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1st.ONE returns with new single Problem Child; highest budget for a PPop MV

Renowned Philippine Pop boy group 1ST.ONE comes back to the music scene with the highest budget P-Pop MV yet worth 20 Million Pesos for their new song ‘Problem Child’ helmed by company CHECK which has worked with K-Pop household names BTS, BlackPink, and EXO.


                                                                            



As Philippine Pop (P-Pop) groups rise to the occasion of delivering high-quality music and performances, the genre has proved itself to be a force to be reckoned with and boy group 1ST.ONE has undeniably contributed to raising the standards in the industry with the enchanting melody and concept of their tracks.


1ST.ONE represents their management well as the name of the group itself carries the legacy of their company, First One Entertainment. Being known for their strong and charismatic persona, the group will showcase their fierceness in their latest comeback, Problem Child.


Korean company CHECK helmed the music video for this comeback, working with some of the biggest names in the industry, including but not limited to BlackPink, EXO, BTS, and Cha Eunwoo. With this and a budget of a whopping 20 Million Philippine Pesos for the song’s music video, being the highest budget ever of a P-Pop group to date, the pressure to be extremely ready for the shoot was really challenging for the group.


Nevertheless, of course, 1ST.ONE pushed through and was still at their best. Jayson, the group’s maknae and rapper shares, “It was definitely a blast working with them [CHECK]. I'm very thankful because they gave us a unique experience compared to the past music videos that we have done. We are very grateful that they took care of us so well.”


Aside from the impressive production of the song, Problem Child really pushes the boundaries when it comes to its musicality. Max, the group’s main vocalist, mentions how it is their toughest and heaviest song yet, not just with its choreography but also lyrically.

The track has an interesting concept of “breaking the norm,” referring to an existing defective system filled with “inequality, disorder, and machinations.” It tackles the idea of initiating change and making it right in our own way.

Jayson talks about the likes of Robin Hood who steals from the rich to help the poor, while in the process, not glorifying doing bad deeds to achieve a good end but is more of being willing to sacrifice oneself in order to make things right.


“You can think of Robin Hood and Batman as vigilantes, and many more heroes being misdirected as villains by a corrupt system. Nevertheless, they remain as heroes within themselves still willing to sacrifice continuously even if they are considered the bad ones,” he reiterates.

This concept explores a territory in P-Pop that has never been completely looked at, that’s why J, one of 1ST.ONE’s rappers, hopes that this comeback will be a good representation of the future of the P-Pop industry, aiming to expand and grow more.


As for upcoming projects, Alpha, one of the group’s rappers, wants to take Philippine Pop to the highest level, and to achieve this, he aims on collaborating with fellow P-Pop artists such as Alamat, BGYO, BINI, VXON, KAIA, G22, and PHP.


The rapper further states, “Initially, of course, we'd love to kick things off with our dream collaborations within the P-Pop industry, and that would be with DIONE and SB19. We go way way way back just with these 2 groups. We think it's going to be an explosion.”



Not failing to mention their supporters who they call “For.One,” meaning “Forever One” for wanting to be with them through ups and downs until the end, the P-Pop ensemble ensures them that their comeback will push the group’s limits and get them out of the box they are used to being in.


On behalf of 1ST.ONE, Alpha desires for the P-Pop community to not miss out on their comeback Problem Child for this marks the first time ever for Philippine and South Korean directors to collaborate and create an outstanding masterpiece of an MV that fans “haven't seen before.” The rapper states that the group really planned and prepared everything to give everyone “the best MV of all time.”


1ST.ONE will come back with their track Problem Child and will release it on January 31, 2023 that can be streamed through Spotify, Apple Music, and other music platforms. Meanwhile, its high-budget music video will be streamed on 1STONE official Youtube channel.



Ely Buendia, Ben&Ben to headline this year's Clark Aurora Music Festival

After the massive success of the inaugural Clark Aurora Music Festival last June 2022 that gathered more than 150,000 attendees, the Philippines’ largest music festival is bringing back its magic this year.


                                              


Looking to escape the summer heat while still enjoying a wonderful festival? EP!C Events is once again ready to bring you the BIGGEST names in the OPM scene, giving you nothing but awesome live music, breathtaking views, and sheer excitement.

The Clark Aurora Music Festival this coming April 15 and 16 2023 promises to be even more spectacular than ever. This year’s lineup consists of a combination of various genres, from rising stars to the most sought-after artists of today - Ben&Ben, December Avenue, Arthur Nery, Adie, MRLD, Lola Amour.

Moreover, Ely Buendia, Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Silent Sanctuary, and Mayonnaise are also expected to join the fun and bring superb and high-caliber music festival experience like no other.





Another thing worth looking for in this upcoming festival is the BIGGER and BRIGHTER batches of hot air balloons which will be displayed and light up Clark’s skyline, providing the perfect backdrop for a memorable weekend of music.


It’s going to be a huge weekend of music and a hot air balloon display, peeps! So, mark your
calendars and get your tickets for the Aurora Music Festival! This is one event you won’t want to miss! See you there!


Clark Aurora Music Festival is presented by EP!C EVENTS and EGGSTOP in cooperation with Clark
Global City, Clark Development Corporation and The Medical City Clark.


Tickets are now available via http://ticket.clarkaurorafest.com/, SM Tickets outlets and online and  Shopee.


Major Sponsors: Barenbliss, Aquaflask, San Miguel Brewery, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdog.
For inquiries, please call 09812390349.


Kim Seonho Spends Quality Time with Filipino Fans During His Sold-Out Fanmeet in Manila

Popular South-Korean actor Kim Seonho held a sold-out fan meet event as part of his One, Two, Three Smile 2023 Asia Tour last January 22, 2023 at the Mall of Asia Arena. 



Seonho, popular for K-Drama series Start Up, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, to name a few, was warmly welcomed by Filipino Seonho-hadas during a much-awaited and once-in-a-lifetime fanmeet that packed one of the biggest arenas in the Philippines.

"There will be a happy and bright time," said the actor during the press-conference held hours before the fanmeet in encouraging fans in trying to make it out of a bad moment in their life. 





The actor gave thanks to both fans who will attend and the fans who couldn't make it to his fanmeet. Seonho also expressed his gratitude for the support he has always received from Filo Seonhohadas. In addition, he mentioned that he will try to come back often to always see and make his fans in the country happy.


During the fanmeet, the actor definitely showcased good boy side by playing games with fans, including an acting game which definitely got Seonhohadas nostalgic over some of their favorite scenes. Moreover, the actor also revealed winners of his 2023 Kim Seonho Awards that featured things he like and would like to try related to the Philippines.









Before the program ended, the actor was surprised with a video fan project which highlighted support his Filipino fans have been showing throughout the years. The actor got teary-eyed and thanked fans for waiting for him. 




















Following the program, the actor was all-smiles during the Hi-Bye event which allowed half of the venue to say goodbye to the actor upclose and personal! Plus, lucky winners got to have photos taken with the actor, too! Indeed, it was a memorable day for Seonhohadas!


Many fans of Kim Seonho definitely felt emotional throughout the fanmeet as the experience was long overdue. However, it definitely happened at the right time as love of the fans grew stronger which got the actor to feel a much meaningful support from fans. With that, we are sure Seonho is already wishing to be reunited with Seonhohadas!


Photos taken by Christian Melanie Lee for Manila Concert Junkies

BTS' j-hope's documentary set to release on Disney+

On February 17, viewers across the world are invited to watch in wonder as j-hope of BTS brings it all and does it all in j-hope IN THE BOX, a behind the scenes documentary special showcasing the creation of his first solo album, on Disney+.



Starring j-hope of the 21st century pop icons BTS, j-hope IN THE BOX, a documentary special produced by HYBE, follows the international music sensation every step of the way as he works to release his first-ever solo album - Jack In The Box. Over the course of the documentary, viewers will be given a never-before-seen look at the creative challenges faced during the album’s preparation process, as well as front row seats to j-hope’s 2022 Lollapalooza performance and the album’s listening party.

Disney+ viewers can also enjoy BTS: PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE – LA, an exclusive cinematic 4K concert film featuring BTS’ live performance at Los Angeles’ Sofi Stadium in November 2021; and IN THE SOOP : Friendcation – an original travel reality show with a star-studded cast including V of BTS, Itaewon Class’ Park Seojun, Parasite star Choi Wooshik, Park Hyungsik (Soundtrack #1), and Peakboy as the five friends venture off on a surprise trip and enjoy a variety of fun leisure activities together.

Stream j-hope IN THE BOX on Disney+ starting February 17.

Ain't no party like an AOMG party: Starting the year with AOMG's swag on Follow The Movement in Manila

AOMG artists LOCO, Simon Dominic, Lee Hi, GRAY, WOO and Yugyeom visited the Philippines for the first time last January 15, 2023 for their Follow the Movement tour. The venue was packed with fans as evident with the people lining up to buy tickets last-minute few hours before the concert starts.



 

The excitement can already be felt every time the music plays in the background. On the first set, Woo finally stepped up the stage and performed his songs, "R.I.P", Me, and Devil.






Lee Hi made sure that everyone experiences a rollercoaster ride of emotions with her songs as she serenades everyone with her sweet voice performing 'Only', 'Breathe' and 'No One'.









"Manila, are you having a good time?" Lee Hi greeted the fans then proceeded on making everyone sing along with "1, 2, 3, 4" and "Red Lipstick".


 


Time passed by and when it was already Loco's turn, the crowd joined the party as Loco performed "Party Band", "Somebody" "Like Water" and "It Takes Time". During his ment, he shared that he has heard about how "Say Yes", an OST from the hit K-drama Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. He lets the fans sing the song which surprised him because everyone literally knew the lyrics. 







"Filipinos are the best!" Loco expressed as he ends his performance.



AOMG artists continued to hype up the crowd when GRAY greeted the audience, "Hello, my name is GRAY. Kamusta ka?". He performed his hit songs, "Show Window", "TMI", and "Summer Night". Everyone lost their control when GRAY also performed "Lose Control with his melodica. He completed his set with Loco again on stage as they vibed with fans to "Just Do it" and "Late Night". 










The venue turned into a green ocean when GOT7's maknae Yugyeom, showed up and performed his first digital single "I Want U Around" and followed by "Lights". The atmosphere once again got heated with his "All Your Fault". Yugyeom ended his set with his most recently released song, "PONYTAIL".














Last but not the least and undeniably, one of the most awaited part of the show, Simon Dominic was warmly welcomed by everyone with "DAx4", one of his singles released in 2019. 











"Magandang gabi po!", he shouted as he made sure everyone will spell out his name with one of his most famous songs, "Simon Dominic". 


He was very surprised at how crazy everyone was during the whole show. He performed more songs, "POSE!", "room type" and "GOTT" from his album Open Flames. 

As his ending performance, GRAY once again stepped out on stage and joined Simon Dominic with the track, "Comfortable".


What a way to start the year with AOMG's almost 4 hours of non-stop fun and party. The six artists all came up on stage and closed the night jumping and singing along with "119 Remix", "Upside Down", "TTFU", "We Are" and "Who You" while interacting with fans. 

The Filipino fans also gave their all to make sure that the night will be difficult to forget and each artist will feel very welcomed and appreciated. Ain't no party like an AOMG party, the four-hour long concert absolutely brought out the best of the artists.

We thank PULP Live World for giving us the opportunity to cover the AOMG Follow The Movement in Manila.

Full set of photos here.