Foreign artists’ Manila concerts – a threat to OPM?
By n.d. a.k.a. nestor
Say, it is nice to notice that a lot of foreign music personalities had performed their tours here in the Philippines. You had Beyonce 3 years ago, Maroon 5 and Ne-Yo in their respective performances in 2008, even Katy Perry had done charitable music acts in late ’09. And to notice some icons like Usher in his July concert nearby the Manila Bay, Jay Sean rocking the Big Dome last Sept. 3 and so was the 90s Boyz II Men weeks before; Flo-Rida, Sean Kingston as 2 of the supahfest which features 4 artists in 1 night concert. John Mayer some few weeks ago (after postponing his concert that should had been done by May) and Adam Lambert performing tomorrow night, David Foster’s crew in sometime November, 90s alternative rock act Gin Blossoms in the same month, and many more perhaps that I had forgotten to mention (after all, they’re to many like those rock bands which had took airplay in the 90s and early 2000s). And hey, not to mention the emergence of K-Pop bands here.
Well, it’s good for their respective names and records to reach out as far as the pearl of the orient country like ours. You see people buying tickets despite its skyrocketing rates, rushing to the designated venue and just enjoying the night even if you’re a hundred feet (or even more like a bunch of rows of seats) away from them. However, it will have an effect to the local music industry, though it appears like it’s just a bit. Who cares about our very own Charice if she’s assigned in the States anyway?
Well, we still should be proud that we got a young Filipina out there making her name to the international music industry, alongside Journey’s Arnel Pineda and the Black Eyed Peas’ Allan Pineda Lindo or apl.de.ap (no relation to the rock star’s surname anyway) . However, with people purchasing alien music more than our very own, it’s not hard to see why OPM right now is not totally a successful one. Even if you try to check the hits in the website of a video-sharing community named YouTube. And don’t just blame it to the fact that people doesn’t signed up an account with that website. These acts don’t receive much airplay on the radio like the way it was before. And if you don’t believe me, try comparing the times of the mid 2000s to nowadays. This was the time where OPM rock bands got most of the slots on music charts (even outscoring the foreigners’ regardless if it’s rock or rap) like ex-Mojofly’s front woman Kitchie Nadal, Ebe Dancel’s Sugarfree, Sandwich (regardless if Marc Abaya’s running the vocals or Raimund Marasigan that time) to the even pogi rock bands like Hale, Cueshe, to name the few of them. And by the way, I am pertaining to the Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) format stations since the masa-type of radio stations do play OPM for most (and even more songs than them, not bad though on their part though) and not to mention the pop/rhythm and blues group like South Border joining the trend alongside the rap group Dice and K9.
Nowadays, it is like a hell out shit. Though I’m not blaming the man of CHR type of radio stations anyway. It’s just not all people will appreciate our local music much like those days anymore. And I think we should give our ears a little time to hear them before our alien mentality totally put the shit in our brains.
And I don’t know if I get that right… that PNoy had ordered the KBP whom ordered all the radio stations to play at least some OPM songs per hour of broadcast. I’ll say it’s a nice move to hear our local acts once again. (pardon me if I didn’t though)