Unique (musician)

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Unique
Birth nameUnique Torralba Salonga
Born (2000-04-26) April 26, 2000 (age 18)
Manila, Philippines
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • Songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2014–present
Labels
Associated acts

Unique Torralba Salonga (born April 26, 2000), popularly known as Unique Salonga or simply by the mononym Unique (stylized as UNIQUE) is a Filipino musician and singer-songwriter. He began his career as vocalist and original frontman of IV of Spades and later pursued a solo career.

Career[edit]

Band frontman[edit]

2014–2018: IV of Spades[edit]

In June 2014, Allan Silonga decided to form IV of Spades for his son Blaster, who would become the band's lead guitarist. The Silongas were able to recruit drummer Badjao de Castro and bassist Zild Benitez, who are the sons of Allan's friends. Unique Salonga, who was already writing his own music, was later recruited to become the band's lead singer.[1][2]

IV of Spades signed to a record label and released their first single "Ilaw sa Daan" under Warner Music Philippines.[citation needed]

The group's second single, "Hey Barbara" was released on July 9, 2017 and followed up by their third single "Where Have You Been My Disco?", released on December 9, 2017 via YouTube.[citation needed]

In 2018, the band released their fourth single called "Mundo". It became the group's highest viewed single on YouTube. The band's videos have over 100 million views on YouTube.[citation needed]

IV of Spades won the New Artist of the Year and the MYX Bandarito Performance of the Year and Nominated as Group of the Year at the annual Myx Music Awards.[3] The band also won the Dreams Come True with Air Asia, the airline's search for the most promising acts in the region. The band performed with David Foster as part of their prize. They also won the Favorite New Group award at the 30th annual Awit Awards.[citation needed]

On May 4, 2018, Unique Salonga left IV of Spades in order to pursue a solo career.[4]

Solo career[edit]

2018–present[edit]

In 2018, Salonga released his debut single, Midnight Sky, under the label of O/C Records of VIVA. In the same year, Salonga released his debut album, Grandma,[5] and his first solo concert, slated for September 29, 2018.[6]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gloria, Gaby (October 21, 2017). "IV of Spades is ready to boogie". The Philippine Star. Youngstar. Archived from the original on March 8, 2018. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Fernandez, Denise (December 1, 2017). "Here's why IV OF SPADES is about to become your new favorite band". Scout Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "The boys of IV of Spades get into the Myx | BusinessMirror". businessmirror.com.ph. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "IV of Spades vocalist Unique Salonga leaves band". news.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Unique surprises fans with solo debut album Grandma". www.bandwagon.asia. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ticketnet Online". www.ticketnet.com.ph. Retrieved September 25, 2018.

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