American Idol has not yet produced a bona fide rock star alum, but Chris Daughtry has managed to even out that score a bit. Much has been said about Chris Daughtry's shocking ouster from Season 5, him having been predicted to have a very strong finish possibly all the way to the top. But truth is, he has much to be grateful now. On the night that he got kicked out of the show, he revealed to Rolling Stone that he got a call from Priscilla Presley who was fuming mad, to put it mildly, about his premature exit. But when asked now if he hoped he had won instead, his answer is, "No way!"

Despite the fact that Simon Cowell voted against sending him on to the show, Chris managed to prove Cowell's original misgivings wrong when, after appearing on Idol, he and his band practically shot to the top of the charts with an album that's now been certified triple platinum. With the strength of the band's first single, "It's Not Over," as well as the massive exposure that "Home" a ballad the singer actually dedicates to American troops fighting overseas got as the farewell song for eliminated contestants on Idol's Season 6, Daughtry the album has scored for the band a list of impressive milestone moments.

Considered as one of the most successful recording artists of 2006, whose album became the best-selling album of the first half of 2007 and the fifth best-selling digital album of all time, Daughtry the band burst out strong. Its album was "anointed the quickest selling rock album in Soundscan history," and became the #1 top selling album in the U.S. twice after debuting at #2 upon its release in November 2006. Moving about 300,000 copies in the first week alone, it is clear that Daughtry has managed to woo the fickle masses to its side. The album became the first since the 2006 phenomenon High School Musical soundtrack to log more than nine weeks among the Top 3 albums in Billboard Top 200.

Despite the record-breaking success of such a new band, undeniably riding the wave of the Idol success that its frontman and lead singer was fortunate enough to enjoy, Daughtry likewise had its share of criticisms. But Chris takes it all in stride, more thankful for the opportunities that have allowed him to reach his audience in this massive way than actually bogged down by other people's opinions.

Criticized by a reviewer in The Chicago Sun-Times as "slick" but "generic" that "reveals a... lack of substance," Daughtry tells Rolling Stone that, "It's certainly very slick, and we wanted it that way... It was all about hooky melodies that people could sing to." Chris continues to say that it does seem like the songs that do well in the mainstream-the ones that majority of people actually get and like-are generally the ones that get the bad reviews.

But all this isn't as daunting as it sounds, considering the band's success also reaches into the digital domain. Their artist site has been generating one million page views per week, and the album also a Top 10 staple on iTunes since its release.

Truth is, Chris Daughtry might have had other dreams prior to hitting paydirt with his singing, like that of wanting to become a comic book artists as he tells Rolling Stone. At some point, he reveals, he also wanted to be the next Jean-Claude Van Damme! But thankfully, being on stage is what won over-and this is where he now shines the brightest. Growing up during the grunge era, Chris was fourteen when he began listening to ('90s bands like) Bush, Live, Soundgarden and STP. But don't discount his '80s influences that are as diverse as Rick Astley and Ace of Base to Skid Row and Guns N' Roses to Public Enemy, N. W. A., House of Pain to (gasp!) Vanilla Ice. His wife, he claims, even turned him on to Led Zeppelin thank God for that!

But as far as dreams go, having them come into reality in this manner is quite amazing, even for an artist as used to performing as Chris Daughtry. His band's success indeed his own success as a singer and songwriter is a by-product of his ability to communicate his thoughts and feelings to listeners through music that they can easily identify with. And that's why they are as big as they are now. Making that connection with others who feel the same way they do is the place that they can certainly call home.

And speaking of being in the loving company of their fans and supporters, Daughtry visits Manila for the first time ever and finds "home" at Eastwood City, where the band is slated to have a special one-night-only concert at the Eastwood City Central Plaza on July 29, 2008.


Promo period is from July 27, 2008 to September 7, 2008

The promo is open to all Globe Handyphone Prepaid/Postpaid subscribers and Touch Mobile subscribers (TM) only. The first subscriber for the minute who successfully subscribes/downloads a truetone service upon texting PATOK/KILEG to access number 2346 will win Prepaid Load/Gcash.

Only the first 3 PATOK and/or KILEG texts of the subscriber are FREE for the entire promo. After which, subscriber will be charged P30/text.

Winners will be randomly sent load/gcash ranging from P25, P50, P100, P150, P1,000.

Promo will run from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.

Text PATOK to 2346! Baka ikaw na ang susunod na manalo.

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TRANS to 239

Smart's Cinema Club's newest movie is TRANSFORMERS.

Dueling alien races, the Autobots and the Decepticons, bring their battle to Earth, leaving the future of humankind hanging in the balance. The Earth is caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between two races of robots, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, which are able to change into a variety of objects, including cars, trucks, planes and other technological creations.

The following content shall be made available for downloads:

  • Operator logos
  • Picture Messages
  • Colored Wallpapers (movie and classic)
  • Screen Savers
  • JAVA Game
  • TrueTones: Voice Tones , Sound Effects
TRANS to 239 shall be the main command to get a Transformers logo and activate the MOVIELOGO weekly subscription. For MMS handsets, the command shall be TRANSMMS, which shall send a Transformers wallpaper and activate the MOVIEMMS weekly subscription.

For WAP downloads, subscribers can also text TRANSWAP to 239 to get an SMS containing the URL of the microsite. This microsite will contain downloadable content wallpapers, screensavers, java games and MP3 VoiceTones from the Transformers movie. (For Smart and Talk N'Text subscribers only.)

Avril Lavigne

International rock star Avril Lavigne will have a concert in Hong Kong on August 18. She recently released her new single, When You're Gone, from her new album The Best Damn Thing.

The Best Damn Thing is brimming with gutsy guitar riffs, instantaneously catchy sing-along party-starting choruses, power pop punk, and rebellious rock 'n' roll attitude. It's a marked departure from the darker, more introspective tone of Under My Skin and on tracks such as the defiant, riotous, kiss-off-to-a-cheating-boyfriend "Everything Back But You." The result is a collection of songs that reveal just how far she's evolved as a songwriter and singer, from the sassy, empowering "I Can Do Better," to the irrepressible first single "Girlfriend," to the emotional ballad "Keep Holding On ", which she wrote at the request of 20th Century Fox for the studio's fantasy/adventure film Eragon.

Smart shall be promoting this tone via a fly away promo wherein a lucky subscriber can get a chance to watch Avril Lavigne live in concert in Hong Kong. Promo duration is June 27- July 30, 2007. (For Smart and Talk N'Text subscribers only.) Per DTI Number 2938 series of 2007.

HALE to 234

Hale conquered 2005 with songs that scaled the heights of radio charts and stage performances across the nation with their first single THE DAY YOU SAID GOODNIGHT. The song endeared the band to both critics and listeners alike.

Hale just recently released their new single, SHOOTING STAR, which showcases Hale's brand of music. Texting HALE to 234 will give the Shooting Star tone as the subscriber's first tone upon opt in to HOTTONE. For MMS subscribers, txt HALEPOLY to subscribe to HOTPOLY and get the Shooting Star polytone as the first tone upon opt in. (For Smart and Talk N'Text subscribers only.)

LINKIN to 234

International rock band Linkin Park recently released their new single, What I've Done, from their new album Minutes to Midnight. Smart shall be promoting this tone via TV commercials from July 14 to August 3.

Texting LINKIN to 234 will give the What I've Done tone as the subscriber's first tone upon opt in to ROCKTONE. For MMS subscribers, txt LPOLY to subscribe to ROCKPOLY and get the What I've Done polytone as the first delivery.

From July 6 to August 10, all downloads on access number 234 stand a chance to win a trip to the USA to watch Linkin Park LIVE in concert! (For Smart and Talk N'Text subscribers only.) Per DTI number 3148 series of 2007.