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In the Philippines, the name Sitti is synony­mous to Bossa Nova. Credited for popularizing the music genre in these shores, she did so with the debut album Café Bossa in 2006, which catapulted her to musical stardom. Since then, many artists have tried to penetrate this beautifully seductive sound but…

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The name Norah Jones first came to international consciousness when she released her breakthrough album Come Away With Me in 2002. Not only did it produce the hit single “Don’t Know Why,” but it also broke through the music charts, swept the 2003 Grammy Awards, and changed the landscape of…

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Since 2014, artists from the first season of The Voice Kids have been making their mark in the entertainment industry. Most notable is runner-up Darren Espanto, who has released two hit albums (Darren and Be With Me), garnered countless awards, and is currently one of the most in demand performers…

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Every year from September all the way to December, releases from top international artists always pour in, whether a single or a new album. These are therefore the months that most music fans look forward to, giving them their fill of mainstream genres to new sounds from around the world.…

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In events like mall shows, gigs, or concerts, artists and their entourage usually consider the backstage dressing room or holding area the safest place where they can leave their valuables. But sometimes, the opposite happens. I’ve heard of some stories about artists and their entourage losing their bags, cellular phones,…

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When a band takes a break, its frontman or one of its members usually explores the solo route. That is what Urbandub vocalist/guitarist Gabby Alipe did a year after the critically acclaimed band took a hiatus. It has been expected of him and no longer surprising since his talent as…

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Pop royalty Britney Spears is back with a brand new album Glory, three years after the release of will.i.am produced-Britney Jean. Compared to her previous one, Glory,is a more solid album with majority of the tracks deserving to be candidates for official singles. The album is a statement that brings…

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A wish for another Filipino artist on its stage after Charice SINGAPORE: The sound of fast cars at night at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Conversations filled with the names Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo or Sebastian Vettel, or teams Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari. All these could mean…

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Plus: New from Noel Cabangon, and 1st Tofarm songwriting contest Pop rock band Autotelic has been making waves in the indie music scene especially when they released their self-titled three track EP in 2013 featuring “Misteryoso,” “Mulat” and “Balik.” With their potential, following and sound that also has influences of…

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Plus: EDM shows to watch out With the Philippine concert scene seeing acts for young music geeks over the past months (Selena Gomez, Charlie Puth, The Chainsmokers, and In The Mix), as well as for those who more advanced in musical years (Boy George & Culture Club, Friends of Distinction…

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