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Raghu Dixit on iTunes top 10

Indian folk artiste’s popularity soars after appearing on the BBC show, Later with Jools Holland.

music Updated: Dec 04, 2010 16:44 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times

It’s no small feat when you manage to top the charts on iTunes and get sold out on Amazon. But popular Indian country and folk singer Raghu Dixit has done exactly that barely three weeks after appearing on. Later, a British music television show that aired on the BBC network, in London.

Dixit’s self-titled album, which contains the song No man will ever love you, like I do that he sang on the BBC show, was the maximum downloaded album in the world section of Apple iTunes’ UK catalogue. The song is currently the second highest downloaded single in the same category.

The show’s complete lineup, which aired to 3 million users in over a hundred countries, included Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin), Canadian Indie rock band Arcade Fire, rhythm and blues singer Mavis Staples, English singer-songwriter Adele, and American rock n roll outfit, Mona.

“Robert Plant was too kind with his words and Mavis said that my song made her cry with its beauty,” says Dixit. “I’m most amazed that a completely unheard artiste in the UK like me, could hit the charts on iTunes in such a short time.”

Amazon UK ran out of CDs shortly after the show was aired, which has to be restocked by its supplier Wrasse Records.

The entire band was dressed in typical ethnic attire, right down to the lungi and ghungroos, which Dixit has incorporated from his Bharatanatyam background. “Our band’s look has been well-thought out and came about after much trial and error. We represent what we are: earthy, colourful, folky and happy.”

Though currently back in India, Dixit has hardly any time to rest. “There’s a big Bollywood project already in the works, but I can’t disclose any information yet,” he says. “Expect more news in a couple of weeks.” Dixit will also play at Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai on December 9. His latest Twitter update mentions that the band will perform at Celtic Connections, Glasgow in January 2011. “Here we come UK, all over again!”

First Published: Dec 04, 2010 14:07 IST