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Ailbhe Malone is thrilled by Nicky M’s Pills – and Niall at Cro­ker of course

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

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

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