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DJ Nihal and Sony Music Release Milestone Asian Music Compilation Album titled ‘The Asian Collection’.

As the weather turns and hopes are raised for another balmy ‘Indian Summer’, what better way to get in the mood than to change your playlist to the sounds of the very best in Asian music?

Sony Music, the award-winning No.1 record company for UK compilations, and Asian music aficionado/ BBC Broadcaster and DJ, Nihal, have created an alternative soundtrack for the summer of 2015, with the release of an exciting new compilation album – The Asian Collection.

Nihal Arthanayake, one of the leading torch-bearers of the Asian music industry for many years, has collated over 50 tracks that create an explosive mix of Bollywood and British Asian classics. The compilation is a truly inspiring mix of flavours, and includes huge hits from iconic artists such as: A.R. Rahman, Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Apache Indian, Panjabi MC, Bally Sagoo, Raghav, Dr. Zeus, Diljit Dosanjh, Honey Singh, Talvin Singh and Jazzy B.

With over 50 tracks on the album, The Asian Collection is the first ever time a major label has been able to bring together so many iconic artists and styles together. The album features an impressively wide range of tracks from familiar mainstream artists who have embraced Asian sounds and influences, incorporating traditional instruments, samples and production techniques into their contemporary releases, such as Jay Z, Missy Elliot, Pussycat Dolls with their unforgettable version of ‘Jai Ho’ for the Slumdog Millionaire box office hit, Major Lazer whom are riding high in the current UK chart and Brit-Asian urban superstar Jay Sean. Not forgetting a sprinkling of Bollywood in the form of tracks from well-known films such as Desi Girls (Dostana), Rang De Basanti from the film of the same name, Tu Hi Mera (Jannat 2) and Tere Naina (My Name Is Khan).

The Asian Collection, is also a timely tribute to the amazing phenomenon of the Mela, which can be likened to the major British music festivals, and in the same vein are great live platforms for the plethora of Brit-Asian artists and bands. Whether you’re an avid festival goer or a novice to the Asian music scene and you fancy getting into the spirit, then now’s the time to try out one of the many Melas - the south Asian name for a gathering or festival - and where the enthralling sounds of British Asian music blast out from stages across massive fields, with tens of thousands of people dancing, eating and having a fantastic time. All free of charge!

Nihal, famous for his ground-breaking Radio 1 show and currently presenting a debate show on BBC Asian Network while regularly DJ’ing and curating events across the UK, is truly at the heart of both the music scene and the Asian community as a whole. He says of the project:

“The album is actually like your own private version of a Mela, with an eclectic mix of sounds from the subcontinent. When you go to a Mela you’ll hear Bollywood from one area, Bhangra and Asian R&B blaring from the main stage, classical music from one of the cultural tents and everything in between!

“Selecting the tracks is always challenging as there is so much music to choose from. I wanted the album to showcase the diverse sounds that have emerged from both the UK and the subcontinent. The album features some great classics that everyone will recognise, no matter what their ethnic heritage, combined with some big Bollywood tunes that are guaranteed floor fillers and family favourites. Plus of course the very best of British Asian music which doesn’t belong to just one genre – we have UK made traditional Bhangra inspired by folk music from the Punjab region of India, urban tracks, and good old commercial pop! Just press play and be taken on a journey through the world of Asian Music”

CD 1

1. Panjabi MC – Beware Of The Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke) (Jay-Z Remix Edition)

2. Jay Sean Feat. Lil Wayne – Down

3. A R Rahman, The Pussycat Dolls Feat. Nicole Scherzinger - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)

4. Vishal & Shekhar - Desi Girl

5. Diljit Dosanjh & Honey Singh - Lak 28 Kudi Da

6. Jaz Dhami Feat. Yo Yo Honey Singh - High Heels

7. Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On

8. Rishi Rich Project, Jay Sean & Juggy D - Dance With You

9. Major Lazer x DJ Snake Feat. MØ - Lean On

10. DJ VIPS - Long Gawacha (Bashment Mix)

11. Nucleya & Benny Dayal - Tamil Fever

12. A.R. Rahman / Daler Mehndi / K S Chitra - Rang De Basanti

13. Bally Sagoo - Choli Ke Peeche

14. Garry Sandhu Feat. Roach Killa - Dil De De

15. Jazzy B Feat. Apache Indian - Dil Luteya

16. Dr. Zeus & Master Rakesh Feat. Deepti & Shortie – Kangna

17. PBN Feat. Sanjay Dhaliwal - Aaj Me Peeni

18. Bups Saggu Feat. Nirmal Sidhu - Punjabi Hurrr

19. Jay Status & DJ Sanj - Katal Kare

20. Jags Klimax Feat. Angrej Ali - Nazara

CD 2

1. Ajay-Atul / Udit Narayan & Sunidhi Chauhan - Gun Gun Guna

2. Raghav - Teri Baaton

3. Jatin-Lalit / Amit Kumar / Sonu Nigam / Alka Yagnik / Udit Narayan / Kavita Krishnamurthy - Bole Chudiyan

4. Outlandish – Aicha

5. Bally Sagoo - Dil Cheez

6. Pritam - Tu Hi Mera

7. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Piya Re Piya Re (Remix)

8. Vishal & Shekhar - Khabar Nahi

9. Shankar Ehsaan Loy – Sajdaa

10. A.R. Rahman - Tere Bina

11. Aman Hayer, Feroz Khan & Vinni - Dil Nai Lagda

12. Badmarsh & Shri - Mathar

13. NaamLess Feat. Rita Morar - Sajana

14. Niraj Chag – Bangles

15. Shakthishree & Dheekshitha - Naan Nee

16. Sachin Jigar – Saibo

17. Dr. Zeus & Master Rakesh Feat. Sai Priya - Kangna (Acoustic Mix)

CD 3

1. Nitin Sawhney - Homelands

2. Anoushka Shankar – Beloved (Thievery Corporation Remix)

3. Talvin Singh - Traveller (Kid Loco's Once Upon A Time In The East Mix)

4. Rita Morar & Talal Qureshi – Piya (Official Remix)

5. Trickbaby – December Blues

6. Fire-Tiger Feat. Sabrina, Biti & Amrita (Enalay) - Veh Vanjaria

7. Pritam - Dil Ibaadat

8. Roop Kumar Rathod - Maula Mere Maula

9. Juggy D - Akheer

10. Jay Sean – Stolen

11. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Feat. Shreya Ghoshal - Rim Jhim

12. Shankar Ehsaan Loy - Tere Naina

13. Vishal & Shekhar - Ishq Wala Love

14. Niraj Chag - Khwaab (Bengali)

15. Midival Punditz - Night

16. Prem Joshua - Mangalam (Chillums At Dawn Remix)