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Catch Arnel Pineda perform for his 50th Birthday Concert on Sept. 5 at Okada Manila

Partake in a heartfelt celebration of Arnel Pineda’s colorful life as he turns 50. The Filipino rockstar is marking his golden year with an intimate birthday dinner show at Okada Manila, where he will be singing the songs of his life. The night’s setlist follows Arnel’s life story, from his beginnings in local bands to conquering the world stage as frontman of the legendary Journey. The artist will delight the audience with renditions of his personal favorites and original compositions. Surprise performances await both the audience and the artist himself.  With acclaimed video and event director Paul Basinillo at the helm, the night will surely create lasting impressions for those in attendance.

Our Cause
Arnel’s humble beginnings has shaped him into a man of goodwill. Majority of the event’s proceeds will go to the Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc. (APFI), a non-stock, non profit, and independent foundation that provides underprivileged children quality education, health services and medical attention. Arnel and his family personally oversee the Foundation and are always present in its events.

The Celebrant

Arnel Pineda is the lead singer of celebrated American rock band, Journey. Since landing the coveted gig in 2007, he has showcased his powerful pipes at the biggest venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Wembley Arena, and Tokyo Budokan. He has collaborated with the likes of Foreigner, Deep Purple, Santana, Joan Jett, Rascal Flatts among others.

Arnel was born on September 5, 1967 in Sampaloc, Manila. After his mother’s illness and eventual death put the family in a dire financial situation, he volunteered to live independently, taking on odd jobs to provide for himself at the age of 14. At 15, he became the lead singer of the band, Ijos. In 1986, along with some members of Ijos, he formed Ammo and the band went on to win the Rock Wars contest. In 1988, Ammo won the Philippine leg of the Yamaha World Band Explosion and competed in Hong Kong for the finals.  In 1990, Pineda and other Ammo members formed another band called Intensity Five which came first runner-up at the Yamaha World Band Explosion, with Arnel winning Best Vocalist. Arnel also fronted the bands New Age, 9mm, Most [email protected], and Zoo.

Our Venue

Okada Manila impresses anyone who enters its halls. This biggest and grandest integrated resort in the country occupies an astounding 44 hectares of land in the Entertainment City. With a five-star hotel, a wealth of dining destinations, exciting retail options, and gaming experiences, Okada sets the bar high in the hospitality and gaming scene.

Tickets to the event are now out at Ticketworld branches and online at A seat is PHP 7,040.40, inclusive of a full-course sit-down dinner and covering tax and other mandated charges.  For inquiries, get in touch with Up North Productions at [email protected]com, or at mobile number +63 917 652 7463. 

Ed Sheeran tops the first-ever Billboard Philippines Hot 100

Billboard’s charts have expanded to the Philippines. Billboard Philippines (“BillboardPH”) recently premiered (June 12) the country’s first rankings reflecting local music consumption.

Using localized on-demand streaming data from global services Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube, plus download track sales from iTunes, BillboardPH’s new charts provide the most accurate representation of music popularity in the Philippines.

Leading BillboardPH’s chart offerings is the BillboardPH Hot 100, which ranks the top songs by both local and foreign acts. The Billboard Philippine Top 20, meanwhile, will contain only Filipino artists, and the Billboard PH Catalog Chart will list songs by Filipino acts that are older than three years, but still being actively streamed.

Ed Sheeran commands the No. 1 spot on the BillboardPH Hot 100 with “Shape of You,” while Bruno Mars and The Chainsmokers each place a pair of tracks each in the top 10.  Also occupying spaces in the Hot 100 top 10 are DJ Khaled's “I’m the One," featuring Justin BieberQuavoChance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, at No. 3, and the current Billboard Hot 100 U.S. No. 1 hit “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, at No. 5.

The Billboard Philippine 20 is led by Inigo Pascual’s “Dahil Sa’Yo,” with singer/actress Jona holding down two spots in the top 10, at Nos. 3 and 4, with “Pusong Ligaw” and "Maghihintay Ako,” respectively. Also faring well on the local list is rock/fusion band Sud, which stands at No. 2 with “Sila.”
Billboard PH, launched in September 2016, has quickly become the premier source of music coverage in Philippines. The addition of local charts to a menu already including the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, among others, further emphasizes the site as the go-to place for Filipino music fans.  The Billboard PH charts refresh each Monday morning local time.

Parokya ni Edgar received Gold, Platinum record awards

Parokya ni Edgar have proven that they are indeed the "Pambansang Banda ng Bayan" when they received not just one but two awards last Sunday on ASAP noontime show.

The first recognition is a Gold Record for their 10th album "Pogi Years Old" which includes the hits "Lagi Mong Tatandaan," "Sing," (a collab with Rico Blanco) among others. The second award is a Platinum Record for "Bente" a compilation album featuring all their chartbusting singles that have dominated the airwaves over the years, which also includes two new songs.

The awards were presented to the band by Universal Records’ General Manager Kathleen Dy Go, immediately after they were given a tribute by ASAP featuring performances of Parokya's hits by Philippines’ top OPM Acts Gary V, Elmo and Arkin Magalona, Sarah Geronimo, Daniel Padilla, Angeline Quinto, KZ Tandingan, Darren Espanto, Kyle Echarri, Kean Cipriano and Ney Dimaculangan on a special segment called ASAP Pinoy. 

5 things you should know about Astrid S

Award-winning singer and pop star Astrid S has unveiled her brand new single “Breathe”. The track is her first of new music for 2017, and follows a breakthrough year for Astrid, in which the hit single - ‘Hurts So Good - topped 120 million streams on Spotify alone.

There are five things you should know about Astrid S:

1. At age 16, she joined the Norwegian version of Pop Idol in 2013, and at that time released a single, "Shattered", under the name Astrid Smeplass. She placed fifth from the said competition.

2. In 2015, Astrid won the MTV EMA for Best Norwegian Act in 2015 and has had multiple Norwegian Grammy nominations including Track of the Year for “Hurts So Good.” She has also awarded ‘Best Norwegian Act’ at the MTV European Music Awards.

3. Did you know that she provided backing vocals for Katy Perry's "Hey Hey Hey" from her album, Witness?

4. Her official music video, "Hurts So Good” reached 7 million views as a part of Astrid’s self-titled debut EP.

5. In 2016, she was hailed as ‘Breakthrough Artist Of The Year’ for her self-titled EP. She supported Troye Sivan on his European tour.

In case you didn't know, “Breathe” was produced by Oscar Holter for Wolf Cousins (Tove Lo, Demi Lovato, Ellie Goulding) in Los Angeles and is available at all digital music outlets. The single surpassed 3 millions streams within the first few days of its release.

The Norwegian pop star also released the official video via her socials where the video sees Astrid as part of a vigilante couple who commit a heist in a Tarantino-esque, action-packed short film format directed by Cherry Cobra Films - a Swedish duo consisting of directors Johanna Nyberg and Nathalie Hallman.

Astrid S says: “This is the biggest music video I’ve done yet! There was a big crew, a lot of equipment and effects, not to mention all the costumes and clothes! I think the video manages to capture the edge and sassiness of the song, with a good mix of serious and funny. I'm so excited to share it!”

The 20-year-old, who is originally from Berk√•k has seen unprecedented critical and commercial success in both her home country of Norway and across the globe. 

Media outlets across the globe praised the EP and single starting with Wonderland Magazine calling “Hurts So Good” “heartrending and euphoric” and Noisey dubbing the track “clearly excellent.” The Guardian described Astrid as “waiting in the wings of global stardom” and Nylon labelled her “Norway’s next great pop export”.

‘Breathe’ is out now across all digital outlets. More music from Astrid S will follow this year. Get to know about Astrid S thru her official website, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Britney Spears sizzled up her first concert in Manila

If you're a 90s kids and listening to a wide array of music genre, dancing to the tune of Britney's songs after class makes me giddy. I used to listen to pop music before I explore different music genres. 

I finally ticked off from my bucket list which I created upon establishing this blog three years ago. One of the artists that I want to see perform is multi-platinum, Grammy Awards winning pop icon Britney Spears.

I was ecstatic upon learning that I'm gonna saw her perform. Her Filipino Britney Armys crazy over the news about her Live in Concert tour which is her ninth concert tour and to promote her residency show, Britney: Piece of Me.

Last night, Spears sizzled up her Filipino fans at the Mall of Asia Arena. Fantastic performance which led us to dance the night away from her songs such as Work B**ch to old time favorite Toxic. 

I was amazed when she changes several outfits and the stage set up makes me feel that I'm in Las Vegas. A mixture of her previous hits such as Oops! I Did It Again, Womanizer, Baby One More Time, I'm A Slave 4 U and Me Against The Music which everyone at MOA Arena went gaga while stomping out feet and singing our heart out.

A Barretto pop-star in the making: Claudia releases first single 'Stay' under Universal Records!

Claudia Barretto released her debut single 'Stay' last May 19, 2017. The single reached as high as #4 in Spotify Philippines' Viral 50 Chart, while the music video for the said single garnered 100,000 views in its first week of release!
Claudia says music has been her passion since her childhood and has always wanted to make music. Her sound is a mix of Pop and RnB because according to the rising singer, it goes well together.
Her musical influences include Taylor Swift, Kehlani, Selena Gomez and KZ Tandingan.
Many netizens and music fans expressed their amazement on social media saying Claudia's voice is soothing and refreshing, while some are comparing her vocals to that of an international artist.
When asked about making more music, Claudia says she wants to learn more about writing and she hopes to sing Filipino songs soon. She also wants to collaborate with local singers in the future.
Although she's still learning a lot of things in the industry, she wants to perform her music live. She admits she still becomes nervous every time but she is determined to learn and she exerts hard work in her craft.
The rising pop-star balances both music and school. She says education is always in the picture for her, she plans on taking Business Management in college.
Claudia Barretto's single 'Stay' is written by Moira Dela Torre. Claudia says as soon as they asked Moira to write a song, the singer immediately gave her a few verses and demo recordings. Fortunately, it's the sound Claudia's aiming for. The singer is still working on a few more tracks and hopes to release her album this year.
Claudia's debut single 'Stay' is now available for streaming and download on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Apple Music and Spinnr.

God Gave Me You singer Bryan White returns to Manila on July 22

International superstar Bryan White is coming back to the Philippines for an “Up Close and Personal” concert on July 22 at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan.

The Grammy Award-winning American country music artist will be performing his hits, including “From This Moment On” (with Shania Twain), “So Much For Pretending,” and “I’m Not Supposed To Love You Anymore,” as well as his sensational AlDub smash hit “God Gave Me You.”

Music as passion

White’s passion for music began early in life, since he grew up in a musical family in Oklahoma. His musical mentor, Steve Wariner, made a significant impact on White. Bryan expressed, “I immediately gravitated toward his tone and phrasing. I knew right then, at the age of 14, what I wanted to do with my life”.

Fast forward, he charted seventeen singles on the Billboard’s Country Charts. To his credit are six number one singles, two platinum and golds, and several awards, including a Grammy and an ACM Top Male Vocalist Award.

White said he has always been appreciative of what he has been rewarded throughout the years. Looking back on all his accomplishments, Bryan is grateful now more than ever for all of the milestones in his remarkable career.

Up Close and Personal

Filipino fans can now look forward to a fun and romantic evening set in an intimate setting as the singer-songwriter performs his much endeared love anthems come July 22, 8 pm at the Music Museum.

Tickets are priced at P5,000 (VVIP), P3,000 (VIP) and P1,500 (Balcony) and are on sale online via and at the Music Museum at the door.