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International chartbusters dominate Mumbai clubs

Very few clubs in Mumbai that play Bollywood music..over the course of this year, most clubs I have been to have not been playing Bollywood music.

music Updated: Nov 14, 2011 14:25 IST
Luke Kenny
Luke Kenny
Hindustan Times

Is it just me or are there actually very few clubs in Mumbai that play Bollywood music? I think over the course of this year, most clubs I have been to have not been playing Bollywood music. In fact, I have seen an upward trend, however marginal, of the current US or UK top 40 songs popping up on most DJ playlists. Does this mean that we are all set for a return of international music in clubs much like it used to be in the early ’90s, before Bollywood took over?

Well, I certainly hope so, with most film music turning out to be boring and mundane and not ‘cool’ enough to be played in a clubs. There was a time when film music stepped up to the call of the west and went superbly pop, but a stagnancy has stepped in now. This year has seen no breakout hits. Munni badnaam... and Sheila ki jawani.. are just a faded memory.

Which means that most exposed and commercial music listener once again turns to the west for their international ‘fix’. And boy, are they getting it, with global chart-busters like, Rihanna’s Only girl in the world..., LMFAO’s Party rock anthem..., David Guetta’s Sweat..., Lady Gaga’s Born this way... and the massive club smash that’s still going strong, Pitbull’s Give me everything....

So I hope that this trend continues, for it’s always good to have a mix of things rather than an overdose of one. And remember, overdose always kills…if I may say so.

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First Published: Nov 14, 2011 13:04 IST