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Stardom is just clicks away

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Aside from “Gangnam-style” Korean exponent, Psy, and Filipino belter Arnel Pineda, now the lead singer of the popular Journey band, many other unknowns have become show biz stars as a direct result of the platform and boost they’ve gotten from YouTube and other showcase and talent-discovery “windows” of the new media.

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‘Voice’ finalist in town; Basil looks up to Bennett

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THE SINGER finds new ways to improve his voice.

“Adam Levine is extremely nurturing,” said Christina Grimmie, “The Voice Season 6” third placer, describing her vocal coach during the competition.

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More ‘democratic’ ways to get discovered

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PINEDA. His “blind” gambit paid off

Talent discovery used to be a process controlled by the TV-film studios, which would periodically announce casting calls or talent competitions for unknowns with potential celebrity in their stars. In the ’50s, for instance, Sampaguita Pictures held its “Mr. and Ms No. 1” search, and it launched the careers of Amalia Fuentes and Juancho Gutierrez.

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Cyber controversy caps Cinemalaya

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ADOLFO Alix Jr.’s “Porno”

It was called a “blunder,” “a misstep,” “a nightmare.” Only hours before its awards ceremony Sunday, Cinemalaya was rocked by controversy when past films were uploaded on YouTube.

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Yeng Constantino makes music for young fans

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“The audience can now choose what they want to listen to; they start trends and cause videos to go viral,” Yeng Constantino told reporters at a recent press con. “I’m very hands-on with all my social media accounts. I personally maintain my blog, as well as my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.”

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