John Roa drops “Natagpuan” music video with cinematic premiere at Trinoma

Hit singer-songwriter John Roa premiered a new single with matching music video to boot.
The singer behind fan-fave songs such as “Oks Lang,” “Byahe” and “Taguan” has a new tune out and he’s released it in style.

The brand-new track titled “Natagpuan” was made available on all music platforms on midnight of July 30. Also on said date, John Roa premiered the music video for “Natagpuan” at the Ayala Mall Trinoma cinema.
Friends and family of John Roa, with the support of his record label Viva Records, were on hand for a special red-carpet premiere at Trinoma’s Cinema 1. His former cohorts at EX-Batallion King Badger, Skusta Clee, Flow G, Yuridope, rap music artist Because, OC Records artist Jem Cubil, singer Yumi Garcia, social media personalities AJ Laxamana, Brando, Charlize Paraz, Jarlo Base, Jekkpott, Jem Cubil, Kim De Leon, Raina, Ryssi Avila, Zef and his fiancée were on hand for the music video premiere.

The “Natagpuan” music video is directed by Sean Amador and John Roa and throws back to the 90’s for its vibe.

“Natagpuan” is the latest catchy song from John Roa. This mid-tempo ballad sees John Roa return to his R&B roots. Composed by John Roa, “Natagpuan” is produced, arranged and recorded by John Roa, and guitarist Kem Alia, with bass parts by Sam De Leon. The track is mixed and mastered by Don Rios.

John Roa is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter known for a number of hit songs. “Oks Lang,” “Need You,” “Dati,” and “Di Ako F**kboy” are just some of his originals whose streams have numbered in the several millions of streams since its release.

Roa, released the well-received and critically-acclaimed EP “Amgo” back in 2019 that solidified his stature as one of the most prolific R&B and rap music artists in the Pinoy pop music scene.

Having started early in showbiz, John has experiences in acting, as well as having an extensive experience in singing competitions, most notably in Pilipinas Got Talent, to which he became part of the Ex-Batallion and eventually going solo where he established himself as one of the most prolific solo hit artists of his generation.

John Roa is a Viva Records music artist and is managed by Viva Artists Agency.

Watch John Roa proposed to his partner, Raina during the red carpet premiere

Rico Blanco concert at the Big Dome set for Sept. 2022

Rico Blanco, the OPM rock icon, is set to conquer the music scene once again with his upcoming concert in Araneta Coliseum on September 11, 2022.

This is the 1st in years that Rico Blanco is staging a full-set solo concert. Rico is known for his many hits like “Umaaraw, Umuulan”, “Your Universe”, “Yugto” and many others. This former frontman of Rivermaya is a versatile artist and a great songwriter. He is an inspiration to fellow songwriters and artists, new and old alike. His music is loved and admired across different generations including the millennials. Singers Zild Benitez, and Ebe Dancel are scheduled to be the special guests for the concert.

Rico Blanco is considered one of the greats of OPM and he continues to advocate the love and patronage of Original Pilipino Music to this day.

This September, watch Rico Blanco LIVE at the Araneta Coliseum as he once again takes center stage in this comeback. This concert promises to be a night of hits, nostalgia and a showcase of greatness.

Rico Blanco Live at the Big Dome on September 11. Tickets will go on-sale starting July 31, 2022 at Ticketnet outlets nationwide and online via This event is brought to you by KDR Music House.

DJESSE World Tour: Jacob Collier Live in Manila

Grammy award winning English Jazz musician, Jacob Collier will be bringing his DJESSE World Tour to Manila as part of Karpos Live concert series to be held on November 2022 in Filinvest Tent, Alabang. In 2012, his split-screen video covers of popular songs, such as Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ’bout a Thing”, began to go viral on YouTube. In 2014, Collier signed with Quincy Jones’s management company and began working on his one-man, audio-visual live performance vehicle, designed and built at the MIT Media Lab by Ben Bloomberg.

In 2016, Collier released his debut album, In My Room, which he recorded, arranged, performed and produced himself in the small back room of his family home in Finchley, North London. In 2017, Collier was awarded Grammy Awards for his arrangements of “Flintstones” and “You and I”

In 2018, Collier began working on Djesse, a four-volume, 50-song album featuring more than two dozen artists and ensembles. The first volume, which features the Metropole Orkest, Djesse Vol. 1, was released in December 2018. The second, Djesse Vol. 2, uses more acoustic instrumentation, and was released in July 2019. In 2020, Collier won Grammy Awards for his arrangements of “All Night Long (All Night)” from Djesse Vol. 1 and “Moon River” from Djesse Vol. 2. In 2021, he won a Grammy Award for “He Won’t Hold You” from the third volume, Djesse Vol. 3.

Karpos Live presents
DJESS World Tour
Live in Manila
November 23, 2022
Filinvest Tent, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Regular – Php3,800
Early-bird – Php3,000
*ticketing service charges not yet included*

August 2, 2022 | 12noon – Artist Pre-Sale (exclusive to fans pre-registered to LYTE)
August 3, 2022 | 12noon – General On-Sale

Beyoncé delivers another culture-shifting move with new album, RENAISSANCE

The seventh studio album from Beyoncé is available worldwide, today, July 29, on all major streaming platforms. From her own label Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records, RENAISSANCE arrives six years after the globally lauded LEMONADE was released in 2016 as a complete surprise.

The originator of the visual album format, and the preeminent visual artist, decided to lead without visuals giving fans the opportunity to be limitless in their expansive listening journey. It is a chance again to be listeners and not viewers, while taking in every gem of the pristine production. While “Break My Soul,” the first single, arrived with a minimal lyric video, the release of RENAISSANCE sans visuals is another culture-shifting move from the artist who has defined an era with reinvention.

RENAISSANCE has been the most anticipated album of the year as Beyoncé shifted gears and notified her fans of new music on June 15 through an update in her bio on her social handles, “act i RENAISSANCE July 29.” She continued the unconventional rollout with the release of the album’s first single, “Break My Soul,” which arrived at Midnight on the summer solstice. Instantly addicting with a pulsating beat, with lyrics that urge listeners to claim joy and to “release the wiggle.” The single, a worldwide hit, has been called the song of the summer and an anthem for this generation.

Packed with rousing anthems that resonate with everybody, RENAISSANCE is a culmination of freedom and escape that encourages unimaginable jubilation, agency, and movement with abandon. The singular intent of RENAISSANCE, a reinvention of four on the floor, is to showcase music that stirs you from the soul and encourages your dancing feet. It is a celebration of a club era when anyone who felt like an outsider sought each other and formed a community of freedom-seekers to express themselves creatively through the rhythm, which we still celebrate today. Welcome to CLUB RENAISSANCE.

The magic of RENAISSANCE is also in Beyoncé’s soaring vocals, rich, soulful, at times vulnerable and laden with passion and purpose in what could only be described as “SANGING.” And it expands over memorable lyrics that are bold, heartened, urgent and categorically timely.
While the visuals are scheduled for a later date, the album comes with a robust menu of formats giving music fans and collectors plenty to choose. The music store on Beyoncé’s website offers album merch and multiple configurations of RENAISSANCE, listing a CD, digital album, a limited-edition vinyl, launch with a bit of her signature mystery, that is now sold out, and four box sets, Pose 1 to 4, which include a t-shirt and CD in a special box, also all sold out, before fans were given the descriptions of the content. The breakout single, “Break My Soul,” comes as a digital single and is also available in a capella and instrumental versions.

With the album release also comes a deluxe vinyl. It includes two black vinyl LPs, a 36-page booklet, and a folded collectable (24”x 36”) poster. The full shopping experience is here.
Beyoncé recorded the album over the course of the pandemic, almost three years in the works, and states that the stillness of that time allowed her to tap into her most creative self.

“Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world,” says Beyoncé. “It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration.”

With a squad of prolific collaborators, including The-Dream, Nile Rodgers, NOVA, NO ID, Raphael Saadiq, Mike Dean, Honey Dijon, Chris Penny, Luke Solomon, Skrillex, Beam, Big Freedia, Grace Jones and Tems, Beyoncé set out “to reinvent music again,” as described by The Times of London.

RENAISSANCE: A revival of or renewed interest in something. Let the renaissance begin.

                1. I’M THAT GIRL
                2. COZY
                3. ALIEN SUPERSTAR
                4.  CUFF IT
                5. ENERGY (FEAT. BEAM)
                6.  BREAK MY SOUL
                7.  CHURCH GIRL
                8.  PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA
                9.  VIRGO’S GROOVE
                10. MOVE (FEAT. GRACE JONES, TEMS)
                11. HEATED
                12. THIQUE
                13. ALL UP IN YOUR MIND
                14. AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM
                15. PURE/HONEY
                16. SUMMER RENAISSANCE

The Biggest Night of Rock! Guns n Roses returning to Singapore this November 2022

Guns N’ Roses made collective rock’n’roll dreams come true with 2017’s Not In This Lifetime tour and now Paul Dainty AM, President & CEO of TEG DAINTY in partnership with G.H.Y Culture & Media, is thrilled to announce one of the greatest bands of all time will return to Singapore in NOVEMBER 2022 for ONE SHOW ONLY.

Kicking off in Singapore on Saturday 12 November 2022 at Singapore National Stadium, Guns N’ Roses will then tour Australia and New Zealand.

After touring their rapturously received sets across America and Europe featuring back-to-back smash hits from the band’s astonishing back catalogue, GUNS N’ ROSES have never been more ready to flex their peak gig fitness before a Singaporean crowd. All aboard the Nightrain to Paradise City for what promises to be a heaving celebration of the unbreakable human spirit!

TEG Dainty and G.H.Y Culture & Media presents
Live in Singapore 2022
November 12 – 6:30pm
Singapore National Stadium

CAT 1 (Standing Floor w/ priority entry ) – S$248
CAT 2 (Standing Floor) – S$208
CAT3 (Reserved Seating) – S$288
CAT 4 (Reserved Seating) – S$228
CAT5 (Reserved Seating) – S$168
CAT6 (Reserved Seating) – S$128

VIP 1: Paradise City VIP Party – S$1,138

VIP 2: Gold Package – S$688

VIP 3: Silver Package – S$528

*Ticket prices exclude booking fees*


Alexander 23 Live in Manila

Grammy nominated American indie pop singer-songwriter and record producer Alexander 23 is coming to Manila for the first time this September 2022 at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura, Taguig. This will be his first time to perform in the Philippines and will be produced by Insignia Presents.

Alexander Glantz, known professionally as Alexander 23, is a Grammy nominated American record producer who is also a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer. He has worked with artists such as Selena Gomez, Olivia Rodrigo, John Mayer, Tate McRae, Charlie Puth, Jeremy Zucker, Noah Kahan, and mxmtoon. He has accumulated hundreds of millions of streams on Spotify on his own music.

Insignia Presents
Live in Manila
September 3, 2022 – 8pm
Samsung Hall, SM Aura, Taguig City

Floor Standing – Php2,660
Balcony – Php1,920

July 30, 2022 – 10am
SM Tickets outlets and online:

Relax like BTS: IN THE SOOP Estate Now on Airbnb

● An exclusive getaway to rest and recharge in the countryside at the place where BTS stayed during the filming of HYBE’s original content.
● The expansive property will immerse guests in the serene natural rhythms of PyeongChang, South Korea, a mountainous region famed for its lush forests and rolling hilltop vistas.
● Two lucky guests from around the world will enjoy leisurely experiences that authentically recreate those BTS participated in while on the show.

K-Pop fans rejoice! The expansive property where 21st-century pop icons BTS stayed during the filming of HYBE’s original content, IN THE SOOP BTS ver. Season 2, is now on Airbnb for an overnight stay for the first time ever. Guests will get the chance to find a moment of peace in the lush countryside of South Korea’s Gangwon region – just as the seven members did while enjoying everyday life and rest on the original content produced by HYBE.

During the second season of IN THE SOOP BTS, the band members experienced leisurely moments and reconnected with nature amidst their busy schedules. Guests will stay at the property, which is a part of a larger estate, and relive their favorite IN THE SOOP BTS moments, such as:

● Reading books in the study like RM or relaxing, Jin-style, on the unicorn-shaped float in the home’s pool
● Finding creative inspiration and strumming guitars like SUGA, snapping selfies with a Polaroid like j-hope or painting on a canvas as V does
● For more high-energy entertainment, weight training like Jimin, flying high on a trampoline like Jung Kook or bouncing a ball in the basketball court like Bam, Jung Kook’s dog

About the stay
The one-night stay* on August 29 for only $7** — a nod to the band’s seven members — will immerse two lucky guests in the various elements the K-pop group personally enjoyed during their time on property only a few months ago, including:
● Some of the same furniture and amenities that appeared on the show so guests can truly channel the lifestyle of BTS
● A karaoke machine, sound system and all of BTS hit tracks and albums, including “Permission to Dance”, “Butter” and their just-released album, Proof
● Specially catered dishes like charcoal grilled Korean beef (which the band referred to as “the best taste in the universe” in the show), and tteokbokki, or simmered rice cakes. Plus egg tarts produced by Bang & Bakers, currently served at HYBE INSIGHT, HYBE’s music museum.

How to book
Guests can request to book this stay on Tuesday, August 2 from 11 AM KST (10 AM PHT) at Guests are responsible for their own travel to and from Seoul, South Korea. Round trip car transportation will be provided for the 20-minute journey from KTX PyeongChang station to the IN THE SOOP BTS property.

While only one overnight stay will be offered, “geok jeong ma” — there will be an opportunity to check out the IN THE SOOP BTS property while staying at other listings near the property soon.

For those looking to discover similar stays surrounded by nature, Airbnb recently introduced a new way to search and discover homes through Airbnb Categories. With 200,000 countryside homes available around the globe, there are plenty of “in the soop” inspired getaways.

Those hoping to stay in the IN THE SOOP BTS ver. ‘Pyeongchang’ Filming Location should note that this stay’s rules require following applicable local rules and guidelines as well as Airbnb’s COVID-19 Safety Practices, which will include wearing a mask and practicing social distancing when required by local laws or guidelines. Staff will also comply with local rules and guidelines while on-site, and will abide by our five-step enhanced cleaning process.

*This one-night stay is available for one participant and their fellow guest and is not a contest.
**Plus taxes and fees

Airbnb is closely monitoring Korea COVID-19 infection rates and government policies and will offer booking guests a US $1,000 Airbnb travel credit if Airbnb determines it is necessary to cancel the stay.

Filipino-American hip-hop star Ez Mil shares dynamic second studio album DU4LI7Y

23-year-old Philippines-born, Las Vegas based musician Ez Mil shares his highly anticipated second studio album DU4LI7Y (Duality), out everywhere now, along with new single, “Ridin’ With The Moonlight” and accompanying video under FFP Records and distributed by Virgin Music/UMG

DU4LI7Y, produced and engineered by Ez Mil himself, strikingly showcases the musician’s versatility as he bounces between languages, changes flows, and effortlessly floats over beats. Filled with everything from repentance, to love, to heartbreak to hometown pride, Ez Mil paints an intricate portrait of his life in the Philippines that highlights Ez Mil’s unparalleled genre fluidity and reveals a more mature, refined musician.

The latest 10-track project is a continuation of his first album, released in 2020, Act 1. Where Act 1 envelops Ez Mil in a haze of darkness, DU4KU7Y sees him emerge from that darkness back into the light as he returns to both his roots and to himself. “It’s a cluster jam of genres” shares Ez Mil. “As a musician, it’s the most challenging project I’ve attempted yet and this is just the beginning. I’m sharing my stories using all the musical genres – like an audiobook or even audio movie if you will. I choose to not be stuck in a box, to share my story with you, whichever genre to match the emotion at that moment.”

The opening track “Rapture” picks up where Act 1 left off, with his growly-voiced, deathcore alter-ego with ripping guitar riffs and beating drums. “Can U Keep A Secret?” is a Michael Jackson-inspired track with jazzy instrumentals where Ez Mil describes his mother rescuing his family from familial strife. The synthy “Spinning” sees the rapper vent about living a life without his father over a “spininng” two-chord melody from the bottom of his spine, and from the depths of his soul. Where “Up Down” mixes a futuristic beat with old school rap, “Greed” spins into a hip-hop, light-hearted love song to bring listeners fully out of the darkness and into the light. The final track “Will You” is a grandiose, string-filled, choir-esque ballad that shows Ez Mil’s growth as the musician is unafraid to show his devotion to his loved ones and abovee all, remains true to himself.

Along with the release of the album, Ez Mil has shared the heartfelt, R&B-leaning “Ridin’ With The Moonlight” and its accompanying official video. The track reveals a softer, more sensitive side of the musician where his smooth vocals take the lead, unlike many previously released singles. The video features the story of a creature’s diary.

“27 Bodies”, the most recent single from DU4ALI7Y and its official music video is Ez Mil’s take on putting his own instrumentals to his “24 Bars Challenge” – which racked up more than 7.9 million views on his original YouTube upload-with a twist of speaking truth about societal failures. “27” is his favorite number and “bodies” represents victims of societal brutality. On the new single, he says, “I hope my track enlightens people, or at least make them critically think and be aware of our society. Let’s not get blindsided with the good and be ignorant with evil. “ “Dripping with audacity and braggadocio” writes NME of the track, EZ “gets real in the second half, unloading his frustrations on never-ending cycles of poverty and the manipulation of fake news.”

“27 Bodies” follows the previously released ode to the Philippines, “Dalawampu’t Dalawang Oo (2020)”, and an official music video quickly followed. Rapped in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, the track pays homage to his hometown, Olongapo City, Philippines, and served as an apt segue into his most recent tour of his home country. For the first time ever, Ez Mil performed to legions of fans live across the Philippines, and will be concluding with an unforgettable show in his hometown on August 13 at Subic Gym, then will be coming to London in October.

DU4LI7Y’s explosive first single, “Re-Up” was his first of 2022, and highlights his aggressive vocal style and ability to expertly turn any beat into his own as Ez Mil seamlessly switches back and forth between Tagalog and English providing listeners with verses in each language.

Recently, Ez Mil appeared on the famed Apple Music radio show, the Charlie Sloth Rap Show, which has featured everyone from Drake to Stormzy to Migos. The impressive Fire in the Booth episode and on YouTube, gives listeners a new opportunity to witness Ez Mil’s effortless ability to perform on the spot and brilliantly weave ina nd out of Tagalog and English. In 2021, Ez Mil made a major splash with his hit song “Panalo, performing it on Wish Bus USA, a video that has since garnered almost 71 million views. Ez Mil then released a special version of the video, celebrating boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. Ez Mil then appeared on LA’s Power 106 last year where he performed an emotionally-charged freestyle nodding to Nipsey Hussle and YG. Notably, he boasts 1.1 million likes on Facebook, over to 757,000 subscribers on YouTube, and over 372,000 followers on TikTok.

DU4LI7Y, the second studio album from Filipino phenom Ez Mil is out everywhere now via FFP Records. The 10 track project, engineered and produced by the musician himself, firmly establishes the artist as one of the most promising of his generation. From production, to engineering, to writing, and using passionate, hard-hitting delivery, Ez Mil brings listeners into the ehereal universe he’s built as he defies borders and blends genres. The newest single, “Ridin With The Moonlight” and its official video are out now. Keep up with Ez Mil on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube and stay tuned for more from the rising musician.

Mark Oblea’s latest single “Tahan” is a sweet serenade of assurance

It’s time to soak in the magic of Mark Oblea’s latest release “Tahan”, an acoustic guitar-driven track that will easily get stuck in your head because of its heartfelt pop sweetness.

This new original song from Mark is like a melodious love letter to the most special and precious person in your heart. According to the singer-songwriter, “Tahan” is his song about assurance. It encapsulates one’s earnest attempt to comfort the love of his life, remind her that she’s not forsaken and that he’s prepared to love her through ups and downs.

Moreover, Mark shares how he began working on its melody. “Gusto ko gumawa ng slow dance kind of song. Doon nag-umpisa ‘yung idea ng paggawa ng song na ‘to,” he recalls.

The singer serenades the listeners with such sweetly sung chorus, “Tahan ka na sinta / handa kong ibigin ka / Wala ng ibang hahanapin / Ikaw ang aking panalangin.”

To celebrate the release of this new single, Mark Oblea shared a snippet of his stripped-down version of “Tahan” on social media.

Ne-Yo returns with highly-anticipated new album ‘Self Explanatory’

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning R&B hitmaker and iconic songwriter Ne-Yo announced the release of his highly-anticipated, eighth full-length album, Self Explanatory.

The thirteen-track collection upholds the hallmark of Ne-Yo’s signature style ignited by a fresh flame and fiery focus. The song “Handle Me Gently” hinges on a buoyant throwback groove as his vocal fireworks pop off. With undeniable emotion, he assures, “I need you to know there ain’t no games I’m playing. I don’t want nobody else, this love is here to stay.”

Strings set the scene for the record on the sultry “Layin’ Low” with Zae France, while “U 2 Luv” glides on a thumping bass line towards an invitation, “Let’s dance until last call.” Over glassy acoustic guitar, Ne-Yo showcases another side of himself on “Push Up” [feat. Trippie Redd]. Then, there’s “Want It All or Nothing” where his hypnotic high register shines.

Ne-Yo initially sparked excitement for Self Explanatory with the banger “You Got The Body,” for which Rolling Stone declared, “Ne-Yo turns up the heat,” while VIBE hailed the Teyana Taylor-directed video as “hypnotic.” Also on the album, the fan favorite single “Stay Down” [feat. Yung Bleu] notably generated 3.6 million Spotify streams and over 3.2 million YouTube views on the accompanying music video.

Taking over the culture, he just graced the cover of Haute Living who raved, “Ne-Yo is back and better than ever.” Meanwhile, he delivered a showstopping performance of “Don’t Love Me” on The View and sat down with the hosts for an interview.

Ne-Yo’s legacy remains Self Explanatory – check out the full tracklisting below.


Layin’ Low [Ne-Yo & Zae France]
You Got The Body
After Party
Handle Me Gently
Don’t Love Me
U 2 Luv [feat. Jeremih]
Push Up [feat. Trippie Redd]
Proud of You
Call Me Up
What If
Want It All or Nothing
No Loot
Stay Down [feat. Yung Bleu]