Ailbhe Malone is thrilled by Nicky M’s Pills – and Niall at Croker of course
TRACK OF THE WEEK:
Pills and Potions by Nicki Minaj Look who’s back! If you’re waiting for Super Bass part two, walk away. Soulful, with a bite, is how we’d describe this new Minaj track. Think big “sung” hooks, with rap verses that pack a punch. Thematically, Nicki is addressing the people in her life who are jealous of her success, with bittersweet resignation. She sings, “I’m angry, but I still love you”. The production is restrained, the bass beat imitating a heartbeat, and Nicki’s got some decent pipes.
Niall Horan wore his heart on his sleeve this week, tweeting after 1D’s Croke Park shows: “4 years ago I stood there and auditioned forte
Xfactor, can’t believe we just played 3 nights in that stadium!”. He went on: “Thank you all so much for an incredible weekend! Can guaran- tee I won’t be forgetting this one! Thank you Ireland!” Even more sweetly, Nialler’s brother Greg told Spin 103.8 how chuffed he was with his sibling. “Everyone’s proud. There’s no way to describe how proud we are of him.”
Meanwhile, Harry Styles has gone the opposite way. He told magazine Very that he’s become immune to the opinions of other people, explaining “You have to think about people, but you have to look after yourself, too, otherwise you’d drive yourself crazy because you can’t please everyone. It doesn’t work. There needs to be a point where you step back and do something for yourself. I’ve decided not to let other people’s opinions change what I think.”
In other news, Lorde has had it up to here with Royals. She told the Daily Record, “I listen to people covering the song and putting their own spin on it, and I listen to it in every single form except the original one I put out, and I realise that actually it sounds horrible.” She continued, “it sounds like a ringtone from a 2006 Nokia. None of the melodies are cool or good. It’s disastrous. Awful . . . But for some reason, in the context of the way I released it, it just worked out.”
Nicky’s got soul – and rabbit ears