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Ailbhe Malone is bounc­ing back to Ni­cole’s new sin­gle

TRACK OF THE WEEK:

Boomerang by Ni­cole Scherzinger This track is ex­actly what we need to kick Jan­uary out and usher Fe­bru­ary in. Imag­ine Kelly Clark­son’s Stronger, with­out the sub­tlety. Ni­cole’s here to let you know that can’t noth­ing bring her down, be­cause she’s a “boomerang”. There’s a high-kick­ing dance rou­tine, a “wa­hey-ey-ey” cho­rus and some ten­u­ous metaphor­i­cal links to the tit­u­lar boomerang. Jolly good fun.

Mi­ley Cyrus has re­vealed the an­swer to the ques­tion she posed back in 2010: “Who owns my heart, is it love or is it art?” We can clar­ify that the re­sponse is “love”. Speak­ing to Cos­mopoli­tan, Mi­ley ex­plained: “num­ber one is my re­la­tion­ship with Liam. That’s what I feel the most con­fi­dent in be­cause you never know; there’s so much hype be­hind my new record, but it could come out and, worst-case sce­nario, ev­ery­one f***ing hates it.” Mi­ley, when have we ever hated any of your records?

Shakira has named her first child with boyfriend Ger­ard Piqué. He’s a boy, and he’s called Mi­lan Piqué Me­barak. No, not af­ter the city, silly. Shakira says the name means “dear, lov­ing and gra­cious in Slavic; in An­cient Ro­man [sic], ea­ger and la­bo­ri­ous; and in San­skrit, uni­fi­ca­tion”. She also con­tin­ues to be the most gra­cious pop­star, ever – ear­lier this month she posted an “on­line baby shower” web­site, where fans can pur­chase gifts that will be dis­trib­uted to poorer fam­i­lies around the world.

As ever, Justin Bieber has taken to Twit­ter to air his griev­ances. The teen star is tired of all the ru­mours sur­round­ing him. He tweeted: “Some of the ru­mours about me are just so ridicu­lous u gotta laugh. peo­ple are cre­ative. kinda over it. im a good guy. that’s all.” Biebz con­tin­ued, “U know u can have fun with­out do­ing any­thing wrong. #good­friends.” Was he speak­ing about his un­con­firmed split with Selena? Is it on? Is it off? A lit­tle bit cryptic, we think. Less cryptic is the ti­tle for Bieber’s jus­tre­leased acous­tic al­bum Be­lieve: Acous­tic. We’ll leave you to write the joke for that one your­selves.

Biebz: he’s good enough

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