XLR8 was a Filipino boy band under VIVA Records. The group composed of Arkin del Rosario, Carlo Lazerna, the identical twins MJ and MM Magno, Kiko Ramos, Caleb Santos, AJ Muhlach and Hideaki Torio. They are regularly seen on the Sunday noontime variety show Party Pilipinas aired on GMA Network. The group was accused of plagiarizing Super Junior's "Sorry, Sorry", both groups did not issue an official statement.

XLR8
OriginManila, Philippines
Genres
Years active2010–2012
LabelsViva
Past membersAJ Muhlach
Hideaki Torio
Arkin del Rosario
Caleb Santos
Carlo Lazerna
Kiko Ramos
MJ Magno
MM Magno
Websiteofficial site

HistoryEdit

Pre-debut and debut: 2008–2010Edit

Sometime in 2008,Vic Del Rosario of VIVA media franchise decided to form a boyband under his recording company VIVA Records.[1] First to be part of the project boyband was then stage performer Kiko Ramos followed by TV host and commercial model Hideaki Torio, ramp and commercial model Carlo Lazerna and church choir singer Caleb Santos.[1][2] After a series of training VIVA decided to add one more member; then theater actor and commercial model Arkin del Rosario soon joined the line up.[1][2] Still unsatisfied, VIVA added two more members who happened to be twin brothers; former Star Magic contract talent Melmar Magno and aspiring singer Meljohn Magno .[1][2] Several members joined and left but the last to seal the final eight members was commercial model, aspiring actor and VIVA's contract talent AJ Muhlach.[1][2] All final eight members continued to train together for their singing and dancing skills and then worked on their debut album.[2] The group made their debut on March 28, 2010 on the popular variety show Party Pilipinas with their debut single "You're so Hot." Although the group has been receiving mixed reviews, they have been progressing over the passed year by performing at various mall shows and have made various concert appearances. They are regularly seen on the hit variety show Party Pilipinas.

Temporary member departure and disbandmentEdit

In early 2011, Viva Records confirmed that XLR8 members Hideaki Torio and AJ Muhlach would be temporarily leaving the group to film a new TV series called "Bagets Just Got Lucky" which is to be aired on TV5. Because of this, GMA 7, the channel that is responsible for broadcasting Party Pilipinas, had temporarily suspended the two members from performing at any GMA 7 sponsored events and allowed them to perform at any non-GMA 7 sponsored events. Until the members finish filming the series, substitutes will be taking their places performing on Party Pilipinas. MM and MJ featured in KMJS in 2016. Fun fact: they got their name from an alien in Ben 10.

MembersEdit

  • AJ Muhlach
  • Hideaki Torio
  • Arkin del Rosario
  • Caleb Santos
  • Carlo Lazerna
  • Kiko Ramos
  • MJ Magno
  • MM Magno

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumEdit

Album Information Track Listing
XLR8 (Debut album)
  • Released: March, 2010
  • Label: Viva Records
  • Language: Filipino, English
  • Producer(s): Christian de Walden and Marcus Davis
  • Certification: GOLD
Tracks
  1. You're So Hot
  2. Tonight's The Night
  3. I Wish Lang
  4. Dance with Me
  5. I Love You Girl
  6. I'll Be there
  7. She Was Mine
  8. Anyway
  9. Miss Beautiful
  10. Precious Love
  11. For You
  12. Money Money
Note: Track # 4, 5 and 9 are written by MJ Magno.

SinglesEdit

Year Title Album
2010 "You're so Hot" XLR8
"I Love You Girl"

Music videosEdit

Year Title Director
2010 "You're so Hot" Trev Monteros II
"I Love You Girl"

Featured XLR8 tracksEdit

Featured Track Information Track Album
Take Me Out (GMA Network)
  • Date Used: April 26, 2010 to July 2, 2010
"You're so Hot" XLR8
Working Girls (GMA Films, VIVA Films and Unitel Pictures)
  • Date Used: April 2010
"Dance with Me"
Hating Kapatid (VIVA Films)
  • Date Used: July 2010
"Ms. Beautiful"
Diz Iz It (GMA Network)
  • Date Used: April 2010
"You're So Hot"
Note: The table includes tracks from XLR8's album used in various media.

AwardsEdit

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2011 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Recording/Performing Group[3] Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e S Magazine June 2010 issue Mega Publishing Group
  2. ^ a b c d e TV interview Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman aired over GMA Network in April 2010
  3. ^ "42nd Box-Office Entertainment Awards honors outstanding actors and actresses of 2010". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-21.