ANNIVERSARIES:

Barry Gibb (Bee Gees) 1-Sep ! Bhupen Hazarika 1-Sep ! Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatha 1-Sep ! Gloria Estefan 1-Sep ! Fritz McIntyre (Simply Red) 2-Sep ! Khalid Ansari 3-Sep ! Meenakshisundaram Pillai 3-Sep ! Pyarelal (Laxmikant) 3-Sep ! Rajab Ali Khan 3-Sep ! Redfoo (LMFAO) 3-Sep ! Aadesh Shrivastav 4-Sep ! Beyonc Knowles 4-Sep ! Kim Thayil Soundgarden) 4-Sep ! Sagarika 4-Sep ! Vinayak Torvi 4-Sep ! Ayaan Ali Bangash 5-Sep ! Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) 5-Sep ! Terry Ellis (En Vogue) 5-Sep ! Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) 6-Sep ! Nina Persson (The Cardigans) 6-Sep ! Rajeswari Padmanabhan 6-Sep ! Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) 6-Sep ! Rukmani Ramani 6-Sep ! Sikkil Neela 6-Sep ! Sushma Shreshta(Poornima) 6-Sep ! Bhavna Somaiya 7-Sep ! Gloria Gaynor 7-Sep ! Asha Bhosle 8-Sep ! Avicii 8-Sep ! David Steele (Fine Young Cannibals) 8-Sep ! Laxmi Ganesh Tewari 8-Sep ! Pink 8-Sep ! Vidyadhar Vyas 8-Sep ! Wiz Khalifa 8-Sep ! Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) 9-Sep ! Macy Gray 9-Sep ! Michael Buble 9-Sep ! Joe Perry (Aerosmith) 10-Sep ! Jose Feliciano 10-Sep ! Matthew Followill (Kings Of Leon) 10-Sep ! N.Sashikiran 10-Sep ! Ramanathapuram (Poochi) 10-Sep ! Salim Akhtar 10-Sep ! Sumati Mutatkar 10-Sep ! Vinay (Nikihil) 10-Sep ! Brad Fischetti (LFO) 11-Sep ! Harry Connick, Jr. 11-Sep ! Jon Buckland (Coldplay) 11-Sep ! Jon Moss (Culture Club) 11-Sep ! Ludacris 11-Sep ! Moby 11-Sep ! Tommy Shaw (STYX) 11-Sep ! Durga Jasraj 12-Sep ! Jennifer Hudson 12-Sep ! Liam Gallagher (Oasis) 12-Sep ! Papa Venkataramiah 12-Sep ! Vinod Rathod 12-Sep ! Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) 13-Sep! Mohanrao Palekar 13-Sep ! Prabha Atre 13-Sep ! Steve Perkins (Jane's Addiction) 13-Sep ! Sunita Rao 14-Sep ! Veena Sahasrabuddhe 14-Sep ! Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer 15-Sep ! Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) 15-Sep ! T.N.Seshagopalan 15-Sep ! Marc Anthony 16-Sep ! Nick Jonas 16-Sep ! Ram Laxman 16-Sep ! Richard Marx 16-Sep ! Wamanrao Sadolikar 16-Sep ! Aditya Paudwal 17-Sep ! Lalgudi G.Jayaraman 17-Sep ! Balwantrai Bhatt 19-Sep ! Chuck Panozzo (STYX) 20-Sep ! David Silveria (Korn) 21-Sep ! Don Felder (Eagles) 21-Sep ! Faith Hill 21-Sep ! Jason Derulo 21-Sep ! Sunny M.R. 21-Sep ! David Coverdale (Whitesnake) 22-Sep ! Joan Jett 22-Sep ! Bruce Springsteen 23-Sep ! Emani Sankara Sastri 23-Sep ! Julio Iglesias 23-Sep ! Imran Merchant 25-Sep ! Will Smith 25-Sep ! Cindy Herron (En Vogue) 26-Sep ! Olivia Newton-John 26-Sep ! Papanasam Sivan 26-Sep ! Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) 26-Sep ! Avril Lavigne 27-Sep ! Lil Wayne 27-Sep ! Mark Calderon (Color Me Badd) 27-Sep ! Meatloaf 27-Sep ! Pinky (Preety-Pinky) 27-Sep ! Durai Swaminathan 28-Sep ! Hilary Duff 28-Sep ! Jennifer Rush 28-Sep ! Lata Mangeshkar 28-Sep ! Les Claypool (Primus) 28-Sep ! Jerry Lee Lewis 29-Sep ! Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls) 30-Sep ! Keith Duffy (Boyzone) 1-Oct ! Majrooh Sultanpuri 1-Oct ! Sachin Dev Burman 1-Oct ! Youssou N'Dour 1-Oct ! Don McLean 2-Oct ! Lene Grawford Nystrom (Aqua) 2-Oct ! Nikhita Gandhi 2-Oct ! Sting 2-Oct ! Arun Dravid 3-Oct ! Ashlee Simpson 3-Oct ! Chubby Checker 3-Oct ! Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) 3-Oct ! India.Arie 3-Oct ! Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys) 3-Oct ! Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) 3-Oct ! Tommy Lee (Mtley Cre) 3-Oct ! Chris Lowe (Pet Shop Boys) 4-Oct ! Jon Secada 4-Oct ! Pamela Mukherjee 4-Oct ! R.K.Sreeramkumar 4-Oct ! Saraswati Rane 4-Oct ! Shailendra Singh 4-Oct ! Brian Johnson (AC/DC) 5-Oct ! Prameela Gurumurthy 5-Oct ! Rattan Jain 5-Oct ! Rekha Harish Bhimani 5-Oct ! Sir Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) 5-Oct ! Steve Miller (Steve Miller Band) 5-Oct ! T.N.Krishnan 6-Oct. ! Ashwini Bhide Deshpande 7-Oct ! John Mellencamp 7-Oct ! Leeroy Thornhill (Prodigy) 7-Oct ! Palai C.K.Ramachandran 7-Oct ! Sangeetha Katti 7-Oct ! Thom Yorke (Radiohead) 7-Oct ! Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) 7-Oct ! Toni Braxton 7-Oct ! Usha Khanna 7-Oct ! Bruno Mars 8-Oct ! Ray Royer (Procol Harum) 8-Oct ! Leo Rod 9-Oct ! David Lee Roth (formerly of Van Halen) 10-Oct ! Nedunuri Krishnamurthy 10-Oct ! Rahul Deshpande 10-Oct ! Daryl Hall (Daryl Hall & John Oates) 11-Oct ! Martie Seidel (Dixie Chicks) 12-Oct ! Milan Singh 12-Oct ! Nida Fazli 12-Oct ! Paul Simon 13-Oct ! Sammy Hagar 13-Oct ! Cliff Richard 14-Oct ! Colin Hodgkinson (Whitesnake) 14-Oct ! M.S.Shashank 14-Oct ! Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) 14-Oct ! Shaznay Lewis (All Saints ) 14-Oct ! Thomas Dolby 14-Oct ! Usher 14-Oct ! Ajit Singh 15-Oct ! Chris De Burgh 15-Oct ! Dr. N.Ramani 15-Oct ! Mudikondan C.Venkatarama Iyer 15-Oct ! Nikhil(Vinay) 15-Oct ! Sanjeev Abhyankar 15-Oct ! Flea (Red Hot Chili eppers) 16-Oct ! John Mayer 16-Oct ! Shashwat Singh 16-Oct ! Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips) 16-Oct ! Bhaskarbuwa Bakhale 17-Oct ! Christopher Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) 17-Oct ! Eminem 17-Oct ! Jim Seal (Seals & Crofts) 17-Oct ! Rene Dif (Aqua) 17-Oct ! Siraj Sayed 17-Oct ! Wyclef Jean (Fugees) 17-Oct ! Ziggy Marley!17-Oct ! Palladam Sanjeeva Rao 18-Oct ! Peter Svensson (Cardigans) 18-Oct ! Wynton Marsalis 18-Oct ! Chinni Prakash 19-Oct ! Pras Michel (Fugees) 19-Oct ! Deepa Gahlot 20-Oct ! Jim Sonefeld (Hootie & The Blowfish) 20-Oct ! Kumar Sanu 20-Oct ! Snoop Doggy Dogg 20-Oct ! Manfred Mann 21-Oct ! Prayag Raj 22-Oct ! Shaggy 22-Oct ! Zac Hanson (Hanson) 22-Oct ! Dwight Yoakham 23-Oct ! Malaika Arora 23-Oct ! Sapna mukherji 23-Oct ! Weird Al Yankovic 23-Oct ! Ben Gillies (Silverchair) 24-Oct ! Bill Wyman (formerly of the Rolling Stones) 24-Oct ! Meghna Reddy 24-Oct ! Tirupanithura Radhakrishnan 24-Oct ! Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 25-Oct ! Glen Tipton (Judas Priest) 25-Oct ! Katy Perry 25-Oct ! Madurai Mani Iyer 25-Oct ! Matthias Jabs (The Scorpions) 25-Oct ! Navneet Nishan 25-Oct ! Sharda 25-Oct ! Speech (Arrested Development) 25-Oct ! Shabbir Kumar 26-Oct ! Simon Lebon (Duran Duran) 26-Oct ! Anuradha Paudwal 27-Oct ! Kenneth K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) 27-Oct ! Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran) 27-Oct ! Venus 27-Oct ! Rohan Kapoor 28-Oct ! Salma Agha 29-Oct ! Toby Smith (Jamiroquai) 29-Oct ! Abhijeet 30-Oct ! Abu Malik 30-Oct ! Dalip Tahil 30-Oct ! Joey BellaDonna (Anthrax) 30-Oct ! Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles) 30-Oct ! Larry Mullen (U2) 31-Oct ! Linn Berggren (Ace Of Base) 31-Oct ! Mirashi Buwa 31-Oct ! R. C. Mehta 31-Oct ! Vanilla Ice 31-Oct

Aloft Star Asia Pacific 2018

Aloft Star Asia Pacific 2018, a talent project which is set to pick the most promising music talent from around the world has bought on board Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music Group, India &South Asia, as a key member of the jury for the finale which will take place in Seoul, Korea on 20th September 2018.
It will now be a four member jury which comprises of Mr. Devraj Sanyal along with SAAY who is a 24 year old Korean R&B singer-songwriter, Mr. Alex Dyson, a renowned Australian music industry personality and Ms. Shu Ping Liang,  Marriott International’s brand leader for the Select Service brands in Asia Pacific – Courtyard by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton, Fairfield by Marriott, Aloft Hotels, Element, Moxy and AC Hotels.
Aloft Star Asia Pacific is a contest which has been curated to identify the hottest emerging music talent from around the globe, offering them a chance to kick-start their careers. The current season was hailed and received over 1,000 entries from artists, bands and songwriters from different parts of the world. After two rounds of elimination it is now in its last phase in which finalist namely Hanita Bhambri from India, High Tropics from Australia, Nate Nontree from Bangkok, Blah from Korea, Eric Kung from Taiwan will be battling it out Live at Aloft Seoul Myeongdong in South Korea
Says Devraj Sanyal, “Being part of the jury on `The Stage’, I’ve seen some incredibly good talent in India, however, I’m super excited now to be part of `Aloft Star Asia Pacific’ which brings out the best of Asia!  I’m looking forward to meeting the finalists and know more about their musical journey to this point. This competition is such a brilliant format that brings out the best of Asia and I just can’t wait to see them battle it out in Seoul and then to announce the winner along with my co-judges”.
The judges will be evaluating the contestants on showmanship and stage presence, technical skill, “WOW” factor, creativity and originality, international appeal, along with original song writing and music composition.
Aloft Star Asia Pacific is a competition spearheaded by Aloft Hotels in partnership with Universal Music Group.

Make Way For The Indians

Apache Indian - Raftaar Collaboration!, one a legend, an icon and an artist with an inimitable sound and style who undoubtedly paved the way for other Asian talent to reach out into the mainstream. Apache Indian and now the original raggamuffin returns with a brand new track reminiscent of those thunderous years when'BoomShakaLak', 'Movie Over India' and 'Chok De' rocked every club in every city in every nation!

'Punjabi Girl' features Apache dropping Punjabi lyrics to a dancehall melody that immediately lifts your soul and makes you smile. Incorporated throughout the track are the rap talents of India's 'Raftaar' who has enjoyed great success with hits including 'Baby Marvake Maanegi', 'Swag Mera Desi', 'Jaanu' and 'Go Pagal' to name but a few.
Apache says: "This song took me over a year to write and was inspired by my fans wanting some old skool vibez again! I had fun with this song; using more of my Punjabi mother tongue flowing hard on an Indian dancehall beat."As they reached the final mix stages of the song, Raftaar’s camp in India discussed a possible collaboration and the rest, as they say, is history!
Apache adds: "Raftaar's lyrics and vocal delivery on the song adds a magic sprinkling that gives it yet another Hindi/Bollywood twist! We are also working on another track that I will feature on for him! BLESS UP Raftar for his contribution!"
Punjabi Girl is taken from Apache Indian's long-awaited new album simply titled ‘On The Weekend’ after one of the songs on the album. The album also features the late great Frankie Paul (RIP), Destiny, Cousin Vinny & El Feco Baker. Produced by the Legendary Jim Beanz & Charlie Hype with remixes created by Bangalore's Argenil.

PPL continues its transformation agenda

Hari Nair, erstwhile Sony Music (Director - Digital business) has been hired as “Chief Digital Officer” by Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) India. Hari brings deep expertise in building digital products & business, and will be part of the leadership team at PPL. He will be reporting into President & CEO of PPL, Mr Rajat Kakar.Hari’s primary responsibility will be to transform the traditional business / processes into new age digital ones. The first such step is an online licensing system to bring in transparency and ease of doing business for PPL license users. Business development for public performance using technology based solutions will be the core part of this responsibilities. Additionally, he would lead the radio business, membership teams and be responsible for PR & Communication strategy, including social media etc.
On this appointment, PPL, President & CEO, Rajat Kakar commented “We continue to invest in our transformation agenda. PPL is entering a very exciting phase in its life cycle where transparency and technology are going to be the key drivers for growth and in turn will result in improved distribution of license royalty amongst the large member base. Hari’s skills in Digital combined with his business building acumen will be very handy for PPL at this stage.…”
Hari was heading the digital business for Sony Music India for the last 5 years. Sony hired him to run the Jive platform, a music streaming app which was bundled in Sony handsets. Prior to that, he was the “Head of Sales & Operations” at Mauj Mobile. His first foray in the media industry was with Soundbuzz, which was acquired later by Motorola. Overall, he has 20 years of experience in the New Media space.
On his new role, Mr Hari Nair said “We will build digital products that are required to get us in synch with our global counterparts, and increase transparency with end users. This role helps me learn two business verticals of the music industry i.e. public performance & radio. Currently, the revenue contribution from these two verticals is very small. Digital tools that we build should empower teams, increase team productivity & compliance on licensing with an end objective to increase revenues for our members.”
Hari will also play a crucial role at IMI (Indian Music Industry) and would be leading the anti-piracy efforts along with government departments like DIPP / CIPAM and Maharashtra Cyber Cell Unit. He would lead the creation of the “Indian Music Charts”, working with major streaming platforms like Saavn, Gaana, Amazon, Apple etc. 
IMI Chairman, Mr. Shridhar Subramaniam said: “The government and the IMI are initiating a number of programmes to tackle the menace of digital piracy. Hari’s understanding of tefchnology and music business uniquely qualifies him to develop and coordinate the anti- piracy efforts from IMI”
 

URBN Launches

URBN, a new-age premium brand in the audio and electronics industry, has launched its first ever range of trendy portable speakers, earphones and headphones that promise an immersive music experience to audiophiles. With premium quality offering at affordable prices, consumers now will experience the true quality of music with that extra punch.
 
Recently, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had come on board as partner-evangelist for the brand. As URBN looks to build on its presence in the Indian market to enter new segments and build market share, MS Dhoni will be an integral part of the journey.
 
URBN’s range of products are engineered to travel with durable designs and impressive battery life. Each includes proprietary technology to help produce world-class performance for its size. The line-up even includes headphones and earphones that combine superior sound with ease of use that ensure a great experience for the customers.
 
“Music drives me to do more on and off the field and there is no better fit than URBN’s range of audio products. The range is young and trendy, just like the team behind it. I am excited to be part of their journey and I am sure consumers will also be as enthusiastic about the products as we are,” says Mahi. An audiophile himself, Mahi understands the cutting-edge technology involved in the designing of these audio products, which cemented his decision to extend his support to URBN’s vision.
 
Speaking about the new range, Sagar Gwallani, CEO of URBN said, “URBN has been specially designed to deliver an immersive music experience to the millennials. Like URBN, Dhoni epitomizes Gen Y audience – confident, cool and savvy; and therefore, we think he is the best fit for our brand. We now have a confluence of best-in-class products and a perfectly apt persona. With this new range, we are excited to bring in an elegant shift that offers audiophiles a combination of innovative, carefully designed, high-quality products that look cool too.”
 
URBN has kicked-off its new range of premium products in the personal audio category, available on Flipkart and in retail stores as well. This new range caters to purist music lovers, the millennials and the company assures to delight them with high-quality audio experience at a great value.

@Sagar Gwallani

@MS Dhoni

Percept collaborates with Rashi Entertainment

Percept Live, a pioneer and leading live entertainment company in India, has collaborated with Delhi based event and promotions giant Rashi Entertainment to co-promote all Sunburn events in Delhi-NCR. Sunburn which enjoys the status of being one of the biggest dance music brands in the world has just kicked off its 12th season.  

This collaboration comes fresh on the heels of the announcement of the Sunburn mega multi-city festivals, which will be held on 5th October 2018 in Bengaluru at Mapho Convention Centre, followed by a two-day festival from 6th to 7th October 2018 at Jio Garden, Mumbai and Huda Ground, Lesiure Valley Delhi NCR simultaneously. These City Festivals will give fans a taste of the main Sunburn Festival 2018 slated to take place at the Oxford Gold Resort in Pune from 29th December to 31st December 2018.

Speaking on the collaboration, Karan Singh, CEO Sunburn Global stated, “We’ve shared a great rapport with Rashi Entertainment in the past and have collaborated on other projects. We are delighted to have them on board to co-promote all Sunburn events that will take place in Delhi. They have a great legacy of hosting and producing events on a grand scale and we are sure they will add immense value to give fans a great Sunburn experience. We look forward to working closely with them on the mega Sunburn City Festival scheduled from 6 – 7 October in Delhi NCR.”

Expressing his views on the collaboration, Rajeev Jain, Director Rashi Entertainment voiced, “It is a great privilege to be a co-promoter of the legendary Sunburn Events in the National Capital Region. We have had a great working association in the past year and we are confident that our collaboration will go a long way and will definitely heighten the entertainment quotient in the Delhi-NCR Region. We plan to do a few other big gigs with International DJs in the city. Looking forward to a super successful Sunburn City Festival extravaganza unlike any other in Delhi NCR in October.”

@Karan Singh

@Rajeev Jain

New Mecanica sign with Italian label Wormhole Death Records

Portuguese Metallers NEW MECANICA recently signed a deal with Wormhole Death Records, a sub-label of the Italian Aural Music Group, for the internacional release of their brand new and 3rd album 'VEHEMENT', later this year. Japanese Release will be done by Wormholedeath Japan / Space Shower; USA: Wormholedeath USA; Digital: The Orchard (Sony Music Ent.)."

“Vehement” was produced by the band and mix & mastered at Wrecords Studio, Lisbon by Wilson Silva (MORE THAN A THOUSAND).
It features the following 10 songs:
1- A Second; 
2- Chronophobia; 
3- Lost Paradise; 
4- Two Worlds; 
5- Reflect; 
6- Written; 
7- Clouded; 
8- Vehement; 
9- Never Fade; 
10- Journey

The official music video for "Lost Paradise", the second single from 'VEHEMENT', is already streaming online and can be seen below.

https://youtu.be/LGUfIhWnteE

"...enjoy your last meal in our Lost Paradise"

@Wormhole Death Records

@NEW MECANICA

Vivo launches advanced smartphone V11 Pro

Vivo, the global premium smartphone brand, today unveiled the V11 Pro, a smartphone that sets new industry benchmarks with its In-Display Fingerprint Technology, new Halo FullView™ Display and AI powered dual pixel sensor camera. The V11 Pro is the first in the V series to incorporate In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, continuing Vivo’s technology leadership in biometric security, while maintaining a sleek and stylish design.

Vivo’s V11 Pro also features key design breakthroughs, with the new Halo FullView™ Display paired with Starry Night and Dazzling Gold colors, all enclosed within a curved 3D body to provide a seamless and immersive user experience.

With a commitment to the ‘Make in India’ program, V11 Pro has been manufactured at Vivo’s Greater Noida facility.

@vivoindia

 

 

Radio City, RJ Archana take to the street with City ki Pride

Radio City organized a pride walk in the wake of the historical verdict announced last week by the Supreme Court of India on Section 377, decriminalizing sex between consenting adults of the same gender. Radio City’s ‘City Ki Pride - #FreeHugs’ took place on Monday, 10th September, wherein RJ Archana set out on a pride walk in Bandra East area of Mumbai, with members of the LGBTQA community.

The members joining in for the walk included famous fashion designer Rohit Verma, Social worker for transgender rights, Vicky Shinde, Mr. Gay India (Runner-Up) 2017, Darshan Mandhana and others from LGBTQA groups like ‘Rainbow Tigers’ and ‘Humsafar’.

The idea behind the activation was to celebrate the verdict by spreading the message of #LoveisLove and members of the community giving out free hugs to all. The contingent held placards saying “Love is Love”, “Love knows no gender” and Pride flags while offering Free Hugs to passersby.

Radio City’s RJ Archana said, “I am really happy and proud to be a part of the ‘City Ki Pride - #FreeHugs’ initiative by Radio City. We, at Radio City, have always been a propagator of equal rights for all and no discrimination towards any one based on their gender or sexuality. Now that the Supreme Court has accepted them, it is the common people who need to show their love and support to the LGBTQA community, and I am really proud and urge everyone to spread the love and joy to all.”

Since Radio City believes that ‘Change begins at home’, City Ki Pride - #FreeHugs began in the Radio City office itself and extended to the streets later. RJ Archana led the walk and asked common Mumbaikars for their response to the verdict. The team received an enthusiastic and cheerful response from people of all age and vocation; from college students to fruit vendors to older men – everyone was receptive and accepting of the love being offered.

With this activity, Radio City extends their full love and support to people of all genders, communities and backgrounds, and will continue to do so in future.

@RJArchana

@RadioCity

P V Sindhu is Brand Ambassador for JBL

HARMAN International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets today announced that Olympics medalist and top Indian Badminton Champion, P.V. Sindhu has been appointed as the brand ambassador for JBL’s new range of sports earphones in India.

The company has launched a new range of sports earphones named JBL Endurance that includes four new earphones - RUN, SPRINT, JUMP and DIVE - each designed with a unique set of features tailored to athletes’ preferred sport activities. Priced between Rs.1,599 and 6,999, these are immediately available at www.JBL.com and at various online and retail stores, including 350 Samsung brand stores across the country.

Speaking on her association with HARMAN, P.V. Sindhu said, “JBL Endurance earphones are ideal for athletes like me, who like to carry their music everywhere. From practice matches, to intense workout sessions, JBL Endurance has become my constant companion now. They are designed for a perfect fit and can handle the grit and grind of an athlete’s workout perfectly – I am very impressed! ”

“It’s an honor to have a young sports icon like P.V. Sindhu, who is idolized by millions of Indians, associated with JBL. The all-new JBL Endurance earphones are designed for athletes and sportspersons like Ms. Sindhu, and almost anyone who likes growing fit to their favorite tunes. Combining our award-winning patented ergonomics with technology that withstands the most intense athletic performance, JBL Endurance earphones offer a range of solutions that can work with any athlete’s routine,” said Sumit Chauhan, Vice President - Lifestyle Audio, HARMAN India.

Combining durability with the ultimate comfort and convenience, JBL Endurance earphones are perfect audio companion for every type of athlete. All earphones within the line-up are engineered with JBL’s Signature Sound with Pure Bass Performance, so athletes can use their tracks as motivation to go the extra mile in the pool or on the pavement.

Intuitive features including on-ear touch controls directly on the earphone give users the ability to easily control their music and volume. JBL Endurance wireless earphones feature up to eight hours of playtime and its Speed Charge battery charges one hour of playback in just 10 minutes of charge.

JBL SPRINT, JUMP, and DIVE wireless earphones are equipped with IPX7 waterproof technology to endure all conditions and weather, and can be safely rinsed clean after sweaty workouts. The earbuds’ form factor provides stability and the safety of Twistlock™ Technology and FlexSoft™ Comfort Fit silicon materials to ensure they will never hurt or fall out.

@Sumit Chauhan

@PVSindhu

 

Pure Goldblum: Jeff Goldblum's debut album

Jeff Goldblum has starred in some of the highest-grossing movies of the modern era, including Jurassic Park and Independence Day. Is the Hollywood actor now about to become one of the big stars of the Q4 release schedule?

Decca seem confident that Goldblum can do just that with his debut album as a jazz pianist, The Capitol Studios Sessions. Featuring his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, the record will be released on November 9.

Goldblum, who has been playing the piano since he was a child, has performed at venues in Los Angeles and New York City over the past few decades. He hosts a weekly jazz variety show at LA’s Rockwell Table and Stage that intersperses his love of jazz with improvised comedy. 

His talent came to light in the UK when he appeared on The Graham Norton Show and performed with Gregory Porter. Following that appearance, he became a label mate of Porter after he was snapped up by Decca.

As well as the release date, the label has confirmed details of guest stars on the album of jazz and standards. Grammy-nominated trumpeter Till Brönner appears on multiple tracks and Irish singer Imelda May guests on three songs. My Baby Just Cares For Me features former American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart, while US comedian and actress Sarah Silverman sings Me And My Shadow.

“I love improvising and that feeling of communication and interplay,” said Goldblum. “It’s one of the cornerstones of my acting technique. I see my music in the same way.” 

The album was recorded at Capitol Studios with producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Madeleine Peyroux).  

Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra head to London next month for their first ever UK live shows, which sold out immediately. They will perform at Ronnie Scott’s and Cadogan Hall, as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, before performing in Paris and Berlin.

 

Curtesy Music

 

Divine, Red Bull, OML present Gully Fest in Mumbai

India’s premier hip-hop star DIVINE announces 'Gully Fest' presented by Red Bull Music. Gully Fest is a one-day festival dedicated to all elements of hip-hop culture which will feature acts like DIVINE’s band Gully Gang, Delhi Sultanate and Begum X and local hip-hop stars. Conceptualised by DIVINE, presented by Red Bull Music and produced by OML the festival will be held in Mumbai on September 22, 2018,

Gully Fest will feature the biggest and upcoming stars of desi hip-hop, professional MCs and DJs, beatboxers, b-boys and showcase the best of street culture in India. Over the past couple of years, hip-hop has become the voice of new India, giving the underrepresented a platform for self-expression. At the center of this cultural storm is DIVINE, India’s premier hip-hop star. 

This Fest is a celebration of all that makes Indian hip-hop one of the most popular genres of music amongst young Indians today. An intrinsic part of hip-hop culture, b-boying in recent years has seen an upsurge in popularity in India, and Gully Fest will also showcase the dance style courtesy three-time Red Bull BC One India Champion, Flying Machine. Insider.in has tied up as their official ticketing partner.

“Gully Fest is the voice of streets. It’s not just a stage, it is a community of voices from my generation that are only just starting to get heard. This is only just the start,” says DIVINE aka Vivian Fernandes. 

With awards and accolades to his name, DIVINE’s fiery, anger-spitting verses have struck a chord with everyone from Dharavi to Darjeeling. Central to rise of the ‘gully rap’ movement, with hit singles like ‘Meri gully mein’, ‘Jungli sher’, ‘Farak’ and ‘One side’ DIVINE’s brutally honest Hindi rap draws inspiration from his own life and the streets of Mumbai, set to beats that wouldn’t be out of place in a Los Angeles studio. DIVINE is working on his debut album, slated to be released later this year.

Dialogue: The Indian Music Industry Convention

DIALOGUE-Indian Music Conclave was an initative that was organized by the Indian Music Industry (IMI) recently.The IMI represents the Music Companies in India, and is an IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) affiliate. This was the first convention organized by the IMI and was an event to Meet all stake holders, Create a platform to present issues, Honor and Award, understand legal issues, get an International perspective, get updated of how the new management teams at IMI led by Blaise Fernandes, Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL) led by Rajat Kakar & IPRS under the chairmanship of Javed Akthar look to taking the Music business forward. And of course there was Party time too.

RagatoRock gives its take on the day long event.

The convention began with a welcome address by Blaise Fernandes President and CEO (IMI), followed by the Keynote speakers: Shridhar Subramaniam-Chairman, IMI; Javed Akthar-Chairman, IPRS; Mandar Thakur-Chairman, PPL; followed by overviews by K T Ang-IFPI; Eric Baptiste-CISAC, to conclude the session with Person of the Year Award presented by the legendary Record Mogul Seymour Stien and Shridhar Subramaniam to Javedsaab.
   
The Discussion sessions began with Ameet Datta-Balakrishna Assosiates, Eric Baptiste & KT Ang, Sushil Satpute-Director at DIPP, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce made a special address on the support of the Goverment. This was followed by a presentation by Abhishek Dhoreliya-MarkScan, and a panel discussion moderated by Devraj Sanyal with Mandar Thakur, Anurag Bedi-Zee Music, GB Aayee-Saregama, Kumar Taurani-Tips Industries and Legal Expert-Puja UdayBakshi. A Special Address was given by Shri Hoshiar Singh-Registrar of Copyrights, the office of Copyrights, DIPP. The last session prior to lunch was on Empowering Collection Societies by Rajat Kakar and Rakesh Nigam-CEO, IPRS 

The post lunch session began with an address by Charles Caldas CEO Merlin, This was followed by a panel session moderated by Atul Churamaniani and the Panelists were: Sagarika Das-Sagarika Music, Mahua Lahiri-Asha Audio, Aditya Gupta-Aditya Music, Swaroop Reddy-Think Music, Satwinder Singh-Speed Music (Punjabi) which was very interesting for all, and then there was a session by the collecting societies on Where is the money? Finally there was the presentation of the China Model with Ed Peto and KT Ang.

The event ended with Coctails and Dinner and everyone looking forward to many more such occasions and many Cheers to the IMI team.  

City Festivals will be run up to Sunburn 2018

Sunburn, Asia's biggest electronic dance music festival kick-started its 12th Season with the announcement of Sunburn City Festivals which makes its comeback after a gap of 2 years. The mega multi-city festivals, which will be held on 5th October 2018 in Bengaluru, followed by a two-day festival from 6th to 7th October 2018 in Mumbai and Delhi NCR simultaneously. These City Festivals will give fans a taste of the Sunburn Festival with larger than life experiences and a stellar artist line up, along with an array of activities and a curated F&B offering.  

The line up includes Above & Beyond who return to Sunburn after 7 years, Yellow Claw who return to India after 2 years, the elusive trap DJ Malaa, with Moksi, and a very special guest - Kristian Nairn, who is famed for his character "Hodor" in the series Game of Thrones, besides a host of other home grown artists.

City Festivals are planned as a build up to the much awaited flagship Sunburn Festival 2018 which is slated to take place at the Oxford Gold Resort in Pune from 29th December to 31st December 2018.The festivals will feature cutting edge technology, mind-blowing SFX and state of the art production. 

Commenting on the commencement of Sunburn City Festival 2018, Mr. Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn Global said, "Given the immense popularity of Sunburn and the ever growing demand for more Sunburn
events across the country, we're glad to bring the City Festivals to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi NCR. These festivals are also an attempt to give fans a taste of the true Sunburn Festival vibe and haven't
experienced previous Sunburn Festival editions or find it difficult to travel outside their city to attend our events."

The tickets for Sunburn City festival are live on www.bookmyshow.com and tickets start at 1500 INR.

Artist Aloud Unplugged

Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent music, recently announced, ‘Artist Aloud Unplugged’, a new music show featuring curated and talented independent musicians performing in a raw, unfiltered format.

Consisting of 10 episodes, the first season episode 1 was launched on 15th August with new episodes available to stream every Wednesday 4 PM onwards on Artist Aloud app, Artistaloud.com and Artist Aloud’s social media platforms. Each episode will feature a different artiste and allow the viewers to experience their unadulterated performances laced with the natural magic of their voices.

As a platform that stands for independent music, though its new show, Artist Aloud intends to promote creativity and independence while retaining the ingenuity of the musicians’ performances, the beauty of their art, expressions, journeys, and stories.

Talking about the new music series, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “As the leading platform for independent talent, we aim to provide a holistic stage to artists that celebrate uniqueness and encourages them to express themselves in their own distinct way. Artist Aloud Unplugged is in sync with our philosophy of putting talent first. We are certain that the show will help in bridging the gap between talent and music lovers and give the audience exclusive access to original music.”

Artist Aloud Unplugged Season 1 will bring to limelight 10 artists from different genres, each with their own unique approach towards music, bringing diversity to the platform and offering the viewers an unforgettable experience.
 

A new Comedy Music series

'Banned' is Viu's upcoming comedy musical drama serieson Viu, directed by Ashish Shukla, the concept will take the audience through the rollercoaster life journey of four Punjabi jatts who get politically caged for their antisocial act in their Music video The quality of music is top notch and has an essence of rebel and youth-filled emotions. After working on hits such as Dev.D, Phillauri, Udta Punjab amongst others, the talented writer, lyricist and poet Shellee Singh Sodhi has written songs for Viu's upcoming series, "Parag Chhabria, Utsav Nanda, Satyam Tripathi and I have worked for three long months to perfect songs for this series. We had to become the characters to be able to portray them in the songs. We have put a lot of hard work in it as we did not want to take it lightly as just another tv show. I have never seen any web series with such great music."

Singing multiple songs for the series, the famous 'Ruby Ruby' singer from Sanju, Shashwat Singh added, "I guess we are all new to the web platform. But i am enjoying the experience of working with productions involved here.  Parag and Utsav, in their particular compositions have created magic. There is grandeur of cinematic music in this album, yet it is simple and organic enough to touch the audience's hearts. This is my second time that i have sung for a web series. And i don't want this train to stop."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8SFx1uKDSU&feature=youtu.be

@Krishma Solanki-Associate Account Director-Moes Art @Viu is a leading OTT Video service by@ PCCW and @Vuclip @director Ashish Shukla @Shellee Singh Sodhi @Parag Chhabria, Utsav Nanda, Satyam Tripathi( lyricists) @ singer  Shashwat Singh @

Javed Akhtar is the Indian Music Industry's "Person of the Year"

Eminent script writer, lyricist, poet and Chairman of IPRS, Mr. Javed Akhtar was recognized and awarded with the inaugural Indian Music Industry “PERSON OF THE YEAR” award.In a glittering function organized by the IMI during the first “DIALOGUE- Indian Music Conclave” organized by the IMI which is the apex Indian Music Industry body, Mr. Akhtar was presented with the award by Mr. Shridhar Subramaniam President of Sony Music Indiaand Chairman of IMI and by Seymour Stein Co-founder/ Chairman Sire Records and VP Warner Bros Records.

Shridhar Subramaniam, Chairman of IMI said that, “this award is recognition of Javed  Saab’s outstanding leadership which will allow the industry now to concentrate on bigger challenges and to expand and bring value to all stakeholders and users of music.”An audio-visual presentation contained messages from personalities like Oscar winner  AR Rahman, Film maker Karan Johar, Vikram Mehra, MD Saregama, Devraj Sanyal MD & CEO Universal Music Group and South Asia etc. demonstrated the respect with which Mr. Akhtar is viewed across the film and music industry.


In his address to the conference on receiving the award, Mr Javed Akhtar said, that the creator was an indispensable part of the music industry and the soft power of creators could be a critical part of the strength of the music industry as it deals with the serious challenges posed by technology. He said, “this award is not only recognition of me, it is recognition for all stakeholders in the Industry- of the extremely positive and mature fashion in which the industry now conducts and views itself”.

Mandar Thakur, COO of Times Music and Director of IPRS said that, Javed Saab’s status as a leader is not only limited to IPRS but is acknowledged across the industry- all of this as a result of the extremely positive and constructionist role he has played in bringing together stakeholders on one table. The IMI Man of the Year award is recognition of this reality” Devraj Sanyal MD & CEO of Universal Music Group, India and South Asia said, “Javed Saab’s exemplary leadership and evenhanded approach to all stakeholders has brought this industry to an extremely positive point - something we have not seen for quite some time now.

The Indian music industry must take advantage of this great synergy that has been built up between all of us- I feel, that given Javed Saab’s leadership, we are up to this task- good things lie ahead for the industry.”

IMI (‘Indian Music Industry”) is the apex music industry association and an affiliate of IFPI (International federation of Phonogram Industries) and the premier recorded music industry body in India.

IPRS is India’s only Registered Copyright Society authorized to carry on the business and granting of licenses in respect of literary works and musical works including when these works are exploited as part of sound recordings or cinematograph films.

Shridhar Subramaniam @Mandar Thakur, AR Rahman,@ Karan Johar, @Vikram Mehra, MD Saregama, @Devraj Sanyal @Blaise fernandes @

All That Matters

All That Matters is celebrating it's 13th edition ATM18 i and brings together the region’s leading Music, Sports, Gaming, Digital and Marketing decision-makers to explore what it means to engage audiences in a fan-driven world. The region’s premiere ‘Business-2-Business-2-Fan’ event experience is the gateway to Asia and continues to reflect the convergence of the entertainment industry. It's a conference by day, music festival by night Five tracks, 40 keynotes and 180 speakers across 3 days and 5 nights bringing together over 1500 delegates and thousands of fans.This year’s theme? For the Fan of it!  With 60% of the world’s youth population living just around the corner, Asia is steering the ship.  ATM18 where Asia’s entertainment industry glitterati gather to navigate the future. All That Matters...a serious business festival that is seriously good fun. 

This year the line up of speakers from India are Ferzad Palia,Senior EVP & Head - Youth, Music and English Entertainment-Viacom18 Media, Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director & CEO-Universal Music Group, Jay Mehta, Director-Sony Music, Mandar Thakur, Chief Operating Officer-Times Music, Priyanka Khimani,Co-Founder & Partner-Anand & Anand & Khimani, Tarsame Mittal, Founder-T M Talent Management, Anirban Blah,Founder and Chairman-KWAN,Ipsita Dasgupta, President-Star TV, Vinit Thakkar,Sr. V.P- India & South Asia-Universal Music India, Rishi Mirchandani, Director, Content Acquisition-Amazon,Sital Banerjee,Global Head of Media & Marketing Performance Management-Philips,Saurabh Doshi,Head - Entertainment Partnerships, Asia Pacific-Facebook, Sowmya Subramanian, Engineering Director-YouTube, Pratik Thakar,Director-Integrated Marketing Communications(ASEAN)-The Coca-Cola Company, Gautam Anand,MD-YouTube, Arvinder Gujral,MD SEA-Twitter.Wishing all of them a great conference and a Rocking time.

Anushqa - Something In Common

Virgin EMI, home to a stellar line up of contemporary artists including Florence + The Machine, Emeli Sande, Bastille, The Vamps, MNEK, James Bay to name a few, has a strong plan in place to take artists of Indian origin beyond just the Asian diaspora, well into the mainstream music audiences. Anushqa is one of the label’s picks who will be the focus of a combined effort between Virgin EMI in London and Universal Music India, to help bring an Indian artist to a global audience with her debut international single “Something In Common” that drops worldwide.

Ted Cockle, President, Virgin EMI Records said: “Anushqa is an artist with a killer voice, youthful beauty, and an overall vibe that matches up with the best global pop talent.  She has such infectious energy that the journey with her will be so much fun too.  This is a true first of India and the UK, combining efforts in the modern pop landscape!”

Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO, Universal Music Group India and South Asia said, “I’ve always believed in Anushqa’s talent ever since I signed her about 24 months ago, but to have the full support of Ted and his team at Virgin EMI is what makes this project Special. The single “Something In Common” is a culmination of a concerted joint effort between both teams and the output is simply brilliant – a mainstream international sounding track that retains her ethnic roots. I’m confident that this is the beginning of a very exciting journey for Anushqa and we are proud to be leading it ahead along with Virgin EMI!”

The label dropped Anushqa’s “Ecstasy” as a taste maker last month, which got rave reviews and radio plays in the UK. However, the stage is now set for the release of “Something In Common” - a sexy upbeat pop / dance track with an ethnic vibe to it, retaining Anushqa’s identity. The track is written and composed by Rishi Rich, Anushqa and Naamless and produced by Rishi Rich, Naamless and Loose Change (UK). The stunning and visually appealing music video to “Something In Common”, shot in London by cutting edge British director duo Sophia + Robert .

Anushqa broke out on the music scene with the first season of India’s only English singing talent show `The Stage’ where she was a finalist.  With her powerful and confident performances, Anushqa stunned audiences as well as the judges, Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra, Ehsaan Noorani and Devraj Sanyal.  She also wrote and performed on a couple of tracks for Bollywood director Mohit Suri’s last venture `Half Girlfriend’.“Something in Common” releases Worldwide across all digital services exclusively on Virgin EMI/UMG.

@Ted Cockle, President, Virgin EMI Records@Virgin EMI, @Florence + The Machine,@Emeli Sande, @Bastille, @The Vamps, @MNEK, @James Bay @Rishi Rich, @Anushqa and @Naamless @ Loose Change (UK).@The Stage @Vishal Dadlani, @Monica Dogra, @Ehsaan Noorani @Devraj Sanyal @Universal Music Group India @Sophia + Robert .@Something In Common” @Ecstasy”

Telephone companies are in love with Music again

The music industry must beware it doesn't get eaten by phone giants' hunger for growth.Telephone companies are in love with music again. Spotify recently announced a partnership with Samsung to become the phone giant’s “go-to” music streaming service, for both its phones and smart/voice assistant Bixby. Spotify’s stock price shot up on the day of the announcement.

Should the music industry be getting similarly giddy?

Spotify’s link-up with Samsung is one of a spate of recent deals between digital platforms and major telephone companies. US-based telco Verizon is now offering a free six months of Apple Music to Verizon Unlimited consumers, while rival Sprint is offering an Unlimited Plus plan that includes TIDAL baked right into it. Even Pandora last week announced that its Plus service will be bundled with T-Mobile for free for a year (so long as customers redeemed their code in time).

Suddenly, the idea of simply obsessing over subscriber numbers feels a little antiquated, when every major music streaming service is further locking in with these phone behemoths.Yet is there a risk that these platforms slowly remake the music industry not for the organic streaming era – but as a sweetener for smartphone plans?

 

Courtesy: (The MBW Review supported by Instrumental)

Tribute to ex-PM Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Happy Productions along with the entire BJP family have released a video to pay tribute to the late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee This dedication, in the form of a melodious song, composed and sung by Padamjeet Sehrawat emotionally captures the defining moments and the essence of the life of a great poet, astute statesman and Bharat Ratna recipient, Atalji as he was fondly called. He has been the founding member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and three times India’s Prime Minister. He was known for his diplomatic skills. His life and work are a huge inspiration to all. 25th December, Vajpayee Ji’s birthday is celebrated as Good Governance Day. The soul stirring video, which will leave a lasting impression, has been conceptualised and produced by Happy Productions.

 Speaking on the occasion of launch Shri Jagdish Prasad Mishra, Chairman HAPPY PRODUCTIONS said, “Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji was a very important pillar of India’s growth and he is the one who has been instrumental in the growth of Bharatiya Janata Party right from the beginning. We support Bharatiya Janata Party to the fullest and this is a tribute from a karya karta of BJP to our most loved former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Ek Bhajpa, Ek Bharat, Ek Parivar."

@Jagdish Prasad Mishra, Chairman @HAPPY PRODUCTIONS @BJP@Ashish Shelar

Mere Desh Ki Zameen

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha’s `Born Free Entertainment’ in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) has brought together some of India’s finest voices for a project titled ‘Mere Desh Ki Zameen’- India’s first WILD ANTHEM with the mission to conserve wildlife and its habitat in India The song is composed by Clinton Cerejo, lyrics by Prasoon Joshi and sung by Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Benny Dayal, Vishal Dadlani and Clinton Cerejo. The concept has been designed and produced by Born Free Entertainment.
The track celebrates India’s biodiversity by showcasing its very best; with the hope to instil an infallible sense of pride and true love for our natural bounty, one that we are blessed to have.
Speaking on the release, an elated Dia Mirza said, “‘This was my dream. To give India a Wild Anthem, a song that would be a celebration of all that is most incredible about our home, our land. I am so grateful to everyone who is a part of the anthem for coming forward and giving it nothing but love.”
Lyricist Prasoon Joshi says, “At times, we take the most important things in our life for granted and they almost merge in the everyday backdrop. We forget to count our blessings and feel the sense of gratitude for them. The same is true about our Wildlife and this anthem tries to strike that chord with all of us reminding us about how mother nature has bestowed her love upon us. Dia Mirza with her sensitivity and tenacity has taken a remarkable initiative towards the cause of Wild Life in India. My thoughts and words would have been incomplete without Clinton’s simple yet intricate composition. Working with this team and Born Free Entertainment has been a wonderful experience and I hope the cause resonates with many.”
Says Shreya Ghosal, “We are so blessed to be born in a country which has the most beautiful and magical wildlife in the entire world. The variety is simply incredible. They truly are wonders of nature and we must do everything in our capacity to protect them from any harm. For the first time ever, an anthem has been created to celebrate the amazing wildlife of India and watching the visuals in this video gives you goose bumps.  I was so thrilled to work on “Mere Desh Ki Zameen”. The passion that has gone in creating this song and the video is truly inspiring. Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha have worked tirelessly to put it all together and bring the most amazing music makers Clinton Cerejo and Prasoon Joshi together to create this beautiful song. I am so happy to sing it along with the best in the music industry Sunidhi, Vishal, Benny and Clinton!! Thank you WTI and Born Free for making me a part of this initiative.”
Vishal Dadlani says, ‘"Sometimes it feels like humankind is losing out on the glory and splendour of the world around us, simply by being too self-involved. I'm really glad to be part of this project, that draws us in to the beauty of the natural bounty that India is blessed with. Here's hoping that the message carries, and that people stop to listen, and grow to love, value and treasure nature and India's rich and diverse wildlife."
Sundhi Chauhan adds, “It gives me so much pride and joy to lend my voice to such a wonderful and important cause! As a new mother myself, I hope my child grows to witness the beauty and splendour of Wild India and an Incredible Planet. Working with Dia and Sahil, singing this song, which is so beautifully written by Prasoon Joshi along with Vishal, Shreya, Benny and Clinton will remain cherished memories forever.”
Benny Dayal says, “This is the most important initiative of today. To live harmoniously alongside the wildlife of our country is a necessity. This is not our space. It’s their space we are living in. Hence, we must respect their existence to the utmost.”
Says song composer Clinton Cerejo, “'I’m so thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with the Wildlife Trust of India and use my talent for a cause such as this. I often feel that as media professionals, our circle of influence is wide and far reaching and we don’t do enough, cause we’re always too wrapped up moving from one project to the next. I’ve had a long working relationship with Sahil and Dia for many years. And when they approached me to work on this I said yes without a moment’s hesitation as I’ve always loved being a part of their projects. When I met Vivek Menon at my studio I was genuinely blown with the man’s humility given the monumental impact he has had on wildlife in our country. He educated me so much in just one afternoon, that it completely changed my outlook towards our national heritage and made me so much more aware. I’m extremely happy to be a part of this great movement even in a small measure.”
Sahil Sangha of Born Free Entertainment says, “India’s natural beauty is rich and diverse. It must be celebrated preserved and nurtured by each one of us! I feel privileged to collaborate with such fine talents, and more importantly, wonderful individuals to give India her first Wild Anthem. Hopefully people will appreciate this effort and join our tribe to help keep India Forever Wild!!!”.
Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO, Universal Music Group India and South Asia said, “At Universal Music Group, we take `giving back’ seriously whether it is to the community or nature and I strongly believe that music can play a huge role in this. We are proud to partner the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and my dear friend Dia Mirza to take this beautiful song to the world. Sung by my closest buds Vishal, Shreya, Sunidhi & Benny, this Wild Anthem was sorely needed, especially for the next generation who will lead the charge for conservation of our country’s natural beauty. My teams and I are committed to this cause and we will ensure that the beautiful message of this project travels far and wide across our country through the song “Mere Desh Ki Zameen”.
Our country India, is home to the most beautiful diversity of flora and fauna. The largest number of Asiatic Lions, Tigers and Asian Elephants that are found in the world reside here, and from our mountains and rivers to our forests and plains, we boast of an ecological diversity that is rare and distinct. Our plants, animals and landscapes all have a rich history and cultural relevance that have influenced our way of life since early. It is imperative that we continue to cherish the beauty of our wild and fight to preserve it for the generations to come.

@Dia Mirza and @Sahil Sangha’s @`Born Free Entertainment’ in partnership with the @Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)  @Lyricist Prasoon Joshi @Sunidhi, @Vishal, @Benny and @ Clinton! @Devraj Sanyal,

Paddy Fields 2018

Paddy Fields is back for a third season with another cracking concept that explores the traditions of Indian music and addresses an age old question….did Indian classical music have its origins in folk music?Today folk and classical music are two distinct genres of course but was this always the case? The simple distinction between the two is that folk is a free flowing form with no rules while classical music follows certain patterns of melody and rhythm. Another distinction is that folk is a popular kind of music, created to entertain, replete with stories from folklore. Classical music on the other hand, is believed to be for a certain ‘class’ of people that developed under the patronage of kings.
Yet, for classical music to have developed, it must have developed from another form of music. So we did a little asking, delved a little and educated ourselves about Samagana, Jatigana, Deshi and Margi music, Persian influences on Indian music and how Dhruvapad led to the Dhrupad form of singing. We heard fascinating stories about instruments like the iktara and dotara being the precursor to the sitar and how the tabla developed from the dholak!!
It all made for an obviously fascinating and exciting concept for Paddy Fields 2018. Jugalbandi:The Classicism Of Folk Fusion. This is where the structured meets the free form, where stories are told in raga and where musical boundaries are pushed and walls broken down. An experience of a lifetime for both the audience and some of the performers as well! All packaged to ensure two evenings of sheer entertainment, with perhaps a bit of education of our great musical traditions thrown in!

The Artist line up for this year is The Manganiyar Classroom,Amit Trivedi, Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi,Rahul Sharma & Gulzar Ganie,Deepa Nair Rasiya, Shantanu Moitra, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Anwar Khan, Viva La Goa led by Merlin D’Souza

@The Manganiyar Classroom,@Amit Trivedi, @Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi,@Rahul Sharma &Gulzar Ganie,@Deepa Nair Rasiya, @Shantanu Moitra, @Vishwa Mohan Bhatt  @Anwar Khan, Viva La Goa led by @Merlin D’Souza atul Churamani @prashant Lade @soma Roy @Paddy Fields @anand Prasad

The future of Guru Shishaya Parampara

"The millennial has the determination and patience to pursue serious art form'says Banglore Amrit N. I vehemently stand by my statement that the GURU SHISHYA PARAMPARA is safe. As the torch bearers of this great art & tradition, we need to highlight the importance of this kind of teaching methodology to the next generations. I had travelled to another city seeking my Guru's blessings and to gain knowledge. Similarly there are plenty of students coming to me from different states and countries to seek knowledge. 
A student needs to have patience and perseverance to learn any Classical Art. There are lot of devoted and dedicated students who have taken up these art forms very seriously in order to pursue the art in depth. It is just matter of time that the other kids understand the importance, grow a liking for this and get the real taste of such training and then they are totally into this art and training regime..  
And this quote of Edward Hirsch rings so true at the end of the conversation - “Rhythm is sound in motion. It is related to the pulse, the heartbeat, the way we breathe. It rises and falls. It takes us into ourselves; it takes us out of ourselves.” So true, so true…

Grateful Dead among Orange Amplification Ambassadors

The distinctive British tones of Orange Amplification are coveted across the globe. Musical groups including Grateful Dead, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, and Marcus King Band, are delighted to join the prestigious ranks of Orange Ambassadors.
 
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown band are known for their electrifying classic rock revivalism and have performed alongside AC DC, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and  ZZ Top. They are currently supporting Guns N’ Roses on the Not In This Lifetime world tour. Orange recently caught up with the band and you can see front man and killer guitarist, Tyler Bryant talking about his Rockerverb MKIII 100 here.  Fellow band mate and guitarist, the fleet fingered Graham Whitford uses a Dual Dark 50 which you can see here and the bands talented bassist Noah Denney talks about his AD200 MK3 here.
 
Also, joining Orange’s highly respected list of Ambassadors is guitar phenomenon Marcus King and fellow band mate, bassist Stephen Campbell, of the Marcus King Band. Marcus is poised to be one of music’s great guitarists; with his remarkable virtuoso talent, he can play blues, rock, R&B, country, soul and more. So he and the Rockerverb MKIII and PPC412 cabinet are ideally suited. Meanwhile Stephen is using Orange AD200 MK3 with OBC810 cabinet to hold down the bands sweet groove. The Marcus King Band is currently touring across the USA.
 
Another new Ambassador, Bob Weir is appreciating the sounds of his Orange Rocker 15. He describes it as ‘a fun, really flexible little amp for low-volume situations like playin’ electric along with acoustic instruments….’. Bob has been described as the harmonic engine of the Grateful Dead and Dead & Company, with his original ability to make the guitar sound huge. He is currently touring with Dead & Company across the USA.
 
Whether it’s rock, blues psychedelia, Americana, folk or other music genre, Orange Amplification’s clean sounds will appeal to guitarists and bassists alike. To find out more about Orange’s Ambassadors and the gear they use please go to https://orangeamps.com/

Mumbai University, Dharavi Project introduce Hip-Hop course

The Dharavi Project and Mumbai University have collectively introduced a Student Exchange programme for a Hip – Hop certification course which will enable students to learn beyond classroom sessions. The 15 week course has especially been curated to ensure that students from both the institutions learn and receive maximum exposure.

This one of its kind initiative makes a great opportunity for budding artists of the Hip-Hop community to get both, support and mentorship in a surrounding where music and education will collaborate allowing students to analyse the social and historic roots of Hip-Hop.

The idea has been conceptualised by Prof. Yatindra Ingle who has been actively involved in building the curriculum in tandem with Dolly Rateshwar, Programme Head of The Dharavi Project. The duo addressed the audiences and inaugurated the course which will help students explore the origin and roots of hip-hop. It will also give them the chance to receive exposure beyond the class room walls and learn as a team.

The course was introduced on 8th September 2018 at the Mumbai University and present for the same were Dr. Sanjay Ranade and Prof. Yatindra Ingle, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism from the University of Mumbai, Samir Bangara - Trustee at TDP / CEO & MD at Qyuki Digital Media Pvt Ltd, Sajid Maklai and Yash Anand (Universal Music Group) and Dolly Rateshwar, Programme Head of The Dharavi Project.

@Dolly Rateshwar

@Prof. Yatindra Ingle

@Samir Bangara 

@Sajid Maklai

@Yash Anand

 

Artist Aloud partners with ATKT

Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent music, announced its partnership with ATKT.in – a digital platform that seeks to promote original content created by college students. Through this strategic partnership, Artist Aloud will encourage young talent and enable them to reach a larger audience, further strengthening its position as the leading platform for independent content. 

As a part of the association, ATKT.in will provide Artist Aloud access to a curated list of original content across an assortment of categories like music, comedy, dance, performance poetry etc. Artist Aloud will, in turn, leverage its reach and help the content get discovered by a wider audience, providing collegian talent a platform that gets them noticed and appreciated. Artist Aloud will also work with ATKT.in to give an impetus to fresh talent at college festivals across campuses in India. 

Talking about the new partnership with ATKT.in, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “As the leading platform for independent talent, we intend to offer artistes across categories an opportunity to reach a larger audience. The association will allow us to accumulate independent and original content at a collegian level and provide the content creators with opportunities and recognition they deserve. At the same time, we will also be able to offer our audience a wide variety of original content that they are unlikely to discover on any other platform.”

@Soumini Sridhara Paul

@ATKT.in

YRFs Dhoom: 3 Game wins Award for 99Games

99Games, publishers of India’s most successfully monetized game, today announced winning Licensee of the Year award in the Gaming category for Dhoom: 3 The Game, at the 2nd edition of India Licensing Awards (ILA) held in Mumbai on 23rd August 2018.
 
The India Licensing Awards, which celebrates excellence in Indian Licensing, is a unique platform judged by a panel of experts and top brasses of the industry. 99Games is winning this award for the second consecutive time having won it last year for Sultan: The Game.
 
Dhoom: 3 The Game is an endless bike racing and adrenaline pumping game as its movie counterpart Dhoom: 3. The game gives players an immersive feel of the chase in the skin of Sahir, played by Aamir Khan. The characters of ACP Jai Dixit and Ali Akbar, played by Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra are present to chase the anti-hero in their signature bikes.
 
The game, which was a massive success, crossed 10 million downloads within a few months of its release (an industry first), 99Games launched a sequel of this game – Dhoom: 3 Jet Ski which crossed 5 million downloads. The lifetime downloads of the games have crossed 30 million, cementing its position as one of India's most downloaded games.
 
Speaking on the success of the game and the win, Rohith Bhat, CEO, 99Games, said, "Dhoom: 3 The Game has been our magnum opus in the Indian gaming ecosystem. This win reinforces our agenda of creating games with the capabilities to keep the Indian audience entertained and engaged over several years."
 
The company has spearheaded the merger of Bollywood and Gaming through its multi-game partnership with Yash Raj Films by creating games for Sultan and Fan, besides the coveted Dhoom franchise.
 
Speaking on their long-standing association, Manan Mehta, VP-Marketing & Merchandising at YRF said, "Dhoom: 3 The Game is a stand-out success in terms of combining the power of the brand with clever game mechanics that 99Games is famous for. Nothing speaks more about the success of the game than its staying power on the Google Play charts. The game still features as one of the Top 100 downloaded games in India years after its original release and has close to a million monthly active users."
 
Dhoom: 3 The Game is available for free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad at http://bit.ly/1ap19H2 and on Google Play Store at http://bit.ly/18kqXUC 

About 99Games 
99Games is India's leading Developer and Publisher of games of international standards for Global & Indian consumers. It takes pride in creating India’s most successfully monetized game ‘Star Chef’ and one of India’s most downloaded game ‘Dhoom: 3 The Game'.
 
99Games has published over 22 game titles and has clocked in 70+ Million downloads globally till date. It has a unique growth strategy of addressing the Global and Indian market. With a highly experienced & stable management team working collaboratively for over 5 years, 99Games is considered as thought leaders in the Indian gaming industry. 99Games has raised multiple rounds of investments from quality institutional investors - Dream Incubator, Kalaari Capital and Ascent Capital.

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@Rohith Bhat

Eminem set to break record with Kamikaze

Eminem's latest album "Kamikaze" has peaked at #1 on iTune charts in 99 countries. KamiKaze is currently #1 on Apple Music charts in 79 countries. Lucky You remains at the #1 position on Spotify Global  Top 50 with over 4.5 millon daily streams. The Ringer sits at #3 on the Spotify Global Top 50 with over 4 million daily streams. All 13 tracks from Kamikaze remain in the Spotify Global Top 50. Kamikaze is set to be Eminem’s 9th #1 album in a row in the UK, beating the record that he is currently tied for with Abba and Led zeppelin.Eminem is on course for his 9th #1 album on the Billboard TOP 200 chart next week, with over 225,000 equivalent album units in the week.

Arjun Kanungo signs up with EMI

Riding high on the success of his recent single “Aaya Na Tu” a collaboration with Momina Mustehsan, popstar ARJUN KANUNGO signs exclusively as a singer and composer to Universal Music Group (UMG). The singer/composer/actor will release all his new music under UMG’s `non-film’ imprint, EMI Records India – a sub label launched in collaboration with acclaimed director Mohit Suri.

A classically trained singer, Arjun's first commercial success came with "Khoon Choos Le" in the 2013 film Go Goa Gone, starring Saif Ali Khan, which topped all major charts. Since then he has churned out 6
hit singles in 3 years- “Baaki Baatein Peene Baad” ft. Badshah, “Fursat”, and “Ek Dafaa (Chinnama)”. His Tamil Debut came with “Sirrikadhey”, composed by Anirudh Ravichander, from the film 'Remo'.

His single "Gallan Tipsiyaan" has garnered massive appreciation online. His collaborative single with Neha Kakkar titled “La La La” has currently crossed 77 million views while his latest single “Aaya Na Tu” with
Momina Mustehsan released on VYRL Originals is at 36 million views on YouTube.

Arjun has now become one of India’s most recognizable popstars with over 380 Million+ audio / video streams online. He has gained immense popularity and built his fanbase across the country. Arjun won the
GIMA Award for best debut in 2015. He was featured in Times of India's 100 most desirable men in 2016 at No. 31 beating huge names like Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor.

Commenting on the announcement, Arjun Kanungo said, “I am thrilled to be part of the UMG banner. I get along with the people and we share a common goal for the future. Devraj and Vinit have always been
mavericks and I feel comfortable with them and Mohit (Suri) Sir to guide me in the next phase of my journey. My journey with my music has always been very personal and the guys at UMG understand that.”

Acclaimed film director Mohit Suri said, “Arjun is a tremendously talented musician and I’m glad he’s a part of the EMI Records India family. We are ecstatic to be a part of the next phase of his exciting musical
journey. Looking forward to creating good music together.”

Speaking on the announcement, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group, India and South Asia and EMI Records India said, “Arjun is an extremely talented singer/songwriter and we are
excited to sign him exclusively under Universal Music. He is one of the most recognizable Independent music artists in the country and has great potential to become a huge cross over artist.”

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@Mohit Suri

@Vinit Thakkar

The Dharavi Project roped in for MHD

This year, in India, Menstrual Hygiene Day partnered with The Dharavi Project and India’s leading female rapper Dee MC to produce music that draws inspirations from personal experiences and a video that has reached over 2 million viewers.
Dee MC & TheDharaviProject’s commitment to create education about menstrual hygiene does not end with the association with the Day. They have extended interest in creating a world where girls can manage their periods safely, hygienically, without stigma and with dignity. And when a rap artist and an entity- After School of Hiphop are involved, this education becomes more fulfilled and fun-filled with music.
The Dharavi Project, Menstrual Hygiene Day and Dee MC will conduct a one day workshop in one of the most vulnerable areas of the world, Dharavi. Dee MC will use her viral song #NoMoreLimits,

https://www.facebook.com/MHDayIndia/videos/1980750378921508/ to encourage girls to share their personal stories of isolation and social stigma and find the strength in music to overcome them. The girls will also learn the art of hip hop in the process.

Together, they intend to create a community of girls who are there for each other, post the training. Activities that build trust and support are conducted to ensure a girl who comes into the training as an individual
leaves with a group of like-minded people she can share a journey with.
The Dharavi Project, with support from MH Day, will plan a series of performances that will be educational and entertaining, carrying the message of menstrual hygiene in lower income group and working class
localities. These performances will help end the silence around the issue and reach out to a larger community of people including men and women. 
This music and dance school in Dharavi has been funded from the CSR budget of Universal Music Group in collaboration with Qyuki with the aim of identifying and grooming homegrown talent and providing them a platform to showcase their potential.

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@After School of Hiphop

@Qyuki

Harmony with A R Rahman

THe latest show on Amazon Prime is 'Harmony with A.R Rahman' a curated exploration of the past and future of Indian music through the eyes of A. R. Rahman. India’s rich musical heritage is viewed through the prism of four specially curated instruments and vocal traditions, selected in order to represent the geographic and historic diversity of the country. The series will examine the traditions, the musicians and the locations.

Starring    A R Rahman, Sajith Vijayan, Bahauddin Dagar,Lourembam Bedabati,Mickma Tshering Lepcha

1. Entering the Kalari :  Featuring Kalamandalam Sajith Vijayan
As A R Rahman sets out on his search for rare Indian sounds he starts close to home, in the tranquility of Kerala. At the Kerala Kalamandalam, just outside Thrissur, he discovers the Mizhavu, a temple drum, whose striking, powerful sounds accompany the performance art of Koodiyattam. Featuring Kalamandalam Sajith Vijayan, an artist who strongly believes that it is a divine force.

2. Looking at the Swar : Featuring Ustad Mohi Baha'uddin Dagar
In the bustling suburb of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, A R Rahman encounters the ancient, classical musical instrument, Rudra Veena. The haunting tones of the Rudra Veena form the background for this episode, as we learn what it takes to preserve a centuries old heritage. The episode features Ustad Mohi Baha’uddin Dagar, who practices this instrument in the Dhrupad tradition.

3. Listening to Nature - Featuring Lourembam Bedabati
In India's north eastern state of Manipur there exists a rich and colourful tradition of folk song, collectively called the Khunung Eshei. In this episode A R Rahman experiences and learns more about this infectious and vibrant art form. Featuring the powerful voice of Lourebam Bedabati, one of the champions of Khunung Eshei, who has found her purpose in reviving this dying tradition.

4. Achuley : We Are All One - Featuring Mickma Tshering Lepcha
A R  Rahman ends his search for rare Indian sounds high in the mountains of Sikkim. Here he seeks the performer of the Pangthong Palith, a bamboo flute that originated from the Lepchas, an indigenous tribe of aborigines who live in the mountains. Featuring Mickma Tshering Lepcha, the flute is believed to earn any player the favour of the Gods.

5. Mann Mauj Mein - Heart Is In Ecstasy
All the artistes travel down to A R Rahman's studio in Chennai, where the master composer brings out the distinctive qualities of each of their musical traditions in one harmonious arrangement. Intent on showcasing the musical diversity of India, this composition maintains the unique sound of each instrument and artist, while also blending them together to create a rich, superlative melody.

@A R Rahman, @Sajith Vijayan, @Bahauddin Dagar,@Lourembam Bedabati,@Mickma Tshering Lepcha@Amazon prime @Vijay subramanium @vijay Nair @Deepak 

Jugalbandi:The Classicism Of Folk Fusion.

The Paddy Fields A & R team of Atul Churamani & Anand Prasad have tried to addresses an age old question ….Did Indian classical music have its origins in Folk Music and the concept of the festival this yearJugalbandi:The Classicism Of Folk Fusion. So be ready for an experience of a lifetime and abe Entertained and Educated too.A brief on the line up of Artists are:-  
 The Manganiyar Classroom
Directed by Roysten Abel. the Manganiyar Classroom features kids between the ages of 8 and
12 years, each a repository of song, dance and rhythm. This set has never been performed in
Mumbai so come and get blown away by these multi talented kids in a high energy jugalbandi
with their class teacher!
Amit Trivedi
Bollywood’s hottest music director has a surprise in store as he explores folk music from
around the country, shows how he weaves it into film songs and jams with folk musicians in an
incredibly high voltage set. Be prepared for an amalgam of folk from across the country fusion
and Bollywood!
Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi
Grammy nominated sitar maestro and vocalist Shujaat Khan and much loved folk singer Malini
Awasthi come together for the first time, with an especially put together band for Paddy
Fields, presenting the beautiful music and poetry from the region of Awadh. A set that
perfectly illustrates the theme of this year’s Paddy Fields.
Rahul Sharma & Gulzar Ganie
Pandit Shuvkumar Sharma was responsible for making the santoor a popular lead instrument
in classical music and his son, Rahul has now taken it into the mainstream with his several
fusion projects. For Paddy Fields he combines with noted Kashmiri folk singer Gulzar Ganie to
introduce a side to music from the valley hitherto never performed on a commercial stage in
Mumbai.
Deepa Nair Rasiya
For her first ever performance in India, award winning Sufi vocalist, London based Deepa Nair
Rasiya presents the wisdom of mystic poetry down the ages in her own unique style. In
different genres of music, from light classical to simple folk tunes, making her performance a
jugakbandi in itself!

Shantanu Moitra
He may be better known for his music in Bollywood films but Shanatanu Moitra is an intrepid
trekker and spends a lot of time in the mountains. So it’s natural that he woiuld pick up
sounds and songs from the hill regions and create some amazing songs that represent the
mountains of India. It’s a unique set, performed by the extremely talented vocalist Kaushiki
Chakraborty, Tibetan monk Ani Choying and classical sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee. If you
haven’t caught it yet, this is your chance.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Anwar Khan
Grammy winning classical guitar player Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has created a project
called Desert Slide with Rajasthani folk singer Anwar Khan. Their performances wowed the
organisers at Womex a couple of years ago and since then they have mesmerised audiences
across Europe. Strangely, they have never performed at a commercial event in India! Another
first coming to you from Paddy Fields.
Viva La Goa 
Another coming together of musicians to create something special for Paddy Fields! Sunday
night ends on a vibrant, colourful note as some of Mumbai’s finest musicians bring out the
musical spirit of Goa. Audiences will hear some evergreen Konkani and Portuguese classics along
with contemporary and original Goan songs. Performed by a band led by keyboard wiz Merlin
D’Souza, sax prodigy Rhys Sebastian, powerhouse vocalist Suzanne D’Mello, award winning actress
and singer Palomi Ghosh and many more. Oh did we mentioned that Tobby and his dancers are
joining in too? Miss this at your peril.

@The Manganiyar Classroom,@Amit Trivedi, @Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi,@Rahul Sharma &Gulzar Ganie,@Deepa Nair Rasiya, @Shantanu Moitra, @Vishwa Mohan Bhatt  @Anwar Khan, Viva La Goa led by @Merlin D’Souza atul Churamani @prashant Lade @soma Roy @Paddy Fields @anand Prasad

Hanita Bhambri makes Project: Aloft Star Finals

This year’s Asia Pacific edition of Aloft Hotels' artist discovery competition Project: Aloft Star Asia-Pacific kicks into high gear with five original musicians from across Asia shortlisted to compete in the Grand Finals to be held at Aloft Seoul Myeongdong on 20 September 2018, battling it out for the title of Asia Pacific’s 2018 Project: Aloft Star. Talented Indian singer Hanita Bhambri is one of this year's finalists who will be vying for the title.

Marriott International’s “Different. By Design” Aloft Hotels are hotspots for music makers and music lovers from around the world, and the brand has been fostering and incubating emerging musical talents around the world for over a decade. Project: Aloft Star is a global artist discovery competition running in four regions around the world, powered by Marriott International’s partnership with Universal Music Group & Brands (UMGB). UMGB is the brand strategy division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment.

Bollywood star Salim Merchant, Taiwanese singer and actress Rachel Liang, Korean R&B singer, songwriter and producer SAAY and Australian Triple J presenter Alex Dyson will also be mentoring the Project: Aloft Star Asia Pacific finalists in preparation for their performances in Seoul. The finals event will be hosted by Australian Triple J presenter Alex Dyson and feature a special performance by SAAY. 

While the Finale is open to everyone to join, the best way to experience it will be as a member of Marriott’s award-winning loyalty programs Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Marriott Rewards. Special member benefits will include a pre-concert Meet & Greet cocktail with SAAY, autographed record and exclusive event merch - available for redemption with loyalty program points through SPG Moments and Marriott Rewards Moments.

India finalist: Hanita Bhambri 
While studying brand management at MICA, Hanita had hopes of connecting with people on an emotional level through her amazing storytelling. This talented musician’s songs are often melancholic reflections about love and loneliness, revolving around her personal experiences. She has creatively collaborated with Miti Adhikari and Christian Wright, at Abbey Road Studios in London.
 

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@Project: Aloft Star

Vigo Video Celebrates a Successful Year in India

Vigo Video, the app that encourages all forms of creativity, fun and talent around the world, successfully completes one year in India. The original short video community - Vigo Video, includes an enhanced video-shooting and editing experience, making it a more powerful platform for users around India. So far, Vigo Video users have been actively posting around 80 million posts in the app, channelling to more than 200,000 posts per day.

The opportunity to create, discover and be rewarded has made Vigo Video a hit in India. It’s now a platform for people to share minute-by-minute details, of their everyday life and has created a space for itself not only in metros, but also in the smaller cities. Infact, in February this year, Vigo Video topped the free app chart on Google Play India.

Sharing about the success of Vigo Video India, the spokesperson from Vigo Video India says, ‘We are very delighted to celebrate the success of Vigo Video, one year completion in India. We've built a lot of great relationships already, and we're looking forward to strengthening them even further”.

Vigo Video has created a space for itself in the short-video world, and on the occasion of their 1st Anniversary celebration; Vigo Video, has created a three-staged campaign. This includes - a special sticker where everyone can tag themselves and be part of the fun; an extra-special song - sung by singer AbhiPayla, for all the loyalists to share their love for Vigo.

This special song - Go Vigo, a unique composition tells the story of Vigo through its users. It talks about - exploring the cool local and international trends, and the various opportunities of being a star on the platform. 

The last leg for this campaign, is an exciting challenge to find the various V’s of the user’s life. Through this, Vigo is giving an opportunity to be amongst the top 100 people to be rewarded a Vigo kit that includes - customized popsocket, caps, T-shirts and a bag, along with 2000 flames.

Vigo Video can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play - https://bit.ly/2PPAahh. Join the Vigo Video community today to create, discover and be rewarded.
 

@Vigo Video

Singer Aabha Hanjura launches new single

Aabha Hanjura, an award-winning singer, live performer, composer and songwriter has launched her latest single, 'Khanmoej Koor', in collaboration with Qyuki. The track is from her forthcoming album titled Aabha Hanjura & the Sound Of Kashmir, a popular melancholic piece sung at most Kashmiri weddings.

The song has been written by Lt Nazir Das, a poet from Kashmir. Drawing inspiration from the deeply embedded Sufi influence in the Valley of Kashmir, Aabha's music is a unique mix of fresh modern and compelling vintage influences that render a matchless sound, which has a universal appeal.

Khanmoej Koor by Aabha Hanjura captures the anxiety in the bride’s mind as she nervously embarks on the journey to her new home. Aabha Hanjura’s Kashmiri Folk Ensemble a live project which features authentic Kashmiri instruments like the Rabab, Santoor, Kashmiri Saarangi and the percussion instruments such as the Tumbaknari, alongside a LIVE band that creates a unique sound for the audience.

Sharing about Khanmoej Koor, Aabha says “Khamoej Koor is a deeply personal song for me & while it’s ready to release I can’t help but feel that with this track, I will be baring a part of my soul for the world to see, while this is an artist’s job, it’s a bittersweet feeling. Everything about the song & the video is a page from my own life.”

Sharing about the track and the album, Sagar Gokhale, Chief Operating Officer, Qyuki said, “Aabha is such a unique talent with a definitive voice and style, that resonates with the art form and the soundscape of Kashmir so beautifully. We are proud to power her journey and hope this track strikes a great chord with the audience.”

Over the years, Aabha has enthralled audiences with her concerts across India. An eclectic live performer, Aabha castes a spell on the audience with her inimitable ardor and breathtaking energy. ‎She is the
founder and the frontwoman of India's popular Sufi, Folk rock ensemble, 'Sophistication'.
 

@Aabha Hanjura

@Sagar Gokhale

JBL launches Online Brand Store

HARMAN International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets has launched JBL’s online brand store – www.JBL.com in India. As part of the inaugural promotion, two new JBL products - JBL Go+ Bluetooth speaker and JBL T205BT headphone were launched on this website.  JBL.com has announced a four-day mega sale starting August 7, 2018. During this period, all JBL consumer products will be available at up to 50 percent discount* at this website. In addition, every 50th customer can win a free JBL Sports earphone with the purchase. All products bought during the sale period will get an additional one-year extended warranty. 10 percent additional discount applicable on payments made through HDFC credit cards.
The online brand store will feature and sell the entire range of JBL consumer products – from headphones and Bluetooth portable speakers to home and multimedia solutions. From pre-sales previews of upcoming products to exclusive new product releases, customers will get the best deals and a rich and interactive experience on this platform.
“JBL is the most popular consumer audio brand in India. JBL.com will provide the best price, expedited shipping and exclusive promotions for our customers. Importantly, consumers can be confident they are buying an authentic product with professional after-sales support.” said Sumit Chauhan, Vice President - Lifestyle Audio, HARMAN India.

GHS Strings Partners With Eastwood Guitars

Battle Creek, MI, 22nd August 2018 – GHS Strings is very excited to announce that they have partnered with Eastwood Guitars. Not only will all Eastwood Guitar models come equipped with GHS Strings, but GHS is offering a number of custom shop sets for Eastwood mando, tenor and baritone guitars. 
 
"Due to the rapidly growing demand for our families of Mando, Tenor and Baritone guitars, we decided it was time to partner with a leading USA String brand to help support our customers needs", said Michael Robinson, CEO Eastwood Guitars. "GHS stepped up to the plate and put together a range of string sets for all our "other" models, including flatwounds for our many short scale basses. Going forward, all of these models will come with factory installed GHS Strings. We will also offer replacement sets direct from our websites and our dealers worldwide to support our customers future needs."
 
"I'm really excited about this partnership," said Jonathan Moody, GHS Strings. "We field a lot of questions from frustrated musicians that have tenor and baritone guitars, that don't know where to find replacement strings. With this partnership, we were able to work together and get a number of popular custom shop sets put together to help all of these musicians!" 
 
The Eastwood Custom Shop mando, tenor and baritone string sets are available from Eastwood Guitars directly, as well as any GHS Strings Authorized Dealer. 
 
To find out more about the Eastwood Guitars products please go to https://eastwoodguitars.com/. To find out more about GHS Strings and its products please go to http://www.ghsstrings.com/.

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@Jonathan Moody

Harman launches new JBL Cinema speakers, processor

HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems including networked AV, today announced the Big Cine Expo - Mumbai debut of the JBL 200 series Two-Way ScreenArray Cinema Loudspeakers and JBL CPi2000 Cinema Processor.

The new products an affordable solution that delivers the best audio experience for movie enthusiasts in small- to mid-sized cinemas of India. By including new, patent-pending technologies that complement the legendary sound of JBL cinema loudspeakers, The 200 Series offers improved performance and coverage while dramatically lowering the total cost of ownership. Similarly, JBL CPi2000 is a professional-grade processor providing an audio enhancement and volume control for economical cinemas.

In association with its authorized dealer, Vikas Corporation, HARAM is demonstrating these new solutions in a simulated cinema environment, to give the audience a comprehensive experience of the outstanding sound delivery, quality and coverage at the ongoing Mumbai Expo.

“With an audio legacy that dates back to the beginning of talking motion pictures, we continue to be a global leader in cinema sound - for both large multiplexes and traditional single screens. In India, we are the number one choice for multiplexes across the country. With the launch of these new affordable, yet tech advanced solutions, we are going beyond the metros, and are ready to bring the real thrill of cinema for millions of Indians in tier 2 and 3 cities,” said Prashant Govindan, Senior Director for India and SAARC, HARMAN Professional Solutions.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikas Sadrangani of Vikas Corporation said, “HARMAN Professional solutions are the preferred audio partners for large multiplexes in the country. With the new series of JBL loudspeakers and cinema processors, HARMAN will now offer a better range of cost effective end-to-end cinema solutions. The new audio system is ideal for customers across the range from professional cinemas to home theatres, club house cinemas, mini theatres in modern residential societies as well as VIP viewing rooms.”

The JBL 200 Series also includes Acoustic Aperture Technology that works seamlessly with its low-distortion 15” driver. The integrated Acoustic Apertures create a horn-loading effect, helping to maintain a wide horizontal coverage pattern through the crossover range while improving speech clarity. The result is an even coverage of the entire cinema seating area, making every seat the best seat in the house.

@Prashant Govindan

@Vikas Sadrangani 

Polydor releases ABBA movie sequel soundtrack

Polydor Records is pleased to announce the release of MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN The Movie Soundtrack featuring an all-star cast bringing the timeless lyrics and melodies of ABBA to delight fans old and new alike.

The soundtrack is available now, whetting the appetite of eager audiences 2 days before the release of the highly-anticipated sequel to the smash-hit MAMMA MIA The Movie in India! MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN will see Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper and Julie Walters reprising their roles from MAMMA MIA! The Movie, with Lily James and Academy Award winner Cher joining the cast for an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. Andy Garcia, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan, Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alexa Davies complete the cast.

Benny Andersson produced and arranged the soundtrack, which features a dazzling ensemble of cast members making their mark on eighteen ABBA classics including Fernando (sung by Cher and Andy Garcia), When I Kissed The Teacher (sung by Lily James and her girl band The Dynamos) and Dancing Queen (sung by Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper & Amanda Seyfried) to name but a few.

Radio City Super Singer Contest

Radio City, India’s leading radio network, today announced the launch of the latest season of India’s biggest singing talent hunt Ralco Tyres presents Radio City Super Singer. With this, Radio City marks a decade of giving the country its best singing talent and will see the dynamic property reach 39 cities across India. As India’s premier singing competition, Radio City Super Singer has become one of the most sought-after platforms that has been responsible for producing some of the brightest talents since a decade in the country including Harjot Kaur, Manya Narang and Sri Ganesh, to name a few.

Radio City Super Singer is the longest running property and has enjoyed phenomenal growth over the past 10 years owing to the innovation and creativity that is infused year on year. It is one of Radio City’s tentpole properties that has ensured a 360-degree presence across on-air, on-ground and digital mediums. The current season is expected to reach over 6.7 crore listeners, providing participants with a strong foundation to showcase their talent to the entire country. Many of the previous winners have made it big in Bollywood.

Commenting on the launch of the 10th edition of Radio City Super Singer, Mr. Kartik Kalla, Chief Creative Officer, Radio City said, “Radio City Super Singer over the years has proved to become a platform for many budding singers across the nation to showcase their talent. Radio City’s commitment to constantly innovate for a decade has helped the property evolve into one of the most popular talent hunts. We received an overwhelming response last year with approx. 6 lac participations which is a testimony to the scale and engagement driven by the property. This year marks our 10th anniversary and we are certain that we will surpass expectations and deliver the best talent to the industry yet again.”

The auditions for the 10th season are already underway. To submit entries, participants can walk in to Radio City studios, locate the Radio City branded vehicle moving around the city, in various malls across cities, through IVRS, or through Radio City’s social media platforms. The Grand finale in Mumbai will be held on 2nd September where the top 5 finalists will battle it out for the ultimate glory to be crowned as the champion of the anniversary on 2nd September at Infinity Mall in Malad. 

It’s time to train those vocal chords and gear up to share your voice with the nation. A world of opportunity awaits!

To Audition in Mumbai
Walk into Radio City Studio between 10am - 5pm till 25th  August
Call on – 911 911 4943
Upload your entry on www.radiocity.in
Audition at Infiniti Mall, Malad till 26th August
Finale Date - 2nd September, Infiniti Mall, Malad
Locate a Radio City branded vehicle going around town

@Kartik Kalla, Chief Creative Officer, Radio City@Ralco Tyres @Radio City Super Singer @Radio City @Harjot Kaur,@Manya Narang @Sri Ganesh,@@@

Radio City's Kar Mumbaikar initiative

Radio City’s RJ Salil and RJ Archana, along with Bollywood Actor Manish Paul took the Kar Mumbaikar initiative a step further with the pothole filling activity in Todi Mill compound, Lower Parel. Radio City initiatied Kar Mumbaikar as an effort to help resolve the innumerable problems faced by Mumbaikars during the infamous monsoon. Various Bollywood celebrities like John Abraham, Shankar Mahadevan, Vicky Kaushal, Tapsee Pannu, Jimmy Shergill and more have joined the cause and extended their full support to the initiative.

Radio City’s RJ Salil and RJ Archana joined pothole killers Irfan Machchivala and Mushtaq Ansari in full gusto and filled the potholes in Todi Mill compound, Lower Parel. Manish Paul dedicatedly extended his support and filled some potholes in the area. Radio City’s most loved show Kasa Kai Mumbai, with RJ Salil and RJ Archana was broadcasted LIVE from the venue. With an overwhelming response from the people, the activity has created quite a buzz in the city and listeners have been calling from every nook and corner of Mumbai. Radio City believes this to be a way of diving back to society.

The initiative, which urged citizens to ‘Monsoon mein bol soon’, kick started on-ground in the last week of July and have successfully resolved people’s problems in areas like Kandivali, Thane, Malad, Vashi Andheri, Lower Parel and more. Radio City urges Mumbaikar’s to dial in on 66969191 or reach out to Radio City’s RJ’s on social media to flag off all problems pertinent to their locality.

@Radio City’s @RJ Salil @RJ Archana @Manish Paul @kar Mumbaikar initiative  @john Abraham, @Shankar Mahadevan, @Vicky Kaushal, @Tapsee Pannu, @Jimmy Shergill @ pothole killers Irfan Machchivala and Mushtaq Ansari @Kasa Kai Mumbai

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Nestled in Soul Space Arena, a mall located by the bustling Outer Ring Road, Brew and Barbeque, recently has been reimagined as one of Bangalore’s biggest microbrewery. The Brew and Barbeque has been inspired by the bars in Texas, designed to allow customers a first–hand experience of high-quality dining and a large variety of exotic drinks.Mr Prasanna Kumar, CEO & Managing Partner, The Brew & Barbeque says, “We are proud to say that we are one of the biggest microbrewery pubs in Bangalore. Our attention to detail reflects in the décor which is designed to give a Texan bar feel. At B&B, we have an array of authentic handcrafted brews, and re-enforcing our commitment to providing the best to our customers, we have now launched the complete bar and hand-crafted food menu which will satiate the beverage and food cravings of the city’s connoisseurs and give them a memorable experience.”

Specialties: The mini-concert section at Brew and Barbeque is meant for live music and concerts, this area has a dedicated seating capacity of 100 people, to rave their favourite bands and live performances. Besides serving world class ales, the microbrewery is known for bringing renowned DJs like the king of Bollywood DJ Hussaine, DJ Avijith, DJ Pooja Seth and many more who set the dance floors ablaze with music. Brew and Barbeque offers exquisite food, drinks and music in an ambience that is resplendent with luxury.