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  1. Photo: NAPA The NAPA International Theatre and Music Festival 2018 kicks off in Karachi today. The festival which runs from March 15 to March 31 at Zia Mohyeddin Theatre, NAPA features performances from across the globe. This year the festival will feature performances from 10 countries, including Pakistan. The countries performing at the festival include Germany, England, Egypt, Iran, UAE, Palestine, Czech Republic, Switzerland and the US. Pakistan is taking part in three theatre collaborations and one music performance this year. The music performance is with USA while in theatre, one performance is with Germany, one with Switzerland and the third with Palestine. Here are a few performances to look out for at the festival this year: Dance performance by Nahid Siddiqui accompanied by Nafees Ahmed Photo: NAPA The face of Kathak in Pakistan, Nahid Siddiqui, will perform as Nafees Ahmad plays the sitar. Raag MADHUVANTI ke Rung ? Pakistan A collaborative music performance developed by NAPA graduate Nigel Bobby and international performing artist Paul Livingstone. Resurrection ? Egypt Photo: NAPA ?Resurrection? is a dance ritual on breathlessness, passion, oneness and survival. It is especially dedicated to all those who lost their lives due to oppressive systems. Made with original music, the piece includes a poetic monologue written by Nora Amin in English and Arabic. Do Tone ? Germany Composition in real-time ? an art form that reacts spontaneously to the current circumstances and works with them. Soch ? Pakistan Photo: NAPA Pakistan?s first ever physical theatre performance, Soch is a collection of distressing life experiences and the aspiration of euphoria. Shehr-e-Afsoos ? Pakistan Photo: NAPA The play by Ajoka Theatre takes a deeper look at the thin line between love and cruelty, which disappears under the garb of historical and political events making us completely apathetic to everything else that once used to matter Traditional music ? Iran The Fardayeh Jam Folkloric Music ensemble from Khorasan Iran will be presenting traditional music from Iran. Jazaa Sazaa Directed by Zia Moheydin, the play is a subtle and passionate exploration of issues of sexual morality and of the uses and abuses of power. Main Biwi Aur Wagah ? UAE Photo: NAPA Mian Biwi aur Wagah is the UAE?s first and one of a kind Urdu theatre production based on true stories and events. Hum Thay Jinn Ke Saharay It is a comic look at the ?rishta scene?. La Koi Naghma Koi Saut Photo: NAPA It is the grand finale of the NAPA International theatre and music festival. The orchestral presentation directed by Nafees Ahmed will feature seasoned visiting musicians and young artists from NAPA. The performance will feature a full orchestra playing classical and contemporary pieces to provide a truly unforgettable musical experience.
  2. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/258d01aefd364484aa956c34fb310c75.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9My85LzIwMTggOTo1Njo1NyBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPW9oZWlUanptZnNEdXFBNElqRnZWYnc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] KARACHI: Social media sensation Arshman Naeem whose singing video went viral online was given advice on music composition by his mentor, star singer Atif Aslam, on Geo Pakistan Friday. While talking to Arshman over the phone on Geo News show Geo Pakistan, Atif said the viral video reached him through his friends first and then fans. The star singer said he really liked how Arshman sang his song in his own way. About the 12-year-old, Atif said he deserves encouragement and should be encouraged wherever he goes. Also present on the show from Lahore studio, Arshman exchanged pleasantries with Atif and expressed his desire to meet him. When asked by Atif what he planned to do for the music industry of Pakistan, Arshman said he wanted to become a doctor first and then start focusing on music. Giving him advice on music, Atif told Arshman he had a beautiful voice hence should consider anything to be an impediment in his path to pursue his passion. The star signer also told Arshman to start making his own compositions and learn musical instruments such as harmonium and guitar as that would help him compose his own songs. Earlier, Atif had shared Arshman?s video on his Instagram profile, along with a note of appreciation. The video that went viral on social media has Arshman singing Atif's song dil diyaan gallan.
  3. An artiste performs at Lahooti Melo 2018. Photo: Geo News HYDERABAD: The need to include courses on music and dance in the curricula for educational institutes in Sindh was stressed at the sessions held under Lahooti Melo 2018. The bureaucrats of Sindh do enjoy the songs of Abida Parveen but they do nothing when it comes to taking practical steps such as adding music to curricula of educational institutes, journalist Wusatullah Khan said during one of the sessions at the two-day festival. While addressing Barrister Zamir Ghoomro, who was representing Sindh government at the event, Wusatullah raised a question on the impediments in the path of making performing arts a part of the curricula. Wusatullah said music and dance would be taught at educational institutes until 1970s, before the regime of General Zia-ul-Haq. Also present at two-day festival, television artist Khaled Anam said art in all forms is important for a country like Pakistan, which was being eaten up by terrorism. He added people in the entertainment industry were willing to work on the promotion of arts and culture that too without charging money. Anam spoke about the possibility of having performing arts as a part of the curricula, saying it was feasible universities abroad too offered doctorate in subjects such as music. Jami Chandio, a writer and literary critic, who was also present at the event, said the work that had to be done in the field of performing arts did not happen as the society was more focused on division on the basis of language and religion. However, he added, events like the Lahooti Melo are a wake up call for such a society as it reminds them that there is more to the world than division among people. Site of the two-day festival. Calling art a catalyst for change in such a society, founder and vocalist of Sketches band, Saif Samejo, said art plays its role when the society gets suffocated. He said the society should open up to change and discussion on grave issues such as sexual violence. While speaking about the recent incident of rape and murder of Zainab in Kasur, Samejo said if people cannot explicitly talk about issues then they could at least create awareness in some way or the other among the youth so that they take the message forward. The two-day festival that was held at the club connect to Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad had people from different walks of life participate in it. Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Dr Bikha Ram spoke about the importance of performing arts, saying there was a time when snakebite and epilepsy would be treated through music. A poet and storyteller from the United States also attended the festival, where during one the sessions he told the audience his family and friends were apprehensive of him visiting Pakistan. But, he added, the event changed his image of the country. University of Sindh Vice Chancellor Dr Fateh Muhammad Burfat said Lahooti Melo was the beautiful face of Sindh, which was also a reflection of how the people of the province were. The third Lahooti Melo was a two-day festival organised at the club connected to Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad, where not just discussions but workshop on music was also held.
  4. Is throwing mudpies and getting high on bhang the only thing on your Holi to-do list this year, because we'll ask you to reconsider. Prepare your favourite dirty dance moves and get high on some insane music to replace the usual peasant-like shenanigans because…you have the option! There's a list of music festivals that could be your ticket to a mad festival of colours. Here are four that are on our radar: New on the block: Locals District Castle Kalwaar, Jaipur March 2- 4 © Locals - Mosquito Massala If you've been attending the Locals monthly underground electronic music nights in NCR and wished they would last just a little bit longer, you got your wish…and more! The boutique underground techno pop-up party has upped the ante with their Locals District avatar— it's a palatial one! That's right, you can catch your favourite underground techno artists at a full-blown three-day offsite extravaganza in Castle Kalwaar, Jaipur. Expect nothing short of royal treatment at India's first techno music festival! © VH1 - Supersonic Want to get the best of Arjun Vagale? We trust him to royally knock your socks off just when you thought the rest of the 40 artists were getting you in the mood to keep them on with your dancing shoes. The bees-knees line-up includes Ash Roy, Kohra, Vinayaka, Jitter and BLOT. But there's more! International sensations Eric Volta and Matt Sasarri on your techno checklist? Feel free to cannon-ball into the pool to their grooves while you're there. © Facebook - Matt Sassari The techno fraternity in India has been growing at a radical pace and Locals has given the artists as well as enthusiasts a platform to engage and share their mutual love for serious electronic BPM. Locals District is a level up in the immersive experience that techno already is and that's why this festival is on the top of our to-do list, suggest you mark it on yours, too. New on the block: Holi Moly Festival Nehru Park, New Delhi March 2 © Facebook - Holi Moo Festival We only have one thing to say for this newcomer— Midival Punditz. Expecting a blend of folk and electronic is a major attraction but we won't even bother to hide our biases in saying that it's going to be a crowd magnet because of the undying Midival Punditz charm. © Facebook - Midival Punditz Rang 32 Milestone, Gurgaon March 2 © Facebook - Greg Hilight If they've completed a decade in bringing you a fantastic electronic music experience, you know they'll put on a stellar show for you. Promising you 20 acts and a shindig that goes late into the night means Holi done right for the music lover who likes staying put in NCR. You can expect to treat your ears to the tunes of dance music who's whos like Giuseppe, Earthling, Greg Hilight and Chillumafia. You can also catch Kohra, Shft, Jitter and other local underground dance music artists working up a storm! © Facebook - Kohra Holi Moo Festival Asiad Tower, New Delhi March 2 © Facebook - Holi Moly Festival Another day long musical feast that is has a 12 year legacy to keep up with its 40 electronic music acts in the world, indie, hip-hop and electronic genres. “Moozik+Madness+colour” pretty much sums up what the organisers have on offer and we're taking their word for it. © Facebook - Holi Moo Festival
  5. LOS ANGELES: The song is called ?God?s Plan? and Canadian rapper Drake dropped a music video to match on Friday, in which he gave away almost $1 million in cash to people in Miami. Drake ? the world?s best-selling artist of 2016 ? followed it up with a challenge on Instagram urging his fans to ?go out and be nice to each other?. The ?God?s Plan? video upended the usual lavish efforts from music production companies and, instead, showed Drake handing out wads of cash to struggling families, toys to children, scholarships to students, and checks to a women?s shelter and a youth club in Miami, Florida. ?The budget for this video was $996,631.90. We gave it all away. Don?t tell the label,? says the message at the start of the video. Before its release, Drake, 31, called the video ?the most important thing I have ever done in my career?. Emotional fans took to Twitter with effusive praise. ?If you?ve seen Drake?s God?s Plan video and it didn?t hit your heart then I just don?t know. That man?s doing it right,? tweeted one man, Michael McGraw. ?Cried reaaaal tears looking at God?s plan music video. it?s a good life,? a user called Janae wrote on Twitter. Hours later, the Grammy-winning singer issued a challenge on his Instagram saying ?let?s all watch the world be nice to each other even if it?s for 24 hours?. ?God?s Plan? has held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the past three weeks.
  6. An incredibly eclectic decade for music, the 90s defined the blood sweat and tears that went into making some great tunes and harmonies. Growing up with the music of the 90s, it always smelled like teen spirit with a whiff of 'mmmmbops' floating through the air. The 90s definitely saw the rise of different genres of music that popularised pop culture, the alternate rock dimension and of course gave grunge and RnB the space that they truly deserved. Although a lot of bands from the 90s era were a one-hit wonder, most of the other ones thrived on lyrical content, catchy tunes and new age beats that you could actually gyrate to, like madmen. The music I grew up on was heavily packaged with enthusiasm and disillusionment, as India was still struggling to welcome the wave of new-age music. From East/West Coast rap battles to garage grunge, the 90s were like the sonogram of new radical ideas and cultures. Here's our pick of 10 of the greatest bands from the 90s and how they survived to tell their tales, through their music! 1. Oasis © Oasis Facebook Oasis was a progressive rock band, formed in Manchester in 1991. Moulded out of an earlier band called 'Rain', the band consisted of Liam Gallaghar (vocals & Tambourine), Paul 'Bonehead' Arthur, Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and Tony McCarroll. Never sang 'Wonderwall' on a Sunday night Karaoke show? Then I am sure you've strummed it, somewhere along the way, like a wounded banshee! 2. Nirvana © Nirvana Facebook Nirvana started the 'let's get drunk and trash the space' kinda vibe in the 90s with their alternate grungy sounds and 'I couldn't care less about the dying world' attitude. The band belonged to the 'Big 4 of Grunge' and quickly disabled when Kurt Cobain (vocals & Guitar) killed himself. David Grohl, the drummer, went on to start a new project called the Foo-Fighters, which is an alternate rock band and presently active. Remember college days, frequenting live gigs, where every Indian band was covering 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'? Hells yeah! 3. Tupac © Tupac Facebook Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper from East Harlem, New York and his music sold over 75 million records worldwide! Everyone was gearing up to accept a revolution through lyrics, with rap music and Tupac brought it all together. Unfortunately, he lost his life in a gang war but his legacy lives on and we see no changes with that! 4. 'NSYNC © Nsync Facebook One of the first boy bands coming out of mother America's lap, 'Nsync made it big with their boyish charms and catchy music. The band had 5 members, all of whom chose to say 'Bye Bye Bye' in the summer of 2002. Justin is still crying a river somewhere though. Remember going through a heartbreak back in college and listening to 'Tearing Up My Heart' in a loop? 5. Spice Girls © Spice Girls Facebook Were you a true blue girl band 'Wannabe' in the 90s? Spice girls defined every girl's aspiration to stand in front of a huge crowd with cute little clothes supporting a fancy hairstyle and singing 'Two Become One' in style. A brit girl band, Spice Girls was formed in 1994 in London and were active till much recently. Ps: which one was your favourite Spice Girl? I totally dug Scary Spice! 6. TLC © TLC Facebook These three sang hip-hop, soul, funk, and R&B and survived in the 90s as a very popular girl trio from Atlanta. Despite the fact they didn't get along with each other very well, they made some fabulous music and sold over 65 million records worldwide! Remember 'Waterfalls'? That song was truly a lesson for life! I mean, come on, don't go chasing waterfalls, listen to the rivers and the lakes like you used to. But we're gonna leave you with 'No Scrubs' for now. 'Cos you've probably been a 'No Scrubs' kinda guy, sometime in your life. 7. Alice In Chains © Alice In Chains Facebook AIC is one of the most underrated bands ever and that's why they're one of my personal favourites. Formed in the late 80s. they took over the 90s grunge movement like a storm. Layne Staley, the lead vocalist grasped the eccentricities of growing up with and around drugs and that clearly reflected in the kind of music they made. AIC also had some very distinct heavy metal influences and it went on to become a two-vocal band (with Staley and Jerry Cantrell). Here's one of my favourites from one of their popular albums-Jar of Flies 8. Boyz II Men © Boyz II Men Facebook Best known for their emotional ballads and cappella like harmonies, Boyz II Men was a Philli based R&B boy band. If you ever happen to possess 'Now That's What I Call Music- Volumes 1-6', back in the 90s, you would have most definitely heard their music! This song was an anthem for every man who was in love, in the 90s! 9. Boyzone © Boyzone Facebook A very popular Irish boy band, Boyzone accumulated a lot of love from the ladies back in the day, with their classic love ballads. From 'A Different Beat' to 'We We Belong', their albums broke every record sale. Unfortunately one of the lead vocalist and the most loved member of the band, Stephen Gately, died in 2009. Keating though still continues to make music. Did you sing 'Words' out loud too, every chance you got? 10. Bush © Bush Facebook Remember Gwen Stefani? Yeah, I am sure you do. She also had a husband who was the front man of a rather sombre yet adrenaline rushed British alternate rock band called Bush. Although they had marginal success over the years in their home country, they have numerous top ten singles on the Billboard Rock Charts in America. Gavin Rossdale's raw, lemon-soaked voice is what gave the band its unique identity. Here's the perfect song for your lover! The 90s was anything but lackluster in terms of music for a lot of people and if we ever have to pay tribute to the era gone by, there is no better way to do it than visit the music every now and then!
  7. If you don't follow Will Smith on Instagram, you're honestly missing out big time. There's funny videos, updates on his life and dad jokes, obviously. Also, in case you didn't know, he recently became a YouTuber as well, and his vlogs are just straight up amazing. And, he posts a lot of videos on Instagram, probably because of his new YouTube career. And he posted one such hilarious video last week which indirectly took a dig at his son Jaden Smith. Just put up the first vlog from my Australia trip on @youtube. Link in bio. We bought some dumb ass camera gear! I am HAVIN' A BALL!!!! :-) A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Jan 27, 2018 at 1:31pm PST The video is funny as it is, but Jaden's comments are even better. Now, that was some indirect trolling, but Will probably tried to take it up a notch and made a whole freaking parody video about his son. Will may be new to the world of social media, but he has completely nailed it in just a short span of time. Last year, Jaden released his debut hip-hop album, “Syre,” which recently reached 100 million streams on Spotify. To celebrate this incredible feat, Will did what any proud dad would do – made his own version of his son's music video. “It is a Delicious Gift to a Parent to Admire his children. Keep Doin' You!” Will Smith captioned his post. Recreating a few seconds of Jaden's 'Icon' video, Will obviously gave it his own twist, because well he's the dad and he has all the freedom to improvise in the most hilarious way. Congrats on 100,000,000 @Spotify streams, Jaden! @c.syresmith It is a Delicious Gift to a Parent to Admire his children. Keep Doin' You! A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Feb 6, 2018 at 7:16pm PST Let's compare some parts. Here's Jaden, decked with gold chains and all, see he's a proper rapper. And, then Will trying his best with the chains. Then, comes the song name. Well, I have to give it to Will, he nailed this part. The whole video is just Jaden dancing in front of a car. But, Will is kind of having trouble with that it seems. He mocks his son's stiff dancing and head swatting. Also, a special mention for Will's grill falling off, which was the best part of this parody. Shortly after Will posted the video, Jaden replied – I Love You — Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) February 7, 2018 Along with that, he left a heartfelt message on the video as well. If that doesn't make you 'Dad of the year', then I don't know what will. Seems like everyone agrees that he's the coolest dad ever, and rightfully so. will smith wins dad of the year, recreating jaden's music video ð pic.twitter.com/Aco8GlQqrF — Alex T (@AlexT) February 7, 2018 DAD OF THE YEAR GOES TO WILL SMITH pic.twitter.com/mJWLvpnHc8 — SCOTTIE ð¦ (@benicescottie) February 7, 2018 The best dad award goes to non other than "Dad of the year" WILL SMITH Around of applause ladies & gentlemen — Aesthetic (@thabzmuhle) February 7, 2018 Also, all of us after watching the video. Protect Will Smith at all cost pic.twitter.com/3cIO3funN8 — Top Media Daily (@TopMediaDaily) February 7, 2018 Also this. Will Smith is the absolute best thing to happen to Instagram. Period. — Lenny S (@kodaklens) February 7, 2018 Here's the original video:
  8. Diplo performs at his Mad Decent Block Party at The Rock Musicarium in Islamabad, Pakistan, February 3, 2018. REUTERS ISLAMABAD: American DJ and record producer Diplo brought his Mad Decent Block Party to Pakistan?s capital over the weekend, headlining a roster of musicians including local Pakistani acts. For two-time Grammy winner Diplo, playing Pakistan is a way to foster good relations with the country after an accusatory Jan. 1 tweet from US President Donald Trump. ?I think the best way we can do any kind of diplomacy with the Pakistani people is ... basically reaching out to the kids like we do at the concerts,? Diplo told TMZ last month after the Trump tweet, which soured US-Pakistani relations. Chrome Sparks from New York performs at Diplo?s Mad Decent Block Party at The Rock Musicarium in Islamabad, Pakistan, February 3, 2018/ Reuters He added that by having US acts connect with the large youth population - an estimated 60 percent of Pakistanis are under age 30 - ?they can grow into being our allies?. Diplo coming to Pakistan in 2018 Mad Decent Block Party will be held in Pakistan in February More than 2,500 young people crowded into an outdoor venue in the capital, Islamabad, to a scaled down version of the event known for bringing together some of the hottest names in dance-hall, hip hop and electronic music. Among the headliners were Diplo?s chart-topping side project Major Lazer Soundsystem, DJ Chrome Sparks and Pakistani duo SNKM, which has played the South by Southwest festival and toured with Diplo in the US. DJ Khalifa of Lyari Underground, a Pakistani sap group, performs at a Diplo?s Mad Decent Block Party at The Rock Musicarium in Islamabad, February 3, 2018/ Reuters ?There?s a lot of bridges being built between here and the US? says SNKM?s Adil Omar, who also has a successful hip hop career and a new album and film ?Transcendence? to be released this year.
  9. If there is anything more than food and movie that can excite us Indians, is badass music and festivals. There is nothing in life that a good soundtrack can't solve. And what's better than a music festival that has everything in one place? From live music, lip-smacking food to electric vibe and a lifetime experience, music fests are a one-stop shop. If music is your bae, then pick out one or more of these festivals for an off-beat and heady holiday experiences. 1. SulaFest © SulaFest With 100 artists from over 30 countries, this year's SulaFest brings in Bollywood sensation Amit Trivedi, electro-swing front-runners Parov Stellar and the five-piece vocal groove collective, Bauchklang. What started off as a celebratory harvest festival Nashik has now grown to a full-fledged 2-day extravaganza with delectable wines and foot-tapping music against the resplendent vineyards. Well, we bet is there no one who would mind a glass of fine wine and some kickass music. 2. VH1 Supersonic © VH1Supersonic With Major Lazer, Incubus and Marshmello joining in the eclectic mix of artists performing at Laxmi Lawns in Pune, VH1 Supersonic just got bigger and better by leaps and bounds! Be it a flee market, or a beer garden, you have it all here. If music is your life, be ready for an enticing experience! 3. Bacardi NH7 Weekender © Bacardi NH7 Weekender One of the most famous festivals, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender is notorious for its glorious mix of Indian and international artists all under one roof! It's not unusual to see the goth-lovin' crowd mixed up with the Bollywood throng and topped off with the snazzy EDM swarm. But Bacardi makes the impossible, possible! And it's not just the music, the organisers also bring in cuisines ranging from local to international. Plunge into a journey of musical discovery at either of the festival's favourite destinations. 4. Woods Talk The unique incorporation of music and adventure at the Woods Talk festival, set against the gushing waters of Rishikesh will definitely unleash the thrill-seeker within you. It is the ultimate escape with extreme sports such as rafting, kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing, canyoning and cliff jumping. This exhilarating getaway amalgamates live music with exhilarating adventures against the immaculate gorges and stunning white waters. A heavenly experience that you just can't miss! 5. Sunburn © Sunburn Well, this one doesn't need an introduction. Sunburn pioneered the electronic dance music festival in India and is now one of Asia's biggest music festivals. For its first 9 years, the festival was held against the picturesque beaches of Goa before moving to Pune. A party of mammoth proportions, Sunburn is a cultural diaspora of music and people. Set on the sprawling Oxford lawns, the 4-day festival has over 75 artists performing on multiple stages. 6. Magnetic Fields Festival © Magnetic Fields Festival This kitschy carnival has taken the music scene by storm, with a troop of contemporary acts against the magnificent backdrop of Alsisar Mahal in Shekhawati, Rajasthan. In the heart of the Rajasthan desert, this festival spins its magic with the modern and ancient India nestling side by side for the throbbing and pulsating music festival. This 3-day extravaganza offers you the chance to party like a king, quite literally. Who's in for this one? 7. Ziro Music Festival North-eastern India has always been considered a hotbed of alternative music. And there is no one who loves and understands music like they do. What better than an experience in their land? This independent music festival in the Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh lets you enjoy life to the fullest. Traverse through pristine mountains enveloped by fluffy clouds and winding rivers as you partake in mouth-watering local food and brews.
  10. Here's a question you'll find yourself asking during the second half of every year when your devout electronic music loving friends start rushing to book their tickets for a music festival that takes place in the heart of Rajasthan. Why the hype around Magnetic Fields? Source: Instagram My opinion might be dangerously in favour of the three-day long shindig because music is one of the most important influencers in my life, but even for the uninitiated or uninterested, a summary of what happened while I was there, last month, might be able to help trigger a change of perspective. Yes, it took me a month to recover! Did it tire me? Yes. Is that the reason why I took so long to tell my story? No! I just needed another reason to talk about the headliner. Four Tet's live set is still something I go back to on my Instagram page to reminisce. A post shared by Shivani Gupta (@sgirlbasic) on Dec 18, 2017 at 10:08pm PST But let's start from scratch, shall we? Magnetic Fields festival is held annually at Alsisar Mahal, Alsisar, Rajasthan and it attracts a hoard of national as well as international audiences-- long standing loyalists have seen it grow over the years and the family keeps expanding exponentially. Some are critical of this "growth" because they fear the essence of the festival may be lost in the process of its commercial blossoming - what does that translate to? A crowd that's in it for the trend and not the music on offer, and possibly the arising of multiple "tu jaanta nahi hai mera baap kaun hai" situations. Is that what I had to endure? Surprisingly, no! This is why you mustn't complain about how steeply the tickets may be priced for a niche music festival, even if you're nimbly pitching your own tent in the desert at Rs.13,000. Yes, there's accommodation in the desert. It's a three-day modern gypsy lifestyle, if that's what you've always wanted to experience in your life, and take it from me, it's worth every penny you'll spend on it. Why? Think about what waking up to music in the middle of a desert means to you, for me it's a fantasy that must never come to an end! One can always purchase a standalone festival pass and choose to stay off site, and there are palatial inns aplenty in the vicinity, but I would highly recommend shivering in the desert for at least the first time-- in all likelihood there will be a second time and subsequent visits. I'd like to mention that I bought my passes and I'm not selling this to you on behalf of the organisers, but merely the experience I've had for two years in a row. Perhaps these pictures will do my words justice. A post shared by Shivani Gupta (@sgirlbasic) on Dec 15, 2017 at 1:37am PST A post shared by Shivani Gupta (@sgirlbasic) on Dec 9, 2016 at 10:28pm PST A post shared by Shivani Gupta (@sgirlbasic) on Dec 17, 2017 at 5:18am PST A post shared by Shivani Gupta (@sgirlbasic) on Jan 12, 2018 at 5:40am PST Sold? Getting there is easy-- you either fly to the Jaipur airport or take a train to Sadulpur Junction and get taxied to the palace. You could even make a road trip out of it, as I did, and it's a comfortable drive-- Google Maps will not mislead you. If you feel like hitching a ride with strangers, get on a local (and unofficial) Magnetic Fields Facebook group, you'll find many kind souls willing to offer you a ride. It's like the Woodstock of electronic music, hospitable people moving toward one cause-- all encompassing, encapsulating ELECTRONIC SOUND! Touching Alsisar is like reaching your pilgrimage site-- at least, for me it was. The Renault Desert Oasis stage was live with Boxout Soundsystem putting on some kickass tracks as I entered. If you're familiar with Boxout Wednesday's at Summer House, New Delhi, and like them, you'll be happy to know they were an equal delight with their entourage at Magnetic Fields. But that's not what I'd gone all the way to Alsisar for. For me, and the majority attending the festival, the main attraction was, Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet. There were over 15 artists performing in a span of three days, but nobody could parallel the musical prowess of the legendary English artist. The Bira 91 South Stage was packed all the way to the back to witness Hebden's talent unfold and I wasn't the only one to cry at the sheer brilliance of his live performance. He blended classical Indian sounds with futuristic electronic ones with spellbinding ease. The artist even played a DJ set on special request, but it was this live act that stole the show for me and most of the people I got the chance to interact with. A post shared by Shivani Gupta (@sgirlbasic) on Dec 17, 2017 at 12:15am PST A post shared by Shivani Gupta (@sgirlbasic) on Dec 16, 2017 at 8:54am PST Other artists that managed to capture my attention were Ben UFO, who played a mind blowing DJ set with eclectic sounds at the Red Bull North Stage, and Teebs and Monica Dogra, who got the public to get low with some classic hip hop numbers at the Bira 91 Freeflow Garden. The final act at the Renault Desert Oasis that was put together by Deep Brown, Dolan Bergin and Willow were a class apart, as far as my three years in witnessing music performances go. Last but not least, Indian Techno stalwart, Arjun Vagle, was a star attraction for many that thrive off of high BPM music. A post shared by Shivani Gupta (@sgirlbasic) on Jan 12, 2018 at 7:07am PST Alcohol and feel-good substances flow like an undisturbed river at Magnetic Fields, but you might not need any if music is a natural stimulant for you. The organisers have, on offer, slightly over-priced food at the palace and desert, and if you're one for local khana like "pav-bhaji" and Maggi, you'll find it a stone's throw away from the site. Just in case the debauchery gets out of hand, they have a relief centre to provide instant aid. In short, the event is a rather well planned 72 hour blowout-- and that's why the hype. That's precisely why the hullabaloo around Magnetic Fields, and I'm sure you'll agree now that it's for good reason!
  11. Britain?s Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle were given some street-level tips for their wedding music LONDON: Britain?s Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle were given some street-level tips for their wedding music as they visited a pioneering radio station in south London on Tuesday. Harry, fifth-in-line to the throne, and actress Markle, best known for the TV legal drama ?Suits?, announced their engagement in November, with the wedding set for May at Queen Elizabeth?s Windsor Castle home to the west of London. On their second official royal outing together, the couple were greeted by large crowds when they visited the Reprezent radio station in Brixton which was set up in 2008 as part of a response to a rise in knife crime among young people. The station trains hundreds of young people each year in media and employment skills. It offers training in topics ranging from audio and radio production and editing to communication skills and work experience. It also runs programs supporting youngsters with specific issues like mental health challenges, a cause dear to Harry?s heart. The station trains hundreds of young people each year in media and employment skills Presenter Gloria Beyi, 17, said the couple showed a keen interest in the station?s music. ?The main thing I observed is they go quite well together,? she told Reuters. ?This is genuine - this is real stuff. Having both of them in one room trying to talk to you and having interest in the station, how it works, the relationship between everyone, it?s just so amazing.? Asked about possible wedding music recommendations, she said: ?A little bit of house, a little bit of hip-hop, cos Harry did say that he is interested in hip-hop and house. ?So, that mixed together at a wedding? Then you?re pretty good. Those two genres if they?re there, you?re pretty sorted for your wedding.? Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, will marry at Windsor?s St George?s Chapel on May 19.
  12. Look into the horizon for out-of-the-box guys, and you might find an oddball standing out from the crowd—eccentric, freakishly crazy, shitting bricks of 'bizarre'. Yet, being loved by all. Also known as 'Baba' in the country's biggest social circles, Ranveer Singh is the creature we're talking about here. Famous for his as-nutty-as-a-fruitcake sartorial abilities, the man's nowhere close to being sane, you see: he's wore a man-skirt before the rest did, made headlines for looking like a condom and carries a damn music speaker wherever he goes. And talking of the latter (his staple Marshall speakers), here's another headline that's making the rounds today: Music speakers are now the ''IT' accessory of Bollywood. Something that has replaced the concept of a handbag in the lives of Bollywood biggies. For starters, here's some evidence of Singh's much-talked-about 'Marshall' history: © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani In fact, the expensive speakers are also a part of this travel caddy (as clicked at the Mumbai airport): © Viral Bhayani Point being, test-driving his way into staple Ranveer Singh nuances, our bugs just caught Ishaan Khattar outside a popular eatery in Mumbai, holding onto his JBL speakers a little too tight. What's the deal with this young lad now? Is he too close to being called a 'cheater cock'? We think NOT. © Viral Bhayani Here's our opinion: every guy should add a swing to his style, and aim at becoming the talk of town. So much so, that if a hurricane arises and you're calling for help, every man in town must know your whereabouts. So, even if Khattar is following Singh's footsteps with this style move, we're not going to call 911 on him. He's only trying to get better at style. © Viral Bhayani Besides, we're also gung-ho about his Nike sneakers here, that retail at a price of $160 (approx. INR 10,100) out there. They're Nike Air More Tri-colour Uptempos, man! However, there's no denying that the rest of the outfit is horribly safe. But obviously, nothing too mundane for us to call him out on. Having said that, his solid black knee-ripped jeans and all-over graphic T-shirt combo is a better bet than a lot of celeb outfits anyway. © Viral Bhayani In conclusion, let's make a hefty statement: if you're headed for a nightout, looking like the best-suited man you know, don't be surprised if a sloppy dresser (with a music speaker in his hand) scores that hot lass instead.
  13. LOS ANGELES: Jay-Z released a music video on Friday that features the rapper addressing the pain of infidelity as he appears in a confessional booth opposite his wife Beyonce. Set partly in a church and also featuring the couple?s 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, the ?Family Feud? video pays tribute to family ties and female empowerment. ?We all lose when the family feuds,? Jay-Z sings. ?A man that don?t take care of his family can?t be rich.? The video is the latest from Jay-Z?s hit album ?4:44,? in which he responds to allegations of cheating revealed by Beyonce in her 2016 Grammy-winning album ?Lemonade.? It briefly shows an unidentified couple having ***, until the woman stabs the man in the back. Within an hour of its release, the video was the top trending item on Twitter. Jay-Z, 48, confirmed in a New York Times interview in November that he had been unfaithful to Beyonce earlier in their nine-year marriage. The rapper?s soul-baring ?4:44? album on love, life and social issues was widely seen as an apology to his wife. The couple, one of the richest and most influential in the music industry, have reconciled and Beyonce gave birth to their twins in June. Heavy on symbolism, the eight-minute-long ?Family Feud? video shows the musician walking into a church holding the hand of a white-clad Blue Ivy and taking a seat in the confessional booth. Beyonce, dressed in a black, priestess-like robe, watches silently from a pulpit and later sits listening on the other side of the confessional screen. Directed by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the video also envisions a future in which a grown-up Blue Ivy and other women of color, portrayed by actresses Mindy Kaling, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Thandie Newton and Niecy Nash, appear to rule the world. Jay-Z has a leading eight nominations for the Grammy Awards in January, including the top prizes of best album, song and record of the year.
  14. Chandika Hathurusingha has decided to ban music during training sessions for the Sri Lankan cricket team/AFP COLOMBO: New Sri Lanka cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha pledged to get tough with the under-performing national team -- including banning music in training -- while demanding "full control" over selection. With the 1996 World Cup winners coming to the end of their worst year in international cricket, Hathurusingha said he would impose strict discipline to make sure they are ready for the 2019 World Cup. Asked about reports that players were admonished for listening to music in practice, Hathurusingha said after his first training session with the team on Thursday: "If they are interested in music they will have to go home." Sri Lanka, who tour Bangladesh next month, have been severely criticised over whitewash defeats by India at home and in India in the past six months. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said in June that many players were "too fat" and that none chosen to play a series against Zimbabwe had passed international fitness standards. A special diet was later imposed. Hathurusingha, a former Sri Lanka batsman who quit as Bangladesh coach to help his home country, also signalled a tougher line with the government, which gets the final say in team affairs. Jayasekera recently stopped the Sri Lankan T20 team from going to India because he did not agree with the selection. The chief coach is not an automatic member of the selectors´ panel and Hathurusingha wants this changed -- even if it means a new sports law. "I need full control and responsibility to pick the playing eleven," Hathurusingha said. "According to the sports law the coach can´t get involved in selections. They are considering my request to be a selector while being the coach," added the 49-year-old. After giving up playing Hathurusingha has become a top coach, earning plaudits for pulling Bangladesh up the world rankings. Hathurusingha has also been in charge of the New South Wales team in Australia, and he said he would bring in sports psychologist Phil Jauncey who worked with him in New South Wales and Bangladesh. "I want to see him make visits from time to time to work with the players," Hathurusingha said. In 57 internationals across all three formats in 2017, Sri Lanka lost 40 and won just 14.
  15. Facebook Inc and Universal Music Group on Thursday announced a global agreement that will enable users to upload videos featuring music from Universal?s library across the social media network as well as Instagram and Oculus. Through the agreement, which is Facebook?s first with a major record label, the social media company will no longer have to require users to take down videos featuring music from Universal?s catalog due to copyright infringement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Facebook?s deal with Universal Music Group comes as the world?s largest social media site is making a big push into video to keep users on its site and attract advertisers. Earlier this year it launched its Watch video service, which features shows from the likes of Buzzfeed, Discovery Communications as well as some sports like Major League Baseball. The partnership comes days after Bloomberg reported that YouTube had signed a long-term agreement with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. (bloom.bg/2yYCYPs) The licensing deal could help Facebook better compete with Alphabet Inc?s YouTube since music videos are the most popular category on the site, said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research. ?With this deal, Facebook has licensed content from the biggest player in the biggest genre of video on YouTube,? he said. The multi-year agreement with Universal will be expanded to include Facebook Messenger, Universal said.
  16. NEW YORK: Facebook announced a licensing deal Thursday with Universal Music Group, its first with a major label, as the social media giant promised more personalized, interactive music features for its two billion users. The move marks a new foray into music by Facebook, which despite its global conquest has been low-key in developing music functions compared with fellow tech titans Apple, Google and Amazon. Universal ? home to some of the biggest names in music from The Beatles to Elton John and Lady Gaga ? billed the agreement as its latest success in securing more revenue from songs in an age of round-the-clock Internet sharing. Universal will license its music recordings and videos around the world for use on Facebook as well as on Instagram and the virtual reality site Oculus, which are both owned by Mark Zuckerberg?s company. Facebook said users will eventually have access to a vast library from Universal, allowing them to upload licensed music or share it through Messenger. The two companies, in a joint statement, said they were developing more personalized functions in a bid to "develop the next generation of music products that best engage social consumers." While music postings are omnipresent on Facebook, the company attempts to take down embedded content that is copyrighted, with fans either uploading their own videos or linking to other sites such as YouTube and Spotify. A senior executive at Universal Music Group called the agreement, whose financial details were not disclosed, a "dynamic new model" for the relationship between the music industry and social media platforms. "This partnership is an important first step demonstrating that innovation and fair compensation for music creators are mutually reinforcing -- they thrive together," said Michael Nash, the label group?s executive vice president of digital strategy. "We look forward to Facebook becoming a significant contributor to a healthy ecosystem for music that will benefit artists, fans and all those who invest in bringing great music to the world," he said in the statement. The announcement comes two days after Universal inked a separate licensing agreement with YouTube, which has long been an irritant to the music industry which says the video site pays too little in compensation. YouTube, which is owned by Google, is reportedly exploring the launch of a new streaming service in 2018 to compete with Spotify, Apple Music and other on-demand music services.
  17. NEW YORK: Apple said Monday that it would buy leading song recognition app Shazam in a fresh bid to secure an edge in the intensifying battle of streaming services. Apple, whose streaming service has rapidly grown but still has only half the paid subscribers of Spotify, said that Shazam has consistently been one of the most popular items on its App Store. The two companies did not disclose financial terms. The technology news sites Recode and TechCrunch, quoting unnamed sources, both put the deal at around $400 million. The market signaled its approval, with Apple share prices jumping 2.0 percent, well outpacing the 0.2 percent rise on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users," Apple said in a statement. London-based Shazam said in a separate statement: "We can´t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users." Shazam, which was founded in 1999 in the early age of online music, has offered a solution to a longtime agony of listeners -- putting a name to elusive songs. With a click, the app identifies tracks playing on the radio, at parties or as background music. But Shazam has struggled to find a way to make money off its technology, even as it said that it had reached one billion downloads on smartphones last year. Shazam only recently announced it had become profitable, thanks to advertising and steering traffic to other sites such as Spotify and Apple Music. The technology is also no longer quite as novel, with Shazam facing rivals such as SoundHound and with smartphones capable of ever more advanced recognition functions. Mark Mulligan, who writes a popular blog on the music industry, described Shazam as "cool tech without a business model" and said Apple was a rare player that could bring out the app´s value. Facing tough competition The world´s most valuable publicly traded company, Apple earns most of its revenue from iPhones but has also found it vital to be seen on the cutting edge culturally. Apple, which revolutionized online music a generation earlier with iTunes, in 2015 launched Apple Music as the market turns to streaming, which offers unlimited on-demand listening. Apple said in September that the service had more than 30 million subscribers -- a quick rise, but still trailing Spotify. Spotify -- which has emphasized a barebones, user-friendly interface instead of unique features -- said it had 60 million paying users as of July and 80 million more on its free tier. And with streaming experiencing rapid growth, competition has become even fiercer. Retail giant Amazon seized on its vast consumer reach as it launched its own streaming service last year. YouTube, the video-sharing behemoth owned by Apple´s rival Google, also has its own music streaming platform and recent reports said it was looking to launch a new paid subscription package next year. Tech battle turns to services Shazam has already proven it can be woven into another service. A year ago, it formed a partnership with SnapChat, the youth-driven social media platform whose videos evaporate, with users able to "snap" to friends the music they discover around them on Shazam. Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, said the Shazam sale "underlines the fact that the battle of the technology companies is firmly moving beyond hardware and into services." "This is a good move for Apple that helps to consolidate its already strong position in music content. It won´t be the last takeover of a tech firm by these big giants," he said. Apple has already invested in buying big-name music brands, in 2014 paying an eye-popping $3 billion for Beats Electronics, the headphones, speaker and streaming brand of rapper Dr. Dre. Soon afterward, it bought Semetric, a British company that tracks music consumption on behalf of labels and artists.
  18. As the year comes to an end, YouTube has released a list of most popular videos in Pakistan this year. The list is topped by Raees?s song, Zaalima, starring Mahira Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. The videos have been selected based on the time spent watching, sharing, commenting by users. The video is followed by Atif Aslam?s Pehli Daffa, which comes on a close second. Here is the list of top five most popular videos in Pakistan: 1) Zaalima featuring Mahira Khan, Shah Rukh Khan The song by Arijit Singh for Mahira's Bollywood debut, Raees, became an instant sensation after it was released. 2) Pehli Dafa- Atif Aslam The music video of Atif Aslam?s single Pehli Dafa featuring the Rustom actor Ileana D'Cruz looks as good as it sounds. Earlier last year, Ileana had also shared a solo picture on Instagram, hinting at an upcoming project with the singer. 3) Despacito- Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee Labelled as the anthem of the year, Despacito has become one of the most famous songs across the globe. 4) No Make Up - Bilal Saeed ft. Bohemia The single by Bilal Saeed become an instant fan favourite. The video has been watched over 30 million times on YouTube. 5) Shape of You- Ed Sheeran The song which was released earlier this year took the world by storm, with people of different ages grooving to it. However, the list does not end there other honourable mentions include Baazi by Sahir Ali Bagga and Aima Baig, Fi Ha (Arabic Remix), Sibbi Song by SomeWhatSuper and Abid Brohi, Kaif O Suroor (Promo) by Aima Baig and Coke Studio?s Nathional Anthem of Pakistan.
  19. Since its founding in 1999, Shazam has offered a high-tech solution to listeners´ longtime agony. Photo: file NEW YORK: Apple is in talks to buy the popular song recognition app Shazam as the tech giant tries to compete with streaming leader Spotify, TechCrunch reported Friday. The technology news site, quoting unnamed sources, said that the deal could be announced Monday with financial terms not yet clear. A spokeswoman for Apple declined comment. Since its founding in 1999, Shazam has offered a high-tech solution to listeners´ longtime agony over not recognizing music on the radio or in bars, letting users identify songs through their phones´ microphones. Shazam, which is based in London, said last year that it had reached one billion downloads on smartphones. But it only recently started to see profitability by incorporating advertisements and tying up with other tech firms including Spotify and Apple, to which it refers traffic. It would remain to be seen how Apple would integrate Shazam, which also faces competitors such as SoundHound. Apple, which earlier revolutionised online music with iTunes, in 2015 launched Apple Music as the market turns to streaming, which offers unlimited on-demand listening. Apple said in September that the service had more than 30 million subscribers -- a rapid rise but still trailing industry leader Spotify which said it had 60 million paying users as of July and 80 million more on its free tier. Stockholm-based Spotify earlier Friday announced that it and China´s Tencent were taking minority stakes in each other -- a likely sign of Spotify´s growth ambitions in the world´s most populous country, where it is not yet present.
  20. One of the most famous classical music composers in the history of mankind is Ludwig van Beethoven, second only to Mozart and Bach. And yet his life was anything but smooth. We know the most tragic reality of his life was the fact that he went deaf at a time his career was at its peak. Much like the iconic painter Vincent van Gogh who painted with a failing eyesight in his later years. His most famous work 'Starry Night' was painted at this time. An artist losing the very physical ability that his art depends on—it is as baffling as it is tragic. And yet these are legendary masters in their fields. It's either a mad desire to succeed or a mad desire to express and create that wins over most hurdles. Beethoven's hearing ability started to fail in his late twenties itself but the man kept making music. It is believed that he used a pencil to feel the vibrations of the notes on his piano. He would keep one end of the pencil in his mouth and the other end on the piano's soundboard that would transfer vibrations and help him read the notes. © Thinkstock/Getty Images As a child, Beethoven was frequently beaten up by his alcoholic father who wanted him to become a child prodigy like Mozart. His training started young – at the age of 5 – and any lack in attention or excellence invited a severe beating. So little was young Beethoven then that he had to stand on a stool to reach the piano. When his father appointed a tutor, his friend Tobias Friedrich Pfeiffer, to teach Beethoven, there was not much relief for the young musician, even though his new tutor had a significant role in shaping up Beethoven's music foundation. Tobias was an eccentric musician himself – being an insomniac, he preferred the middle of the night to tutor young Beethoven and would wake him up at ungodly hours for lessons. © Wikimedia Commons The mad genius that Beethoven was, he was known to dip his head in cold water before composing. Not only that, he would pour water over his hands when he practiced and he would keep pouring until his clothes were wet. The extent of this odd habit was so much that water would often leak onto the ceiling of the room below his, much to the discomfort of his hosts or neighbours. Considering the fact that Beethoven lived in Austria, it's a miracle he didn't catch pneumonia. © Wikimedia Commons The eccentric artist was a master at his craft but it wasn't without hard labour. Beethoven was dyslexic and had discontinued formal education at the age of 10, to pursue music training full-time. He did not learn the basics of mathematics and language, and struggled to do even simple calculations. He was not as comfortable with numbers and alphabets as he was with music. But this did not mean composing was cakewalk for him. He often struggled to understand and create his music, probably one reason why he felt the need to cool himself down with cold water. © Thinkstock/Getty Images There is a rather interesting story behind how he became deaf. Beethoven had been working on something for his primo tenore who seemed to disapprove his notes. When finally he created something to satisfy the man who then left, he got down to his work. Half an hour later, there was a knock on the door and Beethoven realized it was the primo tenore again, asking him to rework the notes again. Beethoven got so mad with rage that as soon as the man entered his room, he threw up and injured a nerve, that eventually led to his hearing loss. “I sprang up from my table under such an excitement of rage that as the man entered the room I threw upon the floor as they do on the stage, coming down upon my hands. When I arose I found myself deaf and have been so ever since. The physicians say the nerve is injured." Symphony 9, which is considered to be one of his greatest symphonies ever recorded, was written at this time. It was composed between 1822-1824. Beethoven died in 1827. For all his brilliance in composing, Beethoven had a difficult personality. He refused to adhere to societal formalities and was known to be moody and short-tempered. He would often stomp away from the stage if he heard the audience members murmuring amongst themselves. No amount of confrontations could coax him into being more agreeable and bowing down to social norms. So headstrong was he that he was eventually excused from following regular court etiquette. His short-temper, combined by a deep mistrust of people and lack of understanding of human relationships kept him away from people. Even though his friends were irked by his choleric temper, he had a circle of friends who remained by his side—his exceptional talent and forthright personality were too hard to ignore. When he died, his funeral was attended by 20,000 people. What is it about artists and eccentricities that goes so well together? Psychologists have often wondered if there is a connection between genius and eccentric tendencies. Nikola Tesla, the genius inventor responsible for giving the world the alternating current motor design, suffered from obsessive compulsive tendencies that caused him to carry 18 napkins with him most of the time. Never mind that famous composer Mozart sometimes liked to pretend to be a cat and jumped over tables and chairs during rehearsals, 'meowing' like one. What's yours? Sources: The National Opera and Balet Theatre Maria BieÅu RM Martin Cooper. “Ludwig van Beethoven” Nicholas Lezard. New Statesman. “Meet the maestro: Beethoven's fraught personal life” Phil Gibbons. “18 Grim Facts About The Life Of Beethoven You Never Learned As A Kid”
  21. Beyonce. Image: Getty LOS ANGELES: Beyonce?s hit album Lemonade and world tour made her the highest-paid woman in music in 2017, according to an annual Forbes list on Monday, edging out Britain?s Adele and pop star Taylor Swift. The R&B singer earned some $105 million from record sales and from her Formation concert tour, according to Forbes. She also has her own Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests. Adele, whose 25 album broke first-week U.S. sales records in 2015 and who completed her first major tour since 2011, made the second place with an estimated $69 million, despite having no major endorsements for other products. Swift, who topped the last year?s list with $170 million in estimated earnings, raked in $44 million this time despite having finished her 1989 world tour. The singer is expected to see her earnings rise significantly in the next 12 months courtesy of her new album Reputation ? the best-selling album of 2017 ? and an upcoming tour. Canadian superstar Celine Dion took the No.4 spot, earning some $42 million after taking a break from her Las Vegas residency following the death of her husband Rene Angelil in January 2016. Forbes compiled the list after estimating pre-tax income for the 12 months from June 2016 to 2017, based on interviews with managers, agents, lawyers and some of the stars. It also looked at data from the Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan. The full list can be seen at Forbes.com
  22. Recording artist Mel Tillis performs at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, US, June 6, 2014. AFP/Getty Images North America/Jason Davis/Files WASHINGTON: Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis ? known for songs such as "I Ain't Never" and "Coca-Cola Cowboy" ? died early Sunday aged 85, his publicist confirmed. The country legend died of suspected respiratory failure at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida, publicist Don Murry Grubbs said in a statement. "Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered," he said. Tillis, a father of six who endeared fans with his stammer and self-deprecating charm, recorded more than 60 albums, scored 35 top 10 singles, and saw 600 of his songs recorded by major artists during a career spanning six decades. The former Air Force baker ? who had his heyday in the 1970s ? also dipped into film and television, appearing on shows such as Hee Haw and movies including Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Every Which Way but Loose (1978), alongside Clint Eastwood. He was also active in business ventures which included radio stations and publishing companies, as well as his own theatre in Branson, Missouri, where he performed thousands of shows, according to The Tennessean newspaper. In 2012, then-President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts. He was also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. A representative for Tillis' daughter Pam Tillis, also a country singer-songwriter, wrote on her Facebook page that his death was "sudden and unexpected". Tributes from fellow country music stars poured in on social media, with musician and The Voice judge Blake Shelton describing Tillis' death as "a truly devastating loss."
  23. STOCKHOLM: A Swedish comedian announced Sunday the launch of a women-only music festival, after the country´s largest event was cancelled following a string of sexual assault and rape complaints. Organiser Emma Knyckare said the two-day music festival called Statement will be held next summer in the western city of Gothenburg and will allow women to party and drink "without having to look over your shoulder". "Together we are making a statement against sexual assaults by creating a safe space for women, non-binary and trans people that want to attend festivals and feel secure at the same time," the radio host tweeted. "We don´t think this is too much to ask for!" It comes after organisers of Bravalla announced they were cancelling the 2018 event after police received four rape and 23 sexual assault reports at the festival in July. In 2016 local media also reported that five women were allegedly raped at the four-day camping festival, the largest in Sweden, attended by thousands of people each year. Statement organisers explained the launch of the festival on its website. Under the heading "Will it not make things worse?", organisers explain their long-term goal is to shut down the event. "Our wish is that a festival like Statement, as a free zone from sexual assaults, would not be necessary," it says on its website. "But sadly society keeps proving that this is needed, and that is why we are creating this festival." Organisers have already been forced to apologise for previously describing the festival as "dude free" - a term which was criticised for not including transgender men.
  24. Shawn Mendes, 19, launched his career by posting song covers to the internet before getting signed to a record label. Photo: AFP Canadian teen singer Shawn Mendes on Sunday won best artist and best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in London, pipping heavyweight competitors such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran. The awards ceremony at Wembley Arena, the first to be staged in the British capital in 20 years, were hosted by Rita Ora and featured performances by U2 and David Guetta. In a first for the EMAs, which were created in 1994, MTV announced categories stripped of gender in a bid to "break barriers". Mendes, 19, who launched his career by posting song covers to the internet before getting signed to a record label, also scooped the "biggest fans" award. He performed the track that won him best song ? "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" ? in front of an electrified crowd in London. Eminem, who opened the show by unveiling his new single "Walk on Water" ? ahead of the release on Friday of his latest album "Revival" ? won for best hip-hop artist. Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was honoured with the best pop prize, while Coldplay snatched the best rock award. French DJ David Guetta, who performed in front of the youthful crowd, won for best electronic act. Taylor Swift, who was expected to be one of the big winners of the night with six nominations, failed to win any awards. The majority of the winners were picked by music fans in an online vote, from 12 categories listed and a further 32 separate prizes for different countries and regions. Louis Tomlinson, from the boy band One Direction, landed the best UK and Ireland act. The best video, claimed by US rapper Kendrick Lamar, was one of the few awards to be chosen by the MTV team. Other big-name winners included Ed Sheeran, for best live act, and Dua Lipa, for best new performer. Thirty Seconds to Mars were named best alternative. Irish band U2 collected MTV's "Global Icon" gong, previously awarded to Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem. Eminem performs on stage during the MTV EMAs 2017 held at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Nov. 12, 2017 in London, England. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic2 "U2's impact on music, pop culture and social issues around the world has been tremendous," said Bruce Gillmer, producer of the awards ceremony. "For over four decades and counting, they've entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe," he added. U2 performed in London's Trafalgar Square the night before the MTV awards, along with DJ Guetta, to a crowd of 7,000 who won free tickets in a ballot. This year saw the MTV Europe Music Awards return to London for the first time since 1996. British singer and actress Rita Ora took charge of the ceremony and also turned in a popular stage performance. The cable channel also runs the Video Music Awards which are renowned for top performances and the occasional controversy, including pop diva Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of meat to the ceremony in 2010. The previous Video Music Awards saw hip-hop artist Kanye West leap on stage to interrupt an acceptance speech by Swift and argue that Beyonce was better.
  25. Larry Mullen Jr, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 performing at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona in September. The Irish ban will receive MTV's "Global Icon" gong. Photo: AFP Eminem, U2 and David Guetta will take to the stage in London on Sunday for the MTV Europe Music Awards, which returns to the British capital after more than 20 years. British singer Rita Ora will host the ceremony at Wembley Arena, which for the first time will see categories stripped of gender after MTV announced it wants to "break barriers". Taylor Swift could be the big winner of the night, with the US pop sensation nominated in six categories just two days after her sixth album "Reputation" was released. Although up for awards including best artist, video, and look, it's uncertain whether she will attend the ceremony which is filled with live performances. Top-selling rapper Eminem will unveil his single "Walk on Water" ahead of the release of his latest album "Revival", which comes out on Friday. Bieber leads Europe MTV awards, ahead of Gaga Best Video is determined by MTV's editorial team, but most categories are decided through fans' voting Eminem, who is nominated in the best hip-hop category, last month savaged US President Donald Trump in a video aired at an awards ceremony in Miami. Other nominees set to perform at Wembley include Cuban-American artist Camila Cabello, Canadian singer Shawn Mendez, and the French DJ David Guetta. The majority of the winners will be picked by music fans in an online vote, where there are 12 categories listed in addition to 32 separate prizes for different countries and regions. The best worldwide act and best video will be chosen by the MTV team. Irish band U2 will collect MTV's "Global Icon" gong, previously awarded to Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem. Eminem sears 'racist' Trump at award show Eminem ends the video by demanding that his fans forswear Trump "U2's impact on music, pop culture and social issues around the world has been tremendous," said Bruce Gillmer, producer of the awards ceremony. "For over four decades and counting, they've entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe," he added. U2 performed in London's Trafalgar Square the night before the MTV awards, along with DJ Guetta, to a crowd of 7,000 who won free tickets in a ballot. Created in 1994, the MTV Europe Music Awards returns to London for the first time since 1996. The cable channel also runs the Video Music Awards which are renowned for top performances and the occasional controversy, including pop diva Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of meat to the ceremony in 2010. The previous Video Music Awards saw hip-hop artist Kanye West leap on stage to interrupt an acceptance speech by Swift and argue that Beyonce was better.