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YEO explores perpetual singledom and abandonment issues on emo R&B track ‘OBSESSION’

Continuing in his R&B experimentations, Yeo releases new single OBSESSION – a subversive track that will leave you unsure of whether to laugh or cry.


 

For those in the know, this song will hit home hard. A song about abandonment issues
and being perpetually single, Yeo drew inspiration from the likes of Weezer, Joji and
Phantom Planet to meticulously craft a soundscape that continues to expand his
chameleon-like sound.

Starting with fresh beats laid over mellow guitars in the verse before feedback-heavy
electric guitars enter in the chorus, OBSESSION takes listeners on a rollercoaster ride
of emotions as Yeo’s unique ‘sadboi’ lyricism takes over.

Bringing us on a complex journey of longing, relationships, mental health and family,
Yeo reminds us that life isn’t always picture perfect and that there doesn’t always
have to be a moral to every story for it to be meaningful.

Never shying away from self-reflection and his cultural identity, last year saw Yeo
performing in a language other than English for the first time, releasing the duet 好好的
過 (Have A Nice Life) with Taiwanese-Australian singer-songwriter Chendy in
Mandarin which was well-received by tastemakers and playlist curators around
South-East Asia.

OBSESSION is the follow up single to U IN? in a handful of singles to be released this
year. Each single is accompanied by a cooking series of Yeo preparing and serving up
his favourite Asian comfort dishes.

Watch U IN? x CHAR SIU HERE
Watch OBSESSSION x TAUHU TELUR HERE

Shanti Dope's Amatz reached to the Top 10 of Billboard's World Digital Song Sales Chart

Not so long ago, Shanti Dope was given a spotlight in the international scene when his song ‘Amatz’ was featured in Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, currently being aired on Disney+. Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart announced on Twitter that this hit single ranked #10 alongside top singles from prominent KPop Artists, shy of 2 weeks from his stint with the popular series.

                                


The Billboard Charts rank songs and albums in the United States and other parts of the globe based on their sales, streams, and airplay. Aside from Shanti Dope’s “Amatz”, the only Filipino hit single that made it to the Billboard Charts was “Tala” by Sarah Geronimo, ranking #12 back in 2020.

Written by Shanti Dope himself and Lester “DJ Klumcee” Vaño, “Amatz” has been making the headlines since its release in March 2019 under Universal Records. Shanti, a young local hiphop artist, continues to flourish with his international achievements since 2018 when he notably teamed up with American pop singer Sabrina Carpenter for the song “Almost Love.”

Watch the “Amatz” official music video on Universal Records YouTube Channel and stream on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records.


Official Music Video

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DJ Loonyo Launches Viral Hit, Dance Under The Sun

What better way to deal with the scorching heat than to dance it away with DJ Loonyo’s brand new single "Dance Under The Sun"? The song aims to draw positivity and uplift spirits amidst the challenging times that we are facing. Inspired by the micronesian dance trend on TikTok, he had the perfect idea of creating our very own version of this trend.

                                                



Choreographed by DJ Loonyo himself, the full dance routine of ‘Dance Under The Sun’ can be seen in the official music video. Dance tutorials are also now available on his TikTok account, setting off a challenge that has kept audiences dancing since its official release. Winners of the ‘Dance Under The Sun’ TikTok dance challenge will be featured in a fan-powered music video. A fusion of moombahton and reggaeton with catchy and easy-to-recall lyrics, “Dance Under The Sun” could just be our next TikTok favorite and the newest summer dance craze we simply couldn’t stop listening to.
 
                                                           



Following its official release, this latest dance craze has already hit the trending topics on Twitter here in the Philippines and in Hong Kong. It has also reached 61.6K views on its official launch on TikTok. Written by DJ Loonyo and produced by Solomon Star, “Dance Under the Sun” is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records.


Watch the official music video directed by Miggy Tanchanco, shot in a famed local resort up North, and get ready to dance to every step of the newest summer dance anthem of the Philippines.


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Official Lyric Video

Official Music Video



Shanti Dope's Amatz featured in Episode 3 of Marvel Studios' The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is the most watched title overall globally for Disney+. Shanti Dope’s hit single Amatz is featured in a scene on episode 3 of its premiere season. This song made quite a headline when it was first released back in March 2019. Two years since its release, Shanti’s single is back making waves as it hits the international scene. Although this is not a first international achievement for the young hip hop artist as American pop singer Sabrina Carpenter teamed up with him for the song “Almost Love” in 2018.

                                             



The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is an american television miniseries produced for the streaming service Disney+ based on Marvel Comics characters Sam Wilson (Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier). Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it takes place after the events of Avengers Endgame (2019).


Watch the “Amatz” official music video on Universal Records YouTube Channel and stream on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records.


Official Music Video
Spotify





Ali Gatie releases The Idea of Her EP, video for Do You Believe with Marshmello and TY DOLLA $IGN

Toronto R&B-pop singer Ali Gatie bears his soul on his lovesick new EP, The Idea of Her. The 10-track set drops alongside a video for “Do You Believe” with Marshmello & Ty Dolla $ign, one of two major collaborations on the project. To celebrate the release, Gatie will be live-streaming an exclusive performance on April 8/9 in partnership with premium digital live platform Moment House. Tickets are available HERE.

                            



On The Idea of Her, Ali Gatie sounds both full of hope and as vulnerable as ever. Through moving stories and metaphors, he explores the endless rollercoaster of emotions that being in (and out of) love brings. “The opening song is as beautiful and joyful as can be, and then ‘Can’t Let You Go’ is as sad and hopeless as it gets,” he explains. “It’s about love as a whole—the type of love that takes a day to happen and the type of heartbreak that takes years to recover from.”

Throughout, Ali expands on his stripped-down sound, singing in his native Arabic for the first time on the heavy-hearted ballad “Can’t Let You Go,” duetting with rising singer-songwriter Tate McRae on “Lie to Me,” and spreading his wings with Marshmello and Ty Dolla $ign on the upbeat anthem “Do You Believe. “This song started as a ballad for me,” he says. “I loved the idea of a song about running away and choosing love over everything. After finishing it, I felt like a song about believing in the power of love should feel more anthemic and heroic. That’s why I decided to collaborate with Marshmello and Ty Dolla $ign.” Watch the video HERE.

Such co-signs are a natural step for the Toronto talent who has built his devoted fanbase (the LISNERS) via songs that hit hard—and hit home. The Idea of Her comes on the heels of Gatie scoring three nominations for Canada’s Juno Awards (Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for YOU, and Fan Choice Award). It also adds to his growing list of lovelorn hits, including the RIAA Certified Double Platinum breakout “It’s You,” “Running on My Mind,” “If I Fall in Love,” and “What If I Told You That I Love You." In less than three years, he’s surpassed 3.5 billion global streams, while racking up over 19 million streams a week and 11 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Even with a sold-out world tour and Coachella slot put on hold, The Idea of Her is proof that Gatie is still ready to make an impact on LISTENERS everywhere.

“Gatie’s music is unapologetically romantic and honest, injecting smooth vocals with vulnerability into his songs.” – VARIETY

“[Ali] has been on a rocket recently, shooting up in cred and streams.” – COMPLEX

“A surefire way to wind up in your feelings forevermore.” - NYLON

“Canadian artist Ali Gatie has been making a lot of waves as of late and for good reason. His brand of smooth hip-hop and r&b has become a huge hit amongst fans and he continues to drop tracks that are emotionally honest and intelligent.” – HOTNEWHIPHOP



THE IDEA OF HER EP TRACKLIST:

1. Bigger Person

2. Can’t Let You Go

3. Stay Up

4. Do You Believe with Marshmello & Ty Dolla $ign

5. Lie to Me with Tate McRae

6. What If I Told You That I Love You

7. Running On My Mind

8. Sunrise

9. Helpless

10. The Idea of Her




Sponge Cola puts a refreshing spin on romance with new song, Labis-labis

Aside from churning out modern rock classics that carve a special place in our collective consciousness, Sponge Cola has always been adept in capturing the divine feeling of romantic high, the cautionary tale that comes after, and the journey caught in between the respective timelines.



The “Siguro Nga” hitmakers have mastered the art of helming the soundtrack of our lives with universal appeal, and this time, they are putting a uniquely captivating but relatable spin on the ‘love song’ format with the release of their new single “Labis-labis” via Sony Music Philippines.

According to guitarist Erwin "Armo" Armovit, their latest single is all about the “overflowing, overwhelming joy of being fully yourself with someone,” and was written from a sincere, heartwarming place. “Love is an inexhaustible source of inspiration that takes countless forms; and songs are stories set to music. Every person experiences love differently, but every person experiences love.”

Having redefined stories about romance and defeat from varying lenses, Sponge Cola refuses to pin down their songwriting sensibilities with a one-dimensional approach. As bassist Gosh Dilay puts it, “With love songs, there is always a new angle/new dimension to explore.”

True to its core, “Labis-labis” works because beyond its gloriously cinematic chorus and inescapable verses, the song is specifically made to describe a moment—fleeting, short, but resonant to the experiences of the people around us, most especially those that chose to accept and reciprocate love in various shapes and forms, regardless of its possible consequences. Dilay perfectly sums up this emotional retreat into words, “it’s the gleeful feeling of excitement upon seeing someone you love, after being away for so long. Or even just after a brief period. That’s the magic of the song.”

Recording “Labis-labis” turned out to be fun and exciting for Sponge Cola, even if it has undergone the most transformations out of any songs that they’ve previously worked on. “The song started as a mid-tempo, all acoustic ballad and continuously evolved into its current state as we played it together as a band and incorporated modern arrangement ideas from our producer, Joey Santos.” Armovit said, “We had to play the song repeatedly and listen to really figure out what it needed and where it wanted to go.”

The track brought their funk on, albeit in a subtle way, while retaining the unapologetic pop smarts infused in the arrangement. The arrangements also took a more interesting direction music-wise, making it little more rocking and special.

Sponge Cola’s “Labis-labis” is out now on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.