Saturday, April 22, 2017

Atif Aslam: 'Hoor' one of the biggest songs of this year

Pakistani singer Atif Aslam says he is elated over getting a chance to sing a romantic track titled "Hoor" for the Bollywood film 'Hindi Medium', and hopes it gets a positive response from the Indian audience.

Atif reunited with Bollywood composers Sachin-Jigar after working with them for a song in 'Badlapur'. The new song features the lead cast - Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar.

"'Hoor' is a very special song. It's close to my heart. It is also one of the biggest songs for me this year. The entire team of 'Jeena jeena' has reunited for this song as well," Atif said in a statement.


He added: "'Jeena jeena' was well received by the audience. Sachin-Jigar have done a fabulous job with the song, and I hope the audience gives it same love that they gave 'Jeena jeena'."

Directed by Saket Chaudhary, 'Hindi Medium' also marks the debut of Pakistani actress Saba in Bollywood. It is a story about how education that is supposed to be a tool of enlightenment has become a tool to create inequality.

Talking about collaboration, Jigar said: "'Hoor' is more rooted, mature and Sufi than 'Jeena jeena'. This song will grow on people slowly. Lot of love songs that we hear today are more about heart break and separation. However, this song highlights the beauty of falling in love and how he describes his lover as 'Hoor'."

Irrfan is also very happy with the response to the song. He said: "It's a soulful and heartwarming song and it will definitely make you fall in love."

'Hindi Medium', a T-Series and Maddock films presentation, is set to release on May 12.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Prakriti and Sukriti sets new record with 'Noor'

Sonakshi Sinha-starrer 'Noor' is special for the twin sisters Prakriti and Sukriti Kakar as for the first time they have sung two different songs for the same film.

Composed by Amaal Malik, "Hai zaroori" has been sung by Prakriti and "Jise kehte pyaar hai" by Sukriti.


Sukriti said in a statement: "The track in 'Noor' is a really peppy song. I'm like that in real life too. I could connect with the song instantly and it was great fun singing it."

Prakriti echoes her sister's sentiments. "'Hai zaroori' is very special to me as it's the first time that Sukriti and I have sung two different songs for the same film. Hopefully, it's the first of many more to come. Amaal has composed the songs beautifully and I am glad both our songs are doing extremely well," she said.

The two had earlier sung "Goti song" from the 2013 film 'Nasha' together.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Badshah's 'O.N.E.' for fans

Rapper Badshah has dedicated his new album "O.N.E' to his fans to thank them for their support.

Badshah, who is signed by Sony Music India, has released the first track from the album titled "MERCY" - featuring Lauren Gottlieb.

"It's been long since I have released something on my own. My last was 'DJ waley babu' which is still getting played at clubs and parties and since then, my fans have been consistently asking me for new music," Badshah said in a statement.

He added: "'O.N.E' is an intention to give them exactly that. I am where I am because of them and, therefore, I believe an entire album with my originals is my way of thanking them."


After "Mercy", other songs from the album will be out by the end of the year.

"The song is the first in a series of songs and videos that we will be releasing throughout 2017. Prior to the album we will have one or two more while the album will have six to eight songs," he said, adding that the songs will be varied "from party, love ballad to progressive and dance".

Any collaborations?

"There is a huge possibility but nothing has been finalised yet," Badshah said.

Talking about "Mercy", he said: "The song is about how a girl and a guy meet at a club and from there on sparks fly and they fall for each other. I am basically asking the girl to have mercy on me as she is super gorgeous."

Lauren also says that working with Badshah was "super fun and he is extremely professional with a great vision". They shot for it at the O2 Arena in London. "It was awesome," Lauren said.

Sonu Nigam on 'Cricket Waali Beat': Sachin Tendulkar was pitching right

Singer Sonu Nigam, who has collaborated with Sachin Tendulkar for the iconic cricketer's debut track "Cricket waali beat", says he is a very good singer.

The song had its world TV premiere on the grand finale of singing TV reality show "Indian Idol 9" on Sunday night on Sony Entertainment Television.

Talking about it, Sonu said here: "I am glad to be part of Sachin's new innings. The song that he has sung with me is called 'Cricket waali beat'. I was very surprised to see the way he was pitching right. That's why I believe that when God blesses someone with genius, it spills in other faculties too."


Sonu can now vouch for Tendulkar's singing skill. "He is a very good singer. We did not use pitch corrector on his voice as he was singing in the right sur (tone) and (despite being) the shy person that he is, he got extremely comfortable the moment I kind of increased the masti (fun) quotient while we were shooting the video. It was wonderful and I am very happy that people are loving the song," the singer said.

Sonu judges "Indian Idol 9" with composer Annu Malik and choreographer-director Farah Khan. The finale saw 'Bahubali' famed singer LV Revanth taking away the trophy. The show also saw a comedic act by Sunil Grover as Dr. Mashoor Gulati and Rinku Bhabhi.

About having Sachin on the show's stage where he will also announce the winner's name, Sonu said: "'Indian Idol' is my family, my house, my domain and Sachin coming in and releasing the song for its world TV premiere, is a matter of pride for all of us."

"Sachin Tendulkar is a phenomenon not just for India, but for the world, especially for the world of cricket. When he is given the title of god, it's not just by chance. His whole demeanour, whole career, entire reputation and the spotless career that he has had, is the reason why he is called the God of cricket," Sonu added.

The Arjuna Award winner had earlier released his autobiography named "Playing It My Way", and recently he launched his digital app 100MB.

Irrfan Khan to debut as singer?

Known to have given some of the most memorable intense roles on screen, Irrfan truly has been bitten by the experimental big and rightly so. His varied roles on screen both in India and internationally has been appreciated by everyone.... Now a new picture has surfaced where Irrfan donning a beanie cap is seen in a music recording room with musical geniuses, Papon and Anu Malik.


Now it only makes us wonder what could he be doing with them. Now it is believed that Irrfan is all set to do a musical collaboration with these two and will be a synergy like no other.

We can't wait to get to know more on this!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Singers Who Made Successful Journey From Youtube to Bollywood

From Gangnam style to Justin Bieber, YouTube has changed a lot of people’s lives. India also has its group of talents who have reached different heights through YouTube. These young beautiful voices have made their own ways to the industry. Their covers can surely make you replace the original songs on your playlist. Below are the few names who have entered the Bollywood and we are sure they are here to stay –


Jonita Gandhi: The Indo-Canadian singer started singing at a very young age and her father being a musician always encouraged her. Jonita's YouTube videos went viral and became instant hit. Immense love from her fans got her to India where she made a debut in Bollywood by singing the title track of 'Chennai Express'. There was no going back for Jonita after that, she sang with A.R Rehman in a few movies and the latest addition to her list was the hit "Break up song" from ADHM.

Arjun Kanungo: Arjun rose to fame at a very young age. With his first album "Baaki baate peene ke baad" went viral, Arjun got a lot of offers. He sang in movies like 'Go Goa Gone' and 'Pizza'. He recently also did a video for Colgate with Sonam Kapoor.

Sanam Puri: This 22 year-old Delhi boy found his way into Bollywood with almost 1.5 million views of his song ‘Tujhse Naraz Nahi Zindagi’ on YouTube. He released his first album along with his band in 2011. After his instant hit, he was offered to sing ‘Dhat teri ki’ in the film ‘Gori tere pyaar mein’

Shraddha Sharma: Among the first to take her music online via YouTube (just like Justin Bieber), 20 year-old Shraddha Sharma is one of the country’s most popular playback singers and performing artists. Shraddha has signed a long-term contract with Universal Music for producing original material, which also gave her access to the professional music industry.

Aakash Gandhi: Aakash gained his initial popularity through his YouTube channel, 88KeysToEuphoria, which he created in January 2008. Aakash has released over 132 videos on YouTube via his channel. After which he signed his contract with Sony Music India.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Salim-Sulaiman: IPL latest anthem is dedicated to fans

B-Town's ace composers Salim-Sulaiman have collaborated with singer Benny Dayal to make an anthem titled "10 Saal Aapke Naam" for Indian Premier Leagues (IPL) upcoming 10th season. Salim says the anthem is dedicated to IPL fans.


"10 Saal Aapke Naam" is sung by Benny.

"IPL is such an amazing occasion of celebration in the country and I felt like whatever we composed whether it is ‘10 saal' or it is some other concept, the feeling of celebration is very important," Salim said in a statement.

"The whole concept of dedicating this season to all the fans was such an incredible thing because the fans have made this big. Whatever you do today -- whether it's a movie or a song - it's all about the people," Salim added.

IPL has previously had anthems like "Ek India Happywala" and "India Ka Tyohaar".

While sharing his experience, Benny said: "When I walked into the studio, they played me the whole song. The scratch was in Salim's voice. I was like, 'Salim, this is going to be damn huge'. But he said, 'No, it is not yet there' because he was still working on the song."

"He is always very critical about his song. This song makes people emotional and at the same time this is a very strong anthem for people to sing it. The recall value of the song is very high."