R2K

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R2K
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Studio album by Regine Velasquez
Released November 24, 1999
Recorded March – November 1999
Bravo Recording Studios (Quezon City, Philippines)
Jam Creations (Pasay, Philippines)
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 1:07:09
Language English
Label Viva Records
Producer Vic Del Rosario Jr. (executive)
Regine Velasquez (executive)
Rene Salta (supervising)
Patty Mayoralgo (associate)
Regine Velasquez chronology
Drawn
(1998)
R2K
(1999)
Unsolo
(2000)
Singles from R2K
  1. "On The Wings Of Love"
    Released: September 1999
  2. "Fallin’"
    Released: October 1999
  3. "Lost Without Your Love"
    Released: November 18, 1999
  4. "For The Love Of You"
    Released: November 26, 1999
  5. "In Your Eyes"
    Released: December 13, 1999
  6. "One Love"
    Released: December 26, 1999
  7. "I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing"
    Released: January 5, 2000
  8. "I'll Never Love This Way Again"
    Released: February 3, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Artist Direct 3/5 stars[2]

R2K is the tenth studio album by Filipino singer-actress Regine Velasquez, released on November 24, 1999 by Viva Records in the Philippines in CD and cassette format[3][4] and later as a digital download.[5] The album is Velasquez' second from Viva Music Corporation after Drawn. It consists various covers of the past millennium's contemporary hits from the 1980s such as Jeffrey Osborne's "On the Wings of Love" to the 1990s such as Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing". The album was produced by Velasquez and certified platinum in two weeks after its release with 40,000 units sold.[6] It was certified 12x platinum[7] by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) but was never awarded by VIVA Records. R2K is Velasquez's most successful album both commercially and critically. It is the best-selling album by a female artist in Philippine history and stayed in record charts for a year.

Background[edit]

R2K is Velasquez' third all-covers album after Tagala Talaga and Retro. She also featured actor Gabby Eigenmann and MTV Pilipinas VJ KC Montero to do a rap adlib for her song "For the Love of You".[8] It also marked the first time a Philippine artist released an album with a VCD.[6] The VCD contains six music videos done by Velasquez with director Louie Ignacio including "One Love" which features actors Antoinette Taus and Dingdong Dantes. It is also the first time in the Philippines that a limited edition 48-page colored magazine was released together with the album.

R2K: The Concert[edit]

After releasing the album, Velasquez staged the R2K: The Concert,[9] her most notable concert series held at the Araneta Coliseum for two consecutive sold-out days on April 7–8, 2000 and produced by Viva Concerts & Events.[10] The concert was personally directed and conceptualized by Velasquez herself. It paraded stunningly exquisite costumes, intricate stage design and pyrotechnics. The two-night sold out concert caused a big traffic jam along EDSA.[11] The most notable performance of the show is when she sang "On the Wings of Love" while hanging on a harness in mid-air and 'flying' above the audience. Her special guests included Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid, Jaya, KC Montero and Gabby Eigenmann. The concert won Best Major Concert Act (Female Category) at the 2001 Aliw Awards.[11] It was also praised as "The best show in Asia in the last 25 years" by a foreign magazine.

R2K concert personnel[edit]

  • Regine Velasquez – vocalist
  • Kyle Tentano – guitars
  • Noel Mendez – guitars
  • DJ Uy – electric bass
  • Joel Manda – synthesizer
  • George San Jose – drums
  • Alex Caruso – percussion
  • The Filipino Film Orchestra – additional instrumentation
  • Nathaniel San Jose – conductor
  • Sarah Pauzano – concert master

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were produced by Regine Velasquez.[12][13]

No. Title Writer(s) Original Artist(s) Length
1. "On the Wings of Love" Jeffrey Osborne Jeffrey Osborne 3:38
2. "One Love" John Bettis, Richard Carpenter The Carpenters 3:59
3. "Dancing Queen" Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson ABBA 3:41
4. "The Long and Winding Road" John Lennon, Paul McCartney The Beatles 3:53
5. "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" Cynthia Weil, Michael Masser, Tom Snow Peabo Bryson 4:26
6. "MacArthur Park" Jimmy Webb Richard Harris/Donna Summer 5:03
7. "Lost Without Your Love" David Gates Bread 3:25
8. "Music of Goodbye (music from the movie Out of Africa)" Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman Melissa Manchester & Al Jarreau 4:19
9. "Fallin' (music from the musical They're Playing Our Song)" Carole Bayer Sager (lyrics), Marvin Hamlisch (music) Marvin Hamlisch 3:13
10. "I'll Never Love This Way Again" Richard Kerr, Will Jennings Dionne Warwick 4:33
11. "Holiday" Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker Scorpions 4:23
12. "Music and Me" Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson, Don Fenceton, Mike Cannon Michael Jackson 3:32
13. "In Your Eyes" Daniel Grafton Hill, Michael Masser George Benson 3:29
14. "For the Love of You" (featuring KC Montero & Gabby Eigenmann) Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, Chris Jasper The Isley Brothers 5:34
15. "Hello Again (music from the movie The Jazz Singer)" Neil Diamond, Alan Lindgren Neil Diamond 3:31
16. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Dianne Warren Aerosmith 4:39
17. "Love Song Medley* ("I'll Always Love You"/"Love Is All That Matters"/"Longer"/"More Than You’ll Ever Know")*" (bonus track) Michael Johnson ("I'll Always Love You"), Eric Carmen ("Love Is All That Matters"), Dan Fogelberg ("Longer"), Michael Ruff ("More Than You'll Ever Know") Michael Johnson ("I'll Always Love You"), Eric Carmen ("Love Is All That Matters"), Dan Fogelberg ("Longer"), Michael Ruff ("More Than You'll Ever Know") 6:14

* "Love Songs Medley" is not included in the cassette format of the album.

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification Sales
Philippines PARI 6× Platinum 480,000+

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Live With The Phil. Harmonic Orchestra by Martin Nievera
Wholesome by Andrew E.
Live With The Phil. Harmonic Orchestra by Martin Nievera
Odyssey Philippines Number One Album
December 27, 1999 - January 13, 2000
April 6, 2000 – April 19, 2000
April 28, 2000 - May 12, 2000
May 26, 2000 - June 9, 2000
August 19, 2000 – September 16, 2000
Succeeded by
Return To Forever by Martin Nievera
Much More Wholesome by Andrew E.
Arayy by Mae Rivera

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic.com (November 24, 1999). "R2K album review". All Music. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "R2K album rating". ArtistDirect.com. November 24, 1999. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "TitikPilipino:R2K (album)". Titik Pilipino. November 24, 1999. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "CMT:R2K (album)". CMT.com. November 24, 1999. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Amazon:R2K (digital download)". Amazon.com. November 28, 1999. Retrieved November 28, 1999.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ a b Gonzales, David (November 24, 1999). "R2K (VCD album)". All Media Guide 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ Showbiz (December 24, 2000). "The girl with the Platinum touch". Pilipino Star Ngayon. Retrieved December 24, 2000.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ Ricky Lo (October 29, 2001). "Funfare:Gabby, Ready, get set!". Philippine Star. Retrieved October 29, 2001. 
  9. ^ [1] Accessed June 8, 2011
  10. ^ Showbiz (October 29, 2000). "Regine kasama sa engrandeng concert ng 2 foreign balledeers". Pilipino Star Ngayon. Retrieved October 29, 2000.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ a b Entertainment Section (October 11, 2000). "Robin and Regine: A story of 2 winners". Philippine Star. Retrieved October 11, 2000.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ "album producer". Starbacks Canada. June 8, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ "R2K album tracklisting". Last FM. June 8, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2011.