Nucleya and Dj Chetas to Headline Bollyboom Holi Bash.
Bollyboom, the world’s first and biggest Bollywood electro-music festival is gearing up for its second edition as they kick off with the world’s largest Bollyboom Dance Music Holi Party. A 7 hour non-stop scintillating celebration of India’s much loved festival of color with Nucleya, Dj Chetas, Dj Aman Nagpal and Dj Shireen on 13th March 2017, at Tulip Star, Juhu Along with a stellar line up, the Bollyboom Holi Bash will also feature live percussionists, exotic dancers and performers and will usher in the festive mood. The event will offer a curated F&B experience for all attendees and a focus on making the overall celebration a safe and secure one.Expect a blend of Bollywood dance, pop and club music. Apart from promoting the use of eco-friendly organic colors, the event will be water free.
Nakash Aziz recreates 'Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai'
Nakash Aziz who has crooned some of the biggest Bollywood hits recently tried his hands at recreating the famous RD Burman track originally sung by Kishore Kumar, 'Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai' from ‘Kaalia’.The songs original location was a five-star hotel, where both Amjad Khan and superstar Amitabh Bachchan compete to steal an expensive jewel, but Aziz is seen singing the track in an auto rickshaw. Down south Nakash recently sang 'Tuaba Tuaba', 'Blockbuster' and 'Rathaalu', all of which were chartbusters.The original track composed by RD Burman has been arranged, programmed and recreated by Kshitij Tarey.
Academy Award winners 2017
In a moment that will go down as one of the strangest and most shocking in Oscar history, "Moonlight" was named Oscar winner for best picture only after "La La Land" was announced first. The room was in disarray as they sorted out the error.
Here's how it went down: Co-presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were on stage to present the award. After listing the nominated films. Beatty opened the envelope and then paused for longer than usual. He looked around and over at Dunaway, who then announced “La La Land” had won.
Producers and cast members from "La La Land," the candy-colored big-screen romantic musical about two artists striving to fulfill their dreams, made their way to the stage to celebrate. They had begun their thank yous when the mistake was caught.
"La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz interrupted the celebration, calling attention to the discrepancy on the winners card in his hand.
At that point, Horowitz showed the card to the camera, which clearly indicated "Moonlight" had won. As the "Moonlight" crew made their way to the stage, Beatty stepped to the mic.
He explained that the reason it had taken him so long to read the card was because he was looking at something that said Emma Stone had won. At that point, he showed it to Dunaway, who announced "La La Land." Beatty assured viewers that the error was unintentional and he wasn't trying to turn the biggest award into a joke.
Beatty later elaborated on what happened on stage.
"I looked down at the card and thought, this is very strange, because it says best actress," he told The Times. "Maybe there was a misprint. I don't know what happened. And that's all I have I have to say on the subject."
Hip Hop Highway
Saavn and One Digital Entertainment join forces by launching their newest audio show, Hip Hop Highway. This is the first of its kind show and will trace the evolution of Hip Hop in the country. Hip Hop Highway will have 12 episodes, releasing a new 25 to 30 minute episode each Wednesday. The show will be hosted by Raaj Jones, and the first episode will feature Indian Rapper Raftaar and British-Indian DJ and Radio presenter Bobby Friction. Future shows will feature various artistes including Badshah, Divine and Naezy, among others. Listeners will hear from Indian artistes, promoters, labels, producers, and upcoming talent as they discuss all aspects of the hip hop genre, including mixing in-studio sessions and on-site interviews.
Above and Beyond coming to India
Grammy-nominated electronic act Above and Beyond are visiting India in March over the Holi weekend. From 10-13 March 2017, they will travel to Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai. The Mumbai show, in partnership with Holi Reloaded, will be hosted by Nikhil Chinapa. Above and Beyond, comprising Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki, are best known for their grand sweeping melodies and emotional lyrics. The trio has played at all the world’s leading dance music festivals like Glastonbury, Creamfields, Electric Daisy Carnival to Pukkelpop and Lollapalooza, and also own two widely-respected labels, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep. Their radio show, Group Therapy reaches 30 million listeners in 35 countries every week.
Justin Beiber Concert Passes
The Justin Beiber fever has hit India real hard. His “Purpose” world tour has been confirmed with the pre-announcement of tickets available on BookMyShow. Here’s a look at the various “passes” being offered:
GA1 Passes - Priced at INR 4,060- SOLD OUT.
SILVER -Priced at INR 7,700 still available.
GOLD - Priced at INR 10,080, still available.
PLATINUM - Priced at INR 15,400 still available.
DIAMOND - Priced at INR 25,200 these are SOLD OUT.
VVIP3 - Priced at INR 36,505 these passes give you access to the platinum pit zone along with a premium merchandise package.
VVIP2 - Priced at INR 58,030. These passes get you cool merchandise and grant you access to the backstage and also to the ‘J’ or ‘B’ pit.
VVIP1 - Priced at INR 76,790. These passes were obviously few in number and mostly reserved for celebrities.
More than Just an RJ!
Red FM's multi-talented RJ Abhilash Thapliyal does not like being called an RJ. He wants people to see different sides of his personality. The talented man just does not believe in just talking, but doing. He has shown us the actor in him through his funny ‘Mufflerman’ videos, a funny take on Arvind Kejriwal. Abhilash's 'Mufflerman' videos are very much in demand and this character has also bagged him a few films.
Currently, he is working on a Bollywood movie ‘Makhna’ where he plays the lead role along with Tapsee Pannu and Saqib Saleem. Abhilash has another movie lined up and it will release in the second half of the year.
Apart from acting Abhilash is also working as a voice over artist. He has lent his voice to Nat Geo, Bindass, Fox History, Hungama and Cartoon Network. He has also hosted World Kabaddi League on Sony Six and Gima Awards red carpet.
The Year of the Tabla
The Tabla was rocking at the 59th Grammy Awards held on February 12, 2017, as two Indian tabla players each won a Grammy in the world music and new age music categories. Sandeep Das is part of legendary cellist Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, which won the award for the Best World Music Album for Sing Me Home and Abhiman Kaushal is part of White Sun, a Los Angeles band devoted to Sikhism, which won the Best New Age Album Grammy for White Sun II.
Silk Road Ensemble won the Grammy defeating six time nominee Anoushka Shankar among others, while White Sun won amidst stiff competition from renowned artists like Enya and Vangelis.
Sandeep Das an accomplished artist in his own right, has two previous Grammy nominations in 2003 and 2009, to his credit. He made his debut stage appearance at the age of 15, alongside legendary sitar maestro, Pt. Ravi Shankar and has performed with some of the top Indian classical musicians. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and as a soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, besides many international artists.
Abhiman Kaushal too is an accomplished tabla exponent who trained under the famous guru, Ustad Shaik Dawood Khan and likewise has played with the biggest names in Indian classical music. He is Director of North Indian Music at the prestigious University of California and has recorded with many well known international artistes in various genres.
Iconic venue Razzberry Rhinoceros to reopen
No music enthusiast in Mumbai can ever forget the iconic music venue Razzberry Rhinocerous one of just two venues that hosted live gigs during the 90s. Thursdays nights at the Razz was where Indie music happened and fans from all over Mumbai converged at the Juhu Hotel where Razz was located. This was the gig venue where some of the best bands of Mumbai cut their teeth.
In 2007 Razz shut its doors to live gigs and was turned into a banquet hall. Fast forward to 2017 and Razzberry Rhinoceros is all set to throw its doors open to live gigs once again, on February 26. Today there is no dearth of choice as far live music venues go in Mumbai but Razz is Razz and we do hope it will live up to the cult status of its heyday.
We at Raga to Rock have great memories of events at Razzberry Rhinoceros and searching through our old albums, we managed to find the 1st event we had with the Brown Indian Band in 1998. Memories are made of these...
UMI Ties-up with Indian Idol
Leading music label Universal Music India (UMI) has signed an exclusive contract with the Top 10 contestants from ‘Indian Idol’. Now in its ninth season, the reality show has brought together amazing talent from all over the country.
It’s commendable to note that “Indian Idol” has retained the original trio of judges Anu Malik, Farah Khan and Sonu Nigam, while searching for the country’s next singing sensation.
Universal Music India offers the contestants a 360-degree contract wherein the young artists’ assignments, music albums and live shows will be solely managed by the leading record label.
"Soothing Melodies of Khayyam" on Filmi Gaane
On the occasion of his 91st birthday, Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd paid fitting tribute to the veteran music composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, by launching his jukebox titled ‘Soothing Melodies of Khayyam’ on Filmi Gaane Youtube Channel. “Soothing Melodies of Khayyam” features 20 original song videos from films like Bazaar, Shagoon, Footpath and Lorie among others.
Khayyamji is not only an unparalleled artist but good person too. He has recently formed Khayyam Pradeep Jagjit Kaur (KPJ) Charitable Trust and donated all his wealth to the trust to provide a helping hand to the needy from the music fraternity.
He has also won several accolades for his work including three Filmfare Awards, a National Award and Padma Bhushan.
Armaan Malik & Arijit Singh in Top 10
Singers Armaan Malik and Arijit Singh have made it to the Top 10 at the SSE Live Awards. While Armaan is at the fourth position, Arijit Singh is at the no seven position for the best live act in the world category. What’s noteworthy is that Arijit has performed in Wembley twice while Armaan’s debuted as part of his international tour during September 2016.
SSE Live Awards is an annual event in the UK, which celebrates live performers. This is the first time the annual awards were open to public voting. Indian stand-up comic Kapil Sharma also made it to the top ten, positioned at number nine at SSE Live Awards.
Ricky Martin & Akasa Singh Jugalbandi
Bollywood talent seems to be exploding all over the globe. While Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have both proven their mettle and been appreciated for their performances in Quantico and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, singer Akasa Singh, not to be left behind, has also managed to be a part of the name fame game.
After receiving immense praise for her hit track Kheech Mere Photo starring Mawra Hocane in Sanam Teri Kasam, the singer has now collaborated with pop star Ricky Martin.
The 'Kheech Meri Photo' hitmaker Akasa Singh has recently released a duet with Pop Icon Ricky Martin for his recent smash hit reggaetón single 'Vente Pa Ca' and we hear it is a super duper hit.
Curated by Sony Music US and INDIA A and R teams, the song has Ricky singing in English while Akasa beautifully croons the Hindi lyrics.
Eric Prydz Tears of Joy!
The most talked about headlining act at Supersonic was definitely Eric Prydz. This was not only Eric’s debut tour in India, but also his first visit to any Asian country. And as expected, Mr. Prydz rocked the house. Prydz mesmerised the fans as he struck a chord with them by concluding the first day of Vh1 Supersonic with his superset.
The night became an unforgettable one from the minute Prydz dropped ‘Century of the Mouse’ and ended with closing track ‘Opus’. He was supported by two amazing underground artists from India, Pearl and Praveen Achary. Eric also played at the first of several after-parties at blueFROG, Pune as Cirez D, which is Eric Prydz's darker Techno moniker.
Kudos to Vh1 Supersonic for convincing the aviophobic (fear of flying) legendary artist to fly down and headline its first day with his sensational performance. The performer could not hold back his tears at the after party at blueGROG Pune.
World Radio Day 2017
For the uninitiated Feb 13th is World Radio Day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has extracted maximum advantage of radio through his monthly programme 'Mann Ki Baat' on All India Radio, quoted: "Radio is a wonderful way to interact, learn and communicate." In his greetings on World Radio Day to all radio lovers and to those working in the radio industry, he said: "Greetings on World Radio Day. I congratulate all radio lovers and those who work in the radio industry and keep the medium active and vibrant."
"My own 'Mann Ki Baat' experience has connected me with people across India". All 'Mann Ki Baat' episodes can be heard at narendramodi.in/mann-ki-baat ”.
In her message UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova called on everyone to nurture the power of radio to foster the conversations and the listening we need for co operation to tackle the challenges all humanity faces.
Devraj Sanyal on Midem Jury
Universal Music Group South Asia has confirmed that Devraj Sanyal, MD and CEO of Universal Music Group for South Asia and India, has been selected to be on the high profile selection committee of Midem 2017 Artist Accelerator Programme.
Midem, a leading international music business conference hosted in Cannes, France, recently announced the committee of distinguished experts for the programme for 2017, which includes executives such as Rob Hallet, founder of Robomagic (UK), Christopher Kaskie, President of Pitchfork (USA) and Renneth Tshisikule, the founder and director of The Independent Music Exporters South Africa (IMEXSA), amongst others.
The programme is designed to support managers, agents, labels and publishers as they look to grow their artists’ profiles globally. Part of the Midem conference, the Artist Accelerator Programme affords a dynamic opportunity to promote nine upcoming international artists carefully selected by the committee.
Devraj who has been with UMG Group since 2011has been instrumental in grooming Universal Music into one of the most successful music business models in the region. UMG is now a 360-degree music business including the label, live & artist promotions, merchandising and a creator of platforms for music and brands. It’s also the leading label for Indie and non-film music, carving a niche amongst Bollywood driven labels.
Also Devraj is one of the few music business executives who is also an artist having fronted India’s pioneering metal band Bhrama founded in 1993.
Mahindra Blues Day 2
Day 2 at the Mahindra Blues featured Irish singer/songwriter/guitarist, Grainne Duffy, whose music is inspired by the blues that came out of Memphis and Chicago, besides her Celtic influences. With a voice that is powerful and bluesy yet upbeat and mellow, she played the guitar and sang a set that was engaging and accessible, and received an enthusiastic response from the audience.
Next up was Shemekia Copeland, who is back here once again and as expected she was in her element, her powerhouse vocals soaring and dipping soulfully, as she belted out her contemporary roots blues like only she can. Shemekia is a passionate and charismatic performer and she had the crowd spellbound and it was obvious that they couldn’t get enough of her.
Blu was on again on Day 2 and for those who had missed their involving set the previous evening, Kapil Chetri and friends delivered their mix of classic blues and originals enthralling fans once again.
And for the finale, the headlining act of the evening, super group Supersonic Blues Machine, comprising guitarist/song writer and lead singer Lance Lopez, legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff, bassist Fabrizio Rossi and featuring lead vocalist and guitarist of ZZTop, Billy F Gibbons and guitar virtuoso Eric Gales, who played their set of hard driving blues rock, electrifying guitars riffs reverberating around the hall, gripping a rocking audience with their truly virtuoso performance. Finally the all star jam had all the artists playing together in a fitting tribute to music and the blues, bringing the Mahindra Blues 2017 to a close.
Radio City 'Love Is In The Air'
In February Radio City launched three radio stations one after another. On Valentine's Day, Radio City 91.1 FM launched two 'love' online radio stations on its channel Planetradiocity.com. The newly launched web stations, Radio City Premaloka in Kannada and Radio City Kaadhal in Tamil will be playing love songs all through the year featuring their respective Love Gurus. The stations offer a perfect blend of classic and newfangled love songs featuring iconic artistes and music directors such as AR Rahman, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Dr. Rajkumar, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and many more prominent iconic artistes.
The very next day, Radio City launched a new station in Madurai with the frequency 91.1. With this launch, Radio City now becomes a 37 network station nationally and expands its footprint in the south by adding six stations to its list i.e. Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Vizag (Vishakapatnam) and now Madurai.
Ladies Compartment is a 3 piece musical collective comprising of Aditi Ramesh on lead vocals and keys, Kirsten Marea on violin and backing vocals and Nandita Varkey on acoustic guitar/bass and backing vocals. They each have their own individual musical influences which come together to contribute to their sound as a band. Their sound is a mix of blues soul, folk, indie, singer-songwriter and jazz. Their original music features characteristically quirky lyrics with vocal layering and harmony. The name 'Ladies Compartment' is a tribute to the daily trials of a working woman in the city of Bombay, along with the almost cinematic romanticism of local trains. Each passenger in the ladies compartment has her own unique story to tell. The band hopes to write and perform more, record their original music and execute the many diverse ideas they daydream about in the middle of serious jam sessions.
The trio will perform their debut gig on February 24, 2017, 10.30 pm, at the Tuning Fork, Khar.
Grammys 2017: The Winners are ...
In a major upset, Adele beat Beyoncé to win Album of the Year. The major awards were handed out during the televised broadcast, the big winner of the night was Adele, who took home five Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Hello” .
Here’s the full list of winners.
Album of the Year
Record of the Year
Song of the Year
“Hello,” Adele and Greg Kurstin
Best New Artist
Chance the Rapper
Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, Willie Nelson
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots
Best Country Album
A Sailor's Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson
Best Country Solo Performance
“My Church,” Maren Morris
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Jolene” [ft. Dolly Parton], Pentatonix
Best Country Song
“Humble and Kind,” Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
Best Rock Album
Tell Me I'm Pretty, Cage the Elephant
Best Rock Song
“Blackstar,” David Bowie
Best Rock Performance
“Blackstar,” David Bowie
Best Alternative Music Album
Blackstar, David Bowie
Best Metal Performance
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best Rap Album
Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper
Best Rap Song
“Hotline Bling,” Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
Best Rap Performance
“No Problem,” Chance the Rapper [ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz]
Best Rap/Sung Performance
“Hotline Bling,” Drake
Best R&B Album
Lalah Hathaway Live, Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Song
“Lake By the Ocean,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
Best R&B Performance
“Cranes in the Sky,” Solange
Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Angel,” Lalah Hathaway
Best Comedy Album
Talking for Clapping, Patton Oswalt
Best Spoken Word Album
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the
Sandbox, Carol Burnett
Best Folk Album
Undercurrent, Sarah Jarosz
Best Americana Album
This Is Where I Live, William Bell
Best American Roots Song
“Kid Sister,” Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)
Best American Roots Performance
“House of Mercy,” Sarah Jarosz
Best Regional Roots Music Album
E Walea, Kalani Pe'a
Best Bluegrass Album
Coming Home, O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor
Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley
Best Surround Sound Album
Dutilleux: Sur La Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère de L'instant & Timbres,
Espace, Mouvement, Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix
engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay,
surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Best Traditional Blues Album
Porcupine Meat, Bobby Rush
Best Contemporary Blues Album
The Last Days of Oakland, Fantastic Negrito
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Culcha Vulcha, Snarky Puppy
Best Dance Recording
“Don't Let Me Down” [ft. Daya], The Chainsmokers
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Best New Age Album
White Sun II, White Sun
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry,” John Scofield, soloist
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Take Me to the Alley, Gregory Porter
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Country for Old Men, John Scofield
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom, Ted Nash Big Band
Best Latin Jazz Album
Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac, Chucho Valde?s
Best Gospel Performance/Song
“God Provides,” Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“Thy Will,” Hillary Scott & the Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott &
Emily Weisband, songwriters
Best Gospel Album
Losing My Religion, Kirk Franklin
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Love Remains, Hillary Scott & the Scott Family
Best Roots Gospel Album
Best Latin Pop Album
Un Besito Mas, Jesse & Joy
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album
Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo), Vicente Ferna?ndez
Best Tropical Latin Album
Donde Están?, Jose Lugo & Guasa?bara Combo
Best World Music Album
Sing Me Home, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble
Best Children's Album
Infinity Plus One, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Best Historical Album
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector's
Edition), Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder,
mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)
Best Instrumental Composition
”Spoken at Midnight,” Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
“You and I,” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
“Flintstones,” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
Best Recording Package
Blackstar, Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Edith Piaf 1915-2015, Ge?rard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)
Best Album Notes
Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along, Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes
writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)
Best Remixed Recording
“Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix),” Andre?Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)
Best Engineered Album: Classical
Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles, Mark Donahue, Fred Vogler & David L
Williams, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia
Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera
Chorus & Orchestra)
Best Engineered Album: Non-Classical
Blackstar, David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony Visconti,
engineers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer (David Bowie)
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year: Classical
Best Orchestral Performance
Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9, Andris Nelsons,
conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Best Opera Recording
Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles, James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero,
Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer &
Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera
Best Choral Performance
Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1, Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor;
Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis &
Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Steve Reich, Third Coast Percussion
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway, Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Schumann & Berg (tie), Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist
Shakespeare Songs (tie), Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist
(Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)
Best Classical Compendium
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A
Castle, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
Best Music Video
Best Music Film
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week the Touring Years, The Beatles
Best Song Written for Visual Media
Track from Trolls - “Can't Stop the Feeling!,” Max Martin, Shellback & Justin
Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani,
James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt,
Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar)
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams, composer
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Miles Ahead, Miles Davis & Various Artists; Steve Berkowitz, Don Cheadle &
Robert Glasper, compilation producers
Best Musical Theater Album
The Color Purple, Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal
soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Joan Raffe,
Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell &
Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)
Lesser Known Awards of Grammy 2017
If you thought you watched the entire Grammy Awards think again.The majority of this year’s 84 Grammy awards were handed out during this pre-telecast event, which was streamed live on the web.So you may not know that David Bowie, the Beatles and Bob Dylan were all winners during last night’s Grammy premiere ceremony, with Bowie ultimately claiming wins in all five categories in which his 2016 farewell album Blackstar was nominated.Bowie’s Blackstar won in three album-focused categories: Best Alternative Album, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), and Best Recording Package. The album’s title track won for Best Rock Performance – defeating Disturbed‘s cover of Simon and Garfunkel‘s “The Sound of Silence,” among others – before taking Best Rock Song during the national broadcast.
The Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years was named Best Music Film. It is the third Beatles-related film to win in this category – which was previously known as best music video-long form. They also claimed a Grammy for The Beatles Anthology in 1996 and The Beatles Love: All Together Now in 2009. Bob Dylan’s The Cutting Edge 1965-66, the 12th edition in his Bootleg Series, was triumphant in the Best Historical Album category. His 2016 album Fallen Angels was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, but lost out to Willie Nelson‘s Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.Megadeth was victorious in the Best Metal Performance category for “Dystopia,” the title track from their 12th studio album – though there was a notable mishap during their acceptance.
Paul McCartney lost out in both of the categories he was nominated for as a solo artist. The deluxe reissue of his 1982 album Tug Of War lost to Edith Piaf 1915-2015 for best box set, and the Timo Maas & James Teej Remix of Wings‘ “Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five” lost in the best remixed recording category to “Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix) by Bob Moses.
Peter Gabriel‘s “The Veil” was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media, but was defeated by Justin Timberlake‘s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” Patti Smith (M Train) and Elvis Costello (Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink) were both vying for recognition in the Best Spoken Word Album category, but the winner was comedy legend Carol Burnett, for In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox. The Velvet Underground were among those receiving the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
City of Music
India's first music inspired township is being developed by Nirvana Realty, the largest developer for second homes. Located just off the Mumbai-Pune expressway on Khopoli-Pali road, this township is specially created and designed for Music Lovers. City of Music will be a real heaven for people with a passion for Music and for whom Music is central to their lives.
It is a great opportunity for anyone who has a close connection with music, be it people who make Music for a livelhood, Music Industry professionals or just music lovers with an ingrained affinity for music, to own a property in INDIA'S FIRST MUSIC THEMED TOWNSHIP where all the people share the same passion and love for Music.
Endorsed by legends like Sitar Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Indipop Icon Shaan and Bollywood singer Sunidhi Chauhan, the City Of Music, spread over 22 acres, is a gated township of apartments, villas, bunglows, set in a serene, scenic environment surrounded by hills and alongside a flowing river.
With musical fountains, an amphitheatre for live music, a recording studio and much more, City of Music is a way of life and gives residents a chance to bring their passion for music into their everyday lives. So if you like the idea, what are you waiting for, go give them a call. Watch out for more on the City of Music.......
Community Radio Gets A Boost
NEW DELHI: Although the media and entertainment industry were disappointed that the demands raised by it were not reflected in the Budget 2017-18, they are now looking forward with great anticipation at the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for some relief.
Meanwhile the good news is that the budget for the Information and Broadcasting Ministry tells us that a sum of Rs 40 million has been set aside for supporting the Community Radio Movement in India. This is part of a separate allocation of Rs 230 million for strengthening broadcasting activities.
The Ministry had also recently announced simplified guidelines to apply for funds to set up community
Big FM Launches New Show: Morning Cha With Manav Gohil'.
Big FM is all set to launch their new show in Gujarat featuring renowned actor Manav Gohil. The show titled ‘Morning Cha with Manav Gohil’ will be launched on 6 February in Surat, Ahmedabad and also in Baroda and Rajkot.
The show which will be aired from 7 am to 9 am, has the programming planned in sync with the mood and energy of its listeners. The show will be a pot pourri of fun and light hearted music with retro tonality.
With ‘Morning Cha with Manav Gohil’, Big FM intends to spread positivity and urge its audience to start their day on a joyous note while also celebrating the spirit of life.
The show has been produced keeping in mind the demands of listeners for a family oriented, light-hearted and positive morning show. The show will also take the listeners back to the retro (70's to 90s) era with nostalgic retro tracks, the perfect way to kick start to your day with your family.
Nia Sharma's Hot New Music Video!
Indian television actress Nia Sharma has once again proved that she is the queen of them all by posting one short, but amazing music video in which she is seen showing off her latest hot dance moves.Nia is all set to star in a music video which will release in the next couple of days, and the actress has been promoting the same on social media sites. Nia recently posted a black and white video in which she shows what she's got.The actress shared the video on her personal Instagram account and captioned the video as, "@photuwalas @thank u @stylebysugandhasood for this video. I tagged u finally @shraddhamishra8 love love
Neeti Mohan's "Udne De" Track - A Tribute to Women
Indian singers Neeti Mohan’s composition “Udne De” a track which pays a tribute to women and supports gender equalisation, is all set to be part of an album titled “Music to Inspire – Artistes Against Human Trafficking”, a project by the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund.The 60 plus track collection features over 60 world renowned artistes and will release at the UN Headquarters in NY later this week. This is a collective fight by the music community to make a social statement and end human trafficking. AR Rahman, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Nicholas Cage and Ashley Judd have also contributed to the album.
Your Search for Talent ends here
For anyone having to organise a get together,anniversary, corporate event or any occasion where you need a Music Artist to perform, the most difficult part is to find the right artist for the right budget it would require multiple phone calls via various sources like database providers, friends who have friends who knows another friend who knows some artist, etc. know that can be all avoided with a new artist search site called bigmygig.com is here to sort that out for you.bigmygig.comis an online search and discovery tool for getting the best artist for any event.
They have over 650 artist on the rooster and counting more. bigmygig.com was founded in October 2015 by Ramalingam Subramaniam and Pratik Rathore. It was started with a single focus that artist don't get enough shows because of improper presentation whereas potential clients don't know how to reach out to them. They are trying to bridge this gap with thier online solution.For an event organiser of the tool enables them to search through over 650 digital portfolios the search engine works on the principle of relevancy. Using this tool you can book a complete entertainment package for our event.For an artist they can be only put up on the site after being verified and validated insuring hundred percent quality to the clients with features like direct negotiations pre - payment guarantee and real-time portfolios my big gig is redefining the entertainment delivery.
So the next time you have an event and need a artist you now know where to search....
Sony Music earned $1.2 billion
Sony Music Entertainment generated $1.24bn from streaming music in the lastyear. Breaking up the figure means Sony's recorded music division is now earning roughly $124m every month, $31m every week, $4m every day and $167,000 every hour from streaming music.Physical sales was still the top earner for Sony Music labels CD and vinyl generated $1.26bn in the year - 1.8% around $21m more than streaming.In the three months to end of December, which includes the bumper Christmas gifting period, Sony's physical recorded music sales stood at $412m down 24.6% on the equivalent period of 2015.In terms of total recorded music revenues, Sony generated $3.65bn in 2016.Sony's total music revenues - including recorded music, publishing and 'Visual Media and Platform' - reached $1.63bn in the quarter, up 4% year-on-year on a constant currency basis, but down 1.8% in actual terms.The operating profit of Sony's overall music operation in fiscal Q3 stood at ($256m), up 2.6% on the same period in 2015.
Its Top 10 bestsellers in calendar Q4 2016 (by global revenue):
1. Pentatonix - A Pentatonix Christmas
2. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
3. Nogizaka46 - Sayonara no Imi
4. The Chainsmokers - Collection of Tracks
5. Sia - This Is Acting
6. Robbie Williams - The Heavy Entertainment Show
7. Elvis Presley - The Wonder of You
8. Little Mix - Glory Days
9. Various - TROLLS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
10. Keyakizaka46 - Futari Saison
SA Indies Music Week
An annual musical event aimed at unearthing new talent to export to various festivals worldwide. At stake for the showcasing bands are performance slots at some of the world’s major festivals like Midem (France), SXSW (Austin-Texas), Primavera Pro (Barcelona – Spain) and Africa Festival - Germany. International representatives from some of these festivals will form part of the panel making selections for their events. These international experts (including our Ambassador Allen Johnston) will also offer music business master classes during the day, covering various topics to help musos be geared for success in their music careers/businesses.
Fall in love with Sachin-Jigar
Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged season 6 is getting exciting everyweek with the amazing line-up of artists. This season, witnessed someiggest singers starting with none other than musical maestro A. R Rahman,followed by the melodious voice of Shreya Ghoshal.Then Benny Dayal and Neeti Mohan's duet performance was incredible, energetic and drove everyone crazy. After three scintllating episodes of Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged the season 6 is entering its fourth episode. Being the month oflove, the magical composer and singer Sachin-Jigar will sway the audience with their soulful voice.This isn't the first time the duo Sachin- Jigar has been associated with MTV Unplugged.From grooving to crooning on popular dance numbers and some soulful romantic numbers, Sachin–Jigar will make your Saturday evening a memorable one.Sachin- Jigar will sing songs like Jeena Jeena (BADLAPUR), Chunar, Sun Saathiya (ABCD 2), Mileya Mileya, Beat Pe Booty (FLYING JATT), G-Phad Ke (HAPPY ENDING) and few more.Sachin says, "I love MTV unplugged every season is simply marvelous we have been part of this show and we love it. While this
season is also one of the best with some new comers also performing and I am looking forward to the episodes.Composer Jigar added, "Yes, we are delighted to be part of this season's MTV unplugged and looking forward for some great performers. Like Sachin said we are signing some of our numbers that too with a twist."Tune into Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged this Saturday and enjoy Sachin-Jigar perform some breathtaking numbers at 8.00 Pm.
Anuradha Paudwal Conferred with Padma Shri
Playback singer Anuradha Paudwal, best known for crooning devotional songs, says the Padma Shri honour is the "prasad" for the years of hard work she has put in.She sang her way into our hearts in the 70s and 80s, before quitting playback for Bollywood films at her peak in the 90s, but Anuradha Paudwal says she had always wanted to leave when she was on the top.Paudwal, 64, is a National award-winning singer, who has sung in Bollywood movies like "Aashiqui" and "Ram Lakhan", "Saajan" and "Dil", besides having an array of devotional songs, bhajans, mantras, & stotras to her credit.The veteran singer feels that she can’t fit into the music scene of today, but has no regrets.The National Award winning singer has now been conferred with Padma Shri. The win for Paudwal comes on the heels of her earlier on being conferred with honorary D Litt degree by the DY Patil University.
Vishal Dadlani Files for Divorce
Another couple bites the dust, after many years of living separately, Music Director er Vishal Dadlani has finally confirmed his split with wife Priyali, they have officially filed for divorce.The news comes as a big shock to the film industry. Their divorce comes after a series of celebrity breakups last year including Arbaaz-Malaika, Farhan-Adhuna and Ranbir-Katrina.Vishal Dadlani has given music to several Bollywood hits including Om Shanti Om, Ra One, Sultan and others. He has also lent his voice to several chartbusters including Baby ko bass pasand hai and Aao Na. Recently he lent his voice to the song Mon Amour from Kaabil. Besides working in films, Vishal has also been a judge on reality shows.The singer-composer is quite active on social media and never shy’s away from sharing his views. Earlier on Vishal Dadlani had mocked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for withdrawing the one-time deposit norm on Wednesday, calling it “rubber-band governance”.
Anaida's love for food...
Food has been always a passion and cooking a joyous hobby to me, i didn't think i would do anything with it professionally so am happily surprised and very excited to share this news with youIf you know me well, you know i love to cook and i love to eat. And love to feed people i love even more. To me cooking is treated like art. Create and improvise and make things more and more tasty and when it comes to good food, eat and eat and eat some more!Most of you would know Olive and AD Singh, and so it was his brainchild for me to do a collaboration with his SodaBottleOpenerWala! To celebrate their super success anniversary. We been talking about it for a year but somehow to get our timings to match was a challenge. but finally we made it! After shaping the idea with Mohit (the power behind SBOW s success) chef Hemant and his assistant made a few trips to my house in Pune, a few session and food tastings later. finally Anaida's Persian Food pop up is here! Kicking off in their new outlet in Thane ( The place is totally kicking! ) that started today and will go on till 25 Feb. Followed by Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Have trained their kitchen and planned the special menu. Super team and it has been a lot of fun.So if you like to try absolutely authentic Persian food with ingredients specially flown from Iran. Then come by! There will also be a showing of my latest art, mainly pen sketches, a style i have just started with . Also the menu will feature two of my personal creations. recipes i create using food as a healing tool, Based on Iranian traditional medicine and my mothers naturopathy knowledge. There will be a workshop on Spirituality and food on 31st, where i will share my magic soup recipe, explain how to combine certain ingredients for healing purposes and still make a finger licking tasty dish, as well as share my learnings about connection between food and energy and we will also do one of the meditations from my meditation album which was on the charts in UK and New Zealand last july. ( it went to no 17 on mainstream itune charts which hasnt happened to a meditation album before. yeepeee!)