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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Charice CD zooms to No. 8 in Billboard 200

Yes, Edmund Silvestre (of the New York-based The Filipino Reporter, Funfare’s Big Apple correspondent), I and everybody else I’m sure know by now that Charice’s eponymous debut CD is making big waves in the US and is now No. 8 on Billboard 200 — and climbing fast — having sold more than 43,000 copies so far.

“It’s really an impressive debut for a newcomer like Charice,” said Edmund. “She’s all over the Internet and mainstream newspapers and music magazines on both coasts. Thanks, of course, to Oprah’s magic and faith in the Pinay performer, and David Foster’s determination to build Charice up, as well as Charice’s remarkable talent and apparent unjadedness.”

Edmund noted, and I agree with him, how amazing it is that Charice remains unaffected by all the accolades and attention (and even intrigues and criticisms hurled against her especially in her native country).

Added Edmund, “I heard both David and Oprah have also been coaching Charice on how to handle fame and protect herself from the media’s prying eyes and public scrutiny. Let’s just hope Charice’s success in the US will finally open the mainstream doors for more Filipino belters and balladeers. After all, she’s been mentioning in her interviews that the Philippines has so many extraordinary singers waiting to be discovered by the world.”

Of course, Edmund, we have a long list of world-class young Filipino singers — Sarah Geronimo, Christian Bautista, Rachelle Ann Go, Jed Madela, Kyla, Billy Crawford, Bugoy Drilon, Richard Poon, La Diva, Joanna Ampil, Sheryn Regis, Faith Cuneta, and the Sessionista artists — who can follow in the footsteps of Lea Salonga, Arnel Pineda (of Journey) and Allan “apl.de.ap” Pineda (of Black Eyed Peas) who are already renowned Filipino international artists.

Charice’s No. 8 debut on the Billboard 200 Albums is the first ever for a solo Filipino artist. The first cut off the album, Pyramid (featuring Iyaz), peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Songs.

Said Edmund, “The Billboard Hot 100 ranks the Top 100 songs regardless of genre and is frequently used as the standard measure for ranking songs in the United States based on physical sales, digital sales, and radio airplay, while the Billboard 200 survey is the corresponding chart for album sales.”

That’s a memorable gift to Charice who, along with her brother Carl, will be baptized and confirmed as a Catholic this morning at the Pasig Cathedral. They (and mom Raquel) used to be with Iglesia ni Kristo.

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