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PK

PK

After the success of 3 Idiots, Rajkumar Hirani, Shantanu Moitra and Swanand Kirkire once again team up for PK. The album includes one track each by the music duo Ajay-Atul and Ankit Tiwari bringing the total to seven tracks. Ajay-Atul hold the reign for the opening track Tharki chhokro. Beyond ...
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In Evolution Mode

Jyrki Rosenberg, VP of MixRadio was in Mumbai for the global launch of their new natively built recommendation engine for music personalisation. Anita Iyer spoke to him about MixRadio’s approach to differentiation, competition with new entrants and working with smaller Indian labels. Excerpts: MixRadio recently fine-tuned its search recommendation ...
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Happy Ending

Happy Ending

After their much liked EDM heavy album for Go Goa Gone last year with Illumanti Films and Dinesh Vijan last year, Sachin-Jigar team up yet again for romcom Happy Ending. The album starts with the romantic breezy track Mileya mileya in Rekha Bharadwaj’s vocals with Priya Andrews and Jigar ...
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Tamanchey

Tanu Weds Manu famed composer Krsna is back to composing for films with the soundtrack of Tamanchey. Packed with nine songs, it features four originals that brushes on the rustic flavour of the movie with two revised, two reprised versions and one rendition. The album cashes on the RD ...
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Bang Bang

With two cream projects of the year – Hrithik Roshan’s Bang Bang and Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year in their pocket, the pressure to deliver a distinctive album is definitely high on Vishal-Shekhar. To top it all, both the albums released back to back with hardly a day’s difference. ...
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Khoobsurat

From Frozen to High School Musical series, if there is anything that is common in these Disney flicks it is the melodic compositions. Hence, when Disney announced Khoobsurat, expectations from the album were definitely high. Now with Sneha Khanwalkar and rapper Badshah on board as music directors, we expect some ...
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Mary Kom

The soon to release film Mary Kom has new composers Shashi Suman and Shivam Pathak marking their debut in the music industry. Finalists of the music reality show, Indian Idol 5, both deliver a good score in this movie. The tone is set with the anthem-ish Ziddi dil composed ...
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Right on the Mark! – Daawat-e-Ishq

The Music of Daawat-e-Ishq is true to the Hyderabadi – Lucknowi flavour the movie is set in. The album starts with the qawwali title track rendered by Javed Ali and Sunidhi Chauhan. Both the versatile singers nail this conversational track. Lyricist Kausar Munir does complete justice to the project, capturing ...
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Kick

Kick

Salman Khan fans can rejoice over the fact that the star sings not for one but three tracks in Kick. The album opens with Jumme ki raat, which instantly reminds you of Amitabh Bachchan’s Jumma chumma but this track is in another space altogether. A typical Himesh Reshammiya and Salman ...
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Pizza 3D

Akshay Akkineni's upcoming supernatural thriller Pizza 3D may seem eerie to its viewers but the music of the film says otherwise. The music album, directed by multiple composers is concise and brings in an offbeat flavor. Composed by Shamir Tandon, Mikey McCleary, Saurabh Kalsi, Gaurav Godkhindi and Ramon Ibrahim, ...
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Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

Expectations are bound to be high if it’s an album by AR Rahman. Known for his quirky lyrics like DK Bose and Via-agra, Amitabh Bhattacharya plays safe in this album. There is NO quirkiness here! The overall pulse of Lekar Hum Deewana Dil takes us back to Rahman’s ...
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Bobby Jasoos

Bobby Jasoos

Shantanu Moitra has a distinct style when it comes to film music. His compositions for films such as Parineeta, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Khoya Khoya Chand and 3 Idiots have been etched in the minds of music lovers across the country. Since Moitra is selective about the work he does, one ...
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Ek Villain

Ek Villain

Mohit Suri definitely has a knack for melody. After offering a musical chartbuster Aashiqui 2 last year, this year the director is back with yet another melodious album Ek Villian. The team of Ankit Tiwari and Mithoon have once again succeeded in delivering the musical palate of rock and ballad ...
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Holiday

Holiday

A R Murugadoss, who directed Ghajini, returns to Bollywood after a considerable gap with Holiday, a remake of his own Tamil film Thuppaakki. Hit pair Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha play the leads and Pritam Chakraborty has composed the music. The album features five original compositions, each one written ...
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CITYLIGHTS

Citylights

Director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao, who gave us the powerful biopic Shahid last year, return with Citylights, the official remake of the British film Metro Manila. This human drama also features newcomer Patralekhaa. The soundtrack has been composed by Vishesh Film’s current favorite composer Jeet Ganguli. And at ...
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Heropanti

Heropanti

Whistle baja (Manj & Nindy Kaur featuring Raftaar) is a sure-shot chartbuster. Ex-RDB band member Manj, who now goes by the name Manj Musik, takes the iconic flute tune from Shubash Ghai’s Hero (1983) and creates a foot-tapping Punjabi dance number that’s irresistibly catchy! It helps that the female lead ...
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Main Tera Hero

Main Tera Hero

Post the insipid soundtracks of films such as Jai Ho and Ishkq In Paris, Sajid-Wajid need to redeem themselves. The brothers return with the music for David Dhawan’s forthcoming Main Tera Hero and the album features four original songs with a couple of remixes. Well, it’s time to check if ...
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Raagini MMS 2

Yo Yo Honey Singh is on a dream run! He’s just had two solid chartbusters in Sunny sunny and ABCD (Yaariyan) and is back with another potential bestseller, Chaar botal vodka! This deliriously catchy, hip-hop number is packed with all the trademark Honey Singh elements – an addictive hook line, ...
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Youngistaan

Jackky Bhagnani attempts another shot at stardom in the forthcoming flick Youngistaan, a love story set against the backdrop of Indian politics. For Hindi cinema aficionados, this film is special as it’s the last film of the renowned actor Farooq Sheikh, who passed away recently. The album features four music ...
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Queen

Released at the same time as AR Rahman’s Highway, Amit Trivedi’s Queen succeeds in making a mark for itself and reigning the music charts. Attracting listeners with engaging sets, the album features Trivedi’s familiar Punjabi flavour – a sound driven by the script. Though the sound is familiar, there ...
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Gulaab Gang

Gulaab Gang

The album kicks off with the rousing title track Gulaabi. Malabika Brahma and Shilpa Rao infuse this anthem-like number with tremendous energy with their distinct vocals. The chorus Gan gan gan is especially catchy. Dheemi dheemi si is a fine fusion of classical and folk. Modelled after the songs one ...
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Shaadi Ke Side Effects

Shaadi Ke Side Effects

The opening track Harry is not a brahmchari is a techno bhangra mash-up that’s a tad loud but catchy. Pritam’s choice of singers for this high-pitched track is bang on, and Jazzy B and Divya Kumar deliver this cracker of a song with full gusto. This is the quintessential Pritam ...
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Hasee Toh Phasee

Zehnaseeb is possibly one of the most endearing songs you will listen to this year – a simple, lilting melody sung brilliantly by Chinmayi Sripaada and composer Shekar Ravjiani. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics offer a fresh take on romance, adding to the appeal of this charming ballad. This one deserves a ...
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Gunday

Jashn-e-Ishqa is an adrenaline rush – a macho song of celebration. The composer uses bass drums and electric guitars to give the track a rock flavour. It also helps immensely that both Javed Ali and Shadab Faridi deliver the number with unbridled energy. The next track, Tune maari entriyaani ...
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Jai Ho

Salman Khan returns to cinemas after a year and a half with Jai Ho, a remake of the Telugu film Stalin. If the promos are any indication, we have a typical Khan blockbuster film to look forward to, replete with action, music and drama. Three different music directors – Armaan ...
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High Five

In the second part of our special series, we take a look at the top five songs of 2013. Chartbusters that generated hysteria among the audience: 1. Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2) Mithoon’s soulful and stunning composition was undoubtedly the song of the year! Using the piano, strings ...
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2013- Music To Our Ears

Top 10 Hindi Songs of the Year (Part 1) This year has been great for Hindi film music, with nearly every music director delivering a successful album – Shankar Ehsaan Loy (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), Vishal-Shekhar (Chennai Express), AR Rahman (Raanjhanaa), Pritam (Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani, R... Rajkumar) and Amit ...
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Jackpot

Arijit Singh shines in the opening track Kabhi jo baadal barse, a soulful, romantic ballad composed by Sharib and Toshi. The brothers create a lilting number that’s no doubt melodious but doesn’t get marks for novelty. The song seems straight out of a film from the Bhatt camp. Shreya Ghoshal’s ...
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R… Rajkumar

Prabhudeva’s films are unabashedly loud, with over-the-top drama, intricately choreographed song sequences and mind-numbing action pieces. And truth be told, his films, despite all the heavy-duty masala, have been extremely successful at the box office and in many instances, quite enjoyable too. The man is back with his latest, curiously ...
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Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

YouTube singing star Sanam Puri shines in his big Bollywood debut Dhat teri ki, a frothy, retro-style dance number. And joining him is the talented Aditi Singh Sharma. In fact, their fresh voices add tremendously to the appeal of this potential chartbuster. The only gripe is that the English lyrics ...
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