Celebrating the Month of Love in Music

It’s the month of love and there’s no better way to celebrate love and all its forms but with music.

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This month, we’re celebrating love for music in one of the biggest events we look forward to every year – the Super Bowl Halftime show with performances from none less than the likes of Coldplay with special guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars, in what is dubbed as the celebration of the past half-century of pop music that highly influenced and inspired people and made histories.

There’s also the nostalgic kind of celebration as Asia’s premier vocal ensemble The CompanY commemorates their 30-year musical journey with a new album aptly called “Nostalgia.” For them, nostalgia is both looking into the past and letting it inspire them as they make their way to new boundaries in their career.

Just as the case of The CompanY, Journey’s Arnel Pineda continues to make waves as he recently signed a multi-deal for his solo projects and at the same time juggling tour schedules with his band.

The annual MYX Music Awards also celebrates and recognizes the Pinoy’s love of their own, as it rounds up the final list of nominated musicians and their songs that shaped and shook the OPM world this past year.

Surely not to miss as well is Justin Bieber’s applause-worthy comeback as he rises from scandals from the past two years, and proving to everyone that he’s learned his lessons quite well by coming up with back-to-back hits ever since revealing himself to the spotlight once again through his new album.

And finally, it’s also a celebration of lasting music legacy left by music icons David Bowie, Natalie Cole and Eagle’s Glenn Frey.

Arnel Pineda performs with Chicago, set to release first solo album

Journey’s lead singer and Pinoy pride Arnel Pineda made Chicago’s recent Manila concert extra special when he performed alongside the renowned band with one of their classic hits, “You’re the Inspiration” held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Even the band’s bassist and vocalist Jason Scheff expressed his excitement with their collaboration with Pineda.

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Pineda is also gearing up for the release of his first full length solo album this year as he signed a multi-record deal with Imagen Records. Prior to this, he has already greeted fans with the recently released Christmas EP under the label this past December titled “Sounds of Christmas” with four tracks – “This Christmas,” “Christmas Day,” “Christmas Time,” and “Jingle Bells.”

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The singer and his band Journey is also set to launch the upcoming San Francisco Fest 2016 on May 12 with the Doobie Brothers and special guest Dave Mason at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Irvine, California. It also marks the rejoining of drummer Steve Smith to Journey since 1998.  Fans can also see him at his Love and Rock N’ Roll concert on February 27 at the Music Museum.

More photos from Chicago Live in Manila HERE.

The CompanY launches new album ‘Nostalgia’ in ode to 30th anniversary

The country’s premier vocal ensemble, The CompanY continues their 30th anniversary celebration with the recent release of newest album entitled “Nostalgia” as the group breaks into another major milestone in their long-running musical career this past year.

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It is also a celebration of new frontiers with the group welcoming new member OJ Mariano and their new home Universal Records. The group launched the new album with a concert at the MusicMuseum.

Nostalgia is the group’s 25th album, now available in music stores nationwide and digital downloads via iTunes is a collection of memorable and legendary pop classics and standards such as “The Times of Your Life,” “Up, Up and Away,” “Never My Love,” “If All We’re Gonna Do Is Dance,” “Both Sides Now,” Waters of March,” “Beginnings,” “Laughter in the Rain,” “Afternoon Delight,” and “Here and Now” featuring Reuben Laurente. Album preview below courtesy of UniversalRecPH.

Member Moy Ortiz expresses that the songs tell the story of their 30-year journey, from the lessons learned, to places and people, and all the tough and good days. It invites listeners to relive their own heartwarming and bittersweet memories of the good old days.

Darren Espanto, Sarah Geronimo, Nadine Lustre lead MYX Music Awards nominees

The country’s top music authority MYX finally reveals this year’s line-up of nominees for the 2016 MYX Music Awards, with awarding ceremony set on March 15. Fans can now vote for their favorite artists via myxph.com/myxmusicawards. Voting ends on March 13 at 11:59PM.

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Kapamilya artists are once again dominating the nominees with Darren Espanto, nominated for Favorite Music Video, Favorite Song, Favorite Artist, and Favorite Male Artist; Nadine Lustre for Favorite Music Video, Favorite Song, Favorite Artist, Best Music Video, Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Collaboration (with James Reid); Sarah Geronimo for Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Music Video, Favorite Artist, Favorite Media Soundtrack, and Best Music Video.

Other nominees included Hale, Sam Concepcion, Julie Anne San Jose, Abra feat Lonnie & Ron Henley, Bamboo, Kathryn Bernardo, Juan Karlos Labajo, Yeng Constantino, Callalily, Silent Sanctuary, Slapshock, Sponge Cola, Gimme 5, Kim Chiu, Angeline Quinto, Alden Richards, Sandwich, Mayonnaise, Pupil, Q-York, Smugglaz, The Juans, Jason Dy, Julian Trono, Jensen and The Flips, Erik Santos, Christian Bautista, Daniel Padilla, Kyla, Nikki Gil, Ebe Dancel, and Janella Salvador.

Coldplay with Beyonce and Bruno Mars deliver epic Super Bowl 50 Halftime show

In one of the biggest events anticipated annually, award winning alternative rock band Coldplay headlines the Super Bowl 50 Halftime show together with special guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars in an epic celebration of the past half-century of pop, and featuring an in-performance montage of previous iconic Super Bowl 50 performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, and Paul McCartney. Video courtesy of BATTLEFIELD IsLOVE.

And in honor of this year’s performance theme, Coldplay kicked things off with their iconic 2000 hit “Yellow” from the album “Parachutes” while making his way to the midfield stage. It was soon followed up by another trademark song, 2008’s “Viva La Vida” as Chris Martin and Co. is surrounded by flowers and multiple colors spiraling beneath the stage, with backing up from string instrument; before diving into 2011’s “Paradise” and sparking fireworks and blooming flowers all over the field with 2014 hit “Adventure of a Lifetime.”

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Things then got funky when Bruno Mars and his groovy company showed up to the tune of “Uptown Funk,” then it was time for Beyonce’s “Formation” as she performs her newest single backed-up by dancers and drummers as she closes in on the stage.

In a quick snap, Coldplay slowed things down with 2002’s “Clocks” as the audience is treated to a nostalgic montage of previous Super Bowl performers. Beyonce and Bruno Mars joined once again and everything shifted to a boost tempo as they all sing together “We’re gonna get it together now” to the sound of 2005’s “Fix You.”

Justin Bieber’s big comeback with new album and chart-topping songs

It was with the album “Believe” in 2012 when we last heard of Justin Bieber, and after all the scandals surrounding him – controversial views on abortion and remaining pure until marriage, alleged weed smoking, spats with the paparazzi and even his own fans, underage drinking, and over speeding; he took an overly long vacation from the spotlight. But now, he’s back with a revenge with new album “Purpose” and topping the charts with songs “Where Are U Now,” “What Do You Mean,” “Sorry,” and “Love Yourself.”

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After losing out to jazz artist Esperanza Spalding at the 2011 Grammys and being snubbed at the 2013 Grammys, 2016 could be the year Bieber will actually win his first ever Grammy. He’s currently at the front of the pack to win Best Dance Recording for his collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo for Where Are U Now, the song that marked his rise to the top once again.

Bieber is currently making a big kill at the Billboard charts as he makes his third number one from his album Purpose with “Love Yourself” after “Sorry” and “What Do U Mean?”, making him the second male artist to mark three number ones from the same album since Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006-2007.

The Canadian native was also seen posting snippets of unreleased songs on Instagram which means he’s doing new materials. He’s set to start his Purpose World Tour in Seattle, Washington on March 9 until July 19, a performance in Iceland on September 8 and other scheduled performances across Europe until November 29.

Natalie Cole, David Bowie, and Glenn Frey: Music greats that will always be remembered

The start of the year has seen the passing of some music greats such as Natalie Cole, David Bowie and Eagle’s Glenn Frey but colleagues, friends and music fans will always remember them through their lasting music legacy.

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Natalie Cole, daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole passed away on New Year’s Eve due to heart failure brought about by a rare lung disease. The singer has also long been suffering from complications from a kidney transplant in 2009, as well as Hepatitis C due to prolonged drug use years before. She was 65.

Cole carved out a name for herself as a successful R&B artist in the mid-1970s with hits “This Will Be,” “Inseparable,” and “Our Love,” and Grammy winning album “Unforgettable…With Love,” “Still Unforgettable,” “Thankful,” and “Unpredictable” among others.

Legendary rock star David Bowie also made his final bow last month due to liver cancer. But the rock icon even managed to record and releases his last album “Blackstar” before succumbing to the disease. His over five decade-career established him as one of the most influential figures in popular music with his trademark reinvention, visual presentation and unique stagecraft all throughout his career.

Bowie showed exceptional interest in music as a child, and while growing up in South London, he eventually took up art, music and design before becoming a professional musician in 1963. In 1969, he made his first top five UK Singles Chart entry with “Space Oddity.” He then dominated the glam rock era in 1972 when he came out with an alter ego called Ziggy Stardust and spawning follow-up hit single “Starman” and album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” that started his widespread fame.

Lady Gaga is set to perform a tribute for Bowie at this year’s Grammy Awards this month.

Eagles singer-guitarist Glenn Frey is set to be honored by his Eagles bandmates Bernie Leadon, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, and members Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy Schmit for a Grammy tribute performance this February. It is expected that they will perform the song “Take It Easy,” a 1972 folk-rock that was co-written by Frey and Browne.

Frey, who passed away due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, pneumonia and acute ulcerative colitis this January, had his final performance with the Eagles in Louisiana July of the past year. He co-founded the band with Leadon, Henley, and bassist Randy Meisner in 1971.

The band went on to become award-winning artists with six Grammys, five AMAs, six number one albums, and five number one singles; and best known for their bestselling albums “Hotel California” and “Greatest Hits (1971-1975).”

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