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Taz Challenges BBC Asian Network

7Apr

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The BBC Asian Network was like the jewel in the crown for other Asian stations to look up to. Like most Radio presenters on Asian Radio …whether you admit it or not – most of us had escape dreams to join the BBC Asian Network.

I got plenty of BBC rejection letters that would make lovely wallpaper for my bedroom.

Even though I never got to present with them, I was still a listener and a fan. My favourites were Nihal (still love his debates and topics), Kayper, Sonnyji and Bobby Friction (the pre-antakshari Bobby Friction — sorry Bobby)

When the station was put on the chopping block in 2009, I sported the “Save BBC Asian Network” twitter ribbon on my twitter handle.  I also talked about the importance of the BBC Asian Network on 1170am in California.

The station was saved… presenters, artists and fans rejoiced. Until 2012 when the “Blood Bath” took place.

They changed the format to more Bollywood … less underground, Urban Desi and Bhangra (no more Friction lab)

We said goodbye to Kayper, Sonnyji, Dipps and Bobby got a co-host (which I thought was an insult to his intelligence) and when they started to do antakshari on air… I tuned out.

It’s never been quite the same and my argument was there were plenty of stations in the UK playing Bollywood all the time.

I still mourn for their old platform where ALL TYPES of genres were featured from Desi artists. That’s what made the Asian Network unique.

This past weekend I scrolled through my FB timeline and saw a long statement posted by Taz.  His track “Shake Ya Body” is currently at number four on the BBC Asian Network’s Download Chart.

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But even though his song is number 4, allegedly AN refuses to put this in their playlist rota.

“My new single ‘SHAKE YA BODY’ has been Nos.1 in the iTunes download charts for 4 consecutive days last week as well as entering straight into Nos.4 in your very own BBC ASIAN NETWORK CHART this morning. YET the so-called Asian Network has REFUSED to playlist the single. BUT WHY? WHO and which FOOL is making these decisions?

THIS clearly says to me that THESE DECISION’S ARE BEING MADE by someone completely BIAS or simply ignoring the fact that the playlist should be made up of POPULAR MUSIC that is decided by PUBLIC DEMAND!!! Otherwise we would be not be in the charts at NOS.1 position.

Without naming names WHEN WE ASKED a member of their team WHY WE WERE NOT PLAYLISTED the reply was – “We did not like TAZ’S chorus.”

Shouldn’t the results of chart positions be simply down to popular demand and that should the basis upon which you put your chart together?”

In my personal experience, if I worked for a station that had a top 10 or 20 list – those songs would be constantly rotating throughout the day.

I forward Taz’s statement to the BBC press office and a BBC spokesperson issued this comment. I would encourage other media publications to press for a statement.

We wouldn’t normally issue a statement to another radio station. We only usually deal directly with press on any queries/complaints.

Therefore you should go ahead with your blog posting as planned, and if we are to issue a statement I shall let you know.”

**A BBC Spokesperson emailed me a statement

BBC Asian Network’s Playlist committee make the decision on whether to add a record based on two things: relevance and merit. When making these decisions we take into account a range of information – with the most critical element being our listeners. An artist or record should be relevant to BBC Asian Network’s primary target audience of 18-34 year olds. 

 Chart position on The Official Asian Download Chart (independently compiled for BBC Asian Network by The Official Charts Company) is just one factor that we take into account. A high chart placing does not guarantee a place on the BBC Asian Network playlist. There are always more contenders than spaces each week and we cannot add every record that gets released, irrespective of the artist.

 BBC Asian Network’s Playlist process is exactly the same as on Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra and 6Music, with a Playlist committee comprised of a range of experience and input from across the station. Every station makes decisions that are informed by a range of editorial and audience factors. We recognise that music taste is subjective and we do not expect everyone to agree with every track on our playlist. But it is these decisions, along with unparalleled support for new British-Asian artists, that sets the BBC Asian Network apart from other stations and has helped us to deliver record audiences. Our audience enjoys the distinctive range of music that we support each week.

Taz is an artist who has been heavily supported by BBC Asian Network in the past, for almost 20 years, and because his new track “Shake ya Body” is not on the current playlist this does not mean that BBC Asian Network won’t play another Taz record in the future. 

An inside source told me he feels this was a political decision and the Asian Network has lost their identity.

“They have intentionally allowed the UK Asian music scene to slip because they cannot be asked to support. There is a conscious split of 75% Bollywood and 25% UK Asian music. UK Asian scene is getting marginalised,” the source revealed.

Artists like Ravi* who come from an Urban music background feels Asian Network tends to ignore artists from different genres.

“They are not interested in integrating, but truthfully they are segregating the scene.”

After Ravi’s calls and emails fell on AN’s deaf ears, he got the opportunity to go to America to meet a mainstream record label.

“Funny enough as soon as they heard this label took an interest in me, they acted like they supported me from day one. It’s a joke.” Says Ravi.

Ravi feels he doesn’t experience much backlash as before from presenters and producers, but he admits things could be better.

A DJ who has secured top 10 spots in the past on AN has had his tracks put in rotation.  He questions the chart making decisions because on the iTunes charts, he was at number one – but AN put him at number two.

But unlike Taz, his track was put in the playlist.

“If Taz made it to number four, he should be put on rotation.  If our fans are downloading our tracks and securing a spot for us on the AN Download chart – clearly they want to hear our music.” states the DJ.

Envy Worldwide who released “Shake Ya Body” stressed they’ve received good support from all media platforms, however they feel since the track is on the chart it shouldn’t be ignored on the playlist.

And like other artists that I’ve spoken to, Envy also feels the “Bollywood Fatigue” the dire need for a stronger platform to support British Asian artists and music made here in UK.

Perhaps BBC Asian Network should consider to have a town hall meeting for artists/DJs/Producers hosted by Bobby Friction (I still like you Bobby) regarding how the Download Chart process works.  It would help mend bridges and give artists a clear insight on the download chart.

*Names were changed

**Article revised BBC issued a statement

To support Taz and file a complaint click here

Here’s an old article I found on Media247.co.uk, keep in mind this was published in 2010. But the concept of the Chart show is stated here.  Perhaps a revision is in order?

 

Hor Pila De Promo (Diary of a Butterfly)

26Feb

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We reported Brit-Asian superstar Taz was named musical director for the upcoming film “Diary of a Butterfly”  starring Udita Goswami & Rati Adnihotr. Here’s a snip of Hor Pila De. Taz made a smart move when he decided to crossover to Bollywood. Although we know he gets homesick (missing his beans on toast) the amount of time and energy he’s invested in this film will be unveiled March 2nd. No doubt this is only the first in a series of musical director roles for Taz. Bollywood is surely blessed.

Whitney Houston: A triple threat talent…

12Feb

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I’m still in shell-shock over Whitney Houston’s death, I saw the breaking news story come up on my fb timeline. I googled it and all the articles confirmed the worst – Whitney Houston, Dead at 48.  Growing up in the 80s, there were two stars I always looked forward to seeing on the TV and they were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Their songs were truly iconic during that tremulous decade. Whitney had this caliber talent to carry a tune, to the point where most of us would of gone breathless – she could still harmoniously sync to the beat.

I’ll remember Whitney as a triple threat. She could sing, dance and act. As I mention on my facebook, if you are remotely BLESSED with one of those talents it can take you far – but if you have all three – there’s NO LIMITS to your potential. However the demons Whitney faced, like so many of our talented superstars were drugs. She coined the term on the 2002 Diane Sawyer interview “crack is whack” that open a can of worms for comedians to poke fun at her. Right now there’s silence, no one is laughing – all we hear is her amazing vocals coming out of our speakers, TVs, computers and smart phones.

People are suspecting the cause of death had to do with drugs, we won’t know until the coroner report comes out. In my opinion, I think her heart just gave out on her. Dr. Drew talked about addict recovery on CNN, if he had been treating Whitney, he would of advised her to take two years off. In 2010, Whitney told Oprah she was clean, I think she just bit off more than she could chew and it killed her. For those of us who have dealt with drugs issues, whether its our own or family/friends, the rule is take one day at a time. Sometimes planning ahead can lead to one’s demise.

I’ll miss Whitney. But like all great artists, her legacy will live through her music and talent. Be sure to watch the Grammys tonight, Jennifer Hudson will pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.

Urban Desi Artists/Talent comments on Whitney….

Taz (Stereo Nation) – I am very sad today as one of my favorite singers has unfortunately passed away. She was an inspiration to artists all over the world, may her soul rest in peace. She truly had the voice of an angel. GOD BLESS

S-Endz/Casey Rain – RIP Whitney Houston :(

Diamond Duggal – I was talking about Whitney’s talent just yesterday…a few hours later I heard the news…a very sad loss…

Mira Veda – RIP Whitney

Mentor Beats – RIP Whitney Houston. Life is too short. Enjoy it while you can. God bless x

The Truth – I know im late but R.I.P one of the greatest ever to do it….Whitney Houston! My love is your love…P

Panjabi Hit Squad – RIP Whitney Houston :-(

Indy Beats – She sung like an Angel but spent too much time in the company of the Devil – R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Sullee J – R.I.P (Picture of Whitney with Tupac)

Mixman Shawn – R.I.P. Whitney Houston…

Tarli Digital – Whitney Houston? RIP? Noooooooo! :-(

Sunny Sahota – RIP Whitney

Raxstar – Damn. #RIPWHITNEY

Bobby Friction – I brought her debut single on 12″ back in my teens…I fell in love with her.xx RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON

Raghav – I can’t believe it… Whitney houston.. We’ll miss u.. All vocalists try to reach that level of vocal perfection… Stunned..

Bohemia – RIP the great Whitney Houston. Will always love you.

Jay Sean – This is so so tragic.Another legend just gone.There were No gimmicks, no tricks, no autotune with her.Whitney was just brilliant.That’s all

H Dhami – Warrup ma people..top night of gigs,apart 4m hearing da tragic passing away off the legend Whitney Houston… A voice that will live 4ever x

MC Special – Just heard the sad news of the loss of #Whitney #Houston RIP 1963-2012 totally in shock. Great vocalist

Swami Baracus – Still sad to hear of whitney houston… this woman was the benchmark for how other voices were judged. Another talent lost to recreation…

Nindy Kaur – RIP Whitney Houston…she was a great singer and will be remembered. I really liked some of her songs, especially…

RDB – Wow another legendary voice gone :( Rest In Peace Whitney Houston…fans please keep her daughter and family in your prayers – RDB

Janina Gavankar – ….just found out about Whitney.

DJ Fricktion – Omg Whitney Houston Died? Shocking!!

Maz (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney Houston… Despite her controversy she had a voice that will be remembered forever.A true diva and legend.

Ziggy (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney houstan. We just lost a legend.

Desi Comedy – Jeff Ross did real time Whitney Houston jokes… Wow and definitely not too soon.

DJ Rekha – here is when i truly hope this soul will rest in peace for it seems she had little or none in her short life. Whitney Houston RIP

Humble The Poet – Whitney Houston Dead at 48 That is definitely a voice the world will miss One Love

Taz’s Valentine Surprise for the Lovers Out There…

13Jan

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Taz let Urban Desi Radio know that he’s working on a new single called “Dil Deke Dekleh” (Be My Valentine) dedicated to all the lovers and lovers-to-be out there. It will be dropping on itunes soon, we will keep you posted! Isn’t Taz such a romantic? Makes us go awwwwwww!!!!!!

Urban Desi Radio TOP 60 Desi Beats for 2010

26Dec

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A year in review of Urban Desi, Bhangra and Underground Desi beats right here on Urban Desi Radio. Tune in to the Junction this week to listen to the top 60 Desi beats! Be sure to submit your new tracks to urbandesiradio@gmail.com.

Listen to the TOP 60 Desi Beats Show

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60. The Raj – Panjabi MC

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59. Leave with you – Sir Aah ft. Nipsey Hussle

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58. I Love You – Stereo Nation (Johnny Jockey House Mix)

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57. Baa Farke – Highflyers ft. Kaka Bhainiwala

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56. Calle Ocho Remix – G Deep feat. Don Revo

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55. Rabba Es Dil Nu – Dilpreet Bhatia

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54. Sang Lagdi – Bobby Kang

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53. The Bazaar by Night – Sammy Chand

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52. Scooter Singh – Caravan Crookz n Ash King

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51. Jee Le – Navin Kundra

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50. Chori Chori (Dhol n Bass mix) – DJ Monte-S feat. Dark MC

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49. Bhangra Bump – Osama Com Laude & Talal Qureshi

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48. Permission – Veronica ft. Mumzy Stranger (prod. Rishi Rich)

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47. Ice Breaker – Trishna Amin

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46. Celt Islam – Dub Reflex

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45. Leja Kite Door – Harleen Singh

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44. Munda Hogaya Sharabi – Gippy Grewal & Bohemia

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43. I think I’m gonna kamasutra – Rasika

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42. Jatt Diyan Reesan – S Klass

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41.  Bol Fakira Bol – Panjabi Architect feat. Gurdas Maan

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40. Type of Guy – G Town Desi

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39. Ishq Brandy – Amit Rai

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38. Jatt Di Jawani – Gupsy Aujla

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37. Galay Lag Ja – Bonafide ft. Kam Frantic

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36. United We Stand – Sabotage feat. vartious artist

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35. Door Ni Kulne – Manni Sandhu

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34. Naag 2 – Popsy/Jazzy B

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33. Dil De De – Garry Sandhu

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32. Tum Habibi -Parichay

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31. Iranian Girl – P. Cantell

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30. Holi Holi – Taz/Bohemia

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29. Enhi Sohni – DJ Harvey

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28. Balle Balle – JR Dread

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27. Pindh Wich Balle Balle – DJ Sanj/Satwinder Birdi

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26. Putt Jatt Da – Jaz Dhami

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25. Sadeh Naal – Pree Mayall

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24. Nach Bhabiye – Taj E & Bee 2

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23. Keep A Secret – Raje

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22. London Town – Sam Khan

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21. 2012 – Jay Sean

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20. O O Jaane Jaana 2010 Remix – Jay Dabhi

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19. Captivated – Mira Veda

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18. Kya Karoon – The Truth ft. Mentor Beats

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17. Oye Hoye – Jagga

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16. Bruahh – Foji Gill

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15. Kiss (Chumma) – Blitz feat Rdb

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14. Turn the music up – The Bilz & Kashif

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13. It’s a Cry – Sullee J

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12. So Much (neoDesi mix) – Raghav ft. H Dhami

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11. Kaun Nachdi – PBN

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10. Johal Boliyan – Kulvinder Singh Johal

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09. Ik Jindree – Bikram Singh/Ishmeet

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08. Love lockdown – Janina

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07. Desi Nukhre – Taz/Mixman

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06. Bhangra Pauna – AMX

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05. Aisee Taisee – Mandeep Sethi

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04. Fly with me – Mumzy Stranger

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03. Morni Di Tor Waliye – En Karma

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02. Jeevay Pakistan – Bonafide

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01. Famous in the club – Jasmine Sandlas ft. RD

The Junction – 08/05/10 show

9Aug

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Jump on the train with Petz, bringing you UK/US desi music. abstract/underground desi tracks and a sprinkle of bollywood/mainstream…

The Junction – July 29th show

2Aug

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Jump on the train with Petz, bringing you UK/US desi music. abstract/underground desi tracks and a sprinkle of bollywood/mainstream…

Playlist

1. 2012 – Jay Sean

2. Amplifier (Dance ReFix by Aman Statis) – Imran Khan

3. Kiss (Chumma) – Blitz feat. RDB

4. Till I Come – ATB (Dedicated to Hera)

5. Captivated – Mira Veda

6. Bruahhh – Foji Gill

7.  Jaan Toh Pyaari – JR Dread

8. They Can’t Tear it down – Young Fateh

9. Tu Cheez Bari Mast (16 years later remix)  – DJ Sarj

10. Tere Bina Nahi Nachna – En Karma feat. H Dhami

11. Cell Phone – Jasmine Sandlas

12. (you got mail track) Jatt by Rav

13. London Town – Sam Khan ft. Dazzle

14. Kaun Hain Woh (Who’s that girl)  – Taz

15. Rabba Es Dil Nu – Dilpreet Bhatia

Taz Big Bash @ Apaches Bar

31Jul

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Twist and Shout has gone platinum in India, as we previous reported, I know Taz and he LOVES to party. Check out these pictures of him at the Twist and Shout launch party in Birmingham at Apaches Bar. Sonia Deol was up in the mix and it looks like Taz & Apache Indian gave the crowd a good show! Photos taken by Kamal Uddin.

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Taz on Sound Cloud

27Jul

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A couple of weeks ago, we broke the news that Taz’s new album “Twist and Shout” went platinum in India. Taz opened a soundcloud account, now you can listen to the album Twist and Shout! Check it out and see why it became platinum in India!!! Be sure you request these tracks on your local radio stations…

Latest tracks by stereonation

Your First Song for your Wedding?

24Jul

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This week on “Street Talk” with PHS, Rav and Dee, they asked “what would be your alternative first song for your wedding?” I just finished listening to “Desi Rock” from Swami… the beat was fresh in my head, I was picturing “Desi Rock” as a first wedding song, I would love to have it as my first song… its an upbeat tempo, I like how its different and unique. I would love to have Swami be there PERSONALLY at my wedding… that would ROCK. Follow up by Taz singing “Rapture of Love”

Taz and Swami…. I would be in Urban Desi Heaven…. I wonder if the PHS boys made fun of my pick off air? Check out Panjabi Hit Squad on the BBC Asian Network every Saturday.