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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Top 10 Christina Aguilera Songs

Along with Mariah Carey and Jennifer LopezChristina Aguilera is one of my favourite singers. I've done Top 10 posts for Mariah and Jennifer so today I thought I'd do one for Christina too. :)


1. Genie in a Bottle

This is my favourite Christina song of all. It's her debut single and was released in America in June 1999 but I think it came out around October in the UK. Genie in a Bottle is from Christina's debut self titled album and is one of her best selling singles to date, reaching No 1 in the US, UK, Ausrralia and Canada and No 2 in other countries. There's a Spanish version which appears on her album Mi Reflejo (My Reflection), Genio Atrapado (which translates as something like "Trapped Genie").

I included it in my recent Top 10 Summer Songs post.



Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Side to Side by Ariana Grande featuring rapper Nicki Minaj. It's the latest single from Ariana's 3rd album Dangerous Woman. She and Nicki performed it at the recent MTV  Video Music Awards.




Check out the MTV performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A42N4IygFcg


And for more videos from Dangerous Woman visit this post: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/new-ariana-grande-videos.html

Friday, 16 September 2016

New AlunaGeorge Album

British duo AlunaGeorge have a new album out today called I Remember. I just listened to it earlier on  Spotify.  I have their first album Body Music which came out 3 years ago and it's good, so I was looking forward to the new release.

I like I Remember although not as much as Body Music. But I've only listened to it once so far and sometimes it can take a few listens for songs to grow on you. I haven't decided yet if I'll buy the whole album or buy individual songs.  Here are my fave songs on it. :)


Meditator

This is my favourite song of all. I've been listening to it a lot since I first heard it at the beginning of the month. I included it in my most recent music update. It's not a single (maybe in the future though?) so there's no video.

Meditator has a nice, relaxed vibe.



  

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Bang by American singer Nicole Scherzinger. She is most famous for being the lead singer of vocal/dance group The Pussycat Dolls but is now a solo artist and X-Factor UK judge.

Nicole started her career as part of girl group Eden's Crush in 2001. They were formed on the American version of the reality show Popstars. I remember Nicole appeared with Eden's Crush in an episode of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch! Eden's Crush split-up in late 2001/early 2002 and she went on to join the Pussycat Dolls (PCD) in 2003.

In  September 2006 Nicole featured on rapper and producer Diddy/P.Diddy's single Come To Me and the following July she released her debut single Whatever U Like featuring rapper T.I. She brought out 3 more singles that year including Baby Love featuring rapper, producer and Black Eyed Pea will.iam (which later appeared on a bonus CD as part of PCD's 2nd album Doll Domination) and Supervillan. She planned to release her debut album Her Name is Nicole in 2007 but the singles didn't do too well and the album was cancelled.

Nicole left the Pussycat Dolls in late 2010. A month later she released the single Poison, the first single from her debut album Killer Love which came out in March 2011. Poison did well in the UK and Ireland, reaching No 3 in the UK Singles Chart and 7 in the Irish charts. Killer Love was a bestseller in the UK. It was also released in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and other European countries including Switzerland, France and Germany  but I don't think it ever got a proper American release, although Nicole did record some new songs for an American version. Other singles from the album were Don't Hold Your Breath (a UK No 1)  ad Wet. She also re-released Killer Love (an international version) with  some extra songs and the singles from that release are Right There featuring rapper 50 Cent and Try With Me. (Right There is on the original album bu it doesn't feature 50 Cent).

In May 2014  Nicole released Your Love, the first single from her second album Big Fat Lie which came out in October that year. Other singles from the album are Run, On The Rocks and Bang, although I'm unsure if Bang was released in the UK because I wasn't aware it was a single until today. She has collaborated with  several other artists on singles, including American rapper/producer Timbaland and singer Keri Hilson with Come To Me and Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias with Heartbeat.

In addition to singing Nicole has been involved in film and TV. In 2010 she appeared as a guest judge on the 7th series of the British The X-Factor and was popular with viewers. She returned in 2012 and 2013 and is currently a judge on the latest series. Her films include Chasing Papi (2003), Men In Black 3 (2012) and the new Disney animation Moana which is set for release at the end of the year.

Bang is from Big Fat Lie. I have both Nicole's albums and prefer BFL to Killer Love; it has more good songs on it in my opinion. I only recently found out that there's a music video for Bang and as I mentioned before, I'm not sure if was actually released as a single over here.  It's my favourite song on the album. :)





For more on Nicole visit these links:

Official site: http://nicolescherzinger.com

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

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Albanian Music

I've been listening to some Albanian music lately, so thought I'd do a post on it. :) While I like some Eastern European artits such as Elena Risteska (Macedonian) and Zulya (Tatar/Russian) and I'd hadn't heard much Albanian music before. Here are 4 Albanian/Kosovan artists I've been listening to.


Era Istrefi

Era Istrefi (also known as ERA) is a Kosvar (Kosovan Albanian) singer from Pristina in Kosovo. Her mother Suzana Tahirsylaj was a famous singer in the 80s and 90s and her older sister Nora (see below) is also a singer and started her career in the mid 2000s. Era herself debuted on the music scene in 2013 with the single Mani për money (which according to Wikipedia translates as "Money mania". Her other singles include A po don? (Do you want to?), Njo si ti (Someone like you) and Shumë pis (Very Naughty) featuring rapper Ledri Vula.

She is most well known for her single Bonbon which was released at the end of last year. In February she signed to the American record labels Sony and Ultra Music (which is now part of Sony). Future material will also be released in collaboration with RCA Records.

Era sings in Gheg Albanian and English. People have called her a mix between Sia and Rihanna but she also makes me think of the Guamanian singer Pia Mia.

This is Bonbon. Although it was released last December they've also recently started showing it on the British music channels. According to YouTube commenters it's about drugs! It's mostly in Gheg with a few English lines.




Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Weekly Music Video

This is Dua Lipa's new single Blow Your Mind (Mwah). I included it in my latest post of new music I've been listening to: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/new-musicvideos.html

This is the official audio; there isn't a video so far. Blow Your Mind will be on Dua's debut self titled album which is scheduled for release in February next year. I'm looking forward to hearing the full allbum. :) The whole tracklist isn't on iTunes yet but songs already there are previous singles New Love, Be The One, Last Dance and Hotter than Hell. There's also another song called Room For 2 which I haven't heard.

Please note that Blow You Mind is explicit. :)





Note: I see that Dua's music is classified as "dream pop" on Wikipedia. I hadn't come across that genre until the other week when I was posting about the American band LANY. It's interesting to discover new genres.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

New Music/Videos

Here's the latest update on the music and videos I've been listening to and watching lately. :)

Era Istrefi- Bonbon (Albanian language)
Mollie King (from The Saturdays- Back To You 
Crush, Han San Won- SKIP (K-pop)
Martin Garrix & -Bebe Rexha- In The Name of Love
Tove Lo- Cool Girl
Fifth Harmony- Like Mariah*


Albanian

Era Istrefi- Bonbon (English version) 
Mozzik- Cocaina
Nora Istrefi (Era's sister)- Majem (explicit)


Britney Spears- Glory album (Deluxe Version). (Minus Make Me which I've already heard). 

Invitation
Private Show
Man On The Moon
Just Luv Me
Clumsy
So you Wanna Come Over?
Slumber Party (Explicit)
Just Like Me
Love Me Down
Hard To Forget Ya
What You Need
Better
Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)
Liar (Explicit)
If I'm Dancing
Coupure Electrique

Listen to Glory on Spotify: Britney Spotify


Dua Lipa- Blow Your Mind (Mwah)  (explicit)
AlunaGeorge- Meditator 
Jhene Aiko- New Balance
METALWINGS- Crying of the Sun*
Kei & myunDo feat. BUMZU- Y (K-pop)
Jay Park- Me Like Yuh (K-pop)


That's all until next time! :)


*New to me.