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Taylor Swift reigns over American Music Awards

The film ‘Elvis’ which was competing alongside Encanto, Sing 2, Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4 and Top Gun: Maverick won the Favourite soundtrack…reports Asian Lite News

Singer Taylor Swift won maximum honours at the American Music Awards 2022 taking home six awards, including Artist of the Year.

“In the past few years, I have released more music than I did in the entire decade preceding that,” she said during her acceptance speech. “I really feel that’s down to the fact that you, the fans, made it clear that you wanted to hear lots of music that I would make – you encouraged me,” reports Deadline.

Swift said that the more music she put out the happier she felt and thanked the fans for her happiness as they were the motivators.

The New artist of the year was won by Dove Cameron. Elton John & Dua Lipa, ‘Cold Heart – PNAU Remix’ was honoured with the Collaboration of the Year award.

Favourite Touring Artiste award was taken home by Coldplay. Harry Styles was named the Favourite male pop artist while Swift won in the Female category. The Favourite pop duo/group was won by the K-pop superband BTS. Favourite pop song was Harry Styles’s ‘As It Was’.

Kendrick Lamar took home the Favourite Hiphop artiste and in the female category rapper Nicki Minaj lifted the trophy.

The film ‘Elvis’ which was competing alongside Encanto, Sing 2, Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4 and Top Gun: Maverick won the Favourite soundtrack.

Other winners of the night included Beyonce, who took Favourite R&B Artist and Bad Bunny, who managed to take two, including Favourite Make Latin Artist. Harry Styles, BTS, Morgan Wallen, Tems, Wizkid and Kendrick Lamar each took two awards.

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Jungkook sets new US, iTunes record with FIFA song

The song took only 2 hours and 11 minutes to top the chart, according to South Korea’s News Herald…reports Asian Lite News

K-pop superband BTS member Jungkook has set a new US record and swept iTunes charts with his World Cup song ‘Dreamers’.

Being tapped to perform at the opening ceremony in Qatar, the ‘Euphoria’ singer debuted the full-English song on Sunday, ahead of his live performance of the song.

As soon as the song was released, it shot to the top of iTunes charts in numerous countries all over the world, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Just 13 hours after it first dropped, the single had already reached No. 1 on iTunes Top Songs charts in at least 102 different regions, including the world’s eight biggest music markets, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Canada, Australia, Germany and Italy.

Additionally, ‘Dreamers’ set the new record for the fastest official FIFA World Cup song to hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top Songs chart in the United States.

The song took only 2 hours and 11 minutes to top the chart, according to South Korea’s News Herald.

Jungkook later performed ‘Dreamers’ at Albaite Stadium in Alcor, Qatar. Kicking off the performance solo, he was joined onstage Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi halfway through the song.

Clad in a sparkly black jacket, he showed off his energetic dancing moves along with a bunch of backup dancers.

“Look who we are, we are the dreamers/ We make it happen, ’cause we believe it,” he sings in the motivational single.

“Look who we are, we are the dreamers/ We make it happen ’cause we can see it.”

Besides Jungkook, who was billed as the main act, and Fahad Al Kubaisi, the World Cup opening ceremony featured Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman, who delivered a speech about the “emotions that connect us all now.”

He added: “We gather here as one big tribe and Earth is the tent we all live in.”

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DESI LION RECORDS PRESENTS GREEN EYEZ

2022/2023 will see MILAN take the music industry by storm with releases with major music producers and performances at events and festivals

Multi-talented UK based singer MILAN releases his 2nd track ‘GREEN EYEZ’ releasing worldwide on the 26thSeptember 2022.

Produced by Desi Lion Records, Lyrics by LOVE, music by Notorious Jatt. Video was shot in the UK, based on a love story which follows the path of both girl and boy love relationship.

In 2021 we saw MILAN’S release produced by award winning producer Aman Hayer, ‘BAI CHAMKILA’ which proved to be a international success.

2022/2023 will see MILAN take the music industry by storm with releases with major music producers and performances at events and festivals.

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Comic Con India returns on-ground after 2-years

Jatin Varma, Founder of Comic Con India, said, “I am excited to finally welcome fans back to Comic Con in Bengaluru this time…reports Asian Lite News

With the ever-growing fandom across India for all things comic, manga, anime, superhero films, and all that jazz, the largest pop-culture celebration in the sub-continent, Comic Con India, returns on-ground after a 2-year hiatus. As we inch closer to the 9th edition of the decade-long fan-favourite weekend of the year, Bengaluru Comic Con 2022 opens its floodgates for comic fanatics to witness some of the most popular names in the global comic scene as well as noteworthy Indian labels who have been entertaining us with spectacular stories since ages!

Maruti Suzuki Arena Bengaluru Comic Con 2022, powered by Meta in association with Crunchy Roll, will see coming publishing houses and artists such as Jonathan Kunz (Co-Creator of War and Peas), Yanick Paquette, Raymund Bermudez Brown paperbag, Derek Domnic D’Souza, Md Faisal (Creator of Garbage Bin), Happy Fluff Comics, Awkwerrrd, Bakarmax, Indusverse comics, Meta Desi and River Comics Holy Cow Entertainment, Amar Chitra Katha & Raj Comics. On 19th and 20th November, the most-awaited event will feature an 80,000 sq ft gaming arena, which will have daily tournaments, Lan Esports Finals, and meet-and-greet with India’s top gaming content creators among many other exciting activities for all attendees. Along with this it will also see panels, workshops & performances every half hour on the main stage all weekend.

Bengaluru attendees will get the chance to witness fun experiences with 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, Marvel Studios’ Antman and The Wasp: Quantumania, Warner Bros Pictures’ Black Adam and The Flash zones, and much more. The two-day event will also give the pop culture geeks a shopping experience with brands such as The Souled Store, Nerd Arena, Red Wolf, Maya Toys, Macmerise, The Comic Book Store, and Fat Cat Collectibles among many others.

Jatin Varma, Founder of Comic Con India, said, “I am excited to finally welcome fans back to Comic Con in Bengaluru this time. Even though this will be the 9th edition of the event, we will also be ringing in a decade of being in the city! It’s been a long wait of over 2 years since the last edition. But we are rearing to come back and have lots of new additions and surprises in store for fans. So, please join us once again for the best weekend of the year in Bengaluru on 19-20th November 2022.”

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Int’l Jazz festival to kick off on November 26

A fateful encounter with Frank Sinatra, the most sought-after performer of the 1960s, will be the subject of this musical story…reports Asian Lite News

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is bringing the International Jazz Festival this year, with Grammy-nominated musicians performing to create some of the finest and highest standard Jazz, Mumbai has ever heard. The festival will begin on November 25 with The Mingus Big Band, followed by Monty Alexander on November 26 and Thilo Wolf Jazz Quartett featuring Johanna Iser on November 27.

The Mingus Dynasty performed at NCPA in 2019, and the repertory group The Mingus Big Band will perform on the first day of the festival. The band is a 14-piece ensemble comprised of some of the most technically skilled and creatively expressive musicians, varying from veterans to rising stars. The band has 11 recordings to its name, six of which were nominated for Grammys and won in 2011. The Mingus Big Band will be celebrating music by composer Charles Mingus, who died in 1979.

Monty Alexander, a Jamaican music legend, will present a musical depiction of his journey from the sounds and rhythms of his native Jamaica to the classic tradition of America’s Jazz on the second day. A fateful encounter with Frank Sinatra, the most sought-after performer of the 1960s, will be the subject of this musical story.

The Jazz festival will be concluded with the Thilo Wolf Jazz Quartett with Johanna Iser, Johanna Iser is a rising star in the jazz world. Along with pianist Thilo Wolf, the International Jazz Festival will feature Norbert Nagel (reeds), Christian Diener (bass), and Jean-Paul Hochstadter (drums).

The Thilo Wolf Quartett provides authentic, intelligent, finely structured swing that is rousingly played and harmoniously built on one another. The ensemble has also worked with some of Germany’s most prestigious symphonic orchestras.

Khushroo Suntook, Chairman, NCPA, said, “The artists performing this year are The Mingus Big Band, Monty Alexander – Jamaica to Jazz, and The Thilo Wolf Jazz Quartett, have set a high standard of excellence in jazz music being played today. It is an honour for us to have the wonderful Grammy-nominated musicians perform their pieces at NCPA and we look forward.”

Mumbai-born Multi-talented Artiste Brian Tellis, who has a distinguished background in radio, theatre, and music, will be hosting ‘The International Jazz Festival’.

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Bollywood music festival rocks Doha

The performers were awed by how Doha has undergone a complete makeover in a few years. The musical soiree was part of the Darb Lusail Festival…reports Asian Lite News

Celebrated names in Bollywood music regaled excited fans most of whom drove in heavy traffic to reach the Lusail stadium – the venue of the final match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to be played on December 18.

While Salim-Sulaiman entertained audiences and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan regaled them, a vivacious Sunidhi Chauhan electrified the fans.

The 80,000-capacity Lusail stadium on Friday looked resplendent in its golden hue while performers inside put up a scintillating show to entertain international audiences, a chunk of which came from South Asian countries.

The Bollywood Music Festival, organised by Qatar2022, was kicked off by composing duo Salim-Sulaiman, who along with their troupe brought the crowd to its feet as they belted out popular Bollywood numbers.

The close to 35,000 spectators that came to watch the show had bought tickets despite the condition that only Haya card holders were allowed to attend the event. Another condition allowed tickets to be bought only on the FIFA website.

The performers were awed by how Doha has undergone a complete makeover in a few years. The musical soiree was part of the Darb Lusail Festival.

Salim-Sulaiman are popular composers and Sunidhi Chauhan is a famous playback singer, while Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a top name in the music scene in Pakistan. Khan is also a popular playback singer in Hindi cinema.

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Lal’s musical tribute to FIFA World Cup

Sources say that Mohanlal will be in Qatar for the launch of the music video…reports Asian Lite News

Malayalam superstar Mohanlal has come up with a musical tribute to the FIFA Football World Cup, which is scheduled to begin later this year in Qatar.

Aashirvad Cinemas, the production house producing actor Mohanlal’s first directorial venture ‘Barroz’, on Sunday made this announcement.

Taking to social media, the production house tweeted: “Releasing this October 30th 2022, from the people of God’s own country, a musical tribute for the Fifa Football World Cup 2022. All for football. Football for all.”

The song, which is to be released on Sunday, has been sung by Mohanlal himself. The musical video has been directed by T. K. Rajeev Kumar while music for the tribute has been scored by Hesham Abdul Wahab.

Sources say that Mohanlal will be in Qatar for the launch of the music video.

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Kashmir singer Abdul Rashid passed away

As per the neighbour Jeelani Ahmad, Rashid’s funeral will be held at 10 am at Nawa Kadal…reports Asian Lite News

Famous third gender Kashmiri Singer Abdul Rashid popularly known as Reshma passed away early on Sunday morning.

Rashid breathed his last at SMHS hospital, news agency KNO quoted his neighbour as having said, adding that he died at 12 O clock. Reshma was known for the typical and unique song “Hai Hai Wesai, Yaran hai tadepevnas” sung in various wedding functions that went viral on social media. A resident of Nawa Kadal area of Srinagar, Rashid as per his neighbours was a humble, friendly and a great human being.

As per the neighbour Jeelani Ahmad, Rashid’s funeral will be held at 10 am at Nawa Kadal.

Bablu Transgender’s Association president expressed shock and grief over Rashid’s death. “We are pained and grieved over the death of our colleage,” Bablu said.

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GeoShred app takes India by storm; Indian music lovers have a treat in store

On Friday 4th Nov morning (IST) at 8.30am or Thursday evening (PST), Livdemy (global musical platform) is hosting a virtual launch of Naada Instruments, reports Rahul Laud from Asian Lite.

Ace musician Mahesh Raghavan will host Jordan Rudess, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy-nominated prog rock band, Dream Theatre, to talk about journey of his creation – GeoShred. 

Mahesh will be accompanied by Madan Pisharody, rising GeoShred players from India, Siddhiie Kapshikar student from London and other players who will be on the session of Jordan Rudess.

While GeoShred previously has worked with sounds from SWAMEngine, that are sampled, with this release, they’re releasing 14 new sounds that are prepared through rigorous Physical modelling of the instruments. This is the brainchild of Suthambar, a PH D in Computer Science from IISc Bangalore. These new sounds, termed Naada Instruments, include traditional acoustic instruments like Carnatic Violin, Shehnai, Sarangi, Veena, Banbury (Flute) and more.

Initially created as an iPad based effects processor unit, GeoShred is an app on iOS devices. GeoShred brought the touch gestures to slide between notes. Mahesh Raghavan applied his own learnings of Carnatic classical vocals and Western Classical piano was able to use the app to express the Indian melodies, that typically uses bends and slides also known as gamaks and meends. Over the years, Mahesh has pioneered playing both Hindustani and Carnatic classical music on iPad while keeping the Indian intonations and expressions intact, and has gathered a worldwide following.

Mahesh’s concerts with Shravan Sridhar on violin have attrcated the youth in India and their gigs held at unassuming places have triggered huge interest towards Indian classical music among the youth.

It goes without saying that GeoShred sees a huge potential audience in India with Mahesh who is perceievd as one of the  brand ambassadors of this app. There are very few professional players today in India . But the sound it creates is soulful and thats probably what has touched millions of hearts.  

Join the live session FREE on livdemy: https://bit.ly/naada_liv

This session will be live simultaneously broadcast on YouTube and Facebook. However, to interact with all the artists and pioneers above, you can only do it on LivDemy.

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Greenest music festival returns to hometown of Bangalore

Festival director and a pioneer in sustainable lifestyle events, Roshan Netalkar shares, “Circle of Life is a concept that has been under works for years now…reports Asian Lite News

The greenest music festival in India returns to its hometown of Bangalore. Echoes of Earth returns for its fifth edition on the 3rd and 4th of December this year, bringing back stories, revelry, and a festive fervour unlike any other.

The festival will be held at (Embassy Riding School, Bangalore), which is set among 180 acres of lush greenery. The festival is set to bring back the essence of conscious lifestyle events that promote mindfulness, sustainability, and an alternate, circular lifestyle, with inventive stages created from upcycled material and curating eclectic music genres that are known to bring together a new-age listening audience.

Sustainability has been an important tool in developing the festival’s vision. The festival has significantly reduced its carbon footprint over the last six years through initiatives such as solar-powered stages, no plastic zones, sapling drives, and responsible waste disposal and reduction systems. This year, the emphasis shifts to regeneration, conservation, and the circular economy, and how they can be used to create future lifestyle events.

Every year, the festival introduces a new theme centred on celebrating the Earth through newer, unexplored narratives. Echoes of Earth, now in its fifth edition, is bringing together stories of wildlife and nature conservation from the unexplored crevices of India’s diverse ecosystems under the theme ‘Circle of life.’ This one-of-a-kind circle features a variety of positive human impact stories that are empowering and uplifting the world’s endangered species and landscapes. The circle is best described as “a space that has room for everyone and where celebration never stops.”

Circle of Life brings together over 40 local and international artists who are shaping the future of one-of-a-kind global sounds. Rising international acts like The Yussef Dayes Experience, Kerala Dust, Dauwd, and Henry Saiz & Band presents Moonshine Wolves will be joining riveting local acts like Anyasa, Hanumankind, Till Apes, and more on these stages.

Festival director and a pioneer in sustainable lifestyle events, Roshan Netalkar shares, “Circle of Life is a concept that has been under works for years now. It mainly focuses on living life in moderation. We aim to rethink the use of our natural resources and to be mindful of the life that exists around us. This year’s festival hopes to elevate the experience we have created in the past through conversations, education, circular design that also encourages the recycling of our past year assets and finally to move towards becoming a carbon negative festival.”

Live events are making a comeback in unprecedented ways, and Echoes of Earth in 2022 is set to make waves in multiple communities united by a desire for a cleaner, greener future, diverse music, and distinct art. Relaxing and revelling in the lap of nature now has a name, and it is no longer a distant echo.

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