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Taken at: Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines

It was an awesome concert. Of course, I’m talking about EXOrDium in Manila!

It was a feast for both the ears and the eyes. I was thankful for the voices of DO, Chen, Baekhyun, and Suho. I was glad that Kai and Xiumin are up and dancing. I couldn’t get enough of Chanyeol’s onstage antics.

The production was awesome. The technology was used to create fantastic stage lighting, backdrop, and texture.

I was present the last time they were here. This time, I got seats closer to the stage. And they were so close! The next time, I’ll probably get closer seats.

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Beauty and the Beast

I am highly anticipating the live action movie of Beauty and the Beast. Belle is one of my favorite Disney princesses because she’s strong and she didn’t start the moving looking for somebody to love.

So, to keep up with the hype, Disney has released the Beauty and the Beast theme song sung by Ariana Grande and John Legend.

What can I say?

I have no qualms with Ariana and John Legend. They’re two great singers. The version has become very modern.

But.

I still loved the original. There is magic in the quality of not having to belt everything out as opposed to what Ariana and John did. It made the moment of the ‘ball’ so special, so romantic, so heartfelt, so climactic and so real.

A story was unfolding in that dance. Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson told it very well.

If you’re missing the original, here it is.

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Taken at: UnionBank Plaza in Pasig City, Philippines

Three reasons to celebrate today:

  1. EXO’s Coming Over album – this is an exclusive album in Japan. Japanese is very soothing to the ears.
  2. Tickets to West End’s touring production of Wicked
  3. Tickets to ExorDium in Manila – EXO’s third concert and my second. Glad to have gotten great seats care of a friend.

#OutofOz

Okay. This is coming a little later than when it’s supposed to.

The official Wicked Musical Youtube Channel released for renditions of iconic songs from the Wicked musical. This is to honor Wicked’s producer David Stone at the Second Stage Gala.

The first of which is a toned down version of Defying Gravity featuring Aaron Tveit and Rachel Tucker. I loved it. Except for the final part where it was anticlimactic.

The next video was a more country version of I’m Not That Girl with Rachel Tucker and Kara Lindsay. To be honest, I didn’t like the version. It removed all of the feels from the song.

The third is Aaron Tveit’s version of Popular. It was the most genius choice of the four. Although not as perky, he had the correct feels in there.

The last is something worth noting. Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel hasn’t performed any Wicked song together for 12 years. It was just a sentimental choice for them to sing For Good. No complaints. No comments. It was heart-warming and emotional.

 

NCT U

Last April 9 and 10, SM Entertainment released their newest group – NCT U, a sub-unit of a much bigger NCT. NCT or Neo Culture Technology will have groups based in different parts of the world – South Korea, South East Asia, and Latin America to name a few.

The first two singles of NCT U are:

To be honest, I liked Without You better than 7th Sense. It has a more unique feeling to it and does not remind me of other boy groups. I’m excited to see how all the whole NCT pans out and how they will hold concerts including all of their members.

Crosswalk

Crosswalk is a single by Jo Kwon of the South Korean boy group 2AM. It features Suho of another group named EXO. The song is also the second song released under the collaboration of JYP Entertainment and SM Entertainment. The first one being Dream (Bae Suzy of Miss A and Baekhyun of EXO).

The song is just melancholic. It tells a story of a love that never was and the what ifs that comes with it.

I loved the production of Dream better because we got to hear both artists sing. And, I know that Suho has a lovely voice and a wide vocal range. He could have helped in the singing.

Anyway, I couldn’t wait for the other songs to come out.

EXO: Lightsaber

There’s just too much happiness in the world.

In 2015, the highly-anticipated Star Wars movie was released. Accompanying it are a dozen of promotional stars and videos from all over the world. One thing to note is that EXO is one of those in contract to promote the movie.

So, here’s a collaborative effort from Disney, the current home of Star Wars, and SM Town, the handlers of EXO.

Star Wars fans who are also KPop fanatics have a lot to celebrate this season.

EXO: Growl (으르렁)

I must admit, I am a late bloomer. Even the KPop wave which happened a few years ago just came into my attention last year.

Anyway, been listening to this group for a while now and I am excited that they’ll be in Manila this January 2016.

Here’s a music video of them that I really like. Sad that Kris, Luhan, and Tao are not with the group anymore.

Sam Smith: In The Lonely Hour

It was truly a lonely hour in Manila when the official Sam Smith FaceBook page posted this message 5:00 PM, PST.

News of the cancellation of Australian Tour Dates due to vocal chord hemorrhage was devastating enough. And most people probably saw this coming.

I bought my ticket during the first day of release and was looking forward to an awesome weekend with him.

We’re hoping for the best and that he fully recovers so that he can continue doing what he loves.

We’ll be waiting until your arrival here in the Philippines!

Yes!

Yes! is the title of Jason Mraz’ most recent album and the name of his tour for this year. He has with him Raining Jane, a folk band that helps him with his songwriting chores and performances. It is my first time to watch him live. And boy, have I been missing this for quite some time now.

Jason Mraz was in the Philippines for a one night engagement at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last November 27, 2014.

I love him more now because of this concert. This is definitely worth the price. And if I could do it all over again, I would pay for a seat in the lower sections. That’s how worthy he is of the price of the ticket I’m paying. For three hours, he is singing except for the 10 minute intermission and the first two songs which Raining Jane took care of. No artist could ever do that. And those were not just easy songs, they’re songs that have a lot of range and intricacies.

What I liked about him is that he can change the rendition of his songs without ruining them. He can also add all the vocal gymnastics like runs and falsettos without it being an overkill. He can make you feel the emotions he wants to portray with the song he has written. He is a great storyteller – no song is ever put into waste, no song is ever without meaning. He makes the audience participate by letting them sing lines to his songs. I especially liked him letting us sing the final line for I’m Yours.

I did cry a lot of times especially during Lucky, A Beautiful Mess, Mr. Curiousity, and The Remedy. These are such iconic songs with a lot of depth and meaning. The songs from his current album didn’t have much change in them maybe because it’s what he was promoting. But, nonetheless, Yes! was such a great album to listen to. It gives off a positive vibe that helps you get through a tough day.

Here’s the set list from his Manila leg:

  1. Life is Wonderful
  2. Everywhere
  3. Sweet Dreams
  4. Dynamo of Volition
  5. Lucky
  6. True
  7. Butterfly
  8. I Take the Music
  9. Hello, You Beautiful Thing
  10. Make it Mine
  11. Quiet

Intermission

  1. A Beautiful Mess
  2. 3 Things
  3. Back to the Earth
  4. Living in the Moment
  5. Mr. Curiousity
  6. Sail Away
  7. Love Someone
  8. O. Lover
  9. Geek in the Pink
  10. Only Human
  11. Long Drive
  12. The Remedy
  13. 93 Million Miles
  14. Shine
  15. I’m Yours
  16. I Won’t Give Up
  17. It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday

After the concert, this was the only thing I could say:

Sulit is when you get the most out of what you paid for. That was definitely it and I can’t wait for him to be back! I will definitely buy a ticket in the lower sections. I just didn’t like the non-seat I was sitting on.

Finally watched Jason Mraz live!