Apr 252018

Singer Divya Kumar reveals why Arijit Singh is a God to him

Arijit Singh
Arijit Singh 

Singer Divya Kumar, who has tracks like Shubhaarambh, Jee karda and Raita phail gaya to his credit, says singer Arijit Singh does full justice to every song he sings. Divya spoke about his admiration for Arijit, on having a mentor in Bollywood and more, on the second season of audio and music streaming service Saavn’s audio show “Talking Music”, read a statement.

“Arijit is God to me because the kind of voice that he has, nobody else does. He is actually a proper learned classical singer, with very well-developed vocals. He is a proper educated musician. We are just singing songs, but there isn’t a single song which Arijit hasn’t done justice to. He does full justice to every song he sings. I think till now Arijit Singh’s talent isn’t completely out in the open,” said Divya.

“When he sings ghazals, it’s a treat. He focuses on every minute detail. It’s not like show off singing,” Kumar added.

He considers composer Amit Trivedi his mentor.

“Shalmali Kholgade and I both made our debut with ‘Ishaqzaade’ and Amit Trivedi gave us a chance. I believe Amit Trivedi is my mentor,” said Divya, who belongs to a family of musicians. He is the grandson of composer Pandit Shivram and son of musician Bhagwan Shivram.

He said singer Akriti Kakkar introduced him to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

“I can say that composers Gulraj Singh and Amit Trivedi are people who gave me a break to sing in movies. That is a very big step because these were big movies and to give a new voice an opportunity to sing in them, is huge,” he added.

The episode with Divya was made available on the music app on Wednesday.

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Mar 182018

Bollywood’s star singer Arijit Singh explains why he enjoys gigs, and how he overcomes anxiety

Arijit Singh
Arijit Singh

“I am a bundle of nerves before hitting the stage,” admits Arijit Singh, with a shy smile. And yet, on stage, it’s a different story altogether – he has left his fans across India swooning with Arijit Singh MTV India Tour, a 10-city gig that kicked off in Kolkata last December. As he gears up for the final leg in Mumbai on March 24, Arijit Singh talks to mid-day about performing live and his learnings from the tour.

Your first multi-city tour in India is about to end. How was the experience?
It was a larger-than-life experience; one of the best I’ve had in a long time. I wanted to reach out to my fans across the country and this was a great way to get close to them. I am glad I got a chance to perform for them in their own cities.

What has been your takeaway from the tour?
I have overcome my nervousness of performing live on stage. The tour marked an amazing start to the year for me as well. I am taking away a lot of happy memories.

Where are you more comfortable — inside a studio or on the stage?
Being inside a studio and performing live are two completely different experiences, and I enjoy both. Performing live is like inviting people over for a house party, where I can sing my heart out while people around join it. When I am on stage, I make sure I interact with the audience. Studio recordings, on the other hand, are technical.

Any incident during the tour that touched you as an artiste?
The stadium at Ahmedabad was huge and I didn’t expect so many people to turn up. I felt numb initially, but the love of my fans helped me overcome the nervousness. We had a blast. The gig was challenging, yet memorable.

Despite spending seven years in B-Town, you feel nervous before hitting the stage…
Yes, I do. But when I see thousands of fans cheering for me and appreciating my music, it’s so overwhelming that I forget about the nervousness, and start enjoying the whole experience.

Do you follow a certain routine before going on stage?
Not really. Before getting on the stage, I only think about the different possibilities [that may play out during the act]. Ek basic vision samajh main aata hai ki yahan yahan pe loopholes hain, so I make mental calculations accordingly to prevent them. There are no preparations as such. Also, to keep my voice intact, I usually avoid drinking cold water and soda before the show.

Also Read: Arijit Singh finds an admirer in Pakistani crooner Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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Feb 212018

salman-khan-arijit-singhTwo years after singer Arijit Singh hinted that owing to a discord with Salman Khan, the superstar got his version of “Jag Ghommeya” dropped from Sultan, to replace it with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice, there are reports that the actor has got the numero uno playback singer’s track replaced one more time from upcoming film, Welcome To New York.

Arijit, in a Facebook post in May 2016, revealed he had rubbed Salman the wrong way with his behaviour at an awards show, where the star was also present. The singer also apologised in the long post and requested Salman to “not remove the song that I sang for you in sultan. You want anyone else to sing this song, absolutely fine but keep a version at least. I have sung enough songs sir. But I want to retire with at least one song of you keeping in my library. Please do not take away this feeling.”

Salman, on his part, replied that the decision to use the track depended on the director and the producer of Sultan and people should not make a big deal out of the fact that it was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, whose version was being used in the film’s final cut and not Arijit’s.

Today, fresh reports have emerged suggesting that in Sonakshi Sinha-Diljit Dosanjh starrer Welcome to New York, which has a special appearance of Salman in a song, Arijit’s voice has been dropped, with the reason being the Tiger Zinda Hai actor’s long-standing issue with the singer.

The film’s team is yet to give any official response on the rumour, but a source close to the movie refuted the report, while sharing with indianexpress.com, “Salman sir hasn’t interfered with the project at all.”

Also starring Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh, Welcome to New York will arrive in theatres on February 23.

Sep 242017

It’s our favourite party number and a must have on our playlist. Arijit Singh’s soothing voice and Vishal-Shekar’s composition–that combination itself can make any song a hit. So undoubtedly when the trio came together for ‘Befikre’, we got a peppy song like Nashe Si Chadh Gayi. From its beats to its lyrics, the song became the party anthem for almost a year.

Nachse Chi Chadh Gayi (c) YRF

Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor’s on-screen camaraderie was so infectious that it totally impressed us. And now the song has garnered over 300 million views on YouTube becoming the first Hindi song to get that number. Now that’s definitely something!

#NasheSiChadhGayi becomes the FIRST EVER Hindi song to cross 300 MILLION VIEWS on @YouTube https://t.co/ul4C8KyAr2 #300MillionViewsOnNasheSi pic.twitter.com/5pKl121k3J

— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) September 23, 2017

But this Befikre song has been breaking records since the time it was released. From being the most viewed Hindi song in a day to becoming the first Hindi song to get 275 million views within a span of just 12 months, this song is taking the Internet by a storm.

But that certainly doesn’t surprise many of us; after all this song continues to win our hearts. Well, fans totally love this news and Ranveer Singh couldn’t believe it as well. The actor and Vaani both took to Twitter sharing their joy and mentioning how this is something he never expected.

Unprecedented !!!!! beyond my own imagination! Thank you for the love! ���� @yrf #300MillionViewsOnNasheSi pic.twitter.com/VcU0XAdBjc

— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) September 23, 2017

Love pouring in!!! #300MillionViewsOnNasheSi 😀�🎉💃🎉?� pic.twitter.com/OkFQ86py52

— vaani kapoor (@Vaaniofficial) September 23, 2017

Now that the song is trending again, we can’t help but sing, “Nashe si chadh gayi oye, Kudi nashe si chadh gayi, Patang si lad gayi oye, Kudi patang si lad gayi.”



Aug 232017

Jacqueline-Siddharth-Malhotra-2Actor Sidharth Malhotra says his “A Gentleman – Sundar, Susheel, Risky” co-star Jacqueline Fernandez is just too hot to handle in the film’s song “Lagi na choote”.

The video of “Lagi na choote”, sung by Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal, shows sizzling chemistry between Sidharth and Jacqueline who have locked lips in it.

Directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK had revealed at a press conference here saying: “We were telling them that it’s a cut (the shot), but Sid and Jackie were so into the moment that they couldn’t listen and it became the longest kiss of Bollywood.”

Talking about the mood of the song, Sidharth said in a statement: “The song comes at a crucial moment in the film where the lead pair needs to fully trust each other and give into each other. The mood is intense, it’s sensual and it needed us to be in the moment of romance. Jackie is just too hot to handle in this song.”

Jacqueline said the song is intense, extremely romantic and hot.

“Sid and I had to be uninhibited to pull off this scene as the moment required us to give into each other. Sid made me really comfortable,” she added.

“A Gentleman – Sundar, Susheel, Risky”, a Fox Star Studios production, is set to release on Friday.

Jun 202017

Up until now in the Indian music industry, if there’s one person who can mimic any and every singer out there, it’s Sonu Nigam. The singer can even sing in a woman’s voice so brilliantly that you won’t be able to tell the difference. 

Every singer has his/her own style that sets them apart, but there are a few gifted singers who have all the versatility in the world. And singers have never shied away from trying to stretch their limits. A case in point is Aksh Baghla, who attempted to mimic the voice and singing style of 9 different singers. 

His impression of Mika, Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Sanam Puri, and even Honey Singh is right on point and it’s a no brainer that the guy is exceptionally talented. But even he can’t replicate the magic of the legend that was Jagjit Singh. The ghazal maestro, with his soothing deep voice, really is irreplaceable. 

Nevertheless, Aksh’s impression of the singers is pretty impressive and we found ourselves checking out other videos by him. Watch this one that’s a longer version of his impression of other singers, 30 to be precise. 

Jun 182017

Despite getting tired and bored of looking at gazillions of mash-ups of ‘Shape of You’ or ‘Closer’, every time a new version pops up, we are the first ones to check it out and add to the millions of views the song has. Further, the moment we think that the concept of mash-ups are completely exhausted and there’s nothing new left for us, some or the other musical prodigy will come forward and prove all of us wrong. And we are not complaining because at the end of the day, we are the ones who get to listen to such amazing and brilliant renditions. Having said that, what is better than having all your favourite artists in one playlist? Listening to all of them together in a mash-up and ‘Soulful’ seems to have tapped on that aspect perfectly. They have sorted your Sunday date plans for you with this mash-up that will definitely melt your girl’s heart and up the much-needed romance quotient.

Mashup Of Atif Aslam, Arijit Singh & Coldplay Songs© YouTube (Soulful)

No matter how diverse or different your taste in music is, there are certain artists that will by default find their place in your playlist. Arijit Singh, Atif Aslam, and Coldplay are some of the names that belong to this category and ‘Soulful’ has brought all of them together. Don’t call yourself a music lover, if you never liked any of them. There are some songs that we feel are better off as originals, like ‘Hona Tha Pyaar’, ‘Love Me Thoda Aur’ and ‘A Sky Full of Stars’. If you too thought these songs to be standalone melodies which don’t need the touch of mash-ups, then check this video out. We can bet that after listening to this song, you will want to listen to it again and again.