Denmark: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2016


1. Anja Nissen – “Never Alone”

This song sounds like the big winner here. It’s the catchiest song of the bunch by far, with not one, but two hooks in the chorus. Denmark would be stupid not to send this song.

2. Bracelet – “Breakaway”

A very generic, but fairly catchy pop/rock song. Nothing special, but enjoyable nonetheless. If Denmark sent this to Eurovision they would probably qualify for the final but I would see them struggle to do better than top 20 overall.

3. David Jay – “Rays of Sunlight”

This song is basically a Danish attempt at doing Bruno Mars song. Denmark did okay with their last Bruno copycat “Cliche Love Song,” but that song was a lot catchier than this one is.

4. Jessica – “Break it Good”

This song has a cool island-y vibe to it. It sort of has an Ace Of Base vibe to it. Very cool, but not a winner.

5. Kristel Lisberg – “Who Needs a Heart”

This is a very generic ballad. It’s not particularly memorable, but it’s pleasant. It doesn’t quite soar as high as it should.

6. Lighthouse X – “Soldiers of Love”

I quite like this song, though I will admit it is really out of date. It sounds like something Westlife might have released back in 2002. That is a compliment coming from me.

7. Muri & Mario – “To stjerner”

The only song in the bunch that has an interesting production, this track doesn’t sound like something that would work at Eurovision. It’s an indie electro track with trap influence not too different than what we’ve been hearing from DJ’s like Diplo lately. Interesting, but wrong for this contest.

8. Simone – “Heart Shaped Hole”

Very average mid tempo ballad. Not awful, but very pedestrian.

9. Sophia Nohr – “Blue Horizon”

No, just no. My least favorite song of the bunch.

10. Veronicas Illusion – “The Wrong Kind”

Some cheap sounding EDM from 2008. Sign me up! I can’t turn down a fun gym bop.

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Eurovision 2016: Donny Montell’s “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” For Lithuania


Donny Montell represented Lithuania at Eurovision back in 2012 with the well staged disco number “Love Is Blind.” The song was pretty good, though definitely not a winner. It gave Lithuania a very respectable placing though, so it’s a great idea to send him again.

He is back (and buffer than ever) with a new song called “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” and it is a monster of a pop song. Ditching out-of-date disco synths in favor of deep pounding percussion, “I’ve Been Waiting” feels very powerful and modern. There is a crescendo towards the end of the song that is tailor-made for Eurovision, adding a massive punch to it and would play our perfectly in a big arena.

Donny has gone all out with this song, not only releasing a very good music video for the track, but also a lyric video that rivals most popstars official music videos.

The only thing that could use some work is the live performance. The vocals are pretty good, as Donny is a capable vocalist, but the overall staging is pretty bland. Last time Donny took the Eurovision stage, he did a blindfolded backflip before breaking out into retro Saturday Night Fever style choreography. He needs to amp this performance up a bit to match the song.

This song is already on repeat for me, and it’s modern enough to do very well at Eurovision, so hopefully the Lithuanian public doesn’t screw this up. You just never know how these things will play out.

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Egor KReeD’s (Егор Крид) “Будильник” is a Pop Masterpiece


Russia tends to churn out young good looking pop stars like a well oiled machine, so it was just a matter of time before I discovered a new Russian heartthrob to jam to. This time around the artist’s name is Egor KReeD. He burst onto the Russian pop scene about a year ago with the excellent “Самая самая” (The Most). He followed up with an extremely good album called “Холостяк” (Bachelor) which would have made the top 5 of my year end list if I had not given it a first listen too late in the year.

He is back with a new single titled “Будильник” (Alarm Clock) and it is somehow even better than his previous stuff. With a super catchy chorus and cute dance pop production, this one really is an ear worm.

The video is top notch, as you would expect as it’s made by Russian video after all. Unlike the rest of Europe, the East – particularly Russia – tend to excel at making very expensive looking videos. All of Egor’s videos have had a lavish look to them, whether they build a set by hand or just light up a cafe they scouted.

The video plot follows Egor has he is stuck is what appears to be a Groundhog Day-esque time warp where he is stuck hooking up with a new girl in a cafe every single day. He catches on and ends the time warp. It’s a great way for him to come across as both super sexy and as a cute goofster at the same time.

Egor isn’t the best dancer by any means, and he plays upon that with a very cute and very catchy thumbs-up dance routine. It’s easy to mimic and it suits his bubbly personality. I am really interested in following his career from here on out.

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Flopstar Blog’s Top 10 Albums of 2015!


10. Hilary Duff – Breathe In. Breathe Out.
While not the masterpiece of an album previous releases like “Dignity” and “Metamorphosis” were, this album is still pretty solid thanks mostly to the heavy Swedish production. “Sparks” not becoming a hit will haunt me for the rest of my life.

macarena-cd_mario-bischinimages247280689. Mario Bischin – Macarena
Technically not released in 2015, I didn’t discover the album until half way through the year but it dominated my year musically. I would have placed it higher if it was a 2015 release. The album does not have a single bad song on it. I can listen to this album from start to finish without getting bored of anything.

eurovision-song-contest-vienna-2015-cd-cover8. Eurovision 2015
Not the best Eurovision year, this compilation still had some good moments. Hoping Eurovision 2016 will be a lot stronger of a year overall though. Highlights are the Swedish winning entry “Heroes” and Israeli entry “Golden Boy.”

cover-art-of-conchita-wursts-debut-album-conchita7. Conchita Wurst – Conchita
Very solid debut from the 2014 Eurovision winner. This album boats some expertly produced pop. Awesome vocals don’t hurt the experience. From heart breaking ballads to EDM made for the club to arena still power pop, this album really has it all. It was nice to see Conchita show some versatility on the album as well.

perfectly_damaged6. Måns Zelmerlöw – Perfectly Damaged
Another solid album by a current Eurovision winner, but who would have assumed it wouldn’t be? It’s Swedish produced pop. Nothing gets more reliable than that. Soaring anthems are plentiful on this album that merges his old dance pop style with his more modern stripped back style.

melodifestivalen_2015_2cd-31775495-frntl5. Melodifestivalen 2015
This year was pretty strong in my opinion. There were a lot of songs I really enjoyed and played pretty often. The amazing outcome didn’t hurt the experience either. The highlights include winning single “Heroes,” as well as the camp-tastic “Groupie” and club ready “Make Me (La La La).”

tumblr_nqb3bg3qeo1tu668fo1_5004. AOA – Heart Attack EP
Not a full album, but there are no bad songs on this release. It’s really solid and despite having less than half the amount of songs everything else on this list has, it’s actually my most played non-compilation album of the year.

namie-geniccddvd3. Namie Amuro – _genic.
Namie is the most reliable artist in the world when it comes to delivering really solid pop music. This album is NOT as good as “Alive,” but it is still pretty damn good. Highlights include the blazing EDM anthem”Stranger” and the sassy “Fashionista.”

14286673849572. Antti Tuisku — Peto on irti
Definitely the most experimental mainstream dance pop album of the year, the production of this album is top notch, merging multiple genres into each song effortlessly. Not the type of music every listener will enjoy, but for those who do it is a masterpiece.

red-velvet_1441832109_af_org1. Red Velvet – The Red
Easily the best K-pop album released in 2015, this album Is solid from start to end. Comparing it to other albums released by SM artists this year, it sticks out like a sore thumb being the only one with absolutely no filler on it.

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Flopstar Blog’s Most Anticipated Acts of Melodifestivalen 2016!!


So it’s almost that time of the year again where I bother everyone with constant updates about the Eurovision Song Contest and all of it’s selection shows. Yes, it’s not exactly the time for that yet as things really don’t get kicked off until after New Years, but a big bit of news has come out this week and needed addressing.

The only really relevant pre-selection show in all of Europe is Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, which is also coincidentally my favorite. SVT, the company who runs Melfest, have announced all the artists who are competing next year along with  the titles of their song and their song writers. Here are some of the acts I am most excited for this year.

Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry”

I can already tell this is going to be a monster of a bop. The subject matter will probably be similar to all her other songs, which is great because she is a breath of fresh air in a contest that will be full of love songs. I expect this to make my year end list next year.

Samir & Viktor – “Bada nakna”

This song is apparently about skinny dipping. S&V had 2 songs on my year end list for 2015, so I expect this to also follow suit and slay me to death.

Robin Bengtsson – Constellation Price”

This song title is a mess, but maybe it’ll make sense when the song is released. I liked his EP from last year quite a bit, so I have high hopes for this song.

David Lindgren – “We Are Your Tomorrow”

I love David so much. Both of his albums were amazing. This is supposedly nothing like those albums though. I am a bit concerned it will be awful, but I have faith in my boy. Also, it’s last in semi final 2, which is a pretty good spot. SVT obviously liked the entry.

Oscar Zia – “Human”

I didn’t care for “Yes We Can” much, but “Ballare Con Me” is still the bop of the life time and this song has the same team behind it as that song did. I am ready to be snatched.

Lisa Ajax – “My Heart Wants Me Dead”

That title? Girl I am already slayed. Her single from last year “Blue Eyed Girl” was also pretty solid. I am expecting good things here.

Dolly Style – “Rollercoaster”

Good song writers for this one. The song will surely be a cute euro-dance song that won’t revolutionize the industry, but it will be catchy.

Molly Sandén – “YOUniverse”

This song is the big favorite to win, and based solely off that hype I am interested in this. Otherwise I don’t care too much. Danny Saucedo wrote this, but his recent work has been trash so I am not expecting much here. Will be interesting to see what she brings to the table. The title is a mess already though.

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Flopstar Blog’s Best Songs of 2015! (Part 3, 10-1)

10. Jimin – “Puss”
Many tried in 2015: HyunA, CL, Hyorin, Hara, but nobody could come close to getting a number 1  Gaon charting 900,000 selling solo smash like AOA chanteuse Jimin with the Shakespearian “Puss.” With lyrics Nicki could only wish she could write, “Puss” remains the best rap song since the genre was created by Miley Cyrus in 2013.

9. Satin Circus – “Crossroads”
I am still LIVID this song did not win Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu and get sent to Eurovision for Finland. Well, Finland paid for it by not even qualifying for the final, but anyway. This song is so catchy, once I get the chorus stuck in my head, I can’t unstick it. Their live stage could use major work, but otherwise this is a major pop moment in 2015.

8. EXID – “Ah Yeah”
From the sleazy sax sample, to the intro that has some guy basically asking the listener if their apartment is empty for a good long f**k session, this song is everything I could want out of an EXID song. The video is sort of about your inner animal coming out while also sort of being about internet webcam porn, or maybe it’s commenting on censorship? I can’t really tell. Doesn’t really matter, it’s still a bop.

7. Jolin Tsai & Namie Amuro – “I’m Not Yours”
The song that invented feminism. This is the most important collaboration since our founding fathers got together in one room to sign the US Constitution. This video also has the best music video of the year.

6. Samir & Viktor – “Groupie”
I was sort of pissed that 1) this song was less clubby than their previous single “Success”, and 2) it was not in fact about groupies trying to have sex with their favorite musicians, but I got over both complaints when the song ended up being catchy as hell and in a language I don’t understand. The song is an ode to taking selfies with your friends – get it, it’s not a ‘selfie’ it’s a ‘groupie’? Granted, based off the live performance, a first time listener of this song will surely be shaking their head in disapproval over me adding it to my list, and yeah I agree it’s a total mess, in the words of Miley Cyrus it’s a “calculated hot mess.” The song is a ton of fun and the studio version goes off.

5. Dinah Nah – “Make Me (La La La)”
Truly the biggest club anthem of 2015 for me, this song goes OFF. I wasn’t expecting it either. When I was watching Meldofiestivalen 2015, my poor wig flew off my head when the beat dropped after the chorus. It’s basically SNSD’s “Catch Me If You Can” but better. Love the pink hair as well.

4. Red Velvet – “Ice Cream Cake”
I wasn’t sold on Red Velvet after their first few releases, but this won me over big time. It oozes cool, with all 5 girls sporting blond hair while dancing around a dusty LA highway. The song is really cool as well, with a production that feels completely unique to anything else out there at the moment. I love where SM is taking Red Velvet.

3. AOA – “Heart Attack”
This is my most played song of the year. The repeat value of this song is intense. I wasn’t expecting Brave Brothers to revert back to his early ‘10’s Europop sound, but I am really glad he did because that was my favorite Brave God’s era. I am also gagging for AOA’s consistent Halloween/cosplay concepts.

2. 4Minute – “Crazy”
“Crazy” is big and modern and really goes hard. This is a song that knocks you out of your seat upon first listen. It goes off in the car, it goes off at the gym, it goes off at the grocery store in the produce department, it goes off when you’re Christmas shopping and the hoe in front of you just took the last Furby.  It would probably even go off at Jesus’ crucifixion with the disciples shaking their dreads. Even Jesus would probably wiggle around as best he could despite being nailed to some wood dripping all over the place. This has become my go-to song for every occasion this year..

1. Måns Zelmerlöw – “Heroes”
This Eurovision winning masterpiece is super catchy and inspirational and I will never forget how I felt watching this win Meldofestivalen and Eurovision after years of being a huge MZW supporter. (Spoiler: I had a full blown meltdown). This really is a modern classic with some of the best staging I have ever seen. It’s nice to see something very modern win the contest for once.


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Flopstar Blog’s Best Songs of 2015! (Part 2, 20-11)

20. Samir & Viktor – “Saxofuckingfon”
All Samir & Viktor songs sound exactly the same, but why fix something that is working so well? Their biggest hit to date, “Saxofuckingfon” really is the dumb summer bop every one of us needs.

19. Hilary Duff – “My Kind”
This song has a sexy production and I am a sucker for island synths. I really wish this had gotten a proper video.

18. Antti Tuisku – “Peto on Irti”
This is one crazy song. Actually, his entire album was crazy excellent. The production of this song is all over the map: one moment he is rapping, the next there is a banjo and he’s line dancing, then there is a funky Motown-esque horn sample, then it is full blown EDM. It’s not a song that is scared of trying something polarizing, and I really appreciate that. Also sidenote, the live performance of this song at the Finnish Eurovision selection show is I C O N I C. Also second sidenote, why is he so obsessed with shoving bananas into his mouth?

17. Eduard Romanyuta – “I Want Your Love”
The song EVERYONE except me hated. This is what pop is going to sound like in a few years, so I don’t see why y’all mad. Okay, I know why y’all mad: he was a bad singer with awful hair who cheated to win. But the song itself is pretty damn good. Amazingly catchy with an up-and-coming production style, despite what you think of the lad. If Eric Saade had released this song, nobody would be criticizing it. Also, I kind of liked the cheesy police staging?

16. Red Velvet – “Dumb Dumb”
This song should probably be highest on my list but it was a tough year. This is the bonkers mega-star making bop that almost any popstar would kill to have. I mean, that beat is the definition of sick. The cool visuals in the video don’t hurt it either.

15. Girl’s Day – “Ring My Bell”
Not to come off as pretentious, but to me, the hate this song got was due to the general public not understanding it. I know, I hate it when people say that too. But it’s kinda true? “Ring My Bell” has an insane production, with sporadic tempo changes that jolt the listener while cramming in as many genre’s as possible into one song. This really is the “U-Go-Gurl” of 2015.

14. Hello Venus – “Wiggle Wiggle” / “I’m Ill”
Two of the best trash anthems of 2015, both “Wiggle Wiggle” and “I’m Ill” catered to the lowest common denominator listener, so low that they ended up turning people off and flopped. Kind of depressing because both are really amazing songs.

13. Alexandra Stan & Inna – “We Wanna”
Upon first listen I was a little underwhelmed by this song as it was the first collaboration between the two biggest popstars in Romanian history. After initially being meh about it, I quickly got over my sky high expectations and started listening to this on repeat because it is a good song.

12. T-ara – “So Crazy”
What can I say? T-ara have topped my year end chart 3 times -“Sugar Free” probably should have topped it last year, but anyway. This song doesn’t come close to being my favorite song of the year, though it is one of my most played. It’s really fun and catchy and I love Brave Brothers.

11. Girls’ Generation – “Catch Me If You Can”
A lot of people hated this song, but honestly if Jessica hadn’t left the group a few months before the release of this nobody would have hated on it. It’s a monstrous EDM smash. I hear the gay clubs playing it from time to time as well. When will CL?

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