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Quarantine hiatus leads to more personal music for boy band

WHEN American boy band Why Don’t We announced that it was going on a writing hiatus in January, it was meant to be a short hiatus so the members could focus on creating their new album. Then the pandemic hit and the short hiatus turned into nine months, but the good thing about this hiatus, according to a band member, was that they were able to really grow into their art.

Change of tune: Japan music fans moving from CDs to streaming...

TOKYO — Japanese music enthusiasts, loyal to CDs long after the rest of the world went online, have begun reaching for the eject button and switching to streaming services as artists cancel in-store events and fans stay home because of the pandemic.

Ben&Ben announces — then retracts — name of fan group

FOLK-POP outfit Ben&Ben has finally settled on what to name its fandom after several back and forths. This came after announcing then retracting the original name, Lights, on the same day, Sept. 3, after realizing that Lights was already an existing K-pop fandom name.

Custom masks, coronavirus and Black lives dominate VMA show

LADY GAGA dominated the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) show on Sunday, with a series of visually arresting outfits, masked performances and four wins, including artist of the year.

Indonesia drive-in concert delivers live music as coronavirus rages

JAKARTA — As night fell in the Indonesian capital, pop ensemble Kahitna took to the stage for a drive-in concert nearly two hours long that attracted eager listeners in rows of hundreds of parked cars.

Streaming service inks deal with Universal for small biz soundtracks

A SWEDISH business-to-business streaming service that counts Spotify Technology SA as a minority owner has signed a global licensing agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG).

UK’s Royal Mint celebrates singer Elton John with new commemorative coin

LONDON — Elton John on Monday became the second artist to be honored by Britain’s Royal Mint with a commemorative coin paying tribute to the decorated British singer-songwriter.

‘Help!’ cry British musicians, warning of crisis in live music industry

PAUL McCartney, Ed Sheeran, and The Rolling Stones were among some 1,500 musicians who called on Thursday for the British government to help the live music business survive the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Rolling Stones working with BMI to stop Trump’s use of song...

LOS ANGELES — For years, it has seemed as if Donald Trump can always get what he wants, at least when it comes to using classic rock and pop hits at his campaign rallies against the wishes of the original artists.

Global K-pop fans emerge as political force, but some in South...

SEOUL — Some tech-savvy followers of K-pop music have emerged as increasingly active players in American politics, but in the birthplace of the genre, South Korean fans are wary that their favorite artists will be pulled into foreign partisan fights.

Twenty-Nine Eleven tackles 6Cyclemind’s ‘I’ on cover project

FILIPINO indie pop rock band Twenty-Nine Eleven has released its version of 6Cyclemind’s “I” as part of 6Cyclemind’s ongoing Sige I-Cover Mo Lang project.

Bob Dylan on new album: ‘The songs seem to write themselves’

LOS ANGELES — Bob Dylan gave a glimpse into his song-writing process, commented on the death of George Floyd and said in a rare interview published on Friday that he wished he had written the Rolling Stones ballad “Angie.”

Coachella, Stagecoach music festivals canceled for 2020 on virus concerns

THE 2020 editions of the Coachella music festival and its country music counterpart Stagecoach have been canceled due to concerns over a possible autumn resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Riverside County health office said late Wednesday.

Ben&Ben makes a lockdown song

A SAD story of loss posted on one of Ben&Ben’s music videos on YouTube inspired the indie folk-pop band to create a new single while under quarantine.

10 artists, 10 songs mark Upstart’s 10 years in fundraising online...

IN line with its 10th anniversary, the theater group Upstart Productions presents Upstart 10 for 10, an online mini-concert fundraiser on May 9, 8 p.mat its Facebook page.

Rico Blanco assures that ‘This Too Shall Pass’

FILIPINO singer Rico Blanco has returned after a four-year hiatus with the single, “This Too Shall Pass,” a song meant to “help [people] deal with the uncertainty of the times,” according to a release.

Eraserheads reunion ends Smart Music Live online concerts

AFTER eight weeks of online concerts, Smart Music Live is ending its series with a mini Eraserheads reunion featuring Buddy Zabala and Raymund Marasigan on May 11, 5 p.m., at the Smart Communication Facebook page.

Rising through adversity with a song

Filipina alternative R&B singer August Wahh has released a new single titled “Elated” described as a song about recovering one’s self.

Christian Bautista, Janine Teñoso pay tribute to frontliners with song

Singers Christian Bautista and Janine Teñoso are paying tribute to the frontliners of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through a song with an accompanying music video, “Bukas Wala Nang Ulan.”

Dylan’s ‘Times They Are A-Changin’’ lyrics for sale for $2.2 million

LOS ANGELES – Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to his 1960s classic “The Times They Are A-Changin’” are going up for sale with a $2.2 million asking price in what could mark a world record for rock lyrics.

Music to explore during quarantine (part 2)

Whether it be a workout session, studying or working, or enjoying a good book, activities gain a different vibe when set to music. Here’s another list of artists – this time from across Europe – to consider adding to your daily routine playlists.

Music to explore during quarantine

It’s almost a month into the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Since public events like music festivals and concerts have been canceled, we take our music fix on endless playlist repeats on Spotify and return to favorite music videos and live performances streamed on social media. As we endure another two-week quarantine extension indoors, here are some Nordic artists and albums, as well as performances by more familiar singers (think Neil Sedaka and Josh Groban) recorded at their homes to check out and give an interesting spin to your “quarantunes.”

Parokya releases music video

Filipino band Parokya ni Edgar and rappers Gloc-9 and Shanti Dope have released their music video for “Pati Pato (Parokya Remix).”

Elton John’s coronavirus ‘living room’ show raises $8 million for US...

LOS ANGELES — A weekend benefit broadcast featuring recording stars performing live music online from home raised nearly $8 million for two charities serving first responders and Americans facing economic hardship amid the coronavirus crisis, sponsors said on Monday.

Raymund Marasigan produces new single for We Got

THE EIGHT-PIECE reggae band We Got has released its first single from Sony Music Philippines, “Lihim na Pagtingin,” a song produced by singer Raymund Marasigan.

From sofas and kitchens, music stars hold coronavirus concert fundraiser

LOS ANGELES — Billie Eilish sang on her sofa, Elton John played a keyboard belonging to his children, and the Backstreet Boys sang in harmony from five locations as dozens of musicians put on a fundraiser for the warriors against a coronavirus.

6Cyclemind project features fans’ cover songs

FILIPINO rock band 6Cyclemind has partnered with Sony Music Philippines to create a cover project featuring the fans’ rendition of songs from the band’s discography.

Ben&Ben to hold fundraising online concert

INDIE folk pop band Ben&Ben is holding an online performance on March 27, 7 p.m., on its Facebook page to raise funds to assist the frontliners of the COVID-10 pandemic in the Philippines.

Spotify launches playlist dedicated to emerging Filipino talent

MUSIC streaming service Spotify has launched a dedicated Philippine playlist for emerging artists representing the service’s “commitment to emerging artists across all stages of their development, in order to help them deepen their connection to new and existing audiences around the world.”

Musicians give free online concerts to beat coronavirus

BERLIN — Bans on mass gatherings introduced to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic might have been expected to deal a death blow to musical life, but have instead prompted a boom in free online concerts.

Billie Eilish’s ‘bad guy’ is top global single for 2019

LONDON — Billie Eilish’s “bad guy,” a pounding song that pokes fun at distorted perceptions, was named as the top global single of 2019 by the record industry.

Three icons, one stage

TONIGHT and tomorrow, three icons of Philippine music — Basil Valdez, Lani Misalucha, and National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab — join forces in And The Story Begins.

Elton John ‘deeply upset’ after cutting short concert

WELLINGTON — British singer-songwriter Elton John apologized to his fans in New Zealand late on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and was forced to cut short a concert in Auckland.

Mr. C’s tunes: from sheet music to an exhibition

VISUALIZING music is quite a challenge. But it was a challenge that was accepted by the The Center for Campus Art of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the result of which is Kay Ganda Ng Ating Musika: An Exhibit on the Life and Work of National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, its third exhibit featuring National Artists and the its first focusing on music.

December Ave. is most streamed artist in PHL

ORIGINAL Pilipino Music (OPM) reigned supreme in 2019 according to music streaming service Spotify, as indie rock band December Avenue topped the Most Streamed Artists list in the Philippines, the first time a Filipino did so.

With Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette gambles on new anguish

THOSE HIT SONGS with their raw, roiling emotions — from “Ironic” to “You Learn” to “Hand in My Pocket” — still carry some of the spirit of Alanis Morissette in the new Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill.

Enjoy music on YouTube without ads interrupting

VIDEO-SHARING platform YouTube has finally brought YouTube Music and YouTube Premium to the Philippines. Both are paid subscription services for ad-free streaming alongside other features and original content.

Why can’t Taylor Swift perform her own songs? It’s complicated

WHEN Taylor Swift is named the artist of the decade at the American Music Awards later this month, she may not be able to perform the songs that earned her the prize in the first place.

Taylor Swift wins some support from singers in feud with old...

AS Taylor Swift and her former record label traded barbed accusations on Friday about her rights to perform her old songs, she won support from singers like Selena Gomez and Sara Bareilles but silence from many of the big hitters in the music business.

Taylor Swift’s Carlyle plea showcases private equity’s reach

TAYLOR SWIFT’s feud with her record label reveals a little-known fact about the entertainment business: the outsized role private equity plays in funding its biggest stars.

Score free tickets to U2’s Joshua Tree Tour

THE JOSHUA TREE TOUR is the first ever concert of the iconic Irish rock band U2 in the Philippines. The concert will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on Dec. 11.

NEOCOLOURS: Tuloy Pa Rin ang Banda

SOCIAL MEDIA Consultant Chat Shaw (not her real name) was enrolled in SLU Girl’s High when she watched the all-male band Neocolours at the University of Baguio in Baguio City in 1989, three decades ago.

CHNDTR specializes in hugot-core

WITH SO MANY bands trying to make it into the music scene, the goal has always been about making an impact — and for three-year-old band CHNDTR, it meant creating their own musical genre.

Concert supports special needs inclusion

ENJOY MUSIC from artists like Ice Seguerra, the Itchyworms, and more while supporting a worthy cause on Sept. 13 at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan.

NAMCYA: the 46-year-old handmaid of cultural development

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).”