With his contract renewal with Sun Cellular, Jay-R says that fans can expect "More commercials, more campaign, billboards, and I think I'm gonna be paired up with Iya [Villania, another endorser of Sun Cellular] this time."

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The Prince of RnB, Jay-R, looked surprised when he was asked about the network-transfer rumor about him. It started to circulate because Jay-R was not seen in SOP for several Sundays.

In an interview with the singer-actor during the media junket for the renewal of his contract with Sun Cellular network yesterday afternoon, July 8, at Circle's Café on Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Jay-R assured the press that transferring to the other network never crossed his mind. He just had some shows abroad so he was absent in GMA-7's Sunday variety show for a couple of weeks.

"Actually, imposible kasi I'm binded with GMA-7 for two years," explained Jay-R, who just renewed his contract to his mother station. "It's gonna be inappropriate to even just be negotiating or anything like that, you know, it's impossible."

Jay-R is under a network contract with GMA-7. This means that aside from appearing regularly in TV shows like SOP, he will also have movies and telenovelas. However, he is not yet seen active in these fields.

"There's talk of [making a movie and TV projects], but we're still waiting for the good role for me," Jay-R related to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal). "Siyempre 'yong Tagalog ko, medyo baluktot. Basta we're just waiting for the good role na bagay sa akin. So we're just waiting but there's talk of one."

ON BILLY CRAWFORD. Another possible source of the network-transfer rumor was the news about Billy Crawford, who recently moved to ABS-CBN. Billy's booking agent here in the country is Arnold Vegafria, who incidentally handles the showbiz career of Jay-R.

With this connection, the press asked Jay-R if the rumored rivalry between them is true.

The RnB prince immediately replied, "Friends kami [ni Billy] at saka magkaibigan talaga. Walang rivalry, but I'm sure the networks, they're gonna ano, pagtapatin kasi pareho kaming RnB [singer], di ba?

"Pero okay lang, sa akin maganda 'yon, e, healthy competition. Kasi it just makes me better as an artist, it inspires me to do better—you know, start dancing like Billy, start singing more. Siyempre ang galing ni Billy, e, kailangan tapatan ko rin, di ba, for my network naman?"

To prove that there is no friction between these two music artists, Jay-R told PEP that he and Billy sometimes work together at his own recording studio. "We're constantly in the studio, we're always meeting, you know, we're always communicating. So you know, we're friends talaga," said Jay-R.

He also added that he is willing to work with the international singer for an album. In fact, Jay-R said they've already recorded some songs together.

"We collaborate all the time, actually. We're always writing songs together, always recording. So, it's just a matter of putting it out na lang."

Before the press conference started, Jay-R's manager told him that his album Soul in Love has already reached gold. He will be given an award this Sunday, July 13, on SOP.

When asked about it, Jay-R gave a smile and told PEP, "I just released it last January... It feels good kasi I really worked hard in the album, you know. I guess a lot of people appreciate my hard work and they got a copy of my album."