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Music Matters Live

Music Matters Live is set to return to Singapore in September 2019, for its 14th installment, as part of the All That Matters conference. Every year , a select number of artists and bands are placed at the forefront of the festival giving them an opportunity to take centre stage at the largest music industry gathering of global and regional entertainment decision makers in Asia.
All That Matters is held during one of the biggest weeks in the Asian entertainment calender, taking placing from September 13th-19th, and preceding Formula I Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. The festival continues to combine free performances for fans and Industry showcases during All That Matters. For the last 13 years, All That Matters and the Music Matters Live festival to be the gateway for dynamic local and international artists seeking to make a name for themselves in the fastest growing region in the world.

 

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Spotify inks deal with T-Series

Spotify’s investors will have a lot to cheer about this deal this week, Spotify's need for international growth which had been suggested by analysts for some time and has  now reached to over 75+ countries with this deal. Spotify has ultimately managed to tie up a deal with T-Series, India’s largest Record company. T-Series is the biggest Record label in terms of market share not only in Bollywood Music in India but also other genres and content in local languages, with over 160,000 songs, the  catalog includes some of the biggest hits from the 80's and will be made available to all Spotify users.

T-Series has recently become the most viewed channel in the world and with India’s 1billion+ population is nearly more than seven times bigger than the monthly active users Spotify counted around the world recently. As per an IFPI/IMI Digital Music Study of India published,  the average internet user in India spends 21.5 hours per week listening to music more than the global average of 17.8 hours per weekend the opportunity for  growth looks huge. The strategy of global expansion rolls on...

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Season 2 of Red Bull Spotlight

The first season of the competition, held in 2018, was a search for the country’s next emerging band, with Amogh and the Homies from Chennai taking the win.17 th January 2019, Mumbai: After a successful first edition, Red Bull Spotlight returns for season two –this time as a search for India’s next hip-hop star. Scheduled to be held in 10 cities across the country –Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Pune, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh– the competition kicked off in Kolkata yesterday and will be followed by Bengaluru and Mumbai. Stay tuned for more dates.

After a series of city rounds, one winner from each city will be flown to Mumbai for the finals, where,
following a showcase by each of the finalists, one national champion will be crowned. The national
champion will be given the opportunity to record their full-length album at a professional studio,
plus other benefits including a full press kit – complete with a photo shoot and album art for their
newly recorded album – and a music video. In addition, each of the city winners will be given studio
time to record one song along with a video.

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Orange Festival 2018 concludes on a High Note!

Orange Festival of Music and Adventure 2018 ended on a high note with a grand performance by Iron Maidens, in Dambuk. OFAM, the unique orange themed Adventure and Music festival held in Arunachal Pradesh, grew even bigger in 2018 with more than 10000+ tourists and 30000+ locals attending the festival. As compared to last year 18 bands, this year the festival was attended by 28 music bands, including international bands like Thundermother from Sweden and others.

The event was inaugurated by Honourable CM of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Pema Khandu where he mentioned that the festivals like OFAM, which he initiated during his tenure as tourism minister, aim to spur the growth in tourism in Arunachal Pradesh. He also mentioned that Tourism would be a game changer for Arunachal Pradesh and help the state to improve connectivity in the region. This would also benefit the locals economically.

The idea behind the festival as mentioned by Mr. Abu Tayeng, OFAM director, earlier is to bring in people from all over the world to explore the wild natural beauty of Arunachal Pradesh and experience the local way of life and culture in an untouched destination. OFAM has been growing bigger year on year and becoming a huge attraction for tourists planning to visit Arunachal Pradesh. He also hoped that the next edition will be bigger and grander than this year both in terms of visitors and participants. He also said, “We plan to take OFAM on an international stage and create a buzz on national circuit as well. The festival attracts visitors not only from India but internationally as well, which showcase its potential. We hope that upcoming editions will receive more attention and fame, thus ensuring a bigger tourists’ inflow in the region and better employment opportunities for locals.”

Apart from enthralling music by 28 bands which performed on stage, crowds also witnessed the thrilling JKtyres 4X4 Fury, enjoyed adventure sports which were organized in collaboration with NIMAS and the natural beauty of Dambuk. This year 25 Indian bands from all over the country and 3 International Bands from different parts of the globe made the crowds groove to their music. From local favourites Trance effect to Thundermother from Sweden, bands gave absorbing performances which kept the energy levels high through the evening. Rains battered the venue on occasion, but the crowds braved the weather conditions and made their presence felt. Lead vocalist of the Iron Maidens, Kirsten Rosenberg said, “I was surprised to see the enthusiasm with which the crowd turned up even after bad weather conditions. She mentioned that hers is a tribute band and was pleasantly surprised to see how many music lovers came together celebrated in this beautiful location. Iron Maidens, she said, surely look forward to visiting again.”

Festival Proceedings had begun with cultural events and the flag-off of the JKtyres 4X4 fury rally event. Local favourites the Manabhum Off-roaders Club of Arunachal won the title with a slender lead of 5 points. They hung on to the lead which they gained on the first stage. Last year’s defending champs Gerrari Off-roaders finished in a close 2nd.

The scenic lower Dibung valley was a perfect setting for adventure lovers to get their fill of adrenaline in this year’s OFAM. With mighty rivers like the Dirang and Brahmaputra flowing in close vicinity and rainforests covered east Himalayan ranges surrounding the vast orange orchards, adventure activities like zip lining, para gliding, para sailing, white water rafting, dirt cycling, speed boating and elephant rides were the popularly enjoyed activities at this festival. OFAM organisers collaborated with NIMAS, National institute for Mountaineering and Adventure Sports a MoD run institute, for arranging the activities on offer. Many adventure lovers enjoyed the para motoring which took flyers on a 20 min flight over the entire Lower Dibung valley. The landing among the orange trees excited many thrill seekers and nature lovers alike. Zip lines passed over the orange orchards which gave participants birds eye view of the trees below. Rapids of grade 1+K3 and 2+K2 on a 10 km long route kept the adrenaline pumping for the participants of white water rafting. These rapids flung many rafts across the river, but teams learnt how to manoeuvre this force of nature with sound guidance from the NIMAS instructors. Elephant rides gave a leisurely vibe when compared to other adventure activities. 

With so many adventure activities, hungry crowds were treated to delicious food and fine music on the day and night stages. Food stalls by the locals served up local delicacies like orange pudding, Rice wine, variety of local beers, egg with ginger, farm fresh orange juice and all time favourite Momos to name a few. This unique one-of-a-kind orange themed festival also hosted an orange eating competition!! Stalls which showcased kiwi fruit and pineapple were also present in the OFAM.

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NEXA Orchestrates a New Symphony.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited today announced the launch of NEXA Music. It is a first of its kind platform for music aficionados across genres to create original international music of global standards. The unique initiative by NEXA is curated to provide aspiring Indian musicians a platform to compose original lyrics.  NEXA Music invites entries from budding musicians across the country to participate. The participants will be mentored by famous music composers and global music icon A R Rahman, supported by Clinton Cerejo.

NEXA Music is based on the brand philosophy ‘Create. Inspire’ that caters to the constantly connected, more demanding, urban metropolitan and evolved NEXA consumers. This unique platform will harness their potential to create original music. Significantly, NEXA Music is about creating and promoting the original international compositions of global standards that can be presented globally.

On embarking on the new musical journey, Mr. R.S. Kalsi, Senior Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki said, “We are glad to announce this refreshing new initiative “NEXA Music” to create original international music and discover aspiring musicians. The launch of NEXA Music opens new horizons for musicians and aids us build lifestyle experiences for NEXA customers. This music platform connects to brand NEXA’s core belief to create an exciting new world of mobility that is both inspiring and aspiring.

It is a matter of great honour to be associated with global music icon-A R Rahman, the man who has earned prestigious international recognitions. NEXA Music stands for originality to connect with people beyond borders and barriers. I am confident that NEXA customers will cherish moments from this musical journey.”

On the Occasion Mr. A R Rahman said, “NEXA and my company Qyuki share a common goal. We want to provide independent artists creating original English music a real opportunity to be discovered and promoted on a global stage. With NEXA Music any deserving artist stands a chance to collaborate with some of the best bands in the industry to produce music that reaches audiences across the world.”

NEXA Music will kick off with the launch of 4 original tracks sung by acclaimed celebrity artists A. R Rahman, Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D’souza and Uday Benegal.

The selection criteria for the NEXA Music is that the contestants need to share their original music composition (Unreleased/ not promoted songs) at the NEXA Music website. The jury comprising of A R Rahman and Clinton Cerejo will shortlist 24 contestants who will be undergoing a mentorship program at the NEXA Music Lab to further brush-up their singing talent. Out of the 24 contestants the best 4 will be shortlisted and will be mentored by celebrity mentors to create 4 more additional videos. The 4 shortlisted candidates will also get a chance to do 12 live events with the NEXA Music mentors across India.

Qyuki Digital Media has been roped in to manage and help Maruti Suzuki India Limited sustain the initiative by using their expertise in proprietary technology and analytics across traditional and new media platforms.

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Bryan Adams Announces New Album

Bryan Adams announces his brand-new album, ‘Shine A Light’ out March 1st 2019 on Polydor Records. The album will be available across all physical formats, including vinyl and on all digital platforms.

Co-written with singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, the lead single is a great pop-rock opener to the new album. Says Adams on the song “I met Ed in Dublin this year at one of his shows and we kept in touch. One day I sent him a chorus I had for a song idea I had called ‘Shine A Light’ and asked him if he was interested in collaborating on it. I got a couple of verses back a few days later, and man you should hear him sing it!”

 

“I’m thrilled to be releasing this new 12-track studio album, which has a good blend of rock and pop and R&B. The new album will also feature a duet with American popstar Jennifer Lopez on the future classic “That’s How Strong Our Love Is”. “Working with Jennifer was a dream, our voices sound amazing together.” says Adams.           

To coincide with the new album release, Bryan Adams will be heading out on a ‘Shine A Light’ World Tour. The first date kicks off in Belfast on 25th February 2019.

Click here for full dates & tickets.
Bryan Adams is Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter, and “Shine A Light” is his 14th studio album.

JAM8 Rolls

Prime Focus Limited, the world’s largest independent integrated media services powerhouse, which provides end-to-end creative services (visual effects, stereo 3D conversion and animation) and post-production services (Digital Intermediate and picture post) to the Media and Entertainment industry, announces its collaboration with Jam8, a musical platform founded by Indian music composer/director Pritam, and KWAN, a leading talent management company to serve as a 360-degree creative solution provider for the M&E industry.

With an aim to branch out and expand itself, hence establishing its foothold in the music business, Prime Focus in association with Jam8 and Kwan plan to deliver the best in terms of high-quality infrastructure and technology that caters to all kinds of sonic requirement. Having the likes of Pritam and Jam8, his dream project as able partners, this venture will serve as a one-stop platform that will offer solutions to music across all segments covering movies, advertisements and the OTT space, providing the best of quality music output.

Pritam Chakraborty, Founder of Jam8 and music composer/director, "Jam8 is my baby and helping me nurture it are Kwan and Prime Focus and Kwan. After successfully launching composers who are active in films, television and advertising...now finally our state of art studio is ready. I am really excited. "

Namit Malhotra, Founder, Non-Executive Chairman, Prime Focus, “It’s a great opportunity for us to partner with JAM8. Music is something that I hold very close to my heart. Through this collaboration, we would look to enable new talent to bring about a diversified mix of music for all the audiences. Jam8 is a platform under the leadership of someone like Pritam that can bring the best of talent and produce music that will be enjoyed for years to come and we are thrilled to be partnering in that.”

Vijay Subramanium, CEO at Kwan, "Pritam da has had the vision of jam8 for years and when he discussed it with us, we truly believed that his vision was transformational. The idea and the platform is unique and will create opportunities for musicians across the country to live their dream. It’s been an absolute pleasure to see this dream take shape."

Niraj Sanghai, Business Head at Prime Focus, “Our aim through this venture is to support the abundance of upcoming talent we have in our country. We would like to present these budding youngsters a platform and provide all the best amenities and opportunities to encourage and nurture them. We are proud to associate with Jam8 and we very excited to be part of this initiative”.

JBL's PartyBox Speakers set the Stage for an Epic event

The party has arrived. Introducing the latest musical companions from JBL – JBL PartyBox 200 and the JBL PartyBox 300 – for the first time in India. These new speakers are designed for next-level entertainment.  Goal: Throw an epic party that will be remembered. Step 1. Invite party people. Step 2. Stream your party playlist to the JBL PartyBox. Step 3. Watch Partybox elevate and amplify the moment.

Packed with JBL’s signature sound, the PartyBox creates an uplifting listening experience, whether it’s a small gathering at home or pop-up gig in a park. And what’s a party without mood lighting? Choose one of three lighting options and create added ambiance to any setting.

“Check, check. One, two, three.” Grab a mic and strap on a guitar because the JBL PartyBox is equipped with a microphone and instrument input, giving everyone the opportunity to showcase their talents, whether at home or on stage. Professional musician looking to liven up the evening? Aspiring shower singer in search of that big backyard break? Look no further.

“I love that my JBL PartyBox combines JBL Signature Sound with stylish lighting, and the speaker’s bass brings my personal parties to life,’’ stated Priyanka Chopra, actor, singer, philanthropist and Global Brand Ambassador for JBL.

For even larger sound, connect two PartyBox speakers to create a crowd friendly, amplified listening experience. PartyBox has a USB input allowing anyone to connect their playlist directly via a USB drive. The party won’t miss a beat, and no one will have to sacrifice their phone and miss out on countless social media opportunities. #BestPartyEver.

JBL PARTYBOX 200 & 300 FEATURES

JBL Signature Sound: Enjoy an immersive audio experience at home or at a party that only JBL sound can provide. Wireless Bluetooth Streaming: Wirelessly stream high-quality sound from a smartphone or tablet.
Built-in Light Shows: There’s a light show for every mood; Meter, Pulse, and Party mode.
Portable with Rechargeable Battery: Plug in to a 12V DC source or use the built-in 10,000mAh battery for 18 hours of playtime (only for the PartyBox 300).
Mic and Guitar Inputs: Plug in a mic or guitar and take the stage.
USB Playback: Pre-program a party or event with a favorite playlist from a USB thumb drive.
True Wireless Stereo & RCA: Connect compatible speakers wirelessly via TWS (True Wireless Stereo) using Bluetooth connection up to two PartyBox speakers or wired via one RCA output to another.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

JBL PartyBox 200, priced at INR 32,499 and JBL PartyBox 300, priced at INR 35,999 are immediately available at www.JBL.com and other online and retail channels, including 350 Samsung brand stores across the country.

@Priyanka Chopra @JBL PartyBox #BestPartyEver.

Ud Jab Jab Zulfein

After releasing her previous single "Tera Rang" which was completely shot in Rajasthan Pinky Maidasani Peacock is all set to release her next single. The rapper cum singer is all set to release "Chaudhary", a single based on a Rajasthani folk. The song also is inspired a lot by famous old song "Ud Jab Jab Zulfein". The song is beautifully shot in Rann Of Kutch Gujarat. This girl from Jaipur (Manasarovar) has also recorded a few Bollywood sings in the past in films like Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and more. She is known not only for her singing but also for her rapping skills. This is a very special single as it also marks the beginning of the revival of independent Music. 

India's first interactive Music museum

The Indian Music Experience (IME), India’s first interactive music museum, is a vibrant music hub, providing visitors a unique experience of India’s rich cultural heritage. The aim of this centre is to increase the understanding and appreciation about the diversity of Indian music, from the traditional to the contemporary. The IME is an initiative of the Indian Music Experience Trust, a non-profit public charitable Trust, supported by the Brigade Group. The Founder of IME is MR Jaishankar, Chairman and Managing Director of the Brigade Group.

THE MUSEUM
Located in JP Nagar 7th Phase, within the Brigade Millennium Enclave, the Indian Music Experience houses three main sections — a state-of-the-art interactive Exhibit Area, a Sound Garden and a Learning Centre. The Exhibit Area consists of 8 thematic galleries showcasing various facets of Indian music, an instruments gallery with over 100 musical instruments, three mini theatres, and several computerbased interactive installations that allow the visitor to experience the process of music-making. The exhibits feature rare and precious memorabilia belonging to the Bharat Ratna musicians of the country— Bismillah Khan, Bhimsen Joshi and MS Subbulakshmi, while the artefacts of Lata Mangeshkar and Ravi Shankar are expected soon. In addition, a performance costume worn by Daler Mehndi, a rare phonograph and gramophone, a selection of microphones, gramophone records and other artefacts form part of the collection. The Sound Garden features musical sculptures that introduce visitors to the principles of sound. The Learning Centre is at the forefront of delivering high quality music education at the IME and at schools through its outreach program. In addition, the IME houses various spaces such as a rooftop amphitheatre, a multipurpose mini auditorium and a seminar hall. The centre also features a Café and a Gift Store with specially designed products by the well-known product design house— Foley Designs

HISTORY AND MILESTONES
The IME is located in JP Nagar, South Bangalore, within Brigade Millennium (completed in the year 2000), which is Bangalore’s first integrated enclave comprising apartment blocks, a school, a stateof-the-art convention centre and a clubhouse. In large developments such as this, a portion of the development is demarcated as a Civic Amenities site which is allotted by the Bangalore Development Authority [BDA] for a broad range of community development activities. In the year 2008, a group of residents of Brigade Millennium headed by Mr. P. V. Maiya came together to form the Brigade Millennium Welfare Trust (later renamed as the Indian Music Experience Trust) with the support of the Brigade Group, and the two acre CA site was allotted by the BDA to the Trust for the purpose of promoting social and cultural activities. The Trust conducted surveys in the neighborhood and had consultations with several opinion leaders, artists and cultural leaders in India, and a large majority indicated a need for and an interest in music-related activities. In parallel, Mr. M. R. Jaishankar visited the Experience Music Project in Seattle, USA, which is one of the foremost interactive music museums of the world. Thus, the idea of setting up a similar worldclass interactive museum dedicated to Indian music was born. In the year 2010, an architecture design competition was conducted for the design of the museum building, where eight young and talented architecture practices of Bangalore were invited to submit design proposals. A jury comprising eminent personalities of Bangalore chose the proposal submitted by Architecture Paradigm as the winning design, and the team was then sent to study the finer points of museum design by visiting some of the best museums across the world. As a result of the study tour, The world–renowned exhibition design firm, Gallagher and Associates, were chosen to create the exhibits inside the museum. Gallagher and Associates are one of the foremost museum designers in the world, having worked on projects such as the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and the Woodstock Museum in New York. The 50,000 sft IME building was completed in 2013 and inaugurated by the then Hon. CM of Karnataka, Sri Siddaramaiah. The Learning Centre was completed in 2015 and imparts high quality music education to over 100 students in various disciplines. The Sound Garden, featuring 10 unique musical sculptures was inaugurated in 2017 and attracts several hundred visitors a month, as well as school groups. The multimedia exhibits and interactives were completed in May of 2018 when a soft launch was held. The museum will be fully inaugurated and open to the public by Sep-Oct 2018.

KEY TEAM MEMBERS AND CONSULTANTS
The Indian Music Experience Trust comprises accomplished personalities of Bangalore such as the Chairman PV Maiya (ex-MD ICICI Bank), Nirupama Rao (former Indian Ambassador to US, China and Sri Lanka), Irfan Razack (MD, Prestige Constructions), Balakrishna Hegde (MD, Chartered Housing), P Pradeep Kumar (ex MD, State Bank of India), Kusuma Muniraju (noted advocate) and others. Manasi Prasad, Carnatic musician and IIM Bangalore alumna is the Project Director and Dr. Suma Sudhindra, veena exponent and founder of the Bangalore International Arts Festival is the Director – Outreach. The museum’s advisory board is headed by SM Krishna (former External Affairs Minister) and has Dr. L Subramaniam (violinist), Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (MD, Biocon), N Murali (President, Madras Music Academy) and others. The curation of the museum content was guided by a committee of subject matter experts, headed by noted musicologist Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao, and also included Jayant Kastuar (Kathak exponent and former secretary of Sangeet Natak Akademi), Rajiv Vijayakar (Hindi film journalist) , Deepak Raja (musicologist), Vikram Sampath (author and historian) and others.

Canadian Jazz Artist in India

Canada's celebrated singer Laura Fernandez completed her music studies from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her portfolio includes session work as a recording artist, hotel residencies with various jazz ensembles and concert performances at international jazz festivals. Her forte is latin-jazz but she is comfortable singing regular jazz standards and songs from the American song book too. She has two solo albums to her credit and is looking to collaborate with Indian musicians for her third album. Her residency with Jazz Junction at The Lodhi in the month of February gives her an excellent opportunity to do so. Her credentials include being on the official artist roster for Steinway pianos and producing as well as hosting Toronto's popular radio show 'Cafe Latino' on JazzFM91.

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The Age of Aquarious Concert

The recent event which was awaited by all to awake peace , joy and smile on their faces , and to light the world , So that people get free from suffering . The Age of Aquarious Concert which arised on 5th of jan - 2019 , With the most talented musicians Snehal Muzoomdar on Satoor , Anuradha pal on table with Jazz singer Paula Jeanine. Which was held at Y.B . Chavan Prathishtan near Mantralaya , Mumbai. 

Today as everyone looks out for rock music , this event brings a unique idea of ancient times , Where the 1980’s people used to listen . This event also get a lot of creativity to the youth of today, And heals a lot of pain of people especially people suffering from cancer. These musicians brought a lot of healing to the people mind as well. Looking forward for more more concerts of conquest and consonance and celebration through music.
 Well , coming to the audience it was amaze to see people enjoying such music. Where people prefer more of a rock music. The smile , energy and love for music could be seen and truly music can touch every soul. 

“A Good mentor can make a world of difference , they can make you from saving mistakes" - Paula Jeanine ( Jazz singer ) 

 Deep Nair

 

Arjun Kanungo new music video

VYRL Originals presents Arjun Kanungo's new music video - ‘Tu Na Mera’ which is set to leave the audiences mesmerized.The track is a beautiful modern love ballad made unique by Arjun Kanungo’s voice. Composed by Arjun Kanungo himself the lyrics are penned by Kunal Verma the popular talent behind songs like Aaya Na tu, Jo Tu Na Mila, Phir Mulaqat to name a few.The music video is a first of its kind for non film music videos in India. It has been set in a larger than life backdrop of the life of a commando and his love story. The visuals has been beautifully imagined by director Danny Mamik with high octane action sequences.The chemistry between Arjun Kanungo and co-star Carla Dennis is heart warming.Arjun Kanungo, is very convincing in his role as a commando and changes the paradigm of how we look at singers in India. Arjun’s acting performance is impeccable on-screen. The track embodies unrequited love.

Speaking on the release, Arjun Kanungo said, “I’m very nervous to say anything about the project simply because it means so much to me. It’s been the most satisfying project of my life, with a dream team and a brilliant mentor in the form of Vinit (Thakkar). I want to thank VYRL for giving me opportunity to take a risk and do something path breaking. It was a pleasure working with Carla Dennis again and I can’t thank Danny (Mamik) and everyone involved for taking a chance on this. We all agree now that it was worth it.”

Talking about the track Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group, India and South Asia & EMI Records India said, “We are extremely excited to present Arjun’s new single and the music video. This has been the most ambitious project under VYRL Originals release. We believe that this video will set a new trend of story-telling. Arjun’s commitment, vision and execution is par excellence and we can’t wait to showcase this video to the audiences”

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpnHc0jSJE0&feature=youtu.be

 

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Gajendra Verma releases his new music video

Gajendra Verma, Singer/Composer of One of the Most Viral Song of 2018 “Tera Ghata releases his new music video Khelegi Kya. Gajendra Verma the Artist behind several viral songs like “Emptiness – Tune Mere Jaana, Tera Ghata, Ik Kahani, Mera Jahan, Mann Mera. “Khelegi Kya” is the first song from his album "Flip". His brand new single ‘Khelegi Kya’ portrays Gajendra in a new light. The soulful singer showcases his upbeat side with a youthful song that possesses a catchy beat, much to the surprise of his fans. Gajendra who is very excited about the release says that he enjoys experimenting with romantic songs, may it be Mera Jahan or Tera Ghata or now Khelegi Kya, which is again a very unique way of proposal. ‘I’m a 90’s kid and grew up listening to pop songs from that decade. Songs like ‘Urvashi-Urvashi’ and ‘Patti Rap” were favourites that I used to listen to on loop. I always wanted to sing songs like those and waited for the day when I could get people tapping their feet to my beat. I wanted to showcase my fun side as well, a side that was hidden, yet always there,’ says Gajendra, when asked why he chose to stray away from his usual moody melodies. 

Gajendra believes that as an artist, your style needs to evolve as you do. While he has carved a niche for himself by singing relatable songs about heartbreak and loneliness in a relationship, in his new single, he maintains that he still sings about relationships, but focuses on a more thrilling angle – the start, rather than the end. ‘The song is still romantic,’ he says, ‘but the style is different. In Khelegi Kya, the focus is on the exciting potential start of a relationship – when you’re testing your limits and exploring a new romance.’ This utterly feel-good tune captures the essence of a beginning in a new relationship – the giddy phase before dating, when you haven’t settled into a relationship but feel a heady rush of excitement and discovery in the person’s presence. 

Adding cheery to the cake is super talented Vikram Singh's direction who is known for making cinematic music videos through his direction. Vikram says that doing this video was a very different experience as it was all about portraying Gajendra in a very different light and the audience will realize that when they watch the video. The song features beautiful TV Actress Sana with her cute dimple smile & dance moves. The song is amazingly choreographed by the Bollywood famous choreographer duo “Piyush – Shazia” as they dance in Sook Siam, Chang Chui, Thailand. The catchy beat has Gajendra, a desi boy, rapping and dancing in front of colourful street murals as he wonders where he stands in his potential match with a modern girl. ‘It is the first time Gajendra has done a rap and dance music video,’ says Director, Vikram Singh.

 

@Sapna Tolani @Gajendra Verma @Vikram Singh @Sana - TV Actress @Piyush – Shazia - choreographers 
 

Royal Stag Barrel

Music, as they say is the strongest form of magic and no platform has ever seen the most stellar magicians together as Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged. Having impressed music aficionados for 7 years, the most iconic music platform is back with yet another euphonious season of soulful renditions and musical mastery. Launching on 26th January, 8 PM, MTV Unplugged in its 8th edition will have artists like Sonu Nigam, Diljit Dosanjh, Guru Randhawa, Rekha Bhardwaj, the Kakkar sisters, Jonita Gandhi, Amit Mishra, Dhvani Bhanushali, Shahid Mallya, Bhuvan Bham, Arjun Kanungo and many others serenading their way into our hearts.

Since inception Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged has given music in its purest form to the audience. Having given the country some of the best music, the latest season of Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged will take perfection a notch higher featuring a unique and beautiful confluence of soul stirring vocals and interesting musical arrangements in their purest form because ‘Pure is perfect’.  Musical perfectionists such as Diljit Dosanjh, Guru Randhawa, Benny Dayal, Jonita Gandhi, Shahid Malaya, Sonu Nigam who have successfully distinguished themselves with their unique voice will be seen performing favorite songs unplugged at season 8 of Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged.
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Dean Lewis with his new album

Many an artist has explored the pain of lost love, but few have written about those first few moments of heartbreak when your head is spinning, and the gravity of the situation is dawning.

Recorded at The Barn Studio in Hitchin, North London, with producers Edd Holloway and Nick Atkinson – with whom Lewis worked on ‘Waves’ and 4 x Platinum ARIA single ‘Be Alright’ – ‘7 Minutes’ has already become a fan favourite with Lewis performing it live during his recent sold out headline shows across the world.

Now with over a billion streams of his music globally and being named Billboard’s “Chart-Breaker” in October, Dean has topped local and international charts with ‘Be Alright’. The single was announced last week by ARIA as the fourth highest selling single in Australia and the second highest selling single from an Australian artist in 2018. Achieving GOLD certification by RIAA in the USA in December ‘Be Alright’ is still charging up the charts hitting Top 40 at Billboard, headed Top 20 at Top 40, Top 10 at Hot AC and is the #2 greatest gainer and has just debuted Top 20 at AC coming in as the #1 most added at that format this week.

‘Be Alright’ topped the Apple Music, Shazam, iTunes and Spotify Charts in Australia, peaking at #1 in 6 markets and Top 10 in 23 countries on iTunes, and reaching the Top 5 in 13 markets on Apple Music. Now with over 15 million monthly Spotify listeners, Dean has reached #1 on Spotify in 5 markets, Top 5 in 13 countries and Top 10 in 23 countries.

Dean’s hotly anticipated debut album is due for worldwide release in early 2019.

Dean heads back to the US and Canada in February for his first North American headlining tour. 

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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.