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Google, the world's largest Internet-search company, is making a bigger push into entertainment services, adding music storage and movie-rental features to its Android software for phones and tablets

Google’s paid music services reach 15 million subscribers, but still far behind Spotify

The YouTube Music numbers is good news for ad-supported Google that has rarely gotten customers to pay for its services.
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In the Bhojpuri music world, Modi has become ‘balma chowkidar’ this election season

Politics is the flavour of the season and Bhojpuri music stars and newcomers are cashing in on it.
Pandit Ravi Shankar | @joybhattacharj/Twitter

Pandit Ravi Shankar — the sitar maestro who introduced ragas to the West

On his 99th birth anniversary, ThePrint recalls Ravi Shankar’s friendship with George Harrison of The Beatles, his collaborations with John Coltrane & Yehudi Menuhin, and Woodstock.
CDs of Michael Jackson at a shop in Tokyo | Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Bloomberg News

To-hear-or-not-to-hear conundrum over Michael Jackson has brought out the ‘cancel culture’

Cancel culture is as hotly debated as it is variously defined, but in its essence is the self-ban on works of people who have done terrible things to others.

IAS aspirant to auto driver — how Chennai’s gully boys & girls fight inequality with music

The Casteless Collective, founded by filmmaker Pa. Ranjith and music producer Tenma, has grabbed attention with its use of gaana music and powerful lyrics.
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Beyond Gully Boy, India’s underground rap & metal scene is coming of age

In these politically-charged times, young rappers and metal artistes are taking the two musical forms back to their roots as the 'voice of the people'.
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Junoon’s return to Pakistan is every ’90s kid’s Christmas miracle

Two decades after it was banned in Pakistan, Sufi rock band Junoon is set to perform in Karachi today.
An illuminated screen bearing the Spotify Technology SA logo in London | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Spotify said to be coming to India within 6 months

The world's largest music streaming service, Spotify seeks music rights which are more disparate in India than most other countries.
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Murphy Radio and a bonny baby are what pre-TV Indian memories are made of

Murphy Radio and the child on its ads are what Indian memories are made of.
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Is cancelling TM Krishna’s music concert right of organisers or sign of Hindu intolerance?

Carnatic maestro T.M. Krishna’s upcoming music concert in Delhi was cancelled after the organiser— Airports Authority of India— faced a massive backlash and abuse on social media. ThePrint asks: Is cancelling TM Krishna’s music concert right of organisers or sign of Hindu intolerance? In a country where one of the greatest Hindu bhajans was created by Muslims, this is unthinkable Ravi Menon Music critic and writer In a country where one of the greatest Hindu bhajans (Insaf Ka Mandir in the film Amar) was created by Muslims (lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni, music by Naushad, sung by Rafi, enacted by Dilip Kumar, Nimmy, Madhubala and shot by director Mehboob Khan) any kind of religious/communal barrier to music is quite unthinkable. I don't endorse most of T.M. Krishna’s views on music and religion, but I won't support the postponement of his programme, if it was made on the basis of trolls. There is no need to...

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PM Narendra Modi | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

4 reasons why Modi remains in the hunt for a second term

Without these 4 factors, Modi & BJP’s fortunes would have been sunk by govt's dismal performance on the economy, jobs & reckless steps like demonetisation.
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Did the last season of Game of Thrones let down its legions of fans?

Many Game of Thrones fans across the world have demanded a remake of the 8th season of Game of Thrones saying the script didn’t match their expectations.

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After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?