The Music Blog – Releases Coming From Baschi and Tokio Hotel

Two releases from two bands coming from Europe are making the rounds of my Facebook feed. First comes from Swiss artist Baschi who has for a while now, released the latest work under ‘1986’ title. I love Baschi’s chill, emotional and homey vibe. The album consists of eleven tracks with ‘Alti Linde’, ‘Wenn dWält’ and ‘dFlügel uf’ being my picked ones. Baschi is currently touring In Switzerland.

The second band is none other than Tokio Hotel, who’s back with a very beautiful track – ‘Melancholic Paradise’. The song is going to be the official anthem for Germany‘s Next Topmodel 2019, or GNTM, hosted by Heidi Klum. I’m hearing Bill Kaulitz is going to be in the jury. Now that’s a treat! And I admit, I haven’t watched the show for a while. Maybe it’s time for a change.

 

dOP is Back With A New Track and It’s all so Lovely

French trio dOP is back with a new track, a sensual story of love, featuring Ukrainian artist Alina Pash, the latter also performing in the MV for this lovely release. The title kind of aligns itself with the month of love, however, I’m sure that’s not the reason dOP came with ‘Stone Love’. The sounds are steady, and a bit mysterious, keeping you guessing about what’s to come next. Did I say it is full of sensuality? I did mention it. But that’s what the band does and that’s why we love them so much. Cause it’s so lovey-dovey and modern and groovy and French.

Released: 11 January

Catz ‘n Dogz Celebrates 100th Tracks Releases With Pets Recordings

Catz ‘n Dogz newest track “New Love” is on repeat on my laptop for maybe the fifth time, and things will be this way for a while. As the Polish duo announced on their social media, this track marks a meaningful 100 release on Pets Recordings, so of course, it’s a big deal. This is the way to celebrate. “New Love” touches every part of your being and invites you to lose yourself and dance it like when you were very young and carefree. But we all are exactly that, don’t we? This release comes with its own MV, so things look very promising.

Official release: 23 January

Jackson Wang Had a Closing Show Performance at Fendi Mens

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Into a cozy arrangement with a library feel, Fendi show took its Mens collection down the runway, up close to the audience. One after another, male models showcased gorgeous looks of gentle beauty. Colors are soft with lots of brown and beige, black and grey. Pretty simple, yet every look is a unique space of perfectly mixed details, again, very gentle, but so well arranged. This gentleness in details and cuts reminds of a subtle feminity, but it’s not destroying the “masculine” look, instead, it only adds an extra touch of pleasantness. Suits are accompanied by long cardigans and long jackets with matching design, puffer greyish jackets, and tucked-in sweaters. The dominant fabric has a metallic look, again, gentle to the eye. My favorite look from the show: see-through combo, with metallic effect. Pants match the shirt. Don’t worry. There’s shorts involved.

Front row: Chiara Ferragni, Rob Raco, Mandy Sekiguchi. Rapper Jackson Wang closed the show with a live performance.

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Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Perform at Mercedes in the Morning’s Not So Silent Night 2018 show

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Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross are my favorite celebrity couple, who are not only cute, loving and charming but performing together as well. Ashlee an Evan, as they call the “duet” released not long ago a jazzy kind of vibe album. I succeeded in listening to a couple of the tracks, and “I Do” already won my heart. I’m not gonna say any more names, instead, I let everyone go and have a look. However, I am gonna say that these two lovely singers have been promoting their work for a while now. Latest appearance happened on the stage of “Mercedes in the Morning’s Not So Silent Night 2018” show on December 16. I would love going to one of their concerts. I get a warm fuzzy feeling from watching them on stage, standing next to each other. On top of that, the clothes they wear are awesome. For this appearance, Ashlee went for a royal green top, with grandiose sleeves with ruffles, leather-like tight pants, and see-through booties. Evan joined the vibe, by wearing a casual suit with brown boots.

John 00 Fleming is Reminescing of the Past in His Latest Trance Release

John Fleming aka John 00 Fleming is gathering rewards as we speak, at the same time having a fresh track on his sleeves, newly released and quite potent, if I may say so. The Dj described Looking Back. To Look Forward. as “A dance floor friendly track” with nuances from the past. Listening to the original version, I get the feeling I’m listening to a classic beat, with a perfect closing that’s slowly but surely progressing from a catching-ear start. To me, it looks like we have a hit, ladies and gentleman!

Jan Blomqvist’s Brand New Album “Disconnected” Is The Treat You’ve Been Waiting For

Jan Blomqvist’s latest and brand-new album is this close to becoming available and officially out. The producer announced on his social media the name and date of the release, which is being celebrated with a soon to be album tour.

He named it “Disconnected”, which goes very well with Blomqvist’s nostalgic general vibe and music style. Twelve tracks are nicely packed together into what promises to be a very good treat for fans. Or for any other electro music lover. “Maybe Not” and “Our Broken Mind Embassy” have made the jump, being the two tracks chosen to be the tease before the release. We also have a music video, which makes things so much more exciting. The album is set to be out this Friday, 5th October.

Ben Böhmer Releases new “Dive” EP

Ben Böhmer is back at it with brand new masterpieces from the electronic music world, all packed nicely into an already adored and simple titled EP – “Dive”. The producer has had his first ‘Essential New Tune’ on BBC Radio 1 from ‘Morning Falls’ era, which I guess made everyone wait with much anticipation a next successful craft, which is what happened. Released 6th July 2018, the new EP has the perfect playlist to listen to keep you company whenever and wherever. “Vale” and “Dive” are two tracks the German musician has been showing off, and I do not blame him. “Vale” or “see you again” is one beautiful track, where joy and a hint of sadness come together and blend into a smooth journey. Featuring vocals of Margret, ‘Dive’ is a dreamy like experience after which the abstract ‘Sonnenallee’ follows. Even before the official release of this new EP, fans already had a taste thanks to Anjunadeep mixes – a perfect tease before the actual “out now”.

Best of Goldene Kamera 2018 Awards

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A new edition of the annual Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera) happened yesterday, in Hamburg, and here are the deeds:

Singer Conchita opened for none other than American group Pointer Sisters, who elevated the spirits of those present in the Messenhallen with their famous ‘I’m so excited’. As for the winners of the night, international awards were handed to Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and the one and only Liam Neeson. The actor was to receive a lifetime achievement award, this category being completed by German actress Christiane Körbiger. Best show award went to “Sing Meinen Song”, played by Lena, Moses Pelham, The BossHoss, Gentleman and Mark Forster.

Other awards:

Best German actor – Volker Bruch

Best TV German movie – Jürgen Heute Wird Gelebt

Highlights From Season 7 Voice of Germany Finale

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A voice with a goose bump effect, penetrating eyes, and thick dreads – that’s Natia Todua, concurrent on The Voice Of Germany 2017, who came to win last night a much-deserved award, being the finalist of this year on the German reality talent show. It took a whole lot of work, songs, and hard notes to help the majority of the audience decide on the one from the initial four finalists, Anna Heimrath, BB Thomaz, Benedikt Kostler and herself, Natia Todua. Before being left in the hands of the voters, all four contestants had to win the hearts of this edition’s extraordinaire jury, formed by singer and songwriter Mark Forster, Sunrise Avenue’s frontman Samu Haber, Smudo and Michi Beck from Die Fantastischen Vier and the wonderful Yvonne Catterfeld.

The finale brought big stars into the game, to pair with each contestant for the Duet with Guest Artist battle, and let me tell you, this was tough. Beth Ditto came to perform her gorge track, ‘We Could Run’, in a harmonious embrace of voices, coming from herself and the soon-to-be a winner, Natia Todua. Rita Ora performed her latest track, ‘Anywhere’, alongside Benedikt Kostler’s deep voice. Anna Heimrath and James Blunt sang ‘Don’t Give Me Those Eyes’, while BB Thomaz and Kelly Clarkson gave the audience ‘Love So Soft’. Before being titled as a winner, Tania had judge Samu Haber on her side when the four contestants went through the Coach-Duett battle. Last but not the least worthy battle from the show, Coverversion, pushed once again each of the four finalists, to be on their A game.

Congrats to all contestants and to Natia Todua for her big win!

MAMA 2017 Awards – Winners and More

MAMA Awards 2017 took place yesterday in Hong Kong, and boy, was it thrilling! I’ve been all embraced with my laptop, surfing from one page to another just to keep up with everything that was happening, from the red carpet arrivals to the last award on stage. Trust me, no other soap opera and especially award shows, none have made my pink heart beat as fast as it did yesterday.

This edition has felt like a change of scene, almost as if the queens and kings that ruled the Mnet Asian Music Awards stage years in a row were this time nowhere in sight. Another major change is MAMA‘s decision to host this year’s edition in three separate locations: Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam, Osaka – Japan and Hong Kong. Artists such as Twice, Wanna One, Exo-CBX and few other more have been awarded in Japan.

Fashion-wise, I loved everything about Song Ji-hyo’s look, the actress and TV host showing off her sophisticated side in a slight cut-out dress, matched by perfect makeup and straight hair.

As for who won what, the awards brought sometimes surprised, overwhelmed faces on stage, partially thanks to the controversy happening prior to the event regarding the votes. Both Exo and BTS, the two main male groups preferred by fans for the big awards, received, let’s say, equal gratification for their hard work, with Exo winning the album of the year award and BTS receiving just right after their glorious performance, full of sweat and out of breath, their artist of the year award.

Other winners:
Twice won Song Of The Year award for “Signal”.
New Asian Artist award went to NCT 127.
The very lovely duo band Bolbbalgan4 won Best Group Vocal Performance.
Best Female Group went to Red Velvet.

There are obviously way more awards, I’m just mentioning the ones that caught my attention. It could also be that I’m in a hurry to finish this so I can search through my fridge for something tasty.

AMAs 2017 Red Carpet – Diana Ross, BTS, Pink and More

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BTS’s Army’s wishes had been granted yesterday, when the 7 members – Jin, Rap Monster, Jungkook, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Suga arrived on the red carpet, ahead of their performance for AMAs 2017. Perfectly styled for their appearance and posing together, I think this event, highly public, was way easier for them to handle than their Billboard Awards show-up. This time around, all the 7 members looked more relaxed and a tiny bit more at ease with their exciting task.

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More than one person appearance seemed to be the norm on the red carpet, Diana Ross’s supporting large family being the best example to mention. The artist rocked an outfit larger than life and an even bigger hat, metaphorically speaking, really in tune with the award she was there to receive – A lifetime achievement award and a tribute video doesn’t sound bad at all. She rocked the stage as well, with the help of her nephews, and by now nobody truly knows which side was the real star – the singer or her dapper grandkids.

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Fashion wise I have to say I loved Pink’s grapefruit pink tulle gown, playfully touched by a few floral appliqués on the corset of the dress. A second favorite is a piece worn by Issues singer, beautiful Julia Michaels. Similar to Pink’s dress, but oh, so very different in the vibe it gives. I love the creative approach the designer took in filling the space inside the cut-out portion of the dress, which happens to be right in the middle of the chest. EDM duo group, Chainsmokers, took their red carpet looks to another level, both of them sporting well-fitted suits, with Alex rocking the tartan and Andrew the black.

Last but not least, my heart skipped a beat, or more, at the sight of Jessie James pregnant silhouette. Body goals, that’s what she inspires, among other good things, such as good hair nice makeup, great pose.

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Highlights from Energy Star Night 2017

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Switzerland’s biggest indoor music event, Energy Star Night, opened its gate once again, at Hallenstadion, in Zurich, on Friday, November 17 to party it up, entertaining a good number of about 13.000 music lovers with international artists and country’s most beloved music groups and singers.

The night did not miss out on emotional moments, especially when the organizers brought from the street on stage to perform a talented street musician, named Jakula Ondra, from Poland. Newcomer of the year moment is also an emotional one, in particular for the winner, Swiss artist Nemo.

Good music made it from the stage to the crowd, coming from American singer artist Anastacia, UK artist Anne-Marrie who performed the well-known track Rockabye and the very talented Mark Forster, who’s come all the way from Germany to perform his energizing track ‘Chöre’. Switzerland’s darling Luca Hänni performed ‘Purple Rain’ in a duet with Jontsch. Swiss group Baba Shrimps, Finnish band Sunrise Avenue, French Dj duo Ofenbach, Alex Aiomo, Berlin-based Dj Alle Farben and Swiss duo Remedy & Manu-L performed as well.

The crowd received the very best ending, in a Swiss kind of way, with none other than Swiss rap duo Lo & Leduc performing on stage.

Photo Credit to @Ramona Betschart on Instagram

Red Carpet Impressions on 18th Latin Annual Grammy Awards

This time I was beforehand informed on the date The 18th Latin Annual Grammy Awards is going to take place, and finally, it has yesterday. I’m here to gush a bit about what happened on the red carpet and I’ll start off by complimenting this guy’s outfit. Hat and jacket matching nicely and I love how he used the jewelry.

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Singer Mon Laferte styled her gorgeous hair in perfect waves, but more her makeup with the whole upper eyelid covered in brown-orange eyeshadow sets her apart from everyone else. She’s also the very first Chilean female artist to win a Grammy Award. Her song “Amárrame” made to the top of the best alternative Latin song. Congratulations!

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Finally, it’s Maluma baby. Can we all agree on how handsome is this man? I think we can. Outfit: of course is on point. Small side note: hair is a bit funny styled at the top. Or perhaps I am the one out of sink with what’s happening trend-wise on the men’s hairstyle department. Other than that, Maluma is looking fabulous.

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Artist Diplo and Dj Steve Aoki joined in for the fun. And J Balvin showed up with neon green hair and orange sunglasses. Whatever floats your boat, J Balvin!

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OMG! I’m having a crush on ‘the one in the middle’. The band is named CNCO.

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One of the best dresses seen on the red carpet, if not the very best, is the one Camila Cabello choose for the Latin Grammys. Delicate, girly and soft. Love it!

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Actress Emeraude Toubia looked stylish and ready for the party in a sequin blue dress.

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Ok, I’m done!

 

Cro Releases New MV & Track From Album “Tru”

Third studio album from German artist Cro keeps on proving to be with each release quite the catch if we only take a look at the tracks released to the public so far. If you have time, take a look at that and then try out his latest MV. Yes, that’s right, Cro has released a new track from album ‘Tru’ and it is called ‘todas’. The song is a collab between the German rapper and artist Wyclef Jean. Cool urban outfits and almost naked girls are part of the visuals of this new MV, giving you options. Either way, it wins you over. Me? I’m all for Cro and the fashion. And you?