Taking a jibe at the Indian music industry, Sonu Nigam said, at a media summit held recently, that singers from Pakistan get preference over homegrown talent, in India.
He said Indian singers have to pay music companies for shows. If they don’t, these companies play songs sung by other singers and highlight them.
He added that Pakistani singers like Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who happen to be close friends of his, never have to pay to sing at shows. And wished he’d been from Pakistan.
The singer later clarified that his ‘Pakistan’ comment was taken out of context – as all that he really wanted to highlight was that Indian singers have to pay more royalty to music companies for concert performances, as opposed to singers from across the border.
Sonu Nigam has been a part of the industry for over two decades, and this is not the first time that the singer has lashed out at something he is unhappy with. In 2017, he had asked for a ban on the use of loudspeakers at religious places, sparking some serious debates.