HindustanTimes Mon,22 Dec 2014


After Mumbai shuts door, Pakistani band cancels Bangalore gig

Cross-border band Sachal Jazz Ensemble, whose Pakistani members were denied permission to perform in Mumbai on Monday, cancelled a Bangalore concert scheduled for Tuesday and now plans to return home.

My focus is on playback singing, says India's Raw Star winner Rituraj Mohanty

After winning music reality show India's Raw Star, Odisha's Rituraj Mohanty says the victory is just the beginning and that he now wants to pursue playback singing. The winner now wants to work with people like A.R. Rahman and Ram Sampath.

Mumbai: Watch guru-shishya pair take the stage at NCPA

This weekend, you will get a chance to witness Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain perform with his select students at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai.

Nothing works beyond Bollywood, says 'Aaj Phir Tum Pe' singer Arko

You might have heard and loved his songs, Aaj Phir Tum Pe (Hate Story 2) and Mehrbaani (The Shaukeens) this year, but very little is known about singer and music composer Arko Pravo Mukherjee , the man behind these latest romantic hits. We tell you about his journey.

NH7 Weekender: Of loud music and louder spirits

From international legends to native indie bands, this year's Delhi edition of the upcoming Bacardi NH7 Weekender has it all for you. While the lineup is rather stellar, music isn't the only thing the festival is offering. The music comes along with a flea market, merchandise from bands, artwork and accessories.

One Direction are the latest chart toppers, dethrone Taylor Swift to sell 400K copies

One Direction has dethroned Taylor Swift to top US album sales charts, but the British boy band's debut was far less spectacular, figures showed Wednesday. Their fourth album, Four, sold 387,000 copies in the United States in the week through Sunday.

Bette Midler slams Ariana Grande for using sexuality to sell music, Ariana retaliates

'It's terrible!. It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous. I mean, it's silly beyond belief and I don't know who's telling her to do it,' Midler told the Telegraph.

Tracing the early years: How Jazz made its way to India

From saxophone legend Sonny Rollins' visit to Powai to study yoga at the mission run by Swami Chinmayananda to how jazz made an impression in Bollywood and more will be displayed at the Jazz in India exhibition hosted by the India International Centre.

Rihanna has a special guest for her inaugural Diamond Ball! Guess who…

Singer Rihanna has enlisted actor Brad Pitt for her inaugural Diamond Ball. The 26-year-old pop star will be introduced by Pitt which will take place on Dec 11. The gala, which benefits Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Uh oh! Lily Allen refused to be a part Ebola charity single

Lily Allen has opened up about why she chose not to be a part of Band Aid 30s Ebola charity single Do They Know It's Christmas. The 29-year-old singer said that she found something smug about the whole group and had her own way of doing charity by donating actual money.

Rockstar Sting to return to acting after a hiatus of 25 years

Sting will join the cast of his Broadway musical "The Last Ship" next month in a bid to push up flagging ticket sales for the $15 million show. The rockstar will fill the role of shipyard foreman Jackie White, played by British actor and singer Jimmy Nail.

Shining stars: One Direction, Taylor Swift steal the show at American Music Awards

Boy bad One Direction took home top prizes Sunday at the American Music Awards as chart-topper Taylor Swift used the platform to deliver a staunch defense of traditional album buying.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform at Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is all set to perform at the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will take place on December 11 to honour laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai  for their work to promote children's rights.

Reclamation Jazz Festival: It’s all about jazz this week in Mumbai

Carter will be performing with his band, The James Carter Organ Trio. Also playing will be Carlos Bica, composer and musician from Portugal, and the John di Martino Quartet.

Thrice the treble! Enrique Iglesias grabs three awards at 2014 Latin Grammys

Enrique Iglesias grabbed three awards at recently held Latin Grammys that included song of the year for his platinum hit Bailando. The 39-year-old singer also won the award for best urban performance and best urban song prizes.

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