Delhi registers over 25,000 entries for Indian Idol 6 auditions

The sixth season of singing reality show Indian Idol kick-started its auditions with over 25,000 entries in NCR region, forcing the organisers to close the registrations. Delhi marked the beginning of the auditioning process to be followed by other cities like Lucknow (5 April), Ahmedabad (9 April), Rajkot (15 April), Aurangabad (22 April) and finally … Continue reading

Budget: Entertainment, amusement services exempted from service tax

The Government today placed “admission to entertainment or access to amusement services” in the Negative List – a new List for which there will be no service tax. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his budget speech for 2012-13 today announced exemption of the film industry from service tax on copyrights relating to recording of cinematographic … Continue reading

India on ‘Priority Watch List’ in IIPA Special 301 report for copyright protection

India is on the ‘priority watch list in 2012’ of special 301 report on copyright protection and enforcement by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA). In its submission to the US Trade Representative (USTR) as part of the annual Special 301 process, the IIPA highlighted those countries that failed to provide adequate and effective protection … Continue reading

Music Instrument Industry expects growth in 2012: report

Music Instrument Industry is expecting growth in sales this year, according to a survey by GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF). The report highlights Thirty-one percent of respondents expect their company’s overall sales to grow by 10%-15%, while 26% predict sales to increase by 5%-10% this year. Twenty-three percent assumed sales would soar 15% or … Continue reading

India has entered the Guinness Book of World Records

With a tally of 15243, India has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for ‘the most people singing a national anthem simultaneously’. The previous record was held by Pakistan for 5800 individuals. Leading the crowd in the chorus on stage were singers Shankar Mahadevan, Roopkumar and Sonali Rathod, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Tushar Gandhi, Prashant … Continue reading

Legendary Bhupen Hazarika to be bestowed with Padma Vibhushan

Legendary singer and composer Dr Bhupen Hazarika will be posthumously honoured with the Padma Vibhushan award 2011. Hazarika, who was an iconic figure of Assam passed away on 5 November after suffering from multiple organ failure,. A multi-talented personality, he was a poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and filmmaker. He wrote over 1000 … Continue reading

Global Digital music revenue reach $5.2bn: IFPI

Global Digital music business has recorded an eight percent increase in revenues to $5.2bn (£3.3bn) representing one third of all sales, according to the IFPI report. The demand for volumes of digital singles and albums have increased by 11 per cent and 24 per cent respectively. The number of consumers subscribed to online music services … Continue reading

Albums: From “Donald Trump” to #1

Just five months ago, Mac Miller was best known for a novelty rap hit about, of all people, Donald Trump. This week, the 19-year old rapper has the #1 album on The Billboard 200. Blue Slide Park enters the chart higher than the hit-studded Now 40 and the latest Twilight soundtrack, which boasts a big … Continue reading

YouTube inks deal with IPRS; songwriters, composers and publishers to earn revenue

The Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) and YouTube have announced a licensing agreement that will allow songwriters, music composers and music publishers to earn revenue from YouTube. This is YouTube’s first collection society deal in India. The Video-streaming site generates revenue only when advertisements are displayed against YouTube partner’s videos. In this case it would … Continue reading

Independence Rock !!

One of the most celebrated rock music festival in India, Independence Rock (I-Rock) is back in its 26th year with a number of changes, one being rechristening the iconic name to ‘MTV Independence Rock’. For the first time, the music fest will be broadcasted on national television – MTV and VH1. Starting from 7 November, … Continue reading