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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beautiful Life by Rick Astley

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Sorry for the long break between posts. Life got busy. When there is overwhelmingly troublesome news, we take a break. It is important to let music lift us up in unsettling times. So now the good news: 
Rick Astley is back with a new poptastic track called "Beautiful Life" — and no it isn't a cover of the Ace Of Base classic. This is the title track from his new album.




Rick rose to fame in 1987 with the mega hits "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Together Forever." Both were #1 in the US, but the former was #1 around the world. His success continued throughout the early 90s. Then about 10 years ago, the prank of "Rickrolling" gave his career a surprising boost.


As for the new song, we quite like it. It is fun and uplifting. A toe tapper for sure. Rick sounds great and looks fab! Check out the cute video ...




Wasn't that nice? Yes, it was. "Beautiful Life" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~




Cheers then,

—Davearama

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Used To You by Dagny

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Happy Monday! Last year in July, we couldn't get enough of "Wearing Nothing" by Dagny. In fact, it even ended up at #3 in our year-end countdown. Dagny is back with a new song called "Used To You."




The new song is a mid-tempo electro pop song. The song is about about losing the passion in a relationship. It has a lovely melody. Have a listen ...




If you would like to see Dagny perform it live then click here. "Used To You" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also hear here previous single "That Feeling When" there. Enjoy!~




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—Davearama

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Nothing Prevails by Information Society

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Information Society is back with a brand new song called “Nothing Prevails” and we are so excited! They are celebrating 30 years since their debut album!


Now if you just asked yourself “Who is Information Society?” Well, here is a bit of a history lesson. Information Society is a band originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They originally formed in 1982. They released their first EP in 1983 called The InSoc EP. Another EP followed in 1984 called Creatures Of Influence. Their first single “Running” was a US top 10 dance hit in 1985.


When the band released their debut album, the members were Kurt Harland, Paul Robb, Jim Cassidy, and Amanda Kramer. However, Amanda would leave the group during the promotion of their first album.


They hit it big in 1988 with their self-titled debut album that featured two US top 10 singles “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” (#3) and “Walking Away” (#9). They also had two more singles from that album “Repetition” and the ABBA cover “Lay All Your Love On Me.” We’ve always loved “Tomorrow” and thought it was a missed opportunity for a great single.


Their sophomore album Hack came out in 1990 and featured the singles “Think” and “How Long.” Both songs didn’t set the pop world on fire, but they both did very well on the dance charts.



Their third album Peace And Love, Inc came out in 1992 and it also featured the lead single by the same name, which was also a huge club hit. Another single “Going, Going, Gone” sort of described their career as they disappeared from the public eye shortly after that. We must admit, we lost track of them around this time.



In 1997, Information Society was back with a new album called Don’t Be Afraid. It featured a remake of Gary Numan classic “Are Friends Electric?” For this album, Paul and Jim had left the band and this was seen as a solo effort for Kurt.



In 2001, a greatest hits collection called Strange Haircuts // Cardboard Guitars // and Computer Samples issued new updated remixes of “Running” and “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” taking dance floors by storm. We bought the CD single for the latter and the mixes were ace!

In 2004, VH-1 featured Information Society in an episode of Bands Reunited. However, Kurt did not reunite with Paul, Jim, and Amanda in the show. Kurt wrote an amazing piece on his experience with VH-1 and how they went about it. It was quite interesting and very eye opening to what was going on behind the scenes. It truly is a must read!



Ten years after the last album, Information Society was back with a new album in 2007 called Synthesizer. While the last album was only Kurt, this album was Paul and Jim with a new singer Christopher Anton. However, Kurt did sing vocals on one track. Instead of singles, there was an EP called Oscillator that featured the songs “Back In The Day” and “I Like The Way You Werk It.” Another remix EP followed in 2009 called Modulator.



The trio of Kurt, Rob, and Jim eventually reunited and released two more albums. Hello World was released in 2014 and featured the singles “Get Back” and “Land Of The Blind.” In 2016, Orders of Magnitude followed. We are bummed that we missed them both, especially because we think “Get Back” is awesome! Thanks to Spotify we can hear them!



That brings us to 2018, where the band has been on our radar. We recently watched the Bands Reunited show and then checked out some recent performances on YouTube. While watching an interview with Kurt, we noticed that he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, as do Poptastic Confessions editors Sausi and Davearama. The next week, Davearama spotted Kurt on BART. “I recognized him on my Monday morning commute. I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to disturb his life. I just smiled.” Ever since, we’ve been on an Information Society kick this year.



So imagine our surprise when we saw that Information Society has a new song. It is called “Nothing Prevails” and it is quite epic! The synth melody is awesome as is Kurt’s distinguished vocals. The chorus is BIG, and well, we think it is poptastic. June 16 Update: check out the video ...
Wasn’t that lovely? Yes it was. “Nothing Prevails” is available on digital outlets everywhere. There is even a version sung in German! Buy your copy today! We’ve added the English version to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~



We are very happy to have Information Society back in our lives! Happy 30th anniversary!

Tripping on your love,
—Sausi & Davearama

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Introducing Lieza

Dear Poptastic Readers,

When we opened our Instagram page, we saw that we were followed by an artist named Lieza. We checked her out and liked what we heard.




Who is Lieza? Well, she is a Nashville-based artist originally from Dallas, Texas. She describes her music as indie electronic pop. We would agree with that assessment, and we would also add that she has a beautiful voice.




She had two songs out last year called "Eyeliner" and "Don't Make Me Dance." This year, she has released three singles: "Hate Me", "Arcade Lover", and her latest single "Yellow Roses." All of them are great. There is one that sticks out to us and that is "Arcade Lover." It starts off a bit slow, but then it gets to the big catchy chorus. Check out the video here ...




Wasn't that nice? All of Lieza's songs are available on digital outlets everywhere. Please support the artist by legally downloading the music. We've gone ahead and added three of her songs to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~




Cheers then,

—Davearama

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Small World by Sabina Ddumba

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Once again, we owe this one to Scandipop! A Swedish artist named Sabina Ddumba has a new song out called "Small World" and we love it.




We weren't familiar with Sabina, so we've had fun watching her videos on her YouTube account. Sabina has a soulful strong voice. The mid-tempo song is lovely. The video is rather colorful. Just have a look ...




Wasn't that nice? Yes, it was. "Small World" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added "Small World" to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Have a listen ...



Love, Truth & Honesty,

—Sausi

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Que Me Duela by Gloria Trevi

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Meet the amazing Mexican pop queen Gloria Trevi! Gloria is one of the most famous celebrities in Mexico and is well known in most of Latin America. She released her first record in 1989 and since then hasn’t left the limelight.



Her life has been surrounded by many scandals and controversies (she was even arrested in Brazil once under accusations of sex trafficking, but has been since acquitted of all charges). Her life has been turned into a movie (a really entertaining one, you must watch!).



Her last project was a duet album with fellow Mexican singer Alejandra Guzmán, which was very nice, but kind of left us eager for another solo album. But now she’s back with “Que Me Duela”, in true Trevi fashion. The song mixes rock and reggaton, styles that Gloria is no stranger to, and it works! The lyrics are about vampires, and how she awaits for one to arrive at her house at night and bite her!



In the music video she tries every wig color you can imagine, drinks a lot of wine (or is that blood?) and dances with a lot of sexy vampires. What else could you ask for? Have a look at the video …


How about that last chorus with that crazy tempo change? It’s things like this that always make us look forward for a new Gloria Trevi record! She’s unpredictable and (almost) always deliver a cool pop song!

“Que Me Duela” is available on digital outlets everywhere. We've added the song to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify! Have a listen ...




Shine on,

—Raoni

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Under The Sun by Roosevelt

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Great news! Roosevelt is back with a new song called "Under The Sun" and his sophomore album Young Romance is due out September 28.




If you just asked "Who is Roosevelt?" Well, he is German artist whose real name is Marius Lauber. He released his self-titled debut album (click on that to read Jason's review) in 2016 and it featured the singles "Fever" (#6 in our 2016 countdown), "Night Moves", "Belong", and "Moving On." The whole album was fantastic and such a soundtrack of the time.



Roosevelt's new song "Under The Sun" isn't a million miles away from the sound of the first album, and quite honestly, it is refreshing. If you loved Roosevelt's last album (which hopefully you did), you will love this. It is just the perfect summer cool track. Have a listen ...




Jason once described Roosevelt's sound as "Human League at the beach" and that sums it up perfectly. "Under The Sun" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~




Cheers then,

—Davearama

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