Billboard Philippines Hits the High Note For a New Era of Filipino Music

Billboard Philippines Hits the High Note For a New Era of Filipino Music


Billboard Philippines aims to amplify Filipino music to global sound stages

Music possesses a remarkable ability to connect with individuals on a profound level. Its melodious notes and rhythms gracefully traverse into the depths of human emotions, resonating with the core of our existence. This auditory art form has an uncanny knack for bypassing the fortress of our rational minds and speaking directly to our hearts. From the euphoric crescendos of raw, unfiltered verses of a rock ballad, pop song, or rap rhythm, music paints an evocative picture of the human experience. Thus, this is where Billboard Philippines comes in. 

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Billboard Philippines has landed

​​A harmonious revolution in the world of music media is underway as Billboard, the ultimate global music authority, officially launches its Philippine edition: Billboard Philippines. The grand unveiling took place on October 15, 2023 at Whitespace Manila in Makati, and the event was graced by esteemed guests including Billboard President Mike Van, Associate Vice President for International Markets of Penske Media Corporation Gurjeet Chima, top Filipino artists, representatives from record labels, and other luminaries from the music industry.

Billboard President Mike Van
Billboard President Mike Van

Billboard Philippines is set to be a game-changer, spanning across a multitude of multimedia platforms, from traditional print to cutting-edge digital content, including videos, podcasts, and engaging social media initiatives. With this ambitious venture, it aims to connect Filipino music with the world, bridging the gap between local talent and international recognition.

MMGI COO and Billboard Philippines Publisher Anne Bernisca
Billboard Philippines Editor-in-Chief Bret Jackson

A resonant debut

As the latest addition to the Billboard family in Asia, Billboard Philippines introduces its debut print issue, the first of six volumes, each dedicated to a specific genre of music. The inaugural volume, titled “Pop,” features not one but two iconic cover stars. The first, Asia’s Songbird and the Queen of Pop herself, Regine Velasquez, graces the cover. The second star is none other than the sensational P-pop group SB19, currently making waves with viral hits and even vying for a coveted Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.

Billboard Philippines maiden issue cover stars, SB19 and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid
Billboard Philippines maiden issue cover stars, SB19 and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

The print edition of Billboard Philippines is committed to showcasing the best of Filipino music. Its “Discover” section shines a spotlight on emerging talents that are leaving a significant mark on the industry. Meanwhile, the “Rediscover” section pays homage to legends, icons, and steadfast figures in the music scene whose influence endures to this day. Each issue is a treasure trove of profiles on tastemakers and key opinion leaders (“Handpicked”), articles covering crucial music business developments and influential personalities (“Market”), chart-topping tracks and artists (“Chartbreaker”), as well as captivating culture and lifestyle features.

Best dressed artists Zild, Ena Mori, and Jolina Magdangal with Billboard PH EIC Bret Jackson

A digital gateway for Filipino music

Hand in hand with its print publication, Billboard Philippines unveils its brand-new website, This online platform serves as a global showcase for OPM (Original Pilipino Music) acts, allowing fans of Filipino music from around the world to stay updated on their favorite artists, discover emerging talents from local and regional scenes, explore the latest releases, follow industry trends, and enjoy insightful music-related content.

James Reid Billboard Philippines
James Reid
Sam Concepcion BBPH
Sam Concepcion
Gary Valenciano Billboard Philippines
Gary Valenciano

Billboard Philippines is not just about words; it’s also a visual and performative journey. The “Media Channels” bring music enthusiasts closer to their favorite artists. The flagship show, “Studios,” offers an intimate, reimagined live performance experience, allowing fans to rediscover hit songs. “Soundwave,” exclusively on Billboard Philippines’ TikTok channel, features trending and chart-topping acts in captivating performances.

Darren Espanto BBPH
Darren Espanto
Iñigo Pascual BBPH
Iñigo Pascual
BGYP Billboard Philippines
BGYO members Gelo and Nate

The “Volumes” podcast series on Spotify lets listeners delve into the creative process, individuality, changing trends, and industry-related topics with esteemed guests. Finally, “Handpicked” showcases selected artists answering lighthearted questions. The debut episodes of each program, presented at the official launch, will premiere on their respective platforms in the coming weeks.

Jolina Magdangal BBPH
Jolina Magdangal

Charting the sounds of the Philippines

Billboard has always been the ultimate authority in music charts worldwide. In line with this, Billboard Philippines is set to launch its own official music charts, offering the most definitive and comprehensive ranking of the hottest OPM tracks. This eagerly awaited feature will become a regular must-visit for avid music fans and listeners, providing a valuable snapshot of the Filipino music scene’s vibrant diversity.

Nadine Lustre Billboard Philippines
Nadine Lustre
Regine Velasquez-Alcasid BBPH
Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

Billboard Philippines aspires to amplify the power of music and promote positive change within the industry. This dedicated platform promises meaningful content that champions inclusivity, diversity, and global collaboration. It aims to become the foremost media authority that connects Filipino music with the world, fostering the discovery and rediscovery of music, especially from Filipinos.

SB19 Billboard Philippines

The introduction of Billboard Philippines offers a much-needed avenue for local talent to showcase their artistry and reach a broader audience. It’s a unified blend of culture, sound, and storytelling, and it promises to be a pivotal part of the country’s musical evolution. Life without music would be an arid landscape devoid of the emotional hues that make it worth living. It’s a universal language, transcending borders, cultures, and time itself, allowing us to connect, communicate, and understand one another in ways that mere words often fall short. 

The team behind Billboard Philippines celebrates its launch with Pop Issue cover stars Regine Valesquez-Alcasid and SB19
The team behind Billboard Philippines celebrates its launch with Pop Issue cover stars Regine Valesquez-Alcasid and SB19

As the Philippine music industry continues to evolve and diversify, the launch of Billboard Philippines comes at an opportune moment, providing a space for artists to be celebrated, and for music lovers to discover the latest tunes that resonate with their souls. It’s congruent with possibilities, and this anticipation of what this venture will bring to the table is nothing short of electrifying.


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