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MANILA, 8 December 2011Celebrating “Original Pilipino Music”, Yahoo!, the premier digital media company, hosted Y! Rocks – a music concert hosted simultaneously across Manila, Cebu and Davao that saw 12 breakthrough artists share the stage with some of the country’s top music icons including Wolfgang, Urbandub, Pupil, The Dawn and Imago.

Live performances by 50 acts from various genres including rock, pop, indie, and soul/R&B attracted a crowd of over 30,000 music-crazy fans from across the three cities. Artists for the concert – both breakthrough and mainstream, were selected by Yahoo! viewers via online voting at http://ph.omg.yahoo.com/yrocks.

“Music is a big part of Yahoo! and since launching OMG!, we have hosted a number of online music events with great success,” stated Arlene Amarante, Yahoo! Philippines Country Ambassador. “In keeping with Yahoo!’s tradition of music and expanding the boundaries of mainstream listening, Y! Rocks pays a tribute to the richness and diversity of ‘Original Pilipino Music’ and showcases the exceptional talent we have in the country.”

Amarante added, “We hope this musical platform will remove barriers and create opportunities for up-and-coming musicians to collaborate with the established mainstream bands.”

The final roster of 12 "Breakthrough Acts" were adjudged on originality (40%), musicality (30%) and chemistry (30%). Judges were led by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) Secretary General, Dingdong Avanzado.

Instead of an original planned allotment of four "Breakthrough Acts" per region, ten acts from Metro Manila and Luzon landed in the top 12 and will go on to perform at the SM Mall of Asia. Only one act each was qualified to perform at the Y! Rocks concerts held in SM Cebu and SM Davao.



The list of the final 12 Y! Rocks Breakthrough Acts are as below:
SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds

Ma. Laurice Jamero
Quezon City
Yield Avenue
Calamba, Laguna


White Sunday
Malolos, Bulacan
Indios
Manila 
Penguin
Quezon City 
Jeepney Joyride
Quezon City


Stereo Deal
Manila
Row Four
Novaliches


Stories of Now
Makati City
Paranoid City
Makati City


SM Cebu

FOC Fashion
Cebu City

SM Davao

Highway Drive
Davao City

The list of the final 34 Y! Rocks Mainstream Acts are as below:

MANILA

Wolfgang                                 Parokya Ni Edgar                               Gloc 9                        
Franco                                     Karl Roy                                              Urbandub
Wilabaliw                                 The Dawn                                           Hijo                             
Shirley                                     Pedicab                                               The Jerks
Pupil                                        Taken by Cars                                                Techy Romantics      
Paramita                                 Stonefree                                            Razorback
True Faith                                Sandwich                                            Callalily           
6cyclemind                             Tanya Markova                                  Not So Fast
SinoSikat                                 General Luna                                      Somedaydream         
Dice and K9                            Badburn                                              Archipelago
Mike's Apartment                    Hilera

CEBU                                                             DAVAO

Salamin                                                           Rico Blanco
Ney                                                                 Never The Strangers
Ebe Dancel                                                     Greyhoundz

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