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RED FM's 'Swag Fest 3.0' says 'Go Mental'!

MUMBAI: After the roaring success of the last two editions, 93.5 RED FM is back with the third edition of Swag Fest!

16 Dec 2009

Gift some music cheer this X'mas!

MUMBAI: Time was when you walked into the neighbourhood book and music store and picked up CDs to give away as gifts during the festive season.

03 Nov 2009

FM industry struggles to stay afloat as Phase III looms

MUMBAI: Phase III of FM radio expansion in the...

28 Oct 2009

Niche English music stations face uphill trudge

MUMBAI: Their numbers are small, but non-mass...

13 Oct 2009

RAM faces brunt of radio broadcasters

MUMBAI: Just as it enters the third year of its existence, the industry supported measurement system for gauging radio listenership - RAM- Radio Audience Measurement - is under the scanner.

Ironically, the radio broadcasters who campaigned for and supported RAM before and during its launch are the ones who are doubting its credibility now. What has prompted these broadcasters to question RAM are the allegedly major listenership shifts in the radio sphere 

22 Sep 2009

Less noise by labels this Navratri

Music, undoubtedly, has been the most important drivers of Navratri - the nine day song and dance extravaganza - be it through live music or CDs.

The festival however no longer remains an occasion that music labels look to bank on. There have been very few Navratri releases this year, with most major labels having repackaged their older tracks for the annual event.

16 Sep 2009

Packing an online punch

MUMBAI: Labels and independent musicians in India are just discovering the power of social networking sites to promote new products..

Music in India is finding an ally in an unexpected quarter. Social networking sites, that haven of youth, are slowly becoming the favoured medium of labels and independent musicians to promote new creations and to create a buzz.

Almost 15 per cent of sales are being attributed to online promotions through social nets, if experts are to be believed.

04 Sep 2009

Music goes the nano way

Indian labels are just beginning to experiment with USB flash drives as an innovative way of selling music...

29 Aug 2009

Live music on a different beat

Live music scene in India has grown, branching from sporadic open air ground events to new age music venues.

The Indian live music scene has become more buoyant now than one can ever remember it. Though the bigger acts are marred by state differentiated tax policies, 10 PM deadlines, and overgrowing corporate dependence. The smaller live music venues are having an upper hand as they satiate the hunger of live music lovers by bringing down lesser known international acts and local Indian bands at much affordable prices.

24 Aug 2009

FM, music industry to tune on royalty

MUMBAI: The radio and music industries in India has been out of tune over music royalty for years now, but it seems melody might be regained with the Copyright Board resuming hearings on the issue from 24 August.

Post the last hearing on 28 July, the music licensing body – PPL was granted an order from the Delhi High Court mentioning that evidences submitted by them till 28 July would be taken on record and the witnesses would be allowed to be cross examined. Both industries are now looking forward to bury the contentious issue and start afresh.

06 Aug 2009

Should FM radio dump the spoof?

MUMBAI: Humour capsules have been floating on the airwaves for eons. But FM radio in the country has just got its first jolt after Sunny Deol lashed out at Big FM for broadcasting �Son Sunny', the capsule that takes off on him and his father Dharmendra.

Son Sunny, that has been running on the station for one and half years, has been taken off three days ago. Deol is still breathing fire, but the station is yet to officially respond to his allegations of defamation.

04 Jul 2009

An ode to the Sony Walkman

MUMBAI: The Walkman, once a status symbol of the young and old alike, turned a mellow 30 this week. Owning a Sony Walkman was a statement, a statement which was much more than what today's iPods' make. There were many who saved for months to buy a walkman, and then splurge some more on those cassettes and take them along for some great on-the-go music listening sessions.

Unlike IPods, the user friendliness of the Walkman of the device may seem a little rustic – but it was the best technology at that given time.

29 Jun 2009

Women execs find their foothold in FM firmament

MUMBAI: Breaking the age old male dominance in the corporate sector has never been easy. Be it the decades old television industry or the relatively new FM stations, finding a place in the male citadel has always posed a challenge for the fairer sex.

25 Jun 2009

Budget wishlist: Tax relief, royalty figure high for FM players

MUMBAI: With the Union Budget just 10 days away, FM radio players in the country are ready with their wishlists - of long pending requests and some new suggestions that will help the fledgling industry to tide over the tough times and emerge a strong media player in the year ahead. Reduction in service tax, implementation of Trai's reforms like multiple licenses per city and rationalising of the license fee structure figure high on the agenda set out by some of the industry's foremost leaders as well as the representing body, the Association of Radio Operators of India.