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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The 1975 Brings Manchester Rock to Trinoma




I was really surprised that the Manchester-based band, The 1975, had a sizeable following in Manila! I think, if they gathered together everyone who watched in all the Ayala Malls they performed in, they would be able to sell out the NBC Tent maybe or at least the Patron section of the Araneta Coliseum. 

At least there, the acoustics would've been much much much better! And the poor fans would have had better ventilation, more comfy seats and a chance to get to the loo or buy a drink, without having to worry about losing one's place in the crowded SRO area.

I think the band really performed well! They did try their best to sound good but the acoustics in Trinoma is not really suitable for a concert kasi sabog and kalat ang sound. Well, just like the other fans, we just made do with what was offered to us and I can safely say, we all had a good time! Looked like the band did too!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Another 2013 Philpop Song Tops My OPM Countdown This Week

Ever since I bought the Philpop 2013 album a few weeks ago, and gave it a spin, a host of songs from those finalists have tumbled into my OPM top 10 countdown.  Last year, Sam Concepcion's Dati topped my OPM countdown and was one of the biggest OPM songs of 2013.  

This week, Ney Dimaculangan's Kung Di Man, becomes the second song from that competition to top my OPM countdown.  And more songs are on its heels!  So I'm really excited to hear the finalists of this year's Philpop competition!  Bravo Pinoy songwriters! Mabuhay kayo and sana radio plays your songs!

Here are my ten favorite OPM songs for the week ending March 28, 2014 -

#1 Ney Dimaculangan - Kung Di Man (#2)

#2 BOB - Pelikula (#3)

#3 Christian Bautista - Araw, Ulap, Langit (#5)

#4 Mayonnaise - Paraan (#8)

#5 Kiss Jane - Kay Sarap (#4)

#6 Ace Libre - Sometimes that Happens (NEW)

#7 Maldita - Tuliro (#7)

#8 Sandwich - New Romancer (#9)

#9 Sam Concepcion - Kontrabida (#10)

#10 Zelle - Akala Mo Lang (NEW)

FABE OPM Top 10 March 28, 2014: #5 Kiss Jane - Kay Sarap






Kiss Jane's eighth top 10 hit in My OPM Top 10, Kay Sarap, slips down this week to #5.  I read that they released this song last year pa.  Anyway, better late than never!

Ace Libre

Ace Libre's band Never the Strangers is no stranger to my OPM top 10.  As a solo artist though, Ace has one #1 hit in my OPM top 10.

2014 - Sometimes That Happens (#1)

FABE OPM Top 10 March 28, 2014 #8 Sandwich: New Romancer





Sandwich's second top 10 hit in My OPM Top 10, New Romancer, moves up a notch to #8 this week.

Beyonce Tops My Personal Countdown for the 19th Time!

XO becomes Beyonce's 19th #1 hit in my personal countdown.  The song is from her latest album and it's the first song from that album to top my weekly top 10.  The song moved from #3 to #1 this week.

Here are my ten favorite songs for the week ending March 28, 2014 -

#1 Beyonce - XO (#3)

#2 Kristen Bell / Santino Fontana - Love is an Open Door (#2)

#3 Beyonce feat. Jay-z - Drunk in Love (#4)

#4 Sakanaction - Goodbye (#5)

#5 James Blunt - Bonfire Heart (#6)

#6 Sakanaction - Yuriika (#7)

#7 Jamie Cullum - Get A Hold of Yourself (#8)

#8 John Legend - All of Me (#9)

#9 Coldplay - Magic (#10)

#10 G-Dragon - Crayon (NEW)

FABE Weekly Top 10 March 28, 2014: #1 Beyonce - XO



Beyonce gets her 19th #1 song in my personal countdown this week, as XO, the first single from her self-titled latest album tops my weekly top 10.  It moves up this week from #3 to #1.  

FABE Weekly Top 10 March 28, 2014: #4 Sakanaction - Goodbye



The Japanese band Sakanaction's fourth top 10 hit in my personal countdown, Goodbye, moves up this week from #5 to #4.  The band has two top 10 hits in my weekly top 10 this week.

FABE Weekly Top 10 March 28, 2014: #5 James Blunt - Bonfire Heart





James Blunt's tenth top 10 hit in my weekly top 10, Bonfire Heart, moves up this week from #6 to #5.  It's the first hit from his latest album.

He was last here in my weekly countdown in 2008 when Carry You Home went all the way to #4.

FABE Weekly Top 10 March 28, 2014: #6 Sakanaction - Yuriika





The Japanese band Sakanaction's fifth top 10 hit in the FABE Weekly Top 10, Yuriika, moves this week from #7 to #6.  The band has two top 10 hits in my personal countdown this week.

FABE Weekly Top 10 March 28, 2014: #7 Jamie Cullum - Get A Hold of Yourself





Jamie Cullum's 18th top 10 hit in the FABE Weekly Top 10, Get A Hold of Yourself, moves up a notch from #8 to #7 this week.  

It's the second hit from his Momentum album to reach my top 10.  The first single from it, You're Not the Only One, went all the way to #1.

A Standards Song Tops My OPM Countdown This Week

I love standards but it's been pretty rare for an OPM artist to top my OPM countdown with one, unlike in my foreign charts where Barbra Streisand, Jamie Cullum and Michael Buble have been regular chart toppers.  

Anyway, that spell has been broken this week, as the local The Voice finalist, Paolo Onesa, tops my OPM countdown with Lucky in Love, a song from his debut album, Pop Goes Standards.  It's one of the albums that I will have to buy soon as I listen to the album I bought last week!

Here are my ten favorite OPM songs for the week ending March 21, 2014 -

#1 Paolo Onesa - Lucky in Love (#2)

#2 Ney Dimaculangan - Kung Di Ba (#5)

#3 BOB - Pelikula (#3)

#4 Kiss Jane - Kay Sarap (#7)

#5 Christian Bautista - Araw, Ulap, Langit (#8)

#6 Abra feat. Jacq Dionisio - Midas (#6)

#7 Maldita - Tuliro (#10)

#8 Mayonnaise - Paraan (#4)

#9 Sandwich - New Romancer (#9)

#10 Sam Concepcion - Kontrabida (NEW)


FABE OPM Top 10 March 21, 2014 #1 Paolo Onesa - Lucky in Love





Paolo Onesa of The Voice Philippines is the first finalist from that show to top my OPM countdown as Lucky in Love, moves this week from #3 to #1.

FABE OPM Top 10 March 21, 2014: #6 Abra feat. Jacq Dionisio - Midas





Abra returned to My OPM Top 10 with Midas, his collaboration this time with Jacq Dionisio. The song stays at #6 for another week this week.

It's his third visit to my OPM countdown and the tenth for Jacq.

A Great Big World Gets First Number One Song in My Personal Countdown

The duo A Great Big World got their very first #1 song in my personal countdown this week, as their collaboration with Christina Aguilera, Say Something, moves to the top spot this week.  This is also Christina's twelfth #1 song in my personal countdown.

Here are my ten favorite songs for the week ending March 21, 2014 -

#1 A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera - Say Something (#2)

#2 Kristen Bell / Santino Fontana - Love is an Open Door (#3)

#3 Beyonce - XO (#5)

#4 Beyonce feat. Jay-z - Drunk in Love (#6)

#5 Sakanaction - Goodbye (#7)

#6 James Blunt - Bonfire Heart (#8)

#7 Yuriika - Sakanaction (#9)

#8 Jamie Cullum - Get A Hold on Yourself (#10)

#9 John Legend - All of Me (NEW)

#10 Coldplay - Magic (NEW)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

FABE Weekly Top 10 March 21, 2014: #1 A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera - Say Something



Christina Aguilera returns to the top of my personal countdown this time, as a guest vocalist in A Great Big World's hit, Say Something.  The song moves from #2 to #1 this week.  It's also A Great Big World's first #1 song in my personal countdown.

John Legend

John Legend has fourteen top 10 hits in the FABE Weekly Top 10.  Five of them went all the way to #1.

2004 - Used to Love u (#9)
2005 - Ordinary People (#4)
2005 - Number One (with Kanye West) (#8)
2005 - So High (#1)
2006 - Save Room (#4)
2006 - Heaven (#9)
2006 - Stereo (#9)
2006 - Show Me (#5)
2007 - P.D.A. (We just Don't Care) (#1)
2009 - This Time (#1)
2009 - Everybody Knows (#9)
2009 - Green Light (with Andre 3000) (#7)
2012 - Tonight (Best You Ever Had) (with Ludacris) (#1)
2014 - All of Me (#1)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Selfie Song Tops My OPM Top 10 This Week

Davey Langit The Selfie Song tops my OPM top 10 this week as it moves to the top spot.  It's his first #1 song in my OPM countdown.

Here are my ten favorite OPM songs for the week -

#1 Davey Langit - The Selfie Song (#2)

#2 Paolo Onesa - Lucky in Love (#3)

#3 BOB- Pelikula (#4)

#4 Mayonnaise - Paraan (#7)

#5 Ney Dimaculangan - Kung Di Man (NEW)

#6 Abra feat. Jacq Dionisio - Midas (#5)

#7 Kiss Jane - Kay Sarap (#6)

#8 Christian Bautista - Araw, Ulap, Langit (NEW)

#9 Sandwich - New Romancer (#9)

#10 Maldita - Tuliro (NEW)

My OPM Top 10 March 14, 2014 #1 Davey Langit - The Selfie Song




Davey Langit gets his very first #1 hit in My OPM Top 10 this week, as the Selfie Song, moves this week from #2 to #1.

Ney Dimaculangan

Ney Dimaculangan has one #1 hit in my OPM top 10.

2014 - Kung Di Man (#1)

Frozen Soundtrack Yields Third #1 Song This Week

Interestingly, my most favorite song from the Frozen soundtrack was In Summer, and the song went straight to #1 the week after I saw Frozen in theaters here in Manila last November.  Let It Go was a very slow burn song and it went to #1 a few weeks back.  This week, the soundtrack yields a third #1 song, as Do You Want to Build a Snowman moves to #1.

It's Kristen Bell's first #1 song in my personal countdown and the fourth for Idina Menzel.

Here are my ten favorite songs for the week ending March 14, 2014 -

#1 Kristen Bell / Idina Menzel - Do You Want to Build A Snowman (#3)

#2 A Great Big World / Christina Aguilera - Say Something (#10)

#3 Kristen Bell / Santino Fontana - Love is an Open Door (#2)

#4 Stefano Langone - Yes to Love (#4)

#5 Beyonce - XO (#5)

#6 Beyonce / Jay-z - Drunk in Love (#9)

#7 Sakanaction - Goodbye (#8)

#8 James Blunt - Bonfire Heart (NEW)

#9 Sakanaction - Yuriika (NEW)

#10 Jamie Cullum - Get A Hold of Yourself (NEW)

My Weekly Top 10 March 14, 2014: #1 Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel - Do You Want to Build A Snowman



It's been more than two months since I've seen the movie Frozen but the songs from the soundtrack are still charting due mainly to its durability.  It has already produced four top 10 songs in my personal countdown, including three number one songs.

The song Do You Want to Build A Snowman moves this week from #3 to #1, making it the third #1 song from that movie soundtrack.  It was performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.

My Weekly Top 10 March 14, 2014: #4 Stefano Langone - Yes to Love





American Idol alumnus, Stefano Langone's very first top 10 hit in my personal countdown,  Yes to Love, stays at #4 for another week this week.  I discovered the song as it was used as one of the tracks in one of my favorite Les Mills programs, Body Attack!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Concert Review: Macklemore Definitely Knows How to Throw A Party










I was definitely surprised at how comfortable in the stage and how great Macklemore's stage presence was last night during his concert here in Manila. From the first word he rapped until he said his farewells, he commanded the stage and stirred the very discerning Pinoy audience into a frenzy! The whole VIP section including the mosh pit area was just jumping and waving their arms - they were so much fun to watch from my vantage point!

I decided to situate myself in the Lower Box though since I'm not young anymore and I cannot stand for three hours to wait for Macklemore to appear (the concert started quite late, around past 10PM na) - so kung mosh pit ako, dapat andun na me ng 7PM to get good pwesto.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis did a very compact set, singing all their hits plus a few songs from their earlier work, The Other Side, and some songs from The Heist as well. I shed a bit of tears when he sang Same Love. Pano naman, nagspiel kasi about equality and echos echos kaya ayan, napa-teary eyed ako. It's very rare for a major artist to publicly profess in a concert here in Manila, equality in rights for gay people - so medyo kinilabot ako when he was making the speech. He really sounded sincere - and the song explicitly proclaims his beliefs.

More Pictures of Sam Concepcion's No Limitations Concert











Saturday, March 15, 2014

More of Sam and a Bit of KZ!










KZ and Sam did their own version of A Great Big World's Say Something last night - and it was a great interpretation, hewed very closely to the original!