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If you’ve ever fancied yourself a songwriter, now’s the time to prove it.
The 2020 Philpop Songwriting Festival is looking for the next generation of songwriters, and organizers will turn the best one into an instant millionaire.P1 million will go to the grand champion of the songwriting tilt if your song is picked as the ...
 
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It’s a videoke on your phone.
What was missing on the global music behemoth that is Spotify? If you answered lyrics, you’re right. You may know a favorite song by heart, but it would’ve been nice to sing along to newer songs without having to Google their words. The ...
 
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The Canadian singer nearly has 100 million views of the hit song on YouTube.
Isaiah Faber is better known these days as Powfu, the Canadian singer and musician whose song “Death Bed” has become a massive hit worldwide. Sampling “Coffee For Your Head” by Filipino-British singer-songwriter beabadoobee (Beatric kristi Laus), “Death Bed” is currently nearing 100 ...
 
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The show must go on, and it will.
It looks like it’s going to be a while before you can enjoy concerts in person. The most we can do right now is watch our favorite artists perform online in the comfort and safety of our own homes. You can count the ...
 
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The singer enjoyed mainstream success before his life was cut short.
Before bands dominated OPM in the 90s, solo pop vocalists also lorded it over the airwaves. Singers like Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid—basically the lineup of a Sunday noontime variety show—churned out radio-friendly hits that have eventually become staples ...
 
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It’s called “Hurry Home.”
As we grow old, often our taste in music stagnates. I’m not speaking for everyone, of course, but, whether we care to admit it or not, for many of us, what we listened to during our formative years (pre-teens to maybe mid-20s) ...
 
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This is one flu you won't mind catching.
After acoustic sets from Johnoy Danao and Clem Castro, we’re down for some funk, soul and R&B. Esquire Sessions Live’s next artist is Flu, a five-piece band that mixes old school soul music with a decidedly fun, youthful vibe. Bookmark this page as we welcome ...
 
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It’s a livestream for COVID-19 relief and against xenophobia.
Actor and singer James Reid is set to represent the Philippines and join dozens of other Asian artists from around the world in a major livestream music event on May 30. Streaming live on Amazon Music’s Twitch Channel, Our Identity: ProjectBlue Marble is ...
 
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The jocks we grew up with and loved are holding a virtual reunion.
For music fans who came of age in the late 80s and 90s, only one radio station served up rock music raw and loud. NU107 was the voice of a generation, with DJs playing “credible” rock music to an audience hungry for ...
 
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They hope to make it here and play for their Filipino fans soon.
One of the most popular TV series that has risen out of this long quarantine period isn’t from Hollywood or even locally produced, but a romantic drama series from Thailand. 2Gether The Series is a BL (Boys’ Love) series about two guys who ...
 
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It’s the headline item for a Music Icons event in June.
Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged is one of the band’s most well-known performances, which is why the guitar frontman Kurt Cobain used is garnering so much interest. The 1959 Martin D-18E featured in the November 1993 performance is going up for auction and experts say ...
 
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In these trying times, it pays to be practical.
When was the last time you attended a concert or a live music gig? By now the memory blurs. Livestreams are all well and good, but nothing beats the experience of watching a favorite band or artist play live, in the flesh. But ...
 
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Count on artists to produce some of their best work during times of crisis and tragedy. The Dixie Chicks went on to record a number-one selling album and win five Grammys after they faced severe backlash for comments made against former President ...
 
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It was a home concert for a cause.
While everybody’s trying to stay indoors to help “flatten the curve,” artists are continuing to entertain with livestream performances in their homes. One of these is acoustic troubadour Johnoy Danao, who headlined Esquire’s first Sessions Live on Friday, April 3. The singer-songwriter played ...
 
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From emo tracks to dance bops, we’ve got you covered.
COVID-19's got you down? Don't fret. There's always music. Whether you're on self-quarantine or working from home, or squeezing yourself inside a crowded MRT or UV Express, hoping the guy next to you doesn't cough or sneeze directly in your direction, here are ...
 
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The 23-year-old quietly dropped one of the best albums of 2019.
Arthur Nery was attending his cousin’s big debut event when he first found out he could sing. As is usually the case at Filipino birthday parties, the then-eight-year-old was asked to sing his cousin’s favorite song in front of his relatives and ...
 
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Organizers say it will be rescheduled to a later date within the year.
Just days before its gates were scheduled to open, Wanderland, the country’s biggest indie music festival, was forced to postpone its eighth edition due to the threat of COVID-19. In a statement sent to Esquire Philippines and posted on social media, Karpos Multimedia, ...
 
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The next time you see a busker, stop for a moment and appreciate their craft.
Busking is a grand tradition and rite of passage for many a musician in cities and cultures around the world, including the Philippines. Singers and musicians have shown off their talents in street corners and busy intersections in many parts of the ...
 
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We chat with the Grammy-winning artist, who is coming to Manila next month.
There are some people who still probably know her as a contestant on the ninth season of American Idol, but Tori Kelly has achieved so much more since her short stint on the reality singing competition. For one thing, she was nominated ...
 
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The singer-songwriter is set to attract new fans at the two-day fest.
When the full lineup for Wanderland 2020 was announced, fans immediately reacted favorably to artists like Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker), Indonesian artist Niki, Ali Gatie, and a bunch of others. They join previously announced artists like Foals, Raveena, and Bruno ...
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