Amit Gurbaxani finds out why India might grow as a music market but won’t thrive and break into the world’s top ten
I have been to NH7 Weekender in Pune every year for eight consecutive years since the inception of the festival in 2010. The venues change but for the most part, the vibe does not.
As the third wave of pandemic subsides, some trends in the Indian indie music scene are here to stay
In an indirect consequence of the pandemic, several indie artists have signed deals with OTT films, series, and Bollywood movies like Gehraiyaan [OAFF], Dhamaka [Prateek Kuhad], and Jee Le Zara [When Chai Met Toast].
As third wave of pandemic wanes, here's an overview of the resurgence of live music industry in India
The live music industry in India is undergoing a pandemic-induced churning, that includes dominance of electronic music and concentration of gigs in Goa, now being touted by few as the 'Ibiza of India.'
2021 in charts: Bollywood scored high with Shershaah hits, rivalled by non-film music, Punjabi hip-hop, K-Pop
As the most played tracks of the year across streaming platforms in India (listed below) shows, the biggest hits are still coming from Bollywood films, even those that did not have a theatrical release.
In the playlist-driven world of today, where songs are tagged and heard by mood, genres seem to be becoming increasingly irrelevant, particularly during the compositional process.
The current monetary value of India’s music industry, according to Vikram Mehra, the managing director of Saregama and the current chairman of trade body the Indian Music Industry, stands at Rs 1,300 to Rs 1,500 crore.
'Raataan Lambiyan' and 'Ranjha' are among 18 Indian songs to have scaled Billboard magazine's Global Excl. US chart.
Both Rolling Stone India and maajja have been accused of being casteist and diminishing, as opposed to amplifying, the voice of Arivu, who is among the few Dalit musicians to have achieved a good degree of mainstream success.
Examining music charts: Why IMI should be more transparent about workings of its International Top 20
A lot of the current discrepancies would be easily clarified if the IM told us exactly how many streams at least the top ten tracks have during any week, the weightage given to paid to free plays, and why certain catalogue titles are allowed to chart while some aren’t.
First official music chart, 2020 growth, streaming service subscriptions: The good, bad and neutral for Indian music biz
The IMI has unveiled India’s first official music chart, which somewhat ironically is a top 20 that ranks the most popular international singles in our country based on streams from three foreign services — Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Prime Music.
The curious case of Spotify India's Radar: What it takes for an indie artist to be featured on the coveted programme
It’s not only the kind of music you create that determines your success on the service, how much you feed the beast that is its algorithm makes a sizable difference too.
T-Series’ 'Lut Gaye' campaign is explicit evidence of the meaninglessness of the term non-film music
Ultimately, there’s very little difference between film and “non-film” music — including how it’s marketed.
Indie music insiders on their one big takeaway from COVID-19 crisis' impact on the live performance scene
Here’s some pithy (and pertinent) advice shared by artists, managers and other industry folk.
The Groovebox Jukebox: From Semwal's Elephant In The Room to Anthropocene by Rafoo, music for the new year
Semwal's Elephant in The Room has a warmth that is ideal for winter, while Rafoo's musical output is informed by her career in sustainability and policy research.
Multilingualism and the indie musician: Is singing in Hindi or a regional language essential to turn an artist into a brand?
Over the last few years, there’s been an exponential increase in the number of acts who started their careers performing in English, subsequently began releasing material in Hindi and now seamlessly switch between the two.
2020, a year in Indian music charts: A reflection of how life came to a halt after the COVID-19 lockdown
Here’s how different categories of music fared in this most unusual year.
The Groovebox Jukebox: From Kiara Chettri's 4AM to Maahi by Rahi, new Indian indie music to check out
Here are eight of the most interesting Indian independent music releases of November and December — two albums, two EPs, two singles and two music video
Between live streaming's limitations and live gigs' hazards, indie music scene could find promising middle ground
While there’s no doubt that online shows entertained and even comforted us during these trying past few months, there’s also no doubt that they’ll never match up to the experience of watching a concert in person. And sadly, they don’t seem to be matching up in terms of income for artists either.