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Ailbhe Malone pon­ders the Amelia Lily la­tex fac­tor

TRACK OF THE WEEK Shut Up (And Give Me What­ever You Got) by Amelia Lily Who would have thought that this is the way turbo-war­bler and X Fac­tor star Amelia Lily would go? Pro­duced by Xeno­ma­nia, it’s a synth mon­ster, topped with Clark­son-level vo­cal belt­ing. SUAGMWYG also man­ages the Girls Aloud trick of cram­ming in too many syl­la­bles in the best way pos­si­ble, as well as a heart­felt “daaar­rrrlinggg”. We’d bet a tenner that the video in­cludes more la­tex than is en­tirely com­fort­able.

Been dy­ing for a look into the day to day life of Nicki Mi­naj? Yearn no longer. The Pink Fri­day rap­per has just made a three-part re­al­ity show about her life for E! “I guess what will most sur­prise a lot of peo­ple who may not be die-hard fans who haven’t known me for a long time is the hon­esty,” she ex­plained. “I’m not try­ing to have a façade. I’m show­ing ex­actly what goes on in my life. I think peo­ple will be sur­prised at see­ing that.” Over-shar­ing, how­ever, re­ally isn’t her thing. “I’m such a pri­vate per­son, it was a bit hard. When I’m around my circle I just kind of loosen up. You’ll see by the first episode that I didn’t care that the cam­eras were on.” We won­der if Ro­man and Martha pop up too.

As she pro­motes her new al­bum Red, Tay­lor Swift con­tin­ues to plough her love life for in­ter­views, telling Bos­ton’s NPR ra­dio that “with love, it’s go­ing to be wrong un­til it’s right. So you ex­pe­ri­ence these dif­fer­ent shades of wrong, and you miss the good things about those peo­ple, and you re­gret not see­ing the red flags for the bad things about those peo­ple, but it’s all a learn­ing process.” Lucky for her though, she’s been able to work through all her life lessons in song. “Be­ing 22, you're kind of in a crash course with love and life and lessons and learn­ing the hard way, and thank­fully, I’ve been able to write about those emo­tions as they’ve af­fected me.”

Fri­day, Novem­ber 9 , 2012

Turbo war­bler: Amelia


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