Rhian showcased her singing ability with “You”, the carrier single of the fifteen track dance album of Audition Dance Battle, a highly popular online casual dance game with millions of players worldwide and published locally by X-Play, the joint venture company of GMA Network Inc.’s digital media arm GMA New Media Inc. (GMA NMI) and leading online gaming publisher IP E-Game Ventures Inc. (E-Games).
“It’s been such a great year for me; sobrang dami kong blessings na nakuha this year. I wanted talaga to be able to give something new to everyone who supported me. This year, singing was it,” shared Rhian during the official launch of the Audition Dance Album in GMA7’s Sunday afternoon variety show SOP, which was a double celebration for Rhian who also celebrated her birthday special that day.
Rhian’s launch in SOP was also the premiere for the official music video of “You”. Directed by Jeff Tan of Bellhaus Entertainment Inc., the video featured a very sophisticated Rhian in stylish party scenes along with fellow Kapuso artists Sheena Halili, Dominic Roco, Vaness Del Moral, recording artist Brenan, and Audition’s very own players. Highlights of the music video included scenes of Rhian in an elegant helicopter amidst a classic skyline.
Aside from bagging lead roles in top-rating Kapuso shows such as La Lola, Zorro, and most recently with the Pinoy adaptation of Stairway to Heaven, Rhian has been planning to come out with her own album this year. “We’ve all worked so hard to make this album happen, and I thank the Audition family na talagang pinaghirapan yung album,” said Rhian. Audistas, as Audition Dance Battle players are called, have chosen Rhian’s song to dance so frequently inside the game that it has stayed in the #1 spot for several weeks now. Audition Dance Battle offers the ultimate online gaming experience for dance aficionados, who enjoy grooving to the beat of fun and funky dance hits. The game features fantastic dance-gaming experience that is complete with character customization, cool graphics and animations, and the hippest tunes and moves from a variety of dance genres ranging from hip hop to ballroom. “My song is featured inside the game and soon, I will have my own avatar (character) in the game, which means you can dance (online) pero ako yon,” Rhian proudly shared.
“You” has already been getting airplay in different radio stations and music channels, and Rhian invites everyone to support her venture into singing. “Isa itong surprise for everyone. Grab a copy of the album, kasi pag binili niyo yung CD, hindi lang songs ang laman – may installer din for Audition the game, plus the official music video of “You”,” said Rhian. The album also contains a game guide for Audition Dance Battle plus an in-game premium item known as the Angel Prince / Princess of Love wing set, a popular accessory that can be used by your character inside the game.
You can also party with Rhian by downloading “You” to your mobile phone by texting TONE RHIANYOU (for monotone), POLY RHIANYOU (for polytones), TTONE RHIANYOU (for truetone) and send to 4627. Rhian’s “You” caller ringback can also be downloaded by texting RHIANYOU to 2728 for Smart, 2332 for Globe, and 2300 for Sun subscribers.
To show her appreciation to fans and Audistas, Rhian will be in a series of mall shows nationwide along with the crew of Audition Dance Battle, dubbed as “The Hottest Gaming Barkada”. The free admission mall tour will include special performances and an album signing activity with Rhian, on-site tournaments of Audition and other X-Play games, plus lots of prizes.
Mall tour dates and locations are as follows:
October 16, SM Davao
October 24, SM Manila
November 07, SM Batangas
November 14, SM Baguio
November 21, SM Cebu
November 29, SM San Lazaro (Manila)
“On behalf of the millions of Audistas playing the game worldwide, we are excited to have Rhian as the newest star of Audition Dance Battle Philippines. It’s an honor to have one of the biggest celebrities of today be part of the Audition family,” said Franco Santos, Product Manager of Audition Dance Battle.
“I’m sure all Audistas out there are thrilled to see their favorite game come to life through the album, particularly with Rhian’s single “You”. Hopefully even non-gamers who like Rhian’s single would also start playing Audition Dance Battle, for a chance to party with Rhian online,” added George Royeca, Chief Operating Officer of X-Play Online Games Inc.
“Rhian has already achieved so much in her acting career, but that has not stopped her from pursuing her love for music. She has so much potential as a recording artist, so we’re very proud to have her as the feature star for the Audition Dance Battle Album and launch her singing career with Bellhaus,” says Jeff Tan, Chief Executive Officer of Bellhaus Entertainment Inc.