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Ananya Birla announces second single on 23rd birthday




Mumbai, July 17: Singer-songwriter Ananya Birla, whose debut single “Livin the life” garnered over 2.5 million audio streams, treated her fans on her 23rd birthday on Monday with the announcement of her second single. It is set to release by the end of this month.

Titled “Meant to be”, the single will highlight her artistic maturity and musical evolvement since her debut last year.

“Ushering in the 23rd with a surprise announcement! I generally like to keep it low key on birthdays, but today I have something very special to share – spreading some birthday vibes with the first look of the artwork of my next single that releases on the 28th!” Ananya took to Instagram and wrote.

The Universal Music Group, India, artist has been musically inclined since childhood and learnt to play the santoor and guitar.

She attended college in England where she studied economics and management at the University of Oxford.

It was during her time at university that she pursued her hobby — music — at pubs and clubs on weekends in London.


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Fanney Khan song: Anil Kapoor is waiting for his ‘Acche Din’



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New Delhi, July 20: Bollywood star Anil Kapoor has shared a quirky new number from his upcoming film ‘Fanney Khan’.

The 61-year-old took to Twitter to share the track, writing, “Jab sapna dekh hi liya hai, toh #AchcheDin ka bharosa bhi rakhiye! Please lend your ear to my favorite song.”

The song, titled ‘Mere Acche Din Kab Aaege,’ features a glum and defeated Anil, wondering when his life will turn around. The song has been composed and sung by Amit Trivedi with lyrics from Irshad Kamil and sings of the woes of the common man and his crushed dreams.

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The previous two songs, Mohobbat and Halka Halka, were both rehashes of popular old songs, Jawan Hai Mohobbat (Anmol Ghadi, 1946) and Ustad Nursrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai.

Fanney Khan is an official remake of 73rd Academy Awards nominee Belgian film Everybody’s Famous! The film is a one of its kind musical comedy, revolving around a father who wishes to fulfill his daughter’s dream of becoming a singer.

The film marks the reunion of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anil Kapoor after a gap of 18 long years. The duo was last seen together in the 2000 film ‘Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai’.

Directed by Atul Manjrekar and co-produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film also stars Rajkummar Rao. The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on August 3.


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Justin Bieber loses right to defend himself in vandalism case



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New York, July 20: Pop star Justin Bieber has lost the right to defend himself in court after blowing off depositions over his vandalism case.

According to court documents obtained by a website The Blast, the judge overseeing the pop star’s battle with his former neighbour Jeff Schwartz has sanctioned Bieber for failing to sit for his deposition on multiple occasions.

Schwartz urged lawmakers to issue a warrant for the singer’s arrest after Bieber skipped a deposition last month to hang out with his fiancee Hailey Baldwin here, reports

The judge declared that since Bieber had refused deposition requests, he will not be allowed to “testify on his own defence”.

The jury will also be told that Bieber “refused to appear for his deposition”, and now it will be admitted as fact that Bieber is liable for the infamous 2014 egg attack on his ex-neighbour’s home – and that he did so “with malice”.

The judge also ordered the star to pay Schwartz $7,500 in sanctions for missing the depositions.


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98 Degrees movie would be very fun: Jeff Timmons



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New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) American singer Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees is not sure about a movie on the Grammy-nominated vocal harmonising group, but he feels that if it is ever made then it will be “very fun”.

Be it fiction or documentation of their meteoric rise and personal lives, pop groups like the Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls and One Direction have at least one movie each.

But the 98 Degrees, which was formed back in the 90s with Timmons, Justin Jeffre and brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, is yet to get one.

“I don’t know whether there would be a 98 Degrees movie or not, although that would be very fun. I do think there will be another movie where all the bands’ members participate like the ‘Dead 7’ film. Just a blast,” Timmons told IANS in an email interview.

“Dead 7”, a 2016 American post-apocalyptic zombie horror western film, was written by the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, who also acted in the project along with his bandmates A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough.

They had joined forces with Timmons, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick from NSYNC and Erik-Michael Estrada from O-Town.

“I had the time of my life making that movie with those guys. We’re planning on another movie. Maybe we’ll do another song then,” he said.

Millions of 98 Degrees fans continue to swoon over their hit songs like “Give me just one night (una noche), “Invisible man” and “Because of you”. They are performing again as a quartet but there was a time when they took a break. After announcing their hiatus in 2003, they focussed on solo careers.

Timmons released first solo album “Whisper That Way” in 2004. He followed it up with “Emotional High”.

“Being an artiste in a group or solo is very difficult, but the love of the music and entertainment business makes it all worth it. I’ve been living a dream, so none of it is hard in comparison to the rewards,” said the artiste, now in his 40s.

He was also in Mumbai for a solo show earlier this week.

“98 Degrees never had the opportunity to tour India or perform there. Each time India was on the agenda, our parent label Universal was in transition, either being sold or undergoing a major staff overhaul,” he said.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to come to India, so when I was offered the opportunity to perform there, I had to take it. I didn’t have high expectations because I’m considered a new artiste to most people there,” he added.

But he was “overwhelmed with joy” to see the excitement and acceptance by the audience when he finally performed in the Indian city.

During his stay in India, he visited a few different styles of clubs and nightlife atmospheres.

“Each had different flavours of music the crowd was partying to. Main primary goal of visiting was to take in as much music as I could, and study the vibe of the scene. There is only so much you can learn by searching Google and YouTube. I got to witness what the DJs were doing with their sets, and how they infused cultural sounds into familiar pop, EDM, and dance hits.

“I also ate a lot. I gained at least five kgs in just a couple of days. Loved every second,” said the singer, who often shows off his well maintained body on stage.

Before his arrival in India, he had produced three or four tracks for collaboration. But the moment he started listening to music on the radio, he knew they were not a fit.

“I knew (Indian rapper) Badshah and his music before I came, and I am a huge fan. I was in a car ride when his song came on the radio. I figured I’d tweet him to let him know how much I respect him and his music, and that everyone in India just loves him.

“He responded that he is a fan of 98 Degrees, which is extremely flattering and humbling. I hope it’s the start of something that will actually happen. I was so inspired, that I started programming something on the plane ride home. I also became a fan of Yo Yo Honey Singh, Jenny Johal, and Diljit Dosanjh, to name a few. I would be honoured to work with any of those great talents. The pop music scene is incredible in India.”

(Natalia Ningthoujam can be contacted at [email protected])

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