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‘Mr. Music’ makes history on Spotify

Jonathan Manalo is now the most streamed Filipino songwriter and record producer of all time with over 1.4 billion Spotify streams of music he penned and produced.

Filipino songwriter and record producer Jonathan Manalo has over 1.4 billion Spotify streams

This feat was achieved even before the release of his five reimagined compositions featuring OPM divas Gigi De Lana, Jona, Kyla, Nina, and Morissette.

Kyla’s fresh rendition of “Di Ko Kayang Limutin,” Nina’s “How Can I,” Jona’s “Always on Time,” Gigi’s “Patuloy Ang Pangarap,” and Morissette’s “Pagbigyang Muli” are part of Jonathan’s grand anniversary album, The Music of Jonathan Manalo: 20 Years.

The nostalgic compilation celebrates the renowned musician’s two decades of making original Pinoy music with 20 tracks he composed and produced. In 2021, seven of the album tracks already dropped, headlined by Rico Blanco’s remake of “Pinoy Tayo.”

The streaming feat comes simultaneously as Jonathan headlines the Mr. Music: The Hits of Jonathan Manalo concert this month at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. The event, happening on October 15, will feature his greatest hits in a grand musical affair with exciting performances from the best OPM artists today.

Jonathan, who is currently the creative director of ABS-CBN Music, was the grand winner in the “JAM: Himig Handog sa Makabagong Kabataan” songwriting competition in 2001 for his composition “Tara Tena.”

Since then, he has produced over 1,600 recordings, written more than 500 songs, and produced over 200 albums. Some of his notable hits are Gary Valenciano’s “Ililigtas Ka Niya,” Ice Seguerra’s “Para Lang Sa’ Yo”, Piolo Pascual and Sarah Geronimo’s “Paano Ba Ang Magmahal,” and Angeline Quinto’s “Patuloy Ang Pangarap.” His compositions and record productions have earned over 100 PARI gold and multi-platinum certifications.

He is the creative mind behind key albums and full discographies of artists like Erik Santos, Kyla, Piolo Pascual, Juris, Jed Madela, KZ Tandingan, Iñigo Pascual, Yeng Constantino, and Moira dela Torre.

Hailed as the most awarded songwriter and record producer of his generation with over 500 nominations and wins, Manalo was also named one of the Ten Outstanding Music Artists of the last decade in the National Commission for Culture and the Arts SUDI Awards in 2021.

Other well-loved tracks from his music catalog, such as “Tara Tena” and “Kabataang Pinoy,” were likewise featured in iWantTFC’s first original music series, Lyric and Beat, which started airing on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z on October 9.

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