Asian Pop genres

Afghan born Pakistani poetess and writer Fatima Bhutto who studied at Columbia University writes about vast cultural movement emerging from beyond the Western world, displaying truly global in its range and allure, challenging Hollywood, McDonalds and blue jeans.  K-Pop from Korea provide universal satisfaction – not merely as entertainment but on an emotional level too.…

 50 years of the Beatles’ famous album cover of Abbey Road

    Hundreds of people gathered at the famous Abbey Road pedestrian crossing outside the EMI recording studios in London today. On August 8th 1969,  one of the most-copied events in pop music history occurred, as The Beatles- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison gathered for a brief photoshoot outside the EMI…

Tencent to take 10 per cent stake in Universal Music

Tencent is to take a 10 per cent stake in Universal Music, which represents, artists from The Beatles to Taylor Swift, making their attempt to broaden its reach in the global music industry. French Media Conglomerate Vivendi Universal’s owner said  it was in talks to sell the stake to Tencent in a deal that would…

Rihanna is the world richest female musician with £471m fortune

According to Forbes’ annual Rich List, Rihanna is the richest female musician in the world with an estimated fortune of $600, ( £471m) with the majority of that coming from her Fenty Beauty range. She’s overtaken Madonna and Beyonce, who previously topped the list. The 31- year-old has been putting her efforts into her beauty,…

The singer and actress Doris Day dies aged 97

  The star of Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk, born as Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff in Cincinnati, her stage name was even derived from a song Helen Forrest’s Day After Day. Her father was a music teacher and church organist, while her mother loved popular music. It was only after a car accident that left…

Rihanna launching new Fenty fashion line LVMH

  Rihanna, one of the best-selling music artist worldwide, has teamed up with LVMH to create luxury clothing and footwear brand, making the largest luxury group by revenues. Luxury brands like Christian Dior, Dom Perignon Champagne and Sephora owner said the new brand of ready-to-wear shoes and accessories would be named Fenty ready for spring…

EMI laid bare in all its hubris and glory

  For decades record companies used people’s desire for a tune as licence to print money were facing catastrophe. In April the IFPI – the global body of the recording industry –released its latest annual Global Music Report. For the consecutive year, revenues were up to total of $19.1bn from a low of $14.3bn in…

Spotify launched streaming service for 1.3bn people in India

Despite a court deferred judgement on Warner Music Group’s attempt to block the streaming service in the market of 1.3bn people, Spotify launched in India yesterday. One of the three big record labels, Warner Music went to High Court of Mumbai to seek an injunction to prevent Spotify from using its music in the country…

Brit Awards 2019

Brit awards 2019 at the O2 arena The 1975 took the album of the Year, George Ezra won best male and Jorja Smith grabbed best female. Littlemix won the best video, Drake won the best male international solo artist and Ariana Grande won the best female international solo artist, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa –…