Pop Cor­ner

Ailbhe Malone hears the siren call of Cher’s newie

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

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

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