Indian pop

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Not to be confused with Indie pop.
Ahmed Rushdi, the first regular Pop singer of South Asia
Euphoria (Indian band) perform at the Red Bull SoundClash Concert in Dubai in November 2014

Indian pop music (Hindi: हिन्दुस्तानी पॉप संगीत) often known as Indian-Pop, Hindi Pop, Indipop or Indi-pop, refers to pop music originated in the South Asian region with the playback singer Ahmed Rushdi's song ‘Ko Ko Korina’ in 1966[1][2][3] and has since then been adopted in India, Bangladesh, and lately Sri Lanka, and Nepal as a pioneering influence in their respective pop cultures. Following Rushdi's success, Christian bands specialising in jazz started performing at various night clubs and hotel lobbies in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Dhaka and Lahore. They would usually sing either famous American jazz hits or cover Rushdi's songs.[4]

The term refers to studio albums in contrast to filmi i.e., motion picture soundtrack music, for Indian cinema. The term Indipop was first used by the British-Indian fusion band Monsoon in their 1981 EP release on Steve Coe's Indipop Records.[5][6] Pop music began gaining popularity across the Indian subcontinent with Pakistani singers Nazia Hassan and Zohaib, forming a sibling duo whose records, produced by the Indian Biddu, sold as many as 60 million copies.[7] The launch of MTV India and Channel V in late 1990s gave a huge push to India-pop music. It was this time when the music reached its greatest heights. Music was greatly affected by online piracy and peer-to-peer sharing in the early 2000s. This forced bands and artists to perform in live shows to earn their livelihoods, instead of focus on creating new albums, which wouldn't be able to sell for money. Music also became more regional, such as Bhangra Pop and Tamil Rap. In the late 2000s, Indi-pop music faced increasing competition from filmi music. Major pop singer stopped releasing albums and started singing for movies.

Indipop Bands and Groups[edit]

Indipop Singers and Musicians[edit]