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Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Baby Don't Stop by Ten and Taeyong from K-pop group NCT U, the sub unit of the larger group NCT. The full NCT group is taking part in a project called  NCT 2018 and NCT U returned earlier this month with the single Boss. They also have 3 new members- Winwin, Jungwoo and Lucas.

The Baby Don't Stop video came out yesterday. It hasn't actually been released as a single yet.




Also here's a bonus video! This is NCT U's Boss:



Read more about Baby Don't Stop here: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/8221058/nct-us-ten-taeyong-baby-dont-stop-music-video

And if you're a fan of Ten check out his 2017 debut solo single Dream in a Dream: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/weekly-music-video_31.html

New J-pop Releases

It's been  a while since my last post on J-pop releases. I last did one back in June in fact! So here's the first J-pop releases post of 2018, with a bonus K-pop release!



Koda Kumi- PARTY

Here's the new video for the song PARTY by my fave Japanese solo singer Koda Kumi. It's from her new album  AND which is set for release on 28th February. The album is said to include her previous singles LIT, and NEVER ENOUGH. Koda will also bring out a second album later in 2018.

PARTY is more of a dance song than some of Kumi's other music. This video is the short version and was uploaded on 8th February.



Weekly Music Video

This is Sativa by Jhené Aiko featuring American sibling hip duo Rae Sremmurd, who are known for their hit song Black Beatles. It's from Jhené's latest album Trip and was released as a single in January. The album version just lists Swae Lee (one half of Rae Sremmurd) as featuring.

The song has a kind of dreamy, chillout vibe.




Jhené fan? Check out these links:

The Pressure: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/weekly-music-video_8.html

Wading: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/weekly-music-video_65.html

Living Room Flow: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/weekly-music-video_22.html

Dance Moms Girls Updates- Part 2

Sorry the 2nd post is later this week, I've got behind with things and also been having internet connection problems.:)


Last month I did a post about what the girls from reality series Dance Moms have been up to since the show ended. I  decided to do it in two parts and you can read Part 1 here: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/dance-moms-girls-updates-part-1.html

I've decided to do it in 3 parts, so here is Part 2 featuring Kalani, Brooke, Paige and Asia. :)


Kalani Hilliker

Kalani  was originally a contestant on the Dance Moms spin-off show Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition (where teacher Abby Lee Miller looked for new dancers) and then joined the main programme in Series/Season 4 in 2014. She stayed till the end of the show. Her mum is Kira Girard. She.has been praised as a strong dancer and was often given solos.

In 2016 Kalani  appeared in the music video for Mackenzie Sol's song My name. is now a member of The Irreplaceables along, with Chloe, Nia, Kendall…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is  Ophelia by Leaves' Eyes. It's from their 2013 album and features then lead singer and co-founder Liv Kristine. Liv left in 2016 and was replaced by Finnish singer Elina Siirala.
She is now the official second vocalist for German/Norwegian Midnattsol, along with her sister Carmen Elise.

Ophelia wasn't released as single so there isn't an official music video. This is a fan made lyric video. I believe the song is about the Ophelia character from Shakespeare's play Hamlet.




Leaves Eyes' fan? Check out these posts:

My Destiny: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/weekly-music-video_24.html

Elegy: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/weekly-music-video_15.html

The Waking Eye: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/weekly-music-video.html

Fires in the North (with Elina): http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/weekly-music-video_26.html

New Music/Videos

Here is my first New Music/Videos round-up of the year! I recently did two post on new music for 2018 (see bottom of post for links) but this is my first in the New Music/Videos series. :)


K-pop

GIRLKIND- FANCI
CHUNGHA- Rollercoaster
JBJ- My Flower
Red Velvet- Bad Boy
The East Light- Real Man (live on Simply K-pop)
VAV- Spotlight (live)


SZA- The Weekend
Mabel & Not3s Fine Line
Jhene Aiko feat. Rae Sremmued- Sativa 


Albanian

Eva- Me mu
Skeedi- Tradhtare *
Seldi Qualliu- Thyhen Gotat
Enis Bytyqi- Sikur ajo


Shakira feat, Maluma- Trap (Spanish)
SNH48- DON'T TOUCH (Chinese)
Hadise- Sifir Tolerans (Turkish)*
İdo Tatlıses- Sen (Turkish)
Jennifer Lopez feat. Skrillex- US
Waje feat. Yemi Alade- I'm Available (Nigerian)
Aashiq Banaya Aapne from the film Hate Story IV (Bollywood)

That's all for now!Hope you enjoyed the post. :)


Check out my New Music for 2018 posts:

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/new-music-for-2018-part-1.html


http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/new-mus…

Eurovison You Decide 2018

Extra post today because Eurovision You Decide, (the UK's contest to determine our entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest) is on tonight. They only brought back the option for us to choose our own act in 2016, for a while before that someone just got picked (I think by music executives/industry people).

The 6 entries are Feel The Love by Goldstone, Legends by Asanda, Crazy by RAYA, Astronaut by Liam Tamne, You by Jaz Ellington and Storm by SuRie. You can listen to the songs on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05vxlch

I'll wait to listen to them tonight for the first time, I find it more interesting that way. :) The competition is actually being held in the Brighton Dome this year!! (I live a few miles away). I only found out recently and by then the tickets were sold out.

I can't believe it's only 3 months till Eurovision again! This year's  Semi Finals and Grand Final will be held in Lison, Portugal on 8th, 10th and 12th May. Last year's w…

Weekly Music Video

This is Swedish/British singer Mabel's latest single Fine Line which features British rapper Not3s. Mabel recently won MTV's Brand New For 2018 competition and Not3s was the runner up! They've also worked together on the song My Lover.

Fine Line was released at the end of January.




Mabel fan? Check out these posts:

Talk About Forever video: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/weekly-music-video.html

Finder Keepers: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/weekly-music-video_22.html

Bedroom EP: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/new-mabel-ep.html

Ivy To Roses mixtape: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/debut-mabel-mixtape.html





The X-Files Returns

Sci-fi/paranormal TV series The X-Files is back for its 11th series/season. It starts on Monday (in the UK, it's already showing in in the US). Gillian Anderson (who plays Agent Dana Scully, traditionally the more sceptical agent compared to David Duchovny's Agent Fox Mulder) has announced that she's leaving the show bu I'm not sure if any more seasons are planned.

After a break of nearly 14 years The X-Files returned in early 2016 with S10. I didn't enjoy that series as much, it  just didn't seem the same. My favourite episode though was Episode 3, Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster which featured New Zealand actor Rhys Darby as a strange lizard creature! The last episode (My Struggle II) ended with Mulder and Scully stuck on a bridge as lights from a spaceship came down from the sky. Mulder is seriously ill and in need of stem cell transplant. His only hope is his and Scully's long lost son William, whom they gave up for adoption as a baby to keep …