It’s sad to see pop music dying: Raghav

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

NEW DELHI - Britain-based singer Raghav, who made people groove to his songs “Angel eyes” and “Let’s work it out”, feels sad about the dwindling popularity of pop music, but is confident that the genre will bounce back.

“It’s sad to see that pop music is losing its fervour and dying. But I am optimistic that the pop genre will once again return,” Raghav told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“We need to step up efforts and convince people in India, which can only be done through media,” he added.

Raghav has been trained under American vocal coach Seth Riggs who produced Grammy Award winners, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Barbara Streisand, and others.

His trademark style includes hip-hop, R&B, Hindi popular music, reggae, Indian classical music and soul. Raghav’s new album has 18 tracks, which include Hindi as well as English songs.

The singer had created a buzz with his debut album “Storyteller” that sold more than 1.3 million copies globally in 2005. He later came out with another album called “Identity”. He is once again returning to the music scene with his third album “Raghav’s Greatest Hits”.

The 29-year-old singer says he feels nice to see so many international artists coming to India and collaborating with Indian composers.

“It is good to see that the ship is sailing on the other side and international artists are collaborating with Indian composers. This shows how popular is Indian music getting in the West,” he said.

Winner of the the Best Single and Best Newcomer awards at the 2005 UK Asian Music Awards, Best Chart Act at the 2005 Urban Music Awards and Best Artist at the 2005 Southern Asian Music Awards, Raghav had previously revealed that he would love to compose and write songs for Bollywood.

And the singer’s wish seems to have been granted, as he has already started working on a Bollywood project.

“Yes, I am composing for a Bollywood film but I won’t discuss the details because it’s a surprise,” he said.

Raghav has also composed a fast track for American animated series “Family Guy”.

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