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Japan’s Tokimeki Records finds new city pop muse in Filipina singer-songwriter syd hartha

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After gaining prominence with some notable pop classics, Japanese music project Tokimeki Records brings boogie and ‘80s retro sounds back to the dancefloor with a reimagining of The Cardigans’ “ Carnival .” Featuring Filipina singer-songwriter syd hartha on vocals, the new version of “Carnival” evokes pre-pandemic Tokyo where neon pulses through the towering skyscrapers and a random stroll downtown offers the best form of therapeutic escape. Trading the ‘90s twee-pop sound of the original for a more lighthearted disco-pop affair, electronic music producer Yutaka Takanami of Tokimeki Records embraces the carefree bliss that has come to define his previous releases, while infusing spacious production and sticky-sweet, synthesizer melodies to the mix.  “One of the most influential western pop songs of the 1990s for me was Carnival,” Tokimeki Records’ very own Yutaka Takanami shares. “It was also played on TV at the time, but it was also played and covered in the Japanese club scene. I&#

Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Yeng Constantino & more Celebrates 27th Year of CBN Asia

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CBN Asia Marks 27 Years of God’s Boundless Faithfulness with Virtual Celebration Join us in celebrating 27 years of God’s boundless love and faithfulness to CBN Asia with a virtual event titled Boundless on October 6 and 7, from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM. You and your loved ones are invited to the two-day celebration filled with performances from renowned artists Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid , Yeng Constantino, Angela Ken , and praise and worship teams, Gloryfall and Powerhouse Worship . Hear inspiring messages from Christian Broadcasting Network President and Chief Executive Officer Gordon Robertson and CBN Asia President and CEO Peter Kairuz. Play and take selfies at the Super booth and get a chance to join meet and greet with hosts from CBN Asia programs. Apart from special performances and messages, you can join breakout sessions hosted by CBN Asia’s Family of Ministries: Asian Center for Missions – Engage in Missions in the New Normal The 700 Club Asia – Get a Front Se

COLDPLAY Released their Much-Anticipated Collab with BTS

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Coldplay have today released their much-anticipated collaboration with BTS . My Universe, which was written by Coldplay and BTS and produced by Max Martin, is available to stream / download worldwide now. The song’s official lyric video - which is available now - features handwritten lyrics from both groups, in both English and Korean.  Coldplay have also teased the song’s Dave Meyers-directed official music video, as “coming very soon”. My Universe follows Coldplay’s worldwide hit Higher Power as the second single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming album Music Of The Spheres (out October 15th). For more information please visit Coldplay.com 

Def Jam Philippines returns with “Puso At Diskarte”

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Def Jam Philippines , considered as one of the most respected record labels in the country, returns with a game-changing posse cut featuring some of the most important rap acts of our time. “ Puso At Diskarte ,” the first single off the label’s second compilation EP, RHAPSODICITY, brings together veteran and rising Filipino hip-hop artists such as ASTRO of Owfuck, ZARGON, HONCHO of Ex-Battalion , DCOY (Wakin Burdado) of Madd Poets, MIKE KOSA of 187 Mobstaz, PRICETAGG and LAYZIE FU of 4 East Flava on the same page—each offering distinct expertise and star power to the mix. Produced by CURSEBOX, the anthemic banger delivers show-stopping verses that set the bar high for hip-hop collaborations, and massive, titanium-grade beats that blur the boundaries between gangsta rap and contemporary urban music.  According to Allan Mitchell “Daddy A” Silonga, A&R Senior Manager of Def Jam Philippines, “Puso At Diskarte” started out as a concept which aims to gather hip-hop icons from different a

Bryan Estepa sparkles with newfound exuberance on 6-track EP, Back To The Middle

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Two years on from the release of his sixth studio album, Sometimes I Just Don’t Know in 2019, Filipino-Australian artist Bryan Estepa returns with another exciting set of soulful and melodic guitar pop. Released under Lilystars Records, Estepa’s new EP, Back To The Middle grows closer to home with its penchant for warm, inviting hooks and sunburst instrumentation.   Lyrically speaking, there is no set thematic agenda when the acclaimed singer-songwriter conceptualized and penned Back To The Middle. In an authentic troubadour fashion, Estepa lets the song take him to where it wants to go most of the time. “But by the end I did notice a leaning towards the idea of letting go and acceptance,” Estepa shares in a statement. “Life throws us curveballs that we may not want or see coming, but then we ask ourselves how do we deal with them? There’s always a slither of light ahead.” While his previous record, Sometimes I Just Don’t Know exhibited a more melancholic, brooding treatment, Estepa

Alessandra De Rossi launches AWOO Records, signs Hya and Alfa

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Fresh from the success of her directorial debut My Amanda in July, Alessandra de Rossi is now setting her sights on different waters. This time around it’s music, which she’s revisited more vigorously as of late: adopting the functional moniker ADR, reissuing her 2012 debut Adrift via Lilystars Records, even penning songs for her films.  The difference is it’s other people’s music now. And no, De Rossi isn’t simply pimping playlists or fawning over new discoveries on her socials. She’s taking things a notch higher, putting up her own label AWOOO Records , which she’s formally unveiling to the public today (September 24) after making an under-the-radar announcement earlier in the month. To the character-actress-turned-indie-darling, it’s not so much about scratching a visionary itch but passing deserving talents the mic. “I think [Filipinos] really stand a chance in changing how the world looks and sounds,” she says, confident that local music can enjoy the same attention other art for

Lil Nas X Explores Love and Loneliness on Game-Changing New Album, MONTERO

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Fresh off his MTV VMA win for VIDEO OF THE YEAR and his show-stopping Met Gala debut, global phenomenon and Grammy Award winning artist Lil Nas X has at last released his debut album MONTERO via Columbia Records today. The 15-track album was executive produced by Take A Daytrip and features tracks with Doja Cat, Elton John, Jack Harlow, Megan Thee Stallion and Miley Cyrus .  Upon its release, MONTERO received overwhelmingly positive review from music critics. USA Today calls the album “an honest portrait of Lil Nas X at 22,” and praises the A lister’s “willingness to dabble in unadulterated pop, grimy rock and the rap-singing that has so far popularized his career.” Variety lauds the record’s “genre-stretching approach and refreshingly honest exploration of love and loneliness,” adding that it just proves how committed the rapper is in giving “voice to the fears and longings of a generation of queer kids.” Launching alongside the album is the official video for “THATS WHAT I WANT.” T

Zack Tabudlo expresses the joy of unconditional love on new song “Habang Buhay”

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  Listen here: https://ZackTabudlo.lnk.to/HabangBuhay Filipino singer-songwriter/producer Zack Tabudlo transports the joy of long, lasting real love on his new single “Habang Buhay”—out today on all streaming platforms via Island Records Philippines and MCA Music Inc. Expressing security in the promises of unconditional romance, Zack Tabudlo allows himself to bask in the golden feeling of being swept away by love, while looking forward to more affectionate years with that special someone. “Habang Buhay has its own life with the happiness itself of the song alone,” says Zack Tabudlo in a statement. “I haven't written any song with such a happy and positive meaning before, so this is definitely something different.” Written, produced, mixed, and mastered by Tabudlo himself, the shiny, retro-pop tune is inspired by a lot of old school OPM classics such as VST & Company, and other ‘80s songbook stalwarts such as The Police and Fra Lippo Lippi.  Taking into the account the nostalg

Carmi Martin advocates healthy living with Yamang Bukid’s Insulin Plant Tea

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  YAMANG Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI) opens the final quarter of the year with a major celebration as it formally welcomes veteran actress Carmi Martin into the family as official brand ambassador of Insulin Plant Tea – the company’s latest healthy product. Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc (YBHPI) is the company behind the country's No. 1 turmeric tea brand, the Yamang Bukid Turmeric 10-in-1. Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea is made from the leaves of authentic insulin plants (Costus igneus) grown in pristine farming conditions in Palawan. The all-natural wellness drink has no other ingredients aside from dried insulin leaves, so consumers are assured that it’s safe and is of nature’s best.  Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea is the first of its kind to be given a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) by the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The product has undergone revaluation and certification from FDA and passed various tests so the quality and safety of t

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