“Magandang dilag, puso ko’y iyong nabihag…”
LSS-inducing. That’s the perfect way to describe 2020’s viral song, Magandang Dilag, which was released under Star Pop.
The singers behind the song, “Tawag ng Tanghalan” alumnus JM Bales and up-and-coming OPM singer KVN, are equally happy given the success of their trending song collaboration.
The song which now has more than 1.8 million streams on music app Spotify has opened doors to JM and KVN as performers.
JM shared, “I really prayed to have a hit song and it’s just overwhelming because this song took away my anxieties. I’m so happy and thankful.”
KVN admitted he had a feeling the song was going to be a hit the moment he heard the demo. He said, “It opened a lot of opportunities for me as a singer and as a newcomer, so I’m happy that ‘Magandang Dilag’ is now enjoying a well-deserved recognition.”
Composed by award-winning singer-songwriter Kiko Salazar, the viral Star Pop hit gave birth to a viral TikTok dance challenge. Kiko described it as a dream come true. Magandang Dilag was first heard during the swimsuit round of the inaugural Miss Universe Philippines pageant last year.
The “Akin Ka Na Lang” hitmaker said, “I’d like to give credit to Mama J [Jonas Gaffud] because the whole idea of this song really came from him. He said, ‘This time, I want a pop song so that the girls won’t be tensed when they walk, so it has to be a bubbly pop song.”
Kiko added, “When I was writing the song, I took half a day to listen to old Kundimans to capture the sound of ‘harana.’ Lyrically you can feel that it’s like a poem because I wanted to glorify the Filipina beauty.”
Aside from this current hit, Kiko is also the one behind “Over The Universe” sung by Jessica Sanchez and “Kalawakan” interpreted by KVN for the Miss Universe Philippines pageant. It was also in November last year when he released his “After Dark ‘Final Hour” EP in celebration of his 10th anniversary in the industry.
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