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J-pop and K-pop Round-up 2019 + New Videos

A year ago I did a round-up of J-pop posts on the blog. You can view that post here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/10/j-pop-round-up-2018.html

This year I'm doing a round-up of J-pop and K-pop posts for 2019 so far, plus some new videos. :)


J-pop

New Music for 2019- J-pop: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/01/new-music-for-2019-j-pop.html

New J-pop and K-pop Releases (includes Jun, BananaLemon and J Soul Brothers) : https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/03/new-j-pop-and-k-pop-releases.html

 Utada Hikaru feat. Yo-sea- Too Proud Remix audio: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/04/weekly-music-video_10.html

New Music Releases (includes BananaLemon's #Slaysian) https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/05/new-music-releases.html

Yo-Sea- LOOK AT ME NOW music video: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/05/weekly-music-video_15.html

THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE- SWAG & PRIDE: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/10/weekly-music-video_9.html


Koda Kumi- STRIP

Here…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Nesër by Albanian singer Young Zerka featuring Anila Mimani. It's a reggae style song and came out in June.

Note: This video is blocked from playing on 3rd party applications, but you can view it fine on YouTube. :)


Also check out Young Zerka's latest single  Money, with Eri Dee. It was released on 11th October: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W0yR7hHUTA

Want more Albanian music? Check out these posts:

Albanian Music feature: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2016/09/albanian-music.html

Era and Nora Istrefi- Nuk E Di video: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/05/weekly-music-video.html

Dhurata Dora- Jake Jake: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/08/weekly-music-video_21.html

Elvana Gjata feat. Ty Dolla $ign- Off Guard (English): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/09/weekly-music-video_11.html

New J.Lo and JoJo Music

Two singers I like, Jennifer Lopez and JoJo have new music out, so today I'm sharing it on the blog!

Jennifer Lopez- Baila Conmigo

First up is Jennifer Lopez, whose new song is the Spanish language Baila Conmigo (Dance with Me). It's a cover of the 2018 single by Dayvi featuring Kelly Ruiz. Watch the video with the original mix here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZM52M6cfSA

Baila Conmigo (J.Lo version) came out on 10th October. This is an audio but if there's a music video later, I'll update the post. :)


Want more J.Lo? Check out these posts:

Spanish language songs:

Dame Lyrics and Translation: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2016/04/jennifer-lopez-dame-lyrics-and.html

Video for Amor, Amor, Amor: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017/11/weekly-music-video_15.html

Spanish song Al Anillo and Dinero: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/05/new-jennifer-lopez-music.html

50th bday post: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/07/happy-50th-bday-jlo.html


JoJo- Joanna

An…

Weekly Music Video

Haven't posted any J-pop in a little while, so here's some today! This is SWAG & PRIDE, the latest single by Japanese boyband THE RAMPAGE from  EXILE TRIBE. It came out last month and is from their upcoming second album The Riot, due out in Japan on 30th October.

Note:  Avex videos are blocked from being shown on third party applications. If you click on the video you can watch it fine on YouTube. :)



Want more J-pop? Check out these links:

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

New Music for 2019- J-pop: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/01/new-music-for-2019-j-pop.html

New J-pop and K-pop Releases: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/03/new-j-pop-and-k-pop-releases.html

Utada Hikaru feat. Yo-sea- Too Proud Remix audio: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/04/weekly-music-video_10.html

Yo-Sea- LOOK AT ME NOW music video: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/05/weekly-music-video_15.html

World Dance Videos + Round-up

I last did a round-up of dance videos on the blog in 2017, so I thought it was time for a new one. I'm also featuring some new videos of dances from around the world. You can read the last round-up post here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2017/11/dance-videos-round-up.html


Fist of all here is the round--up of posts from 2018 onwards.

Belly dance + Bollywood

Includes a belly dance/Bollywood fusion choreography and dances from Hate Story IV: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/05/dance-videos.html

Belly + Bollywood Dance Videos: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/05/dance-videos.html

Bollywood Dance Videos: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/05/bollywood-dance-videos_24.html

There are also more belly dance and Bollywood videos under the Various category (see below).

Dance TV Shows

Dance Moms Girls Updates- Part 1: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/01/dance-moms-girls-updates-part-1.html

Dance Moms Girls Updates- Part 2: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/02/d…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Indigo, the latest song by Indonesian singer NIKI.  It came out in August and is the first single off the upcoming compilation album Head in Clouds II by the American media company 88rising. The album is set for release on 11th October.


For another song by NIKI visit this post: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/06/weekly-music-video.html

And for another 88rising artist, check out this post which features Chinese singer Lexie Liu: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/12/c-pop-saturday.html

C-pop Saturday

It's been a bit since I last did a C-pop Saturday post, so here is the first one of the autumn! (In June I said it was the first one of the summer and it ended up being the only one, but never mind! lol.  :)


Vinida- Blood Moon

First up is Blood Moon by Chinese rapper Vinida. Her full name is Vinida Weng (I've also seen her called Weng Ying so perhaps that's her Chinese name*) and she is based in Fuzhou, in China's Fujian province. She debuted on Chinese variety show Sing! China in summer 2016 and went on release her debut single Dirty Mind in December. Vinida is signed to Modern Sky Records, China's largest independent record label and has released a full length album called Solo.

Vinida is singing on in Blood Mood rather than rapping. The song has a nice vibe especially the chorus.


Vinida-  Queendom

Here is another song by Vinida where she's rapping. It's called Queendom and was released in April 2017.



For more on Vinida visit these links:

China Daily featur…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Doyin by Nigeria born, Ghana based singer Mr Eazi and  Nigerian singer Simi. It was uploaded last month. I like the overall vibe of the song and the two singers go well together. :) They previously worked together on Surrender last year.

According to comments on YouTube "Doyin" is a Yoruba name. Urban dictionary has it listed as a nickname for a girl. If you watch the video on YouTube you can see the lyrics.


African music fan? Check out this post:

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

New Music Releases

Time for a New Music Releases post! (The last one was in May, so it's been a little while). So here are some new releases  from a variety of genres, for late summer/early autumn. :)

Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey

First up is an Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey collaboration! The 3 stars have teamed up for Don't Call Me Angel, a song from the new Charlie's Angels film. They have different styles but I think they combine well on the song. The video premiered on 13th September.


Tiwa Savage- 49-99

This is 49-99 by Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage, which came out on 5th September. It's sung in a Nigerian language/pidgin, I think. If you view the video on YouTube you can see the lyrics and also their meaning in English. :)

"49-99" is a term referring to a transit bus and how there are only 49 seats, but 99 passengers standing. The song is about the hard life many Nigerians go through. You read can more about it here: https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/t…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Work by Algerian born,  British raised singer Miraa May. It's from her latest EP Dark which was released in July. I bought Work last month on iTunes and it's one of my current favourite songs. :)

This a lyric video which was uploaded at the end of July. Please note that the song contains swearing:)



For another Miraa May song check out this post featuring the Nobody music video: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/03/weekly-music-video_20.html

Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant UK

The Teen Mom universe keeps growing! This month sees the start of a brand new spin-off- a UK version of Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant. The original Teen Mom, now re-named Teen Mom OG (itself a spin-off on the American reality show 16 and Pregnant, which follow pregnant teenagers) started in 2009 and there have been several other shows since- Teen Mom 2, Teen Mom 3 (cancelled after one season), Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant and Teen Mom: Young Moms Club (formerly Pretty Little Mamas). There have also been several international versions, including Teen Mom UK and Teen Mom Australia. Series 6 of TM: UK just finished and now the British version of Young and Pregnant is due to start next week.

TM: Young and Pregnant UK follows 4 new girls- Charlie, Alisha, Laura and Charlotte who are all expecting babies. When TM UK started only Mia Boardman was pregnant but this time all of the mums were pregnant during filming. (Which makes sense since this is "young and pregnant"! lol).

Charlie

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Off Guard by Albanian singer Elvana Gjata and featuring American singer Ty Dolla $ign. Elvana is from Tirana in Albania and started her career by taking part in music festivals. Her debut single was Te kam khan which she performed at the Kenga Majke festival. She has released many singles including Te Dy, Mames (her best selling single to date),  Ku jeton dashuria ime, Vetes, Disco Disco, Puthe, Lejla and Ku vajti.

Elvana released her debut album Mames in 2007 and has brought out two more since, Vetes (2009)_ and Afer dhe Larg (2011). While she mainly sings in Albanian, she has released a couple of English language singles- Forever is Over and Off Guard. Last year she brought out an EP called 3. Her latest single is Fustani featuring Kosovo-Albanian musician Capital T, which was released in June and A ,'don which came out in August.

Elvana has also appeared in TV and film, including winning S2 of Dancing with the Stars in 2012  and acting in the  2019 Alba…

Afropop Round-up

I've previously done round-ups for J-pop, K-pop and Bollywood, so today I'm featuring a round-up on Afropop posts on the blog. Afropop is a term used to refer African popular music. There are many different types and languages it's sung in. A lot of the Afropop that I come across tends to be West African (mainly from Nigeria and Ghana). I'm part Cameroonian and have also listened to some Cameroonian music. And I listen to East African music as well, such as Tanzanian and Kenyan.

You can read a bit about Afropop here: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20110930-travelwise-intro-to-afropop

In 2016 I did a World Music Round-up post featuring music from Africa (also features Asian music), so I'm not going to link to those posts again but you can find them here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2016/06/world-music-round-up-africa-and-asia.html

Artists listed include Henri Dikongue (Cameroon), Amr Diab (Egypt), Perola (Angola) and TID (Tanzania).

Note: In this post I'm …

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Pulling Away by British singer Sinead Harnett and featuring American singer Gallant. It came out in July and will be on Sinead's debut album Lessons In Love, due out on 20th September. I have her EP Chapter One, so am looking forward to the album release. :)



For more on Sinead and the album visit these links:

Official site: http://www.sineadharnett.co.uk/

Official FB: https://www.facebook.com/sineadharnettmusic/

And check out these posts for more music:

Unconditional from Chapter One: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/01/weekly-music-video.html

Body single: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/07/weekly-music-video_11.html

P.S. Gallant also worked with Chinese singer Tia Ray on the song Trust Myself. Watch the video here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/06/c-pop-saturday.html

6LACK Link-up

Sorry the 2nd post is later this week, I wasn't able to finish it yesterday. :)

Something a little different today! I've noticed the American rapper/singer 6LACK has worked with few artists I like, so today's post is a link-up, featuring his collaborations.

6LACK (real name Ricardo Valdez Valentine) is from Atlanta, Georgia. His stage name is pronounced "black". (I do automatically start to read it as "6 lack" though! lol). He started out as a battle rapper when he was still at school. 6LACK's breakthrough came with the single Prblms, released in September 2016. It was from his debut album FREE 6LACK which came out that November. In September last year he released his second album East Atlanta Love Letter. His singles include Prblms, First F**k featuring Jhené Aiko, OTW with Khalid and Ty Dolla $ign, Nonchalant, It's Not U It's Me with Bea Miller and Imported with Jessie Reyez.


First F**k with Jhené Aiko

Although I listed this in a New Musi…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is boyfriend (written in lower case) by American singer Ariana Grande and Social House, a duo consisting of Michael (Mikey) Foster and Charles Anderson. It was released on 2nd August and is the 2nd single from Social House's debut EP Everything Changed... which came out a week later.

Please note that the song is explicit and the video contains violent scenes. (Not too horrible, but probably not suitable for children!). :)



For more on Social House visit their website: http://www.socialhouseonline.com/

And for more Ariana check out this post about her latest album thank u, next: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/02/new-ariana-grande-album.html

Debut Bazzi Mixtape

American singer Bazzi (full name Andrew Bazzi) has released his debut mixtape Soul Searching. He previously released his debut album Cosmic in April 2018.

Soul Searching came out on 9th August and consists of 11 tracks including the single Paradise, Focus featuring 21 Savage, I.F.L.Y and Soul Searching (although I'm not sure if the last one is an official single). The music is similar to his album, hip hop/rap and R'n'B, with the same laid back vibes. My favourite songs are Humble Beginnings, Focus and Can We Go Back to Bed? and I also like I.F.L.Y and  Soul Searching.

Here are some of my fave songs. Please note that some of the songs are explicit. :)

Soul Searching

This is the title song from the mixtape and the video came out on 9th August. I featured as a Weekly Music Video last week and you can watch it here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/08/weekly-music-video_78.html

Humble Beginnings

Humble Beginnings is my favourite song on Soul Searching and I recently bough…

Weekly Music Video

Today's music video is Jake Jake by Dhurata Dora. Her real name is Dhurata Murturi and she's an Albanian singer, born in Nuremberg, Bavaria  (Germany) to Kosovar Albanian parents. She released her debut single Vete kërkove in Kosovo in 2011. Her most popular singles include Get Down with Don Arbas, I Like dat and A bombi. She has also collaborated with Young Zerka on the 2014 song Roll.

Jake Jake came out in June 2018. The language is Albanian, although I'm not sure which dialect. Other Albanian singers I've come across speak and sing Gheg Albanian.

Note: Third party applications are blocked from playing (due to the record company), but if you click on the video you can watch it fine on YouTube. :)


Find the original on DailyMotion: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6n8msw

Update 5/9/19: This video is now blocked in the UK. Can't understand why since I thought it was an official upload?! You can find a snippet of it here (seems to also be a bid for Dhurata to enter

Upcoming Horror Films- Scary Stories + IT Chapter Two

I'm a horror film fan and two new horror movies are coming out soon- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and IT Chapter Two, so I thought it would be cool to do a post on them. :)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is based an 1980s series of books by American author Alvin Schwartz. In the film a group of teenagers living in the town of Mill Valley in 1968, come across a book of scary stories written by a girl called Sarah who lived in an old mansion. The teens discover that the stories have a life of their own...

Here's a trailer:


I'd never heard of these books, I think they weren't so well known in the UK. I expect I would have enjoyed reading them as a child and teen, since I was into Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? The individual stories look quite weird and creepy, especially the scarecrow!

Lana Del Rey sings a cover of British singer Donovan'sSeason of the Witch for the soundtrack. I first heard the original when it was …

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Soul Searching by American singer Bazzi. It's from his debut mixtape of the same name which was released on 8th August. The video premiered on the 9th.



Want more Bazzi? Check out these links:

Mine (probably his most well known song to date): https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/03/weekly-music-video.html

Beautiful feat. Camila Cabello: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/08/weekly-music-video_29.html

Video for I.F.LY (short for I F**king Love You) also from Soul Searching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhh3_-JRnDc

Songs for Summer

3 years ago I posted about my Top 10 Summer Songs and last year I did a follow up post called More Summer Songs. You can read them both at the links below:

https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2016/08/top-10-summer-songs.html

https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2018/07/more-summer-songfs.html

Now summer seems to be going fast and it's already August so I'm sharing some songs to enjoy for the rest of the summer.  :)

Janine- Vacation

I featured this in my New Music Releases post in June. Since it's called Vacation it's very appropriate for this time of year! It has a nice, chilled summer vibe. Listen here: https://starsparklex.blogspot.com/2019/06/new-music-releases.html


The Wanted- Glad You Came

British/Irish boyband The Wanted released Glad You Came in July 2011. It was the 2nd single from their album Battleground and reached No. 1 in both the UK and Ireland, as well as being in high chart positions in other countries. It's their most successful single. I remember it was pl…