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TRACK OF THE WEEK: Love Pt 2 – Bright Lights Bright Lights Hello! Pop Corner is back from its hol­i­days, where we spent a lot of time com­plain­ing about the heat, and even more time de­mand­ing to be bought an­other ice cream. To show you how much we’ve missed you, here’s an ab­so­lute corker of a track of the week. The sec­ond re­lease from the nascent Popjus­tice Hi-Fi la­bel (we had their de­but, Water­falls by Rosanna, as track of the week re­cently) Bright Lights Bright Lights is one man with both Pet Shop Boys liv­ing in his soul. Su­per stuff.

Justin Bieber is one chap who hasn’t been on hol­i­days. In our ab­sence, he’s filmed his guest slot on CSI as a “trou­bled teen” (we’ve seen more trou­bled-look­ing fish fin­gers) and has also lent his vo­cals to a chill­wave remix (unau­tho­rised). Go to tinyurl.com/justinslow to hear Biebz’s U Smile like you’ve never heard it be­fore.

Lit­tle Tay­lor Mom­sen’s been mouthing off this time in the di­rec­tion of Ri­hanna. The Court­ney Love wannabe (be­low) launched a tirade against other peo­ple who, like, try to wear, like, things that she wears too. “Peo­ple think pop is rock and the lines are get­ting blurred,” she whinged. “Now Ri­hanna’s wear­ing f***in’ leather jack­ets and it’s re­ally an­noy­ing.”

Oh Tay­lor, yours is a hard life.


Ailbhe Malone knows that pop isn’t rock

X Fac­tor’s only been on a week, and al­ready the gos­sip mills are turn­ing. So far there’s been up­roar over the auto-tune, and now Shirlena Jack­son (re­mem­ber her? The ques­tion­able singer?) has been chucked out of the com­pe­ti­tion on med­i­cal grounds. The show’s doc­tors warned that the pres­sures of fame might be too much for Shirl, and alas, she’s in the run­ning no more.


By the time you read this, Jed­ward: Let

Loose, the re­al­ity show, will have aired. Pop Corner pre­dicts an in­sight into Jed­ward’s odd eat­ing habits (they only eat pro­tein, and have wa­ter on their ce­real) and a def­i­nite lack of punc­tu­a­tion, if their tweets are any­thing to go by.

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