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The Inevitable: Moving to ABS-CBN Might Rejuvenate Regine Velasquez’s Career

From Kapuso… to Kapamilya?

The future of Regine Velasquez’s career has been hanging in the balance over the past month. As Regine’s contract with GMA is set to expire, there were reports of her moving to ABS-CBN to join her husband Ogie Alcasid.

Those rumors escalated further when Regine unexpectedly showed up at the ABS-CBN Ball Saturday night despite making an appearance on ‘The Clash’ for its final weekend (Saturday’s episode was pre-taped while Sunday’s episode was aired live). With all things considered, is Regine of no use to GMA and would be better off joining ABS-CBN?

First things first, let’s look back at recent history. Back in 2015, Regine was a host and performer on ‘Sunday All-Stars’, but low ratings and changing timeslots forced GMA to give up the show and allow APT Entertainment to take over the Sunday noontime slot with ‘Sunday PinaSaya’.

Regine did not join ‘Sunday PinaSaya’ because of a perceived ‘lack of familiarity’ and from that point on her career with GMA stalled. Her two acting projects in ‘Poor Señorita’ and ‘Mulawin vs. Ravena’ failed to beat Coco Martin”s long-running series ‘Ang Probinsyano’, while a primetime variety show in ‘Full House Tonight’ ran for only four months.

While Regine remained visible as an on-air talent via the cooking show ‘Sarap Diva’, it was clear that her days with GMA are being numbered. The fact is, Regine is no longer that relevant as a Kapuso star with all those recent projects that did not work out.

It only got worse when her one-time co-performers on ‘SOP’ (namely Ogie Alcasid, Jaya, Kyla, Jay-R and Janno Gibbs) found a new outlet in former rival ‘ASAP’. With GMA lacking any capable recording artists to keep up with ABS-CBN’s, Regine finds herself helpless to cope with the dearth in talent.

Which is why moving to ABS-CBN might help rejuvenate her career. Not only will she expected to make appearances with her former ‘SOP’ brethren on ‘ASAP’, she will also have an opportunity to become a judge in one of ABS-CBN’s upcoming talent shows (rumor has it that she might join ‘The Voice’ as a judge).

More importantly, Regine’s love for performing will be rekindled within Kapamilya walls, especially during ‘ASAP’. That alone may be a long shot given the abundance of performers on ABS-CBN, but given Regine’s track record that may be too good to pass up.

Still, it will be up to Regine Velasquez to decide the next phase of her career. Let’s just hope that she chooses something that will be best for her.

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Billboard Hot 100 Year-End for 2016: 1-25

Here are the songs from 1-25 in the 2016 Billboard Hot 100 Year-End singles charts. For songs 26-50, 51-75 and 76-100, click on the highlighted numbers, and all videos of these songs can be viewed in their respective links.

1. Justin Bieber – Love Yourself.

2. Justin Bieber – Sorry.

3. Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla – One Dance.

*Due to copyright issues and a lack of an official music/lyric video, no video is available for the song.

4. Rihanna feat. Drake – Work.

5. Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out.

6. Desiigner – Panda.

7. Adele – Hello. No. 35 last year.

8. The Chainsmokers feat. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down.

9. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!.

10. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer.

11. Sia feat. Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills.

12. Lukas Graham – 7 Years.

13. Rihanna – Needed Me.

14. Flo Rida – My House.

15. Mike Posner – I Took a Pill in Ibiza.

16. Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Work from Home.

17. Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For.

18. DNCE – Cake by the Ocean.

19. G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha – Me, Myself & I.

20. Twenty One Pilots – Ride.

21. Twenty One Pilots – Heathens.

22. Zayn – Pillowtalk.

23. Shawn Mendes – Stitches. No. 36 last year.

24. Drake – Hotline Bling. No. 30 last year.

25. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water.

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Ex-SOP Stars Take Over ASAP Stage

The long and storied rivalry between ABS-CBN’s ‘ASAP’ and GMA’s ‘SOP’ has been well-documented.

For 13 years, the two Sunday variety shows duke it out for not only high ratings, but also the best performance. While ‘SOP’ managed to become successful, it failed to sustain the momentum that the now 21-year-old ‘ASAP’ enjoys nowadays.

Successor GMA variety shows in ‘Party Pilipinas’ and ‘Sunday All-Stars’ followed suit, but neither proved to be a match to ‘ASAP’. As a result, GMA abandoned the purely musical variety format in favor of ‘Sunday PinaSaya”s comedy-infused approach, which was initially successful but now struggles to regain form.

With ‘Sunday PinaSaya’ employing a new cast and a new outfit in APT Entertainment, the performers that were once part of GMA’s past variety shows were forced to look elsewhere. Eventually, it led them to ‘ASAP’, and their performances on the said show felt like a throwback to many who watched ‘SOP’ for years.

While Kyla, Jay-R, Jolina Magdangal and Jona Viray were the first former ‘SOP’ stars to join ‘ASAP’, the biggest surprise came in July, when long-time ‘SOP’ cornerstone Ogie Alcasid stepped into the ‘ASAP’ stage for the first time. Not long after, Jaya came aboard, and last Sunday, a tribute for Ogie included a reunion between the two ‘SOP’ icons.

Backstage, another former ‘SOP’ mainstay paid a visit to the ABS-CBN studio. Ogie’s wife Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, who remains under contract with GMA, was at the dressing room reuniting with her old ‘SOP’ pals.

The reunion of former ‘SOP’ stars became a much-needed boost to ‘ASAP’, as it defeated ‘Sunday PinaSaya’ by 1.6% that day. Despite that, many are still hoping for a full reunion, as Regine remains a GMA talent while another former ‘SOP’ cornerstone in Janno Gibbs was nowhere to be found.

With so many performers in tow, how much longer can ‘ASAP’ sustain this high-quality trend? Only time will tell, but for now, enjoy this reunion of old rivals.

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Billboard Hot 100: September 17, 2016

Here are the Top 10 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of September 17, 2016.

1. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer. No. 1 last week.

2. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & M0 – Cold Water. No. 2 last week.

3. Twenty One Pilots – Heathens. No. 4 last week.

4. Sia feat. Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills. No. 3 last week.

5. The Chainsmokers feat. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down. No. 7 last week.

6. Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For. No. 6 last week.

7. Twenty One Pilots – Ride. No. 5 last week.

8. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better. No. 10 last week.

9. Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla – One Dance. No. 8 last week.

*Due to copyright issues and a lack of an official music/lyric video, no video is available for the song.

10. Rihanna – Needed Me. No. 11 last week.

All videos of the Top 10 songs can be viewed above. Our thanks to Billboard for this week’s Hot 100 Top 10.

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Billboard Hot 100: September 10, 2016

Here are the Top 10 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of September 10, 2016.

1. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer. No. 1 last week.

2. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & M0 – Cold Water. No. 3 last week.

3. Sia feat. Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills. No. 2 last week.

4. Twenty One Pilots – Heathens. No. 4 last week.

5. Twenty One Pilots – Ride. No. 6 last week.

6. Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For. No. 5 last week.

7. The Chainsmokers feat. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down. No. 8 last week.

8. Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla – One Dance. No. 7 last week.

*Due to copyright issues and a lack of an official music/lyric video, no video is available for the song.

9. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover). No. 10 last week.

10. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better. No. 12 last week.

All videos of the Top 10 songs can be viewed above. Our thanks to Billboard for this week’s Hot 100 Top 10.

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Billboard Hot 100: September 3, 2016

Here are the Top 10 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of September 3, 2016.

1. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer. No. 6 last week.

2. Sia feat. Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills. No. 1 last week.

3. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & M0 – Cold Water. No. 2 last week.

4. Twenty One Pilots – Heathens. No. 4 last week.

5. Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For. No. 3 last week.

6. Twenty One Pilots – Ride. No. 7 last week.

7. Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla – One Dance. No. 5 last week.

*Due to copyright issues and a lack of an official music/lyric video, no video is available for the song.

8. The Chainsmokers feat. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down. No. 8 last week.

9. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!. No. 9 last week.

10. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover). No. 11 last week.

All videos of the Top 10 songs can be viewed above. Our thanks to Billboard for this week’s Hot 100 Top 10.

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