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Ailbhe Malone has 99 prob­lems – but Ari­ana ain’t one

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM -

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Prob­lem by Ari­ana Grande Ring ring, ring ring. Hello? Mariah? Ari­ana’s com­ing for your crown. Fun, flirty and su­per sassy, Prob­lem is about a bad boyfriend, and Ari­ana flut­ters her eye­lashes and croons “I got one less prob­lem with ya”. A guest verse from Iggy Aza­lea adds a nice hat-tip to Jay-Z, rap­ping “I got 99 prob­lems, but you won’t be one”.

Lily Allen has been re­flect­ing on her past squab­bles to Q Mag­a­zine. She re­grets trad­ing blows with Ch­eryl Cole (you may re­mem­ber her B-side Ch­eryl Tweedy which ran “Wish I looked just like Ch­eryl Tweedy/ I know I never will, I know I never will’). While Ch­eryl gave as good as she got at the time, the fight’s in the past. And Lily told Q: “I wish that whole thing hadn’t hap­pened. I like Ch­eryl. She’s good on The X Fac­tor, she’s pretty and she’s got balls. I like women who do well.”

Fi­nally, proof that stars are just like us. Tay­lor Swift was pre­par­ing for the snazzy Met Ball gala, when dis­as­ter struck. “That mo­ment when your cat ca­su­ally walks up, then abruptly AT­TACKS your cus­tom satin Os­car de la Renta gown dur­ing your fit­ting for Met Ball,” Tay­lor tweeted. It’s a tough old life.

IIn other feud news, Ed Sheeran has laid into the Backstreet Boys for not play­ing enough hits in their live shows. “I study how other people per­form and that is un­ac­cept­able, as the Backstreet Boys have so many hits. Do not do that ever again, that is not fair. I played the Royal Al­bert Hall and did two new songs, but I know that’s what people want. The Backstreet Boys, what are they do­ing? Play your hits,” Ed told the Sun. How­ever, all’s well that ends well, as Ed sub­se­quently tweeted the Backstreet Boys: “you know what, those things got taken way out of con­text, and blown out of pro­por­tion, I’m all for the set, it’s killer, love your work, and thanks for be­ing so safe about me be­ing a bit silly, see you soon”

Just claws: Tay­lor Swift

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