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From plagiarism controversy to Grammy snubs to glorious wins and big records, and from weddings to publicity stunts the Indian as well international music industries saw several incidents that grabbed eyeballs in 2020.

IANS does a bit of rewind of all that made good and bad noise over the last 12 months in the world of music:


On the international stage, the year has surely belonged to the South Korean super band. In August, the boy band became the first musicians from their country to top the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, with “Dynamite”. Later, they also got a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Grammy nod for their disco-themed track.

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“We’re very thankful for the love and support that we have received with ‘Dynamite’. It also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, so it is very meaningful for us, but we don’t necessarily think this was because it was an English track,” band member Jung Kook had told IANS.

“Our goal with ‘Dynamite’ was to give a burst of energy to the listeners and we’re just glad to have achieved that goal. We are eager to continue to give hope and joy to our listeners through our music,” he had added.

Neha Kakkar

She seems to have ushered a new age of publicity in the world of Indian pop music, which has been unprecedented, by tying up events in real life with her musical career. Neha, without a doubt, the most popular female voice in India at the moment, released a new song, “Nehu da viah” just before her wedding on October 24, with singer Rohanpreet Singh.

Neha Kakkar- Indian Singer. Flickr

Then, in December, she posted a picture on Instagram along with the news that she was pregnant. A few days later, on December 19, she took to Instagram again, to announce that the pregnancy photo was merely a promotional campaign for her upcoming album, “Khayal Rakhya Kar”. That’s some labor of love for quick publicity!

One World: Together At Home

The concert organized by the Global Citizen movement and the World Health Organization in April brought together big names like Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, John Legend, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, and more. Owing to the pandemic, they all performed songs from their living rooms. Certainly the biggest gig of a year that has been fraught with a pandemic.

Armaan Malik

He bagged his first MTV Europe Music Award for his debut English single “Control”. The 25-year-old won the Best India Act award in November.

“I want to thank all my ‘Armaanians’ across the world who voted for me without whom this would not have been possible. They just shower me with so much love and I feel like the luckiest guy on the planet! Last but not least, this win is dedicated to all those young Indian kids who dare to dream and work hard to make them come true, this is for you. Dream on,” he had said after the victory.

Billie Eilish

At 18, she became the youngest artist to win in major Grammy categories — Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, And Song Of The Year. She took home the honor for her album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and song “Bad guy”. She also won the Best Pop Vocal Album at this year’s Grammys, held in January.


The rapper faced plagiarism accusations over his single “Genda Phool” soon after it released in March. Once the song was dropped, netizens pointed out portions of the song had been taken from Ratan Kahar’s Bengali folk song “Boroloker biti lo”. In return, Badshah deposited Rs 5 lakh to the veteran folk artiste’s bank account.

Badshah- Indian Rapper. Flickr

In August, Badshah courted controversy again. This time he got named in connection with the fake social media followers scam. While the Mumbai Police looked into it, the rapper denied any involvement in the scam.

Sonu Nigam

After actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in June, many celebrities opened up about nepotism and power play in Bollywood. Sonu Nigam was one of them. The singer didn’t take any name but called himself a victim of a power play by a top Bollywood actor. He also alleged that the music industry is run like the mafia. Although he did mention T-Series chairman and MD, Bhushan Kumar, in a video, and warned him “don’t mess with me”. On July 30, Sonu unveiled his own music label.

Aditya Narayan

This year, Aditya made more news getting married than he has ever done by starring in Bollywood films (as child artiste as well as grown-up star), hosting reality shows, or pursuing a career as a singer. Right from his marriage announcement to updates on the wedding and ongoing honeymoon, Aditya has kept netizens busy following all the blissful things happening in his life. In a year marked by misery, Aditya found a great way to share some joy, if not with music then with happy tidings in real life.

Kanye West

In October, the rapper released a campaign video for the 2020 presidential run. It turned out to be a failed attempt, but in November, he tweeted: “KANYE 2024.” It seemed to suggest a future presidential run.

Taylor Swift

Her project “Folklore” became the first million-selling album of 2020 in the US, it was announced in October. The following month saw her slamming celebrity manager Scooter Braun, who sold the rights to her master recordings to a private company. In a note, she had shared that Braun wanted to silence her in exchange for the opportunity to bid on her own work.

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The Weeknd

The Grammy nominations list came out in November. While the ones who made it on the list cheered, singer The Weeknd called the awards corrupt. The artiste criticized the Recording Academy after he was snubbed despite having the successful album “After Hours”. He had also topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the songs “Blinding lights” and “Heartless”.

Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys

Over the years, they have been releasing their own songs and albums. In December, they surprised their fans when they teamed up for the new song “Matches”. The catchy song is part of the deluxe edition of Spears’ 2016 album “Glory”. (IANS)


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics

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Photo of Indian cricket team on the ground

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.

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