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Da Pulis: the band for the eternal man-child

EVERYONE did some crazy things in their youth: made trouble for laughs, attempted to outdo their peers when it came to dangerous stunts, and went to places forbidden. Then they fondly look back on those days, and sigh, “Man, I wish I could do that again.”

Beauty and the boys

APPOINTING male ambassadors for Korean beauty brands is more common than ever. Customers strolling through the Seoul shopping district of Myeongdong can attest that they are often lured into stores by men endorsers of make-up and skin care lines rather than their women counterparts. The strategy may have seemed odd several years back, but today it has become the norm, especially for Korean cosmetics.

Bautista and Ledesma focus on Streisand, Legrand and Groban

LISTEN to the classic songs of Barbra Streisand and Michel Legrand alongside the more contemporary hits of Josh Groban as sung by vocal heavyweights, Kuh Ledesma and Christian Bautista at the Tent in Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City on Oct. 20.

Drake, Ed Sheeran most streamed Spotify artists of last decade

THIS WEEK marks the 10th anniversary of the public debut of Spotify, and the streaming service has released a few all-time “most-streamed” lists. Think of them as global playlists for the last decade of your life.

An Ideal Cut above the rest

SOME KOREAN pop groups — no matter how popular — have performed in the Philippines only once and without an insistent demand, they never managed to return. Not so in the case of the 13-member group, Seventeen, which can now boast of a three-sold-out-concert streak in Manila, a feat that only equally phenomenal bands such as BTS, EXO, and Super Junior have managed.

Opera singer Montserrat Caballe, 85

BARCELONA — Montserrat Caballe, who took opera into the pop charts by singing “Barcelona” with Freddie Mercury three decades ago, died aged 85 on Saturday.

Lea: 40 years of entertaining — and winning

AWARD-WINNING singer and actress Lea Salonga (real name: Maria Lea Carmen I. Salonga) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her career with a two-night, sold-out concert at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Plenary hall on Oct. 19 and 20.

Led Zeppelin must face new trial claiming it stole ‘Stairway’ riff

LED ZEPPELIN was ordered by a US appeals court to face a new trial over whether it stole the opening guitar riff for its 1971 anthem “Stairway to Heaven” from an obscure instrumental written four years earlier.

Spotify gives artists way to circumvent record labels

SPOTIFY Technology SA is giving musicians new tools to release music without a record label.

Jefferson Airplane band co-founder Marty Balin, 76

LOS ANGELES — Marty Balin, a co-founder of the legendary rock band Jefferson Airplane whose soulful tenor gave the band its distinctive sound, has died at the age of 76, his representative said on Friday.

Dancing queen: Abba-period Cher has a new army of devotees

LOS ANGELES — Cher has a stately air as she receives a steady line of journalists in a West Hollywood hotel room with the studied equanimity of Catherine the Great addressing her subjects at the Winter Palace.

The Rocker and the Prince

KOREAN POP fans know Jung Joon Young as the wacky yet competitive member of the reality-variety show, 2 Days 1 Night (2D1N). Every Sunday evening, he — along with five other regular cast members — entertains audiences worldwide with various challenges as the show also showcases suburban Korea.

Finding music and meaning through the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth

MUSIC has transformative powers: it heals, it relaxes, it brings people together, and, it also opens doors for opportunities.

When Charice became Jake

HE BURST into the limelight as a little girl with a big voice, becoming an internet sensation, earning the recognition of composer David Foster and of American celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres, and singing with vocal heavyweights like Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.

Prince vaults open up with jazzy Piano & A Microphone album

NEW YORK — A nine-track album from Prince’s vast vault of unreleased material went on sale on Friday, along with a new video highlighting gun violence.

Elton John signs with Universal ‘for the rest of his career’

LONDON — Elton John has signed a deal with Universal Music Group for his back catalogue and any new work as well as brand management, merchandising and licensing rights, the company said on Friday.

The orchestra goes to the movies

ANYBODY who is into movies would appreciate Silver Screen Symphonies, performed by the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) at the Theatre at Solaire.

Once with Wanna One

KOREAN SURVIVAL reality shows have spawned a new breed of K-pop idols — the kind that has a limited “shelf life.”

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LISTENING to music is a personal experience. A workout playlist, shower song on repeat, go-to track list while in transit, and a mellow playlist for relaxation in the evening are selected depending on one’s music taste.

Paul McCartney scores US No. 1 after nearly 40 years

NEW YORK — Paul McCartney is back on the top of the charts, on Sunday earning his first solo number-one album in the United States in 36 years.

2nd season of OPM singing show to focus on idea of...

A YEAR after its successful season, Coca-Cola Philippines comes back with the second season of Coke Studio — the musical program which makes Filipino music artists collaborate to further the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) genre.

Singer Cliff Richard releasing new album after privacy spat

LONDON — Cliff Richard announced Wednesday he will release his first album of new material in 14 years, a month after the veteran British pop star won a landmark privacy case.

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, 68

LOS ANGELES — Ed King, a former lead guitarist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd who co-wrote one of the group’s best known hits, “Sweet Home Alabama,” has died at age 68, a founding member of the band said on Thursday.

Sony deflects claims that Jacko songs were fakes

SONY CORP. is telling bloggers to beat it.

The ‘Bboom’ of MOMOLAND

SOCIAL MEDIA has greatly contributed to the burgeoning interest in Korean pop music worldwide.

Korean greats amidst the chaos

THE FRENZY that accompanied the visit of K-pop group, MOMOLAND, to the Philippines over the weekend overshadowed the arrival of three of Korea’s best singers.

Christmas is big with Pinoy Spotify users

THE PHILIPPINES is known for its lengthy Christmas celebrations which start the moment August ends and September rolls in and the holiday cheer is evident through the number of Christmas songs played during the “-ber” months (September to December) — 47 million minutes of holiday content were streamed from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 last year, according to music streaming service, Spotify.


REVISIT the music of the 1970s as Ronnie Henares and Jojit Paredes, the musical duo known as Twofus, reunites for a one-night concert on Sept. 1 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City.

How to make classical music less intimidating

CLASSICAL music is often described as being “high culture,” “elite,” and “unreachable.” For Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) president Nick Lizaso — who described himself as a “layman” — these tags should be dropped and everything should be referred to simply as “music.”

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s 36th season

THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, under maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, will have eight concerts for its 2018-2019 season — its 36th.

8 movies to be screened at the International Silent Film Festival

WHILE MORE than half of the Philippines’ film collection has been lost forever because of the country’s lack of technology in conservation and restoration, and also of the lack of foresight over the importance of intact films, which includes silent movies, the Philippines is still able to join the 12th International Silent Film Festival, which will be held from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at the SM Megamall.

How Aretha Franklin made ‘Respect’ a feminist anthem

PARIS — It may be the most rousing feminist anthem ever, but “Respect” — the song that made Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul” — was actually written about a man demanding a break from his wife.

Prince’s 1995-2010 albums made available for streaming

LOS ANGELES — The estate of prolific late pop icon Prince made more than 300 songs from his later career available on digital download and streaming services for the first time on Friday.

Angelina Cruz releases debut EP

HAVING ALREADY found success on Spotify, singer Angelina Cruz has released her self-titled debut album under Universal Records.

Putting sex in sexagenarian: Madonna still shocks at 60

NEW YORK — Whether by brazenly injecting sex in the public sphere, adopting gay subculture for mainstream audiences or becoming the top-selling female musician of all time, Madonna has asserted an incalculable influence.

Detroit church holds vigil for Aretha

DETROIT — The Detroit church once led by Aretha Franklin’s father — and where she first tested her remarkable voice — filled with music once again Wednesday as dozens gathered for a prayer vigil for the ailing “Queen of Soul.”

Philpop attracts more entries from Mindanao and Visayas

AFTER TAKING a break last year, the Philippine Popular Music Festival or Philpop is back for its 7th year and recently presented the 30 semifinalists of this year’s songwriting competition.

Rockin’ the orchestra

ROCKESTRA 2018, performed at The Theatre at Solaire was a historic moment for the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) as it was their first attempt to play a full concert dedicated to rock-classical fusion music.

Dark synth-pop singer Robyn back after 8 years

NEW YORK — Robyn, the Swedish singer whose dark yet danceable synth-pop has won her an avid fan base, returned Wednesday with a song off her first album in eight years.

Rapper Shanti Dope celebrates a successful 1st year in music

RAPPER Shanti Dope marks his first anniversary as an artist under Universal Records with an upcoming collaboration and a concert.

Nicki Minaj hunting for Tracy Chapman for sample clearance as album...

NEW YORK — Rapper Nicki Minaj said Wednesday that she is pushing back her new album as she desperately seeks to reach Tracy Chapman to clear a sample.

Do you want to be a K-pop idol? There is a...

KOREAN POP idols are all the craze not just in Asia but worldwide — BTS headlined the 2018 Billboard Music Awards and even appeared on Ellen; Big Bang celebrated its 10th anniversary by guesting on CNN’s Talk Asia; and Korean music festivals featuring boy and girl groups are making the rounds of Europe and the Middle East. K-pop fame is indeed enticing — although the road to stardom is never easy.

The Gentle Sungjae

YOOK SUNGJAE is only 1/7 of the Korean boy band BtoB (Born to Beat) but he is arguably the most popular member. Aside from his activities with the group, he has a flourishing acting career which shot up several notches when he joined the cast of blockbuster K-drama Goblin, and played the nephew of Gong Yoo from Train to Busan fame.

Loving Celine Dion even more

IT WAS a weekend morning in the late 1990s when a familiar piano introduction (in C major) blared into the room and woke this writer (who was then probably in kindergarten) from her sleep. “I know this song. I’ve heard it before,” I thought. I got up and hurried to the shelf beside the stereo system (where Dad would usually place his newly purchased CDs) and saw an album cover with a woman wearing a white shirt and denim pants, her hair in a pixie cut. The singer’s voice was captivating. From then on, I continued to listen to her songs — playing them loud and singing along as if it were a live concert.

Spotify says no to payola on its playlists

SPOTIFY TECHNOLOGY SA is overhauling the way musicians and record labels submit songs for certain playlists, a move that will affect how tens of thousands of artists reach their fans.