Blog Posts by Yugel Losorata

  • Back to the '70s with Abbamania

    Abbamania is back.  The tribute band that has  been performing the finest hits of ABBA, the Swedish pop group that best defined the ‘70s, for years, is back in the country.  The group will hold a series of live shows that will bring back memories of decades past starting March 21 at Solaire Resorts & Casino Grand Ballroom.

    "Their magic is basically the ability to create music that serves as soundtrack to many people's lives," said Abbamania's musical director Steven Galert during a chat with the Philippine press last March 19.

    The soundtrack includes classics like "Dancing Queen," "Take A Chance On Me," "Chiquitita," "Money, Money" "Thank You for the Music," and "The Winner Takes It All."

    Return bout

    This marks the second time Abbamania will entertain Filipino audiences. On March 22, they are scheduled to perform at the Plenary Hall of the PICC in Roxas Boulevard.

    Ewa Scott, a Polish vocalist performing as the distinctively voiced-"girl with the golden hair" Agnetha Faltskog, noted,

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  • MYX Music Awards announces nominees

    The annual MYX Music Awards, a product obviously of the Kapamilya network, has created a good reputation by recognizing the most popular and acclaimed talents in the Philippine music scene regardless of network affiliation.

    Deserving artists from ABS-CBN and GMA7 are nominated.

    This year, music fans will see their favorite Kapamilya and Kapuso stars in one show of camaraderie and triumph come March 26.

    "I really give it up to MYX for their open-mindedness and not joining the network war," said R&B singer Jay-R whose video for the song "Tonight" is shortlisted in the Favorite Urban Video category. 

    Jay-R, dubbed as R&B Prince and long-known as a performer appearing on GMA-7 shows, is co-credited for the said song with Mica Javier, its video directed by Romson Niega. 

    "My Husband's Lover" effect 

    The nominees for MYX Music Awards 2014 were recently revealed during a gathering at K-Pub BBQ in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The announcement saw performances from Yeng Constantino, Jireh

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  • Bitter-never Nikki Gil returns to recording

    Listeners expecting a "bitter album" from singer-actress Nikki Gil now that she is set to record a new album will probably be surprised that she is opting to do the opposite.

    "I never went to saying pagpapahingahin ko muna ang puso ko and all that bitterness," said Nikki moments before she signed a record contract with Universal Records last Thursday afternoon, March 5, at the UR office along Quezon Avenue, Q.C.

    It will be Nikki’s  first recording since her break-up with long-time boyfriend Billy Crawford.

    Celebration of love, music

    Will her songs touch on her highly-publicized relationship?

    She assured, "The album will definitely be about the celebration of love and music which for me is the most beautiful combination. Hindi ito malungkot na album as you might expect."

    It has been four years since Nikki dropped out of the music scene and concentrated on acting, highlighted by her villainess turn in the TV series "Maria Mercedes."

    Asked if her role in that teleserye might have made

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  • Latest twist on K-pop from boyband 1:43

    Girl fans delightfully yell in chorus when they appear and perform in public, while a few of their critics are said to mock them for allegedly being a copycat of Korean pop (K-pop) groups.

    But make no mistake, 1:43, a quartet of straight Tagalog-talking young men who happen to look like Korean natives, is original in its own right. Its upcoming album, "Kalye Pop," or intriguingly called K-pop for short, shows that the band intends to sing very Pinoy songs.

    "Our latest album is composed of songs reminiscent of tracks popularized by bands like Eraserheads and Parokya Ni Edgar," noted band member and spokesman Anjo Resurreccion in a chat with Yahoo Entertainment after their mall gig on March 2 at SM Center Las Pinas Event Center.

    Pinoy at heart

    The group performed before a delirious crowd of girls, many of them singing along to its biggest hit yet, "Sa Isang Sulyap Mo," and sprinting their way to the stage once given the chance, obviously for some fan moments.

    The new all-original,

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  • How Barbie Almalbis keeps herself relevant

    What sets Barbie Almalbis apart from others that came and went before her?

    Well, she’s been around for 16 years—long before female artists from some reality TV show stepped into the spotlight.

    As the quintessential pop rock artist, Barbie has charm and talent, which she has consistently maintained.

    Plus, according to long-time manager and 12Stone Records head Tommy Tanchanco, “she's a very good guitarist”—keeping her musical chops razor sharp while managing to raise a family.

    New album in April

    "I saw her when she was 17 and right from there I knew I was going to manage her even in her 30s," Tommy recalled.

    Barbie, who began her musical career with Hungry Young Poets and Barbie’s Cradle, took up the guitar when she was in fifth grade.

    It led to a musical career so robust and consistent, she is releasing a new album in April.



    Tech helped

    Barbie, now 36, is grateful her career is chugging along nicely.

    "I feel blessed I'm able to do it and I can still spend enough time with my

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