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Ali Hugo
Genre: pop/rock
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The Fascinating World of Indie Charts Music lovers are all too aware of the music industry charts which may or may not have an impact on an artist’s career. When assessing the sway established charts like Billboard have on influencing listener’s choices in music, and whether or not those listeners will end up spending money on buying an artist’s music, just because that artist has made it onto the billboard’s top 20, a question should pop into any music strategist mind, and that is, how relevant are the mainstream charts today? In a world where musicians have to keep track of the numbers of Spotify streams, FaceBook likes, Instagram follows and YouTube subscriptions, is topping the mainstream charts still viewed as a major accomplishment in comparison to getting 2M views on TikTok? Many would still answer with a resounding yes. British charts like Top of the Pops are no longer a reflection of record sales and popularity rather, it is a cultural institution equivalent to what American Bandstand and Soul Train used to be in the US. However, it’s worth mentioning that whereas shows like Soul Train, American Bandstand and Pop in Germany which was once a major force in the European music scene have all ran out of steam along time ago. TOTP has survived through the years because of its dynamic transformation capabilities and being able to keep up with the latest music trends. Facts such as Robbie Williams securing a Christmas number 1 album in the UK this year which was knocked off by Rod Stewart who became the oldest person in the UK to have a Number 1 Christmas album still grabs the attention of headlines. Nevertheless, there is another world that exists. A world of ethnocentric music, indie artists and DIY musician. Welcome to the world of Indie charts. First, there is the Ethnocloud Indie charts, these charts are categorized by the different regions of the globe and their musical influences. The charts are divided into audio and video charts. For example, there are the  North American top 40  and also the  West European Top 40  Ethnocloud audio and video charts. In this world of indie charts having a number 1 Christmas song on the N1M Canadian  Christian pop charts  is very much a celebrated accomplishment. The same goes for being in the top 10 of the  Canadian Latin Pop charts  and the  easy listening Indie Music charts . Although many of the artists on these indie charts are undervalued by mainstream music buyers, there can be no doubt that technological progress and factors such as globalization are increasingly bridging the divide between artists featured on mainstream charts like Billboard and those artist featured on Indie charts. In addition to this, established musicians like Nile Rodgers are gaining new followers by collaborating with other musicians featured on these indie charts. Known for giving Madonna her success with the Like a Virgin album and remixing George Michael’s first posthumous single, Nile who is estimated by celebrity to have accumulated a net worth of 70 Million Dollars still has clout in the international music industry with royalty cheques still rolling in from the disco era and Studio 54 heydays. However, what remains to be seen is the rising of a breakthrough artist who achieves iconic status as a result of successfully dominating the Indie charts. more
Hope For The Meek Ali Hugo is a recognizable name in the indie music circles, one which increasingly needs no introduction. Hugo has been back in the music scene since 2015 and in that time, Hugo has been able to achieve 3 number one hit singles in the North American indie charts and “This Love Is True” became a number #1 Global hit single in the Global indie charts. Recently Hugo has been working on a new album titled “Hope for the Meek”. The album is a blend of Christian Rock, Gospel Music, Jewish Hymns and Islamic Qasidah. This new work is a radical departure from Hugo’s 2018 Gold-certified “Time Machine” EP. With “Hope for the Meek”, Hugo is inspired by the commonalities in the three monolithic faiths which trace their roots to the prophet Abraham, they are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Although the lyrical content of Hope for The Meek is spiritual, the music is radio-friendly straight-up pop music. The album is being released on Hugo’s Belief Records label. The first single from the album  “Marching Saints”  was supposed to be released this Christmas Eve, however, Phoenix FM in the UK picked it up early and prompted Belief Records to make the single available for streaming on various platforms before the official release date. So how does “Hope for the Meek” differ from the previous [Time Machine]? For one thing, there is a commonality between both records and that is they are both based on Hugo’s personal experiences. As far as “Hope for the Meek” is concerned, in 2000 AD Hugo picked up  Karen Armstrong’s A History of God , a book that has had a lasting impact on Hugo. “What really struck me was the fact that many people view the three religions as being very different from each other instead of focusing on how the three are revealed by the very same source” “What Armstrong put across to me is the sequential theological progression of understanding the almighty through history’ ” As an artist, the book has definitely had an inspirational impact on the subject matters I want to write music about” is what Hugo conveyed when talking about “Hope for the Meek.”  Hugo affirmed that “Hope for the Meek” is certainly not the soundtrack of any theological book. “I’m sure that there are better musicians out there who are more qualified at undertaking the task of creating a soundtrack to a theological or historical book” “Hope for the Meek, is just my way of saying I’m fully committed to praising Adonai, Jehovah and Allah” “Hope for the Meek” highlights what I’ve learned from A History of God which is “He is the one same God with many names”. “Quite frankly, I wouldn’t even attempt trying to write a soundtrack to any book let alone a book which deals with the themes of theology. It’s not like it hasn’t been done before, I remember reading  Kenny Loggins book “The Unimaginable life”  while at the same time listening to the book’s soundtrack. I was quite impressed at how Kenny was able to do well on that project what he has done for movie soundtracks. At the same time, I remember reading somewhere what a challenge it was for Kenny to get the book publisher and the record company to agree on anything ”The market of “Hope for the Meek” is of a different segment, whereas “Time Machine” was targeting audiences of “80’s & 90’s retro radio shows” along with stations that play contemporary Music. “Hope for the Meek” is taking the approach of gaining airplay on Gospel and Christian music radio stations and stations that also play contemporary music. Judging from the popularity Hugo has already gained from the first single of the album ‘Marching Saints’ which is currently getting extensive airplay in the UK, “Hope for the Meek” is likely to achieve more success than “Time Machine”. Whereas Canada was the home base for [Time Machine], The UK is the home base for “Hope for the Meek”. Hugo’s first single from the album will be available on YouTube Music by Dec 23rd.   By Belief Records PR Machine more
“The challenges of a timeless classic indie record” In the winter of 2017 Canadian Indie singer-songwriter, Ali Hugo released his Indie EP  “Time Machine”.  The EP gained huge success prompting Hugo’s Canadian Indie label Mirage Records to award Hugo a Gold record in recognition of total downloads and streams of the EP’s singles. Hugo had designed a unique strategy for the promotion of “Time Machine” which appealed to music listeners yearning for the nostalgic sounds of the ’70s 80’s and ’90s. Hugo even went as far as producing a  Rockumentary  titled “Time Machine” which was selected as a finalist for a Movie Festival in Carey North Carolina. However, “Time Machine” wasn’t without its critics as one indie music blog stated “Hugo Needs to Record new songs” in reference to the nostalgic content of the  “Time Machine” EP  which was recorded during Hugo’s Teens in the 90’s. Never the less, the last single of “Time Machine; Rhythm of Love” was released on Valentine’s Day in 2019 right after releasing a limited edition CD of the EP. The deadline set for ending [Time Machine] promotional efforts was May 2019. Hugo took time out to vacation in the Indian Ocean Archipelago of  Zanzibar  where Hugo traces his ancestry. ‘The Idea was for Hugo to recuperate and come back refreshed to plan-out a new strategy for the new record” says Jeremiah Keys a fellow musician and collaborator in some of the tracks on Hugo upcoming projects. By June 2019, Hugo announced  “Hope for the Meek”  his upcoming album of spiritual music and started an online diary to update his fans on the production process of “Hope for The Meek’. However, what both Hugo and Mirage Records didn’t have a full comprehension of was the lifeline which was extended to “Time Machine” as singles from the EP re-entered the top ten of various  North American indie charts , due to popular demand by Ali Hugo Fans. This prompted popular radio shows like Oklahoma’s  “Nick & Bootsy Basement Tape Show”  to pick up Hugo’s country single “You’ll find love” while “Rhythm of Love” has been released On  RNB hits radio  and  Urban radio . The forecast right now looks like another year of “Time Machine” will be in effect. “I Think where we went wrong was that we got caught up in all of this digital hoopla and needing to do things differently” was Hugo’s comment. “Essentially what the digital music age has allowed us to do, is use strategies employed by the record industry in the 70’s, where an albums lifeline and its promotion could last up to 6 years” that was certainly the case back then with records by industry veterans such as  The Eagles  and  Santana . Hugo added “Now we’ve re-examined our strategy and took into accounts not only on-demand streams but also podcasts and streams supported by blogs content. We’ve also come up with innovative ways to repackage the songs, for example, creating secret playlists available exclusively on Hugo’s official website. In addition to this, “We’re negotiating with a few of the Chinese Music streaming service providers, to see what types of opportunities will be given to “Time Machine”, to help it crack the Chinese Music Market. “Quite frankly, I don’t think this would have worked with just any other record. The concept of Time Machine makes it a timeless classic that has taken a life of its own, by really time traveling listeners to those wonderful musical decades of the past” “ I truly believe that I’ve struck a gold mine with Time Machine and that it will take me to double-platinum stratosphere in the long run” Hugo pointed out. So What about “Hope for the Meek”? “It would be logical to view any new Ali Hugo release as a threat to Time Machine’s product lifecycle. But I disagree with that point of view, I think because the Ali Hugo content available online is limited to the hit singles of my first Album NGF and those of Time Machine, there is plenty of room for more Ali Hugo Music in the market” Hugo reassured. This disagreement has led Hugo to plan the release of “Hope for the Meek” on his own indie label  Belief Records  distributed by  Universal Music. “I keep reminding myself that I’m only human and this DIY approach has its limits, I mean; I’m still obligated to promote “Time Machine” especially now that it is picking up in Honduras, Turkey and Japan but I’m also receiving pressure from my hardcore fans to announce the expected date for the release of “Hope for the Meek”, and that’s why my team and I decided that we should at least have the first single out by this Christmas” Hugo promised. more
Vogue After many years of shying away from the camera, Ali Hugo recently collaborated on a photo-shoot with Vogue Italy photographer William Clay Autery. Autery who is originally an American from Dallas Texas owner of Anthology Media Group is well known in the fashion industry for working on projects for GQ and Vogue amongst many of the other magazines in the fashion industry. The photos from the shoot, as well as a short documentary on the collaboration, will be posted on Hugo's website by August 12th 2019. Ali Hugo PR Team Belief PR Group    #vogue; #italy; #voguecafe; #urbanbehavior; #alihugo; #clayautery; #anthologymediagroup; #beliefrecords; more
Ali Hugo is an Omani/Canadian singer-songwriter. Ali started his professional singing career at the age of eight when he joined the family “LEO” band as the lead singer. In his teens, Ali launched the “Spin Around The Mall Tour” playing at various local shopping malls. After graduating from high school, Ali focused on developing his skills as a songwriter and studio reco... more
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