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Ailbhe Malone yearns for Tay­lor to drive off into the sub­ur­ban sun­set

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Sweeter Than Fic­tion by Tay­lor Swift We un­der­stand that most Tay­lor Swift (right) songs have a back­bone of teen movie, but this gen­uinely sounds like it was ripped straight from a John Hughes film. As it stands, it’s on the sound­track for the film about

Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent win­ner Paul Potts. But we won’t let that get in the way of things. As the cho­rus swirls “there you stand/ 10 feet tall/ and I will say/ I knew it all along”, we yearn for Tay­lor to drive off into the sub­ur­ban sun­set with a flop­py­haired young man. There’s a def­i­nite Go-Go’s flavour, and a mid­dle- eight drop out, com­bined with Tay­lor’s inim­itable ear for a cho­rus. 10/10.

Po­lite to the core, Brit­ney has ex­plained what she means by the “bitch” in Work Bitch, telling Alan Carr on Chatty Man that “I don’t call ev­ery­one . . . that word. I just use it as, it’s like in re­spect to the gays as a term of en­dear­ment. It’s like a street slang for ev­ery­one, you know, like you get to work, that’s what you do when you get to work and it’s like, cool.” A con­fus­ing, but charm­ing an­swer.

Louis One Di­rec­tion is keen to hang on to his pre-fame friends, he tells Top of the Pops mag­a­zine. “It would be easy to make a lot of new friends in the in­dus­try, but when you see your old mates and they treat you the way they al­ways have done, it brings you straight back to earth.” He went on, “I’ve still got the same friends back home as I did be­fore the band. That’s re­ally im­por­tant to me. They treat me the same as they al­ways did.”

Mean­while, Jessie J has been point­ing out the ob­vi­ous, telling The Sun: “I feel un­com­fort­able when peo­ple play my songs. I’ll go into a shop or restau­rant, start eat­ing my food, then they’ll play It’s My Party. I don’t know whether to dance, leave, sing and ev­ery­one looks at me.” We can’t re­ally help you there, Jess.

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