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Best of 2018

It's almost the end of 2018, so here's a round-up of the best post of the year! :)

Read 2016's Best Of here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2016/12/best-of-2016.html

And 2017's here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017/12/best-of-2017.html


Music

At the beginning of the year I did two posts with new music for 2018:

New Music for 2018- Part 1: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/01/new-music-for-2018-part-1.html

New Music for 2018- Part 2: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/01/new-music-for-2018-part-2.html



African

No African features this year (like last year's African Music), but an African artists featured in New Music (see below).

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

 And in several Weekly Music Videos:


Sugarboy feat. Chop- Ycee (Nigerian) : https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/04/weekly-music-video_11.html

Vanessa Mdee- Bounce (Tanzanian): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/201…

Weekly Music Video

Happy Boxing Day! Or if it's not Boxing Day where you are, Happy Day After Christmas! :)

Today's video is One Shot Remix by Swedish/British singer Mabel. The original One Shot single came out in August and the music video came out in September. The remix which features British rapper Yungen and Avelino, was released in October.





Listen to the original One Shot audio and watch the video here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/09/weekly-music-video_12.html


Hope you all had a good Christmas! Or enjoyed another festival if you celebrated :) This is the last Weekly Music Video of the year, but I'll be back later this week with a Best of 2018 post.


Check out this Bollywood Boxing Day! post from 2015https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2015/12/bollywood-boxing-day.html


Christmas Round-up 2

Two years ago I did a Christmas round-up post of Christmas themed posts on the blog, plus some  of my festive favourites. You can read that here:https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-round-up.html

This year I'm doing a follow-up post for Christmas 2018. Post contains spoilers. :)

First up here are my Christmas posts from the last two years:


Lindsey Stirling's Carol of the Bells: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/weekly-music-video_13.html

K-pop Christmas! (no Christmas songs apart from TWICE's release but just some K-pop songs for the holidays):  https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017/12/k-pop-christmas.html

Christmas Music and Films: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017/12/christmas-music-and-films.html

Christmas Music: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/12/christmas-music.html

Hello! WM- Timing video (K-pop): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/12/weekly-musi-video.html


Now here's some more Christmas entertainment inspiration. :)

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Weekly Music Video

It's just under a week till Christmas, so today's video is Timing, a collaboration between by K-pop groups B1A4, OH MY GIRL and ONF, who all belong to the record label WM Entertainment. It's a winter/Christmas holiday song released under their group name Hello! WM.

Timing is about the right time to let someone know you like them. It was released on 10th December.  The song has a Christmas themed video with all the groups celebrating together.

Click "Subtitles/Closed captions"  to see an English translation of the lyrics. (Better viewed directly on YouTube). The subtitles are a bit hard to see at times though, since they're on a white background. :)



For more K-pop Christmas music check out this posthttps://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/12/christmas-music.html


Christmas Music

Christmas is less than 2 weeks away (always seems to come round quickly!), so this week's post is Christmas themed Here's some music for the festive season. :)

First here are the previous Christmas music posts on the blog:

2013's Christmas themed video, Japanese singer Namie Amuro's White Light: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/weekly-music-video_24.html

2014's Christmas video, Fa La La by Justin Bieber featuring American group Boys II Men: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/weekly-music-video_24.html

Lindsey Stirling's Carol of the Bells: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/weekly-music-video_13.html


Mariah Carey:

All I Want For Christmas Is You 2011 version with Justin Bieber: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2012/12/weekly-music-video_19.html

When Christmas Comes with John Legend: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2016/12/weekly-music-video_21.html

Includes Mariah's s All  want For Christmas Is You So So Def remix): https://starsp…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is BEAUTIFUL, the latest song by Japanese girl group  BananaLemon. They are now a 3 piece after member R!NO left due to health issues.

The song is about how everyone is beautiful, an uplifting message to those feeling down. It's a lyric video and premiered on 26th November. If you click on "Subtitles/closed captions" when viewing the video on YouTube itself, you can see English translation subtitles. :)





J-pop fan? Check out these posts: 

J-pop Round-up 2018: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/10/j-pop-round-up-2018.html

E-girls vs THE RAMPAGE: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/10/girls-vs-boys-j-pop.html

Bollywood Round-up 2018- Part 2

Back in August I did a round-up of the Bollywood posts on the blog in 2018 so far. I said that Part 2 would follow later this year and we're now in December, so here it is! :) Find Part 1 here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/08/bollywood-round-up-2018-part-1.html


Belly + Bollywood dance videos: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/08/belly-dance-bollywood-dance-videos.html

Kamariya from the film Stree: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/09/weekly-music-video_5.html

Bollywood Horror: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/10/bollywood-horror.html

Akh Lad Jaave from Loveyatri: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/11/weekly-music-video_28.html


Bonus

This is a smaller round-up than the first post, but here are a couple of bonus videos.

ZAYN- Allah Duhai Hai (cover)

First up here is Allah Duhai Hai by British singer ZAYN aka Zayn Malik, a cover of the song from the Bollywood film Race 3. This is an audio and it was uploaded in November.

Update 29/1/19: The video is now go…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Dabebi by Nigerian singer Mr Eazi featuring Ghanaian singer King Promise and British Nigerian producer and singer Maleek Berry. Mr Eazi lives in Ghana and he founded Banku music, a mix of Nigerian and Ghanaian styles. Dabebi is from his 3rd mixtape Life is Eazi, Vol 2- Lagos to London which was released this year.

The video is a "visualiser", an animation. It was uploaded to YouTube last month and I included in November's New Music/Videos post.



Update 19/12/18: The official music video for Dabebi premiered today, so here it is:



Check out more Afropop/Afrobeats music here:

Mabel feat. Kojo Funds- Finders Keepers: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017/03/weekly-music-video_22.html

Mr Eazi feat Efya- Skintight:  https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017/11/weekly-music-video_92.html

Sugarboy feat. Ycee- Chop: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/04/weekly-music-video_11.html

Mr. Easi's new video for Surrender with Simihttps://www.youtube.com/wat…

C-pop Saturday

Back in April I started the feature C-pop Saturday. I planned to make it a regular feature but so far I've done it twice (the first time in April and then in August)! Never mind, I can do better in 2019, lol. So now here is the last C-pop Saturday post of 2018. :)


Kris Wu- Tough Pill (Chinese version)

First up here is Chinese Canadian singer Kris Wu's song Tough Pill, from his debut album Antares, which was released on 2nd November, 3 days before his birthday. There's also an English version but this is the Mandarin one.



Update 2/12/18: I've just seen that there's now a music video for Tough Pill, so here it is:



Tian Di is another good one. I featured it in the last C-Pop Saturday post and as a Weekly Music Video in June. Check it out here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/06/weekly-music-video_13.html




Lexie Liu- Like A Mercedes

Lexie Liu  (Chinese name Liu Boxin) is a Chinese singer who came 4th in the South Korean reality TV show K-pop Star 5 in 2015.* She was …