Fans mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019   •   2340

Beatles cover band members walking across Abbey Road crossing, re-enacting the iconic shot | Courtesy: Reuters

Fans took turns taking a photo at the place where The Beatles shot their Abbey Road album cover 50 years ago.

It is one of the world’s most iconic and recognizable album covers, and Thursday (August 8) marks the 50th anniversary of the day the classic Beatles Abbey Road photograph was taken.

On August 8, 1969, The Fab Four walked across a zebra crossing in St John’s Wood, North London, for the image caught on the cover of their classic album.

The photoshoot was the work of photographer Iain Macmillan, a good friend of The Beatles, who is said to have taken the photos in only 10 minutes.

Wish 107.5 reaches 7 million subscribers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2019

This has been a good year for Wish 107.5 as they power through to remain as the number one FM YouTube channel in the country after reaching seven million subscribers on October 28.

It was in March this year when Wish 107.5 reached 5 million subscribers. A few months after, 6 million subscribers was reached and it continued to rise to 7 million.

Wish FM has never stopped to live up to its name as the ‘Gateway to the World’ for local artist as they showcase talents from all around the country through the Wish Bus. This proves that Original Filipino Music (OPM) continues to flourish.

Wish is also known as the ‘Music Station with a Heart’ for their various forms of advocacy, from recognizing talented local artists to providing assistance to their chosen charity.—AAC

OPM continues to thrive in the 32nd Awit Awards

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019

OPM continues to thrive as the 32nd Awit Awards gives recognition to Filipino artists as well as the people behind making world-class Filipino music.

The Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) in partnership with Breakthrough & Milestones Productions Inc. (BMPI) will present the longest-running music awards on October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the New Frontier Theater.

It will feature live performances of Juan Karlos, IV of Spades, Ice Seguerra, This Band, TNT Boys, Autotelic, Unique, Moira, Elmo Magalona and The Hardware Syndrome, Jayda, Janine Teñoso, Inigo Pascual, and Gary Valenciano.

Some of the 32nd Awit Awards Finalists include:

Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist

  1. Isabela Vinzon – Right Now (MCA Music)
  2. Jaya – Hanggang Dito Na Lang (Star Music)
  3. Sarah Geronimo – Isa Pang Araw (Viva Records)
  4. Janine Teñoso – Di Na Muli (Viva Records)
  5. Marion Aunor – Akala (Viva Records)
  6. Kiana Valenciano – Caught U (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist

  1. Juan Karlos – Buwan (MCA Music)
  2. Darren Espanto – Poison (MCA Music)
  3. Gary Valenciano – Ililigtas Ka Niya (Star Music)
  4. James Reid – Right There (Viva Records/Careless Music)
  5. Mark Carpio – Ako Na Lang Sana (Warner Music)

Best Collaboration

  1. Mikee Misalucha & Joe Ramos – For The World (GMA Music)
  2. Erik Santos & Regine Velasquez-Alcasid – Pagbigyang Muli (Star Music)
  3. Moira dela Torre feat. Iñigo Pascual – Langit Lupa (Star Music)
  4. Julie Anne San Jose feat. Fern – Down For Me (Universal Records)
  5. Moira dela Torre & Nieman – Knots (Warner Music)
  6. Blue Jean Junkies & Julz Savard – Blue (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist

  1. StickFiggas – Ubasan (MCA Music)
  2. CRIB – Ibang Araw Na Lang (MCA Music)
  3. BRWN – So Good (MCA Music)
  4. TNT Boys – Sitsiritsit (Star Music)
  5. This Band – Kahit Ayaw Mo Na (Viva Records)

Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist

  1. Leila Alcasid – Completely In Love (Star Music)
  2. Jayda – Happy For You (Star Music)
  3. Maris Racal – Love Is Easy (Star Music)
  4. Shane Dandan – Nag-iisa (Viva Records)
  5. Elise Huang – Coffee (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist

  1. Chan Millanes – Tuldok (Polyeast Records)
  2. Juan Miguel Severo – Walls (Polyeast Records)
  3. Just Hush – Maikee’s Letters (Viva Records)
  4. Unique – Sino (Viva Records/OC Records)
  5. Ethan Loukas – Para Sa Akin (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist

  1. BRWN – So Good (MCA Music)
  2. Quacid – Pagkagising Ko (Star Music)
  3. TNT Boys – Sitsiritsit (Star Music)
  4. This Band – Kahit Ayaw Mo Na (Viva Records)
  5. Bopek – HNNP (Warner Music)

There are also finalists in Creativity Category, Technical Achievement Category, as well as, Album Packaging Excellence & Music Video Category.

BMPI’s The Wishfuls, Rhea Basco, Bradz and Plethora will be presenters during the awards night.

The 32nd Awit Awards will have a delayed telecast on UNTV News and Rescue Channel on the same day at 9:00 p.m.—AAC

5 PH artists join Sony Music roster

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 25, 2019

Sony Music Philippines has signed five Filipino artists in their roster.

“As a collective, the latest lineup offers a refreshing spin to the dominant sounds of our time while maintaining a distinctly defined music brand that is at par with global standards,” according to Sony Music.

Alex Bruce

This 12-year-old rapper already hit a million views in her Wish Bus performance in 2018. Her first single, “Pull it off” has been hitting the top charts in several radio stations.

Ben&Ben

Ben&Ben is one of the most streamed Filipino artists of all time, according to Sony Music. Their debut full-length album, Limasawa Street, already received universal acclaim and impressive streaming numbers.

Nathan and Mercury

This soul-infused alternative outfit opened for international music stars such as Honne, Clairo, The Kooks, and Two Door Cinema Club this year at Wanderland Music Festival 2019. They fuse elements of pop and R&B with experimentations on jazz, hip-hop, soul, and funk.

the vowels they orbit

Their debut single ‘Selos’ peaked at #2 on Spotify Philippines Top 50 Viral Charts. The band has also released their 5-track EP this year under Sony Entertainment. Other songs include ‘Kiliti’, ‘Pasa’, and ‘Bumubulong.

READ: the vowels they orbit ‘Selos’ is a new addition to your ‘hugot playlist’

syd hartha

Singer-songwriter Syd Hartha released her first official single, ‘ayaw’ which already topped weekly countdowns of various radio stations.

“The international record label has officially welcomed its newest batch of established and upcoming homegrown music acts as part of the growing family,” their statement reads.—AAC

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