Posted on 06 November 2013.
Posted on 02 June 2013.
Charice gave an exclusive interview to Boy Abunda.
Boy: Everybody is talking about you…Let’s start here. Why have you avoided the media?
Charice: When there are big issues that come out, of course I’m afraid because I’m still human. I’m very careful to the point that I don’t know anymore what I should say just so people’s reaction to it will be neutral. I don’t want to suddenly say something and then everything will be negative. I gave myself a break to think what I should do, what next steps I need to take so that everything will get better. This is why I am facing you today.
Boy: Why are you breaking your silence now? Why are you speaking up now?
Charice: I’ve asked for a lot of signs; it’s really true when you feel it…I’ve done a lot of things for the ones I love, for my family for many years, I did it for them. Now I feel that this time I’d like to do things for myself.
Boy: These signs, the signs which are the reasons why we are talking today…
Charice: Yes, we had a fight, I have to understand her because if she hurt me, I know she was hurt more because she’s a mother. As of now, we’re not fighting. We’re still in that stage trying to understand each other, but I have to give her credit for trying to understand the situation, so yes we fight but that is normal.
Boy: Your grandmother – you and your “Lola,” are you quarreling?
Charice: The truth is, no. I’ve seen her interview but we’re not quarreling. In the first place, we didn’t have a chance to talk yet. Perhaps because she has her own opinion and I accept that, I’ve seen her interview and I understood that that’s how she felt but we’re not fighting.
Boy: Who is Robert Yberra?
Charice: He is my godfather. I’ve seen a lot comments from him, things that he said to the media and to some people. I respect him as a person. As my godfather, I owe him a lot.
Boy: You’re not mad at him?
Charice: I don’t know why I’m not mad at him. Even if I think I should be mad at him for the things he’s been saying, but I don’t. We stayed at his house…the small things…he’s the one who taught me how to drive. As long as he knows me as a person and I know him, I respect him, I owe him a lot. That’s all.
Boy: There were rumors that you left your house without telling anyone. Is it true? What are the reasons? Tell us the story.
Charice: No, I don’t know what to say about that. I left home, yes, but I think Mom knew that it would get to that point. I left not because I don’t want to be there; I left because that was what I needed to do.
Boy: Charice, everyone’s asking now, where are you now? Where do you live here in the Philippines? Who do you consider your family now, especially at these times that you are going through a lot in your life?
Charice: I am staying right now in Cabuyao, Laguna. I am staying with a family that I didn’t expect will take a chance….
Boy: Gamble (taking a chance)?
Charice: Gamble, as in they will take a bullet for me. That’s why on my birthday…I am lucky there are people like that, I didn’t expect that. It’s hard to trust, it’s hard to find people like that, but I left it to God to give me a sign of who can help me. They are here in Laguna – Mommy Ina, Daddy George, and older brother Glenn. I’ve known them for a long time since I was young, so when I got to their house that day, I felt comfortable already.
Boy: You’re home here, in this house?
Boy: This is what you call home. What do you want to tell them, your new family?
Charice: I would like to thank them but I don’t feel that it’s enough to just say that. I’ve been here a month but it feels like years. I would like to say in front of all of you that I thank them very much. I hope people don’t think bad things about them because if it weren’t for them, I won’t be here today. I’d be so depressed so I am very thankful.
Boy: Are you hoping that you, Grandma, Mommy, and Obet will sit down and talk?
Charice: Maybe, I always think that everything will be ok.
Boy: Another rumor – your career is over and you are just sitting around in Cabuyao, Laguna doing nothing.
Charice: You know people here call me homeless?
Boy: Why homeless?
Charice: Homeless. I laughed because I realized that it is difficult. You try to be down to earth, and people still comment. People see me walking around – that’s me. I’d rather do that than be seen as a high society person who doesn’t go out (in the streets). I watch basketball tournaments which what I like to do now – this is what I want to do.
Boy: Let’s talk about your career. What happened to your career?
Charice: My US manager is still Marc Johnston, nothing changed. Glenn Aldueza here in the Philippines. It’s nice to have people who know your likes and dislikes. I’m going to have a recording, which will be featured in a big project. There are also TV shows but I can’t talk yet. If I am allowed to talk, I will.
Boy: In other words, there are things still happening in your career?
Charice: For my fans here in the Philippines, we are working on a third album, just for you.
Boy: This is what the Filipino people are waiting for, the most controversial thing. I am thankful that you are brave and you trust me in telling your story. When your pictures appeared in social networks, there were many questions and theories on your change in appearance, hair, clothing and your mannerisms. Why the change? There are speculations that you’re rebelling, you’re looking for attention. What do you want to say?
Charice: I don’t know how to explain. I was being truthful. I had a hair cut – all the choices that I made I know are very risky. I’ve done them because I want to, not because I was rebelling, not because I was hurt by a person or family, not because I am emotionally depressed. I did them because I wanted to.
Boy: This a hard question. I don’t know how to phrase this, only because I believe that we don’t owe anybody an explanation. I believe that sexual orientation and gender identity don’t have anything to do with talent, but I need to ask you, are you a lesbian?
Charice: Uncle Boy I have a chance to do this internationally…
Boy: Charice, you mean this conversation didn’t have to happen here?
Charice: I chose to do it here because I owe it to the Filipino people. I felt that they should be the ones to know what I am and who I am. Yes, I’m a tomboy. I don’t know why that’s a problem? Because for me, it’s not a problem. Now I want to ask forgiveness to those who don’t understand, to those who can’t accept me. I’m sorry. I can understand. For those who will accept and can accept me, thank you very much. And for what I have done I just want to say that I feel that a heavy weight has been lifted from me now (tears up voice slightly breaks). That I can leave the house without hiding anything, nor putting anyone down because I’m not hiding anything. Sorry Mommy, Carl…but this is me. I’m proud of myself, I love myself. That is why I’ve done this. To my fans, I know a lot of you are disappointed, some of you will probably leave me. Sorry. You know I’m a sincere person. From the bottom of my heart, sorry. I understand.
Boy: Charice, I would like to clarify, you’re sorry not because you’re a lesbian, you’re sorry because….
Charice: I know that all of them got hurt.
Boy: They got hurt because you came out and they never expected this and in our culture this is not the normal and usual way and most of the time remains hidden so that the public and fans stay happy. But you chose to tell the truth because it was the right thing to do. Do you hope one day that you could work overseas in a world, in an industry, that won’t look at gender but talent?
Charice: I believe that someday, it will come. It’s just difficult at the moment. I believe that someday, we will come out and work as equals. That’s why sometimes they say: Are you gay? (And I answer) what, are you straight? It’s all the same.
Boy: How do you feel? Do you feel free?
Charice: Yes, of course. I can’t tell who, but yes, I’ve experienced it.
Boy: But you needed to hide?
Charice: Yes TNT (laughs). (TNT means “tago nang tago” or always hiding.)
Boy: The last time I saw you, you were with Cheesa. Did you have a relationship with her?
Charice: Oh yes! No, it’s a joke! Because I remember we posted a picture captioned “my baby girl.” Then we saw on our Twitter timelines, jowa/jowaers (bf or gf gay lingo for girlfriend), things like that, but no.
Boy: You’re so cute you can do that now.
Charice: (laughs) It’s not true, Cheesa is like a sister, a big sister.
Boy: Here is another question people are waiting for. Who is Alyssa Quijano in your life?
Charice: Wait, I’ll wipe my perspiration first….Uhm…We’ve known each other for a long time now. We met when she was 9 and I was 10. In singing contests, we used to compete with each other. We met again when we saw each other on X-factor. All I can say is, she is an inspiration in my life. She’s one of the people who gave me strength. At the moment, she’s a very special person.
Boy: You love Alyssa?
Charice: Sorry! I wish you could open my heart and see the answer.
Boy: If I could open your heart, is it a yes or no?
Charice: It beats strongly.
Boy: A strong heartbeat…Is Alyssa the reason why there is a misunderstanding between you and your family?
Charice: Maybe we could say it’s one of the expected reasons.
Boy: They’re saying she’s the one you are spending your money on, that your family don’t like her.
Charice: All I can say is that they don’t know her. They don’t know how amazing she is but I know she understands.
Boy: Did the two of you elope?
Charice: Uncle boy? Am I like a teenage boy?
Boy: Do you plan to get married someday?
Charice: One day, one day. Not at the moment but one day.
Boy: Where is God in your life now?
Charice: In my heart always but some people think I’ve have forgotten Him. But everyday I’m always say ”Lord, I leave everything up to You” because I know that He is the “One” guiding me.
Boy: What is your prayer to God?
Charice: My prayer is that people will accept me, that my family accept me.
Boy: Charice, from all of these, what is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
Charice: To Mommy and Carl… I wish I were more open, more honest because the most important (thing) in the relationship between parents and their kids is to be open to one another, whatever the reaction of the other will be. To all young people my age, people undergoing the same thing – be true to yourself. We know in ourselves who we are. Life is too short to play games. Just be free.
Boy: Again, for your fans.
Charice: Chasters, this is it! New chapter. Welcome, welcome to my crazy life. Enjoy the ride.
Boy: If there is a song that will capture what you want say to the world, what is that song? Sing me that song!
Charice: (Sings “F***ing Perfect” by PINK)
Boy: What was that favorite song you used to sing in most of the contests that you used to join? The one you and your Mom chose?
Charice: I might cry again.
Boy: I would love to hear you sing that song now that you’re free!
Charice: (sings Maghintay ka Lamang)
Boy: I love you Charice and thank you.
Translations: Mingfan, Bbelj, Mooffin
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” – William W. Purkey
Posted by Schoen, Charicemania.com
Posted on 07 January 2013.
This post is for all of those who are quick to judge @OfficialCharice
Everybody in the entertainment industry knows that being in the spotlight at a young age can take away precious moments of one’s childhood. Child stars are pretty much forced to grow up faster because of all the extra work, pressure, ethics and environment. Then there is also the part of them having to maintain an image that is marketable in the eyes of their label / management. Imagine having to juggle between school, practice, and work while also trying to squeeze in time for family and friends. Yes, they trade those moments for fortune and fame, but deep down inside I truly believe that there are always times when a kid just wants to be a kid. Other big name stars have experienced the same dilemma, and many of them eventually break down or decide to leave the entertainment industry to pursue a more personal and private kind of lifestyle.
Charice has been making appearances since she was just a few years old until now. She has basically worked more hours and years then most people her age. Her style and voice has changed consistently over the years, which is a natural part of the aging process. Everybody goes through this in life. Trying to find a style that fits them, only to find out that they dislike it and try something new again and again. Maybe Charice really likes this new style and maybe she’s thinking of growing her hair back out. Whatever the case, I think she owes it to herself to make her own decisions for a change. (As long as those decisions don’t put her in any immediate danger or cause permanent injury).
Only Charice herself knows exactly what she wants in life and in which direction she wants her career to go. Our only prerogative is to decide whether or not we want to go along for the ride and support her. Everybody seems to have a different image of Charice that they prefer. Family, fans, her label, and maybe even Hollywood in general. Who knows? But I can only imagine the feeling of having everybody around you trying to dictate your life, especially fans that she has so much appreciation for. After a while it must be hard not to get annoyed or lose trust in those people. There is no possible way one person can please everybody, and there is not, JUST ONE, right look for her. There is not, JUST ONE, right look for anybody. All of the biggest stars in Hollywood change their style on a regular basis. This is also what helps them draw the attention of the viewers like us.
As for her carreer. Charice did have a busy schedule for 2012. Here is a list of guestings that I can remember. (Please forgive me if I forgot a few Cha)
- Did a photoshoot for Preview Magazine
- Had the airing of the “One For The Heart” Valentine Concert (Februrary 12, 2012)
- Infinity Tour Concerts: Dubai, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Hawaii. (March 2, 2012 – March 21, 2012)
- Won the Favorite Asian Act from Nickelodeon (April 1, 2012)
- Performed at the KababayanFest 2012 in California (June 30, 2012)
- Flew back and forth every week during the X Factor Philippines. (June 23, 2012 – Oct. 14, 2012)
- Sang live with Gary V on ASAP (Oct. 14, 2012)
- The US launch of Here Comes The Boom, which she received high praises on. (Oct. 9, 2012)
- Interview on “The Couch” broadcasted live on TV (October 10, 2012)
- Interviewed on MySpace (Oct. 11, 2012)
- Performed at TOFA Awards in NYC (Oct. 27, 2012)
- Infinity Tour Hawaii (Nov. 3, 2012)
- Appeared on The Buzz, KrisTV, and ASAP Chillout (December 2, 2012)
- And was also mentioned in various magazines and blogs throughout the year…
To me this seems like one heck of a schedule. There are many other huge celebrities out there that make only a handful of appearances every year, and the only reason why you hear about them so much is because TV shows like TMZ, Extra and ET like to have reporters follow them and shove cameras in their faces so they have something to talk about every day.
To even balance a international schedule like Charice did is absolutely amazing for a 20 year old. Give her some credit. Give her a break. Just appreciate what she has brought to the table and contributed to us. When any of you are going through hard times in life, how do you feel when your elders constantly pressure you with lectures and advices? In the end, you would really prefer being with a few close friends who will comfort and support you in making your decision regardless of what it is. If you made the right choice, you will celebrate together. If you made the wrong choice, they wil console you and find ways to make you feel better, and ready to tackle on the next obstacle in life. Nobody likes being told what to do. We are humans, not puppets.
I know some people will agree with me and some will disagree. That’s fine. It’s just how life is. There are BILLIONS of people in this world, and if we didn’t have different opinions on things life would be boring as hell. Just remember that just because you read something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you interpreted it correctly. It is extremely easy to misunderstand messages trying to be portrayed on social media, so please take a second to make sure you understand 100% what the writer is trying to say before you bash them. I say all of this with the utmost respect for everybody. Spread love…not hate. Looking forward to a great year for Charice. Peace out~! #LeggoCharice2013
Written by NYChaster
Thanks for taking the time to write this one Hoonie (NYChaster) and we hope that you guys will leave your comments below.
Posted by Schoen, Charicemania.com
Posted on 09 December 2012.
December 10 UPDATE: Video with subtitles!
We know the quality of this video is not that good, it’s also long, there’s no subtitles in english too, in short: it’s not perfect! But it’s showing the real…..Charice!
Special thanks to Chaster_Denisa for uploading fast!
Thanks to Bbelj, DeadlySweet, Denisa and the staff of ChariceTVCrew.
Posted by Schoen, Charicemania.com
Posted on 16 May 2012.
Indeed our greatest treasure ever; Charice is back again in her home country for the X Factor Philippines.
Last May 14 Charice arrived in Manila showing yet another tattoo, which reads, “I never knew true love until someone broke my heart.” Awww!! Tissue please. Oops wait; before you guys starts to cry…sorry but Charice won’t be sharing her story. Read the full story
Posted on 25 April 2012.
“Do you ever wonder why? This music gets you high? It takes you on a ride. Feel it when our body starts to rock. Baby you can’t stop. And the music’s all you got. Come on now, this must be pop!!!”
Yup! That is the chorus of the song entitled “Pop” by 90′s boy bond N’Sync. Of course we’re not going to talk about them (Hotness alert!!! Justin Timberlake!!!) but we will focus on a more important matter and that is the (drum roll please) 11th Annual Popstar “Poptastic” Awards.
For those who doesn’t know, Popstar is an entertainment magazine on the internet. See website Popstaronline.com. It gives articles, photos, videos, contest and etc. on the latest entertainment news that teens and the young at heart absolutely love. Think showbiz personalities like One Direction, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and more.
Guess who is nominated as the Best Female Singer? No doubt your guess is right..CHARICE! She’s going to go up against other artist such as Adele, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna to name a few. So this means we have to ready our pointy fingers and click on Charice’s name with much love and devotion like what we did on the recent Nicklelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards. (Voting is done once per day and it must be received by April 30.
VOTE HERE >>>Click the Photo below:
So Chasters be ready to have a raccoon like eye bags and muscular pointy fingers as we vote our hearts out to our beloved Charice. As they say in the Popstar website: What’s Now? What’s new? What’s next? The answer to these questions is simple…Charice.
Special thanks to LDMovies for reminding us!
By Princess Serena, Charicemania.com
Posted on 22 April 2012.
Thank you for your comments. Just a friendly reminder, please limit your greetings to a sentence. Add your username, location, and year when you became a fan. Let’s give Charice a chance to read all of the greetings. Thank you.
Oprah’s The Most Talented Girl In The World will be turning 20 this May 10th. And she’s definitely not a young girl anymore but a grown up woman.
Chasters around the world are thinking of greeting Charice but how? Through video greetings? Maybe a choreographed dance like what Tintol and team did last year? But how to include Chasters abroad?
One suggestion from Bluemax is to research the Chaster countries of the world and create a global Chaster map. What we can offer here in Charicemania is to use the site as a platform to send your birthday greetings and at the same time, collect Chasters’ whereabouts all around the world.
So just leave your comment below and for the mechanics, it’s easier to add just one greeting line, your username or name and location and since when you are following Charice’s career. Isn’t that interesting?
Article Link: Why Do We Love Charice?
Video uploaded by Jimroot 04
Article Link: Birthday Surprise
Thank you for your comments. Just a friendly reminder, please limit your greetings to a sentence. Add your username, location, and year when you became a fan. Let’s give Charice a chance to read all of the greetings. Thank you.
Thumbnail photo courtesy of NYChaster
Posted by Schoen, Charicemania.com
Posted on 16 February 2012.
Home is where the heart is. Indeed! Charice was home to show her love to her fellow Filipinos by having a special Valentine Concert entitled “One for the Heart.”
The event was broadcasted last February 12 at GMAT TV. Along with the singing sensation are local artists Jay-R also known as the R&B prince and balladeer Mark Bautista.
Not only that Charice sang her favorite songs in the program; she also talked about her Infinity concert in Asia this coming March. In addition, there was also an emotional and tender moment wherein Charice paid tribute to her father who died last year by singing a song for him.
Overall, the TV Special was a success. It was a great Valentines gift not only for Chasters all over the world but to her fellow Filipinos as well.
Video Uploaded in Full
by Princess Serena & Schoen, Charicemania.com
Posted on 17 January 2012.
“Ooohh, that’s hot!” Nah! We’re not talking about Paris Hilton but somebody else. Do you want to guess? It’s quite obvious right? It’s none other than (drum roll please), the brilliant, beautiful (inside and out), and has the voice that will open the heavens above making the angels sing their hearts out…It’s CHARICE!
Popular teen magazine J-14 had a poll asking their readers who is the Hottest Girl and they finally announced the results. The top place goes to our very own mega talented Charice who got 84%. It was a landslide victory! (Way to go Chasters!) Next is Justin Bieber’s better half Selena Gomez who accumulated 8%. In third position comes the guitar wielding, pop-country singer Taylor Swift garnering 3% and last is Demi Lovato who acquired 1% of the votes.
Charice was a surprise winner according to the magazine but to the world of Chasters she is not. We cannot deny the fact that Charice is the champion here because of her God given gift of singing. Her voice once you hear it simply amazes you along with her great personality as well.
So Congratulations to Charice and to those who feverishly voted for her here’s something for you. Treat your pointy finger to a massage and buy a new computer mouse. You deserve one! LOL!
By Princess Serena, Charicemania.com
Posted on 31 October 2011.
I wouldn’t let this opportunity pass this year… so I sent in my email address and waited for confirmation that I was included in the 130+ Chasters for the Pre-concert Gathering when CM started doing the sign-up and glad enough when I saw my name included. But the gathering and the concert itself would only be icing on the cake as I already had the unique opportunity of being with some Chasters the previous days.
Somehow I found out that DeeJay Drake, Jonbudz and a lot more other Chasters were in town for the DFF in Manila concert. Nege was texting that they had cooked up a birthday party for Jonbudz at Metrowalk’s Club Phi the Monday before the concert, and plans for the pre-concert meet at Max’s Restaurant at Gateway Araneta seemed to be gaining momentum. My excitement for the DFF was double for sure as I had missed out on the previous year’s concert because I had to choose between that and a weekend retreat that I needed to attend. Anyway, I decided to whip up an evening for some of them and asked Narita to kindly extend the invite. So Saturday saw Nege, A.b. Bonita, Kram, Jonbudz, Narita, and Kit having dinner with me at the Bagoong Club. After dinner, I brought the group to My Brother’s Mustache for some quiet entertainment. Here, Java and Tintol caught up with us… and then another move to a Starbucks outlet nearby. DeeJay Drake couldn’t join us since he was under the weather, even as Bluemax, Rodbelt, Isaak and others also couldn’t make it because it was such short notice. Sometime during dinner, Narita asked me. “So Henry, what’s the occasion?” My answer… “I just felt like spending time with you guys… with family!”
With Rodbelt sharing his wonderful stories about the NAIA welcome, the Pre-Concert Gathering and the concert itself, I’ve decided that I would share here what I felt makes the Chaster family unique.
Nege gave me quite a genuine and warm hug when I picked them up for dinner last Saturday, much like the hugs I would receive from Jonbudz, Ab Bonita, and most of the Chasters I would finally meet at Jonbudz birthday party and at the Pre-Concert Gathering. Finally putting faces to the names I’ve always known by heart or names to the faces that I always see in Chasters news couldn’t stop my smile and glee from showing the happiness I felt. This indescribable feeling all started during my first encounter with Chasters in the SMX concert of Charice… I remember the late Uno being the first person to greet me and welcome me to the group, and me latching on to Narita much like a security blanket because I still did not know how to act within the group… until you just felt that everyone’s devotion and love for Charice made perfect sense that you would just feel the same for all those who felt the same for Charice.
The unique perspective I have from being a photographer also helped that I notice more than what others do. During the PICC Valentine’s concert of Charice, I couldn’t help but feel and empathize with all the fans who stayed after the concert for the meet and greet. I remember clear as day the expression of Nege’s face when while singing “The Climb” as part of the Meet & Greet program, Charice would come out and sing alongside her. I can’t forget the surprised look of Nege and the cheering she received from the rest of the fans who were there… everyone just seemed to share in Nege’s joy for this dream come true. The magnanimity of Charice’s heart for her fans would bear itself out every chance there is and this was again proven in this last concert when she came out to join Kimmie as she sang “Because You Loved Me”. But the feeling I had as a fan seeing Nege or Kimmie live out their dreams on separate occasions was the same feeling that I shared with the Chaster family. I could almost sense at those very moment that everyone was very happy for both these Chasters.
The pre-concert gathering was something else… and one that I would always remember. I hadn’t even given my name at the registration table and yet I was met with smiles and such warm hugs… as if we’ve known each other all our lives. And once I’ve read the names on their tags would clear memories of each Chaster snap clear in my mind. I’d go, “oh, you’re the one who did this… or I remember that…” Here was a gathering of people from all walks of life, from all over the planet… and yet there was singularity in purpose, a common love that clearly bound each one to the other. I finally met people whose names I’ve only read, but now there were faces to go along with it. Rodbelt, Bluemax, Wower, Dtox, Gunrunner, Tsuki… and a lot of others that Rodbelt had already mentioned in his article… and there were a lot of stories that were shared. I have learned to appreciate this extended family that I now have. I admire the inexhaustible energy of those who organized the different meet-ups, or those who took Sunday off just to buy the glow sticks that they distributed to all the concert audience, to Kenji who set up the photo-booth and let everyone have their photos taken, to Tita Glo and Carl10 who emceed with gusto. More than that, I was simply amazed that Chasters from all over the world… US. Canada, Japan, Singapore, Middle-East, Guam… as well as from all over the Philippines came just for this gathering and the concert.
The enthusiastic response of those who gave their ovations (whether standing or seated) to those who presented their song numbers: Cutie Singer, Isaak, Sofia, Jonbudz and the quartet of Artemis, Nege, Dino Sour, and Aki demonstrated only too well what Chasters are all about… In this family, one is not judged by superficial things in life… attire, make-up, or even talent (which I have to say was not at all lacking from those I mentioned above)… but rather for what each one’s heart shows and proudly announces to everyone willing to listen… that we all love Charice! no matter what!
In this family, there is no thumbs down… we accept each and every Chaster for what he or she is. We do not have shallow beliefs of what Charice should be, should have done, have become or must be. We only know too well that she has changed most of our lives for the better and has shown that we should not stop believing that good things happen to those who believe; that good begets good; and that our love will always be there not only for Charice but for everyone who belongs to this unique Chaster family.
By Henri_v, Charicemania.com
Posted on 27 October 2011.
My unexpected trip to the Philippines last August started as a sad one as it was to attend to the needs of my only brother who untimely passed at 60. I decided to stay longer to plan for my eventual retirement to the motherland. This decision turned out to be a blessing as it started my involvement with Philippine Chasters and the planned gathering on October 25th.
I met Tintol and Beda, the Chasters I affectionately describe as the Charice-size, fireballs of energy who are the cogs that keep the wheels in this group turning smoothly. Bluemax, Carol, Narita, abBonita and Julius showed up and details were laid out for the event. I learned that five underprivileged, musically talented kids who are fans of Charice were chosen to attend the dinner and the concert. It now dawned upon me that this get-together was not going to be a small gathering at all. After a second meeting to finalize the plans (where I finally met Artemis, our poetic Chaster who composed a song dedicated to Charice and to be performed in the dinner with Aki, the quiet rapper-dancer Chaster), I patiently waited for the eventful day.
I then received a message from Tintol about Charice’s arrival on the 24th. I went to the Mall of Asia, met Beda and a few Chasters and taxied to the airport where we met Tintol and a few more Chasters. Resigned to the fact that we cannot get near the arrival gate because of tight security, we patiently waited at the end of the driveway ramp, rubber necking at the convoy of black SUVs parked in front of the arrival exit, eagerly hoping to catch a glimpse of Charice. I became impatient and unsure of whether Charice will have the time to acknowledge us and ventured to ‘crash’ security. I casually crossed the driveway out of the guard’s sight, mingled with the arriving passengers at the various hotel reception suites facing the arrival exit, and then crossed again where the convoy was parked. SUCCESS! I stood around, hands akimbo to hide that I was the only one without a credential pass around my neck.
Charice then came out with dark shades and her trademark fedora! She was met by Mommy Raqz and was handed her beautiful Shih Tzu. I tried to approach her, snapped a couple of pictures, and yelled: “Charice, It’s I, RodBelt from New Jersey”. Charice glanced in my direction, smiled, waved and hopped into the SUV. I wondered whether she remembered me as I was wearing my now trademark red-striped Polo and Philippine flag-emblazoned baseball cap, my attire in all five times I met her in the past. I hurriedly returned to the Chasters crew and proudly showed them the pictures I took. The convoy then started moving in our direction. The SUV carrying Charice stopped and opened its window. Charice briefly acknowledged those who were lucky enough to be in front.
Knowing that Resorts World (the premier casino in the Philippines adjacent to Marriot where the DF&F crew were staying) was going to have a program honoring the music of David Foster where Charice was invited, I requested BlueMax to drop me off there. I was hoping that I might have the chance to meet and talk with Charice again. (With all due respect folks, this was not stalking, just an ardent show of love for our PRINCESS). I accidentally bumped into the band members on their way to dinner and had a brief conversation with the drummer who told me that Charice is the REAL DEAL.
A crowd started milling around the entrance of the club at about 7.00 when someone with a fedora arrived. It was CHARICE! I yelled “Charice!” pointing at my cap. She looked around, saw me, smiled, said “Po!” (Sir), walked toward me, extended her hand which I warmly shook, and gave me a hug! I was briefly star-struck again, and could hardly say “I’ll see you tomorrow”. She replied “Opo” (Yes, sir) and walked into the venue. I said to myself: My GOD, Charice remembers me! I left walking on cloud nine to the taxi stand still hardly believing what I just experienced.
I woke up the next day, turned on my computer to check my e-mails and for some CM news thinking that it will still be at 3:00PM that I will meet with the organizers. I did not check my phone messages until 1:00PM only to find out that there was a last minute M&G at Café Adriatico at 1:00 PM! Cursing myself, I hurriedly dressed up, grabbed a cab and texted Tintol that I was not going to make it for the M&G but I was coming anyway. I arrived at 2:30 PM. Missing the event with nothing to do but brag (again) about my adventures with Charice, I thought of showing them my pictures with Charice only to realize in horror that I left my camera in the cab! My spirits sunk as if I lost a dear friend, thinking about all the memorable pictures of Charice and Chasters lost with the camera. I was almost ready to cry in disgust only for Beda to console me.
The crowd started arriving at Max’s at about 3:30 PM with Beda and Julius manning registration. Other Chasters were preparing the sound system and cameras for taking pictures with a life-size replica of Charice. Chasters came from everywhere – Doc Ed from Guam, tsuki from Okinawa, Leigh from Dubai, stockpicker from California, Henry V, Wower, gunrunner, a couple of Singaporeans and so many others whose names I could not remember. Lantao then arrived and was mobbed like a real celebrity in his own right with Chasters jockeying to have pictures taken with him so much so that people in the restaurant started asking who he was! The program started with performances – Artemis playing her guitar and singing her own composition with a couple of Chasters; Aki doing an impressive rap mimicking various sound effects, an Adam Lambert imitation; a Chaster singing her version of All By Myself, Isaac from Texas on the piano who sang and gave some jazzy touches a la Ray Charles to some of Charice’s original recordings and of course, little Cutiesinger with her impressive imitation of a little Charice. It was almost total pandemonium. It was party time. It is hard to imagine that these 130+ former strangers were now bound together as one HAPPY FAMILY just because of the common love and adoration for Charice. The affair ended about 7:15 with attendees receiving souvenirs of beautiful hardboard cutouts of Charice in her performance outfits, their pictures with the life-size replica of Charice and memories of a wonderful event.
Photo courtesy of Wower
The arena was still half-full close to the starting time of 8:00 PM. I started to wonder if the Black Eyed Peas concert on the same night had seriously affected attendance. After all, BEP was heavily promoted with very heavy sponsorship. DF&F on the other hand had very little ads that I probably would have missed had I been a casual fan. My worries were unfounded because the coliseum was filled to 95% capacity.
The concert finally started at 8:30 with David’s signature St. Elmos’s Fire. Russell Watson, a tenor I confess I know nothing about, opened the show and had the crowd into a chorus with “Volare” after being advised by David that the Filipino audience is not the typical sort with no equal in the world. That we Filipinos can sing!
Ashanti sang her version of the Bodyguard Medley giving it her own personal touch to the delight of the crowd. No, I will not make any comparison here with Charice’s interpretation of the song. Philip Bailey brought the crowd to its feet with his rendition of old Earth Wind and Fire standards. Martin Nievera was invited onstage and sang a few notes. A girl seated in the upper box (who I found out later through YouTube that she is one lucky Chaster named Kimmie) picked by David from the crowd took a long time to come down that David said she had to wait.
Then DARKNESS….A BIG INTRO BY THE BAND…. LIGHTS ON…..IT’S CHARICE! Green glow sticks lighted a section of the upper box – THE CHASTERS. She opened with “A Power of Love” without belting but showing style and maturity. She happily acknowledged the presence of Chasters. She followed with “Stand Up For Love”, a David Foster song I’ll admit I am not familiar with, then a beautiful rendition of “Unbreak My Heart”. David made a nice introduction of Charice’s very own “LOUDER” which Charice sang with gusto, descending from the stage, walking along the aisles and mingling with the fans to the delight of everyone.
She was followed by Michael Bolton who entertained and pleased the crowd with his memorable ballads. Charice came out again and sang a beautiful duet of “The Prayer” with Michael. David then made a heart-touching description of the finale number – MJ’s “Earth Song”, relating its haunting lyrics to the current state of our environment before David’s “FRIENDS” appeared one by one and sang it with Charice as the last one to appear on stage. Some of the crowd started heading for the exits but most refused to leave clapping furiously even after everyone left the stage. I noticed that the lights were still not on and the band members were still on stage – meaning more was coming! David returned, sat on the piano, played a few of his songs with the AUDIENCE SINGING IN CHORUS IN THE BACKGROUND WITH EVERY SONG! It was not only a concert! It was a SING-ALONG LOVEFEST! As David said: “ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES” did he experience this! David stood up and reminded everyone of the last audience singer he invited. Kimmee then came out and started singing “Because You Love Me”. Then CHARICE came out to the roar of the crowd and joined Kimmee in a duet – reminding me of a little of the Celine-Charice duet at Madison Square Garden. Kimmee was quite shocked and with tears welling around her eyes, sang impressively with her idol. Then, tremendous applause from the crowd as David and Charice left the stage. ……… THE PARTY’S OVER.
But it is far from the end. It is only a brief segment in the long journey for Charice whose music will hopefully bring more joy, love, camaraderie, and togetherness to millions for generations to come.
To all the nameless Chasters in the background who selflessly volunteered their time, efforts, and energy to make this affair a very successful and memorable one, you are the little Chaster Clauses in all Chaster’s hearts – THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
AND TO CHARICE: THE BEST PARTS OF YOUR STORY, CAREER AND MUSIC ARE YET TO BE WRITTEN!!
By Rodbelt, Charicemania.com
I first met Rod at The Coffee Bean (Araneta Center) last September 25, 2011 when he arrived as Tintol, Narita, Julius and I were planning the pre-concert activities on October 25, 2011. He commuted from Las Pinas City very eager to meet Chasters as they don’t seem to have a Chaster crowd in New Jersey. This nice man is a welcome addition to our growing “Senior Citizens” group (I know of over 15 whose names I refuse to share here).
I met Rod again on the 2nd and final meeting on October 16, 2011 at Max’s. He was late so I waited for him at the Coffee Bean (original meeting place). This final meeting was a bigger one where he met a great number of Chasters including Beda, A.B., Artemis, Aki, Nege, Dino, Sean, Kram, jonbudz, Leah, Chastin, Java etc. (Sorry for missed names. I have a “Senior” excuse)
Then I met with him once again on October 24th at the NAIA to meet Cha. I confirm all his related undercover activities and that I dropped him off at the Resorts World to continue his mission (it’s like he parachuted off from a helicopter). And now I hear of his exploits which, I am sure, were understated.
I write this response to confirm and attest to this genuine Senior Chaster’s adventure. Welcome Rod to the Philippine Chaster scene. I have already heard stories of your kindness, your story-telling nature and your innate passion for anything related to our princess from those Chasters who have spent moments with you.
Very inspiring article Rod. Thank you for sharing. – Bluemax
Posted/Edited by Mooffin, AnonymousFanatic & Schoen, Charicemania.com
Posted on 18 October 2011.
UPDATE 10/20 – Video added on Charice’s YouTube Channel. Video embedded below.
Only a few days after a Japanese TV show showed in advance Charice’s “Louder” music video, the official world premiere of “Louder” has arrived! No more squinting at the low quality copies uploaded on Youtube because you can now see the “Louder” music video in its full glory at EW.com.
Tim Cruz, the director of the video, previously announced the date of the world premiere on his Twitter account, after learning of the early debut in Japan:
From Entertainment Weekly:
Watch below as the Philippines-born 19-year-old explores her dancey-diva side in the clip, choreographed by Gil Duldulao, the man behind the moves in Jennifer Lopez’s “Waiting for Tonight,” Janet Jackson’s “Together Again,” and “Christina Aguilera’s “Drrrty” and “Genie in a Bottle,” among others.
What do you think, readers — do you prefer Charice in saucy mode, or do you still think of her as the be-ribboned moppet who made sweet music with Celine Dion?
The official “Louder” music video has yet to be uploaded to Charice’s YouTube channel. Hopefully, her camp does this soon so that views resulting from the fans’ initial excitement/hysteria will be counted! The lyric video of “Louder” that was released five months ago have exactly 2,678,535 views as of this moment. For the official music video to be deemed successful, its views should definitely surpass 2.67 million, right? So Chasters, be ready to view and replay as soon as the video is up on youtube.com/charice.
Many websites have already published articles about the “Louder” music video featuring the low quality copies on Youtube. Most of the reactions were very positive especially when it comes to Charice’s dancing talent. If the pairing of her amazing voice and dance skills could be further developed, Charice will definitely be stronger in the pop music field. Below are some reviews from different sites:
Gurlfriend is such a superstar! Oprah is never wrong!!! If you’ve been missing Sunshine on Glee, then its time you get to know the real girl and her very real talents… >> Read the Full Story
We always knew Charice had an incredible voice, but we had no clue she could dance too! Watch her new ‘Louder’ music video! Wow.. Charice Pempengco is one sexy … >> Read the Full Story
Charice is showing off her dancing moves in the latest video of the artist. Taking on a new look and a strong focus, the sophomore album “Infinity” is going in a new direction… >> Read the Full Story
Charice has dropped the new video for ‘Louder,’ which appears on her recently released sophomore album ‘Infinity.’ The video — which premiered on the Japanese… >> Read the Full Story
By Sofia Carrera, charicemania.com
Posted on 25 April 2011.
Charice’s fellow YouTube star, Greyson Chance, has come a long way since last year when his “Paparazzi” video went viral on the web. Greyson has now released his first EP “Waiting Outside the Lines” which includes the songs “Fire” by Augustuna, “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga, and a remix of “Waiting Outside the Lines” featuring Charice. Read the full story
Posted on 28 February 2011.
MARCH 1, 2011 UPDATE: Short Report by Frantic Mom and Rude Boy Video (Audio only)
This Tokyo Concert Experience report from Justcharrie includes an amazing gift of complete uninterrupted audio of the concert so that you can fill in all of the missing pieces AND super clear video of the first few songs. Enjoy!
It’s been days since I personally witnessed how Charice alone enthralled the people in the Land of the Rising Sun but here I am, yet to get over the happiness and pride it has brought me. Four months I had waited for this as it was four months ago when I first watched Charice in the David Foster & Friends in Tokyo and when Charice’s international solo concert tour had been announced. Four months of excitement and anticipation for this momentous and historical event in Cha’s zooming carreer. Read the full story
Posted on 25 February 2011.
FEB. 27 UPDATE: SUBTITLED CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO ADDED So here we all are standing at the Narita International Airport, finally brought together by a special someone (who shall remain nameless for now) for a wild adventure in Tokyo to see our common idol, Charice. A contingent of dedicated chasters from four different countries coming together for Charice’s first international solo concert.
Since I was going there already for the first ever solo concert of Charice internationally, I thought, why not watch for 2 nights? So I told Mooffin about it and she gladly offered to get me a ticket. Online? Failed! Closed. So she called and thank goodness, she could reserve a ticket. I just have to pick up my ticket on the 2nd night at the Zepp Tokyo booth and I was set!
When I arrived at Narita airport, I had to look for Tintol and Artemis because their flight was earlier than mine. I haven’t seen any of them in person and they haven’t seen me too. (Oh well, who ever did anyway haha!) Later I found them, Tintol is famous, no one could miss her. So I waved and we hugged each other. There I learned that DrTp is coming too. That tricky lady! I kept asking her almost everyday if she’s coming and she never admitted it. Well Eve was surprised to meet her at the airport too. We both didn’t know LAfan was coming too (that Chaster Claus is a sneaky one too). Thanks to this guy again that we have a fast report here in Charicemania. He didn’t sleep until 5:00 am so the Chasters would have something to read about the Tokyo adventures. We are very grateful to LAfan and Artemis´ report after the second night, she didn’t sleep until 5:00 am too (I wonder who gave them a deadline lol). For those who are wondering, LAfan is not Filipino so if you comment in Tagalog to him, he wouldn’t understand it.
Well after everyone else has arrived, there followed a lot of hugging and excitement and laughter at the meeting point… cameras began clicking! From all sides, all angles, all positions, inside the arrival area, outside the arrival area and you guessed it: at the bus station. I thought, this is so unbelievable, I’ve never had so many pictures taken in my whole life (and I`m not exaggerating here)! No escaping, I know I’m paranoid now.
Later that night after dinner, DrTp and I had the most expensive coffee and the best cocktails we’ve ever had in our life (ok with that wonderful view of the Tokyo Bay waterfront plus the real reason why we were there, they had to be the best ever!) Sleep duration: 3 hours.
On the first concert night, I was so excited that I honestly forgot (can’t believe I’m admitting it!) about Arz! Yes he was with our group, DrTp, Tintol, me and Arz! With Eve and her group, we were supposed to meet at the train station before 5:30 when the train will leave for Zepp Tokyo venue. The rest who were not watching that first night went to explore the surrounding area. Oh well, we were late of course and Eve tried to call me, but the telephone I rented in Tokyo somehow failed me. I didn’t hear it. Later I found out she texted me and the rest like Arz and LAFan tried to call me. Well you can read all about this comedy in LAfan´s CNN report which fortunately has a happy ending. I apologize publicly for that Arz, but know what? DrTp and Tintol forgot you too! lol. Turns out it’s hard to keep track of people when there are so many. I learned later that SideburnerSol got left behind at the airport ticket counter on departure day at Narita while the rest of the American group happily went on their way to eat lunch… but that’s another story! lol
Finally with all of us there including Arz and LAfan, we got in the front door of Zepp Tokyo as they called out our section number amongst the hundreds of eager fans waiting to get in. In the mad rush and confusion to get through the door, our group gets split in two with some of us going right and the rest turning left… oh well, that’s how the night goes! We found our spot near stage right. I couldn’t believe we got a nice spot but I was worried that the big speakers will blow up my ears. Later I found out that I had absolutely nothing to worry about the sound system… welcome to Japan… land of good sound systems (and more).
Tintol and Justcharrie were ready to shoot the event! I couldn’t explain my excitement that night. Justcharrie had a small talk with a Japanese lady probably in her late 50′s. She told Justcharrie how she came to know Charice, through her husband (he has something to do w/ the Doraemon illustrations or something), I wish Justcharrie to correct me if I’m wrong here. To cut the story short, we invited her to the Meet and Greet and she was so shy and we thought she would cry any minute. Let me clear this first, the Meet and Greet was a last minute confirmation. We were waiting for the email since weeks and when we arrived in Tokyo, Eve opened her email and there it was! Lucky us! (But really, I think they kept us waiting to the last minute so we would not run up a long list of names.)
Well, the show started and we were pushed! I thought, this was exactly what I was scared of in the first place. Because we were supposed to stand since seated tickets were sold out so fast. (Later I found out it’s quite normal for Japanese to push each other in the train! Packed like sardines lol) That moment, we shouted don’t push! I shouted to Arz, “Push them back!” (This was caught in Tintol’s videocam by the way. haha!) As DrTp would later tell me, this is not your territory…well Arzbayani is a big guy, he tried to push back, but those girls in their 20′s were quite experienced in pushing I guess. The usher who wanted to get Tintol’s video camera was standing there too, he was being pushed himself but didn’t say a word! I was wondering already why.
So the concert went on, I wasn’t moving! I was just watching Charice (more like staring at her). I know I was like a stone! When everyone else around me were shouting and dancing or moving. I was like fixed or nailed there like a piece of wood. Arz tried to wake me up many times. I think they got worried if I was ok or not enjoying the show (sorry about that), because it was so hot in there and I felt like there was no air circulation or something. So there I was mouth wide open until later she did “To Love You More” and the spotlight was focused on our direction and Charice saw me and smiled and waved at me! (Sorry I have to tell this story many times lol) Then she pointed either at me or Tintol (she was beside me) and she moved (or swayed) to the other side. Then I was awake! She did “Reset” after that if I remember it right. I loved it! Sing along time. It’s quite difficult though, her key is difficult to reach. Ok at least Reset is not that high but I have to admit, the rap part? I could never memorize it!
Charice was beyond words, she was awesome, amazing, and she owned the stage, the songs (yes, even though not all songs that night were her own songs, she definitely showed how to interpret them, her own way!) As I’ve read a lot of reports and news before (believe me when I say a lot, if not probably 99 % of the news about her) on how she sings live, even better than on videos. It’s true, I could now confirm it, she sings live way better and she sings like those were recorded songs! But she’s singing live not playback!
Here’s the set list for the night with Charice putting together some excellent song mash-ups. Security was very tight so we’re happy that video has popped up with just a few songs missing and some are only partial songs. We’ll add any more videos that might pop up later. Click the screen to enjoy the whole show or click the individual songs below.
Video Uploaded by KonekoChanKirei
We all met outside the venue after the concert and there we saw a Japanese couple taking pictures of the white glove Charice wore for the Michael Jackson medley. She threw it in the audience and these were the lucky ones to get it. They were taking pictures of their prize on the concrete ledge outside, placing it on the Charice souvenir program with huge photo of Charice on the front cover. Well of course we said “hello” to congratulate them and she pointed to us with a one-word question “chasters?” because they didn’t speak English. We nodded. Then we thought they might like to meet Charice to autograph the glove and fortunately, Eve’s Japanese homestay daughter was with us and could invite them to the Meet and Greet because we couldn’t speak Japanese! They were so overwhelmed and bowed politely and agreed immediately to come again next day. They were so excited, they were Chasters! They were going to meet Charice!
Well we took the train back to the hotel (no one got lost this time lol). DrTp, Tintol, Arz and I had late dinner (we had early dinner and late dinner!) Japanese food of course. 乾杯 (kampai) for Troy! Yes we had sake… Sleep duration: 3 hours.
Since I’ve decided to watch the next night again, I think I might have influenced others too. To my surprise, DrTp, LAFan, Tintol, Justcharrie and Arz wanted to watch again. Eve would have joined us too but was having dinner with her Japanese daughter and 2 other former exchange students (they all joined us later for the Meet & Greet). Well it was too late to reserve concert tickets anymore so Mooffin gave Justcharrie my reservation number and some went early to Zepp Tokyo to fall in line at the ticket window.
Falling in line and waiting. We waited so long outside, they let people in by ticket numbers, we ended up over 2400 something (we had “600″ tickets the night before). We thought we wouldn’t find a space anymore nearer to the stage. But thanks to LAfan again (I bow to you really) he led us to find the rest. And he did find them! After I suddenly heard him calling my name out loud, somehow it was unbelievable that the Japanese (as polite as they are) gave some space along the way….to the middle! There we were, we met the rest of the group and we enjoyed the whole concert. This time, I wasn’t a wood anymore.
This second night, Charice did not sing All By Myself and Halo to conserve her voice for the last concert in Osaka 2 nights later. Still, what a great concert! I felt quite sad that there was no third concert night in Tokyo. I could imagine trying to get a ticket again. Sleep duration: 3 hours!
Click the screen to enjoy the whole show or click the individual songs below
Video Uploaded by Hachiko0223
We were still on cloud 9 after the concert and we didn’t really want to go out. But those ushers kept shouting what we understood as “please proceed to the exits” or something like that. There we met SideburnerSol and he was devastated how one guard caught him taking videos and they deleted about 3 or 4 songs he recorded already. Oh well. It wasn’t meant to be. So we waited outside and went back again in the lobby until someone told us where to go. Actually, we all just followed Eve.
We met Marc, then Charice and her security person (we just call him that) arrived at the lobby. We met her Philippine Manager too. Charice saw Eve and hugged her then she saw me and she wanted to hug me too but security said we should start so we started.
It was my turn first and Charice started talking to me, I asked first do you know me? She replied, yes of course “po”. Then she asked to my surprise, “Did they see you already?” (she meant about my picture) I had to laugh because I replied, “No, I will sue them!” (jokingly of course). I keep forgetting how good her memory is. Until someone shouted, here, picture! Oh I almost forgot why I was there! So I kept replying to Charice while trying to smile at the camera and not moving my mouth. Felt weird thinking about it later. I let her sign my concert ticket, she wrote my name and thank you, then next please.
I met Troy, her keyboard player and musical director, then more pictures were taken. We shouted “We love you Charice!” In the end, Charice started singing Happy Birthday (we all joined her, although no one asked whose birthday it was). Later a Chaster who lives there (they joined us there in Tokyo) told me that it was supposedly a surprise to a Chaster in Japan. She asked where I live and I told her in Germany and she asked my name, I told her my real name. She asked, no your username. I couldn’t lie. To my surprise she suddenly got excited and asked her companion to take pictures, but she kept her camera in her bag (for a second I was glad). But then she insisted that she should take it out and she should take pictures with me. I could see her hesitance there. I got confused too until she told me, no worries, it’s only for me. She told me her username here in CM but sorry I forgot, better for me that you don’t know… ha ha!
I love the Japanese audience. Generally very friendly folks. People came to line up, all ages (literally). I saw children, teenagers, middle aged adults, young people in cool outfits, grandmas/grandpas. Those oldies rocked! They were dancing and clapping their hands, swaying, arms in the air! Wow! Indeed, Charice has lots of charisma, she could overwhelm people regardless of age. She has songs for all audiences in Tokyo. I´ve witnessed the jampacked venue, Zepp Tokyo for two consecutive nights! I’ve met my online friends from Team Charicemania.
I sincerely thank a special someone for this wonderful experience. When we parted, I said, this was not goodbye…but only the beginning. Until we meet again my friends…..
TOKYO CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS FEATURED ON MEZAMASHI TV
Video uploaded by ChariceTV Crew
by Schoen, Charicemania.com
Posted on 19 December 2010.
Hi all, and welcome to another installment in our special series ‘Charice Music Industry 101: Record Labels Revealed’. As always, your comments are welcome so keep them coming.
This week, we’re looking at the radio and it’s powerful influence on the music industry. There is no doubt about the size and scope of the music industry, and we’ve mentioned the type of money that is involved before – for newcomers, figures from 2008 estimated the global industry to be worth about $27 billion, with the US industry alone worth $10.4 billion. However, an essential partner in this money-spinning business is radio. Read the full story