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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Heavy Love by Louise

Dear Poptastic Readers,

UK singer Louise has just released her brand new studio album Heavy Love. And it’s her first one in 20 years! 


Louise first became famous in the early 90s as part of the girl group Eternal. She was in the group only during their first album Always and Forever, which included some excellent singles such as “Stay” (a top 20 hit in the US), “Just a Step From Heaven”, “Save Our Love”, “So Good”, and “Crazy.” She left the group after a string of UK top 20 singles and was launched as a solo act. 



As a solo artist, she had 3 top 20 albums and 12 top 20 singles in the UK. Her last single was “Pandora’s Kiss” in 2003. It was supposed to be the lead single from her fourth record, but then it was unfortunately cancelled, and we heard no more from her. In 2017, she came back for a tour in the UK, which was successful and led to her recording new songs for a new album! 


The first single in 2019 was “Stretch,” a kind of funky song, which was VERY Louise, but at the same time didn’t sound dated at all. She recorded a sexy video for it. A very nice Initial Talk remix was also released, which was a cool nod to Louise’s time with Eternal. 




The second song released (though it wasn’t really considered a single, maybe a buzz track?) was “Small Talk”, which sounded a bit more contemporary than “Stretch” and showed a bit more of the direction she was moving into. 


The third song (and actual second single) was the banger “Lead Me On.” Produced by Clean Bandit, it’s a perfect summer song. The video is very summer-ish and shows Louise dancing with her partner. 




Next track released was the ballad “Breaking Back Together.” It’s proof that even staying away from music for more than a decade, Louise’s voice is still very enjoyable, even for a sad song like this. 


“Not The Same” was next in line, sounding nothing like the other songs. It’s another banger. Even though the lyrics are sad, about a person who feels their partner is getting distant, it’s a very uplifting song. 




“Hammer” was the 6th pre-album release song. Written by Louise with a songwriting team than includes Hannah Robbinson (responsible for many amazing songs by artists such as Bananarama, Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Annie) this song feels like a nod to Eternal as it is a bit funky, a little bit RnB, and it might be one of the best vocal performances in the record. She recorded a video in the studio to go with it. 




The 7th and last song to be released before the album was “Hurt.” This might be our favorite! A tears on the dancefloor anthem, this song would not feel out of place on a Kylie Minogue record. 

Heavy Love features a fusion of many styles of pop music. Some of the album tracks are not as instant as most of the singles and are somewhat calmer, like “Just a Minute” and “Wonder Woman”, but they present another side of the singer and are a nice balance to the more dance-y songs on the first half of the album. Of all the newest songs, our favorite is “Straight to My Heart.” With a happier theme, this disco-influenced banger could be yet another single off the album. 

It’s so good to see an amazing popstar such as Louise return unashamedly to pop music after such a long time. But it’s even better to see that she returned with a mission to record songs that are so good! Heavy Lovemight be Louise’s best album, it’s diversity and cohesiveness already make it an early contender for this year’s best albums lists!

We've added these songs to our 2020 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify



Shine on,
—Raoni

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Mirores by Ani Glass

Dear Poptastic Readers,

It has been awhile since we heard from Ani Glass. She's back with a lovely song called "Miores" and that is Welsh for Mirrors. It was written and produced by Ani, too.



"Miores" a wonderful slice of electropop! It is mostly sung in Welsh, there are a few English words. It has such a great beat and melody that you just want to sing and dance along. Ani's vocals are great too — she soars during the chorus. The music video is quite a visual treat! Have a look ...



Wasn't that fun? Ani is so good about the spoken middle 8. "Miores" is available to purchase on digital outlets. Please buy the track so that she can continue making more fabulous music. We've added it to our 2020 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~




Are you new to Ani Glass? Well, check out these songs of hers that we have previously featured in Poptastic Confessions ...


"Little Things" was our #4 song of 2015


"Ffôl" was our #15 song of 2015


"Y Ddawn" was our #21 song of 2016



We also reviewed her 6-track EP Ffrwydrad Tawel in 2017 here ...


Ani was also in a group called The Lovely Wars. They had this lovely song in 


"Young Love" was #7 in 2013



We came to know and love Ani because she joined The Pipettes in 2008 and was on the fantastic album Earth vs. The Pipettes




"Call Me" was our #2 song of 2010


"Stop The Music" was our #10 song of 2010


"Boo Shuffle" was our #10 song of 2011


Ani was even interviewed for a Poptastic Confessions exclusive. Her new album is also called Mirores and it will be released in early March.

Cheers then,
—Davearama

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

How To Get Physical by Magdalena Bay

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last year, we featured quite a few Magdalena Bay songs. They have a new single out called "How To Get Physical" that we think you are going to like.


Written and produced by Mica Tenebaum and Matthew Lewin (Magdalena Bay)

"How To Get Physical" is a cute mid-tempo pop song with lots of unusual elements. It is about dancing? Well, perhaps you should decide. Watch the fun video here ...




Written and produced by Magdalena Bay

They also released a song called "Oh Hell" at the end of 2019. It's quite dreamy, and Matthew even sings a bit. Check out the music video ...



"How To Get Physical" and "Oh Hell" are both available on digital outlet everywhere. Buy your copies today! We've added them to our 2020 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Woo!




Love, Truth & Honesty,
—Sausi O'Sullivan


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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Monkey Business by Pet Shop Boys

Dear Poptastic Readers,

The Pet Shop Boys are about to release their new album Hotspot on January 24, and the new single for 2020 is "Monkey Business."



"Monkey Business" is a disco-pop number with strings and a fun rhythm section all with the signature PSB sound. It was written by Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, and Stuart Price. It was also produced by Stuart Price. Have a listen ...





Wasn't that fun? You might remember that their first single from the new album was "Dreamland" featuring Years & Years. It came in at #41 in our Top 100 Songs of 2019



Apparently, there was a second single that we missed called "Burning The Heather." It's a rather downtempo number. It was written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (PSB). It was produced by Stuart Price as well. Listen here ...



We've added both "Monkey Business" and "Burning The Heather" to our 2020 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~




Cheers then,
—Davearama

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Clueless by REYNA

Dear Poptastic Readers

In December, REYNA released a catchy tune called "Clueless." We couldn't feature it then as we were having our countdown of the Top 100 Songs of 2019. REYNA was on that countdown twice: "The Way I Loved You" was #3 and "Heartbeat" was #32.



"Clueless" is a super-cute song that name drops the movie named Clueless. It has a lovely chorus. This will definitely be part of the soundtrack to 2020! They made music video for it, too. It has the sisters singing the song Karaoke-style. As a bonus, the lyrics are on the screen! Woo. If you have epilepsy, please be careful watching the video as there is some flashing lights — otherwise, have a look ...




Wasn't that fun? Yes, it was. "Clueless" was written by Gabriela Banuelos, Joe Kirkland, Rami Jrade, Simon Oscroft, and Victoriah Banuelos. It was produced by Simon Oscroft. "Clueless" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today! We've added it to our 2020 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~




Cheers then,
—Davearama


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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

International Woman Of Leisure and Gullible Fool by La Roux

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Happy 2020! We aren't sure how we missed these, but La Roux had a new song out at the end of October called "International Woman Of Leisure" and another song out in early December called "Gullible Fool." We found out about them during our 2019 countdown. D'oh! Better late than never!



"International Woman Of Leisure" has a classic La Roux sound with lots of synths, a steady rhythm section, and very high vocals. The music video is fun. Have a look ...



"Gullible Fool" is a bit more downtempo and ballad-esque number. It does pick up steam as it goes. Check out of the music video here ...



Weren't they both nice? Yes! Both "International Woman Of Leisure" and "Gullible Fool" were written by Elly Jackson (La Roux). Both were produced by Elly Jackson and Dan Carey. "International Woman Of Leisure" and "Gullible Fool" are available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copies today! We've added both songs to our 2020 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Woo!



Love, Truth & Honesty,

—Sausi O'Sullivan

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Tidbits about the 2019 countdown

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Each January at Poptastic Confessions, we do a recap of the countdown that we just had in December and share some interesting (and perhaps not so interesting) tidbits about the Top 21 portion of our countdown. Here are the chart toppers for 2019 ...



1. “Stuff Like That” by Bananarama
2. “Change Of Heart” by Isle Of You
4. “Lost” by Clara Mae
5. “Looking For Someone” by Bananarama
6. “Good Good Reason” by Brian Power featuring Jody Watley
7. “Flowers” by DJ Spoony featuring Sugababes
8. “Sunrise” by Dolly Style
10. “Change Of Heart” by Parralox
11. “On Social Media” by Pet Shop Boys
12. “Hold Tight” by Isle Of You
13. “High Heels” by Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink
14. “Offline” by Alice D
15. “Deeper Love” by Lina Hedlund
16. “Star Maps” by Aly & AJ
18. “Unmiss You” by Clara Mae
19. “Caught Up” by Carda featuring Cirillo
20. “All The Queen’s Horses” by Shakespears Sister

And our bonus track …
21. “Diamond” by Francine Belle


This year, we had 3 artists who appeared twice in our Top 21:



Clara Mae with “Lost” and “Unmiss You” — a special call out to Clara as she has had 2 songs in our Top 21 in both 2018 and 2017!


Newcomers this year were Isle Of You, REYNA, Rozalla, Lina Hedlund, Aly & AJ, Cirillo, and Shakespears Sister. Although Lina has been in our countdown before as part of Alcazar. Marcella from Shakespears Sister was on our countdown last year with Parralox.


Bananarama, Jody Watley, Parralox, and Francine Belle were all in our Top 21 this year. They’ve all been #1 on our countdown before. Jody Watley has been at #1 twice before. And now Bananarama have also been at #1 twice. Parralox and Francine were almost #1 together when they came in at #2 in 2014.


2012: “Now Or Never” by Bananarama was #1 
2013: “Nightlife” by Jody Watley was #1
2014: “Crying On The Dancefloor” by Parralox featuring Francine was #2
2016: “The Mood” by Jody Watley featuring SRL was #1
2017: “Electric Nights” by Parralox was #1
2018: “Beautiful Heights” by Francine Belle was #1
2019: “Stuff Like That” by Bananrama was #1

The last time the Sugababes were on our countdown, they also came in at the #7 position in 2011. However, it was a completely different lineup of the group. The original lineup of the group was on our countdown in 2013, but under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan (aka MKS). The Sugababes/MKS have been in our Top 21 four times since we started. 


2010: “Wear My Kiss” was #12
2011: “Freedom” was #7
2013: “Flatline” was #20
2019: “Flowers” was #7

17 songs in the Top 21 were sung by woman! Girl Power! Speaking of Girl Power, one entry was even by a Spice Girl — Sporty Spice Melanie C! How many Spice Girls have been in our Top 21 before? The Melanies and Geri! However, Emma and Victoria have been in Davearama's countdowns before Poptastic Confessions came along.


2011: “Think About It” by Melanie C was #16
2013: “For Once In My Life” by Mel B was #5
2013: "Half Of Me" by Geri Halliwell was #21
2019: “High Heels” by Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink was #13

This year, we had artists from 4 countries …

12 artists from England
4 artists from Sweden
4 artists from the USA
3 artists from Australia

Check out the rest of our Top 100 songs here …







Thank you for visiting Poptastic Confessions this year. We certainly hope you have liked our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. The more likes and comments we get, the more we help the artists get sales, which will ultimately help them make money to keep making music. Please always remember to help support the artists we feature by legally buying their music. Here’s to 2020!

Cheers then,
—The Poptastic Confessions Collective

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