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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).”

Mayonnaise ready to spread its music with 2nd concert

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.

Bollywood rapper sets viewer record YouTube isn’t talking about

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.

Woodstock 50 is off

THE ORGANIZERS of the Woodstock 50th-anniversary festival canceled the event a week after its relocation to Maryland led many of the acts to back out.

U2 is coming to the Philippines

IRISH rock band U2 is coming to the Philippines for the first time for a concert that is part of the band’s ongoing Joshua Tree World Tour. The concert will be held a Dec. 11 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz snap up work from in-demand artist

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.

Jay-Z, Dead & Co., John Fogerty abandon Woodstock 50

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.

Pentatonix coming in February

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.

Myx launches its own YouTube channel

TO MAKE artist performances accessible to everyone at anytime, Filipino music cable channel Myx has launched a new YouTube channel called All Music Myx.

Cultural Center to host the 1st Asia Choral Grand Prix

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.

Singer R. Kelly charged in sex scheme of kidnapping and payoffs

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

Sting’s Oct. 2 concert canceled

THE concert of English musician and actor, Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner), scheduled on Oct. 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, has been canceled according to the concert’s local organizers.

Aurora inspires listeners to be ‘Different’

IF DAVID BOWIE and Björk had a child, it would be Norwegian singer Aurora (full name: Aurora Aksnes). The singer’s unique evolving sound and track themes in her new album, A Different Kind of Human — Step 2, illustrate why.

Spotify retreats from artists’ uploads

SPOTIFY TECHNOLOGY SA is shutting down a program that allowed independent artists to upload their music directly to the music streaming service, a win for record labels and smaller distributors.

João Gilberto, founder of bossa nova, 88

SAO PAULO — Brazilian musician João Gilberto, 88, who developed bossa nova music and helped turn the style into a worldwide craze, died on Saturday afternoon in his house in Rio de Janeiro, relatives confirmed through messages in social media.

Kolateral damage: Rap album takes on the war on drugs

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.

Boyzone, signing off

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.

The Voice Kids returns with the original coaches for Season 4

HAVING TAKEN a break after its third season in 2016, The Voice Kids returns with original coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Mañalac, and Lea Salonga.

TWICE the excitement, double the fun

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.

Sting returns to PHL in October

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.

Bohemian Rhapsody movie makes magic for Queen as music sales soar

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.

Elton delivers message of tolerance at Montreux

MONTREUX, Switzerland — Elton John made his first and last appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival on Saturday, delivering a slick and energetic performance that ended with a message of tolerance and love.

BTS made an app that lets you chat with its members...

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.

Spanish songs, zarzuela with María Bayo

ACCLAIMED Spanish soprano María Bayo will be having a concert tonight, June 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Hyundai Hall in Areté, Ateneo de Manila University.

Jumpin’ Jack Flash Mick Jagger back on stage after heart surgery

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.

Playdate added to U2 concert stop in Singapore

LEGENDARY rock band U2, known for such hits as “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “With or Without You,” is coming to Asia for the 30th anniversary of its album, The Joshua Tree.

Taylor Swift has an economics lesson for you

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.

Spotify launches Pinoy rock video series

SPOTIFY has launched a three-part Pinoy Rock video series that turns the spotlight on Filipino rock musicians, old and new.

Enjoying a festival of friendship

AS THE Philippines and Korea commemorated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, yet another festival was held recently to celebrate the close ties between the two countries.

K-Pop label YG’s founder resigns amid drugs and sex scandals

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.

Echoes PH joins Fête de la Musique 2019

ECHOES PH is joining this year’s Fête de la Musique with a secret lineup and a space for open jam. Dubbed as the “Discovery Stage,” this pocket stage will be held at Warehouse Eight, on June 22, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Entrance is free.

Madonna takes on frightening world with new album Madame X

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.

Musicians lament reported loss of recordings in old Universal fire

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.

Fete de la Musique turns 25

BACK for its landmark 25th year, Fete de la Musique, once again brings together “the best of the best in the local music scene,” with more than 50 pocket stages and nine main stages scattered across eight cities in the country.

After 10 years apart: Orange & Lemons reunite, release a new...

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.