ON THE CHART THIS WEEK [08 AUG2011]

Chris Brown’s “Next to You” featuring the Canadian teen heartthrob, Justin Bieber, continues to hit the top of MYX International Chart this week. The song also holds the #2 spot on Mellow94.7, #6 on 97.1 Brgy LSFM and #7 on RX93.1. It also enters Wave89.1 countdown this week at #11 and #8 at 97.9 Home Radio. So let’s enjoy the music video, shall we…

Other chart toppers this week includes:

  • Britney Spears – I Wanna Go
  • Big Time Rush – Worldwide
  • Beyoncé – Best Thing I Never Had
  • The Script – Science and Faith
  • Incubus – Promises Promises
  • Pupil – 20/20
  • Itchyworms – Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal
  • Opera Belles – Sundo
  • Sheng Belmonte – Gigil
  • Foster The People-Pumped Up Kicks
  •  David Archuleta- Everything and More
  •  Pitbull feat. Ne- Yo, Afrojack & Nayer- Give Me Everything (Tonight)
  • The Script- Nothing
  •  Avril Lavigne- What the Hell
  • David Archuleta- Elevator
  • David Cook- The Last Goodbye
  • AJKA- Tanong Lang
  • David Archuleta- Falling Stars
  • Avril Lavigne- Smile
  •  Beyonce feat. Andre 3000 & Kanye West -Party
  • Guy Sebastian feat. Eve- Who’s That Girl
  • Kaligta- Awit Mula Sa ‘Yo
  • Train- Marry Me
To see the rest of the charts click read more..

SHENG BELMONTE STEPS UP

Sheng Belmonte’s story is one for the books—to be filed under the section “Almost Never But Couldn’t Have Otherwise” if ever there was one.
While many singers knew at a young age that they’d pick up the mic and perform later on, and hopefully make a living by doing so, Sheng was sure she’d never take that route.

“I didn’t even think I’d be able to sing by myself in public,” she confessed. “I was a painfully shy girl.”

So, while she comes from a karaoke-crazy family, Sheng’s most daring move next to singing in front of a kitchen sink was joining a choir. Beneath a sea of harmonies and an ocean of vocal blending, Sheng felt safe; content in the knowledge that it was as far as her musical dreams would go.

Until fate stepped in and shoved her to front and center.

One day, in Boy’s Town no less, Sheng was compelled to sing impromptu onstage with two other girls. She recalls what happened upon finishing her part.

“Everyone started yelling at me—and I got scared! I thought they didn’t want me. It turned out they were shouting, ‘More! More!’…”

Did that clue her in on her calling? No. Sheng blossomed into her tweens with dreams of becoming an actress. She enrolled in a theater company, going as far as performing at their recital.

Still, inside her, and despite the strides she has made, Sheng knew that she, to borrow a phrase from U2, hasn’t found what she’s looking for.

It was only when she turned 15 did she embrace music. By 18, she was lead singer of a show band so good, they made it all the way to China, Korea and Indonesia.

Sheng has found her voice—except that she was in danger of losing it and fast.

“I had no vocal training and I abused my voice to the point that I would come on stage some nights completely hoarse! Some of my songs were not suited for me at all. The only reason I stuck to doing the whole OFW thing as long as I did was because I wanted to help the family out financially,” she said.

Back in Manila for good, Sheng hatched a plan: To put singing on the backburner and try out other things.

Such as pole dancing. And belly dancing. And doing stand up in a comedy bar. Anything and everything. “Try lang,” she mused aloud, laughing.
Those didn’t last long. A few months later, Sheng auditioned for “Pinoy Dream Academy” Season 2 and made it. Then came the whammo: Her elimination from the show just three weeks after it started.

A few weeks later, Sheng met arranger Jonathan Ong who knew Gloc-9 who would later feature her in one of 2011’s biggest hits – but that’s getting ahead of the story.

Initially, what Jonathan had in mind for Sheng was to cast her in a group ala Black Eyed Peas. Soon, the singer and two rappers were recording demos intended for an album. But just as Sony Music was about to sign them up, a member of the group backed out and the pyramid crumbled.

And as before, Sheng was left to sort out the rubble.

“I was seriously thinking, ‘Is this a sign? Is this Heaven’s way of telling me, ‘It’s not for you, Sheng,’” she said.

But, it turned out that the heavens had bigger plans for her. Sony Music did not pursue signing up the group but they did offer Sheng a recording contract. Indeed, they couldn’t pass up on the girl with the unique voice and inimitable singing style that’s a cross-section of many musical ministrations.

More, the label chose her as featured artist in Gloc-9’s single, “Walang Natira,” over more established artists. Later, that song was picked as carrier single of the rapper’s latest album. These days, and even this early,

“Walang Natira” is turning out to be contender for song of the year.

Finally, things have fallen into place for Sheng.

Funny, but she who sings “Walang Natira” will soon have it all.
(“Sheng Belmonte” under Sony Music contains the tracks “Modern Pilipina,” “Sino Bang Love Ko,” “Big Time,” “Galing Galing” and the promotional song, “Gigil”), Like Sheng Belmonte on Facebook, visit [http://www.facebook.com/shengbelmontepage] now.

SHENG BELMONTE’S ‘GIGIL’ MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW

Sheng Belmonte’s music video for “GIGIL” premiered last week, June30 on MYX Music Channel. For those of you who haven’t seen it, watch it below:

Help get GIGIL on MYX charts, text MYX REQUEST GIGIL and send to 2366. To get Gigil as you ringback tone, text SF797 to 2332 (Globe), text SHENG3 to 2728 (Smart) or text GETSONG 5482990 to 2728 (Sun). Only P15 for 15 days… Enjoy!

SHENG BELMONTE’S DEBUT SINGLE “GIGIL” HOT ON RADIO

We first saw her at Pinoy Dream Academy 2 in 2008 and recently with Gloc-9 for his single “Walang Natira.” Now Sheng Belmonte is ready to take on the spotlight as her debut single “Gigil” has hit the airwaves and now enjoying hourly airplay on today’s top radio stations namely: 90.7 Love Radio, 101.1 Yes FM and Tambayan 101.9.

Sheng will be shooting her music video for Gigil in the next few days and while we wait for it to premiere on your favorite music channel, here’s a lyrics video of Gigil which you can now sing-along too. Enjoy and don’t forget to request the song on radio!