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BTS single ‘Butter’ breaks five world records

BTS’ new single “Butter” has broken the record for the most viewers for the premiere of a video on YouTube with 3.9 million concurrent viewers for its premiere on May 21.

In turn, it has also broken the record for the most viewers for the premiere of a music video on YouTube. The record was confirmed by YouTube on 24 May. 

The music video, which is titled BTS ‘Butter’ Official MV, now has over 200 million views. 

BTS previously held this record with their single “Dynamite”, which had 3 million concurrent peak viewers. 

Nearly 24 hours after its release, “Butter” also broke the record for the most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours with 108,200,000 views, also breaking the record for the most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group.

However, these aren’t the only records “Butter” has achieved in such a short space of time.

After the single dropped on Spotify it garnered 11,042,335 global streams in just one day, breaking the record for the most streamed track on Spotify in the first 24 hours. 

The track beat Ed Sheeran (UK) and Justin Bieber’s (USA) track “I Don’t Care” by 64,946 streams.

BTS’ success on Spotify was confirmed by yet another record, marking their unrivalled number of streams on the platform. 

Their singles “Dynamite” (829.7 m) and “Boy with Luv” (642.6 m) are their most streamed tracks. 

These latest accolades bring BTS’ number of records up to an incredible 23 – making them one of the most successful music groups in Guinness World Records history, alongside other chart toppers like Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Madonna, and The Beatles.

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BTS condemn violent crimes against Asians

South Korean boy band BTS has issued a statement condemning the recent surge in anti-Asian violence, and shared their experiences of the racism they have faced.

“We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel grief and anger,” the band said in the statement.

The statement highlighted moments when they “faced discrimination as Asians”, including “enduring expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look” and being “asked why Asians spoke in English”.

They said that the band’s “own experiences are inconsequential” compared to recent events but that the racism was “enough to make us feel powerless and chip away at our self-esteem”.

“What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians. It required considerable time for us to discuss this carefully and we contemplated deeply on how we should voice our message,” they added.

The band concluded saying: “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected.”

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Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Year at AMAs 2020

Singer Taylor Swift won Artist of the Year award for the third year in a row at the American Music Awards, but had to skip the ceremony.

In 2019, Swift expressed anger over her former record label, Big Machine Label Group, selling her master recordings to Scooter Braun, who is the manager of singers like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. So, she was busy re-recording the albums she made with the label, on November 22, the night of the AMAs, reports eonline.com.

“Thank you so much for this. This is a fan-voted award, which means so much to me. You guys have been beyond wonderful all the years of my career, but especially this one, when we’ve been so far apart, we haven’t been able to see each other in concert, but I still feel really connected to you through the music,” she shared.

“Your reaction to ‘Folklore’ and all the ways in which your imagination honored that album, I just love you so much and am really, really lucky because of you,” she added.

Swift added: “The reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually re-recording of all my old music, in the studio where we originally recorded it so it’s been amazing, and I can’t wait for you to hear it. Have a great night. I love you so much.”

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Violinist Krishnan passes away, Modi says void in music world

Violin maestro and Padma awardee T.N. Krishnan passed away in Chennai at the age of 92. Krishnan was born in 1928 in Tripunithura in Kerala to A. Narayana Iyer and Ammini Ammal and later settled in Chennai.

Condoling Krishnan’s demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his demise has left a big void in the world of music.

“The demise of noted violinist T. N. Krishnan leaves a big void in the world of music. His works beautifully encapsulated a wide range of emotions and strands of our culture. He was also an outstanding mentor to young musicians. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” Modi said in a tweet.

A child prodigy, Krishnan went on to perform with legends from several generations.

He learned music from his father and was later mentored by Alleppy K.Parthasarathy, a great patron of Music and sishya of Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar and later joined Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.

Krishnan had performed concerts with Carnatic music legends like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Alathur Brothers, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, M.D. Ramanathan and Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer and others.

He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1974 and the Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1980.

The Government of India honored Krishnan with Padma Shri in 1973 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992.

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IAAC presents a vibrant medley of classical dance, music and Yoga

New York: The Indo-American Arts Council in association with the Isha Foundation will present a unique, virtual performance on Friday, June 26th at 8:30 pm EDT. The event will showcase a mélange of classical Indian dance, music and essential yogic tools to help ride through these challenging times, joyfully.
The highlights of the program will include: An exuberant classical dance performance by the students of Isha Samskriti – Envisioned by Sadhguru, Isha Samskriti is an education system at the Isha Yoga Center in India dedicated to a child’s overall development. It achieves this by incorporating a unique blend of Yogic practices, Indian classical arts such as Bharatanatyam, Classical Music, and traditional martial arts Kalaripayattu; Soulful musical performance by Isha’s homegrown band ‘Sounds of Isha’ 
– Sounds of Isha is the foundation’s home grown, anomalous group of ‘musicians’ – their melodies are a fusion of music from different parts of the world, traversing effortlessly and seamlessly across boundaries and cultures; and receive simple yogic tools for health & wellbeing during these challenging times – An opportunity to adopt simple effective practices offered by Sadhguru that can support our wellbeing during this pandemic. It strengthens our immunity and helps establish an inner balance.
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he event can be joined at https://www.bigmarker.com/isha-foundation/A-Vibrant-Medley-of-Classical-Dance-Music-Yoga

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Honored to receive Richard Dawkins Award 2020: Javed Akhtar

Popular writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar is honored to receive the Richard Dawkins Award 2020. He says that to have his name included in the list with previous recipients such as comedian Bill Maher and philosopher Christoper Hitchens is fulfillment of a dream he had not even seen.

The award has been presented since 2003, and is named after English evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.

Akhtar received the honor for critical thinking, holding religious dogma up to scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values.

“I am deeply honored to receive the Richard Dawkins Award 2020. I have admired Richard Dawkins ever since I read his first book ‘The Selfish Gene’. I have since then read every book of his and ‘The God Delusion’ is my absolute favorite,” said Akhtar.

“To have my name included in the distinguished list of the previous recipients such as Bill Maher and Christoper Hitchens is fulfillment of a dream I had not even seen,” he added.

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Feels good to have lasted through so many trends: Shaggy

Jamaican reggae singer Shaggy’s music was a party essential in the ’90s. He is back on top of charts with “Banana” — a collaborative effort with Conkarah. He says it feels really good to know that he has lasted so many years and through so many trends.

Topping music charts isn’t new for the Grammy winner, who had gained massive success with tracks like “It wasn’t me”, “Boombastic” and “Angel”. But “Banana” making it to the top spot of TikTok app is special for him.

“Music is music though it feels really good to know that we’ve lasted so many years and through so many trends, and it’s especially great that we’re pretty popular within the current trend,” Shaggy, whose real name is Orville Richard Burrell, told IANS.

The 2019 track, which is being aired on Vh1 India, has become a rage now, thanks to the Banana drop challenge. From commoners to celebrities, including Indian TV star Rashami Desai, people have been dropping their sunglasses down to their faces while dancing to the foot-tapping number.

“There are a lot of Indian fans that have taken the challenge and I’ve posted many of them. We’re just really grateful that this song is bringing smiles to so many people’s faces,” said the singer.

Now fans are eagerly waiting for his upcoming album “Hot Shot 2020”, which is expected to be out on July 10. With this project, Shaggy will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his hit album “Hot Shot”.

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Wajid Khan of composer duo Sajid-Wajid no more

Bollywood composer-singer Wajid Khan of the popular sibling composer duo- Sajid Wajid is no more. Confirming the news, singer Sonu Nigam posted on his official social media handle: “My brother Wajid left us.”

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, though unconfirmed reports have stated the artiste was suffering from COVID-19. A report in filmibeat.com, on the other hand, stated Wajid had been suffering from a kidney problem over the past few years, and had reportedly been on ventilator after being hospitalized recently.

Sajid-Wajid recently composed songs for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan during the ongoing lockdown, one of which was a number titled “Pyaar karona”, a pop anthem encouraging all to fight the coronavirus. The song released in April was sung by Salman and also featured the actor in the video.

The composer duo also recently composed Salman’s Eid special song, “Bhai bhai”, which talks of communal harmony.

Sajid-Wajid frequently collaborated as composers for Salman Khan. In fact, they made their debut in the 1998 Salman superhit, “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya”, scoring one song in that film, “Teri jawani badi mast mast hai”.

The duo shot to fame with the Salman Khan blockbuster “Dabangg” in 2010, and there has been no looking back. Among numerous hits they composed were “Tere mast mast do nain” and “Hud hud Dabangg” (“Dabangg”), “Do you wanna partner” and “Soni de nakhre” (“Partner”), “Mujhse shaadi karogi” and “Laal dupatta” (“Mujhse Shaadi Karogi”), “Mashallah” (Ek Tha Tiger”), “Chinta ta chita” (“Rowdy Rathore”), “Fevicol se” (“Dabangg 2”) and “Raat bhar” (“Heropanti”).

As a singer, Wajid recorded many hit songs, including “Do you wanna partner” and “Soni de nakhre” (“Partner”), “Hud hud Dabangg” (“Dabangg”), “Chinta ta chita” (“Rowdy Rathore”), “Tujhe Aksa Beach” (“God Tussi Great Ho”) and “Jalwa” (“Wanted”).

Wajid also was a mentor of the music reality show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar” and “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2012”.

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