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September 7, 2010

Abs-Cbn.com | Jed Madela on his weight: ‘Hindi naman ako maghuhubad’

By Bernie Franco
September 04, 2010, 12:34 AM
Source:  http://www.abs-cbn.com/Feature/Article/8553/Jed-Madela-on-his-weight-Hindi-naman-ako-maghuhubad-.aspx

Although he has tried to ignore criticisms, Jed Madela said that issues about his weight would sometimes get to him. “Weight has always been a stigma, but I never make it a big thing,” he said at the press launch of his latest album, The Classics Album. Jed said that he knows that physical looks matter when you are a performer but it is not his priority. “Hindi naman ako maghuhubad,” he pointed out. “Singer lang po talaga ako what matters is my music and my songs.”

Not that he is not doing something about it, but Jed said that losing weight is more difficult for him because he is naturally big-boned. “I guess mahirap. Nakakaapekto din minsan, nakaka-down ‘pag sinabing, ‘Jed, taba mo.’ ‘Jed tumaba ka na naman.’ Dati parang kakatamad na, ngayon parang ‘yun ako eh, ako ‘yan, eh. Ito ako, I’m big-boned, I’m really a big guy so that’s how it is.”

The ASAP XV Champion admitted that he is dismayed that the local music industry is putting too much importance on one’s physical appearance rather than the talent. “Sometimes it gets so frustrating and disappointing na people tend to put weight too much on the looks, the weight, how your hair looks, how your clothes look, how your skin looks… more on the image. Tapos wala na sa talent,” he lamented. “Sometimes kahit sobrang sintunado na ma-magic-kin na lang ng technology.”

The singer also revealed that many of his fellow artists feel the same way. “Hindi na [sila] nabibigyan ng break dahil hindi sila masyadong maganda, or porke’t mataba o masyadong mapayat. It’s sad,” he said. That is why he is hoping that this mentality would be changed and the industry will take after the US and United Kingdom where performers make platinum records regardless of their looks.

Meanwhile Jed showcases his powerful voice again in his fifth album, in which he revived 16 of the most popular classic songs. “[In] the past albums that I’ve done, puro mga remakes the last one were all OPM, this time pinag-usapan namin ng Universal [Records], why not come up with an album na puro classics?” he shared. “Let’s relive all he old songs na sikat na mga kanta.” He said that he calls his fifth album as Mommy-Daddy album because all the songs included in his album are the all-time favorites of his parents.

He added that he is not worried that the younger generation won’t appreciate the tracks because the challenge for him was to make the old songs sound modern, but not losing the musicality just like the original ones. “’Yun ang naging challenge baka ‘yung mga medyo mature audience lang ang bibili ng album but I’m happy naman that I’ve heard a lot of good words na excited sila to hear my rendition of all classics,” he said.

Jed Madela’s The Classics Album includes all-time favorite songs like: “What I Did For Love,” “Let Me Try Again,” “Love Story (Where Do I Begin),” “An Affair To Remember,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Moon River,” among others. Produced under Universal Records, The Classics Album is now out in the market.

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