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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Newsletter: Champion obstacle course para athletes on what made them #BetterToday

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For Adaptive National Athlete of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) Kent Tumangan, representing the country in this sport brought back his self-confidence and discipline. The 27-year-old obstacle course racer and dragon boat paddler found his passion in sports after losing a leg to cancer.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Newsletter: AP Bren seizes the MPL Philippines crown to qualify for the M5 World Championship and MPLI!

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The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League in the Philippines (MPL-PH) Grand Finals saw AP Bren claiming the Season 12 crown! In the grand finale against Blacklist International, The Bees pursued their path to greatness and stung the Codebreakers in a dominating fashion, ending the best-of-seven match with a score of 4:1. 

Newsletter: HILLARI RETURNS WITH "LOYAL", NOW FEATURING FELLOW FILIPINO ARTIST, JOLIANNE

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When the Norwegian-Filipino artist Hillari Alison Conlu decided to fully pursue her music career at the end of 2021, it didn't take long for her to make a mark in the industry. Now, just a year and a half later, she has already performed dozens of concerts in both Norway and Canada, contributed to the soundtrack of the NRK series FLUS, and received praise from the star producer Timbaland.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Newsletter: What to do if someone tries to hack you

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You’ve interacted with scammers or visited a phishing site. What steps should you take to avoid being hacked?

Newsletter: Sony Music Entertainment and SPARK! release an empowering documentary for girls

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(From L to R, Sofia Abrogar of Any Name’s Okay; Hazel Faith; Jennifer Goldstein, Asst. Cultural Affairs Officer, US Embassy in the Philippines; Roslyn Pineda, General Manager, Sony Music Philippines; Diane Romero, Executive Director, J. Amado Araneta Foundation; Maica Teves, Executive Director, SPARK!; Carmen del Prado, Sine Niña Director)

“There is always light,” says 21-year old Irish Miras, as she remembers the trauma she experienced as a child. Her voice is soft, her words strong. “If I could talk to my younger self, I would tell her: ‘We are alive. We are doing okay.’”

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Newsletter: MTV POSTPONES EMAs 2023

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Given the volatility of world events, we have decided not to move forward with the 2023 MTV EMAs out of an abundance of caution for the thousands of employees, crew members, artists, fans, and partners who travel from all corners of the world to bring the show to life.    

The MTV EMAs are an annual celebration of global music. As we watch the devastating events in Israel and Gaza continue to unfold, this does not feel like a moment for a global celebration. With thousands of lives already lost, it is a moment of mourning.  

We look forward to hosting the MTV EMAs again in November of 2024.   

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Newsletter: SHANNi marks her official debut as recording artist under Sony Music Entertainment

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Coming from a lineage of musicians with a known history of creative integrity and a strong sense of DIY spirit, SHANNi proves that there’s more to her surname than meets the eye. 

Newsletter: PH Super Pass and Grand Finals MVP Passes sold out - M5 World Championship

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Launched just yesterday, the early bird PH Super Pass and MVP Pass for the M5 World Championship Grand Finals, the international flagship Mobile Legends: Bang Bang of the Year, has fully sold out! Priced at ₱2,899.00 (USD 51.70) and ₱3,199.00 (USD 57.00) respectively, the PH Super Pass and MVP Pass wields several entitlements, including limited merchandise, priority queue for qualifying esports team meet-and-greets, and more. The MVP Pass (16 December, Grand Finals) was fully sold out in three hours, followed by PH Super Pass shortly after. 

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Newsletter: KFC SQUADS UP WITH PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS AND PUBG MOBILE IN EXCITING NEW COLLAB FOR GAMERS TO LOAD UP, DIVE IN AND TASTE VICTORY

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KFC launched the ultimate collaboration for fans, PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS and PUBG MOBILE players as they join squads in a battle royale for the ultimate taste of victory. This ground-breaking partnership allows players to visit virtual KFC restaurants in PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS and PUBG MOBILE, alongside exclusive KFC items. An exciting new promotion unlocking exclusive in-game rewards with the purchase of special KFC PUBG meals will also be available in select markets.

Newsletter: MOONTON Games forges partnership with DOT to co-host M5 World Championship, Wild Card, Group Stage and Knockout venues revealed

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From left to right: Department of Tourism Director for Sports and Film Tourism Robby Alabado III, Chief of Staff and Undersecretary for Legal and Special Concerns, MOONTON Games Philippine Esports Head Logan Shaw, MOONTON Games Regional PR Manager Keith Medrano


International gaming developer and publisher MOONTON Games has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) to co-host the M5 World Championship, the world's biggest Mobile Legends: Bang Bang esports event that kickstarts in Manila on December 2, 2023, with early bird prices, tournament venues, and ticket sales announced at the ceremony.

Newsletter: Grrrl Gang returns to Manila with ‘Spunky!’ headline show

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Indonesian indie-pop trio Grrrl Gang will be coming back to Manila for a show in lieu of the worldwide release of their new album, Spunky!. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Newsletter: USANA Teams Up with Gilas Pilipinas Women for Health and Wellness Journey

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USANA Philippines, a global cellular nutrition company, forges partnership with Gilas Pilipinas Women’s Basketball Team as their official nutritional supplement partner. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Newsletter: MPL-PH Season 12 Playoffs tickets officially launch, grand finals tickets almost sold out!

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MPL Philippines (MPL-PH), the country's most prestigious MLBB esports tournament, will welcome fans anew to a bigger venue. On its 12th iteration, MPL-PH officially announced that the playoffs season will be held for five days from October 25-29, 2023, at EVM Convention Center, 37 Central Ave., Quezon City. 

Newsletter: "My Love Mine All Mine" From Mitski’s New Album The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We Achieving Impressive Milestones In Southeast Asia And Across The Globe

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Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, Mitski is captivating audiences across the globe with her latest single, "My Love Mine All Mine" taken from her 7th album, The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We, released via Dead Oceans. The single's captivating melodies and evocative lyrics have resonated deeply with audiences worldwide including in Southeast Asia - its streaming volume has quintupled since release day, amassing an impressive 61 million streams to-date. 

Newsletter: 1999 WRITE THE FUTURE’S DEBUT SINGLE “WORLD STOP TURNING” VIA 88RISING

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88rising releases the official audio and music video for “World Stop Turning,” a new single from its new media & artist collective, 1999 WRITE THE FUTURE. For its launch, the collective tapped artists Rich Brian, Warren Hue and Zion.T.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Newsletter: Filipino singer-songwriter Benj Pangilinan captures the feeling of youthful excitement on new single “Dance Like You”

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Filipino singer-songwriter Benj Pangilinan expresses the joy of living life with a positive mindset on his new single “Dance Like You,” out  via Sony Music Entertainment. 

Newsletter: UPD-CS celebrates 40 years with Science Film Festival in partnership with Goethe Institut

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In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, the UP Diliman College of Science in partnership with the Goethe-Institut is providing free university and public screenings of the Philippine Science Film Festival Philippines 2023.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Newsletter: GLOBAL SUPERSTAR STEVE AOKI JOINS FORCES WITH MEXICAN PHENOM DANNA PAOLA FOR NEW SINGLE “PARANOIA”

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Renowned music producer and multi-faceted entrepreneur, Steve Aoki, brings a new collaboration with Mexican powerhouse artist Danna Paola for his new single, “Paranoia.” The song and its official video are now available on all digital platforms. 

AXEAN Festival 2023 unveils final lineup, featuring multi-genre acts from Taiwan

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AXEAN Festival, Southeast Asia’s first collaborative intraregional music showcase festival, announces the final roster of its artist slate from Taiwan.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Newsletter: PLDT Global’s TINBO bags excellence award from Gawad Galing

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TINBO (Tindahan ni Bossing), the one-stop gateway that provides Filipinos access to digital services while overseas, has been recognized for promoting health and wellness, and bringing quality healthcare services to families of overseas Filipinos in the Philippines.

Power Mac Center holds its biggest launch for iPhone 15

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It’s officially here! Power Mac Center (PMC) has unveiled the new iPhone 15 series in its highly anticipated midnight launch party, complete with fun games and live musical performances from top OPM bands and artists. This year, more Filipino Apple fans received starter kits worth a total of over P18 million in free products and accessories, allowing them to instantly enjoy their iPhone 15 journey.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Newsletter: James Arthur Releases Stunning New Single ‘Just Us’

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Following his recent return with new tracks ‘Blindside’ & ‘A Year Ago’, and the announcement of his fifth, brand new studio album Bitter Sweet Love - out January 26th, 2024 on Columbia Records - multi-Platinum artist James Arthur releases new single ‘Just Us’ - listen here and watch the music video here.

Newsletter: Ica Frias expresses her wariness of romantic commitment in the new song “Oh Honey”

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Filipino singer-songwriter Ica Frias reflects on her fears of being vulnerable and intimate with someone in the new single “Oh Honey,” released under Off The Record.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Newsletter: Smart holds ‘Creativity Camp’ at Silliman University, reinforcing sustainability

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PLDT’s wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), together with Silliman University (SU), continues to promote sustainability among the youth through Smart Creativity Camp.

Newsletter: XG Highly anticipated debut mini album NEW DNA topped the Billboard JAPAN Hot Albums Chart

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Global girl group XG reached a significant milestone with their debut mini album, NEW DNA, which claimed the top position on the Billboard JAPAN Hot Albums chart. This remarkable achievement further solidifies their ever-growing popularity. Additionally, “NEW DANCE”, one of the standout tracks from the mini album, remained on the Billboard JAPAN Hot 100 chart for an impressive six consecutive weeks.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Newsletter: ISOXO'S HOTLY ANTICIPATED KIDSGONEMAD! ALBUM FINALLY REVEALED TO DROP ON OCTOBER 20

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Photo by Bryan Perez

Renegade San Diego DJ / producer and Dancing Astronaut’s “Breakout Artist of the Year 2022” ISOxo finally makes his kidsgonemad! album, available this October 20th, up for presale and shares a hot new single "STARsound" as another taste of what's to come. Listen to "STARsound" HERE and Presave kidsgonemad! HERE

Newsletter: NIKI Stunning debut appearance at the Chanel Haute Couture show during Paris Fashion Week

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Sensational Jakarta-born, LA-based singer-songwriter NIKI received an exclusive invitation from Chanel Indonesia to make a star-studded appearance at the Chanel Haute Couture show during the prestigious Paris Fashion Week. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Newsletter: *NSYNC releases first song together in 20 years with “Better Place”

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*NSYNC has finally released their first song together in two decades, “Better Place,” from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Band Together—out on October 20,, 2023.

Newsletter: Filipino band of Mercury rides the soul train with ease in new single “That’s Why”

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Filipino alternative pop/soul trio of Mercury introduces a fresh and exhilarating era with the release of their new single “That’s Why”—out today via Sony Music Entertainment.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Newsletter: AXEAN Festival 2023 to champion the finest in Southeast Asian music, food, and craft beer

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AXEAN Festival, the acclaimed annual regional music festival, will be taking place in Singapore on 28 and 29 October this year. Alongside live music performances by renowned and up-and-coming acts from 10 different countries across Southeast Asia and the rest of the world, the festival is partnering with a wide variety of craft beer, food, and art vendors from Southeast Asia to give festival-goers a fully immersive experience, fostering a spirit of community and collaboration. Get your tickets here!

Newsletter: Club Mild confronts past mistakes and regrets on new single “Sun Gazer”

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Singapore-based indie pop trio Club Mild confronts impermanence with regret and meaninglessness on their latest single, “Sun Gazer.” Weaving a tapestry of introspection that resonates on multiple levels, the indie pop anthem combines vivid lyrical metaphors with funk guitars and pulsating electronic beats—a musical ode to facing mortality, embracing meaninglessness, and the overwhelming power of being the author of your own life.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Newsletter: Championing OPM: Power Mac Center spotlights music using Apple devices

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Jess Connelly and LustBass at Power Mac Center Sync Sessions 2023

Apple Premium Reseller Power Mac Center (PMC) celebrated its 29th year by staging a series of live audio-digital crossover experiences featuring OPM icons and emerging artists.

Newsletter: Top collegiate MLBB teams face off at first Smart University Clash

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PLDT wireless unit and top esports supporter Smart Communications, Inc. recently gathered the top collegiate teams for the first nationwide inter-school Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) tournament played over the Smart Giga Arena. 

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Newsletter: PLDT, Smart, ATRIEV empower visually impaired persons with digital training in Negros Oriental

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PLDT Inc. (PLDT) and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), together with non-profit organization ATRIEV, held a ten-day Android accessibility training in Dumaguete City to upskill twenty visually impaired persons from eleven municipalities in Negros Oriental.

Newsletter: Offshore Music launches newly signed artists

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Offshore Music, a Manila-based independent label known for its cutting-edge artistry and focus on creative integrity, has officially launched its newest batch of homegrown music acts for 2023.

Newsletter: Ben&Ben hopes to uplift the world with acoustic version of “Courage”

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Ben&Ben asserts the power of surviving personal setbacks in life with another inspiring anthem.

Friday, October 13, 2023

Newsletter: KYLIE’S HUGELY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM ‘TENSION’ IS OUT VIA BMG

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Kylie’s highly-anticipated new album, 'Tension’ – a record full of euphoric, empowered dance floor bangers and sultry pop cuts – is out via BMG.

Newsletter: Power Mac Center starts pre-orders for iPhone 15

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Apple Premium Reseller Power Mac Center (PMC) has opened pre-orders for the highly anticipated iPhone 15 series, which includes the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Newsletter: AEGIS celebrates career-spanning legacy with a Christmas concert!

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Filipino music icon AEGIS is set to stage a concert that aims to capture the spirit of the holiday season.
Dubbed AEGIS: The Christmas Bonus Concert, the year-end celebration marks the first time that the OPM stars will be serenading their fans with Christmas-themed songs as well as their career-spanning Greatest Hits set.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Newsletter: Overseas Filipino Workers receive farming and tech grants from ACC, in collaboration with PLDT Global and PSF

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The recently concluded ACC 2023 convention has gone beyond thought leadership and business networking. With the support of international and local delegates and partners, together with PLDT Global Corporation and the PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF), ACC gave back to the community that has been hosting them for almost two decades, by empowering overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families in the Visayas. 
 

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Newsletter: BALMING TIGER SHARE NEW SINGLE "KAMEHAMEHA"

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Seoul-based collective Balming Tiger have released their new single “Kamehameha” and announced their debut album “January Never Dies”, scheduled for release on 19th October. 

Newsletter: Para athletes advocate for mental resilience, inclusivity, and sports with PLDT and Smart

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To celebrate this year’s World Mental Health Day, PLDT Inc. (PLDT) and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) continue their advocacy to champion mental health and wellness through sports with the Better Today: Power Move Project. 
 

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Newsletter: Doja Cat releases fourth studio album, Scarlet

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GRAMMY Award-winning global superstar Doja Cat releases her new fourth studio album, “Scarlet” today via Kemosabe Records / RCA Records. In addition, Doja Cat dropped the music video for her new track off the album, “Agora Hills”. The music video was shot in Pomona, CA, and Koreatown in Los Angeles, CA and directed by Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande / Nicki Minaj) and Doja Cat. 
Throughout the week, a replica of “Scarlet” popped up at different locations across the U.S. just before the album dropped today  – check out images of the Scarlet’s replica HERE. At each location, there was a QR code for fans to use and get an exclusive first listen to Doja Cat’s new record.

Newsletter: 2X PLATINUM R&B SINGER-SONGWRITER VEDO MARKS CAREER MILESTONE WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS 7TH STUDIO ALBUM ENTITLED 7

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VEDO, the 2x Platinum R&B singer-songwriter who captivated fans during his unforgettable journey on NBC's The Voice a decade ago, has released his 7th studio album entitled, 7. This album marks a significant milestone in his career as an accomplished independent artist who blossomed under the guidance and mentorship of R&B megastar, Usher, who called VEDO "One of the greatest voices of this generation” during their 2022 viral Tiny Desk Concert on NPR. 

Monday, October 09, 2023

Newsletter: Cybercriminals continue to spread malware to SMBs disguised as legit business software 

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Cybercriminals continue to target small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) as they keep on spreading malware disguised as business software. From anonymized data of its SMB clients in the Philippines in the first half of 2023, Kaspersky revealed a huge jump of about 325.58% in the number of attempts to attack SMBs compared to the same period last year. 

Newsletter: PLDT, Smart boost National Teachers’ Month 2023 kick off

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The Philippines’ largest integrated telecommunications network, PLDT Inc. and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. enabled the National Teachers’ Month 2023 kickoff at the Bohol Wisdom School in Tagbilaran City, providing fast and reliable fiber connectivity for the livestreamed event. PLDT and Smart have long supported the education sector, and count this support as among their most important advocacies. 
 

Sunday, October 08, 2023

Newsletter: KNOCK2 JOINS FORCES WITH DILLON FRANCIS ON 'BUTTONS!' OUT NOW VIA 88RISING HEADING INTO FOUR SOLD OUT SHOWS AT THE SHRINE LA

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Fresh off his last single ‘One Chance’, a collaboration with bass heavy-hitter NGHTMRE and vocalist Marlhy, San Diego producer Knock2 today shares his next release, "buttons!," a highly anticipated collaboration with dance music icon Dillon Francis, ahead of a US tour this fall. Listen and watch "buttons!" HERE.

Alaala Ni Bray Wyatt

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Oo. Alam ko, lagpas isang buwan na mula nung pumutok ang balitang ito. Pero maliban sa wala akong pakialam sa timing, ay hindi makakaila, bilang isa sa mga taong sumubaybay sa WWE isang dekada na ang lumipas, masakit 'to. 

Saturday, October 07, 2023

Newsletter: Five Culinary Journeys in the U.S. to Get Your Tastebuds Excited!

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 Courtesy: Alex Haney

Southeast Asian tastebuds are hard to please. After all, their countries are abundant with spices that have given their cuisines a whole new dimension of depth and complexity. A traveler from this region may be wary of the food options in the US- with stereotypical images of hamburgers, hotdogs and fast food in general. 

Newsletter: TAYLOR SWIFT LEADS 2023 MTV EMA NOMINATIONS

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Above: Artists leading the nominations at the 2023 MTV EMAs.

MTV today revealed nominations for the 2023 MTV EMAs. Taylor Swift leads the pack with seven nods, including “Best Artist,” “Best Song” and “Best Video.” Olivia Rodrigo and SZA follow closely with six nominations each, also for “Best Artist,” “Best Song” and “Best Video.” Doja Cat, Måneskin, Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj each earned four nominations including “Best Song” and “Best Artist.”

Friday, October 06, 2023

Newsletter: P-Pop girl group YARA reimagines Sexbomb Girls’ “Bakit Papa?” with a contemporary R&B makeover

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P-Pop powerhouse YARA reimagines the glory era of Y2K music with a modern update on Sexbomb Girls’ signature hit, “Bakit Papa?”—out today via Sony Music Entertainment.