Rico Blanco dominates with "Antukin"

Rico Blanco - OPMÆs premier rock singer/songwriter and all-around musical genius is riding the proverbial musical peak with his third (yes THIRD!) hit single off his critically acclaimed solo debut disc Your Universe, released only last August of 2008.

The infectious, modern pop/rock track ôAntukinö literally has ôclassö written all over it, yet highlights BlancoÆs traditionally uncanny knack to tug at the heartstrings of everyday Pinoys and their sentiments. After a double salvo of hits off the abovementioned disc, namely 2008Æs grand rock epic ôYugtoö and the catchy-as-hell chart-topper ôYour Universe,ö Blanco shows no signs of slowing down as ôAntukinö is now enjoying the top spot on nationwide radio and even on local music channel giant MYX. Truly, the feat speaks for itself, as not only the fans are aware of the artist/musicianÆs knack for creating definite classics in the OPM world.

But thatÆs not all thatÆs rocking the world of friends and fans of Blanco, as the video for his third single- directed by Treb Monteras is enjoying heavy airplay on all local music channels, and is garnering a massive number of views online. Conceptualized yet showing a looser side of Blanco, the video is a sure-fire contender in future industry awards ceremonies and is shown almost every day on local popular music channels and can be viewed by fans through his website and on

Needless to say, the success of BlancoÆs third single promises bigger and better things for the lauded songwriter as his home label Warner Music Philippines proudly prepares the Southeast Asia release of Your Universe, which will feature (different artwork?) and (additional songs?) all which lucky Filipino fans abroad and would-be foreign music enthusiasts can soon sink their teeth into.

In turn, BlancoÆs ôuniverseö is still a busy one, having recently embarked on various promotional tours around the Philippines for the album, oft-being the main highlight and/or taking the honors of being opener and finale for the biggest gigs in the country, including the 2008 NU107 Rock Awards, MYX MO 2008 and the MTV Music Summit 2008 (where he was also named the official spokesperson for the yearà) among a prestigious line of others into the following year. And at the start of 2009 up until the recent past, Rico has been conquering neighboring countries in Asia, having most recently visited Singapore where he wowed a mixed-audience of thousands at the lavish DXO Colours By The Bay at the Esplanade Mall last April 25, 2009. Indeed, not only local music fans canÆt get enough of the man behind OPMÆs biggest rock hits like ô214,ö ôAwit Ng Kabataanö and ôUmaaraw, Umuulan,ö (as he still takes pleasure in visiting and playing at every corner and province in the nation), but the distant future promises RicoÆs music being a smash hit among like-minded aficionados in other nations. An amazing feat, really- but not really surprising and totally unexpected, as a spin of the disc is enough proof for would-be skeptics that Your Universe could well be THE album that proudly represents what local Filipino pop/rock sounds like at its best.

For more information about Rico BlancoÆs local and international tour schedule, to view his latest video ôAntukinö and literally anything and everything that is Rico Blanco, log on to Universe is still available in record stores and music shops nationwide, so get your music fix now and be a part of BlancoÆs exciting universe.