SB19 has kicked off their “PAGTATAG!” era with their newest single, “Gento.” Earlier this month, the group previously their new EP and this is the first sample we have from the upcoming project.
“GENTO” places SB19’s bold talent and confidence into the spotlight, highlighting their strength and versatility as a group. The song flex catchy wordplay, effortlessly flipping ganito (like this), ginto (gold), and gento, the Caviteño word for ganito. It delivers a powerful message of their growth as a group, after years of refinement—just like gold.
For this single, SB19 draws inspiration from transformational change—how incremental and everyday acts lead to success and change. Five years since their debut, the P-pop collective continues to test—and break—limits with their unconventional sound and unbounded talent. Check out their new song “Gento” below!
The P-Pop kings are officially back! SB19 just announced their upcoming new EP, titled “PAGTATAG!” releasing on June 9, 2023 and their first single dropping sometime this month.
The big news comes with a trailer that reflects the process of a plant in cultivation, depicting the early growing process of a strong tree.
The visuals revolve around the story of the Ikalawang Yugto trilogy, which continues the concept of their previously released EP, Pagsibol. In addition to their forthcoming drop “PAGTATAG!” the group will also release another project to continue this theme. “PAGTATAG!” is a 6-track EP that aims to be their most sonically adventurous release yet, exploring new genres and music styles that will surely excite fans.
Xi-Anne Avanceña, and SB19’s Pablo and Justin serve as creative directors of the cinematic trailer, which is set in a post-apocalyptic world where all resources are scarce, leaving all humans hopeless as they try to save the last plant that will save the world.
SB19 explains in a statement, “The trailer proceeds as everyone conducts different experiments to try and salvage their last hope. In the end, the only answer to the plant’s propagation is their own blood.”
Aside from getting their acting bag done with flying colors, SB19 also worked with acclaimed actor Pepe Herrera on the trailer for “PAGTATAG!”. The WYAT chart-toppers are all praise for the collaboration with the versatile film/theater actor. “Pepe Herrera is one of the actors that we truly admire,” shares the award-winning Filipino boyband. “Though we were not able to spend much time with him, he was very professional. But there’s something about him that, even when he’s serious, he still gave a funny vibe. It was very easy working with him. It was just a fun experience.”
Apart from the trailer, SB19 also announced the schedule for their upcoming world tour, which will kick off at the Araneta Coliseum on June 24-25, 2023, and will have its stops in multiple cities across the Philippines, United States, Canada, and more. Check out the full list and watch the trailer below!
June 24-25, 2023 – Manila
July 21, 2023 – Chicago, IL
July 22, 2023 – Dallas, TX
July 28, 2023 – SFO
July 29, 2023 – LA
Aug 5, 2023 – NYC
Aug 6, 2023 – Washington DC
Aug 11, 2023 – Toronto
Aug 13, 2023 – Winnipeg
Aug 18, 2023 – Vancouver
Aug 19, 2023 – Edmonton
It’s a celebration of star-studded proportions with the launch of Warner Music Philippines’ We Play Here!
As part of the label’s core mission to be at the forefront of championing Filipino music, Warner Music Philippines is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the country with a series of live performances and events to bring fans as well as local and international artists even closer together. To jumpstart the celebrations, six of the country’s most beloved musical acts are coming together for a one-of-a-kind, high-energy event.
SB19’s Ken—performing under his mononym FELIP—leads the lineup after his stellar solo debut earlier this year. After just three months since the release of his debut EP, COM·PLEX has over 3 million total streams on Spotify, with three of his singles charting on the platform’s Viral 50 Philippines playlist. He also received rave reviews for his dark and edgy brand of hip hop.
The rising Davao-based hip hop group PLAYERTWO are expected to bring their a-game to the Samsung Hall stage. Composed of vocalists-producers Ivo Impreso, Luke April, Wave P, and visual directors Puhken and Ven Villariza, they soared to the top of the Spotify charts, with their breakout single “THAT’S MY BABY” garnering over 9 million streams. Their latest release, “TIKTIKTOKIN” has become a fan favorite as the quintet make their way all over the Philippines on their THAT’S MY BABY tour.
Rounding out the hip hop artists on the lineup is R&B singer and rapper JRLDM. A multi-awarded and internationally recognized performer, he is best known for his emotional and heartfelt flows that resonate with audiences. He, alongside labelmate Arkho of Midnasty, joined the inaugural edition of The Regionals: Philippines, the Philippine leg of the first ever Pan-Asia rap cypher series.
Rising pop band Dilaw will also be performing during the event. The band went viral on social media for their breakout song, “Uhaw (Tayong Lahat),” with over 22 million Spotify streams and over 1 million videos on TikTok. Just recently, the track clinched the top spot of Spotify’s Top Songs Philippines chart. They’re ready to bring their brand of unconventional lyricism and catchy tunes to the Samsung Hall stage.
Beloved pop rock band Lola Amour is one of the biggest acts in the music industry—playing in some of the biggest malls, schools, and festivals in the country. Their status as a fan favorite in the country definitely shows, especially with multiple Awit Award nominations to their name. As one of the most exciting bands in the scene today, they’ve played in venues all over the country, from malls, and even music festivals. Get ready to sing along to some of their biggest hits like “Fallen,” “Pwede Ba,” or “Madali.”
Last but definitely not the least are the soul and R&B duo Leanne & Naara, who are set to complete the event’s star-studded lineup. The pair is considered as one of the most decorated contemporary acts today, especially after they dominated the Awit Awards and snagged the highly-coveted Song of the Year and Album of the Year awards. Their silky smooth vocals are sure to sweep audiences off their feet.
Fans and music lovers alike can expect more events that showcase the pride of Filipino music in the coming months. Stay tuned!
We Play Here kicks off this April 27, 6 PM, Thursday at the SM Aura Samsung Hall. Pre-sale tickets for the first installment of We Play Here are sold out, but regular tickets are still available at P950. You can purchase tickets online via https://weplayhere.helixpay.ph and follow @weplayhere_ for event updates, artist meet & greet activities, and merchandise announcements.
Cover Photo Credit: Warner Music PH
HORI7ON is the newest P-pop group chasing international stardom. The collective, which is co-managed by South Korean label MLD Entertainment, just dropped their first ever music video with their pre-debut single “Dash.” HORI7ON is composed of members Kim, Winston, Vinci, Jeromy, Reyster, Marcus, and Kyler.
“Dash” features the Filipino artists displaying their vocal and choreography chops over various sets, including a plane hangar and an area filled with shipping containers. The group plans to head to South Korean to finish their training before officially launching their career. You can catch HORI7ON live at the following mall shows: Robinsons Starmills (March 26,) KCC Koronadal (April 14,) KCC GenSan (April 15,) & KCC Zamboanga (April 16.)
Watch HORI7ON’s first ever music video below and stay tuned for their official debut coming soon!
In honor of International Women’s Month, P-Pop girl group KAIA has just dropped an empowering dance pop anthem. “5678” is not only a catchy song, but also serves as a fired-up anthem aimed towards inspiring women everywhere to never give up on their dreams.
“This is a living testament that we’re always trying to make it on our own terms, one step at a time, without looking back,” shares KAIA in a statement. “We are thankful for the opportunities that are presented to us, and we promise to deliver a message of positivity and hope in our songs, as a way to give back to our supporters.”
The high energy K-Pop inspired track features themes about self-love and reminds women to be prepared to face any obstacle, no matter what naysayers believe. Watch the lyric video for “5678” below and be on the lookout for the official music video dropping on March 25th.
Filipino four-member act YARA joins the esteemed roster of Sony Music Entertainment, an established record label known for producing some of the biggest names in P-Pop. The promising rookie embarks on a journey with newfound independence—thanks to the guidance of their record label, and their insistence to leave a mark in the burgeoning Philippine music scene.
YARA officially marks their debut as a recording artist with the release of their new single “ADDA,” which means ‘Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat.’ Holding merit with a refreshing balance of charisma and edginess, YARA drops a confident piece of pop music that leaves nothing out of the bag.
“We know what we want / we know what we’re capable of,” they open their verse with an assured declaration. Few newcomers can get away with lines that beam with delirious energy and excitement, and YARA does it seamlessly as they navigate an entirely new realm that remains completely uncharted to them.
Combining dance-pop vigor with hip-hop elements and K-Pop feistiness, YARA’s “ADDA” is written and composed by YARA’s very own Kim Natividad, and produced by one of SB19 and Pablo’s frequent collaborators, Joshua Nase and Michael “Cursebox” Negapatan (Alex Bruce).
According to YARA, the empowering mood of the material aims to set the tone of what’s to come for their future releases. “The dynamics of the song radiate confidence and empower our listeners,” the Filipino quartet reveals. “Unison is also present in the song to highlight that behind showcasing our individual talents, the product of our teamwork sets us apart and makes us who we are. The progression of instrumental placements in the song relates to how our passion (to perform) intensifies throughout our journey amidst the unexpected challenges we’ve encountered along the way.”
YARA is a four-piece girl group composed of Gelou, Rocher, Christa, and Kim. They’re one of the newest P-Pop acts under Sony Music Entertainment, which includes SB19, 4th Impact, and more among its top-prized talents. Listen to their new single “ADDA” here.
Cover Photo Credit: Sony Music PH
ALAMAT is back with a new music video featuring fresh dance numbers that will definitely have their fans excited. The P-pop boy band has just dropped an accompanying visual for “Gayuma,” a track off of their last album “Pasulong.” The group shared a press statement detailing the song’s narrative, describing the project as inspired by: “the feeling of being attracted and infatuated at first sight, as if being enchanted using a love potion. The enchantment is musically felt especially in the post-chorus, the hook of which is sure to stay in one’s head even in silence.”
Check out the music video from Mo, Alas, Taneo, Jao, Tomas and R-Ji below!
Photo Courtesy of ALAMAT’s Instagram
Are you looking for a continuous playlist with a dope vocal performance from ALAMAT? Check out this 20-minute long laid back, acoustic set of PASULONG.
If you want to see which songs were performed from the mini album, check out the time stamps below. Let us know which one is your favorite and happy listening!
0:00 – 0:39
0:39 – 4:47 Gayuma
4:47 – 9:20 Say U Love Me
9:20 – 14:47 ILY ILY
14:47 – 18:42 Aswang
18:42 – 24:05 Hala
24:05 – 28:38 Maharani
1ST.ONE is back and their new music video is definitely worth the wait! The Pinoy pop group has just released their new song “Problem Child,” which comes alongside a music video with a 20 million-peso budget. For the visuals, the collective collaborated with Korean company CHECK, who is most known for their work with K-pop groups like BTS, BLACKPINK, EXO, and more.
1ST.ONE includes members: Ace, Jayson, Joker, J, Max, and Alpha. When discussing the group’s inspiration behind their latest release, rapper J shared: “We wanted to greatly convey the message that in a world filled with such manipulated systems, we would rather rise up as villains or vigilantes in order to make things right. We wanted to inspire people to hopefully do the same and help make the world a better place.”
Watch the “Problem Child” music video below!
KAIA’s newest single and music video will definitely make you “Turn Up” the volume! The P-Pop collective’s new song “Turn Up” is inspired sonically by early 2010’s dance-pop, while staying true to the Filipina girl group’s sassy identity.
“Because it’s upbeat and danceable, we thought a party concept will best for it, so people could have fun whenever they hear Turn Up,” KAIA shares in a collaborative statement. “We want our listeners to feel good as they vibe with the song.”
According to the five-member collective, “Turn Up” is an escapist anthem about setting one’s worries aside for the time being and taking pleasure in moments that call for fun and adventure.
“We got so busy stressing out about things that we couldn’t control,” says the “Dalawa” artists. “This song somehow encourages listeners to break away from the mold, live in the moment, and let their body groove into the music. Sometimes all you need is to disconnect from the outside world and be yourself.”
“Turn Up” will be included in KAIA’s debut EP under Sony Music Entertainment coming soon. Watch the music video below!
The P-pop group, ALAMAT is back with a new music video for the track, “Maharani” off their EP, Pasulong. The word maharani translating to “queen,” the song was produced and written by singer-songwriter, Thyro Alfaro. The group look to combine genres and Filipino sounds into a cohesive tune.
Fusing neo-soul with traditional southern Philippine music, it infuses a R&B and trap vibe using instruments like kanun, gamelan, gangsa, and byeon. The meaning behind the song looks to take a spin on modern romance, “contemporary musical masterpiece that blurs the line between archaic and current.”
The video video taps BINI member, Jhoanna and Viva Records’ Migo Valid for special appearances and leading ladies. Catch the members of ALAMAT show us how a queen should be treated.
Cover Photo Credit: ALAMAT Instagram
FELIP aka SB19’s Ken is continuing his solo music journey. The Filipino artist followed up the hype from “PALAYO” and “BULAN” by releasing a new song titled “Rocksta,” accompanied with an appropriately edgy music video for the hip-hop centric single. The P-Pop trendsetter also announced his debut solo project: “COM • PLEX,” a project in collaboration with Warner Music Philippines.
“Rocksta” features a monochromatic theme that showcases the frontman running through dance numbers throughout the empowering track’s performance. “Complex” is set to be released on February 3. Check out the music video for “Rocksta” below!