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NATIONAL Artist for Music Ramon Santos thinks it is unimaginable to live in a world without music. “Walang kakanta ng ‘Happy Birthday’? Walang kakanta sa kasal? Walang radyo? (No one will sing ‘Happy Birthday’? No one will sing at weddings? There will be no radio?) Can you imagine a world like that?” he said. “Music is a gift for humanity, kaya hindi pwedeng mawala ang music (that’s why music cannot be lost).”
AFTER a sold-out concert in June, Filipino rock band Mayonnaise is reprising its Akalain Mo ’Yun concert in September due to insistent public demand, according to the band’s frontman.
WITHIN 24 hours of posting his video “Paagal” to YouTube, Indian rapper Badshah broke a record even Taylor Swift couldn’t touch. The clip, a dancehall romp, was seen 75 million times in one day, eclipsing a mark set by Korean boy band BTS in April.
MUSIC POWER couple Alicia Keys and Kasseem Dean, also known as “Swizz Beatz,” bought paintings by emerging artist Tschabalala Self, whose prices have risen along with her critical acclaim.
RAPPER Jay-Z, jam band Dead & Co. and folk rocker John Fogerty have pulled out of next month’s Woodstock 50 music festival after the organizer relocated the event to Maryland.
THE Grammy Award-winning a capella group Pentatonix has announced that Manila will be one of the stops on the Pentatonix: The World Tour. The Philippine concert will be on Feb. 8, 2020 at the Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City. Tickets will go on sale starting on Aug. 3.
SIX choral groups — one from the Philippines and five from Indonesia — will compete at the first Asia Choral Grand Prix hosted by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on July 21.
CHICAGO — Singer R. Kelly, already charged with sexual assault in Illinois, was indicted in federal courts in New York and Chicago on Friday with transporting women and girls across state lines for sex, forcibly keeping them under his control and buying their silence
BACKED BY two years of research into the Philippines’ ongoing drug war led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Kolateral is a 12-track rap album that includes the numbers, the stories, and the effects of the war on drugs.
FANS OF 1990s boy bands died a little inside when Boyzone finally said goodbye after more than 25 years of performing and touring. But the group was not about to go out without a bang and delivered what was arguably a fitting finale show where they sang all their greatest hits, leading the entire SM Mall of Asia Arena to reminisce on the period that was.
HAVING TAKEN a break after its third season in 2016, The Voice Kids returns with original coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Mañalac, and Lea Salonga.
EVEN WITH the deluge of Korean boy bands holding concerts and fan meetings in Manila, there is a dearth of K-pop girl groups performing in some of the biggest venues in the country. The last all-ladies team to stage a concert at the SM MOA Arena was the now-defunct 2NE1, with Sandara Park, in May 2014. Early this year, Momoland had a fan meeting at the Smart Araneta Coliseum while six-member GFRIEND opted for the more intimate New Frontier Theater for its own concert in August 2018.
MULTI-AWARDED English musician Gordon Thomas Matthew Sumner, better known by the mononym, Sting, is coming to Manila to perform in a concert on Oct. 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. This is part of his ongoing international tour, My Songs.
LOS ANGELES — British rock band Queen sold more albums in North America than any other artist in the first half of 2019, as music featured in movies and television sent streaming and downloads soaring.
K-POP sensation BTS has racked up a string of firsts over an astonishing six-year run. Now the seven-member group star in their very own smartphone game, marrying two of South Korea’s hottest exports.
MICK JAGGER swaggered back to the stage on Friday in his first concert after undergoing heart surgery in April as the Rolling Stones kicked off a delayed North American tour.
WHAT IF the music industry could be used as a guide to important principles in business and the economy? It would sure make introductory economics courses more fun. The idea is not as fanciful as it might sound: As Alan Krueger shows in Rockonomics, music is a microcosm of the wider business world and provides all sorts of insights into today’s economy.
SEOUL — Yang Hyun-suk, founder of South Korea’s YG Entertainment which manages top K-pop performers, stepped down on Friday from his duties as chief producer, in the aftermath of drug and sex scandals involving his artists.
LONDON — Gun control, poverty and the marginalized, Madonna’s new album Madame X sees the Queen of Pop wanting to “fight back” in what she sees as a frightening modern world.
LOS ANGELES — Several big-name musicians voiced dismay on Wednesday that some of their recordings may have been among thousands of original masters that The New York Times Magazine reported were lost in the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot fire of 2008.
MORE THAN 10 years have passed since Filipino pop-rock group, Orange & Lemons disbanded acrimoniously, but now that most of the members have resolved their differences, the band has reformed and is releasing its first single in more than a decade.
LOS ANGELES — At age 75, singer Julio Iglesias can’t run and can no longer play soccer. But still singing for a living after 50 years? That, he said, is “a miracle in my life.”
GLOBAL music streaming service Spotify has rolled out a playlist of local and foreign acts whose music was “discovered” for the first time by Filipinos aged 18-24 in order to encourage more users to listen and be hooked to the music of the new artists.
PATRIOTIC songs of freedom, love and inspiration will make up the repertoire of Reminiscences, a special concert to commemorate the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence. Presented by the Ephesus Teatron Group Inc., it will be held on June 11, 7 p.m., and June 12 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.
THE Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will help us relive the sweet memories of our youth and childhood as they do repeat performances of “Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue” this weekend at the Ayala Museum’s ground floor.