HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014


Bollywood's not to blame for the decline of pop industry: Sona Mohapatra

Sona Mohaptra talks all things music in this latest, exclusive interview. Read on to know more about her new song Naina from Sonam Kapoor starrer Khoobsurat and her views on the present condition of the country's pop industry.

French connection: I'm crazy about Indian culture, says Finding Fanny's composer from Paris

Does Finding Fanny music sound different to your ears? It's the result of the creativity of French composer and multi-instrumentalist Mathias Duplessy, who composed for the film sitting in Paris.

Lucky number five! Maroon 5 top Billboard charts with V

Pop-rock group Maroon 5 outpaced rapper Jeezy to debut their album V at the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. Maroon 5's fifth studio album sold 164,000 copies in its first week according to sales figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Nile Rodgers working with Kanye West on new track

Grammy award-winning musician Nile Rodgers has revealed rapper Kanye West has sent him a song to work on. It is yet to be known if the song will appear on the 33-year-old rapper's forthcoming seventh studio album or not.

Snoop Dogg reunites with Pharrell Williams after 10 years for new song

Rapper Snoop Dogg has reunited with singer Pharrell Williams for a song, 10 years after they collaborated. Dogg, 42, shared a 30-second snippet of the song while he rolls a blunt alongside longtime collaborator and friend Kurupt.

Auto-tune didn't let my real voice ever be heard: Lady Gaga

Pop sensation Lady Gaga believes auto-tuning has affected her vocal presence. The 28-year-old Paparazzi singer says people never got to hear her original voice, reported Contactmusic.

1D announces fourth album Four with new song, Fireproof

One Direction has announced a release date for its fourth studio album along with a new song. The new album, titled Four will hit the stores in November and the new track has been titled Fireproof, CBS News reported.

Asha taai turns 81! Here are her 10 best melodies through the years

From Madhubala lip-syncing to Aaiye Meherbaan in Howrah Bridge (1958) to Aishwarya Rai swinging to Kahin Aag Lage in Taal (1999) the only thing common is the crisp, sensual voice of Asha taai. As she turns 81 today, we list ten of her most remembered songs that just don't die out. Have a listen:

We hope songs with substance will live on, not something like Pitbull: The Script

"We just hope songs with substance will stand the test of time. We'd like to think that people wouldn't be listening to Pitbull in 20 years time. If they are then what a f***ing world that's going to be," says the band's lead vocalist Danny O'Donoghue.

Singer Simone Battle found dead in California home

Girl group singer Simone Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, authorities said Saturday.

We never took up music for the money: Soulmate

Blues band Soulmate (a two member band which includes Tipriti Kharbangar and Rudy Wallang) may be spearheading the genre, but their journey hasn’t been easy; they talk about challenges, and why more musicians don’t emerge from the north-east.

Will the real record maker please stand up? Eminem, Metallica, Miley, 1D get names in Guiness book

Eminem, Miley Cyrus, Metallica, and British boy band One Direction has been added in the latest issue of Guinness Book of World Records. The 41-year-old Grammy winning rapper is being recognized for 'Most Words in a Hit Single' for his song Rap God.

Unlike films, we don’t have a music industry: Salim Merchant

For music composer and singer Salim Merchant, India does not have a music industry! “It’s sad, but true, you know, that people in India consume film music and not independent music. Film music has this quality of swallowing everything and hijacking independent ­artists”, he says.

Tiger’s pays tribute to MJ on Teacher’s Day with video

There has been buzz around Tiger Shroff’s new video, which has him dancing like Michael Jackson (MJ). The actor has decided to release it today, on Teacher’s Day, to pay tribute to the King of Pop, and to his dance teacher.

Whose fight is it anyway? Is it the lyricists' duty to protest against cheap songs?

The music industry has reacted strongly to the  recent comment by Leela Samson, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification in which she has said that it is the responsibility of veteran lyricists to protest against the vulgar lyrics being used in songs currently.
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