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Ailbhe Malone sim­ply can­not wait for Bey­oncé’s re­turn

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Aaliyah by Katy B and Jessie Ware A Jo­lene for the Fab­ric crowd, this sur­prise Katy B cut comes off her new EP. Dropped on Twit­ter, it’s a four­track stop-gap be­tween al­bums. And it’s all gold. The high­light, though, is Aaliyah, in which Katy B, Jessie Ware and long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Geeneus plead with the girl in ques­tion not to take their man. “Aaliyah please, this is green envy. Why must you taunt me girl?”

Lawks, it’s not all larks be­ing Tay­lor Swift. The I Knew You Were Trou­ble singer told Cos­mopoli­tan that she’s had is­sues with over-zeal­ous fans be­fore. “I get ner­vous when I have stalker in­ci­dents. I try not to talk too much about it be­cause it scares me. Some­times you get a dude who kind of wants to steal you. That’s why I’m so grate­ful I have peo­ple look­ing af­ter me, like [her body­guard] Dennis.” She con­tin­ued: “Over the past cou­ple of years it’s got worse. I get told if there’s been an at­tempt or a threat. My se­cu­rity text me a pic­ture and say, ‘Look out for this dude; he’s driven across the coun­try, he’s off his meds,’ or some­thing like that. No one has ever been suc­cess­ful in get­ting into my house or any­thing like that. I have an amaz­ing se­cu­rity team.” We’re sad that she’s tak­ing pride in no­body gain­ing en­try her house yet. Poor Swifty.

In hap­pier news, it’s clear that Bey­oncé’s back for 2013. The singer has a deal inked for Pepsi, and a Su­per­bowl show booked, and NeYo has now con­firmed that he’s been work­ing with Bey on new mu­sic. “I’m ac­tu­ally about to do some stuff for Bey­oncé soon – she’s on her way back,” he told Bill­board. Not only that, but The-Dream’s on board too, claim­ing ear­lier this month that Bey­oncé “took the sum­mer to start record­ing, and now she’s in a place where she’s ready to start gear­ing up to re­veal her plan”. Can you say “ex­cited”!!

Bey­oncé: all will be re­vealed

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