"This popular Filipino host does not know Asin. Should I be surprised if the songs he’s familiar with are from Rihanna or a popular RnB artist in the US?"

"It’s as tidy a demonstration as I know of the fact—deeper than ska, deeper than Rosco, deeper than the South—that black popular music in the twentieth century can’t be comprehended except as a phenomenon of what Bernard Bailyn calls the Atlantic world. In this case the old West Indian world, of which Tennessee lay at the northern fringe. It’s the shatter-zone of the slave diaspora. Circulating currents. We gave Jamaica blues. Jamaica gave us ska. Jamaica gave us dub, we gave back hip-hop. It’s been happening for four hundred years."

"The stunning prevalence of repetition in music all over the world is no accident. Music didn’t acquire the property of repetitiveness because it’s less sophisticated than speech, and the 347 times that iTunes says you have listened to your favourite album isn’t evidence of some pathological compulsion – it’s just a crucial part of how music works its magic. "

"The composition features a range of sounds recorded on campus, including the sounds of the jeepneys. Four jeepney drivers—Renato “James” Lino and Jason Reyes on the Ikot route, and Toki drivers Julius Guevarra and Emmanuel Salvador—are even included among the cast of performers, with the sound of their vehicles to be worked into the texture of the composition."

"Because of the high cost of mounting the music festival and the business partnership between Gian "Jon" Herrera, one of the organizers, and James Napoles, son of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles, insiders in the events-organizing industry believe Napoles is behind the grand 7107 event."

"The production celebrates the acclaimed partnership of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the creative legendary force behind the music of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen and La Révolution Française. The two-nights only performances raised a whopping P24 million, all of which will go to Habitat for Humanity with the goal of building 200 houses for those left displaced by the calamity."

Maestro Ryan Cayabyab sits by our table to answer questions from the press during launch. #OPMSummit

Pinoy Music Summit 2014 today at the Landbank Plaza, Manila. Follow @AkeiPH for livetweets of the event!

"“That kind of luxe just ain’t for us”: Where pop culture, progressives, and puritanical values meet."

"It’s the conservatism of today’s youth that fuelled pop’s decline."

"However, being a part of the music industry and having seen many different operations of different sizes, I, together with hundreds of fellow behind-the-scenes production people, have spotted a number of issues that we feel are important to consider."

"Google recently began tracking its user’s music uploads. What’s it doing with that data? A number of things, to be sure, and here’s one we like very much: Google Research has created a rich, multilayered, interactive chart of musical evolution by visualizing which albums from eras-gone-by remain in our music libraries today."

"In Baraka’s retelling of history, music served as a primary source. “Blues People” established the idea that the trajectory of black life in America was most reliably recorded in the music that the experience had produced. Those of us who came of age listening to hip-hop and infused its idioms into our own prose were, knowingly or not, travelling the path that Baraka had cleared with the bebop-suffused lyricism of his writing. In fact, the birth of hip-hop, in the nineteen-seventies, was itself an outgrowth of the poetic experiments Baraka had helped to pioneer a decade earlier, with the Black Arts Movement. "

"A music insider who asked not to be named told Yahoo Philippines that some show organizers may have been only using the opportunity from the Yolanda calamity to get the services of artists for free."

"He performs in five bands, produces albums for several artists, and plays a variety of musical instruments to boot."