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Slapshock's Jamir Garcia passed away

Slapshock frontman Jamir Garcia passed away today, November 26. He was 42 years old.


Photo credit: Caloy Encluna for Manila Concert Junkies during Rakrakan 2019



Photo credit: Caloy Encluna/Rakrakan 2019
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Photo taken during Rakrakan 2018

Garcia's body was discovered by an aunt who immediately rushed him to to the Metro North Medical Center and Hospital. He was declared dead on arrival.

According to Daily Tribune, he was found dead in his residence at Project 8, Barangay Sangandaan, Quezon City.

His band, Slapshock was known for their songs such as Agent Orange, Cariño Brutal, Wake Up, among others.






Korea’s The Fact Music Awards goes to the Philippines

As KPop becomes more global especially during this pandemic, many idols have already gone into the digital space to host concerts such as BTS’ Map of the Soul ON:E, TWICE’s World In A Day, IZ*ONE’s Oneiric Theatre, even the KCON:TACT Summer 2020 which featured performances from various groups and gathered fan participation worldwide.

 


With the success of these concerts, The Fact Music Awards 2020 will also be streaming live globally so fans all over the world who are not able to fly to Korea can still see the performances of their oppas, hyungs, noonas, and unnies, cheer for them, and celebrate their winning moments right at the comfort of their own home, Kpop shrine, and with their own lightstick at hand.

 

The final line-up of confirmed artists attending and performing their latest bops live at the awards ceremony are BTS, TWICE, MAMAMOO, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, Stray Kids, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ATEEZ, CRAVITY, Weekly, SUPER JUNIOR, SEVENTEEN, NU’EST, GOT7, MONSTA X, KANG DANIEL, Jessi, THE BOYZ, and IZ*ONE.

 

But even before the actual event, fans can already participate by voting for their favorite idols to win the coveted TMA Popularity Award and FAN N STAR Choice Award categories over at their website and even in their mobile app which is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Voting duration is from November 16, 2020 to December 7, 2020.

 

Last year’s winners from the fan votes include BTS (TMA Popularity Award), Super Junior (FANN STAR Choice Award (Artist) and FAN N STAR Most Votes Award), Kang Daniel (FAN N STAR Choice Award (Individual) and FAN N STAR Most Votes Award (Individual)), and Yang Joon Il (FAN N STAR Special Award).

 




















BTS also scored big wins in 2019 with a Daesang and the Listener’s Choice Award, as well as Artist of the Year alongside Super Junior, TWICE, Red Velvet, MONSTA X, NU’EST, MAMAMOO, and Chungha.

 

Luckily for Filipino Kpop fans, this year’s The Fact Music Awards will also be streaming locally on December 12, 2020 at 3PM Philippine Time (4PM Korean Time). Exclusively streamed via KTX.ph, fans can gain access to a total of four hours worth of content, featuring the red carpet, main program, and the much-awaited performances of all participating artists—all these for only Php 655. Tickets purchased from KTX.ph will only give access to the official Philippine live stream.

 

Upon purchase of tickets through KTX.ph, fans will receive an email notification that contains an e-ticket and a unique link to the live stream, which will start broadcasting at exactly 3PM local time on December 12. Fans also have an option to talk with other streamers, swoon at their idols together, and spazz their hearts out over the chat beside the streaming window.

 

Despite the impact of COVID-19 on offline spaces and experiences, The Fact Music Awards 2020 aims to conquer this challenge by using state-of-the-art broadcast methods that will enable the artists to feel the realism and all the fans across the globe to feel as if their idols are performing right in front of them. Because of this, the awards ceremony will also be streamed live in other participating countries such as Japan, China, North and South America, and the rest of Southeast Asia.

 

Don’t miss out on this chance to see your idols and your bias, even during these uncertain times. For ticket purchases, visit https://www.ktx.ph/events/26942/the-fact-music-awards/. And to participate in all of the fan voting categories, visit https://en.fannstar.tf.co.kr/awards.

 

The local broadcast of The Fact Musics Awards 2020 is made possible by THE FACT’s Philippine partner, Mori Travel, and sponsored by High Tech Wallet. Event partners’ KTX.ph, Tarsier Records and Star Music.


PH ARMYs team up for a big comeback project

 


 

 

"Team work makes the dream work!", a quote proven by

BTS and ARMYs ever since the group’s debut in 2013.

 


 


As the new BTS’s album, 'BE' is only days away from release, ARMYs all over the world are all eyes to make this the group’s biggest comeback yet.


A total of 134 fanbases and partners were tapped by Team AGTJ (ARMYs Act of Generosity Turned Into Joy) for a BTS comeback project called "LOADER THAN BOMBS 2.0" to fund PH-ARMYs with mobile load to help the fandom’s goal for the group.

The project aims to help fans who are financially tapped out to stream and enjoy the new music from RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. Not only that, this project will also help the fans reach the comeback goals for the group.

 



”BTS was known to be an underdog in K-industry; deprived of fair treatment and acknowledgement. And now that we have the resources and the power to show what the industry has been missing out, the team thought that this comeback will be the biggest resistance in the standardization of the music industry and for that we can't stop ARMYs from contributing their all to provide what is to be done--recognition.

 

We have gather 134 fanbases for this to be possible so we are always grateful for the support each of the donors is giving, may it be a fanbase or an individual. Their contribution opens many opportunities and experiences and this event will not only broaden our reach but also spread the beauty of knowing BTS."

 

                    - Marra Mae Ballarbare, Team AGTJ

 

The beneficiary of this project is Cypher Killer Squad, a group who already made a couple of comeback donation drive for the South Korean septet in the past. They aim to provide mobile load for data allocation for the beneficiaries who have time but don't have the resources to help out. The initial target is to provide for 500 ARMYs who will be selected thoroughly from the application forms submitted. If the collected fund permits, the group will also purchase Spotify Premium and Youtube Premium subscriptions for the recipients for the sole purpose of streaming.

  

 

“Actually, it started when Team AGTJ sent us a message saying na they are considering to team up with us. They were planning to fund us, especially our streamers, in terms of load expenses. Of course, sino ba naman kami para tumangi kung para sa convenience ng streamers naman namin. So we agreed. The collab started when Team AGTJ reached and gather other fanbases, fanpages and groups to help with the project's promotion. CKS, as the beneficiary of LTB and with our sole project which aims to provide free premium streaming accounts, are doing their best hindi lang bilang part ng LTB kundi para na rin ma-screen nang maigi ang mga potential streamers na makakatanggap ng load from LTB. With CKS extending their goal, 500 slots ang inopen namin to cater 500 streamers din kung saan ilalaan ng team AGTJ ang funds po nila.

 

This isn't our first project pala. CKS has been doing the same project since Persona era. This is our 4th project. We had a collab with @PHARMYPROJTEAM and Bangwool For Goals on our first project. Also, Team AGTJ was one of our donors before we team up with them for LTB.”

 

              - Steffi Riego, Cypher Killer Squad

 

This is Team AGTJ's biggest comeback fund drive as they teamed up with some of the biggest PH-based group and fan pages.

Donations are encouraged, but not required. Please see list below on how you can donate:

 







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of November 9, the team already collected more than Php55,000.  

 


 

 

 

 

 

Team AGTJ was doing charity works in the name of BTS and ARMY since then. 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of their projects were also recognized and reported by K-Media.

Asia Artist Awards Website

Chosun.com 

Sportschosun.com 

MSN 
mydaily.co.kr 
sportalk.com 
heraldcorp.com 

“Team AGTJ and Cypher Killer Squad would like to extend their thanks to all who supported and those who continue to support their projects.

 

Without the overwhelming generosity, we would not be able to reach our goals. Thank you once again ARMYs for being the pillars of our success.”

 

                    - Team AGTJ

 

“CKS wholeheartedly thank everyone that is part of LTB and to all our donors who trusted us with this project. Hoping for everyone to look forward to our future projects. Thank you po.”

 

                    - Cypher Killer Squad

 

 

Best of luck, BTS PH-ARMYs!

 

JC Stewart's debut EP, When The Light Hits The Room is out now!

JC Stewart’s collab with 220 Kid, ‘Too Many Nights’, has kept the young artist’s profile riding high as he looks set to become one of 2021’s biggest breakthrough artists. Now JC shares his eagerly anticipated debut EP ‘When The Light Hits The Room’, which is out now via Warner Records. It opens with the new single ‘Rest Of My Life’. JC wrote the EP with the BRIT and Ivor Novello Award winner Tom Odell.

                                     



The duo’s creative connection resulted in four thematically linked songs, which set emotive stories of the growing pains of young adulthood to songs that balance immediately addictive pop hooks with heartfelt reflection. JC then recorded the EP with the Grammy-nominated producer Two Inch Punch (Rex Orange County, Sam Smith, Rag N Bone Man).



“I wrote ‘When The Light Hits The Room’ about growing up and searching for the end goal that would make everything make sense,” says JC Stewart. “I realised that the finishing point might not even exist, but came to accept that it’s ok. I wrote a lot of this EP in the back room of my parents’ house over lockdown and then was lucky enough to work with one of my heroes, Tom Odell, to bring it all together. I’m unbelievably proud to call my first ever small body of work.”



The EP’s lead track ‘Rest Of My Life’ perfectly captures that concept. Driven by JC’s candid admission “I just want to find someone that I can spend the rest of my life with,” the song’s compellingly unguarded subject matter is magnified by the production. JC’s spine-tingling voice is enriched with subtle creative twists to elevate his harmonies and backing vocals. Meanwhile, buoyant and pulsating percussion provides a modern pop feel that enlivens his lovelorn lyricism.



The remaining tracks reiterate the strength of the duo’s collaboration. ‘Valium’ is a hymnal declaration of a fractured relationship that builds into a climactic crescendo, before the plaintive piano of ‘Friday Night’ craves the brief respite from day-to-day life that the weekend brings. It ends, however, on a high. ‘Hard To Believe’ suggests that the hopes he expressed in ‘Rest Of My Life’ are coming true, with a tender celebration of how “a girl like you should never love a man like me.”



JC Stewart launched the EP last night with a special acoustic livestream show, hosted at The Luney in his hometown of Magherafelt in Northern Ireland. After debuting new songs alongside some fan favourites, JC followed his set by inviting questions for a Q&A session.



JC will kickstart a big year ahead of him in 2021 by sharing his boldest pop moment to date in the shape of his huge upcoming single ‘Break My Heart’. Set to arrive on January 8th, the track will be JC’s first ever vinyl release and will also be released digitally. Launched at last night’s show, ‘Break My Heart’ is now available to pre-order at ADD LINK.



The young musician has been embraced by the wider music community. He co-wrote ‘Hollywood’ from Lewis Capaldi’s smash hit debut album and has played shows with his old friend, as well as artists such Lauv, Anne-Marie and Maisie Peters. The depth of his songwriting is countered by his quick wit self-deprecating sense of humour. That resulted in him going viral with his quarantine-themed take on the ‘Friends’ theme ‘I’ll Be There For You’, which featured on ‘Good Morning America’.



‘Too Many Nights’ was playlisted at Radio 1, Radio 2, Capital and Kiss as a new audience discovered his burgeoning talent. It followed JC’s biggest track to date, ‘I Need You To Hate Me’, which exceeded 30 million streams. His earlier releases, including ‘Lying That You Love Me’ and ‘Pick Up Your Phone’, have resulted in his monthly listeners at Spotify climbing to 2.5 million, assisted by countless New Music Friday playlists.



‘When The Light Hits The Room’ tracklist:


‘Rest Of My Life’
‘Valium’
‘Friday Night’
‘Hard To Believe’













Are you ready for good music and a lucky streak for Peel Mo, Panalo Promo sa Coke Studio?

If you’re a fan of Original Pilipino Music (OPM), then you’re in for a real treat as COCA-COLA PHILIPPINES announces its “Peel Mo, Panalo Promo sa Coke Studio,” combining a dash of good music courtesy of musical performances from its roster of artists, and more importantly, good money at stake.




The high-stakes promo invites everyone to watch out for COCA-COLA products featuring the ubiquitous yellow cap, in exchange for the chance to win cash prizes, as well as cool COCA-COLA PHILIPPINES Merchandise.

10 lucky winners will each win P50,000 during the weekly raffle, while one lucky COCA-COLA aficionado will get the chance to take home one million pesos as grand prize for the last episode.

Winners will be drawn weekly, with this year’s lineup of artists drawing the list of lucky winners, in between performances. Boasting of a line-up consists of seasoned COKE STUDIO PH regulars including KZ Tandingan, Moira dela Torre, Shanti Dope, and December Avenue, who all delivered memorable performances and collaborations from the past seasons. Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo also returns for the fourth season, following her memorable collab with That Band in 2019. Joining the line-up is Unique Salonga, who will perform for the first time as part of the COKE STUDIO PH set. Tasked with hosting duties this year is Sam Concepcion, also a COKE STUDIO PH regular.










To join, buy any COCA-COLA PHILIPPINES product with a yellow cap (this includes Coke regular, Coke No Sugar, Royal Tru Lemon and Tru Orange and Sprite); head to COCA-COLA PHILIPPINES’ Facebook Messenger; and input the code found behind the label.

Episodes will be posted weekly in the COKE STUDIO PH channel on YouTube, with new episodes dropping every Saturday at 4 pm until December 2020. 

Brazilian pop superstar Anitta invites Cardi B and Myke Towers on new single, Me Gusta

Anitta drops “Me Gusta,” a star-studded anthem for the last days of summer featuring Cardi B and Myke Towers. The single builds on the warm, sultry sound that’s made Anitta one of Brazil’s biggest breakout pop superstars. Paired with a stunning video, it’s a taste of her forthcoming album, which is executive produced by the award-winning Ryan Tedder.

                                                




On September 23, Anitta, flanked by Cardi and Towers, will give “Me Gusta” its sure-to-be-sizzlin television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Brazilian phenomenon has also been confirmed to perform at iHeart Radio’s Fiesta Latina 2020.



On “Me Gusta” the trio spill simmering verses over a humid guitar riff, flipping effortlessly between English and Spanish. Anitta's gorgeous vocals float like a cloud, Cardi's bars are stinging and self-assured, and Towers' indelible tonality, flow and force prove to be the perfect counterpart for these two female powerhouses. It’s a song that begs for sweaty clubs and crowded beach parties — but for now, dancing in our bedrooms will do.



Quarantine has been the story of 2020 for Anitta, but she hasn’t let it slow her down. She’s gone live on socials nearly every day from her home in Rio de Janeiro, keeping her fans up to date on her recording process. She’s also joined Miley Cyrus, J Balvin, Katy Perry, David Guetta, P. Diddy, and more for chats and performances. Before the world slowed down, Anitta was set to take both the Coachella and Rock In Rio stages by storm in 2020.



“Me Gusta” is another impressive notch on Anitta’s belt. It follows the July release of her single “Tócame,” featuring Arcangel and De La Ghetto, which has amassed over 40 million cumulative streams. Earlier this summer, Anitta signed with Warner Records, the start of a fruitful partnership that has pushed her music even further. Boasting 5 Latin GRAMMY® Award nominations, 6 MTV EMA wins, nearly 5 billion YouTube views, and 6.5 billion Spotify streams, Anitta is already a star, and “Me Gusta” has the power to intensify her global shine even more.





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