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Friday, 17 February 2017

New Music/Videos

Thr latest update on music and videos I've been listening to and watching. :)


BP RANIA- Start a Fire (K-pop)
Little Mix- Touch
MASC- Tina  (live on Simply K-pop)
CLC- Hobgoblin (K-pop)
Ariana Grande feat. Future- Everyday (lyric video)
Ed Sheeran- Shape of You
Martin Garrix x Dua Lipa- Scared To Be Lonely
Kris Wu- Juice (from XXX: The Return of Xander Cage)
Alessia Cara- Seventeen

Red Velvet- Rookie (K-pop)
Sam Kim and Loco- Think About Chu (K-pop)
Tei Shi- Keep Running 
Mariah Carey feat. YG- I Don't 
M.I.A.- P.O.W.A
Zara Larsson feat. Ty Dolla $ign- So Good 


J-pop

All these songs aren't brand new releases but they're new to me.


J Soul Brothers (EXILE TRIBE)- Welcome to Tokyo*
GENERATIONS (EXILE TRIBE): PIERROT*
Happiness- Ordinary Girls



Meng Jia- Who's That Girl (C-pop)
Katy Perry- Chained to the Rhythm (lyric video_)
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil- Bulleya (Bollywood)*



Bebe Rexha- All Your Fault Pt. 1 EP, minus I Got You which I've already heard (explicit)

Small Doses
Atmosphere
FFF  (feat. G-Eazy)
Gateway Drug
Bad Bitch (feat. Ty Dolla $ign


K-pop

K.A.R.D- Don't Recall
B.I.G- 1.2.3
SF9- Roar


P-Square- Away (Nigerian)
AlunaGeorge- Not Above Love (video)
Yuna- Unrequited Love (video)
The Weeknd- Reminder (explicit)
Dami Im- Fighting For Love*


That's it until next time! :)


*New to me.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Keep Running by Tei Shi. Her real name is Valerie Teicher and she's from Argentina. She released her debut single M&Ms in summer 2013 and her debut digital EP Saudade in November that year. In 2015 she brought out her second EP Verde ("Green" in Spanish) online and also released a physical EP. One of her most successful singles is Bassically. Her debut album Crawl Space is set for release at the end of March.

Tei Shi's music has been descibed as indie pop and she herself has called it "sensual bedroom pop" and "mermaid music"! Keep Running is the first single from Crawl Space and it's out now.





For more on Tei Shei visit her official site: http://www.tei-shi.com/

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Book of the Sea (stories)

I'm doing an extra post this week because I just finished a collection of stories I've been working on for ages. It's called The Book of the Sea because they're based around the sea. :)  Sacrifice , one of the stories I've previousky shared, is included in the collection.

You can read The Book of the Sea here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xjIopKVerikJS8uh_ZDeLDQx0VpX2fGav40suI41tjo/edit?usp=sharing

Hope you enjoy it. :)

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Asian Music- K-pop, J-pop and Beyond

Two of my favourite genres are J-pop and K-pop. I started listening to J-pop (Japanese pop) about 10 years ago and got into K-pop (Korean pop) a few years ago a s well. I don't listen to as much music from other Asian countries but the other month I came across a Vietnamese singer (Hồ Ngọc Ha, see below), so I thought it would be fun to explore different types. :)

Note: I also like Bollywood/Hindi music but for the purposes of this post, I'm going to stick to East Asian music (apart from one crossover Bollywood song). Maybe in the future I'll do a post on South Asian music :)


J-pop

My favourite. :)  (Although there are actually more K-pop posts on here because I've been listening to more lately!). My fave singers are Koda Kumi and Namie Amuro and I also like Utada Hikaru (although I prefer her English languge music in general) and some Ayumi Hamasaki songs. I mostly know Japanese solo singers, so I'd like to listen to more groups. I like a =few grops, such as boyband J Soul Brothers and EXILE and girlbands FAKY and E-girls.

For J-pop acts featured on the blog up to September 2015 (when I was doing a J-pop and K-pop month) visit this post: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/j-pop-acts.html


And here are a couple more J-pop posts:

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/new-j-pop-crystal-kay-and-namie-amuro.html

 http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/more-j-pop-acts.html


K-pop

I've liked K-pop for a few years. I used to come across it mostly from penpals and YouTube but last year the South Korean TV channel Arirang started showing on British TV, so since then I've also been watching K-pop programmes. :)

Check out this post for all the K-pop posts up to Sept '15: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/k-pop-acts.html


Here are some more:

MONSTA X: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/weekly-music-video_25.html

BTS: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/weekly-music-video_31.html

Reddy feat. Jay Park: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/weekly-music-video_16.html

NCT U- The 7th Sense: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/weekly-music-video.html

Hoody- Like You: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/weekly-music-video_22.html

Jun K: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/weekly-music-video_17.html

Jay Park feat. GRAY: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/weekly-music-video_19.html


http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/girls-vs-boys-k-pop.html

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/new-k-pop-releases.html


And go here for a mix: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/new-j-pop-and-k-pop-releases.html


C-pop

I don't listen to so much Chinese pop but my favourite C-pop singer is Coco Lee. With her though I do prefer her English stuff. Check out my posts on her below:

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/weekly-music-video_23.html

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/weekly-music-video_10.html


A lot of the K-pop groups have international members (mostly from Asian countries or Asian Americans or Canadians) and some also sing in Chinese and Japanese. Examples are EXO, miss A and TWICE. The girl group BP RANIA are notable for having the first non Asian K-pop idol in their group, since member Alex is a mixed race American (half black and half white). But their record company have been accused of discrimination for not featuring her properly in music videos or live performances. As a mixed race person myself (also black and white) I'm happy to see someone like me in a K-pop group but sad that they don't seem to be treating her that well. :(

Kris Wu is a Chinese Canadian singer who used to belong to Korean/Chinese group EXO. This is his first solo English song JULY: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/weekly-music-video_30.html

Meng Jia is a former member of Korean/Chinese girl group miss A. Check out her debut solo single Drip: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/weekly-music-video_14.html


Last year I did a Girls vs Boys post featuring Taiwanese singers Jolin Tsai and Jay Chou: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/girls-vs-boys-c-pop.html


This is Jolin's PLAY which came out in 2014:




Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Pashmina from the Bollywood film Fitoor which was released last year. It's a modern adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story Great Expectations and is about poor artist Noor (played by Aditya Roy Kapur/Kapoor) who falls in love with rich girl Firdaus (Katrina Kaif). He sets out to become successful to win Firdaus' heart but her mother Begum (Tabu) is determined that they won't be together.

I haven't seen this but it sounds good, so I'll put it on my To Watch list! Like Befikre (see New Releases post under the Aditya link below) it's had bad reviews but I'd still like to have a look, lol.*

The playback singer for Pashmina is Amit Trivedi. This isn't the full song but you can listen to it here: Pashmina Full Song






For more Katrina check out these posts:

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/weekly-music-video.html

 http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/weekly-music-video_18.html

 http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/weekly-music-video_25.html

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/weekly-music-video_9.html


And for more Aditya visit this post: 

 http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/new-music-releases.html


*Aditya isn't in Befikre but he's in OK Jaanu which I mention as well.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Dance Moms- Chloe Update

Series/Season 7 of American reality show Dance Moms is currently showing in the UK and I recently heard that one of the original dancers Chloe Lukasiak will be returning for the finale.

Chloe and her mum Christi weren't liked by the dance teacher and studio owner Abby Lee Miller and Christi often clashed with Abby. They left at the end of Series 4. Abby treated Chloe horribly in my opinion, once referring to her as "that girl over there" instead of her name. I always disliked the way Abby punishes the girls if she falls out with their mothers. Also Abby seemed to want to Chloe to fail in competitions, which was weird because she was one of her students representing her!! I think she just wants to be proven right a lot of the time. Chloe was my favourite out of the original girls (Chloe, Maddie, Nia, Mackenzie, Brooke  ans Paige, although Kendall joined quite early on) and I was glad for her when she finally left because she didn't have to put up with being treated like that.
 
Since leaving the show Chloe has continued dancing, she became a student at Studio 19 and has competed with them. She's also modelled, starred in music videos and acted in the TV movie Center Stage: On Pointe. She has a popular YouTube channel.

This is the trailer which includes Chloe's return to Dance Moms:



I think it's a good that she feels able to come back now. She's in a different place in her life and the ALDC is different too. The future of Dance Moms is uncertain (there might not be another series) so I don't know if her return will permanent.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Weekly Music Video

Here is the new video for BANKS' song Trainwreck. It's from her latest album The Altar which was released in September. I'm not sure if it's actually a single but they've done a video. It's a bit of a weird one but BANKS' videos are often different! lol.

Trainwreck is a good song. It's not one of my absolute favourites on the album but it is one I like. :)





For my post about the album click here: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/new-banks-album.html