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In 150 Words: Where are the Billboard Philippines Charts?

It has been a month since Billboard Philippines last posted its weekly charts.

As many readers know, From the Tube has been publishing the top 10 songs in the Billboard Hot 100 every week both from the U.S. and in the Philippines. The Philippines charts were introduced last June, and the country’s most popular songs are being tabulated via downloads and video and audio streaming from websites such as YouTube and Spotify.

Unfortunately, the last time they posted the Hot 100, the Philippines Top 20 and the Catalog charts was on January 15. They have not posted any since.

The No. 1 song on the Hot 100 that day was ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran, while the top song on the Philippines Top 20 was ‘Titibo-tibo’ by Moira dela Torre. ‘Torete’ by Moonstar 88 topped the Catalog charts.

To the staff running Billboard Philippines, an explanation is definitely needed. The absence of any charts since January 15 is very baffling and it even makes the charts posted by MYX and some top 40 radio stations more legitimate in comparison.

For now, From the Tube will push through with the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 top 10 each week. Until then, wait for further announcements from Billboard Philippines, if there is one.

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In 100 Words: Yes the Best? More Like Yes the Worst!

Looks like nothing has changed on 101.1 Yes the Best.

Despite a massive and heavily hyped rebrand that took several months to materialize (even going as far as labeling the station as the ‘Home of the Millennials’), the sound of Yes the Best remains virtually the same as its previous incarnation. They are still a ‘masa’ station with ridiculously named DJs, playing some OPM, dance and hip-hop tracks, and even classic rock ballads from years past.

If Yes wants to truly live up to their billing as the ‘Home of the Millennials’, the station should have morphed into a Top 40 CHR station ala Magic 89.9 and 99.5 Play FM. This is poor advertising on MBC’s part, one that will definitely fool the more educated listener.

Sorry, but the rebrand of 101.1 Yes the Best is a thumbs down. Get your priorities straight, MBC.

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Yes FM Rebrands, Targets Millennials

The similarities between MBC sister stations 90.7 Love Radio and 101.1 Yes FM have been well-documented.

Ever since the Manila Broadcasting Company converted Yes FM into a Hot AC (‘masa’) station in 1998, the competition between Yes and MBC’s older flagship station Love Radio became intense and at times cordial. Both stations were in the top two in the ratings, and they even boasted that so-called fact in various stingers.

Unfortunately, the similarity in format proved to be a hindrance for Yes FM. By playing virtually the same type of music and catering to the same audience as Love Radio, Yes was always in the shadow of its older counterpart, and thus, they were treated like a ‘puppet’ to MBC.

It was clear to MBC that Yes needed a facelift. So in July of this year, they decided to give Yes a new sound, rebranding the station as 101.1 Yes the Best.

While semblances of its old ‘masa’ self continue to exist, the new Yes the Best is now dominated by music that is typically heard in CHR stations, with some mix of OPM and other Asian pop music. The new format of Yes is also targeted toward millennials (i.e. those born in the 1980s to the early 2000s).

Yes the Best also had a talent exchange with older station Love Radio prior to the reformat. Erstwhile Love Radio DJs Shai Tisai and Raqi Terra were moved to Yes in exchange for Tanya Chinita and Kara Karinyosa, who were moved next door to Love Radio.

In all honesty, the new sound of Yes the Best makes sense. Though the new format may prove to be consequential to its ratings, distinguishing Yes from the older Love Radio may be the best decision that MBC made, which could also benefit the FM radio industry in general.

Let’s just hope that the new Yes the Best model can be sustainable for a long period of time. With a new generation of listeners now coming to their senses, Yes the Best should live up to their billing as ‘The Millennials’ Choice’.

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