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Entertainment News (12/01/20)

Itchyworms release 2 Christmas songs

THE ITCHYWORMS keeps the holiday cheer going with the simultaneous release of two Christmas songs: “Have A Merry Christmas” and “Maligayang Pasko.” Honoring the tradition of writing Yuletide-themed originals, the pop-rock quartet is keen on uplifting people’s spirits during the pandemic. Lead vocalist Jugs Jugueta said that “Have A Merry Christmas” was inspired by a meme featuring Jose Mari Chan which he said was funny the first time it came out, but lost its charm with repetition year after year. So he posted a challenge on Facebook: instead of posting about Jose Mari Chan, write your own Christmas song. “Have A Merry Christmas” was his reaction to his own challenge. Intricately arranged with Beatlesque pop harmonies, string arrangements, and catchy, sing-along moments, “Have A Merry Christmas” has a message of joy and positivity. Meanwhile, “Maligayang Pasko” takes listeners back to the 1970s and early ‘80s. It is a laid-back, groovy tune that winks toward Manila Sound and city pop. The two songs are now available on all streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music.

Bianca remakes Rivermaya classic

ACOUSTIC pop newcomer Bianca has released a stripped-down version of Rivermaya’s classic song “Hinahanap-hanap Kita” via Sony Music Philippines. Arranged with acoustic guitars, lush strings, and subtle electronic beats, Bianca’s rendition of the 1997 alt-rock staple infuses a more poignant take than the original.  “Hinahanap-hanap Kita” is co-produced by 6cyclemind’s Rye Sarmiento who gave the finishing touches to Bianca’s first single, “Biglaan,” which has racked up a million streams so far on Spotify. “Hinahanap-hanap Kita,” a part of her upcoming EP, is now available on all streaming platforms worldwide.

PhilPop releases final batch of songs

THE NATIONWIDE songwriting competition PhilPop has released the final batch of songs from the South Luzon cluster. Carefully selected from thousands of submissions, the entries from this particular group reflect truths about romantic relationships, disappointments, and heartaches. Distributed by Warner Music and produced by PhilPop, the homegrown tracks are now available on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide. The entries are “Para Kay Catriona,” composed by Kulas Basilonia and interpreted by I Belong to the Zoo; “Bitaw,” composed by Keen and interpreted by Zsaris; and “Lunod,” composed by Chochay Magno and interpreted by Shaira Opsimar.

R&B artist Gareth T. drops new song

HONG KONG-based R&B producer/artist Gareth.T has dropped a soulful jam called “2 More Weeks” via international indie label, Umami Records. Infused with a Mac Ayres-inspired vibe and lo-fi beats, “2 More Weeks” tells the story of someone wanting to go home to see their loved ones. This R&B bop features hip-hop verses coasting through breezy melodic lines and a slinky pop edge. Currently based in Boston while studying at Berklee College of Music, the prolific producer has been dropping a new track every four weeks, and has no plans to slow down. Listen to “2 More Weeks” at this link:

Miley Cyrus drops album Plastic Hearts

MILEY Cyrus returns to the music scene with the release of her highly anticipated new album, Plastic Hearts, out now via RCA Records. Cyrus’ seventh studio album features collaborations with Billy Idol, Joan Jett and Dua Lipa. Built around retro-inspired bangers and thumping stadium anthems, Cyrus’ new sound gives listeners a renewed sense of appreciation for music made in the 1970s and ‘80s, as seen in her cover art, which was photographed by iconic rock & roll photographer Mick Rock. Cyrus had already released two singles from the album: “Prisoner” featuring Dua Lipa, which was accompanied by a campy rock video featuring the duo, plus Cyrus’ summer hit, “Midnight Sky.” Plastic Hearts is now available on all digital platforms worldwide.

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