By Erika Tapalla INQUIRER.net TAGUIG CITY, Philippines -- Thousands of Filipino fans spent their Sunday evening swinging their arms around and swaying to the live beats of American pop and R&B artists Chris Brown and Rihanna. With critically acclaimed music that has reigned in global music charts, Rihanna and Brown held a joint concert to screaming fans at the Global City open field at The Fort. The concert opened with dramatic lightshow and a countdown with Brown taking over the stage with an intense hip-hop dance and showmanship. Making a dramatic entrance, Brown was suspended upside down in midair and was slowly lowered down to the stage, head first. Masked and dressed in black gear, Brown's dancers immediately started dancing as a flash of light signaled the start of his set. Here are fans raving about Rihanna and Brown's concert. Brown is a Grammy-nominated American R&B pop singer-songwriter, dancer, music video director and actor. He made his recording debut at the age of 16. At 19, Brown has had major hits like “Run It," “Say Goodbye," “Kiss Kiss," “With You," “Forever," and “Superhuman." During the concert, Brown also performed a Michael Jackson medley, which progressed to a hip-hop dance turning the open field into one large outdoor club with people gyrating to the beat. Brown eventually slowed down and ended with songs, "With You," "No Air," and "Forever," thrilling female fans, as if he was serenading them. A display of fireworks followed after Brown’s set. After a 20-minute intermission, Rihanna, 20, took the stage with a pulsating heartbeat emanating from the large speakers on stage. As the heartbeat increased and the fans screaming for Rihanna’s name, she emerged from the center of the stage with her sexy dominatrix outfit complete with fishnet stockings and sharp boots. The fans went wild as she explodes into the song "Disturbia." Rihanna is known for her hits “Umbrella,” “Don’t Stop the Music," “Shut Up and Drive," “Hate That I Love You," “Unfaithful,” “SOS," “Pon de Replay," “Take A Bow,” and “Disturbia.” A Grammy-award winner, Rihanna has achieved five Billboard Hot 100 hits and has sold over 11 million albums worldwide. Her distinct voice and music with club music overtone explain how she could easily get thousands of Filipino fans dancing and singing song after song during the concert. To top that, her short dance routines, frequent poses and sprinkle of back bends have charmed and won the hearts of thousands of Filipinos who knew her songs by heart. Rihanna’s great rapport with the audience has seemingly hypnotized the crowd. As if no one cared that during her more sober songs, she could barely sustain high notes. For fans, it did not matter because at her budding age of 20 years, Rihanna was no less than breathtaking. Brown and Rihanna’s success only proved that age is but a number that marks one’s technical experience in a world seeping with adversaries, aridity and disenchantment. Diligence, passion and soul resonate amid the noise and the haste – it is as if both pop icons are saying “dream big,” “follow your heart” and "let's escape into the music." (Photos by Janie Octia, INQUIRER.net)
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By Alex Villafania INQUIRER.net MANILA, Philippines – Pop sensations Rihanna and Chris Brown arrived in Manila Saturday afternoon to prepare for a back-to-back concert at the Bonifacio Global City open field on Sunday. Arriving on two separate flights, Rihanna and Brown were met by journalists gathered at the arrival area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and later by screaming fans. Wearing black and carrying a black handbag and a video camera, Rihanna did not come with a large entourage. But screaming Filipino fans including airport personnel gave her a warm welcome. Rihanna, 20, is one of the biggest pop stars in the music industry. Among her biggest hits are "Don't Stop the Music," "Take a bow" and "Umbrella." Meanwhile, Chris Brown who arrived with some friends flanking him is a year younger than Rihanna and has already won awards for his R&B songs, which includes "Kiss, Kiss" and "With You." The two pop stars had a seven-city concert tour in Australia and New Zealand. Based on the reception at the airport, both artists are already generating a lot of excitement among fans in the Philippines.
By Candice Montenegro, Contributor INQUIRER.net THE OTHER day, I had a really bad Last Song Syndrome (LSS) moment. I was just getting out of the car when I heard the ad for this year's radio ad awards (the chipmunk song about mixed nuts), and I was singing it the entire day. Usually, the cure for LSS is to listen to the song in full, but I never heard the ad again so I went to bed with the awful song still playing in my mind. LSS, if you still haven't figured out, is when you hear a song and it gets stuck in your head, usually without you meaning (or wanting) to. I think LSS is every advertisement jingle's mission; that way they can make you subconsciously want their product or something. Singers and songwriters probably think the same thing. If a song is LSS-worthy, then it's more likely that the person will enjoy the song and buy the album. So I guess a song's LSS-worthiness equates to its success somehow. There are songs that are just catchier than the others, and these songs are usually the ones that make it to the top of the charts. So what makes a song LSS-worthy? Songs with lyrics that are easy to memorize are usually easier to get LSS-ed to. It's easier to repeat the same chorus again and again than to rap three different stanzas in your head (unless you're into straight up gangsta rap, which is a different story altogether). It also helps if the last words of the lines have ridiculously rhyming words. At least you'd have a bit of help remembering the next word to "and it’s only for…" if you know that the last line is, "and my love is true." It"s easy to get LSS-ed to songs that repeat certain words, phrases or syllables. When you sing "Ella ella eh eh eh," the constant repetition kind of gets you hooked. The downside to these kinds of songs, however, is you forget the rest of the song and you"re stuck with just "to the left, to the left" (with matching hand gestures) until you completely annoy the person you're with. Dance songs are usually easy to get LSS-ed to, probably because of the bouncy, happy beat. One song that has great LSS potential is "Low" by Flo Rida. I can't say how many times I've walked in a crowded place and I"ve heard random, people singing, "boots with the fur, fur…" Maybe it also has something to do with the danceability of the song, which makes it easier to remember. The "Papaya" song only has "tus" and "dus" in it, but it gets stuck in your head faster than you can say Edu Manzano. Really good songs are usually easy to get LSS-ed to. I get LSS-ed easily to songs by John Mayer, Alicia Keys and Ne-Yo. Then again, the criteria of a "good song" would vary from person to person, and that's just my personal taste. At the far end of the spectrum, really crappy songs are also very easy to get LSS-ed to. Anything that asks me to "yugyog" or "giling" not only gets on my nerves but also gets into my very easily LSS-ed mind. Again, this is all a matter of taste, and some people might actually enjoy singing these songs over and over. A song's LSS potential all boils down to the right lyrics, the right groove, and the right time. I personally like it when I get LSS-ed before I meet up with friends and I pass on my LSS to them. The worst time I had LSS was right before a crucial oral exam and a really bad OPM song was on continuous loop in my head. Sometimes, an LSS can even be a conversation starter, when you're sitting beside a cute guy on the MRT and you unconsciously sing the song out loud. Just better hope you're not singing chipmunk-style about some brand of mixed nuts.