ANNIVERSARIES:

! Big Boi (Outkast) 1-Feb ! Don Everly (Everly Brothers) 1-Feb ! Lisa Marie Presley 1-Feb ! Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) 1-Feb ! Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook) 1-Feb ! Anwar 1-Feb ! Alan McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire) 2-Feb ! Graham Nash 2-Feb ! Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 2-Feb ! Ross Valory (Santana) 2-Feb ! Shakira 2-Feb ! Tony Butler (Big Country) 2-Feb ! Asif Merchant 2-Feb ! Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai 2-Feb ! Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar 2-Feb ! S.Somasundaram (Madurai Somu) 2-Feb ! Sean Kingston 3-Feb ! Mani Krishnaswami 3-Feb ! Alice Cooper 4-Feb ! Natalie Imbruglia 4-Feb ! K.K.Ravi 4-Feb ! Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 4-Feb ! Bobby Brown 5-Feb ! Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) 5-Feb ! Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) 5-Feb ! J.R. Cobb (Atlanta Rhythm Section) 5-Feb ! Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) 6-Feb ! Fabian 6-Feb ! Rick Astley 6-Feb ! David Bryan (Bon Jovi) 7-Feb ! Garth Brooks 7-Feb ! Steve Bronski (Bronski Beat) 7-Feb ! Dave "Phoenix" Ferrel (Linkin Park) 8-Feb ! Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk)8-Feb ! Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe) 8-Feb ! Biddu 8-Feb ! Jagjit Singh 8-Feb ! Shobha Gurtu 8-Feb ! Sophiya 8-Feb ! Carole King 9-Feb ! Roberta Flack 10-Feb ! S.Rajam 10-Feb ! Sanjay Tandon 10-Feb ! Brandy 11-Feb ! Kelly Rowland (Destiny's Child) 11-Feb ! Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) 11-Feb ! Sheryl Crow 11-Feb ! Louis Bank 11-Feb ! Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) 12-Feb ! Chitravina N.Ravikiran 12-Feb ! Rama Ravi 12-Feb ! Ed Gagliardi 13-Feb ! Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory) 13-Feb ! Les Warner (The Cult) 13-Feb ! Peter Gabriel 13-Feb ! Peter Tork (The Monkees) 13-Feb ! Robbie Williams 13-Feb ! Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) 14-Feb ! Roger Fisher (Heart) 14-Feb ! Vijay Koparkar 14-Feb ! Ali Campbell (UB40) 15-Feb ! Brandon Boyd (Incubus) 15-Feb ! David Brown (Santana) 15-Feb ! John Helliwell (Supertramp) 15-Feb ! Mikey Craig (Culture Club) 15-Feb ! Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. (The Killers) 15-Feb ! Harish Bhimani 15-Feb ! Ramanathapuram C.S.Murugabhoopathy 15-Feb ! Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) 16-Feb ! Ice-T 16-Feb ! James Ingram 16-Feb ! The Weeknd 16-Feb ! Ed Sheeran 17-Feb ! Sonali Raod 17-Feb ! Dennis DeYoung (STYX) 18-Feb ! Derek Pellicci (Little River Band) 18-Feb ! Dr. Dre 18-Feb ! Yoko Ono 18-Feb ! Khayyam 18-Feb ! Seal 19-Feb ! Smokey Robinson 19-Feb ! Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) 19-Feb ! Meena Jobalia 19-Feb ! Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys) 20-Feb ! Ian Brown (Stone Roses) 20-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 20-Feb ! Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears) 20-Feb ! Rihanna 20-Feb ! Anu Kapoor 20-Feb ! Charlotte Church 21-Feb ! James Blunt 22-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 22-Feb ! Michael Wilton (Queensryche) 22-Feb ! Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) 23-Feb ! Howard Jones 23-Feb ! Johnny Winter 23-Feb ! Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) 23-Feb ! Shobha Joshi 23-Feb ! Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) 24-Feb ! Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) 24-Feb ! Nakash Aziz 24-Feb ! Naksh Lyalpuri 24-Feb ! P.S.Narayanaswamy 24-Feb ! John Jon (Bronski Beat) 26-Feb ! Jonathan Cain (Journey) 26-Feb ! Michael Bolton 26-Feb ! Paul Cotton (Poco) 26-Feb ! B.V.Lakshmanan 26-Feb ! B.V.Raman 26-Feb ! Chilli (TLC) 27-Feb ! Neil Schon (Journey) 27-Feb ! Paul Humphreys (O.M.D.) 27-Feb ! Kunika 27-Feb ! Sameer 27-Feb ! Cindy Wilson (The B-52's) 28-Feb ! Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears) 28-Feb ! Pat Monahan (Train) 28-Feb ! Padma Talwalkar 28-Feb ! Ravindra Jain 28-Feb ! U.Shrinivas 28-Feb ! Versha Usgaonkar 28-Feb ! Cyrus Broacha 29-Feb ! Rukmini Devi 29-Feb

Raja Kumari releases a new song...

Bindis and Bangles is an ode to the traditions of the past and the technologies of the future, all while shining a spotlight on India’s rich and unique culture. With this track, Kumari delicately drives home an apropos message of how God is omnipresent; and spiritual realization in modern times isn’t a fallacy and can be attained without the trappings of technology.

The intrepid and empowering video directed by The Fictionary, with its’ striking imagery, was created and curated by an all-female team in collaboration with the New York-based cyberpunk-artist Sam Madhu, who also directed visuals for “Karma” from Kumari’s 2019 EP, BLOODLINE. With retro-futurism at its core, the video comes to life with fictional characters from the ancient Indian world such as palanquin bearers, dancers and sages who are equipped with tools of the future, such as virtual reality and holograms. In the video, Kumari is portrayed as an ethereal apparition who glitches into reality and is perceived as a Goddess from another dimension. As they worship her, they in turn relinquish technology and awaken their own third eyes– visually represented in the form of complex digital interfaces.

Reflecting on the track, Kumari states, “Bindis and Bangles is my most ambitious project, working with an all-female team was empowering and inspiring. The Bindi for me is the third eye, and the visual encourages all to keep their third eye open. I’m so excited to share this song with all my fans.”

Produced by Zero, who is of American origin, the track is co-written by India’s premier hip-hop star and Kumari’s long standing co-collaborator, DIVINE, and packs a passionate and powerful punch, loaded with robust rhymes and ferocious delivery over a nuanced beat with international reverberations. Armed with a compelling groove and spirited lyrics, the track sets the perfect exemplar of a vision of India’s future – inspired by its’ past.

With a maiden headlining North American tour and the release of her documentary "Raja Kumari: So Far" which spotlighted the importance of embracing one’s uniqueness by narrating her resilient story of empowerment as a woman of colour, 2019 marked many firsts for Kumari. She became the first Indian artist to host the American Music Awards Red Carpet and to perform at Formula One (F1) Singapore Grand Prix. With an album and tour in the works, we’ll hear more from the MTV Hustle judge in the near future. Stay tuned!

 

Awez Darbar and Nagma Mirajkar to Feature in the upcoming Love Ballad..

Awez Darbar and Nagma Mirajkar, the young talented social media stars who enjoy more than a million followers on Instagram and TikTok are coming up with great news this Valentine's! The internet loved couple will soon be featured in a music video presented by VYRL Originals, sung by the celebrated artists, Arjun Kanungo and Prakriti Kakar.

This song illustrates a compelling love story which stands the test of time in this today’s fast- paced world showcasing love and longing. Awez is a dance choreographer. Dance became his passion and TikTok gave him a platform to showcase his talent. Nagma is famous because of her TikTok videos and has more than 5.5 million followers on TikTok which helped her boost her career. Previously she used to run a blog on style and fashion named Oh My Gorg!

VYRL Originals has given many hits in 2019 like ‘Intezaar’, ‘Hona Chaida’ and ‘Woh Baarishein’ among others. Stay tuned for the launch of this track this month!

 

Justin Bieber's new album to be released on V-Day

Justin Bieber has a major valentine coming for the Beliebers. After more than four years of waiting for new music, Bieber's fifth studio album "Changes" is set to be released on February 14.That same day tickets for his new US tour go on sale to the general public.

Early Tuesday Bieber dropped a new single, "Get Me," featuring Kehlani who will be a featured special guest on his tour along with Jaden Smith. The 45-date North American tour kicks off in Seattle at CenturyLink Field on May 14 and will wrap up in New Jersey on September 26 at MetLife Stadium.

Earlier this month Bieber released the single "Yummy" and its video.He also has a new YouTube Original documentary, "Justin Bieber: Seasons." The 10-part, self-produced series is mostly focused on the creation of his new album.

Bieber's last album was 2015's "Purpose." His subsequent world tour grossed $163.3 million in 2016 and $93.7 million in 2017, according to industry tracker Pollstar, although the singer canceled the tour's last stretch of dates.

 

Hungama Artist Aloud launches a single by DJ Paroma

Hungama Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent content, launched DJ Paroma’s latest single, ‘You’re not worth a sorry’. Peppy and upbeat, the song addresses emotions of pain and betrayal with an aim to motivate and help everyone to get through difficult times. The music video, featuring DJ Paroma encourages people to appreciate themselves. Released by Hungama Artist Aloud, the song is available to stream on Hungama Artist Aloud, Hungama Music and all major music streaming platforms.

Known for her spinning skills on the console, Paroma has successfully established herself as one of the rare DJs, who has not just produced the video, but is also featuring in it and has sung the song. She has received several awards, including the ‘Best DJ for corporate and lifestyle events’ at the WoW Awards Asia. Hailed as one of the top-10 female DJs in India, she has created official remixes for leading music labels and has been the official studio DJ for IPL Extraaa Innings season 7 in the year 2014. In 2016 and 2017, the singer-cum-DJ was invited to be a jury member for popular music shows like Zee's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in 2016 and Lil Champs in 2017. As the Indian brand ambassador for V-Moda and UDG Gear, she has gained international recognition for her upbeat tracks.

Speaking about her new song, DJ Paroma said, “I am thrilled to launch ‘You’re not worth a sorry’ in association with Hungama Artist Aloud. The track’s appeal lies in its catchy beats and the message it tries to deliver. Neeraj Sridhar and Kohinoor Mukherjee’s contribution further adds to the freshness of the track. The lyrics are relatable to every person who has experienced emotional turmoil or obstacles. It is engaging and makes one recognize their true potential and motivates them to push harder to turn their dreams into reality.”

Talking about the song, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice-President, ArtistAloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “Artist Aloud has endeavored to provide independent artists a platform where they can channel their creativity and establish themselves in the music sphere. DJ Paroma’s music is not only soulful, but also gives a sense of belonging. As one of the most renowned names in the circuit, we look forward to associating with her in the future as well.” 

 

This Valentine's month with a Special Music track...

Universal Music India is all set to get you in a Valentine's mood as it unveiled a romantic ballad, ‘Dil Kho Ke’ with the two versatile singers and music producers, Arjun Kanungo and Jonita Gandhi.The dreamy song, ‘Dil Kho Ke’ showcases two independent individuals who know what they want from life and love, without giving into other people's expectations of them. The track is about the young generation looking for a relationship celebrates their beliefs, values and quirks.  The song is composed by Arjun Kanungo, who has sung as well as featured in the song along with Jonita Gandhi.

Speaking about the association for Dil Kho Ke, Preeti Nayyar, Vice President- Brand partnerships, India and South Asia, Universal Music India said, “Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated days in the annual calendar for music. To rejoice Valentine’s Day we bring you ‘Dil Kho Ke’, a beautiful duet by two of our favourite artists Arjun Kanungo & Jonita Gandhi. It’s such an amazing process working with these two artists as our belief systems are pretty much the same when it comes to great original music. ‘Dil Kho Ke’ is a song about new age relationships that today’s generation relates to. At Universal Music India we hope you enjoy and celebrate love with this song and you have as much fun as we did in crafting this”

Speaking on the new track, Arjun Kanungo said, “‘Dil Kho Ke’ is perfect for Valentine's Day. The track is upbeat with a message that is so important in today’s context amongst the millennial. I am hoping this Valentine’s Day, everyone enjoys the song this as much as we did in creating this one!”

Echoing similar sentiments, Jonita Gandhi shared, “'Dil Kho Ke’ does a great job of capturing the minds and hearts of our current generation. It’s a peppy yet romantic song describing this generation and their needs when it comes to love and Relationship with Valentine’s day just around the corner this is a fun Love song you groove to with your special someone!

So, this Valentine's Day, enjoy special moments with this romantic track on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdguhUa_2zA

 

Khalid x Disclosure released new track

Khalid x Disclosure release their highly-anticipated new track “Know Your Worth” via Right Hand Music Group / RCA Record. “Know Your Worth,” is the second collaboration between Khalid and Disclosure following the #1 global smash, Grammy-nominated “Talk

About Khalid
Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019,  has taken the world by storm since his first single, the 5x platinum “Location” (released right before his high school graduation) exploded onto the scene leading to a major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records followed by the release of his debut album, the double platinum certified, American Teen. His sophomore album Free Spirit, released to critical acclaim in 2019,  was declared a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and was called “superb” by the Associated Press. The album, which has been certified platinum by the RIAA, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and features the Grammy nominated multi-format #1 single “Talk”. Free Spirit has garnered over 5.3B worldwide streams. Khalid, who has been called a “pop prodigy” by Rolling Stone has been streamed over 16 billion times worldwide across all partners, has been nominated for 6 Grammys and has won numerous awards including multiple American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, a Teen Choice Award, A MTV Video Music Award and a MTV Woodie Award .

About Disclosure
Brother’s Guy and Howard Lawrence started releasing music in their mid-teens; now 10 years strong into their career the duo have circled the globe multiple times, headlining festival stages from Glastonbury to Reading & Leeds, playing sold out shows including New York’s Madison Square Gardens and multiple nights at London’s Alexandra Palace. Selling records into the millions the pair have worked with some of the world’s biggest artists to date from Khalid and Sam Smith through to The Weeknd and Lorde. Their collaboration with Khalid on new single ‘Know Your Worth’ marks their first musical output of 2020 alongside an already stacked live schedule including appearances at Coachella, Primavera and Lovebox festivals with more to be announced

"QUIET STORM" wins the Mahindra Blues Band Hunt 2020

Fueled by ardent passion for the Blues, the four members of Quiet Storm got together back in 2018 and everything just clicked on day one! They’re on a mission to keep the Blues, not just alive
, but thriving. They also dabble in the sonic realms of R'N'B, Soul, Funk and Blues Rock.

The bandleader Starly Chullai has been a guitarist and vocalist for over 20 years and has been an integral part of a plethora of bands.  What makes Quiet Storm an even more special endeavor is the fact that Starly’s son Ian is also part of the band. While Starly & Ian are on the guitar and vocals, Dami plays the bass and Dam plays the drums. However, all 4 are vocalists, each bringing their own unique style to the table.

Quiet Storm hail from the beautiful hills of Jowai in Meghalaya and their musical influences range from Buddy Guy and BB King to Janis Joplin. In the past, they’ve also shared the stage with incredible musicians such as Ehsaan Noorani, Rudy Wallang, Lou Majaw, and have also recorded sessions with Ribor Mb and 4th Element.

Their music speaks for itself and they also have a series of originals that will be released this year and are beyond excited to grace the stage at the Mahindra Blues Festival this February.

Louis Tomlinson releases new single "Walls"

Louis Tomlinson returns with a brand new song 'Walls'.  Louis says: "It’s about coming home having been on tour, soon after the band had split. I found some of my girlfriend’s clothes in the cupboard and it hit me what I’d done. I love the indie sound of the song and its circular nature – it opens and closes with the same lyric.”

That lyric – ‘Nothing wakes you up like waking up alone’ – shows Louis’ progression as a songwriter ready to reveal his vulnerable side. ‘The day you walked away was the day I became the man that I am now,’ is another.  “I pretend not to be romantic, but I am,” says Louis. “It really hit home when I was in the studio to hear the strings being recorded. There must have been 25 musicians in there, all for my song. It was a proper tearjerking moment already and I’ve never felt a shiver like it.”

'Walls' is taken from Louis's highly anticipated debut solo album also entitled 'Walls', released January 31st 2020.

Lyrically, he’s rightly proud of all twelve tracks on the album, most rooted in real life, but in particular those that dig deep on subjects ranging from relationships and family to the folly of youth and days of self-doubt. Live, he’s most looking forward to performing the songs that reflect the indierock he grew up on and still adores today.

“I feel like this is the start of my career, with so much to look forward to and all the plans in place,” says Louis. “Honestly, I’ve been through every emotion possible in the past few years and come out the other side stronger and more confident than I’ve ever been. I know I’ve made an album that my fans will like, one that sounds like me and has its own identity. There were times I wasn’t sure if this was what I should be doing. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

2019 was the year that Louis found his feet as a solo artist. He followed his award-winning return in March with Two of Us, which took the tragic loss of his mother as a touchstone and connected with fans around the world, with a run of acclaimed singles - the raucous Kill My Mind, the reflective We Made It and the soaring pop perfection of Don’t Let It Break Your Heart. 2020 is the year that Louis goes live with a 50 date World Tour, his first as a solo artist, with many dates already sold out including all the UK shows. From early March until late July, he’ll be on tour near nightly, crossing countries and continents . Earlier this year Louis headlined the Coca-Cola music festival in Madrid to an audience of 25,000 people, and recently performed to 65,000 fans at Premios Telehit in the Foro Sol stadium in Mexico City. 

He also picked up the Best Song Award at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards for his recent single 'Two Of Us', which has so far hit 40 million streams on Spotify, with YouTube views at 23 million. In 2018 Louis won an iHeart Award for 'Best Solo Breakout', and an EMA Award for 'Best UK & Ireland Act' in 2017. He was ranked No.5 on Billboard’s emerging artists of 2018 and has over 60 million combined followers on social media. 

As a member of One Direction, Louis has sold over 100 million records. Overall Louis’s solo music has garnered over a BILLION streams.

Sony Strengthens Operations In Asia And Middle East

Sony Music Entertainment (SME) has announced that it is changing its structure in these regions, launching new “hubs” throughout Asia and the Middle East, led by execs who report to the company’s leadership in New York.

Perhaps the biggest change associated with this move is the appointment of well-regarded Indian exec Shridhar Subramaniam (pictured) to the newly created role of President, Strategy and Market Development, Asia and Middle East.

Subramaniam will partner with each Sony Music company throughout these markets to execute strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, investments and partnerships. He will also strengthen strategic relationships with other Sony operating companies and engage in all aspects of SME’s digital and partner development for SME Asia and Middle East.

For the past 18 years, Subramaniam has led Sony Music in India, where SME is comfortably the biggest major record company. Based in New York in his new role, he will continue to oversee Sony Music Entertainment India and the Middle East, adding responsibility for strategy and market development for the Asia region.

About Shridhar –

Shridhar Subramaniam joined Sony Music India since its inception in 1996 and has been instrumental in driving the Company to achieve market leader status in India. Under his leadership, Sony Music has grown to be a major player in International Music, Hindi Soundtracks and Regional language music. He has also developed a strong roster of Pop artists and acquired prestigious catalogues.

Shridhar enjoys being challenged and has undertaken a number of roles in his extensive career of 20 plus years.? Being a graduate from Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics, he moved to the USA to pursue his MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He returned India to join Titan in 1988 and worked with them for 8 years where he was involved in Titan’s entry into the youth market with Fastrack, Timex’s entry into India and also a key person behind getting the brand to its leadership position in India. He went on to become General Manager Marketing - Titan International based in London and was assigned the key role of defining and managing product development and all aspects of marketing for Titans entry into the European market.?He has held a variety of additional roles at Sony including being the MD of Sony Music Thailand, working with Sony Pictures in local language film production and was made President of India and the Middle East in 2010.

Percept Live announces the dates of the much awaited tour..

After a super successful Phase One launch of the Bollyboom Diljit Dosanjh India Tour in 2019 across Pune and Bengaluru, ‘Bollyboom’, the premium Bollywood Music Property of Percept Live, is all geared up to take on the capital city of Delhi and Mumbai with the chart topping artist and popular film actor Diljit Dosanjh in 2020. The much awaited pan India Bollyboom tour with the popular Punjabi heartthrob will visit Delhi on 2 February and Mumbai on 22 February, 2020.

The launch edition of the Bollyboom Diljit Dosanjh India Tour saw the multi-talented artist win over the hearts of massive crowds that attended the shows across Pune and Bengaluru in the month of November 2019. Diljit Dosanjh has seen his popularity graph soar not only due to his powerful and foot tapping melodies but also because of his memorable and impactful performances in the Bollywood film industry. The upcoming Bollyboom Diljit Dosanjh India Multi-City Tour will offer his fans an incredible opportunity to witness his electrifying and soulful performance live and up close.

Diljit Dosanjh has tasted much success during his global tours in Canada and U.S.A earlier in 2019 where he entertained his fans across multiple cities across the North American continent. Diljit has appeared in over 25 Punjabi and Bollywood films, and produced over 250 chartbusting songs including 5 Taara, Laembadgini, Ik Kudi, and Do you Know. As a popular actor he has delivered incredible performances in the Punjabi film industry with films like Jatt & Juliet, Sardaarji, Sardaarji 2, Sajjan Singh Rangroot and Shaada, which led to his recent successful Bollywood debut with Udta Punjab. Since then he has consistently wowed Indian audiences with his versatile performances in movies such as Phillauri and Soorma.

Talking about his upcoming Mumbai and Delhi editions of the Bollyboom Tour, Diljit Dosanjh said, “2019 was a phenomenal breakthrough year for me. Performing live for fans across the globe and my homeland was an amazing feeling like no other. The tremendous outpouring of love and encouragement that I received from my fans from all over the world has been incredible and I am truly grateful to everyone who has supported me in my amazing creative journey to produce great melodies, movies and memories. I am looking forward to perform live for all my fans across Delhi and Mumbai. The pulse of these cities is unbelievable and I feel really pumped to do present my favourite bhangra groove with my fans in my two fave cities.”

The upcoming Bollyboom Diljit Dosanjh India Tour across Delhi and Mumbai will not only offer live music entertainment to fans but also a 360-degree entertainment experience spanning live percussionists, exotic performers, visually enthralling SFX and state-of-the-art technology. Percept, India’s leading Entertainment, Media and Communications Company, is all geared to up the ante and make this multi-city tour an unforgettable one for music aficionados and fans of both Diljit Dosanjh and Bollywood Music.

Commenting on the upcoming editions of the Bollyboom Diljit Dosanjh India Tour, Janamjai Sehgal, Business Head – Bollyboom, Percept Live said, “Our primary Bollyboom tour edition across Pune and Bengaluru received an awesome response and amazing feedback from fans. Bollyboom has always been a trendsetter in the Bollywood Dance Music domain thanks to the constant innovation, experimentation and out-of-the-box thinking spanning artists, melodies and presentation given the dynamic pulse and discerning demands of our audiences. Diljit Dosanjh is a remarkable and versatile artist who wowed audiences at the primary Bollyboom editions as also fans around the globe all through last year. We are super thrilled to have him on board as part of our Bollyboom India tour and are really looking forward to creating landmark milestones and memories with him at the upcoming Delhi and Mumbai Bollyboom editions.”

Jash from New Jersey USA released her music video..

Jash from New Jersey, USA released her latest single Challa Diamond Da with Actor Manav Gohil , Music Director Rochak Kohli, Lyricist Kumaar, Programmer Aditya Dev and Ace choreographer Director Ganesh Acharya at Raheja Classic Club ,Andheri West in Mumbai . Actress Shweta Kawaatra came with her daughter Zahra to attend the event. The lyrics have been penned by Kumaar and the music has been composed by Rochak Kohli both of whom are very prominent and have recorded multiple hits in the past. The video has been choreographed and directed by Ganesh Acharya who is the prominent choreographer in Bollywood. Manav Gohil, a well-known actor and model costars in the video. Zee Music Company has released the audio of this single .  

Jash grew up in India and had a keen interest in music from a very early age. She always had a musical ear and a sweet and mellifluous voice. Despite the childhood interest and some early training she became a professional musician much later after moving to the United States. She is currently settled in New Jersey, USA.  Jash is trained in Hindustani classical music under Guruji Surendra. She also considers Kavita Krishnamurthy as one of the most important musical influences in her life and has attended numerous workshops under her . Jash has recorded across a wide variety of genres. Her debut album “Jiya” was recorded with Ustaad Hidayat Hussain Khan. She followed this up with a set of four original singles with music director Abhishek Ray. Two of the singles have been released by Zee Music with viewership in excess of one million.

www.jashmusic.com

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKw8fDt1C08  

Lead guitarist of Parikrama, Sonam Sherpa passes away

The lead guitarist of Indian rock band Parikrama, Sonam Sherpa passed away on Friday. He was 48.Sonam Sherpa suffered a cardiac arrest. The guitarist was in his hometown Kalimpong, West Bengal.

There are a handful of rock bands in India that can proudly claim that they have been around for 30 years. Parikrama is one of them and Sherpa, along with mates Nitin Malik and Subir Malik, have hung around right from the start at the dawn of economic liberalisation in India  where not just foreign goods but even culture flowed in freely— and they never really stopped until today.

Sherpa had been a part of Parikrama as its lead guitarist since its inception in 1999. The band recently visited Arunachal Pradesh to shoot a song, Tears of the Wizard. Shot in Mechuka Valley, the song was released in August last year.

The news comes as a shocker for the music fraternity of the country as Sherpa’s work has inspired and left a mark among several musicians.

RED FM launches 'Ricky Singh ka VYRL countdown'...

RED FM, one of the largest and most awarded private radio networks in India has launched a brand-new show ‘Ricky Singh Ka VYRL countdown’ to put spotlight on the growth of non-film artists and support their music. They have also collaborated with Universal Music India which aims to create a space and associate with non-film music on radio. The show revolves around ‘Ricky Singh’ who has an undying love for non-film music, will be taken-up by RJ Rishi Kapoor. The show was launched by RJ Rishi Kapoor along with the RED FM team in the presence of multiple celebrity singers at Soho House in Mumbai today.

To bring out the challenges and obstacles confronted by an independent artist, Ricky Singh humorously weaves his story who is a growing independent musician. He will host the show and share his unique past experiences with music directors that will take you on a rib-tickling ride. While his taste in independent music will get you glued to radio for an hour, his desi personality will keep the audience entertained till the last second.

Commenting on the show, Nisha Narayanan, COO & Director, RED FM and Magic FM said, “There is a pool of talent in independent music segment which is yet to be heard. Regional music is being consumed more than ever due to evolving tastes and preferences of the audience. At RED FM, we strongly believe in supporting diverse genres whether it is indie or regional music segment through various on-air, digital and on-ground initiatives. We wanted to create content that not only supports non-film music but also celebrates the journey of an artist. Our new show ‘Ricky Singh ka VYRL countdown’ is an entertaining take, which will bring fresh content for our listeners. We are happy to collaborate with VYRL Originals (Universal Music India) for this show and we look forward to creating more such initiatives with them.”

Additionally, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group India & South Asia said “VYRL Originals, an artist-first music label, has been instrumental in creating a culture and category of non-film music in India. With over 40 songs across 30 artists in the last two years, we have opened the eyes and ears of people to non-film music and it’s potential. We have differentiated ourselves at every level including our integrated marketing and promotions approach with equal emphasis to both digital and traditional platforms. Radio is one of the most important and potent medium of breaking new artist and sampling their content to wide set of audiences. We are very excited to partner with RED FM who shares a similar vision like ours to build a culture and category of non-film music in India.”

Today, radio has become a widely accessed medium in both metros and non-metros. It has successfully adapted to the ever-evolving audience base. Moreover, this platform is being used to bring about a change in society and vastly supports various musicians and their music. With ‘Ricky Singh Ka VYRL countdown’, RED FM is back with another innovative show to bring the untold journey of a non-film music artist to various cities in India.

 

 

Blithchron witnessed more than 12 thousand young people

IIT Gandhinagar celebrated its cultural fest, Blithchron, on the 1st and 2nd of February with full fervour. The entire two days were laden with fun, games, and competitions. The event witnessed a footfall of more than 12 thousand with young people coming from many colleges and universities. The evening saw huge participation in all of its events such as Solo Impromptu, the dance battle, Panache, the fashion show, Antaragnee, the street pay competition, and so on. All the participants performed exceptionally well which made it an extremely difficult job for the judges. The winners went home with exciting goodies and prizes.

The audience thoroughly enjoyed many of the activities organized by the Blithchron team such as Paintball, a standup performance, EDM performances, and a concert by The Yellow Diary. The much-awaited concerts garnered a huge audience response which showed up in large numbers. The Yellow Diary performed incredible songs from its new, Rab Raakha Tour. Karan Joshi gave one of his best comedy performances leaving the audience in splits with his wit and humour.

This year, IIT Gandhinagar organized Blithchron after a gap of two years which meant that the organizers had to work up the entire event from scratch and they did a fantastic job showing the true meaning of not giving up until the last moment, of not stopping until the last breath and of trying till the end. They put together an event that could not have been bigger, better or grander. An entirely student-organized event, it was highly appreciated by almost all the people coming from outside IIT Gandhinagar as well as all the staff and faculty.  The IIT Gandhinagar community showed unparalleled support to this event with high enthusiasm and energy which is sure to only increase in the years to come

The two-day event provided its audience with a fully immersive experience with a symphony of dance, music, art, drama, and a whole lot of other activities living up to its expectations and setting a bar much higher for the future teams to take forward this legacy of Blithchron.

Lorna to Perform at Music of Goa Event

In its 59th year, the Goan Outreach Association was established for the purpose of spreading and preserving the rich GOAN culture among the members and non-members in Mumbai. The Association has now grown manifold on the foundation laid by its fore-fathers, and it now boasts of a strong membership base of over 2500  members which has now been extended to many non-Goans too. The show promises to be an unforgettable evening for all lovers of Goan music that will be cherished by one and all for a long time to come. Goan or not, you are invited to an evening of nostalgia and reverie by the Goan Outreach Association to bring the beauty of Goa to Mumbai.

Come join us in celebrating with 'Love the Goan' way through Goan music. The evening promises to be spectacular and will feature Lorna Cordeiro 'The Nightingale of Goa', besides leading pop singers from Goa namely O'luv, Anthony San, Rita and Alria Rose, along with Goa's leading comedians John D'Silva and Kennedy who will have the audiences asking for an encore.

Well known international renowned dance choreographer Tobby will lead his troupe with a dance carnival on stage. Keeping the audience in splits is Shahriyar Atai who will compere the show. He is one of the city's most versatile performers who has been on stage, on TV, in films and is a familiar voice on radio.

According to Valentine Fernandes, President of Goan Outreach Association, “It's indeed a pleasure for us to be hosting such a mega musical event once again by popular demand here in Mumbai for all lovers of Konkani music. The musical nite promises to bring to you the music of Goa, which essentially is the soul of Goa. Goan Outreach Association is a registered TRUST and Sponsorship / Donations are eligible for Income Tax benefits under section 80G". The proceeds of this will be utilized to work for the Society and for a humanitarian causes by focusing on providing education, medical needs & financial assistance to the under privileged children of our society irrespective of their cast or creed in a bigger and organized manner. Be a part of this Charity”.

Speaking about the show, Lorna stated, "I'm so excited to be performing once again with an organization that's promoting Konkani music in India since many years. These lovers of Konkani music are my greatest fans who come and give this show their tremendous support." Lorna who is celebrating her 75th Birthday added "My fans encourage me to sing my heart out. Their love and understanding for me and my music gives me immense joy”.

 Young and old, families and friends, save your date Saturday 15th February, 2020 this Valentine's Day weekend. It's an evening you should not miss.

Celebrating 40 years of The BRITs!

'The BRITs at 40' will be a two hour TV special on Tuesday 11 February, airing on ITV and STV.
Hosted by Jack Whitehall, the show delves into our archive and looks back on all the amazing moments and special highlights over the last four decades from the biggest night in British music.
'The BRITs at 40' also includes exclusive interviews  from BRIT Awards alumni Mel B, Robbie Williams, Mick Fleetwood, Little Mix, Sam Smith, Sharon Osbourne, Dua Lipa, Davina McCall, Dizzee Rascal, Paloma Faith, Sir Tom Jones, Rick Astley and many more.

Since our first Awards show in 1977, we've seen performances from British icons including: Paul McCartney, Elton John, David Bowie, Spice Girls and Adele, and international stars such as Prince, Jay Z, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac and P!nk.

We've also helped launch some of the past decade's most loved British Artists with the Rising Star Award (previously Critics' Choice Award), including Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and Sam Fender, which serves as a significant platform for emerging music talent - and even more so this year as we'll excitingly see 2020 Rising Star Award winner Celeste perform in the main show.

'The BRITs at 40' airs a week before The BRIT Awards 2020, which will take place on Tuesday 18 February at The O2 Arena in London and will feature live performances from Billie Eilish, Celeste, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel and Stormzy! 
There'll be more exciting updates in the weeks leading up to the big night, as we celebrate the best of British music from the past year in what is sure to be an epic 40th Show!  

Nakash Aziz crossed over 500 million streams on Gaana.com

After having a stellar 2019 with tracks from Bharat and Dream Girl and forming his own band ‘Final Call’, singer-composer Nakash Aziz has started the new year by adding another feather to his cap. Nakash has become a part of the elite list of singers whose songs have crossed over 500 million streams of Gaana.com.

A source close to Nakash who has followed his career closely attributes it to the loyalty of his fans who have always enjoyed and grooved to all his tracks, “Nakash over the years has enjoyed the loyalty of his fans as he makes sure to leave no stone unturned while creating music. Over the last few years, he has delivered some of the biggest hit tracks and the 500 million streams are a testament to his ever increasing fan following.” He says.

Another aspect that makes Aziz stand out is that he has seamlessly worked across industries and breaking the language barrier, he has made a mark and his presence felt all over. His music composition for Star Plus’ Kulfi Kumar Bajewala along with his partner Sargam Jassu also won them the ITA award for best music. 

It is thus, his command over hindi as well as regional music along with his enviable discography that has resulted in him having over 500 million streams.

Reacting to his achievement, Nakash says this only motivates him to work harder, “ I would really like to thank gaana for recognising the work of the arrist and letting them know how much they are being loved , data can give u a great insight into how things are actually, so well done to Gaana for creating this kind of a recognition module which will encourage artists to make and put out more music .” He signs off.

This 71st Republic Day Mass Appeal India brings to you 'Bhartiya Rail'

Mass Appeal India, the hip-hop label that brought you DIVINE’S “Kohinoor” is all set to rekindle the spirit of patriotism this Republic Day, as it presents its latest song, ‘Bhartiya Rail’ by the hip-hop duo MassQline & Jatin.

Bhartiya Rail is a hindi rap song that sheds light on the unity within our diverse country – India, through the railways. Conceptualised and written by MassQline & Jatin, the pulsating song is written on a metronome and stitched together with a simple desi Indian melody created with a mandolin, lending an authentic vibe to the song.

The duo known for making music on every-day relatable stories and emotions, bring you an alternative hip-hop song which personifies country’s unity and diversity through Indian Railways. This track is built on the thought of co-existence of different cultural moralities within India and the unity within the country, similar, to the way different classes of coaches exist and are unified through an Indian train. This alchemy is fun and full of energy with use of creative dialectic causing the churning of thoughts, emotions, philosophies and most importantly stitching it all together with hip-hop and rap.

Talking about their debut song, MassQline & Jatin, said, “We’re really excited to be part of the Mass Appeal India family and being associated with Mass Appeal and Nas is overwhelming. Hip Hop from Jaipur has come on a major label for the first time! Jatin added, I have found train journeys symbolic of people from all walks of life coming together and always wanted to create a song reflecting this. I feel a train journey in India can give one a glance of the entire country in a few hours – it is like a collection of short stories, every corner you see has a tale to tell – some amusing, others painful but each full of the common emotions however different the characters maybe from one another.”  MassQline further added, “I have always been fascinated by India’s fabric of unity despite all possible diversities – linguistic, cultural, communal, geographical etc. As MassQline & Jatin , we’re excited about being able to project this in our song – Bhartiya Rail.”

Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director & CEO, Universal Music Group, India and South Asia, said, “It gives me immense pride to be dropping our second Mass Appeal India release on the country’s 71st Republic Day, this 26th January, with the debut of MassQline & Jatin’s “Bhartiya Rail,” which fuses Hip Hop and rock, two of my all-time favourite genres. The song has an extremely strong insight in conjunction with the Indian railways and I strongly believe every Indian will relate to at least one of the several emotions expressed in the song. 23 year-old MassQline lends his rap skills to the song, while Jatin adds the flavour of rock and through his guitar skills. Go listen to Bhartiya Rail across streaming platforms on 26th January and watch out for the video on 27th Jan!”

Peter Bittenbender, CEO of Mass Appeal, said, "We’re really excited to launch MassQline & Jatin on Mass Appeal India with their debut Hip Hop song, “Bhartiya Rail,” on India’s Republic Day. The song is all about unity through the Indian railways and ties in perfectly to India celebrating its 71st Republic Day this year. We’re all set to begin the new year on this note and have some amazing artists coming up this year.”

The hip-hop duo MASSQLINE & JATIN are popular for fusing elements of hip hop, rap and rock in their music where, MASSQLINE contributes to the rap and flow in their music, while JATIN brings out the rock element.

About Mass Appeal India

Based in Mumbai, Mass Appeal India is the first global extension of the Mass Appeal brand, a multi-media entertainment platform dedicated to amplifying India’s burgeoning hip-hop culture on a global scale. In partnership with Universal Music Group, Mass Appeal India signs and collaborates with the brightest stars from India’s fastest growing music scene and works with brands and content creators to connect India’s unique culture with a worldwide audience. Hip hop artists and rappers can send across their unreleased original song demos for consideration to AandRIndia@umusic.com.

Warboy x DEVM release their first single off their upcoming debut album

Warboy x DEVM, winners of Red Bull Spotlight 2019, have released the first single off their upcoming debut album, Out of the Blue. Titled Ek Chhoti Si Umeed, the track is available across all streaming platforms and accompanied by a music video.Watch the video here: www.redbull.com/in-en/videos/warboy-devm-ek-chhoti-si-umeed

In June last year, the duo – Ashutosh Rai aka Warboy and Devam Pandey aka DEVM – went up against finalists from nine other cities across the country at the national final in Mumbai, before being selected as the winners by a jury consisting of rap groups Seedhe Maut, Swadesi and Dopeadelicz.

“It was really fun to see all the new rappers and what they can do not just with the mic, but with the crowd, too. You don’t get to see that often. Warboy and his producer really had a great chemistry going on stage. Warboy’s delivery was really impactful the energy they brought on stage was unique. Loved that,“ said Seedhe Maut, of the duo’s performance at the national final.

As a result, they were given the opportunity to record their full-length album at a professional studio – working with Bixtel, a young producer from the US – a music video and a short documentary on their journey, produced by Red Bull Media House.

Says Warboy, “It has been a great experience overall and I’m happy with the way the album turned out. Working with Bixtel was a good experience. There were language barriers, but we managed to overcome them – we wrote down the lyrics of the songs, translated them to English and then explained the emotion behind the songs to him. I’m happy with the way the album has turned out and it has been a good experience overall. In 2020 I’m hoping to do a lot more work – I have been experimenting with new things, trying to work on my existing skills and learn new things as well.”

 

Aastha Gill's kickstart to 2020 with her pop single

 Giving India the biggest pop song, ‘Naagin’ last season, the gorgeous Aastha Gill is all set to release her new peppy dance number “Hermosa”; collaborating with D Soldierz for the first time. The Video of the song will also feature actor and model Aashim Gulati of Hotstar’s “Hostages” fame along with Aastha Gill and D Soldierz, originally known as Punjab hip-hop artistes Lion and Xash. Directed by Sneya Shetty and written and composed by D Soldierz, this song was shot in Mumbai over 2 days.

Hermosa means beautiful in Spanish. The song is about a mysterious beautiful girl who represents multi culture and cities. I am so thrilled on finally collaborating with my buddies Lion and Zash (D Soldierz) and my label Sony Music. And it doesn't end here, I also have Aashim Gulati, and together we promise to keep you grooving” Aastha said.

“We know Aastha since long, but this is the first time we have collaborated, and we are so excited we finally got a chance to do this. We are thankful to Sony Music and Aastha for making this happen. Who knew all those endless chill sessions in the studio and future discussions with AG would lead to such an amazing fun collab! We are confident the music lovers will enjoy watching this fun colorful video that releases today”, adds D Soldierz.

"When I was offered the song, I immediately knew that it is going to be massive because of its fun and peppy vibe. We shot the entire song in Mumbai. It was a tight 2-day schedule without enough time to even sleep but I enjoyed every bit of it," said Aashim.

Renowned singer Dr. Anamika Singh of Amethi collaborated with Zee Music....

Renowned singer Dr. Anamika Singh of Amethi collaborated with Zee Music to give the world a wonderful saga of the return of a loved one, in her latest single called “Piya Hain Padhare”. The music launch took place at the Airport Taj Hotel’s Imperial Room on 18th January in Mumbai. The evening was graced by some of the biggest musicians and artists like Anoop Jalota, Ismail Darbaar, Raj Pal Yadav, Ustad Ahmed Hussain, Ustad Mohammed Hussain, Sameer Anjaan, Gajendra Singh, Manoj Muntashir and many more. 

Anamika’s passion for music has been from a very young age and persuaded her to curate a sentimental tune. Not only does she hold a doctorate in the field of music but she has also been exhibiting her talent at prestigious music conferences and programs across the globe for the last 19 years. The song highlights her magical vocals and emphasizes her impeccable knowledge in musicology and rhythm. She has been on the forefront to reflect the rich musical heritage of North India with several songs in Hindi Film and TV industry. She has also voiced over 45 music albums with reputed music companies like Zee Music, T-Series, Venus to name a few. 

The song “Piya Hain Padhare” focuses on the institution of marriage. The song is written by Rashi Maheshwari and composed by the very talented Ajay Jaiswal. The video is shot around the concept with wonderful characterization and brilliant performances by Nawab Ahmad Faizi and Sakshi Maggo. 

On the Day of the Launch, Dr. Singh said, “I am very happy with the way the song has turned out and I had a wonderful time connecting with such talented individuals. I am incredibly thankful to my fans whose love and blessing has got me to this point. I also believe God has been really kind to give me this amazing platform to connect with people through my music. I hope people love the song and cherish it for years to come”.

To listen & subscribe to this song "Piya Hain Padhare", you can search Youtube’s Zee Music Page

Link: https://youtu.be/UI2ITBuY-mM

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Best Jazz Venue in India

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