Actor Mehwish Hayat has a message for iTunes and Apple Music.
Taking to the micro-blogging site on Thursday, the actor shared photos of Coke Studio Pakistan songs available on the app, to indicate that they are classified as ‘Indian Pop’ music. Atif Aslam CS’s presentation is visible in the windows Tajdar-e-Haramamong others, listed under the category of Indian Pop.
There are many displays Coke Studio Session, Coke Studio Season 8 and Coke Studio Season 14 listed under ‘Worldwide’ and ‘Asia’ categories. In his tweet, Hayat wrote, “Just noticed how iTunes/Apple categorizes music—gateway music, our Coke Studio Pakistan like ‘Indian Pop’. Others are ‘Worldwide’ or ‘Asian’—anything but ‘Pakistani’.”
Insulting the service, he asked, “Come on Apple Music, give us the little thing! Coke Studio this is Pakistan’s success and we deserve recognition.”
Just note that the iTunes/Apple music – music label classifies our Coke Studio Pakistan as “Indian Pop”. Other categories are ‘Worldwide’ or ‘Asia’ – anything but ‘Pakistani’. Come on Alabi NewsAppleMusic give us this! Coke Studio is a Pakistani success & we deserve recognition. pic.twitter.com/Kd3yfrgXkU
— Mehwish Hayat TI (Alabi NewsMehwishHayat) March 10, 2023
Some have already praised Hayat’s decision to call the shots. “Mehwish was the only one who dared to raise her voice. In fact, Pakistan’s coke studio has its own class, standard and respect. It should be shown differently,” said a user. . “So strong to think about! Pakistani music deserves a name, and you are the first person to advocate for this! added another.
However, a user pointed out, “If it’s ‘Indian’, it will sell. Pakistanis in the US give their restaurants Indian names to get more customers.” buy. Nobody likes us. We’re known for our guns, violence, and abuse. That’s who we are. A gun for hire.” One wrote, “It’s a problem in many places. ‘Pakistan’ is a bad ad, it gives a bad impression to consumers.”
Many users, though, felt the false ad needed to be called out and corrected. “The industry should be stopped. Resist, and change!” hold a fan.
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