Keifer Sanchez launches solo single with “Last Reply”

Keifer Sanchez is the latest TNT Boys member to launch a solo single with “Last Reply,” an emotional ballad about one’s struggles over the end of a long-distance relationship.

Now 17 years old, the first runner-up of “Tawag Ng Tanghalan Kids” exhibits his maturity not just through his voice but also in the theme of his new single, which he co-wrote with Debbie and Ferdie Mak, produced by Mak Entertainment Services, and released under Star Music.

Keifer said “Last Reply” highlights the significance of knowing when to let go. He said, “Once we make certain choices, we must learn to accept the outcomes that are associated with those choices, whether good or bad. And since those choices cannot be undone, we must learn to let them go in order to preserve our happiness.”

As a member of the TNT Boys, Keifer has performed with fellow members Mackie Empuerto and Francis Concepcion in many countries such as the US, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, and more. He has also guested in international TV shows like “Little Big Shots” in the UK, US, and Australia, “World’s Best,” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” where he even had the opportunity to sing with famous pop singer Ariana Grande.

Keifer is a high school student attending online classes at the Ateneo de Davao University. He plans to continue his studies abroad eventually.

Feel the heartache of saying goodbye by streaming Keifer’s “Last Reply” single on various digital music platforms and on ABS-CBN Star Music’s YouTube channel. For more details, like Star Music on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starmusicph) and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

The Wiggles Make History With First Ever Rolling Stone AU/NZ Cover

Credits: The Wiggles, photographed on May 27, 2022, at Hot Potato Studios by Giulia Giannini McGauran. Creative: Katie Taylor. Stylist: Jana Bartolo. Hair and Makeup: Lei Tai. Production: Long Story Short. Photography assistant: Izaac Margin. Styling assistant: Kirsten Humphreys.

Rolling Stone AU/NZ publisher The Brag Media has recently announced that multi-award-winning band The Wiggles will grace its September issue cover, cementing the group’s first time to be anointed by Rolling Stone. Yellow Wiggle, Tsehay Hawkins, also becomes the youngest person to appear on the local cover of the iconic pop culture masthead.

The Wiggles granted Rolling Stone AU/NZ unprecedented access to their recent Australian arena tour — a double headliner with the new and original lineup — and to their Hot Potato Studios in Sydney, as they worked on new music and rehearsed a brand new TV show.

The Wiggles as you’ve never seen them before, the cover story is a colourful take on a record-breaking two years. It began with a mashup of “Fruit Salad” and Tame Impala’s “Elephant” (that later topped triple j’s Hottest 100), followed by the addition of Hawkins as the group’s first woman of colour, and a spectacular sold-out tour with all original members.

Rolling Stone AU/NZ print editor, Jake Challenor, said: “Just like Rolling Stone, The Wiggles have stood the test of time. Here is a band that, for three decades, has entertained and inspired future generations,” he said. “The last two years have been some of their best in history. The Wiggles are more relevant than ever, which is exactly why pop culture icons like Lil Nas X and The Kid Laroi are embracing them. Without a doubt, 2022 is officially the Year of The Wiggles.”

The September-November edition — which includes a Wiggles-themed adult colouring book — hits newsstands in Australia and New Zealand on Monday, September 5, 2022. Also appearing in the next issue are interviews with musicians Ben Lee, Eddie Benjamin and Teeks, plus Twitch streamer Whippy, and features on the climate crisis, niche influencers and much more.

Last year Rolling Stone Australia expanded its brand with the inaugural Sailor Jerry Rolling Stone Australia Awards, now in its second year, and, according to Roy Morgan data on the national magazine market, Rolling Stone Australia reached 191,000 readers in the six months to December 31 2021, ahead of staple Australian mastheads Golf Digest, Family Circle and Who. This year The Brag Media also announced the inaugural Rolling Stone New Zealand Awards.

About The Brag Media:

The Brag Media’s mission is to be the most ubiquitous presence in Australian culture; with its people, its artists and its brands. The Brag Media represents some of the most iconic titles in the world including Rolling Stone, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, thebrag.com, Tone Deaf, The Industry Observer, don’t bore us, Enthusiast Gaming, Life Without Andy, HypeBeast and more.

The Brag Media’s publishing business reaches over 30% of the Australian population each month, while its events business produces the Rolling Stone Awards and offers commercial partners end-to-end event ideation, production and marketing. The Brag Media has also expanded into talent management, audio and podcasting, and in 2021 launched a creative and agency services division.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Medianet.

Teen Star Krystal Brimner Makes A Statement In Her Sophomore Single “Young”

Former child star and now a teen performer Krystal Brimner makes a statement for her fellow youth who are still figuring out who they are in her sophomore single “Young.”

The feel-good dance pop song, composed by fellow Kapamilya talent SAB and produced by Star Pop label head Rox Santos, encapsulates the highs and lows of being young especially in the age of social media, where many aspire to portray a perfect life and live up to society’s standards without much room for mistakes.

“It reminds us of the beauty of one’s youth, the discovery and learning from our experiences, and most of all the joy in figuring out who we are or what we want to be,” Krystal said.

She debuted the song live on PIE Channel last Wednesday (June 22), where she flaunted her laudable talent in singing and dancing and proved just how much she has grown as an ace performer.

This growth, however, is not so surprising for those who have followed Krystal in her career so far, as she has always exhibited her many talents through her projects since entering showbiz when she was only 4 years old.

At 9 years old, Krystal won the Best Child Performer award at the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival for starring in the critically acclaimed film “Honor Thy Father,” where she even went viral for shaving her head as part of her role. Not long after, she landed the titular character in the Resorts World Manila production of the beloved musical “Annie.”

For a time, the budding singer-actress was also a part of a trio with AC Bonifacio and Sheena Belarmino called A.S.K. who regularly performed on “ASAP” and other Kapamilya shows. Now a blooming 15-year-old artist, Krystal has recently ventured into recording via her debut single “Let Me Be Me.”

Ensemble Stars!! Music EN Officially Launches on iOS and Android

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Ensemble Stars!! Music, produced by Happy Elements, is proud to announce that its English version is now officially available on Android and iOS. As of June 16, 2022, players from Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, and other ten more countries can now download the game for free from Google Play and App Store for a chance to receive fabulous rewards.

 Celebratory In-game Activities and Updates:

  • Guaranteed Gacha: A 5-star guaranteed card pool is now available.
  • Lives & New Songs: A new song will be added to the song list every date with a higher Drop Rate of items during the release celebration period.
  • Story: Main Story Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are available for a more fancy journey with idols.
  • Shop: Beginner Package, Monthly Cards, Diamond Up for the first time top-up in the game
  • Special Event: “Sparkling Start Dash Mission” to help Subaru become more sparkling. 5-star fully-uncapped [More Sparkling!] Subaru Akehoshi, Sparkling 10-Scout Ticket, and other rewards are waiting for you when all missions on the map are completed.

For more information, please check the official website: https://www.ensemblestars.com/

To celebrate and share the joy with more fans, Ensemble Stars!! Music revealed a game video ad on the huge screen of the famous Times Square in New York City from June 15 to 21 local time. Cosers who love the game will appear on-site to witness this essential moment. The interaction with the cosers in the real world in front of the lifelike gaming video will definitely bring fans a special cross-barrier experience between the virtual anime world and reality.

As one of the most popular music idol training mobile games with more than 10 million players in Asia, Ensemble Stars!! Music has been honored with a series of highly acclaimed awards, including “User’s Choice Game of 2021”, the “Best Pick Up & Play “on Google Play, and the “Best Music Game” from Sensor Tower APAC Awards 2021 worldwide. Since the announcement of the availability of its English version, the game has already attracted over 200,000 players to pre-register on its official site, proving the game’s enormous popularity across regions.

Source : Happy Elements

This article was sourced from a media release sent by PR Newswire

Spotlight: Jurassic World by Brickman

This is an adventure with 6 million LEGO® bricks in the making!

Jurassic World by Brickman is an immersive adventure like no other as Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught re-imagines Jurassic World, the blockbuster franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, in the largest LEGO® brick exhibition in Australia.

Featuring large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes, and activities made from over 6 million LEGO® bricks. Plus, in a Sydney exclusive, the newest Jurassic World by Brickman® dinosaur was unveiled. Weighing in at 400 kilograms, the Baryonyx is over 4.8 metres long and made up of 102,317 LEGO® bricks. You can relive the magic of beloved stories and characters from the Jurassic World franchise, as you embark on a thrilling journey across the island – Isla Nublar.

You”ll be able to walk through the iconic gates of the park and experience the inner workings of the Jurassic World lab and venture into the baby dinosaur enclosure, where a life-size Brachiosaurus weighing well over 1.8 tonnes awaits! Encounter incredible models of Triceratops, Velociraptors, T.rex and many more.

There are 2.5 million LEGO® bricks for you to show off your own building skills. Get hands-on with LEGO® brick palaeontology, mystery mosaics, island-building, hybrid dinosaur creations, and much more.

More than two years and 10,000 build hours have gone into the creation of Jurassic World by Brickman®, making it the biggest exhibition the Brickman team has ever created. This is a not to be missed experience for kids and adults alike.

Disney & Pixar Reveals Out-Of-This-World ‘Lightyear’ Trailer

Check out a new trailer for Disney and PixarLightyear, revealing new details about the upcoming sci-fi action-adventure. The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, Lightyear follows the legendary Space Ranger after hes marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, hes joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda. New images are also available.

The film features the voices of Chris Evans as accomplished Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear, Uzo Aduba as his commander and best friend Alisha Hawthorne and Peter Sohn as Sox. Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and Dale Soules lend their voices to the Junior Zap Patrols Izzy Hawthorne, Mo Morrison and Darby Steel, respectively, and James Brolin can be heard as the enigmatic Zurg. The voice cast also includes Mary McDonald-Lewis as onboard computer I.V.A.N., Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Burnside, Efren Ramirez as Airman Diaz, and Keira Hairston as Young Izzy. Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director Finding Dory), produced by Galyn Susman (Toy Story That Time Forgot) and featuring a score by award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (The Batman,” “Up), Lightyear opens only in Australian cinemas on June 16, 2022.

Check out the trailer below:

5 Tips For Increasing Your Social Media Engagement

Is your social media page not kicking off the way you’d hoped? Perhaps you wish to share your knowledge with others, or you want to start a career with social media, but you’re not getting enough engagement. Although making an account may seem easy, there are certain things that you need to look out for so that you catch your audience’s eye. Publicity plays a large part in what makes a social media page successful and so you need to do it right. Therefore, here are 5 steps you need to take in order to improve your social media engagement.

1. Have a good layout

Graphic design is the very starting point of gaining engagement. Be sure to give your social media page a clean look that is welcoming for your target audience. Keeping the right fonts, having a consistent colour scheme and spacing things out helps a lot when it comes to attracting others. Organising things so that your content is both chronological and flows well motivates people to pay attention to what you have to say.

2. Advertisement

Finding ways to promote your social media page in other places such as other sites is a good way to gain engagement. People are more inclined to associate with things they are more familiar with and if they have seen an advertisement about your page somewhere else, they would be driven to see what you offer. Also, it increases your page’s chances of getting noticed among a countless number of others, as your page would then be what comes to mind first because they’ve seen it before.

3. Listen to others when it comes to improvement

When someone has an idea on how to improve your social media page, take it into consideration. It shows that you’re willing to respond to people’s constructive criticism, which will then lead them to respond to you, thus increasing engagement. It shows that you are within reach and that they can level with you, which is rare for sites and pages nowadays. This means more people will interact with you as they feel they can without being pushed to the side.

4. Hold events that the audience can take part in

Putting up an event that others gain from is a fast-track to increase your engagement. Occasions such as conditional giveaways and competitions are very appealing to those who are looking for something to gain. Announcing something that the audience can compete for, be it an actual item or a chance to be promoted on your page, piques the interest of many as they have a chance of winning.

5. Introduce something with a limit

You could put on a one-time-only sale or introduce a product or theme that will only be up for a short time. This gives people the impression that they must go to your page and get whatever it is you have introduced before the deadline. This is because they have the fear that they’d miss out as once something is gone, it’s gone.

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Here’s Why You Should Think Twice Before Posting Photos On Social Media

Are you oversharing? The pictures you post online reveal more than you might expect.

As some COVID-19 restrictions get lifted, people are spending more time in social places and are very eager to showcase their life outside home online. Visited your favorite restaurant for the first time after lockdown? Better post a picture of the memorable event! At least, that’s what the majority do.

However, not many think of the dangerous outcomes of posting on social media. According to BrandWatch, 3.2 billion images and 720,000 hours of video footage are shared daily, making those people perfect targets for thieves and cybercriminals.

“People share information about themselves in exchange for positive reactions or when they need to vent. However, every picture we post may set off an incident of cybercrime,” says Daniel Markuson, a digital privacy expert at NordVPN.

While most social media users know they shouldn’t reveal their home address, current location, or phone number on Facebook, many still share entertaining photos or social plans. Such information might seem innocent to share, and potential threats tend to be overlooked.

Are you oversharing?

Since vacation season is upon us and everybody hopes for less strict COVID-19 rules, the expert has made a list of the most common mistakes. If you make at least one of them, have no doubt that you can become a target for hackers frequenting the dark web.

You share your location. You post pictures with location tags of your whereabouts, letting everyone on the internet know where you are and where you live. If you’re on a trip, and the only one guarding your property is your neighbor’s cat, rest assured that criminals will consider breaking in.

You share your address. You take pictures of your house, allowing others to figure out where exactly you live and what items you own. Sharing where you live can do more harm than you think. A Japanese pop star posted a selfie with a reflection of a train station on her eyeball. This minor detail helped a stalker trace her location and sexually assault her.

You vent or rant on social media. Pressure at work, family duties, and social tensions might result in a burning need to vent. Never do that online: what gets on the internet stays there forever. Personal feelings should be shared with close circles rather than publicly.

You post images that contain minors. Even high-profile parents like Pink and Gwyneth Patrow have given up posting pictures of their children. This is not only because of the hateful comments they receive, but also because kids are often mocked at school for being featured in their parents’ snaps.

You share your intimate pictures. This is a classic —  engaging in sexting and sharing nudes. The number of image-related crimes grew by a triple-digit during the pandemic, as people engaged in intimate conversations more than usual. As a result, NordVPN’s recent survey revealed that as many as 36% of Brits are highly worried about their stored personal pictures being made public.

You have all the trending social media apps on your device. Choose a few. Do you really need Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and all the other social media apps? These applications have access to your gallery, location, and contacts, meaning they collect and store your data, which might not always be that innocent.

You never turn off Wi-Fi on your mobile device. Your phone is continuously scanning for trusted Wi-Fi networks. Once you get close to your home or work, your device automatically connects to the network it finds. This is convenient, but, along with these constant joining requests, your phone gives out a lot of valuable information about you. There are tools that collect the names of all nearby Wi-Fi hotspots, including your home network. This data is then sent to public websites like Wigle.net, which create heatmaps of Wi-Fi hotspots. Anyone can find your home address — even a non-techie stalker from your college or office.

You use your work device for personal needs. Are you guilty of browsing X-rated content, looking for a new job, or shopping online on your work computer? It is very likely that your boss or the tech guy will know about it. Your internet service provider keeps logs of where you go and what pages you visit. Keep your personal matters on your personal devices. And use a VPN to keep your private affairs really private.

You use the same password or its variations for multiple accounts. If you use the same password on multiple platforms, you are making it easier for hackers to get to your private accounts. Additionally, don’t risk it by using the most popular passwords of 2020, as identified by NordPass’s research. For example, ‘123456’ has been breached more than 23 million times and takes a second to crack. Among others are ‘picture1′, ‘password’, ‘senha’, ‘qwerty’, ‘abc123′, ‘Million2′, ‘iloveyou’, ‘password1′, and others.

You never check the background of the picture you are about to post. The last piece of advice is to simply follow common sense. Surely,  anyone can make a mistake, just like Lisa Kudrow, who accidentally posted a picture containing a post-it note with her passwords. Consider the internet a public space — everyone can see you both from the good angles and the bad.

“Besides cyber threats, it’s fun to post photos and let everyone know you’re having a cocktail at a nearby bar, but that sends a clear signal to burglars that your home is empty,” Daniel Markuson adds. “Even the people who feel sufficiently educated about online privacy still reveal their personal details online. Millennials especially tend to post their social activities online.”

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