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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!

August 27, 2009


More than a year after their old drummer’s departure, Sponge Cola has finally found a new member to join them in their musical crusade. Ted Mark “Tmac” Cruz of the Out of Body Special and Happy Meals is officially the band’s new drummer.

“I don’t think people will be surprised.” says Yael Yuzon, the group’s emphatic frontman. “He has already appeared in two of our music videos - "Puso" and ‘Ayt.’”

Prior to Tmac’s arrival, the band spent more than a year playing with different session drummers, until finally committing to Tmac as a new permanent member. As the band fondly puts it, “We’ve known Tmac for a long time now; ever since we’ve been playing the same circuit back in college. Plus, since we all grew up in the same school, the same environment, he really understands where we’re coming from and what we’re all about. He fits right in.”

The Repackaged Version of the band’s self titled album is currently available in all record bars nationwide under Universal Records and features" Puso" (theme song for Agimat), "Ayt!" (Collaboration with Gary V) and the band’s rendition of the classic, "Closer You and I".

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Super Junior tops album sales for 1st half of 2009

The online album stats site Hanteo Chart reported that Super Junior topped album sales in the first half of this year. Released on March 13, Super Junior’s third album with the title song “Sorry Sorry” sold nearly 110 thousand copies in the first six months of 2009.

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E! News Korea Super Junior News

Showbiz Extra | Super Junior Voted No.1 Best Male Singers

Super Junior (Kangin, Shindong, Eunhyuk) Reaction to Cebu Inmates Dancing SORRY SORRY

Coming Soon : SHINee's New Album "Romeo"

Behind the Scenes: Going Back to the 70s with Kamikazee!

A behind the scenes look of the video shoot of Kamikazee’s latest single, ‘Hanggang Tingin’.

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Starmometer.com | Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano Recording an Album Together

They are tagged as rivals but now they are joining forces for an album and an upcoming concert.

In the upcoming album,
Gary Valenciano is reviving Martin’s hit songs like “Be My Lady” and “Ikaw ang Lahat sa Akin” while Martin Nievera is singing Gary’s hits like “Hang On.”

The two pop icons of the country are also gearing up for a major concert in line with their upcoming album.

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Martin and Gary is MYX's Celebrity VJ for September!

For the entire month of September, Martin and Gary are MYX's Celebrity VJ's!

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Martin and Gary V together in 'As 1' Concert and CD

abs-cbnNEWS.com | 08/03/2009, 6:40 AM

MANILA - For the first time Comedy Concert King Martin Nievera and Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano will be having a concert together dubbed as "As 1" this coming September 19 at SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds.

"Very first time. We worked in other shows, projects but never a show or concert or a CD na kaming dalawa lang," Nievera told ABS-CBN News.

Valenciano said that their upcoming concert will be a proof that they are not rivals and they could work together as one.

"Kasi I think forever until the time that we are no long around, there will always be that comparison between Martin and Gary. There will always be that me looking over my shadow to see what Martin is doing and Martin doing the same thing. But for one concert event something that we do, that we really have a passion for and we are passionate about we came together as one," Valenciano said, adding:

"We are not talking about concert. We are talking about an event that could, maybe we are spearheading an event that could take place in the future of people coming together as one. Kasi kakaiba talaga kapag nangyayari 'yon that people come together na sasabihin ng tao na 'wow is this people coming together' and it makes everybody look good na paang 'mayroon din pala sa kanila 'yong ability to come together like one."

Aside from their upcoming concert, Nievera and Valenciano are also busy recording their first album together titled "As One."

According to Martin, he and Gary have always wanted to put their songs together and with their first album he will be singing the songs of Gary and Gary will be singing his songs.

"You know there are lot of people who would collect or buy copies of CDs that number of songs would be Martin and number of songs would be mine. Now, they can do the same thing but it's Martin doing Gary V songs and Gary V doing Martin songs but not songs are all like that since there are two duets that are originals and then two songs each na 'yong amin talaga," Valenciano added.

Martin said that the whole point of doing the album and the concert together is to show the people that everything is possible and that everybody can live as one.

"The whole point the concert and the CD for the first time what's used to be a competition will now become a team. And we want people all over the world not only in the Philippines to know, maybe this time, that we could live by exaple, that we can live as one, as one voice," Nievera said.

"As 1" album is set to be released first week of August.

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Held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, August 25, 2009.

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Tickets are ON SALE NOW in all TicketNet (911-5555) and TicketWorld (891-9999) outlets!

They are also for sale at Studio V at 726-4614 and the Manila Genesis office at 706-2170 to 72.

ChristianBautistaOnline.com | Christian Bautista has a crush on Paula Taylor

By: NRJ Ramos | August 24, 2009
Manila Bulletin

Singer Christian Bautista admits that he asked for Paula Taylor to be his partner in the promotional music video for his forthcoming single, “Tell Me Your Name,” because he has a crush on her.

“Who wouldn’t [have a crush] on [Paula Taylor]? She’s really super beautiful,” Bautista said of the Thai model-VJ.

“Tell Me Your Name,” a remake of the Jose Mari Chan original, is part of Christian’s fourth album (but his first one) under Universal Records.

Bautista feels it was serendipitous for him and Taylor to be together—for the music video at least.

“When Universal Records was planning for the music video, the idea was to do something really different, including the choice of [my] leading lady. By chance, Paula was in town.”

According to Bautista, Taylor told him that she also had wanted to work with him after she and her manager saw him on MYX.

“She told me that she actually asked her manager, ‘Who is that guy? Maybe we can do a video together…’

“So, when Universal Records called it was like, wow! It all fit. Everything just fell into places.”

This early, Bautista is already feeling the pressure of being compared to multi-awarded singer composer Jose Mari Chan.

“Hindi lang [kasi siya nag] hit ng Platinum [at] Diamond, kundi lahat na yata ng awards, naibigay na sa kanya.

“Nung nag-usap nga kami ni Mr. Jose Mari Chan, I told him, ‘It’s really an honor, thank you. I have to admit, it’s a big pressure coz this is big… I’m grateful that you allowed me [to sing your songs].’

“Ang sabi naman niya sa akin, ‘This is good. I’m also proud that you’re gonna do my songs.’”

Bautista said his aim is not top Chan’s achievements but to merely re-introduce his songs to a new audience..

“I’ll just be a tool [for that end] by singing his songs,” said Christian.

PEP.ph | Sarah Geronimo sings a duet with Christian Bautista in his first album with Universal Records

by: Rose Garcia | August 24, 2009

Mula nang magsimula ang showbiz career ni Sarah Geronimo ay nakilala na siya bilang Viva contract artist. Ang lahat ng mga pelikula niya ay mula sa Viva Films, o di kaya'y co-produced ng kanyang mother studio. Ang lahat din ng albums niya ay iprinodyus ng Viva Records.

Ito ang dahilan kung kaya hindi ganun kadali para sa tinaguriang Pop Princess na magkaroon ng collaboration with other artists na hindi nakakontrata sa Viva Records. Kaya naman kahit napakatagal nang magkaibigan nina Sarah at Christian Bautista—na kasama niya sa musical-variety show ng ABS-CBN na ASAP '09—hindi pa sila nagkaroon ng duet sa isang album.

Kaninang bandang alas-dos ng hapon, August 24, ay nagulat ang PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) nang makita namin si Sarah sa opisina ng Universal Records sa Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. Napag-alaman namin na nakapag-record na pala si Sarah ng isang kanta with Christian sa first album ng huli sa Universal Records.

Dating nakakontrata si Christian sa Warner Music. Pero nito lang first week of August ay pormal nang in-announce ang pagiging contract artist niya ng Universal Records.

Ang first album ni Christian sa Universal Records ay ang Romance Revisited: The Love Songs of Jose Mari Chan, na magsisilbing tribute ng young singer sa legendary singer. Nakatakdang i-launch ang naturang album mid-September.

Sa naturang album ay may duet sila ni Sarah, ang "Please Be Careful With My Heart" na originally ay kinanta nina Jose Mari at Regine Velasquez.

A DREAM COME TRUE. Kahit nagmamadali na si Sarah kanina dahil pupunta pa siya sa isang recording, nagpaunlak pa rin siya ng maikling interview sa PEP. Tinanong namin siya kung paano nagkaroon ng katuparan ang matagal na nilang plano ni Christian na magkaroon ng duet sa isang album.

"It's an arrangement between Viva Records and Universal," sagot ng Pop Princess. "Tapos, ako rin po mismo ang nagsabi kay Boss Vic del Rosario [Viva big boss] na gusto na talaga namin ni Kuya [Christian] na mag-collaborate, dati pa. Kaya lang din po, dahil sa busy schedules namin pareho, hindi pa nagkakatugma. Magkaiba rin po yung recording outfit namin. So, finally naman po, 'eto, nagkaroon ng chance."

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Christian Bautista features Paula Taylor in his Music Video

Teaser for MV of Christian Bautista with Paula Taylor


abs-cbnnews.com | 08/22/2009 8:13 PM

MANILA - Pop Star Princess
Sarah Geronimo is staying put with Viva Records amid speculation that she is jumping ship to a different recording company.

Geronimo said her duet with Asia's Pop Idol
Christian Bautista for the latter's new album is not an indication of a possible move. Bautista recently moved from record label Warner Music Philippines to Universal Records.

Geronimo explained that the Viva allowed her to do a duet of Jose Mari Chan's hit "Please Be Careful With My Heart" with Bautista.

"Hindo po sa Viva Records pa din ako. (Malakas lang po talaga sa akin si Christian?) Naman. Pero personally po gusto ko talagang maka-duet si Christian and ngayon lang nabigyan ng chance na mangyari na.

For Bautista, he said he didn't have a hard time asking permission from Viva to allow Geronimo to record a song with him.

"(Hindi naman kami nahirapan). More of schedule (ang naging problema). Kasi busy siya at ako din parang more of finding the right schedule and the right song. Ang galing din ng management namin at walang nasasagasaang ibang plans," Bautista said.

As his first project with Universal Records, Bautista is now recording a 20-track album containing remakes of songs popularized by Chan.

Bautista’s still untitled album highlights the young balladeer’s version of “I Have Fallen In Love (With The Same Woman Three Times)" - Chan's tribute song to the Philippines’ Icon of Democracy President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.

The record will also include remakes of Chan’s classics “Tell Me Your Name,” “My Girl My Woman My Friend” (a duet with Regine Velasquez), “Here And Now” (a duet with Lani Misalucha), “A Heart’s Journey” (a duet with Jose Mari Chan), “Constant Change,” “Refrain,” “Can’t We Start Over Again,” “I Remember The Girl,” “Stay My Love,” “Be Gentle,” “So I’ll Go,” “Can We Just Stop And Talk Awhile,” “Deep In My Heart,” “Afterglow,” “Afraid For Love To Fade,” “A Love To Last A Lifetime” and “Christmas Past.”

'Secret crush'

After being romantically linked to singer Karylle, there are now rumors that Bautista has his eyes set on Geronimo.

Bautista said there is no truth to the rumors, adding that he is just a good friend of Geronimo. For the Pop Star Princess she said that she only sees Bautista as an older brother.

"Ako okay lang maging kuya. Ang tagal na naming magkasama ni Sarah every since naging friends kami. Kahit tinatawag kaming kuya it's an honor na someone look up to you as a kuya," Bautista ended.

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August 22, 2009

Times Online UK | The Prodigy's Keith Flint on battling his addictions and finding peace

The Prodigy singer, who is about to turn 40, tells about battling his addictions and finding peace in rural Essex
Stephen Robinson

Back in the Prodigy’s 1990s heyday, Keith Flint was known as the “scariest man in music”, with his tattoos and nose studs and his manic onstage persona, but in person it turns out that he is exceptionally gentle and has impeccable manners. True, he swears like a trooper, but after he accuses someone, often himself, of behaving like a c***, he promptly apologises, before using the word again.

When we meet over a large bottle of fizzy water and a bowl of fruit off the Portobello Road in Notting Hill, West London,he realises immediately that I am no rock journalist. I had tried — oh, how I had tried — to listen to the Prodigy’s new album Invaders Must Die. But Flint is sporting enough not to ask me my views.
We talk, instead, about his Tudor home in Essex — a source of pride. Flint worries that because he is an Essex boy, readers will think his house, set in ten acres, is a mock-Tudor Barratt home, when in fact it is a listed historical treasure outside Felsted, with a priest box in the roof. The village features in the Domesday Book, and Cromwell mustered his troops on Flint’s property, which he has meticulously restored from the ruinous state in which he acquired it.

bought the surface of an entire street in Bristol so that he could secure the right cobbles for his driveway. Then he hunted down 19th-century porcelain toilets and matching hand basins to get the feel right in the bathrooms. “It’s very boring and very un-rock’n’roll to talk about it, but I do love my house,” he explains apologetically. “I sold on the cobbles that I didn’t need. I’m from Essex you see, so I’m quite a dealer.”

When not touring with the band, he’s at home, with his six dogs roaming the extensive grounds, which is an important detail because Flint says that the dogs were the main reason he did not kill himself when things were not going so well in his life.

Prodigy were huge in the 1990s, and Fat of the Land went double platinum. They have sold more than 17 million albums worldwide and, unlike some of the Brit bands of the 1990s such as Oasis, they cracked the American market. After a period of inertia after the turn of the millennium, Invaders has sold all over the world, boosted by a recent bravura appearance at Glastonbury. In the Nineties, parents worried as their teenage children disappeared to dance clubs to take Ecstasy and grind around to their most infamous numbers, notably Smack my Bitch Up and Firestarter. It is hard to square this image with the man now sitting calmly in front of me.

still has the tattoos and nose stud, but he is teetotal and much more likely to be found these days in the gym, boxing or practising Brazilian ju-jitsu, than disappearing to the loo for a line of coke.

For a while during the band’s downturn in fortunes, many of Flint’s friends would not have bet on his reaching his 40th birthday next month. He is at first reluctant to talk about this phase of his life because, he says, “drink and drugs hell” is a self-indulgent cliché, and he has never wanted anyone to feel sorry for him.

Flint had a tough upbringing in Essex. He no longer speaks to his father. He was a bright boy with severe dyslexia, so he was disruptive at school and was sent to psychologists to be sorted out, though they found that there was not a great deal that they could do for him. “I’ve always had mental problems, so to speak. I’m incredibly self-destructive,” he says...

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Sarah Geronimo & Christian Bautista Talk About Their Duet On SNN

SUPER JUNIOR Live Performance

Another Version of SUPER JUNIOR "SORRY SORRY" Music Video

Please support and vote for SUPER JUNIOR music video "Sorry Sorry". Taken from their new album "Sorry Sorry".

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Cebu Dancing Inmates' Interpretation of SUPER JUNIOR "Sorry Sorry"

August 19, 2009

Blogcritics Music | Album Review: Ally Kerr - Off The Radar

by: Jeff Perkins

The opening line of Ally Kerr’s second album, Off The Radar (Much Obliged Records, 2008) gives a tantalizing taste of the thinking person’s pop craft that is to follow. The line comes from “Could Have Been A Contender” and it opens with, ‘he sits and smiles at his big CV thinking he’s just the knees of some bee’.

Scotland is a land that has already brought us Belle and Sebastian, Arab Strap, Teenage Fanclub, Franz Ferdinand, The Goldenhour, John Martyn, Idlewild, Daniel Wylie, and a whole host of other artists that literally ooze song writing talent. It is high praise indeed to say that Ally Kerr has emerged as one of its brightest and fastest rising talents.

Perversely it was in far away Japan that he really started to get the recognition he deserves when his debut album Calling Out To You was voted in a magazine’s list of the "Top 20 Albums Ever to Come Out Of Scotland". As a result he was immediately placed alongside some of the aforementioned highly esteemed company. When his track "The Sore Feet Song" was featured on Japanese television animated show Mushishi, it led to it being released as a successful single.

The tide was turning and soon he would achieve the recognition he clearly deserved in his native Scotland. It happened in 2005 when Neon Tetra Records brought him back onto the radar of his homeland and released Calling Out To You. When the single “Could Have Been A Contender” was released early in 2008 it received glowing reviews. Suddenly Ally Kerr was a name to look out for and his new album was eagerly anticipated.

Trawling through the reviews you will see comparisons to all sorts of names such as Simon and Garfunkel, Belle and Sebastian, and Elliot Smith. I can see all of that but there is also something vaguely of Neil Finn and Crowded House about his songs. An upbeat Elliot Smith would most definitely fit as well.

These are somewhat simple, yet effective songs that are expertly crafted. This is the sign of a natural songwriter with something to say and an unfailing ability to make that all important connection to the life, loves, and troubles of the listener. It is jangly, melodic, catchy, memorable pop, with an endearing edge of quirkiness about it that reels you in and wins you over. This is a thinking person’s pop with well crafted melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and more hooks than a Peter Pan convention.

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One of Scotland’s fastest-rising artists and best-kept secrets, singer-songwriter Ally Kerr released his brand new album, “Off the Radar”. Echoing the likes of Kings Of Convenience, Simon & Garfunkel, Tim Burgess, Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian, along with shades of The Lilac Time, this follow-up is produced by The Pearlfishers’ David Scott. Featuring the singles “Could Have Been a Contender”, "Amorino" and “There’s A World”.

"Inspired....jangles with all the rainy loveliness of Belle and Sebastian" UNCUT MAGAZINE

"A great new songwriting talent from Scotland" BOB HARRIS, BBC

“Beautifully melancholic" PRESS ASSOCIATION
"A sparkling tunesmith" METRO

"Kerr's songs meld the saccharin side of Belle and Sebastian with the kind of melancholy that Paul Simon's cat must feel at the end of a day's recording after milk and biscuits. They are beautifully written and wistful" SUNDAY HERALD

ALLY KERR's album "Off The Radar" is released locally by Universal Records!
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SAGUIJO BAR, September 1, 9PM
Tickets at P150

ALLY KERR (acoustic)


ROUTE 196, September 2, 9PM
Tickets at P200

ALLY KERR (full band)


SAGUIJO BAR, September 1, 9PM
Tickets at P150

ALLY KERR (acoustic)


ROUTE 196, September 2, 9PM
Tickets at P200

ALLY KERR (full band)


Taken from "Off The Radar", the brand new album from Ally Kerr.

August 18, 2009

Ally Kerr LIVE in Manila Poster

Kenyo's Album Cover

The Prodigy music video "Take Me To The Hospital"

"We shot parts of the video in a derelict mental hospital. A proper death trap. Holes in the floor and shit falling out the ceiling. We broke in which involved being chased by dogs and a run in with the cops. We wanted a hospital in there but didn't want to shove it down people's throats. The video was recorded onto vhs. We wanted it to look like an 80's movie you've just found at the back of the cupboard. Doing it analogue gave it a real unique look that you can't create on a shiny computer. Keep it real."
Dugdale and The Prodigy

Take Me To The Hospital" is the 3rd single from The Prodigy's hit album "Invaders Must Die".

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August 17, 2009



The Way You Look At Me
- Philippines (4X Platinum)
- Indonesia (2X Platinum)

- Philippines (Platinum)
- Indonesia (Platinum)

Just A Love Song, Christian Bautista Live
- Philippines (Platinum)



* Hit Chart No. 1 song in the Philippines (four songs from his album The Way You Look At Me, 2004
* Hit Chart No. 1 song in Indonesia (two songs from his album)
* Magazine 50 Hottest Guys of 2004
* 2004 Tinig Award, Promising Male Singer, National Press Club
* 2004, Male Artist of the Year, Monster Radio, RX 93.1
* 2004 National Consumer Affairs Foundation – Most Promising New Performer
* 2004 18th Awit Awards – Best Performance of a New Male Artist
* 2004 18th Awit Awards – Record of the Year
* 2004 Aliw Awards – Best Concert Performer (Intimate Venue)
* 2004 Song of the Year, Star FM


* 2005 Appreciation and Recognition as Outstanding Caviteno
* 2005 Outstanding Accomplishment in Music and Entertainment, Municipality of Imus
* 2005 MTV Pilipinas – Favorite Male Artist in a Video
* 2005 Awit Awards – Nominated for Best Performance by a Duet
* 2005 Awit Awards – Nominated for Best Inspirational/Religious Song
* 2005 Male Recording Star of the Year, 2005 Box Office Entertainment Award
* 2005 Myx Music Awards – Nominated for Best Male Artist
* 2005 Myx Music Awards – Award for Favorite Collaboration
* 2005 MTV Pilipinas – Favorite Male Artist in a Video
* 2005 Young Achievers Award, PAFJO, Philippine Dental Association
* 2005 Gawad Amerika, Male Entertainer of the Year
* 2005 ASAP Platinum Circle Awardee


* 2006 Guillermo Mendoza Awards
* 2006 Meg Magazine, Favorite Male Artist
* 2006 MTV Pilipinas – Favorite Male Artist in a Video
* 2006 “I Am Super and I Rock the World of Music to the Extreme: Phil. Daily Inquirer
* 2006 S Magazine, Readers’ Choice Awards, Hottest Male Pop Star
* 2006 Cast Member, Kunin Mo O Diyos, Best Adult Educational/Cultural TV Program, Catholic Mass Media Awards
* 2006 Best Theme Song, Nasaan Ka Man
* 2006 ASAP Platinum Circle Awardee, International Category
* 2006 Pop Circle Award, Best Music Video, “She Could Be”, ASAP


* 2007 RX FM, Male Artist of the Year, Monster Radio for 2006
* 2007 Myx Music Awards – Favorite Music Video- Invincible
* 2007 Myx Music Awards – Favorite Mellow Video - Invincible
* 2007 Myx Music Awards – Favorite Myx Live Performance
* 2007 Guillermo Mendoza Foundation Awards –Best Male Artist
* 2007 Pinoy Wannabe Nominee, Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2007
* 2007 Gold’s Gym Award – Celebrity Ambassador of Wellness
* 2007 24-K Award, ASAP
* 2007 ASAP Pop TV Awards Male Artist
* 2007 ASAP Platinum Circle Awardee- for 3 Platinum Albums
* OPM Songhits 2007 Awards – Favorite Male Artist


* Myx Music award 2008 – Favorite Collaboration- Christian Bautista and Rachelle Ann Go “Pag-ibig na Kaya”.
* Featured Artist, Young Southeast Asia, 40 Inspiring Youth
* Imus Carabao’s Club, 2008 Club Awardee of the Year, Imus, Cavite

Sponge Cola Live at SM City North Edsa SKY DOME, August 7

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The Phil. Star | One On One, As One

The Philippine Star
August 16, 2009

The first time I met Gary it was like going to a new school in another country where it was almost magical to find one out of the many students to have so much in common with. We had the same likes and dislikes in cars, music, singers and girls.

I remember going to his house sharing dreams about becoming big stars one day not knowing that we would be pitted against each other somewhere down the road. Those were good and innocent days. Then the harmony between us seemed unbreakable until the day the business that has been so very good to us both made us rivals.

In many ways I think I have gotten as far as I have, thanks to Gary. Just like McDonald’s should thank Jollibee, I thank Gary for those days. They were not fun at the time, but competition never is unless you win. But for Gary and I, it was never winning or losing. It was ALWAYS about how we play the gig. I think I can speak for Gary when I say, for us there is no show too big or too small. We live and breathe when we are on stage and this will forever be our common bond that keeps us together no matter how they try to pull us apart.

The first time I saw Gary perform on Penthouse Live I knew without a doubt he would be a huge star…I hate it when I am right.

* * *
Gary for me is a perfectionist almost to a fault. What is good enough for most is a work in progress for Mr. Pure Energy. His work ethics is like no other. If he doesn’t have a full grasp of every detail of every song he studies, sings, writes or dances to, for Gary it’s a failure. I only know one other person who had this same quality about him and that is Michael Jackson...

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ALLY KERR Live In Manila

ALLY KERR Live In Manila

September 1, 2009 (Tuesday)
Venue: Saguijo

Lineup: Ally Kerr (acoustic set), Outerhope, Balloon Derby, Arigato Hato, The Heart Foundation + 1 more band TBA.

September 2, 2009 (Wednesday)
Venue: Route 196

Lineup: Ally Kerr (full band set), The Camerawalls, The Bernadettes, The Gentle Isolation, Turbo Goth, Your Imaginary Friends

For more details, please call 0915-980-1595


Please support and vote for Kamikazee's latest single "Hanggang Tingin", taken from their new album "Long Time Noisy".

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August 15, 2009

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Placebo have confirmed that the next singles to be taken from their new studio album Battle For The Sun will be ‘The Never–Ending Why’, which will be released in the UK & Norway on the 14th September, and ‘Ashtray Heart’, for the remaining countries in Europe and the Rest of the World released on the 21st September.

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Behind-The-Scenes of Kamikazee's "Hanggang Tingin" Music Video Shoot

UNO Magazine Online Exclusive Content!

Click here to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Kamikazee's latest music video "Hanggang Tingin":

UNO had a chat with director Denise Castillo about the making of Hanggang Tingin.
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August 11, 2009

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The Philippine Star | Christian Bautista Joins Universal Records

"Christian Bautista: Reinvented"
Conversations with Ricky Lo | August 2, 2009

...That poem, titled I Have Fallen In Love (With The Same Woman Three Times), was written by Benigno Aquino Jr. for Cory Aquino at Fort Bonifacio on Oct. 11, 1973 for their 19th wedding anniversary and set to music by Jose Mari Chan who recorded it in 1989.

Today on the ABS-CBN noontime show A.S.A.P. ‘09, Christian Bautista will sing that song which he’s dedicating to former Pres. Cory Aquino who lost her brave battle to colon cancer at 3:18 yesterday morning at the Makati Med where she was confined for more than a month.

It’s also one of the 20 songs in Christian’s latest album, untitled just yet and to be released early next month, his first for Universal Records, the new home to which he made “the big move” from Warner Music with which he had been under contract since 2004 (his contract has recently expired) and which released his first four albums.

The 19 others are all Jose Mari Chan classics, including Tell Me Your Name, Beautiful Girl, Please Be Careful With My Heart (a duet with Sarah Geronimo), My Girl My Woman My Friend (with Regine Velasquez), Here And Now (with Lani Misalucha), A Heart’s Journey (with Jose Mari Chan), Constant Change, Refrain, Can’t We Start Over Again, I Remember The Girl, Stay My Love, Be Gentle, So I’ll Go, Can We Just Stop And Talk Awhile, Deep In My Heart, Afterglow, Afraid For Love To Fade, A Love To Last A Lifetime and Christmas Past.

Part of that “big move” was the reinvention of Christian.

So why the “reinvention”?
”Well, it’s about time that I changed a bit my ‘good boy’ image. It involves not only my looks, which is more mature, but also my style of singing which is now more intimate, more mellow and more mapuso. To us Filipinos kasi, nagiging magaling agad ang singer kapag mahusay bumirit when he reaches the high notes. What I want to prove now is that even if I don’t scream at you, I want to let you feel the heart of my song.”

Your “big move” from Warner to Universal came suddenly. Any hard feelings between Warner and you?

“You know, I will always be grateful to Warner for building me up and for taking care of me, even if when I started I finished only fourth (to Erik Santos) in the Star In A Million contest. Kahit natalo ako they still believed in me and made me what I am now. But there comes a time in your career when you want to reinvent yourself, so when we were offered by Universal this kind of album, na-challenge ako. It was an offer I could not refuse.”

It’s some kind of your tribute to Jose Mari Chan.

“I have been a big fan of Jose Mari Chan since I was a kid. It’s a big, big honor for me to sing his songs, all of them I know by heart. I can see similarities, kahit konti lang naman, between Jose Mari and me, especially sa style ng pagkanta which is very mellow. Like him, I love love songs. His songs have crossed-over to Asian countries and I hope my new album will do the same. We met the other day for lunch and the first thing I told him was, ‘Sir, I need to hug you.’ For him to allow me to sing his songs is, as I’ve said, a great honor. He told me that what I’m doing is sharing his songs to the new generation and he’s glad daw that I am the one doing it”...

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The Big Showdown, At Last: Martin vs Gary V!

FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo (The Philippine Star)
Updated August 07, 2009

As they would say, mag-kakaalaman na.

Isn’t it high time we knew who really rules the concert scene, who performs better, who can shake the crowd to boiling point, who deserves to be ranked No. 1?

Martin Nievera or Gary Valenciano?

The big showdown, titled As 1, is scheduled, rain or shine, on Sept. 19 (a Saturday), starting at 8 p.m. at the SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds.

No billing problems? Whose name should come first in the ads? Who gets a bigger talent fee?

The two considerable icons have guested in each other’s shows both here and abroad but it’s the first time they have agreed to do a concert together. Well and good. If not now, when? Kapag uugod-ugod na sila? You wouldn’t want your idols performing attached to, hmmmm, wheelchairs, do you?

I gathered a few comparison points between Martin and Gary V. (that kind of billing will have to suffice for now, but only in this corner) from people who have watched the two in their (solo) concerts, to wit:

• Martin is the better singer and Gary V. is the better dancer;

• Martin is an original while Gary V. is a Michael Jackson “clone” (something he has never outgrown and which he should bury...in MJ’s Neverland?);

• Martin is the total performer while Gary V. is Mr. Pure Energy; and

• Martin can entertain the audience not just with his singing but also with his gift of gab and comedic flair; while Gary V. spices up his singing with “body language” and a sprinkling of “religious” music.

Actually, I have a choice of who The One is but I’d rather keep it to myself. You, too, right?

(Note: Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano’s As 1 concert on Sept. 19 at the SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds is a production of Star Media Entertainment, Big Mouth Productions International and Management, Genesis Entertainment & Management, Inc. Avail of an early-bird promo and get 20 percent off in ticket prices. For details, check out the official concert posters or call Ticketnet at 911-5555 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.)

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* 1999 DJ Mag Music Maker
* 1999 Best International DJ
* 1999 Best international Award
* 1999 man of the year by Mixmag
* 1999 Leader of the Trance Nation
* 2003 Best European DJ (Miami Winter Music Conference 2003)
* 2003 second best trance track Paul Van Dyk - Nothing But You
* 2004 America’s Favorite DJ
* 2004 Best International DJ
* 2004 Best Event
* 2004 Best Music in a Commercial (Motorola)
* 2004 Mexican Oscar for his soundtrack in the film “Zurdo”
* 2004 Best Music Maker" by DJ magazine
* 2004 big winner at the Dancestar Awards
* 2005 WMC 2005 best track house progressive/trance: Nothing but You (Paul Van Dyk)
* 2005 WMC 2005 best international dj
* 2005 America’s Favorite DJ
* 2005 best dj for Dance/Electronic Album for his original album Reflections
* 2005 the International Dance Music Award (IDMA) for Best Euro DJ.
* 2005 DJ Mag No 1 DJ
* 2005 Best Producer Trance Awards
* 2005 Best Global DJ Trance Awards
* 2006 Best Global DJ (Miami Winter Music Conference 2006)
* 2006 Best record label VANDIT>
* 2006 Best Producer (Miami Winter Music Conference 2006)
* 2006 Best Global DJ, Best NuNRG/Euro Track
* 2006 DJ Mag No 1 DJ
* 2006 Best Global DJ Trance Awards
* 2006 Best Producer
* 2006 Best Mix Compilation for The Politics of Dancing 2
* 2006 Cross Of Merit From The City Of Berlin
* 2006 Best HI NRG / Euro Track for "The Other Side" (Miami Winter Music Conference 2006)
* 2006 B.Z.-Kulturpreis 2006
* 2007 Best Ortofon European DJ (Miami Winter Music Conference 2007)
* 2007 Best dj by trance awards
* 2007 Best producer by trance awards
* 2007 Best label vandit by trance awards
* 2007 2nd Best Remixer by trance awards
* 2007 3rd Best live act by trance awards
* 2007 2nd best resident by trance awards
* 2007 Best club night CREAM,ibiza by trance awards
* 2007 Best album In Between by trance awards
* 2007 3rd Best radio show vonyc by trance awards
* 2007 5th Best website by trance awards
* his regular 6 hour set at “Gatecrasher” was voted as the "second best club night ever"
* Best international DJ by the ministry of sound
* Best international DJ by Musik Berlin, Zürich, Amsterdam, Londres, Paris, Milan, New-York, Mexico, Singapore

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Paul van Dyk "Volume" tracklisting:


1. For An Angel (PvD Remix `09)
2. Home feat. Johnny McDaid (PvD Club Mix)
3. Let Go feat. Rea Garvey (VANDIT Club Mix by PvD)
4. White Lies feat. Jessica Sutta (Album Mix)
5. Nothing But You feat. Hemstock & Jennings (Original)
6. Another Way (PvD Club Mix)
7. Forbidden Fruit (Original)
8. Together We Will Conquer (Short Version)
9. New York City featuring Starkillers & Austin Leeds feat. Ashley Tomberlin (Album Mix)
10. A Magical Moment (Original)
11. Words (For Love)
12. Tell me Why (The Riddle) feat. St. Etienne (PvD Club Mix)
13. The Other Side feat. Wayne Jackson (Original)
14. We Are Alive feat. Jennifer Brown (Original)
15. Time of Our Lives feat. Vega 4 (US Radio Edit)
16. Wir Sind Wir & Heppner (Radio Version)

01. U2 - Elevation (Paul van Dyk Remix)
02. Depeche Mode – Martyr (Paul van Dyk Remix)
03. Timo Maas – Pictures (Paul van Dyk Remix)
04. New Order - Spooky (Out Of Order Remix)
05. Humate - Love Stimulation (Love Mix)
06. DJ Joe T Vannelli feat. Csilla – Play With The Voice In Germany (Paul van Dyk Remix)
07. Ghostland ft. Sinead O'Connor & Natacha Atlas - Guide Me God (Paul van Dyk Remix)
08. Tilt vs. PvD – Rendezvous (Quadraphonic Mix)
09. 2raumwohnung – 36grad (Paul van Dyk Remix)
10. Deep Dish – Say Hello (Paul van Dyk Remix)
11. Members Of Mayday – 10 in 01 (Paul van Dyk Remix)
12. The Thrillseekers feat. Sheryl Deane – Synaesthesia (Fly Away) (Paul van Dyk Dub Mix)
13. BT – Flaming June (BT and PvD Mix)
14. St. Etienne – How We Used To Live (Paul van Dyk Remix)
15. Peter Heppner - Alleinesein (Paul van Dyk Remix)


Grammy-nominated artist DJ, label owner and global megastar Paul van Dyk needs little introduction. Dominating electronic music charts and appearing at the pinnacle of Top DJ lists the world over, Paul van Dyk is one of the biggest icons in the electronic scene. Now delivering "Volume", this (2CD/31 tracks) best of album celebrates Paul van Dyk’s musical career and also features exclusive new material and some very special remixes.

With sell out tours taking place across the globe, headline spots at every major festival and a hugely successful recording career that has seen over three millions albums sold worldwide, remixing artists such as Depeche Mode, Britney Spears, U2 and Justin Timberlake, Paul’s music in TV commercials for blue-chip brands such as Motorola and globally in films, it is estimated in the course of one year Paul will travel around the globe no less than sixteen times! Constantly evolving and pushing boundaries, earlier this year van Dyk also collaborated with Grammy-winning conductor Paavo Jarvi and the HR Symphony Orchestra and Paul’s own band for a spectacular concert The Planets which combined classical and dance music.

"Volume"encompasses track selections from his massive 15-year catalogue and will include classic cuts from studio albums “45 RPM (1994)”, “Seven Ways (1996)”, “Out There And Back (2000)”, the Grammy-nominated “Reflections (2003)” and “In Between (2007)”. The HUGE van Dyk classic "For An Angel" will feature in a very special 2009 remix alongside 1997 hit "Forbidden Fruit", "Connected" (that was also used on a Motorola ad campaign) plus the massive "We Are Alive" that achieved worldwide chart success.

Renowned for his collaborations, a selection will appear on "Volume" that includes "White Lies" that features Jessica Sutta from the Pussycat Dolls, St. Etienne "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)" and Vega 4 with "Time Of Our Lives".

After being ranked within the top five slots in the world’s leading DJ Magazine Top 100 Poll no less than seven times (hitting #1 DJ in the world spot in 2005 and 2006), "Volume" captures why Paul van Dyk is one of the biggest artists in the electronic scene to date… there is no stopping him!


This album is a must have for every person who enjoys learning about Philippine history or who enjoys listening to Philippine patriotic music. The songs are rendered with passion that will move you. You will feel a sense of "being there" for important historical moments as you hear actual radio broadcasts of speeches and news releases. This CD allows you to hear the actual voices of past Philippine presidents as they speak to their nation.

You can listen to Filipino songs of nationalism brought to you by: The Apo Hiking Society, Edru Abraham, Heber Bartolome, Janet Basco, Bayang, Lolita Carbon, Jose Mari Chan, Geneva Cruz, Sheryl Cruz, Coritha & Erik, Florante, Inang Laya, Kuh Ledesma, Celeste Legaspi, Madrigal Singer, Leah Navarro, Joseph Olfindo, Gino Padilla, Philippine Marine Band, Ito Rapadas, Juan Miguel Salvador, Samantha, Noel Trinidad & Subas Herrero, Marco Sison, Ivy Violan, Gary Valenciano and more....

You can literally travel in time as you listen to recorded moments such as: Balcony scene in Kawit, Cavite; all the voices of Manuel Quezon, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Gen. Wainright surrendering at Corregidor, President F.D. Roosevelt, Ramon Magsaysay, Diosdado Macapagal, Salvador Laurel, Ferdinand Marcos, Ninoy Aquino, Cory Aquino, President Joseph Estrada.

The following is the list of songs in the CD:

Mabuhay Ang Katipunan! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas 1898
Battle of Tirad Pass 1899
Kind Words for a fallen General (Gregorio del Pilar) 1899

Meralco's Electric Street Car (Tranvia) inaugurated 1905
Boxer Pancho Villa Wins World Flyweight Championship 1923
Manuel L. Quezon: "My loyalty to my party ends...."
Manuel L. Quezon oath taking 1935

Japanese bombardment (air raid) 1941
U.S. Pres F. Roosevelt: "A day which will live in infamy" 1941
Jose P. Laurel: Proclamation of war against U.S. and Britain 1942
Gen. Wainright: "Subject Surrender..." 1942

Announcing the death of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon 1944
Gen. Douglas MacArthur: " I have returned..." 1944
Bombardment of Manila 1945
Atomic bomb dropped at Nagasaki, Japan 1945
Surrender of Japan 1945
Liberation 1945

Jose P. Laurel:"Collaboration under pressure..." 1945
Manuel Roxas: "13 million Filipinos have faith..." 1947
Ramon Magsaysay: "I have been warned..." 1953
Ramon Magsaysay: "Noong sumumpa sa Luneta" 1955
Announcement of the death of Pres. Magsaysay 1957

Diosdado Macapagal: "Unang sigaw sa Plaza Miranda" 1963
Ferdinand Marcos oath taking 1965
Ferdinand Marcos: "There is no opposition..." 1967

Demonstrators: "Sigaw ng Bayan, Kalayaan"
Ferdinand Marcos: "Society that is sick..." 1971
Typhoon Yoling 1971

Ferdinand Marcos: "I have no intention..." 1972
Demonstrators: "Makibaka, Huwag Matakot" 1972
Ferdinand Marcos: " Proclamation of Martial Law" 1972
Ferdinand Marcos: "Build a New Country..." 1972
Ninoy Aquino: "If your husband is sincere..." 1981
Pres. Marcos interview with Amnesty International 1981
Ninoy Aquino: " Mr. Marcos, hear the cry of your people.." 1981

Ninoy Aquino: " I have been away for 3 years..." 1983
Ninoy Aquino: " You have to be very ready..." 1983
Pusila! Pusila! 1983
Salvador Laurel: "Binaril si Aquino..." 1983
Ferdinand Marcos interview on Ninoy Aquino assasination 1983
Cory Aquino: " The night before he (Ninoy) left Boston 1983

Ferdinand Marcos: " I am ready to declare a snap election" 1985
Cory Aquino: " I shall lead..." 1986
Statements made during "EDSA Revolution" 1986
Corazon Aquino oath taking 1986

Coup de 'etat 1989
Mt. Pinatubo Eruption 1991
Sen. Jovito Salonga on Senate rejection of Res. 1259
(Phil. American Bases Treaty) 1992

Fidel V. Ramos oath taking 1992
Fidel V. Ramos "Mabuhay Ang Apec" 1996
President elect Joseph Estrada: " I will not fail you..." 1998