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Rockestra 2018: MSO goes beyond Mozart

THE MANILA Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has given us some of the best classical music performances in the country, and from time to time, they do small-scale collaborations with other artists on fusion genres and add some musical variety to their plate.

With dreamy electro pop, Milk and Bone charts own path

QUEBEC CITY, Canada — With smooth minimalist electro pop and lush vocal harmonies, Milk and Bone has found a growing audience while charting an unusual path for French Canadian artists — singing entirely in English.

K-pop’s Holland releases new single ‘I’m Not Afraid’

SOUTH KOREA’s first openly gay singer Holland has released his new single, “I’m Not Afraid.” This autobiographical track is the first volume of his new twin single album: Holland Twin Single Project.

New Tom Petty song debuts ahead of box set

NEW YORK — The family of Tom Petty on Wednesday released a previously unheard song by the late rocker as a preview of a box set full of new discoveries.

2nd suspect arrested over rapper XXXTentacion’s killing

MIAMI — A second suspect has been arrested over the death of Florida rapper XXXTentacion, whose fame was quickly rising when he was gunned down last month, authorities said Wednesday.

Rap star Cardi B gives birth to daughter

NEW YORK — Cardi B, who has quickly risen to become one of the most prominent women in hip-hop, has become a mother, announcing Wednesday the birth of daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus.

What is a fiesta without a band? This one has 14.

THE MERRYMAKING in traditional Filipino fiestas is never complete without the presence of a brass band or groups of instrumentalists that parade through the streets with their cheerful music. And this fiesta will be brought to the stage of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on July 20 to 22 thanks to the 14 bands and orchestra groups that will perform in Banda Rito, Banda Roon.

After 2 surgeries in 2 months, Gary V is raring to...

SINGER Edgardo Jose “Gary” Valenciano — often referred to as “Mr. Pure Energy” because of his high energy performances — announced that he has been cleared of kidney cancer, a diagnosis which was made shortly after he underwent successful emergency open heart surgery in May.

Tencent’s US music IPO reflects more upbeat recording industry

TENCENT HOLDINGS Ltd.’s plan to spin-off its online-music business and list shares in the US is the latest sign that the long-beleaguered recording industry is staging a comeback.

Take 3 in the Philippines for singer Charlie Puth

AMERICAN singer/songwriter, Charlie Puth, is coming back for a third time in the Philippines on Nov. 6 in the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City as part of his ongoing North America and Asia tour promoting his newest album, Voicenotes.

Justin Bieber engaged to model Baldwin — reports

NEW YORK — Trouble-prone pop star Justin Bieber will be a married man after popping the question to model Hailey Baldwin whom he has dated for one month, reports said on Sunday.

Louvre sets up Beyonce and Jay-Z art tour

PARIS — The Louvre has dedicated a new art tour to Beyonce and Jay-Z after pop’s biggest power couple shot the video for their latest hit in the Paris museum.

Boyzone’s last tour touching down in PHL

IRISH POP vocal group Boyzone is coming back to Manila which is one stop in its their 25th Anniversary and Farewell Tour.

Everlasting Super Junior

THIRTEEN YEARS after they were catapulted to stardom, Korean pop group Super Junior can still give boy bands half their age a run for their money. In their first solo concert in Manila in five years, the group — which is recognized as the catalyst that led to the worldwide K-pop craze — rocked the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Fans could only describe their performance as “walang kupas” (unfading).

Saving the Pasig River through an arts program

A NUMBER OF arts activities are scheduled in six cities of Metro Manila until December as an initiative to raise awareness of the need to rehabilitate the Pasig River.

Drake smashes streaming record with new album

NEW YORK — Drake has smashed streaming records with his new album Scorpion, with Apple Music and Spotify both reporting unprecedented listenership in its first day.

Independent record labels get boost from streaming music services

FOR DECADES, independent record labels have dreamed that if only they had the massive budgets to get their artists in front of music fans, the fans would love the music — and maybe even choose it over offerings from major record labels.

Westlife’s Filan promotes new album with Sept. concert in PHL

WESTLIFE’S lead singer Shane Filan is coming back to Manila for a one-night concert featuring the Irish boy band’s greatest hits and some of his new singles on Sept. 15 at the Kia Theatre in Quezon City.

Michael Jackson returns posthumously on Drake album

NEW YORK — Nearly a decade after his death, Michael Jackson is out with new music in a guest appearance on the new album by Drake.

Slain rapper XXXTentacion returns to fight old self in posthumous video

NEW YORK — XXXTentacion, the rising rap star whose short, violent life was cut short in a shooting, has returned in an eerie posthumous video in which he battles his old self.

Posporos hooks up Spanish, Pinoy musicians

SINCE 2016, the Philippine-Spanish music project Posporos has showcased indie music talents from both countries, giving them the opportunity to experience each other’s music. Posporos has already featured 18 Spanish and Filipino music bands and six DJs, in nine different venues across Metro Manila.

After 20 years, Workshy returns

BRITISH BAND Workshy, best known for the song “Never the Same,” and covering Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” comes back to Manila after more than 20 years to promote the group’s newest album, Wayward, on Aug. 10 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino.

K-pop idols versus food

THE WORLD is fascinated with food these days. Food blogs, cooking segments, and reality television shows centered on food prove that every gastronomic experience — even the vicarious kind — makes for great entertainment.

Joe Jackson, patriarch of the US musical Jackson dynasty, 89

JOE JACKSON, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael, daughter Janet, and the Jackson 5 on the road to stardom but also verbally and physically abused them, has died at the age of 89, his family said on Wednesday.

A busy K-pop weekend

JUNE 30 will be a busy day for Filipino K-pop fans. Super Junior (below) will hold the Manila leg of Super Show 7 (Super Junior World Tour) at the Mall of Asia Arena at 8 p.m., while fast-rising actor Jung Hae In (right) will meet his local fans for the first time at the Kia Theater at 6 p.m. With Super Junior members taking turns serving their mandatory military service, the group was forced into inactivity for a few years.

70 years since 1st LP released, vinyl enjoys revival

LONDON — In the basement of the British Library, curator Andy Linehan inspects the latest addition to a massive archive of wax cylinders, cassettes, LPs and CDs — a vinyl record that made musical history.

Calum Scott’s Asian tour comes to PHL in Oct.

BRITISH crooner Calum Scott, is coming back to Manila for a concert on Oct. 30 at the Kia Theater in Quezon City as part of his ongoing Only Human Asia Tour.

Paul McCartney sees music as travelogue on new album

NEW YORK — Paul McCartney on Wednesday announced his first album in five years, Egypt Station, which he described as a kind of musical travelogue with each song exploring a new area.

Janet Jackson says battles with depression

NEW YORK — Janet Jackson has revealed that she suffered an “intense” battle with depression, which she linked to a childhood inferiority complex and societal racism and sexism.

FROM THE ARCHIVES | Proud: How Tegan and Sara are changing...

By Sam L. Marcelo Associate Editor, High Life To celebrate Pride, BusinessWorld is bringing out an article first published in December 2013 about Tegan and Sara’s...

Beyonce and Jay-Z celebrate marriage and blackness in surprise album

NEW YORK — Music’s most famous couple Beyonce and Jay-Z pulled a surprise by releasing a joint album, a long-rumored collaboration that celebrates their marital passion and black identity.

What we learned from Everything is Love

NEW YORK — Jay-Z and Beyonce late Saturday released Everything is Love, a surprise album after years of speculation that they were working on a joint project.

Musical time machine is coming to Manila

INTERESTED in hearing Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” sung as Ella Fitzgerald would? Or Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” performed as if it came out in the 1960s? Or Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” done 1950s prom style? You can thanks to Post Modern Jukebox (PMJ), a vintage minstrel band which currently has over one billion views on YouTube and almost 3.5 million subscribers.

Beach Boys hits get a classical spin in orchestral collaboration

LONDON — The timeless California sounds of the Beach Boys have been given a new spin thanks to Britain’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Fete de la Musique: 40 stages for its 24th year

FOR THE 24th year, Fete de la Musique is coming back for a three-day, free-for-all music festival this month, this time featuring almost 40 pocket stages scattered across the metro and main stages in Makati; Intramuros, Manila; Baguio City; and Pagsanjan, Laguna.

With Art Beat 3, is Tagaytay the next Malasimbo?

Local bands and artists are flocking to the south.

Seungri goes solo

THE PECULIARITY with male Korean pop groups is that at some point in their career, the band will go on hiatus. By force of circumstances — or more aptly, due to the mandatory military service required of able-bodied adult male Koreans — groups either go on an involuntary 24-month respite or perform as an incomplete unit or members pursue solo careers while waiting for their band to regroup.

Julia Fordham returns to PHL this month

BRITISH singer-songwriter, Julia Fordham, best known for her songs “Love Moves in Mysterious Ways” and “Porcelain,” among others, is performing in Manila on June 22 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.

Pop star David Cassidy told documentary makers he lied about dementia,...

LOS ANGELES — Former teen idol David Cassidy did not have dementia, as he claimed before he died, and lied about giving up drinking, the singer told the makers of a documentary about him in the months before his death.

Indie rockers start streaming site for outtakes

NEW YORK — Indie rockers The National and Bon Iver on Wednesday unveiled the latest entrant into the streaming universe — a site for musicians to post their outtakes hassle-free.

After music industry revolt, Spotify ends misconduct policy

SPOTIFY Technology SA rescinded a short-lived policy that penalized artists for misconduct, bowing to pressure from irate musicians and record labels.

Singer Dua Lipa returns to Manila

ENGLISH singer/songwriter Dua Lipa is returning to Manila for a solo concert on Sept. 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City and is bringing with her the chart-topping hits including “New Rules,” “IDGAF,” and “One Kiss.”

Boyband BTS makes K-pop history topping US album charts

SEOUL — Korean boyband phenomenon BTS has become the first K-pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid...

Reunited A1 returns to the Philippines

BRITISH-NORWEGIAN pop group A1 is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the industry by going on a reunion tour which includes a stop in the...

Golden age for Kylie as Australia’s pop princess turns 50

SYDNEY — From teenage soap sensation to pop royalty, over Kylie Minogue’s three-decade career she has sold 80 million records, survived breast cancer, and...