Here Are the First Week Numbers for Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

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To absolutely no one’s surprise, Taylor Swift‘s new album The Tortured Poets Department opened with an absolutely monster week. Making its debut on the Billboard 200 one week after release, immediately soared to No. 1 on the chart with a huge 2.61 million equivalent album units earned, per Billboard. With 891.3 million official streams, the […]

JK Labajo Admits “Ere” Is About Maureen Wroblewitz

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Who would’ve thought? JK Labajo has confirmed that his hit single “Ere” is about his breakup with ex-girlfriend Maureen Wroblewitz. First reported by ABS-CBN, the singer seemed genuinely surprised that there was any mystery about the inspiration behind the passionate single. “Kung hindi obvious, ewan ko na lang!” said JK. (If it wasn’t obvious, then […]

WAIIAN Breaks Down His Album ‘WEYAAT?’

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When Waiian first got featured for our second Complex Council, what struck us was his huge emphasis on authenticity. While his Kartell’em persona utilizes hard bars to compliment the group’s intimidating vibe, individually, the 26-year-old is noticeably more laid back, using a more lo-fi approach for themes about life, mental spaces, and “genuine rap shit”. […]

HILLARI On Coming Home and The Meaning Behind “Loyal”

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HILLARI has quite a unique story compared to other Filipino acts on the international scene. It’s unusual to hear of a bubbling Filipino artist in Norway, as opposed to the bright lights of Hollywood or the glamour of Broadway. The 19-year-old is making a name for herself in the Scandinavian country, with singles like “Brenner” […]

Hev Abi Releases Debut Album “Kung Alam Mo Lang”

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Hev Abi has released his debut album “Kung Alam Mo Lang” (If You Only Know) exclusively on Spotify. The release follows his 2022 EP Sakred Boy, and follows a string of successful releases that have netted the hip-hop artist around 2.2 million montly listeners on the platform. His most notable single for 2023 is “WELCOME2DTQ” […]

DENȲ Breaks Down Her Debut Album “LOVES7AGE”


“I know I’m independent, but I think I need ya…” is the first line of DENȲ’s infectious debut track “Gusto With Ya” which has been making waves since its March 2021 release. The subsequent lines in the catchy chorus foreshadowed the hit-making abilities that cemented the Quezon City-based artist as one of the freshest faces […]

Kaytraminé Could Have Been the Album of the Summer


“No, this not a hotel, this a chalet / My pinky up ’cause I paid a lot for this ring / Studio time paid with Buffalo Exchange / Basically I’m sayin’ I came a really long way.” These are victory lap bars on Kaytraminé’s “Master P” courtesy of Aminé, whose frictionless flow delivery rarely ever […]

First Impressions Of Kaytraminé’s New Album, ‘Kaytraminé’

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Kaytranada and Aminé’s new album—aptly titled after their new duo moniker, Kaytraminé—is here. Although it was officially announced on April 4, this album is, according to Portland’s Aminé, “9 years in the making.” Still, it’s right on time. These two are no strangers. Their previous collaborations can be heard on 2015’s “La danse,” 2016’s “YeYe,” […]