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Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Morocco by American singer Alina Baraz and featuring rapper/singer 6LACK. It will be on Alina's upcoming album It Was Divine, due out in May. (JoJo has a new album due that month too, so it's something to look forward to!).

This is an audio and it was uploaded on 9th March. If there's a lyrics and/or music video in future, I'll update the post. :)


Also check out More Than Enough, another audio from It was Divine that was uploaded on 26th March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aItbT_CZqE

Visit her official site to listen to/pre-order the album: https://www.alinabaraz.com/

Want more Alina? Check out these posts:

Feels Right music video: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/06/weekly-music-video_19.html

Features Trust audio (I bought this song on iTunes last month): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2020/02/new-music-for-2020-part-2.html

Or if you're into 6LACK visit these posts:

6LACK Link-up: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/09/6lack-…

Weekly Music Video

Hope everyone is doing ok. It's a hard time at the moment with the coronavirus situation. At least with YouTube and other online music services we have time to listen to lots of music at home! I hope music is able to cheer you up a bit. :)

Now onto today's video, which is Still Loving You by Vietnamese singer Noo Phước Thịnh. His full name is Nguyen Phước Thin. and he started out as a teen model before launching his singing career by duetting with Thuy Tien and Dong Nhi. He released his debut studio album Ba chấm (Three Dots in English) in 2009 and Lost you was his first hit single online.

Noo's other singles include Nếu (If) with Dong Nhi, Change, I Don't Believe in You with Basik,  Cause I Love You and Nhung Ke Mong Mo. He has also released two more studio albums Lạc bướctrong đêm (Lost in the night) (2011) and Chạm Khẽ Tim Anh Một Chút Thôi(Touch My Heart A Little) which came out in 2018.

Noo has also been a coach on the kids' edition of the reality music show Giọ…

New Teen Mom UK

Sorry the 2nd post is later this week, got a bit behind with things. :)

Teen Mom UK is back for another series! The British version of the popular Teen Mom franchise (itself a spin-off of the MTV reality show 16 and Pregnant) starts in early April and there have been some changes to the cast.

Series 7 sees the introduction of new mum Emma and the exits of Sassi Simmonds and Shannon Wise. They've both decided to take a break. Sassi, 21, says she's just concentrating on her family for now (daughter Zen'aya, 3 and on/off boyfriend and Ze'anya's dad Darren Quirk) and Shannon's reason is that after giving birth to her and boyfriend Charlie's second son Frankie last July, (little brother to 3 year old Theodore), she didn't feel ready to go back to filming and wants to just concentrate on being a mum. Shannon also shared that she and Charlie are no longer together and are co-parenting.

If you have Facebook you can view a video of Sassi and Shannon explaining wh…

Happy 50th Anniversary (Bday) Mariah Carey!

Note: The date for this post is listed as 19th March because I accidentally published it  a few days ago before it was ready! But I have actually finished it today (27th March).

Back in July last year Jennifer Lopez (one of my favourite singers) turned 50 and I wrote a birthday post to celebrate. Now it's the turn of  Mariah Carey who is my absolute favourite singer (still love you too, J.Lo! lol) who is 50 today. So here is MC's birthday post! :)

Note: I have seen Mariah's birthdate listed as either 1969 or 1970 but more often as 1970, I think. If you are a Lamb (Mariah fan) you will know that she prefers to call her birthdays "anniversaries", hence the title of this post!

Mariah is one of the most well known singers in the world with a career spanning 30 years. To date she has released 15 studio albums and 75 singles. She debuted in May 1990 with the single Vision of Love and self titled debut album the following month. Mariah's biggest hits include Hero, Fa…

Weekly Music Video

Today's music video (or audio) is Attention by Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage. It has a laid back vibe, with reggae tones and was released in November.

The song is about wanting attention from your lover and is sung in a mixture of English, Pidgin and a bit of Yoruba, I think. If you watch the video on YouTube you can see the lyrics. :)


For more Tiwa visit these links:

Wanted music video: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2016/01/weekly-music-video_27.html

Features Tiwa's Sugarcane: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/01/new-music-for-2018-part-1.html

Includes her 49- 99 video: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/09/new-music-releases.html


Fan of African music/Afropop? Check out these posts: 

African music (includes Tiwa's All Over and Ma Lo): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017/10/african-music.html

Afropop Round-up: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/09/afropop-round-up.html

 Mr Eazi and Simi- Doyin (Nigerian): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/09/weekly-mu…

New JoJo Video

American singer JoJo has a new song out. It's called Man and is a laid back R'n'B track about how she's looking for a man. She knows the type of man she wants and won't settle for anyone who isn't right. (In a similar vein to Mabel's Boyfriend!)

Man will be on JoJo's upcoming album Good To Know, due for release in May. It's been ages since she released an album (the last one was 2016's Mad Love.) so I'm looking forward to it! Stay tuned for updates on the album. :)

Man came out yesterday and the video also premiered on YouTube. Please note that the song is explicit. :)


Fan of JoJo? Check out these links:

Tringle (her 2015 EP III): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2015/08/jojo-tringle.html

JoJo Through the Years: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2016/08/jojo-through-years.html

Post about her 2016 album Mad Love.: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2016/10/new-jojo-album.html

Wonder Woman audio from 2017: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Honest by Bulgarian Russian singer Kristian Kostov (who was Bulgaria's 2017 Eurovision Song Contest entry). It's his latest single and came out in February.

Honest is an English language song and the video premiered on 6th March.


For more Kristian visit these posts:

Features Beautiful Mess, his 2017 entry for Bulgaria: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/05/selection-of-eurovision-songs.html

Get It music video: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/06/weekly-music-video_44.html

P.S. Can you believe Eurovision is 2 months away?! It doesn't feel that long since last year's! This year the Semi-Finals will be held in Rotterdam, Holland on 12th and 14th May, and the Grand Final on the 16th. Keep up with the news on the official site: https://eurovision.tv/

And to get in the mood for the contest, check out these posts:

Eurovision Round-up (up to 2017): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017/05/eurovision-round-up.html

Countdown to Eurovision! (2018…

C-pop Saturday

Time for another C-pop Saturday post! I plan to make them more regular this year. :)

KUN- Young

First up is Young by Chinese singer KUN. His Chinese name is Cai Xukun and he was the leader and centre of (now disbanded) boyband Nine Percent.* He was born in Hunan province and started his career by taking part in Chinese music reality shows Super Idol and Idol Producer (the show from which Nine Percent was formed). He was set to debut as part of boyband SWIN, who were formed on Super Idol, but the group's debut never came about. He went on to perform his own song I Wanna Get Love on Idol Producer and then debuted as part of Nine Percent in November 2018.

KUN released I Wanna Get Love as a single and it got to No. 1 in the Mainland China charts. On 2nd August 2018 (his 20th birthday) he released his debut EP 1, which featured the hit songs Pull Up, Wait Wait (both English language) and You Can Be My Girlfriend (a mixture of English and Chinese).

In February 2019 he brought out his fir…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Lonely in Tokyo by Japanese singer MIREI. Her full name is Touyama Mirei (or Mirei Touyama in Western terms) and she's from Osaka. She won a Japanese dance competition aged 10 and later performed in dance clubs in New York.  MIRIEI debuted internationally in 2013 aged 14, with the digital US single TATOO and in Japan in June 2014 with double A-side Fallin' Out/I Wanna NO featuring SHUN. July 2016 saw the release of her debut album My Way which reached No. 1 in the iTunes charts.

MIREI has also brought out a second album called Answer and her other singles include By Your Side and Dear My Boo, an answer song to Shota Shimizu's hit single My Boo (all Japanese language). Last September she made her international English language debut under the name MIREI, with the single and music video Take Me Away, and her international debut album Take Me Away was released in January.

She plans to bring awareness to issues that are currently taboo in Japan, such a men…

New Unexpected

We're finally getting the new season of the reality TV series Unexpected in the UK! Season 3 was shown in the US last summer, and I wondered when we'd get it here. I don't have any online streaming services so thought I'd just watch clips on YouTube, lol. However it's now starting here in early March.

Similar to the popular MTV franchise Teen Mom, Unexpected focuses on teen parents. The first series featured 3 couples expecting babies- Lily Bennett and her boyfriend James Kennedy who have daughter Aaliyah, now 2;  Mckayla Adkins and partner Caelan Morrison who have son Timothy, also known as Timmy (and now daughter Gracelynn, born in January 2019), and  Lexus Scheller and boyfriend Shayden Massey who have daughter Scarlett. Season 2 saw the departure of Lilly and the addition of 3 new pregnant girls and their partners- Laura Barron and her boyfriend (now husband) Tylor Stawmyor who have son Lucas (and have since had another baby, a 2nd son, who is named Leo), Chlo…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Boyfriend, the brand new single by Swedish/British singer Mabel. She released her debut studio album High Expectations last summer, but I think this is a stand alone single.

The video premiered today. I like Mabel's new blue hair (my favourite colour!). :)


Want more Mabel? Check out these links: 

 Upcoming Album Releases- BANKS  and Mabel: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/06/upcoming-album-releases.html

Loneliest Time of the Year (Christmas single): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/12/weekly-music-video_18.html

New Music for 2020- Part 3

I've previously written two posts all about new music for the new year, and since we're still only in the 2nd month, today I'm featuring a few more new releases for 2020! :) Read the other two posts at the links below:

New Music for 2020- Part 1: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2020/01/new-music-for-2020-part-1.html

New Music for 2020- Part 2: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2020/02/new-music-for-2020-part-2.html


KARD- RED MOON

First up is Korean mixed gender/co-ed group KARD (also sometimes written as K.A.R.D) with their new song  RED MOON. It's from their 4th mini album of the same name, which was released on 12th February.


Listen to a highlight medley from RED MOON here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZGD787n-_8

Update 23/2/20: And here's the Performance Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F1rffw1Oe4


Dus Bahane 2.0 from Baaghi 3

From K-pop to Bollywood! This is Dus Bahane 2.0 from the upcoming film Baaghi 3. It's a new version of the popular song Dus …

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Mixed Emotions by British Nigerian singer Ezi Emela. It was released in November and has a nice, chilled vibe.


For another Ezi song, check out the video for Chineke Meh: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017/03/weekly-music-video_38.html

MONSTA X Debut English Album

Sorry the post is late this week, I just realised I was behind a day, since I normally do the 2nd post on a Saturday! Bit of a stressful time lately. Never mind. :)

Korean boyband Monsta X (sometimes also written as MONSTA X) have just released their debut English language album, ALL ABOUT LUV. It came out on Friday (on Valentine's Day appropriately!).  The groups has released 3 Korean studio albums ,7 Korean  EPs and 2 Japanese albums  to date. I heard about their English album a while and I'm sure many English speaking fans have been looking forward to it! Although I'm (obviously) a K-pop fan, it is nice to hear songs by them in my first/native language. :) Sadly the group is down a member with Wonho leaving in October.

ALL ABOUT LUV contains 11 tracks (12 on the Extended Version which includes I.M.s rap version of BESIDE YOU). As you can tell by the album title all the songs are written in caps. And as you can tell the songs are all about love!

This is a good album. My …

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is LA CANCION by J Balvin and Bad Bunny. J Balvin (real name José Álvaro Osorio Balvín) is a Colombian reggaeton singer whose breakthrough single was 6am, which he andPuerto Rican singerFarrukoreleased in October 2013. He's probably best known worldwide for the single Mi Gente ("My People" in Spanish), which he and French DJ and record producer Willy William released in June 2017. J Balvin brought out his debut album Real in 2010 and has since released 4 more solo albums- El Negocio (2011), La Familia (2013), Energia (2016) and Vibras (2018). In June he brought out the collaborative album Oasis with Bad Bunny.

Bad Bunny (real name Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio) is a Latin trap and reggaeton singer from Puerto Rico. He started out releasing music on Soundcloud and had his breakthrough with the singles Diles in 2016. In December 2018 he released his debut album X100Pre. He has also teamed up with J Balvin and American rapper Cardi B for the single…

Bollywood Dance Videos- Street Dancer 3D

I recently shared my first dance videos post of the year. You can read that here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2020/01/dance-videos_24.html

Today I'm featuring some Bollywood dance videos. I kept coming across videos for choreographies to songs from the new Bollywood film Street Dancer 3D, so today's post is Street Dancer themed! :)

Muqabla Song  by Sharma Sisters

First up is a dance by the Sharma Sisters to Muqabla from Street Dancer. The Sharma Sisters are Tanya and Kritika and they are actresses from India.

Muqabla is a new version of the one from the 1994 Kollywood (Tamil language) film Kadhalan. The movie has also been released in Tollywood (Telugu) as Premikudu and Bollywood (Hindi) as Hum Se Hai Muqabala.



Watch the videos for the original versions below:

Mukkala Mukkabla (Tamil): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjT12Ce0Kw8

Muqabala Muqabla (Hindi): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQzC23GLptE

Mukalla Mukabula (Tamil): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km--1ZDr3Tg

And h…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Now by K-TIGERS ZERO. They are a 12 member co-ed group from South Korea. The members are leader Junhee (full name Jung Jun Hee),  Hyungkun (Oh Hyung Kun), Taemi (real name Kim Kyeongsuk, Taejoo (full name Na Taejoo), Kangmin (Lee Kang Min), Yiseul (Park Yi Seul), Yoonji (Jung Yoon Ji) , Sungjin (Ha Sung Jin), Minji (Cho Min ji/also known as Mindy Cho), Hyunmin (Byun Hyun Min), Gunwoo (Kang Gun Woo) and Youjin (Kim You Ji). Eunjae (Han Eun Jae) was also a member prior to their debut.*

K-TIGERS Zero are unique because they are from the K-Tigers taekwondo demo team and started out doing K-pop dance cover.  K-TIGERS Zero is the debut project group.  They also stand out being a co-ed group. (Most Korean groups are either all male or all female). They debuted in  September with the songs Now and Side Kick. Their 1st mini album was released on 19th September. The group also does K-pop dance covers.

Now is my favourite out of their debut songs. I like the chilled, &qu…

New Music for 2020- Part 2

Hope your year and decade is going well so far! :)  The other week I did a post featuring new music for 2020. You can view that here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2020/01/new-music-for-2020-part-1.html

Now here is Part 2 with more new music for the start of the year! :)

Alina Baraz- Trust

First  of all here is Trust, a new song by American singer Alina Baraz. It's an audio and was uploaded on 20th January. If you watch the video on YouTube you can see the lyrics in the description. :)



Lolo Zouai- Desert Rose (Official video)

Next is the official video for French/Algerian American singer Lolo Zouai's single Desert Rose. The song was originally released (or at least uploaded online) in 2018 and I first heard it last year. You can listen to the audio and read more about the story behind the song here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/04/weekly-music-video_17.html

Desert Rose (which is from Lolo's 2019 album High Highs to High Lows) has now been released as a single …

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Falling by Carine. She is a singer from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova who started out in a children's band and  has taken part in several music competitions and festivals. She released her first single Magique in late 2017 and also featured on DJ Sava's song Sea lo que sea.

Falling was released in September and was chosen to represent Moldova in the BalkanVision Song Contest 21 (inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest) in December. It's an English language song.


For more on Carine visit these links:

Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/carineofficial

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carine.official/


Want more Eastern and Central European music? Check out these links:

Cat Music:  https://catmusic.me/

Elena Risteska- Millionjer (Macedonian): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2015/02/weekly-music-video_25.html

Aminata- Love Injected (Lativa's 2015 Eurovision entry): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2015/05/weekly-music-video_27.html

Al…

Dance Videos

Time for the first dance videos post of the year! (And the decade!). Today I'm featuring a variety of dance styles. :)


Daret El Ayam by Bonita

First up is some belly dance. This is a dance to Daret El Ayam by Bonita, a dancer who I know personally. :) It's a classical style dance inspired by the stars of the Golden Era and the modern dancer Serena Ramzy. The video was uploaded last month.




Follow Bonita here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChxRI5Q2vB5SeqqfozpJx1w

And check out more belly dance here:

Veil dance class by Janelle Jalila Isis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEySMhjw9vk


Bongyoung Park Sunflower Choreography

This is a choreography by Bongyung Park to the song Sunflower by American rappers and singers Post Malone and Swae Lee. The song is from the 2018 film Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Bongyoung is a choreographer and videographer from South Korea.


Watch the music video for Sunflower here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApXoWvfEYVU

And you can follow Bongyoung…