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'It's Showtime' hosts under fire

SB19 song triggers discussion on music royalties: ‘Respect local artists’

/ 10:14 PM June 11, 2023

SB19 members (from left) Justin, Stell, Pablo, Ken, Josh. Image: Sony Music Philippines

SB19 members (from left) Justin, Stell, Pablo, Ken, Josh. Image: Sony Music Philippines

Updated 11:45 P.M.; June 12, 10:14 A.M. 

“Respect local artists” became a trending topic on Twitter as fans of P-pop boy group SB19 defend the “Bazinga” hitmaker after some  “It’s Showtime” hosts claimed that the group has begun requiring payment for playing their music.


During the June 10 program of “It’s Showtime,” a contestant on the “Isip Bata” segment requested to dance to SB19’s “Gento,” which he was supposed to perform with host Jhong Hilario.


While the pair waited for the music to play, the contestant and the host were told—presumably by a staff member—that they could not play the song. Vice Ganda commented in a rather jocular manner, “Naningil na sila, naningil na.” (They’re now asking for a fee.)

Curtis, who seemed surprised by the staff’s instruction, asked, “Talaga? Hindi ba good promo ‘yun [playing the song on the show] for the music industry?” (Really? Isn’t playing the song on the show a good promo for the music industry?)

The actress continued, “May gano’n [fee for playing a song on the show] na pala? Sayang.” (So there’s such a thing already? It’s a pity.)

Moments after the episode, the hashtag “respect local artists” trended on Twitter in defense of SB19, with singer Sam Concepcion also commenting that artists deserved to be paid their dues.

SonoSuite, a platform for record labels and music distributors, defined music royalty as “payment made to rights holders, including songwriters, recording artists, and intermediaries like labels, publishers, or producers for the licensed use of their work,” which is generated depending on the type of usage and licensing.

Thyro Alfaro, one of the winners of the 2020 Awit Awards, also registered his surprise that some people are unaware that they are supposed to pay for using artists’ music.

Screenshot from Thyro Alfaro's Facebook post

Screenshot from Thyro Alfaro’s Facebook post

Concepcion, and songwriter and former Neocolours vocalist Ito Rapadas also chimed in on Alfaro’s post, saying the “It’s Showtime” hosts may have been talking about something else other than music when they spoke about copyright.

screenshot of comments from Thyro Alfaro's Facebook post

Screenshot of Thyro Alfaro’s Facebook post

One user shared that while they understand the need for the show to be upfront about the fact that they can no longer play the song, “it should have been followed with a good enough explanation,” and not just with the group is already asking for a fee. “That sounded like ‘royalty fee’ wasn’t a thing,” the netizen said.

Another user gave the hosts’ words the benefit of the doubt, claiming, “The intention might have been innocent, but the words that came out of them are a little careless since it gave SB19’s bashers a chance to attack the group.”

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They added, “It’s on national TV hence it’s the hosts’ responsibility to carefully watch what they’re saying. Context was missing.”

Meanwhile, some users defended the “It’s Showtime” hosts with one sharing that they found the hosts’ comments “harmless.” “To think na these BIG artists [the “It’s Showtime” hosts] are promoting the group from time to time, I don’t think they’re putting them on a bad light,” the user said.

In October 2018, the quintet composed of Josh, Pablo, Stell, Ken, and Justin introduced themselves to the music scene with their debut single titled “Tilaluha.” They have since gained significant popularity with several chart-topping tracks, including “Where You At (WYAT),” “Mapa,” “Go Up,” “What?,” and “Bazinga,” among numerous others.

The group just recently released their latest album “Pagtatag” which revolves around “strengthening their foundation” as a group.” EDV


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