Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Top Music Moments in 2009

A R Rahman, India's Golden Man
A R Rahman

He is arguably the most popular face of Indian music abroad and now, he's an Oscar winner as well. 2009 belonged to A R Rahman as much as it did to 'Slumdog Millionaire'. The 'Mozart of Madras' received two Oscars for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song for 'Jai Ho'. Not just that, by performing at the Oscars, he has joined an elite list of star performers. Besides the Oscars, he also won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for Best Original Score, and 2 Filmfare awards for 'Jodhaa Akbar' and 'Jaane Tu'. With Time magazine placing him in the list of 'World's Most Influential People', Rahman is India's Golden Man, indeed.

Amit Trivedi, the new music wunderkind

Amit Trivedi's second Bollywood score for 'Dev D' perfectly complemented auteur Anurag Kashyap's psychedelic labour of love about, well, love's labour lost. His multiple genre soundtrack in 'Dev D' was labeled the 'baap of different genres'. In particular, the song 'Emotional Atyachar' became an all time favourite among music lovers. Though greatly influenced by Western music during his younger days, Amit's fantastic amalgamation of semi-classical, folk, brass band, funk, Bhangra and European styles of music caught the imagination of Bollywood crazy India. And in a return compliment, after listening to the music, Kashyap has apparently decided to turn the film into a musical. An Indian music star has truly arrived.

Akon and Katrina rock IPL 2

What does hip-hop sensation Akon do when he gets a moment with the dancing Katrina Kaif? Well, he prefers to sway to her tunes. Both the American singer Akon and Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif were the show-stoppers at the IPL 2 Grand Finale held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Katrina Kaif was seen dancing to the English version of 'Jai Ho' of 'Slumdog Millionaire' fame, the version originally sung by Pussycat Dolls. Akon on the other hand, sang his hit number 'Smack That' in fusion with the 'Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram' bhajan and African drums. While most rocked to the performances, the crowd booed Akon's initial lip-sync.

Kanye steals Taylor's thunder

If you're an MTV VMA winner and Kanye West is near you, make sure you not only hold your award tight, but also the mike. Well, that's what teen singer Taylor Swift didn't do. Her mike was abruptly grabbed by Kanye while she was in the midst of her acceptance speech for her award for 'Best Female Video'. Not just that, he then went on to suggest that Taylor Swift didn't deserve to win and that Beyonce did. 19-year-old Taylor seemed stunned and left the stage in a hush. An astonished Beyonce, who later went to pick up her own award, invited Taylor to finish her acceptance speech. And Kanye received heavy media backlash.

This is it - A stolen song?

Since his death, Michael Jackson's music sales have skyrocketed, and then a documentary, 'This is it', showcasing the pop star in his final months was released. However, moments before the release of the song 'This is it', came an unexpected allegation, with singer Paul Anka claiming that the song was a rip-off of one of his songs and threatened to sue the Jackson Estate. However, just hours before the release, an agreement was reached and Paul Anka was promised 50 percent of the song's royalties. It was later revealed that the song was co-written by both in 1983 for a duet, but the pair had a fall-out and hence couldn't perform together.

Manna Dey awarded Dadasaheb Phalke

This year saw legendary Hindi and Bengali playback singer, 90-year-old Manna Dey being awarded the prestigious 'Dadasaheb Phalke Award'- the highest honour in Indian cinema. He was conferred the honour by the President of India, Prathiba Patil. Manna Dey has been earlier bestowed with the titles of 'Padma Shri' and 'Padma Bhushan'. The distinguished playback singer has sung over 3500 songs in the course of his career and dominated the music scene from the 1950s through the 1970s, along with Mukesh, Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar. A documentary on Manna Dey's life and times has also been released this year.

Kylie Minogue makes her Bollywood debut

Bollywood's most expensive production so far, it didn't do too well at the box office. Kylie played a cameo with a song 'Chiggy Wiggy', produced in collaboration with A R Rahman, where she danced with Bollywood actors Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta, Akshay Kumar and Zayed Khan. The 41-year-old starlet was the centre of all media attention and made an impact with tabloids during her short stay in India for the shoot. She's supposed to have been mesmerised by Bollywood and plans to come back soon.

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