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Music composer Amaal Mallik's recent composition for the song 'Tum Aaogey' from the film 'Bell Bottom' has garnered rave reviews. "Tum Aaogey is one of my most special songs and one of my best works that I have done for film music," said Amaal during a candid conversation with IANS.
Amaal represents the new generation of Indian music. In a short span of seven years, he has delivered hits like 'Sooraj Dooba Hain' (Roy), 'Soch Na Sake' (Airlift), 'Kar Gayi Chul' (Kapoor & Sons) among several others. He happens to be one of the youngest composers to compose music for Amitabh Bachchan for the film 'Badla' and also the youngest to have performed with the Melbourne Orchestra.
Internationally, Amaal recently collaborated with pop sensation Dua Lipa for the Indian version of 'Levitating'. "It was an amazing experience for me to collaborate with Dua Lipa. She loved my work. It was the first of its kind collaboration between Indian and international music artistes and fans around the world were delighted with the new rendition of the song. It was an honour for me to do an official Indian remix and giving an Indian touch to one of her biggest tracks, one of the standout songs on the 'Future Nostalgia' album."
Internationally, Amaal recently collaborated with pop sensation Dua Lipa for the Indian version of 'Levitating' | IANS
Talking about his contemporaries, young music composers taking over Bollywood, Amaal expressed his views. "I think every young composer can helm a solo project. I am glad that certain films are having young people do solo music and that's really going to pay for many more future projects." Whereas, Amaal believes that it's also challenging to make one's own space as a young music composer among established ones in the industry.
"It is truly challenging obviously to get projects. Bollywood is completely a different ballgame and a lot of the big films obviously have bigger composers. But I think with new directors telling new stories, I think cinema is changing." "Music also is changing alongside and it's a better time now, as youngsters are getting a lot of opportunities as compared to the time when I debuted it was a little difficult to get into the scheme of films. But, I think today crossovers are happening and a lot of independent artistes have come into the Bollywood and are composing music for films," signed off Amaal. Amaal is busy working on his next independent single and upcoming film 'Radhe Shyam'. (IANS/ MBI)
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Rock band Kings of Leon's new single 'Time in Disguise' is making history as the first music NFT to be played in space. On September 15, 'Inspiration4' will make history as the first all-civilian mission to orbit the earth, as a crew member will include the first-ever minted NFT song to be played in space.
The band announced on its Instagram page on Thursday night, "A live recording of our new single 'Time in Disguise' is making history as the first music NFT to be played in space. Created using live show visuals designed by Daniel Davison for Night After Night plus a live recording from our hometown show in Nashville on August 13, this NFT will be played by a crew member of the Inspiration4 - the first all-civilian mission to orbit the Earth - before being auctioned off to benefit @StJude Children's Research Hospital through their @MusicGives to St. Jude kids program."
he band is making history yet again with its never-before-released performance of 'Time in Disguise' Photo by Rocco Dipoppa on Unsplash
The song was created by Kings of Leon, which in March released its latest album, 'When You See Yourself', as an NFT, marking the first time fans were able to purchase an album on blockchain (through the band's 'NFT Yourself' collection of non-fungible tokens) on the same day it arrived on streaming platforms. 'When You See Yourself', released on RCA, peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Top Rock albums chart.
The band is making history yet again with its never-before-released performance of 'Time in Disguise', which will be played in orbit by Hayley Arceneaux, Inspiration4's medical officer, who, at 29, will be the youngest American, first pediatric cancer survivor and first person with a prosthesis to travel to space, according to Billboard.com. The exclusive live recording from Kings of Leon recorded to become an NFT through YellowHeart's blockchain technology as part of the Music Gives to St. Jude Kids program is one of several items up for auction on September 9 in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and its $200 million fundraising effort for Inspiration4. The auction will run through November.
Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill with their cousin Matthew Followill. The band's early music was a blend of Southern rock and garage rock with blues influences, but it has gradually evolved through the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound.
(Article originally published at IANSlife) (IANS/SS)
Keywords: music, singer, nft, space, band
Oscar-winning singer-songwriter H.E.R is in final negotiations to make her feature film acting debut in 'The Color Purple' musical. She is known for her songs 'Best Part' and 'Focus'. H.E.R. will play 'Squeak', who, in the musical, goes from a juke joint waitress to an aspiring singer.
Warner Bros is behind the feature adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, itself an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel by Alice Walker, on which the Oscar-nominated Steven Spielberg-directed 1985 movie was also based. The story centers on a woman named Celie Harris and tracks her lifelong struggles as an African American woman living in the American South during the early 1900s. Blitz Bazawule, the filmmaker behind the Beyoncé-fronted 'Black Is King', is set to direct the fresh take on the musical. Marcus Gardley penned the screenplay, adapted from Marsha Norman's book and Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray's score. The movie is in pre-production with casting beginning to come together and chemistry reads happening now. Sources close to the production note that casting and creative decisions are being made to bring the story and its themes to a new generation of viewers.
Along with H.E.R. — who sources say is working with filmmakers to possibly perform a new original song for the movie musical adaptation — 'In The Heights' star Corey Hawkins joined the film this week, according to Billboard.com. Oprah Winfrey, who had her feature acting debut in Spielberg's 'The Color Purple' and earned an Oscar nomination, is producing via her Harpo Films banner with Spielberg under his Amblin Entertainment.
Along with H.E.R. — who sources say is working with filmmakers to possibly perform a new original song for the movie musical adaptation — 'In The Heights' star Corey Hawkins joined the film this week, according to Billboard.com. Photo by Jefferson Santos on Unsplash
'The Color Purple' will be a reunion of sorts for H.E.R. and Warner Bros. During this year's Oscar ceremony, the artiste took home the best original song award for 'Fight For You' featured in the studio's 'Judas and the Black Messiah'. H.E.R., whose real name is Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, broke out with EP H.E.R. Volume 1 and then 2017's self-titled H.E.R., which was nominated for multiple Grammys, winning two, including best R&B album. Most recently, she released her debut full-length album 'Back of My Mind'. (IANS/MBI)
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She may be able to sing in six different Indian languages, but she is clear that it is Hindi that she relates to most. "I grew up in Delhi. I think in Hindi too," Indian-American singer Anuradha Juju Palakurthi tells IANS.
The 'Anuradha Palakurthi Foundation', which is sponsoring the 'Vax India Now' initiative will witness the coming together of talents like Gloria Estefan, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, David Foster, Norwegian DJ Alan Walker, Aasif Mandvi, Matteo Bocelli and Anuradha Juju Palakurthi for Virtual Fundraiser to Support India in its fight against Covid-19. The digital concert will be streamed live on CNN Digital on July 7.
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Believing that most artists are aware that they possess a loud bullhorn that reaches people fast -- and are willing to use it for social justice, she says that it holds true both in the West and at least since the 1950s in the Indian Film industry. "Be it equality, freedom, empowerment, minority rights and love... I can name specific movies in each of those categories. The Indian Film industry has always been at the forefront of sharing values, at the risk of being castigated by status quoits," says the singer who has performed live with singers like Kumar Sanu, Suresh Wadkar, Deepak Pandit, and Bappi Lahiri across the United States
Bharatanatyam an Indian classical dance originated in Tamil Nadu.Wikimedia Commons
Looking back at her journey as a playback singer, she feels indebted to the Kannada actor Dr. Rajkumar. "In 1988, he gave me a chance to sing for his film, Ranaranga. That recording opened dozens of opportunities for me to sing in Bangalore... including for the Nag brothers (Shankar Nag & Ananth Nag)."
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Talking about what most Indian artists went through during the lockdowns, Palakurthi adds, "I am heartened by the action of top-flight artists that created movements to support their fellow tradesmen. That is the sign of an emergent, great Indian society - in which civic action complements government efforts and sometimes even front-runs it."
Palakurthi, who took a break from singing only to pursue it again in 2013 under Arati Ankalikar Tikekar's tutelage, says, "Though I cannot see myself as a classical singer, these lessons, practice, and appreciation help me sing better in other genres. Even though Arati-Ji reminds me of the many times I inadvertently slip in and out of the Carnatic style." (IANS/KB)