Sometimes it's just Janet Jackson's voice or the fact that it makes you think of Ryan Gosling. Vampire Weekend's melancholy love song is also pretty sexy, in an intellectual way. Obviously this is more than a sexy song.
While artists like Rita Ora and Jessie Ware have mass appeal in the UK, it’s taken time for them to properly get the attention they deserve in the US. There’s an influx of talent constantly coming in from the UK to the US, but not everyone has the same success rate in both countries. From RAYE to J Hus, see which artists need to gain a mass following in the US as soon as possible.
Chvrches' frontwoman Lauren Mayberry has announced that she and bandmates Iain Cook and Martin Doherty will be releasing a new record next year. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she revealed that the trio opted to work with famed producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Pink) for their third record. Of working with Kurstin, Mayberry says, "He pushed what we were doing to be bigger in some ways, but he also pushed us to be weirder.
If you recall the popular 1990’s ‘Wah Ustaad’ commercial of Taj Tea, you would remember the young boy who sat alongside Ustad Zakir Hussain, playing the tabla. Having embarked on his musical career as a protégé of Ustad Allah Rakha Khan, Aditya has come a long way in the Indian classical music scenario, both, in India and internationally. Kalyanpur mastered the intricacies of the tabla at a young age who had the privilege to accompany music legends such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and A.R. Rahman, to name a few.
One of the biggest reasons for the success of Secret Superstar is its plot where Insia Malik, a 15-year-old Muslim girl, (played by the talented Zaira Wasim) who is an aspiring singer, becomes an overnight Youtube sensation after she posts a song that she has sung, online. To maintain her anonymity so that her abusive father does not find out, Insiya dons a burkha and sings under the name Secret Superstar. Much like Insiya in Secret Superstar, the internet, and Youtube, in particular, has given a platform to many talented and aspiring singers who otherwise would not have a place to showcase their talent.
If you’ve been on Google homepage today, you will know that today is the 44th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop music. Forty-four years ago, hip-hop was born at a party in the Bronx when DJ Kool Herc used two turntables to isolate and extend the breakbeat of a song, inspiring people to cut loose on the dance floor.
As we approach Independence Day, there is nothing better than music to up that patriotic quotient in you. With the country gearing up to celebrate its 71st Independence Day, here is our pick of the top 10 patriotic songs that you must listen to this Independence Day. Insaaf Ki Dagar Pe: One of the most stirring patriotic songs of all times, Insaaf Ki Dagar Pe, from the 1961 film Ganga Jamuna, exhorts youngsters to walk on the path of justice and be the leaders of tomorrow. The song, which was composed at a time when a new nation was being built, finds much resonance today as well.
A lanky little 11 year old, what would come out of those feeble chords, thought many- but couldn’t shut my opened mouth for my jaw had fallen on the floor as she belted out a classical number perfected by none other than the very revered Lata Mangeshkar herself – who would dare to try the complicated notes of Sunio ji araj from Lekin, none other than Shreya Ghoshal. With Devdas completing 15 years last week, the precious discovery of Sa Re Ga Ma… has also completed 15 years in the industry. Here are 15 jewels from her unparalleled vocal chords.
Following the launch of his solo career, in 2002, after soaring to success with NSYNC, Justin Timberlake has been a force on musical charts. The multi-talented star can not only sing, but dance, act and is quite a comedian (SNL skits for proof). His first two albums ‘Justified’ and ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ exceeded sales of 10 million copies worldwide, establishing him as one of the most commercially successful singers of the decade. He’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in music like Jay Z, Timbaland, Madonna and Michael Jackson.
We all know Baba Sehgal as the pioneer of rap music in India, but lately a hoard of talented new generation rappers have emerged into prominence. Hit the pause button on Eminem and Jay-Z for a moment and show some love for our talented desi rappers.
(Images: Getty and Social Media) Plagiarism is a serious offence, whether it is in academics, in movies, in music, or in any such area where uninformed usage and modification of an individual’s or a group’s original work is involved. Despite many countries trying to establish strict laws against it, there are still a lot of people, including famous celebrities, who plagiarize and even make loads of money out of it. Here are some famous Indian music composers who have been accused of plagiarism time and again:
Throughout 15 season of American Idol, the groundbreaking singing competition has catapulted the careers of so many starry hopefuls. Think about this: what would the music scene be like without Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Katherine McPhee? Underwood in 2005 favored jeans and T-shirts and styled her hair in bouncy curls while McPhee’s turn on the series in the same year was a big fan of satin mini dresses.
When Karl Lagerfeld, the reigning King of Fashion, fat shames you, there’s no better revenge than to step out in some gorgeous outfits. For Adele, who became the target of the Kaiser’s out-of-touch body opinions a few years back, she proved that even people who are “a little roundish” can drop mics both literally in regards to music and figuratively in the sartorial sense. And looking great — and doing even greater things — is like one large metaphorical f** you (to him, all her exes, and anyone else that’s ever doubted her). The singer, with her album set to debut on November 20 after a three year hiatus (she settled down, had a baby, and spent time gathering source material) has been doing just that, with fashion-forward music videos any designer would give up green juice forever to be a part of, public appearances in sparkly gowns Kate Middleton might eventually wear, and street-chic ensembles that style bloggers will emulate with step-by-step shopping details.
Kris Jenner might’ve been the coolest mom at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but Michelle Obama takes the prize for chillest in the nation. The first lady claimed her title on Thursday when a video of the 51-year-old rapping to promote higher education was released.
‘Tis the season of mistletoe, egg nog, gift giving, and Jingle Balls, when every radio station across the country throws their version of a holiday party: a concert with the hottest headliners of 2015. Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Tove Lo, One Direction, Ellie Goulding, two Jonas Brothers, and more are all hitting stages to perform their greatest hits of the past 365 days, with many of them getting into the spirit in the sartorial department.
Undeniably, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was one of the sexiest nights on television in 2015. Each of the 44 genetically blessed models dropped jaws putting their beauty and brawn (seriously, those girls train like Olympic athletes for this event) on display in raunchy, ridiculous (would you wear a spacesuit in the bedroom?!), and enviable lingerie. But Selena Gomez, who performed a medley of her hits “Hands to Myself” and "My Girls" from Revival while the winged women walked on by, was the hottest thing on the runway. ...
Taylor Swift is seen at LAX on November 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California wearing a dress of her own design. Photo: Taylor Swift knew that too much Taylor Swift wasn’t good for the Taylor Swift brand, so she took a step back from the spotlight, ceased welcoming random comedians and Friends cast members to perform onstage during her 1989 tour, and stepping out with her squad in tow. So it seems that businesswoman Taylor Swift, the president of Taylor Swift, Inc., put together a re-entry plan. Next, she flew back to the United States to get captured by the waiting paparazzi. A tee from the Taylor Swift shop on T-mall. But the 25-year-old, no stranger to street style photographers capturing her crop top ensembles and Jackie Onassis-inspired outfits, planned this photo opp out perfectly to get her name back in the news and boost sales of Taylor Swift © merchandise.
If you’re going to stay out of the spotlight for a few years and deprive the world of wonderful music, your comeback better be so major that it drops people to their knees, rips hearts out, incites cathartic pillow screams, shower cries, and regrettable drunk texts. Well, Adele did just that with her new single “Hello,” the lyrics of the ballad just as powerful as her soulful voice.
2015 was the year of the celebrity Girl Squad. We’ve gawked as Taylor Swift and her gang of supermodels strut in combat lingerie in “Bad Blood,” admired Tavi Gevinson and her precocious and talented group of young feminists, envied Lena Dunham and her real life Girls, and Instagram-stalked Man Repeller Leandra Medine and her #GirlBoss clique. It appears that female friendships — and finding a sisterhood of your own — has never had a stronger or more media-hungry moment, but even before hashtags existed, female friendships were prominent in pop culture. This week, the cast of the 1995 film based on Ann M.
Singer Sara Bareilles talks confidence in her new book. (Photo: Getty Images) Sara Bareilles writes songs that make you want to change the world, kick ass, weep, and find real love (sometimes all at once). Case in point: her 2013 empowerment anthem, “Brave,” which she penned for a friend who was struggling with coming out. Her latest single, “She Used to Be Mine,” delivers the haunting, powerful, moving music that Bareilles has become known for.
In Hollywood circles, birthdays are kind of a big deal (even on non-milestone years). Kanye West surprised his wife, Kim Kardashian West, with a screening of Jobs; Olivier Rousteing invited his entire #BalmainArmy to celebrate in Los Angeles clad in clothes he designed; Russell Wilson got Beyoncé to dress up as Storm from X-Men for Ciara’s 30th; and just about everyone else flies to Las Vegas for an all-expenses paid party in their honor. But Katy Perry was more political for her big day — literally — by choosing to spend her 31st stumping in Iowa for Hillary Clinton. At a rally, the singer was introduced to the crowd by former President Bill Clinton before taking the stage.
Ariana Grande goes blonde for her ‘Focus’ single artwork. (Photo: Instagram) Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Jared Leto. Everybody’s doing it and it looks like Ariana Grande might be joining the platinum hair club too. The singer, who has been teasing art for her new single “Focus” on her Instagram account over the last four days, has finally revealed the final photo — and white blonde hair.
Selena Gomez performing in a Roland Mouret jumpsuit. Photo: Getty Images For two years in a row, Taylor Swift was the esteemed guest performer of Victoria’s Secret’s annual lingerie show. The leggy 1989 singer performed hits like “Style” and “Trouble” while wearing lingerie as her winged model besties strutted their stuff on the glittering runway. But this year, with BFF Karlie Kloss studying at New York University, Swift’s handing over the honor to another member of her girl squad: Selena Gomez.
The California native, who performed at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, the MTV VMAs, and most recently the iHeart Radio Festival in September, got her start performing on shows like America’s Most Talented Kids (she won in 2004 at age 11) and on American Idol (she was eliminated before the Hollywood round on Season 9). “I knew that I loved performing, but getting on stage was really hard for me.” By putting herself into these uncomfortable situations, she learned how to perform and feel like herself while on stage. Kelly wisely turned to YouTube as a way of reaching the masses and quickly created a community of online fans.