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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Ariana Grande Christmas Songs

I can't believe it's nearly Christmas! But I say that every year, lol. Since it is now the Christmas season I thought I'd share a couple of songs from Ariana Grande's Christmas & Chill EP. It was released last December but I didn't come across it until March this year, which was a bit late, lol. Now it's come round again so I've bought two songs (December and True Love) and plan to have the rest as a Christmas present.


Here's December, one of my favourites:








And this is True Love, my other fave:





To hear the rest visit Ariana's Spotify or YouTube:


Ariana Spotify

https://www.youtube.com/user/ArianaGrandeVevo/


If you'd like more Ariana check out Santa Tell Me (another Christmas song): http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/weekly-music-video_23.html


And here are some songs and videos from her latest album Dangerous Woman:

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/new-ariana-grande-songs.html

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/new-ariana-grande-videos.html




Do you have a favourite song from Christmas & Chill? What are your favourite Christmas songs? :)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is JULY by Chinese Canadian singer Kris Wu. His real name is Wu Yifan (his birth name was Li Jiaheng but he changed it later) and he is a former member of the Korean/Chinese boyband EXO.

Kris was born in Guangzho in China and lived between there and Vancouver in Canada during his childhood and teen years. He became an S.M. Entertainment trainee in  South Korea in 2008 and joined EXO in 2012.

In May 2014 he left the band and filed a lawsuit against S.M. Enterntainment, claiming that he was treated badly by them. (Two other of members of EXO, Luhan and Z.Tao did the same thing). They reached a settlement this July.

In June 2014 Kris released his debut solo single Time Boils the Rain, which was from the Chinese film, Tiny Times 3.0. And in November 2015 he brought out the single Bad Girl. In addition to singing, he acts and his films include Somewhere Only We Know (2015), Mr. Six (2015), The Mermaid (2016), Sweet Sixteen (2016), and upcomuing movies, the Hollywood action film XXX: Return of Xander Cage (due for release early next year) and Hong Kong action thriller Europe Raiders (still filming). He also appeared on variety shows both with EXO and by himself, including After School Club on the South Korean channel Arirang TV and Chinese show Happy Camp.

Kris collobrated with Jessica Jung (former Girls' Generation member) and her sister Krystal from Korean girl group (f)x on the single Say Yes, from the Korean/American film Make Your Move which stars BoA and American dancer Derek Hough. His other singles are There Is a Place from Somewhere Only We Know, Greenhouse Girl from Mr. Six, From Now On from Sweet Sixteen and his latest, JULY.

He has also worked with brands such as adidas Originals, Mercedes Benz and Burberry.

JULY is Kris' first English language single and is out now. I like EXO but hadn't heard his solo stuff before and he reminds me of Justin Bieber, both because of his voice and his look in the JULY video. I'd forgotten that he was the Canadian one from the group, so maybe that's why the similarity! This is my current favourite song and I recently bought it on iTunes. :)



 


For more on Kris check out these links:

Official YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChJL-1USNhbwfZa4tj0MrmA/featured

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/galaxy_fanfan/

International FB Fanbase: https://www.facebook.com/WuYiFan.Global/ 

Vogue feature: http://www.vogue.com/13507329/kris-wu-burberry-holiday-party-dressing-celebrity-style/

Saturday, 26 November 2016

New Music/Videos

Time for an update on the latest music and videos I've been listening to/watching lately. :)


The Weekend feat. Daft Punk- Starboy (explicit, unedited version)
Nick Jonas- Voodoo (video)
Louise Johnson- So Good
Hyloyn- Paradise (K-pop)


Fergie- Life Goes On
Britney Spears feat. Tinashe- Slumber Party (video)
Zara Larsson- I Would Like 
Meng Jia (former missA)- Drip (C-pop)
Kris Wu (ex-EXO)- JULY (C-pop)
HELLOVENUS- i'm ill (K-pop)


K-pop

ASTRO- Confession
JENYER (Jeon Jiyoon, former 4minute)- I Do 
AOA Cream (AOA unit)- I'm Jelly BABY
Loco- Still
T-ARA- TIAMO
IMFACT- Feel So Good
JENYER with Jiggy Bros- MAGNET   


Hey Violet- Guys My Age 
VICTON- I'm fine (K-pop)
INNA- Yalla*
Lana Del Rey- You Can Be The Boss (explicit video, contains disturbing scenes)
Justine Skye feat. Wizkid- U Don't Know


That's all for now! :)


*New to me.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Stuck On You by British singer Joss Stone. She first became famous aged 16 with the release of her debut album The Soul Sessions in September 2003 and and its first single Fell in Love with a Boy, a cover of The White Stripes' song (theirs is called Fell in Love with a Girl), which came out in early 2004.

The Soul Sessions was very successful and Joss' second album Mind Body Soul (released in September 2004) was also a best seller. The leas single You Had Me which came out the same month, is one of her most succesful songs. To date she has released 7 albums, the rest are Introducing Joss Stone (2007), Colour Me Free! (2009), LP1 (2011), The Soul Sessions Vol 2 (2012) and her most recent Water For Your Soul wghich ws relesed in summer 2015. Some of her other singles are Right to Be Wrong, Don't Cha Wanna Ride, Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now featuring American rapper Common, Teardrops which is a cover of the Womack & Womack song (I like the 1998 Lovestation version the best), Stuck on You and The Answer. She also has a greatest hits album and 3 live/session EPs.

Joss was part of the "supergroup" SuperHeavy, with Rolling Stones fromtman Mick Jagger, Indian composer and musician A.R. RahmanEurythmics and solo singer Dave Stewart and Jamaican rapper/singer Damian Marley (son of Bob Marley).

She also acts, playing witch/fortune teller Angela in the 2006 film Eragon in 2006 and Anne of Cleeves, the fourth wife of English king Henry VIII in TV series The Tudors. In additon she's appeared on several TV shows.

In recent years Joss hasn't received much mainstream promotion. She was originally signed to the record label EMI  but fought legally to leave them and the release of her 4th album Colour Me Free! was delayed. She set up her own label called Stone'd Records in 2011. I only discovered Colour Me Free! on Spotify and have come across her later albums there too.

Stuck On You is from Water For Your Soul. I wasn't even aware that it was a single and there was a video unril the other day when I came across it on YouTube. I got the album last Christmas and have been listening to it again lately. Joss started out with soul and R'n'B music but WFYS is more reggae heavy. Some are more soul/chilled though, like Stuck On You. It's one of my favourite songs and the video is nice as well. :)




For more on Joss visit these links:

Official site: www.jossstone.com

Her record label: https://www.stoned-records.com/

Saturday, 19 November 2016

More J-pop Acts

Last year I did a round-up of my favourite Japanese music acts. You can check it out here: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/j-pop-acts.html

I thought it would be good to do a post on some more Japanese singers and groups today. :)

Note: A few of the singers in this post are mixed race. I don't think there are that many famous Japanese singers with mixed heritage but there are a few, including the 3 below, Crystal Kay, A.I. and Thelma Aoyama. One of my fave singers Namie Amuro is a quarter Italian as well. Being mixed race myself it's cool to see successful mixed people. :)



BENI (formerly Beni Arashiro)

BENI (full name Beni Daniels) originally debuted as Beni Arashiro (or Arashiro Beni in the Japanese way) but decided to have just BENI as her stage name in 2008. Her mum is Japanese and her dad is American (European and Native American). She was born in Okinawa in Japan and later moved to America and then to Yokohama in Japan. She started out as a member of the girl group Bishōjo Club 21 (now known as Bishoujo Club 31) and went solo in 2004 with the release of her debut single Harmony. In February 2005 she brought out her first album Beni.

Since then she has released an impressive 26 singles! Some of the most well known are Here Alone, Mō Ichi do... (which according to Wikipedia translates as "Once More") with Japanese rapper Dohzi-T,  Mō Nido To (an answer song to Mō Ichi do) and Kiss Kiss Kiss. Others include Miracle, Cherish, double A-side Yurayura/Gimme Gimme, Suki Dakara, Koe wo Kikasete/Crazy Girl (another double A-side), Konayuki (Powder Snow) and Forever. She has released 9 studio albums which include Beni, Girl 2 Lady (2006), Gem (2007), Bitter & Sweet (2009), Lovebox (2010), Red (2013) and Undress (2015) and 3 cover albums, 2 compilation and 6 live albums.

BENI started off with the record label Avex Trax but moved to Universal Music Japan during the time she also changed her name. I have her album Beni and my favourite songs on it are Gems and Breakout. I hadn't heard much of her newer music, so it's been good to listen to some.

This is PAPA which is from her latest album Undress. It's about dads. :)




Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Voodoo by Nick Jonas. It's from his latest album Last Year Was Complicated which was released in June. It's one of my favourite songs on the album. :) Not sure if it's an actual single.

Please note that the song is explicit. :)






Nick also has a new video for Champagne Problems. I featured it before when it was just an audio. Watch the music video here: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/weekly-music-video_27.html


For more songs from the album visit this post: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/new-nick-jonas-album.html

Saturday, 12 November 2016

New K-pop Releases

As I mentioned before I've been listening to a lot of K-pop recently. The channel Arirang TV started showing in the UK the other month, so I've been watching the programmes Pops in Seoul and Simply K-pop. (I usually just discover K-pop videos on YouTube). I thought it would be good to do a post on the latest K-pop releases. :)




BTS- Blood Sweat & Tears

BTS' latest single is Blood Sweat & Tears. It's from their new album Wings (their 2nd full length studio album) which came out last month. I just read that Wings has made history by becoming the first album by a Korean act to enter the UK Albums Chart! :) Blood Sweat & Tears was No 1 in the Korean charts.