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

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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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Flopstar Blog’s Best Songs of 2015! (Part 1, 30-21)

30. BESTie – “Excuse Me”
The song Sistar wishes they had, this is one of the rare occasions a lower tier group is able to score A-list level material. I am honestly really surprised this song didn’t go to a bigger group like Sistar or Girl’s Day. The insanely creative production and catchy chorus are only amped up by the amazing LGBT friendly video.


29. Eric Saade – “Sting”
I was a bit harsh towards this when it first came out, but it’s honestly really catchy and the live performance was very lavish. (Of course it wasn’t “Heroes” lavish). Anyhow, this was a proper pop moment in 2015.


28. Midnight Boy – “Don’t Say No”
For a song I expected to hate, I ended up playing this on repeat pretty frequently throughout the year. It didn’t get old after multiple spins. Granted, it does sound a lot like “You Spin Me Around (Like A Record)” by Dead Or Alive, but that song slays so it’s honestly a compliment.


27. Polina Gagarina – “A Million Voices”
As far as hypocritical pageant-y world peace schlager goes, this is pretty on the mark. Well written and gorgeously preformed, it’s kind of hard to hate something so straight forward, even if we did wish for something a bit more innovative and edgy. It’s about as deep as a puddle, but it sure is a stunning puddle.


26. Dolly Style – “Hello Hi”
This trio basically recycled a late 90’s Euro-dance concept and I’m not mad. It has been a really long time since the world had a decent Euro-dance song. Not sure about these girls longevity, as novelty acts rarely have legs, but I got a few good workouts to this at the gym this past year.


25. Lizzy – “I Am Not An Easy Girl”
This iconic trot anthem went mostly overlooked, but it honestly snatched every hair off my head when it dropped. Lizzy served a K-pop throwback for the ages with this female empowerment masterpiece.


24. Christopher – “CPH Girls”
I sort of overlooked this song at first, but it fiercely grew on me later in the year. It’s honestly such a bop.


23. Nine Muses – “Drama” / “Hurt Locker”
After years of Sweettune productions – most of which I liked – I was ready for Nine Muses to come back with a new producer. These songs were both really good. Winter single “Sleepless Night” should have slayed me too as I am a Brave God’s stan, but it was a bit forgettable in terms of iconic BB songs this year.


22. Isac Elloit – “Lipstick”
This song gives me NSYNC-meets-trap. It’s pure pop bliss. I wish the video wasn’t a total train wreck but what can you do.


21. Namie Amuro – “Stranger”
This song is loud and obnoxious, but it really pumps me up. It is full blown music festival EDM. I honestly could listen to this song for hours on repeat. My favorite off her “_genic” album.

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T-ara Release Long Awaited Comeback “So Crazy”

Top charting icons of Asia T-ara are back with a new dusty left over Brave Brother’s song called “So Crazy,” and it snatched every hair off my head.

The song was actually produced for them last year, but they picked the literally iconic in every way “Sugar Free” over “So Crazy.” I can totally see why too: “Sugar Free” is the type of song that will stay with Queens and K-pop fans forever, while “So Crazy” is a more standard Brave Bros song. That said, it slays like all Brave Gods songs do.

Most people online are saying it sounds too much like AOA’s “Miniskirt,” but it really doesn’t sound anything like “Miniskirt.” It’s closer to the material Brave Brothers produced for 4minute, like “Whatcha Doin’ Today.” It’s quirky while still being extremely catchy, which has become T-ara’s signature style.

The video is also iconic. The horribly photoshopped teaser photo that they released via Instagram (because apparently they don’t give a crap about promoting in Korea anymore) made it seem like the video would be a sloppy video shot for 20 won in their old dorm room, but the video actually features a plot, a killer dance routine, and even those clearance rack sexy sailor Halloween costumes look pretty good.

The girls shows off Meryl Streep-level acting chops which only enhance the Martin Scorsese-esque screen play and dialog. Avatar who? Jurassic World what? I can’t wait for this emotional masterpiece to sweep the Oscars next year. As I am already bald by this epic slayage, I can only imagine how amazing upcoming Chinese debut single “1, 2, 3” will be.

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Alexandra Stan & Inna Release Long Awaited Collab “We Wanna”

Romania’s two biggest female pop singers Alexandra Stan (of “Mr. Saxobeat” fame) and INNA (her hits include “Sun Is Up” and “More Than Friends“) have finally released their longggggg awaited colab single “We Wanna” featuring Daddy Yankee after literal months of teasing. I guess the song is technically Alex’s as her name comes first in the billing and the video was posted on her VEVO channel. I have been waiting for this on the edge of my seat for months now, as I am a huge stan (no pun intended) of both of these pioneers of Romania’s trashy dance pop scene. On their own they are both iconic, but together? This may be the second most important collab of all time after Jolin and Namie Amuro’s “I’m Not Yours” – sorry “Telephone”!

I would like to get the major negative out of the way really quick before I start praising this: the song is a bit more subtle and nuanced than I hoped it would be. Both Inna and Alexandra are known for uber trashy and super-lit-up party jams, so a swing influenced Latin song that sounds more like the type of song one would listen to while sipping a piña colada in Cabo San Lucas on a breezy Sunday while reading a book rather than a seedy Eastern European club with 3 back rooms and a dungeon. When you add two of the biggest club queens in the world onto one song, you expect something that would smash at the club.

Not that this wouldn’t work in a club; it’s very fun and uptempo, and the video is set in a club during some sort of male vs female dance battle. You can’t really see any of the dance moves because the editing is pretty crappy, but you sort of get the point. Both women look incredible, (especially Alexandra which is further evidence that this is her track).

Alex’s “Unlocked” remains one of the best albums of 2015, and this would be a worthy song on either of these two singers future releases, so overall I am pleased. Enjoy this legendary collab below:

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Måns Zelmerlöw Releases “Perfectly Damaged” Album

Eurovision king Måns Zelmerlöw has wasted no time in capitalizing off of his mega hit “Heroes.” Just a few short weeks after his epic win at the 2015 contest, he has put out his forth studio album “Perfectly Damaged,” and the album is overall one of his strongest to date.

“Heroes” sneaked up on  Måns pretty late in the album recording process, so I wasn’t really expecting it to fit in with the overall musical style of his album. I basically expected a “Barcelona Sessions” 2.0, and considering how great that album was, I would have been okay with that.

The album however ended up being a lot more uptempo than one would expect. With only 2 ballads on the entire album, (both of which are the weakest songs on the album), there is a pretty fun tone throughout the LP. While the album is not as high energy as “MZW” was, it has a glossy modern dance/pop sound nonetheless that satisfies. “Let It Burn” and “Fade Away” are the closest he comes to full blown EDM, with their Avicii-esque productions. “Unbreakable” is Måns take on Draft Punks funky disco sound, and “Live While We’re Alive” is his take on Mumford and Son’s folk/pop sound.

The album flows pretty well from start to end, and you don’t need to skip any of the tracks along the way. Måns is quickly becoming one of the few pop artists out there who is reliably solid no matter what genre he dabbles into.

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