Shayan Italia in Top 10 of Britain’s popular music chart


October 12, 2007

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A young Indian has made a dazzling debut in the international music market, whizzing to the top ten of Britain’s popular TV Airplay Music Chart even before his album is officially launched.

Hyderabad-born Shayan Italia’s Reflection is fourth on the list, next only to Foo Fighters (The Pretender) , Mark Ronson Feat.Amy Winehouse (Valerie) and Kanye West (Stronger) , according to the latest Music Week . The 28-year-old musician held an exclusive live performance for a select gathering at the famous Mint Leaf Restaurant here last night where Lord Karan Bilimoria described him as a budding music superstar.

“He will be the third greatest Zoroastrian musician after Zuben Mehta and Freddie Mercury,” Lord Bilimoria said. A superb vocalist, Shayan also writes his own songs. Many music experts interpret his album as mixture of light rock, funk, soft jazz, disco, pop and anything in between.

Shayan told reporters his music “incorporates the three best elements of Indian music into his work – poetic lyrics, simple yet powerful music arrangements and crystal clear vocals.” Asked whether he planned to perform in India, Shayan said he would do so after holding performances in the UK, Europe and Japan in the next two years.

Born and brought up in Hyderabad, the baby-faced musician came to London in 1999 after tragically losing both his parents at a young age.