper also adds that MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata marks a new chapter in his career as this is his first release under Universal Records, where he joins its elite roster of artists like Gary Valenciano, Jose Mari Chan, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Parokya Ni Edgar, Christian Bautista, Kamikazee, Sam Concepcion, among others.

I am very thankful that Universal welcomed me into their stable,” concludes Gloc-9. “I am looking forward to doing more projects with my new label.”

MKNM (Mga Kwento ng Makata) Tracklist:
1. Balak ni Syke
2. Apatnapungbara feat. Ian Tayao
3. Silup feat. Denise Barbacena
4. Alalay ng hari feat. Allan Mitchell Silonga
5. Sirena feat. Ebe Dancel
6. Hindi mo nadinig feat. Jay Durias
7. Sino (interlude)
8. Salarin feat. Bamboo Manalac
9. Inday feat. Cathy Go
10. Bakit hindi feat. Billy Crawford
11. Malakas (interlude)
12. Pison feat. Chito Miranda
13. Thankful feat. Maychelle Baay of Moonstar88 & Bambu

Bonus Tracks
14. Hari ng tondo feat. Denise Barbacena
15. Kung tama Siya feat. Jaq Dionisio of Kissjane

Erik Santos sings The Greatest Theme Songs

Prince of Pop Erik Santos stands out among his contemporaries because of his ability to convey a whole array of emotions through his songs, making him the most sought-after interpreter of theme songs.

He has breathed life to around 30 movie and TV themes– May Bukas Pa, Now That I Have You, Miss You Like Crazy, If You Asked Me To, Lupa, It Might Be You, Maging Sino Ka Man, Say You’ll Never Go, I’ll Never Go, among others. This is a feat achieved only by the Prince of Pop, who seems to be John Lloyd Cruz’s lucky charm because most of his hit movies had Erik as the singer of the theme. And with such achievements he has become the most requested interpreter of Teleserye and movie theme songs.

Erik, aside from being a prolific singer, is also an accomplished concert performer with numerous hit concerts to his name. He had sold-out concerts at the Music Museum, Meralco Theater, Aliw Theater, and Araneta Coliseum.

This August 30 and 31 at the Meralco Theater, Erik highlights his love of singing theme songs and performing via the major concert The Greatest Theme Songs. In the concert, experience the power of Erik’s voice as he celebrates the magic of cinema and music through impressive production numbers and sincere singing.

“I am excited with the concept of this concert,” says Erik. “I have always been fascinated by great Theme Songs, be it movies, theater or teleseryes, so I am really happy that I was given this project.”

The concert will feature, aside from Erik’s live performance of his previously-recorded theme songs, the Prince of Pop’s favorite songs lifted from the big and small screens.

“It will be a night of good music and memorable moments,” adds Erik. “It will be a trip down memory lane, but I assure you, everything you’ll see onstage will be somewhat new. It is an exciting show.”  Joining him in the concert are all female Classical Crossover Pop Trio Opera Belles and OPM legendary Icons Basil Valdez, Vina Morales and Gary Valenciano.

As a recording artist, Erik still remains to be one of the most bankable singers of his generation winning the 2012 Tambayan 101.9 Song of the Year award for his single Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka, part of his latest album Awit Para Sa’yo.

This event is presented by Qualibet and Record Breaker Events in cooperation with Zenea Slimming and Body Sculpting and a production of Cornerstone Concerts.  For tickets to The Greatest Theme Songs, please call SM Tickets at 470-2222 and  Ticketworld at 891-9999.

Aiza Seguerra signs a new contract with ABS-CBN

Our favorite singer-songwriter and actress Aiza Seguerra signs a new contract with ABS-CBN! 

 Aiza plays sister to Jodie Sta. Maria in "Be Careful With My Heart" and will continue to be part of ASAP 2012!!! Stay tuned to ABS-CBN and watch out for more shows featuring Aiza Seguerra!

Aiza Seguerra is represented by MediaNation Inc. For bookings and inquiries, contact Annabelle Regalado-Borja at +63.917.589.6284 or email annabelle.regalado-borja@medianationinc.com


KEANE wanders on a new ‘Strangeland’

KEANE wanders on a new ‘Strangeland’ --- their latest album, that is. Strangeland (2012) is the fourth studio album by English alternative rock band Keane. It is their first full length album since Perfect Symmetry (2008), as well as the first to feature bassist Jesse Quin as an official member. Keane offers a refreshing sound through Strangeland. Helen Lear of The Music describes the new album as, “middle-of-the-road indie-pop”, and “pretty much what you would expect from Keane, but the tempo is noticeably more upbeat and the style more diverse than previous albums. It offers some more fun in a grown-up style that may attract new fans to take a listen."

Strangeland features sixteen tracks such as the redemptive declamations of “Silenced by the Night”, the spirit-swelling “Neon River”, the bittersweet friendship song “Watch How You Go”, the electronica element of “Black Rain”, the narrative “Sovereign Light Café” and songs which are unmistakably ‘Keane’ like “Disconnected” and “Day Will Come” plus other promising tracks like “You are Young”, “On the Road”, “The Starting Line”, “In Your Own Time”, “Sea Fog”, “Run with Me”, “The Boys”, “It’s Not True” and “Strangeland” --- all of which are absolutely worth listening to. As what Keane drummer Richard Hughes stated, ‘Whatever it is that makes us ‘Keane’ – that invisible glue – is still there. And you can hear it all over Strangeland.’

Keane achieved mainstream success with the release of their debut album, Hopes and Fears, in 2004. The album won multiple awards and was the second best-selling British album of the year. Their second studio album, Under the Iron Sea, continued the band's success, topping the album charts in the UK and debuting at number-four on the Billboard 200 chart. In May 2008, both Hopes and Fears and Under the Iron Sea were voted by readers of Q magazine as among the best British albums ever, with Keane, The Beatles, Oasis and Radiohead as the only artists having two albums in the Top 20.

Keane’s new album STRANGELAND is out now in CDs exclusively under MCA Music available at Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video or online via www.MyMusicStore.com.ph

Party High with FAR EAST MOVEMENT’s ‘Dirty Bass’

Isn’t it evident that the musical trend these days takes on a ‘club vibe’ remix? Turn on the radio and you’ll hear most of the pop songs possess an ‘in the club’ factor like Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”, Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”, Justin Bieber’s “All Around the World”, Jessie J’s “Laserlight”, The Wanted’s “Chasing the Sun”, Mika’s “Celebrate”, Owl City’s and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Good Time” among others. Los Angeles group Far East Movement (also known as FM) does just that as they party high with their newest album, DIRTY BASS. 

Far East Movement members Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif, and DJ Virman take elements of hip-hop, electro, alternative, and dance to create an original pop sound and lifestyle they refer to as Dirty Bass, their fourth studio album. The 16-track album features mind-blowing collaborations with Justin Bieber for the lead single “Live My Life”, Redfoo of LMFAO for a ‘Party Rock Remix’ version of “Live My Life”, Tyga in “Dirty Bass”, Pitbull in “Candy”, Cassie for “Fly With U”, Alvaro in “Show Me Love” and Ryan Tedder of One Republic for “Rocketeer” which is a platinum selling Top 10 Billboard charting that connected with new fans of all ages. Dirty Bass also includes the new single “Turn Up the Love” feat. Cover Drive, “Where the Wild Things Are” feat. Crystal Kay, “Flossy” feat. My Name Is Kay, “If I Die Tomorrow” feat. Bill Kaulitz, “Ain’t Coming Down” feat. Sidney Samson & Matthew Koma, “Basshead” feat. YG, “Lights Out (Go Crazy)” feat. Junior Caldera & Natalia Kills, the ethereal standout “Little Bird” plus their chart-topping tune “Like a G6”.

FM creates music that bridges the gap between underground party records and mainstream pop music. The group found mainstream success after building a following in the Downtown Los Angeles club scene. Their hit, "Like a G6", instantly exploded on radio and sales charts, reaching triple platinum-plus status and the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart making them the first Asian-American group with a #1 song in the country.

Dirty Bass, with its booming bass line and sexy airtight melodies, definitely works in the clubs, but it's also meant to be pumped up while driving, working out, or anywhere else.

DIRTY BASS is out now in CDs exclusively under MCA Music available at Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video or online via www.MyMusicStore.com.ph

CARLY RAE JEPSEN’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ is the BIGGEST HIT of 2012!

President Barrack Obama, Manny Pacquiao, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Solenn Heusaff, Raymond Gutierrez and the UAAP Season 75 -- What do they possibly all have in common? -- A music video dancing and/or lip synching to Carly Rae Jepsen’s highly infectious tune, “Call Me Maybe”. If you haven’t heard this song yet then perhaps you’ve been living under a rock!

Canadian singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen rose to fame with her single, “Call Me Maybe”, claiming the No. 1 spot in the Digital Chart -- the first song by a Canadian artist to reach the top of the digital chart since Justin Bieber's “Baby” in January 2010. It also recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. “Call Me Maybe” has sold over 3.2 million singles and spent four consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Digital Songs chart. Certified quintuple-platinum in Jepsen’s native Canada (where it hit No. 1), the track is also an international sensation, climbing to No. 1 in the iTunes Singles charts in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and more. Moreover, it has also dominated Philippine charts, reaching No. 1 in local radio stations such as Magic 89.9, Love Radio 90.7, Big 91.5, RX 93.1, 93.9 i-FM, Mellow 94.7, 95.5 Pinas FM, 97.1, LS FM, 97.9 Home, 99.5 RT, 101.1 Yes FM, Tambayan 101.9, 102.7 Star, Wow 103.5, Energy 106.7 and Win 107.5 among others.  

The irresistibly catchy song’s ascent is fueled in part by its videos. The official video has racked up more than 105 million views on VEVO, while an unofficial clip — which Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and other young stars filmed of themselves lip-synching and dancing to the song and posted on Big Time Rush actor and singer Carlos Pena’s YouTube Channel. It has attracted more than 42 million views and has inspired other stars get in on the action. Katy Perry, actor James Franco, the Harvard Baseball team, SMU Women’s Rowing team and more have all posted their own versions of “Call Me Maybe.” Joining in the fun is a parody of US President Barrack Obama’s speech which was cleverly edited to look as though he’s singing the song. At the same time, the video gimmick was picked up locally when Manila’s ‘IT Girl’ Solenn Heusaff also lip dubbed the song with friends Raymond Gutierrez, Liz Uy and Anne Curtis among others, making the video go viral online.

Carly Rae Jepsen may seem like a newcomer in the music biz but she has already scored two previous gold singles and received numerous awards, including 2010 Juno Award nominations for “Songwriter of the Year” and “Best New Artist” as well as a 2010 MuchMusic Video Award nomination for “UR Fave New Artist.” She has sold more than 400,000 singles in her home country. She is set to release her debut album this September. With all these accolades, indeed, “Call Me Maybe” deserves to be hailed as the BIGGEST HIT of 2012.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s debut album will soon be available in CDs exclusively under MCA Music. Her mega hit single “Call Me Maybe” may already be downloaded at www.MyMusicStore.com.ph

Willie Revillame chooses Marvin Agustin to pinch-hit for Wil Time Bigtime

Wil Time Bigtime host Willie Revillame, with lost voice and not feeling well, and mourning for the demise of King of Comedy Dolphy, filed a leave from his show. Willie, however, personally chose an able host in Marvin Agustin to pinch-hit for him.

Marvin, who is a respected actor, entrepreneur-restaurateur, cleared all his previously-set engagements to respond to Willie’s request. Marvin started hosting Wil Time Bigtime yesterday (July 11) and will continue doing so until tomorrow(July 13).

"I really enjoyed my first night hosting Wil Time Bigtime," says Marvin. "Kaya naman pala masayang-masaya si Kuya Wil sa show niya dahil nakakapagpaligaya ka na, nakakatulong ka pa kaya I'm looking forward to doing this till tomorrow."


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 Herword.com. It is also available online via www.mymusicstore.com.ph. To download Ramon “RJ” Jacinto’s music on your mobile phones, text RJ to 3456.

The Voice’s DIA FRAMPTON debuts ‘Red’

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.”    

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 www.MyMusicStore.com.ph


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 www.mymusicstore.com.ph under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) and is presented in cooperation with Businessworld and HerWord.com.. To download Richard Poon’s music on your mobile phones, just text RP to 3456.

Acoustic Love Notes by Sabrina

Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart Sabrina joins forces with famous radio/ TV personality Joe D’Mango for an album that will touch the hearts of many—“Acoustic Love Notes”. Inspired by his popular and long-time show “Love Notes”, Sabrina interprets classic love songs acoustic style coupled with Joe D’Mango’s love messages.

The song line-up includes the carrier single “Somewhere Down The Road” originally by Barry Manilow, Brian McKnight’s “One Last Cry”, “Cry” by Mandy Moore, Christian Bautista’s “The Way You Look At Me”, “Can You Help Me” by Usher, Mikaila’s “The Art of Letting Go”, “I Don’t Want You To Go” by Lani Hall, Brandy’s “Have You Ever”, “Someone Like You” by Adele, Tamia’s “Officially Missing You”, “If Love Is Blind” by Tiffany, Jann Arden’s “Insensitive” and “Without Me” by Clair Marlo.

For the first time in any Sabrina album, it features 4 original songs, 2 of which she composed herself—“One True Love” and “Over For Now But Not Forever”.  Her first Filipino track “Sa Bawat Paghinga” was written by award-winning composer Toto Sorioso and the other original track “Again” is a duet with up and coming singer Anj Sulit.

“This project with Mr. Joe D’Mango actually started with my guesting at his show where I sung my all-time favorite love song ‘Somewhere Down The Road’. From there, my record label, MCA Music thought of having us working together and the rest is history. It was truly an honor working with him having been a fan of his show through the years,” Sabrina said.

“It’s been a while since I came out with a Lovenotes compilation album. Now, it gives me great pleasure to be part of a soulful collaboration on a new album with Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart , Sabrina.  This endearing album contains  some of the most memorable songs that captured  the hearts of  many who  have  loved and failed and many who have loved and have been loved in return,” as Joe D’Mango wrote from the album intro.

Sabrina has been making waves in Asia since the release of her “I Love Acoustic” series which is currently on its fourth volume. The albums have been multi-platinum success in Indonesia and certified Gold in Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. Among Filipino singers, only two have officially break in the Southeast Asian market—Christian Bautista and Sabrina.

Be it songs of heartbreak, love lost, letting go or falling in love again, it is here in “Acoustic Love Notes” where you will hear a different Sabrina.

“Acoustic Love Notes” will be out this June 18 under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) at leading record stores nationwide and online via www.MyMusicStore.com.ph and is presented in cooperation with Wow Videoke, Businessworld and HerWord.com. To download Sabrina’s music on your mobile phones, text SABRINA to 3456. For bookings and inquiries, please contact Sammy Samaniego at +632 9162504 local 107, +639178565174 or +639209682991 or email sammy.samaniego@umusic.com.



"We want to offer something new with every album," says Dexter Holland, frontman of THE OFFSPRING.

After nine records, that's certainly not an easy task for any band. However, THE OFFSPRING have more than a few surprises up their sleeves, and their ninth studio album, DAYS GO BY, is staggering proof. Produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Mötley Crüe, The Cult), the record sees the group embracing every side of their sound, while simultaneously blazing new trails.

The Huntington Beach, CA quartet—Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg Kriesel (bass) and Pete Parada (drums)—once again break all the rules in true punk fashion. The title track and first single glides on an irresistible riff and arena-sized hook. Meanwhile, "OC Guns" swings from swaggering SoCal reggae into a mariachi breakdown, and "Cruising California (Bumpin' in My Trunk)" hilariously recounts an afternoon rolling around the beach with nothing but time to kill and scantily girls to flirt with. Then, there's the final speed punk death march of dual salvo "Dividing by Zero" and "Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell." It's unique, unpredictable, and undeniably THE OFFSPRING.

The band's last album, 2008's Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace, featured the alternative and rock radio staples “Hammerhead” and “You're Gonna Go Far, Kid.” Also among their best-known hits are the rock anthems “Self Esteem,” “Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” and “The Kids Aren't Alright." They've performed over 1100 shows across the globe and sold more than 36 million albums worldwide. Their 1994 release Smash remains the highest-selling album of all-time on an independent label.

In 2010 after a successful touring cycle behind Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, the four musicians regrouped in their Orange County studio to begin carving out ideas for their next offering. Holland took a trip to visit Rock in Hawaii. After collaborating with the producer on the previous record, it was like they'd simply picked up where they left off.
"The last album turned out really great, so we wanted to work with Bob again," Holland explains. "When you go with a producer for the second time, it can go one of two ways. Either, since you've gotten to know each other, everything gets a lot better. Or, sometimes, you've gotten too comfortable with each other, and it stops being professional. The producer becomes too much like a buddy. Luckily, it didn't go that way. Bob encouraged us to throw all of our ideas out there." The title track actually ignited the entire process. They began working on that song first, revisiting it throughout the entire process, and actually finishing it in the last batch. For Holland, the song remains emblematic of a pervasive overarching theme.

"It tied everything together and was the most representative of what I was trying to get at," he reveals. "Time marches on. We have to get through life and pull ourselves up by our boot straps. No one is going to do it for you. At the same time, there's a message of hope, and I wanted that to come across. The last few years have been really tough on a
lot of people. You can see it on TV or in the news. The song doesn't simply say, 'Let's revolt.' It's about the spirit that things can get better."

There's nothing quite as cathartic as seeing the band live though, and that's where the material on DAYS GO BY will burn the brightest. It's because even after all this time, the group's reason for being on stage hasn't changed. It's as pure as it's ever been. "We share a love of this music that we got into at such a young age," declares Noodles. "It meant the same thing or a very similar thing to all of us back then as it does now. We love recording. We love hanging out backstage. We love giving each other shit and taking the piss out of each other. We love playing."

It's no surprise Holland feels the same. "We still do it because it's what we love. We feel inspired to make the best music we can and try to make the world a bit better in the process. When the audience sings back to you, there's nothing like it." There will be a lot more of that to come with DAYS GO BY.

The Offspring – Days Go By, released by Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines.

Listen to “Days Go By” here: http://soundcloud.com/theoffspringsc/days-go-by/s-TNtlU

DAYS GO BY album track-listing:

1) The Future Is Now
2) Secrets From The Underground
3) Days Go By
4) Turning Into You
5) Hurting As One
6) Cruising California (Bumpin' In My Trunk)
7) All I Have Left Is You
8) OC Guns
9) Dirty Magic
10) I Wanna Secret Family (With You)
11) Dividing By Zero
12) Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell



Features Hits of Iconic Rockers Def Leppard, Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison and Others
Performed By Rock of Ages Cast Members Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti,
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J Blige, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, and More

Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines announces the international release of the soundtrack album for the highly anticipated upcoming movie musical Rock of Ages on June 2012. The ROCK OF AGES: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK boasts 20 rousing anthems that defined a generation—reinvigorated for the film by a stellar cast including Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise.

Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), New Line Cinema’s Rock of Ages is the film adaptation of the smash hit, five-time Tony® nominated Broadway musical which tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.  Executive Music Producer Adam Anders (Glee) helps tell the rock ‘n’ roll romance through cast versions of heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Poison, Journey, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Foreigner, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and more.  “Taking classic, beloved rock anthems and seeing them through the unique perspective of the characters in the film was such an exciting prospect for me in directing Rock of Ages,” said filmmaker Adam Shankman. “We had a phenomenal cast who performed these songs in such a powerful way—adding depth and meaningful imagery to the film. I was lucky to have a partner in Adam Anders who, better than anyone working today, understands how to take popular songs and seamlessly repurpose them to tell a story with unparalleled originality and success.”

As the larger-than-life, arena-rocking champ “Stacee Jaxx,” the Rock of Ages Soundtrack features Tom Cruise belting out Bon Jovi’s classic “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Def Leppard’s hit “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” and Guns ‘N Roses anthem “Paradise City.” Cruise also duets with Malin Akerman on Foreigner’s power ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and shares the mic with Julianne Hough on The Scorpions’ “Rock You Like A Hurricane.” The album also features an extraordinary medley of Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian,” David Lee Roth’s “Just Like Paradise,” and Poison’s “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” which features Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin.  Also echoing through the soundtrack are mash-ups of songs that ruled the airwaves in the `80s, including Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero” / Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock N Roll”; Extreme’s “More Than Words” / Warrant’s “Heaven”; Pat Benatar’s “Shadows Of The Night” / Quarterflash’s “Harden My Heart”; and Starship’s “We Built This City” woven into Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” all performed by the film’s cast.

New Line Cinema’s Rock of Ages comes to the big screen starting on June 15, 2012, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The movie musical stars Julianne Hough (Burlesque), with actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut, Russell Brand (Arthur), Oscar® nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man), Academy Award® winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago), Malin Akerman (The Proposal), and R&B queen Mary J. Blige, with Oscar® nominees Alec Baldwin (The Cooler, TV’s 30 Rock) and Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Magnolia, Jerry Maguire).

Shankman directed Rock of Ages from a screenplay by Justin Theroux and Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb, based on D’Arienzo’s musical of the same name. Adam Anders and Peer Astrom composed the original score and produced the songs featured in the film. Rock of Ages is produced by Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Grant and Jennifer Gibgot, with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown, Hillary Butorac Weaver, Janet Billig Rich, Shankman and D’Arienzo serving as executive producers.

To learn more about the film and soundtrack visit www.rockofagesmovie.com

The Temper Trap’s Sweet Success

“Sweet disposition… never too soon…,” croons The Temper Trap lead vocalist Dougy Mandagi in a memorable scene from the 2009 film, “500 Days of Summer”. The Temper Trap achieved a sweet success with their single, “Sweet Disposition”, as it opened enough doors for them to nearly sell out a UK tour and win several awards at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards and mind you, a BRIT Award as Best International Breakthrough Artist in 2011.

Fast track 2012, the Australian indie rock band is back and has just released their new self-titled album, The Temper Trap. The album was recorded at the famed Sound Factory in Los Angeles, with producer Tony Hoffer, who’s worked with the likes of Beck, M83 and Phoenix. It is the band's first album as a five-piece since Joseph Greer was added as a permanent member of the band. In an interview with NME, lead guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto revealed that the record has lyrics inspired by last summer's London riots and the end of singer Dougy Mandagi's relationship. ‘There are lots of different moods on the record, some of it is very bright and some of it is more melancholic. When we started writing it felt a bit darker, but over time the songs took on a new life and recording in California meant some of the sun definitely seeped in.’, states Sillitto.

The Temper Trap album includes twelve tracks that boast of flawless melodies like the soulful tunes “Trembling Hands”, “The Sea Is Calling” and “Miracle”; the acoustic rhythm “Rabbit Hole”; the crushing rock surges of “Never Again” and the lead single “Need Your Love”; the pulsating beats of “London’s Burning”, “Where Do We Go from Here”, “Leaving Heartbreak Hotel” and “This Isn’t Happiness” as well as the pure anthemic revelry of “Dreams” and “I’m Gonna Wait”.

The Temper Trap’s core members are Dougy Mandagi on vocals, Jonathon Aherne on bass guitar, Toby Dundas on drums, Lorenzo Sillitto on lead guitar and Joseph Greer on keyboards and guitar. The band brought us the hottest singles from the UK Album Chart such as “Sweet Disposition” from the OST of 500 Days of Summer, “Love Lost”, “Science of Fear” and “Fader”.

THE TEMPER TRAP is out now in CDs exclusively under MCA Music available at Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video or online via www.MyMusicStore.com.ph

JUSTIN BIEBER releases new album “BELIEVE” worldwide!

Global Teen Phenomenon JUSTIN BIEBER releases new album “BELIEVE” worldwide!

June 18, 2012, marks the international release date of Justin Bieber’s 3rd studio album, “Believe”. The album takes flight on the wings of “Boyfriend”, its first worldwide smash single, which debuted at #1 on iTunes in 32 countries. The deluxe physical package of this highly anticipated album contains 16 tracks including the singles “All Around the World” featuring Ludacris, “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean and “Die In Your Arms” plus a bonus DVD of Believe in the Making. The repertoire reveals a newfound maturity with flashes of pop, dance, rap and retro. Billboard.com stated that "Believe" has multiple songs that hint at what Justin Bieber could become someday.

Justin Bieber, who had just turned 18, has already overtaken the world. With worldwide album sales in excess of 15 million units, he has dominated pop culture and social media for more than two years.  He has over 43 million Facebook fans, more than 22 million Twitter followers, and over 2.7 billion YouTube views – he is by far the most popular YouTube artist of all time, which paved the way for him to receive the Social Artist of the Year title at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

With the new album out and backed up by over 40 million Beliebers (Justin’s teenage fans), Justin Bieber indeed has all the elements of being a global teen phenomenon.  

BELIEVE is out now in CDs exclusively under MCA Music available at Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video or online via www.MyMusicStore.com.ph

All Beliebers are also invited to the following venues for the biggest Justin Bieber Fan events: “Believe Bieber Fair!” at SM Megamall Activity Center on June 22, 2:00 pm and at SM North EDSA Sky Dome for the “Justin Bieber Promo Party!” on June 23, 10:00 am.  

John Mayer, enters the Billboard 200 at #1


Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines is pleased to announce that Born and Raised, the new album from Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer, enters the Billboard 200 at #1 with 219,478 sold.  The album also debuted at #1 in Canada on the Nielsen SoundScan Top 200 Sales Chart.

The first collection of new songs since Mayer’s critically-acclaimed Battle Studies in November 2009, Born and Raised includes the lead single, "Shadow Days," and 11 other new tracks.  Produced by John Mayer and Don Was, Born and Raised features David Crosby and Graham Nash contributing vocals on the title cut.

In April, Mayer was awarded the 2012 GRAMMYs on the Hill Award for his commitment to returning soldiers and improving the environment for the nation's music community.  The Awards Ceremony took place in Washington, D.C., and is often referred to as Washington's most interesting mix of music and politics.

Mayer's previous albums--Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Continuum and Battle Studies--have sold more than 16 million copies combined worldwide.  He has been honored with seven Grammy Awards and an additional 11 nominations.  He has also been included in Time Magazine's annual Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine's annual "Guitar" issue.

Born And Raised is available in music stores nationwide, and online via www.mymusicstore.ph only from Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines

1. Queen of California
2. The Age of Worry
3. Shadow Days
4. Speak for Me
5. Something Like Olivia
6. Born and Raised
7. If I Ever Get Around To Living
8. Love is a Verb
9. Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967
10. Whisky, Whisky, Whisky
11. A Face To Call Home
12. Born and Raised (Reprise)

Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album

Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album
featuring 8 NEW and never before heard songs from the season finale

Join McKinley High’s class of 2012 in their graduation with the release of Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album, available in music stores nationwide, via Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines. The commemorative release captures the bitter sweetness of senior year with the Glee cast’s triumphant versions of Queen’s “We Are The Champions,” Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” and Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up.” Glee fans will get a sneak peek of 8 new songs recorded for the season finale, including Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days,” Beyoncé’s “I Was Here,” Madonna’s “I’ll Remember,” and Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).” Also included in this collection is the Glee cast’s version of “We Are Young” by fun., which sold over 137,000 tracks in its first week and debuted at the top of the digital charts.

Glee returned from its mid-season hiatus with the cast embarking on the journey to graduation.  With the school year drawing to a close, New Directions get ready to take on the competition at nationals and its members prepare themselves for one of high school’s biggest milestones - the prom.  The remainder of the season will feature highly-anticipated selections from Saturday Night Fever as well as a poignant Whitney Houston tribute episode.

From the anthem hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” to the pop phenomenon “Teenage Dream” to the widely praised mash-up of Adele’s “Rumour Has It” and “Someone Like You,” Glee has sold more than 43 million songs and over 12 million albums worldwide. Glee scored three consecutive #1 releases with Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna, Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers, and Glee: The Music, Journey To Regionals.  The RIAA has certified Glee: The Music, Volume 1 and Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Platinum (sales in excess of 1 million units) as well as Glee: The Music, Volume 2, Glee: The Music, Volume 3 and Glee: The Music, Volume 4 Gold (sales in excess of 500,000 units).

Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album iaavailable in music stores nationwide, via Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines. It is also available for download on www.mymusicstore.com.ph

The full track listing for Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album is as follows

1. We Are Young
2. Edge Of Glory
3. I Won’t Give Up
4. We Are The Champions
5. School’s Out
6. I Was Here
7. I’ll Remember
8. You Get What You Give
9. Not The End
10. Roots Before Branches
11. Glory Days
12. Forever Young
13. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

Chris Brown to Release Fortune




Grammy Award winner CHRIS BROWN will release his eagerly anticipated new album Fortune via Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines.  Fortune will be available in both physical and digital editions; Both editions of album are currently available for pre-purchase at www.chrisbrownworld.com and come with an instant download of “Turn Up the Music.”  Fortune will also be available for purchase on www.mymusicstore.com.ph

Leading the way to the release is the album’s infectious first single “Turn Up The Music,” written and produced by The Underdogs and Fuego.  Described as an “energetic pop banger” by Billboard, “Turn Up The Music” debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Brown’s directorial debut video for the song debuted at #1 on VEVO and has been viewed over 8 MILLION times within its premiere week.

Chris Brown also surprised fans when he joined Pitbull’s high energy NBA All-Star Game halftime show. The crowd took to their feet as Brown assisted on Pitbull’s “International Love” and segued into an exhilarating performance of “Turn Up The Music.”

With “Strip” heading towards the #1 spot at Urban radio, his Grammy Award winning album F.A.M.E. currently #2 on iTunes’ Top R&B/Soul Albums chart and four (4!!!!) Top 10 songs on iTunes’ Top R&B/Soul Songs charts (#1 – “Turn Up The Music,” #3 – “Strip,” #6 - “Look At Me Now” and #7 - “Beautiful People”), there’s no denying Chris Brown’s star power.

‘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 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 www.MyMusicStore.com.ph

The Horrifying Truth, I Am Giant



On The Horrifying Truth, I Am Giant have bound together what they describe as “a collection of stories, thoughts, observations and exploration” into one cohesive and hard-hitting explosion of sound and melody. From first song ‘Purple Heart’ to closer ‘After The War’, the sharp lyrical themes draw the listener into the band’s own experience of a growing awareness of mortality and the slow loss of innocence.
And yet, I Am Giant have produced an album fuelled by a youthful idealism, not despite but because of the hard learned lessons that are a reality of modern life. The Horrifying Truth is pure, unadulterated rock, with its heart on its sleeve and an unquenchable fire in its soul.

The London-based quartet is comprised of English vocalist Ed Martin, sticks-man Shelton Woolright (formerly of multi-platinum selling band Blindspott), bassist Paul Matthews (formerly of Auckland outfits Stylus and Tadpole) and veteran guitar-slinger Aja Timu, the last to join the IAG line-up.

 ‘And We’ll Defy’ is the first single from I Am Giant’s much anticipated debut. Bassist Paul Matthews explains “‘And We'll Defy’ is a song about the human need to believe in and belong to something that can define and guide us and about how vulnerable and easily led we can become as a consequence.”
The album also includes all three of I Am Giant’s hit singles from their 2010 City Limits EP – ‘City Limits’, ‘Neon Sunrise’ and ‘Living The Crash’ – all of which hit the top two spots on The Rock FM’s national airplay charts, and have had combined sales in excess of 15,000, not to mention videos featuring world surfing champion Kelly Slater, champion skater Tony Hawke and some of the world’s best extreme athletes.

The Horrifying Truth was recorded with acclaimed Australian alt rock producer/engineer Forrester Savell between Sony Studios in Sydney, and Forrester’s studio at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne between January and April 2011, and was co-produced by bassist Paul Matthews and drummer Shelton Woolright.

Live the band are a force to be reckoned with, as countless audiences around the world can attest. From headlining sold-out NZ tours, Big Day Out Auckland and Sydney, and Homegrown, to Tiger Translate parties in Vietnam, Camden Barfly, Levi’s Hong Kong, Quiksilver World Pro Bali, Big Night In Singapore, Viper Room LA, Mercury Lounge New York, British Surf Champs and supporting Taking Back Sunday in the UK, I Am Giant have cut their teeth and tested their mettle on some of the world’s hottest stages.

This June and July, I AM GIANT is scheduled for Australian and Asian tour.  Their Asian tour includes the Philippines, which is set on July 9 to be held in Hard Rock Café (Makati City).

Usher to release new album


Seven–time Grammy Award winner Usher will release his eagerly anticipated new album LOOKING FOR MYSELF on June 2012, under Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines. His seventh studio album, LOOKING FOR MYSELF will be available in both physical and digital editions.

The genre-defying lead single from LOOKING FOR MYSELF entitled "Climax," was written by Usher Raymond along with co-writers Redd Stylez, Ariel Rechtshaid, and Diplo, who also produced the single. “Climax” is receiving exceptional critical acclaim: Rolling Stone honored it with a 4 star review and calls it “Sexxxxxxy.”Pitchfork declares "Climax" "an exercise in the power of restraint, as Usher sings the woes of a romance stuck in limbo, alternating whispery falsettos and earnestly pained howls….Diplo shows uncharacteristic subtlety behind Usher's sentiment, with a beat that seems to hang suspended in midair.” The Los Angeles Times writes "Climax" "is rooted in pure soul, with Diplo employing sexy synths behind a dripping downbeat. Draw the curtains, light a candle and take a listen." Perez Hilton exclaims “LOVE IT!! This song is a trance-y, smooth HIT!!  USA Today describes “Climax” as “Usher’s pulsing new single showcasing his silky-strong tenor” and Entertainment Weekly highlights Usher’s “steaming-hot falsetto.

The video for “Climax” which premiered March 9th on VEVO with already over 5.8 million views was directed by Sam Pilling and is a dramatic, highly-suspenseful and attention-gripping visual stunner. Watch it here!

Usher is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on LOOKING FOR MYSELF, working with a host of top-notch collaborators including Salaam Remi, Diplo, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, and Max Martin, among others.

LOOKING FOR MYSELF comes on the heels of his two multi-platinum chart-topping collaborations “Without You” by David Guetta which held the #1 spot on the Pop charts and “Promise” with Romeo Santos which held the  #1 spot on the Latin charts.

Usher has been ranked by the RIAA as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 43 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including seven Grammy Awards and was recently named the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album Confessions being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 number-one hits (all as a lead artist) and has attained seventeen Hot 100 top-ten singles.


Alanis Morissette New Album


First Single “Guardian” Available on www.mymusicstore.com.ph

Multi-platinum, Grammy winning artist Alanis Morissette will be releasing her highly anticipated seventh studio album, HAVOC AND BRIGHT LIGHTS, on August 2012, via Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines. Produced by Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Madonna, Seal) and Joe Chiccarelli (Tori Amos, Elton John, My Morning Jacket, U2) and recorded in Los Angeles, the album marks the songstress’ first release in four years.  Fans will be able to purchase the album’s first single, “Guardian,” on www.mymusicstore.com.ph

“This record, as always, is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care about, and what strikes me at 4 in the morning in my most introspective moments,” says Morissette. “It is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song. I can't wait to share it with this fun and funny planet, and to tour, and can't WAIT to have the lively, engaging and challenging conversations that these songs may invite.”

1) Guardian
2) Woman Down

3) 'Til You

4) Celebrity

5) Empathy

6) Lens

7) Spiral

8) Numb

9) Havoc

10) Win and Win

11) Receive

12) Edge of Evolution