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Weekly Music Video

Today's video is by Deserve Chinese Canadian singer Kris Wu featuring American rapper Travis Scott. Kris was a member of Korean/Chinese boyband EXO  before going solo. I think this is his 4th English language single.

Deserve was released this month and reached No. 1 on the American iTunes chart.




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African Music

I've done quite a few posts about Asian music (mainly J-pop and K-pop) and also Turkish, so today I'm featuring some African artists. :)


Tiwa Savage

First up here are a couple of songs from Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage.

This is All Over which was released in May.




Weekly Music Video

Today's video is No I Love Yous by Kosovar (Kosovoan Albanian) singer Era Istrefi and featuring Moroccan/American rapper French Montana. It's sung in English (Era's first language is Gheg Albanian) and was released on 29th September.





Istrefi sisters fan? (Era's big sister Nora is also a singer). Check out these posts:

Both sisters are featured:  http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/albanian-music.html

Era: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/weekly-music-video_12.html

Era: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/weekly-music-video.html

Nora (and her husband Robert Berisha): http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/weekly-music-video_2.html

New Koda Kumi Video + Bonus Vid

Koda Kumi has a new video for single HUSH. It's her 61st (!) single and is from her latest album W FACE ~inside/W FACE ~outside. W FACE is Koda's 13th studio album and her first double album release.*

HUSH is part of Kumi's of her 2017 trilogy of single releases (reminds me of JoJo's Tringle) and is the second release. The first was LIT this summer (see below) and the third is scheduled to come out in December. They only had limited physical releases at venues for Koda's ~W FACE~ live tour and through her fan club and was sold online on the music site mu mo.

HUSH came out on 4th October. This s a full length video which is good.  Avex (her record company) don't always upload full ones.




Weekly Music Video

BANKS has a new single out called Underdog. I recently bought it on iTunes. It's a good song, more R'n'B than some of her recent ones, I think. It has been described as electropop but it sounds to me like it's got an R'n'B beat as well. She growls on it, which is interesting (because she's signing about an underdog, I presume)!

Underdog isn't from her latest album The Altar (released a year ago), it's a stand alone single. There isn't a video, just an audio but I'll update if there's a video in future. :) It came out on 28th September.




BANKS fan? Check out these posts:

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/new-banks-album.html

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/weekly-music-video.html

So Sharp: Dance Squad

So Sharp: Dance Squad is an American reality TV series about the University of Louisville Ladybird Dance Team run by Todd Sharp. It's set in Louisville, Kentucky. As you'll know if you follow this blog, I'm a fan of dance reality shows such as Dance Moms and Bring It! So I was interested when So Sharp started in the UK a few weeks ago.

Todd is head coach along with Sheryl Knight, a former Ladybird herself. Todd has also coached the Floyd Central Dazzlers. The team have won 15 national championships so far.

As with the other dance reality shows, there's a lot of drama! Marissa Hall is close to Todd and describes him as like a father to her. She is considered one if the best dancers and her close relationship with Todd rubs some people up the wrong way, particularly Michelle Carpenter. Rose Crombie is one of Marissa's main rivals but according to the Decidr article about the team (see below) they're close. Gabrielle Iannone struggles sometimes with the choreograp…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is SHINE FOREVER by Korean boyband MONSTA X. It was released in June and is from the group's debut album which originally came out in March as The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter and was then re-released in June as SHINE FOREVER.

I think on Pops in Seoul they said that it's a love song. :)



 You can watch MONSTA X's dance practise for this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4qF6bIVnI



MONSTA X fan? Check out this post for another of their videoshttp://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/new-k-pop-releases.html