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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

For­get the drama, Nikki’s got class, says Ailbhe Malone

TRACK OF THE WEEK Fuck Marry Kill, Nikki Wil­liams. We don’t know much about Nikki Wil­liams. Here’s what we’ve got. She’s 23, South African and signed to Def Jam. She used to be mar­ried to Ni­co­las Cage’s weirdy son (We­ston Cop­pola Cage, if you want to Google Im­age Search It). This Sia co-write con­tin­ues in the same vein as the also Sia-penned­but-sung-by-Ri­hanna, Di­a­monds, ex­cept in a more de­struc­tive vein. Never mind the del-Rey style drama, this is a classy track. Press re­peat im­me­di­ately.

Mi­ley’s back in the stu­dio! “I want peo­ple to hear what I want to say and get my record out, so when there is a time that I can take some time off, I’ll feel like I ac­com­plished my stuff. Then I can take a break and just en­joy be­ing mar­ried for a lit­tle while,” she ex­plained. Even more ex­cit­ingly, she con­firmed that she’d been work­ing with Phar­rell Wil­liams, and that her new ma­te­rial will have a hip-hop slant. “A lot of the beats are pro­duced hip-hop beats, but the vo­cal is very raw and my voice is kind of on top of all the tracks, which is what I wanted.” Who Owns My Heart: The Remix? We can’t wait.

It’s been a long time since Girls Aloud have per­formed on stage to­gether, and they’re feel­ing the pres­sure, ahead of their 2013 tour, Kim­berly told BBC Break­fast. “It feels good to have mu­sic out there again. It’s nervewrack­ing, be­cause you’re al­ways wor­ry­ing about how it’s gonna be per­ceived and if peo­ple are gonna like it. We’re ex­cited about other songs we’ve got as well. We have to wait pa­tiently for peo­ple to hear those. We know what we’ve got but we just hope other peo­ple like it as well.” Not that Ch­eryl’s wor­ried. She coun­tered, “we quite like the chal­lenge, we know we’ve got to make it big­ger. We’ve al­ways gone in there full force. There doesn’t feel like there’s any ex­pec­ta­tions. It just feels like it’s gonna be fun.”

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