RAYVER CRUZ: THE SINGER

Well-known for his agile dancing ability, Rayver Cruz is also an accomplished young actor and is quite the charmer when  it comes to the fans. He started his career at a very young age and is still going strong. In fact, his relationship with the lovely Ms. Cristine Reyes has been trending social networks, tabloids and celebrity TV shows for a few months now.

“I’ve been singing since I was 9 years old but I’m always a dancer at heart” says Rayver during one of his interviews. His nimble dance moves backed-up by his good looks makes him one of the country’s most sought-after actors.

Sony Music noticed the potential of Rayver as a recording artist when his management team gave a copy of his previous recordings.“This guy has a good singing voice but can he “really” sing?”  Quipped a Sony Music executive during a Sony meeting.

To their surprise, during the recording of his five-song self-titled EP, the Sony A&R team and record Producer Jonathan Ong (Gloc 9/Kiss Jane/Parokya ni Edgar), were stunned on how efficient Rayver was recording in the studio. “He finished three songs during the first session… Most recording artists finish just one song during a session. ” Added producer Jonathan Ong. “I mean he knows what to do, he’s an excellent singer who knows how to sing properly in a recording and most importantly, he can sing a song and mean it.”

“I’ve been recording countless songs for ASAP but this is first ever proper album.” added Rayver who even sang his own back-up vocals in the EP. “Astig yung experience ko sa studio recording the album. Everybody was so kind and patient with me. Everything went smooth.”

“Mostly R&B and dance songs are on my playlist” says Rayver. Fitting since the EP mainly consists of songs in these genres.

Rayver the EP includes 5 songs: “Alam Mo Naman”, “143”, a fresh take on Ariel Rivera’s hit song-“Mahal Na Mahal Kita”, “Have Fun Go Mad” feat. Sheng Belmonte (formerly from Pinoy Dream Academy) and “I.O.I.O” feat. Jaq Dionisio of Kiss Jane (Lagi).

RAYVER” is now out in CDs under Sony Music Entertainment and is available on all major record stores nationwide. To download Rayver’s music on your mobile phones, just text SONY to 3456.

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PITBULL “PLANET PIT” ALBUM OUT NOW!

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International music sensation Pitbull has sold millions of digital singles (including his current hit “Hey Baby” featuring T-Pain, the double-platinum smash “I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho],” “Hotel Room Service,” “Krazy,” and “Culo”); scored two No. 1’s on Billboard’s Rap Albums charts (his gold 2004 debut M.I.A.M.I. and 2009’s Rebelution, which also debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart); and has been featured on tracks by such pop-chart mainstays as Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Janet Jackson. On the business side, Pitbull (whose given name is Armando Christian Pérez) launched his own Polo Grounds Music/J Records imprint (Mr. 305 Records), introduced his specialty vodka Voli, partnered with Sheets, the dissolvable energy strip, inked major sponsorship deals with blue-chip brands Kodak, Dr. Pepper, Bud Light and capitalized on his enormous popularity in the community by releasing his first Spanish-language album, Armando, which features the Top 5 Latin Billboard pop single “Bon Bon.” To top it all off, the Miami native was awarded his hometown’s Key to the City as a thank-you for the positive PR he has brought Florida’s nightlife capitol.

So when Pitbull explains that he’s titled his new album Planet Pit because he feels as if the world is his right now, he’s not just blowing smoke. “I’m not suggesting I run the world, I just feel like I’ve built my own planet,” he says. “I’m catching a lot of people’s ears, whether it’s with my music or appearing on someone else’s track. When ‘I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]’ took off, I started traveling the world, and I saw the impact that a global hit can have — the way it brings people together. So now I’ve set my goals even higher. Going in to make Planet Pit, I said, ‘Okay, Pitbull was cool, Mr. 305 was great — now it’s time for Mr. Worldwide.’”

You need to generate a lot of heat if you want to be Mr. Worldwide, but if there’s one thing Pitbull has — besides a way with rapid-fire rhymes, billion-dollar beats, and globally infectious hooks — it’s charm by the boatload. Always impeccably dressed in a sharp suit and shades, Pit enters a room trailed by his pals happily bantering away in Spanish, a gorgeous girl, and members of his management team. Even while juggling a constant stream of incoming texts and emails on his two smartphones, Pit has the ability to make everyone he meets feel at home, addressing them as “Mama” or “Papo,” and asking if they need anything. He’s the consummate professional: confident and charismatic — a true star.

Pit’s magnetic personality electrifies Planet Pit — a spicy, stylish stew of raps, beats, and hooks influenced by the music Pit has absorbed growing up and living in Miami, which claims a wide range of dance-driven sounds thanks to the Cuban, Dominican, Colombian, and Caribbean people who make it their home. “I grew up with salsa, merengue, bachata, booty-shaking music, freestyle music, then came hip hop for me. So you throw all that in a pot, which we call a paella in Spanish — that’s what I’m trying to do with this album,” says Pit, who performed in such far-flung locales as France, Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, and Singapore, among others, while promoting Rebelution. “It embodies a bit of everywhere I’ve been. For example, ‘Shake Señora’ has got T-Pain, who’s from Tallahassee and Sean Paul who brings the Jamaican feel. I’m trying to be the ambassador; the bridge builder who brings elements from all over the world and puts it all together so it sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before.”

The album’s hot new single, “Give Me Everything,” catches fire thanks to the sizzling talents of Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. Much like the worldwide smash, Planet Pit is a star-studded affair that includes contributions by a host of pop music luminaries, such as singers Marc Anthony (“Rain Over Me”), Jamie Foxx (“Where Do We Go), Chris Brown (“International Love”), and Kelly Rowland (“Castles Made of Sand”). To give the album its edge, Pit surrounds himself with a rouges gallery of today’s hottest artists that includes T-Pain (“Hey Baby”) and Sean Paul. To blend the album’s diverse sounds into a seamless flow, Pit tapped top producers like David Guetta, Afrojack (“Something 4 The DJ’s), RedOne, Polow Da Don and DJ Frank E. In fact, Pitbull’s “Come & Go” which features Enrique Iglesias marks the first time that super-producers Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Max Martin work with Pit. “The goal for Planet Pit was to pack it with 10 big singles,” Pit says. “I want each track to be a huge record, not just two records and the rest is bullsh*t.”

With its relentless rhythms, the music is tailor-made for the clubs, but Pit has already proven that he can cross over to urban, Latin, and pop audiences with the Brazilian-influenced “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” which climbed to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and hit the Top 5 internationally, including in the U.K. and Canada. His sound, combining hip-hop and Euro-dance elements with fierce rhymes and sizzling pop hooks, has proven to be a winner on the charts.

And with the release of his new album, Pitbull is ready to introduce the planet to Mr. Worldwide.

PLANET PIT is available in music stores nationwide for Php430, only from Sony Music and Ivory Music & Video.

DAVID COOK Wake up to THIS LOUD MORNING In stores July 6, 2011

Over the last few years, David Cook’s life has been punctuated by extraordinary highs and devastating lows. In short order, the 28-year-old singer, songwriter, and musician won the seventh season of America’s most popular television show, American Idol, rewrote chart history with a record-breaking 14 debuts on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart, released his self-titled major-label debut album in November 2008, watched it debut at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart, spawn two Top 20 singles (the platinum “Light On” and “Come Back To Me”), and sell more than a million copies, reaching platinum status. He immediately hit the road for his year-long “Declaration Tour” to support it. In May of that year, Cook’s older brother, Adam, who had been fighting a battle with brain cancer, died of the disease. On December 2009, one day after the tour ended, Cook traveled to New York City to begin writing the songs that would become his second album, This Loud Morning.

“I got off the road and all the things that happened that I hadn’t been dealing with while I was on the road reared their head,” Cook says. “So as I began writing these songs that would eventually make up This Loud Morning, the act of using these songs as therapeutic outlets became a major release for me, and I think the end result is a bit of up, a bit of down, and a lot of honesty.”

The result is a batch of deeply honest, emotional songs that “allow whomever’s listening to look through a window at the past two years of my life,” the Texas-born, Missouri-raised Cook says. “It’s probably the most therapeutic album I’ve ever written.” As Cook was writing the songs, a theme began to emerge. “There were mornings where I woke up and all I wanted to do was pull the blanket back over my head and try again tomorrow,” Cook says. That feeling inspired the album’s opening track, “Circadian,” as well as its closing track, “Rapid Eye Movement,” which includes a line from which the album’s title is taken: “Give me one more quiet night before this loud morning gets it right and does me in.” “I think everyone’s been at that point where they just feel, ‘Man, the world is loud,’ Cook says. “The only reprieve you get is when you’re asleep. I wanted to blend that feeling with the romantic idea that you can live your entire life during the hours you’re asleep — that there’s this pause button you can use to make sense of the world around you.”

Which is to say that just because This Loud Morning deals with some heavy themes doesn’t mean the album is a downer. “It’s actually more musically up-tempo than any of my previous album,” Cook says. “I felt like we created a decent base with the last record (2008’s David Cook) about where my heart was at musically. I’ve always enjoyed big sweeping choruses, stuff that kind of kicks you in the chest and knocks the wind out of you a bit. So with this album, I wanted to take that ideal and expand upon it — make the bigs a bit bigger and the smalls a bit smaller. I wanted it to be more intimate, but also more grandiose, and really stretch the boundaries of those two ideals.”

Cook’s growth as a singer, songwriter, and musician can be heard in every facet of This Loud Morning. “I feel that we were able to find the perfect landscape for these songs,” Cook says. “Each one is its own living, breathing thing. I’ve always approached making records the same way I’ve approached putting a band together: I’m not concerned with the best songs or the best musicians. I’m concerned with the right songs and the right musicians. My focus is to make great records and having something real and truthful to write about really helped. I feel like the growth in this record is musical, it’s lyrical, it’s emotional, and that what I’ve hit on is something that a lot of people can relate to.”

Having been a musician and performer since he was a teenager, Cook (who first picked up a guitar at age 12 and formed his first band at 15) is eager to hit the road to support This Loud Morning. “The last record took four and a half months from first day of writing to finished product,” Cook says. “So to go from that to taking a year and a half? I’m ready to play this record for people. I can’t wait to get on a stage, look people in the eye, and see their reaction, whatever it may be. Hopefully it’ll be hands in the air and singing all the words.”

Grab a copy of David Cook’s This Loud Morning (Standard Edition), available in music stores nationwide for Php430, starting July 6, 2011.

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[PHOTO] MICHAEL JACKSON ‘VISION’ DVD OUT NOW

The much-anticipated “MICHAEL JACKSON’S VISION” is now available in stores! It’s the first ever complete collection of all of the short films produced by Michael Jackson in a deluxed boxed set with 3 DVD’s. You can also order your copy through ASTROPLUS [email: myastroplus@gmail.com] or ODYSSEY [call: 6348283 to 85] to reserve a copy.

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Michael Jackson’s Vision
DISC 1

1 Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
2 Rock With You
3 She’s Out of My Life
4 Billie Jean
5 Beat It
6 Thriller
7 Bad
8 The Way You Make Me Feel
9 Man In the Mirror
10 Dirty Diana
11 Smooth Criminal
12 Another Part of Me
13 Speed Demon
14 Come Together
15 Leave Me Alone
16 Liberian Girl

DISC 2
1 Black or White
2 Remember The Time
3 In the Closet
4 Jam
5 Heal The World
6 Give In To Me
7 Who Is It
8 Will You Be There
9 Gone Too Soon
10 Scream
11 Childhood
12 You Are Not Alone
13 Earth Song
14 They Don’t Care About Us
15 Stranger In Moscow
16 Blood On The Dancefloor
17 Ghosts
18 You Rock My World
19 Cry

DISC 3 – BONUS FEATURES
1 Blame It On the Boogie – The Jacksons
2 Enjoy Yourself – The Jacksons
3 Can You Feel It – The Jacksons
4 Say Say Say – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
5 They Don’t Care About Us – Prison version
6 Why? – 3T featuring Michael Jackson
7 One More Chance – previously unreleased

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BURLESQUE: THE SOUNDTRACK OUT NOW

Sony Music releases Burlesque, the soundtrack to the Sony Pictures film of the same title, starring Christina Aguilera and Cher. It features new recordings performed and co-written by five time Grammy winner Christina Aguilera, with production by Tricky Stewart, Linda Perry and Ron Fair and songwriting by Claude Kelly, Tricky Stewart and Sia.

The soundtrack also features two brand new tracks performed by the legendary Cher, including the 2011 Golden Globe Best Original Song “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me”, a powerful Diane Warren penned ballad which was produced by Matt Serletic. This marks Cher’s first new original song in seven years as well as her first movie musical. The soundtrack also includes remakes / covers of classic songs such as Etta James’ “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” and “Tough Lover” and Mae West’s “A Guy What Takes His Time” all performed by Christina Aguilera.

Christina Aguilera makes her theatrical film and musical debut as the lead character in Burlesque where she co-stars along with the legendary Cher in her first major film role since 1999. Burlesque, which will be shown on theaters on February 2, is written and directed by Steven Antin and produced by Donald De Line.