Hillary Scott 1-Apr ! Susan Boyle 1-Apr ! Jimmy Cliff 1-Apr ! John Barbata (Jefferson Starship) 1-Apr ! Leon Wilkerson (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 2-Apr ! Emmylou Harris 2-Apr ! Namagiripettai K.Krishnan 2-Apr ! Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) 3-Apr ! Cris Korea 3-Apr ! Hari Haran 3-Apr ! O.S.Thiyagarajan 3-Apr ! Parvati Khan 3-Apr ! Prabhu Deva 3-Apr ! Ram Shankar 3-Apr ! Musiri Subramania Iyer 4-Apr ! Magnus Sveningsson (The Cardigans) 4-Apr ! Mike Starr (formerly of Alice In Chains) 4-Apr ! Craig Adams (The Cult) 4-Apr ! Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) 5-Apr ! Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) 5-Apr ! ! Suneeta Rao 5-Apr ! Vimla Patil 6-Apr ! Pandit Ravi Shankar 7-Apr !Pt. Ravi Shankar 7-Apr !Saira Khan 7-Apr !John Oates (Hall & Oates) 7-Apr !Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull) 7-Apr !Professor S.Ramanathan 8-Apr !Julian Lennon 8-Apr ! Izzy Stradlin (Guns N' Roses) 8-Apr ! Babyface 10-Apr !Brian Setzer (Stray Cats) 10-Apr !Kishori Amonkar10-Apr !Pravin Shah (Time video)10-Apr !Joss Stone 11-Apr !Adinath Mangeshkar 11-Apr ! John Kay (Steppenwolf)12-Apr ! Herbie Hancock12-Apr ! Nagamani Srinath12-Apr !Neena Mehta12-Apr ! Lou Bega13-Apr ! Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)14-Apr ! Luis Fonsi15-Apr ! Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) 15-Apr ! Samantha Fox15-Apr ! Mark Hoppus (Blink-8)15-Apr ! Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray)15-Apr ! Rockwell 15-Apr ! Brett Michaels (Poison)15-Apr ! Terence Trent D'arby15-Apr ! Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)15-Apr ! Ry Cooder 15-Apr ! Sly Stone (Sly & The Family Stone)15-Apr ! Akon 16-Apr ! Stewart Kerr (Texas) 16-Apr ! Nancy Wilson (Heart) 16-Apr ! Victoria Adams (Posh Spice of Spice Girls) 17-Apr ! Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) 17-Apr ! Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) 17-Apr ! Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) 18-Apr ! Queen Latifah 18-Apr ! Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)18-Apr ! Vanessa Williams18-Apr ! Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) 18-Apr ! Irene Cara 18-Apr ! Charley Pride 18-Apr ! MC Maxim (Prodigy) 21-Apr ! Jonas Berggren (Ace Of Base) 21-Apr ! Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) 21-Apr ! Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) 21-Apr ! Peter Frampton 22-Apr ! George Benson 22-Apr ! Damon Albarn (Blur) 23-Apr ! Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet) 23-Apr ! Chaka Khan 23-Apr ! Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) 24-Apr ! Glen Cornick (Jethro Tull) 24-Apr ! Barbra Streisand 24-Apr ! Sharon Corr (The Corrs) 24-Apr ! Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) 25-Apr ! Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) 25-Apr ! Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) 25-Apr ! Elton John 25-Apr ! Aretha Franklin 25-Apr ! Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) 26-Apr ! Jay Sean 26-Apr ! James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) 26-Apr ! Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) 26-Apr ! Richard Tandy (ELO) 26-Apr ! Diana Ross 26-Apr ! Sheena Easton 27-Apr ! Ace Frehley (Kiss) 27-Apr ! Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) 27-Apr ! Mariah Carey 27-Apr ! Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) 27-Apr ! Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) 27-Apr ! Andrew Farris (INXS) 27-Apr ! Tony Banks (Genesis) 27-Apr ! Daisy Berkowitz (Marilyn Manson) 28-Apr ! Lady Gaga 28-Apr ! James Atkins (EMF) 28-Apr ! Reba McEntire 28-Apr ! John Evans (Jethro Tull) 28-Apr ! Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) 29-Apr ! Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) 29-Apr ! John Popper (Blues Traveler) 29-Apr ! Vangelis 29-Apr ! Willie Nelson 30-Apr ! Norah Jones 30-Apr ! Celine Dion 30-Apr ! Tracy Chapman 30-Apr ! MC Hammer 30-Apr ! Dave Ball (Procol Harum) 30-Apr ! Eric Clapton30-Apr ! Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) 30-Apr

Jubin Nautiyal spills Magic

Singer Jubin Nautiyal who has marked his way through Bollywood with chartbuster hits like ‘ ‘Socha Hai’, 'Kaabil Hoon', 'Bawara Maan' and ‘Kuch Toh Bata Zindagi’ is back again to touch your heart with his new independent single titled “Humnawa Mere”.  Composed by Rocky-Shiv, ‘Humnawa Mere’ is an intense romantic song. The song features a heartfelt melody blended with the rhythmic piano, adding the right texture to the song, Jubin's voice will surely make your heart melt. The lyrics of the song have been beautifully penned by Manoj Muntashir.  Shot in the serene, breathtaking landscapes of Venice, the visuals blend impeccably with the mood of the song.  

Talking about his upcoming single, singer Jubin Nautiyal said, ‘’Humnawa is a song about unrequited love, the kind of love majority has felt at some point in time in their life. It is a sad song and it will give you certain emotions which will make you celebrate the sadness of music. The song required a lot of love and emotions which feels natural to my vocal tone. I'm super excited about this single and would continue releasing more of independent music as well.' 

Bhushan Kumar says, “Our music team has been very keen to work on a single with Jubin for a while but for some reason he requested for more time. After listening to ‘Humnava Mere’, I feel the wait was worth it. You can see for yourself the pain and pathos he brings when he emotes through his vocals. You are left with a little dard in your heart. I feel this song is going to be loved by his fans and will earn him new fans.”

Speaking of Independent music, singer Jubin Nautyal further adds, ‘’it’s great to see that people are heading towards the independent music scene, because independent music comes without rules, and I believe that music doesn’t have rules. Rules are barriers and music is supposed to flow free, from all boundations. I feel it’s a great place for Indian music scene to be. I think a lot of great songs will happen and the country will get to hear great music in times to come’’. 

' I want to keep growing as a musician, want to learn more and let my curiosity be my teacher. And maybe soon you will hear my independent music writing.' he signs off. 





VYRL Originals launches their fourth single Laal Bindi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kris Wu releases new single album

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

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

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


Watch out for this Malayali singer-Sanah Moidutty

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

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

Sony buys 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing

Sony Corp will soon own 90% of EMI Music Publishing, following a $2.3bn deal with Mubadala Investment Company. The two parties have inked a legally binding memorandum of understanding ("MOU") for the sale of a Mubadala-led consortium's 60% equity interest in EMI Music Publishing to Sony Corporation of America. The deal values EMI Music Publishing at $4.75 billion. As a result of the transaction, Sony will indirectly own approximately 90% of the equity in EMI Music Publishing - with the remaining 10% owned by the Jackson Estate - and it will become a consolidated subsidiary of Sony.

EMI Music Publishing was acquired by an investor group led by Mubadala for $2.2bn in 2012. The deal saw Sony take 30%, the Jackson Estate take 10%, and a Mubadala-led consortium take 60%. If the sale goes through, Sony will assume EMI Music Publishing's existing gross indebtedness, which was approximately $1.359 billion as of March 31, 2018, and EMP will become a consolidated subsidiary of Sony. Upon closing of the transaction, Sony expects to record in operating income a non-cash step-up gain of approximately 100 billion yen ($1bn) for the equity interest in EMI Music Publishing it currently owns.EMI Music Publishing owns or administers over two million songs that include classics by Queen, Carole King and the Motown catalog along with contemporary songs from Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Drake, Sam Smith, Pink, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Fetty Wap, Hozier and Sia.

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YouTube Music Launched

YouTube Music has started its global rollout on May 22, arriving in the US, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. As part of its official announcement last week, YouTube acknowledged that over 1 billion people each month currently access its platform to play music. Just how many of those will be converted into subscribers remains to be seen, but Warner Music's CEO of Recorded Music Max Lousada is bullish about the opportunity. "The potential prize here is huge," he said, calling the launch an "important step in recognizing the power of artists, their music and the value they create". The audio-visual platform is a relaunch of the YouTube Music brand as an app and desktop player and offers both an ad-supported and $9.99-per-month premium tier.It will compete with established players Spotify and Apple Music, which have over 115 million paying subscribers between them. Coutesy :MBW

Liam Payne has released his new single

Liam Payne has released his brand-new single ‘Familiar’ with J Balvin. The single, out now on Capitol Records, will feature on Liam’s highly anticipated debut album, due for release later this year.

‘Familiar’ mixes Latin influences with a throwback RnB club sound to create a track ideal for the summer. Liam appears on the record alongside J Balvin - one of Colombia’s biggest musical exports and the 7th most-streamed artist of all time on Spotify - who lends his inimitable reggaeton-infused vocals to this track.

Liam Payne launched his solo career with debut single ‘Strip That Down’ featuring Quavo – the biggest-selling single solo single from a current member of One Direction. The song has sold over 8.5 million units to date, been certified triple platinum in Australia, double platinum in Canada and Ireland, with platinum status in the USA, UK, Italy, New Zealand and Sweden.

Liam followed ‘Strip That Down’ with his sophomore single ‘Bedroom Floor’, which has over 80 million streams on Spotify, and saw Bella Thorne star alongside Liam for its official video.

Liam’s most recent single was his duet with Rita Ora, ‘For You’, for the Fifty Shades Freed Official Soundtrack. The single was number on iTunes globally, spent thirteen weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 8 and was number one on the UK and European airplay charts. It has in excess of 130 million streams on Spotify, and the official video has over 100 million views to date. Listen to Liam Payne and J Balvin ‘Familiar’ here:

@Liam Payne @J Balvin Rita Ora@Deepika Roy @Wizspk Communication @Sunil D'sa @Devraj Sanyal

Aditya Narayan joins in the celebration

Jayas Kumar (popularly known as chote bhagwan) was one of the favourite contestant in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa lil champs 2017 while he was 5 years old. He was winning hearts for his innocence and talent that he holds within, especially when he sang ‘Channa Mereya’ on the stage. The young star was celebrating his 7th birthday on 21st April as his parents (Mr. Rajeev Kumar & Suruchi) threw a surprise birthday for him and invited his close friends, relatives, Sa Re Ga Ma Juries & Aditya Narayan. The event took place as Svenska Hotel, Andheri West.

As everyone arrived at the location, the night was followed with appetizers, main course. The night also witnessed the launch of the single by Jayas Kumar along with his website, adding charm to the celebrations. The guests were mesmerized when Jayas started singing the new singles and was dancing at the tunes of his songs.

Aditya Narayan joined in the celebration with Jayas Kumar, wishing him the best and being a part of his excitement. During the conversation, when asked to sing a song Aditya Narayan sang ‘Channa Mereya’ for Jayas. Celebrities like Aditya Naryan, Israr Ansari, Padma Wadekar, Arpita Mukherji, Sarfaraz sir, Hrishikesh Chury, Murtaza Mustafa, Vipin Aneja, DJ Kiran kamath, Pd. Ram Shankar, Arvinder Singh, Dr. Vinod Hasal, Prashant Ingole, Raja Pandit, Neeraj Sharma, Rishikesh Kamkar, Vaishali Made & Ram Shankar Sir were a part of the celebration adding light to the night.

@Aditya Narayan @Jayas Kumar (popularly known as chote bhagwan @Sa Re Ga Ma Pa lil champs 2017 @Svenska Hotel@  Israr Ansari, Padma Wadekar, Arpita Mukherji, Sarfaraz sir, Hrishikesh Chury, Murtaza Mustafa, Vipin Aneja, DJ Kiran kamath, Pd. Ram Shankar, Arvinder Singh, Dr. Vinod Hasal, Prashant Ingole, Raja Pandit, Neeraj Sharma, Rishikesh Kamkar, Vaishali Made & Ram Shankar

Avicii passes away to the other side

Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, was a Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer. “ Avicii "in Buddhism it means the lowest level of hell,” he says of his DJ name. “ I was honestly just looking for a MySpace name and had remembered the word Avicii from a friend.(8 September 1989 – 20 April 2018)

 “We all reach a point in our lives and careers where we understand what matters the most to us. For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do. Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do”

Before it could happen, he went away to the other side and hope to see you someday in Heaven.

'Kutta Hee Hoo Na' hits home on India's Realities

Continuing to release one hit after another, BACARDÍ House Party Sessions brings to you the 4th track of the series- ‘Kutta Hee Hoo Na’ by Babu Haabi. The singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer is renowned as the winner of the coveted Radio Mirchi Gold Disk for the creation of the most played song of the year ‘Chitta Ve’ from Udta Punjab. Often referred to in the media by his moniker, "Sadkon Ka Kutta" (dog of streets), his distinct dark tone and aggressive vocal delivery along with his descriptive writing style and immaculate poetry is well praised by audiences and critics alike.

 ‘Kutta Hee Hoo Na’ is a satirical comedy with a sprinkle of dry awkwardness and a healthy dose of passion. The track depicts men and women of India who indulge in stellar examples of passive aggressive behaviour, typically associated with the Aam Aadmi of the country, as they take honest portraits in a colourful small town photo studiowith badly painted cut-out backgrounds of scenery, rusty stools and corny poses, adding the tint and hue to the satire. Representing, the Average Uncle, Daadi Ma, Neighbourhood Youth (boy and a girl) and Post Graduate Youth, each character expresses their daily frustrations, the hypocritical life, and thwarting situations that a middle class person goes through in his life aka ‘Roz ka Sangharsh.

Tweet This: BACARDÍ House Party Sessions’ Latest Track Hits Home on India’s Realities #BacardiHousePartySessions

Clinton Cerejo forms a band 'Shor Police'

Music composer  Clinton Cerejo, in collaboration with Bollywood Playback Singer, Bianca Gomes are all set to sway the audiences with their new pop band “Shor Police.” The band led by Clinton and Bianca will have cutting edge music and a brand new contemporary sound. Bianca dons the co- composer hat for this project to bring you some sticky hooks and slamming sounds. A pun on the word Chor Police, Shor Police also aims to put a fresh spin on cover songs and renditions. Previously, Clinton and Bianca have collaborated in mainstream Bollywood and lent their voices to tracks in hit movies such as Manhattan in English Vinglish, Clinton has also been a composer for tracks (Lamho ke rasgulle, Hatt Mullah) sung by Bianca. The talented duo are currently associated with Clinton’s solo Fusion outfit called The Clinton Cerejo Band.

Talking about Shor Police, Clinton Cerejo shares “The world needs a fresh outlook on pop! With this band, we aim to bring the fun back into the music and get audiences excited about the genre again!” It’s also a much more accessible sound and a departure from my folk fusion side.”Adding to that Bianca shares “Our equation is fantastic and with this band, we aim to create great tracks that audiences will love listening to ”The debut track of the band, “Anjaana” released today across all digital platforms. Written by Nirmika Singh, the track sees the lead singers travelling and singing aloud on the roads of Bandadhara, Maharashtra.

Mr. Sagar Gokhale, Chief Operating Officer of Qyuki shares “Clinton Cerejo is a force to be reckoned with! He created some of the finest tracks on Jammin' and we can't wait for Shor Police to create some massive shor online! The combined prowess of Clinton and Bianca is unique and will create a great impact in the pop music genre. We are excited to be part of this journey and be their supporters in every way.”With international composition and their commercial pop style, the duo is ready to create a difference in the digital era.

Debut track out now:

@Clinton Cerejo @Shor Police @The Clinton Cerejo Band @Sagar Gokhale, Chief Operating Officer of Qyuki  @Qyuki @Bianca Gomes(playback Singer) @Nirmika Singh

Indie Music Label celebrates the hattrick 

With Indie Music Label’s latest released single “Majbooriyan”, steadily climbing the charts, the company boasts of a hattrick of hit singles, the last two being Darshan Raval’s Tera Zikr and Shab Tum Ho. The 2 songs together have crossed over 200 million in audio and video streaming, a milestone in itself. Majbooriyaan, has views already reaching in couple of millions. Sung by Soham Naik Ft. Antara Mitra, the heart-rending song is based on a completely different emotion of love than what was expressed in Shab Tum Ho, making the content novel and assorted. Speaking on the success Naushad Khan, Managing Director Indie Music Label says, “3C’s have to be spot on - Content. Curation of content and Commercialization of Content. Also in an era where Bollywood is heavily relying on remixed numbers, it becomes even more imperative to create original content for listeners. Also the kind of response some artistes and their music generates, it is not far that India too will have pop stars as big as the biggest film stars”

Indie Music Label aspires to Build & Promote Indian Independent Music of all genres in association with Sony Music India for its marketing and distribution worldwide.

@Indie Music Label @Darshan Raval’s Tera Zikr @Darshan Raval’s Shab Tum Ho @Majbooriyan @Soham Naik Ft. Antara Mitra, @Naushad Khan, Managing Director Indie Music Label @Sony Music India @Neha Singh Founder - FRESHWATER @

Raj Shekhar:- The Lyricist

Tanu Weds Manu and Tanu Weds Manu Returns  were of his prime projects and post that lyricist Raj Shekhar is back and this time with YRF’s very aniticipated "Hichki". The film stars Rani Mukherjee and the songs of the film have already picked up.

While acting, directing and writing for plays in Delhi’s Kirori Mal College, writing lyrics for Bollywood movies and Poetry was one thing Raj Shekhar always dreamt of. Raj comes from Bihar and has completed his education from government school. His father is a farmer. Which makes it a big feat to be doing well in Bollywood.
Raj Shekhar made his debut in Bollywood with Hindi movie Tanu Weds Manu, a 2011 Hindi romantic Comedy film starring Kangana Ranaut and R Madhavan impressed with the lyrics of Tanu Weds Manu he was also offered Tanu Weds Manu Returns. His work also includes hit songs like "Jaane De" and "Khatam Kahani" from the film Qarib Qarib Singlle. These songs did very well. His songs in "Hichki" are “Madamji Go Easy” and “Khol De Par”.
Rajshekhar's upcoming projects include critically acclaimed film "Nimmo" starring acclaimed actor Anjali Patil and Produced by Anand L Rai which will be releasing around mid this year and untitled film from Phantom films set in north India.

 @Raj Shekhar:- The Lyricist @Nimmo @Hichki @Phantom films


Are you alive?

"Unwanted-Zindaa" the signature song of the film "Unwanted" is all about the celebration of life. Directed by Dilip Deo, the film is produced by Madhumita Roy. Jerry Silvester Vincent is the music composer of song Zindaa. He is making his Bollywood debut with "Unwanted". One of his composition from Hollywood film was shortlisted for Oscars Music Awards 2018. He was the student of  Dr. A.R. Rahman's KM Music Conservatory, Chennai and worked with him on many projects. The song also marks the Bollywood debut of singers Jaganjot Randhawa and Lavita Lobo. The lyrics are penned by Vibha Rani.

Dilip Deo says, " It is about the identity of individuals, about their dreams. It's about the existence of individuals. The true identity, which defines who we are, and the meaning of life. And that's why it's a song about the 'Celebration of Life'. Zindaa is about the celebration that we are alive.

Listen and Watch the song here:All links for Unwanted-Zindaa Song
Artist aloud
Zindaa teaser

@Unwanted-Zindaa" the signature song of the film "@Unwanted" is all about the celebration of life. @Directed by Dilip Deo, the film is @produced by Madhumita Roy. @Jerry Silvester Vincent  @Jaganjot Randhawa and @Lavita Lobo. The lyrics are penned by@ Vibha Rani.

DJ Snake releases video shot in India

French DJ and producer DJ Snake has shared the incredible new video for his hit single “Magenta Riddim.” Filmed in India the video pays tribute to the massive influence Indian music has had throughout both DJ Snake’s history and latest festival banger. Directed by Gal Muggia and Vania Heymann (the duo behind Coldplay’s Grammy Award-nominated video for “Up & Up”), the “Magenta Riddim” video follows a squad of firefighters who can’t stop dancing—the pride and joy of their small Telangana town. Much of the talent and crew involved in making the “Magenta Riddim” video are local artists who’ve worked on legendary films in the realm of Tollywood (the Telugu-speaking film industry).

“Magenta Riddim” is one of the latest culture-spanning singles dropped by DJ Snake. DJ Snake is both reclaiming his dance roots and pushing his artistic boundaries to create music that celebrates the global culture. Released via Geffen Records in February, “Magenta Riddim” has amassed over 20 million streams to date. It’s premiere being at his sold-out Accord Hotel Arena show in Paris in February.
It’s also earned praise from outlets like Complex, who hailed the track as a “solid reminder of DJ Snake’s range and his ability to expertly fuse a variety sounds and styles.”

Magenta Riddim was first played in DJ Snake’s sold out Accor Hotels Arena, Paris. Released in 2016, DJ Snake’s debut album Encore hit No. 1 on the Dance chart and Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, in addition to debuting in the top 10 around the world (including at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart). Since scoring his first No. 1 record with “Let Me Love You” feat. Justin Bieber, DJ Snake (AKA William Grigahcine) has achieved major success with hits like “Turn Down For What,” “Get Low,” “You Know You Like It,” “Lean On,” and “Middle.” His most recent hits also include the 2017 releases “A Different Way” feat. Lauv which was premiered in his historic show becoming the first DJ to play atop the Arc De Triomphe and “Broken Summer” feat. Max Frost. Last month, DJ Snake landed at #9 on the first-ever Billboard Dance 100 artist rankings. The Paris-bred musician will continue his global ascension by headlining Festival dates worldwide.

DJ Snake has taken time to drop records he feels connects with his roots since his return in Sept 2017, dropping a string of records and 3 more to come in the next 4 weeks.

 Gal Muggia is a Grammy nominated video director. Growing up in Tel-Aviv he started making music videos for the local hip-hop scene at a young age. His love for visual storytelling has led him to work on a variety of projects from narrative to music videos, title sequences and commercials. He has worked with Coldplay, Borgore, Dudu Tassa among others. Gal is also a writer and editor with a deep understanding of post production, a combination which has made is work stand out time and time again. His work has earned him awards and nominations in the Cannes Lions awards, the Grammys, VMA’s and Camerimage , just to name a few.

Vania Heymann’s body of work has quickly made him a household name in the digital world. Aside from his many technical skills, he often shoots, edits and designs the VFX on his own projects. He has worked with artist such as Bob Dylan, Ceelo Green, Key’ n Krates and more. Vania’s work is frequently noted for his ability to capture humanity with a sense of humor, depth and stunningly detailed imagery. His work has earned him awards spanning from the Grammys, D&AD’s Next Director Award, The Webbys, Cannes Lions, VMA’s and many others.

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Tripet Garielle releases her Debut Album

British born Bollywood singer Tripet Garielle releases of her debut Album ‘Love was my idea’. Tripet Garielle recognized for her soulful voice and often referred to as the female ‘Arijit Singh’ has worked with one of the world’s most renowned Bollywood Producer’s - Atif Ali . Atif  has been making strides into Bollywood scene by working with Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Pritam, Salim –Suleiman and many more.  Tripet has been rendering hits like the upbeat, urban-flavoured ‘Aa Vee Jaa’, ‘Saathiya’ and most recently ‘Kamli’ being her career-defining track that was released in 2017

She had a great experience working with Atif who let her showcase her versatile talents across a variety of genres . Atif Ali pushed her to another level. It’s very rare that an Artist will leave their whole world behind to produce an Album entirely in a foreign language (Hindi) in a foreign country (Dubai) – Tripet Garielle did just that.

Not only does she have this rarity , she is also the first British Female Singer this decade in her genre to launch a debut solo album

Her Album shows off her versatility to cross multiple genres such as Dance, Acoustic, Ambient Lounge, Romantic, and R&B. Tripet has managed to garner a strong fan base in a short span of time.  She already turned up the heat this Valentines with her latest single ‘Kho Jaaoon’ released on February.

Her musical style is Inspired by singers from all walks of life . Her dream is to be the next Shreya Goshal from the west. Her greatest musical in?uences have been Lata Mangeshkar, Shreya Goshal, arabic singer Amr Diab and her producer Atif Ali.  Her western in?uences are Alicia Keys & Mariah Carey.  This variety is also seen in all her songs from ‘Palkaan’ to ‘Woh Pal’ which have a very universal sound that draw listeners from all walks of life around the world. Although British Born , she herself decided to sing predominantly in Urdu / Hindi for which she had to study hard behind the scenes . She credits Lata Mangeskar as her accent guide.

“I am really excited to accomplish this career defining goal for my music career. I’ve worked really hard for flying back and forth to Dubai to produce the Debut Album. I want to spread all my love to more people around the world and let my Album take them into another world. Learning to sing in Urdu has been worth it, considering it’s a whole new language for me. No other language comes close to the emotions one can portray in the language of Bollywood. I love all of these songs and I know my fans will love them too!,”says Tripet Garielle.

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6th Edition of Artist Aloud Music Awards

 Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent music, concluded the 6th edition of Artist Aloud Music Awards on Wednesday, 4th April 2018 at Dublin Square, Phoenix Marketcity in Mumbai. The awards honored the brilliance and excellence of independent artistes with Alobo Naga, Ajay Gehi, Hard Kaur and Mumbai’s Finest emerging as consumer favourites and Euphoria, Kailash Kher, Shankar Mahadevan, Shirley Setia, Jaswinder Singh among others winning over the jury members. The dazzling awards ceremony was also live streamed on, Hungama Music and the Facebook pages of and Artist Aloud.

The exceptional musical spectacle was hosted by the jovial RJ Rohini from Radio Nasha and RJ Glen from Fever 104FM. The duo lit everyone up with their funny quips and interesting anecdotes. Spellbinding performances on original songs by Shibani Kashyap (Kya Nazakat Hai, Don’t Drink & Drive, Bakhuda), Shirley Setia (Tu Mil Gaya), Jasbir Jassi (Heer, Bulleya), ACE (Second to None, Mumbai Cypher, All We Need is Love) and Tochi Raina (Mann Dagar Dagar, Sone Piya) left the audience wanting for more. At the same time, soulful renditions by Mame Khan (Kesariya Balam, Ghoomar, Chaap Tilak) and Dhvani Bhanushali (Kismat, Mann Bharya) left the audience mesmerized.

Attended by industry talent like Shibani Kashyap, Hard Kaur, Shirley Setia, Tochi Raina, Jasbir Jassi, Mame Khan, Dhvani Bhanushali and many others, the awards also saw business leaders from the music industry like Vinod Bhanushali (Global President, Marketing, Media & Publishing, T-Series) and Gaurav Sharma (Chief Programming Officer - Fever FM, Radio Nasha, Fever Entertainment & FAT Productions).

Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “Since the inception of our platform, we have always endeavored to handpick the best content to our audience and give the best opportunities to our talent. We believe that music and talent go beyond what’s commercially available. It is the same conviction that has been the foundation of Artist Aloud Music Awards. This year we lauded the brilliance and the exceptional voice of Independent Music’s most loved artistes. And it is our resolve to continue doing the same in the coming years.”

Orange Amplification To Raise Funds For The Strawberry Field Campaign

Orange Amplification is helping to raise funds for the Salvation Army’s Strawberry Field campaign. This charitable cause aims to reopen the Strawberry Field site, immortalised in the Beatles song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.As a child John Lennon famously used to jump over the wall in the Strawberry Field grounds, where he would play and listen to The Salvation Army band. Lennon grew up just a stone’s throw away from the site which has lain unused for 12 years
The Salvation Army has owned Strawberry Field since the 1930’s and want to build a hub that offers training, skills and valuable work placements providing real employment prospects to young people with learning disabilities and help them to achieve their full potential. They also hope to open the world famous gates of Strawberry Field to the public for the first time in summer 2019. The tranquil gardens will promote the theme of peace and love and feature a new exhibition dedicated to the history of Strawberry Field, the song and Lennon’s early life.
Cliff Cooper, CEO and founder of Orange Amplification has been appointed an Honorary Patron of the campaign to help raise funds for this project. He will be working alongside Lady Martin OBE, also an Honorary Patron and widow of the legendary Beatles producer, the late Sir George Martin, affectionately known as the 5th Beatle. The song Strawberry Fields Forever was one of his favourite tracks.
Those who donate £6 or more will be sent a “limited edition” picture postcard of the Strawberry Field gates with a signed printed signature of Lady Martin and Cliff Cooper as a special “thank you” for the donation. Everyone who donates on the website below will also be entered into a free prize draw to win one of two 50th anniversary Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band CDs signed by the producer who digitally re-mastered the album, Giles Martin.
Orange Amplification is also delighted to announce the Strawberry Field campaign will be its nominated charity for 2018, its 50th anniversary.

Post Malone Release PSYCHO

History-making multiplatinum Dallas, TX artist Post Malone releases his new single “Psycho” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign] via Republic Records. Produced by Louis Bell and Post Malone, the song arrives hot on the heels of the record-breaking triple-platinum mega-smash “rockstar” [feat. 21 Savage]. It’s the next anthem to be unveiled from his forthcoming second full-length and what promises to be the biggest musical event of 2018, Beerbongs & Bentleys.Additionally, he announces a massive summer headline tour with support from 21 Savage and SOB RBE. 

Every pair of online tickets purchased comes with one physical copy of Post Malone’s forthcoming album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. Ticket purchasers will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem their album and will be notified at a later date on when they can expect to receive their CD. (U.S. and Canadian residents only.)

Most recently, “Rockstar” shattered the record for “Longest #1 Run on the Spotify Global Chart” with “rockstar” [feat. 21 Savage]. The track held the top spot on the chart for an unprecedented and unmatched 114 days. Quickly achieving a RIAA double-Platinum certification, it spent eight consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the longest stay atop the chart for a rap song in 2017. It also made history as “The first U.S. Hip-Hop Song to be #1 for Consecutive Weeks in the UK since Run D

Saavn merges with competitor JioMusic in $1bn valued deal

The streaming music landscape in India is really hotting up.MBW hears that Spotify is planning a soft launch in the territory this summer, Facebook is currently negotiating music licensing deals in the market and today... this.One of the leading streaming platforms in India, Saavn, is being merged with rival service JioMusic is a hugely significant deal that values the newly-combined entity at over $1bn.The move has been masterminded by Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) - one of India's largest private corporations which boasts an annual turnover of more than $50bn.

As part of the deal, RIL has acquired a partial stake in Saavn for $104m, the company said today in a statement.The firm added that the merger values JioMusic at $670m - suggesting that Saavn itself is being valued at $330m+.RIL has pledged to invest a further $100m into the Saavn-JioMusic platform, with $20m invested upfront.The company says this money will be used 'for growth and expansion of the platform into one of the largest streaming services in the world'.The three co-founders of Saavn - Rishi Malhotra, Paramdeep Singh and Vinodh Bhat - will continue in their leadership roles at the head of the combined entity.

In a statement, RIL said that the 'integrated business will be developed into a media platform of the future with global reach, cross-border original content, an independent artist marketplace, consolidated data and one of the largest mobile advertising mediums'.They added that the move would 'combine the streaming media expertise of Saavn with the connectivity and digital ecosystem of Jio'.

Akash Ambani, Director, Reliance Jio, said: “The investment and combination of our music assets with Saavn underlines our commitment to further boost the digital ecosystem and provide unlimited digital entertainment services to consumers over a strong uninterrupted network.

"We are delighted to announce this partnership with Saavn, and believe that their highly experienced management team will be instrumental in expanding Jio-Saavn to an extensive user base, thereby strengthening our leadership position in the Indian streaming market.”

Rishi Malhotra, Co-Founder and CEO at Saavn, said: “Nearly 10 years ago, we had a vision to build a connected music platform, dedicated to South Asian culture across the globe. Vin, Param and I always envisioned the company for the long term with intense focus on products, data, and ground-breaking original content. Our alignment with Reliance enables us to create one of the largest, fastest-growing, and most capable media platforms in the world.”

Source:Music Business World

Mannan Shaah is now a solo Music Director

Mannan Shaah has worked on the entire album of upcoming film Namaste England,  he has also got an opportunity to work with Javed Akhtar. He says "It was fun to work with Javed Ji, it didn't feel like I was working with him for the first time. He has a very sharp understanding of melody and I respect him for that," says Commando music composer.Mannan started working on the film's music in 2016 and that was the beginning of his bond with Javed Akhtar.  The composer began working on the film's music in 2016 and that was the beginning of his bond with Javed Akhtar.   

In the past Mannan Shah has composed the hit song ‘Tere Dil Mein’ from Commando 2 which was sung by Armaan Malik, which had become quite popular among the masses in very less time. Mannan has assisted renowned Music Director Pritam Chakraborty for 2 years.

The Mumbai guy has been learning classical music since his childhood, his first guru being Pt. Vinayak Vora from whom he was trained for 11 years, he's presently learning from the world renowned Indian Classical Vocalist, Padmabhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.He started his career as a singer in 2011 with his first two songs ''Thoda Sa Pyaar'' and ''Baadlon Pe Paon'' for the film ''Kucch Luv Jaisaa'' , Produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. Music by Pritam , Lyrics by Irshad Kamil.

Snow Patrol Premiers New Single

Today, Snow Patrol premiere “Don’t Give In,” the lead single from Wildness, their first record in seven years, via BBC Radio 2. The band conducted an in-studio interview with Jo Whiley, where she gave the song its first radio airplay. Said lead singer and songwriter, Gary Lightbody, about the song: “‘Don’t Give In’ was originally about a friend going through a tough time but the more I wrote into it I realised it was about me and the struggle of making the album - which took 5 years and was not easy - coupled with the struggle with depression I’ve had since I was a kid, so it has become the talisman of the album. The song that became a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Snow Patrol concurrently debuted the music video for “Don’t Give In” and you can watch it here.

On May 25th, Snow Patrol will return with Wildness which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. Wildness taps into something raw and primitive. Lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says of the album: “There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all it’s confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness. Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it.” Watch the album trailer for Snow Patrol’s Wildness here.

Since their 1998 debut, Songs for Polarbears, Snow Patrol have racked up an impressive number of critical and commercial accolades, including 15 million global album sales, 1+ billion global track streams, five UK Platinum Albums, and are Grammy, BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize nominated. After their Fallen Empires tour ended in 2012, band members —which also include multi-instrumentalist Johnny McDaid, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, and drummer Jonny Quinn — decided to take a step back from the band, and focus on their own projects. Gary Lightbody continued his work with his Tired Pony side project with members of Belle and Sebastian, R.E.M, Reindeer Section and Fresh Young Fellows and moved to Los Angeles to begin writing songs for movies (including “This Is How You Walk On” for 2017’s Gifted), and doing a number of high-profile co-writes with Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Biffy Clyro and One Direction. Taking this extended break from Snow Patrol proved to be a source of inspiration, and writing songs that were not pulled directly from his own psyche helped heal what Lightbody considered to be not so much writer’s block as life block.

It’s in this search for clarity and connection that these songs were written and refined. “I think it’s the first record I’ve ever written that I haven’t just asked a bunch of questions. I actually tried to figure out why I was unhappy, why I feel out of place, why I’m afraid,” says Lightbody. “There’s nothing really to protect myself for-- it’s all in the album. I want to remember.” This impulse was partially inspired by Lightbody’s father, who is suffering from dementia. “I think the album is defined by memory in a lot of ways,” says Lightbody, “including my father’s loss of memory.”

“Seamus Heaney, my favorite poet of all time, said at 71 that he was only discovering what some of his poetry means, and this is coming from a Nobel Prize-winning poet. It’s a great testament to inspiration,” says Lightbody. “Sometimes it takes you five years to write the thing. Like now. And you know for sure when you finish an album like that, where you’ve poured over every detail and put every atom of yourself into it, everything makes sense and I bet you I’m never not proud of this record.”

Radio City Freedom Awards 5.0 Crowns The Best

Radio City, India’s leading radio network captivated Indie Music lovers at the grand finale of, ‘Jockey presents Radio City Freedom Awards 5.0 driven by Skoda’- the most definitive platform to recognize, honor and celebrate the essence of independent music across genres and languages. The run up to the finale of the fifth season of this marquee property, upheld India’s independent music talent with 13 LIVE gigs in 10 languages across 8 cities. Highlighting the theme “Sounds of the Soil”, the grand award night culminated in Mumbai on 22nd March at Glocal Junction. The dazzling evening witnessed gleaming performances by prominent artists such as SIFAR, Khasi Bloodz, Maati Baani and Paranox and Friends. The finale was also streamed live on Radio City’s innovative platform – Video City, India’s First Video FM.

Radio City Freedom Awards has been spearheading the indie revolution by providing a platform for aspiring musicians from all parts of the country to showcase their exceptional talent. Outstanding artistes were awarded across categories including Best Hip Hop/ Rap Artist, Best Folk Fusion Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best Rock Artist, Best Metal Artist and Best Electronica Artist. The current edition saw highly acclaimed jury members such as Luke Kenny, Ritnika Nayan, Vehrnon Ibrahim, Atul Churamani and Yotam Agam among others.

Expressing contentment at the end of another successful season, Mr. Abraham Thomas, CEO, Radio City said, “We are truly overwhelmed with the response of the indie music fraternity, the fans and the advertisers to the season 5 of Radio City Freedom Awards. What a journey it has been over the last years and we are proud to see the heights of popularity it has scaled. With over 864 nominations, over 16000 votes, 13 gigs across 8 cities in 10 languages, RCFA 5.0 truly embodied its theme of Sounds of the Soil. We look forward to taking this property to even greater heights in the coming years”

Ms. Rachna Kanwar, COO Digital – Jagran Group, said, “As expected, we have received a fabulous response for RCFA 5.0 and we are thankful for all the love and support that we have received all these years from the community. We are proud to say that we have stayed true to the scene and have tried to bring forth fresh talent each year from every part of India. In this endeavor we have enjoyed discovering and showcasing talent on our now 4 Web Radio stations on At RCFA 5.0, we launched our brand new Indie station, RADIOCITY HIP HOP. Hip Hop fans can tune in 24/7 to to listen to their favourite Indie Hip Hop tracks. We will continue to work with the diverse Indie genres on our platforms and keep bringing more and more Indie your way!”


After teasing the track earlier this week, multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes returns with triumphant new single “In My Blood.” Co-produced by Shawn with Teddy Geiger and co-written by both alongside long-time collaborators Scott Harris and Geoff Warburton, “In My Blood” is an empowering rock anthem about having the will to overcome featuring Shawn’s most vulnerable, honest lyrics to date. The track is the first from Shawn’s highly-anticipated third album via Island Records and will be debuted on The Late Late Show with James Corden next Wednesday, March 28th.
“In My Blood” is the first new music released by Shawn since 3x Platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” in April 2017. The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining 7x Platinum single “Stitches.” With “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” Shawn also became the first artist to ever have had three #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20. Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 2 #1 album debuts with Handwritten (2015) and Illuminate (2016), 2 Platinum albums, and 7 consecutive Platinum and multi-Platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 10 million albums, 100 million singles, and has amassed over 11 billion song streams and 4 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, and London’s O2 Arena in minutes. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens” for 4 consecutive years. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms.

Snapchat loses $800 million

Social media service Snapchat in yet another instance lost $800 million in market value after celebrity singer Rihanna lambasted the service for the derogatory ad depicting the singer and her ex Chris Brown, for the promotion of its mobile game app, Would You Rather?. The caption of the ad read: Would You Rather – Slap Rihanna/Punch Chris Brown.

An undisguised reference to the 2009 domestic violence case filed by Rihanna against boy friend Chris Brown who is said to have punched her repeatedly in the face, and to which Brown had plead guilty. Rihanna not surprisingly tore into Snapchat with a post on Instagram that said, "Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain't my fav app out there!...I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!! This isn’t about my personal feelings…but all the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past…you let us down! Shame on you”.

Earlier Kylie Jenner’s tweet post Snapchat’s redesign of its app – “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me... ugh this is so sad”, had caused Snap shares to tank by 6 percent and lose $1.3 billion in market value.

Its remarkable what star-power can do. Celebrities like Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and many others have a huge following on social media and other platforms and wield tremendous influence over their followers. These mega stars may or may not fully apprehend the power they have to impact people and events around them but Companies have certainly seen the results.

Sean Paul & David Guetta work together

Dancehall legend, Grammy Award winner and much-loved hit maker extraordinaire Sean Paul, who was recently presented with a plaque from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling a staggering 26 million records, teams up with the legendary David Guetta for the release of their brand new Island single “Mad Love”. (February 9th) The single, produced by Guetta, features rising Mexican / American star Becky G who has been enjoying massive success in the US with her huge hit single “Mayores”. Just before Christmas “Mayores” overtook Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” with the most Youtube views in 2017, the current total fast approaching 1 billion views.


Sean Paul has been enjoying an unbroken string of massive hit singles in the 2 years, most recently with the single Body featuring Atlanta superstars Migos which was the follow up to the worldwide hit No Lie featuring Dua Lipa. Add Tek Weh Yuh Heart with Tory Lanez, and the Clean Bandit collaboration Rockabye, which spent nine weeks at number one in the UK charts and, of course, his Grammy nominated Number 1 Billboard, global smash with Sia on Cheap Thrills, and it is fair to say that Sean Paul has rarely been away from the higher reaches of the charts.

Sean Paul is without doubt one of the most instantly recognisable voices in music and he has continued his remarkable strike rate over the last year with a string of hits. In 2002 “Dutty Rock” (fuelled by the massive hit singles “Gimme The Light “ and “Get Busy”) went double Platinum in US & UK  while 2006’s “Temperature” reached x4 Platinum in US with sales of over 4m. Over the span of his career, Sean Paul has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists including Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Sia, Kelly Rowland, Enrique Iglesias and 2Chainz, and has also partnered with reggae and dancehall acts such as Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Chi Chi Ching, Mr. Vegas, Beenie Man, Ding Dong, Future Fambo, and Tami Chynn. Aside from being a top-notch performer, Sean Paul is a much sought after music producer and has created music with a number of top Jamaican artistes.

Daler Mehndi gets 2-year jail sentence, out on bail

Bhangra pop star Daler Mehndi has been convicted by a Patiala court and handed a 2-year jail sentence in a 2003 human trafficking case filed against him for sending people abroad illegally in the guise of his troupe members for hefty ‘passage money’. However, shortly after he was taken into custody by the Patiala police he was out on bail after furnishing bail bond and said that he will appeal in higher court.

The other accused in the case, Daler Mehndi’s brother Shamsher Singh and Dhian Singh are both dead, his brother having died last year. Another accused Bulbul Mehta, an employee of Daler Mehndi was acquitted for want of evidence. They were booked under a complaint filed with the Patiala police in 2003 by Bakshish Singh, which Bakshish says the Patiala police were initially unwilling to register. He claimed that he had been duped of Rs 12 lakhs by Daler and his brother. Subsequently the Patiala police received 35 more similar complaints, all alleging that they had paid money to the brothers who promised to take them to abroad in return.

According to the police the brothers had taken two troupes to the US in 1998 and 1999 and ‘dropped off’ ten members of his performance troupe. Daler who was at the height of his popularity at that time is alleged to have done the same on other trips also.

Imagine Dragons release Music Film

An extended length music video for Imagine Dragons’ latest song “Next To Me” (KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records) is available now. Directed by Mark Pellington (U2, Pearl Jam) its filmed in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.“The film is a complex and slightly surreal fable about forgiveness and redemption. It is a story of a man, and a projection of one fantasy colliding with the dark realities of fate. It asks, can a person who has made a terrible mistake ever be forgiven by their loved one or even by themselves,” says Pellington. “It is an ambitious music film, taking the traditional music video and breaking it apart, pushing it into film territory. I wanted to create something new, a narrative piece that was thematically complex and musical and I knew it needed to be longer.”

Vocalist Dan Reynolds added, “I wrote this song about the strains of the relationships in my own life and the beauty of enduring love.  After late night conversations with Mark Pellington about life and his passion behind his vision for the film, we knew we wanted to take the journey with him.”

Radio City Freedom Awards

Jockey presents Radio City Freedom Awards 5.0 driven by Skoda’, the search for India’s greatest independent music artistes, gears up for theGrand Finale in Mumbai on 22ndMarch 2018.After a stupendous response for the gigs across 13 citiesand a record breaking 862 entries from all corners of the country, shortlisted candidates will face-off in Mumbai for the ultimate glory.

The genre-based awards include Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, Folk-Fusion, Metal, and Electronic. This year’s jury includes renowned industry stalwarts like Luke Kenny, Vijay Basrur, Atul Churamani, Ritnika Nayan, Anirban Chakraborty among others. Apart from the awards, the jury will also choose winners in non-music categories such as Best Video, Best Album Art, and new categories such as Best Young Indie Artist/Band, Best Indie Collaboration of the Year, and Indie Genius Person of the year. 
Radio City calls out to music lovers and enthusiasts around the country to help recognize and reward the brightest talents from in India by casting their votes. Vote for your favorite artist by visiting be a part of this independent music revolution. 

Voting phase is now open and will be on till 18th March 2018.
The shortlisted entries in each genre include some big-name artists and bands such as: 
•Best Hip-Hop Artist –Emiway, Babu Haabi, Brodha V
•Best Pop Artist - Alobo Naga, Prateek Kuhad, Ankur & The Ghalat Family
•Best Rock Artist –Parvaaz, Junkyard Groove
•Best Metal Artist Demonic Resurrection, Chaos
•Best Electronic Artist –Grain & Komorebi, Bandish Projekt

Akriti Kakar supports Abhyuday

Abhyuday, the social body of IIT Bombay had the 5 th edition of annual socialfestival, “Concert for a cause” a fundraiser with  songbird ‘Akriti Kakar’. It was held recently at convocation hall to help NGO ‘Swaradhar’.The event started by introducing ‘Abhyuday’ and ‘concertfor cause’. Additionally, it also gave a compact disc about NGO ‘Swaradhar'thensubsequently the Swaradhar artists (people who were physically challenged) sang ditty and played variousinstruments like Tabla, Xylophone, violin, Trumpet,Tambourine, drums, etc. Moreover, the sweet-toned singer‘Akriti kakar’ sung her bollywood songs with the Swaradhar’s artists accompanying her by playing different instruments , it was a heart touching performance for audience.

Abhyuday was started 5 years back with a bloc of student who desire to work for society. They also conduct campaigns and events like conferences,donations drives, exhibition and provide social fellowship, internship
opportunities to the students of institute. It held a ‘Social Fest’ that celebrates the spirit of ‘social good. It takes initiative and responsibility towards the positive development of the society. It’s main aim is to work along with the youths to solve world’s social problem and to create a good impact on the local communities.

It presented a festival based on thetheme “Enabling Humanity with human Rights”. Thefestival included various heart touching events, exhibitions,lectures, workshops and competition to with youths towards the society and to create awareness about basic human rights.‘Ketto’ is playing a crucial role in helping this physically challenged artists by providing funds gathered from various people or organization, as it is India’s largest fundraising
platform. It made online funds donations easy and safe. It was founded in October, 2012 by ‘Varun Sheth’ co-founder and CEO of ‘Ketto’ and ‘Kunal Kapoor’ co-founder NGO ‘ Swaradhar’ bestow podium for various people
singing on footpaths, local trains, railway platform most ofthem are physically challenged, who are considered as
‘tramps’ and are not given appropriate place in the society. It’s prime mover and head Ms. Hemlata Mahendra
Tiwari, had been a dilating family of street musicians who earns for daily needs by singing songs in their canorous
voices at public places. Those are deft musicians who never got a platform to present their talents but, swaradhar has created a ray of hope in their minds. Swaradhar’, ‘Ketto’ , team ‘Abhyuday IIT Bombay’ and ‘Akriti Kakar’ galvanize these skilled unsung heroes of the society and making them recognize their ‘Dignity of hardwork’. The execution of this concert was done by team Abhyuday 2017-2018 and 2016-2017.
The funds provided to them will go in betterment and will ameliorate the present financial status of the untold
artists. With the help of funds collected they can revamp more such lives and give the platform to many such skilfulunsung heroes.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be useful,honorable and to be compassionate to have it make some
difference that you lived and lived well. Please support these unsung heroes who are unrecognized by our society
and if possible please donate for them through ‘Ketto’. More we lend our hand towards these artistic heroes, more dignity they will get in the society said by, Manager Vivek bansod and team Abhyuday IIT Bombay, 2017-2018”.

Please visit this link to help in raising funds and knowmore about the cause.
by Prachi Dubale.

Mohan, I & EMI - A tribute to Mohan Mahapatra

My friend and former colleague, Mohan Mahapatra  ex-EMI (Head India Operations ), passed away in Singapore on March 10, 2018. It was indeed tragic news to learn of his demise, and also a shock even though Mohan had informed his well-wishers including me, through the years, about his suffering from cancer.

But even this dreaded disease never took away that distinctive smile of his, which is precisely how I also remember Mohan when I met him for the first time in early 1996 while he was a senior vice president at Plus Music, and offered me an opportunity of joining his team then. Also as a fellow neighbour residing in Mumbai South and, as members of the media & entertainment industry, we remained in periodical contact thereafter, spending time together as delegates at the MIDEM conference, in Cannes, in 1997. Little did either of us know then that, in a year’s time, we would connect on the same side, as it were, when he was appointed as managing director of EMI India/Virgin Records, by which time I had left HMV and was providing consultancy services to that very British label. The rest, as they say, is history. While I moved away from EMI/Virgin in 2002 on receiving an opportunity of heading a home entertainment business in the Middle East, Mohan remained in constant contact, including an offer to not only witness the Rolling Stones performing live,  and also an opportunity of interacting face-to-face with the band members. By 2006 or so, Mohan’s successful stint as head of EMI India had him concurrently appointed as the head of Singapore operations too . Nevertheless, we were in contact through the years, greeting each other during festivities and on personal milestones.

Mohan remained connected with the media & entertainment industry in Singapore, even after moving away from EMI, being appointed as the Executive Director of the Recording Industry Association of Singapore, and consulting with CtrlShift as it Executive Advisor and being the Principal Director for Osocan. I will always cherish my association with Mohan, including memories of his providing my first lesson in operating Excel software in 1998, as he had the knack of identifying the right people to be part of his team, and bringing out the best in them. Mohan is survived by his wife, daughter, and son. Rest in musical peace, Mohan. You are missed!

- Parag Kamani

Shadow and Light's New Album

Marking a year since the launch of Saavn’s in-house original music program, the latest AO release provides a moving journey through contemporary fusion and Hindustani classical sounds. Music streaming platform Saavn announced the release of Sabar, a new album by Shadow and Light, comprising musical duo Anindo Bose and Pavithra Chari. Sabar expresses intense emotional experiences through poignant song-writing and contemporary-classical compositions, inspired by the process of creation and growth. The launch of the album, now live exclusively on Saavn, also marks the one-year anniversary for Saavn’s successful in-house original music program, Artist Originals (AO). As one of India’s most promising fusion music collaborations, Shadow and Light draws inspiration from varied influences to create original music in Hindi, English, and Tamil. Its cinematic sounds and compositions play at the intersection of diverse genres like Hindustani classical, contemporary, jazz, pop, electronic, and soul to create entrancing, soulful, and – above all – expressive music. The album title is an adaptation of the Arabic word 'Sabr,’ which means 'patience.’  The songs are written from a wide variety of perspectives on gratitude, grief, contempt, perseverance, inspiration, and aspiration. 

Fifty Shades Freed official Soundtrack available now

Republic Records and Universal Pictures announce the release of Fifty Shades Freed Official Soundtrack. Featuring previous released songs “Never Tear Us Apart” by Bishop Briggs, “Heaven” by Julia Michaels, “The Wolf” by Spencer Lee Band, “Capital Letters” by Hailee Steinfeld x BloodPop®, and “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” from Liam Payne & Rita Ora. Leading to the soundtrack release, official music videos for Liam Payne & Rita Ora “For You (Fifty Shades Freed),”, “Capital Letters” by Hailee Steinfeld x BloodPop®, and “Heaven” by Julia Michaels were released to much anticipation worldwide.Don’t miss the recent television performances from Liam Payne & Rita Ora “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)”  on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Today Show.  Also, Julia Michaels performing a medley including “Heaven” just last week on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  

This marks the third soundtrack installment in the blockbuster Fifty Shades series. The Fifty Shades of Grey Official Soundtrack bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2015, earned a platinum certification, and became the seventh-best-selling album of the year. The year 2017 saw the Fifty Shades Darker Official Soundtrack capture No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and reach RIAA gold status. 2018 brings the musical story full circle with the Fifty Shades Freed Official Soundtrack. Grammy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman scored the film while Dana Sano serves as music supervisor.

5SOS release new album

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) are back and unveil their brand new single – ‘Want You Back’ out via Capitol Records. The band have also announced dates for the Spring 2018 5SOS3 tour, a 26 date run of shows around the world to premiere new music for the 5SOS fans. ‘Want You Back’ is 5SOS’ first new single in nearly two years.  After 18 months on the road in support of their No. 1 sophomore album ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’, the band have spent the last year living, writing and recording their new album in Los Angeles, set for release through Capitol Records later this year.5SOS, who built a loyal and passionate fanbase playing shows around the world, decided to take the new music directly to their fans on the 5SOS3 tour, which will kick off on March 20 at Debaser Strand in Stockholm.  5SOS will visit a total of 26 venues on the run, which will include shows at Heaven in London (April 5), New York City’s Irving Plaza (April 12) and the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles (April 25).  

The band say, “Finally…  It’s been 3 years since our last album and we are so ready to share new music with the world,” 5SOS told fans.   After spending the last 5 years on the road since the age of 16, it was important we took time to reflect as individuals and now we’re coming back stronger and more unified than ever. These songs mean the world to us and we have held nothing back in writing and recording this album.  We’ve been rehearsing a lot of the new songs live and can’t wait to get back out on tour to connect with our incredible fans.”

Hailed as the “biggest new rock act in the world” by Rolling Stone, 5SOS are one of the biggest breakthrough stories of the last few years; over six million albums sold worldwide, 1 + billion Spotify streams and a self-titled debut album that not only topped the US Album Chart (going to #1 globally on iTunes in 76 countries) but also became the third biggest preorder in iTunes history and the biggest US debut by an Australian artist ever.  5SOS’s debut album has sold more than three million units worldwide, with 1.5 million albums and more than 4.5 million single tracks sold in the U.S. alone. 

Their second album, 'Sounds Good Feels Good', topped the charts around the world (charting at No. 1 in 12 countries), making them the only band in history (not vocal group) to see their first two full-length studio albums debut at the top spot on the US Billboard 200 chart , and the third Australian act in history to have simultaneous No.1 albums in the UK, U.S. and Australia.  They are also the first Australian band (including vocal and not vocal groups) to see their first two full-length albums debut at No.1 on the US Billboard 200 Chart.

Having sold over 1 million concert tickets around the globe, the band have sold-out some of the world's biggest venues.   In 2016, they played over 100 shows in 31 countries on their 'Sounds Live Feels Live' tour including sold-out dates at Madison Square Gardens and London's O2 Arena.  The band have also won an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, five MTV European Music Awards, two ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.

Avanti Nagral's new music video -Treated

Continuing it’s slew of trend setting  collaborations, Qyuki’s latest project is with Indian-American singer songwriter Avanti Nagral, for a brand new track “Treated”! A song that emphasises on kind humanitarian behavior - “treat others the way you would like to be treated”, it is produced by Mumbai-based Flying Carpet Productions. Inspired by Avanti’s personal experiences, along with stories of women who have faced domestic violence, marital rape and bad relationships, it strongly promotes the importance of taking a stand in any kind of relationship.

Multi-talented artist Avanti Nagral who has had a successful journey from Bombay to Boston, conveys an empowering message through a catchy tune that incorporates elements of Indian and Church/Gospel music. Avanti has performed at venues across India, the US and the Philippines, and is the first Indian pursuing a dual degree between Harvard University and the Berklee College of Music. Her last release was titled ‘I Like’- a first in the VR space in India and Southeast Asia.

Mr. Sagar Gokhale, Chief Operating Officer of Qyuki said “Avanti is a powerhouse of talent. Her music is unique and so is her dedicated fan following. With this collaboration, we are exploring new avenues in the digital music space and are pumped to support Avanti in her endeavour and ours. This relationship is very symbiotic and is a feather in our caps indeed.”

Sharing her excitement about the new track, Avanti Nagral says “Treated is a song that I wrote to my 12-year-old self. I’m thrilled for people to hear the song and watch the music video, and I hope that anyone listening to the song is able to take away that respect is the number one thing in any kind of relationship.”

Qyuki Digital has always encouraged out-of-the-box concepts and with Avanti’s “Treated”, the intention is to empower women, because no one deserves to be mistreated. The song celebrates prioritizing happiness, respect, and supporting dreams and ambitions.

Migos continue to level up in their super Stardom

Grammy-nominated multi-platinum rap trio Migos released their album CULTURE II earlier this year.  This LP serves as the feverishly anticipated follow up to last year's Platinum album CULTURE which received critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, GQ, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, NPR, The Atlantic, COMPLEX, Variety among others.Their hit single Stir Fry, produced by Pharrell Williams, has garnered strong critical acclaim and was picked as the official song for the NBA's All-Star weekend. The music video directed by Sing J Lee and Quavo brings to life a new version of a classic kung fu movies starring Quavo, Offset and Takeoff as rival bosses. Migos, an American hip hop trio from Lawrenceville, Georgia, formed in 2009 is composed of three rappers, known by their stage names Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff. The group has reached stratospheric heights in what Entertainment Weekly called a "banner year" with streams in the billions.The album has crossed 1 billion streams in 2 weeks, is #1 in over 60 countries & has crossed 70 million Day 1 streams on Spotify. In India, the album debuted #1 on the iTunes overall chart.

Watch the Official video here:

Amazon Prime launches The Remix.

Amazon Prime Video India recently launched the country’s first streaming digital reality show, The Remix, an extravaganza of sound, light and action. The first two Indian episodes of the globally popular Amazon Prime Original web series were streamed recently and received an enthusiastic reception for the lively performances from online viewers.

The show is judged by celebrated Bollywood music stars, singer Sunidhi Chauhan, composer/singer-songwriter Amit Trivedi and DJ Nucleya, and hosted by TV star Karan Tacker. The idea of the show is to have a DJ-Singer pair pick a hit song and remix it with other musical elements and reinvent something quite new from the original, yet retaining the essence of the original. Contestants comprising of ten DJ-Singer pairs will compete with each other over ten episodes and each episode will see the elimination of one pair.

Vijay Subramanium, Director Content, Amazon Prime Video said at the launch, “We’re really happy to premiere The Remix on our service. It is one of the most energetic and compulsively engaging shows that I’ve seen in the reality space…at the heart of Remix is great talent, tremendous innovation and fantastic experimentation…music is in our dna as much as entertainment is and there is no better testimony of what great minds can create than the content you’re going to see on Remix”.

The show is designed and produced by Greymatter Entertainment a Mumbai based media company.

Sheila Ki JawaniLove Dose and Senorita were some of the tracks that received the remix-reinvent treatment in the inaugural high voltage, foot thumping episode of the show. The inaugural episode sure sounded and looked promising, so audiences are sure to be looking forward to the next episode of The Remix, India.

Music Producer Sourav Roy turns Composer

Music and Record Producer Sourav Roy who is known for producing music for the songs like Haawayein (Jab Harry Met Sejal), London Thumakda (Queen), Zaalima (Raees), Radio Song (Tubelight),  Kar Gayi Chul (Kapoor & Sons), Phir Kabhi (MS Dhoni), Jabra Fan (Fan), Soch Naa Sake (Airlift) among others has now turned music composer. Sourav has composed the signature track for GEC giant Colors’ new Tamil channel.

Sourav Roy, who is a well known music producer in Bollywood and across the country is currently happy with the kind of response he has got for the tracks. Having worked with some of the biggest names like Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Amit Trivedi to name a few, experience working with them has helped him to turn composer. He has composed a few tracks for south films as well, which will be out soon too.

Commenting on the same, Sourav says "I love being associated to music, then whether its as a Music Producer, Record producer or as a composer. Composing a track gives me creative satisfaction and when your work is loved and appreciated, all the work is worth it.

Sourav has previously  scored the background score for Riteish Deshmukh starrer 'Banjo' and now he is currently busy in producing the music for Dutt Biopic and Race 3.



Hard Rock Cafe1

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

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