ANNIVERSARIES:

! Boz Burrell (Bad Company) 1-Aug ! Chuck D (Public Enemy) 1-Aug ! Coolio 1-Aug ! Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) 1-Aug ! Robert Cray (1953) 1-Aug ! Tiger Varadachariar 1-Aug ! Prema Hariharan (Chennai) 2-Aug ! Sushama Reddy 2-Aug ! Zelma Davis (C+C Music Factory) 2-Aug ! Chhannulal Mishra 3-Aug ! James Hetfield (Metallica) 3-Aug ! Tony Bennett (1926) 3-Aug ! Sharon Prabhakar 4-Aug ! Vellore Ramabhadran 4-Aug ! Vishal Bhardwaj 4-Aug ! Ganesh Jain 5-Aug ! Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai 5-Aug ! Pat Smear (formerly of Foo Fighters) 5-Aug ! Aditya Narayan 6-Aug ! Cyrus Sahukar 6-Aug ! Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice of Spice Girls) 6-Aug ! Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden) 7-Aug ! Cyrus Broacha 7-Aug ! Suresh Wadkar 7-Aug ! JC Chasez ('N Sync) 8-Aug ! Raza Ali Khan 8-Aug ! Shawn Mendes 8-Aug ! Asgari Bai 9-Aug ! Sawan Kumar Tak 9-Aug ! Sulkshana Pandit 9-Aug ! Trichur V.Ramachandran (Chennai) 9-Aug ! Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) 10-Aug ! Ustad Alladiya Khan 10-Aug ! Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande 10-Aug ! Ramashreya Jha 11-Aug ! T.H.Vinayakram 11-Aug ! V. Doreswamy Iyengar 11-Aug ! Kid Creole 12-Aug ! Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) 12-Aug ! Pat Metheny 12-Aug ! Nalin Shah 13-Aug ! T.K.Murthy 13-Aug ! Dash Crofts (Seals & Crofts) 14-Aug ! David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) 14-Aug ! Manohar Iyer 14-Aug ! Michael Graham (Boyzone) 14-Aug ! Sunidhi Chauhan 14-Aug ! Amir Khan 15-Aug ! Bharati Pradhan 15-Aug ! Pandit Prasun Banerjee 15-Aug ! Prof. T.Viswanathan 15-Aug ! R.Durga Prasad 15-Aug ! Srimushnam V.Raja Rao 15-Aug ! Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) 16-Aug ! Hemlata 16-Aug ! Kishan Bhutani 16-Aug ! Madonna 16-Aug ! Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar 16-Aug ! Belinda Carlisle 17-Aug ! Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On The Block) 17-Aug ! Daler Mehndi 18-Aug ! Dennis Elliot (Foreigner) 18-Aug ! Gulzar 18-Aug ! Jon Higgins 18-Aug ! Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar 18-Aug ! T.S.Balakrishna Sastrigal 18-Aug ! Abdul Rashid Khan 19-Aug ! Ginger Baker (Cream) 19-Aug ! Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) 19-Aug ! John Deacon (Queen) 19-Aug ! Ken Gosh 19-Aug ! Demi Lovato 20-Aug ! Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) 20-Aug ! Naresh(Mahesh Brother) 20-Aug ! Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) 20-Aug ! Uday Tara Nayar 20-Aug ! Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) 21-Aug ! Kenny Rogers 21-Aug ! Liam Howlett (Prodigy) 21-Aug ! Melissa Schuman (Dream) 21-Aug ! Sriram Brahmanandam 21-Aug ! Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) 22-Aug ! James DeBarge (DeBarge) 22-Aug ! Paul Douchette (Matchbox 20) 22-Aug ! Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) 22-Aug ! Tori Amos 22-Aug ! Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 23-Aug ! SkyBlu (LMFAO) 23-Aug ! Basavaraj Rajguru 24-Aug ! Billy Ray Cyrus 25-Aug ! DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy)25-Aug ! Elvis Costello 25-Aug ! Gene Simmons 25-Aug ! Rekha Chinniprakash 25-Aug ! Rob Halford (Judas Priest) 25-Aug ! Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) 25-Aug ! Adrian Young (No Doubt) 26-Aug ! M.S.Anantaraman 26-Aug ! Shirley Manson (Garbage) 26-Aug ! Rajarathnam Pillai 27-Aug ! Shania Twain 27-Aug ! Tony Kanal (No Doubt) 27-Aug ! Voletti Venkateswarulu 27-Aug ! Chris Copping (Procol Harum) 29-Aug ! Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20) 29-Aug ! Micky Moody (Whitesnake) 30-Aug ! Debbie Gibson 31-Aug ! Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) 31-Aug

Anup Jalota speaks about Rehmatein-7

Sangeetam Charitable Trust”, which has been extending Financial support, to Artists from the music fraternity for last six years is organising the 7th edition of Rehmatein music concert in Mumbai. Saurabh Daftary invited Padamshri Anup Jalota and Papon to announce the event details. This year more than needy, old, deserving musicians, & budding children will get help from the proceeds of Rehmatein 7.
The music concert will be on 25th September at Shanmukhananda Auditorium, King Circle, Sion. This year Shaan, Papon and Ankit Tiwari will be performing. A new band Urban Jogi will be launched at this concert. This glorious event will be witnessed by the entire Music industry, music lovers and the most eminent personalities of the city. Padmashri Hariharan, Shaan, Papon, Ankit Tiwari, Padmashri Anup Jalota and Saurabh Daftary. E-Bizz Entertainment LLP, are hosting this concert to help the cause.

 What is rehmatein according to you?
I am with rehmatein since it started. Saurabh Daftary who is also a singer he works hard for the Rehmatein he is the one who started it. He is the whole soul for rehmatein he does everything from bringing sponsors and selling the tickets. His relations with artists are very good most of the time artist want to come and join us. They call and say we also want to perform even I called Saurabh many times that I also want to join. (laughing) It helps another musician to grow who are not stable with work anymore it is helpful for them. So, I want rehmatein should grow like this and help the others.

Are you also going to perform in this year?
This time I am not going to perform. Actually, we change the musician every year like many times there are Harry Anand & Sonu Nigam this time they are not here I am also not performing. This time we have Ankit Tiwari and Shaan and Papon as well these three are the nowadays best super star. This time we are going to introduce our three aces.

What kind of suggestion you would like to give to the new artists?
I want to say them work hard as much as you can earn more be successful and whenever you get chance to do something for others like if you get chance to perform in rehmatein or any other trust for free of cost. You must perform and help others

For you what is music?
In my life music is like oxygen, for me music is as important as breathing.

 

India's favourite rapper DIVINE premieres new track 'Legends'

DIVINE, one of India’s favourite rappers, has released a brand-new track, Legends. Created as the anthem for the World Final of the premier breaking competition Red Bull BC One in Mumbai, the track is out now and accompanied by a stunning dance video featuring Red Bull BC One All Star Sunni and B-Girl Sarah Bee.

Red Bull BC One is the most prestigious one-on-one breaking competition in the world. Every year, thousands of dancers across the globe vie for a chance to represent at the World Final. For its 16th edition, Red Bull BC One, a global celebration of Hip Hop, travels to the colourful country of culture and dance, India. After previous editions across the biggest cities in the world, Mumbai will host the World Final of the most prestigious one-on-one battle for the first time ever. The city will see the world’s best breakers go head-to-head to take the belt and earn the title of Red Bull BC One World Champion.

Tickets out on September 10. To pre-register, go to: www.redbull.in/bconetickets

The first ever Red Bull BC One World Final was held in 2004 at the legendary cultural centre La Coupole in Biel – it has since become the biggest and most respected breaking event in the world. It consistently attracts the best breakers on the planet, giving them the opportunity to develop their talent and perform on a global stage. Since then, the championship has been touring the world with events in São Paulo, New York, Moscow, Paris, Nagoya, Amsterdam and, last year, Zurich.

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Camila Cabello unveils two new songs shamless and....

Two-Time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter Camila Cabello shares two new singles entitled “Shameless” and “Liar.” Making for a momentous return by the songstress, the new songs start the era of her mega-anticipated second album, Romance. It represents her most personal music to date, drawing directly from autobiographical experiences and translating them into unforgettable songs.

These songs are basically the story of my life the past couple years and the stories I’ve accumulated - I knew for a long time I wanted my album to be called Romance because these stories are about falling in love.” Camila Cabello

After changing her online platforms following a powerhouse turn at the MTV VMAs, Camila invited listeners into this world through a series of intensely personal social media posts. She unveiled the title in this video, unlocking her heart quite literally. In the follow-up clip, she went even deeper. Next up, she dropped a clip with the song titles, another with the artwork, and finally a teaser for the “Shameless” music video. Thus far, these teasers generated over 31 million total views and 36 million likes.

The songs similarly mirror this evolution. The emotionally charged “Shameless” showcases a seismic vocal performance from the superstar, stretching from intimate verses into an overpowering refrain over hypnotic guitar, a thick bass line, and propulsive percussion. On the other end of the spectrum, swaggering horns kick off the boisterous and bold “Liar” as it channels Latin vibes underneath the irresistible hook, “Oh no, there you go, making me a liar, I kinda like it though.

To accompany “Shameless, she revealed a sexy and stunning music video directed by Henry Scholfield [Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa & Rosalia].

 

Next up, she performs for Saturday Night Live for the very first time on October 12. Be sure to tune in! Plus, she received a total of three nominations in top categories at the People’s Choice Awards on November 10 broadcast on E!. These include “Female Artist of 2019, “Song of 2019 – ‘Señorita’, and “Music Video of 2019 – ‘Señorita’.Also, she was just revealed today as Elle’s October Music Issue cover girl.

These new solo anthems land on the heels of a summer highlighted by stratospheric success. Recently, Cabello smashed a series of records. She broke the record for “most monthly listeners for a female artist in Spotify history” with 61.2 million. Meanwhile, her GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Billboard Hot 100 #1 megahit “Havana” [feat. Young Thug] became “the world’s most streamed song of all-time by a female lead artist. 

 

Just last week, Cabello shut down the MTV VMAs with the debut performance of “Señorita” with Shawn Mendes. Not only did the song soar to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it also stands out as “the most-streamed song of the summer on Spotify, “second fastest song in history to surpass 100 million streams on Spotify,” and “the biggest single-day debut for a male-female duet in Spotify history.Additionally, it took home “Best Collaboration” and “Best Cinematography” at the VMAs and “Choice Summer Song” at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards. At 22-years-old, Camila is the youngest person to earn two #1s on the Hot 100 since Justin Bieber in 2017 and the youngest woman since Rihanna in 2010. “Señorita” marks her fourth #1 at Pop Radio and her second Hot 100 #1.

Speaking to the artist’s international dominance, her full-length debut, Camila, soared to #1 on iTunes in 109 markets. It also went Top 5 in 113 markets and Top 10 in 115 markets. Not to mention, it ascended to #1 worldwide in Canada, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands and to the Top 3 in the UK, Finland, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, and Switzerland. 

Sunburn Arena to feature Wiz Kahlifa and others...

Asia’s biggest electronic dance music festival, Sunburn will kick-start its 13th edition  with Sunburn Arena with the multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa in the month of September 2019. The season’s first Sunburn Arenas with Wiz Khalifa will be hosted on 14th September in Delhi NCR at Unitech Golf & Country Club followed by Mumbai on 15th September at Jio Garden

While Raja Kumari, Ananya Birla and THEMXXNLIGHT will be opening for the hip-hop legend in New Delhi; Emiway Bantai, Ananya Birla, Monica Dogra, THEMXXNLIGHT, Ishani x Bobkat will take to the stage in Mumbai. India's most viewed rapper on Youtube Emiway Bantai states, “The feeling is incredible. Wiz is one of my favourite artists and is an inspiration. To share the stage with him will be awesome. I’m especially happy that underground hip hop is going upper mainstream.”

Raja Kumari who has worked with the likes of Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Gwen Stefani, Timbaland, Afrojack states, “Wiz Khalifa is synonymous with hip hop. He has created anthems for so many years that have influenced culture in so many ways! I’m so honored to welcome him back to India and I’m excited to perform on the same stage. Delhi get ready!”

Monica Dogra who recently represented India at the Europe Music Awards states, “Wiz is a youth Icon and pioneer in hiphop. It feels great to have been invited to share the stage with him for the second time.”

India’s first multi-platinum selling artist in the English category Ananya Birla states, “I have always loved Wiz’s music and I’m extremely excited and honoured to be able to open for him! I hope I’m able to give a lovely experience and create incredible memories for everyone. A big shout out to Sunburn for bringing him down.”

Ishani x Bobkat state, “This is our first time opening for sunburn arena with Wiz Khalifa as IB inc. We are excited to be a part of this massive show. Hiphop has come a long way in India. We once had to do it just for the passion but we are glad that the top names in the industry are now accessible. Looking forward to the big day!”

THEMXXNLIGHT state, "We are very excited to bring our new R&B sound into India and what better way to do that than to have music fans watch us open for our mentor and bhaiya, Wiz Khalifa. Wiz and Taylor Gang are family to us, we appreciate them for everything and we would like to give a huge thank you to Sunburn for bringing us out to India to perform for the second time! We can't wait to show India and the world what we have in store, which includes some upcoming tracks with major artists: DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa, Megan Thee Stallion, Roy Woods, TM88, and more! Stay tuned."

Commenting further, Karan Singh, COO, Percept Live adds, “The multi-platinum star is a favourite among the hip-hop loving community in India and we have received a phenomenal response since our initial announcement.”

Wiz Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz, released his debut album in 2006. However, his shot to fame was his 2010 single ‘Black and Yellow’, which went to number one on the Billboard Top 100. The Grammy-winning artist’s other hits include ‘Remember You’, ‘We Dem Boyz’ and ‘See You Again’. His last album Rolling Papers 2 was released in 2018 and featured Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Gucci Mane, Party Next Door, Snoop Dogg, Swae Lee and Ty Dolla Sign as guest artists.

Sunburn Arena is presented by Kingfisher and Magic Moments, and co-powered by Skybags, FastTrack, Toyota, boAt and SpiceJet.
The tickets for Sunburn Arena are live on www.bookmyshow.com.

 

Sanam Band spreads their magic in South Africa

There is no doubt about Sanam Band's fan following, the band is one of the few performing artists who have immense fan following in not only India but overseas as well. SANAM has previously performed to packed houses in places like Israel, Trinidad, Dubai, Netherlands, Maldives, Mauritius too name a few. The Band is now all set to perform in South Africa this month. Interestingly, Sanam is one of the few Indian artists who have successfully managed to perform a ticketed concert in Cape Town. They will be in Cape town on 28th August.

"SANAM has performed almost across the globe now, but this concert is special in many ways as there have been just 2-3 Indian artists who have managed to sell out shows in Cape town.  Commenting on the same, Sanam band collectively says "It's feels great to receive love from all over the world. We are currently really pumped up for our concerts in South Africa. Like all of our other concerts, with this too we will make sure that this will be a great experience for our audience."

Sanam will performing in Emperors Palace - Johannesburg, Grand Arena - Cape Town and Suncoast Casino, Durban on 24th, 28th and 31st August respectively.

Ava Max becomes a Superhero In her new Official Video

Global pop sensation Ava Max has unveiled the official video for her latest single “Torn” – listen to the disco-tinged track and watch the video, which premiered on MTV. Created in collaboration with Fiat and directed by the acclaimed Joseph Kahn (Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”), the instantly iconic video was shot earlier this summer across four days on location in Milan, IT and features stunning landmarks throughout the city including the Duomo di Milano.“Shooting the torn music video was a dream come true,” says Ava. “I got to travel all over Milan as a superhero confronting my cheating husband. I want women to know all around the world that they have the power!”

Recently released , “Torn” has already earned critical praise from COMPLEX, Billboard, MTV News, Idolator and more. The official video for her newest single arrives after a week of high-profile performances and appearances. Yesterday, Ava attended her first-ever MTV Video Music Awards where she was nominated “Best New Artist” alongside Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Rosalía and H.E.R. Watch her perform an electric medley of “Torn” and “Sweet but Psycho” LIVE the Red Carpet Pre-Show. Last week, Max joined the Jonas Brothers in NYC to perform during an exclusive concert at Pandora LIVE and this past Sunday, the singer/songwriter performed at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day which aired on ABC.

The release of “Torn” follows Ava’s summer streak of bops including “Freaking Me Out,” “Blood, Sweat & Tears” and her feature on AJ Mitchell’s new single “Slow Dance.” Upon release, “Freaking Me Out” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears” were praised by publications including TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV News and more.

 

After rukta Nah Naezy releases a new track......

Naezy the original Gully Buoy releases his new single Vahem. With this new track, Naezy opens up about the misconceptions around his much-talked-about stardom and personal life. The song sets the record straight on all the made-up controversies around his life, post the release of Gully Boy, a recent Bollywood blockbuster based on the rapper’s life. Vahem is Naezy's emotional appeal to friends, family and fans to recognise that hip-hop has always been a part of our culture - it's the voice of our youth and definitely here to stay! It also serves as a wake-up call to the hip-hop community to evolve with time and find their unique styles.

Commenting on the release of his new single, Naezy said, "Vahem is an extension of my earlier single Rukta Nah - that was about how I overcame various obstacles in my life, while Vahem is about breaking the perception that people have created about the choices I’ve made in my life. I’ve chosen to follow my dreams, despite it not being welcomed by a lot of people around me. My work speaks for itself, and I shouldn't be judged based on false perceptions created around the dark side of hip-hop culture.”

From shooting his DIY style videos on the streets, to shooting at The YouTube space in Mumbai, Naezy’s journey is an inspirational one. “I’ve always wanted to shoot indoors and not worry about the expenses for a music video. YouTube gave us the perfect setting for it and really supported our vision,'' said Naezy. The music video for Vahem is available on Naezy's Youtube channel, 'Naezy TV' and the audio is out on all streaming platforms. 

About Big Bang Music: Big Bang Music is a new age pop label launched recently as a JV between Kwan and Sony Music. Under the leadership of its co-founder GauravWadhwa, Big Bang Music will develop a roster of stars to cater to the fast-growing Pop Culture Market and serve the growing need from Digital Content Platforms, Brands and Live Experiences for new age celebrities and fans who are digital natives. They currently manage Shalmali and Naezy.

Mass appeal and Universal Music India to launch 'Divine'...

Mass Appeal, the urban culture-focused entertainment company, and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced the launch of Mass Appeal India – an innovative new label dedicated to amplifying India’s burgeoning hip-hop culture on a global scale.

Mass Appeal India’s operations will be based in Mumbai, within Universal Music India’s (UMI) headquarters and will function as a multi-channel partnership between the two companies. Mass Appeal India will sign and collaborate with the brightest stars from India’s fastest growing music scene and, through Mass Appeal’s global network, will work with brands and content creators to connect the culture with a worldwide audience.

Mass Appeal India will leverage UMI’s marketing and promotion teams within India, whilst Mass Appeal will lead release strategy within the U.S. and Canada. All releases from Mass Appeal India will be distributed exclusively via UMG worldwide, with additional support across its network of more than 60 territories for select artists and projects.

To coincide with its launch, the label has announced the marquee signing of India’s most popular and acclaimed rapper DIVINE. Central to the rise of the ‘gully rap’ movement, with hit singles like ‘Meri Gully Mein’, ‘Jungli Sher’ and ‘Kaam 25’, DIVINE’s brutally honest Hindi rap draws inspiration from his own life and the streets of Mumbai, set to beats that wouldn’t be out of place in a Los Angeles or New York studio. His single ‘Jungli Sher’ was the first Indian single that Apple Music released worldwide. DIVINE was also the first Indian artist to be featured on BBC 1 Xtra’s ‘Fire In The Booth’ in 2016.

In announcing the launch of Mass Appeal India, Nas said, “I was first introduced to DIVINE’s music through the brilliant film Gully Boy. I’m proud to announce the launch of Mass Appeal India with DIVINE as the first artist on our roster. Hip-hop is the world’s most influential culture – it’s only right to share what we do at Mass Appeal on a global level. We’re excited about joining forces with the team at UMG India to help further spark a movement that is constantly in the making.”

Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO of UMG, India & South Asia said, “Over the past few years UMI has concentrated on creating a culture of artist-first, non-film music to satisfy India’s rapidly evolving music audience. Hip-hop has been a key area of this focus and we have found the natural partner in Mass Appeal, Nas & Peter to help realise our dream of breaking Indian hip-hop in the region, as well as to the rest of the world together. It was only right to lead this global announcement with the signing of India’s number one hip-hop star, DIVINE for his highly anticipated debut album. As he articulately puts it, “Apna time Aayega” which means, “our time will come” – now is certainly the time for Indian Hip-Hop to break into the mainstream.”

Peter Bittenbender, CEO of Mass Appeal, said, “Coming off what has been a landmark year for Mass Appeal, we are beyond thrilled to announce the global expansion of our brand in partnership with UMI and with DIVINE as our first superstar talent signing. This new venture is an incredibly exciting extension of Mass Appeal’s strategy to progress the conversation and landscape of hip hop by taking our brand to the most exciting global markets.”

 

DIVINE’s story and rise of the Indian hip-hop scene inspired Bollywood director Zoya Akhtar’s 2019 acclaimed feature film Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh, which has also become one of the year’s biggest Bollywood films at the box office. Gully Boy featured DIVINE in action on five tracks and has helped showcase both him and India’s explosive rap scene to new audiences around the world.

“It’s an honour to be associated with a legend like Nas. I grew up listening to his music. For him to recognise not just me, but the whole Indian hip-hop scene is a big win for hip-hop, and for hip-hop in India,” DIVINE says of signing with Nas’ Mass Appeal. “He is looking forward to working not just with me, but a lot of the young talent in India. I will be working with Mass Appeal India not just in a personal capacity, but also in my capacity as founder of Gully Gang Entertainment to help Mass Appeal India build a thriving ecosystem for urban music and culture in the sub-continent. So, let’s bring our A-Game because the world is watching,” he adds.

Adam Granite, EVP, Market Development, Universal Music Group, said, “For many years hip-hop, regardless of local language, has been growing rapidly around the world as the authentic sound of the streets. We are excited to work together with Nas, Peter, DIVINE, Devraj and the UMI team to launch Mass Appeal India, which we believe will become India’s premier dedicated hip-hop brand. The emergence of Mass Appeal India and the signing of Divine will only fuel the next wave of Indian hip-hop and rap talent and help accelerate the growth and reach of the genre in India, the subcontinent and beyond.”

DIVINE is currently working on his debut album, Kohinoor set to be released later this year.

 

About Mass Appeal

Mass Appeal is an entertainment company on a mission to represent and progress urban culture on a global scale. Since 1996, the brand has been documenting youth-born movements worldwide. Today, Mass Appeal is the dominant voice in the hip-hop culture. The company continues to elevate the conversation through premium, integrated offerings in film & television, digital media, music and creative services.

 

 

Veronica Fusaro drops her new single 'Rollercoaster'

Fresh off her gorgeous soul pop single “Lie To Me” that has won hearts all over, earned her a slot at Glastonbury 2019 as well as a dream call to open for the legendary Mark Knopfler at the `Festival De Nîmes’ in France, comes her brand new single “Rollercoaster” - an upbeat summer song with the a?nity of an old Motown soul in?uenced pop record.
The 22-year old soul pop artist from Switzerland announced that “Rollercoaster” is off her new EP titled SUNKISSED that will drop this October. Veronica will also embark on her maiden India Tour this November in support of the new EP, performing intimate sets in select cities.

Says an elated Veronica, “I got so much feedback and support especially from India on my last release “Lie To Me‘, it’s really incredible! I can’t wait to drop the new single and then come perform in India!”
Veronica’s new single tells the story of the highs and lows of `love’. However, somehow the singer with the soul-soaked voice has managed to wrap these feelings in a song bursting with pure exuberance. She surprised herself with it, “I’m well aware of my tendency to write melancholic songs”, she laughs. “That’s why I am really chuffed to come up with something so cheerful.”
“Rollercoaster” with its sixties soul beat and a hint of Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield, was recorded in London with the legendary producer Paul O’Duffy whose long list of credits includes the likes of Marvin Gaye and Amy Winehouse. “I see my songs in images,” explains Veronica. “Paul was very quick to pick up what I meant and find a way to turn the pictures into sound.”

Says Sunil D’Sa, Founder, 9122 Records, “From the melancholic “Lie To Me” to the upbeat & retro-ish “Rollercoaster” Veronica showcases her versatility. Besides, one can feel the confidence with which she holds sway on this new single, emanating from her recent experiences that included her first Glastonbury performance and the coveted opening slot for Mark Knopfler. The response she’s received on “Lie To Me” has been over-whelming, but with “Rollercoaster” I’m confident that she’s going to win numerous more fans out here!  Come November, Veronica will be here with her soul pop sound and charming persona, on her maiden India tour! Till then enjoy this enthralling “Rollercoaster” ride!”

Veronica Fusaro has a brilliant year behind her. Last year alone she played 136 concerts and this year she’s well on her way to beat that. During the winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, she was a massive hit at the House of Switzerland. She was one of the highlights of the musical program at the Swiss Music Awards. In June, she raced from a gig in the Swiss mountains on the Friday to perform in Glastonbury on the Saturday. Low and behold, the modern hippies at one of the biggest festivals in Europe loved her.
Veronica Fusaro “Rollercoaster” is available in India exclusively on 9122 Records across all streaming services.
About Veronica Fusaro:
In the quiet remoteness of her home recording studio in Switzerland, Veronica Fusaro developed her characteristic soul / pop sound along with the bluntness of her songs. At just 22, Veronica has performed at the Swiss Music Awards in Zurich; was invited to the Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang and played two showcases at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Her accolades include winning the «Demo of the Year» at the Swiss M4Music Festival (2016);  winning «Best Talent» by the national radio station SRF3 (2017) & her nomination for the Swiss Music Awards 2017. Touring ever since, her music matured with the euphoric reactions of her listeners. On small and large stages, from New Zealand all the way to London, back to Switzerland, Veronica Fusaro captivates audiences by building sound structures with live multi-instrumental loops - or by simply standing at the edge of the stage with her guitar and singing her songs with her affecting voice. With 2 soft release EPs and the experience of a phenomenal 136 shows around the world in 2018, 2019 is set to be Veronica's big breakthrough year!  The young musician is ready for the stages of the world, with brand new songs, skillfully balancing between the depth and playfulness of her music: pure, powerful and intimate.

Sony Music Entertainment releases ....

NY-Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, recently released, Blinded by The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (digital and CD configurations).

Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack brings together 12 essential Bruce Springsteen performances ranging from greatest hits and fan favorites ("Born To Run," "Dancing In The Dark," "Hungry Heart," "Because The Night") to previously unreleased tracks, including the long-sought-after studio recording of "I'll Stand By You,” which is available now through all digital service providers.

Also, for the first time on album, Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack presents two live rarities: the debut live performance of "The River" (from No Nukes '79 - Madison Square Garden, NYC - September 21, 1979) and an unforgettable acoustic solo performance of "The Promised Land" (Concert for Valor - The National Mall, Washington DC, November 11, 2014)

In addition to the Springsteen performances, Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes period tracks and dialog from the film and premieres "For You My Love," a new song written for the film by soundtrack composer A.R. Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire"). Rahman has won six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Filmfare Awards and seventeen Filmfare Awards South.

Inspired by a true story (Sarfraz Manzoor's Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll) and the words and music of Bruce Springsteen, New Line Cinema's "Blinded by the Light" is the new coming-of-age film directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham"). The film follows Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in Luton, England in 1987. Javed's turbulent life amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times is transformed when he is introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen. . "Blinded by the Light" is a New Line Cinema presentation, in association with Levantine Films and Ingenious Media. Slated for release on August 16, 2019, it will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Superstar Opera Singer accused of sexual harassment

As per media reports,Plácido Domingo, the Chairman of global recorded music industry trade body IFPI, has been accused of sexual harassment by several women.It cites that for over three decades the Music Executive and superstar Opera singer has sexually harassed eight Singers and a Dancer who have come forward.These have happened at top opera companies where he held top managerial positions.

There are other nine women who have accused Domingo of harassmentalso another half-dozen other women have stated suggestive overtures by him.The reportgets worse where  various other singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, members of backstage staff,etc... who were witnesses to inappropriate behavior  and that he pursued younger women with impunity.

Domingo has denied the allegations.In a statment to Associated Press(AP) he says “Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions. I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.

“However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are — and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”

Mika's Pakistan trip gets him banned

At a time when relations between India and Pakistan is extermely tense, because of the removal of Article 370,Mika Singh went ahead and performed at the wedding festivities of the daughter of former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf's billionaire cousin. Mika Singh who has had numerious Bollywood hits was invited to Karachi along with 14 crew members from his team for the event.Mika had reportedly charged USD 150,000 (Rs 1 crore) for his performance at the wedding.

A few days after the video of Mika Singh performing live went viral,the first reaction has come from the All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) who has now called a complete ban on the singer in India .AICWA stated that they have taken the decision of boycotting the singer's association with Film Production houses, Music companies and Online Music content providers.  AICWA President Suresh Gupta,further states that they will make sure that no one works with Mika Singh in India and if anyone does he will face legal consequences in the court of law.Mika has put money above the nation."

The singer has already received a lot of flak from both, Indian and Pakistani Twitterati. With this reaction, will it brcome an avalanche of criticism or will it die a natural death. Time will tell.

Aswekeepsearching Steps It Up With A New Band Identity..

Among India’s only Hindi post-rock bands, Aswekeepsearching (AWKS) has had a lot going on behind-the-scenes. Starting early this year, the band has been working to amp-up their image and this week, announced their edgy new four - member outfit and logo.The band’s latest quartet will comprise of Uddipan Sarmah (Guitar/Vocals), Shubham Gurung (Guitar/Synth) Robert Alex (Bass) & newest member Sambit Chatterjee (Drums/Percussions). Moving on from their iconic ‘bird’ symbol, the band’s new logo will comprise of four lines, symbolic of their minimalistic identity.

Besides their visual identity, the band has also started a sustainable apparel and merch line called Zia, inspired by their second album, which launched earlier this year, in June.The band’s shift in musical identity will be reflected in their upcoming album ‘ROOH’, scheduled to go live on September 27th. ‘ROOH’, meaning ‘soul’, is a musical adaptation of the band's experiences, struggles, emotions & self-awareness over the years, and will see an increase in lyrics & vocals compared to the band’s usual instrumental-led identity.

Even ahead of their official album launch, the band decided to go down the unconventional route of taking a few of their new songs to their fans through listening sessions, in association with OnePlus, across the country, starting July. Having already completed the North and Northeast leg of the tour, these listening sessions will now make their way across West and Central India, in August.

Sony's Label "Awaaz" releases...

Sony Music’s Hip Hop imprint, ‘Awaaz’ released “Chillin Wala Scene 4” by Delhi’s very own Khatarnaak Hip Hop Collective is already causing havoc.The group has been on a roll throughout 2019 with performances at various cities across India and numerous releases under their belt. Their most recent music release before Chillin Wala Scene 4 was also under Sony Music, but it was a collaboration with Delhi artist, Slyck Twoshadez, in ‘Tera Bhai’. The Hip-Hop collective is constantly evolving in terms of their soundscape and they represent a brand of raw Hip Hop talent in Delhi which is pure to the roots of Hip-Hop.When asked about the impact of the group, Sun J went on to mention, “We will always remain true to Hip Hop. That means that we will tell the true and real stories that come from our neighborhoods and our streets in Delhi and all over India. That is our goal.”

Chillin Wala Scene 4 includes the rappers Sun J, Jinn, Tapas, Shan Krozy, Cecilia, and Sushanto. Directed by Tarun, it has an interesting cinematic feel with an enticing story-line and visuals that stand out.Hardik Dave, CEO of Desi Hip Hop Inc, added, “When I first saw and met this crew a number of years ago, I knew that they were the real deal! These artists are going to bring back the life of Hip Hop around the world, that’s a fact.”
Khatarnaak’s skillset is without a doubt some of the finest upcoming talents that we are witnessing in India. With every release, the emcees seem to be growing more and more, spreading the culture of Hip-Hop into as many places as they can. With a diverse group of emcees, beatboxers, and bboys alike, they are definitely a squad to look out for.

 

 

Sameer Rahat's Gyaan

Sameer Rahat is a writer, performer and music composer/producer based out of Mumbai and London.  Apart from working as a film music composer in his Baqsa Studios, he also plays his own brand of Urdu-blues music, experimenting with the poetry of contemporary and progressive Urdu poets from Indian subcontinent. It also his humble effort to revive our heritage of ghazals as a form of writing and music. He's also writing is first travel-photo-poetry book called 'Ibtida'. Sameer just dropped his debut music video, 'Gyaan' on all platforms. The single is a part of his solo Urdu-Blues music project which will feature in the upcoming album, "Duniyadaari' to be released in Dec 2019. 

He recently concluded his nationwide solo tour 'Chasing Jugnoo' with multiple sold out shows. The video is directed by Ajitesh Sharma(Delhi Crime Netflix) and shot by award winning DOP Udit Khurana in the beautiful city of Bombay. The video is a satirical take on country's current socio-political scenario, metaphorically using country's favorite drink, 'Chai' accompanied by the biscuits of Gyaan.Check it out :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UYfgrqXM3Q&feature=youtu.be

Daler Mehndi awarded Tanisha Datta with the title of Radio City Super Singer

Radio City, India’s leading radio network, culminated the grand finale of Suzuki Gixxer presents Radio City Super Singer Season 11, India’s biggest singing talent hunt on radio, in a glittering ceremony held at Ambience Mall, Gurugram. The 11th edition witnessed a phenomenal response with the county’s best voices battling it out for the coveted title for over 4 weeks. An overwhelming 4.6 lakh registrations were received across all Radio City markets, cementing the undisputed legacy of the initiative.

The evening witnessed Delhiites walk to the scintillating finale between the top five contenders– Tanisha Datta, Manjeet Tanwar, Riya Bhatt, Abhinav Nagpal, and Sheetal Rawat. Musical Maestro and King of Pop Daler Mehndi crowned Radio City Super Singer Tanisha Datta as the winner; who was also awarded a cash prize of INR 1 Lakh. Having successfully mesmerized both the audiences and the panel of judges with their mind-blowing performances, the singers ensured the 11th season of Radio City Super Singer culminated to a crackling finale.

Expressing his delight at the successful completion of the 11th season of Radio City Super Singer, Kartik Kalla, Chief Creative Officer, Radio City said, “India has an untapped pool of talented individuals who are always on the lookout for opportunities to prove their mettle to the rest of the nation. In the past 11 years, Radio City Super Singer has ensured that every aspiring singer of India gets a platform to showcase their talent to the country and catapult their dreams into reality. I congratulate this year’s winners and the finalists for putting up a great show. A special thanks to Mr. Daler Mehndi who has not only equally contributed in this journey by being an excellent mentor and guide but has also been a great judge for so many years. It is always a delight and a great honour to have him as an integral part of such talent hunts!

And kudos to the Radio City team for their ceaseless drive to keep up the momentum year after year, and for helping Radio City Super Singer to continue to achieve the zenith of glory.”

RCSS season 11’s judge, King of Pop Daler Mehndi lauded Radio City for the continual efforts year on year. The voice behind powerful hits like Dangal, Baahubali and Jagga Jiteya from Uri: The Surgical Strike said, “With Radio City, it always gives me a feeling of coming back home. I want the aspiring singers and performers to always remember these golden rules to success - train hard, keep yourself grounded and talk to the divine. Always remember the basics, just focus on your journey and never adulterate your desire with wrong actions. Trust me, then ageless success will be yours.

Platforms like Radio City Super Singer help us discover talent who can be the bright future of the music industry. Kudos to Radio City on achieving another milestone with the 11th season and I wish the winner and the contestants much success and a great future ahead. Wishing Radio City all the best for their future endeavours. Rab Rakha!”

Radio City Super Singer has been Radio City’s flagship property that has witnessed a popularity swell since its inception and has successfully completed 11 eventful years of giving the industry some of the best voices like Harjot Kaur, Manya Narang, and Sri Ganesh to name a few. The talent hunt reached over 69 million listeners through its 360-degree presence across on-air, on-ground, and digital mediums. The nominations were invited through walk-ins to Radio City studios, at malls across cities, through IVRS, social media platforms and Radio City branded vehicles which were moving across cities. Over 17.6 thousand test drives were reported on ground for Suzuki Gixxer further showcasing the extensive reach of the property.

Over the years, our music industry has seen many outstanding singers from different parts of our country, who braved the crowd to stand out in the limelight through this property. Embodying the brand philosophy of ‘Rag Rag Mein Daude City’, Radio City Super Singer has become a true example of Radio City’s ability to infuse local flavour in its initiatives and connect emotionally with its listeners by being a fuel to power their dreams.

Papon to perform in Rehmatein-7

Sangeetam Charitable Trust”, which has been extending Financial support, to Artists from the music fraternity for last six years is organising the 7th edition of Rehmatein music concert in Mumbai. Saurabh Daftary invited Padamshri Anup Jalota and Papon to announce the event details. This year more than needy, old, deserving musicians, & budding children will get help from the proceeds of Rehmatein 7.  Papon speaks about Rehmatein.

What is rehmatein according to you?
Rehmatein is connected with Sangitam charitable trust. It’s just like the name rehmatein it is for musicians it feels good that we musicians can do some help for this community. people try to help musicians but a very take the initiative. As we all know after a time musician suffer, they don’t have any pension or retirement plan so after wards when they face any problem or get ill, we help them by this initiative called rehmatein. We call them to teach the new upcoming artist. And all managerial work which happens is all for them.

As a singer how much are you connect with rehmatein what do you feel about the new upcoming artist who can’t get a chance?
of course I can understand the feeling of the new comer their need but also you need to be deserving it’s not like that you want to just  sing and you came her . if you are really interested and you are good enough then we test that they are really eligible and then we give a chance to them.

How was your singing carrier and your journey which you went through? Were there and hard experience?
 Well it is nothing like that but obviously its is hard to tough there are many who want to do genuine work and also there are many who are not even interested am I very selective. Being a selective person and handle this life style is very difficult. We need many equipment in our studio and I have a family to look over and other things so it is tough. I lean on the music completely and feel very lucky that everything is going smoothly. And yes, it is very tough journey.

Your parents are also musician and so you are, if you have to define music in a sentence so how would you do it?
it is very difficult for me to define music in a sentence. without music if there is a life I can even imagine because before I was born my mom was singing so there no option for me in this life other than music

As your parents were in this field so you were already in it did you took any training?
Yes of course, after a level without training you’ll get lost I couldn’t complete my training that’s my mistake but whatever I learned it still comes in use. whatever my parents taught me.
at a time, I did a lot of hard work so I am her.

So now you will be performing with Shaan and Ankit how is your bonding with them?
our bonding is very nice. both of them are good persons. see no one reaches the level without handwork. Shaan is my very close friend. I haven’t met Ankit that much we are common friend of each other

Is there any idol singer?
I don’t have an idol because from childhood I was into music I didn’t follow one singer but many but the most I have listened to jagjit singh and sang their song

What message would you give to your follower?
It’s the same you have to take training and keep patience it’s not like you’ll get success immediately it takes time if you are doing good then definitely, you’ll get success.

As a musician is there anything without which you are incomplete?
Well the appreciation the enthusiasm in the audience if it’s not there it feels empty.

 

A .R Rehman writes new song for 'Blinded By the Light'

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is premiering a music video for "For You My Love" (a new original song penned by Oscar and Grammy winning composer A.R. Rahman for the "Blinded By The Light" soundtrack).

Directed by Amith Krishnan (who worked on "One Heart: The A.R. Rahman Concert Film"), the "For You My Love" music clip intercuts scenes from "Blinded By The Light" with new footage featuring A.R. Rahman on piano with singers Hriday Gattani (performing English verses) and Parag Chhabra (performing Punjabi verses) alongside choreographed dancers in a dreamy Bollywood setting.

“It is always a pleasure to work my friend, A.R." said "Blinded By The Light" director Gurinder Chadha. "He has the amazing ability to go straight to the emotional heart of whatever composition is required by me or the film. 'For You My Love' is a wonderful blend of Western and Eastern sensibilities brought together by A.R. Rahman’s masterful magic.

World renowned as a composer who's redefining contemporary Indian music, A.R. Rahman, according to a BBC estimate, has sold more than 150 million copies of his work comprised of music from more than 100 film soundtracks and albums including landmark scores such as "Roja," "Bombay," "Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours" and many more.

Rahman began pursuing music from a very young age and after assisting leading musicians in India went on to compose jingles and scores for popular Indian television features. After obtaining a degree in western classical music from the Trinity College of Music, London, he set up his own in-house studio (Panchathan Record-Inn at Chennai). In 1991, "Roja" won Rahman the Indian National Award for the best music composer, the first time ever by a debutant. Rahman has gone on to win the National Award three more times, the most ever by any composer.

In 2008, Rahman's work gained global prominence with the extraordinary success of his score for "Slumdog Millionaire" that won 8 Academy Awards including two for Rahman, for Best Score and Best Song. "Slumdog Millionaire" won Rahman more than 15 awards for his score including two Grammys, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA.

Rahman has been conferred with honorary doctorates from the Trinity College of Music, Aligarh Muslim University, Anna University, Middlesex University and the Berklee College of Music. In 2009, he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Rahman received the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian honor, in 2010. Across his career, he has won six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Filmfare Awards and seventeen Filmfare Awards South.

“The timing of ‘Blinded By The Light’ is so right," said A.R. Rahman.  "It's a reminder to those who have forgotten the beauty of life, which is about giving, sharing, learning and empathy.  I'm so honored to be a part of this movie and the song which again reminds us that change is the only constant factor!"

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (digital and CD configurations) on Friday, August 9.

 

Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack brings together 12 essential Bruce Springsteen performances including the long-sought-after studio recording of "I'll Stand By You." Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes period tracks and dialog from the film and premieres "For You My Love."

Inspired by a true story (Sarfraz Manzoor's Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll) and the words and music of Bruce Springsteen, New Line Cinema's "Blinded By The Light" is the new coming-of-age film directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham"). The film follows Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in Luton, England in 1987. Javed's turbulent life amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times is transformed when he is introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen.

A breakout smash at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Blinded By The Light" has been hailed by critics as "a delirious and romantic rock 'n' roll parable…[an] incandescent ode to the life force of pop music" (Variety) and "pure, ingenuous joy" (Entertainment Weekly).

"Like a life-affirming rock anthem, Blinded By The Light hits familiar chords with confidence and flair, building to a conclusion that leaves audiences cheering for an encore," reads the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, where the film received 90% on the Tomatometer and a whopping 92% Audience Score.

Ganesh Aarti with a twist of beatboxing....

ZEE5 gives a new avatar to Ganesh aarti ‘Shendur Lal Chadhayo’ along with Rahul Vaidya and two extremely skilled beat boxers - BeatRAW and D-Cypher for Ganesh Chaturthi. The song has been put together without the use of any instruments.  Sounds of instruments like dhol, conch (Shank), manjira have all been created by mouth alone. The track also has an intriguing video which showcases how all the sounds were created. The video end with a key message - ‘Your voice is important. Raise it for the right reasons.’

Talking about his experience Rahul Vaidya said, “I recently released my new single ‘Jayaz’ with ZEE5 during which they shared the idea of #raiseyourvoice. I was immediately on board and we put together this aarti in our endeavour to spread the message. I had a great time creating this track with BeatRAW and D-Cypher. They are extremely talented and I am truly happy to collaborate with them.”

D-Cypher shares, “Music is my life and it always excites me to meet like-minded musicians like Rahul and D-Cypher to create new sound tracks. We did this for a meaningful initiative and I hope viewers love listening to it on ZEE5.

About ZEE5

ZEE5 is the digital entertainment destination launched by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), a global Media and Entertainment powerhouse. With content across 12 languages like English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati & Punjabi, ZEE5 is home to 1 lakh hours of On Demand Content and 80+ live TV channels. The platform brings together the best of Originals, Indian and International Movies and TV Shows, Music, Kids content, Cineplays, Live TV and Health and Lifestyle content all in one single destination. ZEE5 offers ground breaking features like 11 navigational languages, content download option, seamless video playback and Voice Search. 

 

 

Zaeden tranforms from a DJ to a singer for his new debut....

VYRL Originals brings to you fresh vibrant music with the extremely talented young artist Zaeden with his first single ‘Tere Bina’ as a singer songwriter featuring the gorgeous Amyra Dastur. With a catchy whistle tune, groovy beats and an unforgettable hook line, ‘Tere Bina’ is the cutest love song of the season.
The hummable track is easy on the ears and has an appeasing romantic melody beautifully written by Kunal Verma. The song gives you a hope that you can find that someone special in a lonely phase of your life and go head over heels and make your life complete and full of love.

The video directed by Disha Rampal is depicted the by moments that your share and cherish with your lover and how the memories string up the perfect portrait of life. It is a story that’s knit with loads of love, laughter, care and is bound to put a smile on your face with its sweet nothings.

VYRL Originals is a platform that is dedicated to building the category and culture of non-film music in India. Today, the label has over 18 exclusive artists in their roster and has worked with many more non-exclusive artists growing the original music and non-film category in India.

Speaking about the overall association, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music India & South Asia, shares, “Zaeden is a young and an extremely talented artist. His versatility and passion for music has bought him a long way with his fans being are an integral part of his journey. We are happy to welcome him to our VYRL Originals family and are excited to be a part of his new beginnings in building an amazing career in mainstream non-film music. ‘Tere bina’ is a wonderful track and a great way to introduce him as a singer songwriter that will appeal not only to his loyal fanbase but also to a much broader audience”

Speaking about his debut track and association with VYRL Originals, Zaeden shares ““I've waited for almost a year for "Tere bina" to release. The entire process of going back to my roots to explore my capabilities as a singer songwriter was both exciting and challenging and since this is the first song after my major shift to this new feat in my life, this song is special for me and I love all the positive response we've been getting. I hear people humming and singing the song already and that’s the best feeling for me as an artist. I'm extremely excited to partner with VYRL Originals for this journey and thank everyone for giving me and my song so much love. Onto the next one””

About VYRL Originals :

VYRL Originals is Universal Music India’s platform dedicated to promoting and building the category and culture of non-film music in India. VYRL Originals is India’s first artist-focused platform and has been instrumental in introducing and developing some of the finest talent in the country. The artist-first and integrated approach with some of the finest marketing innovations across different releases has been the driving force of making VYRL Originals the most desirable music label for the artist community.

About Zaeden:

Sahil Sharma popularly known as Zaeden is one of India’s biggest DJs. After having played at world’s biggest stages (Tomorrowland, Marenostrum festival, Sunburn festival & many more) and producing some generation-defining tracks (Tempted to Touch ft Rupee - Remake, Uncomplicated). Zaeden has embarked on a singer-songwriter journey with the release of his first single ‘Tere Bina’ with VYRL Originals. With exciting future releases and collaborations and a brand new experimental live set, Zaeden is set to be the face of independent pop music in India. 

 

Sony Music India signs two talent powerhouse composer....

 Sony Music Entertainment India recently announced the addition of another talented artist to their roster: the dynamic composer duo Sachin-Jigar, known for some of Bollywood’s biggest chartbusters, music for 5000+ TV episodes, 100-odd jingles and more. Under the terms of this exclusive Music Recording and Management deal, Sachin and Jigar will release new music as a duo and as solo artists as well. 

Sachin-Jigar are behind such successful film soundtracks like F.A.L.T.U., Finding Fanny, Badlapur, Stree, Arjun Patiala and the upcoming Street Dancer, will get a chance to soar and spread their wings in the pop/non-film music space with Sony Music.

Over the years the duo have garnered massive popularity on their own. With millions of followers (a total of 3.9 MN followers across Spotify and JioSaavn) between them and their last Bollywood album Stree garnering a staggering 126 MN plays one can only expect their number of fans/followers and streams to rise. Their last Gujarati non-film single Radha Ne Shyam Mali Jashe crossed 2.5 MN plays on JioSaavn.

Speaking on how they believe this deal will expand their horizons, Sachin says, “We are very excited to be working with Sony Music as we share a common vision. Non-film music has always been on our mind and we hope music fans enjoy this as much as our film songs.”

Adds on Jigar, “We have a fun pop line-up and we are sure music lovers will have some great music to look out for. The first single is a romantic track composed by us and sung by me. We are looking forward to releasing the same soon.”

Rohan Jha, Director Pop & Promotions, Sony Music India adds, “Sachin-Jigar are a complete package. Even with so many chartbusters to their credit already and a solid and enviable credibility in Bollywood, their passion and excitement for their foray into non-film music is inspiring. We share a common vision for Sachin-Jigar as pop stars, and we are really looking forward to their new music.”

Columbia/Legacy Presents Special Lyric Video of.....

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released a special music video combining song lyrics and clips from "Blinded by the Light" for Bruce Springsteen's "I'll Stand By You.” "I'll Stand By You" has developed mythic status among Springsteen fans and collectors since the first rumors of its existence. According to Springsteen in a 2016 interview with BBC2, "I'll Stand By You" is “a song that I wrote for my eldest son, it was a big ballad that was very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself. But it was something that I thought would have fit lovely.” Turns out, "Blinded by the Light" is the perfect movie fit for "I'll Stand By You."

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack . Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack brings together 12 essential Bruce Springsteen performances ranging from greatest hits and fan favorites ("Born To Run," "Dancing In The Dark," "Hungry Heart," "Because The Night") to previously unreleased tracks, including the long-sought-after studio recording of "I'll Stand By You." Also, for the first time on album, Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack presents two live rarities: the first concert performance of "The River”.

A breakout smash at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Blinded by the Light" has been hailed by critics as "a delirious and romantic rock 'n' roll parable…[an] incandescent ode to the life force of pop music" (Variety) and "pure, ingenuous joy" (Entertainment Weekly). Collider called it, "One of the year's best films" while the New York Post said, "Guaranteed to make you feel better than any other film this year." Indiewire said "Glorious" while The Wrap observed it was "Damn near irresistible." Bruce Springsteen's Long-Awaited "I'll Stand By You" 

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released a special music video combining song lyrics and clips from "Blinded by the Light" for Bruce Springsteen's "I'll Stand By You.” "I'll Stand By You" has developed mythic status among Springsteen fans and collectors since the first rumors of its existence. According to Springsteen in a 2016 interview with BBC2, "I'll Stand By You" is “a song that I wrote for my eldest son, it was a big ballad that was very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself. But it was something that I thought would have fit lovely.” Turns out, "Blinded by the Light" is the perfect movie fit for "I'll Stand By You."
Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack brings together 12 essential Bruce Springsteen performances ranging from greatest hits and fan favorites ("Born To Run," "Dancing In The Dark," "Hungry Heart," "Because The Night") to previously unreleased tracks, including the long-sought-after studio recording of "I'll Stand By You." Also, for the first time on album, Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack presents two live rarities: the first concert performance of "The River”.
A breakout smash at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Blinded by the Light" has been hailed by critics as "a delirious and romantic rock 'n' roll parable…[an] incandescent ode to the life force of pop music" (Variety) and "pure, ingenuous joy" (Entertainment Weekly). Collider called it, "One of the year's best films" while the New York Post said, "Guaranteed to make you feel better than any other film this year." Indiewire said "Glorious" while The Wrap observed it was "Damn near irresistible."

Charlie Puth Returns With 'I WARNED MYSELF'

Multi-GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer Charlie Puth makes his triumphant return with “I Warned Myself” – available now via Atlantic Records alongside a Brendan Vaughan-directed video companion. Tauntingly mesmerizing, “I Warned Myself” pairs a pulsating bassline with Puth’s signature silky falsetto and candidly bold lyrics. Self-penned and produced alongside Benny Blanco, the song marks the beginning of a new era for one of today’s most celebrated and sought-after hitmakers.

“I Warned Myself” marks the first new release from Puth since his 2018 GRAMMY nominated sophomore album Voicenotes. Debuting at #4 on the Billboard 200, the album received an RIAA gold certification within four days of release and claims over 3.2 billion of Puth’s collective 6.9 billion global streams via 4x-platinum #1 Top 40 smash “Attention,” platinum follow-up “How Long” & gold certified singles “The Way I Am” and “Done For Me.” The album was supported by Puth’s widely successful headline Voicenotes Tour, which saw sold-out shows across North America and Asia.

Puth fully exploded onto the music scene in 2015 as the songwriter, producer and featured vocalist on Wiz Khalifa’s 3x-GRAMMY and Golden Globe nominated single “See You Again.” One of the decade’s biggest releases, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks, became the best-selling song of the year, and boasts a diamond RIAA certification. Soon after followed the release of Puth’s debut platinum certified album Nine Track Mind, which included 4x-platinum hits “We Don’t Talk Anymore” and “One Call Away” and 3x-platinum “Marvin Gaye.”

Having quickly proven to be one of music’s most in-demand collaborators, Puth has lent his songwriting and production talent to artists such as Katy Perry (“Small Talk”), 5 Seconds of Summer (“Easier”), Maroon 5 (“Lips On You”), Michael Bublé (“Love You Anymore”) and more.

Bacardi Nh7 2019 Announces Eclectic Artist Line-Up

India’s happiest music festival is all set to take centre stage in the beautiful hills of Meghalaya from November 1-2, 2019. The fifth edition of the much loved BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender just got bigger and better with its exciting line-up of local and global artists.The festival will see electrifying performances by international artists like Karnivool and Intervals, with more to be announced soon. Indian artists who will play at the venue are Shubha Mudgal, Benny Dayal and Funktuation, When Chai Met Toast and Raja Kumari. Among some exceptional talent from the North-east set to perform this season are Soulmate: North East Blues Special, Imphal Talkies and Khazi Bloodz.

“We’re thrilled to be back in Meghalaya for our fifth year in the state. Since our festival’s journey began in 2010, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender has programmed extraordinary talent for an equally passionate and growing audience of music fans. The festival began as a home for indie musicians to connect with their fans like never before, and over 10 years, it's been surreal to witness the festival grow in the most organic way - both sonically and as a community. With over 82% of our lineup making their festival debut this year, we hope to see fans, old and new to celebrate this decade of happiness with us.” said Supreet Kaur, Festival Director.

Anshuman Goenka, BACARDÍ Director Marketing, India commented,” Ten years ago, BACARDÍ’s passion for music and our inherent legacy of creating immersive experiences, led to a creative partnership with OML, giving India one of its first music festivals ever - BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender. Fondly referred to as India’s Happiest Music festival, our commitment to providing unique experiences and showcasing true talent, remains undeterred. In the last ten years, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender has successfully brought independent music to mainstream culture and we are confident that in the next ten years, the community will grow bigger and stronger. This year, we look forward to celebrating the festival, our fans and the spirit of always doing what moves us.”

After its opening act in Meghalaya in November, the festival will travel to Pune from November 29- December 1, 2019, where it will celebrate a glorious decade of bringing the best musical talent to all music aficionados.Since its inception in 2009, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender has emerged as one of the biggest and most awaited music festivals in India. Over the last decade, it has featured over 600 artists from India and around the world across genres.

Karnivool

Critically acclaimed and widely followed, Karnivool are a progressive metal band from Australia. With their acclaimed 2005 debut, Themata, and 2009’s ground breaking follow-up, Sound Awake, Karnivool established themselves as one of the most vital forces in progressive modern music. Now a major international draw, appearing at festivals such as The Big Day Out, Sonisphere (France), Download (UK), SXSW (US) and Hurricane (Germany), and gaining high praise from international press titans such as Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, Kerrang! and Rocksound, Karnivool have belied expectation again with album number three, the brazen and introspective, Asymmetry. This expansive new work was designed in the band’s Perth studio over two years, before in late 2012, the Karnivool caravan headed across the continent to bunker down with legendary producer, Nick DiDia (Rage Against The Machine, Mastodon) at Byron Bay’s Studios 301. A new album is expected this year, with the band having teased it to its audience on social media. This will the band's 3rd time in India, and their first time in Meghalaya with BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender.

Intervals

Intervals is a Canadian progressive metal band. Formed in Toronto, Ontario, the band has toured throughout Canada and the United States with bands such as Animals as Leaders, Protest The Hero, Between The Buried and Me and The Contortionist. Formerly featuring Mike Semesky, Lukas Guyader, Matt De Luca and Anup Sastry (the drummer from Skyharbor, a Delhi-based prog-metal act featuring artists from the world over), the band currently features Aaron Marshall with a host of guest musicians. Having made an instrumental release titled The Way Forward in 2017, the band is currently on tour across the world promoting its new, unique sound.

Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal is a Hindustani classical vocalist trained by some of the finest scholar musicians and gurus of the country. Awarded the Padmashri by the Government of India in 2000, she has received several accolades and awards and has also worked on several projects related to music education. She was also awarded the Nana Shirgaokar Chair for traditional music at the Goa University from 2013 to 2015. Along with her specialisation in Hindustani classical music, Shubha Mudgal is also well known for her work with popular music. She performs with a group of accomplished musicians and composers with whom she has had a long association such as Dr. Aneesh Pradhan, Sudhir Nayak, Aditya Balani, Gaurav Balani, Anil Chawla, Srijan Mahajan and Nitin Joshi. While she has performed multiple times at the happiest music festival, this is her first ever performance with BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender in Meghalaya.

Soulmate

Soulmate is a blues rock band from Shillong, Meghalaya, India. Often referred to as legends of the rock and roll and the blues scene in Shillong, the band is primarily made up of Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar, although they frequently team up with session musicians when on tour. Tipriti is considered one of the finest female singers to have emerged from North East India and Wallang remains one of the most respected blues guitarists of India.

Benny Dayal and Funktuation

Primarily inspired by the genres of Funk, Soul, R&B, Disco, and Pop, Funktuation is a rare combination of a live band playing dance music. The band with Benny Dayal on vocals, Carl Fernandes on bass, Alok Merwin on synth and keys, David Joseph on drums, Allwyn Jeya Paul on percussions, Joshua Satya on guitars, and Toby Joseph on sound, started out playing covers of funk music from the ’80s and ’90s, while their front-man, Benny Dayal, began to make his mark in the film music industry. Though Benny’s Bollywood career kept him supremely occupied, he, along with the band were determined to evolve into their own identity, and slowly started writing their original music. This mellifluous funk band has been making waves in the Indie music scene since its inception in the year 2011, also at the same time traveling all across the country and the world playing Benny’s Bollywood hits but with a funk-twist. They finally released their first Tamil-Funk EP ‘Funk Katcheri’ in January 2019 prior to which they dropped their first music video ‘Oora Paaru’ in November 2018. The band has a unique energy which started making waves ever since they came together. They have also collaborated with various other artists for gigs and generated some fantastic numbers to the delight of their audiences. Their biggest asset is their ability to adapt funk into regional languages such as Tamil, Hindi as well as English. They also love putting in a bit of R&B, Disco, and Soul which effortlessly blend with the genre.

When Chai Met Toast

When Chai Met Toast is a four-piece, neo-folk band from Cochin, Kerala formed in 2016. Their debut EP 'The Joy of Little Things' was released in 2017, followed by their second EP 'Believe' in 2018. They are constantly touring multiple cities and are a festival favorite across India. Their YouTube channel is going strong with over 3 million collective views. Apart from their releases, the band has also worked with the stand-up comedian Kenny Sebastian on the soundtrack of his Amazon Prime Show, ‘Die Trying’. They are known for their foot-tapping energy and unique brand of infectious happy music, which transcends age, genre and even language.

 

Zara Khan & Tanishk Bagchi released their first song..

The multi-talented and Bollywood’s most trending music composer, Tanishk Bagchi and Zara Khan, singer- actress who featured as a lead in an Oscars nominated movie ‘Khoj’ and the daughter of the iconic Salma Agha make their debut as singer-songwriters with their first single Khud Se Zyada in collaboration with VYRL Originals. Khud Se Zyada is a beautiful romantic track, with a young, happy, urban vibe that will make you groove instantly.

Staying true to his style, Tanishk Bagchi has experimented and seamlessly infused new pop beats making Khud Se Zyada an alternative pop sound. Furthermore, the verses of the track act as a soul to the melody and make you live and love in the moment with every listen.

The video of the song best captures the old saying: "love shows up when you least expect it".  Zara in the video is portrayed as a cabbie who falls in love at first sight with Tanishk who is her passenger. Zara grabs an unexpected opportunity and takes Tanishk around to exquisite and romantic locations of Sydney. Both are seen to be living in the moment and making the most by enjoying the little time they have together. This crazy love story that starts between two strangers, weaves into a strong bond effortlessly. The video is shot and Co-directed by Aimee-Lee Curran and Pooja Gujral in the beautiful picturesque backdrops of Australia.

VYRL Originals, the frontrunner in building the category and culture of non-film music in India has given independent music artists a platform to showcase their talent. The label has over 17 exclusive artists in their roster and have worked with many more non-exclusive artists, growing original music and non-film category in India.

Curating the track Tanishk Bagchi shares “My inspiration behind writing this track ‘Khud Se Zyada’ was not just love but my dedication and adoration I have for music. Music has been with me for all my life and my music will be with people even after I’m gone, so for me ‘Khud Se Zyada’ – i.e. more than me… is my passion for music. And this track being my first single as a singer-songwriter I solely wanted the track to be dedicated to my love which is music”.

Speaking about her collaboration, Zara Khan said, “My family’s legacy from my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother have been all singer-actors. Hence singing and acting comes naturally to me and I love doing both. My mom feels I have a husky voice, which is very different from hers. The track ‘Khud Se Zyada’ will definitely hold on to the listeners by its lyrics, being written so simple yet holds a very deep meaning – Khud Se Zyada tere ho gaye.... I don’t think one needs to say anything more when the one you love says that to you. This is my first single and I am super excited about it.”

On the release of the track, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group India & South Asia said, “Tanishk and Zara are extremely talented artists and we are proud that both have chosen to debut their first single with VYRL Originals due to our differentiated and unique approach towards content development and marketing. We are looking forward to the release of Khud Se Zyada and many more in the future.”

VYRL Originals – An EMI Records India Property:VYRL Originals is EMI Music India’s latest music property created to promote independent non-film music. This unique property is once again led by noted film director Mohit Suri - known for his excellent taste in music. Mohit will be curating every aspect of each track that is being produced. Right from the composers, lyricists to the singers, each of them has been carefully worked on and handpicked by the director himself. The sound will be in line with contemporary Bollywood music with great production values, albeit without the canvass of a film. The tracks under VYRL Originals will be launched simultaneously across every streaming service – in India as well as Globally - and will sit amongst today’s popular Bollywood songs giving the music lover a seamless listening experience.

'Radio City Super Singer' launches its 11th Season to encourage aspiring singers

Radio City, India’s leading radio network announces the 11th season of one of the biggest singing talent hunts on radio, Suzuki Gixxer presents Radio City Super Singer, to continue its legacy of turning the spotlight onto some of India's brightest singing stars. The first ever singing talent hunt on Indian radio, Radio City Super Singer has witnessed phenomenal response and growth with each passing year. Spreading its wings across 39 cities, the talent hunt has catapulted the dreams of many a talented voice into a successful reality and has won over millions of hearts to become one of the most popular radio singing shows across the country.

Radio City Super Singer, with its innovative and creative approach, has become one of Radio City’s tent pole properties.  The talent hunt reaches over 69 million listeners through its 360-degree presence across on-air, on-ground, and digital mediums. Over the years, the property has been instrumental in recognizing and encouraging many promising singers by giving them the opportunity to showcase their skill of crooning melodious songs. 

Commenting on the launch of the 11th edition of Radio City Super Singer, Radio City's Chief Creative Officer, Kartik Kalla, said, “In the last ten years, Radio City Super Singer has become a platform for many budding singers to showcase their talent and has reached over 69 million listeners across 39 cities of the country. Radio City’s commitment to constantly innovate for a decade has helped the property evolve into one of the most popular talent hunts of the industry and the country. The overwhelming response we receive every year is a testimony to the scale and engagement driven by the property. This year marks our 11th anniversary and we are certain that we will surpass expectations yet again.”

Expressing his thoughts on Radio City Super Singer 11, the National Award-winning singer Sukhwinder Singh said, “India has a bustling pool of talented individuals who are always on the lookout for credible avenues where they can showcase their mettle. Radio City Super Singer is one such well-recognized platform which has been committed to celebrating this country’s immensely gifted singers for the last decade, an incredibly long time which is nothing but a testament of Radio City’s commitment to finding and nurturing talent and helping them grow. I still remember my first time on stage, I was 8 years old and I sang Lataji’s famous song Sa Re Ga Ma from the movie Abhinetri. It’s been over 3 decades since then and my love for music has only grown over the years. I have had a long-standing relationship with Radio City by being the voice of the famous Rag Rag Mein Daude City stationality song. I wish the contestants of this year's Radio City Super Singer have a similar love affair with music and they hone their skills to become bright superstars of the industry someday!”

So, gear up for the big battle and train those vocal chords for the audition. A world of opportunity awaits!

To Audition in Mumbai

  • Walk into Radio City Studio between 10am -5pm till 22nd August
  • Call us on – 9119114943
  • Upload your entry on radiocity.in/rcss
  • On-ground auditions at Infiniti Mall, Malad
  • Finale Date and time-31st August, 7pm, Infiniti Mall, Malad
  • Locate a Radio City branded vehicle going around town

About Radio City 91.1FM:

Radio City, a part of Music Broadcast Limited (MBL) is a subsidiary of Jagran Prakashan Ltd. Being the first FM radio broadcaster in India and with over 17 years of expertise in the radio industry, Radio City has consistently been the number one radio station in Bengaluru and Mumbai with 24.5% and 15.7% average listenership share respectively. (Source: RAM Data,TG: 12+ Period: Week 1, 2013 to Week 21, 2019). Radio City Delhi ranks #2 with 13.4% average listenership share (Source: RAM Data, TG: 12+ Period: Week 1, 2019 to Week 21, 2019).

Radio City bagged 73 awards across national and international platforms like Golden Mikes, India Radio Forum, New York awards, ACEF awards etc. in 2018-2019. Radio City has consistently featured for the 7th time in ‘India’s Best Companies to Work For’ study conducted by Great Place to Work Institute. In 2019, Radio City ranked 6th in ‘Best Large Workplaces in Asia’, according to the GPTW survey.

For further details, log on to www.radiocity.in 

 

Arpit Chourey and his 'Wind in My Hair'

Music reflecting the minimalistic tunes of a dreamy mind and words painting poetry in the air, Arpit Chourey from Hyderabad takes you on a ferry ride. Arpit’s music is distinctive and rhythmic with a serene flow, contrasting the hustle-bustle surrounding us in the world today. The Arpit Chourey Project (T.A.C.P.) won the award for best band in Hyderabad for year 2016/17 at INCA India (India Nightlife Convention & Awards). Arpit has also performed at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2016 in Hyderabad. Arpit had released had debut EP called “Simple Stories” in May 2017 and now the second EP titled ‘Wind in My Hair’ in August 2019.

‘‘Wind in My Hair’’ is my second EP after a decent success of my debut EP ‘Simple Stories’. ‘Wind in My Hair’ comes with a big band sound juxtaposed with acoustic feel. Although, I did not really realize this while we were producing the album, this EP does not have any love ballad or any sad song. I do enjoy writing sad songs though. The title track ‘Wind in My Hair’ talks about memories you make at each and every turn in life and how they remain till the end. ‘Curious Case of Mondays’ is a little story and a little conversation between two loved ones. The idea of this song came to us when our drummer missed third jam session on a Monday in a row. Our drummer used to travel on weekends to see his long-distance lover and was never able to come back on time for our Monday morning jams and practice session. I tried to imagine how conversation between our drummer and his lover takes place on a normal Sunday evening and wrote this song. Hence, the composition, vocal melody lines and music arrangement is a little comical. ‘Promise’ is a song that talks to people who are master of all trades (we see such brilliant people every now and then). At one point, it’s important to choose what you want to do and sacrifice everything else to be successful in life. At a point in life it’s important to fulfill the promise you made to yourself and move forward. At a point in life it’s important to find out what you love more and what you love less. ‘Coffee Mug’ – This song is also a conversation. It’s about strong women who step out of their comfortable homes and leave for a bigger city at a young age to achieve their dreams

Anupma Chauhan Debuts with A Patriotic Song


Anupma Chauhan, the newest singing sensation is all set to hit the music marquee with this Independence Day! Serenading her way into the music industry with a patriotic song Sar Himalaya Ka Jhukne Na Denge releasing on the 15th of August, Anupma is all set to woo the music lovers. Hailing from a family with music background, Anupma started her formal training in music at the age of 3 itself. "My father has been trained in music for 14 years and it’s his interest in this art that's passed onto me, I guess," says Anupma excitedly. 

The upcoming singing star has learnt music from the best of the best in the industry. "I was fortunately to meet the nicest soul in the music fraternity, Kishori Amonkar. Known as the biggest classic singers in India, Late Kishori Amonkarji who I fondly called Tai, trained me in music for more than a year. I later also trained under the Padmabhushan, Padmashree and Padmavibhushan awardee Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Sahab and also his son Qadir Mustafa Khan Sahab," says Anupma while further adding her Bollywood connect, "Well it's imperative to know playback singing as well and for that I got mentored by Lalit Panditji as well. I was also fortunate enough to get trained under Late Ravindra Jain before he passed away."

As for her debut number, she seems super excited for it also brings about a collaboration with really talented people. While the song is Produced by Rizwan Pandey, the lyrics and composition are done by K. P. Singh. The music video is directed by Nitesh Sinha.

SpotlampE.com launches a song .....

Network channels, Ishqa featured the sensual and attractive Bollywood film actress Neetu Chandra in the music video. Payal Dev is a multi-linguistic singer. Other than in Hindi, she has already sung songs in, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, English and is keen to sing in various other languages. she has sung in popular Bollywood movies like Student of the year 2, Race 3, Kaabil, Bajirao Mastani, Namaste England & many more.

Speaking about the new song Rajitta Hemwani, Chief Business Officer, SpotlampE said, “SpotlampE was launched with an aim to provide musical talent a stage to showcase their mettle. In a short span of time,
SpotlampE.com has associated with new as well as established singers to launch many hit singles. From big names to new talent, from Hindi to Arabic, from Mika to Shaggy, we are exploring all! Ishqa, our next release is
fun, dance and Bollywood.” 

Composed by Raaj Aashoo, Ishqa is written by Murali Agarwal and the dance video is produced by Murali Agarwal and directed by Muddasar Khan. Ishqa is Payal’s next non Bollywood song after Kamli Kamli, with Raaj
Aashoo & Murli Agarwal. Speaking of the new single Ishqa, singer Payal Dev said “I am thrilled to be associated with SpotlampE.com to launch my next non-film song ‘Ishqa’. The groovy dance track features Bollywood actress Neetu Chandra who as added a lot of oomph to the music video.

 Commenting on Ishqa, actress Neetu Chandra said ; Every song has its own story and own rhythm. In Ishqa
you will see me in a different avatar. Its a song for all generations that you can sing / hum and dance to. I hope all my fans love it as much I do.
Catch the song live on http://bit.ly/ISHQA
 

Gully Life: The documentary coming soon

DIVINE’s is a name that is synonymous with rap music in India. Alongside a handful of fellow musicians, he’s also credited as one that’s putting hip-hop from the country on the map. He has toured the world, featured on a BBC Radio show, been the inspiration for a Bollywood feature film, contributed music to a few, and now even runs his own company/record label, Gully Gang Entertainment. Less than a decade ago, however, things were vastly different. Living with his grandmother in an eastern Mumbai suburb, Vivian Fernandes was a young boy with no knowledge of hip-hop. His familiarity with music extended largely to the various forms of Indian music he had heard growing up, and those that were played at celebrations in his neighbourhood.

The first-ever documentary on his life, Gully Life: The Story of DIVINE takes an in-depth look at how a young rapper from Mumbai became one of the most sought-after musicians in India and a global superstar – in a matter of a few years. Produced by Red Bull Media House in association with Supari Studios, the film chronicles the ups and downs of one of India’s favourite musicians, in a journey that’s as fascinating as it is endearing.

The film will be telecast on July 1 at 9pm on Discovery Channel, Discovery HD World, TLC, TLC HD World, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, and Discovery Tamil. This will be followed by a digital release on Red Bull TV on July 15 and DIVINE’s YouTube channel on July 17.

Over the course of the fifty-minute-long film, viewers are introduced to some of the most important people in DIVINE’s life – from his mother, with whom he is especially close, to the friends he grew up with and who remain his closest aides – and taken on his remarkable journey, evolving from a teenager discovering hip-hop to the icon he is today.

Says DIVINE, “I’ve had an incredible and amazing journey so far, it almost feels like a dream. To be able to do what I love and for it to be appreciated by others, I feel blessed! Hip-hop really did save my life. Shooting this documentary was quite a journey – to go back tracing all the steps in my life was definitely a surreal experience. I’m grateful to Red Bull Media House and my team at Gully Gang Entertainment to help this bring to life”.

In production for over a year, while the film follows DIVINE through some of his biggest professional achievements – including the debut edition of his hip-hop festival, Gully Fest, and an international tour in Canada – it also revisits the places and people that he credits for shaping his life. From school teachers to friends like family, his mother to artist managers, the director of the film, Akshat Gupt, interviews the characters most instrumental to the life of DIVINE.

“The approach I took with the film was to capture him in and around his environment in the most natural way possible, which means we shot with phones, smaller cameras, and even left our main cameras on and left him in his environment to be as candid as we could,” says Gupt. “We wanted to be unobtrusive, as that’s the only way to capture the rawness of someone’s story. DIVINE’s story is multifaceted and just never ceases to entertain, and that’s translated through to the film, keeping you glued throughout the 50 minutes.”

9122 Records introduces the "indie-proper" duo .....

True to its positioning of curating some of the coolest Independent music from around the world, Mumbai-based record label 9122 Records announces its latest signing, the indie-pop duo THE RESPONSE from Christchurch, New Zealand.  

After releasing International projects including DJ Snake’s `Premiere Classe Records’, Tara McDonald (UK), Trinix (France), Veronica Fusaro (Switzerland) and others – the label now brings to their shores the infectious and danceable alt-pop sounds of this multi-talented duo, with the release of their brand new EP titled Open Doors.

Comprising of vocalist/guitarist Andrew Knopp and multi–instrumentalist Victoria Knopp,  The Response encapsulate a blissful mix of alt–electronic soundscapes that takes you on a journey to their musical land, leaving one pondering, thinking and hypnotized by the duo’s melodic charm and insightful lyrics.

Described as “indie-proper”, the duo write, produce, record, mix and master all their own music. Often introspective, their music is said to "offer a sense of cautious hope, one that brings nostalgic touches of loss, belonging and identity" (Permanent Rain Press).
The duo’s latest offering is the brand new 5-track EP OPEN DOORS which is an India Exclusive release.

Says the duo “We decided to name the EP after the track “Open Doors” because this collection of songs represents a new beginning. We’re excited for what the future holds and about the music we are making at the moment.”

Determined to translate their music from tape to stage, The Response have crafted a live show that utilizes every one of their limbs and will leave you wondering exactly how the duo – just two of them - can make so much noise. Their dynamic live show has allowed them to share the stage with such international acts as Baio (of Vampire Weekend fame), Deep Sea Diver (Seattle), Big Scary (Australia) and Kate Boy (Sweden), as well as grace local festivals including Electric Avenue.

Indo-Australian singer collaborates with Emiway

17-year-old Indian-Australian singer Celina Sharma began singing at very young age, performing numbers from High School Musical for her friends and family while at preschool. As a teenager, she began sharing covers on TikTok and over time amassed over 40 thousand followers worldwide on the platform as well as scored a record deal with Virgin EMI. We met Celina at Universal Music Group where she performed with Emiway and let us knew about her new release with him which will be released on 27 Sept 2019 and  had a small conversation with her about the same

How was your experience performing at universal musical group?
It was quite amazing it was nice the stage was quite Setup the musician was there; they were amazing as well I really enjoyed that crowd and buzzing any how it was good.

We got to know you’ll be releasing a song with Emiway next month can you let us know about that?
It’s going to be out on 27th of September we are excited to shoot the video it’s going to be in London. Emiway and me will be like on buses stuff like that everyone says that.

How was your experience with Emiway?
He is amazing I mean like he is just incredible like his sound his vibe his personality it’s been privilege to work with him.

Have you ever heard any of his hip-hop songs which one is your favorite?
Definitely but I can’t understand what he said but yah he is amazing like how does he do that like he is just incredible.

 You say you are a half Punjabi so do you listen to Punjabi song?
Well I don’t know any singers name but I sing Punjabi songs I know that sound I don’t know the name I love Punjabi singers’ vibes. I love to listen Punjabi songs.

Do you have any favorite singers in Bollywood?
Arijit Singh I think that’s a common answer, anyways he is so amazing.

 Do you have any plans for Bollywood?
I have done acting dancing singing in my life. Actually, Bollywood movies really inspired me to sing. So yeah if it’s down the line in Bollywood movies if something like that I would love to do one.

So, you sang a cricket anthem for India in world cup how did it come to your mind?
I sang a song for India in the world cup I was excited I love India I want to like get to know more about India I will seek work with more people that I have from here because I am half Punjabi, I have to like them very start.

Would you like to give Any message for your fans?
First of all I would like to Thank them all so much for supporting me love to them all always stay positive of your mistakes and I love you.

 

 

Viacom18 partners with Film Heritage Foundation for.....

Viacom18 and Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) have been partnering for four years now, to create awareness for the pressing need to preserve and restore both: films and film-related photographic and paper materials, to future-proof our cinematic heritage. Intensive training is conducted through the annual week-long film preservation and restoration workshops. Over the last four years, the partnership has enabled these workshops to be conducted annually around the country. Viacom18 and Film Heritage Foundation have announced the 5th Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2019 (FPRWI), in Hyderabad. Esteemed actors, Nagarjuna and Amala, were present to announce the workshop along with the founder of FHF, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur; Sudhanshu Vats, group CEO and MD, Viacom18; and Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, Government of Telangana.

Vats said, “Cinema is an integral part of our country’s cultural DNA and we owe it to our future generations to pass it on. This time we have extended our partnership to bring our message of preservation and training in the specialised field to the Telugu Film industry, which has been an integral part of Indian cinema and has given the industry a galaxy of talented directors, actors and musicians – not only on a regional level but also for the Indian film industry at large.” Dungarpur added, “Film is an art form. It is history in motion and a reflection of the times we live in. That is why films must be saved.”

Sanah Moidutty releases her new Tamil song

Singer Sanah Moidutty who has crooned for some very melodious tracks in the recent past, is all set for her second Tamil song, ‘Kannale’ from Market Raja MBBS. Sanah has also featured in the music video of the song. Sanah’s previous Tamil track ‘Main Nigara’ from Suriya starrer ‘24’ was a huge hit and if initial reactions to ‘Kannale’. Is anything to go by, Sanah’s streak of chart busters in Tollywood continues. 

‘Kannale’ is composed by Simon King and penned by Dhamayanti. Sanah, who had a great time recording the song says, “Loved singing this fun, upbeat song for Market Raja MBBS !  Simon King is an amazing composer. Singing a Tamil song with country vibes was indeed a superb experience ! And I'm glad I could be a part of the lyrical video with the makers of this song. Can't wait for the movie to release ! 
Barring Tamil, Sanah’s recently sang for ‘Matwaare’ from Arjun Kapoor starrer ‘India’s Most Wanted’. 

Link - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GdJ2qd_SMJc

Bowing down with Respect- Namo Fusion

Namo is an ancient Sanskrit word which means to bow down with respect. Through its compositions,the band Namo Fusion aims to use music to spread the importance of respect. It represents various emotions from happiness to pathos, with undertones of spirituality. The brainchild of violinist Dr Narayan Raman and guitarist Sarosh Izedyar, Namo Fusion has released its first studio album Namo. The music is a warm blend of Hindustani and Carnatic scales with western riffs and percussion loops. The musicians have used a techno feel while retaining the essence of Indian classical music, thus making it a world music album with a different feel.

The album, released under the Namo Music label, will be available worldwide on all digital platforms from August 27, 2019. Besides Dr Raman and Izedyar, the musicians comprise I.D. Rao on saxophone and clarinet, Vaibhav Jadhav on bass and George Joseph, who has remixed the Namo track to create

Namo Reprisealbum has been recorded by Smitesh Joshi at Ear Drums Studios, Worli, Mumbai, and mixed by Tanay Gujjar at Wow & Flutter Studios, Andheri, Mumbai. It has been mastered by Grammy award winning Phil Nicolo at Studio 4 Recording, Philadelphia, US. Dr Raman says this album is about his journey as a musician, composer and songwriter. He adds,  "Having worked with my close friend Sarosh Izedyar has given me great satisfaction and has taught me alot when it comes to music. There is a great sense of achievement when it comes to our album Namo.” Izedyar says, “ I’m very happy we could put this together. Narayan and I have known each other for over 30 years and this entire process has given us immense satisfaction. Happy listening”

Track details
1. Namo: Adapted from raga Saramati, it's dedicated to all individuals who have shaped our lives. Webow down to them with humility and respect.

2. Freedom: Adapted from raga Karnaranjini, dedicated to the armed forces who put their lives indanger to ensure our peace of mind.

3. Happy Kalimba: Adapted from raga Mohanam, a pleasing and enchanting pentatonic scale, it shows how music can transport you to a zone where you forget the pressure of trying to be what you aren’t.

4. Relay Express: Adapted from a combination of two pentatonic ragas, a conceptual tune similar to a relay race, wherein a musical phrase is played by one and passed on to the second, who plays another phrase and passes it on to the third, and so on, till the finale is achieved, showing the importance of teamwork.

5. Departed Souls: Adapted from raga Panthuvarali, known to evoke meditative and sympathetic moods, it’s dedicated to all departed souls who have played an important role in our lives.

6. Namo (Reprise): A club mix of the Namo track.

Akull wants to sing in Bollywood...

Akull Singer/ Song writer/ Music Producer from Delhi. .Recently Akull released a new song “I Love You” which has crossed more than 10 million views. His debut Single "Laal Bindi" had crossed 14Million Views. Akull on the release shares “IWith this track we intend to spread love and get people to express love to their loved ones which is rare now-a-days. We asked Akull a few questions here are the responses:- 

Do you think this track will do better than Laal Bindi? 
Lal Bindi’ has been loved widely and I am very grateful to everyone who has liked and shared my song. I appreciate all the love I have received, and I wish the support and love continues for ‘I love You’ too.

Tell us a little about your track “I Love you”? 
I love you’ is my new song with VYRL Originals. It is a picturesque video shot in Istanbul. The song is written by Mellow D and directed by Kenneth Lawrence and sung by me. This is a very up straight song than roaming around the bush. “I love you” will make you want to express your love for someone you wish to be with. These days people are very hesitated to express their feelings and love to their friends and family, the song depicts the true sense of being in love and a perfect track that will encourage you to convey your love fearlessly. This track can also act as a substitute if you wish to dedicate this track to someone rather than saying I love you directly.

What’s in the pipeline for you?
There are a couple of singles in my pipeline. My next single will be out but other than that I have been working on few other songs too. I am also supporting other artists and producing, composing for them. My next up would be some good music coming out as a composer and something that will be related to my YouTube channel.

How does independent music help you increase your repertoire? 
 He replied “Independent music is accepted widely now and it’s on full swing. The market for independent music has drastically grown. I Love making non-film music as it gives me a creative freedom to make kind of music.  VYRL Originals have been a great support and have always braced my thoughts. This is great time for the independent music artist to come out open and give the world the best of the music they want to put out.

Do you plan to shift gears to Bollywood?  
I will be more than happy to continue doing originals and also work in Bollywood. Apart from working on non-film tracks I am also currently working with Mohit Suri sir for his upcoming film and on a few other film songs as well.

 

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Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.