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:
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.
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.
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…
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.
Since my belly dance classes recently started again after a break over the summer and I'm also going to the belly dance event South Coast Shimmy tonight. I thought I'd post a round-up of Turkish and Arabic songs, plus a couple of songs I haven't mentioned before. :)
This week's video is Find You, the latest single by Nick Jonas. As with his last single Remember I Told You, it's not from his latest album Last Year Was Complicated (released in 2016). Nick has said that the song is about the journey of finding love.
Find You came out on 14th September. It's a nice, chilled out song that goes more "dancey" on the chorus.
As I've mentioned before, quite a few Bollywood films are based on Hollywood ones. (And sometimes films from other countries as well). So for this post I'm featuring a couple of Bollywood films and the Hollywood movies they were based on. This post contains spoilers. :)
Aitraaz (2004) is the film that inspired this post! The Bollywood film channel B4U Movies is free to air at the moment and I watched Aitraaz last night. I first saw it years ago (rented it on video from the library!). It's a remake of the 1994 film Disclosure starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore, and since I have Disclosure saved on my Sky planner I watched it again last night as well! Aitraaz (which translates as "Objection") is also based on the real life case of American basketball player Kobe Bryant.
The film is about businessman Raj Malhotra (Akshay Kumar) who works for a mobile phone company. He is happily married to Priya (Kareena Kapoor) and they are expecting a baby. …
Today's video (or audio) is I Got Time by Bebe Rexha. It's from her new EP All Your Fault: Pt. 2. I have her first EP All Your Fault: Pt. 1 which came out in February. I don't like Pt. 2 as much but I like some songs and I Got Time is my favourite. :) I recently bought it on iTunes.
I'm doing an extra post today because I'm taking part in the Writing blog linky from Carol's site Virtually All Sorts. If you have some writing you'd like to share then you can take part at the link below. :) #WonderfulWorldofWriting
haven't posted any Tollywood videos for ages, so I thought I'd share
one today and also a Bollywood video, since I had planned to post more
about Bollywood this year!
First up this is Seeti Maar from the Bollywood film DJ - Duvvada Jagannadham. It's an action comedy which came out in June and is about a man called Duvvada Jagannadham (played by Allu Arjun), a Brahmin priest who moonlights as DJ, a crime fighter in disguise (like a superhero!). He falls in love with Pooja (Pooja Hegde) who is involved with a crime boss.
This week's video is GOLD by Japanese girl group Happiness. They are a group in their own right and also part of the band E-girls (currently 11 members strong) . Happiness members are Miyuu Ariiso (the leader), Sayaka Nagatomo, Karen Fuji, Kaede Dobashi, Ruri Kawamoto, Yurino Suzuiki and Anna Suda. (You will also see their names written the other way round, since in Japan the surname comes first). Former members are Mimu Hikoi and Mayu Sugieda. Miyuu (stage name is spelt MIYUU) left E-girls in June but is still a member of Happiness.
Happiness were formed in 2009 and to date have released 10 singles, including debut Kiss Me, Wish, JUICY LOVE, Holiday, Sexy Young Beautiful, REWIND and GOLD; and two albums, Happy Time (2012) and GIRLZ 'N EFFECT (2016). They are part of the new E.G. Family collective and linked to other E-girls spin-off groups Dream (now disbanded) and Flower. Their male counterpart is EXILE TRIBE.
GOLD is Happiness' latest singles and will be released on…
At the beginning of 2017 I said I was going to do more Bollywood posts this year.
It's now late August and I've only done 3! Still, I've got a few more
months, lol. So here's a Bollywood video. It's for the song Ek Din Teri
Raahoon Mein from the 2007 film Naqaab. Naqaab means "veil" or "mask" in English, similar to the word niqab, which means the veil that Muslim women wear.
The film is
about Indian girl Sophia aka Sophie (played by Urvashi Sharma) who moves to Dubai
after a bad experience with a stalker. She meets rich man Karan Oberoi
(Bobby Deol) and gets engaged to him, but then falls in love with
struggling actor Vicky (Akshaye Khanna). She decides to ignore her
attraction and go ahead with the wedding only to have second thoughts at
the last minute. After being left at the altar Karan commits suicide.
However that's not all to the story....
This is a scene from a night out where Sophia and Vicky perform a dance together. It…
As I mentioned in my TV Round-Up post last month I've been working on a Music Index page listing the music posts on the blog. (That's why the second post is slightly later this week). Since I changed the design of the blog there aren't any labels/tags at the top, so I thought it would be good to do this.
This week's video is Fight Like a Girl by American singer Zolita.
She's from California and identifies as a queer feminist. Zolita
released her debut EP Immaculate Conception in October 2015 and two of the songs from
the EP, Explosion and Holy, went viral.
The song and video are about female empowerment and also shows the women and girls practising magic. Zolita herself practises Wicca, as she says in the comment. I myself have pagan beliefs and it's good to see that in a music video. :)
The title and chorus is a play on the phrase "Fight like a girl" which tends to be used negatively, e.g. "You fight like a girl!". But in this case Zolita is using it in a positive way. She says that "fighting like a girl" means "fighting with feminine magick, power of manifestation and power of the mind rather than physical violence" (See Out mag interview below). A variety of people are featured in the video (different races, ages and transge…
Back in April I posted about the IT remake. Now there's less than a month to go until it's released and there's a new trailer!
This is Official Trailer 1 and it was uploaded on 27th July.
This looks creepy, maybe even creepier that the 1990 version! Pennywise looks really menacing. A I said in my original post about the remake, I wasn't sure about the casting of Bill Skarsgård . I doubted whether he could be as good as Tim Curry but he looks effective as It in the trailers so far! lol. And of course he will bring his own thing to the role.
I look forward to seeing this. I'll probably wait till it comes on TV since I rarely go to the cinema these days. Films come out really quickly nowadays too.
IT is out on 8th September in both the US and the UK.
Are you a fan of IT (book and/or mini series)? What do you think of the film trailers?
This is the video for Korean/Chinese boyband EXO's new single Ko Ko Bop. The group has had a few changes in the past couple of years, members Kris Wu, Luhan and Z.Tao (aka Tao) have all left after filing lawsuits against their record company S.M. Entertainment.
Ko Ko Bop is EXO's first ever reggae song. It's from their 4th studio album The War which was released last month. The War is currently a bestseller and Ko Ko Bop has also topped the charts. It was released on 18th July, the same day as the album.
Teen Mom 2 has returned! The 8th series/season starts in the UK next week. (It's already started in America). Since the 2nd series of Teen Mom UK started recently, fans get a double fix of teen mums!
Things have changed quite a bit for the mothers Chelsea Houska (now DeBoer), Leah Messer, Kailyn Lowry and Jenelle Evans since I first did a post on the show back in 2011! So I'm going to write an update and also provide links to the girls' sites and online profiles (I never did in the first post). You can read my original Teen Mom 2 post here: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/teen-mom-2.html
The biggest change of all is that there's now a new mum! Brianna DeJesus who featured in S4 of 16 and Pregnant (the original series which all the mums appeared on) and also starred in the short lived Teen Mom 3, has joined the cast. More on her below. :)
Leah, now 25, had an on/off relationship with Coey Simms, the father of her twins Aliannah Hope (known as Ali) …
Today's video is I'm A Fan by Pia Mia featuring American singer Jeremih. It's Pia's latest single and was released on 26th May, but the video only premiered on 2nd August. I don't like it as much as her last single We Should Be Together but it's a light, summer song, good for this time of year. :) It has a kind of reggae vibe.
Korean group K.A.R.D have released their debut mini album, entitled KARD 1st Mini Album Hola Hola. It came out on 19th July and contains 6 tracks- Oh NaNa featuring "hidden member" Heo Young-Ji, Don't Recall, RUMOR, Hola Hola, (Korean title) I Can't Stop and Living Good (Special Thanks To).
Oh NaNa was released last December as K.A.R.D's first project single, a pre-debut. Don't Recall followed in February and the English language "Hidden Version" at the beginning of March. The group released their thid and last project single RUMOR in April. Hola Hola ("Hello Hello" in Spanish) is the first single from the mini album and both came out on the same day.
My favourite song from Hola Hola is Don't Recall. I like both the Korean and English versions. I bought the English one a little while ago and might buy the Korean one as well. I like Oh NaNa too. I Hola Hola sounds similar to Oh NaNa, especially because they sing that phrase in it, but I…
This week's video is Ska Inat by Kosvar Kosovan Albanian) singer Nora Istrefi and Robert Berisha. Nora and Robert are a couple in real life and have a daughter named Rene. :) This is the first time they have collobarated musically.
Ska Inat was released last month. I think Nora and Robert are singing in Gheg Albanian.
This film is based on one of the most famous Australian legal cases where 9 week old baby Azaria Chamberlain disappeared on 17th August 1980 while on a camping holiday with her family in the Outback. Her parents Lindy (played by Meryl Streep) and Michael (Sam Neill) claim she was taken by a dingo but the police (and the public) don't believe them and end up accusing Lindy of murdering her daughter. Lindy then endures a long legal fight to prove that she's telling the truth and a dingo did take Azaria.
Here's the video for Dua Lipa's new single New Rules. It's from her self-titled debut album which was released last month.
New Rules is about making up your own rules for getting over an ex, such as not answering his phone calls, not meeting up with him etc. It was one of the songs I liked on Dua's album. When I first saw the video I thought it was a bit strange but it is entertaining. It's like a sleepover with synchronised dancing! lol. New Rules is out now.
The first series followed 5 girls, Chloe, Amber, Mia, Megan and Naomi. This time round the first 4 are back but Naomi has left and been replaced by new girl Sassi Simmons. Naomi is taking a break to focus on her career and looking after daughter Kyanna, who must be about 3 since she was 2 in the last series. Her relationship with Kyanna's father Raphael wasn't good, from the outside it looked like he didn't treat her very well. They are currently not together. Naomi seems like a good mum and I look forward to hearing more about her and Kyanna in the future. :)
For more on Naomi 's hiatus from the show visit this lin…
Today's video is Love* Queen by Japanese girl group E-girls. It was uploaded to YouTube on 19th June.
There have been several changes to the band's line-up lately. Member Erie left at the end of last year, in March this year Miyuu (who is also a member of spin-off group Happiness) took a break due to a a knee injury, and in May, Dream (whose members Shizuka, Ami and Aya were also a part of E-girls) was disbanded and they are no longer a part of the main group. E-girls now consists of 11 members instead of 19 and they've been re-branded as E.G. Family, along with other groups including Happiness, Flower (whose members have also been part of E-girls), Dream Ami and DANCE EARTH PARTY. You can read more about the changes here: http://aramajapan.com/news/music/e-girls-announce-major-changes-ami-graduating-dream-disbanding-more/76070/
E-girls latest EP is E.G. CRAZY which came out at the beginning of 2017. This month they also released the single Smile For Me which is available …
This week's video is Last Kiss by AlunaGeorge. Their latest album is I Remember, released last September but this isn't on it. It's one of two new singles; the other is Turn Up The Love which I'm going to check out later.
There's no video for Last Kiss yet but I'll update if there is one. :)
American band LANY released their debut self titled album on 30th June. It contains 16 songs, including singles Good Girls, It Was Love, The Breakup and 13. I don't tend to be that into indie/alternative music (I'm a fan of BANKS but her music is more alternative R'n'B) but I discovered LANY last summer and liked their song yea, babe, no way. It's good to try different styles of music. (And their music is still kind of poppy anyway! lol It's described as "dream pop"). Since then I've listened to other singles and liked them.
I think LANY is quite a good album. It's probably not one that I would buy as a whole album but I'll definitely get some individual songs. I've already bought The Breakup on iTunes and will probably get a couple of the albums. The album has a nice chilled vibe, which is good for this time of year. It also seems to have a California type vibe, which is fitting since half of the band's name stands for LA! (The o…
Sorry the post is later this week; I intended to post yesterday but went to a belly dance event and didn't have time. :)
I'm currently working on a Music Index page where you can find posts on Star Sparkle from different music genres. I had the idea a while ago and I decided to go ahead and do it, especially since I changed the blog to a different design/theme there aren't any tags at the top anymore.The page isn't ready yet but I thought today I'd do a round-up of television related posts. (There aren't as many posts so I'm doing this rather than a page). So here we go. :)
This is Nick Jonas's latest single Remember I Told You. It features British singer Anne-Marie and American rapper Mike Posner. It was released on 26th May but the official video was just uploaded to YouTube yesterday. (I only saw an audio video before).
Remember I Told you is not on Nick's latest album Last Year Was Complicated, it's a stand-alone single.
Chung Ha (real name Kim Chung-mi) from Korean girl I.O.I has launched her solo career.* I.OI. disbanded at the beginning of the year and now Chung Ha is striking out on her own.
Chung Ha was born in South Korea, then moved to America and later came back to Korea to get started in her career. Shre trained with South Korean entertainment company JYP Entertainment (who are responsible for several of the top K-pop groups including missA, Twice, 2PM and GOT7) and later became a member of I.O.I. She said on Pops in Seoul that she was the main dancer of I.O.I. She is currently with MNH Entertainment.
In addition to singing Chug Ha has done some presenting, she was a guest presenter on Simply K-pop for several weeks and she has also been hosting the show Ah! Sunday - A Running Miracle.
Chung Ha released her debut single Week in April and her debut EP Hands on Me this month, along with the lead single Why Don't You Know featuring Korean rapper Nucksal. The EP contains 5 tracks- Hands on M…
Today's video is Cash Madame by Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee. Her full name is Vanessa Hau Mdee and she was born in Tanzania and later lived in New York, Paris and Kenya. Also known as Vee Money, she started out as an MTV VJ (there aren't so many of them these days, at least not in the UK) and was the first ever VJ in Tanzania. Her debut solo single was, Closer, one of her biggest hits to date.
Vanessa's other singles include Come over, Niroge, Siri, Never Ever and Cash Madame. I think Cash Madame is her latest single. It was uploaded to YouTube in December. Vanessa is singing in English but a kind of patois, I think. Sounds similar to Jamaican English. (Swahili is one of the official languages of Tanzania along with English).
Sorry for the late post, I've had personal problems and haven't been feeling well the past couple of days.
I haven't done a Girls vs Boys post for a while so here's a new one. :) Today's it's between Turkish singers Cem Belevi and Ayshe.
Ayshe's full name is Ayşe Akın. (I think this is the right Ayshe, I translated this from Turkish with Google Translate!). She was born in Belgium and speaks 4 languages. Although her real name is Ayşe, she uses Ayshe as a stage name becauuse it's easier for people abroad to pronounce.
One of Ayshe's most well known songs is Kim Ne Derse Desin with Cem Belevi (see below). She's also an actress, having been in TV series.
Today's video is M.I.L.F $ (MILF Money) by Fergie. It came out last July and was played a lot last summer. The acronym "MILF" usually stands for "Mom/Mum I'd like to f***" but in this case it stands for "Moms I'd Like To Follow" (e.g. on social media site Instagram). Of course the other meaning is implied! lol.
M.I.L.F was the first single from Fergie's upcoming second album Double Dutchess. The album's release has been delayed a couple of times and since Fergie changed record labels last month, there's no sign of when it's definitely coming out yet. Life Goes on, the second single from Double Dutchess was released in November. I really like Fergie's first album The Dutchess so will keep an eye out for news of the new one. :)
British Albanian singer Dua Lipa
has just released her debut album self titled album. It feels like I've
been waiting for this for ages! lol. It came out yesterday (2nd June)
but I originally thought it was going be released in February.
post refers to the Deluxe edition.
I like the album but I think I was expecting to like it more, or rather like the new songs more (ones I haven't already heard). I've heard quite a few of them already and bought a couple on iTunes last year (Last Dance and Be The One). So those two are my favourites and also New Love and Blow Your Mind (Mwah). I also like Lost In Your Light featuring American singer Miguel. I don't like Hotter Than Hell or Room For 2 so much but Thinking Bout You has a nice, chilled out vibe. Out of the songs I'd never listened to until yesterday, I like New Rules, and Dreams best and Genesis and Begging are quite good as well. I may get the album in future since I only have 2 of the songs from it s…
Today's video is Dream In A Dream by Ten. His full name is Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul and he is a member of K-pop group NCT and the sub-unit NCT U. He is the only Thai member of NCT/NCT U.
Dream In A Dream is Ten's debut solo single. It was released in April and is about the meaning of true love between the border of dreams and reality. It's a dreamy kind of song, relaxing and the video adds to the vibe with the dance performance which also stars fellow band member Lucas. Ten sings in English.
Swedish/British singer Mabel has just released her debut EP. It's called Bedroom and consists of 5 tracks- Bedroom, Finders Keepers featuring Kojo Funds, Ride or Die and Talk About Forever.
It's a good EP. My favourite songs are Bedroom and Talk about Forever. I also just listened to Ride or Die and really like that as well. I bought Bedroom on iTunes yesterday and will probably buy more songs and complete the EP!
Here's the official audio of Ride or Die. It has a chilled out vibe. (In fact most of Mabel's music does!). This has a kind of melancholy vibe too.
P.S. I watched Eurovision on Saturday. Portugal's Salvador Sobral won with the song Amar Pelos Dois (translated as Loving for the Both of Us). My favourite was Armenia, I voted for them. Other standouts were Hungary and Bulgaria and I liked Denmark as well.
The UK's entry is Lucie Jones with Never Give Up On You. She was an X-Factor finalist in 2009 and also acts. The song wasn't my favourite out of the ones who competed in Making Your Mind Up in January but it's better than some past entries. I don't think we'll do that well because of Brexit (I voted to Remain by the way!). :( But wishing you luck anyway Lucie! :) Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac5xNUfzCY4
It's that time of year again- Eurovision is coming! It's next Saturday so I thought it would be good to do a round-up of past Eurovision posts. :)
This year the contest will be held in Kiev, Ukraine since Ukraine was last year's winner with Jamala's 1944. She was actually one of my favourites, although my absolute fave was Australia's Dami Im with Sound of Silence. (See 2016 post). I voted for her. (For why Australia are entering Eurovision check out this link: https://eurovision.tv/story/australia-to-return-to-the-eurovision-song-contest)
I always seem to have some event going on on the day of Eurovision, usually belly dance related! lol. Last year it was my group BD4U's show and I missed some of the contest. I recorded it but it's not the same with a live event, especially because I voted. This year we have a performance but it's in the afternoon.
This is the first Eurovision post I did in 2012 on singers I've discovered through it: http://starspa…