This month’s Music Roll is a wrap-up of things that are record-breaking, fulfilling, discovering and beginning. From JayR’s “Elevated” new album, new found goals and discoveries about himself, there’s also Triple Fret and the duo of Thyro and Yumi taking home top prizes, the Divine Diva’s new album, the MTV Video Music Awards nominations, and the legacy of late soul singer Amy Winehouse in a documentary.
And when it comes to all things fulfilling, the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) has successfully launched the very first celebration of Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino recently – a step towards greater appreciation to OPM.
JayR is ‘Elevated’ in new album, new found talent and aspirations
RnB King JayR graces the cover of FilJap Magazine’s June edition as he dishes his “Your Face Sounds Familiar” experience, his new all-original album with top collaborations, establishing Homeworkz Entertainment – an independent record label, and things to watch out for from JayR in an exclusive interview.
FilJap Magazine featuring JayR on the cover can be viewed HERE.
After finishing third place in YFSF, he shares that the show has given him a higher threshold of other things he can do as an artist. He also recently released his newest album titled “Elevated” with 14 tracks under Homeworkz Entertainment and featuring top artists like Kyla, Kris Lawrence, Q-York, Marie Digby and more. The album is now available in record stores and iTunes.
His new single is entitled Parachute, music video below courtesy of Homeworkzvideos.
He’s also slated for an album tour in the US, Canada and UAE. Aside from his own record label Homeworkz Entertainment that he put up to let undiscovered artists showcase their talents, he shares that he also plans to put up a music school that will give scholarships to street children.
Triple Fret, an all-classical contemporary guitar trio was hailed as the first prize winner at the 27th Japan Guitar Ensemble Festival held at Kyurian Hall, Shinagawa, Tokyo. The group was also awarded with Japan Guitar Association Award, Kohnon Guitar Award and Harumi Award for Best Performance of an Original Contemporary Composition for Guitar Ensemble.
Formed in 2011 and formally trained from UP College of Music and UST Conservatory of Music, the ladies of Triple Fret – Jenny de Vera, Iqui Vinculado and Marga Abejo aim to bring classical music closer to the Filipino public. The group is also known for their fusion repertoire combining Spanish guitar pieces, jazz, traditional Filipino music, contemporary, folk, tango and classical.
Having debuted four years ago, the group has already toured different countries in Europe and Asia and launched their first album. Recently, they also supported the Pinoy Music Festival. You can catch up with them on Facebook/triplefretguitar and triplefretguitar.com.
Triple Fret’s brief interview below, video by PTV.
PhilPop 2015: Thyro and Yumi, winners the second time around with ‘Triangulo’
Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana, a couple singer-composers are named grand champions once again at the PhilPop 2015 grand finals held at the Meralco Theater in Pasig with their song “Triangulo,” which they also interpreted with Jeric Medina. The duo first won in 2013 with the song “Dati.” Photo by @vivaartistsagency.
During the finalists’ press presentation, Yumi reveals that the song was originally written by Thyro for another singer. He later changed his mind and rewrote the song for himself before Yumi made some inputs.
Trianggulo performed by Thyro, Yumi and Jeric during the PhilPop 2015, video below by vivamusicgroup1.
Coming in first runner-up is “Paratingin Mo Na Siya,” composed and interpreted by Davey Langit, second runner-up and People’s Choice Award for “Sa Ibang Mundo” by Mark Villar and interpreted by Kean Cipriano and Nadine Lustre, and the first time awarding of best music video for “Edge of the World” by Johann Garcia and interpreted by Yassi Pressman and Josh Padilla.
“Paritingin Mo Na Siya” by Davey Langit, video below by vivamusicgroup1.
Mark Villar’s “Sa Ibang Mundo” and interpreted by Kean Cipriano and Nadine Lustre.
Zsa Zsa Padilla is starting again in new album ‘Beginnings’
In Zsa Zsa Padilla’s new album titled “Beginnings,” she feels like she is starting again and she wants this new album to be a celebration with her fans. The title was inspired by the hit 2014 film “Begin Again” starring Keira Knightley and Adam Levine.
The 10-track album contains popular songs from the 70s and 80s that she personally selected. The album captures her wonderful transition from loss to beginning again with songs “Just A Love Song,” “More Today Than Yesterday,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “One Hello,” “How Deep Is Your Love” that she dedicates to boyfriend Conrad Onglao and more.
Zsazsa Padilla guesting at Headstart in the video below as she talks about her new Beginnings. Video by ABS-CBN News.
The new album from PolyEast Records is the Divine Diva’s first album in three years, as well as her first release since the passing of long-time partner and Comedy King Dolphy. The album is now available in stores, iTunes, Deezer and Spinnr.
MTV VMA: Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Taylor Swift lead nominations
Nominations are out for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards through Apple’s Beats 1 radio show. Leading the pack are Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars. The show will be hosted by Miley Cyrus to happen on August 30.
“Bad Blood” singer Taylor Swift is up for nine nominations: video of the year, best collaboration, best cinematography, best direction, editing, visual effects and best art direction (Bad Blood), best female video and best pop video (Blank Space). “Bad Blood” video below courtesy of TaylorSwiftVEVO.
Ed Sheeran also comes strong in six with video of the year, best male video, best pop video, best cinematography (Thinking Out Loud), best editing and best choreography (Don’t).
Beyonce and Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars both have five nominations and Kendrick Lamar with four. Gabriel Valenciano is also listed as one of the nominees for best choreography for his contributions to Beyonce’s “7/11” music video.
Amy Winehouse docu: Breaking records, rave reviews
The Amy Winehouse documentary marks the largest opening in history for a British documentary making more than $800,000 in the UK, the singer’s homeland. The film directed by Asif Kapadia is also a big hit among the critics and one of the best-reviewed films this year. Trailer below by Movieclips Trailers.
It tells the life and journey of the Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter known for songs like “Back to Black,” “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good” and for her eclectic mix of multi-musical genres. The singer passed away on July 23, 2011 at 27 due to alcohol poisoning.
The release of the film also puts the late singer back to the UK album charts. Her second album Back to Black released in 2006 lands at No. 22 and her debut album “Frank” released in 2003 is at No. 50. The documentary is back-to-back with “Montage of Heck” – the latest film on Kurt Cobain as the most hyped documentaries this year.
Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” video below courtesy of AmyWinehouseVEVO.
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