If you haven’t heard about Charice, chances are you will in the next few months. This pint-sized singer from the Philipines made a name for herself through YouTube (so common these days!) and made a particularly huge impact when she performed “Note To God” on Oprah in 2009. That YouTube clip has over 2 million hits. Check it out:
It gets pretty ridiculous around 2:15 in, then she just kills it at the end… Yeah. Let’s see Miley Cyrus do that.
Anyhow, Charice’s new single is “Pyramid” featuring Iyaz. It’s going to be a challenge for her to cross over from the big, huge broadway-esque songs like “Note To God” to more mainstream pop fare… But with her incredible range and agility, I wouldn’t be surprised if she pulled it off. In fact, her new video for “Pyramid” already has almost 2.3 million hits and it was only posted a month ago. Check it out here:
One of our favorite APA hip hop groups, Far East Movement, announced yesterday that they have officially signed with Cherrytree/Interscope records, home to such giant acts as Sting, Lady Gaga, and Feist. This marks FEM’s foray into the tricky world of major label record deals. Say what you will about major labels, but I think this is a huge accomplishment and marks what I hope is a continuing trend of more APA musicians being put into the spotlight.
Congrats to FEM and their management team! I hope that Cherrytree and Interscope treat them with the respect and, ahem, resources they deserve.
Blue Scholars has been known to lay down some funky goodness in the past. But here we find Prometheus Brown taking things to a political level with his “ode” to Michelle Malkin. Now, we’re not a political blog and we’re certainly not interested in getting into that sort of conversation… But this song is kind of awesome, if for no other reason than the Sade sample is pretty sick.
Free download available from the Blue Scholars website.
As many of you know, I have the privilege of handling performance programming for the CAPA Heritage Festival this year. We recently sent out our open call for performer auditions and booth registration. See below for details!
We are happy to announce open booth & performance registrations for the 31st Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival.
We are hosting the day-long celebration in Union Square on Sunday, May 2rd, 2010, from 12pm to 6pm. (Tell your friends!)
We are currently seeking submissions for:
1. Dance performances & musical performers.
2. Booths for community groups & businesses to present at the festival
Our event has a history of media coverage including the NY Times, Newsday, Village Voice, TimeOut magazine, NY1 News, and many ethnic papers.
To submit registration for booths or auditions for performances, please visit our registration site.
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, respectively.
Performances Submissions: Friday, February 15, 2010
Early Bird Booth Rates: Monday, March 1, 2010
Lastly, we are a 100% volunteer-based community event and are always looking for new teammates, especially valuable are those with technical skills (ie. sound systems, online media, etc).
Director of Entertainment
Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans