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Ailbhe Malone in­vites Ch­eryl round for a deep-pan

TRACK OF THE WEEK : Stay by Ri­hanna ft Mikky Ekko De­spite the #ri­han­na­plane #777tour fi­asco, Unapolo­getic has been hid­ing a gem. We haven’t wanted to live inside a song as much as this since Video Games. Sul­try and re­signed, it climbs only to fall back, over a shim­mer­ing cym­bal back­ground. The fea­tured artist, Nashville singer Mikky Ekko, wrote the track. Keep an eye on him.

Chezza’s been wax­ing lyri­cal about the won­ders of ex­er­cise to Hello! Mag­a­zine: “I love ex­er­cis­ing. There is a lot of stress and pres­sure in my job so when I have those two hours to my­self I feel I can shut the rest of the world out. I don’t have my phone, just loud mu­sic, and it feels good when I re­lease en­dor­phins through ex­er­cise.” Ch­eryl went on to say: “I don’t care what any­one tells you, there is no such thing as be­ing able to eat what­ever you want. I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant to eat healthily and it makes such a dif­fer­ence to your en­ergy.” Sod the en­dor­phins, C. Come round ours and we’ll or­der a pizza and some wine.

Florence Welch needs a break, and soon. She ex­plained “I’ve been on tour since I was 21. I need a break and to have the chance to do nor­mal things, like go to the su­per­mar­ket and hang out with my friends. I’ve only just moved out of my mum’s house, so I’d like to set­tle into my new place and start get­ting in­spired again. If I started writ­ing songs now, all they’d be about is tour buses and ho­tel rooms.” We agree – there’s not an aw­ful lot that rhymes with “ho­tel room”.

Justin Tim­ber­lake in­sists he hasn’t re­tired from mu­sic. It’s all the press’s fault, he told MTV. “You’re the ones who stopped talk­ing about me as a mu­si­cian. You guys act like I said I’ve re­tired. I can tell you this, when I’m ready to say some­thing, you al­ways know that I’ll say it in the big­gest pos­si­ble way, it re­ally comes from the heart.” Yeah great, JT, but do you think you could get a move on?

Florence: give me a

break

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