Sunday, August 1, 2010

Eminem’s Perfect Recovery

For those tuning in to the airwaves, fans of 8-Mile’s controversial son will be excited to know that Eminem has returned to the music scene with a big bang! After a hiatus from the entertainment industry, this Detroit native is ready for the spotlight once more. As one of radio’s most requested, people just can’t help but wonder: “Will the real Marshall Mathers please stand up?” Well, he’s arisen, after his last album Relapse, Eminem is back with “Recovery.”

Recovery would be an understatement. Eminem's seventh major label studio album, Recovery has already spent weeks on the #1 spot of Billboard’s album charts. His two singles in the album, “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, also took the #1 spot on the Billboard singles charts!

“Not Afraid” tells a story of how he handles all the criticism of his last album. The album has 16 tracks (with 1 hidden track) and compared to his past works, this one suggests maturity as Eminem’s rhymes are better than ever as he also deals with his own recovery.

The album also features guest appearances by Lil Wayne ('No Love'), Rihanna ('Love the Way You Lie') and P!NK ('Won't Back down').

For Eminem, the biggest selling artist of the 2000s, Recovery kicks off the 2010s by following last year's Relapse, the #1-charting winner of the Best Rap Album Grammy and the best selling rap album of 2009. Eminem has sold more than 80,000,000 albums worldwide and won 11 Grammy Awards. In recognition of this, Neilsen SoundScan named him their Artist of the Decade.

"I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year," remarked Eminem. "But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title."

Friday, July 30, 2010

SIDE A to Serenade the Metro

The Philippines’ one and only legendary, multi-awarded and platinum selling band is here to warm up and stir Pinoy romanticism with their heartwarming music. Being the band that filled up various concert arenas to the brim, selling chart-topping & award winning albums, and creating massive hits, SIDE A proves that they are still the country’s undisputed band with melodies serving as a sweet salve to strongly-held sentiments.

Legendary OPM band SIDE A will tour the Robinsons Malls the whole month of August

After hitting the airwaves with their singles “Just Wanna Be With You” and “Tila”, they are back with a truly emotion filled single “Kung Wala Ka Na,” from their latest offering ONLY 1 under MCA Music! The country’s legendary music group SIDE A is all set to serenade audiences as they perform live at the Robinsons Malls!

Comprised of Joey Generoso, Naldy Gonzales, Ernie Severino, and with new members Ned Esguerra and Lee Von Cailao, the music-men behind SIDE A will take their show on the road exclusively at the Robinsons Malls on these dates: August 1 Robinsons Metro East , 4PM; August 7 Robinsons Place Lipa, 4PM; August 8 Robinsons Starmills Pampanga , 4PM; August 15 Robinsons Gen San, 5PM; August 21 Robinsons Sta Rosa Market , 4PM; August 28 Robinsons Galleria, 4PM; & August 29 Robinsons Place Imus, 4PM.

Containing 11 all-original and fresh creations, the new album features tracks which represent the Filipino soul such as their current single “KUNG WALA KA NA”, “TILA”, “SOMETHING’S MISSING”, “WHERE DO I GO”, “DIE JUST A LITTLE” and more. SIDE A takes people to a trail down memory lane with a new sound, as a result of their new arrangements and the addition of their new band members.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Taylor Swift gets personal

Four-time Grammy award winner Taylor Swift is the top-selling digital artist in music history, has had singles top both the Country and Pop radio charts, and had the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music the last two years running.

If that wasn't enough, this year, at the age of 20, she became the youngest artist in history, and the first female solo country artist ever, to win the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year as well as bringing home the awards for Country Album of the Year, Best Country Song, and Best Country Female Vocal Performance!

Now, Taylor Swift’s multitudes of fan can expect a new musical follow-up with her highly-anticipated third studio album which will be released worldwide on October 25th. Taylor herself announced the news during a recent web chat with her fans and the collection promises to be a personal look-see into the heart of the pop-star.

Entitled "Speak Now," the album will be released on Big Machine Records and contains 14 tracks, all written solely by Taylor. Taylor co-produced the project with Nathan Chapman, and the first single from the new record, “Mine,” will be released on August 16th.

“Saying the right thing at the right moment is so crucial that most of us start to hesitate, for fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. But lately what I've begun to fear more than that is letting the moment pass without saying anything,” Taylor says of the very personal collection that is Speak Now.

“These songs are made up of words I didn't say when the moment was right in front of me," she continues. "These songs are open letters. Each is written with a specific person in mind, telling them what I meant to tell them in person.”

Starting on August 20th, Speak Now will be available for special pre-sale on the site

Friday, July 23, 2010

Taio Cruz: Certified “Rokstarr”

Taio Cruz, whose carrier single “Break Your Heart” crashed into the UK and US Charts at no. 1 and now invading the Philippine charts , firmly establishing the 26 year-old Londoner as a genuine solo artist in his own right, has his hugely anticipated second album, ”ROKSTARR”.

Special guests on the album will include superhot rising US star Ke$ha and Tinchy Stryder. Written, produced and arranged by the multi-talented Cruz the ten track set also features “Dirty Picture”, “I’ll Never Love Again”, “No Other One” and a bonus track “Feel Again “.

Although “Break Your Heart” is his first solo release this year, Taio has already enjoyed an extremely productive and successful 2009. As well as completing work on “Rokstarr”, the follow up to the 150,000 selling debut album “Departure”, Taio has been writing and producing for Cheryl Cole’s feverishly anticipated new record.

“Break Your Heart” is Taio’s first solo release since exploding onto the South East Asia scene with the massive chart smashers ”Dirty Picture” and “Dynamite”. The critical and commercial success of the singles and album quickly established Cruz as one of the most exciting British artists to emerge in recent years. In the last two years Taio’s writing and production skills have been enlisted by among others Leona Lewis, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Pussycat Dolls, JLS, Anastacia, Alexandra Burke and many more, while Simon Cowell called Departure “one of the best albums of 2008”.

The success of the number 1 single, whose video has now received an astonishing 1.3 million views on Youtube, and the imminent release of the new album, offers further proof, if proof were needed, that in Taio Cruz, the UK has its very own top–drawer artist/songwriter/producer who can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best that American pop has to offer.

Taio Cruz’ latest album Rokstarr is now available in all Astroplus, Astrovision, Fully Booked, Music One, O Music & Video, Odyssey Music & Video and SM Music Box stores nationwide.

Bicolano Express Beauty

Flawless, the award-winning aesthetic clinic, has opened its 34th branch in Legaspi City. This branch is the first for the company in the Bicol region and was a spicy star-studded affair!

A winner of the Outstanding Retailer of the Year Award in 2009, the Flawless Aesthetic Clinic continues to take the Philippines by storm. Medically-sound and meticulously-researched products and services are administered by well-trained aestheticians and professional doctors, who are all capable at diagnosing and finding trouble-free solutions to virtually any skincare concern, especially those that plague Filipinos.

Flawless endorser, the iconic Lorna V. Tolentino

Now at the premiere urban and shopping center, Embarcadero de Legaspi, Flawless joins a reputable roster of establishments as the only skincare expert in the mall. Providing medically-sound skincare solutions at affordable prices, Flawless holds to a philosophy of receiving more for less – less hassle, less expenses, and less worries. Flawless stands proudly alongside its peer establishments in Embarcadero de Legaspi with its deep concern and compassion for the Filipinos, steadfast in its guarantee of bringing beauty to the fingertips of everybody.

Forever Flawless

The grand opening of the clinic last July 10 provided a fascinating variety show including Flawless endorser Yasmien Kurdi, the adorable Filipina-Lebanese-Chinese singer, songwriter and actress. Also in attendance were Tess Bomb, the vibrant and funny host of the show; and the hunky Fabio Luis Ide, Brazilian-Japanese model turned rising star of GMA7. To thank the Bicolanos for characteristic Bicolano hospitality, Flawless is offering an opening promotion of 20% off on all medical services and 10% off on all Flawless products until the 10th of August. Since the clinic offers comprehensive skincare services from facials to body scrubs to more advanced options like Nano Powerpeel and Advance Facials, the opening promotion is definitely one the Bicolanos won’t want to miss.

Fabie Ide & Yasmien Kurdi visit Flawless Legaspi City

Drop by Flawless now, at the 2nd floor of Embarcadero de Legaspi, Legaspi City or any Flawless around the country because of their LV promo. From now until Nov. 30, get a chance to win a designer bag every month. Every P1,200 single receipt purchase of any products or services at any Flawless clinic entitles the patient to one raffle coupon.

A chance to win a one-karat diamond necklace is also in the offing as Flawless celebrates its anniversary on Dec. 8, now as National Flawless Day. The grand prize of the necklace with a 6.5mm diamond also qualifies raffle entries taken between June 1 and Nov. 30.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lovi Poe is a Busy-Bee

Singer-actress Lovi Poe has been busy as a bee and she loves every minute of it! Lovi has been celebrating the success of her two films that were exhibited as part of this year's Cinemalaya Festival. First is the Joel Lamangan megged "Sigwa" where Lovi plays a student activist who is raped. This is Lovi's second film for director Lamangan, after the highly acclaimed "Sagrada Familia", where she played an incest victim.

Lovi Poe gets paired with Rocco Nacino in GMA’s “Love Bug”

Meanwhile, Lovi is busy with her regular television gigs on “Party Pilipinas” and “Show Me The Manny” and is also preparing for Gma's "Love Bug" which will pair her for the first time with Rocco Nacino. With so much on her plate, Lovi is reaping praises for her performances. Mario Bautista says, "Lovi is superb!"

Lovi's second Cinemalaya entry is the drama about innocent love entitled "Mayohan". This film, about the events occurring between a young boy and a teenaged girl during the Mayohan festivities in Quezon, was directed by Dan Villegas.

Horror Flick in the Works

DJ Mo Twister & Gabby Concepcion set to star inupcoming Regal thriller

If you’ve been tuned in to my morning radio program “Good Times” on Magic 89.9 and our Killerbee affiliates, you’ve already heard the buzz that DJ Mo Twister will be joining Lovi in her next film project.

Fans can expect a scream-tastic performance from Lovi and DJ Mo as they have already begun filming in a much-anticipated horror film together with Gabby Concepcion and Joem Bascon. The upcoming horror flick is under the direction of Topel Lee for Regal Films.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Presenting the POP GIRLS!

Philippine pop music goes through a refreshing rebirth with the emergence of the newest girl group to hit the local entertainment scene with compelling charm, striking style and 100% total talent.

Aptly, christened “The Pop Girls,” this teenage quintet is the product of a collaboration between two of the most influential names in the music industry today - recording magnate Boss Vic del and topnotch dancer/choreographer Geleen Eugenio.

The fabulous five who make up The Pop Girls are twins Lai and Mar, both aged 16 and half Lebanese; Half Filipino, half Dutch Rose, 13 years old; Half Filipino, half Swiss Schai, 14 years old; and Nadine the only pure Filipino in the group. The girls form a melodic clique with music that reflects youthful themes such as puppy love, shopping, dancing, and basically having fun; so is their brand of P-Pop, or Pinoy Pop Music!

Beauty & Butter loves P-Pop

Beauty & Butter’s newest endorsers, the Pop Girls bring a fresh youthful sound to OPM

Lai, Mar, Rose, Schai and Nadine have become the new wholesome and well-educated trendsetters of pinoy youth, not only in terms of song, dance, and music but in personality and lifestyle as well. Leveraging on The Pop Girls' youthful appeal, the talented girl-group was recently dubbed the newest endorsers of Beauty & Butter!

The business brainchild of Mikael Coyiuto, Beauty & Butter is the newest pampering destination to hit Metro Manila with three branches (5/F Megamall Atrium; 2/F Entertainment Wing, MOA; and at the 2/F SM San Lazaro.) Beauty & Butter caters to the specific beautification needs of the young and the young at heart with services such as facials, body pampering like expert manicures/pedicures, scrubs to exfoliate the hands and feet, hair removal services through waxing and threading, and exceptional nail art, which is painstakingly applied by a trained artist by hand with real paint and the most delicate of paint brushes.

For every Php500 consumed at any Beauty & Butter branch, each client can sample the exclusive iPad for free. Each month, a 16G iPod Nano is raffled off to a lucky client; in December, for Beauty & Butter’s first year anniversary, an actual iPad will be raffled off. In other words, not only do you get to pamper yourself, in the spirit of entertainment and fun, you get to play with the latest toys as well.