Hillary Scott 1-Apr ! Susan Boyle 1-Apr ! Jimmy Cliff 1-Apr ! John Barbata (Jefferson Starship) 1-Apr ! Leon Wilkerson (Lynyrd Skynyrd) 2-Apr ! Emmylou Harris 2-Apr ! Namagiripettai K.Krishnan 2-Apr ! Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) 3-Apr ! Cris Korea 3-Apr ! Hari Haran 3-Apr ! O.S.Thiyagarajan 3-Apr ! Parvati Khan 3-Apr ! Prabhu Deva 3-Apr ! Ram Shankar 3-Apr ! Musiri Subramania Iyer 4-Apr ! Magnus Sveningsson (The Cardigans) 4-Apr ! Mike Starr (formerly of Alice In Chains) 4-Apr ! Craig Adams (The Cult) 4-Apr ! Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) 5-Apr ! Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) 5-Apr ! ! Suneeta Rao 5-Apr ! Vimla Patil 6-Apr ! Pandit Ravi Shankar 7-Apr !Pt. Ravi Shankar 7-Apr !Saira Khan 7-Apr !John Oates (Hall & Oates) 7-Apr !Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull) 7-Apr !Professor S.Ramanathan 8-Apr !Julian Lennon 8-Apr ! Izzy Stradlin (Guns N' Roses) 8-Apr ! Babyface 10-Apr !Brian Setzer (Stray Cats) 10-Apr !Kishori Amonkar10-Apr !Pravin Shah (Time video)10-Apr !Joss Stone 11-Apr !Adinath Mangeshkar 11-Apr ! John Kay (Steppenwolf)12-Apr ! Herbie Hancock12-Apr ! Nagamani Srinath12-Apr !Neena Mehta12-Apr ! Lou Bega13-Apr ! Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)14-Apr ! Luis Fonsi15-Apr ! Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) 15-Apr ! Samantha Fox15-Apr ! Mark Hoppus (Blink-8)15-Apr ! Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray)15-Apr ! Rockwell 15-Apr ! Brett Michaels (Poison)15-Apr ! Terence Trent D'arby15-Apr ! Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)15-Apr ! Ry Cooder 15-Apr ! Sly Stone (Sly & The Family Stone)15-Apr ! Akon 16-Apr ! Stewart Kerr (Texas) 16-Apr ! Nancy Wilson (Heart) 16-Apr ! Victoria Adams (Posh Spice of Spice Girls) 17-Apr ! Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) 17-Apr ! Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) 17-Apr ! Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) 18-Apr ! Queen Latifah 18-Apr ! Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)18-Apr ! Vanessa Williams18-Apr ! Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) 18-Apr ! Irene Cara 18-Apr ! Charley Pride 18-Apr ! MC Maxim (Prodigy) 21-Apr ! Jonas Berggren (Ace Of Base) 21-Apr ! Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) 21-Apr ! Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) 21-Apr ! Peter Frampton 22-Apr ! George Benson 22-Apr ! Damon Albarn (Blur) 23-Apr ! Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet) 23-Apr ! Chaka Khan 23-Apr ! Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) 24-Apr ! Glen Cornick (Jethro Tull) 24-Apr ! Barbra Streisand 24-Apr ! Sharon Corr (The Corrs) 24-Apr ! Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) 25-Apr ! Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) 25-Apr ! Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) 25-Apr ! Elton John 25-Apr ! Aretha Franklin 25-Apr ! Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) 26-Apr ! Jay Sean 26-Apr ! James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) 26-Apr ! Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) 26-Apr ! Richard Tandy (ELO) 26-Apr ! Diana Ross 26-Apr ! Sheena Easton 27-Apr ! Ace Frehley (Kiss) 27-Apr ! Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) 27-Apr ! Mariah Carey 27-Apr ! Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) 27-Apr ! Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) 27-Apr ! Andrew Farris (INXS) 27-Apr ! Tony Banks (Genesis) 27-Apr ! Daisy Berkowitz (Marilyn Manson) 28-Apr ! Lady Gaga 28-Apr ! James Atkins (EMF) 28-Apr ! Reba McEntire 28-Apr ! John Evans (Jethro Tull) 28-Apr ! Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) 29-Apr ! Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) 29-Apr ! John Popper (Blues Traveler) 29-Apr ! Vangelis 29-Apr ! Willie Nelson 30-Apr ! Norah Jones 30-Apr ! Celine Dion 30-Apr ! Tracy Chapman 30-Apr ! MC Hammer 30-Apr ! Dave Ball (Procol Harum) 30-Apr ! Eric Clapton30-Apr ! Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) 30-Apr

Snapchat loses $800 million

Social media service Snapchat in yet another instance lost $800 million in market value after celebrity singer Rihanna lambasted the service for the derogatory ad depicting the singer and her ex Chris Brown, for the promotion of its mobile game app, Would You Rather?. The caption of the ad read: Would You Rather – Slap Rihanna/Punch Chris Brown.

An undisguised reference to the 2009 domestic violence case filed by Rihanna against boy friend Chris Brown who is said to have punched her repeatedly in the face, and to which Brown had plead guilty. Rihanna not surprisingly tore into Snapchat with a post on Instagram that said, "Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain't my fav app out there!...I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!! This isn’t about my personal feelings…but all the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past…you let us down! Shame on you”.

Earlier Kylie Jenner’s tweet post Snapchat’s redesign of its app – “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me... ugh this is so sad”, had caused Snap shares to tank by 6 percent and lose $1.3 billion in market value.

Its remarkable what star-power can do. Celebrities like Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and many others have a huge following on social media and other platforms and wield tremendous influence over their followers. These mega stars may or may not fully apprehend the power they have to impact people and events around them but Companies have certainly seen the results.

Sean Paul & David Guetta work together

Dancehall legend, Grammy Award winner and much-loved hit maker extraordinaire Sean Paul, who was recently presented with a plaque from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling a staggering 26 million records, teams up with the legendary David Guetta for the release of their brand new Island single “Mad Love”. (February 9th) The single, produced by Guetta, features rising Mexican / American star Becky G who has been enjoying massive success in the US with her huge hit single “Mayores”. Just before Christmas “Mayores” overtook Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” with the most Youtube views in 2017, the current total fast approaching 1 billion views.


Sean Paul has been enjoying an unbroken string of massive hit singles in the 2 years, most recently with the single Body featuring Atlanta superstars Migos which was the follow up to the worldwide hit No Lie featuring Dua Lipa. Add Tek Weh Yuh Heart with Tory Lanez, and the Clean Bandit collaboration Rockabye, which spent nine weeks at number one in the UK charts and, of course, his Grammy nominated Number 1 Billboard, global smash with Sia on Cheap Thrills, and it is fair to say that Sean Paul has rarely been away from the higher reaches of the charts.

Sean Paul is without doubt one of the most instantly recognisable voices in music and he has continued his remarkable strike rate over the last year with a string of hits. In 2002 “Dutty Rock” (fuelled by the massive hit singles “Gimme The Light “ and “Get Busy”) went double Platinum in US & UK  while 2006’s “Temperature” reached x4 Platinum in US with sales of over 4m. Over the span of his career, Sean Paul has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists including Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Sia, Kelly Rowland, Enrique Iglesias and 2Chainz, and has also partnered with reggae and dancehall acts such as Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Chi Chi Ching, Mr. Vegas, Beenie Man, Ding Dong, Future Fambo, and Tami Chynn. Aside from being a top-notch performer, Sean Paul is a much sought after music producer and has created music with a number of top Jamaican artistes.

Daler Mehndi gets 2-year jail sentence, out on bail

Bhangra pop star Daler Mehndi has been convicted by a Patiala court and handed a 2-year jail sentence in a 2003 human trafficking case filed against him for sending people abroad illegally in the guise of his troupe members for hefty ‘passage money’. However, shortly after he was taken into custody by the Patiala police he was out on bail after furnishing bail bond and said that he will appeal in higher court.

The other accused in the case, Daler Mehndi’s brother Shamsher Singh and Dhian Singh are both dead, his brother having died last year. Another accused Bulbul Mehta, an employee of Daler Mehndi was acquitted for want of evidence. They were booked under a complaint filed with the Patiala police in 2003 by Bakshish Singh, which Bakshish says the Patiala police were initially unwilling to register. He claimed that he had been duped of Rs 12 lakhs by Daler and his brother. Subsequently the Patiala police received 35 more similar complaints, all alleging that they had paid money to the brothers who promised to take them to abroad in return.

According to the police the brothers had taken two troupes to the US in 1998 and 1999 and ‘dropped off’ ten members of his performance troupe. Daler who was at the height of his popularity at that time is alleged to have done the same on other trips also.

Imagine Dragons release Music Film

An extended length music video for Imagine Dragons’ latest song “Next To Me” (KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records) is available now. Directed by Mark Pellington (U2, Pearl Jam) its filmed in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.“The film is a complex and slightly surreal fable about forgiveness and redemption. It is a story of a man, and a projection of one fantasy colliding with the dark realities of fate. It asks, can a person who has made a terrible mistake ever be forgiven by their loved one or even by themselves,” says Pellington. “It is an ambitious music film, taking the traditional music video and breaking it apart, pushing it into film territory. I wanted to create something new, a narrative piece that was thematically complex and musical and I knew it needed to be longer.”

Vocalist Dan Reynolds added, “I wrote this song about the strains of the relationships in my own life and the beauty of enduring love.  After late night conversations with Mark Pellington about life and his passion behind his vision for the film, we knew we wanted to take the journey with him.”

Radio City Freedom Awards

Jockey presents Radio City Freedom Awards 5.0 driven by Skoda’, the search for India’s greatest independent music artistes, gears up for theGrand Finale in Mumbai on 22ndMarch 2018.After a stupendous response for the gigs across 13 citiesand a record breaking 862 entries from all corners of the country, shortlisted candidates will face-off in Mumbai for the ultimate glory.

The genre-based awards include Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, Folk-Fusion, Metal, and Electronic. This year’s jury includes renowned industry stalwarts like Luke Kenny, Vijay Basrur, Atul Churamani, Ritnika Nayan, Anirban Chakraborty among others. Apart from the awards, the jury will also choose winners in non-music categories such as Best Video, Best Album Art, and new categories such as Best Young Indie Artist/Band, Best Indie Collaboration of the Year, and Indie Genius Person of the year. 
Radio City calls out to music lovers and enthusiasts around the country to help recognize and reward the brightest talents from in India by casting their votes. Vote for your favorite artist by visiting be a part of this independent music revolution. 

Voting phase is now open and will be on till 18th March 2018.
The shortlisted entries in each genre include some big-name artists and bands such as: 
•Best Hip-Hop Artist –Emiway, Babu Haabi, Brodha V
•Best Pop Artist - Alobo Naga, Prateek Kuhad, Ankur & The Ghalat Family
•Best Rock Artist –Parvaaz, Junkyard Groove
•Best Metal Artist Demonic Resurrection, Chaos
•Best Electronic Artist –Grain & Komorebi, Bandish Projekt

Akriti Kakar supports Abhyuday

Abhyuday, the social body of IIT Bombay had the 5 th edition of annual socialfestival, “Concert for a cause” a fundraiser with  songbird ‘Akriti Kakar’. It was held recently at convocation hall to help NGO ‘Swaradhar’.The event started by introducing ‘Abhyuday’ and ‘concertfor cause’. Additionally, it also gave a compact disc about NGO ‘Swaradhar'thensubsequently the Swaradhar artists (people who were physically challenged) sang ditty and played variousinstruments like Tabla, Xylophone, violin, Trumpet,Tambourine, drums, etc. Moreover, the sweet-toned singer‘Akriti kakar’ sung her bollywood songs with the Swaradhar’s artists accompanying her by playing different instruments , it was a heart touching performance for audience.

Abhyuday was started 5 years back with a bloc of student who desire to work for society. They also conduct campaigns and events like conferences,donations drives, exhibition and provide social fellowship, internship
opportunities to the students of institute. It held a ‘Social Fest’ that celebrates the spirit of ‘social good. It takes initiative and responsibility towards the positive development of the society. It’s main aim is to work along with the youths to solve world’s social problem and to create a good impact on the local communities.

It presented a festival based on thetheme “Enabling Humanity with human Rights”. Thefestival included various heart touching events, exhibitions,lectures, workshops and competition to with youths towards the society and to create awareness about basic human rights.‘Ketto’ is playing a crucial role in helping this physically challenged artists by providing funds gathered from various people or organization, as it is India’s largest fundraising
platform. It made online funds donations easy and safe. It was founded in October, 2012 by ‘Varun Sheth’ co-founder and CEO of ‘Ketto’ and ‘Kunal Kapoor’ co-founder NGO ‘ Swaradhar’ bestow podium for various people
singing on footpaths, local trains, railway platform most ofthem are physically challenged, who are considered as
‘tramps’ and are not given appropriate place in the society. It’s prime mover and head Ms. Hemlata Mahendra
Tiwari, had been a dilating family of street musicians who earns for daily needs by singing songs in their canorous
voices at public places. Those are deft musicians who never got a platform to present their talents but, swaradhar has created a ray of hope in their minds. Swaradhar’, ‘Ketto’ , team ‘Abhyuday IIT Bombay’ and ‘Akriti Kakar’ galvanize these skilled unsung heroes of the society and making them recognize their ‘Dignity of hardwork’. The execution of this concert was done by team Abhyuday 2017-2018 and 2016-2017.
The funds provided to them will go in betterment and will ameliorate the present financial status of the untold
artists. With the help of funds collected they can revamp more such lives and give the platform to many such skilfulunsung heroes.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be useful,honorable and to be compassionate to have it make some
difference that you lived and lived well. Please support these unsung heroes who are unrecognized by our society
and if possible please donate for them through ‘Ketto’. More we lend our hand towards these artistic heroes, more dignity they will get in the society said by, Manager Vivek bansod and team Abhyuday IIT Bombay, 2017-2018”.

Please visit this link to help in raising funds and knowmore about the cause.
by Prachi Dubale.

Mohan, I & EMI - A tribute to Mohan Mahapatra

My friend and former colleague, Mohan Mahapatra  ex-EMI (Head India Operations ), passed away in Singapore on March 10, 2018. It was indeed tragic news to learn of his demise, and also a shock even though Mohan had informed his well-wishers including me, through the years, about his suffering from cancer.

But even this dreaded disease never took away that distinctive smile of his, which is precisely how I also remember Mohan when I met him for the first time in early 1996 while he was a senior vice president at Plus Music, and offered me an opportunity of joining his team then. Also as a fellow neighbour residing in Mumbai South and, as members of the media & entertainment industry, we remained in periodical contact thereafter, spending time together as delegates at the MIDEM conference, in Cannes, in 1997. Little did either of us know then that, in a year’s time, we would connect on the same side, as it were, when he was appointed as managing director of EMI India/Virgin Records, by which time I had left HMV and was providing consultancy services to that very British label. The rest, as they say, is history. While I moved away from EMI/Virgin in 2002 on receiving an opportunity of heading a home entertainment business in the Middle East, Mohan remained in constant contact, including an offer to not only witness the Rolling Stones performing live,  and also an opportunity of interacting face-to-face with the band members. By 2006 or so, Mohan’s successful stint as head of EMI India had him concurrently appointed as the head of Singapore operations too . Nevertheless, we were in contact through the years, greeting each other during festivities and on personal milestones.

Mohan remained connected with the media & entertainment industry in Singapore, even after moving away from EMI, being appointed as the Executive Director of the Recording Industry Association of Singapore, and consulting with CtrlShift as it Executive Advisor and being the Principal Director for Osocan. I will always cherish my association with Mohan, including memories of his providing my first lesson in operating Excel software in 1998, as he had the knack of identifying the right people to be part of his team, and bringing out the best in them. Mohan is survived by his wife, daughter, and son. Rest in musical peace, Mohan. You are missed!

- Parag Kamani

Shadow and Light's New Album

Marking a year since the launch of Saavn’s in-house original music program, the latest AO release provides a moving journey through contemporary fusion and Hindustani classical sounds. Music streaming platform Saavn announced the release of Sabar, a new album by Shadow and Light, comprising musical duo Anindo Bose and Pavithra Chari. Sabar expresses intense emotional experiences through poignant song-writing and contemporary-classical compositions, inspired by the process of creation and growth. The launch of the album, now live exclusively on Saavn, also marks the one-year anniversary for Saavn’s successful in-house original music program, Artist Originals (AO). As one of India’s most promising fusion music collaborations, Shadow and Light draws inspiration from varied influences to create original music in Hindi, English, and Tamil. Its cinematic sounds and compositions play at the intersection of diverse genres like Hindustani classical, contemporary, jazz, pop, electronic, and soul to create entrancing, soulful, and – above all – expressive music. The album title is an adaptation of the Arabic word 'Sabr,’ which means 'patience.’  The songs are written from a wide variety of perspectives on gratitude, grief, contempt, perseverance, inspiration, and aspiration. 

Fifty Shades Freed official Soundtrack available now

Republic Records and Universal Pictures announce the release of Fifty Shades Freed Official Soundtrack. Featuring previous released songs “Never Tear Us Apart” by Bishop Briggs, “Heaven” by Julia Michaels, “The Wolf” by Spencer Lee Band, “Capital Letters” by Hailee Steinfeld x BloodPop®, and “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” from Liam Payne & Rita Ora. Leading to the soundtrack release, official music videos for Liam Payne & Rita Ora “For You (Fifty Shades Freed),”, “Capital Letters” by Hailee Steinfeld x BloodPop®, and “Heaven” by Julia Michaels were released to much anticipation worldwide.Don’t miss the recent television performances from Liam Payne & Rita Ora “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)”  on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Today Show.  Also, Julia Michaels performing a medley including “Heaven” just last week on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  

This marks the third soundtrack installment in the blockbuster Fifty Shades series. The Fifty Shades of Grey Official Soundtrack bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2015, earned a platinum certification, and became the seventh-best-selling album of the year. The year 2017 saw the Fifty Shades Darker Official Soundtrack capture No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and reach RIAA gold status. 2018 brings the musical story full circle with the Fifty Shades Freed Official Soundtrack. Grammy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman scored the film while Dana Sano serves as music supervisor.

Kya Hua Tera Wada - Another Version

Kya Hua Tera Wada is a soft romantic song sung by legendary singer Mohammad Rafi that manages to invoke a pleasant feeling in you not just with its tune but also with its singing. Well, Rishab has already outed a cover for this song on his channel, and it’s almost equally pleasing to hear. Mohammad Rafi took the Indian music industry by storm with his entry as a playback singer in 1941 and never looked back. Rafi left behind a treasure trove of immortal songs -- solos as well as duets with popular singers of his era. He sang qawwalis, ghazals, disco and pop in Hindi and various other Indian languages. 

His songs like "Yeh duniya yeh mehfil", "Chura liya hai tumne", "Tum jo mil gaye ho" and "Kya hua tera wada" are still famous amongst today`s young generation.It retains the charm of the original while adding a touch of its own. The beat in the song is kept simple, and the music is never allowed to overpower the vocals.  This cover by Rishabh Tiwari sure is something worth listening to once.

5SOS release new album

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) are back and unveil their brand new single – ‘Want You Back’ out via Capitol Records. The band have also announced dates for the Spring 2018 5SOS3 tour, a 26 date run of shows around the world to premiere new music for the 5SOS fans. ‘Want You Back’ is 5SOS’ first new single in nearly two years.  After 18 months on the road in support of their No. 1 sophomore album ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’, the band have spent the last year living, writing and recording their new album in Los Angeles, set for release through Capitol Records later this year.5SOS, who built a loyal and passionate fanbase playing shows around the world, decided to take the new music directly to their fans on the 5SOS3 tour, which will kick off on March 20 at Debaser Strand in Stockholm.  5SOS will visit a total of 26 venues on the run, which will include shows at Heaven in London (April 5), New York City’s Irving Plaza (April 12) and the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles (April 25).  

The band say, “Finally…  It’s been 3 years since our last album and we are so ready to share new music with the world,” 5SOS told fans.   After spending the last 5 years on the road since the age of 16, it was important we took time to reflect as individuals and now we’re coming back stronger and more unified than ever. These songs mean the world to us and we have held nothing back in writing and recording this album.  We’ve been rehearsing a lot of the new songs live and can’t wait to get back out on tour to connect with our incredible fans.”

Hailed as the “biggest new rock act in the world” by Rolling Stone, 5SOS are one of the biggest breakthrough stories of the last few years; over six million albums sold worldwide, 1 + billion Spotify streams and a self-titled debut album that not only topped the US Album Chart (going to #1 globally on iTunes in 76 countries) but also became the third biggest preorder in iTunes history and the biggest US debut by an Australian artist ever.  5SOS’s debut album has sold more than three million units worldwide, with 1.5 million albums and more than 4.5 million single tracks sold in the U.S. alone. 

Their second album, 'Sounds Good Feels Good', topped the charts around the world (charting at No. 1 in 12 countries), making them the only band in history (not vocal group) to see their first two full-length studio albums debut at the top spot on the US Billboard 200 chart , and the third Australian act in history to have simultaneous No.1 albums in the UK, U.S. and Australia.  They are also the first Australian band (including vocal and not vocal groups) to see their first two full-length albums debut at No.1 on the US Billboard 200 Chart.

Having sold over 1 million concert tickets around the globe, the band have sold-out some of the world's biggest venues.   In 2016, they played over 100 shows in 31 countries on their 'Sounds Live Feels Live' tour including sold-out dates at Madison Square Gardens and London's O2 Arena.  The band have also won an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, five MTV European Music Awards, two ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.

Avanti Nagral's new music video -Treated

Continuing it’s slew of trend setting  collaborations, Qyuki’s latest project is with Indian-American singer songwriter Avanti Nagral, for a brand new track “Treated”! A song that emphasises on kind humanitarian behavior - “treat others the way you would like to be treated”, it is produced by Mumbai-based Flying Carpet Productions. Inspired by Avanti’s personal experiences, along with stories of women who have faced domestic violence, marital rape and bad relationships, it strongly promotes the importance of taking a stand in any kind of relationship.

Multi-talented artist Avanti Nagral who has had a successful journey from Bombay to Boston, conveys an empowering message through a catchy tune that incorporates elements of Indian and Church/Gospel music. Avanti has performed at venues across India, the US and the Philippines, and is the first Indian pursuing a dual degree between Harvard University and the Berklee College of Music. Her last release was titled ‘I Like’- a first in the VR space in India and Southeast Asia.

Mr. Sagar Gokhale, Chief Operating Officer of Qyuki said “Avanti is a powerhouse of talent. Her music is unique and so is her dedicated fan following. With this collaboration, we are exploring new avenues in the digital music space and are pumped to support Avanti in her endeavour and ours. This relationship is very symbiotic and is a feather in our caps indeed.”

Sharing her excitement about the new track, Avanti Nagral says “Treated is a song that I wrote to my 12-year-old self. I’m thrilled for people to hear the song and watch the music video, and I hope that anyone listening to the song is able to take away that respect is the number one thing in any kind of relationship.”

Qyuki Digital has always encouraged out-of-the-box concepts and with Avanti’s “Treated”, the intention is to empower women, because no one deserves to be mistreated. The song celebrates prioritizing happiness, respect, and supporting dreams and ambitions.

Migos continue to level up in their super Stardom

Grammy-nominated multi-platinum rap trio Migos released their album CULTURE II earlier this year.  This LP serves as the feverishly anticipated follow up to last year's Platinum album CULTURE which received critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, GQ, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, NPR, The Atlantic, COMPLEX, Variety among others.Their hit single Stir Fry, produced by Pharrell Williams, has garnered strong critical acclaim and was picked as the official song for the NBA's All-Star weekend. The music video directed by Sing J Lee and Quavo brings to life a new version of a classic kung fu movies starring Quavo, Offset and Takeoff as rival bosses. Migos, an American hip hop trio from Lawrenceville, Georgia, formed in 2009 is composed of three rappers, known by their stage names Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff. The group has reached stratospheric heights in what Entertainment Weekly called a "banner year" with streams in the billions.The album has crossed 1 billion streams in 2 weeks, is #1 in over 60 countries & has crossed 70 million Day 1 streams on Spotify. In India, the album debuted #1 on the iTunes overall chart.

Watch the Official video here:

'Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band' hosts a grand Music launch

Music plays an integral part in Hindi movies. No piece of entertainment is ever complete without a heavy dose of gaana-bajana. The Rajpal Yadav starrer upcoming comedy-drama 'Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band' launched its music last night at The Bar Headquarters, Delhi. Well-known Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi has sung the title track for this film that was recently released. On this occasion Producer Sanjeev Kumar & Rohit Kumar, Director Gurpreet Sondh and the entire cast of the film - Rahul Bagga, DilBagh Singh, Rohit Kumar, Radha Bhatt, Shrashti Maheshwari and Afreen Alvi were present there. 

The movie will see Rajpal Yadav and Mushtaq Khan playing key roles. Top Bollywood singers have rendered their voices for the songs of this film, such as Daler Mehndi, Sonu Nigam, DilBagh Singh, Money Sondh and Aaksa Singh. Music is composed by Aditya Pushkarna and the music is released on T-Series. This super comedy 'Shaadi Teri Bajanyege Hum Band' is a high voltage comedy film slated to release on 23 March 2018 across the nation. Get ready for this ultimate fun weekend!

James Bay returns with new Album

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multiplatinum singer-songwriter James Bay will release his anxiously awaited second full-length album, Electric Light on Friday, May 18, 2018 via [Republic Records].Starting today fans can pre-order Electric Light which will unlock an instant download of critically acclaimed single “Wild Love” and brand-new track “Pink Lemonade.” Premiering as Apple Music Beats 1 “World Record” today, “Pink Lemonade” illuminates another shade of Electric Light - showcasing Bay’s evolution with a louder sound and transistor guitars. The song comes out right in time for his NBC Saturday Night Live debut performance on Saturday,with host Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, Black Panther). 

After selling out his spring headline tour, Bay is also announcing details for his expanded North American and European run. Adding nearly 30 new dates, the tour takes Bay across North America and Europe making stops at New York’s Beacon Theater onSeptember 18th and Los Angeles’ The Greek Theatre on October 7th. Fan pre-sale for these newly added shows will begin on Wednesday, March 14th at 10am local time, with the public on-sale taking place on Friday, March 16th at 10am local time. Fans can gain access to pre-sale tickets with purchase of any item from and every pair of online tickets comes with a copy of Electric Light (offer valid for US residents only). Tickets can be found at

Aspiring to push his own musical boundaries with Electric Light Bay noted: “If I had to describe my first album visually it would probably be a flame - while this new album is about a real sonic and artistic evolution for me. The feeling of a 100 watt bulb expanding and brightening is what I envisioned. Electric Light came to my mind and I knew it was perfect.” 

Composed in East London’s Baltic Studios, Bay co-wrote and co-produced Electric Light with longtime friend and collaborator Jon Green and brought onboard Paul Epworth [Adele, Florence and The Machine] to add final production elements to the record. Released on February 8th, single “Wild Love” has already reached 10 million Spotify streams and counting in addition to racking up nearly 3 million views from its official music video co-starring Natalia Dyer of Stranger Things. Watch the “Wild Love” music video here. Across the globe it has earned widespread critical acclaim from NME, Forbes, Harpers Bazaar, Time, GQ UK, Rolling Stone, People, Clash, Billboard, and more.

Tencent buys into Gaana

Tencent has acquired yet another stake in a music streaming platform, two months after its subsidiary took control of a 10% equity holding in Spotify.The Chinese media giant has led a US $115m investment round in India-based Gaana, which was founded in 2010 by Times Media / Times Internet and surpassed 50m monthly users in November last year - a figure which was up by 10m on just two months prior.

Gaana says that it plans to use the new capital to develop AI tools which will improve the service's personalized interface for users, as well as enhancing its subscription tier. Like Spotify, Gaana offers users a paid-for subscription model as well as an ad-supported free service.

Times Internet has joined Tencent in the $115m raise. Gaana's current competition in India includes Saavn, Wynk and Xiaomi-backed Hungama, as well as Apple Music. Spotify is yet to launch in the territory, but is reported to have quietly open an office in the market last year.

Tencent Holdings President Martin Lau said: “As more affordable mobile data plans are driving smartphone penetration in India, we believe growth in the music streaming market will accelerate."By investing in and collaborating with Gaana, we look forward to bringing more innovation and better experiences to all Indian music lovers."

Gautam Sinha, CEO of Times Internet, said: “We are happy to welcome Tencent as a partner in Gaana and benefit from their global learnings. "Tencent operates the largest music streaming business in China, and we look forward to working closely with them to continue to innovate and drive the digital music market in India."

Tencent's majority-owned subsidiary Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) became a 10% shareholder in Spotify at the end of last year as part of a stock swap between the two companies.Like Spotify, TME is widely expected to float on the stock market this year, with a valuation believed to be in the region of $10bn.

-courtesy Music Business World 


Papon kisses minor girl and...

All hell broke loose for Papon when during a pre-Holi celebration with the contestants of The Voice India Kids 2 which was streamed live on Facebook, he was caught on video applying gulal on the face of a minor contestant, grabbing her face and kissing her on the lips.

The video went viral creating a major storm across the country over the propriety of Papon’s actions. As expected all and sundry had an opinion about the episode with many being harshly critical about the singer’s behavior. Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhuyan after viewing the video promptly filed a complaint against him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Papon defended himself claiming the inappropriateness was more due to the camera angle than anything else and that he was innocent of any wrong doing. He has stated that he is a very affectionate and expressive person and what is seen in the video is not a sexual assault as people are portraying it. However he admitted that he had made a mistake.

Papon quit as judge of the show which is aired by &TV and Essel group which owns the chanel has banned the singer for life. Assam police has registered a case against Papon at the behest of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR).

Many cotemporaries have come out in support of Papon but as many have condemned the singer’s actions as highly improper. People who know Papon have said that he is not that kind of person. Even the minor girl involved in the episode has gone on record stating that ‘Papon Sir did not do anything wrong’.

Right or wrong the controversy is raging on fanned by an eager media and of course people are divided with detractors condemning the singer and supporters condoning him. In the end it boils down to whether you want to give him the benefit of doubt or not.

 But as far as Papon is concerned, the damage is already been done.

Anthem to Save Our Rivers

Amruta Fadnavis has roped in hubby Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis and Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam to create a music video titled Mumbai River Anthem, to spread awareness about the appalling state of Mumbai’s four rivers – Poisar, Dahisar, Oshiwara and Mithi.

Over the years rapid urbanization of Mumbai city had seen the deterioration of the rivers due to excessive pollution from discharge of untreated industrial effluents, sewage and waste from slums proliferating along the river banks.

A very genuine problem that the past state governments whether Congress/NCP or Shiv Sena/BJP or BJP/Shiv Sena have failed to address with the commitment that it deserved. As a result the water along the Mumbai coastline is so contaminated that one would not want to put one’s foot in the water in any of Mumbai’s beaches.

So its commendable that Amruta Fadnavis has taken up the cause of conserving Mumbai’s rivers and through her husband, engaged the participation of senior government officials including, Shri Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister of Finance & Planning and Forests Departments, Municipal Commissioner Shri Ajoy Mehta, Mumbai Police Commissioner Shri Datta Padsalgikar, to feature in the video.

As expected the opposition parties have lambasted the participation of the CM and senior government officials in a commercial video. But if it did get Mumbai’s rivers cleaned up, then that would truly be an incredible achievement.

Amazon Prime launches The Remix.

Amazon Prime Video India recently launched the country’s first streaming digital reality show, The Remix, an extravaganza of sound, light and action. The first two Indian episodes of the globally popular Amazon Prime Original web series were streamed recently and received an enthusiastic reception for the lively performances from online viewers.

The show is judged by celebrated Bollywood music stars, singer Sunidhi Chauhan, composer/singer-songwriter Amit Trivedi and DJ Nucleya, and hosted by TV star Karan Tacker. The idea of the show is to have a DJ-Singer pair pick a hit song and remix it with other musical elements and reinvent something quite new from the original, yet retaining the essence of the original. Contestants comprising of ten DJ-Singer pairs will compete with each other over ten episodes and each episode will see the elimination of one pair.

Vijay Subramanium, Director Content, Amazon Prime Video said at the launch, “We’re really happy to premiere The Remix on our service. It is one of the most energetic and compulsively engaging shows that I’ve seen in the reality space…at the heart of Remix is great talent, tremendous innovation and fantastic experimentation…music is in our dna as much as entertainment is and there is no better testimony of what great minds can create than the content you’re going to see on Remix”.

The show is designed and produced by Greymatter Entertainment a Mumbai based media company.

Sheila Ki JawaniLove Dose and Senorita were some of the tracks that received the remix-reinvent treatment in the inaugural high voltage, foot thumping episode of the show. The inaugural episode sure sounded and looked promising, so audiences are sure to be looking forward to the next episode of The Remix, India.

Remembering the legendary Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh.

On the celebration of Jagjit Singh 77th birth year a classy and elegant pack (Kaagaz Ki Kashti) by Brahmanand.S.Singh was launched on Thursday 08th February 2018, at Prestigious Turf Club (Worli). The launch was accomplished by Brahmanand.S.Singh ,followed by Chitra Singh who cut's the cake and a painting tributed to Jagjit Singh by Samir Mondal one of the fine water artists in the world . Dr Anil Sharma was the surprise package of the evening and a classical contemporary dance choreographed by Punita Hirani on the evergreen song and the title track of the biopic made it Gala .

It started by Salim Arif remembering Jagjit Singh and Brahmanand.S. Singh an award winning film maker, a pioneer of innovative, meaningful and engaging content. He explained the pack content of Kaagaz Ki Kashti a film that has been one of the most well-received loved and critically acclaimed , world over with 9.5 IMDb rating which includes 1) Kaagaz Ki Kashti - 2 hr. film DVD

2) An excursion -3 hr. Film extras DVD

3) Master's Magic - 2.5 hr. Paris Concert

4) Lightness of being - Coffee table book .

The overview of the pack makes the maesto come alive the journeying through his struggle, stardom, love, laughter, and loss. It is not only exploring the musician but the man behind it all.

Then the cake was cut by beloved Chitra Singh more colors were added in celebration when Samir Mandal the fine water artist in the world tributed a painting of Jagjit Singh. After the astonishing act the marvelous classical singer Dr. Anil Sharma start on a normal sober note with his vocals in terms of resonance and similarity with the singing of Jagjit Singh, add to that the skillful and mellifluous Vijayaa Shanker and its amazing world of Old World charm of Jagjit & Chitra of the 70s and 80s. The  duet sung Panjabi Tappe Kothe Pe Aa Mahiya. Dr Anil Sharma solos were on the song Garaj Baras and Hoshwalo Ko while Vijayaa Shanker solo was on the song Ek Na Ek Shama Jalaye Rakhiye and Raat Bhi Neend Bhi.

Also Sunita Bhayan one of the most talented violinist presented a soul-searching play on the preludes and interludes to a few of Jagjit Singh's most popular song. A classical contemporary dance was choreographed by Punita Hirani, known for the innovative approach had made a compelling and powerful visual delight dance on the medley of Tumko Dekha, Hoton Se Choo Lo Tum, Sarakti Jaye Rukh Se Naqab.

Sushma Kothari a die-hard fan says, "It's not like Jagjit Singh when he transport back to the era but he brings me live and is one of the beautiful part of my journey from my adolescence". Said by fan.

Well known bhajan and ghazal singer Anup Jalota pays a great tribute to Jagit Singh, "Jab Bhi Kalpana Karta Hoon Ki Bhagwan Ki Awaaz Kesi Hogi Toh Yahi Lagta Hai Ki Yakeenan Jagjit Singh Jaisi Hi Hogi".

The famous Indian poet, lyricist and film director Gulzar too is all praise, "Uski vajah uski Shaksiyat hai.

The celebration ended with a grand finale of the same choreographed interpretation of emotion and actions on the evergreen songs and the title track of the biopic with which the evening started , Kaagaz ki kashti.

-Sanam Vijay singh

Hema Sardesai International EP ft Mishal Raheja

Renowned Bollywood Singer and Social Activist, Hema Sardesai, made her international debut featuring TV Star Mishaal Raheja, with the launch of the single Power Of Love from the EP Stronger and Stronger, in New York recently.

The EP was produced by Grammy Award winning Producer and Music Publisher, Tony Mercedes and engineered by Grammy winning Producer, Jarred Lee Gosselin and recorded at the Cycadelic Studio, Los Angeles where the legendary Michael Jackson used to record his songs.

Hema is thrilled that Music Mogul and Hollywood Producer, Tony Mercedes, considered picking her to invest and produce her record. The single is an extremely inspiring song, written by celebrated American song writer, Rion Michael and fits perfectly into Hema’s sincere wish to make the world a depression-free, strongly positive place. She and Mishaal are excited that the song is already making waves in India and globally. “It is my endeavour to take songs on similar themes all over the world, to make the world a better place for all,” said Hema.

Speaking on the launch, Tony Mercedes said, “I really believe in and respect Hema. Not only for the magnificent singer that she is, but the great human being that she is as well. I have worked with many talented artists in my career, but none with a heart the size of Hema's. Hema's sincere concern to make the world a better place to live in for all is not only echoed in her music but in her life's journey as a fighter for justice and equality”.

Mishaal Raheja is a renowned Indian television actor who has won a million hearts amongst viewers both in India and across the global Indian diaspora. His work on television has also amassed a huge fan following in Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. His TVseries Laagi Tujhse Lagan has topped the viewership polls in South East Asia and he is often called Datta Bhau after the name of the character he plays in the series. Mishaal is proud that he was chosen by the famed singer to feature in her International EP. “I have learnt a lot from Hema but I have still a long way to go”, he said.

For Hema the Awaara Bhavaren Girl this is her second International outing. She won the Grand Prix at the16th International Pop Song Festival in Germany in 1989, the only Indian singer to have done so. She is also the only female singer other than Lata Mangeshkar to perform at the celebrations for the 50th year of India’s Independence Day. Apart from singing numerous Bollywood chartbusters and hugely successful IndiPop albums, Hema has been acclaimed for her performances and collaborations with top artists both here in India and globally.

But there’s more to Hema than her career as a Bollywood singer and celebrity. She has been an ardent campaigner for many social causes including, the Save Goa campaign and Saving the Girl Child specially among the underprivileged and drug trafficking, actively taking part in the campaigns, performing free of cost, to spread awareness about of these crucial issues.

So here’s wishing Hema and Mishaal a great 2018 and great success for debut their International album.

VYRL Originals to promote...

EMI Records India along with acclaimed film director Mohit Suri announce the launch of VYRL Originals, an IP created to promote Independent singers, music producers, lyricists and composers. This unique property will see the release of one brand new song every month which will launch simultaneously across music streaming services worldwide and on Radio. In the current digital landscape with consumer affinity towards streaming services, VYRL Originals comes at a time when audiences are now much more receptive to non-film music and the property aims to bridge that eternal gap between Film and Non-film music. The sound of the music emanating under this property will be contemporary with great production values but without the canvas of a film.  Mohit Suri will be personally curating and mentoring every aspect of each track that is being produced. Right from the composers, lyricists to the singers, each of them will be carefully worked on and handpicked by the director himself.
Talking about the venture, Mohit Suri shares “I hear songs from so many talented musicians that don’t always get a chance to be featured in Film OSTs. With `VYRL Originals’, we aim to provide a platform for Independent music artists to showcase their music and add to the whole independent music scene here. The songs will get the same treatment and level of production any film song would get and that’s what gives it even more potential to grow.”
Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group India & South Asia added, “Our aim to keep up with the global trend of artist driven music and provide a commercial platform for Independent artists with the help of ace filmmaker Mohit Suri. VYRL Originals aims to engage with audiences who are keen to discover & hear contemporary music on these streaming platforms as well as on Radio. I am delighted with the response from the partners towards this initiative and fairly confident that music created under VYRL Originals will be loved by the audiences.”
The first track to be launched under VYRL Originals is the soulful ‘Teri Yaad’, composed by Ajay Vas and sung by Yash Narvekar who won hearts with his song ‘Mere Dil Mein’ from Half Girlfriend. ‘Teri Yaad’ is a heartfelt song which carries the baggage of emotional pain asking for forgiveness. The song is a contemporary love ballad with Mohit Suri’s magical touch. The audio release of the single is followed by the launch of the official lyric video available on YouTube & VEVO.
The track has been produced by prominent Bollywood music producer Abhijit Vaghani who has previously produced music for Hindi films like ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Airlift’, ‘Ki and Ka’ & is credited for composing background score for over 50 films. Acclaimed Music producer Abhijit Vaghani stated “When Mohit Suri and Vinit Thakkar came to me with this project, they appeared God sent. In a landscape where Bollywood is considered the ultimate platform, it takes a huge amount of effort to promote Independent artists. I’ve been a music producer in Bollywood for over 2 decades now, my long association with Mohit Suri led them to me. I believe in promoting all kinds of talent when it comes to music - they need to be heard - the process needs to start. With this project, I know I will be able to help put this process in place and in turn I will be able to showcase my own expertise on an independent platform away from Bollywood. Some amazing tunes and themes coming up by some exceptional new composers. Teri Yaad composed by Ajay Vas has the most memorable piano theme and will surround you with memories every time you hear it!”

Swag Wali Bride

Swag Wali Bride is Akriti Kakkar's latest single and her reinterpretation of the famous Punjabi Folk song 'Chidya da chamba' in a completely different soundscape and on modern day brides. The song emphasizes on how brides and the entire mood of a wedding have changed over the years and unlike olden times, weddings are a celebration! The credits are original composition addition is done by Akriti. Lyrics by Manoj Yadav. Music produced by DAWgeek. Video directed and conceptualized by Chirag Arora.This is the first from the  #swagwalibride series where Akriti aims to recreate innovative and original songs changing the themes for modern day weddings.

Black Eyed Peas release powerful new song Street Livin

Multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning recording artists, the Black Eyed Peas have returned with new social and political force with a song titled “Street Livin.’” The song is available for streaming and digital download via all participating digital retailers.“Street Livin’” highlights four intersectional issues largely impacting communities of color - Police Brutality, Prison Reform, Gun Reform, and Immigration. The song was inspired by their ambitious groundbreaking graphic novel distributed by Marvel Comics, 'Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles' and the issues that were present in the novel (80’s) are still major issues that we are battling today.

The group has also recently released the companion AR- augmented reality app for their graphic novel distributed by Marvel Comics, 'Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles' - available on iOS and Android. The graphic novel is a futuristic B-Boy meets L.A gang culture meets Egyptology themed Zombie thriller that was released to much acclaim earlier this year, now brought to life with the ground-breaking augmented reality app featuring the voices of some of Hollywood and hip-hop's most crucial artists including Rakim, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah. The Masters of The Sun virtual reality experience will have its world premiere and launch at Sundance Film Festival and be released globally on January 19th and stars Stan Lee, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Rakim, Slick Rick and Jason Isaacs and distributed by Oculus. Both the AR app and VR experience feature narration by 95-year-old legendary comic icon Stan Lee and a score co-produced by and Academy Award-winning composer, Hans Zimmer (Dark Knight Trilogy, The Lion King).

A.R. Rahman becomes Brand Ambassador of...

The Grammy award winner a.k.a The Maestro fro Madras,A. R. Rahman was officially been declared the  Brand ambassador for the State of Sikkim at the Red Panda Winter Carnival at the Palzor Stadium in Gangtok by the Honorable Chief Minister Pawan Chamling. The winter festival,is part of the government’s effort to attract more tourists to the state and Rahman’s appointment as brand ambassador would give a huge thrust to boost the tourism, by appointing the world-famous musician as the brand ambassador, they hope to leverage his global profile to attract more domestic and foreign tourists to the state. A.R. Rahman will also having a concert in the Febraury-March this year. A.R Rahman had a hard ride to reach Gangtok from Siliguri as he had to travel by road after bad weather prevented him from taking a chopper ride to the Himalayan state.

A host of events, including music, dance, adventure sports and exhibition of Sikkim-produced organic products and handicrafts, have been lined up for 11 days.Sikkim has seen a significant rise in the number of tourist arrival over the past few years. In 2016, about 7.50 lakh domestic and 62,000 foreign tourists visited the Himalayan state.The carnival will also havethe Red Panda International Rock Music Contest beginning on January 14. Bands from different parts of the country and neighbouring countries are expected to participate in the event, winners will be given a cash award ofupto Rs 6 lakhs.

Watch out for more news from Sikkim,Singer& Actress, Priyanka Chopra, is also scheduled to visit Sikkim in April. She will be coming for the premiere of her home production Pahuna-The Little Visitors. The film was shot exclusively in Sikkim and is currently doing the rounds of the film festival circuits

Rajat Kakar to head PPL

Rajat Kakar, Business Head, Sony DADC India and former Managing Director of Universal Music India, has been appointed as MD of Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL), effective January 1, 2018. This was announced by Shridhar Subramanium, Chairman of Indian Music Industry (IMI). PPL is a collective and licensing agency under IMI, the industry trade body of music labels in India.
Rajat has considerable experience in the media and entertainment fields with successful stints at Sony Music India and Universal Music India. Early in his career he developed his skills working with companies like Asian Paints and Proctor & Gamble.
Speaking about his appointment to head PPL, Rajat said, “I am excited to lead PPL into an exciting new phase in its life cycle. The new Copyright Act coupled with clear demarcation of rights along with tools and technology available to monitor and monetize the usage of content offers immense potential for growth. I look forward to working with stakeholders and users alike to create an environment of respect for Intellectual property and transparent pricing policies by imbibing best practices from across the Globe.”

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.

Music Producer Sourav Roy turns Composer

Music and Record Producer Sourav Roy who is known for producing music for the songs like Haawayein (Jab Harry Met Sejal), London Thumakda (Queen), Zaalima (Raees), Radio Song (Tubelight),  Kar Gayi Chul (Kapoor & Sons), Phir Kabhi (MS Dhoni), Jabra Fan (Fan), Soch Naa Sake (Airlift) among others has now turned music composer. Sourav has composed the signature track for GEC giant Colors’ new Tamil channel.

Sourav Roy, who is a well known music producer in Bollywood and across the country is currently happy with the kind of response he has got for the tracks. Having worked with some of the biggest names like Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Amit Trivedi to name a few, experience working with them has helped him to turn composer. He has composed a few tracks for south films as well, which will be out soon too.

Commenting on the same, Sourav says "I love being associated to music, then whether its as a Music Producer, Record producer or as a composer. Composing a track gives me creative satisfaction and when your work is loved and appreciated, all the work is worth it.

Sourav has previously  scored the background score for Riteish Deshmukh starrer 'Banjo' and now he is currently busy in producing the music for Dutt Biopic and Race 3.

Pyarelal Wadali dies of cardiac arrest

Pyarelal Wadali the younger of the renowned Punjabi Sufi singing duo, Wadali Brothers, died of a cardiac arrest in Amritsar on March 9, 2018. He was 75.

He had been admitted to a private hospital after complaining of chest pain on February 26, but also had diabetes and renal disease and succumbed to complications arising from his ailments.

Pyarelal along with his older brother Puranchand Wadali have won several state and national awards. Pyarelal trained under his elder brother Puranchand, who himself was trained by Pandit Durga Das and   legendary Hindusthani classical vocalist, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan in the tradition of the Patiala Gharaana.

Both believed deeply in the Sufi and Punjabi folk music traditions and considered themselves the medium for passing on the teachings of the great Sufi saints. They have performed on the biggest stages in India and abroad and received the highest acclaim wherever they sang.

It was not too long before they were roped in to perform in Bollywood and they made their singing debut in the film Pinjar. They later sang for a few more films including, DhoopTanu Weds Manu and Mausam. Some of the well known hits include Tu Maane Ya Na Maane and Rangrez Mere.

He is survived by his wife two sons and three daughters.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Rangon Ka Atom Bomb

After almost 20 years singer Sukhwinder Singh released a non Bollywood single recently. His private album Nasha Hi Nasha came out in 2000 while his single Aa Mujhe Chhoo Le was released in 2001. But today, the Jai Ho singer is dropping a Holi track, "Rangon Ka Atom Bomb". It’s a typical Holi song with a lot colours, dance lots of laughter and fun. Please find the link to the song below:

Priyanka Chopra as Global Brand Ambassador for...

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced that actress, singer, producer and philanthropist Priyanka Chopra has been named a global brand ambassador for the company’s JBL® and Harman Kardon® audio brands. Chopra will participate in a series of marketing initiatives including social media and brand awareness events for JBL and Harman Kardon. As ambassador of these brands, Chopra will walk the red carpet at the Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY® Gala Salute to Industry Icons with other luminaries as part of this weekend’s GRAMMY® celebration. HARMAN is the official sound of the GRAMMYs and a recipient of three technical awards for its JBL, AKG and Lexicon brands. 

“Priyanka Chopra is the epitome of a barrier-breaking performer, bringing her iconic style and grace to everything that she does, from her award-winning entertainment career to her philanthropic work, and reaching fans all over the world,” said Ralph Santana, Chief Marketing Officer of HARMAN. “She is a force to be reckoned with and we look forward to working with her to develop innovative and engaging collaborations for our audio brands that are truly unique and first of their kind.” 

After being crowned Miss World, Chopra made her foray into the entertainment industry and soon catapulted to international stardom. In 2015, Chopra made her American TV debut, making history as the first Indian actress to headline the lead role in an U.S. television series, starring in ABC’s Quantico. She was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2017. Chopra is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is also involved in a number of philanthropic efforts to promote gender equality and the health and education of children around the world.

“Music brings the world together. It defies boarders, colors and norms, often bridging cultures, genders, and generations,” said Priyanka Chopra. “Songs often become symbols of moments throughout our lives, encouraging, inspiring, empowering, and at times, healing us. I’ve long admired the sophistication of Harman Kardon and vibrant energy of JBL, and am honored to be collaborating with such iconic brands.”

Chopra joins a diverse roster of HARMAN brand ambassadors from music, sports and entertainment, including American multi-platinum performing artist Demi Lovato; prolific musician, producer and humanitarian Quincy Jones; Indian music mogul Dr. A. R. Rahman, world-renowned pianist, educator and philanthropist Lang Lang, 2015-16 NBA Kia Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry; NBA All-Star and musician Damian Lillard; and soccer star Jerome Boateng, among others. HARMAN’s ambassador team reflects the brand's continued emphasis on forging unique and integrated partnerships that reach deeply into culture.

Daler Mehndi sings title song for film

Rajpal Yadav starrer 'Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band' has released its title track recently and has blown every listener's mind. A vibrant track, just like the film, the song is full of energy and life.'Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band' title track all set to be the next chartbuster. The party number is sung by Daler Mehndi, who has rendered his voice for the 1st time for a film title track after Bahubali. The title track of Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band is written by lyricist Jung Sandhu and the music of the movie is helmed by Vickey Prasad.

While the movie looks promising that will ensure a gala time for its audience and will be nothing short of a laughter riot, we are positive the title track, too, will be the next happening dance number driving and ruling the dance floors across the nation.

Produced by Sanjeev Kumar and Rohit Kumar under the banner of Rangrezaa Films, this movie is helmed by Gurpreet Sondh. Alongside Rajpal Yadav, the movie stars Rahul Bagga, Rohit Kumar, Dilbagh Singh, Mushtaq Khan, Naresh Gosain, Shrishti Maheshwari, Afreen Alvi and Radha Bhatt. It is slated to release on 23 March 2018. It also happens to be the debut Hindi film of Punjabi singer Dilbagh Singh.

Watch the song here:

EMI Music Publishing for sale at $4Bn+

Last year, whispers started getting louder that EMI Music Publishing was up for sale, and that the company’s various owners wanted to make a tidy profit following their $2.2bn acquisition of the firm in 2012. Today, we learn just how tidy that profit might be. According to a report from Bloomberg citing anonymous sources, EMI Music Publishing shareholder Mubadala Investment Co. is actively seeking a valuation of at least $4bn for the outfit.

According to Sony Corp’s latest filings, EMI Music Publishing controls a catalogue of 2.05m songs.Bloomberg reports that Sony Corp has already held preliminary talks with Mubadala about acquiring the company, ahead of a formal sale process which is permitted to begin from the end of June. Mubadala is also said to have contacted other potential buyers, including entertainment and financial groups.

Mubadala is part of a consortium which owns 60% of EMI Music Publishing; others in this collective include Jynwel Capital, the Blackstone Group’s GSO Capital Partners LP and David Geffen. This consortium is believed to be exercising an option which would either see Sony acquire its holding, or allow a sale of the company elsewhere.

Sony Corp is believed to own nearly 40% of EMI Music Publishing today, and – via Sony/ATV – is the company’s current global admin partner.(Sony originally acquired 30% of EMI as part of the consortium in the 2012 deal, with the Michael Jackson Estate picking up the remaining 10%.) Len Blavatnik, owner of Warner Music Group, is also said to be interested in bidding for the company. Sony slashed 60% of EMI’s post-acquisition workforce following the 2012 buyout. In 2016, Sony Corp acquired the 50% in Sony/ATV it didn’t already own from the Jackson Estate in a $750m deal.

Courtesy: Music Business World



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, Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary