Chinita Princess Kim Chiu is back in the music scene after almost eight years. Her last album “Gwa Ai Di” was released in 2007 when she was just a showbiz newcomer. Kim was declared the first ever Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Big Winner in 2006.
Yesterday, in a private cupcake-themed press conference at the Vanilla Cupcake Bakery right across ABS-CBN, Kim faced the press and performed her carrier single, Mr. Right, live. Her Star Music album is named after her monicker and Instagram handle, Chinita Princess. The usual bungisngis Kim constantly laughed and quipped jokes about her singing.
Contrary to expectations, there are no heartbreak songs in Chinita Princess. Songs about hope in love take the place of the commonly popular hugot songs these days. Kim emphasized she just wants this album to give out positive vibes to listeners and that this project represents her current state. The artist said, “I’m happy. I’m contented. I’m blessed.” Indeed, she is. Kim underwent 6 months of vocal training and 3 months of guitar lessons in preparation for this grand launch.
WATCH our videos from the presscon (watch in HD for best viewing):
At the start of the event, we were all requested to keep our questions related to the album but of course, Kim wasn’t spared from the Gerald-Maja issue later on. (It became a big issue when Kim’s ex-boyfriend Gerald Anderson and best friend Maja Salvador got together in 2013.) I lost count of how many times Kim burst into giggles and jokingly responded, “Ikaw talagaaa,” to an interviewer when thrown a difficult question. Although she remained cheerful and accommodating, I could sense some discomfort whenever questions pertaining to her lovelife and the Gerald-Maja breakup were raised. Regarding the latter, Kim opted to keep mum and emphasized the respect due Gerald and Maja who asked for their privacy. When asked what advice she would give Maja, a more mature Kim said that she knows Maja is strong and has friends who can cheer her up. Kim also added that she’s a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
Kim dedicates the single in her album, “Say We Don’t Care,” to those who criticize her singing venture. The well-loved actress explained that the opportunity to try something new shouldn’t be wasted. After all, there was a clamor from fans and followers on her Instagram account for this singing project to materialize.
Kim remained elusive no matter how creatively the press constructed their questions. She admitted that Xian is the closest one to her right now. When asked if she thinks Xian is “Mr. Right,” Kim simply answered, “Sana.” Someone asked what qualities of Mr. Right Xian possesses and the bubbly star referred to her rumored boyfriend as “lumang tao,” an expression for being old-fashioned. She explained that Xian is family-oriented and very close to his mom. When another interviewer had the guts to directly ask what the real score between the two is, Kim joked, “87.8,” and then politely said, “Sana sa’min na lang po yun.” She later added that they are happy and contented.
ON BEING HANDS-ON AND BEING COMPARED TO ALEX AND KATHRYN
It was revealed during the presscon that Kim Chiu herself is one of the executive producers of her album. Co-producer Rox Santos shared how involved Kim was in this album. He said that they got the Chinita Princess’ suggestions and approvals every step of the way. To which Kim joked, “Pakialamera lang.” She quickly added that even the suggestion on where to hold the presscon (cupcake cafe) came from her. As many of us also observed, there was a line in a song that mentioned a cupcake (check photo below!). 🙂
To address the question on how Kim’s album is different from other recently released ones, songwriter and composer Christian Martinez (the one also behind Kim’s previous hit, Crazy Love) said that this pop album is different from those of Alex Gonzaga’s and Kathryn Bernardo’s in terms of sound and repertoire.
ON MAKING HISTORY
According to Star Music, when Kim’s album was launched last Sunday at Eastwood, she made a record by being the first in history to have all copies SOLD OUT in an album launch. Hmmm, looks like gold and platinum awards are on the horizon!
ABOUT THE ALBUM
From 20 songs, the team had to trim the list down to 6 songs, namely:
- Mr. Right
- Darating Din
- Wala Man Sa’yo Ang Lahat
- Say We Don’t Care
- Express Yourself
- Someday (Crazy Love)
The album includes minus-one versions of all the songs. 🙂
“Chinita Princess” will be AVAILABLE at record bars nationwide for Php199 starting APRIL 27. For now, it is exclusively played over MOR (My Only Radio) 101.9. Digital tracks can be downloaded via leading record stores all over the country and in online music stores, iTunes, Mymusicstore.com.ph, and starmusic.ph.