ANNIVERSARIES

Udit Narayan 1-Dec ! Bombay S.Jayashri 2-Dec ! Nagai Muralidharan 4-Dec ! Subash Goel 4-Dec ! Kadri Gopalnath 5-Dec ! Sabbas Joseph 5 Dec ! Sujata Trivedi 6-Dec ! M.Chandrasekharan 11-Dec ! Mahakavi Subrmanya Bharathi 11-Dec ! Sriram Gangadharan 12-Dec ! Anutosh Degharia 12-Dec ! Muskan K. 14-Dec ! Babul Supriyo 15-Dec ! Usha Mangeshkar 15-Dec ! V.Thyagarajan 18-Dec ! Amin Sayani 21-Dec ! Anand (Milind) 21-Dec ! Calcutta K.S.Krishnamurthi 21-Dec ! Neyvelli Venkatesh 22-Dec ! E.M.Subramaniam 23-Dec ! Naushad 25-Dec ! Pandit Ram Narayan 25-Dec ! Pudukottai Dakshinamurthi Pillai 27-Dec ! Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman 27-Dec ! Sonali Bajpai 30-Dec ! A.Kanyakumari 31-Dec ! Nandu Vichare 31-Dec

HEAVENWOOD-25th Anniversary Celebration Show Announced

Portuguese Gothic/Dark-Metal Masters HEAVENWOOD will perform a very special show on Friday, 29th December at Hard Club (Sala 1), Oporto, Portugal, to celebrate his 25th Anniversary. On this occasion, the band will play a very special set which will include songs taken from all his albums, DIVA (1996), SWALLOW (1998), REDEMPTION (2008), ABYSS MASTERPIECE (2011), THE TAROT OF THE BOHEMIANS, PART 1 (2016), and will also premiere live THE LIGHTNING-STRUCK TOWER, single that will be release next year. This song will be an advance for the new HEAVENWOOD album, THE TAROT OF THE BOHEMIANS, PART 2, that will be recorded also in 2018.   Confirmed support acts who will join HEAVENWOOD on this night are EQUALEFT, SHADOWSPHERE and IN VEIN and the show begins at 21:00 PM.

7th season of MTV unplugged on air

Perfection only needs a stage and Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged Season 7 is the perfect stage to feature India’s musical perfection. Mellifluous season, this time giving us an insight into the musical talent of musical like Vishal Bhardwaj, Shankar Mahadevan, Farhan Akhtar, Papon, Monali Thakur and Armaan and Amal Malik. Serenading the audience with stripped back versions of songs from some of India’s biggest hitmakers, the greatest musical property will be coming back into full swing on our television screens on Saturday 9th December at 8 pm only on MTV. It’s going to fascination to see artist like Viahal Bhardwaj, Shankar Mahadevan, Farhan, Papon, Monali and others going unplugged and recreating songs that people love so much. Also, it’s extremely exciting for us to have Royal Stage Barrel Select back on board for the sixth consecutive season which just goes to show that good content will always be appreciated. After the resounding success of previous seasons, Royal Stage Barrel select MTV unplugged is back with yet another mellifluous season. India’s finest singing stars will be performing unplugged to bring a music in most pristine form. Translating the vocal of the country’s greatest singers into an intimate setting, viewers will be witnessing legend, Vishal Bhardwaj and Shankar Mahadevan and fan favorites, Armaan Malik and Farhan Akhtar in their acoustic glory for first ever time. Audience will be in for a musical treat as Shankar Mahadevan will be seen performing with his sons Sidharth and Shivam and Vishal Bardwaj will rekindle magic with his wife, Rekha Bhardwaj. Apart from this, Monali Thakur, Papon, Amaal Malik, Shamali Kholgade, Amit Mishra, Tushar, Shaswat Singh, Naakash, Nikita Gandhi, Ahen, Akhil Sachdeva, Sunny MR will be delivering stunning acoustic performance.

YouTube to launch a streaming service code named Remix

2018 is going to start with a bang: YouTube looks set to launch a new music streaming service in March next year.The platform, codenamed 'Remix', will reportedly bring together an on-demand Spotify-like paid audio service with video clips.According to Bloomberg, Warner Music Group has already inked a licensing deal for the platform.Universal, Sony and independent rights group Merlin are believed to be in discussions with YouTube but are yet to sign an agreement.The Google/Alphabet company is keen to launch 'Remix' in March, but is reliant on getting these licensing deals over the line.Making things a little spicier is the fact that music channel Vevo's contract with YouTube reportedly requires re-negotiation early next year.Vevo is majority owned by Universal and Sony. Whichever brand 'Remix' officially adopts in2018, it looks like to replace Google Play Music, which first launched in 2011.Google's worldwide music boss Lyor Cohen has previously spoken of the possibilities of bringing together Google Play Music's paid service with elements of YouTube.Google Play Music staff were folded into the YouTube team earlier this year.

The Great Rock Music Quiz Book

What better way to celebrate the launch of a Music Quiz Book, than to get people together through the power of Music and this precisely what happened at the much awaited book launch of Verus Ferreira’s 2nd book entitled ‘The Great Rock Music Quiz Book’ on Saturday 2nd December 2017 at Title Waves in Bandra. Today book launches are becoming more innovative and creative to add to the titles of various books being launched. Verus Ferreira knows how to make this event a unique one to remember for all his fans who gathered together to wish him all the success for this book and surely they were not disappointed. The evening began with some classic rock songs taken by artists featured in the book. You had popular singer from Bandra Lawrie D’souza singing his heart out with his opening piece Hotel California,The ever bubbling and enthusiastic grooming and speech consultant Sarita Manchanda was in Conversation with Verus Ferreira with a lively Q&A session. Verus shared his insights on his journey in shaping the book to its final product.
No introduction was really required to announce the grand entry of India’s Colonial Cousins stalwart singer-composer Lesle Lewis. Lewis has given his stamp of approval for the book by writing a beautiful Foreword. Lesle was delighted to unveil Verus’ second book ‘The Great Rock Music Quiz Book’ and was all praise for the Author. Leslie replied saying that it was a pleasure to be present at the launch and said that the book had something for a rock music lover, admitting that he was a staunch follower of rock music his favorite being Jimi Hendrix. Verus also thanked Co Founder of Story Mirror Mr. Bhibu Dutta Rout for having published the book on Music and making Verus, the first music book writer in the publisher’s vast catalogue.

 

Sonu Nigam pledges to do charity concerts

With just over a year gone post demonetization, the music event industry continues to face hurdles. Charity shows have been steadily declining post PM Modi’s move to curb black money. Sensing the change, renowned singer Sonu Nigam has said that he will do as many charity shows as possible during the month of December. “Sonu feels that artists should support charity events to help boost and revive the spirit of charity concerts despite demonetization. He has decided to do as many shows as he can accommodate in order to revive charity events,” says a source close to the singer.Talking about his decision Sonu says, “As an artist who has been doing shows all over the world for years now, I believe I should do my bit to help charity events as they are on a decline. This is the season for events and there’s no better a time to help the event market than now. This is a small gesture from my end to help in whatever way I can,” he signs off.

Warners revenues soar above $3bn

Warner Music Group's annual recorded music revenues topped $3bn in the 12 months to end of September - its biggest sales haul for over a decade.The firm is set to post its official yearly fiscal results in the coming weeks, and has today confirmed an interim update on the numbers.This update reveals that the FY2017 revenue of Warner's recorded music business is estimated to have been in the range of approximately $3.01bn to $3.03bn.That's up 10.4% year-on-year - and the largest full-year sales haul amongst WMG's labels since the company was sold by Time Warner in 2004.Not only that: it's some 32% (or $739m) up on the firm's recorded music tally in 2012 - the first full-year after Len Blavatnik's Access Industries bought WMG for $3.3bn in mid-2011.

If you're looking for the reasons behind such an impressive performance at Warner this year, of course, you'd be on safe ground with these two: Atlantic Records (Ed Sheeran, Lil Uzi Vert, Cardi B, Clean Bandit etc.) and the growth of streaming.n terms of the total picture for WMG - including Warner/Chappell, its label operation and other activities - it's a similar story.

According to today's financial update, FY2017 saw Warner Music Group turn over between approximately $3.57bn and $3.59bn.That was up around 10.2% year-on-year, and up over 28% on Len Blavatnik's first full post-acquisition year in 2012.ithin these figures, publisher Warner/Chappell posted annual revenues between $569m and $574m in FY2017, up around 9.2% year-on-year.Interestingly, Warner's key profitability measure - OIBDA - is set to show a decline year-on-year.WMG posted a $507m OIBDA in FY2016, which - according to today's fiscal update - will drop to approximately somewhere between $468m and $478m in FY2017.That would mean a dip from a WMG-wide OIBDA profit margin last year of 15.6% down to a FY2017 margin of around 13.2%.

Warner blamed this fall in OIBDA on "the impact of higher deferred variable compensation expense, primarily associated with the increase in the fair value of equity" in addition to "higher investment in A&R".

source:Music Business World

Luis Fonsi Rewrites History

International artist and 5x Latin GRAMMY® winner Luis Fonsi, rewrites history once again when becoming a three-time GRAMMY® nominee today in the categories "Record of the Year," "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" for his history-making single "Despacito" alongside Daddy Yankee ft Justin Bieber. This is the second time (first time in 30 years) that a song in Spanish is nominated in these categories. The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The telecast will be broadcast live on CBS at 7:30-11 p.m. ET.And the good news does not stop here, his new single "ÉCHAME LA CULPA" featuring GRAMMY® nominee and global superstar Demi Lovato it's a global hit only a week after its premiere.

"ÉCHAME LA CULPA," written by Luis Fonsi, Andres Torres, Mauricio Rengifo and Alejandro Rengifo (Cali and El Dandee), and produced by Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo, debuted at # 1in iTunes in over 30 countries including U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka, Belice, Qatar, South Africa and Uganda, among others.The single also debuted at # 1 on Billboard's Latin Digital Songs and YouTube's Global chart, # 2 on Spotify's "Viral 50" chart, #3 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs, Top 5 in five countries, # 9 on Spotify's Global "Top 50", #21 on Shazam's Global chart and #47 on Billboard's Hot 100.

The vibrant and sensual video directed by Carlos Perez, Creative director of Elastic People, became the most viewed video in the first 24 hours reaching more than 17.1 million views. In eight days, it had already reached 100 million views, become one of five videos in history to achieve this. The video currently registers 119 million views.

Bacardi House Party Sessions is here

The BACARDÍ House Party Sessions’ hunt for talent to bring you the ultimate house party anthem of India has come to a close with finalist Ritviz Srivastava’s launch of UDD GAYE as part of the final playlist. The Pune-based 21 year old DJ, singer and Hindustani dance music producer is one of the winners of the Bacardi House Party Sessions hosted by All India Bakchod (AIB) and Nucleya.The other three winners Aarya, MALFNKTION and MojoJojo, along with RITVIZ, are all set to play at India’s Happiest Music Festival Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2017 on December 8th – 10th, 2017. With this platform, BACARDÍ is passionately nurturing the musicians of tomorrow; collaborating with artists to mentor and bring the next big stars in music to the party scene.The new track, UDD GAYE, with its catchy chorus, has a rather fun melody with an electronic fusion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5clE2Izli4o&feature=youtu.be

Mr Anshuman Goenka, Marketing Head, Bacardi India says, “BACARDÍ has been known for creating legendary experiences since the BACARDÍ Blast campaign in India, and we have continued to build a strong association with music. BACARDÍ House Party Sessions enables us to take our next leap in this space and bring together the house party culture with the best upcoming musical talent in the country; giving them the platform to showcase their true potential. BACARDÍ House Party Sessions goes beyond being the perfect partner for high energy experiences to promoting talented artists and providing them with the right mentorship and opportunities to succeed.”

About Aarya
RITVIZ, DJ, singer and Hindustani dance music producer, started his career in 2013 and debuted his EP ‘Vizdumb’ on UK’s Relentik Records in 2014. He released ‘Mukti’ in 2015 that was signed to and released by High Chai Recordings- the US based global bass music label. He has been lauded for his most recent EP, YUV, by the top bass music producers in the country such as Su Real, SickFlip and Nucleya himself.

About  
Aarya, a 19 year old singer-songwriter from Mumbai, debuted his first original EP titled ‘One Year, One House' earlier this year, in July 2017. He draws his influence from various genres of music, namely Pop, RnB, Rock, Acoustic Folk, Hip-hop, Rap, and a lot more. As the youngest contestant at the much acclaimed music reality TV show, “The Stage 2”, Aarya was lauded by both the judges and the audience, Today, Aarya has performed with the renowned music producer and director, Clinton Cerejo, at a show in Jaipur.

About MALFNKTION
'MALFNKTION' is the electronic music project by the Bangalore based artist 'Aditya Alamuru'. Aditya’s music is known for combining up-beat rhythms with ethnic sounds and samples. The MALFNKTION project derives its sound from classical Indian music, old Indian film music and audio recordings taken from the streets of Mumbai to sounds collected in remote parts of the country. Mixing the sounds of India with Hip-Hop compositions has allowed Aditya's music to have a unique appeal to it which attracts a wide variety of listeners, both within the country and abroad.

About MojoJojo
MojoJojo, the alias under which award winning DJ and producer, Akshay Johar, produces music. Akshay launched his first EP, titled ?Bass Bahaar? in 2014, as an ode to the 90?s popular Bollywood music. This was followed by the release of his 9-track album, ?Shots Fired’. Working towards developing the ?Desi Bass? cover in the Indian music scenario, MojoJojo sampled a multitude of elements from across the Indian diaspora, examples of which can be heard previously in ?Thar Bomb?, where he sampled nomadic desert tribes, Baba Ramdev?s teachings in ?Yogic Jogging? and Tibetan monks chanting in ?Nepal?. This steady rise to fame has provided him opportunities to play across the country, in every major city and festivals like Vh1Supersonic, EVC, EDC.

 
About the Bacardi House Party Sessions
Bacardi House Party sessions were launched as a part of BACARDÍ’s commitment to the world of music by curating up and coming musical talent in the country. This property brings together India’s happiest music festival, legendary artists and the most loved online entertainment channel to facilitate a platform where artists can showcase their talent to realize their potential.This year, Bacardi and Only Much Louder (OML) Entertainment have teamed up with India’s biggest YouTube sensation, All India Bakchod (AIB), and the renowned electronic producer, Nucleya to hunt for new talent. The contest call for Bacardi House Party Sessions, run through AIB’s YouTube channel, clocked over 1.3 million views and garnered an overwhelming response of a whopping 2, 500 entries by the closing date.

Bacardi House Party Sessions @MojoJojo @MALFNKTION   Aarya  Aarya Anshuman Goenka, Marketing Head, Bacardi India UDD GAYE Bacardi NH7 Weekender

Orange Amplification To Grant Holiday Wishes

For the fifth year running Orange Amplification is delighted to reveal it is once again granting holiday season wishes to everyone worldwide.Previous years have seen lucky winners receive more than $10,000 worth of gear including amps, combos, cabs, headphones and more. Orange is continuing the tradition again this year by offering everything from the current Orange Product range, giving you the chance to win a truly exceptional prize.Contestants can enter this FREE giveaway by sharing their wish with Cliff Cooper, Orange’s Founder and CEO on their Facebook page by liking, commenting or sharing any #wishgranted post - every action increases your chances! Plus, entrants can double their chances by sharing their wish on orangeamps.com. All wishes must be posted between 1st and 24th December (11.59pm GMT) 2017.

Orange will be announcing the winners on their Facebook page on 25th December, 12PM GMT 2017 so be sure to Like and Follow their page to be notified if you win. Winners will discover whether their dream has come true on Christmas Day.This year, as an extra bonus, Orange’s online Beginner Rock Guitar Course is FREE throughout December. Signing up will give you unlimited free access to learn the guitar at your own pace which includes video, quizzes and online help from qualified teachers. It’s worth signing up now even if you plan learning guitar in the new year to take advantage of the FREE offer!Orange, ‘Where the Magic Happens®’. Check out the 2017 Orange Christmas Wish video here https://youtu.be/bWYnL2t-j3w.

Good fortune to all who enter.

Blondies Clem Burke gets new Gear

When Protection Racket received a message from Blondie’s Clem Burke asking them to, ‘call me, call me any, anytime’ they didn’t leave him ‘hanging on the telephone’! It turns out he had been ‘Dreaming’ of Protection Racket cases for his drum kit for a ‘Longtime’.Clem, drummer and longstanding member of the Grammy award winning band Blondie, was recently included in Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time. Considered one of pops greatest icons, Blondie achieved commercial success with ‘Atomic’, ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Sunday Girl’ and many more. When not playing with the band, Clem has also played with the legendary Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, Iggy Pop and Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.
 
‘One way or another’ Protection Racket decided they were gonna be Clem’s number one choice for cases by making them magnificent.Seeing Clem with all his new drum cases, Dean Bowdery, Protection Racket founder and CEO, said it was ‘A sight worth seeing’.
 
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Taylor Swift's

Taylor Swift’s Reputation which released on the 10th of November, 2017 continues to be #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for the 3rd week. Reputation is one of the few albums that has stayed atop Billboard 200 for 3 weeks.The initial two releases “Look What You Made Me Do” and “Gorgeous” ruled multiple Charts for the first few weeks, which was followed by a major release of Taylor Swift’s album Reputation. According to Nielsen Music, Reputation earned 147,000 equivalent album units (down 43 percent) in the week ending Nov 30. Till date, three albums other than Reputation have spent three or more weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2017 which are Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., Drake’s More Life and The Weeknd’s Starboy. Reputation remained on the Billboard 200 despite being unavailable on streaming services until December 1st. Now being available on all the streaming services, the album is all set to top other charts.

The last album by a woman was Adele’s 25 to have spent 3 weeks at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

Adhyayan Suman debuts as a singer

Harshit Chauhan,Music Composer is the new kid on the block with nothing short of stellar talent and a cluster of fresh and soulful songs ready to unleash in the Industry. His music is instinctive and his natural ability to coin words earns him the aptitude of a musical genius. Harshit's first song 'Zindagi' sung by Aditya Narayan and written by Prashant Ingole was a creative success crossing over 4.5 Million views on YouTube. This time around Harshit Chauhan is back in action with a brand new single called "Sarreya Nu Chaddeya" - a musical collaboration with his good friend Adhyayan Suman who debuts as a singer with this song. Composed and written by Harshit, this song will launch on 21st December 2017. He shares his excitement, "I am really looking forward to the day people hear the song and fall in love with the feeling of love. It was such a wonderful journey creating the music with Adhyayan and seeing our friendship grow to a professional level. Let me not forget to mention why this song is special. "Saareya Nu Chaddeya" will be the first time I have penned lyrics for a song and this of course will be the first time Adhyayan will be heard singing. So cant wait for it".

Pete Lockett Joins Latin Percussion Family

London-based multi-instrumentalist and percussionist Pete Lockett has signed on as an official endorser of Latin Percussion (LP). One of the world’s most respected percussionists, Lockett is best known for his diverse body of work including recording and touring with Björk, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Dido, Bill Bruford, Jeff Beck and Noel Gallagher among many others."The diversity and range of LP’s hand crafted instruments will open up huge new worlds of possibilities in my playing. It is very exciting to begin creating music with these amazing instruments,” said Lockett. 

Working in virtually every conceivable field of music, Pete’s diverse palette of global, musical influences and implementation of traditional percussion into modern musical settings has made him one of the most acclaimed percussionists of the modern era. His body of work includes rock, pop, jazz along with traditional Carnatic and Hindustani music of North and South India as well as traditional Japanese Taiko drumming. Voted “Best World Percussionist” 2013, 2014, and 2015 and “Percussionist of the Year” in 2015 in DRUM! Magazine.

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Chak De India-Singer Sukhwinder Singh felicitates Indian Womens Hockey Team

National Award winning Singer, Sukhwinder Singh honored and felicitated the players of the Indian Women’s Hockey team for their victory at the Asia Cup 2017. He presented a token of his appreciation to each of the 18 players. Being a huge sports enthusiast and a sportsman himself, he said, “Their achievement at the Asia cup is really commendable. I have a lot of respect for sports and this is just a small token of my love for these girls who have made us all so proud. Their win must be celebrated by one and all.” “It is a really kind gesture by Sukhi ji to have called us out here and showered so much love and respect for us. It is very heartwarming and overwhelming to receive so much love and support from everybody not just towards us, but also the sport at large. This is such a motivation to perform better and take Indian Women’s Hockey to higher heights,” said captain Rani Rampal. 

Percept Activ manages the Audio launch of movie 2.0

Percept Activ bagged the prestigious mandate of conceptualizing and executing the audio launch of the movie ‘2.0’ featuring the legendary superstar Rajnikanth and Bollywood action star Akshay Kumar. The Audio launch of 2.0 was held on 27th October 2017 at the Burj Park, Dubai and witnessed a crowd of over 12,000 people attending the show. 2.0, the upcoming sci-film has Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in the lead roles and is being produced on a budget superseding Rs 400 crore. Lyca Production is bankrolling the 2010 blockbuster Enthiran at the cost of more than Rs 400 crore, making it the most expensive film out of India and the second most expensive film in Asia (Asura, the Chinese epic fantasy, so far being ranked as the costliest Asian film). 2.0 will scheduled to hit the screens early 2018 and is expected to be released in 15 languages.
 
Percept Activ’s scope of work comprised conceptualizing, designing, planning and executing the entire audio launch of 2.0 in Dubai. The scope of work spanned creating the mega stage design, artist management, coordination of the dance troupe, crowd management and security arrangements, creative consultancy in terms of conceptualization of ideas, show direction, backstage management for over 250 artists, arranging state-of-the-art technological advanced set ups with 5 stage hydraulics, a 40 ft moving ramp, a kabuki screen, larger than life props used for entries and the overall flawless management of the entire Audio Launch.
 
This is the first time ever that such an event has taken place at Dubai. The event broke records as the biggest audio launch for an Indian movie to have taken place in Dubai. Being Rajinikanth’s first trip to Dubai, the audio launch set a benchmark for international film events. It was a tri-lingual mega show hosted in English, Tamil and Telugu by Karan Johar, RJ Balaji and Rana Daggubati.
 
The event kick-started with Shankar’s performance who made a grand entrance on a 20 foot train which wowed the audience and kept them in anticipation of the exciting presentation ahead.  The event showcased performances from Bosco Ceasar’s team of dancers who played a tribute to Rajnikanth’s legendary reign in the film industry which ended with Rajnikanth himself making a dramatic entry on stage via the hydraulic equipment. Amy Jackson sizzled on stage with her dance moves to the song Ethiran Logathu Sundari followed by Akshay Kumar’s act where he entered the stage with a large set of wings keeping his character in the film in mind. Helio angels displayed their talent with their props which had the logo of robot 2.0 on them. The grand show culminated with a performance from AR Rahman, where he performed live along with the 75 piece Macedonian symphony. The gala event saw the who’s who attend including The Prince of UAE, singer Vijay Yesudas, Resul Pookutty and Dhanush along with his family.
 
Percept Activ also conceptualised the press conference for The Audio launch of 2.0 which has never been done before for any Indian film. The celebrities arrived on a chopper and landed on the helipad at Burj Al Arab. On the same day a team of skydivers jumped with a 2.0 flag right above Palm Jumeira, which received a lot of attention from the media. The makers of 2.0 revealed important updates at the press conference of the film 2.0 in the heart of the city. The interaction featured the film's top-billed cast and crew including Superstar Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, director Shankar, A.R. Rahman, Amy Jackson, and Subaskaran Allirajah, and the Chairman of Lyca Productions.
 
Commenting on the successful show, Sameer Sethi, Associate Vice President, Percept Activ said, “It’s a privilege for us to have received the entire mandate to manage the Audio launch of the movie 2.0. The event attracted a diverse and massive audience and was streamed live therein attaining a lot of positive feedback. The entire show was designed with an aim to draw the attention of the masses via amazing visuals, SFX, music and stunning performances from the stars. Percept has played a crucial role in the launch of 2.0 right from conceptualization to the entire ground management. Our Team approached Lyca with innovative never before attempted ideas including the chopper landing on the helipad, skydiving and many other suggestions to make the event even more memorable. An event of this magnitude involved a great level of prediction, preparedness and back-ups for any eventuality that might occur. Kudos to the entire team who worked tirelessly to pull off an amazing and spectacular show overseas that has raised the benchmark for future shows.”

Universal Music leads the VINYL market in India

Keeping with the current Global trend of renewed interest in the Vinyl format, Universal Music India has been leading the local scenario with an enviable collection of over 2000 International and domestic titles now available in India! With a Year on Year sales growth of over 200% in the format, Universal Music India is all set to further amp up its vinyl strategy.The range of titles currently available on Vinyl include albums from legendary to contemporary International acts including ABBA, Adele, Anoushka Shankar, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Eagles, Frank Sinatra, Guns N Roses, John Lennon, Miles Davis, Metallica, Nirvana, Paul Simon, Queen, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, The Who, U2, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and many more.
 
The vinyl range also includes classic domestic titles from Bollywood Legends Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, R D Burman, Hariharan… Ghazal Maestros - Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhas…Indian Classical Stalwarts - Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Zakir Hussain, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and many more.On the anvil is also a strategy to release some of the most iconic and popular Bollywood Soundtracks on Vinyl for the very first time! All Vinyls released on Universal Music are freshly minted imports from Europe and available at a varied and affordable price range here. Music lovers of the format can access the entire range on line on Amazon India or alternatively they could also visit many of the brick-and-mortar vinyl stores across the country.
 
R.H. Chhatrapati, Vice President, Physical, Live & Merchandise, Universal Music Group, South Asia says, “It’s been an amazing last couple of years for us with the Vinyl format. We’ve seen an incredible spike in consumption. Our plan now is to further extend our range of titles which will also include some of our best Bollywood soundtracks, making them available for the first time on Vinyl. This, coupled with a strong distribution network covering on line and physical retail will ensure easy availability of the format to every music lover across the country”.

Flash Sale for COMIO EVC Fans

To celebrate their first 2-Day Multi Genre concert in Mumbai, Comio EVC Mumbai 2017 announces a 48 Hour Flash Sale for their tribe commencing at noon today until 12 pm on 24th November.The 1st day of the concert will be headlined by Trance music legend Armin Van Buuren & supported by ace artists like Markus Schulz, Marlo, Ruben De Ronde & Rodg at the Electronic Family stage.Day 2 of the concert will feature Robin Schulz, Nucleya, DJ Chetas, Shirley Setia & will be headlined by India’s favourite Bollywood playback singer Arijit Singh.Gear up for a memorable experience on 16th & 17th December at NESCO Centre, Mumbai. Use the promo code EVCFLASH and book now at http://bit.ly/ComioEVCMumbai2017.

Started in 2013, EVC which is a joint venture between Twisted Entertainment & Universal Music is commemorating its 5th season with successful IPs introduced this year- EVC 365, EVC Yowza & EVC On Tour across multiple cities in the country. EVC has established itself as one of the most sought-after music experiences in India. With such an impressive lineup for Comio EVC Mumbai 2017, you just can’t afford to miss this one.

Recreating the Cadbury Silk Song

 Mondelez India Foods Private Limitedl, a leading global snacking powerhouse, recently rolled out a new music video for India’s favourite premium chocolate brand – Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk. This video conceptualised by Ogilvy & Mather in collaboration with Balancing Act showcases a refreshing rendition of the Silk Jingle by one of Bollywood’s current favourite singers Armaan Malik and YouTube sensation Shirley Setia. Prashant Peres, Director – Marketing (Chocolates), Mondelez India, said, “Over the years, Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk has seen innovations in line with our efforts to enhance the chocolate eating experience. The new product has been enriched in shape and experience to make it more appealing and to deliver smoothness and creaminess, while retaining the signature Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk taste.

Digital is gradually becoming a lead medium for youth brands and we have seen consumers routinely express their love for our jingle on social media and therefore decided to gratify them with this truly special rendition. We’ve combined the immense popularity of Armaan Malik and Shirley Setia with the mass appeal of the Silk jingle to create some magic. We’re confident that consumers will love the sweet twist added by these artists to their favorite #SilkSong.”

Since its launch in 2010, Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk has been immensely popular with the youth and has grown to become one of the biggest brand in the premium chocolate segment. When the new Silk - ‘more’ curvier, smoother and silkier, was launched recently, the product was improved to give consumers an even more immersive chocolate experience. The Silk Jingle is probably one of the most loved and recognised tunes in advertising and popular culture. To accompany the product update and a refreshed packaging, Mondelez India rolled out its new communication with a digital-first approach.

The #SilkSong music has been conceptualized by ace musician Clinton Cerejo. The music video features Armaan Malik and Shirley Setia as protagonists and has made viewers instantly fall in love with this new rendition of it.

Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' smashes records.

According to data from trusted US market monitor BuzzAngle passed to MBW, the LP sold at least 566,000 copies on its first day of availability in the States.That figure covers sales from the likes of iTunes and key physical chains - but doesn't include data from a couple of blockbuster retailers which are yet to report.Once all the data is in, the expectation is that Reputation will have comfortably shifted over 600,000 albums in the US in its debut 24 hours.The LP is now anticipated to sell somewhere around 1.2m units in the US in its opening week. That eventuality would require it to sell an average of 100,000 copies per day.Swift's previous LP, 1989, sold just under 1.3m copies in the US in its opening seven days back in late 2014. Reputation, released via Big Machine/UMG, now looks likely to land in the same ballpark - with key TV and promotional activity yet to come.

 Team Swift undertook something of a gamble with Reputation, holding it off streaming services during its initial sales period. Although the four lead tracks from the LP -  Call It Want You Want, Gorgeous, …Ready For It? and Look What You Made Me Do - are available on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, fans wanting to hear the whole record are having to purchase it from the likes of iTunes and physical retailers.

AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dies aged 64

Malcolm Young founded AC/DC with his brother Angus.The “driving force” behind rock band AC/DC, Malcolm Young, has died, aged 64.Young devised many of the band’s best-known guitar riffs, marking out tracks such as Back in Black, Highway to Hell and You Shook Me All Night Long and establishing them as one of the biggest rock acts of all time.Three years ago the band announced Young was stepping down to receive treatment for dementia. Shortly afterwards he retired permanently, to be replaced by one of his nephews, Stevie, for the band’s most recent tour.Stevie had also briefly replaced his uncle on the Blow Up Your Video world tour in 1988 tour while Malcolm sought treatment for alcoholism.

Eddie Van Halen and Ozzy Osbourne are among many rock icons paying tribute to Young.Van Halen has lamented on Twitter it was a “sad day in rock and roll”.“Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC,” he said. “I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.”Osbourne, of Black Sabbath and solo fame, has also remembered Young as a friend.“So sad to learn of the passing of yet another friend, Malcolm Young. He will be sadly missed. God Bless @ACDC,” the singer wrote on Twitter.Others paying tribute to Young on social media include Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and solo artist Ryan Adams.

From their first release in 1975, High Voltage, two years after the formation of the band, up until their final album, Rock or Bust, Young and his younger brother, Angus, were credited as co-writers on all AC/DC tracks.

Young was born in Glasgow in 1953, but his family emigrated to Sydney, Australia, 10 years later.Young’s elder brother George found fame first with his band the Easybeats, before going on to produce for AC/DC. He died last month, aged 70.Malcolm Young last performed live with AC/DC on tour in June 2010 at a concert in Bilbao, Spain.

An official statement was posted on the band’s website confirming his death.

“It is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” it read. “Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.”AC/DC’s eighth studio album, Back in Black, was released in 1980 and sold 50m copies, making it one of the world’s highest-selling albums.The group’s ninth album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was released in 1981 and was their first to reach No 1 in the US.

Young was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of the band in 2003.“Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother,” said the statement on the band’s website.

Louis Fonsi premiers not new Single and Video

International artist Luis Fonsi was awarded tonight with 4 Latin GRAMMYs for his history-making single “Despacito” at the 18th Annual edition celebrated last night in Las Vegas, in the categories: “Record of the Year,” “Song of the year,” “Best Urban Fusion / Performance” and “Best Music Video Short Version”.In addition to being recognized, Fonsi closed the award ceremony with one of the most celebrated and spectacular performances of the night, singing a one of a kind version of “Despacito” that traveled through four different musical styles, same that influenced the making of the song.  Fonsi performed an acoustic section with Puerto Rican sounds with Cristian Nieves (the Cuatro player who recorded the original version of "Despacito"), a Cumbia set with Colombian group Bomba Estereo, a salsa duo with Puerto Rican artist Victor Manuelle and a dance remix with DJ Diplo.
 
After a year full of historic accomplishments, dominating the world's top charts for 11 consecutive months and breaking records in sales, streaming, and views on YouTube, Fonsi is ready to start a new cycle. Today marks the highly anticipated worldwide release of his brand new single and video titled "Échame La Culpa” (Blame Me) featuring the award-winning artist, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato.Fonsi who had the opportunity to share and record the song with Lovato in New York said: "Recording with Demi was a wonderful experience and what thrilled me the most was her desire to sing in Spanish and how perfectionist she was with the pronunciation of the lyrics.” "Musically speaking she is perfect, which made it the easiest vocal production I've ever done in my career."
 
Also, the two superstars premiered the cinematic, sizzling, and sexy music video for “Echame La Culpa” shot last month in Brooklyn by Elastic People’s Creative Director Carlos Perez.Fonsi will start promoting “Échame La Culpa” as he continues his successful "Love and Dance World Tour" on November 19th and on, with concerts in Russia, Latvia, Serbia, Croatia, France, Germany and the Netherlands. To find out tour dates visit: www.luisfonsi.com.

Listen Here: https://UMGI.lnk.to/EchameLaCulpa
Watch the official video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyHvyGVs42U

Hailee Steinfeld premieres video of 'Let me go'

Academy® Award-nominated actress and multi-platinum selling recording artist Hailee Steinfeld has released the highly anticipated music video for her new single with Alesso, “Let Me Go,” featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt. She performed 'Let Me Go'  Fat the American Music Awards, helmed by director Emil Nava [Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez], the cinematic clip captures the heart of the song, showcasing Steinfeld’s incredible storytelling ability, with a countryside performance from Florida Georgia Line and appearances by Alesso and watt.“Let Me Go” is shaping up to be another big hit from STEINFELD. The song is currently ascending Spotify’s Global Top 200, reaching Top 20 on the chart. Global consumption of the single is rapidly approaching 1 million.  At radio, “Let Me Go” has entered the Top 25 at Top 40, where it continues to climb. With its runaway success, Steinfeld's music has amassed nearly 2.5 billion cumulative streams to date.
 
It’s been a landmark week for Steinfeld,she received “Best Push Artist” at the MTV EMAs. The fan-voted award showcased the groundswell of support she continues to receive worldwide. Next up, she will be honored with Variety’s “Crossover Artist Award” at the inaugural Hitmakers Luncheon.It’s just the beginning though. Be on the lookout for more music from Hailee Steinfeld soon.
VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ_0QLL2gqI

Wizcraft & MTV announces the first ever-The MTV India tour

Singing sensation Arijit Singh gets ready to woo audiences in ten cities across the country with his first ever India tour. MTV and Wizcraft International have come together to present the first-ever Royal Stag Mega Music Arijit Singh Live in Concert - The MTV India tour.The concert series, an initiative of GiMA Concerts, is slated to begin on Arijit’s home-turf, Kolkata on December 24th and will be held across major cities right up till March 2018. The singer, who has captured the hearts of over millions across the world, is all set to take the nation by storm with his chartbusters. Fans will be able to get their tickets exclusively on BookMyShow, India’s largest online entertainment ticketing brand.
 
Famously known as the Soul of Bollywood, Arijit Singh has sung over 150 tracks, won more than 50 popular awards, and has acquired a staggering fan base that’s growing every year. Not only are his songs heard in India, but Arijit Singh has his fan following all over the world and has been recognized as the most-heard artist for four consecutive years.
 
Commenting on the occasion, Arijit Singh shares, “It will be my first integrated and exclusive India tour and I am grateful to have this opportunity to perform live for my audiences across different cities. This journey along with GiMA & MTV will definitely be an incredible experience for me.”

Sabbas Joseph, Director & Co-Founder Wizcraft International said “ We are glad to present a series of live concerts under the aegis of GiMA concerts in partnership with Viacom18’s MTV with the reigning superstar, Arijit Singh, which also happens to be his first national tour. These concerts are scheduled in the ten cities across the nation with an aim to bring the superstar closer to his mammoth fan base. We look forward to entertain audiences with the best of his music.”
 
Raj Nayak, COO, Viacom18 added, "MTV has always been a pioneer where music programming is concerned. Be it introducing India to music television to creating the biggest ever music format shows such as MTV Unplugged, Coke Studio@MTV, MTV Spoken Word and many more. This is the one brand that not only understands music but is also the ultimate word on the youth and is always in tune with what they like. A multicity concert with one of the most celebrated young singers of today, Arijit Singh ticks all the right boxes for us and who better than Wizcraft to execute such a fantastic initiative at such a grand scale. All I can say is, what you see is just the beginning of perhaps a new phenomenon where artist tours are concerned. Just remember MTV brought it to you first!”

Ferzad Palia, Head – Youth, Music and English Entertainment, Viacom18 said, “MTV has always been the vanguard for anything related to the growth of good music in India. However, what makes MTV stand out even further is that it’s the universe of the young and so we make sure we reach out to our audience through all the key touch points – be it on air, online, through our merchandise, our cafes or through online events. This 10-city tour is yet another step for us to get up, close and personal with the youth by bringing them today’s biggest Bollywood singer – Arijit Singh - who has established his name as the singer of the most romantic love ballads India has produced in recent times. We are sure that this tour is going to be an exciting opportunity for us and for the youth as well. We hope to bring more such initiatives for our discerning audiences going forward.”
 
Kumar Razdan, Head- Events (Business Development), BookMyShow said, “BookMyShow has been playing an integral part in bringing some of the best live musical experiences to fans across the country. We are now excited to be working with Wizcraft International and GiMA concerts to bring Arijit Singh’s first mega national tour to entertain the audiences.  Arijit Singh, with his soulful melodies, has struck a chord with millions of fans in India making him the voice of this generation. As the official ticketing partner for this ten-city tour, we are committed to ensure a transparent, safe and constant opportunity to his fans to get enchanted by his music and are determined to make this event a phenomenal success.” 
 
The tour will mark its footprint in ten prime cities of the nation namely Kolkata, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Indore, Pune, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Guwahati and Mumbai. The shows will feature the singer in the lead showcasing his best music. While Arijit Singh shall be singing his biggest hits, the audiences should expect to be surprised with a special element in every city. The tour, curated by Wizcraft Entertainment International and TM Talent Management will reach out to every major Indian city.  Through Viacom18’s leading brands such as MTV, MTV Beats, Colors and Rishtey, audiences will be engaged till the very end when a special broadcast that captures the best moments of the tour will be shared on the platforms.

Windmill Festival is back

The two-day festival, an initiative of Event Capital and Tribe Asia, catering to age groups of 0-3, 4-7 and 8-14-year olds will be held at Jio Garden, BKC.The second season of the festival is scheduled to be held on December 16th and 17th, 2017 at Jio Garden, BKC in Mumbai. The festival is a joint initiative between Event Capital (a Laqshya Media Group Company) and Tribe Asia. Aimed at children of all age groups, Windmill Festival has something to offer for everyone - from toddlers to teens and even their parents! The festival is held in association with Asian Paints Kids’ World (Décor Partner) Avon cycles (Associate Partner), Hypercity (Retail Partner) and Sony YAY! (Happiness Partner).
 
The two-day children’s festival will see special performances by artist and TV personality Rob and singers Arjun Kanungo, Darshan Raval, Akasa Singh, Bhavya Pandit and Vipin Heero. The festival will also include a day care centre, various play areas, a petting zoo, centre for robotics, a curated section for art, craft, science, sport & music workshops, a concert arena, sports arena, and much more; all categorised to suit the needs of different age groups of children. In addition to all these offerings, toons from Sony YAY!, India’s leading kids entertainment channel – Guru Aur Bhole will also be seen engaging with kids at the festival.
 
Windmill Festival is specially curated for urban families who are always on the look-out for the next opportunity to spend quality time with their children. While the festival has no age limit, the activities are curated to suit the 0-3, 4-7 and 8-14 age group. The key objective of the festival is to give the urban child an outlet to be creative, gain information and get a recreational experience along with an avenue to spend quality time with their parents and friends in an outdoor setting.
 
Speaking about the genesis of the festival, Mr. Swaroop Banerjee, CEO, Event Capital, said, “The concept of Windmill Festival is something you've never seen in India before. We have curated over 50 workshops for children to sample robotics, aeronautics, comic book making, puppetry, storytelling, pottery, charcoal painting and so much more. We want the child to discover his/her innermost passion and work towards developing it. In addition to the workshops, we have a music stage with performances curated for families. We also have a first of its kind petting zoo where children can pet farm animals.”

Comio EVC 2017 all set with its power packed line up

The countdown has begun. As we inch closer to the highly anticipated 2-Day multi genre concert in Mumbai, the excitement for the phenomenal artist line-up keeps arising.Fan favorite singer Arijit Singh will be serenading fans with his encore performance at EVC with hits like ‘Channa Mereya’, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ ‘Zaalima’ & many more.For the first time ever, Legendary Bollywood playback singer Arijit Singh & the country’s most popular and influential Independent artist, Nucleya will be performing in the same day at a multi-genre concert in Mumbai.

Over the past three years - since the release of his EP Koocha Monster – Nucleya has made his mark as an Indian dance music producer, producing anthems that are the soundtrack of a new Indian generation - frenetic, loud and unabashedly Indian. The Nucleya sound is now a genre in itself and has spawned the rise of producers making desi bass.

Happy to be performing at Comio EVC 2017, Nucleya shares, "I am super excited about my set at EVC Mumbai this year. The venue seems pretty epic and with the lineup they've got should be packed. Looking forward to checking out my first full blown Arijit Singh performance as well."

Known as the King of Bollywood & EDM mash ups, DJ Chetas will be breaking it down at Comio EVC Mumbai this year. Owing to the talent of this DJ, the dance music scene in India has received a great impetus resulting in India being on the world map with him being listed on the prestigious DJ Mag List.

DJ Chetas quoted saying “Extremely excited to be back to EVC! Love that it's happening in Mumbai this year and I can't wait to bring the magic of Bollywood music fused with EDM to the festival!
Breaking out across the burgeoning music scene in India, YouTube sensation Shirley Setia will be crooning fans with her popular tracks. Shirley has recently added a hit Bollywood number ‘Disco Disco’ from the movie A Gentleman to her repertoire too.

Shirley Setia shared her excitement stating, “Super excited to go back on the EVC stage after a year, and to be on the same stage as Arijit yet again, along with DJ Chetas and Nucleya”
EVC has established itself as one of the most sought-after music experiences in the country. With such an impressive lineup for Day 2 of Comio EVC Mumbai 2017, you just can’t afford to miss this one.For further information & to book your tickets, visit evc.co.in

SANAM nominated for Best Music Content Creators

SANAM nominated for the “Best Music Content Creators-All India” category at India’s first Social Media Sumit and Awards at Andhra’s capital, Amravati in Vijayawada.One of India’s earliest YouTube superstars, SANAM is a home grown pop rock band. The band is known for being amongst India’s top 10 independent YouTube Channels, India’s biggest music artist on the digital platform and the fastest growing YouTube Channel in the country. More recently, the band was invited to perform at the YouTube FanFest 2015-16 where SANAM’s YouTube Channel was announced as the fastest growing and highest watched independent music channel on YouTube in India, with over 14 million channel views every month and a YouTube subscriber base growing at a dramatic pace. The band's official YouTube channel has more than 208 million views with 2 million + subscribers and an average of 500K daily views. This enormous fame has truly stood as testament of how music can cross borders reaching out to their massive fanbases in exotic places across the globe like Maldives, Mauritius, South Africa, Trinidad, Kenya, Netherlands, Bangladesh, United States, England, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Suriname besides India. They have performed at significant events and music festivals in India and otherwise. They have also collaborated with prime composers like Clinton Cerejo, ARR, Salim-Sulaiman, and Mithoon. The band has been often referred to as India’s ‘One Direction’ because of their fast popularity and described as a "fabulous four" by the Times of India.

Ambili Menons debut original all set to woo and wow the millennial

A celebrated name on the national and global live gig circuit, Ambili Menon has often been heralded as the “Live Queen!” Having conquered thousands of stages with her high-octane energy, Ambili is now focusing on increasing her digital audience by collaborating with Qyuki Media. With her debut original single “Behti Paaniyan,” she aims to show the audience a side to her no one’s ever seen before. She is raw and vulnerable; fierce and unbridled all at once! Having written and composed the single herself, Ambili joins the talented bandwagon of women helming music projects today. Behti Paaniyan means flowing water. She intentionally uses the grammatically incorrect word “Paaniyan” as a way to express the angst of a broken heart. The song has an international hip-hop vibe and a refreshing duality in its overtones. 

Sharing her experience behind making the song Ambili says, “Behti Paaniyan shows the two faces to be in love - fragile and doe-eyed; passionate and fiery! My aim is to create music that has a story to tell, which sets my music apart from anything else happening on the market currently. Qyuki Digital is an ideal platform for people like me who create independent music and I am glad to be a part of their august repertoire.”

Talking about Ambili’s new song, Indian Singer-Songwriter Raghu Dixit said “It was six months ago that I met Ambili and she used to forward me these covers that she used to do on Facebook, that’s how I know her, I know her though Facebook. And I would tell her, send me something when you do something original. I don’t want to listen to covers but I knew she was like a powerhouse on stage. I am so happy she is finally on the road to make good music. She is very hardworking. I wish her all the best.”

The MJ and RJ turned singer Mihir Joshi said, “I want to congratulate Ambili for getting her song out. We have been friends for a really long time and I know that this is something that she always wanted to do, get her music out while of course she is phenomenal at doing what she does. I know that this is something that she has been wanting to do for a very long time and I am super happy. The video looks very nice. It’s very interesting musically lyrically whatever she has done. I think it’s really cool and I think it’s awesome that more and more people are wanting to create their own music that’s the start of getting this entire industry changed.”

Pop star Vasuda Sharma who recently released her song Unavailable said, “I have never seen her in this kind of avatar before. She has always been alive. But there’s two sides of her, where one is very docile and very very feminine and other one is like a rockstar. And I know the Rockstar Ambili. The other side was really like a surprise for me. Even herself as a vocalist I saw amazing improvement in the clarity of voice, the way she is rendering and everything, a lot of emotions and ofcourse the production in the video is very very slick and I am very very excited about this song for her and I really hope it does extremely well.”

Sagar Gokhale, COO, Qyuki Media said “ Ambili is a powerhouse of talent. Her live performances have so much energy and enthusiasm, it’s amazing to watch her on stage. At Qyuki, we always highlight talents such as hers as they not only capture the heart of the audiences offline but also online. Her latest single shows her in a completely new light, and we want to power that all the way through.”

link of song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYsPd1Hg5Kw 

Watch out for Nikhil Suresh

Nikhil Suresh is an LA based music producer- sound engineer- guitarist. Nikhil started his musical journey at the age of around 14. Immediately inspired by “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, the dream to play like Kurt Cobain one day instilled in Nikhil that got him to pursue music since then. He owes his remarkable foundation in guitar to his teacher/mentor Roy Zimmerman who inspired and encourages nikhil to pursue music and sound engineering. 

A graduate from SAE London in Audio Engineering, Nikhil has also studied Recording Arts at The Los Angeles Recording School. After this, he had the amazing opportunity of working with musicians from around the world, such as India, UK, and Japan. Nikhil has been a part of a few music festivals as a sound engineer in London and worked on a few shows. He was also a part of a Bangalore based heavy metal band Quarantine. Alongside this, Nikhil was also working at Cisco on their broadcast team for their webinars and also as a sound engineer for their live events as well. Nikhil has worked as the head sound Engineer was various festivals and shows in Bangalore. Nikhil has long been at the heart of the rock music scene. From his time with the Indian band Quarantine, he produced music that toured nationally across India. Working with well known Roton music production in Europe, Mr. Suresh was commissioned to produce for acclaimed singer Larry Ghegoriou from Romania, and has also produced international works for billboard artists. 

Nikhil has achieved international acclaim with his Music Production and guitar capabilities. These include being the the primary sound engineer for Oxjam festival in London and also for Shoreditch Festival in 2012. He has worked with top bands globally such as Indian band ‘Quarantine’ and U.S. band ‘Art of Decay’, where he has played an instrumental role in their successful national tours in India and the U.S. After gathering critically acclaimed reviews in national Indian,Italian, and american media for his music production of songs Shake Dat Monkey by Drei Ros, Into The Light by Reveries, Nikhil Suresh has been garnering success internationally. His achievements include producing and touring internationally with well-recognised bands in India (Quarantine), Europe (Larry Gheorghiu from Romania) and the U.S. including billboard artists Total Ape and Ms. Li. He was most recently with Grammy nominated producer Costi Ionita and award winning producer Adrian Sina on a new project to add towards his achievements. 

Currently, Nikhil is working for 91 Sound Studios where they are developing something that will be beneficial to all upcoming musicians and sound engineers. Alongside this, he is working on other projects, primarily 

Vishal Chaturvedi's debut single crosses4 million views

Ek Hawa is a fresh project by Video Director Vishal Chaturvedi who this time wrote the music and lyrics himself for this song. The video is shot in and around the mesmerising locations of Leh- Ladakh. Song inspires you to break free the shackles of daily life and live the moment nature provides you. Unlike the current music scene of Romantic songs, Vishal tried a fresh approach of two bikers going to mountains and jamming their music in lap of mother earth, Sid Paul who played guitars for the song and is integral part of band is also featured as biker in the video. Video has done more than 4 million views, 1 Lakh plus likes and thousands of share and comments on Facebook and YouTube with the support of Asia's biggest entertainment page Laughing Colours. The team at Laughing Colours including Mr Rajesh Sharma is overwhelmed with the response of this Video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw8082IcNEU

Lyricist Kumaar does it the Golmaal way

Lyricist kumaar yet again comes with Golmaal again but this time he rather kept more simple than tricky. "Its always exciting working with Rohit Shetty. We both understand each other so well that i get immense freedom working for him. I have been fortunate to be part of the entire Golmaal series. But this time i thought to keep the songs as simple as a common man's daily routine. If u hear the songs you can feel its line of every person be it hum nahi sudhrenge or itna sannata or the title track. I didn't try anything different or intelligent. Sometimes i feel too much intelligence fades the innocence. "In this era where multiple composers and lyricist croon music for a movie. Kumaar is trending with multiple composers with one lyricist. Golmaal has multiple composers but kumaar is the solo lyricist. Talking about this the lyricist says,"Being solo lyricist always a bit more responsibility. Previously in the series i have worked with Vishal Shekhar and Pritam. But this time there were multiple composers so the excitement and fun was more. I enjoy working with new talents. But you need to adjust as the temperament and approach of each composer is different so you need to fit in it".

Shwe's musical roller coaster ride

Hailing from Ahmedabad, India Shwetaank as his unique name suggests has devoted his life 'purely' to music. The passionate artist started his musical career at an early age of 7 and from then on took to music as fish takes to water. Shwe grew up with a penchant for Indian Classical music and showcased an early understanding of instruments like the Harmonium & the Sitar. Later after graduating, he got into Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music and gradually shifted his focus on the Blues and the Electric Guitar.
He played a critical role in organizing,sponsoring and performing as a lead musician in two of Gujarat's biggest music festival (Ahmedabad Jazz and Blues 2013) & (The Rainbow Music Fest 2010, 2011) which drew upwards ten and thousands of people.
Shwe then decided to further his musical horizons and moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he chose to study Guitar Performance with the Berklee Guitar Department. Developing a keen ear but a more clear mindset on subjects like harmony, Shwe performed and played as the in various ensembles and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in music.
With his incredible talent and extensive learning of Music, Shwe is currently based in New York working on his grand debut album with a fine bunch of producers and musicians. Together with NYC based Benny Benson & Vegas based Spicy Gringo,  Shwe has written, produced and recorded  over 25 studio tracks. The young and exceptionally talented musician has played as the lead in countless gigs in New York including Broadway's own Symphony Space theatre where prolific filmmakers like Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese used to frequent. Seems that Shwe's musical rollercoaster ride will only go up from here on.

Thumri Queen Girija Devi no more

Renowned classical vocalist, Girija Devi, passed away in Kolkata on Tuesday, October 24, following a cardiac arrest. She was 88.

Fondly known as Appa ji the multi-award winning singer from the Banaras and Seniya Gharanas, is credited with being primarily instrumental in popularizing Thumri music. She was widely acknowledged as the Queen of Thumri but her repertoire also included khyal, chaiti, kajri, holi, tappa and folk music.

Girija Devi was born in a Zamindar family in Varanasi. Her father Ramdeo Rai who played the harmonium taught her and encouraged her to learn music. From an early age she studied under classical vocalist and sarangi maestro, Sarju Prasad Misra and later under Sri Chand Misra. She gave her first public concert in Bihar in 1951 and during the 1980s was a Faculty member at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata and in 1990s taught at the Banaras Hindu University.

She has toured and performed all over the country with some of the biggest names in Indian music. She has won numerous Awards including the Padma Vibhushan Award in 2016.

Indian Classical Music has lost a beloved voice. May her soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

Sonu dives into the reefs

Sonu Nigam’s latest collaboration with popular DJ KSHMR is nothing short of surreal for the Mukti talented singer. The song, ‘Underwater’ has lyrics which tugged Sonu’s heart while singing and made him realise how close it was to his own journey. Sonu has always voiced his opinion and paved his own path despite situations being against him, the song talks of going against the tide and hence Sonu could easily connect to it. 

Coincidentally, Sonu even literally went underwater as he undertook deep see diving lessons at the Great Barrier Reef while in Australia. Considering it was his first attempt at exploring the world beneath, the singer’s control on breath came to good use. A source close to the singer elaborates, “Sonu was attempting deep see diving for the first time ever and there were so many people around him who were backing out at the last minute due to unfamiliarity with the depths but Sonu went in and his control over his breath proved to be a real asset underwater.”

Talking about his Underwater experiences, Sonu says, “I’ve had two completely different underwater experiences recently and both were so magical and surreal. The song is recorded with KSHMR is beautiful and am looking forward to working with him again. As for the deep see diving, i think my control over breathing really helped. Its so beautiful underwater, something everyone must experience once in their lives” he signs off

Vishal composes for Irrfan Khan starrer

Composer-singer Vishal Mishra whose previous outing 'Pyar Ho' from Munna Michael struck a chord with one and all, is all set for his next Bollywood outing, 'Qarib Qarib Singlle'. The film stars Irrfan Khan and is helmed by Tanuja Chandra. Vishal has composed three songs for the film and one of it is sung by Atif Aslam. Vishal flew to Dubai to record the said track, 'Jaane de'with Atif. Interestingly,Jaane De was composed right in front of director Tanuja Chandra and the film's producer as they were narrating the script. Impressed with the on spot composition, the team decided to incorporate the song in the film.Commenting on the same, Vishal says "It's a pleasure for me to compose for such a lovely film which has Irffan Khan, one of our finest actors playing the lead. 'Jaane de' is really close to my heart as I believe its one of my best compositions till date. It was also created on the spot when Tanuja Chandra was narrating the script to me, I'm glad with the way the song has turned out and Atif has done complete justice to it.The song will be out this month and Vishal is excited for the same. Apart from this, Vishal has composed another track 'Khatam Kahani' which is sung my Nooran sisters and is an upbeat number.

Rakesh Maini and Bhoomi Trivedi collaborate for a single

Rakesh Maini runner up in the 5th edition of Indian Idol,there seems to be no stopping him now. Rakesh will soon be coming up with a Punjabi single "Ankha Billori" penned by the very talented lyricist Chichi. The single is recorded with his co contestant Bhoomi Trivedi and the song is composed by Shashi Suman who is the music director for Mary Kom and has worked as an Assistant Music Director of Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani for Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He also co-sung a song Mora Piya Moh Se Bolat Naahi with Aadesh Srivastav from ‘Rajneeti’. He composed the beautiful song ‘Nindiya’ (Sarabjit) and ‘Yaara Ye’ (Gandhigiri).

Ankha Billori is backed by a beautiful music video featuring Rakesh Maini and Benafsha Soonawalla. Rakesh Maini says " "This single Ankha Billori is a very special song for me as it is a collaboration with Bhoomi Trivedi , Shashi Suman. All of us a part of Indian Idol 5. It is a Punjabi song beautifully penned by Chichi and the music video features me and Banafsha Soonawalla. The song has come out really well and a special thanks goes out to Sandy Taneja who has put up such a beautiful team".

https://youtu.be/ZMso9536lns

Amit Mishra croons the beard anthem

Singer Amit Mishra collaborated with famous grooming company Beardo for their #SuchABeardo campaign. The anthem stars the singer in collaboration with Pritam’s Jam8 who have composed the song along with a host of other musicians.  The anthem is quirky, cool and has the whole Bollywood industry grooving to it. Talking on this Amit said, “Singing this anthem with the guys at Jam8 made the whole experience super fun and interesting! With all the live horns and such a groovy arrangement to the song, the song is super catchy! Their very idea of coming up with an anthem for people with a beard was what interested me the most! Good stuff.” Previous to this, Amit has similarly been a part of major chartbusters like ‘Bulleya’, ‘Radio’, ‘Galti se Mistake’, ‘Ding Dang’, ‘Meer E Karwan’, ‘Suno Ganpat Bappa Morya’, and his upcoming release for the movie ‘Aksar 2’. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIJfF2nt6y0

 

Druv Kent songs are on BBC Radio 2

This Diwali week, treat yourself and your loved one's with a magical night where internationally acclaimed singer and musician Druv Kent is all set to mesmerize you with his world famous songs and lyrics. He is  an Indian-origin musician and singer based in Singapore and the first Asian artist whose  songs have been approved by BBC Radio 2. The investment banker turned musician has managed to attract the interest of producers of artists such as Ronan Keating, John Mayer and others.

Druv studied masters in finance from the US. However, his love for music could not stop him from pursuing his career in the field. His songs "Little Bit of God", "I'm Still Riding", "Glitter & Dynamite" and "What It's All About" are popular and acclaimed internationally. He plays pop music, urban country, rock,folk and soul music.His recently released single ‘Long When We’re Gone’ went viral and became popular within no time!

Here are few links of his performances for your reference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDTyFT9h6fc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNN6K7Pc35o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkove-670f4

Interviews

Venues

Hard Rock Cafe1

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


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