MTV Music Evolution Manila marked its inauguration 2015 edition with a feature on hip hop, which showcased a stellar line-up of international and local acts (Abra and Gloc-9 are love!!) who took to the stage in celebration of iconic and contemporary hip-hop music. Through explosive performances by Naughty by Nature, YG, Apl.de.ap, DJ Cash Money, MTV Music Evolution Manila 2015 showcased the way that hip hop has shaken up the music scene throughout the years – taking the music genre to whole new levels for a live audience of more than 22,000 fans who gathered at the historic Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Manila.
MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 has completed its line-up with the addition of two more stellar acts set to celebrate pop music like never before on Fridat at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. MTV revealed that L.A.-grown electric dance trio Far East Movement and Philippine pop superstar father and son-tandem Gary V feat. Gab Valenciano will join the roster of talents for the award-winning1 MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016. They are slated to set the stage ablaze at the one-night only live music event – joining previously announced acts; iconic international pop band and prolific hit-maker OneRepublic (I’m a fan!!), American singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, Korea’s favorite K-pop idol female group, Apink, Filipino pop darlings James Reid and Nadine Lustre – enabling fans to experience and discover the evolution of pop music and its dance influence that keeps fans moving.
The international sensation, Far East Movement (FM) has always had dance music in their DNA, having established their roots in dance early on with their break-out hit “Like a G6” which landed No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They have since grown to be one of the most exciting touring acts in dance music, cultivating an ever-growing catalog of music with support from hit-making musicians such as Skrillex, Diplo and Afrojack. Another big hit for the trio, “Rocketeer” is the second single from FM’s 2010 album Free Wired and features Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. The track, which was written by FM as well as members of the production teams of The Stereotypes, The Smeezingtons, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon release. Their current collaboration, “Break Yourself” with Hook N Sling has become a staple track from their devoted online base of followers. No stranger to MTV live music events, they have also performed at some of the most prestigious festivals Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, continually showcasing FM as one of the most exciting touring acts in dance music.
The trio who comes back to the Philippines for the first time since 2011 is excited to return. “Manila is one of our favorite places to party around the world, and we’re ready to dance with everyone at MTV Music Evolution Manila!” – Far East Movement.
With a career of over three decades in entertainment, Gary V, or Gary Valenciano, is the epitome of an icon in Philippine pop music. The multi-awarded singer-songwriter, producer and dance choreographer has to-date released over 32 albums locally and internationally, from which timeless songs like “Di Bale Na Lang”, “Hataw na”, ‘”Eto Na Naman”, “Sana Maulit Muli’”and “Shout for Joy” among many others, catapulted him to the status of a classic Philippine pop superstar. He has toured extensively in Asia, Europe and the Americas filling in prestigious venues like the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, the Hammersmith Apollo in London and Olympia in Montreal and with each explosive stage performance, solidifying his reputation as “Mr. Pure Energy”. He holds an illustrious record for the most number of Awit Awards won; twelve years total as Best Male Recording Artist. More than thirty years after his debut, he continues to delight and excite Filipino audiences here and the world over with each concert.
Today, the Valenciano family name continues to stand for dance and music artistry with Gab Valenciano, Gary V’s son as he etches his name onto Philippine pop culture and music as a remarkable percussionist and musician, producer, arranger and choreographer. A Philippine celebrity dance champion for the Philippines’ TV5’s Shall We Dance Competition, Gab hones his craft in traditional and contemporary ways. He is dubbed as “Super Selfie King” from his self-edited, produced and scored YouTube Channel which garners multi-million views. Aside from his various Philippine projects involving hosting, acting and live performances, he has also delved into the realm of directing, having worked with American Idol sensation, Jessica Sanchez for one of her most current releases, “This Love”. The young Valenciano received international attention and renown, including a nomination for “Best Choreography” at the MTV VMA’s in 2015 for his collaboration with global pop superstar Beyonce for the video release of 7/11.
The one-night only live music event will celebrate pop music like never before – enabling fans to experience and discover the evolution of pop music and its dance influence that keeps fans moving. MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 will showcase iconic and contemporary international music artists and the hottest new acts in both the regional and local music scenes on a single stage, while featuring the best of Philippine music and culture to international youth audiences.
MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 is sponsored3 by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines of the Department of Tourism (DOT) with media partners Philippine Concerts, ClickTheCity.com, Digichive, Gist.PH of The Philippine Star, Inquirer.net, MEG Magazine, NYXSYS, PhilippineConcerts.com, WhenInManila.com, radio partners 99.5 Play FM, 101.1 YES FM, Oomph! Radio (Cebu, Davao and Zamboanga), broadcast partners Cablelink, MyCATV, PBO, Sari Sari channel, TMC, Viva TV, travel partner Asiatravel.com, venue partner SM Mall of Asia, post-party venue partner Chaos at City of Dreams, roadshow partner Robinsons Place Manila, hotel partner Hotel101, and ride partner Grab.
Source: Press Release