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Manila's Undying Love for Calum Scott

Calum Scott returned to Manila to bring his "Only Human" World Tour on Tuesday night at the New Frontier Theater (Formerly Kia Theatre) and delivered a classy performance for his Manila fans.


The Voice Teens and ASAP star Isabela Vinzon opened the show for the British crooner by performing her latest single "Right Now" and a cover of Lady Gaga's "You And I," which helped start her career. Fans can remember the teen star also opened Calum's Shangri-La showcase in March 2018.




Calum Scott's Filipino fans expressed their excitement as they cheered loudly for Calum Scott as he opened his show with "Come Back Home" and an upbeat track off his debut record "Give Me Something" to set the exciting mood for the night. He performed the album title track "Only Human" followed the pop banger "Rhythm Inside" therefore adding more energy and excitement for what's to come in the concert.


What thrilled the Manila audience more is when Calum performed his rising hit "You Are The Reason," the fans then proved their undying love for the crooner while singing along to his lyrics. This part of the concert alone brought tears to some fans mainly because of the lyrics of the song and Calum's mesmerizing vocals.

The singer showcased his powerful vocals as he let the fans experience an acoustic session on the latter part of the concert. He performed songs off his debut album "Good To You", "Not Dark Yet" and also performed his latest single dedicated to his mom "No Matter What", wherein the crooner expressed how lucky he is to have parents that are understanding of his sexuality. "I'm gay and I'm proud of it," Calum says.


Some songs the singer also performed were "Sore Eyes", an unreleased song/cover, "What I Miss Most", a song about missing his hometown, "Give Me Something", an upbeat song which was supposedly the last song for the night because of "venue reasons".


The Manila audience continued to prove their undying love for Calum Scott as they screamed "WE WANT MORE" all at the same time because they simply wanted more of Calum. The singer came back and delivered  "If Our Love Is Wrong," while letting the fans sing the adlibs and the much-awaited hit cover "Dancing On My Own".

Calum surely didn't dance on his own as the Manila audience accompanied him perfectly with their undying love for the crooner. Calum ended his show and expressed that he would love to come back from time to time and perform songs for his fans in the country.





Photo credit: Gelo de Vera

KYGO smashing a rush of funky beats for Kids in Love Tour

One of the hottest award-winning disc jockeys KYGO moved hearts and blew the roof off of jam-packed Mall of Asia Arena as he finally entertained Philippine crowd for Kids in Love Tour.  This young musical prodigy took Manila stage last Thursday, October 25, 2018.



KYGO presented trippy visuals and pyro playing his massive set with tunes including "Born to be Yours", "One Kiss", "Kids in Love", and "It Ain't Me".

The charismatic DJ played his rendition of "Without You" and "Levels" to pay tribute to the legend, Avicii and "Jackie Chan", to give a nod to his fellow musical acts Tiesto, Post Malone, Deko and Preme.

He also brought live acts on tour to perform and lend their talented voices - Bonnie McKee for "Riding Shotgun" and "This Town" and Justin Jesso for "Stargazing" and "Firestone" on which they played acoustic for the encore!















Our very own Tom Taus and melancholy dance-pop DJ Frank Walker got up the stage to warm up the crowd and open for KYGO.

KYGO's Kids in Love Tour Manila is presented by Smart in cooperation with San Mig Light and Ovation Productions.

Smart Music Live presents powerhouse acts of Kygo, Calum Scott, and Khalid

Manila, are you ready? Music fans are in for a back-to-back-to-back musical treat as Smart Music Live brings three renowned international artists to the local concert stage. 

Norwegian producer, songwriter, DJ and international sensation Kygo is set to make his Philippine debut on October 25, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena as part of his Kids in Love World Tour. Another rising music star, British singer and songwriter Calum Scott will be back in Manila as part of his Only Human Asia Tour, slated on October 30, 2018 at the New Frontier (formerly Kia) Theater. Finally, Grammy-nominated R&B artist Khalid is staging his American Teen Tour on November 2, 2018 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.



The three powerhouse acts serve as a fitting conclusion to a star-studded year for Smart Music Live, whose roster include global superstars Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, One Direction’s Niall Horan and Celine Dion.

Get a chance to win free concert tickets, perks

Fans can get a chance to score free tickets and meet and greet passes to witness Kygo, Calum Scott and Khalid perform in the flesh by joining Smart online promos on its official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart). Smart is also giving away tickets to lucky customers via raffle promos at select SM outlets and Smart Music Live booth at select schools.

Concertgoers also get a chance to take home freebies and prizes by participating in exciting activities at the Smart Music Live booth, while other fans can tune into Smart’s accounts for exclusive updates and coverage of their favorite artists.

World-class artists and hitmakers

In 2015, Kygo made Spotify history when he became the fastest artist to reach 1 billion streams, earning him the streaming platform’s Breakout Artist of that year. His first album, Cloud Nine, received wide critical acclaim, and was #1 on iTunes Dance Albums Chart and on Nielsen Soundscan’s Electronic Albums. His newest album, ‘Kids in Love’, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Got Talent alumnus Calum Scott is taking the world by storm as he takes his first headline tour across Asia. His heartwarming rendition of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ is the lead single of his debut album Only Human, and the track has racked up millions in worldwide sales as well as a nomination for British Single of the Year in last year’s BRIT Awards. The album itself peaked at #5 on Australia’s main music sales charts upon its release.

American singer and songwriter Khalid rose to fame with the release of his single ‘Location’ in 2016. Since then, he’s been steadily winning over fans and critics alike with coming-of-age and soul-driven hits like ‘Love Lies’ and ‘Young, Dumb & Broke’ which topped the charts in the Philippines and New Zealand, and reached top 10 in Australia and Belgium. He also won Best New Artist at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Khalid has been featured on tracks with some of the industry’s top artists including Calvin Harris, Marshmello, Shawn Mendes and Marin Garrix.

Stream music and videos powered by PH’s fastest LTE network

Music lovers and fans can get closer to their favorite artists by streaming their music and videos using Smart’s data-packed promos powered by the country’s fastest LTE network as recognized by UK-based firm OpenSignal and certified by Internet testing and analysis leader Ookla.

Smart customers can register to GigaSurf 99, which comes with 2GB data and unlitexts to all networks, valid for 7 days. Smart customers registering to select promos can also enjoy up to one hour of Free YouTube Everyday until Oct. 31, 2018.


For Smart Music Live updates, follow Smart on Facebook (www.smart.com.ph/SmartCommunications), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

Jessica Sanchez, Christian Bautista release 'Another Silent Christmas Song'



Universal Records is excited to announce a collaboration between outstanding young singers and award-winning composers and producers for a new holiday single ANOTHER SILENT CHRISTMAS SONG.

The song will be the second collaboration between American Idol alum & singer-songwriter Jessica Sanchez and Asia's Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista, both big names in the music industry. Sanchez first collaborated with Bautista in the latter's previous album 'Kapit' on the song Two Forevers. Now, the two share the Christmas spirit in the brand new holiday tune. Written by record producer and American songwriter Bryan Todd, and Tony, Grammy and Olivier award-winning poet and songwriter Steven Sater, the solemn yet powerful Christmas song showcases the vocal abilities both singers are known for.

Another Silent Christmas Song will be released on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon on November 2, 2018.

90's boyband A1 charms Manila fans for their 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour


Filipino fans were ecstatic to welcome the magic back with British-Norwegian 90's boyband A1 as they  danced the night altogether for their much-awaited 20th Anniversary and Reunion Tour. Reunited after 15 long years, their sold out show was held at the New Frontier Theatre (formerly Kia Theatre) in Cubao, Quezon City.



The massive show brought back a series of the band's greatest hits including Everytime, Caught in the Middle and Same Old Brand New You. Also making sure fans grab a hold of further nostalgia, the quartet performed a medley of Here Comes the Rain, Take the Tears, Tomorrow, Make It Through the Night, Hey You, When I'm Missing You and The Things We Never Did.

The A1 charm was back as Ben Adams brought up and serenaded one lucky fan onstage during Like A Rose.






The band is still set to perform 3 more shows in the Philippines- a second night in New Frontier Theatre, Manila on October 22nd, SMX Davao on 23rd and Waterfront Hotel Cebu on the 25th.

A1 20th Anniversary and Reunion Tour is presented by Concert Republic.



Photos taken by Jovelyn Bajo-Calingo for Manila Concert Junkies

South Korean R&B Artists DEAN, SAAY are coming to Manila for a show on DEAN’s birthday, November 10!



Solo artist DEAN is finally coming back to Manila this November 10, for a one-night only concert at the New Frontier Theater (formerly KIA Theatre), this time bringing with him South Korean singer-songwriter, SAAY.



DEAN started as an underground rapper. He ventured into songwriting under the name Deanfluenza, and even composed songs for popular K-Pop groups around 2013. Some of his works include EXO's “Black Pearl” and “Unfair,” and VIXX's "Voodoo Doll."

In 2015, he debuted as a singer in the United States with the track “I’m Not Sorry,” which features Grammy award winner Eric Bellinger. In the same year, DEAN released songs in Korea such as “I Love It” featuring rapper Dok2, and “Pour Up” featuring BLOCK B’s leader ZICO.

DEAN’s first EP “130 MOOD: TRBL” was released a year after. DEAN also worked with various Korean stars including Girl’s Generation’s Taeyeon, and several solo artists such as Heize, Crush, Zion T., Dynamic Duo, and Lee Hi, among others. His 2017 track “Instagram” also received immense success, as it placed #1 in Korea's music charts.

SAAY – came from a musical background, she first entered the Korean music industry as part of a girl group called ‘Evol’ in 2012, but she never gave up on her dream to become a solo artist.

Come 2013, SAAY was able to focus on her career as a songwriter and producer and eventually wrote four songs for Henry (of Super Junior) when SM Entertainment expressed interest in SAAY’s songwriting talent. In 2016, SAAY finally signed as a solo artist to Universal Music Korea.

DEANTRBL X SAAY is the DEAN’s second event in the country, his first visit was during his DEAN 130 MOOD: TRBL Philippine Promo Tour back in August 2016.

What makes his second visit extra special is that November 10 also marks DEAN's 26th birthday! And Filipino Rebels can definitely celebrate with DEAN this year!

TICKET PRICES AND PERKS:
• VVIP STANDING - P11,130
- Includes: Meet and Greet, signed freebies (exclusive to 100 fans only)
• VIP STANDING A - P7,950
• VIP STANDING B - P5,830
• LOGE - P4,452
• BALCONY - P2,650

Tickets are available via Ticketnet outlets and online at www.ticketnet.com.ph

DEANTRBL X SAAY is presented by Talk & Text and MCA Music.


Thai-actor Chanon will be having a "BREAKTIME" in Manila this November!"

Get your well-deserved break in Breaktime! Thailand's breakthrough artist Chanon Santinatornkul is now making his way to the Philippines vying for Asia's heartthrob throne through his first ever solo fan meeting on November 30, 2018 at SM Skydome.

Chanon, often known as Nonkul, first appeared on TV in 2014’s “Love’s Coming,” and has then starred in several television series including a notable performance in the hit TV series “Hormones 3.” In a quick shot to fame playing the lead role in the short film “Patcha is Sexy,” Nonkul goes from your usual cliché teen idol to the smartest guy in the room. His breakthrough role in the movie “Bad Genius” propelled him to international stardom at an early age and has made him one of Asia’s most celebrated actors today.

Bad Genius, known in Thai as “Chalard Games Goeng, is a movie inspired by real-life news of high-school students who devised a sophisticated exam cheating scheme for profit. It uproots the heist film structure to a school-exams setting, and features themes of class inequality as well as teen social issues. The film has garnered much success across Asian countries including Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia. It has also topped the box office in the Philippines, where Nonkul, more popularly known in the country as Bank from his role in the movie will be paying a visit.

Video Credit: CDM Entertainment

Get a chance to take part in an afternoon school activities!

Rooting after the hit movie’s setting, Breaktime! will sure be an afternoon of fun school activities -- singing, dancing, and getting to know more about him on November 30 at SM Skypdome. 

Tickets are now available in BreakTimeWithChanonMVPTickets, all SM Tickets outlets nationwide, and online via www.smtickets.com.

Ticket prices and fan perks are as follows:

MVP PHP 6,000.00 (with fan sign, group photo by 20’s, hi-touch, school kit, official poster, and ID card) 

VIP  PHP  4,500.00 (with group photo by 20’s, hi-touch, school kit, official poster, and ID card); and 

General Admission PHP 2, 500.00 (with hi-touch, school kit, official poster, and ID card). 

Breaktime! Chanon Santinatornkul Fan Meeting in Manila is brought to fans by CDM Entertainment in partnership with Maxperience Entertainment, Do Concert, and Nadao Bangkok. For more show information, visit CDM’s Facebook page.

About CDM Entertainment:

CDM Entertainment, is a young and dynamic multi- communications company with the core competence of producing local concerts, fan meetings, branded events, and radio and TV productions.

From our local successes, we are growing our business in the field of entertainment, which includes procuring and distributing foreign films and bringing international artists to the Philippines. Our concerts and shows feature both local and international artists and entertainers, particularly catering to the youth and young working crowd. Dedicated to giving an unforgettable event experience, CDM takes pride in leaving a significant mark to its audience by bringing its artists close to his fans.


Norwegian Embassy gives away 30 VIP-tickets to Kygo concert in Manila

The Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines recently met with Ovation Productions President and CEO Renen de Guia, to announce a partnership for the upcoming concert with Kygo (Kids in Love tour) in Manila on October 25.

In Photo: (from L to R): Ovation Productions Production Manager Bogie de Guia, Vice President Celinda de Guia, President and CEO Renen de Guia, Norwegian Embassy Ambassador Bjørn Jahnsen, Second Secretary Stian Hegland, Business and Trade Adviser Ana-Maria Francesca Florentino.



“I look forward to collaboration with one of the leading concert organizers in the Philippines. Working together on the Kygo concert, we will showcase the modern music scene in Norway”, Ambassador Jahnsen said.

Kygo is a world-renowned Norwegian producer, songwriter and DJ. He holds the record in reaching 1 billion streams on Spotify. Spotify awarded him as “Breakout Artist” of 2015 for his hits including “Firestone” (with Conrad Sewell); “Stole the Show” (with Parson James); “It Ain’t Me” with (Selena Gomez); and “Born to be Yours” with (Imagine Dragons).
“We are very happy and excited to have Kygo performing live in front of thousands of Filipino fans,” the Ambassador said.

The Norwegian Embassy in Manila will give away 30 VIP-tickets to Kygo: Kids in Love tour in Manila. For more information, follow the Norwegian Embassy in Manila official Facebook page: Facebook.com/NorwegianEmbassyManila.

#KYGOManila is presented by Smart, in cooperation with San Mig Light.

Filipino-Irish artist ANDREAH to front act for Sam Smith's Manila, Southeast Asian shows

17 year-old emerging international artist ANDREAH is set to open the slew of sold out Southeast Asia shows for hit international singer-songwriter Sam Smith – including his Manila show tonight October 5th at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.




Andreah’s performance at the concert serves as sort of a homecoming, as the young performer actually has Filipino descent. The Filipino-Irish singer-songwriter started learning the ropes of the music world at an early age – taking piano and voice lessons, and learning how to play guitar and write songs as well. This love for music eventually sparked her interest in pursuing a music career, with one of her earliest achievements having been invited to open for the Irish pop band  The Script for their shows in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Manila earlier in 2018. Aside from this feat, Andreah has also released her debut single “Best Friend”, an original composition that she wrote as a personal ode to her long-time best friend who was migrating to another location.



Aside from the Sam Smith concert, Andreah is is slated to take part of the “It’s A Girl Thing” event at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent on October 20th.  These concerts and events are set to launch local and regional tours – both in Manila and her other home-base, Singapore, to promote “Best Friend” and her upcoming single “You.”

Given her ambition and musical talent, Andreah is an artist to watch out for in the coming years. 

Listen to her debut track Best Friend on Spotify at: http://smarturl.it/andreahbestfriend/spotify

Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.       

World-class music scene continues at Cove Manila with DJ Markus Schulz


World-renowned German-American DJ and music producer Markus Schulz is all set to take centerstage on October 5, 2018 at Cove Manila, Southeast Asia’s largest, first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art indoor beach club and night club. Right before the big event, he opened up about his music journey and process, views on the evolving music genres, and passion for his craft and its impact on his audience. With rich experiences performing in night clubs, music festivals, and events from all over the world, the “Unicorn Slayer of Trance” stands behind Cove Manila’s commitment to bringing the best quality of music and global music trends to the Philippines. With DJ Schulz (left) in the photo days before the main event is Moto Heathcliff, Director of Cove Manila (right).

Every weekend, Cove flies in a wide variety of international music DJs ranging from electronic dance music (EDM) to house music to hip-hop, and more. Treat yourself to the full experience with the hottest music acts, an unparalleled ambiance, great food, and free-flowing drinks at the state-of-the-art party paradise within Okada Manila, the ultimate destination for world-class entertainment. For more information on ticket prices and upcoming event schedules, log on to www.covemanila.com, like Cove Manila on Facebook, and follow @covemanila on Instagram and Twitter.




Ciudad performs at 123 Block on October 12 to celebrate the release of new single, “Tiny Apartment"

With five albums under their belt, and the release of two singles – the snarky, upbeat rock anthem “Caught Me at the Worst Time” in 2017, and the smooth, 80s yacht rock reincarnation “Get You Closer” this year – local indie rock darlings, Ciudad, is back with their latest release, “Tiny Apartment.” The new song is a ballad reminiscent of fan favorites, “My Emptiness” and “Friday Noon,” wherein the band’s poignant melodies, harmonies and lyrics warm the hearts of listeners everywhere.






To celebrate the song’s release, Ciudad will be performing for the first Retail Therapy at 123 Block, along Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong city this Friday, October 12. Also playing that night are Boldstar, Hannah+Gabi, and theboywhocriedfolk. Here’s an interesting side note: all these bands are side projects of Ciudad’s members. Hannah+Gabi and theboywhocriedfolk are the solo projects of frontman Mikey Amistoso and guitarist Jeff Cabal, respectively. Guitarist Justin Sunico will play with his band, Boldstar, a local indie rock favorite from the 2000s that will be reuniting for several shows this October.


Retail Therapy is an intimate music show which will be held every month at 123 Block, and curated by Bootie Boot Productions. Tickets for October 12 may be purchased at the gate for P300.

For more information, visit Ciudad's Facebook page or listen to their songs on Spotify and iTunes.