The arrival of International artists coming in droves is causing a stir with some local Filipino artists who aren’t happy about it.
During the launching of his 28th album titled "Replay" on Wednesday, Gary Valenciano expressed concern over the increasing number of foreign acts in the country. Although nothing personal against the foreign acts his concern is the affects on local artists.
"No matter what you say talagang apektado ang local scene. Although, siyempre kapag sinabi mong John Mayer ang pupunta sa Manila, ‘Wow!’ But it will be good if John Mayer is in Manila tapos matagal bago dumating ang susunod,” Valenciano, who is the vice president for internal affairs of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit (OPM), explained.
Mayer held a concert at SM mall of Asia in Manila on October 1st prior to him Kelly Rowland (US), Jay Sean (UK) and Jung Ji-Hoon better known as Rain (South Korea) have performed in Manila. This month Araneta Coliseum has already booked Jack Jones and David Foster’s aswell as Adam Lambert.
Later on this year Sandara Park and her Korean band 2NE1 as well as Justin Beiber are expected to be in the Philippines for their fans.
Given the gravity of the problem, Valenciano said members of the OPM are already holding series of meetings to address the issue.He maintained that the issue should be resolved not just to save the local music industry but to give Filipino artists “the time to shine also.”
When asked if they will go after the concert producers who are bringing in the foreign artists Valenciano answered “I think it’s matter of, to level the playing field and I think it’s important that we do that. Kasi kung Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo ang pinag-uusapan, okay. Pero what about the other guys who are probably more talented, who deserves the audience that he/she needs? I think that’s something that really needs to take into consideration."
Valenciano’s group is also tackling other issues such as ensuring the strict compliance of a law mandating radio stations to play 4 Filipino songs every hour.
Now I can understand wanting to protect Philippines culture and musical exploits but this seems to be at the expense of what people actually want. Justin Beiber for example I believe has the highest fan members worldwide, the fans should be robbed of seeing their idol for the sake of some artists they are unlikely to go and watch? I don’t think so.. The talk of “letting people shine” lets not forget where the artists go! What about Charice is she busy in the Philippines?? nope.. she’s in the U.S. on Glee how about someone a bit more refined like Lea Salonga famous for being in the musical South Pacific.. nope just checked her bookings for this year she’s busy mainly in California. So foreign acts aren’t welcome here but the top artists get exported?? Maybe they should concentrate more on getting the top Filipino talent to tour the Philippines more than complaining about foreign acts who are “invited” here and “wanted”. If there was no demand they wouldn’t sell any tickets.