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The Philippines is among those nations very much open to foreign pop culture influences especially in music. Hence, western artists are consistently dominating music charts and digital stores. Even K-Pop songs are often heard in radio and music channels! The negative impact is, some Filipinos who are drawn too much to these influences would even belittle local singers and recording artists.
Is Original Pilipino Music (OPM) still alive?
Surely OPM is still alive - striving to maintain its glow. Thanks to the dedicated song writers and artists like Sarah Geronimo, Yeng Constantino, Gary Valenciano, and more. They are truly untiring and devoted. Yet, due to the changes and foreign influences, they are now already facing the greater challenge in upholding OPM.
One of the struggles is finding ways to urge listeners (especially the millennials) to patronize a song. Afterall, they are the ones to decide whether a released single is a hit or a flop. The impact of the song title is an essential ingredient therefore. Is it catchy enough? Could it already strike the very soul of a person even before he or she plays it? Or could the title provide meaning to them considering its length even without hearing the lyrics?
It might sound funny but most OPM songs released with "sound repetitions" in their titles have turned into hits. Is it luck? Or is the artist's lone star power just the key?
Here are six notable OPM songs with "sound repetitions" in their titles released between 2010 to 2018:
1. "Ikot-ikot" by Sarah Geronimo
Released on July 22,2013, "Ikot-ikot" is a hit song written by Thyro Alfaro and served as the lead single of her platinum album Expressions. It added a new flavor to her musicality when she shifted from the ballad style of music to a mixture of pop, r&b and dance. It featured in the World Music Awards and was even nominated for the "World's Best Song" category against other international songs on 2014 but failed to win. Instead, she bagged the "Best-Selling Filipino Artist" award, a category only given to 20 artists from several countries in the world. It won "LSS Of The Year" at Rappler Social Media Awards and "Best R&B Recording" at Awit Awards which is the PH counterpart of Grammy. In 2017, CNN Philippines included the song at their "25 Best Filipino Love Songs" list.
2. "Hanap-hanap" by James Reid ft. Nadine Lustre
It is the 2nd carrier single (released January 2015) in the Filipino-Australian singer-actor's 2nd studio album Reid Alert. On November 2016, it became third most viewed song on YouTube behind "Gayuma" by Abra and "Ikaw" by Yeng Constantino. It is written by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana who are also composers of some of Sarah Geronimo's hits and internationally awarded songs. Recording it with his girlfriend Nadine Lustre made the song more meaningful.
3. "Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako" by KZ Tandingan
It is the grand winner at 2014's Himig Handog Pinoy Pop Love Songs, a multimedia songwriting and music video competition in the Philippines. It is written by Edwin Marollano, winning "Best Song" in the said competition.
4. "Titibo-tibo" by Moira Dela Torre
The song is written by Libertine Amistoso and is also a grand winner at Himig Handog in 2017. It swiftly dominated music charts like iTunes, Spotify and Billboard Philippines. It is used in the soundtrack for ABS-CBN's hit tv series "Sana Dalawa Ang Puso".
5. "Hinahanap-hanap Kita" by Daniel Padilla
It is originally recorded by Filipino rock band Rivermaya in 1997 for their 3rd album Atomic Bomb. In 2012, the Filipino actor recorded his version and it was released as his 1st digital single. It instantly turned into a hit. Later on, his self-titled album was released. The song is also used in the soundtrack for the hit TV series "Princess And I" which stars both Padilla and his real-life girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo.
6. "Dahan-dahan" by Maja Salvador
"Dahan-dahan" is included in Maja Salvador's first-ever music album Believe under Ivory Music and Video. The fact that she was only popular as sn actress and dancer before signing a recording contract added to the hype when she released "Dahan-dahan" in 2014. It turned into smash-hit and charted in many different music charts in the Philippines. The music video has already reached more than 15M views.
Look out, Minzy fans of Queensland! You now have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Minzy at HOTA, Home of the Arts.
Minzy is KPOP’s beloved and respected “Queen of Dance”, and a multi-platinum global pop sensation from Seoul, South Korea. With over 2.5m followers on Instagram, this event gives you guys a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to meet Minzy this Saturday 17 November 2018, out on the Gold Coast.
Minzy is celebrated as the best female dancer of K-Pop, with vocals to match and a fiery stage presence. She was 1/4 of the Kpop female super group 2NE1 as the lead dancer and vocals before she split from the group in 2016 and toured sold-out stadium shows around the globe.
Her appearance in the Gold Coast comes right after her show at Coco Saturdays in Melbourne. However, this time fans will join Minzy at HOTA for a more intimate presence as she performs a couple of her hits, and shares truths about her career journey. Fans can then have the opportunity to get a photo with Minzy. The event will be hosted by Asian Pop Radio's friend Andy Trieu (get a photo with him, too! Tell him we said hi).
Minzy is playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
This is Minzy’s first time to the Gold Coast and she is excited to meet the fans, check out Australian and local fashion designer stores and hopefully, she will have time to hug a Koala.
Fans must register now for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with Minzy at HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast, but get your registration in quick, as there are limited tickets!
THE EVENT DEETS:
Minzy Fanmeet Live on the Gold Coast
17 November 2018
HOTA, Home of the Arts
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise.
10am - 11:30am
Tickets: This is a FREE event but there's a limited capacity.
Find more info at: https://hota.com.au/events/minzy-fan-meet-live
Famous K-Pop girl group G(I)-dle have recently released a new song as part of the exhilarating League of Legends game franchise.
League of Legends (LoL) is a game where two teams battle it out with magic to become victorious. The MMORPG is extremely popular in Korea, with new appearances from Korean characters with the most popular being Ahri. To celebrate these characters, they each have gained new cosmetic skins. These were premiered alongside an animated music video with the music sung by G(I)-dle, and American singer-songwriters Madison Beer and Jaira Burns.
Do you enjoy LoL? Are you a fan of G(I)-dle? Check out this song!
You heard right! Pop Diva Angela Zhang is coming to Australia for a tour in 2019! Together with with local promoter Odyssy Vision we announce that this hugely popular name that comes from Taiwan and has grown a huge fan base world-wide since her debut in 2000 will be heading down -under for shows in three Australia cities comprising of Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
All up, the capacity for the venues means that Angela could be playing to an Aussie audience of over 100,000 people which proves just how popular this artist is and why she is heading our way.
Born in 1982, the Taiwanese Canadian singer is best known for her work as an actress on the hugely popular television drama My MVP Valentine. Her first solo album Over the Rainbow dropped in 2004 and fans loved what she produced right from the start.
fast forwarding to this year and the performer participated in the popular Chinese singing contest Singer 2018 both as a host and contestant where people fell in love with her all over again.
In March 2019 she will play for her Australian fans at Brisbane's BCEC, Melbourne MCEC and Sydney Town Hall meaning fans wont have to travel too far to see one of their favorites live on stage. As an example of ticket prices, a post on the official Odyssey Vision Facebook page shares that tickets will be selling from as little as $88, which makes it a great night out.
Performer Highlights in no particular order:
2004 Best New Artist (Overseas)-Best New Artist (Overseas)
2008 Golden Bell Awards - Best Actress Nomination
2007 Singapore Hit Awards-Best Female Artist，Best Stage Performance
2005 Japanese Music Awards-Most Popular Song (Hong Kong/Taiwan)
2007 Singapore Hit Awards-Artist of the Year
2012 Hito Music Awards - Best Stage Performance, Good Voice Award
2014 Global Chinese Music Awards - Best Album, Best Album Producer, AllAround Artist
2018 The Singer (TV Program) – Singer, MC
2017 Music Radio Chinese Top Music Awards - Best Female Singer, Most Popular Female Singer
For ticket and concert info click here or keep an eye or ear on Asian Pop Radio for news to come.
Did you know, there is also an easy to use installment plan available to fans, to make your ticket purchase easier. Head to the organizers website for more information.
Want more Chinese pop hits? Head to our Asian Pop Radio live stream right here.
Written by Donny Tan
Wanna see Minzy in the flesh?
Best known for being a part of one of the worlds most successful Kpop outfits ever, yes 2NE1's Minzy (and a superstar solo performer in her own right) is heading to Melbourne this weekend and you have the chance to win a double pass to the show including a drink card!
Thanks to Asian Pop Radio and the Coco Saturdays team, to enter the competition you simply need to tell us your fave Minzy or 2NE1 track and why. But we don't want to just give this away '2NE1' (excuse the terrible pun), the two most creative/fun/heartfelt entries will each will a double pass.
The APR team will vote on our favorites, you have to enter before 8pm Melbourne time today. Winners will be notified via FB so post your comments below within this post (remember to log in with your FB account) or on our competition post via our Facebook page.
Winner names will be at the door, you will need to bring ID for entry. This is an 18+ event, you must be over 18 to enter the competition and to attend the event. Does not include travel costs, flights, accommodation or any other expenses.
Good luck! Read more about the event here
J.M3 comes back into the fray after having performed in events that had headliner Jay Park in 2016 & Apl.de.ap from Black Eyed Peas plus Singapore legends Shigga Shay & The Lion City Boy in 2015. Taking a gap year to experiment on her songwriting in 2017, she now presents her latest offering ‘Try’. ‘Try’ is a track that resonates with an aura of optimism in a world where the word ‘NO’ is constantly used. It is a true statement of the continuous strength needed to give something a shot and not give up.
J.M3’s thoughts on the the song. “As I wrote this song, I realised how amazing this small little three letter word is because everything we ever do in life is dependent on this word. Every day when we wake is us trying to have a better day today. Even the smallest thing like you running for a bus, it is you trying not to be late. Every single decision that we make is the choice of trying. It is that fine line between possible and impossible. So many times, we are at the juncture of not knowing if we can do more or should do more and it is during these moments I hope the song can inspire people to keep trying. Because you don’t want to sit down one day having to ask for forgiveness from yourself for something you regret not doing. There is always a million reasons to and a million reasons not to, but the amazing thing is you never know what a huge difference a small choice can make.”
“We were all fearless as children but as we grew up, the accumulation of pain and people telling us what we cannot do has made us fear more and hold back. Bring back that badass and give it a shot - Try.” J.M3
J.M3 is a female rap artist that empowers through her unique blend of groove, rhythm and lyrical poetry. Her music tells compelling stories that ring deep in everyone's heart, embodying strength with a rebellious spirit. Raw and a rebel, she puts together these snapshot moments and ideals in life in her music to share and inspire, and be inspired. Driven to illuminate the idea that rap can be appreciated in many ways than just the predominantly hip hop sound, J.M3 dreams to contribute to the appreciation of this artform with evolving palatable sounds.
‘Try’ sings your rebellious spirit for you, and J.M3 is the alter ego for us to remember we all got that daredevil in us. From today, you will hear it on Asian Pop Radio. If you like it, or just want to support J.M3, you can request it, just head to asianpopradio.com/request and with our clever technology, the song could be playing on-air within 15 minutes. Give it a try (excuse the pun!).!
pop!SUGAR, the duo that brought us the sweet tune 'Taste The Rainbow' earlier this year are back with a hot new track 'Take Me To Mars' and we think it's even better than their debut. Here at Asian Pop Radio, we're all about supporting the new guy, there are so many independent musicians out there working hard behind the scene to integrate the pop scene and its quiet a challenge. These guys have that potential, we think they have something unique to offer and we wait in anticipation to see whats going to happen for them next.
A conceptual electronic pop music act based around sugar-rush inspired adrenalin, pop!SUGAR made its debut in September with the single, Taste The Rainbow together with a lyric video on their Youtube channel. Evident from the title and album art of the debut single, Taste The Rainbow was a song inspired by the multicolored candy known as Skittles. Can you take a guess at the running theme here?
Despite being the new kids on the block, pop!SUGAR signals an able and versatile group set to join the top rung in the contemporary pop music space. Charged with waves of suave glitches, electronic & ethnic elements, their production marries these components harmoniously with plenty of energy to spare.
Take Me To Mars is a song inspired by the popular chocolate bar known as Mars. The narrative of Take Me To Mars tells a story of two individuals struggling through a long distance relationship and one party’s determination to be with the other.
We wonder what the next song will be about? The MUST stick with the running theme right? Perhaps a summer tune about Starburst? Perhaps a love song centred around a 'Picnic'? Maybe its time for a trip down under and a storyline about one of Aussie favorites the Caramello Koala?
Tune in to Asian Pop Radio from today to hear the track, vote for it in our Top 10 Countdown and remember to share this post with your friends on your socials to support this new independant musical outfit.
Support pop!SUGAR by liking them on Facebook (not by licking them as we previously suggested in our first article about them) following them on Instagram and subscribing to their channel on YouTube
Want more pop!SUGAR? Head to our Asian Pop Radio live stream right here.
Written by: Jay John
Perfect Plush is a Danish pop duo combining the song writing of the 80’s soul-pop with modern Japanese inspired pop productions. The duo consisting of Felix on vocals and Tendo as producer, was selected to the final in a yearly competition hosted by the Danish national radio station called: karrierkanonen. Soon after that they were signed by the Danish legendary DJ Kenneth Bager on his own label Music For Dreams. Since that the duo has worked on adding organic electronic elements into their Danish K-pop universe hat supporting the melodic songs and laid back party grooves.
When asking the band about the song Felix answers: While finishing our EP, Tendo (producer) suddenly came up with this groovy feel-good-beat, which ended up as lipstick. The beat draws inspiration from various genres including '80 pop, Ambient Japanese music and '00s R&B. The song was not supposed to be on the EP, but when I had the song and lyrics down about a week later we knew that we were unto something. The song defined a new sound for us and we ended up ditching the EP and produced a new set of songs around this new sound"
'Lipstick' is now playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
Hear more from Music For Dreams via their YouTube channel here.
Ysa Yaneza has not stayed quiet. She was just featured in FEMALE Singapore’s November 2018 issue celebrating Gen Z artists and musicians, which also included Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba, Celine from Sobs and Ffion. Even Troye Sivan recently reacted to “Tea” and called it ‘vibey’ and ‘nostalgic’.
After releasing her earlier tracks ‘ ‘IRL’ and ‘MAX.’, Ysa felt that nudge to work with other creatives to explore creating new vibes, sounds and a slightly different direction in songwriting. ‘Decide’ is the latest electronic pop single by Ysa Yaneza and ARNT. The collaboration between the two musicians began from their bond as friends. Written from personal experience, the song is about losing oneself in the aftermath of a loss, and gaining strength to continue moving on despite the pain always being there.
"At times, loneliness prevailed. But what I learned over the years was that you are never alone."
Ysa explains “Losing someone close to you and someone you depend on is really heartbreaking. This is something that I struggled to write about for a long time. Until one day, Aaron made this beat within five minutes and I suddenly could convey this emotion through lyrics. A few years ago, I experienced a loss. I felt like I had to pick up the pieces all over again. I was trying to learn how to be independent and to gain strength to continue living. At times, loneliness prevailed. But what I learned over the years was that you are never alone. You can always reach out and create new bonds. You can find your strength again, even if the pain still lingers. Eventually, you find the confidence within you, and you start taking ownership of your true self. We never know when is our time, so just be the best version of you.”
ARNT explains “I wrote the music to convey a sad summer type feel and to retain some Japanese melodic sensibility that is present in a majority of my work. It has a strong chorus that complements Ysa’s sombre lyricism which I think is my favorite part of the song, especially the second chorus where she expanded it with a beautiful vocal line that really lifts the song. I approached the music from a very experimental point of view in the intro and verses in order to minimise the production and to build up to a bouncy chorus. Overall, 'Decide' is personally one of my most favourite songs in my production repertoire thus far, it has a very clear and distinct message and dealing with themes such as loss and moving on separate it from other releases in recent memory. I love music that is sincere and meaningful and I think my collaborator ysa has outdone herself. I could have not been prouder. On that note, this is for you, Ivan.”
'Decide' is now playing on our radio station streaming Asia-wide hits 24/7. Listen here.
Click the 'Read More' link below to learn more about these two musicians.
Written by The Linch Agency
Edited by Jay John