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Armaan Malik Drops Single ‘Tu/You’ Top Indian Singer Reveals Musical Influences (EXCLUSIVE)

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Armaan Malik, one of India’s top singer-songwriters, turned 27 on Friday and marked the occasion by releasing single “Tu/You,” a Hindi-language version of his Spotify charting English ballad “You.”

Malik debuted as a Bollywood singer in 2007 with Aamir Khan’s “Taare Zameen Par” under the musical direction of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio and has enjoyed a glittering career since then, singing for films in the Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali-language industries. He released non-film album “Armaan” in 2014 and has recorded several singles and albums since.

Having more than 14.5 million followers on Spotify, Malik has over 9.5 million monthly listeners on the platform. He has a total of 10 billion streams for more than 250 songs in different languages and more than 50 million followers across platforms. Earlier this year Malik and Warner Music India revealed a strategic partnership to launch new record label Always Music Global.

The singer was born into a musical family. His father Daboo and brother Amaal are both composers, as was his grandfather Sardar. “Growing up in a family of musicians definitely had a big impact on my musical choices. During my early years, I was exposed mainly to Bollywood music and my favorite musicians while growing up were Sonu Nigam, Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi,” Malik told Variety. “However, my teenage years are when I veered towards a whole new world of Western music which included records from artists like Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, John Mayer and Bruno Mars. That’s the kind of music I think truly shaped my artistry as a vocalist and songwriter both. In recent times, I look up to my contemporaries like Justin Bieber, Charlie Puth and Ed Sheeran.”

“To sing for composers like A.R. Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja, Pritam, and Shankar-Ehsan-Loy who are absolute legends from my country are what I would consider some of the biggest opportunities in my career so far,” Malik added.

However, being from a family of musicians did present some issues. “Being a young artist who hails from a big music family comes with its own unique set of challenges. Firstly, a lot of people believed that because I’m a Malik I would easily get all my work from my family members, so they would not approach me for projects,” says Malik. “Secondly, when you are a young artist in the industry, people don’t take you and your talent seriously, which is why I’ve had to prove myself over and over again over the years.”

Besides appearing in his music videos, Malik also acted in 2011 film “Kaccha Limboo.” “I’ve always been a true-blue musician from the very beginning and even though many acting offers came my way, I never really took them up,” said Malik. “I would love to act someday when the right opportunity comes up, but the project has to be extremely meaningful for me and probably something related to music.”

Earlier this year, Ed Sheeran released single “2Step.” There were 13 global remixes of the track and the Indian version featured Malik. “I’m always ready to collaborate with like-minded artists who make good music. The collaboration with Ed Sheeran on ‘2step’ was something I’ve dreamed of for a very long time and I’m so glad it came true,” said Malik. “Taking India to the world has always been a dream of mine, so if that means many more such collaborations — I’m game!”

Watch an excerpt from “Tu/You” here:



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‘White Lotus’ Music Supervisor Explores the Series’ (Mostly) Hawaiian Needle Drops

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Emmy nominee Janet Lopez, the music supervisor for “The White Lotus,” notes that the show’s creator, Mike White, didn’t script any songs.

The idea was to establish the location, which took her into listening to beautiful and important music from Hawaii, that she found through researching the music available from the region’s publishers and record labels.

Lopez’s goal was to thread together a musical journey that resonated with the characters while enhancing the exotic location of the show. “We wanted the music to travel with the emotion in the scene, instead of feeling like pure needle drops on top of it,” she says.

To achieve that, it was down to the show’s editors to connect those moments. Lopez says, “That allowed for flexibility to explore a variety of songs and pursue authentic tracks that were special to Mike.”

Lopez explored some key music selections from the show’s first season for Variety.

“He Hawai’i Au” by the Sunday Manoa

“Like so many songs in ‘The White Lotus,’ this song was a favorite of Mike White. … Everything about this song and the Sunday Manoa is authentic, so having it play beautifully over a new day in Hawaii as our characters wake up to the possibilities was perfect. It was so organic that letting it simmer and play as the source in the lobby is what we did.”

“Hawai’i Aloha” by the Rose Ensemble

“The end of this episode marks the first song use by the Rose Ensemble. Their thoughtful and soulful sound is heard often throughout the season, and playing them over Armond’s internal conflict into Quinn’s (Fred Hechinger) first pure appreciation of nature felt honest and real.

“Their songs just worked and by the end of the season, they too felt like a sort of theme that we were grateful for.”

“Hukia Mai” by APM Music

“A common misconception about production library music is that it’s affordable and therefore not valuable. This is just not true.

“APM Music is a perfect example of how important and credible library songs can be. Kapono Beamer is a beloved and respected, Grammy-nominated and 12-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner (Hawaii’s premier music award), and along with Mac Prindy and Grahame Roy Maclean, he is a co-writer on the song ‘Hukia Mai.’

“‘Hukia Mai’ was not an alternative to a more expensive song, but rather a proud first pick for what worked best in the scene.”

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (aka “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147:X. Jesu bleibet meine Freude”) by Eugene Ormandy & the Philadelphia Orchestra

“Mike White loved this particular arrangement of Bach’s ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.’ And while it was very different than anything we’d heard in the season, it also felt 100% right.

“In any other show, this could have been a scored moment, but Mike’s vision was spot-on and we used this recording as well as a gorgeous version by the Dominican Sisters over various sequences of Armond unraveling.

“Mike’s openness and exploration for what works is part of the magic and fun in the music.”

“Island Style” by John Cruz

“This song plays over the end credits in the final episode and was an important song for Mike. Its performance by Grammy and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winner John Cruz is genuine and a beautiful final reminder of our show.”



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Niall Horan Reveals Which Harry Styles Hit Is His ‘Favorite Song At the Moment’

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It’s not the same as it was back when One Direction was still together, but Niall Horan is still taking time to support his former bandmates. In a recent rapid-fire Q&A with American Golf, the 28-year-old musician revealed that his current favorite song is one by his onetime co-boyband-star and longtime friend,  “As It Was” by Harry Styles.

Strolling across one of the courses at Northern Ireland’s ISPS Handa world golf invitational, Horan first answered questions about his favorite country to visit — “Australia or Japan” — and his dream group of players in a round of four-ball — “Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, me and my dad.” Then, when interviewer Mia Baker asked the “This Town” singer what his favorite song at the moment is, he took a moment to think before naming Styles’ 10-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 smash.

“Ooh, good question, wow,” he said. “I’ll go with Harry’s song, ‘As It Was.’ Great song.”

Horan also revealed that his childhood idol was none other than The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. “Bruce Springsteen has always been a hero of mine,” he shared.

And when Baker confessed in whispered tones that she didn’t know who Springsteen is, Horan joked, “You shouldn’t say that much louder.”

The “Our Song” musician has long been an avid golf fan, and even founded a golf management company called Modest! Golf in 2016. Just in July, he attended The Open championship and tweeted congratulations to its winning player, Cam Smith.

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‘High School’: Get Your First Look at the TV Adaptation of Tegan & Sara’s Memoir (Exclusive)

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Tegan and Sara’s teenage years serve as the inspiration for Freevee’s all-new, original series, High School, which is adapted from the band’s 2019 memoir by executive producers and co-showrunners Clea DuVall and Laura Kittrell. Ahead of its fall debut, ET has an exclusive first look at the series’ cast, including TikTok personalities Railey and Seazynn Gilliland as Tegan and Sara, respectively. 

In addition to an image of Railey and Seazynn, who are making their TV debuts with the series, ET also got a first look at special guest stars Cobie Smulders and Kyle Bornheimer, who play the twins’ parents Simone and Patrick.

High School, which is also executive produced by Tegan and Sara Quin and Laura Kittrell, as well as Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Carina Sposato and Jeremy Kleiner, is the latest anticipated LGBTQ-centric project about finding your own identity, and how that journey is made even more complicated when you have a twin whose own struggles and path to self-discovery mimics your own. Set against the backdrop of the 1990s’ rave and grunge culture, the dramedy will weave together parallel and discordant memories of two sisters growing up down the hall from each other. 

“This is not, like, a goofy, surface-y show about sisters who fight over clothes. Like, this is our story. It is about identity and it is about depression and it is about drugs and alcohol and it is about sex and it is about homophobia,” Sara told ET, explaining that they wanted the series to “feel sophisticated.” 

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When ET last spoke to Sara, she opened up about adapting the memoir for TV and reuniting with DuVall, who they previously collaborated with by contributing original music to her queer Christmas rom-com, Happiest Season.  

“I remember our agent being like, ‘Man, I can see this being a TV show or a movie.’ And we were like, ‘Really, are you sure?’” Sara said, recalling how they never wrote the book with the expressed intention of taking their story to the screen. 

But soon, they realized there was an opportunity to expand queer storytelling on screen. “We don’t see stories like ours told very often,” she said, explaining that “a story about queer teenagers who are not, like, feminized or who are sisters” is very unique. 

As for working with DuVall, who co-writes and directs several episodes of High School, Sara said it made perfect sense to team up with her here. “She’s not just our friend, she’s actually kind of a sibling,” she said, explaining that they’ve spent Christmases together and have been a part of each other’s adult lives for years. 

“After she read the book, she called us and said, ‘Look, I would be honored and humbled if you would let me try to take this material and turn it into a television show,’” Sara recalled.

Now, High School is set to debut on Freevee on Oct. 14. During the network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association’s 2022 Summer Press Tour, the series unveiled its first teaser, giving fans an even closer look at what’s to come.  


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