ANNIVERSARIES

Rashmi Tiwari 1-Jun ! Sukdev 1-Jun ! Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode) 1-Jun ! Alanis Morissette 1-Jun ! Graham Russell (Air Supply) 1-Jun ! Pat Boone (1934) 1-Jun ! Ron Wood (Rolling Stones) 1-Jun ! Simon Gallup (The Cure) 1-Jun ! Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman 2-Jun ! Iiyiaraja 2-Jun ! Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) 2-Jun ! Suzi Quatro (1950) 3-Jun ! Ahmed Khan 3-Jun ! .K.Rangachari 3-Jun ! Freddy Fender (1937) 4-Jun ! Nancy Sinatra (1940) 4-Jun ! Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) 4-Jun ! S.P. Balasubramaniam 4-Jun !Brian McKnight (1969) 5-Jun ! Clause Noreen (Aqua) 5-Jun ! Govindrao Tembe 5-Jun ! Kenny G (1956) 5-Jun ! Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark) (1971) 5-Jun ! Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) 5-Jun ! Narayan Agarwal 5-Jun ! Viju Shah 5-Jun ! James Shaffer (Korn) 6-Jun ! G.N.Balasubramaniam 6-Jun ! Neyveli R.Santhanagopalan 6-Jun ! Nikhil Chinappa 6-Jun ! Preeti Sagar 6-Jun ! Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) 7-Jun ! Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) 7-Jun ! Iggy Azalea 7-Jun ! Tom Jones 7-Jun ! S.Karthick 7-Jun ! V.Kamalakara Rao 8-Jun ! Bonnie Tyler 8-Jun ! Kanye West 8-Jun ! Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) 8-Jun ! Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) 8-Jun ! Dean Felber (Hootie & The Blowfish) 9-Jun ! Ed Simons (The Chemical Brothers) 9-Jun ! Jon Lord (Deep Purple) 9-Jun ! Faith Evans 10-Jun ! Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins) 10-Jun ! Jo-Jo (K-Ci & JoJo) 10-Jun ! Maxi Priest 10-Jun ! M.S.Gopalakrishnan 10-Jun ! Roop Kumar Rathod 10-Jun ! T.V.Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Frank Beard (ZZ Top) 11-Jun ! Robert Birch (Stereo MC's) 11-Jun ! T. V. Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Palghat Mani Iyer 12-Jun ! Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) 12-Jun ! Kenny Wayne Shepherd 12-Jun ! Soren Rasted (Aqua) 13-Jun ! Boy George (Culture Club) 14-Jun ! Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) 14-Jun ! Ice Cube 15-Jun ! Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) 15-Jun ! Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) 15-Jun ! Zia Fariduddin Dagar 15-Jun ! A.Kanyakumari 15-Jun ! Sikkil Kunjumani 15-Jun ! Suraiya 15-Jun ! Amaal Mallik 16-Jun ! Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon) 16-Jun ! Barry Manilow 17-Jun ! Paul Young 17-Jun ! Alison Moyet 18-Jun ! Chaitra H. G. 18-Jun ! Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) 18-Jun ! Paul McCartney 18-Jun ! Brian Welch (Korn) 19-Jun ! Paula Abdul 19-Jun ! John Taylor (Duran Duran) 20-Jun ! Lionel Richie 20-Jun ! Michael Anthony (Van Halen) 20-Jun ! Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) 20-Jun ! Jal Mistry 20-Jun ! Leslie Lewis 20-Jun ! Shweta Shetty 20-Jun ! Shakela Banu Bhopali 21-Jun ! Brandon Flowers (The Killers) 21-Jun ! Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) 21-Jun ! Marcella Detroit (Shakespear's Sister) 21-Jun ! Sonique 21-Jun ! Cyndi Lauper 22-Jun ! Gary Beers (INXS) 22-Jun ! Kris Kristofferson 22-Jun ! Chittor Subramania Pillai 22-Jun ! Anubhav Sinha 23-Jun ! Penaaz Masani 23-Jun ! Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) 23-Jun ! Vijay Sardeshmukh 23-Jun ! Andy McCluskey (O.M.D.) 24-Jun ! Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) 24-Jun ! Jeff Beck 24-Jun ! John Illsley (Dire Straits) 24-Jun ! Mario Calire (The Wallflowers) 24-Jun ! Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) 24-Jun ! Kailash Surendranath 24-Jun ! Carly Simon 25-Jun ! Ian McDonald (Foreigner) 25-Jun ! Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) 25-Jun ! B.U.Ganesh Prasad 26-Jun ! Ariana Grande 26-Jun ! Chris Isaak 26-Jun ! Colin Greenwood Radiohead) 26-Jun ! Gauhar Jaan 26-Jun ! Patty Smyth 26-Jun ! Nitin Mukesh 27-Jun ! Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! David Knights (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! Ian Paice (Deep Purple / Whitesnake) 29-Jun ! Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) 29-Jun ! Ali Peter John 29-Jun ! Stanley Clarke 30-Jun ! T-Pain 30-Jun ! ! Missy Elliott 1-Jul ! Debbie Harry (Blondie) 1-Jul ! Ustad Rashid Khan 1-Jul ! Hariprasad Chaurasia 1-Jul ! Savitri Sathyamurthy 1-Jul ! Sudesh Bhosle 1-Jul ! Johnny Colla 2-Jul ! Pandit Santosh Joshi 2-Jul ! Guruvayoor Dorai 2-Jul ! Mohd. Aziz 2-Jul ! M.L.Vasanthakumari 3-Jul ! Shane Lynch (Boyzone) 3-Jul ! William Goldsmith (Foo Fighters) 4-Jul ! Bill Withers (1938) 4-Jul ! H.K.Venkatram 4-Jul ! Kumar Taurani 5-Jul ! Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans) 5-Jul ! Huey Lewis 5-Jul ! Robbie Robertson 5-Jul ! Amit Mishra 5-Jul ! 50 Cent 6-Jul ! John Keeble (Spandau Ballet) 6-Jul ! Bali Brahmbhatt 6-Jul ! Dr. M.Balamurali Krishna (Chennai) 6-Jul ! Mark White (Spin Doctors) 7-Jul ! Ringo Starr (1940) 7-Jul ! Wasifuddin Dagar 7-Jul ! Beck 8-Jul ! Joan Osborne 8-Jul ! Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) 8-Jul ! Jack White (The White Stripes) 9-Jul ! Courtney Love (Hole) 9-Jul ! Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) 9-Jul ! H.P.Ramachar 9-Jul ! Hema Sardesai 9-Jul ! Arlo Guthrie 10-Jul ! Parveen Sultana 10-Jul ! Lil' Kim 11-Jul ! Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) 11-Jul ! Suzanne Vega 11-Jul ! Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) 12-Jul ! S. R. Janakiraman 12-Jul ! Charumathi Ramachandran (Chennai) 12-Jul ! Will Champion (Coldplay) 13-Jul ! Kesarbai Kerkar 13-Jul ! Jayashree Patanekar 13-Jul ! Amod Mehra 13-Jul ! Sarita Sethi 13-Jul ! Kulwant Jani 14-Jul ! Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) 14-Jul ! Marky Ramone (Ramones) 15-Jul ! Linda Ronstadt 15-Jul ! Mogubai Kurdikar 15-Jul ! B.Rajam Iyer 15-Jul ! R.N.Thyagarajan (Rudrapatnam Bros) 15-Jul ! Vaigal S.Gnanaskandan (Chennai) 15-Jul ! Stewart Copeland (The Police) 16-Jul ! JC (PM Dawn) 17-Jul ! Terry

IPRS sets up regional committees

The Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) is the only government authorized body in the country to administer rights, issue licenses and collect royalties for authors, music composers and music publishers. Founded in 1969, it has over 4,000, members across the country and represents also the world’s music repertoire. It was recently granted re-registration under the amended Copyright Act. The Society with Registered Office at Mumbai also has administrative offices in 12 cites across India.

Last week members of the IPRS’ Governing Council held discussions in Chennai with over a hundred of its members from the South, including stalwarts such as Ilaiyaraja, A. R. Rahman and Vidyasagar. As part of its plan to increase members’ involvement in the governance of the Society and to achieve greater market efficiency, IPRS is setting up Regional Committees whose task will be to advise the Governing Council on industry matters and relay IPRS policies to the regional members and authorities in coordination with its local administrative offices. The first Regional Committee was set up last week in Chennai. IPRS is now urging members in other States to join hands and set up similar Committees to help drive the music industry to greater heights.

Commenting on this development, Javed Akhtar, Chairman of the IPRS said, "IPRS is like a cooperative: it exists by and for its members. We have carefully assessed the situation, analyzed all the challenges faced by the Society and decided on a development plan. Our first step is to effectively localise and bring greater regional involvement in the Society's operations. We started with South India, which is the country’s largest music producer and music exporter, with internationally acclaimed legends such as Illyaraja and A. R. Rahman. In the coming months, we will expand this regional drive so as to cover all the main music production centers this year itself."

After meeting and discussing industry issues with the representatives from the Tamil music industry, music composer Aashish Rego said, “Meeting all these illustrious composers, lyricists and music publishers was a highly emotional moment for me. We have pledged to increase our local office staff at these places to speed up the licensing process and increase the royalty collection. We trust that these measures will substantially boost our members’ income.”

 Addressing the concerns of the artists, composer Raju Singh said, "Lyricists and composers who don’t sing are the most fragile members of the music industry: they don’t get concert fees but depend to a great extent on the royalties collected by IPRS when their music is used here or anywhere in the world. It is of utmost importance that the voices of individual creators, wherever they may work, are heard and taken into consideration; it gives us hope that the Society is on the right track and that we will be fairly remunerated whenever our music is used - which has not been the case till today."

Mandar Thakur, COO of Times Music, further added, "The economic contribution and the international influence of the South Indian music industry is second to none and is even greater than Bollywood in several parts of the world, particularly in South-East Asia, the Far East and some European countries. But until now we have somehow not been able to properly monetize our assets. I warmly welcome this healing step of IPRS: it goes to show that the new management is inclusive and means business."

Lyricist Sahithi G also said, "I am very pleased that the first step taken by the new IPRS is to move away from its former Mumbai and Bollywood-centric attitude by acknowledging the importance of other music productions centers and by involving every member instead of having just two representatives from the South on the Governing Council."

#Ilaiyaraja, #A. R. Rahman #Vidyasagar #Lyricist Sahithi G #Mandar Thakur, COO of Times Music #composer Raju Singh #composer Aashish Rego #Javed Akhtar,

Budweiser Experiences with homegrown talent, Zaeden and Lost Stories

Budweiser Experiences unites with Tomorrowland, one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals that draws music experience seekers from all over the world. The monumental 2-weekend festival will take place between 20th & 29th July’18 in Belgium, giving stage to the world’s best electronic music talent.  Stepping up the experience for the electronic music fans this year, Budweiser Experiences would be hosting homegrown talent, Zaeden and Lost Stories, at the brand’s very own Freedom Stage, which is also the second largest stage at the festival.

Celebrating the journey to the freest place on Earth, Budweiser Experiences’ association with Tomorrowland aims to unite music fans from across the globe to revel in the ethereal experience of the festival. The brand’s continued global partnership with the Belgian festival is reflective of its persistent ambition to drive change within the evolving global music culture while connecting more deeply with the youth of today.  

Commenting on this association, Kartikeya Sharma, Marketing Director - India, AB InBev India said, “Budweiser Experiences has been at the forefront of redefining the electronic music culture in India and we are thrilled to continue our partnership with the world’s leading electronic music festival – Tomorrowland, the creators of unparalleled music experiences for fans around the world. As a global company engaging with an evolving and connected global consumer, our ambition is to create memorable and meaningful experiences for and with them. This year, we believe that the introduction of the immensely talented Zaeden and Lost Stories, on the Freedom Stage will truly help bring alive the Indian electronic music scene internationally and provide the audience the best experiences.” 

The artist duo, Zaeden aka Sahil Sharma, and Lost Stories, comprising Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi, would also be releasing a new, exclusive track on Budweiser’s Freedom Stage at Tomorrowland, creating something new and exciting for the fans travelling from across the globe. Heavily inspired by Avicii, the track starts off as an acoustic sound, gradually incorporating live instruments from dance music.

Some of the previous popular tracks of Zaeden include Tempted to Touch featuring Rupee, Yesterday with Borgeous and his remix of Magic by Coldplay; while those of Lost Stories include Paradise, Attention Hoe and Spread the fire, amongst others.

Sharing his excitement to be playing at Tomorrowland, Zaeden opined “It’s a dream to perform at festivals like Tomorrowland and I am glad to be associating with Budweiser Experiences to make this dream come true, yet again. The excitement and the energy of the fans is always welcoming and it’s surreal to be representing India at such a big stage.” Adding to the above, Lost Stories said “It’s always a great time to be exemplifying Indian talent at the mecca of electronic music festivals, Tomorrowland. With Budweiser Experiences giving us an opportunity to perform at the second largest stage at the festival, we are excited to bring alive the best of our music and connect with fans from across the world!”

The sought-after Indian duo will be sharing stage with international music sensations like Don Diablo, Jauz, Oliver Heldens and Tiesto to name a few, at the Freedom Stage.

The Altamount Road Murders

The invite read: Hey there, We are thrilled to invite you for a Jazz theatre noir, The Altamount Road Murders at The Royal Opera House Mumbai, written & directed by Jeff Goldberg. Hooked by the words Jazz theatre noir, we decided to checkout the play. 
What we were served at The Royal Opera House was a film noir play set in 2018! 
Ingredients: 1 large peg: Sam -A seedy, hard drinking American dick on the lam who has presently made Mumbai his base. 
1 large peg:  Sonali, a flirtatious rich bitch, whose politician husband Anand has been murdered & found handcuffed to a prostitute, and who approaches Sam (whom she calls Sheep Dog) to find the murderer.
3 large pegs: Two brothers, Abhishek& Ibrahim (who have both had an affair with Sonali) & their lawyer sister Laura, of the bickering Tandon business family, whose construction project has gone kaput & who are facing financial ruin and jail.
Add to this adash of soulfulJazz Sax riffs by the legendary Miles Davis as a background score & dialogue liberally sprinkled with F & B words (not food & beverage sweetheart!) Shake well…and you have a heady cocktail of a play called The Altamount Road Murders!
Incidentally the play also stars Jeff Goldberg himself in the lead role as Sam.
- Noel Keymer

Ayaz Ismail making waves

Ayaz Ismail is a Music Composer and Singer based in USA who has had 3 Songs released on Zee Music. Recently he wrote the song "Wirrd" which was sung by Javed Ali and beautifully penned by Amin Vailgy, and his latest "Ishq Zaat Meri" which is sung by Shaan. Both the songs have a million views on youtube.

It was on the occasion of the Aga Khan’s visit to Canada, that Ayaz Ismail premiered “Ishq Zaat Meri” sung by Bollywood Pop Icon Shaan. He says It’s been a pleasure and honor to work with Shaan. “Ishq Zaat Meri” brings the search within yourself moments. A broken relationship or a broken dream, this song brings the life to showcase the battle because in today’s world the only afterthought one has is he/she made it, but nobody stops to wonder what it took them to be there. Set in an angle portraying stories of love parenthood and letting your emotions high this is a song that would set your blood flowing. The production of the song has been treated with open-space synth sounds. It brings in the EDM vibe and portrays each character within yourself. As the characters progress in their lives, they find out that spiritual enlightenment is missing. In search of inner peace, they find their happiness. EDM might be the trend of today but this is the song that takes Bollywood music to the international stage. You hope and dream that you would once get a song that lets your pulse racing, don’t worry this is the song you will play in a loop mode. 

India's accession to WCT and WPPT is a game Changer

The IPRS whole heartedly welcomes the decision of the Union Cabinet on July 4th 2018, as reported by the PIB, that India would accede to the “Internet Treaties” namely the WIPO Copyright Treaty (“WCT”) and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT). This is an extremely positive development which will greatly benefit the Indian creative industries. While India had aligned its Copyright law with the WCT & WPPT in 2012, the formal accession by India to these Treaties will greatly help the Indian creative industry by ensuring creators and creative businesses benefit from the digital and online dissemination of their works protected under the Berne Convention and other Treaties. The WCT and WPPT will also formalise India’s existing commitment to enhance the protection of works by mandating technological protection measures as also ensure the reliability of digital/online marketplaces by preventing the tampering or dilution of rights management information. IPRS and its entire membership support and thank the Government of India headed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for its decision.

Mr. Javed Akhtar, poet, script writer and lyricist and Chairman of IPRS said, “Full credit is due to Shri. Suresh Prabhu the Minister Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (“DIPP”) as well as to the stellar team at DIPP comprising of Shri. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Shri. Rajiv Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Shri. Sushil Satpute, Director and Shri. Hoshiar Singh The Registrar Copyrights for ensuring that India truly mainstreams its copyright sector into the rapidly growing digital markets. This will benefit creators as the Berne Convention will find firm footing in the digital domain. I congratulate and thank the Government of India for this positive decision and for supporting artistes and the creative sector”

Mr. Raju Singh Composer and Director IPRS said, “India is truly now a part of the world-wide market in relation to creative works. The decision of the Cabinet to become part of the internet Treaties is the one thing we need to signify the arrival of India’s truly significant soft power signified by its creative industries. Congratulations to the Government!”

Mr. Rakesh Nigam CEO, IPRS said, “it is heartening to see how serious the Government in its efforts to see that the interests of the creative sector are protected not only in India, but that the sector is able to benefit from a harmonised system across the world. The decision of the Cabinet to accede to the Internet Treaties will ensure that IPRS and the copyright sector in India is able to secure due benefits from around the world in a more efficient manner, particularly in the digital domain”

Mr. Vikram Mehra, MD of Saregama India Ltd and Director of IPRS said, “The Cabinet decision to bring India into the WIPO Internet Treaties’ fold is a very positive development. Securing and protecting the right of distribution and dissemination in the online and digital space is just the push needed to ensure that copyright sector truly benefits from the rapid expansion of digital and online platforms in India. Kudos to the DIPP!”

IPRS is the sole Indian copyright society, registered under the Copyright Act, 1957,  administering musical works and literary works associated with musical works. The members of IPRS comprise of Authors (lyricists), Music Composers and Music Publishers.

Radio City's Gig City Season 3

Radio City’s most famous property Gig City is back with its third season to entertain 6.7 cr Indians with riveting performances from the best of the music industry including Sachin - Jigar, Sukhwinder Singh,  Neeti Mohan, Armaan Malik and Monali Thakur. Radio City’s Gig City “Aap Jahaan, Concert Wahaan” has already featured entertaining performances by Sachin – Jigar and Sukhwinder Singh and versatile singer and performer Neeti Mohan.
With two successful seasons featuring biggies like KK, Kailash Kher, Shankar Mahadevan, Benny Dayal, Mika, Ayushmann khurana, Shaan etc. Gig City’s concept of Aap Jahaan, Concert Wahan has given a new dimension to the idea of a concert and has utilized radio as a medium for listeners to experience a live concert by their favorite music artists on the go. The property has a rare distinction of having the biggest names in the industry coming together on one platform, supporting and encouraging each other while giving the listeners an experience like never before.
Singer Neeti Mohan who recently featured on the show said, “New formats in entertainment are making me more hopeful about the future of India’s entertainment industry! I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of such an innovative concept of the Gig City's "Aap Jahan Concert Wahan by Radio City and Canvas Talent! We need more of such game changers for people to engage more actively in entertainment and artists to engage in newer ways with their fans. All my love and prayers to the entire team.” 
Speaking about it, Radio City’s most famous RJ Salil Archaya, says “I have been associated with Radio City’s Gig City for 3 years now and being the voice for such a big initiative is an absolute honour for me! It only makes me want to push my limits and do better so that I can create a memorable experience for the listeners! Being the interface for such an initiative is no joke! I’m super excited for this season and I am sure it will definitely hit the right chord amongst all music lovers”
Anurag Rao, Director, Canvas Talent says "After 2 successful seasons of Radio City’s Gig Ciy, we are thrilled to launch season 3 with some of the best live music concerts. This will be another rollercoaster concert series with more entertainment and super-hit music with a mix of some younger and established talent."
The concerts will air every Friday 7:00PM to 9:00PM and a repeat broadcast on Saturday 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM across 25 Hindi Speaking markets.

Music Inc.was a fantastic two day conference...

Music Inc the first music business venture of Loudest.in and Exchange4media’s started with a bang. It was a two-day conference and its first year it managed to garner attention from the music industries and brands. The conversations and panel discussions were designed to throw light on the confluence of Music, Brands, Technology, and Marketers. The event got to see an huge audience of over 500 people. The conference brought renowned music and media industry stalwarts together. Among the various enlightening sessions it started with cheering welcome note of Mr. Anurag Batra.

They had an interesting line up of key note speakers and panelist like Ellis Rich, ex chairman of PRS and Yvan Boudillet ex Warner Music France.

The line-up included many other big names from corporate brands that had integrated music in their philosophy such as Llyod Mathias who worked previously with Tata Docomo and Motorola, Samar Singh Shekhawat from United Breweries Limited. The panel is diversified to incorporate professionals from across various industries which includes the likes of Ashish Bhasin-the Chairman and CEO South Asia Dentsu Aegis Network, Sabbas Joseph from Wizcraft Entertainment, Tarun Katyal- the CEO of Zee5, BigFM, Saurabh Sharma- the Country Head of Smule, Shailendra Singh- the Former Joint MD at Percept Ltd & Inceptor of Sunburn and Rohit Pillai- the Associate Director Events & Partnerships, Bira 91, Priyanka Khimani from Anand & Anand & Khimani who was also the first Indian to speak at Grammy Week this year.

There were various interesting topics discussed at the forum the history of music, the journey of music and how after over a decade music companies are making money from subscriptions. There were some eminent personalities like Armaan Malik who spoke about independent music, Fan Engagement & Direct-2-Consumers Strategies Salim Merchant who spoke about Advertise Yourself Best with Music Marketing andShibani Kashyap who spoke about bringing changes in the society through music. There also were young talent likes Azeem Dayani who is the music supervisor, who spoke about new division which is created in the music space and he has a short but very interesting talk on stage.

The highlight of the event was Badshah who spoke about entrepreneurship. He candidly shared "I haven’t attended any business school. My biggest strength is my music. Until I make music I will be relevant. But at one point in my life, I realized that if I won't’ do music then there would be no brand Badshah. Hence, I took a break and started hiring more people, people with certain skills, who could handle my work as I'm not a businessman. I started watching their work and that’s how I learned about business.”

Amar Tidke, Chief Programming Officer of 9X Media shed light on the growth of regional music industry and tapping those markets whileRabindra Narayan, M.D of PTC Network spoke about the ever-growing Punjabi music industry, in a panel discussion skillfully moderated byKailashnath Adhikari of the SAB group.

 

The conference was graced by Bhushan Kumar- the Chairman and M.D of T-series who has never before seen on such a platform. Who shared his valuable inputs about- How the right music drives Bollywood - box office audience and sales. He candidly shared “my father use to promote independent artist. It was my father's dream, his passion for music, which I'm taking it forward. A person must have an ear for music. I got it from my father. We don't make videos for profit”. Raj Nayak, COO of Viacom18 craftily engaged Bhushan Kumar in a never seen before candid interview where the two expressed a desire to show more support to upcoming and talented independent artists.

Aparajita Misra, Editorial Lead and Founding member, Loudest.in shares “MTV Music Inc, first time when we had CEOs & CMOs from Top industry leaders attending the Conference as audiences! 85 Speakers, 2 Days, 32 deep dive topics! The content of the conference was created with extreme detailing, and I think that was our win! It was incredible how the entire industry came together to initiate conversations around growth hacking, how brands and tech can deeply be integrated with music. Loudest.in aims to go one step further from here, one stop for all the music business solutions. Stay engaged & look forward to music inc. 2.0!”

The Music Inc Conference, true to its motto ventured into discussions surrounding the growth of the music industry and its potentials. The two days concluded with some of the most successful stories and networking with various experts and eminent personalities from the music and entertainment space. Music Inc was truly an integration of music, cover, technology, advertisement, media & brands.

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World Environment Day celeberations

World Environment Day was a great day for Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej who had back to back events ,when he was asked  about his shows, he said "I had a wonderful time performing my music on the 4th for the United Nations event hosted by Erik Solem (Global Head of UN Environment, Under Secretary General) & a spectacular concert on the 5th at the India Gat, New Delhi for the Government of India. As you know, all of my music is dedicated to Nature, so it felt great performing at these global celebrations on this amazing occasion'. A little known fact is that he is a dentist by education but hasn't pursued a career in the dentistry.He became a musician in university, where he was a part of a progressive rock band which gave him exposure to musicand set him of on a musical career. 

 

The latest 'Made In India'

T-Series artist Guru Randhawa, is one of India’s Punjabi music artiste to feature on Billboards Top 25, has had many successful hits with Bhushan Kumar. After giving us hits like High Rated Gabru, Patola, Lahore, Ban Ja Rani and many more is back with yet another single ‘Made in India’ produced by T-Series

The Punjabi single is composed and written by Guru himself while the song was shot in Milan with Elnaaz Norouzi and directed by Directorgifty. Guru who has featured in his videos before, but for the first time will be seen portraying a character. Seen as a local taxi driver, the video shows Guru trying to woo the model he falls in love at first sight. Shot in the beautiful lanes of Milan, we see Guru trying different ways to make the girl befriend him and eventually fall in love.
    
Speaking on the lyrics and composition, Guru says, “Whenever I compose my songs I try and ensure I don’t repeat my tunes and try different beats. Even for Made in India, I have tried have explored new chords and a few beats that I have added is basically my voice that sounds like a flute. When I got the final composition most final programming, I asked Bhushanji to hear the song and he instantly liked it. Immediately the team and I started working on video concepts.” Speaking about the video, Guru adds, “It is my first ever video to be shot in Milan, it’s a beautiful city and it was an incredible experience. The colors, textures, and frames we were hoping to see in the video have come out impressive.” 

Bhushan Kumar who has successfully revived music videos and wants to releases as many as 10 or so videos every year is confident with Guru’s single. Speaking about his association with Guru, “Guru is an artist who is exploring with music with changing times. He is always ready to try new tunes, ideas, and concepts. Our association has evolved over the years and enabled us to give chartbuster songs. Made In India takes Guru’s work a notch higher and will yet again be another of our hits together.”

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/pnMQLrS5sTE

#T-Series #Guru Randhawa #Bhushan Kumar # Gabru #Patola #Lahore #Ban Ja Rani #Made In India

@T-Series @Guru Randhawa @Bhushan Kumar

Aloft Star 2018 Competition

Singer-songwriters across Asia-Pacific are invited to submit their original compositions till 31 July 2018 to compete for the chance to record and digitally release their single through Universal Music Group. Marriott International’s Aloft Hotels, in partnership with Universal Music Group & Brands (UMGB), the brand strategy division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, has launched the 2018 Asia Pacific edition of  Aloft Hotels’ artist discovery competition Project: Aloft Star Asia-Pacific. From June 26 to July 31, 2018, artists, bands and songwriters are invited to submit up to two original songs in video or audio format. This exciting contest shines a spotlight on the region’s incredible, undiscovered, and up-and-coming talents.

The competition is open to entrants from countries  in the Asia Pacific region. The countries are in  five clusters spanning eleven markets: Australia, Greater China, India, South-East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand) and South Korea. From the entries submitted, UMG will select five finalists (one from each cluster) for an all-expenses paid trip to Seoul, South Korea to battle it out in the grand finale to be held at Aloft Seoul Myeongdong on 20 September 2018. Each finalist will also receive 100,000 Rewards points1 redeemable for stays at participating Marriott International hotels around the world and other rewards.

Starting today, unsigned musicians can enter for a chance to compete and win a grand prize that includes:

a) Artist & Repertoire (A&R) mentoring from UMG, which includes advice on selecting a single to record, and expert guidance throughout the process

 b) A professional recording session with UMG and opportunity to release the single

 c) An accompanying music video to be produced and released by UMG

 This year’s Project: Aloft Star Asia-Pacific mentors include Indian singer and composer Salim Merchant, whose scores have appeared in 100 Bollywood films; award-winning Greater China singer and actress Rachel Liang; Korean R&B performing artist SAAY; and Australian radio presenter Alex Dyson.

 Music fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists or bands via a public vote from September 3 - 19, 2018. Three lucky voters who predict the winner and provide a reason why they picked them will stand a chance to win 50,000 Rewards points.1

 “Aloft Hotels has always been the brand for music makers and music lovers, but now through our collaboration with UMG, we’re able to support emerging artists in a more meaningful way than ever before,” said Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader, Aloft Hotels; and Vice President, Distinctive Select Brands for Marriott International. “The opportunity to record a single with one of UMG’s prestigious labels and receive dedicated mentoring from the best in the industry is very rare, and we’re so glad to be able to bring this chance to emerging talent all over the world.”

 Says Olivier Robert-Murphy, Global head of New Business at Universal Music Group: “UMGB is proud to partner Aloft Hotels for Project: Aloft Star Asia Pacific 2018. We love their shared ambition to discover and nurture original singer- songwriters across such a diverse and musically vibrant region.  We’re thrilled to expand our global relationship with Marriott International in such a strategically important region for both companies.”

 Aloft Hotels has been an incubator for emerging musical talent for a decade. All Aloft Hotels around the world host regular live music evenings in their W XYZ® bars with local up-and-coming talent as part of the brand’s Live At Aloft Hotels music program. Aloft Hotels are in thriving music destinations, welcoming touring musicians with special discounted artist rates, the opportunity to use the W XYZ® bar as a performance space for free, and a musicians’ guide featuring everything from where to dine late-night after a gig, the best nearby affordable recording studio, to where to purchase guitar strings, and more to hit the right note for each stay.

 For more information, please visit: www.projectaloftstarasia.com

#Olivier Robert-Murphy, Global head of New Business at Universal Music Group# :Universal Music Group # Marriott International’s Aloft Hotels # Salim Merchant #Rachel Liang # SAAY; # Alex Dyson.# Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader, Aloft Hotels

Rhythm Queen & Tabla phenomenon

‘One of India’s leading and most innovative Percussionists’, ‘Rhythm Queen’ & ‘Tabla phenomenon’ Anuradha Pal is the First Professional Female Tabla virtuoso in the world, a creative, trail blazer, Trendsetter & Multi-percussionist. Her meaningful thought leadership, entrepreneurship & incredible contribution in propagating Indian Music, culture & female empowerment have made her a National pride, youth icon & inspiration to multitudes across the globe.. 
Anuradha has been enthralling audiences worldwide with her diverse offerings as a Tabla soloist, accompanist with top class musicians, Fusion bands - Stree Shakti & Su-Fo-Re and collaborations with World Music be it Folk, Semi classical, Western classical, New age, Jazz, Latin, African, Flamenco along with Fashion, painting, poetry & Kathak. 
A recipient of the ‘First Ladies’ National Award from the President of India, Anuradha made India proud by becoming the youngest Indian musician & the first female Indian Musician, to ever perform at the World-famous Woodstock Festival, '08 & WOMAD Festival ’99. 
With the blessings of her family & Gurus, Ustads Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain, Anuradha has performed extensively with World-renowned Musicians & regaled dignitaries like Honourable President & Prime Minister of India & Queen Elizabeth at major diplomatic events. 
Acknowledged as a ‘Woman of Pure Wonder’, Anuradha is the Brand Ambassador of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative and is a TOP Graded artist of Prasar Bharati & ICCR.  
  
Anuradha Pal ‘stormed the male bastion of Indian Rhythm’ as a child prodigy when barely ten years old, thus becoming a pioneer, firmly establishing herself as a ‘colossus on the percussion firmament’; thereby ‘shattering gender biases & empowering women to pursue more creative paths’.  
Anuradha has received several prestigious awards like the Femina Super Women achievers’ award, Maharashtra Rajya Sanskrutik Puraskar, Zee Astitva award to name a few, for her meaningful thought leadership, entrepreneurship & commitment. 
Anuradha has composed the background score for many short films, M.F. Husain's Bollywood film Gaja Gamini as well as top selling Fusion albums like ‘Get Recharged!’, ‘Passion’, ‘Kesaria’, ‘Recharge Plus!’ & ‘Nirvana’. 
Anuradha has a Masters Degree in Music and has contributed in research & taught at several prestigious IVY league US universities. She also teaches online and takes classes at the Anuradha Pal’s Tabla Academy, Andheri, Mumbai. She organises concerts, Music for wellness workshops & festivals through her organisation, Sur aaur Saaz Music events.  
Anuradha Pal’s story is that of courage, fortitude, commitment & creativity. In the face of rejection for being a girl from a non-musician family in the male dominated field of Tabla, she dealt with unfair chauvinism, discrimination & politics with grit & charm, to turn every stumbling block into an opportunity to reinvent herself & grow her skills & offerings, “Anuradha’s deep reverence for tradition, spiritual upbringing with youthful energy, broad perspectives, humility and boundless commitment to her art” (India Abroad Weekly, USA, 2006) made her excel and establish herself as  a ‘prominent Torchbearer of Indian music’ (2017).  

Shashaa Tirupati's debut indie single

Independent music is something that has been on Shashaa's mind since long and this is one of the few singles that she has planned. National Award winning singer Shashaa Tirupati has come out with her latest single Nila Kaigiradhu plus Rasaali mashup arranged by Shashaa Tirupati Guitar and voice.

Nila is a 90s classic by Rahman Sir, an era of his from which its very difficult to choose which song to sing. Since they are  all works of genius. Rasaali is Shashaa’s song as the original singer from Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada. Where in Shashaa was in love with the hook line, and because it wasnt part of her lines in the original song, Shashaa decided to sing it in this mashup. Her focus was in treating both the songs with utmost purity in order to not meddle with the sound and composition of the God (ARR) of production Himself.

Ariana Grande new studio album

Grammy Award nominated, multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar ARIANA GRANDE announces August 17 release date for upcoming highly anticipated fourth studio album Sweetener via Republic Records, unlocking the album’s pre-order and unveiling the official album artwork today. Alongside the announcement she delivers a new album track, produced by Pharrell, “The Light Is Coming” ft. Nicki Minaj out now.  Pre-order Sweetener today and receive instant downloads of the album’s first single “No Tears Left To Cry” which remains in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “The Light Is Coming”.

In addition, the official music video for “The Light Is Coming” ft. Nicki Minaj will be released today exclusively on Reebok.com at 12p ET / 9a PT.  Tune in HERE, to watch the music video directed by Grammy Award winning director Dave Meyers.  Meyers also directed the music video for “No Tears Left to Cry”, which has now been streamed on VEVO over 300 million times.  Fans pre-ordering Sweetener through shop.arianagrande.com, à la carte or with bundle purchase, will receive pre-sale ticket access to a future Headline Tour.  Fans are also now able to purchase a special bundle including the debut of ARIANA’s new fragrance – CLOUD that is only available as a limited-edition rollerball exclusively at shop.arianagrande.com.  Additionally, the store unveils new merchandise today, don’t miss the new exclusives available now!   

Shawn Mendes top of the charts

Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album recently, via Island Records. The album follows 2016’s double platinum Illuminate which spawned three Top 10 singles. All three of his albums have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. NME declares Shawn Mendes: The Album “a bright and bold new direction,” while Billboard noted that the album transitions “into a more mature world of brilliant production and poignant songwriting.”

Among the album’s track listing are his smash hits “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” which were released to rave reviews and soared to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the US, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. “In My Blood” is currently Top 10 at Pop Radio and Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Additional tracks on the album include the newly released “Nervous,” "Youth" featuring Khalid, "Fallin' All In You" (co-written by Ed Sheeran), “Particular Taste” (co-written by Ryan Tedder), and "Like To Be You” featuring Julia Michaels who co-wrote the song; the song also features a guitar solo from John Mayer, who produced the track.

Just this past weekend, Shawn paid tribute to the victims of gun violence during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with an emotional performance of “Youth,” featuring Khalid and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Show Choir. Watch the performance here. It was Shawn’s second performance of the night, following a soaring rendition of “In My Blood” earlier in the evening (watch here). Shawn also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and is set to perform on the Today Show Citi Concert Series on June 1st to be followed soon after by a full week-long residency on The Late Late Show with James Corden June 4-7.

Earlier this month, Shawn announced his third global headlining arena tour. “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” is set to kick off on March 7th, 2019 in Europe and will run through the summer with 56 dates spanning across North America, the UK and Europe. Tickets for the North American and European legs of the tour are available now for purchase. For all tour dates and ticket info head to http://www.shawnmendesthetour.com.

India's First Talent Hunt for Ghazal Singers

Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent music and Khazana, an annual concert that celebrates the brilliance of ghazals, today announced the best performers of ‘Khazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt’, India’s first-ever talent hunt for ghazal singers. Aditya Langeh (24 years) from Jammu and Oshin Bhatia (25 years) from Delhi were announced as the star performers of this unique contest that set out to leverage the power of technology and give talented singers across the country a chance to be a part of the exquisite art of ghazal singing. In addition to the duo, Dattaprasad Ranade (45 years) from Pune and Siddhant (11 years) from Kashipur were also called out for their brilliant ghazal singing skills. All four will get an opportunity to perform at the annual concert, ‘Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’ along with legendary ghazal singers Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Anup Jalota, Rekha Bhardwaj, Sudeep Banerjee, among others on 27th and 28th July 2018 in Mumbai.

The participants were judged by an esteemed jury consisting of Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Anup Jalota, Rekha Bhardwaj and Sudeep Banerjee. The contest saw tremendous participation from 75 cities. From Mumbai to Pratapgarh, Delhi to Vidisha and Bengaluru to Sitamarhi, the judges saw immense talent in small and big cities alike, across people of all age groups.

Speaking about the talent hunt, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “Khazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt was an amalgamation of technology and the sublime art of ghazal singing. The contest enabled us to reach out to a pan-India audience and in turn, allowed aspiring singers to utilize the medium to have their voice heard. We are certain that through such collaborations, both Khazana and Artist Aloud will continue to aid and enable deserving singers and help them share their talent with the world.” 

Speaking about the talent hunt, Pankaj Udhas said, “Khazana was conceptualized to be a festival that celebrates the magic of ghazals. Every year, we aim to bring to light budding singers who show immense promise and can carry forward the legacy of ghazals. We are proud to have Aditya Langeh, Oshin Bhatia, Dattaprasad Ranade and Siddhant with us this year. All of them displayed a pure love for the art and had soulful voices that made us choose them in what was an extremely tough decision.”

Elaborating on the judging process, Rekha Bhardwaj said, “Shortlisting two candidates from a host of extremely talented singers was a difficult process. Through the duration of the contest, we realized that there is a storehouse of talent in India waiting to be discovered, and we had to provide a stage to four talent, instead of just two.”

Sudeep Banerjee added, “The digital medium provided by Artist Aloud gave the participants an exceptional mechanism to get noticed. I wish the four singers best of luck and hope that they will continue their march forward on this beautiful journey.”

Speaking about being chosen, Aditya Langeh said, “Being a part of such a prestigious festival is a dream come true for me. I am grateful to Khazana and the judges for taking a note of my voice, and to Artist Aloud for providing a platform that helped me get noticed.”

Oshin Bhatia added, “Participating in Khazana Artist Aloud Talent Hunt was an extremely easy process. I didn’t have to wait in long queues for auditions or even travel to another town for submitting my entry – it was all done online, from the comfort of my home. I hope that I’ll be able to make the judges proud of my performance at the Khazana Festival.”

Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals was founded by legendary ghazal singer and President, Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust, Pankaj Udhas and Mr. Y.K. Sapru, Chairman & CEO, Founder Director, Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) with the support of ghazal maestros Talat Aziz and Anup Jalota. Currently in its 17th year, Khazana has excelled in presenting a melodic mix of exquisite poetry and soulful compositions rendered by both, new and established ghazal singers of the country in an ambience that transports ghazal lovers to a land of pure bliss. All proceeds from the festival go to the Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust (PATUT) and Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA).

@ Pankaj Udhas, @Talat Aziz, @Anup Jalota, @Rekha Bhardwaj, @Sudeep Banerjee @Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’@Aditya Langeh from Jammu @Oshin Bhatia from Delhi@!Dattaprasad Ranade from Pune @Siddhant from Kashipur (Uttarakhand @Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, @Artist Aloud

5 things to...

The Brand Ambassador of the Khanjira,Banglore Amrit N.five things onthe  to do list...
1: Strive to build an individual and  respectable status for Khanjira in the international music scene.
2: Perform more of Khanjira Solo concerts andKhanjira oriented ensembles so people realise the tremendous potential of this percussion instrument.
3: Showcase the enormous possibilities of Khanjira by collaborating with artistes of various genres worldwide.
4: Propagate my Guru's tradition and style of Khanjira playing and create more awareness about this tradition.
5: Initiate the escalation and development of the Khanjira community, make it bigger, better and stronger, as well as taking it far and wide.

Copyright in the Internet Age.

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) representing over 270 Indian Music Labels for Public Performance and Radio Broadcast licensing of its members repertoire, has whole heartedly welcomed the Indian Government’s decision to accede to the progressive WIPO Internet treaties namely WCT&WPPT. This puts India in the elite league of Countries which value and promote the creative industry and seek to protect their Copyright in the Internet Age.

PPL representing producers of Phonograms or Sound Recordings is particularly enthused with this development as the WPPT grants member Record Labels, Economic Rights in their phonograms, specifically:

(i)           the right of reproduction;

(ii)          the right of distribution;

(iii)        the right of rental;

(iv)        the right of making available.

The right of making available, in particular, covers, on-demand, interactive making available through the Internet, a very important aspect in today’s Digital environment where economic rights of Members are now well protected on this medium as a result of this decision.The treaty empowers right owners to negotiate directly with new digital platforms and distributors.

Mr. Mandar Thakur Chairman of PPL said “We applaud the very progressive steps taken by the Indian Government and the DIPP to approve the accession of India and it’s creative industries into the WCT and WPPT treaties. This is a landmark moment for intellectual property and it’s progression in India”

Commenting on this momentous occasion, Mr. Rajat Kakar President &CEO of PPL said “We are committed to professional collective management of rights for our Member Record Labels and this progressive decision by the Indian Government under the stewardship of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) is a welcome move and enhances the economic value of the members copyrights in Sound Recording”

PPL India is a Collective Rights Management Organisation affiliated globally to IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industries) and represents the vast majority of Indian and Global Record Labels for monetisation of their Public Performance rights and licenses Radio Broadcasts for its members. It represents over 270 Music Labels and over 800,000 Indian works and more than 1.5 Million International Works, which it licences to users of these in a professional and transparent manner. It is actively embracing Global best practices and is taking giant strides in order to enhance value for its members by effective licensing in India and overseas.

The Altamount Road Murders

The invite read: Hey there,We are thrilled to invite you for a Jazz theatre noir, The Altamount Road Murders at The Royal Opera House Mumbai, written & directed by Jeff Goldberg.Hooked by the words Jazz theatre noir, we decided to check out the play.

What we were served at The Royal Opera House was a film noir play set in 2018!
Ingredients:
1 large peg: Sam - A seedy, hard drinking American dick on the lam who has presently made Mumbai his base.
1 large peg: Sonali, a flirtatious rich bitch, whose politician husband
Anand has been murdered & found handcuffed to a prostitute, and who approaches Sam (whom she calls Sheep Dog) to find the murderer.
3 large pegs: Two brothers, Abhishek & Ibrahim (who have both had an affair with Sonali) & their lawyer sister Laura, of the bickering Tandon business family, whose construction project has gone kaput & who are
facing financial ruin and jail.
Add to this a dash of soulful Jazz Sax riffs by the legendary Miles Davis as a background score & dialogue liberally sprinkled with F & B words (not food & beverage sweetheart!) Shake well… and you have a heady cocktailof a play called The Altamount Road Murders!
Incidentally the play also stars Jeff Goldberg himself in the lead role as Sam.

Interviews

Venues

Hard Rock Cafe1

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


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