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YEO delivers raw emotion on intimate single, Tired

Put down your bags and stay for a while for Yeo’s new single TIRED, out June 11. Employing minimal, intimate production, the Asian-Australian producer keeps us in anticipation as he waxes lyrical about love giving him the tenacity to overcome all obstacles.




His most raw and exposed single yet, Yeo channels Moses Sumney, Brittany Howard and Blake Mills on this emotional ballad, letting down his walls and getting vulnerable with listeners.

Armed with nothing but a bed of organs, dreamy guitar and sleepy reverb, Yeo draws the listener’s scope to rest gently on his lightly-treading vocals as he sings:

“All I need is a sign and I won’t feel tired / Tired, I’m tired no more.”
 
The slightly haunting and nostalgic ballad was written in the midst of Melbourne’s lockdowns in 2020 alongside Yeo’s previous single OBSESSION; but this time with a more enthusiastic outlook.

                                         

“TIRED is OBSESSION's happy sibling–the one with a positive attitude. It was also written in heavy Melbourne lockdown and during another injury rehab period, however this time it contains optimistic promises of getting back to enjoying life with loved ones.”

TIRED will be accompanied by a captivating music video out June 18, blending social realism with surrealism to tell the story of a blue collar worker who yearns for more.

TIRED is the third taste of Yeo’s upcoming body of work TIRED, NO MORE. The release will also include previously shared emo-R&B cut OBSESSION and ‘90s, inspired bass-driven U IN? which features the return of his infamous keytar solo.

Each single is accompanied by a cooking series of Yeo preparing and serving up his favourite Asian comfort dishes. 

TIRED MUSIC VIDEO OUT JUNE 18

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

The Voice Kids' Gaea Salipot to hold first virtual concert

The much-awaited concert of The Voice Kids Season 4 finalist and World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) Champion Gaea Mischa Salipot will happen online this June 27.

                                          



Titled “I Believe: A Virtual Concert for a Cause,” the virtual concert aims to raise funds for the benefit of St. Rita Orphanage in Parañaque, a small sanctuary for children who have been left abandoned by their parents.

“I’m thankful that God has now given me the opportunity to share my talent and be an instrument to help others,” said Gaea. “This pandemic has taught us kids to be more caring to our family and to others in our community. I believe that all of us can do something for each other in our own little ways. I want to be of help to fellow children especially those who need extra care and support. And I hope that more people can join in to help.”

Produced by Ditse Productions, Inc and Rose Sheane TV Finland in collaboration with CyberPinoy Radio Canada, “I Believe” will be held online via Gaea’s official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel on June 27 (Sunday) at 7PM PH Time.

Under the musical direction of ECHO MUSIC, Gaea’s special guests include YouTube celebrity and singer-songwriter Mikey Bustos and the OLPGV Choir.

Gaea Mischa is a mutli-award winning performer who is best known for being The Voice Kids Philippines Season 4 finalist from Team Sarah of Sarah Geronimo and Team Lea of Lea

Salonga. Gaea has also been named the WCOPA 2018 Champion and SM Little Stars 2017 Girl Grand Winner.



Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, Kitchie Nadal, Johnoy Danao, Ebe Dancel, and Bullet Dumas to co-headline ‘ALPAS’ digital concert

Get ready for a night of soaring anthems and classic sing-alongs as kumu live and GNN hold a virtual concert featuring some of the finest Filipino singer-songwriters of all time.

                                                              




Dubbed ALPAS, the digital show not only aims to bring live performances for the streaming public, but also promises music fans to experience a semblance of ‘concert’ normalcy in an intimate, stripped-down setting.



Renowned alternative/pop-rock/folk icons Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, Kitchie Nadal, Ebe Dancel, Johnoy Danao and Bullet Dumas mark their first time to co-headline a show together, performing as both solo artists and collaborators. The six music acts are also set to perform as a group in a special medley number arranged and produced by award-winning musical director, Ronaldo Tomas.



With new security and health protocols in place, the virtual showcase will be shot at the outdoor area of Conspiracy Garden Café, an iconic music venue that is home to several music greats and independent bands, and in Madrid, Spain where Kitchie Nadal is currently based.



As expected, Nadal is excited to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, and has all the great words to say about the upcoming online show. “I’m excited to work with the artists that I admire in the music industry. It’s an opportunity that I wouldn’t want to miss.” Barbie Almalbis explains that this is as close to playing for a live audience, and that performing in Conspiracy again makes her feel nostalgic. “I’m more than happy to share the stage with the artists that I look up to, and hopefully, the energy and enthusiasm would resonate with the music fans once they see it on the virtual screen. It’s something that we’ve worked hard for.”



Aia, Barbie and Kitchie (ABK) have staged a sold-out, collaborative concerts at the Music Museum in 2016 and 2017, and held a benefit online show in 2020 to raise funds for the employees of indie music venues in Metro Manila. Ebe, Johnoy, and Bullet (3D) on the other hand, have performed as 3D, and went on to headline three, sold-out concerts: twice at the Music Museum in 2015 and 2016, and at the Kia Theatre in 2018. These concerts were organized and produced by GNN.



Bullet Dumas admits that he missed performing, and that ALPAS came at the right time when everyone needs a source of entertainment to keep them going while public life is on lockdown. “I haven't performed in an actual show since early pandemic,” the young music virtuoso shares in a statement. “People in the live events industry are barely surviving, so this opportunity from KUMU and GNN means a lot to me. And I know how a simple show can move people especially in this crazy era of our lives.”


Johnoy Danao admits that this is the very first time since 2020 that 3D will be reunited together, and he wouldn’t want to miss it for the world. He’s also looking forward to working with Aia, Barbie and Kitchie on this special project. “It’ll be the first time that all of us are performing together, so I think that’s something to look forward to.”


When asked about what makes ALPAS worth watching despite the lack of an actual “live” audience, Aia De Leon takes pride in what the virtual concert stands for especially in the time of pandemic. “ALPAS is your connection to something real. When the songs hit home, this is your connection to the memory as well as the future promise of the live gig experience.”


Ebe Dancel echoes Aia’s sentiments, stressing the importance of music in forging a sense of community amidst the most challenging of times. “People, in my opinion, will always need music. As much as we miss the live audience, this will have to do for now. Someday, somehow, we will all see each other again.”


ALPAS: A Digital Concert is set to premiere on June 5, 2021 from 6pm onwards. Tickets to ALPAS are now available for purchase via kumu, with a price of P499 for general admission. For details on how to buy tickets, go to this site: www.kumu.live





Warner Music Philippines Partners with One Tree Planted to Celebrate Coldplay’s Higher Power

To celebrate the much-anticipated release of Coldplay’s new single, “Higher Power”, Warner Music Philippines partnered with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization that focuses on global reforestation, to plant trees across the globe and help restore forests.


                                        


Inspired by the British rock band’s commitment to being climate positive and eco-conscious, the Warner Music Philippines team planted 600 trees in forests in the Philippines in behalf of the label’s friends in the media and the press as it announced the new single. Tree recipients were then sent personalized digital planting certificates that they can share online. The reforestation initiative replaced traditional press kits for the campaign and became the label’s way to strengthen the band’s pledge to focus on sustainability.


Listen to Coldplay’s newest single, “Higher Power” available on all streaming platforms.




Internationally acclaimed rapper Shanti Dope continues to soar high with his brand new single, Peekaboo

The country’s Rap Phenom is unstoppable in making waves and imprinting his own brand of music in the local and international scene. Internationally acclaimed hiphop artist Shanti Dope continues to soar high when he hit the global spotlight three times since his debut. In 2018, Disney star Sabrina Carpenter teamed up with the young rap star for “Almost Love.” Following this success, his most-talked about single “Amatz” - a song that made quite a headline when it was first released in 2019, reached international fame when it was featured in the premiere season of Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier earlier this year. Just months after this headline, this same song continued to add laudation among his many milestones as it emerged in Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart on number 10.
                  
                                                     


Shanti Dope keeps his momentum high as he releases his second single for 2021 entitled “Peekaboo!” with a vocal collaboration with Skinny G of ACDMND$. Produced by Lester Klumcee Vano, this song speaks of Shanti Dope’s beginnings in his hiphop career and what kept him going. Being focused on his goals and priorities is also one of the main themes in this trippy Pinoy rap song.


                                                      










“Peekaboo!” has already accumulated almost 400,000 views on Youtube just a few days since Shanti Dope and Skinny G launched the official lyric video. On its first week of release, it has also landed on #15 on Youtube Trending for Music Hit Chart.

As his name continues to skyrocket in the local and international music scene, this young Pinoy hiphop artist continues to surpass his own standards proving his undisputed talent and continuously surprising everyone.



Stream “Peekaboo” here:
Spotify | Apple Music | Official Lyric Video | Official Music Video


For updates, you may follow Shanti Dope thru Facebook and Instagram




Sessions, Joy Ruckus Club and 400 Dayze Present I Hate Being Hated Fundraiser for Stand with Asian Americans on June 13, 2021

Sessions takes great pride in continuing their partnership with Joy Ruckus Club, the largest Asian music festival in the world, and virtual events promoter 400 Dayze to present I Hate Being Hated, an important fundraiser to benefit Stand with Asian Americans and to raise hate crime awareness on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 1PM PST via sessionslive.com/ihatebeinghated. The event is free to stream, but audiences are encouraged to make donations of $35, $50, or $100 through the festival’s merch store on Sessions. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Stand with Asian Americans, a powerful network of the most accomplished Asian Americans in business and technology with Asian Pacific Fund as their philanthropic partner.

               
                           



Stand with Asian Americans is committed to stopping violence against the Asian community and inspiring a generation of Asian American activists to create a movement towards equity and justice for all. Their partner, the Asian Pacific Fund has been dedicated to supporting the Bay Area’s most vulnerable Asian and Pacific Islanders for nearly 30 years. Amongst those who have aligned themselves with the Stand With Asian Americans campaign are Steve Chen, Co-Founder of YouTube; Tony Xu, CEO of DoorDash; Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo; Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet; Bobby Hundreds, Co-Founder of The Hundreds; Kai Huang, creator of Guitar Hero; George W. Bush, former President of the United States; Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom; Jeremy Lin, professional basketball player; and many more.


Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, there has been a steady increase in violence against Asian Americans who are incorrectly being blamed for the outbreak of the virus. Just last week, President Biden signed the Anti-Asian Hate Crime Bill with particular emphasis on the increase in violence against Asian Americans.


Among those performing are rapper, comedian and actor Tim Chantarangsu; LA-based international star and No Jumper affiliate DJ CAM GIRL; and in-demand Bronx rapper Maliibu Miitch, whose hits include “Give Her Some Money,” and her cover of Lil’ Kim’s “Crush on You”. Maliibu Miitch states,”I’ve always believed in standing for something or you'll fall for anything. Standin ur ground & stayin true to urself no matter what obstacles are in ur way.” DJ CAM GIRL says, “Growing up, being Asian was not cool. I was called a chink, I was made fun of for bringing "smelly" food to lunch, I've had instances of people yelling "ching chong" at my mother and me out in public. This is not ok. Our Asian brothers and sisters being physically attacked on the streets is NOT OK. We will not be bystanders in this dire situation. I'm thankful that we as Asians now have the voice to make some noise for some seriously needed change. We must work together to #STOPAAPIHATE. This is our country too. Stop hating us.” The lineup for this special event also features Ted Park x Parlay Pass, Afgan, Ian Chang, C-Tru (host + performer), V8Muzik (host + performer), Geoff Ong (host + performer), and Portland Taiko.


Speakers making video statements include several key influencers and organizations such as actor and director Tina Huang, director and writer Steve Nguyen, Instagram influencer Trisha V., YouTube star and storyteller Leonie Sii, Smith Cho, Sam Tsui, Lisa See, Subtle Asian Traits, Maria Ho, the Asian Pacific Fund, Unity Against Hate, and many more.


The steady increase in crime against Asian Americans has been reported in cities across the country and victims of the attacks include all ages and genders. Joy Ruckus Club and Sessions aim to raise both funds and awareness to combat anti-Asian hate.


Organizer Kublai Kwon says, ““I Hate Being Hated” is many things. ‘I Hate Being Hated’ is a song with 14 Asian vocalists on it that will be released worldwide the Friday before the “I Hate Being Hated” event. The “I Hate Being Hated” event is an Asian-American awareness festival that will mix performances by top Asian artists such as Tim Chantarangsu, Ted Park, and Maliibu Miitch with statements by community leaders such as Subtle Asian Traits, KIWA, and Unity Against Hate. “I Hate Being Hated” is a mantra also, that Asian Americans will not tolerate anti-Asian hate crimes and that the Asian American community is strong to stand up to such discrimination. By fundraising for the Stand with Asian Americans campaign, “I Hate Being Hated” aims to make a significant contribution to the organization that is one of the most prominent current leaders in Asian American activism.”


“We are honored to bring the power of live music to the Stand with Asian Americans movement,” said Sessions co-Founder Tim Westergren. “This partnership with Joy Ruckus Club and 400 Dayze will bring music fans together from over 190 countries to celebrate the common language that unites us all.”


PERFORMERS

Tim Chantarangsu

DJ CAM GIRL

Maliibu Miitch

Ted Park x Parlay Pass

Afgan

Ian Chang

C-Tru (host + performer)

V8Muzik (host + performer)

Geoff Ong (host + performer)

Portland Taiko



SPEAKERS

Tina Huang

Steve Nguyen

Trisha V.

Leonie Sii

Smith Cho

Sam Tsui

Lisa See

Subtle Asian Traits

Maria Ho


ORGANIZATION STATEMENTS

Asian Pacific Fund

Unity Against Hate

Chinese Society of Austin

Washington State Commission on APA Affairs

Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce

Organization of Chinese Americans APIA Advocates

Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance

Asian American Psychological Association

Laotian American National Alliance

Asian Leaders Alliance

APA Medical Student Association

Asian Pacific Community Fund

Muslim Alliance of Indiana

Georgia APA Bar Association

Asian Business Association San Diego

Asian Real Estate Association of America

Stop AAPI Hate