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Friday, 26 August 2016

Top 10 Summer Songs

Since summer is nearly over I thought I'd do a post on songs/ videos to celebrate the summer while it's here! It's been hot in the UK the past few days and feels more "summery".  I was originally just going to post them randomly but then I decided to do a Top 10. So are my Here are my Top 10 Summer Songs. :)


1. LL Cool J feat. Amerie- Paradise

This is one of my favourite LL songs. It was released as a single in America in December 2002 and in the Uk February 2002 but it makes me think of summer because of the beautiful beach. Ameriie sings on the track (credited as Amerie) and American actress Gabrielle Union features in the video as LL Cool J's love interest.

Paradise is from LL's 2002 album 10.




Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Weekly Music Video

Tody's video is yea, babe, no way by LANY. They are an American 3 piece band and their music is described as "dream pop". Members are lead singer Paul Klein who plays the keyboard and the guitar as well  Les Priest who also sings and plays the keyboard and guitar and drummer Jake  P. Goss.

The group formed in March 2014. In April they uploaded the songs Hot Lights and Walk Away to Soundcloud and released their debut EP Acronyms later that year. (LANY is an acronym for LA to New York). They were anonymous at first because Jake and Les had previously had their own project/duo WRLDS and they wanted their new music to stand alone.

Last December LANY signed to British label Polydor Records and brought out the EP Make Out which contained songs from previous releases. Their first official single WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS? was released in March this year. The band also have two other EPs, I Loved You (2015) and kinda (2016).

I saw this video on MTV Rocks last night. I don't watch that channel a lot because it's not really my kind of music (although I do like some gothic and symphonic rock) but I flick through the channels sometimes. I liked the song and thought I'd feature it today. I'd never heard of dream pop before so it was also good to discover a new genre. :)

yea, babe, no way was released this month and is from LANY'S latest EP kinda.




For more on LANY visit these links:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thisislany

Official site: http://thisislany.com/ 

Friday, 19 August 2016

JoJo Through the Years

American singer JoJo is set to release her 3rd studio album Mad Love in October. It will be her first full length album in 10 years! The last was The High Road which came out in 2006. She had record label issues which delayed the release of another album, although she has brought out mixtapes since then. In early 2014 she signed to Atlantic Records, her current label.

The other day I saw a programme on one of the music channels which featured some of JoJo's videos and thought I'd do a post about her music through the years and include my favourites.:)


Leave (Get Out)

This was the first single from debut album JoJo, released in February 2004 when she was only 13. It's her most successful single to date, reaching No 1 on the US Pop Chart and the Top 5 in other countries, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Germany.

JoJo is my favourite album (although I really like The High Road as well) and has a lot of good songs on it. :)





Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is THINK ABOUT YOU by Korean singer Jun. K. His full name is Kim Min-jun.* He used to be known as Junsu  but he changed his name to Min-jun for personal reasons in 2012 and Jun. K is now he's stage name. He's the lead vocalist of Korean boyband 2PM, the same group Korean American singer/rapper Jay Park used to be part of.

Jun K. joined 2PM in 2008. He released his debut solo single Alive in October 2011 and it reached No. 1 on the South Korean social network service Cyworld. 2PM sing in Japanese and Korean and Jun's first EP release was the Japanese language Love & Hate in May 2014. Last November he brought out another Japanese EP, Love Letter. In addition to Alive he's released two more digital singles, No Love and Love Letter.

Jun K. is also a songwriter, record producer and actor. He has appeared in a musical version of The Three Musketeers and also the musical Jack The Ripper. He's multilingual, speaking Korean, English and conversational Japanese.

THINK ABOUT YOU is on his debut solo album Mr. No <3 (Love) which came out earlier this month.



For more on Jun.K check out these links:

Official 2PM profile: http://2pm.jype.com/profile.asp

generasia page: http://www.generasia.com/wiki/Jun.K


*Korean names have the surname first, so his surname/family name is Kim.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

New Music/Videos

Latest update on the new music and videos I've been listening/watching lately. :)



AlunaGeorge, Leikeli47 and Dreexzy- Mean What I Mean
BANKS- Gemini Feed
Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber and MO- Cold Water
Katy Perry- Rise
Snakehips feat. ZAYN- Cruel (I saw another video for this the other day but this is the official one)
Tinashe- Superlove (video) 
Tiwa Savage feat. Wizkid- Bad


K-pop

BLACKPINK- BOOMBAYAH
BLACKPINK- WHISTLE
MONSTA X- Stuck
Jun K- THINK ABOUT YOU 


E-girls- Pink Champagne (J-pop)
Britney Spears feat. G-Eazy- Make Me (video)
Kehlani- Gangsta from the film Suicide Squad (explicit)
Aaron Carter- Fool's Gold (explicit)*
Zara Larsson- Lush Life Pop Version (Play with pop)
Zara Larsson- Bad Boys*
DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber- Let Me Love You
Mabel x Tate Modern- Talk About Forever 
Sanchez feat. Killagramz- Claustrophobia (K-pop)
Suran- Paradise Go (K-pop)


That;'s all until next time! :)


*New to me.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Weekly Music Video

Today's song (it's an audio) is Gemini Feed by BANKS. I recently posted about her new single F**k With Myself and this is another good song. Presumably it's on her new album which is due out at the end of next month. :)




Saturday, 6 August 2016

Girls vs Boys- C-pop

As you'll know if you follow this blog, I'm a J-pop and K-pop fan. I haven't heard as many C-pop (Chinese pop) songs though, so I thought I'd check some out. :) I like CoCo Lee and it was actually an iTunes recomendation of Chinese singers who are similar to her that gave me the idea to do a C-pop post!

I was originally going to do a post about several artists but it was turning into a long post and I don't have time to do it this weekend, so I decided to do a Girls vs Boys one instead. I'll write about more C-pop stars in the future. :)

Today's post is about Taiwanese singers Jolin Tsai and Jay Chou who were romantically linked at one time, although it was never confirmed.



Jolin Tsai (birth name Tsai l-ling) is very popular in Chinese speaking countries and other places too. Known as the "Queen of C-pop" she has had a 17 year singing career so far and is also a dancer, actress and entrepreneur. She sings in the Chinese language Mandarin and is one of the best selling artists in Taiwan.*

Jolin's career started when she won an MTV singing competition aged 18. (She didn't even enter with the intention of winning!) She then signed to the record label Universal Music and released her debut single Living With The World in March 1999. Her debut album 1099 came out in September that year. The album did very well. Its first single was I Know You're Feeling Blue. Jolin's second album Don't Stop (released in April 2000) was a best seller and is her most successful album in Taiwan to date.


In early 2002 she changed record label, signing with Sony Music. Her first album with Sony was Magic (her 5th album altogether) and it was also very successful. So far she has released 13th studio albums, including 1099, Don't Stop, Magic, J-Game (2005), Dancing Diva (2006), Butterfly (2009), Muse (2012) and her latest Play, which came out in 2014. She also has a cover album called Love Exercise (2005) and several remix, live and video albums,

In addition to singing Jolin has starred in films and TV shows, most recently voicing a rabbit in the Taiwanese version of Disney film Zootopia/Zootroplis. She also had her own fashion brand Seventy Two Changes.

Jolin seems kind of "edgy" and reminds me of Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki. She has collaborated with one of my favourite Japanese singers Namie Amuro on the song I'm Not Yours. I posted about it last year: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/new-koda-kumi-and-namie-amuro-songs.html


This is The Great Artist which is from Jolin's 12th album Muse. I'm not sure if the C-pop artists release singles as much as Western artists but they do have videos for quite a few songs. This one was uploaded to YouTube in August 2012.



Also the song PLAY is  quite unique and interesting (and the video too). Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c86t8hoVw8E

For more on Jolin visit these links:

Singaporean Fan Club (English): http://fanclub.ijolin.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jolintsaiVEVO


Most of her links  have shut down or are inactive but you can still read more about her and watch her videos. :)


*Like Japanese and Korean names, the surname is written first in China.


Jay Chou is also Taiwanese. He started out in the music business after he entered a TV talent show with his friend in 1998. He played the piano while his friend sang. Jay went to work for the show's presenter Jacky Wu as a musician and released his debut album Jay two years later. His second album Fantasy really launched his career and he is famous not only in Taiwan but in other Chinese speaking countries as well. He sings in Mandarin.

To date Jay has released 14 albums, including his first two, The Eight Dimensions (2002), Still Fantasy (2006), The Era (2010) Aiyo, Not Bad (2014)  and his latest Jay Chou Bedtime Stories which came out in June. He also has 4 EPs, Fantasy Plus (2001), Hidden Track (2002), Fearless (2006) and Curse of The Golden Flower (2006).

Jay is a popular songwriter and has written songs for Jolin Tsai (see above), CoCo Lee and many others. He also acts. He debuted in the Hong Kong film Intial D- Drift Racer in in 2005. Since then he has starred in several other films including Curse of the Golden Flower (which he also did the music for), Hollywood movie The Green Hornet (2011), 2013 musical The Rooftop which he also directed  and  this year's Now You See Me 2.

He also has his own record and management company JVR Music and has written a book called Grandeur de D Major.

This is Bedtime Stories from the album of the same name. The video was uploaded in June.





For more on Jay check out these links:

JVR site (Chinese language): http://www.jvrmusic.com/artist/artist-index.asp?id=jay


Official FB (Chinese with English translation available): https://www.facebook.com/jay

JVR Music's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/JVRmuzic



Do you prefer Jolin or Jay or do you like them both? :)