News  |  20 Aug 2008

Mischief opts out of Virgin Radio

Mischief, the PR agency that had been brought in to handle a high profile re-launch of Virgin Radio in the UK, in the next few weeks has walked out of the project. According to reports in the PR Week, Mischief MD Mitchell Kaye says, "I took the decision to walk away from this opportunity because of a disagreement over strategic and creative direction." An announcement on the new brand of Virgin is likely any time. The Virgin Radio brand will disappear at the end of September, as per the deal reached when the brand was acquired by TIML earlier this year.

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News  |  20 Aug 2008

Anup Jalota launches label to promote new talent

MUMBAI: Veteran bhajan and ghazal exponent Anup Jalota is treading new ground, with the launch of his own label for amateur artistes. Christened Ë?shabd n sur', the label launched its first album Ë?Itna tu karna swami', a devotional debut album sung by Anshu Sharma. Ë?Itna tu karna' is a devotional album with eight tracks, with lyrics written by L D Sharma, a poet. Mohinder Sarin has composed six tracks of the album while, Pt Bholanath Mishra has composed the other two.

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News  |  19 Aug 2008

Niladri Kumar launches his first album 'Priority'

MUMBAI: India's ace sitar player and inventor of the zitar, Niladri Kumar launched his album 'Priority' at one of city's well known college festival 'Umang' under the Saregama label on Monday. Niladri played instrumental solos from his album, besides playing tunes like Raghu Pati Raghav Rajaram and Smoke on the water, which erupted out of pure spontaneity and were well received by the audience. In an hour long set, Niladri enthralled the audience by giving a jaw-dropping performance. Also present at the album launch were Pt. Kartick Kumar ( Niladri Kumar's father), Pt.

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News  |  19 Aug 2008

Music World to add over 30 stores by year end

MUMBAI: The RPG group plans to invest Rs 600 million over the next two years in its music retailing chain, Music world. As part of the plans, the company would be rolling out 30-40 stores by this year end. Music World president speciality retail business division K Dasaratharaman elaborates, "The amount spent will primarily depend on the size of the stores. It would cost around Rs five million to Rs 10 million per store depending on the location of the store and the floor space."

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News  |  18 Aug 2008

Radio One flags off 'College radio Championship'

MUMBAI: Radio One college radio Championship kicked off on Monday across Radio One stations in the country. This annual RJ hunt is conducted in colleges across metros in India, at the end of which, the winners, a team of two per city are selected to join Radio One's programming team on air. This activity received over 2000 registrations from colleges across the country last year.

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News  |  18 Aug 2008

Radio City crowns 'Suron ka Sartaj' in Pune, Ahmedabad

MUMBAI: Radio City's hunt for Suron Ka Sartaj in Ahmedabad and Pune has ended with Aanal Vasavada from Ahmedabad and Sujeet Suman from Pune being crowned as winners on 14 and 15 August respectively. The grand finale in Pune was held in Mariplex mall by RJ Abhijeet of Whatte Fun Mornings and RJ Anjali of City Spice. The finale witnessed the five singing finalists, Jasraj, Sujeet, Sonia, Komal and Anshita performing live.

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News  |  16 Aug 2008

1worldspace announces Q2 2008 results

MUMBAI:1worldspace, the Maryland company formerly called Worldspace gained 2,283 net subscribers during the second quarter of 2008 in India, even with substantially reduced marketing spend in the region according to the recently released Q2 results. 1worldspace ended the period with 164,309 subscribers in India as compared with 162,026 at the end of the first quarter of 2008. Catering to audiences in more than 130 countries, the company ended the quarter with 171,657 subscribers worldwide, a slight increase of 187 from the prior quarter.

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News  |  16 Aug 2008

Mischief to help re-brand Virgin Radio

Mumbai: After a three way pitch, PR agency Mischief has acquired the account to re-brand the UK based Virgin radio now owned by TIML, a subsidiary of The Times Of India. The agency will put in ?15m in a PR campaign to build the new brand, according to reports. The agency has poached Lexis PR's Ben Dutton as joint creative director to work on the new account. Recent reports have suggested that the new Virgin brand will be unveiled by the end of August.

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News  |  16 Aug 2008

Delirious? to take a break post '09

MUMBAI: UK-based band Delirious?, which has won several awards like the Dove Award (highest award in gospel music) RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) award and a Grammy nomination have announced that they would be taking a break from recording and touring after 2009.

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News  |  15 Aug 2008

Planet M turns nine on I Day

MUMBAI: One of the early new format music and leisure stores in the country, that changed colours recently to become a comprehensive digital electronics store, Planet M turns nine on 15 August. Conceived by the Bennett, Coleman and company, the music and entertainment retail store currently operates under Next, appliance major Videocon's retail chain, an acquisition that was completed by late 2007.

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News  |  14 Aug 2008

Radio stations, music industry gear up for I-Day

MUMBAI: Independence Day has never been celebrated without music or musicians playing in compassion to convey their gratitude for their motherland. As India completes 61 years of independence, radio stations and musicians across the country are doing their bit to engender a feeling of unity and highlight issues that need to be addressed.

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