[NEWS] Franco: From Supergroup To Power Solo

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[SOURCE: www.mcamusic.com.ph] — Fans saddened by the decision of Franco’s big-name members to part ways have enough reason to smile after all. Besides, the acknowledged heart and soul of the group, Franco Reyes, decided to go on with the adventure, only that he’s gone doing it solo.

That however does not mean he’s lost the momentum that glittered the original set-up of the band. In fact, he’s all the more fired-up considering he has something to prove now that his famous mates are no longer in the same stage playing with him.

“Life goes on. Franco was never a superband. It was just a label that people gave us. We we’re just another band from different bands who wanted to jam,” downplays the singer-songwriter.

And prove something he just did, with the release of the 17-track “Soul Adventurer,” which is being counted as the band’s sophomore album. Here, he recorded with a back-up band, no all-star line-up but which kept that artistic credibility that flavored Franco’s self-titled album.

Giant label MCA Music is supporting Franco’s latest set of recordings for a number of reasons. Most important is the fact it believes in the music of the artist, regardless of who’s on board.

Franco is now supported by musicians Paul Canada, Victor Guison and Dave Elfin. He shares, “Paul was an old friend who I jammed with for a long time now. Victor and Dave were recommended by friends of mine. It’s still the same music but only with a different line up. It’s more concrete in a sense of having intact and permanent members.”

In 2010, Franco’s original line-up won an Awit award for Best Performance by a Group for their song “Castaway.” The band dominated that year’s NU Awards after winning “Artist of the Year,” “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for the song “This Gathering.” Franco himself was nominated for “Guitarist of the Year.”

The new album contains tracks with meaningful titles relative to what happened like “What Is To Be Must Be”, “Renewal,” “A Beautiful Diversion,” and “Better Days.” For Franco the second track “To Survive” best represents the mood of the album.

He explained, “That song talks about life experiences that everyone can relate to and how we can make everything positive despite the negativity we encounter daily, on how we can find inner peace and finding our true selves and true purpose in the midst of chaos, and that is to spread love, peace and harmony with everything around us. ‘Soul adventurer’ is like a self-journey to finding what the meaning of our lives and finding inner peace.”

Sound-wise, reggae, rock, alternative and R&B turned out heavily reflected all over the album.

Franco’s “Soul Adventurer” is now out digitally on iTunes- https://itunes.apple.com/ph/album/soul-adventurer/id595304390 and on CDs at leading record stores nationwide under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines).

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Beyoncé will be setting the VMA stage on fire come August28 (US) as she will be performing at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Also nominated for three Moonmen this year including “Best Female Video,” “Best Choreography” and “Best Cinematography,”  Beyoncé much-anticipated return will be a performance you don’t want to miss!

Watch the LIVE airing of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at MTV Asia Channel on August 29, Monday 9:00am (Manila Time) with replays at 8:00pm.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé new single “Best Thing I Never Had” is still strong at #4 at 97.9 Home Radio and #5 at Mellow94.7 Countdown. Also this coming September, watch out for Odyssey Music Store and Astroplus/Astrovision as they will be giving away Beyoncé new fragrance “Heat Rush” for those who purchased “4” deluxe edition at their stores. Visit their official facebook page at www.facebook.com/astroplus1 and www.facebook.com/odysseylive.net for promo update.


SOUNDVENT, KALIGTA & KILOS: Ready for imminent change of guards in OPM scene

No matter how good and well-loved established acts are, there always comes a time when emerging ones are given the chance to shine, too.

Sony Music knows this well and so invests in the future by coming up with the concept EP, “X3M.” The six-track output features two original songs each by recent Nescafe Soundskool finalists Kilos, Kaligta and Soundvent. Every group has its distinct sound and musical style that are sure to win more fans and help reinvigorate the local music scene.

Kilos is composed of vocalist Chao Sison, guitarist Andres Villaruel, drummer Kevin Vega and bass guitarist Dunne Mamhot. They recorded the songs “Dr. Love,” the promotional single that comes with a music video; and “Leaves,” the demo of which got them into Nescafe Soundskool.

The boys of Kilos have known each other for years. They all studied at Quezon City Science High School and went to college at U.P. Los Banos. They are a rock band influenced by different musical genres.

Kaligta, on the other hand, is the country’s first Christian band in recent years. Comprised by church mates who honed their musical skills through music ministries during worship services, they offer uplifting songs that are ecumenical enough to be embraced by all kinds of music lovers regardless of faith.

For “X3M,” the brothers Michael and Arnold Artita (singer and guitarist, respectively), bass guitarist Sherman Tupas and drummer John Michael Dino contributed “Awitin Mula Sa Yo” and “Aking Ka-ibigan.” The first talks about using the song in your heart to turn your life around, while the second is a love song in upbeat tempo.

The bands name is short for “kaligtasan” (salvation). “We thought of shortening it to ‘kaligta’ so it comes across as if the last part of the word was forgotten. They say in psychology that the more you want to forget something, the more it sticks to your head. We hope it works here,” said Michael.

 Finally, Soundvent. With their winsome pop/alternative sound, vocalist Jhoranz Lopez, drummer Tim Mejia, guitarists JC Feliciano and Jeric Amistoso, and bassist Jeremiah de Asis are, indeed, ready for the big time. Their songs “Di Na Lang” and “Tayo” have impressed even the likes of Sponge Cola and Robert Javier of The Youth, both of whom the band had worked with recently either on stage or in studio.

The band’s influences range from The Script and Switchfoot to John Mayer and Vertical Horizon. They believe in the importance of good songwriting and good musical arrangement, making the resolve to never put out half-baked material.

The three bands are set to record their respective full-length albums soon.

“X3M” under Sony Music swells a catalogue that have works by the country’s hottest recording artists including Gloc-9, Pupil, Itchyworms, Eevee, Letter Day Story and many more.


Which songs are on the top of this weeks charts? At #1 is Mike Posner‘s “Please Don’t Go” at RX93.1 and David Archuleta‘s “Something Bout Love” #1 on the RT 30 Countdown! Check out the rest of the charts below!

MYX Hit Chart

1.       Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
2. Something Bout Love – David Archuleta [last week’s #1]
3.       Love Me – Justin Bieber
4.       Mine- Taylor Swift
5.       Lakad – Sandwich
6.       Pakiusap Lang – Parokya ni Edgar
7.       Jeepney Love Story – Yeng Constantino
8.       I Remember the Girl – Christian Bautista
9.       2012 – Jay Sean feat. Nicki Minaj
10.    Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
11.    Kung Wala Ka – Nikki Gil
12.    Disney – Tanya Markova
13.    Love The Way You Lie – Eminem feat. Rihanna
14.    What If – Jason Derulo
15.    Lucifer – Shinee
16.    A Year Without Rain – Selena Gomez
17.    Heartbeat – Enrique Iglesias feat. Nicole Scherzinger [new entry]
18.    Dynamite – Taio Cruz [new entry]
19.    The Catalyst – Linkin Park
20.    Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida feat. David Guetta
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Labelmates Letter Day Story, Kiss Jane and Eevee unite to represent Mossimo’s Band Entourage – a festival of today’s finest college bands sporting the latest Mossimo fashion. Catch them perform live at select Mossimo stores starting this weekend at the following malls:

  • October 1 (Friday) SM San Pablo
  • October 2 (Saturday) SM North Edsa Annex
  • October 3 (Sunday) SM Mall of Asia
    Visit www.facebook.com/sonymusicphilippines frequently for additional dates.

Catch them on Music Uplate Live later at 1:00am (Sep29, Wed) to perform songs from their album ‘Sama-Sama’ (Letter Day Story), ‘Free’ (Kiss Jane) and ‘Paramdam’ (Eevee).

• Buy any of these band’s CDs at record stores everywhere and get 10% discount coupons for Mossimo apparels
• Get FREE Mossimo Band Entourage CDs for every P500 single receipt purchase of Mossimo apparels at participating stores