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[SOURCE: Universal Records Philippines] On October 15, 2013, an earthquake with the energy equivalent to “32 Hiroshima bombs” devastated the Visayas, and parts of Mindanao and southern Luzon.

Two days later, the Loboc Children’s Choir sang, “The Prayer,” with the rubble of the hundred year old Loboc Church as their backdrop.

Their performance moved so many people here and abroad. Then, tragedy struck again.

On November 8, Typhoon Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone of the year hit East Samar, Samar and Leyte.

Thousands died. Millions were left hungry, desperate and homeless.

Relief efforts from the Philippines and the rest of the world are currently helping the victims survive and find temporary homes.

But the bigger challenge is how to help all these people get back to their normal lives.

This is where we took inspiration from the Loboc Children’s Choir’s performance.

These children maybe from Bohol, but their innocent voices represent not just their home province but also earthquake-damaged Cebu, war-stricken Zamboanga, and typhoon-devastated Leyte, Samar and Iloilo — all of whom are praying for a miracle to allow them to rebuild their lives.

And so we asking the help of various Filipino artists, to lend their voices, to represent our country and show the world that the Philippines has one voice, one prayer — that we work together to help our countrymen rebuild their lives brick by brick.

The resulting song will be used to raise funds through downloads. The proceeds will go to the helpPH campaign, a project by the Philippine Disaster Relief Fund (PDRF). It is a non-profit organization made up of major companies from the private sector and leading NGOs. PDRF, organized in October 2009 after Typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng, and Frank to tap resources for reconstruction efforts during emergencies brought about by calamities, is one of the three identified institutional conduits approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to facilitate cooperation and coordination between the Philippine government and the private sector in formulating and implementing reconstruction strategies.

It’s goal for Cebu, Bohol, Zamboanga and now the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda is long-term solutions and programs that will bring businesses and jobs back to these areas. They are also planning to look into better designs for houses more suited for a country that gets hit by typhoons and earthquakes. And they are focusing on rebuilding the communities which includes: immediate help, provide housing, education by rebuilding school houses, providing economic incentives and livelihood opportunities.

As a way of giving thanks to all the countries that helped us, we offer to them “The “Prayer”. Check out the newly released music video below:

To download “The Prayer” visit www.spinnr.ph.

Participating Artists:



From the popular “Pure Series” comes this new batch of Pure compilations. “Pure… Love” features some of the most popular love songs from the Sony music catalog. Set your heart on fire with music from Whitney Houston (“The Greatest Love Of All”), Cyndi Lauper (“Time After Time”) and Leona Lewis (“Bleeding Love”). This is one compilation that everyone will certainly love to have!

Release Date: October 25, 2011
Price: PHP250.00

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Disc 1:
1. Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston
2. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
3. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) – Aretha Franklin & George Michael
4. Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
5. Think Twice – Celine Dion
6. So Amazing – Luther Vandross
7. Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
8. Without You – Harry Nilsson
9. If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
10. Piece Of My Heart – Erma Franklin
11. Can’t Helping Falling In Love – Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires
12. If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time – R. Kelly
13. Stay With You – John Legend
14. Someone Should Tell You – Lemar
15. If You Love Me – Brownstone
16. Baby I Love U! – Jennifer Lopez
17. Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton

Disc 2:
1. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
2. Your Love Is King – Sade
3. Me And Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
4. When A Man Loves A Woman – Michael Bolton
5. I Wonder Why – Curtis Stigers
6. I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton
7. I Live For You – Marvin Gaye
8. Love Is Forever – Billy Ocean
9. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
10. To Love Somebody – Nina Simone
11. Stay – Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
12. Be My Baby – The Ronettes
13. All By Myself – Eric Carmen
14. Misty – Johnny Mathis
15. The Look Of Love – Kenny G.
16. Can’t Stay Away From You – Gloria Estefan
17. Born To Make You Happy – Britney Spears

Disc 3:
1. Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler
2. Sign Your Name – Terence Trent D’Arby
3. Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young
4. I’ll Never Love This Way Again – Dionne Warwick
5. I Turn To You – Christina Aguilera
6. Nice & Slow – Usher
7. Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott
8. How ‘Bout Us – Champaign
9. La-La Means I Love You – The Delfonics
10. The Very Thought Of You – Tony Bennett
11. Fever – Bette Midler
12. Find My Love – Fairground Attraction
13. Kiss On My List – Daryl Hall & John Oates
14. I Won’t Hold You Back – Toto
15. Amazed – Lonestar
16. Shiver – Natalie Imbruglia
17. My Love – Westlife

Disc 4:
1. Underneath Your Clothes – Shakira
2. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
3. Por Ti Sere (You Raise Me Up) – Il Divo
4. Annie’s Song – John Denver
5. Can’t Smile Without You – Barry Manilow
6. Put Your Head On My Shoulders – Paul Anka
7. Magic Moments – Perry Como
8. A Thing Called Love – Johnny Cash
9. Perfect Day – Lou Reed
10. If You’re Lookin’ For A Way Out – Odyssey
11. That Ole Devil Called Love – Alison Moyet
12. See The Day – Dee C. Lee
13. Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
14. You & Me Song – The Wannadies
15. Love Song – Sara Bareilles
16. As Long as You Love Me – Backstreet Boys
17. The Power Of Love – Jennifer Rush


From the popular “Pure Series” comes this new batch of Pure compilations. “Pure… Christmas” features some of the most popular Christmas songs from the Sony music catalog including the pop christmas classic “Last Christmas” by Wham!, and “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano. This compilation certainly has something for everyone and will definitely be a sure stocking stuffer this Christmas!

Release Date: October 18, 2011
Price: PHP250.00

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Disc 1:
1. Last Christmas – Wham!
2. Mary’s Boy Child/ Oh My Lord – Boney M.
3. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
4. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
5. Must Be Santa – Bob Dylan
6. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Frank Sinatra
7. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
8. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
9. Jingle Bell Rock – Daryl Hall & John Oates
10. Cool Yule – Bette Midler
11. Frosty The Snowman – Willie Nelson
12. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – John Denver
13. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – The Great British Barbershop Boys
14. Zat You Santa Claus – Buster Poindexter And His Banshee Of Blues
15. Winter Wonderland – Tony Bennett
16. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – Mel Torme
17. When A Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis

Disc 2:
1. The First Noel – Whitney Houston
2. World Christmas – R. Kelly
3. Christmas Day – Dido
4. Early Christmas Morning – Cyndi Lauper
5. Rockin’ Little Christmas – Shakin’ Stevens
6. My Only Wish (This Year) – Britney Spears
7. It’s Gonna Be A Cold, Cold Christmas – Dana
8. White Christmas – Michael Bolton
9. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S – Jim Reeves
10. Pretty Paper – Roy Orbison
11. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day – Harry Belafonte
12. Away In A Manger – Julie Andrews
13. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd
14. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) – Gene Autry
15. We Three Kings – Dolly Parton
16. Kissin’ Christmas – Bobby Vinton
17. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Perry Como

Disc 3:
1. Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano
2. Joy To The World – Aretha Franklin
3. Little Drummer Boy – Johnny Cash
4. Ding! Dong! Merrily On High – Roger Whitaker
5. Deck The Halls – Vic Damone
6. Jingle Bells – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
7. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Doris Day
8. All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) – Spike Jones And His City Slickers
9. Silver Bells – Jerry Vale
10. Remember (Christmas) – Harry Nilsson
11. Christmas For The Free – Argent
12. O Little Town Of Bethlehem – Mahalia Jackson
13. Please Come Home For Christmas – Luther Vandross
14. Give Love On Christmas Day – SWV
15. Silent Night – Bros
16. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – The Manhattan Transfer
17. Ave Maria, Dolce Maria – Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti

Disc 4:
1. Happy X’mas (War Is Over) – Celine Dion
2. The Power Of Love (La Fuerza Mayor) – Il Divo
3. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen – Kenny G.
4. Grown-Up Christmas List – Monica
5. Christmas Time – Backstreet Boys
6. Holiday Celebrate – Toni Braxton
7. I Don’t Wanna Spend One More Christmas Without You – N’Sync
8. Merry, Merry Christmas – New Kids On The Block
9. It’s Christmas Time Again – Jessica Simpson
10. Merry X-Mas Everybody – Steps
11. It’s Christmas – Modern Talking
12. Do You Hear What I Hear – Gladys Knight & The Pips
13. Happy Holiday – Percy Faith & His Orchestra & Chorus
14. We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Patti Page
15. O Christmas Tree – Mario Lanza
16. O Holy Night – Paul Potts

SONY MUSIC WEEKLY WRAP-UP | 13Oct – 19Oct 2011

Need a quick catch-up or review of the week’s hottest news?
Here’s a re-cap from October 13 – 19, 2011.

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Source: www.tonybennett.com

Tony Bennett’s highly anticipated new release, DUETS II (RPM Records/Columbia Records) debuts at the #1 position on Billboard’s top albums chart, with 179,000 units sold in the first week.  The album has remained in the top 5 on iTunes’ album chart in the US and other countries since its release.  Digital albums represented 20% of overall sales, the highest for any Bennett album to-date.

Danny Bennett, Tony’s son and manager stated, “It’s an unprecedented and historical event that an artist at the age of 85 has topped the charts.  He’s remained at the top of his game without having ever compromised his integrity and standard of excellence.”

“The number one success of Duets II pays tribute to the enduring genius of Tony Bennett,” said Steve Barnett, Chairman, Columbia Records.  “It is a true testament to Tony’s artistry that he continues to top the charts while at the same time reaching a broader fan base and breaking new ground.”

A long-term PR campaign, beginning with the start of the recording sessions in February, fueled robust pre-sale orders that launched on the singer’s 85th Birthday on August 3rd.  Extensive TV appearances on 20/20,  the MTV Video  Music Awards, the America’s Got Talent finale, The Today Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and HSN, leading up to the release, enhanced pre-sales. Print features in the New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, among others, all appeared in advance of the in-store date. TV appearances after launch included The Today Show, The View, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Piers Morgan Tonight, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as well as a duet performance prominently featured in the season premiere of CBS TV show “Blue Bloods.”  CBS Sunday Morning also highlighted the new release in their fall music preview.

Partnerships with Target, AARP, Starbucks, Tiffany & Co, Godiva, Koss Corporation, among others created extensive exposure in the marketplace.  Non-traditional retail outlets included HSN, Walgreens, Nordstrom and Wegmans.

Nearly twenty years after making ground-breaking headlines with his “Steppin’ Out” video being added to MTV in 1993, Bennett has once again been added across all MTV Networks worldwide with the premiere of the Amy Winehouse duet of “Body and Soul.” Widespread listener response to the DUETS II’s Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse tracks across all radio formats has garnered major airplay on Top 40, Hot AC and AAA stations.  “Body and Soul” has broken into Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles charts.

The entire six month recording process for DUETS II, during which Bennett recorded live with each duet partner in the studio, was documented on film by Academy Award winning cinematographer Dion Beebe.  Footage from sessions held in New York, Los Angeles, London, Nashville and Italy was distributed to a variety of online outlets.  Clips were tailored, often as exclusives, to iTunes, Vevo, MTV and Barnes and Noble among others, resulting in over 100 million impressions online and will become the basis of a documentary “The Zen of Tony Bennett,” an intimate look into the artist’s creative process as he reflects over his 60 year career within the context of his latest recording project.

DUETS II has received unprecedented response in sales and profile internationally, including the UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Australia.  An extended campaign was implemented early on in the project to develop and expand awareness and exposure for Tony Bennett and DUETS II through promotional trips, publicity outreach, and concert appearances.

DUETS II was produced by Phil Ramone and Bennett’s son, Dae Bennett.  It features a celebrated roster of many of today’s greatest artists–including Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse–performing with Tony, showcasing his catalog of greatest hits.  DUETS II is a follow-up to Bennett’s highly successful DUETS CD, which was released for the singer’s 80th birthday, received three Grammy Awards and became his best-selling record to-date.  A concentrated catalog campaign was also initiated resulting in DUETS return to the charts, with top five placement at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

RPM/Columbia/Legacy announced plans to release the labels’ most extensive boxed set collection in their history.  TONY BENNETT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION features 73 CDs and 3 DVDS and will be available on November 8 exclusively through Barnes and Noble retail stores, bn.com and tonybennet.com.

Tony Bennett has garnered high praise with DUETS II.  Some of the highlights are below:

“Each of the megastar pairings with Tony Bennett on his second disc of duets is momentous”    US WEEKLY   3 1/2 stars

 “Tony Bennett is the oldest artist to ever grace the Hot 100 charts. He and Amy Winehouse bow at #87 with Body and Soul. He’s also taking the crown for longest span. He holds an impressive 53 year, 2 month existence on the charts! Nice! Tony, you’re just makin’ all sorts of headlines this year, aren’t ya?!!”   PEREZ HILTON

“As savvy as ever at 85, Tony Bennett leaves no box unchecked…”    PEOPLE

“…constantly reaffirming his position as pop music’s greatest living patriarch”  WALL STREET JOURNAL 

“…he’s also timeless, popular to at least three generations and in many ways even emblematic of this one.”  LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Tony Bennett is as timeless as the songs he sings on DUETS II, which should put him back on the charts for a remarkable seventh straight decade.”  ASSOCIATED PRESS 

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