Thursday, January 3, 2013

GRAMMY-Nominee ARUN SHENOY Makes History as the First Singaporean nominated for a GRAMMY Award

Earlier this month, Arun Shenoy Music Publishing (ASMP), Singapore, announced a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Singaporean artist, producer and composer, Arun Shenoy, and his album titled Rumbadoodle in the Best Pop Intrumental Album field. Soon after, the artist was surprised with a second honor, as the local media confirmed he was the first Singaporean ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award.

Shenoy released Rumbadoodle, a Flamenco-flavoured instrumental album and accompanying video, in August 2012. Throughout the large scale production process that was recorded across the globe, he shared the project’s progress from afar with industry contacts around the world, which garnered critical acclaim for his work, and eventually landed him in company with fellow Pop Instrumental nominees Chris Botti, Larry Carlton, Dave Koz and Gerald Albright & Norman Brown.

The album is a labor of love, Shenoy says, recorded over several years from Spain to Pakistan, from the UK to Canada, India to LA and New York, and of course in Singapore. Combining elements of the traditional Gypsy Rumba Flamenco with a myriad of popular music forms across the aesthetics of pop, rock and jazz, Shenoy describes the record as an exploratory journey, doodling across genre boundaries as we know it today, creating a unique and true masterpiece along the way.

"I am delighted that Rumbadoodle has been embraced by the music community and recognized at this pinnacle of excellence. I am humbled by this recognition for my work,” says Arun Shenoy soonafter the results were announced.

Shenoy is one of three Indian-born artists to be nominated this year, joining Anoushka Shankar and her recently-deceased father, Ravi Shankar, who were both nominated in the Best World Music Album category. Shenoy recently paid homage to the elder Shankar in several media outlets, stating, "To say Pandit Ravi Shankar is merely an ‘influence’ would be trivializing the importance of him. Thinking back, the sound of the Sitar was always around me growing up, and it was almost always him playing it. There are two things for which I admire him: First of all, that he was unique and original. He never tried to be someone else, he developed a style which was unique from his contemporaries, and -- whether it was influencing The Beatles or even playing at Woodstock -- he never lost his own aesthetic. And, secondly, the fact that he lived and breathed music ‘til the end is inspiring. He was 92, the oldest nominee on this year’s list, quite possibly. Seeing myself on the same nominee list as him put me into a sense of disbelief. He dedicated his life to music, and I hope I can do the same. It’s a great loss to music and to the world. May his soul rest in peace, and his music continue ringing in our ears."

While Singapore is his adopted home, Shenoy stays connected with his birthplace, dedicating 100% of album sales to, a micro-loan organization serving India. He notes, “The funds raised with this campaign will be put towards an education fund setup for under-privileged in India. Folks say the truth will set you free. We like to believe that education will. So please join us and make a difference.”

Shenoy says he will make the long journey from Singapore for a round of L.A.-based meetings and The Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, the 10th of Feb 2013, broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

One can stream the full album and watch Rumbadoodle’s animated music video - produced in conjunction with NY-based Actuality Films - online at


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About Arun Shenoy
Arun Shenoy is a Singaporean songwriter and record producer originally from Bangalore, India. His production style weaves through the genres of rock n roll, worldbeat and new age music. Arun writes and produces music released as solo productions under his own name, as well as for other bands and solo artists. He broke into the limelight in 2010 with the debut EP of American rockers Tanadra that was co-written and produced by him and that yielded the hit single "Danny". This was followed in 2012 by Rumbadoodle, a solo production under his own name. He is currently busy with his follow up record slated for release in the summer of 2013. He is a showcase artist of SONY for their audio production suite and endorses PreSonus, the premier American manufacturer of live and studio sound equipment. Visit

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

REBEL INC.'s "Soundtrack To The Revolution" Named #1 Metal Album Of 2012 By THAT METAL SHOW Host Jim Florentine!

On Friday, Dec. 7th, 2012, unsigned band REBEL INC.'s new album, "Soundtrack To The Revolution," was named the #1 Metal Album of 2012 by Vh-1 Classic's, THAT METAL SHOW, host, Jim Florentine. Along with several other noted musicians and metal lovers, he listed his top 10 Metal Albums of 2012 on the #1 music blog for metal, Metal Sucks(

1. Rebel Inc — Soundtrack to the Revolution
2. Danko Jones – Rock n’ Roll Is Black n’ Blue
3. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
4. Blackberry Smoke — The Whippoorwill
5. Accept — Stalingrad
6. Million Dollar Reload — A Sinners Saint
7. Stone Sour – House Of Gold & Bones
8. Six Feet Under — Undead
9. Fear Factory — The Industrialist
10. ZZ Top — La Futura

This news comes just 17 days after "Soundtrack To The Revolution" was released on iTunes, Amazon, and several other digital distribution sites on Nov. 20. Florentine has stated on other media outlets that the album is "Amazing!" and that "REBEL INC. is an upcoming band to watch out for. They're gonna be huge one day." Great reviews are pouring in about the band's second album, and already the entire track listing is receiving radio play worldwide. REBEL INC. is independent and can be supported at:
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Twitter: @rebelincmusic

Tasmania Born Teen Sensation Maddi Rose To Debut Single "Anything But OK" On All Digital Outlets January 22

(Los Angeles, CA) From the land of down under comes Maddi Rose - the 17 year old Pop/Rock sensation gearing up to debut her first single "Anything but Ok" on Tuesday January 22 via all digital retailers. Hailing from the Gold Coast, Maddi Rose is scheduled to perform at New York City's famed Bitter End on Wednesday January 16 before heading west for her performance at Hollywood's Whisky A Go Go on Tuesday, January 22 in support of her upcoming, yet untitled album.

Born into a musical family, Maddi Rose grew up performing in her local church and took a stab at writing her own songs in her teens. Having experienced recording at the famed Grove Studios in Australia (home of recordings for Australia's diva Delta Goodrem) Maddi is gearing up to take the industry by storm with her heart-felt Stevie Nicks influenced Pop/Rock vibe reminiscent of Demi Lovato and Pink!

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Wednesday, January 16 / The Bitter End in New York City

Tuesday, January 22 / Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood

Monday, December 31, 2012

Renoir Records Releases DG Bros - Spin It Back (Original Mix)

The DG Bros are back with their latest electro house hit: "Spin it back". Endorsed, played and played again by scores of world class DJs, DG Bros coolest ever production has been drawing club goers to the dance floor like no other track in recent months. Fraught with spectacular electronic nuances and teeming with harmonic, mellow synths, "Spin it back" is just what you've been waiting for. It will be available December, 26 2012 on Trackitdown exclusively and January, 14 2013 on Beatport, iTunes, Spotify and all other stores.

Renoir Records
Via Monte Santo, 18/A
20900 Monza, Italy

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iFame TV Relaunches With Hip-Hop Legends Super Group "The Alumni"

(iFastFwd Media) - iFame TV, now airing on ROKU (in the music section), YAMGO TV, and virally on, is about to be taken over the hip-hop legends super group "The Alumni" which features Chubb Rock, Special Ed, Monie Love, Kwame, and Dana Dane. Each day of the week you can watch all exclusive new and classic performances, shows, and The Alumni trailers ending with a special live performance from Philadelphia, PA, which can only be seen on iFame TV.

iFame TV CEO Rob Schwartz says "This is thrilling for both our network and for music in general. To have five of my favorite artists not only as a group, but to have them take over our network is exciting! We are excited about the new look of our website and this is the perfect way to launch it."

Hip-hop legend Dana Dane, one fifth of The Alumni, who kicks off the takeover says, "We are amped that The Alumni is being featured to rock out with the iFame TV family. This is a historic move! Fullcircle."

The new website now features a live stream play-out which airs both online an the ROKU. It also shows of their large amount of content ranging from movies, TV shows, music videos, concerts, comedy clips, and more.

"We plan on ending 2012 with a bang!" says CTO Ray Calubayan. "We are starting with the new website with the Alumni, then rolling out the new comedy series "The Bar", then releasing a lost Tupac episode of "Dance Party" USA from 1992. We plan on releasing the trailer exclusively on our site right after The Alumni Takeover".

iFame TV (Independent Film and Music Entertainment), under the WHO?MAG Multimedia umbrella, is the new TV network catered towards music related programming. With a large variety of content ranging from classic music shows like "Dancin on Air" and "Dance Party USA" to current popular programs like DMTV and WHO?MAG TV, iFame is the new network for a new generation.

ROKU is the leading IPTV/Smart TV box reaching over 4,000,000 households nationwide while YAMGO TV reaches over 35,000,000 cellphones. iFame TV is also in the process of signing to a few new platforms, MMOs, and cable outlets.

If you would like to interview Rob Schwartz from iFame TV, or pitch programming, please contact