It’s Showtime host Vice Ganda’s recent remarks about SB19’s request for royalty payments for their music have ignited a spirited discussion on social media.
Supporters of SB19, known as ATINs, have rallied behind the PPOP boy group, saying they are simply asserting their rights.
The hashtag RESPECT LOCAL ARTISTS has been trending on Twitter, with fans criticizing the show’s host for appearing to vilify SB19’s actions and undermining their efforts to receive fair compensation for their creative work.
Hi @itsShowtimeNa I hope you can find time tomorrow for some clarifications on this issue. Things r getting out of hand. SB19 are being bashed saying “Mukhang pera” bcoz of the comment of ur host “naniningil na sila” where in fact, it is the artist’s right.
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— felip simp (@FELIPonly) June 10, 2023
Fans also demanded clarification as the group faced criticism for being labeled as mukhang pera and madam for not allowing their music to be used without proper compensation.
Hindi po mali ang SB19 na maningil ng royalties whenever their songs are used or played. It’s their right as an artist and creators of the song. Ginagawa nga yan sa foreign artists eh, bakit di pwede sa local?
Sharing what Taylor Swift said before.
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— 💙🌈 🅰🅽🅽🅰🆅 🐯🐻 🆃🅰🅴 🅲🆁🅴🆆 (@THV_KTH4evr) June 11, 2023
Music producer Thyro Alfaro also weighed in on the issue, saying that royalties are how composers and musicians get compensated for their work.
Thank you for voicing out, Sir Thyro!
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— Deanna Cruz (@Deanna1994_) June 11, 2023
An artist also shared how little they get paid per stream on Spotify.
Respect local artists.
Happy to note Filipinos are realizing how little artists make. Spotify pays .003 US cents – that’s .16 pesos/ stream. Streaming a song 100K times only gives you 16,500 pesos. Not enough to pay for the prod cost. Few break-even. Hence, #supportOPM
— Jay Adlao Block (@jayadlaoblock) June 11, 2023
i’ll leave it here.
— Meng ⚠️ (@itsyourmenggay) June 12, 2023
Legal issues have also been brought by some content creators.
RESPECT LOCAL ARTISTS!#SB19
This video explains why the boyband has the right to royalties. This is how the law is applied.
Without prejudice, any of the hosts of Showtime has the freedom to say what they want. However, given the backlash, it’s only proper and civil to… pic.twitter.com/Ta1qC9eCPA
— Psycho Weird (@AsianPopMedia1) June 12, 2023
In taking a stand for their rights, SB19 is not only defending their own music but also advocating for all local artists who have long been overlooked and marginalized.
The fact that it was not “RESPECT SB19” but “RESPECT LOCAL ARTISTS” speaks a lot.
This is not only for mahalima, but to other local artists as well who experienced and might experience the same concern. pic.twitter.com/J2c6lf49Bn
— hidalgo heir (@karolinadesteen) June 10, 2023
Gusto nyo bang makilala ang OPM sa International Music Scene?
Dapat ang una nating gawin dito pa lamang sa Pilipinas ay simple lamang :
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— MOSHI loves SB19 the P-POP KINGS ⚠️ (@MoeMoexKaATIN1) June 10, 2023