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Universal Records is the NUMBER ONE independent record label in the Philippines. Bringing you quality music for the past 30 years, we are home to artists like: Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Jay R, Billy Crawford, Kris Aquino, Edu Manzano, Marian Rivera, Mark Herras, Nina, Ronnie Liang, Gail Blanco, Sam Concepcion. Our band roster includes: Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Imago, Silent Sanctuary, Kenyo, Paraluman. We are equally committed to bring you exciting international releases covering various genres like pop, jazz, new age, classical, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, dance, r&b, and hip-hop. Name it, we definitely have it!

November 19, 2008


Gather 18 pop evergreens, let Regine Velasquez breathes in new life to them in a brand new CD simply called "Low Key" -- the end product is a veritable gem of an album! It's simply amazing -- yet so heartwarming -- as the Songbird performs every song in the album released by Universal Records. Her interpretations are so smooth and easy, yet every cut in the album is rife with just the right amount of emotion. Regine Velasquez recently signed a long-term, exclusive contract with Universal Records. Produced by Regine Velasquez and Ito Rapadas, "Low Key " has "Tell Me That You Love Me" (a Terri Gibbs original) as carrier single.

The ultimate song artist is set to create a new trend. She is entirely soft-and-easy in the entire CD that all her listeners can easily sing-along with her. Her renditions of "And I Love You So" (Don Mclean), "I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love" (Rita Coolidge), "I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me" (Katie Irving), "No Walls, No Ceilings, No Floors" (Orsa Lia) and "Good Friend" (Mary McGregor) are all potential hits. The feeling of having an "all-single" CD in "Low Key" goes on with "How Can I Tell You" (Lani Hall), "Of All The Things" (Dennis Lambert), "Longer" (Dan Fogelberg), "At Seventeen" (Janis Ian)," She's Always A Woman" (Billy Joel) and "Never Be The Same" (Christopher Cross). More mesmerizing, easy listening pleasures come from the songs "Strawberry Fields Forever" (The Beatles), "Weeping Willows, Cattails" (Kenny Rankin), "Leader of The Band" (Dan Fogelberg), "Walk In Love" (David Batteau), "Clouds Across The Moon" (The Rah Band) and the bonus track, "Christmas Is", with U.S. romantic piano sensation Jim Brickman.

Surely, every song in the 18-track "Low Key" has played an important part in our lives, or better still, has provided the most romantic moments to us. Everybody will agree that Regine Velasquez keeps the flame in our hearts brightly blazing through her gift of music. "Low Key" will soon be released in Southeast Asian countries.

The album comes with a Bonus CD featuring Minus-One of the full album.
Get FREE limited edition Regine Velasquez posters when you buy "Low Key" at selected Astro Vision, Shoemart, Odyssey and Music One outlets. There are four collectible Regine Velasquez posters exclusively for each retail chain.


The hottest Dance Señorita is back! Multi-media sensation Marian Rivera releases her brand new CD "Marian Rivera Retro Crazy", her follow up to the platinum-certified "Marian Rivera Dance Hits". This time around, Marian pays tribute to the Dance Legend Ms. Geleen Eugenio. Geleen is celebrating her 30th year in showbiz via "Marian Rivera Retro Crazy" album, which contains dance medleys of some of the biggest retro dance hits Geleen popularized thru her dance crazes like "Rico Mambo", "Body Dancer", "Name Game", "How Gee", "Whip It", "Rock Lobster", "Supersonic", "Sha La La", "628", "Don't Cry", "A Night To Remember", "Always", "Swiss Boy", "Let's Go", "We Are Family", "Chocolate" and many more. This album also features the catchy Geleen Eugenio-penned single "Sabay Sabay Tayo" sung by Marian Rivera and produced by the versatile Platinum producer Ito Rapadas. "Marian Rivera Retro Crazy" will surely be the hottest dance album in town with its six medleys of infectious blockbusters that guarantee hours of non-stop dancing and exhilarating listening pleasure.

November 13, 2008

Ride Like The Wind [2008] - Christopher Cross

Recorded from Christopher Cross' TV performance in De Laatse show. This updated jazzy, acoustic version can be found in his brand new album The Cafe Carlyle Sessions. (Video was uploaded with permission from Edel Entertainment.)

The Café Carlyle Sessions features Christopher Cross' biggest hits in jazzy and soft acoustic arrangements. Includes Never Be The Same, Swept Away, Arthur's Theme, Ride Like The Wind, Sailing, Think Of Laura & more.

Catch Christopher Cross LIVE in Manila back to back with Workshy on November 29 (Sat.), 8PM at Araneta Coliseum. For complete Philippine tour info, visit www.ovationproductionsmanila.com


Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Shout Out Louds' latest album “Our Ill Wills” dives headlong into the new wave influences -- Brit classics like The Cure, The Modern Lovers, The Smiths etc. Produced by Bjorn Yttling (of Peter, Bjorn and John). This band is all about the rush, the emotion, and the infectious melodies that along with youth, good hair, and the endless pursuit of love, make up the foundation of all great pop music. Includes “Tonight I Have to Leave It” and “Impossible".

ICE & SNOW - A Swedish Pop Compilation
Universal Records is proud to announce the release of ICE & SNOW. This PHILIPPINES-ONLY CD Release is a collection of songs from Sweden's finest indie pop acts as compiled by Club 8's Johan Angergard. Featuring new tracks from Club 8, Pelle Carlberg, The Radio Dept., Suburban Kids With Biblical Names as well as songs from The Sound Of Arrows, The Legends, [ingenting], Loveninjas, Sambassadeur, Irene, South Ambulance, The Mary Onettes, Wan Light and Johan Hedberg.

NEW RHODES - Songs From The Lodge

Hailing from Bristol (the spiritual home of indie pop some may say, courtesy of Sarah Records), New Rhodes have released their brilliant debut album "Songs From The Lodge". Drowned In Sound described them as 'one of the finest guitar orientated pop bands this nation has produced since the Smiths'. The band's strong fan base throughout the U.K. and beyond includes many other bands like Bloc Party, The Futureheads, Keane and Blur's Graham Coxon. "Songs From The Lodge" is a mixture of previously released singles, old B-sides and new offerings, produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Babyshambles, The Rakes, The Long Blondes, The Futureheads) and Ian Grimble (British Sea Power, Manic Street Preachers, Travis). Featuring the singles "I Wish I Was You", "You've Given Me Something That I Can't Give Back", "From The Beginning" and "The History Of Britain".

JUNIOR BOYS - So This Is Goodbye
The Canadian-based duo Junior Boys has emerged with a pop statement that's easily one of the best albums of the year. It's like listening to Underworld's frantic blast combined with the Blue Nile's slowly evolving elegance, the next it could be The Pet Shop Boys' sailing in the slip stream of Depeche Mode, or The Human League's Motown meets the autobahn pop or the electronic vista of OMD. It's a work that exhibits a confident mix of focus, clarity and ambition, which touches such kindred spirits as David Sylvian, Bryan Ferry and Frank Sinatra. Featuring "In The Morning", "The Equalizer", "Count Souvenirs", "So This Is Goodbye", "Like A Child" and "When No One Cares". The deluxe edition of their highly acclaimed sophomore album contains a bonus disc of distinction - the only physical release of their 4-song iTunes studio session from the last tour plus a dizzying array of talents from the world of electronic music who bring their own personal touch to the music of Junior Boys- Carl Craig, Hot Chip, Tensnake, Arp Aubert, Kode 9, Morgan Geist, Alex Smoke, and Marsen Jules.

BONDE DO ROLE - With Lasers
Bonde Do Role unleashed their hotly anticipated debut album "With Lasers". Described in many instances as a "Brazilian Beastie Boys", this riotous MC and DJ three-piece play a carefree mix of old-school rap, electronica and baile funk - the popular fusion of hip-house, Miami bass, and Latin beats that rose to international prominence in recent years. Discovered by genre-crushing DJ/remixer/producer Diplo (M.I.A., CSS, Bloc Party, Spoon, The Decemberists) and signed to respected British label Domino (Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys), Bonde Do Role are immediately likable, rowdy, rambunctious, and straight to the point. Includes the singles "Solta O Frango", "Office Boy", "Marina Do Bairro" and "Gasolina".

THE LODGER - The Grown-Ups

Hailing from lovely Leeds, Yorkshire, The Lodger has won ears and hearts the world over with a stellar string of singles and compilation appearances, culminating in their classic 7" single "Let Her Go." Grown-Ups could be a collection of fourteen a-sides, including re-recordings of some old favorites and a mountain of new future classics. Instantly recalling bands like The Smiths, The Housemartins and The Wedding Present, The Lodger are a classic English guitar band with a seemingly endless supply of superb tunes, brimming with yearning melodies, smart lyrics and gorgeously strummed guitars. Featuring "Many Thanks For Your Honest Opinion", "Kicking Sand", "Watching", "Let Her Go" and more.

THE LODGER - Life Is Sweet
Leeds-based pop heroes The Lodger return with a stunning sophomore album "Life Is Sweet". The new album is a bit of a throwback. A throwback, specifically, to the British-inspired indie guitar pop of the mid-1980s and early 1990s. The Housemartins, The Go-Betweens, The Wedding Present, The La’s. and The Smiths. Brimming with insistently catchy hooks and sing-along choruses The Lodger bring a classic pop sensibility to their sometimes tender, sometimes bitter take on the ups and downs of life and love. Includes the single "The Good Life".

WILD BEASTS - Limbo Panto
The Leeds based, Kendal born avant-rockers Wild Beasts have created a collection of 10 beautiful, eccentric, very British tales that could be the most unique album you will hear this year. NME listed the Wild Beasts as one of the ten bands "tipped for the top" while The Guardian hailed them as "the most original new band in Britain". Their debut album "Limbo Panto" is produced by Tore Johansson (Franz Ferdinand, The Cardigans, Saint Etienne, New Order, Suede) and features the distinctive vocals of frontman Hayden Thorpe that's somewhere between Kate Bush, Jimmy Sommerville, Antony and The Johnsons' Antony Hegarty, The Associates' Billy Mackenzie and Sparks' Ron Mael. Featuring "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants", "Vigil For A Fuddy Duddy" and "The Devil's Crayon".

November 12, 2008


The newly released “Gary Valenciano:The Platinum Ballad Collection” from Universal Records, is the definitive anthology of the pop icon’s most memorable ballads, compiled in a handsomely packaged twin-CD set. The 30-song compilation presents Gary Valenciano as the ultimate balladeer, as he pours all his heart and soul in every rendition. A review of the included titles tells us that "The Platinum Ballad Collection" is a 'must', not only for all Gary Valenciano fans, but to all Pinoy music lovers, here and abroad.Disc one contains Sana Maulit Muli, Narito, Di Na Natuto, Paano, Reaching Out, Each Passing Night (with Regine Velasquez), Ikaw Lamang, Kailangan Kita, How Did You Know, I Will Be Here, Muli (with Regine Velasquez), Take Me Out Of The Dark, Gaya Ng Dati, Letting Go and Warrior Is A Child. Sheer listening pleasure continues on Disc 2 with After All, Fool Till The End, What More Can I Say, Until Then, Babalik Ka Rin, Ang Aking Munting Bituin, You Gave Me Reason, Even For A While, Only I, You Are, In Another Lifetime, Hindi Kita Malilimutan, Lupa, Could You Be Messiah and Pasko Na Sinta Ko. "The Platinum Ballad Collection" is simply another fitting way to celebrate Gary Valenciano’s 25 years as a leading recording artist and entertainer. The Gary Valenciano’s 25th anniversary concert “Gary V Live at 25” will be staged at Araneta Coliseum on November 14 & 15 at 8 PM.

November 6, 2008

CLUB ATTACK – The Hottest Dance Compilation Of The Year!

CLUB ATTACK features all the biggest dance tracks that's keeping clubs boiling hot this side of 2008. It is a must for all clubbers, dancers, and everyone that is seduced by a beat! This compilation includes this year’s dance anthem “SHINING STAR” by Get Far as well as other equally infectious dance tracks from Moony (“I Don’t Know Why”), Kaskade (“Angel On My Shoulder”), Samantha James (“Breathe You In”), Miguel Migs (“So Far”), Fragma (“Toca’s Miracle 2008”), Alex Gaudino (“Watch Out”) and many more. The dancing never stops when you hear new version of familiar tunes like Yazoo’s “Don’t Go”, Underworld’s “Born Slippy”, Kellis’ “Promised Milkshake”, The Bucketheads’ “The Bomb (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)” and Michael Jackson’s “Cheap Thrills”. All 19 tracks including the bonus remix of “Shining Star" will surely please DJs, fitness instructors, and anyone who is looking for the perfect soundtrack at their next party !