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  1. NEW YORK: Bruno Mars, Drake and Ed Sheeran led nominations Thursday for the American Music Awards, where for the first time no women were vying for the top prize. In the televised gala, set for November 19 in Los Angeles, winners are determined by fan voting, unlike the more prestigious Grammy Awards, which is based on polling of music industry players. No women were in the running for Artist of the Year for the first time since the category took its current form in 2002. Funk revivalist Bruno Mars and English songwriter Ed Sheeran were nominated for Artist of the Year as well as Video of the Year for their respective hits "That´s What I Like" and "Shape of You." Other nominees for Artist of the Year included Drake -- who was also in the running in both the pop/rock and rap fields -- and rapper Kendrick Lamar, as well as electronic duo The Chainsmokers. Another closely watched category, New Artist of the Year, had one woman among the nominees, pop singer Julia Michaels. Other nominees were former One Direction heartthrob Niall Horan, British singer and fellow TV contest star James Arthur, rapper Post Malone and hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd. Women have frequently been Artist of the Year, with Taylor Swift winning three times and Ariana Grande taking the prize last year. The American Music Awards also has separate female and male categories, with Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Alessia Cara in the running for favorite pop/rock female artist. The nominations come amid growing attention to gender inequality in the United States -- conspicuously so in the entertainment industry -- and amid mounting allegations that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein preyed for years on young women.
  2. Rahman who is a self-professed Logic Pro X loyalist wants to introduce the software to his students. Photo: File Apple is partnering with ace composer A R Rahman to open two new music labs at his schools. One lab will be based in KM Music Conservatory?s (KMMC) flagship campus in Chennai, while the other will be situated in the upcoming new campus in Mumbai. The Mac-equipped labs will enable students to learn how to make music using Apple's music creation app, Logic Pro X. Apple will also give 10 full-time musical scholarships to students from underprivileged backgrounds. Rahman who is a self-professed Logic Pro X loyalist wants to introduce the software to his students. ?Music is a healer for today?s world and we share the same affinity and love of music with Apple Music," Rahman said. "The labs and scholarships at KMMC make an invaluable contribution to helping to develop the talents of tomorrow?s musicians and composers. For over 20 years, I?ve been a loyal Logic Pro user and am excited to be on this journey together with Apple." Students enrolled at the composer?s KM Music Conservatory undertake both part-time and full-time courses in Hindustani and Western classical music. A two-year diploma course gives students the option to continue their studies for a third year at Middlesex University, London, to complete a BA in Music.
  3. The ‘Echoes Of Earth' music festival is back to blow minds with its second edition. After a successful first year that immediately garnered an enthusiastic audience in its first leg itself, the festival promises to be bigger and better, boasting of a stellar lineup. Those who are to be in Bangalore on 18th and 19th November, 2017 you will not want to miss this. © Facebook/Beardyman at Echoes of Earth 2016 In its second edition this year, ‘Echoes of Earth' is getting even closer to the pulse of great live music, promising a strong International and Indian line-up with sounds of Electronic live, Soul, Indian fusion, Jazz, Techno, Blues, Reggae, Rock etc. Artists like Emancipator (USA), Youngr (UK) , Hilight Tribe (FRA), Agents Of Time (ITA), Manu Delago (AUT), Thaalavattam (IND), Arjun Vagale (IND), BLOT (IND), Prateek Kuhad (IND), The Jazz B'stards (IND), Sid Vashi (IND), Rishabh Seen & Band(Khoj) (IND), Kutle Khan (IND), Generation Ft. Esani Dey & Mohini Dey (IND), Komorebi (IND), Dreamstates (IND) and many more, will convene in the lap of 150 acres of sprawling nature – which serves as the perfect location for a truly unique music festival experience. © Nilgiri Stage by artist Jordan Rakei A convergence of music, arts and culture, ‘Echoes of Earth', as the name suggests, is a celebration of the environment and a platform where artists and eco-conscious people can showcase their ecological ideas and concepts to the larger audience and create awareness of an alternate way of life. The entire festival is largely produced using upcycled & recycled concepts which present themselves as large stages and installations. In addition to great music, the two-day festival will also see workshops on music, wellness, and the green lifestyle. © Echoes Of Earth Festival Speaking to MensXP, Festival Director Roshan Netalkar said, “Echoes of Earth is a showcase of great music from around the world to the Indian audience, which is evolving in its music taste. At the same time, we want the festival to stand for something more. As you know, music is a universal language and it brings communities together. At ‘Echoes of Earth', we would like to use the power of communities to create awareness on sustainability, preservation and green living, which is need of the hour”. Tickets are available for sale on BookMyShow and start as cheap as Rs. 1,180. That gives you more than enough reason to attend the festival.
  4. This week's question is inspired by liquidfractals's reply to last weeks question. What is your favorite music and which bands would you have loved to see live? We learned many things; mostly that our team have poor taste in music. Brandon (Senior tech support and development) I like a lot of different genres. I grew up with rap and pop, but I like R&B, country, electronic and rock too. Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs n Harmony is probably my favorite rapper (and I've seen the group perform live), with Chamillionaire being a close second (and I've actually met him and talked to him one on one). I'd love to see Pentatonix live, that's on my bucket list I'd say. Mark H (Tech support) My tastes in music are quite eclectic. Given my age, "Rock & Roll" is at the top of the list, but after that it's "anything except Rap and Country". Who I'd like to see? Well.... I did have an invite from an older friend to attend Woodstock with him and his even older brother. Problem being, I was still very much a minor. Dad put the kibosh on that idea. I do wish I had gone. Marc S (Tech Support) I have lots of different genres of music that I listen to. Pretty much everything from Classical to hard trance, Whitney Houston to Marilyn Manson. I think if I was forced to pick just one, then it would likely be Progressive, or uplifting Trance. I could listen to this all day and night, and have produced some tracks, alongside one of my friends in the past. Rhett (Cloud Support) That's a hard one for me, I have kids, and a wife, we listen to all sorts of music, I'm not often in control of the station 😂 Matt (Senior Developer) Music is a huge part of my life. I listen to music all day while I work and I always have a pair of headphones in my pocket. My tastes change considerably depending on my mood but Sigur Ros, Radiohead, The National and Metallica are often on repeat. I quite like Apple Music as it often suggests bands that I've not heard of. I used to be a guitarist in a Metallica cover band in school. Thankfully it was before the internet existed so no shameful footage exists of those days. Mark W (Senior Developer) <looks over to now playing... "Miley Cyrus"> Maybe I won't take part this week... Jennifer (Designer) I listen to a lot of different genres and artists. Honestly my music tastes depend on my mood and what I'm focusing on. Thank god for Spotify. I listen to nearly everything except for Death Metal and Country (although I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule for both of them). I tend to lean to female voices over male voices most of the time. I have a special love for Five Nights At Freddys Fan songs, Portal Music and Pink Fluffy Unicorns (dancing on rainbows). I'd say some of my top artist loves would be: Amanda Palmer, Janelle Monae, Lily Allen, Nicki Minaj, The Pretty Reckless, Muse, Black Veil Brides, Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5 and Skillet Daniel (Senior tech support and development) All kind of electronic music (DnB, Electro, Frenchcore... literally everything) Stuart (Senior tech support and development) I listen mostly to classical music (being married to an Opera singer does that to you). I do also enjoy listening to rock and metal. One band I would have loved to see live is Queen, but unfortunately that was a little (not much) before my time. Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite music is. If you have any questions for the team that you'd like to be featured, let us know and we'll queue them up!
  5. Singer Whitney Houston waves at the crowd next to Clive Davis at the conclusion of her performance at the 2009 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons event. Picture taken February 7, 2009. Photo: Reuters LONDON: For music mogul Clive Davis, one memory stands out from a six-decade career - the sudden death of long-time collaborator Whitney Houston. The Grammy-winning record producer and executive - and subject of a new documentary ?Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives? - met the future star singer when she was an untested teenager. ?Whitney and I formed this creative collaboration, right from the beginning when she was 19-years old, and chose together every song that she ever recorded,? Davis said. Houston won six of her own Grammys in a 25-year career that was marred by drug and alcohol problems and a turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown. She died in 2012 aged 48, after drowning in a hotel bathtub. ?Her death was so startling and unexpected ? there is that analogy when someone dear to you, and it brought back the loss of my parents - how you can be affected by this tragedy,? he told Reuters. ?The film does make clear that I might have been a little bit more vigilant earlier. But once I became aware of the seriousness of Whitney?s addiction, I acted,? he added. The documentary ranges further over his career, with interviews with other artists he worked with from Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys to Sean ?Puffy? Combs, Patti Smith and Paul Simon. He was there in the early days of rap, financing the LaFace and Bad Boy labels which launched the careers of some of the first artists to attain mainstream success, such as Notorious B.I.G. and Combs. Davis said Combs convinced him that they could convince mainstream audiences to embrace hip-hop. ?He was very articulate in expressing that vision and I bought into it,? Davis said. ?Clive Davis: The Soundtrack To Our Lives,? is released on Oct. 3 via the Apple Music streaming service.
  6. Music is more than a song, a melody, a beat. Music is about people and stories coming together to form a symphony. Music is about journeys and lives and the unfolding of it all. Music is what happens when life gives you epiphanies that are either born out of melancholies, or euphoria. And it's a beautiful thing to watch unfold because the creation of music isn't what happens simply on a sheet, in a recording studio, or on a stage. Music is created way before it becomes a technical process and a product to serve an audience. And that's exactly what some of our homegrown independent musicians understand and profess through their day-to-day lives and on their social media platforms. So, if you truly want to understand where your favourite Indie musicians get their music from, start following them on Instagram and be a part of their journey. Here's who I personally recommend you to follow! 1. Prateek Kuhad Delhi-based Indian singer-songwriter better known for his Indie style and bilingual music. He was born and raised in Jaipur. Kuhad moved to United States to pursue Maths and Economics from New York University. Thank you for last night Delhi. You guys were beautiful! â¤ï¸ (ð¸ by Saptarshi Kashyap) A post shared by prateekkuhad (@prateekkuhad) on Sep 20, 2017 at 6:36am PDT ðº A post shared by prateekkuhad (@prateekkuhad) on Aug 3, 2017 at 11:17pm PDT Conversations on #murakami with @vidhikundanjain (ð¸ by @gorkey_photowala) A post shared by prateekkuhad (@prateekkuhad) on Jul 23, 2017 at 8:26am PDT 2. Gaurav Malakar Delhi-based DJ/Music Producer at BLOT! From a hunt the other day A post shared by Gaurav Malaker / BLOT! (@blottin) on Sep 20, 2017 at 2:17am PDT Rick & Morty. A post shared by Gaurav Malaker / BLOT! (@blottin) on Sep 1, 2017 at 6:40am PDT Edm style photo in Goa. Also my mantra on a tshirt. Also very nice foliage. A post shared by Gaurav Malaker / BLOT! (@blottin) on Aug 14, 2017 at 3:08am PDT 3. Zokhuma Arman Menzies; Music maker at Zokhuma; Guitarist for Goddess Gagged; Homegrown artist. Such an amazing weekend celebrating 1 year of @weareknowmad along with @petercatrecordingco And @dastaindia .Thank you for coming out and dancing. @loicplessis capturing the moment. A post shared by Arman Menzies (@zokhuma) on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:41am PDT ð ðð» ð´ A post shared by Arman Menzies (@zokhuma) on Jun 11, 2017 at 12:13am PDT Been waiting 4 years to eat this again. Os a Moelle. Bone marrow. Each marrow is the size of a glass • • • • • • • • • • • • #beef#marrow#bone#bonemarrow#paris#overload A post shared by Arman Menzies (@zokhuma) on May 6, 2017 at 2:19am PDT 4. Sandunes Sanaya Ardeshir; a producer, composer and synth player at Sandunes. Serious weekend- whatever that means to youð Activating practice mode this side before I'm back to recording piano music at @rbstudiosbln next week . . . . . . . #rbstudiobln #pianomusic #sandunes #redbullindia A post shared by Sanaya Ardeshir (@sandunesmusic) on Sep 2, 2017 at 7:15am PDT Such power in good lighting, this is what some music often looks like in my head. ð¸PC: @iamaneeshprasad // @theoutboxproject . . . . . . #mancheatercathedral #mif17 #sandunes #manchestergigs #bmr A post shared by Sanaya Ardeshir (@sandunesmusic) on Jul 18, 2017 at 2:34am PDT Tanpura status: recorded. This was the other day with Mr. Jayant Naidu at @cottonpressstudio . . . . . . . #sandunes #cottonpressstudio #CPSsessions #tanpurasession A post shared by Sanaya Ardeshir (@sandunesmusic) on Apr 27, 2017 at 9:55pm PDT 5. Raghu Dixit Indian singer-songwriter, producer, and film score composer, frontman for the Raghu Dixit Project Coming full circle. 12 years of friendship. First lady in Mumbai whom I sang for and now a super popular RJ on Radio Nasha interviewing me for Chef and its music! Thank you @rotalks for being beautiful to me and for having me on your show. @rajamenon @tuteconsult @ankurtewari @cheffilmindia @tseries.official A post shared by Raghu Dixit (@raghudixit11) on Sep 28, 2017 at 1:09am PDT I am happiest when I am making everyone happy! #covelongpointfestival A post shared by Raghu Dixit (@raghudixit11) on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:36pm PDT She just climbed on my lap and wanted to get pampered! And this one sure knew how to pose for a selfie! A post shared by Raghu Dixit (@raghudixit11) on Aug 31, 2017 at 7:18pm PDT 6. MojoJojo Akshay Johar; Bass music producer/DJ in New Delhi; named Best Electronica Artist - Radio City Awards '17 If you don't think you're the best, then why should anyone else? âï¸ A post shared by MojoJojo (@mojojojomusic) on Sep 21, 2017 at 6:51am PDT When your Monday sucks coz you're free but all your friends are at work and then you wonder what's so great about being self-employed and end up watching Netflix instead. ð© A post shared by MojoJojo (@mojojojomusic) on Aug 28, 2017 at 7:12am PDT Flipping out with Jack Sparrow! ð A post shared by MojoJojo (@mojojojomusic) on Jun 27, 2017 at 11:02pm PDT 7. Takar Nabam Guitarist, singer songwriter, composer at Takar Nabam. On stage performances, off stage hang/gear drooling moments #yesterdrive #singapore #musicmatters A post shared by Takar Nabam (@takarnabam) on Sep 16, 2017 at 3:51am PDT Old school. This one's about 10 years old and what a sound! should I should I not... Oh wait, empty pockets ð #epiphoneguitars #jazz A post shared by Takar Nabam (@takarnabam) on Sep 12, 2017 at 12:47am PDT Welcome to my pedal board, I have been looking for a good compressor since a while and I finally found one A post shared by Takar Nabam (@takarnabam) on Sep 8, 2017 at 10:43pm PDT 8. Vasundhara Vee Singer, Voice-Over artist, Vocal Troubleshooter. Great Communication is mostly Hearing in a nourishing way rather than speaking nicely. Singing too is hearing oneself without filters. It's first about our communication with Self and then a process of reporting that exchange to people. Jumping to expression bypassing the necessary 'processing' of oneself leads to an emptiness, a flatness of communication. We have to LIVE a lot and live consciously... Coz authenticity is a starting point.... Not an end. #timetomakeachange #notetoself #express #therightthing #forget #mimetism #live #be #present #meditation #is #pragmatism A post shared by Vasundhara Vee (@vasundhara_vee) on Jul 16, 2017 at 12:03am PDT Yesterday at the Yamaha Stage at PALM expo. With uncle Louiz 's Electro Jazz set. Such a great lesson in looking at music holistically and not through the narrow definitions of genre... Uncle Louiz is a prophet. The true bridge between Timelessness and Cutting Edge Contemporary. <3 @louizmumbai @louizbanksofficial @ginobanks83 A post shared by Vasundhara Vee (@vasundhara_vee) on Jun 1, 2017 at 10:23pm PDT The bottle said "Drink Me" :) Cred : the ever mad Vijay Kate Hope you're all headed to the Giants of Jazz festival at The Pianoman jazz club #lewiscarroll #inspiration #jazz #collaboration #bestvenueindelhi A post shared by Vasundhara Vee (@vasundhara_vee) on Nov 18, 2016 at 2:10am PST 9. Aditya Balani Indian guitarist//singer songwriter//music producer from New Delhi Testing out these #mooerpedals. Playing some blues on Sunday at @depot48 with @amansagarr @sonicshori @takarnabam A post shared by Aditya Balani (@adityabalani) on Aug 4, 2017 at 5:25am PDT #1111 A post shared by Aditya Balani (@adityabalani) on Jun 24, 2017 at 7:13pm PDT #khamira #concert #stagesetup #stage A post shared by Aditya Balani (@adityabalani) on May 28, 2017 at 11:28am PDT 10. Hari & Sukhmani They blend folk music from the land of Punjab with ambient electronica to create a sound that is fresh and eclectic. Happy, soulful music. Thank you Pune #harisukhmani A post shared by Hari â Sukhmani (@harisukhmani) on Aug 19, 2017 at 2:21am PDT Finally making some time for a photoshoot, with our very own @simranjagdevphotography . We can't wait to get our hands on those pictures ð always a pleasure! #photosessions #harisukhmani #behindthescenes A post shared by Hari â Sukhmani (@harisukhmani) on May 23, 2017 at 10:35am PDT On stage at Taalbelia A post shared by Hari â Sukhmani (@harisukhmani) on Jan 29, 2017 at 7:20am PST 11. Natasha Sehgal Singer/Songwriter | The Stage 2 Finalist So many fools in one frame A post shared by N A T A S H A (@natashasehgal) on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:58pm PDT Don't burp into the mic ð¤ #protip #trustme #notcute A post shared by N A T A S H A (@natashasehgal) on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:32pm PDT #tb to the best days ♥ï¸ A post shared by N A T A S H A (@natashasehgal) on Apr 5, 2017 at 2:02am PDT 12. Kamakshi Khanna A post shared by Kamakshi (@kamakshikhannaofficial) on Sep 23, 2017 at 1:43am PDT Euro trip 2017 in a nutshell. #HOBO4LYF #HIPPIETYPEKILADKI ð·: @vasuagarwal A post shared by Kamakshi (@kamakshikhannaofficial) on Sep 20, 2017 at 5:11am PDT Sneak peak into the photoshoot with @pritiza7 â¤ï¸ #comingsoon A post shared by Kamakshi (@kamakshikhannaofficial) on Aug 25, 2017 at 9:44am PDT 13. Lost Stories Indian DJ/Producer duo composed of Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi. Thank you #Amnesia Ibiza! It was an honour to play at one of the best clubs in the world. Thanks for having me @dimitrivegasandlikemike! Picture : @nishantmatta A post shared by Lost Stories (@loststoriesmusic) on Sep 18, 2017 at 9:39am PDT Happy Friendship Day! #LostSquad A post shared by Lost Stories (@loststoriesmusic) on Aug 6, 2017 at 7:02am PDT SHANGHAI! Thank you @m2shanghai for the best night ever â¤ï¸#LostSquad | @themoneta A post shared by Lost Stories (@loststoriesmusic) on Jul 9, 2017 at 7:28am PDT 14. Zaeden Sahil Sharma (born 2 July 1995), better known by his stage name Zaeden, is an Indian DJ and music producer. Together â¤ï¸ A post shared by Zaeden (@zaedenmusic) on Sep 25, 2017 at 10:08pm PDT What a beautiful day â¤ï¸ A post shared by Zaeden (@zaedenmusic) on Sep 8, 2017 at 2:31am PDT To all the aspiring DJs/Producers, stay focused and DO NOT GIVE UP! A post shared by Zaeden (@zaedenmusic) on Sep 3, 2017 at 6:53am PDT 15. Sharvi Yadav 22, Love & Passion | Winner- The Stage 2, VH1/Colors Infinity. Flyin' A post shared by Sharvi Yadav (@sharviyadav) on Sep 12, 2017 at 5:15am PDT Thinking about pizza... #Tb A post shared by Sharvi Yadav (@sharviyadav) on Aug 28, 2017 at 6:06am PDT From last week's interview w/ @arrepics :D A post shared by Sharvi Yadav (@sharviyadav) on Aug 14, 2017 at 11:43am PDT
  7. Imagining a collaboration between a fashion brand like Levi's and a technology giant like Google, somewhat seems absurd. What could these two extremely diverse firms possibly do together? As it turns out, they can do quite a lot. Two years ago, Google and Levi's announced their collaboration on the first piece of wearable technology. Google ATAP (Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group) first showed off the unique, touch-sensitive ‘Jacquard' fabric at an event in 2015 and mentioned it was working with Levi's to produce apparel with built-in technology, essentially a pair of “smart jeans”. The idea was to use the fabric to allow a garment to send data and power without the need for wires. But eventually, the idea was transformed in the form of a jacket and the details have finally been revealed. The jacket will be launched very soon, particularly, on September 27 (a limited release) and a wider release (select stores and online) on October 2. © Google Atap At first glance, it might appear as a normal denim jacket but this $350 jacket is anything but normal. Branded as the ‘Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google', the jacket is made using some kind of special fabric that allows the smart features to work. The jacket uses the fabric and a connected flexible snap tag to connect to your smartphone (the tag slips into a hole in the sleeve). It creates a ‘touchscreen' around the left wrist, where you can "gesture" (tap twice, brush out, and brush in) to enable different functions. You can assign different gestures for different functions. And voila! Your jacket will start to read your directions, pause or play songs, read your texts to you and more. Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket powered by #Google's Jacquard #technology#GCP #Cloud https://t.co/SV1xVlLUr1 pic.twitter.com/Urjp1D0aE6 — Zumzum (@ZumzumLtd) September 26, 2017 According to the manufacturers, the jacket consists of, “Tiny electronics contained in the flexible snap tag connect the Jacquard Threads in the jacket's cuff to your mobile device. The snap tag lets you know about incoming information, like a phone call, by giving you light and haptic feedback. Inspired by a strap that you would see on a cuff, it looks and feels like it's a part of the jacket. The tag also houses the battery which can last up to 2 weeks between USB charges.” © Twitter/LEVIS The jacket was specifically tailored keeping the ‘urban cyclist' in mind but will definitely catch everybody's attention for good and bad reasons, both. A major downside to the jacket is that for its fancy features to work you need to have your smartphone and headphones with you at all times. Another rather cringe worthy downside is that the fabric can only survive 10 washes and after that, all the fanciness goes down the drain. Although the CEO of Levi's Chip Bergh rarely washes his jeans but this news might not go down well with other people, especially not with cleanliness freaks. We aren't exactly sure how this jacket would be perceived by people across the world but it sure proves that the future of technology is going to be stylish.
  8. Music piracy is on the increase worldwide, with 40 percent of users are accessing unlicensed music, up from 35 percent last year, the global recorded music industry group IFPI said. Internet search engines are making piracy easier, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said in a report on Tuesday, calling for government action. The increase in piracy follows a slump in recent years when policing of the digital music landscape appeared to be clamping down on the practice. "Copyright infringement is still growing and evolving, with stream ripping the dominant method," said IPPI chief, Frances Moore. "With the wealth of licensed music available to fans, these types of illegal sites have no justifiable place in the music world," she said, calling for greater regulation of the digital music sector. Based on a survey of consumers in 13 countries, the report found that most unlicensed music listeners were using "stream ripping" to access pirated content. Thirty-five percent of all Internet users were using stream ripping -- up from 30 percent in 2016. Stream ripping sites allow users to turn a file being played on a streaming platform, such as Spotify or YouTube, into one that can be downloaded permanently. The percentage of stream rippers rose to 53 percent among 16-24-year-olds, while only 18 percent of 55-64-year-olds engaged in stream ripping. The report said search engines "play a key role in copyright infringements", with 54 of those downloading unlicensed music using Google to find it. YouTube-mp3.org, the world's most popular stream ripping site in which millions of users converted YouTube videos into audio files, was shut down earlier this month after a legal campaign by IFPI. The music industry -- which has enjoyed a revival in profits after years of stagnation -- has been increasingly aggressive in tackling piracy. In 2015, it succeeded in shutting the popular site Grooveshark. IFPI also said that upload platform YouTube accounts for 46 percent of all the time spent listening to on-demand music but that this dominance was failing to create "fair value" for the music business. It said the estimated annual revenue for the industry per user from Spotify was around $20 (17 euros), compared to less than $1 per user for YouTube. The report also revealed the continuing rise in audio streaming. It found that 45 percent of respondents were now listening to music through a licensed audio streaming service -- up from 37 percent in 2016. It also revealed that 90 percent of paid audio streamers were listening to music using a smartphone. Among 13-to-15-year-olds, 85 percent were using streaming services, according to the survey.
  9. Rolling Stone, the iconic 50-year-old magazine of music and counterculture, is putting itself up for sale amid an increasingly uncertain outlook, its founder said. Jann Wenner - who started Rolling Stone in 1967 as a hippie student in Berkeley, California and now runs it with his son Gus - told The New York Times that the future looked tough for a family-run publisher. "There's a level of ambition that we can't achieve alone," Gus Wenner told the newspaper in an interview published late Sunday. "So we are being proactive and want to get ahead of the curve," he said. One of the most influential magazines covering rock music, Rolling Stone has also been a home for experimental writers such as the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. But the magazine's reputation - and finances - were badly damaged when it retracted a 2014 story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, with a review finding that Rolling Stone did not undertake basic journalistic procedures to verify the facts. Rolling Stone last year sold a 49 per cent stake to a Singaporean music and technology start-up, BandLab Technologies, which is headed by Kuok Meng Ru, the scion of one of Asia's richest families. It was not immediately known if Kuok would want to take a controling stake in Rolling Stone. The Wenner family earlier this year sold its other two titles - celebrity magazine US Weekly and lifestyle monthly Men's Journal - to American Media, Inc., a publisher of supermarket tabloids including The National Enquirer. If American Media, Inc., were interested in Rolling Stone, it would mark a sharp change in owners' ideologies. The tabloid empire is led by David Pecker, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump, while Rolling Stone tilts strongly to the left and has featured lengthy interviews with Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Jann Wenner, 71, who is also a key force behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said that he hoped to keep an editorial role at Rolling Stone but that the decision would be up to its new owner.
  10. Indian music festivals have come of age and how. They certainly are at par with global concerts. Here is our list of 10 such music festivals in India that you must attend. Ziro Festival of Music Held at picturesque Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, this festival is a four-day celebration of the independent music scene in India. Source: Ziro Festival - Shiv Ahuja You can enjoy 40 acts by talented musicians on two stages. Source: Ziro Festival - Shiv Ahuja In a short span of time, the Ziro Festival has become one of the most prominent fixtures on the Indian music calendar. Source: Ziro Festival - Shiv Ahuja Listening to talented artistes like Sofia Ashraf, The Kathmandu Killers, Reggae Rajahs, Alaska Snack Time and Khasi Bloodz in a truly majestic setting is a unique experience you wouldn't want to miss. When: 28th September to 1st October Where: Biiri Village Ground, Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh Website: www.zirofestival.com Magnetic Fields Festival This is a magical musical carnival. Source: Magnetic Fields - Rebecca Conway You get to enjoy amazing international underground music in a typical Rajasthani setting with a traditional mahal as a venue. Source: Magnetic Fields Book a tent or a luxury suite and gear up to enjoy some heady performances by artistes like The Ska Vengers, Delhi Sultanate, Begum X, Ben UFO and Machinendrum this year. When: 15th to 17th December Where: Alsisar Mahal, Alsisar, Rajasthan Website: magneticfields.in NH7 Weekender Organisers call NH7 Weekender the ‘Happiest Music Festival' in India and rightly so. Source: NH7 Weekender - Clique Photography Having attended various editions of this annual gig carnival, one can safely say this is one weekend of crazy live performances and swooning music fans. Source: NH7 Weekender- Clique Photography This year's main editions are being held in Meghalaya and Pune and seven one day ‘Express' editions in various cities. Source: NH7 Weekender - Clique Photography Watch established names in music and upcoming talents share the stage and belt out some heady beats. When & Where: Meghalaya (27th to 28th October); Pune (8th to 10th December) Website: https://insider.in/nh7-weekender Hornbill Festival Kisama village, situated 12 kilometers away from the capital city of Nagaland is the setting for one of longest music festivals in India and abroad. Source: Facebook - Hornbill Festival This 10-day carnival is a tribute to the vibrant culture of Nagaland. While the real lure of this fest remain the amazing music performances by aspiring musicians and established names, the charm of experiencing the diversity of the state and enjoying their food is something very few festivals can provide. Source: Facebook - Hornbill Festival A rock competition featuring amazing new talent and performances being judged by big names in music is a real unique treat. When: 1st to 10th December Where: Kohima, Nagaland Website: http://hornbillfestival.com/ Enchanted Valley Carnival This multi genre gig will have you swooning to Arijit Singh and Farhan Akhtar, dancing to Badshah, swirling to Papon or simply grooving to house, techno, trance, drum and bass beats churned out by leading DJs. Source: Facebook - EVC Held in the charming Aamby Valley in Lonavala, this is one amazing carnival where all you do is camp and groove. Source: Facebook - EVC Enjoy a casual sport with fellow campers, take part in a drum circle, wile away your time at art and painting workshops or enjoy impromptu jam sessions. When: 16th to 17th December 2017 Where: Aamby Valley City, Lonavala Website: https://evc.co.in/ Storm Festival The Storm festival is truly a one-of-a-kind, camping music festival. Artists from India and across the globe regale you with their peppy live performances. Source: Facebook - Storm Festival The real charm of Storm are late night jams with artistes, barbeques and campsite bonfires. The dates for the next edition are yet to be announced but we already have our bags packed for this one. Source: Facebook - Storm Festival When: TBA Where: Napoklu, Coorg Website: http://stormfestivalindia.com/ Sunburn Sunburn is a cult music celebration. Source: Facebook - Sunburn Festival Thousands of music revelers swooning to edgy beats on a beach in Goa around New Year made it the party of the year. Source: Facebook - Sunburn Festival It was recently shifted to Pune but didn't lose any of its charm. Source: Facebook - Sunburn Festival The rumours are (and we are hoping they are true) that the fest is headed back to Goa. Source: Facebook - Sunburn Festival The festival has grown bigger and better each year and now hosts 100 talented artistes across multiple stages. When: 29th December to 31st December 2017 Where: Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune Website: http://perceptindia.in/sunburn.html Vh1 Supersonic Nikhil Chinapa has curated one of the most sought after and anticipated music events in our country. Source: Facebook - VH1 Supersonic In its fifth year, Supersonic is known to host some of the best music names from India and abroad and has seen headlining acts by the likes of The Chainsmokers, Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond, Dash Berlin, Pretty Lights and many more. Source: Facebook - VH1 Supersonic This is one of the most popular music festivals in India and you should definitely book tickets in advance as hordes of music buffs will be headed to Pune for their annual pilgrimage. When: 9th to 11th February 2018 Where: Laxmi Lawns, Pune Website: http://www.gosupersonic.in/index.php Sula Festival For two days, the vineyards of Nasik reverberate with groovy electronic music. Source: Sula Festival The Sula Fest is a lifestyle event that attracts hardcore music maniacs and leisure travelers alike. Source: Sula Festival It is one heady dose of fashion, leisure, music and of course, wine. Head there to just unwind and relax while sipping wine and listening to heady beats. When: 3rd to 5th February 2018 Where: Sula Vineyards, Nasik, Maharashtra Website: http://www.sulafest.net Mahindra Blues A niche festival that is the best treat a Blues fan can expect in India. Source: Facebook - Mahindra Blues Mahindra Blues has emerged as one of the best music festivals in country despite catering to a particular genre. Source: Facebook - Mahindra Blues The quality of music and the lineup of performers each year are at par, if not better than, any Blues festival across the globe. Source: Facebook - Mahindra Blues Mehboob Studios provide the perfect setting for this fest. When: 10th to 11th February 2018 Where: Mehboob Studios, Mumbai Website: http://www.mahindrablues.com
  11. The festive season is about to kickstart with a real bang now that we have confirmation that one of the biggest dance music artists, KSHMR, is all set to embark on his maiden 6-city tour across the country! KSHMR/Facebook Fresh off a colossal headlining act at Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival this year, and Sunburn Festival last year, Niles Hollowell-Dhar the Indo-American DJ and record producer from Berkeley, California—better known as modern-aged legend, KSHMR—is set to tour his homeland this year with an intrinsic nationwide tour that hopes to be a hallmark when it comes to the current Kashmir scenario in India. It is no secret that Niles has always had a strong connection to his Indian roots. His father left for the United States from Kashmir — that's where the moniker KSHMR is derived from — at the age of 25. He married Niles' American mother, but kept his obligations to his family in India by making regular visits home every couple of years with his son in tow. Wikipedia Ranked #12 on DJ Mag's 2016 list of top 100 DJs, KSHMR has been making India proud by taking his heterogeneous sound to different parts of the world, and has been hailed by many, as a champion of his unique global sound. He fabricates beautiful sonic blends with a palette that brings the best of Asia and the Middle East into contemporary European and North American dance styles. Referred to as the ‘Prince of Cinematica', the former pop producer has taken the EDM world by storm with his emotive performance led productions that translate into epic live shows, that take the audience on a visual and auditory journey into the world of KSHMR. DJ Mag Somehow, KSHMR always lands in the top 100 of the Beatport overall charts; making it look so easy! “I attribute a large part of my success to India and the country has always held a special place in my heart. This is my first tour in India – a homecoming of sorts and a moment I've long waited for. I plan to give people an experience that reflects just how important it is to me,” he says in a statement announcing his maiden India tour. “Having CRY as a part of this show is a huge honour for me because they address poverty at its brunt—the children. They are the window of time through which we may leave some good beyond our own.” For those of you who are oblivious, KSHMR devotes a lot of his time and efforts to giving back to society; one such initiative being that of lesser-privileged kids. In fact, Niles has even authored a children's book which accompanied the release of his first album, ‘The Lion Across The Field'. KSHMR/Facebook The world-renowned artist has worked with some of the leading names in the business—Far East Movement, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Selena Gomez, R3hab, Tiësto, Carnage, DVBBS, Borgeous, Dimitri Vegas Like Mike and Bassjackers, are just a few to name; peaking at the numero uno spot with tracks including Secrets, Bazaar, and Megalodon. His latest endeavour is his own record label Dharma, which serves as a platform to showcase the best global talent in the world of electronic music, including KSHMR's latest EP Materia featuring Snails, Maurice West, Mariana Bo and more. This tour is going to be one of the most expansive ones in recent times, with Indian fans getting more than one chances to attend his concert and revel in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here are the dates for each city: Delhi NCR: India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida - Friday, October 20th 2017 Bengaluru: E-Zone - Saturday, 21st October 2017 Chennai: VGP Beach Resort – Sunday, 22nd October 2017 Kolkata: Aquatica – Friday, 27th October 2017 Hyderabad: HITEX Exhibition and Convention Centre – Saturday, 28th October 2017 Mumbai: Mahalaxmi Racecourse – Sunday, 29th October 2017 Tickets are set to go on sale from this weekend, starting today, on KSHMR's website.
  12. Classical music ranks highly for positive and energetic qualities, such as pieces composed by Antonio Vivaldi. Photo: File Listening to happy music while working may spark the kind of divergent thinking that?s associated with creativity and problem solving, a recent study in the Netherlands suggests. In particular, classical music that ranks highly for positive and energetic qualities, such as pieces composed by Antonio Vivaldi, were most likely to encourage creative thinking, researchers found. ?Creativity is one of the core skills needed for dealing with a world that is changing faster than ever before,? said study coauthor Sam Ferguson of the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. ?Knowledge about ways to facilitate this important skill is becoming more critical,? he told Reuters Health by email. Ferguson and Simone Ritter of Radboud University Nijmegen played classical music for 155 Radboud student volunteers as they completed a creativity task. The researchers split the students into five groups, with each group randomly assigned to listen to one of four pieces of music or to silence before and during their creativity tasks. The music pieces were chosen for their mood and arousal levels. The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens represented a positive mood but low arousal level, thus a calm piece of music. Vivaldi?s The Four Seasons was the happy piece, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber was the sad, slow piece and The Planets: Mars, Bringer of War by Gustav Holst was used as a negative, arousing - in other words, anxious - piece. To test creativity, the research team focused mainly on divergent thinking, which involves producing multiple answers from available information by making unexpected combinations, recognizing associations among ideas and transforming information into unexpected forms. Divergent thinking is key to today?s scientific, technological and cultural fields because innovation often pairs disparate ideas, the authors write in PLoS ONE. ?One thing to point out is that divergent thinking is not equivalent to creative thinking, but it?s a proxy measure often used in research,? said Rex Jung of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, who wasn?t involved with the study. Ferguson and Ritter asked participants to list as many different and creative uses for a common object as possible, in this case, a brick. They also tested convergent thinking, which measures whether someone can come up with the best, well-established or correct answer to a problem when the answer already exists. Answers were then scored by the number, quality, creativity, originality and usefulness of the ideas. The students were also asked about their moods before the test began, as well as how much they liked the music. The research team found that the students? moods before the test didn?t seem to make a difference in their creativity in the task. It also didn?t matter how much they liked the music or how familiar they were with the music. Overall, the type of music did not make a significant difference in performance on the creativity test, compared to silence, with the exception of happy music. Happy music also appeared to make the most difference in divergent thinking but not in convergent thinking. ?Music is such an important part of everyday life, and it could be a potential avenue for fostering creativity in education and the workplace,? Jung told Reuters Health in a phone interview. ?Even if people don?t play it themselves, they can appreciate it.? The small number of participants and the fact that most were women are limitations of the study, Jung added. Factors such as gender, age, education level and socioeconomic status could influence how music affects creative thinking. Future studies should further investigate how familiarity with and enjoyment of music affects creativity as well, the study authors write. Inherent skill and aptitude are also important to study in relation to creativity, Jung noted. He and others are researching how visual, spatial and musical abilities intersect with creativity. ?If you have perfect pitch or tonal rhythm, are you more likely to be creative and more likely to pursue a creative field?? he asked. ?And which abilities are most important to STEM careers in science, technology, engineering and math?? Jung tells his patients that listening to music for creativity is similar to taking medication for depression. ?Medication can set the tone in your brain to do the hard work you have to do when talking to your therapist. Similarly, putting on music won?t make you more creative, but it can set the stage to help you.?
  13. Your music says a lot about you. It's no wonder we (read: I) judge people based on the kind of music they listen to. I mean; no offence, but, if you're listening to anything that's Taylor Swift, I'm judging you left, right and centre, boy! But, what exactly makes a person's taste in music good and how much exactly does one's taste in music affect their personality? Enough to make someone find them attractive, it would seem, according to some new scientific study conducted by the researchers at the University of Vienna! © Pexels The idea was to study how music effects sexual attraction between two people; to see if listening to certain songs would influence a person's choice of partner. And the result was a hell yes! According to their findings, women rated male faces as more attractive and were more willing to date them when exposed to music. According to Helmut Leder, one of the authors of the study, “Facial attractiveness is one of the most important physical characteristics that can influence the choice of a partner.” © Pexels “We wanted to find out how music can alter the perception of this feature,” Leder further adds. As part of the research, 96 heterosexual participants were given excerpts of certain songs along with an image of a face from the opposite *** in a neutral expression. During this time, the participants were asked to rate the faces in terms of how attractive they would seem to them and then answer if they would date that person, or not. The experiment was repeated, without the music excerpts in the background, to reach the aforementioned conclusion. © Pexels The results stated that the more stimulating and complex the music was, the more likely were the participants to date the people. However, this was recorded to be true, only with the women who were subjects, as the same results were not seen to be true of the male participants. As a woman, I can say this: Music does change the way we perceive people. As for men, I can't really speak. The researchers do intend to carry out this experiment on a larger scale. “Our goal is to replicate these results in a larger sample and to modify some aspects of the experiment,” said Bruno Gingras, another author of the study. “we would like to clarify whether musical abilities and creativity can compensate partially for deficiencies in terms of physical appearance and fitness.”
  14. Bollywood?s ?Dhak Dhak Girl? Madhuri Dixit is all set to release her first-ever English language Extended Play (EP), The Film Star. The EP will be launched with the debut single, ?Tu Hai Mera.? The special ode ?Tu Hai Mera? is a special effort from the actress who ruled the hearts of fans across the world for all the love and support she?s received from them, Bollywood Hungama reported. A fusion of classical Indian folk music with western pop lyrics and beats, the play will bring together the East and the West to create an iconic global sound and vibe. President and Founder of A&R Worldwide Sat Bisla along with Dixit, and her husband Shriram Nene in a meeting last year decided to create the multilingual soundtrack. Talking about ?Tu Hai Mera? Dixit said, ?Music has been a part of my life from the very beginning. I was pretty clear that I wanted to kickstart this new chapter with a sense of celebration and gratitude for my fans who have offered their unrelenting support and all their love no matter what. So what better way to embark on this journey than by celebrating their appreciation?? She said it was a ?pleasure to work with a team of talented individuals? who understand and appreciate the beauty of ?the East and West.? ?We were able to create something that really speaks to your soul. Our hope is that the audience will appreciate all the hard work our team has put into the project and that it moves them as much as it has affected us,? Dixit said. It recently surfaced that ABC Television is working on an American comedy series based on the life of Dixit in the US, which is executive produced by Dixit herself and Priyanka Chopra.
  15. I'm so glad that India now has a handbook on everything you should know if you want a career in music. We never had this before and we have only one person to thank for this book—Ritnika Nayan, Owner of Music Gets Me High, an artist management company based in Delhi NCR. Ritnika has worked in the music industry for 17 years across India and US, with the likes of Maroon 5, Nickelback, Counting Crows and Guns & Roses, internationally, and Nucleya, Advaita and Jalebee Cartel, back home. She is one of the more prominent female forces behind artist management, and concert and festival production in the country; having worked on Sula Festival, Ziro Festival, Eastwind Music Festival and much more. With her expansive knowledge of music and its evolution, globally, as well as her expertise in the nitty-gritty's of the trade business, Ritnika has established herself as a force to reckon with and this book is only further evidence of that and more. Pexels The Ultimate Guide To The Independent Music Industry In India For starters, Indie 101 is literally the only book in the Indian market right now that gives you more than just a thorough knowledge of how the music business works in the country. And this is not just talking about singers and songwriters. Through the various chapters of her book—each of which have been cleverly broken down into categories and sub categories—Ritnika takes you through quite a journey of every tier of the trade hierarchy. It's like walking through a pop-up model that is created specifically for a world that is built from, of and for music, entirely. Ritnika Nayan, Founder, MGMH India The Best Part About It It isn't riddled with jargon that will go above your head. Ritnika has successfully managed to break down each and every word for the common reader trying to get a better grasp of how the world of independent music works in the country. For not a single second will you feel left stranded due to the sheer lack of an understanding of the writing style used by the author. This is quite an accomplishment, to be honest. Because a lot of times I come across books that are career guidance manuals and self-help books that clutter the reader's brain with nothing but jargon and, thereafter, confusion. Our Indian literati is filled with such books and authors who seem to have a high claim to titles and prominence but when it comes to putting it into words, there always seems to be such a huge disparity between the author and the reader. For a second-timer author, Ritnika manages to bridge that gap quite brilliantly. True, one may say that when you're in the business of creating music and musicians, you tend to have a better chance at engaging and engrossing the audiences—whether it's in the form of a performance or a book. But, still, that chance gets slimmer when you know that in India, we don't have many such creative writers who can actually engross their readers from start to finish without them losing the plot mid way. Ritnika does that. MGMH India Our Verdict Not once during your read of Indie 101 will you find yourself lost, bored, or disinterested. In fact, you'll find it increasingly difficult to put the book down. What makes it even more interesting are the first-hand accounts from industry insiders—Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra, Parikrama's Subir Malik, Peter Jenner of Sincere Management UK who has worked with Pink Floyd, Emmanuelle de Deckerwho is the Founder & Director of Gatecrash/Jazz in India and Miti Adhikari of BBC Maida Vale Studios, are just a few of the prominent names who give meaningful insight into how things work in the independent music scene. Ritnika doesn't sugar coat it; not the words, not the interviews and definitely not the journey. She takes you through the music industry that is still shaping up in the country; showing you everything for what it really is and lets you make decision in the end. But, if ever there were a book that could be the answer to every budding musician's—or an amateur looking for a career in music, for that matter—most burning questions, then there is no other book in the market right now that could do it better than Ritnika Nayan's Indie 101. In fact, you don't even have to be someone looking for a career in music; you could just be someone with an interest in music, or even an ardent reader; Indie 101 is still a book that could find a nice corner for itself on your bookshelf without taking away from your literary tastes. Instagram Quite simply put, Indie 101 is the creative answer to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs for everything pertaining to a career in music. It's available for sale on Amazon India as well as on MGMH's website. If you happened to have already read the book, feel free to share your own thoughts on the same; if not, go read it and we can still talk!
  16. Taylor Swift?s vengeful new music video ?Look What You Made Me Do,? is smashing records on YouTube, garnering more than 43 million views in its first 24 hours of release. YouTube said on Tuesday it was the biggest debut of any video in YouTube history, beating the 36-million mark set by South Korean singer Psy?s ?Gentleman? for that time frame in 2013. ?Look What You Made Me Do,? in which Swift takes aim at those who have attacked her professionally and personally in the last 10 years, has been heavily scrutinized by fans and entertainment media since it was premiered at the MTV Video Music Awards show on Sunday. Swift, 27, who has been absent from award shows and red carpet events in 2017 after highly publicized feuds with Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry, did not attend the ceremony. YouTube said the video averaged over 30,000 views per minute in its first 24 hours, with hourly views reaching over 3 million. By Tuesday, YouTube views had surpassed the 53 million mark. The music video starts with Swift crawling out of a grave and declaring her old self dead, portraying a hard-edged artist with nothing left to lose. It ends with the singer reviving all the personas of her music career - from gawky, guitar-playing 16-year-old to poised Grammy winner - and having them bicker with each other for being fake, pretending to be nice and playing the victim. The rapping, techno-beat single is the first from a new Swift album due for release in November called ?Reputation.? Swift has some way to go before breaking the all-time YouTube music video, which is held by Latin singer Luis Fonsi?s 2017 global hit ?Despacito,? which surpassed the 3 billion mark in early August.
  17. Not-so-regular fashion stylist to the stars, costume designer and all round cool dude—Akshay Tyagi—talks to MensXP about his celebrity clients (Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra etc), styling for music videos, fondest memories and the 5 wardrobe essentials every man must own in 2017. Read on... Here's to looking ahead, feeling good, frowning less, smiling more, and keeping it real. (And also, getting more professional headshots like these! ð) #Hello2017 #HappyNewYear A post shared by A K S H A Y T Y A G I (@thetyagiakshay) on Dec 31, 2016 at 7:59am PST Tell us about your earliest fashion memory… I used to wear this white suit that was tailored for me when I was 4 until I was 6, every single day after school, for 2 whole years until the sleeves and the length of the trousers couldn't be extended anymore. With sneakers, obviously! #Repost @style.cell ã»ã»ã» It's a 90s kinda day with this boy. @varundvn kicks off #Judwaa2 promotions in my fav @diesel @reliancebrandsltd and @celioindia @madisonpublicrelations - @alexandermcqueen sneaks for the finishing touch! #varundhawan #whatalooker #twiceasnice #judwaa2 #stylefile #stylecell #menswear Styled by @thetyagiakshay Managed by @ishita1987 Hair @aalimhakim Makeup Krishna Assisted by @sakshi312 @mayuri_1192 @rajasidatar @foxstarhindi @nadiadwalagrandson A post shared by A K S H A Y T Y A G I (@thetyagiakshay) on Aug 21, 2017 at 9:59am PDT How did you get in fashion...? I've always been interested in clothes and design. I started sketching when I was 10—and kinda stuck to it. Pursued a degree in conceptual art in textiles and fashion and worked as a visual merchandiser and professional stylist with Club Monaco in Canada. How did you transition into a stylist? Ummm....when I made my cousins make an oversized sweater for a Barbie? (laughs) ------ PAAS AAO ------ @sushantsinghrajput for #PaasAao @tseries.official @closeupindia #stylefile #sushantsinghrajput #fresh #akshaytyagiforstylecell #stylecell Assisted by @mayuri_1192 A post shared by A K S H A Y T Y A G I (@thetyagiakshay) on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:15am PDT You are now a ‘Celebrity stylist'. When did you get into it? How has the experience been? TBH I didn't really plan on it. I moved to Mumbai 6 years ago and worked with Priyanjali Lahiri on some Kailash Kher music videos that got me a chance to meet with Anaita Shroff Adajania who was looking for new members for some projects in 2011. She always pushed us (members of styling company, style cell) to constantly re-invent and do our best. Tell us about your best Bollywood (styling) moment so far Styling Irrfan Khan for his promotions for Inferno was such a cool experience and a sweet departure for him to try out crisper silhouettes and tailored suits. I've to give it to him for pulling it off with understated ease. ------ THE MAN ------ #adityaroykapur for @themanmagazine.in Jacket & Trousers @rohitgandhirahulkhanna Shirt @sameermadan_official Shot by @_rajchaturvedi #adityaroykapur #stylefile #manstyle #editorial #stylecell #akshaytyagiforstylecell Assisted by @rajasidatar @vmelectricc A post shared by A K S H A Y T Y A G I (@thetyagiakshay) on Jul 9, 2017 at 9:45am PDT Worst moment… Looks that's not been given enough time to ideate or source for are usually always all over the place! Best client and why… Each client has some great memories but the best is anyone who trusts me blindly for the day! (laughs) #TBT to @hrithikroshan for @rado in @hm #HMstudio @troycosta #hrithikroshan #campaign #style #stylefile #suitup #throwback #stylecell #fashion #menswear #akshaytyagiforstylecell A post shared by A K S H A Y T Y A G I (@thetyagiakshay) on May 4, 2017 at 10:57am PDT 5 wardrobe essentials every man must own in 2017 (and why?) A crisp tailored white shirt. A well-fitted suit. A black T-shirt. A pair of Comfy jeans. A great watch. Shoes? Brown soft leather Brogues Black Dressy shoes White sneakers Black boots Toms ð ONE WITH ONE SELF ð @varunDvn & @buffaloformen #FBB #Buffalo #varundhawan #OneWithOneSelf #Kerala #whatanaturalguy #natureboy #akshaytyagiforstylecell #style #fashion #campaign #mood #menswear #readytowear @shifstershettty @ridburman @ishita1987 @himan888 A post shared by A K S H A Y T Y A G I (@thetyagiakshay) on Apr 20, 2017 at 1:39am PDT Three key takeaways from working in the industry for as long as you have. Also, how can someone studying at a fashion college, get into styling celebrities? What advice would you give them? 1) Patience is a virtue. 2) Never be too available. 3) Always be genuine. Lying won't get you far. It's about owning your personality and voice as much as being able to know your work enough that you can stand up for it. Opportunities are always there, it's about being honest with your work - the rest follows. Everyone has this haste to go solo soon after a couple or shortly lived internships or assistant roles. One must always keep learning and it's fine to be under guidance until you're actually ready!
  18. Pop superstar Taylor Swift showed a new dark, bad-girl image as she premiered her latest video Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards. The video for "Look What You Made Me Do," a dance track that quickly topped streaming charts after its release Friday, opens with imagery of a cemetery. The camera zooms to a grave that says "Here Lies Taylor Swift's Reputation" - a theme that will apparently weigh heavily on Swift's newly announced album, which is entitled "Reputation" and comes out on November 10. The video proceeds to show Swift in Halloween-like makeup and then crashing a car, with paparazzi quickly appearing to show her mishap to the world. The 27-year-old singer, usually known for her squeaky-clean image, appears in the video smashing up a store with a baseball bat and riding on top of a motorcycle in a spiked leather jacket. Swift heads into more expected territory as she leads a troupe of dancers to the house beat of the chorus to "Look What You Made Me Do." When Swift released the song, fans immediately speculated that she was taking aim at the rapper Kanye West. He outraged Swift with a song last year. Swift reinforced the fans' theory on the song's meaning by ending the video saying she would "very much like to be excluded from this narrative" - a turn of phrase that she previously used to describe the feud with West. Swift's last album, "1989," was one of the top-selling works of the past decade.
  19. LOS ANGELES: Rapper Kendrick Lamar should be the big winner at Sunday?s MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), but long-time rivals Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are expected to steal the limelight at a show that thrives on controversy and surprises. Lamar leads all comers with eight VMA nominations for his ?Humble? music video, a searing critique on the excesses of fame and social media. But the three-hour live show in Los Angeles will feature the world premiere of the music video for Swift?s vengeful new single ?Look What You Made Me Do,? in which she takes aims at unnamed people who have tried to take her down, and declares her old self-dead. It?s not clear whether Swift, 27, who is launching a harder image and her first album in three years, will attend Sunday?s VMAs, where Perry is hosting the show and will perform a medley of songs from her ?Witness? album ahead of an upcoming world tour. VMA organisers on Saturday sought to quash rampant speculation that Swift will perform, let alone use the VMA stage to reconcile with Perry and end a three-year feud between pop?s leading female singers that stemmed from a dispute over backing dancers. ?She (Swift) has been on the show many times and performed with a new album coming, but not this time,? executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic told People magazine. ?I definitely wish she was coming on and performing.? The VMAs are known for memorable moments, like the onstage 2003 lip lock between Madonna and Britney Spears, and the raw meat dress that Lady Gaga wore on the red carpet in 2010. In 2009, rapper Kanye West, thought to be one of the targets of Swift?s new single, leapt on stage to interrupt Swift?s acceptance speech. In 2015, the pair briefly made up when Swift presented West with a VMA lifetime achievement award, only to fall out again publicly over the lyrics of the rapper?s 2016 single ?Famous.? Swift has just one nomination on Sunday, for her ?I Don?t Wanna Live Forever? single collaboration with Zayn Malik. Speculation over her attendance and the buzz over her new single has sidelined the rest of the line-up, which includes Britain?s Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, Pink, Demi Lovato, Lorde, Canadian rapper The Weeknd, girl group Fifth Harmony and best new artist contender Julia Michaels. Lamar, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Lorde, Sheeran and Ariana Grande are competing for one of the top awards - artist of the year - which is voted on by fans online. Lamar's video "Humble," The Weeknd's "Reminder," Bruno Mars' "24K Magic," Alessia Cara's "Scars to Your Beautiful," and DJ Khaled's "Wild Thoughts," featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller are the nominees for video of the year.
  20. Cover art for Taylor Swift's new album. Picture: Taylor Swift twitter account NEW YORK: Taylor Swift, one of the top-selling pop stars of recent years, on Wednesday announced a new album, "Reputation," to be released on November 10. The 27-year-old singer, who this week has been sharing cryptic videos of a snake showing its fangs, revealed little else about her sixth studio album but said a first single would come out Thursday. She also posted on social media the album´s cover art, with Swift staring forward in front of reels of newsprint in which her name is written ad nauseam. While Swift has offered no clues about the sound or themes of "Reputation," public image has long been one of her favorite topics with lyricism that takes on the perceptions of her in the media. Swift, who had her start as a teenager strumming her own country songs on guitar, shifted to a more mainstream pop style on her last album, "1989," which came out in 2014 and was named after her birth year. "1989" became the fastest selling album in the United States in a decade, although her sales were dwarfed a year later by English balladeer Adele´s "25" album. "1989" also earned the Grammy for Album of the Year, making Swift the first woman until Adele to win the top music industry prize twice. Swift was back in the news last week as she triumphed in a lawsuit against a radio DJ in Denver who she said fondled her buttocks during a routine photo opportunity in 2013. The singer, who has described herself as a feminist, made a donation after the incident to a charity that supports victims of sexual assault. Despite her poise in going public on her experience, it remains to be seen if her album tackles broader social issues. Swift, whose country roots won her a fan base in conservative parts of the United States, has steered clear of political commentary at a time that many fellow celebrities are bashing US President Donald Trump. Swift made headlines with "1989" by shunning Spotify, accusing the streaming giant of short-changing artists, although she ended her boycott in July.
  21. They say music conquers everything. Everything that it touches, it transforms it into something more meaningful and beautiful. Making music the key to fight the finality and idiosyncrasy's that life throws at us is the growing need of the hour and that's what Rainbow Voices, India's first LGBTIQ choir from Mumbai is doing! Since the unfavourable 377 verdict, there have been many voices raised against criminalising homosexuality and many efforts being made by the community to bring equality into Indian ideologies. The beginning of the end started with the country raising its voices through a legitimised Queer Pride Parade, which had it's test run in 2008. After that, there was no looking back by the LGBTIQ community to fight for their legal rights. In an effort to maximise and contain the efforts of the community, Rainbow Voices, lends their voices to make a difference in how our society thinks about the LGBTIQ community co-existing in the same space. © Rainbow Voices Mumbai Rainbow Voices came together in the summer of 2014 as a professional choir group singing songs for LGBTIQ related events, gatherings and parades and started gathering momentum as the singing warriors of injustice, as their songs always made a remarkable statement and left the audience a lot of music for thought. When they forming as a community, they called Mumbai folks to audition for the initiative and got 28 responses in one day. That's how much the community needed to be heard through songs and other musical expressions. According to the founder Vinod Philip, music touches the hearts of a million people and moves them from deep within. Being so passionate about singing, they could best express their sentiments towards such a pressing issue through music. They have a rather interesting approach towards their performances. They usually dress up in loud colourful attire and dawn jewellery when they go perform, boldly breaking sterotypes. They sing a lot of commercial pop to Bollywood songs and try alot renditions and improvisations in their songs- like for instance playing the sitar for Madonna's 'Like a Virgin'. They make some of their own music, which of course comes from the heart and popularises their message through various events. They're all staunch patriots and love singing the Indian National Anthem with pride. Unfortunately the stark irony is a lot of people hearing them sing the anthem are not proud of the choices the community has made for themselves. © Rainbow Voices Mumbai The challenges they face are plenty. The struggle is quite real for them. From their family members shunning them for doing something different and vocal to them being asked questions like why they dress up like women on stage, they go through it all. Sometimes they have issues figuring out safe spaces to perform and practice. Whatever challenges they face, they usually come out fortified, with their own will and determination protecting them to go ahead and spread their message in peace. Recently, a big stepping stone for them was to perform with the Pink Singers, a LGBT choir based out of London. Both the choir groups got together in Mumbai earlier this year to celebrate the Mumbai pride month. They idea behind mixing two similar ideologies from different countries was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK and India's 71st year of Independence. Here's the best part- this archaic law was formed during the Victorian era for India. So the best way to celebrate and be wishful at the same time was to bring the two countries together and sing songs towards the mutual sense of solidarity. © Rainbow Voices Mumbai The eventual aim of these Rainbow warriors is to spread the message of peace and strength through the LGBTIQ community. They believe in being bold and being true to what their principles. They have openly asked the Indian community to not discriminate fellow members of the LGBTIQ community and give them a helping hand to identify who they really are. On our 71st Independence, we truly believe it's time to break away from the shackles of such archaic laws and build a better, newer and freer world for ourselves.
  22. Sometime last week, I dropped news of an amazing new music festival coming to the city of palaces, Udaipur, this November. The Wonderflip music festival is going to be one of the most culturally and musically enthralling experiences Indian fest goers could treat themselves to. Aside from the fact that you're in the midst of regality and beauty, blended into one, you're also privy to a weekend filled with the most fantastical performances that you will be holding on to for years to come. This week, the team at Wonderflip Music Festival announced their artist lineup and it only further reiterates what I told you would be stellar. To begin with, the festival is being held on the grounds of the Haveli known from the Hollywood blockbuster “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” from the 9th-12th of November 2017. The festival will have two main stages—The Big Top and The Marquee. The international artists set to perform at festival are as follows and you're going to have a field day with them. 1. Patrice Bäumel © YouTube Words fall short to describe the artistry that is Bäumel. The internationally renowned DJ from Amsterdam known for its electronic music, infuses his productions and DJ sets with lots of energy and a sense of adventure, creating a sound that satisfies the mind and body. He calls it “techno music for grown-ups”. Trademark productions like ‘Roar', ‘Mike Tyson' or, more recently, ‘The Woods' are perfect examples of that philosophy. 2. Eagles And Butterflies © Vibe We're talking about famed LA-based music producer, Chris Barratt; a.k.a Eagles And Butterflies who is known for his musical variations that range from down tempo to techno to house, with releases on Innervisions, Exit Strategy and his new imprint Art Imitating Life, remixing artists like Underworld, RY X, Moby and Ludovico Einaudi, he continues to be the toast of the underground. And this November, he's bringing the best of the underground to Udaipur. 3. Frankey & Sandrino © Resident Advisor Both Frankey and Sandrino have individually been active with electronic music well over a decade now. Sandrino's passion for life is driven by his longtime love for house music in all its forms. Frankey, a schooled musician, has a string of full-length albums and single releases out under different labels and monikers. The duo's sets are said to be made of the right stern to snowball dance floors worldwide and fill them with epic moments! 4. Atmos © Beatport Atmos comes with an enormous 20 years' of experience and is known turn on the groove with his version of progressive trance and electronic. Atmos draws influences from electronic and ambient-rock music, like JM Jarre and Pink Floyd, and quickly formed a style of his own, making him one of the most successful producers in hypnotic and atmospheric trance. Under this trademark, Atmos, he released 4 albums, loads of singles and has countless appearances on compilations. His music has been embraced, played and loved by a broad spectrum of people, ranging from the top 10 DJs to aspiring bedroom DJs, from around the world. 5. Vaal © NYMag The artist's stirring and emotive productions have crushed dance floors across the globe, delivering spine-tingling melodies to hundreds of thousands of loyal followers. Operating within the midst of a shadowy existence since her very first dalliance with electronic music, Vaal has established a sterling rep as one of the key members of the Afterlife family. 6. DOP (Live) © Resident Advisor Ranked the third best live act of 2010 by Resident Advisor, the French trio (Clement Zemtsov programming beats, Damien Van de Sande playing keyboards and horns and Jonathan; Illel on vocals) will reinvent dance floor music and will be joined by Aeden and Kimou. Amongst the Indian artists lined up are a few country favourites and some underground regulars. © Ankytrixx Ankytrixx, winner of DJ Of The Year and ranked No.1 in India for Electronic Music (2012, 2013) on the MyFavDj Poll; Bullz Eye, who started DJing in 1999 at the age of 16 under the influence of Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Bedrock, Siddhanth has blasted many clubs in Mumbai with his tunes; 8-Bit- Culprit, definitely a hidden gem is a valuable asset to the growing Indian electronic music culture; Calm Chor, the co-founders of Jalebee Cartel, co-founder at Soupherb records and one half of electronica duo Bit Of Both; SHFT aka New Delhi-based techno DJ and producer Vipul Angirish makes music that is boundless, with a versatile sound that's both clean and effervescent. Hamza featuring Manu Idhra, his diverse international sound is influenced from his strong musical background as well as growing up in India and traveling the world, living in Paris, Boston, and New York; will only add to insanity. © Wikimedia The festival boasts of a live band lineup as well, that includes both Indian and international lives acts coming to the front. The international live bands lineup features Gipsy Sound Revolution, as wild as the wind, as raw as the Rajasthani desert, as sultry as only the south of France can be - Gipsy Sound Revolution celebrates gypsy migration out of India; Gaudi Live featuring Danny Ladwa's past career highlights include working alongside ‘Supa Mc TC Islam' (son of Afrika Bambaataa) at ‘EcoSystem Festival' in Brazil, joining Hip Hop fusion band ‘NOU' (One Little Indian Records) in Brighton for their UK tour, and winning a place in the UK Beatbox Championship Final; The Indian live band line up will feature The Funcolos, whose set is a mixture of high energy SKA, dub, reggae, funk and even more high-energy SKA! The main focus of this 5-piece band is live performance, audience interaction, good times and just general Fanculery. Singers, songwriters and producers Hari and Sukmani have been creating fresh and eclectic sound, fusing traditional punjabi folk music with ambient electronica embodying their powerful, singular and independent spirit. Komorebi, Delhi-based Indo-Canadian pianist - Tarana Marwah does an interesting mix of electronic music, with Suyash Gabriel on drums; Clown with a Frown set out to redefine dance music, by revolutionizing sounds from the 70's disco era. The band draws influences from a wide array of artistes like Chic, Jamiroquai, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, Steely Dan, Tower of Power and many others; Grain aka Gaurav Raina is one half of India's biggest electronica export – Midival Punditz. After over a decade and a half of Midival Punditz, Gaurav's solo project – Grain is about going back to the roots and producing quality music; The Chizai Quartet -More than being a band, Chizai is a group of friends that came together to cheer on the spirit of life and spread good vibes. Looks like this is going to be one weekend in the month of November that you definitely do not want to miss out on. For more information on artists' lineup and tickets to the festival, you can visit the Wonderflip Music Festival's website.
  23. Shaenshah-e-Qawwali Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Photo: File Music lovers across the world are observing the 19th death anniversary of Shahenshah-e-Qawwali (King of Kings of Qawwali), Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan today. Nusrat was born on October 13, 1948 in Faisalabad. The legendary singer had his first public performance at the age of 16, at his father's chehlum [40 days after his death]. He chose the Islamic devotional style ? Qawwali ? as the predominant genre he sang in. He was 48 years old when he passed away in 1997, having established himself as one of the world's most outstanding vocalists. My inspiration is Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Music composer A.R Rahman When asked about his inspiration Rahman was quick to mention Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan stating ?He is a unique genius, I look at his qawwali his voice his composition it is untouched by anyone now.? In 1987, the government of Pakistan bestowed the Pride of Performance award on the legendary singer for his contribution to Pakistani music. Two years before his death, he was honoured with the prestigious UNESCO Music Prize. He received a number of national and international honourary awards in his glorious career. Nusrat's songs still remain alive among his fans, belonging to all age groups and social backgrounds. His nephew, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, rose to fame after Nusrat passed away, but the void could never be filled. The musical maestro is acknowledged as the artiste who defined the art-form of Qawwali for the generations to come. Rahat Ali Khan remembers time spent with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Rahat Fateh Ali Khan spoke at a 'Talk at Google' session on Sufi music heritage discussion and performance He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries including India, Japan, and the United States. He became one of the first Pakistani musicians to have collaborated on several songs with Western musicians including the renowned Peter Gabriel and lead singer of Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder. Most of his songs, including "Haq Ali," (his first song) continue to be re-sung countless times by artists, including Rahat, though his style remains unmatched and unparalleled. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan?s ?lost tape recordings? found These rare recording tapes with an estimated auction value of over 5 million dollars are in perfect condition Nusrat holds the Guinness World Record for producing the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist ? a total of 125 albums as of 2001. Though a follower of Sufism himself, Nusrat's music transcends all differences to unite music lovers with his enchanting melodies.
  24. Shekhar Kapur, the man who has given us classics like ‘Bandit Queen', ‘Mr. India' and ‘Masoom', is all set to floor us with his upcoming project on Bruce Lee. The celebrated Director and Producer, Kapur is making an “authorized biopic” on the life Bruce Lee, the legendary martial artist and actor. © Reuters If the names Kapur and Bruce Lee do not excite you, wait till you hear about the crew's new member. Oscar-winning composer aka the music maestro aka who is also known as the Mozart of Madras, A.R. Rahman is going to compose the music for this film. “A.R. Rahman is also doing the music for Bruce Lee,” Kapur said in an interview. The film titled ‘Little Dragon' is set in the backdrop of 1950s Hong Kong. It is a contemporary adaptation that will take us through the social and political forces, which turned Bruce Lee into the most famous martial artist and star. © BCCL When two talent houses come under one roof, only sky is the limit and as we have our bar of expectations set really high, we can't really wait for other interesting developments to be thrown at us. While Kapur will soon start working with Rahman, his daughter Kaveri has already struck a chord and is all set to do a single with Rahman. Kapur said, “Kaveri and I are going to go to Chennai. She is doing a song with A.R. Rahman.” We wonder if some people will still question his music, especially those who left the London concert midway because Rahman played too many Tamil songs. Source: The Times Of India
  25. The weekend of 15th August will go down in Indian history for being one of the most sought after short vacation periods, than any other historical significance. Not that Independence Day isn't significant; but, it lies more in making the most of one's holidaying independence, really. © Satellite Beachside The point is if you're still in twos as to where to Charlie off this weekend, then, all music aficionados should head to Goa for the Satellite Beachside music festival that's happening between 11th August (that's today) and 15th August. The four-day music festival, which is being held at Waters Beach Lounge & Grill in Goa, will be featuring a variety of electronic artists over the span of the festival. Artists, like Browncoat, BLOT!, Divij Kaul, Nikhil Chinapa, Tuhin Mehta and Vinayak^a are all set to give the audiences killer sets to dance away. © Satellite Beachside The boutique festival which started last year, around the same time, during the monsoon, has already garnered a niche of its own and its popularity has already spread enough for them to have a second edition. When they started this little boutique techno festival in the monsoon in Goa last year, more than a few people thought the festival was already on its way to glory—“a few sandwiches short of a picnic”, is how many described it. Today, just in its second year, the Satellite Beachside is already a calendar favourite for weekenders looking to get away in the middle of the year in search of some great vibe. The festival is India's first ever full-scale Anjunadeep event at Satellite Beachside, with a power-packed line-up that has boasted of stellar artists, like Jody Wisternoff, Yotto, Eli & Fur, Dom Donnelly, Praveen Achary and BrownCoat. © Satellite Beachside It also brings together some of the country's most coveted underground dance music artists, under one roof for one endless party that goes on till as long as your limbs can last. And how can you even resist the charm that comes with the locale of beautiful and free-spirited Goa, anyway? © Satellite Beachside Looks like those of you who are already there, or are packing to head there, are in for one big musical riot! Enjoy your independence, folks!