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Adding to its pedigree is creative director Spike Jonz and Vice, the ultra-hip content factory often likened to MTV in its raging hormone growth stage. {Ex-MTV/Viacom supremo Tom Freston is big investor and advisor.} More importantly, the YouTube Music Awards have already drawn a blue chip advertiser, Kia. The Korean auto giant has signed on as the exclusive title sponsor of the 90-minute live show. Major advertisers want and are willing to pay a premium to reach a young, engaged audience. YouTube is staying mum, but ad rates for its award show could easily demand rates 25-50 percent higher than usual fare. While theres been some softening of video ad rates over the last several months given so much available inventory, music video ad rates have stayed consistently strong on YouTube, according to video ad buying platform TubeMogul . Launching the YouTube Music Awards is offense programming. YouTube is the No. 1 search engine in the world for music, says BTIG media analyst Rich Greenfield. The YouTube Music Awards are a logical step. We see how original programming helped Netflix increase its traffic. A wide-range of competitors want to be the music streaming service of choice, whether its Vevo or Vimeo. Recently launched iTunes Radio, Spotify and Pandora, theyre all competition for the ears and hearts of the music audience.

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By Associated Press, Kenny Rogers, You Cant Make Old Friends (Warner Bros.) Kenny Rogers enters his 75th year with an album that blends the familiar with the challenging, seeking new hits and pursuing new ideas even as he enters the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas His age occasionally shows in the raggedness at the edges of his vocal tone. But Rogers always made the huskiness of his voice work for him, and that holds true through most of these 11 new songs. Impressively, he hits high, forceful notes when required, matching longtime duet partner Dolly Parton on the soaring passages of the wistfully sentimental title tune, which would have fit on any of his solo albums from decades past. On the progressive side, Rogers tackles the struggles of a Mexican immigrant on the Spanish-tinged ballad Dreams Of The San Joaquin; a jaunty Gulf Coast dance tune on Dont Leave Me in the Night Time, featuring accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco; and a complex narrative about fighting darkness in the modern world on Turn This World Around, a duet with young singer-songwriter Eric Paslay. He occasionally reaches too far, as in Merica, certainly the first patriotic tune to reference a spanked child and a drunken uncle. For the most part, though, Rogers proves he can still deliver the romantic ballads and dramatic narratives on which his reputation rests. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Sung by Osman Mir and Aditi Paul , it is a happy, naughty and fun song. Do not confuse it with the fast paced dance number. One might find it difficult to understand the language, but the passion in the music hooks the listeners. “Ishqyaun dhishqyaun” is all about fun and frolic. Slightly lengthy, its music has a little disc spinning. The next track will blow you off. Singer Arijit Singh surprises with “Lal ishq”. It starts with temple bells and has a spiritual feel to it. It can strike an instant chord with the emotional audiences. The singer takes the song and the music to another level. “Lahu muh lag gaya” is high on music, but not attention grabbing. The end of the song is interesting as it gets high on emotional content.