Archive | July, 2011

Review: Anugerah Planet Muzik 2011

31 Jul

Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the APM. The Malay music industry awards presentation event organised by Singapore radio stations Ria 89.7FM and Warna 94.2FM failed to return back to Singapore last year (2010) from Jakarta (Indonesia) where it was hosted there in 2009 and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 2008 due to “commercial considerations”.

This is my second time attending APM and the first time watching an event at The MAX Pavilion (Singapore Expo). It was back in 2005 at Suntec Convention Hall 601 and 602 that I watched the first music awards show. I was not satisfied with the event where the place get hotter when the show started. Not sure whether the aircon broke down or no one was checking the temperature. I was also not happy that the “APM guards” keep blocking the audiences’ view and catching audiences who took pictures and videos. Due to this, I decided to buy the expensive ticket (SGD81) and got the B3 Section, Row 2 and Seat 10 which was one of the tv camera favorite spots. Yeah, I was on tv most of the time during the 3 hours show!

Friday, 15 July 2011. The show was supposed to start at 8.30pm as shown on the ticket but only started at 9pm. They surprised us by having the “Red Carpet” inside the auditorium hall. As I was sitting in the middle of my row, I decided not to get out of my seat and run forward to capture the performing singers walking on the red carpet.

9pm and the show was telecast live at Suria and Astro Ria. Opening act by Orkestar Trio and Bloco Singapura before Sarah Aqilah, Hady Mirza, SleeQ, Sezairi Sezali, Taufik Batisah and Rahayu Ridwan with Senyum (Smile) song. Great combination and performance by the Singapore competitions winners (Singapore Idol and Anugerah). I guess SleeQ was there to assist with the rapping parts.

Best Vocal (New Female Artist): Amanda Imani

Best Vocal (New Male Artist): Sandhy Sondoro

I didn’t get it why the two awards were called Best Vocal. For me it should be called Best New Artist (Male/Female). If it was based on vocal, Roze should had won Best Vocal (New Female Artist) instead of Amanda.

Boring Selamilah Cinta performance by Amanda Imani and Ajai (on keyboard) followed by Sezaire Sezali (Matahari) and the performance by Sandhy Sondoro (Malam Biru). I’m not sure how Sandhy won the best vocal based on this live show. The judges should had attended the nominees’ live performances before they decides the winners. Judging by listening to their CDs is not the right way.

RZ, Sarah Aqilah and Dyn Norahim “Main-Main” joke.

Best Vocal (Duo / Group): Ana Raffali, Altimet & Suhaimi Meor Hassan

For me this award should go to Zivilia (Aishiteru). Korang, Ana reminds me of my girlfriend Sharifah Amani! 😛

Best Duo / Group: 3 Suara – Jaclyn Victor, Ning Baizura & Shila

3 Suara deserved this award based on their live performance.

Great “Tolong Ingatkan Aku” performance by Ana Raffali, Sleeq (Untuk Dia), Atilia & MonoLoQue (Kekanda Adinda) and group performance for “Kalau Berpacaran” replacing Altimet & Suhaimi Meor Hassan. Really enjoyed during this segment.

Scha Al-Yahya & Syazwan Zakariah, gandingan tak sesuai langsung!

Best Song (Singapore): Lagu Teman (The Lion Story feat Zahidah)

Most Popular Singapore Artist: Hardy Mirza

Shila Amzah & Ajai – Teman

I preferred Nurul to duet with Ajai for this song.

Sarah Aqilah – Seikhlas Hatiku

Hafiz – Awan Nano

3 Suara

Best Song (Malaysia): Awan Nano (Hafiz AF)

Best Song (Indonesia): Cintailah Aku Sepenuh Hati (Ari Lasso)

Aryan Band – Azura 2011

Best performance by Aryan Band lead by Still Youngz’s vocalist, Ikhsan. Not sure whether the former band has been disbanded.

Most Popular Song (Singapore): Angkasa (Hady Mirza)

Most Popular Regional Song: Angkasa (Hady Mirza)

Malaysians’ viewers were questioning the Most Popular Regional Song winner as they claimed that they had never heard of this song before. For me, regional awards should never be introduced in such an event as it will make our neighbouring countries feel bad when they think their artists should be the one winning it.

Afgan – Terima Kasih Cinta & Dia Dia Dia

Taufik Batisah & M.Nasir – Hey & Bukalah Hati Mu

Best Male Artist: Faizal Tahir

Faizal Tahir was not aware that he had just won the Best Male Artist award. The organisers should had told him to prepare for the award or getting someone keeping track of the winners’ where-about. An artist who are preparing for his/her performance do not have the time to watch the monitor’s screen all the time at the back-stage. This incident also happened when 3 Suara was announced as winner, Ning Baizura was at the back-stage and it took a few minutes for her to re-unite with the other members.

Best Female Artist: Rossa

Hady Mirza & Rossa – Angkasa & Ku Menuggu & Ayat Ayat Cinta

They looks like perfect couple eh?

Best Collaboration: Sayang Dayang Nurfaizah & Marcell

Best Song: Awan Nano

APM’s Special Award : Melly GoesLaw

Jac , Siti & Melly worst ever performance! They seems not having a rehearsal together.

It was raining heavily outside. Can you hear it, tv viewers?

Faizal Tahir with Hanyut & Selamat Malam

Faizal feeling hot. His performance began late. Took out his shirt and buttons.

I was thinking that his sickness came back! or got the viral from the 3 Diva? He felt that it was his worst ever performance. I was surprised that he angrily used his hands to hit the cymbals.

Siti Nurhaliza – Faling In Love

Siti needs to learn english! The viewer were laughing at her when she pronounced “confort”. I was not sure whether she was saying fall and falling or boy and bowling respectively during the chorus.

Best Album: Energi (Kotak)

Most Popular Regional Artist: Siti Nurhaliza

It is good that the organisers took Siti out from this category as she had won this awards since the day APM was born and awarded her with the Most Popular Regional Artist For More Than A Decade award.

Didi Alias aka Lady Gaga

Other than Didi Alias, I found that this year MCs (Adi Rahman, Fiza O – Singapore’s Ziana Zain and Daniel Mananta) were the most boring one.

Final comments:

1. The dot-matrix backdrop screens was a bad choice! I’m not sure whether they purposely used it to destroy the pictures’ qualities.
2. Lot of the VIPs seats were empty. It looked ugly on TV. VIPs should be given the left and right most sections of the stage and lets the paid audiences fill up the front seats. Tip: I will buy the cheapest ticket and fill up this VIPs seats next time. 🙂
3. Why was there no pamplets given? Budget? They had it the last time I came.

LOUDNESS – Live In Singapore

20 Jul

Loudness is a Japan-based heavy metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Akira Takasaki and drummer Munetaka Higuchi.They were the first Japanese heavy metal act signed to a major label in the United States, releasing twenty-three studio albums (five in America) by the end of 2009 and reaching the Billboard Top 100 in their moment of maximum international popularity.Despite numerous changes in their roster, the band continued their activities during the 90s, finally reuniting the original line-up in 2000. On 30 November 2008 original drummer Munetaka Higuchi died from liver cancer at a hospital in Osaka at age 49. Loudness replaced him with Masayuki Suzuki and are still active to this day.

Loudness performed in Singapore for the frist time in 1989 at the Sentosa Musical Fountain.And they will be here again on 25.07.2011.Die hard fans wouldn’t want to miss this.


with opening act:

(Dio Tribute)

DATE: 25.07.20111

SGD50 – Early Bird Ticket (limited to 80)
SGD70 – (21.07.2011 TO 24.07.2011)


The Hossan Leong Show

17 Jul

Come one come all, Singaporeans! It’s Episode Three and 3rd time’s the charm as the charming all-Singaporean sensation Hossan Leong returns with BRAND NEW SKITS, BRAND NEW STAND UPS and BRAND NEW LAUGHS!

All the drama of the General Election 2011 but with more tongues in cheeks and fewer tears on faces! But not just that, everything Singaporeans love will get that Hossan Leong twist and shout. From Ironing bored Chefs to Haunted Housing issues. There’ll even be new game show segments that we can all relate to like “So you think you can Dance …Tahan?”

Well, we know what you cannot tahan. You sure cannot tahan NOT to catch Hossan Leong, Chua Enlai, Judee Tan, Siti Khalijah and DJ Shigeki in this latest episode of epic comic proportions. Directed one more time by George Chan, we’re all in for a treat.

Hossan says this time Triple Confirm!
Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!


8-18 Sep 2011
Tue – Fri, 8pm
Sat – Sun, 3pm & 8pm

Approx 1 hr 30 mins

Drama Centre Theatre

S$55, S$48, S$35 (Preview Show – 8 Sept 2011, 8pm)
S$68, S$58, S$38


1 Jul


Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) which honors the best of the region’s artistes and music, returns to Singapore in 2011 after being away in 2008 (Kuala Lumpur) and 2009 (Jakarta).

The awards show takes place on 15 July 2011 at Max Pavilion.

2011 marks Radio’s 75th year in Singapore so the return to Singapore on APM’s 10th anniversary makes the occasion even more special.

Since APM was held in Singapore in 2007, local Malay music has gained traction among the Singapore Malay audience. Not only do local songs enjoy a greater dominance in the local Malay music charts, artistes like Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah, Asian Idol Hady Mirza, Didicazli and Sleeq have become household names.

Organised by the two MediaCorp Malay radio stations, Ria 89.7FM and Warna 94.2FM, this year’s Awards will see 18 award categories honoring the best in the Malay music scene in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Be there to celebrate music and to experience energetic and vibrant performances by the region’s BEST!

15 Jul 2011
Fri , 8.30pm

Approx 3 hrs
No Interval

The MAX Pavilion@Singapore Expo

Standard – S$78, S$58, S$38

Here is the full list of APM 2011’s best categories:

Best Vocal (New Male Artist):
1. Ariss
2. Febrian
3. Igo
4. Sandhy Sondoro
5. Sezaire Sezali

Best Vocal (New Female Artist):
1. Aisyaa Hasnaa
2. Amanda Imani
3. Ana Raffali
4. Mytha
5. Roze

Best Vocal (Duo / Group):
1. Ana Raffali, Altimet & Suhaimi Meor Hassan
2. Azlan & The Typewriter
3. Govinda
4. Projek Pistol
5. Zivilia

Best Male Artist:
1. Faizal Tahir
2. Glenn Fredly
3. Hady Mirza
4. Hafiz AF
5. Judika

Best Female Artist:
1. Agnes Monica
2. Ana Raffali
3. Astrid
4. Rossa
5. Sarah Aqilah

Best Collaboration:
1. Amarah Siti Nurhaliza & Krisdayanti
2. Berteman Rindu Didicazli & Giselle
3. Harus Bagaimana Atilia & Maliq & Essentials
4. Kalau Cinta Aliff Aziz & Joanna
5. Sayang Dayang Nurfaizah & Marcell

Best Duo / Group:
1. Andra & The Backbone
2. D’Masiv
3. Kotak
4. 3 Suara – Jaclyn Victor, Ning Baizura & Shila
5. 6ixth Sense
6. Ungu

Best Album:
1. Cari Jodoh (Wali)
2. CTKD ( Siti Nurhaliza & Krisdayanti)
3. Energi (Kotak)
4. Ketika Aku Kecil (Ana Raffali)
5. Sang Penyanyi (Hady Mirza)
6. Suara (Jaclyn Victor, Ning Baizura & Shila)

Best Singapore Song:
1. Harum (Roze)
2. Ku Tetap Kan Menunggu (Hady Mirza)
3. Lagu Teman (The Lion Story feat Zahidah)
4. Maafkan Ku (Oh Cinta) (Faizal Isa)
5. Matahari (Sezaire Sezali)

Best Malaysia Song:
1. Awan Nano (Hafiz AF)
2. Hanyut (Faizal Tahir)
3. Kalau Berpacaran (Ana Raffali & Altimet & Suhaimi Meor Hassan)
4. Kekanda Adinda (Atilia & Monoloque)
5. Noktah Cinta (Hafiz)

Best Indonesia Song :
1. Cari Jodoh (Wali)
2. Cintailah Aku Sepenuh Hati (Ari Lasso)
3. Karena Ku Cinta Kau (Bunga Cinta Lestari)
4. Pelan-Pelan Saja (Wali)
5. Rindu 1/2 Mati (D’Masiv)