Celebrating Mother’s Day in the legacy and evolution of music

This Mother’s Day, let us honor our mothers, grandmothers, mother-figures and the like, as the world celebrates the toughest job in the world – being a mother, with no less than the company and inspiration of music.  

To children whose mothers are watching them from above, remember and relive the memories you’ve shared with her and keep her legacy alive just like how music icon Prince will continue to live on.

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And because it’s every mother’s special day, take her to see authentic Filipino classical talents in action at the “Klassikal Music Foundation presents: Songs from a Silver World” at the RCBC Plaza this May 7th or let her be in control just like Julie Anne San Jose’s “In Control” anniversary concert at the KIA Theatre.  And if you’re young mom needs some moving forward inspiration, let her take some cues from Sam Concepcion’s fresh and new vibe in his third album “Bago.”

You could also dance and sing the night away as you experience and discover the evolution of music in MTV Music Evolution with some of the best contemporary international and local artists. But you can also simply have fun at home with your mom’s favorite music by female artists or from the new favourites from Myx Music Awards.

Whatever’s your way of celebrating, we’ll sure your mothers will treasure the moments.

Witness Filipino classical talent in KMF’s ‘Songs from a Silver World’ 

The local music scene isn’t all about pop, this coming May 7, 7:30pm at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza, let’s witness the amazing Filipino classical talents as they perform songs from beloved film classics onstage in “Klassikal Music Foundation presents: Songs from a Silver World.”

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Audiences are set to see wonderful performances from internationally acclaimed soprano Rachelle Gerodias, the KMF Chamber Orchestra, Asia’s Got Talent and KMF scholar Gerphil Flores and a special performance from the founder Dr. George Yang. All proceeds to the performances will go to the KMF scholarship fund.

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Gerphil Flores and Rachelle Gerodias

The foundation was set up by Dr. George Yang (McDonald’s Philippines Founder and Chairman) in 2007 to help gifted and deserving Filipino talents in classical music through awarding scholarships, along with expanding the appreciation and development of local classical music among the Filipino public. KMF has already supported 47 scholars and at presents has 22 scholars.

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The event is directed by Andrew Fernando, musical direction by Hermenegildo Lanera, choreography by Richardson Yao, and light design by John Batalla.

Tickets for the showcase are available for PHP1,000 (Orchestra); PHP750 (Loge); and PHP500 (Balcony) at Golden Arches Corporation’s office in Citibank Building, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. For ticket inquiries, please call (02)813-0935 or (63)929-470-6538.

Julie Anne San Jose is ‘In Control’

GMA Artist prized talent Julie Anne San Jose is definitely in control as she juggles her singing career and college studies all these years, and she is set to show just that in her upcoming major concert aptly titled “In Control” on May 14, 8PM at the KIA Theatre in celebration of her 10th anniversary in the entertainment industry.

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The concert is presented by Dreamstar Events and GMA 7, directed by Marvin Caldito and musical direction by Marc Lopez, and with guests Frencheska Farr and former mates from Sugarpop. Tickets are available at Ticketnet.

The singer-actress shares in an interview that she’s really happy right now, and that the concert is not just her 10th year anniversary concert but a celebration of her endeavours in finding her own sound, in being at the helm of her career path, and in graduating from college. She adds that the concert is a thank you for people who have been supporting her this past 10 years.

Other than her hits, the quadruple platinum “I’ll Be There,” “Right Where You Belong” and “Tidal Wave,” fans will get to see Julie Anne in a new light, something about her that has never been seen before.

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The Awit Awards and Triple Platinum awardee has also been tapped by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit to promote Filipino music to the young and by Cream Silk as part of its “Cream Silk Transformations: Spotlight on the #ModernFilipina” campaign.

Get Julie Anne’s brand new EP “Forever” on iTunes. Featuring the hit single “Tidal Wave”, “Tidal Wave Remix”, “Not Impressed” and the title track “Forever”. Video by JulieAnneSanJoseVEVO.

Nadine Lustre takes home five at Myx Music Awards

The “On the Wings of Love” actress and Viva artist Nadine Lustre wins big as she takes home five awards: favorite music video, favorite song (Me and You), favorite artist, favorite female artist, and favorite collaboration (Hanap Hanap with James Reid) at the recent MYX Music Awards held at the KIA Theatre in Quezon City.

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After her hit primetime series with loveteam and now boyfriend James Reid and JaDine in Love world tour; the two are starring in a new movie inspired by Freestyle’s song “This Time” that opens this coming May 4, with the pair singing their version of the favorite OPM hit as the movie theme.

“This Time” is the story of childhood friends Coby and Ava, who only see each other during summer vacations. As time passes, the characters develop feelings for each other but having a relationship long-distance is a great challenge for both.

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They are also set to release “Never Talk to a Gangster,” the sequel to their 2014 hit “Talk Back and You’re Dead.”

Also winners of the night were Darren Espanto (favorite male artist and favorite celebrity VJ), Silent Sanctuary (favorite group), Yeng Constantino (favorite mellow video – Dance Without the Music), Bamboo (favorite rock video – Firepower), Abra (favorite urban video – Diwata), Jason Dy (favorite new artist), Kyla (favorite remake and favorite media soundtrack), and Myx Magna Award to Ogie Alcasid.

Sam Concepcion comes out fresh and new in third album ‘Bago’

Coming off from his exciting 3rd runner-up finish in “Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2” and successful run of ABS-CBN primetime series “You’re My Home,” Sam Concepcion returns to music as he brings out a fresh and new Sam on his third full-length all-original album titled “Bago.”

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“This is a new me – a new identity. It’s more organic, more truthful to what I want to make and where I want to take my music. This is quite a bit of a risk but it’s a step towards the right direction,” shares Sam on the album that perfectly blends his trademark mix of pop and R&B with flashes of electronic elements.

Watch out for Sam’s upcoming music video with the song “1sang Daan.” Lyric video below by UniversalRecPH.

The 8-track album includes the ballad title track “Bago,” the electronic dance  “Kalsada,” R&B “1sang Daan,” “Di Mo Ba Alam,” “Trying,” “Easy to Love” (two versions) and “Teka Break” (feat Coach Jungee). The album is now available in all record bars nationwide and digital downloads on iTunes, Spinnr, Amazon and Deezer.

If happiness is a great musical inspiration and so is being heartbroken, as the case of Sam who was working on the album after his break-up with actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith. Videos by UniversalRecPH.

But right now all seems to be set forward as the Kapamilya actor shares, “I’m really enjoying this time of creative process, this process of growing as a person, as an individual and as an artist. I’m focused on bettering myself, my craft, which ultimately is what’s important.”

One Republic to headline MTV Music Evolution 2016 in Manila

It’s official, One Republic is coming back to Manila for the MTV Music Evolution happening on June 24, Friday at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. The band is the first act announced for the line-up.One-Republic

The band has this to say about their impending return to the country through a press release. “Stoked to be going back to Manila again! We can’t wait to meet everyone for an awesome dance party at MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016!”

The American band headed by Ryan Tedder that’s behind the hits “Apologize,” “Counting Stars,” “Secrets,” “Love Runs Out,” among others last performed in the country in 2013 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The band will also be joined by Viva artists Sarah Geronimo, Nadine Lustre and James Reid.

Fans can get to experience once again the evolution of different music genres in local and international music in this gathering of some of the most iconic contemporary acts both in the international stage and the local scene.

The event co-sponsored by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, held its first edition last year with over 22,000 music fans at the Quirino Grandstand with performances from Apl.De.Ap., Gloc-9, Abra, Naughty by Nature, YG, DJ Cash Money and DJ Mustard. It even won the Best Entertainment Award at the 2015 Asian Television Awards.

Visit www.mtvmusicevo.com to win tickets by joining an online contest starting April 26 – June 12. The event will also have a global telecast for MTV World Stage. For updates, you can also follow MTV Asia on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Music icon Prince passes away, stars express sentiments and tributes

The world has lost another music legend in the form of Prince when the singer passed away at his Paisley Park home and studio in Minneapolis on April 21. He was 57. According to police reports, he was first found unresponsive in the elevator, the cause of death is still not determined.Prince

A week prior to his passing, the star was hospitalized due to flue after the plane he was on was forced to make an emergency landing.

News of his passing quickly reached social media and actors, political figures and musicians alike, from President Barack Obama, Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen, Former Minnesota Governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura, Will and Jada Smith, Russell Crowe, Tim Allen, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionel Richie, Whoopi Goldberg, Chaka Khan, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Sheryl Crow, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Christina Perri, Ne-Yo, Lorde, The Weeknd, The Grammys, and NASA, among others took to Twitter to express their messages of grief and tributes and became the top-trending term on Twitter worldwide shortly after.

Adam Levine Performs “Purple Rain” At The Howard Stern Birthday Bash, a tribute to Prince.

Several city landmarks all over the world, from theatres, parks, city halls, sports fields, media, and skylines, among others also lighted up in purple which is Prince trademark color.

Days after his passing his albums “The Very Best Of” and “Purple Rain” hit the no. 1 and no. 2 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Apart from his own hits such as “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Cream,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Batdance,” and “U Got the Look,” among others, he has also penned hits for other artists: “Manic Monday” (The Bangles), “Round and Round” (Tevin Campbell), “Sugar Walls” (Sheena Easton), “How Come You Don’t Call Me” (Alicia Keys), “I Feel For You”(Chaka Khan), “Get It Up” (TLC), and “Love Thy Will Be Done” (Martika) and others.

In an interview with The View in 2012, he talked about a vault of unreleased music and in 2014 to Rolling Stone, he said, “I have a couple of Revolution albums in the vault and two Time albums, one Vanity 6 album … and tons of stuff recorded in different periods.” Reports say that the vault has been drilled open by Bremer Bank, which Prince has entrusted his finances.

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