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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

L-O-V-E by Dolly Style

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Our guilty pleasure Dolly Style are back with a new member and new banger of a song. You're going to love "L-O-V-E!" We do!




Earlier this spring, the last founding member Alexandra left her role as Holly in Dolly Style. The group has had more members than the Sugababes! If you aren't familiar with Dolly Style, here is a quick history lesson ...



The original Dolly Style: Version 1.0:
Carolina as Molly, Alexandra as Molly, and Emma as Polly

Dolly Style formed in 2014. They looked like characters out of a Japanese animation with each one wearing a pastel wig. The white wig would be Molly, although the wig color quickly changed to pink. The blue wig is Holly. The lavender wig is Polly. Together, they make Dolly Style.




Dolly Style made their debut at Sweden's Melodifestivalen Song Contest in 2015 with the song "Hello Hi." Carolina was Molly, Alexandra was Holly, and Emma was Polly.



Version 2.0: Carolina as Molly, Alexandra as Holly, Marielle as Polly

In the spring of 2015, Emma left the role of Polly and was replaced by Marielle just in time for their fantastic song "Cherry Gum." What a chorus that was. The video was super cute, too!




That fall, they released the song "Upsy Daisy." It was a cute, sweet song. It would be Carolina's last song with the group.



Version 3.0: Mikaela as Molly, Alexandra as Holly, and Marielle as Polly

Carolina left the role of Molly leaving Alexandra the only original member. The new role of Molly was now filled by Mikaela, who we think she is a riot. The group competed in Melodifestivalen again in 2016 with "Rollercoaster." That was our #3 song of 2016.




Later that summer, they released the camptastic "Unicorns & Ice Cream" ... which ended up being Marielle's last song as Polly. It was also our #17 song of 2016.



Version 4.0: Mikaela as Molly, Sarah as Polly, and Alexandra as Holly

A new Polly was found in the form of Sarah. That fall, they released "Young & Restless." It was our #12 song of 2016.




In the spring of 2017, Dolly Style released "Bye Bye Bby Boo." It was our #12 song of 2017. It was a bit of a slower song for the group. And the video, they they did some makeup that made them look like cartoons.




They released "Moonlight" and "Glitter" in the summer of 2017. "Moonlight" was our #17 song of 2017. "Glitter" was our #38 song of 2017




Since then, they have done a lot of tours and shows around Sweden. They have an active YouTube channel, but most of videos are of them talking in Swedish.


When Alexandra left this spring, a search began for the new Holly. They found her in Vilma. They did have a hilarious introduction to her on YouTube. Well, we don't understand Swedish, but we think they are hilarious none-the-less!



Version 5.0: Mikaela as Molly, Sarah as Polly, and Vilma as Holly

The new song "L-O-V-E" is a fun pop song that will have you smiling and singing along in no time. They have filmed a video, and you can see the behind-the-scenes footage here. In the meantime, they just sang live at Lotta på Liseberg and it was Vilma's first performance. They sang "Bye Bye Bby Boo", 1984 Eurovision winning song "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley", and the new song "L-O-V-E" ...




We can't wait to see the music video. Until then, "L-O-V-E" is only available for streaming in the US. If it is available for download in your region, please do so. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~




Cheers then,

—Davearama

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bananarama: The Original Lineup Tour Ends

Dear Poptastic Readers,

The Original Lineup Tour by Bananarama has come to an end. Keren, Sara, and Siobhan performed their last show together (for now) in Sweden today.



Bananarama: Siobhan, Sara, and Keren

In spring of 2017, Bananarama fans were treated to an online buzz with slot machines appearing over 3 days showing a banana each day until 3 bananas were shown. Then the news came that the original lineup would reform for a tour.




Last summer, the trio even showed themselves writing a new song and recording it with producer Biffco. However, the song never materialized and smashed fans dreams for an updated singles box set. It was reported that the group didn't think it was good enough for a new single. 



The tour started in the end of November with 20+ dates around the UK. We featured a review of their London shows. The tour continued in February with 4 dates in North America (we reviewed the San Francisco show) and some summer shows scattered around the UK.



Photo by Davearama

So what is next for Keren, Sara, and Siobhan? Well, it does look like Keren and Sara will continue as Bananarama and even have some live dates in California in January of 2019. We are going to the San Diego show! Hooray! We also know they've got some tunes they've got ready to go with "Got To Get Away" and "Looking For Someone." We can't wait to hear the full version of the latter.



From TicketWeb

Siobhan has met up with her previous bandmate Marcella from Shakespears Sister, and a lot of fans are speculating that a reunion tour with them could be on the way. Stay tuned.




We wish all three original Nanas the best of luck. We also hope there are more reunions in the future. We'd also like to thank Keren, Sara, and Siobhan for reuniting for this tour. It has been a glorious time for Bananarama fans worldwide. The reunion really meant a lot to so many of us. Thank you for the music, and thank you for the memories.



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Slow Motion by Magnus Carlsson

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Former Alcazar member Magnus Carlsson recently released a new single called "Slow Motion." Despite the title, it is not a slow song!




"Slow Motion" is the first English-language in 5 years. Since then, all of his singles have been sung in Swedish. "Slow Motion" is a fun pop song with a great chorus. Have a listen and watch him perform it at Allsång på Skansen ...




"Slow Motion" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Woo!




Love, Truth & Honesty,

—Sausi O'Sullivan

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We just saw on Instagram that Magnus is having surgery on his hand today. Wishing him a speedy recovery!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

On My Own by Claire Richards

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Happy Monday! We hope you had a great weekend. Here's a great way to start this Monday with a new power ballad from Steps singer Claire Richards called "On My Own."




"On My Own" isn't really a song about bragging about your accomplishments. Instead, it is a song about reflecting back on tough times and working hard to get through them and realizing how strong you are that you made it through. It is song of empowerment! Check out the lovely video ...




This is the first single from Claire's upcoming solo album My Wildest Dreams. It is due out in November, so we are bound to have more singles before then. 




Please support the artist by legally downloading the song. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Woo!




Love, Truth & Honesty,

—Sausi O'Sullivan

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Crown by Post Precious + Tourist by Alex Winston

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Earlier this year in January, we fell in love with "Timebomb" by Post Precious. We even loved their second single "Lose Myself." Last month, they quietly released their first EP called Crown. But there is more ...




The EP Crown consists of "Timebomb", "Lose Myself", "Sign Of The Times" and two new songs: "Crown" and "Satellites." Both songs are very nice and each song has a lyric video on YouTube. Have a look ...








Just this week, lead singer Alex Winston released a new solo single called "Tourist." It was co-written and co-produced by fellow Post Precious member Max Hershenow. 




"Tourist" is more of a rock-pop song and doesn't sound very much like Post Precious at all. Check out the super cute video here ...




Both the Crown EP and "Tourist" are available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copies today! We've gone ahead and added all 3 songs to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll already see 3 songs by Post Precious already there. Woo!




Love, Truth & Honesty,

—Sausi O'Sullivan

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Solarize singles by Capital Cities

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Capital Cities return!


Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian (aka Capital Cities) are best known for their infectious, trumpet-blaring song, “Safe and Sound.” Released as the lead single to their debut EP in 2011 and accompanied by a clever DIY music video made by Ryan and Sebu themselves, the song was a slow-burning success at first but eventually led to them being signed by Capitol Record and their first full-length album, In A Tidal Wave of Mystery in 2013. With label support behind them, a new bigger-budget video for “Safe and Sound” was made (still incorporating concepts from the original video) and finally propelled the song to reach critical mass. The video ultimately won an MTV Award in for Best Visual Effects while the song became so popular, it went on to be used in multiple promotional campaigns for brand such as Mazda, Microsoft and HBO. The song’s use in commercials is perhaps unsurprising given the pair’s background as jingle writers.


In A Tidal Wave of Mystery was full of catchy songs and contained three other singles, all of which were supported with memorable music videos: “Kangaroo Court”, “I Sold My Bed But Not My Stereo”, and “One Minute More.”

In the five years since their first album, Capital Cities have been relatively quiet. The single “Vowels” was released in 2016 and a 4-track EP entitled Swimming Pool Summer appeared in 2017. In March of this year, only one other single was released called “My Name Is Mars.” However, the wait for a second album is soon to be over. Capital Cities have announced that their new album, Solarize will be released Friday, August 10 (aka tomorrow)!

Not a lot is known about the new album. A complete track list and even the cover art have not yet been released. However, they have said that although they explored working with other musicians and producers, they ultimately decided to trust their instincts and compose and produce the new album themselves as before. Furthermore, Capital Cities have taken the unusual step of releasing a new single each week over the last month to tease the forthcoming album. This has provided a good taster of what is to come:


Venus & River (released 7/13)
“On an island stuck together, you’re the vinyl I could play forever.” This quirky couplet opens the first of the four new singles and assures the listener that Ryan and Sebu’s ability to pen clever turns of phrase is still on point. Other Capital Cities hallmarks abound. Fans will be pleased to hear the trumpet solo! They also still have an affinity for inserting pop culture references into their lyrics. (The titular “river” turns out to be River Phoenix.)  


Levitate (released 7/20)
Capital Cities are relentlessly joyful—almost defiantly so given our current scorched-earth political climate. On the upbeat “Levitate”, the listener is invited to chill out and reconnect with friends. Stylistically, the song is an 80s retro-funk exercise (similar in sound to Chromeo) that may have you break-dancing.


Just Say When (released 7/27)
Capital Cities’ live shows have a party atmosphere and the band actively encourages crowd participation. “Just Say When”, with its chant-along chorus, seems custom-built for inclusion in the setlist for their concerts. 


Space (released 8/2)
The analog synths and Latin rhythms on “Space” come together to form an irresistible interstellar mambo. The lyrics are about escape. “Big sky, lots of room, I’m right there with you. Room for me, room for you, we’re on the way to space.”

These songs are available for download right now. We've gone ahead and added all of these to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Have a listen here ...



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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Turn by The Wombats featuring Dagny

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Here's another one that we've been meaning to highlight ... the song is called "Turn" by The Wombats featuring Dagny. 




Apparently, the single was released first without Dagny. Then a version came along with her singing a new second verse, which is how we found out about it. We really like it and think it is super catchy, and we think you will too. You can watch the original video without Dagny here. We prefer the version with Dagny. Have a listen here ...




Nice, right? "Turn" is available on digital outs everywhere. There is even an ayokay remix. Buy your copy today. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also hear Dagny's other 2018 songs "Used To You" and "That Feeling When." Woo!




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