WHAT THIS GENERATION SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR THIS YEAR!

Fernando Tan a.k.a. Fern. is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter/producer whose self-discovery of his musical talent began at the young age of twelve. He was first a lead vocalist-guitarist for a band but his craft grew wider and deeper with his newfound knowledge of producing. His learning proved fruitful when he was tapped with a great opportunity to co-write and co-produce Claudia Barretto’s successful single “You.” With a multitude of original songs written, one might ask where a young boy of seventeen draws inspiration from. “I haven’t experienced much of the world. Usually I use films for inspiration.” His ability to empathize is what he wishes to be known for, beyond just the sound of his music. The essence of his craft is to let people realize what they are going through. “I want my music to speak for the people who can’t speak up.” When asked about the story behind his debut single entitled “Into You”, “It’s a metaphor for something,” he answered. “I don’t want my mom to know.” FERN. ’s debut single #IntoYou is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon and Spinnr. At 18 years old, Janina Vela’s achievements as a YouTuber and social media personality goes far beyond what is imaginable for a girl her age. With various awards and recognition, Janina is now ready to challenge herself with a new path in her career, this time as a musician.“My biggest goal as a musician is to create songs that people can relate to and share parts of my life that I’ve never shared before,” she said. She wrote her debut single, “Hesitate,” as an anthem for those whose hearts have been broken and crippled by fear of being burned again. “It’s probably been everyone’s story at one point or another.” The single reached Top 5 of Spotify’s Top 50 Viral Chart! With a following that can only grow from this point on, Janina’s passion remains the same, and that is to be a positive influence to her generation, to inspire them to be confident in their own skin and encourage them to be beautiful inside out. “Hesitate” is available now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon and Spinnr.

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TO RELEASE FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM MAN OF THE WOODS ON FEBRUARY 2ND; FIRST SINGLE AND VIDEO, “FILTHY” OUT NOW!

(New York, New York – January 3, 2018) – Ten time Grammy® winner and four time Emmy® winner Justin Timberlake is set to release his fourth studio album, Man Of The Woods on February 2nd via RCA Records. The album will be available for pre-order alongside the release of his brand new single and music video, “Filthy” on January 5th. “Filthy” was co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja with additional writing credits from James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson. Man Of The Woods marks Timberlake’s most ambitious album to date, both sonically and lyrically. Combining the sounds of traditional American rock with the modern influences of collaborators The Neptunes, Timbaland, Chris Stapleton, and Alicia Keys, this new material explores storytelling inspired by his son, his wife, and his personal journey from Memphis to where he is today. The colorful, futuristic music video for “Filthy” was directed by groundbreaking and multiple award-winning director Mark Romanek. The dance heavy video features Timberlake as a modern day inventor presenting his latest creation to the world. This is the second time Timberlake and Romanek have teamed up for a one-of-a-kind video. Following “Filthy” and leading into the February 2nd Man Of The Woods album launch, Timberlake will release three additional music videos, each with their own individual style and color from three different directors. The additional songs will be released weekly starting on January 18th leading up to the release of the full album. Two days after the release of the album, Timberlake will hit the stage and headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show on Sunday, February 4th. Multi-talented actor and musician Justin Timberlake has sold over 32 Million albums worldwide, sold out arenas all across the globe, received numerous awards and nominations and has wildly become one of the most highly respected entertainers in the business. All three of Timberlake’s solo albums (Justified, FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience) have received various platinum or multi-platinum certifications worldwide. In the US, Timberlake has received five #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 with seventeen being in the top ten as well as garnered the most Mainstream Top40 Top 10’s among solo males in the chart’s 25-year history (18 total). Most recently, Timberlake released the 4X platinum selling song “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” from the film TROLLS which debuted #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, became the singer’s first #1 debut on the chart and ultimately the best-selling US single for 2016. Additionally, it marked Timberlake’s tenth Grammy Award® and garnered a nomination for an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award®. A gifted actor, Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including ALPHA DOG, BLACK SNAKE MOAN and SHREK THE THIRD. He won strong reviews for his performance in Oscar®-nominated THE SOCIAL NETWORK. His other credits include BAD TEACHER, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, IN TIME, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, RUNNER RUNNER, TROLLS and WONDER WHEEL. Timberlake has also won four Emmys for his appearances on “Saturday Night Live.” See the Man Of The Woods Album Trailer Here For More Information www.JustinTimberlake.com

STICK FIGGAS RELEASES ‘UBASAN’

The group – composed of eight members including, Loonie, Ron Henley, and Kat Agarrado on vocals; Jc Sebastian on guitar; Tuts Calinawan on bass; Macky Brillantes on drums; Bboy Garcia on turntables and Nikki Cabardo on keyboard – are all part of Stick Figgas whose name is a nod to each member’s stick-thin and skinny figures. Stick Figgas reveals that the inspiration and metaphor behind the song is “a happy place where people can find happiness within the presence of others”. Conveniently, the track has a chill and laid back vibe to it as the subject is rather light and humorous as compared to their other releases. LISTEN HERE: Stick Figgas, the rap group was initially formed by Loonie and Ron when the two joined a popular rap contest on television back in the mid 2000’s. The duo may not have won, but they did get a call from the great Francis Magalona who offered the two to do shows with him. From there, the duo sought out other musicians to form a group that was set to be the backup band for a tour. With the group’s dynamic vibing well, they all decided to continue writing songs together and has since secured their own spotlight in the local music industry. Staying true to their roots, the group describe their sound as “very Pinoy”, which has that “tunog kalye” vibe. With the release of their brand new single “Ubasan” under MCA Music, Stick Figgas’ distinct sound can be heard by their ability to craft a rap track with great musicality and depth in lyricism that mixes in the local sound and humor. “Ubasan” came to be as an inside joke within the band usually thrown as a phrase where someone is living a decadent and happy lifestyle. The members would picture a king laying down while being served grapes by beautiful women, “parang ibig sabihin ‘the good life’ or happy place’”. The group reveals that the inspiration and metaphor behind the song is “a happy place where people can find happiness within the presence of others”. Conveniently, the track has a chill and laid back vibe to it as the subject is rather light and humorous as compared to their other releases. “Ubasan” is going to be a part of an upcoming album to be released under the same major label. MCA Music Inc (Universal Music Philippines) is the local label of some international hip-hop superstars like Eminem, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. MCA Music Inc. has signed up Stick Figgas under its local roster of artists including Gabby Alipe, Autotelic, and Darren Espanto to name a few. “Ubasan” is available for download or streaming on this link: Stick Figgas/ Ubasan https://StickFiggas.lnk.to/Ubasan For bookings and inquiries, contact MCA Music Artist Management at +639989741162 or email mcabooking@umusic.com. For more updates and information on Stick Figgas, log on to the following pages: Facebook- MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) Instagram- mca_music Twitter- @mcamusic.

ALL ABOUT THE 90S!: THE BRUNO MARS & CARDI B “FINESSE” REMIX

Bruno Mars finally released the “Finesse” Remix with Bodak Yellow rapper, Cardi B (who’s totally owning 2018 this early, by the way). Everyone was surprised when Bruno and Cardi teased the internet with this exchange on Twitter: ... @iamcardib Can I drop the video tonight too? #Finesse— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) January 4, 2018 Mhhhhhhmmm???? i don’t think they ready https://t.co/5ZdgSJxd1U— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 4, 2018 The video is Mars’ homage to In Living Color, which also just happened to be on of his favorite TV shows. This video is dedicated to one my favorite T.V shows of all time— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) January 4, 2018 Watch the video below and let’s all remember the good ol’ days! Article photo from rap-up.com.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: 10 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT EMINEM

Eminem recently made a radiant comeback with his ninth studio album "Revival" last December 15, 2017 with a minimal promotion and and maximum impact. Here are the fun facts you might not know with the ever-resilient king of hip-hop. 1. The first rap song he heard was Ice-T's "Reckless," at the age of nine. The Breakin’ soundtrack was introduced to him by his Uncle Ronnie, who was actually 2 months older than him. Eminem considered Ronnie Polkinghorn as the only family member whom he had, that he was close with. Eminem was devastated when ten years later, Ronnie committed suicide. He couldn’t even go to the funeral, he said. 2. He doesn’t consider himself as a commercial rapper. During his interview with Spin in 2000, he mentioned that his whole market was through the underground scene. He wasn’t so surpirsed when his single “My Name Is” was played on both Modern Rock and Urban radio because like Wu-Tang, they emerged from underground scene through word of mouth. 3. The Marshall Mathers LP was originally titled "Amsterdam" because he wrote a good chunk of the album there, and Dutch journalists inspired some of the content on the album. 4. He once claimed to have pulled a gun on fans who showed up to his home unannounced. The transition due to drastic commercial success was troublesome for Eminem as his fans kept on lurking around him and his family. The vigilant Eminem was so fed up with the fame and all that he snapped and pulled a gun into his fans’ face when it got to the point they sneaked around his house. 5. The director of Training Day was initially interested in casting Eminem for the role that eventually went to Ethan Hawke. Among the actors being considered for the role of Washington's cop-in-training sidekick are Spider-Man-elect Tobey Maguire, and Ryan Phillippe. 6. He wrote the hook for "Just Lose It" in 30 seconds. It was the last song recorded for Encore because the album needed a single. 7. One time a crackhead broke into his and Kim's house, made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and didn't steal anything. ...at first. In the spring of 1997 when Eminem recorded Slim Shady EP, Eminem was scrounging more than ever that they had to settle with crack-infested neighborhoods. A stray bullet flying through the kitchen window wasn’t the worst of it – they have been actually adopted by a crackhead. Their landlord/lady left the sandwich and didn’t steal anything, but came back again and took everything but the couches and beds. 8. He wrote "Lose Yourself" in one take while on the set of 8 Mile. The 8 Mile soundtrack “Lose Yourself” won the Academy Award for the Best Original Song in 2003 which made it the first ever rap song to receive this accolade was written during the breaking for shooting of the film, recording all three verses in one take. 9. He cracked multiple ribs after a 10-foot fall from the stage on his first tour. Things were so hectic back in 1999, Eminem needed to drive back and forth to do 2 shows a day in one stretch. During his show in New England, he raced onto a stage that was soaked with either beer or water, and he fell about 10 feet from the stage to the club floor, cracking some ribs. "It was insane," he said of the period. "I wouldn't have time to talk to my own daughter when she would call. I knew I had to slow it down; the fall was like a reminder." 10. "My Name Is" was pulled from NFL promo spots in 1999 when the league found out about his explicit lyrical content. The said song was used by NFL until they discovered that Eminem’s music carries – proudly – a parental advisory sticker for its prodigious amount of obscenities, which the rapper defends as “just vulgar humor.” Eminem wasn’t even aware that NFL used it and he was shocked when he found out. After hearing that the league was taking them off the air, he says, "It just makes me laugh, you know what I'm saying? I was laughing on the phone with my manager, like good, f--k 'em. It doesn't make any difference to me at all. I don't walk around and try to portray this gangster image, but the media has made me out to be that way, like I think I'm some kind of f--kin' white thug." Sources: https://www.complex.com/music/2013/02/50-things-you-didnt-know-about-eminem/nfl-promo https://www.theeminemblog.com/2003/11/17/ronnie-polkingharn-eminems-closest-friend/ https://www.eminem.net/interviews/chocolate_on_the_inside/ https://books.google.com.ph/books?id=50Phz-C_VzIC&pg=PA92&dq=eminem+spin&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4RcmUfWEArOz0QHKv4CYCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=gun&f=false http://articles.latimes.com/2000/may/14/entertainment/ca-29770/4 http://www.eminem.net/interviews/nfl_and_mom/> https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-50-greatest-hip-hop-songs-of-all-time-20121205/eminem-lose-yourself-19691231 https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/eminem-blows-up-20091105?page=2>/a> http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=116107&page=1
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