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

Disney purchases 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion

The acquisition will boost Disney’s films and TV catalogue as it will gain access to titles produced by Fox Films and TV studios. Disney will also have a controlling stake of 60% in the streaming site Hulu. After more than a year of the merger, Walt Disney has officially sealed the purchase of 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion. This acquisition will lead a massive transformation as Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV studio business will boost Disney’s catalogue as it enters the TV-streaming market. Giving a boost to its catalogue, Disney will incorporate Fox Films and TV studios, which has been housing some of the popular movies and series titles such as Avatar, Deadpool, X-Men, The Americans, This Is Us, Modern Family and The Simpsons. Apart from the film and TV business, Disney will also gain other Fox assets such as the FX networks, National Geographic and the Indian TV giant Star India, consisting of several sports and entertainment channels. While Disney has dropped its bid for Fox’s stake in Sky, it will still get other Fox properties such as Indian satellite TV provider Tata Sky and Dutch-based media company Endemol Shine Group. Currently, Comcast, Disney and Fox now own 30% apiece stake in streaming service Hulu, with AT&T owning the other 10% through Time Warner. But with this acquisition, Disney will also have Fox’s 30% share, giving Disney a controlling stake of 60% in the streaming service. According to the reports, Disney plans to keep operating Hulu for general programming, with its own Disney Plus service offering more family-focused fare.

In a statement, Robert Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Walt Disney Company, said, “This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us – one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders. Combining Disney’s and 21st Century Fox’s wealth of creative content and proven talent creates the pre-eminent global entertainment company, well-positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era.”

Recently, Disney announced its plans to launch a streaming service, Disney Plus, later this year. According to reports, the service aims to challenge Netflix for future audience share through its content. The network plans to boost its catalogue with classic cartoons, Star Wars and many of the Marvel characters. After the takeover, the network can add major titles -- Simpsons, Modern Family, This Is Us Avatar, X-Men and Deadpool -- to its portfolio. The acquisition will have a bigger impact on the film and TV production business. As Fox Studios is no longer in business, it means that now they are only five major production houses, Warner Bros, Universal, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Disney. As Disney now holds access to all the platforms -- production, distribution and streaming -- it will have greater control in terms on TV and film productions. The network will be in charge of production from creating the programmes to distributing them through television channels, cinemas, streaming services and other ways people watch entertainment. Disney would also get valuable data on customers and their entertainment-viewing habits, which it can then use to sell advertising.

The acquisition has also cast a shadow over the jobs of thousands of workers, with reports predicting that as many as 4,000 positions could be cut. Now, Fox Corporation is a stand-alone company that comprises assets like Fox News, Fox Sports, the Fox Network and Fox TV stations.

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Best Jazz Venue in India

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