No more David Foster songs for Charice

by Reyma Buan-Deveza,

Posted at Oct 24 2011 08:52 PM | Updated as of Oct 27 2011 01:53 AM

International composer David Foster. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – International composer David Foster said Monday he can no longer produce songs for the Philippines' singing sensation Charice since he will be working under Universal Records.

Foster said September 30 was his last day at Warner Music, his record label for 26 years.

Charice is currently under Warner Music.

"No, you know that kinda got misunderstood. I guess probably because of the translation. What happened though, I have been with Warner Music for 26 years. I'll move. September 30 is my last day at Warner and December 1st will be my first day at Universal Records," he said in a press conference for the "Hit Man Returns: David Foster & Friends" concert, which will be held at the Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday night.

"Come December 1st, I will not be able to produce for Charice anymore because I can't take her with me. Because Warner won't let me. So she's staying with Warner and I'm going to Universal (Records)," he added.

Foster said, however, that he and Charice can still perform together in concert tours.

"But as for touring, I hope for many, many years, we will always tour together to the extent that she has the time and when she's not working on her tour, she tours on her own," he said.

In the same press event, Charice said she will always be there for Foster, who has stood as her mentor.

"I always tell David that I'm always here for him. He's always been there for me and no matter what, he wants the best for me. And whatever he wants to do with me, I'm in. We're a team," she said.

The young Filipina singer added that they will never be apart even if Foster is moving to a new record label.

"'Pag may show siya, 'pag kinausap naman niya ako, nandoon ako. 'Pag kailangan ko siya, nandiyan naman siya. Nandiyan pa rin naman kami para sa isa't isa kasi he's my godfather," she said.

Charice's mom, Racquel Pempengco, also made it clear that her daughter will continue to work with Foster even after the "Hit Man Returns: David Foster & Friends" concert.

"Na-misinterpret lang 'yung sinabi ni David. Kasi magkakaroon nga ulit ng bagong album at magso-solo tour si Charice," she told

Likewise, Pempengco added Charice can still work with the other artists featured in their upcoming concert if she has free time.

Charice, who arrived in Manila Monday afternoon for the October 25 concert, has a platinum award from Warner Philippines for selling 50,000 copies of her self-titled international album.