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MANILA, Philippines – Ben&Ben and Sunkissed Lola proved to have had an eventful year, as the two Filipino bands took the top spots in four categories for Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped campaign.
The bands were awarded during Spotify Philippines’ first-ever year-end party It’s Been Real 2023, held at Corner House in San Juan City.
After ranking 2nd in 2022, folk-pop collective Ben&Ben reclaimed the title of Top Local Artist of the Year, along with the Top Local Group of the Year award. The band also took home the Top Local Artist of the Year award in 2020 and 2021.
“Honestly, the farther we go with our journey in music, we realize that more than the music itself, it is the stories and experiences that bind us together,” one of the group’s lead vocalists Paolo Benjamin Guico shared.
Ben&Ben also ranked 5th overall on the list of Top Artists of the Year in the Philippines, behind Taylor Swift – the Global Top Artist of the Year, The Weeknd (2nd), Ariana Grande (3rd), and SZA (4th).
Meanwhile, rising Olongapo-based rock band Sunkissed Lola earned the Philippines’ Top Track of the Year award with their hit love song “Pasilyo.” Having amassed over 160.8 million streams, it is also the Top Local Song of the Year in the country.
The song was released in October 2022 but saw a sudden spike in popularity this year.
“2023 has been life-changing for us. We went beyond just composing and producing songs in the studio but getting out there to play in front of a packed audience and also getting streamed on Spotify. Through ‘Pasilyo,’ we hope it inspires that endearing feeling of being someone’s special one, especially in a world of uncertainties,” Sunkissed Lola said.
Trailing behind Sunkissed Lola’s “Pasilyo” in both the Top Tracks of the Year and Top Local Tracks of the Year categories is “Uhaw (Tayong Lahat)” by Baguio-based rock band Dilaw. – Rappler.com