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New Christina Aguilera Album

American singer Christina Aguilera recently released a new album, her 8th studio album and first  release in almost 6 years. It's called Liberation and came out on 15th June.

The songs are mostly pop/R'n'B and hip hip. So far my favourites are Like I Do featuring Goldlink, Accelerate featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2Chainz, Deserve and Pipe featuring XNDA. Unless It's With You has grown on me as well.

You can watch the videos for Accelerate and Fall in Line featuring Demi Lovato (the first and second singles from the album here:

Like I Do feat. GoldLink

Like I Do features American rapper GoldLink. it's more hip hop than some of the songs. I bought it on iTunes a few days ago. This is the audio:

There's also a lyric video which you can watch here:


This is isn't an official upload, so may be removed at some point, nut I'll try to repl…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is How I Feel by Nigerian singer Yemi Alade. It's her latest single and was released on 15th June.

For more Yemi check out these links:

African Music:

Part 2 of my New Music for 2018:

New Music/Videos

Time for the latest update of the new music and videos I've been listening to/watching lately. :)

Jennifer Lopez- El Anillo and Dinero

Christina Aguilera:

Accelerate and Fall in Line:

Twice (audio)

Like I Do feat. GoldLink (audio)

New K-pop (BTS, Samuel, PRISTIN V, Kjan and MONSTA X:

Helena Paparizou- Haide (English version)
E-girls- Showtime (J-pop)
Butrini Imeri- Ma Cherie (Albanian)
HYOLYN feat. Gray- Dally (K-pop)
Kris Wu- Tian Di (C-pop)


Heeriye from the film Race 3
Allah Duhai from Race 3
Selfish from Race 3

Sinead Harnett- Body
Mustard, Nick Jonas- Anywhere 
Shakira + Maluma- Clandestino (Spanish)
Era Istrefi- Prisoner

That's it for now. :)

Weekly Music Video

Here's another video by Chinese Canadian singer Kris Wu, (former member of Korean/Chinese boyband EXO).  It's called Tian Di and is a Chinese language single (Mandarin, I think). I believe "Tian" translates as something like "Sky" or "Heaven".

Update: Have just found a Twitter post a YouTube commenter linked to where Kris Wu fans posted an English translation of the lyrics. Tian Di is translated as "Heaven and Earth". Check out the post here:

The video for Tian Di which was directed by Kris himself, was uploaded to YouTube on 11th June. I especially like the music, it has a chillout vibe. :)

Watch the video for Kris' latest English single Like That here:

New K-pop Releases

Here's my first K-pop post of the year! (We're halfway through 2018 and I just realised I hadn't done one so far, lol). These are a few of the latest releases.. :)


First up this is FAKE LOVE by BTS. It was released on 18th May and is from their 3rd studio album Love Yourself: Tear.

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is My Love by American rapper Wale featuring American electro dance trio Major Lazer,  Nigerian singer Wizkid and British singer Dua Lipa. Wale's full name is Olubowale Victor Aktintimehin. His parents who are orginally from Nigeria, moved to America in the late 70s and he was born in Washington DC.

Wale started out by releasing the mixtape Paint a Picture in 2005. His early songs include Rhyme of the Century, Dig Dug (Shake It) and Uptown Roamers. In 2008 he signed to Allido Records (run by British DJ and singer Mark Ronson) and Interscope. His debut album Attention Deficit came out in November 2009. To date he has released 11 mixtapes (his most recent was 2017's Before I Shine) and 5 studio albums- Attention Deficit, Ambition (2011), The Gifted (2013), The Album About Nothing (2015) and SHINE (2017), plus EPs and collaborative albums. Wale's most successful singles to date are Lotus Bomb featuring Miguel and Bad featuring Tiara Thomas. (Bajan singer Rih…

New Christina Aguilera Videos

Christina Aguilera has a new album coming out this month. It's called Liberation and will be her 8th studio album release. It's over 5  and a half years since Christina brought out an album. Her last one, Lotus, was released in November 2012. (Wow, didn't realise it was so long ago!) She's released two songs from the new album so far.

First up here is Accelerate, the lead single from Liberation. It features singer and rapper Ty Dolla $ign  and was released on 3rd May.

Then this is Fall in Line which features singer Demi Lovato. It's the 2nd single from the album and cane out on 20th May

Liberation is due out on 15th June.

Read more about the new album here:

Want more Christina (and Demi)? Check out these links:

Top 10 Christina Songs

Both Christina and Demi feature in my Top 10 Summer Songs post: http://starsparklex…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is the Spanish version of Fuego (which is "Fire" in Spanish" by Eleni Foureira. The English version was Cyprus' entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, and it came 2nd.

 This is the full Spanish version and it's a lyric video.

Watch the music video for the English version of Fuego here:

And you can see Eleni's Eurovision performance here:

Dance Videos

It's been a while since I've posted some dance videos and also I'm going to a belly dance show tonight, so I thought it would be good to do another dance themed post. :)

First up is a belly dance fusion choreography to the song Tareefan from the  upcoming Bollywod film Veere Di Wedding, starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor (also known as Sonam Kappooe, she is the daughter of actor Anil, and I think she and Kareena are distantly related), Swara Bhaskar and Shika Talsania.

 It's performed by Team Naach, a dance duo made up of Nicole and Sonal.

Follow Team Naach at these links:

YouTube channel:

FB page:

For more on Veere Di Wedding (which is due out on 2nd June) check out this link: Hindustan Times article

Next are a couple of dances to Aashiq Banaya Aapne feom the Bollywood move Hate Story IV.

This one's called Bollywood Heels Choreography and is performed by Deepa Iy…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Like That, the latest single by Chinese Canadian singer (and former EXO member) Kris Wu. It was released on 22nd May and went to Number One on US iTunes. The video features New Zealand supermodel Stella Maxwell.

For more EXO and Kris check out this post:

New Jennifer Lopez Music

Sorry the post is later this week, I've had some computer trouble. Hopefully it's sorted now though. :)

Jennifer Lopez has some new music out. The songs are in Spanish and will likely be on her upcoming 2nd Spanish album, Por Primera Vez (For the First Time).

First  up is the video for El Anillo (which translates as "The Ring". It was released digitally on 26th April.

This is Dinero (Money)  featuring American rapper Cardi B and Amerucan DJ, record producer and rapper Dj Khaled. It's about wanting money!

Dinero was released on 17th May. There doesn't appear to be a video yet, just an audio but I'll update if there is one in future. :)

Update 24/5/18: There's now a video for Dinero:

Want more J.Lo? Visit these posts:

Top 10 J.Lo Songs:

More J.Lo Songs:

Same Girl video:…

Weekly Music Video

Today's music video is Duy Beni by Nihan Akın. She's a Turkish singer and her music releases include EPs Gel Barışalım Artık and Sarki Listesi (2015),  and singles Buz and Terki Diyar.

Duy Beni is Nihan's latest single. I think Duy Beni translates as "Hear Me" in English. The video was uploaded to YouTube on  4th May.

For more Nihan visit these links:

Official site (Turkish language):

Official FB (Turkish with English translation):



Turkish music fan? Check out this post:

P.S. On Saturday I watched Eurovision. I have often liked Turkey's entries but they haven't taken part for several years, due to disagreement with competition changes. My favourite was Cyprus with Eleni Foureira's Fuego and I voted for her. She came 2nd and the winner was Isra…

Selection of Eurovision Songs

Eurovision is here again! Last week I did a post called Countdown to Eurovision! which you can read here:

As mentioned in that one, this week I'm doing a more in depth post.

The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest  Grand Final will be held tomorrow, Saturday 12th May in Lisbon, Portugal,  due to Portugal's win last year with Salvador Sobral'sAmar Pelos Dois. It was the first time Portugal won. :)

The UK's entry is SuRie with Storm. This wasn't my favourite song in the Eurovision You Decide competition, but of course I hope she does well! You can watch the music video here:

Now here is a selection of Eurovision songs from the previous year's contest and this year's. :)


Origo- Joci  Pápai (Hungary)

In 2017's post Current Faves and Past Contestants I shared my favourite acts from last year. One of them which I didn't see till the Final (I c…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is One Kiss by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa.  The single was released last month and I included the lyric video in April's New Music/Videos post , but the music video has come out at the beginning of this month.

One Kiss is the 2nd single from Calvin's 6th studio album, yet to be released. It has a nice, summery vibe.

Dua fan? Check out these links:

Countdown to Eurovision!

It's Eurovision season! The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Saturday 12th May in Lisbon, Portugal, since Portugal won last year with Salvador Sobral's Amar Pelos Dois. (How is it almost a year since he won?! Feels like yesterday!). Next week I'll do a more in-depth post, but for now here are a few Eurovision related links. :)

Back in February the UK held our Eurovision selection contest Eurovision: You Decide and the winner was SuRie who will enter with the song Storm.  Read more about SuRie and her entry here:

Here is my Eurovision Round-up post from last year, listing every year's post up to 2016:

And here is 2017's post:

Like last year, I'm only going to watch the Semi-Final that the UK can vote in (the 1st one this…

Weekly Music Video

This week's  video is Bounce by Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee, featuring Maua Sama and Tommy Flavour. It samples Jamaican singer and rapper Wayne Wonder's Bounce Along (another song I like) and the video was uploaded to YouTube in November.

Bounce is on Vanessa's debut Money Mondays which was released in January.

Also check out  the video for Vanessa's latest single Wet featuring G. Nako here:

Star Sparkle's Birthday + Fave Posts

Sorry the post is later this week, had a bit of a busy weekend! :)

Star Sparkle  Blog is 7 years old this month! I haven't celebrated blog birthdays before, but I recently dd a birthday post on my other blog Falling Petals, so thought it would be cool to do one here too. :)

I started Star Sparkle on 17th April 2011. I had the intention to make it an entertainment blog, mainly about music, but also about TV and film, and dance as well,  since I belly dance. Here's my first ever post:

I didn't post as regularly back then due to computer problem, but it picked up later in the year. Note: If you want to look at old posts, then click on the 3 pink lines at the top right of the blog and then click "Archive". Or "Labels" if you want to see posts under the same category. :)

To celebrate Star Sparkle's birthday, here is a collection of the most popular/viewed posts over years, as w…

Weekly Music Video

Today's music video is Let Me, the latest single by ZAYN (former One Direction member turned solo singer Zayn Malik). It's the 2nd single from his upcoming 2nd studio album.

Let Me was released on 12th April.

ZAYN fan? Check out these posts:

BeFoUr video:



Cruel (with Snakehips):

New Ariana Grande Video

Ariana Grande has a new single called No Tears Left To Cry. It's her first release since the terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester last May, and is about the bombing and trying to move on afterwards by pulling together and focusing  on love.

No Tears Left To Cry was released on 20th April and will be on Ariana's upcoming 4th album.

Read more about the song here:

Ariana fan? Check out these posts:

Videos from her 3rd album Dangerous Woman:

Side to Side video:

Music video for Everyday (plus Mariah Carey vid!):

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Love Lies by  Khalid featuring Normani (from American girl group Fifth Harmony). Khalid (full name Khalid Donnell Robinson) is an American singer who started out by posting music to Soundcloud and then featured on Alina Baraz's single Electric in early 2016. He released his debut single Location in July 2016, which is one of his biggest hits to date. His debut album American Teen came out in March 2017.

Khalid's other singles include Young, Dumb & Broke. Love Lies and OTW with rappers/singers Ty Dolla $ign and 6LACK.

Love Lies was released on Valentine's Day (14th Feb) and is from soundtrack of  the American film Love, Simon. I've only seen the video in the last month though). It's the first single Normani has released outside of Fifth Harmony, who are currently on hiatus.

For more on Khalid visit these links:

Official site:

Offical FB:

Capital Xtra feature: http://www…

C-Pop Saturday

So today is all about Chinese pop! I may make this a regular feature. :)

Victoria Song- ROOF ON FIRE

First up here is my first C-pop Weekly Music Video of the year- ROOF ON FIRE by Victoria Song. She's the Chinese member of K-pop girl group f(x). Check it out here:

Jackson Wang- OKAY

Next up is OKAY by Jackson Wang. He's Chinese and is a member of the K-pp boyband GOT7. OKAY  was released in November:

EXID- Cream

This is Korean girl band EXID's debut Chinese single Cream which was released in December 2016.  At the same time member Solji went on hiatus due to being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. EXID  have continued as a  member group until she is able to join them again. :)

They brought out their 2nd Chinese single Up & Down in early 2017. (See Asian Music and Beyond link below).

Watch the video for EXID's latest Korean single…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Chop by Sugarboy featuring Ycee. Sugar Boy (real name Umoren Akanimoh Felix) is a Nigerian singer. His music is a mixture of Afrobeat, reggae and dancehall. He started out by featuring on the song BADMAN by MC Modenine in 2010. He signed to the G-Worldwide Entertainment record label in 2015 and released the song Raba with DJ Shabsy and Kiss Daniel.  Sugarboy's other singles include Swagger Man Dope, Hola Hola and Molue with Kiss Daniel.

Chop is his latest single. It's an Afro-fusion song, a mix of house and Highlife, a music genre that origininated in Ghana and is popular in Nigeria. There' s also Igbo highlife which comes from Nigeria.

For more on Sugarboy visit these links:

G-Worldwide page:

Official FB page:

 Interview from last year:

And for more African and Afropop/A…

New Music/Videos

Here's April's update of new music and videos I've been listening to and watching. :)

Khalid and Normani (Fifth Harmony member)- Love Lies
Tinashe feat. Future- Faded Love (Vertical Video)
Tinashe feat, Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana- Me So Bad
Lil Dicky feat. Chris Brown- Freaky Friday
PENTAGON- Shine (live on Simply K-pop)
EXID- LADY (live on Simply K-pop)

E-girls- Y.M.C.A (J-pop, cover of Village People's song)
EXILE- My Star (J-pop)
Calvin Harris + Dua Lipa- One Kiss (lyric video)
Era Istrefi feat. DJ Maphorisa- Origami (Albanian)
The Weeknd- Call Out My Name (audio) 


Vanessa Mdee feat. GNako- Wet (Tanzanian)
Vanessa Mdee feat. Maua Sama and Tommy Flavour- Bounce*
Simi- One Kain (Nigerian)
Simi- Complete Me 
Aya Nakamura- Djadja (French Malian)
Sugarboy feat. Ycee- Chop (Nigerian)
WTSRN feat, Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi- Love Struck (British/Nigerian)
Tiwa Savage- Get It Now 

Insoo from MYNAME- NAKED LOVE (Korean but this song is Japanese…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Where You At by Korean boyband NUE'ST W. The group was formed in 2012 as NU'EST (which stands for "New Establish Style Tempo)  and started out with 5 members- JR aka Junior Royal (real name Kim Jong Hyun), Baekho (Kang Dong-Ho), Hwang Minhyun, Aron (real name Kwak Young-Min) and Ren (Choi Min-Ki), but Minhyn has been working with fellow boyband Wanna One since last summer, so they are continuing to release music under the name NU'EST W. The W is short for "Wait" as in, waiting for Minhyun to come back. All the members are from Korea except for Aron who is from Los Angeles, USA.*

NUE'ST  released their first single Face in March 2012 and have brought out a further 10 Korean singles, including Sleep Talking, Overcome and Where You At. They also sing in Japanese and have released 3 Japanese singles, Shalala Ring, Na. Na. Na. Namida and Bridge the World. To date they have released two studio albums, Re-Birth in July 2014 (Korean) and…

Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant

Earlier this month I did a post on the new series of Teen Mom UK. At the end of of the post I mentioned that a new show had started in America called Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant. It's now due to start in the UK next week, so here's more about the programme. :)

Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant is the latest in the Teen Mom franchise which started with the 2009 series 16 and Pregnant. It follows 5 girls- Ashely, Brianna, Kayla, Lexi and Jade. Their ages vary from 17 to 21.

Lexi Tatman

The clip of Lexi was the first one I saw. She's 17 and  a cheerleader from Colorado. Her baby son's father is Kyler Lopez and she split-up with him before finding out she was pregnant. When you see Lexi cheerleading while pregnant it reminds me of Farrah Abraham (from Teen Mom OG) in her 16 and Pregnant episode!

Here are Lexi's social media links:



Brianna Jaramillo

Brianna is 18 and  lives in W…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is What We Remember by Anggun. It's the first single from her latest album 8. Both single and album were released in December.

8 is an English language album (Anggun sings in Indonesian, French and English). I just bought Forget Her which is another good song.

For more Anggun visit these links:

Anggun Lyrics Project introduction post:

Face au vent (French language):

Hate Story IV Music Videos

Earlier this month I featured Aashiq Banaya Aape from new Bollywood film Hate Story IV as my Weekly Music video. It's the fourth instalment in the Hate Story series and is an erotic drama/thriller about brothers Aryan (played by Vivan Bhatena) and Rajveer (Karan Wahi) who fall in love with the same girl, Tasha (played by Urvashi Rautela). But Tasha isn't all that she seems. It looks to be set in England.

This  has got bad reviews but I'd still like to see it sometime! I like the music so today I'm sharing some more videos from the film.

First of all here is Aashiq Banaya Aapne (a new version of  Himesh Reshammiya's original one):

Next is is Tum Mere Ho, featuring love scenes between Tasha and Aryan. It's quite raunchy by Bollywood standards! The playback singers are Jubin Nautiyal and Amrita Singh, who is also an actress and the ex-wife of actor Saif Ali Khan.

This is Badnaa…