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

SpotlampE forays into Film songs with 'Dil Ki Masti'

SpotlampE, the platform for original and independent music, has entered the film songs business with ‘Dil Ki Masti’. The Song is a romantic number from a short film Naina Da Kya Kasoor, produced by Bollywood singer Mika Singh. The melodious track is available on the official Youtube channel of SpotlampE and it is also been aired on 9XM and 9X Jalwa.

‘Dil Ki Masti’ is a Romantic Pop song by the talented new singer Rumman. The track is composed by Apeiruss & Rumman and the lyrics are by Rumman & Abhi Chak. The music video is directed by Ali Haji starring young talents Naqiyah Haji and Abhay Verma.

Commenting on the launch of the song Dil ki Masti, MIKA SINGH said “This is my second association with SpotlampE after the super successful launch of my original Belly Ring. Dil Ki Masti is a young melodious track from my short film Naina Da Kya Kasoor. The video depicts the love story of a young boy and girl. I am sure that the viewers will love the track. I can’t wait to bring this tale of love to the audience.”                                                                                          

Commenting on the initiative, Rajitta Hemwaani, Chief Content & Operating Officer, SpotlampE said “SpotlampE has always been an integrated platform for the musical talent. Our repertoire of non-film music has received an overwhelming response from the viewers. With Dil Ki Masti, we are entering into the film song space/business and we hope to get an equally encouraging response from our viewers. The catchy and mellifluous tune of Dil Ki Masti will definitely resonate with the audiences.”

Besides being aired on 9XM and 9X Jalwa, Dil Ki Masti will also be promoted across social media handles of 9XM and 9X Jalwa. So, stay tuned to 9XM and 9X Jalwa and log onto SpotlampE to catch the latest melodious romantic song – ‘Dil ki Masti’ by Rumman!

Catch the song live on - http://bit.ly/DilKiMasti

American Rapper to Perform In Mumbai....

Sunburn, Asia’s biggest electronic dance music festival kick-started its 13th Season with Sunburn Arena with legendary multi-platinum superstar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa across the cities of Mumbai and Delhi in the month of September 2019 and now fans are in for a massive surprise!

Sunburn is gearing up to host the multi-talented American RIAA certified platinum rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and television personality, Tyga, who has been making us fall in love with his music for more than a decade. The popular hip hop sensation is set to enthrall fans on 29th November 2019 at Sunburn Arena at MMRDA, BKC, Mumbai. He had performed in New Delhi earlier last year in April for a luxury pop-up marking his India debut. The 30-year-old is expected to perform tracks like ‘AYO’, 'Rack City', 'Still Got It', 'Make It Nasty', ‘Temperature’ at his first ever Mumbai tour.

While he has worked with the likes of Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne, Bow Wow; Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa, in recent months, the Grammy nominated artist was targeted by the public eye for his relationship with Kylie Jenner and Blac Chyna.  Tyga currently has over 31 hits on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and selling 638K albums, 12.2 million digital songs and 1.4 billion on-demand streams. His RIAA-certified accomplishments include 4x platinum “Rack City,” 2x platinum “Faded,” and five additional gold records. He recently flipped a 90s dance classic on “Ayy Macarena”, rapping over production that heavily samples the track. The song serves as the follow up to "Mamacita" alongside Carlos Santana and YG, and the rapper likely has even more new music on the way after signing a multi-million dollar deal with Columbia Records just last month. Over the summer of this year, Tyga released Legendary, with a deluxe edition featuring songs by Ty Dolla Sign, Takeoff, G-Eazy, and Rich The Kid.

Karan Singh, COO, Percept Live said, “After seeing the phenomenal response we garnered from the Wiz Khalifa Sunburn Arena tour we realized that the demand for the hip hop genre in India is quite awesome but remains largely unexploited. As a brand we believe in catering to the growing appetite of the fans.”

Tyga states, “I had a great experience in New Delhi last year. But I always wanted to tour Mumbai. I’ve heard the hip hop music industry is one to watch out for. I'm really excited to attend the arena concert curated by Sunburn and meet all my fans out there.”

Sunburn Arena is presented by Kingfisher and Magic Moments, and co-powered by Skybags, Fast Track, Toyota, ZEE 5 in association with boAt, SpiceJet, Cred Experience and Jameson.

Don’t forget to book your tickets on www.bookmyshow.com and watch Tyga take over the stage performing classic tracks spanning 6 solo albums and numerous mix tapes and get you into the out-of-control party animal vibe.

About Sunburn
Sunburn, a Percept Intellectual Property, is Asia’s Premiere Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Festival, and is ranked amongst the world’s biggest music festivals. Started in 2007 as a 3 day music festival in Goa, Sunburn has grown to become an aspirational lifestyle brand boasting an eclectic mix of music, entertainment, experiences and celebration that has seeded music tourism in India. Over the past decade, Sunburn has brought together renowned International and Indian artists to entertain hundreds of thousands of dance music lovers across the country and overseas, and positioned India as a prime dance festival destination to the world.

The Sunburn Festival, Sunburn Reload, Sunburn Arena and Sunburn Campus formats have enabled a wide geographical and demographic reach pan India and abroad. Sunburn has the distinction of having brought down to India the world’s top 10 DJs, including Swedish House Mafia, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Avicii, Hardwell, Deadmau5, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, The Chainsmokers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Marshmello, Paul Van Dyk, Skazi, Pete Tong, Dash Berlin, and Nicky Romero. Sunburn has also made its successful debut overseas across Colombo, Sri Lanka; Khatmandu, Nepal; Dubai; Muscat; and Melbourne, Australia, thereby creating history to become the first successful indigenous Music IP to cross international shores. Sunburn is ranked as big as Tomorrowland and Ultra Miami festival as per the IMS APAC Business Report 2014, and has won numerous awards and accolades around the globe including the WOW Awards, BW Applause Awards and Palm Expo Awards.
Sunburn is a Percept Intellectual Property. With capitalized billings of INR 9.35 billion (FY’18), Percept is at an enviable leadership position in the Entertainment, Media and Communications domain with a team of over 400 people and 32 offices across India and the Middle East.

About Percept Live
Percept Live, established in the year 2012, is the live entertainment division of Percept Limited. It owns and manages all the Intellectual Properties created in the Live Entertainment, Sports, Fashion, Digital and Media space. Percept has been in the ‘Ideas’ business for the past 35 years and has been instrumental in creating many legendary ‘Intellectual Properties’ in the past for its clients. The creation of a dedicated ‘Intellectual Properties’ business was but a further extension to Percept’s existing knowledge and expertise in the Entertainment, Media and Communications domain with a vision to convert path breaking innovative ideas into Assets in order to create long term value for all its Stakeholders.

Sachin-Jigar collaborate with singer Shalmali Kholgade for.....

After creating a chartbuster track ‘Don’t Be Shy’ from the film BALA, composer duo Sachin – Jigar once again collaborate with the talented singer Shalmali Kholgade for their latest non- film song titled Ruka Hoon – Duet. The music has been composed by Sachin-Jigar while the soulful lyrics have been penned by Jigar and sung by him & Shalmali. The official music video captures the singers in a glamorous jamming session as they put together the song with energy and passion. With a breezy hook-line, this high-on-chemistry, romantic ballad is feel good music that will have your heart.

“I am very excited to be working with Sachin-Jigar for such a beautiful pop song. They are so talented and I hope our music fans enjoy this as much as our film songs” says singer Shalmali Kholgade; best known for Bollywood hits such as “Pareshaan”, “Daaru Desi” and “Balam Pichkari”.

Adds Jigar, “Shalmali is a very dear friend and an amazing musician, it’s just super fun making music with her and we’re extremely excited for all of you to hear her contribution on Ruka Hoon Duet.”

Over the years Sachin-Jigar have garnered massive popularity. Their latest Bollywood albums Bala and Made in China have garnered a staggering 207 MN views, Stree had 126+ MN plays and their Gujarati non-film single Radha Ne Shyam Mali Jashe crossed 2.5 MN plays on JioSaavn alone. With Ruka Hoon Duet, one can only expect more love coming their way through their millions of fans and followers.

Nakash Aziz and Sargam Jassu wins Best Music Composer....

Singer- composer Nakash Aziz who has lit up the party numbers scenario in Bollywood over the last few years and enthralled music fans across the world with his chart buster tracks, has added another feather to his cap, this time for his composing skills with partner Sargam Jassu. 

The duo won the award for best composer(s) at the recently concluded ITA awards for their work in Kulfikumar Bajewala. A source close to Nakash and Sargam adds that the award was special more so since the show revolves around music. “In Kulfikumar Bajewala, music plays an integral part to the the proceedings and therefore its almost as pivotal as any of the characters. Nakash and Sargam treated the show like a film and meticulously worked towards creating music that would strike a chord with the viewers. A show on music without great music would’ve been a disappointment and hence Nakash and Sargam left no stone unturned to make the score as melodious as they could.”

Talking about winning the award, Nakash says, “Prestigious awards like these are a validation for  any artist that we are doing something right and that the audience’s are liking our work. It pushes us to better our previous works and make better music, which should be every musician’s endeavour. I humbly thank the viewers and ITA for bestowing us with this honour.” He smiles.

Xpressions'19 was successfully concluded....

 "Xpressions'19", the flagship Management-Cultural fest of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, concluded successfully on the 10th of November. Spread over three days from the 8th to the 10th of November, the fest witnessed a huge number of participants from several reputed institutions across India.

The three days saw enthusiastic students participate in the various business as well as cultural events to showcase their skills and expertise. The participants brought a multitude of talent in the various competitions organised on all three days. Vriddhi, a CSR plan competition was won by Team Columbus (Kanupriya Mittal, Lava Kaushik), IRMA and the runners up were Team Winions (Sreeparna Kanungo, Pratyush Dey), XIMB. Resonance, a business simulation gaming event, was won by Team Incredibles (Praharsh Srivastava, Shreya Pandiyan Naidu, Siba Kumar Panda) and Team Blitzkrieg (Subhashish Mohanty, Itishree Biswal, Pratyush Raj) were the runners up. Team Sparkling Newbies (Viraj Gopani, Manan Mehra, Isha Parasramka) bagged the first prize in Fincaso where the financial acumen of the students was tested.

Pitch it Abroad was well received by all and the Team Har Har Mahadev (Nikunj Saraf and Purvai Kumar) was declared the winner with the 1st runners up being Team Cancelled Trips (Anshuman Sarangi and Maitreyee Ghadigaonkar), and the 2nd runners up were Team B2G (Komal Panigrahi and Anubhav Jogi).

Chakravyuh was won by Team Lit as Funk (Shaily Mehta, Umang Dadhich, Harshit Sharma) from XIMB and the runners up were Team Baniya ka dimag Rout bhai ki daring (Akash Agarwal, Saurabh Agarwal, Manishankar Pati). Aaghaz, the nukkad natak competition was won by Xpressionz Theatre Society from IBS, Hyderabad and the runners up were from NIT Rourkela.

The day was closed with an enthralling performance by Underground Authority and with Kumar Varun tickling the funny bones of the audience.

The penultimate day of the fest was packed with a variety of events, beginning with several business events such as XIMB's very own Model United Nations and the flagship case study competitions name Maven and Jack of all Trades which tested the acumen of the future corporate leaders. Jack of All Trades showcased a fine display of tactical manoeuvres amongst teams trying to outwit each other.

Goonj, the solo singing competition where all the talented vocalists came on one podium and Pratibimb, face painting competition presented a means to the students to unwind from the daily curricular activities. Pratibimb was won by ITER (Shatabdi Chakraborty, Nikhil Singh).

Flight of Fancy, an event organized by the Literary society of XIMB and Vakritva, a CSR plan competition witnessed unmatched enthusiasm from all the participants.

TradeWars was won by Team VAM from IIM Vishakapatnam (Vaishali Chandani, Aman Dev) and the runners were up: Team Hojayega (Harshil Shah). In the evening Carnival De Vogue, XIMB’s fashion competition went underway and the day was concluded with an electrifying night with Sunburn.

The last yet most-awaited day of the fest had a plethora of events such as Inquizzitive (The Flagship Quizzing Competition), Ad-Valorem (A Business Ideation Competition), MPower (A Marketing Based Business Event), Paint@XIMB ( National Level Painting Competition), Thirkan (Group And Solo Dance Competition) And The Final Cut (A Short Film Making Competition).The first position in MPower was grabbed by ‘Vikings’ (Yogesh Kumar, Vivek Mishra, Sourav Saha) of XIMB and the runners up were team ‘P10’ (Rachit Saxena, Chiranjiv Bal, Gagandeep Singh Bisht) of MICA. Ad-Valorem was won by team ‘Diva Drive’ (Shilpa Shrivastva, Sheeba Roberts) of XIMB while team ‘Invincibles’ (Vaishali Chandani, Sumit Kumar Choudhary,Nishtha Kathuria) from IIM-Visakhapatnam finished as runners-up.

Paint@ XIMB gave an outlet to students to express their creativity. In the senior category, ITER, BBSR took home both the prizes with Dibyabeena Hota as the winner and Vaishnavi Thakur as the runner-up. DAV CSPUR did an encore of sorts by waltzing through the junior category as Himansu Sekhar Sahoo pipped Aarya Panigrahi by the closest of margins.

The Final Cut, a short film making competition saw a range of submissions on the theme “Sangharsh” from budding film-makers. Team ‘Up To You’ from ITER, BBSR won the first prize while team ‘Loyalites’ from Chennai went home with the critics` choice award.

Inquizzitive was won by team ‘Tall Dark Handsome’ (Sampad Pattanaik, Omkar Amrutanshu Siddhant Kamal Nayak) and the runner-uo was team ‘No Name’ (Saransh Mohapatra, Prateek Mishra, Ritwik Tripathy).

Thirkan, the dance competition of Xpressions finished with several laudable performances. The ‘Vigoureux Crew’ from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack won the group dance event after a tough competition from team ‘Danza’ of ITER, BBSR. Devjyoti Goswami, of Sophitorium College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar captivated the hearts of the audience and walked away with the trophy of the solo dance category. The Marketing Association of XIMB organised the Maxim Mela for the three days, which is a form of disguised research and helps them gather unbiased, real-time choices of customer about products and/or brands. This data is used for further analysis to solve real-time problems faced by associating companies.

The curtains came down on Xpressions ’19 with Celeblitz, the celebrity night. XIMB was honoured to host the magical Bollywood singer, Mika Singh, who astounded the audience with his popular hits. His set-list was a combination of his compositions, which were deliriously lapped up by the enthusiastic crowd. His performance was a fitting coda to Xpressions ’19.

A New Series featuring original English music created by teenagers

Hungama Artist Aloud, a platform that supports and promotes independent content, is launching a new music series – Discoveration - Gen Next on the occasion of Children’s Day, 14th November 2019. Featuring a pool of talented young independent artists performing original English content, a new episode of the show will be available every Friday on the Hungama Artist Aloud app, web and YouTube channel, along with Hungama Kids, Hungama Music, Hungama Play and Facebook pages of Hungama Artist Aloud and Hungama Music. Each episode of the show will put the spotlight on an exceptionally talented artist under the age of 18, performing original English tracks in an unprocessed format.

The first season of Hungama Artist Aloud Discoveration – Gen Next will consist of 6 episodes featuring 6 artists. The line-up includes Aléa Motwane, Krisha Mongia, Esha Bodapati, Anika Bharwani, Prisha Mangat and Vikram Sivashankar.

Aléa Motwane, a 15-year-old trained Indian classical musician with a diverse range of musical-interests has been a performer for 5 years and has opened for renowned artists such as Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy, Shaan, the Vamps and Hrvy among others. Krisha Mongia is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter and music composer, who has written, composed and sung three original tracks so far. Esha Bodapati, Vikram Sivashankar and Anika Bharwani are 15-year-old trained singers and songwriters. Prisha Mangat, a 17-year-old singer and songwriter, has performed at various prestigious locations, including Aqaba, NCPA and the Royal Opera House.

Talking about the launch, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Hungama Artist Aloud, said, “Independent content consumption is gaining momentum across the world and it is important to provide young artists an open platform to showcase their talent and content. An extension of our independent music property Artist Aloud Discoveration, Discoveration - Gen Next is an effort to hone young talent and encourage the growth of originality in English music among the country’s children. With this, we seek to provide an incredible opportunity to budding musicians across India.”

 

Catch Hungama Artist Aloud Discoveration - Gen Next on Thursday, 14th November and thereafter every Friday, on the Hungama Artist Aloud app, web and YouTube channel, Hungama Kids, Hungama Music, Hungama Play, as well as, Facebook pages of Hungama Artist Aloud and Hungama Music.

 

Watch the promo of the show here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iZ3d5FPXjI

About Hungama Artist Aloud:

Launched in 2010, Hungama Artist Aloud is India's premier Talent and Independent Content platform across digital and on ground avenues providing and managing an ecosystem across acquisition, distribution, venue programming, talent management and Digital & Event IPs all dedicated to the non-film space.

Artist Aloud – Talent First platform has an all-purpose, uniquely customized website and app for fans, artists and producers and labels. The digital platform is the ultimate independent content hotspot, to listen to, watch, create and upload original content across genres, be it music, comedy, dance or entertainment. The platform is a one-stop destination for original independent content across the globe which caters largely to independent talent and fans and the App has won 4 Awards in just the first year of its launch.

Livon & 9XO launches 'India's Top K-Pop Stars'

In line with its philosophy of being a constant companion in all the new and exciting experiences for their vivacious, vibrant and stylish consumer, Livon is launching the hunt for India’s first ever All Girls Korean Pop (K-Pop) band. Recognising a growing affinity for the genre in India, Livon is looking for India’s Top K-Pop Stars in partnership with international music channel 9XO. The K-Pop genre has created one of the biggest waves in the global entertainment circuit and gained immense popularity with gen-Z across the world. With K-pop stars becoming major global fashion influencers and shaping fashion trends worldwide, styling has become critical for any emerging talent in the genre. Thus, Livon will focus not only on the hunt for singing abilities but will also groom the contestants into getting that awesome K-Pop look.

Open to all K-Pop enthusiasts in India, the talent hunt is aimed at finding and honing the best K-Pop talent from across the country. The chosen band of 5 Indian girls will get a chance to record their K-Pop music video and release it on air with 9XO. Livon’s India’s Top K-Pop Stars kicks off with on ground auditions in Guwahati and Shillong followed by shortlisting of winners and mentoring sessions in Mumbai. To help choose this band and mentor them throughout the process, Livon has partnered with popular musicians from the North East region- Alobo Naga, Alune Tetseo and Kuvelu Tetseo.

Speaking about the launch, Koshy George, Chief Marketing Officer, Marico Limited said, “The growing popularity of K-Pop and the inclination of our consumers towards it was a huge push for us to launch India’s Top K-Pop Stars in partnership with 9XO. With this property, we want to give our consumers an opportunity to showcase their love for K-Pop and guide them on styling and performance as they work towards putting the first ever K-Pop girls music album in India. K-Pop is not just about music but also about the way one looks while performing that Livon aims to bring out in the most fabulous manner for its consumers.”

Livon 9XO India’s top K-Pop Stars hunt will be promoted across 9XO and 9XM through on air promos and on their digital channels. The talent hunt will also be promoted across digital and social media platforms.

Commenting on the initiative, Pawan Jailkhani, Chief Revenue Officer, 9X Media Pvt. Ltd. said, “Our international music channel 9XO has always helped the viewers to discover great music. K-Pop being the music for the youth today, this hunt is an apt platform for the deserving and talented singers. We are pleased to partner with Livon and present Livon 9XO India’s top K-Pop Stars. We believe in creating content that is unique and different; hence we present the hunt for India’s first all girl K-Pop band. I am confident that this talent hunt will be yet another success story waiting to happen with the Audience Brand Connect division at 9X Media.”

Auditions for India’s Top K-Pop Stars will be held in:
Guwahati on Nov 6 at Cottons University
Shillong on Nov 7 at St Anthony’s College

About Marico Limited
Marico (BSE: 531642, NSE: “MARICO”) is one of India’s leading consumer products companies, in the global beauty and wellness space. During 2018-19, Marico recorded a turnover of about INR 73.3 billion (USD 1.05 billion) through its products sold in India and chosen markets in Asia and Africa. 
 Marico touches the lives of 1 out of every 3 Indians, through its portfolio of brands such as Parachute, Parachute Advansed, Saffola, Saffola FITTIFY Gourmet, Coco Soul, Hair & Care, Nihar Naturals, Livon, Set Wet, Set Wet Studio X, True Roots, Kaya Youth O2, Mediker and Revive. The international consumer products portfolio contributes to about 22% of the Group’s revenue, with brands like Parachute, Parachute Advansed, HairCode, Fiancée, Caivil, Hercules, Black Chic, Code 10, Ingwe, XMen, Sedure, Thuan Phat and Isoplus. 

 

Line-Up Of Sunburn Festival 2019 Revealed

Since 2007, Asia’s biggest dance music festival Sunburn has brought A-list DJs to stages across India for everything from arena concerts to multi-day festivals. The brand launched in Goa and has since expanded exponentially. After successfully hosting the preceding three editions in Pune, Asia's largest music festival, OPPO Sunburn Goa in association with Percept Live and Klassique Events Goa will be returning home to its birthplace this December after a hiatus of 3 years. The festival giant will be making its’ grand annual homecoming for the 13thedition at Vagator for a three-day showcase from 27th to 29th of December 2019.

Following the announcement of former world no #1 DJ Martin Garrix and the world’s biggest dance-pop acts The Chainsmokers as the first two mega headliners, the festival promoters have taken to social media today to reveal the Phase 1 line up of their annual showcase today and it looks stellar!

Phenomenal acts like Australian record producer, music programmer and Grammy award winner DJ FLUME, multi-platinum producer and songwriter Jonas Blue, defining figure of house music Fedde Le Grand, Dutch dance music star Julian Jordan and young Belgian prodigy Lost Frequencies, will be joining the Main Stage as support acts, promising an electrifying experience. Aside of these names, festival goers have a bevy of artists to handpick from to be entertained throughout the day including Candice Redding, Kryoman, Shaan, Sartek, Ritviz, Progressive Brothers, Siana Catherine, Teri Miko, Jetfire, Aazar, Brooks, Ellie Prohan and Loopers

To commemorate the festival’s decade plus inning, a brand-new underground music venture called ‘SOLARIS’ featuring a range of exquisite underground international and home-grown house and techno acts will feature on two dedicated stages. Techno innovators, Cuban-American DJ/producer, MaceoPlex and 5 times DJ Award winner Chilean-Swiss DJ Luciano who will be making their India debut at the festival will be headlining the stage. Joining them as support acts would be Oliver Huntmann, Jeremy Olander, Coyu, Hosh, Andre Winter, Anish Sood, Ana Lilia, Marino Canal, Shaun Reeves, Sequ3l, Priyanjana, Idriss D and Khen.

On the Psychedelic Stage one can watch out for names like Belik Boom, Captain Hook, Designer Hippies, Laughing Buddha, Shanti People, Space Cat and Xerox &Ilumination!

Sunburn Goa this year will feature several special label show-cases and stages including Martin Garrix’s STMPD imprint, Luciano & Friends, Senso sounds, Sin City, Slick, Suara&Vivrant.

Sunburn After Dark will leave festival goers spoilt for choice with manifold options to choose from. Catch Bombay Adda. Hammerzz, Larive, Owl and Re:Fresh play a surprise set at multiple After Dark Parties in and around Goa.

In addition to this, one of the most premium hotel chains, W Goa will be showcasing a luxe Eclipse by W Goa Lounge at the festival to deliver an extravagant world class VVIP experience for festival goers

Karan Singh, COO, Percept Live states, “Sunburn follows the mantra of “for the fans”, by the fans, of the fans. We’ve evolved from being a music festival to an aspirational global brand with millions of loyalists.  We also have the world’s best DJs lined up for the festival and aim to close the year on a high. In addition to introducing an all new underground variant –‘SOLARIS’, we will also be raising the bar by integrating the latest global technology and SFX to amplify the overall festival experience. We are sure that fans who attend Sunburn 13 will be talking about it for a long time to come.”

Sunburn was instrumental in transforming the coastal state of Goa into a hub for music aficionados and has been instrumental in putting India on the global map as a preferred destination for world class music events since 2007. The sun, sea and sand are back and fans have much reason to rejoice as Sunburn returns back to Vagator Goa this year. Sunburn Festival 2019 promises to be bigger, better, bolder and live up to the fans expectations – be it the astronomical number of people expected to attend the festival, the massive production or the mind-blowing eco-friendly ambience. Sunburn finds pride in its unremitting approach to provide unique lineups will spare no effort in ensuring a befitting programming that will allow music enthusiasts to get an amazing lineup of artists and a healthy variety of pulsating music to suit all tastes. 

India’s biggest campsite, Sunburn Campout that will give every camper a true festival vibe complete with after parties, adventure activities, camp fire, workshops among a host of other activities. Festival goers can choose from a wide range of camping options. Prices start INR 40,000/- upwards.

Tickets live on www.bookmyshow.com. Prices start at 7500/-

OPPO Sunburn Goa is presented by Kingfisher and Magic Moments, and co-powered by Skybags, Fast Track, Toyota, ZEE 5 in association with boAt, SpiceJet, Cred Experience and Jameson.

OPPO, the leading global smartphone brand, is the Title Sponsor for the 13th edition of Sunburn. OPPO is identified by millennial as a brand with creative, vibrant and youthful DNA. The association with Sunburn festival, Goa demonstrates the brand’s commitment to connect with the youth.

Veronica Fusaro makes her maiden India visit..

Veronica Fusaro, the charismatic 22-year old singer / songwriter and soul pop sensation from Switzerland who recently released her new 5-track EP ‘SUNKISSED’ exclusively on 9122 Records; made her maiden India visit today. Veronica performed her gorgeous collection of songs in Mumbai on 21st October at G5, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai.  

She has played over 150 shows worldwide including Glastonbury 2019 and a dream call to open for the legendary Mark Knopfler at the 'Festival De Nimes' in France. 2019 has so far been a stellar year for Veronica – she’s dropped two gorgeous  singles ‘Lie To Me’ & ‘Rollercoaster’, earned a slot at Glastonbury 2019 and then a dream call to open for the legendary Mark Knopfler at the `Festival De Nîmes’ in France.  She’s also toured the world playing stages in North America, Canada, UK and Europe. She is now set to hit our shores later this month in support of the new EP, to which an elated Veronica says “playing in India will be a dream come true! I just can’t wait to get there and soak it all in – the culture, the food, the music….everything! “.

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.

Katy Perry to Headline OnePlus Music Festival

Global superstar Katy Perry will come to India to headline the inaugural OnePlus Music Festival in her first-ever performance in Mumbai on 16th November 2019.Known for its experimental, out-of-the-box community-focused activities, OnePlus looks to reach into the music world with this festival creating a niche space for community and music enthusiasts to come together on a different platform to see their favourite acts and discover new music.

"I am so happy to be returning to India and excited to headline my first-ever performance in Mumbai. I am looking forward to seeing and singing with all of my Indian KatyCats at the OnePlus Music Festival," said Katy Perry.
"We are super excited that Katy Perry will be starring in our first-ever OnePlus Music Festival in India! We decided to host this festival to share our passion for music with our community, who are at the heart of everything we do. With Katy on board, this is sure to be a one of a kind experience,” said Carl Pei, Co-founder, OnePlus.

Speaking on the event, Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director & CEO, Universal Music Group, India & South Asia added, “Katy is a not only a massive global pop superstar who has a big India fan base but is someone who’s been relevant for some time now starting with ‘Teenage Dream’ to ‘Prism’ and ‘Witness’, and now her newest singles ‘Never Really Over’ and ‘Small Talk’. Her songs have been a legend for her Indian fans and they can’t wait to see her perform in Mumbai. The buzz is palpable as we count-down to 16th November and the first-ever OnePlus Music Festival which is now bound to be a date to mark on the annual calendar as a day of music and celebration.”

About Katy Perry:
Katy made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys after signing to the label in 2007. She cemented her status as a global superstar with the follow-up album, Teenage Dream (2010), becoming the first – and only – female artist to chart five No. 1 singles from one album. PRISM, her 2013 album, has sold more than 12.5 million adjusted albums worldwide. With the singles “Roar," “Firework,” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing the 10 million thresholds including song sales and streams, Katy became the first artist to earn three RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards. Witness was Katy’s third album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It set the record for the biggest week for an album by a female artist in 2017. Witness has achieved five billion cumulative global streams and sold more than three million adjusted albums. “Never Really Over“ was released 31st May 2019 is already certified GOLD and was the biggest streaming launch of Katy’s musical career. Current single, “Small Talk” was released 9th August 2019.

In her 10 years with Capitol, Katy has racked up a cumulative 35 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of over 45 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks. She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club. She is the most-followed person globally on Twitter and was the first to reach 100 million followers. Katy was the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views, while “Roar” and “Dark Horse” have surpassed the two billion mark. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history.

About OnePlus India:
OnePlus is a global mobile technology company challenging conventional concepts of technology. Created around the “Never Settle” mantra, OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with premium build quality and high-performance hardware. OnePlus thrives on cultivating strong bonds and growing together with its community of users and fans. In a recent development, OnePlus has also been declared a Superbrand for 2019. For more information, please visit oneplus.in.

 

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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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

Alicia Keys Glows in new music video…

Fresh off the announcement that she is returning to the GRAMMY stage in 2020 as host, singer/songwriter/producer Alica Keys, a 15-time GRAMMY Award winner, today released her latest song “Time Machine,” a four-on-the-floor future funk-inspired odyssey with an accompanying electric visual.  Released via RCA Records, the song was written by Keys along with Sebastian Kole and Rob Knox and produced by Keys and Knox.  The music video, which sees Keys giving roller skating vibes in neon at the famous World on Wheels in Los Angeles, was directed by Timeless Eye Productions, and sees a fun cameo from innovative hip-hop artist Tierra Whack.  The song premiered on BBC Radio 1’s “Annie Mac” today, while the video premiered simultaneously on  MTV Live, MTV U and BET Soul and on Viacom’s Times Square billboards in New York City. “Time Machine” is now available to stream and buy across digital platforms here.  The official music video is now available to watch here

“Time Machine” celebrates the freedom that comes with letting go with lyrics like: “No we can’t rewind / Life ain’t no time machine / But once you free your mind / There is beauty in everything.”  The song is the second offering from Keys’ forthcoming seventh studio album, due in 2020. In September, the singer released the sultry and vibey “Show Me Love,” a duet with GRAMMY Award winning R&B star Miguel.  Stream the song and its hypnotic visuals here.  Earlier this month, Keys dropped a fire remix of the song featuring GRAMMY nominated hip-hop artist 21 Savage.  Stream the remix here.

About Alicia Keys:

Alicia Keys is a modern-day Renaissance woman—a 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist/songwriter/musician/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, a film/ television and Broadway producer an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of activism. Since the release of her monumental 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor, Keys has sold over 65 million records and built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments.  She released her powerful and critically-acclaimed sixth studio album HERE in 2016.

 

Rendezvous 2.0 A confluence of Ibaadat & Bhakti

Rendezvous 2.0 A confluence of Ibaadat & Bhakti was presented by EPC Marine & Logistics Services, Seascore Services and BHN, companies specialising in marine & offshore services in India & abroad. They brought two supremely talented singers Nandini Srikar & Chandana Bala Kalyan to present two contrasting styles of presentations of traditional qawallis, nazms, bhajans in a very contemporary manner. 

The concert commenced Chandana presenting a beautiful Holi geet " aaj biraj mein", followed by Bulleh Shah's "Gammawala charka", Kabir's "Jheeni Jheeni", Amir Khushroo's "Kinna Sona Tenu Rab ne banaya" & Abhang "Awaga Rangha Ek Zaala, The audience where in raptures to hear the amazing dexterity and smoothness of Chandana's voice. They were in for a bigger surprise.

Nandini Srikar, started her presentation with a Saint Tyagarajar kriti "Tavadasoham" followed by, Kabir's "Moko kahan", Tulsidas's " Kahan ke patheek" Meerabai's "Meretho giridhar gopal", Amir Khushroos's "Abr mi barad" and the grand finale brought both these talented singers to perform a traditional carnatic "muddugare yashoda".

Shahin Badar, the UK based Indian singer was a guest at the event stated “It was wonderful evening put together by Gigue Entertainment. The artists performing were phenomenal it is so soothing to watch a classical rendition of folk and fusion styles, beautifully blended with spiritual compositions!”

The event was ably curated by Ritvik Srivastav-Founder Director, Lakshmi Rajashekhar- Founder Director & assisted by Rajashekhar Srinivasan of team GIGUE in the beautiful Amphitheater @ Kaifi azmi park/kishore kumar park.

Radio City celebrates Children's Day with..

Radio City, India’s leading radio network, organised a fun filled activity, ‘Chillar Party’ to celebrate children’s day in Mumbai. Radio City’s RJ Salil and RJ Archana along with ace choreographer Terence Lewis, kick-started the commemoration by conducting a dance class for the students at the Gilder lane Municipal School in Mumbai Central.

As a part of the activity, Radio City’s RJ’s Salil, Archana, Palak, Harshit, Pulkit and Karan, danced and enjoyed with the kids and choreographer Terence Lewis, making Children’s day a memorable experience for everyone. To ensure that Mumbai feels the Children’s day vibe, Radio City broadcasted its popular breakfast show Kasa Kai Mumbai LIVE from the school between 7:00am -12:00pm and encapsulated the activity on air as well. The kids learnt various dance moves from the dance guru Terence Lewis and thoroughly enjoyed and grooved to every beat. Radio City’s Chillar party, was yet another way of spreading happiness and positivity amongst the children who lacked access to dancing and singing in their school.

In addition to the Mumbai celebrations, Radio City also organised the Chhota Kad Badey Kadam activity in Surat. A week long activity featured stories of young achievers who followed their path and are working towards achieving their dreams. These stories were shared on-air, as a source of inspiration for other young children to boost their confidence and help them to chase their dreams.

Like every year, Radio City continues to celebrate Children’s Day with fun, frolic and lot of happiness.

About Radio City:

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).

Music Broadcast Limited currently has 39 stations across 12 states, comprising 62% of the country’s FM population. Radio City reaches out to over 69 million listeners in 34 cities covered by AZ Research 2019 (Source: AZ Research Report). The network provides terrestrial programming along with 18 other web-stations, through its digital interface, www.radiocity.in. 

Radio City has spearheaded the evolution of FM radio by offering content that is unique, path-breaking and invokes city passion amongst listeners with its brand philosophy of “Rag Rag Mein Daude City”. The network introduced humour and the concept of agony aunt on radio with Babber Sher and Love Guru respectively. It also initiated Radio City Freedom Awards, a platform to recognize independent music and provided a launch pad to budding singers with Radio City Super Singer, the first singing talent hunt on radio.

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.

Senior ghazal artiste Rajendra Mehta passed away

Rajendra Mehta passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday after a brief illness. The singer and his wife Nina were known as the first popular ghazal couple in India, and formed a successful concert duo in the 1980s. Often called the Musical Mehtas, they attained success with the songs 'Taj Mahal Mein Aa Jaana', 'Suna Hai Maine Yeh Jabse', 'Musafir Ke Raste Badalte Rahe', 'Ek Pyara Sa Gaon' and 'Tumko Humne Dil Mein'.

Mehta also sang the group song 'Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna' with Manna Dey and Mohammed Rafi in the 1965 Manoj Kumar film Shaheed. Nina Mehta passed away in 2014. The singer is survived by one son.

SMH label, AWAAZ comes out with another track...

Shaikhspeare is the co-founder of Mumbai's veteran Hip-Hop Collective, Bombay Lokal, which features multiple aspects of Hip Hop in 1 crew - including break dancers and graffiti artists. The crew operates out of Nalasopara, Mumbai and has been instrumental in spreading knowledge about Hip-Hop in Mumbai.

As one of the veterans of the Hip Hop movement in India, Shaikhspeare took Farhan Khan under his wing for this single, and they both worked closely together with Rasla, the track’s producer. The single is a conscious hip hop song with trap vibes written all over; where Shaikhspeare, Rasla, & Farhan Khan uses their art to show the ugly side of politics and greed. When asked about the single, Shaikhspeare went on to say, “We wanted to reflect how money was controlling things around us and make the message reach to the masses in an entertaining way”

Rasla played an integral role in the creation of the single, ‘Paisa Paisa’. As a producer, he has worked with multiple artists, and also features as a DJ with his own productions. The Gujarati producer took his time to craft his sound to stand out within the Hip Hop community. “The Hip Hop spirit is lit everywhere in India.”, said Rasla, “It’s wonderful how Hip Hop has grown so much, and there’s much more to come.”

Farhan Khan, who kicks off the song in the first verse, grew up in Mira Road and has been on the grind in the Mumbai Hip Hop scene for the past three years. When asked about his thoughts on the current state of Hip Hop in India, Farhan Khan said, “It's great that the Indian Hip Hop scene is growing steadily; and the mass audience is slowly catching up to the Hip Hop energy.” He added, “And once they all catch up, it will be the true golden era of Indian Hip Hop.”  With multiple singles planned throughout the year, Farhan Khan has ultimate respect for the grind required to make it in the industry.

AWAAZ has been instrumental in impacting the Desi Hip Hop scene in India throughout 2019, releasing ten back to back singles in the summer. The joint venture between Desi Hip Hop Inc and Sony Music India is on a mission to find, nurture, and celebrate Hip Hop artists from all over India and the South Asian diaspora abroad.

With a weekly playlist by AWAAZ on multiple platforms including Spotify, Saavn, Wynk, Hungama, and Amazon Music, listeners can discover the new wave of Desi Hip Hop music burgeoning out of India. This week, the AWAAZ playlist features ‘Paisa Paisa’ along with multiple other hits from within the Indian Hip Hop community.

Meghan Trainor announces release for new album

GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Meghan To celebrate the big news, Meghan also triumphantly returned to The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first television performance of her recent single “Wave” featuring Mike Sabath this afternoon. She also personally announced the release date on the show!

About the announcement, Meghan said, “I’m so excited that I got to announce the release date of my album, Treat Myself, on Ellen today! I’ve never worked harder on an album or been more proud of the music, I cannot wait for you all to hear it! There are also some very exciting features that you will find out about soon...January 31st! For realz this time!”

“Wave” set the stage for Treat Myself with a riveting music video. In the artful and minimalist clip, Meghan rises out of a crowd of dancers into a fiery and focused routine. It remains another creative high watermark for the songstress and stands out in a now-legendary catalog of visuals. Attracting widespread acclaim right out of the gate,  Idolator notably described “Wave” as “Electro-pop perfection,” and Billboard dubbed it, “powerfully sweeping.”

Additionally, Meghan just shared a brand new Treat Myself song entitled “Workin’ On It” [feat. Lennon Stella & Sasha Sloan]. Uniting three of popular music’s most empowering, engaging, and enthralling voices for the first time, “Workin’ On It” asserts itself as a bold blockbuster collaboration worthy of headlines. Lennon and Sasha both deliver dynamic harmonies as Meghan takes center stage with an undeniable performance, showcasing her spirit. Comprising an intimate soundscape, handclaps and gentle acoustic strumming build towards a powerful refrain as sparse production gives way to a confessional chorus, “I’ve been workin’ on, workin’ on it…Trying to see what you see when you look at me.”

Recently, Meghan also joined the superstar coaching panel of ITV's The Voice UK. She'll be taking up a big red chair alongside Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs.Experience Treat Myself soon! Get ready for Meghan Trainor’s biggest, boldest, and best chapter yet.

About Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor first made history in 2014 with her diamond-certified smash single “All About That Bass.” The GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist stands out as “one of only five female artists to achieve a diamond certification from the RIAA”—an honor bestowed upon only 15 other singles to date. Thus far, she has garnered a GRAMMY® Award and achieved eight multi-platinum singles and two platinum albums, sold out three world tours, penned multi-platinum hits for peers across pop and country, and received countless industry awards and nominations. Expanding her influence, she starred on FOX’s hit series THE FOUR: Battle for Stardom for two seasons. Following 2018 anthems “No Excuses” and “Let You Be Right,” she celebrated Valentine’s Day 2019 with the love-themed six-song The Love Train EP and to kick off the summer, she collaborated with dance music titan, Kaskade, for their song “With You,” paving the way for more surprises to come.

VYRL Originals and Mohit Suri bring together....

The creative trio of Mohit Suri, Mithoon and Arijit Singh famous for delivering superhit songs like ‘Tum Hi Ho’, ‘Humdard’, ‘Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga’ have come together for the very first time for a non-film song ‘Intezaar’.  This song is composed and written by Mithoon and features Bollywood favourites Arijit Singh and Asees Kaur. The video stars India’s beloved television stars Sanaya Irani and Gurmeet Chaudhary who bring alive the ballad in the larger than life music video.

The inspiration for the song comes from the yearning for ones love where you continue to live in hope, even after the relationship has ended.  Intezaar brings alive two contrasting sets of emotions; one where a person is living in hope that his love may return and the other where one has gracefully accepted the end and moved on. Arijit Singh and Asees Kaur have soulfully expressed these emotions in their inimitable style.

Directed by Arif Khan, the music video depicts the highs and lows of a relationship through contemporary dance interlaced with poignant storytelling. Mohit Suri, with his creative vision and inputs, has been instrumental in creating a one-of-its-kind non film musical experience. 

Speaking about Intezaar, Mithoon says “Mohit and I always like to work on a thought when it comes to any song. He gave me the idea to come up with a song which talks about yearning and hoping against hope. I responded by giving him this melody and he got very excited about it. He initially wanted to use it in Aashiqui 2, but later on, we both felt it wasn’t fitting in the narrative of the film. Time passed but we both held on to this song very dearly in our hearts. Even Arijit would keep asking me about where are we going to use it. Earlier this year, VRYL Originals approached me to do a project with them and Mohit kept pushing me to do something in the non-film space. I reworked on the entire structure of the song and added the voice of Asees Kaur, who I think elevated the song with her honesty. Finally, it all came together as a true musical experience”

Speaking about this latest release, Mohit Suri saysMithoon and I have an association that goes back two decades. Whenever we have worked on music it has never meant to be delivered as a superhit but just something that we both believe in. I have been after Mithoon to do something in the non-film music space because I believe his music is beyond films. I am very happy that Arijit and Asees have lent their voice to this composition. I had a certain vision for this song and Arif Khan has taken the video a notch higher. Both Gurmeet and Sanaya have not just enacted the video but felt every word of the song. I believe and Mithoon will agree on this with me that every song has its own fate and this song belongs to a platform like VYRL Originals. Thank you Vinit and Devraj for this musical experience.”

Speakimg about the song, Asees Kaur saysI was roped in at a very last stage of this project. Mithoon Sir was looking for a female voice and that's when Vinit from VYRL Originals recommended me to Mithoon Sir for which I will be grateful to him forever. I've always wanted to sing for Mithoon Sir and to start off with a project which is so close to him, Mohit Sir and my personal favourite Arijit Singh is a dream collaboration for me. I'm glad Mithoon Sir & Mohit Sir both felt that my voice did justice to the song and the emotion they were looking for. I also love the way the video is shot where Gurmeet & Sanaya have done an amazing job. And like everyone says, this song is an amazing Musical Experience as a whole.”

Speaking about the new song, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music India & South Asia, shares, “VYRL Originals is an artist first music platform which has been at the forefront of creating a category and culture of non-film music in India.  Intezaar has been a dream project for us at VYRL. To bring together the biggest names in the Indian Music & Entertainment business, for a non-film song for the first time, has been an exciting experience. I am deeply appreciative of the creative journey and efforts of the entire team including Mohit Suri, Mithoon, Arijit Singh, Asees Kaur and the talented duo Sanaya and Gurmeet, who feature in the music video directed by Arif Khan. Intezaar is not just another non-film song; it’s a musical experience.”

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive music launch by Sterling Reserve Music...

The Sterling Reserve Music Project releases “Main Sach Bolda,” by Shaan featuring debut independent musician, Mustafa, which further builds on the mentor – protégé artist relationship, unique to the platform.
Shaan, who has swept away numerous accolades as the most promising Indian play-back singer and independent musician, mentors Mustafa on his debut song and music video. This romantic song also sees veteran Shaan attempting a Punjabi rap-singing form on the song for the first time ever.
“Main Sach Bolda” is a modern, upbeat and romantic love song. While working on the song, Shaan’s aim was to design a song that would highlight Mustafa’s eclectic potential and contemporary singing style along with his vocal range; the outcome being “Main Sach Bolda.”
The theme of the music video is a bachelor party setting, wherein Mustafa is showcased as Shaan’s brother. It is Mustafa’s bachelor’s party, which is impeded by Mustafa’s fiancée, begetting intense drama between the couple. The overall video highlights making amends in a relationship and making it up to your loved one which is conspicuous from the chorus of the song “Mann Ja Mann Ja, Main Sach Bolda.”
Speaking about the song, Shaan said, “I'm really glad to be a part of the Sterling Reserve Music Project and mentoring Happydemic artist, Mustafa, on ‘Main Sach Bolda.’ This is Mustafa’s debut song and video. He has a very unique contemporary pop voice and I’m glad this song has been able to bring that out. This was also a great opportunity for me to experiment with a contemporary dance genre and rap style in Punjabi, which is a first for me on a song.”
Speaking about the song, Mustafa said, “Working on the song “Main Sach Bolda” has been an amazing experience! The song has a gen-next vibe. It is very peppy and groovy. My hard work and perseverance has made my dream come true. It wouldn't have been possible without the continuous support and guidance of Shaan and the entire Happydemic team. Special thanks to Universal Music and Sterling Reserve Music Project for this fantastic platform!”
Speaking about the release, Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia said, “The Sterling Reserve Music Project is growing from strength to strength, where we’re breaking some fresh independent talent each month. Once every few songs we have the honour of having a mainstream artist mentor and work with their mentee, to create a track to add some much needed gravitas to our music. This time my dear old friend and legend, Shaan, decided to come on board to launch his protégé, Mustafa, and the result is the magical, “Main Sach Bolda.” Shaan has helped curate the track and Mustafa has done his mentor proud by delivering, what I already consider, a hit dance number for the celebratory months. I’m proud of the project and what it means to so many independent musicians in our region. At the Sterling Reserve Music Project we enable our new artists to chase their next.”

About Sterling Reserve Music Project:
Sterling Reserve Music Project is the region’s first enabler platform to discover, incubate and promote emerging musical talent from India. The project aims at elevating and supporting the independent music scene in the country by giving musicians a platform to showcase their talent.

About Universal Music India:

Universal Music India Pvt. Ltd. (UMIPL) is a 100% subsidiary of the Universal Music Group (UMG) and is home to record labels such as A&M Records, Blue Note Records, Capitol Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def. Jam Recordings, Deutsche Gramophone, Emarcy, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, Virgin Records, Virgin EMI Records.

Hungama Music partners with MY FM

Hungama Music, one of the leading music and music video streaming platforms in the country owned by Hungama Digital Media, has partnered with MY FM, a pioneer and leading brand in the radio space, owned by DB Corp Ltd. Through the association Hungama Music and MY FM will work together to create music-driven original content headlined by popular RJs from MY FM. As a part of the association, hit shows from MY FM will soon be available to stream on Hungama Music. Additionally, the partnership will also enable users to seamlessly access Hungama Music directly from MY FM’s web and WAP destinations – myfmIndia.com

The association will leverage Hungama’s vast digital presence and MY FM’s deep understanding of individual market preferences in the 30 cities they operate, to offer original content that is interactive, engaging and deeply-rooted in music. Two original shows, ‘My Hindi Top 10 with RJ Kartik’ and ‘My Punjabi Top 10 with RJ Vikas’ are already available to stream on Hungama Music, with new episodes of each available every week. Going beyond regular countdowns, both the shows offer listeners added insights and trivia on the songs, further enhancing their music listening experience. Taking the experience a step ahead, hit shows from MY FM will soon be available for Hungama Music users to stream and enjoy at their convenience. Further, the association will also augment the music listening experience of all myfmIndia.com users by allowing them easy access to Hungama Music that offers more than 10 million songs and music videos in 20+ Indian and international languages. This is in addition to thousands of curated playlists that make it easier for users to explore and enjoy music based on their mood and situations, and from their favourite artists, actors or genres. Users will also be able to enjoy a multitude of online radio channels offered by Hungama Music from MY FM’s online destination.

Speaking about the association, Siddhartha Roy, COO, Hungama Digital Media said, “Audiences on music streaming platforms are increasingly seeking content that is unique and differentiated. Through our existing library of original shows, Hungama Spotlight, Hungama Music Room and Endrendrum Punnagai in Tamil, we offer content that is exclusive and deeply entrenched in music. We are excited to work with MY FM to create original content and offer their content on our platform, both of which will help us enrich the user experience even further. Additionally, we are certain that a convenient access to our extensive multi-lingual and multi-genre library through myfmIndia.com will be appreciated by the users.”

Rahul Namjoshi, Chief Operating Officer, MY FM said, “At MY FM we are constantly striving to enhance the experience of our listeners by bringing something unique and engaging. We are living up to this promise by partnering with Hungama Music that will help us create original music-related content which will be exclusive to our platforms. The partnership will help us extend our promise of offering the best music to our 20 million + on-air and online listeners, by providing them with a unique opportunity to gain on-demand access to an extensive library of music and curated playlists. This will also help us take our existing library to a wider digital audience. We look forward to working with Hungama Music and making the music listening experience a wholesome experience.”  

One of the leading music streaming platforms in the country, Hungama Music has led the digital streaming revolution in India and crafted an enriching experience for music lovers worldwide. Its multi-genre, multi-lingual and freemium library, original content, online radio channels and curated playlists make music streaming a fulfilling experience for users.

Louis Tomlinson's releases New Single...

Louis Tomlinson returns with his joyous new single 'We Made It'.  'We Made It' is an ode to teen dreams and young love, which fuses both the euphoric indie influences of Louis's teen years with more contemporary electronic pop sounds.
The track is inspired by stolen nights out in Manchester in the early days of One Direction. “Any time off I had, I’d go to Manchester for nights out with my mates. It made me realise I didn’t live in the real world anymore and I missed it. I loved being normal, reckless and stupid. It was the best escape. We’d stay up all night, talking about our dreams and what we thought would happen to us. That age is such an exciting time. You’ve no idea what the future holds, but you have so much potential. Where is my life headed? Who knows?"
“The chorus of We Made It is also about me and the fans. Between us, it has taken a lot to get here. I’ve had to work really hard, had to learn about so much about myself. I feel as though only when I get out to tour, to sing these songs directly to the fans, will I have cemented the start of my solo career.”
Alongside the release of the single, Louis announced today a Wold Tour for 2020 that will take in cities. Recently Louis revealed that his debut solo album 'Walls' will be released on January 31st 2020. The album is available to pre-order now. Ask Louis why he only recently felt ready to record a solo album and is only now itching to be back on stage and he’ll tell you straight – the songs. His run of hits in 2017, including hugely successful collaborations with Bebe Rexha and Steve Aoki, were in retrospect a mere dipping of toes in the water. Temperature tested he made some decisions –  Louis wanted to be an artist who had his own sound and something to say. Chasing chart positions and radio play had to take a back seat to making music that meant something to him and, in turn, to those all-important fans. 
 “There was definitely a process of understanding where I sit musically,” says Louis. “I have my own tastes and, to a certain extent, they are fighting against the musical tide. “When I grew up, pop meant Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, The Killers and Amy Winehouse. Times change, obviously. Currently pop is very urban and street, which is not what I relate to. Sure, I could make those sort of songs, but they wouldn’t feel like me. The puzzle was how to please both myself and the fans.” 
Louis recently headlined the Coca-Cola music festival in Madrid to an audience of 25,000 people. A tour is in the planning and his debut solo album is scheduled for release early next year. 
Earlier this year, Louis picked up the Best Song Award at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards for his recent single 'Two Of Us', which has so far hit 40 million streams on Spotify, with YouTube views at 23 million. In 2018 Louis won an iHeart Award for 'Best Solo Breakout', and an EMA Award for 'Best UK & Ireland Act' in 2017. He was ranked No.5 on Billboard’s emerging artists of 2018 and has over 60 million combined followers on social media. 
As a member of One Direction, Louis has sold over 100 million records. Overall Louis’s solo music has garnered over a BILLION streams. 
“I feel like a new artist now. It’s taken a while for me to be comfortable on my own, to learn to trust my gut and make sure I get what I want. I feel the most confident I’ve ever been, both as a songwriter and a singer, and the most mature. Of course I want to be successful, but what matters is what my music means to me and what it means to the fans. That’s the priority. The rest we’ll have to wait and see.”

BTS reveals collaboration with Lauv....

Global superstars BTS droped their newest collaboration ‘Make It Right (feat. Lauv)’ on October 18.The track brings new lyrical and vocal changes to the original ‘Make It Right’ from MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA, the hit collaboration with world-famous singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. ‘Make It Right (feat. Lauv)’ is a collaboration between BTS and Lauv, the independent singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer loved for songs like ‘I Like Me Better,’ ‘I’m So Tired’ and ‘Lonely’.

Lauv comes onboard as featured artist together with his own additions to the English lyrics. Lauv’s signature soft and delicate vocals are weaved together with the melody of the song to bring to the fore a wistful yet refined sensibility. BTS and Lauv’s vocal blend offers a unique charm that is just as special as the original’s.   The accompanying music video is a collage of different footages of ‘Make It Right’ performances taken during the BTS WORLD TOUR ‘LOVE YOURSELF: SPEAK YOURSELF’. Entwined with the footages is an animated story of a boy and a girl that was the motif of the original song. Scenes of BTS becoming one with fans as they perform and moments of overflowing emotions on stage are meshed with animation to add layers of emotions to the song.

BTS has been collaborating with various world renowned artists like Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, The Chainsmokers, Charli XCX, Zara Larsson and Juice WRLD. Through their latest collaboration with Lauv, BTS once again presents their broadened musical spectrum as global superstars.

BTS is set to perform at the BTS WORLD TOUR 'LOVE YOURSELF: SPEAK YOURSELF' [THE FINAL] in Seoul this late October which will mark the grand finale of their historic stadium tour.

 

 

NCPA announces the 'NCPA ADD ART FESTIVAL'

To mark the prodigious milestone of 50 years, India’s Premier Cultural Institution, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) announces its three-day multi-genre extravaganza, the ‘NCPA ADD ART FESTIVAL’.  Starting from 29th November 2019, the NCPA ADD ART FESTIVAL will showcase performances across Theatre, Dance, Indian Music, Western Classical Music, Jazz, Stand-up acts, Screenings, Puppetry, Workshops and much more.

The festival will celebrate the glorious five decades of NCPA working towards preserving and promoting India’s rich and vibrant artistic heritage. Representing NCPA’s larger philosophy - ‘Adding Art in Daily Lives’, the festival will be a stepping stone to define NCPA’s initiatives in the field of art and culture for the next 50 years.

Commenting on this special occasion Mr. Khushroo N. Suntook, Chairman NCPA said, “We are proud to announce the NCPA ADD ART FESTIVAL celebrating the glorious 50 years of the NCPA. It has been a long and exciting journey for everyone who has been associated with us.  The 50th year milestone will serve as a direction for us to grow and be an integral part of the cultural life of not only Mumbai, but the whole nation.  With our constant endeavor to project only the best performances across the country and internationally, NCPA is truly becoming a beacon of culture.”

The 3 day celebration will showcase NCPA as an interactive venue by encompassing performing arts from classical and folk to contemporary acts gathering a large pool of artists, spread across: Theatre, Music, Dance, Films, Visual Art, Food, Drama, Poetry, and Photography amongst others. From performances by a world class orchestra, jazz virtuoso, legends of Indian music and dance, theatre celebrities – to art installations, food gardens and busking on the periphery, the larger than life festival will allow the public to explore the NCPA as a philosophy and as a venue.

On 28th November, The Symphony Orchestra of India will present a gala concert celebrating the launch of the NCPA Add Art Festival. Led by music director Marat Bisengaliev and associate music director Zane Dalal, the concert will also feature joint choirs from around India. The programme will include popular choral classics, waltzes by Johann Strauss—where the Orchestra will be joined by dancers from Kazakh State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet—and much more.

29th November will witness some exhilarating performances by well-known artists like Mallika Sarabhai, Astad Deboo, Zakir Khan and Amit Tandon.

The highlight of the day will be the India premiere of the 10 time Grammy award winner and 6 Time Billboard Award Winner Arturo Sandoval.  30th November will commence with a very special performance featuring the Students of the NCPA – SOI Music Academy & Indian Music.  Further, the day will host an array of events like – Jam session with Arturo Sandoval featuring musicians from around India, Reading Performance in Marathi, Spoken Word by Kommune, and much more.

The day will showcase a very unique act by Igudesman & Joo called “A little Nightmare Music” combining comedy with music. They have taken the world by storm with their hilarious theatrical shows accumulating over 45 million YouTube hits.

The final day of the festival, 1st December will showcase a one-of-a-kind event “Morn to Dusk” – featuring performances by the legends of Indian Music and Dance like Rashid Khan, Zakir Hussain, Aditi Mangaldas, Malavika Sarukkai, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Birju Maharaj, Ajoy Chakrabarty and many more. This all-day event will take place from 9am to 9pm.

The day will also feature a new production of Sea Wall, by Simon Stephens, directed by Bruce Guthrie, Head of Theatre for the NCPA and performed by award-winning actor Jim Sarbh. The day will conclude with Roysten Abel’s ‘The Manganiyar Seduction’ - an internationally acclaimed audio-visual spectacle which brings together nearly 40 talented Manganiyar musicians, both vocalists and instrumentalists, in a truly magical setting.

The festival will also host various workshops, lec-dems and screenings in various languages across all the three days.  Apart from the stellar performances, audiences can also enjoy a soulful culinary experience at the NCPA campus. The experience will entail homage to great food legacies and exquisite traditions from around the world. NCPA ADD ART FESTIVAL is truly going to be a 360 degree experience for the audiences. 

Early this year, NCPA also launched a new logo to mark its 50-year milestone. For 50 years the NCPA has been creating, curating and nurturing this experience for the nation: many forms, many disciplines and many icons coming together to craft a cultural edifice that's larger than  any one form. This has been the inspiration for the logo: flowing brushes and myriad colours that merge to create a single representation that celebrates 5 decades of Performing Arts history. 

The NCPA has regularly showcased performances and workshops by leading artists from around the country. It has collaborated with various arts organizations and theatres around the globe including the Southbank Centre, Carnegie Hall, National Theatre (London), the Edinburgh Festival, and the Metropolitan Opera (New York). The NCPA Mumbai also regularly welcomes some of the leading orchestras from around the world, including London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra and China Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others. The NCPA places great emphasis on education and is developing a reputation as a major centre for training and education in all genres, building on an already well-established programme of workshops, seminars, and special events for families and children.

ADD ART is an act, a philosophy, a way of rejigging our lives. It is the power of experiencing live performances. It is the moment we allow something that we’ve witnessed to expand our minds. It is the change in perception, whether inspired by a story, painting, performance, poetry, song, or dance. ADD ART is a timely reminder that we are all creative in some way and art is for everyone.

Sony music presents soundtrack album to accompany Universal Pictures

Sony Music is thrilled to present the soundtrack album to accompany Universal Pictures’ highly anticipated holiday romance, Last Christmas, inspired by the music of George Michael and Wham! directed by Paul Feig, co-scripted by Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson. The film stars Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh and Thompson. Last Christmas, the soundtrack album, features 3 fabulous Wham! songs including ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘Everything She Wants’ as well as 12 of George Michael’s best loved tracks from his solo years.
The soundtrack album will be released on 8th November (CD and Digital) and 15th November (Vinyl). The film will arrive in Indian cinemas on 8th November.
 
Speaking of her meeting with George Michael that led to the making of the film, Emma Thompson said: "The wisdom and emotional scope of George’s lyrics have always amazed me. So many feel like they were written for the movie.”
 “After I met George and experienced his compassion and understanding up close, I realised that in fact the movie was written for those lyrics.”
 
All songs were written, arranged and produced by George Michael, except This Is How (We Want You To Get High), which was co-written and co-produced by George Michael and James Jackman, and they will appeal to fans who grew up with his music and introduce a new generation to George Michael’s extraordinary musical virtuosity and range.

The film began when the acclaimed British film producer David Livingstone (best known for the BAFTA Award winning feature film, PRIDE and the Renee Zellweger feature, JUDY) spoke of his love of Wham!’s (George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley) iconic hit, ‘Last Christmas’ to the Oscar-winning actor, producer and screenwriter, Emma Thompson.That conversation sowed the germ of a winning idea: to make a film inspired by ‘Last Christmas’, so in Spring 2013, Emma Thompson visited George Michael at his London home who gave her his blessing.

Highlights include the much-loved hits, Faith, Fastlove, Freedom '90, and Too Funky alongside such surprises as Heal The Pain, Waiting for that Day and the MTV Unplugged version of Praying For Time which George himself adored and the fabulous Older track, Move On. Then when Emma Thompson heard the new track, This Is How (We Want You To Get High), she instantly knew it had to be part of Last Christmas. An extended version will be available on the vinyl version of the soundtrack. The film Last Christmas will be released in the United States on 8th November, in the UK on 15th November and on assorted dates throughout the rest of the world until 27th December.
Track listing
Last Christmas
Too Funky
Fantasy
Praying For Time
Faith
Waiting For That Day
Heal The Pain
One More Try
Fastlove Part1
Everything She Wants
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Move On
Freedom! ‘90
Praying For Time (MTV Unplugged version)
This Is How (We Want You To Get High)
Album Title: Last Christmas
Record Company: Sony Music
Artist: George Michael, Wham! (George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley)
Date of album release: 8th November (CD and Digital) and 15th November (Vinyl)
Date of film release in India: 8th November

Dimitri Vegas like Mike announce India Tour...

After delivering a super successful tour with DJ Snake and Wiz Khalifa, the 13thedition of Asia's largest music festival, Sunburn brings to India another massive multi-city Sunburn Arena tour. Belgium’s most loved brother DJ duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike will perform in Bengaluru on 7 November, Hyderabad on 8 November, followed by New Delhi on 9 November, and finally culminate their musical tour in Mumbai on 10 November  for their India Take Over 2019 Tour with Sunburn Arena.

Over the past 6 years brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have carved themselves into the history of electronic music with show-after-show of jaw dropping stage presence and performances. DVLM have had a very productive year, with new releases and sold-out shows around the world. The much awaited DVLM Sunburn Arena is going to be off the hook!

Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike said, "It’s been a while since we came to India, for us always one of our favourite countries to visit, as we get such incredible love from the fans. We cannot wait to come back this November for what will be one of our biggest tours ever.”

Karan Singh, COO, Percept Live stated, “We are so excited to bring Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike back to India after a long gap. They have a massive fan base in India who has been waiting eagerly for their return. This promises to be their biggest Sunburn Arena India tour ever.”

Sunburn Arena is a sub-variant brand format created under the mega brand umbrella Sunburn, an Intellectual Property of Percept Live, with an aim to cater to dance music enthusiasts across various cities pan India and around the world. Sunburn Arena has played host to some of the world’s leading DJs over the past few years including world renowned Hardwell, Deadmau5, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Swedish House Mafia, Dash Berlin and Avicii. All the previous Sunburn Arena editions have witnessed massive turnouts, and 2019 already looks no different.

Tickets  on bookmyshow.com. Prices start from INR 500/- onwards.

VYRL Originals releases a new track with Rupinn and Lisa Mishra.

Every relationship is built over a period and around incidents, memories, quirks and sweet nothings among two people. ‘Koi Nahi’ is a track that portrays how these sweet banters are enjoyable moments from everyday life. When such sweet banters are countered with a simple ‘Koi Nahi’ it makes every relationship special and the bond stronger.

It is a fun track that is relatable irrespective of age, gender and circumstance because of the playful lyrics written by Rupinn which will surely put a smile on your face and make you groove to it on a loop. Directed by Prayrit Seth, the video is urban, youthful, colourful and perfectly epitomises ‘modern relationships’. Despite the adversities a couple may face, a fun and forgiving ‘Koi Nahi’ attitude keeps the love alive.

The video also features the youth heartthrobs Ashnoor Kaur and Sunny Chopra as parallel leads. Ashnoor has been seen is two Bollywood movies ‘Sanju’ and ‘Manmarziyaan’ and is currently is the lead face of ‘PatialaBabes’ on a leading GEC. While Sunny is a model/actor and a Tik-Tok influencer with a huge fan following and has worked with Bollywood personalities extensively and others in the past.

Speaking about the track release, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music India & South Asia, shares, "VYRL Originals strives for two things which is great collaborations and always pushing the envelope. We have long known Lisa and Rupinn for their versatility and varied music sensibilities. This unique collaboration has resulted in an amazing track for the young audience. The video with its fresh visuals and clutter-breaking style is sure to redefine pop culture in Indian music space.”

Speaking about her new track Lisa Mishra shares “This video concept was something I imagined a few months ago with our team prior to hearing the track. Once Rupinn played the song for me, I was immediately on board. I’d envisioned a vibrant and energetic single to contextualize a colorful, multi-set visual. I really think we’ve done both the audio and video justice, and I hope the audience thinks likewise... I also think it’s incredible to finally be able to work with the man behind Tareefan, which launched both of our careers – it feels like we’ve come full circle.”

Talking about the release of his new track Rupinn comments “We have a plethora of songs about falling in/out of love, but I felt the crucial chunk in the middle, the meat of any relationship hasn't been explored as much. Maybe it seems too run-of-the-mill but there is beauty in every little thing when viewed from rose tinted glasses and that's how the relationship sustains or rather thrives. And in today's fickle world, we need a lot more 'chalta hai koi nahi's and a daily minimum dose of 'tere jaisa koi nahi'. I had sung the original demo for Tareefan (a fact not many people know) and I loved Lisa's interpretation of it in the reprise version. As soon as I finished the composition and penned down the lyrics for Koi Nahi, I knew she'd be the perfect voice for this fresh, fun, youthful song. 'Lisa jaisa 'koi nahi' ”                                           

 

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.”

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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.