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Friday, August 18, 2017

Shed My Skin by Eelke Kleijn featuring Therese

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last month, we featured the song "Don't Stop" by Swedish singers Velvet & Therese. We started following both of them on Facebook and Twitter and today we saw that Therese posted that she is the featured singer in a new song called "Shed My Skin" by Eelke Kleijn.


We weren't sure who Eelke Kleijn was so we looked him up and he is a producer from The Netherlands. "Shed My Skin" is a cool, hypnotizing track with a very catchy chorus. The video was done by Street Player (a youth-led creative network Livity, to provide paid training and work experience in media, content production and digital publishing) and features a dancer named Hsiao Lan Magnifique. Check it out ...


We love the track! We've added it to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify! Click here to find other places to buy or stream the track.

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. Like Therese's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. You can like Eelke's Facebook page and follow him on TwitterDon't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Holding On by Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah

Dear Poptastic Readers,

The year 2017 may be remembered for some pop comebacks! The latest is from the ever-fabulous Dannii Minogue. If you aren't familiar with her music, check out the blog entry we wrote on the history of her pop career. She's back with a new song called "Holding On." 




We aren't crazy about the artwork on the single cover, but the song is pretty good. The song features a singer named Jason Heerah, who was on the Australian X Factor in 2014 with Dannii as a judge. They performed the new song last year in Australia. Have a look ...



"Holding On" is available on digital outlets everywhere. And we've added the track to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.

We can't wait to hear more from Dannii!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. You can like Dannii's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Like Jason's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Neon Blue by Steps

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Fantastic news! On Friday, Steps released the third single from their amazing comeback album Tears On The Dancefloor. The new song is "Neon Blue" and it was quite the uplifting number.



"Neon Blue" is a very happy track! And while the album features lots of solo bits from the guys Lee and H, the singles so far haven't featured them. Well, "Neon Blue" has H and Claire taking turns with the first verse while Faye and Lee take turns on the second verse. Lisa gets the bridge. The video is quite nice. Have a look ...



We love it! We've added the track to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions playlist on Spotify. click the link and have a listen. You'll also hear their previous two singles there: "Scared Of The Dark" and "Story Of A Heart."


"Neon Blue" and the album Tears On The Dancefloor are available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today!

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. Be sure to like Steps official Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. While you're at it, please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Music Between Us: Concert Ads of Duran Duran by Andrew "Durandy" Golub

Dear Poptastic Readers,

At the end of last year, we were in contact with the author of a new book called The Music Between Us: Concert Ads of Duran Duran. The book is by Andrew "Durandy" Golub. We agreed to feature his book in the beginning of 2017, and then we forgot. So sorry, Durandy! Better late than never! And today (August 10) is Duran Duran Appreciation Day!




Durandy is a Duran Duran archivist and his new book on the band's concert memories is essential for any Duran Duran fan. Durandy previous published a limited-edition book called Beautiful Colors: The Posters of Duran Duran.




The new book examines the impact Duran Duran made on audiences around the world spanning four decades — seen through the lens of fans' concert memories. It features handbills, flyers, and promotional adverts from around the world, celebrating the Duran Duran live experience, and what it means to be a fan, aka: a Duranie.




Durandy was kind enough to send me a PDF of the book for review and it is awesome. It has various people's quotes about the shows. It is so endearing to read these.




It reminded me of 1987, the year I first saw Duran Duran in concert and twice within one week. 
Over the years, I would see Duran Duran four more times in concert: 1993, 1995, I had tickets to see them in 2005, but I couldn't go at the last minute, 2011, and 2015.



If you are a Duranie, you owe it to yourself to buy this book. You won't be disappointed. And it will bring back many, many happy memories you had the day of the concert. Buy it here.


Cheers then,

—Davearama


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Human Touch by Betty Who

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Betty Who has released her third single from her current album The Valley and the single is called "Human Touch." No, it isn't a remake of Rick Springfield's song by the same name.




"Human Touch" starts off as slowish song that has a build that only takes it to a mid-tempo bop. The video has Betty dancing with three fellas in a motel in a very hot climate. No, Betty didn't instantly grow long hair, it is a wig! Have a look ...




"Human Touch" as well as her previous two singles "Mama Say" and the glorious "Some Kind Of Wonderful" from her album The Valley are available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copies today. You can also find all three songs on our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.


Cheers then,

—Sausi O'Sullivan


P.S. For the latest updates on Betty Who, be sure to like her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. And while you are at it, be sure to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Sausi O'Sullivan on Twitter.




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Beautiful Life by The Sound Of Arrows

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last week we came across this amazingly beautiful song by a Swedish duo called The Sound Of Arrows. The song we can't seem to get enough is called "Beautiful Life" and it is EPIC!


"Beautiful Life" reminds us of some the ballads that PM Dawn had out in the 90s. However, this doesn't song 90s at all. It has a glorious uplifting strings and a wonderful melody. Check out the amazing video ...


Wasn't that lovely? Yes, it was. Admit it, you want to listen again. Go ahead.

"Beautiful Life" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Don't delay, buy your copy today. We have added "Beautiful Life" to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Check it out!

Cheers then
—Davearama

P.S. Please like The Sound Of Arrows Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Wearing Nothing by Dagny

Dear Poptastic Readers,

We owe a bit of thanks to YouTube for suggesting this next song to us last week. "Wearing Nothing" by Dagny that we can't seem to stop singing it.


Who is Dagny? She is London-based Norwegian singer. She had a single out last year (that we missed) called "Backbeat." So we are bit late to the Dagny party!

Dagny wearing nothing but a fabulous raincoat 
and amazing plaid shoes!

Dagny's new single has us getting into the groove. In a good way, her vocals reminds us of Sweden's September. However, the music is a bit more relaxed and cool, yet still being dance music. And the super-cute video is a dancer's delight. Have a look ...


Wasn't that AMAZING? Yes, it was! We just want to watch it over and over.

Dagny's music is available on digital outlets everywhere. Please support the artist by legally downloading and streaming the music. We've added "Wearing Nothing" and "Backbeat" to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. You can like Dagny's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. While you're at it, please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Don't Stop by Velvet & Therese

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Swedish dance divas Velvet and Therese have just dropped a single together, it’s called "Don’t Stop." 


This is the first time they do a duet and it sounds just as good as we could expect it to sound. Since they are two of Sweden’s biggest and best dance acts, it makes a lot of sense that they are doing a song together. Have a listen ...


For those who are not familiar with them, let us do a quick retrospect of their careers.


Therese

Therese Grankvist kicked off her career under the Alias Drömhus, releasing two hit albums in Sweden before changing her stage name to Therese only. She was featured in huge dance hits, such as "Put ‘Em High" and "Take Me Away" by Stonebridge. She has also written Alcazar’s 2014 single "Good Lovin’" (which was rumored to be one of the tracks she had recorded for her Missing Disco album, released in 2015).


Velvet

Velvet (aka Jenny Peterson) released her first single "Rock Down To (Electric Avenue)" in 2005, after some years working as a backing vocal for other Swedish artists (Funnily enough she sang back up for Lina in 2003 before she was in Alcazar with her song "Nothing Can Stop Me") . In 2006, Velvet took part in Sweden's Melodifestivalen with "Mi Amore" and released her first album, Finally.

Velvet participated in Melodifestivalen two more times with "Deja Vu" in 2008 and "The Queen" in 2009. She has released many amazing singles, including the UK version of BWO’s "Right Here, Right Now." She’s been a bit quiet in the past few years, releasing only 4 singles in the past 4 years. So we’re quite happy that she’s back now with such a stomper.



They promised that there’ll be some remixes coming soon. We really hope they also shoot a video for it! 

In the meantime, "Don't Stop" is available on digital outlets everywhere and with an extended version, too! We've added the radio version to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Have a listen. And buy your copy today!

Cheers then,
—Raoni

P.S. You can like Velvet's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Like Therese's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Raoni on Twitter!


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Warriors by Tigertown

Dear Poptastic Readers,

On Friday, we were reading PopJustice as we do and they featured a song by a group we've never heard before. The group is called Tigertown and we can stop listening to them, and we don't know how we've done without them for so long.



Their new song is called "Warriors" and it glorious slice of electro dream pop. It has amazing vocals and the music captures your summer spirit and shakes and it says, this is what life is all about. Check out the video that reminds us all to enjoy life ...



Amazing, right? Well, we had to do a bit of research on Tigertown and we went to their website and found out that two of them are married (Chris and Charlie) and three of them are siblings (Chris, Elodie, and Alexi). 


Tigertown are: Chris, Charlie, Elodie, and Alexi

They had a fantastic song out last year (that we missed) called "Papernote" that has an epic chorus! Chances are that you missed it, too. Don't delay! Check it out here ...



If that wasn't great enough, check out this snappy song called "Lonely Cities" that has a very uplifting chorus. This group really knows how to churn out the tunes! Watch the video here ...



Now, here are three fabulous songs to get us all on our Tigertown journey. They have more songs for us to delve into. Please support them by legally downloading their music. However, if you are into streaming, and chances you are, please stream their songs. We've added the three songs above to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify (even though the last two are not from 2017).

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. Like Tigertown's Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. While you are there, please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Long Time by Blondie

Dear Poptastic Readers,

We were thinking about Blondie's return as we had featured their song "Fun" back in the spring. Well, it seems they released a second single in the spring and we totally missed it! D'oh! The song is called "Long Time."




Now perhaps you've already bought their new album Pollinator and are familiar with the song. In case you haven't, "Long Time" is a nice pop song that will have you bopping along in no time. Check out the video ...




Blondie rocks!


"Long Time", "Fun", and Pollinator are available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today! We've added both songs to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.


Cheers then,

—Sausi

P.S. To keep up with latest on Blondie, like their official Facebook page and follow them on TwitterAnd while you are at it, be sure to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Moonlight and Glitter by Dolly Style

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Dolly Style have released a new single titled "Moonlight" and it even has an extra track (what we used to call a B-side, or maybe even a double A-side) called "Glitter."




"Moonlight" is another slice of unashamed pop that Dolly Style keep delivering single after single. This is more in line with their song "Young & Restless" from last year. Check out this live performance ...




Pretty awesome, right?




Now on to "Glitter." It's a bit of a slower track, but very lovely, indeed. And the girls even helped write this one! Check out this live performance of it ...




This is their ninth track available, so we think it is beyond time for them to release their debut album.



We've added both songs to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. There is also their previous single "Bye Bye Bby Boo" on the playlist, too!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. For the latest on Dolly Style, like their official Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page, and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Battlelines by Una Healy

Dear Poptastic Readers,

The Saturdays singer Una Healy is back with the second single from her debut album The Waiting Game and it is called "Battlelines."




Looking for way to describe Una's sound, we came up with Country Pop. We suppose that is because of the prominent acoustic guitar. Usually, we prefer our pop songs with disco beats, but we put this on our 2017 playlist and now we can't seem to stop singing it throughout the day. As a result, we quite like it! Check out the video here ...



Wasn't that nice? Yes, it was!




"Battlelines" plus Una's previous single "Stay My Love" are both available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today! And we've added both songs to our 2017 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.


Cheers then,

—Davearama



P.S. To keep up with latest on Una, like her official Facebook page and follow her on TwitterAnd while you are at it, be sure to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Jody Watley and SRL Live in Concert

Dear Poptastic Readers,

We manage to see Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded (now branded SRL) in concert every year. Well on Saturday, we went to see them at the Alameda County Fair and the show was AMAZING!


Nate, Jody, and Rosero

We live in close to the bay so we are used to our mild temperatures. When we arrived at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton at about 4:30pm, it was 103 degrees. We enjoyed walking around the fair (especially the air conditioned buildings) and we hung out in the wine garden while waiting for the show to begin.



Thankfully, it cooled down by 8pm and Jody Watley emerged on stage with a set of five dancers led by SRL's Rosero. Jody looked absolutely fantastic and it was fun to see her wave at us. 


SRL: Nate, Jody, and Rosero

It wasn't long before Nate and Rosero joined Jody on stage for a string of classic Shalamar hits mixed in with some new songs, too. It was really nice to hear the crowd singing along with their last single "The Mood." (It was our #1 song of 2016!)



The show was electrifying! We were grooving the entire night. A touching moment came right before the grand finale when Jody sang a stripped down version of her hit "Everything." Jody showed off her powerful vocal range and had the crowd cheering throughout.



Our only complaint was that the concert had to be over by 9:30 so they had to wrap it up very quickly with a medley of "Looking For A New Love"/"Real Love." And we would have loved to have hear "Nightlife" too! After all, it was Poptastic Confessions #1 song of 2013!

If you haven't seen Jody Watley and SRL live, you really owe it to yourself to attend a show. Keep tabs with their official Facebook page for upcoming dates! In the meantime, you can buy their songs "The Mood", "O.R.I.G.In.A.L." and "SlowDance" as well as Jody's latest single "Sanctuary" on digital outlets everywhere. You can also find these songs on our 2015, 2016, and 2017 Poptastic Confessions playlists on Spotify!

Cheers then,
—Davearama

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