With the first half of the year coming to a culmination, it is the most apt time to write a half-yearly report of the Punjabi music industry in 2018. With numerous projects in the pipeline at the start of the year, there was a sense of exhilaration in the hearts of the fans. In this article, we will be throwing light on whether the might which those intriguing projects possessed on paper was converted into success or not.
If there is one singer who has made his presence felt throughout the year thus far, he is Sidhu Moose Wala. With four songs in six months, Moose Wala has constantly featured on most people’s gadgets. People were still basking in his songs of the last year when on the fourth day of the year he came out with ‘Just Listen’. In which was more of a platform where the singer had expressed his feelings and past and current experiences, the song went on to become as instant hit. Written by Moose Wala himself, the song was musically directed by BYG BIRD.
The Valentine’s Day saw Moose Wala jumping genres successfully as he made full optimum use of the occasion to release his first romantic song. In May and June, Moose Wala’s presented his fans with ‘Tochan’ and ‘Famous’ respectively.
A hard-fought battle fought in the first week of the year saw Nimrat Khaira returning to conventional ways with ‘Brobar Boli’. Having said that, it was Gurnam Bhullar who emerged the winner in not just the first week of the year but its first half as well. The song ‘Diamond’ not only broke all his previous records in terms of achieving success with a song but has unequivocally emerged as the best song of the year so far.
Diamond also emerged as Jass Records’ biggest hit so far. The song was penned down by Vicky Dhaliwal and musically directed by Ikwinder Singh. Roopi Gill, who starred opposite Bhullar in the music video, was seen adding another hit in her arsenal.
The second week of the year saw Kulwinder Billa putting on display a balancing act with the song ‘Mere Yaar’. Later in the month, Jassie Gill’s ‘Dill Ton Blacck’ emerged as a bog-standard party track to the extent that even the presence of Badshah couldn’t prevent it from failing to stand tall on our expectations.
The month of February saw Jordan Sandhu’s ‘Teeje Week’ scaling to unimaginable heights. Written by Bunty Bains and musically directed by The Boss, the song is being played in our playlists till date. In the following month, Ranjit Bawa took the mantle onto himself as he released the title song of his album, ‘Ik Tare Wala‘. At his uttermost best, Bawa proved as to why he is at the top of the tree when it comes to the folk genre.
Bamb Beats, Amrit Maan’s own music label, was also introduced in March. ‘Trending Nakhra‘, the first song under the label, was as trending as its name. Parmish Verma’s ‘Shada’ was (and still is) tormenting for us but it has emerged as one of the top dancing numbers of the year so far. Shada is a certain contender for the category ‘Love me or hate me, but you can’t ignore me’. In the last week of March, Ninja, Goldboy and Umesh Karmawala’s team was at it again in Himanshi Khurana-starrer ‘Ajj Vi Chaunni Aah’.
Apart from Himanshi making her debut as a singer with ‘High Standard‘, there was nothing much which happened as far as individual music was concerned in the month of April. Perhaps, the limitation on fake views on YouTube had possessed a challenge for our singers.
Sharry Maan’s ‘Motor’ and Veet Baljit’s ‘Doctor’ released in May. Both the songs attracted a chunk of the audiences for a limited period of time without doing anything substantial. The last month of the first half in June saw a new sensation being born in Jas Manak. ‘Prada’ might not be his first song but will surely go as a song which gave him the limelight in its real sense.
To close the first half of the year was Tarsem Jassar’s second album in ‘Turbanator‘. The title track of the album, ‘Countrysiders’, ‘Stone Jade’ and ‘Ik Do Gazlan’ were our top picks from the nine-song album. The second half of the year is likely to bring forward more number of songs for the wedding season will begin in the winters which automatically sees the release of a plethora of new songs.