Kumakaba: Sassa crushes silly song about silly crushes

To be honest, we got heartbroken when supreme R&B royalty Kyla left her home PolyEast Records. But at least now, we’ve stopped ugly crying since someone stepped in to be one of the label’s soulful flagbearer – the The Voice Kids Philippines alum Sassa! She recently released the official music video of her first real single,…

OPM Album of the Week: After All This Time, Itchyworms (2013)

Itchyworms’ After All This Time reminds us of Eraserheads’ Fruitcake release. Both are bold concept albums, intelligent, creative and well-crafted. Both also took risks, deviating from the usual style that got their respective bands massive commercial success. But After All This Time is shorter and sweeter. Yet it is a delight to listen to from…

A Pinoy-less American Idol season

After they’ve fielded not one, not two, but three Filipino Americans in the 12th season of American Idol, we thought this means “more chances” for someone with a Pinoy lineage to finally win the title. Today Adriana Latonio, the last Fil-Am standing in the semi-finals failed to advance to the final rounds. This is the…

Rocking the rockstar

On March 8,  the story of Arnel Pineda’s journey – from his gigs in third world Manila to his hiring as the frontman of one of the world’s biggest bands – will be retold. Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey will premiere in select theaters in the United States. The documentary produced, written and directed by…

The Kimpoy Effect

So about two weeks ago, two covers of the same song were released via our favorite online music store mymusicstore.com.ph. The song is Ikaw Lang, originally sung by Chad Borja. This song enjoyed massive success in the early nineties. And in 2012, it is brought back to life by Gerald Santos, champion of the second…

The genius of Sandara Park

When Sandara Park was in the peak of her career here in the Philippines, she had her share of haters and non-believers. Many attributed her popularity to the rise in popularity of Koreanovelas of Korean-made soap in the country. Some believed she’s just a flash in a pan with her career just a by-product of…

Official Music Video: Jump In by apl.de.ap and Jessica Sanchez

We found it! Here’s the official music video of the apl.de.ap and Jessica Sanchez collaboration, “Jump In” uploaded hours ago on YouTube. It’s  upbeat, fun, youthful – and as expected, it’s got flavors of pop R&B but it also works as a dance track. Judging from the video’s context clues, “Jump In” is locally made…

Jessica Sanchez – apl.de.ap song, out “anytime soon”

A couple of exciting good news this week for Filipino-American Idol Jessica Sanchez and her Blujays. After the confirmation of her acting debut in the worldwide musical hit Glee (It’s Sue Sylvester approved!), there are now reports swirling around the Internet that Jessica will be releasing a single – a collaboration with fellow Pinoy international…

Young JV is the new Jay R

Jay R used to be the Philippines’ poster boy for mainstream R&B until he or the powers that be decided he’d just record love ballads and a bunch of covers. There have been several others who tried to fit the Jay R mold. In fact, in televised singing contests, there is always that one person…

Why Sarah’s fans need not fear Angeline

Happy Halloween! Well, that was last night. But still we’re on a subject that’s apt for the All Saints and All Souls season – fear. Today we debunk one of the unspoken fears swirling around TV land and the Internet space – has ABS-CBN found its own star that can eventually – gasp – dethrone…

Infinity: Charice In her Element

After a long wait, Charice finally releases her second international album, Infinity. First announced to be released in the US in 2012, it came as a surprise when Infinity started occupying the New Releases racks of local record bars, without any announcement or promotional activity. Nevertheless, Infinity has all the look, sound and feel of…

Kyla comes back

Hello everyone. Popfanzine is back! For good, hopefully. Anyway, what better way to mark this blog’s return but to celebrate one of the best “comeback” albums in recent months. We’re talking about Kyla’s Private Affair. Private Affair is Kyla’s super fine album that succeeded two consecutive massive disappointments Heartfelt and Heart to Heart. These two…