This is New: A Pop Star from Albania

Bleona

Her  name is Bleona, an ex-X Factor judge (yes, there’s an Albanian version of the show; Simon Cowell goes everywhere) who has attracted enough attention to get some big name producers (J.Lo’s RoccStar, Iggy Azlea’s Fuego and Gaga/Beyonce’s Darkchild) to help her with a North American debut record that’s due next year.  According to her advance PR, Bleona is one of the best-selling artists in all of Eastern Europe.

Let’s start with a track called “Take You Over” which starts with this bit of poetry:

You’ll understand

That my class

Is bigger than my ass

And my money’s like my French

It’s next to perfect

How can you not be curious? And it gets better in the second verse. Pay attention to the lyrics in this clip which is labeled “explicit.” (No, it isn’t.)


I really don’t like the song but I’m fascinated with Albania which, until they got rid of Enver Hoxha, was every bit as weird as North Korea.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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