ANNIVERSARIES:

D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown (Smashing Pumpkins) 1-May ! Ray Parker, Jr. 1-May ! Rita Coolidge 1-May ! Manna Dey1-May ! Lou Gramm (Foreigner) 2-May ! Christopher Cross 3-May ! Engelbert Humperdink 3-May ! Faizal Fizvi 3-May ! K.Arun Prakash 3-May ! Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 3-May ! Lance Bass ('N Sync) 4-May ! Mike Dirnt (Green Day) 4-May ! Randy Travis 4-May ! Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) 4-May ! K.V.Prasad 4-May ! Sikkil R.Bhaskaran 4-May ! St Tyagaraja 4-May ! Adele 5-May ! Chris Brown 5-May ! Craig David 5-May ! Ian McCulloch (Echo & The Bunnymen) 5-May ! Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) 5-May ! Srimathi Brahmanandam 5-May ! Mark Bryan (Hootie & The Blowfish) 6-May ! Bob Seger 6-May ! Eagle-Eye Cherry 7-May ! Phil Campbell (Motorhead) 7-May ! Anne Dudley (Art Of Noise) 7-May ! Rajendra Ojha 7-May ! Enrique Iglesias 8-May ! Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) 8-May ! Dave Rowntree (Blur) 8-May ! Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) 8-May ! Chris Frantz (Talking Heads) 8-May ! David Gahan (Depeche Mode) 9-May ! Billy Joe l9-May ! Ravi Behl 10-May ! Bono (U) 10-May ! Milind Ingle 12-May ! Steve Winwood 12-May ! Burt Bacharach 12-May ! Khalid Mohamed 13-May ! Manhar Udhas 13-May ! Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish) 13-May ! Stevie Wonder 13-May ! Talat Aziz 14-May ! Danny Wood (New Kids On The Block) 14-May ! Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) 14-May ! Fabrice Morvan (Milli Vanilli) 14-May ! C.C. DeVille (Poison)14-May ! V.V.Ravi (Chennai Number)16-May ! Janet Jackson 16-May ! Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) 16-May ! Richard Page (Mr. Mister)16-May ! Pankaj Udhas 17-May ! Swapnil Bandodkar 17-May ! U.Rajesh 17-May ! Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block) 17-May ! Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) 17-May ! Dave Abbruzzese (Pearl Jam) 17-May ! Enya 17-May ! Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden) 17-May ! Ashok Khosla 18-May ! Rick Wakeman (Yes) 18-May ! Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar 19-May ! Jenny Berggren (Ace Of Base) 19-May ! Grace Jones 19-May ! Dusty Hill (ZZ Top) 19-May ! Phillip Rudd (AC/DC) 19-May ! Pete Townshend (The Who) 19-May ! Hassan Kamal 20-May ! M.D.Ramanathan 20-May ! Maharajapuram Santhanam 20-May ! Busta Rhymes 20-May ! Cher 20-May ! Jeetu 21-May ! Gotye21-May ! Stan Lynch (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) 21-May ! Leo Sayer 21-May ! Dan Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) 22-May! Morrissey 22-May ! Bernie Taupin 22-May ! Tirupparkadal Veeraraghavan 23-May Jewel 23-May ! Bob Dylan 24-May ! Rajesh Roshan 24-May ! Uttam Singh 25-May ! Lauryn Hill 25-May ! Paul Weller (Jam/Style Council) 25-May ! Klaus Meine (Scorpions) 25-May ! Peri Sriramamurthy 26-May ! Lenny Kravitz 26-May ! Hank Williams Jr. 26-May ! Stevie Nicks 26-May ! Palani Subramania Pillai 27-May ! Andre 000 (OutKast) 27-May ! Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) 27-May ! Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie & The Banshees) 27-May ! Hilla Sethna 28-May ! Mysore Vasudevacharya 28-May ! T.M.Thiyagarajan 28-May ! Mark Feehily (Westlife) 28-May ! Kylie Minogue 28-May ! Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals) 28-May ! John Fogerty 28-May ! Gladys Knight 28-May ! John Evans (Jethro Tull) 28-May ! Champak Jain29-May ! Melanie Brown (Scary Spice of Spice Girls) 29-May ! Chad Kinchla (Blues Traveler) 29-May ! Noel Gallagher (Oasis) 29-May ! Melissa Etheridge29-May ! Marie Fredriksson (Roxette) 29-May ! Gary Brooker (Procul Harum) 29-May ! John Popper (Blues Traveler) 29-May ! Vangelis 29-May ! Cee Lo Green 30-May ! Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) 30-May ! Topper Headon (The Clash) 30-May ! Norah Jones 30-May ! Celine Dion 30-May ! Tracy Chapman 30-May ! MC Hammer30-May ! Dave Ball (Procol Harum) 30-May ! Eric Clapton 30-May ! Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) 30-May ! Milind (Anand-Milind) 31-May ! V. Durga Prasad 31-May ! Steve White (Style Council) 31-May ! Darryl McDaniel (Run-D.M.C.) 31-May ! Corey Hart 31-May ! Angus Young (AC/DC) 31-May ! Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & The News) Rashmi Tiwari 1-Jun ! Sukdev 1-Jun ! Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode) 1-Jun ! Alanis Morissette 1-Jun ! Graham Russell (Air Supply) 1-Jun ! Pat Boone (1934) 1-Jun ! Ron Wood (Rolling Stones) 1-Jun ! Simon Gallup (The Cure) 1-Jun ! Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman 2-Jun ! Iiyiaraja 2-Jun ! Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) 2-Jun ! Suzi Quatro (1950) 3-Jun ! Ahmed Khan 3-Jun ! .K.Rangachari 3-Jun ! Freddy Fender (1937) 4-Jun ! Nancy Sinatra (1940) 4-Jun ! Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) 4-Jun ! S.P. Balasubramaniam 4-Jun !Brian McKnight (1969) 5-Jun ! Clause Noreen (Aqua) 5-Jun ! Govindrao Tembe 5-Jun ! Kenny G (1956) 5-Jun ! Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark) (1971) 5-Jun ! Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) 5-Jun ! Narayan Agarwal 5-Jun ! Viju Shah 5-Jun ! James Shaffer (Korn) 6-Jun ! G.N.Balasubramaniam 6-Jun ! Neyveli R.Santhanagopalan 6-Jun ! Nikhil Chinappa 6-Jun ! Preeti Sagar 6-Jun ! Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) 7-Jun ! Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) 7-Jun ! Iggy Azalea 7-Jun ! Tom Jones 7-Jun ! S.Karthick 7-Jun ! V.Kamalakara Rao 8-Jun ! Bonnie Tyler 8-Jun ! Kanye West 8-Jun ! Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) 8-Jun ! Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) 8-Jun ! Dean Felber (Hootie & The Blowfish) 9-Jun ! Ed Simons (The Chemical Brothers) 9-Jun ! Jon Lord (Deep Purple) 9-Jun ! Faith Evans 10-Jun ! Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins) 10-Jun ! Jo-Jo (K-Ci & JoJo) 10-Jun ! Maxi Priest 10-Jun ! M.S.Gopalakrishnan 10-Jun ! Roop Kumar Rathod 10-Jun ! T.V.Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Frank Beard (ZZ Top) 11-Jun ! Robert Birch (Stereo MC's) 11-Jun ! T. V. Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Palghat Mani Iyer 12-Jun ! Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) 12-Jun ! ! Kenny Wayne Shepherd 12-Jun ! Soren Rasted (Aqua) 13-Jun ! Boy George (Culture Club) 14-Jun ! Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) 14-Jun ! Ice Cube 15-Jun ! Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) 15-Jun ! Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) 15-Jun ! Zia Fariduddin Dagar 15-Jun ! A.Kanyakumari 15-Jun ! Sikkil Kunjumani 15-Jun ! Suraiya 15-Jun ! Amaal Mallik 16-Jun ! Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon) 16-Jun ! Barry Manilow 17-Jun ! Paul Young 17-Jun ! Alison Moyet 18-Jun ! Chaitra H. G. 18-Jun ! Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) 18-Jun ! Paul McCartney 18-Jun ! Brian Welch (Korn) 19-Jun ! Paula Abdul 19-Jun ! John Taylor (Duran Duran) 20-Jun ! Lionel Richie 20-Jun ! Michael Anthony (Van Halen) 20-Jun ! Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) 20-Jun ! Jal Mistry 20-Jun ! Leslie Lewis 20-Jun ! Shweta Shetty 20-Jun ! Shakela Banu Bhopali 21-Jun ! Brandon Flowers (The Killers) 21-Jun ! Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) 21-Jun ! Marcella Detroit (Shakespear's Sister) 21-Jun ! Sonique 21-Jun ! Cyndi Lauper 22-Jun ! Gary Beers (INXS) 22-Jun ! Kris Kristofferson 22-Jun ! Chittor Subramania Pillai 22-Jun ! Anubhav Sinha 23-Jun ! Penaaz Masani 23-Jun ! Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) 23-Jun ! Vijay Sardeshmukh 23-Jun ! Andy McCluskey (O.M.D.) 24-Jun ! Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) 24-Jun ! Jeff Beck 24-Jun ! John Illsley (Dire Straits) 24-Jun ! Mario Calire (The Wallflowers) 24-Jun ! Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) 24-Jun ! Kailash Surendranath 24-Jun ! Carly Simon 25-Jun ! Ian McDonald (Foreigner) 25-Jun ! Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) 25-Jun ! B.U.Ganesh Prasad 26-Jun ! Ariana Grande 26-Jun ! Chris Isaak 26-Jun ! Colin Greenwood Radiohead) 26-Jun ! Gauhar Jaan 26-Jun ! Patty Smyth 26-Jun ! Nitin Mukesh 27-Jun ! Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! David Knights (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! Ian Paice (Deep Purple / Whitesnake) 29-Jun ! Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) 29-Jun ! Ali Peter John 29-Jun ! Stanley Clarke 30-Jun ! T-Pain 30-Jun

Halsey unleashes new single and video

GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-Platinum artist Halsey examines the expectations placed on women in our society – and then shatters them – with her powerful new single, “Nightmare” released today by Capitol Records.The accompanying video, which was unveiled today in a YouTube Premiere, was based on a concept by Halsey and features an all-female cast. It was directed by 2-time MTV VMA winner Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Ciara), who also helmed Halsey’s video for “Alone.” Last week, she played an intimate, sold-out two-night stand at New York City’s Webster Hall. Halsey performed her debut album, Badlands (2015), in its entirety on the first night and her second album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017), on the second evening. Both albums are certified Platinum.

Halsey has set records with her 2018 single, “Without Me.” In March 2019, she became the first artist in history to replace herself at No. 1 twice on the U.S. Pop Songs Airplay chart when “Without Me” bumped “Eastside,” her collaboration with Benny Blanco and Khalid, from the top spot. “Without Me” is the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit by a female artist in this century, and one of only 9 songs ever to spend 28+ weeks in the top 10, topping the tally in January 2019. Cumulative global streams of “Without Me” have surpassed one billion and the track is certified 4x Platinum in the U.S. The official video, which can be seen HERE, has more than 100 million views.Halsey performed “Without Me” at the Billboard Music Awards. She also joined BTS on stage for their first performance together of “Boy With Luv.”

Since 2015, Halsey has amassed nearly 12 billion cumulative streams worldwide, sold more than eight million adjusted albums globally and had nine RIAA-certified Platinum singles (three of which were multi-Platinum). Halsey has played sold out dates on five continents (including New York City’s Madison Square Garden), been nominated for a GRAMMY® and appeared on a wide variety of magazine covers, including NYLON, Billboard, Glamour and Forbes.

She has pushed creative boundaries, expanding her influence and impact beyond music. After making her film debut in the animated 2018 summer movie Teen Titans GO! as the voice of Wonder Woman, she was seen in A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Halsey continues to use her voice to speak up for causes she passionately believes in, including disenfranchised youth, women’s rights, mental health and the LGBTQ community. GLAAD honored her in 2018 as “Outstanding Music Artist.”

Delhi HC orders change of Helo logo

ShareChat founded in 2015  by IIT-Kanpur alumni, Farid Ahsan, Bhanu Singh and Ankush Sachdeva.An app that allows users to create, discover, and share content with each other. It also has features like anonymous chat, direct messaging, original video content under the banner of ShareChat Talkies and accessible in 14 regional languages, ShareChat’s strength has been its popularity in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. ShareChat has seen heavy competition since Chinese media giant ByteDance brought its product Helo and  Tiktok, which has gained immense popularity on social media. 

ShareChat had accused ByteDance, the Chinese company of copyright infringement alleging ‘adwords ambushing’  In hearing the case last year, the high court had barred ByteDance from placing bids on ‘ShareChat’ as a keyword on Google’s AdWords platform, which ShareChat  alleged that the Bytedance had got higher ranking by playing on its search words.

The Delhi high court dismissed  ShareChat’s lawsuit against ByteDance of copying its design, infringing its copyright and creating unfair competition on it's app Helo. On orders of the court rule, ByteDance had changed the design of its Indian language content app, Helo, and also tweaked its description on Google Play Store to ‘Share, Follow & Chat’. 

Raja Kumari sets off on 'Karma Kills' tour

Svetha Rao a.k.a Raja Kumari is an Indian American songwriter, rapper and recording artist from US. Kumari holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and  an Indian classical dancer,she made her name as a freestyle MC known as “Indian Princess” (IP) or “Raja Kumari”. In 2018, she co-wrote and performed the song titled 'Roots' and 'City Slums' in collaboration with Divine. She has starred in Gully Boy as a judge, which was a cameo appearance..Kumari is best known for her collaboration with notable artists including Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony,Knife Party, Fall Out Boy. She is also notable for receiving as a songwriter, the BMI Pop Awards in 2016 being nominated to a Grammy award in February 2015,and featuring on BBC Asian Network programme Bobby Friction on July 5, 2016.

Raja Kumari has been promising her fans for a long time of her North American Tour, and she has finally finalised her tour the 'KARMA KILLS'. She is currently in Mumbai shooting the music video for KARMA, and will be touring through the US and Canada singing all new music from BLOODLINE, The Come Up, and a few special surprises. Raja Kumari will so be hitting Toronto and Vancouver to headline two festivals that are FREE. Make sure you get your tickets today!

Crocs has been KISSified

KISS the American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley still Rocks, known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. Kiss is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide and they were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Just in time for the historic End of the Road tour, Crocs has partnered with the hottest, hardest, most explosive band in the world to create a collection of limited-edition KISS® clogs.
Four designs are at your disposal: A classic, all-black Crocs with the band's logo in red and yellow slapped on the front (US$44.99); a blazing fire-emblazoned Crocs with the members' faces (US$49.99); a silver-banded Crocs with the band's logo in silver (US$54.99); or – for those who fancy a little more colour – a Crocs with a rainbow-coloured logo and sole and finished with a purple coloured sling (US$49.99). Get your Kissified Croc today.
 

Talent hunt for Ghazal singers returns

Hungama Artist Aloud, a platform that supports and promotes independent content, and Khazana – a festival of ghazals, an annual concert that celebrates ghazals, today launched the second edition of Khazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt Powered by Hungama in association with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited – India’s first and only talent hunt for ghazal singers. In its second year, the talent hunt will welcome entries from international participants, besides Indian contestants, making it a global competition. To be judged by renowned ghazal maestros, Pankaj Udhas, AnupJalota, Talat Aziz, Rekha Bhardwaj and Sudeep Banerjee, two winners will receive a chance to perform alongside famous ghazal singers at ‘Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’ on 26th and 27th July 2019 in Mumbai.

The talent hunt saw a phenomenal response last year with entries from over 75 cities in India. To participate, interested singers can upload videos of them singing ghazals onwww.artistaloud.com/khazana till 10th June 2019. 20 contestants will be shortlisted and called to Mumbai to perform live in front of the judges. Thereafter, the jury will announce two winners who will win a rare chance to perform at ‘Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’ in the august company of ghazal legends. Competition extended to international contestants, making them eligible to participate alongside Indian aspirants.Speaking about the talent hunt, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media said, “Since its inception, Khazana has elevated itself as an annual phenomenon that celebrates the splendidness and glory of ghazals. As a platform that stands for independent content, we are honored to have been associated with Khazana and have the chance to recognize young and aspiring talent in the country.  Last year, we received an overwhelming response from over 75 cities in India. With the contest opening up for international aspirants, we are certain that we’ll see remarkable participation this year too.”

Talking about the talent hunt, Pankaj Udhas said, “Khazana is extremely close to my heart. It is more than just a ghazal concert, it is a homage to the exceptional art form that has been going on for ages and will remain for the times to come. WithKhazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt our effort to identify and bring forth exceptional talent inghazal singing.  In our second year, we aim to reach out to all the corners of the world and provide a stage to aspiring singers globally.”

Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals was founded by legendary ghazal singer and President, Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust, Pankaj Udhas and Y.K. Sapru, Chairman and CEO, Founder Director, Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) with the support of ghazal maestros Talat Aziz and AnupJalota. Currently in its 18th year, Khazana has excelled in preserving and promoting the exquisite art of ghazal singing by giving a platform to both, new and established ghazal singers. All proceeds from the festival go to the Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust (PATUT) and Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA).

Aastha Gill has Badshah dancing

The gorgeous Aastha Gill released her next single “Saara India” recently that features her lucky charm for the second time, the dapper Priyank Sharma.The cute love story in the Saara India video follows what happens when Aastha says the only way Priyank can get her to marry him is if he takes her around India!Says Aastha, “This shoot was a travellers delight and I distinctly remember traveling from one place to another. Apart from having a great time with the shoot for the song I also got to eat some delicious local food.” Adds on Pawanesh Pajnu, Head North Repertoire, Sony Music India, “As the name goes, the concept of the video needed for it to be shot across multiple locations and positioned as a journey film. The team travelled to multiple locations to get that local vibe and we are confident the music lovers will enjoy watching this fun colourful video. 

Composed by Mix Singh, with lyrics by Nik, this track is touted to be the song of the summer. From the swaggering beat to an instantly infectious hook, the song will be a definite add to your playlist. From influencers to celebs, everyone is crushing over the song. Badshah, her mentor, recently put up this video on his socials where he is seen matching her steps and it is the best thing you will see today.

“Me trying to be Aastha Gill” is what Badshah says, check out the video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxWOk0jgcuJ/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=3qkmsmd8cljd

Jatayu and 'Chango Tales'

In the epic Ramayana when Jatayu is a demi-god who has the form of a vulture, he sees Ravana abducting Sita, he tries to rescue Sita from Ravana. He fights valiantly but Ravana gets the better of him. Jatayu is remembered for he informs Rama and Lakshmana before dying that Ravana had gone south. But the Jatayu we found on You Tube is a Jazz-Rock quartet from Chennai. Jatayu is Shylu Ravindran-Guitars. Sahib Singh-Guitars, Manu Krishnan-Drums, Kashyap Jaishankar-Bass.Their music is a reflection of modern India - rooted in a centuries old art form, yet current and collaborative in approach and sonic fabric.Formed in 2016,they have been playing local independent venues in Chennai,growing and building their loyal fanbase. Chango Tales,is their debut EP is designed as an enthralling and collaborative audio-visual experience. R2R caught Sahib Singh telephonically to speak on their debut release.  

Tell us about your album ' Chango Tales'?
For our album ' Chango Tales' we wanted to tell a story only with music being in the forefront and testing our sonic story telling abilities.Who is Chango ? Chango is I.Chango is you. Chango is the crimson fire that burns bright within.‘Chango Tales’ take you through the emotional Odyssey of Chango.
 
How was it recording your debut album?
We had an absolute blast recording this album especially with the collaborations from Krond Flast the Swiss based Sax/Violin Duo on 'May I?' and with Holger Jetter on 'Chango' and 'Pazhi'. Having so many different styles and opinions on each and every topic, we always end up having arguments , be it in the jam room or outside.But we use those arguments to our advantage as we learn more about each other and build a bond over these differences and that is what we want to show the world, as to how you can live in harmony with people who are different from you and thrive. 

What do our songs mean to us?
They mean everything to us of course.Chango Tales tells the story of Chango, a character we created to explore the emotional content of the songs in the EP. In 'Shringara' explores conception and love - its tumultuous nature brings up a variety of emotions within us - joy, anger, compassion, fear, jealousy, etc. The loopy groove of 'May I?' is us exploring the nature of curiosity and the strange roads that that it can take you through. 'Pazhi' is our interpretation of the mind of a person being abused. The rage, confusion, sadness, fear, that feeling of helplessness, the sheer ridiculousness of being blamed for being abused.'Chango' is our version of contentment. It refers to the kind of post trauma strength. Having survived ups and downs, one is confident in themselves to move past anything that falls in ones path.

How did they come about?
With some of our songs, Shylu, our lead guitarist, had already composed the various melodies involved in the song, and then as a band, we'd spend hours trying out different ideas brought forth by each of us. We'd go through various stages of trial and error to reach the final composition that you would hear at our shows.We also write together from scratch - where the song kinda forms itself from 1 idea that someone comes up with while jamming. Everything we do when composing is in service to the song.

Where do you see yourselves 10 years down the line?
This is probably the hardest question to answer because I'm not sure if any of us have thought that far ahead. We're just busy enjoying the present. We've got concepts for at least 3 more releases to happen over the next couple of years with which we aim to tour the country and the world for our album ' Chango Tales'.
 

Meet The Manta Sidhu Ensemble

The Manta Sidhu Ensemble is a Delhi based Vocal Harmony Group. The Ensemble took shape as a collaboration between some exquisite musicians to perform songs written by singer-songwriter Manta Sidhu. The Manta Sidhu Ensemble is :-Manta Sidhu – voice, guitar. Jazmine Saxena – voice, keys. Sherry Mathews – voice.Reuben Narain – percussion, drums. Rahul Rai – bass.Featuring easy-listening songs, with lush vocal arrangements and memorable hooks, The Ensemble’s work stands apart for its uniqueness in sound and distinctiveness in flavor.Surpassing restrictions of age or musical taste, the rich lyrical appeal and melodic depth of the music has garnered much love and interest from listeners and audiences. Undoubtedly,the style that the Ensemble showcases, is the very first of its kind in the Indian singer-songwriter circuit.

The Ensemble released their self-titled debut album in May 2017. Their second album titled ‘Light’ was released in March 2019, following which the band set out on a multi-city tour inApril 2019, playing 13 shows across 7 cities, including Jaipur, Goa, Guwahati, Shillong, Gangtok and Delhi-NCR. The band is represented by a five-member line-up, including 3 singers, piano, acoustic guitar, bass and drums. They has already begun working on new music for a third album in the near future. In the meantime, the focus remains on performing live at venues across the country, to carry their music to a larger listener base. Check out their latest song The Life Song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zAQgcZNcrU

 

 

 

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Lyricist Kumaar on a roll...

Kumaar is one of the most successful a Lyricists in Bollywood, his journey to success began with ’Ishq Tera Tadpave’ for Sukhbir’s album. Some of his more successful songs include Baby Doll, Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan, Sooraj Dooba hain, Desi Girl , Nachan Farrate and Main Hoon Hero Tera. He journey to success came when he wrote the song ‘Maa ka ladla bigad gaya’ in Dostana 2016. This year he has written songs for Fraud Saiyyan ‘Ishq Ishq Tera and 3 songs for the superhit movie Uri:The Surgical Strike ‘Challa (Main Lad Jaana)’, ‘Jigra’, ‘Jagga Jiteya’.

His latest hit release is ‘Vaddi Sharaban’ d for the movie’De De Pyaar De’ starring Ajay Devgan, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh. When we asked him what he feels about the song ‘Vaddi Sharaban’ Kumaar say’s “Vaddi Sharaban is doing good and I written many female based songs like Desi Girl, Baby Doll, Chittiyan Kalaiyan etc.. I feel people will accept this song as well.”

Kumaar also shares that he doesn’t work emotionally because he doesn’t love his work, he respects his work and understands it. It’s the people’s love that reaches him and makes him emotional.

On asking his view on the growing trend of remixes Kumaar says “No one supports remix or remake it’s ‘Kabhi Kabhi Kuch chize majburi ke daayre me aate hai’. It is not that Artists willfully accept to recreate their own work.”

He further said regarding royalties paid to the Lyricist’s “It is good and we will start receiving royalties soon, based on the amount and the quality of the work we do, we  deserves good royalties. But I am happy with what I get and it really doesn’t bother how much money does the Lyricistget, because I go with the flow ‘Jo Mila Jitna Mila Kush Rahe Ta Hu’.

Kumaar on success believes in the divine power and the karmic cycle that if out of 100 people only 2 are selected for success then there has to be something more than hard work to make you successful.

Kumaar when asked what does it take to write a hit song’, he says ‘Eveyone ask me Hook line kya hai’ this seems to be the trend today.

Mitti Ke Sitare - India's biggest Music reality show

"Mitti Ke Sitare, India’s first musical reality show for underprivileged kids between 7-15 years, is pleased to announce their top 18 semi-finalists. Shortlisted from 1187 MCGM and slum schools of Mumbai, they will now get an opportunity to introduce themselves at the Grand Finale on 22nd June, 2019. The semi-finalists, specially handpicked after extensive rounds of auditions, are immensely gifted singers in both the spheres of vocal and instrumental music

‘Mitti Ke Sitare’ is a social initiative by renowned social activist and Vice President-Corporate Head with Axis Bank, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis organized by Divyaj Foundation, in association with MPower Foundation, to provide a platform for the hidden talents across indigent areas of Mumbai. To conduct this social welfare project, Divyaj Foundation associated with 1187 MCGM schools to connect, identify and select children from the underprivileged sector - those who are blessed with talent but lack resources to improve themselves.

The Talent Hunt had 3 rounds of auditions, which involved scouting for the best from a massive artistry pool of 1.2 lakh BMC and Slum school children across Mumbai. For Round 1, a total of 6000 students were identified to participate and upload their recorded audios or entries on the servers provided to these respective schools. 527 students out of 6000 participants were selected for the second round.In round two, 54 students were selected by the board of evaluators appointed by Divyaj Foundation. These 54 students selected in round 2 were further evaluated in round 3 and subsequently the finest 18 gems have been selected to perform against each other at the grand finale which will be judged by renowned people from the musical fraternity.

These eighteen students are now undergoing 3 months special musical training and grooming session in Mumbai, under the guidance of professionals – Shankar Mahadevan Academy for vocal training, holistic fitness training by Mickey Mehta, mental health training from Mpower and other trainings to prepare them for the grand finale where they will get a chance to perform on stage with renowned artists of the music industry. The Foundation will be honing, polishing and presenting these 18 contestants to the global audience by providing them a platform to perform and giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis said “These children have the talent, they have the fire in the belly, desire to excel but they lack resources which we will provide them and help them to realize their dreams”.

'Money Maker' The hypnotic Latin infused urban smash hit

After successfully launching DJ Snake’s `Premiere Classe Records’ in India, newly launched Independent Record Label, 9122 Records, is thrilled to exclusively release ”Money Maker”, a Latin infused Urban smash hit.“Money Maker” is the result of a scintillating collaborative effort between UK Popstar Tara McDonald and influential Latin Superstars Zion & Lennox. Dubbed the ‘Queen of Dance’ and described by Rolling Stone Magazine as "The white singer with the black voice", Tara has featured on numerous hit singles from the likes of Armand van Helden ("My My My"), Axwell ("Feel the Vibe") and more. However, her collaboration with David Guetta on "Delirious" was the turning point as the hit track ignited her solo career.

Reggaeton duo Zion & Lennox from Carolina, Puerto Rico, are one of the most influential Latin artistes around. Multi-Platinum and Billboard award winners, they have more than 50 hit singles and 2 Billboard Music Latin Awards - ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Artists’, 2016 - and 1 Latin American Music Award - `Urban Duo’, 2016. At the top of the charts since 2010, releasing collaborations with Pitbull, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Akon, Farruko, Nicky Jam and recently "No Es Justo" with J Balvin which stayed at No.1 in Latin American charts for 18 weeks! Zion & Lennox are now in the Top 100 Most Streamed artists in the world!

Say Tara McDonald,  "”Money Maker” is a song where music cultures collide, influenced by my travels around the world touring.  I'm most proud of this as I believe in racial equality, we are stronger together and the song reflects this message!  A melting pot of sounds and rhythms, from India, Asia, Latin America & Europe with a pop edge! And having pros Zion + Lennox on the track is a dream come true. They brought "Money Maker" to a whole new level with their swag and hooks! Proper gentlemen too, super fun to work with and brought their A game to this project!!"

Sunil D’Sa, Founder, 9122 Records said, “When I first heard “Money Maker”, I was blown away by its hypnotic Latin infused vibe. It’s such an incredibly fresh sounding English / Spanish urban record, where cultures collide.  Zion + Lennox are superstars in the Latin world and Tara McDonald is a pop sensation waiting to happen worldwide! I’m sure “Money Maker” will explode globally and will expand the fanbase of these artistes the world over including India!”

The official music video shot in Miami, follows a rags to riches story after Tara wins the big lottery, sharing her winnings with her friends and neighbours. Zion & Lennox deliver the cash prize. The party is in full swing!

Watch The Official Music Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3GvPdpliPo

Ed Sheeran &Justin Bieber joins forces...

Ed Sheeran joins forces with Justin Bieber on a new single “I don’t care” to release on Friday May 10th. After the huge success of his last album “Divide”,  India’s favourite artist Ed Sheeran has announced his new single “I Don’t Care” with none other than Justin Bieber. Says Ed,“ Hey guys if you didn’t know I have got a new song releasing on Friday... “. Adds on Arjun Sankalia, Head International Music & Publishing, Sony Music India “We are very excited and eagerly awaiting to release the Ed Sheeran - Justin Bieber song “I don’t care “. Ed's last song Shape of You is one of India's biggest hits and we believe this one will be even bigger. Ed’s fan following in India has grown massively and we can see this multiply. “

The pair hinted on this project last week with matching side-by-side pics with the caption "10," and since then fans were suspecting a collaboration. The last time the pair worked together was when Sheeran co-wrote Bieber's 2015 hit "Love Yourself" with Benny Blanco and Justin.

Hari & Sukhmani's new track..

Hari & Sukhmani featuring The Coconut Kids ,(Band from Australia) have released thier single "Baagay" which  will be available on Apple Music exclusively from May 10 to May 16 and worldwide on all platforms on May 17. When Hari & Sukhmani were asked about "Baagay" they had to say that' This is a fresh version of the more familiarly known ‘Punjabi Tappay’. Simply put, sweet flirtation’s between two lovers.For this track we have collaborated with a band called ‘The Coconut kids’, from Adelaide, Australia. Parts of this song have been recorded in a studio (built in a church) in Adelaide. The final stages of the  production and recording were finished in India. Mixing and Mastering of the track has been done in America by Bob Katz, a Grammy award winner.The session musicians on this track include:The legendary Yamla Jatt’s grandson, Vijay yamla, who has played all of the punjabi instruments (tumba, tumbi, bukchoo and algozey) & Shatrunjai Rai dewan from the electronic act Paraphoniks/monophonik on the electric piano. 

Each and every sound in this track has been recorded from an external instrument, which for us has been a very unique experience and hopefully comes through in the sound of the track. The entire process took a year of love, back and forth, and perseverance. And at the end of it, we have Baagay

4th IMPACT get a Swiss deal...

After participating in X Factor UK 2015, 4th IMPACT a famous Filipino pop music group, is
ready to settle down in the West, supported by the Swiss record and publishing label BAM
International. In the past four years, the sister-group Irene, Elvira, Mylene and Almira have refined their art with many appearances in the Philippines and in several Asian countries such as Korea,
Japan, Indonesia etc, which allowed them to shed off the image of a young, inexperienced
band and become new rising stars in the western world.Now that they have reached and exceeded more than 130 millions fans on YouTube they are ready to return to Europe and America with three albums in 5 years, the first of which will be released at the end of 2019. 4th IMPACT have just signed with BAM International, record label based in Geneva, Switzerland.

As Daniele Maggiore, CEO of BAM International puts it, “they are four sister with amazing
voices, voices that work so well together and many other talents that with a bit of help from
our side can become a truly successful act.” “For these reasons – he continues – we have
decided to give them a chance, to believe in them and to look forward to a bright and
cheerful future together”.“The experience at X Factor 2015 has been exhilarating, but now that we are workingtogether we feel ready to conquer new fans, both in Europe and America” concludes 4th
IMPACT 

Badshah releases track for Kids TV show...

It’s holiday time and the best part of the year for kids, and it just got better for them. ‘KickO and Super Speedo’ is one of the most loved kids show on Sony YAY now has Badshah-The man with the Swag, singing  a song inspired by the show. In the song Badshah encourages KickO to fight for justice and protect Suncity. The song by Badshah is in trademark by Badshah style and in the video you see KickO & Badshah sway to the beat and do the trademark #GoKickO hook step.
At he launch event for this track  Badshah said, "Since childhood, I have been fascinated by superheroes and animated characters and always wanted to be like one. When Sony YAY! approached me for the song, I was impressed with the variety of home grown content that they have created. The song gave me an opportunity to revisit my childhood with one of the coolest kid around, KickO! I was excited from the beginning. I am sure that KickO's style and our camaraderie, will be delightful offering for our young fans. I'd like to thank Sony YAY! for the opportunity to compose a song for kids and team me up with KickO!"
Ronojoy Chakraborty, Head- Programming, Sony YAY! said, "At Sony YAY! our endeavour has always been to offer something fresh for kids, which paved the way for our channel being one of the higest on time spent. We all are well aware of how much kids love KickO, for his swag and style, and who better than Badshah to take this cool-quotient a cut above. When we asked kids about their favourite music artist, Badshah was the unanimous choice! The new song is catchy and well give kids another reason to tap their feet."
Don’t be surprised when you see this track make Badshah the ‘Badshah’ for the kids too.

'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story' to release soon

Martin Scorsese’s upcoming tour documentary on Bob Dylan'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story' will chronicle the musician's 1975-76 tour will be released on Netflix and in selected cinemas on June 12, it has been announced.The legendary director has helmed a new film on tour and saw the musician performing with the likes of Joan Baez, Mick Ronson and T-Bone Burnett. The film has been described as “part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream”.The film will feature on-camera interviews with Dylan, promises to “capture the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year”.

A companion 14-CD box set will also be released in June, with ‘The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings’ collection now available to pre-order on Dylan’s official website.“A comprehensive anthology of music from the mythic first leg of Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking Rolling Thunder Revue, this 14CD box set includes all five of Dylan’s full sets from that tour that were professionally recorded,” a description of the box set reads.It was announced that Dylan would be opening his own music venue and whisky distillery in Nashville.

Singer/Actor Karan Oberoi Arrested

Karan Oberoi was a member of a Hindi boy band "A Band of Boys", which was formed in 2001,which included Chintoo Bhosle,Sherrin Verghese,Siddharth Haldipur and Sudhanshu Pandey.Pandey consequently left the group and with time the band disbanded. The band announced plans to re-form in 2018 with the remaining four members.Karan Oberoi started his TV journey with Mahesh Bhatt's Swabhimaan, where he played Bobby and went on to star acted in several TV shows like "Saaya", "Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin" and "Inside Edge".He also appeared in several advertising campaigns.

Karan Oberoi has been arrested for allegedly raping and blackmailing a woman in Mumbai. He will be in police custody till May 9, as per media reports. Karan Oberoi raped the woman and filmed the act, says FIR against him. The actor-model allegedly raped the woman on the pretext of marrying her, the police said.

It is alleged that Karan Oberoi not only raped the woman and filmed the act but also demanded money from her threatening to release the video if she did not pay up. Based on the woman's complaint, Karan Oberoi was arrested on Sunday and booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 376 (rape) and 384 (extortion).A fashion and fitness model, he has also been active on social media.

The Band of Boys had recently released their single & video 'Chori', how this arrest effects the band time will tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The late Jazz legend Chris Perry honoured...

The late Jazz legend Chris Perry was honoured in his hometown in Margao, Goa, where a road behind the Holy Spirit Church was named after him. The Chris Perry Road was inaugurated by his friends Louiz Banks and Braz Gonsalves also Jazz legends in their own right.

Chris Perry was a Goan Musician, Composer, Songwriter and Film producer. Chris Perry was an exceptionally gifted trumpeter, but he was also at ease with blowing instruments as saxophone, trumpet and flute as well as finger instruments like keyboard, piano and guitar. He learnt to read and write music all by himself. His performance of the music composition Cherry Pink and the Apple Blossom White breathlessly on trumpet earned him the sobriquet as the Man with the Golden Trumpet. His birth name has been reported as Christovam Pereira as well as Christopher Pereira.

Chris Perry revolutionized the Konkani music scene by introducing jazz music and he is credited with taking Konkani popular music to a new level.He was responsible for discovering for Konkani music the hidden talent of Lorna and brought out the very best in her in the sweet and forceful voice of Lorna is still famous. He introduced Konkani music to singers like Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Usha Uthup. Mohammed Rafi sang Bom Jezuchea re Konventant, Maria, Combea Sadari and Noxibak Roddtam. Usha Uthup in her inimitable voice has sung Meu Amor, Tum ani Hanv. The famous tiatrist H. Britton has also sung his compositions, which are Marialina, Kazarachem Utor, Bandra Festak, Bus Conductor, Dukhrachi Chevrisam. Hema Sardesai sang Sacrament Zodlo and other songs in his album Cu Cu Ru Cu.

Chris Perry ventured into Hindi films and served the film industry for twenty-five years as assistant to Hindi film music directors. He performed in many Hindi films notably in Kabhi Kabhi and Trishul. He formed a band and they played at hotels in the major Indian cities. Chris Perry has the distinction of producing the first Konkani colour film Bhuierantlo Munis in 1978 in which singer Asha Bhonsle has rendered some songs.


His music standard is compared to that of famous musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Chick Corea. Chris Perry took the traditional Goan style of music and blended it well with the Western Jazz.
His musical shows Nhovro Mhozo Denvchar, Tum ani Hanv, Lob Padricho have become successful. Some of his well-known albums are Carnival in Goa, From Dubai with Love, Mhoji mai, Poilo Kiss. At his funeral, a brass band played Chris' own composition Adeus (Goodbye).

Chris Perry did not receive the recognition due to him. His only major award was the Best Composer award in 1974.Now he has a street with his name. God bless Chris Perry.

Siddharth Kannan wins 'Dadasaheb Film Excellence Awards 2019' .

Siddharth Kannan popularly known as Sid K, wins the ‘Dadasaheb Film Excellence Awards 2019’ for ‘Best Chat Show on Radio & Digital’. Siddharth Kannan has received phenomenal reviews for his game changing style of hosting with bollywood stars. Every A list Star of the Indian Film Industry makes it a priority to be featured on Sid K’s show ‘Ishq Khul Ke’ on Ishq 104.8FM!. Sid K’s hi energy,sponataneous,witty and quirky style makes his show trend on all across social media and has crossed 65 millions views. He received the award from Kajol and The Family of Dadasaheb Phalke! Kajol on stage said :’ Siddharth you are the most chulbula host we have and was praising him to the core!’

Bollywood actors have always had fondness for Sid K!

Ranveer Singh: ‘Siddharth’s energy goes beyond my energy..He is truly path breaking as a host and his chat show keeps you gripped!.

Ranbir Kapoor : ‘I have always been a fan of Sid K and he keeps re-inventing himself & is highly entertaining!’

Alia Bhatt : ‘Siddharth’s energy is next level & people all across age groups relate to him! He keeps you on your toes with his wit!’.

Amitabh Bachchan : ‘Siddharth has an amazing voice and personality and he commands attention with his interesting questions!’.

While the bollywood fraternity is congratulating him all over,how does Siddharth feel winning this coveted award??

Sid K: ‘I feel on top of the world and I want to thank each and every person who has supported me.I will work even more hard after this award and will try and go beyond myself to creat content that will bring India on the world map even more!

Looks like bollywood stars and audiences have more to look forward from this trend setting host Sid K!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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'Slow Motion' Singer's career has taken off

Nakash Aziz is a Singe Music & Composer and early in his career he had assisted Grammy winner A. R. Rahman as backing Vocalist and Vocal supervisor on films like Highway, Raanjhanaa, Rockstar, Delhi 6 and I in Hindi. He is known for playback of songs like "Jabra Fan" from Fan,"Sari Ke Fall Sa" and "Gandi Baat" from the film Rajkumar (2013) and "Dhating Nach" from film Phata Poster Nikhla Hero (2013); the latter two films of which were picturized on Shahid Kapoor & "Selfie le re" from Bajrani Bhaijaan to name a few. His very recent project is from movie 'Bharat' in which he has sung 'Slow Motion' picturized on Salman Khan and Disha Patani. Aziz is originally from Moodabidri, a small suburban town on the outskirts of Mangalore.He belongs to a family of singers. He worked as a composer for jingles and devotional albums before becoming a playback singer. He now lives in Mumbai with his family. As of now, after the success of 'Slow Motion'his career has taken off to Fast Motion. 

 

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Immerse yourself in the three tenses of Trikala

Simon Thacker is a composer, classical guitarist, improviser and ensemble leader whose ever expanding musical world draws on a deep immersion in diverse cultures.He has been described by the media as “one of the most important musicians of his generation". As well as touring as a classical guitar soloist, he has also developed some of today’s most prescient ensembles: Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti, a world leading Indo-Western collective which has seen him tour and collaborate at major festivals in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Simon's startlingly original music has propelled many traditions forward and created a new frontier for classical guitar. His pieces have been played on radio in over 50 countries. As an educator, he has been classical guitar tutor at Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College for over a decade. He has performed as soloist with many orchestras, including the RSNO.

Svara-Kanti has just released the epic double album Trikala (the Sanskrit word for the three tenses of time, past, present and future),creating new sound worlds through his immersion in Indian classical, folk and spiritual traditions. After 3 action packed years and recorded  in three locations (East Lothian in Scotland, and Chennai and Kolkata in India),it is not fusion but an organic extension of traditions or the creation of new genres. Trikala sees Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti metamorphose into a community of different lineups (thirteen performers in all) which each take inspiration from four different aspects of the vast musical macrocosm that exists on the Indian subcontinent: Hindustani classical (north), Carnatic classical (south), Punjabi folk (west) and the Bengali mystical folk Baul tradition of both India and Bangladesh (east). There is also a major solo work with a tangential Tamil inspiration, one of Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore’s best loved melodies reimagined and a moving transformation of India’s “National Song”.

Unity comes from Thacker, as the single compositional voice that has either created or recreated all of the work on both albums, and the symbiotic relationship between the performers who, whether in the most breathtakingly intricate composition or ferocious and intuitive improvisation, search for truth and essence selflessly together. Ancient forms are refracted in the present to propel them forward to the future, travelling beyond East and West to genuinely create a third direction genuinely of itself. Trikala offers a window into the evolving soul of traditions and the world of one of today’s most expansive music creators. Traversing over 2 hours and 18 minutes of some of the most advanced intercultural music ever recorded, Trikala is a work of rapturous forward momentum and a pivotal moment in the history of Indo-Western collaboration. Svara-Kanti invites you to immerse yourself in the three tenses of Trikala. 

The album also features leading Musicians like : Raju Das Baul (voice, khomok), Sunayana Ghosh (tabla), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira), N. Guruprasad (ghatam), Justyna Jablonska (cello), Japjit Kaur (voice), Afsana Khan (voice), Sarvar Sabri (tabla), Jacqueline Shave (violin), Sukhvinder Singh “Pinky” (tabla), Neyveli B. Venkatesh (mridangam), Forida Yasmin (voice) 

Sapna Choudhary's latest release featuring Daler Mehndi

Haryanvi singer and dancer, Sapna Choudhary, who has many times set the stage on fire with her sizzling thumkas, is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Dosti Ke Side Effects. If there is one song that is played in every wedding or party and compels everyone to hit the floor, then it is Sapna Choudhary’s Teri Aankhya Yo Kaajal. The Haryanvi sensation enjoys a massive fan following who religiously like to see her performances and wait for her to show off her moves. While Sapna till now was only known for her amazing performances, she is now all set to step up her game and make her singing debut. 
However, for her singing debut, Sapna Choudhary will be teaming up with Punjabi sensation Daler Mehndi. Former Bigg Boss 11 contestant Sapna and Daler’s song 'Bawli Tared' released recently. Daler took to social media to tweet about the details of the song and mentioned that Bawli Tared will feature Sapna Choudhary and him and it will have flavours of Haryanvi folk in it as well. 

Justin Bieber working on 'Top Secret' Project...

Pop star Justin Bieber is teaming up with Youtube bosses for a “top secret” project set to premiere in 2020. Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s chief business officer, said while announcing the deal recently, “It promises to be one of the most talked-about YouTube originals ever,”. YouTube announced that it is planning that the project with the Grammy-winning Canadian pop star is set to premiere next year.
Before releasing his debut song in 2009, Bieber gained popularity from posting his performances on YouTube. He went on to top the pop charts with hits like “Sorry” and “Boyfriend,” win a Grammy Award and tour the world.   The project will serve as a full circle moment for the singer, who was discovered at the age of 13 by manager Scooter Braun after he posted videos of himself singing cover songs on the platform. He is also the most-followed music artist on YouTube, with over 44.5 million subscribers to his channel.

Raja RME's latest single ft. Bobkat

After two power packed singles ‘Down It’ and ‘Dreams to Reality’, rapper and entrepreneur Raja Mukherjee aka Raja RME has just dropped the third and final single from his debut album ‘Reboot’. Titled ‘Lose It’, the track features the legendary front man of Bombay Bassment, BobKat. The remaining of RME's debut album ‘Reboot’ is scheduled to drop in the last week of May 2019.‘Lose It’ celebrates hip-hop and the rock solid community supporting the hip-hop culture. It’s the perfect summer anthem, reminiscent of the golden era of hip-hop. The track consists of trumpets and hard hitting 808 drums with two of Mumbai’s veteran rappers Raja and Bobkat, talking about their love for music and what keeps them going time and again. 

Hailing from India’s hip-hop capital, Mumbai, the music video features cameos of a lot of familiar faces from India’s hip-hop community like Veteran DJ and Producer Major C, Rap crew 7Bantaiz, Rapper Nasty Ninja, MC Cloud, Frolic Smaash Dance Crew and many more shot in a small Christian village in Kurla. Produced by InStine from the hip-hop crew ‘Mumbai's Finest’, the track is available on all major online stores and is streaming on Spotify, Saavn, Amazon, Google Play, Itunes, Tidal, Hungama.

Raja Mukherjee aka Raja RME is a rapper and an entertainment entrepreneur, is one of the founding members of Divine’s Gully Gang. He’s been part of the hip-hop movement in the country since the age of 16, winning numerous competitions & cyphers. He is also a jingle recording artist, who has recorded jingles for Volkswagen India and Google Marketing. He also hosts a chat show on his Youtube channel called “Kickin’ it” where he sits down with amazing musicians and achievers from India.For his debut album, Reboot, Mukherjee has called on producers such as Instine, Crazy Vibe and Diefferent. The single ‘Down It, marked Raja’s comeback into the hip-hop world, after almost 5 years.


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The Billboard winners are...

Shattering the previous record of most all-time Billboard Music Awards wins, Drake took home 12 awards tonight, including Top Artist – the most of the evening, bringing his total to 27, now the most of any artist ever! Airing this evening from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8pm ET/PT on NBC, the “2019 Billboard Music Awards” opened with a spectacular world premiere performance by global superstar Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, followed by a show-stopping medley of today’s biggest hits from show host, Kelly Clarkson. The night was full of legendary, nostalgic, and never-before-seen performances, celebrating this year’s biggest and best in music!

Cardi B followed Drake for most wins of the night, including Top Rap Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song, Top Radio Song, Top Collaboration and Top Rap Song. Her “Girls Like You” collaborators, Maroon 5, took home four awards including Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song, Top Radio Song, and Top Collaboration.

Other multi-category winners include: Ella Mai (Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Female Artist, Top R&B Song), Ozuna (Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Album, Top Latin Song), Luke Combs (Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, Top Country Album), Bad Bunny (Top Rap Song, Top Latin Song), Panic! At the Disco (Top Rock Album, Top Rock Song), Beyoncé (Top R&B Tour, Top Rap Tour), Jay-Z (Top R&B Tour, Top Rap Tour), BTS (Top Duo/Group, Top Social Artist), and The Chainsmokers (Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Dance/Electronic Album).

Lauren Daigle was the only artist to sweep every category she was nominated for, which included Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album and Top Christian Song.

The two fan-voted award winners were BTS for Top Social Artist and Ariana Grande for Billboard Chart Achievement Award.

The show had jaw dropping moments from beginning to end, starting with Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie’s grand opening of the show, with their new smash hit, “Me!” in an explosion of color, which included a drum line, aerialists and flying umbrellas. Returning host, Kelly Clarkson, then gave a hilarious opening monologue, filled with special surprise guests and of course a song or two.

Perhaps the most memorable was Madonna’s breathtaking performance with Maluma of their new song “Medellin,” with augmented reality technology. For AR imagery of the performance click here.

ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey, showed off her pipes in a medley of her greatest hits, including “A No No,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Emotions,” “We Belong Together,” and “Hero.”

Host Kelly Clarkson took the stage later in the night again, to sing her latest song “Broken and Beautiful” from the new family movie “Ugly Dolls.”

Additional performances throughout the night included dance-inducing performances from K-Pop sensation BTS with Halsey, Ariana Grande, Ciara, and The Jonas Brothers, and soulful songs from Khalid Dan + Shay with Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle.

Both Halsey and Panic! At the Disco took the stage twice in the night, performing solo and in collaborations with BTS and Taylor Swift, respectively.

Paula Abdul closed the show with a nostalgic performance, her first at an awards show in 29 years, of some of her biggest hits including “Straight Up,” “Way That You Love Me,” “Vibeology,” “Opposites Attract,” “Cold Hearted,” and “Forever Your Girl,” and proved she’s still got the moves 30 years after her debut album “Forever Your Girl”!

Presenters throughout the evening included Presenters Asher Angel, Becky G, Chrissy Metz & Justin Hartley, Cobie Smulders, Dave Bautista & Kumail Nanjiani, David Guetta, Erin & Sara Foster, Eva Longoria, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Hudson, Jesse Spencer, Julia Michaels, Julianne Hough, Kane Brown, Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein & Kaitlyn Dever, Ralph Macchio, Rob Gronkowski, Ross Lynch & Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina Carpenter, Sophie Turner & Tye Sheridan, Terry Crews, and William Zabka.See below for a full list of winners: ARTIST AWARDS

**Designates Winner

Top Artist:
Cardi B
**Drake
Ariana Grande
Post Malone
Travis Scott
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top New Artist:
Bazzi
**Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Dua Lipa
Ella Mai

Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Dan + Shay
Drake
**Ariana Grande
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Dua Lipa

Top Male Artist:
**Drake
Post Malone
Travis Scott
Ed Sheeran
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Top Female Artist:
Cardi B
**Ariana Grande
Halsey
Ella Mai
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
**BTS
Dan + Shay
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
**Drake
Ariana Grande
Post Malone
Travis Scott
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Top Hot 100 Artist:
Cardi B
**Drake
Ariana Grande
Juice WRLD
Post Malone

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Cardi B
**Drake
Ariana Grande
Post Malone
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Top Song Sales Artist:
**Drake
Ariana Grande
Imagine Dragons
Lady Gaga
Post Malone

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Cardi B
**Drake
Ariana Grande
Maroon 5
Post Malone

Top Social Artist:
**BTS
EXO
GOT7
Ariana Grande
Louis Tomlinson

Top Touring Artist:
Beyoncé & JAY-Z
Bruno Mars
**Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
Justin Timberlake

Top R&B Artist:
H.E.R.
Khalid
**Ella Mai
The Weeknd
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Top R&B Male Artist:
Khalid
**The Weeknd
XXXTENTACION

Top R&B Female Artist:
H.E.R.
**Ella Mai
Queen Naija

Top R&B Tour
**Beyoncé & JAY-Z
Childish Gambino
Bruno Mars

Top Rap Artist:
Cardi B
**Drake
Juice WRLD
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Rap Male Artist:
**Drake
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Rap Female Artist:
**Cardi B
City Girls
Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour
**Beyoncé & JAY-Z
Drake
Travis Scott

Top Country Artist:
Jason Aldean
Kane Brown
**Luke Combs
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line

Top Country Male Artist:
Jason Aldean
Kane Brown
**Luke Combs

Top Country Female Artist:
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
**Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:
**Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Top Country Tour
Luke Bryan
**Kenny Chesney
Shania Twain

Top Rock Artist:
**Imagine Dragons
lovelytheband
Panic! At The Disco
Queen
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour
**Elton John
The Rolling Stones
U2

Top Latin Artist:
Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
**Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
ODESZA
**The Chainsmokers

Top Christian Artist:
Cory Asbury
**Lauren Daigle
for KING & COUNTRY
Hillsong Worship
MercyMe

Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Tori Kelly
**Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Marvin Sapp

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Cardi B “Invasion of Privacy”
**Drake “Scorpion”
Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys”
Travis Scott “ASTROWORLD”
XXXTENTACION “?”

Top Soundtrack:
“13 Reasons Why: Season 2”
“A Star is Born” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
**“The Greatest Showman”

Top R&B Album:
Ella Mai “Ella Mai”
H.E.R. “H.E.R.”
Khalid “American Teen”
The Weeknd “My Dear Melancholy,”
**XXXTENTACION “17”


Top Rap Album:
Cardi B “Invasion of Privacy”
**Drake “Scorpion”
Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys”
Travis Scott “ASTROWORLD”
XXXTENTACION “?”

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean “Rearview Town”
Kane Brown “Kane Brown”
**Luke Combs “This One’s For You”
Dan + Shay “Dan + Shay”
Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”

Top Rock Album:
Dave Matthews Band “Come Tomorrow”
Imagine Dragons “Origins”
Mumford & Sons “Delta”
**Panic! At This Disco “Pray For The Wicked”
twenty one pilots “Trench”

Top Latin Album:
Anuel AA “Real Hasta la Muerte”
Bad Bunny “X 100PRE”
J Balvin “Vibras”
Maluma “F.A.M.E.”
**Ozuna “Aura”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Clean Bandit “What Is Love?”
David Guetta “7”
Kygo “Kids in Love”
Major Lazer “Major Lazer Essentials”
**The Chainsmokers “Sick Boy”

Top Christian Album:
Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”
**Lauren Daigle “Look Up Child”
for KING & COUNTRY “Burn The Ships”
Hillsong Worship “There Is More”
Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”

Top Gospel Album:
Snoop Dogg & Various Artists “Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love”
Aretha Franklin “Gospel Greats”
Koryn Hawthorne “Unstoppable”
**Tori Kelly “Hiding Place”
Jonathan McReynolds “Make Room”


SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
**Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Post Malone “Better Now”
Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
Post Malone “Better Now”
**Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”
XXXTENTACION “SAD!”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
**Drake “In My Feelings”
Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”
XXXTENTACION “SAD!”

Top Selling Song:
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Drake “In My Feelings”
Halsey “Without Me”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “Shallow”
**Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”

Top Radio Song:
Khalid & Normani “Love Lies”
**Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Post Malone “Better Now”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

Top Collaboration
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Khalid & Normani “Love Lies”
**Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Marshmello & Bastille “Happier”
Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign “Psycho”

Top R&B Song:
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo “No Brainer”
**Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
Ella Mai “Trip”
Khalid “Better”
Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown “Freaky Friday”

Top Rap Song:
**Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Drake “In My Feelings”
Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
Post Malone “Better Now”
Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”

Top Country Song:
Kane Brown “Heaven”
Luke Combs “She Got the Best of Me”
Dan + Shay “Speechless”
Dan + Shay “Tequila”
**Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”

Top Rock Song:
Foster The People “Sit Next to Me”
Imagine Dragons “Natural”
Imagine Dragons “Whatever It Takes”
lovelytheband “broken”
**Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes”

Top Latin Song:
Bad Bunny ft. Drake “Mia”
Daddy Yankee “Dura”
DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin “X”
**Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna “Te Bote”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki”
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa “One Kiss”
Marshmello & Bastille “Happier”
Tiësto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone “Jackie Chan”
**Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

Top Christian Song:
Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”
**Lauren Daigle “You Say”
for KING & COUNTRY “joy.”
Hillsong Worship “Who You Say I Am”
Tauren Wells “Known”

Top Gospel Song:
Todd Dulaney “Your Great Name”
**Koryn Hawthorne “Won’t He Do It”
Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin “Never Alone”
Jason Nelson “Forever”
Brian Courtney Wilson “A Great Work”

“Billboard Music Awards” nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2018 through March 7, 2019. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.
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Neecia Majolly wins at the Indie Music Channel Awards, USA

Neecia Majolly is a leading Concert Pianist,Conductor, Singer, Teacher and Composer.Neecia is also the Founder-Trustee of the Majolly Music Trust which aims to raise the standard of Western Classical Music in India and has the unique distinction of having created a pension fund for aged and infirm musicians due to absence of any framework of social security in India.

Neecia Majolly ]recently won an award for the Best Alternative Song 'Fenced Circle'at the Indie Music Channel Awards, USA the event washeld  at the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum.Indie Music Channel Awards is that it celebrates independent musicians from all around the world, without public voting and popularity numbers. Just a good ol' jury deciding who the best are. She shared the stage with Darlene KoldenhovenKitt WakeleyGrayhawk David GibneyTerryLee Whetstone and many more, who are stellar musicians in their respective categories, and who won big that night! Not forgetting George Kurian who co-wrote the lyrics of 'Fenced Circle. Congretulations.....

 

 

 

 

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Neecia Majolly,  Valeska Thomas Abe Thomas,  George KurianDarlene KoldenhovenKitt WakeleyGrayhawk David GibneyTerryLee Whetstone

Dev Negi releases his Ghazal album

Dev Negi who is currently enjoying the best phase of his career with some recent times’ most popular numbers, has come out with his latest single ‘Zaroori toh Nahin’ in association with Indie Music Label. The track is a ghazal which is what makes it rare in today’s times and all the more special. ‘Zaroori Toh Nahin' is one beautiful and soulful melody. Dev has produced the music and composed the song as well and its safe to say that the song is hitting all the right notes. It is a slow, soft and mellow sounding, exactly like you'd want it to be when you think of a story that narrates unrequited love. When you think of something that breaks and soothes your heart at the same time and Indie Music Label is glad to say that we can name it Zaroori Toh Nahin. The lyrics are penned by Amit Sharma and video is directed by Jasmeen Oza," says source.

Commenting on the same, Naushad Khan, Managing Director of Indie Music Label says "Zaroori Toh Nahin' is a beautiful ghazal which is missing now a days and we wanted to give a melodic treat to our audience with good poetry. it’s a pure ghazal format which has clearly talking about one sided love which doesn’t expects from the girl he loves the most."

On collaborating with Dev Negi for the second time, Naushad says "Dev Negi is the finest talent our industry has n we are doing multiple songs with him and all of them are different genre."

Music Streaming Competition Hotting Up

Music streaming services have today become the preferred platform for music consumption and competition is certainly hotting up. Recently Indian music streaming platform Gaana announced that it was the first streaming service in India to cross the 100 million mark in monthly active users (MAUs). This according to the company is expected to reach 200 million MAUs in the next couple of years. However JioSaavn, the merged entity of Saavn another leading player and Reliance’s Jio Music, has also claimed to have crossed the 100 million MAU mark. The platform claims to have 104 million MAUs and asserts that it is the largest music streaming service in the country.

Notwithstanding the claims and counterclaims, Gaana and JioSaavn are undisputedly the two biggest players in the music streaming space in India. But with the recent entry of Spotify, the world’s largest streaming platform, in India, the scenario could change significantly. In the very first week following the launch of its service Spotify claimed to have clocked a million MAUs and at present crossed the 2 million mark. And when you take into account other important players like Apple Music and Amazon Prime, competition to woo consumers is bound to get pretty stiff.

Since its merger a year back, JioSaavn has grown rapidly and recently offered a discount deal on its premium service JioSaavn Pro at Rs 299 for a one year subscription, which normally costs Rs 999. Gaana too has come out with a similar offer for its premium service Gaana Plus at Rs 299 for a one year subscription as against the regular price of Rs 1098. Spotify’s premium service is at present available at Rs 1189 for a year.

Is it the Spotify effect or the Jio effect, we don’t know but its good news for consumers.

Bruce Springsteen's new studio album to release soon

Bruce Springsteen’s first new studio album in five years takes his music to a new place, drawing inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York. Columbia Records will release Springsteen’s 19th studio album on June 14. 'Western Stars' will be available for pre-order on Friday, April 26.  “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements," says Springsteen. "It's a jewel box of a record." The 13 tracks of ‘Western Stars’ encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope.

Ron Aniello produced the album with Springsteen and plays bass, keyboard, and other instruments. Patti Scialfa provides vocals and contributes vocal arrangements on four tracks.  The musical arrangements include strings, horns, pedal steel and contributions from more than 20 other players including Jon Brion (who plays celeste, Moog, and farfisa), as well as guest appearances by David Sancious, Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell. The album was mixed by 13-time Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst. 

 

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Golden Mikes Awards announced

Radio City, India’s leading radionetwork, once again proved its mettle of being the most influential radio network bybagging the ‘Radio Station of the Year’ award at the Golden Mikes Awards 2019. Radio City Mumbai’s popular breakfast show ‘Kasa Kai Mumbai’ hosts RJ Salil and RJ Archana won the‘RJ Jodi of the Year’ Award. To add toits glory, Radio City won a total of 46 awards and counting at various industry platforms, 2 awards at Golden Mikes, 16 awards at ACEF, 3 awards at Goa fest, 1 award at Videa Awards and 6 th rank by Great Place to Work® among Best Large Workplaces in Asia, 2019.

Over the years, Radio City has consistently raised the bar of innovation with path breaking campaigns in radio programming. Keeping up the winning spirit, Radio City’s social awareness initiatives like ‘Mera Ghaata’ led by RJ Ginnie, ‘Kar Mumbaikar’ led by RJ Salil and RJ Archana, Ek Kapda Abhiyaan, Padyatra, City Ka Flower pot, Heroes of Hyderabad, etc. were recognised amongst the most coveted campaigns of the year. These awards are a strong testimony to Radio City’s prowess over the years in areas like creativity, influence and leadership.
Joining in the celebratory spirit, Mr. Ashit Kukian, CEO, Radio City, said, “It brings us mense pleasure to receive these laurels at the most prestigious industry platforms thatrecognize unique ideas and initiatives across radio, advertising and marketing sectors. These awards are a reaffirmation to the love and trust that our listeners and advertisers have bestowed on us for years. Radio City has always been at the forefront of driving innovation,and bagging these awards will only push us further to disrupt the industry and continue to be the pioneers of creativity.”

The Golden Mikes, one of India’s biggest radio advertising awards, Radio City took home the metals in categories such as ‘Best Innovation on Radio’ for its Independence Day Animals campaign, ‘Most Unique Programming Concept/Idea’ for the Breastmilk Donation campaign, and ‘Best Public Service Initiative by a Broadcaster’ for the ‘Missing Chhaya’ campaign, to name a few. Radio City bagged a special Jury Choice Award in the Best Innovation on Radio category for Radio City Independence Day Animals Promo. At the ACEF Awards, Radio City clinched awards for ‘Effective Use of Customer Feedback’ for its Heroes of Hyderabad campaign, ‘Successful Use of CSR Activity’ for ‘Ek Kapda Abhiyan campaign’ and ‘Effective use of Market Research’ for Safal - Milwat Se Jung campaign.

The brand film by Radio City, titled ‘Mumbai Train’ garnered immense appreciation and at the Goa Fest 2019. Radio City’s Kar Mumbaikar campaign also received an award for ‘Best Video Content in Digital Campaign For a Cause’ at the Videa Awards.The award season has just begun and Radio City is reigning the throne already. With these awards to its name and many more, Radio City continues its legacy of being the driver of change and innovation in the industry.
 

Marshmello +Tyga + Chris Brown release new Single & Video

With the new single “Light It Up,” Marshmello brings Tyga and Chris Brown back together for the first time since their 2016 track, “Rumorz.” The three artists wrote the infectious new party anthem together. Released today by Astralwerks, “Light It Up” is available for download / streaming. The official video was unveiled today in a YouTube Premiere, and saw its broadcast premiere on BET Jams and BET Hip Hop. Rolling up to the club in the custom Marshmello truck made by RDB LA, Marshmello, Tyga and Chris Brown proceed to light up a boring birthday celebration with an electrifying performance and a bling-laden cake. The clip was directed by Arrad, who has helmed previous videos for Tyga and Brown. 

Marshmello has been nominated for three Billboard Music Awards: Top Dance/Electronic Artist and – for his massive hit with Bastille, “Happier” – Top Collaboration and Top Dance/Electronic Song. With nearly 10 million adjusted singles sold, “Happier” is his biggest track to date. Marshmello has continued his remarkable run with singles featuring Roddy Ricch, CHVRCHES, Pritam and SVDDEN DEATH plus an EP with San Francisco Bay Area rappers SOB x RBE, Roll the Dice, which was released earlier this month.

Marshmello’s star continues to rise as the famously masked artist breaks boundaries across the industry. With chart-topping singles and collaborations with the likes of Bastille, Selena Gomez, Migos, Khalid, Logic and more, Marshmello has clocked a staggering 2+ billion streams across Spotify alone and with over 40 million monthly listeners on the platform, he’s the fourth most streamed artist in the world on Spotify. His smash single "Happier" with Bastille topped the charts around the world, with cumulative streams nearing one billion. Certified Platinum in the U.S., "Happier" held the No. 1 position for three consecutive weeks on Billboard's BDS and Mediabase/Top 40 Radio Airplay chart. The song also topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Streaming chart and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart. His hit "FRIENDS" with Anne-Marie peaked at #2 at Pop radio and spent over 25 weeks on the Top 40 Charts. Certified double Platinum in the U.S. and U.K. and certified triple Platinum in Canada, "FRIENDS" ranked #1 on both iTunes and Shazam's worldwide charts, with over 500 million overall streams. 2017's “Wolves” ft. Selena Gomez peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and #5 at Top 40 radio, and Marshmello himself ranked #4 overall on Billboard's 2018 Dance List.  

Marshmello made headlines recently when he partnered with Epic Games to throw the first ever in-game concert, inside Fortnite. The groundbreaking event drew millions of excited players who tuned in to watch the live concert at Pleasant Park, within the game. The Verge described it as an “unprecedented moment in gaming” and Forbes called it “a triumph.” Recently featured on the cover of the Forbes magazine “30 Under 30” issue, the world-renowned DJ / producer has won numerous awards, including two iHeartRadio Music Awards, an American Music Award and an MTV EMA Award.

Tyga is an RIAA-certified Platinum rapper who remains a hip-hop fixture with his dedicated and growing following of millions across social media. What sets Tyga apart is his authentic and statement-heavy music. His seventh studio album, KYOTO, detailed the transformation of Tyga’s style, giving listeners an “808s and Heartbreak” vibe, speaking on relatable topics of relationships and breakups. His chart-topping history includes 31 hits on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and sales of 638K albums, 12.2 million digital songs and 1.4 billion on-demand streams. His RIAA-Certified accomplishments include the 4x Platinum hits “Rack City” and “Taste” (feat. Offset), the 2x Platinum “Faded” and five additional Gold records.

Chris Brown, a consummate entertainer who has shifted the climate of R&B culture since his 2005 debut, has sold in excess of 30 million albums worldwide and has surpassed over 10 billion audio streams across digital outlets to date. Brown has won more than 125 awards, including a GRAMMY® for his album F.A.M.E. in 2011. He has amassed over 7.5 billion YouTube views – including over 40 music videos that each have more than 100 million views, earning him the title of male artist with the most Vevo certified videos ever and Diamond status from the streaming platform. A chart-topping force, Brown has made more Billboard Hot 100 entries since the start of his career than any contemporary male singer alive to date, spending 160 consecutive weeks charting on the Hot 100. His last album, Heartbreak On A Full Moon, has been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify and has been certified 2x Platinum. The album spent more than a year on the Billboard 200.


Stream “Light It Up” here https://UMGI.lnk.to/LightItUp

Save The World - Musical Ode To Victims of Sri Lanka

On Easter Sunday, the world mourned the innocent lives that were abruptly ended in Sri Lanka. But for three specific artists, Apache Indian, Jim Beanz and Destiny, it made them reflect with truly heavy hearts, recalling their first and only visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka at the end of 2016. They happily traveled across the world to shoot a music video for their song “Save The World” which emphasized different social, economic, cultural, racial and religious issues.  For award-winning songwriter and music producer, Jim Beanz, aka James Washington, this was his debut as a director and editor of a music video, after being totally inspired by the message in the song he conceptualized and wrote and chose Sri Lanka to carry out his vision. Cinnamon Hotels, who was a target for these heinous acts, believed in the message of the song and came on board to sponsor parts of the video. The idea behind the video was a simple one ...the artists would be walking thru the streets of Columbo, witnessing different acts of violence, turmoil and divide, stumbling into a peaceful church that they would use as a safe haven as they saw a woman praying. The ultimate message was about uniting races and cultures to show that we are all human and that we must stand together for the common goal of bettering the world! 

Multi platinum reggae/pop singer/song writer and philanthropist, Apache Indian, born Steven Kapur, had this to say about the music video and song.. “This song “Save The World” was inspired by random, horrific, senseless attacks across the globe that have led to innocent people losing their lives.  I personally feel frustrated like millions of others about what we can do in the aftermath of watching such devastation. Devastation that is the result of the bad intentions and evil minds of certain people, but it effects millions of good people and shakes the calm and peace we all strive so hard to create in our own worlds daily. We as songwriters have the power of words, melodies and music to express how we feel. We know that music is powerful and brings healing and change. This song in particular was conceptualized and written by Jim Beanz and we traveled all the way to Columbo, Sri Lanka to shoot the video. We felt the need to bring artists from across the globe to combine their talents to push out a strong message. Our emotions and feelings were captured in this song which ironically is now so relevant to Sri Lanka, the country, and its’ beautiful people, and I believe they’ll find some solace when they hear this song and reflect on the horrible events that just occurred there on Easter Weekend. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with the people of Sri Lanka and I hope thru this song we can continue to spread a message of peace, while asking who is going to ‘Save the World’? Only good people can do this as they must band together and stand strong to overcome the ill intentions of a few and we must not let them break our spirit or our own good intentions! Our prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka, which is one of the most peaceful places we have visited and we all immediately became attached to the people, culture and country, so sending our strength and courage to everyone there today and always.”

Now, along with the rest of the world, these musicians are left broken hearted, that a country who once welcomed them are now suffering! However, through this song and the video that was filmed in the very streets where lives were lost, they wish for the healing process to slowly begin. Their hope is that through this video and song, people appreciate and find strength in the fact that “Save The World” was shot in beloved Sri Lanka and that one day soon the people can rise and stand tall again.”

Link to music video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVoHzz1VOBA&list=RDaVoHzz1VOBA&start_radio=1

Lyrics of "Save the World"

Intro

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

 

Verse 1

Summertime but yeah me feeling cold now

Devastation all over the place how

Living got me walking with me head down

What we doing? What are we doing?

Another day, another die

The media will lie

Cus they don’t wanna tell ya what is going on

They know you can’t control a gun

But give it to the man

Him pull the trigger now they say what’s going on

B - Section

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

Oh no we can’t tek no more violence

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

Oh you can never mek us be silent

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

We can eliminate the problem

Woh ho woh ho woh woh

And now I wanna know

Hook

Who’s gonna save the world

Tell me now

Who’s gonna be the one

Tell me now

Who’s gonna save the world ya ya ya yeh

The world ya ya ya yeh

Tomorrows never promised, if I’m been honest

Who’s gonna save the world ya ya ya yeh

The world ya ya ya yeh

Who gonna save, Who gonna save

Who gonna save the world tonight (Repeat)

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

No more, no more, we no wan no bloodshed lord

Verse 2

Me no wanna see nobody hurt no more

Me no feel like me safe in a church no more

Cus the people dying they on life support

Yeah the people dying they on life support yeah

 

They got us voting for the rich

With all dem politics

And they don’t even tell us what’s going on

Meanwhile the poor is staying poor

Kids sleeping on the floor

Somebody help me, I don’t what’s going on…yeah

B - Section

Hook

Audio link: https://open.spotify.com/track/5p2x2vHlMyWT6wORjoIeRP?si=s-y9WI-pTH2g_49NUgWZGw

“Save The World”
Apache Indian feat. Destiny 
 
Co written by Jim Beanz and Apache Indian and produced by Jim Beanz.
2017 copyright Sunset Entertainment Group.

Crescendo Music to release it's 1st Film...

As all major Music companies like T-series, Venus, Tips,etc.have.expanded to producing films, Cresendo Music has joined the fray too. Crescendo Music & Films has joined hands with KSM Film Productions to produce India’s first Teen Thriller. The film has been co-produced by Manesha Chatarji and is being distributed by Theatre King worldwide. The film 1978, it is a racy, supernatural, terrifying, suspense story that promises to keep the hearts of its viewers thumping, right from the beginning till the last scene. 1978 has been directed by Aziz Zee and it features a bunch of young teenage actors who have performed amazingly well. Yash Rajpara, Apurva  Godbole, Gaurav Sharma, Vaishnavi  Kadam,  Rishabh Raj, Muskaan Tomar, Sunny Yadav,  Rohit Mugallu, Maliha Malla.  The film also features renowned TV actress Sonyaa and singer Abuzar Akhtar. While the songs are completely composed with a retro feel of the 70s, Music Director Santosh Nair has composed a RD Burman inspired song.

The USP of the film is that all the songs are actually sung by the actors of the film. By sheer coincidence , during auditions,  Suresh Thomas of Crescendo films discovered that some of the actors are brilliant singers. He then decided to create the entire music score using the voices of the actors themselves. This is possibly the first time this has ever been done in any Hindi Film.

Kunal  Shamshare  Malla states , “1978 is a brilliantly made slick horror thriller which is Hollywood films of the same genre.”

Director Aziz Zee says, “With films like Stree , Pari and Ghoul  being widely appreciated , we can be sure that “1978” is bound to draw crowds to theatres. “

Bud say's 'BE A KING'

Budweiser Experiences recently launched their campaign– ‘Be A King’, a powerful narrative that bolsters individuals to seize their opportunity to shine, brought to life by three inspirational protagonists – Divine (India’s leading hip hop artist), Siri Narayan (an acclaimed rapper) and Mokshada Jailkhani (a body positive dancer). ‘Be a King’ is an attitude, a mindset, and a war cry to young Indians who have the confidence to break barriers and stereotypes, and seize their opportunity to shine.

Directed by Gil Green, an internationally acclaimed director who has directed videos for Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and DJ Khaled among others, this campaign is his first project in India. Set in an urban underground nightclub with eclectic lighting that resembles a crown, Divine is seen rapping his vision of what makes a true king, and challenges the audience to seize their moment. Siri takes up the challenge with an almost fierce confidence, and eloquently raps her stance in Kannada. The story is complemented by Mokshada, a flagbearer of body positivity, who expresses herself through a riveting dance, unanimously conveying that Kings are not born, they are made as a result of their mindset, grit and ambition.

Commenting on the campaign, Kartikeya Sharma, Vice President Marketing - South Asia, AB InBev opined, “When it comes to expressing oneself, people are often conscious of being perceived as different and restrict themselves to conform to social norms. We know that our consumers seek the freedom to live the life they desire and seize opportunity to confidently be themselves. ‘Be A King’ is just that, an attitude that energizes you to follow your ambition, free from all judgement. For this project, we are thrilled to have collaborated with Divine, Siri and Mokshada – individuals who truly represent this spirit and resonate with the Budweiser brand ideal.”

Adding to the new narrative, Vivian Fernandes aka DIVINE shared, ““It’s great to partner with Budweiser, a brand that is always inspiring you to be unstoppable and driven. Personally for me, ‘Be A King’ is about being true to yourself and representing that. Over the years, through my journey, I have come to realise how important it is to challenge the norm and be proud of your individuality.”

Siri Narayan commented, “When one thinks of rap, one thinks of free flowing thoughts. But for me, rap is a mirror of myself which I am most comfortable expressing in my mother tongue. I often make a commentary on society in my songs, but I have never let society command the way I express it. I believe that we are all kings in our own unique way.”

Mokshada Jailkhani expressed, “Self-acceptance has played a key role in where I stand today. For me, ‘Be A King’ signifies a confident owner of ones’ own life and choices. Find your passion, go after it and Be a King!”

Watch Budweiser’s ‘Be A King’ feature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T90h7tfjxGo

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Divine (India’s leading hip hop artist), Siri Narayan (an acclaimed rapper) and Mokshada Jailkhani (a body positive dancer)Directed by Gil Green @Lil Wayne, @Drake, @Nicki Minaj @DJ Khaled @  @Kartikeya Sharma, Vice President Marketing - South Asia, AB InBev @Ria Chowdhary

Sony Music to release the music of Chhota Bheem - Kung Fu Dhamaka

Global music giant, Sony Music partners with Green Gold Animation to release the music of the latest instalment of the iconic film franchise, Chhota Bheem - Kung Fu Dhamaka. The music of this animated film has been composed by Sunil Kaushik and John Stewart Eduri and has three songs featuring the multi-talented Daler Mehndi and Sunidhi Chauhan.The film releases on 10th May and has Bheem training in the martial art of ‘Kung Fu’ and travelling to China to take part in the world’s most prestigious Kung Fu competition.Of the three songs, Daler Mehndi has an anthem song called Kung Fu Dhamaka while Sunidhi Chauhan would be heard in the fun packed Mahal Mein Sabka Swagat Hai and Circus Jam.

 Says Sunidhi Chauhan, “I thoroughly enjoyed working on the music for Chhota Bheem, a character we all have loved and adored. I personally am a big fan and am eagerly waiting for everyone to listen to the music. I am sure all the kids would have a wonderful time listening and dancing to the songs including my son!”

 Adds on Daler Mehndi, “Not just my daughter Rabab, I am also a big fan of Chhota Bheem. I love that I’ll be singing for the film.”

Chhota Bheem, the lovable laddoo-loving charismatic boy from the fantasy land of Dholakpur, walked into the hearts of children and since 2008 has dominated it. Says Rajiv Chilaka, CEO and Founder of Green Gold Animation, “We are excited to be partnering with Sony Music to release our new film’s music content through them. With their robust network and reach, we are sure the songs would be heard far and wide. Chhota Bheem - Kung Fu Dhamaka has some really fun tunes and rhythms that will connect with people across age groups especially the kids.”

Adds Anjana Devraj, Head Kids Division, Sony Music India, “Chhota Bheem is globally the biggest kids’ pop cultural icon and we are extremely thrilled to be collaborating with the team to release the music. The first video releases on April 26th and the next 2 in the following week with a special release slated around Chhota Bheem’s birthday on May 1st. We have a robust marketing and promotion plan on the music and we are confident that the magic created by Daler Mehndi and Sunidhi Chauhan will translate into people loving the music.”

Chhota Bheem is the longest-running Indian animated show with a viewership (kids) of more than 60 Million, also making it the most watched show in India. It is the first animated character in India to have a Netflix Original show

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Bumblefoot releases his first Instrumental single

This is the first instrumental guitar song I've written & recorded in a long time... most songs come to me when I least expect it, not with a guitar in hand, but with a flood of emotion. Cintaku means "my love" - I was thinking of those moments in life that feel like the greatest euphoria... like Heaven. How as long as you've experienced this kind of feeling, even if only once, then life was worth living.  That feeling when looking back, missing it, yet at the same time so fully grateful to have lived it...*At some point, I'll make a full transcription of the guitar parts and an audio backing track, and release those too. (That may take a while!) says Bumblefoot on the release of Cintaku.

Saregama files copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify

A copyright infringement suit was brought by Saregama against Spotify and heard by Delhi's High Court.
and Spotify  has just agreed to remove the content of Saregama, within the next fortnight. Saregama claims that,it entered into negotiations with Spotify for a copyright license and permitted Spotify to upload its content a month ahead of it's launch in India. Saregama did not sign a deal with Spotify formally and hence Spotify has agreed to pull down the content.

Spotify is having a tough time manuvering the Indian market, it having a hard time.On it launch Warner Music Group refused to license itt's content fot the territory of India. Spotify went ahead using a statutory license which Warner claims as bogus, the legal issue is still to be sorted out.That being an Internatinal label is likely to be sorted out inernationally but not having Saregama catalog is going to pinch hard till a settlement is reached.   
 

Mama I Need You

Danceable and musically ground-breaking, relevant and original, “Mama I Need You,”  the Fourth Single from Indian Lesbian Singer-Songwriter Pragya Pallavi’s forthcoming album “Queerism,” is a song that can move your feet and your heart.  The track, which is about “coming out,”, tells the impassioned story of a gay person’s plea for acceptance from her mother.  The song releases on April 26, 2019.“Mama I Need You” combines elements of western pop, EDM and soul with Indian classical music for a gorgeous and mesmerizing depiction of the emotional struggles of LGBT+ people and their families.  The song blends reggaeton style drum rhythms with Pragya’s Hindustani alaap vocalizations and a stunning Carnatic style violin riffs.  Indian National Award and Filmfare Award-winning sound engineer K.J. Singh has mixed this track, which was co-produced by Deejey Lolly, K.J. Singh, and Pragya. The song was composed and arranged by Pragya, with lyrics by Dena Gorilik, a Russian-American poet, composer and singer-songwriter.

“Mama I Need You,” is the musical narration of a queer person coming out to her mother.  It gives voice to the experience of LGBT+ people across the globe who grapple with family  and social rejection — and who hope for and sometimes receive acceptance and reconciliation.  The accompanying lyrics video, features rainbow colors and LGBT symbols.  This danceable and infectious track is also a significant focal point for discussing the need for family support for queer and trans people.“Mama I Need You” is the fourth single from Pragya’s upcoming album, “Queerism.”  The album, which is dedicated to LGBTQI+ communities in India and all over the world, is slated for release on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

The 9 track album will feature songs in English and Hindi, in a variety of styles including disco and EDM, hip-hop and jazz soul, Indian fusion, funk, and dancehall.  Queerism is the first album by an openly queer artist to release from India since the historic 377 verdict.The other singles from this album are “Lingering Wine,“Girls You Rule!" and “Izzat De”.


Pragya's first three singles and album concept have been widely well received by both international and Indian media.  She has been featured and interviewed on the prestigious Jeremy Vine talk show on BBC Radio 2, and BBC Asian Network. Her music is on rotation on a number of UK, US and Indian radio shows. She has received positive coverage from LGBTQI international press such as Pink News, Gay Times and Gay Star News, as well as being covered in a variety of international music blogs.  In India Pragya's music and story have been covered by Mid-Day, Times of India, New Indian Express, the News Minute, Blush magazine, Radio Mirchi , Radio One, SoundboxIndia etc.

Pragya is a singer/songwriter, musician, percussionist and performer who is classically trained as a Hindustani vocalist.  Her compositions combine diverse influences such as EDM, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, alternative rock, and fusion, as well as classical Indian music, Sufi and folk music.   She was born in Patna and is now based in Mumbai.  She describes herself as a gender fluid lesbian.

Pragya says, “I am a person who is not confined to any single genre, nationality, religion or gender. I want to bring together Indian and western, contemporary and traditional musical influences in a way that all types of people can relate to. I know songs have the power to create a movement, this is my attempt at being that voice for LGBTIQA+ persons across the world”.


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From Darjeeling with Love....

Priyant Sundas is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston. The first musician from his hometown Darjeeling, India, and recipient of the Asian Scholarship Award, Berklee Achievement Grant, and was awarded a place in the Dean’s List several times He is the Founder, Composer, and Writer of the Priyant’s Darjeeling Groove, a Fusion Jazz Band.

Priyant started learning Guitar at a very young age of four, and his musical styles are highly influenced by Fusion, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Pop, Indian Classical. Singer-Songwriter Shankar Mahadevan also recognized Priyant Sundas talent at the Storm Festival held recently. Priyant’s debut album ‘Blended’ is a unique fusion album blending soundscapes from different genres of music, creating a conglomeration of Indian Hindustani Classical,Jazz, Nepali Folk. It’s a journey from the East to the West, blasting onto the far reaches of sounds, in a quest to discover the unknown.

In the album, ‘Heartsky’ is an original Indian Classical composition by Pt. Prakash Sontakke, and Priyant worked on rearranging the composition to add Jazz elements to the tune. ‘Bending Yaman’, is a traditional Indian Raga based composition where the Raag Yaman has been blended to add different melodic, jazz, and harmonic modulations. The song ‘Maya’ in the album is a folk fusion song, which has used the traditional Indian Instruments and orchestrated with strings to create a modern pop Jazz sound with a folk base. The track ‘Nandini Chulbulee’ on the other hand is a country based light acoustic feel song; this track is unique as it has a very subtle blend of European flavor at the same time Nepali Folk sound. This track has a very defining use of accordion, complimented by a cello. The track ‘Dreaming’ starts off as a soft rock but gradually opens up to Latinand Bossa Nova feel and goes into a jazz improvisational setting, creating an uncertainty and redefining genres and eventually ending on a Hard Rock Guitar Solo.’ Love is You and Me’ is 80’s Pop-Jazz feel song. The song actually uses a concept of Hindustani Classical Music known as Alap. In the beginning of the song there is an instrumental piano Alap on a guitar drone. The song is a duet and has an old school vibe.

Priyant's Darjeeling Groove comprises of well accomplished musicians from different countries such as Drummer, Juan Felipe Mejia Tobon from Columbia; Saxophonist, Ori Jacobson from Isareal; Bassist, Simon Fagerstedt from Sweden; Keyboard Player, Myles Sweeney from USA; and Sound Engineer, MN Srikar from India. Priyant is currently working on his second album, "Fallen Dreams"!

Check the album at Priyant Sundas’ official YouTube channel:      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQseX2rINS9pjI_XLIXTBjA

Shaggy sings for Mika Singh's latest..

Ace singer and ‘live wire’ performer, Mika Singh has collaborated with Grammy award winner Shaggy, for a peppy new single titled Belly Ring. This groovy dance number was launched  recently. Speaking of the latest track, singer Mika Singh says “This was a great opportunity to be collaborating with Shaggy, it was an out of the world experience and we both knew how the track had to shape.I am pleased to launch Belly Ring song. I am excited to see the viewer’s response and I am confident that the song will rock the charts in India.”
Belly Ring an upbeat foot tapping track is composed by Mann Singh, Gora Singh & Mika Singh and the lyrics for the track are by Mika Singh & Gora Singh. The groovy music video featuring Shaggy and Mika is directed by Spiff TV. The song is recorded by Music & Sound, the company dedicated to entertain music lovers around the globe.
Commenting on the launch of Belly Ring, Rajitta Hemwani, Senior Vice President Creative content and New Business 9X Media said “We are excited to have Mika on board with SpotlampE for his latest track Belly Ring. This track is his collaboration with Shaggy and its going to be a winner all the way. At SpotlampE.com, we have been planning to work with Mika for a long time and having the Belly Ring track on our platform will definitely get the song the right traction and humungous eyeballs that it deserves. SpotlampE.com is patronised by ‘GenZ’ and the millennial consumers who always discover great music on the platform. I am confident Belly Ring songs’ ascend to the top of the music charts will be super quick!”
The cool dance music video of Belly Ring is shot across picturesque locales of Miami and the luxe hip look will resonate with the millennial population in India. Belly Ring will be promoted across all social media platforms of 9XM, 9X Jalwa and 9X Tashan. The track will be played and promoted across SpotlampE.com
 

 

Danny Boyle's latest is a Musical...

'Yesterday' is an upcoming 2019 British musical comedy film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, from a story by Jack Barth. It stars Himesh Patel as a musician who, after an accident, finds himself in a world where he is the only person who remembers The Beatles, and becomes famous performing their songs as his own. Lily James, Kate McKinnon, and Ed Sheeran also star.

Jack Malik is a struggling musician. After being hit by a bus during a worldwide blackout, Jack awakens in the hospital, and discovers that he seems to now be living in a world where The Beatles never existed. Performing their music, he soon becomes a pop sensation in the eyes of the media and the adoring public.
 
It will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 4 May 2019.[1] The film will be released on 28 June 2019 by Universal Pictures.

Watch the Trailer here: https://www.yesterdaymovie.com/

The India Radio Forum -The New Wave

The India Radio Forum ie back on 31st May, 2019. at The Leela Ambience, Gurugram, this years theme is 'The New Wave'. The veteran leaders like  Abraham Thomas, CEO BIG FM and Ashit Kukian, CEO Radio City will be there and thier views are as follows:,

Abraham Thomas, CEO BIG FM: "Radio offers hyper local reach, local insights, local talent turned influencers, to create interesting shows and tell powerful brand stories. This has created a sweet spot for the advertisers to consider it as a primary medium in their advertising plan. Radio as an industry has evolved with digital times to audio entertainment, where platform agnostic content is created to be placed and promoted across various mediums. A prestigious platform like India Radio Forum adds volume and credibility to these efforts of the radio players which is perfectly captured in this year's theme 'The New Wave' at the IRF. We are all looking forward to another eventful and celebratory night for the radio and media industry." 

Ashit Kukian, CEO Radio City: "Radio possesses the unique ability to seamlessly integrate with other mediums like digital, print, outdoor and TV. This makes radio one of the primary mediums for creating and experimenting with unique content while giving advertisers an opportunity to explore innovative ways to tell their brand stories. India Radio Forum’s theme for this year, ‘The New Wave’, captures the essence of these new-age and path-breaking efforts undertaken by the radio players, and we look forward to yet another celebration of the immense power of radio." 

The complete list of speakers will be out soon. 

The official launch of Sterling Reserve Music Project

Allied Blenders and Distillers in collaboration with Universal Music India, today, announced the official launch of the Sterling Reserve Music Project, the region’s first enabler platform to discover, incubate and promote emerging musical talent from India on a global scale.As part of the launch, Sterling Reserve Music Project introduced the fourth release on the platform, “YoYo” by, upcoming talent, R.S. Chauhan featuring Ikka, a prominent Punjabi rapper and Rishi Rich, a prominent music producer. The single is an original composition where an established singer has mentored an emerging artist.

The evening began with Devraj Sanyal Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia, Bikram Basu COO, Allied Blenders & Distillers and Olivier Robert-Murphy Global head, Universal Music Group and Brands, sharing insights about the platform and throwing light on the overall vision. This was followed by a performance showcase by recently launched artists and their tracks, namely – Anushqa with “Hear Me”, Left Turn with “Dil Mera” and Arunaja with “Broken.”The fourth track, set to release globally on Sterling Reserve Music Project, “YoYo,” was a high energy performance by R.S. Chauhan and Ikka.

Commenting on the launch, Bikram Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Allied Blenders & Distillers said, “We are excited to build this very enabling Sterling Reserve Music Project. We find artists and artists find us. It provides young talent with a platform to showcase their work to the fullest. Universal Music has the critical understanding of music and the talent ecosystem- and we share the passion. The brand idea is to Chase the Next- unearthing new talent, contemporary sound works perfectly for us.”

Providing insight into the Project, Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia said “The purpose of Sterling Reserve Music Project is to incubate and grow unique talent in India. A culturally rich nation like India has an abundance of creative talent and this platform aims to act as a catalyst to create a significant music-driven movement in India. We already have strong proof of the concept being successful based on the runaway success of our first three songs. We are now confident that our fourth track “YoYo” will be received with even more love and support from the region.”

Punjabi rapper, Ikka said, “I’m so excited to present R.S. Chauhan’s sound to the world on Sterling Reserve Music Project. It’s heartening to see a platform like Sterling Reserve Music Project enable young artists, like R.S. Chauhan and breakout their releases in such a meaningful way. I was really happy to work with Rishi Rich and get his support on the song “YoYo.”

The Sterling Reserve Music Project (https://bit.ly/2CGqYH4) is India’s first enabler platform for independent music and aims to be one of the largest incubators for music talent in India. The Project will produce 20 titles in the next 2 years through 5 established artists and 15 upcoming artists.

BUDX Experiences Concludes Its 2nd Edition.

Budweiser Experiences concluded the epic first day of its 360° experiential platform, BUDX, recently, at the iconic Mehboob Studio in Mumbai. The programme is focused on the development and collaboration of artists within four vastly expanding sub-cultural sounds currently shaping India's music landscape - Techno / EDM, Bass, Hip-Hop and Undercurrent. The outset of the festival witnessed a power packed bunch of music enthusiasts all gathered to revel in the collective and empowering vibe of the platform, in the presence of some revered and budding home-grown and international artists.
The daytime programme hosted an assortment of integrated masterclasses and discussions with insightful topics such as, ‘The Challenges of the 21st Century DJ’ by Arjun Vagale and Zainub Rao; ‘Equalising Music Spaces In India And Beyond’ by Tom Birtwistle (British Council), Pooja Bangad (The EQ Way) and Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson (Discwoman); ‘The Age Of Music Discovery And Saturation’ by Terry Weerasinghe (Beatport), Mohammed Abood (Boxout.FM) and Akshat Harbola (Spotify India). It also witnessed masterclasses rooted in the subjects of Beats per Minute, Sez On The Beat’s creative process, influences & a live demonstration conducted by Sez On The Beat and Mo Joshi (Azadi Records). The evening concluded with larger-than-life performances by artists and platforms such as Sub Focus, Boiler Room, OX7GEN, _RHL, Aamish, DJ Mocity, Dreamstates, Vilify, Tsunami Soup Collective, and.
Commenting on the success of Day 1, Kartikeya Sharma, Vice President Marketing- South Asia, AB InBev, opined “At Budweiser, we are such avid fans of the music soundscape and vibe in general, that we are always thrilled to put our best foot forward and provide our partners and patrons with one-of-a-kind experiences, that fuel the growth of the industry as a whole. Similarly with BUDX, we are on a journey to provide understated sounds and maestros the attention and materials they seek, to support their artistic journeys and learning processes. We were ecstatic to witness Mehboob Studio, in its entirety, reverberating with such great tunes and passion, that only makes us further strengthen our resolve of energizing music makers and consumers alike.”
With a staggering attendance at its second edition, BUDX concluded Day 2 with unparalleled experiences inclusive of some inspiring workshops, stellar performances and a perfect location, paving its way into the hearts of the Indian music enthusiasts. The second day of the music fiesta witnessed interactive workshops and masterclasses by maestros diving deep into the nuances of the emerging music culture in India.
The discussions were rooted in topical yet under-discussed themes such as; a workshop on ‘Discwoman: How To Set Up An Inclusive Artist Agency?’ by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson and Christine Mccharen-tran; dialogs such as ‘Building a creative ecosystem, future marketing and responsible clubbing’ by Kunal Lodhia (Magnetic Fields Festival), Adelaide Lawson (Born N Bread), Divya Ravichandran (Skrap) moderated by Ruhi Batra (Wild City); ‘Self-care vs Self Destruction – The Viscous Cycle of Being a creative’ by Sahej Bakshi (Dualist Inquiry), Bao-tran tran (mobilegirl), Vehroin Ibrahim (True School of Music) moderated by Kripir Malviya (TATVA), and ‘From the gully to where?: the genres of hip-hop in India’ by Dharmesh Parmar (MC Tod Fod), MO Joshi (Azadi Records), Deepa Unnikrishnana (DEE MC), moderated by Bhanuj Kappal. Followed by the masterclass, the evening descended into a live gig at both the warehouse and District stage with an opening act by Lifafa. Keeping the momentum high throughout the gig, the event witnessed performances by Spacejams, Jamie Tiller, Detroit In Effect, DJ Ishani, Madstarbase, Seedhe Maut X Sez on the Beat and Foreign Beggars. The finale set by DIVINE got the entire crowd grooving along making it a magical evening.
Commenting on the success of Day 2, Kartikeya Sharma, Vice President Marketing-South Asia, AB InBev, opined, “At Budweiser, we strive hard to provide emerging and local artists with the right platform and direction that they seek. With collaborative efforts, we are certain that the brand is on the path to open gateways for the emerging music culture and artists. The overwhelming response BUDX received over the past two days stands testament of the sheer scope of the understated music industry of India. We are excited to be the energizers of such momentous events and look forward to the forthcoming edition of BUDX.”

Budweiser and Divine Unite to elevate the Hip-Hop scene

Budweiser Experiences has united with the face of Indian hip-hop and the inspiration for ‘Gully Boy’ - DIVINE, emphasizing on its promise to give stage to emerging talent a stage while redefining the local music narrative. The brand with their ‘Be A King’ narrative has always believed in the new generation, who play by their own beat and know how to seize and own the moment; DIVINE in many ways defines this.

The year-long partnership marks the brand’s foray into hip-hop in the country, aiding them to further strengthen their local music programme – BUDx.

DIVINE aka Vivian Fernandes, is an underground rapper hailing from Mumbai and is known for his power and passion to rise above and fight hard to turn his rapping dreams into reality. Imbibing a ‘brewed the hard way’ personality, a quality that fittingly signifies the embedded beliefs of the brand, lends deeper quintessence to the synergy between the king of rap and the king of beer. The collaboration aims to bolster endeavors aimed at supporting and growing the local music scene; with a promise of experiences that are truly representative of the brand and its core ideals.  

Commenting on the partnership with DIVINE, Kartikeya Sharma, VP Marketing – South Asia, AB InBev said, “We are beyond thrilled to have DIVINE on board. It’s surreal to watch the music scene in India accelerate at the pace at which it currently has been, with a lot of lesser known genres and their respective artists now taking center-stage. Our partnership with DIVINE is reflective of a strong and similar commitment towards leading and shaping the budding music scene in India. The combined effort will surely help steer the needle towards covert yet emerging music genres enabling them to garner the recognition they truly deserve.”

Adding to the excitement, Vivian Fernandes aka DIVINE said, “I am super excited to be associated with Budweiser! There is a genuine sense of pride to be associated with brands that truly feel and believe what you believe, making this alliance really special. Together, we look forward to making some great music and push hip-hop through our collective journey.”

Lisa Mishra signs exclusively deal

VYRL Originals, the unique platform dedicated to non-film music in India. VYRL has been instrumental in nurturing established non-film artistes and has served as a launch pad for upcoming non-film music talent. Lisa’s reprise version of Tareefan from the film, Veere Di Wedding led to a huge success by crossing millions of views across Instagram and YouTube. Her versatility in the genres of Rhythm & Blues and hip hop led to what ultimately became musical contributions in Grammy winning album 'Coloring Book' by Chance the Rapper and Emmy–nominated series 'Brown Girls'. With a captive YouTube audience of over 170,000 subscribers on her channel, Lisa has created a space in everyone’s hearts with her melody and unique style.

Commenting on the announcement, Lisa Mishra shares “My passion for music has got me to where I am today. From teaching myself to sing and play guitar, to putting my spin on favourite tracks, I have always tried something innovative. Signing up with VYRL Originals for the music I do outside of films is definitely my first step towards achieving my dreams and creating a space for myself in the music industry.”

Speaking on the announcement, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group, India and South Asia and EMI Records India said, “Lisa is an extremely talented artist and we are thrilled she’s a part of the VYRL family. We are glad to be a part of the next phase of her exciting musical journey. We are confident that this is the start of a long and successful relationship. Our focus on working with the best in the non-film music space and building the category will continue.”

Hungama Music refreshes its Music Room

Hungama Music, one of the leading music and music video streaming platforms in the country owned by Hungama Digital Media, has refreshed its digital video property - Music Room. Streaming on Hungama Music’s Facebook page with episodes also available on the Hungama Music app later, Music Room features some of the biggest artistes in the country like Armaan Malik, Amaal Mallik, Jonita Gandhi, Guru Randhawa, Jubin Nautiyal, Neha Bhasin, Shilpa Rao, Darshan Rawal, Jasleen Royal, Bhoomi Trivedi, Sudeep Banerji and more. 

Hungama Music Room is an informal conversation with music celebrities that gives viewers a unique chance to see their favourite artistes in their most uninhibited form. Imbibing personal anecdotes with musical renditions, the show sees featured artistes talk about their lives and careers with acoustic performances. Since its launch in 2017, Hungama Music Room has had behemoths of the music industry like Javed Ali, Reewa & Roop Kumar Rathod, Dhvani Bhanushali, Ikka etc. appear on the show to connect with their fans through engaging conversations and soulful performances. 

Speaking about Hungama Music Room, Siddhartha Roy, COO, Hungama Digital Media said, “Consumers today seek content that is exclusive and enriching. With Hungama Music Room, we have created a property that allows our users to connect with popular music artistes and gives them access to content that is beyond the ordinary, in turn, making their experience of using our platform richer and wholesome. With a superb guest line-up and availability across the Hungama Music app and Facebook page, we are certain that Music Room will continue to delight our audience with each new episode.” 

During his appearance on Hungama Music Room with his brother, Armaan Malik revealed, “Amaal and I have been part of Hungama Music Room quite a few times and I am really grateful to Hungama Music Room for giving me a chance to revisit the most special moments of my life with my fans and my brother.  It is a great platform to reach out and connect with the audience directly and I'm thankful for that.”

Speaking about the property, Jonita Gandhi said, “Hungama Music Room is a wonderful platform to connect with my fans. It is a great medium to engage with the audience in a fun and intimate manner. I am excited to appear on the show and have an interesting conversation and perform some of my popular songs.”

Talking about Hungama Music Room, Guru Randhawa said, “I'm happy to see that platforms like Hungama Music Room provide a medium for artistes to reach out and connect with their audience directly. The informal format of the show allows our fans to know us on a personal level that strengthens our relationship. I am very excited about my appearance on Hungama Music Room.”

Talking about her appearance on the show, Neha Bhasin said, “Hungama Music Room is an amazing concept that offers artistes a chance to connect with their fans. The informal conversations are a breath of fresh. I am absolutely thrilled to feature in Hungama Music Room and entertain my fans.”

Hungama Music Room streams on Hungama Music’s Facebook page. Episodes are also available to stream on the Hungama Music app.

Spotify goes local for the Indian market

The Indian music streaming business is very competitive with brandslike Gaana, JioSaavn and Hungama entrenched in the market and it is also burderned with slow Internet speeds and customer base with older phones with limited capacity. In order to add to it's customers base Swedish music streaming giant Spotify has recently introduced a lighter version of its app to further solidify its presence in the Indian Market. The company has launched 10 MB-sized app, a beta version of which is currently available for Android users. The company claims that the Spotify Lite Beta app uses less storage, making it an ideal for most older version phones and hence more customers can listen to music. The Spotify Lite Beta app can be downloaded separately or independently from the main Spotify app. The Spotify Lite app was launched last year and has been used across Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, and Brazil among other countries.

A voting awareness campaign

This general elections 2019, Radio City, India’s leading radio network, initiated ‘MatKar’, a voting awareness campaign in the national capital. Led by Radio City Delhi’s RJ Aadi and RJ Manav urges Delhiites to cast their vote . The campaign reaches the kona kona of Delhi city with a catchy slogan, “#MatKar - Kyunki tera matdan badlega Hindustan’. Spanning across on-air, on-ground and digital, ‘MatKar’ initiative has been supported by eminent personalities like Mr. Ranbir Singh, the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. Satnam Singh, Special Chief Electoral Officer, first voter of the country Shri Shyam Sharan Negi, stand-up comedians like Gaurav Kapoor, Hasya Kavi Ashok Chakradhar, Arun Gemini amongst others.


As part of the ‘MatKar’ campaign, Radio City’s RJ Aadi-Manav encourage Delhiites to exercise their right to vote and fulfill their responsibility. With the aim of increasing voter turnout and bringing about a positive change, the radio jockeys with Mr. Ranbir Singh, the Chief Electoral Officer and Mr. Satnam Singh, Special Chief Electoral Officer, educate Delhiites about the importance of voting. Invoking the spirit of national pride, Radio City team visited Kalpa and spoke to the 102-year old Shri Shyam Sharan Negi, the first voter of independent India, who has never missed an opportunity to cast his vote since 1951, to motivate Delhiites to follow in the footsteps of Negi.

Commenting on this campaign, Kartik Kalla, Chief Creative Officer, Radio City, said “The previous general elections in Delhi witnessed a 67 percent voter turnout, suggesting we still have substantial ground to cover to take this figure close to an ideal statistic. Radio City has always believed in the power of radio and with this initiative, we believe radio will play a crucial role of being an influencer for the masses and a catalyst for change. We are confident the ‘MatKar’ campaign will reinforce people’s belief in the importance of voting and help us increase the voter turnout.”

Radio City has also created a special ‘MatKar’ anthem to encourage Delhiites to exercise their constitutional right. Extending the campaign digitally, Radio City has created engaging videos on Radio City’s social media handles with prominent stand-up comedians like Gaurav Kapoor, Hasya Kavi Ashok Chakradhar, Arun Gemini and music bands like Astitva and Jashn amongst others, who in their own funny, quirky style urge the Dilliwale to vote
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High Court restrains Wynk & Airtel from...

High Court restrains Wynk & Airtel from providing downloading and live streaming services of Tips Repertoire.Justice Kathawalla of Bombay High Court in it order has observed that recently the music industry which has experienced a rise of over the top service providers, who seek safe harbour under Section 31-D to exploit copyrighted works, through either internet broadcast or download features, without seeking / obtaining a license from the owners thereof. In my view, such use of the copyrighted works, through internet broadcast or download features, without obtaining a license from the owners of the copyright amounts to usurpation of the exclusive rights of the owners to commercially rent, sell or communicate to the public their sound recordings. 

In its order that will stop the way the OTTs had been exploiting the copyright content of various music labels without paying the license fee to the latter, the Bombay High Court issued injunction M/s. Wynk Limited, an Over-The-Top (OTT) platform & M/s. Bharati Airtel Limited (Airtel) from commercial rental or sale by way of allowing download in any manner, on its musical portal or Wynk App, of the songs from the repertoire of Tips and further restrained it from allowing interactive streaming of the said songs. The common order has been issued on 23rd April, 2019 in favour of Tips Industries Limited  in in two Commercial IP Suits filed by it against Wynk and Airtel.

The Court while holding that the Sale/Commercial rental of sound recordings in a digital medium through the internet was no different than done through physical modes had inter alia observed that the activities of Wynk and Airtel, enabling its customers to download sound recordings and access them offline in lieu of a monthly subscription fee was essentially renting out the sound recordings which clearly did not fall under the exclusions provided in the definition of ‘commercial rental’ and were a vivid instance of a commercial rental as contemplated under the Copyright Act, for which Wynk / Airtel did not have any such right, authorization or permission of the Tips. 

The Court also observed that with the purchase and download feature, Wynk was enabling its customers to store physical files / electronic copies of the Tips Repertoire on their devices in abrogation of the exclusive rights granted to the Tips under section 14(1)(e) of the Act. It also rejected the claim of Wynk that it being a broadcasting organization was entitled to a statutory license under Section 31-D of the Copyright Act, 1957 to communicate the work to the public by way of broadcast of the musical work and sound recordings of Tips.

While observing that in the provisions of sec. 31-D of the Act, the legislature intent clearly provided the distinction between the right to commercial rental or to sell on one hand and the right to broadcast on the other hand, it held that the provisions of the said section provides only for communication to public by way of broadcast of sound recordings and not their commercial rental and / or sale, thus excluding the latter activities from the purview of the statutory license issued under the said Section. It thus prohibited  Wynk Limited and Airtel from exercising a statutory license apropos thereto.

The court also negated the benefit of Section 31-D as claimed by Wynk that it being a broadcasting organization were communicating to the public by way of broadcast of the Tips Repertoire over internet. It held that under the provisions of the Act and rules thereunder, Statutory License under Section 31-D, which was only restricted to radio and television broadcasting organisations, and no other broadcasting was contemplated therein including internet broadcasting. It held that the contention of Wynk / Airtel that they are broadcasting sound recordings over internet and that internet broadcasting is a type of audio broadcasting and hence internet broadcasting falls within the term ‘radio broadcasting’ was misplaced.

It was also observed by Court that Act and Rules therewith provide that prior fixation of the rate of royalty is the fundamental and primary criteria for any statutory license to come into existence in the first place. Without prior fixation of rate of royalty, there is no question of existence of any statutory license. Thus, Statutory License under Section 31-D of the Act does not “automatically kick in” once notice is sent to the owner, without fixation of royalty rates by the Appellate Board.  

The court also observed that Section 31-D is an expropriatory legislation and the interest of the expropriated copyright owners must be considered while interpreting the said section. The interpretation of the said section as proposed by Wynk and Airtel would push the copyright owners into a perilous position where ‘internet broadcasting organizations’ could override the copyright owner’s exclusive right over their copyrighted works granted under the Act and use the works without their prior authorization / licence.

The Court also specifically rejected the proposal of Wynk to allow it to broadcast Tips Repertoire over internet upon payment of monetary deposit with the Court during the pendency of the Suit.

Mr. Kumar Taurani of Tips Industries Limited stated that the order manifests the the provisions of 31-D of the Copyright Act in its correct perspective, which were hitherto being mis-utilized by various OTTs. He was positive that the OTTs and other service providing platforms will now approach the first copyright holders for providing licensed downloads of their music.

Shawn Mendes releases new single...

Grammy nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes releases his brand new single, “If I Can’t Have You,” today via Island Records. The song was written by Shawn Mendes alongside longtime collaborators Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger, and Nate Mercreau and was produced by Shawn Mendes and Teddy Geiger. Shawn also released the video for “If I Can’t Have You,” directed by Bardia. Watch it here! Shawn will perform the song for the first time on Saturday Night Live this Saturday, May 4th. This appearance on ‘SNL’ marks his second as a musical guest on the show. Shawn just wrapped the sold-out European leg of his global headlining arena and stadium tour in April. The entire World Tour spans more than 100 dates throughout 2019 in North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand & Asia. For additional information regarding tour dates and tickets please visit http://shawnmendesofficial.com.

GRAMMY nominated Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more and shot to #1 on iTunes in more than 80 countries immediately upon release. The album became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018 and made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three consecutive #1 albums. At the end of 2018, Shawn was nominated in two categories for the 61st annual GRAMMY® Awards, including “Song of the Year” for “In My Blood” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” for Shawn Mendes. Leading up to the album, he released multiple tracks including “Youth” Featuring Khalid, “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.” Both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan” experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in over 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. With “In My Blood,” Shawn became the first artist to ever have four #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20.

In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x Platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining his 7x Platinum single “Stitches.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 2 platinum albums, and 8 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 16 million albums, over 135 million singles, and has amassed over 22 billion song streams and over 6 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary stadiums and arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena in minutes. On his upcoming tour, Shawn Mendes: The Tour, he sold out his first ever stadium show in minutes at Rogers Centre in his hometown of Toronto. The tour began in March 2019, with over 100 dates currently announced across the UK, Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia/New Zealand, with more to be announced soon. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and 2018 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential”. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms. 

Famous Waxworks up for Sale

Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ videos’s naked waxworks, has been put up for sale for $ 4 million. The controversial video featured wax figurines of famous celebrities including, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby and several others all naked and entwined together on a bedspread. The video opens with the camera panning slowly across the sleeping figurines and continues through to the end.

The waxworks including the bedspread and the battery pack that made the figurines look as if they were breathing is now on display in Los Angeles. The shocking video is said to be Kanye West’s comment on fame and not in any way in support or against the celebrities depicted in the video. The suprising part is that no body has sued him as yet.

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Bollyboom set to roll out..

Popular singer Guru Randhawa is all geared to perform in 15 cities this year as part of the Bollyboom Guru Randhawa High Rated Gabru India Tour 2.0. The first phase of the event will be held from 18 May to 8 June 2019 in seven cities including Hyderabad, Surat, Indore, Navi Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Jamshedpur. Details of the second phase are yet to be revealed. The first edition of the Bollyboom Guru Randhawa High Rated Gabru tour last year went across eight cities in the country and he also had his first concert in Malaysia. The shows saw audiences flock to and groove to his popular tracks including 'High Rated Gabru' which reached 345 Million+ views, 'Ban Ja Rani' from the movie Tumhari Sulu, 'Yaar Mod Do', 'Patola', 'Fashion', and 'Lahore'. A highly trending artist with the youth populace across social media platforms, Guru Randhawa has also bagged the award category of "Best Male Debut" at the PTC Music Awards 2014 and in another category of "Best Duo Song" at the PTC Music Awards 2016. Version 2.0 of the Bollyboom Guru Randhawa High Rated Gabru India Tour will not only witness popular numbers from the sensational Punjabi hit-maker Guru Randhawa, but also serve up live percussionists, exotic performers and a jaw-dropping experience combined with visually mesmerising SFX and state of art Technology. The event will offer a curated F&B and seamless experience for all attendees making the overall India Tour 2.0 a grand success.

"The year 2018 has been an incredible year for me. There is no better feeling in the world for an artiste than to perform live for his fans and that is the feeling I crave the most," Guru Randhawa said in a statement to the media. "I am really excited and charged for my performance in this tour on a grander level this year."

Commenting on Guru Randhawa High Rated Gabru India Tour 2.0, Janamjai Sehgal, Business Head of Bollyboom, Percept Live, said, "After the success of the tour last year, we are elated to bring back Bollyboom with Guru Randhawa to the Indian audience. It surely will be bigger, grander and better than the last time."

Bollyboom is an existing Intellectual property, which belongs to Percept Live, a forerunner that introduced a new genre called Bollywood Electro Music, a fusion of Bollywood music and electronic sounds in the festival market in India since 2013. The first editions have seen live performances by Sonu Nigam, Salim-Sulaiman, Shaan, Shveta Pandit, Shraddha Pandit sharing the platform with DJ Lloyd, DJ NYK and Acid in various cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur. In the second edition, Bollyboom did events such as Bollyboom Holi Bash 2017 and another in 2018 with an accumulative attendance of over 10,000. Another massive event called Bollyboom NSCI Nights which pulled a crowd of over 4,500 Bollywood music enthusiasts with DJ Raftaar, DJ Aqeel, DJ Shilpi Sharma, DJ Zulfi Syed and DJ Aman who rocked the NSCI Dome at Worli In 2017. Last year Bollyboom hosted a pop up party offering customers a unique fresh and an exclusive nightclub experience, along with an exclusive guest list and an unforgettable experience at Marriot in Mumbai. Apart from arenas and Pop-ups Bollyboom has hosted multiple club nights in various metro and tier 2 cities.
 

Amazon Hi Def Music Streaming

Barely a month after it launched a free ad-supported tier to their music streaming service, Amazon is rumored to be gearing up for the launch of a Hi-Def music streaming service. This move can only mean that Amazon is preparing to take on the biggest players on the music streaming platform including Spotify and Apple Music. The stream would be in better than CD quality at 44.1 KHz/16 bit, according to people in the know. Amazon is already in talks with major rights holders to license their catalogue for the service. Pricing is likely to be in the region of $15.0 per month and the service is expected to be launched by the end of the year.

At present Hi-Def music streaming is only offered by Tidal with their CD quality Tidal Hi-Fi service and Deezer with Deezer Hi-Fi, also in CD quality FLAC files. Both services are priced at $ 19.99 per month. The two biggest music streaming services, Spotify and Apple Music have as yet not ventured into Hi-Def streaming on their music platforms.

Amazon’s foray into Hi-Def music service is certain to heat up the competition in the music streaming arena and benefit consumers all round, especially in terms of pricing. And now that Spotify is here in India, Amazon is sure to launch its free service sooner than later.

Searching for his Identity

Ketan Mohite is a singer-songwriter currently working with Furtados School Of Music as Artist & Marketing manager. Has released  his first single " Main Kaun Hoo " which speaks about his voyage and survival. He has been implementing and performing his originals at Prithvi Theatre for the last 3 years from now.One of his compositions can be heard in a German short film called "Away"

Main Kaun Hoon" written and composed by Ketan, Gino Banks (on drums) , Rhythm Shaw ( on guitars), produced by Nyzel Dilma. Its available across all music platforms. He has also released a video of the song which is getting a really good feedback right from legendary Pete Lockette (he has recorded and/or performed with many artists including, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, The Verve, Amy Winehouse, Pet Shop Boys, Sinéad O'Connor, Jeff Beck, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Craig Armstrong, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzarena and A.R. Rahman amongst many others). He has also worked extensively in the Hollywood film industry, playing on a number of Bond movies including Quantum of Solace, Die Another Day, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale.

Recently he has been invited on All India Radio, the song will soon be aired onall leading radio stations soon

Dino James is out with his new track...

Popular rapper Dino James who has amassed an enviable fan following courtesy his songs like Hancock, Aachi maza aayi, Unstoppable and Bhokali among others, is back with his latest track ‘Faltu Rapper’. The song seems to have hit the right chords with the listeners as it has garnered over 2.7 million views in just 3 days. Dino adds that ‘Faltu Rapper’ in a lot of ways is a song that traces his struggle during the initial days. “Like most upcoming artists, at the start when Dino presented his tracks to directors and musicians in the hope to get that elusive chance, he was told that his tracks were either lengthy or it wasn’t rap music at all or there wasn’t any flow to the songs. He faced rejection from all quarters initially but instead of getting bogged down by it , Dino saw the fun side of it and made a song on himself ‘Faltu Rapper’ which has become a huge hit.
Commenting on the track Dino adds, “Initial days were frustrating but I believed in myself, in fact I saw the funny side to all of this, I decided to make the song ‘Faltu Rapper’ based on all the feedback I’d been getting. We then worked on the video and I’m happy that the listeners could connect with the track and views are very encouraging” he signs off.

Tag : @Bhavesh Raorane @Picture Perfect Communication @Dino James

Avengers Endgame Soundtrack

Avengers Endgame day one collection worldwide was over a billion dollars and so often in the middle of a Marvel movie we find ourselves thinking, "Haven't I heard this song before? Remembered  that we liked it and decidelook it up later, only to completely forget after the usual three-hour runtime. But this time we decided to check out the list of songs and realised that they have featured a handful of very strong classic rock songs from the '60s and '70s. The list of tracks are Steppenwolf - Hey Lawdy Mama, Redbone - Come and Get Your Love,The Kinks - Supersonic Rocket Ship,Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy,The Spinners - The Rubberband Man, Audiomachine - Intersections of Time, The Rolling Stones - Doom And Gloom, Audiomachine - Intersections of Time. The first movie which used Rock music for it's score was The Matrix series but the Marvel guys manage to create a different appeal to retro music within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Looking back even their Guardians of the Galaxy's had retro music. We think it is time for Hollywood to acknowledge that the Music of the '60s and '70s could be their go to source for soundtracks in the future. 
 

10th Newsmakers Achievers Award 2019

10th Newsmakers Achievers Award 2019 was this year dedicated to help ‘Orphan Girls of Kashmir’ towards their education; the thought was inspired from and in support with our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana’. The small girls would be present at the event whose parents are killed by militants and some lost them in riots.Group Editor of NBC Vaidehi said, “We organise this award ceremony to acknowledge and facilitate the unsung heroes who selflessly contribute to the society in their respective fields.”The selection of awards are done on the basis of nominations and votes received.

Singer Asha Bhosle received the Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution in the Music industry. Few other prominent Awardees were 2) Lifetime Achievement-Pt Ajay Pohankar  3) Best RJ and Anchor–Salil Acharya 4) Best working Politician-Shree Vinod Tawde 5) Best Director-Raj Kaushal 6) Best Film Critic – Kamaal R Kha 7) Best Actor (Marathi)-Rajesh Shringarpure 8) Best Actress (Marathi)-Chhaya Kadam 9) Best Choreographer-Geeta Kapoor 10) Best Comedian-Bhau Kadam (Chala Hawa Yeu Dya) 12) Best Comedian – Kiku Sharda (Kapil Sharma Show) 13)  Best Social Reformer – Zingubai Bolke14)Lifetime Achievement-Moushumi Chatterjee 15) Best Actress-Ankita Lokhande for debut film Manikarnika16) Best special Kid-Daksh Bhaskar

Sterling Reserve Music Project, 'Yo Yo'

Sterling Reserve Music Project is proud to present it’s fourth global release, “YoYo,” a collaboration introducing rising star RS Chauhan mentored by IKKA and produced by Rishi Rich.

“YoYo” is a Hindi – Punjabi urban club banger set to up tempo beats by Asian music producer Rishi Rich and appeals to fitness enthusiasts and club goers alike. With the hard hip hop beats that “YoYo” provides and the powerhouse of a vocal delivered by RS CHAUHAN; “YoYo” brings to the forefront the mentor – protégé relationship with IKKA penning the lyrics and delivering a bounce rap, coupled with the in-studio composition by IKKA and RS Chauhan.

“YoYo” is a tribute to Yo Yo Honey Singh and his impact on the world of music.

“YoYo” is a dance track with a party vibe building on the “twerk” dance form and is sure to be the party anthem of the season. The music video has been direct by Robby Singh and Inflict and the production house is Fab Entertainment.

Mr. Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia shares, “YoYo” the next song from the Sterling Reserve Music Project has been written in dedication to my dear old friend Yo Yo Honey Singh, who defined the dance, hip hop and R&B space. It’s amazing, when IKKA who’s been inspired by him and considers himself his little brother, then in turn co-writes & co-produces for his protégé RS Chauhan, making this full circle. I’m also very grateful to my long-standing in-house exec producer Rishi Rich for creating magic on this track, which has a lot of the Rishi vibe on it. This one is a sure shot club banger & already has people playing it on loop. The initial reaction is absolutely amazing.”

Interviews

Venues

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.