Universal Records Philippines (UR), the home of the finest Original Pilipino Music (OPM), along with SHOW Co., Ltd. have agreed to form a strategic partnership to further strengthen the hype and exposure of Pinoy pop, or P-pop, in the country.
The contract signing ceremony was attended by Universal Records Operations Manager Peter Chan, Managing Director Kathleen Dy-Go, along with ShowBT Korea, SHOW Korea, and SBTown Philippines CEO & President Geong Seong-Han, also known as Tatang Robin, with Ethan Yang, and Adie Hong.
UR’s Kathleen Dy-Go believes that there are a lot of talented individuals in the Philippines who can be “idol material.” She believes it is high time for them to be exposed to high-quality and intensive training while acquiring the commendable discipline that Korean agencies instill in their trainees.
“It’s such a great honor for the label to acquire a partnership of this caliber. We promise that we’ll work very hard for the potential groups that we will be launching along with SHOW Korea and SBTown Philippines. Of course, we have a lot of surprises in store for all of the P-Pop fans out there,” she says.
For the beloved Tatang Robin, it’s the right time for SHOW Korea, SBTown Philippines, and UR to make this partnership happen. He approached the label first this time around. Both easily agreed to have an immediate meeting since both parties are interested and share the same vision.
“I want to express my gratitude to Universal Records because it did not take long for the label to agree to this amazing partnership. It was quick,” he shares.
As a great CEO himself, Tatang Robin has exemplary experience in creating successful boy groups. This is evident in his dedication to training and debuting SB19, who is perhaps the most popular P-Pop group right now. It’s a new challenge for him to create the ultimate P-Pop girl group that will be idolized by many. Although he’s nervous, he’s optimistic that SHOW Korea and SBTown Philippines can pull it off with the aid of UR.
He explains, “I believe that it’s the girls’ era this time around here in the Philippine market. As you all know, the most famous groups in South Korea right now are girl groups. It’s just very common here in this world that there’s really an order for everything. So, I think this time is already the right time for girl groups to be at the top. I hope that this girl group that we’re going to debut is the first to be nominated internationally, like in Billboard.”
“If only fans give their love and support just like they did before in SB19, I believe that it’s also possible. Most of the talents have been training for up to four years. The shortest is one year and seven months. And as you all know I don’t debut talents who are not yet ready,” he adds.
Looks like the fans are in for a treat in the coming weeks and months because of this exciting partnership.
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