SB19, Ben & Ben redefine musical collaboration


JUST a few weeks after releasing their new single “MAPA”, fiery boy group SB19 agreed to play some great music with another hot band, Ben & Ben, and take that heartfelt song into a whole new one. dimension.

And a few days after the clip was released, their version of “MAPA” tops the music charts and iTunes in many countries. Barely 24 hours after its release, it immediately placed first in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and here in the Philippines. It is also at the top of the music charts in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada and New Zealand.

“It’s a beautiful song about our parents, and it’s such an honor to enter our first collaboration with SB19 for the group version of ‘MAPA’,” Ben & Ben wrote on his widely social media accounts. follow-ups.

For his part, SB19’s Justin said the band were certainly happy to re-record the song with Ben & Ben, “a band for which we have the utmost respect musically.”

“The boys at SB19 had this idea to do a group version of the song ‘MAPA’,” said Roslyn Pineda, Sony Music’s general manager for the Philippines. “And Ben & Ben said yes in the blink of an eye. When the two groups finally performed on stage, it was pure musical magic! Pablo from SB19 added, “We want our fans and the general public to have a different vibe when they hear about this new collaboration. The original version is smoother, while this new gives the song a kind of rich, happy vibe, hoping listeners feel more elated once they listen to the song.

“We have been involved in the collaboration process. SB19 gave us complete musical and creative freedom to arrange the song, only giving additional feedback to help improve the fluidity of certain parts. Pablo was coordinating directly and constantly giving updates, and the suggestions he gave have helped us a lot in the last few recording sessions, ”shared Miguel Benjamin Guico, one of the lead vocalists of Ben & Ben.

A much admired group, Ben & Ben certainly knows how to play its cards well. Before this magical collaboration with SB19, he also already teamed up with Moira de la Torre on the song “Paalam” and the South Korean member of Day 6 Young K with the hit “Leaves”, which made its appearance on the sites Korean streaming media right after the song fell on various music platforms.

Not one to rest on their laurels, Ben & Ben has started discussions with Grammy and Filipino-American Oscar winner HER for possible collaboration in

close future. “Just being able to connect with her and talk to her is surreal. And to hear him tell us that we should be working on something together, wow, if that happens it will be a dream come true, ”Guico exclaimed.

To promote this historic collaboration between SB19 and Ben & Ben, the project’s bigwigs decided to shoot the clip in the historic and recently renovated Manila Metropolitan Theater, a national treasure where some of the most illustrious Filipino artists have performed in the past. .

The song “MAPA” continues to make music history a week after its release and could remain at the top of the charts for many more weeks to come. Indeed, SB19 and Ben & Ben have truly redefined musical collaboration.

Image courtesy of JAMIE LIHAN


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