Grammy winners applaud big night for women in music

admin   •   February 11, 2019   •   1315

Katy Perry, Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards | Reuters

Grammy award winners Dua Lipa, Kasey Musgraves and Brandi Carlile applauded on Sunday (February 11) the number of women winners, performers and nominees at this year’s awards.

British pop singer Dua Lip, who was named best new artist said she was honored so many women were nominated in her category.

“It’s a change we hope to see for many years to come. It’s a big difference from the previous years,” she told reporters backstage after the show.

Country artist Kacey Musgraves won album of the year for “Golden Hour.” She said both women artists and music industry executives should take responsibility for making women’s voices heard.

“It takes women having the balls to put out art that might not always be liked by everyone, but it also takes people on the other side of that to reach out and give those things a chance to be heard or seen,” she said.

Brandi Carlile, who won three awards in the Americana and Roots categories, said the past two decades had seen a ‘backslide’ from the female representation of the music industry in the 1990s.

“To watch that backslide for the last 20 years has been heartbreaking. And tonight gives me hope as a mother of two young daughters,” she said.

This year’s Grammy nominees were dominated by women and the awards show, hosted by Alicia Keys, reflected that with rousing performances by Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry and Musgraves. — Reuters

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Fans mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

Beatles cover band members walking across Abbey Road crossing, re-enacting the iconic shot | Courtesy: Reuters

Fans took turns taking a photo at the place where The Beatles shot their Abbey Road album cover 50 years ago.

It is one of the world’s most iconic and recognizable album covers, and Thursday (August 8) marks the 50th anniversary of the day the classic Beatles Abbey Road photograph was taken.

On August 8, 1969, The Fab Four walked across a zebra crossing in St John’s Wood, North London, for the image caught on the cover of their classic album.

The photoshoot was the work of photographer Iain Macmillan, a good friend of The Beatles, who is said to have taken the photos in only 10 minutes.

5 PH artists join Sony Music roster

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 25, 2019

Sony Music Philippines has signed five Filipino artists in their roster.

“As a collective, the latest lineup offers a refreshing spin to the dominant sounds of our time while maintaining a distinctly defined music brand that is at par with global standards,” according to Sony Music.

Alex Bruce

This 12-year-old rapper already hit a million views in her Wish Bus performance in 2018. Her first single, “Pull it off” has been hitting the top charts in several radio stations.

Ben&Ben

Ben&Ben is one of the most streamed Filipino artists of all time, according to Sony Music. Their debut full-length album, Limasawa Street, already received universal acclaim and impressive streaming numbers.

Nathan and Mercury

This soul-infused alternative outfit opened for international music stars such as Honne, Clairo, The Kooks, and Two Door Cinema Club this year at Wanderland Music Festival 2019. They fuse elements of pop and R&B with experimentations on jazz, hip-hop, soul, and funk.

the vowels they orbit

Their debut single ‘Selos’ peaked at #2 on Spotify Philippines Top 50 Viral Charts. The band has also released their 5-track EP this year under Sony Entertainment. Other songs include ‘Kiliti’, ‘Pasa’, and ‘Bumubulong.

READ: the vowels they orbit ‘Selos’ is a new addition to your ‘hugot playlist’

syd hartha

Singer-songwriter Syd Hartha released her first official single, ‘ayaw’ which already topped weekly countdowns of various radio stations.

“The international record label has officially welcomed its newest batch of established and upcoming homegrown music acts as part of the growing family,” their statement reads.—AAC

The Vowels They Orbit’s ‘Selos’ is a new addition to your ‘hugot playlist’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 10, 2019

“Binabaliw ako ng selos, ‘di ko man aminin…”

Filipino alt-rock band, The Vowels They Orbit’s first single, ‘Selos’ outlines the struggle of jealousy into a combination of alternative pop and jazz tone. With lyrics that hit close to home, ‘Selos’ resonates that ‘hugot vibe’ that makes it very relatable.

The song already peaked at the no. 2 spot on Spotify Philippines’s Viral 50 chart.

The band will launch the music video of their single ‘Selos’ on Wednesday (July 10) at the 70’s Bistro.

Band members, Nikka Melchor (vocals and rhythm guitar), Hannah Dela Cruz (keyboards and vocals), Jeremy Sayas (drums and vocals), Gene Santiago (lead guitars) and Patch Javier (bass guitars) began performing in small gigs and open mic venues. They were eventually signed by Soupstar Entertainment.

The vowels they orbit will also release their 5-track EP this year under Sony Entertainment. Other songs include ‘Kiliti’, ‘Pasa’, and ‘Bumubulong’—AAC

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