ANNIVERSARIES

Rashmi Tiwari 1-Jun ! Sukdev 1-Jun ! Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode) 1-Jun ! Alanis Morissette 1-Jun ! Graham Russell (Air Supply) 1-Jun ! Pat Boone (1934) 1-Jun ! Ron Wood (Rolling Stones) 1-Jun ! Simon Gallup (The Cure) 1-Jun ! Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman 2-Jun ! Iiyiaraja 2-Jun ! Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) 2-Jun ! Suzi Quatro (1950) 3-Jun ! Ahmed Khan 3-Jun ! .K.Rangachari 3-Jun ! Freddy Fender (1937) 4-Jun ! Nancy Sinatra (1940) 4-Jun ! Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) 4-Jun ! S.P. Balasubramaniam 4-Jun !Brian McKnight (1969) 5-Jun ! Clause Noreen (Aqua) 5-Jun ! Govindrao Tembe 5-Jun ! Kenny G (1956) 5-Jun ! Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark) (1971) 5-Jun ! Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) 5-Jun ! Narayan Agarwal 5-Jun ! Viju Shah 5-Jun ! James Shaffer (Korn) 6-Jun ! G.N.Balasubramaniam 6-Jun ! Neyveli R.Santhanagopalan 6-Jun ! Nikhil Chinappa 6-Jun ! Preeti Sagar 6-Jun ! Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) 7-Jun ! Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) 7-Jun ! Iggy Azalea 7-Jun ! Tom Jones 7-Jun ! S.Karthick 7-Jun ! V.Kamalakara Rao 8-Jun ! Bonnie Tyler 8-Jun ! Kanye West 8-Jun ! Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) 8-Jun ! Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) 8-Jun ! Dean Felber (Hootie & The Blowfish) 9-Jun ! Ed Simons (The Chemical Brothers) 9-Jun ! Jon Lord (Deep Purple) 9-Jun ! Faith Evans 10-Jun ! Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins) 10-Jun ! Jo-Jo (K-Ci & JoJo) 10-Jun ! Maxi Priest 10-Jun ! M.S.Gopalakrishnan 10-Jun ! Roop Kumar Rathod 10-Jun ! T.V.Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Frank Beard (ZZ Top) 11-Jun ! Robert Birch (Stereo MC's) 11-Jun ! T. V. Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Palghat Mani Iyer 12-Jun ! Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) 12-Jun ! Kenny Wayne Shepherd 12-Jun ! Soren Rasted (Aqua) 13-Jun ! Boy George (Culture Club) 14-Jun ! Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) 14-Jun ! Ice Cube 15-Jun ! Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) 15-Jun ! Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) 15-Jun ! Zia Fariduddin Dagar 15-Jun ! A.Kanyakumari 15-Jun ! Sikkil Kunjumani 15-Jun ! Suraiya 15-Jun ! Amaal Mallik 16-Jun ! Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon) 16-Jun ! Barry Manilow 17-Jun ! Paul Young 17-Jun ! Alison Moyet 18-Jun ! Chaitra H. G. 18-Jun ! Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) 18-Jun ! Paul McCartney 18-Jun ! Brian Welch (Korn) 19-Jun ! Paula Abdul 19-Jun ! John Taylor (Duran Duran) 20-Jun ! Lionel Richie 20-Jun ! Michael Anthony (Van Halen) 20-Jun ! Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) 20-Jun ! Jal Mistry 20-Jun ! Leslie Lewis 20-Jun ! Shweta Shetty 20-Jun ! Shakela Banu Bhopali 21-Jun ! Brandon Flowers (The Killers) 21-Jun ! Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) 21-Jun ! Marcella Detroit (Shakespear's Sister) 21-Jun ! Sonique 21-Jun ! Cyndi Lauper 22-Jun ! Gary Beers (INXS) 22-Jun ! Kris Kristofferson 22-Jun ! Chittor Subramania Pillai 22-Jun ! Anubhav Sinha 23-Jun ! Penaaz Masani 23-Jun ! Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) 23-Jun ! Vijay Sardeshmukh 23-Jun ! Andy McCluskey (O.M.D.) 24-Jun ! Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) 24-Jun ! Jeff Beck 24-Jun ! John Illsley (Dire Straits) 24-Jun ! Mario Calire (The Wallflowers) 24-Jun ! Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) 24-Jun ! Kailash Surendranath 24-Jun ! Carly Simon 25-Jun ! Ian McDonald (Foreigner) 25-Jun ! Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) 25-Jun ! B.U.Ganesh Prasad 26-Jun ! Ariana Grande 26-Jun ! Chris Isaak 26-Jun ! Colin Greenwood Radiohead) 26-Jun ! Gauhar Jaan 26-Jun ! Patty Smyth 26-Jun ! Nitin Mukesh 27-Jun ! Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! David Knights (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! Ian Paice (Deep Purple / Whitesnake) 29-Jun ! Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) 29-Jun ! Ali Peter John 29-Jun ! Stanley Clarke 30-Jun ! T-Pain 30-Jun ! ! Missy Elliott 1-Jul ! Debbie Harry (Blondie) 1-Jul ! Ustad Rashid Khan 1-Jul ! Hariprasad Chaurasia 1-Jul ! Savitri Sathyamurthy 1-Jul ! Sudesh Bhosle 1-Jul ! Johnny Colla 2-Jul ! Pandit Santosh Joshi 2-Jul ! Guruvayoor Dorai 2-Jul ! Mohd. Aziz 2-Jul ! M.L.Vasanthakumari 3-Jul ! Shane Lynch (Boyzone) 3-Jul ! William Goldsmith (Foo Fighters) 4-Jul ! Bill Withers (1938) 4-Jul ! H.K.Venkatram 4-Jul ! Kumar Taurani 5-Jul ! Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans) 5-Jul ! Huey Lewis 5-Jul ! Robbie Robertson 5-Jul ! Amit Mishra 5-Jul ! 50 Cent 6-Jul ! John Keeble (Spandau Ballet) 6-Jul ! Bali Brahmbhatt 6-Jul ! Dr. M.Balamurali Krishna (Chennai) 6-Jul ! Mark White (Spin Doctors) 7-Jul ! Ringo Starr (1940) 7-Jul ! Wasifuddin Dagar 7-Jul ! Beck 8-Jul ! Joan Osborne 8-Jul ! Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) 8-Jul ! Jack White (The White Stripes) 9-Jul ! Courtney Love (Hole) 9-Jul ! Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) 9-Jul ! H.P.Ramachar 9-Jul ! Hema Sardesai 9-Jul ! Arlo Guthrie 10-Jul ! Parveen Sultana 10-Jul ! Lil' Kim 11-Jul ! Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) 11-Jul ! Suzanne Vega 11-Jul ! Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) 12-Jul ! S. R. Janakiraman 12-Jul ! Charumathi Ramachandran (Chennai) 12-Jul ! Will Champion (Coldplay) 13-Jul ! Kesarbai Kerkar 13-Jul ! Jayashree Patanekar 13-Jul ! Amod Mehra 13-Jul ! Sarita Sethi 13-Jul ! Kulwant Jani 14-Jul ! Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) 14-Jul ! Marky Ramone (Ramones) 15-Jul ! Linda Ronstadt 15-Jul ! Mogubai Kurdikar 15-Jul ! B.Rajam Iyer 15-Jul ! R.N.Thyagarajan (Rudrapatnam Bros) 15-Jul ! Vaigal S.Gnanaskandan (Chennai) 15-Jul ! Stewart Copeland (The Police) 16-Jul ! JC (PM Dawn) 17-Jul ! Terry

Ayaz Ismail making waves

Ayaz Ismail is a Music Composer and Singer based in USA who has had 3 Songs released on Zee Music. Recently he wrote the song "Wirrd" which was sung by Javed Ali and beautifully penned by Amin Vailgy, and his latest "Ishq Zaat Meri" which is sung by Shaan. Both the songs have a million views on youtube.

It was on the occasion of the Aga Khan’s visit to Canada, that Ayaz Ismail premiered “Ishq Zaat Meri” sung by Bollywood Pop Icon Shaan. He says It’s been a pleasure and honor to work with Shaan. “Ishq Zaat Meri” brings the search within yourself moments. A broken relationship or a broken dream, this song brings the life to showcase the battle because in today’s world the only afterthought one has is he/she made it, but nobody stops to wonder what it took them to be there. Set in an angle portraying stories of love parenthood and letting your emotions high this is a song that would set your blood flowing. The production of the song has been treated with open-space synth sounds. It brings in the EDM vibe and portrays each character within yourself. As the characters progress in their lives, they find out that spiritual enlightenment is missing. In search of inner peace, they find their happiness. EDM might be the trend of today but this is the song that takes Bollywood music to the international stage. You hope and dream that you would once get a song that lets your pulse racing, don’t worry this is the song you will play in a loop mode. 

India's accession to WCT and WPPT is a game Changer

The IPRS whole heartedly welcomes the decision of the Union Cabinet on July 4th 2018, as reported by the PIB, that India would accede to the “Internet Treaties” namely the WIPO Copyright Treaty (“WCT”) and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT). This is an extremely positive development which will greatly benefit the Indian creative industries. While India had aligned its Copyright law with the WCT & WPPT in 2012, the formal accession by India to these Treaties will greatly help the Indian creative industry by ensuring creators and creative businesses benefit from the digital and online dissemination of their works protected under the Berne Convention and other Treaties. The WCT and WPPT will also formalise India’s existing commitment to enhance the protection of works by mandating technological protection measures as also ensure the reliability of digital/online marketplaces by preventing the tampering or dilution of rights management information. IPRS and its entire membership support and thank the Government of India headed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for its decision.

Mr. Javed Akhtar, poet, script writer and lyricist and Chairman of IPRS said, “Full credit is due to Shri. Suresh Prabhu the Minister Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (“DIPP”) as well as to the stellar team at DIPP comprising of Shri. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Shri. Rajiv Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Shri. Sushil Satpute, Director and Shri. Hoshiar Singh The Registrar Copyrights for ensuring that India truly mainstreams its copyright sector into the rapidly growing digital markets. This will benefit creators as the Berne Convention will find firm footing in the digital domain. I congratulate and thank the Government of India for this positive decision and for supporting artistes and the creative sector”

Mr. Raju Singh Composer and Director IPRS said, “India is truly now a part of the world-wide market in relation to creative works. The decision of the Cabinet to become part of the internet Treaties is the one thing we need to signify the arrival of India’s truly significant soft power signified by its creative industries. Congratulations to the Government!”

Mr. Rakesh Nigam CEO, IPRS said, “it is heartening to see how serious the Government in its efforts to see that the interests of the creative sector are protected not only in India, but that the sector is able to benefit from a harmonised system across the world. The decision of the Cabinet to accede to the Internet Treaties will ensure that IPRS and the copyright sector in India is able to secure due benefits from around the world in a more efficient manner, particularly in the digital domain”

Mr. Vikram Mehra, MD of Saregama India Ltd and Director of IPRS said, “The Cabinet decision to bring India into the WIPO Internet Treaties’ fold is a very positive development. Securing and protecting the right of distribution and dissemination in the online and digital space is just the push needed to ensure that copyright sector truly benefits from the rapid expansion of digital and online platforms in India. Kudos to the DIPP!”

IPRS is the sole Indian copyright society, registered under the Copyright Act, 1957,  administering musical works and literary works associated with musical works. The members of IPRS comprise of Authors (lyricists), Music Composers and Music Publishers.

Radio Citys Gig City Season 3

Radio City’s most famous property Gig City is back with its third season to entertain 6.7 cr Indians with riveting performances from the best of the music industry including Sachin - Jigar, Sukhwinder Singh,  Neeti Mohan ,Armaan Malik, Monali Thakur.After two stupendous weeks of entertaining performances by Sachin –Jigar and Sukhwinder Singh. This week, Radio City’s Gig City “Aap Jahaan, Concert Wahaan” will feature versatile singer and performer Neeti Mohan 
After two successful seasons featuring biggies like KK, Kailash Kher, Shankar Mahadevan, Benny Dayal, Mika, Ayushmann khurana, Shaan etc. Gig City’s concept of Aap Jahaan, Concert Wahan has given a new dimension to the idea of a concert and has utilized radio as a medium for listeners to experience a live concert by their favorite music artists on the go. The property has a rare distinction of having the biggest names in the industry coming together on one platform, supporting and encouraging each other while giving the listeners an experience like never before. Neeti Mohan's concert on Radio City’s Gig City will be airing this Friday, 29th June at 7:00PM onwards and repeat on Saturday 9PM onwards.
Adding to this, singer Neeti Mohan said, “New formats in entertainment are making me more hopeful about the future of India’s entertainment industry! I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of such an innovative concept of the Gig City's "Aap Jahan Concert Wahan by Radio City and Canvas Talent! We need more of such game changers for people to engage more actively in entertainment and artists to engage in newer ways with their fans. All my love and prayers to the entire team.” 
Speaking about it, Radio City’s most famous RJ Salil Archaya, says “I have been associated with Radio City’s Gig City for 3 years now and being the voice for such a big initiative is an absolute honour for me! It only makes me want to push my limits and do better so that I can create a memorable experience for the listeners! Being the interface for such an initiative is no joke! I’m super excited for this season and I am sure it will definitely hit the right chord amongst all music lovers”
Anurag Rao, Director, Canvas Talent says "After 2 successful seasons of Radio City’s Gig Ciy, we are thrilled to launch season 3 with some of the best live music concerts. This will be another rollercoaster concert series with more entertainment and super-hit music with a mix of some younger and established talent."
The concerts will air every Friday 7:00PM to 9:00PM and a repeat broadcast on Saturday 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM across 25 Hindi Speaking markets.

Achieving Transcendence

Transcendence- A Tribute to Legends Buddy Rich & Harishankar, kick started at the St.Andrews Auditorium, Bandra, on the 15th June 2018. The concert was sponsored by New India Assurance & Bharat Petroleum and Powered by GIGUE a start up with the aim of pushing boundaries in music.Ranjit Barot began the tribute to Buddy Rich with "In a Mellow Tone", followed by "Caravan". For this unique tribute,Bangalore Amrit composed 3 pieces  and started with 'SAPTHA DHARMA'' in Carnatic classical Raga Dharmavathi. This was set to Mishra Chaapu Taal, a 7 count cycle divided as 3 + 4. The composition highlighted the innumerable possibilities of complex rhtymic patterns in a very systematic, symmetric yet soothing manner. He continued with special composition 'GURU SAMARPANAM, a set of unique sanskrit verses in praise of Guru Sri G. Harishankar depicting the salient features &  playing style of Harishankarji set to Khanda Nade. This was followed by a konnakkol recitation in Khanda Nade (5/8) and a performance in Sampoorna Khanda Nade (10/8). Sampoorna Khanda Nade has not been attempted by any 'two handed' players before. AMRIT did this rare feat with one hand. He finished his tribute with 'CELERITY', a composition in Carnatic classical Raga Mayamalavagoula in EKa take (4 beat cycle). It highlighted speed & dexterity of Khanjira playing with power & clarity. The final part of the concert was a innovation on the "Dark Matter", a track from Ranjit Barot's "Boom Boom".
The program was attended by celebrities like Louis Banks, Gino Banks, Fazal Qureshi, Ashwin Srinivasan, Nandini Srikar and others. .

Louis Banks review on the event as posted in Facebook."Just attended the Transcendence concert featuring Ranjit Barot and Bangalore Amrit paying tribute to Buddy Rich and G. Harishankar... it was an amazing night of music and it reaffirmed my belief in creative music ... I’ve always believed that you go to a concert to hear and see musicians create and not replicate... you want to see musicians create art with passion, creativity, virtuosity and originality... and you want to see innovation ...replication is great for parties, elevators and time pass recreation... not for concerts....Ranjit , Amrit together with some amazing musicians did just that... they created great music live on stage.....it was truly Transcendence....a rare treat in these times...."

 

Artist Aloud announces the 3rd season of World Music Day Festival

Seven Cities, Eight Venues and One Celebration; Artist Aloud’s musical extravaganza to take place on World Music Day – 21st June 2018

India, 11th June 2018: Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent music, is back with the 3rd season of its much-awaited musical gala, ‘World Music Day Festival’ in association with Hard Rock Cafe. Bringing together music enthusiasts from all over the country, Artist Aloud and Hard Rock Cafe will celebrate World Music Day in its full glory on 21st June 2018. The current season of World Music Day Festival will see simultaneous performances across 8 locations of Hard Rock Cafe in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Kolkata.
The artiste line up for this year celebrates the true spirit of World Music Day and brings bands and musicians from across the country together, performing simultaneously at multiple locations of Hard Rock Cafe. This includes Kerala’s popular band –  Thaikkudam Bridge (Worli, Mumbai), Mumbai’s first hip hop crew – Mumbai’s Finest along with Dee MC and MC Kaur (Andheri, Mumbai), popular band – Euphoria (New Delhi), Oorali (Hyderabad), Avial (Bengaluru), The Local Train (Gurgaon), Best Kept Secret (Pune) and Underground Authority (Kolkata).
Talking about the 3rd season of World Music Day Festival, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “There is music for every celebration, but World Music Day is one day where we celebrate and honor music. With each season of the festival, we aim to make this platform bigger and reflective of the true spirit of World Music Day. We are glad that the property has received appreciation from artistes and music lovers alike, and are certain of taking it to greater heights in the years to come.”
 

Music Inc. was a fantastic two day conference11

Music Inc the first music business venture of Loudest.in and Exchange4media’s started with a bang. It was a two-day conference and its first year it managed to garner attention from the music industries and brands. The conversations and panel discussions were designed to throw light on the confluence of Music, Brands, Technology, and Marketers. The event got to see an huge audience of over 500 people. The conference brought renowned music and media industry stalwarts together. Among the various enlightening sessions it started with cheering welcome note of Mr. Anurag Batra.

They had an interesting line up of key note speakers and panelist like Ellis Rich, ex chairman of PRS and Yvan Boudillet ex Warner Music France.

The line-up included many other big names from corporate brands that had integrated music in their philosophy such as Llyod Mathias who worked previously with Tata Docomo and Motorola, Samar Singh Shekhawat from United Breweries Limited. The panel is diversified to incorporate professionals from across various industries which includes the likes of Ashish Bhasin-the Chairman and CEO South Asia Dentsu Aegis Network, Sabbas Joseph from Wizcraft Entertainment, Tarun Katyal- the CEO of Zee5, BigFM, Saurabh Sharma- the Country Head of Smule, Shailendra Singh- the Former Joint MD at Percept Ltd & Inceptor of Sunburn and Rohit Pillai- the Associate Director Events & Partnerships, Bira 91, Priyanka Khimani from Anand & Anand & Khimani who was also the first Indian to speak at Grammy Week this year.

There were various interesting topics discussed at the forum the history of music, the journey of music and how after over a decade music companies are making money from subscriptions. There were some eminent personalities like Armaan Malik who spoke about independent music, Fan Engagement & Direct-2-Consumers Strategies Salim Merchant who spoke about Advertise Yourself Best with Music Marketing andShibani Kashyap who spoke about bringing changes in the society through music. There also were young talent likes Azeem Dayani who is the music supervisor, who spoke about new division which is created in the music space and he has a short but very interesting talk on stage.

The highlight of the event was Badshah who spoke about entrepreneurship. He candidly shared "I haven’t attended any business school. My biggest strength is my music. Until I make music I will be relevant. But at one point in my life, I realized that if I won't’ do music then there would be no brand Badshah. Hence, I took a break and started hiring more people, people with certain skills, who could handle my work as I'm not a businessman. I started watching their work and that’s how I learned about business.”

Amar Tidke, Chief Programming Officer of 9X Media shed light on the growth of regional music industry and tapping those markets whileRabindra Narayan, M.D of PTC Network spoke about the ever-growing Punjabi music industry, in a panel discussion skillfully moderated byKailashnath Adhikari of the SAB group.

 

The conference was graced by Bhushan Kumar- the Chairman and M.D of T-series who has never before seen on such a platform. Who shared his valuable inputs about- How the right music drives Bollywood - box office audience and sales. He candidly shared “my father use to promote independent artist. It was my father's dream, his passion for music, which I'm taking it forward. A person must have an ear for music. I got it from my father. We don't make videos for profit”. Raj Nayak, COO of Viacom18 craftily engaged Bhushan Kumar in a never seen before candid interview where the two expressed a desire to show more support to upcoming and talented independent artists.

Aparajita Misra, Editorial Lead and Founding member, Loudest.in shares “MTV Music Inc, first time when we had CEOs & CMOs from Top industry leaders attending the Conference as audiences! 85 Speakers, 2 Days, 32 deep dive topics! The content of the conference was created with extreme detailing, and I think that was our win! It was incredible how the entire industry came together to initiate conversations around growth hacking, how brands and tech can deeply be integrated with music. Loudest.in aims to go one step further from here, one stop for all the music business solutions. Stay engaged & look forward to music inc. 2.0!”

The Music Inc Conference, true to its motto ventured into discussions surrounding the growth of the music industry and its potentials. The two days concluded with some of the most successful stories and networking with various experts and eminent personalities from the music and entertainment space. Music Inc was truly an integration of music, cover, technology, advertisement, media & brands.

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World Environment Day celeberations

World Environment Day was a great day for Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej who had back to back events ,when he was asked  about his shows, he said "I had a wonderful time performing my music on the 4th for the United Nations event hosted by Erik Solem (Global Head of UN Environment, Under Secretary General) & a spectacular concert on the 5th at the India Gat, New Delhi for the Government of India. As you know, all of my music is dedicated to Nature, so it felt great performing at these global celebrations on this amazing occasion'. A little known fact is that he is a dentist by education but hasn't pursued a career in the dentistry.He became a musician in university, where he was a part of a progressive rock band which gave him exposure to musicand set him of on a musical career. 

 

Ditto Music sets shop in India

Ditto Music is an award-winning global music distribution and record label services company, supporting over 150,000 artists and labels worldwide and, in a short span of 12 years, has set up 20 offices spread across UK, Europe, Australia, Asia, North and Latin America. Ditto Music has set to mark its presence in South Asia by opening an office in India with Mumbai as its headquarters.
On meeting with Ditto Music CEO and co-founder Lee Parsons on what has his company to offer an Artist that a regular Record company, he says:“Artists are moving away from major label deals and towards independence because companies like Ditto give them more attention, better terms and more revenue.”
Founded by musicians for musicians, Ditto Music provides distribution, music video, promotional and label services, offering both 100% royalty and commission-based deals. Ditto Music is also responsible for an innovative product known as Record Label in a Box, which provides all the tools that budding music entrepreneurs need to start and run a successful label, and has helped establish thousands of new independent labels worldwide.
The India/South Asia office is headed by Gautam Sarkar, a veteran having 3 decades of experience in Music & Technology having worked with Saregama, Cresendo Music, CBS Records, etc… 

@Gautam Sarkar @parag kamani @Lee Parsons @Ditto Music @2blue

Singer Palak Muchhal stalked

As reported in the media, Singer Palak Muchhal was threatened by a stalker that he would come to her house if she didn’t agree to meet him. She took immediate action of filing a  complaintat the Andheri Police station. Singer Palak is famous for having sung chart busting songs like 'Prem ratan dhan payo', 'Kaun tujhe' and 'Gori tu latth maar',in her complaint stated she was stalked and harassed by a man, who claimed to be a professor from Bihar, he has been arrested in this matter. Singer Palak also stated she had  been repeatedly getting calls and messages from an unknown number and the caller claimed that he was a huge fan and wanted to meet her.which she politely declined then he became abusive and threatening and said since he knew her address, threatened to come to her house if she wouldn't do so. He has been arrested by the Police under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. We better be prepared to hear many such incidents in the future

@Palak Muchhal

.#Palak Muchha #Prem ratan dhan payo #Kaun tujhe #Gori tu latth maar

Sony's EMI buyout makes it the biggest Publisher.

2017 was a gangbusters year for music publishing acquisitions – with over $700m transacted across the sale of SONGS (to a Kobalt-managed fund) and Imagem (to Concord Music) alone. 2018 has already taken one look at this hefty cumulative price, cracked its knuckles, and – as popular social media parlance would have it – confidently stated: ‘Hold my beer.’Last week,  Sony Corporation has agreed to pay $2.3bn for a further 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing – a fee which will be partly funded, we assume, by the near-$1bn net gain it expects to absorb from the sale of its Spotify shares. The EMI deal, after it gets through European regulators, will give Sony 90% ownership of EMP – valuing the latter company, when debt is factored in, at some $4.75bn.That, to put into perspective the rampant nature of the current music rights market, represents a 19-times multiple on EMP’s EBITDA of $249m in the 12 months to end of March 2018.It also represents a 26-times multiple on the $181m operating income the firm posted in the same period.But where does the buyout promise to leave Sony in terms of its market power?In short: as global king of music publishing – but not quite global king of all music rights combined.

Coutesy:MBW

Facebook finally makes it's move in Music.

The social media giant, which boasts more than 2bn monthly active users, has announced that its users can now legally upload and share UGC videos which feature licensed music in selected territories.In a blog post, Facebook's Tamara Hrivnak, Head of Music Business Development & Partnerships, and Fred Beteille, Head of Product, Music & Rights, revealed: "From weddings and holidays to everyday celebrations, the special moments in life are often ones we associate with music. Together with the music industry, we are working to enable people around the world to include music in their videos on Facebook, opening up more options for creativity and sharing memories with friends and family. We’re testing this in several markets now and look forward to making it available more broadly soon."

The service has also announced the launch of 'Lip Sync Live', which sounds very much like a direct rival to karaoke app Musical.ly."We’re starting to roll out Lip Sync Live, which lets you lip sync to songs from forever favorites like “Welcome to The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses to new hits like “Havana” by Camila Cabello," said Hrivnak and Beteille.
"With Lip Sync Live, you can express yourself with music from a variety of genres in real time. So whether you prefer songs like “Happier” by Ed Sheeran or “God’s Plan” by Drake, Lip Sync Live lets you bring friends and family into spontaneous musical moments.

They add: "After selecting a song from the song list, you can also add a description and customize your video with masks or a background. When broadcasting with Lip Sync Live, friends will see the artist and song highlighted on the video and can tap to follow the artist on Facebook."The likes of Universal Music Group, Sony/ATV, Kobalt, SESAC, Warner Music Group and more have signed multi-territory music licensing deals with Facebook over the past year.

Facebook says that more music announcements will be coming to its platform soon.

Courtesy:MBW

New single Jackie Chan out

The GRAMMY® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international DJ, Tiësto has teamed up with Dzeko, Preme and multiplatinum-certified artist, Post Malone for a new hip hop infused dance track entitled “Jackie Chan.” Produced by Tiësto, Dzeko and Preme, “Jackie Chan” is a light-hearted track with an irresistible beat and fun lyrics sung by Preme and Post Malone, just in time for summer.  Tiësto continues to embrace new sounds and collaborations in 2018 with this release. Always working across genres, “Jackie Chan” follows the success of “BOOM,” which has received more than 50 million YouTube views and over 100 million streams worldwide.  The remix of “BOOM” was released in February with Atlanta trap royalty and hip-hop superstar, Gucci Mane, and artist/producer duo, Sevenn.

‘Jackie Chan’ actually came together pretty spontaneously,” said Tiësto. “Dzeko and I have been friends with Post for some time. When we met Preme in Las Vegas, he showed us the vocal he and Post had been working on and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to collaborate. I’m really excited to put this out for you all to hear. We’ve definitely created a summer anthem with this one.” Tiësto continues to bring his music to fans worldwide, headlining more than 40 festivals in 2018 around the globe – from Dubai and China to Mexico, Europe and the United States.

Tiësto is a GRAMMY® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international icon. The DJ and producer is the only artist to ever hold the titles of “The Greatest DJ of All Time” courtesy of Mixmag, “#1 DJ” according to Rolling Stone, and “The Godfather of EDM” as proclaimed by Billboard.  Tiësto has collaborated with artists like Beyoncé, Coldplay, Kanye West, John Legend, Post Malone, and Gucci Mane, while his label, Musical Freedom, helped launch the careers of superstars including Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens..

LISTEN HERE:  https://UMGI.lnk.to/JackieChan

@Tiësto @Dzeko @ Preme @Post Malone @Sunil Dsa @Devraj Sanyal@Deepika Roy@Wizspk communication @@

New single Jackie Chan  out.

The GRAMMY® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international DJ, Tiësto has teamed up with Dzeko, Preme and multiplatinum-certified artist, Post Malone for a new hip hop infused dance track entitled “Jackie Chan.” Produced by Tiësto, Dzeko and Preme, “Jackie Chan” is a light-hearted track with an irresistible beat and fun lyrics sung by Preme and Post Malone, just in time for summer.  Tiësto continues to embrace new sounds and collaborations in 2018 with this release. Always working across genres, “Jackie Chan” follows the success of “BOOM,” which has received more than 50 million YouTube views and over 100 million streams worldwide.  The remix of “BOOM” was released in February with Atlanta trap royalty and hip-hop superstar, Gucci Mane, and artist/producer duo, Sevenn.

‘Jackie Chan’ actually came together pretty spontaneously,” said Tiësto. “Dzeko and I have been friends with Post for some time. When we met Preme in Las Vegas, he showed us the vocal he and Post had been working on and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to collaborate. I’m really excited to put this out for you all to hear. We’ve definitely created a summer anthem with this one.” Tiësto continues to bring his music to fans worldwide, headlining more than 40 festivals in 2018 around the globe – from Dubai and China to Mexico, Europe and the United States.

Tiësto is a GRAMMY® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international icon. The DJ and producer is the only artist to ever hold the titles of “The Greatest DJ of All Time” courtesy of Mixmag, “#1 DJ” according to Rolling Stone, and “The Godfather of EDM” as proclaimed by Billboard.  Tiësto has collaborated with artists like Beyoncé, Coldplay, Kanye West, John Legend, Post Malone, and Gucci Mane, while his label, Musical Freedom, helped launch the careers of superstars including Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens..

LISTEN HERE:  https://UMGI.lnk.to/JackieChan

@Tiësto @Dzeko @ Preme @Post Malone @Sunil Dsa @Devraj Sanyal@Deepika Roy@Wizspk communication @@

Radio City.in launched 'Radio City Love Guru Bhojpuri'

Radio City India’s first & premium web radio touched the hearts of their Bhojpuri listeners across the world with the launch of  its 52nd web radio station , Radio City Love Guru Bhojpuri, a dedicated web radio station that doles out love advice in Bhojpuri which was launched by Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan. The core idea behind the launch of ‘Radio City Love Guru Bhojpuri’ was to provide Love advice to the Bhojpuri audience across the globe. The web radio station would include Bhojpuri Love Guru sharing Love Stories, Shayaris and tips in addition to providing love solutions to listeners.  The channel would also play Bhojpuri and Hindi love songs from the 80s and 90s throughout the day, making it the only online radio station to provide a unique audio experience for listeners in Bhojpuri.
Talking about the launch of Love Guru Bhojpuri Ravi Kishan said, “I have been listening to Love Guru for years now and it is amazing that Radio City is launching a web radio station exclusively for Bhojpuri audience with Love Guru Bhojpuri. I congratulate Radio City for this launch and I am super excited to listen to Love Guru in my mother tongue Bhojpuri and I am certain all my Bhojpuri fans will love this new avtaar of Love Guru in Bhojpuri available exclusively on radiocity.in” Daily episodes on the station will also be available as podcasts on the Radio City app which can be downloaded from Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Radio City Love Guru has been a marquee property of Radio City, since the station’s inception. Over the years, the property has received an overwhelming response across the globe where listeners can listen to love advices across Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Punjabi and now Bhojpuri languages.

To listen to Love Guru Bhojpuri log on to https://www.radiocity.in/loveguru-bhojpuri

 
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The viral sensation is back

Indian-Pop Star & Internet Sensation “Gajendra Verma” creator of Viral Music Tracks “Mera Jahan, Mann Mera, Ik Kahani,Emptiness – Tune Mere Jaana, Tera Hi Rahun & many more, iscoming up with his New Music Video “Tera Ghata”. The Songfeatures one of the most Talented & Gorgeous actor/model “Karishma Sharma” & directed by “Vikram Singh” who is known formesmerizing picturisation & captivating storyline. A melodious mid- tempo song with a uniquename “Tera Ghata” is for every single person who fell & failed in love.

Mostly Famous for his romantic song “Gajendra Verma” thistime is coming up with a twisted story ending. His last two musicvideos have crossed more than 80 million views & streaming acrossworldwide on all online & digital platforms. Director Vikram Says, “Iwrote three different stories for this song and chose this onespecially because it depicts the love & passion of a young man with aunique ending. “Karishma” who is playing the main female lead hasdone a wonderful job with her artistic performance & stunningbeauty. “As soon as Iheard the story I liked it & wished to be a part ofit, added Karishma”.
The music video has been shot in breathtaking locations of“Koh-Chang, an Island in Thailand”. It is produced by “SanjayKukreja, Blive Music & Entertainment and Virtual Planet on recordlabel “Virtual Planet Music”. The Music Video will be releasing nextweek on Gajendra Verma’s Official YouTube Channel & Worldwide.

@Gajendra Verma @Karishma Sharma @(director) Vikram Singh @sapna tolani

The latest 'Made In India'

T-Series artist Guru Randhawa, is one of India’s Punjabi music artiste to feature on Billboards Top 25, has had many successful hits with Bhushan Kumar. After giving us hits like High Rated Gabru, Patola, Lahore, Ban Ja Rani and many more is back with yet another single ‘Made in India’ produced by T-Series

The Punjabi single is composed and written by Guru himself while the song was shot in Milan with Elnaaz Norouzi and directed by Directorgifty. Guru who has featured in his videos before, but for the first time will be seen portraying a character. Seen as a local taxi driver, the video shows Guru trying to woo the model he falls in love at first sight. Shot in the beautiful lanes of Milan, we see Guru trying different ways to make the girl befriend him and eventually fall in love.
    
Speaking on the lyrics and composition, Guru says, “Whenever I compose my songs I try and ensure I don’t repeat my tunes and try different beats. Even for Made in India, I have tried have explored new chords and a few beats that I have added is basically my voice that sounds like a flute. When I got the final composition most final programming, I asked Bhushanji to hear the song and he instantly liked it. Immediately the team and I started working on video concepts.” Speaking about the video, Guru adds, “It is my first ever video to be shot in Milan, it’s a beautiful city and it was an incredible experience. The colors, textures, and frames we were hoping to see in the video have come out impressive.” 

Bhushan Kumar who has successfully revived music videos and wants to releases as many as 10 or so videos every year is confident with Guru’s single. Speaking about his association with Guru, “Guru is an artist who is exploring with music with changing times. He is always ready to try new tunes, ideas, and concepts. Our association has evolved over the years and enabled us to give chartbuster songs. Made In India takes Guru’s work a notch higher and will yet again be another of our hits together.”

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/pnMQLrS5sTE

#T-Series #Guru Randhawa #Bhushan Kumar # Gabru #Patola #Lahore #Ban Ja Rani #Made In India

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The future of GURU SHISHYA PARAMPARA

"The millennial has the determination and patience to pursue serious art form'says Banglore Amrit N. I vehemently stand by my statement that the GURU SHISHYA PARAMPARA is safe. As the torch bearers of this great art & tradition, we need to highlight the importance of this kind of teaching methodology to the next generations. I had travelled to another city seeking my Guru's blessings and to gain knowledge. Similarly there are plenty of students coming to me from different states and countries to seek knowledge. 
A student needs to have patience and perseverance to learn any Classical Art. There are lot of devoted and dedicated students who have taken up these art forms very seriously in order to pursue the art in depth. It is just matter of time that the other kids understand the importance, grow a liking for this and get the real taste of such training and then they are totally into this art and training regime..  
And this quote of Edward Hirsch rings so true at the end of the conversation - “Rhythm is sound in motion. It is related to the pulse, the heartbeat, the way we breathe. It rises and falls. It takes us into ourselves; it takes us out of ourselves.” So true, so true…

VYRL Originals launches their fourth single Laal Bindi

VYRL Originals have released their fourth single, Laal Bindi with multi-talented artist Akull. The song has been composed and produced by Akull himself & written by Mellow D. The upbeat track is loaded with R&B vibes, urban lyrics & the video is big on style & swag. The song has been shot at a casino in Goa and it narrates an interesting tale of a conman pulling a big heist with the help of a lady wearing a red bindi. While growing up, Akull was influenced by several artists across multiple genres. He started his career by composing music for radio jingles and ad commercials. He then went on to composing and producing songs for artists from Punjab and Delhi.

Speaking on the release, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group India & South Asia and EMI Records India added, “I’m ecstatic with the response we have received for VYRL Originals with the first few releases. We are proud to present yet another multi-talented artist Akull with the release of Laal Bindi. It’s an unconventional song & Akull has done complete justice to it.”

In the current digital landscape where non-film songs are gaining immense popularity in the country, VYRL Originals has established itself as the go-to platform for independent artists to showcase their music. EMI Records India has also launched a nationwide hunt for musicians across the country to get a chance to be a part of VYRL Originals.

Devraj Sanyal on the Global Jury of the Midem Artist Accelerator (MAA)

Midem announces the 11 finalists in the Midem Artist Accelerator (MAA), the international music career booster to fast-track talent on the world stage. Home of the global music community, Midem takes place in Cannes, France, from 5-8 June. Now in its fourth year, the MAA has a solid track record for bringing rising talent to a wider global audience. Following the 2017 edition, participating artists BE CHARLOTTEsigned to Columbia Deutschland/Sony Music Germany while IRIS GOLD signed a global deal with Playground Music Scandinavia after being both spotted in Cannes. Another MAA alumni M.ANIFEST, has been booked for several festivals and also struck a deal with an experienced music consultant who helped him negotiate recording contracts for singles and for music placements in film. 

The 2018 finalists are: AKA (South Africa), R’n’B/hip-hop/urban; AGAR AGAR (France), pop; BEZ (Nigeria), world; BIGSTAR (South Africa), R’n’B/hip-hop/urban; CLIENT LIAISON (Australia), pop; DAMIAN LYNN (Switzerland), pop; DYLAN WILLIAMS (United Kingdom), R’n’B/hip-hop/urban; HAUTE (France), R’n’B/hip-hop/urban; HYPHEN HYPHEN (France), pop; LA DAME BLANCHE (Cuba), R’n’B/hip-hop/urban; and T$HEGO (South Africa), R’n’B/hip-hop/urban.

All finalists will perform live on the Midem Beach in Cannes in a series of concerts during the event, and will benefit from a tailored programme during the tradeshow, including coaching sessions and unique networking opportunities. 

We are particularly excited about this year’s line-up for the Midem Artist Accelerator, with its strong accent on talent from the African continent. This truly global event also features artists from as far afield as Australia and Cuba, along with some home-grown French talent. When they all perform live in Cannes, I think that Midem attendees will be in for a real treat,” said Alexandre Deniot, Director of Midem.

Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO, Universal Music Group India & South Asia & Jury member of the MAA 2018 added “I was a jury member last year as well & watched the power of the accelerator first hand and it adds tremendous value to these chosen artists from across the world. Though I’m sad no one from India made it this year after Prateek Kuhad last year, it’s an experience for the MAA artists to interact & learn from a diverse jury from the world of music from across the world. Our job is to help them navigate the complex world of the music business & help connect them to the right people. I’m humbled to represent India for a second year in the Midem Artist Accelerator for the second year

Kris Wu releases new single album

The new single from Chinese recording artist, songwriter, producer and actor Kris Wu , out now on Interscope Records with the track going straight to # 1 at US iTunes.  “Like That” is the follow up to Wu’s hit song “Deserve” featuring Travis Scott and his first release since signing an exclusive international recording agreement with Interscope Records / Universal Music Group (UMG) last month. Produced by FKi 1st (an Atlanta-based producer/writer known for his work with Migos, 2 Chainz, Post Malone ?and Travis Scott), and co-written by Wu, “Like That” is built on a sophisticated arrangement of trap drums, seductive melody, and rhythmic dance grooves. Laid-back yet intense, the song perfectly showcases Wu’s signature harmonies and catchy lyrics.

“Like That" has a chill summertime vibe, it feels dreamy and trippy and takes you to another world. The song is about seeing a beautiful girl across the room and taking a chance on what could happen next,” said Wu. Wu will soon release a video for “Like That,” featuring British supermodel and Victoria’s Secret Angel Stella Maxwell. The song is set to appear on his forthcoming debut album, which is due out later this year on Interscope Records. Last October, Wu became the first-ever Chinese artist to reach No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Chart, thanks to the smash success of the single “Deserve” ft. Travis Scott. Along with breaking Top 40 at US Rhythmic radio, “Deserve” has racked up more than a billion streams globally to date.

One of Asia’s biggest stars, the 27-year-old Wu was born in Guangzhou, China. In addition to gaining an international following with a series of viral hits co-written and co-produced by Wu (including “July,” “6,” “B.M.,” and “Juice”), which quickly gained a US following and millions of plays online?He’s starred in movies like XxX: Return of Xander Cage and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. He also serves as a brand ambassador for BVLGARI and a global brand ambassador at Burberry (making Wu the first non-British person chosen to represent the luxury brand). Most recently Wu was tapped as an ambassador for the NFL and the first Chinese artist to perform at Super Bowl LIVE in February 2018.

LISTEN HERE: https://UMGI.lnk.to/KrisWuLikeTha

Watch out for this Malayali singer-Sanah Moidutty

The incredibly talented singer, Sanah Moidutty is back with another rendition of the extremely famous Malayalam song, ‘Shyama Meghame Nee’ from the movie “Adhipan”. The new arrangement of the song is contemporary while Sanah's vocals retain the original flavour. Moidutty, who is a Malayali herself, takes immense pleasure in rendering and recreating old Malayalam numbers. Her previous renditions, Poomaaname and Ponveene have crossed millions of views on YouTube and has become the ear worm for millions of fans across the world. Her soulful singing filled with intricacies and emotion is always an aural treat to every listener. Talking about her upcoming release, she said, “Growing up in a Malayali household in Mumbai, Carnatic music and contemporary music has always co-existed since day one. If I’m drawn to the depth in Carnatic music on one side, on the other, I’m equally inclined to the kind of vibrance and colour western contemporary music brings! Rendering such songs, are nothing but expressing my inner creative voice in its most natural element. Its so comforting and inspiring at the same time.” 

The singer who broke to fame with Rahman’s “Mohenjo Daro”, has lent her voice to several other composers including Vishal-Shekar, Sachin-Jigar, and Vishal R Khosla amongst others. Over the years, Moidutty has become a sensation with her mellifluous renditions of popular tracks and independent work on YouTube, and her vibrant live shows (solo and otherwise). Moidutty stands as one of the most promising singers in the industry and was recently awarded "Best Singing Sensation" for the year 2017 at the Asia Vision Movie Awards 2017 for the song Afeemi from ‘Meri Pyaar Bindu’.

Swag Wali Bride

Swag Wali Bride is Akriti Kakkar's latest single and her reinterpretation of the famous Punjabi Folk song 'Chidya da chamba' in a completely different soundscape and on modern day brides. The song emphasizes on how brides and the entire mood of a wedding have changed over the years and unlike olden times, weddings are a celebration! The credits are original composition addition is done by Akriti. Lyrics by Manoj Yadav. Music produced by DAWgeek. Video directed and conceptualized by Chirag Arora.This is the first from the  #swagwalibride series where Akriti aims to recreate innovative and original songs changing the themes for modern day weddings. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkGT75qNlW8

Rhythm Queen & Tabla phenomenon Anuradha Pal

‘One of India’s leading and most innovative Percussionists’, ‘Rhythm Queen’ & ‘Tabla phenomenon’ Anuradha Pal is the First Professional Female Tabla virtuoso in the world, a creative, trail blazer, Trendsetter & Multi-percussionist. Her meaningful thought leadership, entrepreneurship & incredible contribution in propagating Indian Music, culture & female empowerment have made her a National pride, youth icon & inspiration to multitudes across the globe.. 
Anuradha has been enthralling audiences worldwide with her diverse offerings as a Tabla soloist, accompanist with top class musicians, Fusion bands - Stree Shakti & Su-Fo-Re and collaborations with World Music be it Folk, Semi classical, Western classical, New age, Jazz, Latin, African, Flamenco along with Fashion, painting, poetry & Kathak. 
A recipient of the ‘First Ladies’ National Award from the President of India, Anuradha made India proud by becoming the youngest Indian musician & the first female Indian Musician, to ever perform at the World-famous Woodstock Festival, 08 & WOMAD Festival ’99. 
With the blessings of her family & Gurus, Ustads Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain, Anuradha has performed extensively with World-renowned Musicians & regaled dignitaries like Honourable President & Prime Minister of India & Queen Elizabeth at major diplomatic events. 
Acknowledged as a ‘Woman of Pure Wonder’, Anuradha is the Brand Ambassador of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative and is a TOP Graded artist of Prasar Bharati & ICCR.  
  
Anuradha Pal ‘stormed the male bastion of Indian Rhythm’ as a child prodigy when barely ten years old, thus becoming a pioneer, firmly establishing herself as a ‘colossus on the percussion firmament’; thereby ‘shattering gender biases & empowering women to pursue more creative paths’.  
Anuradha has received several prestigious awards like the Femina Super Women achievers’ award, Maharashtra Rajya Sanskrutik Puraskar, Zee Astitva award to name a few, for her meaningful thought leadership, entrepreneurship & commitment. 
Anuradha has composed the background score for many short films, M.F. Husain's Bollywood film Gaja Gamini as well as top selling Fusion albums like ‘Get Recharged!’, ‘Passion’, ‘Kesaria’, ‘Recharge Plus!’ & ‘Nirvana’. 
Anuradha is a Masters in Music and has contributed in research & taught at several prestigious IVY league US universities. She also teaches online and takes classes at the Anuradha Pal’s Tabla Academy, Andheri, Mumbai. She organises concerts, Music for wellness workshops & festivals through her organisation, Sur aaur Saaz Music events.  
Anuradha Pal’s story is that of courage, fortitude, commitment & creativity. In the face of rejection for being a girl from a non-musician family in the male dominated field of Tabla, she dealt with unfair chauvinism, discrimination & politics with grit & charm, to turn every stumbling block into an opportunity to reinvent herself & grow her skills & offerings, “Anuradha’s deep reverence for tradition, spiritual upbringing with youthful energy, broad perspectives, humility and boundless commitment to her art” (India Abroad Weekly, USA, 2006) made her excel and establish herself as  a ‘prominent Torchbearer of Indian music’ (2017).  

Shashaa Tirupati

The National Award winning singer Shashaa Tirupati has come out with her latest single. Independent music is something that has been on Shashaa's mind since long this is one of the few singles that she has planned. 

Nila Kaigiradhu plus Rasaali mashup arranged by Shashaa Tirupati Guitar and voice. Nila is a 90s classic by Rahman Sir, an era of His from which its very difficult to choose which song to sing. Since they are  all works of genius. Rasaali is Shashaa’s song as the original singer from Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada. Where in Shashaa was in love with the hook line, and because it wasnt part of her lines in the original song, Shashaa decided to sing it in this mashup. Her focus was in treating both the songs with utmost purity in order to not meddle with the sound and composition of the God (ARR) of production Himself.

ARIANA GRANDE

NEW YORK, NY – Grammy Award®-nominated, multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar ARIANA GRANDE announces August 17 release date for upcoming highly anticipated fourth studio album Sweetener via Republic Records, unlocking the album’s pre-order and unveiling the official album artwork today. Alongside the announcement she delivers a new album track, produced by Pharrell, “The Light Is Coming” ft. Nicki Minaj out now.  Pre-order Sweetener today and receive instant downloads of the album’s first single “No Tears Left To Cry” which remains in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “The Light Is Coming”.   In addition, the official music video for “The Light Is Coming” ft. Nicki Minaj will be released today exclusively on Reebok.com at 12p ET / 9a PT.  Tune in HERE, to watch the music video directed by Grammy Award®-winning director Dave Meyers.  Meyers also directed the music video for “No Tears Left to Cry”, which has now been streamed on VEVO over 300 million times.  Fans pre-ordering Sweetener through shop.arianagrande.com, à la carte or with bundle purchase, will receive pre-sale ticket access to a future Headline Tour.  Fans are also now able to purchase a special bundle including the debut of ARIANA’s new fragrance – CLOUD that is only available as a limited-edition rollerball exclusively at shop.arianagrande.com.  Additionally, the store unveils new merchandise today, don’t miss the new exclusives available now!   

Shawn Mendes released

(May 25, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album today, via Island Records. Get it here. The album follows 2016’s double platinum Illuminate which spawned three Top 10 singles including the #1 hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” and 2014’s Handwritten which included the 7x platinum smash #1 single “Stitches.” Both albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. NME declares Shawn Mendes: The Album “a bright and bold new direction,” while Billboard noted that the album transitions “into a more mature world of brilliant production and poignant songwriting.”

In anticipation of the album, Shawn released summer anthem “Nervous” on Wednesday, which Billboard touted as a “joyous dance party.” The track, co-written by Julia Michaels, follows previously released songs "In My Blood," "Lost In Japan," "Youth" featuring Khalid, and "Where Were You In the Morning?"

 Among the album’s track listing are his smash hits “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” which were released to rave reviews and soared to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the US, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. “In My Blood” is currently Top 10 at Pop Radio and Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Additional tracks on the album include the newly released “Nervous,” "Youth" featuring Khalid, "Fallin' All In You" (co-written by Ed Sheeran), “Particular Taste” (co-written by Ryan Tedder), and "Like To Be You” featuring Julia Michaels who co-wrote the song; the song also features a guitar solo from John Mayer, who produced the track.

Just this past weekend, Shawn paid tribute to the victims of gun violence during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with an emotional performance of “Youth,” featuring Khalid and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Show Choir. Watch the performance here. It was Shawn’s second performance of the night, following a soaring rendition of “In My Blood” earlier in the evening (watch here). Shawn also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and is set to perform on the Today Show Citi Concert Series on June 1st to be followed soon after by a full week-long residency on The Late Late Show with James Corden June 4-7.

Earlier this month, Shawn announced his third global headlining arena tour. “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” is set to kick off on March 7th, 2019 in Europe and will run through the summer with 56 dates spanning across North America, the UK and Europe. Tickets for the North American and European legs of the tour are available now for purchase. For all tour dates and ticket info head to http://www.shawnmendesthetour.com.

I am still old school-Banglore Amrit N.

On a recent visit to mumbai for a concert, we caught up with Banglore Amrit Nand asked him the future of the Guru ShishyaParampara in context to Face to face V/S Skype... there are advantages of Modern technology. These modern gadgets and apps have been very helpful to get in touch with people who are living in other continents, countries or states and learn from them or teach students. There are many artistes making a living out of these online classes, which is good for professional musicians.
But, for me, these online classes lack in the connectionand feel of 'face to face' session. I belong to the old-school and happy to be a part of the GURU SHISHYA PARAMPARA. It is hardcore, sometimes slightly rigid. But it not as rigid as it was some decades ago. This method of teaching has made me what I am today. This method of teaching put me into the next level that is 'Saadhana'. I had my Gurus guiding me through the tough times and nurturing me. They taught me not just the Art but how to live life. Due to that, now I am in a position to do the same to my students. There are many things that we can observe and learn in a 'face to face' session. There is more bonding between the Guru and Shishya in a 'face to face' session when compared to an online or virtual class (until unless they have a prior bonding). I am so blessed to be a part of that 'old school' tradition. I regard my gurus not just as my mentors, but also respect them the same way I respect my parents. There is a lot of etiquette, ethics and aesthetics involved in this kind of teaching which reflects in our performance, behaviour and teaching. 
I prefer 'face to face' sessions. There are a lot of students in India and abroad who understand the GURU SHISHYA PARAMPARA and travel to Bangalore to learn from me or organize my visit to their country to teach them. There is definitely a good future for the parampara.   

Radio City

Mumbai, 21st June 2018: Radio City, India’s leading radio network, once again demonstrated its prowess of being the most influential radio network with an unprecedented tally of 64 awards at the prestigious national and international awards of this year. These include awards across Breakfast and Non-Breakfast programmes in the Hindi, Telugu and Tamil categories for innovative campaigns such as ‘Suno Na Dilli’ by RJ Ginnie, ‘Radio City Flashback and ‘Love Guru’ among others. With this, Radio City has now bagged 20 awards at the India Radio Forum and Excellence in Radio Awards (IRF), 19 awards at Golden Mikes, 12 awards at ACEF, 8 wins at New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, 1 each at Goa Fest, Shield Awards, India Content Leadership Awards and 2 at Kyoorius Creative Awards. These wins establish Radio City’s all-round supremacy in innovation, CSR, on-ground promotions, public awareness and more. 

 

At IRF, Radio City received laurels in various categories including Best Breakfast Programme (Hindi) for its ‘Suno Na Dilli’ campaign with RJ Ginnie, Best Breakfast Programme (Telugu) for the campaign ‘Radio City Super Mornings’, Best Radio Programme (Non-Breakfast – Hindi) for ‘Love Guru’, Best Radio Programme (Non-Breakfast – Tamil) for ‘Chennai - Radio City - Crime Diary’ to name a few. Radio City also clinched the Excellence in New Media Initiative for ‘Video City’ and the Community Show of the Year for ‘Power of Radio’ amongst a bouquet of other recognitions

Radio City was selected as the ‘Most Admired Radio Network of the Year’, at ACEF Awards which is a testament to its robust innovative and creative approach. Radio City’s RJ Rashi also basked in the glory as she bagged the prestigious ‘Radio Jockey of The Year Non-Metro’ at ACEF. At Golden Mikes, one of India’s biggest radio advertising awards, Radio City claimed the most number of awards, including a Gold in the category- ‘Best On Ground Promotion by a Single Radio Station for Self’ for its ‘Black and White Holi’ campaign. Radio City bagged Bronze for Nikita Ki Kahani Campaign, Dilli Vs Crime Resilience after Self Immolation to Change the World and Celebrating Emotions of The Nation at the New York Radio Festivals 2018. At the Kyoorius Creative Awards, Radio City bagged an award for the brand film Taxi Driver in the ‘Writing for film category’ and Google Maps in the ‘Innovative Use of Radio Category.

India's First Talent Hunt for Ghazal Singers

Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent music and Khazana, an annual concert that celebrates the brilliance of ghazals, today announced the best performers of ‘Khazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt’, India’s first-ever talent hunt for ghazal singers. Aditya Langeh (24 years) from Jammu and Oshin Bhatia (25 years) from Delhi were announced as the star performers of this unique contest that set out to leverage the power of technology and give talented singers across the country a chance to be a part of the exquisite art of ghazal singing. In addition to the duo, Dattaprasad Ranade (45 years) from Pune and Siddhant (11 years) from Kashipur were also called out for their brilliant ghazal singing skills. All four will get an opportunity to perform at the annual concert, ‘Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’ along with legendary ghazal singers Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Anup Jalota, Rekha Bhardwaj, Sudeep Banerjee, among others on 27th and 28th July 2018 in Mumbai.

The participants were judged by an esteemed jury consisting of Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Anup Jalota, Rekha Bhardwaj and Sudeep Banerjee. The contest saw tremendous participation from 75 cities. From Mumbai to Pratapgarh, Delhi to Vidisha and Bengaluru to Sitamarhi, the judges saw immense talent in small and big cities alike, across people of all age groups.

Speaking about the talent hunt, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “Khazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt was an amalgamation of technology and the sublime art of ghazal singing. The contest enabled us to reach out to a pan-India audience and in turn, allowed aspiring singers to utilize the medium to have their voice heard. We are certain that through such collaborations, both Khazana and Artist Aloud will continue to aid and enable deserving singers and help them share their talent with the world.” 

Speaking about the talent hunt, Pankaj Udhas said, “Khazana was conceptualized to be a festival that celebrates the magic of ghazals. Every year, we aim to bring to light budding singers who show immense promise and can carry forward the legacy of ghazals. We are proud to have Aditya Langeh, Oshin Bhatia, Dattaprasad Ranade and Siddhant with us this year. All of them displayed a pure love for the art and had soulful voices that made us choose them in what was an extremely tough decision.”

Elaborating on the judging process, Rekha Bhardwaj said, “Shortlisting two candidates from a host of extremely talented singers was a difficult process. Through the duration of the contest, we realized that there is a storehouse of talent in India waiting to be discovered, and we had to provide a stage to four talent, instead of just two.”

Sudeep Banerjee added, “The digital medium provided by Artist Aloud gave the participants an exceptional mechanism to get noticed. I wish the four singers best of luck and hope that they will continue their march forward on this beautiful journey.”

Speaking about being chosen, Aditya Langeh said, “Being a part of such a prestigious festival is a dream come true for me. I am grateful to Khazana and the judges for taking a note of my voice, and to Artist Aloud for providing a platform that helped me get noticed.”

Oshin Bhatia added, “Participating in Khazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt was an extremely easy process. I didn’t have to wait in long queues for auditions or even travel to another town for submitting my entry – it was all done online, from the comfort of my home. I hope that I’ll be able to make the judges proud of my performance at the Khazana Festival.”

Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals was founded by legendary ghazal singer and President, Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust, Pankaj Udhas and Mr. Y.K. Sapru, Chairman & CEO, Founder Director, Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) with the support of ghazal maestros Talat Aziz and Anup Jalota. Currently in its 17th year, Khazana has excelled in presenting a melodic mix of exquisite poetry and soulful compositions rendered by both, new and established ghazal singers of the country in an ambience that transports ghazal lovers to a land of pure bliss. All proceeds from the festival go to the Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust (PATUT) and Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA).

@ Pankaj Udhas, @Talat Aziz, @Anup Jalota, @Rekha Bhardwaj, @Sudeep Banerjee @Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’@Aditya Langeh from Jammu @Oshin Bhatia from Delhi@!Dattaprasad Ranade from Pune @Siddhant from Kashipur (Uttarakhand @Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, @Artist Aloud

5 things to...

The Brand Ambassador of the Khanjira,Banglore Amrit N.five things onthe  to do list...
1: Strive to build an individual and  respectable status for Khanjira in the international music scene.
2: Perform more of Khanjira Solo concerts andKhanjira oriented ensembles so people realise the tremendous potential of this percussion instrument.
3: Showcase the enormous possibilities of Khanjira by collaborating with artistes of various genres worldwide.
4: Propagate my Guru's tradition and style of Khanjira playing and create more awareness about this tradition.
5: Initiate the escalation and development of the Khanjira community, make it bigger, better and stronger, as well as taking it far and wide.

Versatile Singer Neeti Mohan

Mumbai : 25th June 2018 : Radio City’s most famous property Gig City is back with its third season to entertain 6.7 cr Indians with riveting performances from the best of the music industry including Sachin - Jigar, Sukhwinder Singh,  Neeti Mohan ,Armaan Malik, Monali Thakur.

After two stupendous weeks of entertaining performances by Sachin –Jigar and Sukhwinder Singh. This week, Radio City’s Gig City “Aap Jahaan, Concert Wahaan” will feature versatile singer and performer Neeti Mohan 

After two successful seasons featuring biggies like KK, Kailash Kher, Shankar Mahadevan, Benny Dayal, Mika, Ayushmann khurana, Shaan etc. Gig City’s concept of Aap Jahaan, Concert Wahan has given a new dimension to the idea of a concert and has utilized radio as a medium for listeners to experience a live concert by their favorite music artists on the go. The property has a rare distinction of having the biggest names in the industry coming together on one platform, supporting and encouraging each other while giving the listeners an experience like never before. Neeti Mohan's concert on Radio City’s Gig City will be airing this Friday, 29th June at 7:00PM onwards and repeat on Saturday 9PM onwards.

Adding to this, singer Neeti Mohan said, “New formats in entertainment are making me more hopeful about the future of India’s entertainment industry! I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of such an innovative concept of the Gig City's "Aap Jahan Concert Wahan by Radio City and Canvas Talent! We need more of such game changers for people to engage more actively in entertainment and artists to engage in newer ways with their fans. All my love and prayers to the entire team.” 

Speaking about it, Radio City’s most famous RJ Salil Archaya, says “I have been associated with Radio City’s Gig City for 3 years now and being the voice for such a big initiative is an absolute honour for me! It only makes me want to push my limits and do better so that I can create a memorable experience for the listeners! Being the interface for such an initiative is no joke! I’m super excited for this season and I am sure it will definitely hit the right chord amongst all music lovers”

Anurag Rao, Director, Canvas Talent says "After 2 successful seasons of Radio City’s Gig Ciy, we are thrilled to launch season 3 with some of the best live music concerts. This will be another rollercoaster concert series with more entertainment and super-hit music with a mix of some younger and established talent."

The concerts will air every Friday 7:00PM to 9:00PM and a repeat broadcast on Saturday 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM across 25 Hindi Speaking markets.

Copyright in the Internet Age.

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) representing over 270 Indian Music Labels for Public Performance and Radio Broadcast licensing of its members repertoire, has whole heartedly welcomed the Indian Government’s decision to accede to the progressive WIPO Internet treaties namely WCT&WPPT. This puts India in the elite league of Countries which value and promote the creative industry and seek to protect their Copyright in the Internet Age.

PPL representing producers of Phonograms or Sound Recordings is particularly enthused with this development as the WPPT grants member Record Labels, Economic Rights in their phonograms, specifically:

(i)           the right of reproduction;

(ii)          the right of distribution;

(iii)        the right of rental;

(iv)        the right of making available.

The right of making available, in particular, covers, on-demand, interactive making available through the Internet, a very important aspect in today’s Digital environment where economic rights of Members are now well protected on this medium as a result of this decision.The treaty empowers right owners to negotiate directly with new digital platforms and distributors.

Mr. Mandar Thakur Chairman of PPL said “We applaud the very progressive steps taken by the Indian Government and the DIPP to approve the accession of India and it’s creative industries into the WCT and WPPT treaties. This is a landmark moment for intellectual property and it’s progression in India”

Commenting on this momentous occasion, Mr. Rajat Kakar President &CEO of PPL said “We are committed to professional collective management of rights for our Member Record Labels and this progressive decision by the Indian Government under the stewardship of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) is a welcome move and enhances the economic value of the members copyrights in Sound Recording”

PPL India is a Collective Rights Management Organisation affiliated globally to IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industries) and represents the vast majority of Indian and Global Record Labels for monetisation of their Public Performance rights and licenses Radio Broadcasts for its members. It represents over 270 Music Labels and over 800,000 Indian works and more than 1.5 Million International Works, which it licences to users of these in a professional and transparent manner. It is actively embracing Global best practices and is taking giant strides in order to enhance value for its members by effective licensing in India and overseas.

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Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.


Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary