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New BANKS Album

BANKS' new album The Altar is out today. I was looking forward to it since I really like her first one, Goddess. I even listened to Goddess last night in anticipation of the new one! lol.

I listened to The Altar on Spotify and it's a good album. I think some songs are similar to Goddess but it's a bit of a different vibe in some ways. My favourite songs so far are F**k With Myself (I bought it a couple of months ago on iTunes), Lovesick and Judas. I also like Gemini Feed and Mind Games. I expect when I listen to it more, I'll have more I like because some songs take a few listens to get into. :) I thought Better which was released last November was going to be on the album but it isn't.

Thought I'd share my faves today. There are no official videos/audios for a couple of them yet but I'll update if they come on. Some of the songs are explicit.

This is a video from a live performance of Lovesick two years ago: 



 This is Mind Games:



And here is Judas. Think …

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Something About You by Majid Jordan. They are a music duo from Canada, most well known for producing and featuring on Canadian rapper/singer Drake's song Hold On, We're Going Home in 2013. (I really like that song; I should feature the video sometime!).

The duo consists of singer Majid Al Maskati and record producer Jordan Ullman. Jordan is from Toronto and Majid has lived in Bahrain in the Middle East and London but later moved to Canada. The pair met at the University of Toronto in 2011 and released their debut EP Afterhours on Soundcloud, using the name Good People. They went on to sign to OVO Sound, the record label co-owned by Drake and brought out their first official single and EP both called A Place Like This in July 2014.

Majid Jordan's other singles are Her, Forever, My Love featuring Drake and Something About You. They released their self titled debut album this February. Their latest song is Free (Us); I don't think it's actuall…

Top 10 Christina Aguilera Songs

Along with Mariah Carey and Jennifer LopezChristina Aguilera is one of my favourite singers. I've done Top 10 posts for Mariah and Jennifer so today I thought I'd do one for Christina too. :)


1. Genie in a Bottle

This is my favourite Christina song of all. It's her debut single and was released in America in June 1999 but I think it came out around October in the UK. Genie in a Bottle is from Christina's debut self titled album and is one of her best selling singles to date, reaching No 1 in the US, UK, Ausrralia and Canada and No 2 in other countries. There's a Spanish version which appears on her album Mi Reflejo (My Reflection), Genio Atrapado (which translates as something like "Trapped Genie").

I included it in my recent Top 10 Summer Songs post.



Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Side to Side by Ariana Grande featuring rapper Nicki Minaj. It's the latest single from Ariana's 3rd album Dangerous Woman. She and Nicki performed it at the recent MTV  Video Music Awards.




Check out the MTV performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A42N4IygFcg


And for more videos from Dangerous Woman visit this post: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/new-ariana-grande-videos.html

New AlunaGeorge Album

British duo AlunaGeorge have a new album out today called I Remember. I just listened to it earlier on  Spotify.  I have their first album Body Music which came out 3 years ago and it's good, so I was looking forward to the new release.

I like I Remember although not as much as Body Music. But I've only listened to it once so far and sometimes it can take a few listens for songs to grow on you. I haven't decided yet if I'll buy the whole album or buy individual songs.  Here are my fave songs on it. :)


Meditator

This is my favourite song of all. I've been listening to it a lot since I first heard it at the beginning of the month. I included it in my most recent music update. It's not a single (maybe in the future though?) so there's no video.

Meditator has a nice, relaxed vibe.





Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Bang by American singer Nicole Scherzinger. She is most famous for being the lead singer of vocal/dance group The Pussycat Dolls but is now a solo artist and X-Factor UK judge.

Nicole started her career as part of girl group Eden's Crush in 2001. They were formed on the American version of the reality show Popstars. I remember Nicole appeared with Eden's Crush in an episode of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch! Eden's Crush split-up in late 2001/early 2002 and she went on to join the Pussycat Dolls (PCD) in 2003.

In  September 2006 Nicole featured on rapper and producer Diddy/P.Diddy's single Come To Me and the following July she released her debut single Whatever U Like featuring rapper T.I. She brought out 3 more singles that year including Baby Love featuring rapper, producer and Black Eyed Peawill.iam (which later appeared on a bonus CD as part of PCD's 2nd album Doll Domination) and Supervillan. She planned to release her debut album Her Name is …

Albanian Music

I've been listening to some Albanian music lately, so thought I'd do a post on it. :) While I like some Eastern European artits such as Elena Risteska (Macedonian) and Zulya (Tatar/Russian) and I'd hadn't heard much Albanian music before. Here are 4 Albanian/Kosovan artists I've been listening to.


Era Istrefi

Era Istrefi (also known as ERA) is a Kosovar (Kosovan Albanian) singer from Pristina in Kosovo. Her mother Suzana Tahirsylaj was a famous singer in the 80s and 90s and her older sister Nora (see below) is also a singer and started her career in the mid 2000s. Era herself debuted on the music scene in 2013 with the single Mani për money (which according to Wikipedia translates as "Money mania". Her other singles include A po don? (Do you want to?), Njo si ti (Someone like you) and Shumë pis (Very Naughty) featuring rapper Ledri Vula.

She is most well known for her single Bonbon which was released at the end of last year. In February she signed to the A…

Weekly Music Video

This is Dua Lipa's new single Blow Your Mind (Mwah). I included it in my latest post of new music I've been listening to: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/new-musicvideos.html

This is the official audio; there isn't a video so far. Blow Your Mind will be on Dua's debut self titled album which is scheduled for release in February next year. I'm looking forward to hearing the full allbum. :) The whole tracklist isn't on iTunes yet but songs already there are previous singles New Love, Be The One, Last Dance and Hotter than Hell. There's also another song called Room For 2 which I haven't heard.

Please note that Blow Your Mind is explicit. :)





Note: I see that Dua's music is classified as "dream pop" on Wikipedia. I hadn't come across that genre until the other week when I was posting about the American band LANY. It's interesting to discover new genres.

New Music/Videos

Here's the latest update on the music and videos I've been listening to and watching lately. :)

Era Istrefi- Bonbon (Albanian language)
Mollie King (from The Saturdays- Back To You 
Crush, Han San Won- SKIP (K-pop)
Martin Garrix & -Bebe Rexha- In The Name of Love
Tove Lo- Cool Girl
Fifth Harmony- Like Mariah*


Albanian

Era Istrefi- Bonbon (English version) 
Mozzik- Cocaina
Nora Istrefi (Era's sister)- Majem (explicit)


Britney Spears- Glory album (Deluxe Version). (Minus Make Me which I've already heard). 

Invitation
Private Show
Man On The Moon
Just Luv Me
Clumsy
So you Wanna Come Over?
Slumber Party (Explicit)
Just Like Me
Love Me Down
Hard To Forget Ya
What You Need
Better
Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)
Liar (Explicit)
If I'm Dancing
Coupure Electrique

Listen to Glory on Spotify: Britney Spotify


Dua Lipa- Blow Your Mind (Mwah)  (explicit)
AlunaGeorge- Meditator 
Jhene Aiko- New Balance
METALWINGS- Crying of the Sun*
Kei & myunDo feat. BUMZU- Y (K-pop)
Jay P…