Ailbhe Malone hears the siren call of Cher’s newie
TRACK OF THE WEEK: Sirens by Cher Lloyd This song is really quite special. Forget the Cher Lloyd who likes big hair and bubblegum rap. This is the Cher Lloyd that sang Stay so perfectly on X Factor that she gave the audience chills. It’s a belter, with an uneasy heart. It’s Lea Michele-like, but more initimate; the way Lloyd gulps on “I’m getting older” is enough to make you want to hold her closer, and tell her it will be OK. Pop nerds: it was produced by Rami Yacoub (. . . Baby One More Time) and Carl Falk ( What Makes You Beautiful).
Nicki Minaj is expanding her range, she tells MTV, and she’d like to try out acting. “I am going on auditions, and I’m trying to find the right role with the right director and the right writers. I want to be part of something from the beginning stage this time, and I want the role to be custom-made for me,” she explained. She’s pretty open to the kind of role she’d choose, too, continuing: “I have such a versatile personality . . . Some days I feel like I wanna do a Will Ferrell comedy; some days I feel like I wanna do more like a Set It Off- type of movie with some other young black actresses and like creating a movement with that. And sometimes I think, maybe I could do X-Men or something.”
In sisterly news, Solange Knowles has been praising her big sis, telling ASOS that Beyoncé’s work ethic is like nothing she’s ever seen. “I have never seen anything like it in my life, from anyone. It’s absolutely insane,” she enthused. “Now that she’s become a mother, and the way that she’s able to balance that is so inspiring. If I am ever feeling like I want to open up my mouth and complain about how hard I am working, I think, ‘Uhhh! Sit down!’”
It’s nice to know that even those closest to Bey are overwhelmed by her sometimes. There’s hope for us all. Bey watch: Solange is blown away by her big sister’s balancing act