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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!

June 30, 2010

Catch Noel Cabangon LIVE @The Podium and @SM Fairview this weekend

Catch singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon Live at the following venues this weekend:

- July 2 (Friday) @ 5PM:  The Podium
July 3 (Friday) @ 4PM:  SM City Fairview

Noel Cabangon will be performing some songs from his #1 and Gold-certified album "Byahe".

Preview his "Byahe" album here:

His music video "Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko":

His performance of "Kanlungan" on MYX Live:

Catch Christian Bautista LIVE @ McKinley Hills, The Fort on July 4 (Sunday)

Catch Asia's Romantic Balladeer and Asiansation Christian Bautista LIVE at:

- July 4 (Sunday) @ 7PM:  McKinley Hills, The Fort

Christian Bautista will be performing songs from his certified Double-Platinum album "Romance Revisited: The Love Songs of Jose Mari Chan".

Watch his performance of "Beautiful Girl" on MYX Live here:

Here is his music video "Afraid For Love To Fade":

Dkpopnews | f(x) are happy to be number 1 in the Philippines

After 10 month's after their debut, f(x) tops the charts for the first time from an oversea's country.

According to Philippines Astro, their mini album "NU ABO" was ranked number 1 in album sales from June 14 to June 20. f(x) debuted August last year and this is the first time that f(x) has topped the albums chart oversea's.

Their agency said, "f(x) was ranked number 1 on the Philippine albums chart and they have learned about this news, They have showed their happiness for topping an oversea's chart for the first time".

f(x) are promoting their hit song "NU ABO" and they are enjoying great popularity as one of Korea's top girl group.


The Meaning of JaeChunSu gesture at Lotte Ad

They covered half of their eyes.

We found out the meaning of this gesture through Lotte Duty Free report from Song Seung Hoon’s filming of his Lotte ad where he was also ordered to have a pose of covering half of his eyes with one hand.

Then.. what does the gesture mean?
In Korean there’s a saying “don’t sell half your eye”. This means “don’t look at others” (believe in yourself).

source: jp.lotte
trans + shared by: sharingyoochun.net
Posted by Jaz @ Dailykpopnews

Tohoshinki Trio in America for Recording

3 members of Tohoshinki – Junsu, Jejung & Yuchun flew to America for a recording. An official confirmed on the 28th that the three are currently staying in America and are working on their new album.

They also said that “The three members are planning to release this album in August, so they are currently preparing for that. With Asia as their target, this album will be released under a well-known international recording label. ”

Songwriter Kim Hyun-Suk is the producer for this project, and popular American hip-hop singers Kanye West, Timbaland and others will also be involved.

Source: [Chosun Online]
Translation Credits: ssunsett@tohosomnia.net
Shared by: tohosomnia.net
Posted by Jaz @ Dailykpopnews

June 29, 2010

U-Kiss Soohyun had a successful musical debut with "A Chorus Line"

On the 29th of June at 15:00 KST in Coex Gangnam Seoul, The musical "A Chorus Line" had it's first stage performance.

This is the musical debut of U-Kiss member SooHyun where his debut attracted a lot of attention.

"A Chorus Line" first premiered in 1975 and has been one of the longest period in recording a Broadway Musical. The Musical is filled with dancing and singing throughout the show, It is also filled with talented musical actors.

This was the first time SooHyun stepped in a musical stage, and much attention and expectations are set on him and so far he has done a great job.

Source: Newsen
Credits: Blueprincess824 @ Dailykpopnews

SHINee hides their comeback concept on World Cup Performance

Some of the biggest brands in kpop entertainment came together to hold a celebration for the return of the Korean soccer team, Taegeuk Warriors. Among the attending acts by SNSD, 4minute and T-ara, SHINee attended the show.

It has been awhile since the SHINee boys performed on stage, but they graced the stage today performing their biggest hit to date, Ring Ding Dong.

The boys had been inactive in the music scene over the past few months to work on their comeback album, slated to be released on July 12th.

SM Entertainment's five membered group appeared at the celebration in their matching red shirts and black vests. Fans were teased when the members appeared on stage with hats and beanies hiding their new haircuts, potentially revealing their upcoming concept.

Fans are anticipating to find out SHINee's upcoming concept after their interesting flavor of music for Ring Ding Dong. SHINee's comeback song will be revealed on July 8th and the music video will follow in the week.

Ring Ding Dong performance:

Written by phee @ Hellokpop

RDR Selca Contest Consolation Prize Winners

Click here to see more winners here:

cr: crazy4snsd@ggphilippines.org || Mryoh@ggphilippines.org

f(x) Art Contest Winners Claim Their Prizes

Two of f(x) Art Contest winners, Yuumei Tsukishima and Karen Galano, dropped by Universal Records yesterday to claim their cash prizes of P2,000 each for their winning entries. Justin Arellano of Perf(x)tion PH was there to present their cash prizes!

Congratulations to the winners! Great news to all f(x) fans, "NU ABO" reached the #1 position in Astroplus/Astrovision Album Charts last week. When f(x)& SM Entertainment learned about this piece of news, it was immediately featured by all top Korean news agencies!

f(x)'s Sulli Filming LG Cyon CF

The little girl of f(x) has grown up!

She is gorgeous here, these photos were taken when she filmed the latest LG Cyon CF, showing us the matured side of this herself!

Posted by kacey @ Dailykpopnews

24 Oras | The People Behind President Noynoy's Inaugural Theme "Bagong Pilipinas"

Inquirer | Aquino inaugural song written in one day

By Pocholo Concepcion

President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s inaugural tomorrow at the Quirino Grandstand will not only feature international pop star Charice Pempengco singing the National Anthem, but also present “Bagong Pilipinas,” a song specially written for the ceremony by Ogie Alcasid and Noel Cabangon.

“Bagong Pilipinas” is a collaborative work—likewise for the first time—between the two singer-songwriters, who had actively campaigned for Aquino.

Alcasid had earlier written another song, “Hindi Ka Nag-iisa,” which became the theme music in a video featuring dozens of celebrities who donated their time and presence to endorse Aquino.

All-star cast

Cabangon had also offered to perform, for free, one of his own compositions, “Ako ay Isang Mabuting Pilipino,” at Aquino’s campaign sorties.

At the Quirino Grandstand, Alcasid and Cabangon will perform “Bagong Pilipinas” with an all-star cast of fellow artists, which include Gary Valenciano, Regine Velasquez, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Nina, Jim Paredes, Mae Paner (a.k.a. Juana Change), the UP Madrigal Singers and La Salle Green Hills’ Kundirana.

Cabangon told the Inquirer via e-mail that it was Alcasid who broached the idea to work together on the song.

“A few days after the May 10 elections, I texted Ogie a congratulatory message because our presidential bet was on his way to victory,” Cabangon recalled. “Ogie replied, and then asked if I could help him write a song to celebrate Noy’s victory.”

Cabangon recounted that he said yes right away; he and Alcasid also agreed that the song should be a call for unity among Filipinos.

At 6 p.m. on the same day they talked, the songwriters met in Alcasid’s house and went to work.

“Ogie already had a melody and lyrics for the first stanza. Then we tossed around some ideas for the second stanza. Ogie had also written the chorus part but we needed more lines and an additional melody. A couple of hours later, we finished the song and recorded the demo.”

Ryan Cayabyab came in to help in the arrangement.

It was only then that Alcasid reportedly said he would talk to Aquino if they could perform the song at the latter’s inaugural.

What was it like collaborating with a pop artist like Alcasid?

“We have different styles on how we write, like in the use of language,” said Cabangon. “But I had a good experience.”

Cabangon believes they have a good song in their hands, even if they had considered going over it again for possible revisions and polishing. “But that was it,” he said. “I was in Geneva when Ogie broke the news to the media that we are performing the song at the inaugural.”


Super Junior taking Asian music market by storm with Bonamana

Super Junior brings the ‘Bona Mana’ fever to the rest of Asia.

After winning #1 on KBS Music Bank KChart for 3 weeks as well as triple crown on SBS Inkigayo, the song is up #1 next on music charts in various Asian countries like Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and Hong Kong.

The 4th album which was released on 15th June in Thailand is currently up #1 for the 2nd week on Channel [V] Countdown International chart as well as other music sales charts like B2S TOP20, GRAM ASIAN POP TOP10, Look Maew Asian Pop Top5 etc.

At the same time, the song is up #1 on various album sales charts like G-MUSIC 風雲榜, FIVE MUSIC, KMCC, CC Record as soon as the album was released on 18th June on 18th June, as well as on online music sites like KKBOX and ezpeer weekly chart where it is up #1 for the 3rd week.

Great support is seen from the Taiwanese fans for this album especially since before this licensed album was released in Taiwan, the Korean version of the album released earlier in May also went up to the #1 spot for 2 weeks on G-MUSIC, FIVE MUSIC album sales charts as well as radio charts like HIT FM, KISS radio etc.

The song is also up #1 for 3 weeks on Philippines MYX Hit Charts and Hong Kong HMV Korean/Japanese Music TOp 10 Chart.

The Super Junior fever is definitely blowing up in Asia.

Meanwhile, the group released the repackaged version of their 4th album recently on 28th June.

Posted by sookyeong

Super Junior's Bonamana is #1 throughout Asia!

Super Junior's "Bonamana" from their 4th full album took the first place in music charts all over Asia!

On the 29th, SM Entertainment said that for 3 weeks in a row, Super Junior won number 1 in Music Bank and Inkigayo, they are also number 1 in Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Hong Kong and other Asian Countries.

On the 15th, On the Thailand charts Super Junior's "Bonamana" was number 1 for 2 consecutive weeks on Channel V (June 14-June 27) including other charts such as B2S top 20, Gram Asian Pop Top 10, and also being number 1 in the album sales chart in Thailand.

"Bonamana" was released in Taiwan last 28th, and it was ranked number 1 for the third week of June (June 18-June 24) on album sales and online music sites as well.

Also, before the album was officially released in Taiwan by G-Music, the korean version of the album was ranked number 1 for 2 straight weeks in their charts (May 14 to May 27) as well. Taiwan radio shows has ranked "Bonamana" number 1 showing a huge interest from fans on Super Junior.

In addition, Super Junior's "Bonamana" has been number 1 MYX Hit Chart in the Philippines for 3 weeks in a row! (1st week of June - 2nd week of June), It has also been number 1 Hong Kong HMV Music Top 10 charts (June 6-June 12).

Meanwhile, Super Junior released their repacked album on the 28th containing 4 new songs , their repacked album is currently number 1 in Hanteo real time charts showing a good response from fans all over Asia.

Source: Starnews
Credits: Blueprincess824 @ Dailykpopnews

Super Junior On The Charts in Less Than Two Hours

Super Junior releases their repackaged album of Bonamana with new tracks: A Short Journey, All My Heart, No Other, and Shake It Up (remix)!

In less then two hours, "A Short Journey" which features member Kangin's voice reaches the number 5 and "All My Heart" is at number 18 on the Cyworld charts. These songs were composed and written by the members. Also, Shake It Up(remix) features One Way's Chance who worked on the remix with Super Junior. How is everyone else reacting to the new songs?

Source: Cyworld
Written by Diana @ Hypnotic Asia

Super Junior’s Sungmin shows off his martial arts skills on Fantasy Match - Love Class

On the recent episode of Fantasy Match - Love Class, Super Junior’s Sungmin appeared where it was revealed that it’s difficult for him to get a girlfriend because of his one piece dress. That thought is a bit feminine but Sungmin redeemed himself with masculinity by turning into Donatello and showing off his martial arts skill with the bo (staff).

The way he wields the bo is very impressive! MC Kim Jaedong tries his hands with the bo but fails miserably, check out the clip below and thanks to Danny for the tip.

Sungmin's martial arts:

Shindong, Sungmin & Donghae dancing to Bonamana:

Why Sungmin can't get a girlfriend:

Posted by GhostWriter @ Allkpop

dkpopnews | Super Junior's Eunhyuk goes blonde

Following the trend amongst the Super Junior members, Eunhyuk has recently dyed his hair a light shade of blonde.

With Leeteuk and Heechul already sporting blonde or really light brown hair, Eunhyuk has now joined them, making the total members with blonde hair 3 out of the 10 of them active right now.

What do you think of his new hair colour? ^^

Posted by nancyhae @ Dailykpopnews

June 28, 2010

Super Junior "Bonamana" - #1 for Four Consecutive Weeks!

It's Triple Victory again for Superstar K-Pop Group Super Junior's latest single "Bonamana" on this week's MYX Charts (MYX Daily Top 10, MYX Hit Chart & MYX International Top 20). Not only that, it's been #1 for 4 consecutive weeks!

June 27, 2010

dkpopnews | Ratings soared on f(x) Victoria & 2PM NichKhun's "We Got Married" 1st episode

The newest couple on MBC "We got married" NichKhun and Victoria known as "Khuntoria" had their first episode aired on the 26th and with the first episode the rating soared for We got married.

According to AGB Media Research, the rating for "We got married" from 12.9% to 15.5%. Even though the show has tough competitions airing at the same time, "We got married" was the most watched show for that particular airing time.

SBS "Amazing tournament" had a rating of 11.0%, SBS's "Star Junior Rainbow color" got 7.7%, KBS's "Star Golden Bell" got 5.0% and KBS "Invincible Saturday" got 5.9%. "We got married" for yesterdays show rose 3% in rating and had 15.5%.

It was the first appearance of NichKhun and Victoria couple where a lot of expectations emerged when the couple was revealed being the "foreign couple". Also, other couples were anticipated such as Jo Kwon and Gain, and Seohyun and Yonghwa.

After the episode aired, fans were satisfied showing a hot reaction for the first episode of the "Khuntoria" couple.

Source: SportsChosun
Credits: Blueprincess824 @ Dailykpopnews

f(x)'s Victoria and Luna new selca photos

dkpopnews | Super Junior-M's ZhouMi's Sina Updates about his vocal cords

Super Junior M's Zhou Mi just recently updated his sina account. Seems like he has some sort of vocal cord issue let's all wish him to get better!

From Zhou Mi's Wei Bao: The third time going to the hospital, it seemed like the vocal cords are in a more serious condition than what I thought… The most important thing is, don’t even know why is it like that, and doesn’t know how to cure it… Was thinking alot about it yesterday at home with mother, seeing her being so worries, (my) heart really doesn’t feel good… Didn’t sleep the whole night, hope that everything can resume/ recover… I will still fly to GuangZhou to work on the 2nd, hope can still carry on/ hold on…. Pray…

Credit: Zhou Mi’s SINA WeiBo
Translated by: minoko2440 @ sapphirepearls.com
Posted by syeh3 @ Dailykpopnews

dkpopnews | Super Junior's Shindong sleeps in the nude?

On the 27th episode of MBC "Fantasy couple - Love's classroom" where Shindong, Donghae and Sungmin were guests, Shindong revealed that he does not wear clothes when he sleeps.

Shindong said that sometimes the other member's does not like it that he does not wear clothes to sleep. Shindong revealed that has the temperature goes up he ends up taking off his clothes while sleeping. He said, "It gets hot in the morning, when I wake up and I look at my body I will be surprised and embarrassed at the same time" causing laughter in the audience.

The MC's suggested that he should wear Overall's when going to sleep since overall's are hard to take off as a solution for his stripping while sleeping.

Meanwhile, Sungmin also revealed that he wears dresses when he sleeps.

Source: Newsen
Credits: Blueprincess824 @ Dailykpopnews

dkpopnews | Super Junior's Sungmin sleeps in a dress?

Super Junior sungmin has confessed "I sleep in wearing a dress".

On the June 27th broadcast of MBC "Fantasy couple - Love's classroom", Sungmin revealed that Girls only see's him as a friend, because of this, Donghae revealed that the reason why he doesn't have a girlfriend is because of a one piece dress causing embarrassment for Sungmin.

Sungmin said that, "I do not know why I do not have a girlfriend" and he revealed, "I sleep wearing women's dresses" surprisingly revealing his secret.

Sungmin confessed, "These days, I wear a dress from pink to light blue and i have bought another new one" making the audience laugh with his confession.

The MC Suggested that instead of wearing a one piece dress he could wear pajama's or wearing boxer shorts, offering a solution to his problem for not having women look at him as a man.

Source: Newsen
Credits: Blueprincess824 @ Dailykpopnews

kpoplive | Super Junior’s SungMin Reveals his Girl Problem

Super Junior’s SungMin made a confession about his dilemma regarding girls! What would it be?

During the latest episode of MBC “Fantasy couple – Love’s classroom“, SungMin expressed his worries to Ear Master about girls who only see him as their good friend.

He kept stressing that he is a manly person. However, his Super Junior member, DongHae, created laughter when he commented, “The reason why SungMin doesn’t have a girlfriend is because of the one-piece dress.”

SungMin could not hide his embarrassment when DongHae revealed his secret. Netizens made guesses about the dress and assumed that it was probably the pink doraemon one-piece pajama SungMin received from a fan before.

SungMin also made ShinDong shy when he said, “I want to write a (proposal in) code like Shindong too.” Previously, ShinDong had proposed to his girlfriend using a secret code in the thank you section of Super Junior’s latest album.

SungMin also amazed everyone as he showed his martial art talent to the kids. Would SungMin’s amazing skills sweep over some ladies’ hearts? Stay tuned for the episode!

Credits: evy @newsen.com
Translator: evansco@sj-world.net
Posted by rose1363 @ Kpoplive.com

dkpopnews | f(x) Amber's Kimchi Fried Rice

It was revealed that Amber of f(x) does have a feminine side and has revealed her hidden cooking skills.

On the 26th, photo's of Amber's Kimchi friend rice was revealed online showing off her impressive cooking skills with a nice presentation.

Amber said, "Today was a challenge as I was cooking, this is Kimchi friend Rice, We made it".

Also, Sulli helped her make it, and invited the fans if they want to try it. Amber is currently resting due to her ankle pain which caused her to not be able to perform on stage with f(x).

Source: Starnews
Credits: Blueprincess824 @ Dailykpopnews

f(x)'s Amber in Danson Tang "I'm Back" MV behind the scenes

(with English subs)

dkpopnews | f(x) Amber's comeback still undetermined

Activities has been ceased for f(x) member Amber as she has suffered from intense ankle pain and has been taking a break and rest.

SM Entertainment said on the 27th, "Amber's ankle pain has caused her to be weak so she will be taking a break from activities, for the time being she will be resting".

"As a result, f(x) will be continuing promotions with 4 members on stage, First Amber will be resting to prevent more serious injuries and Amber's comeback on stage is still unknown".

Amber has been taking a break since 19th last week in Music Core as she was seen sitting down during their performances due to her ankle pain, but in order to protect her from further injuries, she has been suggested to rest at home.

Fortunately, Amber has been keeping herself busy as she updated her me2day on the 26th showing her cooking skills by showing a photo of her Kimchi friend rice which she cooked.

Source: Starnews
Credits: Blueprincess824 @ Dailykpopnews

f(x) performance at Music Core (6/26/10)

allkpop | Rino Nakasone to choreograph SHINee’s comeback?

A few weeks ago we reported murmurs of SHINee’s comeback. Coincidentally, Rino Nakasone a famous choreographer from Okinawa, Japan has been tweeting some interesting things. For those that don’t know, she’s choreographed for SM Entertainment for some time now. Rino was a backup dancer for Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls and she’s the newest recruit of the Pussycat Dolls but in dancing circles she’s best known as a member of the Beat Freaks (America’s Best Dance Crew).

Rino tweeted that she’s currently in Korea working with SM Entertainment artists. Read the tweets below:

First tweet: My 3rd day in Seoul! I missed here so much!! yaaaayy!! All of SM artists are working soooo hard yo!

Second tweet: Dear SM fans. Hi! I know u r wonderin who I’m here for. I promise I’ll update u when The product is OUT:) tnx for understandin n ur love!

Putting two and two together (SHINee’s comeback and Rino Nakasone working for SM Entertainment right now), it’s highly probable that she will be doing the choreography for SHINee… However, we’ll have to wait and see for confirmation. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

Posted by GhostWriter @ Allkpop

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SHINee's Onew leaves pre-comeback message for The SHINee World

SHINee‘s leader wants to “talk to you“!
The “Brothers Were Brave” actor has wrapped up his recent play and is ready to make a SHINee musical comeback! Onew posted a message on the official SHINee fanboard, June 25th. He shared his feelings for fans and requested your patience for their scheduled July comeback. Here is a little translation of his words:

“I yearn to see you, I’m leaving a message privately.haha Since my(Brothers Were Brave) musical has ended,I wish to be with you as soon as possible.So, you will be able to listen to (SHINee‘s)solid music.I’m amazed at the devotion of our fans everytime I appear on stage.I still remember the grand cheers you gave me.I’m used to grand cheering from my performances with SHINee,but you are all number one on our love list. You have to stay with us forever,so you can listen to our top songs.I’m a little uncomfortable writing this message because I haven’t written to you in awhile. hehe Please continue to wait a little longer(for our comeback) Thank you always,Fighting! -ONEW“

Of course, we will wait. Juliettes will not hear the “Ring Ding Dong” until SHINee rings the bell!

SHINee will make a full comeback by July 9th.

Source: Popseoul

allkpop | Girls' Generation wins Music Bank mid-year K-Chart for 2010

As we come up to the end of June, it was time for KBS to roll out their mid-year special on June 25th and crown their ultimate K-Chart winner for the first half of 2010.

And after a tabulation of scores, it was down to 2AM’s Won’t Let You Go Even If I Die taking on SNSD’s Oh! as they both racked up the highest scores in the first half of 2010. But there can only be one winner and it was SNSD whose five K-Chart wins and 8,796 points were enough against 5,394 for 2AM.

Congratulations to the girls! There was a slight discontent at the end though when Taeyeon said, “…I hope Music Bank can provide a good environment for artists…”

This stemmed from an earlier incident in the day while pre-recording the Music Bank special stage. Her ear piece did not work properly then and the PDs refused to let her re-do the stage, causing her to be unhappy during the Oh! performance.

Many thanks to Wahwah for the last bit.

Posted by GhostWriter @ Allkpop

Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera host their very first game show ‘Twist and Shout’

Music industry pillars and long-time friends Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera will again join forces, this time around on TV, as they host the new game show Twist and Shout. During their contract signing for the said program, Gary and Martin described the concept of Twist and Shout. Martin said, “Twist and Shout is a not-so stressful singing contest. It’s unique, different. Importante pa rin na nasa tono ka but there are other elements that will making singing very hard. Singing while in a pool of ice, or singing while being attacked by dogs. You have to sing two minutes straight na hindi nadi-distract. The contestants can win up to two million I think. ‘Yung audience may prize rin sila.”

Since this is the first time for Gary and Martin to host a game show, they admitted that they don’t know what to expect from Twist and Shout, but the two concert icons are pleased that the show will still be about singing. Gary shared that although the game show field is alien to him, he is looking forward to doing the program with his good friend. “I’ve never been a game show host. This is my first time, but I have Martin. I know we’re both going to learn from each other, we’re ready for the challenges. Every episode iba iba ang mga contestants, so magiiba rin ang dating namin ni Martin sa camera.”

Gary and Martin are both established names in the music industry, and in their debut as game show hosts, they said that they will not try to copy the other successful hosts and shows that have come before them. “Marami nang game shows na ginawa ang ABS-CBN. But the core element in Twist and Shout is not to try to be a game show and us hosts not to be like Edu Manzano, Cesar Montano, or Kris Aquino who’s already the Queen of Game Shows. We will just be Martin and Gary. Ang alam ng mga tao sa amin is ako ang maloko si Gary ang seryoso. Parang aabangan ng mga tao kung ano ang sasabihin ni Martin na hindi magugustuhan ni Gary. Sana ma-project sa TV ‘yung masayang tandem namin ni Gary when we do ASAP or concerts,” said Martin.

People may know Martin as the talkative one while Gary as the more reserved of the two. Gary believes that difference in their personalities will still fit in the show. “Martin may be very talkative but he’s very sharp. Alam niya kung kailan dapat mag-adlib, kung cut na, kung may nakalimutan pa kaming sabihin. Kapag ganun probably siya ang sasalo nun. Sa concert naming As One ginawa niya ‘yun.” However for Martin, the rules of game show may limit him a bit. “Sa game shows madaming rules. ‘Tama na, stop, ‘wag ka mag adlib!’ Perfect si Gary dito, ha ha ha! It’s me who must learn the rules. Pero kung may mangyari dun ako pwede mag-stretch.”

Watch out for Gary and Martin on Twist and Shout, weekend nights starting July 3. They will also have a repeat of their As One concert this July 16 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Posted by by Napoleon Quintos


As 1 Memorabilia Exhibit @ The Atrium of The Block on June 27

Where: The Atrium of THE BLOCK, SM North Edsa
When:  JUNE 27, 2010 (SUNDAY), 5PM (will run for 2 weeks)

- Exhibit of Martin Nievera & Gary Valenciano's AS 1 Memorabilia
- Meet & Greet/Autograph Signing/Photo Opportunity with Martin Nievera & Gary Valenciano
- Selling of Martin Nievera & Gary Valenciano's "As 1" CD
- Selling of Martin Nievera & Gary Valenciano's Merchandise Items
- Selling of Martin Nievera & Gary Valenciano's "As 1" Concert Tickets

Phil. Star | AS 1 by popular demand

Updated June 22, 2010 12:00 AM

Catch the much-awaited and highly-anticipated repeat of the spectacular concert AS 1 with Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano at the Araneta Coliseum on July 16. With 16 exhilarating and sold-out international performances in the US, Canada, and the Middle East and great reviews, the concert is sure to excite and entertain both music aficionados and fans alike.

This ground-breaking musical event marked the once-in-a-lifetime partnership of Martin and Gary, the two top male musical acts here in the country. The concert proudly boasts of Martin and Gary together, after a 25-year rivalry in the entertainment industry. AS 1 opened in Manila before a crowd of about 13,000 on Sept. 19, 2009 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. It also brought together two of the most respected musical directors in the Philippines, Louie Ocampo and Mon Faustino in one stage. AS 1 also proved to all that competition can be kept to a professional level but the brotherhood and friendship of the two artists go beyond the stage and could be felt throughout the series.

The AS 1 franchise also dominated the recording scene with the release of the commemorative AS 1 CD which immediately claimed the number one spot in the retailers’ album sales charts and after five months continues to be on the Top 10 of the charts. The AS 1 CD is released by Universal Records in cooperation with Polyeast Records and it features Martin and Gary doing renditions of each other’s hit songs as well as several duets such as its title song As One, a song composed by Gina Tabuena-Godinez and Albert Chang, beautifully arranged by Gary himself. Today, this collector’s item CD is currently enjoying a Platinum Record sales status and is continually doing very well in the market.

Fans can look forward to an unforgettable and magical evening of production numbers and high powered performances which includes their greatest hits, today’s chart-toppers, OPM classics, and their classic theme songs from soap operas and movies. They will also witness Martin Nievera dancing for the first time with Gary V! Fans can also expect a special production number featuring Martin and Gary with their sons Robin and Ram Nievera and Paolo and Gab Valenciano respectively.

Tickets are available at all Ticketnet outlets at SM Department Store Costumer Service Area and at the Araneta Coliseum ticket booths. For ticket reservations call 911-5555 or call Manila GenesisEntertainment and Management Inc. at 706-2170 to 72 local 914 or call Vikee Pajarillo at 0915-4975225. For more on Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano sign up in their official AS 1 page on Facebook.


Yahoo news | 'Bagong Pilipinas' is Aquino inaugural song

ABS-CBN - Saturday, June 26

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED/CORRECTED) – Jed Madela is one of the 10 singers chosen to sing “Bagong Pilipinas” (New Philippines) on June 30 when President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is sworn in as the country’s 15 president. 

Ogie Alcasid and Noel Cabangon were commissioned by the inaugural committee to compose the song for Aquino’s inauguration in Manila.

Madela said he was so moved by the song that he still got goosebumps even after recording the music.

“Ganda, sobrang ganda. Actually, hanggang ngayon, nag-goosebumps pa din ako, listening to all singers singing as one,” Madela said.

Aside from Madela, some of the artists who will perform the song are Alcasid, Jim Paredes, Mae Paner (popularly known as Juana Change), Nina, Christian Bautista, Cabangon, Gary Valenciano and Regine Velasquez.

“For the first time, the song will be sang by all singers. And then we’re going to be backed up by the Symphony Orchestra, 70s Band, the Madrigal Singers...and Kunderana will be there,” Alcasid said.

He added: “Lahat nga kami iba’t iba ang channel, ng network. In fact, Gary openly was supporting another president, but he came here. It’s not about that anymore. It’s about coming together and working as one.”

Valenciano, for his part, said it is only fitting that the song will be heard for the first time during Aquino’s inauguration.

‘’Yong timing ng kanta, eksakto sa historical event, for inauguration. For example, kunwari, may isang awitin na I love you. Kapag narinig natin sa radyo, okay lang. Pero pag nandiyan ka na sa sitwasyon na ‘yon, ‘yong salitang I love you, iba na ang dating,” Valenciano said.

“Bagong Pilipinas” will be included in a special music album that will be produced by Kris Aquino, the president-elect's youngest sister. -Report from Marie Lozano, ABS-CBN News


ABS-CBN.com | OPM Artists unite for "Bagong Pilipinas"

by Marchie Mallari
June 26, 2010 | 2:07 AM

OPM artists use their gift of music to express their support for President-Elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. Bagong Pilipinas, a new song composed by Ogie Alcasid and Noel Cabangon will be featured on the inauguration of the new President.

The song will be performed by Noel Cabangon, Jim Paredes, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Nina, Jed Madela and Christian Bautista-- an ensemble that Gary V. describes as “a good mix of Pinoy artists, both young and seasoned.

Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World Jed Madela is honored to be part of this special performance. “To be part of such a powerhouse of a song for a very special event, sobra kang honored. Just being chosen, sobrang sobrang happy ako,” he says.

Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano is also very proud of the music industry’s contribution to the country’s historic event. “It’s not for me…it’s not for one particular artist, it’s for all of us as a nation. So God Bless us all.”


Top musicians collaborate for Aquino inauguration

Christian Bautista beats Pinoy Big Brother on Twitter

Tweeters from the Philippines were surprised when they saw Christian Bautista trending on Twitter instead of the ongoing Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash Big Night.

Per earlier reports, Christian Bautista guests on Indonesia’s Got Talent, or locally known as Indonesia Mencari Bakat, tonight.

A quick run through of the tweets mentioning Christian Bautista would show that the tweeters tweeting for the Asian Balladeer are from Indonesia.

As of this writing, Christian Bautista is number one on the Trending Topics list while the much hyped Pinoy Big Brother Big Night is nowhere on the list. Christian even beat World Cup on the trending list.


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June 26, 2010

Last 2 Days! P99 CD & DVD SALE (today & tomorrow)

What:   P99 CD & DVD SALE

Where: 10th floor, 1487 Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City

- JUNE 26 (SATURDAY), 10am to 7pm
- JUNE 27 (SUNDAY), 10am to 7pm

June 25, 2010

U-Kiss' tweets! (6/24 and 6/25)

Taping for Chef's Kiss (6/24):

Eli (http://twitter.com/u_kisseli): Were going to the swimming pool for chefs kiss hehe i need to go to the rest room hehe

Kevin (http://twitter.com/Kevinwoo91): hehe just finished swimming today with our members and I'm so hungry! Hope I got a tan ^^ http://twitpic.com/1zg62d

Xander (http://twitter.com/alexander_0729): This is the basement of the haunted site.... Good luck... http://twitpic.com/1zjd9y

Then lastly:
Xander (http://twitter.com/alexander_0729): Juz finished the stupid haunted house game~ LOL! Expect our shocked faces on CHEF soon~ Finally going home now! Home sweet home~♥ GDNITE!

Visit at Japanese Kiss Me Camp (6/25)!

Xander (http://twitter.com/alexander_0729): Japanese KISS-ME Camp in Korea: BBQ Party~! (/^o^)/ http://twitpic.com/1zt6r8

Xander (http://twitter.com/alexander_0729): We had fun grilling the food~! *^^* http://twitpic.com/1ztcpr

dkpopnews | Super Junior's Repackaged Album songs composed by members

Super Junior's repackaged 4th album which will be released on the 28th is garnering attention as the songs written by the members will be featured on the album.

In this repackaged album, in addition to the 11 songs from the original 4th album, 4 additional songs will be featured including the follow up single "No Other" which will be first revealed today (25th) through various music sites, "Shake it up" remix version which became more powerful and 2 songs by the members titled "Sincerity" and "Travel."

A ballad "Sincerty" which was composed by the leader Leeteuk and Super Junior-M's member Henry expresses the feeling of a pop song with the use of acoustic guitar. "Travel" which was composed by Donghae and the lyrics written by Eunhyuk is simple yet has repeating melody and various scales expressed in the song makes it fresh. Also, Kangin who is waiting to enter the army participated in the song "Travel."

Since "Travel" is the last song Kangin will participate in before he goes off to the army, all the money earned from digital music sales will be contributed to helping the needy.

Meanwhile, Super Junior will show the goodbye performance of their 4th album title song, "Bonamana" on the first half closing special of KBS "Music Bank" which will be aired on the 25th.

Source: Review Star
Translated by Minnie @ SUJUISM.BLOGSPOT.COM

Super Junior's Choi Si-won says "never dreamed of being a singer or actor"

Super Junior member Choi Si-won who recently starred in TV series "Oh! My Lady," has confessed that he had never dreamed of becoming a singer or an actor.

"It was not my dream to be a singer," the singer said during an appearance on KBS2 TV's celebrity talk show "Win Win," which aired Tuesday evening. "I just had the dream that I wanted to make my name known quickly and becoming a celebrity was the fastest way to do that, so I went to an entertainment agency."

When asked by host Kim Seung-woo if he had any fears about becoming an actor without any preparation, Choi answered, "It is very scary but if you don't take on a challenge because you are scared, what can you achieve in life?"

Choi, 23, debuted in December 2005 as one of the 13 members of idol group Super Junior, which quickly became one of the most successful K-pop acts throughout Asia. He is also a member of sub-group Super Junior-M, which focuses its activities in the Chinese market.

He has also crossed over to acting, appearing in dramas "Eighteen, Twenty-Nine" (KBS2, 2005) and "Spring Waltz" (KBS2, 2006). He also had a supporting role in war epic "A Battle of Wits" (2006) alongside top Hong Kong star Andy Lau.

The pop idol recently won favorable reviews for his portrayal of fictional superstar Sung Min-woo in the SBS TV series "Oh! My Lady," which co-starred Hallyu star Chae-lim.

Source: Asiae

Super Junior's Kyuhyun will come back on stage for last performance of Bonamana

Kyuhyun of Super Junior will come back on stage for the group’s last performance of “Bonamana” on KBS Music Bank, which will air on June 25, 2010.

Kyuhyun recently had surgery for tympanitis in the beginning of June and has been recovering. With Kyuhyun out recovering, Super Junior has been performing as a 9 member group. But everytime they won 1st place on a music program, the members all gave a shout out to Kyuhyun, expressing their love and support for him.

Maybe it is due to their love and support that Kyuhyun was able to have a pretty speedy recovery.

Super Junior will end their promotions for “Bonamana” with this week’s episode of Music Bank, but will come back again with a following single titled “No Other” from the upcoming repackaged album set to be released on June 28, 2010.

No Other” has been leaked by some online, but true fans should wait to the song after its official release. Right?

Source: Popseoul

allkpop | Super Junior’s Eunhyuk is Rice?

Super Junior’s Eunhyuk recently updated his Twitter with a picture of himself, dressed in Rain’s Love Song attire, from the eyelashes to the studded vest.

Eunhyuk stated, “Hello, I am world star Rice. As I grow, I bow my head. I will always remain humble.” This direct translation may confuse some people but if you look into it closely, it makes more sense. So here is a mini Korean lesson: The word rice in Korean is “byu”, which Eunhyuk used to replace Rain, “Bi”, in his introduction. Also, the proceeding sentence is a Korean idiom for “The more noble the more humble” or “The boughs that bear most hang lowest”.

Anyways, this picture hints that Eunhyuk will be doing a Rain parody. It has been released on the KBS Music Bank website that the members of Super Junior, 2AM, and 2PM will be performing Rain’s Love Song today’s episode of Music Bank! We have seen many parodies before but imagining members of Super Junior, 2AM, AND 2PM all performing Love Song on one stage… I’m sure this parody will top all those from the past and forever be unmatched!

Source:  http://www.allkpop.com/2010/06/super-juniors-eunhyuk-is-rice