Sonu Nigam, a notable Indian singer who enjoys widespread popularity in Bollywood, is unhappy with the current circumstances in the biz.
In an interview with Aaj Tak, the singer’s comments made it seem as though he isn’t happy about the popularity of Pakistani singers who come from across the border.
“Sometimes, I feel as if it would have been better if I were from Pakistan. At least I would get offers from India.”
When the Main Hoon Na vocalist’s comments made headlines, he stated that his statement had been taken out of context.
The singer clarified in a Facebook post that his statement was referring to reality that Indian music companies have native artists pay 40-50% of their concerts remunerations to them. Yet foreign artists, particularly Pakistani singers, are exempt from this practice.
“Sometimes in an attempt to make headlines catchy and sensational, some journalists miss the real content.”
The singer made the comment at the Aaj Tak Summit when he was speaking on the issue of way far more remixes being churned out than original tracks. The singer then moved onto the issue of how Indian singers have to pay to sing at Indian events and concerts while foreign artists do not.
He named Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as artists that he can verify do not have to pay, given that Atif is a friend of his.
The singer mentioned that the rising trend in record companies production of remixes is due to the fact that they’re no longer utilizing the services of native composers, lyricists and artist.
“Earlier, the composers, lyricists and singers created a song. Now, the music companies have taken over that job.”