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Full Malasimbo music, arts festival lineup released

BROOKLYN based keyboardist and beatboxer Taylor McFerrin joins Robert Glasper, Anomalie, Laneous, Ruby Ibarra, IV of Spades, and many more in performing at the 9th Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival on March 1 and 2 in a new venue at Puerto Galera’s White Beach.

Love (local) in the time of K-pop

FILIPINO fashion brand, Bench, has mastered the art of fostering nationalism while keeping up with the trends. Its mantra, “Love Local,” has a unique twist in that while Bench is a homegrown line, it has partnered with Asian superstars to beef up marketing. The formula has worked -- and continues to work -- making Bench the brand of choice in its target segments.

Gambino’s ‘This is America’ wins big at Grammys

LOS ANGELES — Country artist Kacey Musgraves won album of the year for Golden Hour, while “This is America” by Childish Gambino won both record and song of the year at the 61st Grammy Awards on Sunday in a breakthrough for rap at the most prestigious honors in the music business.

Spotify commissions covers of OPM love songs

FILIPINOS love Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and they also love love — that was one of the observations made by Spotify regional executives which led them to launch their newest campaign, Spotify Jams: OPM Love Songs, where popular singers and bands cover classic Filipino hits from yesteryears.

Rolling Stones piano man talks Trump, trade, and touring

AS MUSICAL director for the Rolling Stones, Chuck Leavell knows a thing or two about tickling the ivories.

Michael Jackson’s family calls new docu ‘public lynching’

LOS ANGELES — The family of Michael Jackson on Monday described reaction to a new documentary about alleged child sex abuse by the late singer as a “public lynching” and said he was “100% innocent” of such accusations.

Rock legend Joey Pepe Smith, 71

WIDELY considered as the father of Philippine rock, Joseph William Feliciano Smith — better known as Joey Pepe Smith — passed away Monday morning at the age of 71.

Jackson docu puts star back under microscope

MICHAEL JACKSON, whose music remains ubiquitous nearly a decade after his death, is under fresh scrutiny.

Legendary French composer Michel Legrand, 86

PARIS — French composer and pianist Michel Legrand has died at 86 after a career in which he stood out for soundtracks in screen musicals with Catherine Deneuve and that won him three Oscars.

Japanese boy band Arashi to disband in 2020

ONE OF Japan’s oldest and most popular boy bands will suspend its activities at the end of next year, according to local media reports.

All in the family

ICONIC FILIPINO singers/songwriters and siblings Joey Ayala and Cynthia Alexander, will be performing together back to back on Jan. 27 at the Conspiracy Garden Café in Quezon City.

OPM to hit 10 billion streams, says Spotify

ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC (OPM) is set to hit 10 billion streams globally, according to a statement by music streaming service, Spotify.

Traditional Chinese music gets a modern twist

WHENEVER we hear the word “orchestra,” we immediately think of a busload of violins, violas, and cellos. Grace Christian College Chinese Orchestra, or “GC3O” has those, but also incorporates traditional Chinese instruments like the erhu (a two stringed Chinese violin), the pipa (a lute), the guzheng (a zither), and the ever iconic Chinese gong. To further bolster the Eastern appeal, they also have the Japanese koto (a Japanese zither) and the Indonesian anklung among many other instruments. Led by their teacher and conductor Danny Chin, the GC3O combines the power and potential of a Western orchestra with the audial flavors of the Orient.

CCP’s Pasinaya festival to be upsized this year

THE largest multi-arts festival in the country is back, but this year, the CCP Pasinaya Open House Festival will be held for a longer period — from Feb. 1 to 3.

Sony’s RCA severs ties with R. Kelly after uproar

SONY CORP.’S RCA music label has scrubbed R. Kelly from its lineup after a documentary series renewed the furor surrounding allegations of criminal sexual misconduct.

No Inflation, No Cry: Jamaica turns to reggae to promote target

AT A TIME when inflation targets have eluded the central banks of major emerging markets like Turkey and Argentina, Jamaica has turned to an unorthodox method of communicating its consumer price policy: reggae.

Momoland to hold fan meet

MOMOLAND the girl group behind the dance hit “Bboom Bboom” will be coming to the Philippines for a fan meeting on Jan. 25 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

After ‘Baby Shark’ come penguins?

“BABY SHARK (Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo)” is the YouTube sensation that’s been viewed more than 2 billion times and made the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a second-straight week. The jingle has also become such an earworm that late-night-show host Jimmy Kimmel proposed throwing those responsible in jail for life.

Mariah, Rihanna file lawsuits

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK — Singers Mariah Carey and Rihanna sang the blues as they filed lawsuits this week against a former assistant and father, respectively. Meanwhile, Beyonce has dropped a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Jazz musician, producer Bob Aves, 64

FILIPINO jazz musician and producer Bob Aves passed away on the night of Jan. 14 in Bacolod City. He was 64 years old.

Razorback drummer Brian Velasco, 41

RAZORBACK drummer, Brian C. Velasco, died of suicide Wednesday morning in Manila. He was 41.

Moving to the music

IT IS a universally acknowledged truth that when January rolls in, gym membership spikes with many people trying to fulfill their “new year, new me” resolutions or to simply burn away all those holiday calories.

Multigenerational event set to mark 50th anniversary of Woodstock this year

FIFTY YEARS after the Woodstock music festival became one of the watersheds of hippie counterculture, an anniversary event will take place in August 2019 on the same field north of New York City.

Daryl Dragon of pop duo Captain and Tennille, 76

LOS ANGELES -- Singer and pianist Daryl Dragon, best known as The Captain of 1970s soft rock duo Captain and Tennille, has died at the age of 76, his publicist said on Wednesday.

Singer Jimmy Osmond suffers stroke during UK performance

LONDON -- US pop singer Jimmy Osmond, who performed the chart-topping hit “Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool” as a child in 1972, has suffered a stroke and will take time away from the stage, a spokesperson for the singer said on Monday.

EU boy band tells Brits the love isn’t over

AMSTERDAM — As Brexit rapidly approaches, a pro-European Union boy band has made its debut with a ballad to the British people pleading for them to “come back to us” because the love is not over.

Thanks to Star Wars, Lucas tops Forbes list of richest US...

NEW YORK — Filmmaker George Lucas’s Star Wars empire — the movie franchise, not Darth Vader’s fictional galactic government — planted him firmly atop...

McCartney, Stone star in anti-bullying music video

LONDON — Former Beatle Paul McCartney has teamed up with Oscar winner Emma Stone on the music video for his new single “Who Cares,” a song he hopes will inspire youngsters to stand up to bullying.

Music stops for HMV in HK as streaming services kill CDs

HMV RETAIL, part of what was once the UK’s biggest seller of music and movies, will wind up its stores in Hong Kong after a quarter century as the rise of streaming services from Spotify Technology SA and Netflix Inc. make CDs and DVDs obsolete.

Front(Row) and center with Momoland: direct selling group taps K-pop group

MORE THAN for its products, direct selling company, FrontRow, has initially caught the public’s attention with its powerhouse line-up of endorsers.

Winner takes it all

TELEVISION TALENT contests may be either a boon or a bane for budding Korean artists. While many proceed to make a name for themselves after the competition, some have fallen into oblivion after their 15 minutes of fame.

Spain’s prosecutor accuses singer Shakira of tax fraud

MADRID — Spanish prosecutors filed charges against Colombian singer Shakira on Friday, accusing her of failing to pay €14.5 million in tax ($16.3 million) in the country where her Spanish footballer partner plays.

Janet Jackson gets Rock Hall of Fame place on Brit-heavy list

LOS ANGELES — Janet Jackson finally won her place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday when the pop singer was named as one of seven music acts to be getting a place in music history.

The fall and rise of Philippine music

AT THE University of the Philippines Fair early this year, April Hernandez had the lucky role of opening for the popular band IV of Spades. Under the stage name “TheSunManager,” she has just around 3,000 monthly listeners on Spotify while IV of Spades has a following of over a million.

No more virtual garage sales of used digital music

PURCHASERS of digital music files from services such as Apple Inc.’s iTunes cannot resell them through a virtual marketplace, an appeals court said in a ruling that recalls an era dominated by vinyl records and CDs before streaming services reshaped the music industry.

Tencent poised to spin new streaming billionaires

A LAWYER, a computer scientist, and China’s third-richest person are poised to create one of the year’s biggest hits in the music industry.

Drake and Lamar lead but women shine through in Grammy nods

LOS ANGELES — Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake led Grammy Award nominations on Friday, but Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile and American newcomer H.E.R helped make it a female-dominated line-up for the year’s top prizes in the music industry.

Ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham says his lawsuit is settled

LOS ANGELES — Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates have settled a lawsuit he filed after he was axed from a tour, the musician said in a television interview that aired on Saturday.

Singing along with Per Sorensen

WE WERE ON EDSA some time in the 1990s when dad played the album Fra Lippo Lippi’s The Virgin Years: Greatest Hits (1997) on the car’s stereo system, the New Wave music filling the space as we made our way home. That is how I was introduced to the unique sound of the Norwegian duo whose group name I did not know then — not until I found the old album hidden deep in a shelf in my early teens.

Burning heart, cool head

What classical music taught violinist Ryu Goto.

Drake is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist of 2018

WHILE Canadian rapper Drake was the most streamed artist of 2018 globally on Spotify, in the Philippines, LANY took the top spot.

U2, Coldplay top Forbes list of highest-paid musicians

LOS ANGELES — Irish rock band U2 topped the 2018 Forbes magazine list of the highest-paid musicians on Tuesday thanks in part to the group’s successful Joshua Tree world tour celebrating their classic 1987 album.

Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ bests Adele to fastest 100 million views

LOS ANGELES — Ariana Grande’s breakup anthem “thank u, next” has become the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, video hosting service Vevo said on Tuesday.

Davao songwriter wins Philpop

A SONG about street children juxtaposed with a popular Filipino children’s rhyme written and performed by Teodoro “Chud” Festejo III won this year’s Philippine Popular Musical Festival (Philpop) while a ballad in Bisaya by Ferdinand Aragon was named first runner-up, a win an executive called “a statement.”

Get Up, Stand Up! UNESCO declares reggae a global cultural treasure

PARIS — UNESCO has declared reggae, the Jamaican music that spread across the world with its calls for social justice, peace and love, to be a global treasure that must be safe-guarded.