XLR8

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XLR8
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres P-pop, dance
Years active 2010–present
Labels Viva Records
Associated acts Pop Girls
Itchyworms
Chicosci
Tanya Markova
Website official site
Members Aj Muhlach
Hideaki Torio
Arkin del Rosario
Caleb Santos
Carlo Lazerna
Kiko Ramos
MJ Magno
MM Magno

XLR8 is a Filipino boy band under VIVA Records' P-Pop Label. XLR8 is composed of Arkin del Rosario, Carlo Lazerna, the identical twins MJ and MM Magno, Kiko Ramos, Caleb Santos, Aj Muhlach and Hideaki torio. They are regularly seen on the Sunday noontime variety show Party Pilipinas aired on GMA 7. The group was accused of plagiarizing Super Junior's "Sorry, Sorry", but no official statement was released from either groups.

History[edit]

Pre-debut and debut: 2008-2010[edit]

Sometime in 2008,Vic Del Rosario of VIVA media franchise decided to form a boyband under his recording company VIVA Records.[1] First to be part of the project boyband was then stage performer Kiko Ramos followed by TV host and commercial model Hideaki Torio, ramp and commercial model Carlo Lazerna and church choir singer Caleb Santos.[1][2] After a series of training VIVA decided to add one more member; then theater actor and commercial model Arkin del Rosario soon joined the line up.[1][2] Still unsatisfied, VIVA added two more members who happened to be twin brothers; former Star Magic contract talent Melmar Magno and aspiring singer Meljohn Magno .[1][2] Several members joined and left but the last to seal the final eight members was commercial model, aspiring actor and VIVA's contract talent AJ Muhlach.[1][2] All final eight members continued to train together for their singing and dancing skills and then worked on their debut album.[2] The group made their debut on March 28, 2010 on the popular variety show Party Pilipinas with their debut single "You're so Hot." Although the group has been receiving mixed reviews, they have been progressing over the passed year by performing at various mall shows and have made various concert appearances. They are regularly seen on the hit variety show "Party Pilipinas.

Other activities: 2011-present[edit]

On April 1, 2011, XLR8 performed at their first concert along with P-pop groups the Pop Girls and RPM at Viva's "P-pop Explosion" concert held at Aliw Theater.XLR8 had also released a new single entitled "It's Time to XLR8."

Temporary member departure[edit]

A few members of XLR8: from left: Meljohn Magno, Arkin Del Rosario, Hideaki Torio, Francis Ramos and Adrian Muhlach. XLR8 together with The Pop Girls and RPM were part of the P Pop Explosion held at the Aliwan Theater last April 1, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista.

In early 2011, Viva Records confirmed that XLR8 members Hideaki Torio and AJ Muhlach would be temporarily leaving the group to film a new TV series called "Bagets Just Got Lucky" which is to be aired on TV5. Because of this, GMA 7, the channel that is responsible for broadcasting Party Pilipinas, had temporarily suspended the two members from performing at any GMA 7 sponsored events and allowed them to perform at any non-GMA 7 sponsored events. Until the members finish filming the series, substitutes will be taking their places performing on Party Pilipinas.

Discography[edit]

Studio album[edit]

Album Information Track Listing
XLR8 (Debut album)
  • Released: March, 2010
  • Label: Viva Records
  • Language: Filipino, English
  • Producer(s): Christian de Walden and Marcus Davis
  • Certification: GOLD
Note: Track # 4, 5 and 9 are written by MJ Magno.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2010 "You're so Hot" XLR8
"I Love You Girl"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2010 "You're so Hot" Trev Monteros II
"I Love You Girl"

Featured XLR8 tracks[edit]

Featured Track Information Track Album
Take Me Out (Philippine game show) (GMA 7)
  • Date Used: April 26, 2010 to July 2, 2010
"You're so Hot" XLR8
Working Girls 2010 (GMA & VIVA Films)
  • Date Used: April 2010
"Dance with Me"
Hating Kapatid (VIVA Films)
  • Date Used: July 2010
"Ms. Beautiful"
Diz Iz It (GMA)
  • Date Used: April 2010
"You're So Hot"
Note: The table includes tracks from XLR8’s album used in various media.

Awards[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2011 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Recording/Performing Group[3] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e S Magazine June 2010 issue Mega Publishing Group
  2. ^ a b c d e TV interview Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman aired over GMA 7 on April 2010
  3. ^ "42nd Box-Office Entertainment Awards honors outstanding actors and actresses of 2010". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-21.