“RENT FREE” by Timmy Albert tells us that we don’t need to get a closure all the time

For Timmy Albert, you don’t need to get a “closure” all the time to completely move on.

Infused by 2000s pop-rock sound, he crafted the song called “RENT FREE” inside his room.

Packed with a lively and infectious rhythm, the song is an open letter about a lingering ex and how you don’t need to stay around to get closure. For the young singer-songwriter who released songs like “TOTGA” and “Best Mistake”, it’s an anthem for people who already moved on and are in a good place – free from worries and stress of their previous relationship.

Furthermore, Timmy describes it as “The feeling of being free and confident about not needing your ex at all even if he/she still talks about you.”

Timmy really wrote “RENT FREE” live band set up in mind to signify his transition into his new sound this 2023. A reason why he tapped Bob Sadural of St. Wolf, LJ Panganiban of Brisom/Meryl, and Ryan Pineda of Carousel Casualties as his live band for this new era.

For the very first time Timmy Albert had a single launch event for “RENT FREE” February 21, 2023 at the newly revamped 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub. (WATCH HIGHLIGHTS HERE)

Right now, the song is out on your favorite digital streaming platforms and is included in Spotify’s New Music Friday Philippines playlists in countries like Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and of course, Philippines.

Globe brings weekend madness this March with Wanderland and Arctic Monkeys LIVE!

Best weekend ever? It’s possible this 1st weekend of March. As live music makes a huge comeback this year, Globe in partnership with Karpos Multimedia, is giving music enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the most anticipated tours and festivals of 2023 with two amazing shows happening in March: Wanderland Music and Arts Festival and Arctic Monkeys.

Wanderland: The Comeback
After a pandemic-induced hiatus since 2019, the biggest music festival in the Philippines is making a grand return on March 4 and 5 at the Filinvest City Events Grounds in Muntinlupa City. Headliners French band Phoenix and Canadian superstar Carly Rae Jepsen will be bringing their infectious pop music to the festival, as part of a smashing lineup with the biggest acts from here and across the world. Supporting acts include FKJ, Bobby, Dashboard Confessional, ((( O ))), Raveena, Sunset Rollercoaster and more.

Arctic Monkeys
English rock band Arctic Monkeys will finally set foot in Manila to perform their top hits including songs from their latest album, “The Car”, as the band headlines their first concert in the Philippines, also at the Filinvest City Events Grounds in Muntinlupa City on March 6, a day after the epic Wanderland comeback. “The Car” is the award-winning band’s seventh studio album that deftly blends funk, orchestral rock, lounge and baroque pop.

To let customers and music-lovers enjoy these ultimate concert experiences, Globe is giving its subscribers up to 20% off on Wanderland tickets, and a chance to win tickets by registering to promos through the GlobeOne app. They are also providing rides on eco-friendly buses going to and from the venue via their Globe Rewards points.

For more details about the upcoming concerts and mechanics of the promos, visit Globe’s official social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

USA Basketball Icon Carmelo Anthony named Global Ambassador for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

USA superstar and 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony has become a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Global Ambassador, with the event tipping off on August 25 in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.

Joining the recently announced Argentine superstar, Luis Scola, and Spain legend Pau Gasol as Global Ambassadors, Carmelo Anthony will help promote the World Cup and take part in activities in the buildup to FIBA’s flagship men’s competition.

“I’ve proudly represented the USA on the world’s largest stages, and the World Cup is the toughest competition in international basketball,” Carmelo said. “It’s all about striking a perfect balance of personnel, talent and having that great chemistry. I’m looking forward to supporting all the players at the World Cup this year and celebrating the sport on a global scale.”

A three-time Olympic gold medalist, a select on the NBA 75 th Anniversary Team, and currently ranked Top 10 on the NBA All-Time Scoring List, Carmelo has led a storied career. At the 2006 World Cup in Japan, Carmelo put on a dynamic, high-scoring display when he led the American team to the podium with a third-place finish and claimed a spot in the All-Star Five.

He averaged 19.9 points per game and poured in 35 of the USA’s points in their come-from-behind 94-85 triumph over Italy in the Group Phase. That performance triggered a three-game run, all-American wins, in which Carmelo buried 12 of 20 attempts from three-point range. Even in their only loss in the competition, a 101-95 Semi-Final defeat to Greece, Carmelo had a game-high 27 points.

The Olympic stage was also where Carmelo shone for the USA as he helped the national team to three undefeated gold medal runs in 2008, 2012 and 2016, and also a bronze medal in 2004.In the U.S. Olympic men’s career record book, he currently is second in the all-time scoring list with 336 points scored, 113 field goals made, 262 field goals attempted, 125 rebounds, 139 3-point field goals attempted, and 71 free throws attempted. Carmelo is also second all-time in three-point field goals made with 57.

Bursting onto the scene in 2004 at the Athens Olympic Games at age 20, playing in the 2006 World Cup, and then winning the FIBA AmeriCup in 2007, Carmelo is assured of legendary status in the USA and in international basketball due to his career longevity, prolific scoring, and strong leadership qualities.

Carmelo will be in Manila on February 24 for the Philippines vs. Lebanon World Cup qualifier game of Window 6, soaking up the atmosphere that the Philippines is famous for when it comes to basketball.

Watch Carmelo Anthony media conference

SB19’s JOSH CULLEN reinvents himself as a Pop Star with debut single “WILD TONIGHT”

SB19’s JOSH CULLEN steps out on his own as a solo artist inspired by neo-gothic elements and Victorian motifs. The Filipino pop/hip-hop star is ready to make headlines with the release of “WILD TONIGHT,” his new single under Sony Music Entertainment.

Packing a punch with innovative production and trap-laden beats, JOSH CULLEN’s debut offering is about letting loose and breaking free from the ties that bind you.

According to the talented artist, the song gives him the opportunity to take ownership of his craft. “The song is edgier and more provocative, and it’s a true reflection of my own personal style and creative vision,” Cullen adds. “Overall, I feel excited and fulfilled to be taking this journey of growth and discovery.”

Written and produced by JOSH CULLEN himself with Ocho, The Bullet, “WILD TONIGHT” combines elements of EDM, pop, and hip-hop with a dash of vampire slice. Josh initially thought of making a banger that people can enjoy, whether clubbing or chilling alone. “WILD TONIGHT” is the result of this artistic pursuit: a pulse of liberating joy that reveals a facet of Cullen’s personality beyond celebrityhood and public perception.

“First of all, it’s all me,” he asserts. “While I love working with my bandmates and creating music as a group, this solo project has given me the chance to showcase my true self.”’

Josh acknowledges that he is heavily involved in the creative process, from brainstorming and refining music ideas to writing lyrics and composing melodies, and even getting himself into co-producing the material with his cousin.

“I make sure that it aligns with the way I want it to be,” the young multi-hyphenate shares. “I take pride in the fact that I’m the driving force behind my own creative vision. I have the trait of being a control freak. When I have an idea, I want it to be executed exactly as I envisioned it, to the point where I almost feel like I’m ‘meddling’ with the different teams that work with me. But I consider myself fortunate and grateful, because they were extremely understanding and supportive of my artistic endeavors.”

Apart from the music-making aspects of the track, Josh also oversees the choreography and creative direction for the music video of “WILD TONIGHT,” a brooding visual spectacle that pushes the boundaries of his work. The music video takes an inside look at the lifestyle of a rich vampire royalty inspired by the character of Nosferatu. Known for its immortality, the vampire character was shown in different incarnations: from his early years living in a Victorian mansion to enjoying the modern club life like every human does.

The MV also features cameo appearances by members of various P-Pop groups such as KAIA, 1st. One and DIONE.

Collaborating with a handful of trusted people for his visuals, the lead rapper of SB19 accomplishes something that is uniquely his: a captivating character that is equal parts dark and light, affirming his position as a chameleonic star with sinister edge and thought-provoking ideas.

JOSH CULLEN’s “WILD TONIGHT” is out on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Rakuten Viber Brings Filipino Music Idols and Their Fans Closer Together with Backstage Music Pass Channel

Filipino singer-songwriter and producer Zack Tabudlo is taking over Viber’s Backstage Pass Channel, just in time for the launch of his anticipated sophomore album, Z∀CK: FOR ∀LL, on Valentine’s Day.

Backstage Pass, with now over 1.2 million subscribers, is a space where artists like Zack and their fans can have a good chat. It gives music enthusiasts access to never-before-seen photos, videos, and other content that’ll allow them to get to know their favorite stars better. It’s where fans can ask their ults questions and get messages straight from them too!

As part of the takeover, fans of the 2021 hit song Binibini music genius can expect not only to exchange messages with him, but they also get to enjoy exclusive sticker pack and custom Viber Lens. The musician is also expected to hold a group video call event with his fans through Backstage Pass.

Zack is one of the top artists of UMG Philippines that serves as a regional branch of multinational music corporation, Universal Music Group (UMG). At only 21, he has been crowned as the most streamed local artist in the Philippines on Spotify with 7.5 million monthly listeners and the third overall, trailing behind global pop behemoths Taylor Swift and BTS.

Known for his melancholic songs and tunes about falling in and out of love, Zack got his big exposure as a contestant in the first season of The Voice Kids when he was 12. While he didn’t make it to the finals, he still pursued music and started a solo career in 2018, eventually signing with UMG to release his debut album, Episode, in 2021. His hits include Nangangamba, Habang Buhay, Asan Ka Na Ba, and Pano.

Z∀CK: FOR ∀LL marks a new era for Zack, offering music that fans haven’t heard from before. Fashioned with 70s soul, R&B, funk, and a bit of pop, the 10-track album serves as an ode to the artists he grew up listening to. As a writer and producer who has poured his heart and soul in each track, Zack hopes that his new sound will get listeners dancing and grooving.

“I’m happy to connect with my fans in new ways through Viber’s Backstage Pass, especially now that I have released my second album,” says Zack. “The fans have been part of my journey as an artist so it’s great to keep this connection going. Thankful to Viber for making this happen.”

“Viber has always been rooted in connecting people. Backstage Pass is a channel created specifically for our music-loving Viber users,” adds David Tse, Senior Director APAC at Rakuten Viber. “We’re excited to have Zack Tabudlo on board. As one of the brightest stars of Filipino music today, we know that he has been a favorite among Viber users. We’re glad that we’re able to provide a platform where the artist and his fans can deepen their connection and create fun memories together.”

Get all the updates about Zack and his new album drop, subscribe to Backstage Pass Channel on Viber now!

Continued World Tour: Conor Maynard Live in Manila 2023

UK Sensation Conor Maynard Performs live in Manila for the first time
Following the success of The Continued World Tour 2022/2023, British singer-songwriter, actor, and YouTube Conor Maynard takes his breathtaking music to Manila. The Brighton-Native pop star is set to perform on May 20th, 2023 at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater. Conor will be bringing his collection of beloved tracks, such as covers “You Broke Me First,” “Whenever,” and original songs “Can’t Say No,” “Vegas Girl,” and “Turn Around.” Conor Maynard has amassed over one billion views in Tik Tok, where he performs covers and originals. Catch Conor Maynard this May 20th at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater!

LAMC Productions presents
Continued World Tour
Live in Manila
May 20, 2023
Samsung Performing Arts Theater

VVIP/Meet&Greet – Php 7,000
Diamond – Php 4,000
Gold – Php 3,500
Silver – Php 3,000
Bronze – Php 2,500


JC Regino dedicates a self-composed song ‘Idolo’ to the supporters of the April Boys

Singer-songwriter JC Regino, the only son of hitmaker “Idol” April Boy Regino, collaborates with April Boy’s two brothers Vingo and Jimmy in releasing the latest single under GMA Music titled ‘Idolo.’

JC wrote the song six months after his father passed away, but he wasn’t able to finish it. Then after his birthday last year, he was missing his dad so much, and he remembered the song. That’s when everything came to him, and he was able to finish the song in September 2022.

JC is thrilled to finally release his thanksgiving song to his dad’s fans, “Sobrang saya ko po kasi hindi ko po inexpect na tatanggapin ng GMA ‘yung awit namin. Talagang worth it ‘yung pagod, hirap, at oras sa paggawa ng awit na ito. Ang balak lang po namin nung una is ilabas lang sa Youtube para marinig po ng mga tao. Kaya naman malaki po ‘yung pasasalamat namin kay God dahil sa pamamagitan po ng GMA, mas maririnig po ng maraming tao at mas maaabot po ng mga tagahanga ni Dad at ng April Boys ‘yung mensahe ng kanta.”

According to JC, he wrote ‘Idolo’ to give thanks to his dad’s fans for the neverending love and support they’ve given and shown to the April Boys, that without them, there would have been no April Boys.  He feels that the fans/supporters deserve to have a song dedicated to them.

“Ang kantang ito ay para po sa mga tagahanga nina Dad at ng April Boys. Isa itong paraan upang magpasalamat sa pagsisilbi nilang inspirasyon. Kung wala po sila, wala po ‘yung April Boys at si April Boy Regino. Tapos kaya ‘Idolo’ ang title nito dahil ang mga tagahanga ay may iniidolo. Kaya salamat po sa kanila kasi tinangkilik nila ‘yung mga awitin. Para sa’min, ‘yung mga tagahanga po talaga ang tunay na idolo,” he added.

He then shared the process of creating the song and doing it with his uncles, “‘Yung proseso po ng paggawa namin ng kanta ay mas mahirap po sa normal kasi ‘yung mga uncle ko po, sina Ninong Vingo at Tito Jimmy, ay nasa America po at tumigil na rin po sa pagkanta. Kinausap ko po sila na samahan ako sa paggawa ng kantang ito. Nag-record po sila sa America tapos dito na po inayos. Bago mawala si daddy, nagka-ayos na po sila ng April Boys kaya dapat kasama talaga si Dad sa pagkanta ng awit pong ito. Sobrang nagpapasalamat po ako na pumayag sila na sumama sa pagkanta nito kasi mas makahulugan po kapag kaming tatlo po ‘yung kumanta.”

In the end, JC expressed his plans for his music career, “Ipagpapatuloy ko lang po ‘yung pagsusulat ko ng mga kanta para makapag-contribute rin po ako sa OPM. Syempre po pangarap din namin ni Daddy na makabalik po ako sa music. Marami na po akong naisulat na awitin so sana biyayaan ako ni God at ng GMA ng marami pa pong pagkakataon na mailabas ang mga ito.”

Tune in to JC Regino and the April Boys ‘Idolo’ which will be available on all digital streaming platforms worldwide on February 24.

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VACATION: Lee Je Hoon Fanmeet in Manila 2023

Lee Je Hoon has already established himself as one of Korea’s top actors with an impressive body of work that includes movies and TV series. He got his start with roles in indie films before achieving major recognition playing the role of Gi-Tae in the 2011 movie “Bleak Night”. He continued to star on the small screen and big screen as well as co-founding his own production company Hard Cut, and is the founder and chairman of Company On, a management company for actors.

In Year 2023, Lee Je Hoon returned to the small screen as cab driver Kim Do-Gi, in the smash hit series “Taxi Driver 2” and starred in the film “Escape”.

Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with one of the most dynamic stars to emerge from Korea, at LEE JE HOON ‘VACATION’ FAN MEETING IN MANILA 2023.

Live Nation Philippines presents
Fanmeeting in Manila 2023
March 3, 2023 – 8pm
New Frontier Theater

Platinum Floor A – Php11,500 (VIP Package)
Platinum Floor B – Php10,500 (VIP Package)
Platinum Loge – Php9,500 (VIP Package)
Gold Floor A – Php10,500 (VIP Package)
Gold Floor B – Php9,500 (VIP Package)
Floor A – Php7,500
Floor B – Php6,500
Loge – Php5,500
Balcony A – Php2,500
Balcony B – Php1,750

Tickets are available at all TICKETNET outlets and online at www.ticketnet.com.ph


Listen, Think, Feel, with the new song from The Dawn

love still a thing?”

This can easily be a line in a love song. But, this is a question raised by one of the country’s original rock bands, The Dawn, in their new song “Earth.”

Known for its anthem songs like “Salamat” and “Iisang Bangka,” “Earth” asks the existential question especially in the midst of all the political, social, and even personal uncertainties.

The Dawn frontman Jett Pangan explains, “We, as human beings, when we’re faced with troubles that seem insurmountable, we tend to look the other way. Maybe not to say we’re in denial, it’s more of the fear of the unknown. It’s been a struggle to be a human being. There’s always the question, can we go on like this? Is this the way we’re supposed to deal with things? Is there a better way?”

He pointed out that it’s not condescending but, in fact he asks himself the same question. The pandemic also raised that big question. “We’re all hoping that after all these we become better people,” he said.

Trust The Dawn to come up with a song that is timely and relevant. The society has seen a rise in mental health concerns among the youth. In fact, in a study by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI), it highlighted that between 2013 and 2021, there are twice the number of young Filipinos who felt loneliness, sadness, and being disliked.

One of the band’s guitarists Rommel “Sancho” Sanchez, emphasized that “Is love still a thing,” can also be read as “is empathy still a thing?” Sanchez said that with the mode of communications now, it’s easy to be snarky. Their hope is that through this song and with this one powerful line, people will pause, reflect, and hope that they can be a little kinder.

Apart from the significance of its lyrics, there are a lot of reasons that make “Earth” distinct.

It was recorded during the pandemic and every member of the group had to record individually. The Dawn drummer JB Leonor shared he made a story with the drum parts alone. There’s a reason for every note of the drum.

“Earth” is the last song that their bassist Mon Legaspi recorded before he passed away. And it was an ode to him that they committed to finish the track.

Sanchez was the last one to record the guitar parts. “I lost the recordings when my hard drive failed. We had to ask permission from Mon’s sister and asked a friend to help extract his parts. It was really difficult for me to record my parts,” he said.

The song itself went through a lot and now that it’s here, it is definitely a treat not only to the loyal fans of The Dawn but to everyone who appreciates great music.

The reception to “Earth” inspires the band to keep on going. Credit goes to Francis “Kiko” Reyes, one of the guitarists, who said that during the pandemic, the band continued to connect creatively. Pangan enthused that with all his rally calls and with the reception to the new song, all fingers point to a new collection of songs, or an EP.

Recognizing also how dynamic the music industry is these days, The Dawn wants to make sure they are a part of it. He added that the labels and genres now are blurred and people are more accepting when they listen to music. They do not specify if a song is too rock or too hiphop.

Through the years, The Dawn has been blessed with a platform to be heard and this time, it’s their new song “Earth.” There’s no line to cross now that music has melded in all genres. And The Dawn has a lot to offer and being a true rockstar that they are, they are just going where music takes them. No pigeonholing, just true love for music.

Listen to The Dawn’s Earth now on Spotify and YouTube.

Newport World Resorts heats up the reggae party with Quino of Big Mountain LIVE

The summer tunes and hip atmosphere arrive early in the country’s pioneer casino, hotel, and entertainment destination, Newport World Resorts. This March, Quino of Big Mountain band alongside Selah Dub Warriors, brings breezy, fun rhythms of reggae once again to the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Fans are invited to party and vibe over feel-good music and lively performances in a one-night show from the reggae superstar on March 17.

Vocalist and songwriter Joaquin McWhinney, better known as Quino, serves as the frontman of American reggae/pop band Big Mountain since forming in 1992. The band is best known for its remake of Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way”, which skyrocketed them to international acclaim, and eventually spread reggae fever through concert tours and music festivals around the world. With Quino’s distinct voice, the band’s hit reggae song has become a generational love anthem recognized by Filipino listeners.

Feel good and groove to the reggae hits from Quino of Big Mountain at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on March 17. Tickets are now available at all TicketWorld and SM Tickets outlets: P5,200 (PLATINUM) P4,200 (SVIP), 3,200 (VIP), P2,000 (GOLD), P1,000 (SILVER), and P600 (BRONZE). For inquiries, contact the Newport World Resorts National Sales Team via JhayR dela Cruz at 0917 658 9378, Michael Feliciano at 0917 818 9847, Carl Cuaresma at 0917 829 2173, and Raf Sangco at 0917 807 9387, or call Ticketworld (02) 8891-9999, or SM Tickets (02) 8470-2222.

Escape the ordinary at Newport World Resorts, you know you want to. For more information on March entertainment shows, visit www.newportworldresorts.com and follow @newportworldresorts and on Facebook and Instagram, and @nwresorts on Twitter. Make the most of your visit and sign up for an Epic Membership or download the Newport World Resorts Mobile App for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.