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Weekly Music Video

Today's music video is Let Me, the latest single by ZAYN (former One Direction member turned solo singer Zayn Malik). It's the 2nd single from his upcoming 2nd studio album.

Let Me was released on 12th April.





ZAYN fan? Check out these posts:

BeFoUr video: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/weekly-music-video_30.html

LIKE I WOULD video: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/weekly-music-video.html

SHE DON'T LOVE ME: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/wekly-music-video.html

Cruel (with Snakehips): http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/weekly-music-video_31.html

New Ariana Grande Video

Ariana Grande has a new single called No Tears Left To Cry. It's her first release since the terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester last May, and is about the bombing and trying to move on afterwards by pulling together and focusing  on love.

No Tears Left To Cry was released on 20th April and will be on Ariana's upcoming 4th album.




Read more about the song here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43821227


Ariana fan? Check out these posts:

Videos from her 3rd album Dangerous Woman: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/new-ariana-grande-videos.html

Side to Side video: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/weekly-music-video_21.html

Music video for Everyday (plus Mariah Carey vid!): http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/new-mariah-ariana-videos.html

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Love Lies by  Khalid featuring Normani (from American girl group Fifth Harmony). Khalid (full name Khalid Donnell Robinson) is an American singer who started out by posting music to Soundcloud and then featured on Alina Baraz's single Electric in early 2016. He released his debut single Location in July 2016, which is one of his biggest hits to date. His debut album American Teen came out in March 2017.

Khalid's other singles include Young, Dumb & Broke. Love Lies and OTW with rappers/singers Ty Dolla $ign and 6LACK.

Love Lies was released on Valentine's Day (14th Feb) and is from soundtrack of  the American film Love, Simon. I've only seen the video in the last month though). It's the first single Normani has released outside of Fifth Harmony, who are currently on hiatus.



For more on Khalid visit these links:

Official site: https://khalidofficial.com/

Offical FB: https://www.facebook.com/thegreatkhalid/

Capital Xtra feature: http://www…

C-Pop Saturday

So today is all about Chinese pop! I may make this a regular feature. :)


Victoria Song- ROOF ON FIRE

First up here is my first C-pop Weekly Music Video of the year- ROOF ON FIRE by Victoria Song. She's the Chinese member of K-pop girl group f(x). Check it out here: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/weekly-music-video_21.html


Jackson Wang- OKAY

Next up is OKAY by Jackson Wang. He's Chinese and is a member of the K-pp boyband GOT7. OKAY  was released in November:  http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/weekly-music-video_29.html



EXID- Cream


This is Korean girl band EXID's debut Chinese single Cream which was released in December 2016.  At the same time member Solji went on hiatus due to being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. EXID  have continued as a  member group until she is able to join them again. :)




They brought out their 2nd Chinese single Up & Down in early 2017. (See Asian Music and Beyond link below).

Watch the video for EXID's latest Korean single…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Chop by Sugarboy featuring Ycee. Sugar Boy (real name Umoren Akanimoh Felix) is a Nigerian singer. His music is a mixture of Afrobeat, reggae and dancehall. He started out by featuring on the song BADMAN by MC Modenine in 2010. He signed to the G-Worldwide Entertainment record label in 2015 and released the song Raba with DJ Shabsy and Kiss Daniel.  Sugarboy's other singles include Swagger Man Dope, Hola Hola and Molue with Kiss Daniel.

Chop is his latest single. It's an Afro-fusion song, a mix of house and Highlife, a music genre that origininated in Ghana and is popular in Nigeria. There' s also Igbo highlife which comes from Nigeria.





For more on Sugarboy visit these links:

G-Worldwide page: http://gworldwideent.com/artist/sugarboy/

Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/sugarboygww

 Interview from last year: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/03/31/sugarboy-im-moving-from-ghetto-boy-to-world-personality/


And for more African and Afropop/A…

New Music/Videos

Here's April's update of new music and videos I've been listening to and watching. :)


Khalid and Normani (Fifth Harmony member)- Love Lies
Tinashe feat. Future- Faded Love (Vertical Video)
Tinashe feat, Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana- Me So Bad
Lil Dicky feat. Chris Brown- Freaky Friday
MONSTA X- JEALOUSY (K-pop)
PENTAGON- Shine (live on Simply K-pop)
EXID- LADY (live on Simply K-pop)

E-girls- Y.M.C.A (J-pop, cover of Village People's song)
EXILE- My Star (J-pop)
Calvin Haris + Dua Lipa- One Kiss (lyric video)
Era Istrefi feat. DJ Maphorisa- Origami (Albanian)
The Weeknd- Call Out My Name (audio) 


African

Vanessa Mdee feat. GNako- Wet (Tanzanian)
Vanessa Mdee feat. Maua Sama and Tommy Flavour- Bounce*
Simi- One Kain (Nigerian)
Simi- Complete Me 
Aya Nakamura- Djadja (French Malian)
Sugarboy feat. Ycee- Chop (Nigerian)
WTSRN feat, Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi- Love Struck (British/Nigerian)
Tiwa Savage- Get It Now 


Insoo from MYNAME- NAKED LOVE (Korean but this song is Japanese)…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Where You At by Korean boyband NUE'ST W. The group was formed in 2012 as NU'EST (which stands for "New Establish Style Tempo)  and started out with 5 members- JR aka Junior Royal (real name Kim Jong Hyun), Baekho (Kang Dong-Ho), Hwang Minhyun, Aron (real name Kwak Young-Min) and Ren (Choi Min-Ki), but Minhyn has been working with fellow boyband Wanna One since last summer, so they are continuing to release music under the name NU'EST W. The W is short for "Wait" as in, waiting for Minhyun to come back. All the members are from Korea except for Aron who is from Los Angeles, USA.*

NUE'ST  released their first single Face in March 2012 and have brought out a further 10 Korean singles, including Sleep Talking, Overcome and Where You At. They also sing in Japanese and have released 3 Japanese singles, Shalala Ring, Na. Na. Na. Namida and Bridge the World. To date they have released two studio albums, Re-Birth in July 2014 (Korean) and…

Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant

Earlier this month I did a post on the new series of Teen Mom UK. At the end of of the post I mentioned that a new show had started in America called Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant. It's now due to start in the UK next week, so here's more about the programme. :)

Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant is the latest in the Teen Mom franchise which started with the 2009 series 16 and Pregnant. It follows 5 girls- Ashely, Brianna, Kayla, Lexi and Jade. Their ages vary from 17 to 21.


Lexi Tatman

The clip of Lexi was the first one I saw. She's 17 and  a cheerleader from Colorado. Her baby son's father is Kyler Lopez and she split-up with him before finding out she was pregnant. When you see Lexi cheerleading while pregnant it reminds me of Farrah Abraham (from Teen Mom OG) in her 16 and Pregnant episode!

Here are Lexi's social media links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lexi_tatman

Instagram: http://www.thepictaram.club/instagram/achually


Brianna Jaramillo

Brianna is 18 and  lives in W…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is What We Remember by Anggun. It's the first single from her latest album 8. Both single and album were released in December.

8 is an English language album (Anggun sings in Indonesian, French and English). I just bought Forget Her which is another good song.






For more Anggun visit these links:

Anggun Lyrics Project introduction post: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/anggun-lyrics-project.html

Face au vent (French language): http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/weekly-music-video_11.html

Hate Story IV Music Videos

Earlier this month I featured Aashiq Banaya Aape from new Bollywood film Hate Story IV as my Weekly Music video. It's the fourth instalment in the Hate Story series and is an erotic drama/thriller about brothers Aryan (played by Vivan Bhatena) and Rajveer (Karan Wahi) who fall in love with the same girl, Tasha (played by Urvashi Rautela). But Tasha isn't all that she seems. It looks to be set in England.

This  has got bad reviews but I'd still like to see it sometime! I like the music so today I'm sharing some more videos from the film.

First of all here is Aashiq Banaya Aapne (a new version of  Himesh Reshammiya's original one):
http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/his-weeks-video-is-aashiq-banaya-aapne.html



Next is is Tum Mere Ho, featuring love scenes between Tasha and Aryan. It's quite raunchy by Bollywood standards! The playback singers are Jubin Nautiyal and Amrita Singh, who is also an actress and the ex-wife of actor Saif Ali Khan.





This is Badnaa…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is- ROOF ON FIRE by Chinese singer Victoria Song. Her Chinese name is Song Qian and she is a member of Korean girl group f(x). * She's also an actress, model and dancer. She studied Chinese traditional dance the Beijing Dance Academy. Her film and TV credits include South Korean reality show We Got Married, TV series When Love Walked In, and films My New Sassy Girl and My Best Friend's Wedding (Chinese, not the American one!)

ROOF ON FIRE  is Victoria's debut solo single and the video was uploaded this month. Her debut album Victoria is due out soon. She's singing in Chinese, I would guess Mandarin but I'm not sure. :)




This is an audio I came across but there's also a video. It's not an official upload but it must be the official music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbMQ_Fv6utg

Also check out the dance version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqmVK1G9IXs


Follow Victoria on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoria02_02…

New Turkish Music

At the beginning of the year I did a couple of posts on new music for 2018. You can read them here:

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/new-music-for-2018-part-1.html

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/new-music-for-2018-part-2.html

I mentioned I would do another post on new Turkish music, so here it is. :)


Hadise- Farkımız Va


First up here is Farkımız Va by Turkish Belgian singer Hadise. It translates as "We Are Different" in English and is from her latest album Şampiyon (Champion), which was released last June. The video was uploaded to YouTube on 14th March






Kenan Doğulu- Kardan Kadın

This is  Kardan Kadın by Kenan Doğulu. It's from his album "Aşka Türlü Şeyler and the video was uploaded on 5th March.




Berkan-Bem

This is Ben by Berksan. His full name is Berksan Ozer and he went to a Turkish music school as a child. He released his debut album Çilek in September 2003. Since then he's released 5 more albums- Kalbime Dönüyorum (2005), Bay Bay (2007), Za…

Weekly Music Video

Today's video is Mine by American singer Bazzi. His full name is Andrew Bazzi and he got started in his career by sharing music on Vine. His song Bring Me Home was a Vine Featured Track in 2015. His singles include Alone, Beautiful and Sober.

Mine was released last October and became a internet meme. The official video was uploaded at the end of January. Please note that that the song is explicit. :)




For more on Bazzi check out this article:https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8100013/bazzi-interview-mine-hot-100-streaming

And follow him on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/BazziWorldwide

New Teen Mom UK Series

Teen Mom UK is back for a third series next week. We'll find out what's been going with Mia and her daughter Marliya, Megan and her children Dylan and Dulcie Mae, Chloe and son Marley, Amber and her little boy Brooklyn, and Sassi and daughter Zena'ya. (Original cast member Naomi and her little girl Kyanna left   in Series 2 and were replaced by Sassi and Zen'aya). Here are some quick updates. :)


Sassi

Sassi, 19,  and her boyfriend Darren have sadly split-up because Sassi felt he wasn't doing enough to help her with Zena'ya, now 1. But she hopes that they become a happy family again in the future.  You can read more here: http://www.mtv.co.uk/teen-mom-uk/news/teen-mom-uks-sassi-simmonds-admits-darren-makes-her-feel-comfortable-as-she-opens-up-about-their-split-exclusive


Megan

19 year old Megan's son Mckenzie is now 2 and daughter Dulcie is nearly 1. Megan has just gone back to college. She  was previously running Meg's Glittery Crafts on Facebook but it …

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Aashiq Banaya Aapne from the new Bollywood film Hate Story IV. It's an erotic drama/thriller about two brothers and a girl out for revenge. Urvashi Rautela stars as lead Tasha, alongside Vivan Bhatena and Karan Wahi. It's the fourth instalment in the Hate Story series.

The playback singers are Himesh Reshammiya who also sang the original version in the film of the same name, and Neha Kakkar.

I don't think there are too many  erotic thrillers in Bollywood! Since it's an industry known for being more conservative, and those actors and actresses who kiss in films - eg. Emraan Hashmi (who started in Aashiq Banaya Apane) and Mallika Sherawat- have become known for it. But there are some  such as Jism, Murder (which Mallika stars in) and  the rest of the Hate Story series.  The Aashiq Banaya Aapne movie had some racy scenes as well. I've seen Aashiq Banaya but not any of the Hate Story films. This one sounds good though, I'd like to watch …

More X-Files Episodes

Sorry that the post is later again this week; I started it yesterday but went out for a meal with my dance group and didn't have time to finish. :)


Back in 2014 I did a post of my Top 10  X-Files episodes which you can read here: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/top-10-x-files-episodes.html

Now Season 11 is currently on in the UK, here's a follow ups of more of my favourite episodes.  While the Top 10 post is in the order that I like the episodes, this one is in chronological order.

Unless otherwise stated videos are trailers. Post contains some spoilers. :)


Eve (Series/Season 1, Episode 11)

Two men are murdered in startlingly similar ways (blood drained out of holes in their necks) at exactly the same time. When Mulder and Scully (played by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson respectively) investigate they discover that the men's daughters Teena Simmons (played by Sabrina Krievens) in Connecticut and Cindy Reardon (played by her real life twin Erika) look identic…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Baby Don't Stop by Ten and Taeyong from K-pop group NCT U, the sub unit of the larger group NCT. The full NCT group is taking part in a project called  NCT 2018 and NCT U returned earlier this month with the single Boss. They also have 3 new members- Winwin, Jungwoo and Lucas.

The Baby Don't Stop video came out yesterday. It hasn't actually been released as a single yet.




Also here's a bonus video! This is NCT U's Boss:



Read more about Baby Don't Stop here: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/8221058/nct-us-ten-taeyong-baby-dont-stop-music-video

And if you're a fan of Ten check out his 2017 debut solo single Dream in a Dream: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/weekly-music-video_31.html

New J-pop Releases

It's been  a while since my last post on J-pop releases. I last did one back in June in fact! So here's the first J-pop releases post of 2018, with a bonus K-pop release!



Koda Kumi- PARTY

Here's the new video for the song PARTY by my fave Japanese solo singer Koda Kumi. It's from her new album  AND which is set for release on 28th February. The album is said to include her previous singles LIT, and NEVER ENOUGH. Koda will also bring out a second album later in 2018.

PARTY is more of a dance song than some of Kumi's other music. This video is the short version and was uploaded on 8th February.



Weekly Music Video

This is Sativa by Jhené Aiko featuring American sibling hip duo Rae Sremmurd, who are known for their hit song Black Beatles. It's from Jhené's latest album Trip and was released as a single in January. The album version just lists Swae Lee (one half of Rae Sremmurd) as featuring.

The song has a kind of dreamy, chillout vibe.




Jhené fan? Check out these links:

The Pressure: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/weekly-music-video_8.html

Wading: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/weekly-music-video_65.html

Living Room Flow: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/weekly-music-video_22.html

Dance Moms Girls Updates- Part 2

Sorry the 2nd post is later this week, I've got behind with things and also been having internet connection problems.:)


Last month I did a post about what the girls from reality series Dance Moms have been up to since the show ended. I  decided to do it in two parts and you can read Part 1 here: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/dance-moms-girls-updates-part-1.html

I've decided to do it in 3 parts, so here Part 2 featuring Kalani, Brooke, Paige and Asia. :)


Kalani Hilliker

Kalani  was originally a contestant on the Dance Moms spin-off show Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition (where teacher Abby Lee Miller looked for new dancers) and then joined the main programme in Series/Season 4 in 2014. She stayed till the end of the show. Her mum is Kira Girard. She.has been praised as a strong dancer and was often given solos.

In 2016 Kalani  appeared in the music video for Mackenzie Sol's song My name. is now a member of The Irreplaceables along, with Chloe, Nia, Kendall.(s…

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is  Ophelia by Leaves' Eyes. It's from their 2013 album and features then lead singer and co-founder Liv Kristine. Liv left in 2016 and was replaced by Finnish singer Elina Siirala.
She is now the official second vocalist for German/Norwegian Midnattsol, along with her sister Carmen Elise.

Ophelia wasn't released as single so there isn't an official music video. This is a fan made lyric video. I believe the song is about the Ophelia character from Shakespeare's play Hamlet.




Leaves Eyes' fan? Check out these posts:

My Destiny: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/weekly-music-video_24.html

Elegy: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/weekly-music-video_15.html

The Waking Eye: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/weekly-music-video.html

Fires in the North (with Elina): http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/weekly-music-video_26.html

New Music/Videos

Here is my first New Music/Videos round-up of the year! I recently did two post on new music for 2018 (see bottom of post for links) but this is my first in the New Music/Videos series. :)


K-pop

GIRLKIND- FANCI
CHUNGHA- Rollercoaster
JBJ- My Flower
Red Velvet- Bad Boy
The East Light- Real Man (live on Simply K-pop)
VAV- Spotlight (live)


SZA- The Weekend
Mabel & Not3s Fine Line
Jhene Aiko feat. Rae Sremmued- Sativa 


Albanian

Eva- Me mu
Skeedi- Tradhtare *
Seldi Qualliu- Thyhen Gotat
Enis Bytyqi- Sikur ajo


Shakira feat, Maluma- Trap (Spanish)
SNH48- DON'T TOUCH (Chinese)
Hadise- Sifir Tolerans (Turkish)*
İdo Tatlıses- Sen (Turkish)
Jennifer Lopez feat. Skrillex- US
Waje feat. Yemi Alade- I'm Available (Nigerian)
Aashiq Banaya Aapne from the film Hate Story IV (Bollywood)

That's all for now!Hope you enjoyed the post. :)


Check out my New Music for 2018 posts:

http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/new-music-for-2018-part-1.html


http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/new-mus…

Eurovison You Decide 2018

Extra post today because Eurovision You Decide, (the UK's contest to determine our entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest) is on tonight. They only brought back the option for us to choose our own act in 2016, for a while before that someone just got picked (I think by music executives/industry people).

The 6 entries are Feel The Love by Goldstone, Legends by Asanda, Crazy by RAYA, Astronaut by Liam Tamne, You by Jaz Ellington and Storm by SuRie. You can listen to the songs on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05vxlch

I'll wait to listen to them tonight for the first time, I find it more interesting that way. :) The competition is actually being held in the Brighton Dome this year!! (I live a few miles away). I only found out recently and by then the tickets were sold out.

I can't believe it's only 3 months till Eurovision again! This year's  Semi Finals and Grand Final will be held in Lison, Portugal on 8th, 10th and 12th May. Last year's w…

Weekly Music Video

This is Swedish/British singer Mabel's latest single Fine Line which features British rapper Not3s. Mabel recently won MTV's Brand New For 2018 competition and Not3s was the runner up! They've also worked together on the song My Lover.

Fine Line was released at the end of January.




Mabel fan? Check out these posts:

Talk About Forever video: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/weekly-music-video.html

Finder Keepers: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/weekly-music-video_22.html

Bedroom EP: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/new-mabel-ep.html

Ivy To Roses mixtape: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/debut-mabel-mixtape.html