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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jaya Tops My OPM Countdown For the Second Time


Jaya's All Souled Out album may be a few years old already but it has constantly been churning out hits for her.  In fact, Any Other Fool is already her fifth straight top 10 hit from that album. 

This week, the song does one better, and becomes the second #1 hit from the same album.

Here are my ten favorite OPM songs for the week ending July 25, 2014.
#10 Klarisse de Guzman - Di Kayang Pilitin (NEW)

The Voice Philippines Season 1 Runner-Up Klarisse de Guzman gets her very first top 10 hit in my OPM countdown this week, as Di Kayang Pilitin, debuts at #10.




#9 Spongecola feat. Yeng Constantino (NEW)

Spongecola and Yeng Constantino both return to my OPM countdown this week, as +63 debuts at #9.  It's the band's sixth top 10 hit and Yeng's eighth in my OPM countdown.




#8 Frio - Hanggang Dito Na Lang (#10)

Local band Frio's very first top 10 hit in my OPM countdown, Hanggang Dito Na Lang, moves from #10 to #8 this week.



#7 Julie Anne San Jose - Right Where You Belong (#9)



#6 Spongecola - Singapore Sling (Dahil Mahal Na Kita) (#7)

Spongecola's latest hit in this week's top 10 is Singapore Sling and it's steadily climbing the countdown to #6.



#5 Chris Cantada - Little Girl (Your Soul is Fine) (#4)

Chris Cantada's fourth top ten hit in my OPM countdown, Little Girl (Your Soul is Fine), slips to #5 this week.



#4 Paolo Onesa - Which Way Robert Frost? (#5)

Paolo Onesa's second top 10 hit in my OPM countdown, Which Way Robert Frost, moves up to #4 this week. His first hit in my OPM countdown, Lucky in Love, went all the way to the top.



#3 Hazel Faith - Plastic (#6)


Hazel Faith's very first top 10 hit in my personal countdown, Plastic, zooms to #3 this week.



#2 Jonalyn Viray - Sa Piling Mo (#2) 


Jonalyn Viray's second top ten hit in my OPM countdown, Sa Piling Mo, stays at #2 for another week this week.



#1 Jaya - Any Other Fool (#3)


Jaya's Any Other Fool, becomes the second #1 song from her last album All Souled Out.  The first song from that album, I Keep Forgettin' also went to #1. The album has also produced three more top 10 hits.




Friday, July 25, 2014

Disclosure Rules the Countdown with Seven Hits This Week


Due to their concert here in Manila last night, the brotherly duo of Disclosure snag seven of the ten slots in this week's top 10 countdown.  They also get their very first #1 hit, along with Sam Smith, as Latch reenters at the top.  It was their final song during their set last night!
Here are my ten favorite songs for the week ending July 25, 2014 -

#10 Disclosure - Stimulation (NEW)


The brotherly duo of Disclosure puts several hits into the FABE Weekly Top 10 countdown this week, due to their show here last night.  Starting off is Stimulation, which lands at #10.  I don't remember if they played it last night, but it's a favorite of mine, especially when I'm driving.



#9 Disclosure feat. Jessie Ware - Confess to Me (NEW) 


 The second hit from Disclosure this week, Confess to Me, comes in at #9. It's their collaboration with Jessie Ware, who gets her very first top 10 hit this week. The duo played this song at the show here in Manila yesterday.



   


 #8 Martin Garrix feat. Jay Hardway - Wizard (NEW) 


 Martin Garrix gets his second top 10 hit this year as Wizard, his collaboration with Jay Hardway, debuts at #8. The song is featured in the latest Body Jam release.




#7 Sia - Chandelier (9)

Sia's third top 10 hit, Chandelier, continues swinging up the countdown, now to #7.



#6 Lady Gaga feat. R. Kelly - Do What You Want (#4)

Lady Gaga's Do What You Want slips to #6 this week. The song has already peaked at #4.



#4 Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge- White Noise (NEW)

Disclosure's fourth top 10 hit this week, White Noise, their collaboration with Aluna George, debuts at #4 this week. It's also Aluna George's second top 10 hit overall.



#3 Disclosure - F For You (NEW)

Disclosure gets their sixth top 10 hit in my personal countdown this week, as F For You debuts at 3 this week. It's the duo's fifth top 10 hit in the countdown as well. This was their opening song during their show here in Manila last night.



#2 Disclosure - When A Fire Starts to Burn (NEW)

Disclosure's seventh top 10 hit in my personal countdown this week, When A Fire Starts to Burn, debuts at #2 this week. The duo played this song during their show here in Manila last night.



#1 Disclosure feat. Sam Smith - Latch (RE)

Disclosure's Latch, their collaboration with Sam Smith, reenters my personal countdown this week at the top. It's both Disclosure and Sam Smith's first trip to the top of my personal countdown. The song previously peaked at #2. The duo played this song last night during their show here in Manila. This was their last song.


London Grammar


British electropop band, London Grammar has one top 10 hit in my personal countdown.

2014 - Help Me Lose My Mind (with Disclosure) (#5)

Jay Hardway


Dutch DJ and producer Jay Hardway has one top 10 hit in my personal countdown.

2014 - Wizard (feat. Martin Garrix) (#6)

Jessie Ware


British songstress Jessie Ware has one top 10 hit in my personal countdown.

2014 - Confess to Me (with Disclosure) (#9)

Concert Review: The Bouncy, Vibrant and Youthful Set of Disclosure in Manila 2014






It was lagare night for me last night because as soon as the opening credits of La Grande Bellezza came out at 11PM, I rushed to the parking lot and drove hurriedly yet carefully from Shangrilla Mall to the World Trade Center, weaving my car attentively around the slippery rain-strewn streets of Manila.

As I arrived almost midnight at the venue, I knew Disclosure was not yet at the helm since there were many young people milling outside. Buti na lang I made the right decision to watch a movie before coming here. Sabi ko na nga ba 12 midnight pa sila lalabas!


Well, Disclosure is actually two brothers who DJ together and they gained fame due to several of their hits which include 'Latch' a sentimental favorite of mine, since it's one of the songs I danced to in a public performance!  Kaya to hear it finally played in a live DJ set was just an electrifying experience!

The brothers are very young (19 and 22 daw e) and it really showed in their set.  They started off with their hits, "When A Fire Starts to Burn" and "F For You" and so much as I wanted to go wild, I couldn't kasi medyo masikip ang surroundings.  

Anyway, as the show wore on, medyo lumuwag na as the brothers played songs which were unfamiliar to many.  However, I love the 80s vibe that they played at a certain point.  

I loved that they did Frontin' (that Pharrell classic) as well and midway, they did Confess to Me and Help Me Lose My Mind.  Yun lang ang kilala ko.

They closed the show with White Noise (which recharged the crowd) and their final song was 'Latch' which drove the audience wild!  Biglang nagising ang mga tao! (2AM na rin kasi and Friday was a school or work day for many).  

Critically, I found their set youthful, vibrant and bouncy but not yet as enjoyable as the veterans like SHM and Tiesto (whose unfamiliar songs are as compelling as the famous ones!).  Anyway, they will mature soon and it would be interesting to see how they evolve as artists!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

XLR8 Finally Tops My OPM Countdown


Local boy band XLR8 finally tops my OPM countdown this week with I Wish Lang. The song zooms back from #7 to #1 this week. 

Here are my ten favorite OPM songs for the week ending July 11, 2014 -

#10 Frio - Hanggang Dito Na Lang (NEW)

Local band Frio gets their very first top 10 hit in my OPM countdown as Hanggang Dito Na Lang debuts at #10.



#9 Julie Anne San Jose - Right Where You Belong (#10)



Local chanteuse Julie Anne San Jose's first top 10 hit in my OPM countdown, Right Where You Belong, moves up a notch to #9.

#8 Silent Sanctuary feat. Ashley - Meron Na Akong Iba (#3)


This song from Silent Sanctuary was one of those slow burn songs for me.  The song was just steadily climbing my playlist but this week, it slips down to #8.   It's also the band's very first top 10 hit in my OPM countdown.





#7 Spongecola - Singapore Sling (Dahil Mahal Na Kita) (#8)

Spongecola's latest hit in this week's top 10 is Singapore Sling and it's steadily climbing the countdown to #7.



#6 Hazel Faith - Plastic (#9)

Hazel Faith's very first hit in my OPM countdown, Plastic, zooms to #6 this week.



#5 Paolo Onesa - Which Way Robert Frost? (#5)

Paolo Onesa's second top 10 hit in my OPM countdown, Which Way Robert Frost, stays at #5 for another weekthis week.  His first hit in my OPM countdown, Lucky in Love, went all the way to the top.




#4 Chris Cantada - Little Girl (Your Soul is Fine)


Chris Cantada's latest hit Little Girl (Your Soul is Fine) stays at #4 for another week this week.


#3 Jaya - Any Other Fool (#6)


Jaya's fifth top 10 hit from her Souled Out album, Any Other Fool, moves up to #3 this week.



#2 Jonalyn Viray - Sa Piling Mo (#2) 


Jonalyn Viray's second top ten hit in my OPM countdown, Sa Piling Mo, moves up a notch to #2 this week.



#1 XLR8 - I Wish Lang (#7) 


Local boy band XLR8 gets their very first #1 hit in my OPM countdown, I Wish Lang, slips from #2 to #7 this week. Their previous hit, Money Money, peaked at #6. 






Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Frio


Frio is an alternative rock band which has one top 10 hit in my OPM countdown.

2014 - Hanggang Dito Na Lang (#8)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

More BTS Pictures From The Voice Kids Semifinals




















I have posted here more photos from The Voice Kids Semifinals.  I really has a great time watching those six kids perform.  It's a pity some of them won't make it to the finals.

An Embarrassment of Riches in The Voice Kids






The director of the Bourne Legacy once said that the talent here in the Philippines was "an embarrasment of riches". Obviously, he referred to the acting pool in our country.

We can safely say that it also applies to the overabundance of singing talent in this country.

Thanks to Ma'm Ligaya Salonga and Jennifer Sy, I was lucky again to see the latest incarnation of The Voice series here in the Philippines! This time, the contestants were kids!! Last night, I watched six very talented kids vie for four slots in the final round of the competition. Sa totoo lang, ang hirap pumili kung sinong i-eliminate. 

Jennifer Sy and I were discussing it after dinner and I candidly told her who I wanted to stay in the competition, and we realized, walang matitira sa Team Lea!! 

If I were a judge kasi, just basing from last night's performance, I would pick Edray as my first pick, because she really has 'the voice'! Then Juan Karlos as second pick because he's guapo and malakas ang stage presence, then Darren as a very close third pick. This kid performs like Bruno Mars! He can sing and he can move and he can belt as well!

My fourth pick and sentimental choice is Lyca who was so earnest and sweet and so innocent in her responses to the questions. The funny thing is, among the performances last night, it was hers that I was almost choked to tears! She had that 'paawa' effect kasi and she did a great version of Sharon Cuneta's song

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Great Big World Snags Second #1 Song for 2014 with I Really Want It


The duo A Great Big World snag their second #1 hit this year, as I Really Want It moves to the top spot this week!  Last March, the duo got their very first #1 hit with Say Something, their collaboration with Christina Aguilera.

Here are my ten favorite songs for the week ending July 18, 2014 -

#10 Pharrell feat. Justin Timberlake - Brand New (NEW)

Pharrell returns to my personal countdown this week with his eighth top 10 hit. The song Brand New debuts at #10 and its Pharrell's collaboration with Justin Timberlake. This is Justin's 15th top 10 hit in my personal countdown.



#9 Sia - Chandelier (NEW)

Australian singer Sia returns to my personal countdown this week with her 3rd top 10 hit. Chandelier debuts this week at #9.



#8 Mali Music - Beautiful (#9)

Gospel singer Mali Music's Beautiful moves up this week to #8. It's the new peak position of the song.



#7 Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You (#8)

Ellie Goulding's How Long Will I Love You moves up a notch to #7 this week.



#6 Vertical Horizon - Consolation (#7)


Another Vertical Horizon song, Consolation, is in the top 10 this week.  It's the third top 10 hit from the band's latest album Echoes From the Underground.  The song began its chart run last week.  The song has already peaked at #3 the week Vertical Horizon was here in Manila.  

The band played here in Manila this year but they did not play this song.




#5 Christina Perri - Human  (#6)


Christina Perri's Human moves a notch to #5 this week. It's her second top 10 hit after A Thousand Years which also reached #6 last year.





#4 Lady Gaga feat. R. Kelly - Do What You Want (#5) 


Lady Gaga's latest hit, Do What You Want, her collaboration with R. Kelly, moves up my personal countdown this week from #5 to #4. It's currently featured in the current Body Jam release that's why the song has charted.  It's the fifth top 10 hit from Lady Gaga's Artpop and her 25th top 10 hit overall. This is also R. Kelly's 15th top 10 hit in my personal countdown. It marks his third consecutive decade to have a top 10 hit.




#3 Katy Perry - Birthday (#2)




Katy Perry's Birthday slips down to #3 this week. It's also her 16th top 10 hit in my personal countdown and the second top 10 hit from her latest album Prism.

#2 Jennifer Lopez feat. French Montana - I Luh Ya Papi (#4)

Jennifer Lopez latest hit "I Luh Ya Papi", her collaboration with French Montana, moves up this week from #4 to #2. It's her fifteenth top 10 hit in my personal countdown.


It's her first top 10 hit as well from her tenth album, AKA.


It's also French Montana's first top 10 hit in my personal countdown.





#1 A Great Big World - I Really Want It (#3)

The duo, A Great Big World, gets their second straight #1 hit in my personal countdown this week as I Really Want It, moves up from #3 to #1. Last March, the duo had their very first #1 song with Say Something, their collaboration with Christina Aguilera.



Friday, July 18, 2014

Spongecola, Gloc-9 and Denise Barbacena Top My OPM Countdown!


Spongecola tops my OPM countdown for the second time this week, as Anting-Anting zooms from #9 to the top spot this week.  It's also Gloc-9 and Denise Barbacena's first #1 hit.  Spongecola's first #1 hit in my OPM countdown was Tambay.


Here are my ten favorite OPM songs for the week ending July 4, 2014 -

#10 Julie Anne San Jose - Right Where You Belong (#10)



Local chanteuse Julie Anne San Jose's first top 10 hit in my OPM countdown, Right Where You Belong, stays for another week at #10.

#9 Hazel Faith - Plastic (NEW)

Hazel Faith gets her very first hit in my OPM countdown this week, as Plastic debuts at #9.



#8 Spongecola - Singapore Sling (Dahil Mahal Na Kita) (#8)

Spongecola's first hit in this week's top 10 is Singapore Sling and it comes in at #8. The band has two hits in this week's top 10.



#7 XLR8 - I Wish Lang (#2) 


Local boy band XLR8's second top 10 hit in my OPM countdown, I Wish Lang, slips from #2 to #7 this week. Their previous hit, Money Money, peaked at #6. 






#6 Jaya - Any Other Fool (#6)


Jaya's fifth top 10 hit from her Souled Out album, Any Other Fool, stays at #6 for another week this week.



#5 Paolo Onesa - Which Way Robert Frost? (#4)

Paolo Onesa's second top 10 hit in my OPM countdown, Which Way Robert Frost, slips a notch from #4 to #5 this week.  His first hit in my OPM countdown, Lucky in Love, went all the way to the top.








#3 Silent Sanctuary feat. Ashley - Meron Na Akong Iba (#7)


This song from Silent Sanctuary was one of those slow burn songs for me.  The song was just steadily climbing my playlist and this week, it moves up to #3.   It's also the band's very first top 10 hit in my OPM countdown.





#2 Jonalyn Viray - Sa Piling Mo (#3) 


Jonalyn Viray's second top ten hit in my OPM countdown, Sa Piling Mo, moves up a notch to #3 this week.



#1 Spongecola feat. Gloc-9 and Denise Barbacena - Anting-Anting (#9)



Spongecola has two top 10 hits in my OPM countdown this week. The first one, Anting-Anting comes in at #9. The band collaborates with Gloc-9 and Denise Barbacena on this song.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chart Performance: The Vamps


The British boy band The Vamps has four top 10 hits in the UK.

2013 - Can We Dance (#2)

2014 - Wild Heart (#3)

2014 - Last Night (#2)

2014 - Somebody to You (with Demi Levato) (#4)

They also have one top 10 album in the UK.

2014 - Meet the Vamps (#2)

Chart Performance: Ella Henderson


British chanteuse Ella Henderson has one #1 hit in the UK -

2014 - Ghost (#1)

Chart Performance: Cody Wise


Cody Wise has one top 10 hit in the UK.

2014 - It's My Birthday (with will.i.am) (#1)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Chart Performance: Paramore


The American band Paramore has two top 10 albums in the US, including one #1  album.

2009 - Brand New Eyes (#2)

2013 - Paramore (#1)

They also have one top 10 hit in the US.

2014 - Ain't It Fun (#10)

Chart Performance: Jake Owen


Country singer Jake Owens has one top 10 album in the US.

2011 - Barefoot Blue Jean Night (#6)

Chart Performance: OneRepublic


The American band OneRepublic has one top 10 album in the US.

2013 - Native (#3)

They also have three top 10 hits in the US.

2007 - Apologize (Remix) (with Timbaland) (#2)
2010 - Good Life (#8)
2013 - Counting Stars (#2)

Chart Performance: Dierks Bentley


Country singer Dierks Bentley has seven top 10 albums in the US.

2005 - Modern Day Drifter (#6)

2006 - Long Trip Alone (#5)

2008 - Greatest Hits/Every Mile A Memory (#9) 

2009 - Feel That Fire (#3)

2010 - Up on the Ridge (#9)

2012 - Home (#7)

2014 - Riser (#6)

Chart Performance: Idina Menzel


Tony Award winner Idina Menzel has one top 10 hit in the US.

2014 - Let It Go (#5)

Chart Performance: Drake


Drake has 13 top 10 hits in the US, including one #1 song.

2009 - Best I Ever Had (#2)

2009 - Forever (with Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem) (#8) 

2010 - Find Your Love (#5)

2010 - Right Above It (with Lil Wayne) (#6)

2010 - What's My Name (with Rihanna) (#1)

2011 - Make Me Proud (with Nicki Minaj) (#9)

2011 - I'm On One (with DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne) (#10)

2011 - She Will (with Lil Wayne) (#3)

2012 - Take Care (with Rihanna) (#7)

2012 -Fuckin' Problems (with ASAP Rocky, 2Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) (#8)

2013 - Started From the Bottom (#6)

2013 - Hold On, We're Going Home (with Majid Jordan) (#4)

2013 - Love Me (with Lil Wayne and Future) (#9)

Chart Performance: Lil Wayne


Lil Wayne has 19 top 10 hits in the US.  Since he collaborates with many different artists, it's not unusual for him to have several top 1o hits in a year.  Two of those songs went all the way to #1.

2004 - Soldier (with Destiny's Child and T.I.) (#3)

2006 - You (with Lloyd) (#9)

2008 - Lollipop (with Static Major) (#1)

2008 - A Milli (#6)

2008 - Got Money (with T-Pain) (#10)

2008 - Can't Believe It (with T-Pain) (#7)

2008 - Let it Rock (with Kevin Rudolf) (#5)

2008 - Swagga Like Us (with Jay-z, T.I. and Kanye West) (#5)

2009 - Down (with Jay Sean) (#1)

2009 - Forever (with Drake, Kanye West and Eminem) (#8)

2010 - Right Above It (with Drake) (#6)

2010 - 6 Foot 7 Foot (with Cory Gunz) (#9)

2010 - Look At Me Now (with Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes) (#6)

2011 - How to Love (#5)

2011 - I'm On One (with DJ Khaled, Drake and Rick Ross) (#10)

2011 - She Will (with Drake) (#3)

2011 - Strange Clouds (with B.o.B.) (#7)

2013 - Love Me (with Drake and Future) (#9)

2013 - Loyal (with Chris Brown, French Montana, Too Short, and Tyga) (#9)

John Legend's All of Me Tops the FABE Weekly Top 10 Countdown


John Legend gets his fourth #1 song in my personal countdown this week, as All of Me, finally ascends to the top. His first three #1 songs were So High, P.D.A.  and Tonight.

Here are my ten favorite songs for the week ending July 11, 2014 -

#10 Paramore - Ain't It Fun (NEW)

After years of knowing this band, finally there's a song of theirs that fit my pop sensibilities. Ain't It Fun moves in this week at #10.



#9 Mali Music - Beautiful (RE)

Gospel singer Mali Music reenters the FABE Weekly Top 10 countdown this week, as Beautiful reenters at #9.



#8 Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You (NEW)

Ellie Goulding returns to my personal countdown this week with her third top 10 hit, How Long Will I Love You. The song debuts this week at #8.



#7 Vertical Horizon - Consolation (#10)


Another Vertical Horizon song, Consolation, is in the top 10 this week.  It's the third top 10 hit from the band's latest album Echoes From the Underground.  The song began its chart run last week.  The song has already peaked at #3 the week Vertical Horizon was here in Manila.  

The band played here in Manila this year but they did not play this song.



#6 Christina Perri - Human  (#8)

Christina Perri's Human moves two notches to #6 this week. It's her second top 10 hit after A Thousand Years which also reached #6 last year.





#5 Lady Gaga feat. R. Kelly - Do What You Want (#9) 


Lady Gaga's latest hit, Do What You Want, her collaboration with R. Kelly, zooms my personal countdown from #9 to #5. It's currently featured in the current Body Jam release that's why the song has charted.  It's the fifth top 10 hit from Lady Gaga's Artpop and her 25th top 10 hit overall. This is also R. Kelly's 15th top 10 hit in my personal countdown. It marks his third consecutive decade to have a top 10 hit.




#4 Jennifer Lopez feat. French Montana - I Luh Ya Papi (#3)

Jennifer Lopez latest hit "I Luh Ya Papi", her collaboration with French Montana, slips to #4 this week, after peaking last wek at #3. It's her fifteenth top 10 hit in my personal countdown.


It's her first top 10 hit as well from her tenth album, AKA.


It's also French Montana's first top 10 hit in my personal countdown.





#3 A Great Big World - I Really Want It (#5) The duo, A Great Big World's second top 10 hit in my personal countdown this week, I Really Want It, slips from #2 to #3 this week.



#2 Katy Perry - Birthday (#3)





Katy Perry's Birthday moves back up to #2 this week. It's also her 16th top 10 hit in my personal countdown and the second top 10 hit from her latest album Prism.

#1 John Legend - All of Me (RE)

John Legend gets his fifth #1 song in my personal countdown this week, as All of Me, finally ascends to the top. It's also his 14th top 10 hit.