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Ailbhe Malone gets an­other dose of Beiber fever

❙❙❙ TRACK OF THE WEEK No Strings by Ch­löe Howl How is it that the track of the year comes just as the year comes to an end? The de­but sin­gle of 17-year-old UK singer Chloe Howl, No Strings is a banger, full stop. A lit­tle syn­thy, a lit­tle grimy, a lit­tle gobby, a lit­tle vul­ner­a­ble. There’s a cho­rus that goes ‘fuck your no strings, I hope I have twins’ and a voice that nods a head to Adele’s imag­i­nary bad-girl sis­ter, and wry teenage angst. By gosh, it’s all just bril­liant.

❙❙❙ The lovely Kelly Clark­son has an­nounced her en­gage­ment to boyfriend Bran­don Blackstock. She tweeted “I'm en­gaged!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Hap­pi­est night of my life last night! I am so lucky and with the great­est man ever : )” Kelly told the As­so­ci­ated Press last month that the re­la­tion­ship is “prob­a­bly my best ac­com­plish­ment be­cause, I think, for me, es­pe­cially, I just didn’t think it would hap­pen. It’s like one of those cheesy love songs that didn’t ex­ist, but it does, so that’s cool.”

Hooray! Can we be brides­maids?

❙❙❙ It doesn’t look like a JLS baby next year will make Marvin JLS slow down. Speak­ing to the Daily Star, he said: “By the time 2013 rolls round it’ll be time for our fifth al­bum.This is usu­ally a great­est hits in boy­band ter­ri­tory but we don’t know if we’re ready for that yet. There will def­i­nitely be an al­bum next year. There’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion for us - not just from other boy­bands. So we have to stay ahead of the game and stay rel­e­vant .” Al­right Marv, as long as you share nappy-chang­ing du­ties with Rochelle.

❙❙❙ Bieber goes acous­tic in 2013! Justin ex­plained that he’ll be re­leas­ing an acous­tic al­bum next year. “It’s some­thing the fans really like. Be­cause I started out on YouTube just play­ing my gui­tar, just singing with­out all the pro­duc­tion, so I like to just put out acous­tic al­bums. I think it’s more in­ti­mate.”

Sav­ing the best for last: Ch­löe Howl

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