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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

More Bananarama News

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Thank you so much for all the shares and retweets of Poptastic Confessions! We have had a record number of visitors this week and it has been really wonderful. Now in case you didn't know, here are some Bananarama news tidbits.



1. The tour is already beginning to sell out! A second London date was added! Thank goodness, as we weren't able to get tickets to the first show. We will be there at the second show! Go to Bananarama's official website to get links to buy tickets.


2. Looks like Bananarama are planning to record a single! Woo! Now let's hope that translates into a full album!


3. They performed "Venus" yesterday for a TV show set to air May 3rd. Stay tuned.


4. There is Facebook group called Bring Bananarama to the USA & Canada: Extend the UK 2017 Tour. Please like it and share it! 



5. If you are a Bananarama fan and you are in London on November 18. There is a fan gathering called the BanaraMathon.

We do have other new music to cover soon! We've just been in a daze this week with all of the Bananarama news.


Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. For the latest information about tour dates, please check out their official website at Bananarama.co.uk. Like their official Facebook page, and you can follow them on Twitter here. Plus, InstagramDon't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page, and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The original lineup of Bananarama have reformed!

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Glorious news! The original lineup of Bananarama have reformed! Sara, Keren, and Siobhan are back as Bananarama and they are going on tour! HOORAY!


Bananarama 2017: Keren, Sara, and Siobhan

Back in the early 80s, Bananarama were formed by Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin (who were childhood friends), and Siobhan Fahey who Sara met in journalism school. Before they were a group, they used to jump up on stage with the Sex Pistols and do backing vocals. Their first single was a Swahili cover of Black Blood's "Aie A Mwana." Since it was somewhat tropical, they chose the name Bananarama.


Bananarama in 1981: Keren, Siobhan, and Sara

Around that time, Bananarama got their photo in the magazine The Face, which caught the eye of former The Specials singer Terry Hall, who then had a new group called Fun Boy Three. Terry asked Bananarama to sing on their next record "It Ain't What You Do." The result a top 5 hit in the UK!


Bananarama in 1987: Keren, Sara, and Siobhan

That led to a string of hits through the 80s including "Really Saying Something", "Shy Boy", "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)", "Cruel Summer", "Robert De Niro's Waiting", "Rough Justice", "Venus", "I Heard A Rumour", "Love In The First Degree", and "I Can't Help It."


Shakespear's Sister in 1992: Siobhan and Marcella

Siobhan married Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and then she left Bananarama in February of 1988 to create Shakespear's Sister with Marcella Detroit. They went on to have hits like "You're History", "Stay", "I Don't Care", and "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)." After 1993, Siobhan carried on making music both under her name as well as Shakespears Sister.


Bananarama in 1991: Sara, Keren, and Jacquie

After Siobhan's departure, Bananarama hired former Shillelagh Sisters lead singer Jacquie O'Sullivan to be the third member. Together with Jacquie they had the hits "I Want You Back", "Love, Truth & Honesty", "Nathan Jones", "Help!", "Cruel Summer '89", "Only Your Love", "Preacher Man", and "Long Train Running." Jacquie left Bananarama in 1991.


Bananarama in 2009: Sara and Keren

After Jacquie left, Sara and Keren continued Bananarama as a duo having these singles: "Movin' On", "More, More, More", "Every Shade Of Blue", "Move In My Direction", "Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango)", "Love Comes", "Love Don't Live Here", and "Now Or Never."



And now the original trio are back and on tour. Let's hope they decide to make more music. Sara, Keren, and Siobhan briefly reunited as Bananarama in 1998 for a cover of ABBA's "Waterloo." Let's hope we get more than one new song from them this time around.

For the latest information about tour dates, please check out their official website at Bananarama.co.uk. Like their official Facebook page, and you can follow them on Twitter here. Plus, Instagram!

Cheers then,
—Davearama

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Bananarama News 2017!

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Bananarama are making a huge announcement tomorrow! And the buildup has had fans going crazy. Here's what has happened this week ...

On Friday, the social media accounts for Bananarama published this slot machine with 1 banana.



On Saturday, we got 2 bananas ...




And on Sunday (today), we got 3 bananas!





How glorious is that? What is going on? 

The big reveal will come Monday morning in UK on BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show with Chris Evans.

Be sure that you have signed up the Bananarama Newsletter at their official website. Be sure to like their official Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.


Look for and use the hashtag: #Bananarama2017

Cheers then,
—Davearama

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Ffrwydrad Tawel by Ani Glass

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Welsh Pop Princess Ani Glass has released her EP Ffrwydrad Tawel (Silent Explosion)! The EP has 6 songs that you will love, even if you don't speak Welsh!




Ffrwydrad Tawel is named after one of Wales' leading contemporary artists Ivor Davies' exhibition of the same name. The exhibition was held at the National Museum in Cardif, Wales. Ani was so inspired by his used and mix of Welsh language, bleak colors and destruction to reflect Welsh society, that she used this inspiration to come up with 6 tracks for her first EP.



The EP opens with the track "Y Newid" (Change). It sounds like a woman's choir singing a cappella, however, you get the feeling that Ani is singing all of the parts. Before you know it there is a vocal sample from socialist activist (Labor councillor) Ray Davies during his speech at the Yes Cymru rally in 2014. The beat kicks in, but not for long. 



The second track is Ani's single from last year called "Y Ddawns" ("The Dance"). It is very spooky and hypnotic. We love it!



The beat picks up with "Dal i Droi" (Another Day). It is a dreamy fun pop song with a catchy chorus.



Our favorite track on the new EP is "Geiriau" (Words). It is epic and the music reminds of us the 80s group Berlin. The lyrics are about Ani's experience of leaving him, moving away to make a new life and returning years later. So as you can imagine, it is quite emotional.



There is an interlude called "Mor Hapus" (More Clear) that has some normal daily work-life sounds.



The EP closes with "Cariad Cudd" (The City Sleeps) starts off as bit of a ballad, but the verses have Ani speaking from a speakerphone surrounding the chorus.



All in all, it is a great EP! We don't speak Welsh, but it doesn't matter. Let the music take you on a journey.



Ffrwydrad Tawel is available to purchase on Bandcamp, which gives the artist more money. Buy your copy today! 

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. To keep up with the latest on Ani Glass, like her official 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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Monday, April 17, 2017

Cry A Little by Glass Slipper

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Lisa and Bradley, aka Glass Slipper, have churned out another deep house groove that will have you moving in no time. The fantastic new song is called "Cry A Little."



"Cry A Little" is a jam that has some dark musical elements with steady beats. Lisa's soaring vocals really bring the track to life. And the lyrics are about having a broken heart. But somehow hearing Lisa singing makes it all a bit comforting. Have a listen ...





Wasn't that lovely? Yes, it was. That was the original version. There are mixes by K-Zan, Manuel Costela, and Will Wee. Sadly, there is no radio edit. 

Currently, "Cry A Little" is only available to purchase exclusive at Traxsource. Don't delay! Buy your copy today!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S.  Like Glass Slipper's Facebook page here and follow them on Twitter. You can also like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.



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Friday, April 7, 2017

Bye Bye Bby Boo by Dolly Style

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Our Swedish guilty pleasure Dolly Style are back with a new song called "Bye Bye Bby Boo." What is that third word? Well, they just took the a out of "baby."




"Bye Bye Bby Boo" is pure pop! However, it's probably the most downtempo of all of their songs. It's not really a ballad, but you could certainly hear it being one in another world. Speaking of other worlds, the Dollys (Molly, Holly, and Polly) have become cartoon characters in the video (and the single cover) with some black makeup outlining their faces. Have a look ...




We aren't totally convinced about the black makeup cartoon lines. But no matter ... we think Dolly Style is fun and we need more fun in the world now.



It appears the track is only streaming right now. Hopefully on iTunes soon.





Cheers then,
—Davearama

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Scared Of The Dark Video by Steps

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Happy Friday! Steps released their video for "Scared Of The Dark" today and it is fabulous!


Have a look ...


Now start memorizing those dance routines!

"Scared Of The Dark" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today!

Cheers then,
—Davearama

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Lucy (Sun Goes Up) by Chris Tall featuring Maydar

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Spring is here and we hope you are enjoying the warmer weather. This next song is getting us in the mood for summer. We love it, and we think you will, too. The song is called "Lucy (Sun Goes Up)" and it is by Chris Tall featuring Maydar.




Chris Tall is a Swedish producer and Maydar is a Swedish DJ/producer as well as a singer. "Lucy (Sun Goes Up)" is a disco jam that will have you longing for summer to be here so you can drive around in a convertible (preferably a Volkswagen Beetle like the artwork) while listening to this ...


On Spotify ...



On SoundCloud ...






Wasn't that awesome? Yes, it was. We must thank Scandipop for highlighting this one!.

"Lucy (Sun Goes Up)" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Mama Say by Betty Who

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last week, we featured Betty Who's return with "Some Kinda Wonderful" as the first single from her new album The Valley. Well, the album is out and the video for the second single "Mama Say" debuted this week, too.



"Mama Say" has quite the Britney Spears references in the lyrics. And a super-cute video with a fun dance routine. Have a look ...



That was a really cute video. The Independent has published an article where Betty talks about each track on her new album. Click there to read it!




"Mama Say" and her album The Valley are available on digital outlets everywhere. Don't delay! Buy your copy today!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

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 Davearama on Twitter.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Been Here Before by Phantoms

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last month, we discovered the amazing song "Pulling Me In" by Phantoms. While we have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it on our 2017 playlist, Phantoms have gone and dropped a new single called "Been Here Before."




"Been Here Before" is a darker slice of electropop. It starts off a little jarring, but once the song gets going, it sounds like something you might hear in a very dark club. Just have a listen ...



We like it. The song does clock in at over 5 minutes so we wish there was a radio edit handy. 


"Been Here Before" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. You can like their official Facebook page  and follow them on Twitter for the latest information. While you're at it, be sure to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Anymore by Goldfrapp

Dear Poptastic Readers,

English electro duo Goldfrapp have a new song out called "Anymore" that is quite the grower the more we listen to it. While we aren't always that familiar with their work, we loved their 2005 hits "Ooh La La" and "Number 1."




When we first heard "Anymore" we weren't sure what to think of it as we were watching the video with a bunch white women walking around the dessert while artistically striking poses and dancing about. We just kept hoping those women were wearing sunscreen so they didn't get sunburned. Have a look ...




The video aside, "Anymore" is a song that the more we listen to it, the more we want to hear it again. Lucky for us because "Anymore" is available on digital outlets everywhere on their forthcoming album Silver Eye. Buy your copy today!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. To find out the latest news on social media, like the official Goldfrapp Facebook page and follow them on TwitterWhile you're at it, be sure to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Good Good by Vanessa White

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last week, we highlighted the new song from The Saturdays singer Una Healy. That reminded us to see what the other Saturdays singers were up to, and it looks like Vanessa White has been making solo music all along. Her latest song is called "Good Good" and we agree that is indeed good good.




"Good Good" is an RnB track with very sensual lyrics. Vanessa has some soaring vocals. It's nice to hear her voice again. Have a listen ...




Vanessa has even recorded a video for the stripped-back version, which really showcases her beautiful voice.


Both versions of "Good Good" are available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. To keep up with the latest on Vanessa, like her official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. While you're at it, be sure to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stellular by Rose Elinor Dougall

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Sometimes we are late to the party, and that is just the way it goes. Back in October, Rose Elinor Dougall released a single called "Stellular." We missed it, however, we didn't miss Rose's glorious song "One Way Glass" with Innerspace Orchestra last year.



"Stellular" was the first single from Rose's new album also called Stellular. Wanna hear the song? Just check out the video ...


Wasn't that nice? Yes, it was. 

Now, perhaps you are thinking 'Who is Rose Elinor Dougall?' or 'Why does she seem so familiar?' Well, Rose used to be in The Pipettes before Ani joined. Rose left The Pipettes in 2008. We lost track of her for awhile, but we are happy to hear here solo music.

"Stellular" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today!

Cheers then,
—Davearama

P.S. For the latest news on Rose, like her official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. While you're at it, don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.

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Love You To The Sky by Erasure

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Erasure are back with a new album in May called World Be Gone and the first single is called "Love You To The Sky."




You may remember that we thought Erasure knocked it out of the park with their 2014 single "Elevation." This is nice follow-up The Violet Flame album. As of right now, there is a lyric video. Watch here ...



Wasn't that nice? Yes, it was.




World Be Gone is available on digital outlets everywhere for pre-order. "Love You To The Sky" is available now. Buy your copy today!

Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. To keep up with the latest on Erasure, like their 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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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fun by Blondie

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Legendary group Blondie have new album out next month called Pollinator, and the first single is called "Fun."



"Fun" is a bit of a fun song, and the video is quite nice, too. Lead-singer Deborah Harry looks fantastic as always. Have a look ...



"Fun" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today.

Cheers then,
—Davearama

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Moving On by Roosevelt

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Last year, Roosevelt released his debut album and we haven't been able to stop listening. You might remember his single last year "Fever" came in on our year-end countdown at #6. He also had another single at the end of the year called "Belong." His latest is "Moving On."




"Moving On" is a song about getting over a relationship. The video premiered earlier this month and it quite good. Have a look ...




"Moving On" as well as Roosevelt's eponymous debut album are both available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. To keep up with the latest on Roosevelt, like his official Facebook page and follow him on Twitter. And while you are at it please like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page, and you can can follow Davearama on Twitter, too!


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Wild Forever by Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is one of the most beautiful pop stars of our time. She's not only beautiful to look at, but she has an amazing voice and is quite the talented songwriter, too. Her latest single from her Familia album is "Wild Forever."



Sophie initially got everyone's attention as a dance pop artist. The last two albums, however, haven't been dance hardly at all. Instead, Sophie's latest sound is with a band instead of electronica. "Wild Forever" is a lovely song with a nice melody. As always, Sophie looks fantastic in the video ...



She's so glamorous!

"Wild Forever" and Familia are available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today!
Cheers then,
—Davearama


P.S. To keep up with the latest on Sophie, like her official Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. While you are there, like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and follow Davearama on Twitter.



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Stay My Love by Una Healy with Sam Palladio

Dear Poptastic Readers,

While The Saturdays are on hiatus, Una is the latest Saturday to give it a go with a solo release. The first single from her debut album called The Waiting Game is the sweet acoustic duet with Sam Palladio called "Stay My Love."




Una started her career playing her guitar and singing in pubs around Ireland. So this song is back to her roots and sounds very different from The Saturdays. Check out the beautiful video ...



Wasn't that sweet. We think so.




"Stay My Love" is available on digital outlets everywhere as is Una's debut album The Waiting Game. Don't delay, buy your copy today!

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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Some Kinda Wonderful by Betty Who

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Remember Betty Who? She is most known for her 2013 song "Somebody Loves You." We also quite liked her her 2014 song "Heartbreak Dream." We lost track of her for awhile, but she has a new song out that we think is poptastic and it is called "Some Kinda Wonderful."




"Some Kinda Wonderful" starts off with some familiar elements with a rap/chant that kinda reminds us of Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl." However, once the chorus kicks in ... you remember the Betty Who magic that makes it her own. And the video is super cute! Have a look ...




Wasn't that fun? Yes, it was! 


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 Davearama on Twitter.


"Some Kinda Wonderful" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today!


Cheers then,

—Davearama

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