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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!

May 3, 2009


Legendary, 8-time Grammy winning music icon Chaka Khan releases her excellent album of jazz standards and traditional pop classics, “Classikhan”, which she recorded with the renowned London Symphony Orchestra. Chaka’s song choices for “Classikhan” ran the musical gamut: “Hey Big Spender”, “I’m In The Mood For Love”, Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” “The Best Is Yet To Come”, Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?”, James Bond’s themes "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Goldfinger" and Lulu’s “To Sir With Love”. There is also a new ballad, “I Believe”, a Khan-penned original. The album features guest appearances by pianist Joe Sample and percussionist Sheila E. “Classikhan” can be seen as a follow-up to the “Echoes of an Era” album Chaka Khan made with her all-star cast of jazz musicians in 1982. With an outstanding career now spanning 30 years, including eight Grammy Awards, 18 Grammy nominations, three platinum and seven gold albums, Chaka Khan’s stellar project like “Classikhan” will undoubtedly garner additional awards and hits.

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