Siddharth Kannan to host Impact Wrestling
Siddharth Kannan Television and Radio Host, Master of Ceremonies,Voice-over professional and a film critic is on a roll. Impact Wrestling the second largest professional wrestling promotion in the world have roped in Siddharth Kannan as their official host for this year, according to a press release.Sid K : "I was delighted to be approached by the Impact Wrestling team from USA and it was humbling to know that they were following my career in India and thought that I would be the Ideal host for this mega series!".Iconic Wrestlers like 'Lone Wolf ' Davey Richards, Rosemary, Low-Ki, Mahabali Shera, Sonjay Dutt, Kongo Kong, Caleb Konley, Moose, Lashley, Chris Adonis, Alberto El Patron, Laurel Van Ness will be seen in action.
Jeff Jarrett,Executive Producer and Chief Creative Officer,Impact Wrestling: 'We were keen to get Sid K on board as the energy he brings to the ring is outstanding! He has tremendous following in India and fits our brand perfectly with his free flowing no holds barred style! He is the best host I have seen and was a major part of the Magic of Impact Wrestling!'
Looks like this is another feather or should we say heavy weight belt on Siddharth Kannan's shoulders that he carries with effortless ease!
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#LoneWolf #DaveyRichards #Rosemary #LowKi #MahabaliShera #SonjayDutt #KongoKong #CalebKonley #Moose #Lashley #ChrisAdonis #AlbertoElPatron #LaurelVanNess
Going-beyond Curation to Facilitation.
The music cluster of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) is all set to launch Indian Music Lab | Artist of the month, that will provide a platform for the next-gen singers to showcase their versatile talent. The property kick started on World Music Day and shall be promoting twelve emerging singers over the course of one year on both the channels. To go beyond simply being ‘curators of good music’, Sony MIX and Sony ROX HD have committed to raising the bar, by not just curating good music but also facilitating the creation of great music
In collaboration with Indian Music Lab – a new music initiative, this pioneering offering by SPN provides a platform and an opportunity for upcoming singers to train under experienced artists and shape their ambitions into reality. To give a head start to emerging talent from the country, Sony MIX and Sony ROX HD will showcase one singer-artist every month with two of their original compositions airing on both the channels.
The first artist to showcase his talent is Shikhar Kumar with two original compositions ‘Ibaadat’ and ‘Mannat ka Dhaaga’. Other artists to be featured are: Sachin Dave, Hansadhuti Kundu, Ashwani Bisoya, Nimit Luharuka, Aashima Mahajan, Alan, Kevin, Prashant, Neha Chauhan, Anurag Puranik and Manveer Sood.
This journey undertaken by Sony MIX and ROX HD offers a delightful showcase of fresh singing talent to its musically inclined viewer base. Going beyond the talent show routine, Indian Music Lab | Artist of the month will become an ongoing platform for good singers to get recognition at a national level.
Neeraj Vyas, Senior EVP & Business Head – Hindi Movies & Music Cluster and SONY SAB, SPN commented “Sony MIX & Sony ROX HD are among the preferred music channels in the country. Music has always occupied a central place in the hearts of Indians, but a lot of talent in this field is hidden and unexplored. In collaboration with Indian Music Lab, we are expanding our vision of making our music cluster, a holistic platform to nurture next-gen talent and original music content. We feel privileged to launch this new initiative and promote India’s rich music culture. And finally, all our efforts feel well placed when we have advertiser support, which in this case has been abundant from Patanjali Ayurved Limited.”
Tesla likely to start own Music Streaming Service
According to reports Tesla which manufactures high end electric cars, has been in talks with all the major record labels, to launch its own music streaming service in the lines of Spotiy and Apple Music. Sources suggest that Tesla has already held discussions with major labels regarding licensing deals for a prospective music streaming service.Tesla is reportedly looking at launching multiple tiers of pricing, starting with a ‘Pandora-like web radio offering’ The idea is to provide the service packaged with Tesla’s cars which come equipped with a slew of in car entertainment features including internet connectivity, internet radio and a choice of multiple tiers of service.The company sold under 100,000 cars last year, but has attracted around 400,000 pre-orders for its new Model 3 vehicle.
Shankar Mahadevan's Academy to offer Berklee courses online
Shankar Mahadevan’s online Music Academy has tied up with Berklee College of Music, to provide Berklee’s online courses for students in India. My Academy is collaborating with Berklee to bring Berklee Online courses for students in India, according to Mahadevan’s Facebook post.
Berklee Online's Summer term is here! Shankar Mahadevan Academy brings you the renowned faculty & acclaimed curricula of Berklee College of Music. Sign up to get great discounts on Berklee Online courses! To enroll visit: http://www.shankarmahadevanacademy.com/berklee-online-cour…/
The Shankar Mahadevan Academy was established in 2011 with the vision to make learning of all styles of Indian music easy, accessible, and exciting to people worldwide. We impart high quality learning in music through innovative methods. Whether you are just starting to learn music or are an experienced student, our courses will help you develop your skills and make your journey with music rewarding and joyful!
A R Rahman - Netru Indru Nalai Tour
Legendary music icon A R Rahman is all set to embark on his Netru Indru Nalai (Yesterday Today Tomorrow) Tour to celebrate 25 years in the music industry. The Netru Indru Nalai Tour will be all about the memories he has collected on his musical journey over the years from Roja to Kaatru Velividai.
The multi Oscar and Grammy winning composer and musician will kick start the first leg of the tour with a live gig at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on July 8, next month. ‘Friends and music lovers in the UK, looking forward to being amongst you and performing with my entire team”, Rahman posted on his Facebook page.
Rahman will be accompanied by his team of virtuoso musicians featuring Benny Dayal, Neeti Mohan, Haricharan, Jonita Gandhi, Ranjit Barot and Javed Ali.
Nirmika Singh to represent India at Sweden's Midsommar Weekender
In a rapidly globalizing world, music cultures reach beyond borders in the most delightful ways. With an aim to contribute to this growing global community of tastemakers, renowned Indian Music Critic Nirmika Singh (Executive Editor, Rolling Stone India) ,singer and performer has been invited to the first ever edition of Sweden's Midsommar Weekender( International Music Festival), featuring some of the world's most pathbreaking artists. Nirmika will be the part of the festival in the capacity of a critic representing India.
Nirmika is also the face of the Amazon Cool Pad phone just launched last month. Here's the link: https://youtu.be/MUxdZzPH86A
Halsey reaches her first ever No. 1 Album on Billboard
GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum alternative pop maverick Halsey released her second full-length album, hopeless fountain kingdom [Astralwerks]. hopeless fountain kingdom, which Halsey executive produced alongside Benny Blanco, Greg Kurstin, Lido and Ricky Reed, features guests such as Quavo, Lauren Jauregui and Cashmere Cat on June 2nd 2017.
According to Billboard, Halsey earned her first ever No. 1 album post its release last week, the album not only marks a first for Halsey butt is also the first woman to achieve No 1 album on the Billboard 200 Chart in 2017. The previous female artist whose album was No 1 was Lady Gaga’s Joanne in November 2016. The album’s single “Now or Never” recently achieved an RIAA Gold certification. hopeless fountain kingdom unfolds on the road this fall with Halsey’s eight-week headline tour, kicking off September 29th with PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX as support.
Sennheiser Top 50 is back in search for India's best bands!
Strengthening its commitment of building a platform for independent music in India, Sennheiser announced its third edition of Sennheiser Top 50-a battle of Indian bands to compete and make their way to the coveted list of Top 50 best bands in India. Making it bigger and better Sennheiser Top 50 season 3 will hold on ground battle amongst 4 zones, North- Delhi, South- Bangalore, East- Shilong and West- Pune. Sennheiser is further raising the stakes this year with the most credible jury in the music fraternity, 2-year endorsement by Sennheiser which will give them access to Sennheiser gear by being the face of Sennheiser for the next year and prizes worth 20 lacs that will leave you drooling! The jury this year constitutes of the stalwarts of the music industry – Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Raghu Dixit and Papon. The registration period for the most coveted trophy starts from 1st June 2017 and goes on till 1st July 2017.
Not just this! The winning band will take home a Trophy which will be witnessed via a grand finale in Mumbai where top 4 bands (winners of the zonal finales) will battle it out to be number 1. All this makes Sennheiser Top 50 a perfect platform for Indian bands to showcase their talent and create a place for themselves in the competitive and growing music industry.
The last two editions of Sennheiser Top 50 saw tremendous response and engagement. Over 2000 musicians from 75 cities across all genres - pop, rock, fusion, classic, metal, jazz and blues engaged through this initiative by Sennheiser, thereby, providing them a great platform to showcase their talent.
Mr. Vipin Pungalia, Director, Sennheiser Professional Segment India, commented on Sennheiser-Top50 saying, "The overwhelming response from the last two editions has encouraged us to come back with yet another season of Sennheiser Top 50 in helping in bands recognition accross various genres. There is great talent in the country and we want to offer them the right platform to showcase it. We are very excited to bring the best jury on board to recognize our Top 50 and believe that we will be witnessing some potential and great talent through this journey. We are also hoping for a great response from different zones, as there is enormous talent everywhere but not enough platform to showcase it, thereby encouraging us to have zonal finales along with the grand finale this year. “
Mr. Saahil Kumar, Head Marketing, Sennheiser India, commented, “As a company, we are known for innovations and shaping the future of audio. Hence, it is but obvious that our marketing efforts are also aligned to the same. We see Sennheiser Top 50 as a platform for young talented musicians, semi-professional bands who have the grit and guts to pursue music as a career but might lack the right support and resources. Our every endeavour is to help these bands scale up, get known better and produce or create better music with the help of quality equipment. We started as an only digital leader board – the first ever in India and this year, we have scaled it up to 4 zonal finales to be able to reach bands in every nook and corner of India. Our strategy is simple – to support the emerging independent music scene in India and enable these bands to explore their talent. We only plan to scale it up further from here.”
Renowned composer and singer trio, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, said, “We are very excited to be a part of this innovative hunt for India’s best bands for the third time in a row! It is a great initiative by Sennheiser in providing a platform for budding musicians to not just showcase their talent but also start their journey to become the next big thing in the music industry. We are expecting diverse talent across genres and can’t wait to start this journey!”
Internationally reputed Singer - Songwriter, Raghu Dixit, said, “It is a great effort by Sennheiser of bringing the Independent music scene to the forefront! In the previous editions also the bands have showcased great potential and zeal to make it big in the professional music industry. I wish all the bands luck and hope to see more bands coming ahead and using platforms like Sennheiser Top 50.”
Popular Singer & Composer, Papon, expressed his excitement saying, “Music is an integral part of the fabric of India and the North East is no exception. Assam, where I was born and a place I proudly call home, has a lot of talented musicians and bands waiting for the right platform to help them turn their dreams into reality. Sennheiser as a brand has always focused on revolutionising the music industry, which is something I appreciate. And I really hope that all the talent out there in North East gets recognised and we have a winner from my region!”
Registrations begin on 1st June and will be on till 1st July post which the top 100 shortlist will be announced on 12th July basis selection by both internal as well as external jury from the entries submitted. The next phase will involve voting within zones to choose top 3 bands from each zone, who will then battle out at regional finales to get into top 4 as well as revealing ranks from 5 to 50 basis 70% jury decision and 30% public voting. The winners of each zone will be announced followed by a grand finale in Mumbai where the top 4 bands will battle out infront of the jury to become number 1.
Bands can register on http://sennheiser-top50.com/
Yash Narverkar is ready to take on Bollywood
Ever since the leading Music Label, Universal Music Group has collaborated with renowned Bollywood director Mohit Suri to launch EMI Records India, the venture has been significant in building a platform for creative development. It has been constantly providing an opportunity to build a successful career for upcoming artists in the Indian Music industry. Singer Songwriter Yash Narvekar is one such artist whose work has taken over the music industry recently with his contribution to films such as “Half Girlfriend”, “Noor” & “Behen Hogi Teri”. Since his early years, Yash has always been inclined to music and trained in classical music from the age of 13. A passion to create and develop his art, Yash pursued music professionally and has been a part of mainstream Bollywood films and worked with known Music Directors & composers like Meet Brothers, Amaal Malik and Rishi Rich.
Some of his contributions have gained immense recognition in the Indian music industry. The multi-faceted artist started his career in Bollywood music by singing the track ‘Pump It’ from the movie Ki and Ka along with Meet Bros & lent his vocals for the song “Gulabi 2.0” for the movie Noor starring Sonakshi Sinha. The blockbuster song “Mere Dil Mein” from the movie “Half Girlfriend” features vocals and lyrics co-written by Yash Narvekar. The music video of the song has currently crossed 15 million views on YouTube. He has also debuted as a music composer, co-written and sung the track “Teri Yadoon Mein” from the movie “Behen Hogi Teri” Yash has several exciting projects lined up for this year including the Anil Kapoor & Arjun Kapoor starrer movie “Mubarkan”.
Talking about his work, leading director Mohit Suri said, “I’m immensely proud of the work that Yash has done so far. In such a short span of time, he’s created a niche for himself in the industry and I think he’s only scratched the surface yet.”
Yash Narvekar shared saying , “I have always dreamt of singing for films since as long as I can remember. I'm extremely overwhelmed by the way everyone is reacting to my music and voice in such a short span of time and it only makes me want to create better content as a singer songwriter in the near future. I have never restricted myself to one sphere of music and I'm glad people are accepting me as a singer songwriter. I have a bunch of exciting projects lined up this year & I can't wait to reveal them.”
Speaking about the EMI artist, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music India said, “Yash is a multi-talented artist. I have rarely come across such young artists in India who can sing, compose and also write their own songs. His energy and passion for music reflect in his work and I am confident that he will make his mark in Bollywood very soon”
Despacito Remix by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber
After having rocked the charts for four consecutive weeks as # 1 on Billboards, Luis Fonsi’s and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito ft. Justin Bieber, is declared as the song of the summer. The truly catchy song has become global phenomenon ever since its release and now has become the Song of the Summer by Billboard. The annual warm-weather ranking on Billboard features the top summer song of 2017 cumulating Radio Airplay, Sales and Streaming Data and has already put the Despacito Remix song on the top spot followed by Bruno Mars – That’s what I like, I'm The One by DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, Humble by Kendrick Lamar and Shape of You by Ed Sheeran.
A true smash hit, The video for Despacito in its original format has already been garnered over 1.7 Billion views, making it soon to be the video to have more than 2 Billion hits ever. The video is on its track to become the fastest track to reach two billion views faster than any other clip in YouTube history. The song has already crossed another YouTube Records being the second-fastest video to reach a billion views, second only to Adele's "Hello”
The Despacito Remix featuring the audio featuring Justin Bieber has also made a record of receiving 20 million views within 24 hours of release. After Macarena, which was released in late 90’s, Despacito is the most popular part Spanish and English song to have hit the Hot 100 charts reaching the top spot, breaking a 20 year record!
As the song continues to scale, it looks like the song shows no signs of stopping and will certainly be breaking more records and charts this summer!
Liam Payne unviels video STRIP THAT DOWN featuring Rapper Quavo
Liam Payne has unveiled his first-ever official solo music video – for his current debut single ‘Strip That Down’ featuring Quavo. The slick video features Liam dancing against a selection of colourful settings alongside a troupe of dancers. The video also features a special appearance from Quavo, the US rapper and founding member of hip hop sensation Migos.The video was revealed via an exclusive live stream today in partnership with YouTube.
‘Strip That Down’ is Liam Payne’s debut solo single. It is currently number three in the UK’s Official Singles Chart, and was recently selected as one of the Songs Of the Summer 2017 by Spotify, where the track has over 28 million streams and counting. ‘Strip That Down’ featuring Quavo is out now on Capitol Records. More music will follow from Liam this year.
Katy Perry's new album, WITNESS is out today
Katy Perry’s new album, Witness (Capitol Records), will be available everywhere beginning Friday, June 9. Visit http://katy.to/witness. Today, she invites fans to join her in a “WILD countdown” live and exclusively on YouTube. With unique access, global reach and fun-packed surprises along the way, Katy will break it all down in this exclusive album event, taking place now on her YouTube channel .
On Witness, Katy reflects on the changes in her own life and in the world around her, delivering songs that both challenge and inspire. Katy wrote each of the album’s 15 soul-baring songs, working with a variety of collaborators. Witness includes the Platinum-certified hit “Chained to the Rhythm” featuring Skip Marley, “Swish Swish” featuring Nicki Minaj and the new single, “Bon Appétit” featuring Migos. The video for “Bon Appétit,” which can be seen HERE, set a new record for Katy, surpassing 100 million views in just 18 days. Katy and longtime collaborator Max Martin served as Executive Producers of Witness and Martin produced many of the tracks. See below for track listing.
Tickets are on sale now for Katy’s upcoming North American tour. Each ticket purchase for WITNESS: The Tour also includes a copy of her new album. The run, which kicks off on September 7, will include three New York City shows – October 2 and 6 at Madison Square Garden and October 11 at Barclays Center – plus three evenings at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on November 7, 8, and 10. See below for itinerary or visit http://katyperry.com. Katy will be partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America in a variety of ways on the tour and $1 per every ticket sold will also be donated to the organization.
Katy made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys after signing to the label in 2007. She cemented her status as a global superstar with the follow-up album, Teenage Dream (2010). PRISM, her 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 100 countries and has sold more than 12.5 million adjusted albums worldwide. With the singles “Firework” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing the 10 million threshold including song sales and streams, Katy is the first female artist to earn two RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards. In her 10 years with Capitol, she has racked up a cumulative 18+ billion streams alongside worldwide sales of more than 40+ million adjusted albums and 125+ million tracks. She is the most-followed person globally on Twitter. Katy played to a total of two million people on the sold-out, 151-date Prismatic World Tour and headlined the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which set a record as the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show ever.
Indian Music Unites Country Breaks Social Barriers - Modi
Addessing the 5th International Convention of SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) at IIT Delhi, PM Narendra Modi in a statement made through video conferencing said, ‘Indian music in all its forms, unites the country by breaking social barriers and spreading the message of togetherness’.
‘It is crucial for our youth to be made aware of India’s rich cultural and musical heritage and a matter of concern that they are losing touch with Indian classical music and instruments’, he said.
The PM appreciated the efforts made by SPIC MACAY in the past 40 years to promote Indian Classical Music and Cultural Heritage and said that, ‘Indian Music can play a vital role in realizing the goal of Ek Bharat Shresht Bharat (One India, Best India).
The SPIC MACAY International Convention brings together people from across the globe for the seven-day event, which will present performances of classical music and dance by top Indian musicians and artists, interactive workshops and other forms of arts and crafts.
Raga Muffin is back
The Brit-Asian Steven Kapur a.k.a. Apache Indian needs no introduction. Hehas been around for over 25 years with a distinguished career thatmost of today’s artistes will envy of. Apache took his vibrant soundsof Dancehall, Reggae and Raga around the world fusing his distinctivevocal style with Indian, Jamaican and English music. Chok There, Arranged Marriage, Don Raja, Boom Shack-A- Lak, Make Way For The Indian to name a few became anthems.
He returns to his roots with an out and out Reggae album ‘In Ja’ (orIn Jamaica’). When we met him on the terrace of Raasta, a Mumbaiparty hole after a powerful live performance, he seemed to welcome us
like old friends. Despite the summer heat and sweat dropping from hisbrow, Steven Kapur, yes that's his real name, seemed oblivious to theclimate and sat down to chat with us.
When we asked him if he ever thought he would be be making music 25years down the line, he stated. "Very much. Music is a part of my life. I don’t think I’d ever stop making music.The most importantthing is that it’s still relevant and people still listen to my music and fortunately we have a great fan base around the world and it is
they who keep me going. From all the requests and all the stories thatI hear, this is what motivates me to be honest. Otherwise, I’dprobably be making music only for myself and would listen to it at
home, but I’ve travelled the world and people from all across havegiven so many requests and I have received so much love that I almostfeel like it’s a duty for me to make music for them. I’m working witha fresh team now, so its almost like a new beginning, and so I’m looking forward to another 25 years from now".
We really did not have words to express how glad we were to hear this,especially after we saw the 'Don' singing so beautifully just a fewminutes ago. It almost seemed like the 90s rewind. Apache managed tobring his fans like a honey bee to its hive in a matter of a fewseconds of taking the stage. What then makes his music so magnetic, we quiz him. "I think people have realized that my music is genuine and honest. I am very proud to be Indian and hence I will always try to bring that element when I can into my work. So, I guess it’s just my honesty. Reggae fans all around the globe will definitely enjoy this one and won’t be disappointed because what you see is what you get andit’s not just any other gimmick."
So does the man love Bollywood and everything that comes with it? "I wasn’t really a big fan of Bollywood films, because back in the daythere was a lot of dancing and singing with very bright colours.However, I like the new movies. I recently watched this movie of Mr.Bachchan titled ‘Pink’. It was a very good movie, with a new story and different twists. I would actually like to make a movie about my life and my biography."
A pure Punjabi, if it wasn't for music Apache would've been a teacher, he tells us. "I love cooking. My cooking is the same like my music, (Laughs) it’s like a fusion, of Jamaican, Indian and different flavours and all. I couldn’t cook before, but now this is something Ireally enjoy."
With his new album just out a few months ago, he tells us its back to reggae roots for him. “In Ja’. is a complete reggae album. That’s howit’s different from the others. All my other albums have been a little fusion and bits and pieces of other things. This album is all about my love for Reggae music and were also celebrating 25 years of signing to Reggae Record Label - Island Records. I wanted to do something special to pay my respect to the music that got me into music, which is Reggae. So for all my fans all over the world, this is to celebrating 25 years.
We fans surrounding him and seeking a photo op, we decided to take leave of the Don Raja who promised to be back at the end of the year.
-- By Verus Ferreira
UMG, Mohit Suri launch EMI Records India
EMI Records India is a First-Of-Its-Kind Partnership To Discover And Develop Artists From Both Film and Non-Film Backgrounds which has recently been launched by Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, in collaboration with Bollywood’s top film director Mohit Suri.
The new label is a unique venture that marks the return of the world famous EMI label to India and the new company is the first ever association between a major record label and an eminent Bollywood film director, that will develop a new platform that cuts across film and non–film musical genres. With the two partners’ unrivalled music and entertainment business experience and their extensive track records of discovering and investing in new artists and music, Universal Music and Mohit Suri will jointly identify both new and established talent to join EMI Records India.
Devraj Sanyal Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music Group South Asia said, ”We’re immensely proud of our new partnership with Mohit Suri to bring EMI Records back to India. Mohit has been responsible for some of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time and A&R is right at the heart of Universal Music so this collaboration is the perfect platform for blending our complementary strengths and our shared love of music.
Commenting on the association Mohit Suri said, “Music and independent artists have been the backbone of my career ever since I started 10 years back. I strongly believe that the music composers, lyricists and singers that I have worked with from all over the world have been the stars of my life. This collaboration with Devraj and his team at Universal Music is the most organic synergy of like-minded people that allows me to continue exploring my love for music on a larger scale. With our joint expertise we will make EMI Records India a dependable brand through which we will launch and nurture musical talent and simply ‘let the music play’.
Halsey's new album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom out now.
GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum alternative pop maverick Halsey releases her second full-length album, hopeless fountain kingdom [Astralwerks]. hopeless fountain kingdom, which Halsey executive produced alongside Benny Blanco, Greg Kurstin, Lido and Ricky Reed, features guests such as Quavo, Lauren Jauregui and Cashmere Cat on June 2nd 2017. "Halsey could write down what was in my refrigerator and somehow make it feel poetic,” says Benny Blanco, who produced the lead single ‘Now Or Never’. “She has the ability to make you both smile and cry at the drop of a hat and make it feel effortless all at the same time." “Now or Never” just achieved an RIAA Gold certification. hopeless fountain kingdom unfolds on the road this fall with Halsey’s eight-week headline tour, kicking off September 29th with PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX as support. In the meantime, the making of the album was energizing.
"[Halsey] has a strong point of view and she really puts a lot of thought and care into her lyrics,” says producer Greg Kurstin.” I found writing with her inspiring."
"I had no idea how incredible of a writer [Halsey] was before we met,” notes producer Ricky Reed. “She would come in and describe some kind of crazy visual scene for me to soundtrack: ‘I am picturing Jimi Hendrix solo-ing in a Roman Cathedral, light pouring through the stained glass, but he's in, like, a Hawaiian shirt.’
“I feed off that kind of crazy inspiration,” Reed continues. “So I would build the track off her vision and by the time I was finished she would have the poetry to match. She's brilliant and a living legend to me."
Following performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and the Billboard Music Awards, she takes the stage on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert June 8 and The Today Show Summer Concert Outdoor Stage June 9.
To date, “Now or Never” has amassed over 81 million Spotify streams and 22 million cumulative YouTube/VEVO views. "Eyes Closed" followed, generating 9.2 million Spotify streams. Meanwhile, “Strangers (feat. Lauren Jauregui)” just began captivating listeners last week and stirred up a groundswell of support from Elle, Spin, Billboard, and more. See below for full tracklisting.
Halsey first stormed the pop culture kingdom in 2015 with her album Badlands, which now has five gold and two platinum singles. Her debut crash-landed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned a platinum-certification in under year. She sold out arenas everywhere and garnered a 2017 GRAMMY® nomination in the category of "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" for "Closer," her seven times platinum megahit with The Chainsmokers. Her reign continues with hopeless fountain kingdom.
Amruta Fadnavis releases Music video
Amruta Fadnavis, the banker-singer wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, recently released the video of her single, Phir Se. The video features none other than legendary Bollywood superstar, Amitabh Bachchan alongside Amruta.
Amruta is a trained classical singer who has performed at various social and cultural events. She has been actively associated with the entertainment industry and made her debut as playback singer in the Prakash Jha film, Jai Gangaajal, with the song, Sab Dhan Mati. Phir Se is composed by talented music director, Jeet Gangulii, with lyrics penned by Rashmi Virag. The video is produced by T Series and shot by famed choreoghrapher Ahmed Khan.
Ariana Grande returns with One Love Manchester
Ariana Grande whose May 22, Manchester Arena show was targeted by a suicide bomb attack that killed 23 children and adults and injured over a hundred, has returned to Manchester to stage a benefit concert, One Love Manchester, for the victims of the terrorist attack.
The concert raised over $ 13 million for the, We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by the City Council and the British Red Cross for the benefit of the victims of the attack. The concert had an all star line up including mega stars like, Justin Bieber, Katty Perry, Miley Cyrus, Marcus Mumford, Coldplay, Take That, Pharrel Williams, Black Eyed Peas and Liam Gallagher and many others.
A teary eyed and emotional Ariana Grande performed with many of the artists and sang a cover of Over The Rainbow and for the grand finale all the artists joined Ariana on stage to perform her hit One Last Time.
Javed Akhtar records statement with ED
The Enforcement Directorate, recently recorded the statement of famed lyricist, Javed Akhtar who was recently appointed Chairman of copyright society IPRS (Indian Performing Rights Society), in a probe into charges of money laundering and gross financial irregularities registered by the ED against IPRS and PPL( Phonographic Performance Limited) following ‘criminal complaints and Police FIRs.
Though Mr Akhtar is the current Chairman of IPRS, he is a complainant in the probe against IPRS and PPL. In the ongoing probe it is alleged that IPRS assigned their rights to issue user licences and collect royalties to the PPL, on the basis of revenue sharing. However, in connivance with the IPRS and Ms Select Media Holding Pvt Ltd (SMHPL), the PPL indulged in criminal conspiracy and cheating, and revenue due to the IPRS was not paid to them, resulting in non-payment of royalties to member lyricists and songwriters.
The ED had last year attached assets worth worth Rs. 13 crore of the PPL and mutual funds worth Rs. 70.17 crore of the IPRS, in the course of the investigation. However any wrong doing by the collection societies is yet to be established and will only be known after the probe is completed.
Gregg Allman No More
Gregg Allman, legendary singer-song writer and keyboardist of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away last Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69. For the past several years he had been struggling with various health issues but in the end he died peacefully, according to an announcement on his website.
The Allman Brothers Band founded by elder brother Duane and Gregg had their breakthrough hit with the release of their third album, At Fillmore East. This legendary album is a live recording of their performance at Fillmore East, New York City, over three nights and considered by many as one of the greatest live albums in rock music.
They are considered as one of the greatest and most influential bands to come out of the American South and pioneers of what has come to be known as Southern Rock. Sadly the band had a major setback when Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash in 1971 and a year later bassist Berry Oakley died also of a motorcycle accident but the band continued to record and perform as the Allman Brothers Band.
Gregg wrote a number of the bands biggest hits including, Dreams, Black Hearted Woman, Whipping Post, Melissa and many others. The band first broke up in 1976 but reformed and broke up again a number of times over the years. Greg also pursued a parallel solo career and released six solo albums and the seventh Southern Blood was scheduled to be released this year.
From Doggy style to cleaning Children Poop
There is always a unique amusement when the gossip shoots off from one’s own mouth. Also, not every host is smart enough to extract that out, but for Hatt K Sid K alias Siddharth Kannan is certainly a piece of cake.We are well informed about Ayushman Khurana usually being lip sealed about his personal life and liking but during a recent interview the case flipped and he became vocal about topics like Doggy style.. Oh! That’s kinky.The Vicky Donor “Aryan blood boy” also relishes his experience of cleaning utensils for his Burmese mother and now washing his children’s poop.
Himself being a VJ & now being a successful actor, Ayushman still is in dread of one man, even over his voice overs. It is the man he considers “the baap of all”. Lets find out who.
Siddharth Kanan: "With the gift of gab and bag full of quirkiness, Siddharth Kannan is one of India's finest Television and Radio Hosts, Master of Ceremonies,Voice-over professionals and a YouTube sensation!
Also, being a radio host from the age of 14, he certainly has religious listeners. Now, walking shoulder to shoulder with the technology, Mr. Kannan is up with his YouTube Channel generating thousands of followers crossing more than 10 million views! The face of the 'Super Fight League' on Sony ESPN, 'Celebrity Cricket League' on Colors.. Sid K is on a roll!."
Go on Air with Radio One
Songdew Hour in association with Radio One will showcase 1(one) upcoming Songdew artist/band every Thursday between 6 PM to 7PM. The show will showcase the best of English Indie music talent from the country every Thursday night. Radio One is now India's only international radio network in Delhi, Mumbai & now in Bangalore. As an international stream, the same program will be carried across all Radio One stations in the country & the world which is a great way for promotion for all the artists/bands out there.
Songdew provides innovative promotional tools to Artists to share music, get discovered and amplify their music. Since 2013, more than 25000+ Artists have used Songdew to connect with venues, brands, festivals, blogs, influential artists, record labels and fans in order to increase their reach and advance their careers.
Who can apply?Level of Artist College | Professional | Anyone
Artist Type Band | Vocalist | Instrumentalist
Genre Language English
Rewards/Prize: Live Interview on Radio
Terms and Condition- Only English Songs will be aired
- The contest is open for all Artists and bands across various genres.
- Bands/artists will be considered only if they have at least 2 original songs uploaded on Songdew.
- 4 band/artist will be selected to get featured on Songdew Hour with Radio One.
- The artist/band will be selected mutually by the Songdew and Radio One programming team and the discretion of the Radio City programming team will be final.
- All the interviews of the band will be held live at Radio One office in Noida.
- The selected bands will be required to visit their office as per schedule.
- The winning band/artist will be informed via e-mail and contact number given.
Music maestro Amit Mishra is going places in Bollywood.
After having won a lot of accolades for his music compositions in the past — films like Athithi Tum Kab Jaaoge, Machli Jal Ki Rani Hai and Guest Iin London (which is slated for release on June 16, 2017), the versatile music maestro Amit Mishra is now working hard on various independent releases and a web series, besides popular TV series like Diya Aur Baati Hum Season 2 (Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh Piyaji), Khatmal E Ishq, Dafa 420 and Lapataganj.
Amit Mishra has composed for two songs in the movie Guest in London. Incidentally, Amit Mishra, who has also had the proud privilege of composing music for Athithi Tum Kab Jaaoge, has also sung for Guest in London along with Sumeet Anand and Navendu Tripathi, besides writing the lyrics with Navendu Tripathi.
The uniqueness of Amit Mishra's music lies in his innate ability to strike the right chords of fusion: world music with the traditional folk components. He uses the natural dynamics of the song and it's environment to include a variety of sounds, leaving it’s audience with the 'exact' magical moments and feelings as echoed by the composition. We look forward to his upcoming compositions and wish him our best for the future.